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    1. A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful head for suctioning 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.

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    Promising review: "I am a licensed esthetician and provide facial services every day. If I had known about this little gadget I would have incorporated it into my facials a LONG time ago. It works SOOOOO WELL. The suction power it has is by far the best I have come encountered in the 11 years I have been working in the skincare industry!!!! I am soooo glad one of my clients recommended it. I will NEVER GO WITHOUT this in my skincare routine ever again! Great job to whoever produced this product! Well done! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Highly recommended!!!!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A box of Crest 3D whitening strips to lighten your smile and remove up to 14 years of teeth stains sans the exorbitant dentist bill.

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    Promising review: "For background, I am a certified dental assistant. I have tried professional whitening systems in the past, but I wasn't happy with it due to the sensitivity it was causing. I used these Crest strips twice a day for about 10 days, but stopped because I was happy with the shade at that point. I COULD have gone whiter, but I prefer a more natural look. I wish I had taken before/after pics! These strips cause a tiny bit of sensitivity, but nothing a little Sensodyne won't fix. Super easy to use too. One tip I'd recommend is drying your teeth off with a paper towel before placement, just so they adhere better. Also, keep in mind that you may need to spit periodically while having the white strips in, so keep a paper towel or something nearby. Otherwise, just follow the instructions and they work awesome! Seriously worth the money in comparison to an $80 kit from your dentist." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    3. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream because you're tired of your mom constantly asking you, "Are you getting enough sleep?" on your weekly FaceTime even though she should darn well know that your dark circles are hereditary (thnx a lot Mom!).

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    Promising review: "I am very happy I found this eye cream. I was using something else that I really loved but got discontinued last year and I was having trouble finding something to replace it with when I came across this one on Amazon. I've been using it now for a bit over a month, and it's been great. I love and use rosehip oil, and the fact that this eye cream contains this as one of the main ingredients is a plus for me. I am a holistic esthetician, and I will be using this one on my clients in my treatment room as well." —Julia H

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    4. A milk frother if you want to transform your morning caffeine infusion into a cafe-quality experience. Pinkies up!

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    Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in 25 colors).

    5. An OXO burr grinder so your inner coffee snob can ensure the grounds are a uniform shape = a better-tasting cup of java.

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    Promising review: "This is a really nice grinder. I’m a professional coffee roaster and love brewing great coffee at home. I should have bought this OXO in the first place. It outclasses cheaper grinders in every way. There is an appreciable difference between each click on the adjustment wheel, giving you total control to dial in the grind to your brew method and personal preferences. I don’t brew espresso at home, so I can’t comment on the very fine grind settings. Something else I’ve noticed is that this machine is very well grounded, which means the grinds don’t fly around and make a huge mess. They stay nicely in the collection cup, which is super easy to clean if you’re switching between different beans. I can’t recommend this grinder enough. It’s very simple to operate, looks handsome on the counter, and produces a superb grind at a fair price. A great buy." —Hunter Dorné

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95.

    6. A pack of Schick dermaplaning razors that'll take care of stray hairs the minute you notice them. Reviewers also say they're great for shaving peach fuzz so makeup applies more evenly.

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    Promising review: "This is the best face razor I have ever used. It took my hair off so easily. Extremely good quality. I am a licensed cosmetologist and do makeup on clients, and I feel like it makes my skin look flawless after I put my foundation on. I love these and will continue to purchase. Price is also good for the quality of the product." —Megan Markvicka

    "I am a licensed esthetician who performs dermaplanning services weekly on clients using medical grade blades. I got these for myself at home since I’ve always been a fan of Tinkle razors and hate peach fuzz. The amount of dead skin that is removed with these along with the peach fuzz is up there with my medical grade dermaplanning blades. Just be careful because they are sharp. Great for a quick touchup but definitely doesn’t replace a professional treatment." —Carli

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    7. An eco-friendly hard water stain-remover for helping you wipe away soap scum and residue in your shower in half the time it normally takes you to clean. It's biodegradable so the scent won't singe your nose hairs and make you gag, plus it's safe enough to use on just about anything — including shower glass, tile, granite, stainless steel, marble, brass, and porcelain.

    Reviewer before and after showing the cleaner removed hard water stains on a glass shower door
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    Promising review: "Absolutely zero dislikes for this product. As a professional maid, I regularly run into hard water issues in new clients’ homes. I have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at hard water stains from vinegar, baking soda, Barkeepers Friend, Soft Scrub, 0000 steel wool, green scouring pads, what have you. Nothing worked until I found this fantastic product. I have restored so many showers, whether it is removing hard water stains on glass and faucets, rust rings from shaving cream cans left in fiberglass showers, children’s toothpaste dye color from natural stone, stains from coffee drips left on formica counter tops, etc. Hands down best product I have ever used in my profession. If I could be a brand rep for Bio Clean, I would be! (NO they did not pay me for this review.)" —Kate Leask

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88.

