All you have to do is upload a picture of yourself, highlight each breast, adjust the "circles" to your body, accordingly, and then pick your implant size, ranging 210 cc to 690 cc. While the app flips and slightly distorts your image, because it's free and slightly addictive (you can really get ridiculous with this one), it's worth a download — if not just for the laughs it will generate.
See how my augmentation turned out when you read more.
Makeup Live ($1) uses 3D technology to enhance your mug with virtual eye makeup. All you have to do is choose from one of eight eye makeup looks, hold the phone really steady so that your face lines up with the app's eyeball outlines, and listen for instructions on how to get the look — all while a virtual brush applies the virtual makeup. To see what I thought, just keep reading.
Using perception technology, this app guesses your age based on dimensions of the face. All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself or a friend, and PhotoAge scans it, spitting out an estimate of your age. And while I'm sure Halle Berry, who is actually 44, would love that PhotoAge thinks she's 22, this Bella is not so certain of the accuracy of the app. Case in point: one photo I uploaded of myself says I'm 26, but another photo that was scanned approximates that I'm 39. In reality, I'm somewhere in between, but a 13-year difference isn't exactly what I'd call accurate.
If you want to spare the $2 to get a good laugh, PhotoAge is silly fun. But if you want to have other people guess your age, why not ask the BellaSugar Community instead?
All you have to do is download the QR code reader app, then aim your phone at the quick response codes (they look like colorful, jumbled barcodes) on the Urban Decay displays at Sephora. Tutorial videos explaining how to use the product in front of you will pop up and start playing — no explanation from a Sephora beauty associate required. Will you be excited to check these out, or would you still prefer to get in a chair and let a live salesperson work their magic?
Just type in your zip code, or the zip of any other US city, and you'll get the current UV index, along with advice on what to do to protect yourself based on the reading. You can then customize by activity levels to receive product recommendations (Coppertone, of course). You can even set a timer to remind you to reapply your SPF at regular intervals. FYI: Every two hours or so is the standard.
There's even a tips section chock-full of helpful words of SPF wisdom, and a link to the Weather Channel website. Will this app blow your mind? No, but I could see it coming in handy at the store or while on vacation. And since it's free, and you get a $1 off coupon just for downloading, it's worth a few minutes of your time to check out.
Upon opening the app, your phone will search for nearby businesses, and spit out a list of salons. You're provided with each establishment's distance and phone number, and by tapping the blue arrow at the right, you'll be sent to a map where you can get directions. Eventually, it would be nice to be able to add reviews and to search by zip code — in case you're wondering what's around elsewhere. But for $1, this app definitely fills a void in the natural hair market, and I can see it coming in handy during travel, if you're new to an area, or if you're just in need of a new stylist.