29 Random And Useful Products BuzzFeed Writers Are Just Really Obsessed With

29 Random And Useful Products BuzzFeed Writers Are Just Really Obsessed With

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1.

A flexible phone mount that’ll hold your phone while you click-clack away on your keyboard (perfect if you don’t have the desk space for a regular mount). Clip it to your desk and stream Netflix or FaceTime to your heart’s content, hands free.


Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

“I’m a total klutz when it comes to holding my phone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped my phone on my face while video chatting with friends and family, even if I use the phone grip on the back of my case. It feels awkward holding my phone up, and my arm eventually gets tired after keeping that position for an hour. But this phone mount was a game changer. The mount is wide enough to clip onto my headboard, and I can use it on different pieces of furniture in my house, like my desk or shelf. Plus, the holder stretches open really wide, so it’ll fit any phone.” —Kaysey Davis

Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.99. Also available in white.

2.

A retro floral bathing suit with a tie back and halter straps that you can adjust to fit your frame perfectly. If itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikinis just aren’t for you, you’ll probably love this.


Emmy Favilla / Via BuzzFeed

“I’m not a “beach person” by any stretch of the definition, and I jump into a pool maaaybe three times during a good summer, but I simply can’t resist a cute high-waisted swimsuit. The halter top ties both behind your neck and behind your back, so it’s easy to adjust it to your preferred fit. It’s adorably retro not just thanks to its high-waisted cut but also the floral pattern I went with — but if a black-and-orange motif isn’t your scene, don’t fret, because it’s available in 14 other equally charming designs (mostly floral, but also cherry and pineapple). The high-waisted bottom has yet to lose its elasticity, and I love the ruching details. For this price, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better quality (and cuter!) swimsuit anywhere.” —Emmy Favilla

Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.01+. Available in 15 colours and sizes S-4XL.

3.

A Boscia jelly cleanser ball that’ll make washing your face so fun, you might actually remember to do it. It feels like a bouncy ball and is infused with activated black bamboo charcoal that’ll absorb toxins and impurities out of your skin.


Sarah Han / Via BuzzFeed

“I don’t ~hate~ washing my face, but I don’t love it either. Since I have to do it every day, if there’s any way to make that process more fun, I’m so 😍 here 😍 for 😍 it 😍. And it’s not gimmicky. Trust me, I had my doubts. It feels really cool and soothing on the skin and incredibly lightweight — you almost don’t feel it at all. And there’s absolutely no tightness afterwards” —Sarah Han

Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.

4.

A sturdy multiuse rack that can be used for everything from drying water bottles to holding countertop trash bags. It has non-slip silicone tips on top and bottom, so you don’t have to worry about it sliding around or losing its grip.


Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

“Despite thinking that the price was pretty steep for bottle rack, all my doubts were thrown out the window when I lifted it out of the box. It was a LOT heavier than I anticipated. In the photo, it appeared to be plastic, but it’s actually made of metal with a glossy finish. The best part is that it folds down flat so it can easily be stored in a drawer. In terms of stability, it can hold very heavy items without any issues. While normally I would only use it for water bottles and glass carafes, I also occasionally use it to dry out the removable parts of my blender and juicer (which can be quite heavy), and it doesn’t as much as wobble under the weight. In fact, it’s so stable that it wouldn’t fall over even if you only load one side. I’ve also used it to dry out ziplock bags, and it works very well for this purpose, too. Now it’s permanently sitting on my kitchen counter because I use it so often! IMO, it’s definitely worth the price.” —Yi Yang

Get it on Amazon Canada for $27.69. Also available in white.

5.

A yogurt maker that’ll have you making your own delicious and nutritious breakfast from scratch. It comes with six glass containers that you can use over and over again, so you’ll be creating less waste, too!


Hannah Loewentheil / Via BuzzFeed

“My mother kept talking about making her own yogurt, so I bought her the Euro Cuisine for Mother’s Day. Since then, we’ve both been making our own homemade yogurt often using this simple and affordable gadget. The only ingredients you need are milk (dairy or non-dairy) and any plain store-bought yogurt (you’ll use a small amount of this yogurt as a starter culture). The type of milk and yogurt you use will determine the final taste and texture of your homemade yogurt. I personally like plain, Greek-style yogurt topped with granola and berries, but the yogurt maker contains instructions for making flavored yogurt with fresh fruit, preserved fruit, coffee, jam, and more.” —Hannah Loewentheil (read their full review of the Euro Cuisine yogurt maker)

Get it from Amazon Canada for $44.97.

