THE BEAUTY BUDGET

How many of you are obsessed with beauty products like I am? It can get expensive if you’re not careful! I mean, I don’t only go for high end beauty products. I dip and dab into them all! But I thought it might be a good idea to give you some of my favorites at low, medium, and high price points. No particular category here, just a few items that I would collect no matter the cost.

HIGH-END FAVORITES:
LAURA MERCIER AMBRE VANILLÉ SOUFFLÉ BODY CRÈME: Ugh. Soooooo good! Talk about luxury feeling. This has been in the house for years and I can’t get enough. There are several other fragrances, go for what you love 🙂

NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL: Guys, seriously….J’adore. It’s a small amount of product for $26.00 but this is one lip pencil that won’t go unnoticed.

CHANEL N°5 EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY: From the time I was a littel girl, my Grandmother told me, “Ika, you don’t leave the house without wearing your perfume.” What can I say; it stuck with me. And this treat will stick with you too! All time favorite fragrance!

MIDDLE GROUND GOODIES:
OLE HENRIKSEN GREASE RELIEF CLEANSING CLOTHS: Removing my makeup has never been more relaxing. Love these so much that I gave one to all the girly cousins at Christmas.

PHILOSOPHY PURITY MADE SIMPLE: A staple in my home and affordable. This doesn’t disappoint as a facial cleanser!

BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR POURED: Highlight lovers unite! Top of the line if you ask me. The reason I love it is because it gives a subtle finish but still makes a statement. How many products do you know do that?!?!

LOW-END BEAUTY SECRETS:
E.L.F MATTE LIP COLOR: Listen here! This $3.00 lip pencil holds weight! I’ve applied this in the morning and watched it last an entire day. Just buy every color…you’re allowed!

NYX POWDER BLUSH: Such pretty tones are packed in these small packages. Cheap enough to cover every mood!

NUBIAN HERITAGE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP: This is new to my collection and I’m never letting it go. This all natural soap cleanses the body to perfection and smells lovely. You’ll need to follow it with a great body cream because it truely get’s down to the nitty gritty. The oats add exfoliation! I can’t get enough!

Here you have a few of my favorites at every price point. Be sure to check out my obsessions at the end of every month for more goodies! Prices will vary, yet quality will always be on top!

xo IKA

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DECEMBER 2015 OBSESSION

Ugh!I literally get obsessed on a monthly basis, maybe even weekly! This month is no different. I finally gave this product a try after months of debating. I wish I didn’t wait so long…

COVER FX CUSTOM COVER DROPS is a game changer in makeup! A co-worker of mine put me on and I’m hooked. What I love about this product is that it’s buildable. It can go from everyday makeup to glam in a drop! For everyday makeup I use one drop and my face still looks flawless. It’s lightweight yet it still gives me the coverage I need. The part that’s even better, is that it can be mixed with any of your favorite skincare products like your moisturizer, primer, face oil, etc. I mix my cover fx drops with my everyday favorite Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm. After mixing and applying I just dab a little face powder to lock it in. Done!

If this isn’t the easiest most efficient makeup to you then I challenge you to top it!
Drop me a line; I’m waiting!

xo IKA

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NOVEMBER 2015 OBSESSION

Listen, we love to make our faces pop right? It’s been challenging to find the best mascara that goes on easy breezy and looks amazing…until now!

A few weeks ago I ran to Duane Reade specifically for mascara and a few other girly items. I closed my eyes and picked up a new kind of mascara just because I didn’t feel like there was one that I loved enough to re-purchase. Ladies, this one is the BOMB!

Sooooo good! L’oreal Voluminous Fiber Lashes changed the game for me. It literally extended the length of my lashes and gave me that blackest black dark gorgeous look that I love. I mean you already know what’s next…run, don’t walk!

xo IKA

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TOP RESULTS IN LITTLE TIME: WASH & GO!

GUYS! This past weekend was intense. I had so much going on and so little time. I was feeling like my hair needed a boost of something different so I went for the wash and go. Let me start by saying, I don’t do this method often. Actually I’ve only done it once and while it was ok, I knew that there was something that I didn’t quite grasp.

I figured it out in two easy steps. I can’t even believe how simple it was! And the best part, it took me a total of 1.5 hours from start to finish and $4.50! No need for a “wash day” 😉
WASH AND GO POST
Plain and simple, I cowshed with VO5 Coconut Conditioner. Guys, first of all this conditioner was $1.49. Like really? And to be honest I think I’ve seen it cheaper in some places. Second of all, my hair was SO SOFT AND TANGLE FREE after running this conditioner through it. It felt better than some of my expensive brands; and I have quite a few. Why have I been spending so much money? Just like every time I wash, I sectioned my hair into about 4 parts. When my hair was nicely cleaned and conditioned, I simply ran the Xtreme Professional Wet Line Styling Gel through each section. Btw, it was $2.99 (Should have bought 10 of them 🙂 ). I was generous with this because I wanted the style to really hold. I sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes since I was in a rush. I prefer no heat so had there been time I would have let it air dry like I normally do.

THAT’S IT! I mean, I think I’ve wasted some time in the past. lol
This will be my quick, in-a-hurry go to style, go forward. When time permits I certainly treat my hair with a little more tlc. I deep condition (before I wash) and most people use leave in conditioner. I’m still up in the air about that step but it’s up to you.

Share with me some of the ways you get top results in a little time. It’s perfect for someone like me who is always on the run. I’m out there finding the best products for all of you! That takes time my friends! 😉

xo IKA

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