What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

Beauty trends come and go, but what never changes is the desire to live up to society’s expectations for what is considered attractive. People will endure untold discomfort, spend thousands of dollars, and even put their own health at risk to achieve that elusive aesthetic ideal.

In Kayan, Burma, there is a fading tradition of what is known as the “giraffe women,” who would wear stacks of metal rings around their necks to elongate them. Never mind the pain and loss of mobility this surely must cause; it is all in the name of beauty. It should be noted, of course, that with the increasing prosperity and modernization of Myanmar, there are now estimated to be fewer than 100 women still upholding this practice in Burma.

Here in the United States, breast augmentation continues to be number one on the list of top cosmetic procedures. Eyelid surgeries, rhinoplasty (also known as nose jobs), tummy tucks, and liposuction procedures round out the top five. Thankfully, elective surgeries are safer and yield better, more natural-looking results today than they did when these procedures were still in their experimental phases. Still, it’s important to remember that there is an inherent risk any time you sign up for surgery.

Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided that cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you, you’ll want to have support around you as you recover. In a perfect world, you will of course emerge looking and feeling like the very best version of yourself. As you’re healing, remember that Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides scars, and you can use it on your face and body.

If you’re still undecided about undergoing a cosmetic procedure, Smart Cover Cosmetics has a host of products to make you feel confident and beautiful… no doctor required!

Skin Positivity

For a long time, having skin issues like vitiligo, port-wine birthmarks, or even acne was a reason to be self-conscious. To compound that discomfort, there were no products on the market that effectively covered such skin concerns.

When Smart Cover came along, it was an incredible solution for women (and men) who had felt compelled to hide themselves away from the world. Finally, there was a concealer that actually concealed everything from tattoos to birthmarks to melasma to vitiligo. Best of all, it didn’t rub off like ordinary makeup, even when wet. It was… and is… a game-changer.

Recently, there has been a positivity movement among people with all kinds of skin issues. Vitiligo, characterized by the Mayo Clinic as “the loss of skin color in blotches,” is having an amazing moment in the world of high-fashion. Model Winnie Harlow, a beautiful young woman who has vitiligo, is enjoying tremendous success as a print and runway model… without covering her vitiligo.

People with port-wine birthmarks, like Smart Cover’s own gorgeous model Celina Leroy, are also deciding when they want to cover and when they don’t. There are infinite definitions of beauty, and it’s wonderful to see people empowered to go makeup-free when they want to. There’s nothing more beautiful than feeling confident in your own uniqueness.

Even acne seems to be coming out of the shadows. Pop singer Lourde has spoken candidly about her struggles with acne and is now an advocate for “acne positivity,” a mini-movement that encourages people to leave breakouts uncovered by makeup.

Smart Cover gives you the option to fully cover any skin issues you may have, but only when you feel like covering them. When you don’t? Feel free to skip the concealer and go straight to the Two-in-One Glow Stick! It’s all about choice in the end, and Smart Cover is all about giving you great choices.

Summer Skin Care Tips from Smart Cover

The number one rule of summer skin care is to protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. You need SPF 30 or higher, applied before your makeup, and preferably a half hour before you head outside.

If you’re having a true outdoors day, perhaps at the beach or a water park, you’ll want to reapply your sunblock every two hours. Remember that your lips need protection too, so find a lip balm that contains SPF 30 as well. Too often, people overlook their lips in terms of sun protection and end up with cracked, sunburned lips or worse.

In the summer, your skin tends to produce more oil. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to moisturize now, it just means that you can use your moisturizer a little more sparingly. And of course, stick to oil-free moisturizers.

Washing your face before bed is especially important in the summer. Your skin’s increased oils mix with sweat, whatever’s left of the day’s makeup, and of course the dirt and pollution that accumulates on your skin just from daily exposure to the environment.

Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser thoroughly washes and conditions your skin with its fruit acid and papaya enzyme formula, and you can use it not just on your face, but on your whole body. It easily removes even Smart Cover’s long-lasting concealers, and leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth.

Taking care of your skin from the inside out is important, too. Drinking plenty of water is not only necessary for your well-being, but it will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. Also, eat lots of leafy green veggies and antioxidant-rich fruits. At this time of year, they’re in great abundance from local farmers.

Be mindful about what you put into your body, and your skin will thank you!

Make A Splash with Smart Cover

With Memorial Day weekend in our rearview mirror already, summer fun is in full swing! Barbecues, pool parties, beach days, and even visits to theme parks may be in your very near future. By now, you know that outdoor activities have to be preceded by a generous slathering of SPF 30 or higher, to protect your skin. You should also keep your head covered when possible, ideally with a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from too much sun.

Health experts advise that while you’re spending time outside on a hot day, that you hydrate consistently, preferably with pure water, or fruit juice with no sugar added. While iced coffee or a frozen margarita may sound highly appealing on a sweltering summer afternoon, Healthline.com advises against consuming alcohol and caffeine when it’s too hot out. Both actually have a dehydrating effect on the body.

Splashing around in the ocean, backyard pool, or even running through the sprinkler on your front lawn will make you feel like a kid again and give you some relief from the hot temperatures. If you normally cover varicose veins, birthmarks or other skin issues with Smart Cover Concealing Crème, you may wonder if it’s okay to get it wet. On a day when you do feel like covering up a skin concern, you want to make sure it will stay that way. It will!

Our Concealing Crème is like no other cosmetic product. It goes on creamy and dries to a matte finish without setting powder. Best of all, it stays on until you’re ready for it to come off (just use warm water and a little soap). With Smart Cover, you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about your concealer. So wade into the ocean! Take a dip in the pool! And dive into summer!

Graduation Day

If you’re a high school or college senior, this time of year means one thing: GRADUATION! Restless students, eager to get on with the next chapter of their lives (not to mention summer vacation) crowd into auditoriums with their proud parents. Sitting through what will feel like an interminable ceremony in polyester gowns and mortarboard caps, young graduates will experience a range of emotions.

Obviously, there will be a sense of excitement and well-earned pride. You did it! Your hard work got you there, and you deserve to feel great about that! If you’re the parent of a graduating student, you may be thinking: “I did it! My hard work got us here!”

Graduation signifies the beginning of a new stage of life, but it’s also an ending. It’s a happy occasion but there may be tears at the thought of leaving beloved friends behind, perhaps leaving home for the first time, or just saying goodbye to a moment in time that you can never get back again.

To look fresh and beautiful all day — no matter how sweaty, tearful, and long that day may be, Smart Cover has a few makeup tips for you!

Use Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème to hide any skin flaws. It’ll stay put in the face of perspiration, tears, or an impromptu dip in the pool.

If you’re worried about crying all your makeup off, consider limiting your eye makeup to waterproof mascara and maybe a simple cat-eye, using waterproof liquid liner. Also, try the Smart Cover Stick for quick touch-ups throughout the day.

Since you’re bound to get a little warm under that cap and gown, take along Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder. You can pat away the shine, and look cool, fresh, and ready to take on all the new adventures that lie ahead of you!

And the Bronze Goes to… You!

We use blush to mimic the natural rosiness that results from cardiovascular activity, or the effect of the cold air on your cheeks in the winter. It can be a sweet but subtle way of adding the spark of youth to your appearance and giving you the look of someone who’s just run in from outside with great news.

While a rosy glow is never out of fashion, as summer approaches, a lot of women would rather look as if they’ve been kissed by the sun than by Jack Frost.A great way to achieve this (while avoiding the sun) is with Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer! You can keep on protecting your skin  from the potential dangers of UV rays while looking like a sun-worshipping goddess.

Bronzer can also be used for contouring, if you want to create the illusion of higher, more defined cheekbones. It can minimize the appearance of a round face, too, if you want a slimmer look. Beauty writer Rajana Tony of Pinkmirror.com offers some easy steps to get this effect:

“Suck in your cheeks and sweep into the hollow in an angled up and down motion from your temples. Blend the remaining product in an E-shaped motion at the sides of your face, darkening the forehead edge, the cheek hollow and the bottom of your chin.”

For even more guidance in how to apply bronzer, check out this video featuring one of Smart Cover’s favorite makeup artists. There are so many amazing beauty tools and cosmetic products on the market that it can sometimes be a little intimidating. The key is to start by asking yourself what you want to see when you look in the mirror. Once you have that image in your mind, we can help you get there. All you need is a vision… and a little Smart Cover!

Pregnancy and Your Skin

For many women, finding out that they are expecting is one of the most joyful moments imaginable. Having a baby changes your life, but some women are surprised to learn how much expecting a baby can change their skin. For starters, there is that famous “glow” pregnant women are told they have.

It turns out that there are valid scientific reasons your skin seems to be aglow, according to The American Pregnancy Association. Firstly, when you’re pregnant, your body produces 50% more blood, giving your face a bright, rosy look.

Secondly, your hormones are hard at work, which causes your glands to produce more oil, resulting in a shiny appearance. If you’re worried about looking a little too shiny, try Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder. It takes away the “greasy” look without diminishing your gorgeous natural glow.

Characterized by brown or grayish marks that usually appear on the face or arms, melasma—also known as “the mask of pregnancy” —  is a skin condition that most frequently affects pregnant women. Though it is not dangerous, it can nonetheless be stressful, especially because ordinary makeup typically cannot cover the discoloration melasma causes.

Fortunately, the Smart Cover Stick and waterproof Concealing Crème hide the marks caused by melasma. Since you can use the Concealing Crème on the face and the body, it’s also a great way to cover varicose veins on the legs, which can sometimes occur with pregnancy.

For the acne breakouts that often come with pregnancy, cover blemishes with the Smart Cover Stick, and be sure to wash the excess oils from your skin before bed with a gentle cleanser like the Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser.

The inconveniences and cosmetic hurdles that can come with pregnancy may be temporary, but the joys of parenthood are forever. To get you through the good, the bad, and the beautiful, you always have Smart Cover!

 

Smart Cover & Sunscreen: A Beautiful Team!

It’s late spring, and we are all so ready to enjoy the sunshine! It’s time for barbecues, playing in the park with the kids, and maybe your first beach outing of the season. But you know better than to soak up any of those sweet rays without first applying a layer or two of sunblock… right?

If you’re a Smart Cover lover, then one or more of our products is a probably a part of your daily routine. Whether you never leave the house without using the Smart Cover Stick to hide your under-eye circles, or you’re a devotee of our amazing Concealing Crème, your beauty regimen wouldn’t be complete without Smart Cover.

But protecting your skin from the sun needs to be just as much a part of your routine. Our customers often ask us if Smart Cover products contain SPF. While the density of the pigments used does have some protective properties, SPF evaluations have not been done on our products. Therefore, we recommend you apply a sunscreen first, and then apply your favorite Smart Cover makeup.

Fortunately, there are a number of sunscreen products on the market now that will provide you with the sun protection you need, without compromising your makeup or clogging up your pores. It’s best to try a few brands on your own, to see what works best for your unique skin type.

For example, for a sunscreen that hydrates without being overly greasy, perhaps try something infused with argan oil. Its high Vitamin E and fatty content makes it a natural skin softener. If you have sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen that does not contain paraben, sulphates, or artificial fragrances.

Most importantly, be sure that any sunscreen you choose has “broad spectrum UV coverage” on the label and aim for SPF 30 and higher. Treat daily sunscreen application as an essential step in your ongoing quest to be your best, healthiest self!

The Smart Money’s on You

Bargains are not just for those of us with modest incomes. In fact, research has indicated that many wealthy people get that way (and stay that way!) by seeking out the best deals. As David Anderson and Jessica Orwig report for Business Insider, rich people spend modestly, and when they do make a purchase, it’s a preplanned and carefully considered decision.

You may not be a millionaire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt some of their smart habits! If you’re like most women, you use concealers on a daily basis to cover minor skin flaws or to even out your skin tone. You know what works for you in terms of shade and consistency. So why not pay half as much for twice the convenience? With the Smart Plan, you get your favorite Smart Cover products shipped to you automatically, for half the regular cost!

There are other ways we “normal folk” can emulate the rich, and it’s easier than you think.  Self-help icon and financial guru Tony Robbins asserts that even someone who is living paycheck to paycheck can afford to pay themselves. If the government imposes a tax on you, argues Robbins, you find a way to pay it. He suggests taxing yourself and finding creative ways to spend less in the present, in order to save for the future.

Robbins states that you don’t have to start off with a lot of money in order to accumulate wealth: “In reality, a small amount of money consistently set aside will provide a greater ability to achieve financial freedom.”

With the Smart Plan, you save 50% on products you consistently purchase anyway, and if you want to make any changes to your plan, a live Smart Cover representative is just a phone call away. There’s no better time than right now to make a change for the better, and start planning for a beautiful future!

Spring Cleaning Is Good for the Soul!

We all know that spring signifies new beginnings. If you get a special thrill from filling plastic bags with clothing to donate, and seeing all that freed up closet space, you’re not alone!

Paige Fowler, a writer for Shape.com, cites multiple studies concluding that having a decluttered space results in better mental and physical health. According to Fowler, people who live and work in an organized space eat better, work out more consistently, and are happier overall. Perhaps the most famous proponent of this theory is the author Marie Konti, who literally wrote the book on the subject.

The most well-known and oft-quoted tenet from her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is to get rid of any items that no longer “spark joy.” Literally pick up an article of clothing or knick-knack and if you don’t feel that joyful spark, let it go.

Of course, when it comes to makeup, cleaning out your cosmetics bag is not just a good idea for your spiritual well-being. It’s also crucial to your physical health that you periodically replace certain items, especially mascara and eyeliner. Any cosmetic items that are used on or around the eyes should be replaced every three months, minimum.

Lip products are typically good up to around six months, and foundation is usually good for about one year. Powder has a longer shelf life, normally lasting about two years, provided you keep your products in a cool, dry place.

If it’s been awhile since you replaced some of the items in your cosmetics bag, why not give yourself the gift of a fresh start? Try Smart Cover’s Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit. It contains concealer, color corrector, makeup primer, bronzer, finishing powder, Smart Cover Sticks, brushes, and cleanser. With the right tools at your disposal, this will  be your most beautiful spring yet!