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HTC U11 life Review: Squeezable style on a budget

It’s a sad fact of cellular life that there’s something about “lite” versions of flagship smartphones which is invariably disappointing. Trying to take what makes a flagship phone special, and distill down from it those core competencies and emotional appeal to a more affordable price point all too often results in a subpar device with a name that over-promises. Trying to escape that black hole of mediocrity is the HTC U11 life, a $300 version of the well-reviewed but niche-selling HTC U11.

While it’s smaller than the U11, the U11 life isn’t as compact a version as you might think. Still, it’s enough of a difference to make one-handed use more practical, without sacrificing screen real-estate too considerably. The 5.2-inch display doesn’t pack the punch of OLED, but it’s bright and colors are good, as are viewing angles. Underneath it there’s a fingerprint reader and capacitive buttons for back and app-switching.

The U11 life may be acrylic rather than glass, but you might not realize when you first pick it up. HTC has used the same multi-layering approach as with the U11, putting the color on the underlying layer so as to make it more scratch-resistant and give the phone’s back a pleasing shimmer when it catches the light. It’s still a fingerprint and smudge magnet, mind.

Water and dust-proofing have taken a slight step down too, now at IP67, though that still means you can dunk the U11 life in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. You don’t need to plug the USB Type-C port first, though HTC does say you shouldn’t try to charge the phone until its thoroughly dry again. Once that’s done you can plug in the bundled USonic headphones which have active noise cancellation; it’s not as good as what you’d find on a set of Bose, but considering they’d cost the same again as the U11 life itself it’s a great added-extra.

Out of the box there’s Android 7.1 with HTC Sense, running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 chipset. US buyers will get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with a microSD card slot to expand the latter; a global version of the phone has more RAM and memory, but runs Android One instead. HTC says that the US phone will get an upgrade to Android Oreo within 30 days of release.

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I didn’t particularly notice the chipset step down from the U11’s Snapdragon 835, in terms of performance at least. However I did miss the support for a second wake-word: on the U11 you can say either “Ok Google” or “Alexa” to launch the Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, but on the U11 life it’s locked to Google.

Of course, the U11 life has a second shortcut option, Edge Sense. Squeeze the lower half of the phone and, by default, the camera launches. However, you can set it to trigger Alexa, the HTC Sense Companion, or launch any other app on the phone. If I’ve a minor complaint, it’s that the volume and power button on the side of the U11 life are set a little further down than you might expect; sometimes when I squeezed for Edge Sense I accidentally hit the power button by mistake.

Unfortunately, while HTC may have used a plastic back for the U11 life, there’s still no wireless charging. Indeed you don’t even get Quick Charge 3.0, though HTC does include a 10W charger in the box. The 2,600 mAh battery gave me pause initially, but it proved fine for a full day of use away from the charger.

Then there’s the camera. No UltraPixel this time around, but HTC does put a 16-megapixel sensor on the front and back. The main camera gets phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) along with an f/2.0 aperture lens, with support for 4K video recording. On the front, there’s fixed-focus and 1080p recording.

The photos aren’t going to win any awards, but give the U11 life plenty of light and hold still, and you can get some decent pictures. The absence of optical image stabilization doesn’t come as a surprise given the price, but it does reduce some of the point-and-shoot flexibility that more expensive phones have come to offer. HDR Boost can help bring more dynamic range out of a frame, again if you can keep still enough. Low-light performance is more of a struggle: the photo of my cat in the gallery below ended up with blur because of the low shutter speed the U11 life opted for.

All HTC’s trimming, refining, and general fettling would be for naught if the U11 life was too expensive: it’s certainly something which has hamstrung the company’s earlier attempts at midrange phones. Happily that’s not the case today. While HTC will be offering the U11 life unlocked and SIM-free for $349 – it’ll work with both AT&T and T-Mobile in the US – T-Mobile is the exclusive carrier and is selling it for $300 outright or $12/mo on a two-year installment plan (with $12 down).

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Htc One (M8) For Windows Review: A Novel New Take On Windows Phone

Lumia, Lumia, Lumia. Lest you forget that Microsoft’s Windows Phone business is more than a single Nokia product line, HTC has released the One (M8) for Windows. It’s just as much a flagship phone as the Android version of the One (M8), and in some ways it feels even fresher thanks to the fact it runs Windows Phone 8.1, a veritable OS curiosity.

In fact, the HTC One (M8) for Windows might be the best Windows Phone available—but that’s simply because not many Windows Phone devices have been released lately. And let’s not lose perspective: Most people will probably conclude that the Android version of this phone is the better choice.

