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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Apps

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


This post has been in the works for months now - not because it's a particularly hard post to write (it will probably take me less time than usual, to be honest) - but because I'm constantly trying out new apps and deleting them off my phone (I made the mistake of getting 8 gigabytes when I really should have gone with 16.) However, some have stood the test of time and are really so useful in my day to day life.

Organization

Google Keep

Everyone is always talking about Evernote, which I will admit is pretty awesome, but I honestly like Keep better. Since I have an Android, I find that Google apps usually work best on my phone and this one is no exception. Whether I'm focused on school or the blog at the moment, I can write down my ideas and set reminders for myself of things I need to do later on. It truly is so useful and I think everyone should have an app like this on their phone (if you have an iPhone, Evernote might be better. And of course, if you already have and like Evernote, stick with that so everything will be in the same place!)

My Banking App

I bank through a small local credit union, but regardless of who you bank through, they are sure to have an app and you really should download it! I know some people like to "balance their checkbook" the old fashioned way, but I honestly can't stand it. Instead, I make a point to regularly check my balance and transaction history (to make sure there's no fraud or banking errors) and it works great for me! I prefer the app to using the website on my computer because I always have my phone on me and it's a lot quicker!

Whitepages ID

I personally never answer calls from numbers I don't know (I just don't have time), so this app is really useful to figure out who's calling instead of having to get on a computer to use reverse lookup (although it wouldn't hurt if people would just leave voicemails...hint hint people with Arizona area codes that keep calling.) You can see if there are spam reports on a certain number, and also block spam/fraud calls.

Health

Healow

My doctor's office uses this app to sync with patient records (so you can access your lab work etc.) but I also use it to remind myself to take my meds everyday. It's really not necessary for everyone, but if your doctor's office also uses this app or something similar to it, it's worth trying out to see if you like it. And if you are forgetful and have any meds or supplements you have to take everyday, it's nice to have a reminder, even if you do it through another app (you could even use Keep!)

Twilight

I have had a hard time falling asleep as long as I can remember and the blue light from my electronics doesn't help. I'm just trying this bluelight filter out on my phone (the other one I had would always crash) but I think bluelight filters are a good thing to have on all your devices (unless you have the willpower to stop using them a few hours before bed...but who really does that?) On my laptop I use f.lux and I use the "blue shade" setting on my Kindle around when it's getting dark out.

Shopping

Cartwheel

I love Target as much as the next basic girl and have definitely spent too much within its walls on occasion. While this app hasn't necessarily curbed my spending, it has gotten me some great deals and helped me to recognize where the truly great deals at Target are.

Smiths

(This is Kroger or Fred Meyer in most states.) I cannot stand Walmart, and Super Target is a 30 minute drive from my house, so I find myself shopping at Smiths most of the time (it doesn't hurt that I used to work in the Kroger call center and got in the habit of shopping there when I had a employee discount...) I can add coupons to my card, browse weekly ads, refill my prescription and so much more. There's nothing on this app you couldn't get online, but, like with my banking app, it's so much easier to just have it on my phone. While I wouldn't recommend crowding your phone with the apps of every store in existence, if there is a chain grocery or drugstore where you do most of your  business, it's worth getting their app.

Social Media

Pinterest

This is by far my favorite social media site and one of the few I can't justify deleting off my phone (I only have Pinterest and Instagram...I deleted Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope to save space.) I've mentioned before how it's helped me grow my blog, but I also just love it for my personal life. I've gotten so many great ideas on Pinterest and whenever I have five minutes to kill, I'll hop on and pin away!

Instagram

This is the other social media app I've deemed worthy to take up storage space on my phone for a couple reasons. People have been saying Instagram is the fastest-growing social media for about a year now and creatives should hop on, and I don't doubt it. But, I personally just love to see what everyone's up to and share little bits and pieces of my life. I'm a pretty visual person, so the picture format works really well for me (and sometimes I read the captions too...) as opposed to everyone's five paragraph essays on their relationship status on Facebook or all the spam on Twitter.

