My Favorite Editing Apps for my Instagram Posts

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

 



Do you struggle to get that perfect photo to posts on your social media channels? Do you lack the tools that most content creators have like a ring light for brighter photos, a professional camera, or even a phone with a good camera? Or you just don't have time to catch that natural sunlight or golden hour for better-looking photos?

Whatever your struggles are, know that you are not alone. Even with years of posting on my social media channels, I still struggle to get that "one" photo that will just feel right sometimes. And believe me, there will be just days that you won't like any photo you take no matter what.

But it's good to know that there are some apps out there that can help us step up our photography game. Today, I'm gonna be sharing some of the editing apps I used for my Instagram photo and video posts. Please note that I am not a professional in editing photos or videos, but with practice and persistence in learning these apps, YOU can be one. 😉


1. Lightroom 

   This app is what I usually used for all my photo editing needs. You can control your photo's color temperature and tint, adjust brightness, apply effects, and even apply presets that you have. I don't play that much in all of these settings right now because I was blessed enough to get presets from @nickypresets. She has a wonderful selection and I love using her Bright and Airy preset for my current feed. The bottom line, you have a lot of control over this app and it's user-friendly and not complicated to use at all plus it's free.


2. Snapseed

            Just like Lightroom, this app is free and super easy to use too. Upon opening the app and uploading your photo, you are already given different filters you can choose from. But if nothing from them caught your detailed-eyes, you can go ahead and explore more of their different filters or manually edit your photo easily under Tools. You can tune up your image, adjust contrast and brightness or make it vintage-like, HDR scape, glamour glow, grainy film, or retroflux. My favorite feature in this app would be the vignette and lens blur. Lens blur was my most used feature in this app (before I bought my Mirrorless camera) as I sometimes don't like my background and with this feature, I can easily blur it.


3. A Color Story

    I haven't tried this editing app as much as Lightroom and Snapseed but this is quite a favorite of a lot of content creators. You have access to limited but enough free filters and effects to choose from, then the rest of the selection within the app is paid ($2.99 or more). If you are just starting out, the free filters are already good enough. But, if by all means, you found something that calls for you and matches the aesthetic of your Instagram feed, go ahead and get it. It's only a low investment you have to make.


4. Fotorus

    Do you need to do a photo collage, maybe a before and after, or wanted to beautify a photo? This free editing app can do that for you. It was actually one of the first apps I used when I was just starting out. Now, I still love to use it for a before and after photo collage and if I wanted to include captions within my photos.


5. Meitu

    Do you have something in your photo that you wish was never there? Behold, this app can erase it for you! I discovered this app while watching some Tiktok videos and was amazed at how easy it is to erase unwanted things on your photo. Although I use this app mainly for that feature, it has more to offer. You can easily edit your videos in this app and make them extra with transitions, music, effects, stickers, and texts. This is what I used to create my low-key L'oreal Infallible foundation reel and my Statusphere Unboxing IGTV on Instagram.


6. Go Pro App

    If you watched my previous Instagram reels (like this one), I made those videos using this app. I don't even have an account because I don't have a Go Pro camera but it lets me edit my videos seamlessly. When you uploaded your videos, it will automatically choose transitions and music for you but you can manually edit them on your own. It has limited capability I might say but it's perfect for a total noob like me who knows nothing about creating amazing videos like others.😁

Bonus:



StoryLuxe

This is another app I found from watching Tiktok videos. It's not an editing app that you can use to fully edit your photos but it's more like an Instagram story template app. It has some cool templates for your Instagram story although you have to get the paid version if you want to have more access. It's pretty basic and using it is a no-brainer. Just choose your template and upload your photos and your Instagram story is ready to go.

Canva

              This is one of my favorite apps to use and many content creators would agree that Canva is one of the best free sites/applications where you can do so much more than editing photos. Canva offers tons of free templates for your Instagram feed post or story post. I love that they also have animated ones that can spice up your posts. They also have templates for Instagram story polls and questions you are free to use. It is super easy to use!


            Have you tried any of these? Let me know your favorite editing apps to use!



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My Favorite Makeup Brands to Follow on Instagram! (TOP 8)

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

 

As you might already know, I love beauty and started to love makeup not long before I started my Instagram page (which is about 5 years in the making). 

As I spent more time on Instagram and tried different makeup, I have come to love some makeup brand pages and I am going to share them with you on today's blog. I have Top 8 to share, let's go!

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Upcoming Etsy Store update PLUS Freebies

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 


If you read my previous blog post, you already know that I excitedly announced that my brother and I are doing business together and launching an Etsy store pretty soon! Today, I am excited to share more about it and at the end of this post, we have some freebies for you! So let's keep going!

First of all, what led us to this point? Well, nothing like being your own boss while making an impact on others' lives, right? Besides, this blog is all about motivating others and making an impact on their lives.

So, you may be wondering what kind of products are we putting up on our Etsy store? As I have mentioned in my previous post, we will be selling printables and digital products like calendars, planners, inspirational quotes, and images. Being an influencer, I love planning things out especially my content. Having a planner is so important as it gives me a clear understanding of what things, products, and posts I need to prioritize.  Also, I love inspiring people with quotes that I share on my Instagram caption, be it something I just made up or I got from google. So my brother thought of designing images to go along with it. We are still in a very early stage but we are trying to have something up on our Etsy store very soon.💓

For making it to the end of this post, I am giving you access to a copy of a weekly planner, a giveaway tracker (both for influencer and for giveaway entrants), a login manager, and 31 inspirational quotes you can use as a caption on your social media posts.

