Sephora Gives Girl Facial to Sell Cosmetics

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One really has to wonder what goes the mind of a creative when the result is a poster like this one for Sephora. And let's not forget the minds of the people who approve the work as well. Either they are oblivious to the "other" meaning of imagery such as this or they can't help but celebrate the dirty little thoughts which float about their mind and wallow in the sadistic pleasure of watching this work make its way through the approval process.

Six years ago, Vodafone ran an ad that, to some, carries the very same connotation as this Sephora poster. As we wrote back then, the the visual in the Vodafone ad was "an expression of joy following receipt of a certain climatically delivered thrust of Christmas excitement."

How would we describe this Sephora poster? We're not sure but it's clear to us this is definitely not a representation of how most women would apply lotion to their face. Especially a quart's worth of gooey white stuff while their mouth is wide open. That is unless they are in a certain line of work which lauds this sort of behavior with praise, fame and money.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Opinion, Racy, Strange



Sony Sponsors Avril Levigne's Lingerie-Fueled Transformation to Adulthood

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Just like Debbie Gibson. Just like Britney Spears. Just like Christina Aguilera. Just like just like Miley Cyrus. And just like every other starlet who, at one point or another, decides she needs to "grow up," "become and adult," "shed her childhood" and show the world that she's no longer a little girl but a sexed-up super hottie who's ready to take on the world.

With her new single, What the Hell, Avril Levigne is now part of the "I'm not a child anymore" club. Of course, Levigne never really was of the child star ilk what with her so-called punk approach to music and decided avoidance of Disney.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Video



Kylie Minogue to Front Lexus Campaign

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Japanese automotive brand Lexus has hooked up with Australian singer and model Kylie Minogue to promote the brand's new CT 200h hybrid vehicle in an ad campaign set to launch in February. As part of the deal, Lexus will sponsor Minogue's upcoming Aphrodite:Les Folies music tour.

Of Minogue's selection as brand ambassador, Lexus spokesperson Belinda Poole said, "Kylie is the perfect ambassador for Lexus and the new CT200h. Kylie has the energy, style and exceptionally popular public profile that will reach directly to customers new to the brand."

The campaign, created by Billington Cartmell and CHI & Partners, will include a series of online videos that will highlight behind the scenes footage of Minogue's tour.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Kristen Bell Tapped by Two Johnson's for Neutrogena

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The deliciously sweet and sexy Kristen Bell has been tapped by Johnson&Johnson (oh there's such a great dirty joke in there somewhere) to front a campaign touting the brand's line of Neutogena Naturals. Bell, 30, will appear in print, TV and online ads and is said to have been paid $500,000 for her work.

Bell follows a long line of celebrity endorsers for the brand including Vanessa Hudgens, Garielle Union, Jennifer Garner and Hayden Panettiere.

If you simply can't wait to see Bell in this yet to be launched campaign, you can catch her in Burlesque, currently playing in theaters.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Celebrity



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Stolen Cleavage Ends up in Online Ad

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Now this is funny. Three years ago at ad:tech San Francisco while on our usual mission to properly capture the essence of the trade show floor, we captured this shot of a hot looking woman who, by all accounts, had to have had the highest number of eyeballs view her badge over the course of the conference. In addition, that strategic badge placement was enough to garner her, and the company she represented, GenieKnows, a repeat appearance on Adrants in a story entitled In Defense of Booth Babes and Why They're Here to Stay.

Jump forward three years and the all but forgotten woman has reappeared in an online ad on the Coloradoan website promoting a medical bill and coding degree. Of course, it's clear the woman has no idea she's in this ad and permission was certainly never given by us to use this photo in an online ad but this sort of thing happens all the time.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Opinion, Policy, Racy, Strange



Doritos Gay-Themed Ads Not Offensive. Just Funny.

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Two commercials submitted to the Dorito's Super Bowl ad contest are gay-themed. One features a wife catching, we assume, his husband ogling two gays guys sitting by a pool. A second has two guys in a sauna with one gawking at the other's physique...which just turns out to be...well...we don't want to ruin it for you.

As per usual, questions arise over the portrayal of gays in advertising. There was that Snicker's gay kiss ad a few years back. There was the Mr. T ad, also for Snickers, which had the A-Team star eradicating the streets of speedwalkers which many, including Bob Garfield, concluded had to be gay therefore making the ad offensive. Which was just stupid. The ad was funny.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Opinion, Super Bowl 2011









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