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A soft silicone ear-saver and mask-extender that works overtime on problem-solving — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don’t *quite* fit your face, so you don’t have to replace them.

A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing


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People are also using these to prevent their hearing aids or earbuds from falling out and getting lost while they’re taking masks on and off. Plus this silicone ear-saver is anti-slip to keep it locked in place, and designed not to get tangled in hair.

Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids’ masks, especially since sizing for kids’ faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you’re buying masks online!

Promising review: “A small investment saves a fortune. Taking a mask on and off your ears is difficult, especially if you wear hearing aids. My audiologist recommended these because so many people were coming in for lost hearing aids. Hearing aids are super expensive. Now I don’t worry. This is very comfortable. I love this product.” —Chicky Boom Boom

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight different color combos).

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Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind concealer, an inexpensive lightweight concealer for anyone who wants to quickly touch up before Zoom calls or walks around the neighborhood, but doesn’t want to commit to a whole layer of foundation. This also helps cover dark circles without caking and reduce puffiness.


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Promising review: “This brightening concealer was recommended by a friend. I had just purchased an expensive pink-shaded under eye concealer at makeup store a few weeks ago for almost four times as much money, so I was curious how this would compare. The product applied smoothly under my eyes and I was able to blend it right out. It created the perfect brightening effect I was looking for to wake my face up. This has convinced me that I don’t need to spend so much money on my makeup to get beautiful results.” —kris10rogers

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Concealer for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.


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Promising review: “This brightening concealer was recommended by a friend. I had just purchased an expensive pink-shaded under eye concealer at makeup store a few weeks ago for almost four times as much money, so I was curious how this would compare. The product applied smoothly under my eyes and I was able to blend it right out. It created the perfect brightening effect I was looking for to wake my face up. This has convinced me that I don’t need to spend so much money on my makeup to get beautiful results.” —kris10rogers

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Concealer for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

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A painless, mint-flavored teeth-whitening pen for sensitive teeth and gums that can help lighten up years’ worth of stains from coffee, tea, wine, or just … you know. Existing as a human with teeth.


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^^ That is my human face making that awkward “look at my teeth!!” grimace up there. I am very vigilant about using teeth whitening toothpaste twice a day, but it’s truly no match for my tea/dessert consumption, I suppose. I used this pen maybe five times over the course of a week in between the before and after on this (you’re supposed to use it more often than that, but I am lazy and forgetful). It didn’t irritate my gums and all, it doesn’t have a weird after taste, and it’s also just, like. FAST. I wasn’t expecting to see results so quickly. I use the pen once or twice a week now just to maintain it. Very little hassle and extremely worth the money.

Promising review: “Saves money and increased my confidence. This product is a godsend. I had my teeth whitened with at home bleaching gel and custom trays from the dentist eight years ago. It costed hundreds of dollars and burned my gums but it worked. My teeth got dull and yellowish over the years and when I noticed it, I honestly stopped smiling as wide. This works JUST AS WELL as the professional gel. But with this you don’t have to leave it on for hours. I’m always hesitant to buy products on Amazon from an unfamiliar brand name because of the rampant fake reviews. That’s why I didn’t buy it sooner. Don’t get ripped off at the dentist. The first day I used this, it made my teeth about two shades whiter. I keep looking at my smile in the mirror lately.” —Victoria

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.


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^^ That is my human face making that awkward “look at my teeth!!” grimace up there. I am very vigilant about using teeth whitening toothpaste twice a day, but it’s truly no match for my tea/dessert consumption, I suppose. I used this pen maybe five times over the course of a week in between the before and after on this (you’re supposed to use it more often than that, but I am lazy and forgetful). It didn’t irritate my gums and all, it doesn’t have a weird after taste, and it’s also just, like. FAST. I wasn’t expecting to see results so quickly. I use the pen once or twice a week now just to maintain it. Very little hassle and extremely worth the money.

Promising review: “Saves money and increased my confidence. This product is a godsend. I had my teeth whitened with at home bleaching gel and custom trays from the dentist eight years ago. It costed hundreds of dollars and burned my gums but it worked. My teeth got dull and yellowish over the years and when I noticed it, I honestly stopped smiling as wide. This works JUST AS WELL as the professional gel. But with this you don’t have to leave it on for hours. I’m always hesitant to buy products on Amazon from an unfamiliar brand name because of the rampant fake reviews. That’s why I didn’t buy it sooner. Don’t get ripped off at the dentist. The first day I used this, it made my teeth about two shades whiter. I keep looking at my smile in the mirror lately.” —Victoria

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

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A set of itty bitty dermaplaning razors you can use to take care of those lil’ unibrow hairs that keep dodging your tweezers or work whatever face fuzzies you might want to take care of in a gentle way — an especially handy tool when many of us can’t head to a salon like we normally would.


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This tool also helps soften skin by gently exfoliating as you use it!

Promising review: “I had been getting a professional lip and chin waxing every three weeks for the past 10 or more years. I was VERY nervous about switching to shaving. After all, we have been indoctrinated with the idea that shaving will only make things worse. I did some research online, and read over and over that shaving does not make hair get darker or grow faster. Of course, unlike waxing you are cutting it off at the skin line, not pulling it out below the skin line. I finally tried shaving, and I love it. I still pluck stray hairs regularly (as I did with the waxing), and shave about every two weeks. I can determine when I need it, and I don’t have to let the hair grow out to a certain length, as I did with waxing. Saving money, saving time, and looking better more consistently, What’s not to like?”Deb

Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.


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This tool also helps soften skin by gently exfoliating as you use it!

