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Best Magnifying Makeup Mirror With Light

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If you are using a regular, non-magnifying mirror to put your makeup on in the morning, you are really missing out! Pick up a quality magnifying makeup mirror with light and you will illuminate your daily routine.

Introduction

Just like any of your makeup tools, a quality lighted mirror will help you achieve the look that you desire. There are many to choose from so Madeline and I designed this article to help you sort out the good from the bad. Let's start with an instant comparison:

Comparison Table

Ok, that was the summary so you can get a feel for what products we are going to review for you in the next section.

Magnifying Makeup Mirror with Light Product Reviews

For this article, we'll assume you are looking for a mirror that you can have on your countertop, not one that attaches to the wall and pulls out. With these kinds of mirrors, closer is better for us when we are putting on our face in the morning.

One of the key characteristics we look for in products are those with high ratings (four stars or more) and lots of customer reviews.

Using the experience of other customers will help us sort out the quality products from the crappy ones.

The Kedsum mirror has received the much vaunted AMAZON CHOICE designation. This mirror has the following qualities:

  • 4.2 stars
  • 81% four stars or better
  • 600+ reviews
  • 5" (inches) circular mirror surface (the 6.8" is actually including the frame/light ring)
  • 10x magnification
  • Adjustable angles
  • 360 degree rotation
  • Suction cup bottom so you can fix it to your counter (may not work well on porous surfaces
  • LED light ring around the entire mirror for excellent illumination
  • LED color light is "natural daylight"
  • Portable, folds up
  • Takes 3 AAA batteries
  • Not waterproof
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So right off the bat, this is a quality, functional mirror to add to your countertop. The LEDs are nice because they don't throw off a lot of heat and they are in a color spectrum that will help you see what you will look like when you head out the door.

Another sign of a quality product is when a product is a best seller on sites like Amazon.com. This excellent product by FANCII is a best seller so lets break it down and discover why.

Which is better, round or square? When it comes to your makeup routine, it doesn't really matter whether your mirror is square or circular. The one thing that a square product like FANCII's is you get more mirror surface overall because of the square shape.

Here are some important details about this mirror.

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  • 4.6 stars out of 5, an excellent rating
  • 90% four star or better
  • More than 1,700 reviews
  • 10x magnification
  • 16 LED lights
  • Natural LED light color spectrum
  • Compact
  • Battery operated
  • 360 degree swivel
  • 3 AA batteries required
  • Velvet travel storage pouch included
  • Not waterproof

Keep in mind that you will need a clean smooth (not porous) surface for the suction cup to actually work. Most synthetic and tile surfaces are fine, but if your counter top is marble, you may have issues getting it to stick correctly.

Given the massive number of highly rated reviews and the fact that this product is the number one seller on Amazon, this product is a pretty safe bet and an easy one for Madeline and I to recommend.

Back to a circular mirror, this product by Beautural is another best selling lighted mirror for makeup. Let's break this down and look at the stats:

  • 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 76% 4 stars or better
  • 500+ reviews
  • 10x magnification
  • Mirror size appears to be 5" diameter
  • 360 degree swivel
  • Suction cup base
  • Natural white light spectrum
  • No shadows due to circular LED ring
  • Powered by 3 AAA batteries
  • Portable
  • Not waterproof
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There isn't a huge different between the Beautural mirror and the Kedsum offering, although the Kedsum product is a few dollars less. To check the price, hit the button above.

Here we go with a product that is a bit different than the other ones we reviewed. This mirror has swivel and angle change capability along with the LED light.

This is a two-sided mirror with 1x magnification on one side and 7x magnification on the other. Let look at the details:


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  • 3.8 out of 5 stars
  • 72% four stars or better
  • More than 3,800+ reviews, a substantial amount
  • Double sided mirror (1x / 7x) not the 10x magnification like the other products
  • Multiple angles and easy flip between the two mirrors
  • Mirror surface is an oval shape measuring about 7 inches lengthwise
  • NOT LED, this is an incandescent mirror
  • Plug in, not battery operated.
  • Not mobile / not good for travel

This mirror is more of traditional makeup mirror. Madeline and I are not huge fans of this type of mirror with its weaker magnification and the fact that it is a plugin with bulbs that will need to be replaced eventually. The illumination is a bit weak for us too.

