- Do you avoid any and all places if it means you will have to wear a facemask to gain entry?
- Do you consider facemasks a necessary evil and don’t give it a second thought?
- Are you constantly adding to your facemask collection? Who doesn’t want one in every color? Or every scent?
Walmart recently sold out of their newly released pumpkin spice face masks in record time, season six of The Masked Singer debuts on September 22nd and, the Holy Grail for facemasks, Halloween, is right around the corner. Political and virus-preventing abilities aside, are facemasks becoming the new “must have” accessory?
Lindsay (Fabulous 40’s)
Why is this even a question at all? Because it has become our reality and for a very long time now. I actually found it easier when everyone had to wear a mask. Now that it’s a choice, I feel judged. Let’s get the first question out of the way – Yes, I am vaccinated. If I wear a mask do the others vaccinated now shun me thinking I’m not? Do those unvaccinated think I’m cool like them? I just don’t know and quite honestly, I don’t need another meaningless thing for my already over-stimulated anxiety-ridden brain to fret about.
So, I now find it comical. Those with designer masks. A mask for every occasion and every outfit. Are you really thinking/hoping you will need these forever? Did you just have to have a Lilly Pulitzer mask to wear with your brightest of brights and a matching change purse? How matchy-matchy do you need to be? Do you now wear your mask because you spent all your stimulus checks on dozens of masks and it seems a shame not to show them off? NAY!!!
Bottom line…I have no idea what the best thing to do is, but I know I do not have a drawer designated for masks, and I will not be plagued with the gut-wrenching decision to see my hundreds of $$s of masks in the trash or keep the designated draw till they crumble from dry rot.
Amanda (30-Something Millennial)
Masks – yay!
I’m all for keeping everyone healthy and am OK with masking – especially indoors. I must say I’m not a great masker when I’m outside – or working out. But can I tell you the biggest reason I’m pro-mask lately? I can hide my face at the grocery store and no one knows that I’ve left the house without any makeup and I don’t have to awkwardly smile politely at people. Plus, I’m saving a lot of money on lip gloss since no one sees my lips lately.
Brooke (60-Something Baby Boomer)
Ah, life in the age of Covid! As we meander through the masked masses, rebels, renegades and revolutionaries rise up. Flinging aside the facial disguise, these nihilists have picked up the CDC gauntlet and mayhem ensues. Soooo…yay or nay? Not so simple, methinks. Depends on who you’re asking:
- Pretty people – nay. Ugly people – yay.
- Boomers – yay. Millennials and Gen Z – nay.
- Vincent Van Gogh – not funny – nay.
- Evander Holyfield – see above.
While those in the protective gear biz project ever-increasing sales through 2025 (2025?!?!?) I, for one will not be keeping them in the money. One box of cheap paper masks has kept me socially and legally compliant when required and allows me to indulge my passion for muttering vile commentary at my fellow citizens when forced to walk among them.
Karen (F’ing Fifties)
YAY! Although sporting a face mask is not ideal, I have found that it can be extremely useful on those rare occasions when I actually do leave the house:
Multi-tasking: I can slap on my Crest White Strips or, thanks to Walmart’s scented options, indulge in an aromatherapy session, toss on a face mask, run errands and nobody is the wiser.
Incognito: The combination of a facemask and sunglasses allows for complete anonymity, no need to worry about plastering on a fake smile or attempting to conceal my resting b**ch face when encountering real people out in the wild.
Budget Friendly: Thanks to the various array of novelty face masks available, I can now sport Julia Robert’s smile, Lisa Rinna’s lips or even become a mirror image of my dog without undergoing numerous, expensive medical procedures.
If facemasks are here to stay (at least for the foreseeable future), might as well make the most of it . . . and have a little fun in the process.
Do you make the most of this new “trend” or are you completely over it?
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