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    Apr 9, 2020

    26 Versatile Products That'll Probably Make You Think, "What Can't This Do?"

    Wow, how did my to-do list all get checked off at once?

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    1. A scar-healing, stretch mark-preventing, and breakout-eliminating bottle of Bio-Oil Skincare Oil for any area of your body that needs a little extra lovin' — it's also, hypoallergenic, non-greasy, and won't clog your pores, so you can also apply it all over to keep your skin lookin' even, hydrated, and bouncy.

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    Promising review: "I had a surgical scar that was quite raised. I used this twice a day in addition to massaging it and it's taking down the scar tissue significantly." —arobins1011

    Get a 4.2 oz bottle from Target for $17.99.

    2. Sugru moldable glue to help you fix just about any problem imaginable — from well-known uses like fixing fraying cables and reattaching lids to pots and pans, to more creative solutions like mounting iPads on cabinets, creating custom camera grips, and customizing pens for better ease of use.

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    Promising review: "I just want to say how amazed I was at how easy and simple it was to use — it's not messy at all. I was moving my things around and I broke the foot off my antique china shelf and I was able to fix it right away, and now it does not even come out. I didn't even need a nail! I would highly recommend this." —Maripoa

    Get a three-pack from Target for $9.99.

    3. A KitchenAid mixer that'll withstand the test of time while pulling 👏 its 👏 weight 👏, well, making delicious foods, including cookies, bread, mashed potatoes, pizza (knead that dough!), fluffy whipped cream, and even chicken with the right attachments. And there's no time like the staying-at-home present to kickstart that baking hobby...ready, set, bake!

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Hello, yes, you're now a contestant on The Great British Baking Show. The mixer has a 5-quart stainless-steel bowl and comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield to help you whip up any delectable bake with ease. And a quick Internet search will lead you to lots of hacks, including attachments you can buy for your mixer to peel, core, and slice fruits or grind up meats.

    Promising review: "SO, I received this at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak and I'm so thankful that I did, because I couldn't buy bread or butter. But thanks to this machine, I'm able to make both of them with ease! P.S. the kids don't like store-bought kinds anymore!!" —Lonny

    Get a five-quart mixer from Bed Bath & Beyond for $239.99+ (available in 23 colors).

    For more info, check out Here's Why A KitchenAid Mixer Might Change Your Life.

    4. An almighty Mr. Clean Magic Eraser that'll work through and dissolve any sort of mess you can think of, from burnt oil/grease, kiddie messes, and whatever else is lurking in that bathroom of yours.


    A ~long time ago~, I bought these to clean up gnarly scratches on my Away carry-on (because I couldn't live without my ~full-sized~ skincare products and checked it in *face palm*) and they worked like a charm!

    Promising review: "This is truly a must-have for every home!! I can't believe how clean this made my walls — it got any kind of scratch, stain, or smear off without a trace! I don't know how I went my whole life without a Magic Eraser, but I am really so impressed. Seriously, this is magic! Everyone should get one! You will NOT regret the purchase. 10/10!!!" —abelle

    Get a two-pack from Walgreens for $3.99.

    5. An Instant Pot to help you become the food prepper and talented cook you always knew you had inside of you — stews, chili, chicken, steamed veggies, rice, steel cut oats, eggs, you name it! Just pop everything in and let it do all of the work, and all you have to do is get your eatin' pants on.


    The Instant Pot's 6-in-1 functions include: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, and warmer. Woooow.

    Promising review: "Our life has changed so much since we introduced the Instant Pot into our kitchen life. This thing is so easy to use and the recipes are endless. Some of our favorite things to make is macaroni and cheese, coconut chicken curry, rice, and chicken. We use this practically every day! We haven’t had any issues with ours and we actually have had ours for a long time now. Cleanup is very easy with this." —Kristina L.

    Get it from Target for $79.99 (originally $99.95).

    Check out our full review of the Instant Pot for more deets, as well as our archive of easy recipe ideas!

    6. A wearable ice pack that'll soothe migraines, tension headaches, and soreness in other body parts (like shoulders, ankles, or knees) with cooling therapy — there are 24 ice cubes in the "hat" that are individually wrapped in a thin layer of plastic that won’t melt onto your skin. Ooh, ahh.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I use it on my neck for migraines or my forehead and face for sinus or tension headaches. It can be wrapped around ankles, knees, etc., for injuries and put on muscles for aches and pains. I love it so much and use it so often that I bought a second one so I always have one in the freezer ready to go." —A. (a BuzzFeeder user, taken from a crowdsourced post about the best things our readers ever bought!)

    Get it from The Grommet for $39.95 (available in two colors/patterns).

