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The Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 hair dryer: Shine and moisture beyond your mane

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In the past, hairdryers were one of the most taken-for-granted items in a person’s home. Sure, it’s a grooming essential yet people never really gave much thought to it. “As long as it blows hot air, it’s good,” a long time friend even mentioned once. That, however, has changed in the past couple of years. Now, blowing hot air just won’t cut it. Take, for example, the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 – the brand’s latest offering.

Not all hair dryers are created equal and this one, in particular, doubles as a self-care and anti-aging tool. Not only does it promise to dry your hair in a speedy fashion, but it also leaves it shinier and moisturized.

It’s also something that you can use on your scalp and your skin to help add and retain moisture, too. This is something that undoubtedly piqued my interest. After all, the less parched my skin and hair feel, the longer it will take for them to show signs of aging.

The science of Nanoe

Panasonic’s patented technology gathers water from the air and uses it – along with negative ions – to create Nanoe droplets and Double Mineral Ions.

These droplets are smaller than steam which makes it easier for Nanoe to penetrate the hair cuticle, moisturize, and seal everything in. Despite being smaller than steam droplets when it comes to size, it packs a lot more when it comes to moisture.

“It’s perfect for people with straight and wavy tresses.”

The secret to shiny, bouncy hair

As mentioned earlier, it has different settings for your skin, scalp, and hair. They are: Hot, Cold, Intelligent Temperature Control Mode (Alternating), Scalp, and Skin. You can easily toggle between its five different modes using the button on the side of the hairdryer. You also get three power levels which can be changed through a sliding switch right at the handle.

I find that for a shiny, frizz-free, and bouncy look, it’s best to begin with the warmest setting. Run your fingers through your tresses as you dry from roots to tips. Once the hair is around 70% dry, activate the Intelligent Temperature Control Mode which will let the dryer alternate between warm and cold air. It does it all by itself – no need to press a button to switch every single time.

Do you really need to use cold air on your hair? You do – and I’m a firm believer in this method supported by stylists and hair experts worldwide. The cold air prevents over-drying and helps seal the moisture in and is proven to bring out the gloss on your strands. Finally, switch to Scalp mode to keep your skin up there moisturized as well. If you’ve been suffering from oily or even dandruff, this should be helpful to regulate the moisture level on your scalp.

Personally, I love using Scalp mode the day after I washed my hair for a healthy refresh. I spray some Batiste dry shampoo on my roots go over them with the hairdryer on medium power. Don’t forget to exfoliate your scalp often so the moisture actually reaches your scalp and roots! I use a silicone shampoo brush every time I wash my hair.

It’s also for your skin

I’m absolutely obsessed with using this on my skin, especially after slapping on some hyaluronic acid on it. If you love using humectants, the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 can increase their effectivity by adding more moisture for it to absorb and bring into your skin.

Pro tip: I even tried using the hairdryer on my skin while putting on makeup. I love using a face mist after each layer – liquids, powders, etc – and using the hairdryer’s skin mode to set each layer made for a longer-lasting makeup look. I did not retouch the whole day and there was no caking at all.

Is the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 your Gadgetmatch?

This hairdryer is great for wash-and-wear cuts. It does the job quickly and leaves you with a professional finish. It will also work well if you want to do a little extra, say styling your hair with a rounded brush for more volume, or for a sleeker look. It comes with a nozzle that helps the airflow to be much more concentrated but it can also be used without. It’s perfect for people with straight and wavy tresses.

For those with curls, it sadly doesn’t come with a diffuser. However, it’s not a deal-breaker. You can still dry you hair with this and retain your ringlets by scrunching up your hair as you go with your fingers. Frizz is definitely kept at bay due to the Nanoe moisture particles.

The Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 is not the cheapest hair dryer out there. It is, however, not as expensive as the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. So if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, this is the hairdryer for you. Getting a hairdryer that also prevents damage and keeps your hair healthy can also be a cost-effective route when you think about how much salon treatments for damaged hair are. Ladies with bleached and color-treated hair need this most and would definitely get so much use and benefits out of it.

It’s also great for travelers as even though it might look a little bulky, the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 folds easily from the handle. This makes it easy to stuff it in a bag and stow away in a suitcase.

The Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 retails in Germany for EUR 193.98. You can get yours directly from the Panasonic online store or via Amazon.

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Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is 2020’s salvation

Mariah Carey, pray for us

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Christmas Icon Mariah Carey, together with Apple TV+, released the official trailer for Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special.

The holiday extravaganza will feature Carey and a fabulous line-up of superstars: Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland, and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Carey’s nine-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe will also have a special appearance in the show.

The Special tackles a holiday cheer crisis where only one person can solve: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Through musical performances, dynamic dancing, and groundbreaking animation, the Queen of Christmas is about to bring a holiday spectacular that will make the whole world merry.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will premiere globally on December 4, exclusively at Apple TV+. The soundtrack single and new music video for “Oh Santa!” will also be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms on the same day. Other soundtracks will be available exclusively on Apple Music by December 4, and on other platforms by December 11.

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions. It’s also available on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com/sg, for S$6.98 per month with a seven-day free trial.

For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

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Huawei Classic Backpack: The girl with the green backpack

A fashion statement and everyday accessory

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When you’re juggling a job and a side hustle, style ends up as one of the last things you consider in your everyday life.

Admittedly, I wear hideous, bulky handbags to carry my essentials: makeup, hygiene kit, power bank, cables and organizers, and other accessories. Sometimes, I slip a book unless I’m carrying a laptop for business meetings, which proved to be harmful to my posture.

The extra weight shouldered when using a handbag had me reeling in unnecessary body pain. When I was looking for an alternative, a confidante offered the Huawei Classic Backpack — a stylish, everyday bag.

Green is the new black

Huawei’s Classic Backpack comes in lavish Forest Green. It’s quite a recherché, looking luxurious especially in its satin-like nylon fabric. In certain lighting conditions, the color shifts from emerald to dark teal. Frankly, the bluish tint is frequently evident, making this backpack challenging to pair with your outfits.

If you’re unsure how to wear this backpack in such a rare colorway, you can always pull-off an all-black outfit. Or you can go green all the way and do a bit of tonal dressing.

Huawei Classic Backpack

Green, when done right, can be chic and contemporary — all eyes will be on you, darling. It’s never as bold as red, but it’s exotic to look at in a sea of neutrals.

Taste of Paris

Huawei’s Classic Backpack emanates a Parisian vibe — chic, exquisite, serious, respectable, and admirable. If I can think of two words to describe Paris, it’s fashion and architecture.

The same values I mentioned honor the minimalist approach, as seen in the backpack. A semblance of Parisian architects’ craftsmanship; a straightforward utility bag without forsaking style.

There’s a microfiber leather flap priding itself with the label ‘Designed in Paris’ together with Huawei’s logo debossed in gold. This complements the satin-like green body, presenting a luxe appeal.

For security, the backpack features an adjustable drawstring design with a magnetic clasp underneath the flap that connects with the fabric.

Huawei Classic Backpack

Just like the Parisian architecture, the overall design exhibits durability and comfortability — using a 290T nylon fabric for the body and wide straps that reduces pressure on your shoulders. This helped to carry my laptop and other essentials easily even when I take long walks.

Inside, it uses a 200T polyester fabric lined with an H-pattern à la prominent designer bags like Gucci and Chanel. The backpack also comes with a luggage strap, making it the perfect travel carry-on. If we get to travel again, that is.

Carry what you need

If anything this backpack has taught me, it’s learning how to carry only what’s necessary. I used to wear handbags, most are large enough to fit my hairdryer or straighteners. Who knows when I would need it, right?

Sure, it has a separate compartment that can carry laptops 14-inches and under, and an abundance of zipped storage areas. But that doesn’t mean you’ll stuff your bag so much, you’ll hurt your back.

At the very least, there’s plenty of room for whatever you need to store: accessories, cards, keys, and miscellaneous stuff you think you need.

The girl with the green backpack

The Huawei Classic Backpack is the fashion statement you didn’t know you needed. Wearing it can state your persona in a glance, and create a lasting impression just like The Girl in the Green Scarf.

