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This Expensive (and Worth It) Mirror Changed My Whole Life

This Expensive (and Worth It) Mirror Changed My Whole Life

In my old apartment in LA, I had a built-in dressing table in my closet. It was like a little getting ready vestibule before another doorway, which led to actual clothes closet. I am not exaggerating when I say that this feature is 40% of why I took the apartment. When i moved, that dressing table was what I was going to miss most. I knew I had to recreate it. Now, in my house in Seattle, I use my childhood rolltop desk as a makeup table, and it’s pretty great. I’ve had this desk for at least 20 years and I’m 1) impressed that my parents kept it and 2) thrilled that the desk I loved as a kid is still serving me as an adult. The only issue with having a desk instead of an actual vanity table is that there’s no mirror. I bought a mirror when I moved, just some crappy thing from TJ Maxx, but I knew I needed to upgrade. AND BOY DID I.

I waited almost a year to find the prefect mirror for me, and turns out the perfect mirror costs. Big time. I wouldn’t tell you to buy a $200 mirror on a whim, but after researching and saving for a year, I was ready, and this Simplehuman mirror is really, really perfect.

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First of all, the disclaimers. I cannot just buy anything for $200, let alone a table mirror. When I was buying window shades for my house, I paid $30 to join the Bed Bath & Beyond club where you get 20% off every purchase (and free shipping) for a year. That saved me $200 on my shades, so it was worth it just for that, but I still have a year of 20% off, so I’m trying to use it whenever I can. Some brands are excluded from this savings, but Simplehuman isn’t, so I got 20% off straight away. Then I had a gift card, so there was some more taken off that (completely wild. Truly unfathomable) $200 price tag. I still spent over $100 on this thing, but I planned and saved and I’m more of a “spend a lot of money for a great thing once” than “keep buying shit and in the end spending even more” type of person.

Just slide your finger over this little bar on the back and the brightness can be raised or lowered.

Just slide your finger over this little bar on the back and the brightness can be raised or lowered.

The mirror comes with a USB charging cord, adapter, and a cleaning cloth.

The mirror comes with a USB charging cord, adapter, and a cleaning cloth.

What I wanted in a mirror was something big enough where I could see my whole face, a good light built in, and for it to be cordless. I looked into Simplehuman’s mirror offerings and decided I wanted the 8 inch Sensor Mirror. This mirror has 5x magnification, which I wasn’t interested in at first, but reviews assured me that I could see my whole face in the mirror. It also has an adjustable LED light that promises to mimic natural sunlight and show true colors. And the mirror is not only cordless, it has a USB charging cable so you’re not worrying about replacing batteries, and one charge lasts up to 5 weeks.

My childhood desk, now a makeup table. I didn’t notice until writing this that you can see my hand in the mirror.

My childhood desk, now a makeup table. I didn’t notice until writing this that you can see my hand in the mirror.

How best to explain how immediately in love and impressed with this mirror I was? I’ll just tell you that seconds after unboxing I was singing “Isn’t She Lovely.” YES I WAS SINGING TO THE MIRROR. This is my precious baby and I love it with every cell in my body.

With my old, terrible, TJ Maxx clearance rack mirror, I had to turn on the overhead lights in this room even though the mirror HAD lights in it. And even then I’d sometimes have to go double check in another room to make sure I didn’t look like a clown. Now, I can but on my makeup at my desk with no other light on besides the one in the mirror. I can essentially do my makeup in the dark, and it always looks fab. Plus, I was finally able to see those stray eyebrow hairs that I knew must be there, but I could never quite see and tend to.

This is definitely a mirror I’ll have for a long time, and since I use it just about every day, my cost per use over the years will justify this purchase. I feel like it’s justified after a week! This is truly an exceptional product. And it comes with a 5 year warranty, but I get the feeling that after 5 years Simplehuman customer service will still help you with any troubleshooting you may have. I love this thing so much, I wish I had bought it years ago. My only concern now is that I love using this mirror so much, I may need to get a travel sized one for taking on the road. What can I say, I’m a fancy lady now.

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