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Best friends Catie O’Neil and Olivia Burrows make $33,000 a month with silk fake tan removal glove

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Two best friends who created a fake tan removal glove based on an ancient Turkish bathing ritual have made upwards of $33,000 in the past month.

After learning about the exfoliating benefits of the ‘kese mitt’ in the grand bazaar of Istanbul in June 2019, Catie O’Neill, 25, returned to the Yarra Valley, one hour’s drive north-east of Melbourne, to quit her job in marketing and start a skincare business.

A kese mitt is a delicate glove used to remove dead skin in a hammam, a Middle Eastern steam room and bath. It’s specially woven to suit dry, sensitive complexions. 

Joined by schoolmate Olivia Burrows, 26, Ms O’Neil set up an office in her father’s garden shed and travelled back and forth to Turkey where she found a small textile factory in the country’s northwest to weave the mitts from 100 percent silk.

The $34.95 ‘My Glow 2’ exfoliating glove launched in November 2019, and since then the childhood pals have been earning an average of $26,665 a month – putting them on track to turn over $320,000 inside their first year of trading.

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Childhood friends Olivia Burrows (left) ad Catie O'Neill (right) who launched a silk fake tan removal glove based on an ancient Turkish bathing ritual and now make $33,000 a month

Childhood friends Olivia Burrows (left) ad Catie O'Neill (right) who launched a silk fake tan removal glove based on an ancient Turkish bathing ritual and now make $33,000 a month

Childhood friends Olivia Burrows (left) ad Catie O’Neill (right) who launched a silk fake tan removal glove based on an ancient Turkish bathing ritual and now make $33,000 a month

Daily Mail Australia has verified this figure from the company’s financial statements.

Ms O’Neill was browsing markets in on holiday in central Istanbul when she met the owner of a fabric store who convinced her to buy a kese mitt.

Astounded by the effects which left her skin smooth, supple and silky soft, she brought a glove home for Ms Burrows to try for herself. 

‘I didn’t think I had that much dead skin, but it literally came off in front of my eyes,’ Ms O’Neill recalled. 

‘Olivia had keratosis pilaris [a condition where the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, blocking hair follicles and causing lumps to develop] on her chest and arms and it completely removed the bumps and redness.’

The exfoliating glove which gently sloughs off fake tan and dead skin in seconds

The exfoliating glove which gently sloughs off fake tan and dead skin in seconds

The exfoliating glove which gently sloughs off fake tan and dead skin in seconds

A customer's fake tanned leg before (left) and after (right) being scrubbed with the $34.95 'My Glow 2' glove

A customer's fake tanned leg before (left) and after (right) being scrubbed with the $34.95 'My Glow 2' glove

A customer’s fake tanned leg before (left) and after (right) being scrubbed with the $34.95 ‘My Glow 2’ glove

A product description on the brand’s website claims the glove naturally and easily removes fake tan and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and cellulite, making skin look younger.

It also promises to prevent ingrown hair and lessen the severity of scarring and stretch marks. 

Customer videos posted on Instagram show the glove in action, lifting scaly fake tan and dry skin off in a single movement. 

‘It wasn’t widely known in Australia or the US so we just said let’s give this a go after seeing the results ourselves,’ said Ms Burrows.

‘The Turkish approach to beauty is ritualistic, almost orgasmic – it’s a slower, more thoughtful process, a time to reconnect the mind and the body.’

That ethos is resonating with health and environmentally conscious consumers as a growing number gravitate towards ‘natural’ cosmetic alternatives.

‘Girls have responded so well. There’s a huge market for the removal of fake tan without chemicals,’ Ms O’Neill said. 

A customer holds the My Glow 2 glove in an Instagram photo, captioned: 'Wow, this is a game changer!'

A customer holds the My Glow 2 glove in an Instagram photo, captioned: 'Wow, this is a game changer!'

A customer holds the My Glow 2 glove in an Instagram photo, captioned: ‘Wow, this is a game changer!’

