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    Literally 32 Things That Are As Functional As Hell

    Just a bunch of products that are really, really good at what they do. 💪🏽

    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. No7's Stay Perfect Foundation if you want a long-lasting foundation that keeps your oiliness under wraps and lasts all day without creasing or clogging your pores.

    No7

    Promising review: "Perfect amount of medium coverage, and the SPF is an amazing plus!! Stays on all day and looks flawless!" —alipb8eb

    Get it from No7 for $15.99 (available in 11 shades).

    2. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara so you can make your dream of voluminous, curly lashes come true. It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day — what more could you ask for?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this mascara! I’ve used the 'best of the best' designer, super hyped, ultra popular mascara available and NOTHING compares to this stuff! I don’t even bother using a lash curler anymore! I buy two at a time so I always have a spare (yes, it’s that good!!). I highly recommend this particular mascara...it goes on effortlessly, it lasts pretty much all day, and the price — I feel like I’m almost stealing it! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!!!" —chulaboola

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. A maracuja oil to help stressed skin. This lightweight, cold-pressed maracuja and yangu oil blend is rich in antioxidants that can firm, brighten, and protect the skin.

    The bottle
    @nyakiobeauty / Via instagram.com

    Nyakio is a Black-owned beauty brand created by Nyakio Kamoche Grieco. The line is paraben-, phthalate-, sulfate-, mineral oil–, petrolatum-, and formaldehyde-free and made with fair trade shea butter.

    Promising review: "I have recently gotten into clean skincare, and this face oil is a new favorite! First of all, the packaging is great and well thought out; the stopper mechanism helps keep excess oil from spilling all over the place. Second, the oil has a nice feel to it, moisturizing without being sticky. I also love how it smells! Lastly, it gives me a great glow, and paired with the baobab moisturizer, it makes for a perfect primer before applying makeup! 10/10 highly recommend!" —BBrooks

    Get it from Target for $40.49.

    4. A pair of moisture-wicking high-rise 7/8 compression leggings that'll keep you cool during sweaty HIIT sessions and yoga flows.

    Model running in sand wearing the leggings in orange
    Free People

    Promising review: "I've tried leggings from all the major activewear brands and just got these in black a week ago. It quickly became my favorite pair :) Perfect for yoga and Pilates. They're super comfortable, do a great job of staying up, and the seam lines are really cute and flattering." —emmanyc

    Get them from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and 18 colors).

    5. A grooming rake because it'll help loosen fur, lighten your dog's undercoat, and prevent future mats. This brush is specifically designed for pooches with thick, dense fur or double coats.

    Reviewer photo of a husky sitting next to a pile of fur that's almost as big as itself and has been removed with the rake
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wish I could give this thing seven stars, but five will have to do. I was able to pull entire sheets of undercoat out of our husky without disturbing the topcoat. I've never had anything work so well. It's even easier to keep the fur pile together. The fur stays clumped instead of getting spread out and floating around like with the blade style Furminator. This thing really digs the loose stuff out so much faster and easier. Check the photo to see what 20 minutes will get you." —pvfjr

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    6. A sports bra for silky smooth support and compression. It's ideal for low- to medium-impact activities, like cycling, Pilates, and yoga.

    Bandier

    Get it from Bandier for $58 (available in sizes XS–XXL and nine colors).

    7. A hydrating lip balm made with honey, plant oils, and shea butter because it's so dang moisturizing that you will never — and I really mean never — stray from it.

    Reviewer photo of the lip balm, which comes in a small pot
    amazon.com

    Nuxe's Rêve de Miel lip balm is truly holy grail-tier IMHO. I bought my first pot at a pharmacy in Paris after hearing British beauty bloggers rave about it — and it did not disappoint. It's quite thick when you first apply but it literally melts on your lips when you rub it in. It feels hydrating without being sticky, and a little goes a long way. My lips are basically never chapped — not even in the middle of winter — thanks to this dreamy lip salve. I'm pretty sure Nuxe stopped selling this in the US, so we are truly blessed that Amazon carries it. (Seriously, I love this lip balm so much that I accepted two pots of it as payment for house-sitting for a month.)

