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    55 Brilliant Buys Under $50 That Do Exactly What They Say

    These clever products solve so many common nuisances.

    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. These houseplant insect traps that will be easy peasy to pop into the soil of your pots. They work like magnets to catch little buggers who dare to mess with your plant babies.

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    Promising review: "Holy cow, these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house."

    Megan

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    2. This foot file to leave your feet feeling even smoother than your pedicurist could make them feel — minus the tickle attack from the pumice stone.

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    Promising review: "After comparing foot files and reading the reviews, I decided to order this foot file. Living with chronic pain conditions has made it almost impossible to get out and go to the nail salon on a regular basis. I needed a way that I could 'maintain' my feet in between pedicure appointments, and purchasing this foot file was definitely a great decision. I couldn't believe how well and easily it removed the dead skin from the bottom of my feet...The price is competitive, the quality is top notch and it couldn't be any easier to use."

    Amy

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $6.95.

    3. This light therapy Neutrogena acne spot treatment, which uses dermatologist in-office technology (no UV rays!) to treat mild to moderate acne.

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    Promising Review: "I DEFINITELY did not think this would work. How can light get rid of pimples? Well, after only using it a couple of times my mind was completely changed. It's good at making big, sore pimples smaller overnight. I also had a red mark on my skin from a giant pimple I'd had two months ago that I couldn't even get rid of with microhydrabrasion. After about a week of using this light pen on it twice a day, it was way smaller and lighter. This pen is true magic."

    Jemima Skelley

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    4. This eco-friendly pet hair roller that doesn't need any sheets or refills, so you can use it again and again without having to break out the vacuum cleaner.

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    You can use this roller on furniture, carpets, clothes and anything else in your house that gets covered in your furry friend's hair. This one also comes with a grooming glove so you can tackle that pet hair at the source.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.50.

    5. These spiky dryer balls that will make sure your pillows stay fluffy when you wash them — and cut down your drying time.

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    These dryer balls allow for better air circulation when you use them — which means they'll cut down on drying time, making them better for the environment. They'll also soften your clothes without the need for chemicals.

    Buy a set of four from Amazon Australia for $20.36.

    6. This mascara that'll give you lashes so dramatic, no one will believe you when you tell them you bought it for less than $5 on Amazon.

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    Promising review: "I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour workday right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!"

    Carrie E Miller

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $4.99.

    7. This jewellery cleaning pen so you can give your precious gems a quick swipe of a pen to get them looking brand-new.

    on the left, the diamond on a reviewer's ring looking fogged up, and on the right, the same diamond now looking shiny and new
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    Promising review: "I was so excited to see the huge difference in how clean my jewellery looked. The cleaning process took less than five minutes and now it sparkles like new!" —Jackie_X

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $7.92.

    8. This selfie ring light that'll provide studio-quality lighting to all of your photos — because it's 2021 and it's ALL about getting the best picture possible for your grid, ya feel?

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    Promising review: "This selfie ring light is well-made. The tripod is sturdy, but lightweight, and the ring light is bright. The tripod can be set at various heights depending on the occasion, and yet it is very compact to carry around. It can stand on the floor, or be set-up on a desk — very flexible. The ring light has three modes: warm yellow, warm white, and white, as well as 10 levels of brightness. It is suitable for all kinds of lighting needs. Also, the phone clip is easy to put on and easy to secure the phone in place. I use this for selfies and for video conferencing. It works really well." 

    Di W.

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $33.99.

    9. This cord organiser to keep your wires tidy, so that you remain tangle-free and fancy.

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    Constructed from durable silicone instead of hard plastic and fitted with self-adhesive backing, this is the easiest (and cheapest) damn thing to use to sort out your cables. Use on your bedside table (yeah, I know you keep your phone next to you), desk and even your car.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    10. This watercolour paint set that'll give you everything you need to create a masterpiece.

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    This foldable paint set comes with 42 super pigmented colours for you to choose from, as well as a mixing palette and a point tip water brush. Plus, the fact that you can fold it right up means it's compact enough for you to take wherever you like.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.95.

