29 Things That Will Make 2020 Less Of A Pain
We are living in the future now, so it's time to leave annoying problems in 2019.
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helpful eyeliner that has a stamp on the opposite end so you can just ~wing it~ when it comes to getting a flawless cat eye every time.
You get two dual-sided pens: one each with the left and right wings. The other sides = straight eyeliner.
Promising review: "I've tried the taping method, tried normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot... It's not like my hopes were high since nothing else has been efficient or worked as it should. But to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect aside from needing to connect it to my current liner. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES...LET ALONE THE 2 MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There was no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line." — LadyMeow
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Dinnerly — a meal plan subscription service that's a step above the rest. Each dinner only has six ingredients (so they're easy and quick to make) and it costs just $4.99 per meal.
Cheap, easy, convenient — what are you waiting for??? You can choose a box for couples or families. Each meal is fairly simple, so you can learn easy recipes to make even when you go off the plan.
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almost magical millipede tool that uses its little fibers to pull up all that gunk that's been blocking up your sink. Working drains without the plumber bill? Maybe 2020 is going to be your best year yet.
Promising review: "Never has my flabber been so ghasted. For a sub-$6 tool, this worked amazingly great. Pulled out a 3.5-foot-long hair monster from the shower drain. User tip: when you pull back a little and feel resistance, reinsert the millipede and twist (a pair of pliers helps with this) like your life depended on it. This gets the clog to wrap around the little tines a lot more and gives you stronger leverage to unclog the nasty SOB.
The times are so clingy, that is near impossible to clean off the hair clog afterwards. Makes this essentially a one use tool, which I'm ok with. I don't have to clean and store a drain snake for a once a year (at most) use." —
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Handy's Home Shop, because installation is included. No more cursing and crying over half-finished Ikea furniture!
Some furniture options include end tables, dresses, bed frames, cabinets, TV stands, and lighting. You can see all the options by clicking the blue "Home Shop" button on the homepage.
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powder cleanser to arm yourself with when tackling the toughest of stains. It'll be like you bought a brand new set of pots and pans.
Promising review: "This stuff works so well, you'll feel like you're in a staged infomercial where your surfaces are left gleaming and impossibly new. I removed the worst stains from my white ceramic sink, which I had tried everything on... bleach, oxygen cleaners, lemon and baking soda... Nothing worked. But sprinkle some Bar Keeper's Friend on there with ~10 min of elbow grease, and BOOM it looks almost brand new. I'm obsessed, could not recommend it more." — KathleenH
Get one can on Amazon for
$6.89 or two cans for $9.89.
beautiful yoga mat so you'll have something nice to look at while doing downward dog.
Society6, Huebucket / Society6
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Huebucket on Society6 for $39.
self-cleaning litter box, because if robots are gonna steal all our jobs, they might as well start with the worst ones.
Promising review: "I live in a one bedroom apartment and this thing is a godsend! No matter what room the litter box was in, it managed to stink up the ENTIRE apartment. Not anymore! I really like the crystal litter (it does a better job of odor control than clay litter) and I'm so happy I don't have to scoop anymore. I hated that job and after scooping, the clumps went into my wastebasket, where they just sat for days and continued to stink up the apartment. The crystal litter dries everything out, so no smell at all." — Elizabeth R
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pair of lacy thigh bands made to prevent chafing and make you look like a sexy spy or something.
A BuzzFeed video producer tested the
best thigh chafe products, and these were one of the winners! Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office, I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable digging in." — A. Spencer
Get a pair on Amazon for
$14.95+ (available in 8 colors, some available in both lace and solid).
sauce holder that clips onto your car's air vent, making eating on the road a less sticky situation.
double hamper with built-in laundry bags so you can pull everything out pre-sorted once it's time to hit to the laundromat.
Get it from Amazon for
$45.96+ (available in four colors).
Angry Mama figure you can pop right into your microwave. The steam will help loosen all that caked on food, making cleaning a 30 second job.
Fill with water and vinegar to produce steam. Made of heat-resistant materials and is top rack–dishwasher safe.
Promising review: "I'm a bachelor and cleaning the microwave is never a high priority for me. Bought this being very skeptical but thought what the heck it's not that expensive and worth a try. It arrived and a few months later I got around to using it on my microwave knowing that one use would never cut through over two years of buildup. Was I ever wrong and very surprised. One use, scrubber sponge, and my oven was good as new. Awesome product and would highly recommend." — Donald Mansmann
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comfortable V-neck bra that will support you, no strings (or wires) attached.
True and Co
Promising review: "This is just a great bra. I wear a 34C typically and the medium fits me perfectly, as they recommended. I tried this out for several days and then decided to order two more. I was looking for a comfortable and modest bra to wear at work daily. It provides enough padding and support that I don’t feel I will show through, but is thin enough to be very smooth under my shirt and feel like a second skin. I am impressed by how well it supports." — Amanda
Get it from True and Co for
$49 (available in sizes XS–XL and eight colors).
pack of garbage bags with a nice Gain x Febreze scent so 2020 won't stick.
