- Business Insider 01:24October 23, 2019The best women's T-shirt brandsThere's nothing like a simple, comfortable T-shirt. Even though the T-shirt is a very basic piece of clothing, some are just better than others.
We've rounded up our favorite places to buy T-shirts for women. Our top pick is Universal Standard for its ultra-soft shirts and size diversity, but other stores include Everlane, James Perse, Pact Apparel, and Mott & Bow.
See also: The best women's white T-shirts You're a creature of many dimensions. Sure, it can take you two hours to get dressed, and sure, you can sometimes look at your closet full of clothes and assure yourself that none of it will work for your very normal day at work. But that's not always you. Really, more often than not, what you're really looking for in place of those two hours and your whole closet-full of clothes is a simple T-shirt. One that is as dependable as it is comfortable and stylish. Luckily, that T-shirt is not a white whale. It's very much available to buy. When it comes to picking your favorite tee, there are a few factors to consider. First off, how do you want the shirt to fit? If you're hoping for something slim cut to accentuate your figure, you'll probably want to stay away from the boxy designs. On the other hand, if you're just looking to lounge, then you may want something looser. Do you want your shirt to be more on the sheer side, or are you looking for a bit more coverage? Some of the most comfortable T-shirts out there are barely there — literally. If you're not about that life, be sure you're looking at a shirt that is solid all the way through.
Then, of course, you'll want to keep price points in mind. On the one hand, a great staple T-shirt is practically invaluable. But on the other hand, how much are you really willing to pay for a plain top that's meant to be one of the most casual pieces in your wardrobe? Ultimately, no matter which of our favorite T-shirts you choose, we're sure you'll always have something to throw on, regardless of the occasion. Here are the best T-shirt brands for women: Best women's T-shirts overall: Universal Standard
Best box cut T-shirts: Everlane
Best scoop neck T-shirts: James Perse
Best V-neck T-shirts: Pact Apparel
Best boyfriend fit T-shirts: Mott & Bow Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices, formatting, and added Universal Standard. Included a few related links and replaced out-of-stock items. We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon.The best T-shirt for women overall
The Universal Standard Tee Rex makes a slightly oversized, universally flattering fit for all women, with sizes ranging from 00 to 40.
Universal Standard has the greatest size range of the brands included on this list. Women sized 00 to 40 can find their perfect T-shirt among the brand's selection of shirts. And if you buy a piece from its Fit Liberty collection, the company will also replace your clothes for free if your size shifts either up or down within one year of purchase.
The Tee Rex, which is included in Fit Liberty, has it all: a slightly oversized fit, soft fabric, simple and well-designed silhouette, and comfortable for all-day wear. The shirt is soft and stretchy thanks to a combination of Peruvian cotton, modal, and elastane. A crew neck, curved hem, and lengthened sleeves give the shirt a drapey shape that lends some room to breathe without erasing your shape in fabric. It fits well at your true size, but you may consider sizing up for a looser fit or down for a more slimming one also.
Insider Picks reporter Remi Rosmarin said she "loved the feel of this fabric and the shape of the shirt— the curved hem is perfect for tucking into jeans. Ultimately, I probably would have sized up so the sleeves were a little looser, but that's all a matter of preference."
Pros: Soft fabric, drapes nicely, comes in many sizes, Fit Liberty will replace your clothes for free if your size changes within one year of purchase
Cons: Pricier, long fitted sleeves
The best box-cut T-shirt
If you're into a looser look and feel in your T-shirt, then Everlane's Box-Cut Tee is the way to go.
It's not easy finding a great white T-shirt. Some might say it's about as difficult as finding Moby Dick (though they'd be wrong). Enter Everlane, the direct to consumer brand that is reinventing the way in which we shop for basics. And that includes the white T-shirt, which we called the perfect white tee.
And the great thing about its Cotton Box-Cut Tee is that it's nothing like those super tight T-shirts you wore with your cut-offs in high school. Think of it as the grown-up T-shirt. It manages to be fashion-forward without being skin tight and looks great paired with either a mini skirt or a pair of jeans. As the name suggests, the Box-Cut Tee features a slightly boxier fit than the basic Cotton Crew. Overall, it's just a little more relaxed, with a very slight crop that gives it a more updated look. It has an effortlessly casual feel to it, and a versatile silhouette that can be worn with quite literally anything. If you're into pockets, you have the option of purchasing the shirt with a chest pocket at no additional cost. Thanks to its lightweight combed cotton construction, this shirt will get softer every time you wash it — and if you're as in love as we are, you'll wash it a lot — but the thread doesn't seem to wear out. Even if it does, Everlane has a seemingly neverending supply of these tees, so it won't hurt to stock up. The pocket version of the tee is available in 13 colors total, including a bright white and slightly more ivory shade, while the plain tee is available in nine different colors and some striped patterns. Pros: Affordable, versatile, comes in 13 colors, transparent production processes
Cons: Some customers have noted that the tee is a bit short on taller women
The best scoop neck T-shirt
James Perse makes some of the most comfortable clothing around, and its scoop neck T-shirt is no exception to the rule.
Alright, so this is a bit of splurge, but can you really put a price tag on comfort? James Perse, the company behind seemingly every Silicon Valley CEO's wardrobe (hi Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg) really does make one of the most comfortable T-shirts available. And just as Snapchat's founder and CEO has turned the brand's $60 v-neck into a staple item, you too can turn the James Perse Luxe Lotus Jersey Tee into a wardrobe mainstay.
The Lotus is a simple, effortless scoop neck shirt that seems to look good with just about anything. Round necks tend to be flattering for women with round faces, and the Lotus has a scoop neck that is low enough to be interesting, but not so low that you'll constantly be adjusting your shirt to hide your bra.
I'm particularly fond of this shirt throughout seasons. In the summer, the super lightweight nature of the garment makes it a great pair for a pair of shorts. But in the fall or spring, you can easily layer this item underneath an open shirt or a cardigan. As it so happens, I'm a sucker for anything heather grey, which makes this T-shirt a no-brainer for me.
The Lotus is made with 100% cotton, and is cut just short enough to ensure that you don't look sloppy even when it's not tucked in.
Pros: Beautiful scoop neck cut, very comfortable, great for layering
Cons: If you're not comfortable potentially spending $100+ on a shirt, then James Perse isn't the right place to look
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- Business Insider 01:17October 23, 2019The best baby carriersA baby carrier lets you and your little one explore the world together. You'll be glad to have your hands free and your child nestled close, while babies love feeling warm and secure.
A good baby carrier is designed with both you and your baby's ergonomic needs in mind.
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One Carrier is our top choice because it's adaptable, comfortable, and very easy to use. The first few years of a child's life are a unique and wonderful time for his or her parents, but it would be dishonest to say that the baby years don't also make life more complicated. The simple act of leaving the house to run an errand, grab lunch with a friend, or even just to take a walk becomes a much more involved process, requiring everything from diaper bags to bottles to bibs to a spare set of clothes in preparation for inevitable messes. While the modern marketplace is cluttered with baby gear and accessories that you can skip, there are a few items the savvy parent should have on hand. A great baby carrier ranks near the top of this list.
With a baby carrier, you and your young child can venture out into the world — whether for a walk around the block or an all-day adventure through a foreign city — with ease and comfort. Baby carriers keep your hands free while keeping your child warm and secure, offering you convenience while strengthening the bond between you and the little one. By using your hips, shoulders, and core to support the weight of your child, a baby carrier minimizes the strain put on your body. They are also, of course, designed with child's ergonomic needs in mind, keeping a baby properly supported and comfortable at the same time.
When choosing the right baby carrier for you and your child, first consider the child. That is to say think about your baby's age and size, and about how quickly he or she is growing. Some baby carriers are ideal for newborns, while others cannot even safely be used by a child until he or she is at least six months old. Try to find a baby carrier that will provide you years of use, but don't ever choose one not suitable for your child's current size. They can "grow into" hand me down clothes, but not a carrier that can't offer proper neck support.
Then think about the types of activities in which you and your child will participate while the baby is strapped to you. A hiking baby carrier might be a ridiculous choice if all you tend to do is run errands and visit friends and family, but a cloth baby wrap is equally a poor choice for the one-year-old coming along for a trek.
Once you have considered your child's needs and the activities during which you want to keep your child close and your hands-free, take a look at the baby carriers on our list. Surely one or two of them will suit your needs, with design preference and budget informing your final decision. Here are the best baby carriers you can buy: Best baby carrier overall: Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One Carrier
Best low-cost baby carrier: Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier
Best baby carrier for hiking: Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier
Best for carrier for newborn babies: Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
Best baby carrier for parent comfort: Stokke MyCarrier Front/Back 3-in-1 Baby Carrier Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links, prices, and text.The best baby carrier overall
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 baby carrier can be used to tote little ones along in any logical position you can think of on your back, hip, or chest.
A lot of baby carriers pride themselves on being three-position carriers. Some highlight how they allow a baby to ride on your back or front with equal comfort. Others tout their face-in or face-out baby position options. The Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One carrier cuts through all the noise and simply calls itself an "all position carrier." I am an owner of this carrier and I can tell you this firsthand: Ergobaby is not lying. Face-in or face-out on your chest? No problem. Want the baby on your back? Easy. Either hip preferable? It works for both. Now let's talk carrying capacity. You could use this carrier to bring most babies home from the hospital, as it's rated safe for kids weighing seven pounds and up. And I could just about still use it with my four-and-a-half-year-old because it can handle kids weighing as much as 45 pounds. Though technically the brand doesn't advise use above four years, for the record. A built-in tuck-away hood can keep your little one out of the sun and wind and will even resist light rain, and it can also be used as a nursing cover so moms can feed their babies without ever taking the kid out.
OK, so your baby/toddler has all these positioning options and can be covered and fed and snuggled and that's all great. But what about you? Well, you'll appreciate the broad waist belt that distributes weight, the lumbar pad that helps prevent sore backs, and the soft yet sturdy shoulder straps. All straps and belts and such can be adjusted easily to accommodate an adult's waist that measures anywhere from 26 inches to 52 inches, while the shoulder straps can adjust from 28 to 46 inches. And going back to the waist belt, you can wear it high or low, which is great for personal comfort preference and superb for women recovering from C-sections.
I'm not the only fan out there, either. On Amazon, one mom speaks for many when she relates having tried a plethora of other options only to find this one "perfect and worth every penny" based on her comfort, her son's comfort, and the extra features like the hood and a pocket for stashing a phone and keys and such. A writer from BreastFeedingNeeds said this Ergobaby carrier "can do it all," comfortably carrying babies and toddlers in any position you'd want.
We previously recommended the ERGObaby Three Position ADAPT Baby Carrier as our top pick, but the new 360-model is even better because it's more versatile.
Pros: Multiple position options, large padding and adjustable straps, cool mesh keeps parent and child comfortable
Cons: Expensive but worth it
The best low-cost baby carrier
The Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier offers the same baby support, parent comfort, and versatility of use as baby carriers that cost four times as much money.
Let's start with the drawbacks on this one, because they are relatively few in the scheme of things. The Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier is only rated for use with babies weighing between eight and 32 pounds, so for smaller newborns or premature babies, it's not going to work in those first few weeks. And that 32-pound maximum capacity is a good deal smaller than what's offered by many other carriers. Also, the leg straps can be a bit confusing to configure.
But here's the thing: This baby carrier costs thirty dollars. Yes, you could pay significantly more than that and get a carrier with a 40-pound weight capacity and with simpler adjustment points, but think long and hard about the value there. Will you even still be using a baby carrier when your child is that large? And are those few minutes of time spent readjusting the unit now and then to accommodate the growing child worth the savings? The answers are likely no and yes, respectively, so go ahead and save some cash if your family is on a budget.
The Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Carrier can carry a baby face in or out on your chest or face in on your back. They call it a "four position" carrier because in the chest face-in configuration you can use a neck and head support flap or fold it out of the way, so really it's more of a three position carrier, but that's not really a strike against it, just a matter of semantics. Parents love this carrier, giving it an average rating of 4.5 stars with hundreds of reviews logged. One mommy loves how easy it is to adapt the shoulder and waist straps to her frame and "to daddy's size as well." Another mom reports that she puts her son "in it while doing dishes, vacuuming, walking, really anything."
A writer with Baby Carrier HQ praises the Infantino seat's "natural positioning that helps to keep your baby happy," while a video reviewer with Positively Mommy demonstrates how easily she can remove her child from the carrier and place him back into the unit single-handedly.
Pros: Great low price tag, easy to adjust to fit different adults, inward and outward facing positions
Cons: Only suitable up to 32 pounds, leg adjustment points can be a hassle to use
The best baby carrier for hiking
With the Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier on your back, you and your child will be ready to trek into the backcountry.
Hiking child carriers differ from regular baby carriers in several notable ways, and the Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier exemplifies all of these major design elements. First and foremost, as with a good hiking pack, this carrier features an extra wide waist belt and lower back support system that allows you to carry most of the pack and baby weight on your hips. The shoulder straps are also thicker and more substantial than those of most standard baby carriers.
Quite unlike most baby carriers, this and other similar hiking baby backpacks do not carry the child directly against the parent, but instead, house the child in his or her own compartment. This snug and secure compartment is outfitted with internal straps that hold the baby in place, and the child can be protected against sunshine using a built-in hood and even against rain with moveable plastic panels.
Also unlike standard baby carriers, the Clevr Baby Backpack 202 Cross Country Carrier has a large storage pocket that can accommodate diapers, snacks, spare clothes, a camera, and other such sundries. There are also two side pockets perfect for an adult's water bottle or a baby bottle. When you need to take a break from the trail, you can set the backpack down without removing your child thanks to its folding stand.
Pros: Good price for category, excellent hip and shoulder strap system, good storage pockets
Cons: Not suitable for smaller infants, not comfortable for shorter adults
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- Business Insider 01:04October 23, 2019The best facial exfoliatorsWhether you're new to the exfoliation game or a seasoned skin-care pro, Glossier's Solution is the exfoliator you should be reaching for.
Its powerful mix of acids helps dissolve dead skin cells and improves your complexion, giving your face a gorgeous glow. A good exfoliant is like a magic bullet for any skin-care routine because it truly helps just about anything that's ailing your face. Regular exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing brighter, more refreshed skin underneath. It also helps to keep your pores clear, which means acne-prone folks will experience fewer breakouts and the rest of your skin-care routine has a clear path to penetrate your epidermis. Oh, and did I mention it helps your makeup sit better on your face?
That said, the idea of exfoliating can be scary to a lot of people. Thanks to environmentally-unfriendly microbeads and the harsh apricot scrubs of our youths, exfoliants have a reputation for being abrasive, coarse, and the kind of product that can leave your skin harsh and inflamed. But the latest crop of exfoliants are nothing like this. These guys are gentle, sloughing and smoothing your skin without irritating it.
So where do you even start when incorporating an exfoliant into your routine? The first thing to consider is your skin type because every face needs something a little different from their scrub. It's also important to keep in mind that there are, in fact, two different kinds of exfoliants — physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are pretty straightforward and the more traditional of the two. The good ones tend to use small grains to slough off dead skin. In fact, you want to stay away from any physical exfoliant that uses large, jagged pieces to scrub in order to avoid micro-tears in the skin. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, use — wait for it — chemicals to dissolve dead skin cells. But don't let the word "chemical" scare you. Since these exfoliants don't involve scrubbing, they tend to be a lot gentler on the skin than physical exfoliants. The most common chemical exfoliants are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and fruit enzymes. But even with all of that knowledge, it's important to note that not all exfoliants are created equal. So in order to determine which exfoliants are worth your time and hard-earned cash, I've tested a handful of some of the top-rated exfoliants you can buy. Regardless of your skin type, your desired outcome, or your budget, there is absolutely an exfoliant out there that is going to make your skin glow.
Here are the best exfoliants to buy in 2019: Best exfoliator overall: Glossier Solution
Best drugstore exfoliator: Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub
Best exfoliator for daily use: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Best exfoliator for sensitive skin: Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub
Best exfoliator for uneven skin tone: Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated formatting, links, and prices. The best exfoliator overall
Glossier's Solution uses both AHAs and BHAs to help dissolve dead skin cells, giving your face a beautiful glow for just $24.
While most people see a lot of Internet buzz around a product as a reason to buy it, I tend to be a little wary about products that are instantly Instagram-famous. So I went into my testing phase of Glossier Solution as a total cynic. Could this stuff really be as great as my favorite beauty editors and influencers say it was?
After three weeks of testing, I'm happy to say that the answer is a resounding hell yes. I've been using the Glossier Solution every evening, immediately after cleansing and right before spritzing on my favorite toner, and honestly, it looks like I have a different face. My complexion is clearer, my skin is smoother, and I even went on a date with no foundation or concealer on. That's how life-altering this stuff is.
What makes Solution a game-changer is its powerful (yet surprisingly gentle) combination of acids. It has the AHAs lactic and glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin's surface, while harnessing the BHA glycolic acid to penetrate the skin's surface, clearing out all the gunk from your pores. This one-two punch means you're getting the deepest exfoliation you possibly can. The bottle is also formulated with a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) called gluconolactone, which balances out the first two acids, meaning this formula is clutch for all skin types — including sensitive ones.
When you first swipe Solution on, you'll feel a slight tingle, but there's no need to panic. That's just the feeling of a chemical exfoliant doing its job. While you won't see results immediately, the beauty of all these acids working together is that the results compound on one another, eventually revealing a complexion so gorgeous, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Refinery29 editor Rachel Kraus also gave the Glossier Solution high marks, saying it changed her skin. Reviewers at PopSugar and InStyle also had great experiences.
After nearly a month of using this exfoliator, I doubt I'll ever go back to my other exfoliants. Glossier's Solution stands head and shoulders over all of the others I've tried, which is why it's snagged the top spot for me. Pros: Gentle on skin, wallet-friendly, easy to use, ideal for both beginners and skin-care pros
Cons: Acids may make your skin more photosensitive, so it's important to incorporate a daily sunscreen into your routine
The best drugstore exfoliator
If you're looking for powerful, fragrance-free exfoliation on a budget, then Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub is the way to go.
One of the hardest parts about shopping for skin care is the high prices, and while I am always an advocate for investing in items you put on your face, there are always amazing products that don't cost a pretty penny.
Enter Simple Skin Care. The brand's entire line is gentle and wallet-friendly, making it a drugstore standby even the most seasoned beauty editors swear by. But don't let the price point lead to you believe this product doesn't do its job. This gentle scrub both exfoliates and moisturizes, making it clutch for folks with combination skin. It's a physical exfoliant and uses natural rice granules to slough off dead skin cells. While it won't penetrate your skin to clear out your pores, removing the dead cells from the upper layer of your dermis will actually give your pores the appearance of being smaller. And who doesn't want that?
The key to using a physical exfoliant like Simple's is to be gentle. Don't feel like you have to harshly scrub at your face in order to get a good clean. Wet your face, lather up, and then gently massage the product into your skin in small circles. Simple's formula is also fragrance free, which makes it extra gentle. Simple's exfoliant holds a four-star rating at Walmart with almost 150 reviews, with users saying that it's great for their sensitive skin and that it's so gentle that they can use it daily — an accolade not many other exfoliants can boast. If gentle exfoliation at a reasonable price point sounds good for you, look no further than Simple's Kind to Skin Smoothing Scrub. Pros: Super gentle, uses natural products to exfoliate, fragrance free, affordable
Cons: Folks with extra-sensitive skin might experience irritation from the rice granules in this scrub
The best exfoliator for daily use
Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant is an exfoliating powder that transforms into an paste with water, and it's incredibly gentle for people who want to scrub daily.
Because of the nature of your skin's regular turnover cycle, daily exfoliation isn't really necessary for those of you whose skin tends to be on the dry side. Most people can get away with a scrub every other day. But folks with normal-to-oily skin may like the idea of incorporating a regular physical exfoliant into their routines in order to keep pores clear of the gunk that can cause breakouts. That's where Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant comes in. It uses a mix of both physical and chemical exfoliants to resurface your skin, leaving behind a surface so smooth, you won't believe how well your foundation will sit on it. Microfoliant has rice bran to scrub the surface of the skin, while salicylic acid and papain enzymes penetrate the surface to chisel out all the gunk hanging out in your pores. This one-two punch ensures you're getting the full range of exfoliation benefits.
Microfoliant starts out as a powder to which you add water to create a paste. Since you are in control of the amount of H20 you add, you're also in control of how gritty the exfoliant is. Have more sensitive skin? Add a lot of water. Feel like you can handle a little more physical exfoliation? Pull back on the amount you add. This choose-your-own-adventure kind of cocktailing ensures you're getting the right amount of scrub for your skin type.
This customization is also what makes it such a winner among beauty experts too. An editor at Glamour says loves the texture of Microfoliant, and she's not alone — it has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta. Talk about a crowd pleaser. Pros: Gentle enough for daily use and customizable
Cons: Since it's a powder, it can get a little messy
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- Business Insider 00:58October 23, 2019The best cat litter Cats are picky about the litter in their boxes, so it's important to choose a formula that's healthy for your cat and easy to clean.
Because there are so many different types of cat litter out there, it can be a challenge to make the right choice. Our top pick is Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter because it's a hard-clumping litter that traps liquids and odor without generating tons of dust. Though cats can certainly be difficult at times, they are a low-maintenance pet in the sense that you don't have to take them outside for a walk to do their business. Cats are fastidiously clean animals that spend hours grooming themselves each day and they do their business in a litter box. It makes your job as a pet owner easier — you simply have to scoop the litter a few times a week and change it out as needed.
When it comes to your cat's litter, there are many options to choose from and each cat has their own unique preferences for texture, fragrance, and absorbency. Because there are so many different types of cat litter out there, it can be a challenge to make the right choice. Lucky for you, we've done all of the research. We've looked into the different kinds of cat litter and read reviews for all of the top brands. We've also tested many of them ourselves to bring you our top picks for the best cat litters on the market.
Here are the best cat litters you can buy: Best cat litter overall: Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter
Best clumping cat litter: World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula
Best newspaper cat litter: Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter
The best natural cat litter: Ökocat Natural Wood Cat Litter
The best multi-cat litter: World's Best Cat Litter Multiple Cat Clumping Formula Updated 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated formatting, prices, links, and text. Removed discontinued Pro-Sense Fresh Results Crystal Cat Litter (the best crystal cat litter). We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon. The best cat litter overall
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Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter uses an unscented, dust-free formula that traps liquid and odors to keep your cat happy and your home smelling fresh.
Although cats are naturally very clean, the litter box can get messy if you don't choose the right litter. The perfect cat litter forms hard clumps to make cleanup a breeze, it's dust-free and low-tracking, and it controls odors for days at a time. And that ideal litter is the Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter.
Made from traditional clay materials, this litter creates hard clumps from your cat's urine and feces that are easy to scoop up. It is unscented and dust-free so it won't cause respiratory problems, and its unique heavy clay granules help to reduce tracking. Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter is surprisingly inexpensive as well, making it ideal for multi-cat households.
Named the number-one pick by Buy the Best, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter is super-affordable and its hard-clumping action traps both liquids and odor, helping to keep your house fresh and clean. This litter is also a top pick for The Wirecutter, and it receives a positive review from Heavy. Both reviews mention that this litter can be used in sifting litter boxes as well for easy cleanup.
With more than 18,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4-star rating, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter is one of the most popular cat litters on the market. Consumers love the dust-free, hypoallergenic, and hard-clumping formula, though some suggest that smaller bags would be helpful.
Pros: Hard-clumping formula traps liquids and odor, unscented, dust-free and hypoallergenic formula, low-tracking, works well for multi-cat households, very inexpensive
Cons: Only available in large bags 18 pounds and up, lack of deodorizers may not mask smells as well as scented litters, not biodegradable
Buy an 18-pound bag of Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra-Premium Clumping Litter on Amazon for $9.99
The best clumping cat litter
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Made from all-natural corn granules, World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula is biodegradable, forms hard clumps for easy cleanup, isn't dusty, and offers excellent odor control.
When it comes to cat litter, there are two main types to consider: clumping and non-clumping. Clumping cat litter works by absorbing liquid, turning it into solid clumps that can be scooped up and thrown away. This type of litter is usually low in dust and can be great for odor control, though some clumping litters are not biodegradable. Our top pick for clumping cat litter is World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula.
Made entirely from renewable, whole-kernel corn, World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula is both environmentally-friendly and biodegradable. The hard-clumping action makes scooping the litter box a breeze, and, because the granules are made from corn and not clay, they can be flushed or composted. This litter absorbs liquid quickly and controls odors for days at a time. It is also very low in dust, which is beneficial for your cat's respiratory health.
This litter is a top pick from Cat Litter Expert because of its odorless, all-natural formula. A detailed review from Pet Helpful speaks to the hard-clumping action, though the review does note that the clumps may dry out and crumble over time if you don't scoop them within a few days. This formula is fairly pricey compared to other litters, but it lasts a long time and it controls odors well if you scoop it often.
World's Best offers a variety of different cat litter formulas but this particular product has a solid 4.8-star rating out of more than 4,800 user reviews on Petco. Buyers love the dust-free, environmentally-friendly formula, though some users dislike the price.
Pros: Hard-clumping formula makes cleanup easy, biodegradable and environmentally-friendly, made from all-natural corn, can be flushed or composted, can be used in mechanical and sifting litter boxes, offers excellent odor control, dust-free
Cons: Fairly expensive compared to other clumping litters, some cats dislike the texture or scent of the litter, some cats have trouble with tracking, clumps may dry out and crumble after a few days
Buy a 14-pound bag of World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula on Petco for $15.99 or on Chewy for $14.99
The best newspaper cat litter
Made from 100% recycled paper, Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter is a gentle, highly absorbent non-clumping cat litter that is great for the environment.
One of the main benefits of clumping cat litter is, of course, the fact that it makes scooping the litter box easy. There are, however, some benefits that non-clumping litter has to offer. For example, non-clumping litters can be made from a variety of materials including natural materials like wood, corn, and grass, which might be important for cats who are sensitive to clay. Some of these materials also have a naturally pleasant smell, and, for cleanup, you can save yourself the hassle of scooping by simply dumping the entire litter box and refilling it.
Though there are many non-clumping litters to choose from, our top pick is Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter. Made from 100% recycled paper materials, our testing revealed that this litter is almost completely dust-free and biodegradable. It works quickly, absorbing up to three times the liquid of clay litter by volume, and it lasts longer than non-clumping pine litters. Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter is unscented so it won't irritate your cat's respiratory system and it is super gentle on his paws. Other reviewers like it, too. Heavy mentions the dust-free benefits of the paper materials as well as the fact that they are very soft and gentle on your cat's paws. BuytheBest10 notes that this litter is a top choice among veterinarians and loves that it is made from recycled materials, which is great for the environment. With more than 1,200 reviews on Amazon, Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter has a solid 4.2-star rating. Buyers love fast absorbency of the paper materials and the gentle, unscented formula. There are some cats, however, who dislike the larger pellets and paper litter needs to be changed often to control odors and wetness. Our test cats had no trouble with the texture of the litter, though.
Pros: Made from recycled paper materials, three times more absorbent than clay litter by volume, unscented and 99.7% dust-free, soft pellets are gentle on paws, lasts longer than pine pellets, completely biodegradable
Cons: Paper pellets may start to dissolve after absorbing liquid, odor control is limited which may require frequent cleaning, paper materials do not clump at all, some liquid may bypass the pellets
Buy a 30-pound bag of Purina Yesterday's News Unscented Litter on Amazon for $19.99
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- Business Insider 00:56October 23, 2019The best eyelash serums you can buyEyelash serums are an affordable way to lengthen lashes without wearing false lashes or spending money on extensions.
Our top pick is the RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner because it's an award-winning serum that will help transform your eyelashes into longer, healthier, and more luxurious looking lashes. Who doesn't love the look of long eyelashes? Not only are they glamorous but they can also make your eyes look bigger and the whites of your eyes look brighter. In the past, if you wanted longer, fuller lashes you needed to either pile on the mascara, spend money on falsies or book a salon appointment for lash extensions. But now, improving the look and feel of your natural lashes is possible with the help of eyelash serums. Not only can the right eyelash serum transform the look of your lashes, but it can also make them stronger, thicker, and healthier, too. Some feature ingredients that stimulate lash growth and make them look and feel fuller, while others work to condition lashes and help protect them from drying out and breaking.
The best part? They're insanely easy to use. Every night, after cleaning your face and eye area, simply swipe the serum on the upper and lower lash line before going to bed. While you won't notice results right away, after regularly using the serums for a few weeks, you'll start to see a difference in both your lashes' texture and length. With so many options on the market, finding the right eyelash serum can feel overwhelming. So we did the research to find the best-reviewed eyelash growth serums you can buy. Whether you want to elongate lashes or make them look fuller, we've got you covered.
Here are the best eyelash serums you can buy in 2019: Best eyelash serum overall: RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
Best for lashes and brows: Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum
Best mascara with eyelash serum: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Best drugstore eyelash serum: No7 Lash Impact Lash Serum
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RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner is a cult-favorite lash serum that conditions and strengthens lashes to make them longer and thicker.
The RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner is a one-of-a-kind formula developed by an ophthalmologist to help enhance the look of lashes and prevent future breakage. During a study, 98% of people enjoyed improved lash appearance and stronger lashes after using the product for six weeks. The serum is formulated with a mix of peptides, lipids, biotin, and green tea extract that work to fight both environmental damage and damage done by cosmetics. The conditioner not only protects from brittleness and breakage, it allows lashes to grow longer and saturates the lashes with moisture, making them softer and healthier-looking. The lash serum has been a fan favorite amongst celebrities and beauty editors alike. InStyle magazine called it "the Rolls Royce of lash conditioners," while Allure reports that Meghan Markle is a fan of the product. The serum has an Amazon's Choice recommendation because of its high ratings, with shoppers giving it a 3.9 out of 5-star rating. One reviewer named Joyce wrote, "I have been using this for about 3 weeks now and can really tell a difference in my eyelashes. They are longer and they are getting fuller as well. My daughter has been using it for about 6 months and I thought she had on false lashes. It's unbelievable how thick and long they are."
The product is on the pricey side but it comes in three sizes so you test the serum with the smaller bottle before spending money on the six-month supply.
Pros: Conditions lashes, makes them fuller and longer, three sized bottles to shop, leaves lashes softer and healthier-looking
The best serum for eyelashes and brows
Looking to grow your eyelashes and eyebrows? Try the Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum to improve the look of both.
While a lot of lash serums are technically safe to use on your eyebrows as well, the Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum was the first serum specially developed to help both types of hair grow. It comes with a soft-tip applicator that easily reaches between each hair to help you apply the product evenly. The serum is a bestseller in Asia, thanks to its hydrating formula that leaves lashes thicker and brows more full. The serum's ziziphus jujuba plant extract works as a hair-growth stimulant, while the arginine increases blood flow to the lash line. The serum is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and more than 80% of women who tested the product for 16 weeks, reported that their lashes were more beautiful and denser. It has more than 20,000 likes on Sephora's site with 200 shoppers giving it a 4.1 out of 5-stars. One buyer named Shelby wrote, "I must say, I'm surprised, this actually worked! My lashes are fuller and longer, no more falsies!! And my sparse eyebrows are finally thicker and defined!WELL worth more than $35!!"
Some people did complain about the size of the bottle as it only lasts a month, but most said it was worth the cost.
Pros: Formulated to work on lashes and brows, leaves them looking fuller and longer, restores the appearance of lashes and eyebrows
Cons: Not a lot of product for the price
The best mascara with eyelash serum
If you want a lash serum that helps grow your lashes and doubles as a mascara, try the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara.
Since eyelash serums take a few weeks before you start to notice a difference, Rimmel London added a serum to its mascara to enhance lashes in the long and short term. The Lash Accelerator Mascara makes lashes look more defined and longer, while at the same time, stimulating lash growth.
With continued use, Rimmel's Grow-Lash Complex serum works to strengthen, nourish, and renew lashes to boost natural lash growth.
The mascara has a 4.46 out of 5-star rating on Influenster with more than 1,700 reviews. One reviewer said, "I've been using it now for 10+ years and absolutely can't live without it. The mascara actually made my eyelashes grow and made them look so much fuller. It truly worked!"
A few people weren't a fan of the mascara's small applicator brush but most said they got used to it after a while. Pros: Affordable, works instantly and over time, two products for the price of one
Cons: Small applicator brush not for everyone
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- Business Insider 00:50October 23, 2019The best hair spray you can buy for less than $25Hair spray can make or break your hairstyle, so it's important to find the best one for your hair type. There's a reason why even the pros rely on our top pick. The L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray has a trusted formula that's strong enough to keep every hair in place, but light enough that it can be brushed out and reapplied without causing any stickiness. You've gotten up early and taken the time to style your hair, using your favorite shampoo and conditioner, and diligently applying heat protectant before putting your styling tools to work to create the perfect look. However, if you don't apply any type of finishing spray at the end, that look may not last through the day, and all that work will have been for nothing. If you don't want your hair to lose its curl by noon, or your sleek style to frizz out at the slightest hint of moisture in the air, applying a good quality hair spray is a must.
While the word "hair spray" may immediately give you visions of big '80s hair, today's formulas are much improved and can be applied without making you look like you stepped out of a time warp. A good quality hair spray won't weigh your hair down or make it feel sticky. Instead, it will help your hairstyle last all day long, no matter which look you choose to go with. The best hair spray formulas can protect your hair from humidity, add extra shine, and come in different strengths. There are two big things to consider to help you find the hair spray that will work the best for your needs: Hair Type: If you have a thick, unruly mane like mine, you might want a stronger formula to wrestle your rebellious locks into place. Thick hair can be heavy, making it difficult for a style to stay put. A good quality strong-hold hair spray will lock your hair in place without weighing it down, flaking off, or making your hair feel sticky. For those with fine hair, a maximum hold formula may be too heavy. If you have fine hair, or hair that is prone to breakage, a lightweight hair spray that adds volume and texture will be a better choice. If you color your hair often or have hair that is already damaged and prone to dryness, many types of hair spray will cause even more damage, especially if the formula contains a high content of alcohol. You'll want a hair spray that contains a hydrating and healing ingredient like Argan oil.
Hair Style: While some hair sprays can serve as a Jack-of-all-trades and meet all your styling needs, it can be useful to have a few different formula strengths on hand if you like to change up your hairstyle. If you're doing a fancy braid or updo for a special event, an extra-strength formula will help your style last through the evening and into the night. For a tousled look that will last all day without falling flat, a lightweight texturizing hair spray will work best. For a sleek look, a medium-strength formula designed to protect your hair against humidity will help keep any frizz or flyaways at bay. After reading through the reviews and doing some testing of our own, we rounded up the best hair sprays that suit a wide range of hair types and will keep every hair in its place no matter which hairstyle you choose to flaunt for the day. Here is the best hair spray you can buy in 2019: Best overall: L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
Best budget option: TRESemmé Micromist Hairspray
Best for thick hair: Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray
Best for fine hair: Kenra Volume Spray 25
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With L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, you get maximum hold that lasts, and without any heaviness or crunch thanks to the fine mist and brushable formula.
Whether you're just going through your daily routine, or have a special event on the horizon, a high-quality hairspray that can keep your style in place without weighing down your hair is a must. The L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray lives up to those standards and goes even further by withstanding sweat and warding off humidity. It comes as no surprise that this hairspray is a staple at red carpet events, where a flawless looking style that doesn't budge is a must. It's a go-to for celebrity hair stylists, but the relatively affordable price makes this hairspray accessible to all. Some hairspray formulas exist in extremes, but the Paris Elnett hairspray provides the best of both worlds. The micro-fine spray allows it to be applied lightly and evenly, so you can build it up as needed depending on your style, and brush it out for re-styling. It can hold even the most intricate braids and elegant chignons in place, while still allowing your hair to feel soft and touchable. Its buildable formula makes it ideal for all different kinds of hairstyles and hair types. It will also give your hair shine while protecting it against humidity, so you can rock that sleek blowout even on a hot summer day. For best results, you'll want to shake the can before applying, and spray from 12 inches away to ensure that every strand of hair gets coated evenly. Some reviewers felt that the original scented formula smelled too strong. The good news is if you're sensitive to certain smells, or prone to getting headaches from strongly scented beauty products, there is also an unscented version of this hairspray that provides all the same great benefits.
This hairspray is one of Amazon's best sellers, and "favorite hairspray of all time" and "best hairspray ever" are common sentiments among reviewers. According to Marie Claire, it's apparently even a go-to hair product for Kate Middleton. Receiving royal approval is certainly a plus.
Pros: Strong yet brushable hold, natural feel, sweat and humidity resistant, gives hair extra shine, won't flake
Cons: Some felt the scented formula smelled too strong
The best budget-friendly hairspray
TRESemmé Compressed Micromist Hairspray comes in four different levels of hold to suit all your styling needs and each one costs less than $10.
If you're looking for a hairspray that won't break the bank, but still gives you salon quality results, you should give the Tresemme Compressed Micromist line of hairspray a try. There are 4 different formulas to meet all your hairstyling needs: Texture Hold Level 1, Smooth Hold Level 2, Boost Hold Level 3, and Extend Hold Level 4. Level 1 is perfect for giving a finishing touch to tousled beach waves or a messy top knot, providing lightweight coverage and complete flexibility. Level 2 works great for sleek styles and will keep your hair looking smooth and frizz free all day long. If you want more volume with a hold that still provides a brushable feel, Level 3 is ideal. For a style that won't budge, Level 4 provides the strongest hold that is designed to go the distance, getting you through everything from the average workday to a special event. All these formulas provide a lightweight feel that is both frizz and humidity resistant. I tested all four to see if they lived up to the promised results, and was impressed with the quality of this hairspray — especially since it is so affordable. If you love changing up your hairstyle frequently, this hairspray is so budget friendly you could easily justify adding all four formulas to your hair product line-up, so you'll have a hairspray for every style need.
I wear my hair up a lot, and typically look for a hairspray that will provide maximum hold since it's both thick and heavy, so Level 4 was the first formula I reached for. When applied in the morning, it held my style in place through the workday. If I was going somewhere in the evening, I did usually need to give my hair a little touch-up, so for my hair type the "up to 24 hours of hold" wouldn't be a reality. However, it got me through the main part of the day without letting me down. On the days when I wore my hair down, I turned to Level 1 and Level 2. I have naturally wavy hair, so I used Level 1 for protecting my hair against the humidity that typically turns my wavy head of hair into an unattractive frizz-ball. When using this formula, it cut way down on the frizz that I usually experience, and it kept my waves soft and touchable. Since the only way I come by straight hair is with a flatiron and about an hour's worth of work, I don't straighten my hair often. When I do, I want something that will keep my stubborn hair looking sleek and frizz free all day to make all the styling work worth it. Level 2 lived up to my standards, making my hair feel soft and smooth all day. With this formula, no touch ups were needed. Since I have thick hair, I typically stay away from volumizing or "boosting" hair products, but I did find that Level 3 gave my roots more lift, and had a lightweight feel that would be ideal for those who have fine, thin hair. Some reviewers felt the scent of this hairspray was too strong, but personally, I didn't find it irritating — and I tend to be sensitive to strong smells. It smells the strongest when applying, but I didn't notice the scent for the rest of the day after it had been applied.
Pros: Micromist formula provides a lightweight feel, keeps frizz at bay, protects against humidity, different formulas and levels of hold available, compressed formula allows for a smaller can with the same number of sprays
Cons: May require some touch-ups depending on your hair type, some reviewers didn't like the scent
The best hairspray for thick hair
Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray lives up to its name and locks styles in place, making touch-ups a thing of the past.
