People Can’t Stop Talking About Netflix’s New Show, The Circle

We’re only a couple weeks into 2020, and there’s already one show that has everyone on the internet buzzing: Netflix‘s The Circle. It was really just a matter of time before the streaming giant got into the reality TV game—and here we are.

In The Circle, which is hosted by Michelle Buteau, contestants all move in to a single building, but each one is sequestered in their own apartment and they don’t physically interact with each other. Instead, they communicate via a specially-designed social media app where they create profiles that are then rated by the others. This means they can create any persona they want to—and think will resonate with the others. The two with the highest ratings become “influencers” while the rest are at risk of being “blocked” by said influencers. But there are often twists and turns thrown in along the way. The winner takes home $100,000.

The Netflix press site describes the show this way: “In The Circle you never know who you’re playing against as contestants bond, flirt, and plot, all in an effort to earn clout exclusively through a unique social media platform. Everyone’s competing to gain influence and avoid getting voted out. But who’s for real and who’s a catfish? With $100K on the line, what would you do—and who would you be—to win?”

People online can’t stop talking about The Circle, even if they feel a little bit guilty for watching it. “Anybody else start watching The Circle on Netflix as a joke and wind up getting sucked in??” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “The Circle sounds like my dream reality show. I’m in complete isolation in a nice apartment, no one is allowed to contact me except through social media and I get to scream at my TV all day?? Sign me up ASAP.”

See more reactions for yourself, below.

The Circle is currently streaming on Netflix.

11 Best Pillows for Side Sleepers, According to Die-Hard Reviews

Have you ever spent time thinking about what the best pillows for side sleepers are? Turns out the quest for a comfortable night’s sleep is quite popular in certain corners of the internet. It makes sense—we all have very specific things that help us fall asleep at night, whether it’s lavender spray, tips from a week of sleep bootcamp, or finding the perfect pillow.

Side sleeping is generally considered the healthiest position, according to Terry Cralle, RN and certified clinical sleep educator, but that doesn’t stop many of us who prefer it from waking up with all kinds of neck, back, and ear pain. That’s because, unlike stomach and back sleepers, side sleepers need extra support to keep their head and neck in a neutral position. Michael Breus, Ph.D., a Los Angeles clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, recommends a thick, firm pillow that “will fill the space between your outer shoulder to your ear, allowing your nose to be in line with the middle of your chest,” he says.

Breus also recommends replacing your bed pillows every 18 months. “If you’re using [a] pillow that’s five or six years old, you’re not getting the support you need—and you’re not sleeping as comfortably as you could,” he says. Not sure whether yours needs to be swapped out? Check for sweat stains, tears, and weird smells—all signs that your pillow (and pillowcase) has reached its final days.

Short of buying and testing rounds of pillows yourself, a useful place to start is with the people who’ve put in the hours on the top-rated pillows for side sleepers. We combed through thousands of reviews and found some strong opinions—from those who swear their decades of neck pain was gone in one night to people who claim they were lulled to bed in mere seconds. Here are the 11 best pillows for side sleepers, according to diehard reviews.

Some reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

11 Best Pillows for Side Sleepers, According to Die-Hard Reviewers

Have you ever spent time thinking about what the best pillows for side sleepers are? Turns out the quest for a comfortable night’s sleep is quite popular in certain corners of the internet. It makes sense—we all have very specific things that help us fall asleep at night, whether it’s lavender spray, tips from a week of sleep bootcamp, or finding the perfect pillow.

Side sleeping is generally considered the healthiest position, according to Terry Cralle, RN and certified clinical sleep educator, but that doesn’t stop many of us who prefer it from waking up with all kinds of neck, back, and ear pain. That’s because, unlike stomach and back sleepers, side sleepers need extra support to keep their head and neck in a neutral position. Michael Breus, Ph.D., a Los Angeles clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, recommends a thick, firm pillow that “will fill the space between your outer shoulder to your ear, allowing your nose to be in line with the middle of your chest,” he says.

Breus also recommends replacing your bed pillows every 18 months. “If you’re using [a] pillow that’s five or six years old, you’re not getting the support you need—and you’re not sleeping as comfortably as you could,” he says. Not sure whether yours needs to be swapped out? Check for sweat stains, tears, and weird smells—all signs that your pillow (and pillowcase) has reached its final days.

