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    28 Things That Work So Well You'll Want All Your Descendants To Know About Them

    Don't be surprised if your descendants send you thank you notes from the future.

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    1. A foldable wooden clothing rack to function as an extended wardrobe so that when the rest of your clothes don't fit into your tiny closet, you don't have to keep them strewn all over your chair and bed. It has a bottom shelf for extra storage and will look super chic in your room! "Wow, she was great at efficiency and interior decorating," —your descendants.,

    The rack is made to not take up too much space and its open design makes it feel breezy rather than cramped.

    Promising review: "I was so excited to buy a clothing rack and I couldn't figure out which one would be the best. I narrowed it down to three and chose this one, which happened to be the least expensive. It came in a box in less than a week complete with instructions and labels to help me assemble it. I put it together with no additional tools in an hour when I got home from work and the next day organized the clothes you see in my picture. I love the look of the rack, and as you can see, it holds quite a bit of stuff. I would recommend this 100% to anyone looking to buy. What it came down to for me was price and design, and this was a great purchase!" —Anneliese

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    2. A soap brow kit as it makes your natural brows look thicker and fluffier à la Lily Collins and sets brow hairs in place with its natural formula so you don't even need to go in with extra color or shading if that's not your thing. If you've wanted to rock fluffy, natural brows since forever, now's your chance!

    Progression photo showing reviewer's natural brows, the brows with the soap applied, and the brows with soap and powder applied

    Promising review: "I was looking for a good soap for soap brows for so long! I have super dark brow hair and the problem I have with most bar soap is it will get each throughout the day or super sudsy and white. This product did not! It was amazing and left my brows in whatever direction I wanted!!!" —Savannah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A reversible and portable canvas boba tea holder that can also work for water bottles that don't have handles! This way, you don't have to carry around your bubble tea or leave it behind if you're going somewhere and have nowhere to put it. Your descendants will admire you for being so ahead of your time.

    Printed canvas holder with an elastic to hold your straw
    Danger In Design / Etsy

    This has a straw holder too! It also helps with the condensation.

    Danger In Design is a Philippines-based small biz that makes enamel pins and other cute accessories.

    Get it from Danger In Design on Etsy for $9 (available in four colors).

    4. A pair of waterproof Birkenstock Arizona sandals to let you fashionably go about rainy, non-rainy, and beach days with no problem. These are super lightweight, durable, washable, so no worries about griminess!

    two reviewers's pairs of feet: one in blue, the other in pink Birkenstocks

    I practically lived in these during my five-day trip to the US Virgin Islands. Wore them during beach days, for hikes, as indoor sandals in the hotel, as bathroom shoes for the shower — you get it. Pretty much for everything. Why? Because not only did they hold up, but they're also so light on your feet you forget you're wearing anything at all. And because they're waterproof, you can get them wet and soaking without so much as a scratch. They're incredibly comfortable, actually support your feet, and look stylish to boot. I could sing their praises for hours!       

    Promising review: "I have owned several pairs of the classic Arizona and when I saw these I knew I wanted to give them a try. If you have had classic Birks you understand how awful it is when they get wet. I’m working seasonally in Alaska this summer and needed something that is OK with the moisture up here. I’ve had these for about a month now and I love them. The EVA foam is actually softer and more comfortable than the cork in my opinion, and they are perfect when wet. They weigh nothing. So lightweight and easy. Plus they have all of the looks of the Birkies you love so much. Half the price too. Can’t beat it!" —Bethany

    Get them from Amazon for $29.34+ (available in women's sizes 5–15.5 and 14 colors).

    5. BYO Blush, a one-of-a-kind color-changing vegan and cruelty-free blush oil that reacts to the pH of your skin and actually changes color to adjust to your tone! You get a pretty flush and your own shade of blush perf just for you. That means you literally don't even need to think about if the blush matches your fit for the day! It's also made with skincare ingredients so you can actually *gasp* sleep in it and wake up with good skin!


