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    19 Products That Actually Helped Me Achieve My Goals Recently

    Who'd have thought a cute teacup could help me stay hydrated?

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    ✨ The Goal ✨ – to save money by doing things myself.

    1. I already enjoyed doing DIY manicures, but this incredible top coat makes the whole process faster, more professional-looking, and gives me longer lasting results!

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    It works by creating a bond between the layers of polish beneath it, helping them all to dry quickly and sort of merge together into one strong layer. You can paint it straight over the wet layers – saving you time – AND there'll be way less chipping and breakage!

    Price: £6.45

    2. And this instant cuticle remover gel helps me to get salon-worthy results in a fraction of the time!

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    I apply the gel to my nail beds, wait about 30 seconds, and then rinse it away to reveal extremely softened cuticles that'll come away with a bit of a scrub! It has made my at-home manicure process even quicker and I wouldn't attempt a mani without it now.

    Price: £6.81

    3. I used to spend a fortune on lash lifts at the salon, but now I've tried this lash lift kit I might just stick to doing them at home!

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    It's super easy to use – even for a lash lift newbie like me! I've used the kit a few times now and there's still loads of product left, so it should last me ages.

    Price: £18.99 for the 12-piece kit.

    4. This stunning marble contact paper took my WFH desk from basique to très chic.

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    It was so easy to install! The sturdy paper has a self-adhesive design, so you just have to peel away the excess backing, attach one corner to the surface you're trying to cover, and scrape the paper down firmly to remove any air bubbles – I used the back of a book to get a really smooth finish. Just make sure you fold it over the edges just as neatly and trim any excess.

    Price: £8.99 for a 30x200cm size.

    5. I then used this gold washi tape around the edges for a more ~luxe~ finish.

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    The marble paper actually looked so good on its own that I was tempted to leave it as it was, but the sleek gold finish of this tape really elevated the whole look and helped to hide any small mistakes I'd made!

    Price: £2.89 for a 15mmx10m roll.

    ✨ The Goal ✨ – to get more organised.

    6. These drawer dividers meant I could *finally* sort out The Dreaded Drawer that I used to shove all my random things in.

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    I know, I know, it was in a bad state! These boxes were just what I needed – they fit my standard-sized drawer perfectly, with just enough space to add in some extra toiletry bags and other loose bits here and there.

    Price: £12.95 for a set of six.

    7. I'm someone who hates clutter, but also hates the clutter that's caused by tidying up the clutter! So I'm ashamed to say it took me a while to organise the mess of wires behind my TV – this cable tidy box made it easy though!

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    The box has a surprisingly large capacity, so I was able to fit most of my humungous tangle of wires inside without bending them dangerously! There are a number of handy holes and slots so you can feed the wires through and still close the lid securely.

    Price: £8.00-£15.00 depending on size – it's available in sizes small and large and also comes in white.

    8. I now store excess pan lids in these handy holders rather than letting them crash around in the cupboard.

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    We don't use pan lids very often, so they'd tend to get in the way more often than not! These holders have a self-adhesive backing which made the installation really easy. They help to save so much space and make my cupboard look way less cluttered!

    Price: £9.00 for four.

    9. I find it difficult to properly organise my day, but this daily planner pad is so pretty, I'm actually motivated to fill it out each morning!

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    As someone who's not used to planning out my day, I find the different sections really handy. I also like the fact that it encourages me to focus on my mental and physical health each day rather than just work, which – in the monotony of lockdown – does make a difference!

    Price: £10.99 for 50 A4 sheets.

    ✨ The Goal ✨ – to drink more 'healthy' liquids.

    10. This water bottle's large capacity and straw mouthpiece makes it much easier to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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    I don't know about you, but I can drink half a litre of water through a straw without even realising it! I also love the fact that I don't have to refill the bottle very often throughout the day.

    Price: £10.99-£12.99 depending on colour – it comes in eight colours.

    11. I swapped coffee for green tea a while ago, but wasn't much of a fan of the bitter taste. This matcha green tea powder has a subtle, earthy taste that I love!

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    The quality of this superfine powder is very impressive for the price. Drinking it every morning has helped to improve my mood and energy levels, and even calmed my acne-prone skin!

    Price: £9.95

    12. And call me five years old, but I actually look forward to drinking my morning tea from this stunning Frida Kahlo teacup and saucer set!

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    The prospect of superior taste and aesthetically-pleasing drinkware ensures I never forget to drink my tea in the morning! Oh, and the saucer comes in the shape of a pretty pink flower – no biggie.

    Price: £12.81

    ✨ The Goal ✨ – to reduce unnecessary waste.

    13. Since the food shop became the highlight of the week, I've been known to get brave in the fruit and veg aisle! Luckily, if I've over-purchased, these clever discs help to keep them fresher for way longer.

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    I keep one disc in the fruit bowl and one in the veg crisper. They basically prolong the ripening process to prevent your fruit and veg from decaying and prevent you from having to chuck them away!

    Price: £8.99 for four.

    14. Constantly using and throwing away disposable face masks just didn't sit right with me. So I swapped to this reusable cotton one – it's surprisingly cheap, comfy, and stylish!

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    I love the houndstooth print! It has an ergonomic design which curves under the chin and can be fitted to the bridge of the nose for a really secure fit, and it comes with two filters.

    Price: £7.99 – it comes in seven designs.

    ✨ The Goal ✨ – to stay motivated to work out without the gym.

    15. It's unreal how much of a difference this microfibre yoga towel made to my home workouts!

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    Because (apologies for the graphic image) sliding around in your own sweat is NOT motivating. This grips securely to my mat via the corner pockets and is really easy to clean – I just pop it in the wash with my colours.

    Price: £14.95-£15.95 depending on colour – it comes in six colours.

    16. These leggings have pockets(!) so I can store my phone and keys safely while out running.

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    There are two pockets – one on each side – so my belongings won't hit against each other. The leggings themselves are really stretchy and comfortable, and I love the high waisted design.

    Price: £18.99 for the full-length black style – they're available in sizes S-XXL and come in 29 styles.

    17. And when they're in the wash I use this running belt to firmly hold all my valuables.

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    Trying to run without having anywhere to keep my phone and keys used to put me off going at all! I like how this belt is adjustable, so you can wear it as high or low as you like. The pockets sort of fasten over the item they're holding without even having to zip it up, meaning I can easily slip out my phone to change the song without disrupting my stride.

    Price: £9.99-£12.99 depending on size – it's available in sizes S-L.

    ✨ The goal ✨ – to feel more comfortable driving.

    18. Since my car doesn't have a built-in satnav, this sturdy magnetic phone holder is essential!

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    When I first started driving I was nervous about reading directions rather than focusing on the road, but this holder keeps my phone at a convenient height which allows me to see both. It clips onto my car's vent and grips securely to the matching magnet I've slipped into my phone case.

    Price: £6.99

    19. And driving in the winter brought a new problem – condensation! That is, until this dehumidifier bag stepped in to keep my windshield clear.

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    It attracts the moisture in the air to keep it away from your windows and prevent them from fogging up! I've had it for over a month now and haven't even had to 'reset' it in the microwave yet.

    Price: £7.95