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Essie Expressie Nail Polish
If you can't march over to the salon, then bring the salon to you. That's exactly what assistant beauty editor Angela Trakoshis, who is usually a biweekly nail salon person, is doing with the newly launched Essie Expressie nail polish, which she says "is a serious game-changer because it's on-the-go technology makes it fully dry in — I kid you not — less than two minutes." And get this, you don't even need a base or top coat for Essie Expressie, which also just won a 2020 Readers' Choice Award. Hi, impatient people, this is your kind of polish.
And the coolest feature? The brush angles itself for seamless left- and right-handed application. Trakoshis's favorite shade is a baby pink 'Crop Top and Roll,' but there are 39 more shades to pick from if that's not your thing. And at less than $10 a pop, you'll definitely want to pick up a few shades to suit your many moods.
$9 (Shop Now)
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Halluci Cross Band Soft Plush Slippers
Every day, we're shuffling — in cozy slippers, that is. After falling down a rabbit hole of Amazon must-haves on TikTok and YouTube, beauty assistant Talia Gutierrez says these Halluci cross-band plush slippers are "one of my best purchases to date." They look so cozy and enticing from the product photo alone.
"The fuzzy crossover hugs your feet without feeling restricted, while the thick sole provides a comfortable foundation," Gutierrez adds. OK, we're officially sold. These fuzzies come in seven colors and sizes Small to X-Large (which fit women's sizes 5 to 12), but the brand recommends you size one up.
$24 (Shop Now)
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Everlane The Easy Chino Long Short
Looking to stock up on clothes that you'll wear well beyond work-from-home life? Well, digital deputy editor Kara McGrath has a suggestion for you. She still plans on wearing a lot of bike shorts during the summer (as she did exclusively last year), but decided to search for some shorts that are "a little more elevated, in case we ever start having in-person meetings again," she says.
Everlane's pull-on The Easy Chino Long Short fits that exact bill, since "they have an extremely comfortable thick elastic waistband, but are made of stiff cotton that totally works for fancier occasions." They're currently available in sizes 00 to 16 and two colors, washed black and amber.
$48 (Shop Now)
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La Colombe Vanilla Draft Latte
Even though coffee is already a daily staple for a lot of us, it might feel more vital while working from home to keep us feeling up-to-speed. Senior beauty editor Dianna Mazzone says that in place of her usual walk around the block to fight afternoon slumps, "it seems only responsible to sip on a La Colombe Vanilla Draft Latte at home instead."
This delicious concoction is made with cold brew, natural vanilla, and a pinch of cane sugar — and it uses nitrous oxide to create a consistently silky, thick texture. Plus, you get 115 milligrams of caffeine, which is equivalent to one and a half cups of coffee. "It's just caffeinated enough to perk me up without giving me a jittery feeling," she says. "And did I mention the taste is like the best milkshake you've ever had?"
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Power Systems Rubber Octagonal Dumbbell
If you were to browse Amazon, Target, or any local sporting goods store for free weights, chances are you'd be hard-pressed to find any available until mid-July. Lucky for associate digital beauty director Sarah Kinonen, who snapped up two sets of SPRI dumbbells (12- and 15-pounds each) when stay-at-home orders were first put into place in March.
"With gyms and local fitness studios closed for the foreseeable future, my workouts have moved indoors — into my living room," she says. "Having a number of dumbbells around not means flexibility in my workouts, but now I can join in on my favorite Barry's classes and not have to worry about buying extra equipment." While Kinonen's exact weights are sold out, we found an alternative option with 24 weight options, ranging from three to 100 pounds.
Starting at $8 (Shop Now)
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On the other end of the beverage spectrum, senior commerce writer Sarah Han is a big fan of Winc, a subscription service that makes it easy to buy wine without leaving your couch. "I almost exclusively stock up on $4 wines from Trader Joe's (I'm cheap, OK?), but after staying at home became the new normal, I realized having delicious, curated wine delivered straight to my door was exactly what I needed," she says.
Winc wines are either produced at a Winc-owned winery in California or from their independent winemaking partners around the world. Winc curates your monthly wines based off of a quiz you take to determine your taste profile. If you don't like a particular wine that's been chosen, you can read reviews for other wines and swap it out for one that better suits your mood. You'll be so ready for your next Zoom happy hour (or solo dance party).
Starting at $13 per bottle (Shop Now)
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Cosc Resin Top Folding Table
If you weren't 100 percent prepared going into long-term work-from-home life, like most of us, you've had to adapt pretty quickly. For example, digital staff writer Nicola Dall'Asen bought a simple folding table, which she says is "a total lifesaver for my back," to place in front of her couch as her new desk. "I have chronic lower back pain, so having a designated work desk is extremely important for me to keep my posture right and prevent making things worse," she says.
