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    24 Things We've Tried And Think Live Up To The Hype

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    1. This tumbler that'll encourage you to drink water, if you're someone who tends to forget. The coloured bands act as small markers you can slide up once you've passed them. It's a cool way to motivate and track how much water you've had, so you drink enough H2O every day.

    Samantha Wieder / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    "I own this wonderful water bottle, and I swear it's the only reason I'm good at keeping up with my water intake now. It comes with eight colourful rubber bands, and each time I finish the bottle, I take a rubber band off and wear it on my wrist. It's actually so rewarding getting to take a band off, and even more rewarding once you take the last band off. I've tried setting alarms on my phone, buying bigger water bottles, using the Plant Nanny app — this is the only thing that has worked for me." —Sam Wieder

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Zak! Designs HydraTrak Insulated Tumbler (#16 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $22.18.

    2. This cult-favourite Olaplex Hair Perfecter for anyone who regularly dyes their hair. Reviewers say it'll help repair dry and damaged hair, reduce frizz, and leave your locks feeling soft and smooth after just a few uses.

    May Ning/BuzzFeed, Elena Garcia / Via Buzzfeed

    "I kind of have this issue where my roots will get greasy, but my ends look like straw. I bought this to get my hair looking healthy from root to tip. You're supposed to use this on damp, towel dried hair BEFORE shampooing and it somehow magically seals all your split ends. TBH, I don't really understand how it works, just that it freakin' does. I've only used it a few times (a little goes a long way), and my hair already looks more healthy." —May Ning

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Olaplex No. 3 (#tk on the list).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $38.

    3. This Lanolips 101 ointment that'll heal your cracked lips, cuticles, heels, and anywhere else that needs a little TLC. It's so thick and luxurious, you can use it as an overnight lip mask, too.

    Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed

    "I keep buying this stuff over and over again because it's literally transformative. I'm currently going through an Invisalign treatment, which has had the side effect of making my mouth super dry. This stuff has been my saving grace — I will not go to bed (or wake up in the morning) without putting some on my lips. It's thick, so a little goes a loooong way. I also use a hint of it on my eyelids sometimes, to give my eyelashes a little conditioning, too." —Brittany Barber

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Lanolips 101 Ointment (#17 on the list).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $19.

    4. These plant stakes with sticky tabs on them to trap those pesky insects. They'll catch everything from fruit flies and midges to aphids and gnats. Plus, they're a great way to protect your plant babies from bugs without using pesticides.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    I'm an amateur plant mom, and I have to say dealing with insects is my least favourite part. Thankfully, I've only had to deal with fruit flies and these sticky stakes have caught most of them within a couple days of using them. They're super easy to set up and you can attach multiple stakes together to make them extra tall, if you have a larger plant. I will definitely be restocking these, because they're actual life savers.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    5. This CeraVe night cream that's packed with hyaluronic acid to give your skin an extra dose of hydration. It won't leave you feeling greasy, making it a great moisturizer for combination skin.

    buzzfeed editor holding a jar of cream captioned "mega moisture without ever feeling greasy, even on combo skin, and it got me through an allergic reaction"
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    "Along with everyone else who watches TikTok, I got very into CeraVe products this year — and I loved this night cream as soon as I started using it. It's plumping, softening, and hydrating — without any greasiness or overpowering fragrances. But it wasn't until I had an allergic reaction to a *different* cream that I truly understood how great this (budget-friendly!) one is — it brought my skin back to normal in just a week." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the CeraVe Night Cream (#7 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.98.

    6. These Sharpie gel pens that'll make you actually want to take notes, because they write like an absolute dream. The ink dries down quickly, so it won’t bleed through your paper or smudge if you write with your left hand.

    Kat Angus/BuzzFeed

    "I saw someone on TikTok rave about these, and I was like, 'How good can they really be?' Y'all, they're THAT good. I'm an office supply junkie, and I love a smooth pen, and these pens are silky, silky smooth. (Please forgive my terrible handwriting in the GIF above.) I'm so glad I bought a whole box of them, because these are the only pens I'm using from now on." —Kat Angus

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Sharpie S Gel Pens (#1 on the list).

    Get a pack of 4 from Amazon Canada for $9.83+. Also available in packs of 12.

