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    Sep 22, 2019

    27 Easy-To-Use Products That'll Help You Look Like You Have Skills

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    1. A blind spot mirror, because you'll suddenly become the MASTER of parallel parking — aka that thing we only correctly did once during our driver's test. Your friends are in the back, they won't know your secrets.

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    Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back ago and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel in the city." —Mariam Abass

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.97 (available in three shapes).

    2. A Maybelline metallic highlighter that'll make it seem like you live full-time in golden hour thanks to its incredibly pigmented formula. All it takes is a swipe for this to pop — but to the rest of the world, you're a makeup artist worthy of 1M followers.

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    Promising review: "I love it! It has a beautiful luster and is easy to apply, as well as blend. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't cause irritation. With setting spray, it lasts all day." —Abigail Mason

    Get it from Amazon for $7.12 (available in four shades).

    3. An Echo Dot so you can literally have someone else tell you the news, play music, send messages, make calls, read audiobooks, WHATEVER, and still give you all the credit. You're basically the Wizard of Oz.

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    Promising review: "I was so happy with my first one that I got a second one! Just to be able to turn lights on and off is amazing with the automation, but now I can leave a message, call, set appointment timers, to-do list, get help with spelling, and so much more. This thing amazes me to this day." —Murl Harmon

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    4. An LED ring light to finally conquer the "candidly" perfect selfie without having to fill your camera roll with 100 pictures of your face. This'll provide *just* enough pro-like lighting so you're done in a flash. Luckily you don't have to share those 100+ likes with it.

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    It even comes with three different lighting levels for make-up, selfies, and dark scenery!

    Promising review: "I love this light! My friends and I are always taking selfies. I hate how they are always grainy. I put the selfie light on and the pictures come out great. They are well-lit and are not grainy. It has three light levels and easy to use. I'm very pleased with this purchase." —jmbillet

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A double-layer, inverted umbrella specifically designed to keep rain and water *contained* when you step inside — aka you won't get the lobby (or your car, outfit, floor, etc.) wet the minute you walk in. And! It can withstand heavy winds so you don't have to worry about it folding. Get ready for a LOT of head-turning when you're the only one unfazed by inclement weather.

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    It even has a c-shaped handle to allow a firmer grip!

    Promising review: "These umbrellas are the best. First, the handle is big enough that I can slip it around my wrist when I need a free hand. Second, the reverse feature. When you are getting in the car during the rain, close the wet parts inside and the opening is at the top. You stay dry! Your car stays dry too. I also work in a metropolitan area with lots of wind and I haven’t had any issues with my umbrella tearing up or getting flipped around backwards. There are vents to let the wind blow through while you stay dry." —M. Koolman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 34 colors and patterns).

    6. A set of press-on nail art that'll lead people to ask "where did you get those done?". And then you can bask in their awe when you tell them you did them yourself. Humblebragger? Who, me?!

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    It comes with six boxes of different stick-on gems!

    Promising review: "These are great. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the holders are great and the little pieces included are fun, sparkly and easy to use. I will definitely try them again." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $10.29 (available in three styles).

    7. A daily planner so you can increase productivity, time management, and overall ~progress~ — meaning you'll suddenly find it easier to grasp those mysterious (gulp) adulting skills. Will you also earn bragging rights for how you finished your presentation THREE days early?! Of course.

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    It's self-described as "part agenda, part gratitude journal, part schedule, part goal planner, and part life organizer" so daily tasks, such as finishing a report, doesn't feel so much like a mundane obligation, but more of a step toward your bigger goals (like a promotion!).

    Promising review: "I have ADHD and it’s not just about having trouble staying organized — I have trouble getting momentum when tasks seem mundane or when I can’t see how they fit into the bigger picture. A lot of my daily work can feel pretty mundane, and that leads to a lot of procrastination and wasted time. But I sometimes have SO many AWESOME ideas (!!!) that my plans aren’t realistic, or I forget what I was trying to work on yesterday, and then I get discouraged. This planner is SO helpful because its month/week/day format makes me focus on the big picture, yet it allows me to break up large projects into more manageable pieces. The reflective portions also help me reframe my thinking when I don’t get through all of my tasks, so I don’t just get frustrated with myself and give up if I have a bad day or two." —krisalicious

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97+ (available in four colors).

    See what won best productivity planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. A bun maker for letting people believe you keep your hair in tip top shape every darn day. Did we really wake up five minutes before work? None of their business.

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    Promising review: "I'm horrible when it comes to doing my hair, so I can use all the help that I can get. These bun makers really make it so much easier, and they really do hold your hair securely without a bunch of pins or styling products! Highly recommended!" —M. Young

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. A zipper-pulling aid that'll make sure you can rock sophisticated dresses, even if they have hard-to-reach zippers and you live alone. No need to ask strangers in the street for help — now people will only admire your impressive style. Talk about dressing for success.

