Pan Seared Sea Bass in a Lemon Herb Puree Recipe


It's that time of year again. The time when I promise to diet my socks off and shred the pounds I've gained since the last time I went on this healthy eating rampage. How does this effect you, you may be wondering.. For 300 something days a year I talk about chocolate, refined carbs and deep frying everything in sight. If it makes you feel better at all, most of that stuff gets consumed by friends and neighbors as I eagerly insist they help me out with the eating. I'm no saint either. I eat less healthy but I try to maintain my hard work at the same time. Enough with boring details! Lets celebrate my attempt to administer each one of you readers a dose of recipes conducive to good health. It's gonna be less sugar, less oil, more proteins and bring on those fruits and vegetables of every color and shape! I can't promise how long it will last, I'll try not to fall of the wagon as quickly as I did last year though. Shavuous is not far off now, is it? 


In my years of blogging, I've shared many tasty fish recipes but after looking through my archives I can confirm that I've never given much attention to sea bass. It's a pity really, there's nothing like it! Today I am changing that with this protein loaded, lemon flavored dish. Zuchinni and blackberry add dimension and flavor as well. It worked so perfectly, I even surprised myself a little. Don't like seabass? Don't worry any other fish would be a good option too! Finally, here's my recipe:

Pan Seared Sea Bass in a Lemon Herb Puree 

Ingredients:

3-5 Filets Sea Bass, Skin Removed
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
Salt & Pepper to season

3 Large Fresh Lemons
1 Tsp Fresh Thyme
1 Tsp Fresh Parsley
1/8 Cup Honey
1 1/2 Cups Water 
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Large Zucchini
5 Blackberrys 
A Sprinkle of Sugar and 1/4 Cup Water 

Method:

1. Prepare your lemon sauce. Scrub your lemons under running water until they are very clean. Using a peeler, remove their skins and put them in a small-medium sauce pan. Add the thyme, parsley, honey, water, salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil over a decently high flame. Once it comes up to a boil, lower it so it simmers for about 30 minutes. Stir every once in a while. Once it has boiled down quite a bit and the 30 minutes has passed, allow it to cool. It should be slightly orange and quite thick at this point depending what kind of lemons you've chosen. Once it's cooled, put it into a food processor or blender. After halving the 3 lemons, squeeze their juice in with the rest of whats already in the blender. Be careful not to drop in any pits. Blend until smooth. 

2. Begin preparing the fish. Preheat the oven to 450. Sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Once it is smoking slightly and hot enough, carefully add one piece of fish at a time for 5-6 minutes on one side and then 2 minutes on the other. Then remove from the frying pan to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 3-4 minutes more. They should now be golden brown on both sides and completely cooked through on the inside. If your pieces are extremely thick, cook a few minutes longer on each side.

3. Plate your fish. Pour the prepared sauce into a bowl or deep plate. Top it with the pieces of sea bass. Peel a zucchini very thinly so that you have a bit of the dark green on both sides and the pale green zucchini flesh on the inside. It needs to be thin enough that it will stay closed when rolled. Roll each piece of peel up to create these cute rolls. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and drop them into the sauce to surround the fish. Sprinkle the blackberries with a tiny bit of sugar and then put them in a bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Keep refrigerated and let them sit for an hour or so like this before adding them as a garnish to top the pieces of fish and drop some in to the sauce along with those zucchini rolls as well.  If you don't want to bother with the zucchini rolls feel free to cut into sticks and roast them with some salt, pepper and olive oil before adding to the plate.  

4. Serve cold or slightly warm. These can be refrigerated and reheated, they do tend to hold their crisp. 

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, Review



This is my second tube of this BB cream and yet I've still not shared my thoughts on it. There's a good reason though, so hear me out. The first, landed on my desk last Spring but it was in the shade "Medium" which was unfortunately far too dark and even slightly orange for my natural skin tone. I used it anyways at the time by mixing it with a moisturizer but didn't get around to writing a review before finishing it completely. This was back in the days when I had just discovered bb creams in the first place and it's what has had me comparing it to several others since. Yes, it was that good! In fact, I don't believe any other has completely measured up either. So as you may be guessing, I don't have any negative words for this one. Luckily, it arrived once again a few weeks back and this time in the perfect hue. I had to test it almost immedietly to be sure it was that same product. In fact it was and with all the great benefits it endows too. I've been using it sparingly since and saving it for special occasions when I know I'll be on camera or in pictures. Let me know if you'd like me to show how it looks in a youtube video, I'd be happy to do so at some point over the next few weeks. 