    8. A set of Kegel weights to not only help with incontinence but also potentially make sex easier, less painful, and more enjoyable. These are especially great for people who've just given birth, though anyone can benefit from strengthening their pelvic floor muscles.

    Reviewer holding one of the weights, which is similar in size to a tampon
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    Promising review: "I am a pelvic floor physical therapist, and these weights are my go-to for patients with a variety of pelvic floor conditions. They're smooth, comfortable, and very easy to use, and there's a weight for everyone. I highly recommend these to people dealing with urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and many other issues. If you're not sure how to get the most of of them, Intimate Rose is very responsive, or if you need personalized help I would recommend seeing a pelvic floor PT near you, but these weights can definitely be a very useful tool for many people with the right guidance." —Kate Amsden

    Get a set of six weights from Amazon for $49.99.

    9. A Squatty Potty, because a bout of constipation shouldn't leave you down in the ~dumps~. Squatting changes the angle of your anal canal, opening it up so it's easier for things to exit.

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but this was recommended to me by doctor as there are some, ahem, regularity issues at my age. This thing really does work. My 60 minutes in the loo has gone down to less than 5–10 minutes. Won't poo....er, do without it again." —D. Milner

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. A plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish if your fridge has been covered in smudges and fingerprints for so long that you've forgotten how beautiful and shiny it once was. Reviewers say it helps keep your surfaces smudge-free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!

    Hand wiping a fridge door after applying the cleaner
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    Promising review: "As a metallurgical engineer I avoided stainless-steel appliances for years because I knew we could not solve the finger marks and water staining. When we bought a new house with all stainless I had to take over their cleaning and I hated it! My years of education and experience in metals were of no help to me. Then, In frustration, I stumbled on Therapy. It works. Now I just use a dry rag daily and and re-polish every once in a while." —Twig Family

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $16.97.

    11. A grooming rake so you can loosen fur and lighten your dog's undercoat in one go instead of vacuuming up chunks of hair every day as they're shed. 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
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    Promising review: "It really gets out the hair from undercoat of my Aussie without pulling and hurting her. It came highly recommended by my groomer. It really helps with shedding, pulls that undercoat out, and keeps my old girl cool in the Florida heat." —R. Smith

    "This works amazing. I am a groomer and this works really well for the clients that have dogs with a lot of undercoat that’s shedding. I may get a second one for home use. And you can’t beat the price!" —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A box of pore-tightening, skin-lifting face masks that'll truly terrify you, first because you'll look like a zombie once you've applied it, and second because it's so darn effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

    Before of reviewer with forehead wrinkles, puffy eye bags, and crow's feet next to after photo of same reviewer with less noticeable wrinkles and tighter-looking skin.
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    Promising review: "This mask is amazing! Made my skin look at least five years younger and made it so soft! I am an esthetician and have wanted to try the pricey Hanacure mask forever but when I came across this same product for a fraction of the price I ordered it right away. It does have a mild smell but it isn’t unpleasant... and I’m super sensitive to smell. Application is super easy with the brush the mask comes with. It get super tight while drying and I found it easiest to remove with a wash cloth. My skin instantly looked firmer and more even in tone." —jacqueline

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $26.10.

    13. A bottle of Olaplex No. 3 for reviving your dry, damaged hair and repairing broken hair bonds. As someone who spends four-plus hours bleaching my hair every six to eight weeks, I can 100% vouch for this miracle in a bottle.

    Before and after of BuzzFeed editor who used the treatment showing it made her damaged, frizzy bleached blonde hair look smoother, shinier, and healthier
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    Promising review: "I used to work in beauty salons and all our hairdressers were using Olaplex products to protect clients' hair from damage while coloring. I use it now for myself. Normally my hair is very dry at the ends and dull. After using this product it looks and feels much more lively." —Emmy

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    My colleague (pictured above) also swears by this stuff. Check out her Olaplex review here for more deets and some before and afters that'll make you buy this in bulk.

    14. A painless derma roller to transform your skin for a fraction of the price you'd pay at a spa. The itty bitty micro needles exfoliate dead skin cells and help your skincare absorb better. With consistent use, you'll see glowier skin and less texture.

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    Before you go rubbing this all over your face, educate yourself on how to use a derma roller properly!

