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    34 Things You Should Probably Already Own, But Don't

    A tool that prevents socks from getting lost in the dryer? The Scorpio daily horoscope was right β€” my life is about to change in a major way.

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    1. A corkscrew wine opener that can easily open your favorite $7 bottle of red. It's even got a key foil cutter and a fancy pouch, which actually makes the perfect hostess gift (although you'll probably end up just keeping it for yourself).

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    Promising review: "This is great for bartending! This is smooth, good quality, and really easy to use β€” I let my workmates use it and now they all want one! My wrist didn't hurt at all, even after back-to-back 12-hour shifts." β€”crystal morrison

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. A cruelty-free EcoTools set packed with five brushes you'll use on the daily: an angled foundation brush, a concealer brush, an eyeshadow brush, an angled liner brush, and a blush brush. All for less than $10? HALLE- and I cannot stress this enough β€” LUJAH.

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    Promising review: "These brushes are great quality for the price. I use them almost every day and they have stayed in very good shape. It is very easy to apply makeup and it even comes with a little instruction booklet to tell you how to use them." β€”Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    3. A no-tie lacing system that is durable, adjustable, and conforms to your foot for a personalized feel. Raise your hand if your shoelace has ever come undone while walking from Point A to Point B, resulting in you falling flat on your face! With these laces, that'll no longer be a problem.

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    Promising review: "All I can say is that these shoelaces have saved me about 25 minutes every morning with my three kids! Great quality, very nice colors ,and super easy to use. Never worry again about having to tighten shoes in the middle of the street!" β€”ColorMeLife

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 12 colors).

    4. A heat-changing mug designed to transform from a black canvas and into your Alma Mater whenever you pour in a hot cup of caffeine. #HogwartsClassOf2012

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    Promising review: "Got it for my little sister and absolutely love it! The picture is really vivid and easy to see. Would definitely buy again." β€”Elitemojo1

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A Seche Vite bundle because the manicure you painstakingly complete today should not be chipped by *insert frustrated sigh* tomorrow. This base and top coat duo work in harmony to protect your nail beds from stains while also promoting a shiny, longer-lasting mani.

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    Promising review: "This set has been a game changer for great quality home manicures. Since using the base and top coat, I regularly get asked where I got my nails done and if they’re gel because they look so perfect! I do my nails on Sunday nights, and before using this set I’d usually be touching up chips by Tuesday night. With this base and top coat, they easily look great through Thursday and sometimes last the whole week." β€”Ev

    Get this set from Amazon for $9.20.

    6. A plant-based gel cream that works OT to tame the pesky flyaways that no amount of brushing can get rid of. The best part? This formula is non-greasy, completely transparent, and the mascara wand makes it super easy to apply.

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    Promising review: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage and no matter how I put my hair up, I have bad fly aways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray." β€”Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. An ice cream scoop with a truly solid design; the kind that can cut through even the most frozen of cookie dough Ben & Jerry's. It's also designed with purposeful grooves to prevent ice cream from getting stuck on the metal and the unique shape allows for you to easily ~scoop up~ any ice cream stuck toward the bottom/the corners of the carton.

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    Psst, this is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This scoop is solid with no danger of bending. It's a nice shape that will fit into the corners of ice cream boxes and also does well on round boxes. It also does well on solid and frozen ice cream, although running the scoop under hot water first really helps. This is the best scoop I've owned." β€”skny68

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (available in six colors).

    8. Garnier Fructis one-minute hair masks available in six different formulas to tackle your specific hair concerns; avocado to smooth, banana to strengthen, coconut to nourish, goji berry to enhance color, and papaya for damage repair.

    @garnier / Via instagram.com, @garnier / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "The best! This is an amazing conditioner and deep treatment. I live in the desert and have very dry, damaged hair. My hair is sensitive to harsh chemicals and this product is super gentle! This product has been a lifesaver for me." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $2.82+ (available in six formulas and two sizes).

    9. Flushable and biodegradable Booty wipes infused with vitamin e and aloe. If you're constantly traveling or having to access public restrooms in which not a single shred of TP can be found, be sure to stash a couple of these individually-packaged wipes in your purse. Thank me later.

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    Promising review: "I love these wipes!! So necessary after a long road trip or flight when you just need a little bit of freshness. The packaging is so cute, they smell so much better smelling than a baby wipe, and its so easy to throw them in your bag. A must-have!" β€”Rocali

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (for a pack of 30).

    10. An HSI thermal spray to protect your 'do from all that dreadful hot tool heat damage; the bleach in your hair was damaging enough, and it's therefore extra important to provide a protective barrier between strands of hair and straight contact with a 150Β° curling iron. Extra kudos go to this argan oil formula for working to prevent frizz, add shine, and give some lightweight hydration.