Short of buying and testing rounds of pillows yourself, a useful place to start is with the people who’ve put in the hours on the top-rated pillows for side sleepers. We combed through thousands of reviews and found some strong opinions—from those who swear their decades of neck pain was gone in one night to people who claim they were lulled to bed in mere seconds. Here are the 11 best pillows for side sleepers, according to diehard reviews.

Some reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

11 Best Pillows for Side Sleepers, According to Diehard Reviews

Have you ever spent time thinking about what the best pillows for side sleepers are? Turns out the quest for a comfortable night’s sleep is quite popular in certain corners of the internet. It makes sense—we all have very specific things that help us fall asleep at night, whether it’s lavender spray, tips from a week of sleep bootcamp, or finding the perfect pillow.

Side sleeping is generally considered the healthiest position, according to Terry Cralle, RN and certified clinical sleep educator, but that doesn’t stop many of us who prefer it from waking up with all kinds of neck, back, and ear pain. That’s because, unlike stomach and back sleepers, side sleepers need extra support to keep their head and neck in a neutral position. Michael Breus, Ph.D., a Los Angeles clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, recommends a thick, firm pillow that “will fill the space between your outer shoulder to your ear, allowing your nose to be in line with the middle of your chest,” he says.

Breus also recommends replacing your bed pillows every 18 months. “If you’re using [a] pillow that’s five or six years old, you’re not getting the support you need—and you’re not sleeping as comfortably as you could,” he says. Not sure whether yours needs to be swapped out? Check for sweat stains, tears, and weird smells—all signs that your pillow (and pillowcase) has reached its final days.

Short of buying and testing rounds of pillows yourself, a useful place to start is with the people who’ve put in the hours on the top-rated pillows for side sleepers. We combed through thousands of reviews and found some strong opinions—from those who swear their decades of neck pain was gone in one night to people who claim they were lulled to bed in mere seconds. Here are the 11 best pillows for side sleepers, according to diehard reviews.

Some reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Gigi Hadid, Patriot, Shows Up For Jury Duty For Harvey Weinstein Case

To quote one iconic tabloid column: Stars—they’re just like us.

On Monday morning, supermodel Gigi Hadid strutted toward the State Supreme Court in Manhattan to fulfill her civic responsibilities and report for jury duty. The 24-year-old was one of around 120 New Yorkers who answered the selection summons for Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial. If chosen, Hadid will help decide whether Weinstein serves a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and forcing oral sex on another woman in 2006. (He denies the charges; Weinstein is also facing a trial in Los Angeles, where he has been charged with forcible rape and forcible oral sex, as well as sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. The former movie-mogul claims these interactions were consensual.)

Molly Crane-Newman, a court reporter for the New York Daily News, reported that Hadid raised her hand when Judge James Burke asked if any of the potential jurors knew anyone on the defense or prosecution. She was seated just 20 feet from Weinstein.

“I have met the defendant,” Hadid said. “I have met Salma Hayek and possibly Ryan Beatty.”

But she added, “I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts.”

Hayek, currently starring in Like A Boss, published an op-ed in the New York Times in 2017 in which she claimed Weinstein harassed her when she starred in his 2002 movie Frida. Ryan Beatty is a pop singer.

Crane-Newman tweeted that Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, responded to the possibility of Hadid sitting on the Weinstein jury, saying, “She can be fair like everyone else.”

Earlier this week, per Deadline, Weinstein’s team submitted a motion that would have barred the media from being present during the questioning of potential jurors. Judge Burke denied the motion—and good thing, or we might have missed out both on our rights to transparent criminal justice proceedings and visuals of Hadid’s iconic courtroom fashion. (Peep her immaculate white T, oversized men’s blazer, and gold-rimmed aviators here.) But in all seriousness, it’s nice to see a famous person be a responsible citizen.

Over 2,000 New Yorkers have reportedly been summoned for selection in the Weinstein case, and hundreds have already been dismissed over scheduling issues or concerns with bias. Better to be like Hadid—show up for your country, show up for justice, show up for appropriating menswear to quietly telegraph that the violence-prone Boy’s Club in Hollywood is over, and our time has just begun. Then put that in your leopard-print bucket hat and smoke it.

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour.

Liam Hemsworth Was Photographed Kissing Rumored New Girlfriend Gabriella Brooks

It appears that Liam Hemsworth has officially moved on from Miley Cyrus. The Isn’t It Romantic actor was photographed kissing his rumored new girlfriend, model Gabriella Brooks, at a beach in Australia. New Idea has the photos, which you can look at here.

