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    Apr 9, 2019

    29 Ways To Make Spring Suck Less

    Don't @ me, but spring is the worst season of them all.

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    1. Master the art of layering to make the most of your spring jackets without freezing — I know you're tired of wearing your winter coats anyway.

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    Check out these tips for blending together your favorite button-ups, sweaters, and jackets at Advice From A Twenty-Something.

    2. Bring back the fun of jumping around in puddles in a pair of classic Hunter rain boots. No matter how big the splash, your tootsies (and shins) will stay dry.

    Nordstrom

    Get them from Nordstrom for $150 (available in sizes 5–11 and 5 colors).

    Promising review: "I’m very happy with this purchase! I was worried that they might not be comfortable but in reality they are very comfortable! They fit well (the dimensions given are accurate, which is important to me since I have wide calves). They are durable and keep my feet dry in all weather. Love these boots!" —Lindsayelizabeth

    3. And for those days when a pair of knee-height boots is simply TOO MUCH, slide on a pair of rubber Chelsea boots. They're professional enough for the office, stylish enough for dinner out, and won't make you overheat when you're inside.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 4.5–12 and seven colors).

    Promising review: "I have surprised myself by opting for these shoes almost every single day. I live in a place that can be very snowy, rainy, slushy, or muddy for long periods of time. These boots have very strong soles that help so much with traction, and they are shockingly durable! I wear them hard as a teacher who walks outside a lot to get to and from my modular room. They have no scratches and they rinse or tap clean instantly, even months after purchase. The fit is extremely comfortable. It contours to the sides of the feet, which makes your feet look smaller even though the boots are roomy. I ordered my true size and can wear them with regular socks or thick ones for snowy days. Super versatile, cute, stylish, sturdy shoes! It’s great to have a pair of rain boots that are work-appropriate! Great value." —ChristinaJH16

    4. The fact that it stays longer in the evenings is great, but the sun coming out at 5 a.m.? Not so much. Hang some blackout curtains in the color of your choice to keep those rays from letting you get your morning beauty sleep.

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    Get a pair of panels from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three lengths and 18 colors).

    Promising review: "These are beautiful curtains. They are well made and they block out light, which is what I have been looking for. These curtains are very well made and the color is really pretty, These are truly blackout curtains that also reduce noise, which is an additional plus!! I am very happy with my purchase!!! The price was very reasonable and each package contains two panels with tie-backs, which is a bonus that not often found in blackout curtains that are sold by the panel and not the set. What a great find — I have been shopping for the perfect set of curtains for some time and finally found them!" —Dr. Lora

    5. Forget the adage "April showers bring May flowers" — they mostly bring uncontrollable frizz. ~Smooth things over~ with John Frieda's Secret Weapon touch-up cream; it works on all hair types (curly! straight! whatever!) and helps extend your hairdo, even if you get caught in a storm.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.10.

    Promising review: "This is my go-to product for humid weather. I have semi-curly, thinner hair and I blow dry it every day. I put this on my damp hair, the flat iron then put a little more on top when I am done and it holds all day. I have used it for over a year now, it is the best one I could find that is not oily or heavy. It smells good." —JKMudGirl

    6. Build up your lashes' volume and length without getting that annoying raccoon eye smudging. L'Oreal's Lash Paradise mascara outlasts allergic, watery eyes or the most humid days — ~no sweat~!

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    Get it from Walmart for $8.97.

    Promising review: "This mascara really lengthens & separates lashes with the formula which doesn't clump, smear, flake for many hours of wear and it is very easy to remove at day's end." —SaiK

    This is my favorite drugstore mascara, too! Check out my review (#2 in the post) for all the deets.

    7. I'm sorry to say this, but it's time for spring cleaning. Master the basics you should probably already know by now to make things so much easier. Like, did you know dryer sheets can keep your baseboards dust-free? Now ya do!

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    Check out the full list for everything you need to get your spring cleaning D O N E.

    And get some dryer sheets to keep you from having to RE-CLEAN those baseboards from Amazon for $6.96.

    8. But spring cleaning shouldn't mean scrubbing all day every day. Squeeze on a mold & mildew removing gel, because you don't need to get your whole shower redone when this is in your life. Just squeeze out and let this non-drip gel work its magic overnight — NO s c r u b b i n g.

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    It clings to tile, meaning it'll STAY PUT, killing mold & mildew and keeping it from reappearing later down the road.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising review: "Didn’t think it would work, but it DID with no scrubbing!! My husband didn’t think our grout was originally white, but I knew better. I put this on before bed on a section of grout in the shower, and woke up to gorgeous and bright white, no scrubbing at all the next morning. Just rinse it off. Absolutely buying another bottle. It wasn’t quite enough for my entire shower, but to be fair, we have a lot of small tiles. I think 2 bottles will get the whole shower floor. Bravo on a great product." —thekuan

    9. Pollen sucks. Soothe your itchy, puffy, irritated eyes and pop one of these gel-filled masks in the fridge for a few minutes. It has a gel ball–side and a plush side so you can customize your cooling level!

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.80 (available in seven colors).

    Promising review: "As soon as this arrived (one day) I popped it in the fridge for awhile and then put it on my eyes. Aaaahhh....so soothing! After a long day with allergies, my eyes literally ache. I had bought other eye masks in the past, but the plastic was hard and poked me. This eye mask has enough gel balls to really get into my eye sockets (is that a thing?) and cool them. The plastic cover is flexible and the fabric side is really soft. Now I'm going to buy a second one the keep in the fridge at work!" —Christine

    10. Give your allergy-suffering sinus system a dang break when at home; turn on a UV-free air filter that can get rid of over 99% of airborne dust, pollen, mold, smoke, and pet dander.

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    It has three speed settings, works quietly overnight (no annoying noise), and has a nightlight on top so you can trot to the bathroom in the night without tripping. Multi-functional!

    Get it from Amazon for $82.99.

    Promsing review: "This air purifier has really changed my life. I suffer from allergies and I have been using this at night when I sleep. I wake up feeling more refreshed and less congested. I can tell a difference in the air when I wake up. It is the perfect size and I like the different settings. It isn't loud, I actually find it very peaceful. I wish I had one for every room, and I highly recommend this product." —Emily P.

    11. And for more allergy relief, change your morning showers to evening showers — getting the pollen off your bod and out of your hair right when you get home is best (bye bye nighttime sneezes!).

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    Learn more about this, plus a whole bunch of other great tips in 14 Useful Ways To Keep Season Allergies From Ruining Your Life.

    12. Those little 10-tissue packs you're used to are NOT big enough for peak allergy season. Try these Kleenex to-go packs, which attach to your car seat, purse, backpack, etc. and are filled with 30 soft 'n' plush tissues to keep your sad nose from getting irritated.

    Kleenex

    Get a 10-pack of pouches from Amazon for $24.90.

    Promising review: "Really like these packs of tissues. The smaller packs were never big enough and the quality of the tissue was always poor. These tissues are substantial and don't fall apart easily." —Geollie

    13. Pop on a transparent raincoat so you can show off your outfit, because your #ootd game can't be stopped by the weather.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (one size fits most; also available with pink piping).

    Promising review: "I needed this raincoat to wear over my dress at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. I was skeptical it would fit, but it actually fit well with room to move and quite flattering. I am normally a size 12-14. I got compliments on the raincoat from every third person I saw, men and women both. Great purchase for this price point!" —Anon

    14. Or throw on a shorter, lightweight waterproof windbreaker to protect your favorite top from the precipitaysh (and add a fun dose of color) when it starts to get warmer.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes 16–24 and four colors).

    Promising review: "Just what I was looking for: a lightweight material, but substantial enough to keep you dry. It fits true to size and easily folds to go back in the bag.Perfect for trip and outdoor entertainment." —Kristin Martin

    15. Change your rain game and ditch your regular umbrella for an inverting umbrella: it closes backwards, so you don't get those water droplets all over your bag or home. Plus, it has a hands-free handle you can loop over your wrist, because your hands have other shit to do (looking at you, carrying groceries).

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 32 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "What an awesome umbrella! How have these reverse umbrellas not been around for years?! They are amazing. Whoever came up with this is in genius. The umbrella is pretty and looks awesome, plus it's super functional. Now you so not have to get wet when closing your umbrella or trying to get in you car and shutting the door while it's raining. Plus it stands nicely (with the pretty aide facing out) to dry. The handle is also awesome. I can walk my dog, hold my cell phone, and my umbrella at the same time (all while looking cute might I add)." —Allison

    16. Swap your bulky boots for a pair of Minnetonka moccs crafted in a super pliable suede that'll stretch to fit your feet comfortably — aka the end of sock season does NOT mean the beginning of blister season.

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    Get them from Amazon for $20.49+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 29 colors).

