/39 Cheap Products You’ll Probably Use All The Dang Time
39 Cheap Products You’ll Probably Use All The Dang Time

39 Cheap Products You’ll Probably Use All The Dang Time

All of these useful gems are $25 or less.

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1.

A dishwasher magnet to prevent you from accidentally putting your dirty dinner plate in with all the clean dishes and then rerunning the whole thing.


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Promising review: “A stylish, functional little magnet. Eliminates the need to wonder if that cup looks dirty or is it just hard water etc. Also just looks cute on the dishwasher. I do not run mine daily as I have a small household and when it does get filled, more often than I’d like to admit, the clean dishes live in the dishwasher, getting picked off as needed. This makes that process much simpler.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

2.

A hair-finishing stick made of natural plant ingredients that can help turn that slept-in bun into a perfectly presentable hairstyle in seconds.


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Promising review: “I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hairspray.” —Jill Stilfield

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

3.

A waterproof eyeliner stamp so you can create the perfect cat eye without having to redo your entire eye look about five times before finally getting those wings even.


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When you purchase the stamp, you’ll get two pens (one wing for each eye) and they’re double-sided with a regular eyeliner pen on the other end. This way you can still line the rest of your eye and make any touchups without having to switch between products.

Promising review: “Okay, so I am as shaky as shaky gets when it comes to putting eyeliner on… But this is a miracle sent from above! It honestly is the most amazing eye makeup product I own at the moment. It is as easy as it sounds. Literally. I like that it is double ended as well! You have two pens, one for the left eye, and one for the right. The opposite end on both is just every day liquid liner pen. But honestly, it goes on soooo much smoother than any other liquid liner I’ve tried, or owned. I will use this every chance I get!! It also appears to be long-lasting.” —.ˑMerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

Get the set of two from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two sizes).

4.

A set of five cute and breathable Reformation tie-string face masks that come in surprise prints (from their clothing line) so you can still look stylish while staying safe when you have to leave the house.


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Net News 80 Shopping editor Emma Lord purchased a pack of these and she said, “they shipped super fast, the fabric keeps your face cool, and the tie strings keep the mask firmly in place.” Check out her full review of Reformation’s face masks for more deets!

Get a set of five from Reformation for $25 (limit two sets per customer).

5.

A set of six cable clips so you can keep your charger cords organized and in sight; that way you won’t have to dig behind your bed or on the side of your desk to find them.


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Promising review: “These seem to work very well. Other brands had comments about them not sticking well so I went with this brand and am very happy with them. I am using them on my desk at work as well as on the back of my night table at home to keep my charger cords from slipping behind the furniture. Sure works better than Scotch taping the cords to my desk.” —bigmag

Get them from Amazon for $6.97.

6.

A pack of two self-adhesive razor holders that’ll make it easier to keep your razor separated from your partner’s or roommate’s and you won’t have to worry about it constantly falling off the side of the tub.


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Promising review: “I tried the first one out in the shower to hang my razor and it works great! It definitely holds up against the water and I can see how it would easily work for hanging keys or even a phone while it’s charging.” —Steve D

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

7.

A tube of Glossier’s Balm Dotcom to soften and repair chapped lips with a combination of castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin, while leaving the perfect hint of color and/or shine (depending on which flavor you go with).


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Promising review: “I use this on my lips once in the morning and once at night and that’s it! My lips are baby soft the entire rest of the day and I haven’t had any issues with chapped lips since I started using it! You only need a small amount too which is so nice. I love the mint one and will definitely buy again and try other flavors.” —Gretchen

Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors).

Read more about why we love this lip balm (#1 on the list).

8.

A detangling brush that’ll glide through hair and remove knots without making you cry in the process.


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Promising Review: “I’m a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now.” —Nguyen P.

Get it from Amazon for $11.88.


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Plus, the hooks have a side-opening attachment for easy installation, so they won’t damage your seats!

Promising review: “I love these! I recently purchased a smaller car and don’t have room for my purse in the front seat anymore. These books are awesome and sturdy.” —Erin

Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in two colors).

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An essential oil stick that can help you combat migraines and tension headaches right away. Apply it onto your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck and you’ll actually be able to get through the rest of the day.


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Promising review: “OMG, finally something that works! I’ve had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I’ve tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I’ve only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I’ve already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it’s phenomenal.” —Mary D.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

For more info, read our full review of this handy little headache stick.

