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    26 Random Things I Love And Use Almost Every Single Day

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    1. A tea strainer that'll make sure each sip is loose-leaf free. It has a screw-lid that'll let you steep your rooibos without a care in the world.

    The tea strainer next to its plate and a mug
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    I know this seems like the most common-place item to rave about, but I was struggling prior to this particular tea strainer. Let me explain: I've used tea bags, open strainers, those ball strainers that clip together — and more often than not, I end up frigging it up. I'd rip the bag, knock the strainer, or somehow joggle my pot and end up picking leaves out of my teeth. With this thing? No issues. It's big enough to use for a full pot, but not so big that I can't just use it in my favourite mug. It also comes with its own mini plate so, you can set the strainer down once your tea is steeped.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.91.

    2. A pack of Cosrx pimple patches that'll literally suck the gunk out of your zits overnight. Now, let's be real: They won't make them completely disappear, but they will significantly help their appearance and speed up their healing process, too.

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    I found these during one of those weird Insta dives where I watch people pop their pimples and pull out ingrown hairs. I know, it's disgusting, but sometimes I just can't help but watch. These Cosrx patches kept catching my eye, so I finally caved and bought a pack. They're wildly inexpensive, so I thought, what do I have to lose? And dang. I can't believe how much power these little stickers have! They exceeded all expectations, and now I have to repurchase them every time I'm running low. I apologize for the gnarly photo, but it was necessary.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon Canada for $5.97. Also available in multiple packs.

    3. An Ilia mascara that'll lengthen your lashes, without drying them out. It uses shea butter and beeswax that'll keep them feeling healthy, and stays on surprisingly well for how easy it is to take off at the end of the day.

    A person before using the mascara and the same person after putting it on, with visibly longer eyelashes
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    This mascara feels like it actually conditions my lashes when I have it on, and never feels crispy or clunky (like some do). Like, have you ever put on mascara and thought, frig, this is why my eyelashes are stunted? Yeah, that does NOT happen with this one, whatsoever. The fact that it's made with beeswax and shea butter makes me feel like I'm giving my lashes a little TLC, even though I'm wearing makeup. It also comes off super easily at night, which is great when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to deal with a full-on scrub down. And the results? The length it gives is no joke! I'm obsessed.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $18+. Available in two sizes.

    4. This duvet cover set that'll feel soft and cozy on your bod, but won't destroy your wallet. The cover zips up, so you won't spend half an hour trying to button it up.

    A cozy bed showing off the duvet and pillows
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    When winter struck, my room was feeling especially grey and colourless. I didn't have the energy (or permission from my landlord) to paint my walls, so I figured I'd try some new bedding. After cringing at the thought of buying a $200 set, I caved and checked out Amazon. I came across this very reasonable set, saw the reviews were stellar, and thought, why the heck not? As soon as I pulled them out of their packaging, I could tell they were a winner. They're soft and smooth, and not at all that awful starchy texture you can sometimes end up with. I went with yellow to brighten things up, but they have a bunch of colours you can choose from. It comes with two pillow shams that are super soft and comfortable, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $33.99+. Available in eight colours and in sizes twin—California king.

    5. A pan rack that'll save you from stacking your skillets and scratching them. You can also use it to stash your pot lids and keep your cupboards neat.

    The pan racks with lids in one and skillets in the other
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    My cupboards used to be a hot mess prior to these racks. Now? No more heaving six skillets out to get to the pan at the bottom. I also love that I don't have to think about my non-sticks getting scratched, or my oily cast-iron pans getting everything else greasy. I ended up buying two, so I won't ever have to go back to the clanking heap of rogue lids ever again.

    You can use it upright or on its side, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.87.

    6. A massage gun that'll help ease your sore muscles in between RMT sessions. It comes with six different massage heads, so you can really get a handle on those annoying knots (wherever they may be).

    The massage gun next to its six heads
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    I picked up this massage gun during lockdown, when I wasn't sure of the next time I'd be able to see my RMT. It's truly a godsend for my tense traps and tight IT bands. My partner and I share it, and has become the best cop-out when I don't feel like giving him a massage. And when I do? He just wants me to use the gun! So I barely break a sweat helping him out. I also love how lightweight it is, so my arms don't get tired while I use it. It comes with six different massage heads and a black suitcase to keep everything in, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $137.99.

    7. A hair diffuser for your blowdryer that’ll transform your frizzy waves into bouncy curls. It has a super-wide surface, so you won’t have to waste time sectioning off your hair off into a billion pieces.

    A before and after showing that the diffuser makes Brittany's hair waves much more defined and bouncy
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    This diffuser attachment has forever changed the way I style my hair. Naturally, my hair is kind of wavy — but with this baby (and a dollop of Bumble and Bumble’s curl defining cream), my limp waves turn into bouncy locks I never even knew I was capable of (without a curling wand). I’ve tried other diffusers before, but what sold me on this one is how big it is. It lets me dry my hair in just two sections — which saves me time and effort, and prevents my curls from looking stringy and separated. I realized only after I bought it that I forgot to measure the diameter of my blowdryer. Luckily, this thing is adjustable — you just twist the top of it to make the attachment point bigger or smaller.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.99. Available in two colours.

    8. And a Revlon one-step blow dryer, when you want to smooth out that frizz and vibe with a straighter hairstyle. The bristles are wider than your typical blowout brush, so if you have thick or wavy locks, your hair won't get caught up in it.

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    This Revlon tool has replaced my obsessive need to blowdry, use a straightener, and finish with a curling wand (like I used to do routinely pre-pandy). When I don't feel like dealing with my curls, I use this baby and it works like a charm. It smoothes out my frizz without making my mane pitch straight or flat. Obviously, everyone's hair is different, but if you've been thinking of weaning yourself off of your hot-tool haven, this brush dryer is the perfect stepping stone toward less heat. It also has a cool air option, so you can test it out with zero heat, too.

    Get it on Amazon for $59.91.

    9. A set of resistance bands that'll tone your glutes, help with flexibility, and add a little extra spice to your next workout. They're super easy to store at home, which is truly a blessing if you live in a tiny apartment and don't have space for a bunch of equipment.

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    My partner and I have been using these bands pretty consistently for over a year now, and I'm amazed by how well they've held up. They still look and feel brand new, despite being yanked and pulled on a billion times. The heavier bands are great for days when I want a little extra heat from my squats, and the lighter ones are helpful reminders to watch my form (especially my janky knees that love to go rogue on me from time to time).

    Get the set of five on Amazon Canada for $17.99. Also available in other colours and in a pack of six.

    10. A tub of Sol de Janeiro's Bum Bum Cream that'll rock your senses to heaven and back. If the deliciously-buttery scent isn't enough, it'll also leave behind a subtle shimmer once it's rubbed in.

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    I cannot get enough of this stuff. It's so thick and luxurious, I feel like a literal queen every time I slather it on. And the SMELL. It's sweet and spicy, and has become my (and my bf's) favourite scent, ever. I love the subtle glow it leaves behind, too. Nothing too extravagant, but a soft shimmery trail that reminds me of lounging on a tropical beach.

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $59. Also available in a mini size.

    11. A plastic insulated water bottle that'll keep your aqua cold far past the end of your workout. It has a leak-proof lock, but the spout is self-sealing too —meaning it won't let any water out unless you squeeze it.

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    For some reason, I have, like, nine water bottles in my ever-growing collection — but this is the only one I use when I work out. I just love that I don't need to fumble with a lid every time I need a drink, and that I don't have to worry about knocking it over and spilling or breaking it (or have it make a horribly loud crashing sound, like all of my dramatic metal tumblers).

    I like this thing so much, I bought a second one that I always keep in the bottle cage on my bike. It's perfect because I can ride and grab a sip from it without taking both hands off of my handlebars (and fearing for my life).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.83. Available in five colours.

    12. A silk pillowcase that'll help keep your hair from breaking while you rest your sweet lil' head at night. It'll also help to keep your face hydrated while you sleep, unlike cotton pillowcases that tend to absorb moisture (along with your expensive night cream).

    Simons / Via, Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    K. I finally bought a silk pillowcase, and let me tell you: I wish I had done it sooner! It has literally transformed my day two curls. After sleeping on a regular cotton pillowcase, my curls would be a frizzy mess and I'd have to style 'em again (or just take a shower). Now? They're just as nice as they were before I hit the hay. It also feels cooling on my face all night long, which, as someone who is a hot sleeper, is a mighty bonus. And yes, this baby is 100% silk.

    Get it from Simons for $60. Also available in white.

    13. A bottle of Olaplex Bonding Oil that'll revitalize your damaged locks and tame your frizz. It's super lightweight, so it won't weigh down your hair or make your tresses feel greasy at all.

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    I am super happy with this little bottle of magic. It actually feels like it's penetrating through my hair cuticle to repair my hair, instead of just sitting on top of it. It's lightweight, so it doesn't make my hair heavy or greasy whatsoever, yet it still tames my wavy hair's excessive frizz. It's a thinner consistency, but packs a punch in every drop. You only need to rub a tiny bit between your palms every time you use it, so it'll last you a while.