    7. These pearl hoop earrings from Mejuri that'll make you feel glamorous, even if you're wearing something simple (like jeans and a T-shirt).

    model wearing a gold hoop earring with a large pearl on the end
    Mejuri / Via

    "I actually received these a few months ago and am still raving about 'em today. I feel naked without earrings and am always wearing small gold hoops (also from Mejuri, also highly recommend). But when I want to switch it up? I absolutely love these pearl hoops. They feel dressy without being over-the-top, are super lightweight and don't pull down my lobes, plus have a classic design that are still slightly more unique than the plain gold hoops I typically wear." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Mejuri Organic Pearl Large Hoop Earrings (#39 on the list).

    Get them from Mejuri for $105.

    8. This Ouai sugar scrub that you can use from head to toe to remove dead skin cells. It's loaded with coconut oil to hydrate your dermis and has notes of dragon fruit, orange blossom, and tuberose that create a warm, fruity scent that'll remind you of the tropics.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    "I'm a little hesitant to put a scrub in my hair so I'll get back to you on that, but as a body scrub this St Bart's-inspired product is a 10/10. The texture is nice (not too rough) and lathered up really well while still doing a great job at exfoliating the dry skin off of my legs. It's also made with coconut oil that left my skin feeling extra smooth and nourished. Essentially, it's turned my post-workout shower into a spa-like retreat and I couldn't be happier." —Heather Braga

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub (#9 on the list).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $50.

    9. This soothing sound machine that'll block out the disruptive noises around you with 20 different tracks of white noise. You can use it during the day while you work or study or play it at night and let it lull you to sleep.

    A person sitting on a couch and reading with a small sound machine on the table next to hem
    Amazon / Via

    Reviewers say it sounds like a quiet fan and helps tune out the sound of noisy roommates, neighbours, and traffic.

    "This machine is really compact (it can fit easily on your nightstand), and has two sound options: white noise or fan with ten variations. The volume can go up super high, it has a 60-minute auto shut-off feature, and it's really easy to use. Just plug it on, hit the on button, and BAM! Done. If you've had trouble falling asleep, I seriously cannot recommend this little gadget enough. I don't think I'd be able to survive without it..." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Check out BuzzFeed's full reivew of the Lectrofan Noise and Fan Sound Machine (#11 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $59.99+. Available in five styles and three colours.

    10. This Ilia mascara that'll make you break up with your falsies. It has keratin, shea butter, and beeswax to help nourish your lashes, and the thin brush will pick up and separate every lash to keep them from clumping.

    A before and after showing that the mascara made Brittany's lashes look a lot longer
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    "This mascara feels like it actually conditions my lashes when I have it on, and never feels crispy or clunky (like some do). Like, have you ever put on mascara and thought, frig, is this why my eyelashes are stunted? Yeah, that does NOT happen with this one. It also comes off super easily at night, which is great when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to deal with a full-on scrub down." —Brittany Barber

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Ilia Mascara (#4 on the list).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $18+. Available in two sizes.

    11. This dust pan and broom set that'll save you from having to bend over to sweep your floors. The dustpan has a set of rubber teeth across the center to catch stray hairs from the broom bristles.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    The bristles on this broom are stiff as heck. Instead of pulling out the vacuum, I can give the rugs and carpeted floors in my house a quick sweep and this broom actually does the job. The idea of having to crouch down to sweep dirt into a dustpan is very unappealing for me, so I really love that the dustpan has a handle. The rubber teeth are another great feature, because I hate picking those stray pieces of fluff and hair from the bottom of my broom. And storing this set is a breeze and it doesn't take up anymore space than a traditional broom and dustpan.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $30.41.

    12. This Under Armour face mask that you'll want to bring to your next outdoor workout. The fabric is super soft, moisture wicking, and cool to the touch, making it the perfect mask to wear when you're working up a sweat.

    BuzzFeed editor in a black face mask that protrudes slightly off the face
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    "I run in Central Park four days a week and I am constantly seeing other runners in this mask. I have two of them in my own run rotation, and I'm impressed not only by how well they stay in place and don't get over-sweaty and gross on long runs, but by how well they wash up and maintain their shape. The straps are super soft on your ears, too. I've gotten to used to straps chafing on longer runs that I was surprised by what a difference this made. I gifted one of these to my dad for Christmas, too, and it's his go-to for walks and errand running. It's just an overall easier mask to breathe in (while still maintaining a tight fit and keeping the people around you safe!)." —Emma Lord

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Under Armour Sports Mask (#12 on the list).

