SPF Yourself: Protect Your Skin with Armani Foundation.

SPF Yourself is a series of posts featuring products that contain a sunscreen, or SPF, in them. Not only sunscreens, but body lotions, facial moisturizers, eye creams, foundations, tinted moisturizers, bronzers, hair care and more will be featured. Only the best in beauty with SPF!

I love a good foundation and when I was told by a few friends that I needed to try some from Giorgio Armani Beauty, I listened.  I love Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation and have used it on and off for a few years now. It lacked on thing though. Sunscreen. When I heard that a few of their foundations contained the added protection of sunscreen, I knew I had to try them out too.

Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20 - $59.00

This foundation was created to uphold in extreme backstage conditions, and if it coveted there, you know it works. This formula is water-based, so it is light in feel, but this foundation provides a 14-hour satin matte coverage without the heavy coverage feel. It blends onto skin nicely. I have tried it with both a foundation brush and the Beauty Blender Sponge. Both offer a nice, even medium coverage, with a more sheer look from using the sponge damped a bit with water.  It really lasts all day and looks perfect. It comes in eight shades, from Ivory to Natural Suede.  I am using 5.5 Natural Beige, which is a very medium tinted shade that is matching my self tan nicely.

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Compact Foundation SPF 35 - $59.00

I was really surprised how much I like this powder foundation. I have sort of shied away from them recently as most seem to settle on me and just make my skin look flat. This did not. Applying it with the enclosed sponge, this seems to lighten the skin with a natural, transparent satin-matte finish. It too, last very long and looks just as nice at the end of the day as when I applied it. I used it alone for a light to almost medium finish, but applying it over a liquid foundation adds more coverage, while not being too heavy. If you need more coverage, I highly recommend using it this way. It comes in eight shades as well, and I use 5.0 Natural Beige . It was a little bit lighter than the liquid foundation, so I would probably opt for .5 darker next time.

Both of these founations are available online at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, but you can also pick them up at fine retailers such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  I honestly had a very hard time finding an actual Giorgio Armani Beauty counter to find my perfect shade, but the SOHO Bloomingdales In New York City has a counter and the rep are very patient and helpful in finding the perfect color.

Giorgio Armani 2009 Holiday: The Crystal Collection.

This limited-edition collection, which incorporates the exclusive and luxurious crystal embellishments, draws its art-deco inspiration from the use of the exquisite stones featured in Giorgio Armani’s luxurious accessories. Renowned for his extraordinary skills with subtle tone on tone color, Giorgio Armani introduces a quad featuring four festive metallic toned shades. This is Mr. Armani's vision of festive glamour.

Crystal Palette
- $98.00
The limited edition jeweled Crystal Palette is the perfect accessory this holiday season. Designed with a central and out circle of crystals, this season’s must-have is presented in solid black lacquered packaging with glittering details in a black velvet pouch. The Crystal Palette is a double-level case that features an iridescent body powder in a versatile neutral shade and the bottom holds four shimmering eye shadow shades of metallic toned shades. The eye shadow palette contains four shimmery shades: shimmery jet black, sparkling bronze metal, shimmery silver, and a sparkling jade.

Crystal ArmaniSilk Lipstick - $38.00
The Crystal ArmaniSilk Lipstick comes in a precious black lacquered case also embellished with crystals. This limited edition glamorous product comes in a rich ruby red shade that is perfect for any holiday fête and a shimmery bronze for a less intense lip.

Crystal Lip Shimmer - $26.00
The Lip Shimmer comes in n°61 with brown MicroFil mica pearl, gloss and light up the lips in an elegant brown shimmer.

The Holiday Crystal Collection is available now and for a limited time online at giorgioarmanibeauty.com and at select fine department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Barneys.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Presents Rouge d'Armani.

Just when you thought you had heard it all in lipstick technology, Giorgio Armani kicks it up a bit - again.

Inspired by the Micro-fil technology that they created 10 years ago to treat makeup as a "made to measure garment for the skin" Armani is introducing it's latest, called Color-Fil. Color-Fil opens a new era to lipstick color technology as it changes classic formulations and long lasting lipsticks. Color-fil technology provides full lasting color, high precision contours and exceptional comfort all combined in one formula. I don't think it can get any better.

Once again,  Giorgio Armani pioneers a breakthrough cosmetic color technology in Color-Fil, which comes directly from its' unique agent, Color bond. Color bond is the result of seven years of research and 20 patents. It offers an exceptional quality of comfort, luminosity and color intensity.

Rouge d’Armani lasts with all of this technology, up to 8 hours of uniform color. The lipstick itself is sealed in an elegant sleek black lacquered case, with an exclusive magnetic pocket book closing. It is almost advanced in packaging as well, as Rouge d’Armani uniquely shuts with an instant click.

Rouge d’Armani is available in a variety of gorgeous shades, for $30 and will be available on October 15th at giorgioarmanibeauty.com and at beauty counters.