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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Everything Bigger is NOT Better~ A laugh for the day

Yesterday I had a frightening experience: I looked at myself all at once in a magnifying mirror. This should be illegal if you are over the age of 40.

from habitually chic blog. brass trim. lanterns as sconces. magnifying mirror. art. gray. grey BASEMENT

Now I am going to be brave and share a topic on personal grooming with you. I know what you’re thinking:

It’s not that bad. Here goes~ I get my eyebrows waxed about every 6 weeks.  In between I do a bit of plucking to keep myself from looking like Eugene Levy.

 

This maintenance had previously been done via a good pair of Tweezerman’s and an ancient compact shaving mirror belonging to Mr. Décor. It was the perfect size to zero in on a limited viewing area. Indeed it was so small that it was impossible to look at oneself all at once.

Lighted 10X Magnifying Mirror  Click to check it out.

A problem had arisen in that Mr. Décor is traveling for work quite often and taking his mirror with him. I had to resort to sitting in the bright sunshine with a regular compact mirror and a heavy dose of grumbling.

Now Mr. Décor is one thoughtful man. Oh my friends he takes such good care of me. 

On Monday I received a surprise package in the mail. It contained a huge light up magnification mirror. I immediately washed my face, plugged that puppy in and….

WAS COMPLETEY HORRIFIED!

Who was that wrinkled woman with the ginormous pores?

No amount of personal affirmations can ever remove what I saw from my mind.

So back into the box it went.

 It had sounded like a really good idea. Why I had even wished for a wall mounted mirror on occasion.

Where do I begin?  Heated towel bar, wall mounted & lit magnifying mirror, sconces, tray holding toiletries with silver lids,marble counters on bath & sink...lovely!  don't forget the terrycloth covered chair!

As they say, be careful, very careful of what you wish for.

As seen in Rooms To Inspire

Because the reality of some wishes just might scare you speechless.

Laura

35 comments :

Debbie said...

I'm giggling in complete understanding! I happen to have a 10X magnifying mirror which I apparently bought for the sole purpose of horrifying myself on a daily basis.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh how i know that feeling Laura!
But what gets really scary is when you see your Mom staring back at you!
Now my Mom is beautiful but she is my Mom and older.
Now all of sudden I am her!
Hugs friend,
Cindy
By the way, you are beautiful!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Heck, I see it in the regular mirror! LOL!! :)

Linda said...

This is so funny, Laura, lol. I do use a magnifying mirror each morning when applying makeup otherwise I can't see clearly enough without my reading glasses. Oh the joys. Unlike you though, I've never had my eyebrows waxed and mine barely grow at all. Now, I can't say that about the stray hairs that crop up on my chin though - yikes! For those, I do need that magnifying lens!!! :O

Love, Linda

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are SO gorgeous that you needn't worry, but I admit to the same thing a while back. I aged OVERNIGHT. LOL

Barbara F. said...

Oh I know the shock and horror of looking into a magnifying glass! It is a little relief to look into a regular one afterwards (but not much!). xo

Calypso In The Country said...

You are so funny. They had one of those mirrors in the place we stayed on vacation recently and I was horrified when I looked in it! Needless the say, I won't be buying one!
-Shelley

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

LOL, my dear young friend! I have to watch for chin hairs! ICK!!!
Oops, that was a secret...
Love the color for your dauaghter's bathroom. What is it called?
Warmly,
deb

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

oops, can't spell either at my age!

Kelley Dibble said...

Hahahahaha! Hilarious!

I'm with Garage Sale Gal, too. Here's a poem Mother wrote about THAT subject:

http://kelleyhighway.blogspot.com/2012/01/family-hairloom.html

Happy week... Stay in the Sonshine!
Kelley~

Vicki said...

I am blind as a bat without my glasses, so when my "makeup mirror", standard on one side, magnified on the other, broke, I had no choice but to replace it. I bought some new fancy highly magnified mirror and discovered that I can't even SEE myself in the magnified side. It must be because of my old eyes. I just can't find the right distance for my face from the mirror to see myself. I agree with you... magnification past a certain age is not a good thing!

Carol said...

Well, HELLO, you can't just jump into something like that all at once, Laura! I have had a magnified, lighted makeup mirror for many, many years, and they are truly such a useful tool. But.....believe me when I say, it's kind of like the biology experiment of days gone by, the frog and boiling water (ugh, that was so barbaric), you must approach it slowly.....lol!

Carol

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Oh boy, can I relate to that! Some members of my family LOVE that 10x mirror but I refuse to look in it! It tends to "MAGNIFY" all of the little flaws that I don't normally see without it, and frankly, I feel better about myself not seeing those flaws!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Yes, I have that wall mounted magnifying mirror and it is just the pits. I know that in real life that is what I look like, but I so don't want to see it for myself. You are stunning, so you have nothing to worry about and you don't have any wrinkles. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I have one of those mirrors. It is under the sink where it belongs. I can't see all those imperfections every day...the only one that might get that close to me is my hubby. He loves me! and my dog...he really loves me!! Glad you got rid of that thing!

Louise said...

I look at people through a powerful mag lamp all the time and know all that "stuff" isvery normal. I will never forget the first time I looked at a flawless 20 year old through a mag lamp. All of a sudden she had craters on her nose and a jungle on her chin. I absolutely did not want anyone looking at me, but there was no getting out of it.

Vel Criste said...

Haha, this is so funny Laura! We all probably feel mortified with our faces magnified! i too don't have such a mirror since, you pointed out guiqte poignantly why! Anyway, somedya, when are eyes are weak and frail, I think these mirrors might help us a lot, so keep those beautiful vanity inspirations on file, because we might all have to reconsider someday! :-)

Denise said...

Oh Laura, this is such a funny post. I love the picture of the baboons -- too funny! :-D

I'm sure most of us can relate to getting a scare from the magnifying mirror; I know I certainly can. As for myself, the camera is definitely not my friend these days. Talk about a shock -- yikes! Thanks for sharing this cute story with us, and your husband is indeed very thoughtful.

Have a great day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Magnifying mirrors are a blessing...and a curse as one grows older!

Lorraine said...

Oh yes....I was SO much happier before I bought one of those things....I actually used to waltz out of the house thinking I looked pretty d&@ good for an old broad! sigh.....

Miss Charming said...

When I read the first line of your post I was horrified, thinking you were talking about a full body magnification mirror! (The things true nightmares are made from...)

Fun post! I enjoyed reading the comments.

Mary Ellen said...

Such a funny post Laura and oh so true!! I am going to look for a tiny magnifying mirror after hearing you have one! Well you hubby has one-
Oh I think the full face magnifying mirrors should be outlawed!
Thank you for the good laugh friend!

bee blessed
mary

Auntie Em said...

We are getting down to the end of our bath renos and one thing on my wish list is a dual sided magnifying mirror with the expanding arm hung beside the sink. And notice I said dual sided. That's so early in the morning I can turn the regular side out and not scare myself, especially that early in the day! lol
Mr Decor, bless his heart, must listen to what you say and take it to heart. What a sweetie! :)

Lizz Newberry said...

I used to have the same problem... horrified by the age I say in the mirror, any mirror! But I found the cure, Avon Anew products, I swear in less than 6 weeks you will be loving that new mirror and what you see ;)



http://lifeinadifferentdirection.wordpress.com

TRay said...

Hilarious post! One of my favorites!

"The horror...the horror..."

Your Royal PEAculiar

Laura Turner said...

I have also had this painful and horrifying experience. If you ever figure out how to reduce pore size, let me know! Ugh! :-)

Laura from sundayview.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Ha tell me about it. I am almost 51 and can't figure out what happened. I am about to splurge on the retin A cream they tried to sell me when I had the botox injection I got from groupon.

The Boston Lady said...

I hope I NEVER get one of those! Ann

Maureen said...

When you get to be 61 you want to cover all the mirrors in the house with black fabric and pretend you are in mourning. It's even worse when you go to a party thinking you look great and see the pictures afterwards!

Maria Elena said...

LOL I don't own one and I guess now I know why! LOL You looks beautiful! Put that mirror away!

laney said...

..and if you are over 60 you will want to join the movement to ban magnifying mirrors altogehter...blessings laney

the cape on the corner said...

this was so funny! yes, it definitely is not wise to look at oneself so amplified!

E. Charlotte said...

Ha ha! Those mirrors are a bit evil. No one should ever have to look at themselves that close. No matter how gorgeous a gal is, magnification takes a lot of the beauty out!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Don't like them one bit...but I can't see to pluck or put on makeup with out it!
:)

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

LOL! I'm not quite 40 and I feel the same way! Magnifying mirrors should be outlawed!