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Here’s How To Look More Put-Together (Minimal Effort Required)

Here’s How To Look More Put-Together (Minimal Effort Required)

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1.

Condense your many brushes into one product — specifically into a blending sponge. This squishy BB can be used for everything from concealer to setting powder, all while providing a natural finish that is (*IMPORTANT*) not blotchy. It truly blends everything to perfection so that you don’t have spots of cake-y, oompa loompa orange scatted across your cheekbones.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love these! They’re soft, sturdy, very easy to clean, and blend my makeup perfectly. My makeup doesn’t look caked on and the sponge doesn’t absorb product like many of the blenders I’ve tried before (and I’ve tried a lot). I’ll definitely be buying more!” —lupe

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.

2.

Nip brassiness in the bud à la the cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your ‘do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable? Someone pinch me.


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Use this only once a week (for about three minutes at a time) to prevent your hair from turning a slightly lavender shade.

Promising review: “Finally! A purple shampoo that actually does something to my brassy hair! I have silver-white hair that is exceptionally hard to maintain due to how easily my hair gains brassy tones and how stubborn they are to remove. I’ve tried a ton of other brands, and none of their toning shampoos will do a damn thing to my hair even if I leave them on for an hour. I normally have to dilute violet direct dyes to make a dent in my brass. It’s nice to not have to schedule a chunk of time to mix a batch of custom toner, painstakingly apply it, and then sit around for an hour while it does its stuff. This shampoo actually works really well and can cut a lot of time out of my bi-weekly color maintenance.” —Audrey

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

3.

Liquid eyeliner requires exact precision…so if you’re a beginner to the whole ~wing~ thing, opt for this L’Oreal gel liner instead! The brush applicator prevents you from picking up too much product, allowing for buildable shading you could smudge to perfection.


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ALSO! If you have oily lids, stop what you’re doing and order this product ASAP. It has amazing staying power that won’t fade, smudge, or budge if your lids are prone to greasiness.

Promising review: “My holy grail gel eyeliner!! I sometimes lose my better judgement and stray from this liner to try another brand, only to be disappointed. I always come back to this one. First off, I have extremely hooded eyes that pretty much sit on top of my eyelashes. I always do a thick winged liner and this stuff has never transferred onto my upper eyelid like some products do. Also, the staying power is AMAZING. I have left it on overnight (naughty, I know) and my liner is right where I left it, maybe just a tad bit lighter/faded. The gel is very easy to work with, super creamy, matte, and very pigmented.” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $7.31 (available in five colors).

4.

Create loose, voluminous waves with a Bed Head curling wand in mere nanoseconds. Even if your mane is of the stubborn, stick straight variety, this hot tool will give you that “I just got back from the beach” variety of hair with just one quick wrap.


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This wand is designed with a tourmaline ceramic barrel to prevent frizz and increase shine, PLUS it heats up within a minute or two of being plugged in. It also comes with a heat-protective glove to prevent you from burning yourself whilst curling your hair to perfection.

Promising review: “My hair NEVER holds a curl…no matter the wand or products I’m using, it always falls flat within a few hours. This wand is hands down the the BEST!!! Not only is it super easy to use, but the curls manage to stay even with very little product in your hair. The first time I used it, the curls lasted all day, I slept on them, and they were still there in the next morning.” —MTrampe

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven styles).

5.

Don your favorite blouse or basic tee and pair it with a patterned midi skirt (I know I know, you’ll miss your usual leggings or denim combo) for some prime twirling action. Optional but highly recommended: take that twirl and boomerang it for the ‘gram.


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Promising review: “This is skirt is amazing. I now own four of them and am thinking about buying more! They are great for work since they have pockets, plus you can also dress them up or down with a variety of tops. They also wash/dry fairly well and I really don’t have to iron them.” —Laura79

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S-XXXL and in 28 colors).

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Little black dresses are important, but little black booties are even more important. This block heel pair (from the Christian Siriano for Payless collection) can be styled with any ensemble to give off the impression that yes, you DID try this morning.


