Giorgio Armani

One Swipe Shadows

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I love makeup as much as the next beauty obsessed gal (or guy!), but when it comes to eye makeup I gravitate more towards a one swipe shadow. I don’t mind doing a more intricate eye look now and then with a lid color, crease, liner, etc, but most days I love to grab one shade and go. I picked up a few new additions to my collection that are perfect for the one swipe look. 
1. Burberry Eye shadow in Pale Barley and Shell – Yes, I finally bought the much buzzed about, always out of stock, cult classic Burberry eye shadow shade in Pale Barley. People talk about this color being the perfect natural taupe shade that looks great as both a lid color and a crease color. I have to agree that it is one of the most wearable shades because it has just the slightest amount of shimmer to give it dimension, while providing a medium pigmentation that can be sheered out or built up. It’s definitely a must have in a neutral lover’s collection. Shell is from their new wet & dry glow collection and has much more shimmer than the Pale Barley formula. However, the shimmer is gorgeous and gives the most spectacular gilded golden lid. I prefer to wear it dry though I still layer it over an eye shadow primer (I usually wear this or this). I have already moved both shades into my everyday makeup drawer as I suspect these will become staples of my daily look.
2. Armani Eyes to Kill Shadows in shade 6 and 15 – No these are not new, but as I have stated before – my blog is not always about the newest launches. There are so many products that I haven’t tried that still deserve my attention so I love to discover these hidden gems. These cream/powder hybrid shadows have been on my must-buy list for ages, and I am so glad I finally snagged a few. The formula is not for the faint of heart as these are PIG-MENT-ED. Holy cow! Just trying to wash these swatches off was an ordeal itself. But they blend beautifully and the color pay-off is intense. The two shades I purchased were a bit darker than most of my daily neutrals, but can be sheered out so as not to be too dramatic for day. I suspected the shimmer aspect to border on glitter disco ball, but that was not the case at all and there is little to no fall out which allows me to still wear them during the daytime. In addition to a basic bronze (shade 15), I purchased an olive green shade (shade 6). It looks great with a variety of cheek and lip colors, and is a step (albeit small one) away from my standard brown shadows. I can’t believe it took me so long to come to the Armani Eyes to Kill shadow party, but I’m here now and loving it. Expect to see a few more shades added to the collection in the future. Because I need more eye shadows like I need a hole in the head. Oh well. 

The Lipstick Edit

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I’m forever trying new lipsticks, but if I had to narrow down my collection and pick my favorite shades from each category, these would be it. Here is my lipstick edit: 
Nudes
1. Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Pretty – One of the most perfect natural lip colors with a fantastic texture to match.
2. Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Roleplay– A bit deeper than my regular lips, this works great with neutral eyes and cheeks for a great everyday look.
Corals
3. Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Coral Sand – I am not typically a fan of light coral shades, but this one manages to make the cut – probably because it has a bit more of a brown undertone to help balance out the orange.
Pinks:
4. Hourglass Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Canvas – I have been wearing this shade for years and it never lets me down. And it is the one color that I always bring with me on vacation – that is probably the biggest compliment a lip color can get.
 
5. Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl in Paint It – A raspberry shade that works with just about any look.
Reds:
6. MAC Ladybug – The one red shade that I find perfect for wearing to the office as well as to dinner. Sheer and buildable, this color would work for almost any skin tone.
7. Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 400 – Everyone is always looking for that “perfect red”, and this is mine. Not too orange, not too blue, it is the essential classic red lipstick everyone needs.
Dark lip shades
8. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Envoutante – I was a bit hesitant to dive into the world of vampy lip shades, but this one helped me ease my way in. A great texture and not too dark for my pale skin. My fall wardrobe is not complete without this shade.
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