This Quick & Easy DIY Mask Will Give You An Instant Glow!

I’m obsessed with DIYs and always have been since I was a teenager. This papaya and honey DIY mask is one of my all-time faves as it brightens, hydrates, improves tone and texture, and most importantly leaves your skin glowy AF. It’s also great for acne-prone skin as it can help reduce inflammation and fight acne-bacteria, which is perfect for me right now as my skin broke out recently and I needed something to bring it back to life. Plus, this mask takes less than five minutes to make!

Why this Papaya & Honey DIY Mask is the BOMB!

Papaya is the hero ingredient in this mask, and papaya contains the enzyme papain, which gently buffs away dead skin that can cause your skin to look dull and block your pores. It also helps hydrate and brighten the skin as papaya is a plentiful source of potassium, while it’s also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, which help fight against aging free radicals. It’ll also work to improve the overall tone and texture of your skin… Like we said, hero!

Benefits of Papaya for Skin

Papaya contains anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, exfoliating and skin lightening & whitening properties that protect the skin from damage. Here are the benefits of papaya for skin listed down:

♡ Whitens skin due to its natural bleaching properties ♡ Fades away acne scars, blemishes & dark spots

♡ Firms, tones & tightens skin ♡ Shrinks large pores

♡ Prevents & heals acne ♡ Exfoliates skin due to its natural chemicals that dissolve & break down dead cells

♡ Soothes acne and skin inflammation ♡ Slows fine lines & wrinkles

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Onto the next miracle ingredient: Honey! I always use honey in my DIYs as it has so many amazing properties. It’s a natural humectant, so it draws in moisture to hydrate the skin. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help to reduce redness and swelling and fight bacteria. It’s important to use raw honey, as it’s unprocessed and retains all its natural goodness – processed honey is often boiled, which means many of the natural benefits are destroyed.

Benefits of Honey for Skin

Honey is a natural humectant which means it draws moisture from the surroundings and helps plump up dry skin. It is rich in powerful anti-oxidants that will stave off pro-aging free radicals. Honey is antiseptic and will treat acne and prevent more acne. Check out more benefits of honey for skin:

♡ Deep cleanses skin ♡ Fights free radicals ♡ Promotes youthful skin

♡ Shrinks large pores ♡ Hydrates & moisturizes skin ♡ Lightens acne scars, blemishes & dark marks


2 or 3 slices of papaya
1 tablespoon of raw honey

Chop ¼ a small papaya into 3 little pieces. Place them into a bowl and add ½ teaspoon of honey. Blend the papaya until it creates a smooth mixture, then add the honey in a bowl and mix well. Apply the mask onto cleansed skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash with warm water and follow with your fave moisture.

How to Apply the Papaya and Honey Face Mask

+ Start with a clean dry face. Using your fingers/ a face mask brush, apply the papaya and honey face mask mixture onto your face. Avoid the eye and mouth areas as skin here is thin and when stretched by the mask, can create fine lines.

+ Wait for the face mask to sink in and dry up for about 10 minutes.

+ When the time is up, rinse thoroughly with tepid water.

+ Pat dry with a clean towel and moisturize.

Finally, remember to always be careful when you’re doing treatments on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, we always recommend doing a patch test first to be extra safe.

For more bomb DIYs, check out our fave DIY mask. 


Calling all you ladies with textured hair. Let down your curls, kinks and coily patterns and embrace the beauty that is the natural hair community. If you’ve been on the hunt for inspiration on ways to style, take care of and even feel empowered by your hair, what better place to look than the unofficial bible of all things beauty — Instagram. We know you’ve probably already hit follow on some of the most popular nail artists, beautiful French beauty bloggers and dopest makeup artists, but if you’re looking for the ultimate natural hair inspo, we’ve got you covered. Whether you recently joined the naturalista side or have always rocked your natural strands, read on for seven accounts that are sure to give you everything you’re looking for.

Cipriana Quann – @ciprianaquann
We consider Cipriana the epitome of fabulous. She was blessed with a gorgeous head of hair and isn’t afraid to show it, along with her très chic outfit ensembles. Scroll through her feed to catch her equally adorable sister Tk Wonder killing the natural hair game, too.

