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Papaya, Yogurt and Honey Facial Treatment  

Keep the peel on if you’d like a stronger mask or remove it if you have sensitive skin. Place the papaya, a tablespoon of unflavored yogurt and 2 teaspoons of raw honey (Manuka honey is best) into a good blender and blend until it’s smooth. (if you don’t have a good blender, then i suggest you get one. Their really useful not only for facials but for smoothies, soups, pestos, and hundreds of other great recipes!  My blender is the 1000 watt blender from cuisinart and i absolutely love it) After everything is nice and smooth, pour the mixture out into a bowl and head to your room with a towel. If you have long hair, it might be worth tying back. Put the towel over your pillow and gently apply the mix onto your face avoiding your eyes. Now just relax for 10-15 minutes. Put on some music, read a book, watch tv, play angry birds. Enjoy yourself! Keep in mind that your skin might feel a little tingly but this shouldn’t be painful. if it is rinse off IMMEDIATELY and moisturize your face, preferable with aloe-vera gel. When 15 minutes have gone by, head to the bathroom and rinse that ice goo down the drain. Your skin should feel refreshed and happy, thanks to those oh so wonderful papayas.  Follow with a toner if you use one and a natural, chemical free moisturizer. Alternatively, try avocado oil as a face moisturizer for much deeper penetration. if you decide that you like it, use it once or maybe twice a week, and soon you should see some real improvement.

Papaya Peel Rub

      For a simpler, on the go way to use papaya to improve your skin, try keeping the peel after you’ve scooped out the pulp and yummy insides. Rub the papaya skin directly onto your face, in the evening (or morning) before showering and leave it on for a minute or two. It feels better if you shower it off while it’s still a bit moist, rather than letting it dry tight. This simple rub can be used not just on your face, but can be used on any part of your body that you think needs improving and its super easy to apply. People even say that this can diminish age spots, small acne scars and blemishes and can even be of great relief for sun damaged skin.
Hope this helped you out guys! Please enjoy! Comment and let me know if you tried it or if you have any other great facials and homemade remedies you know about. Id love to know!!

Papaya; wonderfruit!

Is your acne getting bad? Got endlessly oily skin and makeup clogged pores? Well there are dozens of things you can do to help but this facial and rub, is one of my absolute favorites.

Papaya is full of alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes like papain that break down dead skin cells when used on skin. Regular use of the fresh fruit on your face often leads to a more even tone, better texture, smoother appearance, and even reduction in fine lines and wrinkles! Papaya facial treatments are also useful for treating acne, minor scarring, sunburn and age spots and if used over time, can lead to a slight skin lightening. This is something to be aware of if you’re working on your tan, but is generally seen as a good thing, it will even leave your skin glowing. Papaya peel actually contains even more papain enzymes than the fruit so if you want a more effective treatment you can use the pal rub below. If you have very sensitive skin it may be best to first try the facial without the papaya peel and then add a quarter or half of the peel in the future to see how it affects your face. Unripe papaya contains more papain than the ripe fruit so for a stronger facial treatment you could use a papaya that is still green, but you wouldn’t get the benefit of eating the tasty fruit! Personally, I don’t want to miss out the joy of eating papaya, and ones that are just ripening contain more antioxidants than green papaya so it creates a good balance. My skin seems to think so.

Well thats about enough background on Papayas! Lets get to it!

Exercise for Those Who Hate It! Get Active Everyday!

Constantly busy. No time. Too much homework. Your favorite show is on. Don’t worry, I’ve used the same excuses and i feel your pain. I hate to exercise just as much as the next person. Need some sneaky tips on easy exercises you can do every day? Look no further!

1. Take the stairs. I know people always say take the stairs take the stairs but hey! its adequate advice. From now on make it a point to park on the bottom level of the parking garage and walk to the top instead of taking the elevator. Make it a point to walk up and down those cozy stairs in your house five times ever morning. its great for the legs, glutes, and if you do it enough it can be great cardio!

2. Hanging with friends? Get active! Whenever i make a date with my friends we go see a movie, or go to lunch. Why don’t you do something active! Take a hike! Go rollerblading! Take a trip to the local ice-rink! Plus, exercising with friends if better then doing it alone.  Make a point of getting active and having fun. Think outside of the box.

3. Pace. Are you constantly on the phone like me? Well a sneaky way to get some easy exercise is to pace when your on the phone. Instead of sitting on the couch painting your toesies, stand up and zone out. walk in circles. walk from one end of the house to the other. it seems silly but its easy and you barely know your doing it.

There are lots of other sneaky tips about exercise and i just want to give creds to my absolute favorite you-tuber Cassandra Bankson. 🙂 These are her tips and i just thought id share them with you. If you want to see the rest of them and a little elaboration look for her channel, and a link to the video below. Subscribe to her! Shes amazing and absolutely posotutely hilarious! You wont be dissapointed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYR8bgJVsyA

 http://www.youtube.com/user/DiamondsAndHeels14?feature=watch

Halloween!

Yup! its that time of the year again. Time to stuff your face full of candy, and get scared by ghouls and witches and goblins alike! But that’s not all… Its time to dress up crazy and get wild! I’m a black cat this year. Yea yea guys i know, its simple and easy but hey, who doesn’t love kitties! The makeup opportunities for this are endless and cat-eye liner is a must. Never quite able to get that perfect wing? Here’s a video to help you out by my all time favorite beauty guru, Cassandra Bankson! Though this isn’t your everyday type of wing, and this is a bit advanced for a beginner, its still a super cute makeup idea for anyone with who wants to embrace her inner “catwoman” this year 🙂 Go ahead and comment your costume ideas and what you want to be! I’d love to hear from you all. ❤

Spirit week!!

As you know, homecoming is closing in and most schools have a whole WEEK of spirit days leading up to the big event. For any of you that actually know me, or go to the same school as i do, next Monday is the first spirit day; Red White and Blue. The video im about to link is by one of my my all time FAVORITE youtubers, Cutepolish ❤ Her nail art is super cute and super fun too! so check her out guys!!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pocket Studio By New Media Plus & Beautylish by Beautylish Inc.

So guys, i know i haven’t done this before, but lately Ive been using this really fun app i thought i would share with you! The description from I-Tunes is as follows…

Get the inside scoop from MAKE UP FOR EVER artists on how to create eye-catching make up looks for every occasion. This series of easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials will help you choose your favorite make up look and learn how to apply it like a pro.

The app is super fun and informative but unfortunately the software is experiencing some problems and occasionally the app either wont open, or crashes immediately. Also the videos sadly aren’t working 😦 ill keep you guys up to speed on when the update comes out to hopefully fix all these bugs!

Another super fun app I’ve been into is Beautylish, which gives tutorials etc, on hair, makeup, nails you name it! The description from I-Tunes is as follows…

Get makeup and beauty tips on the go from Beautylish, the popular online destination for makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts.

Unfortunately this as well is having some technical problems 😦 boo hoo all my fav. beauty apps are broken! oh well, ill keep you guys posted on any updates for this one as well.  They might not be working great but i still encourage you to check em out, and if you guys know of any fun apps you think id enjoy be sure to comment! Don’t be afraid to talk to me guys, i don’t bite! Ciao for now lovelies ❤