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    Apr 24, 2020

    26 Things Under $20 That Mean Business

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    1. A scent-free, biodegradable odor eliminator for those stinks you didn't think you'd ever smell the end of. It bonds with ~odor molecules~ to get rid of the stink, without leaving any perfume-y smells behind.

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    Dead mice, run-ins with skunks, pet messes, years of cigarette smoke — reviewers have stopped them ALL with this spray.

    Get a pack of three bottle sizes from Amazon for $19.95.

    Promising review: "I have seen the commercials for others with claims of removing odors (and tried them too) but I have used this for years and will continue too use it. Zero Odor works where all others have failed. The first time I used it we were clean out an apartment to prepare it for new people and the prior tenants had cats...what a strong, offensive odor they left behind. I thought nothing would work and we would have to completely refinish the entire area and that would have cost a fortune, well Zero Odor was a last ditch effort because we had tried about seven or eight other things already, from chemical cleaners (hours of labor) to every type of spray I could find and none of them even put a dent in it, a few masked it for about an hour but that was all they did. I purchased Zero Odor specifically for this problem area, I sprayed everything, walls, floor, ceiling and the closet too. We came back the next day and it was totally free of any odors at al, it was 100% clear and clean. Keep mind the placed smelled so bad before that we had to keep the windows open, well Zero Odor became a part of my cleaning kit from that day on and I will never go without it. This one works, plain and simple. I have no idea how but when everything else failed Zero Odor did it and continues to time after time. Let the others claim whatever they want but this product does exactly what it says with no compromise, not even a hint of the old odor is left behind. No way around this one, it's great stuff." —Stonington

    2. A Luminoodle — an LED lighting strip you can affix to the back of your TV for a backlighting effect that'll create sharper images, increase color contrast, and reduce eye strain.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six sizes).

    Promising review: "You will be surprised how well this works. I though it was a gimmick — but then read several articles about the benefits of bias lighting and though I would give it a try. Setting it up takes about five minutes — very simple. The surprise comes when you turn on the TV with the bias lighting and the picture POPS! The contrast and the black level jumps and the picture looks significantly improved! It supposedly relieves eye strain but I have never really had a problem with that so I can't comment on that." —Rgd18

    3. A fan-favorite Wet brush that'll detangle even the most stubborn hair...WITHOUT ripping it from your scalp.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "Okay, I was skeptical, I've used all sorts of brushes on my hair all my life, never had any make any big difference on my easily tangled hair. I still don't understand what the difference is with this brush, but it just glides so effortlessly through my wet, tangled hair — it's like magic! After so many years of struggling with my hair and using conditioning sprays to help speed the process, it's crazy that this brush just goes right through!" —L. H. Christenson

    4. A silicone earbud organizer that'll end the nightmare of tangled cords once and for all, keeping your end table more organized and helping the wires last longer.

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    Get them from Amazon for $4.99 (available in 10 colors and also in packs of two and three)

    Promising review: "We all know the frustration of spaghetti tangled cords. This thing is perfect. Wrap around, button in place, done. Holds the whole spaghetti mess neatly and makes it easier to use later. Love it. Bought two, gave one to my sister. She loves hers, too. She uses earbuds, I use these over the ear headphones. Works great on both." —C. Posley

    5. A super-speedy wine stain remover so you can quickly undo your roommate's sloshing all over your pristine white couch and carpet, without losing your ~temper-nillo~.

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    Get it from Amazon for $4.30.

    Promising review: "Totally impressed! The unassuming generic packaging and label left me a bit skeptical but this stuff is almost as exciting as the wine I spilled! This cabernet stain sat on my ivory faux fur blanket for over a month before I tried this product. Completely gone in one try! Get this. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed." —Persian Tess

    6. A five-piece set of rose gold makeup brushes with super soft, densely packed synthetic hair for seamless application and blending. Plus, they'll look gorgeous displayed on your vanity.

