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17 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Le Creuset to L’Oréal

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With discounts up to 60 percent off on several Strategist favorites, it’s safe to say the state of sales is excellent as we gear up for Memorial Day. There’s a waterproof picnic blanket for park dates, our beauty contributor’s favorite lightweight moisturizer, and a convincing (under-$10) dupe for Glossier’s Lash Slick. (And as always, if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)

Bala’s one-pound wrist weights — which we named one of the “breakout stars of quarantine” — will up the intensity of just about any yoga class or workout. For a limited time, they’re an extra 20 percent off (along with a bunch of other sale items) at Madewell with code STOCKUP.

The discount also applies to this breezy cotton midi dress, which is still in stock in most sizes between XXS and 4X.

With an easy-to-fasten magnetic closure and two strap lengths, this crossbody bag will keep all of your essentials within reach while you’re running errands.

This Tula moisturizer is “less dense and rich” than other moisturizers Strategist beauty contributor Rio Viera-Newton has tried (making it a great option for muggy summer weather), yet it doesn’t leave her skin feeling dry later on in the day. Now through Sunday, it’s 20 percent off as part of Tula’s Friends & Family Sale, and it ships for free.

These adult-size pool floats are made from BPA-free and recyclable PVC plastic.

Here’s a waterproof picnic blanket for when you inevitably encounter wet grass at your park hang. It folds up into a handy tote bag for easy carrying.

Here’s an excellent deal on a ’90s-inspired rugby crew from Levi’s.

Vince Camuto is taking 25 percent off select summer styles as part of its Friends & Family sale with code SPRING25. We’d put that discount toward these studded Birkenstock dupes, which have adjustable straps and a molded footbed for extra comfort.

It’s rare to find an attractive computer desk for under $100 (let alone one that’s easy to assemble).

In case you missed it, Outdoor Voices’ OV Extra Sale is back on, and the discounts are (per usual) exceptionally good. We’re partial to these seven-inch bike shorts, which are now under $40 in black, lime green, and the blue-green heather shown.

Use these Le Creuset baking dishes — now just $27.50 each — for baking desserts, braising sides, and everything in between.

I purchased this mascara balm after my tube of Glossier Lash Slick mysteriously disappeared. The formula is a little thicker than Glossier’s, but it still gives me that your-lashes-but-better look without the flakes.

After jumping up to $197 on Monday, Apple’s AirPods Pro are now back down to $175. The price will inevitably go back up, so as we say: Don’t dillydally.


If you’d rather enjoy some greenery indoors this allergy season, this floor-size Cat Palm from Costa Farms — our go-to brand for ordering plants online — belongs to a larger family of indoor palms that NASA has concluded can promote better air quality in your home.

This set-it-and-forget-it robot vacuum helped Strategist writer Liza Corsillo “avoid couples therapy” and is “smart enough to avoid ledges and other obstacles.”

Here’s a handy, highly affordable set of kitchen tools for anyone who has recently moved — or just needs to update their utensils.

Finally, this well-reviewed three-gallon trash can opens and closes automatically at the presence of your hand. This saves you time, reduces your contact with germs, and makes you feel like you’re one with the force. Plus, it requires only two AA batteries.

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17 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Le Creuset to L’Oréal