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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here in our version of the Sunday Flyer we have selected some of our favorites – recommended by experts essential, life changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gadgets and the very good business we found while browsing the vast universe of online shopping last week, including Jenna Ortega’s invigorating ginger shots, a muscle-boosting foam roller and a pair of high-end nail clippers.
Junior strategist writer Kitty Guo turned into a “nail person” after buying these nail clippers from German knife maker Zwilling JA Henckels, believing that “a heritage knife maker would surely know a thing or two about the production of blade-related objects”. She was thrilled to find that these “Goldilocks clippers” have “the perfect amount of bite, not too weak where you really have to squeeze to get them to cut, but also not too hard that they send fragments of stray fingernails flying across the room.” Plus, they’re the best-looking nail clippers she’s ever used — like what you “imagine a pair of nail clippers would look like if Apple designed them,” Guo writes.
Dark circles under the eyes can be a drag, but if you’re currently struggling not to look like a zombie, don’t despair: thanks to a high dose of vitamin C, Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Cream ” neutralizes damaging free radicals, calms inflammation and blocks the production of abnormal pigmentation to lighten dark circles,” says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Ole Henriksen is currently hosting a sale at 30% off sitewide, so now’s the perfect time to test out this eye cream or one of the brand’s other bestsellers.
Foam rolling has many benefits – loosening tight muscles, preventing injuries, improving blood circulation – so Strategist Senior Editor Karen Adelson spoke to trainers and fitness instructors to find out which rollers are the best in their class. The “best overall” distinction goes to this TriggerPoint roller, which “gets high marks for its bumps and ridges that simulate a manual massage, and the firm core that helps it retain its shape even after years of use.” “, writes Adelson. . Radan Sturm, founder of bodybuilding studio Liftonic, is also a fan because “it’s just the right density to be effective without bruising,” he says. “A lot of rollers are too hard and bruise rather than come off. It’s the perfect size that allows you to target all major body parts.
Brand strategist Shanika Hillocks recently completed her first weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, which she recounted in our latest Steal My Vacation. Between walking tours of downtown and happy hours by the pool, she made sure to sample all the amazing seafood the coastal south has to offer, from fish and grits to prawns. garlic and raw oysters. And to “keep [her] digestive system aligned,” she brought along this probiotic Seed, which she takes daily and which helps “relieve the bowels from indulgent meals with heavy cream, butter, cheese, and raw seafood”—after all, “Nothing ruins a trip more than stomach issues.”
In the winter, a dog jacket can protect your canine companion from freezing winds and snowdrifts, but not all dogs like to dress up. When Strategist Senior Editor Liza Corsillo tested a variety of different dog coats on her toy poodle, Uli, she found that this Gold Paw fleece was the least likely to bother a picky dog because it allows for maximum flexibility, while some bulkier styles may impede movement. . It also makes Gold Paw “a good choice for many types of dogs because the stretchy fabric conforms to the shape of your pup,” Corsillo writes. “With two layers of fleece that hug a dog’s body, they do a great job of insulating and even have a calming effect on my own dog.”
When Strategist contributor Margaret Rogers was pregnant with her second child, the baby was diagnosed with a cleft lip and palate, which meant “feeding him would require special bottles and equipment”. Once her son Silas was born, Rogers prepared for his palate repair surgery by finding recommendations in the split parent support group on Facebook and quickly ordered the Reflo smart cup to teach him how to drink from it. ‘outside. cup, hoping to aid his recovery. “The magic of the Reflo smart cup is in its insert, a removable piece that slows the flow of liquid so your child doesn’t end up getting drenched,” writes Rogers. “They can drink from any part of the cup and it will work the same.” Fortunately, his son took the cup like a duck to water: “I helped him with his first sip, then I left him to try on his own. He took a drink immediately and looked at me with pure pride.
Food and dining writer Emma Wartzman “was skeptical of air fryers”, until she went on a search for the best air fryers and discovered that they can “work magic on vegetables, proteins, baked goods and, yes, toast.” She named this Crux air fryer, which has a capacity of just under four liters, as the best for those with a limited kitchen space.It’s also a favorite of Los Angeles Times food columnist Ben Mims, who uses his “at least once a week, if not more, especially for roasting vegetables”. Mims doesn’t have a dishwasher, but that’s no problem since the Crux is “really easy to clean.” The basket pulls out right away, it unclips and you can rinse and wipe it clean.
Magic Spoon’s high-protein cereal has long been a Strat favorite; Editor Jessica Silvester said the low-carb, keto-friendly cereal kept her full for hours. The brand recently launched a line of granola bars, which come in two flavors: Cocoa Peanut Butter and Cookies & Cream. Each bar is grain and gluten free, with only one gram of sugar and contains no artificial colors or sweeteners. The bars come in packs of 16, and you can choose from a single flavor or a variety pack.
When we spoke to actress Jenna Ortega about what she can’t live without, she said her Wednesday the director, Tim Burton, turned it to those Ginger Moju shots. “Every morning, or when we’ve had a pretty rough day or are a little tired, he always offers a shot of Ginger Moju,” she told us — and now she takes them “every time we go.” he offers it, several times a day almost… it gives me an extra boost She says the injections make her “a little cleaner because ginger is good for the immune system” and now she always tries “to ‘incorporate some kind of ginger into my meals or drinks’.
Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst is “incredibly specific” when it comes to candle placement: “Each area of my home should have a distinct scent profile that matches its energy,” she writes. When she came across this “simple yet elegant” candle from Alicia Keys’ brand Soulcare, she was immediately “intrigued by the warm, slightly sweet and creamy scent”, which she says “reminiscent of the area reception of a chic yoga studio.” Denton-Hurst loves how “the oats paired with sage grounds the sweetness, giving it a balanced profile,” calling it “elegant, subtle and, dare I say, versatile.” She has already burned four of the Keys candles and is currently working on a fifth.
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