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

    Your life, but better.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A quirky and clever rhino knife sharpener, because even your practical products deserve to be (sa)far(i) from boring.


    Promising review: "Sharpens pretty much everything very easily and add some character to the kitchen. Love my rhino!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.30+ (available in two colors).

    2. Super-slim, velvet-coated hangers that just might be what's been missing from your closet-organizing efforts. Over 7,000 reviewers swear by them to save space and help stop their clothes from slipping off onto the floor.,

    Because one of the most annoying things is when something designed for holding clothes...can't even keep the clothes on it!?!?! These velvet versions actually do their heckin' job.

    Promising review: "How have I lived my life without these? These hangers work great. I have a lot of shirts that don't stay on regular plastic hangers. I had to resort to using clothespins to keep them on, which resulted in weird and annoying lumps and bulges in the fabric. I have replaced all of my plastic ones with these velvet hangers. Not only do they work well, but now my closet looks neat and tidy. Win win." —Mel

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors).

    Learn more about these velvet hangers here.

    3. A dental guard you can fit for yourself at home — no uncomfy dentist visit needed — to help solve the (possibly literal) headache of nighttime teeth-grinding.

    One can last up to six months!

    Promising review: "I was getting headaches that pierced down into my soul and randomly discovered why at an unrelated dentist appointment. The dentist revealed to me that it was due to jaw-clenching at night (guess my dreams are way more intense than I remember in the mornings???). She recommended that I get a dental guard to prevent the clenching and I did it immediately. I got this one, which I had to boil in water (super quickly), bite down into to mold it to my teeth, and then let it sit for a few minutes. After doing that, I used it the same night and I totally noticed a difference in how often I was getting headaches. In fact, they mostly stopped. I recommend you get two — one for travel and one for at home, so you don't leave yours in Puerto Rico and have to buy a brand new one like I did." —Marquaysa Battle, BuzzFeed Shopping writer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    4. An upgraded T-shirt with cool peplum detailing to take your jeans and a tee game to a whole new level., Amazon

    Promising review: "The peplum falls perfectly and the shirt is super comfortable. The top is a bit fitted, while the peplum is loose and covers most of my behind. This might just be my new basic tee with a little twist. I ordered two styles." —Zayna

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and six styles).

    5. A genius pom-pom phone clip designed to help you get the best dang pics of your cat ever. Like, they're gonna have to remake that Insta-famous cats documentary on Netflix just to feature your feline.

    Urban Outfitters

    P.S., if you haven't watched #CATS_The_Mewvie, I 10/10 recommend for some wholesome viewing.

    Get one in a random color from Urban Outfitters for $12 or Amazon for $10.95.

    6. And if your cat gets thirsty from all that modeling, an adorable-yet-practical cat drinking fountain to upgrade their nine lives. After all, cats prefer to drink running water, and this is much cuter and less intrusive than them drinking from the sink.,

    It's quiet and has a replaceable filter (it comes with two) to keep the water fresh. It's also got three different settings so you can see which your kitty likes best.

    Promising review: "This product has given my senior cats a new life! I was reading up on senior cat care and a water fountain was suggested, as older cats don’t drink enough and get dehydrated easily. My 15-year-old cats are more energetic, happy, playful, and spunky after four days of using the new fountain. They love drinking from it and so far it works really well." —Leslie Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. A nonstick omelet-maker here to prove that a quick and easy breakfast can be a heck of a lot fancier than a basic bowl of cereal.


    This gadget can also be used to cook similarly-shaped things like paninis, salmon, and hash browns! It comes with a book of recipes and access to an online database with even more, in case you need some culinary inspo.

    Promising review: "I must say I was a bit skeptical at first, but once I made my first omelette I knew this was going to pay for itself in no time. Easy cleanup. Two eggs, a tablespoon of mixed peppers and onions, and a slice of cheese was the perfect amount for an omelet. Any more would overflow, so I doubt it would do three scrambled eggs, to kind of give you an idea of the size. Took about five to six minutes to cook with the ingredients listed above. Great deal for breakfast lovers." —Kyle Ward

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    8. A set of clever detachable collars you can layer under pretty much anything — from sweaters to dresses — to add a classy, chic touch without piling on so many layers that you're sweating all day.


