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Yes, You Should Put Anti-Chafing Gel on Your Face

Yes, You Should Put Anti-Chafing Gel on Your Face

It’s an effective substitute for makeup primer, which is the same thing, just more expensive.

Monistat anti-chafing powder gel.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Getty Images Plus and Monistat.

Well, Actually is a column by Slate’s Shannon Palus. She tests health and wellness products to help readers figure out what they should try, what they should skip, and why.

Spend enough time exploring and analyzing beauty and skin care products, and you’ll notice that the same basic components—moisturizers, acids, surfactants, etc.—are frequently tweaked and repackaged into more specific formulas that are meant to service even smaller segments of one’s body. There isn’t just body lotion; there’s neck cream. The main ingredient in all-purpose Vaseline becomes the of-the-moment lip balm. Morning face wash must be separate from night face wash. Regular mascara, and extreme mascara. After a few years of reporting on these potions, I’ve realized I crave less specificity and more universality, a world in which we buy large vats of multiuse substances: one for washing, one for lotion-ing, a few for adorning your face with different colors of shiny paint.

Thinking about all of this is perhaps what prompted me to try a beauty secret that has long intrigued me but had always felt just a little too strange to work into my life: Can Monistat anti-chafe cream, meant to be rubbed between your thighs and along your bra line to prevent things from getting red and raw in summer, be used as a makeup primer? It’s unclear how the crossover started—it seems to proliferate on message boards—but those who tried it report fine results. It still feels inherently weird that such a hyperspecific product may be multiuse, though it makes more sense when you consider that both primer and anti-chafe cream are meant to make skin a bit smoother and share the same main ingredients, silicones.

For those not familiar with the intricacies of face spackling, makeup primer goes on after moisturizer but before foundation. Much like paint primer, makeup primer is meant to prep the face into a readier canvas by filling in any nooks and crannies, making it harder for whatever comes next to pool up in pores or crease into wrinkles, and easier for everything to stick. It can (sort of, vaguely) soften unsightly features when worn alone; in today’s marketing parlance, it is said to create a “blur” effect. I like makeup, but the idea that we should be trying to make our faces blurrier causes me genuine pain. Nonetheless, from time to time, I have accepted the extra bit of polish primer offers; the smooth surface it provides makes everything spread a little better and maybe even makes pricey products layered on top go further. Also, doing an extra step just feels extra fancy. Does adding primer make my makeup really last that much longer? I’ve never really known—I just consider it a Pascal’s wager situation.

Primers were initially used by professionals on photo shoots, the New York Times pointed out in 2012 as consumer primers boomed. “They’re the Spanx of cosmetics, and are so prominent today that a lot of women are starting to feel irresponsible if they don’t use them,” Polly Blitzer, a former editor for InStyle and the director of a creative agency told the Times. Within the hyperspecific category of face primer, many variations have evolved: There is primer that is green to balance out red acne or sun exposure, primer that is moisturizing, sunscreen that claims to function as a primer, too.

The canonical primer is perhaps the Smashbox Photo Finish, launched in 2000. Its main ingredient is silicone polymers (silicon, a naturally occurring substance is one ingredient in the human-made silicone). Invented in the 1930s and first used in wartime planes, silicone is found in breast implants, deodorant, shampoo, and at least hundreds of other things. In its solid form, it’s a rubber-y plastic; added to gels, it provides a rubbery-plastic feel; applied to skin, it can create a “plastic wrap effect.”

It feels nearly subversive to use a substance that comes in a toothpaste tube and sounds like it’s meant to treat yeast infections (that would be Monistat antifungal cream, don’t confuse the two) instead of a gel that is more expensive than fine liquor (a dollar per milliliter!). “I can’t even believe I’m putting this on my face,” says one beauty YouTuber, Julia Nell, as she tests out the stuff on camera, noting that it has been “a godsend” for its on-label use, thigh chaffing.

Cosmetic chemists, for their part, note that it is indeed pretty much the same exact stuff. The Beauty Brains blog, run by a pair of cosmetic chemists, calls the anti-chafe cream “very suitable for use as a make up primer.” “That makes a lot of sense,” agrees Victoria Fu, co-founder of Chemist Confessions, examining the ingredients herself. But in practice, does it work as well?

