Media WalesMiley Cyrus may enjoy getting bronzed from a bed, but if she lived in the UK, she wouldn't be able to. The BBC reports that British Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron, announced that the government is looking to ban those under 18 from using tanning beds. She is supporting a bill that demands a ban for minors as well as increased supervision over adult use of tanning machines. "Cancer Research UK's recent report, commissioned by the government, showed worrying levels of sunbed use by under 18s and confirmed that voluntary action by the industry is not enough to protect young people," says Merron. The study found that 250,000 11-to-17-year-olds in England use the beds.
Last week, a tanning salon owner was sentenced to community service after disobeying health and safety codes when an unsupervised 14-year-old received 70% burns. Scotland added a new law that bans underage kids from tanning beds this month. Skin cancer rates have more than quadrupled in the last 30 years, largely due
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Sat, Dec 19, 2009 12:41 AM EST
Media WalesMiley Cyrus may enjoy getting bronzed from a bed, but if she lived in the UK, she wouldn't be able to. The BBC reports that British Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron, announced that the government is looking to ban those under 18 from using tanning beds. She is supporting a bill that demands a ban for minors as well as increased supervision over adult use of tanning machines. "Cancer Research UK's recent report, commissioned by the government, showed worrying levels of sunbed use by under 18s and confirmed that voluntary action by the industry is not enough to protect young people," says Merron. The study found that 250,000 11-to-17-year-olds in England use the beds.Read More »from How young is too young? UK bans tanning beds for minors, Italy bans implants
Beyond the successes, the comebacks, the transformations, and the untimely deaths, this year was plagued with scandals and conflicts. Between extortion, cheating, abuse, theft, and overall bad behavior, these famous figures have earned their position in the 2009 Hall of Scorn.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 16, 2009 11:30 PM EST
Getty ImagesMarilyn Monroe famously said "diamonds are a girl's best friend," but maybe she should have said shoes. In a new study, over 92% of women could remember the first pair of shoes they bought with their own money, but more than one in three women polled could not recall their first kiss. Seriously?! We thought a first kiss was supposed to be a monumental occasion! Over 1,000 women were questioned for a survey on tszuji.co.uk about their relationship with footwear in contrast to their romantic history, and the results were really surprising. While 96% of these ladies regretted throwing away a pair of shoes, only 15% of them felt badly about dumping a boyfriend. Ouch!Read More »from Shoes are a girlâ€™s best friend: More women remember first pair than first kiss
Experts say these findings may be a result of women purchasing shoes for special, memorable occasions like weddings or birthdays, but wouldn't you think they'd recall or care more about their romantic memories than which heels were on their feet at the time? The website director Glendon Lloyd said, "These results show that
Mario Testino/VogueRachel McAdams, who stars in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes," is one of today's most beautiful, talented and sought after young actresses. While she won our attention and applause in "The Notebook," "Wedding Crashers," "The Family Stone," and "Mean Girls," we never really knew much about her. After reading her new interview in Vogue, we discovered that she's from Canada, shares a home in Toronto with her brother, and enjoys writing in her diary before bed. But digging deeper, we found out some very surprising facts about McAdams that have only left us wanting more.Read More »from 5 things you donâ€™t know about Rachel McAdams
She's not into fashion
McAdams says she'd rather spend her hard-earned cash on food or travel than shopping for clothes, and her eye for designer duds is admittedly lacking. She was gifted with the now highly coveted Proenza Schouler tie-dye tee before it was even seen on the runway, but she wore it to sleep.
She has enrolled in a knife-skills class
But not for self-defense-for cooking! McAdams is a foodie, cooking
With less than 10 days till Christmas, we wanted to make things easy on you and your wallets with a gift guide of fun, fancy, and fabulous presents all for under $50. We even found some great items on sale! Sometimes it's more enjoyable to give than receive. Happy shopping!
