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    42 Inexpensive Things So Good, Reviewers Said They "Highly Recommend" Them

    A lengthening mascara, dog paw cleaners, and more top-rated items reviewers can't stop recommending.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Mighty Patches that'll absorb all the yucky gunk in your pimples while you sleep. When you wake up, you'll feel really satisfied when you see one of these babies lift pus from your zit that's basically the size of Mars. 

    pack of 36 circular Mighty Patches on a plastic adhesive strip
    reviewer with three puss-filled Mighty patches on finger

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my son who suffers from cystic acne. He is 15 years old and they has been a lifesaver. He puts them on the pimples at night and in the morning the pimples are dramatically reduced in size and his skin is 'flat' in his words. I highly recommend these to anyone who suffers from any type of acne. They were recommended by another mom on my son's basketball team. Her son was using them and I am so thankful that she shared how great the Might Patches are!" —Slade Salisbury

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. A bottle of wood polish to restore scratched-up cabinets, furniture, and hardwood floors back to their former glory. Thanks to conditioning oils and a beeswax protective coating, wooden surfaces will look less faded and more shiny again.

    Image of water stained wood cabinet with the wood looking completely restored in after pic

    Promising review: "My back door gets a lot of sun and has faded quite a bit. So, I decided to try this. The door looks 75% better! I may eventually still have to have the door refinished by a professional, but the protection this product provided will get me through another year until I can have it done properly. I highly recommend this AND it was SO EASY to apply! Now, I can’t wait to use it on all the furniture and bedroom doors in my house so that I can bring out the luster!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $8.98.

    3. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses for anyone who works in front of a computer all day long. These frames act as a shield against blue light from digital devices and you'll experience less eye fatigue while you type and read emails.

    reviewer wearing glasses, and another photo showing lens in front of screen, removing blue light /

    These glasses can also help block blue-light from other electronics, including cellphones and TVs. 

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue-light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in 11 colors and multi-packs).

    4. A KitchenIQ sharpener because your dull knives are delaying your cooking routine. Place it on the edge of a cutting board, pull a knife through the slot a couple of times, and it'll be ready to effectively slice veggies, meats, and more food.

    hand holding the kitchen sharpener in front of a cutting board with knives
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly owns this knife sharpener and said: "The little sharpener comes with detailed instructions and actually fits in my knife drawer so I won’t have to scare the dog while saying “WHERE IS IT?” out loud. I pulled out my assortment of knives and gave it a go on a Rachael Ray knife. It’s a pretty handy knife, but wasn’t what it used to be back in the day. I set it on the edge of my cutting board and pulled it through the coarse notch three times, per the instructions. Even though mushrooms aren’t notorious for being tough to slice through, they’re oddly shaped and move around: with my newly sharpened knife I was able to slice through them with no effort…even the stem! I also manhandled an onion and it was sooo easy slicing through the skin." Read her full review of the KitchenIQ sharpener (#4).

    Promising review: "Got it yesterday and put it right to use on a number of dull knives. It was smaller than expected, but that just made it easier to store in a kitchen drawer. The notch in the bottom is brilliant! Hold the sharpener on the edge of the counter and there is no worry about hitting the knife on anything when pulling it through to sharpen it. After a number of strokes on the sharpening steel and then on the ceramic rods and the knives were razor sharp. I highly recommend this item to anyone looking for a good inexpensive sharpener that does the job. Five Stars!" —F. Hirtz

    Get it from Amazon for $9.96 (available in four colors). 

    5. A ribbed halter top with a built-in bra to keep your chest comfy and supported sans underwire. This wardrobe essential is anything but basic, because it can be worn alone *or* under a cardigan, flannel, or lightweight jacket.

    Model wearing blue ribbed halter top with built-in bra
    Klassy Network

    Klassy Network is a woman-owned business that sells stylish blouses, swimwear, eyewear, and their well-known Brami top, aka a top that provides amazing support and doesn't require a bra underneath!

    My colleague Chantel Turner loves Brami tops and said: "*I* wish that every top I owned was a Brami top so I could trash all of my traditional bras. I own a few of their shirts in different styles and they are absolutely amazing! Somehow the shirts provide the support of a bra without you having to actually wear a bra. It feels extremely comfortable." Read more of her Brami top review (it's number 17).

