<![CDATA[]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:00:27 +0000 hourly 1 <![CDATA[Feeling BROWbeaten?]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:26:31 +0000 nicoleteriaca Brow Blog ImageIt's time to take your brows back...

GROW THEM OUT IN ROWS
Allow the hairs closest to your existing brow line to grow in, once they have achieved a blendable length, begin growing in the next row, repeat this cycle until your desired
fullness is achieved - To keep things looking neat throughout the process use blinc’s Micro Trimmer to carefully groom beneath the new growth, keeping strays at bay!

STIMULATE GROWTH THROUGH EXFOLIATION
Thin or sparse eyebrows can be the result of over-plucking, a medical condition, or genetics.
Exfoliating with a spooly may help and doing so will slough off dead skin cells, increases blood flow and stimulate growth. After washing your face, gently “scrub” your brows using
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blinc’s Long Lash double duties as a brow serum - the same peptides that dramatically enhance the look of lashes work on brows as well. When used twice daily results can be seen in as little as 2-4weeks!

FILL IN YOUR BROWS WHILE YOU WAIT
Just because your brows are growing out doesn’t mean you can’t have the beautiful face-framing brows you’re dreaming of.  Fill in the sparse areas and shape your entire brow with blinc eyebrow mousse, which simultaneously treats the underlying skin with a moisturizing, anti-aging peptide!

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<![CDATA[Don't be "That Girl" at your office holiday party]]> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:25:30 +0000 raveinfo don+t+be+that+girl+at+your+office+holiday+party_3356_800275691_0_0_4001634_300The holiday season is upon us and that means one thing. No, we're not talking about giving gifts to your loved ones or trimming the tree with your family. It's time for your company's Christmas party! 'Tis the season to get drunk on your boss' dime.

And while we advise you to take full advantage of this opportunity, we beg of you one thing. Don't be the That Girl. You know the one we mean. The one who could give pre-rehab Lindsay Lohan a run for her party-hearty money. That Girl who has to call in sick on Monday to nurse a hangover and hang her head in shame. That Girl who's the main reason for the cash bar at next year's party. Don't be "That Girl."

Luckily, it's easy to have a great a deservedly wild time without becoming the archetypal office good-times girl - all it takes is a bit of preparation, a dash of foresight and a few smart decisions to ensure that you won't have to worry about sideways glances and silent snickering on Monday morning.

1. Don't wear anything too formal or too slutty. This isn't prom and it's not a street corner.

2. Do choose something you feel great in. If you aren't comfortable, you may go a little overboard on the liquid courage to feel more at ease, which can be a slippery, red-cheeked gin-soaked slope.

3. Don't wear makeup that needs to be touched up through out the night. Frequent trips to the bathroom to "powder your nose" may give coworkers the wrong impression.

4. Do use cosmetics that will have your back, whether you're throwing back shots with your boss or teaching the sales department how to Dougie. Apply long-lasting blinc Mascara - it won't flake, smudge or run so you can party hard without fear.

5. Don't show off your shot-gunning, whiskey-chugging skills. It's an open bar, not a college drinking contest.

6. Do drink like you mean it. You aren't footing the bill and let's face it - your company owes you.

7. Don't overshare. While liquor may make your lips looser, lock it up. It may seem like a hilarious story at the time, but do you really want your coworkers to know how you won that contest on spring break in Cancun come Monday morning?

8. Do keep your ears open. Just because you aren't spilling secrets doesn't mean others won't - and when they're not your own stories, they are wildly entertaining!

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<![CDATA[Aunt Millie's guide to looking great during the holidays ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:27:49 +0000 raveinfo aunt+millie+s+guide+to+looking+great+during+the+holidays_3356_800254276_0_0_7077249_300It's officially the most wonderful time of the year, and women across the country are packing up their makeup bags and heading home for the holidays. And while everybody does their best to dress to impress, there is one woman who will undoubtedly steal the show - your great aunt Millie.

Okay, you may not have a great aunt named Millie but you know who we're talking about. Maybe she's your grandmother or that distant relative who everybody swears you are related to but nobody can actually figure out how. Maybe she's that lady who simply shows up to every holiday function oblivious to the fact that she isn't actually a part of the family. Regardless, every one has a Millie - the woman who wears more makeup than Snooki. The one whose hair is bigger than Snooki herself. The one who has used the same beauty products since 1975.

However, don't be so quick to dismiss the old broad. After all, her look most likely gets more attention than yours does. So this holiday season, put down the gloss and pick up those pencils - here are Aunt Millie's secrets to looking stylish at your next holiday gathering.

1. Rock the two-tone look. No, we're not talking about hair dye or eyeshadow, we're talking skin. Your face and your neck should not, under any circumstances, match. Apply a thick, liquid concealer to give your complexion a lovely orange tint and stop at your jawline. Put down the makeup sponge and admire your visage - your skin will seem even more tan compared to your pale, natural-colored neck!

2. Color in those brows like you mean it. We know, we know, you depend on your blinc Eyebrow Mousse to subtly enhance your arches with natural-looking color. But who wants realistic brows? Not Millie, that's for sure. Millie would urge you to drop that wand and pick up the pencil. Draw an outline around your existing brows and color them in thickly. We suggest a slightly raised arch to indicate how happy you are. The best part? If you get angry during the holiday gathering, don't worry about having to explain yourself - simply duck into the bathroom, wipe off your brows and draw on some angry-looking arches.

3. Blush ready for battle. You know how you can apply color to the apples of your cheeks to mimic the rosy flush from the crisp winter air? Well, Millie doesn't. Instead, she takes blush to a new level and brushes on two bold stripes of color from her temple to the corner of her nose. Sure, it may look like warpaint, but how else will people determine where your cheekbones are? Bonus: If William Wallace calls, you are ready for battle.

Finish with a few dozen coats of bright lipstick - magenta can be festive, but matte coral will suffice if you desire a more understated look - and you're good to go. Watch out, Aunt Millie - looks like you've got some competition this holiday season.

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<![CDATA[How to cope with a breakup ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:14:58 +0000 raveinfo how+to+cope+with+a+breakup_3356_800344787_0_0_7077116_300Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka said it best: Breaking up is hard to do.* Right on, Neil, right on. But while the breakup itself may be difficult, nothing surpasses the pain in the weeks to follow. So how do you cope with that horrid period of time? Simple: Get up, get out and get some. Soon enough, you'll be over it.

First of all, put down the ice cream. It may seem like a suitable substitution for your ex, but trust us, Ben and Jerry won't kiss you good morning or take you out at night. Snuggling up to food is perhaps the worst revenge ever. The best? Living your life and doing fantastic things that you weren't able to do when you were tied down (hello make out session with the sexy trainer at your gym!).

Even if your ex lives on the other coast, it's almost guaranteed that you will run into him on the day you feel at your worst. However, you can still look your best. Before heading out, spend some time in the mirror making yourself look awesome.

Because you've likely been crying for days, pay special attention to your eyes - nobody should be able to tell you've been sobbing. Rim your eyes with a dark liner for a smoldering and sexy stare. Cover your lids with a shimmery shadow to reflect light and detract from the puffiness that tears can bring, and apply highlighting powder to the inner corners of your eyes to add brightness.

Coat your lashes with dark blue blinc Mascara. The water-resistant formula won't run (even if you shed a few tears) and the pigment will make your reddened eyes appear whiter. Finish with a bit of blush and a berry-colored lipstick that boasts a slight sheen for an absurdly kissable pout.

Once you look the part, it's time to get out there and get some. Round up your favorite single ladies and hit the town for a night you'll never forget. Well, truthfully your memory will probably start to go after the third kamikaze shot, but hey, if you can't remember your own name, you won't remember your ex's either!

*Side note: Who would have thought that Neil Sedaka would have penned one of the most lasting, insightful lyrics of the past 60 years? Seriously. Way to go, Neil.

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<![CDATA[Stop applying makeup in these public places: A short plea ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:13:16 +0000 raveinfo stop+applying+makeup+in+these+public+places+a+short+plea_3356_800361785_0_0_7015293_300Angelina Jolie is no stranger to stealing the spotlight at awards shows - who could forget her displays of sisterly affection at the 2000 Academy Awards? - but this time, she didn't even have to take the stage to attract attention. During the 68th Golden Globe awards, cameras caught Jolie reapplying lip gloss as Matt Damon presented Robert De Niro with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

While some analysts believed that this action humanized Jolie ("Look! I apply makeup just like everyone else!"), we found it inappropriate. One of the world's greatest actors is getting a lifetime achievement award, but Jolie was worried that her lips weren't shiny enough (not to mention, using makeup at a dinner table anywhere is a bit gauche).

Inspired by Jolie's lip-slip, we've compiled a short list of places we're tired of seeing ladies reapply makeup.

A sporting event. Chances are if you are a die-hard fan, you wouldn't risk missing a minute of the game to make sure your eyeshadow hasn't creased. But even if you're dragged to the game by your friends and have no interest in the action on the field, there is one thing we can promise you: You know how little you care about the game? Yeah, well the other people in the arena care even less about whether or not your lipstick has faded. Let it go, sit back and just enjoy the day.

The gym. Whether you dominate the treadmill or the free weights, the only items you should be carrying around the gym with you are a bottle of water and a towel (an iPod or book is fine as well). If you must get dolled up to work out - which is weird in and of itself - opt for water-resistant products like blinc Mascara and Eyeliner. They'll last through your sweaty sessions so you won't have to reapply as your working out.

Driving. Okay this one isn't even about social decency - this is a matter of public safety! While you have every right to risk stabbing yourself in the eye with your mascara wand, applying makeup as you drive could distract you and you could end up hurting someone else on the road. Wait until you get to your destination, park the car and then feel free to take out the lipstick and go to town in your rear-view mirror.

Don't get us wrong, we understand the need for a touch-up now and then, but that's why there are restrooms with mirrors above the sinks. Next time you're out and about, just think "What Would Angelina Do?"... and then do the opposite.

