Tommy Bahama Maritime Eau de Cologne Spray

Summer is here and with it comes that craving for fresh, classic fragrances that send us right to the heart of the ocean. Both men and women know what we mean. So today, in a not-so-common subject, we will tackle cologne.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that usually, we don’t write about fragrances for men. Well, today’s blog post was born from what we call a 2 Orchids coincidence: both Karen and I selected the same cologne for our husband’s without knowing. It’s rare enough to deserve special attention.

With the abundance of fragrances to choose from for men, we find it funny that both our sniffers, would seek out this appealing fragrance: Tommy Bahama Maritime Cologne. Notes reminiscent to the sea air put this fragrance in a class of its own.

Initially, Lauren was looking for something like Cool Water by Davidoff that would have a clean fresh scent and would be suitable for everyday use. But she was drawn to Maritime at first whiff.

A summer classic, this cologne has top notes of citrusy bergamot, sweet lavender, fresh pink pepper, and clary sage, followed by a floral bouquet of water lily, jasmine, violet leaf, geranium, and ambergris. To round it up: cedarwood, sandalwood, musk, and moss, for a long-lasting scent. It dries down to a soft cashmere.

We thought this was the perfect summertime fragrance which reminds our husbands of a day at the beach. Do we dare to brainstorm on how good they smell wearing it? Sexy, fun, fresh, energetic, powerful, and the list goes on. Is it obvious now that we can’t stop drooling over this cologne?


BlendSMART / BlendSMART2 Rotating Universal Foundation Brush Starter Set

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It’s okay to be a little skeptical about spinning brushes. We were on that boat before testing BlendSMART and BlendSMART2 Rotating Foundation Brush Starter Set.  How much of a difference could make? A lot, as it turned out. Let’s take a closer look.

Although there are other BlendSmart brushes that we are excited to try, we decided to focus solely on the universal foundation brush starter set for today’s post. We are talking about an all-in-one, rotating foundation makeup brush that is battery operated and very lightweight. The brush itself easily pops out for cleaning and is interchangeable with the other brush heads they offer for different applications ( powder, blush, definer, etc.).

Karen applied using prep and prime skin foundation, using way less product than normal. She also got a flawless finish using the brush with her IT Cosmetics concealer and PUR contour stick. As for Lauren, she was pleasantly surprised about how much less makeup was needed to achieve that nice medium to full coverage and that airbrushed finish she loves so much.

At first, it may take some time to get used to but soon enough your other makeup brushes will end up being pushed aside. The results are wonderful; we are loving this new method of application that helps us save time and feels like having a professional makeup artist on the tip of our fingers.

If you struggle with blending your makeup, this tool is the right choice because the makeup blends like a dream. We also like that all brush heads are made with soft antimicrobial fibers and are cruelty-free.

Before we go, we would like to thank our friend Totally Tikaa, (blogger, Snapchat, and Instagram guru) for recommending the 2 Orchids to BlendSmart.  Also, a big thank you to BlendSmart who gifted each of us this wonderful device.  What fun we are having! They were kind enough to spread the love, by providing us with a coupon code to share with all of you!


This is NOT a paid review, nor do we receive a commission by using the coupon code.


Himalayan Salt Lamp


Summer days ask for nature details around the house. Take the beauty of the Himalayan Mountains inside with a salt lamp made from the purest salt on Earth.  The salt lamps offer tranquility and a natural look to any space, with a light that is soft and soothing.

Himalayan salt lamps help manage anxiety and have calming and relaxing proprieties. After some use, you’ll sleep better and wake up in a better mood, with improved concentration and higher energy levels.

This hand-carved piece purifies the air and releases the health benefits of negative ions, by turning into a natural negative ion generator. As the heat warms up the salt, negative ions are released into the air, resulting in health boosting effects.

Salt lamps treat seasonal affective disorder, reduce allergy or asthma symptoms, and ease coughs. They are also known to reduce static electricity in the air, cleaning and deodorizing it, and neutralize traces of electromagnetic radiation.

With a composition that includes real Himalayan salt crystals, this environmentally-friendly lamp delivers a pleasing, attractive, and warm light.  The lovely glow is suitable for any room, home, or office. We suggest you do a little research before choosing your salt lamp and yes you might feel like your back in science class!

The Himalayan Glow Salt Crystal Lamp will freshen your space and your mind. Remember how after a day spent in the wild we feel mentally and physically refreshed? Wait no more and bring that feeling home with a salt lamp.


Himalayan Pink Salt With Grater

Impress your friends at your next dinner party! This salt kit from Karen’s FabFitFun box comes with a grater, wood stand, and a block of Himalayan Pink Salt.  Karen uses it to finish all her best dishes from fresh tomatoes to steak.  It’s perfect for your favorite summer salad!



Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Petal Pop


Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Cake Pop




Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Black Licorice Pop & Ripe Pop

Your two orchids are always up to find great two-in-one products. And who can blame us? Today we bring you a sleek pop of liquid matte color which doubles as a primer. Clinique’s Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer has a moisturizing formula reinforced with a built-in primer that delivers a smooth glide.

When we tried the applicator wand for the first time, the formula seemed somewhat thick, but it turned out very creamy. So much that a little goes a long way. This lightweight liquid lipstick covers the lips with a rich pigmentation for a cool matte effect.

We love that it leaves a long-lasting stain that isn’t drying – a major plus when talking about matte lips. It’s is incredibly comfortable to wear, and very moisturizing for a matte which is surprising, to say the least.

With hundreds of lipsticks in our loot we didn’t possibly think there could be yet another formula created but the quality of this one will have us buying more for sure. The problem will be choosing colors: available in eight gorgeous shades from neutral to bright, Karen already has Petal Pop, Cake Pop, and Ripe Pop which is perfect for Spring and Summer.  Lauren recently added Black Licorice Pop which is perfect for evenings out-on-the-town. 

Although it is a matte lip color, it feels more like a semi-matte or suede matte finish, which is fine for us. You’ll be glad to know that a single coat does the trick for great color. Thanks to that full-coverage your lips will feel as fresh as they look.

Mabel + Meg

Mabel + Meg Lumilixir Vitamin C Serum + Hyaluronic Acid

Mabel + Meg

Mabel + Meg
Mabel and Meg Lumilixir serum, possibly the ultimate hydration tool for your skin, comes packed with Vitamin C at an effective 20% concentration and Hyaluronic Acid to put an end to a dull and dehydrated skin.

Following the brand’s directions, Karen applies 2 to 4 drops of Mabel and Meg Lumilixir over a cleansed and toned face and lets it absorb before applying any other creams or moisturizers. With a paraben free, fragrance-free and oil free formula, this serum is perfect to add to a morning and night skincare routine.

Thanks to its lightweight formula, it can also be used as a primer to your foundation, for a soft, dewy finish. Lumilixir comes with a dropper applicator to make your life even easier. Don’t be surprised to find your skin looking more plump and radiant after a few days.

Indeed, Karen’s skin looks soft, supple, and hydrated. Her makeup glides on effortlessly, with what we like to call a healthy glow. The keywords here are brighter and refreshed.

Karen noticed sun spots and slight pigmentation fading after use plus it helps with acne scarring, dull complexion, and UV protection. This lightweight product absorbs quickly and is great on Karen’s mature skin. Talk about an improved texture!

Her skin is firmer, with the serum leaving a clearer complexion and diminishing her fine lines and wrinkles. People keep complimenting her great skin; we’re sure you can expect the same feeling!


Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo