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44 Cheap Upgrades That Make Your Home Look Much Better in Under 2 Minutes




POV: you just got off the phone with your parents and they’re headed your way on a spontaneous weekend trip. Quick — you need to give your home a refresh that won’t break the bank. Amazon’s quick ship time paired with their seemingly endless supply of home goods is just the thing you need. I’ve made a list of 44 cheap upgrades that will make your home look much better in under two minutes. Time is of the essence!

First, let’s clean. I’ve included heavy-duty magic cleaning sponges that will remove dirt from anywhere. Walls, baseboards, countertops, and floors will shine after you’re done with these. Fix your sagging couch with the cushion inserts I included on this list and decorate with a few colorful throw pillows that are just as comfy as they are stylish. Don’t worry, all of these finds are inexpensive and require little to no installation.

Next — prep their bedroom. Swap out your old pillowcases for the luxurious satin ones I added here. Your mom will think they’re real silk. Touch up the scratches on their nightstands with my favorite wood repair kit that includes markers and wax crayons that hid imperfections and revive old wood pieces. I’ve included several outlet extenders (one even includes a shelf) so your parents will have plenty of places to charge their devices.

With the tools on this list, you’ll finish in time and under budget, with full confidence that you made sound purchases. These highly rated products are game-changers that will improve the look of your space in a snap.

The $12 Puck Lights With Adhesive Backs

STAR-SPANGLED Mini Night Touch Light (5-Pack)

These battery-powered push lights are Amazon bestsellers for how easy they are to use and install in your home. They instantly upgrade your lighting without spending a fortune. This five-pack is available in warm white or cool white lighting, with different finishes as well. Stick them anywhere with their strong adhesive backs.

A Modern Toilet Paper Holder With A Shelf

Songtec Toilet Paper Holder

In a small bathroom, details really matter. Dress yours up in a snap with this stainless steel toilet paper roll holder. It holds one roll of toilet paper and features a shelf for your phone or extra storage. The modern design is much better than the cheap plastic ones but just as inexpensive. It has an adhesive back that makes it simple to install.

These Adhesive Wall Mirrors To DIY Your Decor

OMGAI DIY Mirror Wall Sticker (30 Pieces)

Mirrors offer an affordable way to bring light to a space while decorating the walls. These mirror wall stickers come in a pack of 30 in five different sizes so you can customize the look in your home. They’re lightweight and have adhesive backs so you can easily install and readjust whenever you change your mind. At $7, what are you waiting for?

A Plush Cozy Rug For Just $30

Bedsure Shag Area Rugs

This plush rug is surprisingly affordable and brings a bit of cozy to any room. The shag microfiber is soft enough for kids to play on, and don’t worry, it’s low pile so it’s easy to clean. It has a non-slip bottom so you don’t have to worry about sliding or shifting. Choose from three sizes and three colors: gray, black or white.

These Modern Black Cabinet Pulls That Are Easy To Install

Ravinte Matte Black Cabinet Pulls (12-Pack)

Swap out your build-grade hardware for these matte black stainless steel pulls that are easy to install and low-cost. This 12-pack will transform your bathrooms, kitchen, or dressers. The sleek finish matches many decor styles — from industrial to farmhouse. The 5-inch pulls have earned more than 16,000 reviews and are also available in satin nickel and brushed brass.

The Garage Hardware That Instantly Ups Your Curb Appeal

Household Essentials Hinge It Magnetic Decorative Garage Door Accents

Give your home’s exterior a refresh in less than a few minutes, for less than $20, with this magnetic decorative garage hardware. This pack comes with four hinges and two handles, enough for a one-car garage. Using magnets, they stick to your garage door to add character and custom detail that’s impactful without being expensive.

These Silicone Gap Covers That Are Inexpensive

FLSEPAMB Kitchen Silicone Stove Counter Gap (2-Pack)

How many times has food or other items like your keys or the mail fallen through the black hole that is that gap between your kitchen appliances? Solve that problem in 30 seconds for just $7 with these silicone gap covers. Place the covers in between your stovetop and counters to create a barrier that seals in that space. Each set comes with two covers that are resistant to heat and can be cut to fit your area.

A Cheap Repair Kit To Quickly Revive Furniture

Katzco Furniture Repair Kit (Set of 13)

This furniture repair kit revives your older wood furniture or floors for less than $10. This set comes with six markers and six wax sticks, as well as a sharpener, to fill in holes and imperfections on wood. The pack features a wide variety of wooden colors from lighter oak to black. Just draw over the scratch and watch it disappear, leaving your wood looking brand new.

This Sponge Holder That Looks Better In Your Kitchen

ODesign Sponge Holder

This rustproof sponge holder is the stylish way to store your dishwashing tools. This sink caddy is made of stainless steel and features a small compartment, as well as a bar for drying hand towels. The entire caddy has a drainage system with a basin underneath so your countertop doesn’t get wet. The best part? It’s only $23.

A Q-Tip Holder That Looks Elegant On Your Vanity

Tbestmax Cotton Swab Pads Holder

This modern bathroom storage container is stylish, but serves a practical purpose: it keeps Q-tips or cotton balls organized on your vanity. You can load more than 150 Q-tips into the container by lifting the top lid and they conveniently dispense down below. For just $7, it makes your bathroom look so much better than the ordinary cardboard box your Q-tips come in.

This Toothpaste Dispenser With An Adhesive Backing

iHave Toothpaste Dispenser

Upgrade your toiletries with this easy-to-install toothpaste dispenser. It has an adhesive back so you just have to stick it to your bathroom wall. The hands-free dispenser is modern and hygienic, not to mention a total bargain, and it comes in three colors.

The Toilet Night Light That Requires Zero Installation

Ailun Toilet Night Light (2-Pack)

Midnight trips to the bathroom don’t have to mean stubbed toes as you fumble in the dark. Easily install this LED toilet night light and program it to one of eight colors for a fun and practical guiding light. It clips onto the side of the toilet, runs on three AAA batteries (which are not included), and come in a pack of two.

These Stick-On Vanity Lights To Upgrade Your Mirror

Waneway Vanity Lights

Dress up your vanity area with these stick-on LED lights. Each of the 10 bulbs has a self-adhesive back for easy installation, and the one-touch on/off dimmer switch supports customized illumination. These cool vanity lights have an adjustable dimmer and are great for highlighting your makeup application.

This 10-Pack Of Magnetic Hooks That Hold 22 Pounds

Neosmuk Magnetic Hooks (10-Pack)

Neatly keep your favorite cooking utensils nearby by hanging them on these heavy-duty magnetic hooks. Stick them on the side of your fridge to hold oven mitts, grill utensils, or even bags and keys. They hold up to 22 pounds and come in a pack of 10. These bestsellers are less than $9.

The Magnetic Spice Racks That Are Sleek

Thipoten Magnetic Spice Rack (2-Pack)

Utilize the rest of the fridge space with these magnetic spice racks. The matte black design is modern and clean and can hold six pounds. No need for tools since this has a heavy-duty magnet on the back. This pack of two shelves includes four removable hooks that can be used for hand towels and more.

An Over-The-Door Rack For Stylish Storage

NEX Over The Door Hooks Shelf Organizer

If you need a little extra storage but don’t want to sacrifice style, this over-the-door organizer is for you. It has two mesh basket shelves for storing lotions, face washes, and more, plus five hooks for towels. The brown alloy steel is modern and sleek and doesn’t require any installation — simply place it over your door.

These Decorative Curtain Tie-Backs That Are $10

TECVINCI Magnetic Curtain Tiebacks

Don’t just push your curtains open, tie them back with these magnetic curtain holders that keep them in place and add charming decor accents. Not only are they easy to use, but they’re also decorative with a modern spindle-shaped clasp and rope tie that’s stylish. This two-pack is just $10 and it’s available in 11 colors.

A Sink Attachment That Swivels 720 Degrees

AMENER 720° Swivel Sink Faucet Aerator

This reasonably priced faucet attachment takes any household sink to the next level by creating a 720-angel spray range. That means you can clean your entire sink, fill up buckets, or even drink from it like a water fountain, all by swiveling the attachment. It connects to most standard taps in your kitchen or bathroom and can be installed without tools. It has two sprayer modes: a soft bubble stream or a strong shower.

