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Hi Mirror Plus -- A Tech and Skin Care Fanatic's Dream

//this is a sponsored conversation about the Hi Mirror Plus through the Primp Network//all thoughts and opinions about the product are honest and my own and are not influenced either by Hi Mirror or the Primp Network//

Say hello to Hi Mirror Plus, the next generation, souped up version of the acclaimed Hi Mirror, the advanced smart beauty mirror that is a tech and skin care fanatic's dream and my new beauty companion.

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Out of the box, Hi Mirror Plus is easy to mount on a mirror or wall or set up on a table top in a sturdy easel or plate rack, fire up and get going. I started by watching a quick video tutorial right on my mirror that would guide me through the easy and quick mounting process (had I not decided to use an easel). I was dismayed to see that the woman featured in the segment teaching how to mount this device to a mirror was replaced by a man when it came time to mount it to a wall. What? A girl can't use a power drill, hammer and drywall anchors? Huh. Then who mounted my shelves in my laundry room? I know... Let it go. Nope. I feel that the video is sexist and I'm going to ding it.

After I uploaded the Hi Mirror and Hi Skin Apps to my smartphone from Google Play (or The App Store for IOS), getting my mirror in action and my first skin analysis took only minutes. Everything is laid out, step by step. Follow the yellow brick road, it's easy-peasy. When I first turned my mirror on, I opened the camera and let the mirror take a picture. Then, I was asked to speak a phrase to it to teach it my voice. The beauty of this mirror's software is that the advanced face recognition and voice recognition make it possible for up to six people to use the mirror, each with their own personalized settings.

The main way to navigate through the menu and various other features is with a hand gesture. I learned, after much trial and error that holding my hand with my fingers in tight, my hand fully upright and canted at a slight angle (as if I'm going to snap off a salute) works best. The mirror taught me the correct distance from the surface and the speed at which to move my hand. The gesture recognition is not perfect, I often have to repeat and can, at times get a little frustrated and I find myself wishing that the mirror understood and responded to more voice commands. It's easier, for me to say, "Hi Mirror. Listen." and give it the command. But so far, it only seems to let me in and to take me to my Home screen by voice.

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I wanted to get a picture of my skin analysis on my mirror, but my camera and lighting could only do so much and I'm not a crack shot with Photoshop. I hope that it gives you an idea, tho.

In addition to my Hi Mirror Plus, I received the Hi Skin attachment, a little skin analysis tool that gives an even more in depth picture of the skin's condition, both in individual areas and overall. I've not played with it, all that much because honestly, I'm just enjoying and getting good feedback from the in mirror photo feature.

Getting a skin analysis couldn't be easier! Turn on the mirror, sign in by camera or voice and the mirror will scroll through local weather and a headline or two then offer to take a pic and check my skin's condition. The mirror guides positioning, so that I'm at the right distance and angle, then it snaps the shot, analyzes my skin, according to what it sees then it pops my results. Quick and painless.

Now, skin care is important to me and I spend a lot of time and money taking care of my skin and I was happy to see, according to Hi Mirror Plus I am doing a good job! Texture, wrinkles, pores, tone, brightness all in the upper 90%. Brightness is a little lower, due to my monstrous dark circles. Since they are hereditary and exacerbated by allergies, those babies aren't going anywhere. While I definitely have some room for improvement, I was really happy to see that overall, my skin is good.

I was curious about how this mirror would judge my skin, as a 52 year old woman, as opposed to how it would judge the skin of a 25 year old. The mirror, upon setup asks for age and date of birth so my skin is analyzed on my own level, not against parameters set up for someone half my age. Well done!

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Hi Mirror Plus can store my favorite skin care products and give me recommendations on new or different ones to try to further improve and maintain my complexion. Hi Mirror is a full service Personal Beauty System, not only does it analyze my skin, it can, with an attachment help to track weight, as well.

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When it's time to put on my makeup, I get to fire up my favorite feature. The light strips. A few touches to the contact points and I have light, customized to my specifications of the day or evening. You know what I'd like on my mirror is a magnification feature. 3X, 5X, 10X at a touch of a button so make checking eye liner, lashes or plucking and so on easier would be great! #getoffmylawn

I am still enjoying getting to know all of the features and nuances of my Hi Mirror Plus. I am looking forward to the day it will synch with my Pandora account because, Mama likes her music when she's getting ready.

 Is Hi Mirror Plus something that you'd like to pick up for yourself or someone special? Imagine the look on your mom's face, when she opens this bad boy on Mother's Day! If you are ready to invest in a smart beauty mirror that can help guide you to the best skin of your life, use code 139XO to receive a 5% discount. This is not an affiliate code, it is a special discount, just for you.

Please check out Brooke's and Sheila's posts for their take on the Hi Mirror Plus.

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My Favorite Scrubs for Baby Soft Skin

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Who doesn't love baby soft skin on their face and body? I know that I do! One of my favorite methods for acquiring and maintaining smooth skin on my face, bod and even my lips is to use a good scrub. I'm hooked on scrubs, the scrubbier the scrub, the better. Here are some of the scrubs I rely on, buy and repurchase and don't ever want to be without.

