COVID-19 face masks

The Must-Have Accessory: Fashion Brands Start Selling COVID-19 Face Masks

In the fashion world, a must-have accessory is something that’s on-trend. It’s a piece that’s so popular that not having it signals you’re out of touch with the latest developments in fashion. In a world currently coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, a must-have accessory is something that protects your health and the health of everyone around you. Without it, you risk contracting the coronavirus, spreading it to anyone you interact with, and unraveling the progress communities have made so far in flattening the curve.

The COVID-19 face masks have quickly found itself at the intersection of these two meanings of “must-have accessory.” At the beginning of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending that every individual wear a cloth face-covering whenever they are in public settings where it is hard to maintain social distancing measures, such as at the grocery store or pharmacy. The CDC emphasizes that the cloth face coverings can be made out of household items and that surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Despite this recommendation, government officials have done little to help the general public obtain the appropriate COVID-19 face masks. People who are handy with a needle and thread can make them out of bedsheets or scarves, but what about the large portion of the public who don’t have the time or skills to create homemade COVID-19 face masks?

COVID-19 face masks

That’s where fashion brands are stepping in. As the demand for face masks skyrockets, brands have started designing their own versions of the COVID-19 face masks and selling them to consumers. Not only do consumers need masks to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but masks from designers are much more visually interesting than standard medical masks. Masks from fashion companies have quickly become a new form of self-expression, helping consumers maintain a sense of individuality while they wear something that covers half of their faces. Some of our favorite fashionable COVID-19 face masks include Dalia MacPhee, Christopher Palu, Ivon Los Angeles, Grace Eleyae, and Christy Dawn  (photos included in this feature).

COVID-19 face masks

Selling aesthetically-pleasing face masks is also beneficial for the revenue of these brands. In 2018, consumers spent about $517 billion online working with U.S. merchants. A good portion of those billions has dried up as the coronavirus continues to change the financial wellbeing of Americans, causing consumers to be much more conscious about how they spend their money. Selling practical, yet fashionable, face masks are the perfect opportunity for clothing companies to tap into the demands of the public and keep their businesses afloat at the same time.

COVID-19 face masks

As brands have been rolling out masks, they’ve been incorporating more practical features as well as appealing designs. One issue some people had anticipated with making and selling masks in this crisis was how they would get the necessary materials. About 95% of the world’s cargo moves by ship, but the global pandemic has all but stopped companies’ normal supply chains. Luckily, brands have found ways to make masks without having to further tax the world’s limited supply of resources. Many have been recycling fabrics from their past collections or using scraps of denim and other fabrics that would otherwise have been thrown away. Brands are also taking care to make masks with washable fabric so that consumers can sanitize their masks and re-wear them.

COVID-19 face masks

Many fashion brands are running special deals that also help out the country’s hard-working healthcare workers. Offering 1+1 or 5+5 match packages has become commonplace on websites of fashion brands. When you buy a 5+5 pack at Christy Dawn, for example, you will receive five sustainable, reusable masks and the other five masks will be sent to medical workers. Other brands are making donations on their own to help those in need. For instance, J.Crew and Madewell are each selling non-medical face masks in packs of three for consumers but have also donated a total of 75,000 single-use masks to the healthcare system. Rose Brand is donating 20% of the sale of their 3-pk of Make A Difference and Keep Your Distance COVID-19 face masks to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Coronavirus Sustainable Face Mask

If you’ve been procrastinating making a mask of your own, check to see if any of your favorite fashion brands are selling non-surgical face masks. You may even be able to find out in an easy zero-click search, a type of search that makes up over 62% of mobile searches and will answer your query right on the results page without you having to click on any links. Once you have your answer, you can start browsing the brand’s mask options and find one that speaks to your style and budget. Remember to keep an eye out for deals that send masks to those in need so that you can do your part to help the community.

