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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 Brings You Fun Summer Makeup Trends!

If you’re looking to change things up now that the weather’s warm and spirits are high, you might enjoy some of this year’s fun summer makeup trends. The 2019 spring/summer runways were all about tiny hints of experimentation paired with otherwise classic looks. Think bare-looking skin with just a little shine, accentuated with a bold lip color.

Some fun lip looks for this summer include orange and bright magenta, to make you look like a gorgeous wildflower. If subtle is more your speed, nudes with a touch of brown and pink are trending now too. Try Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glowstick if you like just a touch of rosy color and shine on your cheeks and lips.

To achieve the “foundation-free” look that’s hot this year, the Smart Cover Stick will hide dark under-eye circles and other facial imperfections, while our Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème gives you a flawless finish. Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder will make you look cool and smooth no matter how hot it gets.

Fun Summer Makeup Trends

“After a long absence, ‘90s nostalgia paired with wanderlust have inspired makeup artists to pull the bronzer out of the back of the drawer, and use it liberally on the runways,” proclaims beauty writer Maya Adivi. Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer can help you achieve this look if you’re feeling daring. If you like your bronzer understated, apply gently with a big, soft brush to add a little extra definition to your natural features. Believable Bronzer is also a great way to give yourself a sun-kissed look without worrying about dangerous UV rays.

Memorial Day is just a couple of weeks away and before you know it, summer will be here. You can count on Smart Cover to help you navigate this year’s fun summer makeup trends. We help you make beautiful look easy!

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!

Smart Cover’s Tips for Hiding Allergy Symptoms

 

If every sniff of a fragrant spring flower leads to a flurry of sneezes, it must be allergy season. For many of us, allergies are the price we pay for trading in winter weather for spring. Feeling allergic is bad enough but you don’t need to look the part! With that in mind, Smart Cover has some suggestions for hiding allergy symptoms with makeup.

If you’re noticing some puffiness caused by allergies, beauty writer Marissa Gold suggests that before you apply any makeup, you dip your face in a bowl of ice-cold water. This will reduce inflammation the old-fashioned way. If that feels a little too extreme—or chilly—for you, Gold also advises that you experiment with contouring. “Sweep bronzer under your cheekbones, down each side of your nose, and on the outer edges of your forehead to give the illusion of less puffiness.” Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer is perfect for this.

Hiding Allergy Symptoms Is Easier Than You Think!

Use waterproof mascara to ensure that a teary allergy attack doesn’t lead to smudged eyes. Allure‘s Marci Robin  writes, “There are countless waterproof eyeliners in both pencil and liquid formats, and with so many mascaras available in both regular and waterproof formulas, consider keeping a back-up waterproof version of your favorite.”

One of the most important elements of hiding allergy symptoms is reducing the appearance of redness, especially around the nose. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème makes this easy. Allergies can also cause burst capillaries around the nose and dark circles under the eyes. If this is an issue for you, try the Smart Cover Stick. It takes seconds to apply, and since it’s the size of a lipstick, you can bring it everywhere if you need a touch-up.

Smart Cover is here for you when you need help hiding allergy symptoms, or you just want to look your most beautiful now that spring has sprung!

 

 

April Is Stress Awareness Month

There is no more important beauty tool than self-care. If you’ve been rushing from one obligation to another without taking a moment for yourself, Smart Cover invites you to STOP! April is Stress Awareness Month and it’s time for you to take care of you.

You know that eating right and getting eight quality hours of sleep is vital to your health. But it’s just as critical for you to take a little time each day to decompress, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes. Experts tout the benefits of meditation for stress reduction.

According to ewellnessmag.com, “This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.”

Stress Awareness Month

If that’s not your style, there are plenty of other ways to de-stress. Daily exercise, even if it’s just a twenty-minute walk, causes the release of endorphins, also known as the “happy chemicals!” Most of us are guilty of spending too much time staring at our phones, but unplugging is a great way to relax.

Take a break from your newsfeed and let yourself just breathe. “Although the link between stress and heart disease isn’t clear, chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls,” warn the experts at Heart.org. Other stress-induced behaviors that can increase your risk for heart disease include smoking and poor eating habits.

Not sleeping enough? Hide dark eye circles with the Smart Cover Stick. Want to cover fine lines and wrinkles caused by too much worrying? We’ve got Smart Cover Camouflage Crème. We can help you look great… and reducing stress will help you feel great inside and out.

Tips for Women over 60 Dating Online

When you think of online dating and finding romance on social media, you probably picture millennials in their 20’s and 30’s. After all, they are the internet generation in their dating prime. But there are more and more women over 60 dating online. Smart Cover has some hints to help you make the most of this brave new world.

Writer Margaret Manning, a sixty-something woman herself, suggests the website Meetup.com . “You can join groups for everything you can possibly imagine including hiking, art, photography, travel or dining out. They also have events for men and women our age and can be a great opportunity to meet new people.”

Shani Jay, writing for the dating website Zoosk.com, reminds women over 60 dating online that nowadays “everyone is on some kind of online dating platform or app, whether they’re 18 or in their seventies… it’s one of the best ways to meet someone who’s looking for a serious relationship.”

Smart Cover’s Tips for Women over 60 Dating Online

The first step to creating an online dating presence is posting a beautiful picture of yourself, but no posting old photos that no longer look like you! We suggest you have a friend take a new photo of you. When you’re applying your makeup, think about putting the very best version of yourself out there.

