"Practicality" might as well be my middle name. (Unless it's convenient, efficient, and simple, I don't want anything to do with it.) Still, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate aesthetic, too; something
can be pretty and pragmatic simultaneously. In fact, I strive for this careful balance in almost everything I do — my home decor, my work, my knitting creations — but especially when it comes to my beauty routine. Cue the most brilliant finds that make you look 10 times better, and all in a matter of minutes.
As far as I'm concerned, you don't have to spend three hours (or your whole paycheck, for that matter) in order to
look and feel more put together. My entire closet is comprised of low-maintenance, versatile pieces that complement so many outfits. My makeup bag is loaded with affordable beauty hacks designed by someone who was clearly using their brain, and I only buy hair tools that shave some serious time off of my morning routine.
And by now, you've probably realized that I'm not running off to designer stores and crowded beauty outlets to grab these things. Instead, I stick almost exclusively to the
beauty products with a cult following on Amazon. What's more, the faster it's incorporated into my day-to-day, the better, so if it's Prime-eligible, I'm all for it.
If you're looking for easy ways to look better in a snap, check out these 43 clever things that fellow practical people can't get enough of.
A Tool That Creates Easy, Voluminous Waves
Buyers say that the
Bed Head A-Wave-We-Go tool has "revolutionized the way [they] do [their] hair." Unlike confusing flat-iron techniques and temperamental curling wands, this one creates volume and beachy texture using an effortless crimping motion. The multiple barrels are adjustable for different looks, and the wide temperature range ensures a good fit for all types of hair. It's even dual-voltage for travel.
This Full Brow Kit So "Your Eyebrows Come Out Perfect Every Time"
With 36 stencils in all different shapes and a three-in-one pencil that brushes, applies color, and smudges, the
Q HAIR eyebrow kit is an easy way to speed along your makeup routine. It's made with skin-friendly ingredients and is designed to last all day, and buyers love it because it's "no stress no mess." Another reviewer wrote, "This is great for beginners. Your eyebrows come out perfect every time!"
These Reusable Cloths That Remove Makeup — With Only Water
I have dry, easily irritated skin, so I'm not exaggerating when I say that these
reusable makeup remover cloths have entirely transformed my complexion. They allow me to skip cleansers and moisture-stripping soaps altogether, because the genius microfiber material removes all makeup using just water — yes, mascara and lipstick stains included. These come in packs of three or five and offer tons of adorable, washable patterns.
A Natural Soap That Cleanses, Nourishes, Exfoliates, & Detoxifies
Streamline your shower with
The Seaweed Bath Co. soap, which offers so many skin-care benefits in one easy step. Bladderwrack seaweed nourishes and detoxifies with over 60 vitamins and minerals, while Arabica coffee grounds exfoliate away old skin. Then there's the cinnamon, which boosts skin's elasticity and renewal, and the blend of botanical oils for hydration. The bar is even infused with activated charcoal to draw impurities out of your pores.
This 4-Piece Handbag Set For Just $40
The right bag can tie an entire outfit together — but it'd better be affordable, sturdy, and practical, too. This
four-piece set comes with a tote, a crossbody, a clutch, and a wallet, all for just $40, so you're ready for any occasion. The set is made from quality synthetic leather and available in 17 stylish colors, and most importantly, reviewers "can't believe the value."
A Heated Curler To Bring Your Lashes To The Next Level
Heat locks your lashes into a curled position, which is why people often blow-dry their curler — but this
Hizek electric curler is faster, safer, and much easier to customize. Choose between four different temperatures; the the thermal slots will hug individual lashes while setting them in a curled, volume-boosting position. It's even USB-rechargeable for added convenience, and those with thin, straight lashes say the effects last all day.
The Top-Selling Jeans On All Of Amazon
There are several reasons why these
skinny jeans from Levi Strauss & Co. are always in the number-one best-selling spot: They're well-made, available in various colors, and come in long, medium, and short lengths — but most importantly, thanks to the stretchy material and thick-band pull-on waist, people say they're shockingly comfortable and fit incredibly well. (Some pairs are even eligible for Prime Wardrobe, which means you can try them on before you buy them.) Available sizes: 2 Short - 20 Long
This 15-In-1 Facemask That Temporarily Turns You Into A Zombie
I'm not usually one for gimmicky beauty products, but according to reviewers, this
Zombie pack face mask actually improves tone, texture, and elasticity. Yes, it makes you look like a zombie while it's drying — but that temporary wrinkled texture is the result of albumin, which tightens, brightens, hydrates, and detoxifies pores. "I love a good mask and this one is quick to use with nice, freshening results," one buyer wrote.
