New Zealand Bans Assault Weapons in Wake of Mosque Shootings

It has been less than a week since a lone gunman opened fire in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more, and the country’s elected officials have already taken steps to change its gun control laws.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines will be banned in New Zealand. “On 15 March our history changed forever,” she said during a press conference. “Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”

“Six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” she said. “Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.” Even the leader of the country’s opposition party, Simon Bridges, is supportive of the ban, signaling widespread support. He said it was “imperative in the national interest [that] we keep New Zealanders safe.”

“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” Ardern continued. “This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency.” According to CNN, this announcement comes after New Zealand’s cabinet agreed to overhaul its laws just 72 hours after the attacks. The country is planning to offer an amnesty period for those owning firearms that will now be reclassified as illegal and a buyback program may be part of the new legislation, as well. According to the BBC, the buyback program could cost New Zealand up to $200 million (in NZ currency) but “that is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities,” says Ardern.

The swift action in the wake of a mass shooting drew praise from many progressives stateside. “Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted. Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market. This is what leadership looks like.”

“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wrote.

“See. It’s not that hard,” tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has been particularly active on gun issues since the Sandy Hook massacre in his state.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch responded to Sanders’ tweet: ” First, define ‘assault weapon.’ Words are important and certain laws come into play depending on which words are used, so define this. Secondly, the US isn’t NZ. While they do not have an inalienable right to bear arms and to self defense, we do.”

Ardern says New Zealand’s new gun regulations may be in place as soon as April 11. She also says another round of amendments will be forthcoming—and could include changes to gun registration laws.

Hulu’s ‘Can I Steal You For a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season’ Review: This ‘The Bachelor’ Special Will Shock Even the Biggest Superfan

To say I was unhappy about this season of The Bachelor ending would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Colton Underwood has found love with Cassie Randolph (and potentially lost his V-card), but I’ve gone into full panic mode over what I’m supposed to do with my Monday nights for the next two months. (The Bachelorette premieres May 13, but who’s counting?)

So I started scrolling through Hulu the other night to see if I could find something to fill my Bachelor void, and let me tell you, I struck gold. Can I Steal You For a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season—starring former Bachelor Ben Higgins, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, and E!’s Lauren Zima—is a hilarious one-off special that recaps the latest season while providing some juicy behind-the-scenes info about the show.

Let’s recap what I learned, shall we?

“I think it’s more like, ‘Enjoy it,’” Rachel revealed of the advice she received before kicking off season 13 of The Bachelorette. “Everybody’s nervous. It’s the first time, you know, for some people, you’re ever on camera. For the lead it’s the first time you’re holding this role. You don’t get any direction.”

Ben agrees: “Zero direction. Chris [Harrison] is standing there like, ‘All right, here you go’ and the limo pulls up. No coaching, no direction.”

This worked for Rachel when she competed on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. “I was like, ‘No, I sweat easily. Like, I can’t. I’ve got to be the first one out to meet Nick.’ They were like, ‘OK,’” she recalls.

“I think it’s a big misconception that we know about all the drama that’s going on in the house,” Rachel said. “They truly do separate us, and the only time we know that there is drama is if you just happen to hear it in the house, like if someone is yelling like crazy, or if someone comes and tattles on the next person.”

Ben added, “When somebody does come to you with, ‘Oh, these people aren’t here for the right reasons’ or ‘This person’s mean and they’re fighting in the house,’ it’s good for us because it gives us information that we wouldn’t have and it allows us to make a fair judgement when it comes to rose ceremonies.”

“I would go with general terms like, ‘Hey boo, hey you, hey there,’” Rachel admitted, confirming that it wasn’t until midway through her season of The Bachelorette that the names fully started to register for her. Ben, however, took a more strategic approach to remembering names when he was the Bachelor: “I did word associations. So when somebody would come up out of the limo and say, ‘Hi, I’m Rachel and I like sports,’ I would, in my head, come up with a little song.”

Ben admitted that during his first one-on-one date with Lauren Bushnell, they filmed in a hot tub that was completely cold. “It was cold because there was no electricity,” he confirmed. “So it was just like, cold water that you’re sitting in and acting like it’s hot.”

Ben revealed that when he was on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, he was never told if he was the first, second, or third person that she had a fantasy suite date with. “I didn’t know what order I went and I didn’t care,” he said. I don’t think I’d want to know.”

