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What's on my iPhone

Friday, 13 December 2013

I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 and as I've downloaded so many new apps since doing so I thought I'd do a 'What's on my iPhone' post. Now I'm not going to lie, I spend a lot of time on my phone as it has pretty much everything I need on it and I'm a big lover of Instagram. As long as I have my phone, organiser, iPod, kindle and purse I'm set wherever I go. 
Because I spend so much time on my phone it means I love reading these posts on other peoples blogs as it helps me discover new games and apps that other people are loving or see cute ways to organise my phone (yes, I'm really that sad) so I hope that you can find a few new apps that interest you through this!

So to start off, as you go to unlock my phone you see my current background which is the amazing Harry Potter but Christmas themed to get me in the festive spirit. I love to swap around my background when I get bored, I have a folder of images saved off Tumblr and Pinterest to use whenever I fancy a change.

The first page on my phone has the main apps and features that came with the phone such as the camera, calendar, weather, maps and so on. At the bottom of the page you can see where I have the social apps which I use the most for easy access, my email, Instagram, Twitter and messages. The folder named 'Utilities' has most of the apps that I consider 'boring' or rarely use like the compass and stocks. I don't have any music on my iPhone as I use my iPod instead but if you liked this post I may do an iPod version so you can see what music or podcasts I enjoy listening to!

The second page is the main one which has all of my apps separated into folders by their type, social, 'other', fitness, photo editing, simulation games, puzzle games and strategy games. I like to arrange everything in folders as for me it's easier to find what I want and I dislike having a cluttered home screen, plus I like being able to see my background. Although I have them all arranged in to folders, I don't have them named as I prefer to use the emojis because it makes them look cuter.

My social folder is probably one of my most used as it contains all the social networking accounts that I use regularly except for Instagram and Twitter which are pinned to the bottom of my pages. I don't use all of them on a daily basis but I find that having the apps makes it handy to access them when I do feel the urge to have a browse. I also have Pinterest, Etsy and Wanelo in case I need inspiration for something when I'm out and about or fancy seeing what kind of items I could buy. If you wish to add/follow me on anything, all my account names are either alaskayoungx, bekkihmltn, or Bekki Hamilton.

The 'other' folder contains the rest of my social type apps and random ones which don't really have a place or are used less often. The main ones that I use here would be Safari and IGN or the NHL GameCenter if I want to get some updates on the hockey (my favourite sport!). As you'll see, I do have CocoPPa but I'm not currently using any of the cute shortcuts. Occasionally when I get bored I'll go through it and redo all my icons but I'm currently still liking the new iOS theme and want to stick with that for a while.

In the fitness folder are, yup you guessed it, workout apps! Personally I love using these, I never have time to go to the gym and it's so easy to just open one of these apps and do a 10 minute workout when I'm watching tv in the evening. As part of my exercise routine I'll tend to use the leg, butt and belly workout apps and occasionally the yoga ones. I definitely recommend all these apps if you're looking to start exercising more as they're so simple but effective and best of all, free!

The photo editing folder has all of the apps that I use to edit or mess around with the photos I take on my phone and post on Instagram. Afterlight is my go to app when I want to edit my photos, but PicsArt and VSCOcam are both close seconds.

Next up are my games, the first category that I have are my 'simulation' type games. My current favourites are Tapped Out, The Hunger Games and Castle Story. I go through phases of playing a game non stop, then getting bored and not playing it for months so I should really delete some of the ones that I use less or don't like as much. These are my favourite types of games to play as I love progressing/levelling up and having something to show for all the time that I've wasted on them haha!

The second game category that I have is 'puzzle'. I'm currently loving QuizUp which is a trivia game where you can choose topics and take part in a mini questionnaire against other real people, I love doing Harry Potter and Disney because so far nobody has managed to beat me on either of those! I've also got back in to playing Candy Crush as it's a good time waster for when I'm on the bus to work or waiting for something. I also have a few hidden object type games where you have to find objects from a scene, my favourite of these is Gardens of Time which I started playing on Facebook a while ago so I was really excited to see that they'd made an app version.

