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Simply Stylist Fashion & Beauty Conference

Hope everyone is having a great Monday! I didn’t mean to take the summer off with the blog but somehow that happened. Even if the blog took a break, Ritual Beauty didn’t. I’ve been busy this summer and I hope you will stay tuned to some big news to be announced later this month.

I wanted to share a quick post from Simply Stylist. They held their Fashion & Beauty Conference last month in Chicago and Ritual Beauty was proud to sponsor their amazing event. Hosted by Catt Sadler of E! News, this conference brought together women looking to break into the fashion and beauty world with seasoned industry veterans. The day included a networking brunch, a panel discussion, and breakout sessions with a little shopping and pampering mixed in.

To learn more about Simply Stylist or to register for their next Fashion and Beauty Conference in New York City, visit their website.

Simply Stylist Chicago Gift Bags

Simply Stylist Gift Bag

Look at this gift bag each conference attendee received!


Metro Atlanta Beauty Blogger Meetup


On August 25th, the Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers got together in Roswell for a meetup! We had a fantastic afternoon catching up, chatting ‘blog talk’ in person, and swapping makeup goodies!

This was my first meetup with MABB and it was great to finally meet everyone face to face. I still feel like a newbie when it comes to blogging. This group has been so supportive and I feel like I learn something new every day from everyone. And what fun we had talking about all things beauty. From makeup to nails, I love hearing about the new products out there. After so much talk, I was ready to head to the store and start shopping!

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Be sure to check out the other Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers’ blogs!

Ashley Elizabeth from Ashley Elizabeth’s Beauty Blog

Brittney from BellBelleBella

Christine from Simply Stine

Dawn from Ritual Beauty

Dionne from Glittery Fingers & Sparkling Toes

Emma from Manicurity

Harri from TrailerHood Chic

Kaitlin from Blushing Beauty

Mandy from MandysSecrets

Pam from Pammy Blogs Beauty

Quinn from Mama Fashionista

If you would like to see previous bi-weekly questions and answers, you can do so by viewing the Question Archive here.

If you’re a beauty blogger in the Metro Atlanta area and would like to join us, please visit our website! We would love to connect with you!

Daily Sunscreen Product Review

In honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month, I thought I would do a product review on a daily facial sunscreen.  Even though I had heard the importance of wearing a daily sunscreen for years, it wasn’t until I was 25 that I made a commitment to wearing it every day.  And shortly after that, I noticed a nice change in my skin.  I know it sounds corny but my skin seemed to be happy.  And then I was mad at myself for not starting sooner.  The hint of tan lines from my sunglasses disappeared.   Yes, I would get lines on the bridge of my nose and along my temples from sunglasses.  I am half Filipino so it literally only takes a few minutes in the sun before color starts to develop.  Besides my skin tone improving, I even noticed that breakouts were greatly reduced.  So, with all these great benefits, I was hooked. When it comes to a daily facial sunscreen, I have certain criteria that must be met.

  1.  It has to be SPF 30 or higher.
  2. The formula must be lightweight and not greasy because makeup will be going over it.
  3. No sunscreen smell.

I recently picked up a bottle of Eurecin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion with SPF 30 at Ulta.  I was actually looking for a different product that I sampled from my dermatologist but the product was out of stock.  So, I started looking at every moisturizer and the sunscreen ingredients.  After having children, I noticed my skin has become very sensitive to certain sunscreen ingredients.  I think I’ve narrowed it down to avobenzone which is too bad because besides being a great UVA blocker, it is in a lot of products which means there are a lot of products I can’t use. 2013-05-28 16.01.56 Even though it is a lightweight lotion, it is very moisturizing which I don’t really need.  It’s great while I’m inside, but I’m afraid it may be too heavy if I were to be outside all day. We are just starting to get the summer heat so I’m interested to see how it holds up in the Georgia humidity. 2013-05-28 15.59.10 The Eurecin lotion contains a blend of both chemical and physical sunblockers.  The physical sunscreens are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which block both UVA and UVB rays.  This product is formulated nicely as it leaves no trace of white on your skin as physical sunscreens usually do.  And the chemical sunscreens are ensulizole, octinoxate, and octisalate which all absorb UVB rays.  I have to say this is the first time I have used a product with ensulizole.  After doing a little research, I found that ensulizole absorbs UVB rays and only short UVA rays.  Because this product was formulated with both chemical and physical sunscreens, it effectively protects against UVA and UVB rays and can claim to be a broad spectrum sunscreen. 2013-05-25 14.18.13 I will say it does have a slight sunscreen smell.  But it is not too heavy as to make me think that I should be at the pool when I’m sitting at my desk. Overall, I’m pleased to have found a daily sunscreen that my skin will tolerate.  But I am still going to look for a product that works better with oilier skin.  I will also be looking for a daily body sunscreen and noticed on the back of the Eurecin bottle that they also make a daily body lotion with SPF 15.  I will definitely be picking that up. 2013-05-25 14.19.01

Beauty Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

I don’t know about you, but 2013 is simply flying by.  All of a sudden it’s May and Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  As a mother myself, I personally love the handmade cards and crafts my children make in school for Mother’s Day gifts.  I know they put so much love into those crafts and they are so proud of them.  Looking back on my childhood, I’m sure I did the same thing.  But once I got older, I really enjoyed buying gifts for my Mom.  There was something about getting Mom that perfect gift (on my very small babysitting income).  And with 4 children, my Mom did so much for us.  Keeping up with our school work, afternoon activities, volunteering for various kid teams and organizations and ALL that driving!  In my eyes, she was truly Superwoman.

