Saturday, July 22, 2017

Expiration Dates of Makeup Products!

Hey cupcakes! I was going through my clothes, jewelry, and makeup the other day for some summer cleaning and realized that I haven't bought all new makeup in quite some time...

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I did some research and found out that makeup actually does have an expiration date (you learn something new everyday :P )! It is actually really disgusting how nasty makeup can get with bacteria and such in a short period of time, so I wanted to write a quick post today telling you all when you should replace your makeup products. Let's get started!

Eye Products

1. Mascara - 2 to 3 months (which shouldn't be that hard if you use it every day!)

2. Eyeliner (pencil) - 2 years

3. Eyeliner (liquid/gel) - 6 months to 1 year

4. Eyebrow gel - 1 year

5. Powder eyeshadow - 2 years

Face Products

1. Face masks - 2 months

2. Foundation - 6 months (can last up to a year but I would recommend repurchasing earlier since there is a lot of bacteria on your face!)

3. Concealer - 6 months

4. Powder blush - 2 years

Lip Products

1. Lipgloss - 1 year

2. Lipstick - 2 years

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If you are searching for expiration dates of other products, I would recommend looking on Pinterest because there are a lot of great guides on there! All in all, I suggest replacing your most used products (foundation, mascara, etc.) every 6 months to prevent the spread of nasty bacteria.

When do you replace your makeup? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Bacteria Free Jenna <3

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Recipe: Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls

Hey cupcakes, I feel like I haven't done a recipe post in quite some time, so I am going to change that today! ;) I was baking some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies a few days ago (see the recipe I used here) and had some left over pumpkin... After looking through Pinterest, I came across a recipe for some easy energy balls. They were actually super tasty, so I thought I would share the recipe with you all! :D

Quick healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you!
See original recipe here

What You Need

-1 1/2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling!)
-1/4 cup chia seeds
-1/4 cup honey
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

What To Do

1. In a medium sized bowl stir together oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon.

2. If mixture is too sticky, you may need to add a haf cup more oats (you want to be able to roll it into a ball without a lot sticking to your hands).

3. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.

4. Scoop a spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat until dough is gone.

5. Pop in the fridge until cold (these last in the fridge for up to a week).

6. Enjoy! :)

These were really great because the pumpkin wasn't overpowering (if anything, they mostly tasted like peanut butter!). It was a great snack whenever I was searching for something sweet, so I would definitely recommend trying them out!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Style Inspiration ft. Hogwarts

Hey cupcakes! I was looking through some of my super duper old posts the other day, and I found a fashion collage that was inspired by the Hogwarts houses from Harry Potter (see the original post here!). I wanted to re-do this collage with a more recent spin, so let's get started! :D

What Hogwart's house are you in? Comment below your favorite look and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Jenna <3

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Recent Book Reads and Reveiws!

Hey cupcakes, I have finally been able to do some reading recently! :D My job directing a summer camp allows me to be home around 5 PM every night, so I have been loving the free time to just sit outside and read for hours. I thought I would review some of the books I have read, so let's get started!

1. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

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This book I didn't really choose to read, and it was assigned as summer reading for one of my upcoming business classes in the fall (I thought I was past summer reading now that I am in college but I guess not haha). I personally didn't really find it that interesting.... The book was written by previous Google CEOs, so it was basically just a slew of tips and tricks for managing a successful business. If I were actually a manager of a company or something like that this book might have been better, but it was just not organized in a manner that made it an easy read. Each paragraph was just a random tip, so I didn't think the book flowed together.

Rating: 4/10

2. Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys

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Whenever I go to the library, I love to just wander around until a random book catches my eye. This book stood out to me because I remember hearing about the woman who stopped looking in mirrors for a whole year - and this is the book she wrote after that experiment! This book was super interesting; it got a little too analytical at times (sometimes I think Kjerstin overanalyzed beauty and mirrors and such) but was just sooooo interesting to hear about a year without mirrors. I personally don't think I have ever overanalyzed my body because of mirrors, but I can see how body image is affected by all of the mirrors in the world (and I totally am amazed and give her credit for not looking at herself for a year!!). I would definitely recommend reading this!

Rating: 8/10

3. The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

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I am usually not one for romance novels, but this book caught my eye as I was browsing the new arrivals at my library. It was a decent length (about 300 pages), and I finished in in about 2.5 hours. I thought the plot was really sweet, and it wasn't super cheesy like a lot of romantic books. The setting of a family run apple orchard really made the story about the love of family versus the trials and tribulations of just one couple. Being a business major, I also loved the small business aspects of the book, and I think Amy did a great job of adding just enough plot twists into the story. If you are looking for a feel-good read for the summer, I would totally recommend!

Rating: 9/10

What books have you read lately? Comment below your suggestions and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna the Bookworm <3
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