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I tried to use a face mask for 5 straight days and this is what happened

Will this help my skin?

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Imagine my surprise when I learned that there are women who do face masks as often as twice a day.

Yes, It’s true, and I’d normally dismiss this practice except this was top Korean skincare advice, and having quickly fallen in love with the Korean skincare ways, I was quick to give it a try. But, ain’t nobody got time for two daily face masks as that’s easily 30 minutes of the day without all the prep and cleanup that comes with it.


So, I planned to do one. And of course, since we live in the time of technology (and I still didn’t have an extra 15 minutes every day to do the actual face masks), I used the Foreo UFO to help me with this experiment — I’ll explain this later.

Time frame

What better time to try this out than the holiday season! I was basically running on little sleep (holiday deadlines and all) and a lot of stress. I was at the cusp of a breakout and tiny pimples had popped out on my forehead and chin. My face definitely needed the R&R.

I planned to do this for five straight days (a proper work week!) throughout the actual Christmas holidays because bad eating and staying up late is a sure eventuality at this time of year.

Also, I wanted my face to look fresh for the family photos. Duh.

Parameters

Attempt one face mask a day integrated into my routine, wherever it would fit.

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And yes, I know that five days is such a tiny time frame to be able to see significant changes, but we’re doing this nonetheless because if it makes even a tiny difference, imagine what it could do long term.

Tools

We’re doing this the high-tech way. As mentioned, instead of boring, traditional face masks, I busted out the Foreo UFO which is an interesting little device that allows for the same face mask goodness in only a minute and a half.

Instead of a full face mask, you have these tiny masks circles that attach to the UFO

Yes, those mask circles are basically face masks in different sizes, also submerged in some face serum goodness.

Attach mask to the device like so

It also has a Foreo app and many different face mask options

The app will prescribe different treatments depending on the mask you use

This tiny puck vibrates (what people in the beauty world would call T-sonic pulsations), heats up (thermotherapy), or cools down (cryotherapy) for optimum mask absorption.

Additionally, the UFO adds LED light treatment that can help with acne, inflammation, or even collagen production — apparently, LED facials are a thing with celebs like Jessica Alba, and even the Kardashians are swearing by it.

Day 1

The whole thing seemed simple enough. Because these masks need not be on my face for 15 minutes (which is forever in precious before-bed minutes), it was an easy addition to my evening routine.

As with any device though, I needed a little time to get used to the Foreo UFO. First off, I didn’t realize it would be so messy. Adding the mask patch on the puck and squeezing out the extra serum (of course, we cannot let it go to waste!) meant my hands got goopy and some may or may not have ended up on the floor.

After initial apprehensions brought about by mess-making, the UFO was pretty straightforward to use: Pair the puck with your phone, pick the mask treatment, scan the mask barcode, and the app pretty much walks you through whatever it’s doing.

Immediately after a UFO session

The first mask I used is called the Matte Maniac which is designed for cleansing skin. I felt fully pampered before I went to bed that night as I wished the pimples forming on my forehead and chin away.

Day 2

Still at it and on this evening, I did Foreo’s Youth Junkie mask. If it wasn’t already obvious, Foreo has a whole line of masks for different skin issues. (I talk about these masks in a different article).

I’m feeling confident about the new addition to my routine now. Super easy! I could do this every time.

Day 3

I could feel my skin calming down, but this might also be a psychological reaction to knowing I’m spending more time pampering my face. Either way, it seems like the impending breakout was averted: My forehead and chin looked so much better compared to when I began the challenge.

I used the H20verdose mask because hydration is key, people!

Day 4

As with any challenge, there would always be a time when your resolve is tested.  This would be that time.

It was Christmas Eve and my poor scheduling skills ended with less than ideal time to get ready for a big family celebration dinner. I wanted to do a mask before said dinner so that I’d look great in photos (yes, it was happening on this day). Obviously, I was rushing and pissed that I had one extra step to do.

I attempted to do it, and failed miserably: My Foreo UFO had low battery, which was my fault — I did play with it a whole lot after I took photos for this feature and forgot to turn it off — so I had to charge. I plugged in the UFO and there it had to stay for at least an hour. I didn’t get to finish the minute and a half that was supposedly a whole cycle as I had to go to dinner; merrymaking was to be had mask or no mask treatment.

