For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic has upended our daily routines, including our morning and nightly glam sessions. School, work, social gatherings, and everything in between has been flipped upside down. And while staying home has afforded us the luxury of sporting fresh faces and messy buns, some of us are eager to get back to the beauty basics – especially since working from home means attending endless Zoom meetings.
A little under-eye concealer, lip gloss, or curling cream ain’t never hurt nobody. But what happens when you can’t (or choose not to) physically go to your favorite store to purchase beauty essentials?
I’ve got some good news: Internet to the rescue! You can still buy beauty essentials from the comfort of your own home. You’re only one click away from some of your favorite beauty essentials – and Mayvenn has put together a comprehensive list of where to find beauty products online. Here’s where to purchase the goods:
1. Skincare and Makeup
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Want to keep your skin so fresh and so clean? You can find a list of Black-owned skincare companies on the rise here. There are a few other skincare and makeup companies that are shipping online during quarantine:
2. Mani-Pedi at Home
If you haven’t been able to get to the salon for a mani-pedi, no worries. Of course, you can pick up nail essentials from places like Target or Walmart. But, you can also purchase essentials to get your nails and toes right at home - all while supporting Black-owned businesses, too.
Also, quite a few nail techs who are out of work (thanks to COVID-19) are offering to ship mani and pedi kits.
3. Au Natural and Toxic-Free Marketplace
Want to look good while reducing your carbon footprint? These online marketplaces carry all natural and toxic-free beauty essentials:
4. Braiding Hair, Wigs, Bundles, and Clip-Ins, Oh My!
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Of course, I recommend buying quality hair extensions from Mayvenn. But, there are quite a few other online destinations that sell different textures of hair for protective styling, such as braids and twists. From wavy faux locs to kinky curly clip-ins, check out a few of these online hair retailers:
5. About That Bonnet Life (Because Protecting the Strands is Essential Too)
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Do protective hair coverings count as a beauty necessity? You bet! Keeping your hairstyle fresh is clutch, even during these times. Get hair coverings for you and the family from these online retailers:
6. Support Your Local Beauty Supply Stores
Image: EnvyUs Beauty Supply
Local beauty supply stores are normally a one-stop shop for beauty essentials. And while paying them a visit right now might be off the table, some beauty supply stores are taking online orders. Here are just a few:
EnvyUs Beauty Supply (Alexandria, VA)
Coil Beauty (Chicago, IL)
Yuber Beauty Supply (Brooklyn, New York)
Healthy Hair Connections Beauty Supply (Atlanta, GA)
Please keep in mind that as with any online purchases, expect delays. Just as the beauty industry has been affected by the coronavirus, nationwide shipping services are experiencing a backlog as well.