Editor’s Picks: Top 10 Beauty and Fitness Apps
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
We’ve experimented with the most popular beauty and fitness apps available today and narrowed it down to our top 10 favorites. Click through to see which ones made the cut.
What it is: Your new shopping go-to that provides consumer reviews on thousands of beauty products from drugstore brands to the best of luxury—all with a simple scan of the barcode using your smartphone. You can also do a little research before you get to the store with the product finder tool, and watch how-to videos once you make your purchase.
Why we like it: When you need to make a quick decision on a new mascara, the “All-Time” section shows you which beauty products are the most popular in each category so you don’t have to waste time guessing!
What it is: We all know that polish doesn’t always appear on nails the way it looks in the bottle. To solve this problem, OPI created a Try-It-On Studio to give lacquer lovers a chance to see how the color will appear on virtual nails before buying. The app lets you adjust skin tone and nail length to give you a better idea of the result.
Why we like it: You can save the shades you love as “Favorites” so that you’re prepared when you get to the store.
What it is: Feeling stiff after sitting too long in the office? This app helps you take a breather using a library of more than 350 short and simple—yet effective—yoga sessions for a quick mind and body refresher.
Why we like it: It’s ideal for beginners and the detailed illustrations help you easily maneuver between poses. Plus, it only takes five minutes!
What it is: Leave it to this app to provide the scoop on which U.S. consumer products are safe, healthy and eco-friendly based on health, environment and social ratings of more than 170,000 products. You can scan barcodes in-store or search by name, as well as make lists of which products you want to buy and those you want to avoid for easy shopping.
Why we like it: You can personalize the app so that it only features the issues you care most about such as nutritional value, animal testing or safe ingredients.
What it is: Whether you’re a beginner or a marathoner, this app works to accurately track the distance, pace and time of all your runs and helps motivate you to reach even your loftiest goals.
Why we like it: You can set up a challenge to compete with your friends for the top of the leaderboard. Who doesn’t like a little friendly competition?
What it is: Ever wanted to know what you’d look like with bangs? This app that allows to upload a picture of yourself and instantly create new looks by “trying on” different hairstyles, makeup and even accessories. And you can save your pictures so you don’t need to retake them each time.
Why we like it: There is a plethora of color and style options to choose from and the app frequently employs updates to add even more.
7. Lose It!
What it is: Help yourself stay on track to a more fit, healthy you with this weight-loss app, which allows you to set a customized, daily calorie budget as well as keep record of your food intake and exercise using an extensive database.
Why we like it: Get access to social media features that can connect you with friends, family, or even public groups for the support you need to achieve your goals.
What it is: Whether you live in Florida or Chicago, the sun’s rays can be equally as harmful. No matter where you are, this app zeros in on your location and provides you with a UV Index that displays a daily and hourly forecast of the expected UV radiation intensity in your area.
Why we like it: It may not be something you use every day, but it can help you make very smart decisions about when and when not to soak up some rays.
What it is: Think of it as a personal tracking device, but with good intentions. Its super chic design looks like a vibrant storyline of your daily routines, including daily exercise (walking, running and cycling), typical activities and calories burned without completely draining your phone battery.
Why we like it: Not only do we love the design, but the concept can really open your eyes to the type of lifestyle you’re living, as well as help motivate you to adopt healthier habits.
What it is: Imagine a beauty-only Pinterest, but with extra, incredibly useful, features. This app provides a bevy of beauty inspiration including tips and tricks, product reviews and step-by-step tutorials on everything from creating intricate braids to applying different types of eyeliner.
Why we like it: You can create a personal profile and upload your own beauty photos or join forums to ask questions to other users, as well as experts.