21 Products That'll Upgrade Your Life For Under $25
Big improvements, small prices.
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tongue scraper, the bad-breath- and bad-taste-eliminating tool you didn't realize was missing from your oral hygiene routine.
BuzzFeed's full review of this weird and amazing little tool. Promising review: "This is made of high-quality material and comes with a cute carrying/travel bag. I first got and used this tongue cleaner last week and!!!!! I have never seen such things coming off my tongue! All the white stuff (looks like lotion) that I have been trying to brush off since forever came off with a few good scrapes. After using this, my tongue was nice and pink and the back of my tongue felt CLEAN and mucus-free and my breath was FRESH. I cannot believe that this product is not as popular and widely used as toothbrushes and dental floss. This has changed my whole life! I was shocked to be honest. I'm happy I purchased it and I also bought some for my family members! It's EASY to use and works like a charm." — Amazon Customer
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razor blade sharpener to make all your razors last way longer and banish dull blades once and for all.
The sharpening surface works on all blades, from both reusable and disposable razors!
Promising review: "This will pay for itself. As someone who shaves his head and sometimes his face, I go through a lot of razors. Here’s the trick to get at least two or three times the use out of your razor: Use this product prior to shaving as directed. Then post-shave, clean your razor in rubbing alcohol and store as normal. I’ve used the same razor for MONTHS without getting nicked and while maintaining a skin-close shaved head." — wvamazonwarrior
Get it from Amazon for
$7.99+ (available in three colors).
A simple yet life-changing
beauty spatula so you can actually use every last drop of product in your bottles and not have to toss perfectly good makeup ever again!
Promising review: "This is the GREATEST thing ever. I'm able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. It works on bottles, jars, etc. I only wish I'd bought this product years ago. Oh the money I could have saved. Clean it with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up) and I think you'll get your money's worth out of it. I've already bought more as gifts," — HMSK
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Unicorn Gold toilet spray, which'll make you feel like the toilet is an actual throne even when you're doing some...not-so-regal things in there. It uses REAL GOLD PARTICLES to kill stink molecules in the air, plus essential oils to coat the water and trap odors in the toilet bowl.
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things you can get on Amazon for under $10. Promising review: "I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I initially used it for a trip to London where I was sharing a tiny bathroom with my best friend and her husband in our Airbnb apartment. We all used it and NEVER had to put up with any poop smell at all!! I now use it in my house on the daily and I feel SO spoiled. I don't even know what poop smells like anymore! My fiancé loved it too, and made me get the Squatty Potty stool to go along with it. Pooping has never been so pleasant!" — Leslie B
Get it from Amazon for
$6.99+ (available in five scents and two sizes).
glam cover-up that'll transform even the most basic bikini into a killer beach ~lewk~.
Get the one on the left for
$17.43 (originally $24.90, available in sizes 0X-3X) and the one on the right for $16.03 (originally $22.90, available in sizes S-L), both from Forever 21.
Promising review: "These are amazing! The absorption is so fast and strong! The patch above came off my nose and I don’t have acne. I had this patch on for about two or three hours. I’ve been having small cystic pimples (out of nowhere) and I’m 30 years old, so I’ve been obsessed with getting my face back to normal. I’ve ordered so many types of hydrocolloid patches and these are amazing." — Whitney
Get a box of 10 from Amazon for
$17.09 (also available in classic round pimple patches).
An upgraded pair of
nail clippers with a comfy grip and space to catch clippings as you cut that'll make your basic drugstore nail clippers feel, quite frankly, wimpy in comparison.
Promising review: "Seriously, these are the best nail clippers I've ever owned. All my life I've had stainless steel nail clippers that slip from my fingers whenever I have to cut my nails. Usually when they slip, it bends the nail and puts pressure on my nail bed. These clippers let my thumb sit comfortably. They cut very well and it's effortless, so there's no need to put too much pressure when cutting a tough nail (like toenails). The nail catcher is a good bonus. It prevents your nail debris from flying all over the place and I don't need to hover over the trash can. I use the built-in nail file to shape those sharp edges and it does the job very well. Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone. I also like the little case that it comes in. It keeps me from losing it :)." — Jasmine
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earring backs so those statement stunners you were so excited to add to your collection will look perfect, not saggy, on your lobes.
