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Where to buy silk face masks for sensitive skin: Combat irritation and breakouts

These can help reduce 'maskne' - breakouts caused by trapped heat and increased humidity from wearing face coverings: iStock
These can help reduce ‘maskne’ – breakouts caused by trapped heat and increased humidity from wearing face coverings: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

As of 24 July, face coverings are mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. These rules also extend to indoor shopping centres, banks, and post offices. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

If you’re picking up a takeaway coffee or food in England, you’ll also have to wear a mask, but this rule doesn’t apply to sit-in meals. The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, confirmed: “If you’re going in to buy a

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Jonny Cota on Being Amazon Fashion’s ‘Guinea Pig’ and His ‘Pandemic-Proof’ Store

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“Making the Cut” winner Jonny Cota knows something about one of the industry’s most burning questions: Is Amazon really interested in fashion?

“It’s tricky…” said the Los Angeles designer outside his retail store opening Aug. 1 at Row DTLA, which will be the exclusive brick-and-mortar store carrying the Jonny Cota Studio “Metamorphosis” collection that launched in April on Amazon after he won the fashion reality competition series and $1 million prize.

“Customers today are responding more to a lifestyle element, the way things are shot, getting rid of the white background, showing a little more realness, and Amazon is not there,” he said, while acknowledging Amazon’s systems (at least pre-pandemic) are exceptional. “Right now, guidelines are very strict, every background needs to be white, there can’t be a single accessory unless the thing is sold in the photo. This caters to an Amazon

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New Barbie Collection Via American Retro, Pop Culture-Inspired Stitch Shoppe

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Stitch Shoppe by Loungefly has collaborated with Disney, Coca-Cola and Pixar. Now the California-based company — which specializes in retro, pop culture-inspired apparel and accessories for adults — is turning its attention to Barbie, offering a size-inclusive line, out July 31.

“We love that Barbie has taken some really, really bold moves in the market in terms of diversity in their dolls and body positivity,” said Liz DeSilva, vice president of creative for Loungefly, which is owned by licensed collectibles manufacturer Funko. “The brand messaging really aligns with what Stitch Shoppe stands for. We want to create inclusive collections for all shapes and sizes.”

Sizes range from small to 4XL, featuring pastel-colored dresses, skirts and tops in light fabrics, as well as Barbie-like handbags. Items cost between $25 and $125.

“With a shared history of celebrating fashion and inclusivity, teaming up with

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America ‘staring down the barrel of martial law’, Oregon senator warns

America is “staring down the barrel of martial law” as it approaches the presidential election, a US senator from Oregon has warned as Donald Trump cracks down on protests in Portland, the state’s biggest city.

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In interviews with the Guardian, Democrat Ron Wyden said the federal government’s authoritarian tactics in Portland and other cities posed an “enormous” threat to democracy, while his fellow senator Jeff Merkley described it as “an all-out assault in military-style fashion”.

The independent watchdogs for the US justice and homeland security departments said on Thursday they were launching investigations into the use of force by federal agents in Portland, where unidentified officers in camouflage gear have snatched demonstrators off the streets and spirited them away in unmarked vehicles.

But Trump this week announced a “surge” of federal law

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