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Hair Care, Holidays/Occasions, How to, Skin Care

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.


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.


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.”


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.


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


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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?


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.


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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Perfecting the ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look (for Non-Celebs)

For celebs like Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and others, the ‘no-makeup’ look has become a proud statement used on selfies and personal photos. It even has its own hashtag: #nomakeup.

For us non-celebrities, we either go au naturale or put on just enough of natural makeup to look au naturale. For this, you’ll need to perfect the “no makeup” makeup look. It will give you the fresh-faced glow that looks effortless, but will actually involve some subtle work on your part.

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Vintage Hairstyles Go Modern this Fall

Hairstyles, much like fashion trends, have a way of coming back when we least expect them. With shows like Mad Men, and modern style icons like Emma Watson and Mary Kate Olson rocking vintage styles, these looks are making a comeback.

No matter what your style, there’s an era you can borrow from. Mod era looks such as pixie cuts and blunt bangs are a throwback to the 60s, while bombshell curls and victory rolls are perfect for those wanting a more glamorous look. For an everyday, casual ‘do, try out one of the many braids that are trending for fall or wrap your hair in a vintage hair scarf.

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Secrets of a Perfect Selfie

Your Instagram feed is a snapshot of everything that’s going on in your friend’s lives, and showcases what you’ve got going on in yours. Sometimes it’s all about snapping a photo of your food, sometimes it’s about capturing an amazing event you’re attending, and other times its just about you. If you love posting to IG, then you’re very well versed with the ‘selfie.’

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