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    26 Lockdown Purchases I Still 100% Stand By

    Not included: the random DVDs I impulse-bought while in full possession of a Netflix account.

    1. I got bored of cooking the same meals during lockdown, so I'm glad I bought these game-changing peanuts in chilli oil to shake my dinners up a little.

    2. Once I tried this foldable shopping cart, I knew I could never go back to lugging armfuls of bags across town.

    3. When I heard about lockdown easing, I knew I needed to update my makeup collection (I was running low pre-pandemic, and I had no reason to replenish my makeup bag while I was WFH). I initially grabbed this 'Healthy Mix' Bourjois foundation because of how cheap it is, but now it's my go-to skin product!

    4. I got addicted to TikTok during the third lockdown, so I *had* to try the legendary Pink Stuff cleaning paste. It 100% lives up to the hype!

    5. Speaking of CleanTok-famous products, this Scrub Mommy sponge has frankly left my old wire scourers in the dust. It changes texture according to the temperature of the water you run it under!

    6. I only had to use these inexpensive teeth-whitening strips once a week to enjoy their brightening effect.

    7. I haven't bought tinfoil or baking paper since nabbing these silicone baking sheets.

    8. I've really enjoyed getting into crafts while I'm stuck at home! These watercolour pens are absolute keepers.

    9. The same goes for this box of oven-bake polymer clay!

    10. I'm pretty sure most of us had a deep-cleaning obsession at some point during the last year. This Elbow Grease spray is the best thing I've ever used on my kitchen's sticky surfaces!

    11. I relied on these eyebrow and peach fuzz razors while the salons were closed, and they quickly became a staple of my beauty routine.

    12. Speaking of DIY beauty treatments, this glass nail file made me wonder why I'd ever used emery boards.

    13. I've been dealing with a *lot* of maskne, and it led me to try out these inexpensive acne patches. I'll be using them to conceal and heal any spot I get in the future!

    14. And this powerful acne cream is great at banishing larger-scale blemishes.

    15. These ethylene-absorbing spheres prolong the life of my fruit and veg, so I don't have to waste money by throwing produce out a couple of days after I buy it.

    16. And this massive roll of 50 leakproof bags has *also* helped me to cut down on last-minute dashes to the shops!

    17. Working from home made me focus on all the issues in my flat that I'd ignored when I was spending most of my time in the office. This inexpensive pumice stone was the only thing that cleared the hard-to-budge limescale at the base of my loo (I'd tried every expensive chemical out there, so I was both relieved and annoyed to find out that the best option was a £2.40 stone).

    18. I recommend wearing these elbow-length rubber gloves when you're cleaning your toilet! I bought them to protect my sleeves from all the lockdown scrubbing I've been doing, and now I can't imagine my cleaning routine without them.

    19. This shower shield solution means that I don't have to worry about fingerprints or shampoo stains forming on my glass or metal surfaces. It's become invaluable now that everyone in my flat is home all the time!

    20. I wear these comfortable headbands all the time now that I'm WFH. They make me feel more put-together with minimal effort!

    21. This knife sharpener totally transformed my most-used kitchen tools, making my lockdown cooking storms a breeze.

    22. I figured that the pandemic was as good a time as any to try these foot peel masks, and now I'm absolutely hooked.

    23. My baking trays got embarrassingly grubby from all the new recipes I tried out over the past year, so I'm glad I found this Bar Keepers Friend powder.

    24. Being unable to use the office coffee machine made me realise how much limescale was in my kettle. This drop-in descaler ball keeps it mineral deposit-free for me – I just popped it in and continued to use the appliance as normal while it worked its magic.

    25. This (satisfying AF) fabric comb got rid of the bobbles on my clothes in no time, so I don't have to throw out my fave cardigans that have been sitting in the back of my wardrobe for over a year now.

    26. These plastic drain covers protect my sink's plughole without getting rusty or scratching up my sink like metal versions can. I find that they're way easier to remove than the regular kinds, and they've helped my drains to survive the heaviest usage they've ever been through.

    Me the first time I tried these: