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DIY Papaya Enzyme Moisturizing Mask and Scrub

You guys are going to love me after trying this DIY Papaya Enzyme mask and scrub that I conjured up in my kitchen yesterday. It’s really easy to make, super cheap, and perfect for a girls get together because it makes a ton! Check it out!

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Now that you have the instructions above, let me show you some behind the scenes pics of what this looks like when you do it and when it’s on your face etc.


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This is what it looks like before the papaya enzyme mask is all blended up.


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This is what it should look like after you are done blending it really well.

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Here is what the papaya enzyme mask should look like when it is on your face!

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Since it tastes really good and it’s healthy for you, I snacked on the rest of the papaya enzyme mask mix while I was masking.

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This is what the sugar will look like when it’s on your face. You can tell that I scrubbed it a tiny bit already because my face is a little red. Please be really gentle with this step, it can pretty abrasive. If you have really sensitive skin, you may want to skip the scrub part and just wash the mask of with warm water.


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And…this is what my face looked like 2 minutes after I was done giving it the best DIY papaya enzyme mask and scrub it has ever had.

HOW TO STORE: This DIY Papya Enzyme mask can be stored in a plastic container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. I have never tried freezing this…but you could always try it out and let me know how it goes for ya.

p.s- If you use the papaya enzyme and then hop into the shower and let it steam (not getting it wet for 10 minutes), it will activate the papya enzyme even more for even further exfoliation.


Hope you all enjoyed it! Let me know it you do one yourself!




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DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I moved from Portland, OR to Austin, TX with my little family. So far everything has been going pretty smooth and I even have my home mostly all decorated which feels amazing (pics to follow soon). I am really stoked about my new home and the 80 degree weather I got to have today in April as oppose to the current doom and rainy gloom of Portland’s current weather system.  But even though I am excited about all of that…I can’t say that leaving what you are use to is ever easy…its only been one week and I miss that stupid rain that I usually curse at. So it was a pleasant surprise when I got a not a Birchbox from one of my Besties, Amy, from Onedivineparty.com. She put together a DIY, personalized gift box of things to make me not so homesick and I wanted to share it with you all.

Ahh Portland…I miss you already.

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I knew I would love this the personalized gift the second that I saw the outside of the box…it totally made me laugh. I know I am not the only one that has had a love/hate relationship with Birchbox.

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What I loved the most about this DIY Love Box was that everything inside had meaning and purpose for being there. Inside the card she wrote why she put each thing in the box which made opening each item that much more special.

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Beauty Bag-Keepsake from Portland 

Do I really need to say anything about this cosmetics bag by Liz Bags? I can’t get over how perfect this pink and pretty cosmetics bag represents Portland. I am seriously so in-love with this that I am not entirely sure I could use it; it might go on display in my new blogging room. But if you like this cosmetic bag and want to actually use it, you can pick it up at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland….or give them a call because apparently they will ship anywhere.

Price: $24.00


Moriccan Oil Treatment DIY: Personalized Gift Idea


Oil- for your fab locks in that crazy heat.

Honestly, if I could bathe in this Moroccan Oil, I would in a heart beat. Not only does it do amazing damage control with my processed hair, it has done a fab job of keeping my hair tame. (But seriously, the scent is ah-maz-ing!)

This Morrocan Oil is around $14.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle that will last a pretty long time. You don’t need very much at all to see results and it is truly worth every penny.

poplandia popcorn review DIY: Personalized Gift IdeaPopcorn- for Ezra & the girls

Two things: 1) If you are on a diet, don’t even think about getting the Poplandia Popcorn…the mix of carmel and chocolate takes its goodness to another level and you won’t be able to stop. 2) Give this to Ezra and the Girls?? Yeah, we will see if that happens.

Poplandia Popcorn is outrageously good and can be found at poplandiapopcorn.com.

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Polish- to add some bright sass-a-frass any day!

This Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in Fastlane might take the cake for fave. spring nail color. This nail lacquer is a bright red with orange undertones and is gorgeous. I actually have never heard of this brand before so I am excited to give it a spin. Has anyone else tried Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer before?

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer is only $8.00 each, formulated without Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde Resin, and is cruelty free!

Stephanie Johnson Key Holder Review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Wristlet: we have matching ones…so I am always with you. 

Actually the truth is, Amy and I lose are keys (and credit cards) on a weekly basis. So this Stephanie Johnson wristlet is to attach to my keys so that I lose them less frequently.

If you know someone who loses their keys like Amy and I, this is only $5.00 on Stephaniejohnson.com, I highly recommend it.


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Kleenex- Sad your gone…but these will catch many happy tears to come

Well, it’s true, these have come in handy. Enough said.

