Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas

  • Get It Guide: Insider Spotlight

    Thanks to our Insiders for sharing their favorite of the four workout DVDs featured in our current Fitness Get It Guide. Here's what they said:

    5 Minutes for Mom hosted an offline workout session to review some of the Fitness DVDs with friends.  Their favorite at-home fitness DVD ended up being Zumba, so they are giving one copy away to a lucky reader.
    Josie from Yum Yucky provides a great review of the Insanity DVD and stressed that although it may only be a 20 minute workout it is definitely not for beginners.  Yum Yucky is a blog that helps readers find a balance between fitness and eating the food they want.
    For Such a Time as This, a foodie blog, is currently running a segment about health and fitness. She loved trying out Zumba as a home workout, and she's giving one DVD set away to a lucky reader.
    The Happy Runner, a blog about fitness and exercise, reviewed the Bob Harper Kettlebell DVD and has added it to her exercise rotation. Her post gives a thorough and positive

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  • Shine Get It Guide review: Most popular jeans

    While our GIG Gurus chose Lucky Brand as their favorite denim designer, the majority of Shine users (45%) preferred Levi’s jeans. Many women have owned a pair of classic Levi’s at one time or another, and since they’re widely available at affordable prices we can certainly understand why. For those of you who haven’t tried Lucky Brand jeans, we urge you to do so—you may discover a new favorite pair.

    It's time for our second Shine Get it Guide review, and for this round we're tackling a really important topic: jeans. Seriously, great jeans can mean the difference between a good day (the perfect pair makes you exude confidence and sex appeal) and a bad one (think sagging in the butt, too tight at the waist, and feeling overall frumpy). We asked our 10 gurus to test out the 4 most popular denim brands in their style of choice. Read on to see which jeans prevailed: Lucky Brand, Levi's, True Religion, or Lee.

    Lucky Brand
    Lucky Brand jeans were the clear winner, 6 out of 10 gurus preferred

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  • Shine Get It Guide review: Top celebrity fragrances

    And the Get It Guide Favorite is..Celebrity fragrance favorite
    We polled our readers on the best smelling celebrity perfume and they too agree that Jennifer Aniston's fragrance is by far the best smelling scent! This makes Jennifer Aniston's perfume our very first Get it Guide winner, by both our elected Gurus and Yahoo! Shine readers. Congrats Jen. You must smell amazing.

    We here at Shine pride ourselves on our fun and realistic approach to shopping, and that includes helpful product reviews by editors as well as our online community. That's why we're launching the Shine Get It Guide (GIG). We have enlisted a group of 10 Gurus to test out and review a group of popular searched items from one product category every few weeks.

    For our first edition of the Get It Guide, we're focusing on the most popular celebrity perfumes. These include Beyoncé Heat, Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance, Justin Bieber Someday, and Jennifer Aniston's signature fragrance. Scents of the stars can be tricky to try: Do you let your opinion

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  • Meet the Get It Guide Gurus

    Sahar Aker
    Sahar Aker is veteran journalist and TV health reporter. Her videos have aired on dozens of local television stations across the country, as well as on CNN. Her posts on healthy living have been featured on sites like Reuters and USAToday as well as on Shine, Yahoo!'s front page and her fitness website FatFighterTV.

    Shelby Barone
    Shelby Barone is a freelance writer in Orange County and writes a popular family nutrition column with The Orange County Register and OC Family Magazine. She loves volunteering in her community and also writes a lifestyle blog at

    Tina Case
    Tina Case is a mother of three, freelance writer and professional photographer. In addition to writing for Shine and Yahoo! on a regular basis and providing photography for magazines like InTouch and Travel and Leisure, Tina is co-editor of two blogs, Parent Grapevine and Moms Who Click and a member if the Yahoo! Mother Board.

    Katie Dillon
    Katie Dillon writes, a lifestyle

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