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Monica from Friends – Season 9

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Monica from Friends – Season 9

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Light Elements Smoothing Fluid by Aveda

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Light Elements Smoothing Fluid by Aveda

At some point during the summer, you’re bound to be stuck somewhere sans heat styling tools. Be it having a sneaky hand wash of your hair on day 4 of a festival, or on a humid beach somewhere – humidity will strike when you least expect it. Which is where this taming product comes in – specially formulated to tame frizzy, flyaway hair when heat tools aren’t available – this easily absorbs into the hair, leaving you with sleek, manageable locks.

Reviewed by Sarah Ilston

Light Elements Smoothing, Fluid, £24.50, Aveda[1]

Frizz Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner by Aussie

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Frizz Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner by Aussie

Using Australian blue gum leaves from the eucalyptus tree, this easy lathering shampoo[2] and conditioner[3] hydrate hair whilst leaving it coated with a barrier to keep the frizz-inducing elements at bay.

It certainly does what it promises, with hair staying silky even after a downpour; but those with very fine hair may find that it weighs their hair down.

Reviewed by Lisa Helmanis

Frizz Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner, £8 for both, Aussie[4]

Frizz Control Spray by Moroccanoil

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Frizz Control Spray by Moroccanoil

Tackling frizz, flyaways, static and split ends, just a few spritzes of this will leave your hair glossy and smooth, just be sure to spray not too close to the roots to ensure you don’t get greasy locks.

Reviewed by Rebecca Hull

Frizz Control Spray. £19.45 Moroccanoil[5]

Re Shaper by Sebastian

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Re Shaper by Sebastian

Forget your usual hairspray and try this super flexible one that lets you style your hair into practically any hairstyle[6] you desire whilst its humidity protection means frizz doesn’t stand a chance.

Reviewed by Rebecca Hull

Re Shaper, £13.90, Sebastian[7]

No Frizz Weightless Spray by Living Proof

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No Frizz Weightless Spray by Living Proof

Smooth & Finish Serum by ghd

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Smooth & Finish Serum by ghd

Weather Resistant Hairspray by V05

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Weather Resistant Hairspray by V05

Even after a session with hair-wrecking humidity, this spray keeps hair locked into its style without feeling crunchy. Great value at £2.99, it also comes in a travel size[8] can. It promises all day hold, weather protection to fight the frizz-inducing British weather, UV filters and a healthy shine.

Reviewed by Lisa Helmanis

Ultimate Hold Weather Resistant Hairspray, £3.99, V05[9]

Wonder 10 by Clynol

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Wonder 10 by Clynol

Offering 10 beauty benefits in one, this hard working spray comes in a handy travel size bottle. Nourishment, shine and smoothness, reduced split ends, bounce and vitality, easier blow drying[10]; these are just some of the benefits.

Reviewed by Lisa Helmanis

Wonder 10, £7.99, Clynol[11]

Glamour Serum Drops by Toni & Guy

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Glamour Serum Drops by Toni & Guy

Instant Calmer by Nicky Clarke

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Instant Calmer by Nicky Clarke

Nicky Clarke’s Instant Calmer is a clear gel that contains an ultraviolet light absorber to help protect hair colour. It’s quite light with not too much stickiness so can be used on all but the finest hair.

Reviewed by Lisa Helmanis

Instant Calmer, £12, Nicky Clarke[12]

References

  1. ^ Light Elements Smoothing, Fluid, £24.50, Aveda (www.aveda.co.uk)
  2. ^ shampoo (www.redonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ conditioner (www.redonline.co.uk)
  4. ^ Frizz Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner, £8 for both, Aussie (www.waitrose.com)
  5. ^ Frizz Control Spray. £19.45 Moroccanoil (www.lookfantastic.com)
  6. ^ any hairstyle (www.redonline.co.uk)
  7. ^ Re Shaper, £13.90, Sebastian (www.lookfantastic.com)
  8. ^ travel size (www.redonline.co.uk)
  9. ^ Ultimate Hold Weather Resistant Hairspray, £3.99, V05 (www.superdrug.com)
  10. ^ blow drying (www.redonline.co.uk)
  11. ^ Wonder 10, £7.99, Clynol (www.justmylook.co.uk)
  12. ^ Instant Calmer, £12, Nicky Clarke (www.nickyclarke.com)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: what we want to see

