The year is almost over so I’ve put together a round up of my 2016 favorites! I’ve loved so many things this year and I’ve split them up into Beauty, Entertainment, and Lifestyle!
It seems like the phone is the one accessory we never leave the house without. It’s a camera, a calendar, fitness tracker, social media outlet, and of course helps us keep in touch with our friends and family. We use our phones everyday for tons of things, so I thought I’d share some of what’s on my iPhone with you.
Diptic – Make a quick and easy collage with this app. With lots of free templates to choose from and customization options, this is my go-to for any Instagram collage. You can even adjust the borders’ thickness, shape, texture, and color.
ColorSplash – This app makes it easy to add a splash of color to a black & white photo or vice versa. You start with a color photo and then you can hand-draw the black & white filter, leaving something specific in color so that object really stands out.
LINE camera – The auto-enhance option on LINE is really good, especially for selfies. It corrects the lighting, smoothes imperfections, and can make your eyes look bigger. They have a lot of fun “stickers” to choose from too that make this app super fun.
PixlrExpress+ – I use pixlr to edit photos on my blog, so when I saw that there was an app for iPhone, I knew I wanted to try it. I use this for most of my phone-editing. Lots of filters and fonts for text overlays and powerful basic editing features. Plus, I really love how I can resize the image to keep its full size and clarity. I hate when a great picture end up looking pixilated because the app compressed it — not with PixlrExpress+!
Bokehful – The best app for adding bokeh! Not just a filter or overlay, Bokehful lets you kind of control the placement (puts a bokeh near where you tap; not exactly on the spot). You can also choose the color/color palette and shapes of the bokeh.
A Beautiful Mess – I got this app for free from Sephora and it’s pretty cool. You can add text, doodles, and borders and choose from a few filters. It’s pretty basic. There are some upgrades that I haven’t tried, but the free content seem sufficient for a quick edit.
Twitter – I like the official app for Twitter on the iPhone. It’s clean and simple; gets the job done.
Instagram – It’s fun to go through different Instagram feeds and see everyone’s pictures. I never really use the filters in Insta; instead, I’ll upload after using some of the apps I mentioned ^.
WordPress – I mostly just check comments from the WordPress app. It’s a little tricky for me to try to blog from the app, but I have before. It’s good in a pinch!
Health & Fitness
MyFitnessPal – This app is great for monitoring your food intake and calorie goals. There is a huge library of foods you can select and you can chat with your friends so everyone stays motivated. I have it linked with my Fitbit, so MFP automatically keeps track of my activity too!
Nike+ Running – I’ve been slacking on my running goals lately….big time. But I still love the Nike+ Running app for tracking my runs. The Nike Coach update is great and helps you reach your goals without having to think too much into it.
Nike Training – I just recently downloaded this app, but it seems cool so far. Great for a Cross-Training day or its own program — I like how there are lots of sessions you can choose from. It’s like a guided workout with videos so you can see what each move is supposed to look like.
Fitbit – The Fitbit app helps me track the number of steps I have for the day, my sleep cycle, and my ranking among my friends. It’s great to not have to log into a computer to sync up my stats.
Let me know what some of your favorite apps are; I’d love to try out some new ones!
I love this movie and not just because I like musicals. This 1968 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is fun while touching on serious issues. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, I definitely recommend it. This used to be on Netflix, but they’ve taken it down since 🙁
- Philip Glass
Earlier this month, we saw Philip Glass play at the Days and Nights Festival in Big Sur, California. It was a beautiful day and the festival was so much fun. If you aren’t familiar with Philip Glass, check out some of his solo piano HERE and HERE.
- Josie Maran – Whipped Argan Oil
You already know how amazing this has been for me! Of course I had to make it one of my October favorites 🙂
- Josie Maran – 100% Pure Argan Oil
So excited about this. Review HERE, but you can use this organic oil for so many things! It’s amazing and it is perfect for all skin types! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Historically, Argan oil has been used to treat acne, stretch marks and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis!
- Benefit – The POREfessional
I first got a sample of this with one of my Sephora purchases and I loved it. I recently picked up the full sized version, and I got a great deal! I use this on top of moisturizer but underneath foundation. It give a smooth canvas to apply your makeup and it reduced the appearance of pores — it’s gives an airbrushed effect.
- Sephora by OPI – French Manicure Gel Nails
I love the classic look of a French manicure; it looks great with everything. This kit from Sephora is a great value with 2 full sized gel polishes, a detailing brush, and nail decals for just $29. I’ve only had this on my nails for 3 days, but the gel formula is amazing and will last up to two weeks. Super easy to apply and several colors to choose from in-store and online.
- Pretty Little Liars
This show makes me think of fall. I had a Netflix marathon last year in October and tried to keep up on the most recent season online. With the most recent Halloween special, I’m excited all over again to solve more of the mystery! Are you watching? Do you think Ezra is A?
- GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD mask
- California Plant Burger | The Plant Cafe Organic
This organic, vegetarian “burger” was awesome. With avocado and white cheddar, the lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews & bulgar wheat pattie was delicious. It was served with a side of mixed greens, roasted potatoes, and pickles. Yum!
