6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
Not great at doing your eye makeup? These tubes will have everyone fooled. Swipe the buttery, pearlescent creams over your lids with the brush, then blend with your fingers for a modern, crease-free, one-and-done look.
To buy: $18 each; glossier.com.
d.stil 16-ounce Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler
Make caffeinating on-the-go a breeze with this tumbler, which can be opened single-handedly. (No more near-spills while trying to take a sip while your hands are full.) The insulated, stainless-steel tumbler fits in cup holders and keeps beverages cool or warm for hours.
To buy: $20; target.com.
CleverMade CleverCrates Collapsible Storage Bin
Storage tools, in use, are glorious; storage tools not in use are a hassle. Problem, solved: This crate breaks down into a thin rectangle when not in use but is still strong enough to hold up to 100 pounds when expanded. The crates (available in four colors) are also easy to clean, with large handles at either end for easy moving and rearranging.
To buy: From $25; amazon.com.
Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes
Craft delightful summer cocktails (or non-alcoholic refreshments) with these infused ice cubes, which blend herbs, bitters, fruit, and more for ready-made cocktails that only need a dash of liquor. Freeze a box, shake or stir a cube with your spirit of choice, and enjoy—no jiggers or measuring cups required. The custom concoctions’ flavors include peach cosmopolitan, watermelon and cucumber margarita, and old-fashioned.
To buy: $18 for a box of 12 cubes; herbandlous.com.
Shower shoes get an upgrade in these good-looking slides. Drainage holes in the bases mean you can trek through poolside puddles and campground showers without accumulating mini pools under your feet, slipping, or losing a shoe. Wear these—available in a variety of colors and designs—in public showers, gyms, steam rooms, dorms, and wherever else you want to keep your feet out of the grime.
To buy: From $22; amazon.com.
Ari & Elle
Give thoughtful, customized, and multi-part gifts in just minutes with Ari & Elle. The colorful app—through an automated personal shopper—asks questions about the recipient and occasion (plus your price range) and suggests gift boxes made up of various items that range from standard bookstore buys to high-end finds. Pick your box, type in the recipient’s address, and the gift is on its way, arriving within a few days—without you having to wrap a single thing.