21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Outdoor Voices to NuFace

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They said it couldn’t be done, but for this weekend’s massive deals roundup, I found not one but two mushroom-shaped table lamps. If — for some reason — that doesn’t appeal, below you’ll also find our favorite streak-free self-tanning foam, a smart thermostat for incoming summer heat waves, and a citrus-scented hand-sanitizing mist. And as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.


Our favorite self-tanner is 25 percent off at both Amazon and Ulta this weekend. Spray-tan stylist Cait Cassagne assures us that it doesn’t “have that yuck self-tan smell,” she says, “and the color has beautiful undertones” that look nice on a wide range of skin tones.

Google Nest Thermostat

In addition to being actually stylish, this smart thermostat makes suggestions on scheduling tweaks to help you save energy, while also tracking and alerting you to odd patterns in your heating and cooling usage.

If your home doesn’t have AC, an oscillating tower fan from Lasko is your best bet. This isn’t the exact model we named the best floor fan, but it’s still a powerhouse — and has been a Strategist best seller several times over the years.

Amazon Echo Glow

Roughly the size of a football, the Amazon Echo Glow can be set to a specific color, cycle through a rainbow timer, or light up with fun patterns called things like campfire, disco, and underwater, according to Strategist contributor Tobey Grumet Segal. “And if waking up for school is as big a problem in your home as it is in ours, you can sync it with Amazon routines so that it gradually brightens until it’s time for the alarm to go off,” she says.

Until April 18, a ton of Strategist-recommended products are up to 30 percent off for SkinStore’s Friends and Family sale. Dianna Cohen, founder of hair-care line Crown Affair, uses this hair mask twice a week and calls it “the most universal hydrating mask” to make hair shinier and silkier without clogging your scalp or causing buildup.

Strategist writer Dominique Pariso says this vitamin-C serum brightens her under eyes better than the cult-favorite Banana Bright cream from Ole Henriksen. The fragrance-free formula “actually states its concentration of L-ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) on the bottle” and “instantly sinks into the skin and leaves a velvety finish” with no “greasy residue.”

Recommended to us by several writers and dermatologists, the NuFace device helps to depuff and tone the face and neck by zapping your skin with waves of energy.

Outdoor Voices added a ton of stuff to its clearance bin this morning. I’d suggest filtering by size, as a lot of the offerings have limited availability, but I did spot these olive-green workout pants still in stock in sizes extra-small through extra-large.

The best-selling one-shoulder exercise dress is on sale in white, lilac, and eggplant. (Both purple color options are cheaper than the white, which is 20 percent off.)

The unlined version has a few more colors available, including nonsolid options like this stripe-y number.

Everything in Lisa Says Gah’s sale section has been discounted to at least half-off. I’ve been using Baggu’s Cloud bag — which is on sale in a funky gingham pattern — as a weekend bag and as my carry-on for over five years.

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Here’s a Strategist-approved gold-plated necklace from Wolf Circus that would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift.

Vacation recently released this cooling (and nonsticky) aloe-vera and cucumber-infused gel for soothing sunburnt skin. has four of Touchland’s high-tech hand-sanitizing mists in stock: Citrus Grove, Applelicious, Blue Sandalwood, and Rainwater. Unlike traditional gel sanitizers, it won’t leave behind any tacky film or dry out your cuticles.

The discount code also applies to already on-sale items like this curvaceous vase from Areaware.

A charming mushroom-shaped lamp for the kiddos who’ve already seen The Super Mario Bros. Movie three times. It comes in red or pink, as well as a smaller size.

For a more grown-up take on the above, consider this mid-century-inspired glass lamp from Urban Outfitters. It, along with a slew of other home furnishings and décor, is 20 percent off this weekend.

Sephora’s tiered Savings Event starts today for Rouge-level members, who get 20 percent off sitewide with the code SAVENOW through April 24. VIB and Insider-level members will have to wait until Monday to get their discounts (15 percent off sitewide and 10 percent off sitewide). We suggest picking up Clinique’s makeup remover, which works on waterproof mascara “without irritating the eyes” or leaving a “greasy residue,” one makeup artist told us.

Sephora’s entire in-house makeup line is 30 percent off for the sale — and you don’t have to be a member at all to access the savings. This waterproof, retractable eyeliner is available in 18 colors in shimmer, matte, and glitter finishes.

Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst likes this liquid lipstick, writing that the shade Always Red is “an opaque true red” that “looks good on absolutely everyone.” If that’s not your jam, there are over 70 shades to choose from.

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21 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Outdoor Voices to NuFace