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Foreo Luna fofo review: How does a smart cleansing brush add to your skincare routine?

Yes, I actually tried it for a week

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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!

Introductions

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.

Actual use

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.

Of course, this isn’t an actual photo of me cleansing because posing with all that on my face would’ve been a bad idea for my skin, tbh

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.

Me in my most vulnerable state: With only a raw face

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.

Final thoughts

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.

Longtime friend and clueless about skincare bro CJ who said my skin looked 👌🏽

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.

Off to an event with a fresh face: Just sunscreen, my brows, and lipstick

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.

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OPPO teams up with Jo Malone London for a fabulous collection

What a sensuous experience!

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Get ready for a wonderful, sensuous experience as OPPO teamed up with fragrance brand Jo Malone London for a special collaboration.

Through their “Tale of Two Oranges” campaign, OPPO Indonesia and Jo Malone London launch a special bundle of the Find X2 Pro Orange Vegan Leather edition, a 100ml Orange Bitters fragrance bottle, and an orange notebook.

The collaboration also includes six elegantly illustrated wallpapers available via OPPO’s Theme Store, and a 30-minute track named ‘The Tale of Two Oranges” which users can enjoy on OPPO Relax.

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The exclusive wallpapers and music from the OPPO x Jo Malone London collaboration are available to download worldwide, excluding Europe.

OPPO is exalting its brand by bringing the Find X2 Pro to the premium league. During its launch, it collaborated with Italian luxury carmaker Lamborghini to further elevate its prestige.

SEE ALSO: OPPO x Shiseido special edition Starry Purple F9 box set is hereUnboxing the OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition

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What you need to know about the new Starbucks Rewards

Collect more stars with a few sips

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Out with the old, in with the new! Starbucks Philippines freshened up its existing Rewards program to make it even more delightful to its customers.

With the new Starbucks Rewards, you can get one star with every PhP 25 spent on everything you buy — food, beverages, merchandise — in stores using your registered card or app.

When you accumulate 100 stars, it will be converted to a reward voucher. You can then choose to redeem a reward befitting your taste: a handcrafted beverage, any pastry, or even a slice of cake!

More benefits await

Starbucks’ new Rewards program brims with exciting benefits that anyone can enjoy. For starters, there’s a Double Star Registration Treat where new members can collect two stars for every PhP 25 spent on all eligible purchases for the first seven days upon successful registration.

The Double Star Days benefit is also back, but it’s not limited to the frantic holiday season. Moreover, Starbucks will offer Bonus Stars so you can collect two stars on their featured and promotional drinks.

Lastly, the Free Birthday Reward is still here and you can now choose between redeeming a food from their bakery/cafe or a complimentary handcrafted beverage.

How to be a member

The new Rewards program is exclusive for registered members only, so you have to join if you want to enjoy this exciting loyalty program. All you need to do is activate and register a Starbucks Card to Starbucks Rewards.

For existing members of My Starbucks Rewards, simply update your old password and add a new Starbucks Card to your account through the website or the updated Starbucks app, which is available on Google Play Store and the App Store.

Unlike before, you can now enjoy cashless payments and new features like automatic reloading through the Starbucks app. No more lining up to load your Starbucks card!

Say goodbye to your old Starbucks cards

FYI! Your previous Starbucks cards will stop working after July 15, 2020. This is to pave the way to the new Starbucks cards linked to the new program.

If you have an existing balance of PhP 100 or more, you can have it transferred to a free, new card. If it’s less than PhP 100, you can get a cash refund. Simply present your cards or your account on your mobile app to display the remaining balance.

The new Starbucks Rewards and Starbucks cards will be available starting July 17, 2020.

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Now Playing: Pride Edition

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community!

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Happy Pride! To celebrate our LGBTQ+ community all over the world, we asked them and their allies about movies, shows, music, and podcasts you can watch and listen to, along with books you should read.

This list is also a good start to understanding the lives and struggles of our beloved LGBTQ+ community. You may refer to this article — Pride month or not! Here’s what’s Now Playing at Her GadgetMatch!

Videos to watch

Pride Conversations

MJ: Google concluded the Pride Month with a live stream entitled Pride Conversations, comprised of powerful members of the Filipino LGBTQ+ community sharing their remarkable and inspiring stories — from tales of coming out to their journey in owning their sexuality.

Movies to see

Love, Simon

MJ: A modern classic in today’s generation, Love, Simon is about yearning, secrets, and struggle of everyone in the LGBTQ+ community — coming to terms with your identity and getting out of the closet.

Prayers for Bobby

MJ: A heart-wrenching, tearjerker film that every parent must watch, especially when their religion and faith get in the way of truly loving their child.

