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Only Watch This Pore Strip Remove Blackheads Up Close If You Think You Can Handle It + MORE

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Only Watch This Pore Strip Remove Blackheads Up Close If You Think You Can Handle It

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Blackheads happen to good people. They’re just part of life. If you’ve ever had one (or more than one), you’ve probably tried removing them with pore strips. When the strip is successful, it can be so incredibly satisfying. So of course, there’s a pore strip removal video that will either haunt your dreams or leave you wanting more — or maybe both.

While there’s something so satisfying about watching blackheads being removed, it’s also pretty gross. Especially if you have an up close and personal view of the actual removal process.

There’s a five-minute, super slow motion pore strip removal video that gives you an extremely close-up view of blackheads being removed from someone’s nose.

It’s hard to watch, because ugh, but it’s even harder to look away.

The video first appeared on YouTube back in 2016, gaining over 1.8 million views. Since then, it has been making its rounds on Reddit — because if anyone loves moderately disgusting, but amazingly cool videos, it’s Redditors.

If you’re into watching pimples being popped and other gross bodily things, you’re probably going to enjoy this. But if you’ve recently eaten, you may want to sit this one out until you’ve had some time to digest.

Okay, we’ll stop with the warnings. Check out the video:

The video was made by YouTube user KeanaTankentai, and it’s certainly not the only video of its kind. KeanaTankentai has posted a plethora of other blackhead and ear wax removal videos. They’re all just as gross to watch, but also very satisfying. 

You’re welcome.

Carrie Underwood’s Go-To Exercise for Killer Legs

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Whether walking the red carpet or hitting the stage, country singer Carrie Underwood has been known to rock her share of super-short frocks. (Have you seen her legs?!) The key to keeping them slim and strong: body-quivering, lower-half moves, like this three-part lunge series. “You’re targeting your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves,” explains Underwood’s on-the-road trainer, Eve Overland.

RELATED: 18 Moves to Tone Your Butt, Thighs, and Legs

Start with feet hip-width apart. Step right foot forward and lower down into a lunge until both legs form 90-degree angles; begin pulsing, up 2 inches, down 2 inches (A). Keeping abs tight and spine aligned, shift weight and torso forward; continue pulsing (B). Return to A and shift weight and torso back (C); continue pulsing. Try each position for 20 seconds; rest and repeat on the opposite leg.

My Go-To Spot Treatment Isn't a Zit Cream At All 

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All throughout high school and my early 20s, I was that annoying person with clear skin whose skincare routine only consisted of cleansing with water and applying moisturizer. That all changed a few years ago when I officially entered my late 20s. My face became infested with painful, hormonal cysts on my chin and jawline that were immune to every single form of acne treatment—whether it was a salicylic acid-based serum, or completely cutting diary out of my diet.

After a bleak cheese-free year, I finally visited a dermatologist who prescribed me spironolactone, a blood pressure medicine that's used off-label to treat hormonal acne. Since I started taking the pill last spring, my breakouts have been relatively under control except for the odd blemish. That's why a solid spot treatment is still essential to my current skincare routine, and how Sunday Riley's Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask came to earn a spot in my medicine cabinet.

RELATED: The Best Products for Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists

Similar to the planet the treatment is named after, Sunday Riley's Saturn Mask is packed with, well, sulfur. The bright yellow element is filled with antibacterial proprieties, which is what makes such an all-star ingredient for clearing up multiple forms of existing acne and preventing future breakouts, too.

Sunday Riley's Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, Sephora.com

The formula also contains five other ingredients that are commonly found in acne-fighting skincare products such as bentonite clay, tea tree oil, manuka oil, tumeric, and neem. These extra reinforcements help heal blemishes, reduce redness, and improve clarity.

Whenever the odd whitehead or cyst pops up after a week where I've been too stressed out or ate a few too many greasy late night pizza slices, I reach for my tube of Sunday Riley's Saturn Mask. Since my skin isn't generally oily but more sensitive than I am, I prefer dabbing a dot of the neon green mask on each of my rouge blemishes and leaving it on overnight instead of slathering on like a traditional face mask.

 After one use, I always find that my zits have noticeably shrunk in size, and in the case of whiteheads, don't look like they're about to explode at any second. There's no shortage of spot treatments on the market—whether you're looking for a formula with medicated or natural ingredients—but unlike the majority of products I've tried, after multiple treatments, this mask doesn't leave a dried-out, flaky ring that's impossible to hide with concealer around the pimple you've been trying to suck the life out of.

