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    May 21, 2020

    33 Things Under $40 That You'll Probably Love Using

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    1. A skin scrubber for recreating pro facials with results that are so darn SATISFYING to watch. Its high-frequency vibrations exfoliate away dead skin cells, makeup residue, blackheads, and whiteheads so you can literally *see* your face hit the refresh button. Dr. Pimple Popper fans, you've found your calling.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Be sure to use this when your skin is still wet from washing your face! It has different functions: cleansing, lifting, and smoothing (to help your complexion better soak in your skincare products).

    Promising review: "Love this tool! I recently got a professional facial and they used a tool like this one on me! I was so intrigued that I had to purchase one for myself! The price point is amazing and it does the job. Once I used it, I noticed I was able to exfoliate my skin nicely and get some extractions from my clogged pores on my nose and chin. I then used it with a serum, which was nice and how it was used during my facials. Can’t wait to use it more! There are tons of different ways to use it! Great price for a great tool!" —Stephanie Nelson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    2. A bottle of the super popular Mike's Hot Honey that'll literally ~spice up~ just about anything and everything you already love. Favorite cocktails? This'll make 'em even better. Or! All your summer classics (including ice cream, tacos, wings, you name it) are about to get kicked up a notch.

    Someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team using the hot honey to make spicy margaritas
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A sandwich....so delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal."

    3. A zodiac sign palette with *25* eyeshadow and highlighter shades so you can play with new makeup looks to your heart's content without ever running out of inspo. Not to mention, its buttery mattes and baked shimmers will impress even the biggest Scorpio.

    BH Cosmetics

    You'll get 12 buttery mattes, 12 baked shimmers, and a baked highlighter.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing pallet. The colors are perfectly smooth and pigmented. I love it!!" —Karina F.

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $20.25 (originally $27).

    4. A tie-dye tank top with a cute ruffled front pocket and sleeves, because this'll help you hop on this summer's biggest trend for cheap — and stay comfy, thanks to its super soft fabric. If you're itching to feel a little dressier while still looking relaxed, this is for you.

    A closeup of a model wearing the tie-dye ruffle tank top
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fits perfectly! It's not baggy but not too tight. It's lightweight and perfect for a 'warm' Wisconsin day. I will be ordering in different colors!" —Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and seven patterns).

    5. An S-shaped chew toy to be extra gentle on your precious fur child's teeth whenever you guys play tug of war (it's especially great for gentle chewers) so no one gets hurt, no matter how competitive both of you get. Plus! It's super stretchy and lightweight so you can throw it further — it is officially game 👏 on 👏.

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    This is designed for bbs with sensitive teeth, so if your pup is an aggressive chewer this might not be for you!

    Promising review: "My dogs LOVE to play tug, but one of my girls has not-so-great teeth, so ropes basically end up pulling her little front teeth out and make her bleed. This toy, however, doesn't do that. She can tug and tug and tug and no issues! They get it all stretched out in a line, and then it just bounces right back! When things start to get nuts, I can walk up and just pull this out of all three of their mouths. Whatever it's made out of makes it easier because they don't get their teeth actually embedded in the toy, like they would a rope." —Alicia L. Silva

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    6. A cinnamon roll-scented candle that'll make your home smell absolutely divine so you + this + your couch feels like a pretty ~sweet~ deal.

    The all-white cinnamon roll candle lit in front of a neutral background
    Sweet Water Decor / Etsy

    Promising review: "I got this candle as a part of a gift for my mom, and it smells amazing! It smells exactly like walking by a Cinnabon! She loved it!" —Andrea Lotthammer

    Get it from Sweet Water Decor on Etsy for $17.99.

    7. And! A rechargeable lighter so you can light your favorite candles with something not only *way* easier to use than traditional lighters thanks to its super simple switch, but protect your hand from the flame. If you're a proud candle enthusiast, this'll quickly become your favorite gadget.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    A BuzzFeed Shopping team member loves this! Here's what she has to say: "I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! If you're someone who gets a thrill from RAW POWER this is sort of the product for you. No, it's not a super intense gadget, relax pyromaniacs, but it does buzz and produce a burst of electricity that I personally find exciting. AND I'll never have to buy another lighter again! Stop burning your fingers on matches and pick up one of these bad boys."

