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Smart Cover and Sunscreen

Smart Cover and sunscreen make a beautiful team! It’s late spring, and we are all so ready to enjoy the sunshine! 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.

Smart Cover and Sunscreen

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. Make daily  sunscreen application an essential step in your ongoing quest to be your best, healthiest self!

The Smart Money’s on You

If you’re a Smart Cover lover, then 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.

The Smart Money’s on You

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!

 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! Spring cleaning is good for the soul

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.

Spring Cleaning Is Good for the Soul

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.

When it comes to makeup, cleaning out your cosmetics bag is not just good for your spirit. 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. Just 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!

Why Are My Lips So Chapped?

We bet you’ve asked yourself, “Why are my lips so chapped?”

Frigid temperatures and dry winter air can indeed wreak havoc on your lips, but what if it’s not all winter’s fault? If the leaves are back on the trees, you’re back in a light jacket, and your lips are still chapped, there might be something more serious going on.

Why Are My Lips So Chapped?

Though it should be second nature to drink lots of water, too many of us fail at this basic act of self-care. If you’re not hydrating your body sufficiently, you will see the effects, which can include dry, cracked lips. So make sure you’re getting all the water your body craves, at least six glasses a day, according to most experts.

Sun damage can also cause chapped lips, because the delicate skin on your lips is especially vulnerable, yet often neglected, when it comes to sun protection. Be sure to use a lip balm that contains SPF before you head outside, even when it’s overcast. Remember: your lips are skin too!

It may sound counterintuitive, but licking your lips too much can also cause chapping. Even if this is your signature flirty move, you’re compromising your kisser! Remember, saliva contains chemicals meant to help break down food, so imagine what it’s doing to your lips over time.

Bustle.com writer Jessica Willingham warns that chapped lips can sometimes be a sign of an allergic reaction, or worse. Read the ingredients carefully when trying a new product to ensure that you don’t subject yourself to something your body can’t tolerate.

Smart Cover’s Tea Tree Oil Softening Stick gently softens and moisturizes your lips, and the ingredients are prominently listed right on our website.  When you’re taking care of yourself, drinking lots of water, eating nutritious foods, and protecting your lips from the elements, your lips will look healthy and luscious… and so will you!

Fine Lines Ain’t So Fine

Even if you love what you see when you look in the mirror, we can all agree that fine lines ain’t so fine!

There is a moment in virtually every person’s life, when his or her skin is the most flawless and magnificent that it will ever be. It is dewy and clear, with no visible pores, no acne, and no lines. Unfortunately, this usually occurs when you’re five years old… and then never again.

Puberty often brings an explosion of blemishes, blackheads, and other hormone-activated skin issues. You can’t appreciate the fact that your skin is wrinkle-free because you’re so preoccupied with the sudden onslaught of pimples and uncontrollably oily skin. Just when that whole situation starts to abate, other skin imperfections often begin to show themselves!

Fine Lines Ain’t So Fine

Typically, the first fine lines appear when you’re in your twenties or, if you’re lucky, early thirties. Beauty expert Shannon Boyce asserts that when you hit your twenties, “the skin responds to antioxidants less, making it more susceptible to damage caused by oxidative stressors. If that wasn’t enough, your skin also becomes drier. This is due to a leveling out of hormones…though you may still experience pimples and breakouts. Dry skin opens you up to fine lines around the eyes and mouth.”

Since dry skin makes you vulnerable to fine lines, be sure to use an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 30 during the day, and a moisturizer with antioxidants before bed. Of course, wash your face, but don’t over-wash, as that can be too drying for your skin.

Try washing your face with Smart Cover Makeup Remover and Cleanser before bed. Then apply the Vitamin Beauty Stick anywhere that fine lines can appear: around your eyes, mouth, and even on and around your lips. For the fine lines that can’t be erased or prevented altogether, use Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème. We can’t make you five years old again, but we can help you recapture that flawless, youthful finish!

 

Spring into Action with These Fun Makeup Trends!

There are some universal truths when it comes to beauty: eyes should be alluring, lips should be kissable, skin should be clear and appear pore-free. However, there are certain trends that become popular from one year to the next, and even from one season to the next. Why not spring into action with these fun makeup trends?

For spring of 2018, there are a few standout trends that will work on just about anybody! The cat-eye is a perennial favorite, but for this spring, there’s a new take on this classic look that makes it even more daring. As Ruby Buddemeyer writes for Marie Claire, “Rather than the sloping wings of a usual cat-eye, this spring’s revival is all about sharp angles in matte-black shades.”

Spring Into Action with These Fun Makeup Trends

Cheeks will have the rosy flush of new love, very appropriate for springtime, which is all about new beginnings. Instead of contouring your cheekbones within an inch of your life, or highlighting with a glittery blush, try a more natural look. Apply a soft pink to your cheeks, lips and the tip of your nose. Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is perfect in this capacity, and it goes on smoothly so you’ll get this sweet look in just a few seconds. Yes, the Glow Stick works just as well on cheeks and nose as it does on the lips!

For those of you who are sick of applying false eyelashes, Cosmopolitan beauty writer Victoria Jowett has good news for you! Subtle eyelashes— as in, just apply a quick coat or two of mascara and you’re done—are in this season! Shiny, juicy, super-glossy lips are another trend that’s easy to try. Try Smart Cover’s lip products to make your lips irresistibly kissable and ready to take on the spring!

