Posts Tagged: ‘Beauty’
As a kid, I watched a ton of AMC, back in the pre-”Mad Men” and -”Walking Dead” days when the channel only played old movies, and was commercial-free to boot. And, oh, how I hated Bette Davis because whenever one of her movies was on, that meant it was probably a drama about dramatic adult things, and all my 10-year-old self wanted was some Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis slapstick or a happy-go-lucky Technicolor musical. However, my kid self likely would’ve been into Davis’ “Now, Voyager“because I was and still am a sucker for a magical makeover movie…
After watching the video for Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches campaign, I wondered how I might describe my face to an artist who can’t see me. Dark eyes, thin lips, stubby nose, I might toss out. And I have a feeling the results of that blind sketch wouldn’t be terribly flattering, as with the portraits commissioned by Dove for its newest and admittedly powerful addition to the Real Beauty campaign.
by Tracy V. Wilson | January 16, 2013
The definition of beauty has changed through the ages, but elements of what people think is attractive tend to hold true through generations and across cultures. Where do these standards come from, and why some of them seem to be innate – even in nonhumans?
In honor of spring, what with all the fabulous scents swirling around outside — and inside thanks to new fragrances hitting store shelves — last week I wrote a blog post on how to select a new scent. As a fun follow-up to that post, I decided to ask what fragrances my coworkers at HowStuffWorks are currently favoring. So, if you’ve ever wondered what the HowStuffWorks offices and their inhabitants smell like, you’re in luck. More after the jump.
For a not-so-lovely visual of just how much makeup women cake on their faces ever year, take a gander at “Natural Beauty.” Over nine hours, two makeup artists slathered 365 coats of makeup on the model.
I’ve barely dipped my toes into my late 20s, but I found out today that I’m only a few short years away from feeling old. A survey from a British funeral business, published in March, revealed that women start “feeling old” at 29 years old. We ladies don’t even have to crest the 30-year mark to already start unnecessarily aging ourselves? Heaven help us.
I’d wager that around 99.9 percent of “swimsuit season” anxiety perpetuated by advertising and weight-loss articles are targeted toward women and girls (Men’s Health subscribers, correct me if I’m wrong here). Why? Because guys don’t have to flaunt it all in a bikini, so they have no reason to be body conscious, right?
In general, women’s hair costs more than men’s, with more expensive haircuts (blowouts and styling included) and pricier haircare products. Even this thrifty nickel has dropped $80 for to-die-for shampoo and conditioner.
But my hair nearly fell out in shock when I ran across this survey finding that Molly and I didn’t mention in the Stuff Mom Never Told You episode on whether it costs more to be a woman.
It only takes a few episodes of Mad Men to understand that advertising is meant to elicit certain emotional responses from consumers. Don Draper excels at his job because he effectively infuses need and desire into products, no matter how frivolous. But toying with people’s consumer behavior has a more potent effect than driving them […]
Newsweek has a fascinating article this week discussing the problem with beauty:
Beauty, it appears, is skewing our perceptions of reality. For example, according to the article, managers are becoming so attached to people’s beauty that they are sometimes using beauty, instead of qualifications, as a reason for hiring…
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