Here are some more details:


Coverage: Medium. It smooths over any redness and evens out the skin with just one thin layer. I do still have to layer it or use a concealer on any potruding blemishes and hyper pigmentation in my cheeks.  I also always lay some powder down over top of it when I've finished applying to finish it. 

Finish: I think it has a finish that is perfectly imbetween. It isn't too matte that it looks flat but it's not overly dewey either so it doesn't have any shine or shimmer. For this reason it'd probably be great for most skin types. I have a combination skin type and it smooths over my oily patches and dry patches just the same. 

Consistency: On the thicker side. It's not so thick that it's unblendable though. At the same time it does need to be worked into the skin alot more then a thinner tinted moisturizer or light foundation would and I always lay it down on top of a primer so it goes on even easier. Also, I'm happy to report that my powder products like bronzer, blush and highlighter don't  go on patchy when applying or wear off in patches throughout the day. For me that says alot about a face product. 

Lasting Power: This lasts beautifully on my skin. 8 hours at the very least would be accurate and that is quite decent. It slowly fades without going patchy once it does start to wear down. I did notice that it began to break down in areas of oiliness a bit faster like my t-zone area so if you are oily you may want to set it with a face powder or blot every few hours. 

Variations:  This bb cream is available in 8 shades on the Smashbox website. That isn't amazing but it is fair. Keep in mind that if any shade is too light or dark for you, you can mix two shades to make one that suits.  That would be an investment to say the least. That being said, the shade light is just a tad too dark for me but I work with it by really blending it in well. 

Scent: I don't notice any significant odor with this product. 

Packaging: Default squeezey tube. I like the way this is packaged because it doesn't over-dispense product and the top twists on quite tight. When it is almost finished but won't allow any more product out I will just cut it open at the bottom which means I'll be able to use every last drop. The black, red and beige color theme here are nice, sleek and proffessional. 

Amount of product: Like most high end face products, this comes with just 1 ounce in it. It is definitely a little less then I would hope for but being that a squeeze is all that's needed each time, I will make do. 

Price: $39.00. It's certainly very pricey, but again this is a high end product and you get what you pay for. It is definitely something to think about when purchasing though. The good news is that they are now offering a smaller travel size version of this product for half the price so if you wanted to try it but the price was scaring you, it would be easier.  

Photographs well? I think so! Every time I am in pictures with this product it seems that my face looks smooth and flawless. This bb cream is a miracle for me in that way which is why I save it for special occasions.  The fact that it has SPF 35 as well is amazing since that usually causes flashback but it doesn't here. 

Overall: I'd give this a face product of the year award because it's been a true favorite for a long time. The detail that makes it extra special to me is the way it photographs beautifully every time and the great lasting power too.  


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A Spring Blue & Green Eye Makeup Look Tutorial


I hope that those of you who celebrated Passover/Pesach these past two weeks have enjoyed it as much as I have! Today I am back and really glad to be!

Remember the review I did of these gorgeous Smasbox shadow trios!? As promised I've been working on some makeup tutorials to go with them. These colors are beautifully vibrant for Spring and I've already created several different looks using them. This first one incorporates these blues from the Electro trio. Although the shadows aren't as great in pigmentation as they look in the package, I fixed that problem pretty quickly with my trusty Nyx jumbo eye pencil in milk which always brightens up any shadow I top it with. As usual I have a video to go along with this post as I do with most of my eye makeup tutorials. So go ahead and watch it here if you'd like or read till the end of the post where I'll insert it as usual. Feel free to use any products you have at home to recreate this look, you don't necessarily need to own this specific product to do so! The coastal scents 88 color palettes would probably have you covered easily. Also keep in mind that I love dramatic looks with full on winged liner and lashes but this can be kept quite simple too if you wanted to wear it out for every day. My one and only piece of advice: have fun with it! Look out for more spring makeup tutorials coming soon utilizing these trios and other new products I've added to my collection recently! 