These Cheap Outlet Plugs To Make Your Home Smart

Kasa Smart Plug (4-Pack)

This smart home Wi-Fi outlet plug works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to connect your home for just $25. Plug anything into these outlets and control lights, appliances, or fans using just your voice or the free accompanying Kasa app. You can automatically turn electronics on and off or set appliances and lights on specific schedules to save money.

The Smart Bulbs That Are A Breeze To Set Up

Kasa Smart Light Bulbs (2-Pack)

Smart bulbs are convenient — you can turn your lights on, off, or dim them via your phone, even when you’re not home. And if you have Alexa or Google Home, you can control these bulbs with your voice. They’re super easy to set up — just screw in a bulb, download the app, and your home will immediately feel more modern.

An 8-Port Outlet Extender That Doubles As A Shelf

Allstar Innovations 8 Port Surge Protector Wall Outlet

Add a little extra counter space right where you need it with this affordable home outlet shelf that doubles as an outlet extender. They turn any ordinary outlet into a convenient stand for speakers, beauty products, or voice-activated smart devices and boast six AC ports and two USB ports. Use it in the kitchen, bathroom, or office.

These Satin Pillowcases That Feel Like Real Silk

Bedsure Satin Pillowcases

There’s a reason these satin pillowcases have earned more than 194,000 reviews: they’re wildly luxurious and shockingly inexpensive. They’re made of polyester satin, which is soft, smooth, and easier than silk to maintain. They create less friction than ordinary pillowcases, which can help prevent morning bed head. These cases have an envelope opening without an annoying zipper, plus this set is stain-resistant. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes.

This Set Of Throw Pillow Inserts To Replace Saggy Ones

Utopia Bedding Throw Pillows Insert (2-Pack)

Sagging pillows can distract from your beautifully styled living room. Swap out your throw pillow inserts with these fluffy pillows. This set has earned more than 82,000 reviews and a 4.7-star review. It’s pack with a plush polyester cotton material and comes in 10 sizes. Use them by themselves or cover them in your favorite pillowcase.

A Pack Of Cable Clips To Instantly Organize Your Home

OHill Cable Clips (16-Pack)

This pack of cable clips is the much-needed upgrade your home office deserves and you’ll be shocked at what an impact they make. Now you can keep your tech cords tidy with these 16 clips. Each one features a strong adhesive that easily and securely mounts to desks or walls without compromising these surfaces. This pack has earned more than 36,000 reviews.

These Decorative Throw Pillows To Dress Up A Space

Top Finel Decorative Throw Pillow Covers

Looking for an upgrade that will wow guests without hurting your wallet? This two-pack of pillow covers will revamp your living room or bedroom decor for less than $20, in a snap. Made of smooth velvet, they’re soft, cozy, and feature an invisible zipper that securely holds the inner pillow in place, plus each edge is sewed with adorable pom-poms. They are available in seven sizes and 23 colors.

The Budget-Friendly Shower Curtain That’s Durable

AmazerBath Plastic Shower Curtain

Avoid puddles of water in your bathroom with this crowd-favorite shower curtain liner. The waterproof solution is designed with heavy-duty clear stones that weigh the curtain down, creating a seal, and ensuring that all of the water stays in the shower. You can choose among a handful of colors and sizes, plus it is opaque, so you can use it on its own as a shower curtain. It comes with six metal grommet holes that look chic and make it easier to hang.

This Glass Soap Dispenser That Looks Chic

JASAI Clear Glass Soap Dispenser

Pour your hand soap into this beautiful glass dispenser for an instant upgrade that’s less than $10. The 18-ounce glass dispenser has a stainless steel pump that won’t rust and is easy to refill. Use it for hand sanitizer or dish soap in place of those branded plastic bottles they usually come in.

