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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: Weekend Bags and Highlighter

Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top-five 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.

While the champ this week stayed the same, the rest of the top five is completely new. Once again, the pimple patches from Rio Viera-Newton’s famous skin-care story reign supreme — the little pimple patches really do shrink zits overnight and cost only five bucks. In second place is a silicone garlic peeler that works like a charm: Simply stick in a clove or two, rub, and you’re done. Winning the bronze medal this edition is one of our favorite weekend bags (still on sale!) from Baggu. The Glossier Haloscope highlighter that Viera-Newton, ahem, highlighted in her no-makeup-makeup story takes fourth place, while a slouchy Everlane T-shirt from our “best T-shirts for women” story rounds out the top five.

1. The Google Doc I Send to People Who Ask About My Skin

For another week, Rio Viera-Newton’s story about her ultimate skin-care products (the ones that used to live in a mythic Google doc that got passed around to friends of friends) takes the prize. Here’s something funny: One of our friends actually told us that she was chatting about the story with a friend in the Equinox Williamsburg locker room — and two strangers turned and said, “The Strategist Google doc story?” It is a thing. People have mostly been buying the Cosrx Pimple Patches, but it’s all selling like crazy, from the Cosrx Bha Blackhead Power Liquid and Neogen Green Tea Cleanser to the Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask Pack and Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream — and that barely scratches the surface of all 16 products. Viera-Newton’s friends all noticed a difference: “People started to notice how different I looked and asked what I was using. Tired of responding to texts about moisturizers and serums, I outlined my skin-care favorites in a Google doc and shared it with a few curious friends.”

2. The $5 Silicone Peeler That Enables My Garlic Obsession

Writer Kase Wickman is a garlic nut. She makes garlic armadillo bread, white-bean aïoli, and garlic-miso salmon regularly. The problem? Peeling those pesky cloves, which gets the skin underneath her nails and all over her skin. The solution she found — a $5 silicone log — changed everything: “All you have to do is pop the whole clove into the tube on the counter, push the whole thing down with your palm, and roll. The sides of the tube grab onto the skin and rip it off, and out tumbles your perfect little peeled garlic clove. Then all you have to do is rinse the tube, cook your meal, and enjoy your vampire-free life. Simple.”

Photo: Kabir Fernandez