As someone with extremely thick hair, I speak from experience when I say it can be difficult to find a hair spray that lasts all day long and can hold my heavy hair in place. The extra-firm formula of the Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray is designed to stand up to thick hair and will keep your style locked in. For special events like weddings when you won't have any time for touch-ups, formulas like these are what you want to look for.
It's fast-drying and humidity resistant, and will even provide your hair with UV protection, making it a great product to use if you're attending any outdoor events and want your style to last. Frizz won't stand a chance either thanks to the extra-firm formula. This hair spray is described as a finishing spray meant to be applied to dry, styled hair as the final step to locking your style in place. It's also suitable for wearing your hair up, or will hold curls in place if you want to wear your hair down. While it works great with both long or short hair, the strong formula makes it most ideal for those with thick hair. If you have fine hair you may find it too heavy. You'll also want to make sure you're happy with your style because after applying, it will be difficult to restyle your hair. In this sense, it does live up to its name, "freezing" your style into place. Totalbeauty ranks the Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray as one of the top hair sprays of 2018, with an average member rating of 9.2 out of 10. According to one user, "You can do your hair in the morning and that's it. It keeps my hair just where I want it without all the stiffness that you get from other hair finishers." Reviewers on Amazon love the firm yet flexible hold, the non-flaking formula, and the fact that it doesn't feel sticky after applying.
Pros: Strong hold to keep styles in place, humidity resistant, eliminates frizz, provides UV protection, designed to last all day
Cons: Will be difficult to restyle your hair after applying, those with fine hair might find the formula too heavy
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- Business Insider 00:45October 23, 2019The best eyelash curlersTinatin1/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Business Insider If perky, lifted lashes are what you seek, then it's time to add an eyelash curler to your makeup bag. With its sleek design, flat surface, and no-pinch curling, the Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler is the absolute best of the bunch. Applying mascara without first curling your lashes is kind of like cooking pasta without first salting the water. Sure, you'll get edible pasta, but it's not going to taste good. Even if you're using a curling mascara, you'll never get the results you'd get with the help of a tool created specifically for the task.
All that said, lash curlers can seem scary to a lot of beauty newbies. Let's be honest — they look like mini medieval torture devices. The idea of placing something made out of metal that close to your eyes is enough to make your skin crawl. What if it pinches? What if you poke yourself in the eye? Or worse, what if you pull out your lashes? Just the thought of using an eyelash curler is exhausting and intimidating.
The trick is to know exactly how to use a lash curler, which is not as difficult as you may think. All you've got to do is gently lay the rounded side of the curler flush against your eyelid so that the top clamp is right above your lashes. Then, gently and slowly pulse the lever two to three times to curl your lashes. If you go slowly, you'll be able to catch yourself before you pinch your eyelid, which is probably what scares people the most about this whole process.
You can curl your lashes both before and after you apply mascara. It's always a good idea to give your lashes a curl ahead of application to get that perfect U-shape and then a second curl after your mascara dries for some more drama — and who doesn't love that?
But just because all lash curlers tend to look the same doesn't mean they're actually the same. They're shaped, sized, and curl differently. So which are the best of the bunch? We've put together the top lash curlers on the market. Your perfect eye makeup look is only one curl away. Here are the best eyelash curlers you can buy in 2019: The best eyelash curler overall: Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler
The best pro-approved eyelash curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
The most versatile eyelash curler: Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
The best curler for hard-to-reach lashes: Preo / Prima Curl Up Japanese Eyelash Curler
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Surratt Beauty's Lash Curler has a flat, ergonomic design, and gentle silicone pad that lifts and flares out your lashes, offering the very best curl you can get.
Eyelash curlers have been around for ages, so it's difficult to imagine that a new release would truly change your life. But when Surratt Beauty's Relevée Lash Curler hit the market, that's exactly what it did. This jet-black, lightweight curler quickly became a favorite among editors and makeup artists for a multitude of reasons, and it remains a top-seller to this day.
The biggest thing going for this curler is the design. Instead of the typical "U" shape that so many eyelash curlers have, Surratt Beauty's curler has a wider, flatter shape that sits against your lids much more comfortably. That shape also ensures your lids aren't getting snagged in the metal, which is very important when considering the user experience of a makeup tool.
Surratt Beauty's lash curler also boasts finger slots with two loops instead of the typical one. The extra metal ensures that you don't have to apply as much pressure as is necessary with other lash curlers. To use the curler correctly, the folks at Surratt Beauty suggest pumping this beauty three times along your lashes — once at the very base, once in the center of the lashes, and once at the very top. This technique seems to be a winner. Surratt Beauty's Relevée Lash Curler has a near-perfect rating across Sephora, Influenster, and Amazon. "So it doesn't matter if you're using the best mascara in the world," one commenter wrote. "If you aren't using this lash curler, you are missing out on a world of gorgeous lashes." The pros agree — This little black tool is regularly spotted in the kits of top makeup artists at Fashion Week and on photo shoots. Surratt Beauty's Relevée Lash Curler isn't the cheapest curler on the market. But it will save you money in the long run because it lasts for ages. And as one editor at Refinery29 wrote, proper use of this curler may make you reconsider even using mascara in the first place. Pros: Doesn't pinch your lashes, and is amazing for basically any eye shape. Cons: Not the most budget-friendly curler on the market.
Buy Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler on Amazon for $33.50
Buy the Surratt beauty Relevée Lash Curler from Sephora for $34
The best pro-approved eyelash curler
Shu Uemura's lash curler has a serious cult following with its unique shape and patented hinge, and it's a top pick among professionals.
There is a scene in the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" where Gisele Büdchen, playing a snobby fashion editor, berates the main character for not knowing what the Shu Uemura eyelash curler is. That's some pretty incredible praise for a beauty tool that plenty of folks don't have in their makeup kits. But Shu's gorgeous silver curler more than deserves the cult-following — and the mention in a Meryl Streep movie. Shu's lash curler is a winner for a bunch of reasons. The first is its shape. Instead of a typical U-curve, this lash curler has a more mushroom curve to it. That means you get a closer hug against your lids than other curlers might provide, which lessens the chances of pinching and pulling — especially for those with smaller, rounder eyes. Shu's mushroom shape also holds your lashes in place as you curl, ensuring no wayward lashes accidentally get snagged in the metal. Ouch.
But the best part about Shu's curler is something you might not even notice because it's more technical than aesthetic. This curler has a patented hinge that actually works to ensure you can't press too hard mid-pulse. It's like a mini failsafe. No matter how hard you press, that hinge is going to make sure the pressure is evenly distributed, which cuts down on your chances of pinching. Because of all of this, Shu's curler regularly winds up in the kits of makeup artists, beauty editors, and cosmetics pros across the country. One editor from InStyle has been using this guy for years, claiming that "one or two pumps followed by a coat of mascara kept the curl in place until I washed my face at the end of the day." Buyers agree, too, with one Amazon reviewer raving that "the reviews are NOT wrong. This little gem is amazing." One little snag, though — Shu Uemura has discontinued refills on the silicone pad. And even though this curler's pad is a bit more resilient than others, it does need to be replaced every six months or so, which means you might need to buy a completely new curler. But since the price is right on this tool, that won't hurt all that much. Pros: Patented hinge that distributes pressure, meaning you get gorgeously fanned-out lashes every time.
Cons: No refills available on the silicone pads
Buy the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler on Amazon for $9.99
The most versatile eyelash curler
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
Not every curler is right for every eye shape, but when it comes to versatility, Kevyn Aucoin's curler is a top pick.
One of the hardest parts about shopping for an eyelash curler is figuring out which one is right for you. There are many different eye shapes in the world, which means that not every lash curler is going to work for every shape. But curlers aren't like shoes — you can't just try them on at the beauty counter and hope to find the perfect one that won't snag your eye. So when you're in that situation, what can you do?
The answer? Reach for Kevyn Aucoin's lash curler. You'll know it from its distinctive red silicone pad. What makes this curler so clutch for newbies is its flatter-than-usual shape. Instead of being curved, a shape which immediately disqualifies a whole host of eye shapes from using it, Kevyn Aucoin's flat curler can accommodate larger, wider eyes without missing a single lash. That cuts out a lot of the guesswork for people who aren't all that intimately acquainted with the shapes of their eyes. But beyond the shape, Kevyn Aucoin's eyelash curler also wins for a bunch of other reasons. It's slimmer and less bulky than other curlers, which means there is less metal to snag your sensitive skin on. According to makeup artist Rommy Najor, "it doesn't require a strong pinch to the lash in order to curl the lashes." That means you're keeping things gentle around the eyes, which is always a good idea.
This lash curler has crazy good reviews across websites from Amazon to Nordstrom. "I noticed that the pad seems to be firmer than the others, and that makes all the difference in the world," one reviewer said. Others can't stop raving about how long the curl in their lashes lasts. So if you're just starting out and are looking for a curler you can trust without trying it first, Kevyn Aucoin's is an amazing place to start. Pros: Works on many different eye shapes.
Cons: Since it's got a flat shape, some customers have complained that the lashes don't get as even a curl as happens with other curlers. Buy the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler for $21 at Sephora
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- Business Insider 00:31October 23, 2019The best comforters you can buyComforters keep you extra warm and cozy at night and they can also add a fun splash of color or pattern to your bedroom. Of all the comforters we researched, our top pick is the cozy, comfy, and well-made Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter. When you're shopping for a bed, salespeople will tell you not to skimp on the quality of the bed. After all, you spend eight hours per day in bed – maybe more if you're lucky. That's equal to one-third of your life.
With so much of your time spent in bed, you might as well be warm while you're there. For those times when your significant other won't let you steal body heat, you'll want to make sure you have the best comforter on hand.
A wide variety of comforters are available for a wide range of prices, depending on the type of fill they use, the colors available, the insulation level, the size, and the construction quality. Understanding terms for comforters
When shopping for a comforter, you will encounter a few different pieces of terminology, according to The Wirecutter. Understanding the purpose of each of these terms will help you find a comforter to meet your needs. Baffle box vs. sewn-through: A baffle box comforter is sewn with flexible boxes into the comforter that create pockets. The fill inside the comforter cannot shift out of its box, ensuring the fill remains properly spread throughout the entire area of the comforter. The fill sometimes does shift within its box, though. Meanwhile, a sewn-through comforter has sewing through both the top and bottom layers of the comforter, creating patterns such as diamonds, channels or curved rectangles. The fill does not shift at all with a sewn-through comforter, performing slightly better than a baffle box comforter in terms of keeping the fill spread throughout the comforter.
Duvet vs. comforter: For most comforters and duvets sold in North America, the terms are used interchangeably, as the bedding company Crane & Canopy explains. Technically, a duvet is very similar to a comforter but doesn't have an outer shell, meaning it's usually placed inside a duvet cover. Duvets often are not used with other types of bed linen, such as sheets or blankets, while a comforter is used with those types of bed linen. Some of our picks can also be used with duvet covers.
Fill power: This measures the amount of volume that one ounce of down occupies. A larger fill power number equals a comforter that provides a greater level of insulation. In other words, the comforter with the higher fill power number offers greater warmth without being heavier. Fill powers of around 600 provide average warmth and durability, according to Good Housekeeping. Higher numbers for fill power have greater durability and insulation; lower numbers won't provide as much warmth, which may be desirable in warmer climates or in the summer.
Thread count: Similar to a bed sheet, the thread count in a comforter indicates the number of yarns within an inch of the fabric. Higher thread counts equal finer yarns, which are more comfortable and softer than larger yarns. Because a comforter probably won't be touching your skin, thread count for softness isn't quite as important as with a bed sheet. More importantly for a comforter though, a higher thread count ensures the fill will remain inside the comforter, rather than leaking out through bigger gaps between yarns. Types of fills for comforters The fill used inside the comforter plays a key role in your enjoyment of it, as explained in Sleepedia, Good Housekeeping, and The Wirecutter. Down alternative: If the comforter doesn't use goose down or duck down as a filler, you may see down alternative listed in the specifications. This can include cotton fibers, cotton-polyester blend fibers, and gel fibers. Gel fiber is the most expensive type of down alternative, as it provides the most softness.
Down cluster: The down cluster is the fluffiest portion of a duck feather or goose feather, existing under the main part of the feather. When used in a comforter, it provides greater warmth than the main part of the feather. A comforter manufacturer may list the percentage of down cluster used in the fill in the blanket's specifications. A higher percentage of down cluster equals a higher quality comforter and a higher fill power number.
Duck down: Duck down is a more common fill material used in comforters made in North America than goose down. As a general rule, duck down is not as fluffy as goose down, so it's not found in the highest end comforters as often as goose down.
Goose down: For comforters made in Europe, goose down is the most common fill material. It provides a little more fluff versus duck down on average, although exceptions do occur. Look at the specification list for a particular comforter, and you should see the percentages of the types of fill it contains. Now on to our top picks for the best comforters.
Here are the best comforters you can buy: Best comforter overall: Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter
Best from new bedding brand: Brooklinen Real Goose Down Comforter
Best colorful comforter: The Company Store LaCrosse Down Comforter
Best affordable comforter: LinenSpa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter
Best luxury comforter: Highland Feather Carmel Hutterite Goose Down Comforter
Best hypoallergenic alternative down comforter: Superior Solid White Down Alternative Comforter
Best goose down comforter: Puredown Real Goose Down Comforter
Best 1,200 thread count comforter: Egyptian Bedding 1200 Thread Count Goose Down Comforter Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. The best comforter overall
The Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter provides just the right level of warmth at a great price point.
The Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter will keep you warm and cozy all year round with its 50% goose down filling and baffle stitching. It's not too heavy or too warm, so you can use it most of the year.
Since it's a plain white comforter and it doesn't have the highest thread count at 300, you may want to put it inside a duvet cover. A duvet cover will protect the comforter from staining and losing feathers and it'll also add some color or a fun pattern to your bed. You can check out the best duvet covers on Insider Picks for some ideas.
Additionally, the Topsleepy Luxurious Goose Down Comforter is very easy to clean. Just use lukewarm water to spot clean the comforter and air dry it. A duvet cover will keep it even cleaner and ensure it lasts longer, though.
Should you have any problems with it, Topsleepy says it's guaranteed for 15 years. You can check the instruction book it comes with for information on how to send the comforter back for a refund or exchange. The price is also much more reasonable than most other comforters, making it a good pick for most people.
Pros: Low price point, good construction quality for the money, provides comfort in all types of weather, easy to clean, goose down fill, baffle design keeps down from shifting
Cons: Low thread count allows some fill to escape, only 50% goose down fill
The best from a new bedding brand
The Brooklinen Down Comforter is super luxurious and well made with a 700 fill power and 400 thread count.
If you don't like buying from big-name companies and you'd much prefer checking out a startup, Brooklinen is our favorite new bedding brand. Its down comforter is a great buy. It's hand-made in the Hutterite communities of Northwest Canada, so you know it's high quality. The comforter is filled with a 700 fill power of real white down, making it extra cozy and warm. The fill is covered by a 400 thread count cotton sateen shell that's soft to the touch, just like Brooklinen's sheets, which are among our favorites.
Brooklinen has a lifetime warranty, too, so if you don't like it for whatever reason, the company offers free exchanges or replacements. If the buyer reviews are anything to go by, you will love this comforter. Expert reviewers at Wirecutter love it and name it the best comforter for most people.
Pros: Made in Canada, 700 fill power, real goose down, 400 thread count cover, lifetime warranty, affordable for the quality
The best colorful comforter
The Company Store
The LaCrosse Down Comforter from The Company Store works great in all seasons and it comes in fun color choices.
If you're tired of boring white comforters, The Company Store LaCrosse Down Comforter is a smart choice. It carries a slightly above average price point, but you'll be able to find just the right shade to go with your bedroom's décor.
You can get the comforter in colors like ivory, russet, bubblegum, walnut, navy, chino, coal, guava, and silver. It has a 250-thread-count combed cotton shell that's Oeko-Tex certified, so you know it's chemical free. It's made with a sewn-through 12-inch box construction that ensures the 100% duck down filling never spills out. If you do want to pop it in a duvet cover, the comforter has corner loops to attach duvets with ties. You can check out the best duvet covers on Insider Picks for some ideas. Additionally, the LaCrosse comforter is machine washable for easy cleaning.
In the Home Construction Improvement review of the LaCrosse comforter, the reviewer appreciated the high-quality sewn through design, as well as its warmth in cold weather. Even though this comforter provides a good deal of warmth with its fill power of 500 to 550, one Amazon customer reviewer found it worked great in summer, too.
Pros: Large number of color options, good option in all kinds of weather, includes loops to keep comforter in place on the bed, high-quality sewn-through design
Cons: Price is a little higher than average
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- Business Insider 00:29October 23, 2019The best hair color kit you can buyL'Oréal Paris/Business Insider Whether you want to go for a bold makeover, stay subtle, or just cover up your gray, L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color gives you at-home hair color that looks just as good as anything you'd get at the salon. I've always been of the philosophy that it's good to have fun with your hair. After all, you can always cut it short, grow it out long, style it in a different way, or change the color if you don't like it or grow tired of it. My hair has been long, short, straight, and curly over the years, along with everything in between. And when it comes to color, I've tried just about all of them: every shade of brown, reds from subtle auburn to fire engine bright, dark blonde, black, burgundy — you name it. Currently, my hair is its natural dark brown towards the back, but a bright blue reminiscent of Marge Simpson in the front. I've been dying it since my teen years, which were more decades ago than I like to admit, and in those many years, I've learned a few things about at-home hair color, including the fact that while you don't have to spend a bundle, the super-cheapies can be rough on your hair, and if your hair is longer than your shoulders, you need two boxes to cover it thoroughly. Other things to keep in mind when considering coloring your hair at home:
You can maintain your current color, go darker, or cover up gray with permanent hair color. What you cannot do is lighten your hair with hair color alone. To go lighter, you'll first need to bleach out the existing color in your hair. The picture on the box is just a guideline — it's not the exact shade you'll get when using the product. Your actual results will vary based on your starting color, whether or not your hair is already chemically processed, how often you color your hair, and your technique when applying the dye.
Hair color is a messy business. While you can usually wipe away color from glazed porcelain surfaces, such as your sink bowl, forget about removing permanent hair color from paint, wallpaper, unglazed tile, carpet, or any other fabric surface. Wrapping an old towel around your shoulders before applying color helps greatly to reduce drips and drops on the floor. If you're a hair-color virgin, you might be overwhelmed when you get your first look at the at-home dye section of your discount store, beauty supply shop, or even the supermarket. There are a lot of brands and product lines out there, all claiming to be the best. That's why, in the name of beauty, we decided to assemble our list of the best at-home hair dyes currently available. And while we really like L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color, you should also check out the other hair products on our list, along with our reasons for choosing them. Here are the best hair color kits to buy in 2019: Best at-home hair color overall: L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color Best semi-permanent hair color: Clairol Natural Instincts
Best 10-minute application: Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color
Best root touch-up color: Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up Kit
Best bright hair color for at-home use: Punky Colour
Best natural hair color: Herbatint Updated 10/22/19 by Jada Wong: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best at-home hair color overall
L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color provides natural-looking coverage that's easy to apply. It's also really affordable and easily found in many drugstores.
For several years now, L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color has been my go-to product when I want natural looking hair color. There are several things I love about this permanent at-home dye.
It's available in a wide range of shades from very natural to a little bit out there, it includes not just a single-tip applicator but also comes with a comb applicator that makes it a breeze to color the hair fringing my face, it doesn't run or drip, it does a great job of covering my gray, and it doesn't smell too bad. The kit also includes a pre-color moisturizer that helps the color absorb evenly from roots to ends. TotalBeauty shares my love of Excellence Hair Cream, writing that it provides "long-lasting, silky coverage" that doesn't damage hair and covers grays completely. And with 30 shades to choose from, you're sure to find just the right color for your own hair. Pros: Comb-tip applicator, pre-color moisturizer, excellent selection of colors, reasonable price, not too thin or runny
Cons: Like most at-home colors, results can be darker than anticipated
Buy L'Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Hair Color at Target for $5.99
The best semi-permanent hair color
If you don't want to commit to permanent hair color, but just want to add a temporary dose of color, you can't go wrong with Clairol Natural Instincts.
Semi-permanent hair color contains no ammonia, so it doesn't open your hair shaft the way permanent color does. This means that semi-permanent hair color only coats the outside of each hair shaft. It doesn't penetrate inside the hair shaft like permanent color. As a general rule, semi-permanent hair color lasts for a month or so, washing away a little bit with each shampoo. If you'd like to try out a change of hair color temporarily, want a natural-looking hair color that goes easy on your locks, or just want to add a bit of richness and shine to your hair, Clairol Natural Instincts is the product to reach for. Although it won't cover gray as well as permanent hair color, it does a fine job if you only have a little bit of gray.
Good Housekeeping chose this as a top pick, writing, "We found the at-home dye offered even coverage, left hair shiny, and was fade-resistant when used to just cover up a bit of gray." There are nearly 30 natural-looking colors to choose from. Pros: No ammonia, so the product is easier on your hair and scalp than permanent color; natural looking colors that do a fairly good job of covering gray hair
Cons: As with all semi-permanent hair dye, the color fades and washes out within a few weeks
Buy Clairol Natural Instincts at Walmart for $6.92
The best 10-minute application
If you're in a rush, you can cover up gray hair or improve on your own color in just 10 minutes with Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color.
This is another favorite hair dye of mine. I've used Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color many times over the years, and sampled most of the brown and auburn shades the line offers. It cuts down the tedious waiting period from the typical 25-30 minutes of most permanent hair colors to a mere 10 minutes, but still offers natural, shiny coverage. Ulta buyers rate the product highly. With 1,350 reviews, it has an average of 4.6 stars. Most buyers praise the easy and quick application, the excellent coverage of gray hair, and the shininess of their hair after coloring. On the downside, some complain the product smells bad, and the color selection isn't as good as some other lines — There are only 14 shades, most of which are in the brown family. Pros: Takes less than half the time of regular hair colors
Cons: Strong odor, relatively small selection of colors
Buy Clairol Nice N' Easy Perfect 10 Hair Color at Ulta for $13.49
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- Business Insider 00:29October 23, 2019The best clay masksClay masks are an easy way to give your skin a boost without getting regular facials.
They can clear out pores, removing dirt and oil that can lead to acne.
Our top pick is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask because it's a super affordable and all-natural mask that deep cleans your pores. One of the easiest ways to give your skin some love and care is by using clay masks. This type of skin-care can help clear pores, brighten complexions, and improve skin texture. Perhaps best of all, you can actually see results in a matter of minutes.
But with the overwhelming amount of masks out there, finding the right one for your skin can be daunting. So we researched to find the best clay masks you can buy — whether you're looking for a detoxifying mask or one that helps brighten, these are the clay masks to keep on your radar.
Here are the best clay masks to buy in 2019: Best clay mask overall: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
Best detoxifying clay mask: Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask
Best brightening clay mask: Tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask
Best exfoliating clay mask: L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine Mask
Best hydrating clay mask: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and formatting. The best clay mask overall
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask is a cult classic because it visibly heals, detoxifies, and smoothes out your skin.
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask is a 100% natural calcium bentonite clay powder that you can mix with apple cider vinegar or water to create a mask. Its natural detoxifying powers have made it a firm favorite among beauty bloggers, industry insiders, and celebrities like Mindy Kaling. Known as the "World's Most Powerful Facial," the mask is made with bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it's sun-dried for up to six months. It's used to help clear acne and blackheads as well as for tightening skin. The all-natural mask features no additives, fragrances, or animal products.
It lived up to the hype when tested by the Insider team, with both testers saying they noticed a difference in their skin after just one use of the "pulsating" mask (some users report a pulling sensation as the mixture hardens). It's one of the highest-rated beauty products on Amazon with a 4.4-star rating from more than 17,000 reviewers — more than 12,000 are full 5-star ratings. A lot of buyers even uploaded before and after photos of their skin, showing off amazing results. Insider Picks reporter Mara Leighton also recommends it highly, above more expensive alternatives.
While having to mix the mask yourself is inconvenient for some, most reviewers think the mask is more than worth the price, as you can buy a 1-pound jar for less than $10 and customize how much or little you use each time.
Pros: Deep cleans skin, tightens pores, affordable, can be mixed with water or apple cider vinegar
Cons: Have to mix it yourself, can be messy
The best detoxifying clay mask
The Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask will leave your skin looking cleaner and clearer without drying it out.
Most of Glossier's products have cult followings — the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask being one of them. It has consistently been one of the most popular products since the line's launch thanks to its main ingredient: a creamy white kaolin clay that draws out impurities. The mask also features vitamin-rich leafy green phytonutrients and superfruit antioxidants that help protect your complexion against skin damage. The avocado oil and aloe hydrate intensely and prevent skin from drying out as the mask hardens.
Editors from Allure said that the mask made their skin look "brighter, smoother, and more awake." It also has a 4.3 out of 5-star rating on Influenster with many of the commenters (more than 1,800 people left reviews) saying it's "super gentle yet effective."
Some reviewers did mention that it caused their skin to be red for a short time after washing off the mask.
Pros: Helps clear out pores, smoothes complexion, moisturizing Cons: Can leave skin red after washing off
The best brightening clay mask
Tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask has two compartments — one side brightens while the other clears out and tightens pores.
Although $40 might be pricey for a clay mask you'd wash off in 10 minutes, Tarte's Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask has two different formulas for a whole host of skin-care benefits.
The purple side is made with Amazonian clay to draw out dirt, oil, and grime from clogged pores that can lead to acne and blackheads. It also gently exfoliates but has jojoba, sweet almond, and avocado oils that keep the mask from drying out or being harsh on your skin.
The gold side (which justifies a $40 selfie, IMO) has Amazonian clay as well, but also hyaluronic acid to bring moisture and life back to your skin. You can multitask and use both at the same time on different parts of your face, or use them back to back.
The mask is so effective at cleaning out pores, tightening skin, and revitalizing your complexion that Allure calls it "yoga for your pores." — Jada Wong
Pros: 2-in-1 mask, cleans and exfoliates pores, brightening, hydrating
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- Business Insider 00:03October 23, 2019The best bath towelsThere's nothing quite like a soft, fluffy towel when stepping out of the shower. You'll look forward to drying off with our top pick, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. This soft, super-absorbent towel is also a great bargain. Nobody is ever happy to step out of the shower, only to reach for a scratchy, thin, nonabsorbent, and too-small bath towel — what a waste of a clean routine to end on an unhappy note like that. Instead, it's a pleasure to dry off with a thick, thirsty, soft, and big-enough-to-cover-everywhere-that-counts bath towel. That's why we've researched the best bath towels for your drying pleasure. Whether you like them overly large, made of organic cotton, in a waffle-weave, or just thick, soft, and luxurious, we've got your new favorite bath towel in our guide. Here are the best bath towels you can buy: Best towel overall: Fieldcrest Spa Towel
Best big towel: Utopia Bath Sheet
Best lightweight towel: Crane & Canopy Fouta Towel
Best waffle weave towel: Waffle Towel from Parachute
Best organic cotton towel: Organic Bath Towel from Boll & Branch
Best colorful towels: Wamsutta's Hygro Duet Bath Towels
Best textured towel with a fun pattern: West Elm's Dashed Lines Sculpted Towels Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best towel overall
So soft, absorbent, and wallet-friendly, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel makes stepping out of the shower a pleasure.
If you're looking for a 100% cotton towel that absorbs water without feeling heavy or "soaked" against your skin, has a plush texture, comes in lots of great colors, and holds up well after years of use, you've met your match with the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. You get all of that quality at a budget price.
You'll find three sizes of towel available at Target: bath sheet (measures 65 x 33 inches), bath towel (measures 56 x 30 inches), and hand towel (30 x 16 inches). All sizes are available in a choice of 15 lovely neutral shades, including a dark gray, cream, mint green, and several soft blue shades. The Fieldcrest towel is a Target exclusive, and more than 800 shoppers have rated it 4.5 stars (out of 5). They like the towel's luxurious feel, plushness, and excellent absorbing capabilities. However, a few buyers complained that the towel didn't absorb water as well as they'd hoped.
Pros: Great price, nice selection of colors, plush and soft, 100% cotton terrycloth
Cons: A few complaints of reduced quality and fading
The best large bath sheet towel
If you like your towels to be extra-large, you'll love the soft and absorbent Utopia Bath Sheet, which measures 35 by 70 inches.
If you like wrapping your bath towel around your entire body, you'll be able to do so and have towel to spare with the Utopia Bath Sheet. This towel is huge at 35 inches wide by 70 inches long. But the size isn't the only great thing about it. It's also made from 100% ring-spun cotton for super-softness along with excellent durability. The hems are double-stitched, so they won't unravel or fray, even after many trips through the wash.
While some Amazon reviewers do comment that the towels are not as thick as they expected, most enjoy the large size and fluffiness. "They shed in the dryer a good bit the first 5 or 6 times you dry them, but after that, they tend to slack off," one buyer wrote.
There are plenty of colors to choose from, including pure black, plum, and dark brown, so you can add comfort and style to your bathroom.
Pros: Huge size, good quality, soft cotton
Cons: Not super-thick
The best lightweight towel
Crane & Canopy
Crane & Canopy's Fouta Towel is lightweight, highly absorbent, dries quickly, and feels wonderful on your skin.
During those hot, humid months when nothing seems to dry, having a lightweight towel is a must. We tried Crane & Canopy's Striped Fouta Towel during the stickiest summer months, and we loved it.
Not only does the 100% Turkish cotton towel dry quickly, but it also feels lightweight and soft on your skin. The light terry cloth interior is highly absorbent and picks up any water or moisture so you dry off quickly. You can machine wash these towels on the gentle cycle, but you should avoid using liquid fabric softener.
There's a cute light fringe along the towel's edges that adds some flair to the design. You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of colors, including coral, yellow, and blue. Crane & Canopy has polka-dotted patterns for you to choose from, too.
You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of sizes, including a washcloth, hand towel, bath towel, and bath sheet. We found the bath towel to be just the right size, but if you like larger towels, the bath sheet is the one for you. Crane & Canopy also sells sets so your entire bathroom can match.
The only real downside to these towels is the price tag of $22 for a bath towel and $34 for a bath sheet. Also, if you want a plush, fluffy towel, these lightweight Turkish cotton ones aren't it, but Crane & Canopy has fluffy towels that are also great. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Absorbent, dries quickly, lightweight, soft, 100% Turkish cotton, cute colors and patterns
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- Business Insider 23:42October 22, 2019The best bean bag chairs The bean bag chair has been a mainstay of the college dorm, the kids' bedroom, and the family den for years. These anatomic seats conform to your body to give a unique blend of support and comfort.
The Big Joe Aloha Chair is our top pick because it has the softness of a bean bag chair with some of the structure of a standard chair. If you went to college any time in the last few decades, chances are you spent a good portion of your time nestled in a friend's bean bag chair while hanging out in his or her dorm room. And if that's not accurate, then you were the bean bag chair owner and it was to your room that friends flocked for the chance to flop in comfort. The first recognizable bean bag chair was created by a group of Italian designers in the late 1960s, and people have been enjoying them ever since.
Although comfort is the primary reason for the popularity of the bean bag chair, there is also something to be said for the low price. Many bean bag chairs cost a fraction of the price of that textbook you need for a history seminar, so for college students or anyone else watching the budget, a cheap seat that's actually comfortable is a great find. They are also a great choice for the dorm room as one usually doesn't buy forever furniture for a space they will occupy for a couple of semesters at most.
Our guide features several bean bag chairs that are perfect for the dorm or apartment, as well as an option that could, in fact, be forever furniture. We also included a bean bag chair just for the kids as well as one perfect for the couple that wants to sit and snuggle or for the friends who want to lounge together while watching a show or playing a game. You'll surely find the perfect chair to settle yourself into. Just remember that getting up is a lot harder than sitting down.
Here are the best bean bag chairs you can buy: Best bean bag chair overall: Big Joe Aloha Chair
Best affordable bean bag chair: Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair
Best high-end bean bag chair: Tuft & Needle Pouch
Best large bean bag chair: Great Deal Furniture David Bean Bag Lounger
Best bean bag chair for kids: GoMoji Emoji Kids Bean Bag Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best bean bag chair overall
The Big Joe Aloha Chair lets you sink in and snuggle, yet it maintains a chair's shape, helping you sit upright without effort.
Bean bag chairs are incredibly comfortable as long as you're OK with adopting an effectively recumbent position. If you want to sit upright on a bean bag chair, whether for typing or eating, to name two examples, you have to support yourself with your core as there is no appreciable backrest. That is, unless you got the chair-shaped Big Joe Aloha Chair. It's a soft, stuffed seat that maintains its chair configuration even while cradling your carriage with tens of thousands of beads of proprietary Ultimax filling.
This is a great bean bag chair for the college kid who needs a place to relax when it's time to chill but can sit upright to use a laptop, read a book, or take part in a study session when it's time to get some work done. And thanks to that carrying handle built into the seatback, it's easy to move the Aloha bean bag chair around the room or down the hall to a buddy's room. If the chair ever loses some of its fluff, you can unzip it and add more filling. And the filling is made from 80% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable itself. As a former Big Joe bean bag chair owner, I never had any issue with the fill packing down too much.
The Big Joe Aloha Chair currently enjoys a 4.1-star average rating on Amazon, with one owner calling it "perfect for me" and loving how well it "holds its shape" during use. Another said she was "so impressed with this chair," as were her kids. And a writer from Ezvid.com noted how Big Joe bean bag chairs offer "structured back and arm support."
Pros: Offers support and holds its shape, eco-friendly materials, built-in carrying handle
Cons: Too small for larger adults
The best low-cost bean bag chair
Bed bath & Beyond
The Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair is soft and fluffy and large enough for an adult, yet its price tag is small enough to where you can let the kids treat it roughly.
When you picture a bean bag chair, it probably looks just like the Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair. In other words, it's a big amorphous blob, a blob that in this case comes in five different colors and has a soft faux-suede exterior and is filled with little polystyrene beads. When you sit down on (or in, really) this bean bag chair, you'll be pleased to find that it feels just like you expect, too.
And that's almost all there is to say about the Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair, really. It's soft and comfortable, it's big enough for an adult, and it comes in a few colors. Oh, right. The price. At less than $40, this is far and away the lowest cost adult-sized bean bag chair in our guide. In fact, it costs half as much as the next cheapest option. And that sits well with lots of shoppers, if you'll pardon my amazing pun.
Many of those customers sounded off on Bed Bath & Beyond's website, with one owner calling the bean bag chair a "great size and quality," while another said it was "fantastic" and appreciated that the chair was "comfortable and adjustable" simply by pouring out some of the beans and/or adding more back in. You can buy more filler "beans" separately.
Pros: Great low price, comes in several colors, tear-resistant material
Cons: Too small for some larger adults
The best high-end bean bag chair
Tuft & Needle
The Tuft & Needle Pouch bean bag chair is made using materials that will last for years and with design elements that will complement almost any living space.
The average bean bag chair is only a part of our lives for a few years at most. Maybe it was a prized part of the playroom in childhood or a constant companion in the corner of the dorm room in college, but more often than not, it's the bean bag chair that gets the boot during a move, a room redecoration, or when its seam splits open and spills little bits of polystyrene all over the place.
With the Tuft & Needle Pouch bean bag chair, none of that is going to happen. First, this meticulously well-made quilted cover and durable interior sack are not going to tear unless you stab the thing with a knife, which you really should avoid doing. And second, you're not going to toss this bean bag chair whether you're refreshing a room or moving across the country. This is high-quality commitment furniture, and it comes with a commensurate price tag.
The Pouch has a soft, textured quilting on much of the exterior, making it a comfortable and eye-catching seat. It's large enough for a couple to share if they're fine with intimacy or for a parent to use with child on lap, but this bean bag chair is at its best when a single adult sinks in for a good long sit. And to give you an idea of its quality, the chair is backed by a three-year warranty!
Connie Chen on our Insider Picks team tested it out and was pleasantly surprised by how much she liked it.
"I live in a fourth floor walk-up, so when I stumble up the narrow stairways carrying heavy packages — like giant, 73-pound bean bag chairs — the only thought going through my head is, 'This better be worth it,'" Connie wrote. "After many days of the most comfortable lounging, relaxing, and napping in Tuft & Needle's new Pouch, the giant bean bag chair in question, I'm now certain the effort was worth it."
A product tester from WanderWithWonder called the Pouch " big enough to fit a grown adult or several kids," while a writer from GoodbyeNormal loved that its "cover is completely removable and machine washable."
Pros: Stylish and comfortable, superior construction, machine washable cover
Cons: Very expensive
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- Business Insider 23:29October 22, 2019The best self-tannersTan Luxe/Facebook/Business Insider Self-tanners are a quick and easy way to give yourself a sun-kissed look without subjecting your skin to the sun's harmful UV rays.
Our top pick is the Fake Bake Self-Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless because it is a highly-rated self-tanner that dries quickly and streak-free, leaving you with a flawless glow. Now that we all know how dangerous UV rays can be, the days of laying out in the sun working on our tans have been replaced with sitting under umbrellas applying sunscreen with a high SPF rating. Thankfully for those of us who still like a bronzed look, you can safely make your skin look sun-kissed with a good self-tanner. While self-tanners have been around for a while now, they can still get a bad rap. It's probably because in the past, finding an option that left you with a golden glow and not an orange streaky mess was difficult to find. Thankfully beauty brands are now producing innovative new self-tanning formulas that make the application process practically foolproof. This summer's crop of self-tanning mousses, mists, and lotions are formatted to provide sleek and natural-looking results.
Whether you're looking to give yourself the deep tan or just want your skin to look slightly sun-kissed, we've got you covered. We did the research to find the best self-tanners available.
Here are the best self-tanners you can buy: Best self-tanner overall: Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless
Best self-tanning mousse: St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
Best self-tanning mist: Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist
Best self-tanner for your face: Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self Tan Drops
Best drugstore self-tanner: Banana Boat Self Tanning Sunless Lotion Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated links, formatting, and prices. The best self tanner overall
Want a natural-looking self-tanner that absorbs quickly and is easy to apply? Try the Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless spray.
The Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless is a non-sticky self-tanning spray that you apply with the included tanning mitt. Just spritz the product on the professional mitt before stroking it into your skin for a perfectly even tan that develops between 4 to 6 hours. The self-tanner is made with naturally-derived tanning agents that work to enhance your skin's unique pigments meaning you'll be left with a natural-looking glow every time. It also has a nice tropical smell, unlike other self-tanners that smell very chemically. The product works well on all skin types and skin tones and is made with no artificial preservatives or parabens. It is one of the most popular self tanners around with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating on Influenster. Fake Bake is also a best seller on Amazon where more than 6,300 shoppers give it a 4.3-star average rating. One reviewer named Trish wrote, "Best stuff on the market. Period. I have ordered this stuff multiple times and will never go back to using anything else. I have never used a tanning product that dries in two minutes and I can get dressed and go right away. Not sticky, not stinky, not streaky. I would give this product 100 stars-- the creator is a genius!"
Some buyers noted they had some issue with the spray bottle leaking, so be sure to keep it upright while using it to avoid any unwanted spillage. Pros: Affordable, comes with a mitt, easy to use, dries quickly, nice smell, natural glow
Cons: Can leak if not careful
Buy the Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless on Amazon for $20
The best self-tanning mousse
The St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is a lightweight self-tanning mousse that enhances your natural skin tone.