Before (left) and after (right) exfoliating with the Turkish-inspired silk mitt

Before (left) and after (right) exfoliating with the Turkish-inspired silk mitt

Before (left) and after (right) exfoliating with the Turkish-inspired silk mitt

Demand may be there, but the girls are facing a logistical nightmare with Melburnians corralled in stage three lockdown for at least another three weeks to curb soaring infection rates in the virus-stricken state.

How to use a My Glow 2 exfoliating glove 

1. Soak in the bath or shower for five to 10 minutes until skin is soft.

2. Step out of the water and gently rub the glove over your body in sweeping circulation motions. It needs friction to work, so the glove itself should be dry.

3. Rinse exfoliated skin and wash the glove in natural soap.

4. Moisturise as normal.

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Still, My Glow 2 is among the few Victorian businesses at the epicentre of Australia’s second wave likely to benefit from the draconian measures, if online sales from the first phase of isolation are anything to go by.

Shoppers became beauty obsessed during quarantine from March to May, with department store Myer reporting a 520 percent increase in beauty product sales and a 600 percent rise in skincare purchases year-on-year from 2019 to 2020.

Cosmetics website Adore Beauty saw a 61.2 percent increase in sales of face masks and a 62.7 percent in sales of exfoliators between March and April.

Social media has been the biggest driver of the girls’ financial success, chiefly TikTok which they say has generated ‘exponential’ growth since May.

‘It’s really exploded’ said Ms O’Neill.

The girls have forged lucrative partnerships with some of Australia and Britain’s biggest influencers, with Melbourne’s Shani Grimmond and Love Island UK’s Malin Anderson both endorsing the glove to their combined following of almost 2 million.

‘Sales have fluctuated depending on who we’ve worked with, but Instagram has been a huge part of our story,’ Ms Burrows said.

‘We wanted to collaborate with people who were aligned with the natural beauty approach.’

However the past six months have not been without challenges. 

Influencers hold 'My Glow 2' packaging in a promotional shot for Instagram

Influencers hold 'My Glow 2' packaging in a promotional shot for Instagram

Influencers hold ‘My Glow 2’ packaging in a promotional shot for Instagram

Coronavirus restrictions have disrupted the European supply chain, leaving the girls without products they had hoped to launch during winter.

‘COVID has definitely delayed a lot of our plans, but we hope to be expanding by the end of the year,’ Ms Burrows said.

‘Generally we’ve been one of the lucky ones, it’s had such a positive impact on us [in terms of online sales].’ 

They’ve been sold out for weeks, with a restock scheduled for mid-August, shipping delays notwithstanding.

The business partners are currently working on a wider range of tools inspired by ancient beauty treatments from Egypt and Japan, with sights set on a collection made from native Australian botanicals in the near future.

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Donald Trump criticized for saying ‘1917’ Spanish Flu pandemic ended World War Two

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The U.S. President has been criticized for claiming the ‘1917’ Spanish Flu pandemic ended World War Two, which did not begin until 1939. 

Donald Trump once again referenced the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic in comparison to the coronavirus crisis during a White House press briefing on Monday. 

He accidentally connected it to World War II which began more than two decades later.

President Trump said the 'great pandemic' of 1917 'probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick'

President Trump said the 'great pandemic' of 1917 'probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick'

President Trump said the ‘great pandemic’ of 1917 ‘probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick’

‘The closest thing is in 1917 they say, right? The great pandemic, certainly as a terrible thing,’ Trump said. 

Then he said it ‘probably ended the Second World War, all the soldiers were sick.’ 

The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, lasted from February 1918 to April 1920.

It infected an estimated 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time – in four successive waves. 

The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million. 

New York City celebrating VJ Day at the end of World War Two in Japan 1945. Trump connected the flu pandemic of 1918 to the end of the war

New York City celebrating VJ Day at the end of World War Two in Japan 1945. Trump connected the flu pandemic of 1918 to the end of the war

New York City celebrating VJ Day at the end of World War Two in Japan 1945. Trump connected the flu pandemic of 1918 to the end of the war

A White House official clarified to USA Today that Trump was referring to World War I. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the deployment of troops during WWI could have helped contribute to the spread of the Spanish Flu.