    Promising review: "I’ve never left a review on Amazon before, but this product is amazing! I am a licensed esthetician as well as a licensed laser technician and I have never seen an at-home tool work as many wonders as this one did. I have extremely sensitive skin and was recovering from an acid burn I received while I was in school, which caused horrible acne and left even worse scarring. I had a total of nine laser treatments but was left with lots of uneven skin texture and hyper pigmentation, but after using this tool at home twice my skin is almost completely back to normal and I am back to wearing no makeup. I will be recommending this to all my clients!" —Meghan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

    15. A dip powder kit because you'll save yourself a lot of money in the long run by perfecting your at-home manicure. The powder dries in just 30 minutes, and reviewers say the color stays chip free for weeks — which is great but also a bummer because it's so easy to use that you'll wish you could do it all over again.

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    Promising review: "Easy to use. I am a manicurist and use it on clients." —Andrea D.

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in two styles).

    16. A nail grinder if you want your wood floors and furniture to remain free of scratch marks. It'll trim your pup's claws to an acceptable length so they don't leave behind gouges in your beautiful oak flooring. Plus it's super quiet and smooth, which is ideal for dogs who get spooked by regular nail clippers.

    Before photo of a reviewer's dog with extremely long, thick nails and an after photo of the same dog with neatly trimmed nails
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    Promising review: "As a groomer I’ve used professional dog grooming Dremels that cost double and triple what this little guy cost and this is great! It came ready to do the job. It is easy to hold and is perfect for touch-ups after clipping the nails or just tipping them. It is nice to not have another cord hanging around and charges quick. I don’t leave the charger plugged in all of the time since that tends to kill the battery a lot faster. If I know I have a dog coming in I’ll charge it and use it that day and the charge usually lasts for a few days, (depending how often I use it). I don’t recommend using it on big dogs unless you are just touching up the nails since it doesn’t have the strength to grind down big nails like that." —T.I.M.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    17. A beeswax wood polisher so you can revive your dinged and dented cabinets and table quick as a flash. Plus, this method is a heck of a lot cheaper than actually replacing the wood, and using this polish on a regular basis can actually help keep the wood hydrated so it lasts longer.

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    Promising review: "As a professional woodworker, finisher, and restorer of 30 years, this product is supreme in every way. It will be a staple in my supplies. I only wish I could've created it." —Richard F. Gentry

    "I'm a carpenter so I'm aware of good oils for wood. This has to be the best furniture polish I've ever used hands down. It's long-lasting, unlike most of those worthless watery polishes. It's not cheap, but in this case you're getting what you paid for. My sister, knowing I'm a carpenter asked what she should use, and I recommended this stuff. She went out of her way to tell me how much she loved it also. Great product." —Andybuildz

    Get it from Amazon for $16.22.

    18. A memory foam seat cushion with cooling gel that'll support your bum and relieve pressure on your tailbone. Reviewers say it also helps ease lower back pain.

    The U-shaped cushion, which has a removable and washable cover
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    Promising review: "It's as advertised, very versatile and COMFORTABLE for my back and hips! No more 'rough road' feel as I drive! Highly recommend this product! I am a professional bus driver." —Amazon Customer

    "I am a professional truck driver. Other lesser products sell for as much as $100, and they don't work. But this ComfiLife cushion is terrific. Thanks much!" —poet76

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    19. A pair of leaf scoops to ~re-leaf~ your knees and back when you're tidying up your garden. These are great for picking up leaves that fall after a heavy rain as well as cleaning up dead leaves in the fall.

    Model holding the scoops and transferring a large handful of leaves into a trash can
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a lawn care company so to say I have tried everything almost seems redundant. Also, I typically do not get excited about a product because I feel it should do its job. However, these are seriously amazing. Ergonomically they wonderful because the hand part is like a baseball glove. It uses your arm to help support the load allowing a balanced feel to what is being picked up. Another great feature is when I am trimming shrubs I can use a leaf blower to move the clippings out and rake them up. Then using these and a bag stand, will make child's play out of what would otherwise be a rough task. Picking up leaves is also great in that you can get a great amount, but you can also smash them straight down to compact them in the bag without the worry of hitting a stick and cutting your hands up. If you pass up a chance to get a pair of these just know us lawn care guys are driving by and just dying to show you how much easier that chore can be for you by using this product." —J. Bradburn

    Get a pair from Amazon for $32.95.

    20. A detangling shampoo because everyone wins here. You won't spend hours brushing out frustrating knots *and* Fido will smell like sweet pea. Plus your pupperino won't look at you with eyes that say "Hooman, why are you doing this to me?" as you drag the brush through tangled fur.

