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What Strategist Readers are Buying: Orolay Coats and Blemish Cream

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Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top ten products that you, devoted Strategist readers, have lately 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.

This week’s top seller, the ever-ubiquitous Orolay coat, first appeared on the list (also at number one) back in April of last year — long before it was written up in the New York Times. Close behind, in second place, is a new pimple-healing cream that Strategist writer Rio Viera-Newton introduced us to last week. Two top picks from our ranking of 100 pens — the top-rated felt pen and one of our favorite ballpoints — hit the list in third and sixth places, respectively. A Japanese planner makes its debut at number eight, making us think some of those pens might be for bullet journaling or planning for the year ahead. There are also some returning champs on the list, like blue-light-blocking glasses in fifth place, a baby swaddle in seventh, and a blender that’s perfect for smoothies at number nine. Finally, some of you are getting in the mood for Valentine’s Day: a fancy lube is in fourth place for the second installment in a row, and an ultra-discreet vibrator hops onto the list in the tenth-place spot.

It hasn’t even been a year since we first discovered the expensive-looking but actually very affordable Orolay coat on fashionable women all over the Upper East Side. It’s since been spotted in cities across the country and even has its own Instagram account. It returns to the list this week at number one.

Between pimple patches and snail serum, Rio Viera-Newton hasn’t let us down when it comes to recommendations from Korean beauty brand Cosrx, and her latest pick is no exception. This blemish-healing cream — along with the brand’s new acne patches — uses centella asiatica leaf water, an antibacterial herb, to minimize pimple scars. Rio says, “It’s small, it’s mighty, and if you’re a picker like me, it’ll save you over and over.”

Third overall in our ranking of 100 pens, this fine-line marker pen was the highest-ranking felt pen on the list. Our tester said, “Of all the pens I tried, it feels the closest to an extension of my natural hand gestures and it makes my handwriting look easygoing and legible.” Plus, there wasn’t any smudging or bleed-through.