My iPhone 4s has been both the worst and best thing that has ever happened to me recently. I purchased mine last December, just before I went to Fukuoka, because I was getting quite bored of my BlackBerry (BBM had no use for me anymore) and because I’ve always wanted to get an iPhone since the beginning.
Prior to my 4s, I got an iPod Touch last May 2011 when I went to the Clear Expo in Shanghai thanks to Unilever. Since then I found myself using my iPod Touch more often than my BB. Not a lot of people text me anyway (lol), so might as well spend for other things like apps. Rarely do I get bored now since all I have to do is play games on my phone. It’s always Triple Town time for me whenever I have idle moments. (Unlimited Triple Town turns. I gave in! I obviously have no self-control.)
Getting an iPhone 4s meant being able to sync it properly and easily with my MacBook Pro. Transferring files to and from my phone suddenly became so convenient. It also meant being able to use all the shiny photography apps I used to have in my iPod Touch, but of course with 99999999x better quality. And this is why it has also been the worst! My iPhone 4s has also turned me into a lazy photographer, especially since my 5D Mk II (with my 24-70L lens) weighs like a freakin’ baby!
A lot of people have been asking me on Instagram what my favorite photography and editing apps are so I figured I should just make a proper blog entry about it. You have to pay for some of these apps but most of them are really affordable anyway!
And it’s always better to purchase original applications than to have your iPhone jailbroken and stuff.
Princess Cam. Every girl should have this application, imho. You can manually put make-up, false eyelashes and circle lenses on yourself if you feel like saving yourself from looking crappy in a picture.
It also works like purikura or neoprint, so you can customize your backgrounds and write whatever you want using different kinds of glittery pens.
Fake pink cheeks, and lots and lots of Liz Lisa-ish flowers. Other stamps available include fake boater hats and giant ribbons. Perfect for those into gyaru and ulzzang aesthetics.
Pudding Camera is a Korean app which might look familiar once you get to try the different filters out. I believe some K-pop personalities like SNSD’s Jessica and Sooyoung, KARA’s Jiyoung, Hara and Seungyeon, T-ara’s Eunjung, Q-ri, Hyomin and Jiyeon and Wonder Girls’ Ye Eun and Yubin use this application for their selcas and whatnot. I like their Motion 2x2 camera best, as well as their Vintage Blue and Noir filters. The Panorama camera is nice for landscapes as well!
Morebeaute is an editing application to easily make your skin nicer. I cheat, but at least I admit to using this app for help! :)
Before and after Morebeaute magic. Instantly smooth skin and no more eyebags!
Camera+ has got to be my must-have photography application of all time. I take almost all my pictures using Camera+ before I upload them anywhere else. It’s pretty much like a mini Lightroom/Photoshop for your iPhone. What I like most is that you can adjust the opacity of the effects to your liking.
ClassicINSTA is one of my most recent purchases. It makes your photos have these wonderful, textured polaroid-ish frames that I am so in love with.
It also has an option to open the photo on Camera+ for editing or to upload the photo on Instagram for posting. Saves a lot of time and effort.
The ClassicInstant and Vintage CLS filters are very well-made ones that don’t make your pictures look too edited and too fake. Just the right, classy amount of film and lomo goodness.
The picture on the left is a picture of a picture because I’m lame like that. Hello love!
Just for the lulz, I really like Hubba Hubba. The other captions are quite hilarious but for these examples I just used the safest, most boring ones so as not to seem like a complete goofball in case anyone stumbles upon by blog for the first time.
I think I look better with a mustache, yes?
And this post will not be complete without INSTAGRAM! I swear I’m on this app 24/7.
My account is like a mini blog where I post pretty much everything else that I don’t get to post in here…
…like the food I eat.
And more food for the bottomless pit that is my stomach.
(P.S. My boyfriend and I ate at The Goose Station last January and it was glorious in so many ways! All the dishes looked like art.)
Instagram really makes it so much easier for me to share the most shallow things… including my nails.
I can never go out with bare nails anymore.
And of course my travels. After my Fukuoka trip, many people asked me if I took these pictures with my dSLR and then transferred them to my iPhone to post on Instagram. Too much effort! I cannot!
This is 100% iPhone 4s quality! Exactly why I have grown to be such a lazy photographer. I’m quite excited for the future because I’m sure at one point they’ll be able to invent some sort of iPhone-sized dSLR or something. I hope I’ll still be alive by then!
ClassicINSTA + Instagram. Here are some random mannequins I saw at the Forever 21 Megamall store a few days ago. I’m so happy they have a lot of girly lace and ribbons in their current collection since I’ve been preparing my spring wardrobe as early as now.
Speaking of Forever 21, do check out the stores asap for the loveliest trends: Color Surge (pair two-tone pieces with primary brights), Cruise Control (inspired by the French Riviera of the 1930s, this collection makes waves with iconic resort looks with a fresh twist), Gamine Charm (dainty little details, soft fabrics and pale hues) and Oriental Opulence (eastern elegance). Love!
A part of my shoe collection. Every time I get new shoes as gifts from online stores, I post them on Instagram. Here’s a different filter from the rest, for a change.