Even as coronavirus hospitalizations start to slow down in the United States, Keep Your Distance that the public will need to keep up social distancing measures for the foreseeable future. Some even predict these measures extending into the next year and beyond, with this health crisis permanently changing how people interact with the world. This means that although some parts of society may start returning to normal, it’s likely that wearing face masks in public will be the new normal. Investing in sustainable, reusable face masks now will help keep you healthy, keep small fashion brands in the business, and keep healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 protected against the virus.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

Business.org Support Local Restaurants With Gift Card Giveaways

We always champion supporting small businesses; Small Business Saturday is a favorite of ours, but during this uncertain time, supporting them is needed more than ever. Of course, due to unemployment, our budgets are not what they were, so Business.org is stepping in to help. Business.org wants to help out local restaurants by purchasing $5,000 worth of gift cards and gifting them to you to support your favorite restaurants.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

To give small businesses a quick cash infusion during the Covid-19 shutdown (and help us put food on our table), Business.org is offering a total of $5,000 toward local cuisine. How does it work? They have purchased 50 gift cards valued at $100 each and asking you to submit the name of your favorite restaurants; from the entries, they will randomly select the winners and send them a $100 gift card for the restaurant they nominated. We have selected our favorite from our neighborhood and pray to god we are selected. Who will you be nominating as your favorite?

We love this idea as it is a fantastic way to help out local businesses; this small boost will help them, and of course, you (who doesn’t need the extra grocery budget). There are rules for entering of course. Anyone 18 years or older, located in any of the 50 states, can submit a local restaurant for nomination. Only one restaurant or small business can be nominated, so be sure to select your top favorite. Submitting your name enters you into the drawing for a $100 gift card that Business.org will purchase from the local restaurant of your choice.

You must hurry though as the nominations are only open until April 30th at 5 pm MST; that’s 7 pm EST to you fellow East coasters. Click on THIS NOMINATION FORM to fill out your favorite small business. All winners will be contacted via email on May 4th, 2020.

Benefit Cosmetics' Pick-Me-Up Post Gifts 3,000 Self-Care Packages

Benefit Cosmetics’ Pick-Me-Up Post Delivers 3,000 Self-Care Packages

Let’s face it, we all need a pick-me-up and during this time of fear, worry, and stress, it’s absolutely needed. Of course, no one needs it more than the heroes working tirelessly on the frontlines to make our world is safer and healthier. Benefit Cosmetics called upon all beauty lovers who are at home doing their part to flatten the curve to nominate their hero to receive a Benefit Cosmetics’ Pick-Me-Up Post.

Benefit Cosmetics' Pick-Me-Up Post Delivers 3,000 Self-Care Packages

On Tuesday, April 21st, Benefit Cosmetics starts their partnership with some of their #friendswithbenefit to deliver 3,000 self-care packages to those who could use a pick-me-up. We love this and think this is a wonderful way to say thanks and brighten someone’s day. The 3,000 lucky Benefit beauties included doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, first responders, teachers, grocery store employees, delivery workers, caregivers, or anyone who has been adversely affected by the current pandemic.

Each Pick-Me-Up Post is a wealth of beauty and wellness goodies. These beauty and wellness goodies are sure to lift the spirits of your heroes and put a smile on their faces. The packages include Benefit Cosmetics’ best-sellers, such as Roller Lash Mascara, POREfessional Primer, Hoola Bronzer, and an eyebrow product. The self-care packages also included products from their partners at S’well Bottle, CBD for Life, Kinship, and Quay Australia.

As you can imagine, Benefit Cosmetics reached their Pick-Me-Up Post self-care packages within hours. Benefit has already donated tons of products to front line workers nationwide. They will be continuing this work through this latest initiative.

Were you one of the lucky 3,000 to nominate someone? We hope you were able to gift one of these drool-worthy goodie bags to your hero. If you weren’t, don’t worry, there is more to come from Benefit Cosmetics and Pick-Me-Up Post. So keep your eye out for more giveaways from your #friendswithbenefit!

