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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TOP RESULTS IN LITTLE TIME: WASH & GO!

GUYS! This past weekend was intense. I had so much going on and so little time. I was feeling like my hair needed a boost of something different so I went for the wash and go. Let me start by saying, I don’t do this method often. Actually I’ve only done it once and while it was ok, I knew that there was something that I didn’t quite grasp.

I figured it out in two easy steps. I can’t even believe how simple it was! And the best part, it took me a total of 1.5 hours from start to finish and $4.50! No need for a “wash day” πŸ˜‰
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Plain and simple, I cowshed with VO5 Coconut Conditioner. Guys, first of all this conditioner was $1.49. Like really? And to be honest I think I’ve seen it cheaper in some places. Second of all, my hair was SO SOFT AND TANGLE FREE after running this conditioner through it. It felt better than some of my expensive brands; and I have quite a few. Why have I been spending so much money? Just like every time I wash, I sectioned my hair into about 4 parts. When my hair was nicely cleaned and conditioned, I simply ran the Xtreme Professional Wet Line Styling Gel through each section. Btw, it was $2.99 (Should have bought 10 of them πŸ™‚ ). I was generous with this because I wanted the style to really hold. I sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes since I was in a rush. I prefer no heat so had there been time I would have let it air dry like I normally do.

THAT’S IT! I mean, I think I’ve wasted some time in the past. lol
This will be my quick, in-a-hurry go to style, go forward. When time permits I certainly treat my hair with a little more tlc. I deep condition (before I wash) and most people use leave in conditioner. I’m still up in the air about that step but it’s up to you.

Share with me some of the ways you get top results in a little time. It’s perfect for someone like me who is always on the run. I’m out there finding the best products for all of you! That takes time my friends! πŸ˜‰

xo IKA

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DIY SKINCARE!!! HOMEMADE & NOURISHING!


I have been the queen of product obsession for years. The list of skincare, haircare, cosmetic brands in my aparment can go on for days! But lately I’ve revisited my once LOVE for DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) products for the skin. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t thrown out my Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, let’s not get carried away, but here’s a list of my favorite DIY products. All made in my kitchen and a surefire way to embrace an all natural living πŸ˜‰

1. Daily Moisturizing Body Oil (Summer): I love a light misty oil in the Summer. You don’t want anything too heavy in the hot months but strong enough to keep the skin dewy. Mix coconut oil and rose water in a small spray bottle. This combination creates a light fragrance and keeps the body feeling fresh. If it’s solidified, place the bottle in a cup of warm water while you’re showering. It’ll be ready to spray on your damp skin shortly after.

2. Daily Moisturizing Body Butter (Winter): I mean, just talking about this makes me happy! I’m probably happier in the winter months just becuase I get to use the heavy stuff! With Winter knocking on our door, I’ll be busy for the next few months. Here you go; super easy: Mix raw shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil in a small jar. Boom, done! This combined with an exfoliator (see #3) during the harsh winter months will have your skin feeling like a baby’s bottom!

3. Weekly Exfoliator: HELLO! Have we met? You should already know this is my favorite. My DIY Brown Sugar Scrub not only tackles dead skin cells on my dry skin, but is highly requested by my friends and family! I’m going to start CHARGING! Mix raw brown sugar, coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and honey(optional) in a small jar and keep it in your shower. I can tell you from experience this is a great gift! It comes from the heart!

4. Weekly Hair Oil (Pre-Shampoo): I’m convinced that this concoction of oils makes my tresses thick and healthy. Get a bottle with a nozzle for easy application and mix grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, avacado oil, rosemary essential oil, tea tree essential oil together for a hair treatment that has you wanting more! This particular mix is for before shampooing. The rosemary scent is quite strong and isn’t recommended for everyday use. For an even deeper moisturizer, warm this mix up and create your own hot oil treatment.