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<![CDATA[A single girl's guide to Valentine's Day ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:11:48 +0000 raveinfo a+single+girl+s+guide+to+valentine+s+day_3356_800397651_0_0_14000624_300Valentine's Day is nothing short of divisive - you either love it or you hate it (and hate everybody who loves it). While a girl with a boyfriend counts down the days leading up to the Cupid-endorsed holiday, she'll quickly cling to her inner single lady and hate on the heart-filled occasion as soon as he refuses to put a ring on it. So if you don't have a man to spend the day (and night) with, how should you spend your February 14th?

First of all, don't feel sorry for yourself. You don't have a boyfriend on Valentine's Day: Big. Freakin'. Deal. Do you have a condition which requires a yearly dose of drugstore chocolates? Does your health hinge upon receiving flowers from a supermarket bin? Yeah, didn't think so. You'll be fine.

Now remember, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about romantic love. You don't have a man to dote on? Fine - spoil yourself and your friends. Get your nails done, go shopping, indulge in some you-time. Stock up on luxurious beauty products, bubble bath, perfume and blinc Eyeliner and Mascara and you'll feel like a million bucks.

Next, grab some food, a few bottles of wine (or, if you're like us, a few cases of beer) and invite your single pals over. You can choose to glam yourself up (you don't need a man to have a reason to look great!) or dress without even looking in the mirror (who are you kidding, you don't have anyone to impress). Spend the time talking and relaxing, or dancing around and getting crazy - y'all deserve it.

Once the sun has set, it's time to head to the bar. Here's the good news - if you go out to a bar on V-Day, chances are the dudes there will be single as well (even the most ballsy cheater will find it hard to sneak out with the guys on Valentine's Day). Here's the bad news - you may have to deal with couples canoodling in the corner of the bar. However, there's more good news. You may be single on Valentine's Day, but at least your boyfriend didn't bring you to a seedy bar to celebrate it. We'll count that one as a win.

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<![CDATA[How to look your best for a mug shot ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:10:36 +0000 raveinfo It seems as though getting arrested is as trendy among celebrities as carrying around a Chihuahua in a Louis Vuitton handbag. From Paris Hilton to newly-minted divorcee Christina Aguilera, A-listers have repeatedly been put in handcuffs, fingerprinted and told to smile for the stationhouse shutterbugs.

Yes, it's a pity, but as Nick Nolte will tell you, there's nothing worse than looking horrible for your official mug shot. Sure, there may be more jailhouse images of Lindsay Lohan circulating than copies of her direct-to-DVD stink bomb Labor Pains, but in her later photos, girlfriend looked glowing for the cameras.

Nobody wants to spend a night in the slammer, but if you do unexpectedly find yourself in the backseat of a police car, here are three tips to get you looking fantastic before you say "cheese!"

1. Ask to put on the orange jumpsuit after the photoshoot. Yes, some ladies can pull off this color, but most complexions don't fare well with tangerine. If the authorities insist that you get dressed in your inmate uniform beforehand, try to cover your upper body with the chalkboard.

2. Smile pretty. Sure, you're probably not in the best of moods at this point. But sporting a frown only detracts from your natural beauty. Years from now you may be laughing about the whole experience, so do your best to make the most of the situation and give the world a glimpse of those pearly whites.

3. Powder your nose before being put in cuffs. If you know how the evening is going to go down, why not look your best? Before the officer makes their way to your vehicle, try to throw some blush on your cheeks and apply a few coats of blinc Mascara. Your quick-thinking may give your spirits a boost and allow you to look like the loveliest criminal in your cell.

Sure, there are repercussions to be had when all is said and done, but that mug shot will be out there forever. When it comes down to it, looking bad for the po-po should always be a no-no.

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<![CDATA[How to dress, act and strut like a Mac user ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:09:45 +0000 raveinfo how+to+dress+act+and+strut+like+a+mac+user_3356_800491843_0_0_14007655_300Not that any of this is surprising, but it appears that there's now a research study to back up the already widely-held belief that Mac users are all a bunch of whiny hipsters. An infographic put together by researchers at Hunch not only details the way Mac lovers diverge from PC users, but also unwittingly provides a point-by-point guide for any of you who have been dying to emulate the Apple-worshipers.

For the benefit of humanity and the tragically hip worldwide, here are a few basic pointers on how to talk the talk and walk the walk of the ultimate Mac daddy.

1. Trade in all of your big-label retailer clothing and replace it with stuff you found at the local hipster second-hand haunt. Mac people would never be caught in anything that's, oh, what's the word - mainstream. American Apparel is where we draw the line.

2. Impressionist art is soo last century. Because Mac users are more likely to be into stuff like graphic design, it's imperative that you begin carrying design books with you, just for good measure. It's not pretentious if everyone else is doing it.

3. Stop eating meat. Mac users are 80 percent more likely than PC users to be vegetarians - and to some degree, more liberallly-oriented, overall. So much for "PC" standing for "politically correct," hmmm? In general, we recommend staying away from food and drink that's too stereotypically American. Mac users are more worldly, so they like international cuisine and fine culinary fare - not hot dogs, sodas and patty melts.

4. If it's not the Huff Post or The New York Times, it's not worth reading.

5. Don't let anyone know you're actually excited about that new box-office blockbuster. Mac users are 95 percent more likely to prefer indie flicks, so this is sort of one area where you'll just have to conform - to not conform, you see.

6. Throw out any books in your library that don't fit under some sort of "post" genre. Post-modern, post-post modern, post-structuralist and post-apocalyptic novels are all where it's at - think Cormac McCarthy's The Road, not Great Expectations.

7. Last but not least, Mac people seldom self-identify. Mac users were approximately half as likely as PC users to admit that they belonged to a computing creed. In this vein, take it as a rule of thumb that you never want to allow anyone to pin you down (or know that you were just crying over this year's SXSW lineup). Classic hipster move.

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<![CDATA[What's really making America fat? ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:08:40 +0000 raveinfo Jamie Oliver, eat your heart out. There's a new food authority on the horizon, and according to their findings, it's not school lunches that are making America fat.

Italian researchers Dr. Davide Dragone and Dr. Luca Savorelli just published their findings in a scintillating paper entitled Thinness and Obesity: A Model of Food Consumption, Health Concerns, and Social Pressure, and we guess if they had it their way, they'd enact a revolution to keep more size zero models in the public eye. Impossibly skinny girls should not be removed from their current post as the harbingers of the body ideal, because, as the "doctors" would have it, Americans would just get fatter without this much needed thinspiration.

We're not ruling anything out, but in the name of scientific inquiry, we thought we'd come up with a few of our own theories pertaining to the obesity epidemic.

1. Our bodies are actually preparing for the apocalypse by building up reserve stores of fat, kind of like the way bears do before they go into hibernation. Americans (and Europeans, to an extent) are just naturally more predisposed to survive into the future. Either that, or it's a government conspiracy to keep the first world alive.

2. The chupacabra doesn't just suck blood, it sucks metabolism.

3. Smudgy mascara is creating the appearance of gaunt, sunken eyes, leading women everywhere to believe they're dangerously thin and overcompensate by eating more high-calorie foods to restore themselves back to health. If we knew so many of you were struggling, we would have handed you a tube of blinc Mascara a long time ago.

4. We may not know it now, but obesity has a hidden evolutionary advantage. When you pack on the pounds, you automatically get to take up more space on the train, have two seats to yourself on all domestic and international flights and have people unconsciously make way for you as you get in line for stuff (back in the Stone Age, you had to rise to alpha male/female status to get first dibs on anything).

5. We're basically taking on whatever bulk our tech gadgets are losing. The advent of increasingly-thin devices such as the MacBook Air, the iPod Nano and the better-faster-thinner iPad leaves it up to someone to pick up the extra weight, and it may as well be us. Maybe if our computers had more realistic role models, they would learn to just be happy with themselves and stop displacing all their excess baggage onto us, dammit.

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<![CDATA[Six steps to getting a bad boy to fall for you]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:07:21 +0000 raveinfo six+steps+to+getting+a+bad+boy+to+fall+for+you_3356_800504719_0_0_12918_300Danger. Intrigue. Rebellion. If you're a woman who loves these qualities in a man, it's likely your type of guy can be described in one word, and one word only - bad. What is it about these men that send women to the clouds and back?

To all the lovely ladies out there who are unavoidably attracted to scandalous rebels with a reputation the size of a Goodyear blimp, good news: there are bound to be perfect matches for you in every major city. Guys who consider a leather jacket to be part of their daily wardrobe and walk around with a chip on their shoulders can be reeled in - it just takes some careful preparation. In order to get your hands on one of these motorcycle misfits, there are strict procedures and protocols to follow.

1. Dress for the first date accordingly. Leather attire or any accessories adorned with spikes says "I'm a bad chick too."

2. Get his attention by making sure your breath smells like the scent of stale cigarettes or cheap vodka, especially if it's between the hours of noon and 6pm when he's still relatively sober.

3. When there are plenty of other girls flocking around him, weed out the competition by starting a random fist fight. Whatever you do, make sure you come out bloody and ready for more.

4. Don't talk about past relationships unless you were involved with a rock star, a pyromaniac who accidentally lit your cat on fire, or Hugh Hefner.

5. Never get mad if he's late or a no-show. In fact, always have cash on hand in case the need to bail him out of jail should arise.

6. If he's forced into rehab, don't write him to see how he's doing. Playing hard-to-get works wonders with troublemakers.

If you're in need of a man who's not afraid to send you his mug shot as a Christmas card, follow the exhilarating examples and you'll be good to go. Just don't come crying to us when he leaves you for your sister.

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<![CDATA[Top three things not to do during your morning commute ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:06:10 +0000 raveinfo Aside from weirdos, left-over booze from the previous night and exaggerated amounts of perfume, there's no telling what type of pleasantries we'll be graced with when stepping on the bus or subway. Whether you're dealing with really bad techno music blasting from a hipster's cell phone or screaming children who confuse the seats and rails with a jungle gym, one thing's for sure - the commute to and from work isn't always an easy one.

Of course, there are ways to make this process to a bit smoother - aside from burying yourself in your Kindle and letting the sweet tunes from your iPod take you far, far away. Here are three important rules to follow while battling the chaos of public transportation.

