CREATE AN EVERYDAY GLOW

One of the most flattering things to hear as a woman is, “You’re glowing!” There can be many reasons, right? You’re in love; landed a new job; or you’re just filled with overall happiness! Does this mean you can’t glow if none of these things are taking place? NO! For me, it’s about using every woman’s makeup must-have; the perfect BRONZER!

No need to fret when it comes to this tool. Bronzer was created to give off an illusion like you’re sun-kissed and you’ve just come off of the beach. It does! There’s a bit of shimmer and it gives off a warmness in pigment that a lot of people don’t naturally have; especially in the colder months. But let’s be honest. If you’re not careful, you’ll overdo it and look like you have a horrible fake spray tan; NOT CUTE! Here’s a guide for an everyday glow that applies bronzer to the right places so that all year round, you look like you’re living in a beach house!

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This is what you have to keep in mind. Think of the spots where the sun naturally hits your face or your “high points”. Here are 4 points you’ll need to remember when applying your favorite bronzer:

-Top of the Forehead
-Cheekbones
-Bridge of the nose
-Chin

The first step is to choose the bronzer that is right for you. This is all a matter of preference. How soft, deep or shimmery is all up to you. Once you know what’s right for you and you’ve mastered your everyday makeup, it’s time to take it up a notch and add a little flame. The key is to use a great brush! Something that applies your bronzer with light strokes. This way you can build up the level of tan you want without doing too much. A great brush for bronzer application is Sephora’s Pro Flawless Bronzer Brush. Give your brush a dab in your bronzer and apply even strokes to the top of your forehead, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and chin. On the cheeks, blend in an upward motion which gives the high cheekbone illusion. And on the chin, sweep out towards the jawline. Boom! Done! Now you look like you were laying in St. Tropez and totally sun kissed!

Here are two of my favorite bronzers:
NYX Matte Bronzer
Too Faced Endless Summer Bronzer

The NYX Matte Bronzer comes in multiple shades, you have options! I love it because it keeps my look simple and fresh. The Too Faced Endless Summer Bronzer goes a little deeper and really accentuates those 4 points we talked about. Go Glow!

I do have an obsession with this shimmery goodness. It doesn’t mean without it isn’t beautiful! I love it all! This is just a way to tweak your makeup from time to time if you choose to. If not bronzer, what are some ways that you take your makeup to a new level without giving too much, too fast? Maybe it’s a subtle highlight or maybe it’s contouring. No matter which way you do it, walking out the door with confidence is the ultimate ingredient to that glow!

xo IKA

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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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