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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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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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How to cook Jjapaguri from Parasite

Because we NEED to try it

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Alright, seeing as everyone and their mother is talking about the award-winning film, “Parasite (기생충),” we need to figure out something very very important. How do we all make that fancy Jjapaguri and can we make it at home?

Stunning Movie

Kidding aside, I saw Parasite months ago and it clearly did not fall short of stunning everyone to their core. Every detail in the film fixates on depicting the painful gap between social classes. This leaves everyone watching with an almost haunting juxtaposition between two very different families. But, back to the most important thing at hand: jjapaguri. What, how and where can I have it?

Before we deep dive into recipe iterations people have posted online, we need to figure out what jjapaguri actually is. Jjapaguri or Chapaguri (짜파구리) is actually a combination of two different Korean instant noodles “Jjapaghetti (짜파게티)” and “Neoguri (너구리).” In the movie though, they make these two cheap packets of instant noodles into a fancy dish with Hanwoo or Hanu (한우) beef tossed into the mix—another homage to the film’s overarching social commentary.

Jjapaguri: how it’s made

The process is simple:

  1. Cook both noodles and their vegetable flakes in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then, you’ll need to strain most of the liquid until you have about 6-7 tablespoons of water left. You then dump the entire packet of black bean paste from the Jjapaghetti and half of the Neoguri into the noodles.
  3. After that, you need to mix well. That’s how you typically make Jjapaguri.

For the Jjapaguri in Parasite, you might need to fancy it up with more than just a pinkie raise.  You need to cook thinly sliced steak, season the steak to taste and top the Jjapaguri with it.

Now, you can obviously buy the instant noodles and get yourself some fancy Hanwoo beef. But, if you want to really take it to the next level, you can make your own ramen and udon from scratch.

Here’s where a Joyoung’s noodle maker comes in handy. The Joyoung noodle maker let’s you whip up homemade noodles without as much fuss as you’d normally go through. This noodle maker comes with five molds: thin noodle; thick noodle; macaroni, linguine, and fettuccine. It promises to make your noodles in just four simple steps:

  1. Pour in the required amount of flour
  2. Select the desired pasta mold
  3. Add in the required amount of liquid ingredients (be it water, vegetable juice, or egg)
  4. Let the noodle maker do its thing and the noodles will be ready in 18 minutes!

If you want to be able to make homemade pasta and ultimately have more control over the ingredients in your Jjapaguri–just minus the fuss, consider getting yourself a Joyoung noodle maker. It’ll have no preservatives and it’ll drastically improve the Jjapaguri you get to try out!

The Joyoung noodle maker is available for only SG$168 (Usual Price: SG$328) and is available on Lazada, Qoo10 and the Turbo Italia’s Website.

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Get Frizz-free Curls with the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Curly-haired girls problems

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All curly-haired women have been in the same situation at some point. Putting out a ton of effort in the morning when it comes to styling. Saying a morning prayer where you ask the universe to cooperate, begging for a good hair day. All these only to be messed with by the elements come lunchtime. With the right hair tool and some products that will ensure your curls stay intact, you can preserve your locks and keep them looking neat for much longer. Let us show you how.

Special thanks to Hotel Bristol Berlin for the venue
Makeup by Mel Montajes

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