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Baby illustration by Heather Skovlund

Top Baby Gifts

By: Carly Cohen

The cutest, trendiest, and most functional baby products:

  • Fashionable Bibs

Babies wear a bib every single time they eat. Why not make it a fashion statement? There are so many brands that offer functional and adorable bibs for your child to wear. Brands such as Bamboo Little, Saks OFF Fifth, Mud Pie, and Abby & Finn all offer affordable, fun bibs that range in prices from about $10 to $60.

  • Stylish Diaper Bags

Diaper bags are a must, and there are so many stylish and fun options out there. Brands have truly stepped up their game when it comes to diaper bags. Check out brands like Dagne Dover and Revolve for an everyday bag that will match all outfits.

  •  Baby Sweatsuits

2021 is the year of dressing as comfortably as possible. This includes dressing the little ones comfortably, too. Check out Zara’s website for some super affordable and chic sweatsuits.

  • Organic Skin Care

Nourishing baby is, and will always be, important–no matter what age. Finding natural lotions, shampoos, and washes is for the baby’s health and hygiene. The brand’s Pipette, Evereden, and Honest Beauty offer the best skincare for babies.

  • Cooling Baby Clothes

Linen is known for being a cooling, airy clothing fabric. It is extra popular in the summer for those looking for a lighter clothing option. Countless shops provide cooling clothing for babies and are worth checking out.

  • Wallpaper

Using wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to spruce up a nursery or children’s bedroom. On Loomwell Home Goods, there are stunning wallpaper designs to fit your baby’s desires and achieve the perfect bedroom.

  • Rattan Furniture

A chic and boho trick to decorate the child’s space is using rattan furniture. On Poppys Little Treasure, there are so many options for bedroom and playroom furniture. They also offer adorable bassinets, which help achieve a beautiful nursery.

  • Handmade Decorations

Check out the small business on Etsy, Shop Little Grace. This shop offers handmade decorations for a baby’s bedroom, party, or anything other occasion.

  • Baby Headwear

There is nothing cuter than a baby in clips, bows, and topknots. Mae + Rae present the perfect looks for the little ones.

  • Electric Nail File

This product is a must-have for cutting baby’s nails. There is no worry in hurting the baby because it is super quick and gentle. Amazon has a great baby-proof electric nail file for only $20. Amazon’s nail file is made from sandpaper, which makes it extra gentle on babies.

It can be difficult to constantly entertain babies and toddlers, which is why iPads can be such handy tools. However, it can be hard to hand over your baby access your new, expensive Apple product with a fragile glass screen. That’s where ZAGG products come in! ZAGG makes safely entertaining your little ones their priority.

ZAGG Gear4® recently announced its new Orlando kids tablet case for Apple iPad 10.2-inch (7th, 8th gen). The Orlando is durable, lightweight and features sturdy adjustable arms that make it the perfect partner for any situation. The Orlando case is made with kid-friendly EVA foam with an inner border lining of D3O to provide up to 6.5 feet of drop protection. The Orlando iPad case for the iPad 10.2-inch (7th, 8th gen) is available today on ZAGG’s website with a limited lifetime warranty.

Orlando kids' tablet case from Jeff Dubois at ZAGG Brands company for use by 360 Magazine

The Bodega

 On Saturday, June 12th btw 4PM-8PM, 360 Magazine will host our intimate immersive pop-up shop, which will be reminiscent of a traditional Bronx Bodega. This po-up shop is a collaborative effort to elevate our brand’s priorities in popular culture and design (PC+D). We are looking to collaborate with and highlight local businesses in the Bronx. 360 Magazine works with LGBT-friendly, community-based organizations.

This boutique and private shopping experience will be held at the #360TRAP Bronx workspace. The event will feature #AOHSOA Trunk Pieces and lifestyle choices, specifically designed for consumers to live their best PC+D lifestyle.

