APRIL 2016 OBSESSION

Guys I’m obsessed! AGAIN!

This month I’ve been trying to find something to really bring some moisture to my face. Normally I’m not one to use masks but I think things have changed for the better.

Again, haven’t been a mask person and only tried a few. The Aztec Secret Indian Clay Mask took things to another level. You can mix it with water or apple cider vinegar. I went with water. 20 minutes on the face of true pulsing. And removed easily with warm water. Don’t be afraid of a little redness when you take it off, that’s normal. I usually apply it at night. By morning, I promise, it’s like a have a whole new face! Only once a week is necessary.

Try it. Go be happy! It won’t disappoint!

xo IKA

Share

Spring Nail Color Guide!

Perfect manicure lovers, this Spring, it’s not about your basic greens, blues and purples. Instead it’s about toning down the shade while still making a statement. While bold colors grab everyone’s eye, a lesser, subdued version of your favorite shade can still say, “Hello!” For this season there are ways to show shades that we don’t often see yet still create a lasting trend. Here’s what I mean…

GREEN: We’re not talking army green and we’re not talking pine green. This Spring, we’re talking SAGE! Check out Essie’s Sew Psyched shade that says, “Hi, I’m ready for this season!”

BLUE: This past winter, we’ve been seeing shades of blue that are bold and fierce. We’re toning down our blues in an exciting way with a paler version. China Glaze makes the perfect pale blue shade: Isle See You Later

ORANGE: Don’t just think Orange; don’t even think tangerine. Think Creamsicle! Resort Fling by Essie keeps your shade of orange perfect for a Spring day!

PURPLE: This Spring, your nail shade can totally match your mood. In the family of purples, we’re going full blown Lilac! Check out Sally Hansen’s Lacey Lilac for the perfect color!

WHITE: This happens to be my favorite shade of nail color. Nail technicians like to give me a funny look when I ask for it but I stick with it! White is clean, fresh and Spring ready. I promise you won’t go wrong. Try a few of my favorite whites from OPI, Essie, and Deborah Lippmann

PINK: Go Mauve! This toned down shade of pink is perfect for the not so pink girl. It’s incredibly neutral in tone and keeps the femininity without being a bold “girly” shade. Zoya makes the perfect mauve polish, Jana. It looks great on every skin tone.

BROWN: Toffee anyone? This nail shade wins without doubt. Revlon’s Totally Toffee takes your coffee to cafe au lait! Spring is the time to do it. This is just another way to tone it down without it completely disappearing.

RED: I’ve saved the best for last. Here’s the best thing about red, it works EVERY season. If all you had was red nail polish, you’d be on trend this season and every one thereafter. Red screams “I’m a boss lady with no apologies” Here are my top three: Come to Bed by Butter London; 500 Rouge Essentiel by Chanel and Anisa by Julep

You must be running to your local nail salon, I know! What are some of your Spring shades and what makes them special to you during the season?

Xo Ika

Share

MARCH 2016 OBSESSION

One of the pleasures of being a beauty blogger is to be given the opportunity to try out a ton of up and coming products. It’s also great to be able to help and support small businesses! Thank you Every Strand for introducing me to one of the best hair masques I’ve ever used!

everyday strand pic

Every Strand Earthy Hair Essentials sent me this Shea and Coconut Oil Deep Moisture Hair Masque. It is heavenly. The fragrance alone will have me coming back for more. I’m adding this to my hair collection and I don’t see it going away any time soon. What I especially loved was the way it made it easy to detangle my type 4 hair. That’s a huge deal for my tresses.

If you haven’t tried it yet, GO NOW! You won’t regret it.

XO IKA

Share

HOW TO WEAR YOUR FAVORITE MATTE LIP SHADE!

Matte finishes have made quite a spark in the last few seasons and can look incredibly gorgeous! It’s not all about a glossy lip anymore. A matte finished lipstick or stain lets your shade pop without overdoing it. There is a skill to this for a perfect application though. Cold, windy weather takes a toll on your skin from head-to-toe and your lips are no exception! If you want the best looking kissing machine, it’s all about the application and prep. You’ll want to put these tricks into action asap. Don’t let time fly before giving this matte craze a try. It won’t disappoint!
matte lip pic
SCRUB IT! Do you think exfoliating is only for the body? Hang that up! The lips need it just as much as everything else. All you need are these two ingredients out of your kitchen; sugar and olive oil. Mix and scrub every few days. Those puckers will be soft to the touch by morning and ready for your favorite matte shade.

BALM IT! Locking in the moisture is essential for kissable lips. Especially when you’re matte obsessed! After all, the goal is for a matte finish, not a dry one! The trick is to moisturize at night. You don’t want to be too greasy before applying you lipstick or stain during the day. It has a different effect. Intense color with no shine is the track you want to be on.

PRIME IT! There has to be something that keeps the color on all day right? Primer does the trick, but specifically a lip primer. Here’s a little secret. Dab just a touch of your concealer on your lips before applying. I promise it works and it saves you a few bucks on excess products.

SHADE IT! Plain and simple, a matte shade that is too pale for your skin tone will have you looking like the walking dead. Please don’t! Choose carefully. If the choices are overwhelming, the truth is, a matte finish in any shade of red wins!

BLOT IT! This is the last small step before taking it to the streets. Take a piece of tissue and blot your product of choice for a true matte, long-lasting finish. This helps to take the shine that you don’t want, out. It also intensifies the true tone.

If you’re not sure about this look it’s ok. Some are only the glossy type. Either way, we love to keep our lips looking sexy and youthful. What’s your favorite finish and why?

xo IKA

Share