    7. A few spritzes of the beloved Caudalie Beauty Elixir to give your face a bit of refreshment/hydration any time of the day, tone your face and tighten your pores, seamlessly blend foundation, blush, and highlighter (hint: spritz the elixir onto your Beautyblender), and set your makeup for a natural, long-lasting finish.

    @caudalie / Via

    It contains mint and balm mint essential oil, rose extract, rosemary essential oil, benzoin and myrrh (to set makeup), and orange flower water for softening and hydrating.

    Promising review: "This is my most favorite product from the brand. The way it makes me feel, the smell, the glow. It’s like a mini spa treatment every time I spray this on my face. I use this for so many things. If I have a headache, I love to spray it on the back of my neck. When I cleanse my face, I use it as a toner. I use it whenever I feel like I need a pick-me-up! I even set my makeup with it. It is that good." —Ivana

    Get it from Caudalie for $49 (also available in a travel-sized version).

    8. A tube of It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ for full coverage that still looks like your skin, color-correcting needs, ample sun protection, and loads of skincare-boosting ingredients like peptides, collagen, and antioxidants that make it the perfect good-for-you makeup option.

    @itcosmetics / Via, Sephora

    Promising review: "This is my all-time favorite foundation. It's hydrating, provides medium, natural-looking coverage, has skincare benefits in the formula, AND sunblock. Seriously, the perfect foundation. I'm 35 years old and have been using this for years." —PeachWicket

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in 12 shades).

    9. A 3-in-1 avocado tool that'll halve, de-pit, and slice avocados easily and beautifully — because they deserve to be in every meal, just like Antoni would want.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "I thought this purchase would be an entirely unnecessary addition to my kitchen and mostly bought it to reach a free shipping threshold on my order. But I have sliced every avocado with it since it arrived. I eat a lot of avocados and this handy slicer is a superior experience compared to a knife and spoon. Even scooping the avocado out makes for a better experience once you get the hang of it. Slices can go right on top of my salad or if I’m mashing for guacamole, it is already halfway mashed. Two thumbs up." —TeezyBone

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $7.99 (originally $9.99).

    10. An Amazon Echo Dot, Echo, or Echo Show to act as your own virtual assistant to call people, give a rundown of your schedule (so you know when to change into a nice top for that Zoom meeting), catch you up on the news, play your favorite music or podcast, order groceries, turn on/off your smart lights, and the list goes on and on.


    How perfect is the Echo Show for video calls and staying in touch with loved ones you can't see in person?

    Get them from QVC: Echo Dot for $39.99 (originally $49.99; available in four colors), Echo Show for $65.96 (available in two colors), and Echo 3rd Generation for $79.99 (originally $99.99; available in three colors).

    11. Hypoallergenic and fabric-friendly double-stick fashion tape that'll handle (*in Olivia Pope's voice*) any fashion problem/emergency that dares to mess up your day, including fixing slipping bra straps, keeping necklaces in place, securing deep necklines, eliminating blouse gaps, adjusting hems, and replacing a shirt button in a pinch — keep 'em everywhere cause they take a lot less room than a spare piece of clothing.

    @_hollywoodfashionsecrets / Via, @_hollywoodfashionsecrets / Via

    Promising review: "I've used these for years and love them! I tell people about them all the time! I recently tried the Heidi Klum brand because I was desperate and couldn't find this one, and it was a complete let-down. I really hope Bed, Bath & Beyond will restock this brand SOON!" —BlueGirl

    Get a pack 36 double-tick strips from Bed Bath & Beyond for $7.99.

    12. A Dash rapid egg cooker for the perfect eggs every single time — whether you're craving hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, scrambled eggs, or entire omelettes! No more days of skipping breakfast — it's not like you're rushing to get out the door anyways. *rubs tummy*


    The egg cooker comes with a poaching tray, omelet tray, six-egg holder tray, measuring cup, and recipe book (plus recipe database access) — plus, all non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "First time owning an egg cooker and glad I chose this one. Perfect for this family of three. The unit is small and compact, which makes it very easy to store up in the cupboard. Very easy to use and clean after usage. Perfect hard boiled eggs, omelettes, poached, even scrambled!! I love how quick it is too. Comes with a little booklet of easy-to-follow instructions and recipes. I still feel uneasy when my 12-year-old uses the stove, so this egg cooker is perfect for her to use all on her own. Personally I don't think the alarm is too loud as another review mentioned, I appreciate that the alarm alerts you when the cooking process is complete, and you are able to hear it from another room. Can't tell you how many times I would boil eggs in a pot on the stove and forget to set a timer, only to end up with disgusting, hard to peel, greenish/greyish yolks. The yolks are picture-worthy after being cooked in this egg cooker." —Misty C.