The pop-up will possess a carnival theme that babies and kids will love! The Bodega will feature creative activities and decors compatible with this fun concept. The event’s open bar will run for four hours and feature signature spirits of mixologists, as well as festive tapas. This event will be a privileged opportunity to reinforce brand awareness and network among target audiences and sponsors.This summer event will also be the precursor for World Blood Donor Day (6/14) and Armon Hayes‘ birthday (6/16).

cat illustration for the bodega by heather skovlund for use by 360 magazine

Feltman Brothers Baby and Toddler Clothing

With an Instagram following of almost 80K, Feltman Brothers consistently pulls out all the stops in posting beautiful photos of little ones wearing their distinctive collection of finely crafted, classic styled clothing and accessories. Playtime, celebrations, picnics, or summer christenings will all be comfortable, and memorable with Feltman Brothers summer selections for infants and toddlers.

From rompers and gowns to bibs and hats, the Feltman Brothers collections are the perfect choice for comfort and style, in classic designs that can be passed down for generations to come. Styles like the Vintage Smocked bodice Creeper and the Bobby Suits make for the most darling baby attire. Start the Feltman Brothers tradition with your family by visiting their website.

Feltman Brother's image via Frankie Shirley at HC-PR Group for use by 360 Magazine

Green Sprouts’ Snap and Go Easy-wear Bib

Green Sprouts is a leading family brand that inspires healthy and natural parenting. Green Sprouts’ Snap and Go Easy-wear Bib is the perfect way to keep your little ones clean and comfortable. Babies can rock this celebrity-loved, water-resistant bib at mealtime that limits mess and spill emergencies. In fact, Usher recently shared the most adorable Instagram post with his daughter Sovereign sporting the Green Sprouts’ Snap and Go Easy-wear Bib

This waterproof baby bib neatly rolls up and snaps to store utensils or small snacks in the pocket while on-the-go. The bib’s contoured design moves with baby and stays in place while on-the-go. Furthermore, the fabric is soft, light weight, machine washable, and stain and odor resistant. Green Sprouts products are made without azo dyes, formaldehyde, or PVC for baby’s health and well-being. For more information, please visit Green Sprouts’ website HERE.

Green Sprouts' Snap-and-Go Easy-Wear Bib image via Kristen Ray at 5WPR for use by 360 Magazine

ATTITUDE’s Natural Care and Cleaning Products

ATTITUDE is the trusted eco-friendly brand that conscious consumers turn to for all their baby care, home, personal, and pet grooming needs. This all-natural brand is committed to overall wellness for people, animals, and the environment. With these all-natural, sustainable products, you can be sure that your baby’s sensitive body, skin, and hair are getting the gentle care they require.

ATTITUDE is reducing single-use plastic, offer zero waste options, and plant a tree for every product purchased in partnership with two leading non-profit tree planting organizations. The ECOLOGO-certified brand’s personal care and household cleaning products are safe, effective, and hypoallergenic. Natural ingredients make up all of the brand’s products, with offerings that reduce single-use plastic with plastic-free and bulk collections. ATTITUDE makes it easier to adopt a natural, eco-friendly lifestyle at any age while keeping things clean and sanitary.

2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash by baby leaves sold by Attitude Natural Care image via Lindsey Hytrek from ChicExecs Brand Development for use by 360 Magazine

The Luli Bebe Monaco Bag

Sophisticated, sleek and luxurious, The eco-friendly Monaco backpack-style diaper and travel bags by Luli Bebe are one-of-a-kind. Monaco’s easy-carry and durable design make it the perfect, fashionable companion for everyday on the go use, as well as for weekend getaway or longer travels. These beauties are now available in a variety of posh colors.

Spacious and voluminous, the Monaco bags come in two styles: a backpack, which also functions as a diaper bag, and a classic handle-bag design. The backpack comes in two sizes, original and petite, and can also be worn across a single shoulder or in as a cross body bag. The bags are made of soft vegan, stain-resistant leather and boast a lavish satin-lined interior. Monaco bags will keep all of your travel items and on the go family gear stored in padded luxury. A trip across the country or just down the road is more practical and stylish with a LuliBebé Monaco bag

the Luli Bebe Monaco bag image via Frankie Shirley at HC PR Group, for use by 360 Magazine
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Best CBD Salves

Best CBD Salves: Top Brands in 2021

At some point in their lives everyone deals with sore muscles, achy joints, and dry, chapped skin. However, finding relief can sometimes be a challenge. Harsh ingredients irritate the skin, and watery formulas have no effect.