When I open the Monistat, my first impression is that it is much oilier than other primers I’ve used. It goes on fine, though. The main flaw might be that it’s easy to squirt out way too much at once. “Apply lightly and sparingly is my go-to rule for primers,” makeup artist Allan Avendaño told Allure, in an article that also explains you should wait one full minute for the stuff to dry before applying foundation. (I do not have this much patience.) Things work better when I apply sparingly.

I compare it to a fresh tube of Smashbox, which turns out to be not as luxe as I expected. Squirts of oil come out first, having separated from the rest of the stuff, and overall, it, too, is oilier than I expect; it’s only very slightly tackier than the Monistat. When I put tiny bits of the Smashbox and Monistat on my face, on different sides, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the two. I added on a bunch of makeup and then went for a run to see how it would last. Each side held up equally well.

A lot of women who have documented their own experiences agree with me: Nell found that “it literally worked better than my $30 primer from Sephora” as she explains in her review video, noting that her makeup looked better than normal after eight hours of wear. YouTuber ArayaLia Mua found that it made her makeup last a touch longer on a hot and sweaty day and, moreover, goes on easier and hides her pores better. “It works a whole lot better than Smashbox,” Mua explains in a video.

Neither is perfect. I can still see many (most?) of my pores, and my makeup still comes off with sweat. Makeup primer is a little bit bullshit. But, if you want to use it anyway, the Monistat hack works extremely well. And it works very well to help prevent chaffing, too.

Monistat Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel.


Time investment: 30 secs

Value: High

Effectiveness: Sort of

Delightfulness: Like getting away with something!

Recommendation: Use instead of primer.

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Scourge of fake reviews on Amazon,

Scourge of fake reviews on Amazon,

The growing problem of fake online reviews

Fake reviews are increasingly prevalent across many top retailer websites, according to a study from Fakespot, which analyzes online customer reviews for fake or unreliable reviews.

  • 52 percent of reviews posted on are “inauthentic and unreliable,” Fakespot estimates
  • 30 percent of Amazon reviews are fake or unreliable, the study found
  • About a third of reviews on makeup retailer Sephora and video-game service Steam are also unreliable or fake, the analysis discovered
  • “My advice is to be very skeptical” when reading online reviews, said Saoud Khalifah, CEO of Fakespot

The fake reviews threaten to undermine the credibility of retailers struggling with the influx, according to Fakespot, which uses algorithms to look for patterns of deception in reviews. Manufacturers are eager to earn 5-star reviews that can push their products to the top of a search result on Amazon, for instance, with some turning to trickery to make their products stand out. 

“You need a lot of good positive reviews to convince people to check out their products,” said Khalifah, who wrote a software program to detect fake reviews after getting tricked himself by glowing reviews for a sleep supplement. After the supplement didn’t work, he realized many of those positive reviews were fake. 

Khalifah said his research “tells me that 1 in 3 reviews on any of these platform is highly unreliable. They have been influenced by people at the company [making or marketing the product that’s sold on the website] or written by people hired by the company. There is a lot of bias in the reviews.”

Increase in fake reviews hitting Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers

For instance, companies will send postcards to people who recently purchased a product on Amazon, promising them a gift card to the site if they write a 5-star review that gets published. Other companies hire professional reviewers to post glowing reviews, while some use bots to post fake reviews en masse.   

In the case of the postcards offering gift cards in exchange for top reviews, Fakespot’s Khalifah says the customer reviews are still problematic. In some cases, the offers are only valid if the review is posted within a few days of the purchase, but that may not give a consumer enough time to test the product and figure out of it performs as advertised.

“These influenced reviews are degrading the quality of your online shopping experience,” he says. 

Legal action

In a statement sent to CBS MoneyWatch, Walmart said it recognizes that reviews are “an important part of the Walmart shopping experience.” It added that it moderates all reviews. “If we do not believe a review is from an actual customer, we immediately remove it from our site,” the company said. 

Amazon said it invests “significant resources” in maintaining the quality of its reviews. “Even one inauthentic review is one too many,” the company said in a statement sent to CBS MoneyWatch. 

Winery owner sues Google over bad reviews

It noted it has posted participation guidelines for reviewers and companies that sell on its site, and it added that it suspends, bans and takes legal action against those who violate its policies.

Amazon said it uses a combination of investigators and automation to root out inauthentic reviews. “We estimate more than 90 percent of inauthentic reviews are computer generated, and we use machine learning technology to analyze all incoming and existing reviews 24/7 and block or remove inauthentic reviews,” the company said.