Promising review: “I had been getting a professional lip and chin waxing every three weeks for the past 10 or more years. I was VERY nervous about switching to shaving. After all, we have been indoctrinated with the idea that shaving will only make things worse. I did some research online, and read over and over that shaving does not make hair get darker or grow faster. Of course, unlike waxing you are cutting it off at the skin line, not pulling it out below the skin line. I finally tried shaving, and I love it. I still pluck stray hairs regularly (as I did with the waxing), and shave about every two weeks. I can determine when I need it, and I don’t have to let the hair grow out to a certain length, as I did with waxing. Saving money, saving time, and looking better more consistently, What’s not to like?”Deb

Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.

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Or a painless battery-charged hair remover you can simply glide over super fine hair like the hair above your lip or between your brows instead of going all out with wax at the salon.


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Promising review: “I likes the painless and effortless but effective results and the fact I can do this as often as I like. No more $40 monthly facial waxings at this time of shut down for indefinite future and this was my alternative, will save me a whole lot of money!” —Dreidel Collector

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.


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Promising review: “I likes the painless and effortless but effective results and the fact I can do this as often as I like. No more $40 monthly facial waxings at this time of shut down for indefinite future and this was my alternative, will save me a whole lot of money!” —Dreidel Collector

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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An internet-beloved set of makeup sponges for expert-level blending and coverage that reviewers have crowned a Beauty Blender dupe. It works for foundation, BB cream, powder, *and* concealer, plus wet or dry, so basically it’s working harder than I have for *checks watch* my whole life.


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Promising review: “I am VERY picky when it comes to my makeup sponges. For years I would only use a Beauty Blender because, to be honest, nothing else compared or gave the same foundation finish. These are truly a game changer! They are not 100% identical to the name brand blender in texture, HOWEVER they DO give the same flawless foundation finish. I would even go as far as to say they soak up less foundation which means you aren’t wasting as much product. And can we talk about this price point?!?! Save your hard earned money and PURCHASE THESE! You won’t be disappointed.” —Lindsey

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.


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Promising review: “I am VERY picky when it comes to my makeup sponges. For years I would only use a Beauty Blender because, to be honest, nothing else compared or gave the same foundation finish. These are truly a game changer! They are not 100% identical to the name brand blender in texture, HOWEVER they DO give the same flawless foundation finish. I would even go as far as to say they soak up less foundation which means you aren’t wasting as much product. And can we talk about this price point?!?! Save your hard earned money and PURCHASE THESE! You won’t be disappointed.” —Lindsey

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.

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A gel nail polish kit complete with everything you need for professional-level manicures without ever once interrupting the sacred flow of your Netflix queue.


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Each kit comes with a UV LED nail lamp, six colors of gel polish, three bottles of base coat, cuticle oil, a toe separator, a nail file, a buffer, nail clippers, a brush, two cuticle tools, and a brush duster.

Promising review: “I am a low maintenance kind of girl and have tried other gels that require more steps than this gel. This gel literally is bottom coat, let dry under light, color-dry, touch-up if needed, and top coat and dry, DONE. Takes maybe five min total after prepping nails. Prepping is filling or clipping to desired length and cleaning up cuticles. Again process takes five minutes, all in is ten minutes to do your own nails, and polish looks professional. You have the choice of matte or gloss finish. I always like the gloss. I am saving so much time and money using this package rather than going to salon.” —Elizabeth Stonitch

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in five styles).


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Each kit comes with a UV LED nail lamp, six colors of gel polish, three bottles of base coat, cuticle oil, a toe separator, a nail file, a buffer, nail clippers, a brush, two cuticle tools, and a brush duster.

Promising review: “I am a low maintenance kind of girl and have tried other gels that require more steps than this gel. This gel literally is bottom coat, let dry under light, color-dry, touch-up if needed, and top coat and dry, DONE. Takes maybe five min total after prepping nails. Prepping is filling or clipping to desired length and cleaning up cuticles. Again process takes five minutes, all in is ten minutes to do your own nails, and polish looks professional. You have the choice of matte or gloss finish. I always like the gloss. I am saving so much time and money using this package rather than going to salon.” —Elizabeth Stonitch

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in five styles).

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Plus an acetone-free soak-off gel nail polish remover you simply apply directly on top of your nails like an extra coat of polish — it bubbles up and shrivels the gel polish, making it easy to remove without all the hassle of going back to a salon or the weird smells of other at-home removal kits.


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Promising review: “My nails are usually long so I rarely get nails done but when I am going on a trip I like to protect them by wearing gel so I go to the salon. After the trip I just hate going back to the salon and paying a wild amount of money for them to remove the material. This product has been a life saver with this process. It really works and doesn’t damage my nails.” —Charlene

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.


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Promising review: “My nails are usually long so I rarely get nails done but when I am going on a trip I like to protect them by wearing gel so I go to the salon. After the trip I just hate going back to the salon and paying a wild amount of money for them to remove the material. This product has been a life saver with this process. It really works and doesn’t damage my nails.” —Charlene

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

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A long-lasting stainless-steel tongue scraper to help take care of odor-causing bacteria and soft plaque without irritating your gag reflex the way a spoon might. Reviewers are especially pleased with its durability after spending money to replace other flimsier versions.


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Other reviewers note that this was effective enough that they didn’t have to use mouthwash nearly as often to combat odors!

Promising review: “I have been through multiple tongue cleaners that are plastic, and they have two things in common: they miss spots on the tongue, and they BREAK. This one gets ALL the tongue and are solid and easy to use and WILL NOT BREAK. It really is stainless steel! I’ve already ordered a second one for my travel kit. Buy this tongue cleaner and you will be happy and save money. I rarely write reviews, but this tongue cleaner merits my taking time to tell others.” —COLORADO

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.19.


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Other reviewers note that this was effective enough that they didn’t have to use mouthwash nearly as often to combat odors!

