Families Who Lost Loved Ones To The Opioid Crisis Are Sharing Devastatingly Honest Details In An Online Memorial Project

“All Our Hearts” is an online memorial project by Vermont-based newsweekly Seven Days, which aims to show the human cost of the opioid epidemic.

ByTasneem Nashrulla

On the day Alexa Rose Cioffi died, she was too sick to care for her 2-year-old son, Frankie. So Alexa’s father, Frank Cioffi, took Frankie to the store to buy diapers. When they returned, the house was quiet. Frank thought Alexa, 30, was still sleeping. He made Frankie a snack, changed him, and went to find Alexa, who was lying sideways on the bed.

“I screamed her name. She didn’t move. So I shook her. She didn’t move. I think that Frankie heard me scream,” Frank, 64, wrote in a searingly honest online memorial for his daughter.

He called 911 and started CPR. That’s when he saw the marks on her neck and chest.

When the EMTs arrived, they injected Alexa with Narcan, a medication to treat opioid overdose, but they couldn’t bring her back because she didn’t die of an overdose.

“The cause of death was acute bronchial pneumonia due to chronic substance abuse,” Frank wrote in the memorial. “So it was from snorting pills. She just stopped breathing. She might have had a heart issue that kicked in after that. The autopsy showed traces of fentanyl, too.”

Frank had never publicly shared these intimate and painful moments of the day in 2016 when his daughter died.

But he, along with a handful of other families across the country, have shared devastatingly honest and personal details about losing their loved ones to opioid addiction in an online memorial project launched in September called All Our Hearts.

Frank Cioffi with his daughter Alexa Rose Cioffi.

The project was created by Seven Days, a Vermont-based newsweekly that hopes to show the human cost of the country’s opioid epidemic.

The All Our Hearts site currently features 12 memorials written by fathers, mothers, siblings, and partners. They’ve shared a visceral journey of their loved ones, chronicling who they were before drugs became a part of their lives to their darkest moments and how addiction changed their relationships.

The idea for All Our Hearts stemmed from the overwhelming response to a widely shared obituary that was published in Seven Days last October, Cathy Resmer, the paper’s deputy publisher and the project’s manager, told BuzzFeed News.

Kate O’Neill wrote about her sister Madelyn Linsenmeir’s 12-year debilitating struggle with opioid addiction in the brutally honest obituary that went viral.

O’Neill told BuzzFeed News at the time that one of the things her sister Maddie and their family had experienced was that “there’s so much shame around it, both for addicts and their families.”

“We wanted to put a face to this epidemic,” O’Neill said.

Resmer said that as she scanned more than 1,000 comments on Maddie’s obituary — “an overwhelming number” for the Vermont paper — she realized that many of them were deeply moving.

“This obituary had inspired and emboldened others to share their stories and the stories were heartbreaking,” Resmer said. It felt like a “safe space.”

The comment section on Maddie’s obituary reminded Resmer of the AIDS Quilt, the historic community arts project that sought to strip the shame and stigma that shrouded victims and their families by memorializing those who had died during the AIDS pandemic.

Obituaries for opioid addicts, Resmer said, rarely mention their subjects’ struggles with addiction or the opioid crisis.

Angela Bowser-Camilletti with her younger sisters, Megan and Lena.

Sandy Camilletti recalled the moment her daughter, Angela Bowser-Camilletti, told her that she had “been held down and injected with heroin” at a party when she was in college.

Angela, the oldest of three girls in West Virginia, was an avid skier and snowboarder. She was also a lifeguard, swim teacher, dancer, and dance teacher who played the Sugar Plum Fairy in her high school production of The Nutcracker and who was studying criminal justice reform before she died of an overdose in 2009, her mother wrote in the memorial.

During her daughter’s opioid use “ours became a relationship that had no resemblance to the mother/daughter dynamic we had before addiction came into her life,” Sandy wrote.

“It became filled with fear, a lack of understanding between us, anger, frustration, without any hope or trust,” Sandy wrote, describing how Angela was unable to get into recovery until she was in her third rehab center in three years.

“But the one thing that never changed was our love for each other,” Sandy said.

Angela’s youngest sister, Lena Camilletti, is an intern at Seven Days and helped develop the All Our Hearts project that features her sister’s memorial.

