Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Rachel Weisz Cosmetics Ad Banned in U.K. Do You Think It's 'misleading'?

    The cosmetics ad featuring actress Rachel Weisz is banned in the U.K.The cosmetics ad featuring actress Rachel Weisz is banned in the U.K.Actress Rachel Weisz isn't as perfect as she seems. That's the consensus behind Britain's Advertising Standards Authority, after it banned a cosmetics ad featuring Weisz this week.

    The black-and-white print campaign for L'Oreal's Revitalift Repair 10 anti-wrinkle cream features an alabaster-skinned image of the actress in a close-up, along with the promise of a product that "targets 10 signs of aging in one." According to Britain's media watchdogs, Weisz' appearance was enhanced not simply by the cream, but by post-production techniques that crossed a very thin line of advertising standards.

    See more beauty ads under fire for retouching.

    The two-page spread, which ran in September issues of U.K.-based magazines, was first challenged by Jo Swinson, a member of Parliament who has previously challenged other cosmetic firms' advertising practices.

    L'Oreal complied with an investigation by the ASA, providing images and information on request. Off the bat, they admitted that certain

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  • 10 Weird Facts About Vanity Fair's Annual Hollywood Issue

    From left: Roony Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, Brit Marling.
    The cover of the 2012 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, out Feb. 7, was revealed on Tuesday. While most of the faces on the fold-out spread are unrecognizable, the format is as old as CK1 perfume. Ever since Annie Leibowitz began assembling the group shots in the mid '90s not much has changed beyond the subjects. Sometimes they're legends, sometimes they're breakout stars, sometimes they're male, mostly they're female, but the rest is fairly predictable. Here are some things you can expect from your annual cover.

    It's been over a decade since a woman of color has been featured on the front cover the Hollywood issue.
    Fact 1: No women of color on the actual cover of the issue. This year, as in years past, they are relegated to a skimpy outfit in the center flap or pushed the very back flap. 1999 was the only exception, when Thandie Newton joined Adrien Brody, Monica Potter and Reese Witherspoon on the first flap.

    The cover of the 2000 issue featured Penelope Cruz and bunch of other people you may recognize from your straight-to-video collection.
    Fact 2: Based on past "newcomers" issues, the odds that at least one person on this current cover isn't going to be more famous than they are at this minute is 100%

    A lot has happened for Lohan since 2003, and much of it wasn't good.
    Fact 3: You don't

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  • Bachelor Recap: Week 5 is when Ben Dips His Skinny

    This old rusy chain? Nah, it's nothing.This old rusy chain? Nah, it's nothing.

    Chris Harrison: "Welcome to Puerto Rico Ladies! Ben's got some amazing dates planned for you but first, I just want to be clear, this chain leads to absolutely nothing underground and most definitely does not end on a neck and two wrists, are we clear? "

    Baby Ruth?Baby Ruth?

    The nine remaining contestants: "Hmm I wonder if that's a clue about our next date!"

    How lucky is it that that the 'W hotel' logo got in the shot? How lucky is it that that the 'W hotel' logo got in the shot?

    DATE 1: Nikki
    Nikki is a dental hygienist who's been married before and has all the trimmings of an Anne Hathaway face. For her first one-on-one date with Ben, she must first prove herself in a helicopter as is standard procedure.


    Next she must act like getting caught in the rain is fun.

    Ben and Nikki doing the thing where they pretend rainstorms are not a bummer.

    Now they're all wet and they've still got 15 hours of a date left. What to do...
    Sorry my hat cost so much, we could only afford a giant scarf for you.Sorry my hat cost so much, we could only afford a giant scarf for you.
    Ben seizes the opportunity to go shopping for some traditional Puerto Rican outfits but all he can find is an off-duty male nurse with an extra uniform on hand.

    This cigarette's barely smoked and it's an American Spirit! Score!This cigarette's barely smoked and it's an American Spirit! Score!
    Once the sun comes back out the couple stops outside a church to observe an impromptu wedding. Ben realizes he's having a

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  • No Baby for Kate and Will in 2012, Says Royal Expert


    About that baby, when do you think it might happen, no pressure, just want to firm up a date so if it you know that'd be great, thanks. Regards, Everyone in the World. About that baby, when do you think it might happen, no pressure, just want to firm up a date so if it you know that'd be great, thanks. Regards, Everyone in the World. Everyone stop asking them about a baby, okay? That's the vibe I'm getting from Kate and Will. You know, that still-no-baby royal couple who travel a lot and are in love and still aren't expecting a child just yet? Them.

    Ever since their April Wedding, an internal clock lodged in the planet's collective unconsciousness, has been rattling to get this show on the road. The pressure on Princess Di to produce an heir to the throne in the first year of her marriage to Charles was immense.

    But Will and Kate aren't bullied by expectations. A fairly well-connected royal columnist for the Mail on Sunday reported the couple plans to wait till next year to try for an heir.

    According to the Mail's Katie Nicholl, Will and Kate are pretty booked for the next several months what with the London Olympics (they're official ambassadors for the event) and Queen Elizabeth's 60-year crown party (Kate's helping with the planning). Kate's also slated to represent the royal family on a trip to Singapore,

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  • Teen's Nude Photos Shared as Punishment. Dumbest Parenting Moment Ever

    This guy shouldn't teach anyone anything ever again.This guy shouldn't teach anyone anything ever again.If you're wondering whether your boyfriend will make a good dad someday, ask yourself: is his name Eugene Foster? If so, then no.

