I’ve been on a culinary kick lately, ya know, cooking more than usual, because as much as I love the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe’s, I think I’ve hit my upper limit for microwaveable bean burritos this year. And all of the time I’ve been racking up at the stove has also led to a startling discovery: lemon zest — the scrapings you get from running a lemon against a grater — that stuff is the muthu truckin’ shiz!
It contains all of these aromatic, flavorful oils that make it a great seasoning for dishes like fish, pasta, salad, and pretty much anything and everything else I’ve been adding it to lately.
I bet if I’m not careful, what is still just a zesty infatuation could explode into a full-blown lemon zest addiction.
And then what? Where would I be?
Oh, I know — probably thinking about lemon zest while I play with the new Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop Color Correcting Eye Shadow Primer ($18).
It’s basically a pale lemon yellow version of the original Too Faced Shadow Insurance, a creamy eyeshadow primer designed to offset discolorations on the lids and extend the wear time of eyeshadows applied atop it.
I’ve long liked the regular version, even though the idea of it isn’t that revolutionary anymore. As far as similar lemony/yellow primers, Benefit makes one called Lemon Aid ($20) that didn’t really work for me, so I wanted Lemon Drop to rock. Plus, I kinda the name. The yellow tints are designed to neutralize redness in the skin.
Unblended (left) and blended (right)
As with the O.G. Shadow Insurance, powder and cream shadows grip this stuff like a grizzly bear, although I do detect some minor creasing after about six hours — not bad, but not quite up to the priming power of my current crush, NARS Pro Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base, which I’ve worn with the same shadows for 12 hours without creasing.
Like Pro Prime, Lemon Drop also intensifies the colors of eyeshadows layered on top of it, but to a lesser degree (and much less than applying shadows wet does).
And then there’s the matter of the color. Unblended, it’s a gorgeous pale yellow — so pretty! — but blended it turns ashy and gray (same issue I have with Benefit Lemon Aid).
I’m guessing it’s just a little too light and cool-toned for my tan.
Cool-toned pale pretties should have much better luck. Even though it doesn’t really work well for me, I still think it’s an above average eye primer (but one taken to task by NARS).
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Is it getting hot in here?
So…I’ve been trying to keep my trap shut about the latest True Blood episode to give you enough time to see it, but I’m dying to dish!
Did you watch it? What did you think? Of Sunday’s episode? I thought the writers (shirtless Vampire Eric scenes) did a great job (shirtless Vampire Eric scenes) with the story overall (shirtless Vampire Eric scenes), and it felt like the whole series (shirtless Vampire Eric scenes) got back on the right track.
Oh, and who else LOL’d when Eric mistakenly called Sookie, “Snookie”?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,