OCTOBER 2015 OBSESSION

Hey Friends,

I feel like life just changed! I’ve had this Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II in my massive skincare collection for quite some time. Why didn’t anyone put me on? I would have started using it ages ago! For the last couple of weeks I promise you, I woke up feeling like the clarity of my skin improved. Freaky!

I mean, there’s something too delicious about this feeling. Thank you Estee Lauder, this is a winner! Added just a dab all over my face before moisturizer and went right to bed. The results were good enough to share! Enjoy!

xo IKA

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SIMPLE, CLEAN, EVERYDAY MAKE UP

Amongst my close friends and family, I’d say I take my daily make up game one or two steps further then some of them do. For example, I pretty much have a winged cat eye every single day. I don’t feel like myself without it! And if I’m sans wings, I have lash extensions on. I also love a bold lip here and there.

For some, make up is great but keeping it basic is key. Here are four make up essentials that will keep you looking bright and refreshed every day without doing too much!

1. NUDE LIP: This is not to be confused with a bare lip! A nude lip really brings out that pucker without being too bold. Shiny or Matte is fine either way. My preference is matte and rich!

2. MASCARA: You may not want a winged eyeliner like me, but just a touch of mascara will do. It brings out your eye without having to go full smokey! If you really don’t want to be bothered with the application, my little lazy make up tool that gives me total glam is lash extensions. Ok, Ok, it takes a little maintenance to keep this up, but just think, one hour out of your month and you can wake up every day looking like you’ve had a restful night! Check out my post on making those eyes pop here!

3. PRESSED POWDER: Getting a light pressed powder is great because that caked look that you’re afraid of will never happen. By getting your true shade, you can make your skin have a matte clean finish without the layers. It’s quite nice when you use this powder with your nude lip. Natural and beautiful to the max. Here’s a favorite sheer pressed powder of mine if you’re having troube choosing: MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder

4. BLUSH: So we want to keep it simple and clean right? A great way to bring up the finish from your pressed powder is with a blush in a soft shade. You pretty much could choose a shade that works and stick with it forever…I’m talking to my simple make up wearers out there lol! I switch it up all the time but stick to the soft pinks, peachy, and raisin shades, all depending on your skin tone for the effect that works best for you!
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That’s it! Four essentials. That isn’t too much right? It doesn’t have to be a big production every day. If you want to make your face brighten up just a touch without a 30 minute contour session, use these four tools and you’ll be set!

xo IKA

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CREATE YOUR BEST FACIAL SKINCARE ROUTINE!

Friends, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a DAILY routine and loving your skin! Enviornmental factors, along with everyday life stresses have a huge effect on the health of our bodies. Our skin in particular is greatly influenced by what we do. So, let’s take the time to take care of ourselves a little more by building a healthy skincare routine that we can stick to for our bodies. Today, let’s focus on the FACE!
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1. KNOW YOUR SKINTYPE: Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive. Whatever it is, know it! Your skin type is extremely important to know because it helps determine which products are best suited for you.

2. DO CLEANSE, BUT DON’T OVER DO IT: In my opinion, the night time routine is far more crucial than the day time. In the evening, you should make sure that you are removing all of the excess oils, dirt and makeup that covered your skin all day. One of my favorite things to do for me face is the Oil Cleansing Method. It has left me with a more supple feeling skin when I wake up in the morning. My day time routine usually consists of a warm water rinse or a gentle cleanser when necessary.

3. DON’T JUST CLEANSE WITH ANYTHING YOU FIND: Just because there is a bottle of Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser in front of you doesn’t mean it’s what you need. Speaking from experience, using the wrong type of cleanser for your skintype can cause major irritation to your pores and even break you out. Let’s avoid that at all costs. Learn about which ingredients give you the maximum results for healthy glowing skin!

4. DON’T WEAR MAKEUP TO BED: Enough said!

5. WATER, WATER, WATER: I mean, water is just key to it all. If you don’t believe me, do a 30 day water challenge. Try to get 8 glasses in a day and let me know if you see an improvement in your skin.

7. SUNSCREEN: I think sunscreen is one of those things that not too many people think about in his or her skincare regimen. It’s essential! And the trick is, it should be used all year round. Try to find a moisturizer that has SPF in it. My everyday moisturizer Bobby Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm keeps my face nourished as well as protected from those harmful rays. Don’t be fooled by the winter months. You need protections 365 days a year!

Those were some of my most important points but there are others that you should think about. Moisturizing, exfoliating, excercising, and resting. All of these factors play a role in the way your skin ages. Who wants sagging skin anyway? We may not be able to avoid getting older, but we don’t have to look like it! 😉

xo IKA

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SEPTEMBER 2015 OBSESSION

Has a month gone by already?!? Time flies when you’re obsessed with products. One thing that’s certain about me is, I LOVE aroma therapy of all sorts. Especially when applied on the body! Here’s the September’s obsession. What’s even better, there are 18 uses! It’s a winner!

Like seriously, Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Liquid Soap in lavendar gives me life. It’s all natural and you gotta love that! I’m really into all of the fragrances but lavendar in particular rocks my world. It’s 10 times as good in the evening right before you hit the sack. Cleansing properties and aroma therapy all in one. GET GET GET!

xo IKA

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