Fun fact: I've been terrified of E.T. since I was a kid, but if clear, unclogged pores means giving into this product's play on aliens and outer space, consider me a convert.

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Meghan Markle’s Go-To Lash Serum Is On Sale Right Now + MORE

Meghan Markle may officially be a Royal now, but she still keeps her beauty routine relatively low-key. She loves throwing her hair up in messy buns, isn't above doing her own makeup, and sticks to using eyelash serum for longer lashes instead of going the high-maintenance extensions route..... More »

This Chart Reveals Which Lipstick Brands Deliver the Best Bang for Your Buck + MORE

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Prepping for a Destination Race? Here’s What You Need to Know

Many say that the best way to see a new city is to run through it—I’m a big believer in this concept. From 5Ks on the West Coast to half marathons down South to international marathons (I recently ran 26.2 miles in Tokyo!), traveling for races has given me the opportunity to see the .... More »

These Women Are Posing in Nothing but Glitter for a Surprisingly Powerful Reason + MORE

Your body is uniquely yours, and that’s what makes it beautiful. One Instagram account, Positively Glittered (@positivelyglittered), has found a creative (and sparkly) way to showcase that. The page features naked women of all shapes and sizes covered in the colors of the rainbow with glit.... More »

ThirdLove Responds to That Inflammatory Victoria's Secret Interview with an Open Letter to the Brand + MORE

ICYMI, Victoria's Secret is in hot water this month following commentary from the brand's chief marketing officer Ed Razek, the creator of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, in his now-infamous interview with Vogue. Not only did Razek objectify women and offend plus-size and t.... More »

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My Go-To Spot Treatment Isn't a Zit Cream At All health.com

People Who Live to 100 Have These Traits in Common + MORE

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I Tried the Viral 7-Step K-Beauty Routine, and It Completely Changed My Skin

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Chances are, you've probably heard about the 10-step Korean beauty routine—which sounds excessive, if you ask me. But I was intrigued when I recently heard about a new seven-step method that promises equally gorgeous results in less time. To my surprise, the seven-step method is very different from the 10-step original, which involves using 10 different products: an oil cleanser, foam cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essence, serum, mask, eye cream, face cream, and SPF. Instead, the seven-step version requires just one of those items: toner. I decided to try this new method for myself to learn more.

I first heard about this new method from Glow Recipe, a K-Beauty website that has their own line of natural products and also sells other Korean beauty brands. Their method involves applying the toner seven times and gently patting it in until fully absorbed. The idea is that the multiple layers of toner reach the deepest layers of skin, resulting in a more plumped-up and hydrated appearance. You can use as many (or as few) toners as you want, whether it's seven different products or the same one applied seven times.

There are a few things to take note of before you start: Glow Recipe recommends looking for alcohol-free toners that promise hydration and skipping exfoliating toners that pack acids like AHAs and BHAs. I chose to use only two toners: Whamisa by Glow Recipe Serum Toner Balance and Deeply Hydrate ($22; target.com) as my lightweight version, and Blithe Pressed Serum Gold Apricot for Radiance and Brightening ($49; glowrecipe.com) which is a little heavier with a nice gel texture. Before I tried them on my face, I tested four layers of the Whamisa followed by three layers of the Blithe on my hand. It was a little messy, but the glow it left behind was undeniable.

When I applied a dime-sized amount of the watery Whamisa toner to my face, it absorbed surprisingly quickly. I waited only a few seconds between each layer and did the patting motion, which felt amazing. Next, I moved onto the Blithe product; I scooped out a little bit and did three layers, starting in the middle of my face and spreading outwards. I had expected all that product to sit on my skin, but my face drank it all up within a few minutes.

Above: Before (left) and after (right) applying the toners. Look at that glow!

I continued using this method for a few days and saw a considerable difference. My skin was smoother, plumped-up, and noticeably radiant. I found that it was easy to apply my makeup, too. Interested in trying the seven-step method with more than two toners? Recently, I've also been loving another Blithe toner, Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum ($49; sephora.com), as well as Erborian Yuza Double Lotion ($36; sephora.com).