World War I ended after Germany surrendered on November 11, 1918. On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Nations, including Britain, France, Italy and Russia, signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the war.

Some took to Twitter to point out the President’s blunder. Actress and activist Sophia Bush tweeted:  ‘The Second World War ended in … 1945.

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‘So to recap things we’ve learned since 2016 … 45 hasn’t read the Constitution, hasn’t read the Bible (but likes to hold one upside down), and clearly never took a US History class. Or … math? Cool cool, very cool.’ 

Rep. Eric Swalwell wrote: ‘The Second World War ended in 1945. It’s cruel for @DonaldJTrumpJr and family to let @realDonaldTrump stand out there like this.’ 

Star Trek actor George Takei warned against ‘distorting history’. He wrote: ‘The president thinks the Spanish Flu probably ended World War Two (!) because “all the soldiers were sick.” 

‘The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki fell 75 years ago yesterday, bringing a long and devastating war to a shattering, violent end. Remember history. Don’t distort it.’ 

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Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton emerges as a ‘sex symbol’ of the coronavirus crisis

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Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Brett Sutton has amassed thousands of female followers since the pandemic took hold, with one photo in particular setting tongues wagging.    

Fans of Prof Sutton, who has fronted near-daily press conferences during the crisis, call themselves ‘Sutttonettes’. 

Victoria's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton (pictured) has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the nation's coronavirus pandemic

Victoria's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton (pictured) has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the nation's coronavirus pandemic

Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton (pictured) has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the nation’s coronavirus pandemic

Sutton's (pictured left with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews) as made almost daily appearance in press conferences

Sutton's (pictured left with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews) as made almost daily appearance in press conferences

Sutton’s (pictured left with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews) as made almost daily appearance in press conferences

He is known to these women as ‘Sexysutton’, ‘Chief Swoon officer’, ‘Dr Brett McHun’k and ‘CHOttie’.

The past few weeks fans have come together on social media to offer support for the hardworking professor, from Facebook to Twitter and even TikTok. 

One Facebook group, ‘Brett Sutton is Hot’, has more than 9,000 followers, while the less popular ‘Brett Sutton Fan Club’ has 2,000 members and growing.   

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them. 

The highly respected Professor is known to his female fans as 'Sexysutton', 'Chief Swoon officer', 'Dr Brett McHun'k and 'CHOttie'

The highly respected Professor is known to his female fans as 'Sexysutton', 'Chief Swoon officer', 'Dr Brett McHun'k and 'CHOttie'

The highly respected Professor is known to his female fans as ‘Sexysutton’, ‘Chief Swoon officer’, ‘Dr Brett McHun’k and ‘CHOttie’

Across the fan pages women are sharing photographs and video clips of Professor Sutton, with one particular photo from his past emerging time and time again

Across the fan pages women are sharing photographs and video clips of Professor Sutton, with one particular photo from his past emerging time and time again

Across the fan pages women are sharing photographs and video clips of Professor Sutton, with one particular photo from his past emerging time and time again

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring is also proving particularly popular

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring is also proving particularly popular

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring is also proving particularly popular

Across the fan pages women share photographs and video clips of Prof Sutton, with one image from his past emerging time and time again.

The photograph features a young Prof Sutton in a sleeveless shirt with flowing shoulder-length hair staring directly into the camera.

Some fans likened the young medical professional to Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder or Australian rock legend Michael Hutchence in his heyday.

‘Ok, I’m sold! I was always wondering why I found Prof Brett Sutton alluringly familiar… there’s a bit of Eddie there,’ one woman wrote. 

‘Let’s clone him,’ another swooned. 

‘Take me back to 1991.’

Victoria’s top medical adviser was only 20 at the time, working in Zanzibar in 1991 as part of an overseas stint before returning to Australia. 

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring has proved particularly popular. 

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven’t gone unnoticed. 

One woman described his ‘sultry soothing tones’ while another spoke of his ‘wonderfully calming face’ which made her ‘feel really safe listening to him.’

When false rumours swirled last week Prof Sutton had resigned, fans went into meltdown. 

