Now Kim Kardashian Is Involved in Kanye West and Drake’s Feud: ‘Never Threaten…Our Family’

Just because Kanye West and Drake stopped throwing shade — at least in public forums —at each other a handful of months ago doesn’t mean they’ve reconciled. West made sure that everyone knew exactly that when he took to Twitter yesterday, where he called out Drake for everything from trying to clear a sample of one of his songs to texting Kris Jenner and “playing all these industry games.” Oh, right, and Kanye also suggested that Drake is “trying to take food out of [his] idol’s kids’ mouth” as in the three kids that West shares with Kim Kardashian.

West’s reigniting of their feud started when he tweeted a screenshot of a text message from someone named “Free.” In the text message, West was asked whether or not he wanted to approve Drake’s sample of his 808s & Heartbreak track “Say You Will.” (Drake used the sample in his 2009 So Far Gone mixtape track “Say What’s Real,” which is presumably due for a reissue on its 10th anniversary, as Billboard notes.) West didn’t immediately share his answer but he did tweet the screenshot of the request with the words, “This proves sh-t faker than wrestling.”

He then demanded an apology from Drake “for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out [his] idol’s kids’ mouths.” West also revealed that he has been contacting Drake since his GOOD Music artist Pusha T entered into a feud with Drake, when Pusha T dropped the bombshell that the Toronto rapper has a secret son (which Drake later admitted to on his own album, Scorpion). “Been trying to meet with you for 6 months bro,” West tweeted. “You sneak dissing on [Travis Scott] records and texting Kris [Jenner] talking bout how’s the family.”

What is more hilarious: picturing Drake’s text thread with Kris Jenner or the fact that this whole time Kanye could have walked a few doors down to talk to Drake in person? (They both live in the same Hidden Hills enclave of Calabasas.) The verdict is out, but things quickly became less amusing when West brought up Drake’s child, Adonis Graham.

Apparently, Drake has been thinking that West is the one who informed Pusha T that he had a son — and West took the opportunity to set the record straight. “I told you I ain’t tell Pusha about your son,” he tweeted. “It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro. Sending purple emojis when I’m dealing with mental shit. I need my apologies now. Not through Scooter [Braun] either. Not through Travis [Scott]. No tough talk either. This ain’t about who could pay to have something done to somebody. This man to man bro. This been bothering me too long… Stop this already bro. You getting people hurt out here. And over what.”

Kanye’s call out actually worked because shortly after he tweeted that he had spoken to Drake. “Drake finally called,” he tweeted. “Mission accomplished.” One thing, however, didn’t get resolved: “By the way,” West tweeted of the sample Drake was hoping to get permission to use, “not cleared😂.”

As for Drake’s response to all of this?

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The drama doesn’t end there, though. Later in the night, West tweeted that Drake called “trying to threatened me.” Enter Kim. “@drake Never threaten my husband or our family,” she tweeted. “He paved the way for there to be a Drake.”

She continued, “My husband is the most brilliant person, the most genius person that I know. He has broken so many boundaries, everything from music, stage design, fashion and culture and will continue to change the world.”

So stay tuned — we have a feeling this isn’t the last of this saga.

Skinmiso’s Pore Beauty Nose Mask Is the Most Satisfying Blackhead Treatment

You know how sometimes you see someone whose skin is so dewy and luminescent that you can only gaze, transfixed (while also murmuring a silent prayer to the skin care gods to bless your own complexion in a similar fashion)? That was me—often—whenever I met with Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho. Her knowledge of K-beauty is vast and unending, but there’s one recommendation I always go back to. “This is really good,” she once told me as she passed me her go-to product for eliminating blackheads. Naturally, I ripped it open the second I got home. Two years later, I still tell everyone who raises the subject of blackheads to try it immediately.

Before you ask, I’m not talking about pore strips. I’ve tried plenty of those before, and while it’s undeniably satisfying to watch them peeling pockets of gunk away from your skin, they also leave my nose looking red and irritated. I feel similarly about those pull-off charcoal masks that superglue themselves to your epidermis and refuse to let go. Great for viral videos, not so great for your face. The blackhead treatment that finally won me over is the far gentler (but equally satisfying) Skinmiso Pore Beauty Nose Mask.

Soko Glam sells the masks in a 10-week set—the idea being that you use one of the 10 packs once a week. Thanks to my inability to stick to a schedule for anything not related to food, I tend to space them out more, which means the $20 treatment lasts even longer for me.

There are three steps, which I realize sounds like a lot of work, but the results are fully worth it. (Plus, you spend most of the time marinating in essence, which involves no active work on your part.) In the pouch labelled “Step 1,” you’ll find an essence-soaked sheet mask cut in the shape of a pore strip. This is the Blackhead & Whitehead Removal Mask, which you’ll drape over your nose for 10 minutes. The formula is packed with ingredients that help quickly soften your blackheads and draw them to the surface, prepping them for far easier extraction. You may experience some mild tingling—don’t be alarmed. “This product is different compared to traditional pore strips because it does not adhere to your nose to strip away dead skin cells and clogged pores,” explains Diana Chen, Soko Glam’s senior merchandising manager. “It loosens up the debris in your pores.”

