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Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

Damaged hair does not discriminate. Anyone can be affected by uncontrollable elements and factors that contribute to damaged hair. When hair loses moisture it becomes brittle and loses its shine and luster. If hair is left damaged for long enough, it can cause dandruff and even hair loss. Taking care of your hair doesn’t always have to break your budget. There are plenty of natural remedies that you can make at home to protect your hair from future damage.

How Will I Know?

It’s pretty easy to figure out when your hair is damaged. Sometimes you can visually see the breakage and split ends. Other times you can feel excessive dryness in your hair. Damaged hair has a harsh texture and tangles easily. Overall you can tell that your hair is damaged if it is difficult to manage.

How Does Hair Become Damaged?

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Sun rays, lack of moisture, harsh chemicals – there are so many reasons for damaged hair. Here are a few of the major contributing factors:

  • Overuse of styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons
  • Dry and hot climates
  • Swimming in chlorinated water
  • Harsh chemical treatments
  • Excessive washing with harsh products
  • Friction from blankets, pillows and clothing
  • There are also reasons for damaged hair that you can’t control. Some people are born with medical conditions and hereditary conditions that make their hair follicles more prone to being damaged. In addition, malnutrition and eating disorders can lead to dry, brittle hair.

Finding the Proper Fix

There are a few ways to go about treating your damaged hair. Some people head straight to the salon to cut off their hair and professionally fix their problem. However, there are more affordable and faster remedies to treat and prevent damaged hair. In fact, most of them use products you can find in your pantry.

Eggs

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Eggs contain natural proteins and minerals that nourish hair when applied. For a natural shine, try this remedy once a week.

Egg Whisk
Products: 1 egg , shower cap
Time: 20 minutes

Whisk one egg and apply to your scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse out in the shower and wash your hair as usual.

Olive Oil

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Olive oil is packed with fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that help seal in moisture when applied to hair. Using olive oil one to two times per week will help protect your hair from drying out.

Olive Oil Massage
Products: Olive oil, towel
Time: 30 minutes to overnight

Warm up 1 cup of olive oil and massage into your scalp for 3-5 minutes. Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave on for at least thirty minutes or overnight. Wash out in shower with usual shampoo and conditioner routine.

Olive Oil & Honey
Products: 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of honey
Time: 30 minutes

Warm up and mix 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of honey. Apply all over hair from scalp to ends. Leave in for 30 minutes and rinse out in shower and wash as usual.

Avocado

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Avocados are good on everything, even your hair. They are filled with healthy fats and proteins that help keep hair hydrated, flexible and soft. Use these remedies once a week to heal damaged hair.

Avocado Smoothing
Products: 1 avocado, 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, blender (optional)
Time: 1 hour

Mix one half of a ripe avocado with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil until smooth. Use a blender if necessary to get correct consistency. Apply and leave on your hair for one hour, then wash out as usual.

Avocado Paste
Products: 1 avocado, 1 egg, coconut milk
Time: 1 hour

Mash an avocado and egg yolk together. Add in coconut milk until the mixture is smooth and turns into a thin paste. Apply the paste to your scalp and massage into the rest of your hair for 3-5 minutes. Keep the paste in your hair for 1 hour then rinse and wash as usual.

Honey

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Honey is a natural product that traps in moisture. When these remedies are applied 1-2 times per week, your damaged hair will be soft and shiny.

Honey Massage
Products: 1/2 cup of honey, shower cap
Time: 30 minutes

Massage honey into washed, damp hair starting from the scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap for 30 minutes and then rinse out with warm water.

Honey Conditioner
Products: 1-2 teaspoons of honey, conditioner
Time: 1-2 minutes

Before putting conditioner in your hair, add honey. Use this mixture once a week.

Aloe Vera

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In addition to soothing burns, Aloe Vera also soothes dry, damaged hair. It is filled with enzymes, amino acids and vitamins C and E that can help protect your hair when used once a week.

Aloe Vera Juice
Products: Aloe Vera
Time: 10-15 minutes

Apply the juice from an Aloe Vera plant to damaged hair. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wash out in the shower as usual.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has been praised for its natural benefits. It contains nutrients that can easily penetrate hair follicles to prevent future damage. These remedies can be applied 2-3 times per week to protect your hair from breakage.

Coconut Oil Massage
Products: Coconut oil
Time: 5 minutes

Warm enough coconut oil to massage into your scalp for 5 minutes. You can also leave in overnight. Wash it out fully with warm water.