Here's how I got the look:


Products & Brushes Used:

*"Nude" From the Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette


1. Use fingers to pack on the mac cream shadow and then do the same with the nyx jumbo pencil. I used it all over the lid from the lashline to brown bone, inner corner and even under the lower lash line. 

2. Using a blending brush, blend a light brown shade through the crease as a transition shade. 

3. Pack a bright teal blue shade all over the lid using a flat shader brush. Add the chartreuse color to the inner corner of the eye and just up into the crease ever so slightly. Bring that same color about half way in on the lower lash line as well. Then add the cobalt shade to the other half of the lower lash line and blend the too together with a pencil brush. 

4. Smudge a black kohl liner into the upper lash line. 

5. Line the lower water line with a bright nude long lasting liner. 

6. Coat upper and lower lashes in black mascara. 

7. Highlight the inner corner of the eye and brow bone using a bright ivory shade. 

8. Add false lashes if you'd like. 

9. Go over the band of the lashes with a black liquid liner and add a tiny wing on the outer corner.   


Let me know if you like this look! Do you dare add a little bit of bright color to your makeup looks this Spring? 

Let me know what kind of makeup looks you'll be wearing in the upcoming warmer months in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

 

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NOTD: Maybelline Color Show 320 Green with Envy Polish & Sally Hansen Nail Art Kit


Mint green nails scream Spring to me. Today was a real minty day for me. I did mint eye makeup, mint green earrings, a mint green t-shirt and then these nails. It was a bit of a mint overkill, but I don't care. When I love something, I rock it without a care in the world. 

As soon as a new season comes along, I do a bit of a makeover to all things makeup, nails and closet pieces. I go from burgandy and navy to sky blue and chartreuse in a minute. That's why my trip to Target was the perfect opportunity to scan the beauty shelves for those much needed pastels and bright neons.

Maybelline brought out nail polishes for the first time last year if I'm not mistaken, but they weren't of much interest to me then for some reason. Immediately upon seeing this gorgeous green, I was sucked right in. Now that I've found the formulation and brush to be to my preference, I am going to be all over these. I want one in every Spring color! Plus how can you say no to those tiny little bottles. If I need to pick something I hate about nail polishes it'd be having them sit in my collection unfinished only to get goopy and go bad without ever finishing them. This will be used up within 25 uses for sure and that is just what my hope was.


  Lets talk about the actual polish for a moment. It goes on quite matte and splotchy with the first coat which had me concerned for a second. With a second coat it transforms to this amazing glossy and opaque finish though vanishing all concern. I've been wearing it for less then 24 hours but was anxious to share so I cannot say much for the wear. I will have to come back and update you on that in the future. This may be a strange statement to make, but aside from that amazing color the thing I love best is the perfect brush. It is shaped in a thin tapered manner which means laying down color is easy peasy. Anyone can get a perfect manicure using it, even me. And I have two left hands, as you may already know. Kidding! 

Another item I came across while perusing Targets beauty section were these nail decals. They come in a kit with a pick up tool and two other vials of different colored studs. I had never seen anything like that and it seemed fairly user friendly. So into my cart it went. I have since had a lot of fun playing with them as they are an easy way to dress up any simple manicure! I used clear polish as an adhesive, and pressed one gold- bronze decal onto every nail except one which I lined with the pieces from the top of the nail to my cuticle. I love how it turned out!! 


 What do you think of this manicure and what have you added to your beauty stash in honor of Spring? Leave me a comment below letting me know, I would absolutely love to hear from you!! 

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Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trios, Wavelength and Electro Review


I find myself gravitating to eye shadow palettes that have neutral colors in them alot lately. Browns, taupes, golds and bronzes, I have too many to count. For that reason, I was surprised at how ecstatic I was when these landed on my doorstep. These vibrant colors have enabled me to really explore and experiment with different makeup looks then I'd normally go for. I can't wait to share some new makeup tutorials making use of them as well. 

Smashbox has had these Photo Op Eye Shadow Trios around for a while. These ones are more recent additions for the Spring and Summer time. Here's how they describe them: "Our Fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich bold hues in just one swipe. Each Includes three coordinated shadows- base shade, contour color and highlighter- so you'll never wonder which shadows to wear together again."

