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!

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.

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!

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!

Do you wear short shorts?

Whether you actually wear short shorts or you prefer longer, more relaxed styles, you’re undoubtedly showing some leg this time of year, and you have plenty of options.

According to fashion writer Ana Colon for Glamour.com, “Bermuda shorts are undergoing a reinvention, and this season they’re reentering mainstream retail, with various interpretations—from baggy to fitted, from khaki to denim—available for any shoppers who would like just a little bit more coverage, please.”

If you want something a little more form-fitting, the 90’s trend of bike shorts as mainstream attire is making a major comeback. Whether you remember this look from the first go-around, or like this young Buzzfeed writer, it’s all new to you, bike shorts can be a comfy way of baring your legs without showing too much skin.

Of course, there are always capris if you want to feel nice and covered but still show off your shapely calves, and stay cool! It’s a classic look that can be dressed up or down and works for most body types. Cropped pants, which really just bare your ankles, look great with sandals or even flip-flops, and definitely evoke the feeling of summer.

Show Some Leg!

If you have varicose veins, bruises, or any other skin concerns on your legs, Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will hide them for you. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone, and don’t be afraid to mix shades for a perfect match.

To create a sun-kissed look without having to reckon with potentially harmful UV rays, try Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer, which works on the face and body. What’s great about applying the Believable Bronzer to your legs is that it not only makes them look tanned, but it instantly gives them a leaner, more toned appearance! You may just sport some short shorts, after all!

What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

We all want to be attractive, but what’s the top cosmetic procedure in America?

Trends may vary, but wanting to be beautiful at all costs is universal. 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.

What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

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!

Make A Splash with Smart Cover

Are you ready to 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.

Make A Splash with Smart Cover

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!

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!