Two Bathing Beauties in This Weekend's News Went Viral (for Very Different Reasons)

Plus: Cross your heart, hope to die, stick tiny needles around your eyes.
Publish date:
January 24, 2016
lush, crow's-feet, men, social media, facebook, bubble baths, Radara, Bangladesh

Hi guys! Are you snowed in? I wish I was. This NYC snowstorm seems to be of Minnesotan proportions, yet we barely have snow here! It's dumb.

How not to use LUSH Bubble Bars

Pink is for sure my favorite color, but I don't want my skin to be pink. Like, cartoon-character pink (a nice flush is OK).

A young woman named Abi probably didn't want to turn pink, either, but after she bought a few LUSH Bubble Bars on a recent shopping jaunt, she wasn't quite sure how to use them. She didn't stick them at the bottom of her tub and let it fill up with pretty pastel bubbles as you're supposed to, no, but rather assumed they were bars of soap and rubbed them over her entire body.

Her. Entire. Body.

Abi then snapped a selfie, as one does, and tweeted it to the brand asking if this was normal. She went super-viral — about as viral as Marci's terrifying Adam Driver cat discovery — and then deleted her tweet.

With a little help from a friend who works for the chain, Abi got rid of the pink hue; it took a few baths, some lemon juice, and lots of grainy scrubs to ixnay the color.

She said she wishes someone would have told her how to properly use the products before she took them home. But now you know, children: bath bombs and bubble bars go in the bath, not on your skin.

There's an effective new way to treat crow's-feet, but there's one catch...

Are you afraid of needles? I'm not, so that's why I kind of want to try this Radara thing. What is Radara? It's a small patch of tiny needles intended for placement outside your eyes where crow's-feet form; I don't have crow's-feet yet but I know a lot of ex-tanner aunties who do, and who are always clamoring for me to write about them...

Anyway, here's how you use Radara, according to Allure: Take one of the patches and gently press it into your skin, creating tiny holes. Then remove the patch and coat them with the included hyaluronic serum, put them back on and leave them for about five minutes. You're basically injecting your eye area with serum, which means yes, it actually works. Allure got a learned doctor to say so.

"While hyaluronic acid can plump the skin, it is difficult for large-chain hyaluronic acid to penetrate through the skin," said Joshua Zeichner, MD. "Combining it with devices that enhance penetration may help the acid get deeper into the skin than it would otherwise."

I want them! Pressing teensy needles into my eyes will make me feel like I'm a Real Housewife! (Yolanda and Lisa are my favorites, who are yours? I know you watch "Real Housewives of Fill in the Blank.")

Facebook says NO to "dudeoir" photos

If you're on the internet (hint: you are), you've probably seen this Canadian dude's send-up/loving ode to boudoir photography, which he did to make his wife laugh. It made me laugh, too, and I liked that a dude was so gleefully subjecting himself to what we consider "the male gaze."

Facebook, however, was like, "Nahhhhhh," and deleted the photos. It looks like a bunch of people were reporting the pics for nudity and so the hammer of the Facebook Gods went down and the pics went bye-bye.

The photographer told HuffPo Canada, "It's just frustrating, because I have women in the exact same poses wearing the same thing and that's OK. What if it was Brad Pitt? It wouldn't matter. But because it's a normal, everyday man, for some reason it's a problem."

Facebook's guidelines say that they understand that sometimes nudity is used in an artistic fashion, but you have to be careful for content that some people could be sensitive to. Like, this dude in his underwear? OoooooK.

I'm not usually sensitive to, well, anything that has to do with nudity. I've done a few undies shoots for various photographers and most of them are on Facebook; they've never been removed!

Inside the beauty parlors of Bangladesh

I loved this op-ed about the beauty parlors of Bangladesh by writer Tahmima Anam. She discovered that when she returns to her hometown, she looks "shabby" because every other woman has a blowout, and she doesn't. So she investigated what this recent influx of beauty parlors means to women of all ages, drawing on both her own experience with grooming rituals and what she sees all around her.

Anam speaks to the class difference between the women working in the parlors and their clientele, and she thinks critically about what a full day of beautifying means for a woman. Those all-day rituals used to be reserved for brides, but now anyone can walk in and get groomed for a night out.

This isn't something that only applies to Bangladesh, of course. Every big city, mine included, has at least a handful of blow-dry bars. Clients look picture-perfect after an hour or so in the chair. Is our obsession with grooming getting out of hand? Can you blend together feminism and Instagram selfies? Give it a read and let me know your thoughts in the comments.


  • Are you offended by the "dudeoir" pics? If anything, I'm offended by that punny name.
  • Would you stick needles near your delicate eyes? Why or why not? Are you freaked out by that pic, or would you try anything to get rid of crow's-feet? (Why don't I have crow's-feet yet? I tanned a lot.)
  • Have you ever used a product totally wrong? What was it? Did your skin turn color?