Here's what I think of them: 


Color Variety: The color choices are what has excited me most with these two palettes. I love the vibrant blues, chartreuse, yellow and coral pink! Each color does coordinate well with one another the only thing each of these trios is lacking is a highlight shade in nude, beige or ivory and a good light brown as a blending shade. These are both shades I need for any look I will create so that was a slight let down. It is easy to grab another palette but I like when everything I need is in one place.

Consistency: The texture on these is quite interesting to me. The shadow goes on nicely and blends well, but it is quite powdery and crumbly which means alot of fallout if you aren't careful and also equals quite messy packaging when the product dusts everywhere.  

Pigmentation and Finish: Almost all of the shades in these trios have a slight shimmer to them. The sparkly bits don't show up much at all when applied though which doesn't really bother me much personally. The pigmentation is definitely lacking here. They look as though they'd have fantastic color payoff but unfortunately they fall short with just one swipe. They definitely need a base underneath them like NYX's jumbo pencil in milk and then need to be built up about 2-3 times to appear as vibrant as they are in the packaging. 


Lasting power: Once again an eye shadow base of some sorts is a must with these to ensure they stay put all day. Otherwise they do seem to fade and move around a bit at the 4-5 hour mark. Using my Mac paint pot beneath these did the trick and helped them stick around for 8+ hours. 

Packaging: I really like the packaging on these. They are small and round in size so they don't take up too much room in a makeup drawer or travel bag. The lid snaps shut and the rest of it's encasing seems quite sturdy too. Everything I've come to expect from Smashbox in looks.

Price: These go for $28 for 2.76 g on the Smashbox website. This is very comparable to what Mac and other high end brands will charge for this amount of product. For 3 shadows I'd say that's not all that bad at all.  


Overall: These aren't my choice shadows in consistency and pigmentation but they do go onto the lid alright and blend evenly. They build up nicely with a cream shadow under them as well. The chartreuse color is my absolute favorite and I've gotten loads of compliments on it while wearing it. The price is decent and the packaging is superb. I'd say I like these but don't completely love them. These will still get alot of use as the weather warms up and I plan to do video tutorials shortly utilizing each shade.  


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My April 2014 Wishlist


If there is a post to celebrate the arrival of Spring this will certainly be the one. The official calendar welcoming of Spring has long passed, but it hasn't really acted accordingly until yesterday. The sun is finally shining in through my window and I hear birds singing their songs. Soon flowers will begin to bud on the trees and all will be beautiful again. I even heard an ice cream truck today!

 With each new season comes a fresh basket of wishes as makeup brands launch exciting new lines and floral prints are showcased in every clothing shop window. I want all of it of course but I will start making my selections slowly and carefully. Maybe a little haul is on the horizon...

Here are the items that are currently on my mind for the new season:

1. First Prize Pies Cookbook By Allison Kave- Maybe not the most appropriate of cookbooks with Pesach on our doorsteps. I do love me some pie though. 

2. Lsa Posy Vase- I have the perfect spot in my home for some fresh cut flowers in a vase, all I have to do is go get some. 

3. Tanya Burr Lip Gloss- I want them all but Picnic in the Park is the one I like most. 

4. Tanya Burr Nail Polish- If I buy this one it'll be partially due to it's adorable name "Little Duck". 

5. Mimi Boutique Sahara Satchel- I've been on the hunt for a new neutral toned easy every day bag. I spotted this on the Fash Boulevard blog and I think it's the one. 

6. Indigo Expression Pillow- Love the expression, love the pillow. 

7. Vita Liberata 2-3 Week Tan Mousse- I've never heard of a self tanner that lasts on the skin this long so I am quite curious about this one. 

8. Joseph Joseph Adjustable Sphagetti Measure- I think this is awesome, since I never know how much pasta to cook when I'm having company. 

9. Selphy CP910 White Wireless Printer- A printer you can use to turn your instagram photos into stickers? Yes please!

10. Prada Oversized Baroque Round Sunglasses- I don't even know how these would look on me but they are such a great fashion statement piece!

11. Oh Joy! Scalloped Bowl- I love the colors and the scalloped design. I think it'd be perfect to serve a salad in at an outdoor summer bbq. 

12. Asos Skater Skirt in Neon Jacquard- The material on this is so pretty and I can see this worn dressed up or dressed down. It's beautiful. 

