36 Ways To Make It Look As If You Really Tried This Morning

36 Ways To Make It Look As If You Really Tried This Morning

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Give your favorite suede booties some serious TLC (and make ’em looking brand new) by way of this four-sided cleaning brush, which will make annoying scuff marks and salt stains all but vanish into thin air.


This brush has a welt surface, nylon bristles, an arched half circle brush, and a protruding brush that lets you clean different kinds of suede with no harsh rubbing or scrubbing required.

Promising review: “BUY THIS THING! I got mud of my new suede boots and thought they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years now, and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. This is absolutely worth getting!” —Gaby Scott

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


Tame baby hairs in a jiffy with this plant-based gel cream, which ought to tame the pesky flyaways that no amount of brushing can get rid of. The best part? This formula is non-greasy, completely transparent, the mascara wand makes it super easy to apply, and will make your ‘do look more polished with basically no effort required.


Promising review: “I have super fine hair with lots of breakage and no matter how I put my hair up, I have bad fly aways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray.” —Jill Stilfield

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


Banish blemishes, redness, and dark circles to the pits of Hades with this vegan and cruelty-free Covergirl concealer. It’s designed with an ~extra large~ applicator that tackles pimples, redness, and dark circles with just one swipe (AKA is quick). If you’re looking to avoid the painstaking step of foundation, this formula provides a full coverage finish that is both lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.


Promising review: “Not only is the packaging of this concealer cute and classic, but it also provides really great coverage. You only need to use a little bit to get great coverage, the applicator is great, and I don’t have any problems with creasing (although I don’t have any fine lines either). If you’re wanting a concealer similar to expensive brands but at a drugstore price, you’ll like this!” —Kayla Williams

Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in 30 shades).


So the eyes aren’t the window to the soul, it’s actually your brows. This cruelty-free Elizabeth Mott brow gel has a pomade formula to keep your brows in place while subtly filling them in, immediately giving your ensemble an air of ~I am put together can’t you see my brows look good~. The best part? It’s so easy. No expert drawing skills required (unlike your regular brow pencil).

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Promising review: “So incredibly happy with this. It’s incredibly easy to apply (I have to really wipe my wand first, though, or else it’s too thick) and the color blends in SO well with my natural color. It gives my eyebrows JUST the right amount of attention; not too much, not too little. Just killer, natural, beautiful brows!” —Monique French

Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in four shades).


For a touch of added height and a more ~dressed up~ appearance, say hello to these wedge booties. These won’t make your feet ache at all (not one bit) and truly combine the best of both worlds: comfort and style.


Promising review: “My goodness, I could seriously wear these shoes all day long! They are fabulous! They don’t squish my toes or the sides of my feet, are easy to walk in, and they don’t rub my ankles. Plus, the neutral color is great because it matches with everything.” —Kacie D.

Get them from Amazon for $18.28+ (available in sizes 5-12 and in 22 colors).


Fake fancy blowouts with a Revlon one-step dryer (because you do not have the patience for balancing a blow dryer *and* a round brush for extended periods of time). This easy-to-use tool promises a quick salon-quality, shampoo commercial-worthy mane and all you’ll have to do is, well, brush through your hair. *patiently waits for royalty check*

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Promising review: “I’ve been dreaming of a brush that does what this brush does since I was about 10. I love it! It is so fast and now replaces my daily routine of throwing my wet hair into a bun. It now takes me less than 10 minutes to completely dry and style my hair, and it gives me that bouncy blowout look. This is the best 50 bucks I’ve ever spent.” –Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $37.75.


Opt for a pair of skinny jeans available in a dark wash, the kind that will immediately help you *look* put-together even if you rolled out of bed a mere five minutes ago. Bonus points: This particular pair is made from a soft, stretchy denim that will make even your leggings feel inadequate.


Promising review: “These jeans are extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchy. They feel like jeggings when you wear them but look to others like regular jeans! They are a great, inexpensive, basic pair of jeans that you can wear with anything.” —KaylaDB

Get it from Nordstrom for $39 (available in sizes 24-34).


Upgrade your lash game with a clump-free, smudge-proof Essence mascara. One coat gives you the whole “your lashes but better” look, but two coats? Everyone will just assume you’re wearing falsies. It’s that good.


Promising review: “I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an 8 hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy…and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!” —Carrie E. Miller

Get it from Amazon for $3.74.


