21 Products I Don't Understand How You've Lived Your Whole Life Without
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As if that wasn't easy enough, these are also machine washable so you can use them again and again! Check out more
products that'll give you mind-blowing before and after photos. Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they do a pretty impressive job of taking off all my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." — RachelM
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Drop Stop, a simple-yet-brilliant car seat gap filler to prevent you from ever losing anything in the depths of your vehicle again. It's sure to make you wonder, why aren't all cars just made like this?!?!
Promising review: "The gap between the seat and center console in our car is big enough to lose french fries and debit cards in, but not big enough to fit my adult hand when I try to retrieve anything. Now, with the Drop Stop, I don't have to worry about it anymore. It's great when it keeps things from going into the Gap of No Return. Once, I was in the car by myself and I literally said out loud, 'Thank you, Drop Stop,' like I was in an infomercial." — Rhett A Lahey
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A professional as heck
work bag complete with a padded, velcro-strap-secured laptop pocket to end the struggle of having to lug a purse and a computer bag separately once and for all.
It's also got plenty of smaller pockets inside, and you can adjust the length of the handles so they can fit over your shoulder or stay short like classic purse handles.
Promising review: "I’m starting grad school in the fall and I wanted something that could fit an iPad, notebook, and books in, along with my phone, wallet, and everything else I usually keep in my purse, so I can use it as an all-in-one bag when I go straight to class after work. I wanted something that was classy and convenient. This is definitely the right bag! I was extremely impressed by the packaging when I received the shipment and even more impressed when I opened it. The color is beautiful and the workmanship makes this look like it cost three times as much. I love the option to adjust the straps and wear this as a purse or to add the shoulder strap and carry it like a laptop bag. I'm extremely happy with my purchase! Update: I've been using this bag two days per week for work and school for the past four months, and it's held up great. No wear or tear or issues of any kind. I highly recommend!" — MP
Get it from Amazon for
$52.99+ (available in eight colors).
Or an equally chic
vegan leather commuter backpack whose middle name is convenience. It's got (*takes a deep breath*) a laptop pocket, a tablet pocket, card slots, pen slots, a water bottle pocket, and an included power bank that can be used with a USB or wirelessly.
Those aren't even all the feautures!!!! I just ran out of breath!!!! There are also several other interior pockets, including some designed to hold memory cards, a top exterior pocket, and a hole that allows you to thread a charger cord from the power bank, out of the backpack, and to the exterior phone pocket!
Promising review: "This is an amazing backpack that's thoughtfully designed and looks high-end. I get so many compliments when traveling. The center pocket is large enough that I can get away with only a backpack on overnight trips, but the overall bag is small enough that it doesn't look out of place as my everyday work bag. It's the small details that make this bag really special, like the sunglass/key pouch on top, the cord passthrough on the side, and the strap to keep the bag upright on roller luggage. I LOVE this bag. I'm so glad I didn't spring for the $400 Tumi — this is better!" — Ari
Get it from Walmart for
$99 (available in three colors).
color-coded knife set to help amateur and expert chefs alike avoid cross-contamination and always reach for the right blade, so your meal prep will be a cut above the rest.
It includes a chef's knife, paring knife, bread knife, slicing knife, utility knife, and santoku knife.
Promising review: "This is my best buy of the month, and best knife buy of the year. Yeah, I've had sharper, better quality knives in the past, but for hundreds of dollars more. For basic kitchen use, this is the set to buy. I like that they're colorful, because I've already been able to familiarize myself with which knife is which color and what I need to use them for. I haven't had to sharpen them yet and I've been using them pretty steadily for about a month. The blade cases they come with are extremely handy. I like that I don't have to use a knife block. These fit nicely in my drawer. At this price, they are worth every penny. I wouldn't have a problem spending $40-$50 for these knives." — GWP
Get a set of six knives with covers from Amazon for
Just upload a clear pic of your doggo when you place your order!
Promising review: "OMG, sooo cute! My dog's face looks perfect on the socks. They're quality and the picture is just perfect." — Amazon Customer
Get them from Amazon for
$24 (available in sizes small and large and in 10 colors).
edge brownie pan so every piece is like a corner piece, for folks who prefer to live life on the ~edge~.
You can also use it for savory dishes that are even better crispy, like mac 'n' cheese, lasagna, or casseroles. Plus, it comes with a spatula and some brownie recipes!
Promising review: "I live and die by this pan! It seems too good to be true. It's a solid non-stick pan and super easy to clean up. Definitely a must-buy!" — Kristina
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I actually bought a pair of these last month and I love them! I don't get excited about electronics and didn't think I would see what all the fuss was about, but I do. First of all, I love all the colors they come in (I got metallic purple) and the sound quality. And they are COMFY!!!! Yes, you do have to get used to figuring out which side goes in which ear because they are a little oddly shaped, but that's what makes them feel great — they've got a flat part that lies on the flat part of your ear (very technical terms I know) so they feel like a perfect fit. Plus, they come with three different sets of ear pads in different sizes so you can make them just right for you.
Promising review: "Compared to MANY other earbuds that I've had that cost $75, $100, $150...these sound as good as any of them. I'm astounded! I use these for running. I figured for $8, I could afford to sweat up a few of these and replace them whenever I needed to. I'VE RUN 1,500 MILES WITH THESE in the last year and a half! I've gone through four pairs of New Balance shoes, two iPod Shuffles, three pairs of sunglasses, and I'm on the SAME set of earbuds! And THEY STILL SOUND GREAT! They stay in my ears, too!" — Gene GoodellGe them from Amazon for $7.43+ (available in 15 colors and with or without a mic).
A practically perfect
lace dress you can dress up or down and stay comfy in all day (or night) long. Finally, a party dress you won't be desperate to take off the second you get home!
BuzzFeed's full write-up on this dress, which has over 2,500 (!!!!!) positive reviews! Promising review: "This dress is killer. The fabric is high quality and the lace isn't delicate enough to rip. I can't tell you how amazing I felt in this. It's so beautiful. Underneath the lace, there's a layer of fabric to shield you from any see-through mishaps. There are also rubber straps in the shoulder area so that the dress doesn't slip off, which is so ingenious! I wore it for over 10 hours at a wedding and I had no problems. I just love this dress to death! Buy it!" — Jennifer
Get it from Amazon for
$19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in two necklines/sleeve lengths and five colors).
traceless hair ties that'll banish the dreaded post-ponytail crease and make regular elastics hang their heads in shame.
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These are also great to sleep in so you don't wake up with a total bird's nest for a head. I personally use these as my everyday hair ties and I love how gentle they are on my hair! Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review of them
here (#1). Promising review: "It sounds like hyperbole to say that these hair ties changed my life, but it's true. I sleep with my hair in a messy topknot using these elastics every night. In the morning, I just take my hair down, run a brush through it, and that's it. My hair is done, and more voluminous than ever before. I do have pretty low-maintenance hair in general (long, naturally straight) but I never thought it could be THIS EASY." — Rachel P.
Get a pack of three from Amazon for
$5.99+ (available in five colors).
A stylish and functional
set of shelves any home bar would be incomplete without. Gone are the days of your collection of stemmed glasses taking up all your cabinet space — that's what the wall is for!
Well, I mean technically walls are actually for other purposes, but if they
can be used to store booze and drinkware they damn well should be.
These come with the necessary hanging hardware included!
Get a set of two from The Home Depot for
$91.07+ (available in two sizes) or Amazon for $64.95+ (available in two sizes).
microwave popcorn popper that requires zero oil, for a snack that's less greasy and chemical-y than microwave popcorn from bags...but just as tasty.
I bought this last year and now I couldn't live without it. I'm a popcorn fanatic, and I used to eat an alarming amount of the kind that comes in microwaveable bags. Apparently those bags are often coated in possibly harmful
chemicals, so, well, that was maybe not my best health decision. But I was too lazy to take out a pot and make a batch on the stovetop every time I had a craving for some 'corn (which, tbh, is most nights). Enter this guy, which is made of BPA-free silicone. You just pour unpopped kernels in up to one of the fill markers, add as much butter, salt, or seasoning as you want, put on the lid, and pop it in the microwave for two or three minutes. The popcorn doesn't burn, it tastes great, and it feels less heavy and greasy than the bagged kind. Then you can just pop this thing in the dishwasher to be used again the next night! Plus, it's collapsible so it won't take up too much space on the (rare) occasions when you're not using it.
Check out my full review
Get it from Amazon for
$14.97 (available in eight colors).
double shower hooks to make hanging or removing your curtain or liner a breeze. Because let's be honest, normally changing a shower curtain liner is the biggest nightmare that can happen in a shower other than, like, a Norman Bates situation.
