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30 Things That'll Make It Look Like You Actually Tried

Clothes, cleaning products, makeup, stationery, and more things to make it look like you put effort into every single area of your life.

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1. An easy, cozy dress for those days when you wish you could just wear your pajamas to work but unfortunately have to put on actual clothes.

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This effortless little number has quite the fan base — it's got over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon!

Promising review: "Oh my gosh, I'm in love! This dress feels like a soft T-shirt. It's very stretchy, so comfortable, and the length is perfect! I feel beautiful in this. You can totally dress it up with boots, a scarf, or a necklace. I will definitely be ordering more colors." —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 31 colors and styles, including a short-sleeve version).

2. A shelving unit that'll control your clutter and make anything you put on it instantly look Pinterest-worthy.

Promising review: "This wall unit looks so awesome. It has spaces for many kinds of books or trinkets. I hate clutter, and yet this makes the room look well-organized. It's good quality. I was a little worried because it hangs on a wall near the door, but when people slam the door this thing NEVER moves. Nothing falls off and we love it." —OstkUser26969027Get it from Overstock for $89.95.
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Promising review: "This wall unit looks so awesome. It has spaces for many kinds of books or trinkets. I hate clutter, and yet this makes the room look well-organized. It's good quality. I was a little worried because it hangs on a wall near the door, but when people slam the door this thing NEVER moves. Nothing falls off and we love it." —OstkUser26969027

Get it from Overstock for $89.95.

3. An all-purpose cleaner you can rely on to clean up every mess you could ever possibly make. Buh-bye, cabinet full of single-purpose cleaning products you never want to use.

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You can even use it on clothing stains or to get ink off your hands.

Promising review: "This is BY FAR the best cleaner I've ever used. There is no review I can give this that will do the product justice. It works great on carpet, furniture, tile, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, walls, I could go on. This is the last cleaner you will ever need to buy!" —GL!+cH

Get a 32 oz. bottle for $8.75, or a 64 oz. refill jug for $9.80, both from Amazon.

4. Miraculous pimple patches for a face so clear, everyone will assume you're a skincare pro.

These cover your zit while they heal it — no makeup or intense acne treatments required (because IDK about you, but I don't have time for a big skincare regimen). If you've got a blemish, just stick one of these babies on and watch as it gets all the gunk out of your pores. Plus, it'll help prevent you from picking.Promising review: "Seriously, where have these been my whole life!? These things are a gift from God! You stick one on your zit like a sticker, and it pretty much transforms to match your skin tone — it's hardly noticeable. I'll go out in public with these things on. I tried it on a huge cystic blemish I could feel forming on my jawline. I left it on all day and it was visibly smaller and not as painful anymore. Then I washed my face and stuck another one on there for the night, and the next morning, it was completely gone!" —ChristineGet a box of 24 from Amazon for $4.64 or Jet for $5.06.
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These cover your zit while they heal it — no makeup or intense acne treatments required (because IDK about you, but I don't have time for a big skincare regimen). If you've got a blemish, just stick one of these babies on and watch as it gets all the gunk out of your pores. Plus, it'll help prevent you from picking.

Promising review: "Seriously, where have these been my whole life!? These things are a gift from God! You stick one on your zit like a sticker, and it pretty much transforms to match your skin tone — it's hardly noticeable. I'll go out in public with these things on. I tried it on a huge cystic blemish I could feel forming on my jawline. I left it on all day and it was visibly smaller and not as painful anymore. Then I washed my face and stuck another one on there for the night, and the next morning, it was completely gone!" —Christine

Get a box of 24 from Amazon for $4.64 or Jet for $5.06.

5. A simple-yet-brilliant organizer so you look a little less like a makeup hoarder.

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It'd also be great for pens, jewelry, or whatever other crap is cluttering up your space.