More importantly, it’s the perfect everyday utility bag that you can wear with certain outfits (definitely not yellow, please don’t). It also teaches you to bring only what’s essential.

This backpack, certainly, is an icon of balance between functionality, comfortability, and style. Don’t let anyone tell you to sacrifice one in order to have the perfect bag match.


This lifestyle feature was written by Nicole Beltran. She owns a pastry brand named The Cookie Nook. Her free time is mostly spent baking, taking her Shih Tzu for a walk, or trying to catch up with Netflix originals released a year ago.

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Mercury in retrograde: When technology and communications go haywire

Your survival guide to a crazy season

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Buckle up, everyone! Mercury is in retrograde once again. In Astrology, this means the planet that governs technology, communications, and our very own thought processes spins backward. In our reality, it means doomsday is coming.

When Mercury is in retrograde, flights and travels are usually delayed, people from the past pop back in our lives, communication systems break down, and our gadgets get into accidents or start malfunctioning.

More importantly, this season makes everything fluid. Nothing will be set in stone. Decisions are usually changed when the season ends, so it’s not a good time to sign contracts, schedule surgeries, have makeovers, launch a new project, or shop for electronic devices.

But fret not, this season shall pass. Here’s what you should do before, during, and after the Mercury retrograde.

Protect your gadgets and gizmos with trusty cases and accessories

Honey, this season makes us feel frustrated, agitated, and annoyed. Often, we’ll be rushing and getting into accidents. You might drop your phone on the toilet, break them, or forget them on a cab or restaurant. You gotta get yourself some strap to keep your phone with you at all times and dress them up with hard, shock-proof cases. Should they fall from your hands, you know they’re safe.

Back up your data, make sure it’s safe and secure

Okay, Jenny, listen up. Mercury in retrograde is the season where we lose important stuff moments before we actually need them. It can be your keys, card, or presentation for your next meeting. The point here is you should back up all necessary data. Flash drives might break, Google Drive and other forms of storage may not work properly at the time you need them. The next thing you know, your life is in shambles.

Another thing to worry about is security and privacy. This season is also the time when people’s secrets tend to get exposed, such as your affair with your best friend’s boyfriend or your intimate videos getting leaked in the deepest, darkest corner of the internet. Keep your reputations from being smeared!

Double check what you type and say

Be careful with miscommunication, my dear. It’s normal to feel there’s chaos in your head since Mercury in retrograde disrupts our thought processes. We become forgetful and more prone to mistakes, so double check your typos before hitting send. In addition, think twice before voicing out your opinions and emotions. Take a deep breath, and think before you click. Your words are powerful. Once you’ve hurt someone with it, you can be forgiven but they’ll never forget.

P.S. Be mindful of what you post or tweet if you don’t want to get dragged on social media.

 

Keep your emotions in check and block your exes

If you haven’t blocked your exes until today, you need to re-evaluate your life, Susan. During this season, we barely use our logic and just follow our emotions. There might come a time where you want to send a seven-paragraph message to your ex, please don’t. You owe it to yourself to move on from the past and stop them from coming back to your life.

Oh, one more thing: Stay open to possible opportunities. Sure, Mercury in retrograde brings our past lovers back from hell, but they also bring in colleagues we’ve worked with. Most of the time, they want to work with us again. Additionally, this is a good time to reconnect with old friends. Seriously, this period isn’t that bad.

Be extremely flexible (not just in yoga but also in life)

If there’s one thing you can learn from this, it’s that life doesn’t always work out in our favor. It’s a reminder to always find a way. Be flexible and adaptable to every surprise that life brings. If we’re going to give in to our emotions, we already lost. Take a step back and reassess what’s happening, compose yourself and think of a solution. This is just another storm that’s passing by. You will overcome this.

Take a moment to slow down

Lastly, like any retrograde season, it’s a cue from the planets and the stars to slow down. We’re all rushing from one point to another, and we’re moving extremely fast. Planets spin backward to remind us that we need to look back and slow down to appreciate how far we’ve come, what we’ve been doing with our lives, and catch up on what we missed. Above all, it’s a reminder to rest. You’re doing well, my friend. I’m proud of you.

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