People are looking for a solution. They want a product that works with the body’s natural defenses to reduce pain and inflammation while also nursing the skin. Products made with CBD targets problem areas by penetrating the skin’s layers for healing and relief.

But, finding the best CBD salve isn’t always easy because not all CBD salves are created equal. Several companies manufacture CBD products that contain very little CBD, or the CBD is low-quality and combined with harmful ingredients.

This article looks at the different CBD salves on the market, and determines what makes one CBD topical salve better than others. The objective of this article is to educate readers on how to choose a high-quality salve, explain what is in a salve, and determine if a salve is the right choice for their type of pain. Additionally, this piece will explain the benefits and side effects of CBD topicals.

Keep reading to discover our top picks for the best CBD salves and learn how we chose them.

What Are CBD Salves and Topicals?

Many people are already familiar with CBD that can be taken orally: such as tinctures, gummies, or vape cartridges. CBD topicals are products that contain CBD for application to the skin. Topicals come in many forms, such as creams, lotions, balms, and salves.

Creams and lotions combine oil and water, along with an emulsifier. Creams have a higher ratio of oil to water, whereas the ratio is vice versa for lotions. Manufacturers formulate lotions and creams to absorb quickly into the skin.

In contrast, salves and balms typically contain CBD, herbal remedies, and some type of wax–such as beeswax. Salves usually have a softer consistency than balms.

When Looking for a High-Quality CBD Salve?

Here are things to consider when choosing high-quality CBD salve for you:

The type of CBD

Previously, we discussed the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. Many people prefer full spectrum CBD because they are getting all the beneficial chemical compounds found in the hemp plant, including minute traces of THC. For people who want their products to contain only the CBD from the hemp plant and no other cannabinoids, CBD isolate is their preference.

The amount of CBD

CBD topicals come in varying strengths. The more CBD a product contains, the more potency it has. For first-time CBD users, it’s always best to start with the lowest strength and increase dosage until reaching the desired effect. Since many companies offer money-back guarantees, it’s easy finding the CBD strength that’s right for you.

Desired outcome

The primary purpose of using a CBD salve is to provide relief from pain. However, other benefits depend on the other added ingredients. Some people prefer a heating or cooling sensation, or alternate between both. Yet, others enjoy a calming scent that will help them to calm their minds and relieve stress. Many users of CBD topicals like to have their skin feel nourished and moisturized.

Price

CBD Salves tend to be more expensive than other topicals that are mass-produced and found in large box stores. The best CBD companies use high-quality hemp and organic ingredients to make their salves. They also do a considerable amount of research and testing to produce a CBD salve that’s safe and effective. If a store is advertising the “cheapest CBD products in town,” the product likely contains little CBD and inferior ingredients.

Our Criteria for Choosing The Best CBD Salves In 2021

In recent years, several CBD companies have come onto the market.  Knowing what to look for can seem like a daunting task.  It may seem easy to choose the first item during a web search or to stop by a nearby corner advertising CBD products. However, to make sure you’re purchasing a high-quality CBD salve, you will want to consider the following:

Where Does the Company Get its Hemp?

The 2018 Farm Bill made the cultivation of industrial hemp legal in the United States. It states that farmers can apply for a license to grow hemp and that the hemp can’t have THC levels above 0.3%. The Department of Agriculture regulates the industrial hemp industry, so all hemp produced in the US must meet USDA standards.

Several companies import their hemp from China, Canada, and the EU.[1] Many foreign countries do not have the same regulations and oversight as hemp grown in the United States.  The hemp in their products might contain heavy metals, pesticides, or toxins.

How Does the Company Extract the CBD From the Hemp?