This Life-Changing Brush That Styles While You Dry
If your hair takes forever to blow dry or is naturally curly, frizzy, or thick, buyers swear this brush "will change your life." The
Revlon One-Step is a blow dryer and a brush in one, so the ceramic-coated barrel directs hot air through the bristles to straighten and style strands. It has three heat settings, an ion generator to reduce frizz, and a powerful 1,100-watt motor to get the job done in record time.
A Derma Roller That People Call A "Miracle Worker"
derma roller from Love & Pebble has 600 premium, titanium microneedles that roll over the surface of your skin. In the process, they create tiny, invisible holes, which prompt a rush of healing collagen to the area. While it may sound painful, buyers say it's not — and it's simply "the BEST tool for evening out skin tone and improving the look of hyperpigmentation and scarring." This set comes with the handle, three replacement heads, and an e-book.
This $7 Brush Tool To Prevent Color Transfer
Remove colors and product build-up from your brushes (
without water or cleansers), so you can jump right to the next step. This MS.DEAR sponge is made with an absorbent material and a charcoal filter, so it removes residue without the need for moisture. People say it's an especially great tool for eye makeup, since you can switch shadow colors without having to worry about accidental transferring.
An All-In-1 Set For Gel Manicures At Home
Roughly two years ago, I got myself an
at-home gel manicure set, and I haven't been back to the salon since. It's paid for itself countless times over because it includes everything you need to get bright, long-lasting nails at home — including a top coat, base coat, multiple colors, manicure tools, and a UV/LED lamp. This one in particular is highly rated because it's "easy to use" and your "nails look fantastic," according to buyers.
This Easy Teeth-Whitening Kit That Won't Cause Sensitivities
Forget painful strips and expensive professional treatments. Thousands of people are thrilled with the results they've gotten from the
Dr. Song whitening kit, which uses a gentle formula alongside an LED accelerator light in order to brighten your smile without causing sensitivities. "I have been using for one week and have noticed a difference," one buyer said. "What I like the most is that I have very sensitive teeth and have not had a problem."
This Foolproof Palette For Effortless Smokey-Eyes
If you can't quite get the hang of the elusive smokey-eye, you're not alone — which is why Revlon created this
PhotoReady eye contour palette. It's available in eight color combinations and does all the work for you in terms of choosing the best transitional shades and showing you exactly where they go. Reviewers say the formula itself is easy to apply, long-lasting, and crease-resistant.
A Facial-Hair Remover That's Painless & Versatile
When it comes to removing unwanted facial hair, few tools are as convenient, efficient, and painless as this one. The
Reazeal two-in-one has a built-in LED light, an 18-karat gold-plated head for sensitive skin, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the hidden blades. Thanks to the two interchangeable heads, you can remove hair on flat skin as well as in rounded areas (like inside nostrils and ears).
These Scrunchies That Turn Your Ponytail Into A Statement
Turn your practical ponytail into a stylish statement with these
chiffon bow scrunchies from Jaciya. They come in a pack of six colors and look as if you tied your hair up with a fabric band — but in actuality, the elastic interior is a no-brainer for up-dos, buns, and braids.
A Colorful Bracelet That Doubles As An Aromatherapy Tool
Accessorize with practicality thanks to this adjustable
aromatherapy bracelet from Hamoery. It has seven colorful gemstone beads for decoration and (some believe) energetic balance, but the other beads are made from absorbent lava stone; as a result, you can apply a few drops of your favorite essential oils, and your bracelet will diffuse the relaxing scents all day long.
These Brilliant Magnetic Eyelashes That Attach To The Liner
I'll never go back to glue-on falsies, and thousands of other reviewers agree —
magnetic lashes are faster, easier, and way more comfortable. This set comes with five different pairs of varying thicknesses, which have built-in magnets along the strips that attach to the included eyeliner. They even come with a tweezer tool to help with application.
This Stylish Scarf With 2 Hidden Zipper Pockets
brilliant scarf doesn't just tie your outfit together — it also ensures that your essentials are within reach and safely hidden on your person. The bamboo-blend fabric has two built-in pockets that are large enough for your phone or passport and secured with zippers. Get the scarf in nearly 20 colors and patterns.
These Hair-Finishing Sticks That Tame Rogue Strands
Neaten up your up-do, set your bangs, tame fly-aways, and collect short strands around your nape. These
JDO finishing sticks are filled with a moisturizing (but non-greasy) formula that smooths down hair, plus the mascara-like applicator is ideal for precise, detailed work. "Love this product," one reviewer raved. "The little hairs really stay put and don’t bother you."
These Memory-Foam Flats That Are As Comfortable As Slippers
Whether you're working, running errands, or out on the town, these
BOBS fashion flats are the "best shoes ever," according to buyers. They complement tons of outfits thanks to their canvas exterior, multiple color options, and mesh panels, but the soft fabric and memory-foam insole mean they feel "like slippers that you can wear outside." They even come in half-sizes and wide options.