A Reed Diffuser That Looks Like A Bouquet Of Flowers

Cocodor Rose Flower Reed Diffuser

If you love essential oils but prefer to stay away from clunkier diffusers, you’ll flip over this beautiful reed diffuser disguised as a bouquet. The reed sticks come in an elegant transparent glass that looks great on a console table or nightstand. This $19 option includes five rattan sticks and a mixture of rose perfume. When the scent begins to weaken, just flip the reeds over.

These Wall Sconces With A Farmhouse Vibe

GBtroo Rustic Wall Sconces (2-Pack)

These rustic wall sconces are the farmhouse touch your home has been missing. For less than $25, these charming mason jar sconces add a farmhouse touch in minutes. They’re easy to install and come with LED string fairy lights that have a six-hour timer. The wrought iron hooks, wooden backdrop, and faux Japanese flowers create a simple, yet sophisticated decor piece for much less than you’d expect and they come in a pack of two.

A Box That Hides Unruly Cords

DMoose Cable Management Box

How can your home look its best with messy cords and cables contributing to clutter? This cable management box is the simple, affordable solution that conceals power strips and loose wires so you can see the room and not the accessories that make it come alive. The box comes in five colors and has an impressive 4.6-star rating.

This Magic Cloth That Removes Water Stains

Guardsman Water Mark Remover Cloth

Water stains are notoriously stubborn to get rid of, but this water mark remover cloth works like magic, lifting up these spots from wood tables and furniture. The cloth costs just $5, is reusable, and one reviewer reported that it is amazing (but requires patience): “After two seconds I was ready to throw it out. Then I continued. Maybe 1-2 minutes sometimes 4-5 minutes per water stain on my desk (it’s been manhandled the last 15 years) and voila. It was unbelievable.”

An Affordable Conditioner That Revives Leather

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner

Bring life back to your leather furniture or clothing with this leather honey conditioner. The formula comes in an eight ounce bottle and revives old or dried leather in your car, home, or closet. Just a small amount of this conditioner goes a long way and can protect your leather for up to six months. It has more than 32,000 reviews and a 4.5-star review.

The Outlet Covers With Built-In Lights For Cheap

SnapPower GuideLight (2-Pack)

Adding custom lighting to your home can be a huge investment, but these outlet guide lights are a budget-friendly solution — plus they have 11,000 reviews. This pack comes with two outlet plates that have a built-in light and don’t require batteries or wires. It snaps on easily without occupying one of your outlets.

These Blackout Shades That Are A Cinch To Install

Redi Shade Blackout Pleated Paper Shade (6-Pack)

The appeal of blackout curtains is widely known, especially if you value your sleep in the early morning light. But they can also be expensive and a pain to install. That’s where these cordless blackout pleated paper shades come in to pick up the slack — you’ll get six shades for $32, they block out 99% of light, and they can be installed without tools.

This Cushion Insert To Give Your Sofa Lift Again

SagsAway Cushion Insert

So you’d love to buy a brand new sofa but don’t have $800 to splurge on one? Hold that thought: this cushion insert is an under-$40 fix that gives your current sagging couch a much-needed lift for so much less. Insert the 1.5-inch thick foam insert inside of your couch cushion and you’ll notice an immediate improvement. It comes in three different sizes.

These Clear Closet Dividers For Instant Organization

CY craft Acrylic Shelf Dividers (Set of 4)

When your sweaters are collapsing into your bath towels, books, and boots on closet shelves it’s time to bring in some organizational magic. These acrylic shelf dividers provide just that by sliding effortlessly onto shelves and keeping items separate and neat. Each pack comes with four clear dividers, but you can also purchase them in packs of two, six, and eight.

An Aurora Borealis Light Projector For Ambiance

SOAIY Aurora Borealis Light Projector

Turn up the ambiance in any room with a simple flick of a switch. This unique aurora borealis light projector features eight different light projection modes and serves as a soothing night light or an equally soothing day light for when you want to change the mood of your space. It has a built-in speaker so you can connect it to a music source, with a remote control and convenient timer function.

