Blog Posts by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine

  • Glam Meets Gore: Goldie Starling's Awesome Halloween Makeup Tutorials

    Goldie Starling's sultry, DIY Spider Queen look for Halloween. (Photo: Goldie Starling/Facebook)Goldie Starling's sultry, DIY Spider Queen look for Halloween. (Photo: Goldie Starling/Facebook)A fierce pirate wench, with puckered scars running along the side of her face. An eerie doll, with pursed lips and hauntingly oversize eyes. A grim Jack The Ripper and his final victim, Mary Kelly, her throat slashed and oozing blood. Goldie Starling's Halloween make-up creations are a creepy combination of glam and gore -- and she shares her beauty secrets in her deeply detailed video tutorials.

    "I happened upon YouTube beauty videos by accident," Starling, who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, told Styleist.com. "I was on Christmas break from college and I immediately became obsessed. I think I watched 20 videos in a row and then decided to film one for myself."

    Starling, whose real first name is Angie, has no formal training as a makeup artist -- she has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in graphic design and computer animation -- but her love of drawing and painting helped her hone her makeup skills. (You can see some of her other amazing looks on her Facebook fan page.)

    "I would say

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  • Couple Pretended to Be Married as Kids, Celebrate 70th Anniversary for Real

    Ron and Eileen Everest have been married for 70 years, but fell in love as kids. (Photo: Archant)


    Sometimes you meet your soul mate early on and don't even know it. But Ron and Eileen Everest, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary recently, have proof: a photograph of them dressed up together as bride and groom taken in 1926 when they were both just 4 years old.

    "We have been in love from the age of zero," Mr Everest, now 91, told the Telegraph.

    Their fathers had been friends before the kids were born, serving together in as chief petty officers during World War I. Born in the same maternity hospital in Gillingham, England, just seven months apart ("We might have even been born in the same bed," Mr. Everest quipped), Ron Everest and Eileen Campbell were best friends as tiny tots, playing together constantly.

    "Our parents decided to dress us as a bride and groom for the Gillingham Carnival," Mrs. Everest told their local newspaper, the Dereham Times. The little bride wore a long white dress and a bonnet with a veil, and carried flowers and her teddy bear. The groom looked

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  • Royal Baby Memorabilia: What's Out There Already?

    There's plenty of Royal Baby Buzz right now, and some retailers are already rushing to commemorate the royal birth, which isn't slated to take place until the end of July. "We do have some things in the pipeline," British Designer Jan Constantine told Yahoo! News in England. "We are thinking along the lines of mugs, baby blankets and small cushions to mark this momentous occasion. Similar designs we did for the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Jubilee sold amazingly well, so we are hoping these will, too." We're sure that once there's the paparazzi manage to snap a shot of the real royal baby, production will really ramp up -- that's what happened when Prince William was born, after all. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine

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  • Sushi Restaurant Bans Kids: Fair or Fishy?

    Discriminatory, or just smart business? This restaurant doesn't allow kids under 18. (Photo: WUSA-TV)A new sushi restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, has caused a stir by insisting that it's for adults only. In fact, it's gone so far as to ban kids completely.

    "Welcome," reads the black-and-white sign on the door of The Sushi Bar. "This is an adults-only environment. No children under 18 please."

    Some outraged parents have promised to boycott the upscale eatery, which opened just last weekend in the Del Ray area.

    "Great way to keep me out of your spot," griped one commenter on the Sushi Bar's Facebook page. "As a single parent, thanks... we will dine at another sushi bar!"

    "In case anyone is wondering, no, I won't be patronizing this establishment if I'm ever again in the area," added another commenter.

    But co-owner Bill Blackburn told Yahoo! Shine in a telephone interview that they had always planned to make the eatery a child-free zone.

    "We were not expecting it to be a big deal," he told Yahoo! Shine. He and his business partner had done their research and knew there was demand for an

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  • Mother, Son Reunite Thanks to Facebook and the Kindness of Strangers

    Cherie Alvis gave her son, Clark Alldridge, up for adoption in 1991. They're reunited, thanks to Facebook. (Photo: Facebook)Clark Alldridge of Houston, Texas, always knew he was adopted. Still, it was a surprise when a stranger reached out to him and suggested that he check out Cherie Alvis' Facebook page.

    He didn't know Alvis at all. But there, on her wall, were his own baby pictures. At 22 years old, he had found his birth mother living just a couple of hours away—and he hadn't even been looking for her.

    Alvis told KTRE-TV that she gave up her son for adoption when he was just a few months old. She was 17, a teen mom without a steady home; her baby was sick, and after spending days in the hospital with him, she knew that she couldn't give him the care he needed.

