So a few weeks ago, I posted a pumpkin bread recipe, but I told y'all that I had never made it before. I actually decided to try and make it for Thanksgiving, and my family LOVED it!! They literally took such big slices because it tasted so good.
The only issue I ran into when making it was that I left it in the over at 350 degrees fairenheit for 65 minutes, and the center was still a little raw towards the top. I left it in for another five minutes, making the total bake time 70 minutes, but it was still the slightest bit raw. I decided to just take it out of the over anyways because I assumed maybe it would harden a little as it cooled off. It did a little bit, but not as much as I thought it would.
Overall, I really recommend this recipe for holiday parties because it was super yummy!!! In other news, I was recently accepted into Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island to major in Pastry and Baking Arts, and I'm so EXCITED!!! I will start school there next September, and I'm so ready to expand my knowledge of pastry and bake new goodies!!!
Happy baking y'all!!!
As much as the quality of makeup products matters, the brushes you use impact the overall result of your look as well. Although there are no rules in makeup, certain brushes work better for certain things, like how a big fluffy brush is better for applying powder rather than blending in foundation. Today, I am going to give y'all a list of brushes for each step of a full glam makeup routine that you can purchase!!
Foundation Brush: Typically, you would want a foundation brush that is dense so it doesn't soak up all the excess product. Good foundation brushes can be hard to come by because some can leave your makeup looking streaky. Majority of makeup lovers blend their foundation in with a makeup sponge, which works better than a brush.
Concealer: You can use the same brush that you did for your foundation, but instead of rubbing motions, use dabbing motions to get an even blend. Most artists prefer to utilize a sponge during this step as well, so I'm not going to link a product.
Powder/ Bronzer: Like I said in the intro, powder brushes are big fluffy brushes because if you use a dense brush, it is going to make you look all cakey and gross, which of course we don't want. I like to use my powder brush for my bronzer as well just to save myself the aggravation of having to wash more brushes.
Contour: Contouring is one of the only steps of a full glam makeup that you want to be somewhat harsh. To achieve this look, using a flat, dense brush will really pack a punch with a good contour shade. Just remember to blend it out so it doesn't look like you have a big line on your face.
Blush: The best blush brushes are smaller fluffy brushes that disperse the product without making it too harsh. Dense brushes are not ideal for blush because it would put way too much pigment on the cheeks. Angled contour brushes and mini fluffy brushes are the best for achieving a natural blushed cheek.
Highlighter: Similar to blush brushes, highlighter brushes need to be small, but somewhat dense. Highlighter is in a more concentrated area than say blush or bronzer, and you don't want your highlighter getting on parts of your face that you already powdered down. The Morphe 510 brush is my personal favorite for applying highlighter.
Eyebrows: The only thing you would use an eyebrow brush for is pomade. My favorite eyebrow brush is so cheap that it seems impossible that it would be such good quality. This brush has a perfectly angled tip with a spoolie on the other end, which saves y'all money on buying an extra brush.
Eyeshadow: One thing that everyone needs in their brush collection is a GOOD blending brush. Eyeshadow is an art of blending shadows together and without it, your look might end up looking muddled and messy.
I hope these brush recommendations were helpful. A good makeup look does truly start with the tools that you use, so just remember to keep that in mind. There are good brushes out there that are off brand, and it's easy to find them on Amazon, Morphe, and other websites. I hope y'all have a great Thanksgiving!!
With spooky szn officially over :((( it is now the holiday season!!! I am so beyond excited because I have so many ideas for things to bake and share with you all!! To kick off the holiday season, I'm going to share a pumpkin bread recipe with you because it brings back memories of my childhood. My mom, sister, and I would make pumpkin bread together all the time when I was younger, and I used to love it so much!! We used to buy a box mix of it, but now I make mine from scratch. This recipe is not mine, it is from a website called my baking addiction, and I really recommend y'all check it out because she is crazy talented!!!
I hope y'all try this recipe!!! It's really good!!! You can add nuts or fruit into the batter and even put some homemade whipped cream on top!! Enjoy!!
Spooky szn is finally in full swing, and I know y'all are excited. I don't really think I'm dressing up as something this year, but I just wanted to give y'all some suggestions of people to watch on youtube for really dope halloween makeup tutorials. Some of my personal favorites to watch are cosmobyhaley, nikkietutorials, and pompberry. All three of them have completely different styles of makeup, so their videos can be helpful for people who like all different coverage options for foundation and things like that.
I was going to post some inspiration pictures of makeup looks, but all the ones I found were for really advanced makeup artists (meaning I can't even do them), but if you want to see them, please comment down below, and I can definitely post them.
I don't really have that much else to say, so I hope y'all are getting in the SPOOKY SZN spirit because I know I am!!! Get ready for the holiday season coming up!!!
With Halloween coming up at the end of this month, baking tasty treats to celebrate the day of the dead can be really fun!!! Here are a few pictures for inspiration on things you can create for your friends and family.