This picture says it all.  My Mom feeding two children and reading the newspaper.  I'm in the highchair.

This picture says it all. My Mom feeding two children and reading the newspaper. I’m in the highchair.

For everything that Mom does for us, the least we can do is take the time to thank them one day a year.  A Mother’s Day gift doesn’t have to break the bank.  My brothers and I used to chip in and buy one gift.  After all, it truly is the thought that counts.  Here are some beauty gift ideas to pamper your Mom this Mother’s Day.

For the traditionalist – A gift set of Mom’s favorite fragrance

For the DIYer – Put together a bath set of bubbles, bath gel, lotion and a cooling eye gel mask wrapped up in a pretty basket.

For the adventurous – Subscribe Mom to a beauty box subscription so she can try out new beauty products all year long.  For reviews on beauty boxes visit Must Have Boxes.

For ultimate pampering – You can never go wrong with a gift certificate for beauty services such as:

  • Manicure/pedicure and include a new nail polish or hand cream with the card

  • Facial or massage – check out your local beauty school for deeply discounted services

  • A professional blowout at salons like Dry Bar

So spoil Mom this Sunday, let her sleep in, give her some time to kick her feet up and (most importantly) love on her!

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!).


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?

Southern Style Fashion Week

This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 7th Annual Charleston Fashion Week.  In addition to attending the shows, I was thrilled that Ritual Beauty was able to be a sponsor of the model gift bag.  Approximately 200 models arrived in Charleston early last week to walk the runway for 25 designers from all over the country.  After all, nothing quite goes better together than fashion and beauty.  And there was no shortage of either during the event.

Samples for model gift bags

Samples for model gift bags

The event began last Tuesday but I didn’t arrive until Thursday.  Each night, 5 emerging designers showcased a sampling of their designs.  At the end of the night, a People’s Choice winner was announced as well as a finalist chosen by a panel of fashion experts to move onto the finale show.  Saturday night concluded with all the finalists showcasing their entire collection and the grand prize winner being chosen.  Afriyie Poku from Atlanta was announced as the winner of the Emerging Designer Competition as well as the People’s Choice vote for his spectacular menswear collection.

Afriyie Poku announced as the winner of the Emerging Designer Competition

Afriyie Poku announced as the winner of the Emerging Designer Competition

In addition to the emerging designers, there was a featured designer every night.  Hannah Goff, neve/hawk, Anne Barge, Antonio Azzuolo, Libertine and Christian Siriano all showcased their fabulous collections.

On Friday night, there was Rock the Runway, a competition for up and coming models.  It really was exciting to see young designers and models knowing that one day, they may grace the pages of Vogue.

With Cynthia Bailey, one of the judges for the model competition

With Cynthia Bailey, one of the judges for the model competition

It was truly an amazing experience to be a part of, both as a spectator and a participant, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

Keeping it Together – Holiday Stress


Black Friday has come and gone, the stores are vying for your business and your calendar is filling up with holiday parties and events.  As you are tackling your Christmas cards and shopping lists, it’s easy to get burned out.  Especially if you are like me and have two small children to add into the mix.  Family traditions are important to me and nothing makes the holidays feel like the holidays like having these traditions every year.  For our family it means a visit to Santa, baking cookies, seeing The Nutcracker and the Elf on the Shelf.  With so much going on, it’s not hard to start skimping on our beauty ritual.  A big part of looking our best is our overall health.  Listed below are tips to help you stay healthy during this season so you and your skin look and feel great.

Eating Right

This time of year brings holiday parties, office potlucks and lots of home-baked goodies.  All this indulgence can not only pack on extra pounds but also make you feel terrible.  Before a party, make sure you are properly hydrated by drinking 1 – 2 glasses of water.  The water is great for your skin but will also help curb your appetite.  At the party, head to the veggie tray first and swap out every other alcoholic drink for water.  Your head will thank you in the morning and you’ll save some calories.  Moderation is key when it comes to food and dessert.  No need to clear your plate.  Eat slowly, taste your food and have fun!


The biggest excuse to not exercising is lack of time and all the extra holiday hoopla only exaggerates the time crunch.  Best way to overcome this is to simply schedule your exercise, like you would a trip to the hair salon.  It’s on the calendar and it’s been confirmed.  Schedule 30 minutes 3- 4 times a week and make it easy.  If you pass the gym on the way home from work, make your exercise appointment at that time.  If you don’t have a gym membership, set out to go for a brisk walk or jog.  And remember, any exercise is better than no exercise.  Aim for 30 minutes but if you can only do 10 or 15 minutes, then that’s ok.  But make sure to schedule the 30 minutes so once you’ve hit the 10 or 15 minute mark and you want to keep going you can.



