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    Updated on Jun 29, 2020. Posted on Jun 13, 2020

    Just 30 Products For Anyone Who Actually Wants Results

    Skincare, cleaning, and other practical products that'll give you the before-and-afters you deserve and paid for, gosh darn it.

    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 miracle-working oil that'll condition your nails and soften your cuticles thanks to its jojoba- and vitamin E-rich formula. Brittle, cracked nails have no place on your hands!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. I tried everything. I bought this in February and this size bottle lasted a bit more than a month with religiously applying it 2-3 times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-oz refill bottle because I never wanted to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    2. And! A clear, bitter-tasting nail polish to help train your brain to keep your fingers out of your mouth and kick that nail-biting habit for good.

    amazon.com

    It's simple to use, safe for children, and many reviewers say that a little goes a long way — seriously, there's no need to paint the entire nail. Just brush a bit on your nails or cuticles with the applicator so when you go in for a munch, the strong taste will make you want to keep your hands far, far away from your face.

    Promising review: "I've always had trouble biting my nails. I read lots of reviews on different products and decided to go with this one. The product is the most disgusting thing that I have applied on my nails...but it worked wonders. After 30 years, for the first time my nails have grown and I love it. I applied it every day for two straight weeks. I will occasionally apply it if I feel like I'm going to bite them. Highly recommended!!!" —A_Emilio

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    And learn more about this polish in our full write-up.

    3. A magic carpet spot cleaner with such unbelievable results, you'll rethink everything you've ever known about stain removers. I mean, my eyes can't even believe what they are witnessing here:

    amazon.com

    And! You can use this on more than just carpet. Think: Car seats, dinner chair cushions, and even clothing.

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this stain remover!

    Promising review: "So my dog got into my makeup bag and got ahold of some liquid lipstick and needless to say, I flipped out to see my carpets neon orange. It took about an hour and two rolls of paper towels but holy moly! WOW did this stuff work! My mother recommended it to me after using it on minor stains at her house and I'm so glad I got it. Definitely worth the money and it really does disappear right before your eyes like the bottle says!" —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.64.

    4. A phone attachment made just for pooches so they can work their best angles and give you some ~doggone~ adorable photos that are going straight on the fridge — YES THEY ARE!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this after adopting my adorable and excitable Rottweiler. I was hoping to get some nice pictures to share with friends and guess what?! This thing works! At first, my fiancé mocked me for buying this, but now he sees the great pictures and says this idea is genius. The squeaky function really allows me to capture his attention." —Maranda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A splurge-worthy primer to coat individual lashes and form the perfect base for your mascara to glide on so your lashes appear fuller and longer...which means you can trick everyone into thinking you're wide awake.

    Sephora

    Oh, and its hydrating formula ensures brittleness and dryness stay far, far away for your eyelashes!

    Promising review: "This new primer is amazing for a false lash look! I was amazed. It gives instant results, is easy to apply, and has tons of vitamins to condition your lashes while giving you that amazing eyelash extension look!!! It doesn’t leave clumps, which is huge for me! So in love with this product!!" —JulijanaG

    Get it from Sephora for $27.

    6. A mold and mildew remover that can destroy any stain in its path — I would know, this is (sadly) my moldy ol' shower:

    BuzzFeed / Kayla Suazo

    OK, before you go and judge me, I'd like to defend myself and say that my building is really old. When I moved into my apartment, it looked like there hadn't been repairs since the '60s, and that included re-caulking the bathtub. I tried bleach and every type of shower cleaner at the store, but nothing removed the mold and mildew stains that had been there for like, 40 years. UNTIL I BOUGHT THIS INCREDIBLE MAGIC GEL. The before and after pictures speak for themselves, and were taken after only one treatment. I am one happy customer.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    7. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets with pretty impressive results and I bet you thought your extra slimy water bottle was a goner, right? Nope!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    8. A pedicure rasp — aka a CHEESE GRATER FOR YOUR FEET — to literally shave away dead, cracked skin and leave behind baby soft feet.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am just sitting here admiring my baby-smooth, soft heels...and it is all thanks to this product. I have been trying EVERYTHING to get rid of the gross calluses on my heels, and nothing was ever fixing it. I found this on Amazon, and decided to give it a try because of all the great reviews...and it is totally legit. It took all my calluses right off, and now I use it every few days for a little upkeep if I notice any hint of roughness starting to come. This thing is awesome. Definitely buy it!!" —Luisa Rueckert

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (also available in brown).

    Check out our full write-up on this foot file.

