Armani Ecstasy Shine Lip Cream Review

NEW Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipcream

New Armani Lipsticks

Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine

This brand new Ecstasy Shine launch from Armani Beauty combines the high shine finish of a gloss and the hydration of a balm into one handy lip cream. It is fantastic for giving  a pretty wash of colour whilst also protecting and nourishing your lips. This is a great all rounder.

As with all Armani Beauty products the packaging of this new lip range is utterly luxurious. All 18 shades come in the signature ergonomic bullet case, lacquered in the immediately identifiable red 400 of Giorgio Armani Beauty, with the iconic magnetic clasp. They feel weighty and luxe and the magnetic closure means the lid will never come off in your handbag!

NEW Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipcream

I have been testing 6 out of the 18 colours and as you would expect the lighter shades are more sheer but the deeper plums and reds offer a more bold finish but these are meant to be easy to wear and light on the lips. They have more of a fresh feel, modern feel especially after a year of the ever popular Matte lip. I personally love the balm like texture of these, they glide on the lips with ease and because the colour isn’t too vibrant they’re fuss free to apply. No lip liner needed and if you’re in a rush a mirror isn’t even a must! As Armani say Minimal input, maximum impact. 

Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine Lip Cream

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These have a modern glossy finish to them, not your throw back gloss of the 90’s but a more radiant, non sticky, light reflectant finish. They feel lovely and smooth on the lips and despite them being a gloss / balm hybrid the staying power was impressive. I have to say at £29 each they are very much a luxury beauty product but If there is a shade you fall in love with (& with 18 wearable shades to pick from that won’t be too hard) I guarantee you will want to use it all the time. My lips feel and look so good when I am wearing these and also once the colour has faded my lips still feel soft and hydrated.

  • 100 is a light pink neutral
  • 200 is a nude brown
  • 401 is a cherry red
  • 500 is a pretty pink
  • 505 is a deep vibrant pink
  • 602 is a berry

Armani Ecstasy Shine Lip Cream Swatches

Top to Bottom > Night Viper 602 / Silenzio 200 / Crescendo 500 / Smile 100 / Ecstasy 505 / Hot 401 

Currently exclusive to Selfridges & the Armani Beauty website RRP £29 each

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5 Favourite Nude Lipsticks

Nude Lipstick Recommendations

Favourite Nude Lipsticks

Nude lipsticks used to be very 90’s and the shade selection so limited but no longer is a nude lipstick a safe, boring option. There are just so many nude toned lipsticks out there now and there is a perfect, flattering nude for everyone. I love to wear theses kinds of understated but pretty shades, a nude can look so sexy and pull a look together but it can also look classic and balance out a more dramatic makeup look.

I have rounded up 5 of my absolute favourites to share with you.

Rimmel in Trendsetter

This shade is from Rimmel’s The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection. It is a pretty beige nude shade with a creamy, matte finish. It applies a little patchy but If I use my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lip liner underneath it gives me the most amazing base and it is a combo that works so well together. This matte formula is comfortable on the lips but it doesn’t look flat. I wouldn’t say it was particularly long wearing so I tend to reapply every few hours just to be on the safe side.

Nude Lipstick Collection

Rimmel 45

OMG I have only had this shade for about a month but I just love it. It is such a lovely rose nude shade and the scent of this lipstick is so nice and sweet, The formula is creamy and easy to apply, it is the perfect daytime lip colour and it has been my go to lip stick these past few weeks. It is just so easy to wear that I urge you to add it to your makeup collection.

Clinique in Nude Pop

This is a mini version and I adore how dinky and cute this is, I always take it away with me as a nude lip option. It is quite a warm nude shade and looks fantastic if you have a tan. It makes a simple no makeup look just a little more put together. I would say this has a 90’s vibe to it mainly because the finish is glossy and the colour is more on the brown side but it looks really great on. The formula feels more like a lipgloss and it is really hydrating too.

Nude Lipstick Recommendations

Charlotte Tilbury in Penelope Pink

This is one of my all time favourite neutral lipsticks and I treasure it. I wore it in Amsterdam for my birthday which holds so many special memories. Everything from the formula to the packaging is super luxurious. This nude pink shade is beautiful and flattering on the skin and its creamy texture makes it such a comfortable lippie to wear and it has pretty decent staying power too. I have to confess that I save this lipstick for special occasions because it is so beautiful – tell me I am not alone in doing that.

Urban Decay in BackTalk

This is a comfort matte formula so it dries down matte but with a satin finish which I think is a great combination. This might technically not be a nude but it is a beautiful neutral pink toned nude and I adore it. It is quite an unusual shade but it looks stunning on and it one of those lipsticks you can wear from day to night. It is the most pigmented and long wearing from the 5 I have picked and the formula is enriched with Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and abassu oils which nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. Vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants. So your lips not only look fab but they’re being well taken care of too.

Nude Lipstick Swatches

Left to Right

 Urban Decay BackTalk // Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink // Clinique Nude Pop // Rimmel 45 // Rimmel Trendsetter

Let me know what nude lipsticks you love to wear and if we share any of the same favourites.

*This post contains PR Samples but the views are 100% my own

New Lancome Matte Shaker

Lancome Matte Shaker

Lancome Matte Shaker

Lancome Matte Shaker*

I wasn’t bowled over by the original Lancome Shaker’s simply because I just didn’t find myself reaching for them. I wasn’t excited to wear them and the colours I had were quite sheer. Now fast forward to the new Matte offering and it is a whole different ball game. These are pigmented, bold and OMG they have serious staying power.