Promising review: "My husband bought this for me because my dressing table was an utter mess. I'm not organized at all and this helps me out so much! It keeps everything I need right where I want it. There are 12 slots (six on each side) for lipsticks and two large vertical slots for brushes, liners, etc. You can fit nail polish, deodorant, sprays, compacts, or really anything else in here. Everything stays in place and there's no wobbling when I carry it to the bathroom." —malpat

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 or get a similar one from Walmart for $11.91.

6. An exercise pedal so you can sit on your couch and watch Netflix while working on your fitness. That's how pro athletes do it, right?

Promising review: "I bought this product so I could get a little more exercise at work. There are many days where I'm stuck at my desk and it would be nice to get the blood flowing through my legs. I was able to put this together in about five minutes without any tools. I keep it under my desk and I pedal sporadically throughout the day. It's not going to burn a lot of calories or turn you into a professional cyclist, but it's good for keeping your legs moving." —Emily MagawGet it from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $15.29.
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Promising review: "I bought this product so I could get a little more exercise at work. There are many days where I'm stuck at my desk and it would be nice to get the blood flowing through my legs. I was able to put this together in about five minutes without any tools. I keep it under my desk and I pedal sporadically throughout the day. It's not going to burn a lot of calories or turn you into a professional cyclist, but it's good for keeping your legs moving." —Emily Magaw

Get it from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $15.29.

7. Adorable fine-tip pens that write so nicely, you won't have to worry as much about making your ~unique~ handwriting legible.

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Promising review: "These pens are super adorable, great quality, and they write so smoothly and beautifully. They come in simple plastic zipper pouch that is great for carrying them around, so they won't get lost in the bottom of your bag. I highly recommend these!" —Caitlyn Kurinsky

Get them from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in eight designs).

8. And some pretty stationery because your grandma does not want to receive a thank you note written on a legal pad.

Get a set of ten cards with envelopes from FourWetFeet on Etsy for $17 (available in four colors).
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Get a set of ten cards with envelopes from FourWetFeet on Etsy for $17 (available in four colors).

9. A teeth whitening charcoal powder that'll make everyone think you've never touched coffee or candy in your damn life.

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Over 12,000 Amazon reviewers are in love with this stuff, which you just brush on like you would toothpaste. It'll leave you with teeth so shiny, Chip Skylark himself would envy them.

Promising review: "I've only used it four or five times so far, and the results are excellent! I had stains on my teeth from tea and red wine, but they're all gone! This costs less than whitening strips, is easy to use, and has no unpleasant taste. It's an awesome product." —katydid26

Get it from Amazon for $24.79 (available in five flavors) or Walmart for $19.92.

10. An adorable mini vacuum to quickly banish crumbs and show you give a hoot about keeping your space tidy.

It also has little brushes on the bottom you can use for dusting delicate surfaces like your keyboard.Promising review: "This is so adorable and functional. It's actually quite powerful! We use it on our coffee table where we eat a lot, and it works like a charm!" —JJ MintzGet it from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in a frog design).
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It also has little brushes on the bottom you can use for dusting delicate surfaces like your keyboard.

Promising review: "This is so adorable and functional. It's actually quite powerful! We use it on our coffee table where we eat a lot, and it works like a charm!" —JJ Mintz

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in a frog design).

11. A traceless hair tie so you can toss your hair into a messy bun in a pinch without ruining your 'do for the rest of the day.

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Never end up with the dreaded post-ponytail crease ever again. These babies are also great to sleep in so you don't wake up with a total bird's nest for a head.

Promising review: "I love these hair ties! They're comfortable on my wrist and I can wear one all day without it leaving behind any kinks in my hair. Not once has it gotten tangled, and even though I have thick hair, I’ve been impressed with how well it holds my hair during workouts." —M. Anderson

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.55.

12. Bright, sturdy dishes that'll serve up a fresh look just as well as fancy dishes, but won't break when you dump them unceremoniously in the sink.

