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Facebook Extends Order for ‘Make Up or Break Up’ Live Show With Shan Boodram

Facebook has ordered an additional 12 episodes of “Make Up or Break Up,” a live relationship show hosted by social influencer and “sexologist” and author Shannon Boodram (aka Shan Boody) — the first original show funded by the social platform to get an extension.

The show, which airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on Facebook (at facebook.com/makeupbreakupshow), features Boodram counseling couples at a critical juncture in their relationship to determine if they should stay together — or call it quits — in front of a live studio audience. The added wrinkle: Facebook viewers of vote live on each couple’s fate using the hashtags #MakeUp or #BreakUp.

With the extension, a total of 20 episodes will air during the first season of the show. “Make Up or Break Up” is executive produced by showrunner Corin Nelson and comes from Thumb Candy Media, the digital studio division of B-17 Entertainment.


“Make Up or Break Up” is among the batch of shows Facebook is funding to see content for Watch, its recently launched video guide. The goal, according to Facebook execs, is to jump-start viewing and programming on Watch so that the social giant can sell longer-form ads in the programming.

Since debuting Sept. 7, the show has attracted a relatively modest 35,000 followers. Each episode run about 20 minutes, and has averaged around 300,000 views over the first five segments (including both live and on-demand).

The most-viewed content on Facebook’s Watch has been shorter, viral-oriented shows. The Dodo’s feel-good “Comeback Kids: Animal Edition,” for example, has racked up more than 90 million views over five episodes to date.

“Make Up or Break Up,” with its viewer-participation format, represents “the future of content,” according to B-17 principals Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher. The duo together established Thumb Candy in partnership with B-17’s majority owner, Core Media Group.

“This concept is quickly becoming popular because so many young viewers can relate to these couples grappling with their same issues,” Bachner and Meagher said in a prepared statement. “They can also contribute their thoughts to the show, get feedback from the host and, most importantly, affect the actual outcome in real time regardless of the time zone.”

Boodram has a social-media reach of more than 300,000 followers — but just under 10,000 fans on Facebook currently. She launched her YouTube channel in 2012, which has about 20 million views to date, and has her own line of vibrator necklaces. Among other projects, Boodram hosted Fullscreen original dating show “Shan Boody Is Your Perfect Date.”


Facebook Extends Order for ‘Make Up or Break Up’ Live Show With Shan Boodram


A makeup artist apologized after being accused of ‘blackface’ in controversial Instagram post

With the rise of beauty tutorials, there has also been an unfortunate increase in allegations surrounding cultural appropriation.

Incidents involving white models, celebrities, and fashion brands now dominate headlines, resulting in some policymakers pushing to make the act punishable by law. While borrowing someone else’s culture isn’t illegal, people on the internet are often quick to call out these situations.

Turkish beauty blogger and SFX (special effects) makeup artist Perçem Akin is the latest social media user to be accused of “blackface.” The news — which we first read about on Teen Vogue— comes after she shared a photo on September 25 that showed her wearing dark makeup and a turban headwrap. “Color and Pain. My Lovely Black Beauty Transformation Make up [sic],” Akin wrote in the caption.

Her Instagram account has since been made private; however, screenshots of what is believed to be Akin’s original post still appear online.

Aside from the photo itself, some people claim that the blogger used a series of offensive hashtags including #slave and #sadmakeup.

Amid the controversy, Akin provided INSIDER with a written statement that she originally gave to BuzzFeed on September 27. She said she created the makeup look for an unnamed “movie character” upon request; it was not a makeup tutorial. Akin said that she never intended to mock “dark skinned people,” but rather she wanted to honor “their power and beauty.”

“Firs [sic] of all, I have never ever record any Halloween video of this work. I can prove it Youtube Official history logs,” Akin wrote. “This post is for a movie character in my country.”

Akin said she was asked by a director to create the makeup look for a movie about the global rise of racism.

To clear up any confusion as to why she didn’t employ the help of a black model, Akin said: “We are not living in America or Africa, so finding any black model is so difficult in here.” Furthermore, she said that she never considered her makeup look to be racist. “I just try to see pure beauty behind the pain who have it,” she wrote in reference to people with deeper skin tones.

Regarding Akin’s alleged use of the hashtag #slave, she claimed that someone else digitally altered a screenshot of her post and she’s taking legal action against them.

“I never use hashtags #slave, never ever. My hashtags is #slayer which is the tittle [sic] of the movie,” Akin wrote. “Someone in my country has changed this and started all this against [sic] to me and I am taking a legal action aganist [sic] to them now.”

In her statement, Akin apologized to anyone she had offended. She also said that she’s received “so many supporting email and messages” from social media users worldwide.

“I am deeply sorry If I hurt all those people,” she wrote. “According to me, all those dark skinned people have pure beauty, power and Strength especially the Women have it!! I have always see like that and I will always see like that forever.”



