49 Beauty Brands That Are Giving Back During the Coronavirus Pandemic
With COVID-19 (coronavirus) putting a halt to everyday life for millions of people around the world, some beauty brands are taking action against the pandemic. As an increasing amount of retailers announced indefinite closures of their store locations in the US and beyond earlier this week, others are using this as an opportunity to give back.
A handful of our favorite brands, from Farmacy to Peace Out Skin Care, have redirected some of their focus to those directly affected by the disease, whether it be people who are unable to work and provide for themselves due to lockdown policies or healthcare workers who are currently on the frontlines of the crisis. Read ahead to see which beauty brands are providing charity for those affected by COVID-19, then head over here to find out how you can help.
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Influencer Camila Coelho’s 8.7 million Instagram followers know that the Brazilian born beauty has an eye for style. Whether she’s wearing a fancy get-up or donning a bikini on vacation, Coelho makes every look an eye-catching outfit.
Her social media devotees have been able to emulate her fashion sense through her Camila Coelho Collection sold exclusively on REVOLVE.com and now, just in time for summer, they can recreate her swim style too with the line’s expansion into swimwear, with prices up ranging from $75- $168 and sizes XXS-XL.
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When creating the pieces, Coelho gathered inspo from her heritage, style preferences and followers’ requests. “As a Brazilian and Latina who grew up wearing swim and being in the sun, I have so many amazing memories in swimwear,” she told Stylish. “I added crochet because when I see it, I automatically think of Brazil.”
As for how her fans contributed to the design process? “When I first launched my line, swim was always something that they asked for. … I did research on all the swim I’ve worn before that people loved the most and inserted that into the line,” she shared.
And there is a suit for every single one of them — think one-pieces with cutouts, suits with lace-up details, crochet cover ups, high-cut bikini bottoms and balconette style tops.
“I always tell people the secret to being stylish, happy and confident in an outfit is to learn about your body and find out about what really fits you well and what will make your your better features stand out. … There’s no such thing as right or wrong, it’s about what makes you feel good,” the influencer said.
Coelho’s personal taste: “My swim style is a bit sexier than my every day style. … I’m a girl who likes small tops and small bottoms and suits that are great for tanning. They allow me to be free at the beach and not worry about tan lines,” she dished.
And Coelho says her swimwear is not just made for hitting the beach. “A lot of times we spend so much money on swim and we only wear it during the summer. Sometimes people don’t even want to repeat their swim when they’ve already been pictured in it, so I really thought about tops that you can wear under your blazer or under your blouse. Even with the one pieces, you can make it very fashionable when you’re out in the summer with linen pants or wear it with your skirt or under your blazer,” she said.
Another pro-tip for amping up your beachwear? “I love wearing thin layer necklaces or a fun earring and tropical accessories. … Layering very thin gold necklaces goes with all of your swim. … It adds a chic touch to your swim and makes you look accessorized, but not too extra,” she spilled.
Once you’ve got the look set, Coelho says taking the perfect feed worthy photo is dependent on a couple of key things. “A lot of times you get to the pool or the beach at 12 or 2 p.m. and the light is so harsh. You take a picture and you’re like, ‘It’s not good, my body doesn’t look great’ and it’s because the light affects how you look,” the social media star said.
“I always take photos super early in the morning or I enjoy my day at the beach and take my pictures at the end of the day when the light is golden and soft,” Coelho added.
And be sure to hit your best angles. “If you’re taking a picture while walking on the beach, always put your phone lower so that you look taller and leaner. Ask the person who is taking the picture to take it from lower not from higher,” she recommended.
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A HEARTBROKEN sister told how her beloved little brother died alone in hospital of coronavirus, just hours after their mum found him collapsed on his bedroom floor.
Dean McKee, 28, from west London, died on Tuesday, after about eight days of suffering symptoms including fever and lethargy but no coughing. His heartbroken family don't know where his body is being held and have no idea when they will be able to hold his funeral.
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“I never expected him to die,” said exams officer Louisa, 40, in an exclusive interview with Fabulous. “Our brother, Richard, kept telling him to go to hospital but I didn’t. I thought he would be fine.
“Maybe I was just really, really naive.”
Louisa, breaking down as she spoke, described how before falling ill Dean had been carrying out long shifts in a care home near where he lived with mum Jayne Hill, 59, in Shepherd’s Bush.
Originally he worked coordinating activities like bingo in the home but as the corona crisis worsened he started looking after the elderly residents even more.
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“He had stepped in to become a carer in the crisis,” she explained. “I asked mum if he had PPE equipment and she said she thought he had a mask.
“She explained he was coming home very tired and not having food. That wasn’t like Dean. He was a big boy and loved to eat.
“But it was non-stop. He was exhausted.”
Louisa, who has three children and lives in Wandsworth, south west London, told how she, Richard, 41, and sister Jo, 35, all doted on Dean.
