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Is This A Beauty Tool Or A Torture Device?

Beauty is terror.

  1. Beauty device or torture device?

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    Wrong! 

    This is Max Factor's "Beauty Micrometer" Machine, which in 1932 was used by Hollywood make-up artists to pinpoint where "facial corrections" needed to be made. It used screws and extremely precise measurements to determine how far from the "ideal measurements" a face was.

  1. Will this clean your boobs or massage it with a thousand tiny needles dipped in radiation cream?

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    This washes your boobs.

    I do not have an explanation as to why you would want to wash your boobs and not your entire body, but I guess people were more busy in the early 1900's? Here is the original advertisement, if you can read French.

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  1. Pick the correct product name and usage.

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    Modern Mechanix / Via blog.modernmechanix.com

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  1. What is this photo portraying?

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    This is a process in which your freckles are frozen off using carbon dioxide.

    It was a popular treatment in the 30's. Liquid nitrogen was also a thing decades later. Carbon dioxide freckle removal is actually still tested and used sometimes. Here's a clinical study from quite recently.

  1. Is this an electrical torture device or skin therapy popular with grandmothers?

    Via popsugar.com
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    This is the Rejuvenique Face Mask, which you can buy for a mere $179.98 on Amazon.

    It has pretty good reviews!

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  1. Is this a death machine?

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    Wrong! 

    This lowered atmospheric pressure around your head to simulate alpine conditions, for you to best achieve your "natural beauty".

  1. What is this a picture of?

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    This is a leg slenderizing machine, a 40's weight loss treatment popular in salons.

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  1. What is this?

  1. Would you sit in this tub?

    Via list25.com
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    "Sitting in the tub" was also a method of torture once upon a time.

    "Known as the punishment of ‘sitting in the tub,’ the convicted person would be placed in a wooden tub with only their head sticking out. The executioner would then paint their faces with milk and honey and let flies feast on them alive. The victim was fed regularly and after a few days they'd end up swimming in their own feces while bugs slowly ate them to death." Cheerful.

  1. Is this electrical object for torture or male patterned baldness?

    Via liveauctioneers.com
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    This is for dudes.

    Even dudes want to be pretty sometimes.

  1. Did this wire contraption work?

    Via historybyzim.com
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    The American Medical Association took the creator to task and said prolonged use could actually cause cancer.

    Though there's no online evidence of a patent or the AMA rebuke on the internet that is reputable, so this may just be a very bizarre joke. Besides that, the sentiment is still alive today. You can buy a plastic version of this on Amazon, which claims to "up the bra cheek line," for $30.

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  1. How was this product used in the 1800's?

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    Kind of a trick question -- it did both. Another name for it: devil's herb. That isn't morbid at all!

    Women used it as eyedrops to dilate the pupils to appear more attractive. It also kills you, which is, you know, pretty serious or whatever.

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  1. Is this a mask meant to punish wives that have misbehaved, or a mask to prevent wrinkles?

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    This is a facial contouring mask meant for wrinkles.

    To make matters worse, the elastic collar was tied corset-style around the throat. Have fun trying to get that off yourself.

  1. Pick the correct product description.

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    The magnet one. Yeah, I know.

    Via collectorsweekly.com
  1. Pick the product that won't kill you with extended use.

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    Even though it looks suspicious, using baking soda as part of your skincare regimen isn't going to make you seriously sick.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  1. What is this used for?

    Goldlucky.com / Via goldlucky.com
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    Boob roller!

    This is used to stimulate breast growth and firmness.

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  1. Pick the most terrifying object in the room.

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    Wrong! 

    "M'lady."