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Photography with the Huawei Nova 2i: Behind the scenes

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How does the Huawei Nova 2i fare when it comes to documenting real-life everyday scenarios? I shot with the smartphone for four straight days to find out.

This handset is Huawei’s near-borderless budget offering. The big selling point? The Nova 2i has two shooters on each side of the device, four cameras altogether.


Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

My photography needs include IG photos, Snaps, Facebook posts, and all the selfies. For four days, I used this handset and shot four photos each day under different circumstances. This is how the quad shooters performed — also, a peek into my everyday life:

Day 1

Now, as the lifestyle-tech editor of GadgetMatch, I have a lot of demands for whatever smartphone I’m using. When I say demands, I mostly mean flatlays.

Below is a view of my work station at GadgetMatch HQ after I’ve cleaned up a little bit. No, my desk isn’t that tidy.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor; rear cameras

Part of my work demands also include taking lots of selfies because let’s be honest: A capable beauty mode can make you look and feel good. While shooting video for GadgetMatch, I usually get to play with the phone’s selfie shooters. This is one among many (like, many) selfies I took that afternoon. All in a day’s work!

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

Of course, there are more photos to be shot and toy props to be tested out at our studio. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek into how our indoor shoots go. Don’t mind the tiny oranges; we just thought they looked as good as they tasted so we added them in.

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Indoor; rear cameras with wide aperture

Sometimes, our shoots extend until evenings. The photo below was taken five hours after Michael Josh flew in from Singapore and an hour into another shoot.

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

We may be tired but beauty filters always keep us looking fresh! Yes, that’s the secret.

Day 2

The next day, I was flying to China for work-related stuff. But first, let me take a selfie!

Indoor, er, in plane; selfie cameras with beauty mode

Touchdown Hong Kong airport! Here’s a shot of some architecture I randomly took while in transit because I was being an artsy tourist. It turned out pretty well. *Pats myself on the back*

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor shot of the outdoors; rear cameras

Finally in China — mandatory post with location tag! Here’s an outtake from the Instagram story I posted when I got there.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Outdoor; rear cameras

Checked in, tucked in bed, and my hotel room ceiling view. It was a long day of travel and squeezing in some writing in between, but tomorrow’s another day!

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor shot; rear cameras

Day 3

Mornings start with coffee for me. Well, coffee and flatlays.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Met with Ayano, who is a Japanese tech journalist, over more coffee. Our table was the perfect subject for a flatlay, but I already did one for today so I decided to spare you. See? I care. ?

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

The cliché food shot never gets old to me. Trust me, dessert is almost always photogenic.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

I finally headed out, so here’s a quick snap of an outdoor Christmas tree in China because… Christmas tree!

Huawei Nova 2i

Outdoor; rear cameras

Day 4

The last day started early with an indoor shoot in bathroom slippers. Admittedly, I could’ve composed this shot better, but I was busy working. This is as real as it gets.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Thankfully, lunch was a reward in itself. Yes, I am having an egg tart and dessert first thing because I’m an adult and I do what I want. I deserve this. ?

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

After all the hubbub, I’m still thankful that the work I do allows me to visit different places and try many things. It’s the quiet moments like this when all the work is done that I get to appreciate what I do. #Blessed

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Of course, I end this piece with a selfie because — well, why not. Even I am surprised that there aren’t more selfies on here.

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

There you go, four days with the Huawei Nova 2i. What do you think? Which photos are your favorite?

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i Review (Honor 9i)

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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.

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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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