There are several methods for extracting CBD oil from the hemp plant and some of those ways are less expensive than others. These methods usually involve using a solvent, such as ethanol or isopropanol. The problem with these extraction methods is that they destroy the hemp plant, and the solvents tend to bind to some of the plant’s components. What is left is a product that may be lacking in potency and purity.[2]

Alternatively, CO2 extraction is more expensive. It uses pressurized carbon dioxide to isolate and extract the beneficial cannabinoids from the hemp, without damaging the plant. The result is a high-yield, high-quality CBD oil that is pure and potent.

Does the Company Do Third-Party Testing?

CBD companies don’t have the same types of regulations under the FDA as drugs, and some brands make misstatements on their products. Legitimate CBD companies have their products tested by a third-party independent lab. These labs test the products for potency, ensure the THC level is below 0.3%, and checks for heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticides. Look for the company’s Certificate of Analysis (COA) on its website.

What Other Ingredients Are in The Salve?

Many brands of CBD salves contain other ingredients to enhance its effects. Look for products that contain organic and natural ingredients, such as botanicals and essential oils, and try to stay away from brands that contain chemicals and synthetic additives

What are Other People’s Opinions?

While it’s a good idea to read the reviews on a company’s website, it’s also essential to search the web for independent reviews. See what other people say about the company, the product, and the customer service.

However, keep in mind that a product that works for someone else may not work for you. You may have to try a couple of different brands before finding the product that is effective for your issues.

Best CBD Salve Brands in 2021: Our Top Picks

We considered all the previous factors, along with others, and compiled our list of the five best CBD salve brands on the market.  These products come from reputable CBD companies and have been shown to be effective in treating pain relief.  These CBD Salves have received favorable reviews from users of all ages.  They’re used by athletes, office workers, outdoor enthusiasts, and knitters.  These are our top choices.

Fab CBD

Fab CBD offers a full spectrum body salve. It comes in a roll-on, so it is easy to target sore muscles. While many other salves provide cooling or heating, Fab CBD Salve offers both. It contains Menthol Crystals for cooling and Cinnamomum Camphora Oil for heating. It also includes other organic essential oils and terpenes to soothe aching muscles and relax the body and mind.

  • Available in 1000mg and 3000mg full spectrum CBD
  • Convenient to carry in a backpack or gym bag
  • Great for weekend warriors or to relieve everyday aches and pains
  • It contains Rosemary, Ginger, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Organic Peppermint, Organic Tea Tree, and Organic Lemon Grass Oils to soothe skin and reduce inflammation
  • CBD extracted from hemp organically grown in Colorado
  • Roll-on applicator means less mess

Joy Organics

Joy Organics CBD salve combines broad-spectrum, premium-grade CBD with organic beeswax and essential oils. It absorbs quickly into the skin to relieve aching muscles, while the scent of lavender and eucalyptus promotes a feeling of relaxation.

  • CBD salve comes in strengths of 500mg and 1000mg
  • All of Joy Organics hemp is grown in the United States and is USDA Certified Organic
  • Joy Organics offers free shipping on all orders
  • All the ingredients in Joy Organics CBD Salve are organic
  • Joy Organics CBD Salve is high quality but is less expensive than many other competitors

CBDistillery

CBDistillery has all-natural ingredients in its CBD Relief Salve. Full-spectrum CBD absorbs quickly into the skin for incredible pain relief. Olive, Coconut, and Jojoba oils combine with Vitamin E to moisturize the skin.

  • Customers can choose from three strengths: 500mg, 1000mg, and 2000mg
  • CBD extracted from hemp grown organically in Colorado
  • The direct use of an essential skin care component like Vitamin E makes this cream a must have
  • Hemp is non-GMO and contains no animal by-products
  • CBDistillery offers free shipping

What Are CBD Salves Generally Made From?

