Makeup Guru Bobbi Brown To Head Yahoo Beauty — Um, Is That Even Remotely Ethical?

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Bobbi Brown, the world-renowned makeup artist behind Bobbi Brown cosmetics, announced today that she is joining Yahoo as the new editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty. In addition to “curat[ing] smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best self,” she’ll continue her duties as the CCO at Bobbi Brown.

I’m an enormous Bobbi Brown fan, both the brand and the person. I saw her speak on a panel a few years ago and immediately admired how she juggles being the head of her own company and mother. She’s a rad feminist who supports causes I believe in and I really respect the fact that she lives in and raises her kids in suburban New Jersey instead of NYC or LA. And her products are awesome; I’ve got both her concealer and her lipstick in my purse right now.

That being said, I have enormous doubts about the ethics of the head of a beauty company becoming the editor-in-chief of a beauty blog on Yahoo. The role isn’t “advisor.” It’s not even “contributing editor.” It’s editor-in-chief. Please tell me how is this not just a huge commercial for Bobbi Brown’s makeup company?  Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Young Women Gossiping On The Subway

An Open Letter To The Young Women Gossiping On The Subway
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Dear Young Women On My Subway Car Yesterday,

I remember high school, a small world in which everyone feels like a character in an epic drama.  A place where peers pass judgement and share hearsay as entertainment. Where few consider the appropriateness or repercussions of their conversations. Yesterday, the two of you stood in a New York City subway car and gossiped loudly about a classmate, making the entire subway car uncomfortable, especially as the story was about a teenage girl having sex in a public place. You laughed at her confusion about a possible pregnancy even though a condom was used. You proceeded to tell the intimate details of what she and her partner had done. I won’t share those details because my intention is not to shame the subject of your conversation. And besides, I have no right. Keep reading »

Dater X: Is It Really Possible To Be “Just Friends” With An Ex?

Dater X: Is It Really Possible To Be "Just Friends" With An Ex?

Just as I began to feel satisfied and confident with my relationship-free self, guess who came back to throw a wrench in things and screw up my single girl feng shui? My college boyfriend, and one of the few men I’ve ever really loved: Don. Keep reading »

This GIF Of Emma Watson Turning Into Sofia Vergara Is Blowing My Mind

I’m sorry if, like Jessica, you find this GIF “gross and macabre,” but I just had to share it. I mean, I know there’s gotta be some weird crazy Photoshop happening, but whhhhhhaaaaaaaatttt is thissssss? Sofia Vergara taking off her Emma Watson skinsuit? I never thought I would type those words. Anyway, carry on with your day, haunted by this image forevermore. [The Clearly Dope]

2 Right Answers: “Help! My Boyfriend Needs To Be More Discreet!”

2 Right Answers: "Help! My Boyfriend Needs To Be More Discreet!"

If there are a million ways to do something wrong, there should be at least a few ways to do a thing right. In this series, Janet and Emily tackle your questions from two different perspectives. The result, we hope, is two right answers.

Janet is a stone-cold rationalist, baker, and monotreme from Australia. Her boobs played the field briefly before marrying themselves off to a skier-dude. Emily is from the Midwest, and is a single, straight, agnostic, whiskey-drinking softball player who’d love to use her Pinterest wedding board before all the pics go out of style. Both Janet and Emily are writers and comedians in New York.

I live with my Mom and Dad (still), so every time my boyfriend and I have sex we do it at my boyfriend’s house. Well, he lives with roommates and always seems to initiate sex when there are other people around. The walls are thin, so he is trying to be discreet, but it has become really obvious when we are having sex because he plays music loudly to drown out any noise. On the one hand, I like music to get in the mood. But  it’s also weird to me that people will hear it and know it’s the “special” music — like will they associate Chris Isaac with nookie because it broadcast the fact we were getting busy in the next room? I am not embarrassed about sex, but I would like a little more discretion for everyone involved. – Not Looking For An Audience Keep reading »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has No Time For Sexism

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has No Time For Sexism

“There is sexism – I’m not denying its existence. But I’m saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, ‘Get out of my way.’”

