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Britney Spears & Madonna Kissed at Britney’s Wedding, Reminding Fans of Their 2003 VMAs Kiss

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During a typical wedding, the people getting married share a kiss. During Britney Spears wedding, a special guest gets one — at least when that guest is Madonna. The “Material Girl” singer was one of several celebrities in attendance at Spears and Sam Asghari’s wedding on June 9, including Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, and Paris Hilton.

At one point after the ceremony, Spears changed out of her Versace wedding gown into a short red dress by the same designer, per Vogue, all the better for dancing till the world ends. In addition to jamming out together during the reception, Spears and Madonna shared a kiss, perfectly recreating their on-stage smooch from 19 years earlier. While singing together at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards — in a wedding-themed performance, no less — Madonna and Spears kissed each other, to the apparent discomfort of Spears’ ex Justin Timberlake in the audience.

As recently as this January, Madonna said on Instagram that “it would be really cool” to recreate the kiss with her “Me Against The Music” collaborator on tour, but fortunately for fans, it happened even earlier, as seen here in this image from photographer Kevin Ostajewski.

It wasn’t the only sweet exchange from Spears’ wedding. As the singer put it to Vogue, she “really wanted to make this a small and beautiful moment with family and friends,” and her loved ones came prepared with the fun, supportive vibes.

At one point during the reception, Donatella Versace, Hilton, Madonna, Gomez, and Barrymore sang “Vogue” together with Spears — but instead of singing the title moment of the song, Madonna raised her glass and sang, “Britney!”

The newlyweds drove off in a Rolls Royce after the wedding, according to Vogue, while “guests surrounded their car with sparklers before heading back inside to continue the party late into the night.” It sounds like every bit the fairytale wedding at Spears’ Thousand Oaks home.

But the day didn’t start off quite so smoothly. As TMZ reported, Jason Alexander, Spears’ first husband of 55 hours, attempted to gatecrash the nuptials. He even recorded himself sneaking onto the property via Instagram. He was ultimately arrested, though, and doesn’t seem to have had an impact on the rest of the day’s festivities.

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The Viral TikTok “Rating Game” Explained

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They’re a nine, but they can’t use chopsticks. They’re a four, but they have a credit score over 700. They’re an eight but haven’t read a book since college. These are the rules to TikTok’s most popular game of the moment, the rating game. Hugely viral online right now, the rating game poses existential questions for the daters of the world like, “how attractive is attractive enough to make up for navy blue bed sheets and a Wolf Of Wall Street poster on the wall?”

TikTok’s rating game is a new take on the stale superficial rating scales of ages past. The rules are simple – ratings on a scale of one to 10 are welcome, only if paired with a hyper specific and relatable qualifier. With this qualifier in mind, players must assign a new rating, proving that looks are not the only thing that matters. The game has been mainly popularized by women on TikTok, and functions in the same vein as “the ick,” calling out the hyper specific details that alter ones attraction to another. Hundreds of videos populate the tags #ratinggame and #ratingmen on TikTok, each collecting 1.1 million views and 2.7 million views, respectively.

Influencers @kitkeenan, @rubyrubyrubyrubyrubay, and @serenakerrigan shared their game play on TikTok, earning more than 121,000 views and 7,000 likes in only a few days. The comments section was quick to throw out more plays including, “He’s a 10 but he was on a dating show,” and, “he’s a 10 but uses Facetune.”

Another user, @witherinlibby, played the game with her friend, earning more than 81,000 likes and more than half a million views. The commenters’ favorite quips? “He’s a nine but he’s searching for a ping pong ball,” “he’s a two but he posted an infographic about some social cause,” and “he’s a 10 but he actively posts on his LinkedIn profile.”

User @griffengrice joined the game with more than 24,000 likes, 172,000 views, and hundreds of comments. The most popular game entries from that video include, “he’s a two but he’s a really good hip hop dancer,” and “he’s a four but he plays hockey.”

So, who else can play the rating game? One user, @tarikhagen, joined the game to satirically call out the less nuanced way some straight men approach dating. “Okay she’s a six, hardcore racist, but she’s into you,” he quips, “ooh that’s tough, probably 10,” he self responds. The comments echoed this outlook with messages like, “I would give a tree a chance if I approached me first,” and “As long as she’s into me she’s a 10.”

Still, jokes can be made from anyone on the app all in good fun — after all, the people of the internet are self aware enough to know their standards are sometimes too high…or too low. Game plays like “she’s a nine but she shotguns beers at parties to look cool,” “she’s an eight but she cried when One Direction split up,” and “she’s a 10 but she says ‘period’ at the end of every sentence,” are some of the examples users have called out for this game. The key to keeping this game fun? Keeping it light. Posters and commenters alike join in on this trend to poke fun at the little quirks we all have.

TikTok’s best trick is taking something old and tired and repurposing it for a more connected, dare I say funnier, age. There is nothing more boring than rating someone on a scale of one to ten, unless that rating is determined by their fashion choices they listen to or the sushi they order. They’re a 10 but exclusively order California rolls and wear light wash jeans, what’s your rating?

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What Is a Medical Pedicure? Experts Break Down the Medi Pedi

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You’re probably familiar with the traditional pedicures offered at most nail salons, but a medical pedicure is a service that is a bit more under-the-radar.

