YOUR FALL FACE

Hey Friends. Fall is here! Feel that cool breeze? You already know where my head is. It’s time to tap into those skincare routines for sure. To help you along I came up with a short list of to-dos that will improve the health of your skin this Fall and well into Winter. Here goes nothing…

1. Exfoliate: Duh! Get rid of that dead skin. You don’t like it. You don’t need it. You don’t want it. Exfoliating as least twice a week turns that beautiful face of yours from drab to fab.

2. Invest in a Humidifier: Humidifiers are the bomb! They can help eliminate dry skin in the cold months and chapped lips as well. Those are the reasons specifically for this post but there are a number of other benefits that come from using a humidifier as well! It’s an all around win.

3. Use a serum here or there: Serums come in handy when the weather gets cooler. They give that extra boost of moisture that lasts all day. After cleansing at night, I lightly rub a serum in all over my face and then I top it with moisturizer. The next morning my skin is so supple and glowy. It truly helps!

4. Keep it in your purse: Sometimes we have to re-apply. That’s ok! Keep small essential items in your purse so that you’re always prepared for cold weather. To name a few, Aquaphor for the lips and Rose Water for a mid day refresh!

Was that so hard? Look how little you have to do to get big results! You will notice these results with consistency. Trust the process and commit to it.

Have anything to add? Share with me! What makes your Fall routine special? And, what products are your must-haves?

xo IKA

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CHOOSING TO USE MORE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Let’s admit. Beauty is fun. Everyday brings on so many opportunities to maintain, enhance and improve the look of our skin. On average most women wear makeup everyday to some extent. Think about all the ingredients that touch your skin on a daily basis. A dab of foundation, spray of deodorant, shampoo, mascara; it all adds up. I can’t say that people are being harmed by his or her favorite body wash. But what if we looked a little deeper into what we’re putting on our bodies? We don’t want to only read labels; we want to become familiar with which ingredients are the best for us. Knowledge is power, we have choices and your skin is worth it!

When walking down the drugstore aisle in need of a full body cream, it’s easy to go for the popular most talked about kind. But if your goal is to go for a more natural approach to what’s getting absorbed in your body, look for simple recognizable ingredients. Natural products have been trending quite a bit and helping us become more aware of what touches our bodies. A super long ingredient list can usually mean there is a small amount of each item included on that list and that might not be so beneficial. Look for products with a shorter but clear list that defines what that product is best used for.

Let’s start with a full body moisturizer for example. Recognizable ingredients like the ones in the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Body Lotion is a great start. The first three ingredients are Shea Butter, Water and Palm Kernel. Can’t get more earthy than that. It’s a lot different than having to google the names or waste time trying to pronounce it correctly! With Shea Butter being the key ingredient, you’re getting a load of fatty acids and vitamins A and E, all of which moisturize the skin a ton. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps heal scars. An all around win. Other moisturizers you may consider are: Burt’s Bees Mango and Orange Body Butter, The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter and C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream to name a few.

Body Washes may be another product we can look into since most people take one to two showers a day. A favorite body wash of mine is Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile liquid soap. I keep the following fragrances on rotation with this product; peppermint, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and almond. Dr Bronner’s not only serves as an amazing natural body wash but has multiple purposes; washing your face, hands, body and hair, shaving, washing dishes and mopping floors. This castile soap is USDA certified organic and ensures that not only are we getting a quality product but we’re contributing to environmental responsibility with each use. It’s a feel good product. Other products similar to Dr. Bronners are Jason Natural Satin Shower Body Wash and Nurture My Body’s Wild Eucalyptus Body Wash.

Those can be your first two steps to overall skincare improvement. We don’t have to be perfect, no one is. As women though, knowing more is doing more and our bodies deserve it. Take one or two extra minutes when purchasing your next beauty product. Think about what those ingredients mean for your body and make a choice for yourself. Whatever the choice is, the important thing is that it was yours.

Tell me what ingredients are important to you when choosing your favorite products.

xo IKA

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WINGED EYELINER

There’s no secret. You should know by now how I feel about a winged eyeliner. A clean, sharp winged eyeliner is one of the makeup wow factors that women have always loved. With the colder months slowly approaching I feel like many women start to transition into applying a bit of a bolder look. Not necessarily fully bold and smokey but a touch of jazz. This beauty trend is seen everywhere from casual outings with friends to black tie events. The application requires a sturdy hand and the proper materials. It’s a question I get asked often! Here’s how to achieve the look and three liners that are sure to please.

