These Swimsuits Are So Cute—You’ll Want to Plan a Vacation Around Them

It’s hard to believe, but summer 2020 is basically already halfway over. In no way has this summer turned out to be anything like we thought it would, but that doesn’t mean your swimwear has to be as drastically affected as your social life. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been living in sweats, big T-shirts, and anything “soft” but have been craving the sweet satisfaction of putting together a trip that includes water, bikini, and a cool glass of mimosa. I think we can all agree that we all need a vacay from 2020 ASAP!

We’ve scoured the internet for the best bathing suits that will make you feel like you again, and we’ve found the best one-pieces and bikinis with the most flattering colors, cuts, and shapes. You’ll be wearing these from spring break through the end of …— make a cocktail, layer on the SPF, and enjoy the warm weather days in one of the best bathing suits of 2020 from




Our Aqua Cutout Knotted One-Piece Swimsuit has us feeling retro glam. Features flirty front cutout with knotted front details in a retro inspired print. Get ready to dig your toes in the sand!


This Scalloped Deep V-neck One-Piece Swimsuit is all about warm beach and sunny days. Features laser cut scalloped detailing along the plunging neckline and along the leg opening. It will make you feel stylish all summer long.


Basic but never boring, the Yellow Lace Up Halter One-Piece Swimsuit elevates the classic bathing suit with lace up details in the front and back hook closure. Halter silhouettte with self ties for the perfect fit.



Eye-catching, cute and perfect for the beach or poolside! Our Retro Mini Floral V-neck Bikini set features a mini floral print bikini top with knot detail in the front. The matching bikini bottom is reversible. One side is mini floral print and the other is solid red.


Cute and oh so fun! This Daisy Knotted V-Neck Bikini will be your new favorite set to show off! Bikini top features a cute daisy print with an adjustable knotted front. Orange mid-waisted bikini bottom is detailed with a cheeky ruching effect.


Cute and sweet, Our Sweet Floral Bowknot Bikini has a front knotted detail, padded cups, full back coverage offers all day comfort. Go ahead, give it a try!


Chic and sporty! Our Crochet Trim Buttoned Bikini Set is equal parts of style and fun. Featuring delicate crochet trim, this bikini set has buttons center front and adjustable shoulder straps for an easy fit.


Brighten up your beach side look with our Orange White and Purple Retro Print Bikini. This super cute bikini set features a faux halter silhouette effect with criss cross back straps. Cheeky. matching bikini bottoms.


This Green Knotted Cap Sleeve Bikini is a fresh take on bikinis for this summer. Features a knotted center front with cap sleeves and a scooped back. Bikini bottom features a high cut leg silhouette with contrasting waistband color trim.


Our Colorful Striped Bandeau Bikini is super versatile and chic. The bandeau top has removable and adjustable shoulder straps for 2 different looks and support. Matching bottoms feature a high cut leg with moderate cheeky coverage. The perfect bathing suit to show off your sun kissed glow.


QUICK CUPSHE BACKGROUND: Cupshe was founded in 2015 by a team that celebrates the beach lifestyle; a faithful few who dared to believe that beautifully designed swimwear and apparel didn’t have to cost a fortune. What started with a few simple bathing suits evolved into a brand loved by people in more than 100 countries across the globe. CupShe purpose is to inspire women to live a life of exploration and fun.

CUPSHE is inspired by the places their customers take them. Whether it’s sunbathing on the sandy beaches of St. Tropez, sightseeing on the colorful streets of Sao Paulo, lounging at an exclusive rooftop party in Los Angeles, or catching a wave off the shores of Surfrider Beach in Malibu, Cupshe has traveled the world through the eyes and the experiences of the customers.


Even though summer is coming to a close and the school year is right around the corner, is summer 2020 really over?! Comment down below where you would want to visit once we wake up from this whole nightmare.

Or if you have been part of the brave clique, comment down below where you have gone so far and let us know about your experience in the comment section!



Why Keeping Your Skin Hydrated Is SO Important

When it comes to skin goals, one keyword that’s often overlooked is hydration. We’re often so busy trying to get rid of fine lines, minimize our pores, and get rid of hormonal pimples, that sometimes keeping our skin hydrated gets left behind. But the truth is, keeping your skin hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your skin – it’s a cornerstone of Korean skin routines – and you’ll likely find that by prioritizing this in your skincare routine that many of your other skin concerns will improve as a result.

New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day, explained, “Your skin is your first and best layer of protection for your body from the outside world. It functions at its best when it’s healthy and intact. When you have dry skin you have increased water loss from the skin which can end up not only leaving it dehydrated but also reduce its ability to naturally combat and repair damage from pollution, sun and other ‘insults.’” Therefore, making sure your skin is always hydrated means that your skin is able to function better.

