I started using makeup—-foundation to be precise: a month before my wedding (yeah you read that right —-a month before the wedding—-i shudder when i glance through the wedding pictures 😦 It didn’t look awful BUT my face felt heavy, almost felt like a Geisha ……not a pleasant experience). I remember the helpful lady at the Macy’s counter happily doing a makeover for me and i was so delighted with the result that I gladly purchased my first (and last) Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Powder Foundation (spf 10) and bought the other gimmicks as well!
The more i used the above said foundation i felt UNHAPPY.
Because, it did STAY-IN-PLACE: it did not budge and removing it was a MAJOR task. It could not be removed by a simple Neutrogena makeup foundation (yes, i did use that!!! What a waste of money 😦 .
And you do know what happens when you do not remove the foundation properly—-there are remnants of the foundation lurking in the skin—–zits pop up—-and hence you are unhappy. You see— this is a vicious cycle. Of course there are loads of other factors involved like LACK of diet, cleansing methods, acid toners etc etc which contributed to my unhealthy skin. The above said foundation did not work in humid weather as well.
And as i always say Unhealthy skin == LACK of CONFIDENCE
So, when i gradually eased my way into a healthy diet, i started replacing my skincare & makeup with “healthier” options. As i researched about mineral makeup (this was 3 years ago!) and Lily Lolo was one of the British brands that looked like they knew what they were doing. It hadn’t got the coverage that it seems to be getting now and yet, I decided to try it (you know, that GUT feeling) and boy, i am glad i did it.
Lily Lolo has definitely been my knight in shining armour. They deliver on all fronts (A+++).
1) Affordable : It retails at £13.99. For those who are uninitiated in the method of choosing makeup online, Lily Lolo offers a sample service & shade guide. I chose the darkest colour (Hot Chocolate) and Cinnamon for my test purposes. The samples are generous (lasts for a week or so) and cost £1.49
2) Clean and Simple (Easy to understand) skin-healthy ingredients, NO Talc/ NO Parabens/ NO Perfume: Mica, Zinc Oxide [+/-CI 77891(Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492(Iron Oxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxide), CI 77499(Iron Oxide)
3) Vegan Friendly
4) Blends easily: The mineral powder works magically well with a Kabuki brush (blending its way in circular motions). It effortlessly seeps into the skin without looking patchy!
Word of caution: This foundation has the tendency to give a matte finish and wouldn’t give the dewy Lily Lolo model look effect!! 😉
I like a dewy face and so i moisten mine with a spritz of a hydrating toner Or with a layer of moisturiser/ facial oil so that the mineral foundation stays put.
5) Finely Milled Powder : The blendability of the mineral powder can be contributed to the fineness of it. It smoothly glides onto the skin.
6) No breakouts: As you have seen from the ingredient list there is no talc, no perfume, no preservative—-it is as clean as you can get! I have never had breakouts because of this…. my breakouts could be attributed to the weekend indulgences 😉 but none of the spots were due to the foundation. I can feel my skin breathe when i use this mineral foundation. It is light and airy. No cakey effect.
7) Longevity: If i layer a facial oil before i apply the foundation, the makeup stays put for at least 6 hours. And if you layer a lot of other products underneath, I am sure it will stay put for the entire working day.
8) They have brilliant customer service-–they readily answer to the queries.
9) Other Lily Lolo products worth sampling: Flawless Matte finishing powder (absorbs oil and makeup setter – can be applied as a base before the mineral foundation) & Stardust Mineral Shimmer (to achieve a bright eyed look- applied in the inner corner of the eyes)
10) Ease of removal: The formulation is clean and simple and hence it is incredibly easy to remove using an oil cleanser/balm/creamy cleanser.
11) Coverage : Light to medium. Do not expect the foundation to cover deep scars. However, as i said before in point number 7, it all depends on the layering! If you want a bare face, you can easily achieve the look using the foundation OR if you want a bit more coverage for any recent pigmentation, apply an oil and a moisturizer- and the blend the powder. Voila, you are ready with a fresh face even toned look.
12) Time to settle: Because this is a mineral powder, it take a minute to settle down (similar to when you apply a sunscreen : however many sunscreens formulated now do not give a ghostly white appearance). Ultimately, it is all about the blending, baby!
13)Lily Lolo have been in business for quite some time. There has been a massive shift in the way they have updated their packaging and design (it is sleeker now). They have grown so much in the last couple of years. My major issue with them is that, since they are progressing on all the fronts, it would be really nice if they invested their research on a wider shade palette. They have a lot of shades for women of the lighter skin but only a couple for women with darker complexions!!!!!
I must admit that i love them DESPITE the fact that they have limited shades for darker women.
Eco tools: What can i say, these are my favourite brushes ever! And they are economical too! I picked mine up from Tk Maxx and they were super duper cheap. The powder brush, eye makeup set, kabuki brush retails at £9.99 approx (Subject to change :-))
I love the kabuki brush the most. Very convenient and great for blending. The oft used animal hair bristles are replaced by soft synthetic taklon bristles which are 100% cruelty free, handles are constructed from highly renewable bamboo, and the metal ferrule is made from recycled aluminum. The collection comes packed into a neat little hemp linen sack that tucks into the makeup bag or purse and keeps loose powder from decorating all other cosmetics. Besides, they are easy to clean.
In case you are curious about the method in which i clean my makeup brushes, i have blogged about it here.
I will end this blog post dreaming of a Lily Lolo wishlist :
Berry Crush & Desire Lipstick, PeepO Corrector for my dark circles, Super Kabuki brush, Tawnylicious, Flushed and Sunset Mineral Blush, Flawless Matte finishing powder, Exposed Laid Bare Eye Palette.
In case you are curious to know more about the brand, my dearest friend, Ruhi has written a beautiful blog post on some of the Lily Lolo products that she recently tried. Do have a look here and be prepared to drool over her gorgeous photographs and well researched blog posts.