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    23 Useful Products Even 20-Somethings Should Splurge On

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    1. A makeup-removing cloth that literally erases every speck of product you're wearing in a few quick swipes — including waterproof mascara — using just water. It feels so nice and is so easy you'll actually WANT to use it, even when you get home at 3 a.m. from a glorious night out with your friends.

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    This is something you buy once that will both save your skin *and* save you money in the long run: it works just like wipes, but you don't have to continuously re-buy them! To clean it, you just toss it in the washing machine (and it's big enough you can get multiple uses out of it before you have to wash it).

    Promising review: "I purchased this based on positive reviews and now know that they didn't even touch how amazing this product is. I was tired of using mascara removers and washing my face and still having makeup on. Well, that problem is now gone. This product seriously does what it says — it erases makeup! I could not believe the way it removed my makeup the first time I used it! I use it for a week, toss it in the wash, and use it again. I was wondering how it would clean up in the laundry, and it always looks brand new. I no longer have to use chemicals to remove my makeup!" —StaceyB

    Get one on Amazon in pink, white, or black for $20.

    It's also one of the BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best makeup remover — and Jenn, a writer here, owns it, swears by it, and reviewed it — because it actually does what it says it does.

    2. A pair of noise cancelling headphones to block out the chatter in your open office so you can actually focus at work.

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    These Ankers are one of our picks for best noise-cancelling headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews! They block out 96% of high-frequency sounds (like voices) and 93% of low-frequency noise (like an AC running), plus have memory foam ear cups to make them super comfortable.

    Promising review: "For about two months I've been looking for wireless headphones that sound clear, have deep bass, and good battery life. I tried several disappointing sets and even went so far as to buy premium VMODAs ($349). Those were great but very uncomfortable. I'd bought batteries and car chargers from Anker which were all well made and lasted. When I saw these I wondered if they'd also be high quality, and I wasn't disappointed. Hearing is completely drowned out by their noise cancelling technology. Which was awesome! Others I'd tried sacrificed quality in sound for a louder sound. I was impressed when I played some rap, techno, R&B, and rock and the vocals and beats all came through clear and crisp." —Anthony Hernandez

    Get the Ankers on Amazon for $99 (comes with a carrying case, AUX cable, and charging cable).

    3. An Instant Pot if you often cook for your family (or just yourself!) on weeknights and don't have one already, because it can seriously transform frozen chicken breasts into unbelievably delicious tacos in about half an hour.


    Of course you can make SO MUCH MORE than chicken in it: soups and stews shine, and so do classic Indian dishes. You can also find cookbooks especially tailored to Instant Pot cooking for two. BTW, it 100% doubles as a slow cooker so you don't have to stop making all your favorite set-and-forget recipes.

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get the medium-sized six quart on Amazon for $79 (also available in a three-quart mini and eight-quart large).

    Still mulling it over? Read one BuzzFeed editor's in-depth review, some Instant Pot tips and tricks, and more Instant Pot recipe inspiration.

    4. A pair of incredibly comfortable flats cute enough to style with dozens of outfits and durable enough to last for more than just a few months (even if you wear 'em basically every day). Oh, and they're 100% machine washable when they get smelly.

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    AND made with recycled water bottles. I've had a pair of these since March 2017, and for three springs and three summers now they've been only one of three pairs of shoes that I regularly wear (the others being a pair of Birkenstocks and a pair of sneakers) — and they still look brand new, and I still love them. I used to run through two or three pairs of flats every year, but now these are practically my forever shoes, because I can either hand-wash them or pop them in the machine the moment they start to get smelly. (And as a sweaty-footed person, any shoes I wear without socks always get smelly.)

    They come in five main styles: flats, pointed-toe flats, loafers, sneakers, and Chelsea ankle boots; and each of those has over a dozen colors and patterns available at any given time. And these days they even have kids sizes, too!

    Get a pair from Rothy's for $125+ (kids styles $55+).

