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    22 Products That'll Help Upgrade Your Life For Under $25

    Taking it to the next level in 2020.

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    1. An easy wood-repairing marker and wax stick set so you can fill in and cover those scratches you've been meaning to do something about for ages...without spending all that coin to repair or replace your floors and furniture.

    One reviewer even said it was perfect for filling in worn shoe soles!

    Promising review: "For $10 you can cover up so many scratches that you couldn't buy a house big enough to run out of ink. I've had this for just four hours, but I fixed a table that was scratched when I moved it, kitchen cabinets, chairs, a wine rack, and some hardwood flooring. It does a good job at covering the scratches to a point where you have to stare at a spot to notice it, but don't expect it to make your furniture to look brand new again. But for $10 you can make your furniture look reasonable! Would highly recommend to anyone who has pets who scratch the !@#$ out of their wood furniture." —Phaedrus

    Get six markers, six wax sticks, and a sharpener from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. The Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook, which should probably be called "How To Accomplish All Your 2020 Resolutions In One Book." It's got hacks, cheat sheets planning pages, cutout labels and lists, and more resources to organize every area of your life from the space in your home to financial, meal, and travel plans.


    All the pages are also available to download with the purchase of the book, so you can use the resources over and over again, or turn the planning pages for things like travel and fitness into full-length planners!

    Promising review: "As a lifelong hoarder, I suffered from a great deal of depression and anxiety about my home because we were drowning in stuff and I had no idea where to start. I found the author on YouTube first and her videos were a life changer for me. She gave me the motivation to start small and work big. Now that I have this book, I'm over the moon excited and can't wait to jump in and use it! Where her first book helped me emotionally and give me the understanding I needed to change my life for the better, this book gives me the tools too! I'm in love with it. Think of it more as a workbook for a better life. It has all the printables you could ever need — lists and guides to things I never would have thought of but totally need. I don't have to make my own cheat sheets now; she's done it for me and it's designed for you to cut them out as needed. I would have no problem repurchasing this book every year as the ultimate planner, but since she has also included a link to a bunch of free downloads I may not have to. The author's approach is honest and real, positive and supportive. She's been there and knows how hard it is to parent and adult when it comes to staying organized and running our homes. Get the paper version, it's awesome and you can write in it!" —tammy k davis

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+.

    3. 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.

    4. An ingenious (and aww-worthy) pencil case that converts to a standing cup for multi-purpose, portable organization that's truly the cat's meow.

    It's also got two small interior pockets!

    Promising review: "If I could give this six stars, I would. I immediately filled it up and rejoiced at how neatly it held (and, OMG, sorted) my art pens for my purse. Jubilant, I came straight back to Amazon to order three more as gifts! It's the perfect size for tossing into a purse or backpack. It is a little smaller than I expected, but honestly, it holds the perfect quantity for what you would need out and about. I absolutely LOVE it's design. It opens and converts down smoothly, standing up just like it should. I can clearly see all of my pen nib sizes and colors without having to dig through a pencil case or spray pens across a café table. It's very well-made, too! Very sturdy! This is marvelous." —stonecat

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in five designs).

    5. A 50-sheet rainbow vision board notepad, because one vision board really wouldn't be enough for all the awesomeness you've got going on. You're basically gonna want to fill out a new one of these every dang day.


    Get it from KatieAbeyDesign on Etsy for $16.36.

    6. A color-changing essential oil diffuser that has over 14,000 (!!!) positive reviews and will basically turn your bedroom into the luxury spa that you deserve after a long day of being you.

    The light is optional and can cycle between eight different colors.

    Promising review: "So my roommate is allergic to every air freshener on this planet, but I needed a solution to the smell in my apartment. That's when I got this. It's a gift from God himself. This diffuser is amazing. It's easy to control the color/water output, and it's small and compact, easy to clean, and downright beautiful. It's great for my apartment; I can finally cover up the totally-not-pot smell that the previous tenant so graciously left me. It's also great for setting up a romantic environment when the significant other comes over. Just a head's up — if you have a dog, try not to diffuse tea tree oil, or do it in a place where the dog doesn't go. It's bad for their nervous system. I think it's the same with cats as well, but I'm not sure." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99. Get some lavender essential oil to use with it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. A whimsical set of travel bottles to pack all your must-have products in such a delightful and convinient way, even the grumpiest TSA agents might crack a smile.


    They also come with a clear carrying pouch and tree small jars for more products!