Dehydrated skin lacks having enough water in it, which means it’s not a skin type, it’s something that everyone can experience, whether your skin is oily, normal or dry – in fact, sometimes excess oil can be caused by dehydration!

The Difference Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin

If you’re wondering what the difference is between dry and dehydrated skin, Dr. Day explains that “dry skin is related to the outermost layer of the skin, namely the stratum corneum,” whereas “dehydrated skin is skin that has had excess water loss due to both internal and external factors.” She continues to explain that “You can drink all the water there is and still have dry skin.”

However, dehydrated skin is usually down to a combo of internal and external factors, it could be that you’re not drinking enough water – you should aim for at least two liters a day – however, you can still have dehydrated skin while your body iis hydrated. Too much salty food, sugar, alcohol, and drinking too much caffeine are the most common contributors to dehydrated skin. External factors like “excess sun exposure and excess hot yoga, which essentially cook the water out of your skin,” will also cause skin dehydration.


The Difference Between Hydrated and Dehydrated Skin

“Your skin contains a key ingredient called hyaluronic acid. Its job is to help with the water balance of the skin and even of the entire body. When your skin is well hydrated, the hyaluronic acid in your body binds water and that gives your skin firmness (the medical term for that is turgor). When your skin is dehydrated it will start to sag and that can make it look older and more wrinkled,” Dr. Day explains.

Essentially, Dr. Day says that “Dehydrated skin can look saggy, crepey and tired,” and that you may also notice increased under-eye bags. As well as these tell-tale signs, other signs to look for including your moisturizer absorbing particularly fast (it’s literally trying to ‘drink’ in the moisture), and it could cause your makeup to look patchy. Well-hydrated skin is a sign of good barrier function, which is important for protecting your skin.

Another point to note is that as we age, our skin produces less natural moisturizing factors like ceramides, lipids, hyaluronic acid, and fatty acids, so as you age, keeping your skin hydrated and well moisturized becomes even more important.


How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Keeping your skin hydrated is a combination of ensuring you’re drinking enough water, going easy on the things we know dehydrate – and which are generally just not good for our body – like the aforementioned alcohol, sugar, and salt, and topically applying moisturizers to avoid water loss. If you’re dehydrated, Dr. Day says to “Avoid excess salt, moisturize well, especially at night.”

When it comes to products, Dr. Day says that ceramides and hyaluronic acid are the best for hydrating the face. When using hydrating products, it’s important to ensure you lock everything in with a moisturizer, which typically includes three types of ingredients: Emollients, humectants and occlusives. Dr. Day explains what each does;

Emollients: These ingredients moisturize the skin and help with skin barrier restoration. They smooth and soften the skin filling the gaps between cells with droplets of oils. Some emollients can also be considered occlusives. Emollients include, jojoba oil, ceramides, aloe vera, and oleic acid.

Occlusives: It creates a barrier on the skin and occludes (or blocks) water from leaving the skin from the inside, essentially trapping moisture in the skin and preventing other ingredients from penetrating the skin from the outside. These are typically thick and often greasy products. A classic example of occlusives include shea butter and petrolatum, which Dr. Day says are “great for the body and for those with very dry skin, but can be comedogenic and would not be ideal for those who are acne-prone or with oily skin.”

Humectants: “Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, they help pull water into the skin and hold it there. They are not usually occlusive,” Dr. Day tells us. Other humectants include honey, ceramides (which are essentially the building blocks of skin), glycerin, and amino acids.

Dr. Day also adds, “If you have very dry skin, you might select one that is richer and more occlusive. If you have combination skin, you would look for one that is lighter and more of a humectant.”

Dr. Day shares her top tips for keeping your skin hydrated:

Don’t over-exfoliate: “ That will strip the skin and lead to excess water loss.” Think about skipping out on your AHAs or opt for a more hydrating AHA, like lactic acid.

Hydrate deeply at nighttime: “ Use a richer moisturizer at night since you naturally lose more water from the skin at night.”

Go easy with actives: “ Don’t pile on the highest concentration of every acne medication; salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinols are great but no need to use them all in their highest concentration or all at one time.”

Focus on your wellness: “ Getting enough sleep, minimizing alcohol intake, having a healthy diet all helps your skin function at its best.”

Choose skincare wisely: “ Using the right products for your skin will help it best use its own natural resources to repair and age beautifully.”


Dr. Day’s top product recommendations for instant hydration:

Doris Day M.D. Ultra Rich Peptide Renewal Cream, $103: “It contains ceramides, shea butter, peptides and vitamin E, and improves the skin barrier. You get an immediate healthy glow and a great anti-aging effect.”

Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, $128: “It also contains ceramides and its claim is that it helps improve tolerability to retinol.” The formula also packs essential lipids to restore skin elasticity and hydration cycles, and vitamin E for skin repair and to defend against environmental damage.

