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8 Weirdly Useful Products To Buy In July

Including a drying lotion that will knock stubborn spots out of the park.

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Hi! I'm the kind of person who messages my friends with products I'm obsessed with. And at work, my team and I are constantly recommending products to each other. So we thought we'd let you know what we're digging too.

For the sake of transparency, we'll always let you know if we're recommending something that we tried as a press sample/got for free.

1. A cheap and cheerful suitcase that fits all cabin requirements and is tough to boot.

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I am so smug about my new suitcase. I have needed a new one for ages, but didn't want to pay £££ for a Samsonite, or more accurately, £225 for a trendy Away case (they come with a USB charger). After a bit of research, I found Aerolite on Amazon. There's a range of colours, with at least one colour on special offer (I bought the yellow for £29.99, as I like a jolly colour – and it's easier to spot on a carousel).

I've taken this suitcase away for four weekends running, and each time it's fit an admirable amount in it – from a Eurostar stash of French wine, to several outfits for a girls' weekend away. There are loads of interior pockets, so you can store your dirty clothes and toiletries cleverly. And the shell is still light enough so that you can lift it into an overhead compartment with ease. I'm totally in love.

Buy it on Amazon, £29.99

2. A super-effective charcoal scrub that will leave your face squeaky clean.

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"I have become *somewhat* obsessed with pores recently and wanted something to scrub my face with and feel clean. Dark Angels by Lush not only did that but gave me baby-soft cheeks for hours after use. Praise charcoal." – Rachael Krishna

Get it at Lush, £7.25

3. A low-commitment journal that only requires two lines a day.

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I used to be a big diary-writer, but have fallen behind. So I tried out Dawn and Dusk: A Daily Journal and was pleasantly surprised. You write a line in the morning, and a line at night – and it's organised by week rather than month, so you can start and end whenever you want.

Get it at The Book Depository, £10.69

4. A drying lotion that will knock stubborn spots out of the park.

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"I bought Mario Badescu Drying Lotion while having a bad breakout and dabbed some on before going to bed for a few days. The worst of the spots shrank pretty dramatically, and the blemishes that hadn't had a chance to get too bad disappeared altogether! It is pricy considering the size, but you only need a tiny amount." – Jasmin Nahar

Get it at Liberty, £15.50

5. A soothing aromatherapy diffuser in a chic dark wood grain.

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"The shape of this lil' guy is so adorable. It looks like an onion, or a dumpling, or a Studio Ghibli soot sprite. It’s so cute that I will refer to it as the Lil' Onion Guy from now on. The dark wood grain is also perfect, because it looks so inconspicuous amongst my plants.

"It’s a really simple thing to set up: You just plug it in and pour some water and essential oils into the belly (internal compartment) of the little guy and put his onion lid back on top. It works well, though it produces a kind of unpleasant dripping noise occasionally (particularly right after you fill it up) and a constant hum. You can turn the humidifier on for one, three, or six hours, and it’ll automatically turn off once the time is up or there is insufficient water. I do like this humidifier, and I’ll probably buy more when I eventually turn my house into an indoor jungle." – Natalya Lobanova

Buy it on Amazon, £25.99

6. A set of knives that will stand the test of time.

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"This was a while back, but my goodness, they've made my life _so much better_? Victorinox Fibrox knives! They're the basic, black-plastic-handled ones. You can get them all individually from Amazon to make a set that is most useful to you. The paring knives are a great place to start – they're so useful as general kitchen knives. They take all sorts of abuse (I chuck mine in the dishwasher) and keep a sharp edge for longer than any gimmick 'sharp forever!' knife I've tried in the past.

"They're just damned good quality. They aren't shouty in adverts, they're just quietly amazing. And good knives, as we all know, can make your life in the kitchen significantly easier. I replaced all my knives with Victorinox Fibrox and it's just made things so much easier." – Paul Curry

Get it on Amazon, £29.84

7. A glamorous gown that punches above its weight – and its price range.

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"Full disclosure: I ordered this dress fully expecting it to serve as a warning about buying your budget clothes from independent sellers on Amazon or from dodgy sites online. When it arrived, I spent the week moaning about how terrible I was going to look, as in the bag this dress looked SO BAD. Then I put it on, and a ~transformation~ happened.

"I will stand here and eat my words. I love this dress. I makes me feel like a shimmering, rose-gold mermaid. I’m wearing a size 6 and it hugs my figure and fits great. At 5’2 I’m used to full-length dresses swamping me, but I actually don’t think I’d even need to get this taken up! (I’m wearing the dress with about 3- to 4-inch heels.) It’s slightly scratchy under the arms where the sequins touch your skin, but otherwise it’s pretty comfortable to wear too. The only bit I didn’t love were the slightly sticky-out cap sleeves, but I can take those in I reckon.

Pricewise, it’s a bargain. The dress is listed on Amazon as “on sale” (…it’s always on sale) for £39.99 down from £134, and comes in loads of colours. You just need to wait for the colour you want to go on the £39.99 price – I’ve been tracking it for weeks, and the prices next to the colours of the dresses change all the time." – Emma Cooke

Get it on Amazon, £39.99

8. A compact 3-in-1 brush that fits in the smallest of makeup bags.

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Eyeko do one of the best eyeliners possible (buy it here, £12), so when they sent me their new 3-in-1 brush I was excited. It doesn't disappoint. It's the length of an eyeliner pencil, but pulls apart in three sections to reveal a blending brush, an angled brush, and a defining brush. If you click the Instagram video, you can see it in action.

Here's why you should buy it though – it's especially good if, like me, you don't have a makeup bag and just chuck things into your handbag pocket, meaning you can carry a clean brush around to touch-ups. Bonus: The bristles are all cruelty-free.

Buy the brush here, £12

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