There are just some things that you simply can’t live without.
If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for a product that makes all the little things in your life a piece of cake. Living in New York City can be hectic, so if any product makes my life simpler, I am SO there.
But this won’t just be regular, old stuff that everyone has. No, my Amazon carts and wishlists are filled with best selling products that help me do what I love, especially journaling, beauty, cooking, and being active.
Lucky you, you’ve come to the exact right place to find your next favorite thing. Below is a list of some of my favorite products that I’ve bought on Amazon. They range from small things, like patches that zap your pimples overnight, to major appliances that make cooking gourmet meals a snap. Whether you’re looking for beauty finds, tech, kitchen tools, or just some things that make your home a little more “homey,” check out this list below.
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This Cuticle Oil Keeps Your Nail Beds Hydrated And Smells Great
Real talk: I have super dry cuticles and I don’t think I’m alone here. Luckily, I stumbled upon this oil, which not only promises to hydrate, it also looks gorgeous on my vanity. And a little goes a long way, so you won’t run out for months and your mani will look picture perfect.
These Headbands Are Cute And Functional On Hot Days
via: AmazonEveryone with long or unruly hair needs a good headband once in a while. These pretty, little things are not only functional, but comfortable. I cannot stress enough what an amazing thing it is not to have your head pinched by a too-tight band. I use them for muggy days, bad hair days, while I put on makeup, and just about any time I need my hair out of my face.
This Time-Marked Water Bottle Makes It Easier To Stay Hydrated All Day
Staying hydrated is probably the number one beauty, health, and general everyday life advice out there. It keeps your skin soft and your body moving. But, and I am the first to admit this, I am terrible at drinking enough water. And all the coffee and soda I consume in a week isn’t helping. But this time-marked bottle shows you exactly how much to consume per hour, so it’s easy to stay on track.
These Affordable, Wireless Ear Buds Have The Clearest Sound
I walk a lot. It’s my main mode of transportation. And I absolutely need my music, podcasts, or audiobooks when I’m traveling around. Of course, I’m not exactly flush with cash to afford AirPods, but honestly, these are absolutely a good alternative for maybe a quarter of the price. Plus, their design fits easily in your ear and won’t fall out unexpectedly, so you can go wire-free without worrying about losing one.
These Ceramic Coasters Are Beautiful And Keep Your Furniture Safe
I’m not saying I have a ton of fancy furniture that needs protection. I don’t. But I do like to keep my wood finish nice and tidy, and those condensation rings left by my drink are just plain unsightly. But I also want some coasters that fit my style, and these minimal, marble coasters bring a lot of aesthetic with a tiny price.
This Electric Candle Lighter Is Safer Than A Regular Match
Scenario: You’re hoping to slide into a nice, hot bath, but your adorable candle in a jar is almost spent, which means you have the delightful task of trying to relight the wick without burning yourself. Honestly, this lighter was a lifesaver for me and my fingertips because it’s sleek and safe to keep in a drawer and also uses an electric coil to light your candles, which is way safer than hoping your spent match is cooled down.
This Innovative Slicer Makes Your Avocado Toast Even Simpler To Make
Do you love avocado toast? Guacamole? A refreshing, Green Goddess salad? You’re not alone. Whenever I’m tasked with slicing an avocado, I’m never sure of the best, most efficient way to get rid of that gigantic pit (without putting my fingers at risk). This slicer makes it 100% easier to throw away that pit with no effort, so you can spread that good green stuff as soon as possible.
This Essential Oil Diffuser Is The Prettiest Way To Get Some R&R
Candles and incense are nice, but honestly, their scents can be super overpowering. Sometimes I just want my house to smell clean and fresh, so I popped over to Amazon and found this water diffuser that puts out a light scent while also working as a humidifier. I absolutely love products that do more than one thing!
This Hydrating Facial Cleanser Is Gentle Enough For Sensitive Skin
via: AmazonI’m a huge skincare addict, which is great for my face but not really for my wallet. And I absolutely cannot live without a good cleanser that doesn’t leave my sensitive skin tight or red. I’ve tried lots of expensive cleaners, and none of them really impressed me. But this one from La Roche-Posay is less than $20 and works as well as a high end product.
