Up for Spring
spring is here - finally! The snow is melting,
the sun is shining longer and most of us feel
the urge to venture outdoors again. If you are
feeling like winter steamrolled you, try some
of these quick fixes to help you feel refreshed
and ready for spring.
Get some lips
Do you want lips like Angelina Jolie?
You know - the positively out there, lips
on steroids? Well, you don't need collagen
injections - simply apply some lip gloss.
Gloss makes lips appear fuller. I like "Lip
Glass" by MAC. Just apply over your
favorite shade and your lips will light
up the room. Don't forget the lip-liner;
your gloss will make your lipstick bleed
and you don't want to look like the girl
working the "kissing booth" at
Tip: Dark lipstick makes lips appear smaller
and thinner whereas light lipsticks make
lips appear larger. If you have thin lips
avoid dark lipsticks. For added oomph, put
your gloss over a light shade.
Highlights are ageless, so never think
you're too old. They are a great way to brighten
up your look without doing anything too drastic.
If you are not sure what would look best with
your coloring, see a professional or you may
end up looking like a skunk - don't laugh,
it happened to me!
If you know what you like, and you're a woman
on a budget, you could try a highlighting
kit like "Frost and Glow". Just
remember to pull very small chunks through
the cap. You don't want to relive "The
Bride of Frankenstein".
Get out and go for a walk
"The roads are too slippery";
"The air is too cold"; "I just
washed my hair." Those excuses won't
work any more. A half hour walk each day can
put roses back in your cheeks and give you
I know it costs money, but most manicures
will only set you back $10-$20. Get pampered
and do yourself a beauty favor in the process.
It will help freshen up your look to have
nicely cut cuticles, pretty rounded nails
and fresh (un-chipped) polish. I recommend
something clear or iridescent, so you won't
have to wear red for the next week to match
Tip: The fashion gurus say the French manicure
is out, but I'd still do whatever you think
looks nice. The fashion gurus don't wear
your teeth polished.
Do I sound like your mother? My mom used
to take us to the local dental hygienist school
for a whole morning of teeth cleaning, so
don't complain about the hour it will take
You should have your teeth cleaned at least
once a year, and it's covered by most health
plans. Your mouth will feel great.
Tip: While you are there, check out the latest
technologies in teeth whitening. This is an
excellent way to rejuvenate a smile.
are just a few ideas to get you back into the "spring
of things". No here's my best piece of advice: just
enjoy the miracle of spring. You are beautiful already because
the same God that made the flowers and birds made you. The
rest is just for fun.