Monday, April 1, 2019

The Best Things to Buy On Amazon: Amazon Favorites / Amazon Must-Haves

If any of you all have Amazon Prime, you know just how addicting it can be. Now add to that the fact that I'm much more of an Amazon mom than I am a Pinterest mom. What do you get? A ton of purchases from Amazon...which means a ton of products tested and tried by me. I've picked out my favorites. You know, the ones YOU NEED to get. (Ok, that's a little much. But definitely, the ones that I recommend.) I've purchased all of these products. And this post is not sponsored. In fact, some of these items are items I've been repurchasing over and over again for years. Some of them can be found at other stores and some I've only seen on Amazon.

I also wanted to include a link to my Amazon Storefront. It's not what it sounds like. It's not stuff that I'm selling. So don't worry! It's basically Amazon's new version of their influencer program. We aren't told to promote products or even to include certain products on our lists. It's literally just an outlet for us to list and link our personal favorites so that we are able to share everything in one place instead of having to continually list link after link to each individual product. I have a ton of stuff on my storefront that I love but are not included on this list. I tried to keep this list short-ish and only include my top 15 items.

So, if you want to see my full list of Amazon favorites and stay up-to-date and see my new favorites as I find them, check out my storefront here from time to time. 

Enough of my rambling! I know you came here for the list! Let's get into it.

1.  LVIOE Cat Eyes Sunglasses for Women, Polarized

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 These sunglasses! People either love 'em or hate 'em. They are seriously oversized. If you follow my Instagram (shameless plug coming), then you've seen them in a few posts including this one here.  If you know me in person, you most likely have seen me wear these. THEY ARE MY FAVORITE PAIR OF SUNGLASSES. And for a sunnies addict like me, that's saying something. I even bought an extra pair as a backup in case I lose them. The lenses do pop out if you put pressure on them. But they easily snap back in place. I actually LIKE this because it makes them easier to clean.

2. UTO Women Backpack Purse PU Washed Leather

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I know this bag may not be the prettiest in the land. But WAIT! It's so versatile and can hold SO MUCH. I was worried it wouldn't be very durable but I've used it nearly daily for over a year and it still doesn't have any damage. It's also very comfortable to wear. There are three things I love most about this bag. 1. All of the separate compartments. It makes it so much easier to stay organized (I definitely would say it's a great "mom bag.") 2. The ability to be both a purse and a backpack. I'm typically a purse girl. But when going to theme parks, the airport, or the park, I very quickly start wishing I brought a backpack instead. With this bag, I can have it both ways. And finally 3. I like that it has bottle pockets on the outside of the bag. This way there is no chance of your water, juice, etc. leaking within your purse and it makes it much easier to access when on the go.

3. S-ZONE Women Genuine Leather Backpack Casual Shoulder Bag Purse

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So, just like the backpack above gives up a little bit of its beauty for practicality, this backpack gives up some practicality for beauty. If I didn't have a kid, this is the backpack I would probably use. It's gorgeous. I have it in brown and have contemplated getting it in black as well. It's a little harder to keep organized and doesn't have the bottle pockets (the side pockets you see can barely fit a juice box). Even so, it's super high quality and definitely one of my favorite things I've gotten off of Amazon.

4. TOODOO 12 Pairs Heel Stoppers High Heel Protectors for Women's Shoes, Small/Middle/Large, Transparent
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These things saved my brother's wedding day. That's dramatic. But they definitely saved us bridesmaids and the bride from tripping down the outdoor grass aisle and sinking into the dirt. They were durable. Out of five ladies, no one's heel stoppers broke. I like that this specific set is affordable and comes with multiples of each size. We ended up using all three sizes between the five of us so I was very thankful that I had bought a bigger set with enough of each size for everyone.

5.  Dermarepair Hydroxy Acid + C Night Cream

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 I have four jars of this night cream at my house. Is that excessive? Probably. But I'm so afraid of this night cream selling out or drastically jump in price. Because both have happened in the past. And I was never able to find an affordable night cream that I liked as much as this one.

This cream is hydrating but not heavy. The only oil in it is grapeseed oil which is a very dry, non-comedogenic oil. It also has glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and salicylic acid.  So many ingredients that I like in one cream. I notice a difference in my skin day one of using this (and also day one without it). This cream makes my skin brighter and seems to keep blemishes at bay as well as smooth out my skin's texture. Best of all? It's only $16.99. And there is usually a $2 off coupon.  It is not an Amazon Prime product.  But the shipping is free. I'm stocking up while I can because in the past this night cream's price has jumped into the $100s.