    Promising review: "I bought this to specifically to wear for our professional photos taken on our honeymoon. However, I wore it so many times it looks like that’s the only top I brought with me! Material is so soft, the cups were perfect size (I’m a 38D some soft cups are too small). I would highly recommend this top and can’t wait to buy more!" —Klassy Network Shopper

    Get it from Klassy Network for $39.99 (available in sizes XS–3XL and in eight colors).

    6. A L'Oreal Infallible foundation powder that'll be a staple in your beauty routine because it provides full coverage without clogging pores, leaves a matte finish, *and* stays in place for up to 24 hours.

    Promising review: "This product delivers everything it promises. It's easy to apply and stays on all day. Moreover, it is light enough to wear in hot weather, and it can be layered for more coverage, without looking too cakey. The sponge applicator works, but it does need to be cleaned fairly often. Overall, a great product that I will continue to purchase. One caveat: The colors, if ordered online, tend to be a tad lighter than pictured. I will need to go darker for the summer months. I highly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 16 shades).

    7. A pack of plant food spikes because your green babies need the proper nutrients to thrive indoors and avoid wilting. This fertilizer can be used for all kinds of of plants like house crotons, ferns, and spider plants, and takes the stress out of plant care.

    Promising review: "These are the best supplements for your plants. The fertilizer sticks are easy to use, you just push them into the soil and water. Your plants will flourish once you start feeding them these little guys. I highly recommend this product for happy healthy plants and for plant owners who don't want to repot!" —Crystal

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $2.98.

    8. A set of bed bands that'll make sure your fitted sheets stay in place on your mattress. If you're done waking up in tangled bedding, these babies will prevent you from constantly fixing your sleep setup.

    Here's how to put them on: place a fitted sheet on the bed, fold a corner of the sheet back, clamp on the BedBand, slide the fitted sheet corner over your mattress, tuck both the BedBand and fitted sheet under your mattress, and repeat for the other three corners.

    Promising review: "We have a 14-inch thick memory foam mattress with an adjustable frame (so it can lift up either end). We bought sheets specifically sized for it, but the bottom sheet comes off the end that is lifted (where our heads are at) every night. You wake up in the middle of the night, and the sheet is off half the bed. It’s extremely irritating. We bought this product, and it hasn’t happened since! We are actually sleeping better because of it, which is a big added bonus. Highly recommended!" —P. Jarosz

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and also in a 2-pack, 3-pack and 4-pack).

    9. A knee stabilizer band so you won't ~kneed~ to deal with discomfort while exercising. It'll help provide support during lots of activities, including basketball, cycling, and running, and can be adjusted to fit the curve of each knee.,

    Be sure to check with your doctor first to address any knee concerns *before* trying a knee stabilizer band for workouts.

    Promising review: "I was born with no cartilage between my knee and my kneecap on my right knee. It’s given me so many problems over the years. I was told I would need a knee replacement by 30. I’ve tried every knee brace under the sun. Some worked temporarily but no matter what I would feel sharp pain. This brace is the first relief I have felt while exercising, walking, running, etc. I’m so thrilled. The way it’s designed you’re really able to get the support you desire.. tighten/loosen for your comfort. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.79 (available in four colors).

    10. A Wet & Forget shower cleaner that (gasp) you can literally leave and clean later. Instead of bending over a tub and scrubbing for eternity, all you have to do is apply to the grimy area, go do something more enjoyable, and rinse it away the next day.

    Promising review: "I have been having shower draining issues so there was a build up of soap scum in my shower. I have a very weak stomach and cleaning the shower makes me physically ill. I have tried several products that have claimed to be no scrub/wipe but this has been the only one that has worked. I sprayed it after my shower and left it to sit until the next night. Found that A LOT of the grime had disappeared. Now, was it perfect? No. But I think with consistent use it will get there. Highly recommend this product." —KZ

    Get a 64-ounce bottle from Amazon for $16.89.

