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    35 Personal Care Products That Don't Just Work, But Save Money

    Including a $5 ~holy grail~ mascara that will knock all the expensive versions out of the park.

    1. A soft silicone ear-saver and mask-extender that works overtime on problem-solving — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don't *quite* fit your face, so you don't have to replace them.

    A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing

    2. Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind concealer, an inexpensive lightweight concealer for anyone who wants to quickly touch up before Zoom calls or walks around the neighborhood, but doesn't want to commit to a whole layer of foundation. This also helps cover dark circles without caking and reduce puffiness.

    3. A painless, mint-flavored teeth-whitening pen for sensitive teeth and gums that can help lighten up years' worth of stains from coffee, tea, wine, or just ... you know. Existing as a human with teeth.

    4. A set of itty bitty dermaplaning razors you can use to take care of those lil' unibrow hairs that keep dodging your tweezers or work whatever face fuzzies you might want to take care of in a gentle way — an especially handy tool when many of us can't head to a salon like we normally would.

    5. Or a painless battery-charged hair remover you can simply glide over super fine hair like the hair above your lip or between your brows instead of going all out with wax at the salon.

    6. An internet-beloved set of makeup sponges for expert-level blending and coverage that reviewers have crowned a Beauty Blender dupe. It works for foundation, BB cream, powder, *and* concealer, plus wet or dry, so basically it's working harder than I have for *checks watch* my whole life.

    7. A gel nail polish kit complete with everything you need for professional-level manicures without ever once interrupting the sacred flow of your Netflix queue.

    8. Plus an acetone-free soak-off gel nail polish remover you simply apply directly on top of your nails like an extra coat of polish — it bubbles up and shrivels the gel polish, making it easy to remove without all the hassle of going back to a salon or the weird smells of other at-home removal kits.

    9. A long-lasting stainless-steel tongue scraper to help take care of odor-causing bacteria and soft plaque without irritating your gag reflex the way a spoon might. Reviewers are especially pleased with its durability after spending money to replace other flimsier versions.

    10. A pair of comfy period-proof underwear designed to hold two tampons' worth of period blood that are a *great* alternative to walking around with uncomfy, bulky pads (or worrying about tampon leakage).

    A reviewer in black underwear

    11. O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream, an affordable concentrated moisturizer for dry, cracked, or bleeding hands that actually *does* all the stuff the high-end brand names claim they're going to do.

    12. Plus the ~foot~ version, O'Keefe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream — not only will it save money from pedicures, it will get you the results you want in a much gentler, gradual way than other foot solutions.

    Images of a reviewer's dry, cracked heel on day one with improvements by the second week and a smooth heel by the fourth week

    13. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme made with coconut oil, shea butter, aloe, and avocado oil help define and moisturize curls without buildup (both in your hair *and* in your bank account from way more expensive versions). This medium-hold creme is ideal wash 'n gos, twist, or braid outs.

    14. A bottle of Drop It, a natural wine sulfate and tannin remover that works its magic on your glass in just 20 seconds, sparing you the infamous Post-Wine Headache and allergic reactions. It's also a lot more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly than wine wands or other competitors — a single bottle of this can be used to treat up to 55 glasses of wine, as opposed to wands that can only do a few glasses each before they get tossed.

    15. A streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields to prevent them from fogging up while you're wearing a mask — a much more cost-effective alternative than ordering glasses with a special coating or replacing them.

    16. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll finally be able to close all 20 tabs open in your computer looking for a new office chair.

    A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it

    17. A foot file to remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels so soft you might start petting them.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth

    18. Or a popular Baby Foot exfoliant foot peel — you apply the two bootie-shaped masks on your feel for an hour, wash your feet, and then over the next five to seven days enjoy the bizarre satisfaction of watching the dead skin on your feet peel away to reveal smooth feet.