6. TALIKE Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush IPX7 Mini Pro-Aging Electrical Sonic Face Exfoliator
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Disclaimer- As I type this, this facial cleansing brush is unavailable. I contemplated not including it in this list but it's so good, I'm putting it in hoping it comes back soon.

I've talked about my Foreo Luna Mini before. I love it and still have it. But I felt uncomfortable traveling with it (even though that's literally why that product exists) because it's so expensive. So I began looking for a cheaper, comparable sonic cleansing brush.

You guys, I now use this as my daily cleansing brush INSTEAD of my luna mini. It has pretty much everything the Luna mini has - the timers, the auto shut-off, and the two speeds.  It doesn't need to be charged often was only $7.99. The Foreo Luna Mini runs for about $139.

7. Vanity Travel Mirror, Vakoo Portable LED Lighted Folding Makeup Mirror
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I bought this travel mirror for my brother's wedding. Us ladies were planning on getting ready together and I wasn't sure how many mirrors would be at the bridal suite. I like to be prepared so...I bought this.

It was a little over $20 and so, so worth it. It folds up into a very compact beauty tool. The mirror is clear and not distorted. It has a magnified mirror on one side and a normal mirror on the other. And the brightness of the LED lights are adjustable. It also has the capability of being both battery powered and powered by plugging into a USB or wall.

8. Cosrx Aha/Bha Clarifying Treatment Toner
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I love this toner. I've talked about it so many times. It's remained a part of my ever-changing skincare routine for a while. I buy it off of Amazon even though this toner is available at Ulta. It's cheaper on Amazon and just more convenient. But be careful that you buy from a reputable Amazon seller because some of them sell fakes. I buy mine from the Amazon seller MadPriceBeauty.

9. Renpure Coconut Water Mist Leave-In Treatment With Sprayer
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I've been asked several times what I use on my hair.  The truth is that since I started keeping it so long, I've had to add this leave-in conditioner/detangler. It's definitely a more sophisticated version of Johnson's No More Tangles. It keeps my hair smooth and soft without making it appear heavy or greasy.

10. Balight Portable Steamers for Clothes
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I'm going to try to go fast for the next few items because they are self-explanatory house/lifestyle items.

This steamer came with the glove and bag shown. It's small and heats up quickly. It's good for one or two garments but I don't think it holds enough water for more than that. I have a large steamer so this one is perfect for when I just need to steam one shirt but don't feel like lugging out the big machine. You do have to hold it up to prevent it from spitting water. But honestly, I've never used a steamer that doesn't spit at least a little water if you turn it a certain way. It's only $12 and definitely worth the money.

11. AmazonBasics 7-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag
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 I'll never understand why bedsheets are so expensive! I mean...I can't be the only one who feels this way. That's why I'm obsessed with this Bed-In-A-Bag set. It's about $40 for the queen-sized set and about $35 for the twin. There are so many patterns and designs to choose from. The one pictured is just my favorite one. I do wish they made these for King size beds though. The sheets and comforter are soft and wash well. The comforter isn't particularly heavy, which is fine for living in Florida. But if you live in a cold climate this may be not be enough to keep you warm.

12. Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass, Dark Roast, Ground 

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 This is my favorite coffee to make at home. Period. Organic, Fair Trade certified, and delicious.

13. Southwest Technologies SM301 Elasto-Gel Sinus Mask

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 If you get sinus pain or sinus headaches... you need this. I wasn't able to take medicine for my migraines and headaches while I was pregnant and this was my lifesaver. You can put it in the freezer and use it cold or heat it up in the microwave and use it hot (how I use it).  It's amazing, I love it, and I always have one in the house.

14. O2COOL 5" Portable Fan Battery Powered

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 This might be a hurricane state specific thing but...This fan is a big part of my hurricane supplies. And I want to get more. When the power goes out and your windows are boarded up... it gets pretty stale and pretty warm very quickly. This fan definitely helps.

15.  Bubba Flo Kids Water Bottle
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Why is it so hard to find kids water bottles without straws? I have such a hard time finding kids water bottles that don't have straws and don't leak but are easy enough for my son to open and close by himself.  Then I found this water bottle and it's perfect! I removed the silicone outer piece to make the bottle more sanitary when cleaning.