Thursday, July 3, 2014

Picture mishaps

Hello lovelies! First of all, I have been meaning to get up all the tutorials and tasty treats I have made recently, BUT I rely on my iPhone for taking my blog pictures and the other day it dropped into the tub. Yep, it's all gone... all that work disappeared and I will not be able to show you any of it. *sigh* Onward and upwards right?!

So, on to the good new. Recently I have been obsessing interested in macarons and just did my first batch last night. They are SO MUCH FUN to make guys (zero sarcasm, really!)! I'm surprised that I loved all the calculated steps that they require and I can't wait to make them again. Have you every tried making these little delights? I would love to hear how they work for you and how your first batch turned out. I hear that first one is usually the worst. I will get pictures up as soon as I can of all the new things I have coming up.

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, June 20, 2014

POTW (Pretty of the week) LORAC Pro 2 palette

I cannot even tell you how excited I am to get this! The first Pro palette is great but it is so neutral that I (like most of us), already have those same shadow colors from other brands. With Pro 2 I feel like there are so many more looks that people will be able to do with it, since they added Plum, Navy and Jade. In both palettes they have a top row that is all matte and a bottom row that is all shimmery shades.

Let's just take a minute to gaze at the gorgeousness that is this palette...
Ahhh, so pretty! As far as I know, Ulta has the exlusive on this for now (in the US). You can buy it here, or you can get it at your local Ulta store on June 29th.

Did you buy the first Pro palette? What are your thoughts on this one? I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments below or on my Facebook page!

-Pretties and Pastries

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Chevron Cookies Tutorial

Welcome! As promised, here is the tutorial on how I did the chevron cookies.
1. You will need a chevron stencil or, if you are super awesome then you could try to freehand the zig-zag pattern. As you can see, this is a smaller chevron pattern and I didn't wanted them to be that thin, so I etched every other one to make it thicker. Secure the stencil by taping down the sides or use magnets on the corners to hold the stencil in place, lightly etch the design into the cookie.

2. Dust off the excess crumbs with a food-safe brush. This next part isn't totally necessary but I like to mark a little x where the color dark is going to go using a food-safe marker.

3. Using white flood consistency royal icing and a tip 1.5, fill the first section in, following the etched lines. Use a needle tool or a toothpick to shape the icing as needed. Repeat for steps 4-5 and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

6. Using gray flood consistency icing and a tip 1.5, fill in the rest of the area and use the scribe to shape. Let dry for a few hours.

7. Pipe a bead border using light sky blue stiff consistency icing and a 1.5 or 2 tip, let dry about 30 minutes. When the border is dry, mix together edible silver luster dust and some extract (I used 89% orange extract) and paint that mixture onto the edges using a food safe brush, let dry 15 minutes.

Your beautiful cookies are now ready. Let me know in the comments below if you liked this tutorial and found it helpful, I would love to hear from you! Also if you want to see more things from me then don't hesitate to follow me and check me out of Facebook.

-Pretties and Pastries

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gray and White Chevron Cookies

Welcome! I wanted to post my newest cookies before I immerse myself in housework. Have you done your Spring cleaning yet? I don't know about you but I am always late to this whole Spring cleaning thing. I love having a clean house yet I don't really like constantly having to clean (If you have kids then I am sure you understand the added madness that they lovingly bring). How do you deal with the daily household chaos?
On to the cookies... the colors I used for the gray is Americolor Super Black with a tiny touch of Americolor Sky Blue to give it a little bit of life, rather than being just a blah gray, the bead boarder was piped in light blue using a tip #1.5 and then painted with Sugarflair Satin Silver luster dust mixed with extract. If you saw my Sugarflair haul then you know how exited I am to use these new lusters. I am here to tell you that they did not disappoint! 

I will put a tutorial up soon on how I made these. Thank you so much for stopping by and if you liked these cookies and want to see more of my work then don't forget to add/follow me! See you next time!

-Pretties and Pastries


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bumble and bumble Haul

It's that time again... no not hammer time or tool time, it's haul time (yes, I am little bit geeky)! P.s. on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the geekiest thing my husband has ever heard), he gave that last sentence a 15. Let's pretend that my nerdy side is one of the reasons why he loves me, deal.
Anyway, ever since Bumble and bumble has popped up at my Sephora I have been super curious about their products. Everything I have tried from them so far has been pretty good but nothing has really blown me away (in comes Prêt-à-Powder, Cityswept and Thickening Dryspun). My hair is rather long and thin so I need products that will give my hair lift without making it dry and frizzy or that weighs it down with too much buildup, and these three products are supposed to be the best of the best. I will definitely let you know how these perform and if they are up to par. Of course if you have any questions feel free to ask, I would love to hear from you!

-Pretties and Pastries