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    Updated on Jun. 1, 2020. Posted on Mar. 16, 2020

    18 Products I've Actually Tried And Swear Are 100% Worth It

    Just some little, life-improving finds.

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    1. A small handheld steamer that'll get rid of the wrinkles in your clothing in no time, and without the hassle of pulling out the ironing board. You don't even have to take your clothes off the hanger!

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    I hate ironing, which means that for a long time, if I had something that was wrinkled, either I wore it wrinkled or I never wore it again. But this steamer lets me smooth out all those fabric wrinkles within a few minutes, and dare I say it's almost fun to use it? Because it is. Now I don't have to dread the big production of ironing all my wrinkly stuff and just pull out this baby instead. It heats up in 30 seconds and can run for 15 minutes of steaming — plenty of time to rescue all my wrinkled clothing.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $42.99.

    2. A double-sided wrapping paper organizer that'll hold all of your gift-wrapping items in a tidy fashion. Just hang it up in your closet and marvel at how much space you've freed up.

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    For the first two years of living in my current apartment, my front closet was a mess — and a big part of that was because of all the wrapping paper, tissue paper, boxes, and other gift-wrapping accoutrements that I just threw in there. This organizer holds all of that stuff (and still has room for more), but it just fits in the back of my closet, and doesn't take up any more room than a light jacket. It comes with its own hanger so you can just put it up in the back of your closet, and take it out when you need to wrap a present! And now I actually have room for my coats.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    3. This soft cotton sleepmask, which uses velcro (instead of elastic) to fasten, so it'll fit perfectly every time, block the light from your eyes, and help you fall asleep much more easily. And the fabric just feels really nice on your face!

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    I need it to be as dark as possible in order to sleep, and I've been searching my whole life for the sleep mask that wouldn't let me down. The main problem was that any sleep mask with an elastic strap would eventually loosen, and I'd have to buy a new one that was tight enough — or else the mask would warp over time and light would start sneaking in, disturbing my sleep.

    But this cotton sleepmask is PERFECT. It uses a velcro closure in the back, so I can adjust it perfectly every time — and the mask is large enough that light doesn't seep in, nor is it so big that it becomes unwieldy. The cotton is really soft and feels nice against my skin, and I've been falling asleep much faster and sleeping much better since I've started using it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.98.

    4. A small-but-mighty cat brush that'll capture loose fur and help detangle any matted fur — and your cat will love the attention.

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    I love my cat Moe more than I care for most people, but I don't particularly love how much he sheds on everything. I'd tried out the grooming glove on him, but for whatever reason, he didn't like how it felt and went running whenever I took it out of the drawer. But he loves the feeling of this brush! And hoo-boy, does this thing collect fur. It gathers up all the loose fur that he was surely about to shed on my clothes and furniture. Plus, the brush comes with a release button, making removing the fur from it a lot easier. I've already noticed a difference in Moe's coat, plus there's a lot less fur lying around the house.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $38.86+ (available for long-haired and short-haired cats, and for small and large cats. Also available in a version for dogs).

    5. A pack of pre-soaked eyewash pads that'll gently clean off that crusty eye gunk that's formed on your pet's face.

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    Moe also gets the occasional eye crusty (don't worry, he's been to the vet and they assure me it's just allergies), and he didn't like me trying to wipe them off with a simple Kleenex. While he doesn't love these pads, he'll tolerate it (a huge success in my books!), and they clearly have a much better effect on his eyes. Because they're pre-soaked, they don't pull at his fur and skin when I'm wiping his face, and they also gently soothe area around his eyes, too. They work on dogs, too!

    Get a tub of 90 pads from Amazon Canada for $10.58.

    6. Some Jamieson melatonin gummies that'll help you fall asleep more easily — and, just as importantly, stay asleep. Nighty night!

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    I've had sleep issues my whole life, and I've lost count of the number of nights I've just stared at my bedroom ceiling, begging my mind to calm the hell down and let me get some sleep. Somehow, it didn't occur to me to try melatonin until just a few months ago, and the affect they've had on those sleepless night has been HUGE. When I'm feeling restless, I just take a couple of these gummies (which are delicious, btw) and I have a nice, deep sleep. I don't wake up groggy, either, which is fantastic.

    Get a bottle of 60 gummies from Amazon Canada for $13.56.

