A bestselling wet dry vacuum, hooks to upgrade your bathroom and comfy slippers

From CB: I’ve been using these dog waste bags from trusted brand Earth Rated which are larger and easier to tie than typical bags on a roll. (I also use and recommend these bags.) You have to stick them in your pocket as they don’t fit into a roll, but they’re very convenient and easy to use. They are so strong and make an unpleasant task easier. I also got this dehumidifier for my basement and it works great. It’s easy to set up and empty so if you’re in the market for one I recommend it. Here are some more things Hecate and I are looking at on Amazon.

A concealer that covers dark circles and does double duty as an eyeshadow primer

From CB: I heard about this concealer in this YouTube video from creator Lisa Monique on makeup mistakes women over 50 make. Two of her mistakes are not using primer on your eyelids and not using coverup/concealer (watch at minutes 7 and 15). She actually uses Elf 16 hour camo concealer for her eyelids and under her eyes. This concealer comes in 22 colors, all at just $7. It has almost 49,000 reviews, 4.3 stars and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers rave about how great it is at concealing undereye circles and say it lasts all day. “I love this concealer. I need something that is thick and covers my dark circles. I am an older female with bags and dark circles and this does the job.” “This is a great concealer, and the price is right! I used to use Clinique concealer for years, but the price now makes it harder to buy. This concealer applies easily, dries quickly, and stays on!”

A cordless wet dry vacuum that people rave about

From CB: I’m featuring this vacuum, which is pricey as hell, because I want to get your experiences with it. I keep reading about the Tineco wet dry vacuum and definitely want one to clean up after my German Shepherd. There is the higher end $450 model One S5 and the one pictured above is the more affordable $280 iFloor 3 Breeze model. The higher end model has 2,400 ratings, 4.4 stars and an A on Fakespot. The more affordable one has 23,000 ratings, 4.5 stars and a B on Fakespot. Based on the reviews, the battery for the cheaper one does not last as long. Here are some reviews for the pricier model. “My floors were just cleaned 3 days ago with my Bissell Crosswave. The dog had spotted the floor with some drool so I thought I would test out my new S5. Well, I tried it on auto for the main part of the floor, and on max for the drool areas, and it pulled up a ton of dirt from the floor. I was amazed.” “I have a dog who fur sheds like crazy and she tracks in dirt. I would mop and vacuum and it still felt sandy. But after one mopping holy cow what a difference. It doesn’t feel sandy anymore.”

Suction cup metal-look hooks to upgrade your space without damaging the walls

From CB: These classy hooks apply with suction to smooth walls and with an included adhesive disk to wood or porous walls. You get two in a choice of four different plastic metal-look finishes for under $19. They’re waterproof and rust proof. They would be a great addition to a bathroom, bedroom or anywhere you need extra hanging storage. Plus they’re so much nicer than command hooks. These have almost 3,000 ratings, 4.5 stars and an A on Fakespot. People say they’re easy to install, stay stuck to the wall and look great. “I have one of these on either side of my shower glass (so you can’t see from either side that there is a suction component). It fits seamlessly in my modern matte black bathroom and has held up for a month on both the wet and dry sides.” “This hook adhered to our shower tile perfectly. The directions were simple and gosh it looks like an expensive hook we bought for our former home that was way more expensive and had to be installed by our tiler.”

Facial towelettes for clearer, softer skin

From CB: These facial towelettes by Clean Skin Club are a soft, hygienic alternative to washcloths and towels, which can harbor bacteria. You can cut them to use them more than once and they’re gentler than paper towels and safe for sensitive skin. You get 50 towels for under $18. These have over 11,00 reviews, 4.7 stars and a B on Fakespot. People say that they’re great at removing makeup and leave their skin soft and healthy. “I wasn’t sure if these we’re truly necessary but after hearing 2 different aestheticians recommend them I knew I needed to try. I’ve had my box for about 6 weeks and have only needed to use half of them. They are so big and so great at absorbing water that I can get 1-2 uses out of half of a towelette. It seems silly to say that my face does truly feel shockingly more clean after using one of these vs. a wash cloth to simply dry the water from my freshly washed face but it actually does!” “This item is great for travel, sensitive skin, make-up removal, and overall health of the skin for your face.”