From a hardware perspective, both versions of the HTC One (M8) are virtually identical: its weight and dimensions (160 grams; 146.36 by 70.6 by 9.35 mm); its display (5.0 inches, 1080×1920 resolution); and its guts (2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; 2GB RAM; 32GB of storage plus a microSD slot). You’ll also find the same dual UltraPixel camera on the back, and the 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. HTC hasn’t forgotten its powerful BoomSound internal speakers, either.

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Both versions of the One (M8) are nearly identical, save for the operating system each runs.

About the only difference in hardware is that the One (M8) for Windows ships standard with 32GB of internal storage, as opposed to the 16GB and 32GB options that HTC offers for its Android version. The HTC One (M8) for Windows will be sold by Verizon for $100, and by AT&T for an undisclosed price at a later date.

The case for Android

The One (M8) for Windows is definitely a solid WP8.1 device. But it’s the lesser of HTC’s nearly identical phones, if only because Android has a stronger software ecosystem, and appears to be a more efficient OS. Sure, a number of third-party alternatives can compensate for Windows Phone’s lack of productivity apps, but Microsoft’s ecosystem still suffers a serious dearth of entertainment apps. We also compared HTC’s new Windows Phone to the One (M8) Harmon Kardon Edition, and that Android phone just flew, snappily loading apps. It felt much faster than the One (M8) for Windows. And oddly, the Windows Phone version of the One (M8) took far longer to boot.

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HTC also sells this neat Dot Case for about $27. Tapping on the case wakes up the phone, and beams the time and other info through tiny holes.

Oddly, we found that the Android One (M8) delivered substantially better battery life than its Windows doppleganger, playing a looping video for 6 hours and 46 minutes under full brightness. The Windows Phone version died after 5 hours and 39 minutes—almost a 20 percent difference. Nonetheless, HTC says that the One (M8) for Windows delivers 10 percent more talk time than the Android model.

Between the One (M8) and the Icon

Microsoft’s recent decision to address “affordable segments” has left slim pickings for people looking at high-end Windows Phones. Indeed, if you’re committed to the Windows Phone platform, you really have only two respectable choices: the Verizon-exclusive Lumia Icon and the One (M8). Both phones are solid, quite literally, as Nokia and HTC each chose to use aluminum, rather than plastic, bodies. And in terms of industrial design, the Icon feels more like a no-nonsense work phone, while the HTC One (M8) more adroitly bridges the gap between work and play.

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t allow its hardware partners to redesign its Live Tiles interface in the way that Google allows OEMs to reskin Android. As a result, HTC services like BlinkFeed are just like third-party apps on Windows Phone. Mark Hachman

BlinkFeed somewhat duplicates Cortana, in that Cortana delivers news according to your interests. But BlinkFeed is much more visual.

The phone also includes an app for Sense TV, a well-designed remote control for your set-top box. It’s a nice service for browsing content if your provider is still saddling you with an archaic channel guide. 

Fortunately, the One (M8) for Windows is relatively free of bloatware. I was annoyed that Verizon bundled VZ Navigator, its $5/monthly navigation service, when anyone can download the free (and superior) HERE Maps from the Windows Store. Still, I was mollified a bit when I found I could uninstall VZ Navigator from our review unit.

A contentious camera

The One (M8)’s camera features will likely polarize consumers choosing between HTC’s latest model and Nokia’s Lumia phones. HTC likes to trumpet how its “UltraPixel” camera sensor lets in more light, resulting in better image quality when shooting in dark environments. This rear camera also includes a second lens, enabling a wide range of perspective effects. I also found that the One (M8)’s selfie camera has a competitive edge: It captures 5-megapixel images, offering far better clarity than virtually all other front-facing smartphone cameras, period. Mark Hachman

Refocusing a shot after taking it, or using parallax to “jiggle” it, never gets old in the HTC Photo Edit app.

On the flipside, HTC’s rear camera is limited to just 4 megapixels, its light-gathering prowess notwithstanding. Nokia’s Lumia phones, meanwhile, prioritize megapixels; the Icon, for one, captures 16-megapixel images. The upshot is that Nokia fans will likely find it hard to let go of their Lumia cameras, if only because of their increased resolution. The One M8’s camera delivers perfectly serviceable images up close, and delivers evenly lit photos in low light. The shutter lag is about half a second or less, much shorter than the Lumia cameras. But you can still notice a lack of detail in cityscapes, and in zoomed-in images and video.

A vote for novelty

The One (M8) doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself to receive my unconditional recommendation for Windows Phone users. Neither BlinkFeed nor SenseTV justify the purchase, leaving the One M8’s camera technology as the primary reason to buy the phone.

