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Samsung Galaxy S9 guide for the selfie lover

How to get the best out of the beauty mode

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a power-packed phone, but one great feature that is most overlooked is its front-facing camera capabilities. I’ve taken it upon myself to walk you through the wonders of what magic Samsung’s latest flagship can do to your selfies.

It all depends on what look you want to achieve. But first, the basics.


The S9 has a number of selfie modes but we’ll focus on two modes here: Selfie Focus and Selfie. Both can be found on the upper part of the camera app, when the front-facing camera is activated.

This tiny button, dubbed “beauty crystals” by one of our unboxing guests, will be your best friend. This unlocks a host of beauty filters and options that will allow you attain those flawless shots.

Now, let’s begin. On to the first look!

Au Naturelle

Sometimes, you need a no-fuss, natural-looking selfie for the times when you know you can’t be spending that much time on a selfie, but you still want to look cute.

Turn to the Galaxy S9’s Selfie Focus mode. This activates the bokeh mode which will blur out the background and make sure that you’re the center of attention in the photo. Find good, soft lighting, find your angle, and smile!

Ugh. Marvin and Rodney are always getting in the way of my work 😂

A big bright window was used in this instance, and though other GadgetMatch people were proving to be big distractions in this photo, the bokeh took care of their annoying intrusion.

Sometimes, you don’t necessarily have to up the beauty mode to take a good selfie.

Fresh finish

For times when your face needs a little boost, we turn to those “beauty crystals!”

The same Selfie Focus mode allow for a little airbrushing. Tap the “beauty crystals” found at the bottom right of the screen and this will allow you to toggle Color and Skin Tone.

Bumping these controls up can give you a fresh, glowing face, even on days when your face is nowhere near those two things.

With aforementioned settings, I managed to take a fresh photo as I was haggardly trying to navigate my way through an unfamiliar city by foot. A little beauty mode air-brushing does wonders, I tell you.

Basic makeup look

We move on to makeup looks! The following uses the Galaxy S9’s Selfie mode.

After navigating to this mode, tap the “beauty crystals” and a slew of themed looks will appear. Tap “Basic” and adjust intensity as needed. Tapping on the tiny “beauty pencil” will also allow you to customize the settings more.

On days when you need a tiny makeup retouch, this option works best. This setting allows for a filter that makes for a subtle but made-up look. The sample shown above is me at the end of a long day — my face still looks makeup fresh because of this mode, even when I personally wasn’t.

Beauty boost

For a more va va voom look, we turn to other settings on the S9’s Selfie mode.

Tapping each preset look will give you a fresh new makeup theme. The toggle at the bottom of the screen controls the filter’s intensity. Remember to take great care in making sure that the filter isn’t too much for your face; otherwise, you run the risk of looking fake.

After picking a particular look, tapping the “beauty pencil” brings you to even more makeup options — you can choose to change eyeshadow, lipstick, eyelashes, contouring, and more. Go crazy with the choices! And, you can even have a friend join in on the fun as the filters work for more than one person.

Friends that put makeup together, stay together

This is how me and Chay looked after a long day of shooting. In this photo, we’re fresh AF and makeup was definitely on fleek, which wasn’t necessarily true in real life.

Live your life on fleek with these Galaxy S9 tips. Seriously, I never thought a device could make application so easy, but here we are.

Technology, you’ve done it again.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 tutorial: How to make AR Emoji

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9: An honest review of AR Emoji and more

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How to wear nude: The perfect summer to fall transition

Look chic this transitional season with a color you most probably have in your closet

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The combination of cool breeze and sunny skies can only mean one thing: summer isn’t completely over but autumn is almost here. Dressing during this transitional season can be tricky — sweaters and boots can still be too warm during the day, yet the wind can easily blow your favorite summer dress up.

And then there’s color. Summer whites and bright colors have to slowly start taking a back seat to give way to fall’s earthy tones. My go-to during this summer-to-fall transition is a closet staple all of us should already own: nude. All 50 shades of it. Here are some styling tricks you can take note of before heading out this month of September:


Layer with linens

Linen-blend paperbag shorts from & Other Stories

There are very few things more comfortable than linen during the summer. On days when temperatures fluctuate more than usual, wearing layers with a linen piece can be your go-to. Combine it with something warmer like a cotton sweater. You can also throw a blazer on top if the weather permits.

Slip into a slip dress

Slip dress from ARA

Who says you need to give your slip dresses a break this season? You can keep wearing those silk pieces as you transition into fall with a warm turtle neck sweater underneath or over it to turn it into a skirt.

Keep calm and carry the mini bag

Leather mini bag from Looks Like Summer

Mini bags may be the it accessory this summer, but it doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to keep using them. Neutrals like nude will work with your outfit when styled appropriately for the season, even when the item is no longer trendy.

Power dress with an extra long coat

Nude trench from & Other Stories

Sweating underneath a powerful outfit is neither attractive nor commanding. Power dressing when it’s hot and humid out is not easy, especially when getting to work involves a lot of walking or subway rides. During this summer-to-fall transition, you can bring that light-colored coat from spring and wear it over your work outfit when needed. Plus points if your smartphone (or its case) doesn’t ruin the look, but actually matches with it.

There are many other ways to survive the summer-to-fall transition as stylishly as possible, but there’s nothing like sticking to pieces you most probably already have in your wardrobe — and styling them for the season — instead of buying more pieces that you won’t be able to wear until next year. There is, for sure, something nude in your closet that’s begging to be worn. It’s a staple that works with almost anything, may it be summer or fall.


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Elodie unicorn diffuser: Adorable lamp and humidifier for your baby’s nursery

Keep cold and flu viruses at bay with this super cute unicorn humidifier

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Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to sickness-causing bacteria that thrive in dry air so it is important for parents to be aware of the humidity level of their homes. This is why a diffuser is an essential item in many moms’ checklists, including mine, to add healthy moisture to every home.

A humidifier, night light, and a cute unicorn accessory all-in-one — the Elodie Unicorn LED Diffuser 2.0 by Smoko makes a perfect addition to your baby’s nursery.


“It can continuously change colors on its own if that’s the magical show that you wish to achieve.”

How it works

Using ultrasonic vibration technology, the machine breaks its water particles into cool mist. The amount of mist that comes out of its golden horn depends on the humidity, temperature, and air flow in your room.

Its full tank capacity of 200ml should last for up to 6-8 hours although it only lasted for 4 hours, in my case.

You can choose to set the duration to one hour, two hours, or to stay on until the machine automatically shuts off when it is out of water. The water tank is pretty big which allows for easy refill.

This unicorn can also light up with 8 different colors: red, violet, blue, light blue, green, yellow, white, pink. It can continuously change colors on its own if that’s the magical show that you wish to achieve.

Low maintenance

It’s important to regularly clean any diffuser to prevent the buildup of mold. With Elodie, maintenance is a piece of cake.

Just empty the tank after 5-6 uses and wipe with a clean, soft, and damp cloth. If you choose to use essential oils, you’ll want to clean the tank before using a different one.

When not in use, just keep the tank dry. You wouldn’t want idle water to attract bugs or insects.

Is it any good?

At US$ 65, this isn’t some smart high-tech humidifier, but it does the job of doing exactly what I need it to do: add moisture to the nursery I’m building for my baby, and more.

It also doesn’t make any noise, neither does it leak nor scatter water droplets. It’s simple but with added unicorn cuteness other diffusers don’t have.

 

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7 songs from The Bold Type to inspire you to be bolder and braver

Get that confidence boost!