    Promising review: "I love these travel bottles! The other bottles I have leaked and these did not. They're super cute and durable! I brought them on a two-week trip to Japan and they were perfect for my shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The small jars were great for moisturizer, eye cream, and facial scrub. They never leaked either. I really like that the bottles are soft and squeezable, so it's easy to get all the product out of the bottles. They are the best!" —Irvy

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. The BuzzFeed Tasty 2020 wall calendar, which features instructions for a different drool-worthy dish each month to help you break out of your recipe rut this year.


    Recipes include chicken sandwiches and lava brownies, and each recipe page also has a barcode you can scan on your phone to instantly watch the corresponding Tasty video!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    9. A gorgeous dotted journal to get your thoughts organized in the most Pinterest-worthy of ways. You've got those 2020 resolutions in the bag.


    It's got a pen loop, inside pocket, and multiple bookmarks! Get the basics on what a bullet journal is and how to start one here.

    Promising review: "I loved the design of the notebook and that's what made me initially purchase it. I was very pleasantly surprised when the package arrived! The notebook is very well-made and feels like a high-quality notebook. I wasn’t expecting this level of quality at the price point. I am gonna keep it in my purse for musings, notes, and of course lists. My husband is jealous every time I pull it out to use it. I’m going to get him one as a gift to surprise him!" —Kimonolady

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 13 styles and with dotted or lined pages).

    10. Or the One List A Day journal, with prompts that ask you to list what you love, did, or are feeling today. It's less intimidating than staring at a blank notebook page and trying to journal, plus it's made so you can compare your thoughts and feels on the same day each year for three years.

    I got this for the holidays and it's adorable!!! Each dated page has space for three years and a prompt at the top for you to write a three-item (though sometimes I go over, sue me!) list of something. Some prompts are easy and simple, like "Things that made me happy this month," while others really make you think, like "Sounds I like." I love to make lists, and this is a quick and fun activity that'll provide a very telling picture of how I've evolved once I use it for a few years!

    Promising review: "This is a great little journal that's perfect for training yourself to remember to write a little every day. Each list entry is only a line, and the book is small enough to fit in a purse. I love to look back over old lists and journal entries, and this journal is designed for just that." —Steph Allen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    11. A pack of leather and suede cleaning wipes, because you and your favorite boots deserve better than to be walking around covered in stains and scuffs.,

    Promising review: "Work great. The photo on the left was taken after one wipe down (on boots that had been accumulating stains for about seven years). They were spotless after I went over them a second time." —Loocy

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $8.19.

    12. A colorful, multipurpose deck of cards, which you can play Rummy with, sure, but you can also look to each individual card for a little positive mantra, question to ponder, or a goal like "take a risk." Yeah, I'm pretty sure there are good things ~in the cards~ for you this year.


    Promising review: "I really love this Feel Your Best card deck. I haven't played a card game with them yet, but I have been drawing one each morning and reflecting on the statement or question on the back. Not only are they cute, but I love that they serve more than one purpose. I think these would make a great gift for a friend too!" —Kelly S.

    Get it from for $14.

    13. A scalp-massaging shampoo brush for a relaxing, deep-cleaning, and exfoliating effect that'll make you wonder why you've just been washing your hair with your hands all these years. Because you definitely deserve to get a hair salon-level head massage every dang time you shampoo.


    Over 3,000 reviewers absolutely love to pamper themselves with this! People also swear by it for dandruff and dermatitis.

    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels when you're using it! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually goes down to the roots and gets into all the spots it can to clean your hair. I can tell you right now that my hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product. I would definitely recommend this!" —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    14. A cheery box of heart bandages in assorted floral prints here to guarantee that an unsightly plain adhesive bandage will never ruin a good outfit, or a good mood, again.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love these as an alternative to the basic bandages that are out on the market. They’re very cute! If you gotta wear something, why not make it cute or give it a little bit of your personality?!? " —jjmoore

    Get a box of 20 from Urban Outfitters for $6.

    15. A totally boss, cruelty-free, and vegan glitter red lipstick from Lady Gaga's beauty line, Haus Laboratories, that's glam but not too glittery for everyday. It's sure to have you feeling like you can be the queen that's inside of you.


    If you didn't get that reference, please go listen to "The Queen" by Gaga — it's one of her most underrated songs, you're welcome.

