Blog Posts by Allie White, Shine staff

  • Michelle Obama busts a move (video)

    We love a First Lady who can dance, especially when it's Michelle Obama and she's doing the running man, the cha cha, and "the Dougie."

    Michelle, you can teach us "how to Dougie" anytime.

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    TIME 100: The Women of 2011
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  • Video: Prince Charles breakdances (you have to see this)

    This video is just.too.good. It's painful and fidget-inducing and amazing all at the same time. Seriously, don't you just want to watch Prince Charles circa 1983 keep "dancing" like this forever? It's truly mesmerizing, probably because I don't think I've ever seen Prince Charles crack a smile let alone allow himself to be pulled onto a dance floor and then actually participate, though he's not quite as deft as this guy. My favorite part is when he decides he'll actually attempt to follow the moves being shown to him and unbuttons his jacket like it's time to get down to business. And by business, I mean dancing. And by dancing, I mean whatever it is he is doing in this video. Man do I hope he breaks out these moves at the royal wedding reception tomorrow. And please, God save the queen if the royal videographer catches said moves on film.

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  • TIME 100: The women of 2011 (video)

    TIME magazine released their 100 issue today, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year the list features 33 women, up from 31 in 2010. Progress!

    The honorees make for an interesting mix: list-constants Oprah and Hillary Clinton, NASA biologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon, author of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" Heidi Murkoff, actresses Mia Wasikowska and Blake Lively, tennis champion Kim Clijsters, Congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, Brazil's first female president Dilma Rousseff, future princess Kate Middleton, tiger mom Amy Chua, and Afghanistan's only female prosecutor Maria Bashir, just to name a few.

    To honor these awesome women, we've compiled a set of videos of some of them doing what they do best:

    Actress, producer and comedian Amy Poehler:

    First Lady, "first mom" and fighter of childhood obesity Michelle Obama:

    Major General Margaret Woodward, the first woman to command a U.S. air

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  • "Extreme Couponing" Twitter chat round-up

    Chrystie CornsChrystie CornsIn case you missed our Twitter Chat with Chrystie Corns from TLC's new show "Extreme Couponing," we rounded up her best advice for couponing and huge savings:


    • The web is great because it's relatively cheap to buy coupons, but the weekly paper is still the easiest way to get coupons!
    • "1 per purchase" means you can use one coupon per product (if you buy 3 items, you can use 3 coupons: one for each). "1 per transaction" means you can only use one coupon per shopping trip/transaction.
    • There are coupons for over-the-counter medication, but always check with your drug store or pharmacist-they often give coupons for transferring prescriptions.

    • Make sure to check with individual stores before trying to double/stack coupons. Every store has different rules for coupons.
    • Use a "buy one, get one free" coupon when a store is having a "buy one, get one free" sale and you get both for free!
    • Shop at multiple stores. Whichever store is having the best deal
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  • Would you let your boyfriend do your makeup? (video)

    It takes a brave man to not only admit he's confident enough to do his girlfriend's makeup for her, but to also video tape and post it on YouTube. So, kudos to the guy in this video for doing just that.

    But we have to give equal-if not more-credit to his very brave girlfriend for letting him get within 10 feet of her face with a blush brush.

    Omar here claims that after watching his girlfriend apply her own makeup countless times, all he has to do is copy what she's done for a flawless face: "When I do it, unlike the rest of the dudes that try to do it, it's going to be perfect."

    He might not be "big on the technicalities" (he calls eyeliner "the thing"), and he may have put blush on her eyelids, but we salute you Omar! She looks beautiful. Are you available for private bookings?

    Would you be brave enough to let your boyfriend/husband do your makeup?

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  • Passover recipes: Brisket and matzo ball soup (video)

    Tonight at Sundown, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins. Like many holidays, food plays a major role in the celebration of Passover as family and friends sit down for meals together. And as a holiday commemorating the Jews' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt, several foods present during the Seder serve as "props" in the telling of the Passover story.

    For example, karpas (usually parsley) is dipped into salt water and eaten to symbolize the tears shed in Egypt. Maror, or bitter herbs, are also eaten as a symbol for the bitter lives the slaves led, while charoset, a fruit-and-nut mixture represents the mortar the slaves used between bricks. Matzo, a Passover staple, serves as a reminder that the Jews left Egypt before their bread dough could rise, and so they ate unleavened bread baked on their backs as they walked through the desert.

    So yes, you could say that food is kind of the main event at a modern-day Passover Seder. And in the spirit of good food, here are two

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  • How to get soft skin all over

    (courtesy of Thinkstock)(courtesy of Thinkstock)You've done a good job protecting your face from winter's freezing winds and cold temperatures. But what about the rest of your skin, hiding beneath bulky sweaters and warm pants all winter? Now that temperatures are rising, and hemlines and sleeve lengths are getting shorter, your neglected skin is going to be revealed one day soon. We talked to two leading dermatologists for tips on how to get your skin ready for its warm weather debut.

    1. Exfoliate

    Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu says the first step to getting soft skin all over is to exfoliate. "When dead skin builds up, it gets dry, rough, and flaky," Wu says. The dead skin cells accumulate over time and can leave your skin feeling rough and dry, but exfoliation removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil, prepping your skin for smoothness.

    According to Wu, "some parts of the body-like the face-may respond better to exfoliating products, while others may respond better to mechanical exfoliation," like

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  • Baby discovers his own tongue (video)

    Remember the introductory Psych 101 course you took in college because it gave you four science credits, a built-in study group because all of your friends were taking it, and an easy class to skip because it was a 400-person lecture? What about studying Gordon Gallup Jr.'s ground breaking 1970 mirror test? No? Well, let us refresh your memory.

    Gallup's research, based on observations made by Charles Darwin, sought to gauge self-awareness by determining whether an animal could recognize its own reflection in a mirror. Animals that "passed" (were able to identify their reflection) included all of the great apes, dolphins, elephants and orca whales (giant mirrors!).

    Oddly enough, human babies failed the mirror test until they were about 18 months old. Little Jude here, however, seems to have figured it out. Not only has he discovered that the reflection in the mirror isn't a twin/doppelganger/playmate, but he's discovered the joys of his own tongue. Oh, the wonders of being young and

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  • 50th anniversary of first man in space, Yuri Gagarin (video)

    50 years ago today, history was made when 27-year-old Yuri Gagarin was launched into space. Though Gagarin's launch meant that the then-Soviet Union had beaten America in the "space race," he instantly became an international celebrity and has since been known as the first human in space.

    On April 12, 1961, the Russian cosmonaut took a 108-minute orbital flight above Earth in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Upon landing, he remarked, "The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions. Here, you feel as if you were hanging in a horizontal position in straps. You feel as if you are suspended."

    Today, space travel is still awe-inspiring (people in space! Astronauts floating around the moon! One small step for man!), but it does seem a little crazy that 108 minutes up there could constitute and "orbit" when shuttles routinely spend months eating freeze dried-anything.

    But Gagarin was a a pioneer, a hero in his time. No one had ever been launched through the

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