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A Taste of Pesach Cookbook Review

*A Taste of Pesach Cookbook

I've admitted to being the worst food blogger in regards to cracking open a cookbook in the past. It's absolutely ridiculous that they sit on my book shelf and collect dust. I've recently received two new ones which will hopefully get a little more use then the rest have. This one surely will. Being that it's my first year ever cooking a complete Pesach on my own, the blog is sort of lacking in the Pesach recipe department. To make up for it, I will offer you my review of this cookbook. It is full of Passover friendly recipes that you and your families are sure to love! 

The Details:

How it Looks: The outer appearance is definitely appealing with it's dramatic black cover and white lettering. Most cookbooks offer a picture of a standout dish from the book on their cover. This one is unique with the utensils full of food being shown instead. The bright pops of color given off from those foods are what make it so alluring on first sight, in my opinion. 

What's Inside: Upon opening this book you will find over 150 excellent recipes most of which are accompanied by vibrant full page images of the specific dish itself. Clear and easy instructions are included too. You will find everything from Fish to Meat and fabulous Desserts. Who said Pesach was all potatoes, eggs and matzo?


Extras: 

Little notes with additional instructions for plating and variation options etc. are written along side many of the recipes for those creative cooks who want to add a little pizazz to their dishes! Also included is a two page menu ideas section which has options for dishes categorized as "traditional" or "prepare in advance" for easy holiday meal planning.  

What I love: 

1) The easy to read layout 2) The additional notes added with each recipe creating a more personal feel 3) So many cookbooks I've read lately have been lacking big time in regards to fish, this one on the other hand covers it nicely. 

What I Don't Love:

There is just one thing I can comment one here. I noticed that most of the sauce recipes were pretty basic so if your looking to be inspired in that department, it may fall short. Almost every one includes brown sugar and ketchup.

Some of the recipes I most look forward to preparing:

1) Asparagus Soup with Veal Mini Meatballs
2) Chilean Sea Bass
3) Unstuffed Cabbage
4) Classic Poached Pears


Overall:

I think this recipe book was well thought out. The cover is eye catching and the contents are just as pleasing. Although I was not thrilled with the sauces, the fish section sure makes up for it. The Duck A L'orange and Tiramisu are dishes from the book I've sampled over the weekend and they were both truly excellent. If you are seeking a new Pesach cookbook to use this holiday, I would certainly recommend this one. Step into your local Judaica store and have a flip through it to see if it's something you'd be interested in owning. I don't think it will disappoint.

*This item was sent to me by Artscroll for my consideration, all opinions stated here are solely my own. 

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Milk Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Macaroons Recipe


When I think back to Pesach/Passover as an adolescent, many memories come to mind. 14 hour roads trips from Indiana (where I grew up) are recollections not easily forgotten. Suffering with severe motion sickness means I get carsick easily. The thought of peeled oranges, white squares of chocolate and macaroons from those tall paper wrapped tins being passed to me in the backseat still make me shudder. It's probably the coconut in the macaroons that doesn't agree with me. Add it the growing list of foods I dislike, along with bananas and peanut butter. 

Nonetheless, as a food blogger I feel it is my duty to attempt cooking adventures that involve all sort of foods, even those that are under the category of "gag worthy" to me. Have I mentioned my love for the oh so popular macaroni and cheese? I could eat it for dinner every night. That wouldn't make a very interesting food blog though, would it? Very often I surprise myself and actually love that very thing I've baked with said ingredient I so passionately detest. This was one of those situations! Most of the makeup of these cookies is coconut. Don't leave yet, even if it's not your favorite. I too thought these would get eaten by everyone but me, turns out I may have had 1 or two....ok like 5. While cruising through a Food Network magazine recently, I came across this idea and was so excited to play around with it and make it my own. If you make just one desert this holiday it should be this one, they were soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, just sweet enough and tasted hardly of coconut...to me. 

I added pistachios to the top of these macaroons when I baked them before Pesach but any sort of nuts or dried fruit can be used inside and outside. Don't like cranberries? Add chocolate chips or any other item of choice. There are so many great variations to be done here, so play around with the recipe as you please. 