Promising review: "Wow. I just received these 10 minutes ago and was anxious to try them. They work! I bought them for one specific pair of earrings — an antique pair that were my grandmother’s. They were originally clip-ons, but I converted them to post-backs years ago. I have never been able to wear them because of the heavy sagging, and they just wouldn’t sit up straight on my ear. I've tried everything, so I was skeptical, but these really work! I haven't worn them all day yet, but at this moment I am delighted." — 53Fashion
Get two pairs (one silver-plated and one gold-plated) from Amazon for
Vegan and cruelty-free
deodorant wipes to keep in your bag for emergencies. For example, your office is poorly air conditioned and you have a date tonight, you have to go straight to dinner after walking around on a hot day, or — gasp — you were running super late and forgot deodorant altogether this morning.
Promising review: "I have always suffered from bad odor in my underarms since I have very delicate skin and I can't use strongly-scented deodorants. I'm always trying out cream deodorant or gels, but they either irritate my skin or don't stop the odor. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I LOVE IT! I can't believe that something finally works! My armpits don't smell bad; I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful. I love the smell and it's not harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms still smell like coconut." — Patricia
Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for
$8.99 (available in three scents).
Perfect jean shorts that'll actually fit great, for the wedgie-free summer you've always dreamed of.
Promising review: "These are the best shorts I've ever owned, and I absolutely love them. They fit like they were made for me. They're so comfortable, they look amazing, and they don't move around as much as other jean shorts do, so you don't have to adjust them as much." — Maria K.
Get them from Amazon for
$9.46+ (available in sizes S-3X and in six washes).
Whisps, gluten- and preservative-free crackers made entirely from baked parmesan cheese that'll make your daily snack attacks feel ~fancy~ — not to mention add some cheesy crunch that'll make a soup or salad approximately a zillion times better.
I'm personally obsessed with these things.
They're an awesome and filling-but-not-too-filling snack on their own, just munching on them straight out of the bag. But there are also a bunch of other great ways to eat them. I love tossing them on a kale salad like croutons or pairing them with avocado. And you could totally top them with other things to make teeny-tiny little hors d'oeuvre bites!
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variety pack of bandages to match different skin tones, because isn't it a little ridiculous that most bandages only blend in with light skin? Everyone deserves to find their perfect match.
If you want to feel all the feels, check out
this recent news story about one man's reaction when he had a bandage match his skin for the first time in his life. Promising review: "I've always felt self-conscious — since I was a little boy — about wearing fair-skinned bandages that never matched my skin tone. I LOVE THESE BANDAGES and will use them forever!" — PATRICK TRAVIS
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penguin dryer balls that are organic, hypoallergenic, and ethically produced and can help you get your clothes dryer and softer. But I mean, most importantly, they're ADORABLE — and when was the last time putting something in the dryer made you smile?
They absorb water and their movement in the machine helps separate the clothes in the load so they can dry more evenly. Each ball can be reused for 1,000+ loads!!!
Promising review: "I love that buying these hand-made organic wool balls has helped provide fair-trade income for women in Nepal. I wear black pants and the balls have not left lint on my clothes at all. My clothes — even in a big load — dry more evenly, without the damp spots that make you run the dryer again. Plus, when you open the dryer, you see these cute penguin faces in your dryer among your clothes and it makes you smile. It makes you feel good knowing you have helped other women and their families by buying them as well, and you feel good knowing only organic wool was used, no chemicals. It's winter, and I have noticed static electricity now if I don't add my dryer sheets. But overall, I love these little guys and they make doing laundry more fun." — CMD
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Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review
here (#1). Promising review: "I'm not one to spend a ton on makeup but I do enjoy it. I don't have high-end eyeshadows but enjoy cheaper (yet good quality) ones. Since using this primer, the application of my eyeshadows has improved exponentially. The colors are more vibrant and they stick to the primer perfectly. It helps to keep my shadow in place (no colors blending into one hot mess) and it prevents creasing. I wear makeup for most of the day (7 a.m.-7 p.m.) and this makes my eyeshadows look flawless from the moment I leave the house until I'm ready to take my makeup off." — Vanessa Sue
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*But like, a cool one during Kingsley or Hermione's tenure, not the Death Eater days.
