Just 36 Random Products We Really Love08/29/2019
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1.FaceTory – a Korean face mask subscription in which you get four masks delivered each month. For less than $10 (!!!), if you even *remotely* enjoy face masks, it’s worth it.
“I’ve used Facetory tons of times and always love their masks. Each shipment comes with an explainer on each mask and you can tell they aren’t flimsy, cheap sheet masks either.” —Elizabeth Lilly
Get it from Amazon for $6.23+ (available in two sizes [when it comes to how many masks you get]; each box is said to include masks that are great for all skin types).
2.A pack of five collapsible silicone straws to keep in your bag so you’re always ready to sip-sip-sip away at whatever your beverage of choice is without having to use a disposable plastic straw when you do so.
“These were one of my Prime Day purchases, and I’m so glad I bought them. The case is so small, it fits in my ‘weekend purse’ (you know, the smaller one that’s easier to bring around the city) and makes me feel better about forgetting to order my Starbucks drink with the straw-less lid. I’ve used these a few times already, and they’re way better than relying on a paper straw, and cost about the same as two coffees.” —Abby Kass
Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99.
3.A pair of shoes that’ll make your feet so happy, they’ll be writing you love letters for weeks (“My darling Mallory, thank you so much for buying some flats that do NOT give me blisters…”).
“I love walking. I’ll pick a path and do up to 10 miles on a Saturday, but my feet usually start blistering the minute I say, ‘Let’s go for a walk.’ I have an absolutely horrible time breaking in new shoes, and even struggle after breaking them in because of sweat. I wore these straight out of the box and basically forgot I even had shoes on. These shoes changed the game for my terrible toes. They are lightweight, have a unique look, and the sole has continued to stay strong through my rather aggressive ‘strolls’ through Central Park.” —Mal Mower
Get them from Plae for $64.95 (available in six colors and men’s and women’s sizes).
4.A device to save the day whenever you can’t quite finish the bottle of wine you popped open after eight long hours of work: it removes the air from partially-empty bottles so the remaining wine tastes fresh for up to seven days after.
“I’ve used one of these for years, and so have my parents; all you do is quickly wet one of the included rubber stoppers under running water, stick it in the bottle, then use the pump to suck out the air that’s between the cork and the rest of your wine. When it’s done, it makes an audible ‘click-click!’ noise. Then you can lay the wine on its side without any fear of leaks!” —Natalie Brown
Get it on Amazon for $11.98 (two colors available).
5.Clove + Hallow’s Makeup Melt – a balm-to-oil cleanser that’ll (you guessed it!) *melt* all the makeup (including mascara and eyeliner) off your face.
“This stuff is absolutely heaven-sent, and a little goes such a long way. It’s become one of my favorite things in my skincare collection — not to mention it travels well and comes in the cutest container.” —Kayla Suazo
Get it from Clove + Hallow for $29.
6.A USB-chargeable fan to keep you cool at your desk, on the beach, at an amusement park, while waiting for the subway to come, or anywhere else you may have sweat drip-drip-dripping its way down your bod (yes, summer is ending, but sweat can remain well into fall).
“I picked up one of these bad boys for a recent trip to Walt Disney World and BOY was it worth every penny. It really does make a difference when you’re walking around in the scalding hot sun. It also folds up so it isn’t super bulky when not in use.” —Heather Braga
Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors).
7.An exfoliating strawberry and black sugar face mask. Please refrain from spreading it on toast (like the picture below) and – instead – cover your face with it.
“The black sugar ‘seeds’ exfoliate the crap out of your skin and get all the gunk out of your pores, but doesn’t dry it out to the point where your forehead is crying ‘moisturize me!’ in a hoarse whisper. Plus, the scent of strawberries actually makes my mouth water. It’s berry amazing. Ultimately, my skin feels smoother, doesn’t feel tight, and looks brighter because of the Vitamin C ingredients. My blackhead-ridden nose is, in particular, forever in debt to this amazing mask.” —AnaMaria Glavan
Get it from Amazon for $10.99.
8.A tee for showcasing exactly what’s happening inside your skull at (almost) all times.
“One thing that I did not overthink about = my decision to buy this soft, well-printed tee.” —Mallory McInnis
Get it from Pretty Bad Co. on Etsy for $22.50 (see all their other “overthinking”-themed products here).
