Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top ten products that you, devoted Strategist readers, all bought in droves. Think of this as the tl;dr of the Strategist: If your like-minded brethren are buying these items, maybe you’d like to, too.
This year’s Amazon Prime Day megasale might have broken the internet for a while, but that didn’t stop our readers from taking advantage of the deals. Only three products from last week’s list survived the frenzy — ecofriendly stainless steel drinking straws dropped from first to fourth, the always popular pimple-shrinking patches fell from second to fifth, and a vacuum suction beard trimmer held steady in third place. Newcomers filled the rest of the list, with discounted micellar water taking the top spot. A top-of-the-line electric toothbrush we already love got a Prime Day price cut, making it the second-best-selling item this week. Lots of you took the advice of our writers and bought their favorite Prime Day products: Maxine Builder’s entry level sous-vide machine came in sixth, Lori Keong’s hypoallergenic pillow landed in seventh, and Lauren Ro’s beloved curling wand took the eighth-place spot. Enough of you snatched up another one of Lori’s picks this week, a hydrating face mask, for it to earn a ninth-place finish, and rounding out the list at number ten is a very on-trend — and on sale — knotted T-shirt.
1. The Best Beauty Stuff (From Strat-Approved Brands) on Sale for Prime Day (Off Last List)
This French makeup-removing micellar water first made the list back in April when beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton told us it not only took off all her makeup, but left her skin feeling “supple and rejuvenated.” With the price slashed by a third on Prime Day, it skyrocketed all the way to the top of the list.
2. Everything We’ve Written About That’s on Sale for Prime Day (New Entry)
The Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush gets rave reviews from both writer Stephen Haskell (“one of the best purchases I have ever made”) and enthusiastic Amazon customers (“my colleagues were asking me if I whitened my teeth”). Usually $200, at 50 percent off on Prime Day, this investment in oral hygiene was a bit easier to swallow.
This beard trimmer, with a radial dial that lets you choose lengths down to the half-millimeter for guys who don’t want to go totally clean-shaven, claims the third-place spot for the second week in a row. Writer Kurt Soller loves how it keeps stray hairs out of the sink: “A vacuum-suction feature that collects the majority of your shaven hairs — up to 90 percent of them, according to the company, but who really knows? All I can say is that this is a godsend.”
With the New York City Council introducing legislation to ban plastic straws and Starbucks pledging to eliminate them by 2020, we’re on the lookout for a sustainable alternative. This set, from Sipwell, is proving to be a strong contender. Last week’s top seller, this set keeps going strong. As one Amazon reviewer said, “They are very close in size to the disposable ones and have a nice bend to them.” Lots of you also opted for Strat writer Bethany Blakeman’s favorite metal straws from Greens Steel. If you’re not into metal, our senior writer Lauren Levy prefers these soft silicone ones that are also biodegradable.
Although they weren’t part of the Prime Day sale, these pimple healers remain in the top five. Strat beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton introduced us to the now-famous patches last year in her epic skin-care Google Doc post: “The Holy Grail. Drop everything and buy them. Not even going to explain, will just say if you pop or pick a zit, put this on immediately afterward, go to bed, and in the morning you’ll see what I’m talking about and thank me.”
You don’t have to be a Walter White level chemist to dabble in molecular gastronomy with this sous-vide cooker. In fact, Strat writer Maxine Builder says, it’s “arguably the easiest way to make sure meat is properly cooked every single time.” During Prime Day, the Joule was over 25 percent off — the cheapest we’ve ever seen it. Grub Street editor Alan Sytsma called the Joule “a lot smaller and sleeker” than the competition — as if we needed any more reason to add to cart.
While some of us on team Strat are firmly in the side sleeper camp, writer Lori Keong isn’t “a loyalist to any one sleep position,” so she looks for a pillow that can do it all. After trying lots of brands in the past, she fell for the Coop hypoallergenic model, writing “it’s adaptable enough to auto-adjust to my sleep positions, evenly supporting my head no matter how I’m angled.” Lori’s not the only fan of the Coop — it’s garnered more than 15,500 adoring reviews on Amazon. Discounted on Prime Day, lots of you chose to check it out, too.
Another of our Prime Day picks, writer Lauren Ro credits this curling iron with giving her stick-straight hair natural-looking waves “for a fraction of the cost and time spent under a dryer hood.” She said the incredibly easy-to-use wand made her feel like “(almost) a hair genius.” While the price dipped to $17 on Prime Day, at around $22 the rest of the year, it’s still an affordable way to get salon-style curls at home.
While we’ve got nothing against indulging in an elaborate multi-step skin-care routine, some nights you just want one magical product to do it all. For Lori Keong, this Korean sleep mask, powered by brightening and anti-inflammatory prickly-pear-seed oil from the Sahara Desert, is that workhorse. She writes, “a dime-size amount of this lightly floral-scented gel mask all over my face before bed helped me wake up looking like an angel.”
It takes a lot for a sale to get us really excited, but the crazy good markdowns on these 7 for All Mankind pieces (up to 90 percent off!) definitely caught our attention. This on-trend and summery knotted-front T-shirt is a jaw-dropping 84 percent off, only $16 from an original $99. Even more shocking? It’s still available in every size.
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