    Promising review: "This is a great alternative to a regular shirt. It gets hot in my office, but I want the nice professional look of a collared shirt without all of the bulk. I wear a tank top, add this half-shirt, and then a sweater or collarless top. It looks wonderful together. I normally wear size 14. The large is comfortably roomy." —andy cc

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.29+ (available in two sizes and two color combinations).

    9. An easy-to-install, retractable valet rod for a high-end-looking way to upgrade your outfit planning, whether you're laying out clothes for the next day, for a trip, or ones you want to resurface from the abyss of your closet.

    It comes with all the hardware you need to install it!

    Promising review: "Cannot live without this! These rods have become indispensable in all closets I use. I’ve repurchased this item at least four times because I have added at least one to every closet I use. I love being able to set out my next day’s outfit and this gives me the perfect place to hang it and all the accessories I will need, so I can just grab and go in the morning. Everything stays pressed and tidy. I just purchased one for my husband for his closet." —Huskygrl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.69+ (available in two colors).

    10. An ingenious cereal cup with separate holes for the milk and cereal, so you can simply take a sip of the perfect, non-soggy breakfast while you're on the go. Just know that this means you now have ZERO excuses for skipping the most important meal of the day.


    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS CUP SO MUCH!!! It's amazing, life-changing. Truly revolutionary. Changes the whole game. I use it every morning when I leave for work in a rush because I'm always late. No spoons or anything needed, and fits in the cup holder perfectly. It’s easy to clean and easy to use. The cereal-to-milk ratio is perfect, I’m never left with too much milk and not enough cereal or vice versa." —Esli Pinto

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    11. Charming cactus dryer balls to fluff and help circulate air through your laundry while drying, plus provide a touch of whimsy sure to ~spike~ your interest in doing chores.

    Promising review: "I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but these things work. It used to take three cycles to dry my comforter and bedsheets. I'm one of those set-it-and-forget-it people, so I'd always forget to turn the dryer back on for round two and three, which meant that at midnight, when my husband and I were about to pass out from exhaustion, I'd remember the sheets and comforter were still in the dryer, undoubtedly damp because I didn't run them through the dryer another two times. So I finally bought these puppies and as usual, I dried the comforter and bed sheets once, and forgot to check on them. That night, my husband asked where our sheets were since they weren't on the bed at bed time. Then he groaned, and asked if I remembered to really dry them. So I checked the dryer and lo and behold, they were dry! I have actually remembered to check the dryer once after drying the bedsheets and they were dry as soon as the first cycle was over. So it's a miracle. These things work. TL;DR: I'm bad at laundry; these make me good." —Gabby

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.50.

    12. A compact and cord-free milk frother so you can turn your morning cup o' joe into a Starbucks-worthy masterpiece at home.


    Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks, so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 11 colors and prints). Get the required AA batteries here.

    13. An indoor/outdoor magnetic chess set that'll cure boredom and prevent you from losing precious pieces ever again.


    It comes with a carrying pouch with a carabiner clip!

    Get it from REI for $14.95.

    14. Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon, an easy-to-apply, full-coverage lippie from Lady Gaga's new beauty line that you'll fall stupidly in love with., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my first Haus Labs purchase and I am floored. I am a die-hard liquid matte lipstick user, but I am being converted by this lip crayon. The texture is out of this world. I feel like I could wear it all night and not need to touch it up. I appreciate the crayon form as it allows me to line my lips before filling. I am wearing the shade '1950,' a classic red. Now I need to buy them all!!!" —Casey

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in 12 colors).

    15. Polka dot-topped tights to get you through the last few weeks of tights season without getting so bored by your go-to opaque hose that you fall asleep in front of your dresser.