    7. Journal 29: Interactive Book Game, the perfect book for anyone who loves puzzles and riddles and really wants to give their brain a workout.

    Journal 29 / Via Instagram: @journal_29

    I love a good puzzle, whether it's a physical puzzle, a logic puzzle, or a riddle I can roll around in my brain for several days. So working my way through Journal 29 has been one of the most fun puzzle experiences I've ever had. Every time you turn the page, there'll be a puzzle/riddle to solve on the right and a QR code on the left. Once you think you've solved the puzzle, scan the code with your phone, enter the answer, and if you're right, it'll give you a keyword that'll help you solve future puzzles. It starts off relatively easy, but gets harder as you go along.

    The puzzles are challenging, but not so challenging that I ever want to give up (I know I can figure it out eventually, darn it!!) — but if you get really stuck, there is a hints forum that will help you out. And if puzzles aren't really your jam, this book would make a great gift for any puzzle-loving friends or family members.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.02.

    8. An over-the-door mounted basket that'll hold all your styling tools and save you valuable, valuable space in your bathroom.

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    My apartment bathroom is T-I-N-Y, and does not have a ton of storage space. The area under my sink is already a mess, and the situation was not helped by all my styling tools. This wire basket has been a godsend — it fits my hair dryer, my straightener, and my John Freida hot air styling brush, and it just hangs on the back of the cabinet door. One day, I'll get a bigger bathroom, but for now, this organization basket is helping a lot. Now I just have to worry about what to do with the rest of the cabinet.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.99+ (available in two finishes).

    And for BuzzFeed's full review of the John Freida hot air brush, check out "Your Hair Struggles Are Over Thanks To This Magical Hot Air Brush."

    9. A spinning makeup brush cleaner that'll quickly swirl your dirty brushes in soapy water, then spin them completely dry within 30 seconds. Your skin doesn't appreciate dirty, germy brushes, so now you have no excuse not to wash them!

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    I'm know I'm not alone in not washing my makeup brushes as often as I should. It takes forever, and even once I'm done cleaning them, I still have to let them dry overnight. But this spinning makeup brush cleaner has totally changed the game. It uses a battery-operated spinner to swish the dirty brush in soapy water (I just used liquid soap, but you can also use special makeup brush shampoo), and then you just lift the brush out of the water and keep it spining for a few seconds — voilà! Within 30 seconds, the brush is totally clean and — more importantly — totally dry.

    The spinner works with almost any size of makeup brush (it comes with several sizes of holders, so you can use whichever one fits best), though I will say that if you have any double-ended makeup brushes, they probably won't work with this system. That being said, with this spinning cleaner, I cleaned and dried all of my makeup brushes in under ten minutes. Now I'll actually clean them on the regular.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.98. You'll also need some AAA batteries — get a 12-pack from Amazon Canada for $16.64.

    10. A completely silent cool mist humidifier that can run for more than a day before needing to be refilled. So long, dry and staticky air — hello, sweet moisture!

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    Living in Canada, the air gets super dry in the winter, and my skin suffers the consequences. While a good moisturizer certainly helps, this humidifier also plays a huge part in keeping moisture in the air in my apartment. On a full tank, it can run for up to 30 hours (though I usually have it set on high, which still results in 12 hours of humidifier time). It's totally silent, so it doesn't disrupt anything, and it automatically shuts off when it's empty. The mist isn't hot at all, so it doesn't turn my apartment into a tropical jungle. Plus, it's simple to clean (it even comes with its own cleaning brush), and while I do have to buy replacement filters every six months or so, it's totally worth it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $79.99+ (available in four colours).

    11. A bottle of Herstyler hair repair serum, infused with argan oil and vitamin E, so it'll make your hair soft, shiny, and frizz-free — with the added bonus that it'll help protect your hair against any of hot styling tools.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    For YEARS, I have been chasing the soft, shiny look of my just-salon-styled hair, and just couldn't find the right products — either they left my hair looking and feeling greasy, or they caused build-up on my scalp, or they just plain didn't work at all. But the Herstyler hair repair serum worked wonders the very first time I used it.

    I just had to use one little pump of serum and work it through my damp hair — it's so light I honestly wondered if I was using enough! But once I blow-dried and styled my hair, it felt AMAZING. And at last — AT LAST! — my hair is just as shiny and gorgeous as it is when I leave the salon. It doesn't make my hair greasy and doesn't clog my hair follicles, either.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.99 (also available in packs of two and four).