Still, the idealist in me hopes that there’s more to come from HTC’s Windows Phone vision. Microsoft recently loosened its grip on Windows Phone hardware, a policy decision that was instrumental in allowing the HTC One (M8) to come to market. That breath of fresh air makes me yearn for something more. Cloning my existing Windows Phone apps and settings onto new hardware is appealing. But I’d like to see HTC interpret Windows Phone with its Sense aesthetic, too.

HTC’s Sense 6 on Android. Would you like to see this translated to Windows Phone?

The bottom line is that I still see the Lumia Icon as the premiere Windows Phone for work and productivity, while HTC’s selfie camera, BoomSound speakers, and novel dual-camera approach justify a purchase for more creative types.

Once Upon A Light Review: Save The Light Of Your Life

I’ve tested dozens of physics-based casual games. Some of them are so hard I don’t like to play them. Others are so simple I get bored. Finding a middle ground isn’t as easy as it sounds. I guess I’m the baby bear of the app testing world.

I’ve tested dozens of physics-based casual games. Some of them are so hard I don’t like to play them. Others are so simple I get bored. Finding a middle ground isn’t as easy as it sounds. I guess I’m the baby bear of the app testing world.

Once Upon a Light is a pleasantly surprising casual game that requires you to think ahead to your next move, but doesn’t require precise aim or timing skills so you can enjoy a challenge without ripping your hair out from frustration…

Design

The game’s theme is a bit of Steam Punk and a bit of cartoon animation. The beginning cinematic shows a mustached cowboy who is trying to save his ladylove from being carted off to another electronic environment. Once separated, the brightly lit “Eddie” is determined to plug into the right outlet to save his beloved. It is your job to help him reach her.

Each level features one entrance portal, a handful of light sockets, some metal and glass walls, three energy coins, and the exit portal. Players fling Eddie from one socket to the next, bouncing off of walls and collecting energy along the way.

Each socket can only be activated a specific number of times. That is, Eddie can only plug in to the same socket so many times. When a socket is all used up, the light bulbs attached to it will go dark.

The game has seven worlds that are represented by seven sections of a balloon-powered airship. The different worlds have different backgrounds and increasingly challenging puzzles.

GamePlay

The goal of this game is to get from the starting portal to the ending portal on each level. Collecting energy along the way will help you earn extra points. The game isn’t timed, so you can take as long as you want to figure out the best plan of attack.

Players start at the first portal and must get to a nearby socket. To launch Eddie, touch the screen where he is and drag your finger behind him. This will create a target line in front of Eddie, which will help you aim for the next socket. When you let go of the screen, he will fling to the target. Sometimes, there are obstacles in the way, like walls, which keep you from getting directly to the next socket. Sometimes, you will need to aim your shot so that Eddie bounces off of different walls and lands in a socket. Other times, you will need to break through glass walls and re-send Eddie to his next landing spot.

There are also various switches and knobs that you must turn on or off by flinging Eddie past or into them. For example, there is an electric springboard that automatically flings Eddie across the room at a certain angle. To rotate the spring so that it faces a different direction, fling Eddie across its corresponding switch and it will rotate to the new position.

Along the way, players should try to collect energy coins. There are three on each level. When you collect them all, you will receive the maximum points. Oftentimes, the path to all three energy coins is significantly more difficult than the path directly to the exit. But don’t take the easy route. The fun is in the challenge.

The Good

Casual physics-based puzzle games tend to either be way too hard, or so repetitive that it gets boring fairly fast. This game has just enough challenge to keep you interested, without being so hard you give up.

The Bad

The game’s tutorial or how-to is very vague. There are no words, so you have to rely on an animated pointing finger to understand new game mechanics. While it wasn’t difficult to figure out what the finger was pointing at, I’d like a bit more clarity on the rules and mechanics.

Value

Once Upon a Light costs $0.99. That is the perfect price for a game of this caliber. There are almost 50 levels across seven different worlds and no in-app purchases to make you spend more money.

Conclusion

Fans of physics-based games will feel right at home with this title. It is not going to win any awards for innovation, but it is a fun and entertaining game that will keep you occupied for at least a few hours. Not bad for only a buck. This app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

Freeze! is a unique looking physics-based game. Aerox is a physics-based game that is a rollercoaster of action.