Photography

Afterlight

I wouldn't say this is the best app out there (and I did pay a dollar or two for it while you can get something like VSCO or Snapseed for free) but it does the job for me just fine. It has all the editing capabilities a photography app should have and some really nice filters as well (I never use the built-in Instagram ones anymore.)

Those are my ten favorite apps (and to be honest, most of my apps: I told you I don't have very many!) that really help me with school, blogging and just my everyday life!

March Favorites

Monday, March 28, 2016


I can't believe March is almost over (probably because it was snowing like two days ago here) but I am more than happy to see April coming around the corner. I get happier the warmer the weather gets and I am so ready for this semester to be over. Anyway, before I get too wrapped up in April, let's talk about things I loved in March!

Beauty

Dermapeutics Hyaluronic Lift Serum: I've been meaning to get a hyaluronic acid serum for a while so when I saw this one for $10 at TJ Maxx several weeks ago, I made sure to snatch it up! Living in a cold, dry climate isn't the best thing for my skin and it tends to get really dehydrated this time of year. My skin really responds well to this serum and while I can't testify to the anti-aging claims (I'm 20...) it definitely has helped my skin retain moisture.

I mentioned using this dog mitt to clean my makeup brushes and I still love it. (Although I also noticed Makeup Revolution has a dupe of the Real Techniques cleaning palette...so that could be another affordable option.)

NYX Micro Brow Pencil: When it comes to brows, usually I opt for gel, but lately I've had a lot of sparse spots that needed a little bit more. (And my right eyebrow is always shorter and thinner than my left eyebrow. I know "eyebrows are sisters not twins," but mine are looking more like second cousins or something lately.) This really helps me acheive a natural-looking brow and I love how many colors are in this line (I chose chocolate, although ash brown might have been a better match for me.)

Books

Stress Relieving Anmial Designs Adult Coloring Book - Okay, so not your typical read-it-cover-to-cover kind of book, but I love it anyway. I, for one, am so glad coloring is trending right now because it really is so relaxing! I've seen a lot of coloring books at different stores, but I prefer this one over almost all of them because the designs are so beautiful and ideal for coloring. (I also really prefer animals over mandalas, but that's just me.) Of course, I also love my Harry Potter coloring book, but that stems mostly from my love of all things Hogwarts.

Health

Halls Tropical Chill Cough Drops - I've been feeling a bit sick on and off for a couple weeks and since I'm allergic to most cold medicine, I mostly stick to cough drops to ease the occasional sore throat. I am really picky about cough drops (I hate it when they taste like menthol or eucalyptus) and these are about the only ones I can stand (they actually taste really good, which means their sugar content is probably ridiculous, but I digress.) I know it's a little random, but I figure someone else has got to hate cough drops too, so I thought I'd help a sister out.

YouTube Videos



I've really been enjoying emilynoel83's Dud, Dupe or DREAM product series (and all her videos, as usual.) Basically, she takes a drugstore product and compares it to a similar, high-end product. She's always so thorough in her reviews and she's just fun to watch in general. (And, yes, I watched this video before I bought the Micro Brow.)


I am 100% a dog person and I have followed people on Instagram or subscribed to their YouTube channel just because I thought their dog was cute. So, of course, I could not click "play" on Estee Lalonde's "20 Things I Love About My Greyhound" video fast enough. My dog is actually part greyhound, so it was really fun to see what little quirks he shares with Reggie. Even if your dog is 0% greyhound (or you don't have a dog), if you love dogs, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this video too!


While I love makeup as much as the next girl, sometimes I look at people's Instagrams and think "Your children are going to make fun of how trendy your makeup was in twenty years." With that being said, that doesn't mean I don't want to dip my toe in strobing, color correcting and all the other trends, and Mariah's video is perfect for that. She really does make the trends look wearable (especially considering she's wearing them all at once!) and the tips she offers will work, even if you're using a different product than she is.

Best Channel

I know it's been around forever, and most of you have at least heard of it, but I have been loving Pixiwoo lately! I've been subscribed for a while now, but I just recently started to really watch their videos and they are so informative. I have a lot of Real Techniques brushes, so it's nice to see how the designers themselves use them. Sometimes they even use them in unexpected ways that are really clever. (My favorite is using the deluxe crease brush to color correct dark circles.)