Model Calls out Huda Beauty for Using Her Face to Talk About Removing Acne Scars

And that includes giving off the illusion that your skin is flawless and blemish-free.

Although we know that a ton of work goes into the Instagram posts that we lowkey adore and are jealous of, feeling self-conscious is super easy. Especially when there are certain things about your body that you can’t change. Which is why there are so many accounts out there that are trying to make people feel a bit more positive about their bodies, like Em Ford’s MyPaleSkinBlog.

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Instagram has become a huge hub for all sorts of wellness and personal betterment products, and when you’re on a platform that’s flooded with selfies and examples of personal beauty, it only makes sense that tons of beauticians and makeup artists blew up as a result of Instagram’s surge in popularity.

Like Huda Beauty, which was started by ace cosmetics blogger, Huda Kattan.

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If you want a sick contour, eyeshadow, or any other super-glam look, Huda’s your girl. I mean I’m a North-Jersey bro whose entire aesthetic can be summed up as “What would Costco look like if it was turned into a human being,” but even I have a solid appreciation for the magic Huda and other beauty bloggers create with a palette and some brushes.

And while seeing super jacked/lean dudes makes me feel self-conscious about my dad-bod, that doesn’t mean I’m being “shamed” simply because someone else is existing. If it bothers me that much, I should just get in the best possible shape I can get in to feel good about myself. Nobody’s out there body-shaming me and posting pictures of my flab online saying, “Ewww look at this dude.”

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So I can understand model Em Ford’s shock when a post on the Huda Beauty Facebook page on how to get rid of acne scars featured her face, with the following headline:

“The Only Way To Get Rid Of Acne Scars According To The Experts”

Em was offended on two levels. The first being that Huda’s site used her images without her permission.

The second was that the image she posted was specifically for skin positivity, so that those who suffered from acne could feel better about themselves. So for it to be turned around and used in a piece on how to cover up acne scars — that really rubbed Em the wrong way.

In her Instagram stories, Em shared her disappointment at Huda’s decision to use her face as part of an “anti-acne” campaign.

Dear @hudabeauty, I wanted to thank you for using my #skinpositivity images to tell the world that my face full of scars is worse than active breakouts. 

And for reinforcing the narrative that anything less than “flawless” is something that we should feel ashamed of, or want to fix and “get rid of.”

Headlines like that are the reason why I receive thousands of emails on a daily and weekly basis from women all over the world. 

Some of whom are made to feel so ashamed of their skin, it affects every aspect of their lives. And couldn’t even dream of enjoying themselves on holiday without applying a full coverage foundation. 

Since 2015, I have used my platforms and voice to talk about hate online, and why perpetuating beauty standards has very real, and very serious consequences.”

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Ford’s message resonated with users online, many of who suffered from acne scars, or struggled to meet “society’s” beauty standards.

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Others pointed out that the Huda Beauty article sends a confusing message — especially when compared to other articles that supported the use of cosmetic fillers and encouraging women to grow out their body hair if they want.

Which was flabbergasting and hurtful to some Twitter users who took years to become comfortable with their own acne scars.

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The post has since been taken down from Huda’s Facebook page, and Em has followed up by saying that Huda contacted her with a full apology.

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Blinking White Guy' From Viral Meme Goes On TV To Talk About What It Did To Him

You may not know Drew Scanlon by name, but you definitely know him by face if you’ve spent any time whatsoever online in 2017. Scanlon is a video and podcast producer for the website Giant Bomb, and though he was well-known in the gaming world, it was his incredulous expression that launched him into the Meme Hall of Fame.

The gif of Scanlon comes from a video he made for Giant Bomb over four years ago, according toMashable, where he’s listening to a man describe his virtual farming habits. The guy says he with his “hoe,” and it looks like Scanlon’s mind jumps right out of the farmyard.