Hulu’s ‘Can I Steal You for a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season’ Review: This ‘Bachelor’ Special Will Shock Even the Biggest Superfan

To say I was unhappy about this season of The Bachelor ending would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Colton Underwood has found love with Cassie Randolph (and potentially lost his V-card), but I’ve gone into full panic mode over what I’m supposed to do with my Monday nights for the next two months. (The Bachelorette premieres May 13, but who’s counting?)

So I started scrolling through Hulu the other night to see if I could find something to fill my Bachelor void, and let me tell you, I struck gold. Can I Steal You for a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season—starring former Bachelor Ben Higgins, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, and E!’s Lauren Zima—is a hilarious one-off special that recaps the latest season while providing some juicy behind-the-scenes info about the show.

Let’s recap what I learned, shall we?

“I think it’s more like, ‘Enjoy it,’” Rachel revealed of the advice she received before kicking off season 13 of The Bachelorette. “Everybody’s nervous. It’s the first time, you know, for some people, you’re ever on camera. For the lead it’s the first time you’re holding this role. You don’t get any direction.”

Ben agrees: “Zero direction. Chris [Harrison] is standing there like, ‘All right, here you go,’ and the limo pulls up. No coaching, no direction.”

This worked for Rachel when she competed on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. “I was like, ‘No, I sweat easily. Like, I can’t. I’ve got to be the first one out to meet Nick.’ They were like, ‘OK,’” she recalls.

“I think it’s a big misconception that we know about all the drama that’s going on in the house,” Rachel said. “They truly do separate us, and the only time we know that there is drama is if you just happen to hear it in the house, like if someone is yelling like crazy, or if someone comes and tattles on the next person.”

Ben added, “When somebody does come to you with ‘Oh, these people aren’t here for the right reasons’ or ‘This person’s mean and they’re fighting in the house,’ it’s good for us because it gives us information that we wouldn’t have, and it allows us to make a fair judgment when it comes to rose ceremonies.”

“I would go with general terms like, ‘Hey boo,’ ‘Hey you,’ ‘Hey there,’” Rachel admitted, confirming that it wasn’t until midway through her season of The Bachelorette that the names fully started to register for her. Ben, however, took a more strategic approach to remembering names when he was the Bachelor: “I did word associations. So when somebody would come up out of the limo and say, ‘Hi, I’m Rachel and I like sports,’ I would, in my head, come up with a little song.”

Ben revealed that during his first one-on-one date with Lauren Bushnell, they filmed in a hot tub that was completely cold. “It was cold because there was no electricity,” he said. “So it was just, like, cold water that you’re sitting in and acting like it’s hot.”

Ben divulged that when he was on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, he was never told whether he was the first, second, or third person she had a fantasy suite date with. “I didn’t know what order I went and I didn’t care,” he said. “I don’t think I’d want to know.”

Watching Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian Annoy Scott Disick in the Car Is Oddly Satisfying

Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian have their own bizarre language. The episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians where they shadily call Kim “Nancy” deserves an Emmy, to be quite honest. And when they ragged on Kris Jenner for her Miranda Priestly haircut last year? I think about it, at minimum, three times a week. If I leave this Earth without Kourtney and Khloé asking me, “What the fuck is going on on your head?” at least once, then I haven’t lived, damn it.

Scott Disick doesn’t have this problem, lucky for him. He sees Kourtney and Khloé all the time—most recently today, March 20, when they picked on him for an entire car ride.

But they didn’t call him “Nancy” or make fun of his haircut. Instead, they said a bunch of random words in British accents until Disick cracked. What, you haven’t done this before? I was talking to strangers in a British accent just 20 minutes ago. (Kidding.)

Khloé and Kourtney are truly the only people who would do this, and we love them for it. So here’s what happened: The two were having a ball in the car saying nonsensical things like “subliminally sublime” in full British accents. Meghan Markle would be so proud, but Disick definitely wasn’t. He sat next to Khloé scowling and looking out the window as she and Kourtney rambled on like confused extras in Downton Abbey.

“Scott hates us,” Khloé captioned one of her Instagram Story videos. And it’s true: He doesn’t look happy at all. Maybe it has nothing to do with Khloé and Kourtney, though. Maybe he’s randomly recalling the time he spent $200 at Burger King. That would certainly make me upset.

Regardless, the British accents keep flying and Scott’s annoyance only grows. Just look at his eyes here! That’s a look I give only when the Applebee’s waiter tells me my food is running 15 minutes later. Khloé and Kourtney didn’t deserve this!

Eventually, Scott cracks and says one of Khloé and Kourtney’s weird phrases, but not in a British accent (boo). It’s oddly satisfying to watch, so head over to Khloé ‘s Instagram Story and check it out.

Now all I want to see is Scott, Khloé, and Kourtney reenact a Harry Potter scene. Make this happen, Kris Jenner. Those KUWTK ratings would go through the roof.

Victoria’s Secret Swim Is Back After a Three-Year Hiatus

Just before the start of summer 2016, Victoria’s Secret shoppers said goodbye to its in-house swim line, seemingly for good. Parent company L Brands made the decision to counter slowing sales: “In order to better focus our resources on core merchandise categories, we have decided to eliminate non-core businesses, including swim, in our Victoria’s Secret lingerie business,” read a statement from the brand. Three years later, Victoria’s Secret is reversing that decision.

On Monday, Victoria’s Secret shared a big “secret”: It unveiled its re-launched swimwear selection on social media. The revamped assortment has much in common with the swim line shoppers may remember. The online-only collection includes colorful maillots and bikinis with cut-outs and revealing fits. Prices for the new collection range between $42 and $158.

There are some new additions to the Victoria’s Secret swim lineup in its second iteration. Aside from its own in-house designs, it also carries swimwear from 15 outside vendors, including BCBGeneration, FAE, Lucky Brand, and Seafolly. The debut campaign was modeled by long-time brand models including Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk, and Jasmine Tookes.

The return of Victoria’s Secret swim comes after several years of weakening sales. Some of those declining numbers have been attributed to its so-called “sexy” image. It has been criticized for casting a single body type in its campaigns and annual runway show. Meanwhile, brands that put inclusive sizing at the forefront (like Aerie or Harper Wilde) have grown.

Stuart Burgdoerfer, chief financial officer of L Brands, said customer feedback and further hits to sales following the line’s removal from stores led Victoria’s Secret back to its swim business. “We have made a very important decision and we believe a good one to reenter the swim business again, driven principally by customer feedback that we’ve received,” he said.

Given that, it’ll be interesting to see how the brand responds to customers now that the collection is live. After the launch, shoppers had mixed reactions to the collection. Many were excited to see swimsuits back on the Victoria’s Secret website, but called the debut pieces “disappointing” and “expensive” on Twitter. The size range of the suits is also receiving criticism—it only spans extra-small to large for one-pieces, bikini tops, and bottoms.

It’s not just swim that the embattled mall brand plans to revive. People reports that Victoria’s Secret will also expand into eyewear and footwear later this year. Meanwhile, in-store experiences are still declining. Per WWD, Victoria’s Secret still plans to close many brick-and-mortar stores this year.

Maine Politician Argues Against Guaranteeing Tampons And Pads For Incarcerated Women

Earlier this month, legislators in Maine voted on a bill amendment that would guarantee incarcerated people access to menstrual products. It’s a good idea: While a federal law ensures that federal prisons offer free pads and tampons, that’s not the case at state and local facilities, where supplies are often limited and women are forced to either devise their own solutions or scrounge together funds to purchase the items at commissary.

However, four Republicans balked at the proposal and voted against it. Here’s how State Representative and Dixfield Police Chief Richard Pickett put it, according to a reporter who was on the scene: incarcerated women shouldn’t get more access to menstrual products because “the jail system and the correctional system was never meant to be a country club.”

Alex Acquisto, a statehouse reporter for The Bangor Daily News, quoted Pickett in a tweet. Per his account, Pickett argued that women already have all the menstrual products they need.

“Quite frankly, and I don’t mean this in any disrespect, the jail system and the correctional system was never meant to be a country club…. [T]hey have a right to have these and they have them. If that wasn’t the case, then I would be supporting the motion, but they do,” Pickett said, as cited in a tweet from Acquisto.

Unless the tampons and pads are gold-plated, we have no idea what would compel Pickett to reference a “country club” in the same context as comprehensive access to menstrual products. Tampons and pads are medical supplies, and women deserve to receive adequate care while they’re incarcerated, plain and simple. The harder these products are to access, the more common it will be for women in prisons to face serious health issues. This has been an ongoing fight, with one recent report uncovering instances in New York in which women resorted to trading sexual favors for pads.

