Jun 30, 03, 6:52 pm
I found myself in the unenviable position of being in a San Francisco hotel, dressing for a 5:00PM formal wedding and the lighting in the bathroom (Hyatt Regency SFO) was horrible. Dragged my make-up out to the bedroom and managed to apply using the inadequate daylight from the inadequate window. I am now convinced that I need a make-up mirror, with lights, for travel. I don't want to be in that situation again. When I went outdoors and looked in my little compact, I saw that my eyeshadow was too dark, the blush was too dark, and I definitely needed more concealer. Would really appreciate any recommendations you would have re: makeup mirrors (particularly, those which would work internationally, as well).
I am still searching for the perfect travel mirror. The one I use most often, is a simple telescoping one with suction cups, that is magnified on one side, and regular on the other. It will stick to any flat surface, horizontal or vertical. It comes in it's own plastic case with velcro closure. Magellan's catalog carries it, and so does Brookstone. If it is daytime, and the bathroom has terrible lighting, I stick it on a window. I use a little plastic caddy for my makeup,that came with a Clinique freebie years ago, and I can carry it and the mirror to the best light source.
Also wanting a lighted travel mirror, I bought the Conair model BE 12. It can be used with batteries, or with an adapter. It comes apart into two pieces, the base and the magnified mirror. There is a protective, plastic cover for the mirror. The base swivels to allow for some adjustment, but you must either place it at dressing table height or put it somewhere high enough so that you can use it while standing. I wish it had large suction cups.
Now comes the scary part. It has a simple "on/off" switch. Apparently it got turned on in my suitcase during a flight, and the little bulb got so hot that it melted the plastic bag I had put it in, and burned a hole in my sweater! I guess it could have caught the whole airplane on fire if the flight had been longer. Now I NEVER leave the batteries in it when I fly. I just remove them and put them in a baggie separately. Whew!!