Thursday, September 25, 2014

NY Giants NFL cake

I did this cake last week but I thought it was too cute not to post. Have you done a sports themed cake? I would LOVE to see it!
The cake is chocolate with almond/vanilla buttercream. The 'fans' are nonpareils, the top tier is nonpareils mixed with silver dragees, both images are printed on wafer paper using edible ink. If you have any questions then of course leave them below, I would love to hear from you.

-Pretties and Pastries

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

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