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    Aka you can wear all those dresses Selena had on Veep, which I still think about every single day.

    Promising review: "I bought a dress with a back zip ('invisible zipper' too, i.e. tiny!) recently from Ann Taylor. Getting into it and zipping it all the way up was nearly impossible.....unless I wanted to start cussing and sweat buckets throughout the whole ordeal. Let me tell you, this worked like a charm, even on that tiny zipper of mine. Just follow the instructions and you can NOT go wrong, IMHO. Worth the money." —Chicago888

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A set of resistance bands for looking extremely athletic when doing home workouts, no matter how long you use them. Two minutes? More than enough time in my opinion. As long as you shared it on your story.

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    These bbs come in six different levels of tension to cheaply strengthen your arms, back, legs, and back when you integrate them into your home workout routine.

    Promising review: "These are the best resistance bands that I've ever purchased. I've had them for awhile and they have held up to daily use by multiple people (my family). I love the fact that they don't feel like they have lost any elasticity. I use them three times a day and they have really helped. You gradually work your way up to different levels. This is a great buy if you need an exercise routine you can do from home. You can work every muscle in your body with these bands alone." —Cassie

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. A Rubik's cube keychain so your superior problem-solving skills are always on display. Feel free to leave this already "solved." I'll keep that between the two of us.

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    Promising review: "I love this mini cube. It’s just like the large one, but fits in your pocket. It works great and passes the time while you wait." —Maria M. Kratz

    Get it from Amazon for $6.20.

    12. A set of faux succulents, because these'll look so real no one will ever question whether or not you're capable of maintaining such a thriving display. Which is....debatable. But unknown.

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    Promising review: "I just love decorating with plants, both live and fake, and I love how these look so real! I think the tall skinny one is the most realistic, but definitely the tree trunk pots add to the realism as well as the 'dirt.' Any succulent lover like me would like these! They're the perfect size for sticking on my bookshelf for styling, in a nursery, or in a family room. Adorable!" —Lighthouse

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $17.99.

    13. An eyeliner stamp that'll create the most perfect, *kisses fingers* cat-eyes you could ever hope to draw yourself. But we all know how that usually goes...better to have people wondering how you ~wing it~ so darn well.

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    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. It's even available in three sizes so you can choose the thickness of your wings!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat-eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, 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. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out....but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line." —LadyMeow

    Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye". And! Check out what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. An ergonomic jar opener so you can always save the day when someone can't open the #*!$@ pickle jar. Crisis averted, and a hero is born.

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    It also works on water bottles! This is great for anyone with weak hands (hi) or with arthritis. Its teeth are made from super hard metal to get a good grip on the lids.

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my dad, he had open heart surgery and he couldn't open jars or bottles until we received this amazing product! Now he can open any jar or bottle, it's so easy to use! Also it's great for me, I have fibromyalgia and sometimes it's hard for me open jars and bottles. I highly recommend it." —Labevy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    15. A ravioli shaper for possibly giving Giada a run for her money. Not that we want a contest. At all. Please don't ask us to prove our cooking abilities.

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    Promising review: "I've wanted to make ravioli for a while now, but was always intimidated by the process. I know another kitchen gadget would just add more clutter to my kitchen, but I decided to go for it anyways. This thing works just as advertised. It makes perfect little pockets, and so long as you use the correct amount of filling, it stays where it's supposed to be and doesn't squish out." —Mike C

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    16. A dermaplaning tool that'll quickly touch up eyebrows and peach fuzz with just the flick of the wrist. Your eyebrows are now twin sisters NOT third cousins removed, and people's hairs are raised.

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    Promising review: "I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up." —I & S. Stark

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.74.

    17. An adult coloring book, because not only will these masterpieces totally be guided, but they can be hung up on the wall for all to admire. Just call us Picasso — if he had needed to paint within lines.

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    Promising review: "I have been looking for an adult coloring book. The photos in this book are intricate and beautiful. I can spend hours filling in all the details and making beautiful photos. I also love that there isn't a picture on the page on the back of each page to color, so if I use markers and they bleed, I'm not wasting another photo doing so. I also love that its half the price of most of the other books Ive looked at. I wish I had known about adult coloring books years ago! It's great therapy!" —Michaela Urban

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    18. A Cuisinart frittata pan set so flipping those dang omelettes doesn't feel like mission impossible anymore. Don't let yourself watch your dreams ~crumble~. You deserve better.

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    Plus it's non-stick! VERY necessary. AND it can take the heat up to 350° and has ergonomic handles to make things easy peasy.

