OPPO has done it again. The Chinese selfie phone manufacturer launched the OPPO R11s, their newest borderless phone, in Singapore with a very interesting pop-up store.
In a move that benefits Instagram feeds all over Singapore, OPPO introduced The Playground. Much like the OPPO Beauty Box we got to visit last month in China, The Playground is home to many wondrous things.
The pop-up along Orchard Road has a bunch of pretty neon signs…
… and funky backgrounds. Perfect for photos! They even have a ring light setup ready for use.
Every corner is a photogenic spot.
Can you imagine the IG possibilities? Well, you don’t have to. We have photo samples!
The photos below were shot with the R11s (as with all the photos in this article). This was done on the phone’s rear cameras with the portrait mode. There are two settings: a closer, tighter portrait like the one on the left, and a wider shot like the one on the right.
Of course, the R11s’ artificial intelligence beauty mode shines in terms of performance. Taken by the cute back drops, they make for great selfies.
After your mini photoshoot, this printing machine awaits.
What’s even better than perfect selfies? Why, perfect selfie printouts, of course! Hence:
After going through everything in The Playground, you get another treat.
This jumbo treat dispenser has great surprises!
Beauty brand Benefit partnered with OPPO for cool goodies to be given away. You either win this…
… or cute Ollie speakers!
The experience finishes with, of course, the R11s. You get hands-on time with OPPO’s newest release, so you know what that means, right? More selfies!
Well played, OPPO. You make Instagram feeds the world over a better, more aesthetically pleasing place.
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Dyson just upgraded the Airwrap — here’s everything we’re loving about it!
The upgraded version is something you’ll love even more!
The Dyson Airwrap has got to be one of the most talked-about hairstyling tools in the market. Anyone who’s remotely interested in gorgeous hair has seen the video tutorials all over YouTube and TikTok.
Known for its hefty price tag, it’s still highly coveted due to its technology and ability to create different hairstyles without damaging one’s mane. Four years after it hit the market, Dyson released a new, upgraded version.
Is it time for Airwrap virgins to bite the bullet? Should current Airwrap owners upgrade their sets? Let’s discuss.
Quick, pro blow-out at home
Something the Airwrap brought to the table when it first launched is the promise of salon-quality blowouts in the comfort of one’s home. The upfront expense, off-setting frequent salon visits for styling. Sure, there’s quite a learning curve with using the curling barrels.
However, once you do master how to make the Coanda effect work for you, styling one’s hair with the Airwrap becomes such a breeze. This, of course, continues with the upgrade.
While the body looks and feels similar, I must admit that it took me even less time to dry and style my hair with the newer version. I’ve been growing my hair, wanting to stick to a 70s blowout to go with my fringe and I was able to achieve precisely that. From wet to fab in 20 minutes. Who doesn’t love efficiency?
Coanda smoothing dryer
Airwrap users were feeling pretty left out when Dyson’s Supersonic Hairdryer got a flyaway attachment. If you’re someone who uses the Airwrap’s Firm and Soft brushes to straighten your hair, the flyaway attachment would have been the perfect finisher for your style.
This was addressed with the upgrade. In lieu of the pre-styling dryer attachment, we now get a Coanda smoothing dryer.
You can also use this to pre-dry your hair prior to styling. After all, you need your hair to still be a little wet for the Airwrap to work its magic. What’s different is that with just a quick turn of the cool touch tip, it can now act as your very own flyaway attachment. A nifty, two-in-one piece!
While most of the attachments look familiar, there were quite a lot of tweaks in their respective departments as well. The Firm and Soft brushes employ enhanced Coanda airflow which attracts and aligns hair with increased control. They propel air along hair strands, for a smoother, straighter result.
During the media briefing, we were also assured that even attachments like the Round Volumizing Brushes were improved, allowing better airflow through the bristles.
For people with tighter curls (think 3A and above in the scale), Dyson also came out with a wide-toothed brush attachment that’s sold separately.