If you haven’t already broken out your sandals for the warmer months ahead, you will be soon — and it’s a great time to read up on medi pedis, and learn why the procedure can be so beneficial (especially for those who often deal with calluses, ingrown toenails, cracked heels, or other foot-related issues like corns or bunions). “This treatment is ideal for athletes, those with overactive lifestyles, and people that work standing for long periods of time,” Marcela Correa, licensed professional medical pedicurist at Medi Pedi NYC, tells Bustle. “This pedicure is also for people that want to maintain the health of their feet and those that don’t feel comfortable taking their shoes off in front of others at a regular nail salon.”

Because medi pedis are incredibly sterile and waterless, there’s little to no chance of getting an infection. “The majority of people who book a medical pedicure with me are scared of getting an infection from the nail salon or who already got one,” says Dr. Hillary Brenner, a podiatrist who performs medical pedicures in the tri-state area. “Anyone with a pair of feet can benefit,” says Correa.

Want to learn more? Read on to hear more from Brenner and Correa, as they explain everything you’ll need to know before your first appointment.

What Is A Medical Pedicure?

Both experts tell Bustle that one of the major differences between medical and regular pedicures is that the former is a one-on-one experience. “The first major difference is that the service is performed by a certified medical nail technician in a super-clean private room,” says Correa.

Brenner explains that the service is performed by a podiatrist or an esthetician (who has special training, i.e. shadowing a podiatrist) with instruments that are sterilized up to medical-grade standards. Both podiatrists and estheticians can address ingrown nails, thick calluses, corns, fungal nails, et cetera, but Brenner notes that there’s a limit to how assertive estheticians can be.

What To Expect At Your Appointment

Don’t expect anything painful, but a medical pedicure is not a treatment that involves a relaxing soak or luxuriously long foot massage. “We eliminate the use of water to avoid cross-contamination. Water can make conditions like nail fungi and Athlete’s Foot worse,” explains Correa. “At Medi Pedi NYC, we solely focus on the health and wellness of your nails and the soles of your feet. We don’t apply nail polish or do foot massages.”

Correa continues that the sterile and dry pedicure is customized to each individual. You can expect your pro to remove dead skin with professional equipment, and clip, file, shape, and buff your toenails. She says that any medical ailments such as thick nails, nail discoloration, Athlete’s Foot, nail fungus, and more will also be addressed at her office. Correa also educates her clients. “The pedicure includes educating on how to maintain results and treat the ailments they are dealing with.”

Brenner informs Bustle that medical pedicures at her office can take from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the condition of the clients’ feet. “One thing we don’t recommend is cutting the cuticles as the purpose of them is to act as a barrier against infection.” For those with severely damaged toenails, she offers a procedure called Keryflex in which an extension is used. “The beauty of Keryflex is that it doesn’t damage the nail underneath and it looks just like a real nail,” says Brenner. “The nail polish we use is called Dr. Remedy nail polish which is chemical-free, vegan, and gluten-free without toxins.”

How Often Should You Get A Medical Pedicure?

Frequent appointment aren’t alway necessary. “It depends on whether or not you are treating a non-invasive ailment or preventing one,” Correa says. “Clients who get recurring ingrown nails, or those that are treating nail fungus or Athlete’s Foot should opt for monthly treatments. If monthly is not possible, at least every six to eight weeks.” For anyone with healthy feet who are simply seeking routine maintenance, she recommends scheduling one appointment each season.

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Who Is Connor Finch? ‘Everything I Know About Love’s Street Champions Mental Health IRL

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When Dolly Alderton published her memoir Everything I Know About Love, British millennials experienced a wave of collective nostalgia. While not faithfully adapted from the book itself, the BBC’s adaptation of the best-selling memoir has all the heart and joy of Alderton’s original. The cast features a mix of familiar and new faces, including Pistol’s Emma Appleton as Maggie and The Morning Show’s Bel Powley as Birdy. But Maggie’s love interest, Street, played by Connor Finch, is quite the character too. Here’s what you need to know about the heartthrob.

While Everything I Know About Love may not be Finch’s first television role, it’s certainly one of his biggest. His first appearance on the small screen came in 2021, when he starred in an episode of The Larkins as Kenny. He’s also set to appear in the Ben Miller-led drama Professor T in its second season premiere as Joss Jones.

Prior to landing these roles, Finch studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools London before moving on to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2017. Having studied and performed there for three years, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting in 2020.

Humorously, the rising star’s Instagram bio reads: “Just your average cockney, from time to time thespian and full on failed rockstar really”. It’s full of sunny posts of his travel escapades, from boating in the Caribbean in a Rolling Stones T-shirt, to flying a plane over the North Sea. Plus Christmas dumps alongside his sister Amy Finch. He posted a snippet from Everything I Know About Love on Jun. 1, with the caption starting, “One week to go!”

Finch has been very candid about his mental health on social media. In November 2020, he shared his recovery journey after “battling severe mental health issues around eating disorders and addiction” eight years ago.

“Speaking openly and seeking help was single handedly the best decision I’ve ever made in my life,” he wrote on Instagram, sharing a tattoo with the text “hope” and the date “05 11 12” above. “I aim to do everything I can to raise the awareness and importance of speaking about and seeking help for mental health.”

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