In the year of COVID 19, the global pandemic has prompted us to shift our style as we stay at home, vie for comfort and ditch the rigid attire we were so used to wearing day-to-day. Put it this way, I can’t remember the last time I wore my underwired bra and tights that suck and hold everything into place! As it’s come to the end of 2020, it’s only right that we look back on the most iconic looks of 2020 – from loose-fitting clothing, to captivating makeup and hair trends that’ll make others do a double-take when they see on a Zoom call, we’ve got all of the 2020 trends covered.
So here we go, here are the most iconic looks of 2020.
1. Work from home look
This is the kind of style we couldn’t avoid whilst we were stuck in quarantine! The work from home look tended to be comprised of loose-fitting, relaxed clothing that allowed us to feel comfortable whilst attending our emails, and Zoom calls. My hoodie and tracksuit bottoms combo were my ultimate gear (and still are) during lockdown!
2. Baggy Jeans
Move out of the way skinny jeans, baggy jeans are back in the game! This 90s denim trend fits in with the homely aesthetic we’ve seen in 2020. They’re a wardrobe basic that you can match with t-shirts or hoodies as part of your comfort wear, or for an effortlessly chic look pair with a blazer and accessories.
3. Oversized Victorian Sleeves
This is the ultimate fashionista statement – puffiness in all its glory! The voluminous sleeves are a great way to show off your waist. Whether the victorian-style sleeves are on a top or dress, it’s without a doubt a delicate yet striking style that will leave an impression.
4. Neutral Tones
Neutral tones such as sand, camel and khaki appear to be the color trend of 2020. Whether you’re wearing one neutral color or mixing up various neutral tones, it’s a versatile hue that can be dressed up or down.
5. Chunky boots with feminine dresses
The grunge aesthetic was back in a big way in 2020. Feminine dresses paired with chunky boots are a great way of combining two different styles for a badass look.
6. Flannel Shirts
Casual, comfortable, and effortlessly stylish – those are the things that come to mind when you think of a flannel shirt. This staple item, which everyone has in their wardrobe, was back on trend in 2020. Wear it with jeans, leggings, a skirt, or as a dress – there are so many ways to rock the flannel shirt.
7. Tiger Print
You can’t talk about trends and leave out animal prints. It was all about the tiger this year – this feisty print can work perfectly as a top, skirt, dress, or jacket. If you want to show a hint of animal, you can opt for footwear or accessories that feature the print.
8. Colorful hair
If we were going to experiment with our hair color, quarantine was the best time to do that whilst we were stuck at home! From silver and white to pink and lilac, no color was off-limits when it came to changing up our locks this year.
9. Dip Dye Ends
If you don’t feel brave enough to dye your entire hair, dip dying can strike a good balance if you want to add a pop of color. Curly, wavy, or straight – the dip-dye hair trend this year made heads turn however it was styled!
10. Neon Eyeshadow
Eyes were doing all the talking this year. Bold neon shades were one of the biggest beauty trends of 2020. Keeping the rest of the makeup and hairstyle subtle can render a nice visual balance to the whole look.
11. Bright Eyeliner
For a more subtle eye look (if you think a neon eyeshadow isn’t for you), lining your eyes with a bright-colored eyeliner is a fun way to experiment with colors without taking too much risk.
12. Knee High Boots
You can never go wrong with boots, they’re versatile and work well with so many outfits. The boot trend this year was knee high boots. They have a certain sophistication about them – your ensemble can look more chic and enviable when you combine it with this footwear. They’ll look stunning when worn with long and flirty dress. For a more edgy look, you can rock these boots with a short skirt and a long jacket.
13. Hoop Earrings
Hoop earrings are a timeless accessory, but they were a notable trend this year. They’re a great way to enliven a plain outfit or as a final touch to your favorite outfit. Style your hair up in a ponytail or bun and the hoop earrings will beautifully elevate the look.
14. Statement Chain Necklace
A chain necklace is a striking piece of jewelry. From oversized, thick, chunky chokers to dainty statement pieces, this necklace trend can effortlessly pull a stunning look together.
15. Face Mask
At the age of COVID 19, the must-have accessory of 2020 is, of course, the face mask – if you don’t have one, then I suggest you buy one IMMEDIATELY. The face mask saves lives and it’s here to stay – this is one accessory we cannot live without.