What’s extremely exciting though is what was done with the barrels. Now, there’s no need to keep switching from one barrel to another just to change the direction of the airflow. A quick turn of the cool-touch tips allows you to do just that, saving you more time when you do your hair.
Easier to store
With that said, there’s no more need for two barrels of each size. With the new Airwrap, you only get two barrels – one thin, one thick. Fewer barrels also mean fewer attachments to store. The case of the new Airwrap is noticeably smaller and sleeker than its predecessor’s.
The case’s cover also fully comes off. I love how it makes taking the attachments easier from any side. However, one must be vigilant if you want to travel with your Airwrap in this case as the cover doesn’t lock into the body like the old one.
It’s been quite common for tech companies to force users to upgrade to the next generation of their products. This, by producing newer accessories or essential peripherals that won’t work with the older versions of their products. It’s a business and they do need to keep making money.
However, one thing I really loved about the Airwrap’s upgrade is how Dyson took sustainability into consideration. Users of the older Airwrap can have the choice to only purchase the new attachments.
This is because the new attachments will still fit and work perfectly with the older version. Yes, even the Coanda smoothing dryer!
Something I always loved about the Airwrap is how it’s able to keep frizz at bay by producing negative ions. This is something we totally need in the tropics, especially for ladies with wavy and curly hair. So it’s an essential yet often overlooked feature in hairstyling tools.
With the Airwrap, the curls you make with the barrels always come out smooth and adds to a more natural, gorgeously flowy blowout. This is something that’s hard to achieve with a hairdryer. When straightening your hair, it comes out sleek with a beautiful sheen.
Price and color availability
Dyson’s new Airwrap is available starting today, 26th of May, and will retail for PhP 32,900 in the Philippines. It comes in the chic, rich copper and bright nickel color combination as well as in rich copper and Prussian blue.
Should you get it?
So, should you upgrade to the new Airwrap? I’d say get the attachments if you already have the older version and if it’s still working fine. You’ll be able to achieve the same effects after all. If you haven’t gotten the first version, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Run. Don’t walk.
Mercury in retrograde: When technology and communications go haywire
Your survival guide to a crazy season
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. (Kidding!)
When Mercury is in retrograde, flights and travels are usually delayed, people from the past pop back into 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 in 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 reputation 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.
Dear Moms: 19 things you never thought you needed
A gift guide for every kind of moms
Whether you’re a mom looking for something to gift yourself or a grown-up scouring the web for a present for Mother’s Day, look no more. We rounded up things you never thought you or your mom actually needed, until you’ve read this article, of course.
All-in-one pet grooming kit and vacuum — Neabot P1 Pro
Whether you’re a fur parent or just a family who lives with cats and dogs, an all-in-one pet grooming kit and vacuum might solve your daily woes. The Neabot P1 Pro addresses grooming problems — eliminating messy pet hair, excessive noise, and cumbersome grooming tools.
Shop it on Amazon for US$ 160.
MagSafe charger for iPhone — Nomad BaseOne
Busy moms know the daily woes of being all over the place. Preparing a cup of coffee, tending to their child’s needs, chores, and so on. To make sure they stay connected and ready wherever they go, a MagSafe wireless charger that would complement any space might be a good gift for your mom. It looks great on a desk, bedside table — basically anywhere.
Shop it on Nomad’s website for US$ 99.
Modern leather case for AirPods Pro — Nomad English Tan AirPods Case
Give the gift of style through a modern leather case for your mom’s AirPods Pro. Its rich caramel tone enhances as it develops a patina, and it comes with a lanyard attachment point for an optional wrist strap. Probably so they won’t lose their AirPods against all the clutter inside their home.
Shop it on Nomad’s website for US$ 31.
Tracking accessory — Tile trackers
For when they lose their important stuff, help them locate things through tracking accessories like Tile that work either on iPhone or Android smartphones.
Indoor home security camera — Xiaomi Mi 360° Camera
When moms are always away or at work, give them the gift of peace of mind through an indoor home security camera like the Xiaomi Mi 360° Camera. Connected to an app, the security camera lets everyone in the household monitor their living spaces.
