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Published on November 23, 2017

10 Movies To Usher You In The Festive Season

10 Movies To Usher You In The Festive Season

As the holiday season is fast approaching, get yourself into the festive spirit by watching these all-time favourite Christmas movies that will get you feeling warm and fuzzy, and prepare to be smothered with the season of giving this Christmas! Grab some eggnog and get comfy with these movies.

#1. Home Alone Series

    Kevin McCallister is always left behind as the family embarks on a holiday trip. He has to fend off burglary using ridiculously funny tricks and pranks.

    The Home Alone series is an all-time classic that has been loved through time. Great for watching as a family and is bound to get you ready for Christmas!Indulge in the Best Christmas Classic Movie of all time!

    Available on iTunes

    #2. Love Actually (2003)

      A classic Christmas rom-com, Love Actually explores the life of David, a newly elected UK prime minister who falls over the heels for his junior staffer. The movie brings together 9 intertwined stories that revolve around one thing: love.

      Another classic holiday rom-com that is full of love throughout the movie. Perfect for couples wanting a nice snuggle at home under the blankets with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.Watch the Best of British Christmas classics.

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      Available on iTunes

      #3. 4 Christmases (2008)

        This is a great comedy that makes light fun of what’s like to spend Christmas with family. It all starts when the unmarried couple Kate and Brad fails to go to their exotic vacation and have to spend Christmas milling around quartet of family get-togethers.

        A comedy mocking the realities of what it’s like spending the holidays with extended family. Star actors Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in this hilarious comedy that makes you not look forward to the holiday season?Crack your ribs with this all-time fabulous Christmas comedy


        Available on iTunes

        #4. A Christmas Story (1983)

          Written by Jean Sheppard, A Christmas Story is an off-the-hook Christmas film. It walks you through the winter month adventures of Ralphie Parker who spends most of his wintry times dreaming of his ideal holiday gift (Red Ryder air rifle) and dodging a bull.

          A true Christmas classic, the comic effect of Ralphie Parker’s holiday escapes will simply knock your socks off.Get in on Christmas Movie fun today!

          Available on iTunes

          #5. Elf (2003)

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            Buddy was coincidentally transported toward the North Pole as a baby and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to fit in, the grown-up Buddy goes to New York, in elf’s uniform, looking for his genuine father. And the humorous adventure begins.

            Elf is definitely a Christmas classic that’ll keep you laughing till the end. Will Ferrell certainly did a bang-up job with his comedic anecdotes.Watch the Best of Will Ferrell’s Christmas action!

            Available on iTunes

            #6. The Family Stone (2005)

              An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and meets his bohemian Connecticut family at Christmas. Straight laced Meredith, feeling she needs backup, asks her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to come along.

              Although in danger of being unable to decide what kind of film it wants to be, a well-written script and well-judged performances make this a family outing worth taking – Genevieve Harrison

              Available on iTunes

              #7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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                The movie entails the misadventure of Halloweentown’s beloved king pumpkin, Jack Skellington. He’s bored of doing the same thing each year – scaring people in the real world. He stumbles upon Christmastown where he kidnaps Santa Claus in a bid to control the holiday.

                The Nightmare Before Christmas brings the best of the two worlds – Halloween and Christmas – in a whole new and scary way.

                Available on iTunes

                #8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

                  Clark Griswold wants to have the perfect Christmas, so he encourages his kids and wife to ensure everything falls right in place. That means impeccable house and tree decorations. However, the whole plan goes awry as soon as his hick cousin comes to the picture.

                  “For those who enjoyed the original Vacation, this holiday edition offers virtually the same story and characters with more predictability and less help from the supporting cast, ” recommends William Thomas of Empire

                  Available on iTunes

                  #9. The Holiday (2006)

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                    Two women (Kate from Britain and Cameron Diaz from America) swap homes during Christmas because of bad breakups. Luckily, they both find romances with local men. However, when it came to returning home they both realize they’ll end the relationships.

                    Sweet and seasonal, the Holiday offers refreshed and precious surprises. A great chick flick for the holidays.

                    Available on iTunes

                    #10. Office Christmas Party (2016)

                      This is a modern day office Christmas party gone wrong. Wished your office parties were as crazy as this? Think again.Watch Office Christmas Party today.

                      Available on iTunes

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                      Published on September 21, 2018

                      Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

                      Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

                      How do you get the best out of photos?

                      By using a photo editing app of course!

                      Though phones are getting smarter by the day and there is AI to click better photos, for now they can’t match up to photo editing apps.

                      In this exclusive list, I have rounded up all the photo editing apps that will help you transform your memories. These apps will help you to resize, adjust, beautify, sharpen, apply filters, make collage, remove objects and even shoot time lapses.

                      So without further ado let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps:

                      1. Pixlr

                        Pixlr is a complete photo editing app that gives you a variety of options. A lot of users rely on it for quick fixes to a photo, adding texts and applying preset filters. Recently, Autodesk acquired it, which validates it popularity.

                        Features:

                        • User Friendly design and functionality which are extremely simple and logically categorized.
                        • Simplified editing tools like crop, adjust and autofix.
                        • Advanced tools like Splash which makes the image black and white and helps you add selective areas with colors.
                        • Variety of preset filter option.
                        • Add text feature.
                        • Collage making option.

                        Available for iOS | AndroidWeb

                        2. Facetune

                          Facetune is photoshop for dummies. It helps you to modify your photos, especially you face and make them look picture perfect. It whitens your teeth, removes blemishes and pimples, does away with wrinkles and even reshapes so that you can have those perfect cuts.

                          Features:

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                          • Basic features like crop, adjust aspect ratio, rotate and flip.
                          • Advanced features like whiten, smooth, red eye reduction, tones and details.
                          • Option to see before edits and after edits.
                          • Preset filters (limited options though)
                          • Frames to lighten up your images.

