21 Products I Don’t Understand How You’ve Lived Your Whole Life Without

21 Products I Don’t Understand How You’ve Lived Your Whole Life Without

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Amazing transparent pimple patches you can pop on and go about your day while they suck all the gunk out of your pores. Just ask the 2,500+ reviewers who’ve had success with them!

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Promising review: “These will change your life for the better. I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, so I need a clear complexion. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and that has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin.” —Caitlyn

Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on these patches.

Get a box of 40 from Amazon for $8.50.


The perfect oversized cardigan that basically won’t leave your body all fall long. It’s sure to become your new close-knit BFF.

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Promising review: “Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? Let’s just say, if I could choose to wear one item for the rest of my life, it would be this sweater. It’s so incredibly cozy and oversized, just how I imagined. And can we talk about the color?!!!! It’s so rich and such a perfect shade of mustard yellow. For reference, I’m 5’2″ and 125 pounds and purchased a small. I’m seriously contemplating buying more in case anything happens to this one.” —EW

Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in sizes S/M-2XL/3XL and in 22 colors).


Hangover Helper, an adorable little cookbook full of hangover cure recipes from all over the world. From pizza bagels to bacon kimchi fried rice, you’re sure to find something yummy to keep you from totally regretting last night.


It’s got over 50 recipes, and each one is rated on a scale of how difficult it’ll be to make hungover, so you can decide which to try depending on whether you’re in a “got a little tipsy at happy hour” or “I never want to see daylight again” mood.

Get it from Amazon for $14.07.


A beyond fuzzy faux fur throw blanket that over 2,500 five-star reviews suggest you won’t need any time to warm up to. You could be as cozy at this pup!

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It’s machine-washable, so when it gets dirty you can get it clean and back around yourself ASAP.

Promising review: “Un-freaking-believable! My family fights over this blanket. It’s like being wrapped in a silky, feathery, warm cloud! It’s even soft on both sides. I’ve been told to buy more so my family will stop fighting. It’s simply like chicken noodle soup for your body.” —Melinda Deas

Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in five sizes and 19 colors).


Glossier’s Balm Dotcom, a cruelty-free and antioxidant-rich universal skin salve that you can use on your lips or anywhere else for moisture that actually lasts. Because while bears eat a lot and then hibernate, one of the best ways a human can prepare for winter is by stocking up on moisturizers that really work.


But don’t get me wrong — I also plan on doing a lot of eating and sleeping.

Promising review: “As a lip balm collector I would like to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the best balm I have used. It stays forever, doesn’t wipe off with food or drinks or life, and is super nourishing. It’s also really good value for money and lasts forever (mine has been with me since July 2018).” —Aayushi S.

Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors and tints, including an untinted and unscented version).


A super-satisfying planning pad with space to map out pretty much every part of your day, from appointments and must-dos to water intake and meals (ya know, the stuff you actually can’t live without).


I’m really impressed by the cool layout of this pad. At the top, it lets you mark the day and date and jot down what you’re grateful for. There are three spaces to prioritize must-dos above the rest of your to-do list, plus a separate place for writing down appointments. There’s even a fun clock you can fill in or color code with when you’re busy or what you’re doing when. You can check off one of the eight water droplets every time you drink a glass, write down what your health and fitness plans are in the box below that, and meal plan three meals and a snack next to that. Somehow, there’s still room on the page for a blank space for notes and doodles. And at the end of the day, you can record big accomplishments in the bottom corner. You did it!

Promising review: “You can stop scrolling around looking for the perfect planner because this one is absolutely PERFECT. It really helps me manage my time and keep track of things all across the board. I also appreciate the positivity it exudes. Starts my day off just right!! I’ll definitely be ordering more.” —Brit

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner, a beeswax and orange oil formula that’s basically like a spa treatment for your wood surfaces. In addition to polishing, it adds a protective layer and helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading. If there’s wood in your home, I ~wood~ say you need this.


Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this polish!

Promising review: “I read about this in a BuzzFeed article, read the reviews, and looked at the images posted by reviewers. I figured for under $10, why not. Our house is about 20 years old and things are starting to just look worn. Add kids and a dog to the house and you have plenty of scratched up or water-stained wood. This is magic in a bottle! The first picture is a door the dog scratched up. While the scratches are still there, you can no longer see them. The other picture is of a window that was left cracked open when we were gone and it rained. The wood was trashed, but now it looks brand new. I bought on a whim and now I’ve added it to my monthly Subscribe and Save.” —ByteMe

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.