Lenovo Moto G4 Real Life Usage Review

This phone is aimed at budget-conscious emerging markets, and big screens, big batteries, and big megapixel counts. Moto G-series devices has been always a good choice for the people who want stock Android experience and periodic updates with a budget price tag. Sadly this time around, Motorola has skipped some of the good features like waterproofing, and stereo speaker feature and this phone is just splash proof. It comes in White and Black color options. Moto G4 is priced at INR 12,499 and is available exclusively on Amazon India.

Moto G4 Specifications

Key Specs Lenovo Moto G4

Display 5.5 inches IPS LCD display

Screen Resolution Full HD (1080 x 1920)

Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 617

GPU Adreno 405

Memory 2 GB RAM

Inbuilt Storage 16 GB

Storage Upgrade Yes, up to 256 GB via microSD card

Primary Camera 13 MP with dual-LED flash

Video recording [email protected]

Secondary Camera 5 MP

Battery 3000 mAh

Fingerprint Sensor No

NFC No

4G ready Yes, on one SIM

SIM card type Dual SIM

Waterproof No

Weight 155 g

Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm

Price Rs. 12,499

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What are Usage Reviews, Tests and Opinions?

This review is based on our quick tests and usage done with the phone, we try to push the device to its limits and find out the results which will matter if you plan to buy this phone. We hope this review helps you to get your queries answered about the device.

Performance App Launch Speed

The app launch speed on the Moto G4 is quite fast. The apps took almost negligible time to start. Even the apps in memory opened pretty quick

Multitasking and RAM Management

Multitasking is quite good in this phone. The stock android enhances the performance when it comes to multitasking and RAM management. Even with a lot of apps running in the background, switching between apps wasn’t a problem. There was occasional reloading of few apps with the heavy apps running in the background. We didn’t face any lag or stutter while switching between casual apps.

Scrolling Speed

For testing the scrolling speed, I loaded the GadgetsToUse homepage on the smartphone and scrolled top to bottom and back on the phone. The web page rendering speed was great and the page managed to scroll easily without any problems.

Heating Benchmark Scores

Benchmark App Benchmark Scores

AnTuTu (64-bit) 45334

Quadrant Standard 26663

Nenamark 2 59.3 fps

Geekbench3 Multi-Core- 2991

Camera

The Moto G4 is equipped with a lower resolution, 13 MP Primary camera unlike the 16 MP Camera in the Moto G4 Plus. The Primary Camera comes with Color balancing dual LED flash, ƒ/2.0 aperture, Quick Capture, 4X digital zoom etc. It supports 1080p HD video @ 30fps and features various modes like Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR and Panorama among others. The pictures came out to be pretty decent with natural colors, great detailing and great saturation.  I have already covered the camera aspect of the Moto G4 in a separate dedicated camera review, where you can find this information in details.

Camera UI

Day Light Photo Quality

Low Light Photo Quality

Selfie Photo Quality

Moto G4 Camera Samples Video Quality

When recording videos with the primary or the secondary camera on the device, the videos came out to be great. The audio in the videos was also good, with good active noise cancellation when there was noise coming from the surroundings. We’ve already included a sample from the front camera and the rear camera of the device in our dedicated camera review.

Battery Performance

Battery performance from the Moto G4 is about average. The G4 packs a 3000mAh cell that keeps the 1080p 5.5-inch screen powered the entire day. I regularly got through to the end of the day without having to put the Moto G4 on charge, with 10-20% of juice remaining. You will easily get around an average of 4 hours of screen-on-time with moderate usage. I Played Modern Combat 5 for 30 minutes and noticed a battery drop of 13% when the Wi-Fi and cellular data was off.

Charging Time

The charging on this device is carried out with a micro-USB port unlike USB Type-C port that we  see on most of the devices these days. Motorola has also taken steps to improve things on the battery front by including fast-charging technology for the first time but the compatible charger isn’t included in the box. It takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get charged from 0% to 100% with the turbo charger. Without the turbo charger that is provided, it would take little bit of more time.

Screen on Time Looks and Design

A lot of handsets flaunt metal body these days but Motorola decided to stick to plastic. The phone features an all plastic build, and a brilliant 5.5-inch display on the front. Even though its totally a plastic, it doesn’t feels cheap. It actually feels good in hand and the plastic used here is of good quality. The phone feels solid and comfortable in hand. It’s back is textured which adds an extra grip while holding the device. Back cover is removable but battery is still non-removable. The phone does looks and feels good, but still the use of metals here would have been appreciated.

Moto G4 Photo Gallery Quality of Material

Unlike most of the phones, this phone has got a total plastic build. Even though it’s made out of the plastic, it feels solid and good in hand. It has also got a good grip and removable back cover. This is also one of the lightest 5.5-inch phone available in the market. Its Dimensions are 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm and it weighs just 155 grams.

