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    23 Things That'll Help Make You Feel Like Less Of A Mess

    Turns out, feeling a teensy bit more put together can feel like a world of a difference.

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    1. Bandages that'll ACTUALLY match your skin tone so even though you know you have a papercut on your thumb, a cartoon character won't be announcing it to the whole dang world.

    reviewer with dark skin tone with bandage that blends in with their skin

    You may recognize these from a BuzzFeed News story about a man's viral tweet talking about feeling seen by these bandages that match his skin tone in a market saturated with "flesh tone" bandages that just match Caucasian skin tones.

    Promising review: "It matches my dark skin perfectly!!! Hardly noticeable and blends right in. I bought the purple one at Target for $2.79. Great quality. Definitely not a cheap brand bandage. Never thought that I would actually 'like' a bandage." —Ife Odiatu

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $6 (check out more shades and bandage types from the brand).

    2. And a mini first-aid kit you can fill with your own supplies (like ^ bandages) and keep on you at all times for when minor catastrophes happen.

    the first aid kit tin

    Includes three antiseptic wipes, two sting relief wipes, two packs of antibiotic ointment, six 1"x3" latex-free bandages, four small bandages, two butterfly bandages, two spot bandages, two knuckle bandages, one 2" safety pin, one 1" safety pin, one razor blade, and one reusable tin. I own this and it's *just* the perfect size to tote it around with you.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A heat-resistant glove to help prevent painful burns when you're in a hurry but your hair can't look like a mess again today.

    person wearing the glove and styling hair with a curling iron

    One size fits for all and suitable for left and right hands. Designed only for heated hair tool operation; you can still feel heat but won't suffer a burn if you touch a very hot surface.

    Promising review: "Love this glove. I have a bob that I like to wear with beach waves and learned from my stylist how to achieve...but it takes a curling iron. Clumsy with it to say the least and fingers suffered. NO more, the glove moves from hand to hand and is thin enough to not challenge finger movement. Best protects my fingers perfectly!" —MRW

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

    4. And its cousins, cut-resistant gloves you can don when you're slicing, dicing, and grating in the kitchen.

    person wearing the gloves and using a mandolin cutter

    Promising review: "I was very surprised at how thin and usable they were. I use them for cleaning fish and they help with gripping the slippery fish and bonus, I didn't get nailed by any spines or cut bones! I haven't tried cutting my finger off yet so I cannot attest to their armor ability. They are a soft burlap texture and very absorbent. The instructions say to hand wash them. They do take a bit to clean and my gloves will forever smell like fish." —Aaron K. Garrett

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in four sizes).

    5. A lightning charger cable for your iPhone so you can comfortably scroll through Instagram from your couch that's on the opposite side of the room from the outlet.

    charging cable for phone

    Promising review: "My husband and I have used AmazonBasics charger cables for our iPhones for years now, because they can be purchased much cheaper than their Apple-manufactured counterparts and are much more durable. This cable is no exception. Much longer than the 1m cable the phones come with, much cheaper than one of the same length from Apple and definitely more durable, plus, my husband prefers the black cable over white, so it’s a win all around. Definitely a good option if you need to replace your broken cable or just need a longer one at an affordable price." —Eileen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors and three lengths).

    6. A timed safety shut-off plug in case your holy grail hair straightener doesn't have an auto-shutoff and you're always second-guessing if you actually turned it off this morning before you left the house.


    Promising review: "Best ever. I just have to press the button and it auto turns on and shuts off after 30 minutes. I'm constantly forgetting to turn off my hair straightener so this is preventing house fires and saving electricity, yay! I originally was worried 30 minutes is too little time to do my hair and was looking for a 1 hour version but it turns out 30 minutes is actually more than enough. And it really isn't that bad if I need another 30 minutes and have to press the button again lol. I no longer worry about setting my house on fire from leaving on my hair straightener so I highly recommend." —AoiMizuno

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three timer types).

    7. And a hot hair tools holster made of heat-resistant silicone that sticks on flat surfaces as a lil' extra insurance.

    the holster holding a hair straightener on the edge of a bathroom vanity

    Meant to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Promising review: "After coming home from a long day at work seeing that my wife left the hair straightener on rushing to work, this magnificent thing probably prevented a fire in our apartment. Even though it was very warm and hot, nothing burned. I can't thank enough for this product because it does what it's supposed to do. It sticks, and prevents fires from hair straighteners. Proved after sticking to sink for over 3–4 months and not melting with a turned on hair straightener from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside. Thank you, send me 10 more." —Emre

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    8. A travel mug with an auto seal because we want the coffee to go in your body, not down the front of it.

    the travel mug

    Leak- and spill-proof. Drinks stay hot up to 7 hours and cold up to 18 hours with vacuum insulation.