Miranda Kerr Speaks Candidly About Marriage, Motherhood, and the Impressive Cosmetics Brand She’s Built

Miranda Kerr has it all–a prolific modeling career, killer body, gorgeous dimples, high-profile new husband, super-cute son, close family and if all that wasn’t enough, she’s been quietly building a cult cosmetics business for the past five years. This month, Kerr expanded her Cosmos-certified KORA Organics face and body line (available at Sephora) with 15 new products, including the Noni Glow Collection, whose hero ingredient is noni fruit extract from the morinda tree. Introduced to the nourishing powers of Noni juice by her grandmother when she was 13, Kerr has been consuming it ever since. Now we can, too, in the form of antioxidant-packed Noni Glow Skinfood powder supplement sachets that you mix with water or a smoothie. I don’t know if noni is the cure-all Kerr says it is, but one thing is for sure–if it makes me glow just a fraction as much as the Australian stunner, well, let’s just say, I’ll have what she’s having!


What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Oh, I had an omelet. It was really delicious, with avocado and some toast on the side. But I usually like to start my day with fresh, hot water.

With lemon, or without?

I went through a stage of having lemon, and then I went through a stage of having apple cider vinegar with my hot water, and now I’m just having hot water. It’s really good.

You’ve been making your Kora organic beauty products for a while. What inspired you to start the line?

I mean, I’m very passionate about it. Health is wealth, and because our skin is the largest organ in our body it’s important to use organic products on it. And there’s a difference between having an organic product, and having a certified organic product. I wasn’t able to find any skincare products on the market that were certified organic, and that really made a difference to my skin. My skin is important for my job, but everyone wants to have beautiful skin. I really feel that healthy skin is the most beautiful skin.

And so I worked for many years, trying various formulations with an organic chemist in Australia. We wanted to make sure that the products were as effective as they could be. Not only did we want these products to fill your skin with nutrients, but we wanted them to also be super effective. I’m really excited about our products because they work, and people are getting incredible results. And they’re good for you. So basically, they detoxify your skin and then put back the nutrients, because as I said before your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it sinks into your bloodstream.

What are some key ingredients in Kora?

We focused on transformative ingredients such as Noni extract. Noni extract is in each and every one of our products. Noni is a super food (derived from the fruit of a tree in the coffee family) that’s full of antioxidants and contains over 100 vitamins and minerals. That is the key ingredient across our whole range, and then our products are also filtered through rose quartz to add that little bit of magic to your life, because rose quartz brings in that vibration of love, and so it really comes back to the whole mind, body, skin connection.

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I know this is a little bit too much detail, but I’ll just tell you anyway. On the back of each product there’s a little positive word, like bliss, or love, or joy. So that, coupled with the rose quartz, feeds your mind with positive affirmations and self love while you feed your skin the nutrients it needs to function at its best. We also launched a new supplement, Noni Glow Skinfood, which contains Noni, natural green tea and mangosteen, among other things. So you get your little daily dose of vitamins that feeds your skin from the inside, and you pamper your skin on the outside with products that help detoxify, nourish and revitalize. So that’s kind of our thing– mind, body, skin. It’s a holistic approach to skin care.

I love the fragrance. Is it the Noni fruit or something else?

It’s my Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil, a nurturing scent that my aromatherapist in Australia developed for me when I was going through a bit of a rough time in my life. I spoke to her about what was going on, and she sent me over a precious blend with super-powerful aromatherapy benefits. It contains things like ylang ylang, rose otto, sandalwood and cedarwood.

I felt it made a big difference to me, and helped me through that period in my life, and wanted to make it available to everyone. Rose otto helps open your heart. Sandalwood is very calming, ylang ylang is good for stress or anxiety, and cedar wood is very soothing, and assists in mental focus, and vitality. The formula is supercharged with rose quartz crystal, which as I mentioned earlier promotes self love and acceptance, for oneself and for others.

What is your favorite Kora product besides all of them?

Well, right now I’m pretty obsessed with the new Noni Glow Face and Body Balms that have just launched. They’re incredible to travel with, and they are super concentrated. When I’m traveling my skin gets a little dry. So I like to combine KORA hydrating moisturizer with a couple of drops of the Noni Glow Face Oil, and a bit of the face balm and use it on certain little dry spots. It’s such a powerful hydrating treatment. I also use the Noni Glow mixed with moisturizer as a base under makeup. I’m also excited about the skin food supplement, because everyone’s always asking me what vitamins I take. This comes in little individual sachets, so you can just shake one with water, or put it in your smoothie if you like, but I don’t. I always mix it with plain water.

Do you live a completely organic lifestyle?