    When I wore this, it gave me the prettiest natural-looking flush, and it actually lasted me the whole day, which is a miracle for my combo-oily skin. It really looks like it's part of your skin rather than sitting on top, and I love that it's good for your skin too! Plus, if two people with the same skin tone apply the blush, they'll both get a slightly different color! How cool is that? This contains 20 plant-based, antioxidant-rich oils that help nourish skin.

    Youthforia is a woman-owned small biz that aims to make makeup that's so good for your skin you can sleep in it. The founder, Fiona Co Chan, even tested the blush by sleeping in it for two months! They are passionate about being environmentally-friendly and not using fossil fuels or gross toxins in their products.

    Promising review: "Dewy and glowy. I tried it over makeup and it appeared as a strong pink shade but settled to a flushed, glow-y color. I had my little sister try it too because I wanted to see the color change again and it lasted a really long time on her. The texture was smooth and it was easy to rub in and blend out." —Summer

    Get it from Youthforia for $36.

    6. A cooling elevated pet bed with breathable fabric so you don't have to spend time on your balcony without your precious fur buddy. They can lounge with you, meaning you won't have to go back inside to check on them and they won't have to lie on the hot floor. This allows airflow on all sides and has a suspended platform for optimal comfort.,

    Promising review: "I bought this bed so my dog could lie outside on the porch without having to lie directly on concrete. It took approximately 20 minutes to put together on my own, though it was fairly easy to construct without assistance. As soon as I had it put together, I put it outside and used a treat to alert my dog to its presence. She had no hesitation stepping onto the bed and now really enjoys it! It's been about a month and it seems to be holding up well. She loves to sleep on it." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    7. A set of Schick dermaplaning razors for taking care of peach fuzz, upper lip hair, chin hair, and any other stray hairs that annoy you. Reviewers say shaving peach fuzz also helps makeup apply more evenly. Your descendants will "ooh" and "aah" over your summer looks.,

    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

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    8. A beverage chiller perf for this summer — now, when you need a quick cup of iced coffee to perk you up for that Zoom meeting, your fresh, hot cup can be cooled in under ~two minutes~ without having to dilute it with one too many ice cubes. Whoop-whoop!

    coffee being poured from the chiller

    It comes with an insert that you can place in the freezer until you're ready to use it. Just place it into the pitcher after pouring in your coffee (or other hot drinks) and wait for up to two minutes!

    Promising review: "I love this thing for making iced coffee!! It's awesome! It instantly chills my beverage without watering it down and is such an easy concept! I usually rinse mine off right away and store it back in the freezer so it's ready to use again! Definitely recommend!" —Suejung

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Check out our rankings for the best cold brew coffee makers (that we tried and tested).

    9. A waterproof and stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive to give a classy and inexpensive instant upgrade to your furniture.

    Faux white and granite covering a white desk

    Promising review: "I took a chance and bought this originally as a 'Band-Aid fix' to refinish a desk. I had looked in stores in the contact paper aisles, but all of them were just that...paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and refinished my kitchen countertop with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don't have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real countertop." —Z

    Get a roll from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    10. A citrus-scented toilet spray you spritz in the bowl before you go so no one is the wiser as to what you did in the bathroom 😉. What's better than stopping the smell before it's even happened? Honestly, you can use this anywhere in the house to rid the air of strong odors!

    the spray

    This formula is nontoxic and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I didn't think I would like this, but it works! I was shocked. My husband has very regular BMs and that usually means that the rest of us have to avoid that part of the house for at least a little while. I got this for his birthday as a gag gift, but we tried it and it works amazingly well! The only downside is that I'm starting to associate the pleasant citrus scent with poop as well. It is not a subtle coverup, as anyone who walks by the bathroom will smell a great outpouring of citrus, but it's better than the alternative! Overall, I definitely recommend this product to anyone who poops." —steel_muffins

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in a variety of scents).

    11. A set of Meebak's Cica Sheet Masks, which use damask rose, cherry blossom, green tea, and of course, cica, to hydrate, brighten, soothe, and cool damaged, irritated skin. The masks themselves are silky soft and will feel so nice, you'll never want to take them off. Your skin will be feeling like velvet and your descendants will be left wondering where you got them from!

    the sheet mask and its package

    The sheet masks are made of natural lyocell and cotton cupra, resulting in its silky soft feel.