Click here to get your freebies:


And if you happen to like the freebies, stay tuned for our Etsy store launch and you can get more helpful planners and trackers, especially if you are an influencer like me.







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2021 Plans and Goals + Exciting announcement!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

 



2020 - what a year it has been! Now that we are finally in the most awaited year, have you ever thought of what goals you wanted to achieve in 2021? Given the uncertainty of us getting over the pandemic soon, you might think that it is hard to set any plans and goals. But hey, setting goals gives us motivation and can make us look at the future with more hope and positivity. 

So, let me share some of my goals this year along with my action plans! Hopefully, it can inspire you to make some too. Plus I have an exciting announcement at the end of this post. So let's start!

1. Grow my Instagram audience. Despite so many hardships 2020 gave us, I appreciate that it also gave me my biggest Instagram milestone - reaching 10k followers. This year, my goal is to at least double it and make it 20k. I would love to reach more people to inspire and motivate through my content.

    Action Plan: Dedicate at least 1 hour each day to research my potential audience and engage with them. 

2. Have more outdoor photos. Most of my photos from last year has always been indoors. The excuse of course is that we are in the middle of the pandemic and I don't drive anyway. But last month, I discovered a nearby trail/park that seldom has people. It's definitely a perfect spot to take photos and the best part was it's walking distance from home. 

    Action Plan: Dedicate a day or two to go to the trail/park. Schedule and plan ahead of what products to bring for the photoshoot and include them in my planner.

3. Lose 21 lbs. According to a BMI indicator online, my BMI is 25 and it is considered overweight for my height. I am currently 141 lbs and my goal is to get it down to 120 lbs.

    Action Plan: Walk/Run on the treadmill or at the park for 1 hour a day this month then start a consistent workout by February. I am leaning towards starting another Chloe Ting Challenge next month!

4. Improved my mental health. 2020 took a toll on me. This year, I wanted to improve my mental health. I believe this is one of my important goals this year.

  Action Plan: Dedicate a social media break day and do the things I enjoyed offline like reading books and doing puzzles.

5. Close at least 20 paid collaborations this year. Last year was an eye-opener for me. Being an influencer is a totally fun thing to do but it requires hard work too. As an influencer, I learned to wear different hats - creative director, photographer, stylist, planner, copywriter, and strategist. Yes. It's a lot of work. This year, I am dedicated to only saying yes to collaborations that align with my mission and vision and to brand deals that can see my value and willing to pay the price.

     Action plan: Formulate a pitch template and start listing 5-10 brands that I wanted to send my pitch to.  Engage with each brand for a month before sending a pitch to start the connection. 

6. Dedicate more time to spiritual things. I feel like I have been so inconsistent on my spiritual goals last year so this year, I want to be more consistent. 

    Action Plan: Schedule a definite time early in the morning to do bible reading.  Block at least 1 hour for bible study every day and do at least 2 hours and 4 days in my volunteer ministry in a week.

7. Grow my TVPage affiliate sales to at least $80 each month. I was invited to be part of the Macys Style Crew last November and I earned at least 50 dollars on my store. It was not a lot but it definitely motivated me to do more.

    Action plan: Create consistent content and share regularly on my social media channels. Include a schedule on my planner.

8. Be consistent in planning. I made a decision last year to plan my content ahead but never really stick to it. This year, I wanted to do more planning. I started focusing on planning my day ahead. And my goal is to be able to plan at least a month of my social media content.

    Action Plan: Utilize planners and dedicate a day to just planning things out. Use planning tools like Planoly or Later for my social media posts. Write everything down on my planner and plan as far as 1 month ahead.

9. Take at least 2 classes about Social Media Marketing. When I quit my job, I told myself I wanted to focus on learning social media marketing like Facebook Ads, Google Ads, and SEO. 3 months later, it all ends in just starting out and I am back to NADA. Nothing. So this year, I wanted to focus on learning and taking as much knowledge as I can to be better in this field.

    Action Plan: Decide what course to learn and focus on one course at a time. Dedicate one to two hours each day to my chosen course and apply what I learned as soon as possible. Make sure to include it on my schedule and write it on my planner.

10. Grow my blog and have at least 2k subscribers by the end of the year. I was so happy I was able to relaunch my blog last year. However, nothing happened that much and I think I only gained at least 5 subscribers. I might sound ambitious with 2k subs, but I am going to work towards achieving that goal.

    Action Plan: Improved my content. Create a consistent email campaign that can relate to my subscribers. Create an interesting lead magnet by the end of January that will make others subscribe to my blog.

11. Start a business and launch an Etsy Store! This is what I am most thrilled about! I am excited to announce that my brother and I are starting an Etsy store this year and plans are already in place. We are finalizing our products and I can't wait to tell you more about them in my next blog post. Hint: it's digital and printables. Another hint: one of the products is going to help influencers like me to plan their contents. 

    Action Plan: Finalized the name of the store by the end of this week. Have the designs ready by next week and have the store ready for launch by the end of this month.

At the end of this year, I will be revisiting this post and see what goals I achieved and what goals I still need to work on. I will also be sharing what my struggles are and what things work and didn't work out.

I am so excited to see what this year will bring us all! And I can't wait to hear about your goals that you will be hustling to achieve this year. Please share them below!

Stay tuned for my next blog and I am going to share some business deets about our upcoming Etsy Store!




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