    11. This compact slow cooker that will help you finally tackle the absolute delight that is low and slow cooking.

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    You can use this slow cooker for three to four hours on high, or for eight to nine hours on slow. If you don't have time or just can't be bothered to make dinner after work, just throw in a few ingredients in the morning, set it to low and by the time you clock off, you'll have a delicious meal ready to eat. This one has three heat settings, including an auto function to ensure your food is perfectly cooked.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.95.

    12. These LED strip lights, so that you can finally turn your room into a TikTok filming haven.

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    No doubt you've seen people with these on your "For You" page. You can connect to these lights through your phone, so you can control the vibes at all times. This set comes with two wheels of LED strip lights that are each five metres long, so you can turn your room into a haven of colour with just a couple of taps on your phone. Also, the strips are waterproof, so you can even use them outside.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $40.89.

    13. This garlic press, that'll make adding the quintessential ingredient to every dish imaginable, easy.

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    This handy little tool will help you mince or slice garlic with absolute ease, so that the next time you're whipping up a quick batch of herby bread, you can add it almost instantly. If you're also someone who loves a spot of ramen in your diet, try adding raw garlic to your broth the next time you have it. Game changer!

    Buy it from Big W for $14.

    14. This set of peelers that'll help you prepare your veggies in any way you like.

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    This set comes with a straight peeler for veggies with tougher skin, a serrated peeler for softer fruit and veg — like tomatoes — and a julienne peeler, which will have your produced prepped way quicker than trying to do the same with a knife. They also feature super soft grip handles, so you can peel to your heart's content without ending up with a sore hand.

    Buy it from Big W for $14.

    15. This three-in-one soil tester, so that there'll be no guessing games involved when you're taking care of your plant babies.

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    This tester doesn't need batteries or electricity to run and can be used straight out of the box to measure the moisture, pH and light levels of your soil. It'll quickly let you know how much water or sun your plants are getting, so you can be sure to adjust their care as needed, so that they thrive. You can use it indoors, outdoors or both depending on how many plants you have and where you keep them.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    16. This rotating mandolin slicer to make slicing and dicing veggies even easier.

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    This tool has three slicers that you can use to finely shred cheese, slice veggies and grate anything else your heart desires. It's also a lot less work and less dangerous than a regular mandolin slicer and you'll get the same results!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.

    17. This no-scrub gel stain remover that will destroy your mould and mildew problems.

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    There are likely stains on your shower wall you had no idea could be removed, but this gel will take care of them all — you won't even need to scrub! Just don't forget to wear gloves when you use it — this stuff is super potent.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    18. This baking mat, so that you can roll everything out to the perfect size.

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    You can either use this non-stick baking mat in the oven or as a guide for making sure every bit of your pastry is the right shape and size.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $6.20.

    19. This nine-piece shopping bag set that's compact, so you can keep it with you and won't end up buying bags every time you go to the shops.

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    These bags are made from organic cotton. The set comes with one large canvas bag that features six deep internal pockets, two bread bags and six cotton mesh produce bags in varying sizes depending on what you're popping in them.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.90.

    20. This handheld milk frother so you can have cafe style foam without having to leave your house.

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    To use this frother you literally just have to hold it in your milk for a minute and ta-da! You've got creamy, delicious froth. It's also perfect for making matcha green tea lattes. You're welcome.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.95.

    21. This sink shroom, so that you don't have to worry about your drains clogging up because this guy will catch all the gunk for you.

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    This sink shroom fits into most sink and bathtub drains, working almost like a plug, but only blocking the hair and gunk instead of the water. Plus, think of how disgusting and satisfying it would be to clean this out every month.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.99.

    22. This set of essential oils, which you can use to create a cocktail of scents that will help calm you down, soothe your senses or even get you ready for bed.

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    This set includes lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree, sweet orange and peppermint, so you can create your own potions depending on what you need.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $25.99.

    23. These scrub attachments for your drill, so that you never end up having to scrub on your hands and knees for hours.

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    These scrubbers fit onto any drill and get it all done in ~record time~. You can use them in bathrooms, on your floors and even on the wheels of your car!

    Buy a set of three scrubbers from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    24. This squeegee, so that the next time you shower, you can pretend you're auditioning for the part of "window cleaner" and end up with a sparkling screen.

