Happy Sunday, my darlings! As you read this, I am probably licking my wounds (aka exhausted, sore muscles) after my first barre class ever. Insert "new year, new you" cliche stuff here.
How has 2016 been treating you? Did you watch Making a Murderer? Did you, like me, yank out a ton of eyelashes in frustration? Are you doing a new workout regimen or trying to eat more greens? Tell me all in the comments, but first, let's talk about this the latest beauty news.
A beauty blast from the past for Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo is just a cute person, isn't he? He just looks like that really hot dad in your small hometown who everyone has a crush on and he has no idea.
He popped over to visit Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show this past week, and Jimmy couldn't resist teasing him with a clip from one of Mark's first acting jobs. It wasn't a soap opera or a toy commercial, no — it was for Clearasil!
Watch the commercial and revel in its '80s glory. Mark was a pretty handsome youth, too, with a really great curly '80s hairstyle. ZAP!
Embrace your Star Trek side with this eye massager
If you're feeling tired all the time but don't want to show it on your beautiful visage, you need to treat you eyes to a little TLC. Your eyes are always the first place to show exhaustion, whether that's droopy lids (me) or dark bags (most of my friends.)
The Aurai water-propelled eye massager isn't in stores yet, but it will be soon if all goes according to plan. Aurai will soon take the pampering eye massage out of the spa and bring it to the shelves of Sephora so you can get a little relief whenever you have six minutes to spare.
How does it work? Well, you slip the headband on and situate your eyes in the gel-like compartments, then choose what kind of massage you'd like: cooling, warming or gentle vibration. The Aurai uses water instead of air, so it isn't drying — just calming and refreshing. It stimulates the blood vessels around your eyes to make them look and feel more awake and alert.
The creators of Aurai told Digital Trends that Aurai was invented to help people who suffer from "eye strain, blurry vision, tension, severe headaches or dry eyes." In this tech-obsessed world, that's pretty much all of us.
Aurai will be available for $120 on Kickstarter in February, so whenever you've stayed up too late Tindering or writing xoVain articles, you can slip it on for a little lovin' in the privacy of your own home.
This arguably racist Thai beauty ad got pulled really quickly
"Just being white, you will win," says the ad for Seoul Secret's Snowz pill, which is supposed to whiten your skin with repeated use. As we know, skin whitening products are popular in many Asian beauty lines, but this short ad infuriated viewers for its clear message that being white is good and being dark is bad.
Just watch how the model appears when her skin "darkens" without the pill. "White makes you a winner," the video says. Um ... yikes.
The ad was quickly pulled, and Seoul Secrets issued this statement: "[Our company] would like to apologize for the mistake, and claim full responsibility for this incident. Our company did not have any intention to convey discriminatory or racist messages. What we intended to convey was that self-improvement in terms of personality, appearance, skills, and professionality is crucial."
Aimee Simeon over at POPSUGAR wrote a great mini-essay about the ad, and I encourage you to read it.
Kylie's new kareer: makeup impresario
I didn't get a Kylie Lip Kit, did you? One of my girlfriends did, and though she's not thrilled with the color, she said it's a legit lip product and she'd recommend it. Tynan got to try one and texted me at 3 a.m. about it a few weeks ago. Everyone wants one whether they'll admit it or not. Her marketing team did a bang-up job balancing supply and demand.
Since the first round was so successful, Kylie's going in for more. She recently teased new shades (in black and white!) on Snapchat and Instagram and announced on her KYLIE app that she's going to launch a full makeup line in the near future.
It seemed like Kylie was quite involved with her lip colors, so I'm excited to see what else she has in mind.
MAC makes a little boy's dream come true
Isn't it fun to get your makeup done? I just introduced three of my BFFs to the joys of leaning back and letting a makeup artist do your face, and they got hooked.
Joey Killmeyer has been a makeup artist for over 15 years, but he'd never done anything quite like what he did for eight-year-old Ethan Wilwert. Ethan told Joey that he wanted to try a makeup look inspired by YouTube celebrity Jeffree Star. Ethan's mom, Season, was totally cool with it and encouraged her son to pursue his love of makeup and beauty.
Ethan sat down in the chair and while Joey did one side of his face, Ethan replicated the look on the other. Killmeyer was touched by the experience and told the Huffington Post, "I felt an immediate connection. He reminded me of myself at that age. It touched my heart that I was able to help him learn what he wanted to know."
Ethan said he thought learning to do makeup on himself first might make it easier to try on others in the future.
Ethan's mom told HuffPo, "Society needs to steer away from what is typically known as the gender roles and stereotypes and accept the fact that it's OK for a boy to wear makeup to express himself as an artist. This does not define his gender identity nor his sexual preference. He's just exploring and being a kid! Being judgmental and close-minded on such issues not only is hurtful to our children, but it also inhibits their freedom of self-expression and prevents the opportunity for them to embrace their true identities."
- I am bowled over by how great Ethan looks. Those lashes! Can you teach me?
- Don't you think little Ethan looks amaze?
- Did you get a #KylieLipKit? Would you buy products from her hypothetical line? Why or why not?
- Is the Aurai a bunch of crap or are you signing up for one right now?
- What do you think about the "Snowz" ad? Did it make you uncomfortable? I sure squirmed.