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Smart Cover’s Top 5 Summer Beauty Foods

Smart Cover is sharing the top 5 summer beauty foods! Keep yourself healthy and gorgeous from the inside out, while enjoying these summer treats!

Top 5 Summer Beauty Foods

Watermelon

You may not know the word “lycopene” off the top of your head, but surely you’re familiar with its benefits. It’s a powerful antioxidant that provides sun protection and promotes heart health. Also, as the name implies, watermelon is very hydrating. Hydration is essential to youthful, supple skin. A big slice of watermelon is perfect on a hot day, so enjoy!

Greek Yogurt

Cosmopolitan.com’s Korin Miller notes that Greek yogurt is a protein-rich way to start the day. It’s also a cool treat, if you don’t feel like bacon and eggs on a warm summer morning. In terms of beauty benefits, Greek yogurt is “packed with amino acids” that help lessen the appearance of dark under-eye circles. And the Smart Cover Stick can cover up those dark circles completely!

Oysters

While you’re dancing it up at all those summer weddings, don’t forget to stop off at the seafood buffet! Oysters are filled with zinc, which help prevent acne.

Salmon

As long as we’re talking about delicious seafood, grilled salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fats, which “can help keep your skin healthy, preventing premature aging and safeguarding against sun damage,” according to Healthline.com.

Iced Tea

The last of our top 5 summer beauty foods is iced tea. Foodnetwork.com touts its health benefits: “Both green and black tea pack serious amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants, but green tea has the added bonus of offering a small amount of sun protection to your skin.” They advise brewing it yourself so you can limit the sugar content.

Enjoy these top 5 summer beauty foods while you cover what you want to cover with Smart Cover’s signature concealers. This will be an unforgettable summer!

 

 

Smart Cover Reminds You: Your Lips Need Sun Protection!

Here at Smart Cover, we take sun protection very seriously. After all, it’s a critical part of skincare. But even people who never leave the house without SPF 30 on their faces may be forgetting something very important. Your lips need sun protection, too!

The skin of your lips is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. According to Lisa Fayed, that makes them “more prone to damage not just from the sun, but from extreme cold, extreme heat, and wind.”

In the summertime, when you’re more likely to be outdoors in the sunshine for long periods of time, your lips need sun protection.

Our concealers can hide age spots and fine lines caused by too much sun exposure, but it’s better to protect your skin in the first place. The lips are from being an exception to this rule. Healthline.com warns: “Your lips are vulnerable to sunburns that can cause pain and increase your chances of developing lip cancer. The lower lip is 12 times more likely to be affected by skin cancer than the top lip.”

Your Lips Need Sun Protection

Luckily, there are a number of lip balms and even lip glosses on the market that include SPF 30 or higher. Krissy Brady of Prevention.com offers some tips for finding the right product for you. She advises that you look for emollients to keep your lips moisturized; go for balms instead of glosses if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods; and stay away from products that contain menthol, camphor, and phenol, which can dry your lips out.

Wear your Smart Cover Camouflage Crème to cover any skin concerns that you want to cover on your face and body but be sure to apply your sunscreen first. Enjoy your outdoor activities to the fullest, as long as you take the right precautions. That means remembering that your lips need sun protection, too!

Look Fabulous for June Weddings with Smart Cover!

Even if you’re not a June bride yourself, there are probably a few weddings on your social calendar this season. You’ll want to look your most beautiful, whether you’re dancing up a storm at a wild reception or sitting through a long ceremony in a venue with no air-conditioning. Get ready to be gorgeous at all those June weddings with Smart Cover.

If you are a bride, Smart Cover’s signature concealers are the perfect way to cover what you want to cover and feel like the most amazing version of yourself. According to Stephanie Weers at Weddingwire.com, this year’s bridal makeup trends mirror much of what was on the runways for the spring and summer. For instance, brides are playing up “focus features,” highlighting their eyes or lips and keeping the rest of the face more muted in comparison.