1. No matter how anxious you are to go to work, don't crowd the door as people are trying to get off the train or bus. This will only make you feel like a matador during a stampede.

2. Don't ever talk to your love interest on the phone if it's a bad day. This will most likely incite a moment of awkwardness for you and everyone else on the car. You never know when he might say something idiotic, causing you to vilify him like there's no tomorrow. The rest of the passengers will gawk at you as if you're the grown-up version of Rosemary's baby.

3. Wear just enough makeup and blinc Mascara to attract the dashing collar-and-tie guys, but not so much that you catch the eyes of every man in the car. Being too hot on the way to work isn't always the best plan of action, so if you're crushing hard on that sales guy who just friended you on Facebook, wait until you get to the office to put on the rest of your makeup.

Following these guidelines will not only pave the way for a smoother day, but it can also reduce the odds of starting your morning off on the wrong foot. Of course, once it gets nice outside you may want to get some exercise and just walk home instead.

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<![CDATA[Three myths when it comes to women drivers ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:04:32 +0000 raveinfo Isn't it so convenient for men to be able to point out all the things that are wrong with women's driving skills? If the guys in our lives have a fender bender, it's just something that happens. On the other hand, if we experience this minor mishap, it must - clearly - be because of some defect in our genes. At least women don't have a temper tantrum at the mere suggestion of asking for directions. Females also stop calling shotgun at the age of ten, whereas grown men will act as if it's medieval jousting tournament that requires a duel to the end.

Still, guys never fail to blame the female of the species for causing the most havoc on the road. Because we've been longing to put our two-cents in on the matter, here's our take on the top three myths when it comes to women drivers.

1. Girls don't pay attention. It's easy for some men to say we're easily distracted behind the wheel, like during those rare occasions when we have to dabble on a little makeup at a stoplight. In reality, dudes drool like dogs at the sight of us in these situations. Our concentration is so keen that we can afford to take a moment to pat our noses or put on some blinc Mascara when it's safe. Men, on the other hand, can't seem to control themselves any time they're out and about.

2. Girls follow too many rules. Most of us drive with caution and precision, as we actually learned things in driving school. The most applicable methods of training for men are video games and NASCAR races.

3. Girls can't park. The truth is that most men will chicken out at the thought of parallel parking, especially if they own a flashy sports car that was given, perhaps ironically, a girl's name.

There are many reasons why we're the best drivers, but we can appease the notorious male ego by letting them think what they wish - at least until they're forced to sleep on the couch.

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<![CDATA[Tips for being a tomboy ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:03:36 +0000 raveinfo Although there was a day when tomboys were frowned upon by society, the trend is growing rampantly as more and more ladies continue to sport their camouflage getup and hop on the bandwagon of macho-ness (Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, we salute you!). In the Roaring Twenties, men acted like suffragettes were beings from other planets on a massive campaign to dismantle their masculinity. Now, tomboys can finally be "just one of the guys" without criticism, allowing them to freely guzzle beer straight from the pitcher or hawk a loogie from their balcony to see where it lands.

It's likely there are scores of ladies who have been longing to ditch their super-feminine ways and embrace a manlier lifestyle, yet many simply aren't aware of the work that being a tomboy takes. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

1. Be physically engaged. You don't have to pump iron and inject massive quantities of steroids to become a successful tomboy. All it takes is one physically active hobby, like Frisbee or maybe even a little skateboarding to show you can hang with the boys. If you're not into sports, become an adamant video-gamer.

2. Accept unpleasant habits. If you want to be one of the guys, adapt to an atmosphere of belching competitions and familiarize yourself with the putrid whiff of intentional farts. It's even acceptable for you to let loose a burp or two every now and then - just make sure it carries a little oomph.

3. Never be afraid to get down and dirty. If you end up deciding to roll down a sizable hill or tackle the feeble nerdy guy to the ground, don't feel obligated to change your clothes. You'll be respected for being carefree when it comes to grass-stained jeans and mud-speckled shirts.

By earning the respect of your egotistical male peers and adapting to their lifestyle, you can gain a sense of liberation that might seem foreign to girly girls. Put those high heels on the shelf for a bit and earn your place in the realm of equality by cherishing the tomboy lifestyle.

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<![CDATA[The differences between cowgirls and city folk ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:01:53 +0000 raveinfo If you're in the city, it's simple to spot a cowgirl because she's likely the one who pops bubble gum loudly and sports the pigtail-overall combination on a regular basis. On the other hand, in a country setting, it's very easy to pinpoint the city gals because they'll likely talk loud enough to attract everyone's attention and wear enough makeup to give the local cosmetics girl - if there is one - an early pension with benefits.

It's safe to say that some girls might be confused as to what category they fall into. Luckily, there are usually some classic traits that can help a woman decide if she falls from a Georgia peach tree or is destined for the Big Apple.

First and foremost - cowgirls don't mind getting their hands dirty. They can do farm chores around the clock without grimacing at the scent of manure, and they might go fly fishing for fun. City girls typically roll their eyes at the mere sight of a pitchfork, as their freshly-polished nails can sometimes be their top priority.

Many city dwellers don't know how to pump their own gas. In fact, some don't even know how to drive - period. Cowgirls are usually champions of any vehicle, from antique convertibles to diesel engine tractors. Additionally, John Deere is part of their regular attire.

Cowgirls talk funny. Girls who were raised in isolated country areas might as well be speaking their own language. Aside from using words like "ya'll" and "ain't," country folk have their own expressions for everything. However, don't be guided by the misconception that they're uneducated. Even if some of them don't necessarily have the book smarts, they can read people better than anyone else.

If you want to learn the true differences between country gals and city gals, travel around the USA a bit and experience the various subcultures. Just don't be surprised if you end up trading in your blinc Mascara for the barnyard, or vice versa.

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<![CDATA[First date - dinner and a movie or bungee jumping? ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:59:25 +0000 raveinfo first+date+dinner+and+a+movie+or+bungee+jumping_3356_800526579_0_0_7054313_300If your dream guy ever asked you out on a date, what would you want to do? Are you the type of gal who likes a slow dance and enjoy a casual drink or two, or are you someone who needs to live on the edge? Dinner and a movie is a tradition that has been around for ages, but the concept of adventurous first dates is relatively new on a large-scale - probably starting with those rebellious baby boomers and their beatnik ways (we can thank Fonzie and Westside Story for that).

It's not always easy figuring out what to do on a first date, but being spontaneous is usually the key to showing your creative side. If you're a girl who prefers excitement over predictability, there are many first date activities that might whet your appetite. Just hope that he makes the suggestions instead of you to find out if he's a keeper.

Free falling. Although the availability of bungee jumping facilities might be scarce in certain areas, you can always go out for a fair-weather skydive or just stick with the safest option of rollercoasters. Defying gravity is a grand enough concept to inspire all sorts of stories for the future grandchildren, so make sure you drop with a bang - but not such a big one that the date ends with a trip to the emergency room.

Clubbing. Sometimes, after a nice dinner and a couple of martinis or glasses of wine, you may be both in the mood for a little more sugar and spice. In this case, dancing might be just the right method for your madness. Many clubs blare music that's too loud to hear each other talk - but after listening to each other's stories during an entire meal, who to anyway? Besides, a little bump and grind on the dance floor can often reveal a lot about a person. And if he spends more time cutting a rug with the floozy who bounces from guy to guy like a swollen beach ball, you know exactly what to expect relationship-wise.

Playing with heavy machinery. We all know how fun it can be to have the power of a monstrous engine in the palm of our hand. If you live in the country, it would be hard not to pass up a ride on that John Deere tractor to top off a first date - or better yet, a freighter truck!

Adventurous first dates tend to linger in the memory bank, making both parties a little more interested in each other. But let's face it, even the most chaos-driven individuals need a little downtime every now and then. If this is the case, you may want to suggest heading to the movies to catch the latest chick-flick. Just make sure you don't cry so much during the tear-jerker ending that you scare him away.

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<![CDATA[Which decade is yours to wear? ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:56:47 +0000 raveinfo We all know the many differences between the ridiculous MC Hammer pants of the '90s, the outlandish spandex of the '80s and the famous - or infamous - bell bottoms of the disco age. Sometimes we choose to bust those items out of the closet and revisit the past a little. Some girls can even successfully merge modern attire with quirky styles of the past, rocking those aviators with snakeskin leather combinations that scream The Ramones.

It's safe to say that style often reveals a lot about your personality, giving true meaning to the phrase "wearing your heart on the sleeve." One can easily drop hints about their personal flair by implementing details from the past into their clothing scheme. Here are some great ways to do it.

Go your own way with the '70s. Groovy and modern all at once, this type of fancy footwear will never go out of style. Additionally, those who find the need to follow in the footsteps of Diana Ross and her discolicious predecessors can add a little volume to their hair, letting everyone know how eager they are to dance their way through life's travails.

Have the time of your life with the '80s. Although the mullet-ridden days of the Monster Metal groupies might be over, the punk look is still alive and well. If you're a dancer or on your way to the gym, it's acceptable to wear that pair of Dirty Dancing spandex - but that's as far as it should ever go. The last thing you want is to get lost in a flock of seagulls. Attire inspired by the '80s should give off an aura of sophistication, dropping the hint that you're not as simple as it seems.

Bust a move with the '90s. If you have a pair of baggy sweatpants that would put Aladdin to shame, or if you think Tupac is still alive and well, it's likely that the '90s is the era for you. In this case, there can never be enough flannel vests or ripped jeans in your closet. This was a versatile era in fashion, enabling ladies to either lie back and tell the world they don't care or spend the day playing with their hair.

Many say that history often repeats itself, especially through clothing. If you think you were meant for another decade, don't be afraid to let people know how you feel.

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<![CDATA[Are you a beach or mountain person? ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:55:01 +0000 raveinfo Now that summer festivities are on the horizon, it's time to bust out those spaghetti-strapped shirts and peep-toe sandals. Some people prefer the leisure of a sandy beach, while others choose to spend their time embarking on outdoor adventures in the rugged terrain of a mountain setting. Although it's possible to equally enjoy both, many girls out there have personalities that are better suited for one or the other. If you're unsure about which category you fall into, the only reliable way to find out is by hitting the open road this summer and experiencing a sample of both.

