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    21 Products I Don't Understand How You've Lived Your Whole Life Without

    How have you made it for decades on this Earth without a microwave pasta cooker? How?

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    1. Oxo Good Grip's new laptop cleaning tools, which are actually fun to use to give your tech a much-needed pampering.


    I've tried both of these and I'm a little obsessed with using them! The three-in-one deep cleaning set has a handy microfiber cloth in a pouch, a firm-bristle brush to for crusted-on gunk (we all eat lunch at our laptops, admit it), and, my personal favorite, a clever pipe cleaner-like brush to get between your keys. I'm even more obsessed with the double-ended brush, which has a microfiber tip on one side and the WORLD'S SOFTEST retractable bristles on the other. Like, I use this thing more as a fidget toy and for petting the bristles than for cleaning. It's (understandably) backordered till mid-month, but I ordered a couple that'll show up in time for Christmas as stocking stuffers. My laptop is so gross that it's a little past hope, but these tools have definitely helped make clearing out crumbs easier and cleaning my computer more fun. I even use them on the rest of my desk!

    Get the deep clean set or the laptop brush for $9.99, both from Amazon.

    2. A convenient condiment fork you can store around the snack jar itself, so you won't ever find yourself ~in a pickle~ and have to stick your fingers in the brine., Amazon

    It's top-rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy gadget to have. This comes with two rings — one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in (I could eat a whole jar of those in one sitting). The pickle fork thingie is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket at the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more...civilized!" —PT Cruiser

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A useful set of necklace and bracelet extenders that'll go to great ~lengths~ to help you get the most out of your jewelry collection.


    Promising review: "This is one of those items you never knew you needed. I'm a big necklace girl. These solve my problem with wanting to wear a necklace that just doesn't work with the neckline of whatever outfit I'm wearing. They come in a variety of lengths and also in both silver and gold, so they blend in with the chain itself. I use them all the time and they work great. Great value for the money." —J. Armstrong

    Get a set of eight (four silver, four gold) from Amazon for $6.49.

    4. A One Line A Day journal with space for you to jot down a few sentences every day for five years. The best part? Each date lets you record all five entries on the same page, so you can see the changes in your life each year! Tbh, this might be the thing that actually gets me to start journaling in 2020.


    This is a perfect remedy for what I understand to be a universal feeling — the desire to journal, but the lack of patience, dedication, or time. But pausing to write one sentence a day? We can all handle that. And you can start on any day, even if it's not the beginning of the year!

    Promising review: "I adore this journal. It allows me to write down daily memories or thoughts and puts my current self in a good mood. I'm excited to run across my old notes as the years go on! I take this with me on travels in a storage bag. There's something special about writing on the plane, in a new city, on a beach, etc. — any time you just feel like you're experiencing a special moment." —Mikayla

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this journal!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.84.

    5. A miraculous automatic toilet cleaning system for anyone who's ever wished their toilet would just clean itself. Once installed, it sends cleaner into the bowl every time you flush!

    The reviewer who posted the photo above said they used to have to scrub their toilet every few days!

    The kit comes with the cleaning device and two pouches of cleaning product, each enough to last three months before being replaced!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this. I wish I would've purchased this system so much sooner! We've had this installed for a month now and the toilet bowl is crystal clean, completely spotless all on it's own, without me cleaning the bowl!! I'm so excited about this product and it makes my life SO much easier not having to clean the buildup every week. Even then, I could never get everything scrubbed off, no matter how much toilet bowl cleaner I used and how hard I scrubbed. There was a bleach smell when we first installed it, only for the first couple of days, but now I hardly notice it at all — it's very faint. It makes me happy knowing that the bowl is clean all the time!" —luv3kids

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    6. A sleek cutlery drawer organizer that'll help you maximize precious drawer space and minimize the obnoxious sound of your silverware storage sliding around. Yes, it is possible for your cutlery drawer to not be an absolute nightmare.


    There are tiny icons etched next to each of the slots so you can remember which is for spoons, forks, and knives.

    Promising review: "Love! Love! Love! I can't believe I've gone my whole life without knowing about these storage bins for silverware! I hate normal silverware holders. It's either too big or too small, your silverware is too big or too small, and it slides all around the drawer. Stackable storage for silverware is genius! It fits perfectly in the drawer and it doesn't slide around. I can put the big spoons with the little spoons and the big forks with the little forks, and they take up less than half the space of the kitchen drawer. I'll be buying some more!" —Miss Angela

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

    7. Genius biodegradable straws made from — get this — avocado pits. They don't get as soggy as paper straws and aren't as clunky as metal ones, but are still eco-friendly. Just when you thought you couldn't love avocados more.