This Brush For A Deeply Cleansed, Massaged Scalp
Since it's handheld and waterproof, it doesn't get much more convenient than this
Heeta scalp brush — but don't be fooled; despite its ease of use, buyers still say it's the "best thing [they] never knew [they] needed." The silicone bristles both work shampoo between strands for a deeper clean and boost circulation in the scalp. As a result, it aims to help with volume, oil control, and new growth, all while feeling amazing.
Some Unique Brushes That Make Blending A Breeze
"They are super soft and make blending out my foundation, cream products, and eyeshadow a breeze," one buyer raved about these
Duorime brushes, and it's all due to their unique design. The soft, synthetic bristles are horizontal instead of vertical (like a toothbrush), so you have improved control and an easier time distributing makeup. With seven brushes in all different sizes, you're set with everything from foundation to shadow.
This Tape For Sharp Lines & No Shadow Fallout
this tape under your eyes before you apply your shadow, and it'll create sharp, even lines while simultaneously catching any fallout. Unlike traditional tape, it's breathable, gentle, and residue-free, plus it comes in a convenient dispenser that allows you to customize the size. "It is so much easier [than] trying to make a straight line yourself. Really glad I made this purchase," one reviewer wrote.
The Drugstore Under-Eye Concealer That Even Makeup Snobs Adore
"I am a makeup snob. I have stupidly high standards for cosmetic performance," one reviewer wrote. "This eraser is now my official go-to product." In fact,
Maybelline Eraser is widely considered the best drugstore concealer because of its buildable coverage, crease-resistant formula, and versatility. It can be used on everything from blemishes to dark under-eyes, and it comes in over a dozen shades for all different skin tones.
This Hyaluronic Acid Serum For Unparalleled Moisture
Those with "extremely dry, flaky and bumpy" skin say that this
Amara Beauty serum is "worth every penny" and is the "ONLY topical product [they've] tried that actually worked." While it's packed with vitamins C and E, the real star of the show is hyaluronic acid (derived from the seeds of the Cassia angustifolia plant). This ingredient holds 1,000 times its weight in moisture in order to keep skin plump and hydrated from the inside-out; it's also non-greasy and absorbs super fast.
These Silky Pajamas That Look Great & Feel Even Better
A great wardrobe shouldn't solely contain daytime wear. Stay stylish at night — and while sipping your Sunday coffee — thanks to this
top-selling pajama set from Ekouaer. It's made primarily from silky, breathable viscose with a bit of added stretch, and the matching button-down shirt and pants come in a huge range of colors and patterns. "Luxury at its finest," one buyer said. "Best pj's I've ever had." Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large
These 24-Karat Gold Under-Eye Patches With Extremely High Ratings
Thanks to quality ingredients like collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and — last but not least — real 24-karat gold, these
SWISSÖKOLAB patches aim to brighten and plump tired under-eyes. The result, according to reviewers? "I was a skeptic about these in general," one wrote, but "the puffiness, dryness and discoloration subsided. I’ll be adding these to my evening prep before an event going forward!"
A Genius Brush To Reduce Ingrown Hairs & Razor Burn
If you often experience irritation or ingrown hairs after hair removal, this one's for you: The
Dylonic exfoliating brush has hundreds of exfoliating bristles that remove old skin cells and loosen up trapped follicles, which often clog pores alongside shaving and waxing. It can be used before or after hair removal, and buyers say they've "felt a big difference in the condition of [their] skin."
This Cult-Favorite Primer That People Are "So In Love With"
It protects skin with green tea extract, moisturizes and plumps with collagen, and has a lightweight formula that shrinks the appearance of pores and creates a smooth, even canvas. No wonder so many people are obsessed with
Touch In Sol No Pore Blem primer. "By far the best primer I have ever used," one reviewer said. "You don't have to use very much, and it makes your skin feel like velvet."
A Cream That Strengthens Nails & Softens Cuticles
If you're looking for longer, stronger, healthier-looking nails, this is one of the most well-rounded solutions out there.
Carmichael Imperial cream is loaded with moisture and nourishment to smooth cuticles, prevent cracking, stop peeling, and encourage nail growth. "I've been using this cuticle cream for 5 days now and my nails look fabulous," one reviewer raved.