You’ll notice this as soon as you remove the mask and go in with the individually packaged cotton swab (if you have a comedone remover, that works even better). Using light pressure, run it over your nose and watch a bunch of gunk come pouring out. I can’t really think of a better way to describe it than that. If you enjoy watching pimple-popping videos and examining the aftermath of a pore strip session, you’ll love this.

Then, it’s time for the second step—another 10-minute mask. Wipe the gunk off your nose, then cover it with the Pore Tightening & Soothing Nose Strip, which performs the all-important step of soothing your skin and minimizing the appearance of your pores. Any lingering redness from your extractions will melt away under its ministrations. And to cap it off, step three: a tiny pouch of transparent gel labelled “Essence” that you apply with your finger. The formula has the velvety slip of a primer and blurs your pores into soft-focus nonexistence. Usually, by the time I’m done, the rest of my complexion looks a bit lackluster in comparison. Can your pore strip accomplish that? Somehow, I doubt it.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Family Christmas Card Is So Cute, It Hurts

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Christmas card is here, and it’s the cutest thing you’ll see all day.

The photo, which Kensington Palace shared to Twitter and Instagram on Friday (December 14), features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside their three children—Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George—smiling and sitting on a moss-covered tree. Prince William is dressed casually in a checkered button-down while Middleton opted for a preppy sweater and jeans. Princess Charlotte is wearing a cute navy outfit; Prince George is in jeans; and Prince Louis is so adorable in his baby sweater.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family,” Kensington Palace wrote on Instagram alongside the family pic. “The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.”

Check it out for yourself, below:

It’s been quite the year for Middleton and Prince William. They welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, in April. Middleton took several months off before making her first post-baby appearance in October at the Croft Forest School in Paddington’s Recreation Ground.

The photo for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Christmas card was snapped at their wedding reception in May. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May,” Kensington Palace wrote. “The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.”

It’s been reported that Markle, Prince Harry, Middleton, and Prince William will all spend Christmas together this year with the queen.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Christmas Card Is Truly Breathtaking

Kensington Palace shared the photo Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are using for their Christmas card this year, and it’s breathtaking. The shot is from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 19 wedding reception. Markle is wearing her stunning white Stella McCartney dress, her and Prince Harry’s backs turned to the camera as they watch a firework show. Is this an ad for a Disney movie or a Christmas card? I’m not sure, but either way I’m completely captivated.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May,” Kensington Palace shared on Instagram alongside the new pic. “The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.”

Take a look at the photo for yourself, below.

With everything Markle and Prince Harry have accomplished in 2018, it’s hard to believe this photo was only snapped a few months ago. Their royal wedding was followed by a busy, engagement-filled summer and fall. Markle went on her first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth II in June. Then, four months later, she and Prince Harry embarked on a royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Right before this trip, Kensington Palace announced Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace posted to both Twitter and Instagram on Monday, October 15. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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Taylor Swift Reportedly Used Facial-Recognition Tech at a Concert to Track Stalkers

By now, we should know Taylor Swift is willing to go all the way to keep her private life, well, private (after all, she did allegedly travel inside a suitcase to avoid paparazzi). Now Taylor is apparently using facial recognition at her concerts to track down stalkers.

As reported by Rolling Stone, during a Pasadena concert, kiosks disguised a facial-recognition camera inside an activation that displayed some highlights from her Reputation tour rehearsals. The show took place on May 18 and saw Taylor take the stage alongside Shawn Mendes in front of 60,000 attendees (as she wrote back then on her Instagram).

According to a concert-security expert who attended the concert to see a demo of the system as the guest of the manufacturer of the kiosks, who spoke to Rolling Stone, the purpose of the system was to track whether any of Taylor’s stalkers would be in attendance. As soon as any concertgoer would step into the booth, their photo was taken and simultaneously transferred to a “command post” located in Nashville to be “cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers.” Taylor’s representatives did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

The premise of watching some unseen rehearsal footage would obviously attract any Swifty, but how many would have chosen to go in had they known their information was being captured?

The Verge points out that it is technically in Taylor’s (and the venue’s) right to carry out these security measurements if she wishes, since the concert is considered a private event. But the use of the tech without concertgoer consent raises questions about how privacy works and what happens to stored information after the show.

In April, a federal judge in California ruled that Facebook can be sued in a potentially multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit precisely for the nonconsensual use of its facial-recognition software, which the suit claims violated Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act that requires written consent in order to gather biometric information — including facial recognition. In a statement reported by Reuters at the time, Facebook said it was reviewing the ruling. “We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously,” the company said in the statement.

According to both The Verge and Rolling Stone, the use of this type of software is on the rise and might become commonplace in the not-so-distant future. Ticketing giant Ticketmaster recently invested in a startup called Blink Identity, which reportedly has tech that can identify people walking past — in a likely effort to “help fans move through turnstiles more efficiently,” Rolling Stone reported. These measures are not being rolled out lightly; as Ticketmaster told RS, “We’re just being very careful about where and how we implement it.”