Use the Smart Cover Stick to hide dark circles under your eyes so you look fresh and vibrant. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème is perfect for mature skin. It will conceal fine lines and other facial flaws while leaving your skin looking smooth and creamy.

Keep your eye makeup subtle, carefully adding eyeliner close to your lash line and smudging it slightly for effect. Curl your lashes, add mascara and your favorite lipstick. The most important accessory for women over 60 dating online? A genuine smile! Have a good time with it!

Smart Cover Explains Why Crying Is Good for You

If you’re the kind of person who gets teary-eyed while watching a romantic movie, or even an especially moving dog food commercial, we have good news. Crying is good for you! According to Dr. Neel Burton, “Crying activates both the arousing sympathetic nervous system and the sedating parasympathetic nervous system.”  That second one is the reason you probably associate crying with a calming sense of release.

Why Crying is Good for You, Body and Soul

It’s no coincidence that we instinctively cry when we’re hurting. Crying releases soothing chemicals like oxytocin, which help to dull pain and lift your mood. As Healthline.com explains, the act of sobbing “can help regulate and even lower the temperature of your brain.” This is because you’re sucking in bursts of cool air when you sob and our bodies like a cool brain better than a warm brain.

Emotional crying is different than shedding “reflex tears” like you would if you got something in your eye. When you cry emotional tears, it actually removes toxins from your body, like the stress hormone cortisol. You may have heard of cortisol, because it’s known for causing weight gain. Crying also helps to keep your blood pressure low, which reduces your risk of heart disease.  If you’re prone to stress-induced acne breakouts, having a good cry every now and then can even help improve your complexion.

If you’re concerned about the blotchy skin and swollen eyes that can follow a nice sob-fest, Smart Cover can help! Use the Smart Cover Stick around the eyes to hide redness and puffiness. Then apply some Camouflage Crème and add a little Compact Finishing Powder for a flawless finish. No one has to know you’ve been crying if you don’t want them to. But as health writer Marlo Sollitto points out, crying is “highly evolved behavior,” so be proud and cry out loud!

How to Wear Makeup with Glasses, Smart Cover Style!

If you happen to be among the 65% of the population who wears corrective lenses, then we’ve got some tips for looking fabulous when you wear makeup with glasses. Contact lenses are great, but they’re not for everyone. And even if you do have contacts, some days you might just feel like wearing your glasses for a change. Here are five surefire ways to look gorgeous when you wear makeup with glasses.

Apply mascara to your top lashes but skip the bottom lashes. According to beauty writer Augusta Falletta, “The dark lashes on the bottom plus your frames can cast a shadow on an already dark part of your face, making you look tired.”

You may think you can skimp on the under-eye concealer when you have your glasses on, but actually the opposite is true! As Cosmo‘s Brooke Shunatona advises, “The lenses can actually magnify the circles and make them more obvious.” Try the Smart Cover Stick to hide veins and dark shadows under your eyes. It takes seconds to apply, rolling on just like lipstick.

Look Amazing When You Wear Makeup with Glasses!

Eye shadow can be a little too overwhelming when you wear glasses, so instead accentuate your eyes with eyeliner.

Go for a bold lip, like matte red or a deep, rich burgundy. You want your eye makeup to be a little bit more understated when you’re wearing glasses, but don’t be afraid to make your lips stand out!

Keeping your blemishes and other skin imperfections completely covered is key when you wear makeup with glasses. You want your stylish look—not your skin flaws—to capture everyone’s attention. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème will hide skin concerns, including the red dents on your nose that your glasses can sometimes cause. Keep your face shine-free with the Compact Finishing Powder and rock those specs!

“Sugar face” is not so sweet!

It may sound like a term of endearment, but “sugar face” is not so sweet! If you’ve stocked up in anticipation of candy-hungry trick-or-treaters, you may be tempted to dip into your own supply. If you’ve got trick-or-treaters of your own in the household, it might be hard to resist raiding their stash when they come home loaded down with sugary treats. But repeat after us, nice and loud: “Sugar face” is not so sweet!

Beauty writer Kathleen Hau advises that giving up sugar can make your skin look noticeably better in a just a matter of weeks. That’s because “sugar face” refers to the dark undereye circles, acne and other unfortunate effects of a sugary diet. “[Sugar] triggers insulin production, which triggers protein-utilization malfunctions. Sugar acts as a kind of signal scrambler, affecting the production of the proteins and amino acids that build up collagen and elasticity.”

“Sugar Face” Is Not So Sweet!

Too much sugar causes wrinkles, sagging skin, breakouts and can even cause facial hair growth due to insulin resistance, according to totaldermatology.com. It causes your insulin levels to spike, which can create inflammation throughout your body. It can also cause other skin issues like rosacea, and pores that become enlarged and excessively oily due to overproduction of testosterone.

Dermatologists advise that you drink plenty of water and eat lots of leafy green veggies to make it up to your skin. While fruits in moderation are fine, go for blueberries and kiwi rather than grapes and cantaloupe.

Though your dermatologist would probably love it if you never ate another jellybean, your face will probably survive the occasional indulgence. And if one too many jellybeans should result in a blemish, you can always hide it in seconds with the Smart Cover Stick and Smart Cover Camouflage Crème! How sweet it is!

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!