The St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is a long-lasting foam self-tanner that helps users achieve natural and healthy-looking tan. The mousse is formulated to dry quickly without leaving blotches or a sticky residue. Unlike other mousses, St. Tropez's stays foamy while you spread it on your skin, rather than turning into a runny liquid that will streak. The mousse is tinted to help you see which areas you may have missed, ensuring a near foolproof application. To achieve the perfect streak-free tan, the company does suggest you exfoliate 24 hours prior to using the mousse. The self-tanner is made with hydrating properties to keep skin looking and feeling smooth and moisturized after the application. This beloved product has won an Allure Best of Beauty Award seven times and has a 4.5-star rating on Ulta with 91% of buyers saying they would recommend it to a friend. One shopper named Kay wrote, "Now that I don't tan as much and have been trying to avoid the tanning bed I needed something that would give me a nice healthy tan but still look good and St. Tropez has done the job. I tried cheaper brands such as St. Mortiz? And it wasn't nearly as good as St. Tropez. The price is steep but with this you actually get what you pay for. It works so well gives such a natural streak-free tan and doesn't look fake. I love it."
Many reviewers noted that it works best when used with the brand's tanning mitt, which you, unfortunately, have to buy separately for $6.50. Pros: Dries quickly, moisturizing, natural and healthy-looking tan, not sticky
Cons: Expensive, tanning mitt sold separately
Buy the St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse at Ulta for $42
The best self-tanning mist
The Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist is an organic self-tanner that produces a buildable natural-looking tan that lasts up to three days.
If you prefer to buy eco-friendly products, give the Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist a try. The easy to use tanner is formulated with a mix of argan oil, vitamin C, hibiscus, and chamomile extract to leave skin looking hydrated and glowing. While other self-tanners can have a complicated application process, with Coola's mist all you need to do is spritz it on and gently rub it in. Allure editor, Lexi Novak was pleasantly surprised when she tested the product without exfoliating or prepping with a barrier cream.
She noted that the clear, fine spray dried quickly and didn't feel sticky at all. She was also impressed that it didn't leave any residue or stains behind on her sheets after a night spent sleeping with the self-tanner on her skin.
Coola's self-tanner has a Clean at Sephora seal, which means it's made without the ingredients shoppers told Sephora they'd like to avoid. It has more than 6,700 loves and a 4.5-star rating on the site. One Sephora shopper raved, "Self-tanners are usually hit or miss, and this one is hands down one of my favorites yet. The product goes on easily, smells good and isn't tough to smooth around to get an even finish. It also is easy to apply minimally and progressively over time, helping maintain a tan that is realistic and even. Definitely a good addition to any bronze junkie!"
A few customers did complain about how much the 3.4 fl oz bottle cost, but most said it was worth the price.
Pros: Easy to use, hydrating, doesn't stain clothes or sheets, little to no prep, organic
Buy the Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist at Sephora for $46
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- Business Insider 23:02October 22, 2019The best makeup mirrors you can buyShutterstock You don't have to do your makeup in bad lighting.
The Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror is our top makeup mirror pick for its sleek, attractive design and simple functionality. It does what you need it to do, without any complicated extras. Getting a dedicated makeup mirror has to be one of the top five decisions I've ever made. Or, rather, that my mom made for me, since she bought me one, presumably after getting sick of hearing me endlessly complain that my bedroom was too dark for effectively drawing on eyeliner. Thanks, mom!
Now that I've gone over to the light (up mirror) side, I will not be turning back, and I suggest you follow my lead. It's a real getting ready game-changer, especially if your living quarters leave much to be desired as far as lighting goes. Makeup mirrors exist on a spectrum from very basic to rather high-tech, but most of the best ones have lighting and magnification options that make creating the perfect smokey eye or chiseled contour a total breeze.
If you don't care about zooming in close enough to see every single pore on the surface of your face, you can probably opt for a simpler design, while people who love elaborate makeup looks might want a model with a few additional features.
We've done the research to find the best makeup mirrors that beauty experts and shoppers agree are the best money can buy.
Here are the best makeup mirrors you can buy: Best makeup mirror overall: Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror
Best tri-fold makeup mirror: Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror
Best on-the-go makeup mirror: HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror
Best makeup mirror for techies: iHome Reflect iCVBT2 Adjustable Vanity Mirror
Best makeup mirror for true makeup aficionados: Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated formatting, links, and prices.
The best makeup mirror overall
The Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror is perfect for your everyday makeup needs, with its two-sided mirror encircled by a bright light.
Conair's Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror is ideal for a fan of the Classics. It's like the peanut butter and jelly of makeup mirrors — nothing over-the-top, but perfectly functional and satisfying. It does the job, and it does the job well, but without all the bells and whistles some of the more tech-savvy versions offer.
As the name suggests, this mirror is double-sided, with one side featuring a 7x magnification that allows you get to real intimate with your epidermis. I personally find the magnification on these kinds of mirrors most helpful for tweezing my eyebrows and reminding me of my own mortality by pointing out fine lines I didn't know I had. Best Products named the Conair mirror their number one pick for best lighted mirror. It's also a fan-favorite, with more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. One reviewer writes, "Awesome mirror! It's just the right size, and the lighting is perfect. Having lighting on both sides is great." The mirror comes in several finishes, including "oiled bronze" and "polished chrome," and the oval shape gives it a vintage vibe that makes it a little prettier than some of the other options in our guide. Buyers' main complaint seems to be about the longevity of the light itself, which is powered by a bulb rather than a battery. Pros: Nice vintage design, lights on both sides, 7x magnification, comes in several finishes
Cons: Requires a bulb, only has one light intensity
Buy the Conair Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror on Amazon for $37 to $134
The best tri-fold makeup mirror
The Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror shows your makeup in different lighting so you can avoid any awkward foundation-blending mishaps.
In my past life as an office worker, I often left the house feeling pretty good about my face situation, only to be greeted on my first trip to the office bathroom by a raccoon-eyed swamp creature in the mirror. If you found yourself nodding along in recognition as you read that last sentence, the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror might be for you.
With four adjustable settings — daytime, nighttime, home, and office — you can see your makeup in all sorts of lighting, it's perfect for the woman who is always bouncing from the work to spin class to drinks with friends. The tri-fold mirror design allows you to look at your face from every angle, so you can avoid that moment when you look in the mirror and realize you've been walking around with unblended bronzer for five hours. But just don't take my word for it. New York Magazine's The Strategist named the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror one of the best vanity mirrors on Amazon, where it currently boasts a 4.2-star rating based on 2,500 reviews. Other notable features of the mirror include an electrical outlet for plugging in devices and an adjustable base that lets you find the perfect height.
Pros: Four different light settings for various environments, panoramic tri-fold mirror, highly customizable Cons: Clunky design, not as attractive as other options Buy the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Makeup Mirror on Amazon for $34
The best on-the-go makeup mirror
The HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is perfect for late sleepers who commute first and get ready later.
Do you hit snooze until the last possible second in the morning? The HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is a great pick for anyone who applies their makeup after they get to work. After all, you don't want to rely on fluorescent office lights alone to help you blend your eye shadow.
This mirror comes recommended by The Cut's Ashley Weatherford, who describes its 5 x 3.3 x 0.4-inch size as "thinner than a CD case and barely the size of your hand." This mirror is perfect for tossing in your purse, briefcase, filing cabinet, or glove compartment. It also folds in half for easy portability. The HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is clearly designed to go places.
Features-wise, it's pretty bare bones. You get eight LED lights that you can dim and two mirrors, one with 2x magnification. The compact also comes with four batteries, so you can get to using it immediately. If that's all you need, this is a solid and affordable choice, but if you want something a bit more in-depth, it probably won't be the right fit. Pros: Perfect for travel or carrying on-the-go, regular and magnified mirror options, affordable, comes with batteries (plus an extra set)
Cons: Doesn't have many additional features
Buy the HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror on Amazon for $15
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- Business Insider 22:51October 22, 2019The best dinnerware sets you can buyHigh-quality dinnerware sets are resistant to scratching and chipping, can go in the dishwasher and microwave, and are appealing to the eye.
The Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set is our top pick because it's cost-effective, durable, and there are several attractive styles and designs to choose from. The right dinnerware set has a profound impact on how you enjoy a meal. If the plates are mixed and matched across place settings, the food may seem similarly disjointed. However, a sophisticated, uniform table setting suggests an attention to detail that diners will also recognize in the dishes you serve. Consequently, a top-quality dinnerware set is a must for any home chef who takes pride in entertaining guests or preparing delicious meals for their family.
The main considerations when shopping for dinnerware are durability and aesthetic appeal. Bone china, porcelain, and china are the most popular materials. Named after the country where porcelain making originated, china is an all-encompassing term for vitreous ceramic dinnerware. China is brittle, glassy, and does not absorb water well. Porcelain is a subset of china made from quartz, feldspar, and clay and heated in a kiln. Bone china gets its name from the calcified bone included in its composition. This makes it lightweight and surprisingly strong. It's also usually more expensive.
As far as appearances go, beautiful designs may seem like an attractive alternative. But, you should remember that you will likely use your dinnerware for decades to come. Designs that seem hip today may appear dated in 10 years. Therefore, consider all-white dinnerware or styles that have been popular for generations.
While researching the best dinnerware, we poured through hundreds of expert and buyer reviews and ratings of countless sets. Our guide features sets that have a history of durability, are excellent for everyday use, and have a timeless look.
Here are the best dinnerware sets you can buy: Best dinnerware set overall: Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set
Best all-white dinnerware set: Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware
Best vitrified ceramic dinnerware set: Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting
Best heavy-duty dinnerware set: Brasserie All-White Dinnerware Place Settings
Best affordable dinnerware set: AmazonBasics Dinnerware Set Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices and links.The best dinnerware set overall
If you are looking for a cost-effective and durable dinnerware set with colorful designs, the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set is your best bet.
What makes the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set special is that it's made of durable stoneware and comes in a variety of colors and designs. The stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe, though the plate can get quite hot when microwaved so handle with care. The set comes with four 4-piece place settings. Each setting includes a dinner plate, dessert plate, mug, and bowl. You can choose from 10 different styles, including Red, Casa Estebana, Lewisville Teal, and Madame Floral. Red is the most affordable and popular style, and each piece actually features several different colors in addition to red. The shapes of the pieces vary drastically between styles. For example, the Madame Floral plates and bowls are square shaped, which can add a contemporary look to your dining room.
Best Products, God of Smile, and No Place Called Home all recommend the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set. The reviewer at Best Products found the colors to be particularly vibrant and mentioned that this casual set worked best for quick weeknight family meals.
About 83% of the Amazon buyers who reviewed the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set gave it four or five stars. One of the most common comments from buyers is that the plates are heavy duty and can stand up to the clumsiest of families without chipping. Others note that all of the pieces seem to have a functional size: not too small, not too big. People also found the colors to be pretty and vibrant. However, there were a couple of complaints about the pieces having slightly different coloration within the same set. Pros: Durable, affordable, colorful designs
Cons: Reports of inconsistent coloration
The best all-white dinnerware set
Fitz & Floyd
The Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware Collection is ideal for buyers looking for a bone china set that is elegant for formal use but not too fancy for daily use.
The Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware Collection is the only set in our guide made of high-quality bone china. Why does this matter? The 50% bone ash makeup of this set makes it more pliable, lighter, and thinner. It's also less likely to chip than standard porcelain. The bright white hue of the pieces evokes cleanliness. The four-piece set comes with a 16-ounce coffee mug, 6-inch cereal/soup bowl, 8.25-inch salad plate, and a 10.25-inch dinner plate. All of the pieces are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also purchase all of the pieces individually in a variety of styles. If you want to round out your table setting with matching serving pieces, the Nevaeh White collection offers platters, serving bowls, salt and pepper shakers, and more.
The Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection is the top pick in The Wirecutter's look at the best dinnerware sets. The reviewer appreciated that this versatile set worked for everyday use as well as formal dinner parties. In his scratch tests, the reviewer was not able to scratch the pieces with knives and forks. He also noted that the cereal bowls were the right depth and width, and the teacups didn't wobble in the saucers. However, he did note that the plates exhibited some minor pitting on the surface of the glaze.
More than 250 buyers have left five-star reviews of the Nevaeh White Rim Dinnerware Collection on the Bed Bath & Beyond website. Karen801 purchased this set to replace stoneware dishes that tended to chip easily. She found this dinnerware to be much lighter, more durable, and it took up less space in her cupboard. Others echo these sentiments. One buyer commented on how easy it is to clean the pieces. The most helpful critical complaint was from someone who had their coffee mug crack along the bottom and leak coffee. This does not appear to be a common problem.
Pros: Durable, scratch-resistant, lightweight
Cons: Experienced minor pitting in some tests
The best vitrified ceramic dinnerware set
If you are looking for durable, visually-appealing dinnerware and have a little extra money to spend, consider purchasing the Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting.
The Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting, more commonly known as "Fiestaware," has an almost cult following. I know this because I grew up in the cult. I remember when my mother first brought the colorful dish sets into our home. I didn't know what the big deal was. But, she was happy, and I had something to eat on. Decades later as I visit my mom's house, the dinnerware is still going strong with nary a chip. Fiesta is so confident in the chip resistance of its vitrified ceramic pieces that it offers a five-year chip resistance warranty. Vitrified ceramic has very low porosity, which makes for a stronger material.
Fiestaware is best known for its Art Deco styling and concentric circles in a range of colors. Though there may only be a couple dozen colors available at a time, Fiesta has produced countless colors since the dinnerware was first introduced in 1936. Some of the most popular colors currently are Ivory, Tangerine, Daffodil, and Turquoise. Fiesta even offers an online app called Colorama for seeing if the colors you are interested in go well together.
House Tipster has been obsessed with Fiestaware for decades. The reviewer appreciates the vivid, fade-resistant colors. She displays them on open cabinets and exposed shelves. She found that the different colors tended to mix-and-match quite well, but if you find a particular color that you especially like, she recommends buying up all the pieces you want because Fiesta is known to discontinue certain colors.
The Spruce Eats put Fiestaware as their top overall dinnerware set. The reviewer noted that the pieces are incredibly crack and chip resistant. The Wirecutter was much more critical of the dinnerware. The reviewer did not like how flat the bowl bottoms are and found the pieces to be too casual and heavy for formal use.
Approximately 78% of the buyers who rated the Fiestaware on Amazon gave it five stars. Kim Davies, the most helpful reviewer, gave the set four stars because the ivory dinnerware she ordered ended up looking more like a pale yellow. Though, other than that, she was happy. Many of the other buyers appreciated that all of the pieces are made in the United States and are lead- and cadmium-free. Lead and cadmium have been shown to have negative health consequences.
Pros: Lead- and cadmium-free, chip-resistant, available in countless colors
Cons: Expensive, heavy
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- Business Insider 22:51October 22, 2019The best shower headsShower time should be relaxing, and your choice of shower head plays a huge role in making your shower more soothing. Some people love a rain-style shower, while others want a strong, pulsing jet to massage sore muscles.
That's why the Moen S6320 Two-Function Rain Shower Head is the best you can buy. It can switch between both types of shower styles, depending on your mood. The rush of prepping for work or school can almost make you feel relieved to jump in a car and sit in rush-hour traffic, listening to two DJs tell bad jokes and play weird sound effects. But before fighting through the commute, it's time for rushing around, looking for the right outfit, figuring out which overnight emails you were expected to answer before 4 a.m., and wrestling with which flavor packet to plug into the coffee maker. There is one time when you can actually relax – in the shower.
Sure, you might have to shorten your shower after you hit the snooze alarm three times, but the shower stall is still your sanctuary where no one can bother you, even if it's only for a few minutes.
To ensure that your shower is as relaxing as it can be, you will need to make some choices about the kind of shower head you want to use. You might be surprised at how many shower head options are available. Modern shower heads work differently than older shower heads, so there are quite a few advantages to purchasing a new shower head. An older shower head's interior often was a cavity that filled with water, forcing the water through the tiny nozzles, meaning the individual nozzles had very little water pressure. A newer shower head has individual channels that feel the nozzles, increasing the ability to deliver water pressure. With all of the different options and features in shower heads, you can pick exactly the type of shower you'd like to have, including rain-style, pulsing jets, or steady spray. Full body: Full body shower installations include nozzles throughout the vertical length of the shower stall, rather than just one nozzle at the top of the stall. Although these are really nice designs for a shower, they're a bit beyond the scope of this list because of the special installation and high expense required.
Handheld: Some shower heads fit inside a clamp near the upper pipe, but then disconnect so they can be held in your hand at the end of a flexible hose, allowing you to direct the water spray for more efficient cleaning, as Kitchen Bath Guides explains.
High pressure: Some shower heads include high-pressure jets. By turning a ring, these shower heads often provide different spray patterns as well as massage settings.
Rainfall: Some showers offer big shower heads that release a lot of water, almost like rainfall. They usually don't offer the water pressure or pulsing options of other shower head designs.
Specialty: Newer shower heads have some interesting specialty features. Some include a built-in wireless speaker inside the shower head, allowing you to sync your smartphone to the speaker to play music or audio. Some include LED lighting that makes it fun to shower. Finally, Consumer Reports says you must pay attention to the type of installation required for the shower head you pick. Some shower heads will simply screw onto the water pipe that sticks out of the bathroom wall, which most people can handle themselves. Other shower heads require you to tear up drywall to install some components. Understand that you may need to hire a plumber to complete the job, so think about this added cost when purchasing a shower head.
Here are the best shower heads you can buy in 2019: Best overall: Moen Two-Function Rain Shower Head
Best rain shower head: WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head
Best high-pressure shower head: Speakman Signature High Pressure Shower Head
Best low-flow shower head: High Sierra Low Flow Shower Head
Best handheld showerhead: ShowerMaxx Detachable Handheld Shower Head
Best budget shower head: Delta Single Function Shower Head
Best LED shower head: DreamSpa Color Changing LED Shower Head
Best combination shower head: Hydroluxe 24 Function 3-way 2 in 1 Combo Shower Head Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best shower head overall
Unlike most rain-style shower heads, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rain 8-inch Shower Head also offers a surprisingly powerful jet spray.
Most rain-style shower heads don't offer any other type of water delivery. However, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rain 8-inch Shower Head is able to deliver both rain and jet spray styles in one shower head.
The shower head is a great size, and the Moen S6320 also offers immersion technology, which allows for a concentrated jet spray.
A Great Shower says the rain-style shower is amazing and highlights how the shower head uses 100 nozzles to create its signature effect. However, the advantage of this shower head is that it can also act as a high-pressure jet spray when you want to switch things up.
Of course, it is an expensive shower head, costing more than $100 on Amazon. However, when you take into account that it originally cost $252.90 when Moen introduced this model, it's a substantial discount. It also has a lifetime warranty.
Pros: Versatile shower head, 100 nozzles for rain-style shower, jet-style setting provides surprising water pressure level, four finishes available
Cons: Longevity is questionable, price is high
The best budget shower head
The Delta 75152 Single Function Shower Head's extremely low price point and good water flow make it a good choice for those on a tight budget.
There's nothing that particularly stands out about the Delta 75152 Single Function Shower Head, but it does provide a good all-around performance level at a really low price point. According to the Green Energy Helps review, the Delta 75152 can deliver water flow of between 1.85 GPM and 2.5 GPM, which is a good level for most people.
The Beyond Shower review says the 75152 shower head is easy to install. One Amazon customer was disappointed in the all-plastic design of the Delta shower head, which ended up causing some leaks immediately after installation, but it seems to be a rare occurrence.
Pros: Extremely low price, good water flow level, extremely easy to install, two jet spray settings, two water flow settings, includes H2Okinetic water droplet technology
Cons: All-plastic construction materials affect longevity, some customers reported immediate leaks
The best rain-style shower head
The low-priced WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head delivers an impressive amount of water pressure and water volume for a rain shower.
If you've hesitated to purchase a rain-style shower head in the past because of concerns over high water usage, the WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head contains a flow restrictor that limits the shower head to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. You can remove the restrictor if you'd like more water flow. Depending on how you use the shower, removing the flow restrictor may actually help you spend less time in the shower.
Of the customers who left reviews on Amazon, 90% are largely satisfied by their purchase (4 and 5 stars), giving the shower head a 4.5-star rating. Perhaps the best thing about the WaterPoint Shower Head is its low price, which makes it another great budget option.
Pros: Delivers a large volume of water, very low price, good water pressure for rain-style shower head, large 8-inch diameter, restrictor inside cuts water usage to 2.5 gallons per minute
Cons: Air intake yields noisy shower head, some plastic in construction
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- Business Insider 22:50October 22, 2019The iPad Air is $40 off at Amazon right now — it's one of the best tablets you can buy
Alyssa Powell/Business Insider The iPad Air is the perfect compromise for those who are looking for a powerful iPad that doesn't break the bank.
The tablet supports the Apple Pencil, has a powerful processor, and a crisp 10.5-inch screen.
For a limited time, the iPad Air is on sale for $40 off at Amazon. It can be hard to choose the right iPad for your needs: The iPad Pro is an expensive, high-powered tablet, and the entry-level iPad doesn't necessarily offer the power that you might need, but thankfully, there's a solid compromise in between those two models — the iPad Air.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Best Buy is discounting a 65-inch 4K TV from Sony by $300 right nowThe best sound machinesThe best online deals and sales happening now
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- Business Insider 22:41October 22, 2019The best strollersWith the right stroller, you and your young one are ready for anything, from a quick trip to the store to a week-long overseas vacation.
Depending on your family's activities, you may need two strollers per child.
The Nuna DEMI Grow is our top choice because it is highly adaptable, is nimble and rugged, and folds down small for a full-sized stroller. I have two kids (ages 5 1/2 and 1 1/2, at time of publication), and with them, I switch between six or seven different strollers and tested even more than that since my kids were born. So, through my research and hands-on testing, I've gained a lot of insight and experience into buying strollers.
But my stroller research started way before the first kid arrived. While expecting our first child, my wife and I did exhaustive stroller research and consulting other parents and experts. Not only can strollers be expensive, but you also want to ensure they keep their little passengers safe.
In addition, we also went to stores and tested multiple strollers before selecting one. Or, to be accurate, before selecting two: You will find that having two strollers for one child is almost a necessity. And with two kids, you may end up with four or more.
Here's why you may want multiple strollers: I recommend getting one larger, rugged stroller for daily walks around the neighborhood, and one smaller, compact stroller for when you need to travel light (flying to Europe or taking the train to New York City) or easily fit into the trunk of a car.
As for longevity, it depends on how often you use it and what type of situations you put it through. A gently used stroller could be reused or passed on, while one that's been through the roughest environments may not make it past the five-year mark. Whatever your needs or use-cases may be, here are the best strollers to consider. And, after our recommendations, we provide more info on how to buy a stroller.
Here are our top picks for the best stroller you can buy in 2019: Best stroller overall: Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller
Best stroller for multi-kid families: UPPAbaby Vista
Best affordable stroller: Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
Best rugged umbrella stroller: Ergobaby Metro
Best jogging stroller: Chicco Tre Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links and prices.The best stroller overall
The Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller is lightweight yet sturdy, it folds down with ease, and can accommodate two kids at once.
When my wife and I had our first kid (he's now five-and-a-half), we bought two products: one of the safest car seats we could find and we bought one of the best strollers we could find. And both were great, more or less. The car seat was soft and supportive for our son, and it gave us peace of mind. But it was savagely heavy. The stroller was responsive and rugged and had great storage space underneath, but it was big and bulky even when collapsed. Worst of all? The car seat and stroller weren't compatible, so every time we needed to transition our baby from car to stroller or vice-versa, we had to unbuckle him, scoop him up, and strap him back in, which basically guaranteed hysterical crying.
So when our daughter came along, we went with a different approach. We have been thrilled with the Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller, which we have been using since she was born (she's now more than 16 months old). The stroller is agile and light, turning on a dime even with one hand on the handlebar, yet it rolls over bumps and rough road easily, absorbing much of the shaking. The storage basket below is ample enough for a moderate grocery shopping and the hood provides plenty of sun coverage for our daughter.
But there are two main reasons why the DEMI Grow is a game-changer. First, it works with the Nuna PIPA Lite car seat, so we never had to rouse a sleeping baby to switch from car to stroller. Second, the DEMI Grow is so lightweight that my wife can easily lift it into the trunk of an SUV, and it folds down small enough to fit in a slender coat closet at home.
Along with the car seat configuration, the DEMI Grow can also accommodate an infant seat or a toddler seat, and it can even be used with two children at the same time in an over/under configuration. We've never tried that arrangement because we have a different stroller for our older kid.
The Little Baby Gear blog called the DEMI Grow "simple and functional." It found the stroller easy to fold up or deploy, and that it has a dozen "seating configuration options."
Pros: Lightweight and nimble, multiple configuration options, quick and easy compact folding
Cons: Pricey option, especially with added options
The best low-cost stroller
The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller is lightweight, easy to steer, and keeps kids secure with a five-point safety harness, for a super affordable price.
You could be forgiven for finding the sub-one-hundred price tag of the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller a bit unnerving. Could something that inexpensive actually be safe enough to transport your priceless child? Based on feedback from reviewers and thousands of customers, the answer is yes. Also, there are legally mandated safety standards that strollers must adhere to, of course.
This umbrella stroller manages to be very affordable but reasonably well-made, and quite comfortable for younger children thanks to its reclining seat, padding, and sunshade. It also manages to fold down nearly flat and to weigh in at around 13 pounds, making the stroller compact and light enough for any able-bodied adult to lift with ease. If you need to carry your stroller onto the subway or tuck it into the trunk of a car regularly, then this small, light stroller is a great choice. If you need a stroller that can handle rougher terrain, like grass, dirt, gravel, and so forth, then this one is the absolute wrong choice, though. Its wheels are small and the tires are narrow, easily bogging down on uneven ground. That said, this is a city stroller first and foremost, and thanks not only to its minute weight and folded size, but also thanks to its large storage basket.
With more than 3,400 reviews, the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon. The Bump called it "super light and easy to fold" but did note that it can tip if you hang a heavy bag on the handles. The reviewer for FirstTimeParentGuide.com noted the "decent storage underneath" and the "durable aluminum frame."
Pros: Great low price point, lightweight and compact, good storage underneath
Cons: Wheels too small for rough terrain, kids outgrow it quickly
The best stroller for multi-kid families
The UPPAbaby Vista stroller converts in multiple ways and can be used with a newborn, infant, or toddler. It can even transport three kids at once with various attachments.
Navigating through life with multiple kids is no easy feat, so give yourself every advantage possible and at least make navigating the sidewalk, hardware store, or museum that much easier with an UPPAbaby Vista stroller. This thing was designed with multiple kids in mind, and with the right attachments, it can handle three children at once: two in seats, and one perched on an added kickboard.
Unlike many strollers that can tote two kids in an over/under configuration, the Vista is suitable for use with twins, as it can simultaneously support two bassinets, two car seats, or two regular stroller seats. And as for all the gear you'll need to bring along to help you care for those kids, the storage basket can support up to 30 pounds.
This is a full-sized stroller and with two seats in place, it weighs upwards of 50 pounds, so it's likely too heavy if you live on a third-floor walk-up or you have any strength issues. But that weight translates to a smooth, steady ride and a capability to support kids well into preschool age. This stroller could last your family through several kids, so you'd get more than your money's worth. Which is good, because it's the most expensive strollers on the list.
One notable complaint among Amazon shoppers has to do with the Vista's weight and its lack of a good handle for carrying it when it's not in use; don't overlook how frustrating it can be to handle a heavy stroller as you try to get it in the trunk, into the house, or checked with an airline.
Pros: Broadly adaptable, suitable for three kids of varied ages, large storage basket
Cons: Expensive, heavy and hard to carry when folded
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- Business Insider 22:26October 22, 2019The best bed framesYour bed is not only the highlight of your bedroom, it's also the only furniture you spend 33% of your life on.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is our top pick because it's well-crafted with impressive strength and an attractive design. Your bed frame can make or break the overall look and feel of your bedroom. Certain bed frames make the room feel more cozy, while others add a bold and modern style that complements your taste. Your mattress certainly matters in terms of comfort, but from a design aspect, your bed frame is the foundation of your bedroom.
Beyond design, bed frames serve additional purposes. Most elevate, or at least dictate, your sleeping position, ideally making it easier to get in and out of bed. Sometimes they make room for additional storage below your sleeping area or in the headboard. Bed frames also extend the life of your mattress by providing support and preventing weak, sagging spots.
The mattress-on-floor look instantly diminishes any style in your sleeping space and it's not ideal for you or your mattress. Mattresses need support to stay firm and stable, and, just like humans, mattresses, no matter what their make or model, need space to breathe.
Buying a bed frame may seem simple — just match frame size with mattress size — but there are more buying options than you might realize, which can make the shopping process seem overwhelming. That's why we've compiled this guide to the best bed frames.
Here are the best bed frames you can buy: Best overall: Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame
Best cheap frame: Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame
Best faux leather frame: DHP Dakota Faux Leather Platform Bed
Best canopy frame: DHP Rosedale Metal Canopy Bed Frame
Best platform frame: Murray Platform Bed with Wooden Box Frame
Best sturdy frame: Zinus Sonoma Metal & Wood Platform Bed
Best high-tech frame: Reverie 9T Adjustable Bed Base
Best simple frame: Casper foundation and frame Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best bed frame overall
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is completely squeakless and it has a classic, timeless look.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is naturally simple with a classic design that we can't see going out of style anytime soon. The soft square-stitched dark gray upholstery adds a soft-to-the-touch design aesthetic to the already handsome piece. It's an all-around high quality, timelessly designed bed frame. As a cost saver, the headboard, frame, and ten wood slats that support the mattress are included in the price. You also have the option to purchase a matching footboard for less than $20 extra. The footboard is more of a personal preference that may help your bed look more neat and tidy by allowing you to tuck in all your bedding. All purchased parts, including the frame, legs, and wooden slats conveniently fit into the headframe and are shipped that way as well. Check it out in this reviewer's handy unboxing video review.
It's available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes, and as an added perk, the king size frame stands 14 inches off the ground, providing extra storage space. In other sizes, the frame is 8 inches off the ground.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is featured on MattressPicks in the article 5 Best Zinus Bed Frame Reviews 2017, where it boasts a 5 out of 5-star rating. On Amazon, the bed frame holds a 4.6-star rating based on more than 3,000 reviews. Reviewers often comment that the bed frame is worth the money. This reviewer writes, "You can't find a bed like this for under $200 dollars at your local furniture store." Other reviewers like that it's sturdy, easy to set up, and noticeably quiet. Another reviewer remarks, "I actually had a 5.0 earthquake after the first week and rode it out on the bed."
Overall, the Zinus is a bed frame that can blend quietly into the background of a loud bedroom or hold its own as the centerpiece of an otherwise neutral room. The sturdiness and easy setup are two major plusses for this category of products in particular, and the strong mattress support and soft upholstery complement each other, creating an overall high-quality bed frame we can't help but recommend.
Pros: Very sturdy, helps your mattress last longer, easy assembly, reasonable price, footboard option, adaptable style
Cons: Middle of the bed support may not be the best, shipping issues result in damaged parts a bit too often
The best cheap bed frame
Space is valuable, especially in small apartments, and this Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame lets you make the most of it at an affordable price.
If you don't have bedroom space to waste, then a bed frame that provides plenty of under bed storage is the way to go. This Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame does just that, as it is raised 14 inches off the ground with 13 inches of clearance, so you can easily store medium to large plastic bins filled with the items you don't need access to daily right under the bed. It's available in all regular mattress sizes and can be purchased in your choice of a standard bed frame, a bed frame with a skirt, or in a deluxe edition, which has an upgraded design for reinforced stability with t-shape leg construction and a locking system. The most popular choice is the standard bed frame, which features a strong, durable steel frame and a unique folding design that makes it easy to move around as needed. Unlike some other models, it's easy to assemble. As this reviewer explains, "It comes in 2 separate pieces that are very light once you get them out of the box." The steel bed frame eliminates the need for a box spring and can support spring, memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses. We like that it's a rather standard 14-inch height, but if you want even more under bed storage, Zinus also has this very similar but not as popular 18-inch bed frame model.
There are no bells and whistles to this bed frame, so you can achieve a super minimalist style, or add a headboard of your choice to jazz it up a bit. It's even pretty basic compared to other bed frames designed to provide under bed storage, and we think that's actually a good thing. While other so-called storage bed frames often have drawers that can be pulled out from the sides or have a compartment under the bed that you can only access by lifting up your mattress, the Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame simply provides free space, so you are not as limited by the size of drawers or under bed compartments. Amazon reviewers mainly applaud the bed frame for its great value, the fact that it's easy to assemble and disassemble as needed, and how quiet it is.
Some reviewers do mention that certain mattresses, especially memory foam models, slide off of it easily. One reviewer said she wishes "it came with something to stop the bed from moving off of it." Many reviewers such as this one, don't complain but do recommend buying a bed skirt to hide the under bed storage.
Pros: Tons of under bed storage, easy to assemble and disassemble, frame keeps things quiet, super affordable price point
Cons: Some mattresses may slip, no clear indication of how much weight it can hold
The best sturdy bed frame
The Zinus Sonoma Metal & Wood Platform Bed looks cool with its real wood headboard and sturdy dark metal frame, plus, it's really affordable.
When I moved into my new apartment a year ago, I decided it was time for a new bed frame. Luckily, as the person who edited this guide when it first published, I knew where to look — Amazon. I went to Zinus first because the company makes our top pick in this guide. I looked through the company's many bed frames to find one that suits my style, and I came across the Sonoma.
It combines a dark steel frame with a slatted real wood headboard to create a cool modern look. I love the light, natural wood finish of the three planks that make up the headboard. The wooden boards look great and feel silky smooth to the touch. I was impressed with the quality of the frame's construction.
The dark metal frame is sturdy and inconspicuous. It has supports in the middle, too, so you don't have to worry about a lack of support in the middle of the frame. We have a king-size mattress from Ikea and it fits perfectly on the frame. The wood slats underneath the mattress give great support and amazingly, they don't squeak.
The only downside is that it's hard to put together because the instructions aren't super clear.
Zinus offers a five-year warranty on this bed frame, too, so if I do have trouble with it down the road, I can contact Zinus. I'm not the only one who loves this bed frame, either. Around 82% of reviewers on Amazon gave it a 5-star rating.
The only complaints center around defective parts and receiving the wrong headboard style. If you do get defective parts, contact Zinus or Amazon immediately for a replacement. Several buyers had a tough time reaching Zinus, but the company has responded to them directly on Amazon. Several buyers had their complaints resolved after contacting Zinus or Amazon. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Cool design, real wood headboard, strong metal frame, affordable
Cons: Occasional shipping issues reported
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- Business Insider 22:20October 22, 2019Best Buy is discounting a 65-inch 4K TV from Sony by $300 right now
Best Buy The Sony X900F is a 65-inch 4K TV that offers excellent image quality and several smart features.
Normally, the TV is quite pricey at $1,599.99, but for a limited time, it's on sale for $300 off at Best Buy.
With the discount, the price drops down to $1,299.99, which is decent for a TV of this quality even though it's certainly not cheap.
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- Business Insider 22:08October 22, 2019The best acne treatments for bumps and blemishesAcne treatments are a quick and easy way to banish blemishes without having to switch up your entire skincare routine.
Our top pick is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion because it is an effective spot treatment that acts fast to draw impurities from the skin and shrinks pimples overnight. Even those of us blessed with clear skin have to deal with a dreaded pimple from time to time. Thankfully there is a way to zap zits fast that doesn't involve popping them! You can avoid making the blemish worse by reaching for an acne treatment that will target individual spots head-on.
While other acne treatments are applied to your entire face to fight breakouts, topical spot treatments are used to target individual pimples and quickly shrink them without scaring or disrupting the rest of your face. Most options feature varying amounts of salicylic acid as their active ingredient, which works to clear clogged pores and banish the bacteria found inside the blemish. Some also feature ingredients that work to reduce redness and soothe skin, while others help prevent future breakouts. With acne spot creams, gels, patches, and even concealers available, finding the right one for you can feel overwhelming. So we did the research to find the best-reviewed acne treatments you can buy.
Here are the best acne treatments: Best acne treatment overall: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Best drugstore acne treatment: Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment
Best acne treatment patch: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
Best acne treatment that conceals: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer
Best clean-beauty acne treatment: Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated links, formatting, and prices.
The best acne treatment overall
The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion features two solutions in one bottle that work together to shrink the appearance of pimples overnight. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is an acne spot treatment formulated with salicylic acid, sulfur and zinc oxide to draw out impurities as you sleep. Its fast-acting shrinking powers have made it a firm favorite with beauty editors, industry insiders, and celebrities like Kylie Jenner.
While salicylic acid and sulfur are common ingredients in spot treatments, the drying lotion also contains calamine lotion to provide a soothing effect on your skin. The treatment can be easily applied with a cotton swab and is recommended to be used at night due to the pink coloring. Our director, Ellen Hoffman, is a fan, calling the product "magic." She also said that it "dries out whiteheads while you sleep so they're virtually gone by the next morning." The drying lotion has won numerous awards, including a 2017 Acne Award from Teen Vogue for Best Spot Treatment.
The lotion has an Amazon's Choice recommendation because of its high ratings, with 2,855 buyers giving it a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. Plus, more than 9,800 reviewers on Influenster gave it a 4.5-star rating. One reviewer named Erica wrote, "This drying lotion is perfect for helping my pimples disappear overnight! I put it on the break out before bed and in the morning it is gone."
While most reviewers raved about the product's zit zapping powers, a few noted that they wished it wasn't pink so they could use it during the day as well.
Pros: Shrinks blemishes overnight, works quickly, calms skin, draws out impurities
Cons: Can't wear during the day if leaving the house
The best drugstore acne treatment
Clean & Clear
Looking for an affordable spot treatment that reduces the size and redness of pimples quickly? Try the Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment.
The Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment is a clear gel that works quickly to shrink zits of every size. The product's maximum strength 2% salicylic acid helps dissolve surface oil around the blemish and penetrates the pore to clean it from the inside out. The gel also features witch hazel, which helps soothe skin and prevents it from drying out. The gel has been clinically proven to give 100% of testers clearer looking skin in just one day. Since the spot treatment is a clear gel, it can be used during the day or night. Clean & Clear's gel has won an Allure Best of Beauty Award twice and has a 4-star rating on Influenster with almost 8,500 reviews. One shopper named Ashlee raved, "This is the best nonprescription acne medicine you will ever try. It decreases size within a day and it lessens redness overnight. This is the best you can get for the money. I would buy it again and again."
Some buyers did note it they weren't a fan of the strong chemical smell but said it fades quickly after application. Pros: Affordable, acts fast, clinically proven to give users clearer skin, shrinks pimples, reduces redness
Cons: Strong smell
The best acne treatment patch
Peter Thomas Roth
The Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots are a mess-free spot treatment that quickly shrinks blemishes without irritating the surrounding skin. Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots are clear round patches formulated with salicylic acid and tea tree oil that work together to eliminate pimples fast. Just cover your zit with one of the sticky patches, and the dot will work overnight to shrink the pimple's size while also helping to prevent future breakouts. Each box comes with 72 patches total in a variety of small and large dots so you can switch up the patch size depending on how big the blemish is. The patches work on all skin types including normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. The product has over 10,000 likes on Sephora, with one reviewer saying, "I've tried so many on-the-spot acne treatments, that I was skeptical when someone recommended this product. However, I was wildly impressed with the results and felt it my duty to tell everyone I know about this product. The stickers are easy to use, comfortable, and hardly noticeable. I'm so pleased with this purchase, and so relieved to have these in zit-emergencies!"
Some buyers were put off by the high price point, but most said the product was worth the cost. If you want to spend a little less, you should try the Mighty Patch, which we also like. In her review of the Mighty Patch, our writer Connie Chen wrote, "As someone who has struggled with acne-prone skin for years, I'm often skeptical of supposed quick-fix solutions, but the effectiveness of the Mighty Patch stickers have made me a convert."
