June 2011

YouBeauty: The Beauty-Health Connection


Youbeauty face quiz You guys know Dr. Oz, right? The Oprah guy? He and his trusty counterpart, Dr. Roizen, have just launched a new site called YouBeauty, and it's all about the relationship between health and beauty. So while we're all for the best mascaras and celebrity makeup picks and lipstick that makes your puckers sing, it's also good to delve into the deeper stuff.

Check out these five favorite features so far (don't miss the dozens of fun quizzes), and stay tuned... the site has just started.

 Choosing the right hair color for your skin tone actually involves science.

 Can food cause acne? Some say the pizza-zit connection is a myth, others argue it's valid. YouBeauty says the connection between what you eat and what your skin looks like is very real.

 So long, frenemies! Toxic friends can make your body feel sick -- for real. Here's how to move on from them.

 Quiz: How do you really feel about your face? (Hint: Confidence makes you shine.)

 Sleep 'n' Beauty. The next time your parents bug you to get up early, tell them that YouBeauty says "sleep is the body's natural beauty treatment!

Illustration by Scotty Reifsnyder

Q&A with Actress Kacey Rohl


KaceyHR You may have seen Kacey Rohl as Prudence in this spring's Red Riding Hood and in AMC's hit show The Killing, as the best friend of murdered teen Rosie Larson. She'll appear alongside Glee's Cory Monteith in the upcoming film Sisters and Brothers, and based on her track record, you'll be seeing a lot more of her soon. We asked her a few Qs, and we kind of love her now:

I Heart Daily: How did you know that you wanted to act?
Kacey Rohl: I think I knew from the first rehearsal of my mom's that I attended, but I didn't tell myself that it was legitimate and possible until my senior year of high school.

IHD: You've had some dark roles recently! How do you put yourself in the mindset to play those parts?
KR: Prudence in Red Riding Hood came very easily to me, oddly enough. Acting mean (in that way) was easy for me. Sterling in The Killing was more difficult. She was more complex and damaged. For her, I went back to what my time in high school was like and really went to those icky 16-year-old self esteem places. I also used a lot of music to bring me down. The AntlersThe Cinematic Orchestra and I also got my best friend to compile a list of her favorite sad tunes and I used that to make me think of Rosie.

IHD: You've talked about how much you enjoy reading and writing -- what are some of your favorite books, and what kinds of things do you write?
KR: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger. I usually write short stories, but recently vie been writing lots of poetry and some scripty type things.

IHD: What else are you hearting right now?
KR: Friday Night Lights, cappuccino coconut milk ice cream, reading on the beach, Zach Wahls, peonies, cheesy dance music, sparkly eyeliner, boxer shorts and Tennessee Williams!

Want to keep up with Kacey? Follow her very fun twitter feed (we just did)!

Win Your Ultimate Guide To Style


Seventeen Seventeen magazine has been around for 67 years, which means they know a thing or two about fashion. So what better way to share their tips and advice than with a big, glossy book all about style. Say hello to Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style: How To Find Your Perfect Look.

Written by the editors of Seventeen, the 187-page book shows you how to put together an outfit whether your style is indie, classic, girly, edgy, boho or glam. Each chapter includes must-have pieces, along with an appointed celebrity representative and how to steal their steez. With tons of inspiration photos of celebrities and street looks, there's an endless supply of ideas for crafting your own unique outfit, complete with accessories and tips on how to accentuate your figure.

And because we're always thinking about you, loyal I Heart Daily readers, we're giving away three copies of Seventeen Ultimate Guide To Style. As always, all you have to do is be a subscriber to the I Heart Daily newsletter to be eligible to win; for official rules, go here. We'll pick the three winners on July 8th. Good luck!

NightLight: Shop to End Trafficking


NightLight braceletNightLight is an international organization that helps sexually exploited women and children transform their lives. Through alternative employment and life-skills training, NightLight assists women, men and children who have been negatively impacted by the sex industry. 

Trafficking of humans is the second-largest criminal industry in the world -- and each year, an estimated 15,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States (that's not including the 20,000 US citizens trafficked within the country, according to a US Department of Justice report).

It's a huge problem, but you can help: NightLight offers a few ways to get involved, the simplest being by purchasing jewelry from the shop, which is designed and made by women from Bangkok who were formerly in the sex trade industry. Our favorites: The Bird's Nest Bracelet ($19, pictured) features pink freshwater pearls among layers of bronze chains, the Wood and Shell Necklace ($26) has wooden beads with glowing shells in blue, green and amber, and the Cluster Earrings ($19) show off a spray of bronze, teal and golden seed beads on a silver chain. 

Each purchase provides direct support for these artisans, who've found a new way to support their families. Want to do more? NightLight runs offices in Bangkok, Atlanta and Los Angeles where internships are offered. Find more information here.


3 Highly Amusing Websites


Mydagboyfriend Like our own Before You Were Hot, there are tons of entertaining websites out there. Here are three top picks for your weekend web enjoyment:

 My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. Tagline: "Where early photography meets extreme hotness." Check out the heartthrobs of past centuries in these old-time photos, and submit your own historic hotties. This guy (pictured)? An Irish political prisoner. Love those bad boys.

 ThxThxThx. Leah Dieterich writes a thank you note each day, some funny, some harsh, some downright poignant -- all entertaining. Her new book, thx thx thx ($15), is elegant, quirky and full of heart. 

 Magic Weather Van. The weather is pretty boring, but it's key to know when to bring an umbrella, so bookmark this site, where you'll get a more colorful view of meteorology with designations like "Feelin Froggy" (fog) and "Happy Rays" (super sunny).

Check out even more sites we could waste -- er, spend -- hours browsing.

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