Ergonomics

Coming to the one-handed usage of the device, I’d say it’s easy to handle the device with one hand if you are comfortable using any other 5.5-inch device. I have big hands, and thus, I can’t really say if it’s a one-handed device or not, but for me, it is definitely a one-handed device.

Display Clarity, Colors and Viewing Angles

The Moto G4 has a big 5.5 inch IPS LCD Display with a Full-HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display comes with a pixel density of 401 ppi and color depth of 16M colors. The Display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. Color reproduction and viewing angles were really very good with accurate color balance. I could see the phone at extreme angles without any problem at all and overall we loved the display.

Outdoor Visibility (Full Brightness)

When putting the phone on full brightness and seeing it under direct sunlight, the display was visible.  Sunlight legibility was good overall and we didn’t face any issue while viewing it under direct sunlight.

User Interface

The UI is quite basic and stock with Google Now Launcher and the Google Now features. The app switcher is the usual 3D rolodex with a searchbar on top and the app drawer is vertical scroll-able. Even the icons looks quite stock apart from the few ones. People who love stock UI will definitely going to love it else you can always go for the third party launchers like Nova.  It is running on Android Marshmallow (6.0) and will also going to get the next update as well.

Sound Quality

Sadly, Motorola has dropped the stereo speaker setup and has got only single speaker which is positioned on the front. The perk of having a front firing speaker is that you don’t cover them up while holding the phone in landscape mode unlike most of the phones. The sound is loud enough and clarity of the Moto G4 audio is also impressive, considering it’s a budget device. While not the loudest, the G4 offers a strong and clean sound for listening to music.

Call Quality

While testing the call quality on the Moto G4, I used a Vodafone SIM card with it in New Delhi, where we don’t have 4G yet, and thus the phone was on 3G. When on a call, I could hear the other person without any problems, and even the other person could hear me without any issues. I would be on calls for around 2 hours a day, and even then, during such long calls, I wouldn’t notice any problems with the call quality. The call quality is top notch, no doubt there.

Gaming Performance

We know that the G4 comes with the same hardware found in the G4 Plus and we also know it is quite capable. I played Modern Combat 5 on this smartphone and the game play was very smooth and did not show any lag in the beginning of the game. As the game proceeded, I noticed that the game was turning out to be a little slow in graphic intense areas but closing all the background apps fixed this problem at once. Overall I had a good experience while playing games and it rendered the graphics pretty well.

Game Lag & Heating Verdict

It packs a good hardware with a Snapdragon 617 processor, a average camera with the 13-megapixel and the 5-megapixel shooters and a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full-HD chúng tôi stock Android, and light weight built is something we don’t see in every device. Overall this device impressed us ignoring few minor areas. Also, considering the price at which the phone is offered, I’d say that this is a great device to go with. Though the devices like Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 2 gives it a tough competition.

How To Create Skincare Routine On Limited Budget

Having beautiful, healthy skin doesn’t always need spending a fortune. You may maintain a great complexion without spending a lot of money by adopting straightforward and inexpensive skincare routines and using inexpensive beauty items. In this post, we’ll look at a variety of savings strategies for skincare and beauty.

Tips for Keeping Your Skincare within Budget

Furthermore, they’ll never let you know that you can use much less expensive goods to achieve the same effects. By taking these suggestions into account, you may better control your skincare spending and avoid purchasing pricey and pointless products. Here are some suggestions to lower your skincare expenditure.

Care for Your Skin Properly with Reasonably Priced Cosmetics

Do some research and explore for less priced options before making an online purchase of an expensive item. Simply look for companies that provide affordable goods from businesses that offer Vitamin C or hyaluronic acid serums. Some businesses oversell their goods in order to justify their high prices. Thus, avoid marketing gimmicks and seek for businesses that support accessible and efficient skincare. There are many businesses that try to keep their costs as cheap as possible by not investing much in ostentatious packaging or overly aggressive marketing.

Use Efficient DIY Home Treatments to Cure Skin Issues

A few DIY home cures are effective and produce effects that are superior to those of the most expensive brands. Simply know which ones work and which ones don’t. You can either learn this by trial and error, or you can listen to the tips and guidance of beauty experts. Yogurt-based skin packs always work, and a nice egg mask is fantastic for hair. So, experiment to see what works best for your skin.

Reduce Use of Sunscreen

Try to limit your exposure to the sun. Before going outside, always wear sunscreen to shield your face from damaging UV rays. Every day, apply it to your skin. Make it a routine. As much as possible, stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. Put on sunglasses that block UV rays. On a hot, sunny day without sunglasses, squinting your eyes can help reduce eye wrinkles. To prevent UV damage to your skin and hair, put on protective clothing, caps, or scarves.