Coconut and Honey
Products: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of honey
Time: 30 minutes

Mix 3 tablespoons of warm oil with 1/4 cup of honey. Apply the mixture to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse out with warm water.

Banana

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Bananas are high in potassium and vitamins that help moisturize hair. They are also known to improve elasticity, which is often lost in damaged hair. Use these remedies once a week to naturally soften your hair.

Banana Mash
Products: 1 banana
Time: 1 hour

Mash 1 banana and work it in throughout your hair. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour then rinse with water.

Banana Mix
Products: 2 brown bananas, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Time: 30 minutes

Blend 2 brown bananas with the honey, coconut oil and olive oil into it becomes a paste. Apply all over hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Rinse out with water and wash as usual.

Beer

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This seems like an unlikely ingredient to treat damaged hair but it works! Small amounts of beer can be used throughout the week to work as a natural conditioner.

Beer Spray
Products: Beer, spray bottle
Time: 1 minute

Add beer to a spray bottle and use a small amount into your hair when shampooing. Let your hair air dry so that it will be smooth and shiny. This also works when beer is sprayed before blow drying and styling your hair.

Mayonnaise

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The fats in mayonnaise moisturize dry hair by leaving it soft and shiny. Use this remedy once a week to prevent future damaged hair.

Mayo Mix
Products: 1 cup of full fat mayonnaise, shower cap
Time: 1 hour

Massage in a thick layer of mayonnaise to slightly damp hair. Work from the scalp to the ends. Put on a shower cap and leave in the mixture for one hour. Rinse and wash in the shower.

Vinegar

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One of the main causes of damaged hair is residue left from shampoos, conditioners and other styling products. One natural way to reduce this residue us by using vinegar in your hair once a week or when it is unusually dry.

Vinegar Mix
Products: 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of water
Time: 10 minutes

Mix vinegar and water. After washing, pour the mixture in your hair, let it sit for ten minutes and rinse it out.

Vinegar Massage
Products: 1/2 cup of vinegar, 2 cups of water
Time: 1 hour

Mix this more diluted version of vinegar and water. Shampoo your hair, then massage in this mixture and leave on for an hour. Rinse out with warm water.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment!

It’s up to you to decide what remedy works best for you. Maybe your go-to is olive oil since you have an excessive amount already stored in your house. Maybe you want to try out the avocado mix so that you can eat guacamole at the same time. No matter what you try, remember that all of these remedies will take time. Damaged hair wasn’t caused in a day and therefore it can’t be fixed in one. With time, your hair will build up to a natural, healthy state and remain that way.

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding
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22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Long-gone are the days of rigid and stiff updos – vintage wedding hairstyles are in.

These styles are perfect for your special day: they create a timeless vibe that won’t seem dated when you flip through your photo album decades down the road.

Vintage hairstyles also give you the perfect opportunity to dive head first into a specific theme. Old Hollywood, midcentury, rockabilly, 60s mod: the possibilities are endless.

You can also pair a vintage hairstyle from one era with makeup trends from another to create a unique mix of class.

Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Every Length

Whether your hair is long or short, natural or pin straight, you have plenty of options for both up-dos and flowing locks.

These vintage hairstyles also give you a big opportunity to incorporate accessories without looking tacky: pearls, subtle jewels, feathers, you name it.

Make sure to take your dress into consideration before choosing a hairstyle.

If you haven’t selected your dress yet, you’ve got a little more room to explore. If not, bring some photos to your stylist to find out which wedding hairstyles work best with the shape and neckline of your dress.

To help you out, we’ve included a video tutorial for nearly every style so you can test them out on your own.

1. Side-swept Waves22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

What’s more classy and glamorous than side-swept waves? This style pairs well with an off-white dress for creating a warm rustic feel. Give your bangs some volume to create a 1950s vibe.

Here’s how to get the pins right.

2. Old Hollywood Bouffant

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

If you’ve got bangs, this old Hollywood inspired bouffant is perfect. Add some bold makeup and jewelry to contrast with this simple style.

Here’s how to perfect the French twist bouffant combo on your own.

3. Victory Rolls

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

This picture proves that victory rolls are much more versatile than most people think. Sure, you can go all-out with the rockabilly look, but you can also keep things a little subtler, too.

