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!

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, no effort required, 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. In 2018, men and women are sharing responsibilities like childcare and housework, while contributing as equally as their respective incomes allow to their family finances. Furthermore, there are plenty of men who care about how they look as much as their female counterparts do.

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.

Not even supermodels wake up looking perfect (usually), and 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.

Easy on the Eyes

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The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate. When it comes to cleansing the area, the key word is “gentle.” According to Jennifer Houston for Womanitely.com, “Products that contain haloxyl, peptides, nicotinic acid, caffeine, ceramides, retinol and moisturizers…help us fight wrinkles, discoloration, fine lines and puffiness.” Houston advises staying away from products that contain oil, which can clog the glands around the eyes.

Smart Cover’s Vitamin Beauty Stick contains Vitamins A, C and E, as well as other antioxidants. Apply around the eyes once you’ve cleansed the area to nourish and moisturize your skin. To maximize the results and help fight free radicals, apply to clean skin right before you go to bed. The Vitamin Beauty Stick works great on the lips and even on the skin around your mouth, too!

If you want to hide dark circles under the eyes, fine lines and other imperfections, the Smart Cover Stick gives you the coverage you’re looking for with the light, creamy touch you need for the skin around your eyes.

Makeup trends tend to be more laidback and fun in the summer months, like the so-called “last night’s liner” look. Chelsea Peng and Lori Keong write for Elle.com: “The trick is looking fresh-faced while also bearing traces of last night’s shadow, so don’t bother touching up your eye makeup when it starts to head south in the heat.”

Rock that melty eyeliner if you’re so inspired (or skip it, if you’re not!). Just remember to wipe your makeup off before bed and treat your eyes and the surrounding areas with a gentle touch. It may seem like a lot of work to take proper care of your eyes and the skin around them, but as a wise person once said: “It’s okay to be high-maintenance as long as you’re also high-performance!”

Age Spots? See Spots Go.

At around the age of 40, you may begin to notice flat brown, black or grey spots on your skin. These are called age spots. They usually appear on parts of your body that receive the most sun exposure, such as your face, chest, hands and forearms. Experts believe that age spots are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, or from tanning beds. They are also thought to be yet another effect of aging.

Age spots, also commonly called “liver spots” or “sun spots,” are not harmful to your health and do not require medical treatment. However, many people consider them unsightly, especially because they are associated with the aging process, and of course we all want flawless, beautiful and above all, YOUNG skin! There are several methods for removing or improving the appearance of age spots.

Some people opt for dermabrasion, which essentially scrapes off the outer layers of your skin so that new skin can grow in its place. Chemical peels work in a similar fashion, except the process involves burning rather than sanding off the skin. Bleaching the skin can fade age spots gradually, but as noted on Healthline.com, “Bleaching and tretinoin creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage.” It can also take several months before you begin to see any results.

Cryosurgery, which freezes the age spots with liquid nitrogen, can be costly, as can laser treatments, which work by destroying the cells that produce melanin. Because age spots are a cosmetic rather than medical issue, many people prefer a less aggressive solution. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème covers age spots and other skin imperfections on the face and body, and because it’s waterproof, it’s perfect for long summer days at the beach. For a lighter touch, the Smart Cover Stick and Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hide spots on the face in seconds.

Age is just a state of mind, especially when you have Smart Cover!

You’re So Vein

Portrait of a smiling woman relaxing by poolThe warm weather may have most of us are rejoicing, but those of us with unsightly veins on our legs are a little more ambivalent. According to Web MD, there as many as 30-60% American adults with varicose or spider veins. It’s an extremely common problem, but that offers minimal comfort when you’re turning down trips to the pool or spending your vacation hiding behind an oversized beach towel.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available, the most well-known of which is sclerotherapy. Womenshealth.gov describes sclerotherapy as an outpatient procedure in which the doctor injects a liquid chemical into the vein, causing the vein walls to swell, stick together and swell shut. “This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade.”