Pros: Effective spot treatment, shrinks blemishes quickly, mess-free
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- Business Insider 21:35October 22, 2019The best running shoes for womenRunning doesn't require a lot of equipment, but a good pair of running shoes is a must-have to prevent injury. The Brooks Ghost 11 is the ultimate workhorse of women's running shoes with a lightweight yet cushioned feel, a breathable upper, and the durability to grind out a lot of miles.
See also: The best running socks you can buy Whether you're just beginning your running journey, or you're an experienced runner looking for a new shoe to try out, finding a quality pair of running shoes is the first step to guaranteeing that your future running endeavors will be enjoyable. It wasn't so long ago that not much thought was given to the difference between male and female runners and their separate needs as athletes. The go-to phrase was, "shrink 'em and pink 'em." Luckily, athletic companies have moved away from this simplistic — not to mention sexist — standard and have taken into consideration that women's bodies are different than men's, so they need running shoes made specifically for them. With so many women representing the running population, this is a smart move. In 2016, women made up 58% of all the 5k races in the United States and 43% of all marathons.
Women's vs. men's running shoes
So what makes a woman's model of a running shoe different than a man's? First off, women tend to have smaller heels in relation to the forefoot, so the shape of the shoe will be slightly different. A lower body mass results in slightly less foam in the midsole of the shoe and deeper grooves make it easier to flex the midsole when toeing off. Men and women also have different Q-angles, or the angle of incidence between the quad muscle and the kneecap, as women generally have wider hips than men. This can cause pronation to occur, which requires different types of cushioning.
Overpronation vs. underpronation
If you overpronate, your foot tends to roll inward too far as you run, and your body isn't absorbing shock as efficiently. For overpronation, you'll want a more supportive motion-control shoe to help correct your foot motion. If you underpronate, your foot isn't rolling in far enough, making the outside of it take the brunt of the impact after the initial heel strike. If this is the case, you'll want a more neutral-cushioned shoe that will encourage a more natural foot motion. This is one of the most important things to consider when buying running shoes, as overpronation or underpronation can cause serious injury over time if it's not addressed.
Different shoes for different types of running
You'll also want to consider the type of running you'll be doing. Are you planning on doing a lot of road racing? A lightweight shoe will likely be best. Do you tend to do your long runs on trails? Then you may want a shoe designed specifically for trail running. If you're looking for a simple training shoe for casual running, then durability may not be a big concern. However, if you're the type of runner who lives in their running shoes, finding a high mileage shoe will give you the best quality for your money. It may sound overwhelming, but luckily we've done the research for you and chosen what we think are the best women's running shoes based on a variety of running needs.
Here are the best women's running shoes: Best overall: Brooks Ghost 11
Best for support: New Balance 860v10
Best for trail running: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5
Best lightweight shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon
Best for high mileage: Under Armour HOVR Infinite Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices, merchants, and formatting. The best running shoes overall
The Brooks Ghost 11 shoes are durable enough for long runs, light enough for speedwork, and are even more responsive than the Ghost 10 thanks to the new sole unit.
If you're looking for a cushioned neutral running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11 should be considered for your new go-to. The latest model of the line-up, the Ghost 11 provides both comfort and durability, and can tackle anything from long distances to short and snappy speed work. The Ghost is known for out-of-the-box comfort, which I can personally speak to as an owner of the Ghost 10. You won't have to worry about any break-in period with these.
The Brooks Ghost 11 keeps much of what worked in the Ghost 10, including the 12mm heel to toe drop for a smooth ride. However, there have also been some significant design changes. Most notable is the new sole unit. While the Ghost 10 featured a thick layer of Brooks' DNA foam, the new design cuts down on the foam and integrates DNA loft foam under the heel.
According to Brooks, this foam is "engineered to be lightweight and ultra-soft without giving out underneath the foot." The rest of the sole keeps the original DNA foam which gives it the cushioned and responsive feel that the Ghost line is known for.
As with any sole redesign, this does change the initial feel of the shoe. In this case, some reviewers say it gives the shoe a firmer feel. This is great for speedwork but could lead to some discomfort for long distances. Keep in mind, every runner is different and much of this comes down to personal preference.
Most reviewers feel that the new version is just a continued improvement on an already fantastic running shoe. Sueby, a reviewer from brooksrunning.com says, "These are amazing shoes with exceptional cushion. I have several pairs and they just keep getting better."
The sole isn't the only thing that has changed. The upper has also received a full redesign with seamless, engineered mesh. It keeps the airflow going while keeping dirt and debris out, and also gives the shoe a sleeker, more modern look. One tongue loop was kept in the redesign which does help keep the tongue of the shoe from slipping around while you're running. Having run in shoes that don't have this feature, this seems like a small thing until you have to stop and retie your shoes to readjust the tongue. When it comes to running shoes, little things like this can make a big difference.
In keeping what works combined with some innovative design changes, it comes as no surprise that the Ghost 11 has yet again received the Editor's Choice Award from Runner's World. While it is heavier than many of the lightweight running shoes available, weighing in at 9.5 ounces, its design allows it to keep a fast and responsive feel usually found in lightweight models.
The comfort and increased responsiveness, as well as a consistent price, make it worth upgrading to the Ghost 11. Another benefit? The price for every new Brooks Ghost model has remained the same for the past five years, coming in at $120.
Pros: Well-cushioned while still having a light feel, smooth heel to toe transition, new seamless upper design for added breathability and comfort, new DNA loft foam allows for more responsiveness, versatile design is ideal for both speed work and long distances
Cons: On the heavier side, won't provide enough support for overpronation, some reviewers feel the sole redesign creates a firmer feel that could become uncomfortable on long distances
The best running shoes for support
The New Balance 860 line is specifically designed for those who overpronate, providing a smooth, comfortable ride from heel to toe.
As a tried and true stability shoe, the New Balance 860 line is solely (pun intended) dedicated to helping those who overpronate, providing the stability needed to help prevent any unnecessary running injuries.
The newest version keeps the dual-density TruFuse midsole for a soft, yet supportive feel and the 10mm heel drop also remains the same. The upper has received some welcome updates, but the toe box remains roomy. This allows the toes ample room to splay out for push-off, adding to the smooth, natural-feeling ride.
The upper has received another update from the 860v9, allowing for more breathability and comfort with seamless engineered mesh. It also keeps the shoe looking modern and fresh despite being on its 9th version. Often, stability shoes look bulky, but that isn't the case with the 860v10. The midfoot of the upper now features fewer overlays, which add to that sleek look, and more targeted stitching for even better support. There are currently four different color schemes available, ranging from neutral to flashy so you can easily find a style to match your running wardrobe style.
These shoes are on the heavier side, but unlike many stability shoes, the 860v10 finds the balance between providing the right amount of support without completely weighing you down. The T-Beam stability shaft that runs under the midsole helps correct overpronation and still allows for a snappy and responsive feel often found in lighter running shoes. The blown rubber outsole is designed to last and does well in both wet and dry conditions so you won't have to put your run on hold just because of a little rain or snow.
The 860v10 excels at providing a steady and well-supported run. The comfort alone makes this shoe a winner in the support department — especially if you have wide feet. As mentioned above, the toe box is roomy, but there are narrow, wide and extra-wide widths available to accommodate different feet.
The durability of this shoe makes it ideal for high-mileage, so if you're looking for a pair that can withstand daily training, the 896v10 is well worth considering. Most reviewers have had a great experience with the 860v10. Even those who don't run regularly, or just want added support throughout the day at work or while running errands find themselves turning to this stability shoe.
Pros: Great support for overpronation, cushioning provides a comfortable ride, newly designed mesh upper provides more breathability, T-Beam shaft for additional stability, 10mm drop provides a more natural heel to toe motion
Cons: On the heavier side, not ideal for neutral runners who don't need additional support, some runners found the mesh upper too breathable in cold weather
The best running shoes for trails
Hoka One One
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 shoes are designed to handle rough terrain on the trails with maximum cushioning and rugged soles, but the lightweight feel allows you to transition from the trail to the road anytime you want.
While some trail shoes tend to be on the heavy side, the Hoka One One (pronounced o-nay o-nay) Challenger ATR 5 shoes manage to provide maximum cushioning while still being lightweight. They're responsive, rugged, and won't weigh you down while you conquer the trails.
The newest version in the Challenger ATR line weighs in at a surprising 7.7 ounces. All you have to do is look at the Challenger ATR 5 shoes to see that they fall into the maximal cushioning running shoe category. While they may not be the prettiest running shoes on the market, all of that cushioning offers less stress and impact to the body. This combined with a rugged outsole make the Challenger ATR 5 the perfect shoe for tackling long trail runs.
If you begin or end your runs on the road, the traction and grip performance of this shoe works just as well on trails and rough mountain terrain as it does on the pavement, and its lightweight feel will provide you with a seamless transition. It should be noted that despite all the cushioning, the Challenger ATR 5 is considered a neutral running shoe, so it won't offer much in terms of support for overpronators.
The toe box of the Challenger ATR 5 is reinforced with thermoplastic polyurethane to help protect your feet from protruding rocks and roots on the trail. It does have a narrower design, but to remedy this, the Challenger ATR 5 now has a wide width option. This was an issue with previous models for those who have wider feet, so it's nice to see that the company listened and delivered. The sole of the shoe has also received a slight update: The distance between the 4mm lugs has been shifted to allow for an even more comfortable feel on hard surfaces, and stronger grip on technical terrain.
The upper of the shoe is designed to be durable, and durability is something the entire design of this shoe excels at. Running Shoes Guru gave the latest model high marks, stating that "It performs well on dirt trail, but also works well on rocks, roots, boulders and steep climbs." The tester plans to wear them in an upcoming 50k, and "has no doubt it will be comfortable and perform well." Its rugged durability makes this shoe a favorite for casual trail runners as well as the racing shoe of choice for ultra-marathoners.
Whether you want a more cushioned ride for casual trail runs, or you're a modern-day Wonder Woman tackling your next ultra-marathon, the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 is definitely worth considering.
Pros: Fantastic cushioning to weight ratio, rugged outsole with 4 mm lugs provides good traction on both trails and roads, toe box offers substantial protection from rocks and roots, wide width is now available
Cons: Not suited for overpronators, some reviewers felt this shoe was on the expensive side
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- Business Insider 21:19October 22, 2019The best sound machines When you've got a sound machine, noisy nights don't have to equal a lack of sleep.
Many sound machines incorporate several white noise variations in the form of nature sounds, such as wind, waves, rain, or burbling streams.
Of all the sound machines we researched, the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine is our favorite because it eases your way into a refreshing night of deep sleep with many different customizable sounds. The dog next door is barking, someone nearby is beeping their horn, your significant other is snoring like a chainsaw, and you're staring at the ceiling in frustration rather than sleeping soundly. Or maybe it's not you having trouble sleeping. Instead, your baby or young child wakes up at every sound, which means that in turn, they wake you up with their unhappiness.
Noise — it's hard to escape, especially at those times you'd most like a little peace and quiet. And that's exactly why sound machines, also called white noise machines or sound therapy machines, were invented.
These handy devices aren't intended to play so loudly that they overwhelm outside disruptions. Instead, they work with your brain's natural tendency to mostly notice new or variable sounds while tuning out steady, repetitious noise. That's why people who live near freeways or in big cities tend to "get used to" steady traffic sounds, yet awaken when a taxi blares its horn, a helicopter flies overhead, or a dog suddenly barks.
White noise machines, with their soft, steady, repeating loops of sound, help mask sudden or unusual noise, thus lulling your brain into relaxation, and eventually, sweet sweet sleep. Of course, really loud or irregular noise, such as your baby's crying, is still going to break through, but in general, you'll sleep far more soundly with white noise playing in the background than without.
What is white noise?
If you're old enough, you probably remember the sound of static after a television station went off the air for the night or the hissing sound between radio stations. That's the sound of true white noise. It's made up of all the frequencies audible to the human ear playing all at once and at the same intensity. With no variation entering your ears, your brain interprets the sound as a steady hiss.
But white isn't the only "color" of sound. There's also pink noise, which is white noise, but with the higher frequencies somewhat muted. This makes it more soothing than white noise. If you've ever peacefully fallen asleep to the sound of steady rain, you've enjoyed pink noise.
Brown noise is another popular variation of multi-frequency sound. It's basically pink noise with even more muting of the highest frequencies. It's also found in the natural world. Think of waves crashing on the shoreline or the sound of high winds.
Many sound machines incorporate several white noise variations in the form of nature sounds, such as wind, waves, rain, or burbling streams.
Here at Insider Picks, we take our sleep seriously. That's why we've analyzed information on the many sound machines available and whittled the choices down to the ones we feel are best.
Here are the best sound machines you can buy: Best sound machine overall: Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine
Best white noise sound machine: LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine
Best budget sound machine: Big Red Rooster Sound Machine
Best sound machine for travel: Homedics Portable White Noise Sound Machine
Best sound machine for babies: WavHello SoundBub White Noise Machine and Speaker
Best sound machine for kids: Bubzi Co Sleep Soother Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best sound machine overall
Sound + Sleep
The Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine offers up just about every feature you could ask for in a sound machine.
Want to drift off to the peaceful sound of crickets and wind in a meadow? How about adding some birdsong and buzzing bees? Or maybe you prefer to fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves. If that's not enough, go ahead and add in some crying seagulls. Still need more? You can add in barking seals and a foghorn. That's just the start of the versatility offered by the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine. There are ten basic sounds to choose from: fireplace, waterfall, white noise, meditation, brook, rainfall, train, city, meadow, and ocean. You can add two additional levels of sound to each of those basics. For example, train starts with the clackety-clack of wheels on track. Two additional levels add in bells, train whistles, and the sound of train couplers tapping against each other. You also get white noise, pink noise, and brown noise options.
And these aren't short, annoying loops, or synthesized sound. You get naturally recorded high fidelity sounds carefully mastered to relax you into sleep. Plus, the machine "listens" to the ambient noise in your bedroom, and then adjusts its volume as necessary to help protect your sleep. Amazon buyers love the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine. It has more than 4,200 reviews and a 4.1-star average rating. Customers especially appreciate the adaptive technology that adjusts to room noise and the wide variety of sounds. A typical comment: "So far this sound machine has been completely effective in masking the sounds of a snoring spouse and a barking neighbor's dog." If your bed partner doesn't want any sound at all, there's a headphone jack so you can enjoy the peaceful tones on your own. Let the machine run all night, or set the timer to shut off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. The AC power cord is included. Pros: Amazingly versatile, high-quality sound, many options to choose from, timer
Buy the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine on Amazon for $64.99
The best white noise sound machine
If you're just looking for white noise, and plenty of it, you've found your match with the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine.
The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine is just that: a white noise machine. There are no nature sounds to choose from, but that doesn't mean your sound selection is limited. This high fidelity device has ten levels of fan sounds, including everything from industrial fan to oscillating fan. It's also got 10 levels of white noise ranging from pure white to pink to brown. The large top speaker produces excellent sound and does a great job of masking outside noise, including tough-to-sleep-through disrupters like snoring or barking dogs. Wirecutter chose the LectroFan as the best white noise machine, praising its excellent performance, small size, and easy-to-use controls. Amazon buyers back that up. The LectroFan has more than 6,000 reviews and an average of 4.4-star rating. Buyers rave about its ability to block out all manner of annoying sounds, including barking dogs, traffic, crying babies, and snoring spouses.
You can run the device all night long, or set the timer in hour-increments. The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine comes with a USB power cable and AC adapter, so you can power it up just about anywhere. It's available in black or white.
Pros: Excellent sound quality and a large range of fan sounds and white noise, including pink and brown noise.
Cons: None to speak of, unless you're looking for a machine with nature sounds as well as white noise.
Buy the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine on Amazon for $49.95
The best budget sound machine
Big Red Rooster
The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine will set your mind at ease with its quality nature sounds and low price.
You don't have to pay a lot of money for a good sound machine — The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine is proof of that. This straightforward device offers six sounds: summer night, white noise, rain, brook, ocean, and thunder. The sound quality is excellent, and the loop is unobtrusive, so you won't feel like you're listening to a broken record.
With more than 10,000 reviews and an average of 4.1-star rating, this is one of the most popular sound machines on Amazon. Buyers like the quality of the sound, the lack of bright or annoying light on the machine's control panel, and the high level of volume control. Says one pleased owner, "I cannot begin to say how much I've enjoyed my little sleep enhancer. I've had it for almost a year now and use it every night and daytime naps. I think my cats are becoming addicted to it, too."
The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine includes an AC adapter, or you can run it off batteries for use while traveling. Let it run all night long, or set the timer to turn the device off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Pros: Great price, good sound quality, doesn't take up much room on your nightstand.
Cons: Not many sounds to choose from.
Buy the Big Red Rooster Sound Machine on Amazon for $19.99
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- Business Insider 21:14October 22, 2019The best polarized sunglasses The best polarized sunglasses for you are going to vary based on the shape of your face and the activities you plan to engage in. Our favorite all-around unisex pick for those who plan to do a bit of everything is Ray-Ban's Clubmasters with an aluminum frame.
You can also check out our guides to the best men's sunglasses. While sunscreen and skin care have been a popular topic in light of a recent FDA ruling on ingredient listing requirements, many of us neglect to give our eyes the protection they deserve. Cheaply designed sunglasses that we don't mind scratching may seem like the way to go when they're so easy to lose and scratch regardless of cost, but poorly designed sunglasses often leave our retinas exposed to harmful UV rays that can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts, and myriad other troubles down the line.
Then there are more immediate matters for concern, like snow blindness, especially when we're near water, which is highly reflective in all its physical states. While snow blindness clears after a few days, it will leave you with the unpleasant sensation of having something along the lines of smoldering embers trapped inside your eyes, which is a mild nuisance at very best.
When choosing a pair of sunglasses — no matter how much you want to spend, and whether they're polarized or not — make certain that the lenses have a UV rating of 400, which indicates that they effectively prevent the maximum wavelength of UV rays (measured in nanometers) from passing through to your own lenses.
Also, take into account frames. Full wrap-around frames are the best option for protection, as they keep out stray light that would otherwise have you squinting all day. But then they're not exactly necessary (or savvy) on the street, and we get that, so we have thin-framed options below, too.
Polarized lenses add another level of protection by reducing glare brought on by reflection, or horizontal light. While not always necessary (and often frustrating, especially when trying to operate electronics), polarized lenses are generally worth having, even if you go for a cheap pair. The main difference with a cheap pair of polarized shades is that you won't have the clarity of a high-grain glass or quality resin, which might leave you squinting a lot, and you'll have a harder time seeing your phone screen while wearing them, which, in our opinion, is worth dropping a few extra dollars for most people.
Here are the best polarized sunglasses you can buy: Best polarized sunglasses overall: Ray-Ban Clubmasters with aluminum frames
Best budget polarized sunglasses: Gamma Ray Polarized Cheaters and Wrap Around Sports
Best polarized sunglasses for outdoors: Smith Optics ChromaPop
Best sustainable polarized sunglasses: Costa x Bureo's Untangled collection
Best prescription polarized sunglasses: Warby Parker prescription sunglasses
Best folding polarized sunglasses: Persol 714 Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated links, formatting, and prices.The best polarized sunglasses overall
The lightweight but sturdy aluminum frame and thick, scratch- and shatter-resistant metal-rimmed glass lenses keep the timeless Ray-Ban Clubmasters on par with the best.
Thick glass lenses held by an aluminum frame make the Ray-Ban Clubmasters an easy, nearly indestructible choice for people on the move, and while they're still among the more popular — and arguably tired — designs, they at least give the Aviator and Wayfarer shapes a rest.
I was gifted a pair a couple of years ago, and while it's safe to say almost every pair of shades I've owned before or since has taken on a scratch or two at least, this pair has survived just about everything. I should add that I'm extremely rough on sunglasses. I even managed to sit on this pair — strictly for testing purposes — and unbend it from an unnatural 45-degree angle without creasing, let alone snapping the bridge piece.
I've also dropped and kicked them (again, for testing) across fiberglass decks, marble floors, and concrete sidewalks, and they've somehow survived it all. These things are just simply not like the others.
Aesthetically, the Clubmasters seem to suit just about every face shape and outfit, no matter how formal or relaxed, and perhaps that's why they're so iconic. While they lack the full wraparound protection of sportier options, we don't assume most of you will be bopping about town in what could reasonably be mistaken for a tinted pair of safety goggles pilfered from your father's workshop — we certainly won't be. But we'll never judge, and if we're completely out of touch, there's an option below for you, too.
Pros: Fit for any occasion, sturdy
Cons: Pricey, a small amount of light passes through the sides, which doesn't make for the best protection in direct sunlight
The best budget polarized sunglasses
Gamma Ray's Polarized Wraparound Sport and Cheaters are fully serviceable shades for an exponentially lower price than the rest of the sunglasses we recommend, so losing them won't keep you up at night.
If you're looking for a cheap pair of driving lenses, or just aren't willing to dish out for another pair of Ray-Bans or Maui Jims because you've lost and broken so many that it hurts, a pair or three of either Gamma Ray's Polarized Cheaters (a Wayfarer-style) or Wrap Around Sports (the sportier version pictured above) should do you well.
While they're nowhere near as durable as the other sunglasses we're recommending here, they do come with a lifetime warranty (though we haven't tested it, yet) against both scratching and shattering. If you can manage to find a case for them, they might last a whole lot longer.
Gamma Ray has gotten praise from both Wirecutter for the Cheater model, and Lifehacker for its computer glasses. Meanwhile, more than 1,200 Amazon buyers gave the Wrap Around Sports an average of 4 stars, and more than 400 Amazon buyers also gave the Cheaters an average of 4 stars.
Pros: Metal-reinforced hinges, budget-friendly
Cons: Cheap nylon frames will break if you're not careful
The best for outdoors
Smith Optics' ChromaPop lens technology filters two wavelengths of light that cause color confusion, while the brand's array of lens tints is designed to cover every kind of light (and water) condition you might face in the great outdoors.
In 1965, orthodontist and ski bum Dr. Bob Smith developed the first sealed thermal lens and vent foam goggles, what came to be known and revered as the modern ski goggle. But he didn't stop there, and his line of sunglasses is no less revolutionary.
Smith's ChromaPop lenses come in six different tints, all geared toward different lighting, so whether you're inshore fishing on a gray day or offshore on a bluebird one, they've got the lens for you. On a recent fly fishing trip in Hawaii, I realized, perhaps a little too late in the day, that the shades I'd brought along were not defining the elusive bonefish I was trying to spot — not as well as my guide's Smiths were. We switched glasses at the end of the day and I was suddenly spotting the "gray ghosts" left and right. I'm still kicking myself.
Granted, to run the gamut of light situations you'll encounter as an angler, you'll need at least two pairs of sunglasses. This, of course, isn't cheap, but then performance optics hardly ever are.
But Smith doesn't just cater to anglers; the brand also has a performance line designed for runners and cyclists with removable lenses — I only wish they'd offer interchangeable lenses with their ChromaPop fishing line.
Around the web, Amazon users give Smith a formidable 4.7-star rating overall, and premier fly fishing publication Hatch calls Smith's Techlite Polarchromic Copper lenses "the most versatile pair of fishing sunglasses on the market."
Pros: Lens tints for all light, fishing-, performance-, and lifestyle-specific frames
Cons: Can be pricey
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- Business Insider 21:10October 22, 2019The best stovetop espresso makers and moka potsStovetop espresso makers are easy to use, make excellent strong espresso-like coffee, and last for decades.
The Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker has been around since 1933, and it is still the best stovetop espresso maker you can buy to make strong, delicious coffee right at home. True coffee lovers know there's more than one way to make a cuppa, and they've tried them all: French press, drip coffee, cold brew, fancy espresso machines, and so on. One of the most humble and effective machines for making a strong cup of coffee is the stovetop espresso maker also known as the moka pot.
The moka pot, or macchinetta del caffè, which literally translates to "small coffee machine," is a stovetop machine that moves boiling water, pressurized by steam, through ground coffee to make a delicious brew.
Back in 1933, an Italian inventor named Luigi De Ponti patented the design for Alfonso Bialetti, and the company is still making stovetop espresso makers with the same basic design. Bialetti's classic moka pot is so reliable, that it remains the best stovetop espresso maker you can buy.
If you want to learn more about how stovetop espresso machines work, jump ahead to our explainer page. We've tested several stovetop espresso makers over the years and we've done a lot of research to find the best ones you can buy.
Here are the best stovetop espresso makers you can buy: Best overall: Bialetti 6-Cup Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best for gas stoves: GROSCHE Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best expensive moka pot: Cuisinox Roma 6-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best affordable moka pot: Bialetti Kitty Espresso Coffee Maker
Best espresso-esque shots: Bialetti Mini Express Espresso Maker
Best-looking moka pot: 6-Cup Alessi Pulcina Stovetop Espresso Maker
Best electric moka pot: Delonghi EMK6 Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated prices and formatting. Added related links.The best stovetop espresso maker overall
The Italian Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker was the first moka pot, and after all these years, it's still the very best.
Bialetti made the first stovetop espresso maker back in 1933, and it's still using the exact same patented moka pot design. The company may make many different models now, but the original Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker is still the very best one you can buy.
Unlike the cheap imitations you'll find in kitchen stores, the Bialetti is made right in Italy with craftsmanship and care. Although it's made of aluminum and not stainless steel, it's a sturdy, durable little machine that will last you a lifetime. I've had mine for seven years, and it works like new after daily use.
The aluminum pot has an eight-sided base that diffuses heat equally, resulting in evenly brewed coffee with a delicious rich flavor. To make coffee, you simply fill the base up to the water line, spoon moka ground coffee into the funnel, and twist the top closed securely over the grounds and water.
Put a gas burner on low so the flame doesn't go outside of the pot's base and burn the handle. You can also use it on an electric stove, just be careful to place the handle well away from the heating element.
Using less heat ensures that your coffee doesn't burn, either. A few minutes later, you'll hear the pot begin to gurgle as the steam-pressurized boiling water passes through the grounds and up through the spout of the moka pot to become strong, rich coffee.
You can get the Bialetti Moka Express in a variety of sizes from 3 cups to 12 cups. The 6-cup machine is best for most people, but if you like to entertain or you have a big family, the 12-cup machine will be just right. I actually own both the 6-cup and 12-cup machines, so that I always make the perfect amount of coffee for every situation.
The traditional moka pot comes in silvery aluminum, but you can also get it in blue, orange, red, and purple color options.
If you're still on the fence, experts, reviewers, and websites like Best Products, Espresso Corner, Coffee Gear At Home, Good Housekeeping, Espresso Perfecto, Little Coffee Place, and Home Grounds all recommend the Bialetti Moka Express. It's also a number one best-seller on Amazon with consistently high reviews.
Pros: Inexpensive, comes in fun colors and different sizes, makes great coffee, easy to clean, made in Italy, and it has a two-year warranty
Cons: Handle melts off quickly if you leave it unattended (which, of course, one should never do), but you can buy a replacement.
The best for gas stoves
GROSCHE's stovetop espresso pot has a heavy-duty extended handle that's made with heat-resistant rubber-coated plastic and sits away from your heat source so it won't melt on gas stoves.
While Bialetti is a tried-and-true favorite coming up on its centennial anniversary, if you're anything like me or some other members of the Insider Picks team, you've probably burned through any number of them over the years. Not because the aluminum gave way, but that cheap, plastic handle the company has been attaching to their oh-so-iconic moka pot in recent history. While Bialetti used to make its pots with stainless steel handles, the new, markedly cheaper plastic handle does not survive the hands of hapless fools such as I.
So, after a third Bialetti handle melted on me this year (it's admittedly more a reflection on me and my ilk than Bialetti, which I still hold dearly), I decided to set out on a quest to find a somewhat more foolproof and final replacement.
Enter GROSCHE — The company eliminates the melting handle problem in two ways. One, the handle is farther from the unit and your stove burner, so it's not sitting directly over heat. Two, the handle is also made out of a soft rubber-coated heat-resistant plastic, so in case you do make the ill-advised decision to leave the kitchen with a burner on the stove going, you won't be out an espresso pot and $20 to replace it.
The Grosche comes in 3-, 6-, and 9-cup models, and is made out of aluminum.
Founded in 2006, Grosche is a newer company, but it's already won customers who've left applause on Amazon to the tune of: "Have worn out 6 or so well-loved Bialettis similar to this one."
Reviews left by 159 people average out to a respectable 4.2/5-star rating, and 73% of those reviews included 5-star ratings.
The cherry on top? Through the Safe Water Project, Grosche pledges to provide 50+ days of safe drinking water for people in need for every product they sell. — Owen Burke
Pros: Handle is heat-resistant, socially responsible company
Cons: None yet, at time of writing
The best expensive option
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The Cuisinox Roma 6-cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker lasts a lifetime, and it brews delicious strong coffee.
If Bialetti's Moka Express is too old-fashioned and quaint for you, you'll love the slick modern look of the Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker. It's a high-end, fancy moka pot that's not made out of aluminum. You will pay a premium for it — it's nearly five times more than the Bialetti — but it has a 25-year warranty and top-notch reviews.
Cuisinox used stainless steel to make its stovetop espresso maker, so you know it's going to be durable. The design is more slick, shiny, and curvy than the traditional 8-sided aluminum Bialetti moka pot. Since it doesn't have corners, the insides are easier to clean. However, just like with the other moka pots in this guide, you really don't need to scrub it like crazy.
The process of making coffee in the Roma is the same, too. You simply fill the base up to the water line, spoon moka ground coffee into the funnel, and twist the top closed securely over the grounds and water.
Put a gas burner on low so the flame doesn't go outside of the pot's base and burn the handle. You can also use it on an electric stove, just be careful to place the handle well away from the heating element.
Using less heat ensures that your coffee doesn't burn, either. A few minutes later, you'll hear the pot begin to gurgle as the steam-pressurized boiling water passes through the grounds and up through the spout of the moka pot to become strong, rich coffee.
You can get the Cuisinox Roma in 4-cup, 6-cup, and 10-cup sizes to suit your needs. The 6-cup model will be best for most users, but bigger families will want the 10-cup machine.
Most reviewers consider the Cuisinox Roma to be the best stainless steel stovetop espresso maker and recommend it right alongside the Bialetti. Coffee Gear at Home, Espresso Perfecto, Little Coffee Place, and Home Grounds all say the Roma is a great machine for making strong coffee at home.
Reviews on Amazon are incredibly positive, too. One reviewer expressed "unreserved admiration" for the moka pot and even pitted it against high-end espresso machines. Although it's not made in Italy like the Bialetti, the Cuisinox Roma is very high quality and reviewers on Amazon praise the build quality and durability.
Pros: Stainless steel design, comes in multiple sizes, easy to clean, affordable compared to high-end machines, it works on gas or electric stoves, and it has a 25-year warranty
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- Business Insider 20:44October 22, 2019The best ice cube trays you can buyIce cube trays are made of different materials and produce ice cubes of different sizes, shapes, and flavors. The best everyday ice cube tray for most people is the OXO Good Grips Ice Cube Tray. Baby, it's hot out there. But there's a simple way to beat the heat this summer: Enjoy a cold drink over ice. While many of us have refrigerators with built-in ice makers, you may well choose to make additional ice cubes, too.
Americans have been making their own ice cubes since the advent of home refrigeration in the 1930s. Back then, aluminum trays were the norm. In the 1950s, stainless steel trays showed up on the scene, but they were mostly replaced by plastic in the 1960s. By the 1980s, ice cube trays with lids started appearing. In the early 2000s, silicone trays popped up. Their pliable nature meant you could pop out innovatively-shaped ice cubes with relative ease.
Today, there are hundreds of different styles of ice cube trays on the market that will transform water into ice of different sizes and shapes. Novelty or gimmick ice cube trays have become increasingly popular in recent years, likely because they are a relatively inexpensive way to add a blast of fun to a special occasion.
For the purpose of making "regular" ice cubes at home, there are several things to consider. Basically, you are looking for a tray that allows you to extract the ice easily and one that doesn't impart distasteful odors — or freezer-burn — to the cubes. You'll also want trays that let you pop out ice easily unlike those awful hard plastic ones from your youth.
These are the best ice cube trays you can buy to keep your drinks cold. We've included trays with lids, silicone ones, an old-fashioned metal option, and a cool ice ball mold.
Here are the best ice cube trays you can buy in 2019: Best ice cube tray overall: OXO Good Grips Ice Cube Tray
Best ice cube tray with a lid: Peaks Ice Works Everyday Ice Tray
Best silicone ice cube tray: Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays
Best stainless steel ice cube tray: Onyx 18/8 Stainless Steel Slot Ice Cube Tray
Best ice ball mold: Zoku Ice-Ball Ice Sphere Mold Updated on 10/22/19 by Connie Chen: Updated prices and links. The best ice tray overall
The OXO Good Grips Ice Cube Tray is affordable, easy to use, and produces attractive half-moon shaped ice cubes.
OXO was founded in New York City circa 1990. One of the company's guiding philosophies is to use "universal design" to create products that are usable by as many people as possible. OXO has succeeded in spades with these easy-to-use ice trays.
The dishwasher-safe tray produces 14 attractive half-moon-shaped ice cubes that pop out of the mold easily. In fact, one of the main selling points is that you can release one of the ice cubes without impacting the other cubes. The unique, patented cover not only helps you easily stack the trays in your freezer, but it reduces odors, resulting in fresher cubes.
You can get one tray from Bed Bath & Beyond for about $10, or get a set of two from Amazon for less than $20. Either way, you won't be disappointed. There are more than 700 user reviews on Amazon for these trays, and most of them are highly positive.
"These are the best Ice Cube trays that I have ever used. They fill easily enough and then are covered so that foreign things don't end up in your ice and more importantly so that they can be stacked. However, my favorite feature is the ease at which all of the cubes just release from the ice tray … You can remove a few or all with a small twist of the tray ….no more banging or holding the tray under hot water," said one verified purchaser in November 2016.
RJ, another verified buyer, echoed similar sentiments in October 2016: "Best ice tray I've used. Cubes slide out like butter. Cover prevents debris. Perfection." Some Amazon users complain that the lids are difficult to manage, but most are okay with the design.
Across the web, professional reviewers give high marks to the OXO Good Grips Ice Tray, including those at The Wirecutter and Gizmodo. Reviewers at those sites named this ice tray as their top pick.
Pros: Elegantly-shaped cubes, easy extraction, sturdy plastic construction, lids make for easy stacking and fewer odors
Cons: Lids can be difficult to maneuver
The best tray with a lid
The Peak Ice Works Everyday Ice Tray is a stylish silicone tray with a convenient lid that lets you easily extract one ice cube at a time.
The Peak Ice Works Everyday Tray is our second favorite tray, and it's almost as great as our top pick from OXO. Available in three colors — charcoal, peak blue, and white — this stylish ice cube tray makes 12 ice cubes and comes with a protective lid that keeps freezer burn out while allowing for easy stacking in your freezer.
It is simple to push individual ice cubes out of the flexible silicone tray while leaving the others intact. Peak also makes trays that produce oversized ice cubes, as well as trays for crushed ice. The price is fairly reasonable, too.
There are more than 30 customer reviews on Amazon, many of which are positive. Some reviewers can hardly contain their excitement, like Brendan G., who wrote: "THIS. PRODUCT. IS. AWESOME! I never believed in a better ice cube tray until I met the Peak tray. Removing individual cubes is so easy because of the material and how they're individually slotted into the ice cube tray. The lid is great because you can put things on top of it while they freeze. It's so sturdily built. I mean, really, I never thought I would be so excited to write a review about an ice cube tray."
Professional reviewers like the Peak Ice Works Everyday Tray, including Marian Bull at GQ who says it is her all-time favorite.
Pros: Stylish, convenient lid, easy to extract individual ice cube, sturdy silicone construction
Cons: Cubes are not perfectly formed, some users complain of a bad taste
The best silicone tray
The Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Tray produces oversized ice cubes that are perfect for cooling down drinks without diluting them too quickly.
The Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays come in nine bright colors, including fuschia, ice blue, and vivid violet. These fun BPA-free silicone trays produce 15 perfectly uniform one-inch ice cubes that can make your cocktail look like it was made by a professional mixologist. You can pop the ice cubes out easily. There is no twisting required: Simply push from behind with your finger. Each tray measures 7 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches.
Guides editor Malarie Gokey has two of these Tovolo ice cube trays in her freezer, and after about five years of use, they're still going strong. After struggling with hard plastic ice cube trays for her entire life, using silicone trays was a game changer. It's just so easy to get cubes out of the trays.
There are more than 2,200 user reviews on Amazon, and most of them are very positive. Buyers describe the trays as "fun" and they love the perfectly-sized ice cubes. Other positive remarks include how easy it is to extract the ice cubes and to clean the trays.
"I love the large ice cubes and how easily they come out," wrote verified purchaser Faith Richardson on April 7, 2017.
"I remember having to use standard plastic ice cube trays growing up where I would either break the tray trying to remove cubes or have everything come fly out at me in one chunk. I can't live without these trays anymore; the silicone makes removing the cubes so easy," wrote another verified purchaser in February 2017.
That said, a fair number of Amazon users claim that they find it difficult to remove the ice cubes and others add that they experience a "rubbery taste" with their cubes. We've never had these problems with the trays.
Across the web, professional reviewers praise the Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays, including New York Magazine which deemed it the very best ice cube tray to buy. Reviewer Belle Cushing seemed quite enamored with the tray, writing that using it "brings me deep joy."
Pros: Creates uniform ice cubes, easy to extract cubes, colorful and fun, easy to clean, ideal for freezing broth and baby food
Cons: Some claim the trays leave a rubbery taste in the cubes
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- Business Insider 20:20October 22, 2019The best natural makeupWhen it comes to natural makeup, it's hard to know which brands you can actually trust.
Many products claim to be natural but contain potentially harmful or irritating synthetic ingredients.
For a high-performance makeup range that's formulated from natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients, Jane Iredale is our top pick. Natural beauty has exploded in the past few years. Everyone is talking about "clean beauty" as people have become more aware of the potentially adverse effects of certain synthetic chemicals that are often found in makeup. The more careful people become about what they put on their skin, the more popular natural makeup has become.
The biggest difference between "natural" and "synthetic" (or traditional) makeup is the ingredients. Most synthetic makeup products contain chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, which can irritate skin. But unfortunately, due to lack of regulation in the US beauty industry, many products labeled "natural" actually still contain these chemicals. Even when doing our research, we found it wasn't always easy to get definitive answers on exactly what ingredients were used by some brands. The one thing that is more defined is that products cannot be labeled "organic" unless they're USDA Organic-certified, which means formulated with at least 95% organic ingredients that were grown and produced without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics, and formulated without GMOs, toxic chemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or nanoparticles. However, in California products can be labeled "organic" if they are made with just 70% organic ingredients. The ingredients list of makeup products can be overwhelming, and it's often in very small print. An easy way to check product safety is to visit the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and verify the safety ratings of more than 73,000 beauty products.
One of the biggest concerns with natural makeup has been poor quality and effectiveness. However, thanks to the increase in shopper demand, there's a new generation of makeup brands with bigger and better ranges, and highly effective products formulated with safe and natural ingredients. I was initially very skeptical about how good natural makeup could be, but after reading about irritating ingredients found in regular makeup and testing a wide range of natural products myself, I've converted. With our opinions backed up by beauty experts and buyers, we've come up with the best natural makeup brands you can trust.