    Still want to know more? Read my full Rothy's flats review.

    5. An excellent chef's knife if you do any kind of chopping, slicing, and dicing when you cook dinner — it'll speed up your prep work and lower your risk of injury, especially compared to that super cheap (and dull) knife you had in your dorm room.

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    Promising review: "If you cook at all you know that using comfortable and sharp knife makes all the difference in the world. I find myself not having to sharpen this knife as often as I sharpen my far more expensive knives. The handle fits perfectly in my hand, making it more comfortable when cutting, slicing, chopping, or whatever. It has quickly become my most favorite knife to use in spite of my owning more expensive ones. I look forward to the many meals I'll be using this knife to make!" —Olga S.

    Get it on Amazon for $34.93.

    This is another BuzzFeed Reviews pick, for best chef's knife!

    6. An Aerogarden because keeping up with a traditional herb garden's hard when you have so much else going on, but this makes it easy to enjoy fresh basil, thyme, mint, and more in both your cooking and your lazy at-home cocktails.


    My go-to for the past couple of years has been cheap lemonade and Botanist gin, and there's nothing like some muddled basil or a sprig of thyme to make that feel extra fancy on the cheap. An Aerogarden's foolproof even if you don't have much of a green thumb: the grow lights keep your plant babies happy rain or shine, and it reminds you whenever you need to add more water and plant food.

    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99.

    7. A high-sided sauté pan that does everything a skillet can plus some.


    I have a similar pan (and lid) that I pull out more often than any other pot or pan I own. It's useful for easy one-pan dinners, quickly heating up those frozen dumplings I like on busy weeknights, making quick pasta sauces, and so many other things.

    Promising review: "We got this large pan because we were tired of the food we were cooking in our large 12" frying pan flipping out while we stirred. The vertical sides contain the food. We love it. If you read through the instructions, you'll avoid a lot of the problems some other reviewers report. The large, flat, heavy aluminum base distributes heat evenly, even though our electric element has a hot spot. It conducts heat so well that you have to use slightly lower heat settings, but that doesn't slow the cooking at all. The pan and lid handles never get too hot to hold with bare hands. Clean-up is a breeze, we just use a green Scotch pad and it comes clean with little effort. You can also wash it in the dish washer. This is a great piece of kitchen equipment!" —icheckemout

    Get it on Amazon for $47.47.

    8. The ultralight and ergonomic Dyson Supersonic *if* you blow-dry your hair weekly or even daily, so you can prevent the damage that regular dryers inevitably wreak on your strands when you use them year after year. You'll be grateful you splurged now when you reach your 30s!, BuzzFeed Reviews

    It measures the air temp continuously as you use it, to make sure it never exposes your hair to more heat than it needs to optimally dry. This temp control means you hair finishes drying in a fraction of the time it takes traditional blow dryers — testers here at BuzzFeed across all kinds hair types reported average dry times of five to ten minutes. FIVE. TO. TEN. MINUTES.

    Promising review: "My hair stylist used the the Dyson on me a few months ago. I thought my hair came out better than usual so then got obsessed with getting one. The price was the big obstacle. I mean it's like a car payment right? Well a gift card for Christmas took the sting out a little bit and I went ahead and got it. OMG it is the greatest dryer (and appliance) that I own. Quiet, easy to hold and maneuver and small. Most important, after a few weeks my hair is now super shiny and healthy. No other change other than the dryer. Both of my sisters have used mine and they have super thick hair. They LOVE it too. Phenomenal product." —Lovemyhair4ever

    Get it from Nordstrom (three colors) or Amazon (two colors) for $399.

    Naturally, it's a BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best hair dryer! Elena, a writer here at BuzzFeed, talks even more about the damage it'll save your hair (and how excellent it is in general) in her Dyson Supersonic review.

    9. And a microfiber hair towel — it soaks up more water than you regular terrycloth towel, meaning your hair always dries quickly, whether you air-dry or blow-dry., Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    It's also super lightweight, which minimizes breakage: that heavy towel you've been flopping on your head after every shower isn't necessarily so kind to your locks. I own one of 'em and use it anytime I blow-dry my hair! (That's me on the right.)

    I also use it anytime I style my hair with my natural curls — after a shower, I turn my head upside-down, ~squish~ in my products (which involves re-wetting my hair some), then use this to ~squish~ out excess water after they've soaked in. It leaves my air-dried curly hair MUCH less frizzy than doing the same thing with a terrycloth towel does! And of course helps it dry faster.

    Promising review: "I have thick, naturally curly hair. Generally, my hair takes forever to dry. This towel helps my hair to dry about twice as fast. Getting out of the shower, I wrap my hair in this towel while I get dressed and I no longer have to worry about my hair completely drenching my shirt as soon as I take it out of the towel. It really dries it to a manageable level of dryness in just a minute or two." —YogaDogs

    Get one on Amazon: the original for $20.99 (available in six colors), one with a button at the back to make it extra secure for $20.99+ (available in seven colors), and one made especially for long hair for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    10. A bra (or two!) that you're comfortable wearing, truly fits you, and makes you happy to put on every morning as you choose your #OOTD.


    Promising review for the demi balconette bra on the left: "Really like this bra. I have a bigger chest and have trouble finding bras the right size that also look cute. This one fit both criteria! It is really supportive and has been really comfortable to wear." —AMYR

    Get it from Aerie for $29.97 (originally $59.95; available in band sizes 32–40, cup sizes A–DD, and four colors).

    Or get the full-coverage, lightly-lined bra on the right from Aerie for $31.46 (originally $44.95; available in band sizes 30–42, cup sizes A–H, and four colors).

    11. A pair of blue light–blocking glasses ideal if you happen to work at a computer all day long — they could help reduce eye strain and maybe even help you get better sleep.

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    Maitland, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns these and loves them (those are her pictures, above!) — here's a bit of what she has to say in her blue-light blocking glasses review:

    "They definitely make a difference! They don't change the ~color~ of my screen (important, since my job is to shop for all of you all day, and I don't want to recommend a sweater thinking the color is different), but they do reduce the glaring brightness and just tone things down a bit. And when I remember to actually wear them, my eyes seriously do feel so much fresher and less painfully dry and tired at the end of the day. They're so lightweight and comfy to wear, I usually forget I even have them on. Plus, they're pretty damn stylish!"

    Get them from Privé Revaux Eyewear for $29.95 (or browse all their blue-light blocking frame styles). Or get a few of the styles on Amazon for $25+.

    12. A pair of Hunter rain boots so you never have to deal with that gross feeling of jeans that are wet from the calf down ever again.


    And the even WORSE feeling of soaked sneakers and socks.

    Get them from Nordstrom for $59.98+ (originally $150; or Nordstrom's full selection of Hunter rain boots; they're available in several heights and multiple colors, patterns, and finishes).

    13. And an umbrella to end your search for the best umbrella forever: it's teflon-coated, fortified against rogue wind gusts so it almost never turns inside-out, automatically opens and closes at the touch of a button, weighs less than a pound, and has a lifetime. replacement. guarantee.

    Light enough to carry in your bag, tough enough to stand up to the worst wind and rain, and convenient enough to open and close one-handed? Sign me up.

    Promising review: "This umbrella is awesome! During a winter storm in California it was put through the ringer: from hard downpour and winds to snow/sleet wind mix for days. If it wasn't for my associate borrowing it and leaving it open, letting the winds take it tumbling about a half-mile before hitting a fence, bouncing off of metal and muddy objects along the way, it wouldn't have needed replacing. All of that and only one arm broke which left the umbrella still useable. Just not 100%. All I did was let them know it broke and I couldn't provide anything short of my original order number as I had discarded the old umbrella. They simply said they apologize and are sending a new one free of charge. Excellent product and customer service!" —Andrew W.

