With smartphones becoming the be-all and end-all of our lives, our dependence on these devices has grown a lot in the past two-three years. Of course our smartphones have also evolved, so that means we know have apps claiming to do pretty much everything you can think of.
This International Women’s Day, we take a look at apps that can help all women; from keeping a track of your health, beauty trends and more.
Menstrual tracking apps
Periods are a time of the month that many of us hate, pain or no pain. While apps can’t take away the misery of this monthly phenomena, they can help us track periods better. And it’s important, since it gives a clear idea of the period cycle, ovulation period, etc. Ladies when it comes to health, always knowing more is better.
Two apps were picked for period tracking are: Period Calendar (Android and iOS free) and Menstrual Calendar (Android and iOS free).
Period Calendar pretty much takes care of everything including the next dates of your period, symptoms, medicines etc. Helps a lot for the next visit to the gynaecologist, since one has a proper log, and you’re not just relying on guesswork.
Also, if you are one of those who usually tend to forget your period days, this app is a must-have. It also allows you to take notes, in case you’d want to add personal remarks. It comes with a list which includes headaches, acne, hectic fever, hot flashes, PMS etc and you can just choose one to give it a star rating from 1 to 5. The app also has a pill reminder, BMI tracker and more.
With Menstrual Calendar, we liked the easy UI, and it will also alert you when your next period is due. This app also has a community forum that lets you post in queries and interact with other users, but you need an account for that.
The home page of the app resembles a normal calendar except for the pink colour with period days marked on it. Big plus: it comes with password protection.
The popularity of Instagram, online shopping has meant that there’s been an explosion of apps that will highlight the latest trends for India-based users. Our top picks in this category are LimeRoad and Voonik.
LimeRoad is perfect because it mixes shopping with style trends and lets you share looks with your friends as well. The Looks in the app, will let you put together accessories along with clothing and you can click on individual items to view their price or similar items.
Plus LimeRoad news and tips on celebrity style and Bollywood, which tells you what your favourite stars wore and gives you similar options, of course at much cheaper prices.
It’s particularly great for super-busy women who don’t get time to match and accessorise separately. Plus, LimeRoad has a lot of affordable stuff.
Voonik has a Tinder style News Feed; just swipe right to like and swipe left to pass a look. From lipsticks, kurta, sarees to tops, there’s a quite few items on display in this News Feed. To view specific items, there’s a separate menu. Vonik too, just like LimeRoad lets you create profiles and post looks, comment and buy them.
Voonik also features a section for Bollywood Style check, which is a little different LimeRoad. Here, you can rate celebs as hot or not-hot based on what they are wearing. Also, there’s Style Lounge with looks recommended by designers.
When it comes to online shopping, clothes are the only option these days. Make-up items can now easily be bought online and yes there are apps dedicated on how to perfect the art of make-up as well. We picked Nykaa and Beautylish in this category.
Nykaa, well because it is the the-online destination for make-up, and more;bath and body products, herbal, wellness, baby products, hair care products. etc this website takes care of it all and has several generous discount on offer as well.
Beautylish will help you get that make-up right, be it for a party or a brunch date with friends. The app also lets users buy products as well.
The UI of the app is really simple; It’s divided into categories such as popular, skincare, hair, nails, reviews, videos etc on the home-page itself.
Do note that the products are mostly priced in US dollars and are shipped to India after you place the order. Tutorials include those for hair, face, eyes, lips and nails. These are step-by-step and easy to follow tutorials that will not disappoint you.
Fitness isn’t just about losing weight; there are apps that can help you monitor your daily diet, sleep and more. When it comes to fitness our picks are HealthifyMe and the Nike+ running app.
HealthifyMe can be sync with a number of smartbands like Fitbit, Mi Band, Google Fit and YUFIT., but the best part is that it can show calories for Indian food, which a lot of other fitness apps might not always reflect. Samosa or quinoa salad, the app’s biggest plus is the Indian food feature; each meal you enter will reflect the amount of protein, fats, carbohydrates and fibre intake. You can also team up with trainer from the team for better diet tips.
It’s never too late to pick up running in life; be it the treadmill or out on the road. The Nike+ Running is one of the top apps for this; it shows you the number of runs, average pace, which you can add on Nike+ platform to share with friends. The app also has Nike+ Coach to help through fitness goals and programs such as 5K (3.1 miles), to 26.2 (marathon). It will then show you progress graphs over weeks to monitor performance and list out a day-wise schedule for running through weeks.