The Under-Sink Organizer That Holds 40 Pounds For $25

Spicy Shelf Expandable Under Sink Organizer and Storage

Organize cleaning supplies, trash bags, or anything else you keep under your sink with this expandable shelf organizer. It has four legs and one shelf, with a unique design that thoughtfully accommodates your sink’s plumbing. The rack features four adjustable height options, plus you can adjust the width and depth. It holds up to 40 pounds and is a great solution to de-clutter your bathroom, kitchen, or utility space.

These Tough Cleaning Sponges For Less Than $10

STK Thick Magic Cleaning Pads

If you have tough messes, these extra thick magic cleaning sponges will get the job done. They are twice as thick as traditional cleaning sponges and are designed with melamine that is dense enough to clean but gentle enough for your walls and surfaces. You can use this sponge on surfaces as diverse as leather, marble, steel, walls, chairs, bathtubs — you name it. This pack of 20 sponges will keep you stocked and ready for when messes hit.

This Thrifty Slip Cover That Renews Old Furniture

PureFit Super Stretch Chair SlipCover

Hide all of those scratches and pulls in the fabric of your sofa without blowing your budget on new a whole new living room set. This stretchy slipcover simply slides right over your couch and provides a barrier for all of those outside sources of destruction (like your beloved pooch). It comes in three sizes and 21 colors.

An Electrical Outlet Cover To Minimize Clutter

Sleek Socket Ultra-Thin Electrical Outlet Cover with Outlet Power Strip

The benefit of a custom home is being able to strategically place outlets so they’re practical yet hidden — but that’s also a pricey endeavor. An inexpensive way to achieve that same result is with this ultra-thin electrical outlet cover and power strip. It covers your existing outlet and has an eight-foot cord so you can extend the power source wherever you need it. It has three universal outlets to achieve an uncluttered look for less.

The Decorative Grate For Dressing Up Your Air Vent

Decor Grates NKL Floor Register

Switching out your old, standard vent covers with these decorative grates is a thrifty way to make your home feel more grandiose. The steel-plated grates come in six high-end finishes and nine sizes to instantly elevate your home. They’re simple to install — just drop them into place. This $12 fix has earned more than 14,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating.

A Grout Pen To Cheaply Update Your Tile

Rainbow Chalk Markers Grout Pen White Tile Paint Marke

Give your bathroom an instant facelift without breaking the bank with this crowd favorite tool: a grout pen. Use this $12 marker to simply “color in” the grout between your tiles and wait 30 minutes for it to dry — your walls and floors will look brand new.

These Washable Seat Covers That Won’t Break The Bank

Turquoize Dining Room Chair Covers (2-Pack)

Whether you’re covering some out-of-style chairs or protecting your favorites, these stretchy seat covers will get the job done at a reasonable price. This set of two is made of high-density stretch fabric with a jacquard design that looks fresh and modern in any space. The elastic band on the bottom keeps it in place but comes off easily so you can machine wash it. Choose from 13 colors to match your room.


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Who Is Samuel Bottomley? ‘The Teacher’ Star Is a School-Based Drama Regular




Channel 5’s new thriller is going to be a challenging watch.In The Teacher, a Bradford high school teacher is accused of having a drunken encounter with a student. Starring Sheridan Smith as the troubled teacher Jenna Garvey, the four-part series will see the educator struggle to prove her innocence. But who is The Teacher star, Samuel Bottomley? The actor who plays 15-year-old Kyle, the student at the centre of the allegations.

The 20-year old actor may be someone you’re already pretty familiar with, appearing in a number of classic British school-based dramas. West Yorkshire-born, Bottomley notably starred as Jordan Wilson in Channel 4’s school drama Ackley Bridge from 2017, where he was challenged to portray his character’s abusive relationship with his father. He also played school bully, Dean Paxton, in the acclaimed musical comedy, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

The burgeoning talent made his screen debut aged nine years old, featuring in the BAFTA-winning film Tyrannosaur in 2011, alongside celebrated actor Olivia Colman. In the years since, Bottomley has continued making waves in movies, starring in Amazon Original’s “anarchic comedy” Get Duked! in 2019, which saw four teens embark to the Scottish Highlands for a weekend on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Bottomley’s considerable acting CV also includes features in Ghost Stories (2017) and more recently, in the TV series Ladhood.

