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Editors’ picks: 18 things Yahoo staffers tried and loved in October

editor favorites: snail mucin serum, food storage containers, pill box, striped sweater jacket
Curious to know what catches a professional shopper's eye? These new editor favorites won our hearts this month.

When you shop for a living, you encounter products that run the gamut of the good, the bad and the ugly. And while we've experienced our fair share of letdowns, it just makes those products that really impress stand out even more. This month, our Yahoo Life team unearthed a treasure trove of hits: One editor was wowed by a TikTok-famous snail mucin serum, while another decked out their home office with a colorful set of LED strip lights. Our faves also included lots of home, clothing, beauty and tech finds we'd recommend checking out for yourself — hope you love them as much as we do!

Use this niacinamide-packed serum daily or as a weekly treatment to soothe redness, breakouts and dry skin.

$28 at Krave Naturals

"My skin always takes a hit as soon as the fall chill hits the air. Once the weather turned, I started using this soothing serum a couple times a week before my nighttime moisturizer (I swear by Skinfix Barrier+ cream) and now my skin is back to its happy, normal state. It was a lifesaver for me during the depths of winter last year and I know it'll be the same this year." Amanda Garrity, Gift Guides Editor

Store up to seven kinds of vitamins and medications in this compact organizer.

$7 at Amazon

"The compartments in my old pill organizer weren't big enough to fit my daily vitamins, so I picked up this one from Amazon after reading the thousands of rave reviews. I'm able to fit everything I need — plus a few extras like pain relievers and allergy medicine — and see it all in clear view. It's cute enough to leave out on my counter, but also small enough to throw in my backpack or purse for travel." Amanda Garrity, Gift Guides Editor

Everyone describes shoes as being cloud-like, but these otherworldly sneakers actually are.

$155 at Klaw Footwear

"I love a chunky sneaker — at just five-feet-tall, I'll take all the extra height I can get. That said, I also want supreme comfort, and I'm happy to say these APMA-approved kicks deliver on both counts. The soles feel super cushioned, providing my weary feet with nice landing pads, and there's a good amount of arch support. They're also the perfect on-trend dad sneaker — I got them in white (they come in four chic neutrals), and while I usually destroy white shoes within days, these are surprisingly still clean-looking after several weeks." —Britt Ross, Deals Writer

Journaling just got way more therapeutic, thanks to the attached vial that imparts soothing essential oils to each pen stroke.

$10 at Target

"Few things bring me the same level of child-like joy as a really great pen, so I really try to find any excuse to use this one: It has a great grip, is the perfect weight and seemingly glides over the page. The real magic is the vial at the top of the pen, which — if you flip a tiny switch — emits one of four included essential oil blends. Each one smells incredible. My personal favorite: Calm, which has notes of wild mint and lavender." —Izabella Zaydenberg, Deputy Editor

This K-beauty skin-care product has more than 75 million views on TikTok and no wonder — it actually works.

$13 at Amazon
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$25 at Nordstrom$25 at Macy's

"Honestly, since purchasing this cult serum, all I do is talk about it. It's lightweight, gentle enough for all skin types and affordable — it's transformed my skin in weeks (reduced fine lines, evened skin tone), and I've recommended it to everyone I know." Jennifer Romolini, Senior Beauty Editor

(Be sure to check out Jennifer's full CosRx Snail Mucin Essence review for all the deets!)

This scientifically backed serum was made to combat hair thinning and detoxify and nourish the scalp and follicles so hair has room to grow and an environment in which to thrive.

$48 at Amazon
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$48 at Ulta Beauty$48 at Target

"Frustrated with hair breakage and thinning, I incorporated this new hair-thinning serum from Divi into my everyday routine. It features Copper Tripeptide-1 (for lengthening and thickening; it's also said to stimulate collagen production), rosemary leaf extract (for increased circulation), as well as other detoxifying, moisturizing ingredients (like tea tree oil) and stimulants (such as caffeine). I can already see a difference in my hair. The brand's shampoo and conditioner also contain tea tree oil for a refreshing scent and thorough clean!" —Kristin Granero, Senior Commerce Writer

Presentable and giftable, this healthy candle from Neom will turn any space into a high-end ski resort.

$55 at Neom

"As I've gotten older, I've started to pay more attention to the ingredients I eat, along with the air I breathe. And Neom is one of my favorite brands for healthy, non-toxic candles that are as luxurious as they are clean. I love the brand's soothing blends (such as Perfect Night's Sleep) for my bedroom (the perfect nightstand companion). Their new scent Cosy Nights is quintessential for fall and has made a home in my living room. They're a bit of a splurge, but they last long and the quality has been worth it to me." —Kristin Granero, Senior Commerce Writer

Effective and affordable, this clinical nail treatment deserves a spot on every bathroom shelf for keeping nails healthy in colder months and the seasons in between.

