Lauren’s Top Beauty Favorites of 2017:

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette HERE
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil HERE
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel HERE
Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat HERE
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet HERE
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Set HERE
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette HERE 

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition HERE
Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette HERE
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara HERE
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick HERE



Karen’s Top Beauty Favorites of 2017:

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches HERE
Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System HERE
Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial HERE
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 +HERE
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Illumination CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ HERE
Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Multi-Perfecting Spray HERE 
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter & Contour HERE
Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm HERE
Stila Star Studded Eight Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick HERE
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation HERE


Best of Beauty 2017! We share our 17 top beauty products of 2017. You will find a mix of drugstore and high-end products. Although it was hard to narrow down, we fell in love with each of these beauty products and used them repeatedly throughout the year. Cheers to another great year in beauty!


Japonesque Conditioning Makeup Brush & Sponge Shampoo with Argan Oil HERE


We like to keep our makeup brushes in tip top shape just like the pros do! Luckily, Japonesque’s brush shampoo will cleanse both makeup brushes and beauty blenders too.  It works on all types of brush hair, including synthetic while helping to extend the longevity of your tools. You can use this freshly scented foaming formula once a week or as needed to remove makeup remains on brush hairs and sponges.

With a formula rich in conditioning ingredients such as Again oil your brushes and sponges will be revived and conditioned without any trace of oily residues. The product is quite gentle, but it does its job well and has a great scent. Your tools will be squeaky clean!

This affordable drugstore brush cleaner is also easy to use: simply dampen your brush or sponge with warm water and squeeze a small amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand. Using circular motions, swirl each brush or sponge onto the palm of your hand, creating a light lather. Continue until the foam has lifted away makeup and brush or sponge appears clean.

To finish, rinse and mildly squeeze out any excess water. Dry with the help of Terry cloth or paper towel, reshape the bristles and lay it flat to dry. Drying time will vary depending on the brush type and thickness or size of sponge, it will dry soon enough.

Please be sure that you brush or sponge is completely dry before using it again. You see how well it performs after all build up is removed and cleaned. Do this routine weekly for healthy, long-lasting, and happy tools!

Let us take you on an Arabian journey!  With Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette, everyone can get the Arabian looks (several looks, actually) without the jet-lag!

This eyeshadow palette comes with 18 shades in four unique textures: one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.

To get you started with possible combinations, the brand suggests that you use Duo Chrome Topper eyeshadows with a brush to blend the light into the base shadow, or dab onto the lid to maximize shine. You can also, use the glitter eyeshadow all over the eye using a flat brush with stiff bristles, or use as a glitter liner with a liner brush.

We found the colors in this new palette stunning beyond words. The texture of the eyeshadows makes this easy to work with and easy to create numerous looks. Shout out for the Duo Chrome and Glitter shadow that makes this palette a stand-out!

The overall packaging is sleek and sturdy. Honestly, it’s even better than what we expected. It’s always impressive to realize that brands develop their products by paying attention to detail and listening to customer feedback. You see, unlike the first palette, Rose Gold Edition, a mirror is now included on the packaging.

This richly toned palette is worth the money because of two factors: quality and versatility. Keep in mind that it comes in shades that can be layered in countless ways so you can create a wide range of looks with a single palette.

Whether you like subtle or statement eyeshadow applications, this set by Huda Beauty will be a reliable ally!


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Here




MAC Cosmetics Bold & Bad Lash Mascara HERE



Calling all multitaskers! MAC Cosmetics Bold & Bad Lash Mascara is a dual-chamber mascara that has a brush for upper lashes, and a brush for lower lashes. The best part? There is a different formula for each brush. 

The keywords may be basic – brazen, bold, bad – but the attention our lashes get with this product is far from basic. Described as the ultimate product to create a 360-degree lash look from top to bottom, this mascara has a great color and it comes in a super cute packaging.

Lauren purchased this mascara because she’s a huge fan of thick, voluminous lashes. However, she felt it gave more of a natural look with more length than volume. No biggie: she did add a few coats to build up her lashes for more volume. Each coat went on evenly with no clumping or fall out, which is always good.

Time to break down the product: the larger brush delivers volume to the top, while the smaller brush creates smudge-proof definition to the bottom. Obviously, this means she uses the larger brush for upper lashes and the smaller brush for lower lashes.

In fact, the tiny brush included for the bottom lashes is Lauren’s favorite thing about this mascara because it enables her to master the lower lashes with ultimate precision, by getting into the inner and outer corners of the eye. You know that hard to reach lashes that are almost impossible to stroke? The brush separates the lashes well and gives a beautiful look to the lower lashes.  This is definitely not your average mascara! 

The Sephora VIB Sale is one we look forward to every fall season! It’s the perfect time to stock up on Holiday gift sets, new beauty, skincare and everything in-between!

Karen’s Sephora Haul:  Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick HERE,  three Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Shades HERE, Sephora Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick HERE and Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Bouche HERE.  Rihanna’s new line Fenty HERE packs a Killawatt Highlighter, literally!

Glowy skin seems to be the theme of Karen’s finds! Stila Highlighter HERE and Cover FX Enhancer Drops HERE to give her paler fall-ish skin tone the perfect glow!

Huda Beauty Eye Shadow Palettes HERE and HERE are a must have this fall/winter season.  These stunning hues have been the focus of Karen & Lauren’s makeup looks lately!

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder has been a 2 Orchids favorite, but thanks to our Houston Trip Friends, Karen has fallen in love with her newest Laura Mercier find HERE.

Who doesn’t like adding a little hint of sparkle to your eyes?! Urban Decay’s Glitter Eyeliners HERE made it into our shopping bags just in time for the holiday’s! If perfume is your guilty indulgence, then this Elizabeth and James collection HERE is for you! Bobbie Brown sure knows how to pack a punch into her long wear eyeshadows HERE.  This has become Karen’s go-to out-the-door favorite eyeshadow!

Wrinkle Warrior HERE and 24k Gold Eye Patches HERE are skincare must-haves for us more mature women, and to protect our aging skin the Shiseido Cotton Pads HERE are the softest cotton pads you will ever use!

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Lauren’s Sephora Haul:  Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette HERE, Huda Beauty Lip Strobe HERE, Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette HERE.  It’s all about Huda everything these days! The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and of great quality.  The Huda Beauty Lip Strobe HERE is available is a variety of colors, simply gorgeous!

Let your eyes do the talking with extra sparkle by using Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner HERE.  This Smashbox Be Legendary Lip HERE is the perfect shade for the holiday season.  If you can’t get your hands on the Marc Jacobs limited edition lipstick, try one of the other colors in the Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick Collection HERE.


Lauren uses Cover FX Custom Enhancer drops HERE to highlight and give her skin a beautiful glow! Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup HERE gives a full coverage matte look without looking heavy or unnatural.

The Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask HERE will help to diminish those fine lines, wrinkles and reduce puffiness.  To cover and conceal blemishes or dark circles, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer HERE does a fantastic job.  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion HERE keeps Lauren’s eyeshadow from creasing all day.  


You know we love a good fragrance!  Karen & Lauren both picked up the Elizabeth & James Collection HERE, we couldn’t resist!  A new season means it’s time to change up the skincare routine. The  Ole Henriksen Skincare Collection HERE is a perfect choice to try something new.  Calling all mask-0-holics out there, the Peter Thomas Roth Mask Collection HERE is a must-have! The Shiseido Cotton Rounds HERE are luxurious and soft as a baby’s bum. You won’t take off your makeup with anything else after one use!