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    24 Multitasking Products For Anyone Trying To Streamline Their Life

    Anything you can do, these can do better (and faster).

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    1. A tube of SPF 30 Black Girl Sunscreen for a reliable buffer between you and the sun that's also a great moisturizer. It has jojoba and avocado oils for smooth application.

    A person holding the squeezable sunscreen tube

    It contains avocado, jojoba, and sunflower oils as well as carrot juice.

    Promising review: "I bought this sunscreen because I wanted a reef safe, no white cast sunscreen for my tattoo. This was highly recommended for darker skin, and so I thought it might be perfect for my tattoo, and it was! I included a photo of what my tattoo looks like with the sunscreen. Other sunscreens make my tattoo look horrible and faded. A big plus is this stuff is very affordable on top of its effectiveness." —Lana Lo

    Black Girl Sunscreen is a small, Black woman–owned brand dedicated to creating high-end products that shield and moisturize your melanated skin without the dreaded white residue common with most sunscreen.

    Get it from Target for $15.99 or Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

    2. A pair of period-proof boyshorts because they're basically loungewear that holds three tampons worth of blood. You don't need to be on your period to enjoy these — it's just an added perk.

    A model wearing the boyshorts in black

    I can't tell you how much I would've loved having these as a kid. Carrying around bulky pads and wondering whether your tampon has been in too long just ain't it. I wear my boyshorts with a cup, just for extra insurance on my heavier days. It's a winning combination. Just wash them in cold water (no softener) and lay them flat to dry.

    Promising review: "Very comfortable. No riding up. I can say that it absorbs pretty much. Wearing this as a backup to my cup, I could sleep more than 12 hours without getting up to empty the cup even during the heaviest days." —Myoungwon H.

    Get it from Thinx for $39 (available in women's sizes XXS–4X and two colors).

    3. A modern USB alarm clock so you can wake up on time and charge two devices without needing a million extension cords. With this, the chances you'll forget to charge your phone before bed are extremely low.

    A reviewer's alarm clock with two devices plugged in

    Promising review: "Love love love this clock...sleek and definitely a statement piece. Alarm is subtle. It will definitely wake you up; however, it will not scare the Bejesus out of you. Love the extra ports on the side to charge other things with it." —Meika B.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.59+ (available in two colors).

    Check out this TikTok by @miriam.gin1!

    4. Olaplex No. 3 should be the first thing you reach for after you do something drastic to your hair. Why? Because it heals hair from within and refortifies the hair structure. Bonus: It can be used to restore shine!


    Promising review: "Best Hair EVER! Olaplex No. 3 is a MIRACLE! The only word I can use is AMAZING! After two applications, I could IMMEDIATELY feel a difference in my hair. I color my hair and use heat daily to style, so it is very dry at the ends. After using No. 3, my hair was silky and felt healthy. LOVE THIS PRODUCT!" —DHuff

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $28.

    5. An Amazon Echo Dot so you can set reminders and timers in case your memory isn't what it used to be. It can also play music, and the guard feature helps keep your home secure.

    The Amazon Echo Dot sitting on a countertop flashing blue lights as it receives a command to play study music

    Promising review: "This thing is a true lifesaver. We got one from my wife’s parents just before Thanksgiving of ‘19. At first, we weren’t sure how to incorporate it into our lives. We then got some Gosund plugs and really liked the ease with which we could turn on and off our lights, Christmas tree, and other appliances. While exploring the app, I found a “Guard” function. When set, Alexa listens for smoke alarms, Co2 alarms, and the sound of breaking glass. So we started using it. On December 30, I was away from home with our dog when I got an alert that alarms were going off in our home. Alexa also sent an audio file. I listened to it, and I heard the smoke alarms, what sounded like flames crackling, and the obvious sound of water spraying. I ran home as fast as I could. It wasn’t a fire, but my upstairs neighbor’s hot water heater had exploded and had been flooding our apartment for hours. This may seem bad, but if I had come home when I had planned, we would have had a total loss. As it is, we were able to save at least half of our belongings, many of which are irreplaceable. We owe Amazon, and the programmers, quite a lot. I wish I knew how to thank them. It’ll still be a few weeks before we can go home, but as it is, at least we still have something to salvage. I can’t express the depth of emotion and deep thanks I feel for this device. It saved most of our home and our stuff. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point. This is an amazing device." —DumDog

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available with add-ons).