Promising review: “I have been through multiple tongue cleaners that are plastic, and they have two things in common: they miss spots on the tongue, and they BREAK. This one gets ALL the tongue and are solid and easy to use and WILL NOT BREAK. It really is stainless steel! I’ve already ordered a second one for my travel kit. Buy this tongue cleaner and you will be happy and save money. I rarely write reviews, but this tongue cleaner merits my taking time to tell others.” —COLORADO

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.19.

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A pair of comfy period-proof underwear designed to hold two tampons’ worth of period blood that are a *great* alternative to walking around with uncomfy, bulky pads (or worrying about tampon leakage).

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They’re also ideal for overnight protection (you can pair them with a pad if you have a heavy flow) and for people who are worried about leakage during sports or physical activities — I personally always wear either these period-proof undies or the ones from Thinx when I go on runs on my period, and it has been a MASSIVE godsend. Also, unlike your regular undies, you don’t have to scrub the blood out of these — they’re designed so it rinses right out in the sink with soap and warm water, and can get tossed in the washer and dryer from there.

Psst — reviewers love these undies, but suggest sizing up!

Promising review: “These are so comfortable and the price is unbeatable. I love the softness of the bamboo fabric, and the absorbency level is high enough that I can comfortably wear these overnight — even when my flow is at its heaviest. I bought my first three-pack almost two years ago and they are still going strong. I’ve saved so much money and waste since switching from tampons — I wish these had been around when I was a teen!” —V

Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in sizes XS-6XL, two colors, and in three-packs).

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O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream, an affordable concentrated moisturizer for dry, cracked, or bleeding hands that actually *does* all the stuff the high-end brand names claim they’re going to do.


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Psst — a lot of reviewers also swear by this for relieving eczema!

Promising review: “My hands suffer every winter with not only dryness, but also cracking around the fingertips. I’ve tried many creams, lotions and paint on products that would work temporarily, if at all. I saw a commercial for O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream and read many, many reviews on the the product. I’ve tried it and all I can say is that it’s a miracle. The dryness has left my hands and my fingertips are well on the way towards healing.…and this is after only two days of use. I wish I had found it years ago. It would have saved me lots of pain, agony and money.” —Desert D.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


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Psst — a lot of reviewers also swear by this for relieving eczema!

Promising review: “My hands suffer every winter with not only dryness, but also cracking around the fingertips. I’ve tried many creams, lotions and paint on products that would work temporarily, if at all. I saw a commercial for O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream and read many, many reviews on the the product. I’ve tried it and all I can say is that it’s a miracle. The dryness has left my hands and my fingertips are well on the way towards healing.…and this is after only two days of use. I wish I had found it years ago. It would have saved me lots of pain, agony and money.” —Desert D.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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Plus the ~foot~ version, O’Keefe’s Healthy Feet Foot Cream — not only will it save money from pedicures, it will get you the results you want in a much gentler, gradual way than other foot solutions.

Images of a reviewer's dry, cracked heel on day one with improvements by the second week and a smooth heel by the fourth week


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Promising review: “Significantly cuts down on the dry skin on my feet and subsequently saves me money on visits to the nail salon. I don’t need to get pedicures as after because this cream keeps my skin so soft and hydrated! It took a couple of nights in a row of application to see a significant change in the dry skin, but keep applying and you will see a difference.” —Kathleen M.

Get it from Amazon for $9.27.

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Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme made with coconut oil, shea butter, aloe, and avocado oil help define and moisturize curls without buildup (both in your hair *and* in your bank account from way more expensive versions). This medium-hold creme is ideal wash ‘n gos, twist, or braid outs.


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Eden BodyWorks is a Black woman-owned business established in 2004 that specializes in natural products to nurture, restore, and maintain hair. Reviewers with 2C through 4C hair mention it working well for them!

Promising review: “Got 4C hair? This is for YOU! Works great on my hair. My hair feels super moisturized …. like BUTTER. Never have I ever had a product make my hair feel this way for this CHEAP! A little goes a long way. Worth your coin. Definitely recommend incorporating this into your 4C regimen.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.47.


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Eden BodyWorks is a Black woman-owned business established in 2004 that specializes in natural products to nurture, restore, and maintain hair. Reviewers with 2C through 4C hair mention it working well for them!

Promising review: “Got 4C hair? This is for YOU! Works great on my hair. My hair feels super moisturized …. like BUTTER. Never have I ever had a product make my hair feel this way for this CHEAP! A little goes a long way. Worth your coin. Definitely recommend incorporating this into your 4C regimen.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

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A bottle of Drop It, a natural wine sulfate and tannin remover that works its magic on your glass in just 20 seconds, sparing you the infamous Post-Wine Headache and allergic reactions. It’s also a lot more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly than wine wands or other competitors — a single bottle of this can be used to treat up to 55 glasses of wine, as opposed to wands that can only do a few glasses each before they get tossed.


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Plus, this is a heck of a lot easier to use if you want to drink out at a restaurant without pulling out a “wine wand” and calling attention to yourself. Drop It recommends 1-2 drops for each glass of white wine, 2-3 for a glass of red, and 7-9 if you’re treating the whole bottle at once. Once it’s in the glass, swirl lightly for 20 seconds, and you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “Decided to try this product, because it is so much less expensive than buying the paddles, plus it is much easier to take along and use discretely. It performs exactly as promised. It eliminates the nuisance of nasal congestion and headaches caused by the sulfites in wine. Both my wife and I noticed a major improvement, and we are now able to enjoy wine again. Highly recommend this product to those who have sensitivity to sulfites.” —Robert

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


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Plus, this is a heck of a lot easier to use if you want to drink out at a restaurant without pulling out a “wine wand” and calling attention to yourself. Drop It recommends 1-2 drops for each glass of white wine, 2-3 for a glass of red, and 7-9 if you’re treating the whole bottle at once. Once it’s in the glass, swirl lightly for 20 seconds, and you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “Decided to try this product, because it is so much less expensive than buying the paddles, plus it is much easier to take along and use discretely. It performs exactly as promised. It eliminates the nuisance of nasal congestion and headaches caused by the sulfites in wine. Both my wife and I noticed a major improvement, and we are now able to enjoy wine again. Highly recommend this product to those who have sensitivity to sulfites.” —Robert

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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A streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields to prevent them from fogging up while you’re wearing a mask — a much more cost-effective alternative than ordering glasses with a special coating or replacing them.