I have to be honest: Before this, I rarely used a toner, but I'm definitely going to keep with the routine now…

People Who Live to 100 Have These Traits in Common

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

If you’re looking to live to 100, you may want to watch more than your diet. A study of people in remote Italian villages who lived past 90 found that they tended to have certain psychological traits in common, including stubbornness and resilience.

The study, published in International Psychogeriatrics, analyzed the mental and physical health of 29 elderly villagers, ages 90 to 101, from Italy’s Cilento region — an area known for the prevalence of people older than 90. The participants filled out standardized questionnaires and also participated in interviews on topics such as migration, traumatic events and beliefs. Younger family members were also asked their impressions of their older relatives’ personality traits.

The younger adults tended to describe their older relatives as controlling, domineering and stubborn. But the 90- and 100-somethings also displayed qualities of resilience and adaptability to change, the authors wrote. One respondent who recently lost his wife told interviewers, “Thanks to my sons, I am now recovering and feeling much better … I have fought all my life and I am always ready for changes. I think changes bring life and give chances to grow.”

The research demonstrates how adults who live to 90 or 100 have learned to balance these somewhat contradictory traits, says Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior associate dean for the Center of Healthy Aging at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and senior author on the study. “These people have been through depressions, they’ve been through migrations, they’ve lost loved ones,” he says. “In order to flourish, they have to be able to accept and recover from the things they can’t change, but also fight for the things they can.”

The oldest adults had other qualities in common as well, including positivity, a strong work ethic and close bonds with family, religion and the countryside. Most of the older adults in the study were still active, working regularly in their homes and on their land. This gave them a purpose in life, wrote the study authors, even after they reached old age.

The researchers also compared the health of these older residents with 59 of their younger family members, ages 51 to 75. Not surprisingly, the oldest adults had worse physical health than their younger counterparts. But they had better mental well-being, and scored higher on measures of self-confidence and decision-making skills.

Jeste calls this the paradox of aging: Even as physical health deteriorated, mental health quality, at least for the people in the study, remained high. (Volunteers for the study had to sign a consent form and participate in an hour-long interview, he says, which would have ruled out anyone with significant dementia or age-related cognitive decline.) “Things like happiness and satisfaction with life went up, and levels of depression and stress went down,” Jeste says…

10 Exercises for Lean, Toned Legs Like the Rockettes

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There is no better example of #leggoals than the Rockettes—especially when you realize that these ladies perform up to 300 eye-high kicks in every single 90-minute Radio City Christmas Spectacular show. (FYI: They do up to 17 shows per week!). So what does it take to be stage-ready? Well, besides precision, a whole lot of core and leg work.

“It is important for the Rockettes to have a workout highly focused on legs and abs because we are, of course, athletes and have to be able to execute our choreography perfectly every show,” explains Tara Dunleavy, a Radio City Rockette, who has been dancing with the group since 2006. “More importantly, we have to master those eye-high kicks that we are famous for, and what many people don’t realize is that we don’t touch each other’s backs when we are linked up in the kick line. So not only do our legs have to be strong enough to do that many kicks, but our core needs to be working extra hard to be able to maintain our spacing and stay in a straight line.”

Which is why these 10 exercises are key. The dancers do them both during the season and the off-season to maintain their flexibility, endurance, and strength. Try the moves out—you can follow along with the video above—for a stronger, more stable lower body. As for reps? “I like to do things until I feel the muscle burn and tire out,” says Dunleavy, "because then I know it is warming up and changing.” But in general, aim to do 8 to 10 reps for each exercise.

RELATED: 18 Moves to Tone Your Butt, Legs, and Thighs

Butt Kicks

Pro tip: Think of it as jogging, except you are bringing the heels to the butt.

Targets: quads, glutes, and hamstrings

How to do it: Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart and arms at sides. Step right foot forward as you flex left knee, bringing left heel up to touch butt. Lower left leg, stepping forward with left foot and flex right knee, bringing right heel up to touch butt. Continue alternating legs as you move across the floor.

Dynamic Hamstring Stretch

Pro tip: Keep back as flat as possible.

Targets: hamstrings

How to do it: Step forward with right foot, placing heel on floor to flex foot. Straighten knee, hinge at hips and with core tight, swing arms forward and down, starting from behind hips, as you lower torso down as far as possible. Rise back to standing and repeat on left side.

Leg Lunges

Pro Tip: It’s a better way to get one leg warmed up first so you don’t get too fatigued.