Not to mention, victory rolls also work great for hair of different lengths and textures. For short hair, try victory rolls with an updo. Long hair can go half-up half-down with victory rolls on top and long flowing locks underneath.

4. Birdcage22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Forget those 90s style veils: birdcages are making a huge comeback.

This is a great option for incorporating a slight vintage vibe into your look without completely diving in. Plus, it works great with different eras: 1930s, 1950s, 1960s. You could even add a little embellishment with some pearls or rhinestones.

If you’re feeling crafty, here’s a tutorial for making one yourself.

5. Floral Focal Point

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Large flowers add a little extra elegance and femininity. Plus, they fit in perfectly with the side-swept style.

Select a color to match your dress or go bold with a pop of contrasting color. You could even match with your flowers or bridesmaid dresses – you have lots of options here.

6. Silky Curl Bobs

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Is there anything more romantic and playful than a curled bob?

These silky curls add a little extra elegance to this 60s inspired angled bob. Pair this style with a long-sleeve lace dress and some small white flowers woven in for a fairytale inspired look.

Here’s how to get the silky-smooth curls while keeping frizz at bay.

7. Pearls

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Who said pearls had to be big and tacky?

Small pearls work well with just about any of the vintage wedding hairstyles on this list. Pair them with a lacy white or cream-colored gown for a timeless romantic look straight out of a fairytale.

8. Half Pinned Back

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Talk about retro!

This half-up half-down bouffant is a perfect medium between relaxed flowing locks and a tight updo. It also works well with varying hair lengths.

Pair this style with bold lashes, smokey eyes, and nude lips to fully embrace the 60s mod look.

In this video, John Frieda explains how to perfect the look on your own.

9. Flower Crowns

Forget the Snapchat filters. On your wedding day, go for the real-life flower crown with these vintage wedding hairstyles.

You have plenty of options with this one. Go for bold and bright flowers or keep it subtle like the photo above. These flower crowns are perfect for spring weddings when flowers are in full bloom,

Here’s how to make one yourself:

10. Feathers

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Fans of the Great Gatsby will go gaga for this flapper inspired look.

The peacock feathers in the photo above make a bold statement, but you can opt for white or cream-colored feathers as well.

Pair these feathers with a low bun, finger waves, or side-swept do.

11. Side-swept Dramatic Pony

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Side-swept ponies are just another one of the many vintage wedding hairstyles straight out of the 1960s mod look. These styles work great with accessories like bold flowers or gems.

12. Long and Loose

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Who needs an updo?

Wide, long, and loose curls are laid-back and low maintenance so you can enjoy your big day with a classy and elegant vibe. You can even add some hair jewelry for a vintage boho look.

Not to mention, it’s super easy to pull this one off on your own.

13. Crown Braid

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Crown braids are elegant, vintage, and work great with all hair types.

Braid a small portion of hair around your face and let the rest flow or wrap it all up in one or two large braids. This is another great opportunity to add some accessories or extensions in different colors.

Here’s a simple tutorial for ladies with natural hair:

14. Headpieces

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Forehead bands are usually associated with the boho style – which works great for vintage hairstyles – but they also add extra elegance to flapper styles like finger waves.

Check out different colored rhinestones or pearls to match your other wedding accessories.

15. Bumper Bangs

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Nothing screams vintage quite like bumper bangs.

When most people think of bumper bangs, they might imagine rockabilly pinup, but you can incorporate this hairstyle in plenty of ways to create a look that’s equal parts vintage and classy.

Pair this style with cat eyes and red lips to embrace the pinup look or stick with a more subtle makeup like in the photo above.

16. Low Bun

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Low buns paired with finger waves are another great vintage style straight out of the flapper era.

Add some bright red lipstick and feather accessories for an old Hollywood themed wedding.

17. Mod Beehive

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Beehives don’t need to look dated and tacky: puff up the back and add a braid in the front.

You could also skip the braid and let a few pieces in the front wisp around your face for a less “tight” look.

Just don’t forget the doe eyes with lots of mascara and nude lips.

18. Jewels

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

Not into the flower crowns? No problem.

You can still add some embellishment to your wedding do with jeweled headbands. Skip the necklace and go for some hair jewelry instead.

19. Finger Waves

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

You were waiting for this one, weren’t you? Finger waves are timeless and classy. Plus, they work great with hair of all lengths and types: straight, natural, long, or short.

Go for an updo with some finger waves around your face for the flapper look or leave or down and dreamy like the photo.