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    8. A bottle of Futuredew if you want that dewy, glowy, I-just-got-eight-hours-of-sleep look. Apply it as a last step in your skincare routine and enjoy 12 hours of bright, radiant skin.

    Model with glowing skin
    Glossier

    Promising review: "I wasn’t sure how to use this or why I should until I got myself a little sample and had a go and then — BAM! WOW! I recently recovered from 10 years of acne (and still get occasional zits), and now I have combination skin with some dry patches. My makeup always seems to reveal the dry spots more than anything else — until Futuredew. I put this on under my foundation and after my moisturizer and not only does my skin look luminous (not oily), but it looks younger, no longer patchy, healthier, and just down right radiant! It just glows and I feel great — especially since this pandemic began. This is just one little spark of joy that makes me feel good, so even though I’m working from home, I put this on every morning to set the tone for my day." —Lindsey

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    9. A hydroponic AeroGarden so you can grow fresh herbs (and even salad greens) on your counter without soil (no soil = no mess!). It even reminds you when to feed your plamps so people with black thumbs can participate.

    The AeroGarden
    AeroGarden

    It comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint pods and a three-ounce bottle of plant food.

    Promising review: "I have to say I have a black thumb; I have practically killed cactuses — but I love to cook so I've always wanted to garden and get fresh herbs and veggies. I decided to take the leap and buy this to see if my plant-murdering days were behind me, and turns out they are! It pretty much grows on its own with very little input from me!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

    Check out my colleague's AeroGarden review here for more deets!

    10. A year-round paw protection cream to guard against scorching hot sidewalks and sand in the summer and ice and salt in the winter. It's made with vitamin E to keep the paw pads moisturized, but some reviewers use it on their dry, cracked heels as well as their tattoos.

    Reviewer before and after showing how effective the balm is moisturizing a dog's paw pads
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I live in Florida where the pavement gets very hot in the summer. I started to notice my dog’s pads getting chapped and rough. Whenever I would touch them he would recoil, which made me think they were bothering him. I ordered Mushers because I hate when my hands are dry and I couldn’t stand to think my baby might be uncomfortable or even in pain! It was actually difficult to apply at first because my dogs paws were so rough. After the first application I noticed a difference in the texture of his paws. Not just immediately after application but the following day as well. When I went to apply the next day I noticed it was significantly easier to apply because my dog’s paws were significantly softer. With every subsequent application I noticed my dog’s paws were softer and less rough. After five days of application they feel like a baby’s butt! Definitely recommend and will be repurchasing. This has become part of my pup’s routine." —Lexi Berger

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. A TubShroom if your relaxing showers have turned into you standing in a puddle of water for 15 minutes because the drain is clogged...again. This little guy snags the hair you shed before it can collect in the pipes.

    youtube.com

    Promising review: "I have long hair and recently had a baby. This means the poor tub drain is getting clogged every time we turn around, and we're spending ridiculous amounts of time with that spiky stick thing you shove down there and then pull out over and over. I figured if this even worked to catch half of my hair then it would be worth its salt. Holy moly. When they say it catches every hair they aren't kidding. We clean it off about twice A WEEK! And when they say it's easy to clean, they are right again. A swipe with toilet paper and the hair blob comes right off to be flushed down the toilet. I've already told so many people about this product because I love it so much. Fantastic!!!" —sasamo

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

    12. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets so you can reclaim your favorite thermos from the pile of forgotten mugs. These tablets will lift old stains and odors so your cups are finally usable again.

    youtube.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING!!!!!! It is completely worth the price. You will be AMAZED at how fast it works and how efficiently too. I admit, I was a little skeptical, even with other users posting pictures. For me, it was a try it to believe it. I did and I totally do. It works so well that it has made one of my tea tumblers look better than when I bought it. I would highly recommend this product!" —T. V. Henson

    Get a pack of 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    13. A stylish ceramic cup to hold anything from coffee or a cocktail to flowers and pens.