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    If you're someone who wonders how in the hell their shower screen gets so foggy without actually doing anything about it, this affordable little tool is for you. This little device works on all windows and glass, but it's not super ugly, so you can keep it in your caddy and give your shower doors a swipe every once in a while.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.99.

    25. These Cosrx acne pimple patches that you can use during all your virtual meetings without anyone catching on to your beauty routine.

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    These patches are super easy to use and are designed to heal breakouts overnight. They use hydrocolloid, tea tree oil and calendula oil to get the job done. They're also very thin and barely noticeable when in use, which means you could even wear them out if you need to.

    Read our in-depth review on these patches here!

    Buy a pack of 24 from Amazon Australia for $4.99.

    26. This pack of microfibre cloths that absorb water without scratching surfaces or leaving streaks.

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    You can use these microfibre cloths on your car, your windows, stainless steel surfaces, wood furniture and basically anything else you can think of.

    Buy a pack of 24 from Amazon Australia for $22.99.

    27. This wine stain remover so you can sit back, relax, and ENJOY your red wine without having any fear whatsoever about what might happen if a spill occurs.

    on the left, a white blanket with a purple wine stain, and on the right, the same blanket, now completely free of the stain
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    Works on both fresh and dry stains, with no need for bleach or phosphates. It also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine, and pet accidents. Plus, it has a fresh citrus scent! Can also be used on hard surfaces to remove latex paint, graffiti, and degrease surfaces.

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $16.70.

    28. This bath sponge that'll help you remove so much dead skin, you'll begin to wonder how you've been carrying it around for so long.

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    If you're familiar with Korean spas, you'll know how much they scrub to really get that layer of dead skin off your bod — leaving you with a glowing, gorgeous complexion. This sponge will give you the same effect right at home. I know, I know, it sounds gross, but trust me — when you start doing this, you won't stop!

    Buy it from YesStyle for $7.69.

    29. This foot peel mask, which will make your calloused and dry feet as soft as a baby's bum in a week.

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    I mean, I don't really want to picture it, but this exfoliating foot peel causes dead and crusty skin to fall from your feet over 7-10 days. Simply soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, slip the mask on for an hour with socks over the top, remove, then rinse. Wait for it to work its magic over coming days, then voilá! Fresh and smooth feet.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    30. This humidifier and diffuser, so you can create a safe and snug environment, ideal for relaxing before and during bedtime.

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    This diffuser has seven different light settings for you to adjust to your mood, two different mist settings and ensures up to 25 hours of mist, so you can turn it on before bed without worrying about it burning out.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99.

    31. This body fat scale that will let you know the ins and outs of your body, so you can better understand how to get healthier.

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    This scale calculates things like your BMI, weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.99.

    32. This keyboard cleaning jelly to finally give your poor electronics a refresh after you've spent months eating your lunch over them.

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    This cleaning jelly is made of soft gum and is non-toxic and biodegradable. It's totally safe on your skin, so you can have a great time playing with it and put an end to sticky keys forever.

    Buy a four pack from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    33. This webcam cover, so you can pick your nose as often as you want without worrying that you haven't exited a conference call.

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    This itty-bitty webcam cover gives you an added level of security, allowing you to access your laptop's camera with a simple swipe of your finger. A strong adhesive allows for easy application and red detailing indicates when the camera is exposed. Plus, with six in this set, you can apply one to every device in the house.

    Buy a pack of six from Amazon Australia for $8.39.

    34. This electronic blackhead remover that will clear out your pores better than any mask or acne wash.

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    There are three suction settings on this device and it comes with three suction heads. To use this baby, place a hot towel over your face to open up your pores. Use the remover, then rinse your face with cold water to tighten everything up!

    Read all about how great it is here!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $11.48.

    35. These high-waisted workout leggings, which will solve the problem of where to put your phone when hitting the pavement.

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    These tights are made of ultra-fine fibres that mimic the softness and durability of silk — so whether you're working out or sitting on the couch all day, your tush will remain comfy. The fabric is also super stretchy, so you'll be able to move in any direction you please without feeling any discomfort. Plus, it features a side pocket for your phone — so, you'll no longer need to stick it in your bra and let it get all sweaty.