    Get it from Target for $11.99+ (available in two colors).

    Check out our full post on this egg cooker for more deets!

    13. A bottle of Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment to keep hair looking healthy, smooth, frizz-free, shiny, light, and bouncy but also volumized, and resistant to heat (from tools and UV rays!). You've officially mastered at-home blowouts, congrats!

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    It's also paraben- and silicone-free, and totally safe for chemically-treated and colored hair!

    Promising review: "I have never been able to blow dry my hair myself and get it to be smooth like they do at the salon. My hairstylist recommended this product even though they don’t carry it in-salon, and I AM IN LOVE!! I have extremely tight, thick, and curly hair and this product is a complete game-changer! Seldom need to go back in with an iron to smooth it out, unless it's near the crown. A little goes a long way so even though the bottle is small, it will most definitely last a very long time!" —gap159

    Get it from Sephora for $16+ (available in two sizes).

    14. An interchangeable T3 styling wand so you can customize your curls/waves exactly how you want them to be. Just swap out the tapered 0.75-inch, 1-inch, and 1.5-inch barrels for your preferred style: beachy waves, defined spiral curls, or full-bodied glamour waves. And then proceed to take approx. a million selfies, go on Instagram Live, and record some TikToks — this effort deserves to be ✨seen✨!


    There are five heat settings to accommodate all hair types!

    Promising review: "Perfectly slides through the hair. Very easy to use and to change the barrels, heats evenly and gives beautiful long lasting curls and waves. Worth every penny! Highly recommend. I curl my hair daily and this is one of the best curling irons I’ve ever owned." —ErinSparkle

    Get it from Sephora for $250 (originally $300).

    15. A bottle of reef-safe Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist that'll keep skin protected with SPF 50, because I can't emphasize enough that you *still* need to wear sunscreen indoors. It's non-negotiable. Sun rays still reach you face. But lucky for you, the spray format means it's super easy to apply and reapply throughout the day!


    Vitamin C also helps brighten skin, yay! And once it's safe to be outdoors, it'll keep you protected even when you're in the water (for up to 80 mins). Plus, in a pinch, it might help you amp up your favorite highlight — just mist your brush before applying! And now the formula is reef-safe, so it's even better than before!

    Promising review: "I never wore sunscreen before this product because I hated the gunky feel, chemical smell, and how it made my oily skin gross. However, this product blew my mind. I love it. It is light but lasts forever, and on top of that it smells nice. The spray cap is great and portable. This will be my go-to sunscreen." —Cicibluesky

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review to find out why they swear by this Supergoop sunscreen mist!

    16. A tough, heat-resistant 5-in-1 utensil to save you the frustration of excessive kitchen clutter and switching between a million different tools — you'll have a slotted spoon, solid spoon, spatula, turner, and a cutting tool in your hand all at once.


    Get it from Overstock for $14.95.

    17. An as-seen-on-TV food chopper that'll expertly dice, mince, peel, slice, and grate your way to a delicious meal. Plus, no onion tears — just tears of ~joy~.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    It's dishwasher-safe and it doubles as a 2-cup measuring cup if you stand it up on its side!

    Promising review: "Once you use the Vidalia Chop Wizard, you will never chop vegetables with a knife again. Whack, whack, whack, and you're done. Best kitchen tool around. I buy them as gifts for cook friends, and they are amazed and eternally grateful." —Arlene

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

    18. A handbag insert organizer with pockets and dividers galore, so you always have everything you need for your quick trips out to restock on food and household essentials. And gone are the days of digging into the depths of your purses to find that *one* thing you swear you left in there are over!

    The Container Store

    Plus, once we're out and about again, switching purses (and having everything you need each time) will be a total breeze. On the flip side, you don't have to use it inside of a purse either — it stands on its own and can easily be used as a makeup organizer and whatever else you need it for!

    Promising review: "I received one of these from one of my co-workers and it has been life-changing! Initially, I didn't think that I would like this, because I'm so used to carrying everything (Mom Purse)! This organizer forced me to de-clutter my purse and it has changed everything! Not only did it help relieve my back pain, but it has saved me valuable time in the mornings. I typically change my purse around four to five times per week - this makes switching purses very quick! I've now ordered one for each of my sisters as stocking stuffers! Thanks, friend!" —iSpyGirl

    Get it from The Container Store for $26.99.

    19. Vaseline, a product beloved by everyone and their grandma, to add a ~dewy~ highlight, soothe cuts, treat burns, stand in as a brow gel (with a spoolie), treat undereyes, nourish lashes, remove lipsticks, and do way more than you could possibly imagine. This is what's called a lifetime of love, folks.