The main ingredient in CBD Salves is Cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp. CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. There are three different types of CBD that companies use in their products.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD is the least processed of all the extraction types. It contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from the hemp plant. It may also trace amounts of THC, the chemical compound found in cannabis with psychoactive properties. However, that trace amount is below 0.3% and is not enough to give users a feeling of being high. Full spectrum CBD allows for the entourage effect, that is, all parts of the hemp plant working together for maximum benefit.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD is very similar to full spectrum. However, it goes a little further in the extraction process to remove all traces of THC. Users can experience all the other beneficial components of the hemp plant without worrying about having any THC in their system.

CBD isolate

CBD isolate is the most processed of three types of extraction. CBD isolate is as the name suggests. All the other cannabinoids, including THC, along with the terpenes and flavonoids are entirely removed, leaving only the CBD.

Next, the company may combine natural botanicals with the CBD. These are essential oils from plants that people have been using for centuries for their therapeutic properties, such as Lavender, Rosemary, or Eucalyptus. Mixing the botanicals with CBD provides added relief and calming.

Some essential oils are potent and may be irritating to the skin in pure form. Therefore, manufacturers add carrier oils to the CBD. Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oils are typically used as carrier oils, though there are several other choices.

Last, salves contain some type of wax, usually beeswax. The beeswax gives the salve its firmness. The wax’s primary purpose is to provide a skin barrier to allow the CBD and botanicals to absorb into the skin.

How to Apply CBD Salve, Lotion, And Cream?

There are several application methods for applying CBD salves, lotions, and creams. Some CBD topicals come as a roll-on, allowing the user to roll the salve onto the affected body part with no mess. This method is ideal for people traveling or on a hike or bike and need quick relief.

Another method preferred by many is to use a spatula to scoop out a small amount and apply it to the skin in a thin layer. However, most people use their fingers to apply the salve and massage it in.

No matter what the application method is, users should use the following steps in applying a CBD salve, lotion, or cream.

The first step is always to wash your hands to prevent any germs or bacteria from transferring from your hands to the CBD topical.

Next, wash and dry the affected body part. Using an applicator, clean spatula, or your fingers, take a small amount of salve and apply it where needed. Always start with a small amount and add more if it’s needed. Slowly and gently, rub it in so it can permeate the skin.

Wash your hands (and spatula) and wait a few minutes. Pain relief should happen in a short amount of time. Re-apply a few times throughout the day, as needed.

What Are The Benefits Of Applying CBD Salves?

Many people are curious why applying salve containing CBD is more beneficial than other mass-market-produced topicals, especially if they aren’t sure what CBD is and how it works.

To understand how CBD works, a person needs to know about the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Three components form the ECS.

There are receptors on the surface of the cells throughout the body. They monitor the body’s functions and keep alert for any changes in condition. The two types of receptors are the CB1 receptors in the central nervous system and the CB2 receptors in the peripheral nervous system.

When the receptors sense that a condition has changed in the body, they send out a message. At that point, endocannabinoids will come and bind to the receptors and work to bring the affected area back into homeostasis. Once the endocannabinoid’s job is complete, the enzymes break them down.

Researchers believe that the CBD works with the ECS to prevent the enzymes from breaking down the endocannabinoids, allowing them to work longer.

The skin is the body’s largest organ with a large concentration of CB2 receptors. When someone applies CBD topicals to the affected body part, the CBD can go directly to those receptors and provide fast relief.

Do Salve CBD Products Have Side Effects?

There are no known side effects from using products containing CBD. Additionally, there is little to no THC in CBD products, so people using CBD don’t need to worry about any psychoactive effects.

However, everyone has a different skin type. Some types are more sensitive to specific ingredients that might be in the salve, or there may be an allergic reaction. People with allergies should also check the label before using a salve for the first time. Furthermore, those with sensitive skin types should consult their physician before trying a CBD salve.

Last, whenever using a product for the first time, it’s essential to use only a small amount and test it on a small part of the body. If there is irritation or a rash, stop using the product immediately.

Is CBD Salve Right for You And Your Pain?

CBD Salve is ideal for short-term localized pain. It’s perfect for aching muscles from over-exertion or the joint pain associated with arthritis. Salves usually contain various other herbal remedies that have been proven to have therapeutic healing properties.