    Promising review: "I think we own four or five of these things. I wouldn’t own another travel mug ever. These things are that good. The only complaint is that sometimes you’ll need to leave the lid off for a bit to allow the coffee to cool to a drinkable temperature. We’ve had to replace one lid over the years as the spring got all wonky and eventually broke. I can’t remember what initially happened. I think it was something my daughter did by accident and we damaged the spring reassembling it. The original mug we bought 4-5 years ago is going strong." —Nanook

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 16 colors, three sizes).

    9. Tempered glass phone screen protectors you can install yourself (I swear!) for chump change in comparison to getting a pro to do it in store. You'll feel so much better the next time your phone slips and clatters to the ground.

    hand holding the phone screen
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I use these and love them! Check out my full review of the amFilm Glass Screen Protectors (#2)!

    Promising review: "I had JUST received my new iPhone 7, literally a week before. I had a jacket tied around my waist and my phone was in my left pocket. I got in the car and closed the door hard, but it wouldn't close, so I did it again. I suddenly realized that my jacket was hanging out of the door and my phone was what was preventing me from getting the door closed. I looked at the phone and it looked like the phone's screen was shattered and, I assumed, I now owned a ruined $700 phone. It wasn't until I called Apple for help or confession, thinking I had killed my phone, that it was revealed that the amFilm screen protector was what had cracked, saving my phone from disaster. I ordered a new one immediately and from now on I'll rely on this protector as long as I have a phone. And! there are two per box, (I ruined the first one when it dropped face down (of course) while I was trying to apply)." —Kerry Flynn

    Get a pair from Amazon for $6.99.

    10. Bruise cream in case you're like me and bump into everything even adjacent to your path, and then find bruises in very obvious places that could've come from anything, really.

    person applying the cream

    Promising review: "I am very fair-skinned and bruise easily (doesn't help that I also tend to be very clumsy). I recently got a very large, dark bruise on my arm, and a friend at work whose son is a stunt man told me I should use Arnica on it. Based on the reviews, I ordered this product and started using it approximately four days after I was bruised. At first, it didn't seem like anything was happening, but after three to four days of use, I could see a marked difference just from morning to evening. I have never had a bruise heal that quickly before. I'm sold!" —J. Yount

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in cream or gel).

    11. An accordion folder too cute to forget so next time you're renewing your passport or doing something else that requires toting along some docs, you'll be sure to remember it.

    floral print folder

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

    12. A headrest trash bag that'll encourage you to throw your garbage in its proper place (that isn't the floor of your car).

    trash bag on back of car seat

    It has an adjustable belt to fit around your headrest and can be washed clean!

    Promising review: "Purchased this to replace the plastic garbage bag that I use to put garbage dropped in the car by yours truly or my passengers. This bag is more appealing and not in the way. Its size holds enough that I get to empty once a week. Can hold even the medium size drink from Burger King." —YeeBuyer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A mattifying makeup primer so no one will be able to tell you're totally sweating what's going on rn.


    Promising review: "I am not one to leave reviews but this stuff deserves recognition! In my 32 years of life I have never had something that is supposed to control oil actually do its job. From the moment this stuff touched my face, I felt a difference! My face is extremely oily that by the time I walk out the house, my makeup is sitting on top of my face looking caked. This is the first time EVER, I had a primer leave my face matte with makeup on. Although I love my look with makeup, I hate what the oil does so I’m usually limiting my application to eyebrows and under eye. Although this is day one of use, my makeup has been on my face for almost four hours and I have yet to pull out my MAC blot powder or oil control sheet to touch things up. I am IMPRESSED and that is a major compliment considering I’ve literally tried everything on the market and this $5 product surpasses them ALL!!!" —Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    14. Wine sippy cups to save you some dignity when you're drinking in a group setting around light furniture and/or carpet.


    Lid with rubber gasket seal and an open/close slider to keep your wine in the cup. Has a large opening for easy filling and cleaning. Also, they won't shatter like wine glasses.

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $31.99.

    15. And a red wine stain remover that actually works — so you don't have to give up your beloved Malbec just because of your clumsy ways.

    the wine spray

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for nearly three decades — not because I keep spilling wine, but because this stuff will remove just about any kind of stain you can think of. It is easy to use and your carpet/rug, upholstery — just about any fabric (the company advises that you test Wine Away on an inconspicuous piece of fabric before using)." —J.P.P.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    16. An instant-drying nail polish (that also happens to be super cheap) for those times when you really wanna paint your nails but are pressed for time.

    hands holding bottles of nail polish
    @sally_hansen / Via

    This stuff is consistently good. I've been using it for years! It really does dry quick and flat so you can move on with the rest of your life.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.93+ (available in 22 colors).

    Not ready to give up your holy grail polish? Get a fast-drying top coat instead.

    17. A Home Chef subscription so you won't have to make multiple trips to the store just for one recipe. It's a fan fave amongst my friend group thanks to its easy instructions and accurate cooking times. Oh, and the food is also great too!

    sheet pan roasted vegetables
    @realhomechef / Via

    Each shipment includes portioned and labeled ingredients (if you don't like the protein offering in a recipe, you can swap it out or double it up). Plus, my friends who swear by it say that the estimated cooking and prep times are the most accurate of any meal kits they've tried. There are carb-conscious, calorie-conscious, vegetarian, and under-30 minutes options!

    Get it from Home Chef for $6.99+/serving.

    18. Anti-chafing balm to help guard your bare inner thighs on warm days when you end up walking just a lil' bit longer than you expected., Amazon

    I own this and yes, can vouch that it's QUITE effective for inner-thigh chafing (the bane of my existence).

    Promising review: "Omg this stuff is the best! I am a chubby girl and I recently went to Thailand where it was 90° with a 70% humidity every single day I was there. This stuff got me through! I was able to wear dresses and shorts with no chafing! And I only ever had to apply in the morning and once in the middle of the day! My life is forever changed I’ve already ordered two more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99. (Also available in a cream, "for her," and for your feet.)

    19. A rugged dad cap in a range of colors to keep on standby for shielding your eyes from the sun or helping disguise a lackluster hair day.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in several styles and colors).

    20. A drawstring makeup bag that'll fold down flat so you have a designated surface to contain all your beauty essentials while getting ready. Then once that's wrapped up, you can tighten the drawstring in a *contained* makeup mess.

    silver drawstring bag with makeup in it

    Opens up to a hexagonal shape of 19" x 22" and easily wipes clean.

    Promising review: "Love this. It is so convenient. Open it up and there's my makeup. Close it, and the mess is gone!" —Linda Loughridge

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    21. A holy grail clear brow shaper if your brows are already lush, but those lil' hairs never seem to stay put.

    person putting on clear brow gel

    Really, all of Glossier's makeup is very easy to use! This legendary brow shaper has been a beauty fiend fave for a few years now. Read our full review of Boy Brow here (#5).

    Promising review: "I have always had trouble getting a brow routine down pat. Most products are too expensive or too time consuming. I make an effort to get my eight hours of beauty sleep every night and so I simply don't have time to have a three-step system for my brows. Since I started using Boy Brow, my brows look amazing every day and it takes a minute or less to get them that way. It is my holy grail brow product and I recommend to everyone." —BenshoffEm

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (also available in three colors).

    22. A clear tote bag you can use as a work tote or diaper bag in case your job has extra security measures or you've ruined a few too many bags by accidentally putting them on sticky surfaces.,

    Promising review: "At work, we are required to bring clear bags. I bought this bag to store my gym clothes and tennis shoes whenever I go to the gym straight after work. When you unpack the tote, it seems like the bag will not fit anything and you'll feel deceived for a moment. The bag fits my tennis shoes, workout clothes, towel, and two shaker bottles with room to spare. Great quality. Will be purchasing a spare soon." —Matthew Britton

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. And a car registration folder so you won't have to worry about scrambling to find your insurance info in the case of a wreck.

    person with the folder containing car documents and some cash

    Promising review: "I got four of these for my family and I’m quite impressed. I’m not sure how they made these for this price. One less worry if we’re in an accident or get pulled over." —Janice G. Keeler

    Get two from Amazon for $4.50.

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