This post is inspired in part by Nina Badzin’s “What I’m Loving Now” posts. Sometimes I find a product that I just really love and want to share, so I’ve started keeping track of them. Today I’m going to list some of my faves just in case you guys don’t know about these yet. (For the record, I’m not sponsored or getting paid by any of these companies, nor am I open to such things.)
Before I start, I’d like to mention that my latest post about Twitter is up at Writer Unboxed: “Are You Taking the Lazy Way Out?” It’s about the shortcuts we sometimes take that undercut our efforts. If you’re a Twitter user, I’d love for you to stop by! Okay, back to the products. Are you ready for a bag full of random?
Windex Outdoor All-in-One Pads
$13 at Walgreens
These things look gimmicky as hell, but they actually work. If you’ve ever walked around your whole house holding a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex to clean the outsides of your windows, you know it’s a chore that can take hours. With a water hose and this contraption, Hub-a-dub and I knocked out all of our windows in half an hour, and the windows really did look streak-free. One pad cleaned all of our windows with no problem.
Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach
$12 at Target
This one makes me sad because I can’t actually use it anymore (I’m allergic to silica, a common and usually harmless makeup ingredient), but this is a near-magical under-eye brightener. If you struggle with hiding dark circles under your eyes and like makeup, I highly recommend giving this product a try.
Brown Sugar Bear
$4 at Bed Bath & Beyond
If you bake as often as I do, hard lumpy brown sugar drives you crazy. This cute little bear goes into your bag and helps keep the sugar from clumping. It works pretty well, and at this price is well worth it. He lasts from bag to bag.
L’Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Hair Care Collection
$6 a bottle at Target
My hairdresser suggested I switch to a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. I happened to find this line at Target, and now my hairdresser can’t stop raving about how much healthier my hair is. She couldn’t believe when I told her it was a $6 drugstore brand. She’s since recommended it to most of her customers. I use the “fortify” line, but they make these sulfate-free products for color-treated hair, curly hair, etc. I’ve noticed a significant difference in the look and feel of my hair.
3M Scotch Lint Brush
$4 at Walgreens
If you already know about lint brushes, this is going to seem obvious. But I think many people don’t realize there’s a non-disposable alternative to lint rollers. Rollers you use sheet by sheet and throw away; brushes you buy once and use forever. This Scotch one is fantastic. It’s not so great for clothes, but I use it to get cat hair off all my upholstery and it works better than a vacuum or a roller. Better, cheaper, and more environmental… what’s not to love?
To use the brush, rub in a single direction (against the ‘grain’ of the brush) to collect hair and lint. Then, when the brush seems full, rub in one spot the opposite direction. All of the hair and lint will roll off in a single sheet, which you can easily pick up and throw away.
Deodorant Removing Sponge
$4 at Steinmart
This one’s tricky, because I couldn’t find a link to the brand I actually own. I bought “Gal Pal Fashion Saver” sponges at The Container Store about a year ago, but can’t find them now. And that branding was admittedly awful, because “gal pal” sounds like some sort of feminine hygiene product and these are just as useful for men as they are for women. The product I linked to looks the same, but I haven’t actually tried that brand.
These are basically dry sponges that you rub on clothes to get rid of those white deodorant streaks. Mine really does work like magic, and is super useful when you put on a dark shirt and are in a hurry.
Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil
$2 at Target
At this point you’re probably thinking, “Butter? Really, Annie?” But hear me out. I am a butter purist. The word “margarine” isn’t allowed in my house. And although my husband uses I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, I’ve always assumed that anything with a name like that tastes like crap. (Trying too hard, anyone?) For whatever reason, that assumption carried over into the assumption that all spreadable butter was gross. And thus I was doomed to live a life of forgetting to set out the butter to soften early enough for convenience.
Until I found this stuff. It’s real butter. The only things in it are butter, olive oil, and salt. The olive oil isn’t really noticeable, although I think it’s equally delicious, but it makes the butter spreadable. Tastes like butter, is butter, but is handy to spread right out of the fridge. Why did it take me so long to try this?
And there you have it. A silly list of 7 handy products I’ve fallen in love with. What stuff have you discovered lately that you recommend?Share this: