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    33 Genius Products That Honestly Deserve Nobel Prizes

    Bet you wish you thought of these yourself (so do we).

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    1. A Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer hot air brush, which is one of the most versatile (and most popular) hair appliances on the internet. Instead of having to hold both a brush and a blow-dryer simultaneously to style your hair, you can now free up one of your hands for selfies — because the world deserves to see this thing in action.

    A hand holding the brush that has bristles all around it.
    A woman showing her frizzy hair.
    The same woman showing her hair straight and frizzless.

    Promising review: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hair dryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! The flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, nondamaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in four colors).

    2. A bug bite thing (no, really, that's what it's called) to suck out all the nasty venom and saliva left behind by mosquitos each summer — that means less swelling and itching, and more fun in the sun!

    a model using the bug bite thing
    a photo set displaying a person's arm before and after using the bug bite thing

    Some reviewers say it has strong suction power, so use it lightly!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    3. sweat-proof running belt that comes with a pouch to hold your phone, as well as a key and coins pouch and a sealed hole for your headphones (which will come in handy for those of you still in committed relationships with wires). It's basically a utility belt for athletes. You'll feel like Batman minus the repressed anger and billionaire privilege.

    Promising review: "I used it to go running. I have a iPhone XR and it fits perfectly in it. The belt doesn’t get loose or bounce when you run or you work out. The best of all that is flat and lightweight. I recommend this product if you are looking for a pack that holds you keys and your phone."—Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in six colors)

    4. An Erase-a-Hole putty if you and your roommates have turned your living room walls into Swiss cheese, but would still like a chance at getting all of your security deposit back. You'll definitely keep this stashed away somewhere in every new apartment you move into.

    a guide on how to use the stick
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff." —bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    5. A grout pen to...well...hide dirty grout. Which is a quick and easy project for lazy people who'd rather not spend an entire afternoon actually *removing* dirty grout.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving, and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I'm very happy with this product!" —Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    6. Schick Silk Touch-Up Tool you can use to remove peach fuzz and shape your eyebrows. It also works to exfoliate dead skin, and people with beards can even use it to trim the hair near their edges with as much precision as possible.

    reviewer photo showing the blade of the touch-up tool
    gif of reviewer using the touch-up tool to remove their peach fuzz

    Promising review: "These are great for trimming eyebrows or even facial hair. They are sharp but not too sharp. They work in pesky areas that are hard to reach too (think chin, lip and more). I keep one in my car too! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —baby momma knows

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    7. A silicone watermelon cutter to make carving up this delicious snack so much easier. You shouldn't have to struggle digging into your favorite summer treat.

    A model using the rotating tool to cut squares out of a watermelon
    Amazon

    It also works on cantaloupe!

    Promising review: "Wow is this the greatest invention for watermelon ever or what? I love watermelon, it's my absolute favorite summertime treat, but cutting it can make such a mess and can be wasteful as well. But not anymore. This handy dandy little device changes all that. Makes slicing watermelon quick and is virtually effortless. Plus it cubes the watermelon as it cuts. Cleanup is a simple rinse under the faucet and that's it. Literally could not be easier to use. It is the perfect tool for cutting and cubing your watermelon all at once. AND it's very inexpensive. Best kitchen tool I've seen in a long time. Works for cantaloupe as well!!!" —jimdevo

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    8. A Diamond Dazzle Stik with a twist-to-dispense design that makes cleaning your jewelry so easy you'll do it just for fun. No more cloudy stones for you!

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47.

    9. A scratch-free scraper tool so you can remove labels and other sticky things like a civilized person instead of using your nails like some sort of X-Men character.

    a before and after photo set displaying a reviewer's stovetop after using the scratch-free scraper tool
    a pair of hands using the scratch-free scraper tool to remove a label from some glassware

    You can use this to scrape off candle wax from tables, dried food from countertops, adhesive stickers off new products, soap build-up in bathrooms, etc!

    Promising review: "The perfect handy tool for getting into tight places. It's firm enough for multiple uses but it doesn't scratch or mar surfaces. I should have gotten the five-pack, I have so many uses for these things. I think the best use yet was cleaning the sliding door track, I finally could get into the corners to get the grunge out. A great invention." —MissPicky

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    10. A genius cat toy to keep your kitty entertained for so long it'll honestly make you jealous. I wonder what it must be like to not have bills or responsibilities.

    reviewer photo showing their orange cat jumping while playing with the cat dancer toy
    same reviewer showing their cat again jumping for the cat dancer toy

    Promising review: "My cats are OBSESSED with this toy and I find it hilarious since of course it's the cheapest thing we've bought them. When it's time to put it away I literally have to hide it so they don't see where it goes. I swear they would play with it until they passed out if I didn't stop them." —AliaDanielle

    Get it from Amazon for $2.95.