Promising review: "Is anyone actually reading a review on trash bags? Anyway. These are the only trash bags I buy, and they are cheaper on here than they are in my grocery store. They smell decent because of the Gain (who cares, right?) but also I have not had one break on me even with some questionably heavy things for a trash bag...and it keeps the trash from smelling bad in the time it takes to fill up. So, five stars from me." — KLTorrence
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— a troubleshooting guide to your health so you can stop freaking out every time your eyelid starts twitching. Am I Dying?
The lighthearted guide tells you when to chill out, go to the doctor, or rush to the ER.
Get it from Amazon for
$11.12, Barnes & Noble for $24.53, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.
oven liner that catches all that food debris so you can remove and easily wash it, instead of having to climb into the oven to tackle messes.
Instead of burnt sugar stuck to the impossible-to-reach back left corner of your oven, you'll be able to just pull this mat out and wash it like a dish in your sink.
Promising review: "I expected to be happy, but I'm thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are." — Artest Outset
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marble diffuser to de-stuff your home. You'll need it now that the heaters are on full blast. Plus, it's pretty!
Promising review: "Beautiful, highly recommend! You can set it to mist for one, three, or six hours and can use with lights or without lights. Great quality, comes with cute water measuring cup. I use this in my home office. Contemporary marble look design goes with any decor!" — Mindy R
Get it from Amazon for
$34.99 (available in two colors).
drawstring makeup bag that lays flat when you need to find something and then retakes shape with two pulls when you need the surface area for something else.
Get it from Amazon for
$24.99 (available in four colors).
Bag holders so you can dump everything in sandwich bags mess free without anyone's help, thank you very much.
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three-door insulation kit that lets you pretty much shrink wrap your windows to keep your warm air inside where it belongs.
Just put the double-sided tape around the frame of your window and use a blowdryer to melt it around the window (which prevent leaks or cracks). This will help keep heat in your home, without even being noticeable once it's on. It's also available for
patio doors. Promising review: "This product kept my apartment warm and toasty last winter! I live in an older apartment and the windows are not only large, they're not updated to be efficient. There was draft pretty much on all the windows in the apartment so the heater just keeps kicking in to warm the place. Of course, this means enormous heating bill. Last winter, my husband decided to try this product. We noticed the difference right away on the first night we had it installed! No more drafts and the apartment stayed pretty warm. We noticed a huge drop on our heating bill (almost $50 a month compared to the previous year). It takes some time to install it especially because we have several windows in our apartment but it's absolutely worth it! I am buying another box for this coming winter!" — D. Dacera
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pack of Bottle Bright tablets so you can stop wasting time scrubbing your water bottles and spend more time getting hydrated.
Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" — Robert A Moreno II
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shoe insert that will gently cradle your foot and maybe help alleviate some discomfort caused by things like plantar fasciitis.
Promising review: "I have spent BIG $$ on many products, special socks, gel insoles, a night splint, tapes..and on top of oral steroids to relieve my foot pain..I have even used certain New Balance shoes to try and help with the pain. But these cheap little insoles have worked WONDERS and my pain is instantly relieved and it helps all day long..I really recommend these to anyone suffering from PF. I also recommend, before getting out of bed..making time to stretch your calves..and have your socks and shoes with these in them and put on before you step out of bed...it will make your day so much better!" — Jen
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A buttery soft
percale bedding set with snaps, so the top sheet and duvet cover are always attached. Making your bed is gonna be a *snap*!
I have these and am forever grateful for the snaps. No more bunched up top sheets at the bottom of the bed! And now I actually make my bed because it's so darn easy.
Get it from Primary Goods for
$149+ (available in sizes Full–California King and nine colors).
Boy Brow — a foolproof way to get instantly well-groomed eyebrows with just a few swipes.
Seriously, just brush your brows up and then out; it's that easy. I used to use Boy Brow all the time and loved how natural my eyebrows would look, even if I used a color that was much darker than my natural hair color. It's way easier to use than a traditional eyebrow pencil. Read another, more
in-depth review of this eyebrow magic (#5).
Get it from Glossier for
$16 (available in three shades and clear).
jar of O'Keeffe's hand cream ready to take on whatever winter dishes at you. Painful cracked knuckles is just not something we worry about in 2020.
Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." — Steve
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microplane foot file that'll make quick work of callouses and cracked heels. New year, new feet.
Promising review: "This thing is pretty amazing. I was skeptical for sure, since I've tried all kinds of lotions, balms, and stone-based products, none of which helped my heels whatsoever. I've worn socks to bed for years, because if I don't the sheets hardly last a week before they have holes rubbed through them. My wife ordered this thing that looks like a mini cheese grater, lol, and after two minutes — two minutes!! — of rubbing it on my heel, it's a complete 180. I never would've believed it until I tried it myself. This is well worth double what it costs." — LBK
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pack of itty-bitty kitchen tools that get the job done without taking up too much valuable real estate in the drawer.
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avocado heating and cooling pad you absolutely ~hass~ to have for all your aches and pains.
It's filled with natural buckwheat grains and lavender, which might help soothe sore muscles.
Get it from Urban Outfitters for
subscription to a colorful razor service that will mail you new razor heads before you even had time to complain that your old razor blades are getting dull.
The first shipment sends you a razor handle, a magnetic mount, and two razor heads. The following shipments will have four razor heads and any other goodies (like shaving cream) that you'd like.
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