Of course, your preference for certain activities may be able to help you decide which locale will be more likely to let the good times roll.

Spending a night out on the town. If you're the type of girl who'd rather hop those bars and sing along when loud and obnoxious tunes are playing, the beach is most likely the place for you. Some of the best beach bars are located in some of the wildest venues in the world, providing enough fun to last a lifetime. Besides, the magical aura of a seaside resort presents plenty of opportunities to slather yourself with makeup and blinc Mascera in order to meet a special guy.

Enjoying a peaceful night under the stars. If you're more of an intellect who appreciates the quiet times with a special person, the mountains will definitely tickle your fancy. There's quite possibly nothing like having a deep and meaningful conversation under the pale moonlight, knowing that no one else is within earshot. The mountains provide just the amount of isolation that's needed for a true romantic getaway.

Letting that adrenaline flow. Some girls are just as adventure-prone as most guys. If you fall into this category, the mountains will likely provide more opportunities to boost those adrenaline levels and satisfy your craving for a taste of the outdoors. Still, don't forget that beach bum activities like wakeboarding and scuba diving often appeal to thrill-seekers as well.

Nature enthusiasts almost always get a kick out of going to the mountains, and are usually willing to pass up a trip to the beach. However, if you're worried about all of the critters that might make their way into a campground, you might want to pack your tanning lotion instead of a tent and hightail it to the nearest oceanside hotspot.

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<![CDATA[Top five things to do before the summer ends ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:53:19 +0000 raveinfo Summer is the best time to expose yourself to the spontaneous frivolities of life and go with the flow - even if it's only for just a day or two. Of course, the life-altering conclusions you make when the liberating days of this season expire are totally dependent on how you ride the wave of warm-weather festivities. Would you rather waste away the hot weekend by dreaming about the hunk in the office across the hall while chowing down on tubs of ice cream? Or are you the type who'd much rather embark on girls-only adventure that would put Thelma and Louise to shame?

Before the migrating birds make the final call for a summer's end, there are certain things you should set out to do. This way, you can convince yourself that you've actually accomplished something - even if you're the only one who gives a hoot.

Get that perfect tan. You'll want to spend at least a week at the beach, with ample amounts of sunscreen, to craft that ideal tan. By summer's end you should have a flawless tone that will surely turn some heads in your direction. This is an accomplishment that any girl should be proud of, as we all know it's not so easy!

Spend the entire day in bed. On those weekends when it's too darn hot out or raining cats and dogs, most of us don't even want to even think about stepping outside. Sometimes it's simply necessary to cuddle up with your favorite pillow and spend the entire day watching soap operas or Montel Williams.

Standon a peak. Whether it's the tallest skyscraper in the city or the grandest mountain in the state, having an aerial view of your hometown can make for quite the memorable experience. Of course, you'll need the perfect camera to commemorate your brief moment of personal triumph.

Forgo the diet, if only for one meal. No matter how firm you are about shedding those extra pounds, summer is the best time to abandon ship for a day and fill your belly with a forbidden dinner or two. Encourage your man to take you to the finest restaurant in town to satisfy your cravings.

Have a wild night out with the girls. Even if your lives are steering in various directions, warm summer nights are the best time to gather your partners in crime and party like there's no tomorrow. Just be sure to dance on a few countertops while you're at it.

Summer might be your opportune moment to forget about the stresses of everyday life and let those good times roll. After seizing the moment, you might be surprised by how much you learn about yourself.

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<![CDATA[Ways to get a date with a sophisticated intellect ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:51:31 +0000 raveinfo Are you the type of gal who needs an active mind to keep you interested in a guy? If this is the case, there might be nothing worse than hanging out with a dull dude who can only handle conversations about cars and some of the unfortunate women who had to put up with him before you came along. If you prefer someone who can recite Shakespeare sonnets without missing a beat, you might need to put in a little extra effort to score a date with this kind of suitor.

Although it might be easy to garner the attention of most other guys, the sophisticated type is much harder to intrigue. If you happen to spot an intellectual hunk while out and about, there are certain things to do if you want to get him to lift his head from the poetry collection he's reading.

Subtlety is the key. When trying to attract an intellect, the worst thing you can do is blabber in his ear with the hope that he'll notice your good looks and ignore the incessant chatter. Although many guys out there might be shallow, the typical intellect is a little pickier. If you do something subtle, he might actually notice. You should consider pulling the "oops I dropped my pen near your feet" trick. Any true gentleman will surely bend down to pick it up and, if you're lucky enough, say something witty to show his interest.

Play hard to get. Any simpleminded person can make flirting an obvious gesture. When trying to retain an intellect's interest, it's important to make sure you hide your mating rituals behind witty remarks that could go either way. Sophisticated guys always enjoy a good challenge, and a smart approach is the best way to get him wrapped around your finger.

Go along with educated discussions. If he opens up a discussion about stuff that's completely over your head, like the philosophy of Socrates or his preference for Mozart, just embrace it and act as if you know exactly what he's talking about. Say as little as possible (in an effort to hide your ignorance), but keep the conversation moving.

If it takes a guy with a little bit of culture to tickle your fancy, cleverness is likely the only way to get him to notice you. Approaching him with a strategy that's worthy of the mightiest queen in all the land is the best way to get yourself a date with Prince Charming.

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<![CDATA[Which furry friend is best for you? ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:48:58 +0000 raveinfo If you're scouring the pet stores for a companion, whether it's because of a crippling breakup that left you itching for something to cuddle with other than bed sheets or because you want to be a parent without going through the pains of labor or diaper changes, you'll first want to consider what type of furry friend is best for you. For some, this might be a simple decision, but animal lovers often can't make up their minds. Although it might be cool to own every type of pet you can think of, you probably don't want a house or apartment that resembles a jungle.

The most common decisions are obviously cats and dogs, but choosing a specific breed is a completely different matter. Cat breeds are a little easier because they're not as emotional and behaviorally versatile as dogs - in other words, they're not as high maintenance. If the feline you choose is too wild for the household, you can just keep her outside and she'll come running every time that dinner bell rings - but if you opt for a canine, you should probably do some research and find out which breed you can handle without having a nervous breakdown. Here are just a few of the canine personalities that might be right up your alley.

Great Dane. If you're the type of gal who likes horses, a Great Dane is a perfect compromise. The sheer size is enough to please anyone who doesn't mind a little horseplay, as these dogs are often very fun-loving and playful - although they can be quite the couch potato as well.

Beagle. Sheer brilliance is the best feature of the dog who howls like there's no tomorrow. Beagles are arguably among the smartest - but most stubborn - breeds out there. If you prefer a dog who'll dive into you the moment you come home, beagles pack a heck of a punch considering their size.

Chihuahua. Sometimes referred to as pocket rats, Chihuahuas are the little yappers that one can fit in a purse and carry around all day, especially to the salon. If you want a pet that you can play dress-up with, the Chihuahua is it - the breed's sole function is to be cute and cuddly.

Choosing a pet isn't always as simple as strolling to the store window and pointing one out like a pastry at a coffee shop. Figure out which breed is best suited for your own personality, because what they say might be true - dogs are really people with short legs and fur coats.

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<![CDATA[Best ways to escape the summer heat ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:47:50 +0000 raveinfo 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!

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<![CDATA[Chick flicks that don't suck ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:46:11 +0000 raveinfo 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.

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<![CDATA[Blinc Trivia: Don't underestimate the power of purple ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:44:48 +0000 raveinfo 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.

Daily Trvia Question: What are the 2 astrological signs for the month of August?

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<![CDATA[I love you, man: Three bromances that will never die ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:41:46 +0000 raveinfo 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.

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<![CDATA[How to appease an angry boyfriend ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:39:51 +0000 raveinfo 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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<![CDATA[How Beyonce could have made her pregnancy announcement even bigger, better and fierce ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:38:03 +0000 raveinfo We saw it. We tweeted about it. We raved about it. Beyonce's surprising baby bump at the recent MTV Video Music Awards was more than just a pregnancy announcement - it was an event that will likely be gushed over by talking heads on entertainment shows until Madonna disses another flower or the next well-groomed Kardashian makes her way to the altar.

Leave it to the lovely lady sometimes known as Sasha Fierce to debut her bun in the oven on a live telecast viewed by millions around the globe. Still, we have a feeling Mrs. Jay-Z herself could have pushed the limits a little more. Here are three ways for some other daring diva waiting in the wings with a positive pregnancy test to maximize the spotlight.

1. Remain mum for nine months and then give birth on national television. Gaga may have shocked fans when she stepped out on stage at the awards show dressed to the nines as her male alter ego Jo Calderone, but if there's any lady who would be willing to showcase the beauty of birth, it's the Monster Mother. Let's just hope she doesn't wear a hospital gown made of raw meat while chewing on ice chips and giving cameras her best poker face.

2. Tattoo the sonogram on the baby daddy. Celebrity beach photos are good for two things - getting a glimpse of some seriously hot bods and analyzing the ink of the stars. How fantastic would it be to see a famous father-to-be sporting a tattoo of a fetus growing in the womb? Nothing quite says "we're expecting!" like body art.

3. Have the child give the news himself. Believe it or not, some stars forgo an official pregnancy announcement and allow the proof of their parenthood to remain in paparazzi photos (case in point - Ethan Hawke and wife Ryan Shawhughes, who welcomed a baby girl named Indiana last month). This may beg the question: why shouldn't some celebs take this a step further and let their little one declare their existence to the world? Picture this Brangelina fans - little twins Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt walking up to the paparazzi cameras, flashing their best toothy smile and declaring in unison, "We're heeeeere!"

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<![CDATA[Dramatic makeup and vibrant colors at Boston Fashion Week's The Launch ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:36:24 +0000 raveinfo dramatic+makeup+and+vibrant+colors+at+boston+fashion+week+s+the+launch_3356_800619994_0_0_14001539_300Boston's hippest fashion plates and industry insiders were all in attendance at The Launch, one of the premiere runway events of Boston Fashion Week, which ran from September 23 to September 30.