Other treatment options include compression stockings, which press down on the veins to reduce discomfort while increasing blood flow; surface laser treatments; and for very large varicose veins, surgical ligation, during which the veins are tied shut and removed altogether.

While compression stockings are relatively inexpensive, their efficacy is limited. Laser treatment and sclerotherapy can ultimately cost thousands of dollars, depending on how many sessions are needed. And surgery is often an expensive last resort.

For people who are embarrassed by the appearance of spider or varicose veins but don’t necessarily need to take such drastic measures, the right concealer is the perfect solution! Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides veins and other skin imperfections on the legs (and everywhere else on the body), and it’s completely waterproof.

There is no need to worry about “sweating off” your concealer, and with a little Smart Cover, you can even enjoy a swim. Your Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready to take it off. So get out there and enjoy the warm weather. You’ve got Smart Cover!

Are Facials Good For You?

Face Massage. Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment.

While some people swear by their monthly facials, others are more cautious. Unlike massages and other innocuous spa indulgences, facials can present risks for folks with extra-sensitive skin, who can be susceptible to irritation or even infection as a result of certain kinds of skin treatments.  As skincare expert Paula Begoun writes for The Cosmetics Cop, “Using essential oils [may] smell divine, but fragrance isn’t skin care. All fragrance, synthetic or natural, causes irritation, and irritation harms your skin.” Smart Cover’s concealers are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested, for precisely this reason.

Managing expectations is important when you’re considering having a facial. Facials can reap enormous benefits: with the right esthetician, you should walk out of your facial with fewer blackheads via gentle extraction, improved skin tone, and softer skin. What facials won’t do is magically make acne disappear (sorry!) or lift up sagging skin.

It’s also important to remember that skin treatments such as facials are just one piece of a bigger puzzle when it comes to taking care of your largest organ. What you eat, how much you sleep and whether you get any exercise all have a huge impact on your skin’s appearance.  As Sarah Siddons points out on howstuffworks.com, “Even the world’s greatest facial won’t do much good if you chow down each day on greasy foods and consider channel surfing the ultimate in daily exercise.”

In terms of sheer pleasure, facials are a homerun.  In addition to treating your skin, estheticians will typically massage your neck and shoulders. Soft music plays, the room smells wonderful, and those 60 to 90 minutes are all for you.

We don’t have to tell you that the benefits to putting yourself first every now and again are too numerous to name! Facials may not work absolute miracles, but you always have Smart Cover to hide any remaining imperfections. If you decide getting a facial is right for you, by all means, enjoy!

Special Guest Blogger from Samelia’s World

Karen-Abercrombie_Samelia_makeupSmart Cover Cosmetics is proud to feature Samelia Miller, celebrity makeup artist and author of the wildly popular and charming beauty blog, Samelia’s World:

Hey Worldlers,

As a celebrity makeup artist, yours truly has met and done makeup magic on a number of well, let’s just say “interesting” people in the entertainment industry. Karen Abercrombie, star of director Alex Kendricks movie “War Room,” is so sweet and down-to-Earth. The actress is not afraid to take a chance on someone new coming in to do makeup on her condition.

Now you may ask, “SAMELIA what condition?”

Well, Karen has “Melasma”.

Some of you are probably wondering what Melasma is this?

For those of you unfamiliar with this skin condition, it is hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration due to overproduction of pigment.

It is patchy and may look tan, brown or blue gray on the skin.So yours truly had to do a corrective makeup application on Karen. The term “corrective makeup” is not heard often, but this makeup technique is used all of time!

What is corrective makeup you may ask?

The definition of corrective makeup may vary from makeup artist to artists, in my opinion. Corrective makeup is truly the art of being able use highlight and shadows with makeup product colors to create the illusion of a balance skin tone.

This type of makeup can be effective if applied properly. However, one should proceed with caution because if is not applied correctly, blended well, even using the wrong colors can make the face look horrific or completely unnatural.

Makeup artists must also sure be well verse in makeup foundations, as the common one do not work well. Tending to slip if used in combination with other cosmetic products.