    Promising review: "I love these things. They are perfect for making Spanish tortillas. I use these pans often — nothing sticks to them. The tortilla comes right off, no problem. They work great and are easy to close together. I like this product so much that I bought one for my mother and one for my mother-in-law and they both have had only great things to say about it." —Amanda R.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    19. An all-purpose cleaner to leave your guests truly awe-struck at how spotless you keep your home. This won't allow a scratch in sight — even if you totally make a ridiculous amount of messes and rough everything up. Everything will be undone before the doorbell rings.

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    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" —Dan Borden

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.28.

    To learn more, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    20. An attachable wine aerator for upgrading your cheap wine right out of the bottle thanks to its ability to infuse oxygen and release its ~aromas~. Be sure to explain it just like this while convincing the room you're a sommelier.

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    I mean, I would consider myself to be a wine expert. Just...in a different way.

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A packing organizer, because who but a travel expert would know to transfer items from their suitcase RIGHT to the closet?! Change our name to Atlas, because we run the world.

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    Promising review: "This is so much better than living out of a suitcase! You just lift it out and hang it up! This also makes packing a lot easier — I hung this up in my spare room to pack, and I ticked things off my 'to pack' list along the way." —Starz

    Get it from Amazon for $33.66 (available in two styles).

    22. A beginner's calligraphy workbook that'll *almost* motivate you to write thank you notes. Do it if only to impress grandma with your brand-new cursive skills.

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    This book is filled with tips, tricks, and practice space to help you learn calligraphy in the easiest way possible!

    Promising review: "I have always wanted to learn lettering, and just by practicing a little every day I feel like I've made so much progress. This book is great! It has cute little pep talks at the bottom of some pages, and the author really explains the process in a way that's easy to understand." —Jess M

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    23. A set of shadow shields so your wings always look impressively sharp — all thanks to using these bbs as a stencil. PLUS, they'll prevent eyeshadow fallout from ruining your foundation. Makeup hacks > actually trying.

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    Promising review: "I'm so glad I found these! I've always had trouble with fallout under my eyes, even with good brushes and quality makeup. Now I don't have to worry at all. When I use these I can do my foundation first and then my eye makeup. I would hate having to wipe away shadow from my cheeks and apply more concealer. I'll be buying more boxes of these." —Tasha

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.95.

    24. A handheld spiralizer, because zucchini noodles are flippin' impressive and people will be frankly shook that someone is capable of bringing such trendy meals to work *without* a delivery charge.

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    Promising review: "After reading all the reviews about other spiralizers I was about to give up and not buy one. The others sounded flimsy, dangerous, or cumbersome. Well, the OXO Good Grips is none of those things! It's very easy to use, feels solid and well-made, and the size makes storage very convenient." —Avid Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. An Instant Pot that'll cook you top-notch, Ina Garten–level meals after you simply dump all the ingredients in before leaving for work. Honestly, I think our parents have been using this trick for years.

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    Promising review: "After a childhood experience that involved a pressure cooker spewing black beans all over the ceiling, I had no interest in ever trying a pressure cooker again. Until I started hearing about the Instant Pot. I've had it three weeks, and have used the pressure cooker function to make dishes as varied as black bean soup, butternut squash soup, dulce de leche, and cheesecake. My favorite aspect of it is that you set it and walk away. No more having to monitor the temperature. No more having to time the pressure phase. I also like the fact that the sauté function allows you to brown the onions or meat in the same pot, before adding the other ingredients and cooking at pressure. I'm big on avoiding recipes that create a lot of dirty dishes." —A. Jennerjahn

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With".

    26. A portable razor for *shaving* time in half when you're getting ready — therefore never being late. Are you just really punctual or sprucing up in the cab?

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    It's a *handy* three-in-one tool: it has a refillable water spritzer, a pre-shave moisturizing bar, and two individual razor blades!

    Promising review: "This on-the-go razor seriously saved me while I was camping with my boyfriend. The rotator is really simple to use and the razor blades are sharp. It's great not having to be by the sink to use it. The soap seems like it can last me at least a few months." —Kata

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in four colors).

    27. A Remington ceramic curling wand so you only have good hair days and can create beach-like waves with little to no effort. Its easy-to-use design makes it possible for just about anyone to confidently *handle* styling their hair.

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    It has a 1-1½ barrel, only a 30-second heat-up time, and can go up to 410 degrees! Check out a BuzzFeeder's full breakdown of this absurdly popular hair tool!

    Promising review: "I have had this for five years and it still works amazingly. I use it so much that people don't know my hair is naturally straight and I get compliments all the time. Honestly, I can not believe how well this works and how longs its lasted for how cheap it is. I bought this on a whim (because it's only $20!) and it is one my greatest purchases of all time." —madison

    Get it from Amazon for $19.73+ (available in two sizes).

    Learn why a BuzzFeed editor swears by this in "Remington's Curling Wand Did What I Thought Was Impossible And Curled My Pin-Straight Hair".

    My skills include finishing my own box of pizza...using up all my data....staying in bed for 24 hours....shall I continue?

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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