Discover Cheaper Alternatives to Pricey Items

Simply hunt for a dupe if you really want a product but don’t want to pay so much money. If you do some investigation, you can find a comparable product for a much lower price. The knockoff does the same thing, makes you look fantastic, and is a tremendous bargain.

Cut off Additional Steps

You don’t have to adhere to a 7- or 10-step skincare routine in its entirety. You can alter your skincare regimen to meet the needs of your skin, which you are the best person to determine. Do a triple moisture routine, consisting of an essence, serum, and moisturizer, if your skin is dry. Some people even follow it up with face oil, which is fine if your skin is extremely dry or dehydrated. Nonetheless, you can use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer and use fewer additional products if you have oily skin.

In order to save money, steer clear of unnecessary purchases and concentrate on your skin type. You’ll not only save some money if you use less skincare products each day, but your skin will also benefit in several ways. Overusing cosmetics can aggravate your skin and accentuate the effects of aging. Thus, adhere to the maxim that less is better.

Purchase Trial Sizes or Samples First

We are all eager to try the cutting-edge skincare product that is now sweeping the market. Furthermore, most goods don’t even end up working for us, and that can be very expensive. In such a situation, purchasing trail sizes and using a product for a week prior to making an investment is the ideal approach to have the best of both worlds.

Use Items That Have Numerous Uses

Purchase dual-action items. You can get the benefits of two products in one by purchasing an exfoliant that can also be used as a face mask or a moisturizer that has sunscreen.

Maintain Cleanliness

Good personal hygiene must be practised in order to preserve healthy health. When it comes to skincare, this is especially true. Make sure to wash your combs, makeup brushes, sponges, scrunchies, and pillowcases on a regular basis. It is best to avoid wearing perspirant garments for an extended period of time. You should only wipe your face with fresh, soft fabric towels. Keep your electrical equipment clean. Before touching your face, wash your hands frequently and always.

Join Websites

The greatest approach to save money on skincare items you use frequently is to sign up for a website’s monthly or weekly delivery subscription. Many websites and retailers offer subscription services, which essentially let you choose to make regular purchases on a weekly or monthly basis in exchange for a discount. You can do this to save time and money.

Get Some Beauty Rest

Sleep helps you look beautiful because it gives your skin time to heal. Our skin renews itself while we are asleep. Without spending any money, a good night’s sleep will help you obtain beautiful skin. Sleeping on your side crushes your face into the pillow, so if at all feasible, sleep on your back. Make sure to wash off your makeup before retiring for the night. Pillows should be used to raise your head to improve the quality of your sleep. Make sure you sleep for 7-8 hours each night.

Get Discounts and Sales

Last but not least, browse several websites for promotions and discounts on skincare goods. Your favourite products may be discounted by as much as 60%. So, embrace the opportunity whenever it arises and add to your skincare stash.

List of Affordable Skincare and Beauty Products

Listed below are some reasonably priced skincare and cosmetics items −

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion

E.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Highlighter

Maybelline New York Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Pixi Glow Tonic

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Clay Mask

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm.

Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s vital to keep in mind that patch testing new products and consulting a dermatologist if you have any concerns are always recommended.

Conclusion

Achieving a nice appearance and taking care of your skin don’t have to be expensive. You can obtain the desired effects without going overboard by forming a few straightforward routines and using budget-friendly skincare and beauty products. Hydration, sun protection, and routine consistency should always come first. You can accomplish skincare and beauty on a budget by using these tips and tactics.

There are numerous solutions available for those on a tight budget, ranging from cleansers and toners to moisturizers and cosmetics. Finding solutions that are effective for your particular skin type and issues is crucial because every person’s skin is unique. Without breaking the bank, you may obtain beautiful, bright skin by trying out several products and discovering what works best for you.

There are numerous solutions available for those on a tight budget, ranging from cleansers and toners to moisturizers and cosmetics. Finding solutions that are effective for your particular skin type and issues is crucial because every person’s skin is unique. Without breaking the bank, you may obtain beautiful, bright skin by trying out several products and discovering what works best for you.

Ancient Advice For A Good Life

Ancient Advice for a Good Life What Greek and Roman philosophers can teach us about being happy

Inspired by Varhelyi’s insightful questions and her idea to engage—and grapple—with the wisdom of the ancients, BU Research explores the meaning of a good life.