Jasmine – @amazingnaturalhair
With a name like @amaz
ingNaturalHair, this account speaks for itself. It was founded by @MsJass_  and showcases several different women embracing their natural hair in all its glory. From afros and ponytails to braids and protective styles, we guarantee you’ll get  caught in a two-hour scrolling spell, simply based off pure admiration.

Ky – @laetitiaky
There are very few words short of ah-mazing that can accurately describe the masterful creations found on @laetitiaky’s IG account. The artist uses her talented skills to create full-on sculptures out of her natural, long hair. Even if you can’t create the looks on your own, we promise you won’t be disappointed after hitting that follow button.

Jay and Trina – @curltureuk
This award-winning empowerment duo is taking Instagram by storm with their natural hair, beauty and lifestyle account. Aside from showing you all their natural hair tips and tricks, you can also catch snippets of their mission to empower black women all over the world.

Alexus Crown – @alexuscrown
Meet Alexus Crown who is loved for her incredible style and statement afro. This influencer counts nearly 70-thousand followers on Instagram and it’s a no-brainer as to why: You can find Crown serving you all the looks, as well as giving you product recommendations and different styles for the ultimate natural hair inspiration account. 

Romance Cox – @heycurlie
Ranging from protective styles to natural styles and everything in between, Romance Cox is sure to give you what you’re looking for. While you’re searching for a new hairstyle, be sure to snag some tips on all things beauty, fashion, skin care, manis and more. 

Elle & Neecie – @naturalhairdaily
Self-declared “friendly healthy hair enthusiasts,” Elle and Neecie want you to find inspiration for styling while also educating you on how to keep your natural strands healthy. Check out their feed for different looks and the occasional uplifting meme. 

If you didn’t see a natural hair page on this list, comment it down below. I don’t know about you guys but I can stay on natural hair pages/protective hair pages for hours, I just find them fascinated especially when it comes to my people hair.


We’ve all experienced it. We apply that finishing swipe of subtle highlighter and feel a quick flash of confidence before stepping out … just to be tagged in a photo later that feels like someone cruelly photoshopped in an extra chin. Captured our worst angle. Some ominous shadows. Some poor light. Hide from profile immediately.

While the camera may not always capture your true essence, there are ways to combat puffiness and tricks of the makeup trade to make your face look sculpted without undergoing the knife or needle.

Play with Bronzer

If going full contour on the daily isn’t your thing, we hear you. But a little strategic application of the right blush tones in the right place can make a big difference. Use a bronzer or a blush with more brown tones. Red blush, especially applied to the apples of your cheeks, can round out the face in a child- or doll-like way. Keep the color just under the cheekbone, and swipe out to the middle of the ear and blend. This creates a more chiseled appearance, as well as adds depth to your look. You can even apply a light layer of bronzer just under the jawline to create the illusion of a shadow, aka a little more chin definition if that’s your worry zone.

Go for More Angular Brows

A higher arch can give the shape of your face a slimmer, more elongated look. Natural brows are very in, but try playing around with the arches in how you pencil them in and brush them up. You don’t necessarily need to go for shock or surprise with the final finish, but the shape of your brows has the power to drastically change your look.

Use Liner Only on the Top Lash Line

Eyes that pop will slim down the rest of your face, so go for a liner applied only on the top lash line (on the bottom lash line will make your eyes appear smaller or closer together). Going for a feline eye and angling up for a more dramatic effect can also elongate the line of your cheekbones, especially if you pair this trick with our bronzer suggestion.

Always Highlight

You don’t need to blind anyone with an ultra-statement reflective highlight, but a soft, dewy look will go a long way when applied to your upper cheekbones and brow bones. It will deepen the use of bronzer or blush so that you can use less with a more architectural effect.

Try Facial Massage

Have you ever noticed that after a great facial, you look more chiseled and awake? Your eyelids are perky, your cheekbones poppin’. It’s not just the amazing treatments, potions, and balms, but more about how they are applied. Massage not only helps your quality products penetrate deeper so that you get true bang for your buck, but it brings blood to the surface and softens up tension in the face so that important muscles can do their thing and let your natural bone structure shine.

