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    32 Things You've Probably Been Meaning To Buy For Ages

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    1. This peel-off stuff that'll protect your nails from clumsy painting is legit, so the hankering you've had to buy some is honestly fair.

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    Just pop this stuff at the base of your nails before painting them (it dries really quickly), and then peel it off after you've painted your nails for a clean, sharp line! This liquid latex is odourless and skin-safe, and it's designed to peel off in one easy motion (imagine the satisfaction).

    Price: £5.19.

    2. Good kitchen knives are a must. These ones come in a pack of five, so there'll be something for most kitchen tasks!

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    They're made with anti-rust stainless steel and come with blade guards, so you won't have to worry about hurting yourself when you reach for one of these in your cutlery drawer. Customers say they'e suitably sharp, and the handles are highly ~aesthetic~.

    Price: £15.99 for five.

    3. A carbon monoxide alarm will detect the odourless gas way before you could, and it's small enough to fit almost anywhere in your home.

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    This alarm is battery powered (the batteries are included), so it won't rack up your electricity bill! It's sensitive to even small amounts of carbon monoxide, and tells you how much CO is in your air at any given time on its digital display. As soon as the carbon monoxide levels reach an unsafe point, the alarm is activated (you can silence and test the alarm as and when you need to).

    Price: £13.46.

    4. Those peach fuzz razors you've seen on your Insta feed work for tidying up your eyebrows as well. These ones come in packs of twenty!

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    Not only are these eyebrow razors perfect for tidying up your brows without tweezers, they work for peach fuzz and even dead skin cells as well. Some people say their makeup goes on much more smoothly after using one of these, and seeing as they come in packs of twenty, you'll have enough to last you ages!

    Price: £5.85 for 20.

    5. A satin pillowcase is actually way better for your skin and hair, especially if you're prone to frizz and/or dry skin.

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    The flatter surface of satin pillowcases won't grab your hair or skin, so your hair will get less frizz and your skin won't drag either! Customers say these are really comfortable, and you can get them in 11 different colours too.

    Price: £6.98 for a pack of two in white.

    6. Hate the feeling of wet hair on your shoulders every time you wash it, but keep forgetting to buy one of those microfibre hair turbans? It might be time to take the plunge.

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    This one will reduce your drying time, won't make your hair frizzy, and it's got a handy hook-and-loop clasp for added security. Just plop your hair into one of these, twist the material, and secure it with the easy-peasy button for a much easier drying experience!

    Price: £8.95.

    7. If coming home to a vanity table covered in cosmetics is getting to you, we're in the same boat, buddy. It might be time for both of us to consider this makeup drawstring bag.

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    This is the perfect no-hassle way to keep your cosmetics covered! Just pull the strings on this fabric circle when you want to close up and store your cosmetics. Plus, it flattens out when you open it, so you'll be able to see and reach your makeup easily.

    Price: £6.98.

    8. Clear out your kettle with this drop-in descaler bag. You just pop the descaler in your kettle, boil, leave for ten minutes, and pour out the water!

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    There might not be anything worse than a cup of tea that has that really annoying limescale scum in it. This drop-in descaler is really easy to use, takes about ten minutes, and won't create any mess! Goodbye, slightly scaly cups of tea.

    Price: £1.92.

    9. Been meaning to fix that gross mouldy patch on the ceiling of your bathroom? It might be time to bite the bullet and get some mould remover spray (people really love this one from HG!)

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    Mould and mildew are really common, especially during colder, wetter months. This spray turns into foam when it leaves the bottle, which sticks to the grossest parts of your tiles to remove the mould embedded in it. It works for your grouting as well, so you'll have some incredibly satisfying clean surfaces after using this stuff!

    Price: £7.49.

    10. If you're anything like me, your hands have been suffering in the winter cold but you're struggling to find one that really works. This O'Keeffe's hand cream has great reviews!

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    O'Keeffe's contains allantoin, which creates a protective barrier on your skin that both protects the moisture already in there and protects your skin from drying factors. A little bit of this cream goes a long way, so a jar will last you ages (I've had mine for weeks and barely made a dent in it!). The formula is nourishing and the finish is non-greasy (plus, it absorbs into your skin really quickly).

    Price: £6.99.

    11. You've probably been eyeing up a reusable makeup remover cloth for a while. This one uses only water, is fully machine-washable, and it's really effective!

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    Using endless cotton rounds and micellar water is not only a bit of a faff, it's not great for the environment either. One of these reusable makeup removers is easier to use (you just add water, swipe it over your face, and boom, your makeup's off), and because it's machine washable, you can reuse it loads of times too.

    Price: £5.10.

    12. Been wanting to give The Ordinary a go but not sure what to start with? I swear by their AHA peel, which chemically exfoliates your skin and removes old, dead skin cells.

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    Just leave some of this peel on your face for about ten minutes and it'll get to work clearing your skin of old, dead skin cells, excess oil buildup, and other impurities! Because you only need to sparingly apply this stuff a couple of times a week, a bottle will last you ages!

    Price: £7.09.

    13. Maybelline's Age Rewind concealer is a cult fave for a reason. It's brightening, won't dry out your skin, and is available in 18 shades.

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    It's got an easy-peasy sponge applicator tip, and the formula is really creamy and non-drying. Perfect for getting rid of those under-eye dark circles and brightening your skin, these concealers are lightweight but effective (honestly, the dream).

    Price: £5.85.

    14. Those makeup brush washing boards? Yeah, they do actually work really well.

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    Get in between the bristles of your brushes with this textured board, which has a surface for basically every brush you own! It's made from easy-clean silicone, so you can get rid of any makeup residue no bother. The board has a variety of different textures, so it'll work for loads of different brushes.

    Price: £1.95.

    15. Keep forgetting that knife sharpeners are a thing until you pick up your blunt kitchen tools? This one is really user-friendly!

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    This sharpener has a really powerful suction grip that means it won't budge on your countertops when you're using it. Just run the blade of your knives through its double-sided buffer and you'll have sharper, safer knives in no time! No wonder over 6,000 reviewers love this thing.

    Price: £8.

    16. Silicone straws create less waste than the single-use plastic kind, and these come with six cleaning brushes and a useful pouch.

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    These ones come in a pack of twelve, which will be enough to last you a good while, and the cleaning brushes are included too. Just wash these bad boys between uses and they're good to go again (and again, and again!)

    Price: £7.59 for a pack of 12.

    17. Messy cables are both ugly and unsafe. These cable clips are small and functional (a dream combo!).

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    These small but nifty cable clips stick to your desk and other surfaces to hold your cables securely in place. Not only will your desk look more organised with a set of these (they come in packs of six), you'll be less likely to tangle or accidentally pull wires as well! A double win, TBH.

    Price: £2.99 for six.

    18. If your current charging cable is 1) frayed and damaged and 2) isn't long enough, you've probably been thinking of getting a better one. This nylon braid-covered cable will charge your phone really quickly, and it's two metres long, so you can watch Netflix in bed (yess.)

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    The double-braided nylon fabric covering the core of this charger is flexible enough to bend and tough enough to remain intact, even after repeated use. Suitable for iPods, iPads, and most iPhones, this lead will charge your devices really quickly! It's available in black and white, and is two whole metres long (plenty enough for some lounging).

    Price: £8.99.

    19. And speaking of chargers, if you're someone who leaves their charger on all day for no reason when you're out at work (i.e. me), these timer sockets could be a lifesaver!

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    Just plug these into your normal sockets and program them to switch off whenever you want them to. You'll be able to control how long your devices are powered for after you've left the house, which is perfect if you're sick of coming home to find out your devices have been plugged in all day for no particular reason.

    Price: £10.51 for three.

    20. Not only is beeswax paper way prettier than tinfoil, it's reusable and more multipurpose too.

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    You can use this paper to cover your sandwiches, to store fruit and veg in your fridge, as a cover for bowls, and more! Just wash it with cool water and soap and let it air-dry between uses, and it's good to go. The wax that coats this paper is supple enough to wrap around different surfaces, but firm enough to stay put when you've applied it.

    Price: £13.51 for three sheets.

    21. If you don't have a screen protector and have been thinking about getting one, this one made with extra-strong tempered glass are great.

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    Tempered glass is less likely to shatter and break than untempered glass, and this one is super easy to install – it contains a green applicator that fits exactly onto your screen as well as a cleaning cloth, meaning you'll have a dust-free and bubble-free application! This protector has gotten over 2,460 reviews with a 4.4-star average.

    Price: £6.99.

    22. A jewellery cleaning pen does exactly what it promises to do. You'll be able to refresh and shine your most expensive stuff with a pen that'll give you change from a tenner! Yesss.

