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Detroit’s Own: Huda Kattan

The beauty mogul celebrates her new skin-care line, Wishful, by removing the layers of makeup that made her famous.

“So you really want to know [what I’ve had done]?” says Huda Kattan through a shy smile. I do—and I’m guessing her 43 million Instagram followers and 3.8 million YouTube subscribers are also curious. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

We’re sitting in the bathroom of Huda Beauty’s Dubai headquarters, which often doubles as the setting for the videos that launched a thousand cut creases. The 36-year-old entrepreneur takes a deep breath and walks me through all the work it’s taken—both cosmetically and mentally—to transform herself into the makeup innovator, mother, and mononymous beauty icon she is today.

A nose job in 2013. Subtle Botox tweaks in the face and jawline. A breast lift. Fillers in her lips, cheeks, and chin, and under the eyes. Dissolving those fillers because she felt like it was too much. Feng shui consultations. Thread lifts in her jaw and cheeks. Semi-shaved-off brows. Three years working with a life coach. And, most recently, an innovative treatment created by her Dubai-based dermatologist, Marta Duarte, MD, that was inspired by her most critical YouTube followers. “I used to get comments saying, ‘You look like a nutcracker,’ ” Kattan says about the smile lines on either side of her mouth. “My doctor developed a procedure where she goes in with a small needle and actually rips the skin off the muscle piece by piece. It’s very painful.” When she’s in full glam, like today, it’s all topped with the icing on the procedural cake: about two hours of makeup.

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Kattan in a full face of glam, moments before she removed it all for our shoot. MARGAUX ANBOUBA Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

It’s hard not to balk at this confession. But Kattan’s complete transparency—at a time when many are still hesitant to disclose that they have had even a drop of injectables, let alone cosmetic surgery—is a refreshing part of her brand. “I started bruising [from the treatments],” she says. “And I was like, ‘What do I do? Cover them up? Show them?’ And I was like, ‘Fuck it. I’ll just start showing them.’ It’s important for me to tell people when I’m doing something. And it’s liberating.” This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

In addition to her camera, her crew, and my recorder, her bathroom is overrun with serums, makeup products, and skin-care tools—some from her own seven-year-old brand, which was recently valued at $1.2 billion, and some sent to her by brands desperate to appear on her social channels.

“I used to get comments saying, ‘You look like a nutcracker.’”

The child of Iraqi immigrants, Kattan was born in Oklahoma City and eventually moved to Cookeville, Tennessee, with her family. Growing up in the South, Kattan found her name, heritage, and appearance made her feel like an outsider. She spent her formative years trying to find a way to blend in, which included briefly going by the more culturally ambiguous name Heidi. Still feeling insecure, she turned to makeup. “I felt like I wasn’t pretty,” she says. “I saw all these celebrities on television and thought they were so glamorous and beautiful. I thought [makeup] might make me feel a sense of happiness.” Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Kattan’s love affair with cosmetics began at age 14, when she discovered a pinkish-brown Revlon lipstick in her sister Alya’s makeup bag. “It was so beautiful,” she says. “I couldn’t really afford to buy my own, but I always used to borrow it from her.” By the time she was studying finance at the University of Michigan–Dearborn, Kattan was taking every opportunity she could find to do makeup—for friends, for school plays, for basically anyone who needed a (free) makeup artist.

She took a finance job at the Dubai outpost of a consulting firm after graduating, which lasted less than a year before her role at the company was eliminated due to the recession. In a vlog on her website, Kattan admits that finance was “just not the right fit.” It was her other sister, Mona (one of Huda Beauty’s early investors, along with Alya), who suggested she study makeup. With the support of her entire family, Kattan moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to attend the Joe Blasco Makeup Training Center. After completing her coursework, she returned to Dubai and began working as a professional makeup artist. Early clients included Eva Longoria, Nicole Richie, and several members of various Middle Eastern royal families. In 2010, again encouraged by her sisters, she founded the Huda Beauty blog and began sharing tutorials and makeup reviews. This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. View this post on Instagram

LOVE you guys soo MUCH!!! I see you guys….the comments, the reposts, & doing my DIY’s!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the love & support for @hudabeautyskin!!! I feel soo loved!!! These cuties tried my DIY pineapple mask @joselaizmakeup @shamilarao @makeupbyiqraa Tag me so I can feature you! REPOST @hudabeautyskin I’m sooo excited to share with you everything I’ve learned over the past decade & a half. Starting with one of my FAV #DIY pineapple enzyme mask 🍍 Instantly smooth and radiating skin in a few minutes (thanks to the Bromelain 🙏) ✨ What DIY do you want me to do next?

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Her first product launch in 2013—a line of false lashes—caught the eye of Kim Kardashian West. “I was creating my own lashes by using bits and pieces from different brands to make unique lashes that felt good and looked like natural lashes, even if superdramatic,” Kattan says, wearing her signature lengthening lashes, called Hoodie. “Most falsies were just a single strip, which doesn’t emulate a natural lash. It wasn’t until we created our own product that things changed. People became more interested in what we were saying.”

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At the launch of the first-ever Huda Beauty pop-up shop in London in November 2019. David M. BenettGetty Images

A full makeup range eventually followed, and by 2017, Kattan was named one of the 25 most influential figures on the internet by Time magazine, and one of the top 10 beauty influencers by Forbes. But something was still holding her back from truly feeling confident: her skin. For years, Kattan had used makeup to mask insecurities about her skin and feeling like an outsider. Now she wanted to put her best face forward—with or without makeup. Despite having an entire roomful of skin-care products, she couldn’t find any that delivered glowy, even results without irritating her imbalanced, sensitive skin. Enter Wishful. “What do you wish for in good skin care?” she says of her new line. “Your wish is our command. We’re going to solve it.” Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub Huda Beauty $39.00 SHOP NOW

The first product, Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, is an exfoliating whip that you smooth onto dry, clean skin to gently resurface and even skin tone. It’s a combination of soft cellulose pieces (an eco-friendly alternative to micro-beads), alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and a surprise ingredient that inspired the baby-yellow packaging: bromelain. Kattan discovered the anti-inflammatory enzyme while recovering from her nose job. “I had to go straight back to shooting videos,” she says. “I knew bromelain was one of the best things for [reducing] inflammation, so I juiced a pineapple every day. When I took the cast off my nose, it looked like I hadn’t had anything done. I became obsessed.”

It’s an unusual choice to launch an exfoliator as a skin-care line’s sole product. But then again, few could have predicted that a line of false lashes would ultimately spawn a billion-dollar beauty empire. Kattan realizes some may be dubious about entrusting their skin to a makeup artist known for “cake face.” But, she says, her hours of makeup training give her unique insight. “An exfoliator is the one product everybody needs to have. I use this before makeup because it smooths everything out.” By whisking away dead skin cells, the product also helps skin-care ingredients work better. “It’s great for everyone,” she says, “whether you wear tons of makeup or not.”

At the end of our talk, Kattan embarks on the ultimate beauty dare: Staring directly into the camera, she peels off her lashes. Then, using her long, sparkling nails, she scoops out a dollop of Huda Beauty Makeup Remover Balm and gently massages it over her entire face. A few Bioderma-laden cotton pads later and she’s barefaced. “Beauty actually has very little to do with what you see,” she says, as the photographer captures picture after picture of her without a stitch of makeup. “Since I like my skin now, I feel confident and proud. Everybody should feel that way.”


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COVID – 19 can start with neurological symptoms

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — While a fever and cough have seemed to be the early warning signs of COVID-19, new research shows almost half of hospitalized patients experience a host of neurological problems.

In fact, headaches, dizziness, strokes, weakness, decreased alertness or other neurological symptoms can appear before the more commonly known symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus (known as SARS-COV-2), the researchers said.

Those neurological symptoms can also include loss of smell and taste, seizures, muscle pain and difficulty concentrating.

“It’s important for the general public and physicians to be aware of this, because a SARS-COV-2 infection may present with neurologic symptoms initially, before any fever, cough or respiratory problems occur,” said researcher Dr. Igor Koralnik. He is chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology, and a professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. ADVERTISEMENT

For the study, Koralnik’s team looked at all COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Northwestern Medicine, to see how often neurological complications appeared and how they responded to treatment.