“He was the baby of the family,” she said. “When he was very little I was a teenager and I would take him out.
“He had nine nieces and nephews and would always step in to help, arriving at our homes at 7am to look after them. He was lovely and really caring.”
He wasn’t getting any worse – at least not externally although clearly the virus was killing him inside.
A keen poet who received money for performing his work and an avid Queens Park Rangers fan, around 12 days ago he became “incredibly fatigued”.
“He couldn’t walk two steps without becoming exhausted,” Louisa said. “We were all really worried as he was obviously very ill.
“He was so exhausted, had no energy to do anything and was totally wiped out.”
He took to bed but, as per government advice, didn’t go to hospital believing – because he was young with no underlying health conditions – he could recover on his own.
Louisa, who is isolating in her own home, called Dean daily to ask how he was feeling.
“He said he was the same everyday which I thought was good,” she said. “He wasn’t getting any worse – at least not externally although clearly the virus was killing him inside.
“We were more worried about our mum as she is diabetic and had been sent a letter telling her to isolate for three months as she was high risk.”
On Monday Louisa called her brother as usual and he said – once again – he felt the same. “It was a quick conversation and I just asked how he was and he said the same,” she said.
But in the evening, believed around to be 10pm, Jayne heard him crashing to the floor. He had collapsed.
“She called 999 and within half-an-hour an ambulance had arrived. Paramedics worked on him at home before taking him to hospital,” Louisa explained. “She desperately wanted to travel to hospital with him but wasn’t allowed.”
Dean was taken to Charing Cross Hospital in central London and the family aren’t entirely clear what happened next.
“Mum rang us all straight away,” Louisa explained. “I was in shock and couldn’t believe he was in hospital.
“My brother Richard called the hospital and they said to try him on his mobile so we can assume at that point he was alive and conscious, but he didn’t answer.
“Then, around 2am, he called again and asked straight out asked, ‘Is he still alive?’
“The hospital said they wouldn’t ordinarily tell people over the phone but since he had asked so directly they were going to be honest and said he had passed away.”
Richard walked straight to his mum’s home, reaching there shortly before the police who were also en route.
We still don’t know where his body is and when we get it we will not be able to have the funeral we would have wanted because of the government restrictions.
“I am so grateful he beat them,” Louisa said. “Because mum simply didn’t believe it. She couldn’t understand it. She didn’t accept it – how her youngest son could have been alive a few hours earlier, been taken off alone in an ambulance and then died.”
Because Jayne didn’t accept the news, she and Richard were allowed to see Dean’s body for just 10 minutes. They were forced to wear full protective gear.
“It was heartbreaking,” she said. “Mum was – we all are – devastated.
“I was so naive. I thought Dean would recover.
“He was so lovely.
“He would perform poetry at QPR and it has been astonishing how many people knew and loved him.
“I’m telling people what happened so they don’t dismiss their symptoms and do go to hospital.
“He deteriorated really quickly.
“We still don’t know where his body is and when we get it we will not be able to have the funeral we would have wanted because of the government restrictions.
“The entire situation is insane. Normally in these circumstances he wouldn’t have died. But if he had fallen ill we could have gone in an ambulance with him. We could have sat at his bedside and afterwards said goodbye.
“All of that has been taken away from us.
“I miss my brother so much. It breaks my heart.”
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Desperate mums were forced to turn to eBay for baby milk after shops sold out – and were shocked to find it on sale for £155.
And this mum told how she battled swine flu, as coronavirus grips the world.
Despite only having three mouths to feed, the factory worker spent a whopping £250 on one shop and grabbed as much fresh fruit, veg, eggs and meat off the shelves as she could.
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Now, unsurprisingly, she's having to throw most of it out after it's gone mouldy sitting untouched in her cupboard, but it's not stopped her buying more.
Here she tells Fabulous why she's a shameless stockpiler and won't stop, despite all the desperate pleas.
"PUNNETS of rotten strawberries, mouldy bread, unwanted packets of Jaffa Cakes, out-of-date peas and carrots…
The bin bag was groaning under the weight of unused food I’d stockpiled when the coronavirus crisis hit.
But as I heaved it into the already overflowing bin, I didn’t feel a shred of remorse.
A single mum, I’d do anything to protect and provide for my children, Henry, 15, and Katie, 11 – especially now.
I’ve never been a hoarder in the past, but when the panic buying started, I just did what everyone else was doing.
In the first week, I packed my fridge and cupboards full with £250 of groceries, including lots of fruit, veg, biscuits, eggs, tinned food, pasta and 50 toilet rolls.
Like the rest of the country, I was terrified of what was to come.
The government was telling us not to panic and only buy the essentials, but what if I got sick and couldn’t go to the shop? Would food deliveries stop, and the supermarkets run out of food to sell?
