SEPTEMBER 2016 OBSESSION

Pinch me! Is September over? This year is flying by! Not fast enough for me to forget about sharing my monthly obsession though. This month we’re back to full body care.

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion is one of those little low cost gems that works; better than some of our favorite luxury beauty brands. The closer we get to the cooler months, the more I start to realize what product transition I need to make. My skin talks to me when the temperature drops. And all I need is moisture, moisture, moisture. There’s this small science I practice to get the best use out of this really rich formula. I can’t wait until my body is too dry after showering. If you wait you may notice the slightest bit of resistance when applying. But if you calculate that key moment of almost dry, dewy, clean skin, right after applying you feel soft and beautiful all over. Don’t worry about it feeling too heavy in your hands at first. It dries quickly and you’re not left feeling sticky. I love it! I think you will too!

xo IKA

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AUGUST 2016 OBSESSION

I have a new all time favorite product for my hair. You’ve probably heard me say this before but guys, believe me, I found my hair therapy!

The Eden Body Works All Natural Cowash changed the game for me. I’m the girl with the super coarse, super dry, sometimes hard to manage mane. The way this product runs through my tresses makes me want to store a case of 24 in my closet! I’ve found myself cowashing twice a week with this product and my hair shouts a big thank you every time. My hair is left feeling so soft and manageable. It smells amazing and is filled with the best natural ingredients. Score all around! If you haven’t tried it yet, I urge you to give it a go. I only talk about what I love during monthly obsessions. Eden Body Works All Natural Cowash is nothing short of perfect.

xo IKA

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JULY 2016 OBSESSION

Can you believe we’re at the end of July? Time flies! I do have something new to talk about though. There was an obsession this month and it had me over the moon.
Did it really take me this long to tap into what was happening to my skin after working out? Better late than sorry. I have super sensitive skin. Post workouts, if I am not immediately in the shower the sweat takes a toll, especially on my chest area. I was finding these little red bumps do to the sweat build up after soul cycle (Taye Time in Noho, my all time favorite), body building and running. Guys, I literally just let it happen until I discovered the Neutrogena Body Clear, Body Wash! I can’t believe how quickly it helped my body acne. Not only did it calm down my angry skin, it kept the irritation away! I don’t use it all over. Just on my chest and back, where I really need it. I have no complaints. This stuff works! Get you some!

xo IKA

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PACK THE PERFECT BEACH BAG!

It’s beach time guys! If you haven’t made the trip yet, I’m sure it’s coming soon. I’m all about preparation and the Beach is no exception. The Blazing hot sun, sand in between my toes and the potential for dehydration will not get me! I’ve got plenty for it all!

SUNSCREEN: Did you think I was going to start with something else? Well you thought wrong. This is my number one, always. I make countless mention of using sunscreen all year round, but at the BEACH you better come correct! You can use one of my favorites from Aveeno. Anything less than SPF 30 doesn’t count in my opinion. Protected skin stays healthy. Do yourself a favor and keep it in the beach bag, the handbag, the weekend bag; EVERY BAG!

SPECS: Sunglasses provide protection to your eyes. The eyes are sensitive. Not only do they keep your eyes safe but you also look bad ass. The bigger the better. Sometimes it’s all about the look too, let’s be honest.

LIP CARE: Last months obsession was the Aquaphor Lip Therapy Treatment. Guess what, there’s a version with SPF. Hello! Enough said.

AGUA: A cooler filled with bottles of water is a must. Staying hydrated while you’re out in the sun is crucial! The sun rays will get you dehydrated so quickly. Always remember to replenish. The way I keep the water flowing is to infuse it with strawberries, cucumber, lemon or my favorite, mint!

FRUITS: At the beach I like to have my Summer favorites like, grapes, watermelon, pineapple. Washing and pre-cutting in advance makes life easy and helps keep the day low-hassle.

SUMMER READING: A few hours at the beach make for great reading time. If a novel doesn’t interest you, try short stories or write in a journal. My new must have and awesome gift for friends is Kiss The Sky: Reflections of Becoming your Best Self by Carline Dumerlin-Folks. It’s a journal as well as a reference point that is sure to keep you motivated.

There it is. No big deal. You don’t need many things but you DO need a few essentials to make your trip to the sand fun and worthwhile. These are just to name a few; all in addition to your flip flops, beach chair, towel and bucket of fried chicken lol. What things do you feel you can’t go to the beach without?

xo IKA

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