    Get it from Under Armour for $30. Available in sizes XS-XXL and in five colours.

    13. These screen protectors that'll save your phone screen from cracking if you drop it. They're made of tempered glass, making them extra durable. They're also super thin, so they won't interfere with the sensitivity of your touchscreen.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "I'm convinced that everyone has dropped their phone and shattered screen at least once. If it's happened to you, you are probably on a mission to never let it happen again (same). That's why I got these. I never used to be into screen protectors because I feel like they always get bubbles under them and that annoys me to no end. These go on flat and don't even look like they're there. Basically, they do their job and they do it well." —Alice Prendergast

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the LK Screen Protectors (#3 on the list).

    Get a pack of five from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    14. This scented toilet spray that'll make sharing a bathroom so much easier. Just a quick spritz is enough to trap unpleasant aromas in the toilet before they spread.

    natalie holding a spray bottle of wild pear poo-pourri
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "Okay, yes, this has been a long time favorite product at BuzzFeed. But in quarantine, my S.O. and I have moved in together, which means we’ve also started sharing a bathroom on a much more regular basis than before. After a couple of months, it became clear that we needed something that would actually work to cover up poop odor, and STAT. So I turned to this spray-before-you-go essential oil concoction. And yes! It does exactly what is says it does. Thank goodness." —Natalie Brown

    Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Poo-Pouri spray (#14 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.50+. Available in 12 scents.

    15. This laptop stand that'll elevate your computer or laptop to a more comfortable height. It's not only super sleek, but incredibly lightweight, so you can set it up anywhere in your house.

    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    "Before I got this thing, I relied on a stack of books to elevate my laptop. It wasn’t pretty. I finally bit the bullet and made the upgrade, and let me tell you, I wish I had done it sooner. With this baby (and a separate mouse and keyboard), my sweet neck has never been happier. I normally use it with my MacBook Air, but I tried it with a clunky old MacBook Pro and it held it up perfectly, too. It comes with a hex key you can use to adjust the angle of the stand, with pads that’ll protect the edges of your laptop from scratches. Your aching back will thank you." —Brittany Barber

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the VMEI Aluminum Laptop Riser (#25 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $52.99.

    16. This UV lamp that'll help you achieve a salon-quality gel mani at home. Unlike your typical box-shaped lamp, this one has a simple curved design that makes it easy to place over your fingernails or toenails.

    May Ning/BuzzFeed

    "I used to get my nails done all the time (I'm talking like every other week). But with nail salons closed, I decided to start doing my own manicures at home with the help of this UV nail lamp. I'm not a fan of regular polish (mainly because I'm just too impatient to let it dry), and I definitely don't have the skills to even attempt acrylic nails. So I thought gel polish would be a happy medium. I chose this one because it doesn't have a base, meaning I can just pop it over my feet when I'm painting my toenails." —May Ning

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Ceenwes Nail Dryer.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    17. This bestselling coffee maker and pitcher that'll help you make the perfect batch of iced coffee every time. You can store it in the fridge overnight to let it brew and you’ll wake up to four cups of delicious iced coffee.

    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed

    "It's so delish, and it makes mornings far more bearable. It’s great for keeping in the office when that 3 p.m. slump hits, but you don’t feel like going to a coffee shop (or spending $5 on cold brew). It's pretty concentrated, so you can either dilute it with water or milk, or just drink it straight with ice (I've done all three). Coarse or French Press-ground beans are suggested but TBH, I just use regular beans, and I don't have issues with grounds making their way into my coffee!" —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Takeya Iced Coffee Maker.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $43.18.

    18. This oven cleaner that'll dissolve all the grease stains and dried food residue lining the walls of your oven, broiler, or barbecue. Now you won't have to spend hours scrubbing away at your appliances to get them clean.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    This oven cleaner is magic in a can. It says you only have to leave it for a couple hours to get the best results, but I kind of forgot about it and didn’t remember until the next morning. But, boy did it work! All the grease and grime came off with a damp cloth and a flick of the wrist. It took me about five minutes to wipe down the entire oven, and as you can see, the results are impressive.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $5.49.

