- I'll be getting to a review of Lisa Eldridge's new book in a hot second, but in the meantime, check out her compilation of the best and worst beauty moments throughout history.
- Can't tell whether this new line from Ellis Faas is cool or creepy.
- Love these makeup bags!
- Beaute.ie shares some great new Shiseido commercials, one demonstrating the truly transformational power of makeup and the others featuring Lady Gaga (who, by the way, is killing it on American Horror Story.)
- This is a product that exists in the world.
- In '90s nostalgia, Tommy Hilfiger is re-releasing some best-selling pieces from the decade, while the oh-so-cheesy 1999 movie Cruel Intentions is getting the TV treatment.
- Here's a round-up of 10 strange museums around the world. I had heard of most of them, but not the Barbed Wire Museum or the Bunny Museum.
- Brace yourself: Sociological Images shares their annual compilation of the worst "sexy" Halloween costumes.
- More spooky fun includes the ghost of Claude Monet roaming the Cleveland Museum of Art (courtesy of clever marketing staff, methinks), and the hotel where The Shining was filmed may be turned into a horror museum.
Now onto Pumpkinfest 2015! If you're not familiar, I started this tradition in 2011 when I went on a pumpkin baking spree on a whim. It's basically a one-woman baking marathon centered on pumpkin desserts that occurs sometime in October. I like to think of it as a warmup to all the Thanksgiving and holiday baking I do. Anyway, Museum staff members were most excited.
I made 5 desserts, 4 of which turned out pretty well and the 5th was a total fail. Well, not a complete loss - it tasted good - but I really messed up the construction. I made pumpkin spice latte ice cream, pumpkin cookies with PSL M & Ms, brownies with Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter (which, if you can believe it, is more addictive than their regular cookie butter), pumpkin muffins, and a pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling. The pumpkin muffins look burned but they're not - it's a delicious cinnamon sugar topping.
You'll notice the pumpkin roll is not included in the photo because that was the dessert I mangled. In my defense, it was my first time making a rolled cake and I got confused with the relatively complicated instructions, so I somehow ended up rolling the entire cake with parchment paper. Oops. What we managed to salvage was yummy but it was one sad-looking cake. But all in all, a good effort.
How are you? Are you doing anything fun for Halloween?