Here are the best natural makeup you can buy: Best natural makeup brand overall: Jane Iredale
Best non-toxic makeup brand: RMS Beauty
Best cruelty-free makeup brand: Mineral Fusion
Best organic makeup brand: Ilia Beauty
Best affordable natural makeup brand: Burt's Bees Updated on 10/22/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and formatting. We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon.The best natural makeup brand overall
Jane Iredale's makeup is packed with natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients, and the products deliver exceptional results.
Jane Iredale is a line of mineral makeup formulated with high quality, natural ingredients designed to nourish the skin and enhance its natural beauty. The company is known for its multitasking products and wearable shades. The products are free of perfume, alcohol, synthetic chemicals, and artificial dyes. The makeup is also cruelty-free.
We tested the entire makeup line to see if it lived up to the hype, and the Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($46) is now one of my favorite foundations. This multitasking product comes in 14 shades and works as a foundation, concealer, and sunscreen with SPF 20, plus it soothes your skin and is water-resistant. I loved the coverage and it didn't irritate my sensitive skin.
The Longest Lash Mascara ($35) comes in a squeezable tube and adds volume and length. The Eyeliner Pencil ($17) comes in seven wearable colors and glides on smoothly.
The Pure Moist Lipstick ($25) is also amazing and has a subtle fruit scent. Available in 27 colors, it combines powerful pigments with nourishing natural oils like avocado and jojoba and fruit extracts like pomegranate. I love the PurePressed Blush ($30), a mineral blush that comes in 13 gorgeous colors and has great staying power.
It's not just us who think Jane Iredale products are amazing. The makeup line gets great praise on The Good Trade, The Trendspotter, and Natural Living Ideas. The makeup is hugely popular with Amazon shoppers and Nordstrom buyers too based on the high number of reviews on many products.
Pros: Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, oil-free, certified cruelty-free, vegan, suitable for sensitive skin, wide range of products and makeup shades
The best non-toxic makeup brand
For non-toxic, food-grade makeup that delivers great results, RMS Beauty is a great pick.
RMS Beauty is a clean beauty brand that prides itself on the simplicity of its makeup products. The makeup is formulated with unrefined raw, food-grade, and organic ingredients, and it's free of toxic chemicals and artificial preservatives. It also bears the "Clean at Sephora" seal which means products are made without certain ingredients. You can see the full list of Clean products here.
The award-winning "Un" Cover-Up Concealer/Foundation ($36) can be used — you guessed it — as a light foundation or concealer, and it comes in 16 shades. It evened out my skin tone well. Makeup artists and celebrities swear by the Living Luminizer ($38), and I agree that it's a must-have for your makeup bag.
The Volumizing Mascara ($28) is good for sensitive eyes. Some shoppers said that it doesn't give much volume, but I added a couple more coats and it built up nicely.
The Wild With Desire Lipstick ($28) is also great and comes in 10 beautiful shades. I was impressed with the high color from the rich pigments. For lips and cheeks, the Lip2Cheek ($36), which is available in nine shades ranging from Blush Nude to Deep Berry, is also very popular. I love the natural effect it produces.
In addition to be being highly rated by She Knows, Refinery29, and Allure, Sephora shoppers give the brand glowing reviews across the board.
Pros: Non-toxic, cruelty-free, gluten-free, no artificial preservatives, GMO, "Clean at Sephora" seal
Cons: Pricey, mascara might not be as voluminous as expected
The best cruelty-free makeup brand
For a fabulous, mid-priced makeup line that is certified cruelty-free and non-toxic, Mineral Fusion is hard to beat.
Mineral Fusion combines pharmaceutical grade minerals, antioxidants, natural ingredients, and the latest technologies to provide makeup that is safe, protective, and effective. All the products are Leaping Bunny-certified, which means they're cruelty-free. They are also free from parabens, gluten, artificial colors, phthalates, and other harsh ingredients.
The highly-rated Pressed Powder Foundation ($22.21) comes in 15 shades and is amazing. You can build it up where you want more coverage, and it has a matte finish. I love the Concealer ($23.71), a creamy duo that comes in four color options and is great for blemishes and dark under-eye circles. The Lengthening Mascara ($15.48) is a rich, gentle formula that made my lashes look longer and fuller. The Eye Liner ($13.84) was soft and easy to apply. The Mineral Fusion Lip Stick ($13.53) is now my new favorite lipstick. It comes in 15 colors and contains vitamin E and fruit oils to moisturize. There is also a fabulous 3-in-1 Color Stick ($15.51) for cheeks, eyes, and lips that comes in four shades. My favorite shade is Terra Cotta.
Mineral Fusion is rated the top mineral makeup brand on Best Reviews and is featured on Project Grace as a great cruelty-free brand, though it does point out the brand's limited range of colors. Shades are wearable and pretty, but not the most exciting as there aren't any bold blues or bright purples to play with.
Pros: Certified cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, made with non-toxic ingredients, great for all skin types
Cons: Can be hard to find in stores
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- Business Insider 20:11October 22, 2019The best online deals and sales happening nowAlyssa Powell/Business Insider
We rounded up the nine best sales and deals happening online today, with savings on sportswear and apparel at Adidas, Halloween costumes at Target, full-price and sale styles at J.Crew, Apple AirPods, and more.
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The best sales and deals happening today at a glance: Save 20% on fall styles at Adidas
Save 40% on Halloween costumes at Target
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1. Save 20% on fall styles at Adidas
Shop the Adidas sale now.
Adidas is currently having a big fall sale on some of its most popular sportswear styles. Now through October 24, you can save 20% on select fall styles by using the promo code "FALLSALE" at checkout. With selections for men, women, and kids, the sale includes everything from tracksuits and hoodies to sneakers and accessories.
2. Save 40% on Halloween costumes at Target
Shop the Target sale now.
Halloween is nine days away and if you're still looking for a costume, you'll want to shop at Target. Today only, you can save 40% on Halloween costumes for everyone from babies and toddlers to teens and adults. Even if you have a costume lined up, this is a great chance to grab a second one for the extra parties and festivities.
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Shop the Amazon sale now.
There are certain accessories that every computer or smartphone owner absolutely needs. While stocking up on them can be very expensive, Amazon is having a big sale. Right now, you can save 30% on select PC products and accessories as a Deal of the Day. The sale includes curved gaming monitors, flash drives, SD cards, laptops, headphones, and much more.
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- Business Insider 20:01October 22, 2019The best anti-aging foundationThere's no way to stop the skin from aging, but the right foundation can help address the unique concerns associated with aging skin like fine lines, dark spots, dullness, and less elasticity.
Our favorite anti-aging foundation is IT Cosmetic's Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+, but there are more options to consider before you buy.
You should also check out our guide to the best anti-aging serums you can buy. There's no product that will keep us from aging (or let us travel back in time to convince ourselves to wear more sunscreen), but there are products made specifically for slowing down the process and mitigating the related skin concerns. In addition to anti-aging serums and moisturizers, you can get some great foundations that target the signs of aging and help skin feel and appear tighter and more luminous.
As you get older and your skin changes, some foundations may make fine lines and wrinkles look more obvious than they are. If you're trying to avoid that, the rule of thumb is to search for lightweight formulas that don't dry out the skin, and to avoid powders that have a tendency to settle into lines and make them appear more defined.
Like most products that claim to be anti-aging, there are plenty of anti-aging foundations on the market, but they vary in effectiveness. A good one will ideally smooth skin texture, hide imperfections, disguise fine lines and wrinkles, and give you a glowing complexion. Anti-aging foundations use ingredients such as antioxidants, hydrators, peptides, and collagen boosters. Most professional makeup artists also agree that foundations with a luminous finish are best for aging skin. I've tested many different anti-aging foundations and researched hundreds of buyer and expert reviews to come up with the best ones you can buy. Whether you are starting to see fine lines that you'd like to hide or have more mature skin that needs extra TLC, there's something here for everyone.
Here is the best anti-aging foundation you can buy: Best overall: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Best luxury: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation
Best budget: CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Foundation
Best natural option: Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation
Best for acne-prone skin: Chantecaille Future Skin Updated on 10/21/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices, formatting, and copy. Added a few related links. The best anti-aging foundation overall
The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is an all-in-one CC cream that provides full coverage like a foundation and is packed with powerful anti-aging ingredients.
IT Cosmetics' award-winning CC+ cream acts as an anti-aging serum, moisturizer, color corrector, primer, and concealer. It contains a potent mix of anti-aging ingredients, including hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. It has an SPF of 50, so the cream also provides superb sun protection. The CC cream comes in twelve shades ranging from Fair to Deep.
In testing, the creamy formula felt lightweight and my skin looked amazing after applying it, plus it smelled good, too. It provided more coverage than your usual CC cream and easily covered up any imperfections and fine lines. I was impressed that my sensitive skin didn't react at all. I also love that it has a high SPF thanks to the Titanium Oxide and Zinc Oxide, so although it's a great product to use year-round, it's perfect for the summer. You only need to use a really small amount to get full coverage.
It's not just me that loves the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. Beauty junkies, editors, and experts rave about it. It's an Allure Readers' Choice winner, is highly rated on Byrdie, and gets an amazing 4.3 out of 5 based on over 13,900 Ulta reviews. One delighted customer said, "It's so light weight but still covers everything. Literally amazing!"
I also recommend the IT Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, which works wonders for dark circles and fine lines, and is often called "sleep in a bottle."
We also have a full review of the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in case you need some additional perspective.
Pros: Great multi-tasker, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, great for all ages, provides medium to full coverage, SPF 50, formulated without parabens, phthalates and sulfates, cruelty-free
Cons: Fewer shades than some other brands, the coverage could be too heavy for some
The best luxury anti-aging foundation
The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone, and makes your skin glow.
Bobbi Brown's anti-aging foundation has all the benefits of a serum combined with the correcting coverage of a foundation. It also has an SPF of 40, so you can even skip the sunscreen.
It is formulated with active botanical ingredients such as lychee, bamboo grass, and cordyceps fungi, all designed to deliver a smoother, firmer, and brighter look, while ultra-fine pigments cover imperfections without settling into fine lines. The foundation comes in 16 shades with warm, neutral, and cool undertones.
Firstly the black glass bottle is gorgeous. It smells fresh and clean and is easy to apply. I have fair to medium skin coloring and used Cool Beige. When I first put it on my face, I immediately saw a difference. My skin really glowed thanks to the luminous formula. My wrinkles and fine lines were much less visible, too. I think it makes me look much younger when I wear it. Okay, so it is expensive, but it is worth splashing out on. You only need a small amount so it will last and last.
Don't just take my word for it, the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation is highly rated by Vogue and Stylecaster. One happy Blue Mercury shopper said, "This foundation is perfect for my skin and makes my face feel like I am 20." However, some buyers have said that the dropper is messy.
Pros: Instant results, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, has an SPF of 40
Cons: Expensive but a little goes a long way, the dropper can be messy
The best budget anti-aging foundation
If you're looking for an effective anti-aging foundation that's affordable, the CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Foundation is a winner.
CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Foundation is a lightweight liquid formula that contains Olay's amino-peptide complex and is designed to restore your skin's youthful appearance. It provides up to eight hours of continuous moisture and limited sun protection with an SPF of 10. The foundation is available in six colors ranging from light to deep.
If you skimp on price, you often don't get less effective products, but in testing, this foundation blended easily, provided medium coverage, and my fine lines seemed less visible. My skin also looked healthier, although the foundation wore off more quickly than some of the other brands I tested. I was still impressed with the results given that it is so much cheaper than the others I tried.
Covergirl's foundation is one of Total Beauty's best drugstore foundations and Walmart reviewers give it an average of 4.3 of 5, with one happy customer saying, "The texture of this makeup makes it almost "float," covering pores and wrinkles under my eyes instead of sinking into them and making them more obvious."
Pros: SPF 10, great price, good coverage, disguised fine lines
Cons: Fewer shades than some other brands, may not be suitable if you have sensitive, oily or blemish-prone skin
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- Business Insider 19:59October 22, 2019The best white dress shirts for menEvery man needs at least one good white dress shirt.
Fine Italian-woven cotton, old-school American craftsmanship, and a great trim fit make the Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece shirt a must-have for the modern gentleman. Its versatile spread collar looks great with or without a tie, so you can pair this timeless staple with almost any outfit. There are few menswear staples that are as timeless and essential as a crisp white dress shirt. Men have been reaching for white dress shirts for as long as they've been wearing suits, although the clean, classic look of this garment works with just about any outfit, making it one of the best and most versatile pieces of clothing a guy can have in his wardrobe.
There's a good chance you're already fairly familiar with dress shirts, and you probably already have a few. There's also a good chance, however, that there's a lot more to a quality dress shirt than you're aware of. Here's a quick run-down of things to look for in your next dress shirt:
Choosing the right fabric is key
Cotton is the standard material used for dress shirting, but it's not all made the same way. Natural shirt fabrics are generally classified according to the weave: Poplin (or broadcloth) is a soft weave that is light, breathable, and wrinkle-resistant.
Oxford is a medium-bodied basket-woven cotton with a slightly rough texture.
Twill has a tight diagonal weave that results in a thick, substantial cloth.
Pinpoint is similar to Oxford but woven with thinner threads for a smoother hand.
End-on-end features contrasting warp and weft threads that create a heathered look. Synthetic materials like polyester permeate the field of men's dress shirts today owing to their low cost, but these fabrics simply do not look, feel, or breathe as well as quality cotton, so keep it natural. You might see some shirtmakers use terms like "yarn number" (referring to the thickness of the yarn) or "ply" (meaning the number of threads comprising the yarn, e.g. "two-ply"). These aren't necessarily indicators of quality so don't sweat about them too much.
The fit should be trim and tailored
Dress shirts should be fairly trim. The important thing here is to avoid the big, baggy, blousy over-sized shirts many men are wearing. Also important is collar fit. There should be no visible gap between the collar and your neck, but you want to be able to comfortably insert two fingers inside the collar. If you can't, it's too tight.
A proper dress shirt's size will be labeled by two numbers which indicate collar size and sleeve length – dress shirts shouldn't be labeled with generic garment sizes like "medium." A 15/34 shirt, for example, has a 15-inch collar circumference and a 34-inch sleeve length measured from the back of the neck down to the cuff. To suss out your ideal size, use a flexible tape measure to measure your body or find a shirt you already have that fits perfectly and measure that. And find a good tailor.
Cuff and collar construction matter
Dress shirt styles mostly boil down to the collar and cuffs. Cuffs typically come in two flavors: Barrel cuffs, which feature a button closure, and French cuffs, which are folded back on themselves and held closed with cufflinks. Collars are a bit more varied and are classified by the cut with spread, cutaway, point, tab, club, and button-down being the most common. Your collar choice depends on the ties you want to wear with your shirt and whether or not you plan to wear the dress shirt without a necktie.
Here are the best white dress shirts you can buy: The best white dress shirt overall: Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece dress shirt
The best lightweight summer shirt: T.M. Lewin cotton/linen dress shirt
The best French-cuff dress shirt: Charles Trywhitt French cuff dress shirt
The best Oxford cloth button-down: Brooks Brothers Oxford cloth button-down
The best budget white dress shirt: The Tie Bar pinpoint dress shirt Updated on 10/21/2019 by Amir Ismael: Updated formatting and prices.The best white dress shirt overall
If you're only going to get one white dress shirt, then this luxurious, stylish, and versatile Brooks Brothers' Golden Fleece Shirt is the one you want.
It doesn't get much more versatile than the classic spread collar for your go-to dress shirt. This style works with most neckties and knots, although a spread collar is especially well-suited for the wider Windsor and mid-sized half-Winsdor. If you only plan to have one white dress shirt in your rotation, then the versatility of the spread collar makes it a tough act to beat.
However, a spread collar is also a fine choice for going tieless, whether you're pairing your white dress shirt with a light-colored summer suit – a perfect excuse to ditch the neckwear altogether – or wearing it with a crisp pair of chinos or jeans for a casual evening out. As one of the oldest and most respected menswear brands in the world, it's only fitting that our top pick for a white dress shirt comes from Brooks Brothers.
This dress shirt is part of the Golden Fleece Collection, one of Brooks Brothers' high-end lines. The cotton is woven in Italy in a durable twill that gives the shirt a thick body and a nice smooth hand. The spread collar lends the shirt a classic English-style flair and works with just about any tie, while the double-button barrel cuffs with rounded edges offer a classic American look. The "Regent" fit is suitably slim and modern without being too fashion-forward or constricting.
Sadly, many of the garment factories in the United States and Europe have shut down, and most shirtmakers – Brooks Brothers included – now manufacture most of their stuff overseas. Golden Fleece shirts, however, are cut and stitched right in Brooks Brothers' shirtmaking facility in Garland, North Carolina, so you're getting old-school American craftsmanship from the old-school American menswear label.
That, in my opinion, puts this shirt above the rest and makes it more than worth the money considering it'll be your go-to white dress shirt for decades with proper care. If you're a "buy once, cry once" kinda guy, and you only need one solid white dress shirt in your rotation, then the Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece spread-collar is the one for you.
Pros: Fine American craftsmanship, a slim but not constricting fit, sturdy Italian-woven twill, and a classic spread collar that works with most ties and outfits
Cons: It's fairly expensive
The best lightweight summer shirt
T.M. Lewin This crisp white dress shirt from T. M. Lewin uses a cotton and linen blend that's just what the tailor ordered when you want to look sharp and beat the heat.
Almost all quality dress shirts are made from 100% cotton, but as men are wearing suits more, cotton/linen blends have become a popular choice of shirting material for those hot summer months. Cotton by itself is not the most breathable cloth, and while linen is very light and airy, it wrinkles about as easily as wrapping paper. A nice blended fabric, on the other hand, combines the body of cotton with the coolness of linen, presenting a near-perfect hot-weather alternative to all-cotton garments.
Founded in 1898, T. M. Lewin is a famous English shirtmaker hailing from Jermyn Street in London, the capital of traditional menswear (sorry, Italy). With more than a century of experience, you can expect that T. M. Lewin knows a thing or two about shirting, and this crisp white cotton and linen number is the one you want to reach for when the sun comes out and it's time to retire the twill.
T.M. Lewin delivers, in our opinion, a lot of value when it comes to traditional shirtmaking. And while this Jermyn Street brand may be old-school, it's kept up with the times, offering clean-looking slim cuts that outclass the blousy, billowy shirts of past decades. The 71% cotton/29% linen fabric breathes and moves nicely. It will get more wrinkly than plain cotton, but as a well-dressed man, you surely already know your way around an iron.
The classic point collar hits the sweet spot between size and spread, allowing it to work well with most ties and tie knots. I recommend sticking with a four-in-hand or half-Windsor for this one, especially considering you're probably not going to be wearing thick, chunky neckties in the summer heat. However, point collars like this are also great for going tie-less, and the subtle light blue styling on the inside of the collar and placket looks great with a button or two undone.
This light blue accent is also present on the button threads, while the second forearm button lets you roll up those sleeves if you want to go for a super-casual look. Go ahead and roll 'em. In hot weather, you want to look as good as you feel, and the T. M. Lewin cotton/linen dress shirt is just the ticket. The cut corners on the shirt's mitered cuff do lend the shirt a bit of extra formality, however, so it pairs just as beautifully with any light-colored spring or summer suit.
Pros: Cool yet crisp cotton/linen blend fabric, a flattering slim fit, and a classic point collar that works with or without a tie
Cons: The cotton/linen fabric is more prone to wrinkling than 100 percent cotton The best French-cuff dress shirt
Every man should have at least one French cuff dress shirt in his closet, and this slim-fit twill spread-collar from Charles Tyrwhitt is an excellent choice.
For your first white dress shirt, it's probably best to stick with more versatile button cuffs. Nonetheless, it behooves the well-dressed man to have at least one or two French cuff shirts in his rotation, and since you're likely to have a few white dress shirts, a high-quality double-cuffed example should be among them.
The French cuff, also called the double cuff, is cut longer than a standard barrel cuff so that it may fold back over itself. In lieu of buttons, the cuff is held together at the wrist via cufflinks. This results in a larger, more substantial cuff and a very sharp and old-school look.
Charles Tyrwhitt, like T. M. Lewin, is another famous Jermyn Street brand and one of our favorite shirtmakers. It's not as old as some other English menswear labels but has nonetheless built a strong name for itself with its excellent (not to mention high-value) shirting options. This spread collar twill dress shirt is our pick for your first pair of French cuffs given its excellent price-to-quality ratio, especially if you're not yet sure this style is for you and aren't ready to drop a Benjamin or two.
French cuff shirts are generally more formal than barrel cuffs and you're not likely to be wearing one without a jacket or suit and a tie. Studier, thicker fabrics work best for double cuffs, which explains our choice of Charles Tyrwhitt's substantial-yet-soft twill weave for this one. A traditional shirt like this calls for a spread collar, too, as the conservative cuff style pairs best with a medium-to-wide necktie and a half-Windsor or Windsor knot.
Keep your outfit conservative with this shirt – overly colorful socks, ties, or pocket squares, as well as too many other accessories like jewelry or large watches, will leave your ensemble looking costumey and garish with French cuffs and cufflinks. "Simple and sophisticated" is the rule here: Rock the Charles Tyrwhitt double cuff shirt with a dark suit, a striped repp or solid-colored tie, and a nice pair of sleek cufflinks for a stylish yet no-nonsense business ensemble.
Pros: A substantial yet soft cotton twill, a classic and versatile spread collar, it comes with a pair of brass collar stays, and it's an excellent value
Cons: The corporate look of French cuffs limits the possibilities of wearing this shirt without a suit or jacket
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- Business Insider 19:48October 22, 2019The best coffee grinders Freshly ground coffee is addictive and delicious. If you want to make the perfect brew each morning, you need a coffee grinder.
After much research and some testing, we found that the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder is the best option for most people with its affordable $139 price tag and consistently great grinds.
You can also check out our guides to the best espresso machine, the best stovetop espresso machine, the best milk frothers, and more. There's nothing better than a perfect cup of coffee. If you're a coffee snob, you probably know that freshly ground coffee makes for a better cup of Joe. Coffee goes stale relatively quickly, so when you buy pre-ground beans, you may be losing some of your coffee's flavor. A good grinder will grind your beans to a uniform size so that you get the most out of your beans. Grinding beans every day before you make coffee may sound like a hassle, but a grinder can quickly pulverize your beans to maximize their flavor.
Coffee grinders range from the incredibly affordable to the absurdly expensive. You can get grinders at any point in between as well. We've tested a few coffee grinders and researched dozens more to find the best ones you can buy. Before we get into our picks, these are the key terms and features you need to know.
Blade versus Burr grinders
There are two main types of coffee grinders: blade and burr grinders. Purists say that you shouldn't even consider blade grinders because they don't grind the coffee beans to a nice uniform particle size, which results in an uneven and unpredictable brew. Blade grinders are much cheaper than burr grinders, though, and not everyone will be able to afford the pricier burr grinders. As such, we've included one blade grinder and the rest are burr grinders at varying price points.
When you start looking at burr grinder machines, there's a lot more to know. As The Wirecutter explains, "burrs work by using two serrated pieces of metal or ceramic that are positioned a specific distance apart from each other (depending on the grind) and rotate to crush the beans to the exact size you want." Here are the different types of burrs used on most machines: Flat versus Conical burrs: There's much debate over which type of burr is better, but they perform pretty similarly, so you shouldn't worry too much about this point. Flat burrs are two parallel rings with a space between them where the beans enter to be sheared into coffee grounds, while conical burrs involve a cone in a ring that grinds your beans down to the right size.
Steel versus Ceramic burrs: Steel burrs are more affordable and more common in coffee grinders, but they don't last as long as ceramic ones do. Ceramic burrs are typically used in manual hand grinders and for grinding espresso beans perfectly. Having a powerful, consistent, and well-made grinder is essential to making the most out of your beans. These are the best grinders you can buy, ranging from less than $20 to $230.
Here are the best coffee grinders you can buy: Best coffee grinder overall: Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Best mid-range coffee grinder: OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder
Best handheld coffee grinder: Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder
Best expensive coffee grinder: Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Best blade coffee grinder: KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
Best manual coffee grinder: Hario Mini Mill Slim Hand Coffee Grinder Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated prices and formatting. We're currently testing Breville's Smart Grinder Pro as a best espresso grinder.The best coffee grinder overall
The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder produces consistently uniform coffee grounds for all grind settings, and it costs far less than other high-end models.
Every coffee expert will tell you that the least amount of money you should spend on a coffee grinder is $100 because you get what you pay for in the coffee world. Although there are fancier high-end models that cost hundreds more than the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, this really is the best grinder for most people.
The Encore is considered the ultimate entry-level burr grinder for coffee enthusiasts at home. You really don't need more than what the Encore offers. It has 40 individual grind settings, ranging from fine to coarse and everything in between. Once you find the perfect setting for your tastes, you're all set.
It runs on a DC motor with electric and gear speed reducers that slow the burr to 450 RPM to reduce noise, static, and unwanted variations in particle size. The Encore is a great all-around grinder that performs nearly as well and consistently as the pricier competition.
Baratza also has a great repair program, so if your machine needs a repair or a full cleaning, they'll take care of it for you for a fee.
User reviews on Amazon are mostly positive, and many say there's no need to pay more for a high-end grinder. The Wirecutter named the Encore its best coffee grinder. Home Grounds highly recommends it, as does Lifehacker and Foodal.
Pros: Conical burr grinder, 40 grind settings, easy to use, reliable, consistent, relatively affordable, a good repair program
Cons: One-year warranty is a bit short, it's entry-level — not high-end
The best mid-range burr grinder
The OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder grinds slowly, but that in turn reduces static, noise, and inconsistencies in your grounds.
A burr grinder is a great tool to have if you can afford it, but lower-end grinders can be something of a let-down. Uneven grounds, static mess, and overheating are some of the regular issues with burr grinders in the sub-$100 category, but OXO nearly eliminates them all with a thriftiness you can't help but appreciate — and respect.
OXO includes a grounding prong in the power plug, which grounds the stainless steel grounds bin and keeps static down. Other grinders with plastic bins produce just as much static, which, with plastic, there's no eliminating.
This device also employs a much lower motor RPM, which comes with its own pros and cons. While you'll have to wait for what feels like twice as long as you would with most burr grinders, this allows for a kind of precision most others in the price range won't match. It also makes much less sound, which the rest of the household will surely appreciate. One Amazon reviewer recorded 74 decibels, reporting it to be less than a blender.
PC Verge is a big fan of the OXO Brew grinder, suggesting that at this price, you won't find a better grinder. They do note that the machine doesn't come with a scale, which might be upsetting for certain coffee drinkers, scales that come along at this price tend to be fraught with difficulties anyhow.
Amazon reviews are encouraging with a 4.3-star rating based on a list of nearly 200, many of which are from amateur testers who received the unit for free, but there are enough positive reviews verified buyers to suggest they're not wrong.
Basically, if you want a burr grinder and don't want to spend over $100 on it, this is your best bet for now. — Owen Burke
Pros: Thoroughly well-designed, consistent grounds, low noise level, minimal static
Cons: Slower than other burr grinders, no built-in scale
The best handheld burr grinder
The Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder is slim, sleek, tidy, and affordable.
If the Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder looks like an electric pepper mill, that's because, in essence, it is. Wire-free, this tall, lean, battery-powered gizmo will alleviate clutter from your kitchen counter, but just keep in mind that it is small.
Grinding coffee for the whole household could be quite the chore with the small, 30-gram capacity, but for a couple of people each morning, it's the perfect size. It's also portable.
A motor on top of steel burrs with a hopper and grinds container in the bottom keep this thing compact, but nine grinding settings keep it fully functional.
Like the OXO Brew, this grinder is slow — though it's even slower because it's battery-powered. This has its advantages. It's also quiet, and it also produces unburned grounds, which can be a common problem with high-velocity grinders whose blades get hot and can burn the grounds.
There aren't many reviews out yet for the Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder, but the handful on BestBuy are all enthusiastic, and Insider Picks' Buying Guides editor Malarie Gokey is a big fan, too.
In effect, this is the reliable but no-frills choice for small households. You'll keep very busy running this machine if you're trying to keep up with any more than a few people's coffee habits, but other than that, we're pretty confident it won't let you down. Stay tuned for longevity notes. — Owen Burke
Pros: Quiet, efficient, battery-powered, compact, portable
Cons: Only grinds about 30 grams at a time
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- Business Insider 19:45October 22, 2019The best cast-iron skillets and pansCooking with a cast-iron skillet isn't for everyone, but those who love this type of pan swear by it. If you're ready to try cast-iron cooking for the first time, or if you want a high-quality cast-iron skillet, the Victoria Cast Iron 10-Inch Skillet Fry Pan is a versatile option that's perfect for all kinds of cooking tasks. The idea of living simply has become popular again. Search Google for home improvement, and you may see results about living in tiny houses, reducing your carbon footprint, running a family game night, or having electronics-free time.
Another option for simplifying things is to reduce clutter. If you're like most people, you've collected quite a lot of stuff over the years. Reduce the number of things you have, and you're sure to feel freer. (Plus, you'll actually be able to find things.)
If you want to start in the kitchen, we have an idea for you. Rather than having specific pans for many different types of cooking techniques, go back to a cooking surface and design that's been extremely popular for more than a century – cast-iron skillets. This material works great for cooking any kind of food using any kind of heat source.
Advantages of cast-iron pans
Cast iron seems old-fashioned and strange in an era filled with shiny nonstick cookware, but it's much more durable and long-lasting than Teflon. Cast-iron pans also add a tiny amount of iron into the food as you cook, which can increase your daily iron intake.
The cast-iron material will absorb all of the materials cooked in the pan over time, which adds flavor and seasoning to your pan. Although some may find that off-putting, for true cast-iron fans, this feature is what makes the skillet a great cooking tool. It's also what makes the cast-iron skillet completely nonstick. Here are some other great features of cast-iron pans. Even heating: One reason why cooks and chefs love cast iron is that it heats far more evenly than pans made from thinner materials. It maintains its hot temperature, even when you add a cold steak to the pan, according to Serious Eats, which allows it to cook faster than a thin skillet. Foods will also cook more evenly.
Indestructible: Cast-iron pans will last for decades and still continue to work perfectly, as long as you take care of them properly and season them before use.
Naturally nonstick: As long as you care for the skillet properly and have it seasoned, food will not stick to the cast-iron pan. According to Lodge, the renown maker of cast-iron cookware, you can use metal utensils to cook on these pans without having to worry about scratching the surface.
Take it anywhere: You can use the cast-iron skillet in your kitchen, over a campfire in the middle of nowhere, and anywhere in between. Of course, the heaviness of a cast-iron pan needs to be considered.
Versatility: You can cook almost any kind of food in a cast-iron pan, oftentimes multiple foods simultaneously. It will work on a surface burner of an oven, it'll cook over heat from an outdoor grill, it works with a campfire, or it can be placed inside the oven for baking. Some people don't like how heavy a cast-iron pan is. Admittedly, you will have to use your muscles to move this pan around. But think of it this way: You'll be able to work off some calories before you eat by carrying around a cast-iron skillet.
Additionally, because this pan is one piece, the handles will become hot over time. You'll want to have gloves or oven mitts available to handle the cast iron pan. Some companies also sell silicone handle covers to protect your hands, so it's worth buying some. We also have guides on how to clean cast iron and how to season cast iron.
Here are the best cast-iron pans you can buy: Best cast-iron pan overall: Victoria Cast Iron 10-Inch Skillet Fry Pan
Best miniature cast-iron pan: Lodge Miniature Skillet
Best professional cast-iron pan: Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet
Best cast-iron pan set: Simple Chef Cast Iron Skillet 3-Piece Set
Best cast-iron wok: Lodge 14-Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Wok Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices and links.The best cast-iron pan overall
The Victoria Cast Iron 10-Inch Skillet Fry Pan has a smart design with its long handle and pour-spouts, making it a great cast-iron pan for cooking any dish.
The Victoria Cast Iron 10-Inch Skillet Fry Pan is the perfect skillet for cooking just about anything. It's well-designed, affordable, and long-lasting just like cast-iron cookware should be.
It has a long primary handle and a shorter secondary handle for steadying the pan as you carry it. The skillet is deep and has a fairly wide surface, so you can sear steaks, fry eggs, and make all kinds of delicious food. The pour spouts on either side of the pan make it easy to remove grease without causing a mess.
The long handle makes it easier to gain leverage on the pan when moving it around, which is good because it is a bit heavy. Epicurious reviewed the skillet and liked the handle length because it doesn't heat up as quickly as a shorter handle would.
Victoria offers this pan in 12-inch, 10-inch, and 8-inch sizes to suit your needs. If you plan to cook two steaks in your pan, get the 12-inch.
Pros: Smart design with a curved handle for easier carrying, two pour spouts, long handle doesn't heat up fast, detailed instructions included for beginners
Cons: Preseasoning isn't as thorough as it should be, some breads may stick to the pan
The best miniature cast-iron pan
When you need a small cast-iron pan to take with you camping or hiking, the Lodge Miniature Skillet is just right.
Bigger isn't always better with a lot of things, and the same is true for cast-iron pans. Although a large pan definitely has its advantages, the Lodge Miniature Skillet, with a 3.5-inch diameter, offers plenty of reasons to like it, too.
If you want to take a small cast-iron pan camping or hiking, this tiny skillet will be easier to carry. Or, if you want to perfectly cook one fried egg, this is the pan to use.
You can purchase this particular cast-iron skillet design from Lodge with diameters ranging from 3.5 to 15 inches, so if you want a bigger size, there are options for you, too.
The Spruce says the miniature skillet is made with materials identical to the larger Lodge cast-iron pans. The skillets that are larger than 9 inches in diameter contain a secondary handle that helps in steadying the pan.
The Lodge brand name is one of the most trusted among those who use cast iron pans, according to The Induction Site. Many vintage Lodge pans remain in use, even decades after they were initially purchased. Both of Wirecutter's only picks are from Lodge.
Insider Picks' Senior Editor Malarie Gokey and Guides Editor Les Shu can verify that Lodge pans are excellent. Malarie owns this same mini skillet and two more large ones and no longer cooks with anything else. Les uses his Lodge pan to sear his steaks after sous vide.
Even with a small size, the Lodge Miniature Skillet evenly distributes heat, according to Top Best Brands, yielding successful cooking results.
However, one Amazon reviewer said the small skillet size causes the heat to reach handle more quickly than with a large pan, so you will want a silicone handle for protection. Lodge sells great ones for $5 to $8.
Pros: Perfect size to carry in a backpack, easy to cook a small batch, trusted Lodge quality, evenly distributes heat when cooking, very low price point
Cons: Small size causes handle to heat up faster than a large pan, difficult to clean at times
The best enameled cast-iron pan
The Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet is really expensive, but this cast iron pan with enameling does a great job with cooking food evenly in style.
The Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet is incredibly expensive. You'll pay several times more for the Le Creuset cast iron pan than for all the others in our guide. But there's a reason for it: Made in France, Le Creuset is the Rolls-Royce of cast-iron cookware.
Many cooks who use Le Creuset products swear by it, thanks to its great design and toughness. This particular skillet is available in 10 different enamel colors. It also has main and secondary handles, as well as pour spouts on both sides of the pan.
If you're looking for an especially durable and tough cast iron pan with enameling, Think Cook says the Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet is the perfect option. It even works with induction cooktops.
The Stone Frying Pans like the lack of maintenance required with these pans. When cared for correctly, as an Amazon buyer points out, food doesn't stick to the pan.
The multiple enamel colors make this skillet a fun, colorful addition to your cookware collection.
However, a few Amazon buyers say they've struggled to keep this pan clean, which is a significant disappointment, considering the high price tag. We recommend following Le Creuset's cleaning instructions and how to properly care for it.
Another premium brand to consider is Staub. Also from France, Staub's cast-iron cookware are equally well-made and adored by many cooks.
Pros: Cooks all types of food evenly, large cast-iron skillet will work for large meals, enamel coating on the pan provides a bit of color and looks great, works with induction cooktops, durable
Cons: Far higher price point than other cast -ron pans of the same size, can be difficult to clean
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- Business Insider 19:45October 22, 2019The best men's slippersWith a fine pair of slippers on his feet, a man can relax around the house in comfort or step outside to grab the paper or some logs for the fire. We considered insulation, materials, tread design, and more as we chose the best slippers. The UGG Ascot Slippers are the best because they're warm, supportive, and long-lasting. I've had the same pair of UGG slippers for six years now, and despite the fact that I wear them around the house almost daily during the winter (I even wore them away from home for a while, before I accepted the fact that slippers really don't belong beyond the property line), they remain in superlative condition.
Before finding the UGG slippers, I had a pair of traditional backless clog-style slippers. I can't recall the brand, but I do remember quite clearly how nice it was to be able to step into them with ease. While you need to use your hands or spend a good twenty seconds of wiggling to get your feet into the UGGs and other similar shoe-like slippers, the clog variety slides right on. They also fall off much more easily, expose more of your foot to cold air, and offer minimal protection against the snow, ice, gravel, flora, and other such things you might encounter if you step outside.
The point, as you surely gather, is that a pair of slippers that might be perfect for one gentleman might be a poor pick for another man. In an era of slippers heated via microwave or USB connection, novelty slippers approximating the look of everything from a dinosaur's foot to Chewbacca's face, it can be hard to cut through the clutter and consider just a few fine options for warm, cozy leisure footwear. But hey, that's why we're here. The five slippers in our guide all have at least two things in common: They will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Beyond that, each pair offers its own perks, no gimmicks involved.
Here are the best men's slippers you can buy: Best slippers overall: UGG Ascot Slippers
Best slippers for warmth: Sorel Manawan Slippers
Best indoor/outdoor slippers: Slippers International Tamarac Cody Sheepskin Slippers
Best affordable slippers: YQXCC Memory Foam House Slippers
Best moccasin style slippers: Minnetonka Sheepskin Moose Slippers Updated on 10/21/2019 by Amir Ismael: updated links and formattingThe best men's slippers overall
Thanks to a thick suede exterior and durable rubbers soles, a pair of UGG Men's Ascot Slippers will last you for years even if you wear them like a pair of normal shoes, and they're lined with soft, warm sheep's wool.
Full disclosure, I've owned a pair of UGG Ascot slippers for six years. I posit that it's not through bias that I name these slippers the top pick in our guide, but rather because I researched the category heavily before getting my slippers those several years back, and because my frequent use of them has confirmed how durable and comfortable they really are.
It's hard to tell whether this is more of a shoe with a few slipper-like attributes or a slipper with some shoe-like qualities. Having worn my own UGG Ascot slippers for years, I can say that they offer every bit as much heel impact absorption, arch support, bridge and toe protection, and even traction as many casual pairs of shoes I own. They also stay on the foot as well as do many lace-up shoes, despite the fact that they slip on. To be honest, though, "slip on" is something of a misnomer here. Until these slippers are well broken in, you'll have to pull them on using both hands, and even after that, you still have to work your foot around some to get them on.
Thanks to the support and protection mentioned above and due to the durability and water resistance of the thick leather exterior of these slippers, one can be forgiven for wearing them around just like a shoe. The Ascots are at their best, though, when treated as the slipper they indeed are and reserved for wearing around the house and during short excursions out onto the porch or driveway or down the hall at your apartment building or dorm. They are about as warm and cozy as any footwear you're likely to find and feel great when worn with or without socks. And when they are limited to indoor and moderate outdoor use, I can tell you with firsthand certainty that these slippers will last for years and years.
Even with nearly 2,000 reviews posted on Amazon, the UGG Ascot Slippers still have a tidy 4.4-star average rating. One commenter said her husband "wears [his UGGs] more than regular shoes." Another happy customer related having a pair of Ascots for eight years before they finally needed replacing; with his new pair, he was "looking forward to the next 8 years with these on my feet."
