Wednesday, March 4, 2015

10 Amazing Beauty Uses For Vaseline



If there is one inexpensive must have that is always in my medicine cabinet, it is definitely Vaseline. Vaseline isn't only for chapped lips anymore. This little magician in a pot works wonders on many things when it comes to beauty. 
Here's a list of all the handy ways that you can use Vaseline and why you should stock up on it now.

1. Dab a small amount around your hairline when dying your hair at home to prevent your forehead from drying out and getting stained.

2. Use a q-tip to apply a bit of Vaseline around the inside cap of your nail polish to prevent polish from sealing the cap shut and getting stuck.

3. Dab a touch of Vaseline on your neck and wrists before spritzing yourself with perfume, it makes the perfume's scent last longer!

4. Use Vaseline on cuticles to prevent them from drying and peeling. 

5. Put a thin layer around your nail beds with a q-tip before painting your nails. The result? A no mess mani. Just wipe off the Vaseline when your nails are dry.

6. Chapped lips...no problem. Apply a bit of sugar to a touch of Vaseline and rub it in your lips. Next, wipe the Vaseline sugar combo off with a soft cloth for a soft lipstick ready pout.

7. Buff away rough dry skin by combining Vaseline and brown sugar. 

8. No makeup remover? No problem! Dab some Vaseline on a soft cloth or tissue and gently swipe away eye makeup in a snap.

9. Using self tanner to keep a glow going this winter? Apply a dab of Vaseline to rough areas like elbows and knees to avoid streaks.

10. Are you a runner or into sports that cause you to be prone to chaffing? Apply a thin layer of Vaseline to areas that chafe easily like between thighs and the armpit area. 

What other uses do you have for Vaseline?

Tori

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Healthier Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe


I don't know about you but over here we are huge chocolate fans and even bigger chocolate cake fans! 
The great thing about chocolate cake...duh...it's delicious. 
The worst thing about chocolate cake, it's not the healthiest of food choices. 
Well, what if we changed that and gave you a chocolate cake recipe that is protein packed and a delicious alternative to your usual cake?
 Since we like you so very much, here is our Healthier Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe that we hope you will enjoy as much as we do.

What You Need:
1/4 cup Quality cocoa
1/4 cup coconut flour
1  1/2  teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
4  eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

 What You Do:
Preheat your oven to 320 F.
Combine your cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt well in a medium bowl.
Next add eggs, honey, vanilla and coconut oil.
Mix all of your ingredients together until smooth.
Pour your batter into a small baking pan sprayed with non stick spray.
Bake this yummy goodness for 40 minutes or until cooked through (stick a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean its fully cooked)
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Eat alone, with your favorite frosting, or have warm with a dollop of low fat ice cream. Yum!

Are you a chocolate cake fan?

Tori

Monday, March 2, 2015

#OOTD Seasonal Transition Wear On A Budget

Believe it or not the weather is going to start getting warmer (hard to believe right?!)
With that comes that "awkward" transitional period between winter and summer fashion, but we got you covered. 
Today's #OOTD is all about transitioning, looking great, and of course...saving money.


V Neck Tee $3.90
Necklace (similar) $5.90 (actual necklace pictured $134)
Shoes $34.50 sale!


Oh...guess what? 
If you love that skirt as much as I do, you are in luck! 
My Sister's Closet Boutique was nice enough to gift all of you awesome Cupcakes & Crossbones viewers with an awesome coupon code to shop their boutique! 
Not only are all of their clothes absolutely adorable and stylish, they are also friendly on the wallet. 
We honestly couldn't believe some of these prices. 
So head over now and shop till you drop. Don't forget to use your coupon code below before it's too late.

My Sister's Closet Boutique Code: MSCSAVE (10% OFF whole order, expires 3/7/2015)

Would you rock this outfit? 
What must have items did you find on the My Sister's Closet Boutique website?

Tori


Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites Roundup


Hello hello! 
Hope you are all doing wonderfully this Friday. 
We know we are because it is Friday and that means our favorite roundup of the week. 
A little fun filled list of our favorite finds from this week. 
So take a look, we hope you enjoy these little finds as much as we do!

Favorite Outfit:
Classy, sophisticated, and fun. 
This outfit is amazing. 
This classic black and white number is the perfect balance of chic and playful with the gorgeous ballerina skirt and gold belt.
Two thumbs up!
via 

Favorite Recipe:
Gluten free samoa donuts?! This amazing treat is made with honey and coconut milk caramel and it is a pretty sure deal that these are going to be made ASAP and get put in my belly even faster!
via 


Favorite DIY:
These tips and tricks are so creative and we are definitely glad we took a peek at it.
You should too! 


Favorite New Band:
 We are totally loving City Of The Weak
Not only do they totally rock and have some extremely catchy songs but they have a kick ass female lead singer who rocks along with the rest of the band! 
If you haven't checked them out yet, I highly recommend that you do.
Another awesome fact...they are on tour now so be sure to catch them when they come to your city, or you can find us at their show and rock out with us when they come to NY for their Make It Or Break It Tour!


Favorite Funnies:

It's bull I tell ya!

Well....that escalated quickly!

That's one way to handle a situation!



Well that's all the favorites that we have for you this Friday but
we would like to leave you with this question for the day: 
What do you like reading about most? Music, recipes, fashion, or beauty?

Happy Friday!

Tori

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Save vs. Splurge - Pants and Denim

It's a Save vs. Splurge kind of day! 
Today we are bringing you hot pants and giving you the option to save or splurge.
As always, we have accompanied all of our images with links below to make it super easy for you to shop to your little hearts content.
So sit back, relax, and get to shopping!









Which Pants are you feeling? 
What type of pants are you looking into adding to your wardrobe?

Tori

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips


Today we are bringing you a delicious recipe that is healthy, quick, and easy! 
If you follow us on Instagram you will see that we baked some yummy oven baked zucchini chips. These chips are tasty and satisfying, and if you haven't made them yet, I highly recommend that you do ASAP. 
So without further delay, here is the simple recipe that we know you are going to love.

What You Need:
1 zucchini, cut into 1/8" slices
1/3 Panko
1/4 cup reduced fat grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
sea salt to taste
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons low-fat milk


What You Do:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Dip zucchini slices into milk and then press into panko coating both sides. 
Place zucchini on a cookie sheet and lightly sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. 
Bake 15 minutes, turn over carefully and continue baking until golden, approximately 10-15 minutes 
Let your chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.

Have you made zucchini chips before? 
Do you love them as much as we do?!

Tori

Monday, February 23, 2015

#OOTD - Blake Lively Style On A Budget

I don't think too many people would disagree with the fact that Blake Lively is definitely up there on the list of celebrities who have the best fashion and style sense out there.
Whether she is on the red carpet or strolling through town she always has it together and pulls off any look flawlessly. 
With that said, today we are channeling the one and only Blake Lively herself as our #OOTD inspiration.


Pants $13.80
Shirt $9.90
Moto Booties $37.90
Scarf $2.99
Jacket $29.99
Bag $27.00

Is this an outfit you would rock?

Tori

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