    You won't have to feel guilty about throwing them away, but the manufacturer also says the straws can be washed and reused 8-10 times!

    Promising review: "Best disposable straw I’ve tried! They held up for days with no change, zero taste, and they're flexible and feel like traditional plastic straws. The fact that they’re using avocado pits (that were going to landfills) and are completely biodegradable is huge. I’ll continue using my stainless steel straws at home and in the car, but these are fantastic for parties and vacation!" —Tavenner K Bonsall

    Get a set of 50 from Amazon for $4.99.

    8. Glossier Boy Brow, a hypoallergenic, paraben-free brow shaping and filling gel that several of my coworkers LITERALLY never stop talking about.

    Anamaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The precision that is required to literally draw in an eyebrow is a feat of Da Vinci proportions — and no, I’m not being overdramatic. I have tried to use pencil brow liners and it looked like a 3-year-old drew on my face. But dilemma time: when I put on my foundation, I feel like my eyebrows blend into my skin. So what should a girl who cannot color inside the lines of her brows do? Here’s what I needed: an eyebrow filler that would very lightly enhance my eyebrows (I prefer a natural-looking makeup routine), act like gel for all the unruly hairs that live above my eyes, and have a brusher application that would make the ordeal an easy one. No pencils. Step in Boy Brow, a cult-favorite that is loved by everyone and their Insta-famous mothers. But believe the hype: this magic bottle is proof that not all heroes wear capes. The creamy formula, which comes in blond, black, clear, and brown (which is what I used!), goes on smoothly and doesn’t require a lot of product to do the job. One coat was more than enough! My facial caterpillars have never looked better." —AnaMaria Glavan, BuzzFeed Shopping editor (check out her full review here, #5)

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

    9. A beyond badass longline cape that just might be the ultimate confidence-boosting piece of clothing, the true sartorial soulmate that you've been seeking for as long as you've known how to shop.,

    It's even got roomy pockets!

    Promising review: "I will be wearing this to work every chance I get. I don't care if it's too fancy — I feel like Super Woman every time I put it on. Seriously, mansplainers cower in the corner and glass ceilings shatter above me when I walk into the office wearing this cape. Get it, love it, kick some ass while wearing it." —HaileyMCross

    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in eight colors).

    10. An ingenious double-layer container so you can transport all the parts of your lunch in a single bowl and prevent your meticulously prepped meal from being a soggy mess by your lunch break.


    It's BPA-free and microwave- and dishwasher-safe. The salad size even comes with a container for dressing!

    Promising review (for the salad size): "So convenient. This bowl set is great. I love that I can keep items that would make my lettuce soggy separate, or I can make the salad in the bottom, with snacks on the top. Or if I want some type of protein (steak, chicken, pork, etc.), I can put it on the separate plate and heat it in the microwave. It's a very versatile container and really easy to clean." —Pamela Dodsworth

    Get the snack container for $9.99, the lunch container for $12.99, and the salad container for $15.99, all from Amazon.

    11. A ~notoriously~ cuddly plush RBG doll that's the companion you've been needing. Honestly, how have you been able to sleep at night without being able to wrap your arms around this defender of all that is right and good?


    Get it from Amazon for $18.94.

    12. An amazing leather and suede cleaning brush that'll swoop in like a superhero to save the stained and scuffed shoes you thought were past hope. Won't your life be so much better now that you're not afraid to wear your nice shoes out of the house??

    The brush actually has four parts — a soft bristle side and a hard bristle side, plus curved edges to tackle even the hard-to-reach parts of your suede goods.

    Promising review: "BUY THIS THING! I got mud on my new suede boots and thought for sure they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. I was so impressed. It's absolutely worth getting and trying for yourself! Scuff marks take a bit more time to improve, but they do look better after brushing them." —Gaby Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. A game-changing microwave pasta cooker you just fill with water and noodles (there's a line on the side that shows you how much), heat in the microwave for 12-ish minutes, and bam — you've got dinner. Boiling water? I don't know her.


    The lid doubles as a strainer, so you don't even need a colander!

    Promising review: "I love pasta, but I hate *making* pasta. Too many pots, pans, strainer, cleanup, etc. Forget it. And after a long day at work when I'm craving pasta, all I want to do is eat right away. This pasta cooker cooked pasta better than I have ever cooked pasta in my life. I'm Italian, so as you can imagine I have eaten (and made myself) a LOT of pasta. This product is a game changer. It was extremely easy to use, cooked quickly, and it came out PERFECTLY. Not over-cooked, a little al dente, but not firm. Perfection. Now I have no excuse not to cook pasta for myself (and my husband) practically every day. BUY THIS. It will change your life." —Hope Lanza

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. LOL-worthy yet useful bird poop-removing wipes to save your car from those lawless winged dinosaurs who seem to have decided that it's their personal toilet.