Promising review: "Where have these hooks been all my life?! They make removing the shower curtain liner for washing SO much easier. The quality is great, and they actually glide across the bar." — CASEINPOINT
Get a set of 12 from Amazon for
$6.89+ (available in three colors).
dish squeegee so clever and cheap, you're honestly gonna be mad at yourself for all of the times you actually touched icky, wet food that was left on your plate (or wasted paper towels on countertop spills).
It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe! Plus, one side is curved so it works on bowls as well as plates.
Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment, with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don't have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn't go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!" — Elizabeth
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visual timer with red space that disappears as the hour passes that both parents and people who need help with time management swear by.
It's got over 1,000 positive reviews! Here's what my coworker
Jennifer Tonti has to say about it: " I have ADHD and I've used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set 30-minute increments for any given task; an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in 30 minutes, but rather that I'm kept aware of time passing in the first place, which helps me stay focused. The red film is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it in view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off, I can quickly glance up and say, 'oh wow, that was 10 minutes of distraction, better get back into it.'” Promising review: "This is a game-changer for helping our 4-year-old with transitions. We couldn't live without this thing! It's helped him so much to visualize how much time he has left for a given activity, which is much, much better than us saying 'five minutes until bed' or '15 minutes until we leave.' Also, there's a beeper when the time is up that can be turned on or off. Amazingly, our kiddo abides by the timer. It's helped things run smoothly. Love it!" — Dela
Get it from Amazon for
$28.69+ (available in two sizes and with or without a magnetic back). Get the required AA batteries here.
Or a bewitching
Time Turner clock, because it's honestly a miracle you're able to get all your work done without one of these magical devices. This is the next best thing to having a ~real~ one.
Get it from PBteen for
$47 (originally $59).
A set of water-resistant, space-saving
packing cubes that over 7,000 reviewers swear by for maximizing their suitcase space. You have to leave room for all the souvenirs you'll inevitably buy!!!!
Promising review: "I'm officially sold on packing cubes! These things are amazing! I can't believe I've been packing without them my whole life. These are great quality and come in fun colors. I appreciate the mesh lining that allows you to peek inside. They're also a great value. I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip to Europe as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes! The items I fit in the cubes and bag were: two jackets, a jean vest, four pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, a romper, four dresses, a maxi skirt, seven tank tops, four shirts, three camisoles, three pajama sets, 15 pairs of undies, six pairs of socks, and four pairs of shoes. Why are you still reading?? Go buy these cubes!" — Tiffany
Get a set of four plus a laundry bag from Amazon for
$24.99 (available in nine colors).
perfect button down you seriously have been looking for your whole life. Not only is it classically chic, but it's also magically wrinkle- and stain-resistant! Goodbye, ironing. Goodbye, avoiding eating certain foods in a white shirt. I won't miss you!
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It's cotton and machine washable, but you won't have to wash it too much — the material repels both oil- and water-based things you might spill on it. If you do spill, it should blot away easily with water! Oh, and doesn't it look fabulous on BuzzFeed editor
Essence Gant in the pic above? Promising review: "It's perfect for travel. This shirt performed exactly as promised! No ironing, no wrinkles, and no stains after a full day of airport shuffling! Love it!" — 2DotPeg
Get it from Chico's for
$79.50 (available in sizes 0/2-20/22 regular and 2P-16/18P petite and in four colors) or Amazon for $46.99+ (available in sizes 0/2-20/22 and in six colors and prints).
Trader Joe's scrumptious
everything bagel seasoning, a game-changing spice blend for more than just bagels. It'll add major flavor to — you guessed it — everything.
Promising review: "This is garlicky, salty perfection. So far I've used this on homemade popcorn, roasted broccoli, and fried eggs. They were all amazing. I've had it less than a week and I've already gone through a quarter of the bottle. I'll definitely repurchase and recommend to all of my friends." — Britta
Check out BuzzFeed's
full write-up on everything bagel seasoning for even more ideas on how to use it.
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three tier cooling rack every chef or baker (or anyone who has ever been impatient for their food to be cool enough to eat) needs.
It's also what folks with small kitchens' dreams are made of — not only will it allow you to keep more food out to cool in less space, but it's also completely collapsible!
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And the single most OMG-worthy
pet bed I've ever seen, which you, your pet, and your Instagram followers are all sure to go bananas for.
You, upon realizing you absolutely must have these products in your life:
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