June Weddings with Smart Cover

Another trend that has made its way from the catwalk to the wedding aisle is the bare-faced look. Cosmopolitan’s Victoria Jowett writes: “The key to pulling off no makeup makeup is nailing perfect-looking skin. Opt for a dewy-finish foundation then pin-point conceal any blemishes or discolouration.”

Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hides fine lines, blemishes and other skin concerns on your face. Its creamy consistency will make your skin look naturally flawless, which is nice for brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests alike!

If you have skin issues on your body—anything from veins to birthmarks or even tattoos that you don’t feel like showing—try Smart Cover Concealing Crème. It’s waterproof, so even if you perspire, you’ll still be covered. Apply SPF 15 or higher before your concealer, especially if you’re attending an outdoor event. Have fun and look amazing at all those June weddings with Smart Cover!

Smart Cover Celebrates Mothers!

Some moms know how to whip up a four-course meal and make it look easy. Others would rather order a pizza and spend the evening playing board games with the family. And then there are those special people who come into your life and treat you like their own when you most need it, even if you’re not technically related. There’s no one way to be a mom, so Smart Cover celebrates mothers of all kinds this Mother’s Day.

The definitions of motherhood range from the literal (the primary female parent who raised you), to the humorous. Blogger Annie Reneau jokingly writes that one aspect of being a mom is “[u]nderstanding why sleep deprivation is used as torture.”

Most parents can agree that your sleep habits take a hit when kids come along. For the sleep-deprived moms in your life, the Smart Cover Stick is the perfect way to cover dark eye circles and other skin imperfections on the face. It rolls on in seconds, which is crucial when your day is jam-packed with parenting activities.

Smart Cover Celebrates Mothers

Maybe you know one of those moms who always manages to look flawless no matter what the situation. Sure, she might just wake up looking that way but she probably has a little help. Smart Cover’s Deluxe 10 Piece Starter Kit has all the tools you need to look effortlessly beautiful, whether you’re handing out orange slices at a soccer game or enjoying a date night without the kids! It comes with our signature concealers, plus primer, color corrector and the Vitamin Beauty Stick.

Huffington Post contributor Jessica James describes motherhood as “a love that grows continually, a love that always wants more and better.” This Sunday, Smart Cover celebrates mothers by inviting you to celebrate yourself! Happy Mother’s Day!

Diane Keaton’s New Movie Poms Will Make Mature Women Cheer!

Women in their 50’s and 60’s are vibrant, active and living life to the fullest. Mature women prove every day that it’s never too late to fall in love, go back to school, or take up a new hobby. According to Diane Keaton’s new movie Poms, it’s never too late to become a cheerleader either!

Diane Keaton became an icon of romantic comedy when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1977 for the title role in Annie Hall. Keaton is as beautiful as she is talented, and in an industry that often penalizes people (especially women) for the high crime of getting older, she has defiantly aged gracefully. In her newest film, Keaton proves yet again that life doesn’t come to a standstill after middle age.

In Diane Keaton’s New Movie Poms, Mature Women Just Want to Have Fun!

According to IMDB.com, “Poms is a comedy about a group of women who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’” It follows in the tradition of movies such as Calendar Girls, which was based on a real-life group of mature women in Yorkshire, England who posed for a sexy calendar to raise money for cancer research.

As one of the characters of that film so beautifully put it, “The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty, but the last phase is always the most glorious.”

Smart Cover is delighted to be there for every phase of your beauty with our signature concealers and award-winning makeup kits. Whether you’re a tween just starting to get a feel for makeup, or a fun-loving mature woman like the characters in Diane Keaton’s new movie Poms, we think you’re glorious!

Men and Makeup: A “Fad” That’s Here to Stay

Men and MakeupWhen it comes to men and makeup, “a lot of people are ready to live in a world where men feel welcome to wear makeup if they so choose.”

This bold statement comes courtesy of Huffington Post writer Julia Brucculieri, and she’s far from the only media voice making this observation. Increasingly, men are seeking out concealer to hide skin issues, the same way that women have done for generations.

Men are experimenting with eyeliner and mascara. They are contouring with blush and bronzer to enhance their bone structure.

