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Jumping on the Orchid bandwagon!


I really look forward to this fun color collaboration that I’ve been doing each season with some of my favorite bloggers.
For spring we kinda felt like orchid would just be a no-brainer choice cause well…among other things…pantone said so:)


Makeup Forever Star Powder in Purple: these powders are so cool because the color is VIBRANT and since they are loose you can mix them with clear gloss, clear nail polish or clear mascara to get as many orchid uses you can think of!

Lip Tar Extreme Magenta: I have a deep love for lip tar. Even though they are a little pricey I swear even the oldest one I have hasn’t even seen a dent in all my uses because you only need a teensy little bit because it is PACKED with pigment and it lasts and lasts.

NYX Jumbo Pencil Purple Velvet: Have you tried these jumbo pencils yet? When I’m in a hurry I always do my eyes with these because you don’t have to fuss with brushes or layering. You just draw it on and blend with your fingertips. {you do have to watch out for creases though so it’s good to use a primer first if you have time}

Sephora Rust Luster Cheek: When I first saw this I was a bit skeptical…Purple blush? But once I tried it I fell in love, it’s soft and ads a very cool blush look that I LOVE because it’s subtle but unexpected and it really compliments olive or ivory skin tones!

I just love the way that this color looks on almost ANYONE.
Fair skin, tan skin, blue eyes, green eyes, brown eyes…it has a way of complimenting EVERYTHING.
I especially adore the fact that you can mix it beautifully with so many other color palettes whether it’s nudes, bronzes, other bright tones or just more purple!

What I found even more surprising when I did some orchid lids is that Nick (who usually gags about any bright colored makeup on my face) actually liked it!

(scroll down to yesterday’s post to see my favorite tip on getting the lid color to stay BRIGHT)


And you probably should click through to these other Orchid inspired posts as well, I’m already drooling over those cute paint chip cookies!


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    Amanda Elizabeth
    March 25, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Urban Decay “ecstasy” is my absolute favorite orchid purple color 🙂 I gave you a little shout out today! xoxoxo
    Amanda|Meet @ the Barre

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    Me and Baby E
    March 25, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Gorgeous! I am in love with the purple pink lip colors this season, so flattering on many skin tones.

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    March 25, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I love Clinique lid smoothie in Born Freesia and Maybelline lipstick in Magnificent Mauve! Thanks, your posts are amazing 🙂

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    bridget {bake at 350}
    March 25, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I LOVE the orchid on your eyes! Beautiful!

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    March 25, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I love love love lavender and purples so I am thrilled about orchid being Pantone color of the year ! Try Brazen Berry by Maybelline the Vivids. Very BOLD color. But if you want a soft stain, apply with your fingers and it softens gorgeously !

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    hey cara, could you tell me what type of eyelashes you have on with the orchid eye shadow? thanks!

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      April 4, 2014 at 5:50 am

      hoping you’ll see this and reply!

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    Selena Marie
    March 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Love this purple trend! You’re eyeshadow looked gorgeous. It’s really nice to see color coming back out again for spring 🙂

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    March 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I would also like to know the answer of betty’s question. Gorgeous x

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    Roxann Tyner
    March 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Would love a tutorial on the orchid eye shadow!

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    March 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I love this! Those NYX jumbo pencils are amazing. Especially the white one for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes. You’re right – they blend really well if you use your fingers.

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    March 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Love purple!:)

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    Anna Elise
    March 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Purple is my favorite color and I’m loving all of this stuff! 🙂

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    March 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    What color are you wearing on your lids? It is gorgeous. Love the tip about using white liner underneath. I have been obsessed with trying out all of the different colors I have in my palettes with white liner underneath. It all looks so pretty. And the colors usually are surprising. They come out much different with the white liner. I even did a pretty spring green and a hot pink color. I’m not brave enough to wear it out of the house yet. 🙂

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    March 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you come up in this challenge. BTW I follow @amarezy on IG and I love her super glam look xoxo

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