    Promising review: "I am somewhat of a Minnetonka mocc connoisseur, I have at least 10 pairs. I still have and wear the first pair I bought four years ago. They are durable and go with many outfits from jeans to dresses. Over time as your moccs stretch out enough to fit an insole you might think about adding some arch support but I travel in these moccs and can walk 10+ miles a day, no problem without insoles. I wear them sans socks too. I usually spray fresh moccs with some kind of water protectant when I first get them and they hold up a long time and I live in wet Seattle." —KT Lag

    17. Or shelter under a clear bubble umbrella so the wind CANNOT get to you, even if it's hailing or raining sideways. You'll stay dry (and not get stabbed in the eye by someone else's umbrella).

    Amazon

    The polka-dot version of this umbrella got me through long, windy, rainy walks through campus in college!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50+ (available in four designs).

    Promising review: "The best umbrella I've ever had. I bought this umbrella in hopes that it wouldn't flip inside out when it was windy, and it did that and more. We had a pretty bad storm tonight and the wind was incredibly strong, so strong I really did think it was going to break - it not only did not break but it protected me from the hail and the extreme gusts of cold wind from hurting my face. Because it is see-through you can carry it pretty low and look through the umbrella when walking. The wind didn't break the umbrella and it didn't hurt my face. Overall I am so happy I purchased this umbrella and plan on purchasing more for my family." —pb1124

    18. Drown out those annoying birds who start loudly chirping way before your alarm goes off; keep a mechanical white noise machine (it produces white noise by creating rushing air, not fake electric "ocean sounds") on your bedside table.

    Amazon

    Mechanical white noise means NO LOOPING! You can just twist to adjust the volume and frequency — and it has three time options so you can have it running all night, or auto shut off after 30 or 60 minutes.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Promising review: "This is easily one of the smartest purchases I have made in the last year. I needed a white noise to replace a quiet fan and this was an exact fit! It came with controls for speed and volume. That is all I needed. No buttons and switches to reset, instead the unit pivots. Find the sound and volume that you like and leave it on or tap the top for on and off. I love this contraption!" —Cathy

    19. If you're someone who chooses to shave their legs when the warm weather returns, re-learn how to do it right, leaving your skin moisturized and razor bump–free!

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    20. Might I suggest trying Tend Skin, a much-beloved post-shave product to heal razor burn and prevent ingrown hairs, and other bumps? It really works (I use it myself).

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    Get it from Amazon for $20.89.

    Promising review: "I have tried many scrubs, lotions, spray everything and nothing quite worked as well as this did. I will suggest testing it one a small area just to see how it does on your skin because you can tell this is some strong stuff. I started only using this right after I shaved and immediately saw results. It will sting once you put it directly onto your legs after shaving. Kind of like going into the ocean right after you shaved your legs. It has that sort of a stinging feel. It scared me at first because I was worried it was burning my skin but it really was just cleaning and cleansing it. This picture was taken after one use." —Abby Graeter

    21. Keep a super compact waterproof blanket in your gear for those springtime hikes when the ground is still exceptionally muddy. Plus, you can keep using it throughout the summer, because it's perfect for beach days — the sand shakes right off!

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    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "This blanket is really great. I brought this along with me on my four-month trip around Asia & Australia earlier this year. Because it folds up compactly, I was able to throw it in my little backpack/bag and take it with me everywhere I went. Was terrific being able to pull the blanket out of my bag whenever I spontaneously found a great spot to sit, relax, and people watch. It is waterproof, so I didn't worry about getting wet from any morning dew or getting dirty from the ground. It's a pretty decent size for one person (can comfortably fit two people on it, but is also large enough for three, maybe four) — worked really well when meeting up with new friends at a park, etc. Love the little bag it comes in as well -- helped keep my other things clean and also kept the blanket compact. Quality of the material is also quite good. Doesn't feel cheap and has held up really well on my extended trip. It's also fairly easy to fold and pack up quickly in the case of sudden rainfall -- happened to me a couple of times during my trip." —Tiffany C.

    22. For those more sweltering spring days *before* your office building turns on the A/C for the summer, pop this surprisingly powerful desktop fan (it's only six inches) in your cubicle for a blast of cool air.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "Super cute!! Perfect size and very handy. I love it because even on its highest setting, it remains whisper quiet. My office colleagues all like different room temperatures and I tend to be on the hotter side so with this handy fan I am able to keep myself comfortable without having to ice out my colleagues lol. Great product!" —Amazon Customer

    23. And for your home, try a surprisingly quiet tower fan to help you reduce your A/C usage — this baby has three speed settings and powerful air flow so you stay comfortable as the mercury rises (and drops... and rises some more)!