This Intricate Mesh Bralette That's Also Super Comfortable
Despite the fact that it's "the most comfortable bra" reviewers have ever worn, this
Mae high-neck bralette actually "gives pretty good support." The best part, however, is the intricate mesh pattern in the front, which looks amazing during workouts, functions as coverage for low-cut necklines, and acts as a statement piece for your favorite leisurewear outfit. Get it in just about any color. Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large
A $7 Bun Extension That's "So Incredibly Lifelike"
"Even my sister couldn't tell it wasn't my actual hair," one buyer raved about these
HAIRREAL bun extensions. The synthetic, heat-resistant fibers are surprisingly realistic-looking and easy to style — and since they come in 15 shades, you can likely find one that blends with your specific hair color. They add volume to messy buns and up-dos, so at just $7 a piece, they're well-worth adding to your hair-styling arsenal.
These Genius Swabs That Are Actually Designed For Makeup
Intentionally smudge your liner or neaten up your lipstick
without smearing it everywhere. These brilliant Fran Wilson Q-tips are flat on one end and pointed on the other, so they're specifically designed for easier makeup application and touch-ups. You get three packs of 80 with this order, and reviewers asked, "Where have you been my whole life? [...] I will never use a regular swab again."
This Versatile Skirt That's Easily Reviewers' Favorite
According to buyers, the various color options and thick, stretchy fabric make this
Urban CoCo skater skirt "really versatile to match with any outfit." You can "pair it with blouses for nicer occasions or with a graphic tee for casual wear." It also comes in two different lengths for all heights (not to mention several eye-catching prints if you want something unique). "This is easily my favorite skirt I own," someone wrote. Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large
A Stamp-On Cat-Eye For People Who Struggle With Liner
Liquid liner can be temperamental and time-consuming — and once you get the first eye down, you have to get the second one to match. Cue the
LA PURE liner set. This godsend comes with two double-sided pens (one for each eye), and the winged stamp creates a perfect cat-eye every time. The formula itself is waterproof, smudge-resistant, and gentle on sensitive eyes, which explains the 4.4-star rating.
This Convenient Hair Mask That Reverses Damage — Fast
People with color- and heat-damaged hair experienced "immediate results" with this
Elizavecca hair treatment, and they say their hair has "never felt this smooth and soft." In under 20 minutes, this mask reinforces strands with protein extracts, improves texture and frizz with collagen, and deeply hydrates with ceramides. In short, it leaves hair healthier-looking and much easier to manage.
This Activated Charcoal Toothpaste That Whitens While You Brush
If you want whiter teeth without having to add any steps to your dental routine, thousands of buyers swear by
Hello Oral Care toothpaste. Instead of fluoride and SLS, this formula aims to whiten teeth and absorb toxins using activated charcoal derived from sustainable bamboo. It also has coconut oil, tea tree, and xylitol, all of which target bacteria and help freshen breath. "It really, really works!" one reviewer raved. "I’d say my teeth are about 4 shades whiter."
"The Best Purchase" Curly-Haired Buyers Have Ever Made
"I think this is the best purchase I’ve ever made in my 25 years of life," one buyer wrote, while another said, "I have long curly hair and this is the only brush/comb that does not get stuck [or] pull out hair from my scalp." Unlike most brushes,
this one from Crave Naturals has special cone-shaped bristles, which separate hair sideways instead of down in order to loosen up tangles without pain.
Some Unique Concealer Shades To Counteract Discoloration
At first glance, this
total-cover concealer kit from L'Oreal Paris might seem like it's a better fit for Sesame Street puppets — but in actuality, the unique shades help to counteract discoloration for an even complexion all over the face. The peach disguises dark circles, the yellow brightens like a highlighter, the green neutralizes redness, and the purple helps with hyper-pigmentation. In terms of the formula itself, buyers love both the coverage and the ease of application.
This Versatile T-Shirt Dress That's Selling Like Hotcakes
After incorporating one
Unbranded* tunic dress into their wardrobe, tons of people come back to grab several more. The rayon-spandex fabric is stretchy and breathable, the simple, loose design can be dressed up with accessories or dressed down for casual wear, and the 25 color options offer something for everyone. And yes, it has pockets. No wonder people have said things like, "This is my favorite item of clothing I've ordered on Amazon!" Available sizes: X-Small - XXX-Large
A Foot Mask That Makes The Calluses Peel Off In Sheets
If you can wait a week or two, these
Soft Touch foot masks aim to give you the smoothest, most moisturized feet you've ever experienced. Simply apply the booties and give the botanical ingredients an hour to penetrate the hard, callused skin. Then, in a few days, the skin will begin to peel off in literal sheets. The process has been compared to a "shedding snake," and buyers say it's "satisfying as heck."
These Pimple Patches That Cover Your Whole Cheek
Most pimple patches are super effective at drawing the contents out of a blemish so it can heal faster — but they're only big enough to cover one at a time. These
square-shaped patches from AVARELLE, on the other hand, are larger and designed to cover multiple pimples at once. They're made with hydrocolloid, tea tree, and calendula to absorb liquid and tackle bacteria, and people have called them a "great discovery." Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.