27/09/2020

Including the best condoms for quickies, the best face mask for your wedding day, and the best bodysuit to wear under just about anything.

We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, weve plucked out some of our favorites  expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didnt know you needed, newly-launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week.
Universal Standard Next-to-Naked Bodysuit
Of the size-inclusive layer (Universal Standard offers everything from 00 to 40) that she has worn to barre class, work, and happy hour, contributor Francine Maroukian wrote, It is simultaneously utilitarian and luxurious. The adjustable straps (which never slip), the higher neckline, and the upper-rib-cage seam give some breast support, and the contoured waistband keeps the bodysuit flat across the midsection, where no one wants any extra fabric. It is insanely soft, comfortable, and liberating.
Following our investigation of Street Ski, we turned our attention to stuff you might actually use on the slopes, talking with experts about their favorite ski boots, snow pants, and skis themselves. When it comes to the latter, these pairs topped our list of expert-recommended picks, with Michael Rogan, who coaches a hand-selected group of the countrys best ski instructors, telling us that Nordicas Santa Ana (for women) and Enforcer (for men) are the benchmark that everything else is measured against.
Joseche Sleep Bluetooth Headphones Eye Mask
For getting enough sleep no matter what time zone youre in, globe-trotting celebrity facialist says no eye mask beats this game-changer, which is one of nine things she cant live without. There are Bluetooth speakers where your ears go, so they cancel out all the background noise of wherever you are, whether youre on a hotel or an airplane. And obviously, you have the eye mask on.
Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Face Mask x 5
My favorite pre-event sheet mask ever, said Rio of this splurge-worthy product she always recommends to brides asking for wedding day skin-care tips. It fits wonderfully, feels great and cooling, and skin just soaks up all the amazing plumping and hydrating treatment instantly. Its so brightening and hydrating and makeup goes over it perfectly. [Editors note: Face masks ordered from Neiman Marcus, the only retailer we found selling them right now, will take longer to ship.]
CamelBak Eddy Kids BPA-Free Water Bottle
If cutting down on single-use plastic is a family affair, this cute kids water bottle from our list of the top-reviewed ones on Amazon would be a good way to help them develop better habits. The straw makes it easier to use than actual sippy cups, according to one reviewer, while another points out that its as fun and safe to play with as it is to drink from. My son loves to turn the bottle around, shake it, and hit it on tables. It doesnt spill, no matter how fiercely the kid uses it.
Everlane Perform Legging, Rose
Its a big moment for new athleisure lines, we wrote in Dont Dillydally after Everlane made its first proper foray into the space with the release of its new Perform Legging. Made of 58 percent recycled nylon as well as performance fabric from a renowned Italian mill, the leggings come in four colors available in XXS to XXL and, we think, will be quite popular.
One Vanish Hyperthin Condoms, 12 Count
Sometimes, you just want to safely get down to it before continuing your day. For those occasions, sex educator Dr. Carol Queen told us that you want a thin and comfy condom that lets you get down to it, and these hyperthin ones are exactly that, according to her and other experts we spoke with about the best condoms for every shape, size, and proclivity. With these, the pros assured us, youll be able to feel everything and theres just the right amount of lube.
For all their appeal, sometimes you just dont want to wear the same Chuck Taylors as everyone else. When asked to find a just-as-versatile (and affordable) alternative to the ubiquitous sneaker (in black), our columnist pointed to Novestas sneakers for their look that he described as similar-but-different-enough, thanks to the vulcanized sole and absence of branding. (Technically, Chris recommended Novesta Hi-Tops, but those have since sold out, and everything he said about them applies to these low-tops, too.)
get the strategist newsletter
Actually good deals, smart shopping advice, and exclusive discounts.
Terms & Privacy NoticeBy submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.