Top 4 Memorable Moments of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

If by some chance you are living under a rock and didn’t have a chance to catch the VMAs last night, we at Chic Tweak have got you covered. While the award show is meant to honor the best music videos of the year, the most memorable moments seemed to have nothing to do with the videos or performances themselves, but centered around the unstable artists responsible for them. Here are the Top 4 Memorable Moments of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in descending order of outlandishness:

                                                                                                                                                                         

4. Miley, Miley, Miley

Though it’s no surprise to any of us that Miley hosting the award show would be … interesting, she took things to a whole new level. Her pre recorded skits, scantily clad outfits, and demeanor screamed “SOS!” This girl needs to seek out her local health care provider before she goes all Brittany 2007.

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3. Cry Me a River Justin (Bieber)

Last night, Justin Bieber performed at the award show for the first time in 5 years. The act opened up with his hit Skrillex-Diplo collaboration “Where are U Now” followed by his new single “What Do You Mean.” Justin ended his performance with tears; I’m talking a full on sob fest. While some viewers and fans felt for the star, others were not moved. Some of us were confused as to what exactly he was crying about. Was he upset that no one liked his haircut? Maybe Baby Bieber didn’t have his nap today. We’ll never know.

 

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2. Nicki vs. Miley

Ding! Ding! Ding! You would have thought we were watching the beginning of an MMA fight the way Nicki Manaj attacked Miley Cyrus after accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video. Everyone, including Miley was taken aback when Nicki sweetly thanked her pastor after taking the stage but in the same breath said “now, back to this b*tch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Manaj was referring to an interview Cyrus did for the New York Times responding to Nicki’s earlier tweets about MTV’s nominating process, body image, and race. Needless to say, Nicki found Miley’s comments disrespectful and offensive but I don’t think her pastor would be too proud of this savage like behavior.

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 1. Bro, Kanye for President

Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award started off so promisingly with him apologizing for the Taylor Swift incident back in 2009. We thought to ourselves “Wow, Kanye does have a heart,” and then things went wrong; horribly wrong. I’m sure most of us had a hard time following his drug induced hour and a half long rant, but I think it’s safe to say he contradicted his apology by claiming “… I will die for the art, and what I believe in, and art isn’t always gonna be polite” when referring to the incident. The whole ordeal was strange but the most bizarre part of his speech was when he closed out by announcing that he will be running for president in 2020, and it appears he was serious. Who else is planning to leave the country before the next election? I know I am.

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Banana Split Cupcakes

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In honor of National Banana Split Day, and yes there is such a thing, we’ve decided to share a yummy new recipe: Banana Split Cupcakes! They’re an awesome Tweak to the traditional Banana Split and here’s a plus, they won’t melt! Here’s what you’ll need:

 Ingredients 

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix

1 Cup Mashed Ripe Bananas (about 2 medium sized bananas will do)

1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

1/4 Cup Water

3 Eggs

1 lb Creamy Chocolate Frosting

1 lb Creamy Vanilla Frosting

1 lb Whipped Strawberry Frosting

48 Maraschino Cherries (patted dry)

1/2 Cup Multicolored Sprinkles

Directions

FOR THE CUPCAKES

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Place baking cup in each of 24 mini muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, bananas, oil, water and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full. (About 1 ice cream scoop) Refrigerate remaining batter.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely. (Repeat with remaining batter to make 24more mini cupcakes).

FOR THE FROSTING

  • In small microwavable bowl, save 1/4 cup of the chocolate frosting. Spoon remaining frosting into decorating bag. Pipe frosting onto 16 cupcakes. Repeat with white and strawberry frosting. Microwave saved chocolate frosting on High 20 to 25 seconds or until smooth. Cool 1 minute; drizzle over frosting on each cupcake. Pipe dab of white frosting on each; top with a cherry and sprinkles.

 

 

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Tweak Your Summer Break : Top 3 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

We are sad to say that summer 2k15 is slowly coming to an end but don’t worry, Chic Tweak knows just how to make the most of these last few weeks of August. Here are the top 3 things to do before summer ends:

1. Eat Something Deep fried, delicious, and downright awful for you

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Yes, I know that in this  day and age we are all watching our figures and have sworn off all things processed, fried, and unhealthy BUT live a little. Enjoy those fried oreos guilt free; you deserve it!