    9. A rosehip oil that'll tackle (and DEFEAT!!!) your skin's biggest woes: Dryness, flakiness, redness, breakouts — you name it. They don't stand a chance when ~faced~ with this.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product!! I’ve recently struggled with acne all over the face, and while washing it every single night helped a bit, nothing was giving me truly clear skin. I bought this gem and very quickly that changed! I’m so pleased with this product and how well it has helped clear up my acne! My face always feels incredibly soft after using it, and the best part is that it doesn’t make my usually-oily skin look greasy when applied!! I’ve been recommending this product to everyone I know! It’s an absolute must have!" —Jennifer R Bennett

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    Read our complete write-up of this miracle facial oil.

    10. A battery-operated handheld mixer for whipping up a heavenly frothy milk concoction right at home. Skip your morning stop at the coffee shop, and save ya-self some dang money.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This has revolutionized my coffee routine and allows me to make lattes, like they do at Starbucks, at home. I have used it exclusively with plant-based milks (coconut, almond, etc.) and it perfectly froths non-dairy milks. I actually found that plain almond milk froths better than any other plant-based milk, for all you vegans out there. I can't tell you how much money I have saved not having to go to the coffee shop every time I want to have a delicious latte. It makes a beautiful, delicate foam that holds up for the whole cup of coffee. I love that there's still foam even in the last sip. Also, you can use this for the fancy cold foam to have with iced coffee drinks. I love this device so much! I couldn't go back to just coffee and cream after having tried the perfect lattes made by this." —Lindsey Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in black and red). Requires two AA batteries.

    11. A compact light featuring three light intensity settings that simply clips on to your phone so you can take your selfie game to the next level. Ahhh, yes, the important things.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great product and works as described. The light has three settings that gradually get brighter as you click the power button. Definitely makes a difference in your pics." —eryckahvii

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    12. An angular brush with narrow bristles for getting in those tough corners, which we all know is where grime loves to hang out!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Yes!!!! This works!!! I used this on the grout on the kitchen floor that we have not scrubbed in 10+ years. The first half hour I was using two toothbrushes to scrub. Why? Because I had the toothbrushes and didn't want it to go to waste. Boy what a waste of time! I should have thrown out the toothbrushes and used this in the beginning! I really appreciate this product and its design. The bristles stayed hard and was easy to control over the tiles. Easy 5 stars." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in eight brush types).

    13. A Glossier exfoliating solution that gently scrubs away dead skin to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, redness, and pores so skin looks smoother.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "My forehead is very oily and used to be very prone to acne. Solution has almost cleared my forehead entirely with the exception of a few acne scars. At first I thought it couldn't be any better than any other product like it from the drugstore but I was proved wrong. Solution really gets deep into your pores to give you that beautiful smooth glossier glow." —Harley

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    14. A disgustingly amazing drain snake for cleaning out every last bit of the nasty hair ball currently occupying your shower pipes so your drain can finally breathe again.

    amazon.com / amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "You will not regret buying these. I had constant draining issues in my shower. I did not expect these 'drain snakes' to work so well! They are made out of sturdy plastic and I was able to use it both on my shower AND my sink drains before being too grossed out and needing to throw it away. I live in a rented townhouse, and for sure the complex company I rent from did not keep their drains clean because the amount of hair and gunk I pulled out was disgusting. (Not for the faint of stomach). I rarely ever post reviews on Amazon, but I loved this product so much that I had to post." —Nhi

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A pack of pimple patches to send whiteheads to their grave, once and for all! RIP (but not) to the gross sebum that's no longer living in your face.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    The photo on the right is evidence that these patches can pull an entire whitehead out in one piece, and that is some skincare sorcery (that I am grossly loving).

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with these things!!! Im an esthetician, however, being in my twenties and having raging hormones has challenged my skin a lot. It's embarrassing showing up to work and having pimples meanwhile others are supposed to trust me with their skin. These are so fast acting and have saved me a lot of time and money. Super fast acting, and it's amazing how it just sucks out the infection. It's perfect for those deep, under-the-skin pimples as well, but it does take a few extra days. I will continue to repurchase!" —julia raye todd

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.50

    16. A spray gel for removing tough rust stains with a few spritzes and minimal (MINIMAL!) scrubbing on your part. Just look at these results! LOOK AT THEM!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy wizardry! Seriously it was more work to clean the mirror over the vanity than use this product. I definitely suggest wearing a mask or bandana and running the ventilation fan if spraying in an enclosed area. Great product!" —Jessica B

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    17. An at-home eyebrow tint kit so you can skip the pricey trips to the salon, and still achieve gorgeous, fuller-looking brows. Not having to leave the house? That's a win-win in my book!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have sparse blonde eyebrows, and my arch has barely any hair. IT WORKS GREAT. It's genuinely easy to do to. A little makes A LOT, so I had my sister and her friend do their brows too because why not? I did the first round for the suggested time of two minutes, and then did intervals with other rounds to darken some spots and not others. All and all I'll be buying another box or two to have down the round." —t. rivera

    Get the medium-brown from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in dark brown, light brown, and natural black).