Many people prefer not to treat pain with pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen and consider all-natural products to be better alternatives.

For anyone suffering from chronic pain or pain throughout the body, it’s always best to consult a physician as it may be a sign of a more severe condition. Furthermore, most instruction labels will state not to use CBD Salves on any open wounds or cuts.

The Bottom Line

People have been hearing a lot about CBD over the last few years. Research is still in the early stages, but scientists are excited about all the potential ways that CBD can benefit humans. CBD companies are working hard to find new ways for people to add CBD to their lives.

While CBD tinctures and edibles are a great way to achieve overall wellness, many people are discovering that CBD salves, lotions, and creams are the ideal solution for treating specific body parts with CBD.

CBD Salves are the perfect solution for providing quick relief from pain and can be re-applied several times throughout the day to stay pain-free. Essential oils enhance the effects of the CBD for added comfort.

There are many options to choose from when shopping for CBD salves. It’s important to note that the FDA doesn’t provide regulation on the safety or effectiveness of CBD products. Therefore, customers need to educate themselves on what to look for before purchasing any CBD Salves.

Last, this article is for informational purposes and instructs consumers on choosing the best, high-quality CBD salve. It’s always important to discuss any changes in medical conditions with a health provider.

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Beautyque NYC Releases Beauty Routine Survey Results

Beautyque NYC, a virtual shopping, beauty and wellness experience, unveiled its consumer survey results assessing “Beauty Consumer Trends: Has the Pandemic Changed Beauty Routines?” One of the largest results stemming from the survey is that nearly 75% of respondents indicated they have changed their beauty routines since the pandemic started.

Beautyque NYC Founder & Owner Sonia Khemiri explains why these trends have occurred: “For most of us, many aspects of our lives have changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 2020. As a result, we’ve had to adapt our routines, habits, and lifestyles to fit the ‘new normal.’” She continues “Interested in seeing how consumers’ beauty habits have changed nowadays, Beautyque NYC developed a survey for consumers. We wanted to know, are they wearing more or less makeup than before? Do they purchase skincare more or less often? What are they looking for in the brands they support?”

Before the Pandemic

Before the pandemic, respondents said they bought their beauty products in retailers such as, Sephora/Ulta and Drug Stores (71.3%), from Amazon (43.9%), or directly from the brand’s website (45.2%).  Among the various Beauty categories, skincare, body care, hair care, and makeup were all used daily. Nail care and fragrances were often used. Lastly, tools & devices were reported to be sometimes used. They often purchased skincare, haircare, body care, and makeup, and sometimes bought fragrance, tools & devices, and nail care products.

During the Pandemic

Nearly 40 percent of the respondents indicated that their beauty routines have definitely changed as a result of the pandemic, while 36.8% answered that their routine has only somewhat changed, and 17.3% answered that their beauty routine has not changed.

Their place of preference for making the purchase is Amazon, Sephora/Ulta, and directly on the brand’s website.  Skincare and body care products are used daily, hair care is used often, and nail care, fragrance, tools and devices are all used sometimes.  Most of the products are purchased sometimes; however, none of them are purchased daily.

On average, 59% of respondents claimed to use makeup less often since the pandemic, and 30% uses makeup the same amount as before the pandemic.  In relation to skincare, nearly 50% of survey respondents use the same amount of time as before and just over 40% use skincare more often now. Fragrance and nail care items are used less often than before. Hair care, body care, tools and devices are all used for the same amount of time as before the pandemic.

About Makeup

Makeup consumers tend to buy products for a variety of aesthetic reasons.  The most used makeup products used on a daily basis as reported by survey respondents include mascara, eyeshadow, lip gloss, foundation, and concealer. Beautyque found that the largest percentage of survey responders, 72%, answered they wear it since it gives them a confidence boost. The second largest percentage of repsonders, 65.3%, said makeup makes them feel more beautiful. Finally, 55% of responders reported that they wear makeup to hide imperfections.“The vast majority of consumers use makeup as a means of improving their overall self-esteem and perception,” Sonia adds.

