Call me a caveman but a cleansing brush has never been part of my skincare routine. Granted, I’m relatively new to the skincare game. (Only around a year in, a habit brought about by the sudden onslaught of adult acne.)
I’ve always been curious about these devices but my sensitive skin kept me from trying one. I was scared that it might bring about a bad reaction like other supposedly mild cleansers that didn’t mesh well with my skin type have.
But, dear reader, life as a tech reviewer entails risks so in the interest of public knowledge, I decided to see what all the fuss is about. Of course, when I go in, I go all in — not only am I trying out a cleansing brush, I’m trying out a smart one. For science!
This cute thing is the Foreo Luna fofo. It might seem like your typical toy but a plaything it is not.
On one side are silicone bristles, this is the side that touches your face when you cleanse. The tiny puck also vibrates as you use it — T-sonic pulsations that help cleanse and massage your face.
The cute backside isn’t just for show. Those two “eyes” are gold-plated sensors, the things that will scan and actually analyze your skin.
It’s honestly so simple, it’s dumbfounding. You connect the Luna fofo to the Foreo app, follow the instructions which will ask you to place the sensors on four areas of your face (right cheek, left cheek, forehead, nose) for a few seconds, and the app will tell you your skin score.
More importantly, based on this info, the Luna fofo will automatically sync a cleansing program tailored for your skin type.
Pressing the power button on the Luna fofo starts up a cleansing session. You basically cover the four different areas you scanned with the fofo in light circular motions. The device will pause vibration to signify it’s time to move on to the next area.
Even without the phone or the app, the Luna fofo will work. It’s powered by actual batteries inside so you won’t really have to charge or do anything at least until after 400 uses (according to Foreo). This is honestly pretty convenient and it makes the Luna an ideal trip companion.
To use it, you need to wet your face and lather in that facial wash and you can proceed to actual use. For my skin type, I was advised to wash twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Each session takes a few minutes, not much longer than, say, just washing your face with your hands.
This is great because I can be lazy and it helps to know this extra step isn’t costing me more time. Rinse and repeat until you scan your face again and the Luna fofo recalibrates based on the newer info.
It took me two washes to realize I was being a bit harsh on my face and that you need not brush the fofo on with a heavy hand. That lesson cost me a slightly raw face for a few days but nothing more. Light circular strokes after that worked out for me well.
There were also no pimple breakouts despite introducing a new thing into my routine which I thank heavens for. The Luna fofo also helped with exfoliating which is a definite weak point for me. I’m pretty sure I should work on this step more but this is a start.
I loved what the Luna fofo is doing to my skin. After a week or so, I felt that my face was more nourished, fresher, and brighter. The tiny things I notice about my skin, most people rarely see. Granted, they don’t stare at my face as much as I do. (I really, really do because this skincare obsession is eating me alive.)
This time around, though, a friend actually commented on my skin and how good it looked; and mind you, it was a long-time guy friend (take note, he was a dude who knew nothing about beauty) who’s seen me in my worst skin moments so I felt it was a skincare victory that validated the Luna fofo.
My ultimate skin goal is to be able to prance around sans foundation (which I have been doing anyway) and have flawless skin. The Foreo Luna fofo is not some miracle device that will give you that but it is definitely moving me towards the same direction — that and my arduous skincare routine, that is.
One of the best features of the Luna fofo is one you barely notice: The sensors and its smart capabilities. Imagine what damage I could’ve done but didn’t precisely because of this feature. Just the pressure of holding the device to my face alone, I miscalculated — imagine what I could’ve done had I needed to choose pulsation strength instead or brushing duration. Point is, the fofo knew better and here I am reaping the results.
5 accessories to protect yourself and your gadgets from the elements
Don’t just get an umbrella, duh!
I hate changes in weather. One minute it’s hot and sunny like a perfect summer day, next minute, it’s raining as if Zeus and Poseidon are having the war of their lives. Monsoons got worse thanks to climate change, especially in tropical countries. It’s now even more impossible to predict the weather so you need to stay ready for all kinds of elements.
So we scoured the internet to help you prepare. Here are the accessories you need to protect you and your gadgets, of course, without getting out of style.
Dress your phone with a pouch and a case
Ready to brave the storm? Make sure you put your phone on a waterproof pouch. I know, I know. The thought of using a waterproof pouch sounds cringey. But of course, you don’t have to sacrifice style with this one. Most waterproof pouches let you change their straps to something fancier.
In particular, Travelon’s Clear View Waterproof Pouch comes in five colors and you can still tailor the strap to your preference. For something clearer and more transparent, Anker has a pouch but it looks a little bit tacky.
For those who’d want a case instead, LifeProof offers one of the best waterproof cases in the market. Most cases look bulky and sturdy, but LifeProof made it more fashionable with its bright and popping colors.
Stay fashionable while you protect yourself from the elements
Of course, nothing beats a good old umbrella when it comes to protection against the rain but you can up your style by picking one that’s clear and transparent. Even better if it’s a bubble or a dome-shaped one.
Additionally, you can keep your gadgets and makeup safe with a waterproof bag. Fjällräven has an array of water-resistant and waterproof backpacks that don’t compromise style. Brands like Doughnut and Pacsafe have a set of stylish yet functional waterproof bags, too.
