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If you only think of QVC as a pit-stop on your late night channel surfing, you're missing out. This shopping network is actually a place where innovators sell their wares and often find their earliest audience.
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Some of the most genius products of our time have gotten their start on QVC: Spanx; It Cosmetics; Ring Smarthome—they all gained their early masses on the flagship shopping channel. QVC has long been the launching pad for products that amass a cult following and that shows no signs of changing. From problem-solving home goods to time-saving kitchen gadgets to cutting edge skincare, these items are beloved by repeat purchasers who become rabid devotees and leave glowing reviews. Here are some of our favorites that we think will help you revolutionize the way you live. If that claim is too lofty, we at least promise they'll make your life a whole lot easier.
1. A Dyson hairstyling dupe that’s making waves
Prepare to be blown away. This is basically the hair-styler of the future only it’s here now, in the present day. The CHI Ceramic Spin n Curl has gone TikTok viral for being a hairstyling tool that takes no aptitude, no effort, and almost no time to give you soft, romantic curls that are absolute perfection. The nitty gritty is that hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves. Presetting ensures this is a no-burn experience for your hands and ceramic heat technology makes for a no-singe situation for your hair. What you walk away with is bouncy, shiny curls with staying power that look everything like you were born that way and nothing like the disaster you ended up with on prom night.
2. A mop that cleans so deep it’ll have your head spinning
Hey, if you want to be the one emptying buckets of dirty water and squeezing out filthy mop heads, go at it. As for us, we are ready to be BFF’s with a power mop. A reviewer writes, “I don’t know how I lived this long without this! Will never use a normal mop again,” and we don’t think we would either. The dual spinning cleaning heads take out all the swishing, swashing, and elbow grease a regular mop requires, all the while giving your floors the deepest clean they’ve ever had.
3. A phone charger that sanitizes
Forgive us for telling you, but your cell phone is pretty nasty. How something so small can carry so many pathogens to make it 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat is beyond us, but what we do know is that baby needs to be sanitized. This device zaps all the nasties on your phone, earbuds, key fobs—and any other delicate electronics you may have—in a case that’s lined with nine UV-C lights. Pandemic pathogens don’t stand a chance! This twofer invention is also a wireless charger, for a super-fast juiceup. We like anything that gives us two products in one, and if one of the products might save us from COVID, we're sold.
4. A Magic Eraser for your makeup
Over 90,000 buyers can’t be wrong. These super-soft towels are like magical erasers for your most stubborn makeup. Ditch the heavy balms and harsh cleaners. All it takes is water and suddenly your stubborn eye-makeup, pore-clogging foundation, concealers—you name it—are swiped away by these plush, microfiber, 100 percent machine-washable cloths. As one user says, “I will NEVER wash my face with any other face towel. It feels like velvet gently rolling over my skin pulling up whatever is on the surface!” Your skin will feel super-clean without any drying cleansers and it will cut your nighttime routine in half. If you’re someone who loathes washing their face at night but has been hearing for eons how it’s one of the most important steps in skincare, this product will revolutionize your nighttime routine.
5. A smokeless grill for indoor BBQing
The weather outside may be frightful, but grilling is always delightful! Bring the BBQ indoors with this smokeless grill. It fits on your counter but is large enough to cook burgers for a family in minutes. For healthy meals with those satisfying grill marks, this bad boy is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. One reviewer says, “I have left my outdoor grill to rust since I got the indoor grill. You get the same great taste in your meats from the indoor grill as if you were grilling outside. It’s the best kitchen appliance I have.” We do feel a little bit bad for the neglected outdoor grill but when you have an all-season, dishwasher-safe replacement, it’s hard to compete!
6. An insulated bottle that defies physics
This vacuum-sealed bottle may look cute, but it is not messing around. The adorable and whimsically-designed S’ip by S’well makes some pretty lofty claims—but somehow lives up to all of them. It keeps your water ice-cold for 12 hours (a claim that I inadvertently tested when I left it in my car for five hours during a midsummer California heatwave—this bottle is for real). What's equally impressive is it's just as adept at keeping drinks warm in the dead of winter—a claim few other insulated water bottles can make.
Made from food-grade stainless steel with BPA-free plastic, you can feel safe carrying your water in it all day long. And there are so many cute styles and colors you’ll want one for every member of your family (and maybe a two for yourself).