When your skin is particularly parched and dehydrated, be sure to stay away from ingredients like retinol and AHAs and BHAs. Instead, load up on hydrating ingredients like ceramide serums and hyaluronic acid and glycerin facial mists, throw on a sheet mask, and lock it all in with a rich, hydrating moisturizer. Whenever we need an instant hit of moisture, we always go to our FARMACY Coconut Gel Sheet Mask, $6, which is packed with coconut, cucumber and sodium hyaluronate to soothe and hydrate your skin, and allantoin and niacinamide to brighten and protect. The mask is dripping in serum thanks to a unique double-layer-fiber technology that allows it to hold significantly more of the powerful vitamin-rich essence than any conventional sheet mask.

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask, $12, is a silky soft, skin-fitting sheet mask that delivers a healthy drink of ultra-hydrating botanical oils and extracts for a dewy glow in just one use. Packed with Rice germ oil, Okinawa Red Algae, Wild thyme, and Sweet Marjoram. The mask feeds skin with Japanese anti-aging superfoods such as a fermentation of green tea, rice, and algae—ingredients at the heart of the Japanese diet and time-tested skincare rituals—that restore skin health and youthful radiance.

Check out some of our other fave intensely hydrating products here.


Slay At A Social Distance With These Black-Owned Luxury Bag Brands

I’m here to put you on game with 8 luxury bag brands that will inspire you to never step foot in a Gucci store again.

Mandatory protective gear has indefinitely interrupted my regularly scheduled face beat and I’ve had to find new ways to elevate my look.

Spending my days rocking a mask full of makeup residue was beginning to upset me and my homegirls and I’ve since been finding new ways to serve looks in my local grocery store. From amping my accessories to leveling up my lashes, I’m doing everything I can to slay at social distance and these Black-owned designer brands just gave me 8 more ways to do exactly that.


Telfar Global



Brother Vellies



Love Cortnie Handbags

MWR Collection

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The phrase “uncertain times” almost sounds trite at this point, but that’s exactly where we’re at with COVID-19. Total ambiguity. Even those we trust the most, i.e. government officials, doctors, scientists, etc., are going back on their initial direction when it comes to knowing what we should or shouldn’t be doing. The protocol changes daily, if not hourly.

But this state of perpetual dubiousness doesn’t always seem to make a dent in the general public’s compassion. While everything is up in the air, so many have greatly varying ideas of what the right move is. To a certain extent, it’s important to remember to respect others’ boundaries. Some of the Hello Beauties Readers weigh in on their personal experiences.

“We’re living in a time where everyone is judged for every move they make—whether that’s to safely meet up with friends in someone’s backyard or decide not to participate in protests because of the fear of COVID. It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” sort of thing. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I feel as long as you’re smart, safe, and following the guidelines set by your local officials then you’re doing your part. Obviously, take it seriously (wash your hands, wear your mask, avoid large crowds and unnecessary errands) but tune out the negativity and do what feels right for you.” — Michelle

Even though guidelines are a moving target, staying on top of them is your best bet. They are the most researched and the most unifying, so sticking with the plan shows regard for others.

“We can all agree that this year has been extremely difficult and trying for all. The adjustment to this new norm has not been easy, and I am fully in support of allowing anyone to exercise their rights and do what makes them feel their best. To me, putting shame onto others for choosing to do things that make them feel good does not feel right. If you choose to go to a restaurant or get your hair done (while following proper precautions), that is your choice, and I am not here to judge. However, I will say it is a slippery slope, as it appears the majority is so willing to hear one thing and allow their fear to snowball out of control, something I personally encounter quite often.” — James


Being extra cautious doesn’t hurt, but projecting one’s fears onto others and playing the blame game can damage relationships.

“This whole time has been such a roller coaster of shame and spiraling. I think people are constantly judging how others have handled certain issues around COVID, i.e. going out to eat, quarantining with other families, not social distancing enough, or even social distancing too much and being too rigid. I’m guilty of it too, in my own way. It’s taken me a few months to realize that this craziness is going to continue for at least another year, and I want to try to find a way to get through the next year or longer, safely, but while also living my life. So for example, I’m going to continue seeing my close friends who I know are as vigilant as I am. I am fine not dining out, but I’m not fine living without Clear & Brilliant, and I am comfortable going to get Facial Treatments with gloves, mask, and sanitizer.

I think most of the people in my life are just trying to do their best to navigate and stay healthy. It’s a stressful time and a first for all of us. It can be hard to not shame and hurtful to get shamed. At the end of the day, none of that matters as long as you are doing what’s right for you and your family, and hopefully you are being responsible.” — Lucy

The bottom line is to protect yourself and those around you, period. Standing on an aggravated soapbox won’t save any of us. Spread the love, because now is the time we all need it most.

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