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Stressed Skin? Calm it Down with These Skincare Products

If you’re like us, then you probably thought your skin would be at it’s best since having to take a break from pore-clogging makeup; and like us, you’d be wrong. Although staying at home has given our skin and pores a break from foundation, setting sprays and powders, our skin seems angrier than before. This anger, of course, leads to breakouts.  What could be causing our skin to protest it’s “bareness”? Is it revolting against not being dressed up in makeup? No! The answer is stress. The stress of being fearful of catching Covid-19, hearing about the deaths of friends and family, the inability to find the groceries you need, unemployment, etc has us all stressed out. And this is how stressed skin reacts.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Speaking to other beauty lovers, it seems our skin is all reacting the same way. We’re experiencing dry, cracked lips; blemish and breakouts; and of course, extremely dry hands. So how do we fix this? By taking some real time out for self-care. Now is the time to treat your skin to some calming and pampering skincare products to combat the effects of these stressful times. Check out the stressed skin savors we’re currently enjoying from nügg Beauty, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and MasqueBAR.

nügg Beauty

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

nügg’s commitment is to its consumers during this time. nügg products can be found at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and Giant Eagle – making it very convenient when you are picking up food for the week. If you’re sticking to online shopping only, you can find their products on Amazon and www.nuggbeauty.com. The brand is offering 20% off their entire site and also including a free Deep Clean Face Mask with all purchases.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

A brand that was started during the Great Depression, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been at the forefront to help Americans during difficult times. During World War II, the brand was a supplier of camouflage sticks and lubricating oil. Their Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $25.00, is exactly the ultra-rich formula you need to nourish, hydrate, and protect hands, nails, and cuticles after the numerous handwashing.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Hand Sanitizer

Today the brand is producing World Health Organization approved Hand Sanitizer in two sizes: 3.4oz for $5.00, and 6oz for $10.00. This fragrance-free, 80% alcohol-based, quick-drying formula helps reduce potentially disease-causing germs. Merle Norman Cosmetics is offering free shipping on all orders of $50.00 or more.

MasqueBAR

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

It’s known that masking is a timeout of daily life. And when life is anything but routine, masks offer a quick break with exponential benefits. MasqueBAR offers a wide variety of masks from natural to product/solution to fun opportunities for parents and kids. The cost is small but the payoff is big. MasqueBAR is offering 30% off everything on www.masque.bar.

Are you experiencing stressed skin? What products are you using to combat the effects?

Products to Boost Your Immune System

To Your Health: 3 Products to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens. When you have a healthy immune system, you are better positioned to prevent infection and disease. However, the immune system isn’t just healthy by chance. By making healthy lifestyle choices, such as including nutritious food in your diet and getting enough sleep, you can bolster your immune system.

Products to Boost Your Immune System

In the time of COVID-19, taking any steps you possibly can to give your immune system a helping hand is essential. While no single supplement or vitamin can give you immediate protection from the coronavirus, a healthier immune system can help you fight the potentially deadly symptoms of COVID-19. A stronger immune system will also help you fight any other illnesses or diseases that might otherwise send you to the emergency room, thereby exposing you to the coronavirus. As the emergency room is typically a patient’s go-to source for help when they’re unwell, there are about 110 million ER visits annually. However, going to the emergency room for anything other than a true emergency now offers more risk than reward with many people there to treat COVID-19 symptoms.

To stay out of these high-risk environments, you need to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Let’s take a look at a few immune-boosting products that can help you better fight viruses, bacteria, and toxins.

Vitamin C

Wonderful Pomegranates and Citrus

Vitamin C has an important role in immune health, making it one of the most popular supplements that people take to protect against infection. Doctors in New York are even giving patients large doses of vitamin C, in addition to more traditional medicines and antibiotics, after reports from China show that it has helped some patients.

The reasoning for the success behind vitamin C is that it supports the function of various immune cells while also enhancing their ability to protect against infection. The immune system is healthier when old cells are cleared out and replaced with new ones, which vitamin C has a key role in doing. Studies have also shown that supplementing with vitamin C can reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. As the coronavirus causes symptoms similar to the common cold and attacks the upper respiratory system, vitamin C could be a key fighter against the disease.

To include more of this nutrient in your diet, you can rely on vitamin C supplements or consume more foods that are rich in vitamin C. These foods include pomegranates, kiwis, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, oranges, and other citrus fruits.

Fenugreek

Pereg Foods Fenugreek

There are many alternative medicines out there that people don’t often think of, or even know about when they are pursuing ways to boost their immune system. Treatments for any type of illness or disease tend to be ruled by the global pharma market, which is projected to reach $1.12 trillion in 2022. In the interest of profiting from the market, medical providers may disregard alternative treatments in favor of pharmaceutical remedies. However, this can prevent people from using products that will actually help them.

