Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Spring clean your beauty regimen

    (Think Stock Photos)(Think Stock Photos)Those heavy foundations and dark makeup shades may have worked for winter, but warmer weather calls for a whole new beauty routine. Spring 2011's best trends all involve an array of bright, fresh colors and smarter methods of skincare. We caught up with some of the country's top beauty bloggers who revealed their favorite tricks for updating your beauty regimen starting today.

    1. Toss the old: Before your bring in the new, you've got to clean out the old. Last spring's sunscreen is so last spring. "Toss anything with an SPF that's more than a year old, especially if it's separated or a weird consistency because it can lose its efficacy," suggests beauty blogger Karla Sugar. You can also trash any dried-out skincare products with crusty caps and foundations that don't look the way they used to. "You can tell when makeup has gone bad when it changes consistency, color, or smell," advised Sugar. "But powders, for instance, almost never go bad."

    2. Build a better toolbox: Visibility is the

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  • Latest wedding craze: $10,000 light bulbs

    Would you pay someone to light your wedding? (Think Stock Photos)Would you pay someone to light your wedding? (Think Stock Photos)
    We knew Chelsea Clinton's wedding wasn't cheap, but a lighting designer? According to The New York Times, the latest addition to big spender weddings is expensive lighting. Clinton had her own personal bulb-man, Bentley Meeker bask her guests in a flattering light. (In fairness she did have international press chomping at the bit for pictures of her high-profile crowd.) But Meeker, who also lit a Grammy party and several HBO premiere events, was brought on to cultivate the perfect vibe for Clinton's big day. "It's not illumination for visibility; it's illumination for atmosphere," he told the Times.

    Some designers double as planners and florists, others are called in by planners to "art-direct" the event.
    One couple had their lighting expert ship a 500 pound crystal chandelier to their reception tent on a Hawaiian Island. Others have paid bank for color changing lighting-a la Broadway theatrics- as the evening unfolds. All told, the cost to bathe your guests in a healthy glow can

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  • Barefoot Contessa turns down sick kid's wish. Not cool.

    Ina's book tour was one reason she couldn't meet with a cancer-stricken 6 year-old-fan (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)Ina's book tour was one reason she couldn't meet with a cancer-stricken 6 year-old-fan (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
    Any six-year-old boy whose hero isn't Spiderman, but the Barefoot Contessa, is worth meeting. This particular boy also has leukemia. Through the Make-a-Wish foundation, he asked for the chance to cook with Food Network star Ina Garten, but was turned down...twice.

    "As much as [Garten] would like to, it's absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives," Garten's rep told TMZ,

    That may be true, but how many requests is she getting from cancer stricken 6-year-olds? Priorities Ina.

    Enzo, the little boy, so desperately wanted to meet the chef he'd watched on TV, he held onto the wish after the foundation was turned down the first time. A year later he asked to meet her again, and again her handlers cited scheduling conflicts and gave the foundation a "definite no".

    That's when Enzo was told to pick another wish. Now he's going to swim with dolphins, all of whom are not too busy to carry a kid on their fin for the day. Maybe all this bad press will have Ina

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  • Maternity Tourism: a growing trend

    Outside the recently shuttered birthing center housing women from China in Southern California. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / March 25, 2011) Outside the recently shuttered birthing center housing women from China in Southern California. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / March 25, 2011) Residents of a quiet block in San Gabriel, California, noticed something odd about a row of townhouses on South Palm Avenue: a revolving door of pregnant women. "It felt like something wasn't right in there," neighbor Taylor Alderson told the Los Angeles Times. In fact, the luxury homes had been converted into a makeshift maternity ward for so-called "birthing tourists."

    According to local law enforcement who shut the unlicensed business down earlier this month, wealthy pregnant women would fly in from China, paying up to $35,000, to spend month or more in the boarding house, in order to have their babies born as U.S. citizens.

    It's a practice that's totally legal and on the rise in California. Some dossiers provide three-month packages where pregnant women can spend the last two months of their third trimester and first month as a mom in a boarding home. Some promise cable TV, internet, meals and even sight-seeing trips. Other accommodations are far more sparse. It's what the L.A.

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  • The biggest thing we regret: lost love


    When a Northwestern University professor sought out what the typical American regrets the most, he didn't expect the answer would be love. "We had expected education to be the number one regret, because that is what previous studies had shown," Neal Roese, a professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, tells Shine.

    Instead, Roese and co-author Mike Morrison, found that romance is our biggest 'if only'. In the newly released study, researchers culled results of a telephone survey where 370 adult Americans were asked to describe their biggest regret, including when it happened and whether it was the result of action or inaction. 18 percent of those surveyed cited a romantic regret, ahead of both family and education.