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Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel. Not really a peel-peel. This lovely, cooling, lavender and herb scented stuff scrubs with natural exfoliators and real flowers. After scrubbing, I let it play masque. I leave it on until it dries then rinse and my skin feels renewed. I especially love this during our nasty-hot Arizona summers.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub with Dead Sea Salt. Affordable, easy to find at many local stores and oh, wow! Effective as I could ever wish. My jar is the old packaging. I don't really care, as it's what's inside the jar that counts

 OZ Naturals Ancient Orient Bamboo Enzyme Dermafoliant an update to the rice powder product, shown here and in updated packaging. This is amaze! When my face needs a hella scrub down, I reach for this. A little powder in the palm of my hand, add a little water and get to it.

Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish. Combine a creamy base, physical skin polishing crystals, Papaya Enzyme and Glycolic Acid and you get a combination scrub/masque that makes me glow, baby, glow! This stuff is spendy, I won't lie. It's also worth every dime.

Serious Skin Care Clycolic Gommage Extreme Renewal. Another combo of scrubby bits and Glycolic Acid that deeply cleanses, sweeps away loose, dead skin cells and leaves silken, glowing skin in it's wake. If you want more on my thoughts on this incredible stuff, see my Instagram review, here.

Lather Chia Seed and Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel. You know how much I love me some Lather and this cleanser is no exception. When I want a fresh clean and a gentle buff up, this is my go-to. If you are very sensitive but want effective cleansing and a smoother complexion, I recommend this stuff, wholeheartedly.

Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub. Yeah. Yeah. I know. I have Sugar Plum. But that was a LE flavor and is not available but the Vanilla and Argon is the same difference. A lovely, lip nourishing base and fine sugar gently, yet effectively polish away dry, flaky lip skin and leaves my pout feeling pillowy soft. This scrub is effective yet it is gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my annoyingly sensitive lips.

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We must, we must, we must, we must increase our bust exfoliate our bods! Whether I'm prepping for a fakealoo tan or just want to refresh and renew my skin and feel soft, all over I reach for a good scrub.

Lather Lavender & Olive Foaming Body Scrub is a spa day in my shower. I reserve this for days when I want to pamper myself. A little goes a long way, I've used this quite a few times and I still have a ton left! This lavender and olive scented scrub lathers up as it's worked into my skin then rinses away clean to leave me happy, soft and relaxed.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Whipped Body Scrub. Sweet. Really does smell like tea. Deeply exfoliates and rinses away clean to leave my skin soft as soft can be and ready to receive any moisturizer or body butter I want to use. I especially like this scrub for my hands. As I get older, regular exfoliation and deep hydration are required to keep my hands looking and feeling their very best.

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I buy tub after tub after tub of this stuff. Fine and coarse sea salt, light, natural oils and that fabulous Original Pink Fragrance. Follow up with The Righteous Butter and I feel like a whole new woman. Soft, delicately yet lastingly scented and so girly.

The best part of all of these body scrubs? They don't leave my shower a slippery hazard zone. As usual, when using any softening and hydrating product in the shower, I make sure to step with care. Me, nekkid, wet, no bra, surrounded by paramedics? Not my dream scenario.

So, there ya go. Some of my favorite, tried and true face, lip and body scrubs. They never fail and I can't, won't live without them. What are some of your favorite scrubs? Got any good ones that I should be using? Drop me some suggestions, in the comments section.

This is a post in collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars Beauty Bloggers. Take a little time to scroll to the end of the page and read up on their favorite scrubs, too. Enablement is a good thing! Go! Be enabled. I'm right behind you. Because...

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How Sweet it is! The Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eye Shadow Palette

What's golden and white and sweet all over?

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Why, it's the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eye Shadow Palette. With a bright, happy golden yellow and white honeycomb pattern and a raised slice of honey drenched peanut butter toast, the adorable tin palette is a delight to my eyes.

The smiling toast. The little bee. Cute!

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When I open the lid soft, sweet peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of honey wafts up to delight my nose, as well. In the lid is a primp ready mirror with an accordion folded romance card on which is printed the specifics about the palette and looks tutorials.

There are three sets of three shadows set horizontally into three colour coordinated looks but all of the shades can mix and match to my heart's content.

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The looks from top to bottom are:

Sweet as Honey- Creamed Honey, a softly satin honey creme. Peanut Butter, a warm, satin light brown. Going Nuts, a deep greyed brown with bronze shimmer.

Queen Bee- Bee Sweet, a soft satin pink. This shade can be used as a pale pink blush, as well. Honey Brittle is a satin matte dark peach. Bee's Knees is a warm, matte brown.

PB & H- Queen Bee is an ivory satin. Honey Buns a golden yellow matte and Feelin' Nutty is a bronze-brown satin.

I have heard very mixed reviews about this palette but I have to say, I like it! All of the warm, delicious colours can be used together and work and play well with other shadows from Too Faced and other brand palettes. These shadows apply, build, blend and deliver very pretty, neutral eye looks with a bright twist.

Is the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eye Shadow Palette the be all, end all palette? Nope. But it is a good palette. The colours are pretty, the quality is damned respectable and it smells lovely, too. I don't know that I will use this palette on a frequent basis and honestly, I don't care. I bought it to enjoy in my collection and to use, when the fancy strikes me and that is good enough for me.

What say you, gentle reader? Do you own this palette? What do you think of it? If you don't yet have it, do you think that you may pick it up?

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