    It comes with both wet and dry wipes for an easy two-step process to get your car looking good as new.

    Promising review: "I just leased my very first brand new car and the first day I drove it to work, I came out to find that a bird had bombed the hood. I went through the car wash on my way home, no luck. My husband went after it with a sponge and bucket, no luck. I called the car dealer and they suggested an expensive product with difficult instructions — no thanks. I went to the local car parts store and they showed me a product that 'may or may not damage the paint,' — definitely no thanks! So I went online and found Drop Wipes and decided to take a chance. I tried them out as soon as they arrived, and they worked like magic! With very little effort the marks disappeared. Thank you for saving my paint and making my new car look like new again!" —L. Marshall

    Get a box of 10 wet and 10 dry wipes from Amazon for $10.95.

    15. A handy (literally) magnetic wristband for anyone who's ever wished they had an extra limb (or two or three) when working on a repair or DIY project.


    Promising review: "I bought this for my dad for Christmas a few years back. He was skeptical at first if 1) it would work and 2) if he would ever actually use it. He was pleasantly surprised on both counts. He said he doesn't know how he lived without this product for so long. It's perfect for climbing up ladders or anytime you need two hands and need to carry something. No more nails between your teeth! I definitely recommend this for any gadget-loving, do-it-yourself person!" —Leslie A. Mason

    Get it from Amazon for $11.90+ (available in two colors).

    16. A perfect pair of pumps you can actually wear All. Day. Long. And here you thought they didn't exist., Amazon

    Promising review: "They're like slippers! After spending thousands of dollars on so-called comfy shoes, I have finally found a pair that live up to that designation! These shoes have an inner lining that's so soft, I can spend all day standing in them without aching feet. Also, they have nubs on the soles to keep me from slipping up the stairs at the courthouse, which is such a bonus. These are a steal of a deal and I love them. Stylish and comfy?! That's a winner!" —Hrnyhairy

    Get them from Amazon for $34.93+ (available in sizes 5-12 regular, 6-11 narrow, and 6-12 wide and extra-wide and in 38 colors and prints).

    17. Much Ado About Mean Girls, because I bet you didn't realize you've been waiting your whole life to see Mean Girls rewritten in the style of the Bard. After all, if Shakespeare created hundreds of words and phrases, he of all people could probably make "fetch" happen.

    Promising review: "OMG, this book was hilarious! It's basically the entire Mean Girls movie turned into a Shakespearean play. The author did an amazing job translating it. All the iconic lines ('You go Glen Coco!,' 'The limit does not exist,' etc.) were given a Shakespeare makeover. Even 'Jingle Bell Rock' got translated. The author also did a good job putting in stage directions. I totally want to see this play come to life on the stage! The book also has cute little illustrations throughout which were a nice touch. If you're not familiar with Shakespearean plays, the author does include some helpful notes at the end that explain the elements." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $8.37+.

    18. A magical purple toning shampoo that eliminates yellow or brassy tones in your hair, so you won't have to go to the salon for a touch-ups nearly as often. BTW, 3,000+ reviewers say it's to ~dye~ for.,

    It's very strong, so several reviewers recommend mixing it with your usual shampoo!

    Promising review: "Wowza! I'm not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough! Photo on the left (from right to left): Before using, one wash, two washes. Love, love, LOVE!! 😍" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    19. A beautiful floral Hedwig crossbody bag owl guarantee came out of some Harry Potter fan's fashion fever dream, and that deserves a spot in every fan's, closet.


    Get it from Amazon for $55.99.

    20. A multipurpose collapsible colander that'll save you precious kitchen space. It works triple duty (you can also use as a pot lid or steamer) and folds up so compactly that you can stash it pretty much anywhere!


    It's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Ingenious idea! I love this colander; it saves so much space. I wish they sold one that was slightly bigger, but I use this one for almost everything." —Sadean

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $7.93 (originally $21.99).

    21. And finally, a festive vinyl of Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album, because you absolutely cannot live without "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on repeat from now till December 25.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it in the red and green vinyl above from Urban Outfitters for $29.98 or in red vinyl from Amazon for $19.91.

    Want more? Check out last month's roundup of things I don't understand how you've lived your whole life without.

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