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.


Conair Dry Shampoo Porcupine Brush


We love dry shampoo, but not so much the chalky residue it leaves on our favorite hairbrush. This clever hair tool holds a travel-sized bottle of Batiste dry-shampoo in the handle and has a “flexi head” porcupine brush on top that conforms to your head shape so it evenly distributes the spritz on your strands.

To buy: $8; target.com.

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Hotlift Microwave Helper


Just place any bowl or plate on top of this device and microwave. It’s made of silicone, so it won’t conduct heat, meaning it will be cool when it’s time to pull it out, even if the dish your food is in is scorching hot. 

To buy: $15; bloomingdales.com.

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Couchlet USB Extender Outlet


Plugging in your phone and sitting on the couch shouldn’t have to be mutually exclusive. This genius extender connects into your regular wall charger and provides six extra feet of cord length—so you can scroll through Instagram during commercial breaks with ease.

To buy: $15; containerstore.com.

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Magisso Soap Droplet Liquid Soap Dispenser


Who says your soap dispenser has to be an eyesore? This sneaky square is the most inconspicuous one we’ve found. Just suction to your counter, press down, and the perfect drop of detergent is dispensed.

To buy: $15; amazon.com.

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The POREfessional Pearl Primer


We call the original POREfessional “a bottle of Photoshop” and this new rendering of the beloved silicone-based primer delivers all the same pore-disguising coverage, but with an added pearly glow.

To buy: $31; sephora.com.

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