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    35 Extremely Useful Products To Help You Get Through The Week

    A steaming tray for quick dinners, shoe spray, microwave egg maker, and more things to get you through looooooooong weeks.

    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 microwave pasta maker that'll cook, strain, and create a full meal for you while you sit on the couch and catch up on all your shows. You know, the important stuff.


    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years. Pasta has always been a simple, go to, dinner for me. Tending to the boiling pot of pasta was just part of the process. I’ve been getting 'tired' of cooking as I’ve aged. This simple little microwave pasta cooker has simplified cooking so much more than I could have imagined. Seems silly, but it’s kinda like a little miracle. No more toting a heavy pot to the stove. No more pouring pasta & boiling water into a colander. It’s simple, lightweight and foolproof. You’ll never regret buying this." —Winkie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. A tiny tube of anti-blister balm to give your feet some sweet relief on hot, sweaty days. I love cute sandals season, but man, I do NOT love blister season.

    Promising review: "I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS. I was like, 'pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING.' Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!" —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. And if painful blisters do strike, a compact case of hydrocolloid bandages with a gel guard designed to treat blisters while you wear them. Plus, they're super sticky and cushy so they'll stay on and give you extra support., Amazon

    Promising review: "These things are amazing. Whether you're trying to prevent a blister, or keep one that's already formed from causing you pain, these are what you need. The different sizes help to customize your needs. These are like wrapping your feet in a cloud! Also, on a totally unrelated note, the packaging for these is adorable. The plastic case makes carrying these things around fun and easy. Get these. No more foot pain slowing you down!" —Nolan6ⁿ

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A car dip clip for conveniently holding up your sauces, and omg, where has this been my entire life? Some days you just gotta eat in the car, and this'll help you do it with ease.

    Etsy / 3DPrintedByBrian

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.60+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    5. Travel-friendly body wipes that'll get you to happy hour feelin' and smellin' fresh, even though you didn't get a chance to shower after the gym., Amazon

    These lavender-scented hypoallergenic wipes are made with tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng that will leave your skin feeling refreshed, clean, and not dry or sticky.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things! I like to workout over my lunch hour to break up the day, but don't have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower. I just use one of these! The scent is not too overpowering, but it's strong enough so that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. An easy-to-use spray hand sanitizer for destroying germs wherever you are. Public transportation? Bathrooms with no soap? You're covered.


    Promising review: "Umm, this stuff is amazing. I usually hate hand sanitizer because of the way it makes my hands feel after, but this leaves zero film on your hands and it also smells delightful. I also love that it's a spray. Easy for kiddos and adults alike!" —Rebecca Rucker

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99+.

    7. A steaming tray you simply slip into the microwave with your meat, veggies, and a little water, and in minutes you'll have a delicious meal waiting for you.,

    Promising review: "I love this steamer. After working all day, I am usually looking for shortcuts to meal preparation, but I still want it to be healthy. I discovered this steamer from a dietitian at work. Her veggies always look and taste so good. I would definitely recommended setting the microwave for two minutes at a time and testing so that you get the texture that you want. For the green beans, the texture that I wanted was at four minutes. With more practice, I may not need to keep doing this. The steamer is very easy to clean. It is so much nicer to have fresh steamed veggies than frozen or canned ones." —rm

    Get it from Amazon for $14.72.

    8. Extra-pointy cotton swabs here to save the day from any makeup slip-up. Use them to quickly fix eyeliner, lipstick, and eyeshadow mistakes with its precision tip, and you're out the door!


    People also use them to clean lenses and hard-to-reach places, like in between the letters on keyboards.