The show took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in downtown Boston (the swanky hotspot sponsored the entire week), and it acted as the perfect opening for seven day's worth of edgy couture, visionary styling and on-trend makeup looks.

Everyone who gained access to The Launch was privy to the latest collections of Boston's brightest up-and-coming fashion stars - from Karina Bresnahan's accessible resort collection and Candace Wu's vibrant floral evening wear to Prajje Jean-Baptiste's playful and floaty ensembles.

Fashion trends aside, you know we were honing in on the makeup - and Boston didn't disappoint. Check out our video coverage of the event to see this season's makeup trends paired with Boston's hottest designer duds. It makes for great inspiration.

Unlike catwalk-worthy threads - which we glimpse months ahead of wear - the moment that a makeup trend hits the runway, style-savvy women everywhere scramble to translate the latest looks into wearable options.

So what's up in the world of cosmetics this season? Last year's minimalist makeup trends are still in play, but with a hint of attitude that makes them perfect for the autumn months. Think dark, dark lips, clean and precise liquid eyeliner applications and some very dramatic lashes.

If you love the look of super dark lips, but worry about looking more clown than couture in daily wear, opt for a sheer berry-colored gloss, a red-tinted stain or a traditional cream lipstick in a plum shade. Pair your bold pout with a neutral palette (soft eyes and cheeks).

Not a fan of heavy applications? A fresh and natural '70s element was also front and center on the catwalk - wavy hair, sheer lips, soft, shimmering eyes and feathery eyelashes made for a sweet and simple look that sharp fashionista's will be able to translate into a workable option for daily wear without too much fuss. (Hint: Tubing mascara or a strong eyebrow will give the look some heft.)

When you see dark berry lips and fluttery eyelashes on all of your friends and coworkers, just remember that we called it first!

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<![CDATA[Coming up with some boyfriend-friendly activities that you can try on a football Sunday ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:34:53 +0000 raveinfo Now that football season is in full swing, your weekend may quickly turn into a dead zone, where your boyfriend runs off to watch the big game with his friends and leaves you alone to find something else to do. While this can be certainly taxing to your relationship, sports is a way of life for some men and you're not about to change him anytime soon. On the other hand, there are a number of activities that you can plan that will allow him to keep a close eye on his favorite team, while enjoying some quality time with you. 

1. Bowling. When it's a rainy Sunday during the fall, there are very few options to keep you and your significant other entertained. Heading off to the local bowling alley is a great way to cut loose and spend time with one another, and it's the perfect solution for bad weather. As a bonus for your lovely boyfriend, most of these alleys have small bars or sitting areas with TVs, so he can check in on the score every once in awhile.

2. An autumn hike. The mild weather of fall is only going to hang around for so long, so strap on your hiking boots and venture off to enjoy the fall foliage. There's bound to be a nature trail or state park in your area, so take advantage of it! Bring a camera and take plenty of pictures, and you can even pack a few sandwiches and have a small picnic. And make a deal with one another to leave your phones in the car - your lack of texting and his lack of sports score checking is a great compromise.

3. Go on a wine tour. Head up to the nearest section of wine country and spend a day perusing the many fine vintages that your area has to offer. Wear a cute dress and makeup for the occasion, and don't forget a bit of blinc Mascara to help your lashes look brilliant. Your boyfriend will be happy to show you off at every new winery, and you'll probably have a few new bottles to add to your rack at home!

Football season sends a shiver down many ladies' spines, but you can make this time of year more enjoyable by planning a few day trips with the one you love. 

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<![CDATA[Indoor activities that can help you and your boyfriend avoid the winter doldrums ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:33:52 +0000 raveinfo indoor+activities+that+can+help+you+and+your+boyfriend+avoid+the+winter+doldrums_3356_800639334_0_0_7037871_300Now that the colder weather is starting to work its way into many parts of the country, it's hard to work up the courage to put on all of your winter clothing and make the trek outdoors into the blistering cold. Relationships can be strained at this time of the year, as the lack of activities may cause you to bicker for no good reason. Luckily, there are a number of activities to keep you busy at home that can allow you to pass the time and enjoy time with one another.

1. Cook a meal together. Instead of letting the cooking responsibilities fall on one person, set aside a Saturday to cook a meal with one another. A great option is to make something in a slow cooker - you can get all of your preparation out of the way in the morning and let your food cook throughout the day. That will give you and your guy pal plenty of time to catch up on your favorite TV series while your food is prepared.

2. Make music together. Even if you and your boyfriend are lacking in musical talent, there are a number of computer editing software programs that will allow you to create a track from scratch. If one of you is musically inclined, you can record a small snippet of a song and then build off of that. This is a fabulous way for the two of you to show your creative side, and it you may just create something fantastic!

3. Throw a Sunday brunch. Instead of venturing out into the cold, make your friends do it! All kidding aside, a brunch is a great way to get your best buddies together in a laid-back atmosphere. You can show off your culinary prowess and even create a dazzling ensemble for the occasion. Of course, with all of the cooking you'll be doing, be sure to use makeup, like blinc Mascara, that won't run or flake, even during heavy activity.

Winter is on its way and it's vital that you and your significant other don't succumb to cabin fever. These engaging activities will help the both of you stay active throughout the cold months, strengthen your relationship and maybe just uncover some hidden talents you didn't know you had!

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<![CDATA[Tips to avoid overeating and maintain your figure this Thanksgiving ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:32:44 +0000 raveinfo After you've put on your tube mascara and a touch of liquid eyeliner and head over to your folks' home for Thanksgiving dinner, you may start to find yourself indulging a bit too much in the fabulous fare. If you've made a commitment to physical fitness throughout the summer and early fall, you don't want to throw off your whole regimen with one big meal. Here are a few tips to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

1. Portion size. There's no sense in piling your plate high with food and letting some of it get cold in the process. After all, there are probably more options on the dinner table than you can fit on your plate, so choose a few dishes at a time. Small portions of each type of food on the table will allow you to taste everything that your family whipped up for the occasion, and it can help you to limit the amount that you eat.

2. Savoring. Slowing down and enjoying the intricacies of each side and slice of turkey will allow you to appreciate the work that went into it and help you feel full a lot sooner. Since your body requires some time to bring about the sensation of being full, this can help you truly savor your meal and control your food intake. You may just taste a few ingredients you may have missed and share your compliments with the people who prepared it.

3. Socializing. One way to avoid overeating during the holidays is by making yourself an active part of the conversation. Ask questions and really listen to your family members at the dinner table. After all, it's probably been a long time since you've seen them, and you don't want to miss an opportunity to catch up when you're shoveling down food! Another tip is to put your fork down after taking each bite to allow yourself to feel full faster and limit the amount of food you're eating.

While everyone loves to go overboard at the holidays, for some ladies, it can be difficult to put in all that hard work at the gym to be undone by a massive holiday meal. By following these tips, you can still enjoy the delectable delights of Thanksgiving and other celebrations, while keeping your overall health and waist line in check. 

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<![CDATA[Top 3 things that Angelina Jolie can do with her bevy of children ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:31:07 +0000 raveinfo It's no secret that the biggest family in Hollywood (and still growing) is the brood of little ones of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. While the two have done their part to give these kids a better home and a great life, we can't help but wonder what sorts of things the couple could do with that many children at their disposal. So, lo and behold, we've come up with a few suggestions of what sorts of fun and interesting things that Mom, Dad, Knox, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Zahara can get themselves into.

1. Form a basketball team. With six kids already in the fold, Pitt and Jolie already have more than enough players to field a competitive squad. With Maddox, Pax and Knox underneath the basket, Shiloh and Zahara can be the primary guards for the team, and have Vivienne coming off the bench. While it remains to be seen whether or not the little ones are athletically inclined, they already have quite a bit of chemistry that may help them out on the court.

2. Produce a version of "The Wizard of Oz." When the acting opportunities dry up for Pitt and Jolie, they will already have a group of actors and actresses with which to break back into the entertainment world. What better way to spark a comeback than with a live-action remake of "The Wizard of Oz?" Jolie already looks tailor-made for the Wicked Witch of the West, and she has a cadre of munchkins to play ensemble roles and other bit parts to create a fabulous rendition of the classic play.

3. "Rachel" haircuts. While the Jennifer Aniston-Angelina Jolie feud has died down considerably, that doesn't mean that Jolie can't take a few jabs at her significant other's ex. Imagine the look on Aniston's face when Jolie gives her kids "Rachel" haircuts from the hit NBC series just for kicks. Hopefully, she'll never bring attention to it or acknowledge that it's even a problem - she'll just go off to awards shows and be chased by the paparazzi while Aniston look-alikes trail behind her.

Six kids? If you have the mental fortitude to raise six young'uns like Jolie, we shouldn't be surprised when she tries out one of these ideas to shake it up a bit!

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<![CDATA[Top 3 gift ideas for the new flame in your life ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:29:38 +0000 raveinfo Everyone knows how exciting it can be to meet a new guy and start the road toward a fruitful relationship. However, if you've just met him in the last few months, your upcoming Christmas gift can be a make or break moment. If you go too over-the-top you could scare him away, but if you're a bit too lax, he may not think you're serious. Thus starts the delicate balancing act that you've embarked upon when you decided to get in a relationship in the latter part of the year, but it's not the end of the world! Keep the following gift ideas in mind to find the perfect present for your new flame.

1. Tickets to a sporting event. Whether you're a big fan of sports or not, you can get dolled up for the event with blinc liquid eyeliner and mascara and cheer on your boyfriend's favorite team. You can make the deal a bit sweeter by including a piece of team merchandise like a hat, sweatshirt or jersey to wear to the event. This is the perfect kind of present that will appeal to his interests and have him bragging to his friends about what a cool chick you are!

2. Musical products. If your new flame is a musician or loves to mix his own tracks, you have a wealth of new items to choose from. However, you can give the gift a romantic twist by having it personalized. For instance, if your boy toy loves to jam with his friends, invest in a few guitar picks that are decorated with a special message. You can also find all sorts of sheet music, recording software and anything else that will help him achieve his musical aspirations.

