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I believe the last time I did a Beauty Favorites post was back in 2010 Since this blog focuses more on just beauty products, I figured I’d do a roundup of my favorite products/items across multiple categories:
pieces from BaubleBox, DailyLook, and Forever 21
I’ve recently become a huge fan of gold toned pieces – they just seem more fitting for the summer
Forever 21 is always a great place to find inexpensive pieces, but I’ve been loving the selection and quality at BaubleBox as well!
If it wasn’t clear enough in my previous posts, I’ve been loving candles lately – especially fruity summery scents!
Whimsical trays and dishes are great for storage and decorating. My favorite is the antique tray I bought from the thrift store for $15!
I’m super OCD when it comes to smartphone apps – a beautiful UI without sacrificing functionality is a must for me. Which is why for the longest time I couldn’t find a calendar app on my iPhone that I could be happy with. Things I’m looking for:
a beautiful and intuitive user interface, no exceptions
ability to sync with Google and iCloud calendars
day, week, and monthly views
ability to integrate a to-do lists/tasks
Seriously, am I asking for too much? D: Apparently not because lately I’ve not found 1, but 3amazing iPhone calendar apps that will blow the default app out of the water
This app is absolutely gorgeous. It’s clean, minimal, sleek, yet is extremely powerful. I love being able to see my events AND all the related emails and contacts, right from the app. Being able to search for directions and wish my Facebook friends happy birthday on 1 screen is also a plus. Oh and did I mention the ability to add your own photo to customize the agenda view?
The only downside is the terrible wait time. I was lucky and got in before they implemented their waiting list, but I would wait all over again because it’s totally worth it. (But wait, there is more! Read on…)
Pinterest is a great way of sharing and storing inspirations. I love using it to find new DIY ideas and saving beautiful images of home decor for future references. But if you find Pinterest to be lacking, or you’re simply looking for more outlets for sharing and storing, here are 4 and 1/2[1. Delicious became 1/2 an alternative since they removed the Stacks feature, a huge step backwards in my opinion] alternatives:
BO.LT is very similar to Pinterest, but it focuses more on the sharing of web pages rather than of images. What’s nifty about BO.LT is that they allow private collections that won’t be shared with the rest of the community. This is very useful if you want to use BO.LT as a bookmarking app.
The focus for Fancy is more on discovering cool products, but you can also find nice postings of home decor and fashion What really makes Fancy stand out though, is the ability to actually purchase the products you love on the spot! If you don’t want to buy anything yet, you can always add the products to your collection, and you’ve got yourself a wish list (But wait, there is more! Read on…)
Some of you probably remember me raving about my Android phone when I first got it, but after a year with it, I’ve decided to join the dark side and get an iPhone[1. More like force my boyfriend to switch phones with me. He had an iPhone 4 ].
meet my new iphone 4 – Shelly Jr
As much as I loved my HTC Inspire, there were a couple reasons why I had to let it go:
Without rooting it, I was stuck with a bunch of bloatware, like the Blockbuster app. Who even uses Blockbuster anymore??
The lack of well-designed apps. I like my apps to have a sleek UI, and Android apps seem to be an utter fail in that.
All the cool apps are iPhone only. Example: it took more than a year for Instagram to come to the Android system.
Too many spammy apps. The Google Market’s non existent quality control means that anyone can create a crummy app and make it available for download.
The lagging and freezing. The more I used the phone, the worse the situation became, to the point where my boyfriend is always asking “Why is your phone frozen again?”
The graphics aren’t nearly as nice. For some reason the same image looks much more blurry on my phone than it does on the iPhone.
Not a main reason, but seriously, why are there no cute cases for my phone?
In conclusion, my unrooted Android is the equivalent of the Windows OS for the smartphone. As someone who can’t stand Windows, the iPhone was the clear choice for me. The only reason I didn’t switch sooner was because:
It was 3x more expensive than my Android.
Before OSX Mountain Lion, syncing between the iPhone and Mac wasn’t as streamlined.
My impression of the iOS negatively affected by my old 2nd generation ipod touch
Don’t get me wrong, I still think Android phones are great, and the ability to customize it without rooting is something I’ll miss on my iPhone. In the end, it all comes down to what you’re looking for. Since I’m a sucker for nice graphics and well-designed/interesting apps, iPhone is what I’ll be sticking with from now on
Do you have an iPhone or an Android? Will you continue to use stick with what you have or are you looking to switch? Do share!