Although I’ve been trying to make more of a conscious effort to entertain myself offline (that is, by watching Netflix without scrolling through Twitter, by reading and by hanging out with friends and family), something that I’m borderline obsessed with is keeping my Google Pixel up to date with the best apps out there to tide me over productivity, health and leisure-wise. The average person spends a supposed FIVE hours on their phone per day in 2017 and whilst that sounds like a lot, it’s merely a reflection of the digital age that we find ourselves in. I know for a fact that I rely on mine to be in touch with the wider world as somebody that works from home, and it’s simply unrealistic to go off the grid entirely these days without your friends and family worrying about your whereabouts.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share a compilation of my most reached-for apps right now, except from Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, because you already know about my obsession for that, right? 😉
I’ve been talking animatedly about Gudak Pro for around two weeks now and it’s about time I got round to sharing it with you. Put simply, Gudak Pro transforms your phone into a disposable camera. Unlike the modern day obsession with taking 100 photos and choosing the best one to filter and edit to upload to social media, the app gives you 24 shots with each film reel, meaning you end up choosing carefully what to and what not to shoot. After your film reel is complete, it is processed and developed over 24 hours and then after that, you can see how your photos turned out! The photographs come out beautifully grainy, raw and moody and I love the nostalgic feel of the end product.
Now this isn’t exactly a ‘new’ app but I’m finally getting the hang of Snapseed, everybody’s favourite photo editor. Whilst I was once a VSCO girl and nowadays I’m certainly more of an A Color Story lady, Snapseed has been there for helping me edit photos through the dark and murky autumn afternoons. You know how it is. Snapseed’s tool selection is simply incomparable and there are both manual and automatic tools available. I just love it.
By far one of the most underrated apps in my Pixel’s app drawer, Viridi is a virtual succulent garden game. And by game, I’m using that term in its’ loosest sense. You can choose a pot and starter plant and every couple of days, return to water your plant and receive a new free plant to add. You can watch the plants grow in front of your eyes and might I add just how relaxing the background music is?!
An absolute essential for anybody that’s cruelty-free or who is beginning the transition to cruelty-free beauty, Bunny Free is a concise reference tool. Simply scan a product code or manually type in the brand name to see their stance on cruelty-free beauty. I’ve found this to be an absolute godsend when shopping for new shampoo or conditioner and realising that the last time I stocked up, I hadn’t yet made the switch. There are other apps out there too but I also just bloody love the Bunny Free app icon.
Nike+ Run Club
Last year, my sister and I ran (mostly walked) the 5k Race for Life and whilst it was such an achievement to cross the finish line, we both agreed that we’d do better next time and be able to easily run the entirety of the 5k without feeling like we were sacrificing a lung to the lords above. Since joining the gym last month, I’ve been dead-set on upping my running game and so the Nike+ Run Club app has become my best friend. I’ve spoken about the app before but without any real goal in mind, it didn’t last long. Now, I use the app to work through Guided Runs with a coach in my ears telling me how to run, how to think and how to complete a run and it is so great. The app lets you setup plans and I really like being able to see how much I’ve done in a week, something that totally keeps me motivated! I prefer it over Couch to 5k, by far.
Which apps will you be trying this week?