This Lip Scrub Gently Exfoliates (And Is Vegan Too!)
via: AmazonI’m not a vegan, but you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a clean skincare fanatic. On top of that, my lips are almost constantly dry and flaky, especially in winter. I’ve been using this scrub for months and it’s the best thing I’ve tried for getting rid of those pesky flakes without irritating and leaving behind a hydrated lip. Yes, even when it’s freezing outside.
This Popular Pressure Cooker Makes Meals As Easy As Pressing A Button
via: AmazonYou’ve probably heard of an Instant Pot before, but you really can’t understand its magic until you’ve tried it. Yes, it’s a little bit of a pricey find, but what it will save you in wasted groceries and take out is worth it. Not to mention, it’s definitely one of those “set it and forget it" appliances that makes cooking way easier -- and in way less time than a slow cooker. I got this as a Christmas present, and it’s been my main tool at least three to four times a week.
These Penguin-Shaped Egg Cookers Are Adorable As Well As Useful
via: AmazonEggs are one of my favorite proteins, and I couldn’t resist snapping up this adorable little crate that looks like a group of penguins huddled together. But it serves a purpose, too. Now I don’t have to be afraid of cracked shells when I hard boil or soft boil my eggs for breakfast, because these heat-resistant penguins keep them in place. They’re also great for storage, too.
This Microfiber Sheet Set Stays Perfectly Soft, Even After Multiple Washes
via: AmazonSoft sheets are essential for a good night’s sleep, but you can never quite tell how a sheet is going to feel when you’re checking it out in a store. To be honest, I was apprehensive about buying sheets online, but after trying these ones, which are made of soft microfiber that doesn’t get rough or hot, I’m never going back to other sheets.
This Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend Is So Good, You’ll Use It For Everything
via: AmazonIf you’ve been to a Trader Joe’s, you might have seen this little spice blend on the racks. Let me tell you, as an everything bagel lover, this is truly the best condiment. I put it on avocado toast, popcorn, baked potatoes...basically everything. It’s a blend of garlic, onion, sea salt, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds -- everything you’ll find on a real “everything" bagel.
These Hydrocolloid Patches Zap Your Zits While You Sleep
via: AmazonSadly, I am not one of those people whose skin magically cleared after I got into my 20’s. No, I think pimples will be a part of my life forever, but I found these patches really do the trick when it comes to getting rid of them quickly. Pop one on over your blemish, sleep, and in the morning, you’ll be met with smooth skin again. It’s also a good deterrent for popping or scratching, so you don’t risk scarring later.
This Gorgeous Rose Gold Notebook Set Will Help You Keep Track Of Your Big Ideas
via: AmazonI love to jot down ideas, make lists, and generally practice the art of handwriting. We’re all so addicted to our smartphones and laptops, sometimes it’s hard to just put pen to paper. Whenever I am commuting, walking, or even just spending time on the couch, I like to have a little notebook like this handy so I can get to writing at a moment’s notice. They’re very easy on the eyes, too. A pretty journal can be a big motivator.
This Plush Faux Fur Blanket And Pillow Set Is The Coziest Way To Stay Warm
via: AmazonWhen it’s cold, or snowy, or rainy, having a cozy blanket and pillow is exactly that you need to feel good on a dreary day. I love the look of faux fur, so naturally I was drawn to this blanket and pillow set that looked so soft and inviting, I knew I had to have them in my house immediately. They also come in gray, lavender, and teal to fit your own living room design.
This Sleek Yoga Mat Is Non-slip And Eco-friendly
via: AmazonI injured my feet a few years ago, and while I was doing physical therapy, I got into daily stretching, which eventually led to buying a yoga online workout subscription. But as fun and restorative as yoga was for me, I was constantly sliding around my mat. After switching to this one, I feel way more secure in my downward facing dog, and I don’t have to worry about this company using toxic chemicals to make it.
This Travel Laptop Backpack Blends Beauty And Function (And It Can Charge Your Batteries, Too)
via: AmazonIf there’s one thing in life that I would recommend to anyone, it’s traveling. Of course, I try to be as minimal as possible when I’m on a trip, or even just commuting, so I can get to where I need to go effortlessly. When I bought this backpack, I was hoping just for something for my laptop, but it turned out to do so much more. Not only does it keep my electronics charged, it’s also very spacious and can be used for the weekend, for work, or just for getting around.