2. Plan a Staycation

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If you couldn’t manage to get out of town this summer, a vacation at home is perfect for you. There are a ton of ways to turn your place into a dream vacation spot. One of the main things we love about vacations is the change in scenery so switch your decor up a bit, sip on fruity smoothie outside or on a new hammock.

3. Watch a Sunset

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We’ve all seen some amazing sunset photography,  but how many of us have actually experienced it? Grab a group of friends or a significant other, find a location, and enjoy.

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Popsicles: Apples, Ginger n’ Sage and Grapefruit n’ Sage

We wanted to try a healthier, prettier and more gourmet summer dessert that’s easy to make for any get together or just to store in your freezer. These pretty pops contain natural ingredients and explosive flavors– they’re just so yummy!

Apple, Ginger and Sage Popsicles 

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2 cups of apple juice
1-2 tbsp ginger juice
1 tbsp finely chopped candied ginger
3-4 sage leaves plus 3-4 small extra
6-7 sage flowers, remove stalk plus 5-6 extra
3-4 slices of apple

Makes about 8 popsicles

Take half a cup of apple juice, add the ginger juice, sage flower and sage leaves and bring to boil.  Shut the lid and let it cool. Drain after it is cool and add it to the rest of the apple juice, add apple slices, sage leaves(fresh) and flowers (fresh). Pour in the popsicles molds and freeze overnight.

Grapefruit n Sage Popsicles 

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5-6 fresh grape fruit juice
4-5 sage leaves plus extra
5-6 sage flowers plus extra
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
pinch of pepper
1/4 cup water

In a sauce pan heat water, sugar, salt, pepper, sage leaves and flowers. let it cool, strain and add to the grape fruit juice and add some fresh sage leaves and flowers and freeze.

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DIY Gold Twig Pins!

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We’re all about DIY projects here on the Chic Report, so here’s another DIY that can add pizazz to your hairdo and is definitely something to talk about. It’s so easy to achieve this whimsical look!

What You Need:

Gold or Silver Metallic Spray Paint

Twigs from your local tree

Krazy Glue or Hot Glue

Bobby Pins

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Step 1: Spray the twigs with metallic spray paint and leave them to dry

Step 2: Glue the bobby pin to the spray painted twig and let it sit until the glue is completely dry 

Step 3: Pin in place and your finished! (Wow, that was easy and fast!)

 

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DIY: Shredded Jeans

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What you need: Scissors, shaving razor, tweezers, patience

So we decided to try something new. Instead of buying a $80-$100 pair of super trendy ripped boyfriend jeans, we decided to make them ourself.

I went to my local thrift store and found a pair of medium wash vintage Wrangler jeans for $7.00 (instead of $89 at Urban)

After trying them on I envisioned shredded torn up knees and pockets. I went on Youtube and looked up videos… this is what I found that explained the process the best. Both were great in learning how to do make distressed ripped jeans:

DIY Ripped Distressed Denim

DIY: Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

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For 1 pair of jeans it took me about 2-3 hours (without stopping)– it’s tedious work.

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Cannes 2015 Red Carpet: Looks We Love

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From left (top):

Mindy Kaling- Salvador Pérez

Joan Smalls- Alaïa

Melanie Laurent- Zuhair Murad Couture

(bottom)

Soo-Joo Park- Oscar de la Renta

Sienna Miller- Gucci

Toni Garrn- Elie Saab

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8 Cool Makeup Tips No One Ever Told You

1. Use a plastic spoon to make applying mascara to your bottom lashes less messy.

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2. Use scotch tape for an eyeliner stencil and get that perfect line.

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3. If your mascara is clumped or hard to apply, use eye drops to dilute for easier application.

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4. Use white liner on your waterline to make eyes look bigger instead of black.

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5. Blow dry or heat up your lash curler for a long lasting eyelash curl.

