Products from readers including a device for better baths & an umbrella like The Queen’s

Thanks to everyone who texted and commented with recommendations for Amazon pots! The hardest part is coming up with ideas on what to feature, especially when so many of the reviews are stacked. Fakespot helps a lot with that and so do your suggestions. We got so many we can’t even feature them all today and will be using other recommendations in future posts.

A device to make your bath fuller and more luxurious
Someone texted me this and I got all excited at another one of these products you didn’t know existed. This little plastic device fits over the overflow drain in your tub to give you a safe way to increase the water depth. It has an overflow hole at the top so you can add more water than usual but can’t overfill the tub. This drain cover has a whopping 3,700 reviews, a 4.5 star rating and an A from Fakespot! Bathers call it “a great tool for a deeper, soaking bath,” say it’s easy to install and that it lasts “many long baths in very hard water.”

A vest that has gentle pressure to help your anxious dog relax
In our last Amazon post, Monicack asked if the thunder shirts for dogs worked. Tinkerbellrae said the vest worked great for a pug with separation anxiety, but another commenter, pottymouth pup, said that results vary by dog and that one of her dogs will only feel calm in a Wonder Woman costume. Pottymouth if you’re on Instagram add me, ok? The thunder shirt comes in sizes for very small to very large dogs. It has an A rating from Fakespot and 3.9 stars with over 1,000 reviews. Dog owners call it a “life saver,” say it works great to calm dogs during thunderstorms (oh now I get why it’s called that) and fireworks, and that it reduces separation anxiety and naughty behavior.

A clear bubble umbrella that will make you feel like The Queen
Becks1 emailed me this umbrella. She said she loves it and it makes her feel like QEII! The Queen carries fancy Fulton umbrellas to match her outfits but this is an affordable dupe. I love the fact that it’s clear and that you can see through it. Imagine how much drier you’d be under this umbrella. This umbrella has 4 stars, almost 2,000 reviews and an A rating from Fakespot. People have even used them on their wedding day for photos. It’s said to “hold up well,” “create a shield” around you against the rain and to be “super cute and functional.”

A serum to help even out skin tone and redness
I was asked over text (our number is 434-218-3219) to recommend “a skin cream that reduces redness or evens out complexion.” I looked through Amazon and found this very highly rated vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid. This has over 2,3000 reviews, a 4.4 star rating and an A from Fakespot. It’s also just over $10 for an ounce of product. Reviewers say it fades acne marks and sun spots within a week or two, that it “it absorbs very fast and doesn’t have the sticky feeling” of other serums, and that they “can actually see and feel the difference” after using it. Here’s another skincare product I need.

Get salon smooth feet at home
Does anyone else also hate getting pedicures? I’m ticklish and don’t like other people touching my feet. I don’t mind doing my toenails at home and prefer it but I always skip the step where they slough the dry skin off your feet. Anastasia recommended this product in the last Amazon post and now I want it! This foot callous shaver has over 500 reviews, a 4.6 star rating, and an A from Fakespot. It’s also super affordable at $10. People call it “amazing,” say that podiatrists charge over a hundred for what this little shaver can do, and that it leaves their feet “super soft and dry spot free.”

Bluetooth headphones with sound quality that holds up
It’s so hard to find headphones that won’t break after a couple of weeks. I end up buying about 10-12 a year, especially with a teenager at home. Lindy recommended these affordable bluetooth headphones from Didios. They have a 4 star rating with over 500 reviews and get an A from Fakespot. Lindy says “they have excellent sound quality, they stay in when I run, I wear them at work and they block out the noise of working in an open office.” The charge lasts about eight hours and they come with a microphone too. For corded headphones, I recently bought these and like them. I got a pair for my son too.

Natural dryer balls that help keep clothes fluffy without dryer sheets
I’m chemically sensitive and only use fragrance free detergent. I don’t even use the unscented dryer sheets as those bother me a little, and I never use fabric softener. I have a couple of those plastic hedgehog dryer fluffers but I forget to use them. Both Astrid and Anastasia commented that they use the wool dryer balls and that they’re great. These have 4.5 stars, an A from Fakespot and almost 100 reviews. (There are cheaper versions but the reviews are not as legit.) Reviewers say they really work to make clothes softer with less wrinkles and in less time. It takes me 3 dryer cycles to get towels done so now I want these too.

A versatile coffee maker to make cafe style drinks at home
I am not a Keurig convert and still use a regular coffee maker from Mr. Coffee. I put the grounds and water in and program it so it’s ready so I wake up. Someone asked for a coffee maker to make indulgent coffee drinks at home. This coffee maker from Ninja has 4.5 stars, 380 reviews and an A from Fakespot. It can make regular hot coffee or that fancy cold brew and can even make tea. It has a frother for milk and you can brew sizes from one cup to an entire pot, all without pods. Users call it easy to use and clean, say it can even whip cream, and that it’s smart enough to know the type of drink you’re making by the filter you’re using.