This is the second woman Hemsworth has been linked to since he and Cyrus confirmed their split in August 2019. In October, he was seen out and about with Dynasty actor Maddison Brown, but a source told Us Weekly in December the couple wasn’t serious: “Liam and Maddison weren’t that serious and were mainly having fun together.”

But his situation with Brooks seems to be different. In December, she had lunch with Hemsworth’s parents, who reportedly give the relationship a thumbs-up. “Liam feels comfortable with Gabriella,” the source also told Us. “His family approves of her and really likes her, which is very important to him.”

So here’s what we know about Brooks so far: Like we said, she’s a model from Sydney, Australia with nearly 190,000 Instagram followers. She dated Matthew Healy from The 1975 for four years (though they broke up this past fall, according to Cosmopolitan).

And her Instagram is full of enviable scenic shots. Here are a few from Byron Bay, which is where she reportedly had lunch with Hemsworth’s parents.

Liam Hemsworth hasn’t publicly discussed his breakup with Cyrus since August, when he wrote this brief message on Instagram: “Hi all. Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward. This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false. Peace and Love.”

Shortly after their breakup, Cyrus was linked to Kaitlynn Carter. She’s now dating Australian singer Cody Simpson.

Fenty Beauty Mascara: Full Frontal Reviews With Photos

We’re thirteen days into 2020, and Rihanna is already shaking fans up with the launch of a new Fenty Beauty mascara. Sure, it’s not the album fans have been begging for, but maybe it’s the next best thing?

Last week, Fenty announced its first-ever mascara, Full Frontal was on the way. People have been asking for Rih’s take on lashes since her brand first launched in 2017, so unsurprisingly the comments section was full of nearly 3,000 variations of “YAAS,” “finally!!” and heart-eye emojis.

Full Frontal is a bit of an overachiever. The brand calls it “the do-it-all mascara,” and claims it lifts, curls, lengthens, and volumizes thanks to its “flat-to-fat” brush, which has traditional rounded fluffy bristles on one side, and shorter, flat bristles on the other. Basically, it looks like a standard mascara wand that’s been flattened in the middle. The brand recommends using the fluffy side to load and lift lashes, and then going back over with the flat side to define and curl your lashes. The formula is also made to be buildable, sweat-proof, and smudge-resistant.

While that’s quite the instruction manual for a mascara, if it delivers full, fluttery lashes, we’re willing to make it work. We had six Glamour editors put the new Fenty Beauty mascara to the test before it launches (on January 16) to see if it lives up to the hype. The photos below compare the mascara on one eye (at right) to our regular lashes. Read on for our honest thoughts.

Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor

One of my all-time favorite mascara tricks is starting with a thick, fat mascara brush (like Too Faced’s Better Than Sex), then going back over it with a smaller, more spindly brush (like It Cosmetics’ Tightline) to grab and define every single lash. Leave it to Rihanna to take makeup artists’ best-kept secret and turn it into a product. It’s definitely a brush that takes a second to figure out—I had to keep staring at it to make sure I was using the right side—but once you’ve got the motions down you’ll watch your lashes double in length before your eyes. I’m a stan.

Bella Cacciatore, beauty associate

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I generally gravitate towards smaller, plastic mascara brushes, but for some reason I had a really good feeling about this one. Full Frontal has more of a whipped, fluffy texture, which usually doesn’t grab onto my stubby lashes, but this time it got all my lashes and gave them a pretty fanned out effect (crucial when you’re working with limited lashes in the first place). It’s very lightweight and didn’t get clumpy or crunchy, even though it took me about six layers to get the drama I wanted. I love the final result, but I did find the brush a little clunky (I only used the fat side to apply, the flat one didn’t do much for me), and I got a lot of mascara on my lid.

Perrie Samotin, digital director

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I’m still waiting for Rihanna’s new album, but she did bestow me with a great mascara so I guess I can be patient. Fenty’s Full Frontal added volume and length but what made it a real a winner for me is how subtly fanned-out it makes my lashes look, almost like I have a few falsies in. Another victory: Almost every mascara I try clumps on me, but this went on sleek and smooth.

