A good chunk of today’s picks are Strategist-approved (or Strategist-approved-adjacent) hair-care things at Ulta that are only on sale for today. The rest is a bit of a toss-up — some swimwear, a cat toy, some press-on nails — but lots of things to get ready for summer. Also, Ssense finally has a sale section again, and it’s looking good.
This cat toy that won’t (totally) clash with your home décor is just $13 when you apply the on-site coupon.
According to my sources (my two half-brothers, who are four and six), play tents are all the rage right now. This one from Melissa & Doug is carnival-themed, with a different activity on each side — including a beanbag toss, fish-catching game, and ticket-collecting counter.
Select full-price products at J.Crew are 30 percent off with the code SUNNY through tomorrow night — including its highly coveted line of swimwear designed in collaboration with Dauphinette.
J.Crew’s discount extends to the sale section, where you can take an extra 50 percent off already on-sale picks with the code SHOPEARLY, making this beige-y translucent pair of sunglasses just $32. (It’s also available in five other colors, but since those are full-price, you’ll have to use the code SUNNY to get 30 percent off.)
A smaller version of Topo Designs’ signature Rover backpack, this teal-and-copper bag features a built-in laptop sleeve and water-bottle pocket.
After a long hiatus, Ssense’s sale section is back. This poppy-scented soap will let you pretend you spent the week in Porto.
Here’s a patchwork-style pajama shirt from Tekla — known for its high-quality textiles and homewares — that looks nice enough to wear out.
If you prefer gel to regular polish, Strategist contributor Alyse Whitney says ManiMe’s custom-fit stick-on gel manicures last just as long (if not longer) than what you’d get at a salon for a fraction of the price.
This serum from dermatologist-approved hair-care brand SEEN is half-off just for today at Ulta. Just a few drops of the fragrance-free formula reduces frizz and adds shine — and also acts as a heat protectant.
Chris Black recommends Klorane’s ultragentle shampoo if you’ve recently buzzed your head, though the gentle oat-based formula is also nice if you’ve got longer hair and are focused on keeping your scalp healthy.
The “almost glue-like” hairspray that Kiss’s Gene Simmons uses to keep his coif corralled is half off. “I only spray it once in the morning, and it lasts the whole day,” he says.
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