A whimsical Pusheen travel pillow to make every plane ride or uncomfy sleeping situation approximately a million times more (dare I say it?) fun.


Promising review: “I was scheduled for emergency surgery and purchased this to be overnighted to me right before the procedure. I was so happy that it arrived on time and exactly as advertised. It’s been a lifesaver for my recovery and it’s super soft and cute. I’ve fallen asleep many times with this Pusheen around my neck and I couldn’t be more comfortable. Definitely buy this for whatever your needs are, you won’t be disappointed!” —Fox

Get it from Amazon for $16.29.


Genius dishwasher- and freezer safe, BPA-free silicone stretch lids that’ll have pretty much anything you make or any container you use covered — literally. They can even be used as fruit savers!

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Promising review: “I bought these silicone lids in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic cling wrap and aluminum foil I use to cover leftovers or when I bring a dish to a gathering. All I can say is that these are perfect! The variety of sizes comes in very handy — I don’t have a bowl they don’t fit! Also, they are stretchy enough to fit a variety of shaped bowls/dishes. I’ve used them on rectangular glass container and they fit fine. They’re also very very secure, so I can load up a bowl of potato salad and I don’t have to worry about the contents spilling out. I’m not sure if they’d be 100% spill-proof if you had a bowl of liquid covered with one of these, but I think they’d be pretty darn close and at least minimize what could be a bad spill. Last but not least, they are REUSABLE!!! This is absolutely the best part. They are super easy to wash, or you can just toss them in your dishwasher (top rack) and they’re ready for the next time you have a dish to cover.” —Maura E.

Get a set of seven lids in different sizes from Amazon for $15.96.


Vivienne Sabó Cabaret Premiere mascara, a cruelty-free, luxe-looking formula that over 1,500 reviewers swear by for looking glam on a budget and that may make you abandon all other brands for good.

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The reviewer pics above show the results of a single light coat!!!!!

Promising review: “I never write reviews for things, but this mascara was just so great I felt like I had to! I love lashes, and my friends are used to me wearing thick coats of mascara at all times. Despite this, I got complimented on my lashes basically every time I wore this mascara this week. Multiple people even asked if I had extensions! This mascara isn’t clumpy at all, and it makes your lashes super long and defined without sticking them together. I’ve never had any problems with flaking, and although it isn’t waterproof, I’ve definitely used eyedrops, shed a tear, and gotten stuck in rain without it smudging or running down my face. All in all this is my new holy grail mascara, and I’m thrilled!!” —Sophie Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.


A universal jar opener that takes up — get this — ZERO drawer space. Because you don’t have as big a kitchen as the Krusty Krab, but you do sometimes feel like Patrick struggling to open a jar.


It has over 2,500 five-star reviews and comes with peel-and-stick adhesive and three screws to easily install it!

Promising review: “I’ve tried a million different tools and gadgets for help opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one reviewer who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the V closest to you and with it placed in the front, right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I’ve already placed an order for another one as a gift for my sister.” —moorecats

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.


A genius backpack organizer insert to make your go-everywhere carryall actually practical, not just an endless abyss of crap you carry around on your back.


It’s got tons of pockets, including a zippered compartment for your most precious cargo. Plus, comes with a cosmetic bag to further help give you a place for everything and get everything in its place.

Promising review: “This organizer made my Fjällräven Kånken backpack 1,000 times more functional. It fits perfectly in the backpack and allows you to maximize its capacity! The organizer itself is made of sturdy felt and doesn’t add much weight to the bag. It arrives a bit wrinkly, but once you start filling it with things, the wrinkles will even out. I LOVE how many pockets are in this thing!” —J.A.

Get it from Amazon for $22.88+ (available in two sizes and six styles).


A LOL-worthy yet genius Apple Watch holder that lets you prop up your favorite gadget and keep it visible while charging, plus allows you to revisit the good ol’ days of your first beloved Apple product.


Internet, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret — I still have and use an old-school iPod like a dinosaur. It barely works, but I’m not letting it go!!!!!

The stand is compatible with all Apple Watches.

Promising review: “This is awesome. I’ve tried a couple of other watch stands and the watch was just laying there and would fall off so easily. This one holds the watch snugly, plus you get the cute factor. I’m thinking about getting another one to keep in my car.” —Tracie

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two colors).


A double-sided electronics cleaning brush capable of not only brushing away dust, but also scrubbing the tighter nooks and crannies of your keyboard, phone, or camera lens.