    Promising review: "I'm very satisfied with these. They are great for touching up eye makeup. I used them for applying eye shadow, too. But, the biggie for me is, they clean up under-eye smudges. Also, great to keep in your purse for when your mascara gets a bit smeared under your lower lashes. These work so much better than regular cotton swabs." —Vicki LF

    Get an 800-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A life-changing shoe spray that kills odor-causing bacteria and keeps your best sandals from smelling like death. Hot summer days are approaching fast — now you and your feet can get through them stink-free. /

    Promising review: "This stuff REALLY works. All my kids shoes were super stinky and I gave each one a spray. The results were immediate and long lasting. You can't imagine how happy I am because all those smelly toes were getting to me. I also really like that it's all natural and has a fresh clean scent." —MoogliWoogli

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    10. Heel protectors that'll not only keep your best pumps from getting ruined, but prevent you from sinking into the grass or losing a shoe to those cursed street grates.


    You just never know where the day can take you, and if for some reason it takes you to some wet grass, you'll be set.

    Promising review: "I needed these for a pair of heels I planned to wear to an outdoor wedding. I took a chance with a size small without measuring my heels. Despite being a touch too large for my heels, they only slipped off once while I was seated. I'm very satisfied with how these held up and protected my shoes! They were easy to apply and remove, and small enough to slip into your purse." —J. St Louis

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

    11. A NatureBox subscription service to transform your pantry into a delicious snack heaven, filled with foods that are packed with nutrients, so you can quit wandering grocery store aisles in search of just ok-ish snacks.

    Depending on your plan, you can get either three, five, or ten snacks on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. They send you products they think you would like based on your taste profile, but you can return/exchange any snacks that you're not crazy about.

    Get it from NatureBox for $13.95+/per box.

    12. A microwavable egg maker for whipping up omelets and scrambled and poached eggs all without the hassle. Who says you need to have oodles of time in the morning to make yummy food?!


    Promising review: "Sure, you could fill a skillet with a little bit of water, place it on the stove, crack an egg into it and then wait for it to simmer while bathing the yolk in the hot water to make sure it turns out perfectly, then find a tool to lift the egg out of the pan without breaking the yolk or getting water on your breakfast sandwich — or you can just buy this handy little thing, and in 40 seconds, or the time it takes to butter an English muffin, you could be taking your first bite of a delicious faux Egg McMuffin! I don’t usually invest in single function kitchen items but this is totally worth it." —Ardent

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    13. ~Handy~ nail clippers with a rotating swivel head and extra-long handles that'll give you easier access to hard-to-reach nails so you can get a clean cut for once.


    Promising review: "Total comfort and ease for those that suffer arthritis or aged weaker hands. Just set the angle for your comfort and clip with ease. Not only are these clippers super sharp, the but the long handles reduce the pressure needed to clip toe and finger nails. Even the younger set will be pleased with the adjusting angel of the cutters. I sure wish I this product ten years ago. I am 100% pleased and recommend for anyone to use." —Allen F. & Virginia S. Capel

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    14. A spray, dry shampoo powder in a cute compact size — meaning you can toss it in your bag and grab it when your hair needs a quick refresher. It'll absorb oil and give you blowout-status volume right there on the spot., Aveda

    I was recently in a wedding and the hair stylist had this in her bag. Before photos she whipped it out and spritzed some into our hair. It revived us from the humidity and gave our mane some unbelievable volume that lasted throughout the night. I loved it so much I immediately went out and bought a bottle for myself. And, hello, it's Aveda so of course it smells heavenly.

    Get it from Aveda for $31.

    15. A nifty "wine wand" that can help reduce headache-causing histamines and sulfite from wine so you can enjoy your end-of-day glass without the unfortunate side effects.


    Each wand is designed for one glass of wine, but many reviewers say they can get away with using one for two glasses at three minutes per glass.

    Promising review: "OMG!!!! This works. I love wine, but have terrible allergies to the histamines, sulfites, and preservatives in wine. I actually use one wand for two glasses of wine. I was very skeptical, but it works like a dream! Thank you PureWine. This is really a breakthrough for me." —Penny Froh

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. Or for something more cost-effective in the long run (you know, for all of us regular wine drinkers), a wine purifying carafe that doubles as a filter for removing histamines and sulfite, as well as an aerator.


