You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.
We’re in a bit of an in-between stage right now — it’s not quite the holiday season, but it’s not not the holiday season. Lots of retailers are putting up some good deals to get us in the mood, though: There’s a sale-on-sale going on at Outnet, scads of Uniqlo goodies, even an RCA flat-screen for $130 at Walmart. All those, plus Rio’s favorite cleanser, a bunch of Madewell jeans, and some nice shoe deals from Nordstrom Rack.
Everlane Cotton Pocket Tee
$11(was $16, now 31% off)
A slightly long pocket T-shirt that you’ll wash and wear and get holes in before giving up.
Who knew Timberland made backpacks? We dig the unplaceable quality and speckled material on this knapsack. It looks almost like something you’d see slung over the shoulder of a hip Japanese high schooler.
We get it — monstera leaves are everywhere and you’re over them. But a fun mind trick we like to play when we buy into a trend on its way out is to think of it as backlash to the backlash. (It totally works.)
Banila Co New Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original for Normal Skin
Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton updated her Google doc of insane skin-care secrets this year, and at the top of the list (her Holy Grail of cleansers) was this reformulated balm. Says Rio: “The smoother texture of this product — plus the addition of vitamin E — does truly wonderful things for my skin, leaving it soft and supple every time.”
We talked to dermatologists about the best retinol products, and this Dermalogica treatment was name-checked as a “good, happy medium” product for those with combination dry and oily skin. Everything Dermalogica is 20 percent off now at Dermstore, too, if you’re in the market.