9.Little deodorizing bags that are here to make your shoes smell as fresh as the day you bought them (rather than like festering garbage soup).
“In the past, I never knew how to deal with stinky shoes — I’d try airing them out, but it never totally worked. The problem was worse with flats, because I usually wear them barefoot, and if they got caught in the rain? I considered them a goner (RIP, many of my shoes). Enter, however, these mini Moso natural shoe deodorizers, aka the solution to all our smelly-shoe woes.
I tried them first on my favorite black boots that I wear daily. They had started to smell a little musty, and the odor was beginning to transfer onto my socks. Overnight, the smell had completely disappeared, leaving only a leather scent behind. To say I was shook is an understatement.
I then tried them on another three-year-old pair of flats that had not been smelling the best since, well, three years ago. After one day, it no longer smelled like anything. And keep in mind that I’m using the same pair of bags back to back!
The product description says the bags are reusable for up to two years; you simply air them out in the sun to rejuvenate ’em once in a while. I’ve been using the same pair now for six months, and they’re still highly effective.” —Yi Yang
Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.95.
10.A “From The Library Of ______” embosser for anyone who wants to make the fact that they are the owner of a book ever so clear to all those who borrow said book from their library. Is it overkill to emboss every 10th page? What about every 50th as a more subtle reminder?
“My partner got me a personalized embosser as a gift, and I love it more than I can say! It lends some legitimacy to my stacks of ‘well-loved’ books, and heck, it’s just fun to use.” —Rachel Dunkel
Get it from Amazon for $30.99.
11.A stylish, cloud-light (it’s called the “Cumulus” for a reason), waterproof tote with room for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g you could possibly need over the course of a day.
“I have this and use it EVERY DAY of my life, I love it so much. Because of its ~cloud~ design, the straps never hurt no matter how much I put in it — and I put…a lot. I’ve also gotten caught in the rain more times than I can count and it looks brand-new. I can’t tell you how many compliments I get…all for a gym bag!” —Emma McAnaw
Get it from Nordstrom for $195 (available in three colors).
To learn more, check out Emma’s full review in “6 Life-Changing Things To Add To Your Closet This Month.”
12.A pack of Airborne tablets to (hopefully!) give your system a big ol’ dose of Vitamin C in an attempt to scare off germs who would love nothing more than to give you a cold.
“As a germaphobe who is disgusted by similar products that you have to dissolve in your drink, I’m never without a bottle of these chewables. Listen, there’s no 100% foolproof way to make sure you never get sick, but it definitely makes me feel better knowing I can give my immune system a mega-boost of vitamins.” —Katy Herman
Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available in two flavors).
13.A Polk sound bar that’ll make your next movie night a significantly better experience for your ears (due to its built-in Dolby and DTS surround sound).
“I attached this sound bar to the TV in my living room just in time for March Madness and honestly it felt like we were in the arena watching the games IRL. It’s pretty easy to set up and the subwoofer it comes really makes a difference. It also features built-in Alexa voice services, making your life easier than ever before.” —Heather Braga
Get it from Amazon for $249.
14.A spray to spritz onto your damp locks before blowdrying them to (somewhat miraculously!) cut the time it takes to dry your hair in half (thus helping to save it from heat damage).
“A while ago I learned that wet hair is weakened hair — and my color-treated hair also dries much slower for some reason — so I abandoned my air-dry method. But! I also don’t want to subject my hair to lots of hair damage either, so what’s a girl to do?? Well, I dunno how Flash Me works exactly, but it has miraculously cut down my blow dry time in half (as advertised!). All I have to do is spray onto damp hair and let it do its thing!” —Sarah Han
Get it from Amazon for $18.95.
15.A four-pack of socks inspired by Miyazaki movies – buy ’em now, use ’em as stocking stuffers in a few months. Or keep ’em all for yourself. Either way works.
“I have these socks and they make me smile every time I wear them. I like rocking them with booties or letting the characters peek out of the tops of my sneakers. They’re the perfect combination of quirky and cozy. Seems like the people of Amazon agree with me, as they have a 4.9-star rating!” —Heather Braga
Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.85 (one size fits most).
16.A beautiful geode slice print that’ll delight anyone who used to have an impressive rock collection as a child.