    Get one on Amazon for $16.55.

    And yes, this is a BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best umbrella!

    14. A pair of workout leggings that make you feel cute, or powerful, or just darn good about yourself — *and* that are super comfortable — so you make the most of every step on that run, mile on that bike, curl of those weights, or breath in that asana.


    Get them from Athleta for $98 (available in sizes XXS–XL, tall sizes S–XL, and plus sizes 1X–3X).

    15. An ergonomic office chair because if you sit for at least eight hours a day, you might as well make it as good-for-you and comfortable as possible.


    Promising review: "My leather chair used to make my back all sweaty, but this chair is very breathable. Setup took me 20 minutes from start to finish. I ordered the leather bottom and it's faux leather, but it's very comfortable. The mesh back seems durable and will last a while. The arm rests can swing up and out of the way if you so desire. The curved mesh back also makes me sit up straight. It supports my lower back and lumbar, almost forcing me to practice good posture." —William

    Get it on Amazon for $101.99+ (available in seven colors).

    16. A lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen you won't mind applying every single morning.

    Y'all, wearing sunscreen every day (even when it rains!) is the Number One Way to prevent/delay wrinkles, dark spots, and so many other signs of aging. And the sooner you start, the better prevention you get. (FYI, it doesn't matter which sunscreen you use, as long as it's labeled "broad spectrum", is at least SPF 30, and you like it enough to actually wear it.) This particular product's a bit pricier than your typical drugstore brand, but reviewers say it's great for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

    Promising review: "My dermatologist suggested this to me. I have tried tons of sunscreen... TONS, all price points and all brands. I prefer physical blockers but they never mesh with my makeup, make me so greasy (and I'm already oily/combo), or leave a ghostly white cast on my deep brown skin. This absorbs easily, has no strong fragrance, plays well with makeup and moisturizer, is still effective is Houston summer heat and humidity, and doesn't trigger my adult acne. I like that I can pump out a lot or a little bit. It is not clear — it does leave a slight white cast on my skin, however It does dissipate and I always use at least powder to make my skin more even and absorb oil." —AseaNoe

    Get it on Amazon for $33.

    17. A blender set that also doubles as a food processor so you can make nutritious breakfast smoothies, legendary daiquiris, delicious salsa and hummus, quick-chopped onions for your favorite recipe, and so much more.


    PLUS it comes with an extra smoothie cup you can stick directly on the blender, then grab to take in the car on the way to work. This does the job of three different appliances but takes up a fraction of the cabinet space! And naturally most parts are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "One of my best buys. This blender (with the food processor) can handle everything I need: smoothies, green cocktails, salsa and other dips, home made mayonnaise and tomato ketchup, raw food soups, almond/hemp/sesame milk, etc. The food processor is extremely handy when it comes to grating a lot of carrots or beets — it deals with that in seconds. The cup with the lid is also very handy: you make your drink, put the lid on and are ready to go! I love this blender and highly recommend it, especially because of the food processor and the cup." —Natalia

    Get it on Amazon for $81.99.

    18. A sleek electric toothbrush because healthy gums and teeth start with good habits, and this just might make you look forward to cleaning your teeth every night.

    Besides being simply beautiful, when you buy one, the company delivers new brush heads and batteries (and depending on the plan you sign up for, new toothpaste) every three months, making it easy to use a 100% effective toothbrush night after night. The brush itself is super quiet, powered by a single AA battery, and times you for a two-minute perfect brushing (pinging every 30 seconds to remind you to move to a new part of your mouth).