The Teacher is Bottomley’s latest acting pursuit alongside BAFTA-winner Sheridan Smith, and it seems despite the series’ difficult themes, the actor rather enjoyed his time on set.

“It’s the first time we’d worked together but as soon as I met her, she welcomed me into the cast with open arms,” the actor said, per The Sun. “We sat down and talked about the characters and the scripts and she never let me feel too nervous,” he added. “We were messing around all the time between takes. Everyone had a really good time filming the series and me and Sheridan were always laughing and joking.

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‘And Just Like That’ Episode 9 Looks to Shop




All the best looks from “And Just Like That,” the “Sex and the City” reboot. They include overalls, cocktail dresses and more.

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16 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands That Will Become Your New Favorite




Lunar New Year — oftentimes called Chinese New Year — is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays across the Asian diaspora. Some of my favorite memories center around Lunar Near Year — eating sticky rice cake for breakfast, receiving a red envelope after kow-towing to my parents, and indulging in special Chinese dishes to usher in luck for the new year.

Historically, beauty brands have capitalized on Lunar New Year by offering special edition products (usually emblazoned in red and gold packaging). But Lunar New Year isn’t just a seasonal marketing opportunity. It’s a time for families to gather together, remember past generations’ sacrifices, celebrate how far we have come, and carry our traditions (both new and old) into a hopeful future.

This year, consider celebrating Lunar New Year by supporting these indie, Asian-owned brands and their founders who are paving the way for a more inclusive, equitable beauty space.

Skin Spark Blush Balm

Inspired by nature, founder Jason Lau makes the dreamiest blushes and glitter shadows with the intent of capturing the essence of a moment or an emotion to connect with a wider audience. The product textures are ultra lightweight with major payoff and lasting power, and flattering across a wide spectrum of complexions.

BYO Blush

Youthforia is all about making makeup more whimsical, skin-friendly, and, yes, euphoric. Fiona Chan was sick of coming back home late at night (or early in the morning) after staying out all night with her friends and falling asleep in her makeup, only to wake up with breakouts. She decided to make beauty products that she could sleep in — and thus, Youthforia was born. The BYO Blush and the new Pregame Primer were both personally sleep-tested by Chan — she swears they actually helped to improve her skin over time.

Loved for both its efficacy and affordable price point, Cocokind was created by Priscilla Tsai as a sustainable, transparent skincare brand that won’t break the bank. The brand is also dedicated working against anti-Asian hate, teaming up with Tower 28 to create an AAPI Advocacy bundle to celebrate the Lunar New Year and benefit The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

Known for its milky lip glosses (also included in the Cocokind x Tower28 Lunar New Year bundle) and eczema-friendly face products, Tower28 has gained major buzz since launch. Founder Amy Liu has worked for some of the biggest brands in the skincare game (ever heard of Kate Somerville or Smashbox Cosmetics?), but struggled with finding makeup products that wouldn’t irritate her eczema-prone skin. So, she made her own. Boss move!

Super 8 Vibrant Silk Lipstick

As one of the earliest AAPI beauty brand trailblazers, Jennifer Yen of YenSa Beauty had an untraditional path to beauty. She started her career out as a villain on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and became frustrated at the limited roles being offered to her, as well as how stage makeup was wreaking havoc on her skin. She founded beauty brands Purlisse and YenSa Beauty, both of which are heavily inspired by her Chinese heritage and based on the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.

Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Matter Of Fact

If you’re sick of your vitamin C serums oxidizing, feeling sticky, and smelling pungent, you’re not alone. That’s how former K-pop star Paul Baek felt before founding skincare brand Matter of Fact. Baek wasoverwhelmed and confused upon entering the beauty space to address his own skin issues, and resolved that there must be a way for skincare to be straightforward and simple. His determination led to a vitamin c formulation that retains 94.25% of its initial 20% ascorbic acid concentration after 16 months, according to the brand’s clinical trials. The result is a clear, light serum that brightens the skin, with none of the downsides of other vitamin C serums.

