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Celebrity MasterChef fans are left disgusted as NONE of the stars wear hairnets



‘Nobody wants a hair choking them!’ Celebrity MasterChef fans are left disgusted as NONE of the stars wear hairnets during ‘unhygienic’ show

  • Food Safety regulations state that when working in a kitchen long hair must be tied back, but the use of a hairnet is not enforced

Celebrity Masterchef fans couldn’t hide their upset as they accused the show of failing to maintain hygiene standards.

Viewers took to Twitter to question why some of the stars weren’t wearing hairnets, despite being in a professional kitchen setting for the latest episode of the tense cooking show.

Friday’s episode of Celebrity Masterchef saw both Karen Gibson and Dom Littlewood eliminated after failing to impress Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

What's going on? Celebrity Masterchef fans couldn't hide their upset as they questioned why stars failed to wear hairnets

What’s going on? Celebrity Masterchef fans couldn’t hide their upset as they questioned why stars failed to wear hairnets

This week fans saw Olympic hockey star Sam Quek, EastEnders’ Phil Daniels and and Karen try to conjure up cuisine to impress the judges. 

Fans were quick to point out that they should be wearing hairnets in a kitchen, claiming it flouted health and safety rules.

One fan tweeted: ‘Why don’t those with long hair wear a hair net in line with food hygiene standards.’

Another posted: ‘Long hair in the kitchen and no hairnet – Grrr!’

Bizarre: Viewers took to Twitter to question why some of the stars weren't wearing hairnets, despite being in a professional kitchen setting

Bizarre: Viewers took to Twitter to question why some of the stars weren’t wearing hairnets, despite being in a professional kitchen setting

Annoyed: Many took to social media to share their outrage. Current food safety regulations state the use of a hairnet  cannot be enforced

Annoyed: Many took to social media to share their outrage. Current food safety regulations state the use of a hairnet  cannot be enforced

A third also tweeted: ‘Why did last night Celebrity Masterchef contestants not have nets on their hair while cooking? That would not happen in a professional kitchen. Hair in your food. No no.’

One also posted: ‘I wish they were wearing hair nets though… nobody wants a hair choking them as they eat their lunch -gag gag.’

Food Safety regulations state that when working in a kitchen long hair must be tied back, which in Sam’s case it was, but the use of a hairnet is not enforced. 

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Celebrity Masterchef for comment. 

In the clear: Dom Littlewood was the only star free of critique, due to his bald head

In the clear: Dom Littlewood was the only star free of critique, due to his bald head

Dominic Littlewood was the only star free of critique, due to his bald head. 

Friday’s show saw fans both Karen and Dom eliminated from the show after failing to win over the panel with the dishes.

Karen was forced to serve her duck undercooked after running out of time, while Dom dished up soggy carrot bhajis and a prawn curry.

Sam and Phil advanced to the second round, with a new group of stars set to complete in the famous kitchen next week.

Celebrity Masterchef continues on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One. 

Tragic: Friday's show saw Dom and Karen Gibson (pictured) after failing to impress the judges with their dishes

Tragic: Friday’s show saw Dom and Karen Gibson (pictured) after failing to impress the judges with their dishes

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Women are wearing less makeup in the COVID-19 era, but the makeup-free trend (likely) won’t last




CLEVELAND, Ohio — Quick – you remember you have a Zoom meeting with your colleagues in five minutes. Do you look presentable? For men, this question is pretty straightforward. A decent shirt, a quick comb through the hair. For women, it could be a little more complex.

We may all still be wearing pajama bottoms or athletic shorts (it’s not just me, right?), but putting our best faces forward may be something we’ve skipped in our new daily work-from-home routines. Many women (myself included) wonder, “Why wear makeup when I’m stuck at home?”

You’re certainly not alone, if you’ve felt this way. If you’ve elected to keep closer to home, or only socialize with your quarantine pod, you could be less inclined to put on a face of makeup. Plus, the heat of summer can melt away foundation under a face mask, leaving it gross, sweaty and stained.

This isn’t just my guess. The NPD Group, a U.S.-based market research firm, found in its 2020 Makeup Consumer Report that 71 percent of women who wear makeup in the U.S. say they’re wearing it less often in the COVID-19 era. Only 19 percent of women surveyed say they’re wearing more makeup now than they did last year.