Lena was 15 when her sister died at 23 after overdosing on over-the-counter cough medicine and methadone. Growing up, Lena said, she had never heard anyone discuss heroin addiction outside her family.

“It was a silent epidemic for such a long time,” Lena told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t realize how powerful it could be for a few people to be so honest about it and how it can inspire other people to be vulnerable,” she said.

Angela Bowser-Camilletti with Lena Camilletti.

Lena said it was important for her family to be honest about Angela’s death not only because it was, in part, therapeutic, but it was also rooted in wanting to prevent this from happening to other families.

“The loss of my sister changed my family in a way that we will never be the same,” Lena said. “I want to do whatever I can to prevent another sister from missing her sister and another mother from missing her daughter.”

Resmer said that while there are statistics about how many people have died of opioid addiction, “we often don’t know the human cost because people aren’t talking about it.” She realized that the news outlet had the tools to help people tell their own stories of the opioid epidemic, if they were ready.

All Our Hearts, she said, will “help people memorialize their loved ones in their own words in the way that Kate [O’Neill] memorialized her sister” in the obituary that went viral.

The name All Our Hearts came from a line O’Neill wrote in the obituary for Maddie where she gave hope to those struggling with opioid addiction: “Know that we believe with all our hearts that you can and will make it. It is never too late.”

Seven Days encourages people to fill out an online form or call the paper. The team then vets people who submit their entries and interviews them to get additional details about their experiences.

Frank Cioffi, who runs a nonprofit economic development corporation in Vermont, was one of the thousands of people who read Maddie’s obituary and it gave him the courage to share Alexa’s story, he told BuzzFeed News.

Frank also helped Seven Days raise money to sponsor a yearlong series about Vermont’s opioid crisis that the newsweekly hired O’Neill to write about after Maddie’s obituary went viral.

“I did it because it’s time for people to come out of the shadows that are dealing with this,” Frank said. “And to understand that it’s not shameful. It’s a reality. And it isn’t going to go away unless people step up and do something.”

The All Our Hearts website.

Since 1999, around 400,000 people have died from overdoses involving prescription and illicit opioids in the US, prompting President Donald Trump to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency in 2017.

And on Friday, the CEOs of major drug manufacturers and distributors are set to discuss a potential $50 billion deal to settle a massive federal lawsuit brought against them by several state and local governments seeking to hold drug companies responsible for fueling the US opioid epidemic. The trial is slated to begin in Ohio next week.

There were 108 opioid-related accidental deaths in Vermont in 2017, a 12% increase from 2016, according to the Vermont Department of Health. The number of opioid-related deaths involving cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the state also increased in 2018.

Resmer acknowledged that the project has initially struggled with racial diversity, given the small number of entries it received in a state that is 94% white.

She said her team is trying to overcome that by reaching out to multiracial student groups at colleges in Burlington and by “actively searching for people of color” who have spoken out about their loved ones’ connection to the opioid crisis.

Melissa Sheppard’s 34-year-old brother, Virgil Sheppard, died in Ohio after he shot up what he thought was heroin, but was a “mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and cocaine,” she wrote in his memorial. “The police said he had gotten ahold of something that he didn’t even know what he had. It went straight to his heart and killed him.”

Melissa, 34, told BuzzFeed News that it “hurts to tell” people how her brother, who loved football and Tom Petty, ended up dead in 2017.

Virgil Sheppard with his sister Melissa Sheppard.

“But I also want people to hear,” she said. “I don’t think people talk about it enough. I want people to know that’s what took my brother and I want people to be held accountable,” Melissa said, calling for harsher punishments for those who sell the drugs.

While Frank Cioffi has been a behind-the-scenes advocate for addressing the opioid crisis in Vermont after his daughter died, he said it wasn’t easy for him either to share the details of Alexa’s death with strangers on the internet.

“But it’s important to know that it’s horrible,” he said. “It was a horrible experience watching her die.”

He said he wanted to “graphically tell what our life was like” with the hope that it would give courage to other addicts and families who are suffering to seek help before it was too late.

Alexa’s son Frankie.

Alexa, who was “outgoing, gregarious” and was “always adopting dogs,” broke her wrist in a car accident at 17 and was prescribed painkillers, Frank wrote in the memorial. She liked them, he said, but didn’t get “super addicted” until her mid-twenties.