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A heads up that this works *super* well for some reviewers, but not all — note that this is meant for non antireflective-coated lenses, and the instructions for use are very specific. To apply, spray a small amount on both sides of your lenses, and use your fingers to rub it across the whole area. Let it sit for a full minute, then wipe with a dry soft cloth. Once they’re fully dry, you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “I am vey happy with this anti fog spray. It works extremely well in preventing my goggles from fogging up. Due to fogging issues, I was buying new goggles monthly. I have not had to buy a new pair since I started using this product. It’s saving me money in the long run. I highly recommend it.” —ARTHUR VAGAS

Another promising review: “I was given this product as a gift by my sister, who was clearly tired of my frequent complaints about my glasses fogging up when I use my Covid19 masks. It absolutely works like a dream, especially after the second application. I used it the first time and did not follow instructions (wiping glasses in a circular motion). It worked about half way, and I was happy because it beat the heck out of full steam ahead glasses. The next time I prepared to go out I used it again, and followed the instructions. It worked 100%. I don’t know if it is a cumulative effect or my now expert level lens-wiping technique, but I was super pleasantly surprised. I reapply every two to three days, even though I don’t go out that often. The reason? I discovered, by complete accident, that my glasses are no longer covered in smudges and smears like they usually are. I was used to wiping down my glasses two to three times daily because facial oil would get on them, and because apparently I am incapable of refraining from touching my lenses. So, this stuff has become my go to for glasses maintenance. I paid a lot of extra money for a coating on my lenses that was supposed to prevent smudging, and it is useless. I will be investing in bottles of Fog Gone from here forward and will save my money.” —Jeri

Get it from Amazon for $10.55.


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A heads up that this works *super* well for some reviewers, but not all — note that this is meant for non antireflective-coated lenses, and the instructions for use are very specific. To apply, spray a small amount on both sides of your lenses, and use your fingers to rub it across the whole area. Let it sit for a full minute, then wipe with a dry soft cloth. Once they’re fully dry, you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “I am vey happy with this anti fog spray. It works extremely well in preventing my goggles from fogging up. Due to fogging issues, I was buying new goggles monthly. I have not had to buy a new pair since I started using this product. It’s saving me money in the long run. I highly recommend it.” —ARTHUR VAGAS

Another promising review: “I was given this product as a gift by my sister, who was clearly tired of my frequent complaints about my glasses fogging up when I use my Covid19 masks. It absolutely works like a dream, especially after the second application. I used it the first time and did not follow instructions (wiping glasses in a circular motion). It worked about half way, and I was happy because it beat the heck out of full steam ahead glasses. The next time I prepared to go out I used it again, and followed the instructions. It worked 100%. I don’t know if it is a cumulative effect or my now expert level lens-wiping technique, but I was super pleasantly surprised. I reapply every two to three days, even though I don’t go out that often. The reason? I discovered, by complete accident, that my glasses are no longer covered in smudges and smears like they usually are. I was used to wiping down my glasses two to three times daily because facial oil would get on them, and because apparently I am incapable of refraining from touching my lenses. So, this stuff has become my go to for glasses maintenance. I paid a lot of extra money for a coating on my lenses that was supposed to prevent smudging, and it is useless. I will be investing in bottles of Fog Gone from here forward and will save my money.” —Jeri

Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

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A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you’ll finally be able to close all 20 tabs open in your computer looking for a new office chair.

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Promising review: “I have been working from home for six months. I am one of the lucky ones that have an area for a home office, that being said it was not prepared for me to be there ALL THE TIME. Biggest issue was my behind going numb during zoom calls. Read some reviews and decided to try it out. SUPER comfy! I did have to adjust my height and get used to it, but that wasn’t a big deal. It also helps because I have a Cubii and it provides support when I am peddling away. I have not had any of the issues I had before and it saved me lots of money because now I don’t need a new chair.” —Gena R.

Get it from Amazon for $33.95 (apply the “20% off” coupon on the product page for this price).

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A foot file to remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels so soft you might start petting them.

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Promising review: “This is the perfect tool to invest in to maintain soft and healthy feet in between pedicures. It has saved me lots of money because I’m able to space out my pedicures more often now. I’ve found the best results are when I use it after I shower and then I moisturize when I’m finished. I would recommend going easy the first couple times because it’s difficult to know how much callus/skin you’re actually removing in the moment. Highly recommend though!” —Nikki Moody

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

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Or a popular Baby Foot exfoliant foot peel — you apply the two bootie-shaped masks on your feel for an hour, wash your feet, and then over the next five to seven days enjoy the bizarre satisfaction of watching the dead skin on your feet peel away to reveal smooth feet.


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Promising review: “Will definitely buy these again! LOVE the results! Works exactly as they say it will. Saves huge money on repeated pedicures. Once our feet start peeling we usually do a hot bath and scrub with pumice to speed up the process. Baby feet at the end.” —Nonna Ria

Get it from Amazon for $25.


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Promising review: “Will definitely buy these again! LOVE the results! Works exactly as they say it will. Saves huge money on repeated pedicures. Once our feet start peeling we usually do a hot bath and scrub with pumice to speed up the process. Baby feet at the end.” —Nonna Ria

Get it from Amazon for $25.

