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

    From an irl invisibility cloak to a perfect pet hair remover, we've got the products that'll low-key make your life complete.

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    1. An endlessly reusable, non-adhesive hair remover roller you can just glide over your furniture to suck up the seemingly impossible amounts of fuzz your beloved fur baby deposits on a daily basis. Yes, you can now wear black pants and have company over! Maybe even both at the same time!

    Promising review: "I have no idea how I lived so long without it. I literally wish I could find the words to describe how incredible this thing is. I could slap myself for not buying it sooner. I have an 85-pound golden retriever who SHEDS. Not normal shedding — I'm talking this dog has so much hair it's ridiculous to clean up. I vacuum every day and run the Roomba when I'm working. But there was nothing besides lint rolling that I could do for the couches, pillows, sheets, etc. Until this. When I got it, I used it really quickly on our ottoman, which has a ton of dog hair on it just from existing in our living room. Ran this back and forth a little and I kid you not, all the hair was gone. Took it to the couches, sunroom furniture, all the throw pillows, and the bed sheets (which is absolutely life changing), and it removed 98% of the hair. I contemplated buying another one so my husband and I could tag team everything that needed fur removal. I cleaned the couch cushions tonight and when I sat down on the couch (IN A BLACK SHIRT) I had no dog hair on me when I got off the couch. This thing is absolutely incredible and has surpassed any expectation I could have had. I'm not one to give into gimmicky 'miracle' products but this one is legit. Just buy it!" —Nichole

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    2. A keychain-friendly car escape tool that could actually save your life in an emergency. This tiny miracle has both a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker to get you to safety ASAP.


    Check out this review from an actual firefighter with tips on how to use this tool!

    Promising review: "Just had to use one of these that I keep on my keychain. I was first on the scene of a nasty wrong-way crash. The driver and a passenger were stuck inside the vehicle. The doors could not be easily opened (on the driver side) so I pulled out my keys and used this tool to pop out the window. It instantly caused the tempered glass to shatter and I knocked the excess away with my flashlight before using a knife to cut away at the airbags. The woman survived and it was incredibly comforting for her to see me face to face and know that she had a way out and that she wasn't stuck. We waited for a little and paramedics arrived and were able to give everyone the care they needed. This was a real-life scenario and this product worked. Would absolutely recommend." —Madison

    Get it from Amazon for $7.15+ (available in seven colors).

    3. A powerful heated shiatsu massager so you can basically come home to a soothing spa experience every dang night.

    Over 8,000 Amazon reviewers love it!!!

    Promising review: "I bought one of these massagers for my mom as a Mother’s Day gift, because she works standing up the whole day and suffers from leg pain when she gets home. This massager has completely changed her life. Once she gets home, she plugs it in and puts the massager underneath her legs, and she says it soothes them until she feels no pain. When the timer goes off (after twenty minutes), she can walk like a new person again. She loves this massager, and she even said it’s one of the best presents I’ve EVER given to her. I couldn’t be happier! I even went and bought one for myself, and I use it in my car on my way home from work. It's so convenient that it comes with a cigarette lighter connector to plug it in in my car. Once I get home, I take it out and my wife uses it on our bed." —Jose C.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    4. A game-changing three-in-one multipot with removable pasta strainer and steamer inserts that'll make cooking a homemade meal (and the cleanup that comes with it) way less of a ~strain~.


    Promising review: "This stainless steel pot is a self contained, multifunctional, and innovative design. I love how I can cook pasta in it, bring it to the sink, pull up the pasta strainer part, and the water simply drains out. No need for pouring into a colander anymore! Also the upper removable steamer basket is so convenient, and it sits high enough that you can cook another item below it in the main pot at the same time. I also appreciate having the glass lid with the steam release hole; I can see how the food is progressing without opening the lid. This pot is easy to store because all the steamer/strainer sections are all nested within the main pot. Cleans perfectly in dishwasher too! Very happy with this pot and enjoying all the new cooking options it offers!" —Rosebeans

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $79.99 (originally $114.99).

    5. A green-tea infused memory foam mattress topper that over 1,600 reviewers swear by for upgrading their mattress and turning their bed into the cozy paradise it was meant to be.


    It'll also help eliminate odor thanks to the green tea — something sweaty sleepers like me (was that TMI?) will probably be very thankful for.

    Promising review: "I bought this mainly just to add two inches to a mattress so it would clear a wooden box frame. When I first got it, I was worried that it would be much too soft (I've slept on a firmer mattress for years). I slept like a baby the first night on it. I've been sleeping on it now for over a week and I'm consistently sleeping better. I've also noticed that I have less lower back pain when I wake up, and throughout the day. To say that I'm happy with my purchase is an understatement." —C Chapman

    Get it from Amazon for $26.05+ (available in three thicknesses and five sizes).

    6. The ToiletShroom, a flexible unclogging tool for anyone who has ever used a traditional plunger and thought "There has GOT to be a better way."


    This slim plunger can reach way deeper into your toilet to take on stubborn clogs. You can even use it like a squeegee along the sides of the bowl in place of a toilet brush. Plus, it comes with a sleek and discreet caddy!