These trends will undoubtedly be around for 2021. So if you fancy experimenting with these iconic looks of 2020, take the time to rummage through your clothes, make-up bag, and jewelry box before you consider buying.
Most of my days are carefully planned, scheduled down to almost the minute.
When I’m not working at The Tempest, I’m managing my freelance writing, and perpetually side-hustling. Then, there are the demands of my personal life: helping family, attempting to be a responsible adult who pays bills on time, eating vegetables, and getting regular oil changes.
All while trying to cling to whatever kind of social life 2020 will allow.
While I like many of the things that I do, it means that I frequently overschedule myself. I bog down my days with things I “should” do and spend most of my free time thinking about everything I “could” be doing instead.
I bog down my days with things I “should” do.
I was denying myself every small thing that brought me joy, and it was taking a toll on my mental health. Even when I should have been able to relax, my mind was still whirring.
Enter the pandemic and the general chaos that is 2020.
And the need to wear masks.
At first, masks just seemed like functional necessities. Everyone acted like the pandemic was only going to last a few weeks, so why bother looking cute?
I bought a couple, cycling them out so I could wash them, but they weren’t much to write home about: it only took a few minutes for the soon-familiar feeling of soreness around my ears. Looking cute was just a fever dream, and any mask I put to use quickly began losing the elasticity that kept me perfectly distanced from the virus.
But then, I realized, if I have to wear a mask to prevent myself from potentially spreading or contracting a life-threatening virus, why not try to find something both functional and cute?
Easier said than done. I spent hours scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest, trying to keep my hopes up in finding the perfect mask that would save my life – literally and socially.
And then I found her.
That is, I stumbled on my friend’s Instagram post (who I then messaged ruthlessly until she spilled the beans about where she bought her mask).
Sleek, beautifully cut, patterns selected as though the company saw into my multi-hued soul. It was hard finding the perfect set because there were so damn many to choose from. Each one was created using African-inspired textiles, but I finally found her: defiantly patterned in turquoise and cream shades, made for a queen.
The brand, Crown Inspired, promised that the masks would keep pressure off one’s ears, never come loose, be dual-layered – and for those that want it – sport a pocket filter for that extra set of protection.
Of course, all of that could only be proven by wearing my new mask, so I put in the order and waited.
I own several and this one is my favorite, by far.
Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it is also one of the most well-designed masks I’ve tried. It’s dual-layered with a large pocket filter (I was able to get two coffee filters inside with ease), but what I really love about it is the way the strings are designed.
They are crafted so that they do not place any pressure on the ears, but what’s more, they are easily adjustable and the mask feels very secure.
I don’t find myself fidgeting with it as I do with my other ones, and the strings are long enough that I’m even able to tie a loose safety knot around the back so that I know it won’t budge.
Oh, and there’s something else.
I added something else to my shopping cart right before I hit checkout.
It’s gorgeous, but it also helps to protect me from UV rays while I stretch my legs by taking walks around the neighborhood, or go on my weekly trip to the grocery store.
(In case you’ve never heard of them, parasols are all about shielding our beautiful skin from the sun, not the rain. Reverse umbrellas for the win!)
But I like the parasol for reasons that go beyond skincare. The thing is that living through this year has taught me a lot about the way I move around the world.
Yes, I mean this in a practical sense, because I have to spend extra time assessing which stores feel safe to visit, what time I should go in order to avoid potential crowds, or if I can just order online and pick up in-store to avoid having to actually shop the sales floor, altogether.
But, I’ve also been thinking about the way I move through life emotionally.
How I Lost Myself
A long time ago, I made a commitment to take up more space. I made a conscious effort, and frankly, up until a few months ago, I thought I’d succeeded.
I didn’t realize how self-conscious I still was, or how much I shrunk myself in order to avoid the judgment of others…
…until I watched half of my country act a complete fool over being asked to simply attempt to stop the spread of a horrifyingly contagious virus by wearing face coverings.
If there were grown-ass adult women willing to turn a superstore upside-down because an employee asked them to don a mask in compliance with store policy, statewide mandates, or anything else, then why was I scurrying about, trying my best not to inconvenience anyone else or draw too much attention to myself?
A long time ago, I made a commitment to take up more space – but I failed.
How many colorful jumpsuits or unnatural hair dyes have I passed up because I still cared about flying under the radar?
