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6 gift ideas for the skincare lover on your list

Great skin is in



‘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!


BLACKPINK’s Jennie showed off a Red Samsung Galaxy S20+

And we want it!



Samsung and BLACKPINK have been partners for close to a year now. The latest to come out of this collaboration is a “Jennie Red” Samsung Galaxy S20+.

Red has always been a stunning color, but it stands out even more when Jennie holds it.

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Jennie Red.

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The “Solo” singer is seen holding the phone in different outfits.

Towards the end of the video, it’s shown that there’s also an Aura Red version of the Samsung Buds+.

As of right now, the variant is only available with Korea Telecom.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

Features and specs will mostly be the same as everywhere else in the world. We get the usual sensors and security features like the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor and Face Recognition. The phones also have an IP68 rating making them dust and water resistant.

For more, here are the specs.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Exynos 990 Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

Hopefully, the “Jennie Red” variant also makes its way out of South Korea and into other markets.

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The new Instax Mini 11 is here!

So many colors to choose from!



Together with the X-T4, Fujifilm unveiled the latest in its popular instant camera model — the instax mini 11!

Redesigned for portability and ease of use, the new mini 11 comes in a fresh look! It’s now thinner, lighter, and has a rounded body design to fit perfectly in every user’s hands.

Additionally, it’s the first to feature an “Automatic Exposure” function. The mini 11 senses the level of ambient light, optimizing the output depending on the condition. This allows you to illuminate your photos — keeping both the subject and the background evenly lit. Say goodbye to washed out faces!

Another feature is Selfie Mode, which lets you take better selfies and closeup shots. To use this mode, you just need to pull out the lens’ edge.

What’s even more exciting is instax’s new film featuring marble-designed frames. There’s “Blue Marble” that comes in the usual mini-format instax film, and “White Marble” that comes with a square-format instax film.

The instax mini 11 is available in five pale colors: Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Charcoal Gray, Ice White, and Lilac Purple. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help



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There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.

This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.

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