    Promising review: "Honestly I didn't think this was going to work, BUT I am so glad I was wrong! I love how easy it is to use and most of all, how QUICKLY it unclogs my toilet!!! I just shove it down the toilet hole, use the motion of pushing it in and out a couple of times, take it out completely, and the toilet drains with ease! I'm not using all my strength to unclog toilets anymore, and no worries about nasty toilet water splashing everywhere, and it cleans super easily....BEST THING I EVER BOUGHT ON THE INTERNET!!!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. A super handy adjustable jar opener so you'll never again have to give up on having a pickle or spaghetti sauce because dang do they superglue that stuff closed!?!?!


    It works on lids from 1-3.5 inches wide!

    Promising review: "I have arthritis and also a demyelinating neurological disorder that causes pain and weakness in hands. I've had trouble for years opening jars and bottles. My husband (love him dearly) bought this for me and it has been a lifesaver. I've used this to open pickle jars, jam, soda bottles, and even my water bottles. It's adjustable and uses little metal teeth, but if you secure it nicely on the lid it works spectacularly! No more frustrating nights home alone not being able to open things. This device has been great for me and I recommend it! Keep in mind, there is a crank handle to turn on the top of it to adjust the teeth to meet the diameter of the lid, so if your pain is too bad or you have loss of dexterity in your hands this may not work for you, but it's worth a try. I was a little scared of the twist knob on the top, but haven't had any trouble with it." —M.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    8. An OMG-worthy cat cap, which your cat really, really wants you to decide you can live without. But one look at the review photos and you'll know you can't.,

    Promising review: "Seriously the best purchase I’ve ever made." —shelby robe

    Get one in a random color from Amazon for $6.75.

    9. An ingenious blind cleaner brush to get into hard-to-reach crevices, because letting all that dust sit there just because blinds are hard to clean would be downright (window)sill-y.


    It comes with five microfiber sleeves!

    Promising review: "Where has this blind cleaner been for the past 50 years???? I have struggled to keep my blinds clean for so many years, and happily found this item. It WORKS!!! And I love that it comes with extra sleeves, and the sleeves are machine washable. The handle is plastic, but I feel confident it won't break any time soon." —marionvgt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    10. The LifeStraw, an incredible portable filter that'll let you safely drink from even the ickiest-looking natural water sources and that could be a literal lifesaver on your next adventure.


    It claims to filter out 99.9999% of bacteria, and can be reused tons of times (for drinking up to 1,000 gallons!). Plus, with each straw purchased, the company provides clean water to a child for a year. No wonder it's got over 7,700 positive reviews. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on the LifeStraw.

    Promising review: "This thing is no joke! I took it backpacking in Maine's Bigelow range. When I ran out of the water I brought, I was A-OK with this. On top of one of the lower peaks, I drank from the most disgusting-looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. IT TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER, better than any tap. I'm from Maine, and I've tasted plenty of water right from mountain springs, so take my word for it. One note: it can be a little challenging to use at first. You have to start by soaking it; if it still doesn't work, blow into it a bit. Get one for your outdoor adventures, and one for your bug-out bag, which everyone should have in case of natural disaster." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two designs).

    11. The Trtl Pillow, aka a must-have solution for anyone who has ever struggled to snooze in a plane, train, or automobile (so, everyone). It's soft, ergonomic, and will actually keep your neck supported while napping in awkward upright positions.


    It's got over 8,000 positive reviews!!!

    Promising review: "I bought this over a year ago and used it on several long flights. As I like to sit on the aisle, it was the first time I'd slept comfortably on a plane without my head hanging out in the aisle. I also recently used it on an eight-hour bus ride and found it worked very well there, too. The fabric is soft yet not overly warm so I don't get overheated. While on the bus trip, I passed the Trtl around as people were fascinated by it, and unfortunately, someone sat on it and broke the insides. I ordered a new one immediately as I don't want to be without it on my next vacation. I haven't used it riding in the car, but I imagine it would be great there, too. I highly recommend it!" —iltxok2

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in seven colors and prints and in adult and kids' sizes).

    12. Athletic ankle socks that aren't just regular socks, they're upgraded socks. They're cushioned and ventilated to make your workouts more comfortable — because you don't need sweaty feet on top of your spin instructor yelling at you.


    Promising review: "Very comfortable socks. I've worn these since I started working out three days a week, and no more blisters." —Tina

    Get them from Athleta for $13 (available in two sizes and six colors).

    13. A clever stainless steel cocktail shaker with the names of classic cocktails, plus the recipes for each one (including what kind of glass to serve it in!) engraved on the side. Get ready to fool your friends into thinking you actually know what you're doing behind the bar.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $39.

    14. A convenient book weight to hold your place hands-free whether you're reading a magazine outside on a breezy day, propping open a cookbook on the counter, or using your hands to munch some popcorn while you devour a new thriller.

