Leo season is upon us, and with it comes a spark of positivity, and the energy to kick you out of your sappy Cancer season feels. The fixed, fire sign's energy is warm, joyful, creative, and maybe a little self-centered, making this time of year great for laughing boldly at your own jokes, freely exchanging compliments with strangers in the bathroom, and revisiting your high school journals just to relive the juicy drama.
Leo season can also be a dramatic time characterized by overestimating yourself and draining your bank account on online shopping, but most importantly, it's about taking charge of your passions and talents. Spend three hours learning how to paint on eyebrows via YouTube tutorials. Linger a moment longer in your glory as you tell a particularly funny story at dinner. Call someone out who deserves it. Smile at everyone you see.
Below, we've rounded up a few tools that will help you channel the Leo spirit to the highest degree, and thrive through the end of summer.
Word Replacer Chrome extension
If you use Chrome, this extension offers the opportunity to change certain phrases to your liking. For the next few weeks, go ahead and substitute the word “Leo,” for “Leo, the best sign in the zodiac,” because that’s all you’re going to be hearing until Virgo season anyways.
Power pop anthems
Leos are all about embracing their personal power. They’re ruled by the sun, which imbues an aura of confidence and warmth that can at times be mistaken for cockiness. The Leo ego is often misunderstood, and at worst, they can be overbearing and egotistical when they feel that they’re being ignored or taken for granted. In reality, Leos typically know who they are, but can have problems with comparing themselves to others. They fall into traps of insecurity that they will then overcompensate for with grandiose displays of their many talents. The solve for the widely vacillating self-esteem you may feel over the next few weeks? Infectious songs from fabulous artists expressing their creativity boldly and dramatically. Now, you could listen to a Leo fave like Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, or Shawn Mendes, but also, Sweetener by Ariana Grande comes out on August 17.
A LuMee cell phone case for ideal selfies
No one takes better selfies than a Leo. This is a fact. The most simple trick of all: hold your phone out and move your body around 360 degrees to find the best lighting. The most Leo selfie upgrade of all: get a Lumee cell phone case that creates amazing lighting for you no matter where you are. The result: posting a fantastic selfie on Instagram with the hope that that one person will notice it, writing a bunch of thank you replies to random people you haven’t spoken to since high school, and then throwing your Lumee phone across the room because your crush didn’t even see it.
Sure, lions roar. They’re kings. Great. But have you ever watched lions in the wild? They spend most of their time hanging out with their friends under shady trees and doing nothing, waiting for some food to walk in their path, preferably some that looks like it won’t be a hassle to eat. The Leos that walk among us are no different. Leos work hard in their careers and their projects, but can run on the lazy side in their personal lives. They’re definitely tied with Taurus for Most Likely To Have A Postmates Unlimited Subscription. This Leo season, treat yourself to a trial period of having zero delivery fees on getting your food brought straight to your bed, then cancel it right before Virgo season, when you start getting charged and reality kicks back in.
Unfollower app to sniff out fake friends
Leos are a prideful bunch. They’re the sign of royalty, and don’t appreciate rudeness or those that don’t give them their due respect. Just so we’re all on the same page of social etiquette — if we know each other, we say hi in public, and I follow you on Instagram, and then I find out months later that you had the audacity to look at my loving follow and refuse to smash that follow back? Rude! A Leo takes this as an insult to their pride, their family, and their legacy. Leos keep track of these slights so they know who to hate. They do this with the help of apps that inform them of the exact moment when people make the incorrect decision that their content is no longer worthy of a follow. Fools!
The New York Times’ “36 Questions That Lead to Love”
Leos love love — to give love, to be loved, to be in the presence of other people’s love. This season, you may find yourself dreaming about a whirlwind romance, treating your partner especially well, or even feeling a quiet surge of self love! Follow the Leo way and devote a little time to obsessing over these questions designed by a psychologist to make you fall in love with just about anyone, and enjoy the self-exploration that comes with thinking about your own answers!
InStyle Hollywood Makeover app for the next time you feel the urge to reinvent yourself
If anyone loves a good makeover, it’s a glammed-up Leo (see: Madonna). As the sign of self-expression, they feel a strong need to assert their personal identity and love experimenting with their looks. During Leo season, you may feel a sudden urge to dye your hair, get bangs, or start committing to a new trend. Before you go spend money you don’t have, maybe try it out online first.
The future’s so bright that I’ve gotta wear sunscreen to make sure I look this hot into my older years! Okay but really, Leo season will likely draw you out of your house to do some sun worship and have fun with your friends — this is a friendly reminder to soak up a St. Tropez glow, not harmful UV rays.