Here is a compilation of my favorite apps. I have chosen to leave out the obvious essentials such as YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, because we all know about them already. Instead, I have gathered (what I believe to be) lesser-known apps, in hopes that you might discover something new to download on your phone.
1| Wattpad (eReader) FREE
I first discovered Wattpad in 2012 and have been a loyal reader ever since. The app enables you to read other’s stories and post your own. The site is of course for amateur writers, but there are many examples of books actually getting published and such. Unfortunately, when they happen to be published they will have to remove the book from Wattpad. It is great way to start posting stories and get feedback on your work.
You can also vote on chapters of book, to show your support to the author. Wattpad also host an annual Watty Awards, where the readers vote for books in different genres and themes. This is also a great way to show your support. Moreover, you can make reading list compiling your favourite books all over or books you like in different genres.
2| Polyvore FREE
If you are a fashion enthusiast and love to make collages this is app is perfect for you, as it combines both. Polyvore allows you to put together outfits and make them into stylish collages. You can inspire other’s with your sense of style and follow other’s and in turn get inspired by them.
Polyvore also host contests where you can win prizes (most often the contest that give prizes are sponsored and only available for user in the US and Canada). The contests can be about anything from how to style a knit-dress or how to wear pantone’s colours of the year. If you read my last post, 4 Ways to wear Rose Squartz and Serenity, I originally made the sets for a contest and thought it would be nice to have them in one post.
3| Assembly FREE
This is app is for you who like to put together shapes to make shapes that actually look like something. The app is what is would consider perfect for those who are by no means a graphic designer, but want to make something for yourself (right up my alley!).
The app is easy to use, and it is a great way to get started on making graphic designs. I would like to point out that I am not an educated/professional graphic designer or anything like that – I just like to make simple designs (that I believe are aesthetically pleasing). The apps has helpful tutorials to get you started, and once you get the hang of it you will not be able to stop (unless you run out ideas that is!).
I also use this app to make some of my blog post headers, much like the header of this post.
4| Canva FREE
The perfect app (and website) for you who want to make graphic designs, but is a beginner. The app has templates for everything from business card to YouTube thumbnails. Moreover, it is free to use and the best thing is that it does not leave a watermark!
I used both the app and website to make my blog post headers in conjunction with the Assembly app. While I make the design in the Assembly app, I add the title and texts in the Canva app or website.
5| Paper by 35 FREE
The best drawing app out there! I first downloaded this app back in 2013, when I got my first (and only) iPad. When I first downloaded the app I only had some of the tools available and had to purchase the rest. However, I am not sure if most of the tools have to be bought or that you get them free when you download now.
Anyhow, it think this is a great app for those who like to draw and especially for those who does not like to drag around a notebook and all kinds of pencils. The app has different tools like a pencil, paintbrush, marker and much more. Like I mentioned before I first downloaded this on my iPad, but recently they made the app available on the iPhone.
6| Afterlight $0.99
Now, if you have read the reviews on this app in the App store, you have probably seen many people saying that you could get a better app for free, so “don’t bother”. I am not going to lie; there are probably photo-editing apps out there that have the same features without any cost. However, I decided to get it anyway because of the other people talking good about it. Besides, it is not as if you waste a lot of money if you do not like the app anyway.
I should probably tell you why I like this app, as it is included in my favourite apps! Well, the app is easy to use. There is no complicated settings or anything and it has just all the features that you would need to edit a photo (excluding the option to add text, like quotes).
7| Bonjournal FREE
Bonjournal is a great app for you who want an easy way to document your travels. It is a journal, where you make entries in which you can add pictures as well. The entries will be dated and you can add your location and a title for each day or time. I first used this app for my summer holiday to Singapore and Malaysia last year.
What I like about the app is that it is so easy to use because of the minimalist layout. You can also post things on the go, so no internet connection will not stop you from sharing you adventures.
That was my favourite app for the time being. I will update this or make a second post of I find any new apps worthy of sharing. I am considering starting a series called “App Spotlight” where I focus on a specific app throughout a blog post. I will dwell deeper into the app, tell you the pros and cons of it, and most likely add screenshots as well. Let me know if you are interested.