3. A beer brewing kit. Getting your new boyfriend a taste of a new hobby is a great way to show how interested you are in his potential. If your new flame is fond of craft beers, he can learn to make his own with a beer brewing kit. These are relatively inexpensive, and he may just stumble upon a lifelong interest thanks to your ingenious idea.

A Christmas gift for a new boy can be a daunting proposition, but if you appeal to the basic manly instincts he exudes, you'll avoid scaring him off in the process!

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<![CDATA[Top 3 beauty supplies that are a must in your New Year's Eve purse ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:27:00 +0000 raveinfo New Year's Eve is the next big holiday on the docket, and you're probably making plans to hit the town with your best friends and enjoy one of the most glamorous nights of the year. After you've used your heated eyelash curler and applied a bit of tube mascara, you may think that your makeup prep is done - but, there are a few must-have beauty supplies to keep in your purse on New Year's Eve that are bound to come in handy. Make sure that the following items are on-hand during your holiday festivities.

1. Tube mascara. With all of the dancing and good times that will be had on New Year's Eve, you don't want to have to worry about running off to the bathroom to fix your makeup. Instead, opt for blinc tube mascara - this dazzling product will encase your lashes in tubes, protecting your cosmetics from running, smudging and flaking throughout the evening. Best of all, it can be taken off at the end of the night with a bit of pressure, soap and warm water.

2. Makeup wipes. Whether you end up at home or sleeping at a friend's house, you don't want to fall asleep with makeup on your face. The cosmetics could clog your pores and create breakouts if you're not careful, so be sure to have a few wipes on-hand to get rid of any excess at the end of the night. Not only will you spare your pillow from an evening's worth of makeup, but your skin will feel refreshed when you wake up the next morning.

3. Shiny lip gloss. New Year's Eve is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Whether you're wearing metallic eyeshadow or a touch of shimmer, your lips will also remain a focal point of your look. Opt for some shiny lip gloss that you can apply throughout the evening. This style is a wonderful choice to pair with the sequined attire that's extremely popular around New Year's, and it is sure to turn some heads.

Keeping these chic beauty supplies on-hand will help you deal with whatever makeup calamity occurs on New Year's Eve, and you can have peace of mind that your ensemble stays enchanting throughout the night.

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<![CDATA[Top 3 methods to actually keep your New Year's resolutions ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:21:11 +0000 raveinfo With New Year's Eve just a few days away, many ladies will be making resolutions and setting goals for themselves in the months to come. Whether it's making a commitment to improve your appearance with lash primer and tube mascara, dropping a few pounds or picking up a new hobby, it can be difficult to find the motivation to follow through with it. However, the following tips will help to keep your resolution at the forefront of your mind throughout the year.

1. Be specific about your goals. Oftentimes, many people start out with very vague ideas about what they want to do in the new year, such as "I'll be healthier," or "I'll get in my boss' good graces." While this sounds all well and good on the surface, this is no way to approach a New Year's resolution. Give yourself attainable goals that you can visualize and work towards as the year goes on. This can help you to enjoy positive reinforcement from all of your hard work and it will give you a chance to celebrate when you've finally reached your big milestone.

2. Write it down. Whether it's hanging above the work station at your job or on your fridge at home, be sure to write down your New Year's resolution so you can keep it in mind every day. Another tip is to outline the steps it will take to reach your ultimate goal with a few smaller challenges. It can be overwhelming to be given a large goal without knowing the means of achieving it, so take your problem sequentially to make it easier on yourself.

3. Enlist the help of a friend. Any New Year's resolution will be much easier to complete if you have a buddy doing it along with you. You can use this support system to share experiences, tips and make it a lot harder for you to back out of your commitment. You should plan a weekly "summit" of sorts where you meet to vent your frustrations and make a plan going forward to complete your resolution.

A New Year's resolution is an important step in many people's lives, so if you follow these tips and create an extensive support system, there's nothing you can't accomplish!

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<![CDATA[Top 3 alternate activities to pursue on Valentine's Day ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:19:22 +0000 raveinfo Now that the new year is here in full swing, the next big holiday on the docket is Valentine's Day, which most people have a love-hate relationship with. If this year isn't looking like the kind of V-Day that will be accompanied with Prince Charming and a box of chocolates, you may be looking for a few alternate activities to escape from the lovey dovey overload. Whether you just need a way to unwind or a reason to hit the town, you can't go wrong with the following backup plans.

1. Hit the town. Put on your favorite shade of liquid eyeliner and curl those lashes and hit the town with a few of your single friends. After all, there's nothing more depressing than spending a Valentine's Day surrounded by doting couples, so you can avoid the experience altogether. Arrange a girl's night at your favorite restaurant where you can enjoy a few cocktails, a delicious meal and good conversation. It may not be the same as a romantic meal, but you might just attract the attention of another single stranger in the process!

2. Go for a record at the gym. There's nothing quite more effective at relieving stress and forgetting your cares than diving into a good workout. Bring a workout buddy along and try to hit a new record on the treadmill or try a new method of completing your exercise circuit. You may not have a date for this Valentine's Day, but you can have the peace of mind that you're putting in the work to turn some heads the next time you go out.

3. Take a trip to the ice skating rink. If you haven't had your fill of winter activities yet this season, this could be a wonderful chance to cut loose. Get together a group of your single friends, rent some skates and spend some time brushing up on your skating skills. Who knows, you may just take a spill and the man of your dreams will lend you a hand. A girl can dream can't she?

Valentine's Day is certainly a divisive holiday, so if you don't have a sweetheart to share it with this year, these alternative activities will give you and your single friends plenty to be excited about as the day approaches.

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<![CDATA[In search of a new BFF? Use these tips to break out of your comfort zone ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:18:18 +0000 raveinfo in+search+of+a+new+bff+use+these+tips+to+break+out+of+your+comfort+zone_3356_800683093_0_0_7028998_300Whether you've just moved to a new city or recently had a falling out with a close friend, it can be difficult to put yourself into a situation where you can be open to the idea of a new best friend. Thankfully, there are some methods to break out of your comfort zone to start building lasting friendships with new people, instead of waiting for someone to latch onto you. Use the following practical lessons to help you meet new people and possibly gain a lifelong friendship out of the experience.

1. Don't be afraid to ask. One of the hardest parts about meeting new people is being the person that breaks the ice and "asks someone out." Don't think that asking someone out for a cup of coffee or a drink will make you look desperate - simply slip it into a casual conversation. For instance, if you just met the girl and you think she's fun to hang around, tell her that! Everyone loves being told that they're a fun person, and it could be a subtle icebreaker that could lead to future friendships. The more you practice, the more natural it will feel.

2. Join a gym or a club. While having a bunch of work friends is important, it's better to have a few people on the side that aren't up-to-date on the day-to-day activities of your occupation. Consider joining a gym or some form of a social club to expand the amount of people you meet on a daily basis. After all, if you start doing things socially that you're interested in, you'll have a much better chance of meeting someone that shares your hobbies.

3. Don't be discouraged! For whatever reason, two people may not click after a social gathering, so don't take this as a sign that you're not 'friend' material. If you start experiencing awkward silences when you're out with the person or just feel like you don't have anything to talk about, it may be time to look elsewhere.

Branching out and finding new people to hang out with is never easy, but by following these tips, you can break the ice and increase your chances of finding a new BFF.

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<![CDATA[Top 4 tips to shorten your morning routine ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:15:43 +0000 raveinfo For some reason or another, ladies seem to have a particularly difficult time getting out the door in the morning. Whether it's a full-scale makeup routine or succumbing to procrastination, being late to your job can begin to make you look unprofessional and lead to rising stress levels. Thankfully, you can follow a few of these helpful tips to get you looking your best and ready to face the day.

1. Shorten your makeup routine. There's no reason to put on bright eye makeup in the morning, so keep it simple and highlight your natural beauty. Tube mascara paired with a touch of liquid eyeliner is a chic choice for your eyes, and you can pair that with a playful lip color. Use a bit of moisturizing foundation on your face and you should be good to go!

2. Alarm troubles. Whether you sleep through your alarm, you set it for the wrong time or just seem to have a tough time getting up, there are some ways to alleviate the problem. First off, consider putting your alarm on the other side of the room - it will force you to get up and turn it off. Additionally, making sure you have at least eight hours of sleep will have you waking up feeling refreshed.

3. Media devices. A text from a friend or an important email message may cause you to lose valuable minutes in the morning. Do yourself a favor and don't turn on your phone or laptop before you get out the door. You'll have plenty of time to access your messages when you're commuting!

4. Missing the bus/train. While you may think that missing the bus or subway will throw a huge cramp in your day, you should have a contingency plan. Is there someone else you can commute with? Do you have access to a car? Better yet, if you manage to cut 15 minutes from your morning routine, you could also choose to take an earlier bus to avoid the whole dilemma.

Getting out the door in the morning is a constant struggle for some ladies, but if you take the time to plan ahead and limit your early day tasks, you'll be fresh, fabulous and prepped to have a great day on the job.

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<![CDATA[Top 3 situations where you should tone down your makeup ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:14:32 +0000 raveinfo As expansive as your makeup collection may be, there are times when going for the gusto may not be so appropriate. There's nothing worse than feeling overdressed, and that situation can be made even worse with a face full of cosmetics. There are a few occasions in life where using a bit of tube mascara or liquid eyeliner and letting your natural complexion shine through is always the best option. Keep the following instances in mind to ensure that you go for a cool and composed look.

1. A job interview. As much as you may want to impress your potential employers, that new shade of gold leaf eyeshadow may not be the best choice. When heading in for a job interview, choose one focal point and accentuate it. For instance, this is the perfect opportunity to wear a shade of bold lip color paired with neutral eye makeup. This is a chic pairing that will give you confidence in the interview and ensure that you're looking fashionable and professional.

2. Religious ceremonies. Whether you're attending a christening or standing up on the altar as one of your friend's bridesmaids, it's best to avoid bright and bold makeup hues and stay with something a bit more simple. Opt for a touch of mascara and a pale pink lip color, and if you're still searching for a few more complementary hues, use accessories instead. A cocktail ring or a pair of earrings can up your style factor very easily.