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Read more about why she loves this (and what other people on the BuzzFeed Shopping team swear by) in "Just 9 Things To Try In January."

    8. A beverage chiller, because this'll cool even fresh, hot coffee in under ~two minutes~ without diluting your precious joe. Translation: iced coffee lovers, now we can start every morning with our favorite blend (without watering it down).

    Hand using the frozen beverage chiller to pour iced coffee into a glass
    Amazon

    It comes with an insert that you can place in the freezer until you're ready to use it. Just place it into the pitcher after pouring in your coffee (or other hot drinks) and wait for up to two minutes!

    Promising review: "I love this thing for making iced coffee!! It's awesome! It instantly chills my beverage without watering it down and is such an easy concept! I usually rinse mine off right away and store it back in the freezer so it's ready to use again! Definitely recommend!" —Suejung

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    See what we picked as the best cold brew makers (that we tried and tested) in "If You Drink Cold Brew, You Need One Of These Coffee Makers In Your Life."

    9. A star projector reviewers like to use in their car, bedroom, or anywhere else that could use a ~starry sky~. The world is your oyster or...galaxy?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love it! It works great and lights my whole room up with a great red galaxy — worth the money I have to buy four more for my daughter's room." —A. Handy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    10. A Vanity Planet facial-cleansing brush for ending every day with some seriously satisfying exfoliation and a way to *fully* remove leftover makeup, dirt, and oil. Reviewers say the dual-speed control feels great on their skin, and leaves their complexion g-l-o-w-i-n-g and clear. Your nighttime routine just got a serious upgrade.

    A model's hand holding the facial cleansing brush that's covered in foam
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    It comes with three interchangeable brush heads: a daily cleansing brush, exfoliating facial brush, and silicone brush (great for sensitive skin).

    Promising review: "Seriously everyone needs this brush! Especially if you wear makeup often because this brush does an awesome job at deep cleaning your pores and there's a big difference in my skin when I don't use it. My skin feels smoother and pores are less clogged!" —Ester Jeune

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in three colors).

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "This Facial Cleanser Brush Is Perfect For A Lazy Foray Into Skin Care."

    11. A daisy-print embroidered tee that'll cheer up all your loungewear outfits so you still feel like your warm weather wardrobe is ~flourishing~. New mirror selfie, here we come.

    A model wearing the daisy-printed T-shirt, styled with an optional front knot
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    12. A giant bubble wand kit so you're entertained for hours and hours right in your backyard this summer. Personally, I won't rest until I set a new personal best. It will be the mother ship of all bubbles.

    A reviewer's picture of a giant bubble floating in their backyard
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I never write a review good or bad about any products, however I felt like I needed to for this. We brought this to to the park and my little ones loved it so much, that they didn’t want to even go on any of the swings. The bubbles were really giant and long-lasting. Everyone in the park came up to us to ask us where we got it and if they can try it. We didn’t even come close to finishing the bubble solution!" —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A jar of Versed cleansing balm to literally dissolve your day's worth of makeup and buildup, all while enjoying its heavenly eucalyptus and clove leaf oil fragrance. Plus its light, gentle milk formula will leave your face so. darn. soft. every single time.

    A model's hand holding a jar of the cleansing balm
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    Promising review: "This is hands-down the BEST makeup remover I've ever used. I use it in the morning to get any greasiness off my face and at night to take my makeup off before my cleanser. The smell is amazing and my face has never been SO soft. I think this balm is so much better than all of the 'higher-end' ones I've used. It's well worth the price because a little goes a long way. This is definitely a must-have." —DC

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    14. A magnetic monthly calendar dry erase board with a chic gold frame, because this'll encourage even us procrastinators to get more organized in a way that feels pretty darn rewarding. Chic home office decor = the only way to get me to plan out my week.

    The gold framed magnetic white board hung on a wall with examples of calendar markings and a separate column for to-do lists
    Amazon

    It comes with a dry erase marker and magnet.

    Promising review: "I am OBSESSED with this adorable white board. It's super cute and the perfect size. It even came with a magnet (with cork on back so you could pin something) and a whiteboard marker with eraser on the back that clips in at the top of the board. Good quality and excellent price. My cube looks adorable with this new addition!" —Amanda Wilson

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

    15. A mini waffle maker to not only make waking up simply ADORABLE, but encourage everyone to make quick and easy breakfasts (important!!!). And! It's a great thing to have in order to save space if you're the proud owner of a teeny kitchen.

    Alexandra Napoli / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "If you like waffles, but don't want to eat gigantic ones and/or don't have a ton of counter space to spare for a full-size waffle maker, this little thing is well worth the price. Another benefit of this smaller size is that you can use the waffles from this little machine to make sandwiches, for those who like breakfast on-the-go, not to mention a sweet and savory treat in the morning. We have actually been surprised by how much we use this item considering other waffle makers we've purchased all end up collecting dust in the back of a cupboard. This really is a waffle maker that you'll use more than once; in fact, die-hard waffle fans will probably use it every day." —Memory Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "Just 10 Things You'll Want To Try In July."

    16. Peggy Dean's Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor, a book of gorgeous drawing and watercolor tutorials, for starting a new hobby of illustrating your own artwork. It's beginner-friendly so anyone can learn how to paint impressive work you'll be proud to hang up.

    The cover of this watercolor tutorial book
    Bookshop

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 or from Bookshop for $20.69.

    Need supplies? Get them from Amazon: a watercolor palette for $17 and a set of eight watercolor brushes for $16.99.

    17. A Cosrx ceramide cream that'll feel SO luxurious on your face every time you use it, thanks to its buttery formula that m-e-l-t-s onto your skin. But that's not the best part — reviewers swear this works just as well as the costlier Dr. Jart ceramide cream by minimizing redness and soothing irritated skin. AKA you're about to save A LOT of money.

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    Promising review: "This has done wonders for my skin. I was skeptical to use in the summer and I've had a tendency to break out with the heavy stuff, so I try to use sparingly, but it truly is the best soothing cream I’ve used in a while and does not make me break out! It has worked better on my skin than Dr. Jart’s Tiger Grass cream, for almost half the price." —Skin in the game

    Get it from Amazon for $25.30.

    18. A knit midi dress with a cute rainbow design so you can switch up your usual routine of leggings and T-shirts with something a little more stylish. Fret not, it still feels like pajamas. But I do see a photoshoot on your horizon...

    A model wearing the white midi dress with a rainbow design and the word aloha both on the chest. The dress has been styled with a knot at the knee.
    Aerie

    Get it from Aerie for $27.96 (originally $39.95; available in sizes XXS–XXL and six colors).

    19. A scalp massager, because this'll help treat dandruff, dryness, and itchiness by exfoliating and stimulating blood flow to your scalp. But you'll *really* use this for how just darn GOOD it feels on your head — reviewers love using this for stress relief!

    A model's hand showing both sides of the scalp massager. One side shows the silicone bristles and the other side shows the handle for your fingers
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great little tool. My daughter and I both have VERY thick hair. Mine is especially difficult because it's curly (I have a combination of type 3A and 3B curly hair). My daughter always had a hard time getting to her scalp, which left some shampoo and conditioner not reaching her scalp, which caused some flaking and dandruff. Since she's been using this, that has stopped. It's made it much easier for both of us to get down to the root shaft. For people saying 'just use your fingernails,' this works better. I've had long and short nails and this still works better. It's easy to grip and clean." —EMM

    Get it from Amazon for $7.58+ (available in three colors).

    20. A pair of vintage-y blue light glasses to chicly accessorize all your outfits *and* protect your eyes from too much screen exposure (aka what can sometimes cause headaches). Do these call for daily selfies? I strongly believe so.