“I kind of was oblivious to something being really wrong until she stole from family members, and that led to the discussion: ‘What do you need this money for?’” Frank wrote.

Frank adopted his grandson, Frankie, as his own son after Alexa’s death.

“I wish you were here to see your son every day,” Frank wrote in the memorial to his daughter. “You would delight in everything he does. And he looks like you, too. He is beautiful.”

Chandra Hill’s father, Dennis Hill, wrote that his little girl who loved horses and was “the lady of the household” became homeless because of the financial struggles her heroin addiction caused.

Dennis told BuzzFeed News that his daughter was on the streets of Wisconsin for about six to eight months during her addiction.

“That’s what addiction will do,” he wrote in the memorial for Chandra.

Chandra, 31, who died by suicide in 2011 was “a victim of a broken mental health system that was trying ‘Band-Aid’ approaches to treatment,” her father wrote.

In 2018, Dennis opened Chandra’s House of Hope, a sober living home for young women in Madison, Wisconsin.

Chandra Hill with her father Dennis Hill.

The underlying motivation for the All Our Hearts families who spoke to BuzzFeed News was the need to channel their grief into doing something positive for the community and to bring awareness to other families struggling with the opioid crisis.

On Oct. 7, nearly a year after Maddie’s obituary went viral, the grieving father of a 31-year-old woman who died of an overdose in Vermont, published another widely shared obituary on Seven Days.

“Though shadowed by opiate addiction, Megan enjoyed a big smile and an infectious laugh,” Edwin Webbley wrote in the obituary that detailed his daughter’s 14-year battle with opioids, which she was prescribed after falling off a cliff.

She left behind four children who were “collectively the light of her dark life,” Webbley wrote.

In the obituary, Webbley appealed to the state’s Department of Children and Families to rethink its policy to punish mothers with addiction and separate them from their children. He urged them to consider enhanced funding and rehabilitation for addicted mothers.

“We, as a state, are overwhelmed by addiction,” Webbley wrote. “We have almost nowhere to turn.”

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Lucifer season 5 episodes: What is Lucifer season 5, episode 5 called? What does it mean?

Sadly, Lucifer is coming to an end with season five being the show’s last ever series. Filming for the 16-episode final run has already begun and the cast and crew have been teasing small details about what fans can expect along the way. The Lucifer Writer’s Room has been revealing the episode titles of the new series every week on their Twitter account, but are keeping their lips sealed regarding plot details. The latest episode title to be announced is episode five.

What is Lucifer season 5, episode 5 called?

Lucifer season five, episode five is called Detective Amenadiel.

The episode is written by show creator Joe Henderson and will be directed by Sam Hill.

The official Lucifer Writers Room account revealed the title on Twitter, alongside a photograph of the script.

Earlier this week, the writer’s room teased fans on Twitter about the latest title and fans were quick to guess the title correctly.

They tweeted:”#Lucifer 505 title clue gets harder this time as you Lucifans are way too clever. Here ya go. 2 words: ********E A********”

One fan even replied: “If it’s not Detective Amenadiel then what’s the point.”

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What does the Lucifer season 5, episode 5 title mean?

Confirming the episode title, the Lucifer Writer’s room tweeted: “ Congratulations to all you super sleuth Lucifans! Amenadiel in police blues? Or— is he Dan’s new partner? Or Chloe’s?!? Tell us @Henderson_Joe !!”

By the sounds of it, Amenadiel will be working closely with the LAPD for the first time.

Perhaps he will be stepping in for Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis) who returned to hell at the end of season four.

Whether he will be working with Dan (Kevin Alejandro), Ella (Aimee Garcia) or Chloe (Lauren German) remains unknown.

Chloe may have even ventured to hell to find Lucifer, so he may be stepping into her shoes on Earth.

On the other hand, Amenadiel may be doing some detective work on his own, perhaps looking into his existence.

Amenadiel is one of God’s angels and the older brother of Lucifer.

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The only reason Amenadiel is on earth was to convince Lucifer to return to Hell and now Lucifer has returned, what is his purpose?

Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement about what is in store for Amenadiel in season five.

One fan wrote: “Amenadiel in police blue – oh yes.”

