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    Updated on Feb. 27, 2020. Posted on Feb. 25, 2020

    17 Problem-Solving Products That'll Probably Make You Think "I Wish I'd Known About These Sooner"

    Got little problems? Find solutions here.

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    1. A hair-finishing stick — it's basically like a clear, oversized mascara that you sweep through your strands to effortlessly tame those unruly flyaways *and* prevent them from getting worse through your day, even if it's kinda humid out.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    2. A posture corrector so you can actually train yourself to sit up straight even if you spend days on end in front of a computer (or just never really learned good posture in the first place). Reviewers say it works both over and under clothes, can help alleviate some back pain, and is also helpful to maintain form when they're working out.

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    Also, it's basically impossible to improve your posture by simply willing it to happen — you're just not going to remember to do it all the time! The directions say to start wearing it for 15 minutes at a time, upping your time to 30 minutes and then an hour as you go along. Theoretically, it helps train your muscle memory.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.98 (one size; adjustable for chest sizes 25 inches to 50 inches).

    3. A pair of washable shoe insoles to slide into your favourite flats or sneakers because that's where most of the stinkiness ends up... and you're tired of throwing out otherwise perfectly cute, comfortable shoes just because they reek. Swap these in, and when they start to smell a little, you can toss 'em in with your regular load, let dry, and keep wearing your treasured kicks.

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    Their top layer is a soft cotton terrycloth, which is where their ~absorption powers~ come in.

    Get two pairs (one white, one black) from Amazon Canada for $14.99 (available in women's sizes 5–11 or men's sizes 8–13).

    4. A wireless transmitter that lets you use your Bluetooth headphones in all the places that haven't caught on to how nice it is to be ~wire free~, like at the gym or on an airplane. Simply pair your headphones with the little device, plug the device into the audio port, and enjoy!

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    Reviewers also like it with their Nintendo Switch!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $56.71.

    5. A set of workout dice and cards so you can break a sweat and get a little stronger, no gym, personal trainer, or other equipment required. Simply roll all of the dice for an instant routine that takes zero thought. Don't know how to do the exercise? Scan the QR code with your phone's camera to get full instructional videos.


    Or if you're a complete beginner, skip the white die (which shows you the reps to do), roll the others, and only do the number of reps you're comfortable with! Each die has six exercises, and the set comes with one each for cardio, abs, chest, arms, and legs, so you can work out your entire body.

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $43.97.

    6. A champagne / sparkling wine stopper because it helps preserve all those precious, delicious bubbles for another night — no more pouring flat quarter-bottles down the drain the next morning. Just press it down until it seals, then press the button on the top to pump out any extra air. Your bubbly will keep in the fridge for up to a week or so!

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    It even makes another ~pop~ noise when you take it off again — which helps you know it's actually sealed well.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.03.

    7. An acupressure device because multiple reviewers swear it really does help relieve their headaches. Just clip it between your forefinger and thumb, and the pain may just melt away.

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    Of course with anything like this, YMMV — it's not scientifically proven, but it does work for some people. Thankfully, the company has a 60-day window where they'll issue you a complete refund if it's not for you!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.99 (available in three colours).

    8. A multi-compartment cable and electronics organizing case so you can finally empty out that box of tangled mystery cords, figure out which ones you still need, then sort them in a way that you can always actually find what you're looking for.

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    Of course it's great for travelling, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $22.99.

    9. A pack of LED dimming sheets if your computer charger, internet router, and other electronics keep you awake (or even just annoy you) with their overly bright lights while you're watching movies in the dark or trying to fall asleep at night.

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    These dim 50–80% of the light, so the rest of the day you still know that everything's working the way it's supposed to! Although if you prefer, you can double 'em to block even more light, or go for the ~blackout edition~. They're completely removable and leave no residue behind, too!

    Get a sheet of over 100 stickers in different shapes and sizes on Amazon Canada for $7.49. If you have a big clock face you'd like to dim, also check out a similar product that you cut to size, $26.98 for two six by three inch–sheets.

    10. A set of two lacrosse balls not for playing lacrosse, but for massaging out your knots anytime and (pretty much) anywhere, no need to enlist a massage therapist or reluctant friend or S.O. They'll help you release tension all over your body, especially in the places you ache: your upper and lower back, shoulders, neck, hips, feet, and arms.

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    My lower arms often get sore after spending day after day scrolling with a mouse at work, and I use a similar product all the time! And I used to go to classes at my old gym that used balls very similar to these, and I cannot express both how much I miss the classes and how much they helped with the regular aches and pains that come from spending most of my days sitting at a desk. I still have a set of two balls from the class and pull them out every week or so!

    But you don't *need* a class: there are lots of YouTube videos with good instructions so you can follow along! Here's a basic tutorial, a routine specifically for back pain, and one for hip pain. You can also do many of the exercises up against the wall, if they feel too intense on the floor. (Of course, if you're concerned about any of this, feel free to talk to your doctor first!)

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $12.86 (available in four colours).

    11. A pair of mirrored glasses that let you comfortably lay down AND keep reading that book you can't get enough of (or just binge-watch the show on the TV across the room). Hey, there's nothing wrong with indulging your inner lazy person once in a while.

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    Get them on Amazon Canada for $22.98.

    12. Some high-fidelity, nearly-invisible earplugs designed to cut down on the decibels during all your favourite concerts so your hearing stays protected without completely muffling the music's clarity and sound quality.

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    Reviewers say they also help people with autism, PTSD, and sensory overload be more comfortable in loud environments! Supposedly they work because of special sound-cutting filters; when you order a set they come with three size options for comfort. Plus they're reusable and hand-washable.

    Get them on Amazon Canada for $37.95.

    13. A jar of Coty Airspun setting powder so you can basically quadruple the amount of time you have to go between touch-ups, or maybe even live the dream of putting on makeup *once* and never touching it again until it's time to take it off at night.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.88.

    14. A pack of canker sore patches that I truly wish I'd known about when I was a teen, because I used to get those pesky things all the time. The patch basically protects the sore from any irritation (like food or even like, your teeth rubbing up against it) so you feel less pain *and* it can (probably!) heal at least a little bit faster.

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    And yes, that means they stay on while you eat — in fact, they'll stay put for eight to twelve hours.

    Get a pack of six patches from Amazon Canada for $15.40.

    15. A makeup brush-cleaning egg and shampoo combo that washes away every last bit of leftover makeup on your brushes without damaging their delicate bristles.

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    BTW, the shampoo works really well on makeup sponges (like your Beauty Blender!) too — for proof, peep this Amazon reviewer's before and after.

    Get them both on Amazon Canada: the shampoo for $22.92 and the egg for $3.87.

    16. A bug-bite suction tool because it lets you gently extract at least some of the pesky venom that makes the bite itch, so even if the bite doesn't go away completely, you don't feel such an urge to scratch.

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    Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns one of these and notes that while it doesn't completely get rid of your bites, it does put a halt to the itching. It works with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice! Note that some reviewers say the suction can be really strong, so try to use it gently; and the company doesn't recommend using it on your neck or face, because it can cause bruising there. (Read the full directions before using it!)

    Get them on Amazon Canada: get one for $28.99 or a pack of two for $49.99.

    17. A completely clear umbrella that acts like a forcefield around your head and shoulders so you can cross the parking lot to get to work and arrive nice and dry, as if you somehow managed to teleport (well, except for maybe your shoes).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $31.20+ (also available with a bird print).

    You to yourself, when you get one of these products and it actually does solve your small problem: