We don’t know about you, but if someone were to ask us about what three beauty products that MUST be in our arsenal at all times, our answer to one of those would be MASCARA! It provides eye-popping bright eyes, makes us feel confident and strong, and we love to bring on the drama, drama, and more drama! Having tried a few over the years, or should we say MANY, we had to share our review of the Clarins Mascara Supra Volume. This mascara provides intense volume to lashes. For us, it’s all about the shape of the wand and this works well getting those fine hairs on both the top and bottom of the inner eyes. The color is Intense Black, which is a deep black. Our lashes instantly are thicker, longer, and fuller with each use. We had no clumping, flaking or fallout. We like to avoid the black eyes that sometimes occur with other mascara brands. The product is definitely buildable and with the type of brush, the application is easy on both the upper and lower lashes. The texture is wonderful, not watery or thin, but similar to more of a satin finish. Lastly, it’s nice to know that we can get the drama we want and also know that the formula is enriched with panthenol and cassie flower wax, which is good for our lashes!
This is the perfect time of year for us to pamper our skin and give it a little extra, tender-loving-care that it desperately needs! The Coconut Crème Body Whip by Lather does exactly just that. Lather, as a company, takes a holistic approach to their skin care by using natural ingredients and essential oils in their entire line of products. Other body butter type moisturizers that we’ve used in the past, which are thicker in consistency, can leave the skin hydrated but with a greasy finish. This body crème, which is silky in texture, provides light moisturization due to the coconut oil and still manages to keep the skin hydrated without the greasy residue. The aloe vera will calm the skin. If you suffer from a sunburn, sensitive or irritated skin, this will provide comfort and soothe the skin. We applied directly after showering to lock in the hydration. The scent is also very light with tonka bean, patchouli, vanilla, and geranium, which initially drew us the product in the first place. We also found that the product works very well as a hand lotion because it absorbs so quickly into the skin. Knowing this moisturizer passed the test of a cold and dry winter, we are anxious to see how much better it performs for our skin in the upcoming seasons!
Dollar Socks Box (DollarSocksBox.Com) is a subscription service that will ship their fun-loving socks for a dollar plus shipping and handling. What immediately caught our attention was that for each subscription sold, Dollar Socks Box will give a pair of socks to a homeless shelter. Anything your 2 Orchids can do to support a cause, or promote a product to lend a helping hand for those in need, we are more than happy to get onboard. These exclusive, detailed designs are not found in any retail stores, which makes them so unique. They are made with a high quality combed cotton, the best cotton available globally! We also love to make a statement when it comes to fashion and these stylish socks are the perfect way to accessorize any outfit. Let us also mention that they are not too thin, or thick, but just right! The fabric is so soft and comfy that our feet feel like doing a happy dance!
Mexican Tortilla Soup Recipe:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 gloves of garlic pressed
1- 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes peeled
1 -32 ounce jumbo size chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
3 jalapeno peppers
Place a stockpot over medium heat and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Saute onions and garlic in the olive oil, then add in your chicken broth. In a blender, place your plum tomatoes, chili powder, and jalapeno peppers and blend on high until pureed. Transfer the mixture into your stockpot with chicken broth and simmer for approximatley 30 minutes. Ladle the hot soup into bowls and top with shredded cheese (use a blend of taco or mexican cheeses like cheddar and monterey jack). You may also garnish with tortilla chips or strips, cilantro, diced avocado or lime wedge.
Our version of Mexican Tortilla Soup is an authentic and traditional style soup that you can whip up in no time flat! It’s a delicious soup, full of flavor and a little kick! You can customize this soup by putting your own personal twist on it. Mixing and matching ingredients like chicken, corn, black beans, etc., will only enhance this mexican favorite. Or, enjoy as is! The tomato-base broth is already so tasty, it’s enough to fill you up. Either way, it’s the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold winter day. You can also determine the amount of spice by adding less, or more, of the jalapeno peppers. Of course, we like to bring on the heat! With plenty of options for garnish, we like to say “Spice Up Your Night” because “It’s Mexican Night!
As we age, our skin tends to go through different phases. We especially notice this with each decade that passes us by. What our complexion once was in our twenties is unfortunately now different in our forties and fifties. By now, you should know that your 2 Orchids keep searching for that fountain of youth. Therefore, anything we can do to banish those fine lines and wrinkles, we are going to try! Climate, seasonal changes, and diet can also affect our skin care needs. One noticeable difference is the loss of moisture in the skin. Luckily for us, Kerstin Florian Moisture Balm will help us restore that moisture. This Rejuvenating Balm delivers intense hydration to the skin.
The Moisture Balm is made of Horse Chestnut, Arnica Flower Extracts, and St. John’s Wort. The Horse Chestnut not only adds strength to capillary walls, it calms and softens the skin as well. Arnica Flower Extracts reduce inflammation and promote healing, and The St. John’s Wort will soothe irritated skin, as well as even out your skin tone.
Following the directions on the tube, we applied a generous amount to our cleansed face and neck. After 15 minutes, we rinsed off our masque with a warm washcloth. You may use 2-3 times per week, or as needed, to treat dehydrated skin. Karen chooses to use in the morning before applying her makeup. Lauren uses it in another way, as an overnight treatment applying before bed. The texture of the balm is that of a creamy serum which goes on impeccably. Our skin is left soft, supple, and hydrated, giving it that youthful appearance reminiscent to when we were in our twenties. We love that this product is good for all skin types, even sensitive skin. In our opinion, if you suffer from dry or mature skin, this product can be a real game changer. Say goodbye to dull, dry skin and hello to a five-star, hydrating treatment!