A second fan tweeted: “Oh my god “Detective Amenadiel.” Wow, I just imagined him in the guise of a detective, I wanted him to be a detective. I think he is more likely to be Dan’s partner, because, as Chloe already has a partner and he is the best and she will not exchange him for another. ”

A third fan commented: “Detective Amenadiel, tracing back all of the questions we need to know the answers for. Joe said he wrote this one and it answers everything. So Amenaďiel turns detective and ‘hopefully’ finds out the answers as to why: Vulnerability, Miracle status, Ella and RaeRae, and a case!

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What are the Lucifer season 5 episode titles?

There are 16 episodes in the final season of Lucifer, compared to season four’s 10-episode run.

So far, the first five episode titles of the new season have been revealed.

Episode one of Lucifer season five is called Really Sad Devil Guy.

The second episode of the series is titled Lucifer! Lucifer! Lucifer!

The third instalment is named ¡Diablo!” and the fourth is called It Never Ends Well for the Chicken.

Lucifer season five is titled Detective Amenadiel and episode six will be revealed next week.

Express.co.uk will update this article will be updated when the remaining episode titles are announced.

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Pink Floyd Unearth ‘Money’ In-Concert Film From 1994 Tour

Pink Floyd have unearthed the in-concert film that appeared on screens during the band’s performance of “Money” on their 1994 tour, one of the many audiovisual oddities featured in the upcoming box set The Later Years.

The quirky clip is like a Hipgnosis-designed album cover come to life, with a bizarre bartering system, a B-movie grade flying saucer and swimming pools full of money somehow weaving together to issue an allegorical warning about inflation and capitalism.

The “Money” film — one of the many made-for-concert visuals Pink Floyd rolled out during their 1994 trek in support of The Division Bell — features within the 16-disc The Later Years, due out November 29th. The box set is packed with the then-trio’s final studio LPs and live albums, plus rarities, concert films, unreleased music videos, two 7″ singles, a remixed A Momentary Lapse of Reason and more.

Pink Floyd previously shared an “early version” of The Division Bell closer “High Hopes,” which resides among the 13 hours of unreleased material stored in The Later Years.

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‘The Irishman:’ Here’s Every One of Netflix’s Theatrical Locations and Screening Times

Wondering where you can watch “The Irishman” when it’s released November 1? Lucky for you, distributor Netflix launched a website where you can find every location and screening time for Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic.

While a web and social media presence is a key marketing play for most movies, viewers are likely to find the website for Scorsese’s latest particularly useful. Netflix is giving the 3 ½-hour film a very limited theatrical release for less than a month before making it available to stream starting November 27.

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The movie website’s map illustrates just how limited — large swaths of the country won’t be able to catch the film on the big screen. If you live in Colorado, for instance, you’d have to drive either to Tulsa, Oklahoma, or Palm Desert, California, for the nearest screening. Diehard fans in that position will find the website is a handy tool compared to googling showtimes in random nearby cities. You can check showtimes and view trailers at theirishman-movie.com.

“The Irishman,” based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” premiered to raves at the New York Film Festival last month. It stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who became a mob hitman and played a role in union boss Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. Al Pacino stars as the notorious mob-connected Teamsters president. Joe Pesci also stars as mob boss Russell Bufalino.

In his “A” review, IndieWire chief critic Eric Kohn called “The Irishman” Scorsese’s best crime movie since “Goodfellas” was released in 1990 “and a pure, unbridled illustration of what has made his filmmaking voice so distinctive for nearly 50 years.”

Netflix is pulling out all the stops for the Oscar contender. It will play two screenings a day at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre (which Netflix is in talks to buy) and in New York at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre.

Notably absent from the calendar are showings at national theater chains like AMC. Netflix’s preferred short theatrical window has proven to be a point of contention between the streaming giant and exhibitors, which are steadfast in their desire for films to abide by the traditional 90-day exclusive period before movies hit streaming.

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The Office's Jenna Fischer Responds to Chrissy Teigen's Pam and Jim Theory


Pam and Jim are done? Not so fast.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday, October 17, Jenna Fischer addressed Chrissy Teigen‘s recent theory that claims that 10 years after The Office‘s Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pamela Beesly got married, they were probably divorced.

“[They’re] together!” Fischer, 45, told Cohen on the show. “They are together.”

On October 13, Teigen, 33, posted a poll on Twitter to ask The Office fans their thoughts about the show’s beloved couple. “It has been 10 years since Jim and Pam got married,” she wrote. “Do you think they are still together, separated, divorced or open marriage?”