Honestly it’s important for me to have a balance, and not be super strict with myself. We buy all of our fresh produce from local farmers’ markets, and we buy organic where possible, but obviously when you’re traveling it can be a little more challenging to do that. So I don’t believe in being super strict. I believe in being aware and conscious of what you’re doing. For example, I’m making a conscious choice when I put my body lotion and body oils all over. I’m making a conscious choice because I know we live in a world where we’re exposed to so many toxins and whatnot on a daily basis. We don’t live in a bubble. I try to eat organic, but then you know what, sometimes I don’t. I aim for 80 percent healthy and 20 percent indulgent and for me that balance works really well because you drive yourself mental otherwise.



This ‘American Horror Story’ FX Makeup Look Is Perfect For Halloween

The promotional poster for Season 7 of the cult classic series American Horror Story is beautifully creepy, thanks to the contrast of the character’s crimson red lips to her frosty blue skin. Now makeup artist Kerry Herta is exclusively revealing all of the products that she used to create this look, which is equal parts chilling and stunning.

With Halloween on the horizon, you can — and should — take inspo from this FX look. Replicating that blue-tinted skin may seem like a daunting task  — that’s because it is. However, Herta shared all of the techniques and tools she utilized for this look. It’s a lot of complex steps, so if you are a novice makeupista, this may be a bit too ambitious for you. But if you are a more experienced makeup artisan with an adventurous streak, you can totally attempt to recreate this visual masterpiece. Or, at the very least, you can put your own spin on it.

“As has become tradition with every promotional campaign for American Horror Story, we sought looks that combine ethereal beauty with something shocking,” Herta told Bustle via email. “Like the show itself, the images we created were intended to be both artistic and unsettling to the point where the audience simply couldn’t look away. “

Mission accomplished. Proceed to stare at the image below.




Joyce Bonelli Just Teased Glass Gloss, the First Product in Her Makeup Line

If you don’t know makeup artist Joyce Bonelli by name, you undoubtedly know her work. The face painter has transformed everyone from Playboy centerfolds to Nicki Minaj to the reigning queens of reality television (yes, I’m talking about the Kardashian klan). Bonelli’s signatures — lush Bambi lashes and flawless skin — have become bonafide obsessions the world over. Now, the pro is primed to disrupt the beauty industry yet again — this time with a “full-on” line of eponymous makeup, false lashes, and tools, which she gave a sneak peek of during Paris Fashion Week. And since she’s a go-big-or-go-home kinda girl, Joyce Bonelli Cosmétiques is scheduled to launch in 2018 with 58 SKUs that encompass everything from makeup to tools to skincare. (Hair products are the next frontier.) Just don’t expect to find products that contribute to that over-the-top Instagram aesthetic, a beast Bonelli undoubtedly helped to spawn. “[Tutorials] are fun to watch, I will admit that,” she says, citing Jeffree Star as a personal favorite. “I just don’t know if I would actually wear a lot of what I see.” Instead, her range focuses more on “natural” beauty. Take, for example, the product she debuted backstage at Ben Taverniti Unravel Project: Glass Gloss, a clear, multi-use formula you can use on lids, eyes, cheeks, and even in your hair. “We’re doing an android look, the makeup is super minimal with high shine,” she explains. “Glass Gloss looks fabulous over a matte-finish foundation.” (Glass Gloss, along with her Glitter Scrub Enzyme Mask, will drop in seven weeks ahead of the full collection.)

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Now, before you roll your eyes and cite the fact that the face painter is famous for giving Khloe Kardashian a “nose job” with her strategic contouring skills, know that Bonelli is redefining the way the term “natural” is used. “I think that people hear natural beauty and they think no makeup, so I definitely want to clear this up,” she explains. “I put a lot of makeup on [my clients], but it looks flawless. The contour is there, but it’s not in your face like the phenomenon on Instagram. Which is fine, but the way I do makeup is a little less direct.” The goal of her impending range is to “accentuate everyone’s natural beauty” via the same techniques she’s used time and again on Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie, and Kris. “That doesn’t mean no makeup, it’s just how you do it,” Bonelli says. “There’s going to be a lot of information on how to make it happen and how to make your skin look flawless. And yes, there’s lot of layering and lots of contour.” Anyone who previously thought “natural” meant a dab of concealer and a quick coat of mascara can breathe a huge sigh of relief — those chiseled cheekbones and fluttery falsies aren’t going anywhere anytime soon if Bonelli gets her way. And based on the maquillage maestro’s past successes, we have a feeling things are going to pan out in her favor. “If I want something, I always get it,” she says. “I’m willing to do the work that it takes to make it happen.”


