“Time marches on and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ all over your face.”

-Dolly Parton (as Truvy, Steel Magnolias)

It wasn’t until my late 20s that I started wearing makeup regularly. I didn’t need to. My skin had yet to give in to sun damage and other abuses I heaped on it back then. Now, a decade later, I HAVE to wear makeup. On the rare occasion that I decide to leave the house au naturel, I’m constantly asked if I’m feeling alright. “You look tired,” they tell me. “Are you coming down with something?” They ask. So, to keep my loved ones from being unnecessarily concerned for my well being, I trowel on a layer of spackle and paint each morning.

At the end of the day, all of that make-up needs to come off, and while I don’t consider myself a militant environmentalist, I do feel a little irresponsible when I use disposable products. That’s why I made these washable makeup remover pads.

I made these from scraps of waffle weave fabric and soft polyester fleece I had in my stash.

I’ve made enough for one full week but I’m going to need a second set. I’m thinking of making the next batch with terrycloth and flannel.

It was a ridiculously simple project. The squares are about 4 inches unfinished and I figure each pad will take the place o 3 or 4 cotton balls. From an landfill standpoint, it’s not saving much in the short term, but over a lifetime, it could be something. Regardless, it will be one more thing I don’t have to buy. I’ll save a few dollars and now there’s a little less scrap in my fabric pile.

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