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6 gift ideas for the skincare lover on your list

Great skin is in

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‘Tis definitely the season to be jolly but also for gifting. Give the gift of a beautiful, healthy glow this season that will make the skincare lover in your life love you much more than they already do. Finding something specific for the friend who knows a thing or two about taking care of one’s skin can be quite a daunting task. But don’t worry — we got you. Here are six gift ideas for the skincare lover on your list.

Panasonic RF Facial Device

A gift that would equate to a smart investment is the Panasonic RF Facial Device. This nifty gadget helps prevent the premature signs of ageing. This, by using radiofrequency (RF) and ultrasonic technology to lift and tighten the skin with just 10-12 minute treatments. This also saves the user from having to go to aestheticians for RF facials that can rack up to hundreds of Euros at a time. If that’s not a great investment to ageing slowly and gracefully, then we don’t know what is.

Read our full review of the Panasonic RF Facial Device here. You can snag this device — just in time for the holidays — through this link.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar

A European Christmas tradition we are all on board with is the Advent Calendar. It’s a great practice run on patience and it also means we get 24 gifts instead of one. This year’s advent calendar of choice is Dr. Barbara Sturm’s 24-door masterpiece.

What I love about Dr. Sturm’s brand is its unique and scientific approach to skincare. She is, after all, a German aesthetics doctor who’s famous for her anti-inflammatory philosophy and her non-surgical anti-ageing skin treatments. She has successfully translated science from her clinical research and orthopaedic practice into the field of aesthetics and that’s something we’re totally all for.

Twenty-two of the items are deluxe-sized and you also get two full-sized products with a total value of over EUR 1,200. The calendar retails for EUR 450 and is now available at Dr. Barbara Sturm’s website.

Malin+Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream

One of the first parts of the face to show ageing is definitely the eye area. So it’s imperative that it’s well taken care of, using gentle yet effective products. A recent discovery of mine is the Revitalizing Eye Cream from uncomplicated luxury skincare brand Malin+Goetz.

It depuffs, brightens, and hydrates, making sure all concerns for the eye area are addressed. It’s also gentle to the eyes and works with any skin type. I originally got into the brand because of their perfume called Leather and have been using it non-stop since. That has resulted to my being sniffed a couple of times in public and asked where I got it from. Now, I’m all for their eye cream as well.

LG Pra.L Galvanic Ion Booster

This device has changed the way I cleanse and apply my skincare products. The LG Pra.L Galvanic Ion Booster draws out impurities during the cleansing mode. During the application of serums, you can use its boost mode to make sure your products are absorbed better and faster. It’s a device that will work well with any skincare lover’s favourite products. For the full review, click here.


For a peeling option, there’s the Reclar Galvanic Ion Peeler. Recently seen at Global Sources, this device is from a new Korean company that went for an all-in-one product that uses water peeling, galvanic ions for product absorption, LED light therapy for collagen production and killing off bacteria, and gold therapy that has calming effects on the skin. See it in action in this video.

E.L.F. The Supers Regimen

For a more affordable option, there’s cruelty-free brand E.L.F. They came out with a range for troubled skin which includes a cleanser containing Vitamin B3 and lavender to calm any inflammation. There’s also a toner containing fruit enzymes for a bit of peeling, a Squalene-rich gel moisturizer, and a hydrating mask that also soothes the skin.

It’s for that friend who wants to improve their skin situation without breaking the bank. You can get the whole range via this link.

bareMinerals BarePro Foundation

Makeup doesn’t have to bad to your skin. bareMinerals’ BarePro Foundation is for that friend who wants to wear high-performance makeup but doesn’t want to compromise their skin barrier. It has medium to high coverage and dries with a natural, breathable matte finish.

It also has SPF 20 to help keep the UV rays at bay and has nourishing bamboo tree extract in the formula as well. The BarePro foundation works well for people with sensitive skin as it’s non-comedogenic and is free of oils, parabens, and artificial fragrances. It’s your (or your friends’) next go-to foundation.