Sephora and Steam’s parent company, Valve, didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

How to detect fake reviews

Fake reviews started proliferating several years ago, but show no sign of letting up, Khalifah says. While they may seem like a nuisance, they have the potential to mislead consumers about the quality of products. And consumers tend to rely on those reviews for purchasing advice, with about 84 percent of consumers saying they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, Fakespot said. 

Consumers can plug in the URL of a product into Fakespot’s website, which grades the reviews from A to F and provides insights into whether a retailer has removed reviews, a sign that some of the reviews may have been fake or biased. One popular external battery on Amazon, for instance, earned a “D” rating from Fakespot, which determined that fewer than 44 percent of the reviews were reliable.

Consumers can also eyeball reviews on their own for signs of deception. Khalifah says red flags include:

  • A one-day surge in five-star reviews
  • Broken grammar
  • Reviews from reviewers who post hundreds of reviews in one day

It’s not only that companies are faking glowing reviews, but companies are hiring people or using bots to also post fake “bad” reviews for competitors. A sudden rash of 1-star reviews for a product could be a sign of sabotage, for instance.

“We believe the review system is broken,” Khalifah said. “People still don’t realize how much the review system is gamed.”

The Federal Trade Commission is watching, too. On Tuesday it announced its first case against a marketer’s use of phony paid reviews on an independent retail website. Cure Encapsulations Inc. settled FTC allegations it made false and unsubstantiated claims for its garcinia cambogia weight-loss supplement through a third-party website the agency said was paid to write and post fake reviews on

“When a company buys fake reviews to inflate its Amazon ratings, it hurts both shoppers and companies that play by the rules,” Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement.  

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Kylie Jenner Reveals Stormi’s Impressive Pile of Birthday Presents Stacked Full of Designer Gifts

Kylie Jenner Reveals Stormi’s Impressive Pile of Birthday Presents Stacked Full of Designer Gifts

Following her extravagant amusement park-themed party over the weekend, Stormi received a Gucci gift bag and Chanel purse as birthday gifts

Kylie Jenner‘s daughter is one very lucky 1-year-old.

Following Stormi Webster‘s epic first birthday party over the weekend, Jenner, 21, recorded the sweet moment of her baby girl opening her many gifts.

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Sharing a video to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, Jenner showed off the large pile of gifts on the floor, which included a Gucci gift bag and a Christian Louboutin box among numerous other colorfully-wrapped presents, as Stormi playfully examined her new luxury items.

“You finally gotta open your gifts!” Jenner said in the clip, while Stormi stumbled towards her legs and away from the pile of the gifts.

“You’re so lucky!” Jenner added, prompting Stormi to squeal in delight.

In addition to the lavish Gucci gifts she got to open Tuesday, Stormi already received an adorable red and gold mini Chanel purse — her first-ever Chanel bag — from DJ Khaled, who attended her birthday bash on Saturday.

RELATED: Kylie Jenner Celebrates Stormi’s First Birthday with Epic Amusement Park-Themed Party

Themed “StormiWorld” — a nod to dad Travis Scott‘s Astroworld — the weekend celebration had everything from a live “Baby Shark” performance to carnival rides to Louis Vuitton-inspired fries.

“I had to go all out for my baby,” Jenner admitted on Instagram alongside a sweet mother-daughter photo from the bash, adding the hashtag #StormiWorld.

Though there was a small party on Stormi’s actual birthday, Feb. 1, Jenner revealed at the time that the planned festivities had been postponed due to rain.

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Starting things off with a bang, the entrance to the party resembled Stormi’s dad Astroworld album art, featuring a giant blow-up replica of Stormi’s face that welcomed guests into the venue.

RELATED: Happy 1st Birthday, Stormi Webster! See All the Too-Cute Pics of Kylie Jenner’s “Angel Baby”

Once inside, guests walked through a room filled with inflatable balloon clouds (referencing Stormi’s name) and carnival rides. Other rooms in the venue included a bubble room, “Stormi’s Shop” (filled with Stormi-themed merchandise) and a magical “butterfly forest” room.

Stormi can’t get enough of butterflies, and the mother-daughter duo3 even rocked matching butterfly Halloween costumes last year.

Fries were served in pouches that resembled the Louis Vuitton logo — with Stormi’s initials “SW” instead of “LV” — and guests gathered for a live performance of “Baby Shark” that got everyone dancing.

Jenner also celebrated her daughter’s birth with an elaborate (working) carousel cake and a wall of giant pink and white stuffed-animal teddy bears.

