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    19 Products That Had Such Great Reviews, I Actually Had To Try Them For Myself

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    1. This vitamin C serum has helped to fade my acne scars when nothing else could!

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    4.2-star average rating with 5,763 reviews

    My skin's texture and pigmentation have improved SO much since using this – the vitamin C works to even the skin tone, and the hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates, giving my skin a healthy, 'plump' look.

    It has a lightweight formula that feels like water and sinks pretty much instantly into my skin, so once I have my moisturiser on top, my skin doesn't feel too heavily loaded with product!

    Price: £14.97

    2. And this NIP+FAB Dragon's Blood Plumping Serum *properly* hydrates my skin without making it oily.

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    4.3-star average rating with 571 reviews

    Like its name suggests, for me this stuff has had a kinda magical effect on my skin! The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower which work to penetrate the skin to hydrate it from ~within~.

    It's concentrated enough to have an effect, but also not harsh on my sensitive, acne-prone skin – I would recommend building up your use of it gradually (I started at once a week, then twice, and now alternate it daily with the vitamin C serum) if your skin is more on the sensitive side!

    Price: £9.20

    3. These genius little dots work to heal spots overnight and during the day.

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    4.2-star average rating with 332 reviews

    I've never quite got on with overnight spot treatments since - frustratingly - my biggest and most annoying spots like to develop overnight and stick around all day (typically on the days I want to look my best, of course).

    These little dots are great because they not only heal the spot while protecting it from pollution and any inevitable picking, but they're also translucent so you can wear them discreetly throughout the day! While they're not noticeable while they're on, they still offer a bit of coverage for more ~aggressive~ looking spots, too.

    Price: £5.99 for a pack of 24.

    4. Trust me, I'm a lot happier with this microwavable heating pad than I look here.

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    4.4-star average rating with 270 reviews

    I have a problem with hot water bottles. I have a slightly irrational fear that one may spontaneously burst and scald my feet! Not only does this heating pad not pose that risk, it's also easy to heat (one minute in the microwave and no boiling water in sight), and the wheat-filled bag is flexible enough to wrap around whatever I need warming.

    I have two of these (one at work and one at home), and I mostly use them to soothe the painful cramps I get during the first few days of my cycle. They're also great at relieving muscle pain and warming cold toes!

    Price: £5.20

    5. This jade roller and scraper set has changed the face of my evening skincare routine.

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    4.8-star average rating with 885 reviews

    I use the roller (which is made from 100% natural jade stone) in the evening to massage my serum and night oil into my skin, and the scraper is great for when I need a bit more of a deeper massage. You can work in outward motions to help with lymphatic drainage – I find that after I've used these I wake up with genuinely *glowing* skin in the morning!

    They're great for a calming pamper session too – I find that the stone naturally stays cool enough throughout a single use but you can store them in the fridge if you want an even more ~soothing~ effect.

    Price: £14.93

    6. This dry body brush keeps my skin feeling soft and is so comfortable to use.

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    4.7-star average rating with 661 reviews

    The unique shape of this brush is what drew me to it initially – it's angled perfectly to reach all parts of your body without having to awkwardly twist your wrist. Using this daily has improved my blood circulation and the softness of my skin (especially important during the coldness of a 'British spring'!) The bristles are firm enough to make a difference, but still feel soft on my sensitive skin.

    Price: £14.57

    7. This foundation brush is dense yet soft and blends makeup perfectly.

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    4.8-star average rating with 4,416 reviews

    Considering this flat-top kabuki brush has such a high rating and is also under seven quid, I obviously had to give it a try! I can confirm that the bristles are super soft and dense enough to blend liquid foundation in like a dream (without absorbing too much product either!) I loved it so much that I got one for my mum too and I can personally vouch - through her - that it's great for powder foundation as well!

    Price: £6.95

    8. I discovered this super fast-drying top coat and haven't had a bad nail day since.

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    4.4-star average rating with 7,763 reviews

    It's ridiculously long-wearing and impressively chip-resistant (trust me, I put it on a two-week trial to check) and it makes an at-home manicure take 15 minutes instead of 50 – there's no need to wait in-between layers here! The strong formula creates a sort of coating around your nail to lock in the colour and shine, making it look more like a professional gel manicure and less like a DIY job.

    Price: £6.97

    9. This Denman large paddle brush is a life saver for my tangle-prone hair!

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    4.7-star average rating with 517 reviews

    My hair is long, naturally wavy, and very fine – but there’s lots of it (see: recipe for tangles). This is the best hairbrush for my particular hair type, probably ever.

    It doesn’t tug on my hair or harshly ‘cut through’ tangles either. Instead, the sturdy yet gentle bristles effortlessly ease them out while the wide head allows me to brush more of my hair at once (while I’d love to spend ages brushing it on a rock, alas, the mermaid life was never for me) so this brush suits me just fine.

    Price: £7.87

    10. I bought this ionic filter shower head and my pipes are eternally grateful.

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    4.3-star average rating with 1,924 reviews

    This shower head uses mineral balls to filter your shower water, removing harsh chemicals and turning your hard water soft. Not only has the amount of limescale buildup and water marks in my shower drastically reduced since using this, it's also had a good effect on my skin and hair over time!

    Price: £16.87

    11. It might look like a dried packet of noodles, but this soap saver makes my soap last for ages and stops it from getting slimy!

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    4.5-star average rating with 521 reviews

    It's like a firm sort of sponge, which you can cut to fit any size of soap dish – I personally use it in place of a soap dish and the water seeps through the little holes and into the sink rather than gathering around the bar! This means it doesn't dissolve into a wet and slimy lump over time, which in my books is a win!

    Price: £3.98

    12. This bubble bath gelee makes my bathroom feel like a spa.

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    4.7-star average rating with 778 reviews

    You know that deeply luxurious smell that comes to mind when you're thinking of spa days, pamper sessions, and cleanliness? Yeah, that would be the scent of this. It creates the best bubbles outside of a children's bubble bath formula, and the naturally moisturising ingredients make my skin super soft!

    Price: £6.63

    13. This dead sea face mask is the ultimate pamper night treat.

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    4.6-star average rating with 300 reviews

    This mask comes with a cute lil' brush to apply it neatly and hygienically to your face and a headband to hold your hair out of the way while you're using it. The mask is full of natural ingredients – the mud soaks up excess oils and the minerals help to cleanse clogged pores. I love using it when my skin needs a good, deep clean!

    Price: £11.99

    14. This mini Bluetooth speaker is surprisingly powerful.

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    4.8-star average rating with 29,043 reviews!

    Cue infinite references to being small but mighty. But honestly, not only does this mini speaker give off an impressive sound and quality of bass, but it was also super easy to set up with my phone and its small size means I can take it pretty much everywhere!

    Price: £21.99

    15. I don't know how I ever managed without this magnetic phone holder in my car.

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    4.6-star average rating with 14,379 reviews

    The actual holder clips easily onto the air vents of any car, and the set comes with two super strong magnets to attach to your phones. I've put mine on the inside of my thin phone case and it holds a firm grip - even over bumpy roads - but you can also peel off the sticky backing and stick it directly onto the outside of the phone case for a more secure grip.

    Price: £5.99

    16. This motivational water bottle helps me to make sure I'm drinking enough throughout the day!

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    4.6-star average rating with 445 reviews

    I drink a LOT of water, and this bottle helps me to drink small amounts throughout the day rather than forgetting to drink anything all morning then having three glasses of water in one go! I keep this on my desk at work and because it has a large capacity of 900ml, I don't need to keep filling it up. I also find the straw design much easier to drink from than an open rim!

    Price: £8.95

    17. This is hands down the best umbrella I have ever owned!

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    4.6-star average rating with 4,306 reviews

    Confession: I originally bought this for my mum but loved the colour and design so much that it gradually found its way into my own bag. It has a clever design that lets you open it at the touch of a button, and it's made from super lightweight teflon material that is wind-proof and water-repellent – all I have to do is give it a quick shake and it's ready to put away once I'm done with it!

    Price: £16.95

    18. With the Dishoom cookbook, I can recreate their iconic recipes like an almost pro!

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    4.7-star average rating with 823 reviews

    No mean feat from someone who admits to being culinarily challenged! The recipes are really precise and actually quite easy to follow, so you can get pretty close to the real thing. The book itself is beautiful to look at and full of interesting stories and bits of history aside from the recipes, so it makes a great coffee table book, too!

    Price: £16.67

    19. And finally, this fireplace lamp gives a warm and cosy glow to my living room.

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    4.4-star average rating with 126 reviews

    I've put mine inside the fireplace grate, but you can put this pretty much anywhere in your home for a warm light and flickering flame effect that makes you feel like you have a genuine fire crackling along!

    Price: £7.99