How many years did I go wearing stud earrings that I did not like because I was worried that hoops elevated my look a little too much?
What was the point of any of that?
Taking Up My Space
This? The parasol? Hell, this is a game-changer. When I whip it out, people immediately take notice, and I haven’t felt “extra” or “over-the-top.” I’m doing what I want to do and not worrying about what random people on the street think of my appearance.
Because when I whip it out, I’m going on a journey.
A journey to a place where I am drinking a perfectly chilled beverage, in a pretty glass, while strolling through wildflowers with my honey.
Spending my days reading, outside at the park, free of cat-calling and joy-killing mosquitoes. And should I decide to venture to the shops, every item of clothing I fancy will not only fit me just the way I like but will be well within my price range.
You see a person walking down the street twirling a parasol, you instantly look over and wonder, “What is their deal? What do they know that I do not know?”
I am making it a point to get as much mileage out of this parasol as I can.
Then, imagine catching a glimpse of that person’s face and realizing that their mask is perfectly coordinated with their parasol?
A look. A moment.
But honestly? Most people are into it.
I’ve already gotten tons of questions about both the mask and the parasol, and I’ve loved those interactions, too. I will not be the least surprised if I spot more Crown Inspired parasols around my neighborhood in the near future.
The autumn rains have already begun here and just this afternoon, there was a slight chill in the air, so I am making it a point to get as much mileage out of this parasol before I have to break out the scarves. For my next outing, I shall grab an iced cold brew coffee and stroll about the area without a care in the world.
Because, when it comes to parasols? They’re absolutely perfect for that.
If you’ve still got Eid gifts to buy, eyes bleary from scrolling through shops online, then you’re in luck. These brands have you covered with one-of-a-kind gifts for family, friends, and loved ones. We’ve gathered some of our favorite products and treated you with some special The Tempest discount codes and offers!
Give the gift of an everlasting glow with this cleanser, toner, and serum combo. Trust us when we say that the Army of Youth Serum is out of this world! By Noussou is founded by UAE-based sisters on a journey to provide a range of all-natural, vegan and chemical-free skincare products so that women can safely pursue clearer skin.
Get it on their website for 180 AED. Or use the code: FRESH15 for a 15% discount!
Support sustainable fashion with these beautifully ornate handmade metal clutches, made out of eco-friendly materials. This red and gold clutch is an accessory like no other. Organiq Living is an in-line store selling Ethical & Sustainable Lifestyle Products. Browse their clothing and accessory line for more great options.
The Paintlet is a bespoke painting kit that includes everything you need to make a beautiful acrylic painting. This is not just for the artistically inclined people in your life! Anyone can have fun painting with this kit. With the rise in DIY culture as we spend a lot more time indoors, this would be the perfect gift to help someone pass the time in a creative and enjoyable way.
Henna is a wonderful gift to give to loved ones. Especially this henna, which is all-natural. It’s beautiful when applied, fun to learn and draw, a unique way to channel your creative self, and when you apply it with others, it’s an opportunity to bond as you spend time together.
Order for 10 AED per cone (you can customize a gift hamper of various products!) by direct-messaging their instagram account.
This gift box is a treasure trove of delicious chocolatey goods! Packaged beautifully, this gift includes one packet of ground cacao, one packet of cacao nibs, one family sized Chocolatl, and one Gianjduja chocolate spread. These are all guaranteed to be delicious, but possibly the most exciting one is the Chocolatl, with which you can make traditional hot chocolate made from pure cacao. The varying levels of dark chocolate in these artisanal delights that come in many different flavors make for a lovely gift box to enjoy. Whether it’s for someone with a sweet tooth or just someone you know who would enjoy a stellar cup of hot coco, this is a sweet, thoughtful gift.
Stay comfy this lockdown with loungewear from Dimension. These hoodies not only have a good social message but can be worn around the house and to run small errands. No one said staying in could look this good! Dimension is a UAE-based brand with a mission to bring oversized LA inspired streetwear style to the Gulf. They also sell trendy silk scrunchies and beautiful art prints.
