Perhaps this should have come with some sort of warning of me with no slap? Oh well - too late now! I thought it best to show you my chops au natural so that you can see the reason I officially heart Lily Lolo's product range.
My search started a month or so ago when I began to think about wedding makeup. As I am doing my own, I thought I would begin to try out products well in advance. I am thankful (as is my purse) that my seeking was soon over. I had heard from various sources that mineral foundation was the way to go, so after trying (and failing) with Sheer Cover (it just didn't do anything for me at all), I returned to good old Google and landed on the Lily Lolo website.
I found their shade helper incredibly useful and decided to order 3 separate samples to try out, plus some of the Flawless Matte Finishing Powder.
I loved the little dinky sample pots, which provided me with well over a weeks worth of application. A little really does go a long way.
I then chose my shade (Warm Peach) and ordered the full size along with their Blush Away corrector and the matte finishing powder. Delivery was quick - 2 days - and I even got a free eye shadow. Winning all round so far.
So, my application goes thus: I use a light moisturiser and get dressed whilst it's soaking in. Once I have my under-crackers on, I apply the green based Blush Away to my T-zone and my cheeks - paying special attention to the little red pigmentation on the very end of my nose (the bane of my life - but lasering it off seems a bit extreme - so covering it is the only option) I then add a little of the matte powder as it has been a bit muggy here over the past couple of days and using it under the actual foundation is recommended by the little booklet I received.
I then go all in with the foundation. Saying "all in" indicates that I use a heap of the stuff - but in truth, it is a few taps into the top of the lid and then picked up onto my brush (a Kabuki from The Body Shop). I tend to put the bulk on to my cheek, then swirl on my nose, other cheek and then all over, picking up the excess as I go.
The product claims to be buildable - and that it is - but I have yet to have to go back for a second application. A few taps of foundation really does work. And it pretty much stays in place, apart from on my nose (isn't that always the way? as the part I want to cover most?) but reapplying after lunch is literally a couple of sweeps and it is done. Keeping hold of the little sample pots comes in handy for this as they take up no room in my make-up bag.
Once I have added the other bits of my regular regime with lashes, brows and lips, I am off out the door. The whole thing takes under 5 minutes. Including lipstick. The foundation itself is a couple of moments from my day.
I love that, due to the natural ingredients, my skin has improved and it also offers me SPF 15 protection. It is also light on my skin and if I get a sweaty upper lip (nice), it does not form a tide mark. In fact, the only issues that I have had whilst trialing, was using it over a BB cream. It seemed to blend ok, but throughout the day, kind of separated. Since switching to a light moisturiser, things have been a-ok.
Now, I am usually a cheaper end of the make-up spectrum, never spending over £8 on foundation. So, when I saw the prices, I did balk a little. But not for long, as the samples alone convinced me this was the best way forward for me. A few weeks in, and I cannot believe how much liquid stuff, powder, finishing faff and what-nots I was putting on my skin before.
It also contains light reflecting particles, which I am reliably informed is grand for photographs. Kinda handy for this upcoming wedding of mine.
All in all, Lily Lolo gets a 10/10 from me!
Now... what to do with my barnet for the big day?
Time to get a practising with some Edwardian-ness methinks....
*this is not a sponsored post - all products were purchased with my own pretty pennies*