Eat Cake 11 candle review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Candle- for relaxation 

In my new home there is a large bathtub that is rocking my world. Next to my large bathtub is this Eat Cake 11 candle that smells like cake (the good kind) and is rocking my world. Both are massive wins. 

You can buy this Eat Cake 11 candle on beauty.com for $14.00.

Blush Beauty Bar Portland DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Mirror- So you remember how beautiful you are.

This cute little pocket mirror is actually free with purchase at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland. If you are in Portland, go to 23rd and check out Blush Beauty Bar…it’s the best.

Thank You!

Inside this gift was also a $5.00 giftcard to Starbucks which I used within the first hour of opening this gift. Thank you Amy for the best gift ever…I seriously felt so loved!




Disclaimer- These products were a gift to me given by a friend. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

DIY: Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub

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Its official, Oregon has hit it’s cold and rainy season which is slated to last until next July (not kidding– I am already seriously depressed at the thought of it). But on a happier note, fall has arrived which means I can wear boots and awesome jackets, drink carmel apple cider and get away with indulging in all things pumpkin.

Since I am a glutton for pumpkin anything, why not bust out my crafting skills (or lack there of) and make a little DIY Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub! This recipe is extremely simple and great for your lips–especially in cold weather conditions.  It only has 4 ingredients, takes a total of 10 minutes to make, and tastes pretty good too.

What’s In It And Why

Coconut Oil - It is incredibly moisturizing and you can even use it as a hair conditioner or a skin moisturizer. I get mine at Trader Joe’s because of it’s good value, but most grocery stores carry it in the health food area.

Honey –  This helps to lock in moisture and its healing to the skin.

Pumpkin Pie Spice - For no good reason other than it sounded interesting. If for some crazy reason you don’t like pumpkin, just skip this ingredient.

Brown Sugar - For the exfoliating effect.

How To Use

Apply a small amount to your lips, rub them together, and then wipe off residue with a towel. Or you can just lick your lips like I do.


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4 DIY Summer Hair Styles!




Summer Hair Tips 4 DIY Summer Hair Styles!

Today I am lucky enough to introduce to you celebrity hair stylist, Joe Matke!  He is a 2 time Emmy winning hair stylist, winning for General Hospital and All My Children. He was one of the main hair dressers on Hunger Games and he currently is on the hit show 90210! After a few day’s of phone tag, he generously sent me 4 EASY summer hair tips for you to try out. I personally was so excited and tried out the first one last night, taking picture along the way. Here they are…


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1)Keep your hair simple, sexy and sensational!
Create the sexy look of laying on the beach with “home made sea salt spray” 

What You Need:

8oz. Spray bottle and 7oz. Water

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1 tsp of fine sea salt, 1/4 tsp conditioner (coconut scented smells best), 1 dallop of gel (for hold)

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Vigorously shake before each use, turn your head upside down and spray in your hair and tousle with fingers. Your hair will not only look sexy and tousled but also smell like a day at the beach!

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Here is my “tousled” locks! I am so impressed by this concoction because I usually buy the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and now I don’t have to! Yay for DIY hair products.

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2)Sunblocked Hair                                                                                          Protect your hair color and the quality of your hair by always spraying sunblock on your tresses! Redken color extend sun screen is perfect. Protects from Uva/uvb rays and contains mango oil for moisture and vibrancy.

3) Braid Girl!
Braiding your damp hair at night will give your hair an awsome waved texture the next morning! Perfect when finished with your home made sea salt spray!

4) Top Knot!
Be hip chic with a hint of late 70′s at the same time, wearing a top knot. Pull hair either tight and severe or loose and romantic into a point on top of head and tie pony into a tall knot! Looks georgous with chaneleer earings!



As some of you know, I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to train under Emmy nominated artist, Kerry Herta in her Colour Box Studio class last June. Kerry teaches classes all over the US and is now teaming up with Joe Matke as he teaches his hair classes.

I am actually going to be taking his class this up-coming weekend the 23rd and 24th of June 2012 in Portland, OR and am so excited! The class is really geared towards makeup artists that need to finesse their hair skills, as well as for beginning hair stylists with no formal training.

“We do all kinds of sculpted up-do’s, classic french twists, chignons, etc. How to set the hair the right way for any style, how to incorporate extensions into any style. The best products for which hair types. The best way to pin and secure the hair and make it flawaless on camera. Tips and tricks, etc. There is a lot involved in this class really and they will get product to take home.”

If you live in PDX,  and are a makeup artist who is interested in some great training as well as a fun time, Joe and Kerry have generously offered a $75 off discount to blog readers! If you can’t make it to this one, Joe teaches classes all over and will be making his way back to Portland again! For more information, please go to colourboxmakeup.com 

Hope to see you there!

xoxo-Kendra Stanton Beauty Blogger and Portland Makeup Artist