I was also pretty sad because I used the Shimmer Freak mask which was my favorite and it seemingly went to waste. This would never have happened with a normal mask. 😅

Day 5

Because I didn’t want to waste face mask sheets, I actually saved the one from the day before to use again (Ha!). I quickly learned that wasn’t possible as the mask dried up overnight. ☹️

On to the next mask, then! I used the pearl-infused Glow Addict mask. At this point, I was getting more and more tired — it was a late night for me — and more and more annoyed: Why do I even need to scan the mask barcode (which you have to do every time) when I can just choose the mask I’m using on the app? Why does it take 90 whole seconds and not faster? Why does the mask keep detaching? (I found out that the mask can sometimes detach from the UFO when you’re rushing and being careless.)

I have no photo because I was up late decking the halls with boughs of holly and even just getting the mask done took so much effort and willpower from me. I was so sleepy I couldn’t even. 🙄

Instead, enjoy this GIF of me, shot at another time, with the UFO:

Day 6

I know I said I’d do five days but despite the ups and downs of the last few days, my face actually felt nice so I decided to continue on.

No makeup!

It may not be as obvious in the photos but I had softer, more hydrated skin and no new pimples had popped up. I was rocking the no-foundation look by this time. What you see in this last photo is actual amusement at the end result.

My takeaway

I honestly don’t think I could’ve realistically done one face mask a day. Even with the gift that is the Foreo UFO, there were days when I just doubted why I was even attempting this (see Day 4 and 5). Then again, this extra hassle is the price I pay for better skin in 1.5 minutes, as opposed to 15.

Skincare takes so much effort, something I already knew. Adding one little thing to your routine can do a lot and although I cannot definitively say that it will improve your skin, I was happy with the results even after just a week. I felt fresher, skin looked less gray and dull, and I felt like the masks contributed to stopping my breakout in its tracks — if not via all the good ingredients it introduced to my face, via the calm minute or so the UFO sessions turned out to be. Honestly, I don’t think that vibrating puck would be as relaxing as it ended up being.

While I don’t think I’ll be keeping the one face mask a day rule, I’ll definitely keep on using the Foreo UFO — just not every day, to preserve my sanity and improving skin.

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The instax mini Link lets you print photos from your smartphone

Time to print your Instagram photos!

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Earlier, Fujifilm has just launched a worldwide campaign with the catchphrase “Don’t just take, give.” The aim of the campaign is to encourage users to share their prints with loved ones.

 

Following up on the campaign, the Japanese company announces the launch of instax mini Link, a portable, compact printer of Instax photos.


The instax mini Link lets you transfer photos from your smartphone through a dedicated app via Bluetooth connection. The app lets you do basic editing such as rotating, adjusting brightness, and the application of a filter. The printer prints quickly, with an average speed of about 12 seconds.

Additionally, it supports continuous printing up to 100 pictures on a single charge. If you’re feeling creative, the dedicated app has a variety of frame designs and collage layouts for your prints.

Lots of fun features for you to enjoy

It has fun features such as “Video Print” function which lets you scroll through video frames, allowing you to choose the best moment to print. There’s also “Match Test” which examines your compatibility with a friend or someone special. The results are shown after the picture is printed.

To see the results, you must perform a “Quick Diagnosis” or use the “Precision Diagnosis” function, which involves a question and answer portion.

On the other hand, the instax mini Link isn’t just for one person to enjoy. Through “Party Print,” the device can connect up to five smartphones to the app.

The printer can receive pictures from each device to combine into one instax print. There’s also a “Surprise Mode” where no one knows the photos that were sent and what the final print would look like.

More than just a smartphone printer

The instax mini Link has a built-in sensor, too. You can use it as a remote control for your smartphone’s camera, and print multiple copies through the printer’s button at the center.

On the flip side, it’s not just smartphones that can connect with the printer. Through the Fujifilm Camera Remote app, the printer can receive pictures directly from Fujifilm’s digital cameras.

The Fujifilm instax mini Link is priced at PhP 6,999 (US$ 135). It will be available in three colors: Ash White, Dusky Pink, and Dark Denim.

SEE ALSO: 4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

 

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Unboxing the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition

It’s not the BLACKPINK accessories we’ve seen before

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Earlier this year, Samsung showcased the Galaxy A80 in Bangkok, Thailand. Adding more to their surprise, popular K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK performed on stage. Right after the event, we’ve seen BLACKPINK merchandise and accessories to spruce up your phone.

