Useful things from Amazon that may come in handy

I went through a bunch of those Bustle lists to find more maybe-useful stuff on Amazon. I didn’t copy all of these from those lists but they do help me get ideas and find similar products. This is an affiliate post!

A pack of personal alarms that will help you feel safe
I used to have an alarm on my keychain but it got old and I ended up throwing it out. I keep pepper spray in a couple of places at home but after someone set off my keychain pepper spray in a bar in college I don’t keep it with me anymore. These mini alarms come three to a pack for just ten dollars, which is a small price to pay for safety and peace of mind. Reviewers call them “piercingly loud” and say they would work well for deterring attackers and are also good for scaring off attacking dogs and coyotes. They do warn that you shouldn’t test them though because they’re incredibly loud.

Mini pinch bowls which are surprisingly versatile
The things I use most in the kitchen are my small glass prep bowls. I use them to eat ice cream and candy out of so I eat smaller portions, I use them for snacks and I also use them as intended to store herbs and recipe ingredients as I’m cooking. I’ve broken a few. These mini pinch bowls are great for cooking and storing small items for crafting. They’re quite small though so check the reviewer photos to see. Here are some slightly bigger terracotta bowls that would be great for condiments, dips and small portions.

An emergency straw that filters even the dirtiest water
If you’re like me and stockpile water in the event of an impending emergency you may find that keeping one or two of these emergency straws on hand will help prevent that. They’re also good for carrying while hiking and camping. People say this filter can make “seriously gross water” drinkable and that it’s great for using in areas like South America where waterborne diseases are a concern. Some reviewers say that it’s designed for just one person though and that you should splurge on a more expensive water filtration system if you plan to use it for a family.

Eyeshadow shields that will have you applying makeup like a professional
I watch YouTube makeup tutorials and many of the women use these stick-on eyeshadow shields to achieve that perfect line without fallout. My local CVS doesn’t carry them anymore, I asked, so I’ll have to order them online. Otherwise I always have to use eye makeup remover as so much eyeshadow gets under my eyes. These may be just what I need, especially when preparing for a night out. Users call them “one of my fave products” and say they “work great” to “give a really nice crease on the outside of the eye.” Some people say you can save money by cutting them in half before using.

A little blanket for picnics, the beach and outdoor events
I usually keep a blanket in my car trunk for picnics and outdoor events. It’s bulky though and takes up a lot of space. You also have to carry it to your destination along with all your other stuff. This little blanket can be kept in a purse or in your car door for use at the beach or wherever you need to sit outside. It’s great for keeping dry and clean at events. People say it’s easy to clean, doesn’t get musty even if you pack it wet, and call it “versatile” and “durable.”

A full feature electric toothbrush that’s affordable
You know those quip toothbrushes that everyone is always raving about because they market the hell out of them? Here’s a possible alternative that’s under $26 and comes with attachments for braces. That’s just a few dollars more than what you would pay for replacement heads for other name brand toothbrushes. This toothbrush has over 1,000 reviews and a 4.2 star rating! People rave about how clean it makes your teeth feel, say it has a lot of features for such a great price, and call it an “amazing toothbrush.” (BTW I got the Waterpic as I mentioned before. I love it and have noticed a difference in my gums.)

An affordable hypoallergenic duvet you’ll love
It’s the time of year when you need a light blanket that’s not too heavy but will keep you warm at night. This is a light weight, medium warmth duvet that’s machine washable and a great bargain at under $30 for a queen. Reviewers say it’s “warm but breathes” that it “holds its shape flawlessly” after washing and has a “5 star hotel feel.” You’ll need a cover for it. I bought my son this set and he loves it.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Oh those eyeshadow things look helpful. I have such issues with fallout when I do my makeup.

  2. Nicegirl says:

    Buying the water filter TODAY. 🙏

    And yes, I stockpile water 💦 for emergencies, too.

    • CL says:

      Nicegirl and Celebitchy, do y’all have the big bladder that goes in your tub that you can fill w/ water? It will pretty much fill the space in your bathtub, but keeps everything else out of the water. The ones on Amazon are called WaterBobs, and are relatively inexpensive.

      I read too many dystopian novels as a child

      • Celebitchy says:

        I didn’t know about that it’s a great idea:
        All the related products are for emergency food and emergency seeds and now I’m thinking I need that junk too. (I don’t!)

      • derps says:

        I did not know this was a thing that existed. Thank you!