    The cups
    Jungalow

    Jungalow is a Black-owned business and the brainchild of Justina Blakeney. It's stocked with aesthetically pleasing home goods that'll add ~jungalicious~ vibes to any room. Plus, Jungalow is committed to responsible and sustainable business practices (like reducing their use of single-use plastics!), and they donate to organizations like the ACLU, Girls Who Code, and The Rainforest Alliance among others!

    Get it from Jungalow for $20 (available in five colors).

    14. A Tushy bidet attachment that'll help you pamper your patootie. Not only will it help you use less TP, but it also just leaves you feeling cleaner after you go.

    Tushy

    This is the bidet I use and I 100% recommend to my friends, family, and to you, dear reader. Installation was pretty simple; from start to poop it took about 15 minutes. The sensation is truly something if you've never experienced it before, but the cool water will probably feel good once it's summer and my apartment gets nice and steamy. (There's also a version of this attachment that sprays warm water if you're into that!)

    Promising review: "Absolutely love it! Was super easy to install and now I’ll never go back to just regular ol' toilet paper because this makes me feel so fresh and clean!" —Kevin B

    Get it from Tushy for $79 (originally $99; also available in silver).

    15. A liquid tartar remover for dogs who desperately need their teeth cleaned but who also won't let you near them with a toothbrush. (Think of it as doggy mouthwash!) Just add this to their water and you'll notice your dog's plaque and bad breath subside.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My dog's molars were turning black and he had a ton of buildup on his canines. In the photo (above), just imagine everywhere you see slight yellow, instead covered in black and brown gunk and hard plaque. His gums were beginning to look inflamed. And, of course, his breath could kill a horse. After one week of constant use (a cap full for every bowl of water) you could see an obvious difference in tooth color. I was blown away. (Why can’t human mouthwash do such a good job on our teeth?) After three weeks, his molars were almost completely clean. After a couple months of use, the plaque on his canines was soft enough to brush some of it off, which was totally impossible before. Plaque covered the canine approximately 70%. Obviously that's no longer the case. Idk what insane solvent this is made of, but it keeps his gross mouth clean as a whistle. Now I don’t have to worry about my picky princess mutt losing his teeth because he can’t be bothered to chew anything." —BaconPancakes

    Get it from Amazon for $6.87.

    16. A delicious Kevin's Natural Foods sauce packet for simplifying supper and helping you stick with your Keto and Paleo lifestyle. Simply pour the sauce on the meat of your choice (there's even a 10-minute recipe on the back if you're looking for meal ideas), and that's dinner!

    Chicken wings with Kevin's Korean BBQ Sauce
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These sauces are magic. A high-end trick added to our meal prep. Really tasty options. We have been doing meal prep for quite a while and the salt and pepper meals were getting old. We tried to incorporate skillet sauces into our meals and tried all the brands out there. They were OK but not very healthy. When I saw these on Amazon I had to try them (Keto- and Paleo- Certified), and they taste amazing. Now we have a different flavor each and every day and we can still keep the diet." —Fernando Pimentel

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in 11 flavors).

    17. Bar Keepers Friend, a hardworking cleanser because you're tired of scrubbing (and scrubbing) the food bits burned onto your stove and not seeing it get any cleaner. It's safe to use on porcelain, stainless-steel, copper, so bye-bye stains!

    BuzzFeed editor's before and after showing the cleaner removed all the black stains around her stovetop burners
    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "As of late, my 7-year-old Le Creuset has been looking anything but appetizing. It had a lot of black stains from constant use, and I've never been able to find anything to get rid of them. However, BKF managed to make it look like new! And the scrubbing pad worked like a charm. I was left with a clean Dutch oven and absolutely no scratches or damage to the enamel. I wish I had taken a before picture to fully illustrate the difference. I will definitely purchase this product again." —Carrie M.

    Get the cleanser and a scouring pad from Amazon for $17.99.

    Check out my colleague's Bar Keepers Friend review here (she basically used it to scrub her new apartment clean) for more deets!

    18. A versatile pan if you're looking for cookware that'll get the job done and look good while doing it. At the intersection of style and function is this pan, which has a steamer basket, a built-in easy-pour spout, and a nesting spatula.

