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  • Best ways to escape the summer heat

    best+ways+to+escape+the+summer+heat_3356_800546735_0_0_14021847_300Although the summer brings plenty of positive vibes, most will agree that there are certain days when the heat is flat out intolerable. With heat waves making people miserable from practically coast to coast, it doesn't seem too outlandish to imagine the refreshing cool feeling of a crisp autumn morning. It's a known fact that high temperatures make people drowsier and crankier. If those sweltering temperatures are getting to your head, finding ways to escape it is likely the only thing on your mind. Here are some of the easiest ways to go about doing so.

    Find a body of water. The only good thing about excessive heat is that it makes water feel way more satisfying. There's nothing like the ocean and a sandy beach - but if you have to settle for a pond or lake, go for it. Pools are even better because they're usually clean and have at least one dreamy lifeguard.

    Go to the library. When the temperatures are so unbearable that you can't even imagine relief, the last thing you want to do is read a book. However, because libraries are maintained by the county or city, the air conditioning there is usually most satisfying. You might be surprised by what you can learn by investigating all the library has to offer.

    Go underground. Even if air conditioners don't do the trick, basements are almost always cold and dark. Although it might smell like mold and anything else you can imagine, hanging out down there might also convince you to organize your storage space a little. Just stay on the lookout for spiders and other creepy crawlies.

    Escaping from the heat isn't always as easy as it sounds. It can be a challenge to find a place that can keep you cool and keep you busy at the same time. Just make sure you don't make your friends or neighbors think you're homeless by occupying their space for days on end!

  • Chick flicks that don't suck

    chick+flicks+that+don+t+suck_3356_800550993_0_0_15093_300There are a bevy of romantic comedies slated for release this summer, and chances are the ones categorized as chick flicks have piqued your interest. However, let's face it - it's more than likely you'll spend your time in the theater staring blankly at the screen, wondering where in the course of this two-hour tearjerker that things started going downhill.

    However, every once in a while, you might get lucky enough to catch a chick flick that doesn't suck. If you want to experience a masterpiece that will make your boyfriend second-guess himself for ever doubting your taste in movies, there are plenty of rentals out there that will do the trick.

    Closer. Directed by the same master who graced us with The Graduate in the 60s (Mike Nichols), this is one movie starring Julia Roberts that won't disappoint. Joined by Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Jude Law, Julia puts on a performance that justifies her status as America's Sweetheart. This gritty drama is about two couples who are tangled in a web of deceit, obsession and betrayal.

    (500) Days of Summer. It's rare to see a "college crowd" type of movie that actually exhibits some type of relevance to society, but director Mark Webb captured the essence of the current generation in (500) Days of Summer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel take the audience through a spiraling rollercoaster of emotion as they work their way through an unstable fling. Destiny and everlasting love hang in the balance as Tom (Gordon-Levitt) makes an attempt to understand the depth of Summer's (Deschanel) complexity.

    Adventureland. If you're tired of watching Kristen Stewart cuddle up to a hunky vampire, you might appreciate her role in something a little more down to earth. Adventureland takes us back to the summer of 1987, when Jesse Eisenberg's character (James) decides to take a job at a local amusement park to save some necessary money and pursue his dreams. That's when he meets the laid back Em (Kristen), who also works at the park. If you grew up in the 80s, you'll likely grow fond of this up-lifting romance.

    Although you might have given up on the chick flick genre, there are some producers out there who wish to portray a realistic concept of love and the mysteries that drive it. Instead of renting Dirty Dancing over and over again, go out there and grab something that goes against the grain.

  • Blinc Trivia: Don't underestimate the power of purple

    When it comes to revered makeup colors, it's safe to say that varying shades of pink, blue and green reign supreme. While these hues are especially lovely, women shouldn't hesitate to apply purple eye shadow, eyeliner or even (yes, we're going there) lipstick whenever possible.

    Purple is a beautiful color, but it's also lauded for it's power and wonder. The pigment was used to decorate China's infamous Terracotta Army, and in medieval Europe, a bluish version of the shade was reportedly shown off by some of the wealthiest royals to walk the earth.

    In today's modern society, women who embrace purple cosmetics can feel like a modern day queen. Violet eyeshadow works fantastic for daytime activities while marvelous magenta lipstick can allow a lady to call attention to her pout wherever the evening takes her.

