Recently I’ve been keen to branch out and try some more cruelty-free brands.
I like to think people can visit my blog and see cruelty-free beauty isn’t difficult to find, but I also want to draw attention to brands which can’t be found on the high street and therefore aren’t as well known.
I’m starting with Lily Lolo. I finally gave into temptation after seeing some of their stuff on Jennie’s blog, and it was well worth it. What I love about Lily Lolo is their aim to use the most simple formula possible for each products. Everything is free from fragrance, they’ve been approved by Cruelty-Free International, which means it’s guaranteed no animal testing was conducted, and most products are suitable for vegans.
I also really like that you can buy sample pots of their base products to make sure the shades and textures are suited to your skin. I’m very impressed and I expect I’ll invest in more of their make-up in future. Read on to see what I tried out…
|Clockwise: Natural Lip Gloss in English Rose; Mineral Blush in Beach Babe; Mineral Powder in Translucent Silk; Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Porcelain|
Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Porcelain (v)
Want natural-looking coverage? Mineral foundation is the one. On clear, even-toned skin you probably won’t notice much more than a mattifying effect (thankfully not one that makes skin look dull).
But on spotty skin like mine? This is wonderful, since it tones redness right down. Concealer is still a necessity, but a little bit of pinpoint application is usually all I need.
My favourite thing about this foundation is how light it is — my skin can breathe. I spent the entire summer thinking I had to use a liquid foundation to get enough coverage when I could have had this all along.
Cost: £15 full size/£1.50 sample
Finishing Powder in Translucent Silk (v)
There are three different versions of the finishing powder: Flawless Matte, Flawless Silk, and Translucent Silk. I chose Translucent Silk because I want my skin to have a little bit of radiance this winter, even though I’m trying to blot away some of the oil.
This powder creates a beautiful, lit-from-within glow, without too much shimmer or shine, and it blends like a dream. It can get a little bit chalky if you use too much in one go, but apply it sparingly and you’ll be fine.
Cost: £14.50 full size/£1.50 sample
Mineral Blush in Beach Babe
The perfect peach. Beach Babe looks wonderful in summer, but is also suited to autumn and looks especially good when worn with brown gel liner.
The colour is quite subtle, so it won’t overpower the rest of your make-up. Like other mineral products, this is really easy to blend. Basically, I’m a mineral convert now.
Cost: £9 full size
Natural Lip Gloss in English Rose
This is the prettiest pink, the ideal colour for everyday make-up. Being a lip gloss, it does need to be reapplied more frequently than a lipstick, say, especially after food and drink, but I can live with that.
It’s probably the least sticky lip gloss I’ve tried, and there’s no shimmer, either — just a sheer wash of dusky rose colour.
I will warn you: it smells like chocolate ice cream and gives me the biggest craving for Ben & Jerry’s.
Cost: £8.50 full size
Have you ever tried anything by Lily Lolo before? Which product catches your eye?
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.