Get it on their website for 40 AED. Or use the discount code for 15% off using the code: TheTempest
Who doesn’t love lgaimat? The crisp fried dough balls coated with dates syrup are loved by all. Digging into the traditional Emirati dessert is what makes Eid so special. But what if you could make your own at home? Treat Me Gluten Free is a licensed home business that sells a nut-free and gluten-free lgaimat mix that everyone will love. Make it on your own and gift a platter, or gift the mix for a thoughtful and fun Eid present.
Order it on their website for 32 AED. Or use the code: tempest10 for 10% off, valid from today until Aug 24, 2020.
It may be intimidating to buy perfumes online, as the scents can be hard to imagine. But Arcadia makes online perfume shopping so enjoyable with the carefully crafted narratives that accompany each scent! Their curated gift set of the best-selling scents is sure to win over the lucky person that receives it. Arcadia by Amna prides itself on bringing unexpected sensory experiences by mixing and distilling quality essences. The company’s commitment to sustainably sourcing its ingredients makes it even more worth supporting.
Shop their gift set on their website for 500 AED. Get 20% off entire online order using our exclusive discount code: TEMPEST active from July 29 until September 15.
A soap sampler is a perfect set to give someone special as they can try out an array of special scents and even take it with them on-the-go. Give a gift with a cause. Not only does this soap bar set look good and come in aromatic scents like damask rose and lavender bay leaf, but also, every purchase supports artisan partners from vulnerable communities in Syria and Lebanon and helps preserve an ancient heritage. The bags and packaging are all eco-friendly as well.
This beautiful saffron cotton blanket with its textured weave, kantha stitching, and frayed edges would be a statement addition to any home. It comes in a wide variety of colors such as navy blue, forest green, and pale pink. Whether used as a blanket or a throw, its refined, light touch can make any room feel cozier. Anyone who receives this is sure to feel thankful that their living space is that much brighter.
Get it on their Facebook page for 400 AED (it’s usually 500AED, but there’s a special summer discount!)
11. Luxury Gift Set from Urban Quill
Urban Quill is a luxury gift studio that aims to simplify your gift-shopping experience by curating gift boxes based on themes. Got a friend that is using this lockdown to follow along to Chloe Ting workouts? There’s a fitness guru box perfect for them. Or for the person that just wants to Netflix and chill. Or a handsome dad. There’s something for everyone. But, if you want to go the extra mile you can even customize your own box.
Shop the Noir gift box on their website for 305 AED. Their range of ready gift boxes starts at 130 AED. Get 10% with the exclusive discount code: Eid10.
Who doesn’t love a gift made especially for them? This UAE-based Instagram store specializes in making every gift unique by embroidering names onto its selection of products. The new collection of Customized Prayer Mat gift sets would be a great Eid gift for couples, mother & daughter, friends, and family.
These handmade cheese boards are a creative gift for the ones that love being in the kitchen and preparing aesthetic dishes for their family and friends. Carpe Diem Space has been created with a lot of passion and love for art, nature, and craftsmanship. Each product at Carpe Diem Space is designed to add color, style, and personality to your space.
For the one that is always ahead of the fashion curve. This mini handbag is so trendy and will instantly elevate any outfit. Boutiqna is UAE-based but delivers worldwide and its collections are at affordable prices so that every lady can feel fashionable.
Brighten someone’s day with this beauty haul box containing all the best products from a variety of different beauty and skincare brands. Haul in One is the hottest beauty subscription box in the UAE and there is just enough time to give one of their special, customized hauls for the upcoming Eid. Just go onto their website and fill in your loved one’s information for this out-of-this-world gift.
Gift a haul on their website for 299 AED. Get 10% with the exclusive discount code: TEMPEST10.
Sometimes gifting an experience, rather than an object, is the way to go. This photographer is offering a special Eid discount of 50% off to female entrepreneurs who wish to have their business portraits or lifestyle branding images done. Whether it’s for revamping their online presence or they’re just getting started on a new professional venture, this will be an unforgettable gesture of support to a loved one. The session will include four portrait shots and is currently only available to women based in Dubai.
Gift a session on their website for 495 AED (this is an Eid special, regular prices are 990AED – what a great deal!)
17. Judgement-free Decluttering and Organizing Services from Decluttr Me
There’s definitely someone in your life who came to mind when you read this, right? Sometimes we don’t realize just how many items we hold onto without ever really finding a place for them. Or maybe you have a friend or family member who just moved and is struggling to figure out where things go in the new place. Either way, decluttering is a daunting task. With the gift of Decluttr Me’s services, you can gift consultation and hands-on help (ranging from the half to full-day options!), as well as expert tips for the future.