    Comes with glass carafe, wine purifier, travel bag, and six filters. Each filter can be used on an entire bottle of wine.

    Promising review: "Great decanter and really works. My girlfriend gets headaches and earaches from red wine and this filter system really does work. She’s now converted from white to red!!! Filtration doesn’t change the taste and the aerator action is an added bonus because it really opens up." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99, and additional filters for $29.99.

    17. A large hair diffuser adapter compatible with most blow dryers so you can achieve frizz-free, natural curls without having to spend money on an entirely new dryer. Goodbye, flyaways. Hello, sleek blowouts at home. /

    Promising review: "Fits perfect! I really wanted a bowl diffuser and this one works really well. I like that I can actually fit all my hair into the bowl, or at least most of it, and dry it in half the time it would take for other FLAT 'bowl' diffusers. I love this diffuser! It dries my hair quickly, thoroughly and does not cause frizz. Perfect curls every time!" —M

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    18. A lasagna trio pan that'll allow you to whip up THREE — that's right, THREE — different types of lasagna at the same time. 2019 is the year we master meal prepping.


    The pan is dishwasher-safe, but hand-washing is recommending to extend product life.

    Promising review: "As someone who has a child, (now a teenager), that will not eat any form of cheese, this pan is amazing! I typically avoid making any food that has cheese mixed into it, but now I can make him a section without cheese, and the rest of us our regular cheesy goodness. Another benefit to this pan is how well the portions slice. One cut with the spatula gives you a perfectly formed square. Each section makes four regular-sized portions for our family." —thelastcoyote101

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    19. A "Goof Proof" brow pencil — your ~foolproof~ way to fill in your brows with minimal effort, even if you're not a professional makeup artist (sooo...most of us!). One side defines and fills while the other effortlessly blends — and that's it! Just like that, you're done.


    Promising review: "I usually wouldn't pay this much for a brow pencil. It has the right amount of pigment and doesn't smudge (I apply this before my foundation) it truly does last 12+ hours. I fell asleep and I still had my penciled eyebrows on without a single smudge!" —Liz

    Get it from Ulta for $24 (available in 12 shades).

    20. A "headcool" balm that can give ya some dang relief when you feel a headache coming on. Stressful weeks happen and it feels a teensy bit better when you feel prepared for them. /

    The brand also has tons of balms for nausea, stress, and congestion!

    Promising review: "This product is really effective in reducing headaches and even migraines. I followed the directions (use a cotton pad or something similar to apply so you don't rub it into your eyes). Just use a small amount on forehead, temples, and back of neck. I am truly amazed how fast it works. Keep applying per instructions and you will find relief!" —Michella1204

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in six salve types).

    21. A set of transparent, shatter-resistant, leak-proof, air-tight leftover and lunch containers so your leftover or meal prep game becomes and actual reality (and your soup or salad dressing never ends up seeping anywhere it's unwelcome).


    These heavy-duty plastic containers are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. They even have little vents you can open so you can microwave them with the lid on, preventing splatters!

    Promising review: "Best upgrade! We'd been using plastic storage containers from the grocery store, where you pay $8 and get a bunch from a plastic bag company. My husband HATED those. They would stain, leak, or smell — even after they were cleaned. So when I saw these on BuzzFeed, I ordered a kit. We love them! Easy to clean, certain foods don't stain, not one leak has happened — and we eat soup and stir fry a lot for lunch. I immediately ordered five more so we could have a total of eight. We tend to do lunch at work 4/5 days. It was perfect. Also, the food seems to stay a bit fresher too, because of it being airtight. 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a good set of storage containers." —Amazon Customer

    Get a seven-container set on Amazon for $24.99.

    For more, read our full Rubbermaid Brilliance Containers review.

