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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: $38 Summer Dresses and Ingrown-Hair Serum

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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.

For the second week in a row, tick-repellent clothing spray topped the list, followed by a very Reformation-esque $38 summer dress. Perennial favorite, beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s pimple-shrinking patches, dropped from second to third place. Lots of you were inspired by our hairless week picks, boosting a hair-collecting vacuum beard trimmer and antioxidant-rich ingrown-hair serum into the top five. Two appliances with rave reviews on Amazon made the list — a powerful handheld vacuum and a handheld garment steamer perfectly sized for travel. High-rise workout leggings, recommended by our senior editor, jumped from tenth to eighth place. Everlane’s classic v-neck T-shirt remains at ninth place, and our deputy editor’s choice for the most comfortable pillow for side-sleepers rounds out the list at No. 10.

1. The Most Effective Tick Repellents for Humans (and Dogs), According to Science (Last installment: 1)

Experts predict that disease-carrying insects will be especially active this summer, so Strat writer Maxine Builder went in search of the best products for avoiding ticks. She discovered this powerful insect-repellent spray for treating all of your outdoor gear: “Spraying your sneakers or hiking boots before going out into the woods is another solid tick-prevention technique. You could also spray gardening gloves, pants, shorts, or T-shirts with [insect-repellent chemical] permethrin.”

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2. Behold: A $38 Dress You Can Wear All Summer (New Entry)

If you’re a mom living in Brooklyn, there’s a good chance that this thin-strapped, button-down dress from Venidress has made an appearance in your Instagram feed. Strat associate editor Katy Schneider wrote, “The dress looks a bit like something you’d find at the Reformation,” but at a much cheaper price point, and while the material “certainly isn’t cotton, it isn’t terribly cheap-looking either; though the texture feels a bit like khaki, or hiking pants, there’s no strange plasticky sheen.”

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

Strat beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s favorite pimple patches remain high on the list, but slip a bit from second to third place this week. Rio introduced us to the now-famous Cosrx patches last year in her epic skin-care Google doc post: “[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.”

4. What’s the Best Beard Trimmer? (New Entry)

For guys who don’t want to go totally clean-shaven, this beard trimmer offers a radial dial that lets you choose lengths down to the half-millimeter. Writer Kurt Soller’s favorite feature? “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.” Perfect for keeping stray hairs out of the sink.