Seventy percent of the voters chose “together,” but the model didn’t agree. “Guys I’m loving your endless love optimism here but I didn’t ask what you HOPE for, I asked what you actually think,” the Lip Sync Battle cohost wrote. “I think they’re together but Philly Jim likes a taste of the high life and bottle service with athletes and Pam still can’t figure out her phone so he never has to answer FaceTimes and he never gets caught. Pam is unhappy but content with their income and children so she’s like whatever and draws things for Etsy like cozy home signs (wait is this me).”

She then noted: “Phyllis and Bob are def still together. Dwight and Angela still together. Michael and Holly definitely together. Mathematically (i got a C+) SOMEONE here has to be divorced. It’s Jim and Pam.”

During Fischer’s late-night appearance, she was joined former costar Angela Kinsey. The women, who just launched the “Office Ladies” podcast, gave their own predictions about what was happening with the characters today.

Angela Martin and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) have “had many Schrute babies — they’re everywhere,” Kinsey, 48, said of her character’s trajectory. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) are “happily married and they have two kids,” Fischer added.

However, not every couple remains. Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) are “on-again, off-again,” Fischer guessed.

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Joe Scarborough Unloads On Donald Trump’s Base For Swallowing His Lies

Joe Scarborough on Friday tore into President Donald Trump’s hardcore supporters who unquestioningly accept his lies as the gospel truth.

The host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” urged Trump’s base to spend just three seconds watching the news, reading their local newspaper or searching credible sites on Google. If they had done so, he said, they would have realized that the president’s claim at a Thursday rally in Dallas that the Kurds are happy with Turkey’s temporary pause on its attacks on Kurdish-held northern Syria was untrue. The attacks began last week after Trump withdrew U.S. support for Kurdish allies in the region.

“It’s the responsibility of the people that show up at those rallies to not be stupid, to not be so stupid that they should be kept away from blenders,” said Scarborough, adding that it was a “horrible deal for the Kurds.”

“The responsibility, you know, sure it’s with the president, but at this point it’s with the people cheering and waving things, Trump flags, in the audience,” he continued. “They have a responsibility to not be dumb, and they have a responsibility to be informed. They have a responsibility not to be ignorant, and all I’m asking is that they just spend two or three minutes actually looking at the news and educating themselves.”

Scarborough said “just about everything” Trump said on stage in Texas Thursday about the Middle East, the Kurds and Turkey was false — and that the consequences would be dire.

“We’re all going to pay for it,” he warned. “You’re going to pay for it. We’re going to pay for it. Our children are going to pay for it. Our country’s going to pay for it with the rise of ISIS. This is coming again.”

Check out Scarborough’s comments starting at the 10-minute mark above.

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Las Vegas Will Temporarily Allow People to Pay for Parking Tickets with Food Donations

Calling all charitable Las Vegas residents looking to find a silver lining in being issued a pesky parking ticket.

The Las Vegas City Council has unanimously voted to allow people to temporarily pay for tickets with food donations ahead of the holiday season, according to a press release from the city.

The alternative payment option will be eligible for non-public safety parking infractions issued between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16.

Any supplies the city receives will be donated to the Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a nonprofit that provides assistance to low income and disabled senior citizens.

Those with unpaid tickets who want to participate can bring non-perishable food items (of equal or greater value to their fine) to the Las Vegas Parking Services Offices within 30 days of the ticket date with a receipt of purchase, according to the press release.

It’s not the first time the city has done something similar: In July, drivers with tickets were given the option of paying them off with school supply donations.

Pens, pencils, erasers, index cards, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, card stock, storage bins, pencil sharpeners, rulers, and sticky notes were all accepted in lieu of payment for tickets received between June 19 and July 19.

The City Council adopted an ordinance in 2016 that allowed occasional periods in which charitable donation were accepted in lieu of parking fine payments.

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Fall TV Freshman Report Card: Here Are 25+ Ways to Improve 15 New Shows

The 2019 fall TV season is truly underway, now that every single new broadcast series has made its debut. So, how is this year’s freshman class performing?

Even though the newcomers have only aired a handful of episodes — The CW’s Batwoman and Nancy Drew have had just two outings thus far — first impressions are a big deal, and even the strongest comedies and dramas have room for improvement.