11.

A pack of acne patches made with hydrocolloid dressing, tea tree oil, calendula oil, and cica to suck the gunk right out of your zits and help them fade away overnight.


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Promising review: “Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). 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 ideal because you can easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto 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

Get a pack of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50.

12.

A pair of silicone grips that’ll help stop your glasses from sliding down your nose all day. And if you ever feel like your glasses are digging into your temples, these should make them more comfy too.


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Promising review: “Finally the solution to my issue. My eyeglasses would always dig into the back of my ear on one side, not to mention they would slip down my nose from time to time. Tried a different pair of guards and they just did not do the job. Purchased these and what a difference, my glasses have never fit better, and oftentimes I forget to take them off they’re so comfortable. Best purchase decision EVER.” —Andrea Lincoln

Get a set of five pairs from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).


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Promising review: “I am in love with this silicone brush. It’s easy to clean and soft on my face, easy to handle and grip. It’s very good. I would buy again and again.” —Amanda Panda clark

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.99 (available in four designs).

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A bracelet fastening tool that’ll help you deck yourself out in your fave accessories without almost breaking them or having to run around the house trying to find someone to help you.


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Promising review: “I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they are slip on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again.” —Cat Mom

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

15.

A nail polish holder so you can paint your nails in peace, without accidentally knocking the bottle over on the floor or trying to hold it between your legs.


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Promising review: “Where has this been all my life? Definitely helps with DIY nail projects. When I had no idea this polish holder existed, I tried to find creative ways to hold my polish, so that it would be in a convenient spot. However, I never found that really worked for me, or felt comfortable. This holder holds all of my nail polishes easily and is very comfortable to wear. I love that the finger holes on the bottom are not enclosed so you can just pull the holder off without ruining your paint job. Just one tip: move the holder to your pointer finger when doing your thumb.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 16 colors/patterns).

Check out our deeper dive, “This Nail Polish Holder Will Make Giving Yourself A Manicure So Much Easier,” and learn all about this interesting device!

16.

A super absorbent, anti-frizz microfiber hair towel to cut your hair drying time in half, without adding extra heat damage.


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Ever since I started using a microfiber hair towel, I hardly ever use a blow-dryer anymore. I’d rather not add heat to my curly hair unless totally necessary, so I’ll wash my hair at night, wrap it in a microfiber towel and let it dry on it’s own. It helps my curls feel much healthier — and it keeps my hair out of the way while I’m doing my skincare routine.

Promising Review: “If you have naturally curly hair, you need this towel! I don’t know what is at work but it definitely reduces frizz and my curls come out much nicer after using this towel. It would be even better if the towel was a smidge larger so it would feel more secure while wrapped around my head. Even so, it’s a great product and I recommend it to my curly-haired friends.” —KShats

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

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A jar of O’Keeffe’s hand cream that’ll really come in ~handy~ to repair painful blisters and cracked skin after all that hand washing!


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Promising review: “Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I’ve tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I’d tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth.” —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $6.78 (also available in packs of 2–12).

18.

An orange vanilla conditioning detangler spray made with vegan, plant-based ingredients to make after shower brushing a whole lot less painful and time-consuming.


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Promising review: “The BEST detangler out there, and I have tried them all…even the expensive leave-in conditioners that say they detangle also. Bonus: your hair smells like those orange/vanilla popsicles that are so good. I have long, thick hair and I use a wide-tooth comb after the shower. I spray this on all over and have zero trouble getting through my hair! So nice!” —Alyssa V

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

19.

A 32 oz. Nalgene water bottle to help you remember to stay hydrated — it’s so important! I seriously wouldn’t drink half as much water if I didn’t faithfully fill one of these up every day.


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Promising review: “I grew up using Nalgenes in the ’80s and ’90s for backpacking and had no idea they’d improved so much. No plastic taste, easy to drink from and clean, leak-proof, lightweight, BPA-free. I ended up ordering another and find these so much easier to use than my older higher-tech bottles.” —Paddler

Get one from REI for $11.95 (available in four colors).

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A bottle of Jergens wet skin lotion perfect for lazy people, because you can apply it while your skin is still wet, before you even step out of the shower. It saves a few minutes and will lock in the hydration your skin needs.