Obviously, security is a valid concern for Taylor, an artist with hundreds of millions of excited fans, and one who has dealt with dangerous stalkers in the past. In April, longtime stalker Frank Andrew Hoover was sentenced to probation after reportedly sending threatening emails and following her motorcade to the airport. He’s one of several in recent years to face legal action for stalking Taylor.

Teen Vogue has reached out to Taylor Swift’s PR team for comment.

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The Best Party Makeup From the Drugstore

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and with it, a break from our usual Netflix and chill routine on the weekends. Between the office holiday party, swanky cocktail hours, White Elephant gift swaps, and family gatherings, it’s hard to find time to breathe, never mind plan a killer party look worth showing people on Instagram that you left the house.

With such limited time, getting party ready can feel like an impossible task. One easy solution: The drugstore. The perfect red lip, false lashes, and glittery shadow are hiding in the aisles among the cotton balls and bar soap. Into a more natural look? Try a rose gold shadow palette that’s less than $10, or a festive glitter polish that won’t feel inappropriate at work on Monday.

The greatest part of all? These options are so easy to use, you can swipe them on the back of an Uber. Read on for the best party makeup from the drugstore.

Zodiac Holiday Gift Ideas: Jewelry, Beauty Gift Sets and More

The only thing people who love astrology love more than astrology is talking about astrology or specifically about their astrological sign. They want everyone to know their rising sign, their birth chart, their compatibility to other signs. Maybe they’re hard to read (Scorpio) or maybe they’re not (Aquarius). Regardless there is an obvious gift idea that will work for all astrological signs: presents that help them wear their sign (or their rising sign or their moon sign) on their sleeve (or their neck or their finger or around their shoulder). Basically anything with a constellation or zodiac symbol on it is fair gifting game.

Below find all the best zodiac gift ideas to give your favorite astrologically savvy friend, from cute beauty gift sets to great engraved gold jewelry.

The Best Books of 2018

To say that 2018 has been a complex year for women would be putting it lightly. No need to spook you with a comprehensive retrospective, but let’s just say engaging in the art of escapism has been a full-time job for many of us. And while disappearing into black holes involving 90-Day Fiance, Vanderpump Rules, or Hallmark movies might have provided some solace, odds are you’ve also retreated with the help of some of the best books of 2018.

Several of the year’s most beloved—and best-reviewed—works stories were written by women (Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion, for example), but that wasn’t a prerequisite for our staff to share the various novels and works of non-fiction they devoured—and adored. From novels by new writers that tap into what it means to living right now (Stephen Markley’s Ohio paints a grim picture of post-recession Rust Belt America and all that comes with it, Vox by Christina Dalcher gives The Handmaid’s Tale a dystopian run for its money) to compelling works of non-fiction that had everyone talking. Below, our picks for the best books of 2018.

10 Times Alex Rodriguez Was Jennifer Lopez’s Biggest Fan

I understand Alex Rodriguez is an important baseball player, but he’s also Jennifer Lopez‘s Instagram boyfriend, which is way more prestigious. Seriously, swinging a bat on some diamond-shaped field is nowhere near as cool as being J.Lo’s personal photographer. Just being in her presence is an honor, and Rodriguez 100 percent understands this. That’s why he takes every opportunity to gush about Lopez, either on Instagram or in interviews or just by admiring her lovingly on the red carpet.

Below, check out just a handful of times Rodriguez shouted his love for Lopez to the rooftops. Wouldn’t you do the same?

Jennifer Lopez Is Launching a Skin Care Line

Honestly, there is no beauty or wellness secret that Jennifer Lopez could share that I wouldn’t immediately digest and try to find a way to incorporate into my daily life. The woman is 49 years-old and has, to my mind, never looked better.

But her skin, we must talk about her skin. The woman has become so synonymous with the word “glow” that it was even the name of her first fragrance. And then there was her makeup artist Scott Barnes’ lotion, Body Bling, that was meant to give us regular humans that J.Lo sparkle and shimmer. And the actress/singer/dancer/mogul also launched a capsule collection of cosmetics with Inglot. Body shimmer was naturally included.

That said, we’ve never truly known Jenny from the Block’s full-on skin care regimen, a.k.a. the true source of said glow. However, it seems like that’s about to change. Lopez just revealed in an interview that she’s developing a skin care line. (Cue the freakout!) “I will be coming out with a skin care line. I’ve been working on it for a long time because I don’t want to put [just] anything out,” she said during an event at The Wing promoting her new film Second Act when asked about her skin care routine. “I get that question a lot, especially as I get older,” she said. “I want it to be something that encompasses all the things I’ve learned and all the secrets I have. And it doesn’t have anything to do with needles.”

And because she is a perfectionist, Lopez promises it will be the real deal and should arrive sometime late in 2019. “It’s going to be something that works,” she said. “That’s what you can count on when my name is on something.”

We don’t yet know what the product range will include, its name, or how much it will cost—but I’m already prepared to buy every single item.

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