Here’s What It’s Like To Use A Gym… On Your Face


Working out your face muscles

Workout culture in New York City is intense. Nowhere else had I seen so many women lugging yoga mats on the train, all willing to spend $30 on a single workout class, before I moved here. We've all fallen victim to pursuing the latest workout trend—no matter how niche, it's always fun to put it on Instagram. Well, the latest workout we tried is more specific than most, and will definitely get you more likes than those other workout selfies. Why? Because it's a workout for your face.

FaceGym is exactly what it sounds like: an exercise regimen for your face. Through a series of kneading and pulling, the different treatments offered at FaceGym tone and tighten the often-neglected 40 muscles in the face. “Muscles are the scaffolding of the face,” the brand's website explains. “And strong muscles result in healthy looking skin.” It’s meant to mimic a facelift, only without the knives and needles.  

Within the FaceGym “studio,” the aestheticians are called “trainers,” and the treatments have names like “game face” and “yoga face.” Your hair is pushed back with a sweatband and you settle in for the best kind of workout: the kind where you don’t have to do anything. I received the “signature electric” facial, which takes you through the typical steps of a well-rounded workout: The warm-up involves stretching the skin with a mini ball, while cardio felt like being lightly slapped continuously (“that’s really to make your muscles sweat, to detoxify,” my trainer, Clovelin Stewart, explained). Next was sculpting, which utilizes the electric pro tool that sends mini currents through the face to help with definition (Stewart notes that it’s like if your face did several hundred crunches). The last step is the cooldown, which involves sliding a jade guasha across the face to help with lymphatic drainage and get rid of any puffiness. 

It sounds a lot more intense than it is. Certain parts hurt more than others, but not enough where you want it to stop. Similar to a massage, it’s the kind of pain that you know will pay off once it passes. And unlike a regular workout, you won’t leave feeling exhausted or unable to walk down the stairs the next day. Rather, your face will appear more toned and shaped than before you sat down. You'll appear more youthful and look refreshed—and you don’t even have to break a sweat.  

Fun fact: Facial exercise is apparently a favorite of Meghan Markle’s, and I know we all witnessed the glow she emitted on her wedding day. At the behest (recommendation) of my trainer, I took a snap of my face before and after my own facial workout. And while I didn’t walk out with Markle’s chiseled jawline or high cheekbones (or, like, Prince Harry on my arm), I did leave looking like I got a full eight hours of sleep and drank two liters of water before 11am, which is my idea of living like royalty. 

You can check out FaceGym at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and at various London locations.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.