I was not an earlier adopter of the Kylie Jenner Official App. To be honest, I assumed that all of her content revolved around hair and makeup tips, and I'm pretty content with my morning drugstore-eyeliner-and-low-ponytail routine.
But on Tuesday, news broke that the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan had released a cooking video, which, as a lifestyle writer, lands squarely in my realm of interests. Alas, the Internet could only offer me blurry screen-grabs of a surprisingly dressed-down (yet still gorgeous) Jenner and her "sous chef" Victoria hovering over a bag of marshmallows. So I finally downloaded Kylie’s app (free on iTunes and Google Play), and signed myself up for a $2.99-per-month subscription.
In order to take full advantage of this new resource, I scrolled through countless articles and videos of fashion tips, beauty how-to’s, home décor lists, and a series called “Kylie’s Kingdom,” which documents the reality star’s “fave” things (in case you were wondering, she enjoys dinner at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Long Beach, Calif., and the California-based HD Buttercup for interior design needs). In that spirit, I’ve compiled a (free) list of my “fave” things that I learned from Jenner’s app.
How to Make Candied Yams
Jenner’s first “Cooking with Kylie” episode teaches users to make candied yams with golden marshmallows, a dish she makes “all the time.” This recipe requires primarily organic ingredients, including coconut oil, yams, and orange juice, with the exception of Jet Puffed marshmallows and Aunt Jemima maple syrup, which Jenner uses to “drown” the yams. During the episode, Jenner tells viewers that cooking is “very therapeutic” for her; it was also weirdly relaxing to watch.
Kylie’s Favorite Apps
As part of a series called “So Down,” Jenner shares her favorite apps, most of which are photo and video editing services, like Boomerang, InstaVideo Pro, and VSCO Cam: “I use VSCO Cam for almost every photo that I post,” she says. “I just really like their effects. They’re simple and cute.”
Kylie also raves about her own app (it really is well designed) and her big sister Kim's app Kimoji, which she says the whole family uses. “I’m so obsessed. We flip each other off with Kim’s little finger. We use Kim’s ass a lot. They come in handy.”
The Power of Healing Crystals
In an episode of “Kylie Up Close,” Kylie chats with her crystal healer Katie Manzella about the power of stones. According to Manzella, blue andara crystals “align and harmonize your chakras,” onyx “is a really great way to connect us to part of the earth, so we’re grounded,” and selenite “is crystalized divine light.” She explains to Jenner that a selenite wand can be used to “rub off your aura” and “cleanse away all that does not serve.” At the end of the episode, Jenner creates a crystal grid, “a set of multiple crystals arranged in harmonic sacred geometric relationship,” to cleanse her home and introduce positive vibes.
And with that, I’m off to buy organic yams, a selfie-enhancing app, and rose quartz to “heal the deepest chambers” of my heart. (Insert hair-flip Kimoji here.)