                          Available for iOS | Android

                          3. VSCO Cam

                            VSCO Cam is an editing app for people who are serious about their photos. People in the professional circuit seem to like it a lot. Its filters make the photos look better, but still help it keep real.

                            Another standout offering that makes it one of the best photo editing app is that it has an amazing social platform where you can make your own photo journals and share it with the world.

                            If you are obsessed about your pixels being perfect and and would like to experiment with a new photo sharing platform, this is a highly recommended app.

                            Features:

                            • All the basic functions like crop, edit, adjust and resize.
                            • Advanced photoshop features like washed out tones, saturated colors, high contrasts etc.
                            • Social platform GRID for your photos to get discovered.
                            • Amazing set of film like pre-set filters to automatically make your photo look great.
                            • Integrated camera.

                            Available for iOS | Android

                            4. Touch Retouch

                              The Guardian says that there is no easier way to remove unwanted objects from your photos. This is precisely what this genius photo editing app does. It removes unwanted content from your pictures.

                              If you are constantly photo-bombed or the frame has a lot of disturbance, you can remove them all using Touch-Retouch. The best part? It is not hard at all.

                              Features:

                              • Replace unwanted objects in the picture.
                              • Weed out photobombers by using a lasso.
                              • Make portraits more beautiful by removing blemishes and wrinkles.
                              • App replaces selections automatically (using nearby pixels)
                              • Clone tool can be used to easily duplicate objects.

                              Available for iOS | Android

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                              5. Moldiv

                                Moldiv is a friendly photo-editor app with all the standard photo-editing functions but with more than 550+ stickers in it and a plethora of collage options.

                                If you like to liven up pictures using stickers and collages, then this is the perfect app for you.

                                Features:

                                • 320+ fonts
                                • 150+ filters
                                • Beautify selfies – face slimming, enlarge eyes, smoothen skin and whiten teeth.
                                • Collage – Ability to artistically combine 10+ photos in one frame.
                                • Ability to crop, straighten, rotate, adjust colors in a picture.

                                Available for iOS | Android

                                6. Lapse It

                                  Lapse it, as the name suggests is a time-lapse capturing photo app. Though there are many smartphones these days that have a slo-mo capacity, lapse it beats them all with its rich features and easy to shoot functions.

                                  Of course, if your phone doesn’t come with a slo-mo capturing functionality, this app is hands down the best.

                                  Features:

                                  • Choose the interval between captures.
                                  • Customize focus.
                                  • Pre-set ISO.
                                  • Battery saver mode that switches off screen while capturing videos for long hours.
                                  • Crop videos and apply filters.
                                  • Import videos and apply effects easily.

                                  Available for iOS | Android

                                  7. Perfect 365

                                    Perfect 365 is a virtual make up app. It delivers exactly what it promises. It lets you retouch and apply makeup to deliver that spotless portrait photo.

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                                    What’s more, you can explore makeup services with this app!

                                    Features:

                                    • Change color of your hair and your eyes.
                                    • Whiten your teeth with one touch.
                                    • Easily remove blemishes and dark circles.
                                    • Sharpen your face structure for that perfect jaw-line.
                                    • Easily apply virtual make-up to your photos.

                                    Available for iOS | Android

                                    8. Afterlight

                                      Afterlight is a delight for people who want everything perfect in their photos. It has enough filters, styles and toning tools to please probably everyone.

                                      It also has an amazing range of premium offerings (in-app purchases), that is non-intrusive and sets it apart from its peers.

                                      Features:

                                      • Abundant filters and frames.
                                      • Varied options in lights and leaks.
                                      • Designer letter frames that put your picture in that letter.
                                      • AI powered contrast, shadows, highlights etc that understands your image.
                                      • Filter collections (free) by popular photographers.
                                      • Ability to add overlays, texts and even stickers.

                                      Available for iOS | Android | Windows PC

                                      9. Snapseed

                                        This photo editing app is what we call an all-rounder. If you are looking for an app that is a jack of all trades, this is the one you should be looking to install.

                                        It was originally developed by Nik Software, but was then taken over by Google. Now, the app has seen quite a lot of improvements including better user interface and user experience. Also, like most things Google, this app has all things free.

                                        Features:

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                                        • Simple and user friendly UI.
                                        • Myriad of editing tools.
                                        • Vintage filters, HDR adjustments.
                                        • Remove unwanted objects.
                                        • Apply “last edits” to a new photo.
                                        • Available guides to better use the app.

                                        Available for iOS | Android

                                        10. Lens Distortions

                                          This app is the best app if you are looking to add natural elements like sunlight, rain, fog, snow and other weather effects to your photos. A lot of apps do have this as an additional functionality, but Lens Distortions is the best in the business.

                                          The USP of the app is that it makes it look so natural that viewers won’t be able to recognize that it is an added effect.

                                          Features:

                                          • Add natural elements like sunlight, snow etc.
                                          • Add multiple layer of effects.
                                          • Ability to adjust depth, sharpness and brightness of images.
                                          • Blur effect.
                                          • Adjust the depth of each overlay.

                                          Available for iOS | Android

                                          The bottom line

                                          The marketplace is littered with thousands of photo editing apps, promising to transform your memory.

                                          However, as a user, it is entirely for you to gauge what the important features you need in a photo editing app.

                                          If you are a professional – you will need something advanced like Afterlight2 or Moldiv. For personal use there are even more options like Facetune, Touch Retouch and Perfect 365. If you need something specific like collage, time lapse, face -emojis – you can take your pick from apps like Lens Distortions and Pixlr.

                                          Get explore and find what suits your needs!

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