    6. Mane Club's 10-in-1 Leave-in Spray for your best blowout yet. It conditions, detangles, softens, protects against heat, and boosts your **shine**. You might even say this multitasks better than you do.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed, Mane Club

    Here's what BuzzFeed Shopping Editor Elizabeth Lilly (pictured above) has to say about this:

    "I have a very thick head of naturally curly hair and have put it through just about everything, including all kinds of hot tools, at-home dye kits, the gamut of shampoo and conditioner types, basically every dry shampoo and hair oil in existence, and just about anything else to try for a story for you, dear readers. Lots of products have either straight-up failed, been meh enough for me to not recommend, or fantastic but so costly that I feel guilty recommending them. Basically, a lot of stuff ends up in the trash or pawned off on my (grateful) friends when it isn't a fit for me. But THIS STUFF. This stuff has become my go-to for spraying on my wet hair and then blow-drying. Normally I'd apply a heat protector and an oil treatment or leave-in conditioner before blow-drying. But this 10-in-1 treatment takes the cake! Most of the time when I use it, I don't even need to finish off my hair with hair oil (I've been doing that as an essential hair step for years now). It's really that good! Here, I have freshly blow-dried hair with just this post-shower using this Amika blow-dryer brush. This brush is fantastic on its own, but this spray-on treatment has more or less doubled this brush's effectiveness. My hair comes out feeling softer, looking shinier and healthier, and stays looking good for days — which is especially great news because I wash my hair about every four days. 'Tis time for me to unload a bunch of hair products I now no longer need to my friends."

    Get it from Mane Club for $8.

    7. Yamyone Hair Spray Bottle helps keep your hair just damp enough to remain manageable. It can also be used to mist plants or hold homemade cleaners.

    The white bottle spraying water

    Promising review: "This is perfect for wetting hair for a better haircut. It doesn’t make the hair too wet. I was skeptical about the size of the bottle. I thought that I would have to fill it multiple times for one haircut. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to give my entire household a haircut (four girls with long hair and two boys with short hair) with water left over. I have also used this to water my indoor plants, on the boat to cool off, and to lightly dampen sculpting clay. I’m certain that I will continue to find more ways to use it." —Cassy Gardner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94 (available in two colors).

    8. Dr. Pawpaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm has papaya, olive oil, and aloe vera, which makes it the perfect finishing stick for your hair and skin salve. It can even be used on your cuticles!

    Pawpaw, Ulta

    Promising review: "Very thick, but absorbed quickly. Left hair and skin feeling soft." —Kristin

    Get it from Ulta for $8 (available in two versions).

    9. A hardy snake plant to add a pop of color to your home and reward your neglect by absorbing toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene — which can be found in paint, cleaning fluids, and spray adhesives.

    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes, Rooted

    This plant should not be consumed by you or your pets! It can survive pretty much any lighting conditions, but it prefers indirect sunlight.

    Rooted is an Asian American–owned small business that's on a mission to reconnect people and nature. They sell small, medium, and large plants as well as accessories and supplies.

    Get it from Rooted for $19+ (available in three sizes).

    10. A fruity candle that comes in a gorgeous, ceramic tin that you can repurpose after it eventually burns out. I'm currently using mine as a decor item to display on a shelf.

    the candle

    Promising review: "I was so happy when I saw that this candle smells like lychee. It's my favorite fruit and smells so good! I have never found a candle that smells like lychee before." —Emeli Rees

    L'or de Seraphine is a small, woman-owned company started by two sisters. They create a wide range of candles that prioritize visual and olfactory pleasure.

    Get it from L’or de Seraphine for $32.

    11. A useful concrete catchall dish because functional decor is a must these days. Use it as a dedicated place for your keys, jewelry, and other small items or as a simple accent piece.

    the non-pigmented concrete catchall dish holding earrings
    Made by Rheal / Etsy

    Made by Rheal is a small, Black- and queer-owned business based in Oakland, California. Rheal's pieces include jewelry, blankets, pots, coasters, and more.

    Promising review: "This little beauty is everything I hoped it would be! It’s on the small side, but it’s perfect for rings or other tiny treasures, and I absolutely love looking at it every day. It’s well crafted and was packed with so much care. I’m looking for excuses to buy more!" —amberandhoneycomb

    Get it from Made by Rheal on Etsy for $15.