So the idea is you shake these like a cocktail shaker so the cushion applicator soaks up the product – the more you shake the more product ends up on the sponge (so bare that in mind). So once you have shaken to your hearts content you then apply the liquid lipstick using the cute, handy cushion applicator (nub) which is pretty effortless to use. It gives you precision application and the formula is easy to work with, it dries down to feel lightweight, comfortable and gives the lips that on trend matte finish.

Lancome Matte Shaker Lip-Colour

Lancome describe the formula as ‘feeling like a second skin’ and I agree with them. Being someone that tends to shy away from matte finishes because they’re more often than not uncomfortable and dry on the lips but these Matte Shakers have changed my opinion & I have been enjoying wearing them.

‘A water-in-oil emulsion that’s formulated with a patented Ultra Thin Film technology to deliver weightless texture and a second-skin feel without sacrificing intense color payoff. And it has Vitamin E for comfortable, non-drying wear.’

The Matte Shaker comes in 7 beautiful shades

Magic Orange – vibrant orange
Beige Vintage – nude beige
Energy Peach – nude peach
Red’y in 5 – warm red
Kiss Me Cherie – brick red
Pink Power – magenta
Yummy Pink – bright pink

Lancome Matte Shaker Swatches

Kiss Me Chérie / Yummy Pink 

The two shades I have are beautiful, bold and pigmented and you’re able to build up the colour to be super intense. Once you apply these there is no shifting them and they have incredible staying power. Even after eating and drinking the colour is still there and not patchy. I’m beyond impressed and I am going to get one of the more everyday shades, I have my eye on the Beige Vintage Shade.

The Matte Shaker’s are available now nationwide and at www.lancome.co.uk for £19.50

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Shopping My Stash January 2017

Shopping My Makeup Stash Jan 17

Shopping My Makeup Stash Jan 17

As I said in a previous post 2017 is the year I’m going to only keep products that I 100% love. So I thought shopping my stash would be a great way of rotating my makeup and either rediscovering old favourites or realising there is a reason you’ve not reached for something in a while and thats when it’s time to pass it on.

Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation

This foundation has such a creamy formula, although don’t be scared into thinking that it is going to be too heavy or greasy on the skin. It is lovely to blend and gives a medium coverage but you are able to build up to more of a full coverage. It covers all those blemish scars, redness and dark patches that you might otherwise use concealer on. This takes care of them all with ease. I’m pretty happy to have rediscovered this. I have the shade 25 Nude and that is a great match for my skin over the Winter months.

Shopping My Makeup Stash-17

The Body Shop All in One Concealer in 00

This is meant as a concealer but I have quite a peachy shade which I find  works really well to brighten my under eye area. It’s not the best colour match to use on blemishes but it can be good to brighten dark, old blemish scars and the coverage is very good. I like how creamy the formula is and because its so creamy it blends nicely. I always over look stick foundations / concealers but this one has made me think twice. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends these past few weeks so I am loving having this in my makeup bag to help me appear more awake and bright eyed. The formula also contains Vitamin E and Community Trade Marula Oil, so it is lovely and hydrating

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

2016 saw Benefit do a massive overhaul of their brow range and add so many exciting new additions to the collection & I have been using the Goof Proof pencil on and off for a couple of months. I do like the angled tip so you can easily sweep it across your brows filling in any sparse patches and It lays down a good amount of colour without feeling too overdone. I have started to get my brows waxed again as they were looking a little unkempt and so I’m excited to use this more in 2017. I might get a lighter shade too just for more of a subtle daytime brow

Rimmel Magnif'Eye Palette

Rimmel Magnif’Eye Palette in London Nudes Calling*

OK so this isn’t old but I haven’t used it since it was sent to me back in December. I haven’t been wearing too much makeup over the festive holidays but I have dug this out and I fully intend to use it a lot. This is full of rich neutral colours that are 100% me, you get 8 wearable shades and a mix of shimmer and matte shades. They apply with a little fall out but nothing that can’t be tidied up after.

Rimmel Magnif'Eye Palette

Shopping My Stash Makeup Swatches

Lacura Concealer Pen

This is part of Aldi’s makeup collection and it has almost run out, I have had it for quite a few months though. Its a click pen with a brush applicator (much like the cult beauty favourite YSL Touche Le Clait) I like to use it on my eyelids as a corrector and a primer and also under my eyes to brighten dark circles. I use a beauty blender as I find it gives a nice even finish and for a budget option the coverage is pretty good. I will be repurchasing it when it runs out.

Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Prelude

I mostly wear lip crayons as I just find them so convenient and easy to apply. Lord & Berry do some beautiful lip products and I used this quite a lot during last summer, I am pleased to have rediscovered it. Its a gorgeous rosy brown shade, a perfect everyday colour. It has a soft, creamy matte finish and I love how long it wears. I have put this straight into my handbag and it will be my Jan / Feb lip option.

Rimmel The Kate Sculpting Palette

Rimmel The Kate Sculpting Palette in Coral Glow*

How pretty does this trio of face powders look? I love the touch of rose gold they’ve included around the edge of the lid. The highlight shade is a champagne shade but its a little on the light side, I think this could have been more radiant. However the contour and blush shade are more pigmented and although the contour is a little on the warm side all is not lost because I have been using it more as a bronzer and I its perfect for that. The blush shade is a gorgeous matte coral pink, very flattering colour. I am looking forward to using this a little more, I think this trio is idea for travel or your on the go makeup bag as the packaging is compact and sturdy.

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