My third and final category has strategy or race type games in it. I love Plants vs Zombies, right now I'm slowly working my way through the second one as it didn't come out too long ago. I definitely recommend Plague and Bonnie's Brunch 2 if you've not played them, they keep me entertained for hours and are so fun to play.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have on my iPhone, definitely let me know if you decided to download any of these apps and tell me what you thought, or feel free to recommend me new ones to check out. I'm always on the lookout for new apps or games to experience.

Make Up Review | Sleek Lipstick in Papaya Punch

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Today I'll be doing another Sleek product review, but this time for the lipstick 'Papaya Punch'. I'm a big fan of Sleek but this is the first lipstick that I've tried from them as I've only recently started wearing lipstick properly. As with all other Sleek products, I'm definitely impressed and will be purchasing more in other shades.

Sleek Lipstick in 'Papaya Punch'
When experimenting with brighter shades to find out what suited me, I came across this gem. It's a bright coral that looks amazing on, especially when paired with a cat eye look. It's more peachy-pink than orange which made it feel more wearable to me, especially as I don't yet feel confident enough to wear a bright orange coral shade. At £4.99 it's definitely a good price, but I wish the actual lipstick was bigger as it feels quite small compared to others that I own which is a little disappointing.

As it's matte I find that before I apply it I have to give my lips a quick exfoliate and moisturise so it doesn't dry them out too much or highlight any chaps that I may have, although it's still creamy and easy to apply unlike some other matte lipsticks that I've tried. The main bonus of it being matte is that it lasts for a few hours and doesn't smudge or run easily which is great for me as I tend to bite my nails (bad habit, I know!) and sometimes end up smudging whats on my lips through doing this.

Because the shade is fairly bright I sometimes like to pair it with a natural peach gloss to tone it down and make it slightly less drying but it still looks amazing when worn on its own. I'm really glad I decided to purchase this lipstick, it's a perfect colour and seems to suit nearly every skin tone so don't be afraid to be brave and try something bold like this.
What other lipsticks do you own by Sleek? Feel free to recommend me some of your favourite colours for me to try!

Make Up Review | Sleek Face Form Palette in Light

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sleek Face Form Palette in Light
I'm sure many of you are bored of seeing reviews of this palette, or already own it yourselves and therefore wont be too interested in this but I really wanted to share my thoughts on it! I've actually owned this for a few months now although I had trouble finding it at first as it was sold out whenever I went in a Superdrug store, but I've only just got around to doing my review on it even though I use it as one of my daily makeup staples and recommend it to all my friends. It comes with a contour powder, highlight, and blush and retails at £9.99 from Superdrug or the Sleek website. A more than affordable price for what you get!
The packaging is the usual Sleek style, matte black with their logo on the top. I do love how Sleek packages their items but I find that they get dirty so easily, especially when they've been in my makeup bag with everything  else. Not really a big deal but slightly frustrating when you're trying to take photos for your blog (demonstrated above haha!). 

It's a decent size palette when you think that it contains a blusher, contour and highlight, which fits snugly in the side of my makeup bag. All three shades are the perfect size, you aren't being made to lose out on the actual product in favour of a smaller palette which I think is brilliant. I was especially pleased to see that it comes with a mirror too as I always forget to take a small mirror with me if I'm going out so that will definitely come in handy.

My favourite part of this palette is definitely the blush, it's a beautiful rose-gold shade and one of the main reasons why I decided to finally purchase it. For my every day makeup routine, I'll apply the contour shade just underneath my cheekbones (fishy face galore) then swipe a tiny bit of Collection's Shimmering Glow bronzer on top to give it that extra bit of colour. Personally I find that the contour shade is a little too 'flat' for me and I wish that it was a richer colour or had a subtle shimmer in it but I still like it and think it looks fine on my skin. After applying the contour, I'll add a light layer of the blush on my cheekbones, then using my fingers I dab the highlighter just above the blush and in the center of my cupids bow to highlight the two areas further. All shades are extremely easy to blend and also buildable which means you can have it as light or as heavy as you desire, something for everyone! 

If you've not already purchased this palette then I definitely recommend that you do. Contouring and highlighting is a makeup must if you want to change up your look or add more definition to your face so I consider this palette an essential for that. It's affordable and brilliant quality as are the majority of products by Sleek. It also comes in three other shades (Fair, Medium and Dark) so no matter what skintone you have there'll be a choice for you.

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