According to the Press Herald, several jails in Maine already provide free menstrual products, but incarcerated women have to request them. The proposed legislation would make the pads and tampons more freely available, and there would be no limit on the number that women could have at one time.

Whitney Parrish, a director at the Maine Women’s Lobby, broke it down for critics, according to the Maine Beacon.

“You’re given a limited supply of menstrual products per month, often of low quality due to cost saving, and when you run out, you’re out…. You may have no money to go to commissary, and if you do, you may have to weigh that purchase against other necessities, like making phone calls to your children or attorney. You are forced to make the impossible decision of constructing your own menstrual products, using anything from clothing or notebook paper in place of a tampon,” she said.

Luckily, most saw it as Parrish does. A 6-4 vote allowed the bill amendment to advance, proving that most people understand that basic women’s health care isn’t a luxe perk. It’s a human right.

Jessica Simpson Just Gave Birth to Baby Number 3, and Her Name Is So Unique

Jessica Simpson and her husband, former NFL star Eric Johnson, have welcomed baby number three, People magazine confirmed on Tuesday, March 19.

The music and fashion mogul gave birth to a daughter, Birdie Mae Johnson, on March 19, weighing in at 10 pounds and 13 ounces. Simpson has two other children with Johnson: a 5-year-old son, Ace Knute, and 6-year-old daughter, Maxwell Drew.

Simpson revealed on Instagram back in September that she and Johnson were expecting. “SURPRISE,” Simpson wrote, alongside pics of her two children. “This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn’t be happier to announce this precious blessing of life.”

Though Birdie’s name is unique, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Simpson’s baby shower had the name “Birdie” written in neon lights, and she captioned several of her Instagram posts with it. Fans put two and two together.

Then, on March 3, Simpson confirmed the name even more in an Instagram post about dealing with bronchitis while pregnant. “After a week in the hospital for bronchitis (my fourth time in 2 months), I’m finally home,” she posted. “Coughing with Birdie has been a crazy painful journey. I am slowly getting healthier every day. Baby girl was monitored and is doing amazing! ?? I am on my way to healthy and counting down the days to see her sweet smile. Sending love and prayers to all the mothers who are going or have gone through this. OUCH.”

Simpson actually posted several things like this throughout her pregnancy. She was quite transparent about the struggles she experienced—from breaking a toilet seat to feet swelling. “Any remedies?! Help!!!!” Simpson posted in January, talking about the latter issue.

Stay tuned for a photo of little Birdie Mae. Queen Jessica Simpson is quite open on Instagram, so it shouldn’t be long. Congrats to both her and Johnson!

Jessica Simpson Just Gave Birth to Baby Number 3, and Her Name Is Truly Unique

Jessica Simpson and her husband, former NFL star Eric Johnson, have welcomed baby number three, People magazine confirmed on Tuesday, March 19.

The music and fashion mogul gave birth to a daughter, Birdie Mae Johnson, on March 19, weighing in at 10 pounds and 13 ounces. Simpson has two other children with Johnson: a 5-year-old son, Ace Knute, and 6-year-old daughter, Maxwell Drew. “We are so happy and proud to announce the birth of our perfect daughter, Birdie Mae Johnson,” she posted to Instagram.

Simpson revealed on Instagram back in September that she and Johnson were expecting. “SURPRISE,” Simpson wrote, alongside pics of her two children with pink balloons. “This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn’t be happier to announce this precious blessing of life.”

Though Birdie’s name is unique, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Simpson’s baby shower had “Birdie’s Nest” written in neon lights, and she captioned several of her Instagram posts with it. Fans put two and two together.

Then on March 3, Simpson foreshadowed the name even more in an Instagram post about dealing with bronchitis while pregnant. “After a week in the hospital for bronchitis (my fourth time in 2 months), I’m finally home,” she posted. “Coughing with Birdie has been a crazy painful journey. I am slowly getting healthier every day. Baby girl was monitored and is doing amazing! ?? I am on my way to healthy and counting down the days to see her sweet smile. Sending love and prayers to all the mothers who are going or have gone through this. OUCH.”

Simpson actually posted several things like this throughout her pregnancy. She was quite transparent about the struggles she experienced—from breaking a toilet seat to feet swelling. “Any remedies?! Help!!!!” Simpson posted in January, talking about the latter issue.

Stay tuned for a photo of little Birdie Mae. Queen Jessica Simpson is quite open on Instagram, so it shouldn’t be long. Congrats to both her and Johnson!