The latest available sales reports from the global beauty industry, which generates about $500 billion every year, did indeed indicate a significant drop in the early part of 2020. McKinsey & Company, a U.S. management consulting firm, estimates revenue could fall about 20 to 30 percent this year, if not more.

Here’s one major reason why: “In most major beauty-industry markets, in-store shopping accounted for up to 85 percent of beauty-product purchases prior to the COVID-19 crisis,” according to an article published by McKinsey in May. Even consumers most likely to shop online (millennials and Gen Z) made 60 percent of their beauty purchases in-store.

As a woman who fits into that category, I can attest that I rarely purchase beauty products online, even though retailers like Ulta Beauty and Sephora stepped up their online shopping experiences in a major way in recent months. I simply prefer to feel, smell and compare colors, for example, when I’m spending money on new makeup. And while I genuinely appreciate the safety measures stores instituted when they re-opened, the shopping experience just isn’t the same.

But I don’t think the industry’s downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic spells “doom and gloom” for the future. Historically, during economic downturns, the beauty industry has been resilient, and there is evidence the same could be true now.

“In China, the industry’s February sales fell up to 80 percent compared with 2019,” the McKinsey article states. “In March, the year-on-year decline was 20 percent – a rapid rebound under the circumstances.”

Additionally, consumer data shows the high-end beauty industry had trended upward in growth, an average of around 6% week over week from April 5 to May 16, the NPD Group found.

It’s also important to remember that the makeup world is ever-evolving. The time it takes for a product to be conceived to when it hits the shelves has shortened, out of necessity, but it still takes months and sometimes years before makeup hits the market. It takes time to perfect a formula, shade range and marketing campaign.

The adaptations for the COVID-19 era are evident even now. Brands, and therefore online beauty “influencers,” are placing a heavier focus on eye products – eyeshadows, eye liners, mascaras – and less emphasis on lip products that you can’t see while wearing a mask. Still want something on your lips? Summer 2020 has seen an influx of tinted lip balms, moisturizing lip oils and lip stains – nothing that will leave a messy imprint on a mask.

The same goes for face products; anecdotally, I’ve noticed more attention given to lightweight foundations or tinted moisturizers, or even spot-concealing imperfections and leaving the skin bare. But to be fair, I can’t say whether that’s due to hot summer weather (no one wants their makeup to melt) or the coronavirus pandemic. But that trend could continue the longer we have to wear masks.

Teens and young adults (Gen Z, I’m looking at you) will have a say in how trends evolve. That could mean the masses will ultimately gravitate toward a low-maintenance routine. Or maybe not. It’s too soon to tell.

Yet the McKinsey research article summarizes my thoughts wonderfully: “Consumers across the globe are showing by their actions that they still find comfort in the simple pleasures of a ‘self-care Sunday’ or a swipe of lipstick before a Zoom meeting.”

Women who love makeup will continue to purchase it. When (or if) we return to an office for work, or go out for a celebratory meal, a bit of makeup still can boost confidence and make us feel more put-together. The bare-faced days are (probably) not forever.

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Tristan Eaton Painted a Malcom X Mural After MLK Mural Got Defaced




MLK Mural by Tristan Eaton

When the killing of George Floyd sparked protests throughout the world, street artist Tristan Eaton was there to show solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. He has his studio in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and discovered that a march was headed to the area. Eaton also noticed that local business owners had boarded their windows as a precautionary measure, and he saw it as an opportunity to paint on the proverbial blank canvases. Eaton contacted Café de Leche with the offer to depict Martin Luther King Jr. on the plywood covering their shop.

Over the course of an afternoon, Eaton created a powerful portrait of Dr. King. Featuring a monochromatic rendering made using spray paint, the image also had the words “justice” and “equal” emblazoned across the composition. His artwork made an impact; during the anti-racist demonstrations in Highland Park, protestors stopped and knelt to honor Floyd.

Sadly, the mural of Dr. King did not last. One night, a woman rolled white paint onto his face and wrote anti-Black slurs onto the painting. Eaton, however, was undeterred. Upon finding out that the portrait had been defaced, he arrived shortly after and created another painting. This time, it was of Malcolm X. The smiling portrait, which now includes the words “no justice” and “no peace,” had another addition in the background: the names of Black people killed by police brutality written in a graffiti style by Korea from LTS Crew. The street art is still up and on view at the intersection of Avenue 50 and York boulevard.

