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    Updated on Dec 13, 2019. Posted on Nov 14, 2019

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

    Time to step up your game.

    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. Unbelievably affordable faux-leather leggings that could easily pass for a pricey pair and will make everything — from sweaters to tees to going-out tops — look about a zillion times more posh.

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    Some reviewers recommend sizing up!

    Promising review: "IN LOVE!!! They aren't cheap looking at all!!! I originally bought them for a cosplay, but ended up wearing them for fashion purposes and they're a hit!!!!!! Super comfy and stretchy around the waist!!!" —Rebecca J

    Get them from Amazon for $16.50 (available in sizes S-2X).

    2. A miraculous automatic toilet cleaning system for anyone who feels like their life would be a heck of a lot better if their toilet would just clean itself.

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    Once installed, this systemd sends cleaner into the bowl every time you flush! The reviewer who posted the photo above said they used to have to scrub their toilet every few days!

    The kit comes with the cleaning device and two pouches of cleaning product, each enough to last three months before being replaced!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this. I wish I would've purchased this system so much sooner! We've had this installed for a month now and the toilet bowl is crystal clean, completely spotless all on it's own, without me cleaning the bowl!! I'm so excited about this product and it makes my life SO much easier not having to clean the buildup every week. Even then, I could never get everything scrubbed off, no matter how much toilet bowl cleaner I used and how hard I scrubbed. There was a bleach smell when we first installed it, only for the first couple of days, but now I hardly notice it at all — it's very faint. It makes me happy knowing that the bowl is clean all the time!" —luv3kids

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    3. And speaking of tidy toilets, the ToiletShroom, for anyone who has ever used a traditional plunger and thought "There has GOT to be a better way."

    Amazon

    This slim plunger can reach way deeper into your toilet to take on stubborn clogs. You can even use it like a squeegee along the sides of the bowl in place of a toilet brush. Plus, it comes with a sleek and discreet caddy!

    Promising review: "Honestly I didn't think this was going to work, BUT I am so glad I was wrong! I love how easy it is to use and most of all, how QUICKLY it unclogs my toilet!!! I just shove it down the toilet hole, use the motion of pushing it in and out a couple of times, take it out completely, and the toilet drains with ease! I'm not using all my strength to unclog toilets anymore, and no worries about nasty toilet water splashing everywhere, and it cleans super easily....BEST THING I EVER BOUGHT ON THE INTERNET!!!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. Super transparent and discreet pimple patches that'll work their magic sucking all the gunk out of that nasty zit while you go about your day as usual — no one will know they're there! A mini facial on the go? Yes please!

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    Just leave the patch on for 4-8 hours.

    Promising review: "In general, I love the idea of these patches because they draw out the pus while protecting the zit from external germs and fingers that can't help but touch the area. I've tried a good assortment of pimple patches and this brand, by far, has been the most discreet one I've tried! It's thin and is on the matte/satin-y side so it doesn't draw any attention. I've also tried it under makeup and it's nearly seamless! I was telling my friend about it and she didn't even notice the three I had on until I pointed them out. These also come in two sizes; it's a subtle difference in size, but nice to have the option. I regularly bought another brand but seeing how thin these were I wanted to compare, and I'm glad I did — these have made the top of my list because of their versatility." —Amazon Customer

    Get four packs of 24 from Amazon for $15.99.

    5. A sheet of peel-and-stick marble-effect paper to effortlessly transform pretty much any surface in your home into something that looks like it belongs in a million-dollar listing.

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    It can easily be removed and re-stuck if you don't get it perfect on the first try (I feel you)!

    Promising review: "So Pinteresting! I used this adhesive film to turn two cheap Ikea tables into less cheap-looking Ikea tables because I'm not made of money but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and a ton of it for the price; I was really pleased overall. The pattern actually looks like marble, not a weird pixel-y repetitive pattern, so that's great as well." —Spencer House

    Get a 17" x 78" roll from Amazon for $3.19.

    6. A super on-trend knotted velvet and faux-pearl headband that'll make even ensembles you've worn a thousand times feel fresh.