Enlist the help of Touch In Sol primer, which uses green tea extracts to energize your complexion, blur pores, mattify excess oil, and offer light coverage (#goodbye redness) with same amount of effort required for a moisturizer. This is the perfect step one for a full-face routine consisting of concealer and foundation, but is also great to slather on when you’re pressed for time and want a bright, dewy, and even canvas.


Promising review: “I have been searching for years for a good makeup primer that will help combat my oily skin and large pores. I read a bunch of reviews for this primer and decided to give it a try. BEST decision ever. This primer goes on so smoothly and fills in my pores perfectly. I let it sit for a few minutes before putting on my makeup which I think helps (could just be me). I would highly recommend this primer for anyone with oily skin…it’s a lifesaver and a steal for the price!!” —Sarah Rose

Get it from Amazon for $12.51.


Is your hair dirty? Sure! Fine! But if you throw it up in a ponytail and tie it up with this patterned scarf, the world will remain oblivious to the last time you showered (you’ll even look, dare I say it, trendy).


Nothing can compare to the power of a bold red lip: It truly has the ability to take a casual outfit and turn it into a total power suit. This cruelty-free wet n wild liquid lipstick is a fab option because it glides on like butter, lasts all day long, won’t bleed, and costs about the same amount of $$ as your cup of morning coffee.

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Promising review: “For the price, this product is amazing. I tested it to see if it would hold up at least during pictures for my wedding, so put it on first thing in the morning. I was super pleased that I only needed to touch it up once after I ate – to be expected – which was HOURS after I put it on. I tested pressing my lips against my hand, drinking from a glass and using a straw, and it didn’t rub off on anything. It’s a bit drying but the color was very vibrant, and didn’t fade or chip throughout the day, which is a problem I’ve had with other brands of long-lasting lipstick.” —Alex

Get it from Amazon for $2.69.


Avoid expensive trips to the cleaners and banish wrinkles to the pits of HECK with this Downy wrinkle release spray. Not only will it make that white tee look 1000x more crisp, it also eliminates odor if you’ve just sourced said shirt from the bottom of your hamper. (Which I never do hahahahahha.)


Just spray a bit of this spray onto a piece of clothing, lay it out for a few moments to dry, and BAM! The wrinkles will have all but disappeared.

Promising review: “I purchased this because my husband does our laundry and he has no concept of taking our clothes out of the dryer before wrinkles set in. I was skeptical about it at first, but it actually works! I used it on a t-shirt and boom, the wrinkles came out.” —Kindle Customer Jackie

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.60.


Throw on a pair of tiered chandelier earrings, which have the witchy ability to turn unintentionally ripped jeans and a wrinkled white tee into an ensemble suitable for champagne and caviar feasts.


Promising review: “I am absolutely loving these earrings!! They are the perfect statement earrings to spice up any outfit and are truly stunning!” —Mallery King

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


For a fantastic dose of ✨ sparkle ✨ that feels like luxury at first swipe, break out this Stila liquid shadow. The formula itself is ultra blendable, lasts all day, and the shade options are both shimmery and stunning…but the best part is how easy it is to apply! Simply swipe, blend, and that’s it. It looks like you put in a *ton* more effort than you actually did.

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Promising review: “BEST GLITTER SHADOWS ON THE MARKET! I have five colors and all are gorgeous, it’s surprisingly blendable for a liquid, and there’s glitter fallout. The formula itself is great, stays all day, and you don’t have to worry about using glitter primer.” —Kaytlen

Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in 14 colors).


Plain black leggings? Your old high school gym tee? Fancy it up by way of a structured blazer, here to make it look like you put actual effort into your appearance this morning. Snooze? Never heard of it.

Forever 21

Get it from Forever 21 for $12.50 (originally $25, available in sizes 1X-3X and in three colors).


You may not have washed your hair this AM, but no one needs to know. This Hair Dance powder dry shampoo is especially great at vacuuming up grease and adding body for a clean-looking, voluminous mane. Pro tip: If you add some into your roots before bed, you’ll wake up with a completely refreshed scalp that looks like it was shampooed five minutes ago (…as opposed to five days ago).


This vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo doesn’t contain any talc, parabens, or baking soda (hooray).

A personal note: As someone with thin, greasy, flat hair, I can confidently say that powder dry shampoos are so much better than aerosol ones. Like, they actually make your hair look freshly-washed.

Promising review: “My hair is ALWAYS oily at the roots and aerosol cans of dry shampoo make my hair stiff, but this stuff…this stuff is amazing! Adds volume, doesn’t completely dry out my hair, and does not leave residue or build- up (I have black hair so this is very important). Also, my hair smells super fresh after using it. Would give more stars if I could!” —Gabriela

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


Nip brassiness in the bud during your quick morning shower with this shampoo and conditioner set. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your ‘do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable + quick? Someone pinch me.


