NOVEMBER 2017 OBSESSION

Now that our faces got stuffed with turkey, it’d be a good idea for me to share an obsession. This one, you’re gonna love…

OLAY DAILY FACIALS DAILY CLEAN 4-IN-1 WATER ACTIVATED CLEANSING CLOTHS. Guys! Find the nearest drug store and run, don’t walk! These cleansing cloths totally changed the game. It’s easy. All you have to do is wet the cloth and it instantly becomes a 4-step routine packed in one. It removes, cleanses, masks and tones in one step. Who wouldn’t want that?

Need I say more?

xo IKA

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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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HOLY GRAIL SKINCARE

Beauty plays a big role in my life. As you can see from my monthly obsessions, I’m constantly trying new products, new routines and regimens and changing them quite often. It’s what I do and I love it. Although I make time to explore and share with you all of my findings, I will always have my favorites close by for guaranteed satisfaction. Here are four elements that will go with me everywhere!

1. GO-TO CLEANSER
My go-to cleanser is Cetaphil, hands down. This lightweight formula is perfect for my sometimes sensitive skin. It leaves my face super clean without leaving me feeling dry. It just works.

2. OIL
If I had to use just one multipurpose beauty product, it would be Argan oil. Argan oil is pure. That’s a plus all in itself. But also, it serves so many purposes for me. My face flourishes with consistent use. My hair thrives with scalp massages. And, the rest of my body adores it; especially in the Summer.

3. SHEET MASKS
Have you seen my Instagram? I’m obsessed with sheet masks. They make my day, and my night. Added moisture is guaranteed which I always need. And that glow is everything! Check out a few favorites here.

4. LIPS
Guys, you should already know my lip obsession. AQUAPHOR LIP REPAIR! All day, all night. The BEST, BEST, BEST! Check out my previous post here where aquaphor made the obsession pick for June 2016.

I believe the above four picks are the foundation. Everything else is a bonus. Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. A little goes a long way. What are your holy grail products and why?

xo IKA

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