    18. A food-grade mineral oil for rejuvenating dry, dull cutting boards back to their original vibrancy. It's tasteless, odorless, colorless, and is also safe to use on butcher blocks, countertops, and wooden bowls and utensils.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I recently took it upon myself to refinish my family's ancient '60s cutting boards...you know, the ones that slide out from the counters and are an original part of a horribly outdated pink-tiled kitchen. I have three of these cutting boards in total. I sanded them down and finished up the wood with this product. My cutting board looks gorgeous and brand new! I've included a picture of the one I refinished (left) and one that hasn't been refinished (right) yet just to give an idea of the transformation. Great product, beautiful cutting boards!" —Shannon Courser

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89.

    19. A power drill brush attachment to deep clean showers, ovens, sinks, and anything that has unbeatable stains (until now that is!). I have this exact set, and now I look forward to my shower getting dirty, just so I can clean it...

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The brush kit comes with three style of brushes: two for surface cleaning, and a rounder one for getting in the corners! The attachments have a quarter inch shaft so they should fit standard cordless drills.

    Keep in mind, this is *just* for the brush attachments. The power drill is not included — but if you want one you can get a good one for $57.16.

    Promising review: "I have NO idea why this product would ever have less than a 5-star review. It is a great brush set. I used all three in an effort to get some mildew stains off the grout in my shower. NOTHING worked, but a bit of Soft Scrub (bleach) and these brushes worked like a charm! I then used the larger brush on the floor of the shower, and to remove some soap scum from the glass shower doors. WOW! Where has this been all my life?! Excellent product, and it works like it should in conjunction with your power drill." —SomeGirl

    Get it from Amazon for 14.95+ (available in six brush types for different cleaning jobs).

    20. A hot air brush because we can't always walk into a salon and drop serious cash on a blow out, but we *can* get effortless waves and volume in the comfort of our bathroom with this — so sign 👏 me 👏 up! 👏

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "THIS PRODUCT IS TRULY EVERYTHING!!! It is light-weight making it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect — it's perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), the bristles are soft so hair slides through and there's no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (no need to use hot rollers). CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HAIR TOOL. How I use it: I use the high setting on the roots all the way down to the ends, I rolled up the ends and leave it there for about 20 seconds (high setting) and then I put the cool setting on for about 10 seconds, then I start unrolling the brush and gently remove it to reveal bouncy and natural looking curls. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!" —FashionChic

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on this hot air brush!

    21. Or if you want to give your hair a break from the heat all together, a set of foam rods for effortless, beachy waves that require little effort on your part. Really, you could put these things in and then head straight back to the couch.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: I’m a stay-at-home mom to two boys under 5. I love curly hair but having time to heat-style my hair in the morning is not realistic. The house will burn down and curly hair is just not worth that. When they arrived, I was too excited to not try them out immediately. So, I rolled my completely dry hair, misted it with water and set a timer for two hours. I sprayed my hair with hairspray and removed them – expecting mayyyybe a light wave. Needless to say I was floored. I cannot wait to see how my hair turns out with a little more prep and a little more time!" —motherfrost

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Learn more about these wondrous foam rods in our complete write-up.

    22. A septic-safe, jetted tub system cleaner to thoroughly remove all the grime that secretly builds up in your bathtub like a little, RUDE sneak. Just peep those dirty bubbles!!!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Ok I was considering just closing off the jets in my tub because I never could get the 'gunk' out. It had never been cleaned before really from the inside. This stuff is AWESOME. I did two runs since I'd never done it before. The first run really did it and the second got just a little more out, but wow. So impressed! I can use my jets again!" —Angela B

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (one bottle does four rinses).

    23. A wildly popular mascara that'll give your lashes natural volume and length with just a few flicks of the wrist, so those minimal makeup days are even easier.

    amazon.com, instagram.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and am highly devoted to my trusted brands. When a friend suggested this mascara I was curious, as she loved it. For the price point and how good it looked on her eyes, I thought why not. Holy moly. I'm in love. It makes my lashes longer, — looks like I'm natural but better — and has a thinner formula so it looks like I have a billion gorgeous lashes, and looks the same all day long. I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn't rub during the day and give me that black eye look. It's wonderful. Must buy." —Katherine Ochsman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    24. A does-it-all car cleaner for scrubbing every inch of your ride — leather, vinyl, upholstery, carpet, plastic — and give you sparkly, unbelievable results that honestly make me want to clean my car every weekend.

    amazon.com

    ...and I don't even own a car!