Promising review: “I only wash my hair once a week now (bless up, thanks dry shampoo), so when I do wash, I use this stuff. I just recently went ice-blonde, and this stuff does AMAZINGLY to keep my hair color nice and cool. I let it sit while I do shower things, like shave, exfoliate, dance party, etc. Then I rinse and repeat with the conditioner (more dancing and singing). By the time I’m done, I have had plenty of time, and the purple toner has done it’s thang. I get compliments on my hair constantly, and I attribute it to this stuff, keeping it gorg.” —Eemn83

Get it from Amazon for $20.80.


Obtain the ballerina bun of your dreams by way of these Goody hair pins — just one pin can do the work of up to *20* hair pins. How does it work, you ask? Just secure your hair into a ponytail, pull it into a super tight bun, spin the pins into place, and BAM! You’ve got yourself the perfect updo.


Promising review: “I’m a nursing student and have to wear my hair in a bun every day. I’ve tried all the bun makers, watched YouTube videos, and spend way too much time on getting my hair into a bun. I was able to make a pretty bun that was secure in under 30 seconds. I thought it was a fluke so I did it again, and then again. I just ordered two more packs because I know if I lose one of these, I’d have to tear the house down looking for it. I have hair to my mid back, and three of these worked perfectly for me. If I can get my hair in bun in under 30 seconds, trust me…anyone can.” —Tina

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.89.


Turn any bra into a no-show racerback with the help of these handy dandy adjustable clip holders. Long gone will be the days of —> put on shirt —> bra shows —> take off shirt to change bra —> put shirt back on again. Not to be dramatic, but these clips will change your life when you’re in a rush (which is always)…not to mention these will make any ensemble will look 10x more crisp without colorful straps peeking through.


Promising review: “My bra straps spend more time off my shoulders than on — but NOT ANYMORE. I was hoping something like this existed and when I found it, I was so happy. They’re as glorious as I expected them to be. These are life-changing.” —Amanda

Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.97 (available in six colors).


Enlist the help of a dual-ended eyeliner stamp because, IN SPITE OF YOUR BEST EFFORTS, achieving the perfect cat eye is hard: this easy-to-use tool makes it about 1000x easier. All you’ll have to do is cover the stamp in eyeliner, apply to your lashline, and your wing will be done in mere seconds — and everyone will assume that you spent a painstaking amount of time in front of the mirror to perfect it (the joke will forever be on them).

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Promising review: “I just want to make my morning routine as easy as possible. I love winged liner, but I don’t have the steady hand for it. This stamp makes a perfect, easy, and consistent wing every time! I love it.” —Julie B.

Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three colors).


Throw on this fitted turtleneck available in the only hue you’ll want in your closet: black. This ultra versatile piece may be plain, but it’s also mighty at quickly pulling together your look and won’t clash with anything at all. That’s right! Break out the patterned shoes you’ve yet to wear because you had nothing that “matched”.


Promising review: “Great top for a great price! This pullover top is as soft as can be, fits perfectly, and is very comfortable to wear.” —Chris

Get it from Amazon for $19.90 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in three colors).


The time has come to take your white kicks and give them a good scrub-a-dub-dub. This shoe cleaning kit will take even your saddest sneakers from grossly dirty to brand spanking new with just a few seconds of gentle polishing, and you’ll show up looking way more put-together because of it.


Just spray your shoes with the cleaner, grab the soft-bristled brush it comes with, give your kicks some gentle scrubbing — and that’s it! Your shoes will look like they haven’t visited about 809 dive bars throughout their lifetime.

Promising review: “You NEED this. It works amazing with just a small amount of cleaner and dampening the brush that is included in the set. I travel weekly for work and my travel sneakers were awful from the grungy airports, but with little to no effort, they are sparkling white again.” —Robby Tee

Get it from Amazon for $15.97.


Pair this cutout sweater dress with some booties and prepare yourself for a slew of compliments. This pretty little number is cozy (key word in sweater dress: sweater) but looks significantly more polished than your leggings.

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Promising review: “I got so many compliments on this dress! Like compliments from strangers, not your boyfriend telling you that you look nice. It fits as expected, is thick without being too sweater-y and the length is perfect. I’m so happy with this purchase!” —Kathryn T

Get it from Amazon for $13.81+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors).


