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‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Talked About Her Skincare Routine And I’m Honestly Shaken

Every once in awhile, we all suffer the pains of an acne breakout. Still, it was only just years ago that we were led to believe that only “normal” people got pimples. Never the heroes and icons we looked up to. In our age of Instagram connectedness, however, celebrities and public faces of note are getting real and letting us know that the opposite true. “Riverdale” actress Camila Mendes is no exception.

In a recent post to her Instagram, story, the star posted a good-natured selfie on her Instagram poking fun at these moments of less than perfect skin.

Mendes got honest and funny about pimple woes in a recent story that garnered thousands of views on Instagram.

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Captioned “Why use photoshop when you can find creative ways of hiding your pimple,” the pic shows the Riverdale star covering her forehead using her hand and bangs.

While it’s great to see her maintain a sense of humor through her breakouts, we also learned how Mendes keeps up her usually flawless complexion. In a recent interview about her skin, the actress shared what keeps her looking lovely after wearing all of that makeup on set. For the young actress, a stacked skin care regimen and regular treatments are what keep her blemish-free. “When I’m filming a lot I try to get [facials] once every two weeks because I wear so much makeup on set and it’s just getting caked on,” Mendes explained.

Besides facials, Mendes also uses microdermabrasion to address all the built-up debris caused by her makeup. “I do it to just kind of exfoliate and then I can see all the makeup that’s been stuck into my pores. So that helps a lot!”

Fortunately, especially if bi-monthly facials are outside of your budget, Camila Mendes shared her favorite must-have skin products as well. Check them out below. 

1. Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

Origins #1 cleanser, this face wash is perfect whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin. This face wash is certified ‘Clean at Sephora,’ meaning it’s free of unwanted junk like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. The refreshing blend of mint, bergamot, lavender, and geranium oils will make you feel revitalized in body and mind.

The Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash is available at Origins, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Macy’s for $23.50.

2. Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner

This toner mixes the natural astringent power of rosewater with the soothing qualities of aloe vera into a light formula that clears out leftover dirt. The rose essential oil will leave you with a lingering floral scent. Like all Burt’s Bees products, this toner is natural and gentle enough for everyday use.

Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner is available through Amazon, Walgreens, and Walmart for $10.95.

3. Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm

Clear up those pesky under-eye bags with this soothing eye balm. Made from natural goat’s milk proteins, manuka honey, and plant stem cell complex, this serum smooths and reduces puffiness, crow’s feet, and dark circles. It can even be used over makeup for a quick midday pick-me-up.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm is available at Sephora and Ulta Beauty for $38.

Colin Kaepernick’s Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay

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Colin Kaepernick’s Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay

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Colin Kaepernick’s life is officially getting the Hollywood treatment.

The Black NFL quarterback has announced that he has joined forces with film director Ava DuVernay for a Netflix series titled Colin in Black & White. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scripted limited drama has been picked to go straight to series.

DuVernay’s six-episode series will take an intimate look at Kaepernick’s childhood, life in high school years, and all of the experiences that led him to become an activist today.

Kaepernick will appear in the series as himself and is set to narrate. An actor will play the younger version of Kaepernick. According to THR, “Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury will pen the script and serve as exec producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury previously teamed with DuVernay on Netflix’s Peabody-winning limited series When They See Us, based on the Central Park 5.”

Speaking about her decision to produce a film about the NFL player, DuVernay said that “With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture, and for him, personally. Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports, and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.” 

Netflix says that the drama was conceived back in 2019 and scripts were completed this past May.

The series will look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up in a white household that adopted him all while training to become a competitive quarterback while determining his own identity.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick told THR. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

“We’re proud to bring Colin’s experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world,” Cindy Holland, VP originals at Netflix, told THRr. “It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it’s like to be Black in America.”

Kaepernick’s influence on the current BLM movement is expanding.

In 2016, the football player set out to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systematic oppression ahead of a San Francisco 49ers game by kneeling during the national anthem. His act of protest ultimately roused polarizing conversations amongst athletes, NFL officials, and fans. At the time President Trump demanded NFL team owners fire Kaepernick along with any other players who protested during the national anthem. Eventually, Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 and filed a lawsuit against the NFL. He claimed that the organization and its owners had colluded to keep him out of the league.

In February, he signed a deal with Audible to create multiple projects, including for his upcoming memoir.

‘Love, Victor’ Is The Feel Good LGBTQ Vibe We Need Right Now And It’s Finally Available To Stream

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‘Love, Victor’ Is The Feel Good LGBTQ Vibe We Need Right Now And It’s Finally Available To Stream

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Even though shelter-in-place orders are slowly being lifted across the United States, should we really be going out with cases reaching record new levels? Thankfully, there are tons of new TV shows coming our way to keep us entertained.

Although we may be missing some of our longtime favorites because of production delays in Hollywood, the summer promises plenty of binge-worthy shows to tide us over. One of those TV shows I’m most excited about – and you should be too! – is Love, Victor.

Hulu’s Love, Victor is finally available for us to binge watch in all of it’s LGBTQ glory.

Love, Victor is the follow up to the successful gay romcom Love, Simon. However, unlike it’s predecessor, Love, Victor is a series, which means it’s literally bingeable. And with Love, Victor we get a young, Latino lead who is struggling to discover his sexuality and what that means for his friendships, relationships, and family.

This sequel offers a touching extension of that story, with a new teen — having transferred to the same high school — experiencing his own coming-out story. Diverted to Hulu from Disney+, it’s a well-crafted teen soap, with a winning cast.

Victor (Michael Cimino) — the oldest of three kids — has moved to Creekwood High in Georgia, which feels positively progressive compared to his hometown in Texas.

He makes contact with Simon (Nick Robinson) via email, using him as a sounding board as he comes to grips with who is — and more to the point, who he loves. Of course, Victor isn’t the only one with secrets, including issues pertaining to his parents responsible for the family’s relocation.

Coming from a less accepting background, Victor struggles with the prospect of being anything but straight and sharing that with his family, exacerbated by a visit from his bigoted grandpa, who is judgmental about Victor’s little brother playing with the wrong kind of toys.

Love, Victor is the highly-anticipated sequel to the film, Love, Simon.

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2018’s Love, Simon was a milestone in young, queer representation on the big screen. But it was also overwhelmingly white and seemed made for a straight audience. Sure, its protagonist, Simon, struggled with his sexual identity, but he did so from inside thick layers of privilege that kept him safe. He was white, he lived in a fancy Atlanta suburb with his liberal, warm parents — he could and did easily pass for straight.

That’s why, though it was packaged as a chance for LGBTQ+ kids to finally see themselves on screen in a mainstream love story, the movie played it a little too safe for many queer viewers.

Enter: Love, Victor, where in the pilot’s opening minutes, the series espouses a mission statement that engages with the film’s limitations in a way that seems promising.

The series is now available (finally!) to stream on Hulu!

Every episode of Love, Victor is now available for streaming on Hulu. So if you’re looking for Latinx LGBTQ representation on TV, definitely tune in to Love, Victor.