Stormi’s family members, including aunts Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian, along with their children, were in attendance for the over-the-top bash.

Grandma Kris Jenner also joined in on the fun, posing for photos throughout the night, as well as Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins.

Aunts Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner were both noticeably missing, however, after Kim noted a scheduling conflict and Kendall appeared to be at fashion week in New York City and unable to attend the festivities.

RELATED: Kylie Jenner Says Daughter Stormi’s First Birthday Party Theme Came to Her in a Dream

Jenner later revealed on Instagram that the idea for an extravagant amusement park-themed bash originally came to her in a dream she had.

“I dreamed about this party and then drew it up on paper room by room and @mindyweiss really made my vision come to life!!!” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote on Sunday.

“Thank you Mindy and team! This party was magical ✨🎡♥️” she concluded, expressing gratitude for the talents of the celebrity-loved event designer.

RELATED: Travis Scott Shares Precious New Photos of Daughter Stormi as She Turns 1

On Stormi’s actual birthday earlier this month, Kylie shared a heartwarming slideshow of photos in honor of her baby girl.

“How did i get so lucky to have such a sweet, smart, happy baby. i just couldn’t have dreamt you up, storm. i wish you could stay this little forever and i could protect that contagious smile and laugh of yours,” the makeup mogul captioned her post.

“I know you won’t remember much about the first year of your life but i pray that you’ll never forget to keep sharing your joy and laughter with the world,” she added.

“My love grows for you a thousand miles a minute,” Jenner continued. “Every day with you is the best day of my life. happy birthday to my angel on earth.”

RELATED VIDEO: Travis Scott Shares Adorable New Videos of Daughter Stormi Excitedly Watching Him Perform

Scott, who recently performed in the Super Bowl halftime show, also raved about his daughter on social media.

“ITS MY QUEEN ,MY HEART, MY AIR , MY EVERYTHING. STORMI’S BIRTHDAY TODAY. I LOVE U SO MUCH BABY,” the rapper wrote, tacking his heartfelt message on to a gallery of photos and clips showing Stormi smiling while posing in a pig-themed room, playing with her dad, hugging a stuffed shark and more.

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Police Respond to Call Claiming Blac Chyna was Neglecting Daughter Dream Kardashian: Report

Police Respond to Call Claiming Blac Chyna was Neglecting Daughter Dream Kardashian: Report

Blac Chyna had a rough weekend.

On Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call about a disturbance Chyna’s home, a public information officer confirmed to PEOPLE.

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At around 6:40 p.m., cops arrived at the 30-year-old mother of two’s home but did not find any evidence of a crime, said the police.

Due to the lack of a crime, the police do not release the names of those who were in the home at the time of the visit.

According to TMZ, the caller alleged that Chyna was drunk and unable to care for her daughter, 2-year-old Dream Renée, whom she shares with ex Rob Kardashian.

Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian

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RELATED: Rob Kardashian Admits to Liking Being Scratched by Women, Seeking $500K in Damages from Blac Chyna

Chyna allegedly got into a fight with one of her makeup artists earlier that day, which may have prompted the call.

TMZ also reported that along with Chyna, a nanny was home at the time.

Police were then called again to Chyna’s home on Monday, PEOPLE confirms.

Officers responded to a call at around 2:30 p.m. regarding a civil standby, meaning they were there to “keep the peace,” LAPD tells PEOPLE.

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TMZ reported that officers arrived to prevent an additional dispute allegedly between Chyna and her makeup artist. The outlet reports the makeup artist showed up with police in order to retrieve some of her belongings from the night before.

A representative for Chyna did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Along with the drama in her home, Chyna is currently locked in a legal battle with Kardashian.

Last week, Chyna used comments previously made by her ex in a deposition to challenge his claim that she physically abused him and should pay $500,000 in damages as a result.

Blac Chyna

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The former couple allegedly got into a physical altercation in December 2016 in the home of Kardashian’s younger sister, Kylie Jenner. In September 2017, Kylie, 21, and her older brother sued Chyna for battery, assault and vandalism, alleging she attempted to choke Kardashian with an iPhone cord during a fight.

RELATED: Blac Chyna Sues Rob Kardashian and His ‘Powerful, Vindictive Family’ Over Nude Photo Scandal

In the complaint, the siblings claimed Chyna made a “deliberate attempt to extort the Kardashian family for her own monetary gains,” adding that her decision to have a baby with the only KarJenner son was “nothing short of an outright fraud to shake down the family.”

