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.
Made up of five returning champs and five newcomers, this week’s list is a healthy mix of old favorites and new faces. The legendary pimple patches are back in first place, and this ever-popular beard trimmer moves up from No. 5 to No. 3. Lots of you are still buying last week’s top finisher, this brightening vitamin C serum, which drops to fourth, as well as the K-beauty “glass skin” serum that’s in eighth place yet again. Slowly moving up on the list, these hemp-oil capsules are in sixth place this week, up from seventh. As for the newcomers, this extra-long phone-charging cord shows up strong in second place, and a board game perfect for 3-year-olds rounds out the top five. Fall hygge season must be kicking into gear, as enough of you bought this cozy bathrobe to bring it onto the list at No. 7. And on the footwear front, these leather sneakers and compression socks appear for the first time in ninth and tenth place respectively.
1. The Google Doc I Send to People Who Ask About My Skin (Last installment: 2)
Last week’s second-place finishers, these zit-erasing pimple patches have been stalwarts on our best-seller list ever since Strat beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton introduced us to them 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.” Now they’re back on top.
2. This Comically Long Phone Charger Is Virtually Indestructible (New entry)
It’s highly annoying to use a cable that’s too short when you’re trying to charge your phone and use it at the same time. Writer Alison Freer found a solution when her early adopter techie friend introduced her to this ten-foot-long cord. She writes, “I can lie on any end of the couch and still charge my phone, or lie all the way down in bed (rather than awkwardly perch on one elbow next to the power strip), or even just ride in the back seat of a car with the phone plugged into the cigar socket and still use my phone while charging it.”
3. What’s the Best Beard Trimmer? (5)
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), moves to third place this week, up from fifth. 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.”
4. This $22 Serum Gave Me Clear, Hydrated (and Even Bouncy) Skin (1)
We’re always on the lookout for a new vitamin C serum, so when Strat writer Liza Corsillo revealed that she’s been using this relatively inexpensive formula for two years, and that it “works better than any other product to clear my skin while gently helping to prevent wrinkles,” we were immediately onboard. Looks like a lot of you were, too, and after debuting in first place on the last list, this serum — which also features other favorite ingredients of ours, like niacinamide, hyaluronic, and salicylic acid — hangs in the top five for a fourth-place finish.
5. The Best Gifts for a 3-Year-Old, According to a Child Therapist (New entry)
In our ongoing project to find the best gifts for kids of all ages, we discovered this best-selling board game that came highly recommended by a child therapist for 3-year-olds. George Sachs, a clinical child psychologist, told us that board games are good gifts because they “teach the skills of sharing, turn-taking, and handling frustration when losing.”
6. The Best CBD and Hemp Products for the Tasteful Non-Stoner (7)
These hemp-oil capsules have been on the list for a few weeks now, and this week they inch up from seventh place to No. 6. According to writer Michelle Lhooq, these CBD-infused chill pills are “some of the strongest out there, and popping one is the simplest way to get your chill on.”
7. What’s the Best Bathrobe? (New entry)
Now that the days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting colder, we’re all about cozying up in your warmest bathrobe. Since Parachute makes some of our favorite linen sheets, it’s not surprising that the start-up’s bathrobe is also a winner. Writer Amanda FitzSimons says, “it’s been something of a viral hit: At its peak, Parachute’s waiting list for the bathrobe was 1,900 people long.”
8. The ‘Glass Skin’ Serum Hoarded by Editors and Redditors Is Back in Stock (8)
Strategist writer Lori Keong has very nice skin, and she attributes it to this holy-grail serum by Peach & Lily that she calls “no hyperbole, the best hydrating serum I’ve ever tried.” Thanks for this glowing endorsement, and her glowing “glass skin,” which she explains is the “Korean beauty technique of prepping your skin so it looks so healthy and hydrated that it looks practically translucent”. After selling out — perhaps thanks to your enthusiasm — the product is now back in stock, so get it while you can.
9. What Bobbi Brown Can’t Live Without (New Entry)
We love reading about celebrities’ favorite products, and it’s always exciting when there’s a recommendation that’s practical, stylish, and not prohibitively expensive. We suspect that’s why a lot of you were won over by Bobbi Brown’s rave for these sneakers. “They have a bit of height to them, but they’re mostly just comfortable 24-hour shoes,” says Brown, founder of the eponymous makeup line.
10. The Actually Stylish Compression Socks That Made My Mother Cry (New entry)
When writer Alison Freer’s mother was told she had to wear compression socks after a double knee replacement, she was desperate for options that weren’t so basic and medical-looking. Fortunately, Freer found these statement-making options from Montana-based brand Vim & Vigr that brought her mom to tears. As Freer writes, “they’re a perfect gift for the older mom or dad who wants compression without sacrificing personality,” in case you’re looking for a holiday gift.
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