But the gif of his blink didn’t get really popular until 2017. Perhaps because it’s now in so many situations:

The problem with memes of people, is that they keep existing and have to deal with everyone knowing their face. Scanlon went on Good Morning America to remind everyone that he is a human person who does more than blink, though that’s pretty much what he was reduced to again:

They even tried to get him to recreate it, but it’s not quite there:

Hey, he’s a producer, not an actor. Those blinks came from a real place and can’t be recreated.

“We don’t really have a way of communicating body language over the internet, with text or anything, and memes are kind of that,” says Scanlon. Guess he doesn’t resent it too much? Thanks for letting us use your face for what can’t be expressed in words. 

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A New Heineken Ad Is Trying To Get People To Talk About Politics

A New Heineken Ad Is Trying To Get People To Talk About Politics

Ever since Pepsi released an ad with Kendall Jenner that seemed completely tone deaf to our current political climate, companies have seen an opportunity to one up each other with how progressive they can appear in advertising campaigns. Since it doesn’t seem like ads are going away anytime soon, they may as well have a positive message beyond, “Give a cop a soda, protestors!” 

Heineken has now entered the fray with its new “Open Your World” campaign. As part of this campaign, the Dutch beer maker has partnered with The Human Library, a group which hosts events where people can be “borrowed” for conversations. The variety of people involved means that if there’s a type of person you’ve never met or understood, you might be able to find them at an event and gets some answers to questions you’ve had. Their philosophy seems to be that talking face-to-face is the best way to open people’s hearts and minds. Heineken’s philosophy is that they may as well drink a beer while they’re at it. A Heineken beer. Not a less friendly beer. Only Heineken.

The partnership is being promoted by this short film, or advertisement, in which three pairs of people with wildly opposing viewpoints are introduced, then instructed to build a bar together as an ice breaker. When the bar is complete, they’re shown a video that reveals what a distance they’re at ideologically. Then, they’re given the option of sitting down and talking about their differences over a beer or leaving. The three pairs are a feminist and a man who describes himself as part of the “new right,” a man who thinks climate change is a hoax and a man who doesn’t, and a man who thinks transgender people are bad and a transgender woman.

It’s honestly hard to tell if these people are actors and I haven’t been able to find an answer to that question. It seems as though the people with more conservative or hateful views come around by the end of the commercial, to a degree that some people are expressing skepticism about.

It may also be carefully edited to extract the more offensive parts of their conversation, if it was real. Maybe after a few sips, things devolved into a screaming match, which is what happens whenever I try to have a conversation with my crazy uncle. It’s also hard to know what these people thought they were signing up for when they agreed to this, but I felt particularly worried for the transgender woman, who was having her very identity questioned rather than just her belief in the ozone layer. 

But again, if this is real, it does seem like everyone was able to approach each other in a respectful and friendly way. It would be nice to be able to confront people who spew hateful things at you anonymously online in a controlled environment, just to see if there’s a human inside the troll. Also, buy Heineken!

Guess they got to me.

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25 People Talk About Their Worst Date

I had a friend who was a stereotypical neckbeard. He owned a fedora and lived in his parent’s basement. He shared his weed and video game time with me, so that was always pretty cool.

Anyhow, about five-ish years ago, when we were still friends, he tells me about this date he had with this girl. He says he isn’t sure that it ended well or not. I says, tell me what happened.

First, he says that he took her on an “all day date”. Dude, rule number one of getting to know someone, don’t take them out for an all day date. One, if not both of you will get tired. People need time apart to rest and process their thoughts.

He was a hardcore brony. He bought My Little Pony figures and re-painted them. So he thought he would be clever and gift her two or three throughout the day. He gave her the first one while they were at the zoo, if I recall correctly.

Then he tells me that he gave her another one while they were at a movie. He thought he was being clever, or cute, and stuck it partially buried into their shared popcorn. While telling me this part of his story, he seemed frustrated at her, because he thought that she was being daft for eating around the figurine.