6.

A pack of Nexcare pimple patches that’ll magically make your zits disappear (or at least shrink) overnight. You’ll see just how much oil was in your pimple when you peel it off, which is equal parts gross and satisfying.


Katy Herman / Via BuzzFeed

“These pics were taken after leaving the patch on overnight, which is how I find them to be most effective. They need several hours to really knock out a blemish. I also use them during the day, but often find I take them off too early. They also work best on pimples that are already a little bit open — a sucker that’s not quite ready to pop won’t usually yield results as dramatic as this. Still, putting on a patch during the day or on a non-open zit can still help an acne emergency. I find that they mask the zit a bit and help prevent you from picking at it or making it worse. If nothing else, the blemish is usually a little less huge and swollen when a patch comes off.” —Katy Herman

Get a pack of 36 patches on Amazon Canada for $10.97.

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A calming Snuggle Puppy that’ll lull your four-legged friend to sleep and reduce their anxiety by mimicking the heartbeat and heat of an actual dog. It’s machine washable, so you don’t have to worry if your canine companion has any accidents in their crate.


Sam Wieder / Via BuzzFeed

“So, I JUST got a new puppy a few days ago — an adorable eight-week-old Havanese named Bailey. We’re crate-training Bailey and the first two days were a bit rough for him. He would almost constantly whine/cry when in his crate, to the point that we were only getting about an hour of sleep. I had heard really great things about the Snuggle Puppy, so in a desperate attempt to ease Bailey’s separation anxiety and make crate-training easier, as well as to save our sanity, we bought this stuffed toy, and let me tell you, it’s made ALL THE DIFFERENCE! He loves being close to it when he rests in his crate (he also loves chewing it). Best of all, he slept the entire night and has just been so much calmer and happier in his crate. I truly cannot say enough good things about this.” —Sam Wieder

Get it on Amazon Canada for $54.99. Available in five styles.

8.

A pair of beauty product spatulas that’ll help you get every last bit of product out of your makeup containers. Gone are the days of throwing out half of your $72 holy grail foundation before it’s even done.


Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

“The regular spatula is great for medium to large-sized bottles like lotion, shampoo, or conditioner. It’s long enough to get to the bottom of the containers and the end of the handle is on an angle so you have more control. The mini spatula is perfect for makeup bottles. I used it all the time when the pump on one of my serum bottles stopped working. I figure after using these spatulas for a few months, I’ve probably saved more than a few loonies and toonies on makeup and skincare. Plus, it’s super satisfying to see how much product comes out. I knew there was more in there!” —Kaysey Davis

Get a two-pack from Amazon Canada for $9.28. Also available in a pink and black combo.

9.

A stove cleaning kit that’ll make your cooktop look good as new in just a few minutes. Just apply the cream to your burners, wait a few minutes for it to sink in, and then scrub away the gunk with the spongey cleaning tool. For super stubborn messes, you can scrape off build up with the razor.


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

It comes with cleaning solution, a razor, and a scrubbing tool. I own this stuff and it works actually magic on stuck-on food and oil splatters. I’ve seriously never seen my burners look cleaner than they do after using this stuff, and I’m so happy it doesn’t cost a fortune (but I’d buy it even if it did).

Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99. Also available in multipacks.

10.

An adorable house-shaped tissue box holder that looks a lot cuter than the boring cardboard box your Kleenex comes in. Now when your allergies start acting up, you won’t have to ruin your home decor with that eyesore.


Elizabeth Lilly / Via BuzzFeed

“Perhaps the reason I’ve been so bad at keeping around a box of tissues is that tissues just look…kind of ugly out in the open. But not with this lil’ cover! Now it’s a ~design element~ that I’ll hopefully remember to keep full. For now, it’s filled with a square box of tissues I unearthed from my old apartment’s closet while packing; it’s presently neatly housed inside the tissue box cover, providing the “smoke” for the tiny chimney. The only downside to committing to this box is that I’ll have to buy square-shaped tissue boxes only now. But I can live with that. And with my not-snotty nose. —Elizabeth Lilly

Get it on Amazon Canada for $7.06.

