This week I was fortunate enough to receive the brand new simplehuman Wide View Sensor Mirror. I had seen a link to this being shared around on Facebook and it instantly piqued my interest! Being a makeup artist, one of my pet hates is poor lighting when it comes to makeup application - particularly at night. So when I read the features of this mirror, I knew I just HAD to review it!!!
I nearly snapped off the delivery mans arms when I hastily snatched this beauty from him a few days ago. In fact, I often find myself stood at the door mumbling briefly about the product to warrant my erratic excitement when he knocks - I’m sure he’s used to me by now. I hope!
Anyway, let me give you a little overview as to why this mirror is magic: As you can see from the images above, it has 3 wide view panels that are adjustable so you can view it flat or curved. This means you are able to see yourself panoramically from any angle! So when it comes to checking if my contouring is completely blended I need no longer crane my neck to see the sides of my face, I can now see both sides with ease. The mirror also tilts back and forth so you can adjust it for a more comfortable view. In between the three panels are 2 strips of light, known as the tru-lux light system. What makes this light-up mirror different from many others is that it simulates natural sunlight so you can get a true view of your makeup as if you were outside. More on this in a moment!
Another key feature of the wide view mirror is that it has a built-in sensor. So as your face approaches the mirror the tru-lux light system automatically illuminates without the need to turn it on. Only once you move away does it turn itself off again. It’s a rechargeable device which gives you 3 weeks battery life. And this also means it’s cordless once charged, so yes, you can easily move it from room to room.
There is more to the tru-lux lighting system that just a sensor and the ability to check your makeup in natural sunlight… It’s the first of it’s kind to be app-enabled! As soon as it arrived I downloaded the free simplehuman app and wirelessly I was able to control my mirror! I think Tommy had more fun than I did, you know men love a gadget! You can adjust not only the lighting, but the sensor timings AND set alarms - incase you get swept away in the moment and don’t realise it’s time to leave for work. To alert you the light starts to flash. Cool eh?
This next part is what REALLY made me long for this mirror… You can capture the ambient light from different locations using images from your PHONE. Yes. You simply choose your desired photo - it could be your office, or your favourite restaurant even, and the mirror will mimic the colour temperature and intensity so you can check your makeup in the lighting of the venue before you even leave the house! Gobsmacked….? Tell me about it.
I will be consciously snapping photos of my favourite places just so I can see my makeup in those lightings - just incase. The app is so simple to use. I put in my WiFi code upon request, enabled bluetooth on my phone, it then searched for my mirror and we were connected.
Here is a little snap shot of some foundation swatches in a typical lighting situation vs in front of the tru-lux light system:
You can see the colours of the foundation in much more clarity.
This is what the app looks like upon opening. You can see the name of the mirror, the battery life, and options to click on to access light modes, alarms, and sensor settings.
Here is the light modes page within the app. It contains some pre-set light modes: ‘natural light’ ‘candle light’, ‘restaurant’ and ‘cloudy day’. The first 5 symbols are pre-sets, and then you have the ‘plus’ button to add your own custom light settings. Below, you can manually adjust the brightness OR you can press auto brightness.
The mirror itself is quite weighty and extremely sturdy, you can trust that it will not fall over and break. Although it’s a little weighty it’s still portable. You can see from the images above that it’s super slimline and fits beautifully on a dressing table, or even in the bathroom.
It’s ideal for me as I often teach 1-2-1 classes downstairs, and I have a filming room upstairs, so I can easily cart it back and forth.
Here is a little mobile snap of me and my magic mirror:
The mirror retail prices are as follows:
£299.99 here in the UK
$400.00 in the US
€399.99 in the EU
It’s currently available on the UK & US sites, and will be available on the German & French websites by the end of the week!
Bedbug-protecting mattress cover Duvet and duvet cover or comforter set Foam topper Mattress pad Pillowcases Pillows Throw blanket Throw pillows Twin sheet set (and an extra set for laundry day) ****Check on your school website for bed size. Many dorm beds are Twin XL, but some, like mine, are Standard Twin.**** Bedside Caddy
Room Christmas Lights Additional seating-beanbag chair Adhesive hooks and strips (that come off cleanly) Alarm clock/iHome Area rug Bed risers ***Check to see if allowed at your school**** Bulletin board Dry erase board Push pins/magnets/whiteboard markers Closet organizer Curtain rods (room divider) Curtains Full-length mirror Hangers (extra-thin) Jewelry organizer Safe Photos Picture frames or photo clips Shoe rack Small Folding Stepladder Trashcan Underbed storage Wall art (posters, wall decals, etc.) Air Freshener
Toiletries Acne medicine/cream Body wash Conditioner Deodorant Face wash Hair gel Hair mousse Hairspray Lip balm Lotion Makeup Makeup remover Moisturizer Mouthwash Nail polish Nail polish remover Shampoo Shaving Cream Toothpaste Blow dryer Bobby pins Comb Contacts, solution, and case Q-tips Curling iron Eyeglasses and case Makeup Storage Hair clips Hair straightener Hair ties Hairbrush Mirror (Lighted Makeup Mirror) Headbands Nail clippers Nail files Pumice stone Razor Tampons and pads Tissues Toothbrush Toothbrush holder Tweezers
Tech Batteries Camera Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.) DVD player DVDs Ethernet cable Extension cords “Flex your Power” External hard drive Flash drive HDMI cable Headphones and spare headphones Lap desk Laptop Laptop Case Portable phone charger Printer (NOT WIRELESS) Printer ink Printer paper Recording device for lectures Router SD card for camera Spare cables Speakers Surge protectors TV TV stand Video game console Video games
Desk/School Supplies Address book Backpack or tote bag Binder clips Binders Calculator Calendar Cards/notes to send home Desk lamp Desk organizer Envelopes Erasers File folder for important documents Folders Highlighters Hole punch Index cards Journal Laptop fan/stand Letter opener Notebook paper Notebooks Paper clips Pencil case Pencil sharpener Pencils Pens/colored pens Planner Post-it notes Rubber bands Scissors Staple remover Stapler Staples Tape Three-hole punch Wite-Out Tote OR Backpack
Medical Bandages Birth control Cold and flu medicine Decongestant Eye drops First aid kit Hot and cold packs Aleve Throat drops/lozenges Throat spray Upset stomach medication Vaseline
Misc. Art supplies Board games Duct tape Earplugs Fan Flashlight Pepper spray (if legal in your state) Playing cards Safety pins Safety whistle Sleep mask Suitcase Small tool kit Travel bags/travel organizer for toiletries Umbrellas Vacuum/Dust Buster (2-in-1) Weekend bag
*I’m packing some things that might not be on a typical list, I’ll post explanations later. There are reasons for everything on here. I do not like to waste money on things that I don’t think I will need. ALSO, I have two older siblings and some of these things are their suggestions*
Warnings: drinking and sex mentions, fluff, mention of death, bit of angst.
Word Count: 3,278
A/N: This story gripped me tight and wouldn’t let go from the instant I thought of the opening scene. It took on a life of its own and I’m kinda in love with how it’s turned out? I really hope you like it. Part 2 (of 2) will be posted tomorrow or the next day, I promise! It just got way too long. Oops. :D