Updated: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could have a truly bezel-free front, plus there’s evidence that it could have an AI chip, an improved iris scanner and a variable aperture camera, and a new material could be used in its construction.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8[1] is one of the biggest phones Samsung’s ever made, not to mention one of the best, and there’s no doubt that the company will follow it up later in 2018 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

In fact, we’re already hearing the first rumors about that phone, and they suggest it could be even more futuristic than the iPhone X[2].

You’ll find everything we’ve heard about the Note 9 below, along with our own analysis and a selection of the features and improvements we most want to see.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung’s next flagship phablet
  • When is it out? Possibly August 2018
  • What will it cost? Probably at least $ 929 / £869 / AU$ 1,499

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy[3] Note 8 was announced on August 23 and released in September, while the short-lived Samsung Galaxy Note 7[4] followed a similar schedule the previous year.

So there’s a good chance that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be announced in late August 2018, before hitting stores possibly in mid to late September.

However, according to The Investor[5], some market watchers believe it could be unveiled in early to mid August instead. And the same site claims that Samsung has codenamed the phone ‘Crown’ and plans to have a prototype of it ready during the first quarter of 2018.

Whenever it does arrive it’s sure to be expensive. The Galaxy Note 8 retails for $ 929 / £869 / AU$ 1,499 and we can’t see Samsung lowering the price for the Note 9, especially now Apple has pushed smartphone prices even higher with its iPhone X.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 news and rumors

The biggest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumor relates to its fingerprint scanner, which could be built into the screen.

Both Samsung and Apple have been rumored to be working on this but failed to achieve it in time for their most recent handsets, pushing Samsung to move the scanner to a sub-optimal position on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S8[6] and Note 8, while Apple ditched it altogether from the iPhone X.

The latest rumor on the subject comes from analysts at KGI Securities[7], who reckon the in-screen scanner won’t be ready in time for the Samsung Galaxy S9[8], but will be done for the Note 9. If it is, Samsung could retain the all-screen front of its phone while still having a conveniently positioned scanner.

There’s reason to believe it will be ready too, especially now that Vivo has demonstrated[9] exactly this tech.

But there’s a chance that Samsung will go even further with the Note 9, as it’s patented a smartphone concept[10] that has not just the fingerprint scanner but also the front-facing camera and sensors embedded in the display, for a truly bezel-free design. This might be too ambitious for a 2018 launch though.

This could be an idea used by the Galaxy Note 9. Credit: WIPO/LetsGoDigital

That said, an even more ambitious goal for the Galaxy Note 9 could be for it to have a bendable display. This is something Samsung’s been working on for even longer, and there’s suggestion that the tech could land in a phone late this year[11].

However, it might still arrive too late for it to be used in the Note 9, and Samsung might not want to debut such an experimental tech on a major flagship.

Elsewhere, another patent[12] may have given us a glimpse at what the Note 9 will look like, as Samsung has published a phone design with a screen that curves at the right edge, but oddly not at the left.

It’s an unusual look for a phone, and quite different to the Note 8, so we’re skeptical that it will be used for the Note 9, but you never know.

Could this be an early look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s design?

However the Note 9 looks, there’s a chance that it will be made from a new material, as Samsung has trademarked ‘Metal 12[13]‘ – a material that’s both strong and light.

And moving from the outside to in, The Korea Herald[14] reports that Samsung might equip the Galaxy Note 9 with an NPU (neural processing unit). That’s essentially an AI chip like Apple and Huawei have begun using in their flagships.

It’s unclear what Samsung would use the chip for, but it could potentially speed up certain functions of the phone.