About Skincare

The most used makeup products used on a daily basis were reported to be cleanser/face wash, moisturizer, eye cream and serum. “These products are the foundation to a consistent skincare routine,” Sonia says.

About Purchase Criteria

Beautyque’s survey also assessed important factors when deciding whether or not to purchase a beauty product. Respondents reported the criteria most important in making the decision to purchase included the product having clean ingredients,  good reviews, and a reasonable price point.

“In terms of the brands our survey respondents support and purchase from: the price has to be reasonable, the product has to be cruelty-free, consist of high-performance formulas, made from clean and natural ingredients, and offer an inclusive shade range,” Sonia says. “Social media platforms, friends and family, and influencers are the top resources the respondents use to gain information on beauty trends along with researching beauty products online before making a purchase.”

Factors that affect their level of trust in a brand are knowing the brand’s founders’ story, hearing influencers mention it, and a well-known brand, Sonia adds. “Trust is derived from the brand’s reputation as a direct reflection of the products.”

These are definitely times of change for the beauty industry. “It is pertinent to keep an open eye on consumers’ behaviors and preferences,” Sonia advises. “Beautyque NYC strives to help indie brands reach their maximum potential and to deliver the best products to consumers.”

Beautyque NYC is a retail marketing platform conceived by French born, US-based female entrepreneur and indie brand founder Sonia Khemiri. In addition to the first ever beauty 3D storefront, Beautyque NYC provides an in-depth and interactive marketing platform for its more than 25 brands and 10,000 consumers.

In addition to taking its own polls with its beauty enthusiasts, Beautyque NCY also spearheads Brand Evaluation Programs for its brand members to provide them direct product feedback from a focus group testing process.

Survey respondents include 231 consumers* ages 18 and older provided insight to how and if their beauty routine has changed during the pandemic.

Sonia Khemiri QxA

Here at 360 Magazine, we spoke with Beautyque NYC Founder & Owner Sonia Khemiri about how Beautyque’s survey was conducted, future beauty industry trend predictions, and her best product recommendations for day and night skin routines:

How did you conduct your consumer survey?

The survey was conducted virtually through a detailed online form that we distributed to our subscriber base of beauty enthusiasts and consumers. We asked them questions regarding beauty trends at various times to see what has changed over the course of the pandemic.

How large of a study did you conduct? How many people were surveyed overall?

The study consisted of 231 responses*.

*From a total of 231 responses, 98.3% of 229 were females. The breakdown of age groups goes as follows: 35 to 44 years old (26.1%), 45 to 54 years old (23%), and 24 to 34 years old (20.8%).  The annual income of the groups starts with 47.3% of respondents having an income of $50,000 or less, 34.1% with an income of $50,000 to $99,000, and 15.9% with an income of $100,000 to $249,000.  The respondents were primarily from New York, California, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

What do you predict is the largest factor in beauty routine changes during the pandemic?

Based on the survey conducted, the largest factor that changed during the pandemic was how [many] more consumers developed a greater sense of awareness toward beauty and wellness products. Areas that consumers expressed their concern were on clean ingredients, sustainability, ease of application, and effectiveness. Additionally, their preference on where they buy their beauty routine products has changed significantly from retailers to online shopping.

As the pandemic begins to less across the US, do you predict these changes to be long-term or temporary?

We believe that some habits will definitely stick around even after the pandemic, such as at-home routines and buying online. The pandemic forced individuals to color their own hair, do their own nails, and perform their own facials. This change is predicted to be long-term due to convenience and cost-effectiveness. Online shopping allows consumers to perform more research on their products and grant them a greater access to new products that fit their needs, especially with all the digital development explosion during the pandemic such as VR, AR and AI. Even though brick-and-mortar stores are reopening across the U.S, we believe the shopping experience and the beauty routines built during the pandemic will be mixed in a way or another with offline experience and shopping.

What brands would you recommend to someone looking to start a beauty routine with high quality, cruelty-free products?

All the brands we have all carry high-quality products, but we will further elaborate on the cruelty-free brands.

