Meet Charlie. Charlie is a terrier mix who was found on the side of the road in Los Angeles and was taken to a “high-kill” shelter where he had one week to be adopted before he would be put down.
Charlie was believed to be about 3-years-old when he was taken in, and had matted fur entangled with painful burrs. Thankfully, a mobile grooming service came in to give him a makeover to help his chances of being adopted. The groomers completely transformed his look, and just two days after his makeover, Charlie was adopted. Check out his heartwarming transformation in the video above, and check out some other shelter dog makeovers that have allowed them second chances at life here.
Look, this might sound terrible, but I’ve got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran’s voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him, without a home. This is where Dégagé Ministries of Grand Rapids, MI comes in. The church-funded non-profit shelter for the homeless and disadvantaged collaborated with Design 1 Salon & Spa and Rob Bliss Creative to clean Jim up real nice and show people — and most of all, Jim — that beneath the scruff and the patina of rough living, he is still a respectable man deserving of a better life. With a shave, a haircut (and color!), and a sharp new suit, Jim liked what he saw when he looked in the mirror. And you know what he did? Post-makeover, he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the first time ever, and he’s now scheduled to move in to his own housing. Looking good isn’t always enough to make you feel good, but sometimes, when you’re at your lowest point, it can be the first step to lifting your spirits and reminding you of your own worth. [Buzzfeed]
Talk about returning to the 1950s. Dutch women who are currently unemployed are being propositioned with a very sexist and archaic deal. Instead of encouraging unemployed women to find new jobs, a Dutch council is offering them free makeovers worth about $1,686 each, advice from a dating coach, and free membership to a dating site! Obviously, the underlying motives would be that with their hot new look and access to single men, the unemployed women would find a new husband, take themselves off the job market, and thus, off the support of state money. The companies backing the deal explain that with a new look, tips from a coach, and a new outlook on life, the unemployed women will be more inspired and have a more positive outlook on their life and situation, thus leading to job offers. Oh c’mon, we know what they’re saying — get a man and get off social security. Lame. [Times UK] Keep reading »
While millions spent their time discussing Sarah Palin‘s exorbitant wardrobe “improvements” back during the election, one blogger recently got all Photoshop happy and decided to give her hair a bit of a makeover instead. The choice of models is mostly limited to the political realm, including Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, and Katie Couric with Barbra Streisand thrown in for good measure. While none of these ladies are exactly hair mavens like Jennifer Aniston or Katie Holmes, they’re all brand-new ‘dos for Sarah. More after the jump. [Examiner] Keep reading »
For the next week or so, Estée Lauder makeup artists are offering free “put your best face in cyberspace” makeovers at a couple stores across America, which basically means they’re on the makeover train, again—but this time, they’re taking photos of you after your beauty upgrade. Why? Lauder wants to pretty up your Facebook (or Match.com or Twitter or…) photo. Apparently, one of their ads reads: “Your Beauty. Your Style. Your Profile.” And: “Get a great photo for your social network page, website or blog.” Wanna go? Well, better get booking an appointment; they start in some parts of the U.S. tomorrow. Here’s the list of ten counters nationwide that are offering the promo. [Estée Lauder] Keep reading »