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Promising review: “It’d give it 10 stars if I could. Let me start off by saying I am LAAAAAZY. I also hate the way my skin feels after I moisturize. It takes forever to dry and even still there is a gooey, sticky feeling with every moisturizer I use. This eliminates ALL OF THAT. You just have to put it on after you turn off the shower, let it rest on your skin for a couple of minutes and then pat off with your towel. It absorbs super quickly and my legs feel as silky as a dolphin’s fin. Jergens you have a customer for life!” —MZ

Get it from Amazon for $5.24.

21.

A set of ceiling fan chain pulls, because it’s always annoying when you just want to turn on the light, but you end up turning on the fan, and then you have to pull it three more times to get it to shut off.


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Promising review:   “Absolutely adorable! They add panache to the fan, and you never have to worry about which pull to choose. The set also makes it easier for me to reach them. They do not get in the way and are a sturdy fit into the original chain. Would highly recommend to anyone.” —Scholar Mama

Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two finishes).

22.

An outlet shelf for a convenient place to set your phone, electric toothbrush, or speaker while they’re charging.


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Promising review: “Gives me extra room in the bathroom! Perfect for charging my Clarisonic brush. The one in my bedroom has saved my phone from being stepped on in the middle of the night. Genius invention.” —BeeBerman

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (also available individually or in a pack of four and in three colors).

23.

A cult-favorite Aztec Secret Indian healing mask made with 100% calcium bentonite clay that’ll work magic to deep clean your pores and help fight acne and blemishes. Not only do people love it to treat their face, but customers have also found success using it on their hair, on their feet, and in the bath! We stan versatility.


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There is a bit of mixing involved — you’ll need to add some apple cider vinegar for it to do its best work. This product is cruelty-free and formulated without additives or fragrances.

Promising review: “I first want to share that I typically don’t share reviews but this products has truly helped clear my skin. My adult acne has been out of control for some time now. I’ve tried everything including hormone therapy which didn’t help. I’ve ended up with a scarred face from so much picking at my acne. I’m sooo amazed by this mask. Yes it dries your face but a good moisturizer does the trick. So thankful for this product. I do masks all the time. Most recent was a black sea mask. It cleaned up my blackheads, but my acne remained. This seems to be doing the trick! Try it out! You won’t regret it.” —Danielle Torres

Check out more details about this popular clay mask.

Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (available in two sizes).


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This pad is also magnetic so you can put it on your fridge. And the shopping list section is perforated so you can easily tear it off, take it to the store with you, and start writing down things for next week’s meals.

Promising review: “I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly “what do you want to eat” “what do we have” blah blah etc. Now, I can lay out the week’s meals, and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don’t miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good, and doesn’t stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low.” —Haley

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

25.

A set of 10 reusable silicone drinking straws, because they’re much better for the environment and they’ll make it easier to tell your drink apart from your roommate’s.


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Promising review: “I was kind of shocked at how good quality these straws are! They come in a neat little baggie that you can store them in, and with a straw cleaner as well! I don’t usually leave reviews on products (even if I really like them), but they donate 100% of the proceeds of your order to OCEANA if you leave a review, and that’s a HUGE plus for me. So not only do I really like the product, I get to share the good news through this review AND my payment gets donated to OCEANA. I really really appreciate that. 10/10 product!” —Amazon Customer

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

26.

A vibrant, shimmery 35-color eyeshadow palette for you to try some fun new looks. It has pretty much every color you’ll need to let your inner beauty guru *shine*.


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Promising review: “I’ve been wanting to purchase this palette for so long and I was finally able to! The colors are amazing and the shimmer even more so. 😍😍😍 A top quality product that is absolutely worth the buy!” —Laura B.

Get it from BH Cosmetics for $15 (originally $20).

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A microwave pasta maker that’ll make it super easy to enjoy a yummy pasta dinner when you just don’t have the energy to boil the water, stir the pasta, and do all those extra steps.


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It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: “I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man… I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I’m lazy and impatient and don’t like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it’s faster than boiling water in a big pot, then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” —Smilin Sam

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

28.

A scalp massager that can help with blood flow and assist in removing any product residue that may be hiding on your scalp.


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Promising review: “This is just what I wanted! Great for a scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don’t have to worry about straining my hands trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager.” —BunnyLove2

Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

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A handheld milk frother so you can enjoy a fancy latte, cappuccino, or macchiato from the comfort of your home.