3. A first date. While you may think that breaking out your favorite eyeshadow hue will work wonders to impress a hot date, you could be selling yourself short in the process. Part of knowing that your first date was a success is letting your natural complexion shine through and having your date appreciate you for who you really are. Think of it this way, if you have a wonderful time without having to resort to copious amounts of makeup, you can really wow him on the second or third date with a dynamic makeup ensemble.

Cosmetics are ladies go-to products to feel fabulous, but there are some occasions when it's best to let your natural style take over. You'll feel more comfortable in your own skin and dressed for the occasion.

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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day gifts that your man will actually appreciate ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:02:37 +0000 raveinfo It seems that as each year passes, men are put under increasing pressure to wow their significant others on Valentine's Day. As fun as it may be to watch them scramble to find the perfect gift, the true message of the holiday is to celebrate love and strong relationships, so your gift to him should reflect that. More importantly, this is your chance to have fun with the occasion and do something that you both really enjoy. After all, the holiday comes in the middle of winter, so both of you are probably in need of a little excitement. Give the following ideas a try and see if they put a smile on your significant other's face.

1. A ski trip. Even though this winter has been underwhelming in terms of snowfall, getting away for a weekend with your hubby is a great escape from the working world. Rent a cabin and take a weekend together to hit the slopes, dine out at a few restaurants and enjoy some quality time with one another.

2. Rent an exotic car. If you have a bit of money to play with, you won't believe the look on your boy toy's face when he gets the chance to drive a sports car for the day. Since the weather has been so mild in many parts of the country, this is a reality even in the middle of February. Your significant other will relish the chance to whip around in a hot rod and he'll be bragging to his friends long after the holiday.

3. A quiet meal at home. While the aforementioned ideas will certainly wow your significant other, some guys simply love a quiet night at home. Get dressed up in your favorite little black dress, put on a bit of liquid eyeliner and whip up your guy's favorite meal. This is an inexpensive way to show your boyfriend or husband just how much you care, and it can be a welcome break from the rigors of the work week.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be so complicated when you get down to what makes your man really happy. Maybe this year you can knock his socks off with one of these dazzling gifts and raise the bar for the holiday.

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<![CDATA[Top 3 tips to regain your spring fashion sense ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:01:36 +0000 raveinfo After multiple seasons of wearing dark colors and sporting multiple layers, there can be a bit of a learning curve when the warmer weather rolls around. While you may be sifting through fashion blogs and reading best-dressed lists to get some ideas, it may be best to go out and try a few of them on your own. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can explore some of the hottest spring trends yourself so you can wow friends and co-workers throughout the season.

1. Visit a makeup artist. If you're heading into the salon or shopping at the mall, make sure to stop by and talk about the latest trends in makeup. Whether you're looking for hassle-free tube mascara or a dynamic liquid eyeliner, a makeup artist can point you in the right direction. Oftentimes you don't know how a specific cosmetic will look without matching it with your skin tone and trying it out yourself. This could be a wonderful way to refine your spring ensembles before the season arrives.

2. Pick up a few accessories. Even the most scintillating makeup style will fall flat without the contrast of a few choice accessories, so pick up a few statement pieces for your spring wardrobe. Lightweight scarves are especially popular for the fickle weather of spring, and they can provide a dazzling pop of color that will brighten your look. Additionally, look into a few colorful bracelets - these are quick additions that can add complementary hues to your outfit.

3. Lip color. Bold red lip color is a chic choice during the winter months, but it can look out of place with a spring ensemble. Do yourself a favor and look into the many vibrant lip colors that you can pair with your warm weather outfits. Whether you choose tangerine, lavender or a pale shade of pink, these cosmetics could be a ravishing finishing touch for a night on the town or with your work attire.

This winter has been anything but ordinary, but many of the traditional seasonal trends stayed consistent. Thankfully, spring is on its way, and it's one of the most exciting times of the year for fashion-forward individuals. Whether you're trying out a new style this year or combining myriad seasonal trends, these tips will help you get back into the swing of things.

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<![CDATA[Reinventing your winter clothing for the spring season ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:00:41 +0000 raveinfo reinventing+your+winter+clothing+for+the+spring+season_3356_800712295_0_0_14015294_300The winter of 2012 certainly isn't going to be remembered for its significant snow accumulations, and as a result, many fashionistas splurged on winter garments only to have them gather dust in their closets. Luckily, with spring on the horizon, many of your cold weather purchases can be given new life in your spring ensembles and pair beautifully with your everyday tube mascara and liquid eyeliner. Keep the following winter digs in mind that you can sport with confidence this spring.

1. Cable knit sweaters. These full-length sweaters are go-tos on frigid winter days, but they can be a perfect alternative to a jacket on a mild day. Throw on your best pair of jeans, a graphic tee and a pair of sneakers for a day at the mall or pair it with a lace top and open-toed heels for a brunch ensemble. The options are unlimited, and with the fickle weather of spring being so unpredictable, you'll be glad you brought it along.

2. The military boot. Whether they helped you trudge through snow or plenty of puddles during this damp winter, a pair of brown boots looks great when paired with a warm weather floral pattern. They can combine beautifully with a lightweight denim and a cardigan or even your favorite sundress. However, banish your tights to the closet for the rest of the year and opt for colorful socks instead to give your outerwear a pop of unexpected hues.

3. The boyfriend blazer. Men's clothing has made a surprising foray into women's fashion, so if you picked up a blazer over the winter, now is the perfect time to break it out. This piece of outerwear combines seamlessly with statement necklaces, colorful button-down shirts and even your favorite pair of jeans. Make sure to wear a colorful oversized cocktail ring to give your outfit an instant focal point and add a touch of glamor to your outfit.

Spring is almost here, so if you consider yourself a fashion-forward individual, this is probably your favorite time of the year. Even though the mild winter has made spring a bit less exciting, there are plenty of dazzling clothing combinations you can utilize in the coming months that will make the most of your cold weather wardrobe.

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<![CDATA[Bad grocery store habits to break in order to start eating healthier ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:59:31 +0000 raveinfo bad+grocery+store+habits+to+break+in+order+to+start+eating+healthier_3356_800717031_0_0_14004030_300Spring and summer are just around the corner, so if you're trying to get into better shape to fit into that new swimsuit, you're going to have to improve the nutritional quality of your food. However, when you're trying to eat healthier, there are some common pitfalls at the grocery store that can cause ladies to undo all of their hard work. Whether you're trying to look your best in your new formal wear or getting ready to hit the beach, these bad grocery store habits should help you shed those unwanted pounds.

1. Heading to the store hungry. When you're trying to lose weight, you shouldn't head to the grocery store on an empty stomach under any circumstances. This is one of the easiest ways to let your guard down and start to pick up the foods that can contribute to your weight gain. Do yourself a favor and eat an apple or a granola bar before you head to the store to curb any food cravings.

2. Buying one day at a time. Planning your meals ahead of time can help you to better control your intake of vitamins and minerals and help you avoid succumbing to a bag of chips or ice cream. If you're only buying meals one day at a time, this increases the likelihood that you'll skip making dinner, head out and possibly make some bad nutritional choices. Weight loss is about discipline, and the easiest way to keep off those unwanted pounds is to make healthy meals at home.

3. Staying in the middle aisles. Most modern grocery stores place the majority of their natural and healthier foods on the periphery of the store, while fattier foods, snacks and canned goods are relegated to the middle aisles. Make an effort to stick to the outer aisles of the store and only venture into the middle of the market when you need to.

Whether you're getting amped for the warm weather or looking to renew your new year's resolution, it's never a bad time to start eating healthier. After losing a few pounds, you can even reward yourself with a new vial of tube mascara or a lash curler to revitalize your look for the coming seasons.

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<![CDATA[Easy recipes for an at-home facial ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:57:11 +0000 raveinfo Despite what you may think, some of the best beauty treatments available aren't found in salons or spas. They might be right at home in your own kitchen! If you're looking for an easy way to create a face mask or scrub at home, look no further. Here are a few easy recipes that'll help tackle all of your skincare issues.

Normal skin
If all your skin needs is a pick-me-up that will restore your outer glow, Marie Claire Magazine recommends whipping up a tropical banana face mask. Mash up one half of a banana (eat the rest - it's good for you!) then mix it with a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture to a clean face, then rinse it off with warm water 15 minutes later.

Oily skin
A little extra oil is easily fixed with a mask made with oil-zapping egg yolk and oatmeal. HealthyWomen.org suggests mixing one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of olive oil and ½ cup of oatmeal together. Apply the mixture to a freshly-washed face, then leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Dry skin
For dry skin that's a bit on the sensitive side, you'll need a mask with plenty of moisturizing ingredients. According to Whole Living Magazine, you should mash up one small avocado and grate ½ of a cucumber. Mix these ingredients with one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and three tablespoons of green clay powder, which you can find at natural food stores. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes, then apply to a clean face. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe off and rinse with cool water.

Face scrub
To eliminate dead skin and restore the healthy surface of your skin, Whole Living Magazine recommends mixing up a pineapple scrub, which will dissolve the bonds that hold skin cells together, making dead cells slough off easily. Use a blender to mix ? cup of pineapple chunks with ¼ cup of olive oil until it's smooth. Add in ¼ cup fresh, chopped parsley, then blend the mixture so it doesn't liquify. Apply to clean skin for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

After using these skin treatments, your skin will be radiant - providing the perfect background for your blinc tube mascaras and liquid eyeliners!

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<![CDATA[Blinc Trivia: Tamala Jones shows off her natural beauty with the right liquid eyeliner ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:56:18 +0000 raveinfo blinc+trivia+tamala+jones+shows+off+her+natural+beauty+with+the+right+liquid+eyeliner_3356_800726713_0_0_14014910_300Red carpet events are great for picking up liquid eyeliner tips when you're looking for new ways to wear your makeup with celebrity flair. At premieres, stars typically show up with impeccable style and liquid eyeliner to look their best for the cameras.

One woman who goes all out when she attends a red carpet event is Tamala Jones. The actress, who is best known for her roles in Booty Call and Kingdom Come, recently showed up to the premiere of The Announcement in style. Jones wore a dashing gray and black-striped ensemble and complemented it with the perfect eye makeup.

