My Favorite iPhone Apps

My Favorite iPhone Apps

While many of us have heard of common iPhone/Android Apps, such as Uber, Starbucks, Instagram, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc., I’m writing this blog post to introduce you guys to some awesome apps that aren’t as well known (and Free!):

  1. shopkick:

Shopkick

I was first introduced to this app after being invited by a friend. This mobile app is a simple way to earn money buy just clicking some buttons. Just by walking into stores, scanning certain items (like Ice-cream), or purchasing items, you can earn “kicks” or points. Once these points reach a certain number, you can redeem gift cards for your everyday shopping. Personally, I always choose Starbucks or TJ Maxx Giftcards.

  1. PhotoCircle:

PhotoCircle

Are you a person involved in a multitude of events/groups? This easy-to-use app is perfect for sharing photos with friends from different groups. Since the app is private, you can share and comment on funny/embarrassing photos that you normally would not share on Facebook or Instagram. For example, my track team has a PhotoCircle, and I see photos of random things all the time. Since it is so easy to add someone to the group, it is much faster to access than Google Drive.

  1. Yelp:

Yelp app

Yelp is a necessity if you are a foodie living in a big city, like me. You can look up reviews and photos of restaurants or bars around your location. Personally, I love finding cute coffee shops or quaint brunch places that are Instagram worthy when I’m traveling. Although it is mostly used to find local shops and businesses, you can also make reservations for the doctor’s offices or receive find upcoming events to attend.

  1. Vsco Cam:

Vsco Cam

This photo-editing app is perfect for your photographers or avid Instagrammers (like me – follow me @style.stargirl). Once you download it for free, it already comes with a bunch of cool filters, such as C1 (Vibrant) or T1 (Moody). However, if none of those suit your theme, you can purchase additional filter collections for a low price. Sometimes, they even go on sale!

Not only does this app give your photos a sleek aesthetic, but it is also an interactive Social Media. You can upload your photos to Grid to share with others, or you can browse others’ grids. If you want to check out my photos before they go to Instagram, follow me @itssherylok.

Some of my favorite Grids to stalk are @danyellymarie and @emerellie

  1. Afterlight:

Afterlight

Another essential for editing photos, this app provides a wide range of filters (unlike VscoCam, which is limited) that is very simple to use. Personally, most of my Instagram photos undergo major changes in this app. I amp up the brightness and exposure; sometimes I will increase the saturation and increase the sharpness; then I use the filter Russ (in Guest) to give my photos a warm, rustic theme. Even though it still costs $0.99, it is totally worth it.

  1. Pinterest:

Pinterest

Pinterest’s name gives away its intended purpose: to pin your interests. Pinterest is an awesome app for inspiration for finding what to wear, what to eat, and what to DIY. For blog ideas and outfit planning, this app allows me to discover and save things onto project boards. I love browsing and pinning things onto my Christmas wishlist or Birthday gift ideas for others. You can follow my Pinterest (@stylestargirll).

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  1. Moment:

Moment app

If you are one of those people who is totally against radiation from phones, then Moment is the perfect app for you. Although we all need to stay in the loop with our phones, sometimes the harmful light can gradually take its toll on your eyes and hands. This app allows you to track how many hours and minutes a day you spend on your phone. You can set daily limits for yourself to reduce your screen time and improve your health.

Since these apps are used in different areas of your life (ranging from health to finance to photo editing), I hope you can find some of these apps to be helpful and essential in your daily lives. Until next time, thank you all for reading!

Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤

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