Hey gorgeous ones! Loyal followers of mine know I have a ton of obsessions. I try to keep you all in the loop of my staples as well as my newbies every month. While I love to be open to new things, I’m quite the creature of habit. The question that I haven’t answered is, “What’s in Ika’s makeup bag?” And guess what, it’s not much!

I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup or I should say heavy makeup. I prefer my everyday look to be lightweight, dewy and chic. But there are some products that are my staples and will always be found in my makeup bag. The list is short, but important.

1. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm. I. CANNOT. GO. A. DAY. WITHOUT. IT. OK? It’s rare that I’m not wearing this delicious moisturizing blend. It has spf! Hello! It’s the perfect tint (I wear medium to dark) so that I don’t look like the walking dead. And! It gives me the slightest not-trying-too-hard glow. WIN!

2. Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. Lord! This is like crack for my face. When I want to take my makeup up one notch from tinted moisturizer, this is the key! It is exactly like the name, all day, luminous, and weightless. I use so little and receive great impact. With a beauty blender, the finish is flawless. I’m telling you, it’s not leaving the bag!

3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter. Don’t even get me started on this touch of highlight. The change this skin perfector makes is solid. Sometimes I feel like the makeup application can stop right here. Drab to Fab in 3 seconds flat.

4. Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater Not only do I set my makeup with this spray of heaven but I also use it as a pick me up during the day when I need a refresher. It’s crazy how the aroma gives me just the right amount of BURST when I’m having the 4pm want-to-be-in-bed moment lol.

5. Aquaphor Lip Repair. Duh! You know I’ve been using this since like, birth. True staple! Wrote about it here.

Those are my mains. Depending on the occasion, I’ll throw in the lip of the day, normally a shade of red or nude. Two simple every day lip shades for me. And when I’m feeling extra jazzy, I might add a blue or green eyeliner only on the bottom lash line. With my lash extensions the bold liner really makes my face pop.

Makeup doesn’t have to be a project. It just has to enhance what you’ve already got!

xo IKA



We’re at the top of the year people! 2018! My obsession with new products hasn’t changed. In fact, it’s only gotten bigger and better.

Body Wash! I took an inventory the other day in the shower. I’m on team too much! I had about 12 body washes on my shower windowsill. Yes, 12. Whatever! This is what I do. But, guys, I HAVE FOUND HEAVEN.

I don’t know what it is about this shower gel. My good good friend Sofia gifted it to me. She swears by it and now so do I. I normally hate fragrances of body care that smell like something you can eat. You know, fruity, or sweet like candy; gross! But this is different. TUTTI DOLCI White Mocha Kiss has this subtle hint of mocha that isn’t overpowering at all. Instead, it’s a nutty, musky, sexy fragrance that I CAN’T get enough of. Here’s the down side, it’s a seasonal fragrance at Bath and Body Works. Yes! Bath and Body Works!!!! Who knew! So of course, I went and bought out what they had in stock. LOL. If I were you, I’d be on the hunt before it’s all gone! You’ll thank me. 😉 Good luck!




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



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