    When Foster, a 31-year-old Arizona man, found a nude photo on his girlfriend's daughter's phone, he decided to step up to the parenting plate and teach her about the dangers of so-called 'sexting'. He forwarded the photo to all 38 of her phone contacts. Just so she could see how easy it would be if someone actually sent her photo around. D'oh.

    Ironically, Foster learned the most valuable lesson of all: that kind of thing gets you arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Sending nude photos of an underage person around can also make you eligible for child pornography distribution charges, according to Forbes, which picked up the story from a local news outlet. At this point, however, investigators believe Foster's actions were nothing more than an idiotic attempt at being a disciplinarian.

    Meanwhile back in this poor teenager's land of hell,

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  • TV's Most Eligible Bachelors Around the World

    American Idol?American Idol?' The Bachelor' franchise recently announced a Canadian version of the show. The still-unknown identity of the man chosen for the job of courting 25 women will say a lot about what women want in a nation of hockey stars and free healthcare.

    Ever since the first season of the series debuted in the United States, it's taken the TV-friendly temperature of what American women want. In 2002, when Ivy Leaguers were making Internet billions, it was a man with a Harvard degree (Alex Michel). In 2007, amidst a ratcheting healthcare crisis, our Bachelor (Andrew Baldwin)  was a Naval doctor who could save anyone free of charge. If we're to interpret our husband-ly desires in 2012 by the likes of Bachelor Ben Flajnik, the ideal man is sensitive, tech-savvy, a little nerdy, sufficiently fluent in the language of psychotherapy, self-employed and able to provide a lifetime supply of wine for his chosen partner.

    Across the world, reality dating competitions have grown in popularity and their human

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  • What Are Your Valentine's Day Dealbreakers? Share Your Bad Dates from V-day's Past

    Surprise! I booked us a table for two with a view of the Shell gas station!Surprise! I booked us a table for two with a view of the Shell gas station!
    Is everyone aware that White Castle, the fast food chain sometimes found in college canteens and the freezer aisle of the grocery store, is a place couples go for Valentine's Day? Once a year, medieval burger joints around the country throw down tablecloths and a vase of fake flowers in honor of lovers.

    Make no mistake: A slider with chopped onions fills that massive hole in my heart when I'm alone, but when I'm in a relationship I don't need to be burping up beef on that annual Hallmark holiday.

    I'm not going to point the finger at men, but I will stare them down and slowly raise my left eyebrow, when I say a lot of people are easily taken in by the holiday's marketing tactics. Two weeks before Valentine's day, every checkout counter and eating establishment in site has advice on what a girl wants. That's why so many women end up with bears holding balloons and boxes of melted cherry-filled chocolates from 1974.

    What many of us really want is an answer to this question: "Why do

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  • UGG Boots Banned in School. Education Crisis Solved!

    Uggs: the biggest problem in the American education system?Uggs: the biggest problem in the American education system?Say what you will about UGG Boots (warm, fuzzy, cruel, unflattering, so 2003, etc.), they're not the biggest problem in education today.

    But a Pennsylvania middle school wants them off students' feet and out of the classroom for good.

    Check out more crazy bans in recent months.

    As of Monday, students of Pottstown Middle School will be barred from wearing the fur-lined boots in classes, reports the Delaware County Daily Times.

    This past Wednesday, Pottstown Middle School principal Gail Cooper sent a note home to parents stating "following several problems with these items, I have banned the outdoor, open top boots from our classrooms."

    Those "problems"? Cell phone contraband, hidden in the cozy space between the ankle and boot. School policy states students are allowed to bring their phones to school but they have to be turned off and kept in their lockers during classroom time. All that roomy fur has become the perfect place to smuggle handheld technology into the classroom.

    The

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  • French ELLE Article's Racist Remarks Spark Boycott


    If a fashion writer for French Elle is to be believed—and she is not—African-Americans weren't stylish until the Obama family came into office.

    "For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its street wear codes," writes Nathalie Dolivo in a post translated from the magazine's website titled 'Black Fashion Power.'

    And if this sweeping stereotyping and flat-out ignorance weren't already off base, Dolivo goes on to explain why the so-called Obama renaissance of style is so "chic." According to her assessment, it embraces "white codes" while still making what she calls "a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a 'créole de rappeur') reminiscent [of] the roots."

    Read more about recent controversial fashion magazine articles
      

    Dolivo's story was inspired by a recent New York Times article about a popular website called Street Etiquette, which curates and interprets black men's fashion through a

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  • Demi Moore Hospitalized: Can Divorce Make You Sick?

    Demi Moore is facing health concerns in the wake of her split. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)Demi Moore is facing health concerns in the wake of her split. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)Beyond the gossip of Demi Moore's hospitalization, just two months after announcing her split from husband Ashton Kutcher, is the glaring reminder: divorce can make you sick.

    "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health," said Moore's rep in a statement earlier this week.

    A flurry of unconfirmed reports suggest her "exhaustion" is code for substance abuse and malnourishment. An eating disorder, a late-night 911 call, a seizure, a nitrous oxide binge, are the whispers around the web.

    Read more about Demi's divorce and her smart statement on why it's over.

    There's less talk about how the very public breakup of her marriage could be at the heart of her health problems. Not surprisingly, the effects of a broken heart take a physical toll. A review released this month by University of Arizona researchers found that divorced adults are at a higher risk of an early death than married

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