We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trawling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including earbuds with better battery life, what Shaun White uses to combat helmet hair, and chickpea-based ice cream that stays fresh in the freezer.
Boob tape for women with bigger breasts
“Let’s make one thing clear: There is nothing wrong with showing off your bra,” writes Strategist writer Jenna Milliner-Waddell. “But sometimes a bra really can ruin an outfit.” For those occasions when you might want some coverage, she spoke to four lingerie experts about the best options — from backless bras and boob tape to a bodysuit that “comes almost down to the butt crack.” Brassybra was mentioned by Lori Kaplan, the owner of Bra Tenders, because the teardrop-shaped adhesive pads are “designed for women with very heavy breasts.” Kaplan herself claims that her store is “selling tons of it to girls that wear F, G, and H cups … It’s really the first adhesive product designed for girls with big breasts, and our customers are happy, and it works.”
Blendable, buildable bronzer
Do not dillydally on Glossier’s newest addition to its lineup. Its Solar Paint bronzer “contains light-reflecting pearls to create dimension and add warmth” in four shades for “instant summer skin.” It features a “whipped gel texture” that’s buildable and easy to blend with fingers. Plus, it “contains skin-nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil and aloe.”
What Shaun White uses to combat helmet hair
When we spoke to three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White about the things he can’t live without, he mentioned TIGI’s hair stick he started using after cutting his hair short. “I’m self-conscious about it because when I take my helmet off after snowboarding all day, my hair is flattened into place,” he explains. “If I put this in before I ride, I can take my helmet off and style my hair back into place so it actually looks good for those side-slope interviews.”
Chickpea-based ice cream that stays fresh in the freezer …
There are plenty of dairy-free ice-cream options available nowadays, but as Strategist writer Chloe Anello writes, “Just because options exist doesn’t mean they are created equal.” To find out which ones are actually worth buying, she spoke to 44 folks about their favorites. Van Leeuwen was a runaway favorite with 26 people recommending it, but Milliner-Waddell claims SweetPea “beats it.” She says, “It’s so creamy, like Ample Hills–level creamy, and the consistency is the closest I’ve ever had to dairy-based ice cream.” It’s the only ice cream listed that’s chickpea-based, and Milliner-Waddell assures that, by taste alone, you would never know it’s made from beans. Another reason it rises above its competition: “A lot of dairy-free ice cream, including Van Leeuwen’s, can get freezer burn after just a couple days of being open, but I’ve worked through one pint of SweetPea over the course of a month and never had that issue until the very end.”
… and an (on-sale) mini-fridge that keeps beauty products fresh
As we rummaged through the sales this week, we found plenty of great finds at Anthropologie’s weekend sale. One of those items was this Cooluli mini-fridge, which one Strategist contributor says “runs almost silently” and uses “about as much power as a 50-watt light bulb.” It stores things in the 46-to-50-degree range, which is ideal for extending the shelf life of most creams, serums, and moisturizers — keeping them cool without freezing them.