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    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (for a set of five or a larger set of all black brushes for $11.99)

    Promising review: "After seeing these type of makeup brushes plastered all over Instagram, I decided to try them out. They were cheap enough so I figured if I didn't like 'em, no harm really done. Well, I LOVE them. I haven't used my other makeup brushes or my sponge since. The two larger ones I use for liquid foundation and under-eye concealer. The largest one is also fantastic to smooth out & blend your makeup look. The three smaller ones I use to contour and highlight. These work with both powder and liquid. I also feel like these are more sanitary than the beauty blender I was using every day (though I cleaned it often). I can't believe I waited this long to try them!" —Liz

    7. A set of non-stick bags that'll basically transform your toaster into a frying pan. That's right, they're perfect for whipping up an ooey gooey grilled cheese when you can't really manage the whole stove thing.

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    Plus they're dishwasher safe, so you don't need to do any washing up by hand! They're also great if you have someone with a gluten intolerance in the household!

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.79.

    Promising review: "These really work! Have used them to make grilled cheese sandwiches and they work awesome! The hardest part is finding the right setting on your toaster (which for me is three on the dial). The bread comes out nice and toasted and cheese (three slices) melted nicely." —Jack

    8. A body brush you can use dry or wet with a mix of soft, sturdy bristles and massaging nodules to banish dry and dead skin cells, help increase circulation, and make your skin G L O W.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "I really thought this whole dry brushing thing was going to be stupid. But my skin was dry and dimply and I was ready to try anything. I noticed a difference after the first use. I KID YOU NOT! My skin looks smoother and feels softer. I use it every night before my shower and the next day my skin looks so nice. I did not notice the brush 'shedding' as others have mentioned. The little rubber nubs feels really nice. I am really enjoying this brush." —Amazon Customer

    9. A set of tab divider sticky notes so you can make notes *on top* of your notes or those EXPENSIVE textbooks and find them easily, rather than scrambling at the last minute and looking through all 27 notebooks scattered around your room.

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    Get a set of 60 notes in assorted colors from Amazon for $5.69.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my day planner but use them for so many other things. These stick well and are in six bright colors. They come in a little book like case that helps keep them clean and protected when not in use. They are easy to peel and stick and then remove again as necessary. They do not damage books or papers at all. I use these for my day planner, noting recipes in cookbooks, taking notes in various craft books, taking notes on important documents so I remember what I need to do with them later. I will be buying these again when I run out." —Sarah Lee

    10. An electric fabric defuzzer, because hand-picking all the pills off your favorite sweater is not a cute look. This under -$15 tool will bring it back to its former glory!

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    These'll shave 'em right off with one pass — without damaging your sweaters.

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

    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Learn more about it in This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life.

    11. An easy-to-use jewelry cleaning brush for polishing up your new-ish or decades-old precious stones. Aka spend less than $6 now and make your diamond look like it cost twice as much.

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    It's filled with a cleansing + polishing solution to rid stones of clouding dirt and oil and ensure every facet shines. Just twist the bottom of the pen to dispense the fluid and brush on!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.93.

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this..*oh my goodness*! After one use of the Diamond Dazzle Stik..my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my beautiful diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance! My wedding ring is something that always makes my heart beat a little faster: for its beauty, for what it represents...and now, my smile is even bigger and my heart skips a beat a little more as I gaze upon this amazing clarity. It is an amazing value with mind-blowing, beautiful results!" —liltreeclimber

    12. A tube of Glossier's Boy Brow eyebrow gel to make thickening, filling in, and grooming your brows easier than ever — the tinted gel formula and mascara-like wand do it all with just one swipe!

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in three shades, plus a clear formula).

    Promising review: "I had heard about this and finally decided to give it a try after going through many other prestige brands. This product does not disappoint at all. It goes on smoothly and is just the right amount of color. Also, it makes my brows stay in place all day, not just for the first hour after application. This will be a forever purchase." —Jessica

    Check out our full Boy Brow review here (one of several Glossier products we totally swear by).

    13. A pack of waterproof blister bandages so you can break in any shoes without stress. They thick enough to protect and prevent blisters (like moleskin), but also made of hydrocolloid to treat any existing blisters while you wear 'em.