    19. These wireless over-ear headphones that are all about that bass (and treble). They'll last up to 80 hours on a single charge and they have a built-in microphone, so you can make hands-free phone calls while you're on the go.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    "If you're going to invest in a pair of everyday on-ear headphones, in my humble opinion, these are The Ones. The 80 hours of playtime per charge is no lie. I turn these on at least once a day for a few hours and sometimes go a full month without having to charge them. As someone who is constantly forgetting to charge all of my electronics, but is tired of corded headphones, that is an enormous plus. They're not actively noise cancelling, but the padding on the ears definitely helps keep out external noise and ups the sound quality — I really prefer these kind of headphones, however, since noise cancelling ones can make things a little too quiet for me."

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Marshall Major IV On-Ear Bluetooth Headphone (#8 on the list)

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $219.99.

    20. This tiny vial that'll make your plant look like it's a growing science experiment. It's the perfect size for a small plant or cutting that you're trying to grow.

    A small glass vial filled with water suspended from a metal holder with plant trimmings inside
    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    I started propagating my plants a few months ago and was using random glass jars and cups until I found this glass vial. I feel like a scientist every time I check up on my little plant babies and it's easy to just remove the vial when I have to change out the water. I also like that it's narrow enough that I can place one or two cuttings at a time and still give them plenty of room for the roots. It's easily the coolest and most decorative vessel in my collection and I'm tempted to buy a couple more.

    Get it from Simons for $7.50.

    21. A diffuser that you can use to fill your space with a relaxing blend of essential oils (like lavender or eucalyptus). It'll last up to eight hours on a full tank of water, and it has a built-in LED light that'll add a little ambience to your space.

    The sleek cordless diffuser on a kitchen counter
    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "I LOVE that I don't have to sacrifice plug space in overcrowded areas (like our kitchen or bathroom), so it can give every nook and cranny of our home a much-needed refresh — and I don't have to play Tetris with all the rest of our appliances. The soft light is also great if you (like me) are often up for a midnight tinkle." —Victoria Kuglin

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Vitruvi Cordless Diffuser (#19 on the list).

    Get it from Indigo for $179. Available in two colours.

    22. These adorable towel scrunchies that'll suck up all the excess water from your tresses, so you won't have to go to bed with wet hair. They're made with a soft microfibre material that won't pull on your strands or make your hair frizzy.

    @mykitsch / Via, Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    I have very thick hair to begin with, but I normally wear it in long braids that hold onto water like no one's business. I don't use heat styling tools, so after washing my hair, it can take a whole day for them to air dry — and sometimes I'll even wake up with damp hair. These scrunchies are absolute game changers. I just snatch my hair into a ponytail, bun, or a pair of space buns (if I'm feeling cute), and wait for the magic to happen. After a couple hours, my hair is basically dry. And as you can see from the GIF, the scrunchie absorbed most of the moisture.

    Get a pair from Amazon Canada for $18.69.

    23. This Philips Wake-Up Light for anyone who wants to become more of a morning person. It has a warm light that gets brighter and brighter before your alarm goes off, mimicking the sunrise and making it easier for you to wake up every morning.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "I can't understate how wonderful it is to wake up ~peacefully~ every morning...and fall asleep more easily every night. The biggest doubt I had about this clock is whether it could actually, well, wake me up. It starts getting brighter, slowly, before the alarm goes off, which my body reads as the beginnings of the sunrise. By the time the birds start singing, I'm already most of the way awake, and the light's bright enough that (after a few minutes scrolling through my phone) I just...get out of bed." —Natalie Brown

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Philips Wake-UP Light (#11 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $155.36.

    24. And finally, this strawberry-scented lip balm that'll react to the PH level of your skin and tint your kisser a unique shade of pink. It's packed with argan oil and beeswax, making it super hydrating.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    I'm a huge fan of lipstick, but lately I've been skipping a bold lip in favour of a hydrating lip balm or gloss. This lip balm has been my go-to because it not only moisturizes my lips, but leaves a slightly glossy finish and subtle stain on my lips. Don't get me wrong, I have to reapply throughout the day, just like a regular lip balm. I just love how easy it is to create the perfect shade of pink for my lips — just swipe and go. It looks natural and makes me feel less like a corpse on the days I don't want to wear a full face of makeup.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $4.99.

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