- 8 hours ago | CommentsCelebrate the holidays with celebrities like Tiffani Thiessen, Kendra Wilkinson, Garcelle Beauvais, Tiki Barber, Joely Fisher, Kathy Najimy, Christina Milian and Lorenzo Lamas, as designers add festive touches to their homes.
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- 8 hours ago | CommentsIf you are buying a gift for anyone under the age of 18, chances are you have a celebrity fragrance at the top of your shopping list. Kids and teens go CRAZY over them, and they are flying off shelves at the speed of light. Fortunately, just in time for the holidays a new crop has arrived. But what exactly are you getting yourself into when you purchase one of these items for your nearest and dearest? We decided to have the Shine staff (plus one boy we borrowed from Yahoo's TV department) take home a celebrity perfume to try, and answer a simple quiz about their experience.
Please know: We wanted to like them. Really.
— Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
- 8 hours ago | CommentsChristmas is right around the corner and the those of us running the race against time to find that perfect gift are approaching the finish line. Have no fear: the Shine staff put together a roundup of our best purchases from 2013. It'll help quell your qualms and make you a gift-giving genius. From beauty supplies and kitchen knick knacks to toys that will keep the kids happy (and quiet), here's what we absolutely love and hope you will too.
- 8 hours ago | CommentsBen and Ali Nunery bought their home in Cincinnati, Ohio, the day before their wedding and thought that having photos taken in the bare-bones abode would be a celebratory way to commemorate the occasions. But their time there was short-lived and bittersweet. The couple welcomed their new daughter, Olivia, but sadly, Ali lost a battle with lung cancer and died in November 2011. The suburban home is empty once again, now that Ben and Olivia recently moved out. To say goodbye to the sentimental setting, Ben asked his sister-in-law, Melanie Pace, and her husband, Adam, both professional photographers, to take pictures of him and 3-year-old Olivia in the unfurnished house, just like they did on his wedding day. Ben brainstormed ways for him and his daughter to remember the house and thought that recreating the wedding day shoot would be symbolic. "I always thought that there had to be some way to turn my loss into something positive and useful for other people and I think that this is what's happening now," Ben tells Yahoo Shine. "I don't want people to see these photos and think sadness and grief. I want them to see the love I have for Ali and Olivia. The love is always there and that's what goes on." — Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff
- 9 hours ago | CommentsThe clock is ticking and you haven't bought everything (or anything) on your gift list yet? Don't even have a list? Don't stress. We've sourced only retailers that are still promising delivery before December 25 (if you order sooner than later, of course) and assembled a comprehensive, super-fabulous assortment of gifts that will save you from being the family outcast, and instead turn you into the hero gift-giving. The following 16 gift ideas run the gamut from girly to manly, cheeky to charitable, and are so original, no one will ever know you spaced out on the whole thing and almost showed up empty-handed. (We won't tell ...) — By Charlotte Rudge
- Mon, Dec 16, 2013 8:33 AM EST | Comments
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Between Christmas cards, family photos, party invitations, and other seasonal projects, the holidays drink up a lot of printer ink. Unfortunately, a la the shaving industry, printer manufacturers make their money off high-priced replacement cartridges, rather than the devices that make use of them. Cheaper ink is out there, though, and "the secret" that printer companies don't want you to know, according to PC Mag, is that it can serve just as well as their expensive cartridges.
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Online ink retailers sell low-cost cartridges in two varieties: remanufactured cartridges and compatible cartridges. The latter are made by third-party manufacturers. Although they are designed to work with specified printers, sometimes customers find themselves with a dud. Remanufactured cartridges, by contrast, are recycled brand-name cartridges. Quality can still vary, however. Whereas some remanufacturers have strict quality-control systems in place, others may simply refill and ship out.
Online retailers also peddle OEM cartridges from the original equipment manufacturers (i.e., the printer companies). These are by far the most expensive ink refills because they carry the brand name of the corresponding printer. In some cases the quality may be higher, as well, but it's a tradeoff some consumers are happy to make. That's because remanufactured and compatible cartridges can save shoppers more than 75 percent over OEM cartridges.
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Cheapism.com recommends three online ink sites that sell cartridges for as low as $6 each. They also reward customers who place large orders with free shipping, but be cautious about ordering more than you need. Ink can slowly dry out, and a wasted cartridge left sitting on a shelf could wind up costing more than you saved on shipping.
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- 11 hours ago | CommentsYahoo editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2013. It first ran on Shine on April 25 and it became one of the most popular stories of the year due to its raw honesty.
Photography student and Brooklyn native Jen Davis was hanging out on the beach with her friends on a sunny day in 2002 when she decided to snap a photo of herself. After she developed the roll of film, Davis was stunned at the image which showed her looking uncomfortable in a one-piece swimsuit while her friends lounged in bikinis. From then on, Davis, now 34, began documenting her life in a series of photos called "Self-Portraits", snapping her most personal moments. "I had never really photographed myself but that beach shot made me realize that I had to step in front of the camera," she says. "I needed to look at myself." The result is an 11-year documentation of Davis' life, including her 110-pound weight loss transformation with Lap-Band surgery. She's also working on a forthcoming photography book (2014). Here are some of Davis' more revealing photos. —By Elise Sole.
- 12 hours ago | CommentsAdd some flair to your tree with the 6 easy-to-make Christmas ornaments. Not only are they fool-proof (well…almost), but these festive ornaments will have your holiday guests wondering when you suddenly got so crafty…
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- 15 hours ago | CommentsAsk moms-to-be their biggest worry and invariably they say labor and delivery. For anyone who has never experienced childbirth, labor is a big unknown. American health care providers often focus on pain management, forgetting to tell women that labor can be empowering, even addictive (why do you think so many mamas go on to have more kids?). So we looked abroad and asked moms and health care practitioners from across the globe to share their best pain management tips with us ... naturally.
- By Jennifer Margulis
- 13 hours ago | CommentsYahoo editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2013. It first ran on Shine on April 25 and it became one of the most popular stories of the year. The story received comments from more than 4,000 people nostalgic for old Hollywood.
Ever wonder what it would be like to see The Beatles perform live? Rub elbows with Andy Warhol? Hang on set with Woody Allen? So did photographer Flora Borsi. Inspired by a Charlie Chaplin film, she created a series called "Time Travel Project" in which the Budapest native subtly inserted her image into photographs of Old Hollywood icons. We see her hidden among screaming groupies, as a member of the paparazzi, and spending private time with some of the most famous faces in history. And like any other modern-day fan girl, she's always wielding her digital camera. -By Elise Sole.
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