Shop the Xiaomi Mi 360° Camera for PhP 1,599 on Shopee.
Outdoor home security camera — EZVIZ C3N Outdoor Security WiFi Camera
Protect your homes and give the gift of security through an outdoor home security camera with night vision like the EZVIZ C3N. It detects human movements intelligently, lights up, and sends alerts. It also has a weatherproof design, bearing an IP68 certification.
Shop the EZVIZ C3N with a starting price of PhP 1,999 on Shopee.
Blue-light blocking glasses — Shigetsu CHIBA RadPro Eyewear
Protect your mom’s eyes and help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, but they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.
Secure a clear vision and shop the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear for PhP 324 on Shopee.
Smartphone grip — Popsocket
Having a tiny accessory that serves as a handle or even a stand for a precious smartphone might be one thing you never thought anyone would actually need. But for moms getting older, there’s a possibility of weakening their grip, which might cause them to drop their phones and accidentally break them.
Help them secure their devices. Shop Popsocket’s Black Phone Grip for US$ 10 on Amazon.
Tablet for multitasking — Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Moms are superheroes, able to multitask and get things done. Help them become more efficient in their activities and errands by giving them a powerful tablet to accompany them in their everyday lives. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series comes in different sizes but is certainly one of the best Android tablets on the market right now.
Smart mug — Ember Mug 2
Give the gift of warmth by keeping their cup of coffee hot. Having a hectic life can cause a cup of coffee to turn cold when left on a desk, but the Ember Smart Mug 2 can maintain your desired drinking temperature for up to an hour and a half.
Home assistant — Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)
Encourage navigating a smart home through the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) smart speaker. Let Alexa accompany the moms in running the household, and watch things get more efficient and connected.
Shop it for PhP 2,587 on Shopee.
Active noise-canceling headphones — Bose QuietComfort 45
Give them the gift of quiet through active-noise canceling headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 45. Let them pick up themselves and re-center through a moment of quietness after a long day of constant movement.
Night light — OPPLE LED Little Moon Night Light
For new moms, having a night light helps them sleep after a busy day. It also helps them take a glimpse of their little angels when they wake up or when they check them in the middle of the night.
Give the gift of light through OPPLE’s little night light for only PhP 129 on Shopee.
Air purifier — realme TechLife Air Purifier
Keep the air clean within your household! The realme TechLife Air Purifier helps everyone breathe easy with its ability to effectively filter air particles.
Give the gift of clean air for only PhP 4,590 on Shopee.
Self-cleaning robot vacuum — Dreame Bot W10
Cleaning should be quick and easy, especially in a smart home. The Dreame Bot W10 is a 3-in-1 sweep, mop, and wash vacuum cleaner that scrubs, washes, and dries its mop with the charging base.
Clean every corner effectively. Shop this self-cleaning robot vacuum cleaner for PhP 40,990 on Shopee.
Breast pump — imani i2 Plus
For new moms, this wearable breast pump lets you collect milk discreetly and hands-free. It’s so compact, that it can be worn inside a brassiere, and it doesn’t come with tubes or wires that create a wooshing sound in every pump. Moreover, it comes with a charging dock so you can store it neatly inside your home or office.
Give the gift of convenience through the imani i2 Plus wearable breast pump. Shop it for PhP 11,950 on Shopee.
Breastfeeding cover — Enfant Nursing Cover
Cleaning up stains can be quite exhausting after a long day. Lessen the household chore by using a breastfeeding cover.
Bouncer and rocker in one — Joie Dreamer Baby Bouncer
Why buy a rocker and a bouncer when you can have a cradler with both functions? The Joie Dreamer Baby Bouncer – Petite City is a compact cradler that rocks and bounces with a push or even when your little angels move.
Give the gift of comfort. Shop this bouncer-rocker for PhP 4,000 on Shopee.
UV sterilizer cabinet — Ecomom Eco 100 Dual Uv Sterilizer
Sterilize all your baby essentials with the Ecomom Eco 100 Dual Uv Sterilizer. It doesn’t use hot water to steam, so there is no risk of burns or water mess.
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