Targets: quads and hip flexors

How to Do it: Step forward with right leg, dropping into lunge with both legs at 90 degrees, and bring left arm forward, so that it is also at a 90-degree angle. Push into left foot to rise to standing as you lift left knee and right arm up. Repeat on opposite side.

Knee Hugs

Pro tip: It may be easier to pull underneath the knee because that can protect your kneecap…

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Drew Barrymore Just Shared Her Biggest Skincare Problem–and What She Does to Fix It + MORE

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These Women Are Posing in Nothing but Glitter for a Surprisingly Powerful Reason + MORE

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Women Are Naturally Fitter Than Men, Study Says + MORE

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Our Beauty Editor Swears By This Body Scrub as the Perfect Holiday Gift

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Buying beauty products for loved ones can be a tough process. Will they like a certain shade of lipstick? What kind of skin do they have—is this moisturizer even compatible? And don't get us started on fragrance. It's all very personal, so unless you know the recipient's beauty tastes extremely well, we recommend playing it safe with a gift that will be loved by one and all.

Enter Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes ($22 for about 20 cubes; dermstore.com). It comes in several delicious scents like Lemon and Blue Raspberry, but Coconut is my personal favorite. Not only will it whisk your gift recipient away to a tropical paradise (a near impossible task for those of us sudsing up in a miniscule New York City bathtub), but the ease of using it makes this scrub—dare we say it—the best gift ever.

To buy: ($22 for about 20 cubes; dermstore.com)

I love that the individual cubes make for a mess-free experience. Simply remove a single square from the jar before getting in the shower and watch it melt away as you scrub.

The ready-to-use cubes make applying body scrub so much easier. Many scrubs come in jars, but I inevitably end up with remnants under my fingernails from digging around for product. Plus, you don't have to worry about excess water seeping into the formula when you can't wrangle the lid closed with water running and a handful of mush in one hand. The result? A luxe shower experience that encourages total relaxation.

Anyone who uses this scrub will immediately notice smoother skin, thanks to gentle exfoliation of dead skin as well as nourishing ingredients like shea butter and aloe.

As an added bonus, the packaging could not be cuter, and these cubes are incredibly easy to travel with. Stash a few in a storage bag and you're good to go with not a spill in sight.

It's Not Enough to Have a Thigh Gap Anymore. Here's Why 'Thighlighting' Has Become the Latest Trend

 

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If you’ve heard any of the buzz about thighlighting, you may have assumed it involved shimmery lotion or leg makeup for leaner-looking stems. But this trend takes things up a notch—or 10.

Thighlighting is a new term for a collection of plastic surgery procedures that add up to full-leg makeovers: think thigh lift, calf implants, inner and outer thigh contouring, laser procedures, and liposuction. A-listers with enviable gams like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Jennifer Lopez are said to be driving the trend—as are red-carpet gowns that put the spotlight on this new hot body part. 

The desire for flawless legs is actually part of a larger trend, says Neil Sadick, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College and past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Whereas the focus in plastic surgery was once on the face, he's noticed a new interest in whole-body rejuvenation: "There is now more of an emphasis on improving other places of the body,” he says, including the arms and hands too.

RELATED: If Thigh Gap and Hip Dip Weren't Enough, Now Women Are Supposed to Worry About Having 'Arm Vaginas'

While "thighlighting" may be the latest craze, the treatments involved are not new. “The various procedures that can be used to improve leg appearance have been around for a while,” says New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Constance M. Chen, MD.

If a woman wants to alter how her legs look, however, Dr. Chen recommends surgery only as a last resort. "It is best to start with diet and exercise," she says. Lifestyle changes won't lead to immediate results like surgery, but it's the less invasive route, she notes. After all, going under the knife comes with real risks. Liposuction can damage nerves, muscles, and blood vessels; worsen cellulite; and lead to changes in skin sensations, among other complications. Implants can cause their own problems, since they involve placing a foreign body in your tissues, Dr. Chen notes.

If you are considering any procedures on your legs (surgical or not), it’s important to put your safety first. Dr. Sadick recommends asking your doc how many of these procedures they’ve performed. And remember, there isn't one treatment that does it all, he notes. So if a doctor tells you that—or talks about how easy it'll be to walk away with Bella Hadid’s stems—see someone else.