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Promising review: “These are super cute shoes with heels on the higher side, although they’re still comfortable for a day at the office. Definitely would buy again.” —Lexie McLaughlin

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes 5-12 and in two colors).

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Upgrade your lash game with a clump-free, smudge-proof Vivienne Sabó volumizing mascara. One coat gives you the whole “your lashes but better” look, but two coats? Everyone will just assume you’re wearing falsies. It’s that good.


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This is very likely the last mascara brand you’ll ever want to purchase because of how freakin’ well it works to separate and thicken your lashes.

Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and holy moly, I’m in love. I’ve found my new favorite mascara! It makes my lashes look longer and it looks the same all day long. Plus, it doesn’t smudge during the day. It’s wonderful and a total must-buy!” —Katherine Ochsman

Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

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Plain black leggings? Your old high school gym tee? Fancy it up by way of a structured blazer, here to make it look like you put actual effort into your appearance this morning. Snooze? Never heard of it.


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Get it from H&M for $34.99 (available in sizes 0-10 and in six colors and petite sizes).

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Give your denim shorts a break and opt for this simple (but easy-to-dress-up) t-shirt dress instead. It’s comfy and can be worn with ANYTHING from your highest heel to your oldest pair of (very dirty) gym shoes. Remember, folks, versatility is our friend.


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Promising review: “I bought this dress to wear to the Phantom of the Opera play, hoping it would not disappoint…and I now want to buy one in every color!This is probably the best dress I’ve ever bought. It is super comfortable, fits perfectly, is so pretty, and you can dress it up or wear it casually. I plan on buying the one in red plaid to wear for the Nutcracker this year!” —Kirsten Long

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 43 colors).

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Rid your black tee of those dreadful white marks with a handy dandy deodorant sponge. Deodorant: so necessary because we smell, so annoying because it stains everything it touches.


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Promising review: “Love these gal pals!! Have been using them for about 15 years now, and they’re great at removing deodorant stains from your clothing. They worked exactly as described!” —Val D.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

11.

Make an old sweater look like new with a Conair fabric defuzzer, here to get rid of accumulated lint and pilling. Have you already washed and worn this top 98 times? The world will never know because it now looks brand new.


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Promising review: “I don’t know how I’ve lived 34 years without this product! It’s a total game changer. I just de-fuzzed every piece of clothing I own, and loved every minute of it! I specifically sought this product for my very expensive Lularoe addiction, which I found were getting rather pilly after only a few wears, and everything is like new again!” —Jessica Grzeskowiak

Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (available in seven colors).

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Coloring inside the lines of a picture? Easy. Coloring inside the lines of your lips? Not so much. Quickly fix makeup mistakes with precision tip cotton swabs, which will replace your manicured fingernail when it comes to sharpening cat eyes, cleaning shadow fallout, or erasing lipstick feathering.


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These cotton swaps are great for correcting eyeliner wings, shadow fallout, bleeding lipstick, and nail polish that has seeped into your cuticle.

Promising review: “Best beauty tool ever! I have been using these swabs for years now! They are a must for eye makeup detailing (both liner and shadow), as they help with sharp edge liner and define more than an ordinary cotton swab can. I also use these swabs for nail polish removal and cuticle smoothing. They’re so versatile!” —ljgfab4

Get three packs of 200 from Amazon for $10.99.

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, throw this wine stain remover into your purse. Accidents happen, and you don’t want to spend the rest of dinner stewing in the remnants of your favorite glass of red.


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Promising review: “My husband has a thing with red wine and white shirts! We came across this product when he spilled wine on his shirt at a bar in Texas. The waitress brought me this spray and it worked! I now carry a small bottle in my purse. If you like red wine, this is a must-have!” —SMS

Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

14.

Barely slept last night? Then this hypoallergenic Maybelline conditioning mascara will save the day! Going for clear mascara is ideal because it volumizes your lashes without adding more harshness. Black mascara + dark circles = even darker circles AKA you boss will know you binged The Office yet again last night.


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This clear mascara is also great at taming unruly eyebrow hairs. Just swipe a bit of this on + they’re guaranteed to stay in place all day long!

