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    26 Things I'm All Of A Sudden Realizing Basically Every Single Person Needs

    Do you need these? Yes. Everyone does.

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    1. A pack of pimple patches that'll blast away blemishes in the blink of an eye.,

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

    2. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner so you can clean out your sink before your landlord decides to dispose of your deposit.

    Promising review: "After seeing it say it only takes two minutes (mine was closer to four) I thought there was no way it would work. But I can literally hear how much easier the disposal spins. I can see the metal which used to be black. I'm in an apartment where it has probably never been cleaned. I didn't even know the second sink drain was white until this. It had a layer of brown gunk. Simply amazing, I'm shocked how well this stuff works." —J. Peace

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.94.

    3. A phone power bank to save your cell when your battery seems to drop to 50% the second the temperature drops to 50 degrees.


    Promising review: "You can charge and iPhone X from start to finish three plus times in full with this charger before you need to charge it. It is compact, durable, and just a fantastic overall device. The device comes with the charger itself, a mesh bag to carry/store it in, and a cord to charge the device." —Andrew Peterson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in four colors).

    4. A classic Carhartt watch cap that's gonna keep your head warm without any frills...f'real.,

    Promising review: "I bought this in charcoal and lost it on a trip, so I bought the exact color again because I missed it so much. Now I'm back to buy it in more colors. It is thick (because it's a watch cap) but I wear it year round in Dallas or Chicago. The fit is snug to the point that I can sling it back without it falling off and it fits over my afro or straight hair the same and doesn't lose is stretch after washing. This is my favorite hat." —CE

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 36 colors).

    5. A pack of seven dishwasher-safe stretch lids that'll stretch to fit fruits, blenders, and lonely plastic containers – no more digging through drawers of mismatched lids or covering things up with flimsy plastic wrap!


    These are also safe to use in the freezer.

    Promising review: "I purchased these lids in error. I thought that I was ordering a different set of lids. When they arrived, I was disappointed that I had ordered wrong ones but I have to say, boy! Was I wrong! This was the best 'mistake' I made! They stretch and fit tight on any container. I love the variety of the lid sizes and they perform very well. I'm so glad I purchased these, even though it was in error." —shanry

    Get them from Amazon for $13.97.

    6. A bottle of fizzing tablets that easily wipe out coffee and tea stains from your favorite teapots and mugs. Honestly, these things work so well you're sure to be stunned.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug – I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    7. A makeup sponge with a slick, anti-absorbent exterior, so you can save on product and set a perfect foundation every time you put makeup on your face.


    Feel free to just wash this with water and whatever soap you have on hand. Simple as that!

    Promising review: "I love these makeup sponges. I routinely wear argan oil as my moisturizer followed by a silicone-based sunscreen. The silicone sponge allows my makeup to glide on with no pulling on my mature skin. I also love that I can use less foundation because the silicone sponge has no pores to trap the foundation. Best makeup sponges ever!" —L. Padilla

    Get a pair from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A pet hair brush, because there's no way to ~brush off~ the need to remove pet fur from your furniture...unless you want your clothes, blankets, and guests covered in it as well.

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing! It even got hair off of the carpet that our vacuum cleaner couldn't get. The trap has brushes facing the opposite direction inside that grab the hair and keep it maintained in the trap. It is easy to clean and well worth the money! It is so much more effective than any lint roller I've ever purchased, and I was even able to get her fur off of my jeans. Get this thing!" —K. Patao

    Get it on Amazon for $24.95.

    9. A set of decibel-reducing, noise-canceling earplugs – they're gonna keep your ears safe and block the sounds of overzealous crowds at your next concert. You came to hear the band, not the groupies.


    Promising review: "I saw the 'vibes' on Shark Tank just the week prior to a musical festival type event I was in charge of. I quickly ordered them – we all know how loud the music is at a festival. These were fabulous and worked just as shown and as I expected. I usually leave these events with horrible ringing in my ears but not this time! I was so happy to hear the great music but not experience the ringing." —AliceP

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98.

    10. A nourishing hand cream for giving your cuticles a little TLC when building a darling snowman makes your digits feel dreadful.