The set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bowls.Promising review: "This set is exactly what I was looking for. It's got a cheery pattern, is lightweight, stackable, and doesn't take up a lot of room in the cupboard or sink. I have a set of stoneware that I love, but with teenage boys, the pieces kept getting chipped or broken. This melamine set is virtually indestructible." —JewelBGet them from Amazon for $22.77.
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The set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bowls.

Promising review: "This set is exactly what I was looking for. It's got a cheery pattern, is lightweight, stackable, and doesn't take up a lot of room in the cupboard or sink. I have a set of stoneware that I love, but with teenage boys, the pieces kept getting chipped or broken. This melamine set is virtually indestructible." —JewelB

Get them from Amazon for $22.77.

13. An eyelet-and-pearl trimmed number to don whenever you want to seem like you spent a long-ass time accessorizing.

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Get it from Nordstrom for $45 (available in sizes XS-L and in two colors).

14. A set of bamboo cutting boards so polished, they can double as serving trays sure to impress your guests.

Promising review: "These are fantastic for quickly cutting up cheese and meats. Then, with a quick rinse, they become my display for crackers and cheese for a fun date night. They're easily cleaned with another quick rinse. Thankfully, they don't retain the smell of the food I chop or serve on them. Overall, this is a fantastic quality set and you just can't beat the price." —KristineGet a set of three from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $11.99.
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Promising review: "These are fantastic for quickly cutting up cheese and meats. Then, with a quick rinse, they become my display for crackers and cheese for a fun date night. They're easily cleaned with another quick rinse. Thankfully, they don't retain the smell of the food I chop or serve on them. Overall, this is a fantastic quality set and you just can't beat the price." —Kristine

Get a set of three from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $11.99.

15. A statement necklace you can throw on to make even the most basic outfit suddenly look stylish.

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Get the green from Amazon for $8 or the white from Francesca's for $36.

16. A set of exercise cards so you can customize a guided workout that won't make you want to curl up in a ball and cry. No one has to know your personal trainer is made of paper.

Each card includes an exercise with illustrated instructions, a suggested number of reps, and is broken down into three difficulty levels, so even beginners can get swole.Promising review: "These are a great way to making working out easy, especially when you aren't feeling motivated. I love that they're color-coded by body section so you can grab a card or two from each category and make sure that you're getting a good all-around workout. These make for new and fun workouts every day." —SoccerMomGet them from Amazon for $7.50+ (available in 26- or 56-card decks and eight workouts from yoga to core) or from Walmart or Jet for $14.39.
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Each card includes an exercise with illustrated instructions, a suggested number of reps, and is broken down into three difficulty levels, so even beginners can get swole.

Promising review: "These are a great way to making working out easy, especially when you aren't feeling motivated. I love that they're color-coded by body section so you can grab a card or two from each category and make sure that you're getting a good all-around workout. These make for new and fun workouts every day." —SoccerMom

Get them from Amazon for $7.50+ (available in 26- or 56-card decks and eight workouts from yoga to core) or from Walmart or Jet for $14.39.

17. A subscription box guaranteed to make you seem like the most thoughtful gift giver ever, full of stuff your friend will love (from things to help them spoil themselves to adorably quirky goodies).

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For example, Bae Box will send them a monthly self-care package with treats like chocolate, face masks, and jewelry. Meanwhile, each Quirky Crate will deliver he wannabe Zooey Deschanel in your life six to nine funky treats like socks, stickers, and accessories.

Get Bae Box for $25.99+/month or Quirky Crate for $34.99+/month, both from Cratejoy. Find more great subscription boxes here.

18. A pretty file folder to keep your mess of papers straight and end the days of turning in dog-eared essays, because good presentation goes a long way.

Promising review: "I'm in college and this folder is super useful. It's very sturdy and spacious; it can fit a whole notebook in one divider. This folder takes care of all your loose paper and trust me, it will make your life so much more efficient!" —Laura SunGet it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in eight colors).
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Promising review: "I'm in college and this folder is super useful. It's very sturdy and spacious; it can fit a whole notebook in one divider. This folder takes care of all your loose paper and trust me, it will make your life so much more efficient!" —Laura Sun

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in eight colors).