    Get them from ModCloth for $15.

    16. The Makeup Eraser, aka the easiest sustainable upgrade to your nightly routine ever. It's a magical plush cloth that can remove EVERY LAST DROP of makeup with just water. One side is made for removing product and the other for exfoliating, and you can wash and reuse it over and over and over.


    This wonder is BuzzFeed Reviews' pick for the best mid-price makeup remover!

    Promising review: "I LOVE makeup. Specifically, eye makeup. Love a good cat eye and layering eyeshadow. I've always had to bleach my towels to get the remnants of my mascara and eyeliner off. I hate every eye makeup remover that I've tried because it either stings or makes my eyelids oily (y tho?). This thing has seriously changed things for me. It gets my makeup COMPLETELY off in less than one minute without harsh scrubbing. I no longer have to buy any kind of cotton balls or cotton pads that will end up in a landfill. I can actually buy new towels and demote the stained ones to cleaning towels. My skin is clearer because it is makeup-free before I wash it and my eyes no longer burn! GETTTT ITTTT." —Cori A.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    17. Surprisingly affordable bike shorts, which, like any trusty pair, are great for wearing for workouts or under dresses. What makes these babies special? POCKETS and over 2,000 (!!!) positive reviews.,

    My mom has some of these and loves them!

    Promising review: "If you have a booty, buy some of these!! They fit great, look great, and cover my thighs so they don’t rub, which is a lifesaver walking around in the desert! They also have pockets that go down the leg and hold a phone no problem!" —Kali W.

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 36 colors and styles, including different lengths).

    18. An LOL-worthy golf game pen set to ~put~ a little fun into your work day. Just try not to brag about the hole-in-one you just scored to everyone on the conference call.


    Promising review: "If you are looking for a great office gift that can provide some joy to a coworker, this is a great option in a neatly designed package. The pens are very realistic looking and the ink is actually high quality and looks terrific, so they're fully functional. This is a great item to have on your desk at work, offering a conversation piece and something to do during downtime during the 9-to-5 day. Looks durable too." —Tom & Netta

    Get a set of three pens (red, blue, and black), a flag, two balls, and the "golf course" box from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. A downright fabulous high-heel phone stand, because your phone is probably about as sick of not getting to wear fancy footwear as you are of trying to prop it up on your desk or nightstand.


    Promising review: "These are the cutest little high-heeled shoes to hold my phone. I have a Samsung S8 Plus and do not any issues with stability when setting my phone on the shoes. The color is vibrant and these ruby red heels make me smile when I see them on my desk." —Nyambura

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in four colors).

    20. A double-ended brow pencil and comb to get a natural-looking yet upgraded brow game that'll stay (and slay) all day.


    Promising review: "Amazing! I've bought this same pencil multiple times. For only $2, you can't go wrong. AND cruelty free?! It's inexpensive, but the quality does not suffer. It's easy to use and fill in my brows and it stays all day. I would highly recommend!" —Kaykay24

    Get it from E.L.F. for $2 (available in six colors).

    21. A hydrating facial mist made with green tea, ginger, and licorice root to help with dry, inflamed skin and provide a much-needed pick-me-up on those seemingly endless work from home days.


    Get it from Lumin for $12.

    22. A sleek and clever multitool pen that's a ruler, ballpoint pen, touchscreen stylus, level, and a flat- and Phillips-head screwdriver all in one, for anyone who's sick of having to reach for tons of separate tools during their DIY projects.


    It even comes with two extra ink cartridges!

    Promising review: "Being an engineering student, I wanted a solid pen that had everything that I could ever in need without having to reach for my book bag, and this pen did that. If I need to tighten a bolt in a project to make an adjustment, I no longer have to walk across the room. I can just unscrew my cap and there's my screw. The best part is I finally have a ruler I wont lose. You'll end up using that ruler more times than you think. Overall great pen." —manuel espino

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six styles).

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