Each year, tons of products are touted and tested by experts in every category — but not all of them have maximum impact. Here are just a few of the products that held our collective attention in 2012 and helped make life a little bit easier. Some are affordably priced and even the more expensive of the bunch (except the iPad mini) have been spotted on sale or with incentives throughout the year.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, $10: A product designed to capture, lengthen and thicken those teeny bottom lashes.
Cuisinart CPT – 420 Toaster, $80: Stainless-steel with a motorized lift, LCD panel, enhanced bagel toasting and three year limited warranty. Enough said.
Instagram, free: Love it or hate it — and many people are hating it right now — this free app is credited with driving interest in phone photography by making it easy to apply creative touches and post them to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
iPad mini, $329 : The highly anticipated small tablet proved