Lastly, cap off your style with a water-repellent raincoat or parka. This particular blush pink raincoat by Cole Haan should be a part of your ensemble, especially when it’s raining. Avoid using black, neutral, and earthy-tone since most people would prefer using a darker hue when it’s raining, and you won’t stand out if you wear the same colors.
For those who don’t feel like wearing a raincoat, Uniqlo has a Blocktech line of water-repellent parkas that you can use casually or for your outdoor needs. NikeLabs has a longer parka as well if you prefer using one!
If you want the world to see your OOTD, you can opt for a transparent raincoat so people can see what’s underneath.
Bonus: Get a water-resistant watch!
If it’s raining while on your way to an important meeting, chances are you’ll be keeping your gadgets inside your bag to prevent it from getting wet. This might keep you from tracking time. Thus, you need a watch that can handle these kinds of elements. Apple and Samsung both have smartwatches that are water-resistant yet stylish at the same time.
Now, who told you rain can’t be fun?
#GetWellSoonMina trends, fans show support for TWICE member
The idol is taking a break due to anxiety
Fans of K-Pop girl group TWICE received sad news on Thursday, July 11 after the company announced that one of its members — Mina Myoui — will miss the rest of the group’s world tour called TWICELIGHTS as the member “is currently struggling with sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage.”
— TWICETAGRAM (@twicestagram_) July 11, 2019
Soon after finding out the news, TWICE’s fans officially known as ONCEs poured out support for the idol through encouraging messages on Twitter.
This will take longer than a broken arm or leg to heal since it’s beyond a physical injury… Mina needs time more than anything, so take all the time you need and know we’ll be patiently waiting when you come back as yourself again. ♥️#GetWellSoonMina pic.twitter.com/tDD1pq1u2s
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 12, 2019
you can take all the time you need to take care of your health and we will always be here to support you and have you back minari. you’re the cutest person ever and i hope you know how talented you’re and how much we’re proud of you, we love you#GetWellSoonMina #WeLoveYouMina pic.twitter.com/Z3ui6NS2n2
— sana pics (@sanapics) July 11, 2019
so it seems we won’t be seeing mina for quite a long while, probably longer than we’ll expect 😢 I’m gonna miss her but this will be good for her and her mental health. She’s gonna come back with a stronger heart and mind ❤ #GetWellSoonMina pic.twitter.com/aJkTx0KESD
— きむ💓 37💕 (@hiraimyouis) July 12, 2019
I love you.
— twice in mani-li-a (@momotozakis) July 11, 2019
— Nox (@noxeore) July 11, 2019
It didn’t take long for the hashtag #GetWellSoonMina to trend on Twitter.
#1 Worldwide – #GetWellSoonMina
The world is behind you with support. 💕
Don’t feel pressured and don’t feel bad for taking the rest you need. @JYPETWICE
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 11, 2019
ONCEs showed solidarity by changing their Twitter display photos to that of a Candy Bong Z — TWICE’s official light stick — showing Mina’s official color.
This feels good… pic.twitter.com/YY36ix984y
— May™️| Mint for Mina | Twice 7•23 (@sweettalkermay) July 11, 2019
Currently, ONCEs shifted to using a Twibbon on their display photos and continue to show their support especially with the group flying to Singapore today for the next leg of their world tour.
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 12, 2019
TWICE was formed in 2015 and debuted with the song “Like Ooh-Ahh”. The group started gaining a massive following after the release of their second title track “Cheer Up”. Today, they are considered one of the top K-Pop groups and are actively promoting in Korea and Japan. This year, they launched their first world tour that include concert dates in the US.
What Ariel’s Instagram feed looks like in 2019
If she weren’t a mermaid
Have you ever imagined what Ariel of The Little Mermaid fame would be like in the age of social media? No? Well, we have. She would, first and foremost, not be a sea creature with scales because let’s be honest, the internet won’t be a thing under the sea.
Ariel is a full-fledged human at the top of her Instagram game in 2019.
She is after all, the girl who has everything — including a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out, for those who live under a rock).
Like any modern woman of today, she’s also tech-savvy but having gadgets and gizmos aplenty isn’t what makes her happy.
Like most women our age, she longs to be wherever her friends say they are on social media.
Her mantra when traveling is to not leave any side street unexplored.
Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, modern woman Ariel ironically daydreams about the beach when she’s at work…
… even if she has access to a nice swimming pool because let’s be real, there’s nothing more relaxing than being at the beach.
She wants to be surrounded by bright young women like her — ready to stand to fight for their rights and freedom!
She uses her privilege to question things both online and offline.
Ariel is an empowered woman who just wants to feel like she belongs in this world.
She’s neither little nor a mermaid nor is she someone’s princess. She’s her own person fully capable of making her own decisions. Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, she will not give up her voice for a chance to be with a guy she just met. She’ll probably give up a few vacation days at most for a chance to get to know someone she finds promising.
Sure, she’s privileged, but she’s a strong, independent woman who wants the same fundamental rights as any other human — for herself and for other women — in a world that’s systematically oppressive to women. Sure, she has FOMO on Instagram, but her biggest fear is missing out on earning the same set of opportunities that are simply handed over to men.
Modern woman Ariel refuses to be silenced while pursuing her wants and needs, even if the world around her tries to stop her. Even when no man is there to help her.
All photos from Unsplash.com
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