    A reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the gold-rimmed blue light glasses
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these! I tried three different brands before deciding on this one. They definitely block blue light, and they are high quality (which was not the case with other brands). Got them in black also, as well as another style. I can tell my eyes strain less when I wear them and I fall asleep better at night." —Dark Star

    Get them from Amazon for 20.99+ (available in five colors).

    21. A BrioGeo deep-conditioning hair mask for bringing dry, brittle hair back to LIFE thanks to its blend of B vitamins, rosehip oil, argan oil, and collagen. It only needs ~five minutes~ to bring 👏 on 👏 the 👏 shine and leave you with lustrous locks, every time.

    An open jar of the hair mask to show its light, creamy texture
    Sephora

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I have curly colored hair and I use this every time I was my hair. It has worked wonders and makes it soft and shiny! LOVE IT!" —JuliannaBP

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    22. A floral acrylic tray with handles that'll make breakfast in bed feel so darn luxurious — welcome to your new weekend routine. You can ask your dog if they can accommodate room service. I think you two can make it work.

    The black floral acrylic tray on a bed with an elegant breakfast spread
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this tray! It's beautiful, durable, and very easy to clean, plus the size of it is exactly what I want. I use it mainly as a flat surface to place plates, drinks, or snacks and it does very well. The design itself with the black and rose gold colors is gorgeous, too. This is the only tray I'll use and I'll order more if needed." —Gwendolyn

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    23. A sorting hat bath bomb so you can learn whether you're REALLY Gryffindor when it reveals your house color in the water. You can try whispering "not Slytherin" again and again, but it's frankly had enough with requests.

    The brown bath bomb in front of its packaging box that says "Always"
    V Beauty Cosmetic / Etsy

    You can also pick your bath bomb by house, but it's available in "random"! And can we talk about the box it comes with that says "Always"?!

    Promising review: "These smell amazing! They came perfectly wrapped and protected." —Elizabeth Gasperazzo

    Get it from V Beauty Cosmetic on Etsy for $6.41 (available in all four houses and in "random").

    24. And! A drain cover, because this'll get your bubble bath right up to the tippy-top so you can reach peak relaxation. Feel free to move in to your tub.

    A reviewer's feet resting on the drain cover with their bubble bath reaching almost the top of the tub
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know...THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness... all because of this little bit of silicone! Be careful if you have a refinished tub, as I do...remove those suctions SUPER gently and don't let them stick on too hard. Technically you're not supposed to use suctions with a refinished tub." —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

    25. A fuzzy animal print throw blanket to lounge all day in STYLE, and give your bed or couch an easy update. Dare, I say your *prowl* for the perfect cuddle buddy is finally over.

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    Promising review: "I am really happy with the throw blanket. The quality is AMAZING! And the blanket is super cute and super soft!!! I definitely recommend it! It also makes a really good gift!" —Urszula

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two sizes and four patterns).

    26. A box of fun, protein-packed cereal for reliving your childhood with flavors v similar to your sugary faves (they have fruity, frosted, cocoa, and blueberry), but with 12g of protein to kick-start your day and leave you feeling full and energized. I think mom will be proud.

    An illustrated representation of how one bowl of MagicSpoon cereal has 12 grams of protein while sugary cereals have about 2 grams of protein
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    They're also gluten- and sugar-free!

    Promising review: "Cereal is basically my favorite food — breakfast, afternoon snack, after-dinner snack, always snack/meal. I used to LOVE getting 'sweet cereal' (as I used to call it), but these days I tend to stick with boring 'adult' boxes as I don't want to overload on sugar. I'm so excited about Magic Spoon — it is literally magical, because it has all the yumminess of sweet cereal (I especially love the cocoa and frosted) without the downsides." —Thea A.

    Get one case (four boxes) from Magic Spoon for $39 (available in four flavors).

    Or! Try this pancake and waffle mix ($19.99 on Amazon) that boasts 30g of protein!

