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5 Apps to Take Your iPhone Selfies to a New Level

5 Apps to Take Your iPhone Selfies to a New Level

It’s no use even trying to imagine how many gazillions of selfies are on the Net by now. Why, you yourself probably have thousands of them (if you are an avid party-goer, traveler or just narcissist) – and we bet you’ve felt more than once that they all seem the same. Don’t worry though – check out these apps and spice up your selfies!

1. Selfie Camera

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    If anything could be named a magic wand, for millions of iPhone users it’s the selfie stick. But what’s cool can be made even better, and Selfie Camera is just the app you need to get the most out of your iPhone and selfie stick. Strike the best pose, give your smartphone a light shake – voila, the photo-shoot begins! You can specify the delay (3, 5 or 10 sec) so that you’d have time to prepare; moreover, the app allows to capture up to 5 images in one burst – the more to choose the perfect selfie from! To enhance your pics, Selfie Camera offers instant enhancement and fine-tuning, as well as a variety of retouching tools.

    2. Ghost Lens+Selfie

    If you’re into eerie atmospheric photo-shoots, Ghost Lens will sure help to impress your friends and subscribers – with this app you can create a photo or a video featuring your ‘ghost’. There’s a multitude of filters to make it look like your ‘spirit’ is wandering outside your body, or floating in the air, etc. What’s even greater is that you can adjust any alteration just the way you like it. You don’t even have to prepare photos in advance – start the app, snap as many shots as you need, and get spooky and creative!

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     3. Filterra

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      Having fun is cool enough, but what if you’re into meticulous post-processing? You cannot carry Photoshop around with you. The answer, however, is simple: install photo editor Filterra and edit away to your heart’s content. As stated on the official Filterra website, this app stands out from the crowd as it seeks to bring pro level tools to everyone, at the same time making enhancement simpler and quicker. Filterra offers more than enough powerful functions to adjust your selfies and other photos – to the extent that you’ll be at a loss which variant is better. Should you need even more custom-made tools, you can get additional bundles from the Store.

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      4. Facetune

      Did you ever happen to resent Mother Nature for that mole right on your eyelid, or the unwieldy shape of your eyebrows, or the height of the cheekbones? There’s a solution, far cheaper and safer than plastic surgery, – Facetune! The app comes for a small fee – $3.99, but it is sure worth the money. Smooth out any imperfections, alter facial features, add color to eyes and lips and hair; it allows to reduce red- and white-eye effect, retouch stray hairs and dark eye circles and much more in just a couple of taps! And if your selfie is perfect the way it is, you can simply add more focus, adjust lighting as well as dress it up with textures, special effects and frames.

      5. TigerEyes

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        To manifest your wild streak (especially if you’re a cat person), there’s TigerEyes – a free app allowing you to transform your face into a wild cat’s (other animals are available too, albeit for a small fee). Loads of fun guaranteed!

        Photography is a thing you just cannot stop doing; and even if you feel stuck or unimpressed with your performance, there’ll always some handy app to inspire new experiments. Keep up with the trends and stay tuned with the software, and capture and share the moments! Good luck with your incredible and creative selfies!

        Featured photo credit: Lion selfie/Silke Remmery via flickr.com

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2018

        The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

        The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

        It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

        If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

        One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

        Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

        In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

        Why you can’t sleep through the night

        The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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        Stress

        If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

        Exposure to blue light before sleep time

        We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

        While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

        Eating close to bedtime

        Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

        Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

        Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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        Medical conditions

        In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

        The vicious sleep cycle

        The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

        Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

        You get a bad night’s sleep
        –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
        –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
        –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

          You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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          How to sleep better (throughout the night)

          To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

          1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

          What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

          Here are a few suggestions:

          • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
          • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
          • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
          • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
          • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

          2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

          What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

          • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
          • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
          • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
          • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

          3. Adjust your sleep temperature

          Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

          Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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          Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

          Sleep better form now on

          Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

          I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

          As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

          Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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