MY NEEDS VS. MY WANTS

Guys, I literally don’t need a thing when it comes to beauty, fashion and all materialistic items! I get overwhelmed by my own thoughts sometimes because I love every package, print, color, shape, texture of so many different things all year round. But when does it become too much? I think there is definetly a point when you need to seperate your wants and your needs. It’s about having balance in life.
STREET STYLE
WANT: Something you would like to have
NEED: Something you have to have

Here’s the truth. In actuality, you only need a few things to survive in this life right?

-Enough food and water to maintain your health
-Shelter
-Health care and hygiene products (just the basics, i.e. soap, toothpaste, shampoo etc.)
-Clothing (not the way we may often think, but just the things that keep you comfortable and appropriate)

Everything outside of the above i.e., name brands, expensive cuisine and drinks, a big house, and new car, is a WANT!

So what does this mean? Should we only buy the things that we need and nothing else? NO! We’re not here to just survive, we’re here to live! While keeping life in perspective, every now and then it’s rewarding to ourselves to get a treat; something that makes us smile. Don’t get me wrong, some of my treats are probably more than just a treat, but you should know me by now! I can’t help it! lol

The point I’m trying to make is, regardless of what you have or what you want to have; life is about PERSPECTIVE. I have a loving family and amazing friends who make life worth living. That’s a blessing! Every now and then I take a moment to figure out what it is I want and what it is I need. At the end of it all, I’m happy. Before you realize that time has passed you by, make the best of your situation. Ask someone how they’re doing. Take a friend out for a drink. Buy your mom a present. Be kind. Life is too short. Live it the way you WANT!

xo IKA

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THE BEAUTY BUDGET

How many of you are obsessed with beauty products like I am? It can get expensive if you’re not careful! I mean, I don’t only go for high end beauty products. I dip and dab into them all! But I thought it might be a good idea to give you some of my favorites at low, medium, and high price points. No particular category here, just a few items that I would collect no matter the cost.

HIGH-END FAVORITES:
LAURA MERCIER AMBRE VANILLÉ SOUFFLÉ BODY CRÈME: Ugh. Soooooo good! Talk about luxury feeling. This has been in the house for years and I can’t get enough. There are several other fragrances, go for what you love 🙂

NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL: Guys, seriously….J’adore. It’s a small amount of product for $26.00 but this is one lip pencil that won’t go unnoticed.

CHANEL N°5 EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY: From the time I was a littel girl, my Grandmother told me, “Ika, you don’t leave the house without wearing your perfume.” What can I say; it stuck with me. And this treat will stick with you too! All time favorite fragrance!

MIDDLE GROUND GOODIES:
OLE HENRIKSEN GREASE RELIEF CLEANSING CLOTHS: Removing my makeup has never been more relaxing. Love these so much that I gave one to all the girly cousins at Christmas.

PHILOSOPHY PURITY MADE SIMPLE: A staple in my home and affordable. This doesn’t disappoint as a facial cleanser!

BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR POURED: Highlight lovers unite! Top of the line if you ask me. The reason I love it is because it gives a subtle finish but still makes a statement. How many products do you know do that?!?!

LOW-END BEAUTY SECRETS:
E.L.F MATTE LIP COLOR: Listen here! This $3.00 lip pencil holds weight! I’ve applied this in the morning and watched it last an entire day. Just buy every color…you’re allowed!

NYX POWDER BLUSH: Such pretty tones are packed in these small packages. Cheap enough to cover every mood!

NUBIAN HERITAGE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP: This is new to my collection and I’m never letting it go. This all natural soap cleanses the body to perfection and smells lovely. You’ll need to follow it with a great body cream because it truely get’s down to the nitty gritty. The oats add exfoliation! I can’t get enough!

Here you have a few of my favorites at every price point. Be sure to check out my obsessions at the end of every month for more goodies! Prices will vary, yet quality will always be on top!

xo IKA

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DECEMBER 2015 OBSESSION

Ugh!I literally get obsessed on a monthly basis, maybe even weekly! This month is no different. I finally gave this product a try after months of debating. I wish I didn’t wait so long…

COVER FX CUSTOM COVER DROPS is a game changer in makeup! A co-worker of mine put me on and I’m hooked. What I love about this product is that it’s buildable. It can go from everyday makeup to glam in a drop! For everyday makeup I use one drop and my face still looks flawless. It’s lightweight yet it still gives me the coverage I need. The part that’s even better, is that it can be mixed with any of your favorite skincare products like your moisturizer, primer, face oil, etc. I mix my cover fx drops with my everyday favorite Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm. After mixing and applying I just dab a little face powder to lock it in. Done!

If this isn’t the easiest most efficient makeup to you then I challenge you to top it!
Drop me a line; I’m waiting!

xo IKA

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NOVEMBER 2015 OBSESSION

Listen, we love to make our faces pop right? It’s been challenging to find the best mascara that goes on easy breezy and looks amazing…until now!

A few weeks ago I ran to Duane Reade specifically for mascara and a few other girly items. I closed my eyes and picked up a new kind of mascara just because I didn’t feel like there was one that I loved enough to re-purchase. Ladies, this one is the BOMB!

Sooooo good! L’oreal Voluminous Fiber Lashes changed the game for me. It literally extended the length of my lashes and gave me that blackest black dark gorgeous look that I love. I mean you already know what’s next…run, don’t walk!

xo IKA

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