    Promising review: "I’ve never felt like I could pull off red lipstick, so I was skeptical at the claim that this lipstick was 'universally flattering.' IT TOTALLY IS! I wore it for the first time today and got compliment after compliment. Not only did it look great, but it stayed on and never caked up. I only had to touch up once (after lunch) and I brought my red lips to the grocery store after work. I hope thye introduce more colors in the future, because this lipstick is awesome!" —Gina M

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    16. A mini roll of list tape to upgrade your usual reminder system and stick on your planner, your monitor, your face, wherever!


    It's easily repositionable.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.35+ (available in 14 designs).

    17. A charming snail soap dispenser that'll ensure you and your guests wash their damn hands and have fun doing it — how could they pass up a chance to use this cutie? That would just be shellfish.


    Promising review: "This is quite literally the most amazing thing I have ever bought in my entire life. One impulse buy has made every time i wash my hands a thousand times more enjoyable." —snailguy

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

    18. Top-rated (I'm talking over 5,000 positive reviews) blackout curtains to help you nap and sleep late better than ever before (and I bet you thought you were pretty good at those things to begin with).


    Promising review: "My bedroom receives an annoying amount of sunlight during the afternoon for my fiancé, who often works nights. We got some blinds and basic curtains from Target, but they really didn't do enough. I got the khaki color curtains, half expecting them not to work well based on reviews of the lighter colors, and was pleasantly surprised. The photo shows new curtains vs. old, and now the room is almost completely dark. Thumbs up!" —Secondhand Limbs

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and 19 colors).

    19. A pearl-embellished hairpin for a trendy outfit upgrade you can alpha-bet your friends will compliment.


    Get it from Baublebar for $18 (available in 26 letters).

    20. An amazing binge-watching beauty kit to take your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney+, or whatever watch sessions to the next level. Binge You without a facial roller and a nail file? Never again.


    The pretty (and coffee-table-display-worthy) gold tin contains two "Yes, I'm still watching" coasters, a facial roller with instructions on how to use it, a chip bag clip, a hair tie, lip balm, a "One more/Go to bed" coin to flip in moments of indecision, floss, breath drops, a nail file, a tissue, a facial cleaning wipe, a hand cleaning wipe, and adorable "Lies I tell myself, one more episode" ankle socks.

    I got this in my stocking and it was one of my favorite gifts this year! Normally, I find that these kind of kits are 80% things I won't use, but this has everything I usually have to — *gasp* — pause my show and get up to get in one adorable package, and more! I've never been a facial roller person, but the cool stone feels soooo good on tired eyes. The coasters look adorable on my coffee table, and I will actually wear the socks out in the world with sneakers and ankle boots!

    Get it from Ulta for $25.

    21. A downright genius bag holder for those moments when you feel like you'd need one or two additional limbs to stop meal prep from being such a mess.,

    Promising review: "I prep my meals a month at a time and these make it much more convenient. These are especially helpful with raw meat, as I can use two hands while prepping the food and don't have to worry about keeping one clean to open the bag. I've also used them to portion out servings and ounces of meat when placed on a scale. They're not made of anything incredibly strong, but they're sturdy enough for full Ziploc bags of food." —Julie M

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. Wreck This Journal, which isn't a regular journal, it's a badass journal here to help you get out all your frustrations. Each page has instructions and space to do a different delightfully destructive thing — from spill your coffee on it to throw the journal in the air.


    Promising review: "This book has exceeded all my expectations so far. I suffer from very bad anxiety and depression and have been using this book as an outlet and somewhat of a therapy tool. The pages all have different assignments or tasks on them that push you out of your comfort zone and create a wonderful feeling of freedom when they're done. Page one said 'crack the spine' which I had a very hard time with, but with each speed bump of ripping out pages, folding, cutting, crinkling, messing, glueing, and sticking, I felt more and more free. I love this book that much more every time. Some prompts, like 'color outside the lines,' are very easy, while others push you to be weird like 'collect dead bugs.' It definitely forces you to think outside the box! I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a creative outlet or just wants to have a good bit of fun!" —Aly McMuffin

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    23. Glossier Futuredew, a cruelty-free and vegan oil and serum all rolled into one. I don't know, something just told me you'd be interested in looking all glowy for up to 12 hours without going through a 107-step skincare routine.


    Promising review: "Every aspect of this product is so lovely. I don't wear makeup to school, but I will put on a pump of Futuredew. it makes me look hydrated and well-rested. I don't even wear highlighter anymore (that's money saved!) because Futuredew gives me the perfectly supple, smooth glow that I've been trying to achieve with highlighter for years." —Angela

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

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