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And keep in mind, your legs are amazing just the way they are. They carry you through your days—and can take you up mountains, across finish lines, and from one end of town to the other. If you catch yourself obsessing over cellulite or thigh jiggle or any other so-called imperfection, try focusing on all your legs can do, rather than how they look…

Women Are Naturally Fitter Than Men, Study Says

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

Conventional wisdom holds that men have the natural advantage when it comes to physical ability. But in one key measure of fitness, women actually come out on top, finds a small new study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada directed nine women and nine men—all 18-30 year olds who were of similar body mass index—to walk on the treadmill. After a short warm-up, they were asked to walk at gradually increasing speeds and inclines, going until they had reached 80% of their maximum heart rate. Each person wore a face mask to measure how much oxygen they used and how much carbon dioxide they produced.

“The specific measurement we did in this study was to look at how quickly oxygen uptake increases when you go from a rest to exercise transition,” says study author Richard Hughson, kinesiology professor at the University of Waterloo. “If people are unfit, they adapt more slowly to exercise, they perceive it as being a greater load and therefore they back off and they become progressively less fit.”

In that way, Hughson says, oxygen uptake is a great indicator of overall physical fitness—and one in which women excel. The researchers found that women adjusted to exercise after about 30 seconds, while men took 42 seconds. That translates to a roughly 30% faster rate of oxygen processing, and a clear advantage when it comes to physical efficiency. The researchers also found that the female athletes were better at transporting oxygen to tissues throughout their bodies, and that their tissues, in turn, were better at using the extra oxygen.

So while men may be inherently a little stronger and faster than women, they can’t claim to be universally fitter, Hughson says.

“Fitness can be defined by that maximal aerobic power, or it can be defined by some other indicators,” he says. “If you monitor how quickly a person adapts to an exercise level, it really is an indication of fitness and health.”

Next up, says lead author Thomas Beltrame, the research team plans to expand the research to include elite athletes, not just recreational exercisers. “In the future,” Beltrame wrote in an email, “studies are needed to determine if our results from recreationally active men and women, who were matched for fitness, will also apply to the fittest women compared to the fittest men.”

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Blake Lively Just Revealed the Exact Beauty Products She Uses Every Day + MORE

Blake Lively not only serves total inspiration for our wardrobes (chic pantsuits, anyone?) but also for our daily makeup look (hello, natural glow!). And if you're blonde, you've probably shown a picture of the star to your colorist, trying to mimic her gold, Rapunzel-li.... More »

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The 15-Minute Home Workout to Survive the Holidays

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This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com.

For most, the holiday season means a whole lot of travel, food and to-dos…and little time, space or energy for exercise. But your fitness doesn’t have to take a backseat to a packed seasonal schedule — and this home workout, made up of just five exercises (all from Daily Burn 365), is proof.

The total-body bodyweight routine is low-impact, so you won’t bother others by jumping around. And you don’t need any equipment, either. Plus, you’ll target multiple muscles in each efficient move, working your body from top to bottom along the way. All you need is 15 minutes and a space the size of an exercise mat. Follow along pre- or post-feasting with the fam — or better yet, both.

RELATED: The 7 Best Strength Exercises You’re Not Doing

The Home Workout You Need This Holiday Season

Perform each combination exercise below in order for 40 seconds each. Rest for 20 seconds between each exercise — or skip the breather and keep going if you have the stamina. Repeat the circuit at least twice for three total rounds.

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1. Walk Out to Shoulder Tap

How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart (a). Reach down to touch the ground (try to keep your legs straight) and walk your hands out to a high plank position (b). Tap your left shoulder with your right hand, then your right shoulder with your left hand. Engage your legs, abs and glutes so your hips stay steady (c). Walk your hands back to your feet and stand up (d). Repeat.

RELATED: 5 Planks, 10 Minutes: Your Ultimate Ab Workout

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2. Lunge to Front Pull

How to: Start standing with feet a little wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly outward. Bring your arms straight up overhead (a). Lower into a sumo squat as your pull your elbows down and back by your sides (b). Stand back up, bringing arms overhead (c). Next, turn to your right as your bring your arms down to shoulder height and lower into a lunge, both knees bent to 90 degrees (d). Stand back up, bringing arms overhead (e). Repeat the turn and lunge, this time turning to your left side (f). Continue alternating sides with a front pull between each lunge.

