TikTok incurs flak for adding beauty filters on users without consent, Post Malone’s diamond fangs, and other beauty news

TikTok incurs flak for adding beauty filters on users without consent, Post Malone’s diamond fangs, and other beauty news

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @connellydds

1. TikTok garners criticism for their latest beauty filter "glitch".

The uproar first began in May 2021, where user @ToriDawn817 discovered that her face looked slimmer on TikTok's camera function - despite not having activated any filters. She later took a video where she passed her hand over the upper half of her face, whereupon the effects of the filter immediately (and discernably) kicked in. "I don't feel comfortable making videos right now, as long as that's still a thing," Dawn states in the clip. "Because this is not what I look like."

As more and more users began to duet and demonstrate the effects of said filter, TikTok immediately sprang to action by attempting to resolve the issue. It was later revealed that this was a bug in the system that affected a selected number of users. The company has since addressed the malfunction in its entirety, but has declined to comment as to what had caused it. And on that note...


congrats tiktok I am super uncomfortable and disphoric now cuz of whatever the fuck this shit is

♬ original sound - Tori Dawn


2. TikTok-famous Gorilla Glue girl has started her own hair care line.

Yes, we're talking about Tessica Brown — the girl who once sprayed furniture glue over her scalp in lieu of hairspray. Eep. With that harrowing incident well and truly out of the way, she has since launched a hair care label named Forever Hair. Its lineup comprises a shine-enhancing hairspray (Forever Hold) and a hair growth tonic (Growth Stimulating Oil) so far, though she also hints at a new drop featuring black castor oil and aloe vera. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons, huh?


3. Post Malone adds diamond-encrusted veneers to his smile.

They are worth a cool USD$1.6 million, and was performed by celebrity dentist Thomas Connelly; cosmetic dentist Naoki Hayashi; and Isaac Bokhoor of Angel City Jewelers. A huge undertaking, indeed. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Connelly revealed that this project was a year in the making, as it is "very difficult to cut holes in diamonds without destroying them." Yeah, we're going to have to take his word for it.


4. Tati Westbrook makes a return to YouTube.

This comes after a year-long hiatus to work on herself after the James Charles controversy. Westbrook has since dropped an 18-minute long video detailing her future plans: of which includes makeup development, reviews, and, well, doing her thing, essentially. She has also promised that viewers will get to witness a "different version" of herself, moving forward. Time will tell if that that entails any problematic or shady behaviour, we suppose.


5. Unilever will be buying cult skincare label, Paula's Choice.

You might recognise Unilever as the parent company behind major beauty labels such as Dove, Vaseline, and Ponds. Well, they'll be adding Paula's Choice to their repertoire in 2021, all of which will be finalised in July. Unilever's Beauty and Personal-Care President has since released a statement with regard to the news. "Developing Unilever's portfolio in the high-growth premium skin-care segment is one of our strategic priorities," he wrote. "And I'm excited that Paula's Choice is joining us on this journey."


6. Aesop is doubling down on their Rinse and Return programme.

The initiative was set up to encourage customers to return cleaned aluminium tubing as well as glass or plastic containers from any brand to any one of Aesop's signature stores. It will then be transferred for recycling. Each Aesop container collected will also prompt a donation of $1 to be made to Zero Waste SG: a charity dedicated to education and advocacy surrounding a zero-waste lifestyle. Kudos all around, if you will!