One of my favorite things about being a woman is getting dolled up. There are so many reasons to pamper ourselves. It makes all the hype about my upcoming event worth it or even just a weekend with friends. Enhancing your beauty doesn’t need to be saved for a special occasion or major event. It can be a first, date; a work presentation, or even dinner with the family. It’s nice to get pampered but makeup is nothing without healthy skin. While we should incorporate a skincare regimen all year round, there are some key tips to prep you for an upcoming weekend full of beauty! How you treat your skin internally and externally are key in showing your best flawless self!

5 DAYS BEFORE: This is the first day of prep work and most important. Your goal should be to hydrate your body as much as you can. Get those 8 glasses of water in and flush out all the toxins. To make things interesting, try adding lemon, grapefruit or cucumber to your water. This step continues through all 5 days. You can also include 2 cups of green tea every day leading to the weekend. Water is key for nourished skin.

4 DAYS BEFORE: Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach are filled with nutrients that help keep the skin young and fresh. Fruits like apples and strawberries help you get that glow! An easy way to get these goodies in is with a fresh juice press. Not only will your skin shine through but it will also help eliminate bloating.

3 DAYS BEFORE: Right before you call it a night, apply a moisturizing face mask. This trick will bring out youthful skin and begin to get you ready for your flawless makeup application during the weekend. You can apply a cream like the decadent Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Face Mask, or you can opt for simple, quick, cost effective option like the Sephora Collection Honey Mask. Both options work and create a healthy looking result instantly.

2 DAYS BEFORE: Exfoliate your body from head to toe. There’s no better way to bring out amazing healthy skin than to get rid of all the dead skin cells and wake your pores up! My favorite body scrub that I bring out specifically before special occasions is Lalicious Sugar Lemon Blossom Sugar Scrub. This scrub makes my day! The mix of oils leave my skin feeling super soft to the touch. When followed by your favorite moisturizer, you’ll have baby soft skin!

1 DAY BEFORE: It’s mani/pedi day! Well manicured hands and feet not only look great but add to a clean, groomed, healthy body. Even if your feet will be covered, the benefits of a pedicure help make your steps over the weekend feel great. A pedicure provides circulation in the feet that pumps blood to the heart. You feel good, you look good! My go to polish is any shade of red. Red is sexy, feminine and looks good on every woman.
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THE DAY OF: A positive way to start this day is by taking a moment to meditate and clear your mind of all the noise from the week. Stress shows. Relieve yourself of daily stresses and shine through. If you have an evening event, lay out your outfit, get your makeup ready for a flawless application.

You made it! 5 days of healthy skin practices went by and now it’s time to show that beautiful healthy skin off! You’ve just prepared yourself for a gorgeous, youthful glow that will have people staring! Your skin is soft, radiant, and healthy. You’re ready for a flawless makeup application and I promise you will shine. On this day you hit your finishing touches and you show off your hard work! What ways during the week do you prepare yourself to have an enjoyable weekend that involves not only beauty, but positivity?

xo IKA



Hey Friends! I’m a few days late but I couldn’t let a month go by without sharing my obsession for May!

I love this! I’ve only mentioned 8 million times that sunscreen is your best friend. It should be worn all year round no matter the weather. The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is so lightweight. It’s perfect for everyday. The best part is it’s invisible. There’s nothing worst than a sunscreen that leaves your face looking white and pasty.
Don’t forget your neck area when applying. The neck needs the same treatment as the face. Which daily sunscreens do you use?

xo IKA



Vacationing is one of the luxuries of life. If you can’t go for 2 weeks or even 7 days, a long weekend is a great way to take a moment and unwind, visit friends, get some sun, or sightsee. Whatever the reason might be, how you pack for your trip is a super important step. Even if your trip is extensive, your skincare doesn’t have to be. Here are 4 beauty must-haves for the long weekend that keep your skincare on point without lugging everything you own. Yes! Just 4!
SUNSCREEN: I should start by mentioning that sunscreen is a 365 day commitment. Not all vacations consist of rays, but regardless of the destination, protecting your skin from the ultra violet rays is essential. You should protect yourself even when you walk to the mailbox. If most of your body will be exposed while vacationing, sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is best. For cooler destinations you’ll want to make sure that your makeup consists of SPF 30 or apply sunscreen before your makeup application. A great full body sunscreen is The Aveeno Protect and Hydrate Lotion. An amazing sunscreen for the face is my personal favorite: Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield. It’s a great investment for your skin and it’s super lightweight.

MAKEUP PALETTES: What’s nice about makeup palettes is that everything you need can be in a compact case. Easy breezy and on the go. Who really wants to carry 10 different eye shadows and a ton of lippies? Vacationing is about being carefree and relaxed. Go for an eye shadow palette that gives you your nudes and one or two smokey options. A palette like Urban Decay’s Naked 2 does just that! Your lips can get easily covered too. The Lip Artist Palette from Sephora collection will have those puckers looking on point for days!

To me, a travel size version of your favorite fragrance is not only smart but so cute! It’s the little things. Most fragrances come with a travel sized roll on version. Your signature fragrance can go with you wherever you travel and you don’t have to check it in at the airport. Take a look at this Chloe Eau de Parfum roller ball. Adorable!

LIGHTWEIGHT FACE POWDER: A lightweight powder is perfect when you’re enjoying a period of relaxation. It gives you just enough coverage so that you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed but it also doesn’t feel heavy and over done. If you’re poolside and the sun is blazing hot, do you really want to have a pound of foundation on? I don’t! A lightweight powder that gives amazing results and can be used for every occasion is the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder. It’s perfect! Goes and easy and lasts all day. Approved for beauty while traveling!

Do you feel like you need more? You don’t! Having these 4 essentials will make you look like you haven’t skipped a beat, I promise. Beauty is what you make it. We don’t need to be completely made up and contoured all the time. Small tweaks win too. When traveling, taking in the experience is what’s most important. Just think, sunscreen, makeup palettes, fragrance and your favorite powder. Done! Make your Memorial Day weekend beauty the best one!

xo IKA



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