VACATION SOON COME! HOW DO I PACK?

Guys, I love getting on a plane. Wait, that’s actually not true. I HATE getting on a plane. But I love leaving NY to visit other locations in the country and all over the world so my fear doesn’t stop me from boarding! In a few weeks I’ll be heading over to the west coast. California is one of my favorite places to go. Beautiful weather and tons of people watching. And just like everything else in my life, being organized is key, even on vacation. I’ll be there for 6 days so packing the right way is crucial for me. Where do I begin?

SKINCARE & MAKEUP
OK; so honestly, how do I choose which items to bring? I keep such a huge assortment of skincare/makeup products at home because I’m OBSESSED. I knew this could be challenging so I made a list of necessities to start. Here are the basics:
1. Cleanser/Makeup Wipes
2. Toothbrush/Toothpaste
3. Moisturizer/Sunscreen (Face & Body)
4. Deodorant
5. Foundation
6. Palettes (Eyes & Cheeks)
7. Eye Cream
8. Sheet Masks (I don’t got anywhere without!)
9. Red and Nude Lip
10. Mascara & False Lashes
Those are what I consider to be my basic must-bring items for traveling. Do I throw in an extra item here and there for fun? YES! But you get what I mean. I probably won’t leave liners, makeup brushes or my beauty blender behind. Since I’m traveling with a checked bag as well as a carry-on, I’ll place my full size beauty products in a 28″ spinner from Samsonite similar to this.

SHOES
This coming trip will mostly be about comfort. I travel with trainers so one pair will serve as airplane attire and workout attire. Kill two birds with one stone. I like to make sure I have a casual flat as well as a dressy flat. One multi-functional heel is a must. Something that works with a pair of jeans and also a little black dress. For example these Gucci Sandals usually make it in my suitcase. A pair of flip flops come in handy for beach or pool time. And a bootie is always a good option because it’s also multi-functional. I’m bringing these. Metallic goes with everything!

WORKOUT GEAR
Staying healthy is so important to me. It doesn’t stop when I travel. Getting the heart rate up for at least 30 mins a day is important, especially as I’m getting older. Who says I can’t do it in style? I keep a few activewear brands on rotation to choose from like, Lululemon, Adidas, and Nike. For Cali I have a simple formula. Two leggings, 4 tank tops, 2 sports bras. When out of town, I always give my workout gear a hand wash or throw them in the laundry if accessible. Makes far more room in my luggage for other important items. Here’s the key: a small bottle of detergent!

THE REST!
OK so I gave you all the sides. Here is the meat! And it’s simple. My key travel items usually stay consistent. I HAVE to have at least one coordinate set that can be dressed up or down. I love outfits like these because you can wear them together or add the top or bottom to other pieces. It gives me options. At least two flowy maxi dresses always make it to the bag. It’s another great option for day to night looks. Tees and/or tanks in black and white (I don’t play with a lot of color when it comes to basic pieces). 2 evening dresses are essential. There will be a couple of nights on the town where I want to be playful and flirty with my clothes. My boyfriend will be with me so we have to keep it fun! Lounge-wear and PJ’s are my favorite things to wear also! When we want to stay in, something like this from Eberjey is extra comfortable and appropriate. Then you have your extras: bras, panties (2x the # of days), socks and shapewear (let’s not pretend like we don’t throw a pair a spanks in just in case)!

There you have it. Pretty simple right? Packing doesn’t have to be this huge deal. And you DON’T need to bring everything in your closet. A medium sized pouch is with me every day that holds things like lysol to-go, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, pain relievers, hand cream, etc. (Yea I’m that person) Pack smart. Bring convenient effective items that work every time. Your skincare nor your style have to be compromised.

What are some of your favorite ways to pack when traveling? What do you bring with you without question? I’d love to hear!

xo IKA

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AUGUST 2018 OBSESSION

WHOA! August has come to an end. My birthday month; my favorite month; the ONLY month! After all of the celebration (I celebrate all of August) I have to sign off with an obsession. I won’t disappoint.

L’ORÉAL Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara is EVERYTHING! A coworker turned good girlfriend introduced me to the magic and I’m hooked. I feel like it caters to each individual lash one by one and leaves me with a truly voluminous result. Want more? Get the primer!

You KNOW I’m not messing around. This stuff is great!

xo IKA

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MARCH 2018 OBSESSION

The year is moving along so quickly, isn’t it? Spring is here despite all the snow lol. Of course I have a monthly obsession for March. You’ll like it, I already know!

The Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Milk is so dope! Super lightweight formula. It’s milky which is a nice change from my foamy cleansers. With sensitive skin it’s great to have because it never feels like I’m stripping too much moisture away. I love it! I think you will too!

xo IKA

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FIVE MAC COSMETICS MUST HAVES

MAC Attack!!

One thing I know for sure is that MAC COSMETICS have been a hit since the beginning. This brand is probably the first thing most women think of when buying makeup. Now listen, there a a ton of great beauty brands out there and I’m an equal opportunity consumer! 😉 But I thought I’d give you my top five must haves from one of our favorite brands! These 5 products can be used every day and always hit the mark!

1. Mineralize Skinfinish Powder: I use this powder every day! It’s light yet still gives a slight coverage and clean finish. It also works as a great setting powder over concealer.

2. Pro Longwear Lipcreme: I swear by Pro Longwear. It really does last for me. Some say to add the primer underneath which works great but I’ve found that this lipstick lasts even without it. Get every shade if you can!

3. Eye Kohl: This is one of my favorite eyeliners because it adds drama without being TOO DRAMATIC. You know what I mean? When I don’t want to do a full out smokey eye, I add this liner to the top or the bottom lid for a subtle yet gorgeous effect.

4. Lipstick in Heroine: All of the MAC lip colors are fantastic but the shade we all should have is HEROINE. This literally looks good on everybody who wears it. It’s a bold, rich and happy color and you need it in your collection! 😉

5. Eye Shadow: We can go crazy here! MAC is known for having the greatest selection of colors, pigments and shades for eyeshadow. You can really play around with this one. If you’re more of a natural makeup person, try something light with a little shimmer like DAZZLELIGHT. Trust me, you’ll love it!

I want to know if you’re a MAC girl like me! What are your favorites. I’ve only listed five but believe me I can go on all day! Let me know what you think!

xo IKa

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