Gift any of these three packages on their website by filling out the contact form with the details you want to provide. You will then be informed of the exact cost. Be sure to quote temp10 for a 10% discount!
Since we’re spending more time indoors (sigh), we’re probably wearing pajamas more than ever before. Giving the gift of a glamorous outfit is sure to make someone’s day, encouraging them to celebrate their beauty. This is probably more suited for friends or family whose dress sizes you know, but either way, Modest Me has a wide range of loose, flowing clothing that will make any woman feel like a queen. Be sure to check out their Eid collection especially!
Hesitant about dress sizes but still want to get something that your loved one can wear and cherish? Jewelry is another great gift option! These earrings from a bespoke jewelry designer in Dubai will be an elegant statement piece to any outfit.
A classic silk pajama set are the perfect gift for that cool older sister in your life. The luxurious feel of the silk along with the cute look of a matching set is sure to make your loved ones feel extra comfortable at home and ready for bed.
If you’re not exactly sure about the size or color they would prefer, you can still go for a gift card from Sleepjs. It still shows that you put thought into the gift and that you care about your loved one’s comfort and practice of self-care.
Keeping with the sleep theme, silk pillowcases are an incredible treat to gift to a loved one. Coming in sleek packaging, the mulberry silk pillowcases makes for much less friction compared to traditional cotton pillowcases. This is great for so many reasons. It’s hypoallergenic, thermoregulating, and gentle on both your skin and hair. Maybe most importantly, it feels so luxurious! Who doesn’t love to be pampered for a good night’s rest?
These 100% silk scrunchies protect against hair damage, reduce frizziness, and naturally repair hair– all in your sleep. What more can you ask for? Whoever is the lucky receiver of this gift will be over the moon with the results. They come in packs of 3 in two different color schemes “Oreo” and “Vanilla”.
23. Organic Handmade Cold Processed Soaps and Scrubs from Adrita
If you think soap can’t be a great Eid gift, that’s because you haven’t tried the ones made by Adrita. Coming in beautiful colors and made of all-natural ingredients, these handcrafted skincare products are made in small batches and produce zero waste.
Whether you have loved ones who are already interested in organic, eco-friendly skincare, or maybe some who have yet to be introduced to the amazing benefits of using such products, these beautiful artisanal soaps are sure to be a well-received gift. As a special Eid bundle offer, you can get two organic soaps and one organic scrub.
Add the Eid spirit and a sparkly flourish to any baked treat with these Eid cake toppers. Choose from 7 different colors and finishes, from matte gold and bamboo to white, birch, and mirror gold. There are also different size packs to choose from, with the standard being 5 pieces and going up to 50. These will be sure to please anyone as well as look great on their social media feeds.
Not everyone is taken by material gifts, some prefer thoughtful presents like greeting cards. Surprise your loved ones with this pop up Arabian teapot that is sure to amaze them and make a great ornament on their coffee table. Abracards were named the Middle East’s leading handcrafted pop-up card company and looking at their products, that comes as no surprise.
Send out this beautiful gift set to your loved ones and share the happiness of togetherness. You Rock Dubai offers beautiful and stylish gift boxes for every occasion. Their limited edition Eid soy wax candles and reed diffuser gift set is scented with traditional Oud and aromatic Amber Noir.
Order it on their website for 195 AED. Get a 20% discount with the promo code: tempest20.
Preserve your cherished memories with this customizable photo book. This is a gift that will never be forgotten. Instorya is all about looking back at all your memories and sharing them with others. All you have to do is download the app, select the photos and size, and the rest is taken care of!
Order up to 105 pages of a softcover photobook on their website for 135 AED. Use the code: INSTANTSTORY for 20% discount on your first order!
The perfect gift is one that’s both useful and carries sentimental value. With a personalized tote bag from Sew A Gift, which comes with a zippered pocket inside the lining, give your loved one a gift that they will always cherish. You can specify exactly what design, colors, words, and pattern you have in mind, and Sew A Gift will do their best to work with you and sew it into reality.
Get it on their website for a price range of 12-85 AED.