Promising review: “I use this when I’ve had a really bad night of sleep, my allergies are really bad, or I just look disheveled and exhausted. This (combined with some good SPF face lotion) helps to make my eyes look just a little brighter ad more awake. Plus, it’s super easy to wash off AND it doesn’t irritate my eyes which is a big plus.” —Eden Isaac

Get it from Amazon for $4.17 (available in 10 colors).

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Take yourself from bedtime ready to professional chic by layering this removable collar under any comfy old sweater. So simple, so transformative, and the gorgeous embellishments give you just a hint of sparkle.


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Promising review: “Love this shirt collar! I can wear it under tunic tops or long sweaters when at work or for dressier occasions. What a great find and a perfect addition to any outfit!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.45 (available in two colors).

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Invest in a cocktail dress, preferably one in the most fabulous hue available on the market: BLACK. Prepare to slip this little black dress on for any heel-requiring occasion — from birthday parties to champagne toast galas.


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Promising review: “What can else can I say except I LOVE THIS DRESS?! I haven’t had much luck ordering dresses lately, and I had been searching for a cute LBD to wear to a Mardi Gras-themed party with no luck UNTIL THIS DRESS! I went up a size and it fit amazingly. The material itself is thick and amazing and has a BIT of stretch to it, so I didn’t even need to use the zipper.” —Claire Karol

Get it from Amazon for $19.96 (available in sizes S-XL and in five colors).

17.

Is your hair dirty? Sure! Fine! But if you throw it up in a ponytail and tie it up with this patterned scarf, the world will remain oblivious to the last time you showered.

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The time has come to take your white kicks and give them a good scrub-a-dub-dub. This shoe cleaning kit will take even your saddest sneakers from grossly dirty to brand spanking new with just a few seconds of gentle polishing.


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Just spray your shoes with the cleaner, grab the soft-bristled brush it comes with, give your kicks some gentle scrubbing — and that’s it! Your shoes will look like they haven’t visited about 809 dive bars throughout their lifetime.

Promising review: “You NEED this. It works amazing with just a small amount of cleaner and dampening the brush that is included in the set. I travel weekly for work and my travel sneakers were awful from the grungy airports, but with little to no effort, they are sparkling white again.” —Robby Tee

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

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Avoid expensive trips to the cleaners and banish wrinkles to the pits of HECK with this Downy wrinkle release spray. Not only will it make that white tee look 1000x more crisp, it also eliminates odor if you’ve just sourced said shirt from the bottom of your hamper. (Which I never do hahahahahha.)


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Just spray a bit of this spray onto a piece of clothing, lay it out for a few moments to dry, and BAM! The wrinkles will have all but disappeared.

Promising review: “I purchased this because my husband does our laundry and he has no concept of taking our clothes out of the dryer before wrinkles set in. I was skeptical about it at first, but it actually works! I used it on a t-shirt and boom, the wrinkles came out.” —Kindle Customer Jackie

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.78.

20.

Wake up with ready-to-go hair by sleeping in these flexible curling rods, which are pros at giving you the perfect waves…without subjecting your ‘do to any more heat damage. My burnt split-ends are already feeling oh so grateful.


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Just wrap individual sections of hair around each rod, spritz with some hairspray to ensure a longer hold, go to bed, and THAT’S IT! Remove the rollers after your morning coffee and your hair will be set for the day.

Psst, do you have straight, thin hair and are assuming these won’t work for you? Well you are WRONG, because even reviewers with straight and thin hair swear by these things!

Promising review: “These things are AWESOME. I have very long, fine/pin-straight hair and these curlers give my hair so much bounce. Since I wash my hair every other day, I use these when my hair is dry and leave them in overnight. I was expecting my hair to look like a frizzy poodle mess…but no. Just perfectly wavy curls (although I did brush the curls out a bit with a round brush because I don’t personally care for perfect ringlets). The results are awesome!” —Brianna

Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $10.99.

21.

Use Hem tape to provide a quick fix for all your ~should’ve brought these to the tailor~ needs. These allow you to shorten long pants and skirts, no finger-pricking sewing needles required.