Update: I just texted with someone who bought these two dresses and loves them and also she mentioned that the wool dryer balls are at Trader Joes for less than $6 for a 4 pack!

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    One of our paralegals has four dogs and she and her husband go on frequent long road trips with them. She swears by thunder shirts for calming her dogs.

    • runcmc says:

      The thunder shirt unfortunately doesn’t work for all! We have an anxious rescue (we adopted him at age 10 when his previous owner passed away) and the thundershirt has done nothing for him. We’re super disappointed and working so hard to find other solutions.

      It does seem to work for so many dog parents, but it’s not 100%!

      • Meeee says:

        Have you tried the Sentry Calming collars? They mimic pheromones from the mother dog and also have lavender and chamomile scent. I used them on my dog, after learning from a neighbor that he was crying all day. He doesn’t do that anymore.

  2. banana_bread says:

    The bath one makes me sad. So much of the world lacks access to safe drinking water, and the gallons of drinking quality water we currently wash ourselves in STILL isn’t enough??

    • Celebitchy says:

      I am a spoiled bitch and I want a couple more inches of bath water. Don’t shame me.

      • banana_bread says:

        I’m sorry, that really wasn’t my intention and in fact I hadn’t even noticed you personally used it (my bad, should know better than to comment after skim reading). Not judging anyone else who does either, it was just a general observation about the inequalities in the world.

      • Anastasia says:

        I rarely ever take baths, but when I do, I’d like the water to actually be deep enough to soak in. I need to get this.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I never had a problem getting a nice deep bath in a clawfoot tub.

      • Giddy says:

        I am not ashamed of being a spoiled bitch either! I have one of these and stick it in my suitcase before trips. After a long day of travel it is disheartening to get to a hotel and find that their bathtubs are designed to hold about 3 inches of water. So this little item comes in handy!

    • isabelle says:

      I’ve worked in a lot of those countries as an Aid Worker and you know what his girl still loves her freaking bath time. One of my dear friends is the Chief of a clean water profit and he would disagree with your comment as he takes a lot of showers. You do realize we can’t live 100% based on what others do or don’t have? Unless you want to be a monk that has declared to give up everything. I bet with my life you are a hypocrite somewhere in your life I guarantee it. I could go through one of your cabinets. closets, or even fridge and bet you a $1000 I cold find your hidden shame. Do you have a car, a home, clothes, soap, a job? Those things are assets as well you know. Its not just water.

  3. Erinn says:

    “but another commenter, pottymouth pup, said that results vary by dog and that one of her dogs will only feel calm in a Wonder Woman costume. ”

    HOW DID I MISS THIS. Because I’m sorry, everyone, but this is the best comment in Celebitchy history.

    I find our dog did a bit better with the thundershirt. But she also likes wearing clothes in general. That snooty thing prances around if you put a bandana or a SCARF (that my mother knitted her ahahha it’s like a circle scarf that she loves in winter because despite being a sporting dog, she’s a giant wimp)

    But she’s also a blanket fiend. She’s actually on puppy prozak because she’s always been high on the scale for separation anxiety and before being on it, would shake like a leaf. She’s a lot happier with meds – and she gets her blood work and everything done regularly. She will burrow under blankets to ‘hide’ from the cats so she doesn’t get in fights with them.

    I also bought some wool dryer balls a couple of weeks ago – but completely forgot about them. I also got some scent oil things to add to them because I am a CHILD. Birthday cake was one of the scents haha. But I have to use tide free and clear (? I think that’s the name) because I have really sensitive skin. I can usually get by adding a hint of scented product to the wash or the dryer, but I can’t do the full on dyed, fragranced laundry detergent.

  4. fifee says:

    We have two dogs, one who is incredibly anxious. We bought a Thundershirt and it was a complete waste of money. Fortunately we dont get that much thunder here, maybe twice a year if we’re really lucky and fireworks maybe for a week or so in the lead up to Guy Fawkes night. Thankfully she doesnt have to suffer too often.

    The pedicure thingie works well but a word of warning, if you use the blade be CAREFUL! Its just too easy to get a wee bit heavy handed with it and cut too deep. Ask both me and my daughter how I know …..

    • Erinn says:

      I’m glad you gave that warning. I still manage to make the bathroom look like a crime scene when I’m rushing when shaving my legs – so I can only imagine that I’d manage to butcher my feet, too.

      I’ve been looking at foot peels but they freak me the hell out. I want the baby soft feeling… but the idea of seeing my feet shed skin like a snake for weeks is what’s prevented me from buying. I might just get a pedicure tool and a deep moisturizer or something, and see how that goes.

      • Catherine says:

        I used baby feet. The skin did slough but not in those giant chunks that you see in photos — I used a pumice stone in the shower to rub off the peeling skin. I’d do it again.