    Promising review: "All their products are great! But this new product they have developed knocks it out of the ball park! The pictures above are of a 2007 Nissan Titan truck I was detailing for a customer. The seats were disgusting and stained. I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I USED WAS CAR GUYS SUPER CLEANER to clean the seats. I simply sprayed Super Clean all over the seat until it was damp, I scrubbed with a detail brush, then vacuumed all of it up and dried it with a microfiber. The results speak for themselves. This really is a SUPER CLEANER that is capable of cleaning mostly every interior surface and does an amazing job at it." —Joseph L.

    Get the cleaner plus a towel from Amazon for $16.99.

    25. A super affordable curling wand that'll help you master beachy waves, no problem. It features a ceramic barrel, which can help prevent heat damage and frizz — and this may be the best $25 you will ever spend!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I always envied those who went to school or work every day with their hair curled. With a normal curler, it took me ages to do my hair and it just looked weird on my straight Asian hair. I don't know what it is about this curler, but I'm able to achieve the loose big curls and do it within 10 minutes before work. I'm not the type to spend forever on hair every day. I think since I tend to have the larger part of the barrel towards the top of my head and the skinnier part on the bottom ends, that's what gives it a more natural looking transition from my straight hair at the top which then turns into big curls. This heats up very quickly and with one press of a button. To end this, I just wanted to say that I have several other curling wands from different companies, and I only use this large-barrel Remington wand. It's affordable and a great wand." —Margaret Swan

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    Read our full write-up on this curling wand.

    26. A headlight restoration kit because drivin' around with foggy lights = bad, and spending tons of money to replace headlights = bad. This solves both of those dilemmas!

    amazon.com

    The kit includes sanding discs, polishing pad, rubbing compound, and a foam pad.

    Promising review: "I rarely issue 5 stars but this product deserves it. You get step-by-step colored picture instructions, and all the necessary sandpaper, plus more than enough compound you will actually use. Prepare to spend like 30 min. on each lens. It's not difficult at all, the product works and does what it says. I immediately saw a huge difference on the look of the lights in the day and big improvement on the night, much brighter for sure. It’s like I purchased new headlights, so yes I would definitely recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.30.

    27. A powerful oral rinse made without any alcohol that can conquer bad breath (even bad breath caused by tonsil stones!) and give you the confidence to converse and smooch at your leisure.

    amazon.com

    All you do is swish a capful after your routine brushing (twice a day). It's recommended that you do not eat or drink after use, which is why mornings and evenings are optimal.

    Promising review: "Ridiculous claims. And for whatever reason...it works. Yes, it does everything it says it will do. Pour a small portion in a measured cup provided with your purchase, swish in your mouth a bit, gargle as well, and in the morning you can kiss your honey with a clean mouth. NO ODOR, NO SMELLY MORNING BREATH. THIS STUFF WORKS! I urge you to consider getting the toothpaste as well. Cleans and whitens better than anything out there and I have tried them all." —John E. Litton

    Get a two-pack of the mild mint from Amazon for $14.44 (also available in icy mint).

    And learn more about this oral rinse in our full write-up!

    28. An eyeshadow primer to keep your perfectly blended smokey eye in its dang place, from sunrise to sunset. No more smudging, flaking, creasing, and can I get a hallelujah?!

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high-end to low — Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. I use this primer and my shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    29. A cooktop cleaning kit for tackling grease, stubborn stains, and burnt-on residue — you know, all things you don't want to and shouldn't spend hours cleaning up on jam-packed weeks.

    amazon.com

    It comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cleaning solution, two cleaning pads, and one scraper.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical but I went for it and holy moly, does it work. It works such wonders on my stupid glass cooktop that I feel like Martha freaking Stewart. Truth be told, cleaning has never been, nor will it ever be, my greatest strength, but this cleaning product makes it easy enough that even I could do it. Save yourself the time and frustration, because the landlord picked this stupid cooktop for the 'aesthetic' and a trap to keep your security deposit but you know what?!? Buy this thing and you can tell em, 'not this time'! You won't get another penny out of me! Bwahahahaha.'" —Rita

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    30. And lastly, machine-washable and reusable cloths that'll gently remove dirt and makeup from your skin with a splash of some water. Just toss in the washer after a few uses and start savin' your hard-earned dollars — no more expensive wipes here!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they're pretty impressive at taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.49.

    And check out BuzzFeed Review's pick for best makeup remover!

    Honestly, my eyes can't even believe all these results.

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