While that statement comes off as confident, cocky even, Bonelli’s star-studded career didn’t just land in her lap. In fact, celebrities and Hollywood glamour weren’t even on her radar thanks to a “sheltered” childhood in a “right-wing, Republican, Christian family.” She wasn’t even allowed to watch TV, save for Mister Ed and Disney classics like Old Yeller. Raised on twelve acres of oak trees in Santa Clarita, California, she was only exposed to what her parents deemed appropriate, which meant spending a lot of time in church. “I think he wanted to take his kids away from the crazy,” says Bonelli of her dad, a “wild artist” who essentially went off the grid and raised his brood in a dome (yes, really) of his own design. So how did this church-going girl go from “sneak watching” The Munsters and not celebrating Halloween to being a makeup artist for television’s most famous family? Well, as Bonelli says, some things — like that eccentric artist gene — are just in your blood. And that, coupled with determination, can foil any well-laid family plan. “In eighth grade, I told my parents I was going to be a makeup artist — I was thinking special effects and that whole thing,” says Bonelli. “I was their worst nightmare!” By tenth grade, she was taking an aesthetician course at night on top of her regular school work, track, and cheerleading. “That year really kicked my ass,” she laughs. After that, her parents allowed her to finish high school via a home study program, after which she attended the Make-up Designory school to study animatronics, special effects, and character makeup.

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It was a chance meeting on a photoshoot, however, that would change the course of Bonelli’s life. “Kim and Kris were talking to me about how they were shooting a pilot for a show. And I was like, ‘Oh, okay, everyone is doing a show.’” At the time, she was committed to The Girls Next Door, where she painted the faces of bodacious Playboy bunnies and Hef’s ever-expanding circle of blonde bombshell girlfriends, but Bonelli kept in touch with the Kardashians. She would become an unofficial sister when she started working on the second season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “They’re really like my family,” she says. “Sometimes, I feel like these girls were raised the same way I was, and that’s how I relate to them and admire them.” Here, Bonelli shares the lessons she learned from the Kardashian family, the secret to seamless, selfie-ready skin, and how beauty helped her power through one of the toughest moments of her life.



This “Netflix For Makeup” Is Shaking Up The Beauty Industry

Makeup and skincare can become an addiction, and boy, is it an expensive one! From the process of production, packaging, shipping, and retailing at your local Sephora, beauty products can become incredibly marked up by the time it makes it to the consumer’s hands.

For a long time, it felt like we just had to accept the expensive nature of the beauty industry, but the disruptive company Beauty Pie is ready to shake things up with a daring business model that brings beauty products directly to consumers without the exorbitant prices. With a fixed monthly membership, Beauty Pie is able to offer its members incredibly low prices for top-line beauty products.

I interviewed Beauty Pie’s founder, Marcia Kilgore, to learn more about the company’s innovative model and how Beauty Pie is changing the beauty industry.

Marcia Kilgore, Beauty Pie Founder: The easiest way to describe Beauty Pie is to say that it’s like the Netflix of skincare and cosmetics. The beauty industry is broken. Hundreds of luxury brands use the same 10-20 elite labs/factories. Typical markups on luxury makeup and skincare products are 10x the ex-factory cost. And we think that’s crazy. So we decided to create a sort-of buyer’s club, where members could buy high-tech skincare and world-class cosmetics, before all the branding, for up to 90% less than what the same formulas typically cost at retail.

SB: Where are Beauty Pie products sourced from?

MK: So far: Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, the USA and England. We source from the same suppliers as the world’s leading beauty brands.


SB: Makeup and skincare product prices are notoriously marked up. How does Beauty Pie keep costs so low for members?

MK: We’re a ‘sourcing as a service’ business. Membership fees pay our salaries and overheads, and we do the editing/sourcing/packaging/some formulating/color trending/and inventory management. Members end up spending (including their membership fees) about 20 cents on the dollar for their luxury beauty buys.

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Lipstick shades from Beauty Pie

SB: What are the most popular makeup and skincare products on Beauty Pie?

MK: We’ve launched almost 200 new products this year alone, so the bestsellers change every week. Mascaras are incredibly popular (you need one a month, really, to get the best payoff), as is our COWBOY NUDE Futurelipstick and our Everyday Great Skin Foundation (Italian. Awesome.)

In skincare, it’s currently a tossup between the Super Healthy Skin Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream, our new Lumiboost Brightening Serum (a personal obsession) and the Plantastic MicroPeeling Super Drops.


The thing is, if we don’t absolutely love it, we don’t launch it.

SB: How is Beauty Pie disrupting the beauty industry?

MK: The beauty industry is one built on dreams: dreaming that you’re more beautiful, more thin, more something. And a big part of what you pay for is the promise. At Beauty Pie, we’re completely transparent about what you’re buying. We try thousands of formulations, makeup products/accessories every year. (There’s a big NPD team testing EVERYTHING.) And we launch ONLY what we really love. We don’t have to meet marketing deadlines or retailer margins or back into a cost of goods because we can’t pay for advertising. It’s THE BEST PRODUCT to our members at a totally transparent un-marked up cost. It’s a revolution, and it’s beautiful!