The Snuggie trend really got out of hand, but as much as we may mock them, they do provide warmth in the winter and are kind of fun to bust out. Now there's a new product called Necky trying to cash in on the trend. Necky is a wrap-around fleece scarf that basically does for your neck what the Snuggie does for your body. Under a coat it looks like you're wearing a fleece turtleneck, but it's actually a velcro neck wrap with a bib attached so no air can get in. They look kind of silly, but we bet they're warm, and the fact that they fold into a little pouch you can tuck in your pocket has kind of sold us on them. Hey, when it's freezing out, we're willing to trade style for warmth. Plus you can get two for $9.95 on buynecky.com.Read More »from Look out Snuggie... here comes Necky!
Will you be gifting a Necky this season?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Tue, Dec 15, 2009 12:34 AM EST
BravoThis weekend I caught up on one of my biggest TV guilty pleasures, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and got a little more than I bargained for. Watching reality shows such as this one, it's hard not to shout out at the "actors" as they do and say things that go against your own personal beliefs or tastes. They're living an extreme lifestyle, and though everyone is entitled to live their own lives, as a TV viewer, it's hard not to judge them. Especially when you see a woman take her daughter in for a dual trip to the plastic surgeon. Yes, you read that right. Lynne brought her daughter Raquel to her doctor for a little mother/daughter face work. Raquel wanted a nose job for her birthday, saying she thought it was too big and that she hated the bump. Lynne is never one to shy away from a little nipping and tucking, so she went to the office with her to have her face, chin and brows lifted.Read More »from Mother-daughter surgery on "The Real Housewives of Orange County"
Plastic surgery is a very personal decision. If a woman wants a little botox or a nose job
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Dec 14, 2009 10:34 PM EST
Getty ImagesWhether your hair is short, long, straight, curly, or anywhere in between, every woman wants her hair to have the right amount of body. So while it was tricky finding a line of hair care products that would accommodate the hair of each of our Shine Beauty Gurus, we felt Redken's new Body Full line would measure up. Redken's products may not be the most affordable on the market, but they are carried in salons because of their high quality and are available in drugstores around the world (find retail locations on redken.com). Besides, most women don't mind a little splurge if it means having a good hair day.Read More »from Shine Beauty Gurus review: Redkenâ€™s Body Full products
For this month's challenge, Redken provided our Beauty Gurus with the entire Body Full line, including shampoo, conditioner, Volume Amplifier, and Instant Bodifer. As the line was designed for those with fine or limp hair, several of our Gurus with thicker, coarser hair reached out to friends and family for a little assistance. We're happy to report that almost all of the Beauty
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 11, 2009 11:46 PM EST
Plus-size model Crystal Renn in the May 2009 GlamourThis year Glamour magazine has made a conscious effort to show more "real women" and plus-sized models. They showed curves where we aren't used to seeing them (except perhaps when looking in our own mirrors), and bodies of different sizes and shapes, but in the fashion world, plus-sized models are really just average sized women. (Would we consider a size 8 to be plus-sized? Hopefully not.) And there were still loads of skinny minnies gracing the adjacent pages. A good start, yes, but a long ways to go in the acceptance of varied women's bodies. But then again, there's the issue of designers catering to size 4s, and who is going to dress the ladies who can't fit into couture.Read More »from Do we want to see more plus-sized models in magazines?
V magazine may answer that question with their upcoming January issue. "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size - every body is beautiful," says V editor-in-chief Stephen Gan. "And this issue is out to prove it." Plus-sized models like Crystal Renn (that's her on the left) will be shot in designer garments by renowned
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 11, 2009 10:05 PM EST
As fans of the "Sex and the City" book and the TV series, we were reluctant to see the first feature film. While we do think the first film was entertaining, the story lines bothered us a bit, and we think they could have left the plot back where it ended on the HBO series. No one was sure how well the first film would perform, but it blew everyone away, taking over the box office, sending droves of women to theaters in high heels. So there's no real surprise that the producers are hoping to replicate that success with a "Sex and the City" movie sequel. But from the a viewer's perspective do we really want more?Read More »from "Sex and the City 2" poster revealed. And we feel... Eh.
We saw leaked photos of the heinous '80s flashback attire Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda will be wearing in the sequel, but this poster makes us think the whole concept is dead. First, what's up with those silly shades? And "Carrie On" as the slogan? Yes, we know Carrie Bradshaw will "Carrie On," just as we know Mr. Big will probably disappoint her again and she'll