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.
Two perennial K-beauty favorites continue to jockey for the top two spots on the list, with pimple-shrinking patches narrowly beating out snail-slime eye patches to return to first place. The Seoul Ceuticals serum is holding steady at number three, while a powerful handheld vacuum jumps to fourth place, unseating the ecoconscious dryer balls that fall four spots to eighth place. The top five is rounded out by a newcomer, a pet-odor-eliminating candle. Classics like the superlight bikini underwear from On Gossamer and an Everlane white V-neck T-shirt return to the top ten after falling off in the last few weeks, and lots of you took advantage of deals on linens and a go-to leather tote, propelling them onto the list.
1. The Google Doc I Send to People Who Ask About My Skin (Last installment: 2)
Back at No. 1 after ceding the top spot last week, pimple patches prove their staying power. Last July, Strat beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton shared her epic skin-care Google Doc and introduced us to the now-famous Cosrx patches: “[T]he 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.”
These patches made from gold and snail mucin are one of Rio’s favorites for soothing her sensitive under-eye skin and banishing puffiness. She loves how snails’ “regenerative properties not only work wonders on blemish scars, but also help with any kind of hyperpigmentation, including dark under-eye circles. It’s also super beneficial for helping with wrinkles and dryness. I keep these in the fridge, so they’re nice and cold when I use them — adding another level of luxury to the experience.”
We covered this much more affordable dupe of beauty editors’ favorite SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum during Made in Korea week while searching for the best (lesser-known) Korean beauty products on Amazon, and this rave review convinced many of you to give it a try: “I have been an aesthetician for over 20 years and am also a beauty writer, so I get to try the latest ‘It’ products for free. I was excited about this one, so I paid full price and all opinions are my own. I am in love with the Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum. Have you ever had a chance to try the $160-plus Vitamin C Ferulic Serum from SkinCeuticals? I did a couple of years back and it is a lovely product. It is also ridiculously overpriced, and I can tell you that this dupe from Seoul Ceuticals is nearly identical in texture and performance.”