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6. Make your lipstick last by putting a tissue over freshly done lips and pat power for a long lasting matte effect.

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7. Wash and save old mascara wands for multi-purpose use– it’s a great tool for filling in and combing your brows.

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8. Know when to throw makeup products out so they don’t harm your skin or eyes. Makeup does expire.

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More DIY Nails!

If you don have a small nail brush or paint brush, a cheaper option is a toothpick. It does the trick, just make sure the paint doesn’t run off and ruin your nail!

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What We’re Listening To

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Beggin’- Madcon

B*tch Better Have my Money- Rihanna

Country Girl (Shake it for Me)- Luke Bryan

Down On My Luck- Vic Mensa

Drunk Texting- Chirs Brown ft. Jhene Aiko

A Little More- Kaskade & John Dahlback ft. Sansa

Lullabies (Adventure Club Remix)- Yuna

Midnight City- M83

Nature Feels- Frank Ocean

Never Never (ft. Sampha)- SBTRKT

Planes- Jeremih ft. J Cole

Preach (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR)- Drake

Runaway (U & I) [Kaskade Remix]- Galantis

Sex on the Beach- PARTYNEXTDOOR

Style- Taylor Swift

Want to Want me- Jason Derulo

What’s My Age Again?- Blink 182

You & Me (Flume Remix)- Disclosure 

7/11- Beyonce

679- Fetty Wap x Montana Buckz

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Get Creative with Old Clothes!


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Out with the old and in with the… revamped old T! Don’t be afraid to nip, tuck, cut and bleach an old t-shirt or a pair of jeans– just go for it! Just think of it this way, an old raggy looking t-shirt in the back of your closet could be cut into a super cute crop top or made into a beach cover up and a pair of old jeans could be fringed and given a super cute distressed vibe. Rip them, fringe them, leave them be, whatever you’re feeling, do it, you might end up with something totally cute that all your friends want. You can end up have a bunch of new clothes with just a couple snips. Don’t be worried about ‘oh what if I ruin it’ if the shirt or pants were just going to sit in a bin or stored under your bed anyways. Take a risk and see how creative you can get!

Side Fringe Tutorial

Bow Back Tutorial

Crazy Cute Open Back Ties Tutorial  (If you want to try something more difficult)

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans Tutorial

Dip Dye Bleached Shorts

There’s tons of easy-expert DIY tutorials online–Check them out for some inspiration!

 

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Spring into Spring with these DIY Ladybug Cupcakes!

 

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What You’ll Need

  • ANY cupcake recipe
  • Butter Cream Frosting recipe
  • Chocolate chips in different sizes
  • Red candy coating
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Waxed paper-lined cookie sheet
  • Black food coloring pen
  • Bright green food coloring gel
  • Various decorative piping tips
  • Yellow sprinkles (for buttercream daisies)
  • Display board or cake pedestal

Instructions:

Step 1: Melt the red candy coating in a small bowl in the microwave according to the package directions. Melting 1/2 cup of the candy coating ensures enough for the ladybugs with plenty to spare.

Step 2: Fill a disposable piping bag with the melted candy coating, snip the tip of the bag to create a small opening, and pipe red dots in various sizes onto your waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

Step 3: Slide chocolate chips into the melted candy coating circles while they’re still warm and in liquid form.

Step 4: Place the lined cookie sheet of ladybugs into the freezer. Freeze for 5 minutes or until just firm.

Step 5: Use a food coloring pen to add details to the ladybugs, such as black spots and a small line for the wings.

Step 6: Bake the cupcakes according to recipe instructions and let cool completely. Set a small portion of the Buttercream Frosting aside, then mix the remainder with a few drops of green gel food coloring. Once you’ve achieved the desired color, add the green frosting to a piping bag.

Step 7: Use a grass tip and a medium-size round decorating tip to create grass and swirls of green buttercream onto your cupcakes.

Step 8: Using the leftover buttercream frosting, pipe on daisy petals with a small round decorating tip. Use yellow sprinkles for the flower centers. Add ladybugs to each cupcake, arrange on a pedestal, and serve!

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