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A Bevel shave system set, a grooming kit specifically designed for razor bump-free shaving for coarse, curly hair. It comes complete with a re-engineered safety razor that, importantly, *doesn’t* cut hair under the skin, preventing ingrown hairs, bumps, and other shaving irritations that might usually have you scouring shelves for different products.

A model shaving with the razor, and the contents of the starter kit


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Bevel is a Black-founded company that specializes in grooming products designed for sensitive skin. Each set includes the Bevel safety razor, badger shave brush, shave cream, priming oil, restoring balm, and 20 replacement blades.

Promising review: “When I saw this shave kit it made me think of my grandfather. It used to be a running joke in the family. He would go on and on about how all of the razors out there nowadays were nothing but a gimmick and that anything more than one blade was too many. He used to say, ‘If you have one good blade it’ll do you better than four cheap ones. Don’t waste your money.’ But I’ll tell you one thing… At 96 my grandfather had one of the nicest shaves and amazing skin for his age so he had to be on to something. After receiving this shaving kit I see why. Will a shave take you more time with this kit? Yes. You have to learn the exact grains of your shave area and learn to shave a bit differently. With that being said, the investment of time and investment of money in the initial kit is so worth it. Everything is high quality. Once you get the hang of it you’ll have an amazing shave and no bumps or knicks. You’ll wonder why you spent so much money on four or more blades when you can get much better results with just one. My grandfather was rarely ever wrong, and he was right about shaving too. I’ll be ordering more of these kits for my sons. I refuse to overpay for inferior shaving products any longer. This is definitely a product that will change the way you think about shaving.” —Jamie

Get it from Bevel for $89.95 (there is also an option for a $59.95 monthly auto-ship) or Amazon for $82.26.

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A super-soft Makeup Eraser to wipe makeup right off your face with nothing but water and a gentle scrub — I’ve been using one for two months now and it has *drastically* cut down my routine and saved money on makeup remover.


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It’s got two sides — one that can wipe off all your makeup with water and a light scrubbing, and another that exfoliates your skin. Plus, all you have to do when you’re done using it is wet it and hang it up to dry! No more wasting money on icky washcloths that hurt your skin!!! I can hear your pores singing from here.

Promising review: “This did exactly what it claims to do, I use some warm water on a little part and my whole makeup comes off, even masacara! I used to always buy makeup wipes and this has saved me so much money. I just throw it in with the laundry and it’s perfect. I’ve been using it for over 6 months now and it hasn’t failed me at all, it’s worth the money!!” —Sharmin Rahman

Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in five colors).


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It’s got two sides — one that can wipe off all your makeup with water and a light scrubbing, and another that exfoliates your skin. Plus, all you have to do when you’re done using it is wet it and hang it up to dry! No more wasting money on icky washcloths that hurt your skin!!! I can hear your pores singing from here.

Promising review: “This did exactly what it claims to do, I use some warm water on a little part and my whole makeup comes off, even masacara! I used to always buy makeup wipes and this has saved me so much money. I just throw it in with the laundry and it’s perfect. I’ve been using it for over 6 months now and it hasn’t failed me at all, it’s worth the money!!” —Sharmin Rahman

Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in five colors).

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A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp. Not only will it feel decadent, it’ll help tackle dandruff, promote healthier hair growth at the source, *and* cut down on expensive shampoo use, since it’ll create suds a lot more effectively.

reviewer image of the bristles on the blue massager


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Promising review: “It’s become a necessity in my routine. I bought this product a few months ago and I love it. I have used it every shower since then — it gives you a nice, comfortable massage on your scalp, creates tons of suds (so I’ve been saving on shampoo), and it seems to give my hair more body than normal!” —Kristi M. Kleniec

Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

22.

Organix Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse — a part foam, part cream, *full* effective hydrator for smoother, bouncier, and fuller curls at a fraction of the usual price.


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This is designed to hydrate all hair types, but a lot of reviewers with 2C through 3C hair mentioned that this worked best for them.

Promising review: “I’ve FINALLY found ‘the one’!!! I’ve tried hundreds of products (including wasting tons of money on ‘professional’ products) for curly hair and none hold a curl like this! My curls are soft yet the hold is amazing. I used to have to diffuse my curls and then use hairspray to lock them in place, not anymore! Just put the product in, scrunch and go! It smells wonderful too! I usually never write reviews but after 30+ years of searching for the perfect curly hair product, I found it! Forget the more expensive brands and buy this! You will not be disappointed.” —Robert Lyden Newquist

Get it from Amazon for $6.97.


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This is designed to hydrate all hair types, but a lot of reviewers with 2C through 3C hair mentioned that this worked best for them.

Promising review: “I’ve FINALLY found ‘the one’!!! I’ve tried hundreds of products (including wasting tons of money on ‘professional’ products) for curly hair and none hold a curl like this! My curls are soft yet the hold is amazing. I used to have to diffuse my curls and then use hairspray to lock them in place, not anymore! Just put the product in, scrunch and go! It smells wonderful too! I usually never write reviews but after 30+ years of searching for the perfect curly hair product, I found it! Forget the more expensive brands and buy this! You will not be disappointed.” —Robert Lyden Newquist

Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

23.

A detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that’s so effective on all hair types that it’s amassed over 17,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — people swear by it for detangling fast without pulling on or damaging hair (or buying an entire shelf’s worth of detangling creams that never *quite* do the trick).


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This brush is designed to work on all hair types, but reviewers with 2C through 4C hair say it has worked well for them. It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don’t have to time out your brushing.