    11. A Glossier Generation G lipstick so perfect for your lips, you'll probably ditch sticky lip gloss for good. It leaves a just-blotted finish *and* has a sheer, matte texture that'll add a subtle hint of color to your lips. It's also buildable, cruelty-free, and vegan.

    model swipes Glossier Generation G red-orange lipstick on lips

    Promising review: "The berry is the perfect lip color to add a bit of drama (but not too much!) It goes on smoothly, lasts for hours, and pairs perfectly with the clear gloss for an extra shine. Highly recommend!" —Glossier Shopper

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    12. A pair of adjustable elastic laces to turn a pair of sneakers into comfy slip-ons that'll be so easy to take on and off. Gone are the days of you stopping in the middle of a run or walk to tie flimsy shoe laces., Amazon

    Promising review: "I hesitantly bought one of these to try on an old pair of sneakers that I wear when I work outdoors in my yard. I followed the directions and put them on. After one (and only one) minor adjustment, they fit perfectly and I have now turned my sneakers (with shoelaces that I have to tie and untie) into slip-on sneakers. So much easier to deal with, especially if you need to put them on quickly. I bought another set to go on my black sneakers. If you have trouble bending down to tie or untie your footwear, I highly recommend these!" —P. Lamoureux

    Get a pair from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 13 colors).

    13. An under-desk walking pad so you can ~work up a sweat~ while you work at a desk. Slide this piece of equipment under a standing desk and you'll get to walk a mile (or two, or three!) during virtual meetings. Plus, it's less expensive than similar treadmills on the market!,

    This walking pad has six speed levels and goes up to 4 mph, so you can do a chill walk *or* a brisk jog while you work at a standing desk! It's also remote-controllable and you can easily slide it under a bed or couch when you're done using it.

    Promising review: "I love this thing! It got delivered yesterday. Earlier than expected and it's perfect for my home office setup. I work remotely and long hours so have a hard time getting out. I did over 2 miles yesterday and am already on it this morning. Highly recommend and easy to set up. Literally, take it out of the box, plug in, and use the remote." —Allison K. Hughes

    Get it from Amazon for $329.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A dual hair dryer and brush that'll dry *and* style your 'do at the same time. Its three heat settings will get to work on wet hair, while its rounded edges and an oval brush design increase volume and curl your ends.

    It also has a ceramic coated barrel that acts as a shield against heat damage.

    Promising review: "I have super super curly hair and have never been able to find a tool like this to be beneficial to my hair. I read the reviews and ordered because I knew I could return if it wasn’t what I hoped it would be. Wow, I was totally shocked! I will never go without this. I was able to fully dry/“blow out” my hair in about 10 minutes and could have gone without even running a flat iron through it! It minimized the frizz and I had more volume than I’ve had in a lonnng time! Highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed if you’re a curly girl. 😉" —Bailley

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in seven styles).

    15. A dual-ended brow pencil and spoolie, so you can achieve natural-looking brows with minimal effort. Fill in hair gaps with the self-sharpening mechanical brow pencil, run the spoolie across arches to shape 'em up, and you'll be good to go.

    on top, reviewer with sparse auburn eyebrows. on bottom, reviewer with more defined auburn brows after using the brow pencil above

    Promising review: "I love this eyebrow pencil. The pencil/brush combo allows you to pencil in the makeup and then brush it out to distribute evenly and ensure a natural look. I originally went with the Light Brunette color, but it was very dark!! I switched to the dark blonde and am very happy with the color. Highly recommend!" —Holly

    Get it from Amazon for $7.18+ (available in 10 shades and in two-packs).

    16. A pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds thousands of reviewers swear by for their comfort and sound quality. They provide four-plus hours of play on a single charge, help tune out annoying noise around you, and are waterproof. Plus, they cost a fraction of the price of AirPods.,

    Each pair comes with a wireless charging case, so you can power them up on the go!

    Promising review: "These are absolutely amazing! I reviewed many different earbuds and decided on these, I'm so glad I did! I needed something I could work out with. I was on the treadmill watching a movie on my iPhone, and the sound of the movie made me feel as if I were right there in the middle of the movie running for my life because the sound was outstanding. The bass is perfect and the sound is better than any I have used. They provide very clear, clean, and crisp sounds. I would highly recommend these to anyone. I love the case and the charging station. They fit snug in my ears and came charged and ready to use. They paired with my phone very easily. The noise cancellation was also great! I can't say enough good about these! I love them so much that I might be ordering some for my husband as well." —grandmawe

    Get it from Amazon $32.99 (available in three colors).