I know I abuse the Earlybird filter. Sorry guys!
Having an iPhone made me even lazier to take proper outfit photos too, so some of my outfits appear on my Instagram feed days or even weeks before I actually get to do my usual self-timer magic.
Sometimes I even dream about doing an actual iPhone photoshoot with an actual model! One of these days, I just might push through with this idea. Talk about iPhone addiction.
Hope this post helps! Different strokes for different folks, and I’m sure there are better photography and editing applications out there. However, I’m just sharing the ones that I’ve been using the most since I got my 4s 2 months ago. Most of the apps I use are paid ones so I suggest something like the BPI My ePrepaid MasterCard if you don’t have your own credit card for iTunes. It’s a reloadable prepaid MasterCard that you can use for *drum roll* online shopping, besides purchasing from your favorite shops and restaurants. You won’t get billed for your purchases like a credit card and you won’t have to link your card to an existing savings account like a debit card. Click on the ad on my sidebar for more information. :)
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone! Let me know by commenting below which apps are your favorites!
It takes quite a process for me to look like this.
Sometimes I would get comments like, “You’re a natural beauty!”, and flattered I may be with these types of comments, I’d always reply so honestly with something along the lines of “Oh no! I owe it all to make-up! My eyeliner and circle lenses can be seen from a mile away.” I never fail to admit I look absolutely different without make-up on, but even if it doesn’t bother me much to go out without all this (i.e. if I’m exercising or going out for a late night snack), I still like playing with make-up purely out of love for dollying myself up, more than just looking presentable to other people. <3
Make-up is my favorite complement to my outfits. I love how it makes me feel complete, even if I’m not curling my hair, piling on any accessories or wearing sky-high heels. Changing the color of my eyeshadow, the direction of my eyeliner wing, my lip color etc. can already create so much difference on my face. This is why I look different when I do my own make-up and when other people do it for events and publications. Make-up does wonders, I tell you!
I never want to pretend and say I’m not wearing any make-up in my photos and then fish for compliments about my “natural beauty”… unless I’m really not wearing any make-up. In this case, I must pat myself on the back for probably doing something good to my skin/body to fool people into thinking I’ve layers of make-up on. While I’ll never resort to anything drastic like plastic surgery, I really do make an effort to enhance my features by using a lot of products. If I wake-up and my double eyelids have temporarily disappeared, I’ll even use double eyelid tape.
Here are my favorite products as of this writing.
P.S. People react differently to products. While these might work perfectly on me, your skin might be more suited to something better!
Base: Lovefille Nude Face Veil, CANMAKE Milky Moist Base, Candy Doll Makeup Base
Nude Face Veil has the same kind of transparency and consistency as Smashbox’s primer, which I used to really initially like until I broke out like crazy some time 2-3 years ago. I use this when I feel like I won’t have time to touch up my make-up the whole day.
The Milky Moise Base is something I use on days when I just feel like going out with minimal amounts of make-up. I always pair this with my Ettusais BB Cream (picture below) because both of them are very light and perfect for that no make-up look.
Candy Doll’s Makeup Base is my default base. My foundation glides on so well after.
Foundation: Candy Doll loose powder, Ettusais BB mineral cream, Revlon PhotoReady 005 Natural Beige liquid foundation and 020 Light/Medium powder
On light make-up days, I pair the BB cream and the Candy Doll loose powder. On heavy make-up days, I pair the Revlon PhotoReady liquid foundation and the powder.
On very confused days, I use 1 layer of Revlon PhotoReady under 1 layer of Ettusais BB cream, and 1 layer of Revlon PhotoReady powder with hints of Candy Doll loose powder.
I’m actually an in-between PhotoReady 004 and 005 but it would be such a waste to have to buy two all the time so I just settled for the 005 since I get darker March-June anyway. I’m on my 3rd bottle now and I super swear by this foundation! Of course, this is all because I have dry skin. A lot of make-up artists I know and some make-up gurus on YouTube prefer the coverage of Revlon’s ColorStay line, which is more suitable for oily skin.
I used to be a faithful BB cream user until I realized how most of them made me look a little gray…? And then I discovered Ettusais BB Cream which does not have a white/gray cast at all. Plus points since it’s also available in 3 different shades compared to the usual one-color-fits-all type of thing.
Eyelids: CANMAKE Perfect Brown Eyes Palette, Majolica Majorca GD886 Jeweling Eyes Palette, tokidoki x Sephora Sandy in the City palette, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, Topshop gold eyeshadow, Dolly Wink gold cream eyeshadow
All very neutral colors since I fail at applying eyeshadow. Normally I would just use one color for my lids and one color to highlight my brow bone.
And yes, everything is glittery so it won’t look too obvious if I make a mistake. :)
Eyes: Garnier Light BB Eye Roll-on, Heavy Rotation blonde eyebrow mascara, Dolly Wink (otona) blonde eyebrow pencil, Dolly Wink black liquid eyeliner, Palty Glitter pencil eyeliner in black and silver, Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara, Dolly Wink volume mascara
Most of these products I’ve already shown in my past make-up tutorials.