The gift of great skin is definitely something your skincare loving friend will be thankful for. It’s also something that you should invest in for yourself. So, don’t forget to pick some of these up for your own stocking!

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Peloton vs excuses: Mind tricks that can help you squeeze in a workout

For those struggling to keep a routine

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If anyone tells you that having a personal gym at home will remove all barriers to working out, they’re lying.

The Peloton bike packs an insane amount of tech that should help me stay on track, so I should have no excuses not to exercise, right? With it I can do live and on-demand spin classes, strength training, yoga, even meditation and sleep courses. Having it at home also means not needing to make time to travel to the gym. And yet, despite all of this, I still find reasons to shun fitness on the daily.

If you’re like me who typically gets a good week of workouts and then hits a slump when life happens, I’ve compiled some tips that you might find useful. Here are some ways I tricked myself into working out more regularly whenever I struggle to do classes on my Peloton.

Find the time that makes sense for you

After doing your workouts for a while, take note of when you enjoy it the most. For me, sweating it out in the morning works best. If I tell myself that I’ll workout later in the day, it just never happens. I’m just not someone who enjoys exercising in the afternoon or evening as much.

Make it habit

While some people make plans, I just tell myself that I’ll work out everyday and figure it out later.

Peloton has workouts that are as short as 10 or 15 minutes. Even when pressed for time, 15 minutes is just that — 15 minutes. 

Those days I end up not exercising I would just consider recovery days. Our muscles need time to rest after all.

Take a scenic ride

Another trick I do is telling myself to do 10 minutes of a scenic ride. This is an option on the bike if you don’t feel like doing a class. You can ride at your own pace while the monitor shows beautiful landscapes and cities.

What usually happens when I do this is I end up doing an additional 10 minutes of arm workout. Often, I’ll feel warmed up and ready for a regular class afterwards.

Warming up at my own pace without any pressure to perform gets me in the right mindset to actually do a full workout. There are lots of other warm up rides available, too, but they’re usually pretty tough. Picking something that has no pressure eases me in.

Low impact doesn’t mean low effort

When I discovered the low impact ride, I wondered why I hadn’t been doing them all along.

I’m an old lady, or at least my body feels that way. I’ve gotten injured a few times riding the bike: the tendonitis in my thumb flared up, and the muscles that aren’t used to being used so much protested.

You still get a great workout when you choose low impact, but you’ll never achieve a personal best — and that’s perfectly okay.

Put the leaderboad away

Now we’re going to dip into the tech side of things. The leaderboard pushes you to get your personal best, which is great. But when I don’t want to work out, I’ll tell myself that a 45min class will be more doable if I take the leaderboard away. As a competitive person, I always get horrified at my performance when I check it because I don’t push myself nearly as hard apparently.

Pick a class with a gimmick

Peloton offers so many kinds of classes with different genres of music. I’ve done Guns N’ Roses as well as Madonna rides. Jess King has a show tunes series, and there are rides with a DJ.

Whenever I don’t feel motivated to exercise, I think of it as entertainment first and that’s how I trick myself into doing a full workout.

Save classes that made you feel good

When you save classes that made you feel good, you’ll be reminded of that feeling when you see it again on the monitor.When struggling to pick a class, I choose from a bunch of saved classes that I don’t mind doing again.

If I can’t bring myself to face a new challenge, doing one that I’ve already smashed is the best way to go!

Lower the instructors voice

If you have classes where you loved the soundtrack, save them and then choose to have more music and less instructor. It’s amazing how much having motivational music blasting helps.

Forgot how to change the audio mix? Hit the volume button on the right hand side of the display and then change the mix. You have to do it each time as it always resets back to an even mix of music and voice.

Find more tips and tricks on how to maximize your bike here.

Do a class with weights

Doing weights is challenging, but it gives your legs some rest. A 45-minute class is sometimes better than 30 minutes because I know I’ll get breaks to do weights.