      • Erinn says:

        Oh GOOD! That’s comforting. I should probably order some soon then and get this over with haha.

      • A says:

        Dr. Scholl’s device for dry spot removing is good and no blades. They are very cheap now compared to a few years ago.

      • CityGirl says:

        i’m glad you put that caution in – I cut my foot very deeply using one (for like the 1,000th time – not a novice user) and to make matters worse, it was the first day of vacation, in the Caribbean.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Erinn, try globbing Vaseline on your feet, then put on some cotton socks (I use “tube socks” from Costco). The heat from your feet will allow the Vaseline to soak into your skin. You can do this for as little as 1/2 hr., or even overnight. I do it once a week, sometimes twice in summer, and my feet are as smooth as a baby’s tush. It’s insane how easy and cheap this is to do! 😊. I also get one of the handled pumice “smoothers” and just use it on your heels if you need the “extra” oomph. I swear by this!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        A friend recommended a foot peel from Amazon (I think it was Baby Feet). But when I went to the link she had used, a lot of reviews were saying the product was different from what they had received before and wasn’t effective. Stories like that make me so leery of Amazon.

        I love the ginger candy Gin-Gins, and on Amazon reviews were saying people got bags of straight up ginger slices!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I’m about to try that…I have read reviews wherein people advocate soaking their feet every day/or couple of days to enhance sloughing.

  5. StellainNH says:

    I love dryer balls. I use them all the time. If you like a little scent on your clothes, just put a couple drops off essential oil on the balls before placing them in the dryer. I like using some lavender oil, especially with bed linens.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I want those dryer balls! And that doggie at the end of the article. Gorgeous.

  6. Anastasia says:

    That foot callous shaver has changed things for me. I just used it last night after my shower. My heels are pink again!

    Two things: if you have really rough feet like me, you’ll only be able to use the a blade (which are REALLY sharp) about four times–two times on each foot. But it comes with 10 replacement blades, so that’ll last you a while.

    Second, I’ve learned the more regularly I use it, the less needs to be done. And my foot lotions/creams do a lot better job. Instead of sitting on top of dead skin, they’re really able to be absorbed.

    It’s really nice, too. It has heft and is well-made. I’m quite impressed.

    These are the replacement blades I’m getting:

    • Lex says:

      The best replacement blades Ive used are by the brand Tweezerman. Sharp and effective.

      Soak your feet before you try use this device if you are new. And don’t go too overboard or youll take too much skin and your feet will hurt

  7. Doodle says:

    I bought two of the t shirt dresses featured last week and they are the BEST. I love these posts so much. I never would have found those dresses on my own.

  8. Anastasia says:

    The tub overflow cover is a lightning deal right now for $6.82! Getting one!

    • a reader says:

      Well shoot I missed it and now it’s 9 bucks. Still buying it right away – what a great idea!

  9. Lolamd says:

    How about a post on kitchen items ie pots and pans? I need some new ones. As well as knives that does not break the bank and does not rust easily!

    • SpilldatT says:

      I strongly recommend investing in good knives.

      Do not buy the Henckels which are made in China (Nothing against things made in China, just that the steel used for that line isn’t great) or Kitchenaid or anything that comes in large sets, with blocks, scissors etc. They seem like a good deal, but you’ll end up with dull things which won’t cute tomatoes in one-go after a week, so don’t bother wasting your money on them.

      Spyderco, Victorinox, Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Master (ones with yellow handles) would be my suggestions.

      You don’t need 80 different knives either.

      A paring knife, a chef’s knife or two with different sized blades and a boning knife (if you eat a lot of fish) will see you through most situations. Unless you bake or buy fresh bread, most ppl don’t really need a bread knife, but if you do, the Tojiro bread knife will do better than most & also should last a good long while.

      Also for any knife, if the blade can’t push-cut paper, don’t bother.

  10. samipup says:

    Are the thunder-shirts warm? Have any venting. I have a Samoyed……..

  11. Lindy says:

    Adding that coffee maker to my list of possible birthday gifts for Mr. Lindy. We’re in the market for one and that seems reasonable and really functional!

  12. a reader says:

    That Tree of Life vitamic C serum is great! I ordered it after your last post about skin care. Somehow I stumbled onto a 3 pack from ToL which includes the Vitamin C serum, Retinol Serum, and Hyaluronic acid serum. I have problems with slight discoloration due to sun exposure in my youth and the 2 pack combo has already done wonders for my skin. The spotting is starting to blend and lighten up. Here is the combo pack I purchased:

    • a reader says:

      And BTW… can you guys look into those spa and bath pillows that are listed on Amazon? I would love to get a bath pillow but there’s tons of choices. Maybe your readers & followers have recommendations?

  13. Shannon says:

    What about featuring eco friendly items as an entire post? Reusable ziploc bags, fabric menstrual pads or period panties, etc. I’d love to see that!