Now is the time to clean your closets to bring the brights and whites up to front and center for the warmer weather and to consider getting new makeup to brighten your look. A new lipstick or nail polish will help lift you from any doldrums left over from the dark winter and will help you shine in your colorful clothing.
I found an abundance of cosmetics for less than $10 but picked my top 10 to help me get a glow this spring season.
Nail polish is the easiest way to change your look, and I fell in love with the OPI Holland Collection ($8, Trade Secret). Nothing says spring like tulips and this collection is named for the home of those lovely flowers. Not only are the colors great — lights, brights, darks and neutrals — the names will make your day. How can you not laugh at Gouda Gouda Two Shoes or I Don't Give a Rotterdam and, speaking of tulips, how about Kiss Me On My Tulips? I almost forgot about picking a color and went for the name that made me laugh out loud.
If you want something very neutral and light on your nails get the pale pink Lady Like from Essie ($8, Walgreens).
Lipsticks are another fast way to change your look and give you a lift. Covergirl's Blast Flipstick ($7.99, Target) is a stick with two colors that may be worn separately or blended together. Flip it and mix the two to customize your color. If you want a lipstick with SPF 15 get L'Oreal's Colour RicheBalm ($7.99, Walgreens) that comes in pinks, corals and neutrals. This is to wear outdoors, especially at the beach.
I found Covergirl Wetslicks ($4.84, Target) that can be worn alone or over lipstick. They are called fruit spritzers and come in flavors — fig, berry, guava, caramel apple, papaya, lychee, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, plum and blackberry. It's like having a fruit salad in your purse.
Get Vaseline Lip Therapy for the softest lips possible. You have the choice of a tube ($.92, Target) or the new, small jar ($1.89, .25 ounce size, Walgreens) that easily fits in your handbag or beach bag to pat on when needed. Both will keep your lips moist and kissable.
Keep your complexion clear with Almay's BlemisHeal ($9.99, Ulta). This easy to use pump comes in different skin tones and not only clears blemishes but may also be used as a foundation.
If you want to get a tan without staying in the sun try Wet n Wild Coloricon ($4.29, Walgreens). It is a bronzer with SPF 15 so it will protect you while you wear it. That's a win-win.
My last purchases were for my eyes. I was drawn to Revlon's Illuminance Creme Shadow ($5.99, Ulta) because it was packaged in a case with four different colors. It left the decision of what color I want to wear wait until I get dressed. The variety of combinations fit every wardrobe and most moods.
The last thing I got was Rimmel-London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer ($3.14, Target). This is where I had to make a color decision and hope I picked the right one. My choices were black, brown, green, purple, blue or gold.
I might not turn into a 10, but I had fun trying and sticking to a budget.
Where to shop
Target, 2415 Tarpon Bay Blvd., Naples, 239-552-1100
Trade Secret, Coastland Center mall, 1884 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-434-5444
Ulta, the Mercato, 9100 Strada Place, Naples, 239-514-0151
Walgreens, 2200 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-263-0240
Ike likes it
Ike went shopping for a favorite Passover dish.
I really like matzo ball soup and especially enjoy having a bowl for lunch during Passover. Through the years I have eaten homemade matzo balls from mothers and grandmothers and many from the best delis in New York City, but my taste buds declare Manischewitz matzo ball mix ($2.49, Publix) the best. They are always light and fluffy and very easy to make. In fact they are so good we sometimes pass them off as "from scratch."