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Pants bunching up around your ankles = not cute. Fix that problem in a jiffy with this simple tape!

Promising review: “This tape did the job for me! I took them on a cruise for two reasons. First, I didn’t have time to properly hem a pair of pants and when applied correctly, the hems stayed in place until the adhesive was removed. Second, short socks always slide off of my heels, so I applied the tape to the inside of the socks and no more problems!” —Paule T.

Get a pack of 24 from strips from Amazon for $5.35.

22.

Banish blemishes, redness, and dark circles to the pits of Hades with this LA Girl Pro concealer. The coverage is crease-resistant, long-lasting, and absolutely flawless…but it still manages to look lightweight and natural. Repeat after me: Owen Wilson WOW.


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If you’re looking to target redness specifically, opt for the green concealer! Just a little product will be able to cancel out blotchiness immediately.

Promising review: “I suffer from hyper-pigmentation and dark spots, which is why I wanted to try this product in the first place — because sometimes foundation doesn’t have enough coverage! So I bought this and OMG, it works! I put it on my dark spots, use a beautyblender to pat it down, and add some foundation to my face with a brush! My dark spots are no longer visible and my makeup doesn’t look cake-y. Plus, just a little goes a long way.” —jaszyboo

Get it from Amazon for $5.41 (available in 29 shades).

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Prep your pout for bold lipstick with this Handmade Heroes coconut sugar scrub. Not only does it smell like summery deliciousness, but it’ll exfoliate away all dry, flaky skin that would prevent you from mastering that classic red lip.


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This vegan and cruelty-free scrub is formulated with avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil for the ultimate dose of hydration.

Promising review: “I bought this on a whim and I have no regrets! It smells delicious — like toasted almonds and almond cookies! I use the lip scrub before bed, and I could immediate tell the difference. My lips are smoother and softer, and my chapstick lasts much longer on my lips. I made my husband use it once, and his lips were also much smoother and super soft after just one use!” —Cowie

Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

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No time to style your hair? Swipe it all up into a neat ponytail via these seamless Burlybands hair ties. They won’t stretch, break, slip, OR damage your mane, nor will you have to halt your workout to fix your ponytail because this band will actually stay in place. If you have super thick locks, meet your new accessory soulmate.


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Promising review: “These are the BEST THINGS EVER!! I’ve never had a tie that I could wrap around twice — TWICE — and it literally stays in place all day. I have three of these and never lend them to anyone for fear of not getting them back. I’ll be buying more of these for sure!” —Mattie

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

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Try out an enzyme-based spot remover that’s tough on blood, armpit sweat, and tears. So your favorite top has yellowed in the dreaded underarm area? No worries. This cruelty-free concoction will brighten it up in a jiffy.


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It’s also tough on tomato juice, red wine, mud, makeup, pet stains (BAD BOY), and any other stains that would put a pretty big damper on your day.

This toxic- and cruelty-free concoction is made from vegan ingredients that aren’t harmful to pets or children. Oh, and speaking of children! If you have a very young child prone to making a mess of their onesie (they’ll be potty-trained one day, right?) you’ll want to buy this stain remover ASAP.

Promising review: “I had some super nasty dress shirts that I was about to throw away. No matter how much I washed them, my antiperspirant deodorant was caked up inside the armpits and actually smelled like someone with rank armpits just took it off (not me certainly!?). I put two squirts of this stuff under each armpit and rubbed for about 15 seconds each. Then I tossed all the shirts in the floor for the night, still wet. The next morning, I washed them, took them out of the dryer, and I couldn’t believe that the shirts looked and smelled brand new. I love this stuff!” —Don K.

Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

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Turn your favorite bra into one that won’t be visible under your racerback top with these adjustable clip holders. They’ll even keep your straps from slipping off your shoulder AND gives your breast friends some extra lift.


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Promising review: “My bra straps spend more time off my shoulders than on — but NOT ANYMORE. I was hoping something like this existed and when I found it, I was so happy. They’re as glorious as I expected them to be. These are life-changing.” —Amanda

Get a set of three from Amazon for $5.97 (available in six colors).

