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Panasonic Micro Foaming Cleansing Device: Deep-cleaning in under 5-minutes

Thorough, gentle cleaning at the comfort of your own home.

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How well do you clean your face at the end of a long day? Making sure you take off all the makeup and dirt is definitely not as easy as it sounds. Personally, a cleansing device is pretty crucial in my skincare routine as it’s quite easy to miss a few spots. Panasonic’s Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device has been my go-to for quite a while now for cleansing. After trying several facial cleansing tools, I have to say that this is one of my all-time favorites for a deep clean that doesn’t leave your skin raw and all dried-up.

Removing makeup

One of my favorite things about this device is the Warming Plate. Found at the bottom of the device, the unassuming base actually warms up and can be used to help your oil cleanser or cleansing balm break down makeup.

This program runs for roughly three minutes and is one of the most relaxing parts of my routine. I put some of my Hanskin Oil Cleanser with PHA directly on my skin using my fingers. Then, I like to use the Panasonic Micro Foaming Cleansing Device’s warming plate to massage the oil into my skin. You have two choices when it comes to heat – low at 43 degrees Celsius or high at 48. Using circular and upward motions, it’s a great way of stimulating your facial muscles which can encourage collagen production.

Gentle on the skin

Having sensitive skin as an adult is no walk in the park. You need your pores to be squeaky-clean but at the same time, you need to be extra gentle with your skin. The device comes with two brushes – the soft brush designed for normal to sensitive skin and the pore focus brush that targets blocked pores using soft, silicone bristles.

After rinsing off the oil, I immediately add some of my gel cleanser. Currently, I’m using the Paula’s Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser. I add the amount I would normally use if I’m just cleansing with my fingers into the device’s cleanser compartment. Then, I attach the brush and pour about 4ml of water into its center. A press of a button sets things in motion and you get a choice between two cycles: soft and normal.

The brush will start to turn and I must admit that I was a bit intimidated by it at first, thinking such a movement might be too harsh on my skin. With the soft brush, however, I noticed that despite the turning of the brush head, it was still quite a gentle process. I make sure I don’t press the brush into my skin as it turns, just gently holding it over my skin. It does the job on its own without much effort.

This mode runs for about a minute, giving you 20 seconds to clean each area of the face – the left side of your face, the right, and the forehead. A pulse in the movement tells you when it’s time to move on to the next area. This is so you don’t over-do a section.

Deep cleaning

Twice a week, I add a deep cleaning step into my routine using the pore focus brush. While I still have some of the foam left on my skin, I go in with the silicone brush. Targeting the t-zone which — for most people — is the area that needs a bit more effort in cleaning.

After cleansing, the skin feels lighter and without the dryness you get when you over-cleanse.

Post use clean up is a breeze. You just need to let water run through the brushes as well as the device. From the cleanser compartment and out. I shake the excess water out, give it a quick wipe, and I just plug it in using the charger it came with and it’s ready for the next evening use.

This device is something I highly recommend for people who wear makeup and would like to make sure that they thoroughly (but gently) clean their face at night. I used to depend on my Foreo Luna for the same purpose. However, since I got the Panasonic, I found myself gravitating towards it more. I’m a huge fan of the warming plate. Also, I think there is something oddly satisfying about all that foam.

Almost every other night, I also try to use the Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device to build up on the massage I got while using the warming plate. A huge chunk of my evenings are dedicated to self-care after all.

The Panasonic Micro Foaming Cleansing Device retails for EUR 179 and is a great addition to anyone’s skincare tool arsenal. It’s practically an investment as in the long run, it becomes cheaper than often going to a dermatologist. If you’re already the type who likes to give yourself a facial at home, then this is a great companion and routine upgrade for that goal.

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Samsung’s Note 20 accessories look fabulously polished

Sustainable, stylish protection

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Samsung’s newest Galaxy Note 20 series may look glamorous without a case, but having a stylish case is worth considering when you have an expensive phone.

Luckily, the South Korean company released fabulous phone cases to protect the Galaxy Note 20 while looking good. There’s the Kvadrat cover, a case familiar to most Samsung users and loyalists following the annual Unpacked event.

In case you’re just discovering Kvadrat, it’s a Danish textile company taking inspirations from its Scandinavian roots. The company produces a sustainable textile called Revive, made from post-consumer recycled polyester like plastic bottles.

Samsung and Kvadrat’s collaboration aims to reduce the environmental impact of production and plastic waste.

Even though it looks thin and stylish, the Kvadrat Cover complements the Note 20 series’ striking shape while staying durable — protecting your phone from accidental drops and damage. It comes in Red and Gray.