    17. Stretchy silicone lids because you can cover a variety of food containers without worrying about finding a lid to match. Instead of rummaging through a cabinet, you'll have a right-sized lid for soup bowls, glass jars, and large pots every time.


    This 14-piece set comes with seven different-sized lids for small, medium, and large food containers. Each silicone lid is freezer safe and dishwasher safe, plus helps you cut back on plastic wrap waste.

    Promising review: "Ordered these because the plastic lids that came with my glass Tupperware had gotten old and brittle and were cracking. They fit them perfectly and hold on really well, they even stack! I've even used them to just cover cans of food and sodas that we haven't quite finished. We also use them for leftovers, just putting them on top of bowls if we get too full to finish. It's cut down on my use of plastic wrap as well, which is a huge bonus for me as someone who likes to recycle. I highly recommend these!" —Rachel

    Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $15.99.

    18. A mini essential oil diffuser that'll make your space smell like the most relaxing spa. With seven LED mood lights, adjustable brightness, and interchangeable mist settings, you'll feel so chill wherever you are indoors.

    reviewer holds mini diffuser with a blue light next to work desk

    Promising review: "I actually bought one for myself and one for my daughter. I find this diffuser soothing. The lights that change are an added feature that my husband loves. I fill at night to the water line and add my drops of essential oil. It disburses throughout my large master bedroom and auto shuts off in the early am. Highly recommend. I just bought a third! My 13-year-old wanted one so bad after sleeping in my room one night. So now she has! The Xmas gift for older daughter was a success!" —Andrea C. Gamble

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in four colors).

    19. A patch kit because you never know when you'll need to seal up a dent or nail hole in a wall. It comes with everything you need to get the job done: the spackle and primer in the tube, the sanding pad on the lid, and the putty knife on the end.


    This patch kit will save you so much time when it comes to repairs because it doesn't require any vinyl spackling!

    Promising review: "I was initially a little concerned at the size of the tube once received but it ended up being more than needed. I used this to fill in two large bolt holes from a TV I previously had mounted on the wall and four decent-sized holes from a sound bar that was mounted below it. Application was extremely easy. I waited about 45 minutes and applied a coat of paint, and by the next morning you could not even tell the holes were ever there. Highly recommended." —Steelstorm

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    20. Several pairs of colorful mop slippers so you can clean up spills with minimal effort *and* work on your dance moves. If the thought of doing housework is boring you so badly, slip into these slides for some fun.,

    These slippers work well for mopping up vinyl, wood, and tiled floors. Plus, you can pop them in the washing machine after you're done cleaning.

    Promising review: "My kids loved sliding around the house helping me with cleaning the floors! I sprayed a little floor cleaner down, put on some fun music and off we all went! It was a dance party that doubled as a house cleaning! Need to get a smaller size for my youngest, but other than that they were perfect! Highly recommended to help break up the monotony of housework." —A Winslow

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $16.35 (available in two color sets).

    21. Bolden Skincare's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer that acts as a shield against UV damage *and* gives your skin a gorgeous glow. When the sun's out and you're enjoying the great outdoors, you won't have to worry about dark spots and sunburns.

    Model opens green and white tube of Bolden's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer

    Bolden is a Black-owned business specializing in skincare products, including acne treatments and cleansers, that'll help streamline your daily regimen.

    Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin and usually very sensitive to products containing SPF, however this product hasn't broken out my skin, my dark scars are fading. I use this cream daily especially on my 'no makeup' days and it gives a slight glow to the skin. I definitely highly recommend this product." —Bolden Skincare Customer

    Get it from Bolden or Amazon for $28.

    22. A portable paw washer for cleaning your doggo's dirty paws. Designed for large and extra-large canines, this container has silicone bristles that gently remove debris, mud, and dirt from your pup's paws without making a mess.,

    This paw washer fits paws up to 3.5 inches wide! It's simple to use too: Fill up the container with a little water, insert your fur baby's paw, twist their paw inside the container, and gently dab their paw with a towel.

