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11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Staud to Maude

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If you can forgive the rhyme in the title of today’s roundup, I promise you’ll find some excellent deals below that are worthy of your attention. Two are items I own and therefore can especially recommend: a Zojirushi rice cooker for fluffy rice at the push of a button, and a gold-foil-embossed pack of playing cards that make for a thoughtful gift. And for our style-conscious readers, you’ll be pleased to see some sale-on-sale action at both Staud and Madewell.

Our overall favorite rice cooker is 31 percent off today at Amazon. Food writer and recipe developer Kiera Wright-Ruiz once called it the “Lamborghini of rice cookers,” in part due to the built-in microcomputer that senses how your rice is cooking and will adjust the time and temperature so that “even if you add too little or too much water, it will self-correct.”

If you suspect mineral buildup in your water pipes maybe be irritating or drying out your skin, this Aquabliss shower filter is now just $36. Danny Lipford, the host of the TV and radio show Today’s Homeowner, says the model is “easy to install and offers quality filtering at a reasonable price,” and that “it has a special feature to infuse vitamin C and other skin-friendly minerals into the shower’s water supply.”

To further pamper your skin, Sand & Sky’s TikTok-famous face mask is half-off today at Ulta. It’s formulated with Australian pink clay to draw out and treat pimples, as well as vitamin-C-rich kakadu plum, which experts say helps to even out hyperpigmentation.

Staying with the beauty theme, here’s an affordable multipack of natural-looking false eyelashes from Ardell. These Demi Wispies are a favorite of actress Lana Condor, who says she’s “obsessed with” them — and shared instructions about the most seamless way to put them on.

Madewell’s sale section is an extra 50 to 70 percent off with the code GOODMOOD until tomorrow night. Personally, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve finally found some plaid pajama pants that aren’t as loud as your typical bright-red plaid pajama pants can be.

I also spotted some nice lifestyle items on clearance, like this pack of playing cards from Misc. Goods Co. which I recently gave to my brother as a successful Christmas gift. I own a set, too, and can confirm they’re a pleasure to look closely at while playing a game of Crazy Eights.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this hand-poured chocolate, orange, and buttercream-scented candle (with a 40- to 45-hour burn time) is half-off at Nordstrom.

Several Ursa Major products are on sale over at the brand’s website, including our favorite natural deodorant. Jacqueline Jones, a sustainable-beauty writer at the Beauty Proof, says the baking-soda-based formula is a “game changer” at effectively suppressing odor and absorbing moisture, all while still using natural ingredients.


Maude, the Dakota Johnson–backed designer of some of our favorite modern sex toys, is currently offering 20 percent off sitewide for Strategist readers with the code STRAT20. This egg-shaped Drop vibrator fits in the palm of your hand, has three speeds, and is water-resistant.

Maude’s milk bath would also make a sweet gift for a stressed-out partner. It contains Dead Sea salt and coconut-milk powder, which combine to kick-start detoxification, increase circulation, and hydrate skin.

Finally, Staud’s sale section is typically pretty slim, but right now it’s filled with some lovely pieces, and everything is an extra 25 percent off with the code EXTRA25. Our favorite of the bunch: This slinky sweater dress, now just $62, and still available in all sizes.

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11 Things on Sale You’ll Want to Buy: From Staud to Maude