March has definitely been a whirlwind of a month for us. But for better or worse, you know we've got your back when it comes to headlines that aim to inform, uplift, and keep you posted on the latest happenings in things we mutually love. For this month's last full week, join us as we talk through details on where to access free e-books and films during this quarantine period, the 411 on Shiseido's new brand BAUM and more, in this week's Insider Roundup.
Paolo Coelho, Scribd, Audible open access to free e-books this quarantine period
Platforms like Scribd and Verso have recently opened access to thousands of e-books during this quarantine period, in the hopes of providing comfort to those frantic about the current global pandemic. Renowned writer Paolo Coelho has also opened some of his e-books to the public via his website, in solidarity with addressing the current global situation.
Many platforms have also opened access to academic content in the wake of COVID-19. Audible, a Spotify-like platform for audiobooks, has made access to a variety of children and teen titles for free while the health crisis persists. Digital repository of academic journals JSTOR has also made part of its library open to the public, allowing access to over 6,000 e-books and over a hundred academic journals.
Broadway hits, movies also stream online for free amid the pandemic
Aside from the latest Hollywood films being released online early, streaming platforms, filmmakers and TV networks have also come together to release their movies online for free amid the pandemic.
BroadwayHD, a Netflix-like platform which has been catering to Broadway fans since 2015, has opened a seven-day free trial period for access to their library of over 300 Broadway hits in full high definition. For Asian film fanatics, Filipino film production companies like Regal Entertainment, TBA Studios and filmmakers like Kip Oebanda have released their films in full on YouTube for free public viewing. More platforms are expected to follow suit as the weeks of community quarantine continue to stretch given the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases.
Shiseido teases new brand, BAUM
While we're anticipating more e-books and films to come our way these coming weeks, here's something else worth waiting for: Shiseido's new beauty brand, BAUM. Launching on 14 May 2020, according to their website, the new brand reportedly has the signature Japanese minimalism as its main product design. The connection to trees and nature is definitely evident in its teaser materials, both on the website and the brand's Instagram, suggesting that the brand's main product lineup would mostly have nature-derived ingredients.
Fenty Beauty releases new limited edition shades of existing brand favourites
More on the brighter side of things: It's not just Rihanna's USD5 million donation to coronavirus relief efforts that is serving us good vibes this month. Her brand, Fenty Beauty, is also promoting some much-needed positive news with new limited edition shade releases of current brand favourites.
Get Cognac Candy — a stunning copper sparkle shade — in either the Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil (SGD60/~USD41) or the Body Lava Body Luminizer (SGD82/~USD52) for that high-shine finish that's reminiscent of the perfect sunkissed glow — the perfect remedy if you're having beach blues this time of the year. Get your hands on these picks starting 17 April 2020 on Sephora Singapore.
Looking for more uplifting headlines? Catch up on last week's Insider Roundup here.