    Promising review: "Every time I saw an ad for these tights I thought; 'Damn, her bum looks great in those'. And evidently that's my only requirement of activewear, because I finally caved and bought a pair in dark green. Let me tell you, these are seriously worth the hype. They're so comfy, they feel like silk on and — I can confirm — they DO make butts look great. I've done some high-intensity training in them already and they don't ride up, fall down, or cause a wedgie mid-lunge. They're ridiculously cheap too, so I'm going to load up on different colours. Treat yo' butt."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.98+ (available in 30 colours).

    36. These face and eyebrow shavers, which will allow you to painlessly shave all those hairs that are spontaneously bursting out of your face.

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    Look, I don't care if it makes me a baby, but I can not tolerate the pain that comes from plucking or waxing brows. These lightweight razors allow for precise and easy shaping of brows, saving you the money (and pain!) you'd otherwise spend at the salon.

    Buy a set of three from Amazon Australia for $2.29.

    37. This rotating makeup organiser, so that you don't end up buying the same lipstick shade three times because it's fallen to the back of your drawer.

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    This organiser has multiple compartments, so that you can customise your product display based on everyday vs. night out use.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.99.

    38. This makeup bag that's perfect for those of us (ahem — me) who have a hard time packing their makeup away after using it.

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    This makeup bag uses a drawstring mechanism to open up and become a makeup mat, then closes to turn back into a makeup bag.

    Buy a two pack from Amazon Australia for $12.76.

    39. This handheld body massager, because giving yourself a massage is peak self-care and a great way to ensure you're good to go the next day.

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    This deep tissue massager works all over your body and its cordless design means you can tackle your tense back muscles without fighting a cord. It comes with five interchangeable heads to target different parts of your body.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $48.99.

    40. This portable charger, so you're never slowed down by the crappy battery on your phone again.

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    This portable charger has five ports — two USB, one lightning, one USB-C and one micro USB — which means you can use it to charge virtually anything. Plus, it has a fast charge feature, which means you don't have to wait around for your devices to be juiced up.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    41. This microfibre hair wrap that will dry your hair without damaging it, while keeping it out of the way for all your post-shower activities.

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    This hat will keep your wet hair out of the way when you're getting ready, while simultaneously using it's incredible absorbency to dry it. Essential for those of us who hate to blow-dry their hair, but also can't risk getting a head cold during winter.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.95.

    42. This cleanser by The Ordinary, that'll remove dirt and makeup without compromising your skin's natural oils.

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    Promising Review: "Okay, if you're looking at this cleanser and thinking, 'Wow, she looks like a plain Jane,' — I feel you, because that was me when I received this product. But, as the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover because this Squalane Cleanser from The Ordinary packs a punch. It's got a super interesting formula that you rub between your hands, which changes the cleanser from a balm-like consistency to something more clear and oil-like. There's most likely some sort of science behind it, but whatever it is, all I know is that this product does a thorough job of getting all those nasties off your face and leaving it feeling clean and refreshed.

    Although I don't have sensitive skin, I think this would a really good product for those who do because it's both soap-free and doesn't have a scent. Overall, it's just a no-fuss sort of face washer that gets the job done very well!"

    Isha Bassi

    Buy it from Adore Beauty for $13.90.

    43. This wood polish and conditioner that'll help restore your wooden furniture back to factory condition. Did you just get your entire house re-done by an HGTV crew, or are you just super good at picking out cleaning products?

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    Gives your wooden furniture a protective, soft luster coating thanks to Carnauba wax and beeswax. It also prevents it from drying and fading. Good for use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors, trim, and more.

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $40.

    44. These foam shoe inserts that help stop blisters, which means you can actually enjoy wearing your favourite heels without worrying about limping for the duration of the night.

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    These foam inserts are perfect for breaking in a new pair of shoes or making a beloved pair more comfortable. Plus, they're great for making a bigger pair more snug and comfortable to wear. They come in seven colours, so you can pick a set that'll blend right into your shoe.

    Buy it from YesStyle for $3.27.

    45. This avocado tool that will make having avo on toast so much easier.

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    Whether you want guacamole, smashed avo or just an easier way to get the flesh out of your avocados, this is the gadget for you. This tool includes a slicer, a cutter and something to get that slippery seed out with ease.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $8.95.