Conclusion

There are a couple of excellent magnifying lighted makeup mirror products to choose from in this review. Going deeper than these products leads to diminishing returns as other offerings are so similar that they won't make a difference to you.

Madeline and I suggest you select either #1 or #2 above for your first or replacement makeup mirror.

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Best Eyelash Extension Glue

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Ok, so  you bought a tray of eyelash extensions like the 0.15mm Mixed Tray Volume Fake Lash Extensions by LK LANKIZ featured in the image above, and now you need to find the best eyelash extension glue that will attach them to your eyelashes and not cause problems.

Madeline and I put this article together to help you decide which one to go with. Not all eyelash extension glues are equal, and some are more expensive than others. We'll break it all down for you here.

Introduction

The key to professional looking eyelash extensions is to use a quality adhesive to attach them to your current eyelashes. You want the to stay in place all night and you don't want to worry about them falling off into your chardonnay, right?

Putting any type of chemical near your eyes can cause irritation and some glues just don't perform well.

So...which false eyelash glue should you choose? Start by checking out our quick comparison table to get familiar with the products we review in this article and scroll down for the detailed reviews.

Comparison Table

Eyelash Extension Glue Product Reviews

Anytime Madeline and I see a product in a category we are researching that is the "Amazon Choice" we sit up and take notice. Amazon uses an algorithm to make these decisions that include number of reviews, how many stars the product has received, and volume.

In the eyelash extension glue cateogry, Amazon has given the nod to Stacy Lash. Let's break this product down and see if it's worth a look. WARNING: this product is of professional quality and is normally for professional stylists only.

  • Four stars overall
  • 322 reviews
  • 78% four stars or better
  • Comes in a 5 ml version
  • 1-2 Second drying time
  • Retention (claimed) is about seven weeks
  • Maximum bonding power (hence the Extra Strong)
  • Professional use only
  • Black adhesive
  • Semi-permanent
  • Works well in high humidity (RH 50-70%)
  • Comes with a sealed package and a glue needle to use for application.
  • IMPORTANT: Formaldehyde-free and latex free
  • Product complies with high quality professional standards from ISO.
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There is definitely a lot to like about this false eyelash glue from Stacy Lash. It's definitely super powerful and probably not for a novice to use.

Lets continue with the reviews with another product that is primarily for professional stylists: an extra strong eyelash extension adhesive by the company LONRIS.

The company markets this glue as an advanced ultra premium quality glue with a quick dry time and a similar retention period (7-8 weeks) to the Stacy Lash product reviewed above.

LONRIS's eyelash extension adhesive is based on the chemical cyanoacrylate with a low fume profile. Here are some key characteristics of this product:

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  • Four stars
  • 254 reviews
  • 72% four stars or better
  • 1-2 Seconds drying time
  • Comes in a 5ml bottle
  • 7-8 weeks retention
  • Formaldehyde and latex free
  • Comes with red application needle
  • ISO certified
  • ITQA approved

This product has similar characteristics to #1 above, but we noticed the price seems to be running about $10 more per bottle than the Stacy Lash product

This product by LONRIS is also for very experienced users and professional stylists and is not to be take lightly.

Well, to Madeline and I, this product looks a bit like superglue! Sky is obviously not big on packaging design. This is also one of the least expensive of these first three products. Maybe the savings from using cheap packaging is passed on to us consumers?

Sky claims similar performance to the Stacy Lash and Lonris products. Let's break down this less expensive option and see with this product is all about.

  • Four stars
  • 256 reviews
  • 74% four stars or better
  • 1-2 second drying time
  • Not for use with cluster, individual, or strip lashes
  • 6-7 weeks bonding (less than #1 and #2 above)
  • Formaldehyd and Latex free
  • Requires high skill and quick hands to apply  successfully
  • Korean brand
  • Glossy black color
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I would consider this product to be a somewhat generic version of an eyelash adhesive, but still is bet used by professional stylists who know what they are doing.