7. A stealth smell eliminator
Stop poo smells before they take over? Genius! Instead of masking the nasties with an “air freshener,” this uses natural essential oils to trap the odor beneath the water of the toilet bowl. It’s like number two never happened and instead of a stink, you end up leaving the room smelling like a daisy (or, in this case lavender and vanilla).
8. A "stick of butter" that moisturizes like no other
Rose Apothecary brought this brand to fame. But while it first made its mark in the little town of Schitt’s Creek, its products—in particular the Goat Milk Stick of Butter Duo—is impressing people the world over. This ingenious, deep-penetrating product is solid in the tube but comes out to instantly moisturize as it touches your skin—making it a perfect, on-the-go moisturizer, especially when we are all vigorously washing our hands and rubbing them with drying hand sanitizer. This clean, chemical-free beauty product can be used anywhere from the heels of the feet to the lips to the eyes. And if your makeup routine has taken a hit since we’ve all been confined at home, a low-maintenance beauty tip is that a little dab of this works as a lo-fi highlighter.
9. An eyeliner that gives a steady hand
We stand by the fact that there is nothing cooler than a glamorous sweep of liquid liner—and there are few things more difficult to master. Whether you’re trying to access your inner starlet or rock icon, it’s best to have a steady hand. This pistol-shaped applicator is the answer to all of your eyeliner application woes. The container fits comfortably in your palm for a tug-free and steady application that lays down just the right amount of product for the sexiest swoop.
10. A low-stress baby feeding set
This baby feeding set is beautifully and sustainably made from organic, biodegradable bamboo with colorful silicone detailing. What makes this set so smart is the air-tight, lock mechanism on the bottom of the bowl that activates when pressed onto a hard surface, making for a sturdy, stay-in-place dish that ensures a no-mess mealtime. We also like the mini compartments that keep food separated for tiny discerning palates (and colossally short tempers). The spoons are a perfect size for kids who are transitioning to self-feeding and the tip prevents injuries for little hands and mouths that may still be working a bit on their aim. Because they are BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate free as well as hypoallergenic, you can rest assured that they are the safest option for your child.
11. For the pot that always boils over
They may say that a watched pot will never boil but it's basically a guarantee that as soon as you walk away it’s going to mess up your stove top. Your days of cleaning up after overflowing pots and sputtering sauces are over. These ingenious spill stoppers maintain the boil without allowing your cooking to spill over. Made from high-grade, BPA-free silicon these can withstand high heats and they are microwave safe, so you can also use them to save your microwave from cooked-on splatters. As if that wasn’t enough, they are multi-functional, do-it-all items that can also function as shallow steamer baskets, and once you’re finished with all that cooking, you can use them as a trivet. When you're done, toss them in the dishwasher—because a product this hard-working wouldn't dream of giving you grief when it's time to clean up.
12. A futuristic face resurfacing peel
Are you ready for a new face? Philosophy has pioneered the next-generation of at-home peels with a product that rapidly resurfaces the skin as it replenishes it with vitamin C—and it does so in under five minutes. Gone are the days of having to hide out for days after your skin peel. This revolutionary dual-phase, at-home treatment not only gives you smoother and more even-toned skin, it replenishes your epidermis with deep moisturizing ingredients and firming peptides. If years of sun-worshipping or living in polluted cities has gotten you down, this product will help you turn back the clock to face 2021 with brighter, firmer, skin. It’s the at-home skin-remedy of the future, only it's here! And we can use it now!
13. A guardian angel for your car
You’ll wonder why no one thought of this all-in-one guardian angel-on-the-go before! An air compressor, two-phone charger, flashlight, and one-button jump starter in one; this sleek little device does it all and—since it comes in cute prints and colors (including the manly black), it looks pretty stylish doing so. From a dead battery to low tire pressure, this little box will get your car going while the LCD display keeps an accurate eye on battery life. This all-in-one wonder takes all the guesswork out of jump-starting cars, even if you really know nothing about automotive maintenance or how to get your car started when the battery is out of juice.
