“Let’s Dr. Pimple Popper and chill,” I text a rando on a Saturday night.
That rando being one of my beauty editor friends who works at a big magazine (and has the same exquisite, ahem, taste in entertainment).
For any a beauty editor (or anyone, for that matter), there’s nothing like sipping a cup of lavender tea, going under your covers and watching Dr. Pimple Popper’s latest discoveries on YouTube. If you haven’t seen the dermatologist’s compelling adventures, I suggest you tune in immediately. Seriously, she can remove ANYTHING and EVERYTHING from ANYONE– you will not want to look away. In one video, she removes a woman’s three-year old cyst. Lovely. In another, she pops someone’s chin to find that there’s a rush of a cream cheese-like substance spewing out. Beautiful. Here’s one where she removes what seems like a rat’s fetus from someone’s orifices. (Really, if you haven’t seen this video, do so immediately). Seriously, this is art.
For any a beauty editor (or anyone, for that matter), there’s nothing like sipping a cup of lavender tea, going under your covers and watching Dr. Pimple Popper’s latest discoveries on YouTube.
But Dr. Pimple Popper is so 2016, no shade. Moving on … Just last month, I found my newest obsession while scrolling through Instagram. The Explore feature must be completely spot on, as it led me to my new favorite handle, @barber.clips. The handle, which has over 900K followers, isn’t too remarkable at first glance. It’s mostly of barbers giving their patrons some nice fades or beard trims. But a thorough scroll will find you a couple of real jewels. And when you spot them, you realize just how valuable the handle is. The videos in question are of a few barbers removing beauty masks, conveniently congealed on their clients’ faces.
The videos share no location, no contact information, and no attributions to who said guys are, which make the posts particularly alluring. The anonymity of it all makes it like a Fight Club for beauty of sorts, one where burly guys can let their freak flags fly and pamper themselves with dainty face mists, dewy facials and delicate massages. But a quick Google search did lead me to their e-commerce site, barber-clips.com, where they sell a whole bunch of items ranging from face masks, razors and more. Side note: Totally ordering their face masks. I’m sold.
The anonymity of it all makes it like a Fight Club for beauty of sorts, one where burly guys can let their freak flags fly and pamper themselves with dainty face mists, dewy facials and delicate massages.
The videos I’m obsessed with include unsuspecting men waking up to a macho barber’s furry hands ripping off their face masks. The barber is so skilled, he tears them savagely off of their skin in one perfect peel. Even for a guy like me, who’s been masking since he came out of the womb, peeling them off adeptly is extremely difficult.
The aftermath of each video has said barber showing off the gunk he just removed. That is, long, sharp, thick black and white heads that stick out of the peeled masks much like spikes from the dungeon levels on Mario. Sure, it’s disgusting. Yes, it’s absolutely revolting. But there’s also something completely satisfying about watching a man peel off a mask to find that his face is free of once plugged pores. That ripping sensation! That clean peel! That handsome, gleaming, new mug! Move over, Bob Ross, I’m completely transfixed.
Here are my favorites below. Hashtag your masking at #mask4masc and share your moments. Let’s share our moments together.
This bushy boy-browed teen is obviously a virgin when it comes to masking. You can see it in his tender, doe-eyes. He’s like, why am I here? What am I doing? And before he can think about what he’ll have for lunch … PEEEEEEL! The aftermath? Satisfying little off-white suckers attached to his mask.
This is like, the most beautiful peel I’ve ever seen. Look at this woman or man (who knows?) removing the black rubbery texture in one swift move!
This guy says a prayer as his nose strip is peeled giving me absolute life.
Pardon the interruption: A grown man is living his best life.
This man’s face is so filthy (well, was) and now his face is like a cherub’s.
Living life, giving life
Bob Ross turns SAVAGE
The most perfect of peels
Nyle DiMarco lookalike posing intensely while a gold mask is placed on his delicate face. Notice those fleeky brows! Notice how he takes his job seriously! Then, watch as the mask is snatched off of his face, his nostril hanging on for dear life!