    Our Place

    I love my Our Place pan. It's a beautiful sage color that isn't an eyesore on my stovetop. I also really love the steamer basket, which is great for frozen dumplings, and the nesting spatula. No more sauce and grease dripping from the spoon all over the counter!

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in four colors).

    19. A black marble-style desk so you can finally set up your own at-home work space. It's compact enough to fit in your teeny tiny apartment but roomy enough to fit your laptop, mouse, and stationery.

    The desk
    Amazon

    Promising review: "ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DESK!!! It exceeded my expectations. I needed a work area in my studio apartment and this desk added an upscale and classic flair to my space. The assembly took me less than 15 minutes. I am SO happy and recommend it to anyone. LOVE IT. Not too big. Not bulky. Perfect." —Desaree

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $136.99.

    20. A pack of reusable bamboo towels to help you clean messes while being kind to the planet. The towels are machine-washable and will last you 120+ washes, replacing a whopping six months' worth of paper towels.

    The towels, which are strong enough to support a watermelon while wet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are tremendously absorbent. We use them primarily for hand drying. I hand wash and air dry and they last for months. They are also fantastic for washing windows, mirrors, and your glasses. Absorbent, lint-free, leaves it sparkling clean. I use one, wet one, a sprayer with vinegar, and one to dry and polish with." —Anthony Lawrence

    Get a roll from Amazon for $12.99.

    21. A mounted brush that'll satisfy your cat's ceaseless demands for scritches. Just mount it to a corner with the included adhesive strips and watch as your beloved babies leave you for the warm embrace of this gray and white piece of plastic.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall." —T. Mangiaracina

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    22. A texture foam mousse to offer juuuust the right amount of definition and hold for your curls without making your mane feel crunchy or flaky.

    The mousse can
    Target

    The Doux is a Black-owned business run by Maya Smith, a hair master and salon owner. Smith's hair care line, which is heavily inspired by '90s culture and features plenty of musical puns, is designed for people of color with natural hair.

    Promising review: "I would say my natural hair type is 3c/4a and it didn't weigh my hair down at all. So far, I've used Mousse Def on both twist-outs and braid-outs, which is funny because I've actually never used a foam mousse for either of those before, only creme products. I first saturated each section of my hair with water, then worked through one generous pump of this product. I love this product so much because it doesn't leave my hair flaky or crunchy. The hold is GREAT for it to be so lightweight, it's super moisturizing as it didn't dry my hair out, and it gives me amazing curl definition that lasts for a good amount of days. I've held onto styles using this product for as a long as a week! Would definitely recommend!" —liseep

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    23. An eyebrow grooming gel like Boy Brow for taming your unruly eyebrows or creating fluffy caterpillars from sparse, barely there hairs.

    BuzzFeed editor's before and after photos showing that Boy Brow made her eyebrows look thicker and darker
    Anamaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I wore this to a festival and it stayed on through infinite sweat there. After the festival, I got hit by a car on the side of the road and after getting pulled out from under a car and going to the hospital, the only intact part of my makeup when I left the hospital was this brow product." —Maddy

    Get it from Glossier for $16.

    Check out my colleague's review of Boy Brow for more deets! (#5)

    24. An acne patch because pimples always pop up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have tried many of the acne patches that are becoming increasingly popular. This is by far the best brand I have tried. There is a good variety of sizes in this packet. I wash my face in the evening and apply a patch. In the morning, the patch is clearly filled and the size of the pimple has significantly reduced and redness is gone. It is honestly a lifesaver and it is an absolute steal for the price!" —Brankica Cosic

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 4,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    25. And a pack of brightening patches if you're prone to acne scars and hyperpigmentation. These stickers have 173 dissolving micropoints that deliver skin-lightening ingredients so you can say goodbye to post-blemish dark spots.

    Hero Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I’ve heard great things about these patches online, and had to try them myself when they came out. I couldn’t be happier with the results!!! Like others say, these little patches are so much cheaper than laser, and achieve the same incredible results in a short span of time. If you have lingering spots in need of a touch-up or a little lightening, then the Micropoint patches are a must-have for your beauty arsenal! These won’t disappoint." —LaurModels

    Get a pack of six from Hero Cosmetics for $12.99.