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    Promising review: "I love this piece. Every time I wear it I get so many compliments. It’s a nice finishing touch to an already cute outfit, or if you want to look and feel super put-together with minimal effort this headband will do the trick! I want one in every color!" —Lkatmurphy05

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 10 colors).

    7. A drool-worthy waffle bowl maker so you can treat yourself to the best ice cream sundaes EVER. It can also be used to make bowls out of other foods too, like tortilla bowls for tacos! TL;DR, the delicious results are sure to ~bowl~ you over.

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    It comes with a recipe book plus access to an online database with even more recipes!

    Promising review: "This little machine is so much fun to bring uniqueness to the same old meals. So far I've made standard waffle bowls for ice cream and hash brown breakfast bowls for eggs and bacon — both were hit." —SulliRam67

    Get it from Amazon for $21.08+ (available in three colors).

    8. Glossier's Lash Slick mascara and Colorslide eyepencil duo, aka an upgraded eye makeup look all in one adorable little package.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "Let me tell you about this mascara. It really lives up to the name. You just need one good swipe in all the areas and you’re all set. Gone are the days of stroking the mascara wand over and over again. When I was running out the door for work, this mascara added like no time to my routine! I was late for other reasons! And my lashes looked fabulous! It really does a good job of coating the lashes on that first swipe, and that’s that! Okay, now for Colorslide, I actually got the Pretty Penny shade with my duo, but eventually bought more colors. The first one I tried was Candyland, and let me tell you, it goes on so freakin smooth! Like SMOOOOOOTH. If you’re looking to try Lash Slick, definitely go with the duo because there are just so many Colorslides to try and they’re all so unique and bright!" —Valerie

    Get it from Glossier for $25 (available in 14 eye pencil colors).

    9. A delightful book of self-care themed stickers to make your planner and to-do list look wayyyyyy less stressful, decorate your laptop with important reminders, or share with a friend to brighten their day.

    Paper Source

    It's full of over 100 stickers with messages like "focus on the good," "make a cup of coffee," and my personal favorite, "take a dang nap."

    Get it from Paper Source for $12.95.

    10. A rainbow of unbreakable, reusable plastic straws that are sip-ly the best for any kind of drinkware. Because you deserve better than wasteful single-use straws, but don't have to resort to the clunky metal kind.

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    They may be sturdy, but they can be easily cut to fit any size bottle, cup, or tumbler. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these straws.

    Promising review: "I bought one set at least a year ago. We use them daily and they're great quality. They fit even tall cups and pass through the straw hole easily. They're dishwasher safe without any fading of colors. I bought a second set. My friend took an immediate liking to them, so I bought her a set. I bought my daughter-in-law a set. I bought my friend’s daughter-in-law a set. Her environmental engineer husband went online and plans to give them to all of his coworkers and clients. No more paper straws. Today I'm buying more for...well just as a bright gift or surprise for almost anyone." —Bunnycakes

    Get a pack of 12 plus a cleaning brush from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and prints).

    11. A cute and convenient entryway organizer here to stop you from scrambling to find your everyday carry must-haves as you're trying to get out the door.

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    It could also be super useful in other areas of the house, like in the kitchen for holding utensils and frequently-used spices! Plus, it comes with all the necessary hanging hardware so installation will be a breeze.

    Promising review: "Excellent for the price! Not only is it nice to look at, but it's extremely easy to install and I've had absolutely no issues since I bought it a few months ago. I'm constantly misplacing my keys and dog leash, so it's really nice to be able to just hang them up when I get home and know exactly where they are! The little bin on top holds regular-sized letters and I use it to hold bills that I haven't got to yet, so I remember where those are as well. Love it!" —CraftyCollector

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 10 colors).

    12. A One Line A Day journal with space for you to jot down a few sentences every day for five years. The best part? Each date lets you record all five entries on the same page, so you can see the changes in your life each year! Tbh, this might be the thing that actually gets me to start journaling in 2020.

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    This is a perfect remedy for what I understand to be a universal feeling — the desire to journal, but the lack of patience, dedication, or time. But pausing to write one sentence a day? I can all handle that. In fact, after putting this in so many posts, I finally decided to pick one up for myself. I'm really excited to add this cool moment of reflection to my daily routine, and to have a daily log without forcing myself to write a lot after a long day spent, well...writing other things. I'm even hoping I'll be able to use this as a tool when I look back to write a book of personal essays one day!