    12. A bottle of Bio Oil that'll help reduce acne scars, even out your skin tone, and seal in moisture on your precious, precious face.

    @biooilcanada / Via instagram.com

    A few months ago, I burned my forehead with a curling iron. (No, I don't have any photos of it, because... well, I was embarrassed.) The mark faded within a couple of weeks, but not completely, and it didn't seem to be going away. Since I started using Bio Oil in January, the scar has faded a lot more — as have the acne scars I've had for years. As a surprising bonus, I haven't had ANY acne breakouts since I started using it (not even right before my period, which is usually prime breakout time!). I use it in the morning and right before bed, after applying my toner but before applying my moisturizer, and my skin has never looked or felt better.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.99.

    13. A box of questions for couples for when you and your significant other want to really get to know each other, in serious and not-so-serious ways.

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    I bought these on a whim, and my boyfriend and I used them on Valentine's Day over some wine. We had a really great night! The questions are a mixture of silly and thought-provoking, and they sparked some interesting conversations between us that we wouldn't have otherwise had. We learned new things about each other, had several laughs, and ultimately felt closer to one another.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $30. Also available in packs for families, dinner parties, and just general get-togethers.

    14. Some adhesive webcam covers that can slide open or closed, so you don't have to worry about that CSIS agent who secretly spies on you (what up, Gary?).

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I don't like the idea of someone secretly watching me through my webcam. These covers are easy to stick on and work with most computers, and even with tablets and phones. The cover easily slides open when I do want to use the camera, and then I just cover it up again when I'm done. And the pack comes with three covers, so you can deal with all your devices.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon Canada for $7.33.

    15. A brightly-coloured Apple TV remote cover, so you can finally stop losing that tiny thing in your couch cushions.

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    I love my Apple TV, but the remote is so small that I would lose it constantly — plus, because of its symmetrical design, I'd often mix up which end was the handle and which end I was supposed to click. Now that I have this bright green cover, I haven't lost the remote even once. And because of its shape, I automatically know which part of it to hold! This cover also helps protect my remote from any scratches or dings from dropping it on the floor. It's a pretty simple product, but it's helped my TV-watching habits immensely.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.99+ (for 4th-Gen Apple TV only, available in 11 colours).

    16. A reflective safety vest that'll make you ultra-visible if you're out and about in the dark, or even in twilight. No more dodging cars!

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    I like to go jogging, and sometimes my schedule is so busy that I can't run until the sun has gone down. I worry about getting hit by a vehicle who can't see me in the dark, which is why wearing this reflective vest has been so helpful. Any light — whether headlines or streetlamps — bounces right off of it, making it clear that HEY, I'M JOGGIN', HERE! Obviously I still pay careful attention to streetlights and right of way, but I'm definitely a lot more comfortable jogging when I wear this vest.

    Get two vests from Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    17. A pair of Cougar women's winter boots that look like high-top sneakers, but they're warm — and, more importantly, WATERPROOF — like winter boots.

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    I hate winter, and not just because of the cold, but because I've never been able to find a pair of winter boots I really loved. Either they weren't warm enough, or they gave me blisters, or they were hideous, or they weren't nearly as waterproof as they claimed they were. But then I found THESE SNEAKER-LIKE BOOTS and I am in heaven. Where have these been all my life? They look like high-top sneakers, but they've got a faux-fur lining to keep my tootsies warm, they're comfortable as heck, they look awesome, and they are ACTUALLY WATERPROOF against the slush and snow. They even have side zippers so I can easily slip them on and off.

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $129.99+ (available in sizes 6-11).

    18. And lastly, a Kindle Paperwhite, which will hold thousands of books on it, and the screen looks just like paper — i.e. no glare when you read it in the sun! And did I mention it's waterproof? Take this baby in the bath or by the pool and get your read on.

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    I got the Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and it's the best gift I've received in years. It's so easy to read (you can change the font and the font size, plus there's a dark mode for when you're reading in low light), and I love that I can switch between books so easily. I also recommend this fabric cover for it — it's a bit pricier than other Kindle covers, but the fabric is waterproof, and it's got a magnet that'll hold the cover open while you read. If you're a bookworm like I am, this is life saver.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $139.99+ (available in 8GB and 32GB storage sizes).

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