6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Cutex Twister


Dip each finger into the Cutex Twister to remove polish in one fell swoop. Then use the built-in nubby brush to scrape off any stubborn remnants. (Glitter, that means you).

To buy: $5, target.com.

Photo by Emily Kinni

Penguin Cool Coolers


Perfect for summer camp, these arctic ice packs, which come in four bright colors, are designed to fit into nearly any size lunch box.

To buy: $8, containerstore.com.

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Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer


At-home manicures just got handier. This buffer fits snugly in your grip, so it’s easy to use all three sides: the gritty exterior for filing, the smooth surface for shaping, and the cushioned lining for a shiny finish.

To buy: $6, cvs.com.

Photo by Jens Mortensen


Perfect Watermelon Slicer


Although it can be used to prep a variety of fruits and veggies, this round slicer is designed to core and cut melons up to 25 pounds.

To buy: $10, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Sephora Collection Hide and Sleek Skinny Cheek Contour and Foundation Retractable Brushes


Housed in slim compacts to protect the bristles, these brushes are plush, precise, and practical for travel. The angled tip makes applying bronzer foolproof; the rounded version blends base seamlessly.

To buy: $16, sephora.com.

Photo by Ralph Smith

Real Simple Podcasts


In case you missed it, Real Simple launched four brand-new podcasts to simplify every aspect of your daily life—they cover relationships, cooking, etiquette, finance, and more. Do you need help in the kitchen? Tune into “Things Cooks Know.” For recent graduates navigating the “real world,” there’s “Adulthood Made Easy,” with go-to information on taxes, health insurance, dating, and more. For relationship troubles, listen to “The Labor of Love,” where experts examine all things domestic. And finally, Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop hosts “I Want to Like You,” a podcast that helps you deal with the annoying people in your life (Procrastinators! Drama queens!) with grace. Tune in to new episodes Monday through Thursday. Subscribe here (for free!)

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