Ulta 21 Days of Beauty 2018/ The 2 Orchids YouTube



Hello, Beauties! Check out our top picks and recommendations for this years Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Event! Take a look at steals and deals available each day with beauty, makeup, and skincare.  Happy Spring Shopping! Sale Dates: March 18-April 07 in store and online.  Enjoy! XO

♥ Karen’s Suggestions ♥

1.Buxom Full-On Lip Polish 
2.Buxom Fill-On Lip Cream 
3. Clarisonic Mia 
4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow 
5. Becca Firstlight Priming Filter 
6. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
7.Mario Badescu Facial Spray 
8. Laura Geller New York Blush 
9.Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint 
10. MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Hydrating & Setting Spray 
11. BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor 



Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder



Let’s face it, the shape of your eyebrows can make or break your appearance!  Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder allows us to achieve full brows with a natural look but also gives us a professional defined shaped brow we desire.  Beginners, don’t be afraid to give this a try!  

The product comes in a two-color, a lighter-to-darker shade duo in an eyebrow-shaped pan all in an adorable compact with a mirror.  Major bonus!!  Choose from Light (#1, platinum to light blonde/cool), Medium (#3, golden blonde to medium brown/warm), or Deep (#5, dark brown to black/cool). The shades are perfect for blending to create a softer, more natural brow.  The eye-brow shaped pan offers a quick and easy application without any harsh lines. The 12-hour velvety smooth texture adheres to the hair and skin.  

We found that using an angle brush worked best for us to fill in our sparse patches, then we used the spoolie included to gently comb when finished.  No worries, if you don’t have an angle brush, a sponge applicator is also included.  The best feature about this product, you don’t have to be a brow expert to get the brows you’ve always wanted!




Scentbird: A Fragrance Subscription Service HERE

A signature scent can say a lot about your personality and current mood.  It can make you feel beautiful, happy, and powerful! Inspired by Scentbird, a fragrance subscription service, we’ve pulled together fragrances from our current collection that will help us build our Ultimate Spring Wardrobe.  For a more in-depth look into each category:  Go Seasonal, Keep It Classic, One For All, Embrace Indie, and Day & Night, we’ve put together a “Building Your Fragrance Wardrobe” video to help you along.  We selected perfumes that we felt would compliment each category right from our own stash!   

2 Orchids Selections:

1.   Go Seasonal– Add a scent reminiscent of the current season.  Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall.  Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming is a floral delight for Spring with notes of Red Berry Accord, Grasse Rose Absolute, Peony,  and White Musk Accord.  Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum is a daring floral scent with notes of Red Berries, Pear, Exotic White Datura Flower, Creamy White Musks, and Patchouli. 

2.  Keep It Classic– A timeless, and classic scent should always be a staple in your fragrance wardrobe.  Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum is a luxurious and sexy oriental fragrance. 

3. One For All- These are unisex scents that are unlike no other.  Discover something completely different with Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 Eau de Parfum and Glossier You by Glossier.  Molecule 01 is an aroma chemical, not a perfume, that works with your own body chemistry to create your own personal scent.  Glossier You is the ultimate personal fragrance that smells like you!

4.  Embrace Indie– These are unique scents that offer quality ingredients and tons of creativity. They can often be carried into the home as well.  Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Parfum will wow sandalwood lovers with notes of Goa Sandalwood, Rosewood, Cypress, and Ambergris. 

5.  Day & Night- This is your lighter, everyday fragrance that you wear to work or running errands.  A stronger more prominent scent can be would worn for a night-out-on-the-town. Examples are Derek Lam 10 Crosby Drunk on Youth with notes of Honeysuckle and Crisp Apple. Ralph Lauren Woman is the perfect choice for date night with notes of Bold Tuberose Accord and Vibrant Woods. 




Scentbird (Fragrance Subscription Service) HERE

Frequent readers know we love smelling good and trying new fragrances from designers that we are familiar with. Unfortunately, like everyone else, sometimes we can get bored. We have a solution for when we want to discover the newest, hottest scents without risking too much.

With a subscription service like Scentbird, which is available for women and men scents, you get about the size of a rollerball for half the price! Out with the excuses not to try a new fragrance.

Scentbird is a great way to explore new designer fragrances. Based on a monthly subscription, this service allows clients to receive a 0.27 oz/8-ml perfume refill (30-day supply) for $14.95 per month. The shipping is free which is a major bonus.

Just visit their website and choose from over 450 authentic perfumes. Pick the fragrance you want and get it delivered to your doorstep: a perfume per month, with a sleek sprayer. On your first order, you will receive a black pouch and a travel size portable sprayer.

In the subscription process, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your favorite perfumes/scents, we thought of it as a way to take a retrospective look at our perfume history. To give you a sense, we annotated some of the fragrance assortment and a few of the top designer fragrances that they carry: generous sprays of authentic fragrances like Tom Ford, Prada, and Gucci niche finds like Nest and Montale.

It’s common sense that, in-store fragrance shopping experience can sometimes bring challenges. It’s hard to tell the difference between scents when in a store because after testing some many fragrances it can get confusing to realize what will smell good on our skin. And there is also that inner voice telling us: remember perfume smells different on everyone.

When you purchase large bottles, it comes with an expensive price tag and the perfume lasts forever. You feel obligated to use it, even if you’ve outgrown the scent. With Scentbird tiny sample vials you can get samples that don’t last that long.

Finding the signature scent, you’ve been dreaming of for ages doesn’t need to be complicated. In that matter, we love how the company’s tagline approaches your own point of view: “date” perfumes before “marrying” them!






1 1/2 oz Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
2 1/2 oz half and half
Chocolate Syrup
Crushed peppermint candies or candy canes


Crush peppermint candies or candy canes into a ziplock bag then pour on a plate.  Wet rim of martini glass with water then dip in crushed peppermint candy.  You may also pour some chocolate sauce on a separate plate and dip the glass in chocolate, then crushed peppermint candy for another option.  Drizzle chocolate sauce in the bottom of the glass. Place the glass in the freezer to chill, if desired.  Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, then combine Godiva chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, Creme de Cacao, half & half and shake well.   Strain ingredients into glass and enjoy!


It’s a hard task trying to choose between a dessert and a cocktail. Luckily, we can have the best of both worlds with Chocolate Martinis. This cocktail is so delicious that it’s like drinking dessert in a glass, a must-try for chocolate lovers!

This Martini is made with Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur that is smooth and creamy with a rich, silky finish. If you prefer dark chocolate, try it with Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur.  An extra layer of flavor is added by the Creme de Cacao, which is a chocolate liqueur with an essence of vanilla.

Presentation wise, drizzle chocolate syrup in your martini glass to form a swirling design, then place the glass in the freezer.  For a “Wow” factor, rim the glass with crushed peppermint candy canes.  This adds a peppermint twist with every sip! 

This recipe is perfect for cold days, holiday parties, date night, and much more.  Please beware: one cocktail will likely turn into two (maybe more)!