The $2.5 Million Makeup Heist Is On The Viral List

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Jeffree Star makeup has hit the black market, burrito blankets are the latest viral must-have, those poppy pictures all over Instagram have a dark story to tell, and more viral news to know this week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing1. $2.5 Million Worth of Jeffree Star’s Makeup Was Allegedly Stolen

The online celebrity explained in a YouTube video that “one of my stock and shipping facility warehouses was broken into and more than $2.5 million of product was stolen from me.” Now, he says products like his yet-to-be-released Magic Star Concealer have hit the makeup world’s black market, where they’re being resold across social media. The original YouTube video has over 11.5 million views, and tweets that add extra details have hundreds of thousands of likes. According to BuzzFeed News, the leak has caused Starr to decide to launch his concealer and new setting powders earlier than he originally planned. But Jeffree Star’s Next Level Fandom isn’t just engaging with the content he posts; they’re activating across the internet to sleuth out sellers, reports NewNowNext.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing2. Burrito Blankets Are Winning Social Media And Selling Out

Social media users are discovering a new way to maximize their coziness: wrapping themselves in tortilla-print blankets. Fox News reports an adult-sized burrito blanket went viral recently across Reddit, where one thread has over 17,000 upvotes, and Twitter, where one post has nearly 120,000 likes. The surge of interest in the delectable home décor caused the blanket to sell out on Big Cartel and briefly sell out (and be restocked) on Amazon, where it has 4.5 out of 5 stars. Now, a new spin on the trend is catching burrito-lovers’ attention. Meet: Tortilla Baby. Delish reports that the downsized version appeals to Tex-Mex-loving Millennial parents looking to wrap up their own Baby-rritos.…


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