1. iClever Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones — $19.99
Wires are the worst, you guys. At the gym, under all those winter layers, as you dance in your living room while your roommates are sleeping…they just get in the way. That’s where these handy-dandy iClever Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones come in.
You turn on the headphones by holding down the button on the right earbud; then an automated voice says, “Power on.” Then it says, “Connected,” meaning connected to my phone, since they already know each other and they’re pretty much dating. Setup is fast and there’s no transmission delay during playback. The sound quality is surprisingly strong. They're close to sound-canceling, so they’re great for work.
But where these really shine is at the gym and while traveling. At the gym, my phone stays in my pocket and I get to focus on my workout — no distractions. To skip forward or back a track, just press the buttons on the side of the earbuds. And on an 18-hour flight to the Philippines, I didn’t have to mess with wires as I struggled to find a comfortable sleeping position in my seat. Battery life is decent (7 hours), and it's rechargeable via USB, so I keep it plugged in overnight.
At $20, they’re considerably cheaper than most high-quality earbuds. Plus, they have the added effect of making me look like a cyborg that is completely impervious to human feelings, so that’s great. —Matt Ortile
4. Oofos Recovery Sandals — $45–$65
Sometimes I worry I have the feet of a weak baby. The bottoms of my feet are often in pain after running or other workouts, especially the next day. I put my feet on the hard wood floor and then start hopping around like a weirdo. And until a couple months ago, I didn't even realize they make shoes designed to help with this exact issue: Oofos recovery sandals.
My dad gave me these sandals as a Christmas gift. When I first saw them, I thought, "What are these? Some kind of Crocs ripoff?" But I tried them on and my feet were changed forever. It's like walking on squishy, squishy joy. (Assuming joy is squishy?) They're so comfortable. They do become a little less squishy with time, especially if you wear them constantly. My feet have never been happier.
Sometimes comfort can tell style to go to hell. —Joanna Borns
5. TodayTix App — Free for iOS and Android
Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now. I love me some live theater and I've waited in many an endless TKTS line, only to find out at the front that there are no seats left for my show of choice, or that they're awful and overpriced. And as someone with limited means but unlimited desire to see every show out there, this makes me endlessly sad. But now, my woes are a thing of the past because, as with so many things, there's an app for that!
When a friend with similar Broadway dreams and non-Rockefeller budget recommended the TodayTix app with the twin assurances that it's a) not a scam, and b) easy to use, I decided to put it to the test. TodayTix is essentially a mobile TKTS line, except you can get tickets for shows several days in advance.
The interface is ridiculously easy to use — there are, at last count, 41 shows to choose from, with about a week's worth of show dates available each. You can filter by musical, play, date, price, and more. There's also a section where you can set an alert for when harder-to-get tickets become available, if you're desperate to be in the room where it happens.
I bought tickets to Something Rotten! three days in advance by picking a show and date, setting a price limit ($37, please), and hitting purchase. That was it. The only real catch is that you don't find out your actual seats until right before the show. You know your section in advance, but 30 minutes before the show, you meet a TodayTix agent in a red jacket outside the theater and they hand you your tickets. I knew I'd be in the balcony, the back of the back of the theater, but my seat ended up being in the third row of the balcony, which felt like a steal. It was a great show, and for a good price. Theater for all, I say! —Terri Pous
6. Makeup Eraser — $23.56
The Makeup Eraser claims to take off all your makeup using just water, and it actually works! The first time I used it, I was wearing a lot of makeup, concealer, foundation, highlighter, lipstick. The cloth pretty much removed all my makeup, waterproof mascara included, and it didn't leave me with raccoon eyes. My colleague who has sensitive skin also tried it and was impressed too. It instantly removed her foundation and cheek and lip stain. She also found it was really gentle on her skin and didn't leave her with any dryness or irritation. Get more details on all our experiences with it here. —Tolani Shoneye
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10. Kiehl's Oil Eliminator Moisturizer — $27
Like a lot of people, I have really oily skin. For me, that means after washing and moisturizing my face in the morning, my skin looks decent for about an hour before it becomes blindingly reflective.
At this point, I've lost count of the number of face washes and moisturizing gels I've used to manage my oily skin. None have worked as well Kiehl's Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer. (It's labeled as a product for men, but at the end of the day moisturizer is moisturizer, right?) More of a gel than a lotion, it's light and fresh, and it really does absorb oil all day long. Having used it daily for more than a month now, I find myself wiping excess oil from my skin much less often these days.
At $27 for 2.5 oz, it's not the cheapest option for dealing with oily skin. But in my experience, it's definitely the best. —Jon-Michael Poff