    Promising review: "Listen — I live in Pittsburgh, it seems to rival Seattle in rainfall lately. It rains for a week at a time, then it snows, then the snow melts and it rains again. Our German shepherd was destroying our carpet with his mud-filled paws despite the sea of towels at the back door and wiping them off. This thing has been an absolute life saver, honest! I used it a few times 'dry' on the dog to get him used to it but the bristles are soft silicone, he’s a prissy dog and tolerates it really well. It’s easy to clean after use, dump the water and rinse well with hot water. It’s only three pieces and easy to disassemble to give a good soaking. HIGHLY RECOMMEND." —MrsP2012

    Get it from Amazon for $24.24 (available in five colors). Or if you have a small or medium-sized dog, browse these different-sized paw cleaning containers.

    23. A rust stain remover that'll tackle the toughest red and orange spots ruining your sink, drain, and shower walls. You'll save $$$ on bathroom repairs and spare yourself from a lengthy cleaning session. Just spray, wait a few seconds, wipe with a cloth, and rinse!

    Promising review: "We live on well water and both the tub and sink will discolor over time with the iron buildup. I have seriously tried every product off the shelf for a rust/iron removing product for my tub and sink...and boy, this stuff does the trick. I spray the tub down at night, before bed, and in the morning most of it is gone! I'll typically do two treatments, and apply it for a second night... but that's all there is to it. Spray and go. No scrubbing whatsoever! Highly recommend this product!" —Marissa Schwartz

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    24. A pack of clip-in hair extensions for times when you want to give your hair a little more length. If your locks are on the shorter side or you really want to rock a longer ponytail, these synthetic strands will give you the 'do of your dreams.

    These hair extensions are heat-resistant up to 300-ish degrees, so you can blow dry, straighten, and curl them with the rest of your hair.

    Promising review: "Wow! These extensions are beautiful! So easy to put on (beginner here), color is amazing, curls are perfect, very thorough instructions. I didn't realize they were also including a comb, bonus hair band, extra fastener kit and spray bottle for cleaning. I haven't tried it, but instructions say you can straighten these as well. I can't believe the price for what you get! Highly recommend." —Jamie H

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in ten lengths and 73 colors, some solid, some with highlights, and some with a balayage effect).

    25. A wow-worthy grout cleaner that'll probably make you believe in magic, because it'll remove years and years of dirt and grime from floor tiles.

    A customer review before and after photo of their tiled floor with dirty grouts and then completely white

    Apply it to grout lines, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and agitate the grout with a bristled brush to lift all the nasty gunk that's been there for way too long.

    Promising review: "I never leave a review unless the product is terrible, but there is a first time for everything. This grout cleaner is AMAZING! It was super easy to use. There is no foul odor. No gloves needed. It didn’t have to sit more than 5 minutes and you didn’t have to 'scrub' with the brush, just rub the brush with slight pressure. I just ordered a second bottle because I don’t want to risk not having some on hand for the future! I have tile in my kitchen and three bathrooms. I actually painted the grout in one of the bathrooms a few months ago because nothing would clean it! If only I had known this was out there! Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $19.95.

    26. A foot file so good at gently removing dead skin, you'll gasp at your newly soft heels that were once crusty, callused, and cracked. If you'd like your feet to be baby-soft again, this cheese grater-like tool can help you out!,,

    Promising review: "OK, yes, it looks like a cheese grater and, yes, it is darn I was a little nervous about it. But I gotta say, this is a great foot rasp. I'm one of those people who runs around barefoot as much as possible and my feet get pretty dry and callused as a result. This rasp worked like a charm to remove all the dead skin and have my feet looking and feeling better in no time. Follow the directions and don't push too hard, let the rasp do the work, then there are no worries about cutting yourself or removing too many layers. The fabric storage pouch is a nice touch. It helps you store the rasp without worries of hurting yourself or damaging other items in your drawer. I would highly recommend this rasp." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    27. A shirt folder because putting away clothes is a time suck and results in crammed drawers. Grab this nifty board and turn your lumpy tees into almost-perfect squares every time with a few quick flips.,

    Promising review: "I used to fold shirts every once in a while with one that was in the office at work, but I was moving and wanted one of my own, so I decided to give this one a shot. The instructions were easy to understand, the design was a bit much, but it looks like all the air channels help with folding so no big deal there. One of the best parts about it was the bottom part that stayed there while you're folding up, with the one at my office, the whole thing lifted up and didn't work so well. This one worked fantastic and I highly recommend!" —J. Rush

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    28. A set of heel caps for your next fancy outdoor celebration, so you can avoid getting your stilettos stuck in muddy grass. Place one of these babies on each heel and you'll be good to go when it's time to take photos!


