I took the kids to the 99¢ Store to let them pick out two cheap, break-on-the-first day toys and ended up finding a diamond in the rough. On Aisle 4, incognito between fingernail clippers and a shower cap, was a beauty tool that has revolutionized my life. This small, über-magnified mirror blows away the big expensive one I bought from Restoration Hardware when my eyes started going bad three years ago. My cheap little find (fits in a make-up bag!) means Ethan no longer has to wipe mascara from under my eyes (or above them, for that matter) because I can’t see the smudge. And the mirror enlarges any hateful, manly stray hairs so much that eradicating them is a cinch (note: I am not admitting to having stray hairs on my face but just saying that if I did, I would now be able to see them).
There is only one problem with the best 99¢ Store buy ever. The little mirror also magnifies all the things you can’t change: the new freckle from not wearing enough sunscreen during a run, the wrinkle in my ear lobe (I am NOT kidding), and my one white eyelash all show up bigger and badder than I might like. But still, I like this mirror so much that I plan to go back and buy four more, slapping their suction cups to the wall of every room with decent light. Because while reality might indeed bite, I do need to see what I’m dealing with.