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This magical Revlon one-step styler that dries, volumizes, and styles your locks all in one go. Now you won’t need to mess around with a thousand hair tools when you’re running late.


Essence Gant / Via BuzzFeed

“On the left is my hair freshly shampooed and conditioned, and on the right is my hair after I blew it out with the dryer. The blowout process took me about an hour and a half, but I’m sure I can get it even quicker with more practice. I didn’t want it super sleek because I prefer a big hair look, but I could’ve gotten the roots even straighter with a few more strokes if I wanted to.” —Essence Gant (read their full review here)

Get it on Amazon Canada for $88.25.

12.

A pack of lemon and cayenne iced tea that doesn’t have a ton of caffeine in it, but will wake you up with its sour, spicy flavour. It also tastes great warm and would be the perfect tea for spiking in the winter months (if you’re of age, obvi).


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“I don’t need caffeine to get me going in the morning, but I do love a flavourful drink and this loose-leaf blend really does it for me. It’s the perfect blend of sour and spicy (though I like to add a bit of extra cayenne) and makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my bod every time I drink it.” —Alice Prendergast

Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.98. Also available in a larger size.

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A bestselling gel toilet stamp that cleans away stains and rings with every flush. It’s also scented, so your bathroom will always smell fresh, no matter what goes on in there.


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“This baby will save you from getting down on your hands and knees to scrub down your toilet bowl because it does the work with every flush. Using it is simple: load the gel cartridge into the stamper and click the button to apply the gel sticker to your toilet bowl. It’s actually really satisfying to use and I’m happy to report it works, too! It keeps my toilet smelling fresh and saves me from having to scrub away gross build-up on the bowl, meaning I have one less chore to do every week.” —Alice Prendergast

Get a pack of 24 stamps on Amazon Canada for $9.98.

14.

A pack of all-natural boot-cleaning cloths that are powerful enough to remove even the toughest stains. They’re also great for jackets and handbags, so go ahead and wipe down your whole wardrobe with ’em.


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

They work on suede, rubber, fabric, and nubuck (aka almost everything). I even use them to wipe touch up my Air Force 1’s and sandals when they start looking a little neglected.

Get a pack of ten for $8.99. Also available in a pack of 15.

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This vegan, cruelty-free e.l.f. setting spray that’ll save you from turning into an oily mess before the day is done. It’s infused with good-for-you ingredients like vitamins B, E, and arctium majus root, so it’ll keep your skin happy and healthy, too.


Patrice Peck / Via BuzzFeeed

“Fun fact: I’m one of those people who uses bathroom paper towels as oil blotting sheets whenever my nose gets shiny AF at work. Why pay for the sheets when I know my nose is just gonna get oily all over again? Well, little did I know that a setting spray (something I only associated with fancy events and makeup artists) would solve this pesky issue.” —Patrice Peck

Get it on Amazon Canada for $5.97.

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A pack of hunky Drinking Buddies glass markers that’ll hang off the edge of your glasses in perfect pull-up form. Not only do they look hilarious, but they’ll save you from accidentally swapping beverages with your friends and family, too.


Elizabeth Lilly / Via BuzzFeed

“My friend Katie frequents my apartment and has definitely drunk out of the wrong glass before — which is probably why she bought me these li’l drink markers for my birthday (also because she knows I love some kitschy kitchen shit.) These objectified helpers are quite beefy, easy to wash, have names like Chad and Brad, and even bounce when they hit the floor. So really, they’re ideal for using with your sloppy friends and their weird drink combos that’d make your taste buds recoil. Their terrified grips fit on the edges of all sorts of drinks, including, but not limited to: Old Fashioned glasses, wineglasses, and pint glasses. Just maybe don’t look straight into these dudes’ tiny eyes, because they’ll see into your soul and you’ll never be the same.” —Elizabeth Lilly

Get a pack of six on Amazon Canada for $14.95.

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A waterproof Kindle, so that you can finally catch up on all those novels you told your book club you’d read, but didn’t actually (sorry, not sorry). Not only is this a more eco-friendly option than a paperback, but it allows you to magnify the font and change the boldness of the text, if you’re having a hard time making out the words.


