About Claudia Materdomini

I love writing about all things beauty and fitness related. Beauty and health related review are my thang. I'm a huge house head and obsessed with my little maltese Sam. You can find me busy on social media and soundcloud all the time. I work in Social Media and also write for the cruelty-free beauty blog My Beauty Bunny.

Getting Ready With HiMirror Plus

HiMirror Plus review by iliketotalkblogSmart Beauty Technology

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Being a work from home mom has definitely taken some getting used to, but being a work from home mom to a toddler is something on a whole new level! I’ve gotta keep one eye on her 24/7 or else she’ll end up grabbing something off the counter or dancing on top of the dining table! Fortunately for me, the HiMirror Plus lets me centralize where I need to be in the house to make sure that I can get ready for the day and still keep an eye on my daughter.

himirror plus review by iliketotalkblogI’d like to think I’m up to date on technology (for the most part), but hearing that a Smart Beauty Mirror existed was exciting and intriguing. Did I need one? How could it help me? What I’ve come to learn over the past few weeks is that it could be helpful to me in several ways.

I’m a big fan of exploring different skincare products to figure out what works best for me. With the HiMirror Plus, not only can I analyze my skin on a weekly basis in several ways (pore size, texture, darks spots, wrinkles, etc), but I can build a snapshot history of all the skincare readings my smart mirror has taken. And talk about techy! I also have the HiSkin device that helps analyze moisture and pigmentation levels so I can really get an in depth look at the products I need for my skin. This handheld device is just held against the skin following prompts given to you on the mirror screen and it does all the calculations for you.

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I decided to set this mirror up right smack dab in the middle of my home — which meant the dining to open living room space. My major motivation is so that I’m able to get ready in the mornings without worry of what my toddler is doing in the other room. Toddlers can be very quiet and have quick hands and I’d like to not have my house destroyed while “mommy was doing her makeup”.

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Mounting the mirror was easy and setup was done with a quick QR code reading.There is also a stand you can get separately that allows you to rest the mirror on your vanity instead of mounting.  I was pretty surprised how well a mirror could read my hand signals and waves to turn it from one screen to the next. They actually have a remote coming out really soon that give you another easy option to control the mirror. I easily “log in” to my account with a simple face recognition tool with the help of the built in HD camera.  If I choose to keep the mirror powered on throughout the day I get a weather and temperature reading, or I can stream music if I choose.  

Depending on the time of the day when I get ready, I can also choose to use HiMirror’s ambient LED lighting to help me get ready no matter how dark, or how early it is.  I also like that it has the ability to zoom in when you’re really trying to get that eye liner perfected.

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I’m most curious to see what kind of skincare analysis readings I will get in future months as I continue to track my skin and products. I enjoy tracking information like this and seeing where it steers me in the future. I’m hoping it will teach me some things about the products I am using and if I should stay the course or try something new.

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I think the HiMirror Plus would be a fabulous gift for any beauty enthusiast out there. If you love new beauty inventions, getting an in depth analysis of your skin like having your own personal beauty consultant in your home, or want to better understand how your skincare products are helping or hurting your skin, then you’ll want to take a good look at the HiMirror Plus. It does take some getting used to with the hand gesture control, but once you’ve got it, you’re good! Keep in mind they recently launched their new remote control that should make things even easier!  

Right now they have a couple bundle packages that you should know about:

HiMirror + Remote Control: $149 + free shipping

HiMirror Plus + Remote Control: $229 + free shipping

There is a current promo code for accessories (stand, HiSkin, Smart Body Scale) Just use promo code: BCLA17.  To find out more about HiMirror Plus you can visit them on their website.

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Coola Mineral LipLux

Coola Suncare Mineral LipLux Review and Swatches by iliketotalkblogIt doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, I always feel like I need something on my lips. And being that I live near the beach and the sun it always shining on us, I like to keep my lips protected when I can. Lately, I’ve been reaching for Coola Mineral LipLux and only wish I had more!

Coola’s line of luxury sun and skincare products are cruelty free, and made using organic ingredients whenever possible. Not only that, they try to use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients to stay as environmentally-friendly as possible while still producing some of the very best sun protection out there today.

The Coola Mineral LipLux line has six shades of slightly tinted lip protection that offer SPF 30 broad spectrum protection. Instead of using chemical sunscreens, these use physical sunscreens like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide . The formula features over 70% organic ingredients and has the ability to soften and smooth the lips while fending off the harmful rays of the sun. I love a good lip product that’s packed with healthy butters and LipLux fits the bill with an ingredient list that includes organic Shea butter, organic Coconut oil, organic Cupuacu butter and organic Mongongo butter.

