|Above: Lush lashes, flushed lips...courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty.|
Lush lashes, flushed lips...two products are all that's necessary to achieve this golden combination.
Kindly scroll on for a detailed description of a pair favorite Giorgio Armani Beauty products that skillfully create this look with joie de vivre and simple sophistication...
|Above: The GA Eyes to Kill Excess is the darkest, most voluminous of the ETK formulas.|
The Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara is not a new release, however, I have embraced it intermittently time and again due to the dark, voluminous lashes it creates. Retailing for $30, the rich, extra-black formula effortlessly glides onto lashes, leaving a wash of lush inky goodness, coupled with an extreme fringe effect.
|Above: A single swatch of the ETK Excess formula.|
The ETK Excess formula does not come in a waterproof version, however, I find that it still does a respectable job of not smudging, flaking or migrating as the day wears on.
|Above: A side by side comparison of the brushes of Le Volume de Chanel and GA ETK Excess, respectively.|
The ETK Excess brush is quite unique...not as dense as the stellar Le Volume de Chanel wand, the spindly ETK spikes do a remarkable job of getting into every crevice of the lash line, enabling the formula to be drawn through fringe from root to tip. This process creates a significant amount of rich, dark volume in two coats.
|Above: Two coats of the GA Eyes to Kill Excess formula after eight hours of wear on a very warm day...still maintaining decorum!|
|Above: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Matte Lacquer #500 Blush, resplendent in the sunshine.|
Being the inextinguishable nude lip color lover that I am, it is difficult for me to venture into brighter, more flushed tones. That being stated, I recently encountered the most brilliant shade of muted bright pinky coral...it is both infinitely flushed in appearance and massively wearable! Retailing for $32, the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Matte Lacquer in #500 Blush has been sold out at my local Armani counter more often than not. In turn, when I finally was able to procure it, I unequivocally snapped it up (along with an additional tube for my mom!).
The Lip Maestro formula is utterly delightful...unscented, highly pigmented, creamy, moisturizing and long lasting, this matte finish liquid lip glides on like butter, leaving a truly unusual (but beautiful!) velvet finish. I get 3-4 hours of wear time without a need for touching up and my lips feel balanced and comfortable over the duration of wear.
Above and below: Swatches of #500 blush in direct sunlight and shade.
The shade itself is a bit of an anomaly...initially it looks like a simple rosy nude in the tube, however, once applied, it takes on a vibrant life that is neither exclusively rosy nor nude in nature. I would describe it as a muted rose-infused pinky coral with nude leanings...that wasn't succinct but it is accurate ; ) The shade is endlessly unique and I am pleased to report that I do not have duplicates for this in my collection!
Due to its pseudo-brightness, wearing this shade feels like an exciting departure from nude territory, without being so bold as to send me veering out of my basic comfort zone. It is a welcome addition to my ever-growing lip color family and I am confident that it will be the object of great use as the fall progresses!
|Above: Two coats of Lip Maestro #500 Blush alone on the lips.|
Below: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara and Lip Maestro #500 in action in various lighting situations...
Bottom Line: Sometimes, all it takes is a couple of carefully curated products to achieve a transformational effect...during this seasonal transition, one cannot go wrong with dark, lush lashes and muted, flushed lips! Consequently, I wholeheartedly recommend the robust powers of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara and Lip Maestro Matte Lacquer #500 Blush.
I hope your Wednesday is brilliant...what are a couple of favorite products on your radar as of late?
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