Kat Angus / Via BuzzFeed, Abby Kass / Via BuzzFeed

“I’ve been an avid Kindle user for the past five years, but when I saw this version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it’s lighter, has more storage, and the battery lasts for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn’t have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book.“ —Abby Kass

Get an 8GB version on Amazon Canada for $139.99. Also available in a 32GB version.

18.

A bottle of soothing T/Gel shampoo that’ll help control itching and dandruff. It can be used daily and will leave your hair looking healthy and shiny after every wash.


Imaan Sheikh / Via BuzzFeed

“I have hereditary alopecia and any irritants on my scalp can make things flare up, making my hair loss worse. A few months ago, I contracted dermatitis on my face and it spread to my scalp. My face healed in days, but the flakiness on my scalp wouldn’t go away, causing me to lose clumps of hair ALL day, everywhere. I tried SLS-free shampoos, shampooing less, shampooing more, conditioning carefully, and even using steroid-based topical ointments, and nothing really worked. But then I started using T/Gel shampoo every week and a half (it’s very high-strength). It showed substantial effects on my hair after the first few uses! The itchiness disappeared and eventually my hair stopped falling as badly as before. Plus, new teeny-tiny hair is growing on the bald patches! It’ll be a long road, but I’ll continue to use T/Gel shampoo.” —Imaan Sheikh

Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.79.

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A cooling towel that’ll help you beat the heat once and for all. If your AC is constantly out of order (lol, it me) or you want to relax in the sun without getting overheated, you probably need this in your life.


Sarah Rohoman/BuzzFeed

“I decided to try a cooling towel to see if it actually does what it said it would, and I was very surprised by how effective it is. You soak the cloth, wring it out, snap it a few times, and somehow it’s magically cool. If it starts to warm up you just snap it again, and after a few hours, you soak it again and repeat the process. The towel definitely isn’t icy cold — it’s more of a cool sensation that’ll give you a little shiver if you place it on the back of your neck. I’ve been tying it around my head (yes, I look silly, but it’s worth it), sticking it down my cleavage, and just wrapping it around my neck or wrist when I’m out in the sun. It makes me feel so much better while I wait for autumn to arrive.” —Sarah Rohoman

Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.59+. Available in eight colours and two sizes.

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A pack of gold under-eye patches that are infused with rose oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C to soothe and moisturize skin. They have a cooling effect, so they may help wake you up on an early morning (or after a hangover).


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“I call these babies my beauty slugs, and I love them for days when I’m hungover or just plain exhausted. I keep them in my fridge so that they’re ultra-cool when I put them under my eyes, because I love shocking myself into a state of awakeness. They’re super moisturizing and leave my skin feeling silky soft, too!” —Alice Prendergast

Get a pack of 12 on Amazon Canada for $32.99.

21.

A cold brew coffee maker that’ll save you a fortune on iced coffees and won’t take up a ton of fridge real estate. The filter can handle even the finest ground coffee, and can be used for iced tea, too.


Maitland Quitmeyer / Via BuzzFeed

“Pour 32 ounces of water into the pitcher (you can measure, which I do, or eyeball it to around 3/4 of the way full). Drop the filter into the pitcher, screwing the lid on tight. Stick that baby in the fridge to brew overnight (or up to 36 hours). Take the filter filled with grounds out, and the coffee will keep for days and days! And thanks to the airtight seal, the flavor will stay fresh and free of odors from other food in your fridge (looking at you, garlicky leftovers).” —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it on Amazon Canada for $45.42.

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A set of OXO containers that are transparent, so you know exactly what’s inside each one. They take up a lot less space than the boxes and bags they’re packaged in and will make your cupboards look like Pinterest goals.


Rebecca O’Connell / Via BuzzFeed

“The sleek-looking containers keep food fresh and presentable, so you don’t have to get a lecture when your mom visits and peeks into your cabinets. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate your various needs. So far I’ve used them for sugar, flour, cornmeal, Wheat Thins, spaghetti, pretzels, and almonds. Each container has a big button on top that you can press to open or seal the jar. It’s so satisfying to pop these things open that I can’t imagine using a different container system ever again.” —Rebecca O’Connell

Get a five-piece set on Amazon Canada for $69.99. Also available in larger and smaller sets.

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A cold therapy ice roller that’ll de-puff your skin and wake you up in the morning. I use mine to combat migraines, and it works better than any pain-relieving technique I’ve tried. Oh, and it’s great for beating the summer heat, too!


