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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.

Dating

How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing

Combat that craving for someone’s affection!

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After self-isolating myself for more than two weeks already, I found myself on the verge of insanity. In true Britney Spears fashion, “My loneliness is killing me.”

But there’s a silver lining in this adversity. When we’re forced to do social distancing, there are ways you can cope with badly craving someone’s attention. Here’s how you can quench that thirst for dating or seeing your person.

Set aside time for your hobbies

This enforced social distancing has made a lot of people realize they don’t have much of a hobby. It’s time to rebuild yourself and realize hobbies are building blocks of your personality — a much-needed ingredient in dating.

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have any hobby except talking to you and making you their world? That’s a recipe for disaster; a gateway to a co-dependent, toxic, and potentially abusive relationship.

Now’s the time to do something else. You can create art, put together a collage using your old magazines, start journaling, or dabble in crafting. If you have an instrument, you can start playing music again. Have some books you hoarded from the last book sale? It’s time to read them.

There are a lot of things you can do, so set aside time for your interests. Your future self and your future partner will thank you.

Learn something new to develop yourself

Ever since I met my beau, I had this dream of becoming a trophy house husband. In my quest to achieving this silly fantasy, I’ve been learning stuff that my future self will thank me for, even if I don’t end up marrying the person I’m seeing.

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I’ve opened up cookbooks to learn and try new recipes, so I can make my person some homemade lunch with love when this is all over. I’m also getting into gardening, tarot reading, and most recently, making smoothies while dancing.

With all this extra time we used to spend on traffic, we now have time to do things we need to improve ourselves. Take advantage of this instead of overthinking your crush’s messages to you.

Level up your conversations

If you’re already seeing someone ~and you badly miss them~, it’s time to level up your conversations. Gone are the days you slide into their DMs, chat them on messaging apps, or send them an SMS (really?). It’s time to do video calls and voice calls, or start sending voice messages.

Conversing through the usual messaging and social apps just don’t carry the same level of emotional depth versus a face-to-face encounter. However, hearing or seeing them even through your smartphone’s screen is enough to make you swoon and fall for them again. Nothing beats the calmness your person’s face or voice gives especially on an exhausting, trying situation.

Also, connecting through video and voice calls is just a better way to communicate. You can clarify stuff easily, and there’s a lesser chance of misunderstanding because you can see and hear their tone and reactions. If you have a friend who’s in a long-distance relationship, ask them for some advice. This social distancing situation is a piece of cake for them!

Swipe around

If you don’t have anyone to obsess over, it’s high time you download dating apps (if you haven’t already). For a limited time, Tinder is offering its premium service for free. Set up your dating profiles, and start swiping!

Just make sure to never meet any potential matches until this is all over. Remember, social distancing is a must and you can’t self-quarantine yourself with another person while on lockdown. Behave properly and just chat sexily! You can start with getting to know the other person (especially their political inclinations so you know what you’re getting into).

Keep yourself healthy and well-sanitized

During a pandemic, it’s a must to keep yourself healthy. While there are no ways you can rapidly boost your immune system, it’s still a good practice to eat healthy food and sanitize yourself properly — something that everyone should’ve been doing whether there’s no outbreak.

Additionally, maintaining proper hygiene is a plus in anyone’s book. It’s definitely a turn on for the person you’re dating. Make sure to wash your hands the right way!

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Last but not the least, don’t forget to drink your water. When you drink a gallon of water, you won’t have time to listen to people’s drama and cater to your negative thoughts because you’ll be busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my dear friends!

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus | Coronavirus porn is trending on Pornhub | Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts | 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Now Playing: Women’s Month Edition

Let’s all celebrate women!

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Happy Women’s Month! To celebrate women all over the world, we asked women and 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 pick me up, in case you’re looking for something to empower you as a woman. You may refer to this article — Women’s Month or not! Here’s what’s Now Playing at Her GadgetMatch!

Movies to see

On the Basis of Sex

Carol: A bit late to the party but I can’t believe I didn’t watch this sooner. On the Basis of Sex is the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s struggle to make discrimination based on gender illegal in the United States. Brilliantly poignant with a script teeming with wit, On the Basis of Sex is a movie that should be required for all children to see. A movie that will also give any adult woman a confidence boost when and wherever needed.

Little Women

Leez: If you’ve read the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, this film isn’t the first. It’s the most recent iteration of a film adaptation to the book and before you click away and lose interest, you might want to seriously watch this film. It dabbles in the complexity of family, womanhood, and standing up for one’s self. There’s more to this book and film adaptation than just four sisters. There’s love, sorrow, and growth wrapped up in such a timeless impactful story.