    12. Glow by Daye Deep Conditioning Thermal Heat Cap makes deep conditioning easier than ever. It's microwaveable, so you can also use it as a heating pad for aches and pains.

    Glow By Daye

    My hair has been consistently soft since I began using this. If you heat it in the microwave for three minutes, it'll stay warm for up to a half hour. My roommate and I find every excuse to use these.

    Glow by Daye is a small, woman-owned business founded by Ranay Daye and based in Los Angeles. She sells a variety of bonnets, as well as silk pillowcases.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.96+ (available in six colors) or from Glow by Daye for $39.96.

    13. A set of cube shelves because they're an amazing open and closed storage solution. Flip it on its long side, add a cushion, and boom — it's a bench. Or you can get a large one to use as a room divider.


    Promising review: "I am crazy about these. I've had them for years and use them as a TV stand and leave one vertical piece out so I have a spot for my Blu-ray player and DVR. It's still nice and sturdy. The fabric drawers never hold up well for me, but I have cats that think these are here for their claw-sharpening needs, so that shortens their lifespan dramatically (of the drawers, not my cats!). I finally came up with a solution and made drawer 'fronts' with extra peel-n-stick vinyl floor tiles I had, some decorative heavy-duty paper, and some knobs. I just attach them via the knobs to the front of the fabric drawers and voila. The cats leave them alone, and I love love love how it looks. Now the front stays nice and straight even when the fabric drawer behind it is bloated and warped. My DIY artsy-fartsy crafty side is loving how customizable these can be. So many ideas! My TV weighs 67 pounds, and these have no problem supporting it. I do recommend securing them to the wall, especially if you're in an earthquake-prone place like me. I have about four of these throughout my home. They are amazing space savers. I get compliments on them all the time and can't recommend them enough." —messy

    Get it from Amazon for $32.45+ (available in eight sizes and seven colors).

    14. A bottle of tea tree oil proves that simpler is better in a lot of cases. Since it's an anti-fungal, tea tree oil works wonders for itchy, dry scalps, acne, and endless ailments — for under $10.

    A reviewer holding tea tree oil

    Tea tree oil was the simple solution to so many of my 4C hair woes. My scalp was very sore and itchy for months. I would scratch until I broke skin and my hair was not growing well in those places. It was gross. Then, I started diluting tea tree oil with castor oil and massaging it into my scalp. A year later, I can't recall the last time I had an itchy scalp. That may be because I started mixing this tea tree oil into my shampoo, hair butters, and anywhere else I can add it. I even use it as a spot treatment for acne. I cannot speak highly enough about tea tree oil; I've purchased it over and over.

    Promising review: "I used the tea tree oil for stimulation in my scalp, for hair growth. I feel the tingle when I use it and have been experiencing hair growth. I have 4C hair, and tea tree oil is great for my hair type. I like using products with tea tree oil in it. I use the oil by itself to add to my conditioners and other hair products. I would recommend this product if you are trying to promote hair growth or if you have any of the type 4 hair textures." —Marie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    15. A handy mobile shelf that'll squeeze the most out of those teeny crevices in your home. You can store canned food, seasonings, hair supplies, accessories — anything really. With four wheels, this mobile unit is totally easy to move.

    Promising review: "Excellent storage space. I cleared up two kitchen shelves by moving items to this unit. Place heavy items on the bottom so that it is not top-heavy. The shelves are deep, so it’s not practical to place short-size items. I used oatmeal boxes, cereal boxes, protein shakes, and my collection of gluten-free flours." —Shark

    Get it from Amazon for $30.46.

    16. A storage bench for those in desperate need of extra seating and a place to store towels, toys, or other things you don't feel like displaying.

    Promising review: “Great buy. I thought it would be flimsy since it was inexpensive, but that's not the case. I have received many compliments and feel secure when I sit on it. I use it for the foot of my bed, and it matches perfectly with my charcoal fabric headboard. This ottoman has exceeded my expectations.” —SARAH

    Get it from Amazon for $41.04+ (available in four styles, two sizes, and five colors).

