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Olympics: Swim Team Gone Viral

It only took one day for this video to pass 1 million views. Because, honestly, who can resist the following three things: Team USA, fit swimmers, and Carly Rae Jepsen? Lochte, I will definitely ring you on your mobile.

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Currently this is my favorite video cover of this song. What are your favorites? Which Olympic sport’s team do you want to see make a “Call Me Maybe” video next?

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Picks Of The Week

Obsession of the week: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream

This stuff is magical.

This stuff is magical.

Excuse me, gentlemen, as I gush about this product. It is a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one. I couldn’t believe how soft it made my skin immediately after putting it on, and the coverage it provides is much better than any foundation I’ve ever tried, and oh, have I tried many! This cream has sped up my makeup process. For that, this stuff if priceless.

I’m preparing for a vacation, and this 2.5 oz. tube will fit those tricky TSA carry-on regulations, plus I won’t have to bring along my primer and foundation. I still use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it under the B.B. cream for extra sun protection.

Garnier isn’t the only company making B.B. cream, but I have liked the Garnier moisturizers I’ve used, so I thought this would be a safe bet. The advertised price is $12.99, but look for sales and manufacturer’s coupons (of course that’s how I bought mine!).

My only real qualm is the cream only comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. It blends well and seems to match my skin tone but not everyone may be so lucky. Ask your local Ulta stylist if you can sample it.

Are there other B.B. cream brands you’ve used and liked? Did any fall short of your makeup dreams?

New single of the week: “Settle Down” by No Doubt

Sorry, Green Day. No Doubt’s 40-somethings beat your 40-somethings (and a 39-year-old) in this week’s battle of the early ’90s bands! Both groups released new singles Monday. But in my opinion, seeing as how No Doubt’s most recent original album, the excellent “Rock Steady,” was released 10.5 years ago, they take the cake with the hip and hyper “Settle Down.”

To compare, here is Green Day’s “Oh Love.” Don’t burn your eyes out trying to watch the lyric video.

Carly Rae Jepsen news of the week: “Curiosity” Carly Rae Jepsen

You say you aren’t a Carly Rae fan? I’m determined to turn you into one. If you’ve had just about enough of her begging you to call her, maybe, delve into her curious side with the second single off her “Curiosity” EP. The song, released in May, hasn’t heard a lot of radio play yet, probably because CRJ is still comfortably riding the 60-foot “Call Me Maybe” wave.

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Obsession of the week: “The Bachelorette”

Emily Manyard, "The Bachelorette" Season 8

Emily Maynard, “The Bachelorette” Season 8

I’m only a little bit embarrassed this show is my weekly obsession since I already admitted to you guys I’m watching it for the first time. Love-huntin’ Emily Maynard is about to meet her top four gents’ family members and I can’t wait to see how they influence the way she feels about each guy.

The reason I am obsessed with this silly ABC reality show is because of the leading lady. She is Southern sweet, pretty genuine despite the demand to fall in love on camera, and it’s clear she really does want to find a nice man for her and a great dad for her daughter, Ricki. And I’ll tell you what, three of the final four dudes seem like darn good catches (go home, Chris!).

I like Jef… and Arie and Sean … but mostly Jef. I hope Emily doesn’t marry him so I can snatch him up. The roommate and I loved the scene below. I want to meet his family after hearing him talk about them!

Video stream of the week: “Battle Royale” on Netflix

If you liked “The Hunger Games” for its dystopian story, you will love this Japanese film from 2000. Based on a book — which, by the way, came out long before Suzanne Collins’ megahit — the movie follows a ninth-grade boy grappling with the death of his father. By government decree, the boy’s entire class of 42 students is dropped on a deserted island and are forced to battle to the death. The boy and his classroom crush team up in an attempt to survive, even though there can only be one winner.

What makes “Battle Royale” more successful than “The Hunger Games” (film and book, both) is the children don’t know about the yearly killing event. There is no time for the kids to prepare for what they face on the island. It is a terrifying concept, an ultra-gory flick, and so enjoyable you forget you are reading subtitles.

Carly Rae Jepsen news of the week: “Good Time” by Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepsen

I can’t go a week without mentioning my favorite Canadian! Her featured role on Owl City’s first single from his new album, “The Midsummer Station” coming out Aug. 21, is summer-worthy. It has that driving-with-the-windows-down feeling. And the flash video is super cute. Being a design junky, I love that lyrics videos are the new thing to do before making an official music video.

Big ole bummer of the week: NBC fires Ann Curry

I have been an NBC fan for a long, long time, but after the showdown with Conan O’Brien in 2010 and now the ousting of Ann Curry — decisions directly tied to ratings — I feel my loyalty thread fraying. Curry has so much journalistic integrity, more than anyone on “Today,” and she deserved a lot more respect than she received from NBC after 15 years on the show.

As for her apology to viewers? No need for that, Ann. The only person who should be saying sorry is whoever kicked you out the door without tact.

Check out her heartbreaking goodbye on Entertainment Weekly’s site. I cried, of course.

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Obsession of the week: My new prescription sunglasses.

Elizabeth Arden sunglasses

Elizabeth Arden sunglasses

I was finally allowed to visit my optometrist last week (thank you, health insurance!). Thankfully my eyes have hardly changed, so I was able to forgo the purchase of new eyeglass lenses and invested in a pair of sunglasses. Prescription lenses are ridiculously pricey for a pair of shades (no thank you, health insurance), so thank goodness I had a $100 off a lens and frame purchase coupon from Lenscrafters. I am so glad I can protect my eyes from the summer sun. I even got to sport my newest fashion accessory at our company picnic Wednesday.

Video stream of the week: “Pretty Little Liars” on Netflix Instant.

"Pretty Little Liars"

“Pretty Little Liars”

Season 3 of this addictive ABC Family series began June 5, and Netflix is currently streaming the 22 episodes in Season 1. On July 3, Season 2 will be available. I hear the Rosewood girls find out who A is in Season 2!

Music stream of the week: “The Lion The Beast The Beat” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

AOL music is streaming this gem, the band’s fourth studio album. Grace Potter is a sweet-voiced rocker whose voice I had not taken the time to enjoy until this album, as I didn’t care for 2010’s single, “Paris (Ooh La La).” But I dig this good new-fashioned rock. Give a special listen to the upbeat “Loneliest Soul” and the killer ballad “One Heart Missing.”

I snatched up the album for $5 as Amazon’s daily deal Tuesday, but it’s worth the $10 it’s currently selling for on Amazon.

Viral video of the week: “Call Me Maybe” starring Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen and The Roots.

The most sugary pop song of the spring and soon-to-be summer hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart Wednesday. I venture to say this cutesy “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” version convinced enough people to request and buy the tune, causing Canadian Carly Rae to knock off Australian Wally De Backer aka Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

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