Sunday, September 7, 2014

Paris Cookies

Bonjour! These were done with 15 second consistency royal icing (if you have any questions about what that means then just leave a comment below). They were super fun, quick and easy. I hope you like them! Ps yes that is a baguette in the bottom left hand corner, maybe next time I will do a croissant or macaron. Happy weekend. 

-Pretties and Pastries

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mani of the Week


Happy Saturday lovelies! I just wanted to show you my new favorite nude/neutral polish. The color is Fashion Safari. I LOVE these NYC brand quick drying polishes. They have a great color range, dry quickly and perform like higher end polishes like O.P.I.. What is your new favorite polish?

-Pretties and Pastries 

Friday, September 5, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Collection. Swatches of Taupe blush and Natural Wilderness eyeshadow

Welcome! I don't know about you, but I love this collection. The older I get, I embrace more neutral and matte shades and so these two were right up my alley. I only got the two for now but I can definitely see myself picking up the other two blushes and maybe a couple of the lipsticks. 
Left: Taupe blush (matte), Natural Wilderness eyeshadow (satin).

Taupe was actually a PRO shade that I had planned on getting for a while to use as a contour shade. Now that I have it, I regret not getting it sooner. It is a beautiful matte shade that is a perfect contour for fair to tan skin tones. If you are quite fair like me though, just make sure to use it light-handedly since it is quite pigmented. I would describe it as a medium toned taupe with slight undertones of pink/purple. Contouring is really big right now and I can easily see this being a new staple for a wide range of people. I know for me it will replace Sculpt and Wedge as my previous shaping powders. 

Natural Wilderness is a gorgeous medium brown shadow with a mustard/green tone to it. It is technically a satin but I find it to be more matte. It has micro sparkle sporadically throughout it, yet it doesn't translate to the skin though (think of the color Texture from MAC). I love that there aren't too many colors out there like this, and that is it still very wearable despite the mustard/green tone.
I feel like the swatches are much more true to color, maybe just a tad cooler. I am SO excited to add these to my makeup routine. What about you? Are you getting anything from this collection or are you passing on this one? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

-Pretties and Pastries

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