A YouTube video reviewer praised the "soft to the touch" yet "durable water resistant" suede of the slippers, adding that they are the slipper to choose if you want "your feet to love you forever."
Pros: Amazing durability, comfortable and supportive, suitable for wearing like regular shoe
Cons: Hard to put on until broken in
The best slippers for warmth
The Sorel Manawan Slippers encase your entire feet up to the ankle in a warm, soft lining made of wool and faux fur.
The Sorel Manawan Slippers have an appearance similar to that of a traditional Native American moccasin. Its exterior is made from soft, flexible leather that helps the slipper gently embrace the contours of your foot. The sole is made from a pliant strip of rubber that offers modest protection should you step outside in these slippers and excellent comfortable padding for use on interior surfaces like hardwood, tile, or laminate. The slippers have a rise that reaches above the ankle, albeit with scoops carved out that mitigate any pressure put on the actual anklebone.
It's what's on the inside that really counts here, though. The Manawan slippers have a thick lining made up of a blend of wool and an artificial fur. This liner creates maximum warmth retention, yet it still allows your feet to breathe, therefore reducing the chance of sweat that can lead to foot odor. A removable EVA insole adds support and comfort and further enhances the insulation.
While the rubber sole can absorb moderate impacts, it offers very little in the way of traction, so these slippers are best worn indoors only, and certainly not in icy conditions should you venture outside in them.
Sorel slippers are a favorite of many people. The Manawans have an excellent 4.6-star rating with well over 1,000 reviews in. One customer who has enjoyed the same pair of Manawan slippers for three years calls them "awesomeness for your feet," while another says that "if you struggle with cold feet... via neuropathy, old age, or whatever... these [slippers] will bring them so much happiness."
Best Choice Reviews notes how these slippers "come up higher than most slipper styles to offer warmth all the way up to the ankle." A ToolsofMen.com article featured the Manawan slippers, noting their "fine materials" that create "comfort and warmth around [the] entire foot."
Pros: Extra warm thanks to quality lining, removable insole adds comfort
Cons: Minimal traction on sole
The best indoor/outdoor slippers
The Slippers International Tamarac Cody Sheepskin Slippers slip on and off with ease and are perfect for all-day wear during lazy days spent inside, but their thick rubber sole provides plenty of traction and protection for trips to the mailbox.
When you slip on the Slippers International Tamarac Cody Sheepskin Slippers, you'll notice a few things right away. First, you'll find that your feet feel great thanks to the memory foam cushioning of the footbed. Second, you'll notice that your feet are nice and warm thanks to the shearling lining within the slipper. And third, you'll find that you have sufficient traction and impact absorption for stable, comfortable walking over all sorts of surfaces, both indoors and outside.
The Tamarac Cody slippers are easy to pull on using the loop connected to the back of the collar, and they stay securely in place thanks to elastic goring wedges set where the tongue meets the upper. The soles don't have an aggressive tread pattern such as you might find on trail runners or hiking boots, but the varied texture of the rubber grips onto tile, concrete, hardwood, and other flat terrain you will commonly encounter within and nearby a residence.
If you dislike cold feet and hate the idea of changing out of your slippers into shoes every time you need to head outside for a few minutes, then these slippers might just be a fine solution.
Even with an astonishing 3,700-plus reviews, the Slippers International Tamarac Cody Sheepskin Slippers have a 4.4 out of five-star rating. A customer named Mike says: "I love them ... I beat my slippers to death and these hold up." Another buyer calls them "warm, comfortable, well-made, good-looking" and appreciates their "non-slip sole."
Fur Slipper Reviews called these slippers "well-designed" and highlighted their "tread for indoor and outdoor use," adding that they "provide ample warmth"
Pros: Sole suitable for outdoor use, comfortable memory foam footbed, snug and secure fit
Cons: Sizes run small and no half sizes available
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- Business Insider 19:07October 22, 2019The best dishwashersHigh-quality dishwashers leave your dishes sparkling clean and dry while efficiently using water and electricity.
The Bosch 500 Series 24-inch Pocket Handle Dishwasher is our top pick because it features a third rack allowing it to hold more items, runs quietly, and uses less than three gallons of water per cycle. When my family and I moved cross-country into a house that was still in the process of being remodeled, the kitchen was in a barebones state. And, as I spend half an hour or so each day at the sink scrubbing the dishes, there is no appliance I miss more than a trusty dishwasher.
When it comes to time savings, a dishwasher is well worth the investment. Our top pick is slightly over $800 and worth the price, but you can find decent models for much less, like our budget pick. When shopping for a dishwasher, there are a number of features that tend to lend themselves to better performance and durability. You should look for nylon-coated racks since they tend to have a longer lifespan. A soil sensor is also helpful because it will let your washer know when to end the cycle or if it should keep going.
Perhaps one of the most important features to look for is a stainless-steel tub. If you can afford the heftier price tag, stainless-steel tubs will speed up the drying process, dampen noise, and last longer than plastic counterparts.
Many of the newer dishwasher models feature top controls, as opposed to the classic front controls. The top controls give the machine a sleeker, more attractive look. Another feature manufacturers celebrate is the food grinder, or masticator, which uses a blade to pulverize food debris. However, this is just another part that could potentially break. You may prefer filters, which collect food mid-cycle, are durable, and only need to be cleaned a couple of times annually.
While researching the best dishwashers, we poured through thousands of buyer and expert reviews and ratings of dozens of models. Our guide features appliances with a track record of performance, durability, and eco-friendliness while balancing affordability.
Here are our picks for the best dishwashers: Best overall: Bosch 500 Series 24-inch Pocket Handle Dishwasher (SHPM65W55N)
Best budget: Maytag 24-inch Front Control Built-in Tall Tub Dishwasher (MDB4949SHZ)
Best drying dishwasher: KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher (KDTM354DSS)
Best for décor: Frigidaire Gallery 24-inch Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher (FGID2466QF) Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best dishwasher overall
If you want your cookware and dinnerware squeaky clean without a lot of noise, the Bosch 500 Series 24-inch Pocket Handle Dishwasher is your best bet.
What sets the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher apart from the competition is its quiet operation and useful third rack. This model has a 44-dBA noise level rating. It's so quiet that it has a special light on the exterior to let you know it's on. The third rack basically works as a utensil holder. It's located on the top level of the washer and can hold other oddly-shaped items, such as ramekins and ladles. Each of the racks has ball bearings in its wheels for a seamless glide. And, "FlexSpace" tines fold down on every other row to allow for larger dishes and cookware, like frying pans or pasta bowls. This Energy Star certified appliance consumes about 2.9 gallons per cycle. Bosch backs the parts and labor with a one-year warranty. Consumer Reports gave the Bosch dishwasher "excellent" ratings for energy use and washing abilities. The reviewer's lowest rating was for the dishwasher's ability to dry for which it was graded as "good." As a brand, Bosch exhibited the best reliability in Consumer Reports' tests with a repair or serious problem rate of about 10% after two years of use. Lastly, the reviewer found that based on listener judgments and sound-level measurements, this model is quite quiet. Angie's List and Reviewed both recommend this unit.
Approximately 92% of the people who reviewed the Bosch Dishwasher on the Best Buy website would recommend it to a friend. The most helpful reviewer especially liked the third rack and recommends using the auto cleaning mode with the extra-dry option to thoroughly dry items. Others have found that they don't need to soak or prewash their dishes. They just put them in the washer, and items come out clean.
Pros: Runs quietly, cleans dishes well, features an innovative third rack
Cons: Expensive, drying cycle could be better
The best budget dishwasher
The Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher is one of the more affordable washers on the market, leaves dishes sparkly clean, and is backed by a 10-year limited parts warranty.
The Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher has many of the specs that you would expect from a more expensive dishwasher. The four-blade food grinder disintegrates food particles so they don't end up sticking to your glassware or dishes. It is Energy Star qualified so you use less energy and water. Maytag offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor and a ten-year warranty on the tub, chopper blade, and racks. The main negatives of this model are that the front controls are not as attractive as the top controls found on other washers, and this model doesn't have a third rack.
This Maytag model was also Best Product's budget buy. The reviewer appreciated that there was a light that displayed the status of the cycle and that there was a quick-heated drying function. The Maytag Dishwasher has more than 1,400 5-star reviews on the Home Depot website, with 94% recommending the product. Buyers like that this model is affordable, has a stainless-steel tub, and features a food grinder instead of a filter. People note that large pots and pans can fit in the large tub and come out clean. However, you may want to stick to basic dinnerware when using the one-hour clean cycle. Buyers also caution that plastics, including hard plastics, may melt due to the high temperatures of the washer.
Pros: 10-year limited parts warranty, fast-drying, features a food grinder
Cons: Relatively loud, has trouble with leafy debris
The best drying dishwasher
The KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher cleans even the toughest debris off your dishes before drying them thoroughly.
The KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher is unique in that it has a "ProDry" function. This setting does an excellent job of ensuring your dishes are dry when you first open the washer drawer. At 44 decibels, the KitchenAid is only slightly louder than our virtually silent top pick. The top controls keep unsightly lights and buttons out of view. And, the racks have enough space for 15 place settings. As this appliance washes, it removes food particles from the water to ensure shorter cycles and less energy consumption. This Energy Star-qualified washer uses about 2.6 gallons of water on the Normal cycle.
The KitchenAid Dishwasher has the highest rating of the models tested by Consumer Reports. Testers gave it an "excellent" score for energy use, drying, and washing. And, it received a "very good" for noise. The tester was unable to find any discernible flaws in its performance.
Reviewed tested this KitchenAid model and found in the Normal cycle, it removed 99.99% of oatmeal debris and 99.88% of meat stains. On the Tough cycle, it removed all egg, burnt sugar, oatmeal, and dried milk but had difficulties with burnt cheese, only removing 93% of this stubborn food. Lastly, the reviewer fit 11 place settings and a serving set in the racks.
The majority of the buyers (92%) of the KitchenAid Dishwasher on the Home Depot website recommended it. One buyer was impressed with how there were no signs of food or moisture on dishes after using the Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, and ProDry selections, as well as a rinse aid to achieve superior results. However, for some buyers, the pump motor broke within months of buying the washer.
Pros: Can dry dishes completely, removes tough debris, energy efficient
Cons: Expensive, concerns about the pump motor's durability
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- Business Insider 19:01October 22, 2019The best mosquito repellent productsShutterstock/Business Insider Effective mosquito prevention requires a multi-pronged approach in which you remove breeding grounds, kill off adult insects, and deploy products that repel these dangerous pests. If you had to choose just one item for your anti-mosquito arsenal, a wise choice would be time-tested OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent with its 25% DEET concentration that wards off mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and more. Mosquitoes don't like me much, and that's the only thing that I like about them. I can sit in the grass, dripping with sweat after a run, and get not a single bite. I can spend an entire summer afternoon outside mowing, grilling, or playing with my kids, and if I find even one itchy welt on my person, I'm surprised. My wife and kids, on the other hand, can't seem to get from the front door to the car without mosquitoes launching a full-scale banzai attack. Mosquitoes love their blood, an honor any of them would shed with alacrity were such possible.
So while the mosquitoes and I have achieved a detente, the fact that they have such a vendetta against my family makes us adversaries nonetheless. In peak mosquito season here in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, they make a powerful adversary indeed. In fact, if I didn't use every single one of the tips and products featured here, our outdoor property would be effectively off-limits to the family from late April through late September, the mosquito season here near New York City.
Pernicious and unpleasant as mosquitoes may be, with some effort they can be bested. First, you need to prepare a mosquito-safe property. Above all else, that means eliminating standing water, the breeding ground for these insects. Even a tiny pool of still water — and I mean two ounces in the bottom of a planter or misplaced mug — can breed scores of skeeters. Check for water pooled in toys, flowerpots, buckets, the seats of chairs, backed-up gutters, and everywhere else. The good news is that many mosquito species only travel a few dozen yards in search of food, so if you clear all the standing water from your yard, you will be in decent shape already. Female mosquitoes can live for nearly two months, though, so if the area is already infested, simply removing breeding grounds might be too little too late. That's why there are so many fine anti-mosquito products like we're talking about today.
And hey, some quick bits of trivia for you, and also the reason I singled out female mosquitoes: male mosquitoes usually live less than two weeks, and they don't bite. And when female mosquitoes do bite, it's not for their own nourishment. Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes eat plant nectar, honey, or other sugary substances to feed themselves. The blood is used to help build up eggs prior to laying the next generation of bloodsuckers.
Here are the best mosquito repellent products in 2019: Best mosquito repellent overall: OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent
Best repellent for yards: Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate
Best mosquito repellent wipes: Aunt Fannie's Mosquito Repellent Wipes
Best bug zapper: Stinger Insect Zapper
Best mosquito repellent candles: Light in the Dark Votive Citronella Candles
Best mosquito traps for standing water: Summit Mosquito Dunks Updated on 10/21/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best mosquito repellent overall
OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent provides hours of reliable mosquito irritation prevention thanks to the 25% concentration of DEET.
Here are some things you need to know about diethyltoluamide, better known as DEET: It has been available to the public since the 1950s, and in all that time and after countless tests, it is still considered the most effective mosquito repellent formula. The AAP considers it safe for use on children as young as two months old in concentrations up to 30%. It effectively repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies, and many other bugs, too.
Now here is what you need to know about OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent: It has a DEET concentration of 24% and a proper application provides up to eight hours of protection. And really, what else do you need to know? It might not smell like roses, but it works well and it's safe for humans of every age above eight weeks. We keep a can in the house, one in the car, and I always bring OFF! when I go hiking or camping, especially when my son is with me.
Beyond mosquitoes, note that one customer reminds us that OFF! Deep Woods is also "effective against deer ticks," another bite you very much want to avoid. The product-testing experts from Consumer Reports hail its "excellent performance at repelling mosquitoes" and heartily recommended the spray.
Pros: Time-tested efficacy, safe for use on people of all ages, good price for a great product
Cons: Smell is less than great, but you get used to it
Buy a two-pack of OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent from Walmart for $7.46
The best mosquito repellent for yards
Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate can rid your yard of mosquitoes for several weeks at a time after just one easy application.
I tried to go the natural route, I really did. Last summer, the first summer we lived in this house here in New York, I sprayed down the entire yard with two different natural anti-mosquito sprays that were filled with things like clove oil, cedar oil, sesame oil, and so forth. You know what happened? Nothing. Well, OK the yard smelled crisp and fresh for a day or two, but there wasn't any appreciable diminishment in the concentration of mosquitoes. Then I hooked a bottle of Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate to the hose, soaked every square inch of the property, front yard, backyard, bushes, trees, mulch beds, and more. And to my pleasant surprise, for the next week or so, there were remarkably fewer mosquitoes around.
While I can't vouch for the brand's claim that the spray prevents bug issues for four weeks, I can say that with twice-monthly sprays, our yard we much more habitable even during peak mosquito season. As this stuff is safe for use around kids, pets, and even near food plants, and as it's affordable, too, I honestly plan to spray the property every Friday so we can enjoy maximum protection each weekend.
With hundreds of reviews posted on Amazon, Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate has a solid four-star average rating. Most customers echo my own sentiments as well expressed by a user named William who said: "It works ... and that surprised me." A lady named Sarah was a bit more effusive when she left a review saying: "I have never seen a yard spray work like this in my life."
Pros: Multiday effectiveness, one bottle treats 5000 square feet, safe for people and pets
Cons: Also kills lots of other insects
Buy a 32-Ounce Bottle of Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate on Amazon for $6.87
The best mosquito repellent wipes
Aunt Fannie's Mosquito Wipes apply mosquito repellent directly to your skin with more precision than an aerosol spray, and the unique formula is designed to repel bugs without damaging your skin's microbiome.
The founders of the Aunt Fannie's brand have an interesting take on many of the products most of us take for granted: They're too effective. That is to say, many of the cleaning products we use to wipe down countertops or showers don't only clean away grime and bacteria, they also kill off the healthy microscopic "allies" found on our skin, the helpful bacteria that create each person's microbiome. To that end, the company has created everything from all-purpose cleaning formulas to glass cleaners to anti-pest powders and sprays that perform their dedicated function without the unnecessary wholesale slaughter of harmless and even beneficial bacteria.
The Aunt Fannie's Mosquito Wipes come individually packaged so they stay moist and potent right up until you need to use one. To do so, you simply rip open the packet and then rub the wipe over any exposed skin you want to make unappealing to mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, and more. While not as robust a repellent as a DEET-laden formula, my testing so far has returned positive results. And what a pleasant, minty scent, too.
Pros: Repels insects without harming helpful bacteria, pleasant odor, compact packets great for travel
Cons: Rather expensive for daily use
Buy a Box of Aunt Fannie's Mosquito Wipes on Amazon for $9.99
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- Business Insider 18:54October 22, 2019The best eye makeup remover you can buyEye makeup is notoriously stubborn and difficult to remove, so you need a good, safe makeup remover in your arsenal.
The Garnier SkinActive Waterproof Micellar Cleansing Water is our top pick because it is a gentle but powerful one-step eye makeup remover that removes even the heaviest eye makeup easily. Look, we get it. Sometimes you're totally exhausted and the thought of washing your eye makeup off before hitting the sheets is a lot. But it's probably the most important step in your daily skincare routine, both for the sake of the delicate skin around your eyes and the longevity of your pillowcases.
That's why we researched and tested some of the most popular ophthalmologist-approved eye makeup removers on the market, and narrowed them down to the best of the best. Some important criteria: the products had to be gentle, yet powerful enough to remove eye makeup without tugging the skin (a major cause of fine lines and wrinkles); they couldn't include simple alcohols, referred to as isopropyl and ethanol, which are notoriously drying; and added fragrance was a no-go.
And while finding the best eye makeup remover for your skin type and beauty routine is 75% of the battle, the application technique is also super important. Pro tip: soak a cotton pad with liquid eye makeup remover and hold it against each eye for a few seconds before gently wiping it across your skin. This gives the formula time to loosen your makeup. With all this in mind, it's time to find your new go-to eye makeup remover.
Here are the best eye makeup removers you can buy: Best remover overall: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Best remover pads: Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Best remover for dramatic makeup: Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense Eye Makeup Remover
Best remover for sensitive eyes: Klorane Soothing Makeup Remover
Best remover for eyelash extensions: Neutrogena Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
You should also check out our guide to the best makeup remover. Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated pricing, links, and formatting.The best eye makeup remover overall
Garnier SkinActive Waterproof Micellar Cleansing Water is quick, effective, and even works on waterproof mascara.
Our top pick, an all-in-one, no-rinse makeup remover that can be used on the face and lips too, is actually found in drugstores. It performs as well as — if not better than — more expensive brands and makes removing eye makeup including waterproof mascara a breeze.
Garnier SkinActive Waterproof Micellar Cleansing Water is formulated with micelles. Although it has been around for a while, micellar water is the latest trend in makeup removers. It is made up of tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules known as micelles that act like magnets, lifting away dirt, oil, and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin clean and refreshed without over-drying.
The multi-purpose product can also be used as a facial wash, makeup remover, and moisturizer. This makes it the ideal addition to your beauty arsenal when you're on the go or on vacation. It comes in a handy travel size, too. In testing, all my eye makeup, including my waterproof mascara, came off in just three swipes of a cotton pad. There was no need to rinse and no greasy residue. If like me, you have zero patience for products that don't provide instant results you'll love this one-step eye makeup remover. It's not just me who loves Garnier SkinActive Waterproof Micellar Cleansing Water as an eye makeup remover, beauty junkies, editors and experts swear by it. It is highly rated on Rank and Style and Byrdie, plus Amazon reviewers give it a big thumbs up.
Although I prefer the waterproof version for removing my eye makeup, it comes in a non-waterproof version, too. Pros: No-rinse formula, suitable for eyes, lips, and face, free from sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, fragrance-free, no greasy residue, suitable for all skin types even sensitive skin, effective on heavy makeup and waterproof mascara
The best eye makeup remover pads
For an easy way to remove your eye makeup at home or on the go, try Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads.
These travel-friendly eye makeup remover pads are gentle but effective. They're also very affordable. Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads are designed specifically for eyes and are shaped to reach every corner. The moisturizing, no-rinse formula contains 99.5% natural ingredients including kiwi extract to hydrate and nourish the skin around the eyes without leaving an oily residue. There are no harsh chemicals that might irritate your eyes and the pads are fragrance-free. This makes the pads ideal for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
In testing, I found that my eye makeup came off easily. The pads were fairly thick, well saturated, and the liquid absorbed into my skin without leaving a greasy residue. However, they didn't work as well on waterproof mascara. Still, these pads are a great beauty accessory when you're traveling or on the go.
I'm not the only one who thinks Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads are wonderful. They are recommended by sites such as Byrdie and Total Beauty, and get great reviews on Walmart, with one happy customer saying, "I've had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that doesn't irritate my highly sensitive eyes AND removes all the makeup easily...this stuff does it all!"
Pros: Suitable for sensitive eyes, safe for contact lens wearers, no need to rinse, No added fragrance, free of parabens, phthalates, and SLS, great for travel
Cons: Not as effective on waterproof mascara
The best for dramatic makeup
If you're looking for a superior eye makeup remover that erases every trace of eyeliner, eye shadow, and even waterproof mascara, Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Bi-phase Eye Makeup Remover is the crème-de-la-crème.
Chanel's luxury eye makeup remover is a favorite with celebrities and makeup artists alike. The dual-phase formula is activated by shaking the bottle. Whereas many bi-phase eye makeup removers are silicon-based, this one is oil-based.
The light blue lower phase contains cornflower extract and rose extract to soothe and soften the vulnerable eye area. Oils in the transparent upper layer erase all types of makeup. As it's so gentle, Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. In testing, after soaking a cotton pad with the liquid, it quickly erased all my heavy eye makeup and even my waterproof mascara, and it felt nice and refreshing on my skin. I used one side to remove my eye makeup and the other to remove the oily residue and any last traces of makeup. You do need to rinse it off with warm water. A little goes a long way and this remover is definitely worth the money.
Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover is highly recommended by sites such as Harpers Bazaar and Rank and Style. NYC-based makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor told Instyle he loves this product because it removes waterproof mascara without leaving a greasy residue behind.
Pros: Suitable for all skin types, good for sensitive eyes, fragrance-free, great for heavy makeup and waterproof mascara
Cons: Expensive, but you only need to use a small amount, need to rinse
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- Business Insider 18:20October 22, 2019The best vitamin C serums you can buyVitamin C serums brighten your complexion, nourish your skin, and decrease inflammation as well as irregular pigmentation to leave your face glowing.
Maelove's Glow Maker serum is the best vitamin C serum we've tested because it's affordable and effective. Getting a face lift doesn't have to mean going under the knife. Really, all you need is vitamin C. Over the last few years, a mysterious elixir known as vitamin C serum seems to have made its way onto every makeup and skincare trend in the world, and while you may not totally get what it is, you'll certainly get why it's so popular. Vitamin C is key to reducing skin inflammation and irregular pigmentation and is also important for collagen production. Taken together, these aspects make your skin look brighter, smoother, and generally younger. And while you may think that your 20-something face doesn't need any help (yet), it is certainly the case that the sooner you begin taking care of your skin, the later your skin will look youthful. While this antioxidant appears naturally in many of the foods you consume on a daily basis (think fruits, kale, broccoli, and the like), it's actually quite difficult to get the vitamin straight to your skin. Enter vitamin C serums, compounds that are spiked with the powerful natural substance and meant to keep your skin looking tight and bright. When choosing your serum, you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First off, be sure to read the label for ingredients. While this seems like an obvious tip, you are putting this stuff directly on your face, so you'll want to be sure that everything is as natural and organic as possible. You'll also want a relatively high proportion of vitamin C. If it's only 5% or so, you're really not getting a vitamin C serum anymore. Second, think about how sensitive your skin is. If you tend to react strongly to all sorts of different compounds, you'll want to be sure that you choose a serum that is safe for you and your complexion. After all, there's no point in giving yourself a rash while trying to improve your skin. Similarly, you might want to consider whether or not you want a fragrance in your serum. If you'd rather keep things simple, look for an option that doesn't have any perfumey additives. Third, consider what you really want your serum to do. Are you looking to brighten your skin? Smooth it? Hide spots? Various serums will serve various purposes, so it's good to go in with a game plan. We have an explainer piece where we break down the benefits of vitamin C serums.
Finally, you'll want to keep price points in mind. Some vitamin C serums can run well over a hundred dollars and considering that you're only buying a small bottle at a time, that can be quite the investment. There are, luckily, more affordable options on the market as well. Here are the best vitamin C serums you can buy: Best vitamin C serum overall: Maelove Glow Maker
Best for fading dark spots: No B.S. Vitamin C Serum
Best concentrated formula: COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid
Best scented formula: Korres Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Spotless Serum
Best luxury serum: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum
Best budget serum: Aura Organics Vitamin C Serum
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Maelove's Glow Maker Vitamin C serum is a potent blend of vitamin C, ferulic acid, and hyaluronic acid. It's also surprisingly affordable at $28.
Maelove CEO Jackie Kim had a simple goal when she created her company. She wanted to make skincare "radically affordable," and it's safe to say that she's achieved that with her cult-favorite $28 Glow Maker Vitamin C serum. It's sold out multiple times, and it's currently available for pre-order. The Glow Maker's goals are threefold: hyperpigmentation, smoothing, and hydration, and its ingredients all lend themselves to one of those goals. In the Glow Maker, you'll find vitamins C (15% L-ascorbic acid), E and ferulic acid for antioxidation protection, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and a proprietary mix of botanicals (grape seed extract, aloe, aurantium dulcis, and magnolia) for nourishment and easier makeup application. Thanks to the aforementioned extracts, folks with sensitive skin shouldn't have negative reactions to this particular serum. As we've mentioned previously, the $28 Glow Maker is remarkably similar to the much pricier SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum. If you check out the ingredients of each solution, you'll find that they're nearly identical, but have a $138 price difference. We've found that Maelove's offering does a fantastic job brightening your complexion and lightening your dark spots, and has the added benefit of absorbing quickly into your skin. And while "glowing" skin often seems to be code for oily skin, that's not the case with the Glow Maker. Really, it just makes you look brighter. My skin is generally on the drier side, which made me a bit nervous that Maelove's serum would add to this problem if I were to apply the Glow Maker consistently. Happily, that hasn't been the case at all. Rather, it seems that the serum has helped alleviate flakiness and peeling, something I wasn't necessarily expecting from the get-go. If you don't love the Maelove Glow Maker, you have 100 days to try it out and return it for a full refund. We don't anticipate you using that option. Pros: Extremely affordable, quick absorbing, makes skin look brighter without looking oily, good for sensitive skin
Cons: Due to its popularity, the Glow Maker is frequently on backorder
Buy Maelove Glow Maker Vitamin C Serum for $27.95
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The best serum for fading dark spots
If you experience discoloration from acne or sun spots, No B.S. vitamin C serum can help lighten them over time. Far be it from me to ever suggest that your skin is in any way imperfect, but if you're looking to make it more perfect by reducing the number of sunspots, acne scars, or other discolorations that may have come about over time, there's a serum for you. The aptly named No B.S. vitamin C serum is one of the best in the market for getting rid of hyperpigmentation, and as an additional bonus, it won't break the bank. As its name suggests, the No B.S. serum hangs its hat on what it doesn't include in its compound. You won't find any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances (which means that it does smell a little funky). But you will find plant-based ingredients like Aloe Vera, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, as well as hyaluronic acid, retinol, and salicylic acid, all of which help to smooth out your skin and give it that healthy glow associated with such serums. It's not entirely clear what percentage of the serum is vitamin C, but seeing as it's the fourth listed ingredient, chances are it's pretty potent. Plus, vitamin C is the primary ingredient for actually fighting pigmentation, and given how well the No B.S. formula completes that task, it's safe to say that there's enough of the antioxidant. The hyaluronic acid coupled with pomegranate and green tea extracts help to smooth away lines and makes the serum safe to use underneath your eyes. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that No B.S. formulas are never tested on animals, and better still, the company donates one product for every product sold. Using the No B.S. serum on the daily hasn't proven to be problematic for me. I generally put it on in the morning before applying moisturizer and have certainly noticed an improvement in my overall complexion when it comes to smoothness and brightness. And for just $40, it feels like a steal. Pros: Great for scar and hyperpigmentation reduction, cruelty free, safe for sensitive skin
Cons: Doesn't smell great
Buy No B.S.Vitamin C Serum for $40
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The best concentrated formula
COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid contains 20.5% vitamin C — higher than many other comparable formulas. Because it's so potent, mix it with your moisturizer to acclimate your skin before applying directly onto your face.
There are vitamin C serums and then there are vitamin C serums, and if anything deserves the italics, it's the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid. This beloved product is part of the Korean beauty regimen, which automatically gives it an extra dose of legitimacy. I mean, seriously — Have you ever tried a K-beauty product that doesn't work wonders?
The first time the Lightning Liquid launched on Soko Glam, it was gone within the hour. Successive restocks have proven just as popular, and even today, it's one of Soko Glam's best-selling products. Once you've tried it, it's not difficult to see why.
Created as a collaboration between Korean skin-care line COSRX and online beauty retailer Soko Glam's CEO, COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid is no ordinary vitamin C serum. Rather, it's packed to the brim with an impressive 20.5% ascorbic acid, aka vitamin C. That makes it one of the most potent serums on the market, and one of the most effective.
The high dosage of vitamin C allows Lightning Liquid to help reduce scarring and other irregularities in your skin extremely quickly. And even if you think that you don't have these sorts of issues with your skin, you'll be able to benefit from this particular serum. It helps remove dead skin cells, which gives your skin more room to glow.
Plus, Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Allure, "[Vitamin C] may even help protect the skin from pre-cancerous changes from UV light exposure by neutralizing free radicals." Of course, you need a high concentration of the antioxidant for this to prove true, which makes Lightning Liquid particularly unique.
Using the COSRX product requires a bit more care than some other serums due to its potency. Rather than applying it directly to your skin, you'll likely want to add a couple drops to your moisturizer. If you don't see any irritation in a couple weeks, then you can start applying one or two drops to your skin every other day, but always follow it up with a good moisturizer to provide dry-out.
Pros: Extremely high vitamin C concentration allows you to reap all the benefits, inexpensive, extremely effective at reducing discoloration
Cons: Could cause skin to dry out, not the best for sensitive skin
Buy the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid for $27
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- Business Insider 18:18October 22, 2019The best travel mugs All of the travel mugs we recommend should keep your coffee hot during and after the morning rush.
The Contigo Autoseal West Loop is the most versatile, easy-to-use choice for commuters. A travel mug seems like it should be an easy purchase, but hold off on buying the first one to catch your eye in a big-box store. Any decent travel mug will keep your drink hot or cold for a few hours without leaking, but consider your habits before buying. Are you a car commuter who needs something that can fit securely in a cup holder? Do you want a mug that can be used one-handed while you scroll through Twitter on your phone? Will you be tossing the mug in your bag so you can savor it later at the office?
We combed through expert tests and roundups of travel mugs and read hundreds of owners' reviews to find five of the best options in this crowded category. Our picks include a great all-around option for commuters, a mug that can keep your coffee hot enough to drink for an entire day, and a more rugged option for weekend play. We also include travel mugs with more appeal for design lovers and tea drinkers.
Here are the best travel mugs you can buy: Best travel mug overall: Contigo Autoseal West Loop
Best travel mug for hot drinks: Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
Best travel mug for adventures: Camelbak Forge
Best travel mug for design lovers: Ello Cole
Best travel mug that's easy to use: OXO Good Grips Travel Mug
Best rugged travel mug: YETI 20-ounce tumbler with the lid
Best affordable travel mug: Copco Acadia Travel Mug Updated on 10/22/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best travel mug overall
The Contigo Autoseal West Loop fits in your cup holders without rattling, its push-button spout won't leak all over your clothes, and you can nab one for cheap.
Most people have a short list of must-haves when it comes to a travel mug: It has to keep a drink hot or cold for at least a few hours. It has to be comfortable to drink from. It can't leak. And it has to be easy to grip or stow in a cup holder. The 20-ounce Contigo Autoseal West Loop ticks all those boxes for a very fair price — less than $15 in some cases.
The Autoseal's name hints at the mug's best feature. Press a button to take a sip, then let go when you're done. The lid reseals automatically, keeping dribbles off that fresh-from-the-cleaners shirt. According to Bloomberg, this clever system makes the Autoseal "best for klutzes," because it locks liquid away even if the mug takes a tumble. One-hand operation means your other hand stays free, whether you need to text, hang onto a steering wheel or brace yourself in a crowded subway car. Amazon reviewers say the lid lock is reliable, so if you want to toss the mug in a bag and enjoy your drink later in the day, you can do it without obsessively checking for spills. The Autoseal's double-walled stainless-steel body fits securely in most cup holders, and the lid is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Contigo recommends hand-washing the body of the mug. The lid is all one piece, so there are no small parts to lose in a crowded drawer or dish drainer. You can also get the Autoseal in at least a dozen colors and three sizes. As Lifehacker points out, tea drinkers can add a compatible infuser for steeping on the go.
Is the Autoseal perfect? Not quite. The Wirecutter says it's a great budget choice, but Zojirushi's travel mugs are best when it comes to heat retention. Testers there also warn that plastic in the lid may wear down after a year or two of frequent use. Good Housekeeping likes the Autoseal, but says it can dent if you drop it.
Contigo's West Loop Travel Mug is a great option all on its own, but the addition of a special tea infusing basket to its classic design makes it even better for tea drinkers. The infuser is made out of stainless steel with etched holes for steeping, and it measures 4.4 high and 2.3 inches wide, which is pretty decent for a travel mug infuser.
Bottom line: For the average commuter, the Autoseal should more than suffice. It will keep your coffee drinkable all morning, and if it does eventually wear out, replacing it won't break the bank. Pros: Inexpensive, large capacity, one-hand design, resists leaks and spills, fits in cup holders, available in a range of colors and sizes
Cons: Won't keep drinks as hot as some other mugs, plastic lid may wear out, prone to dents
The best travel mug for temperature fanatics
The Zojirushi SM-SA48 Stainless Steel Mug is hard to beat for keeping coffee, tea, or other beverages hot or cold for hours, and it has a durable design that can withstand daily use.
When it comes down to it, one of the most important functions of a travel mug is keeping your drink at a consistent temperature. Whether you're a stickler for a piping hot cup of joe or an ice-cold drink of water, this 16-ounce Zojirushi travel mug has your back.
The Zojirushi nails temperature tests by The Wirecutter. Fresh-brewed coffee is still a very drinkable 151 degrees after eight hours in this mug, the testers found. In fact, the mug does such a good job keeping heat in that testers recommend letting a hot drink cool down for a bit before sealing the mug — unless, of course, a burnt tongue is on your morning agenda. The mug also aced cold-drink tests, allowing ice water to warm a measly 4 degrees in eight hours. Fortunately, thousands of Amazon reviewers say the Zojirushi is more than a one-trick pony. Many report that its stainless-steel body is surprisingly resistant to dents and dings, even when it's dropped on concrete, and they say the lid lock is reliable enough for this mug to roll around in a bag without spilling. The spout is also designed to regulate the amount of liquid as you drink, and reviewers like that they don't have to worry about excess liquid dribbling onto their clothes. It's also available in three sizes and enough colors to satisfy most buyers.
The spout is also designed to regulate the amount of liquid as you drink, and reviewers like that they don't have to worry about excess liquid dribbling onto their clothes. It's available in three sizes and enough colors to satisfy most buyers, too.
Where does the Zojirushi falter? Owners have only minor quibbles: It's narrow, so it may rattle around in cup holders, and some say the flip-top lid feels like it's in the way when they're drinking. You'll also have to close the lid manually after you drink, which means it's not really a mug you can always use with one hand. And none of it is dishwasher-safe, though Wirecutter testers say it's easy enough to clean with a bottle brush.
Pros: Unbeatable at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, durable, leak-proof, available in a range of colors and sizes
Cons: Pricier for a travel mug, too narrow for some cup holders, flip-top lid bugs some while drinking, not dishwasher-safe
The best travel mug for adventures
The Camelbak Forge will do just fine on a morning commute, but it's even more at home when you're off the beaten path.
Sometimes you just need to get away, and the 16-ounce Camelbak Forge wants to be the mug you grab for your next adventure. One of its most unique features is a built-in finger-carry loop that means you can still keep two hands free and the loop can also be hooked to a carabiner and attached to a backpack. It's also made of impact-resistant stainless steel that reviewers say can resist a tumble or two. Testers at Your Best Digs say it even survived a 10-foot drop onto concrete without spilling.
Despite its ruggedness, the Forge still shines when it comes to ease of use. Men's Journal loves being able to lock open the spout for those times when you don't want to be jamming a button all the time just to take a drink. Testers there also claim it's simple to clean for a travel mug, with a design that doesn't require users to jam tiny brushes into nooks and crannies to ward off gunk and grime. It's also available in a smaller 12-ounce size and a good range of colors. Camelbak says the cap is dishwasher-safe, but not the body of the mug.
For all its convenience, the Forge doesn't retain heat quite as well as some competing mugs. Your Best Digs says it can still keep your coffee hot for a couple of hours, but it's not the best pick for buyers who want a hot drink after an entire day. Some Amazon reviewers say the plastic lid isn't as sturdy as the body, and a few complain that the spout won't let them take more than a sip at a time.
Pros: Convenient carry loop, resists cracks even from big drops, spout can be locked open for more convenient drinking, easy to clean
Cons: Plastic lid isn't as durable as the rest of the mug, doesn't keep heat in as well as some competitors, flow too regulated for some
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- Business Insider 18:09October 22, 2019The best anti-aging serums you can buyThere's nothing you can do about getting older, but you can delay the signs of aging.
If you're looking for a high-performance, multi-tasking serum that contains age-defying ingredients but won't totally break the bank, the Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum is the best you can buy. Using a serum as part of your skincare routine is essential to keep your skin looking youthful and to keep wrinkles at bay. Considered the superheroes of skincare, serums are packed with powerful ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin. Anti-aging serums deal primarily with fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration, but also tone, texture, and dark spots. Some of the best anti-aging ingredients to look out for are vitamin C, for brightening the skin, hyaluronic acid for plumping it up, and Retinol, a vitamin A derivative that treats a multitude of skin concerns from wrinkles to acne.
It's important to choose a serum that suits your skin's specific needs and to bear in mind they do have a shelf life of around six months, so it's best to store them in a cool, dark place.
To avoid you spending your hard-earned cash on an anti-aging serum only to find out it doesn't work or isn't right for you, we have tried and tested the best ones and consulted hundreds of buyer and expert reviews to come up with our top five recommendations.
Here are the best anti-aging serums you can buy: Best serum overall: Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Best serum on a budget: Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Anti-aging Serum
Best serum to splurge on: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum
Best all-natural serum: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum
Best serum for acne-prone skin: Instanatural Age-defying Skin Clearing Serum
You should also check out our guide to the best vitamin C serum.
The best anti-aging serum overall
The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum is full of excellent anti-aging ingredients that will lessen the appearance of wrinkles and improve your skin.
You don't have to spend your entire paycheck to get an effective all-in-one serum that targets the key signs of aging. Clinique's multi-tasking serum is packed with powerful ingredients such as collagen-boosting peptides, plant-based antioxidants, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and salicylic acid.
