by Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff
Sometimes we really appreciate going back to the basics. Is it just us or were the beauty commercials of the '70s, '80s, and '90s infinitely more fun than the ones today? Here are our favorite TV commercials that made us want to run out and buy what they were selling (and commit their clever slogans to memory). Enjoy watching and tell us your faves in the comments!
1. Exclamation perfume! "Make a statement without saying a word."
2. One of many Revlon spots with Cindy Crawford. These commercials were the best!
3. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash... with MTV VJ Martha Quinn!
4. Are you Sure (deodorant). Or unsure?
5. "There's a fragrance that's here today and they call it... Charlie!"
6. Pantene shampoo. Kelly LeBrock says, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."
7. Who wears short shorts? (Apparently someone who's be using Nair.)
8. Designer Imposter perfume.
9. Salon Selectives. "Like you just stepped out of a salon!"
10. Truth be told, I still use
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Because breaking up is hard to do, we've put together a list of our favorite songs that will make you cry, make you mad, and finally make you feel empowered and ready to move on. You oughta know that everybody hurts sometimes. You may cry a river looking at old pictures of the one who stole a piece of your heart, but once you finally tell them to hit the road you realize you will survive. Let it all out with these breakup tunes. Have any to add?
Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
Lyrics we love: "When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone, when you're sure you've had enough of this life, well hang on, don't let yourself go, everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes"
Pictures of You by The Cure
Lyrics we love: "If only I had thought of the right words I could have hold on to your heart, if only I'd thought of the right words, I wouldn't be breaking apart all my pictures of you"
Don't Speak by No Doubt
Lyrics we love: "I really feel thatRead More »from Top 9 breakup songs of all-time
by Jessica Ashley, Shine staffRead More »from A few moments of complete calm [video]
Between the crazy storms and sticky-hot extremes of weather, it feels like we've skipped spring altogether. There were barely 48 hours to enjoy the magnolia trees in bloom before high winds and rain washed the delicate pink petals away. The flowers in my neighbors' yards seem to droop under the weight of the humidity or pause for some sign that it really is the right time to emerge completely. And isn't this what we wait for all winter, what we negotiate in our heads as we shovel snow and pile on layers of down, wool, and fleece -- that it will all be worth it once spring arrives?
Until the weather evens out or we just admit it's never coming, perhaps these beautiful time-lapse videos will bring you the the same ahhhh it did for me. I love that all of the fragility of a flower opening is captured, helping us appreciate what goes in to one little bud opening to the world. It's simple, it's sweet, and I do believe this morning meditation is a wonderful
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In that dreamy place where my backside always looks luscious and my post-baby boobs are perky and all the stacks of random paperwork are not covering my kitchen counter and I really do love listening to hour after hour of NPR, I am also a phenomenal hula hooper.Read More »from How to hula hoop
In the real world, none of these things come naturally to me, including the gift of sending a plastic tube around and around my hips. It seems worth learning, though, and not just because it is fantastic exercise. Imagine how much more productive conference calls could be if you were secretly hula hooping in your office, or how superior you'd feel if you could keep one up longer than your barely walking child. Amazing, right?
To get there -- or at least a tiny step closer to my dream world -- I'll be watching this nice lady in the pink pants explain how to find the right hula hooping motion. She makes it seem pretty easy but I'm pretty sure I will be watching it at least 400 times before I buy that.
Do you hula hoop? What's
by Joanna Douglas, Shine StaffRead More »from The most stylish music videos of all time (video)
Fashion and music often go hand in hand, so we particularly love music videos with a heavy style influence. We wanted all the inspirational, glamorous, and fun clips in one place, so we've rounded up the most stylish videos of all time right here for your viewing pleasure. It was incredibly difficult to narrow this list down (plus Prince takes down all video clips from the internet-boo!), so please let us know what you think and which videos we missed!
1. Madonna - "Vogue"
It was hard to pick just one by Madonna (the clothing and makeup she wears in "Express Yourself" is so fab too) but "Vogue" just exudes style in the fashion, lyrics, and choreography like no other.
2. George Michael - "Freedom '90"
The former "Wham" singer let supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz take over the video. Kate Moss recently said her biggest career regret was being too young to make the cut for "Freedom
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by Sarah Fuss, Shine StaffRead More »from Video: 25,000 Big Macs and other twisted forms of extreme eating
When the obsession is deep enough, it's not considered overeating. No, it's just a spectacle. Don Gorske, the Guinness-record holder for Big Mac intake, organizes and keeps every container and receipt from every Big Mac he's ever eaten. See, it's not a problem, it's just bookkeeping. This week Don ate his 25,000th Big Mac. We salute him and extreme eaters everywhere. We don't understand you, but you intrigue us very much.
There's something hypnotic about watching another human eat a plain stick of butter, in this case multiple sticks. Note that this man is married to someone.
Kobayashi, the great hot dog eating champion, takes on a worthy opponent. A bear. For real.
For some people, ladies' night means one thing. Habenero eating contest. Milk, yogurt, and bread are allowed. Still made us realize our nights out are tamer than we had thought.
Sonya Thomas, the lovely lady of eating championships, kicks the butt of famous food athlete, Joey Chestnut.
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When Natalie Portman said she found movie makeovers offensive, a little part of us knew what she meant. Is there anything more infuriating than when the hot guy notices a smart, funny, totally rad girl just because she takes off her glasses? And yet, we can't quite surrender the fantasy of a movie makeover: shopping sprees, instant popularity, getting the guy, and the thrill of going from totally geek to totally chic.
If you didn't catch this piece on the pole dancing championships, you really should watch (yes, all 4 minutes and 48 seconds). Cast aside any of the dollar-bill-stuffing, janky-music stereotypes still hanging around your thoughts and take in the amazing things these women, now called athletic artists or aerial dancers thankyouverymuch, can do with the side of one thigh four feet above ground.
Holy core strength. There's an advanced-level instructor who does an inverted stair-stepping move that elicits squeals from her students. Even the lowly pole-cleaner hikes herself up with grace and a microfiber rag. And wait until you see the theatrics and calves of the woman who takes the crown for 2011.
It's taken a good long time, but I think the ill-repute basement pole dancers have gotten is beginning to shift. Who knows, maybe these athletes will be toting their Lucite heels to the next Olympics after all.
by Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff
By now, you've probably heard that Will Ferrell has a new movie out, that it's not very funny, nor is it meant to be. Based on a sober Raymond Carver short story, Everything Must Go follows an alcoholic through five days where he loses everything. So no, it's not a lot like those big comedy blockbusters Ferrell is known for, which is probably why it's received so much critical praise. In nearly every scene of the movie, including in one shower scene, Will carries a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, the aluminum badge of his addiction. As hope intercedes, bacon takes the place of beer, and we are reminded that a lot, a lot of our favorite Will Ferrell scenes have food (and beer) inside them...
With his PBR in Everything Must Go:
In Talledega Nights Ricky Bobby gives thanks for the bountiful harvest of fast food. Since when was comedy ever PC anyway?
Possibly the best line from Old School: "Once it hits your lips."
Buddy, the elf, expresses his special love of