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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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Hot & Straight: Garment steamers to keep your clothes wrinkle-free

For your delicate dresses and suits

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Garment steamer

Not everyone is blessed to have a Samsung Airdresser or LG Styler at home. Both of which are cabinets that clean, deodorize, and straighten your well-loved clothes. Especially for delicate fabrics such as silk and satin, and even the likes of your dresses and suits. For these, we turn to garment streamers.

A clothes iron isn’t generally a bad idea, but there’s a little chance of burning your soft fabric when you use a garment steamer. And it’s perfect for when you’re prepping for an event. Straighten out those sleeves, pleats, and ruffles — and look prim and proper with wrinkle-free clothes.

Xiaomi Zanjia GT-301W

Xiaomi surely makes clean-looking small appliances. The Zanjia GT-301W is a minimalist, lightweight, and portable garment steamer that’s perfect for your white and neat aesthetic.

Garment steamer

You can hold it with just one hand, and despite the small size, it blasts 1200W of powerful steam — effectively removing wrinkles on your clothes.

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Midea Handheld Steam Ironing Machine

Known as a household brand, Midea took it up a notch by producing a portable yet elegant-looking garment steamer. This garment steamer can be folded easily so you can look posh while you take care of your clothes during your travels.

Garment steamer

It also packs so much steam power with steam volume up to 22g/min, making it easier to iron out creases swiftly.

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Philips STH3010/70

Surely a trusted brand, Philips also has a candidate in the steamer category. The STH3010/70 makes for a well-rounded garment steamer — compact, portable, blasts 1000W of steam power and steam volume of up to 20g/min.

But more importantly, it boots up quickly and the steam plate can be safely pressed across all kinds of ironable fabrics — bedsheet and curtains included.

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Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite

Looks may not be its strongest suit, but the Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite puts a strong focus on functionality. It has a large capacity for a travel steamer — sporting a 280ml removable water tank and 1500W of power.

It’s also easy to operate with its single button, it comes with two levels of steam settings, and takes care of your clothes with its three layers of Fabricare technology. Certainly, it removes creases, sanitizes, and refreshes all your fabrics.

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Tefal Access Steam + Handheld Garment Steamer DT8100

Stay wrinkle-free with Tefal’s garment steamer in a short amount of time, thanks to its ultra-fast and efficient setup. It packs 1600W of steam power and releases a steam flow of up to 26g/min.

It’s perfect for last-minute steaming at home and it allows you to move conveniently with its 3 meters cord, so you’re not limited to steaming in one corner.

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Blow & Dry: Handy, stylish hair dryers for easy blowouts

They deserve to be in your home and in your purse

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Every now and then, we’ll need a quick blowout to maintain good hair — whether it’s prepping for an event, a quick touch-up before your Zoom call, or about to run an errand and in a bit of a time crunch.

It’s not every day we’ll need a fabulous blow-dryer that will cost us an arm or leg. Or purchase an expensive one and call it an investment. (Guilty as charged!)

Sometimes, what we need are hair dryers that work. Fast and easy, just the way you’ll like it.

Panasonic EH-NA27 Nanoe Hair Dryer

Carol, GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, swears by Panasonic’s lineup of Nanoe hair dryers. While her personal choices are a bit chic and ritzy, there are affordable options that certainly do the trick.

The Panasonic EH-Na27 brings in its patented technology, gathering water from the air, and uses it — along with negative ions — to create Nanoe droplets and Double Mineral Ions. It’s the secret to shiny and bouncy hair!

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Mi Ionic Hair Dryer

If you’re looking for an affordable yet good-looking hair dryer, say no more. Xiaomi’s Mi Ionic hair dryer solves all your dilemmas: a portable form factor, minimalist and classy design (especially in that white colorway), high volume, and quick-drying technology.

Since it’s an ionic hairdryer, it’s supposedly safer and better compared to ceramic ones — and it won’t leave your hair smelling burnt.

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Soocas H5/H3s Hair Dryer

Chay, GadgetMatch’s Creative Director, shared how her GadgetMatch in 2018 was not a phone but a hair dryer. Yes, it was a Soocas hair dryer, which recently had a product refresh.

To Chay, the Soocas hairdryer ticks her three main considerations in looking for a hair dryer: price, power, and design. And more importantly, it doesn’t stop working from overheating despite having an affordable price tag.

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Philips Drycare Advanced Hair Dryer HP8233/00

Philips has been around for years, and they certainly produce hair dryers within your reach. The Philips Drycare Advanced hair dryer comes with a professional power as if you have your own hairdresser.

It also comes with multiple temperature settings for less hair damage and a long-lasting look. And more importantly, it sports technology that has an anti-frizz effect to help you achieve that shiny-looking hair.

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Imarflex Hair Dryer HD-2210C

If you prefer it classic and generic like any hair dryers found in your mom’s closet, Imarflex retained that familiar look with its hair dryers. The HD-2210C comes with Ionic haircare system and easy toggle between hot and cold temperature settings.

It makes for the perfect hair dryer for a quick and easy blowout, especially when you’re in a hurry. And it certainly won’t break your wallet.

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The Starbucks x FILA collection is what we need for hot summer vibes

Live life and have fun in a distinct style

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Hold up! Hot girl summer ain’t over yet.

For the first time, Starbucks is collaborating with FILA on an exclusive, co-branded collection of sporty-street-summery style essentials.

Starbucks x FILA: 12 oz Double Wall Ceramic Mug (PhP 1,095), Mesh Bag [Lazada Exclusive] (PhP 1,595)

The Starbucks x FILA collection blends rich brand heritage with classic and modern design. Wearing FILA’s signature white, navy, and red, the collection showcases bold yet timeless designs as seen in the drinkware and lifestyle accessories.

Surely, you’d love to get your hands on these accessories if you’re a fan of timeless yet distinct styles. It’s evident in these tumblers, cups, pouches, and bags!

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Starbucks x FILA: 20 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle (PhP 1,595), 24 oz Plastic Cold Cup (PhP 895), Pouch (PhP 795)

Starbucks x FILA collection will be available starting July 20, 2021, at select Starbucks stores across the Asia-Pacific region while supplies last. In the Philippines, it will also be available in the Starbucks flagship store on Lazada.

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