    Promising review: "I've known I needed this for a long time, but if I could just use another book to prop open my current book, why wasn't that good enough? Being a bibliophile, there are books open in nearly every room of my house. I bought three and put them to use immediately. It's so nice to have my book open and ready when I want to read a few pages or have prepared myself a snack to settle in for a longer read. The weight is just right to keep even larger books open, and the texture of the material keeps it from sliding down the page. I'll be buying more of these as gifts!" —Mary Roberts

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    15. The Squatty Potty, a simple yet revolutionary bathroom stool that may change how you pass *your* stool for the rest of your days.


    It helps you comfortably assume a squatting posture, which is the prime position for emptying your bowels with ease. Also, sorry for saying "stool."

    Promising review: "I love the Squatty Potty and you will too. It works like a charm. You'll wonder how you got along without it all these years. Think of your bowels turning into a laundry chute! That's the best way I can explain it. You will have more time on your hands once you own a Squatty Potty. You go into the bathroom and you're out in seconds, not 10, 15, or 20 minutes as in the past. Business owners should buy these for their bathrooms, because their employees would take less time on bathroom breaks, really! In fact, if the government would invest in these for every bathroom, the legislative process would speed up. You'll be glad you got one, for those from five to 95!" —campromise

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. An absolutely iconic bandleader SpongeBob Funko Pop! figure guaranteed to be the envy of all your friends and frenemies — including Squilliam. Now that's what I call sweet, sweet, sweet victory (yeah).


    Promising review: "'The winner takes all, its the thrill of one more kill, the lASt one to fAAaallll will never SACrifice....' I give it a 1029374902383094802 out of 10, excellent product, would buy again like 12 times, easily the most iconic and legendary SpongeBob figurine anyone could ever own EVER. It's a little more expensive than most Pops but it's literally worth every penny." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    17. A real-life invisibility cloak (!!!) that comes with a code for an app that'll allow you to use the cloak like a green screen to take Muggle-world-defying pics and videos. This is definitely one magical object you can't live without if you are an angsty teen boy fighting the forces of evil from wizard school and/or you're looking to become Master of Death.


    You guys I am straight-up sobbing rn because it actually comes with a little note that says "Use it well." in Dumbledore's handwriting. 😭 The packaging is gorgeous and would also be perfect for gifting to someone to make them feel like they're living Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts. It even comes with a little tripod to help them capture the magic!

    Promising review: "First of all, I have never seen my kids run to the door when Amazon delivered a package like they ran for this one! We're HUGE Harry Potter fans, so this was something they wanted as soon as they heard about it. It did not disappoint. There was a little learning curve in taking the photo (where the cloak makes you disappear) just because you really DO need to keep the camera super steady, but it was fun seeing the floating head in the photos. The green side of the cape makes you disappear (like a green screen does on a TV) and the other side you can just wear as a costume. I have a feeling one of the kids will be wearing this for Halloween. All in all, a really fun piece of Harry Potter nostalgia." —Carolyn West

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99.

    18. A rotating makeup organizer to save you precious space and make your humble dresser or bathroom counter feel like an A-list dressing room.

    You can adjust the heights of the trays to fit different sized products!

    Promising review: "OMG, where has this been all my life?! My bathroom countertop was a hot mess. I used and tried so many other organizers, but they all failed. This is perfect! It spins very smoothly, is sturdy, and looks great! And everything is up and off the counter. Love it!" —PrimeQueenT

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A Loungefly mini backpack that almost made me shriek "OMG AWWWWWW!!!" aloud when I saw it, and is basically a non-negotiable purchase for any princess who's going to a Disney Park any time soon (So me? You? All the above?).

    Box Lunch

    Get it from Box Lunch for $69.90.

    20. A tube of hair finishing cream to tame flyaways and get an updo so perfect that Audrey Hepburn herself would be shook.


    Promising review: "This hair finishing stick is perfect for people who need to have their hair completely out of their face. I coach figure skating, and during competitions my students need a clean, every-hair-in-place look. I grabbed this gel to try it out on them and it’s great! It's not sticky at all and the mascara-like brush does a fantastic job of grabbing all the little flyaway hairs and keeping them in place. I also liked that it didn’t leave a crunchy, gel-like look. And it smells so good! Very light scent but you can tell it's there. It’s a product my students will now keep in their skating bags!" —Gwen Merecky

    Get from Amazon for $7.98.

    21. An absolutely incredible tortilla blanket so you can fulfill your lifelong dream of becoming a human burrito.,

    Promising review: "This blanket has a very soft fleece lining and was a great gift idea. I got the 71-inch one and it's plenty big to use as a wrap. Cats seem to like the texture as well. :)" —David Fazzari

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in four sizes and nine styles, including waffle and pizza versions).

    22. A luxe and super-pigmented matte red lipstick, because everyone needs a red lip classic in their beauty bag.

    Make Up Forever

    Get it from Make Up Forever for $22 (available in 20 colors).

    23. And, of course, a print of the single most important artistic masterpiece of the decade to commemorate the wild place that the internet has been in 2019.


    Get it from Trishnagaara on Society6 for $22.99+ (available in five sizes).

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