    46. A grooming brush to make the task of removing tangled, dead hair off your floof super quick and easy, and a heck of a lot cheaper than constant visits to the groomer.

    On the left, a dog with messy fur, and on the right, the same dog with their fur looking brushed and clean
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    Promising review: "Great product! I have a 5-month-old lab who would scream when I brushed her. With this brush, she relaxes and I get five times as much hair off. I didn't know she had that much loose hair! Buying another for my brother!" 

    Katie Boone

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $37.97.

    47. This kitchen cabinet paper roll dispenser, which will free up space in the cabinet under your sink.

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    This durable and rust-resistant roll holder will hook to shelves and cabinet doors, freeing up cabinet space that can go to other household essentials.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.99.

    48. These plant food spikes to keep your plants fed for up to two months!

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    It's recommended to change the spikes every 30 days during the spring and summer months!

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon Australia for $2.98+ (available in more quantities).

    49. This bag that promises to preserve the bunch of bananas you bought that you still haven't used for anything yet.

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    When kept in the fridge, this bag will ensure that your bananas won't discolour and will stay fresh until they're ready to be eaten.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $7.95.

    50. This liquid latex, peel-off skin protector, which will make keeping your designs clean and crisp a cinch.

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    I imagine like me, you are currently tracing your nail with an earbud soaked in polish remover, or even (shock horror), waiting for messy polish to be washed off over time. Well, no longer need you be so inefficient — simply apply around your nail, wait a moment to dry and once polish or nail art has been applied, peel off in one go!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.49.

    51. This high efficiency face cleaner by Hylamide that's fantastic for anyone with dry-combo skin.

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    Promising Review: "As someone with fairly dry skin, I regularly experience that tight feeling that comes with using regular cleansers and it wasn't until recently that I discovered it was because I wasn't using the right products for my skin type. When I began to use this particular cleaner, I was turned off a little by the oily consistency, but this was just me being an absolute brat, because just days later, I discovered that my skin was glowing and imperfections were slowly fading away. The best part? It can be used as a makeup remover, simply by applying it over your dry face rather than wetting it first."

    Hameda Nafiz.

    Buy it from Myer for $26.

    52. These Face Halo makeup remover cloths that can clean your face with just water and little-to-no scrubbing.

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    These makeup remover cloths replace up to 500 single use wipes, so not only will you be reducing your waste, but you'll also have no excuse not to get your eyeliner and mascara off before bed.

    They reach deep into your pores to remove makeup and impurities and when you're done using it, just toss it into the wash up to 200 times. You can get the remover cloths in black or white on Amazon, or you can get them in dark red from the Face Halo website.

    Buy a pack of three from Amazon Australia for $30.

    53. This knife sharpener that will ensure your tools are in tip-top shape.

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    This handheld device features three stages to prep your knife, sharpen it then polish it, so it's ready to go. It also comes with a cleaning brush, so you can keep your knives and their sharpener in great shape for ages.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.95.

    54. This FlexiSnake so you can unclog your hair-filled drain by simply ~snaking~ this tool down there, letting it grab the hair, pulling it back up, and deciding whether you should be marveled at its abilities or gag.

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    More than 4,000 hook and loop micro-hooks cover the full 18-inch span of the snake. It's reusable! Just remove hair after use, and clean with soap, water, and a brush. It's compatible with most bathroom drains, without needing to take off the stopper.

    Promising review: "I didn’t expect this to be professional grade or anything, but hey, for the price, this definitely did the job. Our bathroom sink was starting to drain really slowly, so I bought this. In less than two minutes, it had fed down the drain easily and pulled up two separate disgusting chunks of hair and soap scum. I wore cleaning gloves to clean that gunk off the snake, but it wasn’t too difficult. Drain worked perfectly after. I use it maybe once a month to maintain. Good value!" —KB

    Get it from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    55. And finally, these silicone heel protectors, which will soften shocks to your feet and prevent cracked heels.

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    These one-size-fits-most heel protectors are made from medical grade silicone, cushioning and support your feet as you move. Wear under your socks and in your shoes for hidden relief from the pressure that walking, running and standing puts on feet and heels.

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $16.98.