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    Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty uses it to nourish her lashes and to keep flyaways under control, and even incorporates Vaseline in a DIY dark circle treatment.

    Promising review: "I use Vaseline on my lips and eyelashes before I go to bed every day. I have short lashes so I wear mascara a lot, and it really makes my lashes brittle. However, if I just apply a little Vaseline to my eyelashes they become so much softer and I think it's even helping them grow longer." —K

    Get a 7.5 oz. tub from Target for $3.49.

    20. A surge protector with multiple, PIVOTING outlets (because giant plugs don't really play nicely with others), so you can stay totally plugged in without blowing a circuit *and* don't end up in a fight with your roommate over limited outlets in your old apartment.

    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "This product allowed me to plug in our 75-inch TV and sound system into a surge protector, with the swivel outlets allowing me to push the TV stand close to the wall so as to hide the wiring." —Jules

    Get it from The Home Depot for $15.98.

    21. A set of reusable silicone food savers that'll easily stretch to ~hug~ all of your open jars and cans, as well as your half-used fruits and vegetables (looking at you, recipes that only call for half a lemon!) so you can extend the life of your groceries and dried goods, while also being more eco-friendly — byeeee, plastic wrap!

    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "Been using them for a few months. Colors are cheerful and they're so handy for fruits and vegetables that have been partially used. I also like them for opened cans, since they keep the contents fresh for longer and stand up to multiple 'on and offs,' unlike foil or plastic wrap." —Holly D.

    Get a set of four from Sur La Table for $9.95.

    22. A stainless-steel multitool – it'll do so many jobs for you, like popping off soda and beer bottles, opening boxes/letters/cans, screwing loose hinges tight, sparking fires (if you're lucky to have one in your backyard)...oh, how small but mighty!

    The Grommet

    It's weight-rated for up to 100 lbs, but it's **not** supposed to be for climbing.

    Get it from The Grommet for $14.95+ (available in six colors).

    23. Vicks VapoRub, a magical ointment that'll help many ails, including coughs, nasal congestion, sleeplessness (whether it's caused by sickness, asthma, or just in general!), and dry patches of skin — you'll use it for decades and pass it on to your children too!


    Promising review: "It cures coughs, moisturizes your face, helps you sleep, cures headaches, and — this is useful if you're in theatre — helps you fake cry. You have to have it in your medicine cabinet." —ThatOneSheerio (a BuzzFeeder user, taken from a crowdsourced post about the best things our readers ever bought!)

    Get it from Target for $8.59.

    24. A sous vide cooker to do all of the heavy meal prep duties you'd rather not do, and ensure that your meats, vegetables, fish, rice pudding, egg cups, and even infused-liquor cocktails are cooked to utter perfection (no overcooking ever again!) — it controls and tracks the temperature and time very precisely, which leaves you free to do other things.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "This circulator has worked well for me in a number of both small volume and large volume vessels. I’ve cooked accurately perfect temperature steaks to 10-hour pork belly. It’s been easy to use and reliable after over 10 uses so far. I would recommend this product over more expensive sous vide circulators unless you just really need the chilling function for some reason." —Jzabica

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $79.99.

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of a similar sous vide cooker for more info on how it works!

    25. A bottle of Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser that'll leave your skin looking glowy and feeling bouncy — it can be used three different ways: a deep makeup eraser (massage it in!), cleanser, and a five-minute AHAs-infused clarifying mask (it's the perfect in-shower treatment!).

    Glow Recipe

    It also smells ~berry~ divine due to the actual blueberry extract it contains, plus it's packed with hyaluronic acid, the almighty hydrating ingredient, so your skin feels totally soft and plump afterwards.

    Promising review: "I have only been using this cleanser for a few days, but have already noticed a huge difference. It's clearing up a MASSIVE breakout on my chin and also soothing the rest of my skin. I was a bit skeptical because of the price, but I feel that this is worth it. The smell is lovely and not strong which is really nice. It lathers up very nicely with warm water and makes skin feel nice and clean without being drying." —Loz1

    Get it from Sephora or Glow Recipe for $34.

    26. A good 'ol jar of SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to remove makeup, soften dry hands/feet/lips, condition and restore your hair to soft and shiny glory*, replace your night creams as a natural, ~no-nonsense~ option, and even help relieve your dog's dry paws and allergies/itching. ~You've got a friend~ in this product.


    *Most reviewers recommend washing out the coconut oil once it's had some time to work its way into your scalp. But otherwise, if you're just applying a little to your ends, dry hair might be OK.

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive, dry, and dehydrated skin. This helps moisturize, protect, and calm all dry areas quickly — and it lasts." —Comfort

    Get a 15 oz. container from Target for $13.89.

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