Dear Athena: My boyfriend and I have great chemistry, but it’s a different story beyond the bedroom. We don’t have anything to talk about at restaurants, so we end up on our phones. We really have nothing in common—but I’ve never been so attracted to anyone. How can I turn lust into love?

Athena: Plato (427–347 BCE, Greece) would have us believe that humans were originally spherical, with four arms, four legs, and a single head with two faces. They ran by turning cartwheels. When these foolish creatures got too cocky and took on the gods, Zeus split them in two. Now, we roam the Earth in search of our other halves, longing to be whole again. “So ancient is the desire of one another which is implanted in us, reuniting our original nature, making one of two, and healing the state of man,” wrote Plato in Symposium (translation by Benjamin Jowett). That’s why it isn’t enough to have a partner who only offers physical pleasure, and why it does matter that you and your boyfriend have nothing in common. This man is not your other half, so don’t waste your time on him. Go find the one person on this planet who will complete you.

Zsuzsanna Varhelyi: Few today would follow Plato in thinking that you have only one soul mate whom you must locate to enjoy a happy relationship. Despite this constraining philosophy, Plato was actually quite progressive. He wrote that there were three types of spherical humans: those composed of one man and one woman, two men, and two women. For Plato, the highest degree of love was the relationship between an older man and a younger one, based on philosophical teaching. “They are married by a far nearer tie and have a closer friendship than those who beget mortal children, for the children who are their common offspring are fairer and more immortal,” he wrote (translation by Jowett). In the Renaissance, the church and society in general took issue with Plato’s explicit references to love between men; the Italian philosopher Marsilio Ficino, a Catholic priest, reinterpreted the relationship as chaste, forming our modern idea of Platonic love. These days, many would agree with Plato that physical attraction is only one—and by itself, an insufficient—part of what makes a relationship work, so if you’re not able to develop companionate love with your partner, you are unlikely to succeed in having a long-term relationship with him.

Dear Athena: This year, I’m turning 35—the age my father was when he died. I know it’s irrational, but I take after him in so many ways that I’m afraid I’m going to die at 35, too. Death has become such an obsession that my wife leaves the room when I bring it up. How can I make peace with death?

Athena: Epicurus (341–270 BCE, Greece) says it may help to remember that we are composed of atoms whirling through space. We don’t have much choice in the fact that we’re alive, or when we’ll die, but we can choose how we live. “It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly,” he says in Principal Doctrines (translation by Robert Drew Hicks), “and it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living pleasantly.” So, seek pleasure over pain, and use whatever time you have to enjoy the small things. Eat good food. Be with friends. Don’t fear death, because when it comes, your body and soul will no longer exist, so there will be no part of you left to feel pain. In times of despair, remember the epitaph Epicurus inspired: “Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo. I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care.” Epicurus died of kidney stones, but remained cheerful until the end.

Soul Searching 101

At the end of each class, Professor Zsuzsanna Varhelyi poses a question based on the lesson’s reading for the students to address in their journals. These include:

Do you think questioning common ideas is a good way to figure out whether they are good? (Based on Plato’s Republic)

Can you think of any ethical dilemmas you or someone you know ever faced? What decision did you/they make? What were the difficulties of deciding? (Based on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics)

Can you think of times in your life when you were very caught up in a positive experience? (Based on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience)

Describe a life in which you had all the pleasurable experiences available to you. Would you ever run out of ideas? (Based on Epicurus’ Letter to Menoeceus and Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things)

Can you speculate why ancient Greeks may have regularly told stories of vengeance that ended terribly for all involved? (Based on Aesop’s “The Fox and the Crane”)

Dear Athena: I’m a freshman in the Questrom School of Business. I work hard, but my grades are mediocre. I’m afraid my parents will be disappointed in me and that I won’t get a good job. How can I ensure my success?

Varhelyi: Epictetus rose from slavery to become a celebrated philosopher in his own time. As someone who suffered tremendously (his owner supposedly broke his leg out of anger, leaving him permanently disabled), Epictetus ascribed to the Stoic idea that we have power over how we judge our circumstances. For Epictetus, happiness does not come from reaching the external mileposts you’ve identified, but from reevaluating your longing for them. “Who is free from restraint?” Epictetus asks in The Discourses. “He who desires nothing that belongs to others. And what are the things which belong to others? Those which are not in our power either to have or not to have, or to have of a certain kind or in a certain manner.” Stoicism—a school of philosophy that says living in harmony with nature helps us weather the vagaries of fortune—is the basis of our modern cognitive behavioral therapy, which encourages us to change harmful thought patterns and develop coping strategies. A good psychotherapist can help you figure out what’s triggering your feelings of inadequacy and redirect your negative thoughts. While you’re at it, add a minor in English (or classics) and enjoy life a little.