    Gals who really want to give their appearance a pick-me-up should top everything off with some blinc Mascara. The product not only refrains from clumping or smudging, it also elevates the look of any purplish shade, whether it be lilac, indigo or plum.

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  • I love you, man: Three bromances that will never die

    The world has been buzzing ever since gossipmongers announced that Will Smith and his lovely wife of 14 years, Jada Pinkett Smith, are heading for Splitsville. Sure, the actors have since denied it, but let's face it - we may be living on borrowed time until one of Hollywood's hottest power couples signs a stack of divorce papers and enters a lengthy public battle of He Said/She Said.

    It seems like it was yesterday that Will and Jada were making gaga faces at one another on Oprah and gushing about how their love was etched in stone. If these guys can't make it, who can? Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell - sit your butts down and start smooching.

    Before you spend the next few hours painting your nails black, layering on the blinc Mascara and throwing paparazzi photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie into a makeshift backyard bonfire, reconsider - it turns out there are actually scores of famous duos in Tinseltown who have stuck by each other's side throughout the years. Who needs romance when you have bromances? Here are three that deserve serious recognition.

    1. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Long before these boys won worldwide acclaim for penning Good Will Hunting, Matt and Ben were simply two whippersnappers tearing it up on the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was only a short while later that they attended the same high school and starred together in the hit 1992 drama School Ties, allowing their friendship to blossom. Nowadays the A-listers can be seen hugging it out on red carpet events and even vacationing together!

    2. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. These muy caliente Mexican actors may be best known for costarring in the hit Y Tu Mama Tambien, but it turns out they've been two peas in a pod since appearing on the same telenovela program, El Abuelo y. Recently, the dynamic duo lent their unforgettable talents to the 2009 soccer flick Rudo y Cursi and became the proud CEOs of Canana Productions. Coincidentally (or not?), each of the chiseled actors entered fatherhood months apart. Salud!

    3. Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. The modern day version of Laurel and Hardy is perhaps best knowing for macking it to bunches of beautiful babies in the hit film Swingers, but it's the gaggle of comedies that followed suit (Made, The Break-Up and Couples Retreat ) that truly solidified their status as bros. We're sure the boys are celebrating at the Dresden in L.A. to mark the 15th anniversary of Swingers this year. Yes, a decade and a half later, they're still money.

  • How to appease an angry boyfriend

    Although men can sometimes woo us with their seemingly unyielding charm, we all know how quickly their moods can sour. Perhaps all it takes to set off the ticking time bomb is one really bad day at work or a drastic action on your part - like an unexpected haircut. Some men are simply afraid of change. Although your boyfriend might seem like a laid back and casual guy, his worst fears can be realized at one single moment by any seemingly insignificant event - and at that point, you'll need some kind of contingency or exit strategy.

    There surely is a huge difference between being there when he needs your support and giving him some necessary distance when his ego hangs in the balance due to temporary insanity. However, you'll eventually need to apply some brilliant tactics to calm his nerves and put Mr. Hyde to rest for at least another month or so. Here are some tidbits of advice to keep in mind.

    Buy something sexy. Although some boyfriends are tougher to placate than others, there are a few out there who will easily fall for some eye-popping lingerie and a few words of encouragement. Just be sure to slather your skin with only the smoothest makeup products and wear just enough blinc Mascara to make him think he's reliving his high school quarterback days - even if he did nothing but warm the bench.

    Cook his favorite meal. Even though you might hate to think of yourself as a "housewife," your culinary skills may be required when his stomach churns in the unrest of a rotten day. You'll need to give him exactly what he craves on his moodiest evening, whether it's his mother's most praised recipe or your best concoction of Hamburger Helper.

    Let him pick the movie. Your boyfriend might be gracious enough to let you pick the movies, even if that means dragging him to every chick-flick on the marquee - but when his day takes a turn for the worst, it's better to let him have his dose of John Woo or whatever mindless-yet-somehow-appealing action movie comes to mind.

    The best part about being in a situation such as this is seeing your boyfriend ultimately surrender to your charms. Take advantage of this and make him think you're the one waving the white flag by giving him exactly what he wants - if only for a brief moment in time!

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