IN THIS BLOGGERS HANDBAG

You wanna know don’t you? Sure you do. Here we go!

I live an organized life. It’s in my nature. My handbag, unless I’m going to an event that requires a little clutch or mini crossbody bag will always include my planner! I plan all day and all night. I love to write and I use one of two writing tools: The TUL Gel Retractable 0.5mm Fine Black Pen or the Muji Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen in .5mm. If I don’t have one of the two, I’d rather not write. LOL

I go from wallet to wallet simply because I get bored. But currently I’m loving my Quitterie C’est Mon Tresor Delfonice small pouch. So easy and so chic. Also, SO AFFORDABLE. I have every size because I just have to! What do you want from me!?!?!? Currently in black but soon to order the white as well. They come in handy.

A lip is always present. A nude and a red. Currently I’m obsessed with MAC Liptensity Lipstick in the color DOE. Although I love a matte lip, I find that in nude colors, some mattes make me look like I woke up from the dead. Not cute. So in this case the Liptensity Lisptick has the slightest sheen to it. It’s perfect! I’ve mentioned my go-to red 8 billion times already. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. It’s MY perfect red so having it in my bag makes sense for whenever I want to pop! I want to quickly throw in my Aquaphor Lip Repair, but I KNOW you KNOW I keep one everywhere!

Sunnies run with me 365 days a year. In addition to loving the look that says, “I’m Fabulous!” I happen to have dry eye. The doctor orders me to wear my sunnies every day, no matter the weather. It helps with environmental factors that cause dry eye. I’m good with that! Currently, my Celine Sunnies are my absolute favs. Since purchasing them I haven’t switched. That says a lot!

Tell my what’s in your bag! What do you need every single day without question? I find that I don’t need much, but all that I’ve listed are my necessities.

xo IKA

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BEAUTY BY THE BEDSIDE

My nightstand is a favorite little beauty spot for me. If you’re like me, you don’t want to get up for anything once you’re in the bed. As soon as I hit those sheets, I’m done till the sun comes up. So I make sure my nightstand is stashed with my essentials.


1. Aquaphor Lip Treatment as you know is a total go-to all year round. I listed it here as one of my obsessions cause I can’t live without it. In addition to my makeup bag and drawer at work, I keep one on the nightstand. Works as that nighttime lip treatment that we all need, especially in the Winter.

2. Face Wipes. This can be one of many. Currently I’m using OleHenriksen which I LOVE!

3. CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I got a little travel size bottle of this serum and it’s too good! A girl is ready for full size!

4. Foot Cream. My go to at the moment is the AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Foot Cream. Given to me as a gift and now a staple.

5. Last but not least, for a calm sleep I like to spray my pillows with the Mystic Antidotes Calming Pillow Spray in Lavender Sage. Aroma therapy works! This was a cheap find from T.J. Maxx. Instant love affair!

Those are just a few of my bedside staples. Simple and easy. Perfect for those long days when I spend less time in the bathroom working on a nighttime routine. Do you have bedside beauty products that you love? Share with me! I’d love to hear.

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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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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