    22. A set of toe caps for protecting ingrown nails, corns, blisters, and other painful areas and preventing them from rubbing in your shoes. Its latex-free gel material also moisturizes skin and promotes healing. /

    These are waterproof and reusable!

    Promising review: "This is an unbelievable product! I work 12 hour shifts in the hospital and need protection for the corn on my left great toe. I purchased the size large and it fit well. I completely forgot I was wearing it underneath my socks and athletic shoes — bonus! The silicone is very soft, flexible, cleans easily. Would absolutely recommend this since it has held up quite well for the 17 hours I have it on (from the time I wake up until I am back from my shift). Cleans and dries easily and has maintained its shape." —LJ

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes and colors).

    23. A self-care "Unplugged Book Box" that'll help you do exactly that: Unplug from the day and get you off your phone. Each month you'll receive a book (I'm SOLD) plus other self-care goods for the ultimate night of relaxation. Stressful weeks have nothin' on you.


    You'll get four to six "self-care" products (candles, tea, and the like!), activities to help you unplug, and one young adult or adult fiction book per month.

    Promising review: "I’ve gotten two boxes so far, and I’m honestly impressed by the book choices. The candles and little scents are a nice touch, but my favorite part is the bath items matching up so well with their themes. This subscription service is worth giving a go if you’re intrigued by cool themes and great new writers! I’m so glad they introduced an adult version, too." —Sarah H.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $33.25+/month.

    24. A long-lasting, Amazonian clay foundation (with SPF 15 — yay for sun protection!) for balancing complexion and creating a flawless matte finish that won't cake or crease throughout the day., Tarte

    Promising review: "This long-lasting foundation is my go-to, whether it be going to work or a night out. I absolutely love the coverage it provides. I have an oily forehead but drier skin otherwise and it provides a full, matte finish to my face without cracking/creasing or coming off. Can't see myself switching to another product for a while." —Jenny

    Get it from Tarte for $39 (available in 40 shades).

    25. A pollen-, dust mite-, mold-, and pet dander-busting upholstery spray that might make all the difference if your regular allergy medicine just isn't cutting it. *Wipes nose,* ahh yes, spring is in full force.


    You can use this on carpeting, upholstery, curtains, vehicle interiors, and pet bedding.

    Promising review: "My daughter-in-law has severe asthma and allergies. When she visits, the air and the furniture have to be free of allergens. This product has helped tremendously when she has come. She brings an air purifier along, and I clean, but she says that this product has definitely made a difference from other homes she has visited. When she came before, she ended up in the ER. No problem this time." —Ann Remsberg

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    26. An overflow drain cover so you can enjoy a full bath without worry about losing precious water every second. Listen, you deserve to climb into a hot bubble bath and relax, ok?!


    Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths, and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know...THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness... all because of this little bit of silicone!" —anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. A password logbook because nobody wants to argue with their computer after a long day of work. I mean, I think *you* know who your best friend and what your favorite pizza topping is!!! /

    Promising review: "When we have so many internet addresses and passwords to remember, it gets really hard — especially when you get older and have trouble remembering what silly password you gave something. And, we are supposed to change or update passwords from time to time, so this is a great tool to help us do that. It certainly makes more sense than scribbling on a random piece of paper on your desk and then misplacing it. The trick, however, is to not misplace the book! I HIGHLY recommend this!!" —Carole P

    Get it from Amazon for $6.07.

    28. A detangling brush that'll stop the painful snags and gently comb out knots so you can stop cringing every time you run a brush through your mane. No more of that awful hair-ripping sound. 🙏


    Promising review: "Great for any type of hair! It's the best detangling brush I've ever owned. I'm an African-American woman and my hair can get tangled a bit after showering. It is amazing what this brush can do. It detangles my hair easily, without pain, and without taking out too much hair. I wish I had this brush growing up!" —KScott

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.35.

    29. A three-step nail repair kit for restoring cracked, thin, and damaged nails so you don't have to spend the day typing with painful, chipped ones. Life is a smidge easier with strong nails, it just is!