My daughter is at an age where she wants to do everything I do, so when mama puts on lip balm, little Zoe needs some too. Then we both smack our lips together to make sure it’s on, haha. It’s much cuter when she does it than when I do it. Because the color is very minimal, I don’t mind and like that we have this fun little thing we do together.

Nude Beach is the perfect “your lips but better” with a slight shade of soft pink. It imparts just enough color for me to feel put together with a little bit of foundation or tinted moisturizer and mascara. While the description on the website says this has a caramel flavor to it, I’d say it is very light and has a subtle sweetness to it.

Skinny Dip is a sheer nude – like, super sheer nude. I’d have to say after doing some googling that it must be the lightest color of the bunch and gives the lips a soft, healthy sheen. Skinny dip is said to have an Earl Gray Tea flavor which I also find to be very light and unobtrusive to those with super sensitive noses.

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You do still need to reapply often as they aren’t like a long-lasting lipstick – but honestly who doesn’t mind swiping on a smoothing lip treatment several times a day. I’ll swipe all day long!

I definitely think that I might have to add a couple more colors to my collection since I enjoy them so much, like Summer Crush (a deep pink) and Tan line (a coral shade).

Each tube retails for $18 and can be purchased online directly from the Coola website or through ULTA. To find out more about how awesome the brand Coola is, you can visit their Facebook or Instagram page and drool over their products with me!

Klarity Skincare

Klarity Skincare review by iliketotalkblogIt was only in the recent couple months have been introduced to K beauty products — but I’ve now come across Klarity, a skincare brand hailing from Singapore that has a multi purpose product line to keep skin looking young, healthy and bright. It’s one of the first brands to be Halal certified, cruelty free and vegan.

I was given an opportunity to try a few of their products from their Diamond line and thought you might want to know about it. I was able to choose the Diamond Glow Eye Nano Treatment, Diamond Glow Overnight Masque, and Lasertox CC Miracle White Lotion which gave me an opportunity to try both A.M and P.M treatments and see how well they agreed with my skin.

Klarity Skincare review by iliketotalkblogThe Diamond Glow Eye Nano Treatment is the epitome of eye creams that both my husband and I like using. It feels like an extremely light cream and take a moment to absorb into the skin, but is perfection once you’ve let it set. While lightweight, it still manages to deeply moisturize the skin for 24 hours while giving a young healthy glow to the skin. Glowy under the eyes is just what I like so I used it morning and night and enjoyed patting it into the skin and watching it disappear. The formula is said to be enriched with diamond powder to help achieve that glowy look. This is a wonderfully soft and lightweight treatment that feels really nicely on, has a slight fragrance to it but it dissipates after the product has absorbed into the skin. I’ve only used it for two weeks and do enjoy it, but time will tell if this product is one I will grow to love more.

The Diamond Glow Overnight Masque is also a very lightweight cream that readily absorbs into the skin. I found that this one did well over two out of the three serums I usually use. I think too many layers of “stuff” was interfering with how the product should sit on my skin. Once I lessened other things it felt quite nice and unnoticeable which feels nicer. This overnight masque improves hydration levels while improving collagen production. It did feel that it helped keep my skin hydrated and looking nice in the morning. I love how “thin” the cream felt so that it could absorb quickly. The face masque also had a scent to it that I really enjoyed, but can’t quite put my finger on it.

Lastly, was the daytime product, Klarity LaserTox CC Miracle White Lotion SPF30PA/++. This 11-in-1 formula claims to protect the skin from photo-aging, but can also adjust the tone of your skin by one level immediately after application. I managed to wear this underneath several types of foundations in the past couple weeks and found that it wore well underneath. I usually allowed the lotion to “set” for a few minutes before putting on makeup also. I like that it has a SPF30 level because a lot of makeup that says it has some SPF to it, usually isn’t enough in the first place. I found this also very lightweight, it applied comfortably,  and worked well with my other skincare products without any problems.

Klarity Skincare review by iliketotalkblogOverall, I enjoyed the eye cream product the most. I loved how hydrated my under eye area appeared and looked almost illuminated for a while. I have a hard time remembering to use an eye cream, but I remembered to keep using this one.   I think I need more time using the LaserTox product to really give a thorough review. I do know I like it so far.

To find out more about Klarity, you can visit their website and give them a visit on Facebook or Instagram.