There’s also a good chance the Note 9’s iris scanner will get an upgrade[15], with Samsung reportedly upping the lens from 2MP to 3MP for the Galaxy S9, in which case we’d expect at least that for the Note 9. Apparently this will help it identify users in poor lighting, and it’s also said to be faster than before.

And it could also have a new camera. It’s likely to retain the Note 8’s dual-lens camera, but there’s some evidence that the Galaxy S9 could get a variable aperture snapper[16], meaning it can switch between two different apertures using a single lens, so this feature could also make it to the Note 9.

That’s all we’ve heard so far, but there are some things we’re fairly confident the Galaxy Note 9 will have. For one thing, it’s almost certainly going to have a large curved Super AMOLED display, an S Pen stylus and at least 6GB of RAM, since the Note 8 does.

Based on past models the Note 9 is also likely to sport whatever the top-end Snapdragon or Exynos chipset is at the time of its launch.

What we want to see

There are only a few Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors so far, but we have a good idea of the sorts of things we want to see from it, such as the following.

1. An in-screen scanner

This has been rumored and it would be a great headline feature for the phone. Having the scanner on the back is awkward, but building it into the screen would both be convenient and the sort of high-tech, futuristic thing that could see the Galaxy Note 9 stand out among other handsets.

We’re pretty sure Samsung is working on it, it’s just a question of whether it’s ready in time for the Note 9’s 2018 launch.

2. Room-filling sound

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s single speaker fails to impress

There are plenty of great things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but its speakers aren’t among them. 

It has just a single bottom-firing speaker, so for the Note 9 we want at least two speakers, and ideally for them to be positioned on the front of the phone, for sound that travels towards you when you’re looking at the screen.

Given how large the Note 9 is likely to be though, it could maybe even manage four speakers, for truly big sound.

3. Better Bixby

Bixby is one of the key new features of this year’s crop of Samsung flagships, but in its current form it leaves something to be desired, especially when it comes to understanding what you’re saying. 

By the time of the Note 8’s launch we want it to be a true Google Assistant and Siri rival.

But however good it ends up being we also want to be able to remap the inevitable Bixby button, because not everyone is going to want to use it.

4. Two-day battery life

Samsung’s been conservative with the size of the battery in the Galaxy Note 8, understandably given what happened with the Note 7, but it’s meant that while the Note 8 should last you a day you’ll probably be plugging it in at night.

And it doesn’t charge as fast as earlier fast charging Samsung phones either. 

That may have been a safety precaution as well, but if Samsung can find a way to deliver two-day life and truly fast charging with the Note 9, without risking an inferno, we’d be very happy.

5. Improved face scanning

Samsung’s face scanner isn’t secure enough to replace a fingerprint scan

Although the iPhone X’s Face ID is perhaps its headline feature, it’s not the first phone to sport face scanning. Nor is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but it does have it, it’s just not very secure, to the point where a still image can fool it[17].

So for the Galaxy Note 9 we want face scanning to return, but only if it’s a lot better. If it can prove more reliable than even Face ID then Samsung could be on to a real winner.

6. A similar price

Given that it’s likely to be one of the most high-tech phones of 2018 we don’t really expect Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 9 at a lower price than the $ 929 / £869 / AU$ 1,499 Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

But if it can keep it around the same that would be something, and would see it undercut Apple’s top-end phones, given that the new iPhone X starts at $ 999 / £999 / AU$ 1,579.

7. Even less bezel

The front of the Galaxy Note 8 is almost all screen, but there’s still a sliver of bezel at the top and bottom.

We’d like to see Samsung reduce or remove that for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, perhaps along the lines of the Essential Phone[18] or the iPhone X. Doing so would allow what’s always going to be a very big phone to be a bit more manageable, without having to shrink the screen.