For a night routine: we would always recommend to double cleanse with an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser to remove all unwanted residue. For oil cleansers, the Musaclean Organic Pure Melt Cleansing Oil Gel from Kadalys will get rid of all oil-soluble impurities in the first wash. The second cleanser I would recommend is the Detox Cleanser +3 from Liftlab­­–this medical grade cleanser will clean and prep your skin for maximum skincare absorption. Next, I would use a Limited 2020 Edition Lotion by Yon-Ka Paris to treat the skin after double cleansing. For serums, the Australian Botanicals Pro-Aging Treatment Concentrate Serum from Founder’s Formula will help restore the skin’s collagen production. To finish off any good routine, moisturizer is must-have! Starting off with a Youthful Eye Concentrate from Alban Muller Cosmetics to target the eye area and the DNA Intense Recovery Creme from Priori Adaptive Skincare. Another bonus to really take your skincare routine to the next level are facial oils. Skincare products are supposed to be applied from thin consistencies to thicker consistencies, so some oils may be applied before serums while others are applied after. Our favorite facial oils are either the Sabrah Prickly Pear Seed Oil by Sunia K, the Luminous Brightening Elixir from Si Skin, or the Nourishing Facial Oils by Founder’s Formula.

For a day routine: I recommend starting with some ice around the eyes to really depuff the area and give you an awakened appearance. To top off the eye areas, Priori’s Tightening Eye Serum will give you a youthful glow along with Fresh Chemistry’s Glowing Serum. For [an] everyday routine, sun protection is very important to help decrease the appearance of aging and fine lines. The Kakadu Plum Vitamin C serum  from Founder’s Formula will help protect your skin from UV rays throughout the day along with the Vitamin Sunscreen form Olecea Beaute for the ultimate SPF Protection. For those who want a little more coverage, the Tinted Moisturizer by Elevate CBD Cosmetics is light enough to benefit your skin but has enough coverage to smooth over any imperfections.

To learn more, visit Beautyque’s website.

Black Seaweed Peel Off Mask

From the Welsh seaside comes a deep detox for beautiful skin – 7th Heaven’s new Black Seaweed Peel Off Mask. This luxurious, mineral-infused skin treatment lifts away soil and grease to leave skin clear, healthy and glowing. The marine mask harnesses the skin-caring qualities of chopped black laver seaweed harvested on the coastline of Wales together with crushed sea buckthorn berries and sea salt.

  • An ultra-deep cleansing formula straight from the sea
  • Provides weekly detox to cleanse skin of dirt and grease, helping it to better absorb skin care products like moisturizers and serums
  • Features chopped black laver seaweed from the coastline of Wales and crushed sea buckthorn berries
  • These are pressed together to make a luxurious black peel-off mask
  • Clears impurities that can cause blemishes and wrinkles, but won’t strip the skin
  • Comes in single-serve pouches; perfect for travel
  • Has a fresh, marine fragrance

To use:

  1. Thoroughly cleanse skin using warm water only; leave wet
  2. Apply mask
  3. Relax for 15-20 minutes
  4. Peel off gently and feel the difference
  5. Apply weekly
  • MSRP $1.99 for a generous single-use .5 oz sachet
  • Made in the U.K.
  • Available for purchase at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon Discount and Ulta
  • Cruelty-free, member of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA

For more information, please visit www.my7thheaven.com or contact Megan Bennett (megan@lightyearsahead.com) or Chloe Licht (chloe@lightyearsahead.com) of Light Years Ahead

About 7th Heaven
7th Heaven is a line of face masks that are effective, inexpensive and loaded with natural ingredients. Known for “wow” fragrances and innovative ingredients, 7th Heaven is a division of Montagne Jeunesse LTD., a UK-based company that has been in business for 30 years, making natural beauty products with a minimum impact on all forms of life. The brand is sold in mass market and grocery outlets throughout the US including Walmart and Ulta Beauty. Products sell for under $3. 7th Heaven is a cruelty free company and member of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA.