Fun Halloween Costume Ideas!

Some adults love the challenge of coming up with a creative get-up, while others slap on some cat ears and call it done. Either way, Smart Cover is here to help with some fun Halloween costume ideas that won’t break the bank!

Fans of TV’s The Good Place can go as Janet, the magical assistant who is not quite a human and not quite a robot. All you need is a long pencil skirt, a pussy-bow blouse and an eerily cheerful demeanor. Janet’s a natural beauty, so for makeup, we recommend Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, the Two-in-One Glow Stick to give your lips and cheeks a little color and some mascara.

According to Popsugar.com writer Kelsey Garcia, 2018’s trending Halloween costumes will include newlyweds Harry and Meghan, which might be a little hard to pull off on a budget. Garcia also suggests dressing up as Beyoncé at Coachella. All you need is Daisy Dukes, a cropped yellow sweatshirt and some serious swagger. Makeup-wise, play up those eyes with glittery eyeshadow and hide skin concerns with the Smart Cover Stick.

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank!

If you’re not into trendy costumes, you can dress up as a mime with items you already own: black pants and a black shirt, Smart Cover’s Color Corrector all over your face, thick black eyeliner to accentuate your eyes and eyebrows, and red lipstick. Just remember to pretend you’re in a box all night to make it really authentic!

Halloween is meant to be fun, so don’t let it stress you out. By all means, skip it if it’s not your thing. And even if you are planning to slap on some cat ears and head out the door, you can still make sure your skin is looking flawless with Smart Cover!

The Joys of Bath Time

There are countless pop culture references to the escapist pleasures of a nice bath. Harried moms in detergent commercials retreat to the tub when they just can’t deal with life (or apparently, laundry) anymore. Even Ernie from Sesame Street gets in on the action, filling a tub with bubbles and bringing his Rubber Ducky along for the soak. The joys of bath time are well-documented indeed. But is it good for you?

In a word, yes. Longborough University research associate Steve Faulkner reports that in a recent study, an hour-long soak in a hot bath (about 104 degrees Fahrenheit) resulted in about as many calories burned as a half-hour walk. He further asserts that “passive heating,” that is to say, heating the body up without exercising, has approximately the same effect as exercise when it comes to controlling your blood sugar and reducing your blood pressure!

The Joys of Bath Time

Some people like to add scented oils or even healing herbs to the bath, while others go for good old-fashioned bubbles (like our pal, Ernie), or just plain water. It all depends on your personal sensitivities and preferences. Lifehack.org writer Diane Koopman suggests cold water to tighten your skin “and reduce sweating and open pores, whilst still providing optimal hydration.”

Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a wonderful addition to your bath experience, especially since it works so well to remove makeup on your face and body without over-drying your skin. This is especially perfect if you use Smart Cover Concealing Crème to cover varicose veins, bruises or other skin concerns on your body.

A hot bath, like a hot fudge sundae, a kind word from a friend, or a new makeup kit from Smart Cover, is one of those little treats you just need once in awhile. Give yourself the care you deserve!

 

Too Young for Makeup?

If you were a little girl once, you probably have memories of watching your mother put on makeup in the mirror. She was so beautiful and sophisticated, and you wanted to be just like her. Opinions vary on what age is too young for makeup, but the demographics seem to be skewing younger and younger.

As New York Times writer Douglas Quenqua reports: “From 2007 to 2009, the percentage of girls ages 8 to 12 who regularly use mascara and eyeliner nearly doubled — to 18 percent from 10 percent for mascara, and to 15 percent from 9 percent for eyeliner. The percentage of them using lipstick also rose, to 15 percent from 10 percent.”

Too Young for Makeup

While many parents feel that experimenting with cosmetics is a harmless way for a child to explore her personal style and play at being an adult, it is important to be mindful of the products you choose for your child. Even innocuous-seeming makeup sets, made especially for children, can be dangerous if they contain allergens or other potentially dangerous substances.

“You’d think there would be strict regulations surrounding play makeup—but there aren’t,” warns Deanna Pai of Glamour.com. Recently, makeup lines geared toward children and young teens were pulled from the shelves at Claire’s and Justice, two popular franchises known for their tween-targeting merchandise. It was alleged that traces of asbestos had been found in the makeup.

The best way to keep your makeup-curious kids safe is to know what the ingredients are in the makeup they’re using. Smart Cover’s products are dermatologist-tested, and the ingredients are listed right on our website. Our Two-in-One Glow Stick is perfect for getting the feel of lip gloss and creamer blush with just a hint of color and shine. Everyone is different, but if your tween feels ready for makeup, Smart Cover could be a great place to start!

Wax, Shave, Thread or Sugar?

Mother Nature clearly did not anticipate this generation’s proclivity for smooth, hairless skin. Of course, there are plenty of folks who proudly let their body hair grow and we say, “More power to them!” How about you? Do you wax, shave, thread or sugar?

Wax, shave, thread, or sugar

Waxing, as defined by beinghealthfull.com, is “a method of hair removal where warm wax is applied to your skin and hair and removed quickly to remove hair.” Most of us are familiar with this process, whether you get your eyebrows waxed at the nail salon or go for a full Brazilian (wherein all bikini-adjacent hair is removed) at a spa.

It can hurt, but if you’re being serviced by a reputable esthetician the pain should be short-lived and the results can last for weeks. If your skin is a little sensitive, there may be redness afterward. This usually only lasts a couple of hours, and you can cover it with Smart Cover Concealing Crème on your face or body.

Self writer Emily Rekstis swears by sugaring: “Although the technique is very similar to waxing, sugaring uses a [gentler] mix of sugar, lemon, and water to remove hair.” This method tends to hurt less than waxing but is a slightly more expensive.

Threading is yet another inexpensive and nonpermanent hair removal option that lasts weeks longer than shaving. Elle.com’s George Driver explains: “A piece of thread that is specially coated with anti-bacterial wax is… twisted in the hands of the professional, to create a mini-lasso [that] removes the hairs quickly and directly from the follicles.”

One con to threading is that the skin must be held taut (usually by the client herself) as the threading is done, which is a little uncomfortable. But beauty experts will tell you that threading gets you the fiercest eyebrows. Cover any redness with Smart Cover Camouflage Crème and enjoy looking amazing!

Which of This Season’s Makeup Trends Will You Fall For?

The runways told a wild and colorful story about this season’s makeup trends. As always, there are some looks that work great if you’re a supermodel… but maybe not so much if you’re in the regular 9 to 5 world. For example, Elle reporter Kristina Rodulfo was loving the brightly hued, double-ringed eyeliner. It looked amazing on the runway but might be a little harder to pull off in your cubicle. So which of this season’s makeup trends will you fall for?

There’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from this year’s fashion shows, and it’s easier than you think to adapt them to suit your own personal style. Last year’s obsession with rosy cheeks is back, according to Good Housekeeping’s beauty writers Marci Robin and Blake Bakkila. This is simple to pull off and works on virtually everyone.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the perfect tool for this. It’s easily applied and gives your cheeks the sweet, “winter” look that’s so en vogue. As Glamour reports, you have all kinds of options when it comes to lips, from dramatic ombres in pinks and purples, to a simple, fresh-looking lip gloss. For the latter, the Two-in-One Glow Stick comes in handy again!

This Season’s Makeup Trends

While eyes were resplendent with sparkles, and floating liner in neon blues and pinks, this was in some cases played up by a nude-looking face, noted Elle‘s Kristina Rodulfo. When you’re going for dramatic eyes or lips, it’s best to let them be the center of attention by leaving cheeks virtually bare. Give yourself a flawless canvas with Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, to cover any skin concerns and leave your face with a smooth and creamy finish.

Be as adventurous as you want to be this autumn, and bring your Smart Cover along for the ride!

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

The health of your mind and body are closely related. If your body is suffering in any way, it is bound to impact your mental health. Conversely, if you are living with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues, those issues will often manifest themselves in a physical way. One example of this is excoriation disorder, which is a compulsion to pick at the skin. What do you do when you can’t stop picking at your skin?

Many of us have found ourselves giving way more attention to a scab or hangnail than was warranted, but excoriation disorder goes far beyond that. Alternately called dermatillomania or chronic skin-picking, Mental Health America defines this disorder as “a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder… characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results in skin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.”

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

Recently, television personality Dr. Phil McGraw decided to shine a light on this affliction. A guest on his program confessed that she had been obsessively picking at her own skin for four years, beginning when she was 17 years old. A great deal of damage had already been done to her once-pristine complexion, but she was determined to stop and finally ready to ask for help.

This is a crucial first step: reaching out for help. If you think that you or someone you know is dealing with excoriation disorder, there are resources available to you, including the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Smart Cover Cosmetics has always been dedicated to helping individuals with all kinds of skin concerns. If there is something you want to cover, our Concealing Crème will restore a smooth, clear appearance to your skin (as long as skin is not open). To wash the day away, we are proud to offer Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Most importantly, Smart Cover is here to remind you that you are not alone.

Humidity is good for your skin!

We are in the final “dog days”of summer, and you may have begun to dream longingly of cooler days already. As one sticky day blurs into the next, you’re wondering when you can say goodbye to this muggy weather. It’s not quite that time yet, but maybe all this humidity is good for your skin!

According to health writer Abigail Libers, there is no one perfect climate for every skin type. We all benefit from sweating out our toxins, which is of course facilitated by a hot, humid environment. The humidity makes your skin cells turn over faster than usual, which for those of us with oily skin means more debris to clog pores and cause breakouts.

To minimize the negative effects of humidity on oily skin, wash morning and night with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. The fruit enzymes exfoliate your skin and fully dissolve the day’s makeup without causing irritation. If you’re looking a little shinier than you’d like, Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder will keep you smooth and fresh-looking, whatever the day brings.

