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These Curly Chicas Taught Me How to Embrace My Natural Hair

I LOVE every single piece of bouncy hair on my head and wouldn’t trade my ‘fro for the world. It wasn’t always like that, though. It took patience, research and a great dose of inspiration to truly fall in love with my natural hair. I owe much of the appreciation for my awesome hair to these curly chicas and their spot-on tips.

“Find a natural hair salon.” – Vilma Peguero

“Give your hair some loving.” – Alba Ramos

“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” – Carolina Contreras

“Clap your hair.” – Ona Diaz-Santin

I love the sunnnnnn ☀️☀️ #hellospring #iloveu #sunshine #ineedthis #whatamithinking #donewithwork #smirk #hairbiz #curls

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Wait, what? Yeah, clapping your hands with your hair between you palms after styling and when your hair is fully dry is Ona’s, a.k.a. The Hair Saint’s, secret for bouncier, fuller, lovelier curls. This woman is a true curly hair magician!

“Use your fingers.” – Bianca Alexa

“Forget shampoo.” – Rocio Mora

“Chop it.” – Mel Burgos

“Mix and match.” – Ada Rojas

Here’s to great hair days, every day!

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READ: 11 Valuable Life Lessons Learned At The Hair Salon

Are there any other curly hair tips that’ve worked wonders for you? Share, share, share!

These Are The Most Disgusting But Also Therapeutic Dr. Pimple Popper Videos And You’re Welcome

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These Are The Most Disgusting But Also Therapeutic Dr. Pimple Popper Videos And You’re Welcome

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Dr. Sandra Lee, more lovingly called Dr. Pimple Popper, has a disturbingly large following. The Southern California Dermatologist posts videos of procedures done to stubborn cysts and pimples. Some people find the videos comforting. Others find them horrifying. Either way, her videos have such extreme reactions, an entire hashtag has been born: #ExtractionReaction.

Dr. Pimple Popper has over 5.6 million YouTube subscribers, with a collective 202 million views in her top ten videos alone. Brace yourselves, y’all. These are pimples so large, the patients need to be locally anesthetized to have them removed.

Warning: This is not a lunch-break quick read. Schedule your Dr. Pimple Popper viewing around the next time you see your therapist, por favor.

10. Blackheads are by far the most popular content on Dr. Pimple Popper’s page, so enjoy this compilation.

With 18 million views, enjoy this compilation of various blackhead extractions. Dr. Lee describes blackheads as “a clogged pore in the skin that is open to the air.” She explains the blackness of blackheads as a result of “the exposure to air that causes oxidation turning the internal contents black.”

9. At first, you can’t even see the blackhead because it’s so deep in the tissue. Dr. Pimple Popper cuts it right open.

After injecting local anesthesia around the “disc”-like blackhead, Dr. Pimple Popper takes a scalpel to the area to dig deep for the blackhead, which slipped right out like “a little river rock.”

8. This cyst is not clean-cut. It’s a cheesy, gooey, disgusting mess out of this patient’s cheek. 🤮

Heads up that the “cheesy” consistency of the popped cyst comes from macerated keratin (wet skin cells).

7. This woman traveled far to have a recurrent cyst removed properly by the one and only Dr. Pimple Popper.

Its unfortunate positioning is right next to a tattoo of her deceased boyfriend’s name, so we understand the patient’s desire to be rid of it. Dr. Pimple Popper used a hole punch to remove the cyst while continually squeezing it and then sewed it back together.

6. Meet the teenagers whose moms can’t remove their blackheads no matter how hard they try.

“It’s a lot less painful than my mom’s,” says one teenager to Dr. Lee. “She’s going to be so proud of your nice, clean nose,” Dr. Lee tells her 16-year-old patient.

5. Mr. Wilson is such a famously satisfying patient of Dr. Pimple Popper, she created a compilation video of his “best extractions.”

What makes for a good extraction? Any extraction that is big, surprising, clean or messy, and of course, anything with Dr. Pimple Popper’s hilarious commentary in the background. This baby has 25 million views.

4. Dr. Pimple Popper treated a skin cancer patient’s husband which revealed a “Blackhead Goldmine.”

“This sweet man has been bringing his wife in to see me, and I have been treating a large skin cancer on her face, with her recently getting Mohs skin cancer surgery,” she posted in the video description. “So, he is not directly a patient of mine, but I couldn’t help but notice that he has so many comedones on his nose.  He tends to not pay much attention to himself, spending much of his energy and efforts making sure his wonderful wife is doing alright.  She has more disabilities than he does, in fact, he looks amazing for 90 years old!”

3. In a two-fer, Dr. Pimple Popper removes not one, but TWO dilated pores of winer in a 90-year-old.

“Oh my goodness, this little friend of yours. I think you’re going to lose a little weight today. It’s like a rock,” she tells her patient as she excises the area to “loosen” the pore before she squeezes it out. Of course, we get the slow-mo play-by-play before she moves onto the next blackhead. “Sweetie, you grow ’em,” she says as she goes to the next one. 

She takes a scalpel to the next one to reveal a blackhead trapped underneath there. “You’re storing a little rock under your skin, she tells him.”

2. With 40 million views, watch Dr. Pimple Popper use her trusty tools to remove this “mother” of a cyst.

“Cysts like this have a very thin wall, so I have to make sure we get it all out,” she tells her patient as she digs around in his actual head to cut away the cyst. She uses scissors to literally cut away bits of flesh, and we’re gagging. The patient was worried it was something life-threatening, but it was just a gnarly cyst. “It set up shop, it likes you,” she said as she continues to dig around. 🤢

1. The #1 slot, with 46 million views goes to this GIANT blackhead extraction that left a hole so large in this woman’s back, Dr. Pimple Popper called it “coin purse.”