Some 15 months later, on Jan. 18, 2019, Chyna filed documents, obtained by The Blast, which include evidence that bolsters her assertion that her ex-fiancé suffered “no physical injuries, no actionable psychological injuries” during the incident.

Dream Kardashian

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In a transcript of a deposition in the documents, Kardashian stated: “Being scratched by a female is probably one of the best things a man could ask for.”

The interviewer then asked him if Chyna’s “nails across your chest” — a reference to his accusation that she ripped his shirt in December 2016 — “felt good,” to which Kardashian responded: “It didn’t really occur to me that it was going to be, go into, you know, guns and strangling … I thought she was just being drunk, and you know, trying to be funny.”

RELATED VIDEO: Blac Chyna and Teen Boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay Breakup After 3 Months of Dating

When asked for clarification in the deposition, Kardashian added that the physical contact made during the shirt-ripping “didn’t feel good. That’s for sure.”

Chyna’s filing also revealed that Kardashian is seeking $500,000 in damages because of the night in question, which Chyna does not believe she should have to pay. She instead is willing to hand over $5,000 — $250 of which would be for the ripped shirt.

Dream Kardashian and Blac Chyna

In October 2017, Chyna filed her own lawsuit against her ex for allegedly damaging her brand and verbally and physically abusing her. The accusations were prompted by her ex-fiancé’s explosive social media rampage in July that year — in which he shared graphic and expletive-ridden content about the Chyna, including three naked photos, and accused her of drug/alcohol abuse and infidelity.

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The bizarre reason Married At First Sight contestants need stunt doubles

The bizarre reason Married At First Sight contestants need stunt doubles

REVEALED: The bizarre reason Married At First Sight contestants need stunt doubles on set of the dating show


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A former Married At First Sight contestant has revealed the surprising reason why ‘stunt doubles’ are used during production. 

Alycia Galbraith, who appeared in the 2018 season, shared a series of throwback pictures with her own double on Wednesday which were originally taken on set last year. 

The 28-year-old then explained to her Instagram followers why Channel Nine went to the trouble of hiring a lookalike and creating a ‘duplicate wedding dress’ for her.

REVEALED: The bizarre reason Married At First Sight contestants need stunt doubles on set of the dating show. Pictured: Season five’s Alycia Galbraith with her double Naomi Turvey

‘She was 110 per cent needed as there was no way I could do the things this amazing woman can do,’ Alycia wrote.

She then revealed that her stunt double, Naomi Turvey, was used for a promotional trailer which featured Alycia taking a ‘leap of faith’ and jumping through the air.

In the commercial, which aired nationally in January, Alycia ran down the aisle before the scene cut to Naomi leaping in a misty studio. 

‘Any time you can’t see my face, it’s Naomi,’ Alycia explained.  

Danger! Alycia explained how Naomi, her stunt double, was used in a promotional trailer which featured her taking a ‘leap of faith’ and jumping through the air

‘Any time you can’t see my face, it’s Naomi’: Alycia explained how her stunt double was hired to make sure she wasn’t involved in any potentially dangerous gymnastics

Alycia claimed she was surprised to be introduced to a body double when she showed up to film the advert.

‘While sitting in hair and makeup getting ready to film the commercial, I noticed a super fit blonde woman wearing what I thought was my wedding dress,’ she wrote.

‘I questioned this and was told it was a duplicate of my dress and Naomi would be performing my stunts. Ummm, stunts? I had no idea what was planned for me that day and so this clearly came as a big surprise.’

In a surprising twist, the women later became great friends and now live within minutes of each other in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  

‘I noticed a super fit blonde wearing what I thought was my wedding dress’: Alycia claimed she was surprised to be introduced to a body double when she showed up to film the advert

Remember him? Alycia was matched with Matty Lockett (left) on season five of Married At First Sight, but their marriage quickly fell apart

Alycia became a fan favourite after her season aired at the start of the year.

Despite her ‘marriage’ to Matty Lockett falling apart quickly, fans threw their support behind the hopeless romantic. 

However, the pressures of fame proved too much for Alycia, who has spent the past eight months off social media to focus on her mental well-being.

‘I needed to do something quite drastic and for me it was coming offline,’ she said last week after returning to Instagram.  

She’s back! Alycia shared a video last week explaining she spent eight months off social media to focus on her mental well-being


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