Samsung’s usual Clear View and LED View cover are still part of the Note 20 series’s lineup of accessories. It comes in Gray and Samsung’s most appreciated color this year and a step-up of the previous Rose Gold — Copper.

Price and availability are yet to be announced and may vary per region. This page will be updated accordingly.

WATCH our Galaxy Note 20 Series video

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3 style tips when you want to mix things up

Give yourself that long-overdue makeover!

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There comes a point in our lives when we crave makeover and start anew. Some start by drastically modifying their hairstyle and makeup, while others pursue a lifestyle change. My girl friends and I have a different way of mixing things up: we play with colors.

After living in neutrals — particularly black, white, and gray — we decided to add a splash of color in our lives. It may be tricky to try a new palette in our style and accessories, but it’s not a life well-lived if we stay in our comfort zones.

Here are a few tips on how to mix things up, especially when you just want to see a change in your lives.

Start with one color

Happy Plugs’ Air 1 Plus in Gold

The first step is owning a single hue which can be seen in every piece of your outfit. For instance, you can wear Tan — apt for that transition between summer and fall — in your dress and accessories.

When you learn the ropes of going monochrome, gradually mix different shades of your chosen hue. You can easily do this by picking colors belonging in the same variation or sitting beside each other in the color wheel.

Tan works well with Gold, Beige, Brown, and other earth tones. You can add some pearls to have that luxe, elegant look in your style, and other essentials.

READ: How to wear nude: The perfect summer to fall transition

Extend your color choices

Happy Plugs’ Air 1 Plus in Pink Gold

When you’re done with your monochromatic lessons, it’s time to expand your horizon. You can pick one color and utilize the colors close to it. For instance, Pink — whether as an accessory or an ensemble — can help you look young, fun, and playful as long you use its lighter tones.

You can pair it with tones close to it such as Peach, Old Rose, Rose Gold, and even loud ones like Fuschia, Scarlet, and Vermillion. With this color combination, you’ll ooze with charm and a flirty allure that might be irresistible to some.

If you find it difficult to apply this palette in your clothes, apply it to your accessories instead!

READ: How to wear pink: 4 ways to look chic and grown-up

Own some metallics

Happy Plugs’ Air 1 Plus in White Marble

Shy away from the usual neutrals and consider metallics — gold, silver, copper, and rust — to make a statement. Some pieces can be bought at an affordable price and you’d still look expensive, thanks to its shiny textures.

You can match it with another bold color or pair it with white for a neat aesthetic. But if you can’t pull it off, make sure to follow a monochromatic style and match your metals to look sophisticated — be it on your watch, electronics, lipstick, clothes, and even purse.

READ: 5 ways to instantly elevate your look

SEE ALSO: Happy Plugs introduces a new chic, affordable true wireless earphones9 chic, wireless alternatives to Apple’s AirPods

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Is the Peloton bike worth it?

Fitness does not come cheap

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Getting a Peloton is more than just getting a bike; it’s joining a community. When you first start talking to someone who has the bike, they always talk about how irrationally in love they are with it. Now that I have it, I finally understand why.

After all, the bike isn’t just for taking classes and Peloton isn’t just another fitness company. Peloton is a technology company that’s creating communities and experiences that enable you to get the most out of your workouts. All of these, however, come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Peloton versus a gym membership

The bike costs EUR 2230 (US$ 2245) and an additional EUR 39 (US$ 39) a month for the classes and digital services.

Think of it like this: The digital services are like what you would pay for your monthly gym membership, and the cost of the bike is your sign up fee. If you look at it as a 3-year commitment, it ends up around something like 102.89 a month.

If you compare it to a high-end spin studio it starts to look cheap. BeCycle in Berlin, for example, offers 12 classes a month for EUR 200, and 16 for EUR 239. SoulCycle in London offers 30 classes that can be used over 12 months for around EUR 700.

It’s clear the way SoulCycle expects you to take their classes as something you add to your fitness routine a few times a month. The cost of 30 classes over the year with SoulCycle is the price of unlimited classes with Peloton, and you can do more than just spinning with the latter.

If you start to think of Peloton as a long term fitness commitment, the pricing no longer seems outrageous.

Four things that make Peloton worth it

Well-rounded classes that go beyond the bike

With Peloton, you get access to hundreds of on-demand classes and a dozen or so live classes a day. Peloton might have started with just cycling but they’ve added dance cardio, sleep coaching, running, meditation, walking, and strength training. They even have yoga classes — some of which cater to expecting mothers.

Social aspect

New research shows exercise can be contagious, and social pressure is a fantastic motivator. With Peloton, you can schedule rides with friends or join group classes — live or on demand. You can also connect with friends to see how often they ride.