Cosmetics companies are taking notice. Some of the biggest names in the makeup industry are now boasting male spokesmodels, and think pieces on the virtues of makeup are emerging in highly circulated—and famously manly— publications.

Men and Makeup

GQ writer Sean Hotchkiss recounts a highly relatable tale of dealing with cystic acne. One night, as he and his girlfriend got ready to go out, Hotchkiss complained about a large pimple on his face. In seconds, his girlfriend had whipped out her concealer and made the blemish virtually disappear. He was an instant convert.

“Wearing concealer will be the most effective, least fussy grooming move you make all day,” Hotchkiss advises his fellow men. He urges them to let go of their gendered hang-ups and adopt what he simply thinks of as a “lifehack.”

Smart Cover has been way ahead of this trend for a long time, with many loyal male customers. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème has often been the only thing that worked for men and women who wanted to cover scars, tattoos, razor burn, and other skin concerns.

Now that the world is catching on that makeup is for everybody, might we interest you in the Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit?

Freckles Are Having A Moment!

It would appear that freckles are having a moment. This is quite a paradigm shift!

In popular Western culture, freckles were often associated with endearingly mischievous children, like the famous comic strip character Dennis the Menace. Freckles were almost used as a shorthand to convey youthful impishness. They were not typically considered a beauty trait.

This was illustrated in the beloved literary classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne’s red hair and freckles were a source of frustration to her, and as she grew up and became more beautiful, her freckles faded.

Love Your Freckles

A more positive attitude about freckles came from Pippi Longstocking, the character created by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi happened upon a sign outside a store window. It read: “Do you suffer from freckles?”

The very freckled Pippi marched into the store and told the lady behind the counter that she did not suffer from freckles.

“[The lady] took one look at Pippi and burst out, ‘But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!’

‘I know that,’ said Pippi, ‘but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.’”

Freckles Are Having A Moment

At long last, it seems like the world is catching up to Pippi. Instead of hiding freckles with concealer, beauty trends are moving in the opposite direction. There are now makeup pencils made expressly for drawing faux freckles. Indeed, freckles have become such a sought-after beauty trait, that people are getting permanent freckle tattoos!

If you still feel like covering up your freckles, of course that’s your prerogative. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème can cover freckles, as well as most other skin concerns. If you want to show your freckles, try the Smart Cover Stick to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes, and touch up with the Compact Finishing Powder. Complete the look with the Two-in-One Glowstick on your lips and cheeks.

Your lovely freckles will shine through and so will your natural beauty!

Tattoos and You

Are tattoos and you friends for life, or bitter frenemies? Maybe you associate them with young, trendy people…or young, foolish people. For every meaningful and exquisitely executed work of body art, there are dozens of immediately regrettable tattoos, selected on the fly with the help of your friends rum and Coke.

Though tattoos are now virtually synonymous with impetuous youth, tattooing is an ancient practice, dating back to around 12,000 B.C. The word itself comes from the Tahitian “tatu,” which means “to mark something.” Ancient peoples from all parts of the globe seem to have arrived independently at this ritual of body modification in which pigment is inserted into skin to change its appearance permanently.

Tattooing was often an important aspect of cultural and even spiritual traditions, such as in ancient Egypt and India. As countries including England, France and Spain began to colonize other parts of the world, the European Christian ideals and aesthetics became the dominant forces, crowding out and sometimes even obliterating cultures and traditions of other peoples. The practice of tattooing became less commonplace, and even came to be regarded as barbaric or low-class.

Tattoos and You

Gradually, tattooing has reemerged to find itself a part of mainstream culture again. Even refined Hollywood actresses like Oscar winner Helen Mirren are sporting tattoos now! The one catch of course, is that tattoos are permanent. Though expensive laser procedures now exist for tattoo removal, they are expensive, painful and the results are not guaranteed.

Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème is a painless, inexpensive solution and it stays on until you wash it off. Having Smart Cover in your makeup bag is a decision you’ll never regret!

Skin Positivity

Skin positivity has finally come to the forefront. 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.

Skin Positivity

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.

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!