References

  1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ iPhone X (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Samsung Galaxy (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ The Investor (www.theinvestor.co.kr)
  6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ analysts at KGI Securities (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S9 (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ demonstrated (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ patented a smartphone concept (www.techradar.com)
  11. ^ late this year (www.techradar.com)
  12. ^ patent (www.techradar.com)
  13. ^ Metal 12 (www.techradar.com)
  14. ^ The Korea Herald (www.koreaherald.com)
  15. ^ will get an upgrade (www.techradar.com)
  16. ^ a variable aperture snapper (www.techradar.com)
  17. ^ a still image can fool it (www.techradar.com)
  18. ^ Essential Phone (www.techradar.com)
  19. ^ HTC U12 (www.techradar.com)

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WIN! Enter the Canon prize draw and be in with a chance to win one of these fantastic prizes…

The fantastic The Photography Show is back and bigger than ever. Heading to the NEC, Birmingham 17-20 March, the show is a must for anyone interested in image creation. It’s packed with stands and talks showing off key techniques, creative ideas, practical advice and all the tips and tricks you need to improve your photography.

To celebrate the launch of The Photography Show – made by the publisher of TechRadar – Canon is offering a fantastic haul of prizes. 

The prizes include: up to £1,000 of Canon equipment of your choice from the Canon online store[1], 2 x Canon LEGRIA HF G40 camcorders, or one of 24 guaranteed seats at the Canon Stage for one of Chris Packham’s highly anticipated talks (Sunday, 18 March at 12:30 and Monday, 19 March at 11:30).

To be in with a chance of winning, head to the The Photography Show 2018[2] website and enter the prize draw.

Be sure to check out the list of attendees at the show while you are there, too. They include everything from talks from the experts, to shooting shots with a drone, to creating photographs for the virtual world. 

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References

  1. ^ Canon online store (store.canon.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Photography Show 2018 (www.photographyshow.com)
  3. ^ ENTER THE PRIZE DRAW HERE (www.photographyshow.com)

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The best products for sensitive skin

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The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream Mask, £11

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The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream Mask, £11

Aloe is known for its soothing properties, and this mask will help nourish and soothe the discomfort caused by sensitive skin. 

Available here.[1]

Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin, £169

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Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin, £169

This facial-cleansing device is much more hygienic than bristle alternatives, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

Available here.[2]

Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream, £13.50

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Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream, £13.50

This affordable – yet exceptional – moisturiser is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores.

Available here.[3]

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, £10.99

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, £10.99

Free from fragrance and alcohol, and perfect for dry, damaged skin. 

Available here.[4]

Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream SPF20, £31

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Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream SPF20, £31

This fragrance-free eye cream contains physical UVA and UVB filters, protecting sensitive skin against wrinkly under-eyes and pigmentation.

Available here.[5]

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, £32

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, £32

Fragrance free and non-comedogenic, it’s perfect for dry, sensitive skin.

Available here.[6]

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, £32

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Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, £32

This extremely gentle cleansing gel/cream contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Available here.[7]

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Combination and Sensitive Skin, £4.99

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Combination and Sensitive Skin, £4.99

Micellar water is easy and effective, but can easily sting and irritate – but not this one.

Available here.[8]

Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum, £47

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Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum, £47

Hyaluronic Acid and Glycolipids in this weightless serum improve hydration, calm irritated skin and reduce sensitivity. 

Available here.[9]

Ultrasun SPF30 Family Ultra Sensitive Sun Cream, £19

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Ultrasun SPF30 Family Ultra Sensitive Sun Cream, £19

Free from oils, emulsifiers and perfume, so reducing the risk of allergy.

Available here.[10]

Kiehl’s Centella Skin Calming Facial Cleanser, £28

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Kiehl’s Centella Skin Calming Facial Cleanser, £28

No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation, £16.50

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No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation, £16.50

Hypoallergenic and anti-ageing, providing a flawless, luminous finish.

Available here.[11]

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion, £29

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Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion, £29

This all-natural concoction is perfect for soothing redness and sensitivity.

Available here.[12]

Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream, £44

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Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream, £44