    11. pancake mixer bottle that'll allow you to mix, pour, and fry your pancakes as fast as possible. This is perfect for people who live in households with many mouths to feed.

    hand holding a bottle full of batter and pouring out pancake circles onto a griddle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing makes pancakes a breeze! The batter mixes really fast in this bottle and it makes pouring the batter on the griddle super easy. I make pancakes at least once a week so this is a great addition to my kitchen tools." —LBND

    Get it from Amazon for $12.46.

    12. A set of bedsheet holders to prevent aggressive sleepers from ripping their sheets off the mattress while tossing and turning.

    Promising review: "Say goodbye to re-arranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill, so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these bed bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I would have bought this so much sooner." —Khalysee

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and four pack sizes).

    13. An eyeliner stamp that'll help you create that matching wings look so many people struggle to capture. Your coworkers will demand you give an impromptu beauty tutorial during your next Zoom meeting.

    a hand holding an eyeliner stamp
    a woman's eye after applying eyeliner

    One side is a winged stamp and the other side is a regular eyeliner pen.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings, but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though — not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it." —Tara Doyle Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    14. A scalp massager shampoo brush for a deep and exfoliating wash that'll also relieve some stress at the same time.

    Pink shampoo brush being held between fingers
    Pink shampoo brush being held upside-down in hand

    Promising review: "I'm sitting here stunned an hour later at how good I feel. I didn't realize the extent to which my scalp bothered me before until now. Even my hair looks better, which is a bonus I wasn't expecting." —C

    Get it from Amazon for $7.58+ (available in light green, pink, and purple).

    15. A pack of clear bumper stickers (no, not the kind that go on cars) to make your home a much quieter place. These will keep your drawers and cabinets from slamming shut, even if your house is haunted by very petty and rambunctious ghosts.

    Photo collage of the transparent stickers applied on different surfaces
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So my parents’ bathroom cabinets make a lot of noise and are all missing bumpers in the corners of the doors and on the frames. I put these on the other day and life is sweeter without having to hear the cabinet doors slamming or closing each time they’re opened. With the bumpers being clear and not of a color, it’s also aesthetically pleasing." —KW

    Get a 300-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A pair of copper-infused arch supports with compression to provide some much needed pain relief for people with fallen arches, plantar faciitis, or jobs that require them to stand or walk all day.

    Promising review: "I have been using these for about a week now, and I cannot tell you how much they have HELPED with plantar fasciitis. It is nothing short of amazing. I didn't realize that these also act as an arch support until I wore them. Nothing but praise from me. I have spent soooo much $$ on foot remedies, and was skeptical about these little elastic bands, but this has to be the best product I have purchased in years! I have already ordered another pair just to be sure I have them on hand !! AAA+++ product !" —remzy

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99.

    17. A pair of quick-dry water shoes that reviewers just can't get enough of. These flexible, sock-like shoes are great for protecting your feet from hot sand and sharp rocks while still allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of the water. Some people even wear them while they're chillin' in the backyard or out front washing the car.

    Reviewer image of black formfitting water shoes on feet
    Reviewer showing grippers on the bottom of the shoe

    Promising review: "I bought these shoes a couple of years ago before a river hike. UM THESE ARE AWESOME. They lasted a long time and the only reason I bought these yellow ones were because I wanted a new color, haha. My older pair did start to wear out in the toes from scraping them on rocks and such when hiking but still no holes in them. These shoes feel like socks but with enough of a sole that you can walk on gravel with no problem. It really is like walking barefoot. Also, these are the only water shoes that I have worn that do NOT let a bunch of debris into the shoe making you constantly have to take it off to empty it or just deal with the irritant. You can play on the beach with minimal sand stuck between your toes. Thoroughly impressed by that. So with that, I do recommend if you are a half size to size down so they are snug, otherwise the sock like ability to keep stuff out might not work so well." —Samantha Lindsay

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68+ (available in seven sizes and 44 colors).

    18. An essential oil stick that'll FINALLY give you some much needed migraine relief. If only you could rub this directly on the ting that was giving you a headache in the first place and erase it from existence.

    a hand holding a migraine stick
    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Read our full review of the Migrastil headache relief stick!