Men and Smart Cover

When you hear the word “cosmetic,” you tend to think of makeup, of course, and women wanting to look their very best. Indeed, women in the United States and across the globe love Smart Cover Cosmetics. If you’re a “girly girl,” you can have a great time experimenting with our diverse product line. But what about men and Smart Cover?

As pioneers of the camouflage cosmetics industry, Flori and I have sought to help people with serious skin issues face the world with a renewed sense of confidence and well being. For chronic acne sufferers, people with melasma, vitiligo, psoriasis, port wine birthmarks, and other skin afflictions, ordinary makeup was virtually useless.

Men and Smart Cover

And the reality is, it’s not just women who deal with the self-consciousness that can accompany having a prominent scar or skin discoloration. For a man with vitiligo, for example, the syndrome is compounded by the societal expectation that a man shouldn’t care how he looks, and certainly shouldn’t be buying any kind of cosmetic product. This, of course, is nonsense, and Smart Cover is proud to have a client base of men whose outlooks have been transformed by finally having a product that provides complete coverage of their skin issues (when they want to  cover it), with a simple application process and a product that won’t come off at inopportune times.

If you’re a man hiding a scar or a large birthmark, you can apply the Perfect Touch Camouflage Creme or Smart Cover Concealing Crème, and rest assured that going for a swim won’t wash off the product. Smart Cover stays on until you’re ready to take it off. It’s another instrument in your toolbox to help you face the world head-on!

What It Really Takes to Be Naturally Pretty

Some people have no clue what it really takes to be naturally pretty. Comedian and actress Amy Schumer famously spoofed the cliché about men preferring women without makeup, until they actually see a woman without makeup!

You know the old joke: it takes twenty minutes of makeup application to achieve the “natural” look. It’s the idea that what men actually want is a woman who magically wakes up looking perfect. It’s along the same lines of men wanting a woman who can inhale a cheeseburger and fries and still wear a size “0.”

This trope is unfair to both the women being held to these absurd expectations, and to the men who insist that they are more evolved than this cliché would suggest. Besides, there are plenty of men who care about how they look as much as their female counterparts do.

What It Really Takes to Be Naturally Pretty

If you happen to be someone who does not wake up looking flawless, it’s easier than ever to fake it. In less time than it takes to brush your teeth, you can hide dark eye circles and other skin imperfections with the Smart Cover Stick; and with Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer, you can recreate the warm glow of an afternoon spent soaking up the sun.

It’s unhelpful to hold ourselves up to impossible standards. Yet, it’s equally important to give yourself permission to look how you want, whether it’s the glamorous look that can only be achieved with a complete “beauty toolbox” like Smart Cover’s Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit, or the more laidback “naturally pretty” look. Smart Cover can help you either way. No matter what, the most important thing to remember is that you are already perfect.

The Emotional Impact of Acne

Often dismissed as an adolescent rite of passage, acne is a virtually lifelong affliction for many adults. While it may not cause much physical pain, the emotional impact of acne can be enormous.

Some acne treatments are inexpensive and easily purchased from your local drugstores, like many popular topical solutions. However, those treatments only offer limited results, and even those results are short-term.

The Emotional Impact of Acne

For those fortunate enough not to know the daily anguish of living with acne, it is easy to wonder why people would pay so much money and endure uncomfortable side effects just to get rid of “a few pimples.” However, the desire to be rid of acne, understandable in and of itself, is not a matter of simple vanity. Research has found that there is a direct correlation between acne and depression.

“Over the 15-year study period, the probability of developing major depression was 18.5 percent among patients with acne and 12 percent in those without,” according to Nicholas Bakalar of The New York Times. The risk for acne-related depression is at its highest within the first five years of diagnosis.

Many people are reluctant to give themselves permission to spend money on skincare and cosmetics, seeing it as a superficial indulgence. However, scientific research has concluded that there is a definitive link between one’s mental health and the health one’s skin. Noncomedogenic concealers, like Smart Cover Concealing Creme, and high-quality makeup removers that also cleanse and condition the skin, are not just a way to take care of your skin; they’re a way to take care of you.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you take your phone to bed with you? Leave the TV on all night? Work on your laptop in bed? All these things may prevent you from getting enough sleep.

It seems like, these days, virtually every aspect of our lives can be automated, outsourced to the latest electronic device. But when it comes to self-care, there are certain things that we just have to do for ourselves. One of those things is sleep. No matter how technologically savvy you may be, there’s no shortcut for proper rest.

Getting Enough Sleep?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75% of a complete night’s sleep consists of Non-Rapid Eye Movement, or NREM. This is the most restorative portion of the night. Blood supply to the muscles is increased, hormones that contribute to growth and development are released, and tissue repair takes place.

As Stephanie Jacob writes for WebMD, the increased blood flow to your skin that occurs during this stage of sleep is the key to a glowing complexion. The growth hormones that are released boost the creation of collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

If you’re able to get your doctor-recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, you’ll notice the difference in your appearance within a few short weeks. Your skin will be brighter and clearer, your cheeks and lips will be rosier, and the circles under your eyes will be diminished. The Smart Cover Stick hides dark eye circles in seconds, and the Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips and cheeks a shimmery rosy glow… but your most important beauty tool will always be a good night’s sleep.