Like a lot of people, my teeth were pushed and pulled with a variety of contraptions during my formative years. It all started innocently enough in 5th grade when I got spacers. Tiny rubber bands were wound between metal brackets that had been twisted around my back teeth. This was the first sign that my preteens were going to be painful and not because of my unflattering haircut and spotty fashion sense; those bands were an agent of torture. Sure, they came in bright, fun colors, but I learned quickly that neon pink things can be used as a torture device too. When my jaw became too sore to snack on Hot Pockets after school as per my usual routine, I knew that shit was getting real. Keep reading »
Everyone wants a tighter something this day. Someone at some point decided that our butts and thighs need to have more elasticity than a gumby doll. While this obsession with tightness has added two, ahem 20, minutes to my daily beauty routine, it’s definitely worth it during bathing season. What’s not worth it: the Slim Mouth Piece designed to create a taut face but more likely to cause your premature death by choking. Maybe I am just too literal and it’s my problem that I can’t get my mom’s voice saying “don’t put that in your mouth, you will choke!” out of my head. If it’s just my own childhood and authority issues rearing their ugly heads, then who am I to stop you from trying the Slim Mouth Piece…Don’t do it! Keep reading »
Times are tough and women are looking for ways to cut back. We at The Frisky are determined to bring you the best budget beauty out there, but we are also not going to lie to you: some things you just can’t skimp on. You may never notice the difference between a CoverGirl and a Chanel lipstick but there are certain beauty products and treatments where you will. So save yourself some medical danger and grief and read our five beauty treatments we beg you to fork over the dough for. Keep reading »
People with ugly driver’s license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a “neutral expression” in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK, Big Brother, whatever you say.
Just a cranky DMV clerk barking “No smiling!” isn’t enough, though! The DMV’s software can detect and reject “attempts at exuberance or human warmth,” meaning if you flash some dimples or let your pearly whites crack through your lips, a computer will make you take your picture again.
Even though Virginia is just one of 37 DMV agencies nationwide to use the facial recognition software, Virginian drivers aren’t pleased. Groused one driver, “It makes everyone look like criminals.” [Washington Post]
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As young adults, women start off being happier than men, and then age 48 comes along and the guys get a whole lot happier than us. According to a study in the Journal of Happiness Studies, our happiness depends on fulfilling our aspirations. Most people surveyed — nine out of 10 — want a happy marriage and the ability to buy what they desire, whether that’s nice clothes, a car, or a vacation home. Because most men are single and want lots of expensive stuff when they’re in their 20s, this is the time when they’re the least happy. But then, after age 34, men are more likely to be married than women, and the gap increases with age. They’re also able to buy more of what they want. So, while guys are able to meet their expectations in the family and finance categories, we’re sad because we’re not married and still don’t make enough money to buy all of the Marc Jacobs we want. Who wants to prove this study wrong? Who’s with me! [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »
Just because you’re a rich and famous celebrity doesn’t mean you’ll spend thousands on the perfect smile (well, unless you’re Hilary Duff, who spent thousands on a freakishly huge one). After the jump, nine of our favorite celebrities and the wacky smiles that are part of their charm. Keep reading »
Austria is getting ready to host the Euro 2008 soccer competition, and over the weekend, U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick gathered 1,840 people for a photo in an Austrian soccer stadium. They volunteered to pose naked and weren’t even allowed to wear underwear, sunglasses, or a smile. If you’re never fully dressed without a smile, the opposite must be true, too. [FemaleFirst]
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There are a long list of inventions we wish we thought up: Post-Its…the completely backless bra…the Sharpee. One we’re glad we were smart enough not to think up is the tooth tattoo — yeah. K Art Dental Studio is reaching out to dentists around the world with their super special patented technology which can tattoo anyone’s tooth — with anything they want! — using “dental staining colors at 1775 degree Fahrenheit.” What does that even mean? Also, if need be — like if you have a job interview, or a wedding — the tattoo can be removed in two minutes. Honestly, many women state that a guy’s smile is one of the first things they check out when assessing his attractiveness, so I don’t know why anyone would choose to get a four leaf clover or Elvis stamped on their front tooth. [Tooth Tattoo via Tango] Keep reading »
“I say sex.” — Carla Bruni, telling President Peres of Israel what she says when smiling for a photograph. Saying “cheese” must be too, well, cheesy for her. [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »