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9 Low-Key Genius Things To Buy In November

Including a budget clip-on lens that will turn your phone into a fancy camera.

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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. The softest linen pyjamas that will keep you warm in winter, cool in summer and last you for years.

Here's the thing, I am particular about my pyjamas (or "jammies" if I'm totally honest). When my mum was diagnosed with cancer last year, I bought her a pair of luxury pyjamas from Liberty, as if she was going to be in hospital, I wanted her to feel as glam as possible.

All of which is to say that I treat pyjamas the way other people treat skincare or candles – I'll buy from expensive places, discount places, and the high street – I don't care where they're from but I want them to work. That means they need to be able to go in the washing machine, be loose enough to toss and turn in during the night, and hold up for a couple of years.

This is where Made comes in. They've launched 100% linen pyjamas for £59. I cannot express how much I love these pyjamas. I have bought a second pair already! They come in two very generous unisex sizes (S/M, and M/L) – for reference I'm 5'2 and have a 29inch waist, and the S/M swamps me in the cosiest way. There's two colourways (dusky pink and slate grey, I have one of each). Full disclosure, Made sent me the first pair to try out, but I literally had them in my personal basket ready to buy before the email came through.

I know £59 seems like a lot of money for pyjamas, and it kind of is. But in the context of the high street, most pyjama sets come in at around £50 for cotton (here's an example from Gap where the trousers are £23). I think these are a solid purchase, which is why I asked Made to share an exclusive BuzzFeed discount! Readers can get 15% off the Brisa PJs (both colours and both sizes) for 3 days from 1st - 3rd November (inclusive), and in fact the discount applies across the whole Brisa range (including lovely duvet covers and more). The code is BRISABUZZ15.


2. A cosmic lip gloss that is out of this world good.

"When Rihanna released her new Galaxy collection, complete with an array of glitz lipsticks and cosmic glosses, I was initially dubious. Though the packaging is undoubtedly eye-catching, I’ve never been a huge fan of lip glosses, nor shimmery lipsticks, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d be into it. But let me tell you: I am a convert, and I was wrong. While the lipsticks could stand to be more pigmented, the lip glosses are not only incredibly vibrant but stay on too. I wore the Astro-Naughty lip gloss on top of the Sci-Fly lipstick and got a ton of compliments. Rihanna, as always, is Queen." – Gena-mour Barrett

Get it at Harvey Nichols and watch our Fenty review video here.

3. A clip-on lens that will turn your phone into a fancy camera on a budget.

"I've recently gotten really into taking photos of flowers and nature with my iPhone and I bought this set of clip-on lens on a whim. I am obsessed with the macro one. It takes me back to the days of school science classes and I have been going a bit mad taking extreme close-up photos of plants. The other two lens are wide lens and fish eye and they both work great as well." – Alicia Melville Smith

Get it on Amazon, £12.79

4. A rose gold plated pen that will add a touch of sparkle to your workday.

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"I have pens in every single colour, thickness, brand, and at various price points, but there’s one pen that has come in and absolutely stolen my heart. It’s the Swarovski Crystalline Stardust Ballpoint Pen in rose gold. Like, daaaaamn! This pen is a thing of beauty and always elicits some sort of interaction with the person next to me when I bring it out.

"Granted, it writes a little thicker than I like – take a look at the handwriting photo I've used in the review (it’s smooth though) – but what it lacks in nib size for me, it definitely makes up for in aesthetics. The white crystals (1,300 to be exact) around the barrel of the pen reflect the pen’s rose gold casing, which makes it all the more stunning. And if that wasn’t enough, it comes in a fancy velvet pouch, which will protect it when it’s in your bag. Go on, treat yourself! You’re welcome!" – Dionne Grant

Get it at Swarvovski, £25

5. A home projector that will turn your living room into the snuggliest cinema.

"I bought this projector, and I looooove it. I just moved house and lost out on my housemate's fantastic big screen TV, but I wasn't keen to buy one of my own a. because TVs are expensive and b. I didn't have a convenient place in my new house to wire one up anyway. BUT I wasn't content to go back to watching Outlander on my laptop screen. So, I opted for this projector, which at £65 is a MUCH more economical deal than a new flatscreen, and is perfect for people who watch most of their TV on netflix and amazon prime since it easily hooks up to computers - you can even get attachment cords for your phone.

"The image is really clear and it takes about 5 minutes to set up, and it's also easily portable, which means I can watch have life-sized screenings of Stranger Things in my lounge and bedroom, and even angle the image up to my ceiling when I feel suuuper lazy. It feels like I go to the cinema every night now, except BETTER, because I'm able to pause when I want to google an actor or pee." – Chelsey Pippin

Get it on Amazon, £64.99


6. An all-in-one brow kit that will help your brows look their very best at all times.

"So the side-by-side photo basically speaks for the product. On the left is one brow undone, looking like a caterpillar on its death bed. On the right is the other brow, sleek'd, fleek'd, and ready to live its best life. The Brow Kit by Sleek Make Up is like the Dr. Miami of brows. You start off one way, but by time the kit works its magic, you've completely transformed and you're ready to take bomb selfies like you didn't just have a hot mess patch of supposed to be brows five minutes prior.

"The kit comes with a shaping wax and a setting powder, along with tweezers and a blending brush. I don't use the tweezers or brush, though, because they're tiny. I instead use a full sized NYX angled brush. But to apply, I actually work backwards and shape with the powder, filling in gaps and spaces, and then I finish off with the wax. I've found that starting with powder helps me to use less wax, and it looks a little more natural to me.

Availaible in four shades. (I use Extra Dark 819!)" —Essence Gant

Get it from Sleek for £8.49

7. Some lil' succulents that are perfect for chronic plant killers.

Buying plants on Amazon was something I was cautious about. But when I was buying products to do a DIY gardening post, Amazon had the quickest delivery option and I was in a rush. So I bought this multi-pack of succulents (8 plants for £9.50) and TL:DR, I was pleasantly surprised! Six months on, they are thriving! I've had so many pups (this is what succulent babies are called) that I've gifted a baby one to most people who've come by my house, as well as my neighbours. I've planted some pups on in a little dish with some gravel at the bottom too. They're incredibly difficult to kill, and only need watering once a week.

Get them on Amazon, £9.50

8. A cheap as chips eyelash serum or its luxury alternative.

"I always want to feel more confident without makeup, but I'm deeply committed to eyeliner and mascara. It would definitely be a dream come true to have Bambi-like lashes that also let me forego any eye makeup. This is why I was so intrigued to hear about RevitaLash, a product that claims to increase growth in your lashes. To see if it's worth the very high price, I decided to test it against a more traditional and far more affordable alternative eyelash serum – castor oil." – Natalya Lobanova

Find out how she got on here – it's worth reading in full for a total breakdown of the benefits of each serum. If you'd rather just take a punt, here are the options – Revitalash for £104 or Castor Oil for £14.50.

9. A plant-based ready meal that will make weekday dinners a little more exciting.

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"I'm trying to adopt a more plant-based diet, but I often find that cooking vegan food takes ages and I don't always have time to cook a full meal from scratch during the week. All Plants are a new company that deliver frozen plant-based ready meals that are big enough for two people (with leftovers). I tried their black bean chili, cashew mac and cheese, and jerk jackfruit, and honestly all three were delicious. I don't think I've eaten a ready meal since I was a student, but these were totally different to the ready meals I remember. They don't feel at all greasy, the portions are really generous, and at £57 for three meals (so £4.75 per meal) they're great value." – Tabatha Leggett

Find out more at All Plants

This ready meal provided to BuzzFeed free of charge, but we were not obliged to review it.