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    Promising review: "This thermal product is FANTASTIC! I have spent a small fortune over the years trying to find a thermal protector that actually works and does not leave my hair feeling greasy or weighed down. This stuff is magic on my color-treated, grey under it all, wiry hair. It leaves it soft, shiny, manageable, and with no fly-aways. Cannot say enough good things about this product." β€”Jennier B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.15.

    11. A universal adapter that works in a bunch of different countries, from New Zealand to Spain, ensuring that you'll be able to use everything from your straightening iron to your camera charger the second your butt hits that hotel bed. Have you ever landed in a foreign country, iPhone battery depleted, to realize that *nervous giggle* you've brought the wrong adapter? Because same.

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    This is even designed with two USB ports, which means you can be charging your phone and portable charger at the same darn time.

    Promising review: "When you have this adapter, you don’t have to worry if you brought the 'right' plug because they are all in this one unit. This compact unit replaces all those bulky plugs and simplifies packing when traveling to several foreign countries. The two USB hubs allows charging of electronics without having to use a plug outlet." β€”Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    12. A satin pillowcase that adds a whole new meaning to the phrase "beauty sleep". Sleeping on this gorgeous thing will reduce bedhead, extend your blowout, and prevent hair breakage β€” all while you're catching up on some much-needed shut-eye.

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    Promising review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made, and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!" β€”shawnellnewberry

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 16 colors and three sizes).

    13. A cruelty-free Vivienne SabΓ³ waterproof mascara that proves miracles do happen once in a while. What's that miracle, you ask? No πŸ‘ more πŸ‘ raccoon πŸ‘ eyes πŸ‘. This clump-free formula stays put through oil, sweat, and tears with no bleeding or smudging.

    http://@viviennesabo.paris / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I'm completely sold on this mascara. I have tried more brands than I want to admit to in hoping to avoid raccoon eyes. I dance β€” and that means that move a lot, fast, and sweat. Oh do I sweat! Last night my eyes were burning from the sweat dripping into them...but no raccoon eyes! I even put a little on my lower lashes and it still didn't bleed under my eyes and onto my concealer. The mascara goes on well, I haven't had any clumping issues, it's cruelty free, lasts and lasts and lasts, and I'm totally in love with it." β€”A. Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. A copper tongue scraper you'll begin to use with both disgust and fascination because the amount of built-up dead cells and bacteria that will be visibly scraped off? It will be quite a lot.

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    Promising review: "I had no idea I needed this until I used it. OMG. All I can say is (a) I'm really glad that stuff isn't on my tongue anymore; and (b) yep, you've got that stuff, too. So you really, really want to add a tongue scraper to your daily dental regimen. You'll feel a lot better just knowing that gunk isn't in your mouth anymore. Just get this!" β€”The_Chief

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. A Rubbermaid food storage container capable of keeping produce fresh for a significantly longer amount of time. Get ready to save a ton of $$$ on groceries that tend to wilt away and die (I'm looking at you LETTUCE) within a mere five seconds after being placed in your fridge. Your life is actually about to change.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I cannot believe how much I love these containers. Believe it or not, this keeps my lettuce fresh, much longer than in a plastic bag or factory packaging. I used to constantly throw lettuce away because some would spoil before I got to it. Not a problem anymore! I also decided I wanted to keep a salad bar of sorts in the fridge, with all the veggies and toppings pre-chopped so all my family has to do is put it together and get some dressing. I thought for sure there is no way I can cut up things like cucumber and tomato and have them not get nasty (because I've tried before in regular Tupperware type containers) but amazingly enough it works. I have a chopped onion that's been in there for like two weeks now and it's still fine (I'm the only one that uses onion on my salad). So far all I've tested is tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions as well as regular lettuce and spinach kale. They work amazing for all of it." β€”Kristina

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of these Rubbermaid food storage containers.

    16. A bronze holder that simultaneously turns wine corks (over a 100 of 'em) into a work of art while also preventing them from cluttering your junk drawer, your dinging room table, and every other nook and cranny of your home.

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    Promising review: "Perfect, sturdy, and beautiful. It's also a decent size; not overwhelmingly large but not too small." β€”Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A satin set you'll want to throw on before proceeding to pad through your very expensive villa, as you are now very rich (as evident by your very rich person loungewear).

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    Promising review: "Stop reading and buy this PJ set! IT'S AMAZING. Silky while still being stretchy and the sizing is spot on." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 25 colors).

    18. A batter dispenser that will turn the mess of baking (READ: take a moment to picture all those cupcake mix droplets all over your kitchen counter) into a much easier process. Simply pour in the batter, squeeze the lever, and bam! All of your baking mixes β€” everything from pancake and brownie to to crepe and muffin β€” will have been dispensed in a pinch.