    Promising review: "I considered going back to Sonicare because the vibrating and cleansing on that is so powerful but remembered that my battery died on it and it couldn't hold a charge within 1.5 years of purchasing it. With the Quip, five bucks every three months for a new replaceable battery and brush head seems like a steal for electric toothbrushes. Its a minimalist design is the closest to a manual brush which is nice (at first didn't think I would like that but did a 180 after using). It makes for a top notch mouth cleaning experience! Also fits in most tooth brush holders, while most electric brushes just add to the clutter. The stand it came with needs a stronger adhesive on the back if you don't want it fall off the mirror and onto the floor/sink, so I just use it as a travel case. Well-designed product that has been thoroughly thought through!" —Ben B

    Get one from Quip for $25+ (eight colors; multiple packages available depending on your budget and needs).

    Want to read more about it? It's our pick for best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A memory foam topper so you can finally get more restful sleep without completely replacing that new but only sorta comfy–mattress.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my king size mattress that just isn't as supportive as it used to be. I absolutely ADORE this topper. It's the perfect mix of comfortable and supportive. So happy I got this, I am sleeping so much better!" —Jess

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king, and at either two- or three-inches thick).

    20. A 100% silk pillowcase designed to help prevent hair breakage and be super gentle on your skin, night after night.


    Theoretically, silk is less absorbent than other kinds of fibers (like cotton), so this doesn't soak up any of your face and hair products the moment you lie down. It also supposedly doesn't tangle hair up and cause breakage the way cotton potentially can. Multiple reviewers say they don't wake up with sleep creases on their faces, either.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this product, at first I thought it was overpriced but now that I have it I am so happy. It keeps my hair straight over night and I have not woken up with crazy curls or frizz. I also love how it feels on my skin and how it doesn’t wipe off my serums and moisturizer I apply before bed. It also keeps me super cool, which is my favorite thing about this pillow case! If you have the money to spend, I totally recommend it but would not go out of your way and budget to buy it." —maddiexobeauty

    Get it from Sephora (available in 10 colors) or Nordstrom (available in eight colors) for $85.

    (You can also get sets of supposedly silk pillowcases on Amazon for less — this well-reviewed one is $23.99 — but several reviewers claim it's not actually silk. It's hard to know for sure without trying one out!)

    21. And a Casper original pillow, which is engineered to be comfortable no matter what position you end up sleeping in each night.


    Of course, there's no holy grail pillow that's perfect for everyone, but this one was built specifically to be comfortable whether you sleep on your back, side, stomach, or alternate between two or all three. If you're curious, you almost might as well— you get 100 days to try it out, with free returns if you don't like it.

    Promising review: "This pillow is excellent, it is supportive without being too stiff. It is soft, retains its shape, and provides great support. I no longer have to fight my pillows during sleep. I am completely satisfied." —Antonio

    Get one from Casper for $65+ (available in standard and king sizes).

    22. A pair of staple jeans you'll wear for at least the next couple of years because they fit so well and are sooo comfortable.

    Free People

    Of course, finding your perfect staple jean can take lots of trial and error, but when you do find it, it's sooo worth it!

    Get these high-rise skinny jeans from Free People for $98 (available in sizes 24–32 and 14 colors).

    Also check out 29 Of The Best Places To Buy Jeans Online.

    23. A rugged bluetooth speaker so you can listen to music and podcasts whether you're getting ready in the morning, doing chores, chilling by the pool (or lake or ocean), at a picnic, or pretty much anywhere where you wouldn't want to wear headphones.


    This little guy has a 30-foot wireless range, can easily connect into assistants like Siri or Google Now, and is (as you can tell) water-resistant.

    Promising review: "I'm flight attendant and have literally turned my car back around to go back home and get it when I forgot it at home. It gives amazing sound that fills a car or room beautifully. Everybody always looks at it: "What is that? It sounds great! Oooh, Bose." Listening to NPR podcasts or rocking to my afro beats music library the sound quality is excellent. I can't rave enough about it. Just get one and forget those other small cheap speakers that you won't be able to stand after using this." —sevyna9

    Get one on Amazon for $99 (available in four colors).

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