“I have at least 30 framed prints covering the walls of my oh so tiny New York apartment, but this is absolutely one of my favorites.” —Mallory McInnis
Get it from Capricorn Press on Etsy for $18+ (available in ten sizes).
17.A gloriously vibrant (and light, as they’re made from raffia) pair of statement earrings you’ll find yourself affixing to your earlobes over and over and over again.
“These are my go-to summer earrings! I wear them with almost every outfit and they give me a tropical and vibrant every time.” —Brittaney Trent
Get them from BaubleBar for $44 (available in eight colors).
18.An Otherland candle that’ll be as pleasing to your ?as it will be to your ?.
“I have this candle and adore it. Tennis ball smell is the best smell of all smells, send tweet. ” —Rachel Dunkel
“I also have and love this candle very much. I don’t know what I’m going to do once I finally burn through it. Maybe go back to huffing the scent of freshly popped tennis ball cans?” —Bek O’Connell
Get it from Otherland for $36 and shop the rest of their scents here.
19.e.l.f. Juicy Pop Water Gel Moisturizer that’ll absorb into that skin of yours super quickly to give the face-portion of your biggest organ a big ol’ dose of hydration.
“My fair skin is prone to getting sunburnt (yes, I use sunscreen daily) and dehydrated in the hot summer heat, so I’m always open to trying new things to keep it feeling healthy. I gave this Jelly Pop Water Gel Moisturizer a shot and BOY was I pleased! It smells like freshly cut watermelon, has a water-like consistency I’ve never experienced before, and doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky or oily. It’s simply fantastic. I know it’s mainly for your face, but I also used it on my arms and chest after a beach day and felt so refreshed after. Love, love, love.” —Heather Braga
Get it from e.l.f cosmetics for $8.
20.A reversible pillow – one side is made with memory foam and the other is made with ~cool gel~ – so, depending on the temperature in your bedroom on any given night, your noggin will always be comfortable.
“I own this pillow and sleep on it every night! It’s really heavy and stiff, so I’d highly recommend it to people with neck problems or anyone who likes solid support. The cooling effect is truly wild — I sleep hot and with this I feel a nice chill all night long. I even put it behind my back when I’m sitting on my sofa and need a fast way to cool off. It’s fab. Get it in your life.” —Mal Mower
Get it from Amazon for $35.53.
21.Skinny ankle pants with four-way stretch so you can prance and dance to your heart’s content without any restrictions (well, without any *fabric* restrictions…if you’re prancing and dancing in a small room, the *walls* may inhibit you).
“I can not explain to you guys how much I love these pants. I recently got my hands on the navy version and, honestly, wasn’t expecting much — and HOLY. MOLY. They fit amazingly!! They have an elastic waist which fits so comfortably. I’m normally a size 8/10 and got these in a 10. I’ve washed them a handful of times and they hold up beautifully. I’m about to buy a second pair. These pants are so phenomenal.” —Elena Garcia
Get them from Nordstrom for $69 (available in petite sizes 00-16, 0-18, and in navy and black).
22.A (brass or silver-plated) necklace sure to give anyone with a penchant for unique jewelry heart eyes. Anatomically correct heart eyes.
“I almost never wear jewelry, but I can’t seem to take this thing off. The details are surprising and satisfying and the quality is so fantastic, especially for the price. It’s heavy, hearty, and the chain is just long enough to make this rather daring piece genuinely elegant.” —Mal Mower
Get it from Larissa Loden for $34 (available in two colors).
23.An L.L. Bean backpack that’ll truly last you just as long as everyone says it will (and, as a Mainer from the land of L.L. Bean, I feel like I’m pretty darn qualified to vouch for that — about 95% of my classmates in school carried these).
“I’m a proud L.L. Bean backpack owner and here’s my unbelievable-but-believe-it story: My mama ordered my navy blue L.L. Bean backpack in 2006 for my first year of high school. I’ve had the backpack for 13 years, there still hasn’t been one rip, tear, frayed strap, or broken zipper on the thing — and it’s not for the lack of use. I carried it every single weekday in high school, all throughout my four years of undergrad, and for another year and a half for grad school.