Milk Chocolate Dipped Cranberry  Macaroons:

Yields: About 25 Medium Macaroons

Ingredients:

3 Egg Whites
1 Tsp. of Cinnamon Extract
1/2 Cup Sugar
5 Oz. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut 
1/2 Cup Craisins 
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/3 Cup *Osem Israeli Cake Meal or Matzoh Meal

4 Oz. Milk Chocolate or Non Dairy Semi Sweet Chocolate for Dipping
Chopped Nuts or Dried Fruit

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Whisk the egg whites together until slightly frothy. Stir the cinnamon extract in with the egg whites and then add the sugar and mix in as well. Add the shredded coconut, craisins, salt and cake meal.  

3. Once it has all come together to form a thick batter of sorts, start scooping out 2 tablespoonfuls at a time onto a prepared greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Once measured, roll into balls and form into macaroon shape. Make sure they are set apart by two inches or so, otherwise they may bake together and become one. 

4. Put them in the oven for 25 minutes or until they are golden brown on all sides. 

5. Once removed from the oven, allow them to cool for about 15 minutes before attempting to lift them and add their toppings. 

6. Melt the baking chocolate in the microwave for about a minute or so. Then stir the chocolate to see that it has come to a thicker melted liquid.

7. Carefully dip each macaroon into the chocolate so that the top is covered in a nice layer. Sprinkle each one with pieces of chopped nuts and let them set for another 15 minutes before serving.  

Enjoy!

*Thank you Osem for sending me some really great products to cook and bake with. Want to see more of what Osem has to offer that is also Kosher For Passover? Head over to their Facebook page where they are also currently holding an awesome recipe contest!  

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Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20 Review



It seems as though Spring has finally sprung.  I'm definitely getting into the Spring spirit. Not having to walk outside with boots on is utterly fabulous! Cleaning and organizing is on the mind now. Lighter layers are too. Outer wear gets thinner and so can the products we put on our face. And the cycle begins again. Away with the foundations, out come the tinted moisturizers and bb creams. Speaking of, I actually have one to tell you about. 

A while back I tried and reviewed a BB cream from the Lumene line and did not like it very much due to it's thick qualities which meant it was too difficult to blend. It was also a bit orange and dark to match my fair skin. I'm not sure if this is that same product that has been reformulated or repackaged but nonetheless, I am really quite fond of it. When warmer seasons arrive, I like to keep my makeup light and fresh with the help of products that look natural and are easy to apply. This is all that and more. It's light on the skin but super effective in coverage. 

What Lumene says about it: "Light, moisturizing and conditioning cream helps to even out the skins natural tone and correct small imperfections."  


What I think of it:

 Coverage: Medium. BB creams often have a light coverage like that of a tinted moisturizer or a really heavy one like that of a full coverage foundation. This one is the perfect imbetween. It covers imperfections but still feels light on the skin. It can be built up for more coverage as well. 

Finish: I wouldn't say this has a matte or dewey finish but it definitely looks just like skin once it sets in.

Consistency: Slighter thicker then that of a tinted moisturizer this product blends into the skin flawlessly. It's not so thick that my bronzer goes all patchey over top of it either. 

Lasting power- Not more then 6 hours. It doesn't have the same wear as a long lasting foundation would, but it doesn't wear off strangely either, it fades slowly as it reaches it's 6th hour on the skin. 

Variations: I was disappointed to find that only two shades are available in this range. That's a real shame as there is definitely not one to suit everyone. This shade isn't my perfect match either, but when it is sheered out over my skin it does work fine. 

Scent: It has a slight citrus scent to it, but nothing overly bothersome in my opinion. 

Packaging: Bright and sleek. It comes in a tube that is easy to dispense product from without overdoing it. 

Price: $9.99. In comparison to some of the other BB creams like it, this is a good price. It will last a while too. 

Overall: I really like how this bb cream looks on my skin and I have been using it every day since I got it. It lasts me through a work day so I can't complain in that aspect. The SPF 20 is an added bonus for the warmer months and it does live up to most of it's claims. I do wish there were more shades made available so that more people could try it as well and I think that may be the only downside to it. 


Have you tried this BB cream? If you have, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments form below! If you want to have a look at some of the Lumene beauty products, you can visit their website. I did see them stocked at Walgreens as well, the last time I was there. 

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