Jenny Singer, staff writer

Courtesy of Jenny Singer 

I appreciate that the Fenty team tried to make a brush that would solve the riddle of mascara, which is essentially: How can something that’s supposed to thicken and darken your lashes also separate them? But I’m sad to report it didn’t exactly work for me—the fluffy part of the brush that’s supposed to deposit product wasn’t fluffy enough to boost my lashes, and the thin part of the brush that’s supposed to separate lashes wasn’t thin enough to comb clumps through. After a little clean up the results were nice, but my loyalty to L’Oréal Voluminous Original is unwavering. I think my lashes just need more of a classic brush.

Shanna Shipin, commerce editor

Courtesy of Shanna Shipin 

I love a fluffy mascara brush. I like to think the fluffier and more bristle-y a wand is, the more likely it’s going to pick up on all my eyelashes. So when I opened up the Full Frontal mascara I had high hopes. I wasn’t sure whether to go in with the fluffy or flat side first, but I went in with fluff then finished off with flat. After my first swipe I knew I’d have to be careful with the application—it’s the kind of mascara that with one wonky or overzealous motion, you’d immediately get formula all over your top or bottom lid. But after a few slow and careful layers—and very steady breathing—I was done applying and so happy with how it turned out. My lashes were perfectly fanned and evenly coated, and they didn’t give me raccoon eyes even after a full day of wearing. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this mascara for someone who tries to rush through their morning beauty routine (hi), but I think it works for night out looks (or anyone with a smidge of patience in the AM).

Erin Parker, commerce writer

Courtesy of Erin Parker 

As with any piece of music, fashion, or makeup by my personal savior Robyn Rihanna Fenty, this mascara felt meticulously designed and high quality when I held it in my hand. It definitely lengthened my short-ish, underwhelming eyelashes, but I wasn’t as blown away as I’ve been with other Fenty products, like the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (I’m shade 310, for any fellow medium-tan peeps who are interested), which has become a mainstay in my everyday routine. It’s not bad. It’s a nice mascara! I just don’t feel incredibly inclined to deem this my new go-to.

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara, $24 launches January 16 at sephora.com

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

It’s Ridiculous How Many Women Were Shut Out of the 2020 Oscar Nominations

Jennifer Lopez’s tour-de-force performance as den mother, PETA-defier, aerial artist, and champion of sex workers in Hustlers.

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Awkwafina’s listless, emotive star-turn in The Farewell. And Zhao Shuzhen’s joyful, memorable work as Nai Nai. And Diana Lin’s radically underrated performance as Lu Jian, Awkwafina’s character’s mother.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Us. Ana De Armas in Knives Out. Alfre Woodard in Clemency. Beanie Feldstein in Booksmart. Lee Jung Eun and Cho Yeo Jeong in Parasite. Sure, there isn’t room to nominate every woman who was superb. But there was seemingly plenty of room for half the blond actresses in Hollywood—and almost every 50+ man.

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And that’s not all, folks: Ruth E. Carter, who rocked the silver screen with her costumes and subsequent win for 2018’s Black Panther, was shut out this year for her work on Dolemite Is My Name. Even Beyoncé got snubbed: Her song Spirit, written for the live-action Lion King, didn’t get a nod.

In happier news, Cynthia Erivo got a nomination for “Stand Up,” the song she both performed and wrote for Harriet. And songwriter Diane Warren, who spent last year being dragged into interviews and asked whether the Ally songs in A Star Is Born are supposed to be good, got her comeuppance: Her song “I’m Standing With You,” from the movie Breakthrough, got a nomination. It’s Warren’s 11th (!) Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, and could be her first win.

Finally, some justice for “Why Did You Do That” (to me).

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @JeanValjenny.

The Queen Just Broke Her Silence on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Stepping Down

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. It turns out the reports were true: The queen really did host a family meeting on Monday, January 13, to discuss the situation with Meghan and Harry. And shortly after, she released this lengthy statement to the public:

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.

These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

See the statement for yourself, below:

From this, it appears the queen is relatively on board with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step out on their own and become more financially independent. But it’s clear decisions and logistics still have to be hammered out.

In their original statement announcing this news, Markle and Prince Harry wrote, “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. “

The Queen Just Broke Her Silence on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Stepping Down

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. It turns out the reports were true: The queen really did host a family meeting on Monday, January 13, to discuss the situation with Meghan and Harry. And shortly after, she released this lengthy statement to the public:

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.

“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

See the statement for yourself, below:

From this, it appears the queen is relatively on board with Meghan and Harry’s decision to step out on their own and become more financially independent. But it’s clear decisions and logistics still have to be hammered out.

In their original statement announcing this news, the couple wrote, “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. “