APRIL 2017 OBSESSION

This month’s obsession goes out to my MOM!!!! She reminded me of a product that I’m totally obsessed with and love.

The Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse feels like I’m rubbing Heaven on my face; it’s amazing! It almost has the consistency of petroleum jelly, but it’s quite different, believe me. What I love about this rinse is the two-step process.

1. Rub vigorously all over the face with dry hands
2. Rinse with warm water and finish off with cool

When rinsing, the product turns into the milky feeling treasure and you instantly feel the dirt come up and off.

That’s it! My face is left feeling extremely hydrated, soft and supple. Often times it’s all I need. Here’s a bonus: it comes in a travel size version so in the carry-on bag it goes!

xo IKA

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MARCH 2017 OBSESSION

March Obsession Time, friends! My choice is a no-brainier this month. I tried a makeup product that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick is not a game. What a formula! It glides on like butter. It lasts all day. It doesn’t dry out. What else do you want? Listen, I’m a huge fan of Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips and the $6 price! But they have nothing on the M.A.C formula, it’s true.

Currently obsessed with the shade Ladybegood. It’s an everyday shade for me. Luckily for you, there are 33 shades to choose from. Enjoy!

xo IKA

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JANUARY 2017 OBSESSION

First thing’s first friends. I missed the December obsession! December flew right by without a trace. My apologies to you all. But we’re now through January. We’ve got a full year ahead and I’m committed to trying it all out, for YOU! This month I tried a great one….

Garnier Skin Active Miceller Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover is pretty good. I was skeptical at first. I thought, will this lightweight formula work on my full face makeup? And can I get away without rinsing? Could there be a makeup remover and cleanser all in one? So the answer is no; full face makeup isn’t where you pull this out. But, there is still something that I love about it. It seems like the perfect product to bring on a mini vacation or throw in your gym bag to use after a workout. Although it’s not equipped for my everyday nighttime routine, there are real benefits. It removes impurities without harsh effects. Nothing wrong with that!

If you’re looking for a regime that works well every night, check out what I’m most committed to, here.

There you have it. Give it a try. It’s gentle and hydrating. Who doesn’t want that?

xo IKA

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REACHING FOR A MINIMALIST LIFESTYLE – CAN IT BE DONE?

Minimalism! I need to get my thoughts out. I’ve been battling with this for a few years now. Yes, years! I can’t grasp the minimalist lifestyle in my own life. But I’m a minimalist enthusiast to the bone. I want it, and perhaps speaking it to existence is what I need!

“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.” Theminimalists.com

Wait, what!?! Is it just me or does that sound like where we should all be? I want freedom! I want real freedom. And it’s not easy. I mean, the concept of being free; a piece of cake right? No, it’s not a piece of cake. It’s scary at first. It’s work. It’s consistency. It’s a lifestyle. And one day I want to get there.

My interest in living a minimal life started when I moved into my current apartment. I developed a somewhat obsessive need to keep everything in order. This is different from minimalism when you think about it. It’s a need for control. Every dish matches and belongs in a specific place. Pillows are fluffed to perfection. The bedding has to be white. The bathroom towels are not for my “use”. Saying this out loud even to myself makes me think I’m crazy lol. I’m not crazy, I’m particular lol. ANYWAY enough about my need for order! Have you ever desired to live with less material possessions? That’s where I am. I give too much meaning to “things”. If I could have less “things”, I could give more meaning to people, relationships and my health! Doesn’t that sound like a life you would want to live? To live a life that is driven by purpose? Then why is it so hard to let go of items that mean nothing in the grand scheme of things? I struggle with this. Not the concept, but how to apply it to my own life.

I started my career in fashion. Right after college I was a merchandising assistant in the buying office at Saks Fifth Avenue. I was exposed to luxury designer merchandise; the ins and outs of fashion. A real eye opener for me although I’ve always had a love for fashion prior to my first real job. I remember getting a Saks credit card as an employee and thinking LIFE COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT BUYING EVERYTHING! What it has left me with, 12 years later, is possession of the most amazing, beautiful, luxury meaningless merchandise that I don’t use and can’t let go of. It’s also left me with working really hard every day, and getting paid to buy more; more “things”. That’s just one piece of the puzzle; having a ton of “stuff”. There is so much more that we consume excess of. But my main point is to say, my dream is to have less, to make more room, not for more meaningless “things” but for more experience, love, growth, travel, etc. Ridding myself of the clutter, I believe will help me consume more of those meaningful truths. It may take another 12 years before this becomes my reality. Yet I’m hopeful and I’m keeping educated on the process of clearing my home and my mind of clutter and inviting freedom in.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. How much meaning do you give to “things”?

xo IKA

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