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3. Shuffle Side Punch

How to: Start standing with feet a little wider than hip-width apart. Hold your fists at your face like a boxer (a). Shuffle your feet, taking two steps to the left (b). Using your hips to help drive the movement, punch your right arm out to the side, palm facing downward. Then quickly bring your fist back to your face (c). Shuffle to the right two steps (d). Then punch your left arm out to the side, palm facing downward and then quickly bring your fist back to your face (e). Repeat.

RELATED: The Kickboxing Workout That’s All About Abs

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

 

In the past few months, a slew of powerful men — from Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer — have been outed as sexual predators. Though many may be shocked, the ladies of Saturday Night Live are here to tell you that this kind of bad behavior is nothing new.

Set in a Candy Land-like setting, host Saoirse Ronan and castmembers Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon posed as pop princesses to say “Welcome to Hell.”

“Hey there, boys. We know the last couple months have been frickin’ insane,” said Strong before Bryant chimed in, “All these big, cool, powerful guys are turning out to be — what’s the word —habitual predators?”

The catchy tune let guys in on a “secret that every girl knows” and addressed the harsh realities of navigating the world as a woman. As Bryant pointed out, “This ain’t a girl group. We just travel in a group for safety.”

The ladies also showed how women have been suppressed through history, featuring flashbacks to the Salem witch trials, the suffragette movement and the ’60s sexual revolution.

Leslie Jones then jumped in to remind everyone that “it’s like a million times worse for a woman of color,” to which they all agreed without hesitation.

“Now House of Cards is ruined, and that really sucks,” sang Ronan, referring to allegations against Kevin Spacey that led to the cancellation of his hit Netflix show. “Well here’s a list of stuff that’s ruined for us: parking, and walking, and Uber, and ponytails, and bathrobes, and night time, and drinking, and hotels, and vans.”

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SNL wasn’t done with the new wave of sexual harassment allegations. Later, on “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost briefly touched on Lauer, who was fired by the sketch comedy show’s network on Wednesday following sexual misconduct allegations.

“A new survey finds that four out of five Americans believe sexual harassment is happening in the workplace. While one out of five couldn’t respond because their boss’ penis was blocking the keyboard,” joked Jost. “I almost forgot about this week’s batch of predators. It’s just a whole segment of the news now. I’ve just got to announce the names every week like Powerball numbers.”

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In the background, Lauer was shown alongside Russell Simmons and Garrison Keillor, both of whom faced their own sexual misconduct allegations over the last several days.

Focusing in on Lauer and his famously contentious relationship with former Today co-host Ann Curry, Jost joked, “On Wednesday, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was lit and so was Ann Curry…

This Mascara Gave Me the Best Lashes of My Life

– health.com

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Even if you're not a big makeup-wearer, chances are you probably have a go-to mascara. Likely, it's one that lengthens, adds volume, and leaves your lashes just the way you like them. While it might be intimidating to switch to something new, I promise you won't regret giving IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara ($24; sephora.com or amazon.com) a try. Not in a committed relationship with your current mascara? You have nothing to lose—but the best lashes of your life to gain.

I've tried my fair share of mascaras. As a beauty editor, I'm lucky to have the latest wands, formulas, and colors hit my desk daily, and I swipe until my heart and lashes are content. But even with all the brief flings I have with the newest and hottest products on the scene, it's Superhero that I rely on to never let me down. And I'm not the only one who feels this way: I first heard about this mascara from a former boss of mine, a beauty director who could have her pick of any product on shelves, but chose this one. So who am I to question that?

Three more reasons you won't find me straying too far from Superhero: In my opinion, the brush is everything you could ever want in a mascara. It's just stiff enough, and the bristles are perfectly spaced so they grab even the tiniest lash hairs. I also love that the formula is a nice consistency. It's not too wet or too dry, so you don't have to wait an awkward amount of time before blinking (or sneezing…), but it also doesn't flake. Plus, you can layer it on without looking spidery. Even when I'm testing other formulas, I'll always go back and add one final coat of Superhero—it effortlessly defines each lash and leaves them curled all day.

Not sold yet? Here's a before-and-after of me wearing Superhero on one eye with no mascara on the other.

Need even more proof that this mascara is a game-changer? Influencer Arielle Charnas is also a fan—you probably know her as Something Navy. The blogger recently took to Instagram stories to rave about the product.

If you've watched any of Charnas' other stories, you know that she has her choice of products, too, and yet she's an IT girl.

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