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    This dispenser is especially effective for Saturday morning pancakes (it helps create the perfect circle), can hold up to four cups of batter, and has a measuring label built in.

    Promising review: "Love love love this baking tool. Just bought it, just made cupcakes, and cleanup was beyond easy! Typically I loathe making cupcakes with my kids because there's lots of cleanup involved β€” spoons falling into batter, batter all over cupcake tin...but not with this dispenser! I even let my youngest (four-years-old) pour the batter in the cups and it didn't make a mess at all! This is definitely going to be a staple in my baking line up. I am almost tempted to buy one more, just in case I never see it again!" β€”Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    19. An adjustable blind cleaner because YES, you do have to clean those on occasion (the amount of dust that can accumulate there is *allergy cough* wild). This is also great for air conditioners and fans!

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    This handy dandy tool comes with five microfiber cloths, meaning you'll be able to clean your whole darn house in one sweep.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! You can clean both sides of two blinds at once and grip them firmly to get ALL of the dust off. Plus, it comes with five covers, so that no matter how dirty your blinds are, you'll be able to finish dusting your whole house! I also love that you can wash the covers and don't have to waste money on refills." β€”Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. An Aesthetica contouring kit here to take their hand and lead them into the path of chiseled cheekbones. This vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic palette includes a handy how-to guide (pictures and charts included!) that helps this makeup technique seem 10000000x less intimidating.

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    The makeup itself is super creamy and buildable, meaning mistakes can be easily fixed or blended out.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with my kit. I have not bought a professional contouring kit before and was nervous about buying this one, but the product is easy to put on and it stays on all day. The kit also comes with a how to guide that helped me know where to place the contour and highlight specifically for my face shape. Also super easy to blend in!" β€”steph

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    21. Ankle socks that won't ever get lost or stolen by the hidden monsters lurking in your dryer. Just shout "Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!" and they'll definitely show up.

    Amazon

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $15.95.

    22. A lint remover capable of picking up every speck of dust, dirt, and *important* pet hair plastered onto your furniture. Get dressed, sit on your couch to drink your morning coffee, and leave the house with peace of mind knowing your outfit isn't covered with a layer of fur.

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    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using this, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." β€”Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    23. A knit cardigan you'll want to keep in your freezing cold office, where the AC seems to consider Antarctica to be weather paradise.

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    Promising review: "Love this sweater! It is now a staple in my everyday wardrobe. The material is very soft and seems a little thicker than a normal cardigan, so it works great with layering for winter outfits. I have washed it a few times and it's held up, but I do hang dry my clothes so they last longer. Would like to see this cardigan in more colors!" β€”Evangelyne Gallegos

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95 (available in sizes S/M-M/L and in nine colors).

    24. A no-frills, fragrance-free Cetaphil body cream because changing weather = changing skin. If you're in need of some serious moisture and hydration, this jar of ✨ magic ✨ will truly deliver.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Cheap and effective! I prefer this moisturizing cream even to some higher-end brands I have used in the past. It adds a lot of moisture, isn't scented, and it leaves my super dry skin feeling really smooth. This was actually recommended to me by a dermatologist. He said to use this cream instead of a lotion, and to put it on right after you get out of the shower." β€”Harlee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. A Wilton leveler that turns fancy baking into an easy peasy ordeal: Just use this tool to (evenly) slice through some devil's food, add in icing, and make a layered cake sandwich.

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    Promising review: "Why didn't I buy one of these years ago? I bake a decent amount. Cakes are a big request. Yes, a serrated knife works just fine, but i didn't always get an even slice across the top that way. This just makes it so easy...and even!" β€”ksc30

    Get it from Amazon for $8.10.

    26. A luggage scale you'll purchase and treasure forever. Overweight baggage fees, which I know from personal experience/shame can cost upwards of $100, are not the fee you want to pay before embarking on an overseas adventure.

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    Definitely pack this and use it before returning home, that way you know if your many (many many) overseas souvenir purchases are making your luggage too heavy.

    Promising review: "After skating by the hair of my chinny chin chin one too many times, I finally caved and bought a luggage scale. It was a great purchase and something we use way more than we ever thought we would. Unfortunately when you are traveling for work and you go shopping without your scale or your husband, you have to guesstimate. My luggage was 49.9 pounds, barely making it through before I had to pay. Whew! After that, i bought the scale and we've used it countless times. It works great and is super small and easy to throw into your suitcase to weigh for your return home." β€”jgregory25

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. A NYX palette packed with six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up those pesky dark circles (see below), light and medium to make blemishes all but vanish, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion.

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    Promising review: "I have the worst dark circles under my eyes and for whatever reason, NOTHING has been able to help them at all. I’ve tried every cheap and expensive concealer and you can’t even tell a difference. I decided to give this a try because it was so cheap...BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! This actually covers up my dark circles completely!! I mostly just use the pink color for that, but I’ve used some of the other colors for acne spots and redness and they work just as well." β€”Chris & Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

    28. Pull-on knit jeggings that have the Hannah Montana seal of approval when it comes to the best of both worlds: these combine the comfort of your favorite leggings but the more ~put-together~ appearance you'd get from wearing your most trusty denim.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These pants are amazing! Perfect fit, very comfortable, and have a great stretch without becoming saggy throughout the day. It's also made from a nice material β€” not thin like most stretch pants. I’m buying them in multiple colors." β€”Shoshauna

    Get them from Amazon for $20.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in short, regular, and tall lengths and six colors).

    29. A Mario Badescu lip balm that will melt into your lips (think ~the Wicked Witch of the West meets water~) and leave behind a soft, non-sticky surface that won't trap any of your stray hairs.

    @mariobadescu / Via instagram.com

    This little tube of goodness contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin e.

    Promising review: "This is the best, most hydrating lip balm ever. I can use it once a day (which is important because so many lip balms have ingredients that dry out your lips so that you use up the product and buy more), and my lips feel and look great all day." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    30. Les Petits Macarons by Kathryn Gordon and Anne E. McBride, a lovely book that details how to make the perfect macaron in a variety of shells and fillings (which is no easy feat). There's even a troubleshooting guide toward the back to help fix any problems you encounter on your journey towards your at-home LadurΓ©e.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This book is AMAZING!! Simply AMAZING! So I had tried about six times to make macaroons but could never got it right. I had thought buying this book would have been another mistake, BUT it proved me wrong. I tried making French macarons today, and they came out perfect!!! 98% of them looked like the store-bought ones and the taste was divine! I LOVE this book because the measurements were written in both cup/tablespoon and grams, so I didn't have to purchase a scale, And also the trouble-shooting section at the end of the book was really detailed and helpful. Overall, this book is totally worth the money!" β€”lanatran2020

    Get it from Amazon for $15.39.

    31. A genius SockDock to FINALLY rid your life of that evil sock monster living in your dryer. This guarantees that every sock goes into the laundry room with a matching pair...and leaves the laundry room with its matching pair.

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    Add up to 12 pairs of socks and throw it into the wash with the rest of your laundry!

    Promising review: "Finally a product that makes this part of my life simpler! Seriously keeping sock together is one of those little life challenges that is annoying enough to drive me insane after each load of laundry. I only bought one set for myself to test out, but now I will be buying them for my wife and my kids to use. I did notice that if I tightened the socks too snug they would still be slightly damp after the dryer, but I slightly loosened the tension and that issue has been easily resolved." β€”Joshua

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16 (available in four colors).

    32. A high-waisted plaid mini skirt basically begging to be worn with over-the-knee boots and a black turtleneck top, with the result being something you'd see splashed across your favorite ~fall fashion inspo~ Pinterest board.

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    Reviewers suggest ordering a size up for the perfect fit.

    Promising review: "I was honestly surprised by the quality of this skirt when I opened it! It's a fairly thick material that sits well when on. There's no clasp at the top of the zipper, but I didn't notice it sliding down so that's not really an issue. It's also not too short...I'm 5'10" and all legs, and this skirt was still work-appropriate on me." β€”elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

    33. A stainless steel cleaner that will rid your large appliances (I'm looking at you, refrigerator) of all unsightly fingerprints and smudges. This blend of plant-based ingredients will even prevent future smudges from forming and β€” HALLELUJAH β€” won't leave behind any streaks.

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    Psst, this stainless steel cleaning spray also comes with a handy dandy microfiber cloth.

    Promising review: "When this arrived, I couldn't wait to get it out of the box to use it! It worked like a charm: streak-free and smells amazing! I actually joked with my brother about how you know you're an adult when you get excited about a cleaning product." β€”Kelsie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    34. A Stila liquid eyeliner with a formula worthy of the cult-like praise it gets: it dries quickly, lasts 25 hours a day, the thin tip makes application a summer breeze, and won't smudge or budge if you have oily lids.

    instagram.com / Via @stilacosmetics, amazon.com

    This cruelty-free, waterproof liner is perfect for day-to-night wear! The fine-tip applicator allows you to draw on a thin line, but it's also easy to add a few extra swipes for a more dramatic nighttime look.

    Promising review: "I've been re-purchasing this for years now and it's the holy grail of liquid liner. It's my favorite liquid liner of all time. Goes on in a solid, smooth line, and lasts all day. It has held up through heat, humidity, and the gym. It's very easy to apply, and is especially great for people who struggle with winged liner. All in all a fantastic purchase and well worth the price!" β€”littlebird

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 12 colors).

    Me @ that GENIUS sock invention:

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