    (When I do a straighter hairstyle, I'll use a squirt of my Verb Ghost Oil on wet hair right after I get out of the shower. I'll blowdry with my Revlon One-Step Brush, and then finish it off with the Olaplex No. 7 Oil. The combination is perfection.)

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    14. A weekly pill organizer that'll help you keep track of your daily vitamins and tablets. Each individual container is divided in two, so you can separate your a.m. doses from your p.m. ones.

    A person holding one of the pill containers in front of the whole pill storage box
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    This year, I made it a goal of mine to hop on the vitamin train and actually take them consistently. This weekly organizer has been super helpful in making sure I do. I love that you can take each pod out, so if I'm out for the day, I can just stash the one into my pocket (instead of hauling around the whole container). I also love that each pod has two separate compartments, so I can keep my melatonin the heck away from my daytime supplements.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.99.

    15. A pair of wireless earbuds that'll help you tune out the world while you WFH. They even come with an app that'll figure out what frequencies sound the best to your ears, for the optimal listening experience.

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    These earbuds are a dream. They plug right into my ears for a snug (but comfy) fit, which means I can wear 'em while I work out without worrying about them popping out of my ears. (They also really help me to ignore my bf during work hours, who loves to use his outside voice on calls.) The battery lasts forever and the microphone quality is 10/10. I love that the controls are customizable, too, so you can decide what action turns them on, off, skip song, etc.

    Get them on Amazon Canada for $119.99 (originally $139.99).

    16. A bottle of The Ordinary's hyaluronic acid, that'll make you wonder how you ever lived without it. Just pat a few drops onto your face right before you moisturize and watch your skin gobble up that hydration!

    A bottle of hyaluronic acid with its dropper
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    I started using this when I came back to Canada after spending a year in a hot 'n' humid climate. So, my face when it felt winter again was, like, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME? Every time I put moisturizer on it just sat on top of my wildly dry skin, no matter what I tried. And my nose? Flake city. Not cute. After hearing rave reviews about The Ordinary, I went into Deciem and spoke to one of their beauty specialists, who basically threw this bottle at me. They put a drop of hyaluronic acid on my left hand and added moisturizer, then added only moisturizer to my right hand for comparison. One minute later, my left hand had absorbed all of the moisture, and my right had a white cast of cream left on it. I was sold, and now I can't live without it.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $6.80. It's also available in a value size, which is great if you plan to use it all over your bod.

    17. These brush and scrubbing pad attachments for your drill, so you can give your apartment the deepest clean it's ever seen. It comes with 11 brushes, each in varying sizes and textures — to make sure no surface is left unwashed!

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    It comes with a cute lil' toolbox, extra drill bit, extension rod, foam pad, Velcro attachment head, two scrub pads, and four hard-bristled brushes. You'll need your own drill to use 'em.

    If you wanna see this kit in action, check out my full review of it here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for just $23.99.

    18. A bottle of aloe-based lube that won't get sticky two minutes into your trip to pleasure town. It's made with 95% organic ingredients that shouldn't burn or irritate your more ~sensitive~ areas.

    A person holding the bottle of lube
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    So, I've had a hard time finding a lube I like that doesn't get sticky, smell like a candy shop, or burn like the Devil. A friend of mine actually recommended this stuff to me, and I couldn't be happier. One squirt sustains its slickness for a good while, and the bottle doesn't leak or get greasy whatsoever either.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    19. A cute shower cap that'll help make the most out of your hair masks. You can also use it when you're doing overnight hair treatments to avoid greasing up your pillows and bedsheets.

    A person taking a selfie in a mirror in a towel wearing the shower cap
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    I never owned a shower cap before this one, but am mighty glad I finally tried one out. I always thought they were for one purpose only: not getting your hair wet. But then I realized they can be much, much more. I use mine every time I put a hair mask on, to lock in its benefits with help from the heat that gets trapped inside (and to keep it from making a mess). I also use it in the shower, after I've put conditioner in my hair. See, I always wait until the end of my routine to wash it out, so using a shower cap makes sure I don't pre-emptively wash it out (plus, it keeps the product off of my acne-prone back and shoulders).

    Get it on Simons for $9.50.

    20. A Wacom drawing tablet, if you're a budding digital artist who doesn't want to spend all of their money. It comes with three design programs you can install for free, so you can get a real feel for that virtual drawing life before signing up for a pricy subscription.

