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

    Your life will be described in two phases — before you bought a sponge caddy and after you bought a sponge caddy.

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    1. An ingenious champagne stopper that doesn't just reseal your precious bottle, but also increases the pressure inside to preserve the bubbles. Because honestly, nothing should stop you from pouring an individual glass of bubbly for you and you alone.

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    You can even mark the date you opened it on the top of the stopper!

    Promising review: ""I love bubbles — champs, cava, prosecco, sparkling rose — they just know how to bring the party! But no one likes when sparkling wine goes flat, or you feel like you can't just have one or two glasses without ruining the whole bottle. So I went on Amazon and found the best champagne stopper I could find and immediately hit 'add to cart.' What a great purchase! This little bb is so easy to use — just pop it on top of the bottle, push the metal sides in so it clamps on, then push the top button several times to vacuum seal and preserve the bubs. Then when you next want a glass, spritz, or mimosa, you'll hear that same *POP* you heard when first taking out the cork — and the effervescence you so crave will be fully intact. Plus, you can confidently store your leftover bottle on its side in your fridge; I've had zero leakage problems with this thus far!" —Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed shopping editor (check out her full review here, #1)

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    2. Genius biodegradable straws made from — get this — avocado pits. They don't get as soggy as paper straws and aren't as clunky as metal ones, but are still eco-friendly. Just when you thought you couldn't love avocados more.

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    You won't have to feel guilty about throwing them away, but the manufacturer also says the straws can be washed and reused 8-10 times!

    Promising review: "Best disposable straw I’ve tried! They held up for days with no change, zero taste, and they're flexible and feel like traditional plastic straws. The fact that they’re using avocado pits (that were going to landfills) and are completely biodegradable is huge. I’ll continue using my stainless steel straws at home and in the car, but these are fantastic for parties and vacation!" —Tavenner K Bonsall

    Get a set of 50 from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. An amazing leather and suede cleaning brush that'll swoop in like a superhero to save the stained and scuffed shoes you thought were past hope. Won't your life be so much better now that you're not afraid to wear your nice shoes out of the house??

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    The brush actually has four parts — a soft bristle side and a hard bristle side, plus curved edges to tackle even the hard-to-reach parts of your suede goods.

    Promising review: "BUY THIS THING! I got mud on my new suede boots and thought for sure they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. I was so impressed. Ot's absolutely worth getting and trying for yourself! Scuff marks take a bit more time to improve, but they do look better after brushing them." —Gaby Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A game-changing double-layer container so you can transport all the parts of your lunch in a single bowl and prevent your meticulously prepped meal from being a soggy mess by your lunch break.

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    It's BPA-free and microwave- and dishwasher-safe. The salad size even comes with a container for dressing!

    Promising review: "So convenient. This bowl set is great. I love that I can keep items that would make my lettuce soggy separate, or I can make the salad in the bottom, with snacks on the top. Or if I want some type of protein (steak, chicken, pork, etc.), I can put it on the separate plate and heat it in the microwave. It's a very versatile container and really easy to clean." —Pamela Dodsworth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    5. Chic leopard pumps you can swap out for your boring black heels and make any office or party look wayyyy more interesting.

    Walmart

    Get them from Walmart for $24.95 (available in sizes 6-10).

    6. A sleek cutlery drawer organizer that'll help you maximize precious drawer space and minimize the obnoxious sound of your silverware storage sliding around.

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    There are tiny icons etched next to each of the slots so you can remember which is for spoons, forks, and knives.

    Promising review: "Love! Love! Love! I can't believe I've gone my whole life without knowing about these storage bins for silverware! I hate normal silverware holders. It's either too big or too small, your silverware is too big or too small, and it slides all around the drawer. Stackable storage for silverware is genius! It fits perfectly in the drawer and it doesn't slide around. I can put the big spoons with the little spoons and the big forks with the little forks, and they take up less than half the space of the kitchen drawer. I'll be buying some more!" —Miss Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. A luxe, gently exfoliating shower gel to start off every morning feeling like you're at a spa. Hey, you deserve it before tackling your very full inbox and dealing with Susan from accounting.

    Crabtree & Evelyn

    It's made with vitamin E and apple.