Fenugreek, an herb commonly used in Indian dishes, is one of these beneficial alternative medicines. You can normally find this plant in its seed or powder form, both of which boast an impressive nutritional profile as well as a sweet, nutty taste. Just one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds contains 2.5 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of fiber, 3.7 milligrams of iron, 21 milligrams of magnesium, and 85 milligrams of potassium.. All of these nutrients can help your overall health as well as potentially provide several health benefits. These benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing heartburn, and providing anti-inflammatory effects.

Alkaline Water

Smartwater Alkaline

Alkaline water is a type of water that has a different pH level than standard drinking water. The pH level measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14, with lower numbers indicating a substance is acidic and higher numbers indicating it is alkaline. As the name suggests, alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Advocates of alkaline water tout that it can neutralize the acid in your body because of its higher pH level.

Although more research is needed, there are many possible health benefits of alkaline water. One of these benefits is immune system support. Your immune system may already work to neutralize the acidity in your body, which is typically caused by stress, a poor diet, and environmental toxins. Alkaline water, then, can provide the immune system with a helping hand in neutralizing acidity. By boosting the immune system, alkaline water can help your body fight COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, which can range anywhere between 100.4 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Alkaline water is also believed to have ultra-hydrating properties, contain bone-strengthening minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and slow the aging process by preventing the growth of damaging free radicals in the body.

PureRX HydroCharge

You can find many brands that sell alkaline water in stores, including Essentia Water and Bai Water. You can also find additives that have alkalizing products, such as HydroCharge from PureRx Formulas.

By actively supporting your immune system, you can help keep your body healthy. In addition to getting enough sleep and exercise, try out these immune-boosting products. You just may find that you stay healthier and can better fight illnesses when they occur. And in this era of COVID-19, there are few things you need more than good health.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You’re Working From Home

Admit it, for the past few weeks, your work attire has been 90% pajamas and sweats. Ours has certainly been that. But as we see winter turn to spring, we found ourselves asking a question. Are you still wearing your winter wardrobe for those Zoom meetings? We certainly hope not. For those times you need to look good for your video conference or chat, check out the affordable and fashionable offerings from Jardin by Macris.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some must-have spring fashion. With these bestselling and must-have items from Jardin by Macris, your quarantine work style remains on point! It’s slowly getting warm outside but you most likely still have your heat on, so styles like the California Breeze Sweater are perfect to throw on. The light and slouchy yet breathable sweater is a perfect transition piece. It layers perfectly over a bralette or tank top. For those who are too comfortable in their tank tops to change, top it off with the Embroidered Tassel Kimono to take you from couch potato to classic chic.

Got a video conference with the big boss? The Everyday Necklace Blouse will keep you looking effortlessly stylish. This easy-fit, chiffon blouse boasts a removable necklace, keyhole detail at the back and roll-up sleeves with button tab. Shine in a little black dress with a wild side like the Leopard High Low Dress. This “business in the front and party in the back” Jardin by Macris dress is both classic and stylish.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Looking for something different than the average pull-over cover-up? Try the spaghetti strap, wide leg Malibu Beach Jumpsuit in jersey-knit for your living room and bedside adventures. Or if you really want to keep it all about business, the sleeveless Hi-Low Shirt Dress is a great button-down look. For those who are single want to look amazing for their virtual date nights, the sexy, off-the-shoulder Isabella Maxi Dress is both comfortable and alluring.

So while you’re home wondering what are you going to wear for your next Zoom and Skype meeting or virtual date, check out what this small but stylishly affordable California brand has to offer. We promise you won’t retreat it, especially as you can get 25% OFF when you use the code: SPRINGTIME25.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

The COVID-19 outbreak has turned modern society on its head, taking children out of schools, keeping consumers at home rather than in bars and stores, and halting the operations of all types of businesses. While various businesses are pausing their usual productions and sales, many are finding new purpose in the national effort to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Fashion and textile companies across the country are focusing their efforts on making face masks and hospital gowns while distilleries are adjusting operations so that they can produce disinfectants and hand sanitizers. Although statistics show that as many as 70% of business partnerships fail, partnerships within these businesses are coming together to satisfy the needs of healthcare workers in the United States. The collaboration, internally and externally, of these companies to adjust their operations could prove to be a game-changer in the fight again coronavirus.

