Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Fast Beauty Fix and Reflections on My Beauty “Personality”

It’s funny how my beauty “personality” has changed over the years. What is a beauty personality? It is simply how we view and respond towards our appearance. There are some who go for the natural look with little to no makeup and others that wear a full face of makeup every day. Some women focus on their hair more than their face and there are people like me who are more concerned with skin care than cosmetics. I have noticed that some parts of my beauty personality has changed as I’ve gotten older. Specifically, I’m talking about nails. When I was young I wanted the long, painted nails my Mom had. She had the longest real nails I knew. And they were as hard as nails (sorry, had to do it!). Not at all like mine which were much softer. I’d try to grow them out and just when I thought they were getting to the right length, I’d pick something up and wind up with a broken nail.

My life is just too crazy to be worried about a broken nail or chipped polish. Nowadays, shorter is better for me. I always know when it’s time to trim them when I start making a lot of typing errors. That’s my indicator. Oh, and I rarely paint them, but I’m trying to get better about that. After all, I believe that pretty polished tips truly makes a women look pulled together.

As I was typing away this afternoon I noticed it. I had to use the backspace key way too much. It’s time for a mani. And I didn’t have time to stop at a nail shop and get one (though I wish I did). So tonight, after the kids were put to bed, I raced to my bathroom to do a speedy mani. Trim, push back cuticles, buff, polish and done! I have embraced the fact that they don’t have to be perfect. Note that neutral polishes are much more forgiving than bold colors which is probably why the majority of my nail polishes are some variation of a pinky-nude.

All you need for a quick manicure

All you need for a quick manicure

I really do need to polish my nails more often. I always love the way they look.

Fast manicure

I love a pretty neutral – Revlon Blushed

Have you noticed a change in your beauty personality?


Tasty Tuesdays: Ritual Recipe – Chicken & Spinach Mediterranean Salad

As I mentioned last week, starting today, I am going to start posting a healthy recipe once a month. Simple and delicious food chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats to help you look and feel your best from the inside out.

After I had my children, I found it fairly difficult to get back into shape. I had gotten lazy in my eating and exercising so it was no surprise that I wasn’t able to spring back into my pre-preganacy size. No matter what anyone tells you, it takes effort to be your best physically. Over the years, I have learned that I have to plan out my meals for the week otherwise I will grab whatever is fastest (pizza rules) and regret it later. I also have to plan my workouts. But we are just going to stick to talking about food today.

In January, I did my first Whole30 program and at the time, I had only heard of it a few times. The Whole30 program is simply eating real food: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits and good fats from nuts and seeds. You eliminate all grains (including corn), dairy, white potatoes, sugar, legumes, soy, and alcohol. I made the Whole30 a last minute New Year’s Resolution and jumped right in on January 1st. It really was not that difficult as long as I had my meals prepared in advance. And at the end of 30 days, I felt great and had dropped 7 pounds without really doing much more than 1 or 2 days a week of exercise.

I have decided to do another Whole30 because my sweet tooth has gotten out of control lately. But this time I am extending it to 90 days for a couple of reasons. First, I think if I go longer without sugar, it will help curb my sweet tooth and second, my 20th high school reunion is in the Fall and it would be nice to attend it being a little lighter (and will give me a good excuse to go dress shopping).

Some of the recipes posted will be geared towards the Whole30 program but do not worry, they will still be delicious. Most recipes will be clean eating though there may be a something sweet from time to time. You’ve got to live a little.

Chicken & Spinach Mediterranean Salad
This is a salad I made up on a visit to Uncle Madio’s one day. I really like Uncle Madio’s as it’s the only fast food place I know of that has so many fresh vegetables and organic chicken available. Since I could not find a salad on the menu that met the Whole30 requirements, I decided to make my own. I have since made this salad at home. It is really easy and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.


Can you tell I like Trader Joe’s?

As I said before, I plan my meals for the week. Sunday is usually my cooking day and I will cook up a bunch of chicken breasts in the oven to have on hand. I prefer to have the chicken warm on the salad so during the week, I’ll take a chicken breast out of the fridge and heat it up in the microwave, dice it up and add to the salad. But you could also have the chicken cold.

My Sunday batch of chicken

My Sunday batch of chicken

Spinach – couple handfuls
1 cooked chicken breast, diced
¼ cup Artichoke hearts, diced
1 Tbsp Sliced black olives
¼ cup Portabello mushrooms, sliced and marinated
1 Tbsp Sundried tomatoes

Place spinach in a bowl. I have a thing for chopped salads so I always chop up salad greens. And then I simply add all ingredients over the spinach. The chicken can be hot or cold. Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar on top for the dressing and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

This is a great lunch salad, filling and delicious. Enjoy!

