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This upgraded smart mirror will analyze your skin over time

This upgraded smart mirror will analyze your skin over time

You know, everybody struggles with something, and maybe we need to be a bit kinder to ourselves. One of those ways is to see ourselves transformed, and this groovy new smart mirror called HiMirror is a really inventive way to see yourself in a different light (literally; there are a half-dozen different light settings on the device).

Smart mirrors represent a hot trend in smart home technology, and they offer a wide variety of applications. Some will overlay makeup on your virtual face — I personally want to see what I look like as Ziggy Stardust — while other full-body mirrors will take your measurements and let you see what mail-ordered clothes might look like on your particular physique.

Now a Taiwan-based global manufacturing conglomerate, the New Kinpo Group, is rolling out a new version of a smart home mirror we’ve covered before that’s designed to provide comprehensive skin-care analysis over time and offer personalized product recommendations. There are a couple of different versions, but it’s generally called the HiMirror Slide. It comes in two models, both loaded with technology that has barely hit the market and that leaves your old bathroom mirror in the dust.

Basically, it’s a portable-ish mirror with LED lights that can provide six ambient lighting settings, enabling you to see what your gorgeous face looks like in a bright office, the shopping mall or supermarket, a restaurant, at sunset, outdoors during sunny days, or just in the room you’re in at the time. However, its most prominent feature is that it will identify changes in your skin over time, including aspects like red spots, pores, and wrinkles, assigning each face a numerical score. We also hear that its manners are impeccable. Feedback might be delivered as, “Oh, dear, it seems skin condition has slipped back a bit,” but is generally followed by encouragement and suggestions for improvement.

The basic version is the HiMirror Slide, priced around $120, which features an eight-inch panel, the ability to support four different users, and store about 2,000 photos. The more hardcore beauty box is the company’s premium product, the HiMirror Mini Premium X, priced around $270, and including all the features of the basic model but also a rotatable panel that enables users to turn the mirror 180 degrees for optimal viewing angles. The upgraded gizmo also comes with a whole bunch more bells and whistles including a wireless charging pad, 64 gigs of storage space, and the ability to store thousands more photos than the basic brand.

However, both versions offer a lot more features beyond the basics of a smart mirror. These HiMirror products are compatible with Amazon Alexa, which means owners with a Prime account can operate a lot of its functions, features, measurements and analyses via voice-only control. Smartly, the designers also designed the device to double as a limited entertainment center featuring Spotify, Pandora, Instagram, Facebook and more, enabling users to connect with friends, stream music and video, or check the weather while they’re getting their face on for the day.

Nothing stands alone these days, so the New Kinpo Group also has a couple of accessories including a smart body scale ($100) that can do the full-body smart mirror trick of providing a 360-degree personal analysis, a fitness tracker, a body index, as well as something called HiSkin ($50) which is handheld, and measures your skin’s pigmentation and hydration.

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I Tried Using Eyelash Glue as Brow Gel, and I’m Never Going Back

I Tried Using Eyelash Glue as Brow Gel, and I’m Never Going Back

I’m not proud of it, but there was a time in my life when all I did was scour the internet for beauty hacks to test. I rubbed a toilet seat cover on my face and called it an oil blotter, and I learned how to remove stubborn body glitter with a lint roller. I mean, guys, I even used a silicone bra insert as a makeup sponge (it was weird, but it worked). Eventually, though, the shock of it all wore off, and I got a little jaded and grew hard to impress. I truly thought I’d seen (and tried) all the weird tips the internet had to offer.

That is until I found myself watching Catriona Gray (aka Miss Universe, NBD) break down her makeup routine in a recent video for Vogue. Her product lineup was classic and expected—concealer, contour, gorgeously blended eyeshadow—until the point where she whipped out some eyelash glue and started using it as a brow gel. Yup, you read that right. Lash glue. Hair. What.

Ardell Duo Quick-Set Lash Adhesive Clear
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$6.49

In the video, Catriona noted that she has long brow hairs that point downward—a quality I also share (the similarities between me and Miss Universe stop there, unfortunately). And the thing about long, wiry brows that point in the opposite direction you want them to is that they pretty much refuse to stay brushed up and arched, no matter how much brow gel you use. And that’s where the adhesive comes in.

I had heard of using a glue stick to cover your eyebrow hairs, but using a lash glue as a brow gel? Not so much. And I couldn’t find a ton about it online either (and clearly, I know my way around finding weird hacks). So, I put out my ol’ testing hat again—sans toilet-seat covers—and gave it a go myself, hoping (dreaming?) for my brows to look as freakin’ fantastic as Catriona’s.

How to Do the Brow-Glue Hack

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About how much glue I used for each brow. Read: Not very much.

Brooke Shunatona

1. Gather your supplies. Don’t just grab any old lash glue you have. Find a tube of the Ardell Duo Quick Set Clear Lash Adhesive (an absolute cult-favorite) and save yourself from a clumpy, gummy mess I made the first time I tried when I used some random stuff in my vanity. Then grab a clean spoolie brush.

2. Fill in your brows as you normally would. I used a brow pencil, but you can use whatever you want (except for a brow gel, because that would defeat the whole purpose of this hack, obvs).

3. Dip and comb. Squirt a tiny dot of glue onto the back of your hand. Working quickly, dip the bristles of the spoolie into the glue (you really don’t need a lot), and comb through your brows, shaping your hairs as you usually would. You’ll only get two or three swipes through your brows before the glue starts to set, so figure out how you want them shaped beforehand.

My Results

    Once the glue dried, it set into a clear, semi-shine finish that looked shockingly natural. The hairs feel secure, but not at all like they’re plastered to my face, and best of all, it didn’t even irritate my skin (though, just to be safe, I’d skip this one if you have sensitive skin or rosacea—glue isn’t exactly your face’s BFF).

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    Left: My brow at the beginning of the day. Right: The same brow many hours later right before I got ready for bed. Clearly, my foundation didn’t fare as well over time as my brows did. Note to self: Find a hack for that next.

    Brooke Shunatona

    I’ve been gluing my brows every day for a week now, and I’m honestly so into it. My wiry hairs that usually spring free stay completely smoothed down all day long, and the “gel” lasts until I wash my face at the end of the day (a cleansing balm or oil removes the glue just fine, btw).

    But the best part? A tube of this glue costs less than $7. It’s one-third of the price that my regular brow gel costs, and it works better, so. Clear choice here. In fact, the only bad part about this whole experiment is that I guess I’m into beauty hacks again? Thanks, Catriona (but really).

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