    One of my BuzzFeed coworker's went into detail about why so many people are obsessed with this hand cream.

    Promising review: "I have suffered from splitting and cracking fingers every fall and winter for years. I tried Eucerin, Lubriderm, and Gold Bond creams, but none seemed to relieve the splitting from reoccurring. I tried O'Keeffe's Working Hand Cream and within two-and-a-half days, the splitting and cracking were no longer a factor. Since using the cream, I have not suffered any more cracking or splitting. I am on a busy schedule and only use it at night when I go to bed. It says it's non-greasy but you can definitely feel a slick texture on your hands once applied. That's why I use it at night before bed when I don't have to open door knobs, touch smartphones, or shake hands. It has the texture of cake icing, goes on smooth and works into the skin quickly. It has no smell I can detect. I am so glad I found this cream, it has ended years of split and cracked fingers/hands." —T.H.

    Get this from Amazon for $5.99.

    11. A BuzzFeed Birchbox filled with hair and skincare products that are sure to make you feel fab.


    P.S. You can enter code "BUZZFEED" for $10 off this box!

    It a foundation primer, a moisturizing mask, a probiotic whipped cream, a texturizing finishing spray, a liquid liner, an oil primer, a cleansing mask, a hair mask, and a pen-like lip color.

    My BuzzFeed coworker goes into detail about every product in the box – read all about it!

    Get it from BuzzFeed x Birchbox for $62.

    12. And a purifying willow bark clay-to-foam cleanser that'll purify your skin with the power of clay while also making you feel heckin' fresh thanks to that fluffy foam.


    Promising review: "This is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used. I have cystic acne and this is the only cleanser that I have used that has gotten rid of all of my cystic acne. I had to go a week without this a couple weeks ago and my cystic acne came back and within a couple days of using this again, it has all disappeared. This is amazing." —Michelle C.

    Get it from Bliss for $12.

    13. A graphic tee with some unsolicited advice everyone is gonna appreciate.

    Hot Topic

    Get it from the BuzzFeed Good Advice Cupcake collection at Hot Topic for $22.90+ (available in sizes S–3XL).

    14. A cold brew maker that'll give you a shot of something special (i.e., espresso) whenever you want it – no need to leave the apartment ever again.


    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote a review about why she thinks you need this cold brew maker.

    Promising review: "I love cold brewed coffee! The biggest problem with making iced or cold coffee was the watered down taste that I had when I added ice to freshly brewed coffee. Takeya solved that problem! This product is incredibly easy to use, and the coffee is delicious! All it takes is some coarsely ground coffee, water and time to brew. In less than three minutes, I had the Takeya loaded and set it in the fridge to brew overnight. While I missed the smell of fresh coffee brewing the next morning, I got over it pretty fast when I tasted the cold brew. So happy to be able to enjoy my favorite hazelnut brew without the acidic taste. I am thinking about buying a second one so that I can have a cup or two in the afternoon." —Tennis Vol

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. A collapsible popcorn popper for movie-enthusiasts who love popcorn, but would also love a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to wasteful bags of popcorn.


    This is dishwasher safe and BPA free.

    Promising review: "We love popcorn in this house, and generally pop a giant bowlful at a time from an air popper for a movie night (seven family members). This silicone popper makes it MUCH more practical to pop just a serving or two without buying the nasty yellow waxy bagged microwave popcorn. The quality of popcorn is just as great as we've always been accustomed to, and the amount of unpopped (waste) corn is similar to bagged microwave popcorn — in other words, minimal." —HRA

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 15 colors).

    16. A pack of 16 hydrating skin masks that'll give you the soft skin of your teenage days, without the hormonal acne.


    Promising review: "I sort of love these masks. I was worried about them but I haven't had a bad one yet. The eye flaps are so you can put them on your eyelids and totally relax! They're amazing if you have the time. So far they all smell amazing. These are very much worth the money." —Kathleen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A fume-free oven cleaner so you can make your oven clean enough to actually cook in after years (and I mean years) of neglect.