A makeup organizer you’ll wish you bought sooner

From Hecate: I had to replace the dresser that held my makeup drawer so I took the opportunity to reorganize my makeup. I wanted something very specific for my makeup brushes and found it and have to admit, I am very pleased. I wanted something that I could put my brushes in at a slant so I could see them easily but they’d fit in the new, shallower drawer. I found this little 7.6″D x 4.1″W x 9.6″H organizer that has the slanted spot for brushes and palettes. I only bought one but I’m considering a second for my liners and blushes. it’s just a really handy little piece and not only does the the slant help fit in drawers, it makes it easier to access the items. One unit normally costs $15 but they are on sale for $12. This one is rated with 4.6 stars, but not many people have reviewed it. However, those who have said really nice things about it, “This little organizer can be used in a lot of ways. I use another one for organizing my desktop items as you can see in the picture.” One note, it does only hold thin palettes, “It holds lots of stuffs, my lipsticks , brushes, makeup pencils, etc. however it only fits my slim eye shadow palettes.” But it’s small enough you could fit a second organizer for larger palettes.

A vibrant and versatile eyeshadow palette for you or mom

From Hecate: Since I have a new makeup drawer, now I want new makeup! And look at that, NYX Professional is having a sale just in time for Mother’s day. They have five beautiful palette to chose from, normally $18, but this week some are on sale for $13.And you can save even more if you want to do their subscribe and save option. Each palette comes with 16 shades, both matte and glitter. I’m in trouble because I kind of want all of them. I really like the Utopia colors, though. Also, NYX is not tested on animals. Over 31,000 people rated these eyeshadows with 4.6 stars. People love how the colors hold up, “SO pigmented!! These pallets have never failed me- the pigments have always been amazing.” And they’re constructed well too, “Love the texture and richness. Easy to apply and lasts all day long.” People also love the variety and durability.

Comfy fancy slippers for mom

From Hecate: You cannot go wrong with slippers for mom on Mother’s Day. I know it’s cliché, but opening a good pair of fuzzy slippers on a Sunday morning is a lovely thing. These are not only fuzzy, they’re fancy too. And they come in a dozen color options so you can get just the right choice for your mom. Not only does the sole have faux fur, there’s memory foam underneath so these are guaranteed to be some of the most comfortable slippers ever. And not too hot for this time of year because they are slip on not not full shoes. Normally they run almost $30 but they are on sale for $23 and Amazon is offering an additional 10% coupon. Plus they’ll get to you in time for Mother’s Day. Over 31,000 people gave these 4.6 stars and Fakespot gave them a B. These are super soft, “The first time I put them on, I could feel my whole body relax because they felt SOOOO good! OH MY GOSH the texture!” Not just soft, but strong too, “Really happy with these slippers! The bottom sole is sturdy and thick, but the inside is still plush.”

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  1. LadyMTL says:

    I definitely want to try that ELF concealer. I’m in my mid 40’s and have hereditary dark circles under my eyes, and pretty much everything that I’ve used has either creased or worn off really quickly (and I’ve tried everything from Maybelline to Nars.) If this does the trick and it’s only $7 I’ll buy like…20 of them haha.

    • Whyforthelove says:

      I love the ELF Camo concealer it works great under the eye and on blemishes. I had no idea it could be used as an eye primer. Yes please! I can’t wait to try it! My one advice is a little goes a long way.

    • ClaireB says:

      @LadyMTL, if your undereye circles are dark, you might want to try ELF’s Camo Color Corrector in peach or orange (depending on your skin tone). It’s only $4, and the peach color does a great job of canceling out some of the blue/purple darkness. You can cover over it with a concealer after, but I use it alone and really like it for such a cheap price!

