TikTok is such a fever dream. Some people log on to watch Addison Rae and Charli D'Amelio bust moves, while others enjoy trendwatching (indie sleaze, over; blokecore, in), sharing personal traumas, or learning about strangers' sneaky link drama. Us? We like to go deep into the abyss of the shopping scene. It can get pretty intense, to say the least—TikTok has been known to make everything from feta to Vaseline disappear from store shelves, but there are more obscure product finds as well. (It wasn’t not too long ago that we found some absolutely impeccable pole-dancing cowboy boots on the app.)
Although we adore a pair of bold stilettos, we’ve moved on to bigger and better thrills. TikTok teaches us things—whether it's an upgrade to our cooking skills or a beauty secret of the seemingly effortless—and we are eternally grateful for those who share the tools and tricks of the trades. We’re talking spatulas that can dice veggies, ice rollers to heal our hangover face, and even neon-yellow cleaning goo for hard-to-reach messes. (Have you gotten into cleaning Tok? It's a wonderland. There's even crime-scene cleaning Tok…)
The products promoted by our favorite TikTokers range from cheap to luxe, because we’re all about saving a buck over here but sometimes, we're armed to splurge on stuff that's super worth it. Everything below has a four-star average rating or more, superb customer reviews, and thousands of views and likes on TikTok videos to back them up. We have trust in the people of TikTok, all hail.
The Ruk Vegetable Chopper
This chopper is utterly insane. It has 11 interchangeable blades for ultimate mastery in the kitchen; all you have to do is place your veggie, and press down. In addition to being a vegetable chopper, it's an egg separator, egg slicer, lemon squeezer, julienne dicer, and more. Watching people shred in the kitchen on TikTok actually makes us want to eat a vegetable. That’s how you know this is something special.
FlexiSpot Desk Bike
A desk that doubles as a built-in stationary bike—genius. We’re wasting no time when it comes to getting swole for the summer, so this two-in-one piece has our names written all over it—and if you need to be convinced, look no further than the many TikToks singing its praises, such as this one with more than 2.5 million likes. It has whisper-quiet pedaling for zero distractions and has an adjustable seat and desk, so it accommodates all sizes. One top reviewer calls it "the most rewarding purchase I have ever made—personally and professionally," and another lauds it as "the HEALTH ANSWER FOR ALL SITTING JOBS!!!"
LATME's Ice Roller
When we wake up from our
brutal hangovers deep, restful slumbers, sometimes things don’t look too hot. Eye bags and crusties are one thing, but face puffiness is a whole other level of morning malady. Enter: the ice roller. While we see plenty of versions of the ice roller on TikTok, this one is a best-seller on Amazon and has over 9,000 reviews with a 4.7-star average rating. Just pop it in the freezer, then bask in the frosty relief in the morning.
The Joseph Joseph Uni-Tool Five-in-One Spatula
We've gotta get Guy Fieri on the phone, because he needs this in his utensil lineup. This spatula is a five-in-one gem that will make all other utensils in the drawer shed a tear. You can use it to slice and dice all your favorite meats and veggies, and it also works as a slotted (and solid) spoon and fish turner. It can handle up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and is dishwasher-safe. For only $10, and with a 4.6-star average rating, and tons of convincing demos on TikTok, it’s definitely a winner.
The Omoton iPad Keyboard
Any tech accessory that’s extremely lightweight, compact, and will keep us from lugging around a heavy laptop is on our shopping list. TikTokers love this sweet little keyboard that easily slides under your iPad or iPhone for easy typing, because who doesn’t want to text with a full-blown keyboard, right? (Plus, you can work from your phone while waiting in line at the Harry Styles ticket pop-up.) It connects through Bluetooth, so no need to worry about bulky wires.
Tom Ford's Soleil Balm Frost
If you're on beauty Tok much, you've probably seen makeup artists losing it over Tom Ford's viral, shimmering Soleil Balm Frost. This absolute holy grail beauty item is always going out of stock—we’ve been trying to get our hands on it for months, and now, it’s finally available. It’s a pearlescent, moisturizing balm that coats your lips in sexy micro-sparkles, but is subtle enough to wear to dinner with your partner's parents. Y2K trends are all the rage right now, so it just makes sense that the frosted look (hair included) has returned in 2022.
ColorCoral's Cleaning Gel Universal Dust Cleaner
We’re gonna hop on any chance we can to play with slime, and you should too. Bonus points if it helps you clean, like this goo that lifts up dust and gunk to make anything from speakers to kitchen appliances spotless. (You’ll know it’s time to replace it once the color gets darker.) We’ve also seen TikTok stars use it to reach the nooks and crannies inside cars, which are notorious black holes for junk and detritus. Just simply plop it on any unwanted debris and watch it work its magic. It’s also lemon-scented, which is rad.
The Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer
While we love finger-lickin’ good greasy eats, meats, and treats, health is a thing. Science is looking out for us, because a genius discovered that air can fry our precious taters and beloved comfort foods, and if there's one appliance that's all over TikTok, it's the now-ubiquitous air fryer, with home cooks (using that term loosely) making potato wedges, jammy eggs, Frankensnacks, and even steak in their countertop machines for millions of hungry viewers. This dude made chicken wings, a drunk food staple for when you get a little too loosey goosey. Just plop whatever your heart desires into the frying basket, crank up the heat, and dig your teeth into a splendid crunch.
The Stradivarius Slim Mom Jeans
TikTokers love sharing their shopping hauls, and for whatever reason, we love watching them try on stuff, from bathing suits to vintage jackets. But certain items of clothing stick out because they just look good on everyone, and for something as tricky to find as the perfect jeans, that can lead to on-the-spot influencing. One of our editors stumbled across the TikTok-famous Stradivarius Slim Mom Jeans while trying to find the perfect slim-fitting jeans for transitioning out of the skinny jeans era into a more modern cut, and never looked back—and they've been a VICE reader bestseller since.
BRB, scrolling on TikTok.
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