“This understanding is key to direct appropriate clinical management and treatment,” Koralnik said in a Northwestern news release.

The virus can affect the whole nervous system — the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. COVID-19 can also affect the lungs, kidneys, heart and brain, he said.

Last, but not least, the virus can infect the brain. Moreover, the reaction of the immune system to the infection can cause inflammation that can damage the brain and nerves, Koralnik added.

Because little is known about the long-term effects of the virus, the researchers intend to follow patients with neurological problems, to see how they do over time.


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I’ve signed death certificates during Covid-19. Here’s why you can’t trust any of the statistics on the number of victims

Unless we have accurate data, we won’t know which has killed more: the disease or the lockdown?

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By Malcolm Kendrick, doctor and author who works as a GP in the National Health Service in England. His blog can be read here and his book, ‘Doctoring Data – How to Sort Out Medical Advice from Medical Nonsense,’ is available here.

As an NHS doctor, I’ve seen people die and be listed as a victim of coronavirus without ever being tested for it. But unless we have accurate data, we won’t know which has killed more: the disease or the lockdown?

I suppose most people would be somewhat surprised to know that the cause of death, as written on death certificates, is often little more than an educated guess.

Most people die when they are old, often over eighty.

There is very rarely going to be a post-mortem carried out, which means that, as a doctor, you have a think about the patient’s symptoms in the last two weeks of life or so.

You go back over the notes to look for existing medical conditions.

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Previous stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, angina, dementia and suchlike. Then you talk to the relatives and carers and try to find out what they saw. Did they struggle for breath, were they gradually going downhill, not eating or drinking?

If I saw them in the last two weeks of life, what do I think was the most likely cause of death? There are, of course, other factors. Did they fall, did they break a leg and have an operation – in which case a post-mortem would more likely be carried out to find out if the operation was a cause.

Mostly, however, out in the community, death certification is certainly not an exact science. Never was, never will be. It’s true that things are somewhat more accurate in hospitals, where there are more tests and scans, and suchlike.

Then, along comes Covid-19, and many of the rules – such as they were – went straight out the window. At one point, it was even suggested that relatives could fill in death certificates, if no-one else was available. Though I am not sure this ever happened.

What were we now supposed to do? If an elderly person died in a care home, or at home, did they die of Covid-19? Well, frankly, who knows? Especially if they didn’t have a test for Covid-19 – which for several weeks was not even allowed. Only patients entering hospital were deemed worthy of a test. No-one else.

What advice was given? It varied throughout the country, and from coroner to coroner – and from day to day. Was every person in a care home now to be diagnosed as dying of the coronavirus ? Well, that was certainly the advice given in several parts of the UK.

Where I work, things were left more open. I discussed things with colleagues and there was very little consensus. I put Covid-19 on a couple of certificates, and not on a couple of others. Based on how the person seemed to die.

I do know that other doctors put down Covid-19 on anyone who died from early March onwards. I didn’t. What can be made of the statistics created from data like these? And does it matter?

It matters greatly for two main reasons. First, if we vastly overestimate deaths from Covid-19, we will greatly underestimate the harm caused by the lockdown. This issue was looked at in a recent article published in the BMJ, The British Medical Journal.  It stated: “Only a third of the excess deaths seen in the community in England and Wales can be explained by Covid-19.

…David Spiegelhalter, chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, said that Covid-19 did not explain the high number of deaths taking place in the community.”

“At a briefing hosted by the Science Media Centre on May 12 he explained that, over the past five weeks, care homes and other community settings had had to deal with a ‘staggering burden’ of 30,000 more deaths than would normally be expected, as patients were moved out of hospitals that were anticipating high demand for beds.

Of those 30,000, only 10 000 have had Covid-19 specified on the death certificate. While Spiegelhalter acknowledged that some of these ‘excess deaths’ might be the result of underdiagnosis, ‘the huge number of unexplained extra deaths in homes and care homes is extraordinary. When we look back . . . this rise in non-covid extra deaths outside the hospital is something I hope will be given really severe attention.’ He added that many of these deaths would be among people ‘who may well have lived longer if they had managed to get to hospital.’”