An 85-year-old woman came in to have an enormous blackhead removed. Dr. Lee anesthetized the area, attempted to squeeze it, and then just straight-up laughed. Immediately, she went for a pair of tweezers and started to pry the blackhead out of the pore. “It looks like a dog’s toenail,” she said of the disembodied blackhead. 

She then told her patient she could probably fit a diamond or a lentil in the hole left behind. She decided not to close it because it would likely just form another blackhead, so she left nature to do its thing and let the pore slowly close over time.

21 Most Glittery Euphoria Makeup Looks

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21 Most Glittery Euphoria Makeup Looks

At this point, you’re probably well aware that HBO’s teen drama show “Euphoria” has taken the world by storm. The show centers around a young girl named Rue (played by Zendaya) who, along with her fellow teens, struggles to find her place in the world. The show has made headlines for dealing with Gen-Z’s blunt reality of sex, drugs, and identity crises that have been heavily shaped by the internet. 

But it has also made a mark due to its gorgeous makeup looks. According to “Euphoria’s” head makeup artist, Doniella Davy, showrunner Sam Levinson wanted the makeup looks to be so compelling that it prompted viewers to pause the show and strive to re-create the looks.

 We’ve compiled a list of 21 of the most stunning and memorable makeup looks from “Euphoria”‘s first season.

1. “Dirty”-Era Xtina

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According to Doniella Davy, “Euphoria”‘s makeup artisit-in-chief, the thesis statement behind Jules’s look is: “Express yourself through makeup, however you want, at all times, despite what the mainstream says, and what conventional gender roles have been.” 

2. 70’s Disco 

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This is a quintessential “Maddy look”: crazy cat eye, rhinestones, and topped off with false lashes. 

3. Insta-Emo

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Those who watch “Euphoria” know that virginal Kat goes through some major changes throughout the season. And with it, so does her style. “It’s a rebellious version of glam,” says Davy.

4. “True Romance”

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According to makeup artist Doniella Davy, this look was inspired by Alabama Worley from “True Romance.” The look was a chance for Sydney’s eyes to “get a turn to sparkle”.

5. Chain Eyeliner

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According to Davy, this look was inspired by when she was shopping around in the jewelry-making section of arts and crafts store, Michael’s. Apparently, she “knew immediately” that she wanted to use chain eyeliner of Maddy in the future and “preferably during a moment of conflict”.

6. Non-Conforming Beauty

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“I wanted Jules’ looks to challenge beauty & makeup norms, and I wanted to avoid having her look too polished, perfect or feminine. I felt that not using mascara would help achieve that for this look.”

7. Peacock Fantasy

Davy created this makeup look to be “the opposite of Cassie’s present reality in this moment”. She strove for the makeup to be “total fantasy” and was inspired by peacocks.

8. Tears of Glitter

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Rue’s makeup is relatively tame throughout “Euphoria”, as she’s so caught-up in her addiction that it doesn’t seem like she can bother with a complicated beauty routine. But this look serves us just the right amount of glitter and drama for Zendaya’s flawless features. 

9. Complex Cat-Eye

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According to Davy, she would research complex cat-eye makeup designs on Twitter and then “run them through [her] own filter” so she was creating something “new and different”. 

10. Modern Juliette

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This look from episode 6 was inspired by Claire Danes in 1999’s “Romeo + Juliette”. “I wanted to evoke something ethereal + romantic + gothic,” said Davy on her Instagram page. “Also, I was looking for an opportunity to do glitter brows on someone!”.

11. Smokey Cat-Eye

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Because of Gia’s (Storm Reid)’s youth, she doesn’t get to serve up a ton of makeup looks. But, this one is definiftely for the book: a thick, smokey cat-eye with jeweled braids. 

12. Green Goddess

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One of the things we love so much about the actress Barbie Ferreira is that she’s unashamed to rock her look in its most natural form. For example, most actresses would balk at the chance to show off their un-tweezed brows in all their unified glory. 

13. Night Sk-Eye

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This look is sexy, unique and mysterious–just like Jules.

14. Iris from “Taxi Driver”

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For this look, Davy wanted “flame eyeliner, pink glitter and Twiggy lower lashes – all at once” to evoke the character of Iris from the classic film “Taxi Driver”

15. Ms. 45

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According to Davy, this makeup look was inspired by the art-house exploitation film “Ms. 45”. 

16. Understated Princess

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The blue eyeliner and ribbon make for a goody-two-shoes look with a bit of an edge.

17. Courtney Love-Inspired

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This smudgy grungey Nirvana-era makeup look is one of the more understated looks of “Euphoria”, but it packs a punch nonetheless. 

18. Starburst-Inspired

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This look has David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust written all over it. 

19. Normcore

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Even when Maddy is at her most stripped-down, she still commands attention. Here, she pares a low-key look with matte green shadow.

20. Neon Goth

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Show runner Sam Levinson asked for “neon X’s on Anna’s eyelids and a goth vibe” for this look.

21. Purple Romantic

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“Euphoria’s” makeup artisit Don Davy insists that there’s more to popular-girl Maddy than “rhinestones and cat eyes”. Davy explained that she “designed [Maddy’s] makeup to have a fantastical element to it” because deep down inside, Maddie is a “diehard Romantic”.

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