In trying to fit everything into our day, you may be tempted to start cutting corners.  Stress has a bad way of showing up as dull, tired skin and can even lead to breakouts.  So whatever you do, be consistent with your beauty ritual.  No matter how long the day or how tired you are, make sure you take off your makeup off every night.  Exfoliate with a facial brush like a Clarisonic or a wash cloth.  With the colder weather you may need to add a moisturizer or switch to a heavier one.  And don’t forget to use an anti-aging treatment every morning and night.  Once a week, take a few extra minutes and use a mask to help tighten and firm.  If you need more hydration, there are some moisturizing masks that you simply leave on and massage in, no rinsing necessary.  If last night’s party leaves you with puffy eyes in the morning, apply cucumber slices for a few minutes.  I eat a lot of salads so I usually have cucumber slices ready to go.  Consistency is key when it comes to great looking and healthy skin.


Getting enough sleep is always a challenge.  On nights you don’t have a party or children’s activity, try to go to bed earlier to make up for those nights you are going to be out late.  If you come home and you are still wired from activity, make a cup of hot decaf tea and start getting ready for bed.  Partake in quiet activities so your body can start getting ready for sleep.  Dim the lights, turn off your cell phone/laptop/tablet and you should even avoid television.  Some light reading always helps me.  And then lights out.  If you consistently have problems sleeping, I recommend you talk to your doctor.  A good night’s sleep is imperative for overall health.


Remember, the holidays are supposed to be fun!  You are making memories with family and friends.  Don’t stress when plans don’t go exactly according to plan.  Take a few minutes every day to clear your head, be thankful and take stock on what is truly important to you.  Happy Holidays!!!


Rituals – past & present

When I was in my early twenties, Sundays were my beauty day.  I wasn’t making very much money so it was a DIY spa day in my tiny bathroom.  A bubble bath, clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner followed by a mini facial and a mani-pedi and I was ready to start the week.  Oh, how I think back to those days and how much time I used to have.

My beauty ritual started long before my NYC days.  I was about 7 or 8 when I first started playing around with different soaps.  Dove, Ivory, Noxzema followed by a cotton ball of Sea Breeze or Bonnie Bell’s Ten-O –Six.  It burned, so it must be doing something good, I thought.  As I got older, my ritual evolved.  The world of cosmetics opened up.  Now, I had been playing around with my Mom’s lipsticks and eye shadows for a long time, but by the time my friends and I hit 4th grade, we knew it was time to break out the make-up at school.  Unfortunately, our teacher did not agree with us.  With our moms siding with the teacher, we left our lipsticks at home for the time being.

When I was in sixth grade, we started having dances.  Again, I had so many things to do to prepare for the big event.  A bubble bath, hair washed, dried and curled; make-up and a mani-pedi.  Mind you, no one saw my toes.  You would have thought I was getting ready for the Oscars but all I wore was a shiny Espirt top and a jean skirt.

Today, my ritual has been pared down from years past.  But when I have the chance, usually when the children are napping or down for the night, I will resurrect some of my old rituals.  The deep conditioner, a mask or doing my nails (I usually have to pick one).  Tonight, as I was doing my nails, it occurred to me that my manicure set is almost 27 years old.  It was a gift from my Mom, ahem, Santa, when I was in the 5th grade.  That set has been with my through high school and college, followed me to NYC and a number of different homes.  Once I took it on a trip with me post 9/11 and airport security tried to confiscate it for the scissors and nail file.  My options were to check the bag or throw it away.  Obviously, I checked the bag.

Even though my ritual isn’t as complicated as it used to be, I still get all the bases covered.  You don’t need a lot of time to take good care of your skin.  No matter how tired I am, I cannot go to bed without following my ritual.  It’s how I start and end my day and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My old faithful manicure set

Welcome to Ritual Beauty

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

– Rumi

This quote sums up my life quite nicely.  My name is Dawn and from as far back as I can remember I have loved all things beauty.  By beauty, I mean, beauty products.  I practically grew up at the department store cosmetic counter alongside my Mother.  I would watch the saleslady apply the newest colors on her while I was dabbling in the cosmetic displays.  As I headed into the teenage years and was faced with blemishes, I realized that cosmetics could only do so much.  Having a flawless canvas, your skin, became so much more important and has been ever since.

I have always enjoyed science and graduated with a degree in Chemistry, but it wasn’t until I realized medical school wasn’t in my future that I had my “a-ha” moment.  In an instant I knew that I would create my own skin care line.  After all, it only made sense – I would combine my loves of science and beauty.

It has been many years since that “a-ha” moment but the dream has never died.  I have worked for both entrepreneurial and well established beauty companies.  In creating this line, my purpose is to offer high quality products delivering results that help women look and feel great without breaking the bank.  As I thought about how the concept of looking good makes you feel, I realized that feeling good about yourself gives you confidence.  Confidence is powerful and it is what allows us to be whatever we want to be.  This is our mission and we call it Look.Feel.Be.™