    Promising review: "I adore this journal. It allows me to write down daily memories or thoughts and puts my current self in a good mood. I'm excited to run across my old notes as the years go on! I take this with me on travels in a storage bag. There's something special about writing on the plane, in a new city, on a beach, etc. — any time you just feel like you're experiencing a special moment." —Mikayla

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this journal!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.72.

    13. A cool pair of Hippy Feet socks, which are not only more fun than your basic white crew socks, but also support a great cause. The brand employs and uses a portion of proceeds to support homeless youth!

    Hippy Feet

    Learn more about Hippy Feet's outreach here!

    Get the pair on the left or the pair on the right for $18, both from Hippy Feet. Find more styles here.

    14. A luxurious-as-hell velvet cami to make any outfit a little more interesting with approximately zero effort. A basic tank? I don't know her.

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    Promising review: "This is an absolutely incredible value for this super soft cami! The velvet has stretch that's perfect for a looser fit. It's surprisingly very well-made. I've seen versions of this camisole at Nordstrom for over $30! I'm petite (5'1", 32D) and purchased a large because I wanted more stretch in the bust area.

    Although it was a bit too large, I'm going to purchase more colors in a medium." —Ethan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 12 colors).

    15. A handy (literally) magnetic wristband that's like a super hero upgrade — I'm talking about the convenience of basically having an extra hand when working on a DIY project — without having to fall into a vat of toxic waste.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my dad for Christmas a few years back. He was skeptical at first if 1) it would work and 2) if he would ever actually use it. He was pleasantly surprised on both counts. He said he doesn't know how he lived without this product for so long. It's perfect for climbing up ladders or anytime you need two hands and need to carry something. No more nails between your teeth! I definitely recommend this for any gadget-loving, do-it-yourself person!" —Leslie A. Mason

    Get it from Amazon for $11.90+ (available in two colors).

    16. An absolutely genius inflatable book jacket here to revolutionize the experience of reading in the tub or in the pool.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I use it in the tub as I enjoy a glass of wine and a good sci-fi thriller, but I also use it at my desk at work, in between checking in patients, to hold my book up so I can sit straight and enjoy some fantasy."—mjhallmark

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    17. The new BuzzFeed Tasty Every Day cookbook, a tome full of mouthwatering meals all selected with super busy people in mind. Guess what — you actually do have time to cook more than just microwave quesadillas and frozen dinners.

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    Though I do stan a good microwave quesadilla.

    The recipes in this book are efficient in all kinds of different ways, from requiring less clean-up or attention (like one-pot and slow cooker dishes) to fewer ingredients (I'm talking five-ingredient cauliflower mac 'n' cheese), plus ahead-of-time meal prep tips and recipes that are anything but bland and boring!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

    18. A set of soft and comfy scrunchies made from upcycled materials so you can channel your inner VSCO girl while helping out the planet. In addition to using sustainable materials, the brand, Tentree, plants 10 trees for every product sold. Can your go-to hair ties do that?

    Tentree

    The brand's cool eco-initiatives don't stop there. Remember that viral Insta post on Earth Day that planted tons of trees based on how many likes it got? That was them. Learn more about Tentree's environmental efforts here.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to order these because my hair is excessively thick — even special 'super strong for thick hair' bands and clips just give up or fall out. But I'm glad I took the risk! I've worn one to work and to the gym several days in a row now and my hair is at least as well secured as with my previous elastics, but much cuter and less tugged-on! The scrunchies are so soft and nicely colored." —Sarah

    Get a set of three from Tentree for $10 (available in two color combinations).

    19. A whimsical crochet AirPods cover to make your precious Pods precious in another sense of the word — not to mention keep you from confusing them with your S.O.'s again.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18 (available in three designs).

    20. And finally, a 12-month Bob Ross 2020 wall calendar full of paintings and quotes to help you usher in a new year of serenity and happy little accidents.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    Want more? Check out last month's roundup of products that'll upgrade your life for under $25.

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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