Built for competitive people

The leaderboard on the right hand side pushes you to pass the next rider, and this is by far my no. 2 motivator.

Ugly sweat brings the drama

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not too proud to be a sweaty mess in public. But working out at home also means I can bring the drama. Often I find myself falling over and gasping for air like I’m JLaw in Passengers trying to breathe in that floating water bubble. If we’re talking about worth, the ability to be extra dramatic at home is priceless!

Two girls, one Peloton

Both Carol and I have a Peloton bike at home so we thought it was worthwhile to give you two takes on the same question. Is it worth it?

Nicole

If you’re like me and have a 20-euro monthly gym membership, it’s going to take a lot more than comparing Peloton’s pricing to a high-end fitness studio that I wouldn’t have paid for in the first place.

If you’re someone who has the self-discipline and already goes (or used to go, before quarantine happened) to the gym multiple times a week, Peloton is a good alternative. It’s a high-end fitness studio in your home. The best parts of having your own gym at home is not wasting any time travelling to the gym and the workouts and instructors are varied enough that you won’t get bored.

If you’re someone who thinks that getting a Peloton would be like buying the willpower to work out, you also won’t be disappointed.

In a separate article, I talked about living in a 38sqm flat during lockdown and still managed to find excuses NOT to work out. At the end of the day, even though I struggle with consistency, I’m in better shape now than I was over the past year of having a cheap gym membership and supplementing it with ClassPass.

Having a Peloton bike at home is great because you constantly see the bike. It’s like getting constant reminders that you’re not working out. This is what I’ve come to realize — it’s not that I’m not working out enough; it’s that I would feel guilty about not working out.

If this sounds terrible to you — which it should — don’t worry. Half of the time this guilt is replaced with motivation and a desire to get on the bike and get stronger.

The only way for me to stomach paying that much for a bike is to convince myself that it’s essentially a gym membership. After five months with it, I’m not even sure that I could go back to any other way of working out — especially since gyms are high risk areas and I’m just overly cautious.

SEE ALSO: Peloton vs excuses: Mind tricks that can help you squeeze in a workout

Carol

As someone who grew up skinny, working out was never part of my routine until I discovered spinning back in 2014. Through spinning, I learned that fitness doesn’t have anything to do with your dress size and that working out can actually be fun. It’s not the most affordable choice for workouts, but the music and the endorphin rush always left me with such a high.

I have to admit I was never a fan of the physical high fives and the loud classmates who love to go “Wooh!” throughout the class. They made me hyper aware of how much I’m struggling through the pushes and how much of a mess I look during the whole ordeal. Palm sweat on palm sweat with strangers always gave me the heebie-jeebies even before social distancing was a thing.

Having a Peloton at home brings all the things I love about spin class and leaves the things I hate about it somewhere else. I can enjoy the music, add some extra dance moves if I want to, and even sing along without worrying if I get a little too loud over that Sia song. I even started answering instructors as if they could hear me, screaming how ready I am for the ride and throwing in my own “woohs!” into the mix.

Before the pandemic, I was already really happy over the fact that I have the bike at home. Time is money and having the bike at home has given me more free time since I don’t have to make my way to and from the spin studio I frequent here in Berlin. While spin studios tend to go all out in their facilities, nothing beats showering or taking a long hot bath after a workout.

When the pandemic hit and gyms in Berlin were shuttered, I was just so thankful to have the Peloton at home. It’s a common misconception that Peloton is just for spinning and I made sure to get into the other workouts they offer while we were spending most of the time at home. During this time, I committed to doing at least one thing with the Peloton app every day.

It doesn’t even have to be a heavy sweat session. It could just be a good stretch or even a short time allotted for meditation. So even if you’re not a big fitness junkie. Trust me, it’s worth it. I’m so far from being in the upper half of the leaderboard but the fact that I get to burn most of what I ate during the day and work on relaxing my mind before bed has been such great help for my whole well-being.

SEE ALSO: Quarantine fitness diary: Forming better habits with Peloton

Since the restrictions have been relaxed and the weather has gotten so much better, I started going out more and one of the challenges, as Nicole said, is sticking to your commitment to work out. But seeing the bike at home really makes for a great reminder. If you’re someone who always has a full calendar, someone who’s busy at work, and is in need of a way to get fit and forget the world for a little bit then this is something for you. My husband and I both feel the guilt over missing a day of working out. Not because of anything else but the fact that we missed out on doing something we enjoy.

Is the Peloton worth it?

Of course it is, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to you to make the most out of it.

Let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to when you get your bike! See you on the leaderboard soon.

SEE ALSO: Peloton tips and tricks: How to make the most out of your workout

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