Friday, October 19, 2012

Homemade French Macaroons

Here it is! My friends on my personal Facebook account have been asking what is the recipe for these cute little yummy sweets; French Macaroons! For those who are curious about these cute little sweets, it's an almond flavored meringue-like. The outer part is so smooth and kinda crunchy but so chewy on the inside. Sounds heaven? The flavor of the filling depends on how you want it. I haven't tried different flavors, cause  I'm still on the process of making it perfect! So I just always use my Vanilla butter cream filling. 

Okay so I've read a lot of forums as well as different articles about troubleshooting with macaroons. Since there are a lot of problems and negative results that can occur in making french macs. I tried making them 4 times and i FAILED. It always turned out like cookies. Yes, it turned out into cookies hahaha! I don't complain about the taste cause it's still the same, I'm just bothered with the presentation. If you want to try making them, make sure the weather is not humid. Again, I've read in a forum that when you try making them with a humid weather you will have bad macaroons since it the humidity can affect the egg whites. So try to make them on a dry, cool day.
Just for the record, I am no expert when it comes to French Macaroons. Well it's obvious I've failed many times but try and try! :p Thanks to a good friend of mine, Jasmine for sharing me her recipe. Hahaha special mention:)

Things you need:

· Food processor
· Sieve
· Hand mixer / Electric stand mixer
· Weighing scale
· Rubber spatula
· Mixing bowl
· Piping bag
· Parchment paper
· Baking tray

Ingredients for macaron shells:

- 60 grams of Fine sugar. (Just grind regular sugar on a food processor)
- 2 medium egg whites. Room temp
- 60 grams of almond meal
- 90 grams of powdered sugar

* Measurements need to be exact

* I tend to separate the egg whites the night before I make the macaroons. Place it in room temperature.
* Grind the measured almond meal and powdered sugar on a food processor for about 20 seconds.


Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C / 300 degrees F. Place egg whites in a bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium speed first then gradually add the fine sugar and then mix on HIGH speed 7-8 minutes or until the mixture looks stiff and dry. Sift the almond meal and powdered sugar, discarding any almond lumps that are too big to pass through the sieve. 
Fold the almond and powdered sugar mixture into the egg white using spatula (and add your desired color). The mixture should be smooth and viscous liquid, NOT runny. Over-mix and your macaroons will be flat and have no foot, under mix and they will not be smooth on top. Complicated? :p

Pipe onto trays lined with baking paper or if you have silicone mat but i prefer parchment paper more cause I think macaroons are delicate and they tend to stick on silicone mat (based on my experience). Tap trays on the bench firmly (this prevents cracking). Bake for 12 minutes, but check it first if one comes off the tray cleanly, if not bake for few more minutes. It should have smooth texture on top and should form foot/feet. Remove from oven and let it cool.


For my Vanilla butter cream filling, I don't have exact measurements for this. I make them without recipe. But here's a link for a basic Vanilla butter cream. If this recipe is too much, don't worry just store it in the fridge and you can use it again, for your next batch of macaroons or cupcakes and cakes too! Just pipe the vanilla butter cream on the macaroons. Macaroons are better when put in the fridge for hours before eating them. And it can lasts 3-4 days. But i doubt that it will last that long, cause it's heavenly delicioso! :p

So for now, all I can share is Vanilla french macs recipe but there are endless possibilities when it comes to adding flavors.

Enjoy baking! :)

- J ♥

First Haul: Maybelline, L'oreal, Balmshell, MAC.

So recently I bought some products online. The stress-free feeling when you're just browsing on your computer screen and just clicking "add to cart". Shopping without walking, and finding what you're looking for. You don't even need to fall in line in the cashier. Ha! So here let me share the items I purchased.


Balmshell lip and cheektint. I like how the packaging looks like.
Maybelline Lasting drama eyeliner
MAC studio fix powder NC30
MAC studio fic concealer NW30
MAC prolong wear lipstick in shade Til tomorrow
MAC satin lipstick in Underworld 
L'oreal Quad palette, i got 2 in woodrose and 1 in enchanted bouquet
L'oreal Cream blush
L'oreal eyelash extensions

Still thinking if I'm going to make reviews about the following products. We'll see :)
As you can notice there are some same products in this blog, cause ill be including that on my giveaway!
Thanks for reading, ill see you in my next blog! :)

- J ♥

Previous blog, just click here :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Red lipstick swatches

 Let's paint the town RED. For now, I got 4 different brands and shades of Red lippies. Just because I think it's the best shade that fits me or compliments my skin more. But honestly, I really don't know how to describe each color or what are the difference with them. Since they all just look same red for me. lol

Starting with my favorite shade as of the moment, got this from Isa Dora in shade of Femme Fatale, matte.

It is bright red in color, but when you just take a look at the lippie it looks like its more of blue tone in color but NOT! When I apply it even a single coat, it is bright red. I super love this color! It helps to brighten up my face. It is definitely pigmented. Doesn't wear off easily. 

Second is a local brand from Philippines, Ever Bilena in the shade of STORM (also matte)

I love this shade, I discovered this through one of my best friends. I think this shade can look good on anyone. Fair to dark complexions. The only problem with  the product is, I'm having hard time to apply it. I thought the product was too matte so it's kinda hard to apply, especially that my lips are always dry :P but with 2-3 coats you're good to go! I just apply balm before applying this one to prevent my lips from drying.

If you don't know this brand, it is locally from Philippines, it can be found at any Department stores. I believe they now have an online shop,
Affordable products. As for the quality, I rate them 3.5/5 for this lippie only. But you can definitely check out their other products.

Next one is NYX in shade of Snow white (glossy finish)

This one is also a great red lippie, but I personally don't like glossy finish. Cause with my personal experience, glossy lippies tends to wear off easily than matte. So I like matte more than glossy finish

Last shade I got, MAC in shade of Diva. (Matte)

A dark shade of red, more of blue tone lippie. I personally like how pigmented it is. But for me, I don't use this one at day time, I like this more at night time, perfect for a dinner date with hubby or just a night of catching up with the girls. This shade reminds me of those vampires, Twilight perhaps? Cause it's a dark shade of red. If you're wearing this kind of shade, make sure to minimize the use of dark eye shadows, mascara and liquid liner would be fine to compliment this kind of shade. 

But ladies, always remember that make-up are just tools to enhance your beauty NOT to cover them! Real beauty is not seen on how much make-up you wear or what brand or what color you use. It's better to feel and be at your best even without the most expensive make-up. :) 

Thank you for reading! See you on my next blog! 

- J ♥

Click here for my previous blog. 

If you want to check out these products, just click on the following links;

Ever Bilena



Mac Cosmetics 

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