I was like, nah dude, it was an awkward time and a weird way to continue to give someone your creepy custom painted My Little Pony figurines.

Then he says at the end of the day, she drops him off (yeah), and he smiles and waves. He says that she had to make some kind of turn and come back around. He said that he smiled and waved at her as she drove past the second time, but he said that she was just looking straight ahead and ignored him.

I didn’t really feel bad for the guy. He is a huge, huge internet troll and an asshole. He didn’t take criticism, and refused to take my input on how a grown man wearing a fedora handing out custom painted My Little Pony figurines is not what a grown woman is looking for in a relationship.

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17 Women Talk About The Most Romantic And Unique Presents Their Boyfriends Have Given Them

There’s nothing like getting a gift from someone, except giving a gift. It sounds cheesy but to see the look of happiness on a person’s face when you give them a gift is one of my favorite things in the world to do. When you see someone totally surprised and completely happy with something you’ve just handed them…man…there’s no better feeling.

In a recent Reddit post, these girlfriends got together to share the most unique and romantic gifts their boyfriends ever got them. So if you’re looking for ideas to show that special someone how much you care, take notes.

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While not traditionally romantic, my SO took care of all of my little needs when I was overseas for two weeks. Gas tank filled, apartment spotless, laundry done, plus a bottle of my favorite wine waiting for us. I was so blown away by all of attention to detail!

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Maybe it wasn’t really unique but the way he presented it was really original.

He gave me a cube made of tissue packages and when I opened it there was an external hard drive with all sorts of things on it that I had wished on a list the months before. (he just told me to keep a list of the things I wanted, had no clue he was planning to do with this, thought he’d forget like most guys.) The folders all had titles like “to the most beautiful woman in the world”.

Another time he sent me to the store while he waited outside and when I came out he had screwed a drink-holder on my bike.

Today he plopped my favorite kit-kats (peanut butter) in my bag while I wasn’t looking and it was such a pleasant surprise, because I hadn’t eaten any or even talked about this with him in months.

None of the presents are unique or even particularly expensive but the way he gifts them is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

Update: For those in the US without any access to peanut butter Kit Kats, my SO advises try a jar of peanut butter and regular Kit Kats.

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Favorite present from my now husband was when we first started dating. He wrote down dates and places of different things we had done together on little pieces of paper and put them in a little jar… i.e. ‘first kiss – 9/8/14 Hibernian Cafe’. It was adorable. I still have it and read through it sometimes.

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We were once out walking at night and I saw someone suddenly approaching us very deliberately and quickly. I of course did the natural thing to do when one is startled by another person, screamed loudly and jumped backwards a good 5 feet.

Turns out it was just our reflections in a shop window.

He got me a mirror for my birthday with “Don’t be Scared” written on it.

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He took me to an arcade and bought me like $ 100 worth of tokens and we played the same game for hours and then bought lots of the little cheap prizes. I still have them all, including a little mood ring with hearts on it, and a lamp that’s a shark that lights up different colors.

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So, my first real boyfriend was an amazing man that listened to me and really cared about me. I like to tell stories about how my brothers and I grew up. One day I mentioned that every Christmas, I would fall asleep to the sound of my dad watching Monster Truck Jam on TV. Partly because of that memory, I love monster trucks. My boyfriend bought us tickets to go see them in person. He hated monster trucks. He hated the noise, the crowd, everything. But every year for my birthday, he bought tickets and took me to see them. It’s unique and romantic because I don’t know of many guys willing to forgo their own comfort like that for someone else. And he listened to me and surprised me with something that he knew would mean a lot to me. :’) That goofball.

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It wasn’t the gift, it was the sentiment. The major one that stands out was when my 2nd husband proposed.

It wasn’t formal or expected. It was on my 40th birthday and he gave me a gold ring. But it’s what he said.

“I love you, SFNB. I want nothing more for you on your birthday than for you to be happy. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

We were only dating 1 year. While it was too soon, the words he spoke…I have no words to describe my inner reaction. I knew. I just knew. The engagement was 4 years long.