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Promising review: “The Zulay Milk Frother is awesome when making keto coffees and lattes. Mixes butters, coconut oils, and creams perfectly for creamy coffees and teas. Best frother I have purchased and love, love, love the stand.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in seven colors).

30.

A giant pack of velvet hair scrunchies for an immediate fix to an “I just can’t brush my hair” kind of day. Plus, they can add a pop of color to your outfit.


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Promising review: “Perfect! Purchased these as a last-minute Christmas gift for my daughter and they arrived super fast. Every single one is perfect, the velvet is soft and they are well made. My daughter absolutely loves them and there is literally a color to go with everything. The colors range from some darks, medium tones, pastels and even some brights. Highly recommend, very very pleased with this purchase!!” —Lisa S

Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $8.45.

31.

An overflow drain cover so your bath can stay nice and full for ultimate relaxation.


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Promising review: “Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths, and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you’re a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know… THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness… all because of this little bit of silicone!” —anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

32.

A fidget ring you can play around with during times when you’re feeling anxious. You can easily wear it anywhere and you don’t have to worry about it distracting others around you.


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Promising review: “I love this ring. It’s the perfect thing to get me through stressful or overwhelming situations without being a distraction to others or appearing unprofessional. Additionally, it’s an attractive piece of jewelry for the price!” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 4-12 and seven colors).

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A heat-resistant silicone mat/pouch so you can safely store your hot hair tools without having to worry about them melting or burning anything.


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Promising review: “Works good for what I need. Living in a furnished rental, I was worried that my new hair straightener that gets really hot would ruin the dresser. This is perfect to protect that, even at the hottest setting it doesn’t seem to be affected by the heat. The fact it’s a pouch as well is great for travel.” —Maya

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in seven colors).

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A pair of small deep clean scrub brushes to get all of the cracks and crevices in your place squeaky clean.


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Promising review: “I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of ‘Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor…’ Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything. Pros: Sturdy, easy to clean, solid brushes. Con: Hands may ‘hurt’ a bit after use due to elbow grease.” —Jennifer

Get the two from Amazon for $5.99 (two colors).

35.

A hair repair serum for transforming dry, damaged hair into soft and shiny locks. The mix of aloe and argan oils should help de-frizz your mane and improve split ends.


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Promising review: “I found this product through a Net News 80 article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I’m very impressed. Heads up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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A pumice cleaning stone you will want to keep your bathroom sparkling. ✨ No one enjoys sitting on a yucky toilet.


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Promising review: “I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time which regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. Decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I’d have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to have done anyway, if I couldn’t get the disgusting stains out. Pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. Am very happy with this purchase… well worth the very low price!” —Happy Retiree

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

37.

A set of natural-looking false lashes that’ll make your eyes pop with some added length and volume that isn’t too over-the-top, making them perfect for daily wear.


House of Lashes

Promising review: “This is my go-to and favorite lash! It gives my eyes that pop that I want without looking too dramatic. It is on the more natural side and I like that it’s not too long and the band isn’t too wide. I’ve tried other lashes from HOL and they ended up being either too long or thick.” —Iris W

Get a pair from House of Lashes for $9 (also available in a three-pack for $27).

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A makeup brush shampoo, because let’s ~face~ it, we could all stand to clean our makeup brushes more frequently — in fact, this products suggest doing it weekly! It’s better for your skin and improves the performance of the brushes.


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Promising review: “This cleanser is great! It fully removes all makeup from the brushes without leaving them feeling beat up (I’m not the most gentle when it comes to cleaning brushes). I use a thick foundation that soaks heavily into the bristles, but this removed it all. At first I thought it was a bit thin, but after using it, a little bit goes a long way. It has a nice lather, but very nicely and easily rinses out.” —Kryssy

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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And an exfoliating brush to help keep the ingrown hairs and razor bumps away. You can use it on your face, legs, underarms, and other areas after shaving.

Promising review: “This thing is great. As soon as it arrived I rinsed it off and went to work on my winter beard. It’s still coming in so I have bumps and it itches like crazy. Within a couple of minutes the itching was gone and a couple of days later the bumps were gone as well. Once the brush pulls your ingrown hairs out and you wash your face really well, you’re in business. Using it dry helps every day. Using it in the shower is a little different. I can’t use as much pressure when my face is wet, but the exfoliating it does is top notch. I give this the highest marks.” —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

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