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“I have recommended this to so many people I have lost count. It’s, hands down, the most helpful thing I’ve ever bought on Amazon Canada. It’s great for cooling down when it feels like a sauna outside, it helps wake me up in the morning, and it saves me when I have a migraine. Everybody needs to buy one of these immediately.” —Alice Prendergast

Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.97. Available in three colours.

24.

A shower curtain liner with pockets because let’s face it, pockets make everything better. This one gives you easy access to all your products and tools while you’re in the shower, so you never have to sprint naked to your cabinets mid-routine to grab something.


Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

“Yep, you’re looking at my shower! I upgraded from a tension rod caddy and never want to go back. The mesh pockets drain water so your liner won’t get all icky. And they make it easy to tell the difference between the minimalist packaging for your face wash and shave cream when it’s way too early in the morning.” –Elizabeth Lilly

Get it on Amazon Canada for $32.

25.

A bottle of seaweed-infused soil enhancer that’s packed with deep-sea nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Consider this treating your indoor garden to a sushi dinner, every week — they will love you for it.


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“I have a lot of plants, and many of them are demanding. Since I can admittedly be a bit of neglectful plant parent, I like to have a few secret weapons at my disposal that can bring my babies back to life when I’ve forgotten to water them for a few days (or weeks). This stuff does WONDERS. My monstera is absolutely obsessed with it and has since spawned several monstera babies thanks to its magic. TL;DR: If you have plants and want to stop killing them, get this stuff.” —Alice Prendergast

Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.95+. Available in three sizes.

26.

This budget-friendly nail cream that’ll make your talons longer and stronger than ever before. It can also be used to moisturize your hands and dry, calloused feet, if that’s something you struggle with.


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“I bought this because the winter got the best of my nails, leaving me with hangnails galore. I actually saw results after one use, and now my nails are tough enough to not break every time I crack open my laptop and start typing (an actual problem I was having).” —Alice Prendergast

Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.35. Also available in a larger size.

27.

A set of gigantic cube and sphere ice moulds that will keep your cocktails and iced beverages extra frosty, and look cool doing it. They melt slower than smaller cubes, so you won’t end up sipping on a watered-down, diluted drink.


Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

“I’ve gotten into a handful of new hobbies during quarantine, but above all, I’ve become obsessed with making cocktails at home. Unlike normal ice cubes that quickly melt and leave your drink tasting watered down, these giant ice cubes keep your cocktail delightfully cold, and they remain intact while you sip. The square moulds take about two seconds to fill up and place in the freezer. The spherical cubes take a little bit more finesse in order to make them perfectly shaped, but the set comes with a funnel to make filling them up easier. Because the moilds are made of flexible silicone, the giant ice cubes quickly come right out with no fuss. From negronis to margaritas and everything in between, these simple ice cube moulds instantly make my cocktail creations taste better. And not to mention the jumbo ice cubes make any basic DIY drink look fancier too.” —Hannah Loewentheil

Get a set of two on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

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An exfoliating back loofah with handles that will probably be your new BFF if you’re struggling with acne on your back or bumps on your booty. It helps get at hard-to-reach places and gives a great scrub without being too scratchy.


Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

“I bought this because it’s summer and I, like most people, get sweaty when the temperature rises. I didn’t want my dreaded teenage back acne to return because I missed a few spots in the shower, so I bought this baby. It helps me reach all those places I can’t get on my own and now I don’t have to enlist the help of my partner to make sure my pores go unclogged.” —Alice Prendergast

Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

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And finally, a hair-finishing stick and cream that’ll keep your wildest flyaways in place. It’s like a mascara wand, but instead of combing through your lashes, it slicks your stray baby hairs down (without making them look greasy).


Sarah Han / Via BuzzFeed

“That’s my hair right there! As you can see, it really picks up all of the annoyingly too-short hairs near the nape of my neck that I can’t gather into a high ponytail or bun. (Don’t mind the remaining front-framing wispies in the ‘after’ photo — those are there on purpose!) There is one main caveat though: I only use it if I know I’ll be washing my hair either that night or the next, since it does still ~stiffen~ the areas of hair I use it on — but it’s better than hairspray, in my opinion. Some reviewers say that they can just brush the gel out, but I’d prefer to just wash it out.” —Sarah Han

Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.99.

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