    Promising review: "A refreshing, fine-textured, and amazing shower gel that's perfect for a pick-me-up shower experience! It has a slightly woody and musky scent but an overall natural and spa feel. A little gel goes a long way and it leaves my sensitive skin feeling soft and refreshed. I bought it to share with my husband and he smells so nice after using it! Highly recommend if you're looking for an excellent quality shower gel that has a unique and refreshing unisex scent :)" —SuriTR

    Get it from Crabtree & Evelyn for $23.

    8. Trendy oversize pearl hairclips that'll take any bad hair day or basic outfit from zero to Insta-worthy in seconds flat.

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    Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. CND SolarOil, which is here to give you the best and strongest nails of your life by banishing brittleness and dry cuticles for good. ~Nailed~ it!

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    Promising review: "I had a problem with my cuticles getting so dry that they would split sometimes, and no matter how many times I put lotion on my hands, they would never get moist enough to lay flat like they’re supposed to. My nails were dry and brittle, so I’d end up with one breaking and then have to cut them all back in order to have them the same length. This oil has ended all of that. Now I have to cut them back because they seem to be growing faster. I haven’t had a nail split since the day I started using this oil. It soaks into your cuticles and nails so well. I was really good at using it every day in the beginning, but in the last week I got busy and and only used it twice so I ended up with a split cuticle. That’ll help you remember, right?!?! I got back on track these last two days and the cuticle is healed already. That’s just how moisturizing this stuff is. I highly recommend it!" —mlasorensen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    10. A clever essential oil diffuser necklace so you can get a ~scents~ of calm at the office, in class, out running errands, or wherever you need it and look dang cute doing it, too.

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    Just dab a couple drops of your favorite scent onto one of the included pads, load the locket, and diffuse all day! Check out more great stress-relieving products here.

    Promising review: "This necklace is a convenient way to have immediate access to your favorite essential oils. It's also very pretty and adds a nice decorative touch to an outfit. I love things that have dual purposes. I got the antique bronze and it has a vintage quality to it. I'm sure the other finishes would be just as lovely. Not a heavy piece; very lightweight, which I actually prefer." —LBC

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three finishes). Get a set of six essential oils to use with it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A fabulous shade of Ella + Mila polish, which isn't a regular nail polish, it's a cool nail polish. I'm talking vegan and cruelty-free, made in the USA, AND free of seven major chemicals, like formaldehyde, camphor, and DBP. You've really ~nailed~ this whole ethical beauty thing.

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    Promising review: "I am seriously, SERIOUSLY impressed with this nail polish! Not only is it free of harmful chemicals, but it lasts forever! I'm a hairdresser, working on up to 10-12 clients a day, with my hands in water doing hair and laundry all day long and this stuff chipped on ONE nail, after three full days of work. It dries super quickly even without the quick-dry top coat, but I have to say I got the top coat and love it as well! I just got myself two more colors and I will be recommending this stuff to anyone who will listen!" —Stephanie V

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39, and find more colors here.

    12. A handy suction cup sponge caddy to make your kitchen both more organized and more hygienic. Just affix it to the wall or your sink to keep your sponge dry and fresh for as long as possible — because kitchen sponges are already gross enough without you letting them fester in the basin of your sink.

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    It's got over 2,500 positive reviews!

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's piece on why kitchen sponges are actually disgusting.

    Promising review: "This is one of those cheap purchases you make that pay off big. I honestly can't imagine my life without this product. I go to other people's houses and judge them when I see their sponges, just LYING THERE on the counter or the bottom of the sink. What are you, an animal? Get some self respect! Don't you realize what is happening to that sponge? That thing is a soaking bacteria garbage barge. Put it in its place! And then I realize that this person's sponge doesn't have a place, because they were never smart enough to buy a suction cup sponge holder that helps dry your sponge out and keeps your sink looking orderly." —Kevin T Beyer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in five styles).

    13. Vivienne Sabó Cabaret Premiere mascara, a cruelty-free, luxe-looking formula that over 1,500 reviewers swear and that's a definite upgrade from your usual drugstore brand, but still super affordable.

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    The reviewer pics above show the results of a single light coat!!!!!

    Promising review: "I never write reviews for things, but this mascara was just so great I felt like I had to! I love lashes, and my friends are used to me wearing thick coats of mascara at all times. Despite this, I got complimented on my lashes basically every time I wore this mascara this week. Multiple people even asked if I had extensions! This mascara isn't clumpy at all, and it makes your lashes super long and defined without sticking them together. I've never had any problems with flaking, and although it isn't waterproof, I've definitely used eyedrops, shed a tear, and gotten stuck in rain without it smudging or running down my face. All in all this is my new holy grail mascara, and I'm thrilled!!" —Sophie Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. Waterproof blister pads to help prevent blisters and keep ones you've already got covered, while being way cushier than a regular Band-Aid.

