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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AUGUST 2015 OBSESSION

This Product did it for me in August! I’ve been rocking Senegalese Twists for past month and a half. Girl + Hair Underneath haircare made life easy. I came across this lifesaver at the grand opening of Vivrant Beauty in Harlem. I instantly fell in love and so will you!

Girl and Hair (G+H) is the premier destination for modern women to find luxury hair extensions and products.”
UNDER HAIR CARE is the first natural hair product line formulated for nourishing your natural or relaxed hair while wearing protective styles.

It helped! It’s EVERYTHING! Try it and let me know!

xo IKA

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A REAL WOMAN: FASHION/LIFESTYLE BLOGGER PAULINA VIRGEN

Ever click with someone instantly? That’s what happened when I ran into this fierce Latina in the office. Actually what really happened was I looked at her and thought, “I have that same Phillip Lim dress, WHO IS THIS GIRL???”
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Paulina Virgen is not only fashionable but a strong minded woman making life happen in New York with her husband and fab cat Schiaparelli. What a name! Even her cat is working it! Her blog, North 7th & Bedford speaks volumes for women. What’s your preference? English or Spanish…because each post gives you the language option. SCORE! It’s one thing to give us fashion lovers great content to read and vivrant photos; and another thing to represent exactly who you are while doing it. She does it in Her Own Skin. I’d say we have a winner here.

1. What made you decide to become a fashion/lifestyle blogger?
I was working at Ralph Lauren Collection and Spencer, my then boyfriend, now husband, was away the whole summer for work. I wanted to do a little soul searching while he was gone since I really hadn’t lived by myself in a long time. I’ve always been very independent but not having him around gave me all this free time and I was excited to do something creative with it. I was sitting at my desk at work one day when my co-worker ran up to me with a copy of British Vogue and said “Did you see this?!” – Somehow Vogue had gotten their hands on a picture of me during NYFW and included me in a spread with Miroslava Duma and Kate Foley. Next to being photographed by Bill Cunningham, it was probably my proudest fashion moment. I thought ‘You know…maybe I could do this for the summer. Play dress up, take pictures and see what I can do with it’. My posts started as private because I was very self-conscious of sharing my thoughts and pictures publicly but when Spencer got back from his work tour we started taking pictures together and it was fun! It was like our little thing that we did together. He’s an awesome photographer and super encouraging of everything I do so I feel my most comfortable taking pictures with him.

2. Where do you get your inspiration from?
There is always inspiration to be found in the women of New York City – they are SO cool! I may walk by someone and think ‘wow, that’s amazing…I need a pair of shoes like that’. I also like to see the shows when they come out.
I often see movies, old & new, and may find something eye catching there. There was a brief point in my life when I wanted to do costume design so I always pay attention to what people wear in movies.
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3. What are your top 3 fashion pieces that you think every woman should own?
1) A great bag – Everyone needs a bag they can wear to work, bring to dinner and out to a bar. My personal favorite is the Proenza Schouler PS1. It is easy to bring from day to night.

2) A little black dress – It’s important to have something you can just throw on in your closet for those last minute dinner parties.

3) A comfortable pair of heels – I’ve found that an uncomfortable pair of shoes can really ruin your day so if you want to look good you have to FEEL good.

4. What advice would you give another woman who is thinking about pursuing her passion (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, etc.) and taking it to another level? How would you advise her to stay motivated?
I would say you have to remember everyone started somewhere and it wasn’t easy at first. You just have to do what works for you because the path someone else took may not always be your path.
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5. How do you find time to get it all done? Working full time and giving your followers what they love!?
It’s definitely not easy. I have to give priority to my job (because it pays the bills!) but any chance I get I dedicate to my blog. I’ve learned to manage my time and work on the things that are most important first and take note of what can wait. Everything is important but there are only so many hours in the day. I do believe that as women we sometimes doubt that we can have everything – the career, husband, children, friends – but there’s really no reason you can’t have it all. You just have to learn to prioritize.

Well there you have it ladies; straight from Paulina’s mouth. What a great example of a woman making it happen! You can have it all. GET IT! Socialize with Paulina at the links below….. Tell her I sent you!

xo IKA

Website: http://northseventhandbedford.com
Instagram: @northseventhandbedford
Twitter: @north7thbedford
Pinterest: @north7thbedford
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