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Friday, 10 June 2016

Giorgio Armani Beauty Event

I’m lucky enough to attend various events with the sotonbloggers and when the email dropped into my inbox inviting me to an evening spent with the lovely ladies at Giorgio Armani in my local John Lewis, I couldn’t resist. I’ve never tried anything from Armani’s beauty range, so I was looking forward to seeing what they had to offer and learn a bit more about the brand. When we arrived at the counter, we were greeted by the lovely Kayley and Steph with a glass of Prosecco, a bloggers’ favourite. After a quick mooch around the counter, we were guided over to our little area for the evening, where we were talked through Armani’s summer look.

The girls started at the very beginning, by cleansing and prepping the lovely Emily’s skin. The stand out product for me had to be the Maestro UV SkinDefense Primer. Anything that will prolong my makeup is a must, and UV protection is something I’m really starting to think about, so this is the best of both worlds. Not only does it offer skin protection and longer lasting makeup, but due to the formula, it doesn’t give off that horrible flashback all good selfie lovers hate. SPF 50 and no flashback? Sign me up! The price tag is a little steep for my soon-to-be student budget at £40 a bottle, but a wishlist product for sure. A little goes a long way after all, so it’d be an investment, right?

Once Kayley had taken care of skincare, Steph moved onto makeup. I finally got to see the notorious Luminous Silk Foundation in action (on someone other than the Kardashian girls), and safe to say it’s glorious. I was lucky enough to be colour matched to shade 4, and given a sample to try – I’m so excited to give it a go, I’m sure I’ll love it. We were introduced to the Maestro Liquid Summer, which I was a little apprehensive about a first, but on swatching it, I fell in love. I never thought I’d like a liquid bronzer, but this was so blendable. I’d love to add it to my collection, but at £40, it’s gone straight onto my wishlist. Teamed with the Fluid Sheer, which comes in a variety of different colours so you can find something to fit your tastes, it really is the ideal summer makeup look, bronzed and glowing.

My favourite product of the evening was the new Sepia Palette, as part of the Sepia Collection. Hands up who loves a multi-purpose product? I certainly do. And this fits the bill perfectly. This can be used all together, used all over the face for even more of a bronze glow, or separately to sculpt and highlight your face. I’d also use the colours individually as eyeshadows, I think they’d make a great eye look. The palette retails at £60, but as a bronzer, contour, highlight and eyeshadow, I’d say that’s justifiable – right haha? Steph finished Emily’s makeup with Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani lipstick in Bamboo. This was a gorgeous nude brown shade. A stunning colour to tie the bronzed makeup together. I loved the finished look.

The rest of the evening was spent mooching around the counter, where obviously I was going to pick something up. I chose the Giorgio Armani EcstasyLip Lacquer in Boudoir 502, which was £27. I’ve fallen in love with matte liquid lipsticks at the moment, so I thought I’d give this long lasting, glossy lip colour a try. The colour is stunning, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

We were lucky enough to be given a little goody bag by the girls from Giorgio Armani, and I couldn’t wait to get home and have a rummage through what we had been gifted. We were lucky enough to be given a little box with three mini products in, all of which I can’t wait to try. The best sample in my opinion has to be the Maestro UV Primer I mentioned earlier. I think this will be great for night out makeup, to minimise that dreaded flashback. I also received a small sample of Crema Nera Extrema Cream. I’m quite getting into skincare, thanks to my bestie Ashleigh, so I’m excited to give this a try. The final sample sized product we received was a miniature Giorgio Armani Privé Rose D’Arabie perfume. I love a good perfume, and this is the ideal size to shove in my handbag. And it’s a spray rather than a rollerball, something that is hard to come by in sample sized perfumes.

I had an absolutely fantastic evening with the Giorgio Armani beauty team at John Lewis Southampton, and am so thankful for the goodies they gave us. I can’t wait to give them a try. Have you tried any Giorgio Armani makeup? Is there anything I should try?

Love Lexie


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