Promising review: “My daughter has a lot of hair that tangles very easily. Her knots get so bad that they needed to be cut from her head at times and even after cut those knots would not come undone despite pulling with all of our might. To me that was evidence that her hair is just impossible. Then we came across this brush. We saw a commercial for a different brand but when I logged onto Amazon I saw that this brush had far better reviews and has been around for quite some time. I ordered it and was not sure what to expect as many other detangling brushes simply failed even after adding large amounts of leave in conditioner and detangling spray to her hair. Lo and behold, this brush does as it promises. IT WORKS! My daughter went from dreading getting her hair brushed to doing it herself. She is 5 and says, this brush is relaxing. I highly recommend this product. It will save you time, money and sanity. It should say NO MORE TEARS FOR PARENT AND CHILD.” —Nicole W.

Get it from Amazon for $12.88 (available in five colors).


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This brush is designed to work on all hair types, but reviewers with 2C through 4C hair say it has worked well for them. It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don’t have to time out your brushing.

Promising review: “My daughter has a lot of hair that tangles very easily. Her knots get so bad that they needed to be cut from her head at times and even after cut those knots would not come undone despite pulling with all of our might. To me that was evidence that her hair is just impossible. Then we came across this brush. We saw a commercial for a different brand but when I logged onto Amazon I saw that this brush had far better reviews and has been around for quite some time. I ordered it and was not sure what to expect as many other detangling brushes simply failed even after adding large amounts of leave in conditioner and detangling spray to her hair. Lo and behold, this brush does as it promises. IT WORKS! My daughter went from dreading getting her hair brushed to doing it herself. She is 5 and says, this brush is relaxing. I highly recommend this product. It will save you time, money and sanity. It should say NO MORE TEARS FOR PARENT AND CHILD.” —Nicole W.

Get it from Amazon for $12.88 (available in five colors).

24.

A dual hair dryer and brush to dry your hair as you style it and give your ‘do an incredible amount of volume and shine, without the cost of a pricey blowout.


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Unlike other hairdryers, this one can be held closer to the roots and scalp for a higher volume and lift, and helps you curl hair at the end while it dries. It comes with three heat settings and is designed to work on all hair textures — reviewers with 2A through 4C hair mentioned it working for them, and especially noted that it helps cut down on drying time!

Promising review: “Ok. I never write Amazon reviews which isn’t cool since I rely on them so much … but I just had to write one for this!!! So my BFF has been trying to talk me into this for dyer for a while. I have REALLY thick, wavy, frizzy hair that never dries pretty naturally. I either get blow outs or spend about 20 minutes blow drying my hair and THEN flat iron it. So I finally caved and tried this dryer for the first time last week. I started out with pretty wet hair and product in it. About 90% of the way into the dry, I thought it was OK…but then everything came together. My hair was straight, smooth, and styled in about 10 min tops. I couldn’t believe it. I immediately called my friend who told me to try it with my hair almost air dried. WHAT? So I did it the next time and again…WOW! This time I dried my hair in about 3 minutes…not as straight and smooth as the first time but pretty darn close. This dryer is a GAME-CHANGER. I can’t believe the amount of money I’m going to save on blow outs!!! My BFF said it’s also great for bedhead and quick touchups too. Can’t wait. TRY IT…you won’t be disappointed!!!” —Ann

Get it from Amazon for $40.99 (available in four styles).


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Unlike other hairdryers, this one can be held closer to the roots and scalp for a higher volume and lift, and helps you curl hair at the end while it dries. It comes with three heat settings and is designed to work on all hair textures — reviewers with 2A through 4C hair mentioned it working for them, and especially noted that it helps cut down on drying time!

Promising review: “Ok. I never write Amazon reviews which isn’t cool since I rely on them so much … but I just had to write one for this!!! So my BFF has been trying to talk me into this for dyer for a while. I have REALLY thick, wavy, frizzy hair that never dries pretty naturally. I either get blow outs or spend about 20 minutes blow drying my hair and THEN flat iron it. So I finally caved and tried this dryer for the first time last week. I started out with pretty wet hair and product in it. About 90% of the way into the dry, I thought it was OK…but then everything came together. My hair was straight, smooth, and styled in about 10 min tops. I couldn’t believe it. I immediately called my friend who told me to try it with my hair almost air dried. WHAT? So I did it the next time and again…WOW! This time I dried my hair in about 3 minutes…not as straight and smooth as the first time but pretty darn close. This dryer is a GAME-CHANGER. I can’t believe the amount of money I’m going to save on blow outs!!! My BFF said it’s also great for bedhead and quick touchups too. Can’t wait. TRY IT…you won’t be disappointed!!!” —Ann

Get it from Amazon for $40.99 (available in four styles).

25.

Maybelline’s Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil, an easy-to-use, subtle eyebrow filler just as effective as the ones triple its price.

A model with one eyebrow natural and the other eyebrow filled in and brushed


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The tool comes with two ends, one a small eyebrow brush and the other a specially-edged eyebrow pencil.

Promising review: “I saw this product being touted on television and decided to try it. I had been using a $24 eyebrow pencil and simply could not find an even replacement until I ordered Maybelline’s Total Temptation Eyebrow Pencil! My eyebrows have thinned over the years and it’s been difficult finding a reasonably priced pencil that fits the bill. This pencil is very easy to use, looks very natural and stays on until I wash my face at night. I absolutely love this product and I’m saving money! Double win!” —Melissa

Get it from Amazon for $5.49 (available in four shades).

26.

Or an eyebrow tint to semi-permanently dye your brow hairs for up to six weeks, helping either fill them in or to dye over gray hairs just as effectively as a salon tint would. A lot of reviewers swapped this for doing brow makeup completely.