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To that end, the TVLine staff has come up with more than 25 suggestions for how 15 of the fall’s new shows can work out their kinks, while also recognizing what these shows have been doing right during their first few weeks on the air.

How can Batwoman fly even higher? Should Perfect Harmony change its tune? Which Almost Family matters need to be addressed? What would make Bob Hearts Abishola more lovable? How can Evil become very good?

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This Cult-Favorite Clay Mask Is the Only Product That Really Unclogs My Pores

A few months ago, I made a personal declaration of ceasefire with my longtime nemesis: the congested pores that dot my nose. My large pores and I have been waging war ever since I was 11, and I’ve tried just about everything to clear them up. My pore-minimizing weapons of choice included strips, masks, extractions, facials, chemical exfoliators, and physical exfoliators, but nothing worked for me. After yet another night of struggle, I resigned myself to making peace with these stubborn pores and gave up — until I tried Peach and Lily’s new Pore Proof Perfecting Clay Mask.

Now here’s a confession: I’ve been a longtime fan of Peach and Lily ever since I started using its Glass Skin Refining Serum ($39; ulta.com) and Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Moisturizer ($40, ulta.com). They’ve given me the glowiest skin that I’ve ever had, and so when Peach and Lily announced three new products in August, I clamored to snap them up with my credit card at the ready. The two new products that I had my eye on — the Cold Brew Eye Stick ($28; ulta.com) and the Overnight Start Sleeping Mask ($43; ulta.com) — were sold out instantly. The only product still available was the Pore Proof Perfecting Clay Mask, which I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant to try. To be quite honest, I was skeptical that this pink clay mask could take on my headstrong pores when all else had failed.

What finally convinced me to buy it, however, was its ingredients list. I was intrigued that this mask was infused with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, so it’s meant to be soft and hydrating. I liked the idea of using this mask not as a pore cleaner but as a soothing face mask. So with very few expectations, I made the purchase. And boy, did this product exceed my expectations. The moment I opened the jar, I knew this was something different — something I had never tried before. The first thing I noticed was how the fragrance-free clay mask carried a delicate wild cherry and strawberry scent (that, no exaggeration, feels like being out in the garden on a beautiful day). I slathered on this mask and was instantly impressed by its smooth consistency. Unlike other clay masks, Peach and Lily’s doesn’t instantly dry up, and its gentle kaolin clay doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

When I washed off the clay mask after 15 minutes, I was blown away by the results. The pores on my cheek and my blackheads looked visibly smaller, cleaner, and decongested. While the other clay masks I’ve tried have always left my face feeling scratchy and parched, this mask left my skin super soft. I immediately put on my serum and moisturizer to lock in the hydration, and to my surprise, my entire face looked smooth, bright, and clear when I woke up the next morning.

Suffice it to say, I’m in love with this mask, and it’s obvious that I'm not the only one. Since launching in August, this mask has sold out twice within a few hours on Peach and Lily’s website, according to the brand. Fortunately, this mask was restocked not long ago and is currently available on Ulta. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally conquered the blackheads that have long been my nemesis, and found the one product that hydrates, minimizes, and visibly clears my pores. Victory, at last.

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Charlie Puth Gets Teary for Winning the Geller Cup From Courteney Cox

A huge fan of ‘Friends’, the ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ singer sits with the actress known for her role as Monica Geller on the sitcom for the latest edition of Billboard’s ‘Quizzed’ series.

AceShowbizCharlie Puth had to dial back his emotions during a recent interview with “Friends” star Courteney Cox when she handed him her mug from the show.

Puth grew up a huge fan of the sitcom and he never missed an episode, so Billboard editors decided to see just how good his “Friends” knowledge is and called in an expert to quiz him during a 15-minute online segment.

Cox asked him to sing the lyrics to “Smelly Cat”, which Lisa Kudrow‘s character Phoebe Buffay sang on the show, and name a favourite recipe she cooked for her TV husband Matthew Perry – a question he got wrong.

But she declared him a “winner” at the end of the quiz and as Puth stood up to perform the “Friends” theme tune, she handed him a very special prize, explaining it was her cup from the show, which had been “by my bed since show wrapped”.

As Charlie fought back tears, Cox added, “Well, you should cry because this is everything!”.

She then asked, “Are you really crying?”, prompting the “See You Again” singer to respond, “Yeah, I don’t know why”.

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