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LOCKDOWN LOOKS KEEPING IT REAL

In a sea of highly touched up pictures, WOW approached some of our past cover girls to allow us a peek into their lockdown look. They also shared what they do, what they are learning, and a self care tip they love.

A regular day during the lockdown

NITI SHAH

My day starts with an online class which is scheduled at 6:30 am. After the class I try to be productive by engaging in one thing or the other. Whether it is cooking, gardening, spending time with my family and the three dogs or binge watching movies, I am occupied the entire day. To stay updated, I go through the news in the morning and discuss the same with my father during lunch or dinner.

I believe in times like this we need to keep reminding ourselves that everything will be fine. And we need to keep being positive.

Well, I am doing everything which I have missed over the years due to my work schedule. And like many others, I am also trying different recipes from the internet. It’s always fun to see how things turn out.

I also exercise enjoying the sunset. The views keep me positive amid the current situation. Inbetween if I have time, I grab a book or simply scroll interesting articles and YouTube videos.

Learning

I feel there are a lot of things on the platter right now. Within these two months, we have seen a lot like mental and economic crisis, border dispute, earthquake tremors, reddit issue on social media and other disheartening news from all over the world. I believe in times like this we need to keep reminding ourselves that everything will be fine. And we need to keep being positive.

Lockdown roles

A cook, gardener, a loving daughter and an avid reader; this lockdown has brought out the best version of me.

Self care tip

Hair: I always oil my hair twice a week with coconut, olive or mustard oil.
Skin: Moisturising your skin is very essential. Also, I usually include ingredients like cucumber, raw tomatoes, milk and almonds in my everyday diet which results in glowing skin.


A regular day during the lockdown

NAMRATA SHRESTHA

On most days, I wake up around 7am in the morning and meditate. After meditation, I spend time with my dogs while listening to positive teachings and enjoying a cup of tea. After tea, I check my emails and messages and plan the day ahead with the help of my assistant, Kritika. With work out of the way, I tidy and clean up around the house a little bit then start cooking around 11 am. After lunch, I soak in the afternoon sun reading a book or article and catch up on the news. I schedule most of my online meetings before evening so sometimes I take some time to prepare for that in the afternoon. In the evenings I call up my friends and check their whereabouts.

Since I am a core team member of #hamrosanoprayas, an initiative by my director friend, Min Bham, I do go for food distribution a few times a week. Recently, I also started an online initiative with a senior psychiatrist, Dr Pushpa Sharma, to help people who are suffering from mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and grief, especially during this lockdown period. We take questions from people over Instagram (@battlingthe_blues) and the doctor answers them individually.

It fills me with so much joy how people around the world have found creative and sometimes funny ways to look after each other.

I also spend some time with family in the evenings and get some fresh air on the rooftop. Once I am done with dinner, I wind down the day watching movies or documentaries. I am normally in bed before midnight and fall asleep listening to some sleep stories or affirmations.

Learnings

It fills me with so much joy how people around the world have found creative and sometimes funny ways to look after each other. Through #hamrosanoprayas, I see so many people who are so willing and eager to help those in need. Despite the fact that everyone is going through very tough times right now, it shows that we can always make an effort to help those in need.

Lockdown roles

Cook: The biggest role I have learnt to play during this lockdown is as a cook. In the past, I knew how to cook but not fancy recipes. Due to the lockdown now, I am investing time learning new recipes online and trying my hand at it. Some of the dishes came out perfectly in one go but some took me two or three times to get right. Now the kitchen no longer intimidates me and I consider it one of my happy places.

Cleanliness lover: Admittedly due to virus anxiety, I have started to become much more conscious of keeping everything clean. I have to make sure that I clean things myself because I feel unsettled otherwise. Unfortunately, this has become a never-ending job because of my two mischievous dogs, Sherlock and Molly.

The fun aunt: My nephew is also staying here in Kathmandu with us and he is having his online classes at the moment. I try to spend time with him, playing the guitar, singing, learning new things, and watching series together. I love kids and spending time with them is fun. I learn with them and I think it helps keep me young at heart.

Self care:

Skin: Just sleep on time and eat healthy. I don’t use anything as such but before going to bed, I put on a hydrating night cream and wash it off the next morning, before putting on toner and sunscreen. I also scrub my face once a week and I am careful not to overdo it because I have a very sensitive skin.