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    The bristles of this easy-to-use pen get right in the nooks and crannies of your jewellery while staying soft enough to prevent damage. It'll work on diamonds, precious stones, platinum, and gold!

    Price: £7.55.

    23. That patch on your carpet you keep forgetting about and then catching out of the corner of your eye in a never-ending, slightly gross cycle? Yeah, you can fix that with some of this carpet cleaner.

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    This carpet cleaner comes with a handy brush that makes application really easy! Customers say it removes stains thoroughly and effectively, and it works on your sofa and other soft furnishings too. Just brush the deep-cleaning fluid over the Dreaded Patch on your carpet for a quick, easy, and inexpensive transformation. FYI, though – it's not suitable for use on silk, suede, velvet, or any other textile that'll get damaged by water application.

    Price: £7.59 for two.

    24. I'm sorry, a good diary actually will turn you into a whole other person –this incredible one with tearaway shopping lists and budget pages proves it!

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    It runs from August 2019 until December 2020, so you can start using it right away. There's plenty of space for you to plan out and record your weeks, as well as pages for budgeting and shopping lists you can just tear out (and yes, of course there are stickers included). Get ready to get organised!

    Price: £14.99.

    25. Seche Vite is an incredible topcoat – it'll help strengthen your talons and protect your polish from chipping too.

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    Apply some of this protective topcoat over your nails, and it'll help to seal your manicure, prevent chipping, and bond the polish better to your nails! I've used it before and found it made my nail polish (which usually stays on my hands for literally less than a day) stay fresh for weeks.

    Price: £7.19.

    26. If your wooden surfaces are looking a bit tired, they could probably do with a coating of this beeswax wood polish.

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    This polish will brighten up AND protect your stuff! It works on all kinds of wood, from oak to pine, and you'll only need a cloth and some free time to apply it. Rub some of this beeswax into your wooden stuff and it'll look brighter, smoother, shinier, and generally just really fresh! Folks say that a little bit goes a long way too, so you'll get more bang for your buck.

    Price: £7.95.

    27. Measuring cups make converting recipes really easy!

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    If you cook a lot, it'll be way more simple to use US recipes with this set, and seeing as it's just under £8 for a set of five, these won't hurt your budget either. They're colour-coded so you'll be able to easily choose the size you want, and the stainless steel material is both easy to clean and less likely to rust than other metals. Christmas baking, here we come!

    Price: £7.99 for five.

    28. Wonder hangers let you store six items of clothes using the rail space of just one hanger.

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    They drop down after you've hung up all your clothes in its slots, making it really easy to see which clothes you've got! Marie Kondo would be proud.

    Price: £8.99 for a pack of six.

    29. If you haven't bought some SPF yet, here's a sign. Simple do a really lightweight and hydrating moisturiser that's enriched with UV-protecting sunscreen!

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    Okay, I know it's winter, but SPF is still a must if you want to protect your skin from UV rays (they crop up even in cold, rainy weather. There is no justice.) This cream from Simple doubles up as a moisturiser and an SPF 30 sunscreen, so it'll keep you hydrated and protected at the same time. Its gentle ingredients and perfume and colour-free formula make it really kind to skin!

    Price: £6.99 for two bottles.

    30. Teflon oven mats will help ensure you'll have to wait longer between cleaning the base of your cooker.

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    You can just take these out when they get grubby and wash them with washing-up liquid! They can withstand temperatures of up to 200°C, and they're perfect for catching the crumbs, spills, stains, and grease that would otherwise end up on your oven floor.

    Price: £6.99 for a pack of two.

    31. Light-dimming stickers will tamper down that annoying glow from your PC, laptop, and other devices, and they're really easy to apply as well.

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    If you struggle to sleep because that incredibly annoying laptop or PC light is beaming through your room, then we have something in common. These LED-dimming stickers are a pretty great solution to our problem! They're incredibly easy to apply, and while you can still see the light from your devices through them, they'll block the extra-strong glare that bothers you into the wee hours. Sign. Me. Up.

    Price: £6.69.

    32. You just can't beat a good toastie, and this Breville sandwich press makes them brilliantly.

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    This sandwich press has completely removable non-stick plates that you can scrub in no time, and it's deep enough to hold loads of filling (hello, triple-cheese goodness!) You can fit slices of almost any size in here, and the stainless steel plates cut and seal your toastie into perfect triangle shapes. The heating indicator on the front of this press lets you know when it's hot enough to add to your sandwich!

    Price: £21.79.

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