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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Loving Right Now Mascaras Edit + New Testing: Charlotte Tilbury, YSL, Lancôme & Loreal

Here I have a round-up of new Mascaras I have been testing for a couple of months. As much as I love makeup products – mascara is one of the beauty products that I emphasize on its application and, how it turns on my lashes in general. (I do take time to apply my mascara than any other beauty product’s application).

I have long and curled lashes that touch my crease bone and smears most of the time. Baking the crease and brow bone with a loose powder or patting my pale beige eyeshadow helps create a smudge-proof crease for me. Here are some new launches that I have been loving the most.

Charlotte Tilbury just launched her first mascara Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara (C$34 for 10 mL) earlier this fall season which I think you can’t go wrong with her products. This is a mascara that instantly adds volume, length, and lifts lashes with a unique technology brush that I am loving it. 

Not only the formula is quite amazing – it is formulated with Kerestore that creates a super-strong conditioning effect on individual hair fiber that creates a thicker look – the brush design has two different sides. One side is flat for loading and coating the lashes and, a bristle side for combing out the lashes makes this very interesting.

As many of you know I always load my lashes with the tip of mascara and then brush it out, this way it gives you that full and volume look without making the lashes look clumpy and adds that fake lash look effect and the more you brush the better the effect.

I find this unique Technology brush makes it super easy to load the product on lashes and the bristles really brushes out the lashes even the smallest lashes at the ends.

YSL Beauty launched the Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cil (C$41 for 7.5 mL). I have been a long-time lover of this mascara and have gone through quite some of them already. I find YSL Beauty’s mascaras and liners carry that glossiest finish in carbon black pigment that I love to wear.

The brush in this mascara is designed with soft and hard bristles to deposit an ideal amount of products to the lashes where they don’t get clumpy. It gives that opening eye effect look.

Lancôme also launched their famous Monsieur Big Extreme (C$33 for 10 mL) in a more intense formula for ultra dark lashes. Although I find the original formula is quite intense, yet this new formula is super pigmented and gives out that super bold black lashes we all desire.

Monsieur Big has been one of my all-time favorite formulas and now it’s even better. This formula doesn’t flake or smudge as well as it doesn’t clump lashes at all. The more you brush out lashes the better and bulkier it gets.

Last but not least Loreal just introduced their new Air Volume Mega Mascara (C$13.96). I have been the biggest fan of the Loreal mascaras and I know many of you wanted me to recommend a good drugstore mascara. I’ve reviewed my favorite one about a year ago Loving Right Now Mascara Edit which been one of the most loved mascara from drugstore. Yet this one is another amazing hit formula! It offers everything it claims and everything I needed for my lashes.

Side by side look at the brushes for a better look at the mascaras.

I did a side by side comparison with Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Mascara and it WOWED me. I find the Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Mascara carries a better brush that helps apply the mascara neatly while you got to pay more attention to Air Volume Mega Mascara during the application.

I find Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Mascara has a more eye-opening effect and really lifts the lashes to the max while Loreal Paris’s Air Volume Mascara adds a nice volumizing effect. You really pay for what you’re looking for in both of the mascaras.

I hope you find this roundup helpful. I have listed my favorite mascara removers for a nice and smooth process to take off your mascara without pulling out your lashes, as well as my favorite lash curler that I use from time to time to add more curls to my lashes.

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O.P.I | Shine Bright Holiday Collection Nail Lacquer

O.P.I just introduced their Holiday Collection and, I think the collection is just too gorgeous. The OPI Holiday 2020 Collection: Shine Bright was in collaboration with Swarovski, which happens to be one of my favorite jewelry brands. The collection is all about bright glitz and glamorous shades and colors that bump up your nail game this season. Some of the glittery shades are unique and carry that perfect spark that shines well under the lights. 

O.P.I polishes always have good lasting power on my nails, probably one of the polishes that last the longest since my hands are constantly in the move. I do use the topcoat to protect my polish and to add extra shine and that super glossy finish. They do come off nicely from nails with any good nail polish remover.

Here are the full swatches of the collection side by side.

  • This Gold Sleighs Me is a perfect bright gold that is perfect for day and night nails with some shimmers.
  • This Shade is Ornamental is a fresh and sweet velvety rose pink shade that really picks up the mood.
  • Gingerbread Man Can is a perfect nude color that can you can wear easily any time of the year, love this soft brown with shimmers.
  • Dressed to the Wine one of my all time favorite color. This is a perfect color to more glam to your nail tips.
  • Let’s Take an Elfie how darling! this is probably that IT shade you need to wear this season. This is that gorgeous shimmery violet-purple nail polish shade.
  • Merry in Cranberry this is one of the hottest shade in this collection. Something for those who likes to wear hot fuchsia shade.
  • Red-y for Holidays you can definitely can not go wrong with a perfect red color. Yet this one is just that perfect velvety red with perfect amount of blue under tone.
  • Puttin on the Glitz pure love for this color that consists of very unique dark grey glitter that makes the polish even more long-lasting.
  • Naughty or Ice? this is a gorgeous champagne long-lasting nail polish shade that carries shimmers so nice you’ll want to paint your nails and check them twice.
  • Heart and Coal – I don’t wear too much sparkles yet this one is my favorite this season. Its a nice black glitter nail polish shade that elevates all your festive party looks.
  • Snowfalling for You is one of my top favorite shade in this collection and its a darling color that I can wear all year long. It carries a nice pearlescent finish.

I have teamed up with the O.P.I to give one of Million Idole readers and followers the whole collection to try. You can find all the details on Million Idole Instagram page.
I absolutely adore the whole collection, I think there is something for everyone to love and wear this holiday season. There are quite some beautiful bundles and value sets that make it perfect for gifting and I’ve linked some of my favorite ones below for your to shop.

Press sample provided and courtesy of O.P.I.

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