    Giving him up "was the hardest decision I have ever made in my life," Alvis told KTRE-TV. "It was something I did not want to do but it was either give my son life with someone else, another family that could take care of him and actually give him an opportunity in life or to let him die in my arms with me."

    But she never stopped thinking about him.

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  • Top 10 Internet Dads of 2013

    Dads do big things for their kids all the time, but only a few get to see their good deeds go viral. Here are 10 who stole our hearts with their great displays of loving commitment to their kids. Happy Father's Day! -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine

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  • Woman Finds Her Dad's Killer After Cops Hit Dead End 

    It took eight years, but Joselyn Martinez finally found her father's killer. (Photo: Joselynmartinez.com)Joselyn Martinez was just 9 years old when her dad, Jose Martinez, was gunned down in front of his Bronx restaurant in November 1986. The police immediately identified the shooter as 16-year-old Justo Santos, but Santos managed to slip out of New York and flee to the Dominican Republic. Twenty-six years later, long after the New York police had lost track of the shooter, Joselyn found her father's killer.

    "I always kept the name in mind," Joselyn, now a singer and aspiring actress, told The New York Post on Tuesday. "After so many years of not being caught, it wasn’t a reality to me anymore."

    Jose, then 41, kicked Santos and two friends out of the Dominican Express restaurant on Dyckman Street in Inwood after they reportedly started sexually harassing his wife, Idalia Martinez. Witnesses told police that, once on the sidewalk, Santos pulled out a pistol and shot Martinez in front of his wife. Idalia hailed a cab and took her bleeding husband to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia,

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  • Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Sandwich. Yes, It's Real

    The Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe, invented by state fair food vendor Chicken Charlie's, is the real deal. (Photo: Chicken Charlie's)It sounds too gut-busting to be true, but it is: A glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut, split open and stuffed with savory sloppy joe, doused in a tomato-based sauce and sprinkled with cheese. It's not a response to Dunkin' Donut's new bacon-and-egg-on-a-donut breakfast sandwich, though. The Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe is the brainchild of Charlie Boghosian, owner of Chicken Charlie's, which has been providing food to county fairs in Southern California for 17 years.

    Boghosian is no stranger to outlandish menu offerings. He is, after all, the same guy who perfected deep-fried Kool Aid and Oreos. This year he's also serving deep-fried bacon-wrapped pickles, cookie dough bites, and waffle dogs (think corn dogs, but with waffles).

    Still, the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe sandwich is something new, even for him.

    "We're known for crazy fried foods, so this is a little bit different," Boghosian told Yahoo! Shine in a telephone interview. "It's crazy, but it's not fried."

    Boghosian said that he came up with the

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  • New York Exhibit Lets People Explore Black Hair. Enlightening or Offensive?

    Has anyone ever asked if they can touch your hair? How do you react? (Photo: Getty Images)People often ask Antonia Opiah, the founder of un'ruly, if they can touch her hair. Sometimes she says yes. But an encounter in Paris, during which she had to ask a stranger to step away, made her wonder what others got out of the experience.

    "She actually really got in there, so I had to curtly make her stop," Opiah wrote in an article for The Huffington Post last week. "I wonder if she got any satisfaction from it and if so, what kind? Did my hair feel good on her hands? Was some sort of curiosity finally satisfied? Or was I simply just a Saturday night amusement?"

    Figuring that curiosity—not ignorance or rudeness—was at the root of the issue, Opiah decided to stage an exhibit for people who are wondering what different types of African American hair feels like. The interactive show, called "You Can Touch My Hair," launched on Thursday; a second staging is set from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, in Union Square, New York City. (If you'd like to attend, you can RSVP on Facebook.)

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  • Mom Punishes Kids for Stealing By Shaming Them in Public. Does it Work?

    The punishment for stealing from mom? A public shaming. (Photo: WISH-TV)An Indianapolis woman, angry that her son and stepson had stolen a $50 gift card, has punished them by forcing the boys to let the public know that they're "a thief" and an "accomplice to a thief."

    Unique Caruthers, 11, and Xacherey Scott, 14, had to hold cardboard signs at a busy Indianapolis intersection for more than an hour earlier this month while their stepmom, Natashia Scott, stood nearby with two younger children and two adult family members, explaining the punishment to passersby.

    "This is their punishment," Natashia Scott told Fox affiliate WISH-TV, adding that she wants to deter them from stealing.

    "I refuse to let them fall victim to the streets," she explained. "I didn't want to beat them, so now they get to ...stand out here on 38th Street and let everybody know what they did."

    She had intended to use the gift card, which she earned at work, to pay the family's gas bill. Instead, she says, the boys stole it from on top of her dresser and used it to buy themselves treats at

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