    Meebak is a Korean woman-owned small biz with products that center around the ingredient cica, also known as centella asiatica, or tiger grass, a herbal plant that has natural healing properties and has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy to calm and soothe skin.

    Promising review: "Love this sheet mask! It's soaked with essence so it deeply hydrates but does not feel sticky or oily at all. My skin feels cool when I apply on my face. It has a sort of soothing effect. And what I love most is that I have sensitive skin but it didn't react at all and I didn't feel any irritation whatsoever!" —Jamie

    Get a pack of five from Meebak for $9.99.

    12. An inexpensive self-grooming cat brush that'll probably put your cat in kitty heaven. It's wall-mountable so you don't have to hold it, helps remove and collect loose cat hair, and encourages your cat to use their senses and natural instincts indoors!,

    Promising review: "My cat likes nothing. He doesn't go into paper bags, ignores boxes, isn't curious about the birds. Mostly he eats and sleeps and allows us to pet him. But he LOVES this! I took someone's tip to stick it on the corner of a cabinet with looped duct tape. Seems to be holding fine, even though Igor rubs himself senseless on this thing. Also the catnip that came with it must be killer stuff. He really goes for it. So Igor gives it a big five stars!" —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.74.

    13. A lighted umbrella to provide shade in the daytime and illuminate your balcony like magic at nighttime! You can adjust its height and tilting positions, thanks to the adjustable crank lift system.,

    Don't have a table that's umbrella-friendly? No worries, there are so many options for your outdoor space, like this larger one for up to four people. Or, you can get a cast stone base that'll hold the umbrella in place.

    Promising review: "I normally don’t like buying products like this sight unseen, but I’m very pleased with the look and especially with the solar lighting. We enjoyed a pleasant evening on the deck with just the right amount of ambient light tonight, and we are hopeful that it will prove to be durable." —Dee Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $71.99 (available in four color combos).

    14. A snail mucin essence because it moisturizes and enhances your skin's natural glow and does a whole lot of other good stuff. The idea of anything slimy on your face may creep you out but snail mucin is actually a miracle ingredient in the K-beauty world because of its abilities to prevent and repair damage, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne until your skin's elasticity is at its best!

    the bottle with swatch of the liquid texture on hand
    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    I swear by this! As you can tell from the bottle in the pic, I use it everyday. Whatever other essence I use, I always go back to this. It's one of the biggest credits to brightening my skin, improving my texture, and keeping my acne at bay. The extreme hydrating benefits are a plus. I use it as the step before my serums and lotions. This is fragrance-free and great for all skin types.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 or from Choc Choc for $19.99.

    *Choc Choc is a small biz that handpicks the best Korean skincare and cosmetics on the market and carries some well-loved K-beauty brands you've probably heard of before. "Choc choc" means "well-moisturized" in Korean and is used to describe luminous skin!

    15. A grout pen so you can cover up the nasty dirt and grime that accumulates in your tile cracks without having to sit there scrubbing away all night like Cinderella, like you thought you'd have to. Everybody say, "Thank you, grout pen."

    Promising review: "WOW. I could almost just leave it at that. We bought an older house with gorgeous tile in the bathroom. The grout though, not so much. I've tried the toilet bowl cleaner trick, good ole scrubbing and a few others but it just never quite came clean. I'm upset I didn't just start with this! The difference is amazing. I haven't finished bc it is a lot of work with the style floor I have but I can't wait! I just did it last night so can't speak to longevity of the product but I am very pleased so far!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A 10-in-1 leave-in spray that (and don't ask me how) literally does everything you'd need in a hair spray, including conditioning, detangling, heat protecting, preventing breakage, smoothing, controlling frizz, boosting shine, and strengthening. Also, that's not even the whole list. Yep.

    two of the spray bottles of leave-in conditioner
    Mane Club

    BTW — Mane Club has been creating affordable hair-care products from NYC since 2019!

    Promising review: "I’m a hairstylist, so I’ve tried just about every leave-in conditioner out there, and I was amazed at how soft my hair felt after one use. My curls were so happy! The smell is amazing too!! I will definitely be repurchasing." —Allison

    Get it from Mane Club for $8.

