I bought this product after reading all the reviews on here. I tried 2 different colours - Bone and Sand. Bone was far too light. Sand is the closest I can get, but even this is too light - but the next colour is too dark. The coverage is THICK. Like, your face will look as if you've stuck it in a bag of flour. All contours and colour shadings are gone and if you're not good at putting them back using bronzer and highlighter, your face will look 'flat' and lifeless and pasty. If you look closely at the face, you can see the caked foundation and it makes pores look big even when they are not. To be honest, I don't see what the fuss is about or why all the rave reviews. Perhaps if you have really bad acne and you need total coverage, you might like this - otherwise I really don't see. I am now slowly using up these 2 bottles as under eye lighteners….
Powder -Lily Lolo - Mineral Foundation - China Doll
joziel 8/1/2012 8:00:00 AM
I actually use this as an eye shadow; I use a darker LL foundation (Barely Buff) on my face, then to give my eyes a lift, I switch to this around my eye sockets. Works really well.
Having tried samples of both Flawless Silk and Translucent Silk, I much prefer Flawless. It is tinted, so it doesn't leave a whitish tinge like Translucent does. (And I was not overapplying it either!). It is quite a warm tinge, so I think might work best with warm skin.
I don't really notice this product much - I've been applying it to my cheekbones for a bit of shimmer, but couldn't really see much of the sparkle! Having read the previous review, I will try with a sponge next time and see if that works better.
This is a great colour and a really subtle shade. Usually with bronzer I have to be careful not to apply too much and to build it gradually, but Waikiki is very subtle and I've never had to be careful applying it! I use a darker/warmer bronze on my cheeks, and then use Waikiki to sweep up on my cheek bones and perhaps warm my nose, forehead and chin slightly.
Loose Powders -Lily Lolo - Mineral Cosmetics Translucent Silk Powder
joziel 8/1/2012 7:53:00 AM
I got samples of both Translucent Silk and Flawless Silk and after trying both, I ordered a full size of Flawless Silk. I just found that Translucent Silk wasn't really translucent - it was white and it did leave my face with a whitish tinge & faded my blush and bronzer (which needed to be reapplied). I do think that perhaps it makes your makeup stay put longer though. But my choice would be Flawless Silk.
In terms of the colour, although it is very surprising to see something so yellow going under your eyes, it actually works quite well when combined with black circles. However, as with the Bare Escentuals 'Well Rested' powder - which I recently reviewed too - it doesn't quite work, however I try to use it. The main problem is what I call 'reverse creases': Usually, when you are using a liquid product or a concealer pen, when you get creases, they are creases of the product itself, getting pushed into little lines. However, with these undereye powder concealers - both Bare Escentuals and Lily Lolo - when I get a crease it is a 'reverse crease': A line with NO product, standing out because there's no product there. When you get a crease with a liquid concealer, it is usually easy to blend the crease of product in again with a finger very quickly. When you get this 'no product' crease with a powder, it just won't blend in again easily, as powder sticks more so you can't move it about. So you're kind of left with 'no product' creases under your eyes - yuck.
I'm quite new to mineral foundations, having previously tried only the Base Escentuals range. I found it hard to get the right shade, there, and also didn't feel that the powder lasted all day. I really liked it that, with Lily Lolo, I could order small sample pots for only £1.29, to try out the various shades. I ordered about 6 of them! I think I am either 'Barely Buff' (summer) or 'Warm Peach' (winter). I also tried their finishing powders in sample size - Translucent Silk and Flawless Silk - but I'll leave those for another review - and also their Peepo under eye concealer. In terms of the foundation, I appreciated the much wider range of shades in Lily Lolo and it has been possible to match my skin colour almost exactly. The powder does appear to last well, but I am using it with the Lily Lolo finishing powder, so I'm not sure how much the lasting is due to that. (I didn't use a finishing powder with Bare Escentuals.) I don't find that it makes my pores look large: It blends in well and makes my skin look smooth. Perhaps those with pore problems should try a primer, like Bare Escentuals Prime Time, before. My slight concern is that - as with Bare Escentuals - I wish the coverage were slightly better. However, the upside, is that you get a really natural look.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment
joziel 7/18/2012 3:08:00 PM
This is a really lovely-smelling product. I use it at night only, instead of a night cream. Although it is expensive, you use literally 3 drops each night, so it lasts AGES. It is really a collection of essential oils which leaves your skin feeling soft by morning.
Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand - Jose Eber-Curling Iron, Black, 25mm
joziel 7/11/2012 7:04:00 AM
I read so many rave reviews for this product on here and on YouTube, and saw so many amazing effects achieved with it, that I decided to splash out and buy it. Weeel, the curls just aren't lasting for me in the way others claim they are, for them. The volume doesn't stay and the style ends up looking naff. Maybe I'm doing something wrong and perhaps I can improve this with the help of some product or other, so I'm going to continue experimenting - but at the moment I'm less than impressed. I get more volume and a better wave effect with salt spray and a diffuser.
Concealers -Collection 2000 - Illuminating Touch Concealer
joziel 7/11/2012 7:00:00 AM
This concealer has a really great consistency - not too light and runny, so it doesn't have enough coverage - but also not too thick and paste-like, so it looks like you're Wearing Makeup. However, the problem is that it just doesn't last: My eyes look great immediately after I've applied this stuff, but just a few hours later they are kind of ashy looking, from the dark circles showing through. I use #2 Natural.
Concealers -BeneFit Cosmetics - Erase Paste in Fair
joziel 6/20/2012 5:25:00 PM
I have this product both in Fair and Medium, since my sister gave me a pot she had… The problem, though, is not really the colour of it. It's the fact that 1) It creases and then 2) it comes off and doesn't last, no matter what I set it with. It feels really tacky to the touch all day, and that means it is coming off, each time anything touches it, even lightly. It creases into horrible lines which look awful, but wiping the creases away also wipes the product about and… yuck. I really don't do well with cream concealers though - concealers of this consistency - I much prefer liquid concealers, since all the cream concealers with this paste consistency I've tried just crease.
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
joziel 6/20/2012 5:07:00 AM
Dark circles under my eyes are the bane of my life and I have tried so many different products (and combinations of products) to find something which 1) conceals 2) looks natural and 3) lasts longer than a few hours. I like this concealer, under my eyes. (I don't get acne really, so haven't used it elsewhere.) It is quite thick, and I put it on and then leave it to dry a bit before blending in. To make it last and stay put, and to stop it from creasing, I use a very very tiny amount of Urban Decay eye primer (original) under the eye. I stress this is a very small amount, since it you put too much of the primer on, it dries out in patches. But without any primer at all, the concealer creases and doesn't stay put. I use #3 (Cream), although I've found this slightly too light, especially in summer, so I'm about to try #4 (Beige), to see if that's better. There is not much in each tube of this concealer, so I'm not sure it's the best deal for money. Finally, it doesn't really last and kind of ends up ashy looking. But if reapplied, it will be ok.
I don't understand those folk who are saying this product doesn't lather - it lathers really well for me, and I was impressed by that. (Since the more natural a product, the less likely it is to lather well, usually.) It cleaned my hair well and it also contributed a lot of volume whilst wet/in the shower. However, as usual with ALL volumising shampoos and conditioners, I never can really tell the difference by the time I've done all the styling and drying and used styling products: The result tends to end up the same, whatever shampoo and condition I've used. (Within reason.) So - no worse than any other volumising shampoo and I like that it is natural and lathers well. But I just don't think I'd bother to use an expensive shampoo like this, when a cheaper one will achieve results just as good.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Label M sea salt spray
joziel 6/17/2012 8:40:00 AM
I've been going through a lot of sea salt products recently, writing reviews, so if you want to compare them, check out my reviews for other products. This Label M sea salt is good at creating volume and texture, but easy to apply too much of it and end up with gunky hair. It wasn't so good for creating waves; it tended to create thick but separated gunky hair, if that makes sense. So, good if volume is mainly what you want. Not so good if you want defined waves in a just-off-the-beach way. Don't apply too much.