Three years after grad school, I still use the same L.L. Bean backpack to tote my clothes and laptop for overnight stays and to carry my detergent and dryer sheets to the laundromat. I would have purchased three new ones over the years if it weren’t for the fact that the L.L. Bean backpack I got at 15 years old is still alive, good-lookin’, and ever-useful now that I’m 28. It’s like my other sibling at this point and probably the best $50 investment I never made since my mom bought it and I didn’t. It really doesn’t matter if you’re in school or not. A backpack that can outlive a ton of life’s milestones is a plus for anyone.” —Marquaysa Battle
Get it from L.L. Bean for $39.99+ (available in eight colors).
24.A button-up blouse featuring the Hogwarts crest for anyone who wishes that the arrival of fall would bring them a trip beginning at Platform 9 and 3/4.
“I’m actually wearing this shirt as I type this, and I’m in love! The material feels like good quality and it hangs so nicely. It’s a little cropped, but just long enough to tuck into a high-waisted skirt. It’s a polished (and, under a jacket, subtle) nod to the boy who lived that’s totally chic outside the walls of Hogwarts.” —Katy Herman
Get it from Hot Topic in sizes S-3X for $34.90+ or sizes 0X-5X for $40.90.
25.A lotion from Lush (it’s called “Sleepy”) formulated with lavender and tonka to help calmmmmmmm you down to zzz-town (plus cocoa butter and almond oil to add some moisture to your skin whilst you doze).
“I’m a pretty anxious person and have a hard time getting my brain to shut down before bed. This has been an absolute game changer for me. It’s not too thick, smells heavenly, and a little goes a long way. I apply to my chest and arms so the scent can easily lull me to sleep.” —Heather Braga
Get it from Lush for $9.95+ (available in three sizes).
26.A very comfy dress. Sometimes it’s just that simple and straightforward. It’s comfy. It’s a dress. Boom.
“I have this dress and it’s amazing! It’s great when you wanna wear something super comfortable but still stay cool.” —Bek O’Connell
Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 22 colors).
27.A tufted linen ottoman with a deep (well, not super deep) dark (it is pretty dark most of the time, so this part’s accurate) secret = it’s hollow inside and has a removable lid so you can store things in it!
“I’ve used this ottoman as a hidden litter box in my apartment for ages. When I got it, I cut out a small space for my cats to get in and out and filled it with everything I needed to keep their space clean. It’s big enough to hold the litter box, box of litter, scoops, rubber mats, and a charcoal deodorizer, with enough space between each end that litter rarely tracks out onto the floor. It’s the best choice I’ve ever made for my apartment. It looks so nice in the hallway that people always sit on it, with no idea what horrors lie beneath.” —Mal Mower
Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in seven colors and three sizes).
28.The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush – a tool designed to turn your previously oh-so-long morning hair routine (let’s call it your “spiral staircase” routine) into one that’s –please refer to the name of the product, thankyousoverymuch – only a single step.
“I use this hot air brush and I cannot stop yapping about it! I have long, thick hair with a 3B curl pattern, and it takes me almost two hours to straighten it all. Plus, I wasn’t a fan of the heat damage left behind by my go-to straightener. I bought this brush and was super impressed with how quickly it dried and straightened my wet hair (40 minutes, but who’s counting?). It left my hair feeling suuuuper soft and silky, and even gave it EXTRA volume and a bit of a curl at the end. My hair also looks healthier overall — no more dry, crispy-looking ends! Sometimes, I even use this brush in the morning on already-dry hair for a quick touch-up before I head out for the day.” —Jasmin Suknanan
Get it from Amazon for $45.89 (also available in mint).
29.Herb scissors that – cute alert! cute alert! cute alert! – look like herbs.
“I have these and they work surprisingly well! You just have to get a hang of using them because you need to hold them in a very specific way for them to snip properly. It’s nice having some mini shears nearby at all times without them feeling like clutter.” —Bek O’Connell
Get them from Amazon for $8.99.
30.A coordinating laptop case, sleeve, and keyboard cover set sure to make your beloved computer feel *so* stylish and fancy (it would probably twirl around in glee if laptops were capable of twirling around or experiencing glee – maybe someday).
