Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide for Her & Him

Just it’s about time to check off with the holiday season’s gift lists. I find fragrance makes the best gift. Though perfume is a very personal preference when you receive it from a loved one it becomes more special. You get to try things differently. This year and especially this season there are quite many different fragrance launches that were amazing and I was super excited to test them all personally. here what I came to pick my top favorite scents.

Fragrance for Her

I have a roundup of different floral scents that you can find below for her. They’re all very unique in their own way and pleasantly acceptable to anyone you gift.

  • Armani Si Passione is one of that perfect fruity floral scent that is bright and cheerful. It has that perfect combination of notes like Jasmine, Blackcurrant nectar, and Patchouli. I find this scent very classic and perfect for any woman in your life.
  • Carolina Herra Good Girl Eau de Parfum Légère is another perfect fruity floral scent that does not only carry that amazing scent its packaging is just on point. And with perfect note combinations of Mandarin, Sambac Jasmine, and Sandalwood makes this fresh and accentuate.
  • My Burberry Black Parfum is a classic scent that is again fruity floral but slightly different than other floral scents. Notes such as Jasmine, Candied Rose, and Amber bring together that super chic scent.
  • Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfume Intense is something different but within the floral range. It’s a very radiant and woody type of fragrance that I have been reaching out to again and again.
  • YSL LIBRE Eau de Parfum Intense is a warm floral scent that is absolutely amazing! The notes such as Lavender Essence, Orchid Accord, and Vanilla make this sweet and spicy. This a very chic type of fragrance that any woman would love to wear.

Fragrance for Him

Gifting the men in your life a fragrance is the most beautiful way of gifting. It isn’t easy to find gifts for men but I think fragrance is the easiest way to be safe. I have several tested approved fragrances by me and my hubby that is perfect for any age and any men in your life.

  • Dior Sauvage Parfum is one of my all-time favorite perfumes for men that is fresh and warm. It carries notes such as Mandarin, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood that makes this fragrance woody and earthy. It carries that nice sleek muscle bottle.
  • Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is another classic scent. It again has a very woody and earthy feel to it. Top notes like Zesty Grapefruit, Earthy Vetiver, Smokey Guaiac Wood makes this super interesting and long-lasting.
  • Azzaro Wanted Tonic just introduced a new fragrance this season. Its a super fresh scent with top notes such as Ginger, Lime, and Patchouli makes this sensual and slightly woody.
  • YSL Y Eau de Toilette I have been a long time lover of the YSL men selection. I feel like I really like the earthy and woody scent for my men and this one is again fresh, earthy, and woody.

I hope you find this roundup helpful and find your way to the fragrance department. It really gets irritating when it comes to finding a nice and decent scent if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Press samples provided and courtesy of brands.

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Armani Beauty | Lip Maestro Venezia Collection & Sì Passione Intense Eau de Parfum

Lip Maestro Venezia Collection

Armani Beauty is celebrating its 20 years of beauty and they just unveiled new shades of its iconic Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in its new Lip Maestro Venezia Collection (C$49.00 each). This collection pays tribute to Venice’s captivating beauty. The colors in this collection were inspired by Venice’s color palette by featuring spans of neutral beige, rich browns, and deep red colors that look flattering to all skin tones.

I absolutely love the Lip Maestro Liquid Lipsticks formula. The has that nice rich velvety texture while it stays super comfortable on lips for a good period of time. It comes in the same classic packaging. The sponge applicator is one of the best sponge applicators I have tested by far,
A closer look at the colors:

  • Tadzio is a perfect warm beige probably one of the colors I can wear comfortably all year long with a help of lip liner otherwise its a bit pale on my ski tone.
  • Venetian Red is a warm brown brick unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on this shade
  • Palazzo is a deep warm brown red which I find is just gorgeous especially if you have a slightly yellow under tone
  • Mistero is a warm brown mauve is yet another favorite color of mine in this collection
  • Silenzio is a cool brown if you like that bold berry lips this is the one

I feel there is a mix rang of bold shade and nude shades – something for everyone.

The whole collection is beautiful and I find the colors really are perfect for the fall/winter season as well as for night events and occasions.

Sì Passione Intense Eau de Parfum

At the same time, I received Armani Beauty’s Sì Passione Eau de Parfum (C$162.00 for 100 mL) which I have been adoring. It’s not a new fragrance but Hello! where was I all these years? It’s a perfect fruity floral scent with a perfect combination of Rose, and Woody Vanilla that makes this perfume so darling. It’s fruity, fresh, and floral that I feel is a perfect way to make it a sophisticated feminine scent.

The bottle itself is just on another note. It’s so beautiful with a perfect combination especially if you’re gifting this. It has a red-lacquer finish with an iconic symbol of passion and love. I have had used their Si Fiori Eau de Parfum and I find both different but at the same time very exquisite.