    17. A 6-in-1 MacBook adapter since the fiends over at Apple Inc. took away all of your precious ports so they could charge you an arm and a leg for adapters. This'll read your memory cards, charge your USB 3.0 devices, and USB-C items...for less than $20.

    a slim adaptor with extra ports than comes with the mac

    Promising review: "This USB hub made working from home with my MacBook easy and painless! It's lightweight and easy to use. It aligns perfectly with type C holes, and it's not too thick. Overall a good purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    18. A clear shoe organizer that you can hang on the back of the door if you can't fit your collection in a closet. There are 24 pockets that are deep enough to hold hair tools, small plants, and accessories., Amazon

    Other reviewers use this organizer to store snacks, hair tools, baby products, and yarn. Some even turn it into a hanging garden.

    Promising review: “I am using this for leggings, not shoes, and so far, so good. Seems to be a well-made product. Doesn't slide around on the door like some other ones I've tried. Has decently sized pockets. I am surprisingly pleased with this.” —Cantstopshopping

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in three colors).

    19. A wall-mounted jewelry organizer that displays your collection *and* keeps necklaces from tangling. I'd also use this as a mask storage solution.

    The jewelry organizer with necklaces on the hooks

    Plus you can customize it to your preferred length and wood finish 😌.

    Promising review: "Exactly what I needed to keep my necklaces organized! Beautiful solid wood and stain color were as expected. It even came with screws and hanging instructions! Believe me, if *I* could hang this shelf by myself, anyone can! Just try to screw it into studs if you can for extra support." —Anna Borg

    The Knotted Wood is a woman-owned small business based in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

    Get it from The Knotted Wood on Etsy for $34.40+ (available in six lengths and nine finishes).

    20. A bottle of oil-free CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion to help prevent the sun from drying out your skin and exposing it to harmful UV rays. Luckily, this fast-absorbing moisturizer has SPF 30 to keep you covered.

    A hand holding a bottle of the lotion

    Promising review: "This is the best moisturizer with SPF I have ever used. It's not greasy and absorbs quickly! Doesn't introduce any acne on my combination, acne-prone skin. I use this along with the foaming cleanser, and it's magic!! Some people say it's oily or leaves a white paste on their face; it's because they are using too much. One pump is sufficient to cover your face. I wish I would've found CeraVe products years ago! But it's never too late to have great skin!!!" —cleo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    21. A bottle of Tend Skin Solution for alleviating painful ingrown hairs in less than a week and helping with cysts. It can also be used after shaving *and* waxing so you can kiss those bumps goodbye.

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin, and this has helped tremendously! I’m a woman who unfortunately started shaving my chin 20 years ago to get rid of peach fuzz. I’ve had stubble ever since and have to shave every day. I get rashes on my chin due to shaving. My skin is now less sensitive, and my rash is almost gone!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    22. An LED touch lamp that has three brightness levels to spare your sore eyes. It also has four USB ports so you won't be tripping over charging cables all over the place.

    A reviewer's lamp with two cords attached

    Promising review: "I loveeee this little light. It’s small, but it charges my phone and watch well. It also puts off some pretty bright light for something so small! Love it! Definitely recommend." —Tara

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    Check out this TikTok by @teresalauracaruso!

    23. A set of multipurpose silicone mats to reduce your chances of burning the surfaces in your house if you forget to turn off your flat iron. It's also perfect for handling hot dishes, gripping jars, and a million other things.

    Hot tools resting on the silicone mat

    Promising review: "I use these all the time! I leave one in the microwave to pick up hot bowls, and the small one gets used as a multi-tool: trivet, handle grabber, jar opener, and lid. They clean up really well, but can get stained in the microwave (popcorn oil, for instance)." —Aryoch

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ for a two-pack (available in five colors and two designs).

    Check out this TikTok by @amazonsbest!

    24. A six-outlet wall charger because there never seems to be enough outlet space for those of us working from home. It also has two USB ports for charging your handheld electonics.

    A reviewer's smart plug with five devices plugged in

    Promising review: "I work from home in a small apartment, and this really made my setup work the way I want it to. I need to use all six plugs, plus I like to keep my phone and Mi-Fi charging while working too. This was the perfect thing for me to get everything plugged in and essentially retrofitted into a built-in apartment wall desk setup that was intended for the large desktop towers of the late '90s. I’m ordering a second one in hopes it transforms another part of my weird floor plan. Bonus: The USB ports seem to fast-charge my iPhone XS Max. I can go from dead to fully charged in about 90 minutes." —Moose

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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