I hope you found any apps that you want to try out, and as always thank you for reading.
This year I have discovered many products that I am most definitely going to repurchase. I have by no means perfected my skincare regimen or my makeup routine, but I have definitely come along way with the products that I bought this year.
1| MAC Lipstick in Diva
This is by far the product that I am most satisfied with this year. I can, with a hand over my hard, say that this is my Holy Grail lipstick. It certainly a purse staple. This is a matte lipstick, and MAC describes it as an intense reddish-burgundy. The lipstick glides on and lasts for a long time; of course depending on how much you drink or eat. I also find that lipstick leaves a nice strain but the edges might be a bit harsher, thus giving you the “only lip liner”- look. This shade does not really require a lip liner, unless you want darker edges. The colour itself gives a crisp line, well that also depends on how good you are at putting on lipstick (not that I am an expert).
The best thing about this lipstick is that it is matte, but not drying or at least I do not find it so. This is after all my first MAC lipstick, so I cannot speak for all of them. What I will do is definitely check out more of their lipsticks.
2| bareMinerals Original Foundation in Warm Tan
I have been looking for a foundation for long time, and I think I have found one worth repurchasing. One of the key factors as to why I fell for this one is that it is a powder. I have always felt that powder would be best for my oily skin, and I was right. I tend to get oily around the t-zone (as most of us do).
There is a matte version of this foundation, but I went for the original thinking that I could always powder over it. Or just use a good primer and so far, it has worked. I was lucky enough to be in the shade that is was, as it is the darkest shade they had available. Norway does not have a very good colour section yet.
3| Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Overnight mask to quench skin’s thirst, it says on the packaging and it does. What was at first an impulse buy at the Changi airport to use up all of my Singapore dollars, are now a staple in my skin care regime! I use it once a week, and always look forward to waking up to a replenished face. All I do is wash my face, then apply this instead of my normal night cream, and just go to bed. A little goes a long way. The first time I used it, I made the mistake of squeezing out too much and having to smear on an extra layer, just so I would not waste any.
The mask does not dry so you can still feel it sitting on your skin even after a while. However, I do not find that a problem because I am fast asleep by then! The cream also has a nice sent to it, almost fruity (and that is as far as my describing abilities go!). It says in the package that it can be used twice a week or as desired, but I like to stick to one. My skin is usually oily, but around wintertime, I get some dry spots that the mask takes care of.
4| Real Techniques Expert Face brush
This thing is a God-given gift. The bristles are so soft that sometimes I find myself just brushing my face with it even when I am not applying makeup. It is that soft! This is one of two RT brushes that I have(the other being the shading brush, which I use for concealer instead of its original purpose).
Overall, I think this is a perfect brush for liquid foundation, even though I have only used it with my bareMinerals foundation. In fact, I bought it within a week of buying the foundation. Unfortunately, I cannot compare this to other brushes, as this is one of my very first makeup brushes. What I do know is that I am going to check out the rest of their line, especially the setting brush.
5| Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I used to be an avid makeup wipes user, even when they used to break me out. Then this miracle came along and saved my face. I use this both for removing makeup and when I have one of my no-makeup-days and want to refresh. This does really take off makeup and dirt; however, I still use an oil-based remover for my eye makeup.
Where the certain makeup wipes left my skin dry and irritated, the micellar water left it cool and refreshed. I have gotten less breakouts since I started using this, but I cannot say that it has cleared my skin more than that. Another bonus is the size of the bottle, a whole of 400 ml. I bought this back in April and I have a little less than half left. It says in the bottle that it has six months before it expires, but I have held onto it for longer than that and have not noticed any differences in its effect on my skin or anything else.
That was all of my best beauty buys of 2015. May the year that is ahead of us be just as prosperous in the beauty world as is it was this year! I hope you enjoyed reading this and got some product suggestions to try out in the coming year. I would like to point out that I am a new beginner when it comes to blogging, and this is my second blog post ever. Any suggestions as to improvements or anything at all, please tell me (as it would be greatly appreciated). Thank you for reading so far!