19. A one-and-done dryer brush for a blowout no one will believe isn't professional.

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This brush may be full of hot air, but the 3,500 reviewers who swear by it aren't.

You never need to deal with trying to balance a hair dryer and a round brush ever again! Let your hair air dry most of the way, then use this genius tool (which has two heat settings and a cool setting) to give your strands a just-stepped-out-of-the-salon vibe.

Promising review: "I'm no professional hair stylist, nor do I have a lot of time to do my hair, but this blow dryer brush makes getting ready so much easier. I just section my hair into small pieces, use this tool from my roots to the tips, then curl it in at the tips. This adds a lot of volume to my hair and a nice wave to the ends. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, easy blowout!" —C

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two sizes) or Jet for $40.62.

20. A collapsible storage ottoman perfect for stashing all your clutter when your mom visits. "Yes, mom, of course I spent this weekend cleaning!"

It's the grown-up version of shoving everything under your bed!Promising review: "This bench has served more uses than I ever could have imagined. Originally, I bought this just for the added storage. Not only does it fit all my bulky sweaters, but it's a great way to have additional seating in my room and I can use it as a table or footrest! When the package arrived, I couldn't believe how compact the bench was. The assembly takes all of three seconds, and it's completely self-explanatory. You unpack, unfold, and cover. It's so simple." —MirandaGet it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors) or get the small size from Walmart for $21.99.
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It's the grown-up version of shoving everything under your bed!

Promising review: "This bench has served more uses than I ever could have imagined. Originally, I bought this just for the added storage. Not only does it fit all my bulky sweaters, but it's a great way to have additional seating in my room and I can use it as a table or footrest! When the package arrived, I couldn't believe how compact the bench was. The assembly takes all of three seconds, and it's completely self-explanatory. You unpack, unfold, and cover. It's so simple." —Miranda

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors) or get the small size from Walmart for $21.99.

21. Cute exercise gear, because it doesn't really matter what workout you're doing as long as you look cute doing it.

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Get the blue leggings from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 40 prints). Get the tank and leggings set from Fabletics for $114.90 for non-members or $29.97 for new VIP members (available in sizes XXS-3X, tank available in four colors).

22. A whimsical watch so people will think you care about punctuality, when really all you care about are cute kitties.

Get it from AyoBijou on Etsy for $18.99+ (available in 18 band colors with both faux and real leather options).
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Get it from AyoBijou on Etsy for $18.99+ (available in 18 band colors with both faux and real leather options).

23. Iron-on mending patches for making your favorite clothes look like new without ever having to sew a single stitch.

Promising review: "A package of these paid for itself after one use. I used it to repair the cuff of my corduroy pants, which had gotten caught in a bike chain. There rip was going to be impossible to sew by hand, so I used a patch on the inside and outside of the cuff to hold it together. After a year of so of washes and dry cycles I noticed the patches coming up on the edges. I just peeled the original patch off after heating it up with and iron an replaced it with another one." —Ed RatonGet a pack of 10 two-inch-by-three-inch patches from Amazon or Walmart for $4.14, or a 16-pack with assorted sizes from Jet for $4.42.
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Promising review: "A package of these paid for itself after one use. I used it to repair the cuff of my corduroy pants, which had gotten caught in a bike chain. There rip was going to be impossible to sew by hand, so I used a patch on the inside and outside of the cuff to hold it together. After a year of so of washes and dry cycles I noticed the patches coming up on the edges. I just peeled the original patch off after heating it up with and iron an replaced it with another one." —Ed Raton

Get a pack of 10 two-inch-by-three-inch patches from Amazon or Walmart for $4.14, or a 16-pack with assorted sizes from Jet for $4.42.

24. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation to take a natural makeup look to a whole new level. It's designed to perfectly match every skin tone, so people may think you just woke up like this.

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Promising review: "This is the only creaseless, perfect coverage, transfer-resistant, longwear, perfectly-matches-your-skin-but-looks-even-better foundation I've ever found. I had it on from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and literally forgot I was wearing it. I was just wearing the foundation, no other products. I almost didn't wash it off before bed; it's that lightweight! Thank you Fenty!" —NaanaEsi

Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in 29 shades).

25. A self-cleaning litter box that'll actually keep your kitty's space even more tidy than a box you'd have to put a lot of effort into cleaning.

This brilliant box has motion sensors that detect when your furry friend is present, and automatically scoops up their business into an enclosed trap 20 minutes after they leave. All you have to do is change the tray every few weeks.Promising review: "I love this. My two cats are very picky about their litter box, but they both took to it quickly. The best part is that doesn't smell, and I don't have to touch nasty cat litter ever again! This scoops the poop into the compartment and I never have to see it. One litter cartridge lasts about 20 days, and I just change it when it starts looking ugly. It takes about two minutes to change the litter. I recommend this to anyone who hates litter, but loves their kitties and wants them to be happy and healthy." —CheyGet it from Amazon for $129.95+.
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This brilliant box has motion sensors that detect when your furry friend is present, and automatically scoops up their business into an enclosed trap 20 minutes after they leave. All you have to do is change the tray every few weeks.

Promising review: "I love this. My two cats are very picky about their litter box, but they both took to it quickly. The best part is that doesn't smell, and I don't have to touch nasty cat litter ever again! This scoops the poop into the compartment and I never have to see it. One litter cartridge lasts about 20 days, and I just change it when it starts looking ugly. It takes about two minutes to change the litter. I recommend this to anyone who hates litter, but loves their kitties and wants them to be happy and healthy." —Chey

Get it from Amazon for $129.95+.

26. Bento box lunch containers sure to make even the saddest of leftovers look like a masterfully crafted meal.

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Promising review: "I absolutely love these! They're great quality. I'm able to refrigerate, freeze, or microwave them without any problems. The compartments each easily fit about a cup. These containers are perfect for helping you stay on track with eating healthy or just to simplify your life. It's so nice to not have to cook dinner every evening. I just cook a lot over the weekend, meal prep for the week, then pop the containers into the freezer. The night before I put them in the fridge to defrost, then I'll just microwave them when I'm ready to eat." —Stephanie Onopa

Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $19.99.

27. A sexy padded lace bralette for when you want to look cute enough for ~company~ without wasting time forcing yourself into something 20 times less comfortable.

Promising review: "This fits perfectly. It has a little padding to provide more support than an unlined bralette, and adjustable straps to allow you customize it to be comfortable for you. I highly recommend it." —JackieGet it from Aerie for $29.95 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two colors).
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Promising review: "This fits perfectly. It has a little padding to provide more support than an unlined bralette, and adjustable straps to allow you customize it to be comfortable for you. I highly recommend it." —Jackie

Get it from Aerie for $29.95 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two colors).

28. An easy-to-use portable steamer, because wrinkles belong in time, not your clothes.

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This handy device will prevent you from looking like a wrinkled mess AND will save you from having to break out an iron and ironing board. Plus, it's smaller than an iPad, so it's great to keep at your desk or use for travel.

Promising review: "Get you someone that works as hard as this steamer does. The results from this little steamer are AMAZING. I have this one shirt that gets wrinkled so easily, and decided to put the steamer to the test. You can see in the photos above how well it worked. The handle has a nice grip and fits perfectly on your hand. I 100% recommend this product!" —marcus wong

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

29. Chic-AF patent block heels that are just as comfy as flats but are a major step up (literally).

Get them from Asos for $48 (available in sizes 4-11).
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Get them from Asos for $48 (available in sizes 4-11).

30. Monogrammed hand towels to break out only when guests visit, so everyone who uses your bathroom will think you've got your shit together.

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Promising review: "These are much more thick and plush than I expected. They feel expensive and the monogram looks great. I'm very pleased." —Marcy

Get them from Target for $8.39 each.

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