Eric BlairJune 4th
2020

As the reality of what the ‘new normal’ could look like begins to take vague shape, there’s on item that seems to have been creating a fair few headlines… 

At first we were informed that we didn’t need to wear them, then it might be a good idea, then they were useless again, then we told to wear them in crowded places and now a face covering will be compulsory when using public transport. 

While the efficacy of face masks does still seem to be up for debate, we’ve already seen people getting pretty creative, and it’s looking like the formerly severely practical face mask may end up being 2020’s break out fashion accessory.

You could always make your own, but if you’re thinking you could do with something a little fancier, this could be just the one for you.. 

IWOOT have got a whole range of face masks for you to choose from, but our particular favourite has got to be the ‘sloth face mask’.

Priced at £7.99, the printed mask comes in ‘one-size-fits-all’ and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - even if no one else can see it - when you pop it on. 

The description on the website reads: “Personalised face masks have been an increasingly common sight in cities and amongst commuters, and recent events have massively increased their use, even those that aren't medically certified.

“These masks are one size, with elasticated loops to ensure a comfortable fit. Breathable, soft material ensures a balance between comfort and style. Face is 100% Polyester, with a 100% cotton lining for comfort. 20cm wide with elasticated straps for a universal fit. Washable and easy to care for.”

Don't forget that TOTUM members get 10% off site-wide when shopping at IWOOT, so you can pick your up for even cheaper!

But if you fancy something with a bit more of a magical twist, an artist in the US has designed face masks that reveal the Marauder's Map when the wearer breathes out. Very cool!

Colorado-based Stefanie Hook shared a TikTok video showing off her creative invention, and quickly became a viral sensation with Potterheads around the world. 

The masks start off as just a plain black covering but as you wear it and breathe it reacts, slowly revealing the image of the Marauder's Map, which shows all the secret passages around Hogwarts - if you know how to use it of course.

Stefanie is selling her handmade masks online through her company CPEX (which stands for Colorado Pony Express) and said she came up with the idea as a way of bringing a bit of magic into the real world, which, let’s face it, we could all really use right now!

Stefanie said: “The video I shared was of a prototype, and I just put it together quickly to show my fans. I never imagined it would gain the following that it did.

"From start to finish, between cutting fabric, treating the fabric, waiting for the fabric to set, and sewing a single mask together, it can take 17 hours.

"The majority of the time is waiting for the treatment to set into the fabric. I've learned to make multiple at a time, production-line style, to maximise my efficiency."

If you want to get your hands on one, the masks are available in both children’s and adult’s sizes ‘in limited quantities’ on her website.

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