While it won’t be exactly the same, you can do a version of this at home. Make sure to “lube up” with your favorite serum, followed by an oil or emollient moisturizer. Use your fingers in an almost pinching position to glide up and down your jaw, your cheekbones, and your eye sockets. Don’t be afraid to be rigorous, but always be more gentle around your eye area. If 30 seconds is all you have, that’s fine. But a longer session while you’re watching your favorite show or even in bed after lights out will have you waking up looking rejuvenated.

Use Facial Tools

Stone instruments like jade rollers and gua sha have had some serious fame recently, but not without good reason. Firstly, they are not new—they’ve been used for ages in Eastern beauty and wellness practices. They are usually made with a beautiful and energetically charged stone such as rose quartz or jade, which retains a cooler temperature even after several passes on our warm skin, so they are fabulous for depuffing.

They are also great for increasing circulation similarly to facial massage, because they also massage and bring blood and nutrients to the surface of the skin. However, they are instrumental in assisting with depuffing because they help promote lymphatic drainage, so stagnant water retention doesn’t hang out along your jawline, cheeks, and under-eyes.

Reduce Your Sugar and Salt Intake

Excess sugar and salt will promote water retention and bloat, which isn’t just bad news for your waistline. While massage and tools can help combat the aftermath of said decisions, getting ahead of them when you can is a safe bet. Making sure you stay hydrated and supplement with minerals will bring a plumpness to your skin sans the bloat, so don’t slip on your hydration game—always be sipping.

The Hair Treatment Beyoncé Uses For Flawless Hair

For the entirety of Beyoncé’s career, her hair has made headlines… The iconic braid that birthed the greatest hair flick of all time, her curls at Coachella, and most recently, her beaded IVY Park braids that shut down Instagram.

Anyhow, we digress… Our point is, we want to know what Beyoncé does to her hair, and it turns out, her solution is pretty simple. Beyoncé trusts in her hair colorist Rita Hazan and her Weekly Remedy Treatment that has also nourished the tresses of superstars J.Lo and Mariah Carey. Rita said that whenever she colors hair, she’ll always provide her clients with the Weekly Remedy Treatment For Deep Hydration & Superior Shine, $42, to boost hair health and ensure the color stays in good condition. The treatment is also easy to use on the go as there’s no waiting time and works for straight, curly, coily, and wavy hair. Here’s everything you need to know about the treatment.

The Treatment

The two-step treatment works to restore and replenish the hair from the inside-out to leave your tresses feeling soft and frizz-free. The first step will lift the hair cuticle so that the oils in the second step can penetrate the hair for maximum impact. The second step seals the cuticle and locks in nutrients for deep hydration. And trust us, you want to seal in these ingredients!

Beyonce hair

Source: Rita Hazan

Not only does it contain a potent blend of Mirabelle plum, moringa seed, jojoba, and olive, but it also features rice proteins. Rice proteins are one of the most potent hair remedies as they’re packed with proteins and amino acids that hydrate and restore the hair strand so that it’s less likely to frizz. Plus, it’s a rich source of vitamins including B, C, and E, which can help boost growth while adding shine. There’s even a village in China, Huangluo, known as the land of Rapunzels because it holds the Guinness World Record as the ‘world’s longest hair village.’ And guess what they use? Rice water!

How To Use The Weekly Remedy Treatment

Begin by shampooing the hair as usual, then apply a quarter size amount of STEP 1 from roots to the ends and rinse immediately. Next, apply a quarter-size amount of STEP 2, working it through the hair from roots to end and rinse. There’s no wait time needed and the results will be instant. Rita recommends using this mask once a week for damaged hair and twice for severely damaged hair.

The Reviews

Online at Sephora, one customer wrote “Let me tell you something. This absolutely rescued my hair from being just shaved off.” while another curly hair girl wrote “My hair is thick and curly underneath and this product makes it feel super conditioned but doesn’t flatten my hair, LOVE” as you can probably tell, it’s the

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