All of a sudden it was like we were plunged into a disaster movie.
With only a small freezer, however, I wasn’t able to store the vast majority of the fresh produce, so it went off and had to be binned within the week.
The kids, who normally eat things like spaghetti Bolognese or sausages and chips for tea, simply refused to touch a lot of the other things – like cans of chickpeas, pickled onions, and teriyaki sauce, which I wouldn’t normally buy, but I thought I should stock up on non-perishables.
Needing to make room for things they did like, I tried to donate them to a local homeless charity and women’s refuge, but whenever I rang they never answered the phone.
When I offered them to friends, they were too scared to accept them in case they contracted coronavirus – even though we have no symptoms – so as a last resort, I put them in a box on the street with a sign to say they were free, but my neighbours didn’t want them either.
Judging by their similarly overflowing bins, they’re in exactly the same situation as me.
With only a small freezer I wasn’t able to store the vast majority of the fresh produce, so it went off and had to be binned within the week.
As well dumping those cans, I’ve also had to chuck away dozens of toilet rolls, which got wet by accident from the shower, Jaffa Cakes and Bourbon Creams – because I was worried I saw a mouse bite on one, and panicked that all the extra food lying around was attracting rodents – plus a dozen eggs that got cracked when the dog tried to eat them while my back was turned.
But having to chuck £60’s worth of food hasn’t stopped me stockpiling even more during each weekly shop.
Even though the factory where I worked in admin closed two weeks ago and we’ve been living on my savings while waiting for my Universal Credit to come through, I’ve been using my savings for supplies.
Money is tighter than ever, but I refuse to scrimp on food now.
I still want the kids to have treats like biscuits and Easter Eggs – now more than ever, I want to spoil them.
Their lives have been turned upside down.
They can’t play football or netball or go to the cinema like they used to; they’re anxious and confused, and food is one of the only pleasures we have left.
It gives a structure to our day, it’s something to look forward to, and I don’t want to frighten them into thinking food is running out and we’re all going to starve.
I still want the kids to have treats like biscuits and Easter Eggs – now more than ever, I want to spoil them.
In the last week, many supermarkets have also stopped allowing children in, so I need to make sure I get enough in that one shop because I don’t want to leave them home alone more than is absolutely necessary.
On average, I’m now spending around £100 a week and throwing out around £10’s worth.
I understand the criticism about food not being left for vulnerable people and key workers, but I don’t feel bad – it’s the supermarkets’ responsibility to order more and make sure they have enough stock in.
Besides, I truly believe everyone is stockpiling and having to dump more food than usual right now – just not everyone will admit it.
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The fact that Boris Johnson is currently in intensive care just reinforces my decision to keep doing it.
Even he isn’t immune from COVID-19 – it could strike any of us down at any time.
If I had to self-isolate for 14 days and there was no one who could drop food round for us, at least Katie and Henry would have enough in to keep going.
None of us knows what’s around the corner, for the country or ourselves.
And I’m not willing to take that gamble when it means my children could end up going hungry."
We previously bought you the story about the stockpilers who are protecting their huge hauls with everything from BB guns to chainsaws.
Also, read about Georgia, who's self-isolating with her ex for the sake of her kids.
And finally, devastated mum Sarah shared a heartbreaking photo of her husband, who found out she'd lost their baby while isolating.
10 of the Best (and Easiest) DIY Acne Hacks We Found on TikTok
OK, so you’re bored in the house (and you’re in the house bored). What better way to waste time and get creative than DIYing everything in sight? For beauty people, that may include coloring your hair, mixing up a three-ingredient waxing formula, or finding innovative ways to treat your acne. Thanks to TikTok, the latter option is looking pretty promising.
Judging by how large the beauty community is on other social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram, it should come as no surprise that TikTok is brimming with makeup, skin care, and hair hacks. Lately, we’ve noticed several DIY acne treatments popping up in particular — many of which call for common pantry or medicine cabinet ingredients to create. From tea bags and turmeric to spot treatments and toners, keep scrolling to see 10 of our favorites. Trust us, you won’t even have to leave home to try them.
Just when we thought we had enough loungewear and crisp bed sheets to last us through social distancing, two of our favorite brands—Madewell and Parachute—teamed up on the collaboration of our dreams. The capsule, which launched on April 8, includes everything from Insta-worthy bed linens to the chicest dog bed we've ever laid eyes on.
Madewell collaborations are always on our radar, but the capsule with Parachute feels particularly serendipitous at a time when our WFH 'fits are looking a lot like our pajamas (they basically are), and we're spending more time in bed than we'd like to admit.
Despite the coincidental timing, the brands have actually been working on the collection for over a year. “After collaborating back in 2018 on a small capsule of travel accessories, it was such a success and so much fun working with the Parachute team, that we knew we wanted to continue our partnership in a bigger way,” Madewell's head designer, Joyce Lee tells Glamour.
