Call me vain but I always like to carry around a travel mirror with me in my handbag for those last minute touch ups before you go somewhere. Often, if I am travelling somewhere by car or teain I will have a snack on board and then when I am finished I want to check my teeth to make sure I have no food in them or quickly apply another coat of lipstixk/gloss before I meet friends etc and so look my best. Having a travel mirror in my handbag is the best way to achieve that as there is not always a big mirror around to check yourself in and if you do you end up looking a bit vain, with a travel mirror you can do it quickly and discreetly!
This travel mirror from the make up company ELF, eyes lips, face, is perfect and just the little accessory I like in my handbag. Its quite a simple product, its not the most good looking mirror, its just plain white plastic and in a circle shape but what I like about it is that it snaps shut and stays shut tight so the mirror inside is in no danger of cracking. The case can be a little hard to open at times but if you use both hands it does snap open fairly efficiently.
Inside, you will find two mirrors, one on each side of the compact. One is just a regular mirror but the other is a magnified mirror so you get a super up close view when you use this side. I find this side is great for plucking any rogue eyebrows as you can really see up close when you look into the mirror.
Obviously, as it fits in your bag, this mirror is fairly small and there is no way you can see your whole face in this but then thats the point of the compact, to just get a quick view of an area of your face and this mirror does just that. At only a few pounds in price this is one compact travel mirror I recommend.
I am the type of person who never likes to be caught off guard. As a result I keep a lot of random bits and bobs in my handbag just in case an emergency arises. I have all sorts in there; plasters, highlighters, painkillers etc. One of the most important items that I carry around with me however is a mirror. You just never know when you are going to need it.
I purchased this compact mirror from Elf cosmetics, they can be found online a www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. They specialise in selling good quality makeup and beauty products at affordable prices. This mirror is priced at £3.00, however I managed to get it for just £1.50 when elf were having one of their 50% off events.
The mirror is of a typical design with 2 circular sides which are joined by a hinge to open and close. The compact is made out of white plastic with the elf logo on the front in silver. The plastic feels fairly solid and of a good quality as does the hinge. The hinge is also made of plastic and holds both sides in place well without being flimsy or stiff.
I really like this compact as although it is easy to open it also feels very secure. The sides clip together quite tightly in order to keep the mirrors inside safe from breaking and dirt. I have had problems in the past with the clasps breaking off of compacts so that they do not close anymore but this one is extremely hard wearing.
The compact comes with a mirror in each side, one being regular and one being close up. The normal mirror allows me to see my entire face without a problem. Whilst the close up mirror is perfect for seeing the finer details. I have used some compact mirrors that can either be too close up or blurred on the close up side but this one is pretty much perfect.
I have found that the glass and the outside of the mirror are easy to clean. Surprisingly even after being in my handbag for a long period of time and having some bashes here and there the compact seems to be in perfect condition without even the slightest scratch.
All in all I think this is a great little compact and another fantastic product from elf cosmetics which I would recommend to anyone!
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Like most women I tend to carry a small mirror around with me in my handbag. My make up has a habit of shifting and my hair gets really frizzy sometimes when left to its own devices and I like to head these things off before people see me! Up until about 6 months ago I was carrying a small mirror with a metal case which worked perfectly in any size bag but I must have dropped it somewhere because it suddenly went missing so I wanted to buy another one. Step forward E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) with all their lovely inexpensive items and this Professional Travel Mirror which, like most things from E.L.F, cost me just £1.50. I'm not the sort of person who can afford to buy designer bits and pieces so a cheap and cheerful mirror suited me just fine.
The mirror is just like a face powder compact and the outside is a pearly white colour with "Elf Professional Travel Mirror" on it in silver writing. With use this starts to rub off though and a few more months of floating round the huge expanse of my handbag with all my other "necessary" items will have this writing completely gone. Inside there is one normal mirror and one that's slightly magnified. I say slightly because it's not like alot of magnified mirrors where it's very obvious what they are because they reveal every open pore and flaw on your skin in magnified glory, no, this one is only just different from the normal mirror and sometimes it takes me a while to figure out which side is which it's so subtle. The compact is about 2 and a half inches wide so not very large and small enough to fit into all handbags.
The compact is hinged and to open you just slide a nail in between the two halves anywhere around the circumference and to close just press together until it clicks. I have used this mirror countless times for checking make up and hair but I don't think I'd like to try and apply a full face of make up using it. The pitfalls are countless but the ones that spring to mind for me are not bing able to see your entire face so you can't tell if you've blended your foundation and powder correctly and not being able to see both eyes at once so you can't make sure they both have the same amount of make up on them! You can move the mirror a long way away to get your whole face in but I have problems with seeing things in the distance and tend to end up as a blur in the mirror because my eyesight isn't clear enough. However with good eyes you could do this.
Recently I've had the mirror about my person in the house too, my boy (cat) had abdominal surgery just over a week ago and when he's refusing to roll over and show me his incision when I need to check it's ok I open the mirror and slide it underneath his tummy so I can see what's happening with his stitches! In fact it's so useful for doing this he's got to the stage where he hears the mirror open and starts to wander off because he knows what's coming!
Overall this is a small and handy mirror, the compact keeps the mirrors clean and I've found it very, very useful to have with me. At £1.50 it's a complete bargain too. Highly recommended.