    "In finding that ro
    mance was the number one regret, we found something that resonates with a lot of cultural expectations," says Roese. "Americans cherish the idea of love conquering all and we feel an especially harsh sting when it doesn't work out."

    Roese

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  • The biggest collectors of royal memories

    Margaret Tyler's been called the queen of royal memorabilia. (Martin Pope/ The Telegraph)Margaret Tyler's been called the queen of royal memorabilia. (Martin Pope/ The Telegraph)They've been called everything from patriots to hoarders to savvy investors. Avid collectors of royal memorabilia are an international tribe of people touched by the lives-and stuff-of the Queen Mum's family. And ever since Kate and Will announced their wedding plans, the tribe has mushroomed along with the amount of royal-themed souvenirs.

    Between the replica engagement rings, the dolls, the tea towels, the stamps, and the scratch-off cards, collectors are expected to boost retail sales by $362 million. But who's spending all that cash?

    "I've already reserved the Kate Middleton bridal doll and figurine from the Franklin Mint," said 38-year-old Jennifer Love-Songer of St. Louis. "I've got two copies of Kate's engagement ring: one for me and one for my sister." Love-Songer, has never been to England, but she's still managed to build a hefty collection, thanks to eBay and regular trips to GoodWill.

    "I was a little girl when Di was married so I couldn't afford to buy any souvenirs, but for

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  • Liz Taylor's greatest loves: a look back

  • "Showgirls" star mentors teen girls: how do moms feel?

    Elizabeth Berkley with her new book for teens. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)Elizabeth Berkley with her new book for teens. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)The last time Elizabeth Berkley made headlines it was for "Showgirls". Now it's for being a mentor to teen girls. How did that happen?

    "Ask Elizabeth" is Berkley's new 'diary-style' advice book for teenagers-offering positive approaches to self-esteem and empowerment. And according to Entertainment Weekly, it's pretty great.

    EW's Maggie Pehanick writes: "Berkley hits a tone that's neither condescending nor above the reader's head. She shares personal stories without delving into TMI territory. Her empathy is refreshing and though her background gives her the experience and material necessary to write a book like this, it doesn't become the forefront of why she's writing."

    But what of her past? After serving as a role model for smart girls on teen TV, she took a direct-route-to-fame role in a film the Washington Post called, "An overcoat movie for men who don't want to be seen going into a porno theater."
    That movie is "Showgirls", of course, and Berkley's new career as mentor

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  • Anyone can see you naked on Facebook: New software lets pervs doctor your pics

    This woman's expression does not reflect the face most women would make if they knew they were being 'False Flesh-ed'. (image via SomeCards.com via FalseFlesh.com)This woman's expression does not reflect the face most women would make if they knew they were being 'False Flesh-ed'. (image via SomeCards.com via FalseFlesh.com)You know that dream where everyone you've ever known can see you naked? It's just come true, thanks to Facebook and some sleeze-ball programming wizards. FalseFlesh is a new software program that super-imposes nude body doubles on totally PG profile photos.

    Photoshop-hounds with way too much time on their hands have been doing this kind of thing for years, but FalseFlesh is the first shortcut to doctored nudity. "It's like X-ray vision!" claims the product site, in a blatant attempt to appeal to a comic-book obsessed demographic. And it's not just for perverts and geeks, but future stylists and plastic surgeons too! "FalseFlesh also allows you to modify other physical attributes of the subject such as clothing style and even body type."

    The last thing the internet needs is more ways for people to exploit each other. Posting doctored nude photos of someone is a personal and potentially legal violation. Despite being labeled an "adult editing" tool, the $50 software is a magnet for a

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  • Could you date someone with Tiger Woods' past?


    Tiger's comes with some serious baggage. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Tiger's comes with some serious baggage. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Thirty-three percent of Shine readers were right: it only took about six months before Tiger Woods was reportedly back in a relationship.

    Though neither has confirmed their status to press (or Facebook), Woods has been linked to Alyse Lahti Johnston, a 22 year-old Florida college student, with a rap sheet and a burgeoning career in golf. Tiger-watchers say they met several years ago, when her stepfather was vice chairman of IMG, the sports management company that made Woods a multi-millionaire. Back then he was a married man. Now he's known as the world's biggest cheat.

    Imagine: you meet a guy who shares your passion (actually he's a champion at it), he knows your family, he's generous, handsome, single and...BOOM. He's an admitted sex addict. How do you enter into a new relationship knowing his history of chronic cheating?

    When Woods entered rehab for his sex addiction last year, critics called it a PR move. But he went in and fulfilled his treatment. According to sex addiction

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