We spoke with Eaton about creating these two murals as well as the role that public art plays in expressing our humanity. Scroll down to read My Modern Met’s exclusive interview with him, which has been edited for clarity and condensed for length.

Malcom X Mural by Tristan EatonMLK Mural by Tristan EatonHow did your mural of Martin Luther King Jr. come about?

The reason I painted it was because at the beginning of all the Black Lives Matter protests that were happening—when things were pretty hot—there were a lot of upsetters who were joining the protests and looting and all kinds of violent stuff that was changing the tone and tenor of the entire anti-racist demonstrations. And as the majority of LA shops boarded up their storefronts, I heard that Highland Park, where my studio is, had protest plans. I thought, “Okay, we need to do something larger, visually, to show solidarity.” I went next door and asked the coffee shop (Café de Leche) if they wanted me to paint their shutters. And they were like, “Okay, cool. Go for it.”

So, I literally painted it in one day. I think half a day, even. I started around 2 PM and painted Martin Luther King. And I’m still happy I did because when the protest came, the entire march was like, I don’t know, a few thousand people. It was a really good turnout and everyone stopped at the corner right in front of my mural and did a moment of silence and took a knee. It was a great, beautiful moment.

Anti-Racism ProtestsWith the mural vandalized, how did you decide to depict Malcolm X?

I was up mega early at home watching the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro and while watching it (on a projector screen in my house), there’s a section where he talks about Malcolm X. And as it came to that section, I paused it and took a photo because there’s a portrait of him that I hadn’t seen before, which is of him smiling.

About 45 minutes later, I got the message that the MLK mural had been defaced. I told the owner of the building, “Okay, I’ll be down there in half an hour.” So I took the photo from the projector screen, printed it out, drove down to my studio, got my paint, and I was repainting it by noon. And I knew I wanted to paint Malcolm X over it because there’s kind of a theme, which is a peaceful protest, you know, wanting change. People are tired of waiting for change, so now it’s time to demand it. And, I felt like following up MLK with Malcolm X fits that tone.

Malcom X Mural by Tristan EatonYou had some additional help with the Malcolm X mural, correct?

I painted the portrait, and there’s an artist that works for me who’s a graffiti writer named Korea from the LTS crew. I had him paint the names of victims of police brutality in the background.

What role do murals, and street art in general, play in our society?

There’s a huge spectrum when it comes to public art, street art, etc. You have everything from gigantic sculptures and gigantic public mural works to the wild chaos of illegal graffiti and illegal street art. And, you know, all of them are sparks of life and humanity in a landscape of brick and cement.

I think that at its core, public art just reminds people that we’re alive and that we’re human and creative. When we live in these city landscapes that are just so bleak and boring and depressing, it’s a lifesaver sometimes to see an explosion of color and to remind us that the world is made by hands. You can change the world in a simple way just by painting it.

I think that fact is inspiring, but then furthermore, public art can tell stories, and stories are how we identify with each other and connect to each other. That’s important because public art can also memorialize historic moments and historic people. And that’s important for us too, for our identity and for our pride in who we are, and the symbolism of what kind of people we want to be.

(continued) When we erect a statue of a Confederate soldier or Confederate slave owner, that has power. It shows how important and powerful public art can be—a lot of those statutes weren’t erected in the 1800s. They were erected in the 1940s through the 1970s and as a direct response to voting rights and civil rights. These racists can say, “This is how we think it should be now.” I think it’s time for a sea change.

I’m happy to see the Confederate flag coming off the Mississippi flag. I’m happy to see all of these things change because they’re symbols of a racist slave-owning nation. And, you know, it’s time for a reckoning for that, and visual symbolism is a lot of how we move forward in a new world after changes have happened.

A lot of artists like me have a responsibility to contribute to that fabric and to be creating imagery that supports those ideas. There are things that you want to say that you don’t have the words for. And that’s why we paint.

Has anything changed for you now that the mural has gone up?

I’ve had Black artists reach out to me, asking me how to get on or how to rise within this world of public art and street art. And the truth is, a lot of the people that organize mural projects, mural festivals, etc., are desperate and hungry for more diversity, more women, or people of color in this field.