    17. A super cuddly orthopedic dog bed — it comes with an attached blanket to mimic your own bed if your furry friend likes to burrow into your side when sleeping. This bed gives them their own space and keeps them warm and you won't accidentally smush them when rolling over; plus, reviewers say the bolsters make their pets feel more secure! That's one less worry for you!

    puppy in the dog bed

    Promising review: "We have three of these beds for two 20–25-pound Boston terriers. They LOVE this bed. Once they're in it, they snooze out, and are quiet for hours. The impressive thing I found is that my 1-year-old pup, who has never opted to sleep anywhere besides under my arm, has spent several nights on the floor in this bed. This means I have been able to roll over peacefully in the middle of the night without running into a furry, snorting lump of dog. Even my poor, old big doggo has tried to utilize this bed, even though she has a couple of her own size to use. Bottom line, this is hands-down the best bed I've had. You can even very easily toss it into the washer to clean it. Nothing beats that!" —Leah K. Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    18. A bug bite suction tool that'll provide almost instant relief from itchiness and remove insect venom, saliva, and other irritants left by a bite. No chemicals needed! You'll finally be able to step out for some sun without fear of returning with a million mosquito bites., Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot stress to you enough how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer in Ohio. It rains a lot. There are a lot of mosquitoes. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We're talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn't make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY. I was a huge skeptic; how could a little suction cure this agonizingly itchy allergic reaction? I still really don't know how it does, but it provides instant relief that no pill, cream, or injection ever has ever achieved for me. If you live anywhere where insect bites are common, you need to own one of these!" —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in black).

    19. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers for ridding your shoes of the stinky goodness that always inevitably occurs in the nasty summer heat. You'll actually be able to wear your fave shoes with the outfit they go with *perfectly.*

    The deodorizers in multiple pairs of shoes

    To recharge them, you just need to set them outside in the sun (not hard in the summer!).

    Promising review: "This is the second set we've purchased, after trialing them on my husband's work shoes for a few months and seeing great results. They dry out sweaty shoes, reduce odors, and keep regularly worn footwear feeling fresh. Every few months I do remember to set them out in the sunshine for an hour, which is super simple as far as product maintenance goes. Thanks for a great item!" —Katie S.

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

    20. A collagen hair treamtent because it restores the purity of your hair and makes it look as if you haven't tormented it for years with heat and sun damage. It repairs your strands and gives your hair that healthy look!

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Bek O' Connell / BuzzFeed

    We've also tried this and it really works! Check out our review of Elizavecca Collagen Hair Treatment here!

    Promising review: "This stuff really works! I tried to go blonde about a year ago and burnt my hair to a crisp. It was like rubber bands when it was wet. I thought I'd have to shave my head. I cut about 8 inches off and keep it trimmed but it still feels horrible. I can't wear it straight, so I have to use a curling wand every day to hide the damage. This stuff brought my hair back to life. My hair was so soft. It wasn't frizzy after it air-dried like it normally is. I highly recommend this product. I will definitely be repurchasing." —Kim Sam Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $6.73.

    21. A set of anti-chafe lace bands so you can finally walk in your favorite dresses without your thighs making you miserable.

    BuzzFeed Video /, Amazon

    Reviewers say that if you're between sizes, order down one so they stay up on your thighs! Many BuzzFeed readers have actually tried these and given four or five stars; you can even read their reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "Game-changer! I purchased these after seeing a review on BuzzFeed. They are amazing. No matter my weight, my thighs have rubbed together all my life. I’m active and an avid walker, but usually avoided dresses in the summer. These are discreet, the lacy ones are sexy, and I can walk for miles in cute dresses without discomfort."A. Papoutsakis

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and 17 styles).

    22. An uber-popular oven cleaner so strong it'll fight the most stubborn stains and get 'em off overnight but that is also gentle enough that you don't need protective gloves to use it. It'll make cleaning up your messes easy when you're trying to make something new this summer.

    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. It was awesome!" —KsGrl444

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $22.99.

    23. A Sioris face mist for use as a nourishing toner, mist, and serum for your thirsty skin. It's made with 78% organic fruit water (sourced from green plum or yuja) and oils like macadamia for long-lasting moisture. The ingredients are harvested in Korea during peak season for freshness!

    the mist bottle in size small and large

    This has no parabens, artificial fragrance, additives, or harmful chemicals. Shake before applying.

    Both Sioris and Ohlolly are small businesses so it's a win-win here! Sioris is a clean brand with vegan certified formulas that have organically farmed, in-season ingredients. Their mission is to make skincare simple and effective.

    Ohlolly is POC- and woman-owned small business based in California. It's founded by two sisters who are on a mission to curate the finest in Korean skincare and bring authentic K-beauty to the masses. They seek out plant-based products with unique ingredients that are hard to find anywhere else.

    Promising review: "I loved this! It’s not thick but just a thin layer. It gave me that glow that I don’t get with other products. Also, a barrier for skin that I need during the winter. Its a great addition to the products that I already use to layer because my skin just drinks it up. Would definitely purchase again. I tend to have hormonal acne on my chin so I use this in that area and a cream after and it doesn’t clog my pores. I would recommend buying some sort of headband if you don’t want the product to get in your hair. Make sure to shake it before applying!" —Nayzeth

    Get it from Ohlolly for $8+ (available in two sizes). You can also get the large size from Amazon for $21.99.

    24. A nonstick electric George Foreman grill that's especially perfect for apartments and small spaces because that shouldn't stop you from fulfilling your burger cravings! And thanks to its removable stand, it suits both the outside and the inside. It's also easy to clean and you don't need butter and oil either!

    The grill with corn, steaks, and veggie kabobs cooking at the same time

    Promising review: "I just recently moved into an apartment that does not allow charcoal grills! The first time I used this was inside. I barbecued my chicken wings; that was the true test, and they turned out FANTASTIC! Moist, grill marks, and very tasty. Next I grilled hamburgers...PERFECT! The juiciest burgers ever. I am hooked and impressed. It is very easy to assemble, and to clean. I use mine primarily on my countertop and it DOES NOT get the inside of the house all smoky." —PG Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in two colors and two styles).

    25. This ~magical~ pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals if you're not great with plants. This will help prevent you from over- and under-watering, while also reducing ~water stress~ and protecting your plants from heat and drought. Magic indeed!


    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

    26. This Kulfi Kajal Eyeliner that'll give you a super creamy glide and texture, and long-lasting, non-budging color so all you really need to do is line and you're done. A holy grail for sure, it also has aloe vera and vitamin E to help moisturize and act as antioxidants. No more runny eyes! Whoop-whoop!

    Kulfi Beauty

    Kulfi Beauty is a South Asian woman-owned small biz that created Kulfi to empower the South Asian community through representation after not finding South Asians represented in the world of beauty or finding makeup that worked for South Asian skin tones. It is a journey of rediscovering the joy in makeup and reclaiming beauty. BTW "kulfi" is a type of South Asian ice cream!

    Promising review: "Love this eyeliner. It goes on so smooth and once it sets, doesn’t smudge!" —Laura

    Get it from Kulfi Beauty for $20 (available in five shades).

    27. A cuticle oil to condition and strengthen nails and soften cuticles so you can show off those pretty hands and nails when you're out and about with no insecurity! We (and your descendants) all deserve that 😌.

    before and after of reviewer's nails looking brittle, then looking clear and strong after using oil

    It's made with jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E and has antioxidant properties.

    Promising review: "This is like the icing on the cake of any manicure or pedicure; it makes your nails look fresh and healthy The cuticle around the nails will look AMAZING. It's awesome, and a little goes a long way. PS, I do not write many reviews but I couldn't resist this one." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in two sizes).

    28. A dishwasher cleaning tablet for anyone who was today years old when they learned that yes, they need to clean their dishwasher. These will get rid of those mysterious stains and smells on your plates so you won't have to spend hours scrubbing away at them.

    Promising reviews: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and there was detergent buildup all over the inside, and a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some buildup and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, and now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or buildup around the door seals." —Martoune

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

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