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Easy Breezy Beautiful… and Radiant!

Weeks ago, I shared with y’all a nail polish roundup featuring Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Radiant Orchid. Originally, I had mixed feelings about its promotion from humble lavender to glorified purple, but after re-examining the shade with curiosity and an open mind, I’ve since come to love it. And I suppose Pantone says it best:

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

Cruising the Cover Girl site today, I found a wealth of radiant orchid-inspired hues that are too pretty not to share. From eye-enhancing eye shadows to lip-perfecting gloss balms, Cover Girl cosmetics are an easy (breezy beautiful) and affordable way to rock a trend.


1. Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in C U L8R; 2. Outlast Lipstain in Scarlet Pucker; 3. Lipslicks Smoochies Sizzle Gloss in Violet Flare; 4. Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Grapevine; 5. LipPerfection Lipcolour in Divine; 6. LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Plum Twist; 7. SmokyShadowBlast in Purple Plume; 8. Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Blazing Purple; 9. Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadows in Silver Lilac; 10. Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadows in Ice Princess; 11. Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadows in Blossoms. Click here to visit Cover Girl.

59 Responses to “Easy Breezy Beautiful… and Radiant!”

  1. Heidi C.
    January 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I am a huge lover of orchids and I really like these colours!

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 7:18 am #

      Agreed! Totally smitten by the shadows, Heidi!

  2. Lynda Cook
    January 8, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    I really love these colours, they are all close to what I wear now

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 7:19 am #

      Nice! Sounds like you’re all set for spring!

  3. Janet W.
    January 8, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    Those are beautiful shades of colors! They give me a warm feeling!

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 7:19 am #

      Me too. Now if only the warmer weather would arrive, all would be perfect!

  4. Doreen Lamoureux
    January 8, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I love that LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm :)

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      The gloss balms are a fabulous product. Super smooth and makes lips feel great, too!

      • Doreen Lamoureux
        January 10, 2014 at 9:22 am #

        I am looking out for that next time I am in town. :)

  5. Brenda Penton
    January 8, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I think I’m going to see if I can find 11 here in town. I love the colours in that one. I really wish I could get away with these lip colours because they are beautiful, but I don’t fair well with purples on my lips.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      Here’s a tip Brenda: if you can wear plum, try mixing a little frosted pink on top. It will transition it to orchid in a mild and wearable way, without going full-out purple :)

  6. Parent Club
    January 8, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Lena – you make the prettiest image collages! I know purple is not my shade but I love seeing the beauty in it.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 9:55 am #

      Thank you Caroline – and purple is totally your colour!

  7. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    January 8, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I love these but than I am a fan of purple! Definitely going to have to add a few of these to my collection :)

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      For sure Judy! I want the orchid nail polish, stat!

  8. nicolthepickle
    January 8, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    The Smokey shadow blast looks really good.
    Covergirl was the first make up that I bought. I don’t remember how old I was but it was a four eyeshadow (like the one you have a picture of) in shades of grey blue.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      I think I actually own a four shadow compact in shades of gray blue at the moment… and yes, it’s Cover Girl, of course!

  9. Rosie
    January 8, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Wow – I had no idea Covergirl has so many wonder items in orchid – I’m in love with this color! I just hope I don’t wear all of these things at one time – it would be tempting! So many must-haves to replenish and add to any lavenders and orchids I have now!!!

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      LOL Rosie – I definitely wouldn’t recommend an all-over orchid look, but completely agree that the options are endless!

  10. Tammy S
    January 8, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    These are a great color. I love purple. It just makes things pop! I think my daughter has the 4 pack of that color eye shadow. She isn’t afraid to try mixing it up and try new colors. She would totally love this collage.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

      Thanks so much, Tammy! Hope your daughter likes it – I had fun putting it together :)

  11. DebH
    January 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Love all these shades of purple but not sure if they would all work for me!

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Start slow, with a plum-like purple… and then graduate to a more orchid/lavender shade!

  12. Flora M
    January 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Love this colour palette, but only the lightest shades would work for me as far as makeup or lipstick goes. Now if we were talking clothing, I would definitely be all in :)

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      I think you should be all in on clothing and accentuate the outfit with a deep orchid lip colour, Flora :)

  13. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    January 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    all shades of purple must be the “it” colour, this year

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      All but Barney purple, that is! LOL

  14. Florence C
    January 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I must pass this information on to my daughter. Purple is one of her favorites.

    • Lena
      January 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      Nice! She’ll be on trend this year!

  15. Lindsay C
    January 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    This is such a gorgeous colour! I can’t wait to buy lots of cute accessories and clothing in this shade :-)

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      Me too! I already picked up a new cell phone case!

  16. Stephanie LaPlante
    January 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    I agree that purple is a magical color and since I live in a fantasy world, purple is my favorite color. I especially like the SmokyShadowBlast in Purple Plume.

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      Hahahaha I love that!

  17. Athena
    January 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    I love purple :)

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      It was officially my favourite colour when I was 12 :)

  18. Darlene Schuller
    January 9, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    I adore this shade… Covergirl makes such amazing make up!

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      They really do! Love all the inspiration for Radiant Orchid!

  19. angie smith
    January 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Great Job CG in providing such lovely shades and products! :)

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Yay! Hear hear!

  20. Victoria Ess
    January 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Love the picture!

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks so much Victoria!

  21. Mary
    January 11, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I am impressed by the new colour selection as I am a fan of purple and orchid and I love cool colours. Thanks for sharing this new collection. And I concur with previous comments – your picture collages are beautiful.

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Aw, thank you Mary!

  22. Soozle
    January 12, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I really love these picks :) The number 7 – how exactly does that work? :) I am guessing a cream eye shadow duo?

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      Yup – exactly like that. Smoky in the centre, colour on the outside, blend to create harmony :)

  23. Jessalyn Gomez
    January 13, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Where are Canadian Cover Girl products manufactured? Do they use only Canadian (or North American) ingredients and materials?

    • Lena
      January 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Let me get back to you on that – checking with the brand team!

  24. Tricha
    January 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    I am lovely the purple. I will be looking out for the LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Plum Twist and the Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Blazing Purple.

    • Lena
      February 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Great picks Tricha!

  25. Beth whittington
    January 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Love this colour

    • Lena
      February 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      It’s so pretty, agreed!

  26. Kenra Mills
    February 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Love radiant orchid!!!

    • Lena
      February 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks Kenra!

  27. Susan T.
    February 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    I love this colour so much! It looks great as a lip colour and I want everything in your post!

    • Lena
      February 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Thanks Susan! Appreciate the kudos!

  28. BH
    February 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Very pretty colour!

    • Lena
      March 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

      I agree!

  29. Bcteagirl
    February 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Love it!! So glad they picked radiant orchid this year!

    • Lena
      March 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Me too! It is definitely growing on me!

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