Here’s a gift for any young ones that you’re shopping for! This children’s wooden toolbox set presents endless opportunities for kids to play, be imaginative, and learn problem-solving strategies. With such carefully crafted miniature wooden tools in their own toolbox, each one painted with a non-toxic finish safe for kids, this makes a great hands-on toy for children.
It’s pretty easy to see why these went viral during the last holiday season, and we’re here for it. The agate comes in a wide range of beautiful colors, making for elegant, eye-catching keychains. Get matching ones for family and friends or many uniquely different ones for the loved ones you have in mind. The keychain can include any few words in lovely calligraphy – it could be a name (or even just the initials if you want it monogrammed), a special date, or maybe a word or a quote with personal significance.
Get it from their website for 35 AED (comes with gift box)
Himalayan salt lamps are a unique statement piece to any household and create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. As we’re all spending more time indoors, a gift like this to make someone’s living space more enjoyable would be much appreciated. To make it even more special, you can contact U Own Calmness about the engraving service they offer in both Arabic calligraphy as well as English.
Get this by direct-messaging their Instagram account. Prices start at 60 AED and the lamps with Arabic calligraphy are 200 AED.
As U.S. states begin to lift mandated lockdowns, local government and health officials are instituting measures to maintain social distancing and safety protocols in public areas. Everyone will be required to wear a face mask, which according to the CDC, is significantly proven to decrease the risk of spreading the virus. That said, we’ll all be wearing masks for the foreseeable future, whether it’s for a quick run to the grocery store, to the workplace, or simply walking your dog around the neighborhood. Most recently, face masks have gained more popularity as a fashion staple, with the rise of ‘mask selfies’ throughout social media. Personally, there’s nothing worse than planning out an impeccably sorted outfit only to ruin it with a blue surgical mask. So, leave the N95’s for healthcare workers and grab these 10 fashionable and breathable face masks to rock this summer:
Support small businesses and score double cuteness points, by opting for this knit mask and scrunchie duo from this San Francisco based clothing boutique. The bright tangerine, creamsicle color is the perfect addition to a colorful summer wardrobe. With every mask purchase, Lisa Says Gah is committed to donating $1 to the San Francisco Marin Food Bank.
Outdoor Voices is one of my favorite recreational active-wear companies, mainly for their soft, velvety yoga leggings and their reinvention of athleisure style. They recently launched a set of 5 durable, washable and reusable masks for a bargain price of $25 and are partnering with Masks for the People to support underserved, minority communities in the U.S.
Known for their fashion-forward and locally manufactured denim jeans, Citizens of Humanity recently introduced a series of cotton face masks in beautiful pastel-toned and nautical designs. The perfect accompaniment to your flowy summer dresses and all-white assemble.
The popularized sister company of J.Crew, notable for their willowy and feminine styles, are bringing back plaid with their best selling packs of 100% cotton face masks. They come in five beautiful patterns such as ‘Ash Melange’ and ‘Blue Glen’ which are the best addition to your summer bag essentials.
Aerie, the sister brand of American Eagle, universally acclaimed for their body positivity campaigns, introduced a new collection of reusable face masks in fun prints such as camouflage and cheetah print. Upholding their philanthropic mission and community support, they are donating 20% of proceeds to Crisis Text Line, a text-based crisis service providing free, confidential 24/7 support.
If you’re a fan of Splendid’s ultimate, super soft t-shirt, you’ll love their new face coverings which are made of 100% cotton. They also come in a trio of colors in each pack, like solid gray, colorful camouflage, and preppy stripes.
It’s no surprise that Lucky Brand, a leader in the American denim industry, shifted their creative strategy into developing pleated masks in the pattern of chambray swatches and denim pockets. They’re also locally sourced and handmade in Los Angeles, CA, and charitable, as they will donate 5 masks to low income and unhoused community members in the Los Angeles area for every 5-pack sold.
Kenneth Cole is one of my all-time favorite brands, for their socially conscious mission and chic, contemporary collection of shoe wear and clothing. Perfectly suited for monochromatic all-black outfits, this Wear in this Together Cotton Mask is your next go-to accessory. For every mask purchased, Kenneth Cole will donate 10% net sales to the Mental Health Coalition, a movement dedicated to destigmatizing mental health.
FashionNova—a favorite of top celebrities and social media influencers including Cardi B— has released a collection of face masks for all style aficionados alike. My top pick is this super affordable pack of gray, black, and classic camouflage face masks fitted with durable ear loops for maximum comfort and efficiency.