In comparison, my first husband would gift me nice things for my birthday but then hold that over my head as he behaved badly saying, “But I spent X amount of dollars on that gift!” and especially his proposal was something along the lines of “Well, I guess I’m supposed to propose marriage to ya. SO yeah. Here’s the ring.”

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For my high school graduation, my parents got me this frame that had the letters cut out to spell out the name of my high school…like this: https://themomentsthatmatter.com/custom-letter-mats/

It was one of my favorite things in my bedroom but two years later, my house burned to the ground and I lost everything. For my birthday after that happened, my college boyfriend handmade another frame like the one my parents got me, but spelled out the name of our college. It was definitely one of the top presents he’s ever gotten me in the past 8 years of our relationship.

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I am a true, real, female sexy lady (and currently hoping to find a new boyfriend through reddit)

The one thing my ex did that completely swept me off my feet was send me his personal banking information, credit card numbers and social security number

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Last year my boyfriend bought me a jersey cow. It’s not really unusual for our life style but I imagine not everyone ends up with a cow for Christmas.

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SO got me a bunch of socks for V day one year. I love socks. The diamond editions of the Disney movies when they come out of the vault. He’s gotten me a jar that looks like Sally’s Deadly Nightshade one from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

He gets me video games he knows I’ll like, buys me books he thinks I’ll be into. He got me a really nice laptop one year. A kitten. Oh, a gun! That was sweet bc I needed one and he worries about me.

We’ve been together 10 years so he knows me probably better than I know myself. These are just some of the more memorable ones.

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The greatest, most romantic gift you can give your girlfriend is your attention and by that I mean, PAY ATTENTION to what makes her happy. Yes, it’s a cliché, but it really is the thought that counts. All of the best gifts I can remember receiving over the years, were ones that were special only to me. Read down this thread and you’ll see that the things being mentioned weren’t that awesome or romantic in and of themselves – they were romantic because they had meaning to the woman they were given to. Not only will it be something she likes, but you will also demonstrate that you have been paying attention and want her to be happy…i.e. the quickest way to a woman’s heart 🙂

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My engagement ring has our birthstones inside the band instead of engraving it. Its the best present I have ever received.

He also once got me new wheels for my car and that was super awesome.

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A battle axe for our anniversary.

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honestly for me its was just a random candy bar outa the blue. i was having a not so good day and he went to the store for groceries, he came back and handed me some reeses and said i saw these and thought about you and thought you might like them, do you want them now or for me to put them in the freezer for you? it made me happy he thought about me and brought them to me. he could have just put them in the freezer since thats my preferred way to eat them, but he want to hand them to me instead of just saying “i got some reeses they are in the freezer if you want them” the other just felt so much more romantic and caring. and then he ate one later when i was feeling better, in front of me, cause he could…..

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There’s the big things; for my birthday he organised taking me to the New Forest in a luxury hotel, with treatments organised, someone to babysit the kids and all our meals taken care of and organised. Total surprise, phoned my boss and dealt with the time off, packed my case and just took me for a drive. Was totally amazing and when we got there, a bottle of champagne chilling on the table which was the same brand we had on our wedding day.

But the little things; he gets out of bed before me to put the heating on and brings me a cup of tea each morning. He regularly surprises me with flowers, just supermarket ones most often when he’s been out picking things up, or my favourite magazine (which is like £1; I love it because it has puzzles in the back that I can actually do), a dessert for just us to share when our beastly children have gone to bed, a bottle of wine because it had a funny picture on the front, or rather, he annotates the bottle with his own artwork (dicks, he draws dicks usually)… they mean everything and make me feel like he cares about me.

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I was sick and he brought me medicine, fruit and my favorite snacks. Stayed to make sure I was okay. Showing someone care and love when they feel disgusting and horrid does ton of romance wonders

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