The star enhanced the shine in her eyes with just a bit of liquid eyeliner and mascara to make her peepers appear wider and more intriguing. Jones set a wonderful example for any woman who wants to embrace her natural beauty.

If you want to achieve a similar look, pick up blinc's liquid eyeliner and tube mascara. These cosmetics can help you achieve a flawless appearance that is worthy of any event, whether it's on the red carpet or a small get-together in your home.

Blinc trivia: Who on the MTV show Jersey Shore is reportedly pregnant? Go to http://facebook.com/blincinc to answer and win free blinc cosmetics!

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<![CDATA[Drink your way to radiant skin ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:55:12 +0000 raveinfo Not everyone was born with a gorgeous, glowing complexion, but luckily there are a variety of ways to treat your skin and ensure that it gets all the nutrients and vitamins it needs to be healthy and beautiful. Aside from skincare products and cosmetics, you can give your visage a visual boost by drinking smoothies with beneficial ingredients that your skin needs. Here are a few to try making in your kitchen.

For clearer skin
TotalBeauty.com recommends plenty of protein and antioxidants to help your skin clear up. For a cleansing smoothie, simply blend together one scoop of hemp protein (which you can find at a natural foods store), ½ cup of blueberries, ½ bunch of dandelion greens (with no stems), 11 ounces of coconut water, ¼ of an avocado and one tablespoon of raw cacao powder. Potassium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants in the mix will detox, hydrate and clear your complexion.

For anti-aging
If you're concerned about the visible effects of aging, like dullness, fine lines and discoloration, mySkin.com suggests a blend of papaya and blueberries. Packed full of antioxidants and phytochemicals, these fruits reverse free-radical damage and improve the health of your cells. They're also full of vitamins C and E, which are known to help aging skin look more youthful. Simply blend together one small papaya, one cup of blueberries and 30 ounces of water (or ice).

For a lackluster complexion
If your skin has barely survived the winter months or it's just not as glowing as you'd like it to be, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder has a great recipe that will fix that right up. Blend together ½ of a frozen Acai smoothie packet (found at health food stores), 1 ½ cups of coconut water, ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, ½ of an avocado and one teaspoon of coconut oil or butter. The minerals, fiber and fatty acids will help to plump up your skin and restore it's healthy color.

After you've revitalized your complexion by making these delicious smoothies on a regular basis, you'll have a totally clear slate for applying your favorite blinc cosmetics. Whether you use the tube mascara, liquid eyeliner or both, you'll look better than ever!

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<![CDATA[Blinc Trivia: Maya Rudolph opts for little liquid eyeliner at recent movie premiere ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:53:54 +0000 raveinfo maya+rudolph+opts+for+little+liquid+eyeliner+at+recent+movie+premiere_3356_800731570_0_0_7041001_300Just because you're a big movie star doesn't mean you need to wear pounds of makeup and an excess of liquid eyeliner, as actress Maya Rudolph proves. Recently, the celeb stepped out in style at the premiere of Casa de Mi Padre in Los Angeles wearing little more than foundation and mascara to highlight her natural beauty.

Even on the red carpet, Rudolph shows that you can look fabulous without hiding your face beneath makeup. Whether you're wearing tube mascara or blush, going light can show that you are a confident woman who doesn't mind exhibiting her natural looks.

If you want to try to use less makeup in an effort to cater to Hollywood trends, you might want to limit yourself to just tube mascara and liquid eyeliner from blinc. These items are all you need to bring out the beauty in your eyes and create a fresh look.

The tube mascara can give you volume and length, while the liquid eyeliner can help your eyes appear wider and more intriguing. Neither will smudge or run, which can give you peace of mind.

Blinc trivia: On the recent finale of The Bachelor, who did Ben propose to? Go to http://facebook.com/blincinc to answer and win free blinc cosmetics!

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<![CDATA[Five things not to do in the world of beauty ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:53:02 +0000 raveinfo There are a lot of fashions and trends constantly popping up in the beauty world, and each woman's take on them is different. While one woman's idea of a made-up face involves a hint of tube mascara and a tinted lip balm, another one relies on every beauty product under the sun each time she gets ready in the morning. With so much disparity, we figured you could use a guide on what not to do when it comes to your hair and makeup.

1. Forget to blend your face with your neck. Sometimes, ladies don't do a good job picking the right shade of foundation. This could lead to an obvious mismatch of the face and neck, which pretty much defeats the purpose of wearing foundation - it's supposed to be invisible. Choose a formula that matches your skin tone, then blend it down into your neck for even, natural coverage.

2. Overpluck your eyebrows. According to Real Simple Magazine, most women make this mistake because they stand too close to the mirror. If you're focused on each individual hair that's out of place, you'll be forgetting about the big picture: the shape of your brows. Step back from the mirror when you're plucking to avoid too-skinny brows.

3. Grow your hair out past your bra strap. Allure Magazine reports that derriere-length hair is a total beauty "don't." Not only does your fashion taste become questionable with such a 'do, but you'll also be sacrificing a lot of your hair's healthiness. There's no way the ends of your hair can stay soft and un-split at that length.

4. Stencil in your brows. When brows are stenciled in with a shade of pencil that's darker than your hair color, it's pretty obvious that your real brows aren't doing you any favors. Choose eyebrow makeup that looks natural, like blinc's eyebrow mousse, and keep the shape of your brows natural.

5. Transform your nails into talons. There's nothing sexy about nails that are too long to text, type or put contacts in with. Not only are curving talons impractical, but they're pretty much a guarantee that guys will not want your hands anywhere near them. Leave the claw-like manicures to celebrities like Gaga and stick to shorter, "squoval" nails.

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<![CDATA[Blinc Trivia: Katy Perry shines in silver dress and liquid eyeliner ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:51:34 +0000 raveinfo blinc+trivia+katy+perry+shines+in+silver+dress+and+liquid+eyeliner_3356_800736777_0_0_14009555_300If you need some new liquid eyeliner tips to try out this spring, you might want to peer over to the red carpet for inspiration. Hollywood celebs are out in full force this season with the hottest liquid eyeliner and tube mascara looks to turn heads, whether you're walking around in Beverly Hills or just running to the grocery store.

One woman who always knows how to make a splash at big events is Katy Perry. The pop music sensation recently showed up to the 2012 Echo Awards in a disco ball-inspired silver dress and bright blue hair. To contrast the overall look, Perry wore dark liquid eyeliner, which brought out the beauty in her peepers.

You might not have access to a professional makeup artist like Perry and other A-list celebs, but you can look like you do with the right cosmetics from blinc.

The liquid eyeliner and tube mascara are all you need to look like a star. They can give your eyes a dramatic look that won't run or smudge throughout the day, whether you're going out to catch a movie or heading to the office.

Blinc Trivia: Which actor from the tv show Family Matters is a contestant on this season’s Dancing with the Stars? Go to http://facebook.com/blincinc to answer and win free blinc cosmetics!

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<![CDATA[Blemish management 101 ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:50:39 +0000 raveinfo There's nothing like a breakout to make you feel self-conscious and ruin the effect of your perfectly-applied liquid eyeliner, foundation, tube mascara and blush. With each outbreak, it might seem that zits are the only thing you can focus on in the mirror. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your face remains clean and clear to reflect your natural beauty.

Prevention
As with most problems, acne breakouts are best handled by preventative measures. This means washing your face daily to get rid of dirt, oil and other impurities that could clog your pores. It also means moisturizing to prevent your skin from getting irritated. Avoid touching your face or using makeup and skincare products with ingredients that could be too harsh for your skin, and always use sunscreen to prevent damage that could lead to pimples.

Treatment
If you manage to break out despite your best efforts, there are ways to treat the problem and prevent acne from coming back. Use an over-the-counter cream with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to get rid of zits when you're at home. If you find yourself in a situation where a product like this isn't readily available, Allure Magazine suggests using hydrogen peroxide solution to eliminate bacteria and aspirin to get rid of the spot. Just crush one tablet and mix with water to form a paste, then leave it on overnight.

Coverage
While your blemish is being treated, it might be necessary to cover it up in the meantime. Cosmopolitan Magazine suggests using a perfectly-matched concealer to cover the zit before you apply foundation. Use a concealer brush with bristles that can get into the nooks and crannies of the blemish, then use it to carefully blend the product out into the skin surrounding the mark to make it disappear. Apply foundation as usual, then tap a bit of loose powder on the pimple to prevent any oil from melting off your coverage.

With these tips, you should be able to handle any breakout that might come your way. If your case of acne is very severe however, you might want to visit a dermatologist to get a prescription for a stronger treatment. Otherwise, you should end up with clear skin that will provide the perfect backdrop for all of your blinc cosmetics, whether it's eyebrow mousse, liquid eyeliner or tube mascara.

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<![CDATA[Blinc Trivia: Audrina Patridge shines at Atlantic City event with perfect makeup ]]> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:49:15 +0000 raveinfo blinc+trivia+audrina+patridge+shines+at+atlantic+city+event+with+perfect+makeup_3356_800738393_0_0_7075351_300If you're looking for liquid eyeliner tips to try out next time you're hitting the town with your friends, you might want to see what some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities are doing these days. Recently, Audrina Patridge showed up to host an event at The Pool After Dark in Atlantic City, and she showed that she still knows how to flaunt her gorgeous looks when cameras aren't rolling.

The former star of The Hills on MTV wore a gorgeous yellow dress that showed off her natural curves. With her hair tied back, Patridge was able to wear just the right amount of makeup to draw attention to her glowing face as she posed for cameras.

If you want to look just as glamorous as Patridge, you might want to think about picking up the liquid eyeliner and tube mascara from blinc. These cosmetics are all you need to enhance your natural beauty, whether you're hanging out with your friends or out on a hot date. Best of all, the liquid eyeliner and tube mascara are composed of formulas that won't run or smudge, giving you peace of mind.

Blinc Trivia: What is the first name of Hilary Duff’s newborn son? Go to http://facebook.com/blincinc to answer and win free blinc cosmetics!

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