27.

Don’t purchase new shoes if you can simply repair your old ones! Give your favorite suede booties some serious TLC by way of this four-sided brush cleaner, which will make annoying scuff marks and salt stains all but vanish into thin air.


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This brush has a welt surface, nylon bristles, an arched half circle brush, and a protruding brush that lets you clean different kinds of suede with no harsh rubbing or scrubbing required.

Promising review: “BUY THIS THING! I got mud of my new suede boots and thought they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years now, and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. This is absolutely worth getting!” —Gaby Scott

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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Heal breakouts and absorb excess oil with this Mario Badescu powder, which is destined to become your new holy grail if you’re pimple-prone + want some coverage. This sulfur-based formula works to mattify and reduce redness, but won’t clog your pesky little pores in the process.


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If you want to use this cruelty-free concoction under makeup, be sure to use it after you apply your morning moisturizer to prevent it from looking caked-on. You can also slather it on at night prior to hitting the hay and it’ll help dry up acne and prevent inflammation!

Promising review: “This stuff is incredible! I have now been using it for three years and every time I get close to running out, I go and buy another one right away. I have adult moderate cystic acne and this stuff really calms it down and helps with redness. Anytime I feel like I am getting a pimple or can see the under-the-skin bump, I will lather this healing powder all over it all day long. Definitely a go-to product and I highly recommend to anyone who suffers from incredibly painful and stubborn cystic acne.” —justanothercollegestudent

Get it from Amazon for $12.

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Hide a bad hair day (and look trendier than thou) with this adorable straw fedora hat. Will everyone be asking where you bought this? Absolutely, so prepare to say “Amazon” at least 900 times when you wear it.


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Promising review: “Y’all! This hat is everything. Such good quality for the price. I got the white one; it’s super cute and flattering, and the brim is the perfect size to not be uncomfortable if you’re laying out on a beach chair. I want to get one in every color now! The best part is that there’s a tie inside the hat to make sure it’s adjusted to your head perfectly, meaning no wind will blow it off. Love! My favorite new addition to my wardrobe.” —jovie

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 20 colors).

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Add a chunky bib necklace to even the plainest of outfits. The result is you’ll look as if you just walked straight off the Instagram page of your favorite fashion blogger. A true miracle = the power of a good accessory.


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Promising review: “So very pretty! I had been looking for a bib-style necklace with silver trim, and I’m very pleased with this one. Such a simple design that really dresses up any outfit.” —PAT

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six colors).

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If you’re tired of your liquid liner fading before your second cup of coffee (#rude), it’s time to acquaint yourself with bigger and better things: introducing the NYX epic liner. This stuff seriously will not budge and won’t transfer if you have oily lids.


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Promising review: “For real, this stuff DOES NOT BUDGE without makeup remover (I use cocoa butter to get mine off). I fell asleep with my makeup on the other night, and my husband said in the morning, “Your hair is a mess, but your eyeliner is FLEEKY!” He knew it would get a laugh out of me. Little did he know that statement totally solidified the fact that I would have a new staple in my makeup bag. Now, I’ve been swimming with this liner on in pools and oceans and can attest to the fact that it’s truly long-wear and waterproof. Praise the Lord for no more raccoon eyes after the first splash.” —TayBranche

Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

Read one BuzzFeeder’s review of the NYX Epic Liner.

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Time 👏 for 👏 nails 👏. Dress up your plain mani with decal stickers for custom nail art you’ll be admiring for the next week. “Thanks, I did these myself.” -you telling everyone, even though they didn’t ask and most certainly do not care.


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This decal sheet comes with ALL kinds of stickers ranging from roses and butterflies to hearts and birds.

Promising review: “The decals lay smooth on your nails, last several days, and last even longer when you use a top coat over them. They’re quick and easy to use and make my manicure look professional. Worth the money!” —elizabeth Griffin

Get a sheet of 50 decals from Amazon for $7.59.

My ears when they hear the phrase “minimal effort required”:


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