6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Phone Case


Front-facing camera fans, rejoice! This hard-shell cover with a built-in arm extension helps you capture the perfect por
trait anytime—without the 
extra equipment.

To buy: $50, flipitcase.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Makeup Academy Pro Makeup Correcting Pen


Swiftly sweep away eye-makeup smudges and 
lipstick smears with this do-it-all correcting pen. If the tip gets dirty or dries out, replace it with one of the three extras included 
in the clear cap.

To buy: $8, cvs.com.

Photo by Ralph Smith

Evolving Baby Bottle


This 100 percent 
stainless-steel bottle has interchangeable silicone tops that grow with your 
child from infancy to toddlerhood.

To buy: $18, purastainless.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman


Light-Up Laces


The days are getting shorter, but that shouldn’t affect your exercise routine. Thread these LED-speckled laces into your sneakers for extra visibility during runs and walks.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions


Run these Kleenex cushions (yes, Kleenex!) under water to activate the frothy, papaya-infused cleanser. Massage the smooth side over skin for a gentle wash, or use the nubby side as an exfoliator.

To buy: $10 for 12, target.com.

Photo by Ralph Smith

Bug and Weed Identifier


If a critter is destroying your vegetable garden, select the season and region and this free app points to what you're dealing with. Still stumped by what's buzzing about in your kitchen? Just take a picture and an expert will help identify it

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