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As shopping editors and writers, we spend a lot of time on Amazon searching for the best deals, under-the-radar finds and goodies that we know are worth the investment. But what do we actually spend our own money on? If you've ever been curious (or just want to peek inside our closets, cabinets and makeup bags) this is your chance to do so. We compiled a list of Yahoo-staff approved items, from an ultra-hydrating moisturizer to handy pain-relieving patches. And guess what? Everything is under $30.
Oh, and if you want to save even more, make sure you're an Amazon Prime member. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
Here's what the Yahoo Life staff has been obsessing over lately.
Liz Kiernan, commerce director: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
"A makeup artist told me about this French face cream and I’ve been addicted ever since. It feels amazing on your skin, smells even better, is super-hydrating and blends beautifully with makeup. No wonder a tube is sold every 20 seconds!"
Westry Green, managing editor: Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patch
"I have a bad back, but I work out hard. It's a bad combination. I often suffer from so much pain that it's difficult to fall asleep at night. I don't want to take Advil or Aleve every day since NSAIDs can be hard on the stomach. Instead, I apply one of these incredibly effective pain patches. The large size is perfectly suited for back pain. I can apply it either vertically or horizontally, depending on which parts of my back are suffering. It feels like it almost seals in the pain relief, and it lasts for hours! I always have a stash of these at home, and I never travel without a pack or two."
Derek Arbogast, commerce writer: WoundSeal Powder
"This item comes in just under the wire at $28, but, seeing as WoundSeal Powder can literally mean the difference between life and death, it’s worth its weight in gold. Capable of stopping bleeding in seconds sans bandages and gauze, this stuff’s been indispensable to me, whether in surviving a bear mauling in the Yukon, a bone-deep laceration while climbing El Capitan or a knife fight on New York’s Lower East Side. I know, I know; I lead an interesting life. Here’s a genius way to help protect yours."
Nicole Sforza, executive editor: Amazon Essentials Women's Cotton Bikini Brief Underwear
"I finally found the perfect pair of no-fuss everyday undies. They're super comfy, wash well, come in a multipack of assorted colors (or all black) and cost only $16 for SIX. Need I say more?"
Stephanie Sisco, commerce editor: Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer
"Pet lovers, listen up! This little gizmo is a lifesaver for collecting fur from textiles and upholstery. About the size of a credit card, this rubber-lined tool can be run along car seats, couch cushions, even rugs (though there's a larger floor model made specifically for that) to remove Fido's fur. The rubber creates static as it rubs along the fabric and that static collects the debris into a neat little tossable pile. Voilá!"
Izabella Zaydenberg, senior commerce editor: MyKirei by KAO Nourishing Shampoo
"After years of bleaching, coloring and heat styling, my hair is begging for a break. This vitamin-rich shampoo does precisely that — it removes all the gunk I have left over from products I've used between washes, plus it hydrates and nourishes my brittle, exhausted hair. It's not a substitute for a heavy-duty moisturizing treatment — that's what I have my conditioner and leave-in products for — but it's super gentle on even the most fried mane."
Libby Sentz, commerce editor: Tru Earth Eco-friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets
"I am in love with these eco-friendly detergent strips. Not only are they cruelty-free, biodegradable and zero waste, but they make laundry time loads easier. Just pop one in and go! Plus it’s gentle on my daughter’s sensitive skin. I'll never go back to liquid or powder."
Vinciane Ngomsi, sports commerce writer: Microplane Premium Grater
"There are SO many uses for this zester. I grate cheese atop pasta, zest lemon as garnish for cakes and ginger to add to tea. Burnt cookies? You can even scrape the char before serving. For something so inexpensive, the Microplane Premium Zester really does it all."
Rachel Roszmann, commerce editor: Zulay Fruit Manual Juicer
"I’m head-over-heels in love with this juicer — it makes juicing citrus fruit actually enjoyable. It gets Every. Last. Drop. out of any lemon or lime you put in there. Lemonade anyone?"
Carrie McCabe, commerce writer: Satina High Waisted Leggings
"Satina is THE biggest name in leggings at Amazon, and for good reason! Their leggings are super soft and stretchy, but still opaque enough to wear with confidence. My favorite variety of Satinas are the full-length leggings with pockets — the pockets are surprisingly deep and fit my (admittedly a bit out-of-date) iPhone 8+ perfectly and securely. Heading to the gym with a couple of cards, keys and your phone will be super easy in these…and lazing around the house is just as comfy! Plus, who can beat that price, and they’re on sale pretty often, like now!"
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Home theater deals:
Headphone, earbud, smartwatch and tablet deals:
Apple AirPods 2nd Gen, $119 (was $159), amazon.com
Apple AirPods Pro, $197 (was $250), amazon.com
Tablet and tech deals:
Moto G fast, $150 (was $200), amazon.com
Motorola One 5G Ace, $300 (was $400), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, $50 (was $60), amazon.com
YoLink Mini Plug, $22 (was $30), amazon.com
Astercook Knife Set, $46 (was $90), amazon.com
Lodge Combo Cooker Cast Iron, $50 (was $75), amazon.com
SafeRest Mattress Protector, $28 (was $38), amazon.com
CGK Queen Size Sheet Set, $30 (was $40), amazon.com
Health and Wellness:
Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, $30 (was $42), amazon.com
KF94 Masks (pack of 50), $10 (was $17), amazon.com
Lawn and Garden:
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