14. A compact device that’s going to replace your weekly manicures
This unassuming little gadget may put your manicurist out of business. Believe us when we say that smooth, shiny nails that don’t require any polish or topcoat is something you can have without the tedium of endless buffing. This compact device uses revolutionary micro-mineral rollers that rotate 360 degrees to smooth away ridges and bumps, leaving your nails with a gorgeous, high-gloss, polish-free sheen—and it does it in no time. For about as much time as it’ll take you to get through an episode of The Mandalorian, you can have nails buffed to such a glossy sheen you’ll almost be able to check your makeup in them.
15. A no-waste single-serving coffee-maker
We love the single-serve coffee-maker idea, but we sure aren’t fans of the waste that comes from making coffee with a pod coffee-maker. This smart little gadget has all of the convenience of a pod-style coffee maker and, arguably, more. With this little number you can pick the exact brand and brew you want (hello, micro-roasters!) and it comes with a to-go tumbler to keep your coffee hot enough to take with you anywhere. It also comes in a cheery palette of colors so everyone in your house can have their very own. This is a particularly nice option when you happen to love a balanced medium to dark roast while your partner drinks ulcer-inducing rocket fuel. We’re speaking hypothetically, of course.
16. A stovetop smoker
Love the idea of smoked foods but have zero outdoor space? Meet that smoker set that’s here to change your flavor game. Transform the flavor of your meats, veggies, cheeses—you name it—with this easy-to-use stovetop pan. This set takes the mystery out of smoking food and makes it a cinch to start on what's sure to be your next pandemic cooking habit, whether you’re short on space or just want to tiptoe into the fine art of smoking. This compact smoker gets extra points for being oven-proof (up to 600°F!) and safe to use on all stovetops, and since it's dishwasher-friendly and a cinch to clean, you can feel free to experiment with all this set can do with zero cleanup-regret. Like so many items on QVC, this set is multi-purpose; this one can also be used as a steamer thanks to the included grid insert.
17. A nesting and locking food storage set
If spills are the bane of your food-storage situation, fret no more. This interlocking food storage set eliminates spills and keeps your food super fresh. The lids lock tight to the base of the container, so food can travel without you having to worry about spills. As one reviewer says, "Wow—what a difference!... I have heard the praises for years on QVC about how great LocknLock is, and after using this for all our Thanksgiving leftovers, I am a believer." These smart storage sets are glass-bottomed with BPA-free tops and they nest together for compact and easy storage. They clean up easily and are safe for the microwave, dishwasher, and even the freezer.
18. A game-changing multi-tasking primer
Maybe you never thought you were the type to join a cult, but you just may be tempted to become a disciple of IT cosmetics. It was hard to pick just one product from this groundbreaking beauty brand, but this collagen primer’s ability to multitask as both a makeup primer and a skin revitalizer has us floored. This one-and-done product is a true beauty breakthrough with nearly 500 5-star reviews. A luxe, concentrated, hydrating primer and serum in one, it’s made with niacin and lipid-rich oils that allows makeup to glide on for a super smooth look and keeps skin moisturized long after you’ve washed it off. If you’re looking for a game-changing beauty product, this is it.
19. A skin prep product to make your serums go the distance
If you’re a fan of K-Beauty you know that the “essence” step is, well, essential. Long before the K-Beauty trend had a name, Elizabeth Grant was making this ground-breaking product. This essence is a pre-serum that goes on after clean skin but preps your skin to better accept your serums. They use a proprietary sea kelp, torricelumn, which the developer discovered after her face was injured by shrapnel in WW2. Grant, a former makeup artist and developer of this product, thought her career was ruined until she consulted a chemist friend who recommended she use torricelumn to rejuvenate her skin and promote healing. The recommendation worked and the rest is skincare history. Now it’s used in this serum to help women banish fine lines and hyperpigmentation and deeply moisturize their skin.
The Elizabeth Grant product line, and this product in particular, is a grand dame of QVC’s skincare offerings. The brand went away for a while but it’s recently made a comeback to rapturous reviews.
20. The ultimate dust-busting set
Let’s bust some dust! No speck of dust is safe from this innovative microfiber dusting set. These cloths and extendable dusters with bendable heads trap dirt better than any other kind of material and they clear the dust in all of the hardest to reach places. Baseboards, ceiling fans, TV sets—all of your hardest to dust places can be tackled with this microfiber set. The set comes with an extension pole you can attach to a bendable duster for reaching the highest and hardest to reach spaces, and it even includes a couple of puppy fur towels to clean up after your furry friends and put dust bunnies in their place.
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