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HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

Technology

A smart girl's guide through the App world
Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times
July 22, 2013
First Published: 18:39 IST(22/7/2013)
Last Updated: 11:42 IST(23/7/2013)
A young girl texting

Our lives are so attuned to the notifications pop-ups on our phones, that it’s hard to imagine a pre-mobile era, bereft of all these cool apps that life seems incomplete without. From counting our calorie intake daily to staying fit, to managing a virtual closet filled with items from our real wardrobe — the app world has a host of gems to offer. We tried
out many of these and here are our picks of favourite apps for a girl who is always on the go. Available across Android markets, all of these are free of charge in their basic versions. Some of these can also be linked to your personal computers for a large-screen experience.  So go ahead and try them out, they might just make it to your list of favourites!

Beauty

My Beauty Bible
To start with, we love the black and pink layout that will add instant glamour to your screen. Very simple to use, the app is  informative in terms of quick beauty tips. Choose from their Hair, Nails or Makeup category and then opt for Text/ Picture/ Video tips. There is also a separate search option, which helps you choose from the looks you might want to copy — from a nude lip to an exaggerated cat-eye eyeliner. With each tip is a sharing option that works across social forums and social networks.

Beautylish
If you are a makeup maverick, you will love this one. The user-friendly app branches out and covers all aspects of global beauty trends, by the way of pictures, live discussions, videos and a special editorial, blog-style section. So, if you have DIY nail art pictures to share, you can create your own account, post your pictures, gain followers and even tag products that you use, telling other app users how to get your look. The ‘Talk’ section caters to beauty queries that the community collectively discusses and answers. Press download if beauty is your thing.

Total Beauty
A one-stop product review app. If your vanity case gets reloaded every month or if you buy a lot of makeup online without getting a chance to test the products, this app might be helpful.  User reviews can be found under categories for different products for hair, makeup, face and body. There is also an option to limit your search based on brands and their products. Once you make a user account, you can also review the product of your choice. 


Fashion

Fashion Kaleidoscope
One of the best apps for street style junkies. The app brings together, in a live streaming format, styles from across the globe. Only picture-based, it picks up images from Lookbooks of fashion bloggers, models and enthusiasts and makes a clean collage. The looks are updated quickly, and when you click on a favourite, you have the option to ‘Shop the Look’. Thus, each garment and accessory has a brand tag that the app gives you, complete with the price and information about where they can be bought. Go for this one for its high-end feel and fashion quality.

StyleTag
An app to help you spot the latest fashion trends. The tags here refer to styles and labels that one can tag on the images shared by the users called ‘fashionistas’. The best feature of the app is the ‘Trending’ option, which has on display items, people, brands and styles that are the most followed and tagged on the app. You can also create an account and become a part of the tagging community. If you become popular among the users, your profile will show under the Top Fashionistas category.

Stylish Girl, fashion closet
Great app for girls with good camera phones. The app helps you organise your wardrobe under different categories and create a virtual closet. You can click pictures of the items in your closet and organise these items on the app, which also helps you put looks together with the help of these very uploaded pictures. If you are going for a vacation, there is also a virtual suitcase, which helps you organise and select the pieces to be packed. The app has added features like wishbag, fashion lounge and best deals that helps you check out designer brands.


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