Knowing what you want your end result to be is the first step. How thick or thin is a major decision. It separates your everyday look from drama. I like to go for an everyday clean look most of the time. Not too dramatic, just a little pop.

1. Prime: I can’t stress how important primer is. It’s not just for the full face. My eyelids get their own primer. This keeps my wing in place the entire day with no worries. I’ve tested quite a few and can point you in the ONLY direction for eye primer. Urban Decay Eyeliner Primer Potion. I don’t know what is in the formula that makes it so good but it will always be in my stash. Getting this on the full eye is essential. A little goes a long way. This way, you can add a touch of natural eye shadow that won’t move for an added effect if you choose to.

2. Trace: Your lash line should be traced smoothly from inner to outer edge. It serves as a guide along the way. Start it off thin so that you can gauge your optimal thickness and build to the effect you want. By stretching the lid, you’re able to hold the eye taut which creates this kind of resistance that makes the product go on smoothly instead of jagged.

3. Wing: This part takes a little more attention to detail. The wing is the whole point here so you want to make sure it’s right. For the perfect wing I like to glide my liner starting from the outer corner of my eye. I treat it like an extension to my lash line. The way to get the perfect tip of your wing is to slowly lift the liner up along the way. By lifting your liner you end up with less product at the tip and a flawless look. Once you get the length you’re looking for, you can build the thickness by bringing your strokes back to the outer edge. Lighter at the tip and heavier at the corner.

4. Touch Up & Clean: Last but not least, if there are any spots that need a touch up you can dab a little liner where needed and finish off your cleaning with a wet q-tip. This really sharpens the look to perfection and keeps your wing crisp.

Now that you have the steps, which liner do you choose? That is the question. I’ve picked 3 liners that stay put all day and help keep those wings on point!

MAKEUP FOREVER AQUA LINER 13 MAT BLACK: This liner is so sweet! Goes on perfectly and lasts what feels like an eternity.

RIMMEL LONDON SCANDALIZE GEL LINER: Not to fret with a gel formula. The same technique applies. I love this product because it gives that deep dark black matte finish.

MAC COSMETICS TECHNAKOHL LINER: We’re looking at a classic here. This pencil gives off rich bold color. It’s a soft and creamy formula which is great in the Summer.

There you have it ladies. You have some homework today. Follow these steps and you’ll win. Liquid, gel or pencil which one will you choose for your wing? I say, try them all and keep those eyes interesting!

xo IKA

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HOW TO SAVE WHEN YOU HAVE A BEAUTY ADDICITON

I’m a beauty junkie! Have you noticed? I won’t bore you with the super long list of products that have now made an organized space in my linen closet. And I won’t try to stop you from investing in what you love. What I will do is give you tips on how you can admire all things beauty and still be financially responsible about it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, overspending, but you don’t have to!

1. LEARN WHAT INGREDIENTS WORK BEST FOR YOU
First and foremost, know your skin! Oily, dry, combination, ALL THAT! This is a huge factor in making the best decisions for your beauty purchases. There’s no reason to by a cleanser for acne prone skin if you don’t get acne. Following beauty trends always seem fun but try to be more conscience of purchasing what’s truly best for you!

2. RETURN WHAT YOU’VE TRIED THAT DOESN’T WORK
This is something I wish I did more of. Many stores allow you to bring back products that were not to your satisfaction. I’m guilty of quickly picking up the wrong shade. Or purchasing a hot item that I end up hating. Stores like Sephora, major department stores, and even your local drug stores like Duane Read or CVS will allow you to bring beauty products back as long as you have the receipt. No need to add it to the closet of products that you probably won’t touch for years to come.

3. MAKE A NEED VS. WANT LIST
OK, so yea, I want the Urban Decay Naked2 palette. And yes I can just run to Sephora and buy it. No biggie right? Wrong! For a fact, I don’t need it! I have enough eye shadow to make it to the next century. This is what I mean. List out what you really need. Things that are useful to you regularly. If you have a specific moisturizer that you love, continue buying it when you run out of it, because it works. Hey on your birthday, get yourself a WANT. But this doesn’t have to be a habit. It feels so much better when you treat yourself once in a blue.

Simple right? Those three tips could save you a good penny! You don’t have to break the bank to have a killer beauty stash. I’m here so you don’t make my mistakes. I got nothing but LOVE for ya! What are some of your beauty money saving secrets? I’d love to know.

xo IKA

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