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    I recently picked these up as an impulse buy at the drugstore and they have DEFINITELY been an upgrade compared to every other blister prevention method I've tried. I've gotten so many blisters in the past few months and regular bandages just weren't cutting it in terms of protection and were easily rubbed off. These are thicker and more durable than a regular Band-Aid, with a gel cushion that's super comfy. They also help stop my shoes from rubbing in the first place, by being almost like a thin version of a shoe gel insert that actually adheres to your feet. I'm really glad I found these — they make some of my cute recent shoe purchases so much more wearable.

    Get them from Amazon for $4.27.

    15. A moisturizing rosebud salve for anyone who refuses to spend another winter with seemingly incurable chapped lips and cracking knuckles.

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    Promising review: "How do I use it? To rejuvenate my nails (and cuticles) after I've dried them out with acetone, to moisturize my nose when I'm sick, to treat small nicks from my razor, and to treat any dried, chapped skin (including lips, knuckles, and knees). I love this stuff! The smell is mild and doesn't compete with my perfume, and my sensitive skin has never had a reaction to it! It's also awesome because it fits in a purse or in my makeup container. It seems to last quite long. This is easily one of the most important tools in my makeup kit! Totally worth every penny." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    16. Pawsitively OMG-worthy cat napkins to make every meal approximately a million times more enjoyable and to seriously a~mews~ your guests at your next dinner party.

    Amazon

    Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $9.28.

    17. A bottle of Glossier's miraculous Solution, a gentle chemical exfoliating formula that truly seems to be the ~solution~ to skin woes from acne to redness, plus helps skin look smoother and softer. Talk about a glow up.

    Glossier

    It's cruelty- and paraben-free and vegan!

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible!!! I don't usually leave reviews, but this chemical exfoliator does exactly what it claims and has really helped, especially with the texture of my skin. I've noticed a difference within a week of daily use, as it's gentle yet effective and hasn't dried out my skin. It's helped fade acne scars and the fragrance of the product is mild but pleasant. EVERYONE AND THEIR GRANDMAS NEED THIS!!!!" —R

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    18. Charcoal-infused double-ended flossers that basically put the kind you get at the drugstore to shame in every way. They're made with compostable cornstarch and are plastic-free (that includes the packaging) and have two threads instead of one to really get all the gunk out from between your chompers.

    Urban Outfitters

    They've got a mild mint flavor.

    Get a bag of 50 from Urban Outfitters for $5 or four bags from Amazon for $15.96 (available in two styles).

    19. An awesomely autumnal oversize flannel scarf, which is exactly what your fall outfits (and future pumpkin patch pictures) have been missing.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $14+ (originally $24.99, available in 10 patterns).

    20. A soothing mini massage roller ball to upgrade your self care routine on the cheap. It's compact enough to keep in your bag, next to your bed, or on your desk. You can even pop in the freezer or pair it with essential oils for an extra relaxing experience.

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    Promising review: "I have severe neck and back issues, thanks to over nine years as a competitive gymnast. This thing is amazing! I'm so happy I purchased it on a whim after reading a review on another site. I like to put it in the freezer and use it to work out the knots in my neck and shoulders; I also love to roll it gently across my forehead when I have a massive headache. Definitely worth it and it's a great price!" —BRCH

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in three colors).

    21. A mini bunny Bluetooth speaker you'll be all ears for, since he's the cutest and least bulky way to take your tunes on the go. Toss him in your bag and hop along!

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    Plus, does the speaker you currently use have squishy, bendable ears to fidget with?!? Didn't think so.

    Promising review: "This little bunny speaker rocks!!!! Don’t be deceived by the cute little size of the speaker — it gives a lot of sound. The sound is pretty darn good for something that costs less than $30. I am very very happy with it." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in seven colors).

    22. A fun and functional leaf-shaped funnel to help you finally water your plants without ~leaf~-ing a small flood on your windowsill. Keeping your foliage friends alive has never been this cute or convenient.

    Animi Causa

    Get a set of three from Animi Causa for $12.99.

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

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