Promising review: “Unbelievable! Why didn’t I get this before? My keyboard is a mess because PEOPLE (okay, my husband and I) eat and drop crumbs all over it and almost never clean it. A duster doesn’t do much good, but this tool is incredible and the wedge tip is a game changer! I’m amazed at all the junk it got out. There should be a wall of shame where people can display pictures of all the stuff they extracted. I swear I could have potted a small plant with mine!” —whitequeen

Get it from Amazon for $4.95+ (available in two colors).


A protein and collagen hair mask that hundreds of reviewers swear by for getting damaged hair back to its absolute softest. Because you’ve gotta be ready for a Lizzo-worthy hair toss at any moment, and you’re never going to settle for anything less than silky smoothness again.

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Promising review: “Caution: results in impossibly silky hair. My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good, I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel dried it, worked about two quarter-sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinsed it out. I went to bed with wet hair, which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough-looking, but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I’m totally in love with this product. I have long, fine hair but this doesn’t leave it greasy or weigh it down. I’ll definitely buy again.” —Ellie

Get it from Amazon for $7.50.


A simple yet brilliant cereal bowl designed to banish soggy breakfasts for good. That’s right — it keeps the cereal and milk (or soup and crackers, or chips and dip, or whatever other combo you want to put in there) apart to give you maximum control over the deliciousness.


The bottom is also cleverly designed to allow it to stand up on a table on its own, but also for you to grip it with ease. The cutout in the bottom also makes them easy to stack, because face it, you know you’re going to be buying more than one of these.

Promising review:My life can be divided into two parts — before and after the Obol. Before the Obol my life was a cornucopia of misery and suffering. The inevitable sogginess of my breakfast cereal caused me to live in a miasma of despair. The eldritch ability of the milk to foul Capt’n Crunch or Raisin Bran seemed an impossible foe. With every snap crackle and pop, like drums in the deep, I knew the saturation was coming for my precious malted grains. How can one enjoy the morning repast free from the heinous congealing of granule and dairy? Tiny bowls were insufficient. The struggle of a proper ratio of bovine mammary secretions to sugary grains has eluded me for decades. I consulted the great minds of our age, yet none of these learned men had a solution, and dismissed my plight as one of unimportance. Obol, you have lifted the veil from my eyes. You’ve opened a new world to me. You know not the positive effect on my life.” —ChrisW

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).


A clever and cheeky chain necklace that’s an absolutely massive mood.


Get it from Baublebar for $42.


A fabulous shade of Ella + Mila polish, which isn’t a regular nail polish, it’s a cool nail polish. I’m talking vegan and cruelty-free, made in the USA, AND free of seven major chemicals, like formaldehyde, camphor, and DBP. You’ve really ~nailed~ this whole ethical beauty thing.


Promising review: “I am seriously, SERIOUSLY impressed with this nail polish! Not only is it free of harmful chemicals, but it lasts forever! I’m a hairdresser, working on up to 10-12 clients a day, with my hands in water doing hair and laundry all day long and this stuff chipped on ONE nail, after three full days of work. It dries super quickly even without the quick-dry top coat, but I have to say I got the top coat and love it as well! I just got myself two more colors and I will be recommending this stuff to anyone who will listen!” —Stephanie V

Get it from Amazon for $11.39, and find more colors here.


A ~sweet~ little clay bear that no baker should be without. Add water to him, and he’ll soften brown sugar you’d thought had hardened past use.


This little dude absorbs moisture, so you can also keep him dry and pop him in a bag of chips to help them stay fresh!

Promising review: “Unbelievable! The brown sugar I had was in the original opened bag. It was so hard that I had to break it into pieces with a hammer in order to fit it into a new air-tight container I bought. According to the instructions, I soaked the Brown Sugar Bear in water and then put it on top of the rock-hard brown sugar chunks and closed the lid. It took a few days, but the brown sugar is now completely soft. I am truly amazed at how well this worked.” —KK Vegas

Get it from Amazon for $5.61.


A Yeti backpack cooler here to make your outdoor and day trip dreams come true. I’m talking keeping things cold and being less of a schlep.


Promising review: “Amazing. It held ice for two days. Even without filling it all the way with ice, 12 cans and two two-liter bottles were kept cold during a weekend trip out in the mountains. The bag itself evenly distributed all the weight and made carrying hassle-free. Well worth the money.” —Elvis

Get it from Yeti for $299.99 (available in two colors).


And finally, some splurge-worthy and totally unique earrings that I personally am not sure how I’ve survived without, since they’ve managed to flawlessly combine my two favorite things: pearls and pasta.


Get them from Chefanie for $185.

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