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Brand ambassador sued by Samsung for using an iPhone on TV

A big no-no!

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It’s an open secret that brand ambassadors aren’t always fully committed to the products they endorse. Every now and then, they may use a competing device for personal consumption or simply to make comparisons. But whatever the case, one should never do so in public.

That was what happened to Russian politician and TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, who happens to be one of Samsung’s brand ambassadors, as well.

According to reports, Sobchak has been caught using an iPhone in public numerous times, but the nail in the coffin may have been when she was photographed using the Apple-branded phone during a TV interview.

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That error is definitely going to cost her — RUB 108 million to be exact, or about US$ 1.64 million — since Samsung is suing Sobchak for breach of contract.

Neither she nor her representatives have commented about this issue yet.

In any case, this should serve as a lesson to all future brand ambassadors: Don’t endorse products you wouldn’t normally use — and read your contract.

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What night outs are like when you’re older and wiser

Featuring the OPPO R17 Pro and my waning patience for clubs

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There comes a time in every party girl’s life when you realize you’ve lost it. By “it,” I mean the overwhelming urge to go out and stay out late, drinking as much alcohol as a thirsty camel that just escaped the desert.

A few years ago, you’d be lucky to find me home on a weekend. These days, times have sorely changed — Friday nights are spent indoors in the comfort of my bed. Clubbing has been replaced by Saturday brunch meets and coffee dates with friends. It’s been many hangover-free days, but all that was about to change because of a smartphone.

Just another normal day, phone and coffee in hand

This is the OPPO R17 Pro, or in Europe, the RX17 Pro. At the launch event in Milan, OPPO explained that this phone and its new night mode were made for you to be able to capture every moment in your life — including those that didn’t happen in good lighting. At that point, all the badly lit club snaps and the party selfies I’ve ever taken flashed into my mind.

The phone that’s forcing me to leave my bed

Touted as the phone which could “seize the night,” as its slogan had suggested, I decided to test it out in a realistic night out. Time to break my hibernation and finally get out of my very cozy and inviting bed.

I know, this is either my best idea or my worst idea yet.

Prep

Of course, any night out starts with an outfit. And since gone are my tiny dress, stiletto days, I opted for full coverage (and comfort) with a flowing navy skirt which matched the Emerald Green R17 Pro, topping the look off with a pink bag to match my hair and gold details.

And no, I didn’t even attempt to wear heels because the effort in finding a comfy-cute outfit alone was too much for me.

A quick note: This will be the last #OOTD section. As much as I wanted to shoot a phone-coordinated #OOTD for each of my night out attempts, 2018 Isa was just not having it and couldn’t be bothered.

First try: Wine and cheese night

Since I didn’t plan on, nor did I think I would have survived, visiting an actual bar just yet, I called on my friend Nikka for an evening of chatting and unli-wine. I know, I know. You expected a crazy party when I said “night out.” But, this just seemed so much more appealing to me — no chaos of the club and random strangers in a tight, sweaty space — just two girl friends chatting with cheese and tall glasses. Besides, the spot we picked gave us an al fresco table that was perfect for us: It was spacious and dimly lit.

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Since we were seated, I was only able to take sample photos from my seat, of Nikka, and my food. As the night progressed, however, photos got blurrier — but I can attribute that to me getting drunk and wobbly. Who would’ve thought you could get drunk with wine? Newsflash: You can and it can get messy.

The phone did pretty well that night, so much better than I can say for myself. The R17 Pro even took a nice group shot of the people on the other table I drunkenly started to make conversation with (my new friends, if I can remember their names 😅) despite me being a crappy inebriated photographer.

I woke up the next morning with a massive hangover (copious amounts of wine do that) and doubting this whole article pitch altogether but I had to soldier on. I have to say that OPPO’s custom beauty mode really worked wonders for me that day. The selfie below cannot even begin to show the sh*tstorm I felt inside.

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I was so over everything that day that I couldn’t even be bothered to turn the Portrait mode on the front-facing camera to blur out the crap that was behind me. Thankfully, I am to learn later on that the R17 Pro has a host of built-in editing tools, one of which allowed me to selectively blur parts of a photo. I literally drew my own bokeh effect on this selfie. Brownie points for me fixing my hangover mistakes!

We move on to my second night out attempt.

Second try: Birthday celebrations over tapas

When you’re older, you resort to adulting tactics to ensure you don’t inadvertently have a crazy night of drinking. The adulting tactic my friends pulled was the have-a-quiet-dinner-drinks-setup-on-a-Sunday-night-so-that-we-have-to-go-home-early-for-Monday-morning tactic.

Two of my friends, Ian and Shy, celebrated their joint birthdays at a quaint Spanish restaurant. Of course, there was wine, tapas, and even more drinks.

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I’m proud to say I didn’t drink a drop this evening, also because I was still reeling from that previous wine night. Hence, better photo samples with steadier, non-drunk hands. I can’t say the same for my friends, though. The photo below was quickly snapped by one of my drinking friends who decided that the people in the background also wanted in on the shot. 😅 Nevertheless, I fixed it with my newfound R17 Pro editing skills.

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Not drinking and pulling a Cinderella (leaving for home at midnight) did wonders for me. Who knew this was actually a choice? (Early twenty-something Isa who drank at every night out didn’t.)

I woke up Monday morning and was this fresh. This selfie is still with help from the custom beauty mode on light settings, but who’s checking?

Third try: Cocktail tasting

When my friend Sky invited me to a cocktail tasting event, I was about to decline the drinking invitation based on my newly learned no-saying adult capabilities. But, when I learned there were going to be pretty pink cocktails, I was sold. I found myself in a great-looking bar catching up with friends. This, sans a crazy crowd, was usually the type of place I’d have trouble photographing but lo and behold, the photos turned out great.

Three great-tasting strawberry sampaguita cocktails and some fun conversations later, the bar was filling up with people and it was time for me to go home with just the right buzz.

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No hangovers and yummy pink cocktails seemed like the best night out combo. Proof of life the next day is below:

And because I was actually functioning, there was a conscious effort to turn on an actual front-facing portrait mode this time. Though it cut out my earring and part of my glasses, nothing could dampen my non-hungover mood.

Key takeaways

A lot of things are to be learned from this little writing project and drinking experiment of mine. First and foremost is that I cannot, even if I tried, drink as much as I used to. I’m not the invincible twenty-something party machine I once was, and that’s okay. We all slow down; parties come and go but true friends and never-ending cheese platters remain.

I learned that in adulthood, I am seeing more wine and cocktails and fewer shots — thank goodness. Nevertheless, know that a wine hangover will kill you, or at least your will to function for a whole day. Even if a good beauty mode can cover up said hangover in selfies, you still feel it intensely.

I also learned that I’m still very friendly when I have alcohol in my system (some things never change), drunk people will never, ever take good photos (my drunken selfies will never, ever see the light of day), and the OPPO R17 Pro is a good night out companion.

Despite all these findings, life lessons, and great photos, I feel like I’m ready to crawl back into my bed and switch back to hibernation mode. This is the only “night mode” I’m willing to do for a while.

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8 festive makeup looks to up your holiday game

Sparkly AF

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December is the time for gifts, Christmas cheer, and, of course, holiday parties. Looking to add some pizzaz to celebrate? Fret not, I gotchu.

Dazzle everyone with festive looks that are as fun and bright as the holidays themselves. This season’s looks involve some merry cheer in the form of bright colors and a lot of sparkles. Wow at your next Christmas get-together with makeup that jingle bell rocks. Here are a few looks you can try:

Get in the mood with this glitter red eye

This red-themed look is one that’s sure to turn heads. Pair your shimmering lids with a glossy red lip and you’ll be looking oh so merry this season.

This festive green makes for an elegant Christmas look 

A subtle look with a great color pop to keep you in thay holiday spirit, this Christmas-y greed lid works well worn with some holiday cheer.

A great glitter cut crease is a popping detail everyone will love

It’s all about the subtle detail! This sparkly cut crease makes a big impact and turns up the holiday notch in any basic look.

Ice queen with a flair with this cool frosted lavender look

There’s a Rihanna style for every season! This cool lavender look is a great way to add some color to an icy snow queen look that’s perfect for this Ber-month.

Another sparkly cut crease that definitely dazzles

Another take on the glitter cut crease — this whole look is looking festive AF. This fresh face topped off with that eye-catching lid looks simply amazing.

Go all out glam with a glorious glitter lid

For a more classic approach, a bold red lip with shimmering platinum lids do the job well. This holiday twist to the dramatic look does wonders.

A simple look with a tiny touch of twinkle

Those who need a more conservative holiday look for everyday December wear need not look further. A touch of sparkle on your lid will make all the difference.

This amazing glitter lip because glitter works with everything

Dazzle everyone with this look! Taking things up a notch with the glitters, this bold holiday lip will give everyone something to look at.

Merry Christmas and great-looking makeup holidays, ya’ll! 🤩

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Who is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro perfect for?

Here’s a great gift idea!

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It’s the time of year when good friends are dear and you wish you could give more than just presents from the store. But in case you do decide on store-bought gifts, we’ve got a suggestion for you: Try giving your loved ones the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

But why, oh why, would this smartphone make a great gift and who should you give this handset to? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of five people who’d definitely enjoy this present.

1. The Fashionista

A great-looking phone like the Mate 20 Pro deserves to be in the well-manicured hands of someone who will equally be dressed to impress. The jaw-dropping Twilight gradient on this device is one of the hottest accessories this season.

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Not only does this phone’s color look good, its premium design is also unique. Inspired by Porsche’s four-point system, the Mate 20 Pro camera module makes the phone look sleek, balanced, and definitely unforgettable.

2. The Photographer

Of course, this phone is not only packed with great looks. It features three rear cameras which include extra-wide-angle and telephoto shooters for all those great angles. The famed Huawei Leica partnership ensures that you get the best-possible photos and an amazing Pro mode for all your photography needs.

3. The Power User

Literally, the power user! The Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a mind-blowing 4200mAh battery which will last you more than a day’s worth of use — that’s a lot of juice, if you ask me. The best part? It has a reverse wireless charging function which means you can even charge other phones with it — pretty useful, TBH.

4. The Selfie Queen

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a 24-megapixel front-facing camera and its famed beauty mode automatically gives you fresh selfies all the time. There are also custom settings which allow you to tweak all the options for optimum beauty mode results without going overboard.

5. Everyone!

No, really. This phone is just a solid all-around phone. From performance, to battery life, and even camera capabilities, this is one device anyone would enjoy. We don’t include it on our best smartphone lists for nothing!

Truly, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a gift that keeps on giving.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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