Finally, if you’re looking for the perfect pack of colorful, sophisticated, yet feminine face masks, look no further. Rent the Runway, a popular online service that is known for providing designer and accessory rentals shifted gears by launching a Buy 5, Give 5 campaign. For each 5 pack of face masks sold, Rent the Runway will donate a 5 pack of face masks to a community in need, through the non-profit Project Renewal, a New York-based organization founded to end the cycle of homelessness.
As quarantine begins to (hopefully) wrap up, we can only wait and see as to what else 2020 has in store for us. Just because quarantine is over, however, it doesn’t mean we can all go out and be all over each other. With a certain amount of social distancing being practiced, it is safe to say that society will – at least for the foreseeable future – be smothered in protective face masks. And due to the shortage of medical masks, most of us will be wearing homemade cloth masks – equally as protective, but decidedly more fashionable.
Mask-making has taken over homes for the better. After quarantine, fashion will undergo a necessary transformation, and wearing these masks will become the new norm. Countless DIY tutorials have been made and small organizations formed to aid in the production and distribution of these homemade masks. People have also made donations and are running fundraisers so that those in need can stay protected from the virus as well.
Making these new masks has not only brought society together, but also shows how we can be resourceful and creative while in quarantine. Because fashion won’t look the same again for a while, people have already begun experimenting with different types of fabric and various patterns to make their masks look more stylish.
For example, Californian designer Alyssa Nicole has crafted beautiful, chic black face masks and is selling them online. Others are donating their homemade masks to those in need. Companies, like Disney, have also been selling masks and donating their profits to charity so that children in underserved communities can be protected. Another example of this is Joann, a company bringing volunteers together to create face masks for donation.
Although some luxury labels have started taking charge, mask-making for the most part has stayed within American homes. This has allowed Americans to put their own creative spin on the masks, while also making them effective as a protective measure. My mom has made so many different masks, and each time she uses a different fabric or a different design. Every mask that she makes is unique, and she gets so excited every time she makes one. These masks don’t just signify a safety measure, but are also the result of a lot of creativity and care.
It will definitely take some time to adjust to these masks. They look and feel different every time we put them on. Popular fashion has had to progress beyond aesthetics and feeling. Now, we have to consider the safety and health of ourselves and those around us every time we get dressed. It’s a responsibility we owe to ourselves and to our communities. So go on, get masking.
Let’s get this out of the way: I am a stay-at-home mom of a toddler. I NEED ME SOME SELF-CARE, PRONTO.
Self-care isn’t just about making sure you are hydrated, it is about making sure your mind, body, and spirit are ready to cope with whatever the world throws at you. These days, where you are constantly being pulled in different directions, you NEED to be able to refill your cup.
And re-filling your cup should not have to be a burden on your pocket.
As of late, there have been numerous home-based skin care brands popping up online from Pakistan. From hair treatments to face masks; you can buy everything and all of the products boast organic ingredients with no harsh chemicals.
All of these brands have a huge following on Facebook, and they’ve really utilized the platform for operations and for promoting their business. Facebook has given entrepreneurs a great way to sell their products online since consumers do not always visit websites.
As a skincare junkie, I have tried my fair share of these brands and their products – so here’s the full rundown. Trust, you’ll want to snap them up ASAP before everyone else does — there’s nothing like being in-the-know to better your Instagram feed and irrationally boost your self-esteem.
First of all, Conatural probably has the best customer service I have witnessed for an online page. They get back to you as soon as possible and discuss your needs with you as well. The products are a bit on the expensive side but they are totally natural. I used the Restorative Eye Gel from the company. I did not see any changes from the first two months that I used it but I was promised slow appearing but long lasting results. And it did work; it lightened out the dark circles in three months but the puffiness was still there.
[bctt tweet=”@CONATURALintl probably has the best customer service I have witnessed for an online page.” username=”wearethetempest”]
P.S. your dark circles come back with a vengeance as soon as you stop using the product.
2. Hair Matters
I have a lot of issues with hair fall, dull and frizzy hair. It is always a challenge. So when I came across sponsored posts on my Facebook feed for Hair Matters; I was intrigued. One of the friends tried their oils first and recommended them saying they made her hair softer. I decided to give it a shot.