This Skincare Oil Works Wonders On Dehydration, Uneven Skin Tone, And Scars
via: AmazonStorytime: After a surgery I had to get in my early 20s, I was absolutely shocked at the scars I had months later. And I tried everything. Creams, serums, you name it. I tried it. While some of these products helped fade my scars a little, they don’t hold a candle to this oil, which is basically a skincare super product. It has a special ingredient that hydrates, evens skin tone for a healthy glow, and yes, even faded most of my scars years after the fact.
This Shampoo Brush Is Literally Like Getting A Massage At Your Salon
via: AmazonI never realized how much build-up I had until I found this brush. At first, I was only in it for the head massage. Who wouldn’t be? But after using it once, I found that it also left my roots lifted and my hair soft. It really doesn’t hurt that it also feels amazing when you use it, like being at a spa.
These Fine Tip Pens Are Perfect For Journaling Or Drawing
via: AmazonAgain, I’m a big fan of journaling. Not only am I always on the hunt for the best journals and notebooks out there, I also am looking for the best pens. These fine-tip pens are some of the best I’ve used. Their ink is smooth, they don’t bleed through, and they come in nice colors that make them good for bullet journaling and drawing too.
These Yoga Shorts Make Your Summer Workout A Breeze
via: AmazonEvery yoga lover needs a good mat, but they also need good workout clothes. After all, how are you supposed to do Warrior 1 if your yoga pants are slipping down or making you sweaty? In the summer, or if my yoga studio is skimping on their air conditioning, I usually reach for these yoga shorts, which are made like my longer pants, but they leave me feeling cool and comfortable.
This Foam Travel Pillow Comes With A Hood For The Ultimate Comfort And Privacy
via: AmazonComfortable sleeping in planes, trains, and cars is largely about trial and error. You don’t want anything that isn’t going to fit in your mode of transportation, so the handy neck pillow is the perfect accessory. Not only does this comfy foam pillow keep your neck supported, it also comes with a hoodie so you can block unwanted light or have a little privacy while you snooze.
This Flowy, Scoop-neck Shirt Is The Perfect Tee For Warm Days
via: AmazonNo joke, I have this shirt in six different colors. It’s super flowy and comfortable to wear on hot days, but you don’t have to worry about the material being see-through. This comes from one of Amazon’s in-house brands, and now I use them for all my basics. These tees are also true-to-size, so you can size down for a more fitted look, or order your usual size if you want it to be looser.
These Polarized, Cat-eye Sunglasses Are The Ultimate Summer Accessory
via: AmazonI can’t survive summer without my sunnies. I just can’t. I refuse to squint my way through the season. Of course, finding a good pair of sunglasses that you truly love is hard, but these reflective, cat-eyes are so cute and summery, I wear them everywhere: in the park, walking to work, and especially, on the beach.
This Slim, Metal Cart Gives You Storage In The Most Unlikely Places
via: AmazonApartment dwellers, take note. Always invest in some quality storage. It’ll keep your apartment clutter-free and you might actually be able to find what you’re looking for when you actually need it. And one of the least-used spaces in our homes is that little gap between our fridge or oven and the wall. This metal cart is specifically made for that space, and you can keep whatever you like in it from spices to cleaning products.
These Shadow Shields Make Doing Your Eye Makeup Way Cleaner
via: AmazonI’m not, by any means, a makeup artist. So, sometimes if I’m being careless with my brush or trying to pull off a bright or dark shade, I end up with eyeshadow fall out. A nightmare. But when I found these shields, they made everything so much easier. I just pop them on under my eyes, apply whatever eye makeup I like, and when I’m done I can just take them off without leaving behind dark circles.
This Beverage Chiller Makes The Perfect Cold Brew Or Iced Tea In Less Than A Minute
via: AmazonI’m the kind of person who will drink cold brew in the middle of winter, and I’m not afraid to say it. But when I make coffee or tea at home, and I want a refreshing iced beverage, it usually means planning ahead so I can stick it in the fridge overnight. Not after I got this beverage chiller, of course. This thing can chill your drinks to perfection in a minute flat.
This Ice Roller Is A Life Saver For Eye Puffiness, Headaches, And Sore Muscles Too
via: AmazonEye puffiness in the morning, headaches in the afternoon, or sore spots after a workout all have one thing in common: They often get better with ice. I got this roller as a gift and it’s been essential for soothing little aches or helping freshen my skin in the morning. It can basically live in your freezer and you can use it for months on end.