    Plus, nothing feels better than having a fresh mani! This kit comes with a ridge filler to create a smooth foundation, a straightener to improve weak nails, and an oil to moisturize cuticles.

    Promising review: "I only wish I'd known about these polishes earlier. My nails are thin and they split and peel, sometimes halfway down, and they're super weak once they've peeled. The ridge filler goes on smooth and looks beautifully matte. Then the clear top coat seals the nail and helps to prevent further damage. Wearing these products are helping prevent further peeling during the growing out phase; the thinnest parts of my nails must be gently filed off as they grow out but the main benefit is that this stuff stops any further peeling so my nails CAN grow out. The cuticle oil is rich enough to feel wonderful. I would recommend this kit to anyone with thin, weak, splitting, peeling nails because it works." —Alice Marsupi

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    30. A temperature-regulating comforter that'll get you through the night during this hot-then-cold season. One night it's frigid and then next it's baking — and here you are, just tryin' to get some dang sleep!


    Promising review: "My husband and I have been using this comforter for two weeks now, in the Chicagoland area at the end of summer/beginning of fall with nightly temperatures varying vastly from the 30s-70s. I was initially skeptical because of the light weight feel of this comforter, but pleasantly surprised at its ability to keep us perfectly warm on cold nights and cool on warmer nights. It’s not thick, but still fills our duvet cover nicely and stays in place with the corner fabric loops. I would prefer a little more weight, but am amazed at the warmth from this light comforter." —CLSedona

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $99.97 (originally $200; available in sizes full-king).

    31. A sushi kit to assist you in making easy (easy being the key word here) delicious rolls right at home. Oh, just think of the money you'll save.


    Promising review: "Made sushi for the first time last night and it was awesome!!! This thing is so easy!! I was able to make rolls with rice on the outside with no problem, just added a little water to the roll mat and voila! My guests and husband were all amazed!" —Beach Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    32. An all-in-one slicer with interchangeable blade sizes that can quickly dice up fruit and give you a totally manageable, delicious breakfast on rushed mornings.


    Get it from Food52 for $30.

    33. A cup holder designed to fit on shopping carts so you don't have to chug your Starbucks before hitting the grocery store. Now you can stroll, shop, and sip — as one should.


    Promising review: "Ingenious idea and great invention. I go grocery shopping with cart and attach this cup holder to the cart with Starbucks coffee... Walking around, hands free, have a sip of coffee every now and is great." —stephen moody

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.99.

    34. A pack of mushroom coffee mix that reviewers say give them the same amount of energy as regular cups of joe, but without any jitters or caffeine headaches. Feel the midday slump comin' on? Grab this.

    One BuzzFeeder described the taste as a "tea-coffee hybrid" and that the mushroom presence is very faint. And! He said this makes him "feel clear-headed, chilled, yet stimulated." Sounds a lot better than any coffee-induced crashes.

    Promising review: "I have no idea if there will legitimately be any real benefits to ingesting these 'super-'mushrooms in my coffee, but what I do know is this: They taste good, and they leave me less jittery than regular coffee. That could be just the result of drinking slightly less coffee in my coffee, but either way, it satisfies my craving for coffee and it tastes good." —Kate O'Neill

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $11.68 (available in three flavors).

    To learn more about this, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (it's #3!).

    35. And a compact LED mirror that'll light up and expand for flawless touchups when you need 'em, and then fold down for storage. It has a 10X magnifying mirror, plus a regular one — and what I am trying to say here is, this a purse must-have.

    Requires three AAA batteries that are *not* included, but you can grab a 36-pack for $9.99.

    Promising review: "It's awesome. Light weight and surprisingly bright. I was looking at another brand that was 2x as expensive and I was so happy I found this one. It's great not only for traveling but to have on hand when tweezing or your makeup on the go. Honestly, I would buy more in a heartbeat." —Kelly D.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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