Cosmic Glow Oil

In 2019, Melissa Medvedich launched her indie brand Supernal on the Lunar New Year. Her Chinese grandparents instilled in her the importance of taking care of her skin, and Medvedich spent two years researching how to perfect her now cult-acclaimed Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum (every bottle is still handcrafted in small batches by Medvedich herself!). In honor of Lunar New Year and Supernal’s third birthday on February 8th, Supernal will be offering a mini Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum with every purchase on the Supernal website.

Good Light We Come in Peace Probiotic Serum

After an incredible career as a reporter, writer, and editor-in-chief of website Very Good Light, David Yi felt that the beauty industry was still lacking something — and thus, his skin care brand Good Light was born. The highly-curated skin care line offers clean, high-performance products (its Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion is an editor-favorite) with a mission to make the beauty space a more welcoming space for all.

Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask
Infused with green clay, this face mask will draw impurities out of your skin, leaving it hydrated. It’s best used on combination to oily skin.

Jina Kim started Circumference with the intention of combining her love of skincare with sustainable solutions. But Circumference has always veered away from greenwashing and vague claims of “clean beauty” — the brand is rooted in science, and has always been transparent about its sustainability efforts. Circumference lessens its carbon footprint while also optimizing its products efficacy by sourcing ingredients from plants raised happily in their native, bio-diverse environments.

Nail Artist Polish in Emma
Emelie Heath

As a Korean-American adopted by white Jewish and Christian parents, Emily Rudd struggled with finding her own identity, while also noticing how scarce the Asian representation was in advertisements and pop culture. Her search led her to brightly-colored comics, art, and beauty — and her nail polish brand, Emilie Heathe. The line is an amalgamation of all the places in her journey to self-acceptance, using Asian ingredients like bamboo, rice, and sea buckthorn to help strengthen the nails.

Inner Balance Serum
Strange Bird Beauty

Strange Bird Beauty was born from Tina Chow Rudolph’s desire to prioritize her own emotional self-care, while contributing to a future with more Asian representation in the beauty space so her daughter could see herself. The ingredients of Strange Bird Beauty, like ginseng and licorice root, have been used for thousands of years in Asian culture, and all of the crystal-charged products come with an intention to say aloud as you apply.

Texturizing Cream
Black Bean Grocery

Black Bean Grocery’s food-themed packaging transports you to Chinatown, modeled after the jars of traditional Chinese preserves lining the shelves of Asian grocers. Founded by Brandon Ly and James Bui, Black Bean Grocery’s product lineup seem to be mostly be volumizing and texturizing hair products, like a pomade, root powder (named after Chow Yun Fat), and a “Dai Lo” Styling Powder.

Nail Polish in No.13 Chili Pepper Red

Sundays Nailcare takes the therapeutic process of getting your nails done to the next level. The NYC salon is a soothing space without any pressure to socialize or talk if you’re having a low-energy mental health day. Founder Amy Lin also spent a year working with a chemist to formulate the perfect non-toxic nail polish formula that won’t chip for days.

Sound Renewal Moisturizer

Superegg’s name and concept is based off of the centuries-old Asian skin practice of using raw egg face masks to boost skin elasticity and brightness. Founder Erica Choi, a licensed esthetician and fashion blogger, decided to start her own business after working 10 years in the luxury beauty, fashion, and hospitality industries and seeing a need for a sustainable, luxury skin care brand rooted in Asian practices. The brand’s packaging is a standout, too — the moisturizer comes in a curved, egg-like shape, and Choi has pledged to work towards refillable packaging options by 2025.

Strangers Parfumerie
Yuzu Soda

Strangers Parfumerie is an indie perfume brand based out in Thailand. The owner and founder, Prin Lomros, created the line to capture whatever inspires him (be that his own memories, his favorite movies, or the music he’s listening to) through experimental fragrances — his fragrance Oliver is actually inspired by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. His Parfums Prissana line draws directly from Asian mythology, food, and history, spanning from Russia, to Nepal, to Japan.

Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Treatment Serum

Glow Recipe, founded by Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, is one of the most well-known Asian-owned brands on the market — and for good reason. The brand has developed a cult following for its fruit-focused skin care products that feature innovative textures, high-tech delivery systems, and fun packaging.

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