Beauty closet, eye makeup remover

My arbitrary fears and preferences surface in an odd sort of progression. For instance: I first avoided eye makeup remover because it stung my eyes, and I felt that two steps—eye makeup removal, then cleansing—was a waste of time. I moved on to worrying that all the oils would cause me to break out. Then I thought of hideous toxins and the fact that your eyes are a direct portal into your body. During all this based-on-nothing anxiety, I was just washing my face and attempting to mop up the black mess that invariably streaked around my eyes post-cleanse with my washcloth.

I prefer all-white towels and washcloths. In fact, I hate colored towels with a special vehement—and yes, altogether arbitrary—passion. (I don't hate them on a beach, just in a bathroom. And I don't hate them until they've been washed once,at which time they suddenly seem the most depressing items a house might contain.) But white washcloths and towels are no good if you've got soggy black smudges around your eyes every night. You end up with some very ugly, formerly white linens. I let my principles slide and got dark brown washcloths. They hid the mascara smears, but familiarity did nothing to alleviate my contempt for no-longer-new colored towels; like nails on a chalkboard, the washcloths hung there cringily on their respective hooks.

The standoff has finally ended, my multiple anxieties lifted, with this tin of lavender-infused organic pads. They take away eye makeup, but seem less of an extra step than getting out a cotton ball, unscrewing a bottle, etc., etc. They are not oily, and they are untoxic by design. And at last, the white linens can live to see another day.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Eye Makeup Remover pads, $10, drugstores

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