Fashion Brands Making a Difference

While retail stores close their doors and fashion events are canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, brands across the country have started using their resources and skills to make face masks and hospital gowns for healthcare workers. The supply of face masks, in particular, has quickly plummeted in the United States as the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations has skyrocketed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even suggested that healthcare workers use bandanas or scarves to cover their faces while treating patients if no other supplies are available, although neither are proven effective at keeping out airborne particles.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

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To help keep healthcare workers from turning to this last resort, major fashion brands are stepping up. The National Council of Textile Organizations announced on March 21 that they would work with the federal government to come together and produce face masks. There are 10 businesses within this coalition taking part in the effort, including Los Angeles Apparel, Hanes Brand, and AST Sportswear Inc. as well as a handful of other names.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

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Independent brands are also committing to making the supplies that healthcare workers need. Christian Siriano, a New York fashion designer and the host of “Project Runway,” stepped up to the need early on. He tweeted an offer to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 20 to have his team of sewers work from home to make masks. About 83% of consumers “love” or “like” when a business responds to them on social media and Gov. Cuomo was no different. Shortly after Siriano’s offer, Cuomo tweeted that his team was in talks with Siriano and urged other New York brands to follow suit. As of March 24, Siriano’s mask prototypes were pending government approval to ensure they are safe and effective.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs - Michael Costello

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Fellow New York-based designer Brandon Maxwell is also pivoting his brand’s operations to gown and mask production. Maxwell has also announced that he will give away three wedding dresses to brides affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In Los Angeles, designer Michael Costello has created a washable face mask in a black, cotton-nylon stretch fabric and is reproducing it at a rate of about 150 masks per day. They are considered non-surgical grade masks, but Costello says the research he has done shows that the materials he’s using have high air filtration effectiveness rates.

Citizens of Humanity is creating a face mask prototype made of 100% cotton to send to various organizations around Los Angeles, including UCLA Health and Stanford Children’s Hospital. The company says that its factory could potentially produce up to 150,000 masks each week and that gowns and other items could be next on their production schedule.

Distilleries Swap Liquor for Disinfectant

Before scientific advances spurred companies to produce specific formulas for sanitizers, alcohol was used for centuries as a crude disinfectant. While the two products now have separate industries, the lines are blurring again as distilleries across the country use their existing equipment and knowledge to make disinfectants instead of liquor.

NY Distilleries Get Green Light to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Pernod Ricard, a $34 billion French drinks group, has dozens of distilleries around the world that are trading out their liquor operations for sanitizer production. Jameson Whiskey and Absolut Vodka, both of which are owned by Pernod Ricard, received government approvals within 24 hours of submitting proposals to create batches of hand sanitizer. By the end of the same week, they were rolling their first products off production lines in Arkansas.

To help other distilleries do the same, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has waived provisions of internal revenue law to authorize permitted distillers to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers. While most participating distilleries have a substantial amount of ethanol on hand, they’ve had to source other key ingredients such as glycerin and hydrogen peroxide, which they don’t usually use, as well as the right plastic containers for packaging their hand sanitizers. Once they gather the ingredients, the master blenders at distilleries have used their expertise as well as the World Health Organization’s recipe for high-quality hand sanitizer to create disinfectants in this time of shortages.

BACARDI HELPS PRODUCE HAND SANITIZERS WITH CHANGE IN PRODUCTION

Although the U.S. may consume the largest volume of wine of any country in the world, it is also partial to its liquor. And America’s favorite distilleries, small and large, are taking on this initiative as well. BACARDI Rum is partnering with Puerto Rico-based lubricant manufacturer Olein Refinery to make sanitizers. In upstate New York, smaller distilleries are also shifting operations to help local healthcare workers. These distilleries offering a helping hand include Kymar Farm Distillery, Sauvage Beverage Distillery, and Black Button Distilling. Other distilleries-turned-sanitizer-producers throughout the U.S. include the Tennessee Distillers Guild, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Nevada, and Ko’olau Distillery in Ohau, Hawaii.

As businesses across the country adjust their everyday operations to help in the time of coronavirus, individuals can see first-hand the impact of small contributions. What can you do to help your community and ensure that everyone stays connected during these tough times?