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Firstly, I'd just like to confirm this IS the same old Sarah_Louise who used to write pretty much one review everyday for years, some four or so years ago! For those of you who may remember me/my username, you might be shocked to see me writing about a makeup product! More on this in a jiffy...
~ So why did you decide to use Lily Lolo makeup? ~
For me, the question would usually simply be why would I decide to use makeup at all? I've always been a tomboy at heart and, even when under significant peer pressure at high school, I never bothered weather any. That was largely up until last year.
A few years ago, I suffered from a bout of depression which really knocked my confidence for six.
Then last year I came down with a rare form of rosacea which is a skin condition that starts off looking not disimilar to teenage acne. Having suffered with bad acne as a teenager (and consequently a year or two on antibiotics to clear that up), I was gutted when, at the age of 23/24, I seemingly had acne again. When I was diagnosed as having rosacea (which involved a biopsy being taken from my face) I was gutted as this condition can stay with people for life - with no known cause and no particularly brilliant cures.
So that was that. With my confidence knocked and my youthful looks as it was, I was feeling uber conscious of my skin AND I was getting sick of being asked for I.D. all the time. The clincher was this Valentines Day (Feb 14th, 2009) when I was buying a comedy DVD for the hubby - it was rated 15. And, without even thinking, I found myself getting asked for I.D. I was amused but so, so embarrassed.
After also suffering with quite bad side effects from a variety of contraceptive pills, I'm now finding myself getting spottier too - just good old "proper" spots again. Sigh.
So thats the background.
Now being a novice at makeup wearing and application, I admit I don't know a great deal about makeup. When I have dabbled with makeup wearing before now, its usually ended up looking awful and my version of "foundation" has only ever been liquid stuff that ends up looking like you've covered yourself in some sauce out of the kitchen cupboard.
So after doing extensive Google searches, I decided to take the plunge and give Lily Lilo ago.
~ Who are Lily Lolo and where can I find them? ~
Taken from their website: http://www.lilylolo.co.uk "Lily Lolo has been around since 2005 when founder Vikki Khan discovered mineral makeup and couldn’t believe that there was no gorgeous affordable range available in the UK. Since then mineral cosmetics have become much more popular with most cosmetics companies offering some mineral products but we’re committed to keeping all our minerals healthy and strictly au naturel. All of our products contain the minimum of ingredients (natural ones at that) but still promise truly great products that really perform. We’ve built up a cult following as a mineral specialist and thanks to our loyal customer base we’re now expanding and developing new products. Our promise to you is no nasties, no parabens, no synthetic dyes and definitely no nano-particles and of course – fabulous healthy products!"
~ Why I wanted to try the product ~
Well as I mentioned above, I'm new to the makeup scene in any real manner. I wanted to cover up my (now ridiculously) spotty skin. And I've suffered from dark circles under my eyes (blame my genetics, not a lack of sleep!) for years too. Not to mention the fact that I now suffer from (albeit dormant at the moment) a rare form of rosacea. Oh. And throw into the equation that I have a strange slightly darkened patch of pigmented skin on my forehead ala side effect of one of the contraceptive pills I was on about a year ago. Wonderful eh!?
I heard all the rage about mineral makeup this, that and the other years ago but never really needed to take much notice then (being a non-makeup wearer then!) but it must have subconsciously stayed in my head for later use!
I also Googled for something that was suitable for us fair skinned people. I'm really rather pale and whenever I have dabbled in foundation wearing before I've ended up looking like I've been tangoed before I've even tried any fake tan!!
~ Claims - True or False? ~ Claim: "Easy to apply. No more heavy, obvious foundation."
True. Ish. I dare say it is easy to apply if you're used to applying makeup but for a novice such as myself, it took a few goes. Albeit their website does have a handy guide. I bought a brush to apply it with too which I do find makes it a lot easier to apply (having tried applying it with my finger initially).
Claim: "Suitable for all skin types."
True, I presume. For me, being the pale skinned type that I am, I must admit, this foundation stuff is THE best stuff at covering my skin without making me look like I've been tangoed.
It doesn't seem to have aggrevated my spots or my rosacea so thats a relief too. That is another reason I went with something that is 100% mineral based.