The set includes an eraser, a pen, two pencils, a pad of sticky notes, a ruler, binder clips, and paper clips.
Get it from Cotton On for
$19.99 (available in four designs).
DressWeights, ingenious weighted adhesives that'll keep skirts and dresses from flying up in the summer breeze. Because you shouldn't have to sacrifice wearing that fabulous frock out of fear of a wardrobe malfunction!
The adhesive is strong but removable, so they can be used again and again!
Promising review: "This is such a great product. They kept my lightweight summer dress down during friend's outdoor wedding. They're the perfect weight — heavy enough to keep your skirt down when it's very windy, but not so heavy that they pull it in an awkward way. They're absolutely invisible and stayed on the whole time." — Marina
Get a set of four from
DressStrong on Etsy for $15 or from DressWeights for $15.
Dr. Bronner's liquid soap, which may be the only soap you ever need to buy again. You can use it to wash almost anything, from your skin to your clothes to your floors.
As if finding the holy grail of one-and-done cleaning products wasn't enough, this stuff is also organic, natural, and vegan.
Promising review: "I love this product because I use it for almost everything and a little goes a long way. I use this as a face wash, body wash, hand soap, sometimes to clean dishes, and will even use it as a detergent from time to time. I'm a college student, so being resourceful and crafty is necessary, and this product is perfect because it's multipurpose." — Abigail
Get a bottle of the unscented formula from Amazon for
$7.79. Find more scents here.
An argan oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera
hair serum that over 2,000 reviewers swear by for saving dry, frizzy hair. Apparently, hanging out outside this summer does NOT mean you're doomed to endless bad hair days!
Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for people with frizzy hair and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the wringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. It can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair, so working on my ends first then moving up to my roots works for me." — Amazon Customer
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tiered jewelry organizer you can keep stacked, or remove each tray to spread your baubles around. It'll keep your jewels so safe and organized you'll cry tiers of joy.
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Whimsical, leak-proof, reusable
dino bags you can wash in the dishwasher. They're so fun and functional, you won't be saur-y you bought them.
Promising review: "These are the greatest thing since sliced bread! I'm OBSESSED with these bags! I wash them on the top shelf of my dishwasher — yes, a hot wash — and store food in them in a deep freezer. They're just as handy for snacks as Ziploc bags, but they offer a slightly thicker casing (read: more puncture-resistant). They're super cute, eco-friendly, and easier to fill than Ziploc bags because they stand upright. I've used them for everything from soups and sauces to veggies, chips, and sandwiches. We have at least one of each pattern/graphic available and we use the snack size most." — Caffeinated SAHM
Get a sandwich size and a snack size bag from Amazon for
$11.49 (available in four size combinations and seven designs).
They're BPA-free and can be recycled when the party's over!
Promising review: "I'm always reluctant to serve wine in plastic, and I try to avoid plastic as much as possible for environmental reasons. However, a large outdoor family event made real glass impractical, so I gave into pressure and searched for an acceptable disposable solution. After much searching and review-reading, I picked these and wasn't disappointed. The wine cups are sturdy, attractive, and don't have a plastic taste. That they be recyclable was a non-negotiable factor. If you need something disposable and recyclable, but not tacky, or if you have a pool or other venue where glass is a no-no, you'll be satisfied with these." — Helen A.
Get a set of 12 stackable stemless glasses for
$11.99, 12 stemmed glasses for $19.99, and a decanter with a built-in aerator for $5.99, all from Amazon.
Now go forth and show the world the next-level version of you!
The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.
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