Dear Athena: My son, who is in middle school, has a classmate who bullies him for his appearance. I suggested talking to the teacher, but my son doesn’t want to be a tattletale, and he won’t let me call his friend’s mother. What else can we do?

Athena: Take a lesson from the story of the fox and the crane by Aesop (620–564 BCE, Greece). The fox invited the crane to dinner and served a delicious broth on a plate. While the fox lapped up his dinner, the crane couldn’t scoop up the broth with his beak, and went hungry. A few days later, the crane invited the fox to dinner and served his broth in a long-necked jug. While the crane stuck his beak into the jug and polished off the broth, the fox couldn’t eat his supper. He realized the crane had gotten revenge for his cruel prank and apologized. Tit for tat. Tell your son to pick a physical characteristic his classmate might be sensitive about and devise his own comedy routine.

Varhelyi: Aesop’s fables offer a counterpoint to us humans, who consider ourselves the most rational beings, by having animals teach us a lesson about the shortcomings of human behavior. While you might know Aesop from stories you read in childhood, like The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare, in antiquity, these stories were seen not as children’s tales, but as political discourse. Public speakers employed fables in their speeches to prove their points. And as widely accepted narratives about how life works, fables reflected and reinforced the social hierarchy of Aesop’s day, promoting continuity rather than change. Today, fables have fallen somewhat out of popularity in favor of stories that teach our children about both realities and ideals. In David McKee’s children’s book Elmer, patchwork elephant Elmer makes the other elephants happy with his jokes and games, but he’s sad because he looks different from them. He paints himself gray to blend in with the herd, only to find that they are gloomy without him. Elmer realizes that they love him for his differences, and he comes to celebrate himself for who he is. Take a page from Elmer instead of Aesop, and strive for a more peaceful reconciliation than the crane’s. Host a supper for both families and talk it out—and make sure everyone can enjoy the meal.

Dear Athena: My ex says I’m a bad person and she’s better off without me. I’ll be the first to admit I have flaws—I probably drink more than I should, I play online poker at work, I don’t floss—but I’ve never thought of myself as a bad person. I love this girl, Athena, and I want to win her back. How can I go from bad seed to good egg?

Athena: Aristotle (384–322 BCE, Greece) would say your ex is right. You’re gluttonous. You take risks. You don’t listen to reason. And you enjoy acting badly, which puts you as far as humanly possible from being a good—or, virtuous—man, who both wants to do what’s right and does it. Like Aristotle says in Nicomachean Ethics (translation by W. D. Ross), “to each man the activity in accordance with his own disposition is most desirable, and, therefore, to the good man that which is in accordance with virtue.” It’s going to take a lot of work to crawl your way to goodness, and it’s probably impossible. The highest good is not the pursuit of honor, pleasure, or wealth—it’s derived from the one thing that separates humans from other animals: reason. A good life is one spent becoming the best possible human, which Aristotle says we can do by practicing virtues like temperance, composure, and self-control—all of which you could stand to cultivate. “For men are good in but one way, but bad in many,” Aristotle says (translation by Ross). If you can attain these virtues, then you’ll achieve the highest good: eudaimonia, which we might translate as “flourishing.” Sounds easy enough, but to achieve the virtues, you must practice them until they are habitual—and you must also have been born into a good life. If your parents are bad seeds, too, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck.

Varhelyi: In ancient Athens as well as modern America, people say they want to be happy, but they mean various things: finding love, reaching our full potential, avoiding illness. When Aristotle defined happiness as living up to our highest possible capacity, he was referring specifically to the ideal free citizen male of Athens. He thought such men did their best when they were driven by reason and participated in political life. “When a whole family or some individual, happens to be so preeminent in virtue as to surpass all others,” he suggested in Politics (translation by Jowett), “then it is just that they should be the royal family and supreme over all.” One difficulty in applying Aristotle’s philosophy to our lives is that, by his standards, it would be nearly impossible to live well if we are lacking in friends, wealth, or power, or if we have encountered suffering. That said, you can still try to better yourself. Start by reading Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who coined the term flow to describe immersion in a creative activity so complete that we don’t notice time passing. “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times,” he wrote in his 1990 book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. “The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” While you might not flourish by Aristotle’s standards, you can still strive to achieve some virtues and a state of flow by trying some new creative activities. You might find that you’ll enjoy pursuing your best self—just remember to floss.

A note on translations: Unless otherwise noted, the translations used in this article were accessed at the Internet Classics Archive.

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