These ingredients work to improve radiance, texture, firmness, and skin tone, while also smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. The serum comes in a translucent gel formula that is thicker than other serums. In our testing, it felt silky, but not greasy. According to Clinique, it is clinically proven to reduce the major signs of aging by 50% in 12 weeks. We saw some effects ourselves in a short time. Hundreds of happy Macy's customers also reported seeing visible results after only a few days. It's not just us at Business Insider who think the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum is superb, it features on Rank and Style's top 10 best serums under $100 list and is the top anti-aging serum according to Good Housekeeping. Pros: Great all-round serum, good for all skin types, formulated without parabens, phthalates, or sulphates, oil and fragrance-free, non-acnegenic
Cons: Fairly expensive
The best anti-aging serum on a budget
For an effective anti-aging serum at an affordable price, the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum is our top pick.
Most skin-saving serums usually come with a hefty price tag, but at less than $25, the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum is an exception. This lightweight, non-greasy serum is filled with amino-peptides to regenerate surface skin cells and other powerful ingredients such as niacinamide to brighten and hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin. We like that it smells great and absorbs quickly. It also comes in a fragrance-free version for those with sensitive skin. Olay claims users will see results in as little as two weeks.
Don't just take our word for it, this serum is highly rated by Total Beauty and is an Allure Reader's Choice Award winner. It is also popular with Amazon buyers who reported brighter, smoother, and healthier looking skin. One happy customer said, "I am so stunned that this really works that I keep looking in the mirror!"
Pros: Inexpensive, non-comodogenic, non-greasy
Cons: Contains fragrance (although a fragrance-free version is available)
The best anti-aging serum to splurge on
If you're going to splash out on a tried and tested serum that is super-effective and that dermatologists swear by, the Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum is it.
Skinceutical's powerful anti-aging serum is a cult classic, popular with everyone from Hollywood celebrities and beauty editors to top dermatologists, who not only recommend it to their patients but use it themselves. Considered the gold standard among serums, the Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum is designed to enhance your skin's protection against free radicals, improve signs of aging and photodamage, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while firming and brightening your skin. Potent ingredients include 15% vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid. It can't be washed or rubbed off and remains effective for 72 hours. In our testing, the serum felt slightly sticky, but it acts as an effective primer under makeup. You can even use it under sunscreen for better protection. Despite the strange smell, I was very impressed with the results, as it really made my skin glow and my wrinkles seemed less visible. Although it's expensive, it's very effective, and I think it's well worth the investment if you can afford to splurge. The serum is highly rated by Vogue and Total Beauty, and is an Allure Best of Beauty winner. On Dermstore alone this serum has more than 750 5-star reviews with buyers reporting bright, smooth, and glowing skin.
Pros: Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, treats various aging skin concerns
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- Business Insider 18:00October 22, 2019The best fishing rods and reelsJayMantri/Business Insider/Pixabay The best, most versatile setup for most anglers, whether they fish in freshwater or salt with bait or artificial lures, is a simple spinning rod and reel.
After testing dozens of spinning rods and reels over the years, my favorite all-around affordable combination is an Ugly Stik Elite rod paired with a Daiwa BG reel.
You can spend more on a spinning rod and reel, of course — a lot more — and you can find rods and reels for more specific applications, but it's hard to beat this rugged pairing anywhere south of $200. Most people don't take the best care when handling and storing their fishing rods. They skip over the simple rinse-off, they put their rods and reels away wet, and when it comes time to dust off the cobwebs, they clumsily jam them through doorways and into their trunk or pickup bed. I know because that's me, at least with most of my gear. I don't want to have to worry about a simple fishing rod and reel — I've already got enough going on when making my way down to the beach or boat, as I imagine most other casual anglers do, too.
Enter Shakespeare's Ugly Stiks, the fishing rods made famous by commercials featuring them being used and abused in every way imaginable. Run over by cars, bent parabolically with purpose, jumped and sat upon by children in backseats of SUVs — you name it, they've survived it (more or less). I've only ever broken one, but that was only because I had put it through the throes of a full circle out of sheer curiosity, which I admitted to the company before they went ahead and sent out a replacement anyhow.
These are the principal reasons why I immediately recommend the Ugly Stik to most people looking for a basic fishing rod. These are by no means "high performance" fishing rods, and they don't lend to the same casting accuracy as a meticulously handcrafted rod, but they'll serve the majority of anglers. The number one problem with most fishing rods for the average person is that they're made of high-modulus graphite, which is lightweight, but often terribly brittle, especially for something that not only has to withstand the elements but merciless human hands.
Spinning reels, while generally more sturdy, still fall victim to the elements (namely the sea) and general carelessness. While I've yet to find a fully sealed drag at a reasonably affordable price, the seals on Daiwa's updated BG line are as impressive as I've seen on a reel under $100, to date. I've had mine for two years, during which time I've left them in the rod holders of my skiff on the marsh, dropped them in the sand, mud, sea, and countless times onto fiberglass decks, and I haven't even cleaned them once. This past weekend, my 3500 series caught me multiple striped bass in the 20-30-pound range without so much as the suggestion of a groan.
In short, this is the most battle- and fool-proof spinning rod and reel combination I've discovered, and with marginal care, should survive most hands as long as — if not longer than — most rods and reels on the market, regardless of price.
Here are the best fishing rods and reels: Best overall: Ugly Stik Elite spinning rod and the Daiwa BG spinning reel
Best trout/freshwater fly rod and reel: Orvis Clearwater IV package
Best saltwater fly rod and reel: Temple Forks Outfitters Clouser 9-Weight with the Redington Behemoth fly reel Best bait and bottom fishing rod and reel: Tsunami Airwave Elite spinning rod with the Shimano Baitrunner D spinning reel
Best trolling rod and reel: Shimano TLD trolling rod and reel combo
Best rod and reel for deep-sea bottom fishing: Tsunami MH Slow Pitch Jigging/Casting Rod and theShimano TLD conventional reel Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated prices, improved formatting, and added new picks for trout/freshwater fly fishing and for trolling.The best fishing rod and reel overall
The Ugly Stick Elite spinning rod is highly durable, and when paired with one of Daiwa's BG reels, you've got an unbeatable combination.
Ugly Stik makes some of the most utilitarian fishing rods on the market, and they also happen to be among the most affordable. The Elite spinning series rod is highly durable, and if you do manage to break one, the company will ask few — if any — questions before replacing it within the 7-year warranty. Paired with one of Daiwa's BG reels (one of the few widely available sealed reels for under $100), minimal maintenance should keep this setup in your quiver for many years to come.
While there are higher-performance, and arguably more durable spinning rods on the market, it's difficult to beat Shakespeare's Ugly Stik line until you start doubling or tripling your budget. Although Shakespeare mysteriously discontinued the original Ugly Stik series in 2013 — the hardy rods which truly earned them their namesake — I still use an array of newer models for just about everything but fly fishing and offshore excursions for pelagic fish like tuna and mahi mahi. That's not to say I haven't managed to catch these fish on other Ugly Stiks like the more robust Tiger Elite series.
The Ugly Stik Elite comes with Shakespeare's new single-piece stainless steel "Ugly Tuff" guides, which unlike other rods within this price range, take quite a beating. Some anglers who fish braided line have had trouble with grooves being cut into these guides, which can result in heavy fraying, but I've used mine for a couple of years now and have yet to spot even a nick on any of the guides on my rods.
While I don't recommend braid to every angler (especially a novice prone to tangles), if you do plan to fish with braided line, it may be worth considering stepping up to something along the lines of Tsunami's Airwave Elite series, but again, I haven't had any trouble at all.
The Ugly Stik Elite has a soft fiberglass and graphite tip, which, apart from making the rod more resilient to breakage, offers a little more sensitivity that's ideal for bait fishing without entirely compromising the stiffness throughout the rod, which still makes it a viable lure fishing rod. Lure anglers looking for a stiffer option will find Ugly Stik's Inshore Select model more amenable, but less likely to survive abuse.
Shakespeare has dominated the affordable fishing rod market for several decades, but the race to create the best affordable spinning reel has intensified over recent years, with several companies going neck and neck. Right now, Daiwa's redesigned BG reel is hard to beat with most sizes offered for under $100. The biggest difference between the old BG is that the new version is better designed for the increasingly popular braided line.
Lastly, Daiwa's BG wins out thanks to its partially sealed drag (that is, the stack of washers that keep tension on the reel's spool). Although it's more corrosion-resistant as opposed to corrosion-proof, you'll be hard-pressed to find a reel with a fully-sealed drag at 3 or even 4 times its price.
Pros: Rod is responsive at tip for bait fishing, but keeps a sturdy backbone for strong hook sets and lure fishing; reel is extremely smooth and accommodating of braided line
Cons: Ugly Stik's new models aren't as indestructible as their predecessors, Reel isn't fully sealed
Buy the Ugly Stik Elite spinning rod on Amazon for $49.95
Buy the Daiwa BG on Amazon for $78.74-$105.85
Buy the Ugly Stik Inshore Select on Amazon for $59.95
The best fly rod and reel for trout and most other freshwater species
Orvis' Clearwater IV outfit comes with everything you need to start hitting trout streams right away, which is pretty good for a modest $311.
I've had multiple Orvis Clearwater outfits over the years, and the new Clearwater IV has been my favorite for an affordable, all-around trout rod. Yes, you can spend 10 times as much on a fly rod, but it could take you just as long to be able to point out any significant differences apart from actual physical weight. I've personally broken three of these rods through my own fault, and Orvis has repaired or replaced them each and every time (sometimes for a nominal $30 fee).
Fly rods and reels are defined by the weight of the line they cast, which effectively correlates to the size of fish they're designed to target. The Clearwater IV 9-foot 5-weight is about as versatile as a trout fishing fly rod gets, and the mid-flex rating makes it perfect for surface (or "dry") and subsurface (or "wet") fly fishing, both of which appreciate softer and stiffer flexibility, respectively. The cork handle holds up over the years, and that is often where other inexpensive fishing rods fall short. But even if your cork handle does start to fall apart, Orvis has you covered there, too.
The reel is nothing special, but fancy fly reels are anything but necessary for most trout fishing applications, and so long as you keep it out of the saltwater, the Clearwater IV reel should last about as long as any. If, however, you must take it into the brine, be especially sure to disassemble and thoroughly rinse it with fresh water afterward, leaving it out with the reel and spool apart to fully dry before reassembling.
Moreover, the drag on the reel isn't anything to write home about, but it will handle large trout (up to about 10 pounds) in fast water without much, if any trouble, which is about all I've ever asked of a 5-weight reel. Fly line, backing, and even a leader are all included. They are all usually separate expenses that easily add up to over $50, so this package is even more of a steal.
Frankly, for a trout rod, there's little if any need to look further, but if you're after something more lightweight and technical, the Sage X rod and reel combo is a worthy jump, and the partially sealed reel that it comes with will likely outlast Orvis' Clearwater IV.
Pros: Versatility, includes line, backing, and leader, 25-year warranty
Cons: The reel doesn't come well-greased, so make sure to take it apart and apply reel lubricant before initial use
Buy the Orvis Clearwater IV Outfit on Amazon for $311.00
Buy the Sage X rod and reel combo on Amazon for $1,284.00
The best fly rod and reel for most saltwater fish
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The Temple Forks Outfitters Clouser fly rod is a balanced, sturdy, delicately-tapered fly rod, and when paired with Redington's Behemoth fly reel, you'll have a trusty saltwater setup for under $400.
A 9-foot 9-weight is your standard, middle-of-the-road fly rod and reel for general saltwater usage. A 7- or 8-weight is more popular for bonefish, while a 10- to 12-weight is more appropriate if you're after tarpon (10 weight for smaller fish, 12 for the 100-pound+ range), and anything above a 12-weight is generally saved for offshore pelagic species like mahi mahi, tuna, and billfish.
Temple Forks Outfitters is a cooperative comprising a dream team of fly fishing's greats, from founder Gary Loomis (of G. Loomis) to Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, and Flip Pallot — among others — and there are few people I'd trust more to advise me on a quality fly rod at an accessible price. One such person, venerated Turks and Caicos flats fishing guide Captain Will Valley of Bonefish Unlimited, swears by them.
The one thing you might notice if you happen to find yourself switching between an outfit like TFO's Clouser fly rod with Redington's Behemoth reel and a fancier, exponentially more expensive setup like Sage's Salt HD rod paired with a Tibor Everglades reel is weight, which does have a bearing on your ability to cast all day.
Throwing a fly rod does tire your arm out more quickly than most other forms of recreational fishing, and a few ounces will make a difference throughout the day, but it isn't worth the price tag for most anglers, novice and seasoned alike.
Redington's Behemoth reel has been a hot topic for a couple of years now, and although I haven't personally gotten my hands on it, the swathe of positive reviews and personal recommendations I've encountered — particularly Hatch Magazine's, especially after reading that it survived a tangle with a bottlenose dolphin (don't worry, it wasn't harmed) — have left me in good faith that I won't be disappointed when I get mine.
Pros: Rod flexibility increases with amount of line being thrown, increasing casting distance, especially for otherwise hard-to-cast wet (sinking) lines and weighted flies; reel has smooth drag
Cons: Rod does not come with a rod tube ($29.95), which you'll need to buy if you're going to travel; Reel is not anodized, but few if any reels are at this price
Buy the Temple Forks Outfitters Clouser 9-Weight on Amazon for $199-$229.95
Buy the Redington Behemoth Fly Reel on Amazon for $109.95-$139.99
Buy the Sage Salt HD rod on L.L. Bean for $950.00
Buy the Tibor Everglades reel on Bass Pro Shop for $695.00
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- Business Insider 17:33October 22, 2019The best flats for womenIt's surprisingly hard to find comfortable flats that actually look good with most outfits, but the Everlane Day Glove flats are the answer. They won't give you blisters or create an awkward leg line when you wear dresses — what more could you want? One of the most cliché but true pieces of fashion advice that every woman comes across at one point or another is this: Buy at least one good pair of flats. Heels are great and all, but flats are the shoes that you can really live your life in. They don't hold you back — unless they give you massive blisters, of course.
To use another cliché, comfort is key here. Otherwise, what's the point? Just wear those heeled booties that everyone pretends are comfortable but actually make your back ache by midday. Your flats should be cozy enough to wear morning and night, cute enough to elevate a basic outfit, but simple enough to go with most of the items in your closet. But for shoes that profess to be comfortable, flats have given me some of the worst foot pain of my life. Even the pointiest stilettos can't hurt me the way a stiff pair of leather ballet flats can. We've rounded up four pairs of flats with the best reviews to help you break the cycle of hope and bleeding ankles that so often comes with shopping for the perfect pair of everyday shoes.
Here are the best flats for women: Best flats overall: Everlane Day Glove
Best travel-friendly flats: Allbirds Tree Breezer
Best sustainable flats: Rothy's Flat
Best flats for wide feet: Margaux Demi
Best luxury flats: M. Gemi Stellato Sacchetto
Best ballet flats: Sam Edelman 'Felicia' Flat Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated links, formatting, and prices. The best flats overall
The hardest part of shopping for flats is finding a pair that combines comfort, style, and versatility. Enter: The Day Glove flats by Everlane.
This is it — the wear-with-anything shoe you've been waiting for all your life. Everlane's leather Day Glove flat is an almost (but not quite) ballet slipper guaranteed to go with just about all your clothing, even workwear. It's like the perfect "nothing" shoe. It's cute enough not to ruin your outfit but plain enough not to make a huge statement.
Everlane's product description boasts "a snug, glove-like fit" that "will give with time and mold to the shape of your foot." Not only will the flats last, they'll get more comfortable over time! The shoes also feature pull tabs, ventilation holes, and comfy insoles to eliminate some of the most common comfort-related issues flats pose.
The Day Glove flats come in 14 colors, including classics like black and white as well as some fun shades like Rose and Pale Lemon, and they cost $115. While not inexpensive, this is a great deal for shoes that will last you more than one season. Since the Day Glove flat first launched in 2018, it has become the number one bestseller at Everlane. The Insider Picks team wrote up a full review after test-driving these flats, and they remain an all-time favorite from the brand.
"Everlane's Day Glove flats are much more comfortable than any other flats I've tried," writes Insider Picks guides editor Malarie Gokey, "They actually fit my foot and move with me — not against me."
The shoes also garnered several rave reviews on The Cut, and Bustle editor Olivia Muenter reported that 100 Everlane customers who tried the shoes before the official launch had overwhelmingly positive feedback: "While the 100 reviewers all had slightly different takeaways from the shoes overall, there was one description that came up again and again: that they actually fit like gloves."
In addition to the original leather style, you might also consider the ReKnit version, which has a textured, breathable knit upper and is made from recycled materials. It's not available in as many colors, but it is more affordable at $98 and is just as comfortable as its predecessor. — Erin Mayer
Pros: Molds to your foot shape over time cushioned insoles for support, ventilated, pull tab for easy slip-on
Cons: On the pricey side, reviewers noted that snug fit means you may want to size up, Everlane only has four retail locations so you'll likely need to order online.
The best travel-friendly flats
You don't have to resort to wearing sneakers when you travel thanks to the soft, pliable, and supportive Allbirds Tree Breezer.
Allbirds is probably better known for its Silicon Valley uniform-mandated sneakers like the Wool Runners and Tree Runners. But when you don't want to wear sneakers but still need the same comfort and support, you're better off with its flat silhouette, the Tree Breezer. These are the flats you'll want to pack in your suitcase because a) they're very light and you can fold them up to maximize packing space, and b) you can walk around in them all day long. Quell any fears you have of hobbling through a walking tour or calling it an early night because your feet have become one giant blister. The Breezers have bouncy outsoles made from sugarcane and soft, odor-minimizing merino wool-lined insoles. The knit collar wraps onto your foot securely, and the rest of the shoe's knit body is breathable and feels silky smooth against your skin.
Since the style is more sleek and formal than Allbirds' other shoes, they won't look out of place in a dressier environment. Instead of packing multiple pairs of shoes, you can just bring your all-in-one Tree Breezer flats. If you don't have a chance to try them first before you board your flight, don't worry — most of the Insider Picks team didn't need to break them in. — Connie Chen
Pros: First Allbirds style available in half sizes, lightweight, foldable, machine-washable
Cons: High popularity and limited stock mean many sizes or colors are often sold out
The best sustainable flats
On top of being versatile, lightweight, and machine-washable, the Rothy's Flat is sustainably made, and comes in a pointed-toe silhouette. It's the ideal shoe for the conscious consumer.
Shoe brand Rothy's was born out of the desire to repurpose wasteful, single-use plastics into something beautiful and practical. All of its knit shoes are made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles, which are hot washed, sterilized, then fused into a fiber that is knit into yarn.
The insoles contain recycled foam, while the rubber soles are carbon-free. The adhesives used are non-toxic and vegan. Even the packaging is made from post-consumer recycled materials and is biodegradable.
The lofty challenge of reducing your impact on the planet feels more manageable when you start with the things you use in your everyday life. Thanks to Rothy's, the endeavor won't compromise style or comfort.
Rothy's Flat is the choice for many modern working women because it boasts zero break-in time, a sleek look, and moisture-wicking breathability. You'll feel the difference immediately after slipping your feet in; the flats are very light and flexible, with a bit of give, and there aren't any uncomfortable seams or edges. They come in both round toe and pointed-toe silhouettes.
Keeping them in top shape is as easy as throwing them in the washing machine. You can also buy extra insoles to help prolong their life. After wearing them often (and you will because of their versatility), you might wonder if they'll actually hold up. But we've been wearing and washing our pairs for more than a year and they look and feel as good as they did on day one.
As a Vox article highlights, some women are such fans of the look and comfort that they wear the flats almost exclusively. It's also not unexpected to own multiple pairs since Rothy's offers many different colors and patterns. Most of them have limited runs, so don't wait too long on a style that catches your eye, and check back on the site often for new colors. —Connie Chen
Pros: Eco-friendly construction, machine-washable, don't stretch out over time, good variety of rotating colors and patterns
Cons: Fit might be narrow (particularly the pointed-toe style), so could need to size up
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- Business Insider 17:25October 22, 2019The best golf driversIf you usually leave your driver in the bag, rather than risk a badly shanked tee shot that leaves you behind a tree or in the lake, why not try a different driver that offers the latest design features?
The Ping G400 Max uses a smart design that will keep your off-center ball strikes closer to the target without robbing you of distance, which is sure to make the game of golf a lot more fun to play. The driver provides the most distance of any golf club in the bag or, perhaps more accurately, potential distance. Between shanked drives that dribble along the ground or careen wildly off the fairway, some golfers choose to use their drivers sparingly, despite the potential of this club.
If you cannot control your driver, hitting the ball off the tee can be a source of frustration. No one wants to hear the jeers of your opponents when you pull out a hybrid club or a long iron to use off the tee, sacrificing distance for accuracy.
Fortunately, golf club manufacturers have placed a lot of emphasis on adding new technologies to the driver, attempting to help all levels of golfers achieve more success off the tee. The driver is designed to give you the most distance of any club in your bag, as it has the longest shaft and the smallest angle of loft on the clubface.
Today's drivers don't look much like the small-sized, wooden head drivers from many decades ago that were commonly called 1-woods. In fact, the minimal loft of the driver's clubface and the long length of the club shaft are about the only similarities between older drivers and today's drivers.
Of late, driver makers have worked to minimize the effect of mis-hits. A right-handed golfer who strikes the ball with a slightly open clubface is likely to slice the shot, sending it far to the right of the target, for example. Off-center mis-hits rob you of distance as well.
We've rounded up the best drivers with the latest technology in a variety of price ranges to help you find the one that's right for your golfing style.
Here are the best golf drivers you can buy: Best golf driver overall: Ping G400 Max
Best golf driver for fixing a slice: Callaway Rogue Draw
Best adjustable golf driver: Wilson C300
Best golf driver for swing forgiveness: Cobra King F8
Best affordable golf driver: TaylorMade RBZ Black Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Added TaylorMade's RBZ Black driver as an affordable driver to replace the out-of-production TaylorMade AeroBurner. We are currently researching and testing new options for our next update.The best driver overall
The Ping G400 Max Driver has a large sweet spot that will keep your off-center strikes more on line.
When you're looking for the latest technology in a golf driver, you're usually looking for a Ping driver. Ping has been at the forefront of recent upgrades to drivers, leading the change from a forward center of gravity to a rear center of gravity. Ping's new designs have been popular enough that many other driver companies have followed its engineering changes. Ping's latest driver, the G400 Max, makes use of the rear center of gravity design with just enough engineering tweaks to make this driver a tremendous performer. The sharp-looking Ping G400 will deliver amazing performance for many different levels of golfers.
Today's Golfer says the G400 Max gives you just a bit more forgiveness in your ball strikes than the G400, which is important for players of any experience level. The Golf WRX review likes the slightly smaller head size of the G400 Max versus other drivers and versus previous Ping drivers, as the smaller size allows for slightly faster clubhead speed.
At the top of the Ping G400 Max's clubface are small raised areas that help to reduce air friction and give you a little more club speed. Even an improvement as small as this can deliver enough of a bump in club speed to give you several more yards on your drive.
Golf a Lot says the G400 Max continues the tradition of high-quality drivers from Ping, giving you just enough improvement over its predecessors to make the G400 the new king of the hill.
The G400 isn't cheap. So if you're happy with your current driver, you may want to stick with it. But if you're unhappy with your current driver — and honestly, who isn't a lot of the time? — the Ping G400 Max is an amazing piece of golf technology.
Pros: Delivers the length you want from the driver with a more forgiving face for mishits, includes all of the latest technological updates, comes from a well-respected driver manufacturer
Cons: Drivers are expensive and this is no exception, not hugely different from last Ping driver model
The best driver for fixing a slice
The Callaway Rogue Draw driver is very effective at reducing the penalty from a slice.
If you've never sliced a golf shot … well, you've probably never played golf. Few things are as frustrating in the game. Sure, you hate leaving that 4-footer for birdie short, but at least you made two or three great shots to put yourself in that position. The sliced drive almost always means you're in huge trouble off the tee, and you're in for a long, frustrating hole. Callaway's Rogue Draw driver is good at minimizing the negative effects of a slice.
A slice occurs when the face of the driver doesn't strike the ball squarely. Instead, the heel of the club face is ahead of the toe, leaving the club "open" and causing the ball to leave the driver's face with a side spin. For a right-handed golfer, this spin causes the ball to travel violently from left to right as it goes down the fairway, almost certainly leaving you in the rough, trees, or water hazard.
GolfTec says that Callaway increased the moment of inertia (MOI) across a wider section of the driver's face, giving it a more forgiving ball strike. If you strike the ball off-center with the Rogue Draw, you won't be penalized as severely as you would be with a less forgiving club face.
The Rogue Draw contains a greater amount of weight in the heel of the club versus the toe, which should slow down the heel and help you square the ball better, according to Golf Magazine. Today's Golfer says that although you won't be able to see the slice-battling technology in the Rogue Draw, the results are clear. Its tests show that you'll receive seven yards of draw bias versus last year's Callaway Epic driver, which could mean the difference between being in the rough and being on the edge of the fairway.
The Callaway Rogue Draw driver does exactly what it promises, according to a buyer named Mr. M, making it easier to stay in the fairway off the tee.
There is also a women's version of the Callaway Rogue Draw driver available for $400.
Pros: Uses extra weight in the heel to encourage a ball strike that's more square, larger sweet spot on the club face to reduce penalty from mis-hits, looks just like a non-draw-biased driver
Cons: Extremely expensive, won't fix severe slice problems as well as changing your swing
The best adjustable driver
For golfers who struggle to repeat their swing from round to round, having an adjustable driver like the Wilson Staff C300 can help them dial in the proper club head path based on the way they're playing that day.
Having an adjustable driver may seem odd to golf purists, but golf clubs that allow you to make slight adjustments to the various parts of the club while you're on the course are becoming more popular. One of the most interesting adjustable drivers is the Wilson Staff C300 driver.
To start, you can adjust the loft and face angle of the C300 driver by using a twistable cylinder at the hosel of the club (just above the club head). You can change the loft in six different positions between minus-1 and plus-2 degrees with this cylinder.
Additionally, the C300 gives you adjustable weights in the club head. By changing the position of these weights, you can give this Wilson driver a draw bias, a fade bias, or a neutral bias for the ball flight. A draw bias causes the ball to spin slightly to the left, a fade bias spins the ball to the right, and the neutral bias reduces side spin.
You won't be able to fix significant swing problems by adjusting the position of the weights in the club head, but you will receive slightly different ball paths with changes in the location of these weights.
As Golf Magazine mentions, another interesting design feature is what the manufacturer calls Power Holes, which are filled with urethane and provide a greater flex for the club face at impact, which increases the size of the sweet spot.
The C300 driver has a great looking shape and a rich red color on the top of the club. The C300's matte finish reduces sun glare, too.
Golfers who have a high swing speed rate will receive the greatest benefit from the Staff C300 driver, according to Golfalot. However, high handicap players with slow swing speeds probably won't receive much distance benefit from this driver, making it tough to justify its high price point.
Because of the low spin rate this club delivers off the face, golfers will receive extra forgiveness for off-center ball strikes, according to The Hackers Paradise.
With a heavier swing weight than some other Wilson drivers, one buyer named DJ179 says controlling the Staff C300 is an easier process.
Pros: Highly adjustable driver for changing the club face's loft and weight positioning, red matte finish on the top of the driver reduces glare, slow spin rate delivers forgiveness for off-center ball strikes
Cons: High price point, high handicap players who have slow swing speeds won't generate extra distance
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- Business Insider 17:25October 22, 2019The best natural skin-care products you can buyNatural skin care is becoming more and more popular, and there are tons of excellent skin-care products to choose from.
But "natural" has a broad term that many brands and watchdog organizations have various definitions for, so it's important to learn about ingredients and recognize which ones are harmful or questionable.
To help, we tried natural skin-care products from a variety of brands to find the best cleanser, toner, serum, facial moisturizer with SPF, and night cream. Natural skin care has exploded over the past few years as people become increasingly aware of all the chemicals they're putting on their skin and into their bodies. The rise in demand for natural skin-care products means there is now a better selection of higher quality products available, so whether you're a die-hard natural beauty lover or just want to detoxify your skin-care routine, there are plenty of great options for you. Traditional skin-care products can often contain potentially harmful chemicals that can irritate skin, so you should look for products that are formulated with natural ingredients and without questionable chemicals. But since there's no official definition for the term "natural," you should be aware that even if a brand claims to be natural, it doesn't necessarily mean it's true. It's important to check ingredients and watch out for parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and formaldehyde, as well as mineral oil, artificial fragrance, and silicones. You can also check the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database for more detail.
It's understandably hard to know which natural skin-care product to incorporate into your routine. So, to make your life easier, we've tested the best natural products on the market, checked ingredients, and researched hundreds of expert and buyer reviews to come up with our top picks for the best natural cleanser, toner, serum, SPF moisturizer, and night cream.
Here are our top picks for the best natural skin-care products: Best cleanser: Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel
Best toner: Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Toner
Best serum: Eminence Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil
Best facial sunscreen: Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen
Best night cream: Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm
You can also check out our guide to the best natural makeup brands. Updated 10/22/19 by Jada Wong: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best natural cleanser
If you're looking for an effective, but gentle natural cleanser that leaves skin glowing, the Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel is a winner and a steal.
Acure's super-gentle cleanser is packed with natural, organic, and safe non-toxic ingredients, such as pomegranate, blackberry, and açai berries, which are designed to leave skin feeling refreshed and looking radiant. The Acure Brilliantly Brightening Cleansing Gel has a low pH so it shouldn't irritate your skin either, which is great for anyone with sensitive skin. Its naturally-derived fruity scent is divine, and in testing, I found the gel formula foams up nicely and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.
It's not just me who loves the Acure Brilliantly Brightening Cleansing Gel. It gets top marks on Rank and File and Byrdie, and has great reviews from Amazon shoppers.
One happy customer writes, "My favorite facial cleanser! It has such a refreshing citrus scent that will really help to wake you up in the morning and it does not leave my skin feeling tight or dry. It is good at removing light makeup as well. A little goes a long way which makes this stuff a bargain! Clean ingredients and affordable to boot."
Acure also has a great serum, moisturizer, and night cream, so if you end up loving the Brilliantly Brightening Cleansing Gel, we'd also recommend checking out the company's other products.
Pros: Great price, vegan, cruelty free, free of potentially harmful chemicals, good for normal to oily skin
Cons: Not suitable for the eye area
The best natural toner
Simple but effective natural ingredients make Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Toner our favorite toner.
Thayer's simple and gentle alcohol-free skin toner is derived from a Native American formula of easily recognizable ingredients, including certified organic witch hazel extract to help tighten and smooth, aloe vera juice to add moisture, and rose water to help soften the skin and give it a healthy glow. It also includes lots of vitamin C, which can help promote collagen production, strengthen skin cells, and lighten blemishes and scars. This toner is good for all skin types including sensitive and acneic skin types. It can also be used as a cleansing water or mid-day refresh. Although we chose the Rose version of the toner, it also comes in Lavender, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, and Original scents as well.
In testing, Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Toner had a delicate rose scent and felt great on my sensitive skin. It comes in a big bottle so it'll definitely last a long time. It's always great to find a natural product that's effective and super cheap, and I now use it as part of my daily skin-care routine.
And it's not just us who love this product either — it's highly rated on Buzzfeed and Byrdie.
Pros: Multi-purpose, non-drying, good for all skin types, inexpensive
The best natural serum
If you want brighter, firmer skin in a bottle, then the Eminence Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is hard to beat.
Eminence's all-in-one serum packs a punch. It contains a powerful blend of natural and organic ingredients, including rosehip oil to help alleviate redness, vitamin C to help brighten the complexion, and vitamin E to help combat free radicals. There are no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, or other questionable chemicals in the serum. Dermatologists and beauty bloggers rave about vitamin C serums because it's a powerhouse ingredient that can help stimulate collagen production, reduce inflammation, and reduce the signs of aging. This particular serum uses a fat-soluble form of vitamin C, which is considered more easily absorbed than water-soluble forms.
I love the Eminence Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil. In testing, I found that you only need a couple of drops and it absorbs quickly. It felt light on my face, plus it didn't irritate my sensitive skin. My skin felt tighter and looked brighter straight away. It's definitely expensive, but the effects made the price worth it for me.
It also comes highly recommended by Skincare Ox and W Magazine. Dermstore shoppers give it 5 out of 5 stars with one reviewer saying, "It is the best oil I've used thus far."
Eminence also has great line-up in general, so if you end up loving the Eminence Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil, we'd also recommend its other products.
Pros: Paraben-free, certified cruelty-free, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin
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- Business Insider 17:15October 22, 2019The best cat harnesses and leash Most cats won't let you get a harness anywhere near them, but some do like a stroll in the park. For those special cats, you need a cat harness and leash.
There are several types of cat harnesses available, from basic to vest-style. Choosing the right one depends on your cat's size and specific needs.
After much testing, our top pick is the Kitty Holster Cat Harness because it's comfortable, easy to adjust, and affordable. We also recommend the Flexi Vario Cord Leash. Though you might think the idea of walking your cat is silly, cats need exercise too. Not only can walking your cat give them some extra exercise, it can also give them a chance to explore the world beyond your living room.
When it comes to shopping for a cat harness, you will find that there are several different kinds ranging from simple nylon harnesses to designer vest-style harnesses. Choosing the right one can be difficult.
If you're thinking about getting your cat a harness, we've done the research and testing for you. Read on in the slides below to find the best harness for your cat.
Here are the best cat harnesses and leash you can buy: Best cat harness overall: Kitty Holster Cat Harness
Best budget cat harness: PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness
Best cat harness for indoors: PetSafe Come With Me Kitty Harness
Best cat harness for large cats: Best Pet Supplies Voyager All-Weather Harness
Best cat leash: Flexi Vario Cord Leash Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated prices, formatting, and text. We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon.The best cat harness overall
Made for both comfort and security, the Kitty Holster Cat Harness stays secure and keeps your cat comfy.
The ideal cat harness offers both durability and comfort, not to mention excellent adjustability for a snug and secure fit. Though a traditional nylon harness might get the job done, we found that vest-style harnesses were better for larger cats and for escape artist cats. Vest-style harnesses offer a larger surface area for an added degree of security with wider straps to minimize pinch points and maximize comfort for your cat. Our top pick for the best vest-style cat harness is the Kitty Holster Cat Harness.
Made from 100% breathable cotton with an undyed lining, the Kitty Holster Cat Harness is optimized for comfort and durability, but it is still easy to use and machine washable. This vest-style harness comes in four sizes, so you can find the ideal fit for your cat. You also have several color options to choose from. The harness has a D-ring so you can attach a leash directly to it. As an all-purpose harness, the Kitty Holster Cat Harness is perfect for everything from trips to the vet to long walks outdoors. Kitty Catter gives the Kitty Holster Cat Harness an A+ and 5-star review for its comfort and durability. Cat Overdose also comments on the security of the harness as well as its simple yet functional design. In testing, we found that the vest-style design of the harness was more comfortable for our cat than other harnesses for cats with long hair and even small cats were unable to escape it.
Not only does the Kitty Holster Cat Harness have more than 1,500 reviews on Amazon, it also carries a solid 4.2-star rating. Cat owners love that this harness comes in so many colors and sizes, not to mention the security of the fit. There are, however, some comments about the limited adjustability so be sure to measure your cat to purchase the right size. Pros: High-quality fabric for durability, undyed lining to reduce irritation, secure hook and loop closures, four sizes for optimal fit, many color choices, D-ring to attach leash, wide straps reduce risk for escape, works for all weather conditions, machine washable
Cons: Some cats dislike the sound of Velcro, limited adjustability, material may attract cat hair Buy the Kitty Holster Cat Harness on Amazon for $24.95
The best budget cat harness
The PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness offers durability and security without breaking the bank.
Generally speaking, cat harnesses tend to be more affordable than dog harnesses because they are limited to smaller sizes. Even so, if you only need a cat harness for occasional trips to the vet or for indoor training, you may not want to spend a lot. Just because you have a limited budget, however, doesn't mean that you should sacrifice quality. Our top pick for the best budget cat harness is the PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness. If you're looking for an affordable cat harness that still offers durability and easy operation, we recommend the PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness. Made from durable but lightweight nylon materials, this harness features an H-style design that is easy to put on and take off. With snap-lock buckles for security, you can adjust both the neck and back strap to ensure a snug fit for cats weighing up to 12 pounds. This harness comes in several different sizes and comes with a 47-inch lead. Cats Are On Top says the harness does well in distributing pressure evenly along the cat's back. The reviewer also notes that the H-style design may make it more difficult to wriggle out of, though some cats will always find a way. The Happy Cat Site also recommends this harness for indoor use, particularly for smaller cats. We agree with this assessment. Although we like the PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness for its quality and affordability, because it only comes in one size with limited adjustability, it may not be the best choice for cats over 12 pounds. With nearly 700 reviews on Amazon and a 4.2-star rating, the PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness is a popular choice. Cat owners love the quality construction and low price tag, though there are some comments about smaller cats slipping out of the harness. We recommend this harness for use indoors and in low-risk situations. Pros: Made from durable nylon, H-style design to distribute pressure, metal D-ring leash attachment, neck and back adjustable, snap-lock buckles are easy but secure, comes in many color options
Cons: Some cats may be able to slip out, not recommended for outdoor use, only comes in one size
Buy the PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness on Amazon for $9.99
The best cat harness for indoors
Made from durable but lightweight nylon with three points of adjustability, the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness is a great cat harness for use indoors.
Some cats simply have no interest in going for a walk, but having a harness handy is still a good idea. Whether you're working on indoor training or taking your cat to the vet, putting them in a harness gives you an added degree of security as well as peace of mind. If you are looking for a simple, lightweight harness to use indoors and in low-risk situations such as visits to the vet, we recommend the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness. Made from durable but lightweight nylon, the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness also includes a bungee leash. The harness itself is available in three different sizes with adjustable straps to ensure a snug and secure fit for cats of all sizes. Along the back, the shoulder straps fit through two D-rings, which allow the harness to tighten slightly with pressure, preventing your cat from slipping out, and giving you a place to hook the leash. The bungee leash provides a little bit of "give" for when your cat reaches the end of the leash. In testing the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness, we found that the straps were very easy to adjust for fit and both the harness and leash were very lightweight. A review from The Happy Cat Site comments that this harness works well for larger cats due to its adjustability and that it may be a good choice for cats that pull on the leash. Cat Overdose comments on the benefits of the bungee leash, though the reviewer does comment that it may be a little short for very tall cat owners.
With more than 2,600 reviews on Amazon, the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness has a 4-star rating. Cat owners love that this harness offers three points of adjustment around the neck, chest, and back, though there are some comments that some cats may learn how to back out of the harness. Pros: Made from durable nylon materials, lightweight design, adjustable straps for secure fit, takes pressure off cat's neck, three different sizes, multiple color options, comes with bungee leash
Cons: May not prevent escape as well as others, best for indoor use or low-risk situations, all sizes use the same 3/8-inch width nylon, bungee leash may be a little short for very tall people
Buy the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness on Amazon for $14.95
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- Business Insider 17:08October 22, 2019The best hair straightenerNot everyone is born with pin-straight hair, but even if your hair is super curly, a good hair straightener can give you the sleek look you crave.
The HSI Professional hair straightener is our top pick because it provides high-quality, professional results for all kinds of hair types at a budget-friendly price. But there are a few others you might want to look at before deciding.
You can also check out our guide to the best heat protectant sprays under $25. If you want to achieve sleek, pin-straight hair, a high-quality hair straightener should be in your beauty arsenal. A hair straightener, also known as a flat iron, smooths the follicle of your hair between two heated plates. Some hair straighteners can even do double duty, creating loose waves and curls without the frizz. So how to choose the best hair straightener for you, and get those shampoo commercial-worthy locks? There are several things to consider to make sure you'll get the best style result, but the most important is hair type.