Claim: "Requiring no additional illuminating products, mineral foundation will give you the natural fresh-faced glow of beautiful healthy skin. 'Feels almost weightless on your skin…'"
False - I've not needed any illuminating products but I wouldn't say it feels weightless on my skin. But then again, maybe it is unfair for me to comment as I'm so NOT used to wearing any makeup at all? But then again, maybe I'm a good person to judge it for this very reason! It doesn't bother me and it doesn't feel like its heavy or anything but I can tell I'm wearing it.
The brilliant thing about the Lily Lolo range of mineral foundations though is that they do come in shades suitable for people with pale skin. The shades available are: Neutral (what I have), Cool, Warm and Olive. Each one of these is sub-divided into sub-categories (depending on exactly what product you're buying).
Neutral is the palest I've seen on the market anywhere and suits me fine I would say. Certainly better than any of the others I've dabbled in in the past. Out of the Neutral selection you can choose from Porcelain and Blondie for their selection of foundations and cover up powders. Now amazingly, I have found that Porcelain is too pale (yes, you read that right - TOO pale!!) It makes me look really washed out. So I find myself using Blondie instead. I was amazed!
The best thing though is that Lily Lolo sell little sample pots at 99p (plus 85p P&P) so I didn't mind buying a few - otherwise I suspect I'd have presumed I'd have been the palest, Porcelain shade, and just bought a big tub of that, only to be disappointed when I found it was too pale for me. So I'm very pleased they sell sample pots.
~ Other bumpf ~
The excellent thing is that their sample pots actually last a while. I haven't worn mine every day but I reckon I've had about 15 days worth of powder in my sample pots. And there is still a little left too.
I also splashed out and bought a sample (sachet) of "Peepo" undereye cover up stuff (which is a yellow sort of colour, designed to be worn under foundation) to take any blue/grey colouring away. This definitely does work but you do definitely need the foundation over the top as, with me anyway, the yellow colour of this powder remains a bit yellow-y even when applied only to the undereye circles.
I also bought a sample sachet of Blush Away which is greenish in colour and is designed to go on spots or other reddened areas - the green, again, is designed to mask the colour of the skin underneath. I thought this was a fab idea - both for red spots and for my rosacea when that flares up again. I remain impressed by this stuff. Again, I tend to put a layer of the normal foundation over the top to cover up the greenish colouration.
In addition to this, I bought myself a sample sachet of Cover Up powder in Blondie which I'm not entirely sure what the difference is between that and the foundation powder. But that is just me being a novice in the makeup field!!
And finally, I bought myself some Finishing Matte Powder which came in a little sample pot like the foundation powders did. This stuff is completely white so I only just put a thin skim over the bits that would usually get shiny - i.e. forehead and my nose really in my case.
It doesn't visually do anything but maybe it does keep the shine at bay?
In total I spent approx £5.50 including post and packaging. So not bad at all, especially pleased at how long the samples have lasted too.
~ Will you be buying more? ~
Amazingly, I am absolutely gob-smacked to say that I suspect I will buy full size products from Lily Lolo.
It is the best stuff I've found for my skin tone and (lack of) capability in applying makeup!
I got married in November last year and that is the only time in my life I've actually been 100% happy with how my skin actually looked - sadly, I just can't apply makeup like my makeup lady did! I even bought the foundation she used on me but with zero luck in applying it! (It was a liquid stuff that went tango-like when I applied it!)
~ Conclusion ~
Although Lily Lolo doesn't make me 100% happy with my skin, it does help me feel more confident about it. I've got another month or so before I can start demanding my doctor gives me something to combat my acne again (another month of trialling another contracteptive pill in the meantime!!)
So, whilst my skin remains so patchy, spotty and general iccie, I think I'll continue to cover it up as best as I can. Hopefully one day soon(ish) my skin will clear up again and I can go back to not actually being bothered too badly about it. Although I still may use Lily Lolo to cover up any breakouts and cover up my undereye circles!!
Good to see you back reviewing and as good as ever. Time flies doesn't it? We were on Ciao in the days before the redesign and such things as an E or an Off Topic even existed hehe. Need to start posting on here again I suppose - have been doing so on a mates website for about the past eight months but nobody reads! ;) tom