The Pope Is More Interested In Makeup Than Alicia Keys Is These Days

And I'm a little less interested in perfume now that I heard there may be urine and antifreeze in it.

It's a good thing that the weekly beauty news is about other people doing beauty-related things because my own beauty routine is currently so boring, I barely have enough to fill out my COTW introductions.

Oh wait! I did use this Tony Moly aloe mask in the shower today and it was perfection: hydrating without leaving behind any residue and it had a level of adherence to my face that I've never before experienced with a sheet mask. I'm trying to get my skin in tip-top shape for a wedding this weekend — but I'll save that for material for COTW if you don't mind.

In the meantime, I wonder if the Pope has picked up any beauty tips that might be useful for me this weekend...

Beauty vloggers' biggest fan: The Pope

This past Sunday, the Pope met with a group of beauty vloggers at the Vatican. Turns out he's a fan of what they do, reportedly saying that "I am glad that you carry out the type of work you said, following the line of beauty — it's a great thing. To preach beauty and show beauty helps neutralize aggression."

He also basically said that it's nice that they create a virtual community. That makes a lot more sense than what I was originally thinking when I saw this headline on InStyle. (I was like, "So, the Pope is interested in learning how to contour?").

Alicia Keys is all about the #nomakeup movement lately

Alicia Keys is having a big week. She recently released a new single called "In Common" and penned a personal essay for Lenny about her decision to go makeup-free for the photos that accompanied the single.

You can read the entire essay here, but in it, she basically says that she allowed her insecurities and the pressures to always look perfect stop her from feeling comfortable without makeup on. So when her photographer suggested they shoot the photos right after she came from the gym, completely bare-faced, she hesitated but decided to go for it.

The resulting shots are undeniably beautiful.

I know I would definitely be nervous about doing that, so good for her for overcoming her fears.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian's daily beauty routine takes two hours

Hey, different strokes for different folks, right?

Kim has no problem admitting that, even though she's supposedly "over" contouring, her daily makeup routine takes a full two hours. She actually posted a video of her hair and makeup artists doing their thing while she multitasks on her phone.

(You can watch the full video on her app.)

That would be way too exhausting to do to myself, but if I had professionals doing it for me, then sure, glam me up every morning!

Your designer perfume may contain antifreeze or urine

This is just another reminder to be careful about purchasing beauty products from anywhere other than an authorized retailer. Refinery29 wrote about the gray market issue last August, and they recently updated the story with the news that five men have been arrested in New York for selling counterfeit designer perfumes made with ingredients like antifreeze and urine.

About 10,000 boxes of perfume were confiscated; they were to be sold in New York stores and online. Yikes. I don't know about you, but I'm being extra-careful about where I purchase my perfume from now on.

  • Do you agree with the Pope about the aggression-neutralizing power of beauty vloggers?
  • Have you ever spent two hours doing your hair and makeup? (Personally, I'll sometimes spend that long getting ready for a special night, but not every day.)
  • Would you do a makeup-free photoshoot?