Monthly Archives: April 2013

Girls Night Out

This past week, Ritual Beauty participated in the Shecky’s Girls Night Out in Atlanta. The cocktails were flowing, music pumping and a great energy in the air as everyone flowed from ballroom to ballroom checking out all the great vendors. My sister-in-law, Cassi, worked the table with me and we had so much fun meeting many wonderful women. After the event, we raffled off a pink Clarisonic Mia (congratulations, Annie!).

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Our table (I’m in love with those lamps)

In talking to the attendees about their skin care concerns, I found a repeating theme. Many of you are looking for an eye product. Dark circles, puffiness and crows feet are major concerns and unfortunately, it seems like most of us see the first signs of aging around the eyes. You will be happy to know that we are in the preliminary stages of developing an eye product. So stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for product updates.

We want to hear from you! Do you know of an event in the Atlanta area that you think Ritual Beauty should be a part of? What is your number one skin problem?

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Raffle winner

Raffle winner

Congratulations to Annie H. who won the Clarisonic Mia I raffled off at the Shecky’s Girls Night Out this past week!

It’s Spring Cleaning Time

Spring is here and you know what that means – Spring cleaning!  It’s time to organize our closets and do a deep cleaning of our homes.  When it comes to cleaning out your beauty products, one thing is for sure, you shouldn’t wait until Spring.  Your bathroom cabinets and drawers should be cleaned out on a regular basis.  Most important is throwing out old or expired beauty products and toiletries.  And when you’re a beauty junkie like me, you find that you have a lot of beauty products.  Lipsticks, eye shadows, moisturizers and on and on – sadly, they don’t last forever and that’s when it’s time to clean house.

Even though there is not an exact expiration date on beauty products, over time these products will breakdown.  For the sake of your health, you should be throwing out old products on a regular basis (that is if you haven’t already used it up!).  Here is a good rule of thumb on the life expectancy of most products:

Cleansers – 6 months
Moisturizers – 6 months
Sunscreens or any product with a SPF – up to 1 year
Facial treatments & eye products (acne, anti-aging, etc) – in a jar up to 1 year, in a pump up to 2 years
Foundation, liquid concealer, powder – 6 – 12 months
Stick concealer – up to 2 years
Mineral makeup – up to 2 years
Powder Blush – up to 2 years
Cream blush – up to 1 year
Eyeshadow – 3 months
Lip Liners – 1 year
Eye liner – 3 months
Mascara – 3 months
Lipsticks & lip gloss – up to 1 year

Generally, most products are formulated to have a shelf life of 2 years.  But some products, such as mascara should absolutely be chucked after 3 months to avoid the possibility of bacteria growing in tube and coming in contact with your eye.  Some manufacturers specify how long the product is good on their packaging.  Look carefully at the box and you may see an icon, like the one pictured below.  This shows that the product is good for 24 months.

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But how’s a girl going to remember when it’s time to dump when you’ve got a ton of products in the boudoir?  Check out my nifty trick.  When I open a new product, I take a little sticker and a marker, write the date I opened the product and apply the sticker on the product.  Voila!  Now you don’t have to remember.  I recommend going through your products every 1 – 2 months and simply look at the date opened, compare it to the list above and then it’s easy to know whether you can keep it or toss it.

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The sticker system

When in doubt, if the product looks or smells funny throw it out.  And be careful with products if you’ve been sick, especially lip products.  You may need to throw them out to avoid getting sick again.

And the nice thing about going through and cleaning house is that you may find it’s time to head back to Sephora and stock back up!

How to Look Your Best (or close to it) When You’re Sick

It may technically be Spring, but everywhere I look, people are sick like it is the dead of Winter, myself included.  Congestion, cough, fever and overall blahs make us look less than our best.  And unfortunately, life does not stop when we are sick.  While it may be tempting to put your beauty regimen on hold until you feel better, great skin requires consistent care.  Illness definitely affects our skin so the best thing is to look at your skin and adjust what products you use as necessary.  For example, my skin is usually on the oily side but when I’m sick, my skin always seems to dry out.  So, here are a few tips to help you look well when you are not.

Skincare
Your skin is a living, breathing organ and it reflects how well or sick we are. Besides your body fighting an illness, if you are taking any medications they can also take a toll on your skin, mainly by drying it out.

• Continue to cleanse morning and night with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil
• Use a hydrating eye gel or cream to refresh and moisturize tired eyes
• Skip any aggressive skin treatment products such as retinols or acid peels
• Use moisturizer as needed
• Don’t forget about the lips – keep them soft and moisturized with a rich lip balm like Rosebud’s Salve

Makeup
If you have to go out, keep it simple with makeup. Neutral colors are all you need to get a pulled together look.

• Use a BB cream with SPF to even out skin tone
• On eyes, go with a neutral eye shadow like a champagne or taupe with a brown or grey eye liner
• Curl lashes and sweep on black mascara
• Brighten complexion with a peachy, gold blush
• Finish the look with a nude lipstick or flesh colored lip liner and lip balm

Also, drink lots of water, take your vitamins and get as much rest as you can. I hope you feel better soon!