20. Glam Accessories

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

With all these side-swept styles you need something to add a little embellishment.

Fortunately, you have lots of options for adding a little glam to your vintage wedding hairstyles. Try pins with one big jewel or floral inspired pieces like in the photo.

21. Old Hollywood Curls

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

You’ll kind of feel like a movie star on your wedding day already with all the photography and red-carpet treatment. Why not go all-out with a hairdo straight out of old Hollywood?

These timeless curls are elegant and work well with either a long-sleeve or sleeveless gown.

22. Ballerina Bun

22 Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for Your Classy Fairytale Wedding

It doesn’t get more clean and classy than a ballerina bun. Add some pearls and jewels or just leave it bare for a timeless look straight out of the 1950s.

Here’s a super easy method that doesn’t require a donut piece.

Embrace Your Favorite Style with Vintage Wedding Hairstyles

Are you thinking 1960s mod? Or maybe textbook fairytale is more your style?

Your wedding day gives you the opportunity to live out your style fantasy for a day.

Whatever era you love, these vintage wedding hairstyles can help you create the timeless wedding of your dreams.

The only question is, which one will you pick?

5 Healthy Ways to Improve Skin Texture
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5 Healthy Ways to Improve Skin Texture

We all want smooth skin, right?

Skin can be all you think about when puberty hits. For the lucky few, it’s smooth sailing right into adulthood. But for most of you, your skin wants to take you for a ride.

From bumps and zits to blemishes and acne, it’s hard to catch a break from all the unpredictable things your skin can do.

Some days it’s oily and then some days it’s dry and requires twice the amount of moisturizing.

You might have gotten so desperate that you turned to medication for help.

Let’s take a look at five healthy ways you can improve the smoothness and texture of your skin.

Myths About Getting Smooth Skin

First, let’s debunk a couple of skin care myths.

Your skin is valuable and with you for life, so you want to take care of it. Don’t let marketing gimmicks get in the way of real, practical solutions.

It’s easy to think that smooth skin equals no sun. However, as Dr. Mercola points out, the sun is good for your skin. Getting enough Vitamin D every day can assist your body in looking after your skin’s pigmentation.

Dr. Mercola fights another myth: that all skin care products are safe.

There are thousands of ingredients used and found in these products, while only a small percentage has been tested for safety.

It’s important to remember that whatever you apply to your skin gets absorbed into your body and bloodstream, so read the label carefully.

How to Improve Skin Texture with Food

5 Healthy Ways to Improve Skin Texture

Everything in your body is connected. That’s why you experience excessive oil on your face if you eat fast food.

Whitney Coy of She Knows reminds us of the timeless phrase “you are what you eat,” passed down from her mother. It turns out that she knew what she was talking about, so it’s worth listening.

Marie Nadeau of Mind Body Green says that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good skin. These are found in walnuts and fish. She explains that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help keep harmful things away from your skin cells.

Marie also mentions the benefits of green tea to achieve ultimate skin texture.

Green tea has been used for centuries and is known for its powerful anti-oxidants. These work hard to maintain optimum skin health and ensure that your skin is getting the hydration and restoration that it needs.

How to Get Smooth Skin with Vitamin C

How to Get Smooth Skin with Vitamin C

Now that you know the condition of your skin is connected to diet and what you put into your body, it’s only natural to predict that concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals will also be beneficial.

Most of you have experienced the healing powers of vitamin C in times of stress and sickness.

There’s nothing quite like getting that surge of energy when your regular diet just isn’t cutting it. The smoothness and texture of our skin are dependent on vitamins and minerals.

Ling Chan, a skin expert specialist, explains the importance of vitamin C on your skin. She focuses mainly on skin texture. Vitamin C has powerful antioxidants that fight to repair the skin and prevent further damage.

Additionally, vitamin C works as a restoration serum that reduces the appearance of skin pigmentation, scar tissues, and age spots.

Improve Skin Texture with Exfoliation

Healthy Ways to Improve Skin Texture

There are numerous ways to improve the smoothness of your skin by looking after it from the inside out.

Starting with diet and naturally occurring vitamins will give you a significant boost towards healthier skin with a smoother texture.

The next step in looking after your skin is thinking about what is involved in your daily beauty routine.

There are some essential steps you can’t miss when it comes to being consistent with your skincare.

Exfoliating is a natural process that can help rejuvenate your skin.

  • How it Works: Sarah Rutland of How Stuff Works explains that exfoliating is the process of removing any loose or dead skin cells from the surface, right above the epidermis.

This primarily helps with keeping pores clear. It ensures you’re giving your skin a beautiful, deep clean every day that can promote suppleness and a smooth texture.

  • The Process: Lindsey Sanchez of Live Strong breaks down the exfoliating process. She discusses the importance of exfoliating with a soft brush – you don’t want to damage any new skin.

Lindsey recommends exfoliating at least three times a week for smooth skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to skip a day here and there to prevent any irritation.

How to Improve Your Skin with Turmeric

Healthy Ways to Improve Skin Texture

There are some secrets to smooth skin that lies between food and face. Knowing exactly what goes into your food can be the answer to achieving great looking skin.

You might only know turmeric as a spice used mainly in curries, which gives them that vibrant yellow color. It is relatively tasteless and quickly absorbed into the numerous other flavors it is served with.

There is so much more to turmeric than being a flavorsome spice.

Kris Gunnars of Healthline says that turmeric has been around for thousands of years and has many healing properties.

One main compound of turmeric is curcumin.

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Both of these properties have incredible benefits on the skin, reducing inflammation and detoxifying for a supple texture.

Why Sunblock is Important for Skin Texture

Healthy Ways to Improve Skin Texture

While it is important to remember that your skin needs a healthy, regular dose of vitamin D, it can be easy to overdo this.

The ozone layer isn’t getting any thicker, and your skin isn’t getting any less sensitive.

Achieving ultimate skin texture and smoothness is a balancing act. Getting the ratio of vitamins to preventative topical creams can be a tricky one.

Sunblock is just as crucial for skin texture as vitamin D is.

It’s all about moderation.

Dana Oliver of HuffPost discusses the importance of being consistent with applying sunscreen.

While you may already know that wearing sunblock can prevent cancer, Dana further explains that it can also reduce the appearance of veins on your face and blotchiness.

She expands by saying that sunblock also helps to prevent wrinkles and keeps your skin supple for longer.

By reducing the amount of redness and unevenness in skin tone, it will be much easier to achieve a smooth skin texture.

Benefits of Having Smooth Skin

  • Having smooth skin has long been a sign of beauty, youthfulness, and health. It’s highly sought after – so much so that there are thousands of products on the market for this specific purpose.
  • However, wanting smooth skin goes a little deeper than just your appearance.
  • When you are healthy on the inside, you radiate on the outside.
  • If you feel good about yourself and how you take care of your body, this will shine through your outermost layer.
  • Achieving the appearance of smooth skin is not only a confidence booster.
  • Improving your skin texture can improve your quality of life and make you feel like you really can go out on that date, after all.
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Labor Day Beauty Essentials

In the world of beauty and fashion, Labor Day marks the end of Summer. With the Labor Day beauty essentials we’ve rounded up for you, you’ll be able to make the most of Summer beauty while you still can.

Hair

We’re all about turning down the heat and rocking your natural texture for one last day of Summer fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to let all that chlorine, salt, and sun damage show. Use Recovery Hair Masque before your Labor Day festivities so your hair looks effortlessly moist and hydrated despite everything you’ve put it through. If you’re beach bound or going to be out in the sun, bring some Essential Hydration Hair Serum with you in your bag for a mid-day boost.

Makeup

Labor Day plans have a tendency to start early and end late. No one wants the Summer fun to stop! For an effortless and light Summer look that transitions from day to night with ease, use Allure Shine Lip Gloss in “Peach Sheen.”

Skin

Hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun with Pearl SPF Day Cream. Embrace Summer glow by mixing in a touch of bronzer on the back of your hand before you apply.

Scent

Pick a perfume that says Summer. Ideally it should be light with a floral or fruity undertone.

Nails

If you’ve got a mani and pedi booked before Labor Day, go for the bright colors. You might be tempted to make an early switch to Fall plums and other dark or neutral hues, but come Winter you’ll be glad you got an extra two weeks of Summer nails.

Need some more last-minute beauty advice before Labor Day? Tweet @BrillianceNY and ask away! Or leave a comment here and let us know your Labor Day beauty picks.

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How to Mask, You Ask?

When used properly, face masks can be an enjoyably luxurious, stress-relieving experience – not to mention the incomparable skincare benefits. Whether you’re about to use your first face mask or aren’t quite sure you’ve been doing it right, these steps for face mask use should add confidence to your beauty routine.