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana

MJ: Miss Americana is a glimpse of Taylor Swift’s personal life. A peek at her vulnerable moments, life-changing opportunities, and chances at redefining herself and the way she sees love and praise. For Swifties (and even most viewers), this documentary allowed people to connect with Swift. It’s so raw, honest, and emotional that it felt like she’s just one of us — fragile, pregnable, and most of all, human.

Shows to binge-watch

Sex Education Season 2

Leez: It’s exhausting to live in a world where sex is shoved aside as too taboo to educate people with. The science? Abstinence is an absolute lip service. Doesn’t work, never have, and never will. Sex Education dives deep into the complexity of sex with a stunning grip of contextual circumstances. It’s a show about getting into the nitty and the gritty of emotions, sexuality, gender, sex of course, and even trauma. How it all pans out is never how we expect it to and this show depicts that perfectly.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Carol: Becoming a comedian in the 1950s was no easy feat, even harder as a woman whose marriage was falling apart. Rachel Brosnahan shines as Midge Maisel, Jewish housewife who realizes that her wit and humor are not out of place in society — she just needed a stage to go with them. Great story and a script written by Gilmore Girls’ Amy Sherman Palladino, you’ll keep re-watching the series while waiting for the next season. Bonus: Mrs. Maisel’s outfits are utterly fabulous, proving that a lady can be smart and funny while being pretty and fashionable.

The Bold Type

MJ: Millennials — who were always mistaken as Gen Z — are now at the forefront of the working force. Live everyone else, millenials have have struggled to find direction. The Bold Type perfectly illustrates this struggle, featuring three young women working in a fictional magazine while navigating modern life and struggle in love, career, and identity. For the most part, the show tackled stories women can relate to, with some themes centralizing on pressing social and cultural issues. This gives The Bold Type that perfect, woke millennial vibe.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Living Out Loud by Sia

MJ: When you feel like the only way is to go up or move forward, this song will be the perfect soundtrack to accompany you. ‘Living out loud’ played when The Bold Type‘s main characters decided to go after what they want in life: Kat Edison realizing there’s more to life than social media and heading out to travel, Sutton Brady enjoying her dream job and taking another chance at love, and Jane Sloan leaving her comfort zone to pursue something that will make her grow. Listen to this song when you want to make the most out of every moment in life.

Listen to The Bold Type‘s playlist.

Butterfly by Loona

Vincenz: LOONA (or known as 이달의 소녀 / idarui sonyeo or Girl of the Month) has been known as an ally of both the LGBT+ community and women for their empowering tracks. Butterfly is meant for all the LOONAs around the world — and the music video storyline proves that you’re beautiful just like a “butterfly” regardless of one’s race and age.

Listen to 12 K-Pop tracks to empower every woman.

Dying for Sex

Chay: Funny, compelling, and heart-warming, Dying for Sex is a podcast about Molly’s life and sexcapades after she was diagnosed terminal with stage IV breast cancer. Her sexual adventures will make you laugh, but her insights on life and relationships are what will resonate more.

Conservative Ako

MJ: ‘Conservative Ako’, translated to ‘I’m Conservative’, is the Philippines’ first-ever podcast about female pleasure and sexuality. Hosted by licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz, ‘Conservative Ako’ breaks barriers by giving voice to questions that Filipinas have been afraid to ask.

Listen to other female-centric podcasts hosted by PumaPodcast.

Women at Work

Chay: Gender bias and discrimination at the workplace is still a problem we face in 2020. Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work talks issues and real life experiences, and poses solutions and advice to help women overcome obstacles  that hinder them from having a successful career.

Books to read

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Chay: Reading this will make women (and men) feel both hopeful and helpless at times. If you need convincing why feminism is still necessary in this day and age, look no further.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Suzie: This book is a testament that hard work, determination, and drive never go out of style. Michelle Obama’s journey from the Southside of Chicago to the White House serves as an inspiration for readers to daringly dream and courageously break the status quo.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Leslie: If you want to remind yourself what young love’s like, this is a good choice.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Ali: Yes, Circe, as in the daughter of Helios. The story is about making a place for yourself in a world that doesn’t understand you. A bold and feminist take on Greek mythology.

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire Series) by Naomi Novik

Geneva: The Napoleonic era fought with dragons! Reading sci-fi fantasy broadens even the most practical of minds, and this strong story by an amazing female writer is a must

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Marian: I cannot stress this enough. It’s one of those few books where I vividly remember how I felt when I finished it. You’ll know that feeling when you read it.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Mik: It’s a simple story of the right person, wrong timing. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Bonnie: Dear Girls is a series of candid, hilarious letters from Ali Wong to her two daughters about topics from working women to Asian culture to love. I pulled an all-nighter in a hotel room reading this entire book and cackling to myself

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Leez: This is a strikingly quirky collection of comics that dabbles into silly, borderline psychopathic, memories and tendencies Allie Brosh embodies. This book is relatable, hilarious, and shamelessly Allie Brosh that you have to read it.

