Monday, October 15th, 2018

Undercover Agents know that just because we’ve had to say goodbye to summer, it doesn’t mean that we say goodbye to sunprotection.  SPF is our trusted year-round accessory!  Recently we discovered Love Sun Body, the first internationally COSMOS-certified sunscreen available in the United States. Love Sun Body meets and exceeds the strictest ingredient, safety, and manufacturing standards in the global market, and offers healthy, effective broad-spectrum sunscreens for both adults and children.  Using mineral filters Zinc Oxide or blending the minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, Love Sun Body utilizes only 100% natural, plant-based ingredients free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes, and dyes.  Awarded the Environmental Working Group’s highest score (1 out of 10 for safety and efficacy), its hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, water and sweat-resistant, enviornmentally-safe formulas are quickly-absorbed and leave skin with a moisturized matte finish (none of that lifeguard-white cast!).

Love Sun Body is offering a limited number of lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG a 3.38 oz bottle (perfect for travel!) of its Love Sun Body SPF 30 in either Scented or Unscented (retail $21) simply by following it on Instagram (or Facebook if you don’t have) and entering here.  This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only (no PO Boxes, please).  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.  **Please indicate Scented or Unscented under Preference


Monday, October 15th, 2018

L’Oréal Paris Launches “The Roots Family” Web Series

“Because I’m Worth It” is the iconic phrase of a generation of women who stopped apologizing for prioritizing themselves over their spouses on occasion.  Written in 1973 when a social revolution and a new spirit of feminism was in full swing, the words became closely associated with beauty brand, L’Oréal Paris.  Now launching its latest hair product, L’Oréal Paris’ Magic Root Precision Pen (available next month on Amazon), the brand is reintroducing the phrase in a new campaign that brings to life its values of beauty and diversity, The Roots Family.

The celebrity-studded webisode series, now live on L’Oréal Paris’ YouTube channel, spotlights the individuality of each unique person by uniting brand ambassadors who widely span generations.  Needless to say, together they form a family.  The Family is aptly named, as each member has a serious root problem on their hands. There’s Maxine Roots (Helen Mirren), the forgetful and eccentric mother of Marilyn (Andie MacDowell) and Maxwell (Jonathan Saxby). Maxwell’s wife, Melinda Roots (Morena Baccarin), is a part-time philanthropist. Meredith Roots (Aja Naomi King), on the other hand, is a full-time drama queen. In addition to her penchant for dramatics, Meredith, along with her sister Margaret (Luma Grothe), is dealing with the issue of scattered gray hairs. Luckily, the family has found a magic root touch up solution that works for everyone.

L’Oréal Paris humorous shines a spotlight on this entertaining family united in common by their pesky gray roots. To resolve their hair woes, the brand highlights its complete range of temporary root-centric products.  The new Magic Root Precision Pen joins its Magic Root Coverup and Root Rescue.


Sunday, October 14th, 2018

image courtesy of KMR Communications

As more and more cosmetic procedures become readily available and mainstream, easy access to treatments and procedures come with serious concerns. As captured on the popular TV show “Botched,” things can go wrong, causing deformities and even life-threatening consequences. Anyone can call himself a cosmetic surgeon; however, to be considered a plastic surgeon one must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Stanley Poulos, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in the San Francisco area, offers the following red flags not to ignore when considering a cosmetic procedure.

DISCOUNT COUPONS  — Discount coupons make sense if you’re looking for a haircut or a massage, not for plastic surgery. “Don’t bargain shop when it comes to something serious like surgery,” Dr. Poulos warns. “You want to make sure you research the average prices and if something seems too steep of a discount, beware!”

THE SURGEON IS NOT BOARD-CERTIFIED — Look for credentials: someone who is Board-Certified in plastic surgery is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If they are, they usually have this credential prominently visible in their office and on their website. This means the surgeon has had at least six years of surgical training with two or three years devoted specifically to plastic surgery, has passed rigorous oral and written examinations and has demonstrated safe and ethical surgical practice.

LOFTY PROMISES  — “Any surgeon that promises to make you look like a celebrity or says he can make you look 30 years younger, is over-promising,” emphasizes Dr. Poulous.  “A skilled surgeon knows the potential and limitations of surgery and will be clear about this from the start. A good surgeon will want you to look like an improved version of you, not someone else.”

THE OPERATING FACILITY IS NOT ACCREDITED  — Often plastic surgery is performed in an ambulatory care center or the surgeon’s office-based surgical facility. “Either way, you want to make sure the facility is properly accredited, ” stresses Dr. Poulos.  Accreditation ensures that strict standards are met for proper equipment, safety, surgeon credentials, and staffing.

THEY TRY TO “UP SELL” — An initial consultation with a plastic surgeon should be a collaborative effort in which doctor and patient come to an agreement about the best course of treatment.  It is reasonable for the surgeon to suggest alternative approaches, but it should become worrisome if he uses high-pressure tactics. “Your surgeon may suggest consideration of more or different procedures than your initial request, but should have sound reasons why this is his/her advice,” says Dr. Poulos. (more…)