Step 1: Choose Your Indulgence

•    Sheet masks like the 24K Gold Indulgence Face Mask cover the face with a solid object, creating a vacuum effect that blocks out air and allows deeper penetration.
•    Mud or clay masks like the Caviar Magnetic Exfoliating Mask draw impurities to the surface as it dries and tightens, absorbing excess oil without stripping it completely.
•    Thermal masks like the Ruby Thermal Heating Mask create warmth, opening your pores, encouraging your skin to breathe, and leaving it refreshed.

Each contains different ingredients with a combination of benefits including firming, wrinkle reduction, brightening, toning, cleansing, moisturizing, and more.

Step 2: Cleanse

Allow the ingredients in your face mask to penetrate your skin easier and deeper by exfoliating beforehand to get dead skin cells and dirt out of the way. When it comes to a cleansing mask, you may see the mask pull off more grime if you don’t wash your face first, but it’s typically beneficial to let the mask focus on pulling out the smaller, harder-to-reach stuff.

Step 3: Apply and Enjoy

Be sure to read the instructions. Some masks can simply be set on top of your face, while others are rubbed on and activated with water. Masks can call for a setting time of anywhere from two to over twenty minutes. Sit back, relax, and clear your mind while the mask purifies your skin.

Step 4: Remove

Depending on the type of mask, you may be rinsing or simply lifting it off. Don’t be alarmed if some residue is left behind. The ingredients continue to do their job even after removing the mask, but you can rinse it off without losing any effect.

Step 5: Moisturize

For best results, always moisturize after using a face mask. Begin with a serum, as the smaller molecules penetrate your skin and bring moisture into the deep layers of your skin. Ten minutes after the serum sinks in, use a moisturizing face cream to create a hydrating, protective layer on top of your skin, locking in moisture.

Step 6: Repeat

You can use face masks once to twice a week, but not necessarily the same type of face mask. Some can be used once a week, while others (like the Diamond Face Mask) are recommended for monthly use, so make sure you’re clear on the instructions. Using a variety of masks in your beauty regimen can allow you to reap multifaceted skincare benefits. Enjoy!

Step 7: Share

No, no, no! We’re not saying you have to share your face masks. (We understand if you don’t.) But we do want you to leave a comment and share your face mask experience.

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Beauty Dos and Donts: Swimsuit Edition

Summer’s approaching, and it’s getting hotter by the day. Going to the beach or the pool seems like a great idea, but are you ready for swimsuit season? These dos and donts of bathing suit beauty will help your style stay afloat this summer.

DO show up with gorgeous, beach-appropriate hair. Tousled waves are a great match for humidity and a beach breeze.

DON’T pick a bathing suit with a complicated array of straps and asymmetrical designs. Think of the tan lines and that cute sun dress you’re planning to wear next week.

DO wear sunscreen. Sun is a number one cause of premature aging. If you want color, grab the bronzer, not the tanning oil.

DON’T adjust your bathing suit with an audience. Keep it classy by ducking into a public restroom or removing your wedgie underwater.

DO wear a cover-up that actually covers you up. It’s attractive to leave a little to the imagination, not to mention you’ll want the option to protect your skin from the sun or enter a beachside restaurant for lunch or dinner if you get hungry. Instead of rolled-down shorts, choose a cute sundress that can dance along with you wherever your day at the beach heads next.

DON’T wear high heels with your bathing suit. Real life isn’t like a music video. Rare upscale occasions might call for the combination, but otherwise please remember that heels plus sand equals sure to sink. If fancy is your thing, pick a pair of blinged out flip-flops. Part of beauty and fashion is knowing what’s appropriate for the occasion.

DO consider your bikini body when eating on a daily basis instead of crash dieting a week before your beach trip. Beauty is accomplished by making healthy choices. Try reducing the amounts of bread and pasta you eat. Consume smaller protein-rich meals more often, along with lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink two liters of water a day and a cup of green or herbal tea (without sugar). Cut down alcohol intake. The benefits of a healthy diet are limitless.

DON’T wear a bathing suit that looks like lingerie. Save it for the bedroom.

DO wear sunglasses. Not only do they add style; they protect those pretty eyes from harmful UV rays.

DON’T wear socks and sneakers with a bathing suit. Unless you’re exercising. Period.