      • Nicegirl says:

        Omg CL, yes we do! We got it last year lol. I’m like, too worried about ‘the big one’ up here in the PNW. I’m ridiculous. I also made Faraday cages for family. I must’ve read the same books! 🤦‍♀️

  3. Nikki says:

    I hike in remote areas of the Adirondacks, and bought a Lifestraw, VERY similar to Etekcity, but a few dollars more. I gave one away, so I’ll buy at least one of these now to compare! ( Friends of mine accidentally got off the path and got lost, and were in bad shape without drinking water, despite there being streams everywhere..) It amazes me that people who have tons of money in investments won’t spend under $20 for something that could save their life! Priorities, people!

    • Annika says:

      I had a Lifestraw, too & it worked great! I brought it on a trip to Central America & gave it to my host family.
      This post was a great reminder to me that I need another one, camping season is coming up & we need to be prepared!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      A couple got lost for 5 days in the CA mountains recently, and survived using a Lifestraw.

  4. Nikki says:

    Celebitchy, are you up for doing a post soon dedicated to your favorite cosmetics/beauty supplies? I really need to up my game. Even if you aren’t up on everything, we all learn so much from posters…

    • Celebitchy says:

      I can do that Thursday that’s a great idea also if anyone has any recommendations please make them!

      • Kristen820 says:

        HanHoo Blemish Patches have been a godsend for my cystic acne-ridden skin!
        Happened upon them at Walmart. 12 sheets of 36 patches for $2.50!! I’ve used another brand that was WAY more expensive, and much less effective.

      • Celebitchy says:

        Yes I’ve used those too they’re excellent!

      • Liz version 700 says:

        I co-sign a request for a make up post. Still love the eyeshadow I bought from one of the first posts!

      • Lila says:

        Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++. It doesn’t have the SPF vibe at all, in that it disappears into skin and doesn’t smell of sunscreen or feel greasy, even after repeated applications.

        I read somewhere that Japanese and Korean sunscreens have access to more/newer/better ingredients because in the US the ingredients have to go through FDA approval, which doesn’t inspire innovation. I could absolutely see that. This stuff feels more like fancy face cream than any other sunscreen I’ve ever worn.

      • Nikki says:

        🙂 Excited for Thursday to come…thanks!

    • Ellie says:

      GUYS can I just share a product that has made my mornings much less painful? I got them from a similar type post on Buzzfeed — winged eyeliner stamps. If you, like me, like the look of winged eyeliner but can’t make them symmetrical to save your life (especially in the morning), they are great. There are two pens, one for each eye, and they are dual ended. One end is regular pen for your eyelid and the other end is a stamp that you just bonk down on the corner of your eye so they match up automatically. They’re $13.27 right now on Amazon, just search “Eyeliner stamp wingliner.” They also come in 3 sizes, from a tiny wing up to ultra drama.

  5. Cee says:

    If you’re dealing with fallout I’d recommend you do your eye makeup first:
    1) clean and moisturize skin (+ SPF if daytime)
    2) eye makeup + brows (you can very easily brush off any fallout)
    3) face makeup

    You avoid ruining your face with fallout AND you allow for your moisturizer to be fully absorbed.

    makeup artist.

    • Becks1 says:

      This is what I do but I still have a lot of fallout. I wipe it off with a Q tip before putting on my face makeup but it still annoys me lol.

      • Cee says:

        Do you shake the excess shadow off before applying it? Some formulas are more “dusty” than others.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Cee -I do. I typically use Smashbox for my normal everyday makeup; I have some urban decay that I use as well for special occasions (more colors! ha). I think it may be the formula of the eyeshadow and my specific application “technique.” I put it in quotes because I’m not very skilled at it, haha.

      • Cee says:

        Try applying a makeup fixer on the brush. You spritz it on before going into the pan. Sometimes that works!

  6. Annika says:

    Would you be interested in doing a post about summer products, at some point, for taking to the beach or on the boat?
    Like floaties for the kids, mini drink coolers, stuff like that?

    • LadyT says:

      I have a magic tip for the beach. Take baby powder. When leaving, put a puff on your hands and feet and miraculously, instantly wipe away every smidgeon of sand and grit. Feels great and no sand in the car.

  7. IMUCU says:

    Is it bad that I own most of the stuff on this list ;-)? At least some of them were gifts (and I like them all) :-)!

  8. ingttyt says:

    YES, you will need a cover for that duvet, thank you for saying it. This naked white duvet trend is really irritating, and so wasteful- how long can they possibly go without getting any stains??

  9. Goofpuff says:

    Beauty ideas for the post. waterproof L’Oréal lash paradise mascara works great for stubborn stick straight lashes. Shiseido eyelash curler is the best for most Asian shaped eyes (i’ve tried so many). #NYXCOSMETICS epic liner is great KBD tattoo liner dupe. I use a lot of pricey makeup and skin care(my great splurge) and I love urban decay eyeliners, the Anastasia palettes(hello sultry palette), and Fenty glass bombs the best.