The manicure you painstakingly complete today should not be chipped by *insert frustrated sigh* tomorrow. This Seche Vite base and top coat duo work in harmony to protect your nail beds from stains while also promoting a shiny, longer-lasting mani that won’t be ruined within .5 seconds of wear…meaning you won’t wake up to bed sheet smudges and won’t have to worry about chipping for basically an entire week.

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Promising review: “This set has been a game changer for great quality home manicures. Since using the base and top coat, I regularly get asked where I got my nails done and if they’re gel because they look so perfect! I do my nails on Sunday nights, and before using this set I’d usually be touching up chips by Tuesday night. With this base and top coat, they easily look great through Thursday and sometimes last the whole week.” —Ev

Get this set from Amazon for $10.49.


Invest in seamless Burlybands hair ties that won’t stretch, break, slip, OR damage your mane, plus will actually stay in place. If you have super thick locks that are nearing the end of their wash cycle, meet your tiny new soulmate — if your hair is particularly greasy, just swipe it up into a neat updo the world will remain oblivious to the last time you showered.


Promising review: “These are the BEST THINGS EVER!! I’ve never had a tie that I could wrap around twice — TWICE — and it literally stays in place all day. I have three of these and never lend them to anyone for fear of not getting them back. I’ll be buying more of these for sure!” —Mattie

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.


Work slacks: So professional-looking, so not what I want to wear when I feel like being comfortable. And that is where these high-waisted ponte knit leggings step in! They’re designed withpockets on the backside to make ’em look equally as dressy (+ thankfully a lot more comfy) than the pants you’re currently thinking of wearing.


Promising review: “I love these leggings! They are a good ponte weight legging with thick material that looks professional enough for my casual office workplace. I wish there were other colors.” —Chardrew

Get them from Amazon for $14.14+ (available in sizes 1X-7X and in three colors).


Create loose, voluminous curls with a Remington wand capable of doing the Impossible (yes, Impossible with a capital “I”). This miracle tool allows even the straightest of manes to hold the most beautiful beach waves: Just wrap your hair around the barrel, wait a few seconds, and you’re done! Minimal effort required. Several tears shed.

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This wand heats up within 30 seconds and has a 60 second automatic shut-off feature, meaning you’ll never have any midday did-I-turn-off-my-curler panics ever again. The barrel also comes in 1″ and 1.5″ sizes, heats up to 410°F (and can be adjusted), and has a ceramic coating for even heat distribution.

SIDE NOTE: I have been using the same Remington wand for about six (maybe seven) years and it is truly a gift from above. For reference, I have super straight, thin hair that usually can’t ever hold a curl, but this helps me achieve a full head of beach waves in under 15 minutes.

Promising review: “I have had this for five years and it still works amazingly. I use it so much that people don’t know my hair is naturally straight, and I get compliments on it all the time. Honestly, I cannot believe how well this works and how long it’s lasted considering how cheap it is. I bought this on a whim (cause it’s only $20!) and it is one my greatest purchases of all time.” —madison

Get it from Amazon for $24.92+ (available in two barrel sizes).


Quickly touch up your brows with a Schick dermaplaning razor, a tool sent from heaven for people who are done with the pains of plucking and the expense of waxing. This quickly rids stray brow hairs and unwanted peach fuzz (while ridding your complexion of dead skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion), that way you know you’re beginning the day with perfectly-groomed facial caterpillars that only took three seconds to tame.


And don’t panic! This tool is super gentle, so you don’t have to worry about accidental nicks and scrapes.

Promising review: “This is a 100% painless and incredibly easy alternative to waxing or plucking. A few quick swipes gets rid of peach fuzz and I never have to worry about breaking out because of it. Also, it doesn’t make hair grow back coarser or darker.” —Ellen R.

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.74.


Replace your boring black cotton leggings with Yummie faux leather shapping leggings to look très chic while also being très comfortable. Who tried to look trendy this morning? You of course! *nervous giggle*


I personally own and love these leggings. They’re super comfortable, aren’t see-through, and are def a welcome upgrade to my plain black leggings for when I’m trying to look ~slightly~ more dressy than usual.

Get them from Amazon for $59.12+ (available in sizes S-2X).


Swipe on this cruelty-free Stila color correcting serum; it’s packed with an impressive blend of15 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to deliver hydration *and* cancel out redness at the same darn time. Foundation? We don’t know her because we don’t *need* her with this product in our easy-to-use makeup arsenal.