    Promising review: "The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I've taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need." —Katy Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. A rechargeable electric lighter for people like me who are deathly afraid of burning themselves with regular lighters. Like you can enjoy lighting candles every day like the rest of civilized society.

    reviewer photo showing the candle lighter lighting a wick
    same reviewer showing candle lit in the background while holding the candle lighter

    Promising review: "Literally the coolest thing I’ve bought myself. I asked myself before buying, “do I really need this” and thank god the answer was yes. I feel like a kid playing with my toy when I’m lighting candles. Everyone who comes over tells me how cool it is! Super easy to light candles and for sure easier than using a lighter or match!" —Amazon Customer, 3/17/2021

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. A Crown Affair towel that's made with waffle microfiber material to reduce how long it takes for your hair to dry *and* an elastic strap that secures the towel around your head — so when you hit that celebratory backflip upon discovering how comfortable this thing feels, it's sure to stay in place.

    Gif of model tying their hair in the towel
    Crown Affair

    Crown Affair is a woman-owned small business specializing in beautiful handcrafted hair tools.

    BuzzFeed Editor Melanie Aman has one and says, "When I bleached my hair, I switched from drying it with a bath towel to drying it with a T-shirt because I read that my rough bath towel was too harsh on my already stressed strands. The one downside to my new method is that I was stretching out the necklines of my shirts :'( Enter this talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular towel. It's incredibly soft and dries my hair super quickly, which is great because I hate wet hair but would prefer to avoid drying it with heat."

    Get it from Crown Affair for $45.

    21. A pack of bra strap holders, because few things are more annoying than having to adjust your bra strap for the 100th time in a row.

    The elastic holder attached to two bra staps in the back of a model
    Amazon

    These also make it so that you can wear bras with halter and racerback tops.

    Promising review: "Since I started using these clips, I haven't had to pull up my straps a single time! I used to have to pull them back up a dozen times a day. No more. Now I can put on my bra and then just forget that it is there. I don't notice any change in the fit of my bra. I wear a large cup size and the last thing I wanted was to add to that. However, with the straps fully extended on my bra, I find the fit to be essentially the same as before. The only difference is that the straps stay in place. If you've ever struggled to keep your straps up, you owe it to yourself to try this product." —K. Howe

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.97 (available in five color combos).

    22. A power strip with an ultra thin outlet cover that's so brilliant, whoever thought of it deserves a lifetime achievement award. Instead of forcing you to choose between a piece of furniture and that big bulky plug on the end of your old power strip, this one comes with a plug that's designed with the exact same dimensions as most sockets, so you can basically lean your dresser or nightstand right up against the wall without having anything awkwardly wedged in between.

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    23. A cooler light for when the sun goes down but you've still got a few brews to go. With this handy little gadget, you'll be able to quickly find that sweet nectar you're looking for instead of having to fish through ice and freeze your fingers off. And it shuts off automatically after 20 seconds, so you don't have to worry about draining the battery.

    The light attached to the inside of a cooler
    The light shining to illuminate the cooler's contents

    One charge is good for 60 hours of white light and up to 31 hours of red light.

    Promising review: "This little cooler light is awesome! Gone are the days of 'Honey will you come hold the flashlight while I dig in the cooler?' It attached very easy; just peel and stick while making sure to keep the lens pointed down towards the contents of the cooler. The adhesive seems to be very strong and should stick for good! The light is motion activated and only turns on when you open the cooler, and shuts off automatically when you close the lid, or after about 20 seconds of the lid being open. The light is super bright! It clearly lights the entire contents of the cooler! This was a great purchase and I have recommended this to my friends." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    24. A beard comb that doubles as a bottle opener to make sure that luxurious mane on your face is well groomed before cracking that IPA open at your local bar — ya know, for optimal hipster coolness.

    the bottle opener beard comb
    Bespoke Post

    The best part about this is it's specifically designed to fit inside of a wallet, so you won't have to waste any extra space in your pockets.

    Get it from Bespoke Post for $16.

    25. A grooming glove – it can be used wet or dry to remove excess hair from your furriest friend *and* give them endless belly rubs at the same time.

    a collage of a reviewer using the grooming glove to groom their dog's hair
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fantastic dog grooming aid! Our older rescue dog isn't too keen on the routine dog brushing stuff but her thick coat really needs the grooming — this dog grooming glove is the exact right answer. Put the glove on, pet the dog, and all that loose hair comes away, leaving her coat feeling so much smoother and softer without causing her to be nervous or upset over a brushing. Highly recommend, and yes I'm going to be ordering as gifts for a couple of other dog owners I know!" —DSP

    Get each glove from Amazon for $6.79 (available in both left-handed and right-handed versions).