Have a great weekend y'all!!! Also happy official spooky szn!!
This post is going to be pretty short because it's the day before fall break, and I'm feeling really lazy. Today I'm just going to tell you some of my favorite beauty gurus on youtube because these are the people that I take inspiration from daily, and they are also the way I learned how to do makeup in the first place. Don't forget to go and watch their videos for tips and tricks on how to apply your makeup!!
1. Bella Fiori
3. Tati Westbrook
5. James Charles
7. Jeffree Star
8. Nicol concilio
9. Amy Macedo
10. Christen Dominique
These are the people I watch on the daily, and I never miss a video they post!!! Go learn from the best in the business!!! Love y'all!!!
This is going to be my first post talking about baking stuff, and I'm really excited about it!! Today I'm just going to do something simple and give y'all a recipe for these really really good orea pudding cookies. I swear before I made these I thought they were going to taste really strange, but they turned out so good. Hope y'all enjoy them!!!
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 5.1-ounce box Oreo pudding mix, instant
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
10 Oreos, chopped
To start the year off, I thought I would do a review on something that I tried using towards the end of the summer: the Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. For pretty much my whole teenage life, I have struggled to get tan from the Sun; even though I come from Italian roots on my moms side, I unfortunately have the English genes as well from my dad, which means I burn as red as a firetruck. I had a whole incident in April over Spring Break where I thought it would be smart to try and sit in the sun without sunscreen on. Let's just say that I was red and peeling for almost a whole month after that.
After completely burning myself alive, I decided that I would wear sunscreen every time I step out into the burning sun. However, I still wanted to become tan somehow because every summer I leave school pale and come back pale. So one day I was at Target and I had heard about this product before, and I was skeptically that it would work, but I decided to pick it up anyway. The price of this product at Target is $8.59 and claims to "gradually create fabulous natural-looking color with a subtle skin-darkening complex." It also claims to reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as SEVEN days, have no sunless tanner odor, and be available to all skin tones.
My experience with this product surprised me. To test out the product, the first night I had it, I put it on and the next morning I was surprised with somewhat tan skin. It wasn't the darkest tan ever, but that fact that I could see something there was amazing to me. Over the next month or so, I decided to put it on every night, and my skin got pretty dark (for me of course, a pale girl, lol). The product had a pleasant smell that smelled like a lotion from Bath and Body Works. I used the shade fair to medium since I have a pretty light skin tone, but I found that this shade made my skin a little bit too orange in certain lightings. It did make my skin look darker, but I wish it hadn't made my skin look like a cheeto. Other than that though I really did enjoy this product and would recommend it to those looking for a natural and glowy looking tan.
My Rating: 8.5/10
Have a great weekend!!!
So I am back for my senior year in high school and with that comes talking about my future. As of right now, I want to be a pastry chef and with that comes with my loves for baking, so I decided to combine my two loves into one blog because why not?? So from now on, I'm going to make posts about baking and about makeup!! I hope y'all are excited because I am!!
With Mother's Day this coming Sunday, finding the perfect gift for your mom can seem like a daunting task that you tend to procrastinate on. I know for myself it is hard to figure out what to get my momma since she literally wears no makeup, and I wear a ton. Here are five quick gift ideas that you can get for your mom for the special day:
1. Sunglasses: No, I'm not talking the cheap ten dollar ones that you get at Walmart. I'm talking the one's that you buy at Sunglass Hut for like a hundred bucks; don't be cheap with yo momma's because you know they ain't never been cheap for you.
2. Something You Can Share: When I say this I don't mean a gift that you would share with your mother. Meaningful matching necklaces or bracelets would be the perfect thing to celebrate the connection between you and your mother and it would be an absolute steal to get a piece of jewelry for yourself while still celebrating your mother.
3. A Blanket: Even though it might be too late in the season to use a blanket, it's the thought that counts. To make it even more personal, try making the blanket instead of just picking up one from Target. Tie blankets are simple to make and require literally no experience to make. You can use patterns and designs that match your mother's personality and will leave them feeling all warm and fuzzy (literally).
4. Makeup: If your mom is the complete opposite of my mom and loves to wear makeup, take a quick trip to Sephora or Ulta and pick up that product that you have heard them talk nonstop about. Stray away from buying products like foundation and concealer because you probably have no idea what your moms shade is. Make sure you know exactly what you want to buy before you go to make your trip quick.
5. A Pottery Cup: You don't necessarily have to make the cup yourself, but going to one of those pottery painting places will do. Paint the cup to look like something your mom would like. This gift can have the whole package: it's useful and able to be completely personalized for your mom.
I hope these gift ideas were helpful!!! Tell your mom you love her, not just on Mother's Day, but EVERY SINGLE DAY. You wouldn't be here without her!! Happy Mother's Day!!
Tip of the Week
Use a sponge and then a brush to blend out your foundation to make sure it is blended to perfection.
Recommendation of the Week
Morphe 39A Dare to Create Palette: $34.00
Recipe of the Week