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    It has a remote so you can control it from the comfort of your bed, and you can set it to auto shut off after anywhere from a half hour to 7.5 hours.

    Get it from Amazon for $53.37+ (available in three colors/finishes).

    Promising review: "Wow do I love this fan. I live in an adorable pre–World War 2 apartment with no central AC and only ceiling fans. I was actually looking to purchase a wall unit but for some reason decided to check out a floor fan. I could not be happier with this and am really happy I purchased it. Southern California summers are hot! But within 10 minutes of turning this on the living room significantly cooled down. I don’t know how this is possible considering that it’s a fan and not air conditioning but it does. It works. The fan is also light enough to transfer from room to room if need be, but considering the price point I just may buy another one instead. I highly recommend this! Also, it took all of 5 minutes (that’s a generous overestimation) to assemble the base." —Fay

    24. Protect your knees (and your pants) when getting your garden ship-shape for the warmer weather with a folding, cushioned kneeler— you can also just turn it over to use as a seat!

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    Because pulling weeds is already HARD ENOUGH!!!!!

    Get it from Walmart for $29.88.

    Promising review: "This is a terrific item. Both my husband and I have used it. It's quite helpful for getting up from the ground after pulling weeds or whatever since neither of us are no longer 19 years of age. My husband used it as a stool to repair a crack in a wall. It held him. I am the weed puller so I use it regularly. No more dirty knees or dirty pant's seats." —azCaroline

    25. Keep weather surprises at a minimum (and never get caught without your umbrella) by downloading a top-notch weather app like Dark Sky. You can customize your settings to get a weather report every morning when you wake up, set alerts for precipitation, and check out radar maps for ultimate weather geeking.

    Dark Sky

    Available for iPhone or Android.

    26. Cozy up when the weather gets warmer in a temperature-regulating HygroCotton comforter that'll provide a soothing weight on your bod without overheating.

    Macy's

    No kicking off the covers in the middle of the night, and no staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m. with just a thin top sheet to soothe you to sleep.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection, exclusively at Macy's for $57.99+ (originally $200+; available in sizes full–king).

    27. Now that you've put your tights away for the season, save your thighs from that barelegged chafe with a pair of almost-too-pretty lace Bandalettes, aka spandex-nylon blend anti-chafing bands guaranteed to stay in place all day long.

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    They're also available in plain (non-lace) versions!

    Get them from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in seven sizes ranging from 21" to 32" and 14 colors and styles).

    Promising review: "Ladies, we can finally toss the deodorant. These things work! I was hella skeptical, because my thighs are crazy resistant to any sort of chafe defense. My thighs just love rubbing up against each other too much. But that crap has got to stop! I wore these while walking at least five hours at a music festival and they stayed put without me ever needing to adjust them! I couldn't believe it! My delicate inner thigh skin was preserved, not a chafe in sight, and they're so romantic looking that I didn't even care if someone caught a peek at that beautiful lace. Way sexier than my usual biker shorts. Love that I can wear dresses all day now without worrying about my thighs overheating." —OceanHips

    For more glowing reviews, check out our closer look at Bandalettes!

    28. April and May mean you're longing to wear summery sun dresses, but it simply isn't warm enough yet, so opt for a super-soft maxi dress with cap sleeves and a slit so you can stay comfortable (and receive oodles of compliments).

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and four colors).

    Promising review: "Buy this dress now! LOVE. It is extremely comfortable. The style is simple yet easy to accessorize. I might even throw a pair of leggings on when I don't want the slit. Basically, I want to buy this dress in every color!" —Valerie Cintula

    29. And layer everything (including the dress above) under a moto-style athleisure jacket, because you want the look of a black leather jacket.... but can never be sure if it's going to rain later. 😩

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    Get it from Nordstrom for $98 (available in sizes M–XL and petite sizes XS–XL).

    Promising review: "Loved the jacket! The fabric is very soft and stretchy, so it's comfortable. Yet it has enough weight to give it some structure. I bought this because I love the moto look but don't like leather moto jackets (too heavy). I washed it and it retained its shape (at least after one washing). Sleeves are too long but easy to roll up. Seems like a more expensive jacket than what it costs." —Rost

    Spring still sucks, but in the meantime, these small changes can help you go from Squidward to Spongebob.

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