A few months later, rumors circulated about a special edition of Galaxy A80. This proved to be true when BLACKPINK unboxed their own Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition. Finally arriving in more countries (and in our hands), we’ve finally unboxed this fabulous limited edition box.


Originally, this bundle came in a plain, boring black box. When you open it, you’ll first see BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love album in the flesh, containing a photo book, CD, sticker set, random photo cards, and more. Then, you’ll be greeted with another black box containing the real BLACKPINK Special Edition box… in pink.

You can see its logo placed in an emblem in the middle, surrounded by an intricately-detailed color-shifting design depending on the viewing angle.

When you open the box, you’ll be greeted with signatures from your favorite girls. You’ll also see a double-decked tray containing the Galaxy A80, Galaxy Buds, and Galaxy Watch Active.

The box indeed felt special. The tray holding the boxes for the phone, buds, and the watch is placed in a subtle-looking pink gradient.

Taking everything out of the box, the whole set is a treat for Blinks. Who wouldn’t want to use a BLACKPINK-themed smartphone, earbuds, and smartwatch?

Galaxy A80

Of course, the phone is your usual Samsung Galaxy A80, only made better by the black and pink motif.

But it’s not the only thing that makes this phone special. The Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition contains exclusive themes and stickers that will surely delight your senses. Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa will always be on your hands to greet you, whenever you pick up your phone.

Galaxy Watch Active

The Galaxy Watch Active, on the other hand, comes in black with a pink strap. When you turn it on, BLACKPINK’s logo will show up. Its interface and watch face comes in black and pink, as well.

If you’re concerned with your #OOTD, make sure to wear black and pair both the smartwatch and the buds as an accessory.

Galaxy Buds

Among the three, the Galaxy Buds is my favorite. It’s hard not to love it when it’s looking sleek in black with a printed BLACKPINK logo in pink and a subtle, glossy Samsung logo.

When you pop it open, it’s even more amazing. While the exterior is black and tough-looking, the interior is pink. It’s just like how we always put up a strong facade, but we’re actually softies on the inside. Of course, the Galaxy Buds has the usual black and pink combination.

It fits nicely in your ear and produces amazing sound. Additionally, the buds are worth flaunting. It’s just beautiful!

 

Is this your GadgetMatch?

While it’s just the usual Galaxy A80, Galaxy Buds, and Galaxy Watch Active painted with BLACKPINK all over, this is definitely a Blink’s GadgetMatch.

It has a powerful smartphone with a rotating camera and accessories like the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds that lets them stay connected and play BLACKPINK’s music to their heart’s content.

For only PhP 49,990 (US$ 967), it’s a tad expensive but fans won’t surely mind the price. After all, we all love to shell out money for something that we love, and it’s a price we’re willing to pay no matter how much it cost.

SEE ALSO: 5 pretty and powerful smartphones in pink

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UNIQLO will now let you design and print your own shirt in-store

Got a design in mind, yet?

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As part of a series of new offerings for its first store anniversary, the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store at Glorietta 5 (FYI: it’s the biggest in Southeast Asia) opened a digital t-shirt design and printing service exclusively offered at this branch. Basically, you can now design your own UNIQLO shirt or tote bag.

Officially called, UTme!, it’s an extension of the original UT line which offers graphic shirts from various artists and brands such as Nintendo and Marvel. The UTme! section will not be hard to miss and designing your shirt or tote is incredibly easy. Tablets are provided beside the printer and a custom app will lead you through the process. You can choose from an existing design or channel your inner artist and design your own. You can use your own photos, add texts and effects, or create something entirely from scratch. The app then sends it to the printer and then voila! You have your very own, one-of-a-kind, UNIQLO shirt.

The company has always been a propagator for homegrown talent. For this new service, they partnered with 10 local artists for a new collection, the #UTmeArtPH. These local artists were given the theme, “Future”, and were tasked to create designs using this theme in mind. With this, UNIQLO wishes to “inspire hope” and celebrate “the restless optimism of the Philippines”. Some of the local artists included in this collection are Manix Abrera, Rob Cham, Soleil Ignacio, Auggie Fontanilla and more.

The UTme! counter can be found on the second floor of the UNIQLO Flagship mall at Glorietta 5, Makati City, Philippines. Each personalized t-shirt is priced at PhP 990.

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