Check out: 22 must-read books written by women.


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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These female celebrities gave hope, support during the COVID-19 crisis

Women should run the world

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The Coronavirus has become a full blown pandemic and it has been testing everyone’s humanity. In this adversity, we started identifying the people we should and shouldn’t stan. There are those who reek of privilege, and then there are those who have kind hearts empathizing with the masses and the poor.

While everyone’s under distress, several women rose to the occasion. These women had the heart and initiative, coming up with solutions to support those who need it the most showing us that women should really run the world.

Here, we’ve compiled the women we stan, gracefully leading people and helping in their own ways.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

While a former Miss Universe questionably re-posted what appears to be a scripted message from a PR agency, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray proved why she’s the beauty queen the world, rather, the universe should stan.

In an Instagram post, Gray invoked hope and uplifted people through her inspiring caption. Gray empathized with the masses’ inability to stay home in order to put food on their plates, and instead, asked everyone to include them in their prayers. It’s not that much to some, but a message of hope is much needed during adversity.

IU

South Korean singer-songwriter and actress IU — also popularly known as Jang Man-wol in Hotel del Luna and Kim Pil-sook in Dream High! — isn’t just beautiful outside, but also on the inside. IU donated KRW 20,000,000 at a welfare facility. An additional KRW 15,000,000 was provided to give support to infant care facilities, welfare centers for persons and children with disabilities.

Even before that, a total of KRW 80,000,000 was donated to Seocho-gu, Gwacheon-si, and Yangpyeong-gun. KRW 100,000,000 was also given to Good Neighbors, an international humanitarian development NGO, and KRW 3,000 of protective clothing to the Korean Medical Association.

Angel Locsin

Popular Filipina actress Angel Locsin — renowned as the true heroine, embodying Darna’s character — sparked another hope among Filipinos during the COVID-19 crisis.

In an Instagram post, Locsin demonstrated the struggles of the masses. Locsin also called out the Philippine government, speaking out her opinions on how to help the affected whilst thanking the public officials, police, military, and health workers for their service.

TWICE’s Nayeon, Dahyun, Tzuyu

Popular Korean girl group TWICE is well-loved, and these three women will make you love them even more. Nayeon, Dahyun, and Tzuyu all donated KRW 50,000,000 each to Social Welfare Community Fund and Fruit of Love respectively.

Bela Padilla

In a tweet, last March 16, Filipina actress Bela Padilla shared the solution she came up with: a donation drive. Through a GoGetFunding page entitled “Pagkain para sa Pinoy”, Padilla aimed to raise PhP 1 million to buy food and basic necessities.

The plan is to split the resources into 16 cities in Metro Manila, providing support for most Filipinos who won’t be able to rely on their normal sources of income due to community quarantine. Within two days, Padilla’s crowdfunding hit its target, with an additional PhP 2.2 million coming in, bringing the total donations to PhP 3.3 million.

Son Ye-Jin

South Korean actress Son Ye-jin, popularly known as Yoon Se-Ri from Crash Landing on You, donated KRW 100,000,000 to Daegu Social Welfare Fundraiser.

It isn’t the first time for Son Ye-jin since the actress has been active in participating in various donation activities. She’s sponsoring children with incurable diseases, and providing scholarships for children with disabilities, and helping low-income families.

ROUGE

Unlike other influential figures, All-girl rock band ROUGE from the Philippines uses their social media platforms for good, sending messages of hope and encouraging their community to abide by the law, whilst thanking the frontliners.

 

In a video posted on their Facebook page, ROUGE captured their audience’s attention through singing and practicing their vocals, before expressing their individual messages. This also proved that arts and entertainment are important to our daily lives — keeping us sane in this trying situation.

Park Shin Hye

One of the most prolific actresses in South Korea, Park Shin Hye — known for her roles in Stairway to Heaven, Trees of Heaven, Pinocchio, and Memories of the Alhambradonated KRW 50,000,000 to support low-income families.

Bonus: Ethel Booba

Popular comedienne Ethel Booba — whose real name is Ethyl just like the alcohol — disinfects Twitter with her wit and tweets, fighting misinformation and clapping back to those who relentlessly launch a tirade of hate campaigns.

In the age of social media, a lot has been victimized by disinformation and misinformation. Even in 2020, the fight with trolls and stories meant to deceive the public is still on, and Ethel Booba’s still on her toes, trying to bring some light one tweet at a time.


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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