    26. A multi-use skincare oil so you can say bye-bye to uneven skin, stretch marks, and acne scars. It helps your body retain moisture (see ya later, dry skin!) and absorbs into the skin fast so you won't feel greasy.

    Before photo of reviewer's red, slightly raised scar and an after photo of the same scar that is barely visible after using the oil
    amazon.com

    Psst! Bio-Oil contains retinol, which accelerates skin turnover but can make you more sensitive to the sun — so don't forget your sunscreen!

    Promising review: "I am in love with this stuff. This is an absolute steal for the price. I've been using for about one month. It has totally changed the overall appearance of my skin and I've had many comments remarking on how my skin is 'glowing.' To keep this short, I will be using this regularly and would absolutely recommend without hesitation!" —jbt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89+ (available in three sizes).

    27. A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful head to suction up blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup. It comes with four different attachments for all your skincare needs, as well as five suction levels so you can clear up your skin without painful blackhead-removing strips.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product works as advertised. I was surprised and a little grossed out the stuff it pulled from my pores. I've been using it about a month now and it's helping my pores look smaller (and cleaner!) Works great for oily skin and clogged pores." —Hugatree

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three colors).

    28. Killawatt highlighter that'll help you follow Rihanna's example and shine bright like a diamond. Its cream-powder formula is blendable and feels practically weightless on your skin!

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought this a month ago and I’ve been waiting to use this on my birthday. When it touched my face, I instantly felt even more beautiful with it on. It shimmers and glistens and just makes any deeper-complexion woman's skin pop! Most definitely my #1 highlighter." —LIBRA29

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $36 (available in nine shades and duos).

    Check out my colleague's review of Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter for more deets!

    29. A pack of Snug Plugs for anyone struggling with loose outlets. This'll solve the problem of plugging your phone before going to sleep only to realize the next morning that it fell out of the outlet and never charged.

    The Snug Plug, which looks like a staple that you insert into your outlet to make the holes smaller
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We had been experiencing plugs falling out of our outlets just about every day, which was extremely annoying. I was searching Amazon and discovered this product purely by accident. I had no idea such a product existed and thought we were going to have to replace several of our outlets in the house. I figured I would give them a try and was so glad I did. These snug plugs did the trick. No longer did my plugs fall out. They are also extremely easy to install, so I ordered another packet because with time I am sure other outlets will need them." —Babs

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    30. A pack of food spikes if you're a forgetful gardener. Good thing these lil' guys will feed your plants continuously for up to two months!

    Fingers pushing plant food spike into a pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It's Miracle-Gro or nothing. I wasted money on the other food spikes." —MIXED-MEDIAS

    Get a pack of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.99.

    31. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets, because yes, you have to clean the dishwasher. They'll blast away limescale and mineral buildup for you so you can skip the bleach and end up with cleaner dishes. How? Hard water can leave behind white crusty deposits on both your glasses and plates as well as the dishwasher itself. A good cleaning every now and then can help ensure your dishes emerge sparkling clean.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My dishwasher was getting into horrible shape. The top tray would stick and bind no matter how careful I was. The bottom tray was making noises when I moved it. The whole inside of the dishwasher was growing a coating of white mineral deposits. The washing arms were making noises during wash cycles. The dishes were not getting clean. When my order of Affresh arrived, I ran a clean cycle. When I opened the dishwasher at the end, it was clean. Both trays moved easily. The washing arms were clean. The next load of dishes was spotless. Now I run a cleaning cycle the first of every month. This is one product that I will not do without. My dishwasher is five years old, but after using Affresh it looks virtually new." —Mithrandir

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    32. A calming rosehip cleanser so you can spoil your stressed, tired skin with a luxurious blend of vitamins A, C, and E as well as hydrating fatty acids.

    The cleanser
    Epilogic

    Epilogic is a Black-owned skincare line started by Chaneve Jeanniton, MD. Dr. Jeanniton's line is free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, and artificial fragrances.

    Get it from Epilogic for $40.

    Me congratulating all these products for being hella good at their jobs:

    Fremantle USA

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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