I am very proud to say that I look out for younger artists. I look out for all kinds of artists that need a leg up. And, since doing the murals, I’ve got a lot of young artists reaching out to me and it’s really cool to connect them with people that produce murals. There aren’t enough people of color doing mural work. There aren’t enough women doing mural work.

Black Panther Inspired Art by Tristan EatonWhat else have you been up to? Anything exciting on the horizon?

I did a project to raise money for the Museum of Graffiti in Miami. It’s run by Alan Kat and Mayer, who are both artists of color who started the museum. Years ago, I did a painting about the Black Panthers that touches on the larger history of protests. The idea was to remind people that protesting is in our blood. It’s nothing new. This is how big change happens. I used that painting to make a print release to raise money for the Museum of Graffiti, and it did really great. We raised $18,000 for them.

I’m organizing a mural right now in New York. I have some walls that I’ve been running for about 10 years in Williamsburg that I’m using right now to feature three Black artists.

Mural by Tristan Eaton(continued) I’ve also been creating artwork for Montefiore, which is the main hospital in the Bronx that was at the epicenter of the New York COVID-19 outbreak. The work that I’ve made for them is on a 13-story-tall mural by Madison Square Garden. It was a really cool project to do, to show positive support for all the nurses in New York and first responders.

My team and I are very fortunate. We’ve lost a lot of projects, of course, but we’ve gained a lot of other special ones at the same time.

Tristan Eaton: Website | Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Tristan Eaton.

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Best Press-On Nails 2020 For an Instant Cute Manicure




Booking an appointment at your local nail salon in this post-COVID-19 world isn’t something that everyone’s ready to do quite yet. In lieu of professional manicures, we’ve gotten creative: perfecting our at-home nail painting, DIY gels, and—a method again rising in popularity—turning to press-on nails, which just might be the healthiest way to adorn tips.

“Today’s press-on options are generally made with real polish or gel polish, and they look like an actual manicure rather than a sticker,” says Dana Stern, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, who specializes in nail health. The perks of press-on nails, according to Dr. Stern, are that they’re easy to apply, speedy, and you’ll experience less chipping than other manicure types. “They’re potentially less damaging to the nail than soak-off gels, too.”

Depending on the specific press-ons that you get, Dr. Stern says that they tend to be made with an acrylic-based adhesive that’s embedded on the underside of the sticker, which means that additional glue isn’t needed. “The advantage here is that the acrylate is only coming into contact with the nail and not the surrounding skin,” she says, nodding to the material’s potential to irritate the skin. That said, if you’re going with an option that uses glue, look for those that are labeled as non-toxic for the safest bet against irritants.

The manicure-removing process is where the most nail damage can occur, regardless of the type of mani that you have. If your press-ons are peel-off and you’re having difficulty removing them, Dr. Stern suggests using acetone. If they require a soak in acetone, she notes that your nails can get dehydrated, so be sure to nourish them afterwards with cuticle oil and calcium-based polish. Generally, though, press-ons are very low risk and give you a quick, gorgeous manicure, oftentimes with Insta-worthy nail art. Keep scrolling for the best press-on options to shop for yourself.

Best press-on nails 2020

1. Chillhouse, $16

New to the press-on nail game is New York City salon Chillhouse, known for its super-cute nail art designs, which you can now stick on your nails from home. Choose from a variety of designs, from polka dots to modern waves, and press them on with the brand’s non-toxic glue—very nail-friendly.

2. Dashing Diva Magic Press-On, $9

Dashing Diva offers a huge assortment of press-on mani options, ranging from short to medium to long lengths, with solid colors or intricately designed tips. These don’t use any glue, so they stick right on and then peel off when you’re done.

3. Nailed By Ren, $27

Pick from trendy stiletto or coffin-shaped press-ons with all sorts of vibrant designs with Nailed By Ren’s manicures. These are hand-painted and are applied with glue, and they last a long time.

4. Precious Kreation, $35

This Los Angeles-based nail designer offers customized press-on gel manicures. They’re made-to-order, so you’ll be sure to get a luxe nail art creation that fits your nail bed perfectly.

5. Kiss Products Press-On Nails, $11

Kiss has endless press-on manicure options. Pick solid colors, French tips, or rhinestone-encrusted manicure designs for the easiest, professional-level DIY nail look you can get.

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