Humidity is good for your skin!

If you have eczema, which can cause dry, itchy and flaky skin, then a humid climate will help your skin retain moisture. This will both help to heal the redness and itchiness, and will also decrease the flaking. Even if you don’t have this condition, but tend to have somewhat dry skin, humidity will prove beneficial to your skin.

For individuals with eczema or psoriasis, Smart Cover Concealing Creme can cover redness (as well as skin concerns from blemishes to scars to tattoos). If you don’t have the luxury of picking up and moving to your skin’s dream climate, at least you know how to care for it so you can always look and feel great.

Back to School Time!

For some students, shopping for school supplies means more than just the usual notebooks, folders, and textbooks. Back to school time is also the perfect opportunity to refresh your supply of cosmetics, and Smart Cover has just what you need to get ready for the new school year!

Back to School Time

Though January is the official start of the new year for most of us in Western Civilization, other cultures and religions recognize the autumn as the beginning of the year. One example is the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. “It is both a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.”

Education journalist Emily Richmond also notes that there are physical and emotional responses to the fall that can make us feel like it’s the time for a new beginning. “Even with the advent of technology that keeps the most fortunate of us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, certain environmental cues—such as leaves turning color or the crispness of the morning air—remind us that the surrounding environment is changing.”

This can trigger nostalgia, as the distinct sights, sounds, and smells of autumn hearken you back to childhood, and getting ready for the first day of school. Though we may not have been delighted to end our summer vacations, most of us can remember the fun of reconnecting with school friends and having a completely clean academic slate with endless possibility.

If you’re school supply-shopping right now, don’t forget your Two-in-One Glow Stick, to add a subtle rosy hue to your lips and cheeks. You’ll also want a Smart Cover Stick, to hide dark eye circles and blemishes in an instant. It’s the size of a lipstick, so you can tuck it into your pocket, or throw it in your schoolbag. Stocking up on Smart Cover may be the smartest thing you do today!

Don’t Pop That Pimple!

You’re staring at your reflection and you can only see one thing: a huge pimple right in the middle of your face. What you’re looking at, as described by health writer Angela Palmer, is the result of a “pore [that] becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria and, often, pus.” As tempting as it may be, don’t pop that pimple!

A new TV show on the TLC network stars a dermatologist nicknamed Dr. Pimple Popper. Like virtually all dermatologists, Dr. Pimple Popper (real name Dr. Sandra Lee), does not recommend you take a DIY approach to a pimple gone wild. She became internet famous by posting YouTube videos of herself attacking pimples, cysts and more serious skin conditions.

But she’s a medical professional, and can prescribe antibiotics to head off infections, or inject cortisone to the affected area. She also knows the difference between a skin issue that can benefit from her unique hands-on approach, and one that should just be left alone.

Don’t Pop That Pimple!

No matter how much you may want to, squeezing a pimple can “push the contents into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection and temporary darkening of the skin in that area,” according to IFLScience.com. If that’s not bad enough, the inflammation this causes can end up scarring your skin even after the pimple fades away.

If you do find yourself with an enormous zit but you don’t feel it merits a visit to the doc’s office, just wash your face with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser. You may want to cover up the blemish with our Camouflage Crème, or you may just want to let it breathe. After all, skin positivity means only covering what you want to cover, when you feel like covering it. That pimple will be gone before you know it, but your brand of unique beauty isn’t going anywhere!

Filler Up!

You choose how you want to look, and Smart Cover is here to support your vision. Want to cover up a skin concern? We’ve got your waterproof Concealing Crème. Think you might be ready to try filler injections for a more youthful appearance? Filler up!

As we age, our faces lose the plumpness, elasticity and firmness that we associate with being young.  Round cheeks, pouty lips and smooth, line-free skin are pretty much what you think of when you hear the term “baby face.” So how do filler injections help turn back the clock?

Filler Up

Hyaluronic acid gel, better known by the brand name Juvederm, “works by holding in water at the injection site and acting as a cushioning agent. It adds temporary volume and a smoother appearance to skin.” This is used to restore plumpness to the lips, nasolabial folds, outer corners of the eyes, and other facial areas that can become hollowed by age.

The results typically last from six months to a year, in some cases lasting even longer than that. If you decide you want to do undo the results before then, an enzyme called hyaluronidase will dissolve the substance.

Even twentysomethings are getting in on the act, according to Cosmopolitan.com. Young folks who want to stop wrinkles before they start, or maybe just want more luscious lips, are seeking filler injections now. Kylie Jenner is arguably the poster child for this trend; she’s built a billion-dollar company on her enhanced look.

If you’re considering fillers, just remember that some bruising is normal after the injection. Gently apply Smart Cover Concealing Crème to the affected area so you can enjoy your results immediately. Not ready to head to the derm’s office yet? Try our Camouflage Crème to conceal fine lines, and the Two-in-One Glow Stick for a fresh, natural look. You’re only as young as you feel, especially with a little help from Smart Cover!