No two heads of hair are the same, so the straightener that does wonders on your best friend's fine tresses may be useless on your curly mane. Luckily, there are many different types of hair straighteners. Some provide higher heat settings and wide plates to tackle thick curly hair, and others have ceramic plates and options for low heat settings that are better suited to easily damaged fine hair.
Your hair type should be the first thing you consider before purchasing a hair straightener to make sure you're buying one that will give you the best results. We also have more tips to help you shop later on in our guide.
We've taken everything into consideration and read the buyer reviews to find the best hair straighteners that will help you achieve salon-quality results in your own home.
Here are the best hair straighteners you can buy: Best hair straightener overall: HSI Professional Hair Straightener
Best luxury hair straightener: GHD Gold Professional Styling Iron
Best for thick hair: Xtava Pro Satin Infrared Flat Iron
Best for fine hair: Karmin G3 Salon Professional Styling Iron
Best for travel: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Mini Hair Straightener Updated on 10/21/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and formatting. Added a few related links. We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon.The best hair straightener overall
The HSI Professional hair straightener can straighten many different hair types with ease. It also comes with a heat protectant so you're less likely to damage your hair.
While it may not be one of the familiar names in hair styling the HSI Professional hair straightener goes to show that an unfamiliar brand name doesn't always mean less quality. It's much cheaper than many of the high-end hair straighteners, but this flat iron still provides great results. It's highly reviewed on Amazon, holding the number one spot on the bestsellers list in the Hair Straightening Irons category. It can make your hair sleek and straight, but its 1-inch plates also allow you to curl and flip your hair for added versatility, so you can change up your look with one styling tool.
The plates of the HSI Professional are made of solid ceramic that is infused with tourmaline. The combination allows for consistent temperature and gives hair a smooth finish. The wide range of heat settings, starting at 140 degrees Fahrenheit and going up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, gives you more control over styling and makes this an ideal straightener for multiple hair types. Those with fine hair can keep the straightener at a lower temperature, while those with thick hair can increase the temperature to ensure they'll walk away with the same smooth results. No matter your hair type, the floating plate design and the curved edges of the plates themselves prevent any snagging or damage so your hair will glide through smoothly. Reviewers like Meghan are happy with the cord length, and like the fact that the cord "doesn't get tangled and is long enough so you have a lot of room to work." The lack of tangling is thanks to the 360-degree swivel feature, which allows the cord to rotate as you move the straightener around your head. If you plan on doing some traveling, this flat iron has a worldwide dual voltage of 110-220 volts so you won't fry your hair straightener (or your hair) if you plug it in abroad. The HSI Professional doesn't have an automatic shut off, so you'll have to remember to shut it off when you're finished styling. Some reviewers also complained about the placement of the controls, as they're on the inside of the handle instead of the outside, making them a little harder to view and adjust. This isn't necessarily a complete negative, though, since it prevents you from accidentally changing the temperature. Despite these downsides, the HSI Professional comes with plenty of positives, including extras not often found with other hair straighteners. Along with the straightener, you'll receive a carrying case, a heat-resistant glove for easier hair styling, a style guide, and a travel-size argan oil leave-in hair treatment serum to smooth and protect your hair. This is more than most high-end hair straighteners come with, all for a fraction of the price. The question is, does it live up to all the hype? There are more than 30,000 reviews on Amazon, 70% of these reviews give a 5-star rating, and 14% give a 4-star rating. According to the numbers, the HSI Professional truly is a high-quality product that is well-deserving of the attention it's been given. Buyers love how quickly the HSI Professional heats up, what it does for their hair, and how easy it is to use — even on short hair. Pros: Works on multiple hair types, wide range of temperature control, versatile style options, heats up quickly, 360-degree swivel cord, affordable
Cons: No automatic shut off, some reviewers found the placement of the controls inconvenient
The best luxury hair straightener
The GHD Gold Professional styling iron heats up quickly and prevents damage so your hair won't won't succumb to split-ends.
The GHD brand is a favorite among celebrity hair stylists because of its reliability and shiny, frizz-free results. Just because you aren't setting foot on the red carpet anytime soon doesn't mean that you can't have celebrity quality hair. The GHD Gold professional makes it possible for you to achieve shiny and frizz-free results at home, so you can feel red carpet ready even if you're just grabbing coffee with friends. This is a high-end hair straightener often used by professionals, and the $199 price reflects that. However, if you're willing to pay more and you'll be using this tool often, the GHD Gold is a worthwhile investment for your hair that will last. While temperature control is typically a good thing to have in a hair straightener, it can also result in hair damage if you're keeping the temperature too high. The GHD Gold eliminates the chance of any user error, operating at an even 365 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the optimal temperature for most hair types, getting you smooth results without damaging your hair. The gold coated ceramic plates heat up quickly and maintain an even temperature, eliminating the chance for any hair damaging hot spots as well. The floating plates are contoured with smooth edges, so you won't have to worry about your hair snagging as you're styling. If you have thicker hair, you may want to consider the 2-inch plate option, which will cover more surface area and help you style your hair more quickly. However, if you'd rather have the versatility of being able to curl and flip your hair as well as straighten it, we'd recommend the classic 1-inch plate.
If you travel abroad often, you won't have to worry about ruining your investment, either, because the GHD Gold has universal voltage. It also features a generously long 9-foot cord with 360-degree rotation to prevent tangling. The automatic sleep mode shuts off the straightener if it hasn't been used in 30 minutes, so you'll have peace of mind if you forget to shut it off in your morning rush out the door. If something does go wrong, the GHD Gold comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Most reviewers on Ulta love the GHD Gold, praising how quickly it heats up, how it makes their hair feel, and how long this tool has lasted them. Some reviewers did feel that it was too expensive and didn't like the lack of control they had over the temperature setting. While those with very fine hair may find the 365-degree setting too hot, the lack of different settings, in this case, is to help prevent hair damage. The price is steeper than some, but it's also a straightener that's built to last, which helps justify the price. Reviewer Lauren says, "I started with the GHD Classic and upgraded to the Professional one and it's definitely my favorite! Worth every penny and very long-lasting. I've had them both for years and both work great still."
Pros: Heats up quickly, ceramic plates for even heating, 365-degree heat setting to prevent damage, different plate sizes to choose from, automatic shut off, universal voltage, 360-degree rotating cord
Cons: Expensive, some reviewers didn't like the lack of temperature settings
The best straightener for thick hair
The 2-inch-wide plates of the Xtava Pro Satin Infrared flat iron can straighten thick or long hair faster than others, and it quickly heats up to 445 degrees.
For those with thick hair, the idea of "quick styling" often feels like an impossible dream. It's usually easier to use the "throw it up and go" technique to get out the door in time. However, straight, sleek hair doesn't have to be a luxury reserved for those with fine hair, especially when you have a styling tool designed to tackle even the thickest, curliest hair like the Xtava Pro. This straightener has double wide plates to cover more surface area in less time. The infrared technology allows for fast, even heating that starts at the inside first, and is sustained by the solid ceramic plates. These plates are coated with tourmaline to help reduce frizz and leave you with a sleek, shiny finish.
Now that you know what the Xtava Pro is capable of, it's worth running through the features that make those results possible. Along with the solid ceramic plates for even heating, there are 10 temperature settings to choose from for optimal styling control. The temperatures are shown on an easy to read digital display and range from 265 degrees to 445 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to remember to start with a lower temperature first, and only increase heat as needed to prevent hair damage. The 90-second heat up technology will get you styling in no time, and when you're finished, the straightener can be stored in its heat-resistant travel case. Speaking of traveling, if you're planning on going abroad, the dual voltage plug will allow you to use your hair straightener wherever your final destination may be. The 8-foot, 360-degree swivel cord will also give you ample room for styling as you tame your tresses, and prevent any frustrating tangling from occurring. If you're in a hurry and do forget to shut this straightener off — not to worry — the automatic shut off feature will power down the Xtava after 60 minutes. For extra peace of mind, if something does go wrong, the Xtava comes with a 2-year warranty and money-back guarantee. With all these features, you would think that this hair straightener would be far more expensive, but it cost about $40. There are few downsides to the Xtava. Its wider plates make it a little less versatile, as it isn't designed to curl or flip hair. Some reviewers also complained about the awkward placement of the control buttons, which can make it easy to shut off if you aren't paying attention to how you're holding on to the straightener. While the lack of versatility could be a negative for some, there is a "lock" option that provides a solution to the button placement and will prevent you from turning off the straightener on accident. Most buyers were happy with their purchase of the Xtava, loving how well it worked on their natural hair, how quickly it straightens and cuts down on style time, and the extra features like the heat resistant bag. Everyone should be able to have straight, sleek hair as a style option no matter their hair type, and it's well-designed styling tools like the Xtava Pro Satin that make it possible.
Pros: 2-inch-wide plates for faster styling, infrared technology for more effective heating, 10 temperature control options, digital temperature display, automatic shut off, 360-degree swivel cord, dual voltage plug for travel
Cons: Wide plates aren't ideal for curling or flipping, some reviewers didn't like the placement of the control buttons
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- Business Insider 17:00October 22, 2019These leggings fit so well and make my legs look toned — that's why I'd pay $95 for themCarbon38 I've worn Carbon38's signature Takara leggings during a 10k run, while hiking, and doing pilates. I've also worn them to run errands during the day and when going out at night.
There are both classic and trendy colors, and they're extremely longlasting and durable.
They're a top-selling style from the brand, but prices aren't cheap. They start at $95 a pair (or $68 for biker shorts) and max out at $115. Despite the price, I'd still buy them again. Product Embed: Product Name: Carbon38 Takara Leggings Card Type: medium https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5dae197bcc4a0a5a6f1a3909&type=medium&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150%
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- Business Insider 02:12October 22, 2019The best toothpaste for kids It can be hard to get your kids to brush their teeth, but once you find the right toothpaste, things get a little easier.
To find the best kids' toothpaste, we consulted a pediatric dentist, reviewed American Dental Association recommendations, and tested products.
Our top pick for the best kids' toothpaste is Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry Toothpaste because it's all-natural, effective, and appealing to kids. Going under the dental drill is no one's idea of a good time. I wouldn't wish a cavity on the most annoying telemarketer, let alone my kid. We know that maintaining good dental hygiene is paramount in preventing tooth decay and other yucky oral conditions, but convincing a child to commit to a twice-a-day brushing habit can be even harder than forcing yourself to cleanse and floss before you fall facedown into bed at night. That's why choosing a kids' toothpaste that checks all the necessary boxes is key to managing your family's oral health. The perfect kids' toothpaste for your family should taste pleasant enough that your mini-me wants to brush while using safe and healthy ingredients to offer stellar cleaning power. We did the research, interviewed a pediatric dentist, reviewed the current pediatric dentistry recommendations, and even tested top brands on both my daughter and myself. Here are our top picks for the best kids' toothpaste you can buy.
Here is the best toothpaste for kids: Best toothpaste for kids overall: Tom's of Maine Natural Children's Toothpaste in Silly Strawberry
Best toothpaste for kids with braces: The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids
Best toothpaste for cavity-prone kids: Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste, Bubble Mint
Best non-fluoride kids' toothpaste: Kiss My Face Kids Toothpaste in Berry Smart Updated 10/21/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides.The best toothpaste for kids overall
Tom's of Maine
With a sweet but mild fruity flavor, natural ingredients, and powerful cleaning capacity, your kid will be happy with Tom's Natural Toothpaste in Silly Strawberry.
Is it possible to strike a workable balance between health, great taste, and killer cleaning power in a toothpaste made for kids? Tom's of Maine says yes, and so does my daughter (not to mention hundreds of reviewers on Amazon). Tom's Silly Strawberry toothpaste was the very first dental hygiene product my daughter ever used, and though we've tested tons more, we keep coming back to it. The tingly feeling you get from most minty toothpaste can be too strong or "spicy" for kids, and my daughter is no exception. Instead, she loves the little hint of strawberry in Tom's toothpaste. It's gently sweetened with natural flavor but isn't so candy-like that it would make her want to swallow too much, which is a no-no. Many moms have said that this is the only toothpaste their kids will use. However, some reviewers noted that their kids didn't like the subtle strawberry taste and needed something a bit bolder and sweeter to seduce them to brush. Personally, I love the lack of harsh dyes and nasty chemicals. Although the ingredients are certified 100% all-natural, the toothpaste does list hydrated silica (a mild abrasive) as an ingredient, which some people find controversial. Tom's of Maine explains why it thinks hydrated silica is safe on its website.
The current guidelines from the American Dental Association recommend using a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste for kids over two, and just a little smidge on the toothbrush for infants under 24-months, since they typically can't spit it out at that age. So, although the Tom's of Maine brand offers an option sans fluoride, our pick is the kind that does contain the classic cavity-fighting ingredient and is therefore approved by the ADA. Our family's pediatric dentist recommended we go for it starting at my tiny one's very first tooth, especially since we live in Portland, Oregon, where our public water is non-fluoridated. And finally, Tom's of Maine partnered up with acclaimed children's musician, Laurie Berkner, to create a catchy two-minute song designed to help kids brush for the right amount of time. You can play the song here on YouTube. Pros: All natural, subtly sweet taste with proven cleaning power, ADA approved
Cons: The flavor is too subtle for some
Buy a 2-pack of Tom's of Maine Natural Silly Strawberry Toothpaste on Amazon for $9.93
The best toothpaste for kids with braces
The Natural Dentist
The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids is tough on yucky stuff, but gentle on teeth, gums, and orthodontics.
Kids, tweens, and teens with braces may not absolutely need a specialized toothpaste, but if you're a mom or dad who loves to do the most, here's one that helps address some of the common woes of a kid with orthodontics. While formulated to work well on any kid's teeth, The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids will especially appeal to those with problems caused by their hardware.
Depending on the type of braces or retainer your kid wears, they might have concerns like extra sensitivity, canker sores, painful gums from rubbing or poking, and of course, lots of food getting stuck in hard to reach places. Soothing ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil calm painful spots, while plant-based flavoring and polishing agents taste great and clean nooks and crannies gently.
The toothpaste also contains .24% sodium fluoride, which is a powerhouse tool to prevent cavities that might be caused by bacteria getting stuck in between tight spots. With 70% of Amazon reviewers giving this toothpaste a full five stars, there's lots to like about the grape and berry flavors, though not everyone was a fan of the taste. A major plus is the lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, which is commonly found in personal care products, but potentially harmful. Pros: Contains gentle, soothing ingredients that work, fluoride
Cons: Hard to find
Buy the Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids on Walmart for $5.36
The best toothpaste for cavity-prone kids
Aquafresh Kids Cavity Protection toothpaste in Bubble Mint comes in a no-mess pump bottle and has a foamy texture that coats every surface of your kid's teeth.
You might expect that bubble gum and mint wouldn't go together well as a flavor, but in actuality, it's weirdly appealing. The taste of Aquafresh's kids' toothpaste reminded me of those powdery soft after-dinner mints that used to be popular decades ago. My daughter liked it, too, but still prefers her strawberry Tom's of Maine. Everyone has their preferences, though, and if you have a precocious child who just can't wait to be a grown-up doing everything themselves, this crossover flavor between childish bubble gum and all-adult mint will appeal to them, as will the easy-to-use pump that parents say is wonderful for DIY brushing without a mess. The pump is fun to squeeze and doesn't force little fingers to fiddle with a screw-on cap in order to stay fresh. That also means extra paste won't leak out onto your bathroom counter if someone leaves the cap off. Plus, maybe it's just me, but there's something so nostalgic about Aquafresh's signature red, white, and blue tri-color pattern. Of course, that comes from artificial dyes, which not everyone loves. Still, it reminds me of the eighties just looking at it. The combination of a healthy dose of fluoride and natural calcium mixed with its gel-to-foam texture that gets in nooks and crannies, makes this toothpaste a great choice for kids who struggle with frequent cavities. The flip side of the foaming action is that it's caused by the addition of sodium lauryl sulfate in the recipe, which is cause for concern if you want to use totally green products with no chemical irritants. This is the most affordable kids' toothpaste in the bunch, however, as all natural cleaners tend to cost more.
Pros: Inexpensive, great cavity-fighter, less mess
Cons: Contains a controversial ingredient or two, so you'll have to make a personal choice
Buy Aquafresh Kids Cavity Protection in Bubble Mint on Amazon for $2.08
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- Business Insider 00:54October 22, 2019The best watches for women that cost less than $200Wristwatches are a fun fashion accessory, and the choices are nearly endless.
Keeping in mind style, durability, and size, we did the research and rounded up the best under-$200 options on the internet.
The Fossil Jacqueline watch is our top pick because the look of it makes it a great everyday accessory that will add a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe for a budget-friendly friendly price. Smartwatches and high-tech fitness trackers are gaining in popularity, but there's something to be said about the humble analog watch. Truth be told, there are plenty of traditional watches out there that aren't all that humble in terms of price or style.
Whether you want a timeless and understated look or you want to make a statement, there are plenty of watches to choose from — and that's where the challenge arises.
There is an overwhelming number of women's watches to choose from in terms of both style and brand. We realize time is of the essence (both literally and figuratively) so we've scoured the reviews and done the research for you to find five different watches that look good, but won't have you maxing out your credit card.
All our picks for this guide come in at $150 or less, but even though they are budget-friendly, you won't be sacrificing quality with these watches.
Here the best watches for women under $200 you can buy: Best watch overall: Fossil Jacqueline
Best fashion statement watch: Kate Spade New York Metro
Best boyfriend style watch: Wristology Scalloped Boyfriend
Best watch for a modern look: Mondaine Classic
Best bracelet style watch: Fossil Virginia Stainless Steel
Best minimalist watch: MVMT Hermosa Updated on 10/21/2019 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and formatting. We are currently testing new products, so we'll update this guide soon.The best watch overall
The Fossil Jacqueline watch is a classic go-to for everyday wear that can be dressed up or down.
The Fossil Jacqueline watch has a classic Roman numeral watch face, a simple yet comfortable leather band, and a variety of neutral color combos to choose from making it the best watch for everyday wear. The dial of the watch face is subtly textured and keeps time with three hands and Roman numerals. A small window on the bottom of the dial will also tell you what day of the month it is.
The medium case measures 36mm, but the slim band keeps it from looking overly bulky, so it's an ideal watch no matter your wrist size. It also comes in a wide range of colors, including silver and black, rose gold and navy, silver with pink, silver with brown, or rose gold with pink, so you can match it to the type of jewelry you wear and the colors you like best.
Though this watch is described as having a classic style, in this case, the word "classic" shouldn't be misunderstood as "old-fashioned." The Jacqueline has been designed with a modern aesthetic kept in mind. If you want a watch that you can wear almost daily because it is versatile enough to be dressed up or down, this watch won't fail you.
I personally own this watch and find myself reaching for it often — especially when I want to pull together an outfit. It stands out just enough to get a compliment here and there, but it isn't trying to win any trend-setting awards. While there's certainly a place for fashion-forward accessories, it's also nice to have the daily wardrobe staples. Think of this watch as the little black dress of your accessory collection. It's a classic piece that won't be going out of style anytime soon, and it's almost always guaranteed to look good.
Durability and comfort are especially important in the watch you wear every day. Fossil is known for producing affordable, high-quality watches and other accessories, so have no fear about this watch's durability. It keeps time accurately with a quartz movement. The leather strap is comfortable, and it's compatible with any other 14 mm strap from Fossil if you want to switch it out.
It's also rated at 3 ATM for water resistance, so it will withstand splashes and brief submersion in water. It gave me some peace of mind that if I were to accidentally splash water on it while washing my hands, it wouldn't mean the end of this timepiece.
Overall, the Jacqueline has received positive reviews from buyers. Many dubbed it the "perfect every day watch" and say that "it looks elegant without being bulky" thanks to the slim band that accompanies the larger face.
Some buyers with smaller wrists (including myself) did notice that the watch has a tendency to slip around. A slightly shorter band option for this would be ideal, but I found that when I have the strap adjusted to its smallest circumference, it minimizes most of the slippage. For me, this wasn't inconvenient enough to take away from the many positives the Jacqueline has to offer. Its classic look and modern charm make it an accessory piece you'll be able to count on, even as style trends come and go.
Pros: Versatile enough to dress up and down, comfortable band, durable construction, comes in multiple color options, displays the day of the month
Cons: Tends to slip around on smaller wrists
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The best fashion statement watch
The cute details of the Kate Spade New York 5 O'Clock Metro watch will add a touch of whimsy to any outfit.
Fashion watches come in all sorts of styles, but Kate Spade has mastered the art of creating a watch that makes just enough of a fashion statement without being too over the top. The thoughtful little details present in the 5 O'clock Metro watch are a perfect example of that design aesthetic.
The watch takes inspiration from New York City because Kate Spade has its roots in the city that never sleeps. Whether you're the type who looks forward to happy hour with your friends and co-workers, or you prefer to unwind with your pajama pants and a glass of wine, you'll still be able to appreciate the "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" sentiment of this watch. The charming details of the 5 O'Clock Metro watch make it a great accessory if you're looking for a little something extra to add to your outfit. The face has "somewhere…" in script, and a martini glass is cleverly placed at the 5 o'clock mark. The spade symbol, which is synonymous with the Kate Spade brand, is at the 12 o'clock mark. As a final touch, the second hand is covered with a striped design in some models. It may be cute, but this watch is still functional and durable, featuring a leather band. The rest of the dial is marked with Arabic numerals and is easy to read, and the time stays accurate thanks to the quartz movement. This watch is water-resistant to withstand splashes and brief submersion, but you won't want to swim or bathe with it. Along with the whimsical details on the watch face, the thoughtful design continues with other color themes and designs, like the gold with white model available on Amazon and the blue and rose gold available on Nordstrom, so you can find something that best suits your personal style and your wardrobe. The case measures 34mm across, putting it in the medium-sized category. Overall, buyers love the whimsical details and were happy with both the quality and the functionality. Some reviewers did complain that the leather strap felt a bit rough and stiff at first but loved everything else about the watch. Though this watch may not be as versatile as some, it makes just enough of a fashion statement and will add some fun to your everyday ensemble at a far more affordable price than most luxury fashion watches. Cheers to that!
Pros: Fun details, accurate timekeeping, durable design, water-resistant
Cons: Some reviewers thought the band was too stiff
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The best boyfriend-style watch
Wristology adds feminine appeal to a boyfriend watch that can be dressed up or down and offers style and functionality for an extremely affordable price.
The Olivia Rose Gold Scalloped Boyfriend watch is all about style. While some boyfriend watches go the tomboy route with bulky features and a sportier look, the Olivia does the opposite. It features scalloped detailing on the outside of a watch face that has no numbers or indices which give it a sleek, modern appeal. Unlike many fashion watches, this watch also comes in under $50 — an affordable price for a watch that looks more expensive than it is thanks to the thoughtful design. Versatility is another winning point here that will allow you to make the most of an already affordable timepiece. This is the type of watch that can be dressed up or down, going from casual weekend wear to the office or a night out. It should be noted that if you have an especially petite wrist, you may find the 38mm case a little on the large side. However, if you want an accessory that will make a statement, and you want your watch to be one of the main focuses of your outfit, you won't be disappointed with the Olivia. Since the dial of the watch doesn't feature any time indicators, some may find it a little trickier to quickly read this watch. The scalloped pattern does correspond with where the numbers would be to make it possible to still read the time, which is kept with quartz movement for accuracy. The Olivia doesn't skimp on durability either, which is a plus since this is meant to be a watch you can wear daily. The watch band is made of leather (some styles come with a patent leather band) for added durability, and the band can also be easily switched out for any other Wristology 18mm band, adding to its versatile nature. The Olivia also comes in multiple color options to go along with the rose gold case, including rose gold and gray, rose gold with black, rose gold with wine.
It's rated at 3 ATM for water resistance, meaning it can withstand splashes and brief submersion in water. However, like the other watches on this list, it isn't meant to be worn while swimming or bathing. If anything does happen to your watch, it comes with a two-year warranty. Most buyers were happy with their purchase of this watch, but some did note that the ticking was louder than they'd prefer, and some buyers with petite wrists wished the band were smaller. Otherwise, most loved its versatility, the clean and simple design, and its reasonable price. If you want to add a stylish accessory to your collection without going over budget, or you plan on having more than one watch in your collection, this is an affordable way to give yourself options. The Olivia makes a fashion statement, but won't make you cringe the next time you look at your bank statement. You can also check out Wristology's other watches.
Pros: Feminine design, durable construction, can be dressed up or down, interchangeable watch band, water resistant, affordable
Cons: Lack of indices or numbers could make it harder to tell the time, some with petite wrists may find it too bulky, some reviewers thought the ticking was too loud
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- Business Insider 00:52October 22, 2019The best stylish smartwatches for womenWe tested dozens of smartwatches to see which ones are best for women in terms of style, size, and function.
The 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 is the most stylish, high-tech smartwatch for women with its simple interface and attractive looks. The first smartwatches were bulky, ugly monstrosities that only the most ardent of tech addicts could stomach wearing every day, but over the past few years, smartwatches have become much more fashionable.
As more and more fashion-forward brands join the latest tech craze, smartwatches for women have started to arrive. Fossil, Skagen, and Kate Spade are getting into the wearable world. Of course, traditional tech companies are taking notice of the trend, too.
Apple was one of the first tech companies to make female-friendly Apple Watch styles, and it remains the only company to have successfully made a smartwatch that's small enough for women with dainty wrists. Meanwhile, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and others have dabbled in making attractive versions of their smartwatches for women.
As a female tech reviewer for the past six years, I've tested nearly every smartwatch that has come out to date — no matter how big or manly — so I can confidently say that these are the best smartwatches for women.
Our buying guide of the best smartwatches for women includes all kinds of watches to suit every style, so whether you like gold, silver, or a unique finish; whether you like chunky watches, slim ones, or futuristic styles, we've got you covered.
Here are the best smartwatches for women: Best smartwatch for women overall: 40mm Apple Watch Series 5
Best smartwatch with a classic design: Fossil Q Julianna HR
Best smartwatch with a minimalist design: Skagen Falster 2 Updated on 10/21/2019 by Malarie Gokey: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added notes about new smartwatches that we are currently testing.The best smartwatch for women overall
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The Apple Watch Series 5 has a cool new always-on watch face, a female-friendly fit, and excellent fitness features.
It doesn't get better than the Apple Watch Series 5. The new slimmer body and always-on watch face make it sleeker and more stylish than ever before. The unique modern design works for both men and women.
The smartwatch comes in 40mm and 44mm styles to fit wrists big and small. You can buy it in several finishes to match your style and there are dozens of Apple-made and third-party watch bands to make the Watch your own. Apple brought back the premium ceramic and stainless steel finishes, too.
No other smartwatch offers this much variety and customization, especially when it comes to female-friendly options. The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch I've ever worn regularly each day for months on end. I've reviewed dozens of Android Wear watches, and although many of them are nice looking as well and they have improved over the years, they're not as fully featured or easy to use as the Apple Watch. They're not quite as slim or natural-looking on my wrist, either.
The Apple Watch boasts cutting-edge smartwatch tech including mobile payments with Apple Pay, stand-alone GPS, full waterproofing up to 50 meters, and thousands of apps. The user interface is very simple and attractive. It's easy to use and it has advanced, easy-to-use fitness tracking features, thanks to many sensors and an excellent heart rate monitor.
The Series 5 can even detect when you fall and even alert emergency contacts if need be, as well as an electrical heart rate sensor that works with an app to alert you to heart health issues. The electrocardiogram (ECG) app has been certified by the Food & Drug Administration.
You can also get an LTE version of the Series 5 for standalone smartwatch functions like calls, texts, and internet access. That way, you can leave your phone at home when you go out on a run or a long hike.
The LTE connection will cost you a monthly fee at most carriers, and the LTE model does cost more. There's a non-LTE version, too, if you're not interested in the new feature. Most people probably don't need LTE, frankly, unless you regularly go on hikes or long runs and you don't want to be weighed down with your phone. Still, it's a nice option to have.
The Series 5 lasts a full day on a charge, but you can get more out of it if you don't get notifications from every app on your iPhone. The new always-on display does lessen the battery life a bit, too.
While other companies struggle to pack tons of tech into bulky smartwatches, Apple effortlessly offers all the tech you need in the most compact and attractive smartwatch you can buy.
Pros: Gorgeous larger screen, slimmer watch case, haptic feedback from the crown, great watch faces, tons of band options, lots of apps, new health-focused features
Cons: Expensive, battery life is short, only works with iPhone
The best with feminine details
The Kate Spade Scallop 2 is a truly feminine, whimsical, and charming smartwatch that packs serious tech features like a heart rate monitor, GPS, and NFC for mobile payments.
Most smartwatches are still more unisex than specifically made for women. Even though Fossil, Skagen, and Apple make very convincing unisex watches that women can actually wear, none of them are unapologetically feminine. If you, like me, have been waiting for the day when you can look at a smartwatch and say, "Oh my God! It's so cute!" your day has come.
The Kate Spade Scallop 2 is fully and completely designed for women. The round metal watch casing is relatively slim, very sleek, and absolutely adorable because it has the cute little detail of scalloping around the watch face.
The watch faces themselves are classic Kate Spade designs. You get a sultry winking moon face with perfectly curled lashes, calling you a leading lady; cute bubbly balloons for a digital watch face with numbers; a speeding cab that reassures you that you'll be there in a New York minute; and a daisy that loses petals as the time ticks away in a classic game of "He loves me; he loves me not."
The cute scalloped silicone band in black or a leather band in blush pink and the well-made, slim metal bracelet style watch band complete the feminine look. It is these little touches that make this watch so fun.
Underneath all the fun design is Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) with all its skills and limitations. Like all the other Wear OS watches in our guide, you can pair it an iPhone or Android device to get apps and all your notifications.
The second-generation Scallop even has GPS, NFC for payments, and a heart rate monitor, making it more high tech than ever.
Pros: Adorable design, feminine watch faces and casing, cute straps, subtle details for fun, GPS, NFC, heart rate monitor
Cons: A bit expensive
The best with a classic design
The Fossil Q Julianna HR is a sleek smartwatch with a classic design, a heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC, and the power of WearOS.
If you're an Android user who wants a female-friendly smartwatch, you're in luck. Over the past few years, fashion brands and watchmakers have been making great Wear OS smartwatches. Fossil's smartwatch line continues to grow each year, and the new Q Julianna HR is its fifth-generation model.
In the new version, the watch casing is smaller and less bulky and there's also the latest tech like a heart rate sensor, GPS, and NFC for mobile payments.
Fossil offers several different finishes for the Q Julianna's watch casing. I love the simple rose gold casing and leather strap option, but you can also get one with a metal bracelet.
If you don't like any of the included straps, Fossil and other brands sell dozens of 22mm watch straps you can choose instead to really make the Q Julianna your own.
It's a chunky watch, which is great for women who like bigger watches. Even though it's stylish, this smartwatch is also waterproof up to 3 ATM, so you can swim with it on.
As for the tech inside, the Q Julianna runs Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear) and works with thousands of apps on the Google Play Store. You can answer texts, interact with notifications, and choose your own watch face — just like you would on any other smartwatch. Fossil has lots of nice watch faces in feminine colors, too.
It'll work with both Android phones and the iPhone, but it's best with Android devices. When Android Wear watches are paired to the iPhone, a lot of functions no longer work, and you're left with a pretty watch that gives you notifications.
Pros: Classic watch design, stylish color options, lots of compatible watch straps, and it's compatible with iPhones and Android phones
Cons: It's a bit chunky, not as good with iPhone
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- Business Insider 00:44October 22, 2019The best curling irons With the right curling iron and a little bit of practice, you can get gorgeous beachy waves or tightly curled ringlets with ease. The Xtava 5 in 1 Professional Curling Wand and Curling Iron Set is our top pick because it can give you any kind of curl you want for less than $50.
But there are a few others you might want to look at before deciding.
See also: The best heat protectant sprays under $25 Out of all the heat styling tools you can use on your hair, the curling iron is the one that requires the most practice, particularly to see what type of curl and look you like. However, the results you can achieve are just as reliant upon the type of curling iron you choose.
Whether you have fine hair, thick hair, or something that falls in-between, you won't be lacking in choices when it comes to finding the perfect one. Fine hair is especially prone to breakage, so it's important to find an iron that offers low heat — and well as the ability to control those settings. Ceramic barrels, or barrels made with a combination of ceramic and tourmaline, are best for even heating to prevent any unexpected hot spots that can also damage hair. For thick, heavy hair that may need a little help when it comes to holding curls, an iron that offers higher temperature settings will help create styles that won't fall flat in a matter of hours. A coated barrel will also prevent naturally textured hair from sticking or pulling while you style.
We've done the research scouring the Internet for articles and recommendations, reading the product reviews, and even testing it on our own hair to find the best curling irons for every budget and hair type. Here are the best curling irons you can buy: Best overall: Xtava 5 in 1 Professional Curling Wand and Curling Iron Set
Best for thick hair: Hot Tools Professional Multi-heat Control Curling Iron
Best for fine hair: Xtava Twist Hair Curling Wand
Best on a budget: Infiniti Pro by Conair Ceramic Curling Wand
Best high-end option: Dyson AirWrap Styler Updated 10/21/19 by Mara Leighton: Updated pricing. Added related links. The best curling iron overall
The Xtava 5 in 1 Professional Curling Wand and Curling Iron Set has a temperature display, auto shut-off, a 360-swivel cord, and five curling attachments.
Beauty tools that provide style versatility are major wins for anyone who likes to be able to switch up their look and save space. Want to achieve tight, polished curls one day, and loose textured waves another? The Xtava 5 in 1 Curling Set allows you to do just that without having to own multiple curling irons. The set comes with a base that has five detachable barrels — two wand and three clip styles that range from 0.3 to 1.25 inches in diameter. The variety of curling attachments makes this set ideal for both long and short-haired styles. The 8-foot cord has a 360-degree swivel function so you have plenty of length for styling. Those of you with fine, easily damaged hair will appreciate the ceramic tourmaline barrels that provide even heating, and the low-temperature options. If you have thick hair and want to style at higher temps for extra hold, you won't be disappointed either. The curling iron has nine different heat settings and can heat up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. With all heat styling tools though, you'll definitely want to use a heat protectant spray first.
If you're afraid that you'll forget to shut off this high-powered styling tool before leaving home, don't worry — it comes with a 60-minute auto shut off function. The Xtava set offers dual voltage and a handy traveling case too if you choose to take your styling tools with you on your next vacation or work trip. Be aware that none of these barrels have a cool tip, so you will need to use the heat-resistant glove that comes with the set to prevent burned fingertips. For some reviewers who disliked using the glove, the lack of a cool-tip was a definite downside of this curling set. That doesn't seem to be a huge issue though as more than 80% of the reviews gave it a 4-star rating or higher. One reviewer says, "I like the fact that you can choose and pick which barrel to attach to the base, depending on what look you want. Even the morning after I curled my hair, it remained nearly the same with the curls intact. Great product!" The variety of styles you can create is a favorite among reviewers, who praise this set as "a great product at a great price!"
Pros: five different barrels for multiple style options, digital temperature display, nine heat settings, 8-foot cord with 360-swivel feature, automatic shut-off, dual voltage, comes with travel case and heat resistant glove
Cons: None of the barrels have cool tips
The best curling iron for thick hair
The Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control heats up rapidly to as high as 430 degrees, so even thick hair can get curls that hold all day.
Thick hair tends to be heavier, which means it can have trouble holding a curl without falling flat halfway through the day. It also means more hair to curl and a longer amount of time needed for styling. The Hot Tools Professional 1102 Curling Iron conquers all three of those challenges by heating up quickly, allowing you to style your hair at a higher temperature and helping curls stay in place. The 24k gold plated barrel is designed to speed up the circulation of heat and provide even heating the whole time you're styling. While this iron can heat up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit, it's important that you start with a lower temperature and only increase heat as needed to prevent heat damage. This curling iron features a rheostat dial for more precise temperature adjustment, and an extra-long cool tip to keep the heat away from your fingertips. The separate power switch allows you to keep the dial set to your ideal styling temperature, so all you have to do is turn it on, let it heat up, and start styling. The 8-foot 360-degree swivel cord will give you plenty of room to work with, and the spring clamp will securely hold each section of hair in place while you curl it without snagging. As an added insurance, two replacement springs are included with every curling iron to help extend the life of the clamp even further. It also comes with a safety stand, so you can set the curling iron down when needed without damaging any surfaces. Unfortunately, one feature it doesn't come with is auto shut-off, so you'll have to remember to turn it off before leaving home. The clamp-style curling iron works best with longer hair lengths. However, if you do have shorter hair, reviewers at Bustle suggest going with the 1 ¼-inch model. If you do have long hair and you want to create large, tumbling curls, the 1 ½-inch model will be your best bet. Overall, the Hot Tools Professional 1102 Curling Iron has received positive reviews, getting an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars at Ulta and a 4-star rating on Amazon as well. One Amazon reviewer on Amazon says, "It gets hot enough to curl my thick hair, and best of all, my curls stay all day! I love the mermaid waves I can do with this one!"
Pros: Heats rapidly, goes up to 430 degrees, 24k gold-plated barrel provides even heating and smooth release, spring clamp style for a secure hold, 8-foot cord with 360-degree swivel feature
Cons: No automatic shut off, not as ideal for those with short hair
The best curling iron for fine hair
The Xtava Twist Hair Curling Wand won't damage fine hair, thanks to a ceramic coated barrel for even heating and 22 temperature settings that give you lots of control.
The Xtava Twist Hair Curling Wand is ideal for those with fine hair looking for a styling tool that will produce perfect waves or tousled curls without damage. The barrel has a ceramic and tourmaline coating for fast, even heating so you won't have to worry about any damaging hot spots. The temperature setting starts at 200 degrees and ranges to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature can be increased in 10-degree increments, allowing for 22 temperature settings that are shown on the LCD screen.
Those with thicker hair can also use this curling wand with success, but the starting temperature of 200 degrees is lower than most curling irons, so it might not hold a curl for long. The barrel works best for creating waves or voluminous curls, with its widest part starting at 1.5 inches and then tapering down to 1-inch in diameter. If you want tighter ringlets, you may want to look for a smaller sized barrel, but you can create more defined curls by wrapping smaller sections of hair around the barrel. Curling larger sections of hair will create looser waves. By double-clicking on the bottom temperature control button, you can activate the lock feature, which will lock in the temperature while you're creating your desired look. For those with fine hair, this is especially useful. The last thing you want is to accidentally turn the temperature up on your styling tool without meaning to, creating the potential for hair damage you could have avoided otherwise. The lock function eliminates this error from the styling equation. This Xtava model does have a cool tip at the end of the barrel. A heat-resistant glove is also included for use with the curling wand, so both your fingers and your hair can be spared from heat damage. The nearly 9-foot cord allows you plenty of freedom for styling, and the 360-degree swivel feature will keep all that length from getting tangled. The 60-minute auto shut-off function will provide you with extra peace of mind. If you're planning on dashing abroad anytime soon, this curling wand can go with thanks to its dual voltage power and heat-safe travel case.
Most buyers love this curling wand for creating loose curls and waves that last. One reviewer says, "Finally a curling product that works on my hair! I have super straight, fine hair that would never hold a curl for more than a couple hours. With this curling wand, my curls last throughout the day and into the evening." Others love the beachy waves the barrel can create, the numerous heat settings that are easy to adjust to the type of hair you have, and its ability to keep up with high-end tools for a much more affordable price. Pros: Ceramic and tourmaline coating for even heating, 22 heat settings starting at 200 degrees, easy to read LCD digital display, long cord with 360-degree swivel function, auto-shut off, comes with heat resistant glove and travel bag, dual voltage, affordable
Cons: Not ideal for creating tight curls
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