This $24 Bareminerals Concealer Replaced My Favorite $70 One

One of my first makeup memories is using a drugstore stick concealer—the kind that looks like a beige crayon—to clumsily cover tweenage acne and under eye circles (I’ve struggled with insomnia since I was about 12 and it was already starting to show). I used that chalky stick for about a year until a friend introduced me to a L’Oréal liquid concealer she swore would cover even the worst pimple. I asked my mom to take me to CVS immediately and never looked back.

It stayed that way for years until the Internet convinced me I needed to break my no-stick rule for something legendary. The Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer is one of the beauty industry’s most hyped-about products. Pretty much every editor has sung its praises, and it’s earned the adoration of too many celebrities to count (but to name just a few, both Khloé and Kim Kardashian are stans).

I became so obsessed with reading about the concealer that I considered trying it the ultimate beauty obsessive rite of passage. Of course, there was one problem: I knew I couldn’t justify spending $70 on makeup on a student budget, no matter how many rave reviews I came across. It couldn’t be that good. So as soon as I graduated, I made the plunge. And that’s when I got it. It really is as good as everyone says.

The Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer has a thick texture that’s a little waxy at first (there’s a small tug when you apply it), but quickly turns creamy when it hits your skin. It’s somehow pigmented enough to cover zits and scars, yet never looks heavy or caked on. It has a natural-matte finish, but still looks luminous under my eyes, and is great to toss in your bag and use as a mid-day touch up.

My joy of applying the perfect product every morning began to be overshadowed by a dark cloud: The fact that when it ran out I would have to cough up another $70 to replace it. Spending that much on a concealer once is one thing, but creating a lifelong dependence is an entirely different issue. Luckily, stick products tend to last forever, so I pushed the dark thoughts out of my head and kept on applying my $$$ concealer, business as usual.

Then a few weeks ago, I impulse grabbed the bareMinerals BarePro 6-Hr Full Coverage Concealer out of Glamour‘s beauty closet, not even sure if it was my shade, since I’d remembered someone telling me it was similar to fave.

I wouldn’t call it a dupe per se, but it definitely holds its own. It has the same full coverage and ease of a stick, but its a little creamier and goes on smoother. Because it has more slip, it also has a glowier finish. Another selling point? It’s highly pigmented and covers both spots and under eyes equally well. With both options I’ve found it easiest to use a brush (I like Fenty’s concealer brush) versus my usual sponge to blend. The bareMinerals also has some kind of witchcraft that makes everything blur together, like I have a filter on IRL.

I adore both and wouldn’t ever get rid of my Clé de Peau entirely (I’ll keep a small savings fund for it if I have to), but the bareMinerals concealer has become my everyday winner. As someone who’s insecure about her skin, I go through a lot of concealer, and I like not worrying about how much money I’m spending per swipe.

Emma Roberts and Evan Peters Have Reportedly Broken Up

Emma Roberts and Evan Peters have reportedly ended their relationship, Us Weekly reports. The couple first started dating in 2012 and became engaged the next year—but that being said, their relationship status has been both on and off over the years.

As of 2017, though, a source confirmed to Us Weekly Roberts and Peters were firmly together and engaged. They attended Vanity Fair‘s Oscars after-party 2018 looking very much like a couple.

But now is a different story. According to one of Us Weekly‘s sources, Roberts has reportedly moved on with actor Garrett Hedlund. The pair were recently spotted spending time together in Los Angeles. “Garrett and Emma have been friends, but this is new, casual, and just a couple of weeks old,” the source says.

You probably recognize Hedlund from HBO’s series Mosaic, where he played Joel Hurley. He’s also appeared in movies like Triple Frontier and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which starred Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Awyn.

Don’t worry, though: The source also alleges Roberts and Peters intend to remain friends, and that it “wasn’t a bad breakup.” “Emma and Evan were heading for a split and now are just friends,” the source says. “Evan has moved out.”

News of the reported split comes after the pair starred together in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Peters has appeared on every season of AHS since the first in 2011. Meanwhile, Roberts has been in Coven, Freakshow, Cult, and Apocalypse, and is slated to star in the upcoming ninth season, which is still untitled. She also had a major role in Ryan Murphy’s short-lived Fox series Scream Queens.

Neither Emma Roberts nor Evan Peters has confirmed this news, so take it with a grain of salt for now. And, of course, it’s important to respect everyone’s privacy at this time.