The Half of It

MJ: Lighthearted yet revolutionary, The Half of It explores an introvert’s young love, sexuality, and loving in secret expressed through a love letter.

Holding the Man

MJ: Raw, honest, and genuine. It’s difficult not to weep after watching a touching piece tackling a love affair weathering the struggles of coming out in the 70s and 80s — remembering the horrors the stigma surrounding AIDS caused.

Free Fall

MJ: Jokingly known as the German version of Brokeback Mountain, Free Fall is a complex, hot, and passionate story about a married man’s internal struggles of falling in love with a colleague.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

MJ: Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a moving film portraying a French teen’s beatific, intimate attachment to another woman.

Metamorphosis

Vincenz: Intersex is one of the minorities in the LGBTQIA+ community. This is a locally-produced indie film that shows how one explores and discovers him/herself. Just like the process of metamorphosis, s/he finally accepts and reveals who s/he really is to the eyes of many.

Sila-Sila

Vincenz: A depiction of complicated homosexual relationships: from hook-ups, break-ups, losing people you value the most, and even getting back together. A slice of life that shows laughs, joys, and tears of gay people throughout their relationship with their friends, family members, and partners altogether.

Shows to binge-watch

Queer Eye

Chay: The Fab 5 spreads love in Pennsylvania back in the US in the latest season of our favorite feel-good makeover series. Whenever I’m feeling distress or despair — especially during these difficult times — Queer Eye is the series that never fails to restore my faith in humanity.

Pose

Chay: House Evangelista is back for another season of ball culture, voguing, building new relationships and rekindling old ones, and confronting crises LGBTQ+ people of color faced in the ’80s. Prepare not just your favorite bag of chips but your box of Kleenex as well!

Love, Victor

Chay: If you enjoyed Love, Simon and find yourself wanting for more a spinoff series premiered on Hulu this month. Love, Victor tells the story of a new student at Creekwood High School — the ups and downs at home, making new friends, and exploring his sexual orientation.

Looking

MJ: Being in your late twenties and early thirties can be mind-boggling. Such is the case in Looking, where three best friends in San Francisco tell their explorations in love and in life while each taking separate paths.

One Day at a Time

MJ: A refresh of a hit sitcom in the ’70s, One Day at a Time is a modern comedy that has an upbeat take on tales of coming out yet still portrays the struggles of coming to terms with your sexuality within a family.

TharnType The Series

Vincenz: Not your typical sugarcoated Thai BL series as it eradicates homophobia as well as how they openly portray the sexual desires of two men. Expect a rollercoaster of emotions when you watch this series.

Gameboys

Vincenz: One of the first Filipino BL series that is timely and relevant — especially during this pandemic. Can you believe two gamers ended up falling for each other even with just a series of game battles, chats, and video calls? In my own thoughts: “Sana all hindi pang-quarantine lang“.

Hello Stranger

Vincenz: What would you do if you were paired up with someone you truly dislike? Hello Stranger exhibits unexpected love at an unexpected time, reminding us that love simply happens for everyone, regardless of your orientation.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Music Universal: PRIDE

 

Chay: Pop icon and ally Carly Rae Jepsen and artist and activist Mark Kanemura put together a Pride-themed playlist featuring music from different artists and eras that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and our right to express our true selves. This 90-minute playlist is perfect when you’re working out, experimenting in the kitchen, or walking to your neighborhood cafe for your iced latte fix!

Chromatica

 

MJ: Lady Gaga’s return with “Chromatica” has sent the LGBTQ+ community reeling over the nostalgia evoked by this eccentric album — bringing back the days of dancing to Gaga’s fabulous and bizarre pop music we loved.

Help by 10cm

Vincenz: Although the music video only showed minor scenes of how people consider same-sex relationships in public a taboo, the song’s message should dig deeper into our minds and hearts that we should ask for somebody’s help when all of these deep-seated issues come in mind.

Oh my God by (G)I-DLE

Vincenz: Originally a Now Playing: Volume 3 entry, he message of the song this time is clearer because it’s in English — and we can’t deny it’s all about two women having love and affection for one another.

Books to read

What If It’s Us?

MJ: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s novel about two men stumbling upon each other in New York City is a refreshing take on common, gay love stories. It tackled love, signs, and universe — reminding us that we meet people in our lives for a reason.

Call Me by Your Name

MJ: A powerful, coming-of-age, and tale of coming out stirring a pot of raw emotions. Call Me by Your Name explores sexual awakening, yearning, and obsession over the course of summer in Italy, in the year 1983.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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