I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH FALSIES! I was born with typical Asian lashes that are straight and long but very sparse. Sometimes mascara alone won’t cut it so I always turn to false eyelashes to make my eyes bigger and look less sleepy.
Most of the falsies I use are Asian brands because they come in these very affordable 5-in-1 packs so I don’t have to stock individually. I also prefer ones that fan out at the ends or those with small spaces in between, something that most Japanese brands like Dolly Wink, Diamond Lash and Luminous Change all carry.
Cheeks: Candy Doll Carrot Orange blush, NARS Orgasm, Revlon matte powder blush, Candy Doll Strawberry Pink blush
Orgasm was my default blush until I outgrew my peach blush phase. Now I’m more into deep, dolly pink shades.
The Candy Doll Carrot Orange blush is my go-to summer blush. Looks great with a tan!
Lips: Lime Crime Cosmo Pop and Coquette, Revlon Color Burst Soft Nude, Revlon Super Lustrous Primrose, MAC Angel, Pink Nouveau, Freckletone, Shy Girl, Lavushca lipstick, Candy Doll Ramune Pink and Apricot Beige
I forgot to include my red lippies here, but I figured I don’t really use them often anyway! Most of my favorite lipsticks are nude, orange and pink. MAC Freckletone and Candy Doll Ramune Pink are usually my lip colors in my blog entries.
Since it would be impractical to bring all my make-up along when I go out, I normally just bring the essentials, which go into this Marc by Marc Jacobs x Sweet pouch that serves as my make-up bag.
Inside you can find: face powder + brush, liquid eyeliner, mascara, eyelash curler, 2 lipsticks, blush + brush, and eyelash glue if I know I’ll be wearing falsies for a long time. You’ll never what might happen to your lashes! I like using Candy Doll lash glue but a good alternative would be the one The Face Shop sells.
Cleansing/skincare: Shu Uemura cleansing oil, Aquamoist Collagen Moisture lotion (toner) and cream (moisturizer), Leyende Face Canvas Mango Butter moisturizer
I’m on my 3rd giant Shu Uemura cleansing oil bottle! This is the bottle I just use when I travel. I can never use anything else to remove my make-up. One giant bottle lasts me more than half a year so it’s all worth it.
If I’m not too lazy, I’d tone and moisturize after cleansing. I know I should do it everyday though. Make-up can only do so much (I am not as poreless as I seem to be, but it helps to always have a large aperture and good lighting when having your photos taken), so I take care of my skin in more natural ways since I tend to skip toning and moisturizing when I’m tired. Getting lots of sleep and drinking lots of water will always save your skin from pimples and blemishes. I’m quite lucky to have non acne-prone skin, thanks to my parents’ genes, but I still get a few little blemishes here and there whenever I forget to take care of myself.
Recently I’ve been exercising twice a week (for strength), and I’ve noticed how much better my no make-up face looks now compared to before. Sweat all the dirt out, wash your face properly, and be surprised that you actually have a natural glow.
Hair: Fuwarie hairstyling mist, Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Save conditioner spray, Lucido designing whip, TRESemme hairspray, argan oil, Lucido designing lotion
Hair products for the hair vain. Most of these products I just use before or after I style my hair, for damage protection and for my curls to stay longer. I get OC when it comes to buying hairstyling products because I dislike the smell of most hairsprays. Good thing ProStyle and Lucido all have fruity scents!
After I went blonde, argan oil saved my hair. This bottle was just given to me by my hairstylist, but I plan to research more on where to get the best argan oil for cheap after I finish this.
Looking for haircare products specifically for blonde hair. Hit me up if you know anything!
Scents: Harajuku Lovers Baby, Clean Sweet Layer, Clean, Clean Shower Fresh, Clean Outdoor Shower Fresh
I’ve been a huge fan of CLEAN fragrances for a long time and even if I try so hard to find alternatives, I can’t. These are the only scents I can stand smelling on myself for long periods of time. Anything that’s floral, musky or fruity on my skin just tends to annoy me. It’s rather hard to find stocks of CLEAN but if you’re lucky, you can find them locally in Rustan’s. They’re also usually available in department stores abroad.
Harajuku Lovers’ Limited Edition (not the normal one) Baby perfume is the only other perfume variant I can stand. It comes with a super cute doll (which matches the rest of my pink room), serving another purpose as decoration.
I’m partial to very fresh soap-y scents that make me smell like a baby or like I just got out of the shower. What kind of perfume do you like?
So many beauty products, and I’m still not bankrupt yet? My BPI My ePrepaid MasterCard lets me budget properly since I can load whatever amount I like and I’d be forced to stop impulse buying when it runs out, especially when I’m abroad. This card works just fine in these other countries as well, just as long as they accept MasterCard.
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Not only are the products I use only found in stores abroad like Sasa and Sephora, but they’re also sold in a lot of online stores that specialize in Asian beauty products. If online shopping was as easy as applying for a card, loading it, using it to pay, reloading it and using it over and over again, then I’m sure more people will be able to experience these products that aren’t available locally. This card also supports PayPal so just imagine all the online shopping you can do.
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