At the same time, both Lip Maestro Liquid Lipsticks and Sì Passione Eau de Parfum are available in many beautiful valued sets for the holiday season in perfect packaging’s that I have linked some of them below for you. You can find all these newnesses available online at Sephora.

Press samples provided & courtesy of Armani Beauty.

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Sephora Sale Beauty Insider Event Recommendations for Makeup & Fragrance

The Sephora Beauty Insider Event is happening right now and I have a roundup of recommendations of my favorite beauty and skincare picks. I know there are quite many of you that like my beauty picks while others wanted some skincare/haircare product recommendation, so I tried to cover every thing in two separate posts by categories so it will be easy for you.

Beauty Insider Seasonal Saving Event starts at 10/30 and ends 11/9 depending on your beauty insider status. You can use the code HOLIDAYFUN instore and online multiple times.

Setting Spray + Powder

  1. Dior Airflash Radiance Mist Primer & Setting Spray one of the most used setting spray that makes the makeup look fresh and adds lasting power.
  2. Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray is that one priming spray that does every thing you need from a setting spray.
  3. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is one of the most amazing setting spray that makes skin looks luminous and gives that perfect glow.
  4. Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder one of the best pressed setting powder that doesn’t makes skin dry at all.
  6. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Setting Powder been an all time favorite loose powder that does wonders to the lasting and finish of the makeup.

Foundation & Base

  1. Best Natural BB Cream – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector is one of the best all in one complexion product, it evens out the skin and adds that nice glow. Its an essential!
  2. Best Full Coverage CC Cream – It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream a must have product that is wearable all time of year. Swatches are here.
  3. Best Long Wear Full Coverage Foundation – Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation is probably one of the foundations that gives your that real Airbrush look that lasts all day and night long. Here is the full review + before/after.
  4. Best Matte Full Coverage – Nars Soft Matte Foundation I have never been impressed of a matte foundation like this before. Swatches along with before/after are here.
  5. Best Powder Foundation Mineral Veil Finishing Powder I can officially say that I can’t live without this foundation.
  6. Best Long Wear Medium Coverage Dior Airflash Spray Foundation it gives that perfect coverage that evens out the skin, looks natural while covers every thing you need to cover.
  7. Best Natural Medium Coverage Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation full review + before/after is here.

Concealer/Corrector

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Corrector in fair is a perfect color to cover medium dark circles.
  2. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Color Corrector in Bisque is perfect to cover any kind of under eye dark circles for me.
  3. Best Creamy Concealer – Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  4. Best Semi Matte Concealer Armani Power Fabric Concealer
  5. Best Full Coverage Concealer – Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer

Mascara

  1. Best Voluminous Mascara
    Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara
    Lancôme Monsieur Big Extreme
    Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  2. Best Black Glossy Mascara
    Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara
    Diorshow Mascara

Eyeshadow Palettes

  1. Best Versatile Urban Decay Naked3 Palette is a must have, here are all the Naked Palettes swatches.
  2. Best Pigmented Matte Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette, I have it in Steeletto and its a perfect day and night palette. Swatches here.
  3. Best Glam Nars Climax Extreme Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Blush, Highlighter + Contour

  1. Best Face Palette – Dior BACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette
  2. Best Blush –
    Cream Blush – Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush
    Powder Blush – Nars Orgasm Blush
  3. Best Highlighter
    Cream Highlighter – Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand + YSL All Hours Stick Foundation
    Powder Highlighter – Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
  4. Best Contour
    Cream Contour – Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick
    Powder Contour – Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

Lipsticks

  1. Best Lip Balm – Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Dolce Vita
  2. Best Lip Tint – Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in Natural Peach
  3. Best Lip Gloss
    Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in  Rah Rah! and Sugar High, swatches here.
    Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss
  4. Best Matte Liquid Lipstick
    Baremineral GEN NUDE™ Liquid Lipstick in Swag
    YSL Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick in  Nude Emblem, swatches here.
  5. Best Matte Lipsticks
    Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick 2 in Glowing Jen & Jk Magic, swatches here.
    Givenchy Deep Velvet Matte in Rouge Infuse.
  6. Best Lip Liner – Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk Makeup For Ever Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil in Completely Sepia.

Fragrance

  1. Best Warm Floral + Woody Fragrance – Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum
  2. Best Citrus Fragrance – Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume
  3. Best Fresh Floral Fragrance – Aerin Wild Geranium
  4. Best Warm Floral Fragrance YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Intense
  5. Best Sweet Fragrance Black Opium Eau de Parfum Neon
  6. Best Classic Floral Fragrance Armani Beauty Away

Tools

  • Best Multipurpose Brush
  • Best Base Brush
  • Best Blush, Contour/ Highlighting Brush
  • Best Eye Crease Brush
  • Best Detailing Brush
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