Reviewer's brows before the tint, during the tint, and after, to show the subtly more filled in, darker effect


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Promising review: “Saved me so much money! I used to get my brows tinted every three to four weeks at my friend’s salon and loved the way they looked but didn’t love paying $20 each time. I bought this kit and have managed to tint my brows four times with just one capsule and they look great! I also used it to dye my boyfriend’s mustache for a costume and it looked pretty good!” —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in four colors).

27.

Essence’s Lash Princess mascara for instant length so effective and affordable, you might just cancel all your appointments to get your lashes done for eternity.


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Hello, that is my face above, because I bought into the hype of over 35,000 positive reviews and now I will never look back!! Putting it on is like giving my eyelashes butterfly wings. It doesn’t get clumpy, it stays put ALL the live long day (I spent all of this ridiculously hot pandemic summer wearing it, so I can speak to that), and you can apply it on very lightly if you don’t want it to look so dramatic, or continue applying for longer lashes each time.

Promising review: “I have to be honest, for a ‘cheap’ three-pack mascara, I did NOT have high expectations. These, however, exceeded my expectations and went MUCH MUCH farther. I had been buying a certain $25/tube brand (rhymes with truepique) and I like these just as much!! I’m saving a TON of money and like my lashes just as much.” —Liz

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.


Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

Hello, that is my face above, because I bought into the hype of over 35,000 positive reviews and now I will never look back!! Putting it on is like giving my eyelashes butterfly wings. It doesn’t get clumpy, it stays put ALL the live long day (I spent all of this ridiculously hot pandemic summer wearing it, so I can speak to that), and you can apply it on very lightly if you don’t want it to look so dramatic, or continue applying for longer lashes each time.

Promising review: “I have to be honest, for a ‘cheap’ three-pack mascara, I did NOT have high expectations. These, however, exceeded my expectations and went MUCH MUCH farther. I had been buying a certain $25/tube brand (rhymes with truepique) and I like these just as much!! I’m saving a TON of money and like my lashes just as much.” —Liz

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

28.

A bottle of Elizavecca Hair Treatment, an Olaplex “dupe” repairing mask infused with collagen ingredients and protein extracts that will help restore hair health and reduce shedding. All you gotta do is apply it on wet hair after a shampoo, wait five minutes, and rinse it out.

Before and after image of a BuzzFeed editor's hair, with the after image looking much shinier and curling more


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Promising review: “This product leaves my hair soft and silky every time I use it. It’s a miracle product. There isn’t much a scent, which is fine. It only takes a small pea sized amount. When I first purchased this product my hair was very dry and I had just been to the salon where the stylist commented that she could tell I colored and blew my hair dry often, not exactly something you want to hear, so I had a salon treatment done. My stylist, of course, suggested I come back more often and pay the exorbitant price of the salon every other week. I don’t think it was all that horrible but it was dry. I found this product on Amazon and used it instead. I’m really glad I did bc it’s saved me a ton of money. I don’t write many reviews but I really think this is worth sharing with other people and it’s also worth letting the company know they’re coming across with a great product.” —Laura’s things

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Elizavecca hair treatment for more deets!

Get a bottle from Amazon for $7.86.

29.

A hair thinner and cutter that people swear by for all sorts of styling hacks, whether it’s trimming their bangs, maintaining a cut, giving themselves natural looking layers, or trimming and styling wigs.


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The razor has two edges, a fine tooth one for thin hair textures, and a wider one for thicker hair textures. (FWIW, people also use this on their pets as a quick grooming solution!)

Promising review: “I recently got a pixie haircut, I was hesitant to get one based on the fact that I’d have to get frequent haircuts, the cost of which would add up quickly. I did some research on youtube and found some videos using the tinkle hair cutter to trim hair in between salon visits. I LOVE this thing! It is easy to give a little trim or a drastic cut, both of which I have done since getting the tinkle cutter. I was very nervous to try it fearing that I might mess up my hair so I just did a little bit first, but it was easy and only takes off small amounts of hair at a time, remember, I have a pixie cut — if you have long hair it will cut that off! Basically all you have to do is comb your hair in the direction it grows until you’re satisfied with the cut. Seven months post pixie haircut and I have only been to the salon once to have a re-shaping done of my hair. I will say that when the cutter feels like it’s ‘pulling’ your hair, it’s time to get new razors. I still prefer my pixie cut to be pretty short and assuming I would have to go to the salon once a month for upkeep I have saved $210 since having my hair cut. TOTALLY WORTH IT!” —brandi in louisiana

Get it from Amazon for $4.70.


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The razor has two edges, a fine tooth one for thin hair textures, and a wider one for thicker hair textures. (FWIW, people also use this on their pets as a quick grooming solution!)

Promising review: “I recently got a pixie haircut, I was hesitant to get one based on the fact that I’d have to get frequent haircuts, the cost of which would add up quickly. I did some research on youtube and found some videos using the tinkle hair cutter to trim hair in between salon visits. I LOVE this thing! It is easy to give a little trim or a drastic cut, both of which I have done since getting the tinkle cutter. I was very nervous to try it fearing that I might mess up my hair so I just did a little bit first, but it was easy and only takes off small amounts of hair at a time, remember, I have a pixie cut — if you have long hair it will cut that off! Basically all you have to do is comb your hair in the direction it grows until you’re satisfied with the cut. Seven months post pixie haircut and I have only been to the salon once to have a re-shaping done of my hair. I will say that when the cutter feels like it’s ‘pulling’ your hair, it’s time to get new razors. I still prefer my pixie cut to be pretty short and assuming I would have to go to the salon once a month for upkeep I have saved $210 since having my hair cut. TOTALLY WORTH IT!” —brandi in louisiana

Get it from Amazon for $4.70.

30.

A tin of Cirepil blue wax beads that use a gentle hard wax to easily remove both the coarsest and finest of hairs in a matter of minutes, leaving you with skin so smooth that you’re going to have to sit on your hands stop yourself from stroking your underarms and legs in public.