- Watt’s Up – Benefit
This is my go-to highlighter for that gorgeous winter glow. I like the way the product glides on and it blends very easily with your fingers. The highlight is natural looking, but you can definitely see it. Perfect for holiday party time or year round.
1. Breaking Bad (Streaming on Netflix)
This show is about meth. Basically, a high school chemistry teacher and his former student start making meth in New Mexico so that he can make money for his family before he becomes too ill with cancer. I’m just starting season 3 and the drug theme reminds me of the show, Weeds, but this show is slightly more hardcore.
2. B-12 Vitamins
I love my B-12 vitamins. Good for your metabolism, mental & physical energy, central nervous system health, and optimal digestion, these pills help me feel more energized and balanced.
3. Fitbit Flex
You all know how difficult it has been to find one of these fitness wristbands. I’ve been loving mine and all the data it’s tracking for me. From steps taken to sleep patterns — this wristband tracks it all discreetly and comfortably. See the complete review HERE.
4. The Killers – Battle Born
I posted my pack of bracelets a while ago HERE, but I didn’t tell you about the company. Pura Vida Bracelets provides jobs for 30 Costa Rican artisans and it donates 1% back to The Surfrider Foundation through 1% for the Planet. In addition to that, Pura Vida Bracelets also makes special Charity bracelets to support different causes. So, not only can you mix and match these fun bracelets, but you’re also supporting a good cause too.
This palette is my go-to everyday palate. With 12 different neutral, yet shimmery colors, you’re sure to create a beautiful look for day or night. See my complete review HERE
I wanted to read the book before the movie comes out in November. I downloaded it on my phone and finished it in a couple days. Definitely worth the read although slightly disturbing :/
9. Tom Kha Gai Thai Soup with Jasmine Rice
If you like Thai food, you have to try this soup. Make sure you add a little extra spice. This coconut and chicken soup is my absolute favorite! I’ve even found a few recipes online (HERE, HERE, and HERE)so I can make my own. I’ll let you know how that turns out.
10. Nike+ Running App
I’ve told you about this app BEFORE. It’s a great way to track you runs by distance, speed, and pace. Challenge your friends or yourself while listening to your own playlists or feedback from the app. Check out the new Nike Coach Update!
What have you been enjoying this June?
10. Pop In The Bath
Pop in the Bath is a sweet smelling bubble bar. The come in a few different colors — I’ve seem pink, green, and blue and they all make tons of bubbles. This is one of Lush’s least expensive bubble bars at $7.25 and you can get at least two uses out of a bar this size.
I love the smell of this bath bomb. I especially like this bomb because it doesn’t have any “surprises” in it. Other bombs will have confetti or rose petals, ect., but this one is pure perfumey goodness. Your water will turn a pretty lavender color and you’ll find that the bomb is slow to dissolve — more time for you to enjoy the fizz!
8. Pink Bath Bomb
This super cute little bath bomb only costs $4.95, and is the perfect addition to a bath with a bubble bar. It’s bright pink color and little flowers can brighten up any regular bath. Smells like vanilla, but I notice that the smell doesn’t last that long. I always combine this with a bubble bar.
7. Honey I Washed The Kids
I love this soap because it smells exactly like honey! It has a beautiful golden color and a “honeycomb” top layer. I’m not really sure what the honeycomb layer is for since it seems to be made out of a waxy substance — it doesn’t lather. It could be for exfoliating, but it find it a little annoying and tend to select pieces from the store that don’t have that much.
6. Ocean Salt
I love this tropical smelling face/body scrub; it makes me think of summer. The think granules of salt come sprinkled across the top and you stir them in when you get home. It’s a great exfoliant, but be careful not to scrub too hard when using it on your face — it’s very abrasive. I like to use this in the shower as a body scrub.
5. Grease Lightening
This stuff is awesome! If you have any blemishes or clogged pores, use this as a spot treatment. I always see results overnight! The smell is ok and it won’t sting your face.
4. Sex Bomb
Of all Lush’s bath bombs, I love the smell of this the most. It smells sweet like rose and jasmine. It fizzes away a little more quickly than I’d like, and it actually leaves a purple ring around my tub, but it’s still one of the best bombs you can buy.
3. Rose Jam
These “bubbleroons” are kind of weird. It’s like two halves of a bubble bar with a jelly-like layer in between. I like this Rose Jam one because of the smell, the mountain of bubbles, and the silky feel of the water. It’s also easy to divide with the two sections kind of pressed together.
2. Creamy Candy Bubble Bar
I mentioned how I love the smells of all these products, but I really love the smell of this bar. I love the smell so much that I keep buying it even though I don’t get any color pay off or really any bubbles. It does, however, make the water silky smooth and, well, creamy. Creamy Candy is exactly what it says it is — a creamy smooth, candy smelling bar.
1. The Comforter
The Comforter is my absolute favorite! I seem to say that in every Lush post, but it’s true! If you get to buy one product from Lush, get the Comforter! You won’t regret it. It turns your water bright pink and makes it silky smooth. It’s definitely one of Lush’s more pricey bath products and it makes me really sad because I can remember when it was $9.95 — and I thought that was a lot! It’s $10.95 now, but I still think it’s worth it. Obviously, I ration it with every bath, but a little goes a long way.