Vampire Facials May Be To Blame For Exposing Customers To HIV, Hep B And C

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As if it wasn’t scary enough already

An already-bloody beauty service just got a whole lot more terrifying. Remember when Kim Kardashian posted her brutal selfie after getting a vampire facial? It turns out that this same treatment may have exposed its customers to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. 

The New Mexico Health Department is advising customers who received the scary service at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque to be tested, particularly if they were at the spa in May or June. After the health department and the state's cosmetology board inspected the location on Friday evening, Dr. Michael Landen, DOH State Epidemiologist explained, "We undertook the inspection because a client of the VIP Spa developed an infection that may have resulted from a procedure performed at the spa."

The procedure, a vampire facial, involves drawing blood from a participants arm, separating the platelets and plasma using a centrifuge, and then sticking the platelet-rich-plasma back into the skin of the face using micro-needles. No thanks! There's almost no proof that the procedure actually does what it claims to do, which is promote cell turnover for a more clear complexion. So, why risk it? For the Instagram? 

According to KRQE, a news station in New Mexico, there was a sign posted on the front door of VIP Spa that this week's appointments are cancelled due to a family emergency. Regardless of the turnout of this investigation, maybe it's best to leave your blood where it should be (unless you're donating). 

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.