    Promising review: "I got these to wear with my heels for a wedding I was in that had grass for the ceremony. I bought the size small and it fit my heels perfectly. Unlike other brands, these actually stayed on the entire time and did not get caught in the grass. I highly recommend this product." —Sara C.

    Get a pair on Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

    29. A two-pack of stainless-steel tongue cleaners that'll top off your daily oral hygiene routine: If your tongue looks grimy and is turning a questionable color, this small tool will scrape away all the gross gunk lodged in it.

    a before and after set displaying a reviewer's tongue after using the tongue  cleaner

    Promising review: "I don’t know where this has been all my life, but I wish I had it sooner! This tongue cleaner is simply wonderful! After you are done brushing, you just run that a few times over the farthest point you can reach on your tongue. My mouth has never tasted so fresh or so clean. I regularly use mouth wash, but I find that the combination of tongue scraping and mouth wash leaves my breath fresher than it’s ever been. Love this. I highly recommend for anyone who wants a clean mouth!!" —Cayla Printz

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.97.

    30. A Luminoodle LED lighting strip to elevate your TV watching experience. It provides a backlight setup, so you can enjoy sharper images, better color contrast, and less eyestrain.

    A reviewer's TV: hazier and too bright in some places before, and sharper and clearer with the backlighting after

    It's so easy to apply too: dust, wipe clean, and dry the back of your TV, lay out and trim the strip, peel off the tape, stick it onto your TV, and connect the USB attached to it to your TV.

    Promising review: "I LOVE the look of this! I am a big gamer and Netflix-er and this Luminoodle definitely adds to the experience. It makes the contrast on your TV appear to be even higher than it was before, and it adds a nice touch of soft lighting to the room. It's also really easy to unplug if you're not feeling it ALL the time. I would definitely recommend that when you go to install, make sure that the surface you're sticking it on is clean. I didn't dust my TV very well when I installed and it didn't stick quite as well as I had expected, but I eventually got it on. So far, it has stayed in place. I highly recommend!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven sizes and styles).

    31. A top-rated Essence mascara that's adored by thousands of reviewers for it's lash-enhancing abilities (no falsies required). Add more drama and length to your lashes with this formula that'll sculpt 'em and won't feel clumpy.

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Kayla Boyd swears by this mascara and said: "As someone who isn't a big fan of false lashes (the glue irritates my eyes and I'm terrible at applying them) this budget-friendly holy grail does the trick for both lengthening and volumizing my lashes. It uses a conic shape fiber brush to help the mascara apply evenly without getting too clumpy. Plus, it's cruelty-free!" Peep more deets in her full Essence Lash Princess mascara review.

    Promising review: "I have read that this mascara is wonderful, so I wanted to give it a try. I have very very short eye lashes so I have tried so many mascaras over the years that I have lost count. Boy, I was very surprised to find out that this is one of the best for volume, it went on so well, very easy to use, and the value you do get a lot for your money. I had to put three coats on, but it looks really nice with the volume and it looked like I have false eyelashes on. The color I chose was the dark black and it’s very dark and rich just what I wanted with no smudges, I highly recommend this you will be very satisfied!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    32. A LifeStraw Personal Water Filter so you can enjoy clean drinking water on camping trips and avoid bringing plastic bottles. This tiny device captures unwanted impurities (including bacteria) and allows for easy sipping.

    model users blue LifeStraw to drink water out of stream

    Promising review: "Saved me on my first hike! I packed my bag too heavy and by the second day, I was out of water and almost out of food. After I dropped the useless water and food weight I was ready to hike back on the third day along a stream. There was no wasted time filtering water... I just filled my water bottle and drank with the straw. I highly recommend!" —bryan 

    Get it from Amazon for $14.83+ (available in two colors and multipacks). 

    33. Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint for matte-rich lips that'll last for hours and not smudge. A pigment-rich formula and a smooth, velvet-like finish will give your lips a soft pop of color that screams "I got my makeup professionally done."

    left image is a woman with a lighter complexion wearing a pink matte lipstick color, middle is another fair-skinned person wearing a different shade of pink and far right is a darker-skinned person wearing a pink lip tint

    Promising review: "I got this to replace my old matte balm that I got LITERALLY years ago (I know I know, should have replaced sooner) and I'm already in love with it. It's light to wear, and my lips actually breathe. It doesn't get clumpy during long wear either, and actually lasted through dinner last night. It's dead-on the same shade as my UD nude lippy, and although coverage isn't as thick and it's not as creamy, it's still perfect for a light makeup day. Highly recommend this one!" —C. Bentley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90 (available in nine colors).

    34. A cult-favorite vitamin C serum that's like a facial in a bottle. It'll help minimize hyperpigmentation, brighten dull areas, and soften skin. More than 48,000+ people on Amazon gave it a 5-star review for its jaw-dropping results.,

    Promising review: "I had read so many reviews about this serum and I was skeptical to buy and I am so happy that I did! This serum works wonders on my skin. I had slight hyperpigmentation on my face and I do have acne scars, my skin looked dull and lacked moisture, after I applied this serum everyday in the morning my skin looks so better than before. My pigmentation is reduced, my skin looks fresh and moisturized. My acne scars are the same, but I think that I will use it for more months to see the difference. Overall the serum is not oily and it quickly absorbs my skin. I am very happy with my purchase and I highly recommend this to buy." —Kavita

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    35. A jewelry-cleaning pen to get your rings sparkling again with the help of some micro-fine cleansers. No more dull diamonds or dirty scuffs on your fave baubles., Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought this after seeing it show up, repeatedly, on multiple BuzzFeed lists. I wear a lot of sterling silver jewelry that tarnishes very easily and hasn’t been a long time. Following the directions, I was able to clean a pair of earrings and a pendant necklace in about 15 minutes, to be fair all three items were seriously tarnished/dirty. The pen did a good job. It worked even better when I wet the jewelry down first, which resulted in significantly less scrubbing and much faster cleaning times. I have two more pairs of earrings and I’ll have cleaned everything In my jewelry box that needs it. I highly recommend this product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    36. A grooming brush so your shedding doggo can have a shiny, tangle-free coat: it helps (gently!) pull out and catch a ton of loose hairs before they fall out. Your fur baby gets to enjoy a little pampering while you, the happy pet parent, gets to keep the couch clean. It's a win-win situation. 🐶

    Promising review: "This brush works amazing well! I have a short haired Rhodesian Ridgeback. Other brushes are so hard to clean. The hair comes right off of this. My pup enjoyed being brushed and I was able to remove a ton of excess fur. This brush was able to remove way more hair than any other brush I’ve ever tried. Highly recommend!" —Rachel White

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    37. Stila One-Step Color-Correcting Facial Serum that'll brighten and color-correct your complexion before you apply makeup. A blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins help prep your skin and minimize dark circles and redness.

    reviewer pic showing a very bad sunburn on the face then the same reviewer with makeup on and looking a bit tan rather than severely sunburned

    The reviewer above used this facial serum to cover up a bad sunburn!

    Promising review: "I think this is a wonderful product and highly recommend if to anyone who fights facial redness. I sometimes wear it alone but under cream foundation and light powder it works even better. I was totally amazed at how much it evened out my skin tone! And honestly I didn't think it could be done." —UGdg

    Get it from Amazon for $36.

    38. Goo Gone to lift sticker labels, chewing gum, and crayons from household surfaces and car exteriors and interiors. Raise your hand if you're done using fingernails (and your free time) to peel away gunk.

    The only surfaces it doesn't work on? Silk, leather, suede, or rubber! Oh, and it's EXCELLENT for cleaning up that sticky, gross dust that accumulates around your kitchen.

    Promising review: "I had some serious residue from a spice organizer in one of my apartment cabinets (not wood) and this stuff zapped it! I was worried we'd be charged for damage if I couldn't get it off, but now you can't even tell anything was there. I did have to let it sit for a while, but that was fine with me. Highly recommend if you need to remove sticky reside left behind from wall hangers, etc." —Sue

    Get it from Amazon for $7.48.