    19. A Bevel shave system set, a grooming kit specifically designed for razor bump-free shaving for coarse, curly hair. It comes complete with a re-engineered safety razor that, importantly, *doesn't* cut hair under the skin, preventing ingrown hairs, bumps, and other shaving irritations that might usually have you scouring shelves for different products.

    A model shaving with the razor, and the contents of the starter kit

    20. A super-soft Makeup Eraser to wipe makeup right off your face with nothing but water and a gentle scrub — I've been using one for two months now and it has *drastically* cut down my routine and saved money on makeup remover.

    21. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp. Not only will it feel decadent, it'll help tackle dandruff, promote healthier hair growth at the source, *and* cut down on expensive shampoo use, since it'll create suds a lot more effectively.

    reviewer image of the bristles on the blue massager

    22. Organix Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse — a part foam, part cream, *full* effective hydrator for smoother, bouncier, and fuller curls at a fraction of the usual price.

    23. A detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that's so effective on all hair types that it's amassed over 17,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — people swear by it for detangling fast without pulling on or damaging hair (or buying an entire shelf's worth of detangling creams that never *quite* do the trick).

    24. A dual hair dryer and brush to dry your hair as you style it and give your 'do an incredible amount of volume and shine, without the cost of a pricey blowout.

    25. Maybelline's Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil, an easy-to-use, subtle eyebrow filler just as effective as the ones triple its price.

    A model with one eyebrow natural and the other eyebrow filled in and brushed

    26. Or an eyebrow tint to semi-permanently dye your brow hairs for up to six weeks, helping either fill them in or to dye over gray hairs just as effectively as a salon tint would. A lot of reviewers swapped this for doing brow makeup completely.

    Reviewer's brows before the tint, during the tint, and after, to show the subtly more filled in, darker effect

    27. Essence's Lash Princess mascara for instant length so effective and affordable, you might just cancel all your appointments to get your lashes done for eternity.

    28. A bottle of Elizavecca Hair Treatment, an Olaplex "dupe" repairing mask infused with collagen ingredients and protein extracts that will help restore hair health and reduce shedding. All you gotta do is apply it on wet hair after a shampoo, wait five minutes, and rinse it out.

    Before and after image of a BuzzFeed editor's hair, with the after image looking much shinier and curling more

    29. A hair thinner and cutter that people swear by for all sorts of styling hacks, whether it's trimming their bangs, maintaining a cut, giving themselves natural looking layers, or trimming and styling wigs.

    30. A tin of Cirepil blue wax beads that use a gentle hard wax to easily remove both the coarsest and finest of hairs in a matter of minutes, leaving you with skin so smooth that you're going to have to sit on your hands stop yourself from stroking your underarms and legs in public.

    A before image of a reviewer's underarm hair, then a picture of the blue wax with hair of it, and an after image of the reviewer's hairless underarms

    31. A color-depositing clenditioner you can either use in the shower to maintain your hair color or even out fading highlights, *or* apply to dry hair for to get a temporary tint all on your own.

    32. A nail polish ring holder to help you secure and steady the polish as you work on your nails, so it doesn't end up toppling over or dripping polish like some kind of opal aquamarine wild, wild west. Once you get the hang of doing it yourself, it could save you a ton on manicures (plus, uh, replacing couch cushion covers 😬).

    33. A makeup brush-cleaning shampoo for brushes, applicators, and makeup sponges that will get them all squeaky clean *without* leaving any oily residue or yikes-level prices.

    buzzfeed editor's before and after photos of their makeup brushes looking much cleaner after using the shampoo

    34. A delightful little tool called the "Bug Bite Thing" that suctions on all kinds of bug bites to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness without expensive restocks on itching cream.

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it "before," a pic of the bug bite tool, and a pic of the editor's arm after it's been suctioned with swelling/redness reduced

    35. A blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe. Not only will this help you avoid costly Band-Aids during a break-in period, but it'll help you *actually* get your money's worth out of your favorite shoes (why are the cutest ones always the least comfy, though??).

    A model rubbing balm on their heel

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