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The Prime Day Deals Strategist Readers Are Buying

Illustration: Pedro Nekoi

This is a special Prime Day edition of Your Shopping Cart, where we’re revealing the top ten things our devoted readers bought in droves while reading our roundups of the best deals during this year’s Amazon Prime Day (which runs through October 14). We figured that if you’re here, you might like some of these things, too.

Looking at the list, it’s clear that beauty and grooming routines are no less important than they were when we regularly left the house, with Waterpik’s flosser (which was one of our readers’ most purchased items during Prime Day 2019), a Stila eyeliner, and some Bioderma makeup remover all selling like hotcakes. A closer look at these and other products on the list, like a set of refreshing facial sprays, suggests you are stocking up on stuff to help you look presentable on Zoom calls, which would make sense after all the indoor living we’ve done (and have yet to do). That Apple’s AirPods also made the list further confirms readers are looking for ways to improve their work-from-home lives, while the presence of a favorite back massager suggests you’re looking for ways to unwind after commuting from home office to couch. And for those times readers do leave the house, you also stocked up on some face masks — we’re just hoping that trend remains unique to Prime Day 2020. Note: As with all Prime Day deals, these are only good for a limited time or until products sell out.

A perennial Strategist favorite, the discount on this back-and-neck massager clearly struck a chord with readers because it has been the best-selling Prime Day deal we’ve written about so far. Strategist senior editor Casey Lewis is one of its many, many (many) fans, saying the massager unsnarls even her toughest muscle knots — one reason she uses it “weekly, if not daily.” It actually sold out before we noticed the stock had replenished again today.

Earlier this year, our sister site the Cut named this one of the 18 best eyeliners in the world. “No matter the shade,” they wrote, “each performs equally well, giving you a vibrant, sharp line of pigment that glides across your skin.” Judging by how many of you took advantage of this deal, it appears the secret is out.

A longtime staple among makeup artists, fashion experts, and our own Rio Viera-Newton, Bioderma’s cleansing micellar water is also apparently a reader must-have — even in a year when we’re not wearing as much makeup. “Not only does it take all of my makeup off, it actually does a great job of soothing my skin,” Rio says of its appeal.

Nearly two dozen dentists told us Waterpik makes the best water flosser, and a majority of them named this specific model as the best of all the brand’s options. According to expert, the WP-662 “offers water-control buttons on the handle, 90-second run time, ten pressure settings, seven different tips, 360-degree rotation of the tip, and a significantly large water tank.” Many of you jumped at the opportunity to secure one for almost half price, and there’s still time for those who didn’t — just don’t dillydally.

The facial mist that Tavi Gavinson uses to reset her mind while working has been another popular choice this Prime Day, perhaps because it’s the perfect way to perk up in between back-to-back-to-back Zoom calls. Or because the cost per bottle for this set breaks down to less than $9 each.

Stasher’s reusable, ecofriendly food-storage bags are beloved by Amazon reviewers, Strategist contributors, and cool people who live zero-waste lifestyles. Thanks to this deal, we can now add the number of readers who bought this bag to the growing list of the brand’s fans.

Our first TikTok-inspired Prime Day best seller, this oil-absorbing stick “soaks up every last drop of oil” according to Kaivalya “Kiki” Gorla, who told us all about it (and even demonstrated how to use it on our Instagram). Apparently her words — or its almost 25 percent off discount — convinced lots of you to try it for yourselves.

By now, you know how AirPods work. The wireless headphones launched in December 2016 and almost immediately became a must-have for their sharp look and seamless performance. Now that Apple’s selling a noise-canceling version, the original (and, dare we say, classic) model is seeing some all-time low prices, which many of you jumped on this Prime Day.

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By now, you also know how masks work — and why we need to wear them. This was the first year we saw medical face masks in the top picks during Prime Day, and hopefully it will be the last. (If you’re interested in reusable styles, check out the 60 face masks our staff has tested here.)

The WaterPik isn’t the only oral-hygiene tool readers have been scooping up during Prime Day: You’ve also been taking advantage of this 42 percent off deal on a dentist-recommended electric toothbrush. We’ve previously noted that this has “six cleaning modes (including one for your tongue), a light-up pressure sensor, and even Bluetooth connectivity, so you can track your brushing habits on your phone.”

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

The Prime Day Deals Strategist Readers Are Buying