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    Get a pack of 12 (three different sizes) from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising review: "Great bandages! These are easy to use and so soft. They stayed on during a shower which impressed me as well. They are the perfect size and so comfortable. I also appreciated the fact that they didn't come off in my shoe which is always a problem for me! Love the little case for them which I can easily throw in my purse. Great blister bandages!" —CTSmith

    14. A Yeti lowball tumbler to stylishly keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold (no more diluted ice water whiskey) for way longer while hanging in your backyard.

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 14 colors).

    Promising review: "Bought two for drinks on the beach. Performed incredibly! Ice lasted all day in the hot Florida sun! So impressed, we bought two more plus a set for our friends. Well done. Top notch." —Duke fans now

    15. A Vivienne Sabó mascara reviewers swear by to majorly lengthen and thicken their lashes. When someone asks you what mascara you use, you can just say "Oh, it's French."

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    It's cruelty-free, smudge-proof, and removes easily at the end of the day with water.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    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 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 them smudging or running down my face. All in all this is my new holy grail mascara, and I'm thrilled!!" —Sophie Johnson

    16. A stainless steel, dishwasher safe ice cream scoop with a ~chiseled edge~ and ergonomic grip to make dishing up a sundae feel less like arm day at the gym.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.94 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "After hours of searching and comparing ice cream scoops I chose this one. I am VERY HAPPY with this purchase. It was delivered exactly on time and we immediately washed it so we could try it out. Wish we would've bought it sooner and saved the lives of our spoons ; -) We tried it on four different ice creams and it was like scooping whipped cream! This scoop is awesome!! Very heavy duty but not too heavy. It has a nice covering that makes it easy to grip especially since I have small hands. Its dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime warranty!!! This is the only scoop you'll ever need to buy!" —Jackie R.

    17. A L'Oreal blowout priming spray that'll super-power your hair dryer or John Frieda hot air brush, cutting down your drying time WHILE protecting your hair from heat damage (because your arms don't need a whole workout when you're drying it), all while achieving salon-quality softness.

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    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    Promising review: "I use this every time I blow dry my hair. Even with my thick hair I can have it completely dry in less than five minutes. Leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft. I even find that I don't need to restyle my hair the next day even after sleeping on it." —blackrose

    18. A suede and nubuck brush to freshen up your favorite kicks from last year. It has *four* different surfaces for different cleaning needs so you can tackle any stain.

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    The welt surface is designed for stronger cleaning of heavier scuffs and stains, the nylon bristles for gentler cleaning of small scuffs on fine suede, the arched half circle helps you clean rounded surfaces more (think toe boxes!), and the thin, protruding brush can access harder-to-reach crevices or grooves.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    Promising review: "This little brush is the bomb. I have three pairs of suede shoes and they were starting to look really iffy. This thing is so easy to use — I'm usually able to get my shoes looking presentable in under 30 seconds. When I first opened it I thought it looked like an over equipped brush-army-knife hybrid, but after using it for a while you'll find that all of the different nubs and components of the brush have a function. I saw that some people purchase this along with some kind of suede conditioner — I've found that using only the brush has been effective. It is especially great for knocking off all of the NC mud and clay off of my boots without grinding it in. The brush seems durable and well made. I'm a fan!" —Alison B.

    19. A to-do list notepad for keeping track of your most important tasks, meetings, and habits and check them off in the most satisfying way.

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    It has a clock you can mark your appointments on, to-do list, space for notes, achievements, water in take, and meals and a *special section for the top three things that MUST get done today. I will be purchasing this asap.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Promising review: "This product combines the most useful features of different daily planners. I love it!" —Kristin

    20. CeraVe's moisturizing cream to keep your skin from ~flaking~ on you, helping restore your skin's barrier to lock in moisture *without* ever turning greasy or oily.

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    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Promising review: "I have oily but flaky skin in winter. It's really annoying, no matter how much I exfoliate or moisturize, my cheeks get flaky. I can't even wear foundation or powder because it will make the flaky texture more obvious... Anyway, out of pure desperation and tired of spending money on scrubs and moisturizers, I purchased it and started using this a few days ago. It has kept me flake free! It doesn't leave a greasy film, it sinks right into my skin. I even wore it with makeup today and my skin was smooth and flake free. My makeup stayed nice all day. I wish I had tried that sooner, I have the same problem every winter! I apply it from head to toe. It's awesome and you get so much product for the money." —MLK77

    21. And a storage lid organizer you'll wish you bought years and years (and years) ago. It'll end the nightmare of trying to figure out which lid belongs to which container (or losing a lid...sigh) and put a stop to the cascade of containers that rains on your head when trying to find the right size. Virgos, rejoice!

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    The dividers are adjustable so you can customize your set depending on what size containers you have!

    Get the large size from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four sizes).

    Promising review: "I love, love, love this storage container. Sounds silly, but it changed my life. No longer do I have storage container Jenga! No more stuff falling out of the cabinet every time I open the cupboard. Now I can stack my lids in the organizer and my storage containers fit nicely on the shelf, and I have a lot of storage containers. I would definitely buy this again and again. Great product" —Laura H.

    22. A pair of moisturizing socks with a gel lining made of shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E to hydrate cracked and dry winter feet — and the individual toes ensure every inch gets the full spa treatment.

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    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in sizes S (fits women's sizes 5-6.5)–L (fits men's and women's sizes 10+)).

    Promising review: "I have the worst feet in the planet. I usually sleep with Vaseline on them with socks over that. That helps, but I hate to put that much petroleum on my feet. I’ve tried everything. I sand my feet daily as well. These socks worked the very first time I slept with them overnight. Baby soft feet. Just an amazing product. I highly recommend." —TryAnythingOnce

    23. A draft stopper you can easily install (just peel and stick!) on your door to keep your home the temperature you *want* to to be, whether you're keeping the A/C in during the summer or the cold out during the winter.

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    You can just the pieces to fit your door, too. And it can help keep bugs out, which 🙌.

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

    Promising review: "These are a must have! I couldn’t believe how easy these were to apply. The material is very easy to cut with normal scissors and I was able to lay it on the door cut the exact length apply and noticed and immediate difference! We bought these for two doors leaking cold air into the house but it’ll also double to keep little bugs out! The material is very bendable which is nice if you open the door and it’s long it doesn’t damage anything it’s very rubbery." —Lindsay T.

    24. Slip-on knit sneaks that'll let you be ~flexible~ enough to stay comfy *and* stylish at the same time. Miracles happen, once in a while.

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    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 4.5–13 and 22 colors and styles, both with and without laces).

    Promising review: "Absolutely the best pair of sneakers I’ve ever owned. I am 39 and a lunch lady, on my achy feet for every minute of my workday, 7:30a-2p. These are the most comfortable shoes I think I’ve ever owned. They actually help my feet and whole body! I am able to do things after work instead of collapse in pain once I get home. I don’t care if they aren’t the most long-lasting shoe (though after over a week of all-day wear, they still look like new), I will be happy to keep repurchasing. They are very cute too, and look great with yoga pants and jeans, and I’m sure everything else I wear that is casual (basically my whole wardrobe). I plan on buying more colors and never being without them! I am so so happy I stumbled onto these shoes." —79mommy23

    25. A spiral-bound password notebook with plenty of lines for each website for when you've added exclamation points and numbers since last time you logged in... but where?

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "This was honestly one of the best small purchases I’ve made on Amazon. As someone who’s constantly forgetting their passwords (and would rather have a small physical copy of them somewhere I can easily access and lock up instead of storing them electronically) this was perfect! The alphabetical tabs make it easy to flip through to the page I need, there’s a lot of space for writing all necessary account/password/security question info & it’s small enough to lock away. Love." —Jennifer

    26. A Schick touch up razor to shape your eyebrows, remove peach fuzz hairs *and* dermaplane your skin, gently exfoliating and removing dead skin.

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    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    Promising review: "These little guys work perfectly for dermaplaning! I used one the other night after I washed and applied toner to my face. It’s been a couple days and my skin still feels baby soft. I didn’t have any sort of reaction or anything to the exfoliation which was nice because I have severe cystic acne. My makeup goes on so smooth and i finally have that glowing look I’ve been trying to get! I will definitely be buying these again." —Hannah Jean

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