    The wacom drawing tablet and stylus plugged into a laptop
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    I got this thing at the start of quarantine when I didn’t have a job, and desperately needed a hobby. And let me tell you, it did wonders for my anxiety. I’ve always liked drawing and painting, but never got serious enough to build a stock of supplies. So, while I was scouring the internet for fun stuff to distract myself with, I came across this baby. It’s Wacom’s “beginner” model that doesn’t cost $1,000.

    Now, despite being an entry-level tablet, it doesn’t seem to be lacking anything too major. A seasoned graphic designer might be able to tell the difference, but I’ve had it for almost a year now and haven’t thought about upgrading at all. Plus, the free design programs it comes with have saved me more than a dime or two on design subscriptions. In comparison to the cost and value of other models I’ve seen, this tablet is a steal.

    It comes with a stylus, ten extra nibs, and three design programs.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $98.48.

    21. A Click and Grow hydroponic garden that'll let you grow basil, thyme, even tomatoes (!!!) regardless of how much light comes in through your windows. It comes with three basil pods, but there are a bunch of other pods you can choose to grow, too.

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    I can't believe how low-maintenance this thing is. It's been so nice to have fresh herbs at home, without fussing over how much sunlight it gets. The light works on a timed schedule, so we never have to think about it. We're even growing tomatoes now (these babies started out as seeds) and they're coming along beautifully! All we have to do is fill up the tank with water every now and then, and the machine does the rest. If you're new to gardening, this is the best thing you can get to make sure your plants don't die on you.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $129.99. Available in three colours and in a larger size.

    22. A bottle of Verb Ghost Oil that'll help you manage your split ends and frizz. You only need to rub in a drop of this stuff for it to work, so it'll last you a heck of a long time. (Bang for your buck, woo!)

    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    This stuff has become a post-hair wash NECESSITY. It manages my frizz like nothing else, without weighing it down. It's thicker than most oils I've used, but still absorbs well into my parched locks. I love how soft and healthy it makes my hair, I literally can't stop running my fingers through it now.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.99 or Sephora Canada for $20.

    23. A teeny-tiny bike storage rack that'll tuck your summertime ride away, as well as free up some floor space. With one clip per bike, installation is wildly minimal — just mount it onto a wall and pop the front wheel in.

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    So, here's my embarrassingly packed (and messy) storage closet to showcase just how handy this neat little gizmo is. Without it, it'd be a nightmare to find a safe spot for my bike. With it? Look! At! How! Compact! Seriously, if you live in an apartment with minimal storage (and hate leaving your bike outside to rust or get stolen), this thing is literally the best.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $32.95. Also available in a slightly bigger size for mountain bikes.

    24. An insulated thermos you can bring along on chilly hikes and other outdoor adventures. This thing is big, so you'll definitely be able to share it with your partner.

    A person holding the large Stanely thermos
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    I just got this as a Valentine's Day gift for my partner (and myself tbh), but I ended up busting it out early so we could start using it ASAP. We're obsessed with it. It's totally leakproof, so we can just toss it in a backpack without worrying about it spilling or dripping. We were stoked to find out that our leftover coffee from our previous day's like was still hot the next morning, too. It wasn't stupid expensive either, like some other insulated bottles.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $32.97. Also available in a larger size.

    25. A laptop stand that’ll do wonders for your posture. If you spend most of your day slumped over your desk, do your neck the favour and get yourself an ergonomic setup already.

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    Before I got this thing, I relied on a stack of books to elevate my laptop. It wasn’t pretty. I finally bit the bullet and made the upgrade, and let me tell you, I wish I had done it sooner. With this baby (and a separate mouse and keyboard), my sweet neck has never been happier. I normally use it with my MacBook Air, but I tried it with a clunky old MacBook Pro and it held it up perfectly, too. It comes with a hex key you can use to adjust the angle of the stand, with pads that’ll protect the edges of your laptop from scratches. Your aching back will thank you.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    26. And finally, a rose quartz gua sha facial stone that can improve your complexion by increasing blood flow. It can also drain toxins from your face and help you out when you're feeling puffy.

    Rose quartz gua sha facial stone
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    I love a good massage, but when I first saw this product I was like what? A massage? For your face? I don’t know why it seemed so odd to me initially, but I’m glad I got over it and hopped on the gua sha train. After looking at a few articles and tutorials, I went for it and purchased this rose quartz stone. Now, I can’t stop using it. Every other night after I wash my face, I pat on a few drops of jojoba oil and get to work! The next morning my face feels (and looks) glowy and rejuvenated.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    Me, every time I have to repurchase one of these items:

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