Pick your feel-good instructor

Sometimes, picking an instructor that fits your your mood is all you need. When I just want to do a feel good class, I pick Cody because he’s like my gay best friend and his classes are always entertaining. Seeing instructors have a bit of a hard time with the workout is also the energy that motivates me to give the workout everything that I got.

Should you be taking workout advice from someone who struggles with working out? Probably not. Was this entire article about how to work out a little less hard? Maybe.

It would be unfair to say that fitness isn’t a big part of my life. I actually spend a lot of time thinking about working out more than working out itself. It’s one of my favorite past times.

Keeping a consistent workout routine is what I’m struggling with right now. These mind tricks have at least helped me get my ass on the bike and squeeze a workout in even when I don’t feel like it. And for someone who isn’t a disciplined fitness freak, that’s all that matters.

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Breakfast Diaries: No-Frills Baking with the Panasonic Croustina Breadmaker

Wake up to the smell of freshly-baked bread

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Waking up to the smell of freshly-baked bread can do wonders for your mood and how you take on the day. In this video, we’ll be making a simple loaf with nuts and olive oil using the Panasonic Croustina. The fresh, homey scent will fill up your home once it’s ready.

Here’s the recipe featured in the video:

Ingredients

1 cup of bread flour
1/2 cup of wholewheat flour
5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of bread machine yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of nuts

Procedure

Add the water, sugar, and yeast into the Panasonic Croustina’s pan.
Let sit for 10 minutes to let the yeast dissolve and foam up.
Add the olive oil, bread and wholewheat flour, and salt to the pan. No need to mix.
Set the bread machine to the White Bread setting and press start.

Et voila! In 4 hours, you’ll have your artisanal-style loaf. We recommend doing the preparations the night before and just set the timer of the breadmaker to end right when you wake up. This way, you get to enjoy your loaf fresh and warm.

SEE ALSO: Breakfast Diaries: Freshly-pressed celery juice with the Panasonic Slow Juicer

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Happy Plugs introduces a new chic, affordable true wireless earphones

Meet the Air 1 Plus

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Fostering a culture of fashionable, comfortable, and untethered life, Swedish lifestyle brand Happy Plugs introduces a new generation of true wireless earphones.

Arriving in contemporary colorways, the Air 1 Plus is the perfect earphones for those who want to look fashion-forward in whatever style. It comes in White Marble, Gold, Pink Gold, Black, and White — perfect neutrals that can match any outfit.

Moreover, you can choose two fit options — Earbuds or In-Ear — ensuring optimal comfort and security for any ear shape. This also makes it the perfect accessory to accompany you in your everyday life or workout sessions. You choose what’s comfortable for your aesthetics and lifestyle.

But it’s not just the earphones that comes in a hip design, its charging case is so stylishly smart, too!

The Air 1 Plus offers a whopping total of 40 hours of playback through its charging case! Its earphones can stream for 6.5 hours when fully charged, and its charging case can hold another 5 charges. If you’re ever in a hurry, you can do a 10-minute quick charge using USB-C, giving you up an extra 90 minutes of playtime.

It’s also equipped with XTM-codecs for clear wireless sound across iOS and Android devices. Additionally, it uses Qualcomm’s CVC 8.0 microphone technology, ensuring a clear voice whilst reducing wind noise for better communication. It promises seamless connectivity, too, thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5.1.

Furthermore, Air 1 Plus features 14 distinct touch controls — making it easy to manage music, calls, adjust volume, or access voice assistants with just a single touch.

Price and availability

Happy Plugs offers the Air 1 Plus for US$ 100 (EUR 100 / CAD 100 / GBP 90). Presale starts from May 13, 2020, at happyplugs.com. The Air 1 Plus will be available officially in Happy Plugs’ worldwide retail accounts and via shipping from happyplugs.com starting on May 27, 2020.

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