Welcome to the Strategist, a site for helping you shop the internet. It is written by journalists (not robots) and is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Our goal first and foremost is to help you find the best version of whatever it is you are looking to buy, while introducing you to the stuff (a Japanese nail clipper that cuts with the precision of a Santoku knife, for instance) that you didn’t know you needed. We’ll test things ourselves; we’ll call up 40 interior designers to find the best-looking, most comfortable couch under $2,000; we’ll investigate how a certain coat from a certain retailer became a nationwide phenomenon; we’ll write odes to products that we’d happily do an infomercial for; and we’ll ask Anwar Hadid about his favorite hand soap. To give you a taste of what we do, here are some beauty products we’ve written about.
Nothing Soothes My Raccoon Eyes Like These Snail-Slime Patches
Ever since our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s skin-care Google Doc went viral in 2017, she has been telling us about some of her favorite skincare products — including these snail mucin eye patches. Read more here.
I Keep Thinking That There Will Be a Point When I Stop Using This Lip Stain
Though she owns lots of other lipsticks, Amy Larocca still finds herself using this Clinique lipstick almost every day. Read more here.
I’ve Scrubbed Off Layers of Dry Winter Skin With This $16 Turkish Glove
Get the Turkish-bathhouse effect at home by soaking then gently scrubbing with this glove to reveal smoother and healthier skin. Read more here.
Is This the Next Status Candle?
On a hunt to find the next status candle (that’s not Diptyque), Margaret Rhodes came across Le Feu de L’Eau, a female-led company that makes candles in vessels so vibrant, you’ll want to repurpose them into beautifully psychedelic planters or cups. Read more here.
I Can Fall Asleep Truly Anywhere Wearing This Eye Mask
A cupped eye mask that will transport you to comfortable and complete darkness even if you’re far from your bed — all without smushing your eyelashes. Read more here.
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.