year in review

The 25 Top-Selling Things Strategist Readers Bought in 2017

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Welcome to a mega edition of Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top products that you, devoted Strategist readers, all bought in droves. Because it’s the end of the year, we’re blowing this out with 25 of the best-selling products that you bought in 2017. Beauty products (especially the cheapies) are heavily represented, as are basics, like T-shirts, and home goods, like sheets and towels. Several of these (the Hanacure, the Charleston sandals, the DASH luggage) would even make great last-minute gifts.

1. The Best Facial-Hair Remover Is This Tiny Japanese Razor

The best-selling product of the year is pretty … unsexy, huh? Nevertheless, lots and lots of you bought Shiseido facial razors, which a Japanese celebrity makeup artist says is a classic beauty secret. “In Japan, we do shave our face,” she says. “It brightens it up and makes it much easier to apply makeup.”

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

Perhaps no story took off this year quite like Rio Viera-Newton’s epic Google doc on all of the products she sends to people who ask about her flawless, glowy skin. The star of the piece — which also included other top-selling items that we didn’t have room to mention, such as the Neogen lemon peel, Cosrx Morning Cleanser and Green Tea stick cleanser — were these pimple patches that shrink zits overnight.

3. The 14 Products I Use for My Chronic Raccoon Eyes

Yet another Viera-Newton favorite are these Gold & Snail hydrogel eye patches, which the chronic baggy under-eye sufferer says gets rid of raccoon eyes almost immediately.

4. What Is The Best Plush Mattress Topper?

Writer Lauren Levy (née Schwartzberg) went in search of a mattress topper that would transformer her bed without having to buy an entirely new mattress. She found it in the Parachute topper, which she loved sleeping on: “I felt myself gently melting and folding into the topper, while it enveloped me from beneath. I woke up feeling lightly sandwiched between layers of plushness.”

5. My Friends Call Me ‘Babyface’ Thanks to This Japanese Exfoliator

For Made in Japan week, writer Jinnie Lee shared with us the secret to this culty face wash that several of you bought in droves — apparently, one sells every 20 seconds in Japan.

Weleda Skin Food

6. Sweetbitter Author Stephanie Danler Keeps This Glowy Skin Cream in Her Bedroom, Car, and Purse

Novelist Stephanie Danler told us about this skin cream that she pretty much hoards, which she says made her skin “flawless, luminous even, and not at all greasy.”

7. This Derm-Approved Spray Cleared Up My Bacne Practically Overnight

Writer Hannah Morrill was suffering from bacne until her dermatologist told her about this spray that stopped it dead in its tracks.