Back to nice packaging, this offering from the brand Infinit is also for use by professional stylists. Infiniti is using a new formula in this product that has a higher viscosity and faster drying time. Let's break it down:

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  • Four stars
  • 70+ reviews
  • 71% four stars or better
  • 5 ml bottle
  • New stronger formula that is higher viscosity (thinner)
  • Formaldehyd and Latex free
  • Requires high skill and quick hands to apply  successfully
  • Special nozzle with a double blocking system
  • Can be used with individual lashes
  • Last 4-6 weeks once opened

This offering by Infinit has the same number of stars as the other products we reviewed, but much fewer reviews and so we would place less weight on the stars rating.

Conclusion

The secret to long lasting eyelash extensions is the adhesive that you use, and the quality of the false eyelashes themselves. Most of these products that we reviewed will do the trick, but should be used by professional stylists for the most part.

When considering which of these products would work best for you, consider:

  • The rating
  • How many reviews with four stars or above
  • How many ounces you get
  • Whether or not the price is reasonable.

The first three products are somewhat similar, but Madeline and I think you would do well by choosing #1 or #2 above to start.

Be sure to keep in mind there is a technique to applying to glue that you should master to get the best results.

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Best Heated Eyelash Curler

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Introduction

Achieving the perfect long, curved eyelashes takes a bit of work, for sure. One of our favorite tools for the job is a heated eyelash curler.

There are many types and brands of this useful device and in this article, we will lay out a number of decision points that will help you pick the best one for you.

Comparison Table

Heated Eyelash Curler Product Reviews

You get a lot for your money with this product from Emay. Not only do you get a heated eyelash curler, you get some good vibrations too!

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The heated eyelash curler at one end will help you achieve an awesome curled eyelash look. The other massage tip end can help relieve and improve the age that you look. Our review of the product noticed a few key things to know:

  • 4 1/2 stars
  • Over 90 reviews
  • 80% of reviews 4 stars or better
  • Great eyelash curling results with mascara
  • Massage tip can be used effectively with eye cream
  • Good battery life

The eyelash end can get hot enough to burn your eyelids in some cases, so we suggest you let it cool a bit before using it on your eyelashes. You can also mascara in between curling sessions to help your lashes keep the new shape

Here's a thought: if you are going to make curled eyelashes part of your look, why not have a curling device available everywhere you go?

Ardell sells their eyelash curler in packs of three so you can keep one at home, one in the car, and one at work!

  • 4 Stars overall
  • 54% four stars or more
  • 112 total reviews
  • Comes in a pack of three
  • Has a unique silicon pad that changes color when its ready to use
  • Takes a while to heat up before you can use it

From the feedback people are giving this product, it's clear that it's best to use mascara with the curler to ensure that you get a slight curl that holds for a long time.

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​This product by TOUCHBeauty uses gentle heat and a full length silicon pad to gently curl your eyelashes. According to users, you should achieve a curl that lasts all day!

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If you follow the instructions you should not have paid or discomfort during the process. You will have to let the unit warm up for a few minutes before using, and be sure the check the temperature before you go for it.

​Here are some key attributes to consider

  • ​3 1/2 stars
  • 56 reviews
  • ​61% four stars or more
  • ​Small enough to fit in a bag
  • May go through batteries more often than other products in this article


This products circular, gently heated lash curler comb softly lifts and curls lashes smoothly from base to tip, with none of the pinching or crimping associated with traditional eyelash curlers. And you can achieve beautiful results with or without mascara, according to the company itself.

However, with an average of only 3 stars, and 926 reviews, this product from Panasonic does not have a great track record.

Given the poor track record, we would suggest that you choose one of the other options above for your heated eyelash curler.

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​Another offering from Panasonic gives you a different kind of feel. Not as travel friendly, this one you may want to keep at home.

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​Here are some things to consider:

  • 3 stars
  • 400+ reviews
  • Battery Operated
  • Double-action Heat
  • Use with or without mascara

The lower overall rating might give you pause. Compared to some of the other products out there, this one barely made our list

Conclusion

Not all heated eyelash curlers are made the same. You may need to try out a few different types to discover which one works the best for you. Be super careful not to burn your eyelids. We suggest you start with #1 above.