    • mellie says:

      I’m going to give it a try too….I’ve been using the Tarte concealer, but it is pricey. I found a girl on TikTok showing all the great beauty buys in Target and many of those were the ELF brand. I bought the primer spray and loved it. I’m going to get the concealer too!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I adore the Elf products immensely!! A little bit of a secret, as I am at 60, though I have combination skin, I always prep my under eyes and my eyelids with CeraVe Eye Repair Cream!! Allow it to set for 7-10 minutes and pat it with your ring finger as you dot it around and under your eyes. Allow it to sink in before you apply the Elf concealer. They also made a fabulous lip primer as well but I think that they have discontinued that product. I use so many of their products many of which out perform OleHenrikson, Dr. Gross and Kate Somerville!!

      • Whyforthelove says:

        Oh I have that product too thank you so much for the tip Bothsidesnow!

  2. Sandra says:

    I have two dogs who are 70lbs each. Its a lot of picking up. Can confirm those bags are amazing. Not too difficult to open which is always a pain for me. I’ve never had one tear or rip open.

    They even have a sticker on the fourth to last bag letting you know there are “three bags left!” in the roll, which is much more helpful than I expected/

  3. HeyKay says:

    That is a costly wet/dry vac.
    I’d like to try it but $400+ is not doable for me.

  4. DINK 4 life says:

    Would love it if you mix up your product recommendations and also include higher end items. I appreciate you’re mindful about providing budget conscious suggestions, but some of your readers have disposable income (child-free and double income here) and would welcome higher end recommendations.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I completed understand your spot. I too had many years in which I couldn’t afford a majority of skin care products, or household, as they were simply too expensive!!! Going to school as a divorced mom of 2, working full time really caused some hardships.

      A recommendation that I may make, is if there is a product you want, you can Google for the dupe. You can look on Facebook marketplace or Poshmark for brand new and still sealed products. I have had more luck of Poshmark but I use them mostly for clothing. There is also ThreadUp too!!

    • Nicole says:

      Lifelong dark circles for me- the trick is a good corrector. For me a light peach works best but it depends on the shade you are neutralising. In general lighter skin tones would use a pinker bisque, medium peach- dark peach and darker skin tones a more orange.
      Bobbi brown makes great correctors:

  5. Dee Dee says:

    I have the cheaper Tineco wet vac, and I love it. We have two dogs that we need to clean up after.

    Easy to clean because all these tools require some maintenance. I’ve had mine for about a month and a half now, and I didn’t know there was a more expensive one. My interest is piqued.


    • Celebitchy says:

      Ooh that is promising! Which specific model do you have (there are three at that listing that’s cheaper) and how long does it hold a charge?

      • Dee Dee says:

        Tineco iFLOOR 3 Breeze Complete Wet Dry Vacuum Cordless Floor Cleaner and Mop One-Step Cleaning for Hard Floors

        It shows as $279 on Amazon right now.

    • pottymouthpup says:

      @Dee do you know if it’s safe to use on Luxury Vinyl Plank?

  6. Nicegirl says:

    Yes to the ELF concealer. So good

    • BothSidesNow says:

      And some of their skin care products which I have found to offer better results as opposed the the pricier ones!!

  7. BothSidesNow says:

    Could Fox have chosen the two least liked people on the planet to host Beat at Shazam??? I imagine Cannon has a desperate need to support his 27 children, but Osborne?? Why????

    Though I do hope that Jamie Foxx recovers quickly and returns in good health!!

  8. alsf says:

    Does anyone have an opinion on at-home workout bar type things? More for temporary home gyms, like only a month or two. I am a teacher, so I am often away from home for summer, but I don’t want to lose all my strength training effort results.

    Something like this, does it work to help you maintain muscle?