$30 at Dr. Dana

"This kit was created by a dermatologist as a way to address skin care for the cuticle and nails — and is a godsend for bringing dry, brittle digits back to life. I'm also a big fan of her non-acetone, non-smelly nail polish (it restores as it cleans and the pleasant, subtly citrus scent won't bother anyone on a train or plane!) and new No Polish Manicure Set, which includes everything you need — including a genius glass file that effectively smooths out nails so they won't rip and snag — for creating a healthy, glossy look at the office or on the fly." —Kristin Granero, Senior Commerce Writer

This bamboo charcoal dental floss is making 1,400 five-star fans smile, thanks to its strength, comfort, natural minty flavor and thoughtful zero-waste ethos.

$11 at Amazon

"Dental issues are pushing me to upgrade my oral care — and I'm all about eco-friendly solutions. This floss is biodegradable (unlike nylon floss), and it's thin enough to slide between my tight teeth yet substantial enough to clear those pesky food traps. It comes in a tiny refillable glass container. Also cool: Refills come to just $5 a pop." —Libby Sentz, Contributing Shopping Editor

Luxe pajamas don't have to look boring. These silky, high-end bamboo viscose pj's come in 18 delightful patterns and include a matching headband — and pockets.

$179 at This Is J

"I'm obsessed. These jams are sublimely soft, flattering, snazzy and justifiably pricey. Hey, it's not a splurge if you wear them every single night (and some days), is it? Spoil someone on your gift list (or yourself) with a set." —Libby Sentz, Contributing Shopping Editor

This 16-foot strip of LEDs can display millions of colors, react to music and a whole lot more.

$15 at Amazon

"This has been one of the easiest and best office upgrades I've ever made. I attached these lights to the back of a bookshelf, and now they cast a soft glow over the room. And the $5 on-page coupon didn't hurt — it meant I snagged these for just $10. Now my office has a nightlight, and honestly, it just looks cool." —Patrick Hearn, Deals Writer

Made with cotton, modal and polyester, this lightweight cardigan is just right for layering.

$25 at Amazon

"I can't stuff enough cardigans in my closet. My body temperature is constantly changing, so I'm always in a short-sleeve shirt and always taking off and putting on cardigans. This one is lightweight and it's perfect for covering up when I'm chilly, or cramming in a purse or tying around my waist when I don't need it." —Rachel Roszmann, Weekend Editor

Gentle and absorbent, these microfiber towels soak up excess moisture while minimizing breakage.

$16 at Amazon

"I can't believe I waited so long to get these microfiber hair towels. Instead of getting out of the shower and piling two pounds of towel on top of my head, I wrap my hair up in one of these. Now I can put on makeup and get dressed (they fit through a neck hole!) without straining my neck or my towel falling off my head." —Rachel Roszmann, Weekend Editor

This ladylike sweater is so cute and cozy, I'm already looking to get more colors.

$138 at J.Crew

"I just got this elegant black-and-white-striped sweater jacket and I'm obsessed. It effortlessly elevates any outfit I add it to, and it looks great both on its own or when I layer it over a tank or tee. Featuring a cropped boxy silhouette, polished gold buttons and front pockets, this feminine topper has been my go-to for fall." —Rebecca Carhart, Fashion and Beauty Writer

A folding flying camera that can take off from the palm of your hand, follow you around, then land on your palm again.

$479 at Amazon

"I've tested a lot of drones in my day, but few left me as giddy as the HoverAir X1. It captures sharp, colorful footage while it follows you up the bike path, makes an orbit around you or zooms out like a fancy Hollywood camera rig. Plus, it's a breeze to use and folds up to pocket-size when you're done. Freaking awesome." —Rick Broida, Executive Commerce Editor, Tech

Psst: (Check out Rick's full HoverAir X1 review for more!)

This 10-piece storage set from Rubbermaid keeps everything from soups and sauces to leftovers fresh. Plus, the lids and bases are dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

$22 at Amazon
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$27 at Walmart$22 at Target

"I bought these containers for packing lunch and organizing food in my fridge and they did not disappoint. The lids are very secure, so nothing leaks — even when I throw one filled with a dressed salad in my work bag. I also love that they are clear, so I can easily see what's inside." —Rory Halperin, Partnerships and Branded Content Editor

Replete with five different bits (that are all magnetic!) this is the only eyeglass screwdriver you're likely to need ever again.

$6 at Amazon

"I've bought and thrown out at least a dozen eye-glass repair kits. They either come with only one head to the screwdriver or are so small they seem more useful as props in dioramas. This one — large in the hand, with several different bits — have saved me a trip (or three) to the optometrist for very-much-needed adjustments to my specs." —Scott Simone, Managing Editor

One of the largest (12" x 24") and softest heating pads we've found, this boasts six temperatures and four timer settings.

$17 at Amazon

"Now that I'm at the age where I encounter aches and pains if I so much as sneeze the wrong way, this heating pad has been a godsend. It's the softest one I've ever tried, and covers my entire back rather than a small subsection, providing much-needed relief to multiple areas at once. It's also a boon for those whose rooms tend to get chilly at night, providing some welcome coziness." —Scott Simone, Managing Editor