Dozens of memes have been inspired by the clinician since his raise to fame during the COVID-19 crisis

Dozens of memes have been inspired by the clinician since his raise to fame during the COVID-19 crisis

Dozens of memes have been inspired by the clinician since his raise to fame during the COVID-19 crisis 

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven't gone unnoticed

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven't gone unnoticed

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven’t gone unnoticed

‘There will mayhem on the streets of Victoria if he does.. women will protest… it will be ANARCHY I tell you!’ one woman wrote.

‘Seriously, he can’t leave we depend on him, we need him!’

But fans were pleased to discover Prof Sutton was simply taking a two-day reprieve from his role as the state’s top medical adviser. 

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of homewares including kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of homewares including kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of homewares including kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them

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Ghislaine Maxwell moans about conditions at ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail

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Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about conditions inside the ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail where she is being kept ahead of her sex crimes trial. 

The 58-year-old British socialite is being subjected to multiple searches each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said, despite recently being taken off suicide watch.

The searches and surveillance should be stopped, her lawyers said, while requesting that she be be taken out of solitary confinement and placed in with other prisoners.

Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about being kept in solitary confinement and under constant surveillance at a 'hell-hole' Brooklyn jail (seen in a recent court sketch)

Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about being kept in solitary confinement and under constant surveillance at a 'hell-hole' Brooklyn jail (seen in a recent court sketch)

Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about being kept in solitary confinement and under constant surveillance at a ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail (seen in a recent court sketch)

Maxwell wants to be moved into general population and allowed more computer time so she can prepare a defense to claims she helped friend Jeffrey Epstein traffick girls for sex (file)

Maxwell wants to be moved into general population and allowed more computer time so she can prepare a defense to claims she helped friend Jeffrey Epstein traffick girls for sex (file)

Maxwell wants to be moved into general population and allowed more computer time so she can prepare a defense to claims she helped friend Jeffrey Epstein traffick girls for sex (file)

Her legal team say she is only being subjected to the ‘onerous’ conditions because friend Jeffrey Epstein died while awaiting trial, in what was ruled a suicide.

They argue that she ‘has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide,’ but is still woken up every few hours during the night and forced to wear special clothing.

She has also been forced to undergo body scans, lawyer Chris Everdell wrote in a letter seen by the New York Post, and is observed even while calling her attorneys.

‘Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees, which significantly impacts her ability to prepare a defense,’ he said. 

His letter asks that Maxwell ‘be released to the general population and be granted the privileges given to other pretrial detainees’.

Everdell also requested for her to be given more computer time in order to review the reams of documents relating to her case.

Further, his team are asking that she be given the names of three anonymous women who are accusing her of grooming an abusing them.

‘Maxwell cannot prepare for or receive a fair trial without this information,’ her lawyers argued.

Maxwell's lawyers say she is being subjected to 'onerous' conditions at Brooklyn's MDC (pictured) because Epstein died behind bars, and not because of any risk she poses

Maxwell's lawyers say she is being subjected to 'onerous' conditions at Brooklyn's MDC (pictured) because Epstein died behind bars, and not because of any risk she poses

Maxwell’s lawyers say she is being subjected to ‘onerous’ conditions at Brooklyn’s MDC (pictured) because Epstein died behind bars, and not because of any risk she poses

Jeffrey Epstein was initially charged with sex trafficking in Florida in 2006, before being hit with a 53-page FBI indictment the following year.

In 2008, he was offered a controversial plea deal that saw him sentenced to 18 months in prison for soliciting underage prostitutes.

He was then rearrested in July 2019 and charged with sex trafficking, when he was moved to a maximum security jail in Manhattan.

On August 10 he was found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and later died in what was officially ruled a suicide. 

Epstein had been on suicide watch but was taken off just days before his death, on the condition that he be placed with a cellmate and constantly monitored.

But the day before his body was found his cellmate was moved out and not replaced, and guards failed to carry out checks on him.

Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein’s ‘madam’ by finding him young women to abuse and then ‘training’ them to comply with his desires, was arrested on July 2 at a mansion she owned in New Hampshire.

She was transferred to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre on July 6, and has been held in solitary confinement since then. 

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