Yours truly had to choose a makeup product line with superior coverage and that is long lasting.

“Smart Cover”!

That’s right, yours truly used Smart Cover Cosmetics on actress Karen Abercrombie. There are several makeup lines yours truly could have used on her, but I felt Smart Cover for this particular actress was best for her skin, as she has tan and brown patches disbursed all over her face. This beauty product line has a variety of foundation colors; normally artist use two (light and dark). Yours truly used their full coverage Concealing Crème in dark beige and deep beige.

I like this Concealing Crème because it is really thick, rich, and creamy. A little goes a long way. Yours truly likes that it has a matte finish, leaving one the option to apply powder. But it is not necessary.

Admitting I have not use the line in a long time but, when I told of Karen Abercrombie’s skin condition yours truly knew who to call. Thank you Nancy Roberts for getting the Smart Cover products I needed to me so quickly!

Do You Have Scars?

heatherA scar can leave an emotional mark as well a visible, physical one. Some people have scars caused by serious injuries, major surgery or even chronic diseases such as lupus. Scars can serve as a daily reminder of a traumatic event. In some cases, the presence of the scar itself is distressing.

Writes psychologist Patricia Price: “Society places a great deal of importance on how we look. While scars are considered desirable in some societies and may even be inflicted deliberately, in the majority of cultures this is not the case.”

Some people prefer to bare their scars proudly, as symbolic badges of courage representing challenges they’ve overcome. That kind of self-acceptance is truly admirable; it’s a beautiful thing to see people feeling comfortable in their own skin. As Kitty Dimbleby explains for the Daily Mail, “My battle wounds show the world what I have survived…”

For those who want to retain the option to conceal their scars, Smart Cover has the tools for complete coverage, so everyone can feel confident. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème provides opaque, long-lasting coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. It’s waterproof, so even if you go for a swim in the ocean, the Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready for it to come off.

Living with scars looks different for everybody, whether it’s how you got your scar to how you feel about letting the world see it. What we all have in common is the universal desire to feel like our true selves, and not to be defined by one superficial trait. We all deserve to feel beautiful and we are all entitled to find our own path to get there.

If concealing a scar (or any other skin imperfection) makes you feel like your best you, Smart Cover has exactly what you’re looking for!

Pamper Yourself

Natural homemade organic facial masks of honey. Isolated.

For most of us, work and family are competing at all times for our mental and physical resources. As we build our careers and strive to create a rewarding home life, certain aspects of life fall by the wayside. For example, if you ask the average working parent how often they pamper themselves, you may get a snort of laughter in response.

That’s because, in today’s work-oriented society, pampering ourselves is considered a decadent indulgence, a selfish waste of time and money. However, research indicates that pampering oneself is a crucial element of self-care, right up there with eating right and getting enough sleep. According to Jeremy McCarthy, the author of The Psychology of Spas and Well-Being: A Guide to the Science of Holistic Healing, “Pampering is not only about indulgence.  Sometimes, it’s just what the doctor ordered.”

Stress has been proven to have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health, causing headaches, eating disorders, weight gain and a compromised immune system, to name just a few. “The Pain Doctor,” a website devoted to health and wellness, states: “Not only does relaxing remove or reduce the ill effects of stress, but it generates positive effects of its own.”

If getting a professional massage isn’t in your budget this month, experts recommend simple, low-cost paths to pampering to reap the same benefits: even something as simple as playing with a beloved pet for fifteen minutes or having a dance party for one in your living room can go a long way toward recharging your batteries.

Giving yourself a few extra minutes to get ready has also been proven to provide a significant mood boost, because when you know you look great, it’s hard not to feel great. Smart Cover can help you on that front! Our Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit comes with 17 different products, so you can hide your skin imperfections and play up your best beauty assets.

There was a time when we didn’t know how beneficial regular exercise was and now that’s common knowledge. Here’s hoping that the self-care associated with pampering will also get its due in the near future.