    27. A scrunchy Apple Watch band in a variety of patterns that'll make all your outfits a little trendier and give your favorite tech a fun new makeover. AKA you can play with new looks for less than 15 bucks.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve had this for a couple of months so far and have been super happy with it! Love the print and the outside is a silky material. The elastic is nice and stretchy. It makes it super easy to put on my watch in the morning. Would definitely recommend." —Britt

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and 13 patterns).

    28. A box of caffeinated chocolate bars so you can greet midday slumps with a sweet treat that actually gives you more energy. It has the caffeine equivalent of one cup of coffee, just 100 times more delicious.

    An illustrated representation of how one piece of this chocolate is the caffeine equivalent of one full cup of coffee
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I struggle with the ride home after work every day and really needed something to help me stay awake and be safe while driving. I like the way they produced the candy bar in such a way that its a bit 'fluffy' in it's construction, which makes it easy to chew and not hurt your teeth. I would definitely would recommend that product to anyone in need of staying awake, and not having a crash in diet afterwards." —Alex M. Cook

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $17.68.

    29. A tube of Glossier Balm Dotcom, because this'll save the day whenever your lips are chapped, your cuticles are dry, or any other part of your body needs a little moisturizing. But that's not the best part — it comes in flavors like ~birthday cake~, mint, coconut, and cherry. Try not to nibble on them.

    An arrangement of the Glossier Balm Dotcom tubes in eight different formulas
    Glossier

    Its combo of castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin will instantly soothe (and last).

    Promising review: "I am someone who has had sensitive and intensely chapped lips off and on for years. For a long time I tried every drugstore lip balm imaginable, but I never found one that I settled on and absolutely loved. This on the other hand is absolutely amazing. I have used this product for a little over a year and it never fails to impress me." —Katie

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight formulas).

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love."

    30. A Bliss jelly cleansing ball to make washing your face a heck of a lot more fun with our new friend Squishy. Its lychee extract formula works into a lather to remove all traces of dirt and leave your skin clean and fresh — plus it has a *lovely* geranium scent.

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    Promising review: "I love this so much. I look forward to washing my face with this jelly ball. It's easy to use, there is no irritation to my eyes, and it smells great." —karyn

    Get it from Amazon for $11.31.

    31. A double-walled, sparkly can cooler for keeping your drinks ice cold even in the heat (reviewers say it works for hours) and preventing any annoying condensation. Not to mention it's pretty darn cute to use — and it fits White Claws!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Like to keep your beer cold? Get this. Slow drinker? Get this. Want your White Claw/Truly to stay as cold as it was when you took it out of your fridge? Get this. I kid you not this thing keeps drinks cold like that's its job (because it is). Once I got mine and saw how effective it was, I decided all of my cold beverage loving friends and family will be getting one also. Love this product and definitely recommend!" —Brooke Stull

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50+ (available in 22 colors).

    32. A T-shirt dress that'll be 100% comfy enough to wear every single day inside if you're starting to contemplate breaking up with your leggings. Now you'll feel a little more fashionable, while still fully ready for another movie marathon.

    A model wearing the cream-colored T-shirt dress that goes to her knees
    Boohoo

    Get it from Boohoo for $11.20 (originally $28; available in sizes 14–24 and two colors).

    33. A set of face mask brushes so you can upgrade your beauty routine with tools that'll feel like h-e-a-v-e-n on your skin *and* prevent you from wasting product, therefore cash.

    A reviewer applying a charcoal face mask with the brush
    amazon.com

    Plus, their silicone bristles help prevent breakouts (fingers = bacteria) and are easier to clean than traditional brushes and distribute product more evenly!

    Promising review: "I love these silicone brushes; they helped me keep bacteria definitely to a minimum on my face, which is the goal when you don't want acne. It also makes the products that I use last way longer, because I can get everything out of the jar and I can spread the products on my face so much more evenly." —Marisol Porrata-oviedo

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $4.50.

    Me deciding to wear that T-shirt dress every single day:

    Nickelodeon

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

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