“Veep”‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus is stark naked with the Constitution written across her back on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, a shot that happened, she admitted on Twitter, after a few drinks. Inside the mag, the actress talks about her role as the foul-mouthed Vice President Selena Meyer on the hit HBO show, and expressed a Selena-esque, take-no-shit approach to dealing with sexism in her own life. While I totally admire the power in this statement, I would have loved to see her go a little deeper. After all, the privileges associated with money, fame and race certainly make it at least easier for Louis-Dreyfus to pay sexism no mind and refuse to let it have an impact on her career and life. It’s just not quite so simple for women overall to put that attitude into practice. Still, an inspiring and refreshing outlook. [Rolling Stone]

Peaches Geldof’s Cause Of Death Still “Inconclusive”

  • A postmortem on Peaches Geldof, the British “It Girl” who died on Monday at age 25, has proved inconclusive “pending toxicology tests.” Peaches, the daughter of musician Bob Geldof, died suddenly and inexplicably in her Kent home, leaving behind her husband and two young kids. [Reuters]
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will co-star in a new comedy called “The Nest,” because they look so much like sisters. [Showbiz 411]
  • Jill Duggar, 22, one of the famous Duggar family’s bajillion kids, is engaged! Duggar and her new fiance, Derick Dillard, celebrated by holding hands. “”I feel like I’m dreaming,” Derick told People. “It was great to grab her hand for the first time.” For the first time! Holding hands! [People]
  • Er, maybe Lena Dunham’s joke about her younger sister coming out just doesn’t translate well …? [Page Six]
  • The women of “Saturday Night Live” opened up to Cosmopolitan about celeb impersonations, their guilty pleasures, and working in comedy as women. It’s worth a full read. Also, I had no idea that Cecily Strong and Mike O’Brien were dating. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Anne Hathaway Sings Broadway Versions Of Hip-Hop Songs And It’s Not As Insufferable As You Might Imagine

Anne Hathaway Sings Broadway Versions Of Hip-Hop Songs And It's Not As Insufferable As You Might Imagine
Bitch, This Is Not Killing My Vibe!

I’ll be honest. I wanted to hate this so much. First, while I’m not a card-carrying Hathahater, like many, I do find Anne Hathaway’s carefully crafted ladylike-ness to be grating at times. Second, I have pretty much hated musical theater ever since I was a shy teen dodging jazz hands at a performing arts high school. And lastly, hip-hop is my favorite genre of music, so naturally, the idea of prissy jazz hands Anne Hathaway belting out Broadway versions of Snoop’s “Gin and Juice” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” kind of sounded like torture. But … it isn’t? In fact it’s really kind of hilarious and endearing and silly? You win, Hathaway. YOU WIN.

6 Celebrities With Completely Weird Ideas About Science

One of the weirder bits of news making headlines this week was that our beloved Red on “Orange Is The New Black” may be a little bit kooky in real life. Why would I say such a thing? Because the actress Kate Mulgrew has narrated a documentary with some pretty kooky beliefs about science:  namely, the idea the Earth does not actually revolve around the sun but instead the sun revolves around the Earth. Geocentricism what what?!?  In a new documentary called “The Principle” narrated by Mulgrew, she intones, “Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong.”

Considering this is the woman, Amelia reminds me, that played Captain Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager,” it seemed a little odd that Mulgrew would be so ill-informed. Turns out, Mulgrew is now saying she was misled into doing the narration for the documentary and that she was simply a voice for hire who should have done more research. Um, no kidding? Didn’t Mulgrew realize she was narrating junk science as the junk science narration was spilling out of her mouth? [Raw StoryAV Club]

Kate Mulgrew, inadvertent or not, isn’t the first celeb to spew interesting beliefs about science. There are actually quite a few celebrities who have made comments about science that gave us a double take. Let’s take a walk through a couple celebs who we think should keep their day jobs…

Found: My New Favorite Running Shorts

Found: My New Fave Sports Bra
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Found: My New Favorite Running Shorts

In my continuing quest to become a runner, I’ve conquered a number of mental obstacles, but until recently, had yet to figure out the solution to a more tangible challenge: finding running clothes that are comfortable and functional for my big-busted, short, curvy body (not exactly the shape most athletic companies cater to). After finally tracking down my dream sports bra, my next goal was to find a pair of running shorts. The requirements:

  • Thick spandex, because those flimsy nylon running shorts just don’t cut it.
  • Don’t fall down, ride up, pinch, sag, or require any adjustments while running.
  • Don’t make my thighs look like freshly stuffed sausages.
  • Have a zip pocket for my keys, gym ID card, etc.
  • Not too short.

That’s not too much to ask, is it? After buying and trying many different types of running tights, leggings, and shorts with results that ranged from “god, no!” to “meh,” I took Moving Comfort’s 7.5″ Endurance Shorts for a test run (literally), and fell in love. They meet all my requirements and more. Here’s why they’re awesome: Keep reading »

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