How This $8 Gadget Saved Me, My Nails, and My Furniture, Too

It might not look like much, but this little guy on the right has made life a whole lot easier. I'm not exactly what you would call a graceful swan, and ever since I ruined the finish on my parents' dining room table back in my younger days due to an accidental spill of nail polish remover, I've been extra careful around the stuff. A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to something very similar to the Twist and Lock Plastic Liquid Dispenser ($8), and I haven't cried over any spilled polish remover since. You simply place a cotton ball or swab over the opening on the lid and push down. Voilà! Up pops nail polish remover without all the mess, spills, or wrecked tables — and it can be used for other liquid beauty items, too.

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