A before image of a reviewer's underarm hair, then a picture of the blue wax with hair of it, and an after image of the reviewer's hairless underarms


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This stuff is used in a lot of high end salons, too, so this tin truly pays for itself in “trips not taken to get professional waxed.”

Promising review: “I usually get Brazillian waxes done by professionals, but this time I decided to save money and try to do it myself. I used the Cirepil Blue Wax Tin with my Yeelen hot wax warmer. This wax is literally PERFECT! It takes the hair off and not the skin, it does not hurt one bit. I used it 4.5 weeks after my last brazillian wax (so hair was 1/4 to 1/2″ length) and it took off all the hair, it was virtually painless! I will always buy this wax! Also, it does not stain your bathroom, once it dries, it just peels off of things easily. MUST BUY!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $24.50.

31.

A color-depositing clenditioner you can either use in the shower to maintain your hair color or even out fading highlights, *or* apply to dry hair for to get a temporary tint all on your own.


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Promising review: “I’ve been a pretend redhead for almost 10 years now. Before, to maintain my color, I had to do regular touch-ups within a three- to five- week time frame; it was expensive and annoying. About two years ago, my regular hair stylist introduced me to clenditioner, and I’ve not looked back since!! I LOVE THIS STUFF! I use it about three times a week, and leave it on for about 20 minutes at a time. I did experiment with putting it on dry hair last week, and I did notice a difference, HOWEVERRR that also meant using way more product, so I’m not sure the pro outweighs the con. At any rate, it always leaves my hair feeling 10x better than it did prior to using, my color ALWAYS looks POPPIN, and it smells DIVINE. I now only see my hair stylist every eight weeks, and it’s just for a root touchup and trim. This product has saved me so much money, and rendered me a constant flow of compliments. Thank you so much for creating this line, please don’t EVER change it or take it away from me! :D” —Laela

Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 18 shades).


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Promising review: “I’ve been a pretend redhead for almost 10 years now. Before, to maintain my color, I had to do regular touch-ups within a three- to five- week time frame; it was expensive and annoying. About two years ago, my regular hair stylist introduced me to clenditioner, and I’ve not looked back since!! I LOVE THIS STUFF! I use it about three times a week, and leave it on for about 20 minutes at a time. I did experiment with putting it on dry hair last week, and I did notice a difference, HOWEVERRR that also meant using way more product, so I’m not sure the pro outweighs the con. At any rate, it always leaves my hair feeling 10x better than it did prior to using, my color ALWAYS looks POPPIN, and it smells DIVINE. I now only see my hair stylist every eight weeks, and it’s just for a root touchup and trim. This product has saved me so much money, and rendered me a constant flow of compliments. Thank you so much for creating this line, please don’t EVER change it or take it away from me! :D” —Laela

Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 18 shades).

32.

A nail polish ring holder to help you secure and steady the polish as you work on your nails, so it doesn’t end up toppling over or dripping polish like some kind of opal aquamarine wild, wild west. Once you get the hang of doing it yourself, it could save you a ton on manicures (plus, uh, replacing couch cushion covers 😬).


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Promising review: “Cards on the table — I felt ridiculous bothering to purchase a Nail Polish Ring Holder. But this has so improved my self-manicuring skills, it’s been a life-changer, and probably saved me a lot of money on manicures. If you have self-polishing struggles, if you’ve ever ruined your duvet by spilling a bright yellow nail polish bottle (not that this is from personal experience or anything) — this is a must.” —Franimal

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 19 colors).


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Promising review: “Cards on the table — I felt ridiculous bothering to purchase a Nail Polish Ring Holder. But this has so improved my self-manicuring skills, it’s been a life-changer, and probably saved me a lot of money on manicures. If you have self-polishing struggles, if you’ve ever ruined your duvet by spilling a bright yellow nail polish bottle (not that this is from personal experience or anything) — this is a must.” —Franimal

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 19 colors).

33.

A makeup brush-cleaning shampoo for brushes, applicators, and makeup sponges that will get them all squeaky clean *without* leaving any oily residue or yikes-level prices.

buzzfeed editor's before and after photos of their makeup brushes looking much cleaner after using the shampoo


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Plus, this environmentally-friendly brand comes in tree-free packaging made of cotton and bamboo!

Promising review: “Best, most affordable brush and sponge shampoo on the market! No joke, I have tried everything; even homemade hacks like dish detergent mixed with olive oil. Nothing works like this brush shampoo. Don’t waste your money on the Beauty Blender soap and other big-name brands.” —Lily

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

34.

A delightful little tool called the “Bug Bite Thing” that suctions on all kinds of bug bites to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness without expensive restocks on itching cream.

A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it "before," a pic of the bug bite tool, and a pic of the editor's arm after it's been suctioned with swelling/redness reduced


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This works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, sea lice, and more (although TBH, if this list of bugs gets any longer I may just stay indoors forever!!).

Promising review: “I found this on a random ad and though ‘there’s no way this will work.’ Boy was I wrong! How has no one thought of this before? I’ve used it on bites immediately after the bite and days later. It works every time. The itching is gone after one use, and it doesn’t involve using chemicals. And overtime, it saves you money instead of buying itch cream every summer!” —clp4916

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

35.

A blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe. Not only will this help you avoid costly Band-Aids during a break-in period, but it’ll help you *actually* get your money’s worth out of your favorite shoes (why are the cutest ones always the least comfy, though??).

A model rubbing balm on their heel


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Promising review: “Good value, great product. Had been using the Band-Aid Blister Protect. Cost was totally outrageous. Product served the same protection for much less money.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.

Thinking of all the money you’re saving during all your usual routines like:


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