What Speigelhalter is saying here is that people may well be dying ‘because of’ Covid, or rather, because of the lockdown. Because they are not going to hospital to be treated for conditions other than Covid. We know that A&E attendances have fallen by over fifty percent since lockdown. Admissions with chest pain have dropped by over fifty percent. Did these people just die at home?

From my own perspective, I have certainly found it extremely difficult to get elderly patients admitted to hospital. I recently managed with one old chap who was found to have sepsis, not Covid-19. Had he died in the care home; he would almost certainly have been diagnosed as “dying of Covid.”

The bottom line here is that, if we do not diagnose deaths accurately, we will never know how many died of Covid-19, or ‘because of’ the lockdown. Those supporting lockdown, and advising governments, can point to how deadly Covid was, and say we were right to do what we did. When it may have been that lockdown itself was just as deadly. Directing care away from everything else, to deal with a single condition. Keeping sick, ill, vulnerable people away from hospitals.

The other reason why having accurate statistics is vitally important is in planning for the future. We have to accurately know what happened this time, in order to plan for the next pandemic, which seems almost inevitable as the world grows more crowded. What are the benefits of lockdown, what are the harms? What should we do next time a deadly virus strikes?

If Covid-19 killed 30,000, and lockdown killed the other 30,000, then the lockdown was a complete and utter waste of time. and should never happen again. The great fear is that this would be a message this government does not want to hear – so they will do everything possible not to hear it.

It will be decreed that all the excess deaths we have seen this year were due to Covid-19. That escape route will be made far easier if no-one has any real idea who actually died of the coronavirus disease, and who did not. Yes, the data on Covid-19 deaths really matters.

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See-through coronavirus face masks let hearing-impaired physical therapist keep working

Masking requirements create new challenges for hearing-impaired individuals

As researchers push for the widespread use of face coverings to combat coronavirus, one health professional came up with a creative way to help her hearing-impaired employee, who relies on lip-reading to communicate.

At Mission Hospital in south Orange County, California, hearing-impaired physical therapist Susan Adams said she became concerned that masking requirements might put her out of a job if she could no longer read lips.

However, her supervisor, Michelle Darrow, started sewing protective equipment with a clear panel over the mouth area that would allow Adams to see her co-workers’ lip movements, The OC Register reported.

“I had a profound sense of gratitude because without Michelle advocating for me, I wouldn’t be working,” Adams, told the paper.

“It means so much to be able to work.”


Darrow has made more than 120 custom masks with help from donors, according to a local news outlet, with the masks being distributed to patients and colleagues.

As Fox News previously reported, researchers have said lockdown measures were insufficient to prevent the further spread of the virus – and were advocating for the “universal adoption of facemasks by the public” as a way to safely reopen countries before a vaccine becomes available.


Those recommendations came as some states were combating a spike in coronavirus cases, including Texas, South Carolina and Oregon.

The U.S. surpassed 2 million confirmed cases this week.



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Detroit newspaper: Data showing Michigan coronavirus spike ‘misleading’

As the country continues to reopen, various media outlets have been quick to point out a spike in coronavirus cases for the state of Michigan. The Detroit Free Press, however, begged to differ and published a breakdown of the numbers on Thursday, describing how they could be misleading.

The Free Press cited reports by SmartNewsNewsweek, and NPR that all addressed the state’s rising COVID count. The newspaper’s verdict to the question of whether or not it was a true spike was “yes and no.”

Michigan reportedly released new data that included probable cases along with confirmed infections and fatalities.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services labels a confirmed case as someone who has had a positive lab test for coronavirus. A “probable case” applies to anyone who has been symptomatic and has a link to a patient with a confirmed infection.

The Free Press claimed that news websites reporting on these numbers have failed to denote the two different categories and have simply combined the two figures.

As of Thursday evening, Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker showed that Michigan had almost 65,000 cases, but it too factors probable cases into their totals.

“When states have data on probable cases and deaths, the dashboard includes those in [their] totals,” a Johns Hopkins University spokesperson told The Free Press. “Confirmed cases include presumptive positive cases and probable cases, in accordance with CDC guidelines as of April 14.”

Nick Givas is a reporter with Fox News. You can find him on Twitter at @NGivasDC.