A regular day during the lockdown

SHILPA MASKEY

Lockdown has messed up my sleep pattern these days. I wake up around 10 am. I am not an early riser but I make sure I follow a set routine. I freshen up and treat myself with freshly brewed coffee. Then I am ready for a home workout which lasts for an hour. This is followed by a full body stretch routine. I then shower and indulge in some skin care regime. My skin tends to breakout easily so I can’t afford to miss on this.

We used to complain when we had every freedom and now when we have nothing much to do than to stay home I contemplate about those times. I am also taking one step at a time.

The best part of the lockdown is the luxury of brunch and I am enjoying that every single day. Post noon, I normally watch movies with my mom or sister. Also, if I am not lazy, I enjoy recording dance videos and go live on social media. I also read my scripts in free time and work on my character. After that I have my evening cup of coffee and brace myself for a quick walk inside my colony. Meanwhile, I am also trying to improve my cooking skills by helping my mother in the evenings. I wrap up the day by pampering my skin and binge watching series and films on Netflix.

Learning

I am realising how ungrateful we humans can be and how important gratitude is. We used to complain when we had every freedom and now when we have nothing much to do than to stay home I contemplate about those times. I am also taking one step at a time. It’s okay if we are not at the same pace as the rest of the world. Everyone has their own time and experience.

Lockdown roles

Good citizen: I played the role of being a good citizen and a public figure. Good citizen in a way by staying home, maintaining a proper hygiene, washing hands and staying close to my family.

Cook: I learned things that I was not perfect at like cooking!
A kid again: I love spending time with my nephew which otherwise was a dream because of the work schedule. Now that we both are free, we are rediscovering our bond and I have successfully become his teacher and a friend.
Dancer: I started dancing again and gained my confidence back.
Connecting with fans: As a public figure, I am constantly communicating with people on social media and updating my feed. I am trying my best to divert their mind from COVID and keeping them entertained.

Self care

I have acne prone skin, I get cystic acne time and again so I normally have acne scars. This mask is very simple and helps reducing scars.
Aloe Vera Face Mask
• One teaspoon of natural aloe vera gel
• One teaspoon of raw honey
Mix these two ingredients and apply it on your skin for 20 minutes. It will fade your acne scars, repair you skin cells and moisturise the skin. Use it twice a week.
Coconut -Banana Hair Mask
This hair mask works best for damaged and frizzy hair.
• One tbsp of coconut oil
• One tbsp of raw honey
• Two tbsp of mashed banana
Mix the ingredients and make a smooth paste. Apply it on your scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with luke warm water. Use it once a week.


A regular day during the lockdown

MUNA GAUCHAN

Right now my normal routine is probably same as everyone else. I wake up late in the morning as a result of watching series on Netflix late into the night. My morning starts with a black coffee followed by 15 minutes meditation, and then half an hour workout. After breakfast and lunch, I pick a good series or just randomly scroll through social media.

So far, I have completed two dance covers for my channel and I am certainly focusing on growing my YouTube subscribers.

Learning

During the lockdown, I learnt to cook authentic Thakali food. Also, I am re-exploring my old hobbies, dancing being one of them. I am learning and practicing belly dancing and I have started choreographing few of my favourite songs. Meanwhile I am uploading these dance videos on my YouTube channel. So far, I have completed two dance covers for my channel and I am certainly focusing on growing my YouTube subscribers.

Lockdown roles

Cook: I am enjoying being chef currently. My mom and I have been trying out recipes from YouTube and out of the many cuisines, we have baked cakes, made desserts, laphing, rasbari, lal mohan and pizza. I never realised that I could also make these glorious food that we queue up for.

Makeup Artiste: I am a novice in the world of makeup. I am trying my hands at blending different eye makeup styles on myself and my mom. After that we take pictures and videos and send them to my father, and siblings. They aren’t in Nepal currently and we miss them majorly.

Self care

Honestly I am feeling like finally my skin is getting to breathe compare to the busy days with shoots and makeup. Best way to look gorgeous during this lockdown is by avoiding makeup and following homemade skin care routines. For instance, I apply twice a week curd pack on my face to moisturise it. I also apply an Aloe Vera gel before sleeping. And I use egg white once in 15 days help tighten the skin.