DO wear a bathing suit that fits. Choose a cute mix-and-match style so you can choose a different-sized top and bottom if needed. Jump up and down in front of the dressing room mirror to make sure nothing will fall out when you’re reenacting scenes from Baywatch. Keep in mind that triangle bikinis look good on smaller chests and that your girls might require more support. Also, constantly lifting a drooping cover-up, bikini bottom, or top is not going to look sexy, even if everything else about your bathing attire is fabulous.

DON’T wear anything other than simple jewelry. Save the dressy jewels for your dressy outfits.

DO pack water with you to the beach. All that sun, activity, and salt water can really dehydrate you. Dehydration is bad for your skin among other things, so drink up!

DON’T compare yourself to swimsuit models. Their bodies are airbrushed and photoshopped.

DO go to the beach with the mindset that you look absolutely gorgeous. Feeling confident and sexy can make you look confident and sexy.

And there’s one more! DON’T forget to leave a comment and share your swimsuit season tips and stories.

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Eye Shape: Makeup Makeover

If you’re applying eye makeup based solely on eye color, think again. If your eyes are the same shade of brown as your friend’s but look completely different, why should you be using the same makeup as her? Attention to eye shape is long overdue. Find your eye shape below and enjoy a much needed makeover for your eye makeup routine.

Deep Set

Know the shape: Deep set eyes are generally large and set deep in the skull, making the brow bone look more prominent.

Makeup makeover: Brighten the natural shadowing cast over your lids by using light, warm colors, like a metallic peach. If your eyelashes brush against your brow bone, waterproof mascara can help prevent smudging.

Protruding

Know the shape: Protruding eyes are characterized by large looking eyelids that project outward from the skull.

Makeup makeover: Reduce the overpowering effect of your eyelids by creating a smokey eye effect or blending dark colors into your look, as dark colors help minimize space and size. Use that canvas to play with thick eyeliner along the upper lash line and further diminish space. You have the benefit of being able to use liquid eyeliner without it smudging against your brow bone when you open your eyes. Application may be easier if you tilt your head back while looking in the mirror.

Hooded

Know the shape: Hooded eyes can be identified by a flap of skin that droops over the crease, making eyelids appear narrow.

Makeup makeover: Diffuse dark color on the eyelid over and out past the crease. Tightline under the upper lash line to intensify your lash base, which could otherwise disappear under the fold of skin. (Tightlining is like waterlining, but you apply eyeliner in between your lashes to make them look thicker.)

Monolid

Know the shape: Eyes classified as monolid feature a flat lid that comes straight down from the brow bone, making the brow bone less prominent.

Makeup makeover: Use a gradient of eyeshadow colors to create definition. Start with the darkest color at the base of your lid, use a softer tone at the crease, and apply the lightest, shiniest shade over the brow bone.

Almond

Know the shape: Almond eyes tend to be pointed at the outer corners and rounded in the middle, like an almond.

Makeup makeover: Almond eyes are the perfect candidate for winged liner. Follow the contour of your eyes from end to end and go thick, dark, and dramatic in proportion to the size of your eyes. If your eyes turn upward at the outer corner, dark shadow or liner under the outer corner can bring down that effect. If your eyes turn downward at the outer corner, try creating cat eyes by extending eyeliner upward from the outer corner at a 45 degree angle.

Close Together

Know the shape: Eyes can be described as being close together if they are less than one eye’s width apart.

Makeup makeover: Use light eye shadow around the inner corners of your eyes to create the illusion of more space and really open up your eyes. Extra mascara or fake lashes around the outer corners of your eyes can help pull focus outward and create the illusion of greater eye-to-eye length.

Far Apart

Know the shape: Eyes can be described as being far apart if they are more than one eye’s width apart.

Makeup makeover: Don’t extend your eyeliner past the outer corner of your eye, as extra length isn’t needed. Feel confident when playing with color, which tends to work especially well with this shape. Have you ever tried blue eyeliner?

Narrow

Makeup makeover: Use thin eyeliner so it doesn’t overpower your eyes. Create a more rounded shape by tracing the top rim and the outer half of the lower rim.

Round

Makeup makeover: Use eyeliner (or thicker eyeliner) only along the outer half of your upper and lower rims to make your eyes look longer.

Your Results

For best results, use Brilliance New York Satin Glide Eye Pencils, Silk Finish Eye Shadow, and Lush Black Mascara – and leave a comment to let us know how your eye makeup makeover goes!

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