Promising review: “I’m not normally someone who writes reviews…unless the product is really wonderful! And this product is absolutely WONDERFUL! I don’t normally spend more than 25$ (And that’s pushing it) for a product but I read some reviews and decided to give this a try. I was blown away the FIRST time I used it. I have very oily skin and while it doesn’t say that this Stila product combats oily skin, for some reason I stay matte for pretty much the entire day when I use it with a lot less shine. Plus, it gets rid of my red/pink undertones and when I use this product, I don’t even need to wear foundation. Completely evens out my skin tone. I’m comfortable with no makeup when wearing this. Plus, it only takes one pump to cover my entire face so this should last a while.” —Amanda B.

Get it from Amazon for $36 (available in three formulas).


Condense your many brushes into one product — specifically into a blending sponge. This squishy BB can be used for everything from concealer to setting powder, all while providing a natural finish that is (*IMPORTANT*) not blotchy. It truly blends everything to perfection so that you don’t have spots of cake-y, oompa loompa orange scatted across your cheekbones.


Promising review: “I absolutely love these! They’re soft, sturdy, very easy to clean, and blend my makeup perfectly. My makeup doesn’t look caked on and the sponge doesn’t absorb product like many of the blenders I’ve tried before (and I’ve tried a lot). I’ll definitely be buying more!” —lupe

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.


Wake up with ready-to-go hair by sleeping in these flexible curling rods, which are pros at giving you the perfect waves and you won’t have to a) subject your ‘do to any more heat damage, and b) mean that doing your hair will take literally no time at all. Just remove the rods and voila! Perfect beach waves.

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Just wrap individual sections of hair around each rod, spritz with some hairspray to ensure a longer hold, go to bed, and THAT’S IT! Remove the rollers after your morning coffee and your hair will be set for the day.

Psst, do you have straight, thin hair and are assuming these won’t work for you? Well you are WRONG, because even reviewers with straight and thin hair swear by these things!

Promising review: “These things are AWESOME. I have very long, fine/pin-straight hair and these curlers give my hair so much bounce. Since I wash my hair every other day, I use these when my hair is dry and leave them in overnight. I was expecting my hair to look like a frizzy poodle mess…but no. Just perfectly wavy curls (although I did brush the curls out a bit with a round brush because I don’t personally care for perfect ringlets). The results are awesome!” —Brianna

Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $11.99.


Hide a bad hair day (and look trendier than thou) with this adorable straw fedora hat. Will everyone be asking where you bought this? Absolutely, so prepare to say “Amazon” at least 900 times when you wear it.


Promising review: “Y’all! This hat is everything. Such good quality for the price. I got the white one; it’s super cute and flattering, and the brim is the perfect size to not be uncomfortable if you’re laying out on a beach chair. I want to get one in every color now! The best part is that there’s a tie inside the hat to make sure it’s adjusted to your head perfectly, meaning no wind will blow it off. Love! My favorite new addition to my wardrobe.” —jovie

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 20 colors).


Make an old sweater look like new with a Conair fabric defuzzer, here to get rid of accumulated lint and pilling within minutes. Have you already washed and worn this top 98 times? The world will never know because it looks as if you just plucked it off the shelves of a ritzy boutique store.


Promising review: “I don’t know how I’ve lived 34 years without this product! It’s a total game changer. I just de-fuzzed every piece of clothing I own, and loved every minute of it! I specifically sought this product for my very expensive Lularoe addiction, which I found were getting rather pilly after only a few wears, and everything is like new again!” —Jessica Grzeskowiak

Get it from Amazon for $11.87 (available in seven colors).


Enlist the help of this leather cleaner to save your favorite purse from looking like it’s been worn approximately one million times (even if it has, in fact, been worn one million times). This easily gets rid of surface stains and thankfully doesn’t require a ton of elbow grease.


Promising review: “This cleaner took off years of jean stains on my leather purse. I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t require a couple hours of constantly rubbing circles with the cloth to get my purse looking like this, but just turn on a movie and get to work. I’ve tried other cleaners and nothing has ever worked this well.” —Bailey

Get it from Amazon for $13.58.


Create the *chef kisses fingers* perfect part with this pin tail comb. Long gone will be the days of zig zagging, criss crossing lines on your scalp that look as if the wind had no mercy.


This comb is also great for people with thin hair! If you want to tease your mane a bit for extra volume, this is the perfect tool to do so.

Promising review: “Love this comb! It’s good quality and helps me get that perfectly centered part every time. The metal end helps me keep it in line with my nose, and the little cover it comes with is nice, too, because it keeps the pointy part covered and safe while not in use.” —Hanna

Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

Me after my 100th consecutive day of relying on dry shampoo:


The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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