[bctt tweet=”I have a lot of issues with hair fall, dull and frizzy hair. It is always a challenge.” username=”wearethetempest”]
While the brand is a little expensive, they usually have sales and bundle deals going on which make it much more affordable. I ended up buying the Hair Strengthening Oil and Healthy Hair Mask; I felt the oil did indeed make my hair softer and little less frizzy. And while the hair mask smells very strong even after you wash it off, it does do the trick and helped reduce hair fall quite a bit!
The first time I came across Gonatural, I felt like they were trying to rip-off Conatural, but they seemed to be the only store I could find which had 100% pure Rosehip Oil. In addition to the Rosehip oil, I bought a Balance Me Face Toner. I didn’t even need the toner, they just had an active discount at the time and I have no self-control.
[bctt tweet=”Gonatural seemed to be the only store I could find which had 100% pure Rosehip Oil. ” username=”wearethetempest”]
Anyway, the products do not have their ingredients listed anywhere. So when I got the oil and cleanser, I did not know what the latter contained which irked me quite a bit. And when I used it, the smell was very strong to the point that I stopped using it since I had no idea what good it was supposed to do and it was not doing me any good anyway. The Rosehip oil, however, was a winner! It moisturized my face and helped me get rid of some belligerent pimple marks! Win!
4. Harvest Tree
Harvest Tree is a very affordable skin care brand. They usually have deals where you can buy 4 of their products in PKR 1000. What an absolute steal! This brand was recommended to me by a friend; she asked to get the activated charcoal soap. I went ahead and purchased a Coffee and Cocoa Mask and a Rosewater Activated Soap. Which the mask was great since I was able to see a visible difference in my skin; as it made my skin softer and smoother. The soap was a personal nightmare.
[bctt tweet=”@HarvestTree is a very affordable skin care brand. ” username=”wearethetempest”]
I usually do not like soaps since they tend to get icky sitting in the soap dish. So after a wash or two, I stopped using the soap since even touching it made my skin crawl. But then again, this is a personal choice. My friend loves their soap but due to my personal hang-ups, I was not able to use it enough to form an opinion about it.
5. Spa in a Bottle
I had read endless rave reviews about Indian Aztec Clay (Bentonite clay) but could not find it anywhere in stores or an online store which delivered to Pakistan. And then as if by magic (read: Facebook’s data mining) I was shown a sponsored post by Spa in a Bottle selling jars of Healing Bentonite clay. I ordered one for myself immediately. And let me just say, it is the BEST thing I have ever used on my face. You just add apple cider vinegar to the clay, mix and then apply the paste to your face. This mask has made my skin just oh-so amazing! Soft, supple and it’s also reducing the few pesky pimple marks I had left!
[bctt tweet=”The Spa in a Bottle Healing Bentonite clay is the BEST thing I have ever used on my face.” username=”wearethetempest”]
While my online skin care adventures still continue, there are a few products I have mentioned which I keep on repurchasing. However, it should be noted that everyone’s skin is different so what worked for me might not work for you.
Do you have trouble making your makeup look cute and fun rather than the same boring routine every day? Or you have a friend’s birthday coming up? Worry not, here are some beauty gift ideas that are cute and cheap.
From a closeted makeup junkie to another, here are some cheap and adorable makeup gifts you can buy for yourself or someone else.
This cute little panda-shaped heaven isn’t like the other things you buy. It’s light and quickly absorbed and nothing at all like those heavy sleeping packs. Along with that, it doesn’t leave anything on your pillow or smush against your hair. Oh, and it’s only 10 bucks!
Another beauty product under 10 dollars is this adorable compact sheet carrier thing. I don’t know what to call it but all I know is that it keeps the disgusting oils in my hand from touching my face and I’m grateful.
These Instagram famous lipsticks are only eight dollars. Can life get better? I don’t think so, babe. BTW, the flowers in the lipstick actually change color. I’m sorry, are you not blown away by this info like me?
It dries your face but rests on your head too! You can wear it in your sheets and in the streets, just make sure to wash it before you wear it outside. Don’t want the oils from your face on your hair in the public, or at all for that matter.
Do you ever have to go through multiple processes in your nighttime beauty routine? With this adorable raccoon looking pack, you can treat your eyes, wrinkles, and blackheads, all at the same time. What a miracle!