    Reviewer photo of their golden retriever looking brushed and smooth
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    Promising review: "I have been a professional dog groomer for over 35 years and this stuff does what it says it will. Even on the most coarse coats it turns it into a thing of beauty; any mats almost fall out. This is a whole new world for me. Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks? This old dog just learned one." —sandra k. steele

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A 16-piece makeup brush set if you're looking for high quality tools at an affordable price. *Ding ding ding* We have a winner!

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    This set comes with five face brushes and 11 eye brushes.

    Promising review: "I’m a professional makeup artist and I’ve been in search of brushes that are good quality but not super expensive. I came across these and I’m pleasantly surprised! I usually have multiple clients back to back so sometimes I don’t have time to clean my brushes so I needed some backups and now I find myself using these just as much as my Morphe and Real Techniques ones (which I love). The bristles are super soft and they don’t shed at all. The face brushes are super dense and don’t soak up too much product. The eye brushes are soft and can blend and pack on shadow really well. I also didn’t notice any odd smells. I would definitely recommend this!" —Zara

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so you skip takeout tonight and chow down on tender beans, melt-in-your-mouth meats, and perfect rice every time.

    The Instant Pot
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    This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer.

    Promising review: "This is the best tool in my kitchen. I use it every day and it works so well and saves me so much effort. I have been a professional chef but use this at home with amazing results." —E. Sewell

    Get it from Amazon for $79 for the six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95; also available in three sizes and three styles).

    23. A Lodge cast-iron skillet that'll just get better the more you use it. Use it to sear steaks, brown veggies, or even bake a cake. It's basically indestructible so you can pass it on to your kids...and they can leave it to theirs.

    The pan with salmon and asparagus in it
    Amazon

    Cast-iron skillets may seem intimidating to first-time users, so check out our explainer on how to care for a cast iron before you buy to figure out whether it's the right cookware for you.

    Promising review: "As a professional chef in the industry for 20 years now, I have my own file of brands I seek out. When it comes to cast iron, Lodge is a brand I know is going to be good. When it came to the price. I couldn't click buy it fast enough. This has become my go-to pan at home any time I am working with meat. Be it a burger patty, or a large piece of meat I am searing off for braising in the slow cooker. This is a pan I know I will have for the next 20–30 years." —Mike

    Get a 10.25-inch pan from Amazon for $14.88 (available in 14 sizes, varieties).

    And! Don't forget to read BuzzFeed Review's picks for the best cast-iron skillets.

    24. The Revlon One-Step Hot Air Brush transforms your wet, tangled, frizzy hair into a sleek and shiny blowout in minutes. FYI this is the hot air brush that all the influencers you follow on IG are raving about because it is just 👏 that 👏 good 👏.

    amazon.com

    The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

    Promising review: "I am a professional stylist and bought this because I hate doing my own hair. My hair is fine, frizzy and down to the middle of my back. I was completely dried and styled in 15 minutes!!!! Down side it is very noisy but it works like a champ!" —Larissa Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99 (available in three colors).

    25. A dog shampoo to reduce shedding to save the day if you can't accept a future where almost every inch of your floors and furniture are covered in dog hair. Deshedding shampoos work by hydrating a dog's coat with moisturizers and essential omega fatty acids that make the hair less brittle, dry, and likely to fall out = less shedding.

    Reviewer photo of their dog and a large pile of fur they brushed out
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    Reviewers say that their dogs shed A LOT after the first wash with this deshedding shampoo, but over time they notice less shedding.

    Promising review: "I used to be a professional dog groomer, and this stuff works!! Nothing takes away all the shedding of course, but this stuff and the conditioner really make a huge difference. The key is mostly in the conditioner; you rub it in to the coat, then use a dog dryer (NO heat) to blow the conditioner into the coat backwards. Next rinse out completely and again use the dryer. I like the fact that the ingredients are not full of all kinds of chemicals." —Jon

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

    26. A cold brew maker because coffee is your lifeblood and you need at least three cups to get anything done.

    Diagram showing how to use the cold brew maker
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was a barista for 8+ years and I'm a big-time coffee snob. This system is easier then any I've ever used to make cold brew! And most importantly, the quality of the coffee extraction is excellent. The coffee is smooth and strong. I wish I had gotten the bigger size, because the smaller size only yields about three glasses of iced coffee, but I highly recommend it! If you are using the right bean and grind it coarsely like they recommend, it will be just as good, if not better, than your local cafes. Enjoy!" —Eric S.

    Get a one-quart cold brew maker from Amazon for $16.99.

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