It’s a familiar millennial dream: quit your corporate job in your twenties, pursue your passion, and suddenly make it big. No matter how inspiring this fantasy sounds, many people find it too risky and don’t follow through. But best friends Brittany Ricketts, 30, and Rylie Bland, 32, are two dreamers that actually took this leap of faith towards a new life path.
While working in commercial real estate and public relations, respectively, both women simply were no longer happy with their careers. “We hated working in the corporate world,” explains Bland. Since their passion had always been beauty and skincare, the two friends sat down to brainstorm their options. Ultimately, they decided to quit their day jobs and pursue esthetician licenses.
While working towards their licenses, Ricketts and Bland started a joint beauty blog called House of Preservation™, — which covers everything from medical aesthetics to wellness — and quickly garnered a cult following. And in 2019, the blog was brought to life when Ricketts and Bland opened a medspa by the same name.
As two influencers with a burning passion for beauty, the two women gush about all things skincare, haircare, and wellness during our interview. As a beauty afficanado myself, I jump into the conversation with the same excitement. Over our hour long discussion, Bland and Ricketts talk about everything from their favorite treatments and products, to the skincare trends taking off in Dallas right now. Keep reading for their best beauty insights.
Spotlyte: Let's talk about your background.
Rylie Bland: Brittany and I originally were both in corporate jobs. One day we both felt we had had enough and decided to do something that we're really passionate about. We took a leap of faith, quit our corporate jobs, and got our esthetician licenses. Then, we went to the National Laser Institutesm in Dallas and got our laser licenses. After, we worked in a medspa to learn everything about the business.
Spotlyte: Did you start your blog to document your journey?
RB: We started our blog as a platform to educate skincare junkies on everything that we were learning during this whole process.
Spotlyte: How did you come up with the name of your blog?.
Brittany Ricketts: We’ve always been passionate about anti-aging and preserving the look that you have. So for me, the word preservation was there.
Spotlyte: What career advice do you have for other women who are looking to take a leap of faith and pursue their passions?
BR: One thing is that having a partner is great. Yes, you can vent to friends and family, but when it's someone that's in the trenches with you and is really going through the same thing . . . it's really important. Having a partner is instrumental.
RB: Without a doubt, just having someone there that's pushing you to keep going forward to the end goal. We wouldn't be here today if we didn't have each other.
Spotlyte: How has your skincare routine evolved since going to esthetician school?
RB: Our routines completely changed after esthetician school. While we've always been obsessed with skincare, it wasn't until enrolling in the program that we developed a true understanding of how the skin functions. Learning the anatomy and science behind the skin and the role product ingredients play, coupled with hands-on experience, gave us a whole new perspective. The biggest change we made was completely [getting rid of] all forms of physical exfoliation, like facial scrubs, as they are abrasive and can cause microtears to the skin. We strictly stick to chemical exfoliation now.
Spotlyte: What is your skincare routine currently like?
BR: We’re both huge proponents of the Korean double-cleansing method, which involves using an oil cleanser followed by a regular, water-based cleanser. This ensures you’re removing all makeup and impurities. We use Dermalogica® PreCleanse Cleansing Oil and Dr. Dennis Gross® Alpha Beta® Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel. We also swear by Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peel Pads two to three times a week for exfoliation. Scrubs and beads are abrasive and can cause microtears to the skin, so we prefer to stick with chemical exfoliation. These pads are the holy grail for smooth, glowing skin. Also, no skincare routine is complete without an antioxidant or hyaluronic serum. We use SkinCeuticals® C E Ferulic® to protect against environmental factors and the SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier for hydration.
Spotlyte: What do you feel is the most underrated skincare step?
RB: Oil cleansing. The Korean double-cleansing method is hands down one of the best things we've ever done for our skin. It’s a necessary step. Once you start, you won’t know how you ever removed your makeup properly without it. It melts away all makeup and debris to prep your skin for a proper, thorough cleanse. It's completely changed our skin for the best.
Spotlyte: What injectables do you personally get?
RB: We both started injectable wrinkle reducer in the forehead [lines] and glabella [frown lines]. We also love filler for our lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. And learn more now by chatting with a trained aesthetic specialist.]
Spotlyte: What other in-office treatments do you get?
BR: From laser hair removal to photofacials and injectables — we’ve tried them all!
Spotlyte: What is your wellness routine?
RB: We’re firm believers that good skin starts from within. It’s almost impossible to get all the nutrients you need from food alone, which is why taking supplements is essential for optimal health and wellbeing. We both take HUM® Nutrition Collagen Love™ Skin Firming Supplement, because [as you age], your body slowly stops producing [as much] collagen. Also, [we take] the HUM Nutrition Daily Cleanse to keep hormonal acne at bay, OMG! Omega the Great™ for omega 3's, and Here Comes the Sun™ for vitamin D. We have noticed a major difference in our skin since starting [supplements]. One thing to note, you should always give any product or supplement [at least] 30 days to start seeing results.
[Editor’s note: As always, talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any new supplement.]
Spotlyte: What are your everyday makeup must-haves?
BR: When it comes to makeup, we like to keep it pretty simple. NARS® Radiant Creamy Concealer, Anastasia Beverly Hills® Brow Wiz®, and Benefit™ Cosmetics They’re Real!® Tinted Lash Primer as mascara are our everyday staples.
Spotlyte: You both have such beautiful blonde hair! How do you keep it looking so shiny and healthy?
RB: We're both naturally brunette, so our hair needs major TLC to recover from the damage it has endured. Supplements are a must. We both take HUM Nutrition Red Carpet™, biotin, and niacin to provide the nutrients needed for strong, healthy hair. We also swear by the Turbie Twist™ Microfiber Hair Towel. It's much gentler on the hair than a regular towel, and it significantly reduces drying time since it's made of super absorbent microfiber. Our two favorite products are It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In™ Plus Keratin on damp hair and Moroccanoil® Treatment Light for shine.
Spotlyte: Have you noticed any beauty trends taking off in Dallas right now?
RB: [The most popular] is LED light therapy and lymphatic drainage — which are both big buzzwords at the moment. Lymphatic drainage is also a Korean beauty method that increases circulation, bringing oxygen to the tissue and draining congested lymph nodes to slim and sculpt the face [along] the cheekbones and jawline.
[Editor’s note: If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor before doing lymphatic drainage.]
Spotlyte: What is a day off for you like?
BR: A day off consists of us in our robes, until an inappropriate hour, with our laptops out, going over all the things we can’t get to during a workday. It’s safe to say we're obsessed with what we do and really don’t go a day without talking about House of Preservation. We constantly want to keep things fresh and relevant. We even edit old blog posts to reflect our current knowledge and philosophies so that everything [on there] is current. Of course, we also love the nights when we can pamper ourselves with a real shower — you know, the kind where you actually wash your hair — and give ourselves an at-home facial with a nice glass of red wine. Oh, and Uber Eats™ en route, too.
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