So easy and delicious!

So easy and delicious!

Make Mine a Double: How Antioxidants Make Sunscreens Work Better – Guest Post at Pammy Blogs Beauty

Blogging is still pretty new to me and I am constantly learning new things.  I have been having a great time meeting other bloggers, reading their fun posts and looking at their gorgeous pictures.  In the process, I met Pam of Pammy Blogs Beauty.  Her fun, light-hearted blog covers everything beauty and I am honored to be a guest blogger on her site.  Check out my post Make Mine a Double: How Antioxidants Make Sunscreens Work Better where I cover some amazing antioxidants that go the extra distance to protect your skin.

Have a great weekend!

Announcing Tasty Tuesdays…Coming Soon

I am excited to announce that starting next week I will start posting delicious, healthy and easy recipes once a month called Tasty Tuesdays.  Why recipes on a beauty blog you ask?  Well, because Ritual Beauty is all about helping you Look, Feel and Be your best.  And while there are products that help us look good on the outside, to be our best, we should also be taking care of the inside.  When you eat healthy you will find that you feel so much better.

Stay tuned for the first Ritual Recipe next week!

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Pretty Pout – Beauty Tip: Why Lip Liners Should Be In Your Makeup Bag

There is one cosmetic product that I have used almost as long as I have been wearing makeup – lip liner.  When I was little, I used to watch my Mom use it every time she applied her lipstick.  She would outline her lips so quickly, sweep on lipstick and done.  So, I guess you could say that I am a product of my environment because almost as soon as I started wearing lipstick, I started wearing lip liner.  In the beginning, the lip liners always matched or were very close in color to the lipstick.  Over the years, I have learned to experiment as the liner can really set the stage for the look or lip color you are trying to achieve.

Here are a few of my favorite tips when it comes to lip liner:

  • Use lip liner to not only line the lips, but also fill in the entire lip before lipstick.  If your lip liner is close to the same color as your lipstick, it will help keep color on your lips as your lipstick wears off.
  • Do not be afraid to mix and match lip liners to get the right color.
  • Keep a good nude lip liner on hand.  I have several different neutral shades that I use to tone down darker liners.
  • Lip liners can also double as your lip color.  Simply line lips, fill in and apply a lip balm on top.  Volià!

And because lip liners are so skinny, you can fit them in your tiniest handbag.  Whatever you do, you will not want to leave home without them.

Summertime Scentsations


It is hard to believe that the 4th of July has come and gone.  But there is still a lot of summer left and plenty of time to try out a lighter fragrance.  For me, there is no such thing as owning too many perfumes.  I used to wear a different fragrance every day of the week depending on my mood.  For a while now, I have stuck to just one fragrance as my signature (Hermès’ 24, Faubourg).  And even though it is my all-time favorite, it is a little too heavy for the summer which is why I have started sampling some new scents.  I have found three scents that I really like that are perfect for summer.

Chloé Eau de Parfum – I’ve had my eye, and nose, on this one for a while now.  Sephora was running a special promotion so I got a deluxe sample of this scent with an online order.  The fashion house’s newly signature scent starts off with fresh top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee.  While the middle notes reveal a heavenly floral blend of magnolia, lily of the valley and rose (rose is the dominant note).  Cedarwood, amber and honey are the base notes that round out this elegant scent.  The result is an ultra feminine fragrance that can easily be worn every day.  In addition to the full size bottle, Chloé is also available in a rollerball at Sephora for just $25.

Oscar de la Renta’s Something Blue – I received a sample of this fragrance in my last Birchbox and I have been wearing it every day.  This light and fresh fragrance has top notes of Italian bergamot, mandarin, neroli and linden blossom.  As the scent wears, it unveils notes of narcisse, lily of the valley and lychee.  Towards the end of the day you will discover the warmth from the white musk and bourbon vanilla.  As the name suggests, this fragrance was inspired by the designer’s silk and lace wedding gowns.  So, it is no surprise that they have added a removable engraved ring to the elegantly designed bottle.

L’Occitane Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette – I literally stumbled across this fragrance.  As I was passing the store in the mall, this little bottle called out to me when I saw “Narcisse” on the label.  Besides my birth flower (a.k.a. the daffodil), one of my favorite fragrances in high school was Chloé’s Narcisse.  This fragrance is nothing like that one.  It’s a floral but it’s subtle.  The vanilla balances out the sweetness of the floral and gives it some warmth yet it’s still light for summer.  Besides smelling yummy, it is one of the few fragrances that did not make my highly allergic husband sneeze or cause a headache.  Win!

What fragrance are you wearing this summer?

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