This Cosc Resin desk is lightweight and has non-marring leg tips to protect your floor from scratches. “When the weekend comes around I can just fold it up and lean it against a wall,” Dall'Asen adds. Space-saving items are always a win in our books.
$44 (Shop Now)
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Samsonite Ergonomic Lumbar Support Pillow
One of the first practical purchases senior commerce writer Sarah Han made at the start of this work-from-home period was this Samsonite Ergonomic Lumbar Support Pillow, which comes with an adjustable strap that loops around the back of a chair and buckles shut. Without any extra support, she can't actually lean back on her office chair, and “since I can't depend on myself to sit with perfect posture all the time, I needed this lumbar pillow to bridge the gap," she says.
This memory foam pillow is just the right amount of cushy and firm. "It's made a world of difference in terms of comfort levels, and I barely experience any of the normal shoulder/trapezius muscle pain I'd typically get from sitting at my desk all day," says Han.
$20 (Shop Now)
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Netflix is great, but there comes a time when even the biggest devotee might feel some serious Netflix fatigue. That's where Masterclass comes into play, at least for Gutierrez. It's hard to choose a favorite among the over 80 classes (which usually have around 12 lessons each) on the platform, but she loves "Anna Wintour Teaches Creativity and Leadership" and "Bob Iger Teaches Business Strategy and Leadership" and says those courses "have lit a spark in my new work-from-home life."
Who wouldn't feel inspired watching Anna Wintour shell out her wisdom? "After practically binge-watching both courses, I (virtually) left, feeling inspired, and motivated," Gutierrez says.
$180 for two passes, which includes access to all classes (Shop Now)
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Original Paperbacks Tie Dye T-Shirt
Senior commerce editor Lauren Swanson happily hopped on the tie-dye trend with her impulse-buy Original Paperbacks sweatshirt and "practically lives in it." While the sweatshirt isn't available anymore, it's available in T-shirt and sleeveless tank versions for your warmer-weather needs.
It's about time you get your signature cozy and colorful at-home fit — and soon, because all four colors (originally available in sizes Small to XX-Large) are going fast.
$17 (Shop Now)
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Olipop Variety 12-Pack Sampler
Olipop, a beverage brand that makes sparkling tonics loaded with gut-improving prebiotics and flavor, have become a fast favorite of digital beauty editor Devon Abelman. She loves them because sipping on a can is like drinking soda — just without the added sugars and chemicals. "Olipop tastes just like it without all the nasties and is packed with probiotics and fiber that help with my sensitive stomach," Abelman says.
For instance, Strawberry Vanilla has real strawberry juice, fresh lemon, and pink rock salt. But Abelman says her favorites are Vintage Cola and Root Beer because “they remind me of the pizza parties of my childhood," she says. "Ginger Lemon is amazing if you like ginger beer.”
$42 for a 12-can variety pack (Shop Now)
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Without access to our usual gyms and studios, McGrath has invested in the paid subscription version of the YogaByCandace app after using the free version for years — and spoiler alert: it's totally worth it.
"Paying gives you access to calendars of 30 day programs with different goals in mind, like flexibility, strength, or specific poses (I'm currently working on my handstand)," she says. And obviously, you can't forget a solid yoga mat to handle all of these badass poses — McGrath's favorite is the super cushy Manduka Pro.
Free or $4 per month for a premium subscription (Download Now)
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Stars Above Beautifully Soft Crop Pajama Pants
Generally speaking, you should definitely own a pair of incredibly comfy pajama pants, but for research director Lori Segal, the Stars Above Beautifully Soft Crop Pajama Pants served a bigger purpose. She originally bought a few pairs when she broke her ankle and was recuperating from surgery during the end of January. "They were super cheap and could fit over my splint — and then my recovery flowed sadly and seamlessly into [working from home]," says Segal.
Now she gets even more wear out of them, and as a bonus, they're "surprisingly super-soft, pill-free, and durable after countless washings." Did we mention they also have pockets? They're available in sizes x-small to xx-large and three colors. Go on, buy them now.
$17 (Shop Now)
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Digital editor Jihan Forbes was smart and snatched up her Nintendo Switch the very first week she (and most of us) started working from home, and says that she's played Animal Crossing so much that "it's basically become my real life — and it's the only way I can visit my friends without being totally depressed that I can't hug them," she says.
Honestly, that's the best reason to be indebted to a raccoon. Besides Animal Crossing, Forbes has also been playing Civilization VI as the Nubian Empire and Super Mario Odyssey.
While the Switch is currently sold out everywhere, you can currently shop a Switch Lite for $199 (Shop Now)