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Image credit: Freeform

After watching Freeform’s The Bold Type, everything that I’ve been doing recently is a gamble when it comes to work, love, and life. As a young millennial, I was able to relate to the TV series’ three millennial women who are on their quest to discover who they are and what they want. Young millennials usually have trouble navigating their lives, identity, relationships, and career, and more importantly, speaking up for what they deserve.

While it’s easier to voice our opinions through the internet, we still find it difficult to be bolder and braver in real life. The Bold Type is the perfect millennial TV show that reflects the pressing social and cultural issues we face now. On top of that, it inspires and empowers you with its powerful moments and confidence-boosting anthems.


If you want to feel a surge of confidence in your body, here are songs from the TV show to listen to that will surely pump you up. I’m also giving a tip on when you should listen to which song and make it your soundtrack, especially when the world feels like your runway. Time to show ’em who’s the boss!

‘Black Car’ by Leon Else

Burn baby, burn baby
Can’t you feel my heartbeat?

Featured during the entrance of Jacqueline Carlyle, Scarlet magazine’s editor-in-chief, ‘Black Car’ by Leon Else gives you a blood-pumping beat that makes you hold your head high as you walk on the bullpen. Listen to this when you’re about to enter a room full of wolves aka during a meeting.

‘Phoenix’ by Olivia Holt

You got the heart of a phoenix
So let them see you rise, hey-ey-ey, hey-ey-ey

Played as an accompaniment when Scarlet writer Jane Sloan overcame her fears on being vulnerable in publishing her article, this song is worth listening to when you have a proud moment in your life and/or career. It gives you the feeling of being reborn with a renewed sense of strength and confidence. Time to feel good and lift your spirits to the highest level!

‘She sets the city on fire’ by Gavin DeGraw

I’m going up, I couldn’t get much higher
She sets, she sets the city on fire

Setting the scene for Scarlet magazine’s 60th-anniversary party, ‘She sets the city on fire’ gives a cheerful vibe when celebrating an achievement. The song feels like a man’s admiration of a woman’s strength and capacity to lead and be victorious on her own.

‘Someone to you’ by BANNERS

And if you feel like night is falling
I wanna be the one you’re calling
‘Cause I believe that you could lead the way

This emotionally charged song played when Sutton Brady fights to get her dream job in the fashion department. ‘Someone to you’ is the perfect anthem to play on repeat when you’re prepping for a job interview, fighting for your dream job, asking for the salary you deserve, or just negotiating your worth.

‘Scars to your beautiful’ by Alessia Cara

You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

When Scarlet magazine’s social media director Kat Edison embraced her sexuality and confessed her feelings to Muslim photographer Adena El-Amin, the two kissed beautifully with ‘Scars to your beautiful.’ The song felt like an anthem to the different kinds of beauty and loving someone regardless of who they are. Whenever you feel like confessing to someone, don’t forget to listen to this song and carry its message and sweep your prospect off of his/her feet.

‘Quiet’ by MILCK

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

On the last episode of The Bold Type‘s season 1, a stripped version of MILCK’s ‘Quiet’ played when Jacqueline Carlyle stepped up and revealed how she’s a sexual assault survivor. It’s a shocking yet powerful scene to see a woman in power being vulnerable, ready to speak up and stand up for people who are suffering like her. As a survivor of sexual assault, too, this song is extremely empowering and moving since it pushes me to talk about my trauma in hopes of making people feel they’re not alone in their struggles. Listen to this song when you’re ready to share your pain to the world.

‘Living out loud’ by Brooke Candy ft. Sia

Just thinking out loud
Screaming so loud
Foolish and proud
Living out loud

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 decide to go after what they want in life: Kat Edison realizing there’s more to life than social media and heads out to travel, Sutton Brady enjoys her dream job and takes 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.

Catch up with The Bold Type

If you enjoyed the empowering moments and anthems played, give Freeform’s The Bold Type a chance by binge-watching it on Freeform app or Hulu. If you love their playlist, stream the songs and maybe give them a follow on Spotify!

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