    Promising review: "Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. I am VERY pleased!" —KsGrl444

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    18. A turntable stand designed to keep your records upright and prevent them from getting warped...genius! Plus, this chic style is sure to make your living room look as sophisticated and snazzy as Instagram expects.


    Promising review: "This piece is gorgeous and looks great in my home. It has literally revolutionized my house – I play records all the time now! I'm so thankful for this purchase. Love it!!" —Doni

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $119.56 (available in five colors).

    19. A pack of washing-machine tablets that'll dissolve and wash away any odor-causing residue your sweat-stained competitive hopscotch laundry may have left behind.


    Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a pack of six on Amazon for $11.99.

    20. And a dryer vent coil brush that's gonna grab all the gunk your favorite shedding fabrics leave behind.


    Promising review: "We are in love! This thing cleans so well and gets all the way down the line and around the corner. Its wide bristles really help get all the lint out and even help scrub some of the really stuck in their pieces off. We use this regularly now to clean out the vent!" —Leslie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. An easy-as-can-be herb grower – this sleek machine uses pre-seeded pods that grow in water, not soil, so it's sure to prevent messes and give the kitchen counter some serious ~herb~ appeal.


    It also uses energy efficient LED lights that'll automatically turn on and off, so no need to think about those! And if you're worried about taking care of your needy plant babies, don't! This has automatic timers to remind you to add water and plant food.

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed Tasty x Aerogarden for $49.99 (originally $99.99, available in four kits).

    22. A detailing cleaning putty that'll pick up the dust in every nook and cranny of your car. This stuff is so fun you may finally understand why kids these days are so suspiciously into slime.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product but it worked really well! It worked especially well on the little crevices around the emergency break and gear shifter. I’d recommend this cleaning gel to everyone. It works like a charm!" —Panda H.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

    23. A dishwasher safe garlic peeler that's gonna keep your freshly peeled garlic cloves intact and keep the peelings inside as your cloves pop out, making meal prep mercilessly simple.


    This includes a ventilated case for storage.

    Promising review: "OK, this is DEFINITELY not a gimmick! Follow the instructions and this will save you time and sanity in the kitchen! Roll it with minimal pressure and it works like a champ. It also rinses very easily and dries quick. The case has holes on either end to ensure it dries completely in between uses when you toss it in a drawer. I will never hand/knife smash garlic and fight with those pesky skins sticking to everything ever again." —ThatKasper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    24. A mini skillet so you can cook a single-serving dish without having to clean out a massive pan.


    Apartments with dishwashers are like narwhals, I know they *technically* exist, but I'm still not totally convinced they're real.

    Promising review: "This is a great skillet. It fits one egg and leaves it shaped perfectly for an egg sandwich." —Sarah C

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 15 sizes).

    25. A 10-motor massage mat for everyone who knows that life is occasionally a pain in the neck (and back and shoulders *and* just about everywhere else).


    The lumbar area heats up to 140 degrees in less than eight minutes and it has three vibration intensity levels to choose from.

    Promising review: "Very easy to use! I like the versatility of the zone settings and varying intensities. The cushioning is quite nice. I lay it down into my lazy boy recliner and it is very relaxing!" —Donna Shreve

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in two colors).

    26. And an Instant Pot that'll basically replace your entire kitchen with one tiny appliance.


    The Duo Plus replaces nine common kitchen appliances. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and egg cooker, with the ability to sauté, steam, warm, sterilize... and oh, it makes cakes too. Read all about why the Instant Pot is changing how we cook in my BuzzFeed coworker's review.

    Promising Review: "I deliberated about buying one of these for so long (over a year). I regret all of this deliberation, because now that I have it, I'm not sure how I lived without it. Rice turns out perfectly every time. It's amazing. I push a button and walk away and end up with edible rice every single time. I love that this has so many uses in our combined vegetarian/omnivorous household. This Instant Pot produced the only pork dish that my husband has ever liked. I made an amazing vegan curry. I've made soy milk, almond milk, and cashew milk yogurts, and they've all been fantastic. I'll never 'boil' an egg any other way ever again. Eggs turn out perfectly every time and they are so easy to peel. Stop deliberating and buy this now!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

    When I realize Christmas is over but I still want stuff:

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