5. Daily Hair Spray (For Braids, Locs, Twists): A few months ago I was sporting Senegalese Twists in my hair which I absolutely LOVED, btw. It’s important to treat my hair underneath styles like this so that it isn’t too dry and brittle. I created a daily spray that boosted the moisture up and kept my twists looking fresh. In a spray bottle, add 3 parts water and 1 part vegetable glycerin, tea tree essential oil, and jojoba oil. I LOVE THIS MIX! For natural textures, moisture is essential, regularly.

6. Daily Post-Workout Scalp Spray: So this is super important; especially when you’re in a protective hairstyle. After a workout or simply when you feel your scalp needs a little something extra without the hassle of washing, it’s crucial to freshen the scalp and keep too much buildup from happening. We all can’t wash our hair every single day so here’s a trick I do for inbetween washes. It’s simple! Mix 100% pepermint oil with a little bit of jojoba oil. Don’t overdue the jojoba; the point is to avoid buildup. What the peppermint does is breaks up the salt from the sweat on your scalp! Amazing right? It’ also gives a little tingle and cooling sensation which can feel quite refreshing after a hard workout!

7. Sugar Lip Scrub: Have you seen my lips? SOFT! LOL πŸ™‚ Here’s the trick: Mix Brown Sugar (or white sugar) with a little bit of olive oil (you can also use coconut oil or honey) and pop it into a small jar. If you scrub your lips every other night, you’ll see a major difference! Trust me, this is an all year round essential!

I hope my list inspired you to get in the kitchen and start mixing. We love healthy skin and hair. There’s no better way to improve them than using what comes from the earth. Work on it! πŸ˜‰ You know you want to! What are some of your favorite DIY skincare/haircare products? Share with us!

xo IKA

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A REAL WOMAN: MOTIVATIONAL COACH CARLINE DUMERLIN-FOLKES

Carline Dumerlin-Folkes works in the field of higher education. She is a certified motivational coach who is dedicated to helping individuals become their best selves through individual coaching & empowering workshops. Carline specializes in workshops for young women ages 11-19. Not only is she incredibly intelligent, hard-working and successful; but she is also my friend. I’ve known Carline my whole life. To have a friend, sister, and cheerleader who can motivate you to become the best person you can be doesn’t come often. I’m blessed to know her and now you can know her too!
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1. What inspired you to become a life coach, especially for young adults?
I have been working with students/young adults for 10 years now. While supporting them in an academic capacity I couldn’t help but notice that many of them were dealing with issues that were not being addressed. These issues often spilled over into his or her school life and resulted in many of them earning poor grades, dropping out of school and making bad decisions. Instead of sitting around, I decided to follow my passion for helping young adults, especially young women and provide individual coaching and motivational workshops to help them deal with the complex issues that they face each day.

2. The best part of my job is…
…when I know that my advice and my support helped someone to get back on the road to becoming his or her best self.
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3. You wear many hats. How do you find time to do it all?
I do!! I consider myself to be pretty organized ( just don’t check my closet!) so it helps with multi-tasking. I definitely need to write things down so I use a Passion Planner (get one here!) which is totally awesome and really helps me to get focused on my goals. I also rely on support from my husband and family to fill in the gaps because I often have speaking engagements or need time to plan workshops, etc.

4. Is there anything you wish you could change?
I wish I could change the idea that you have to be stuck just doing one thing. The truth is that you can have many passions. Also, your passion doesn’t always have to be connected to a paycheck. If it is, fabulous! If it isn’t, that’s OK too! Whatever happen to doing something just because it makes you happy?

5. What advice would you give another young woman on following her passion?
I would tell her to go for it!! There is nothing worst than having regrets about what could of or should have happened. Write down your goals! Give your dreams life by speaking about them. Create a vision board to help you get and stay focused. Do something each day that your future self will thank you for.
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6. What else is in store for Carline Dumerlin-Folkes?
I plan on helping more young women through my workshops and individual coaching. I am currently finishing a morning motivational book. I am also in the process of developing a stationery line.

You can find Carline on many Social Media Platforms. Drop her a line and tell her Her Own Skin sent you!

Twitter: CoachCarli11
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Website: www.CoachCarli.com
Email:coachcarli11@gmail.com

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