“I just purchased this laptop case for my work computer and I’ve already gotten compliments on it! It’s just the right amount of extra and it provides some protection for my laptop when I’m carrying it around the office or packing it in my bag.” —Kayla Boyd
Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available for MacBook Pro 13″ 2008-2019 and MacBook Air 13″ 2018 and in 21 designs, most including a matching silicone keyboard cover).
31.A bra that’s sooooooooo comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing a bra at all (what a dream!).
“I’m literally always on the prowl for a comfy bra that makes me forget that I’m wearing one, and let me tell you — the Cuup scoop bra makes my boobs feel cuddled (but not suffocated), supported, and v v comfortable. Despite the fact that it has wires, which I typically despise! I usually wear bralettes (I tend to live a low-impact lifestyle, lol), but these wires somehow don’t dig in into my skin and make their presence alarmingly known! So this bb does the trick on the days where I need a little extra support/lift.
Plus, the best part: the material is so soft and buttery (yes, buttery)!!! So while the cups don’t hold their shape like a normal bra and look a bit strange on their own, they really, truly hug your boobs and there’s no awkward gap between your boobs and the cup. And! It looks super seamless on (the thin material disappears under tighter-fitting tops) and free of all those wrinkles my other bras tend to attract over time. Plus, the slightly lower neckline makes it even more versatile when it comes to pairing with tops/dresses that show a little more skin (Hello, summertime and feelin’ fine!).” —Sarah Han
Get it from Cuup for $68 (available in 30A–38G/30H).
32.A bottle of 3-in-1 nail treatment (it’s a base coat, top coat, *and* strengthener) formulated without formaldehyde to keep sensitive nails strong (yup = if polish typically makes your nails brittle, it’s probably because of the formaldehyde).
“I added this into my home manicure routine and found that my nails looked so much healthier even after I removed my nail polish. Before, whenever I’d paint my nails, they would look yellow and brittle after a week. After using this as a base coat, my nails remain strong and a healthy color so I don’t even feel the need to cover them up with polish. I even use it as a clear polish sometimes and it works very well for that, too!” —Yi Yang
Get it from Amazon for $13.25.
33.A scrub for a part of your body that you may not have thought to use a scrub on before = your butt.
“I’m so pale I have friends stand next to me in the summer because they say it makes them feel more tan. Which is no big deal to me, I love being the same color as sugar. It’s sweet. But the downside I find is that it’s the perfect backdrop to show off some occasional unsavory skin conditions; rough skin, red patches, etc. I started using this because I wanted the funny jar on my shelf. I kept using it because it really works. My skin feels smooth, the exfoliation really does help with dimples I sometimes decide to diminish, and it’s a luxe treat to put on.” —Mal Mower
Get it from Anese for $28.
34.A stylish lamp that *looks* like it came from West Elm (but – surprise! – is actually from Amazon).
“I got this lamp when I moved into my apartment simply because I liked the style of it, but I ended up loving how much light it added to my living room (I only have one window that doesn’t get much light through it). It was super easy to install and has a button on the ground to turn it on and off (so you can just step on it). It has such a chic look to it that people can’t believe it when they find out where it’s from.” —Abby Kass
Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in brass and rose gold).
35.A beach chair you can actually carry from the parking lot down to the sandy shore with ease. Why? Because it’s just a lil bag until you fill it up with air!
“This is one of those products where I see the commercial and I’m like, ‘YEAH RIGHT!’ These inflatable chairs just seem too easy. You just spin in a circle with them and suddenly you have a magically inflated chair? Seems unlikely. But now that I’ve tried them, I can confirm that they’re (almost) that easy. It does take a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but pretty much anyone can figure it out in five to ten minutes. Basically, it comes with two compartments that you need to fill with air by twirling in a tight circle. You switch compartments while spinning and then quickly roll the it up before the air escapes. Once you master the technique, you’re in squishy, inflatable heaven.” —Bek O’Connell
Get it from Amazon for $28,97+ (available in four colors).
36.And, finally, adorable Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander Funko Pop! figures to plop down on your desk and gaze at lovingly over the course of each and every workday.
“I have Bulbasaur on my desk staring at me with those big ol’ eyes as I type this and can confirm I don’t think I could live without this daily dose of cuteness.” —Katy Herman
Get Bulbasaur for $9.95 and Charmander for $8.78, and pre-order Squirtle for $10.99 (due out September 8), all from Amazon.
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