The collection celebrates what both brands are known for—Madewell's effortless design and Parachute's beautiful, lived-in home essentials. The pieces themselves run the gamut from cotton sheets and striped duvet covers to quilted slippers and (gasp) a denim bed for your fur kid. Madewell's denim expertise got some love in the line too, as Lee tells us the dog bed was a natural extension for the brand: “We thought a dog bed was a fun addition because everyone deserves a stylish and comfy nighttime routine. It looks great in any room as well, which is an added bonus!”
If there's anything that can turn our homes into a sanctuary, it's these comfy pieces—and if you're looking put your dollars toward brands giving back to coronavirus relief efforts, you're in luck: Madewell recently partnered with No Kid Hungry—and will match customer donations up to $25,000.
For a purchase you can feel good about in more ways than one, here are six things from the collection worth adding to cart. FYI, you can shop the pieces directly on Parachute or Madewell.
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9 Epic Hair Transformations — and the Major Life Moments That Sparked Them
Sure, dyeing your blond hair cotton candy pink isn’t as dangerous as, say, flinging yourself out of a plane with only a parachute to save you — but it certainly takes guts. (Have you seen how wrong an at-home dye job can go?) It’s precisely that element of risk involved in committing to a dramatic hair change that makes a big chop or daring color experiment pair so nicely with a major life event. Both require the courage to let go of an old, familiar version of yourself and a willingness to make room for a new, bold reflection. (No parachute necessary.)
We documented nine such daring and beautiful transformations below, and they’re each about so much more than “just” hair. Read on and be seriously inspired by how these women used dyes and shears to embrace their sexuality, adjust to life in a pandemic, reclaim their personal definition of beauty, and so much more.
Whether or not you’ve seen Netflix’s latest docuseries Tiger King, if you’ve been on the internet recently, you’ve seen Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage. The seven-part series launched the former zoo owner into instant, meme-able fame, not just because of his eccentric fashion and highly questionable dealings in the big cat world, but also because of his very decisive personality. And now, Beauty YouTube is getting in on it, too. Beautuber Patrick Starrr transformed himself into Exotic for a video recently, and it couldn’t be funnier.
“Quarantine got me doing all types of crazy things,” Starrr captioned the video. Although you can’t exactly follow along with the video to get the total Exotic look, since Starrr puts on his handle-bar mustache, mullet wig, and colored contacts in before filming, you do get to enjoy something even better. If you watched Tiger King and were left thinking, “I wonder what Joe Exotic’s BeauTube video debut would be like,” Starrr’s video is the immersive experience you deserve. Starrr doesn’t break character once, so you can truly enjoy the chaos of Exotic as a makeup guru, including Carole Baskin slander and plenty of F-bombs.
“I’m not changing the way I dress. I refuse to wear a suit,” begins one classic Exotic quote in the series. But, maybe after watching Starrr’s transformation, the Tiger King will be ready to change how he does his makeup. The BeauTuber truly got into Exotic’s mindset in the video, as Starrr “whacks” on his bronzer in harsh strokes and struggles showing off his mascara. He even gives some truly Exotic-like advice as he applies mascara: “You just kinda wanna jack off the eye.”
“This is my favorite lipstick. It’s a very expensive one. This one is called ‘Orgasm.’ Never miss a day of that in my life,” Starrr says as he completes his look, which is incredibly on-brand for Exotic. Another key element of the look is blue eyeliner: “Y’all know on my Netflix show, I love me a blue water line.” Starrr’s version of Exotic is even a fan of COVERGIRL Foundation to get that “tiger orange” on his face.
Since the show’s release on March 20, 2020, everyone from Cardi B to Kim Kardashian to Miley Cyrus has been obsessed with the series, and now, Starrr has given fans even more Tiger King content they didn’t know they needed. Although the video is only 5-and-a-half minutes long, it’s the perfect way to make you laugh, whether you’ve seen the series or not. Maybe, if fans are lucky, Starrr’s quarantine will lead to even more in-character tutorials.
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Amazon Has a Wide Selection of Vegan Makeup — These Are Our 12 Favorites
You don’t have to eat vegan to use vegan beauty products. Whether you’ve made the decision to switch up your eating habits or not, it’s never a bad idea to take a closer look at your beauty routine and rid your makeup bag of products that use animal-derived ingredients and replace them with some plant-based formulas.
That might sound like a huge undertaking, since finding a vegan makeup product means that you’ll have to pay a lot more special attention to what’s on the ingredient lists in your products, but the good news is that tons of makeup brands are switching up their formulas and creating vegan products that are good quality. The even better news is that a bunch of those products can be found on Amazon.
Read ahead to see some of the best vegan makeup products we found on Amazon.