I've admitted before that even though I might not be the most efficient shopper, when I do make a purchase, I commit—wholeheartedly. This is probably why countless friends, family members, and colleagues are always amazed by the must-have products I've discovered over the years on Amazon. You see, even though I loathe the crowds of Fifth Avenue in NYC (or the mall back home in suburbia), I am not so secretly a wizard when it comes to finding the best products lurking within the behemoth online retailer. And, of course, while I prefer to shop small, there are just some items that are more efficient and affordable to purchase online.
So keeping the keyword "affordable" in mind, I pulled together a list of 31 random things I've found on Amazon that people always ask me about. From fashion basics and trendy accessories to nicely priced beauty must-haves and even a few tech gadgets and wellness essentials, all of the below products are easily sourced on Amazon and can be added to your cart with just a few clicks.
Even better? Every single item on this list clocks in under $50. Still skeptical? Keep scrolling—you're bound to be pleasantly surprised.
GOTDYA Hair Barrettes ($10)
Barrettes are still a big trend this year, and buying them in a 10-pack ensures you'll always have one handy in a bag or coat pocket.
Sofsy Polka-Dot Patterned Tights ($20)
I wore these tights to a chic winter wedding and was pleasantly surprised not only by how they kept me warm when walking from the ceremony to the venue but also how durable they were on the dance floor.
Pavoi Classic Tennis Bracelet ($15)
I also acquired this for said wedding. I needed a little sparkle to enhance my all-black ensemble but didn't have time to shop around for a splurge. This simple tennis bracelet did the trick in a pinch—and got me so many compliments!
Amazon Essentials Tech Stretch Short-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt ($19)
It has been said that these Amazon Essentials tees are comparable to the fashion-girl favorites from Madewell.
Core 10 High Waist Yoga Legging ($29)
They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. You also have to try on a lot of leggings before you find the perfect fit. Go ahead—take these for a spin.
Pretty Garden Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat ($32)
You might think that you don't need to opt into the shearling trend this season, and you would be wrong. At this price point, this is a cozy coat you can feel good about buying now (and probably wearing every day until spring).
Cuccio Revitalize Cuticle Oil ($7)
Cuticle oil wasn't even on my radar until I interviewed several nail professionals last year, but after using this top-selling Amazon product, I'm hooked (and so are my mom and sister).
Avarelle Acne Absorbing Cover Patch ($8)
No joke, I hand these zit stickers out like candy. My boyfriend and best friend are also big fans.
Wet Brush Original Detangler Hair Brush ($13)
I've waxed poetic about the Wet Brush before, but this product has single-handedly saved my fine hair from serious breakage. I have multiple that I stash in my bedroom, bathroom, and suitcase.
Mario Badescu Witch Hazel Toner ($14)
I am so 2000 and late on this, but after speaking with several skincare pros, I got turned onto this toner. It was a simple step to add to my routine, but my skin has never felt cleaner or looked better.
The Original MakeUp Eraser Original Pink ($20)
I used to think that I was so diligent about taking off all of my makeup before bed. A few swipes of this MakeUp Eraser and I realized how much residue was actually getting left behind (ew, gross). Try it and you'll see for yourself!
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer ($36)
Everyone at Who What Wear who has experienced this magical Revlon machine is hooked. It works great on different hair textures, and at this price, it is absolutely worth buying now.
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream With Hyaluronic Acid ($13)
I'm all about setting achievable goals in 2020, and maximum hydration is at the top of my list. This is a low-lift way to do the most for the delicate skin around your eyes, especially during the winter months.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($19)
Hydration and moisturizing go hand in hand, so you know I am slathering myself in this classic CeraVe cream after every shower.
So you want healthy skin, some anti-aging action, retinol, a slight tint, and SPF? How's this for an affordable skincare solution?
Elixir Premium Lab Moisturizing Gloves Hand Mask ($7)
Not only does this Korean hand treatment feel luxurious, but it also forces me to put down my phone for a few minutes and be in the moment. Win-win.
Amazon Basics Universal Air Vent Car Cell Phone Holder ($9)
I live in New York City, which means I rarely get to drive anywhere. However, I discovered this product when I was at home for the holidays and immediately purchased multiples to give to my parents and car-owning friends. The universal design works in any type of vehicle and uses magnets to hold up the phone instead of a clunky contraption. Even better? Two come in a set, so you can keep one and give another to a pal.
Shanshui Adhesive Stick-on ID Pocket ($6)
Because I live in NYC and don't drive, I like to keep my MetroCard handy. These pocket stickers are super durable and adhere to a case or caseless phone.
Cowin Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Wireless Headphones ($42)
I bought these ahead of a long-haul flight to South Africa last year, and have no idea how I traveled without noise-canceling headphones before. They're cheap enough that you don't have to beat yourself up if they get lost in transit but also durable and work great.
Aha Style AirPods Case Silicon Protective Cover ($9)
Unfortunately, I did lose my AirPods on a flight recently. I sucked it up and purchased a new pair along with this bright silicon case—so far, so good.
Amazon Basics Double Braided Nylon Lightning to USB Cable ($16)
Is it just me, or are these things always in short supply? I like this 10-foot power cable and find it charges faster than the one that came with my phone.
Lagunamoon Essential Oils Gift Set ($10)
So you want to test out a few essential oils but aren't sure where to start? Here, start right here.
InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser ($13)
And get this diffuser, too. I have one at home and another at the office for maximum zen.
Nature's Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies ($11)
If taking a gummy vitamin can help me avoid getting sick, why not? These are a top seller on Amazon.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides ($43)
You know you're getting older when you actually start singing the praises of dietary supplements. Curious about collagen peptides? This Vital Proteins powder is easy to integrate into your morning routine.
Sports Research Biotin (5000mcg) ($14)
I have been taking biotin for years. While some pills can taste chalky or bitter, this brand is totally palatable.
Scentered Sleep Well Aromatherapy Balm Stick ($22)
This sleep stick is the gift that keeps on giving! Well, I keep giving it to people, and then they give it to someone else, and so on…
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep mask ($10)
I used to live in a really bright, eastern-facing apartment and wore this sleep mask religiously. (I am not a morning person.) Now, I mostly keep this sleep mask on hand for flights. It is very soft and helps me relax.
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands ($11)
These resistance bands are easy to stash in a suitcase for workouts on vacation—and take up way less space than running shoes.
Plants for Pets Succulent Plants ($18)
Ready to start your plant collection? Succulents are an easy way to add greenery to your home—you'll become a plant person in no time.
Simple Modern 32 oz Summit Water Bottle ($22)
As I said, hydration is key, but single-use plastics are a definite don't. I like to keep this big water bottle at my desk and refill it at least three times a day.
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