    39. A surface cover that'll make your boring countertops look *way better* than they did before. Everyone will be asking, "did you redo part of your kitchen?!"

    This marble-print surface cover is so easy to use: measure your kitchen countertop, cut the amount you'll need, peel off the adhesive liner, and stick it on! Some reviewers also recommend using a credit card to gently smooth out any bubbles that may pop up in the process.

    If you want to spruce up other areas around home, this cover also works great for cabinets and other pieces of furniture (bookcases, desks, dressers, and more).

    Promising review: "Great value for the money! As with all peel and stick products, it is very easy to get air bubbles underneath which will show (I have yet to master this skill), but the results are amazing when you get it right. We used this for our kitchen countertops as we rent and could not replace it and although I do not expect this to hold up forever, it has been put through some use for a month now and still looks like new. It has not discolored or moved/peeled and looks great! I messed up a couple times while installing the film and it is easy enough to cover up with an extra piece of film to overlap any mistakes. If I can do it with a fairly good result, anyone can do it (as long as you have realistic expectations and understand it will never look as good as a real granite countertop would). Highly recommend for anyone who is renting but want to spruce up the kitchen without spending too much money!" —Caroline Klar

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    40. Space-saving vacuum storage bags for bulky items that end up stuffed in your closet or under-bed space. You can compress anything from bedding to thick sweaters in these sealable bags. You'll finally have more room and not have to deal with messy piles!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by these vacuum bags and said: "I chose the large size (as opposed to the biggest size, called 'jumbo') because it seemed easier to move and store — jumbo is probably perfect for bedding, duvets, etc! And just one large bag was plenty to store 9 or 10 *very* large winter sweaters — all collapsed down to a fraction of their size. And it was surprisingly effortless, too! I didn't feel like breaking out the vacuum, so I just used the included hand pump, and it took maybe three minutes max to pump out the air and shrink the bag before replacing the cap — easy peasy! And no danger of reinflation." Read her full vacuum storage bags review (it's #2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I have a small house and recently had a moth infestation. It’s taken a while to get rid of the moths and I got these bags for my sweaters to protect them. They save a lot of space in my closet and protect my wool sweaters from moths. I’m also a knitter and have lots of wool yarn. These bags are super easy to use and come with a hand pump. They seem sturdy and are a perfect size to store sweaters and wool in my in my closet. I highly recommend!" —marjeneg

    Get them from Amazon for $22.94+ (available in five sizes and variety packs).

    41. carpet spot remover spray that'll clean the nastiest stains on your colorfast carpet, rugs, and upholstery. It'll quickly get 'em out without rinsing and vacuuming, plus it doesn't leave a sticky residue behind! 

    A photo showing red food stains completely removed from a carpet and walls
    A before-and-after photo showing a dark stain removed from a car seat's upholstery

    To use, apply it to stains and gently blot the messy area with an absorbent cloth. That's it! 

    Promising review: "When my husband and I moved to our new home three years ago, we had a professional carpet cleaning service clean our carpets. There were a bunch of dark brown stains that wouldn’t come out no matter how much the technician tried to lift up the stain from the beige carpet in one of the rooms. So I have lived with it for all this time. Then I read a review about this product and decided to try it. Well, I just received it today and was absolutely shocked when the stain was gone after spraying the product onto the carpet and blotting with a cotton towel. By far the BEST carpet stain cleaner I have ever used!!!! I highly recommend it!!! I am so glad that I took a chance and ordered it!" —Mina Goe

    Get it from Amazon for $11.78.

    42. And an under-the-sink water filtration system so you can get better quality tap water. A two-step filter helps remove 99.99% of contaminants including chlorine and heavy metals and it only takes three minutes to install.

    It comes with direct connect hoses you can hook up to the 3/8-inch feed water valves under your kitchen sink. Plus, it's much cheaper than calling a plumber for assistance! 

    Promising review: "This filter is great! We live in NYC and the tap water isn't great. This filter was super easy to install and after installing we did a before and after test. Was shocked to see that the water is visibly cleaner. The glass of water from before was cloudy, had a faint odor, and a faint metallic water treatment chemical taste. The after glass was crystal clear with absolutely no odor or taste. Definitely highly recommend. Wish I had bought one of these sooner." —Jasmina

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99

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