Today the Wall Street Journal jumped on the ever-present princess wanna-be trend. Not to be all bitter, but seriously? I’m so sick of full-on Cinderella assault: We hear every bride on those tacky “Platinum Weddings”-esque TV shows claim that she “wants to feel like a princess!” ten times over every episode, Paris Hilton dresses the grown-up princess part every time she leaves the house and now Juicy Couture has $44 toddler t-shirts with “Juicy Couture Princess” plastered on them. Isn’t this trend played out? Apparently not. Now the holy-rollers are getting in on the action, according to the WSJ: Christian retail outlets like A Different Direction are now offering “God’s Girlz,” dolls dressed in princess shirts and tiaras, and loads of little girls are wearing Christian-marketed clothing with slogans like “Yes, I am a Princess” with “I’m the daughter of a King” in small print underneath. As the Journal points out, didn’t the “King’s” firstborn declare himself a man of the people? (And servant of all?) Jesus would so not be happy. [WSJ] Keep reading »
When it comes to facials, our interests have run the gamut from bird poop to beer. Yet, most of these treatments seem more salable on their weirdness factor than their efficacy. The latest to cross our paths is the “Iron Mask” facial offered by Ildi Pekar Skin Care in New York City, that incorporates magnets to suck dirt out of your pores. The intriguing process might be the best facial we’ve ever had.
The treatment gets complicated with about a dozen products applied to your face in a one-hour period (including a variety of essential oils, lotions, and tonics), but the crux of the experience is the maschera al ferro, a pure iron mask that’s massaged into your skin. It feels surprisingly rich and smooth. The facialist then takes a magnet to the material, which removes the iron particles because of the opposite charge, extracting dirt and dead skin with it. You can actually look at the magnet afterward to see the waste, which you may find gross, but we found astounding. The best part is that there’s very little extraction, which in normal facials, can leave you red for days. Meaning you can go out the same night, and have luck with attraction of your own. [Ildipekar.com] Keep reading »
Whether she’s marrying the despicable Spencer Pratt on “The Hills,” crying in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest on “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” or, you know, just existing, Heidi Montag sure knows how to get attention. In her next endeavor, she’ll be appearing in the September issue of Playboy. Like every other description of a spread in Playboy, a source told People that the photos are nude, but “tasteful.” In all honesty, if the photos appear to be anywhere near as awkward as her video for “Higher,” the alleged half million dollars Playboy is spending on this shoot will be totally worth it. Also, is this what Heidi meant when she said she wanted to be the next Mother Teresa? [People] Keep reading »
It’s not David Letterman who makes women look bad, it’s Sarah Palin! The Alaska governor continued to cry us a river in an interview with Matt Lauer on “The Today Show,” saying that Letterman should apologize to women everywhere. She’s still claiming the jokes he made were about her 14-year-old daughter even though the comedian explained they were made about her 18-year-old who did, in fact, get knocked up. Anna at Jezebel has a great post on why she hasn’t been able to muster up much sympathy for the Palins, despite the obvious sexism in his remarks. Frankly, We think Sarah is the one who should be apologizing because she issued a statement saying she wouldn’t go on David Letterman’s show because it would boost his ratings and she didn’t trust him around her youngest daughter, Willow. Wow, WTF is that supposed to mean? What do you think about all this? Keep reading »
Have you been tested lately? California health officials announced yesterday that an actress in the porn industry has been diagnosed with HIV––just another reminder to be safe when you’re having fun in bed. This is the first publicized case of HIV from the industry since 2004 (although the California health records show 22 HIV cases total since 2004). According to Steven Hirsch, an executive at Vivid Entertainment Group, the adult film industry has pumped out over 100,000 films since 2004 (whoa that’s an insane amount of porn), so having this few cases shows how successful the health practices have been in the business. While actors are required to be tested within 30 days of doing a shoot, and HIV cases have been very low, the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation reports that approximately 15 actors every week test positive for other infections. I will stop with the scary statistics about the icky infections and just provide you with a little PSA from your mother at The Frisky: use condoms, get tested and have safe fun! [Fox News] Keep reading »
Among my least favorite words and phrases in the English language are: ‘date night,’ ‘panties,’ and ‘making love.’ And among those, the worst offender is by far ‘making love.’ I’ve never understood why people can’t just say ‘having sex,’ the sort of innocuous, less-pervy alternative. I mean, use whatever phrase you want with the person you’re doin’ it with, but in mixed company, ‘making love’ just reeks of things that are too private to share with others. (Am I the only one who immediately thinks of ‘love juice’ when I hear the term or is that a common word association?). Anyway, in case you were wondering what the difference is between ‘having sex’ and ‘making love,’ a sex-related Q&A column on MSN attempts to give the answer, after the jump. Keep reading »
There’s a certain appreciation to be had for a tattoo-clad man; ink can be incredibly hot and badboy-esque. (That is, assuming he’s got something serious on his body and not an, “Oh man, my buddy and I got so f-ed up in Cabo this one time, so we got these matching Chinese tats.”) Part of the appeal of a man with a tattoo is hoping its design represents inner sensitivity or pain, that he’ll one day open up about. So what if his mark is something dorky? Nerd journal Discover magazine has amassed a gallery of “science tattoos” on its website that range from chemical equations and atomic representations, to fossils and faces of Darwin.
We’re all for nerd style, and are on the fence as to whether a guy with a quantum equation tattooed on his arm is sweet…or just a good way to cheat in Physics class? [Discover Magazine] Keep reading »