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21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Aesop to Outdoor Voices

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There are a ton of great sales happening this weekend, but the one I’m most excited about is the one happening at SkinStore, as thousands of Strategist-vetted hair-care, skin-care, and beauty products are 25 percent off. Plus, Nordstrom has been adding new products to its Anniversary Sale throughout the week, so I’d suggest taking a scroll to find everything from New Balance sneakers to Le Creuset cookware. Below, you’ll also find excellent deals on a foldable fan that’s ideal for travel, a Shark vacuum, and several Rio-approved lip products at ColourPop. And, as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for five extra deals I’ve handpicked just for our subscribers.

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Strategist writer Dominique Pariso says this foldable, battery-powered fan (that’s even cheaper than our deal of the day) is “the closest thing you can get to sticking your head in a freezer on a steamy subway platform.”

Shark makes some of our favorite affordable vacuums, and this slim model is just $100 today. It can convert into a handheld vacuum with the press of a button, and it comes with two extra nozzles so you can suck up dirt from hard-to-reach places.


If you’ve got limited cupboard space, you definitely want a blender that can perform a double duty as a food processor, too. This set from Ninja comes with a 72-ounce blender, a stout plastic pitcher for food processing, and two 16-ounce cups for smoothies.


GE makes our best countertop ice machine, and this similar model from the brand is over $100 off. It makes one pound of fresh, nugget-shaped ice per hour and can hold up to three pounds of ice at a time.

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Strategist contributor Sadie Stein called this “intoxicating” multipurpose oil “the best beauty product in the world.” It can be used as a post-shower body moisturizer for baby-soft skin, as a bath oil, and even to tame eyebrows and flyaways.

Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale is still going strong. Here’s a ribbed bath towel that comes in three colors: gray, white, and blue.

We love Herschel Supply Co.’s spacious duffel bags, and this extra-large option is available in five intriguing patterns.

Several pairs of New Balances are on sale, including this style that’s very similar to the ones that our Resident Cool Guy Chris Black swears by (these are V5; his are V4). They come in three colors: light gray, navy blue, and black.

Le Creuset is having a sale, which Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s are price-matching. This is our best enameled cast-iron skillet, which Strategist dining writer Emma Wartzman uses for every meal.

At SkinStore, thousands of Strategist-approved products are 25 percent off through Sunday night with the code SUMMER. Strategist writer Dominique Pariso says that this vitamin-C serum “leaves a velvety finish” and brightens her under eyes even better than the cult-favorite Ole Henriksen Banana Bright cream.

We’ve lauded Colorescience’s brush-on sunscreen, but if you’d like to forgo powder, I’ve heard good things about this slightly tinted option.

Aesop never goes on sale, so I’d suggest you snap up the brand’s roll-on deodorant, which one Strategist contributor says smells like “the ideal sexy campfire.”

The covetable, dermatologist- and celebrity-approved NuFace is also part of the sale — but if you’re reading this on Friday, July 28, it’s even cheaper at Current Body until midnight.

I spotted this pair of stylish running shoes from Adidas for less than $50 at REI. They’re also on sale at Adidas if you don’t mind paying a bit more for a few more color options.

Shorts, skorts, and tank tops are all 30 percent off at Outdoor Voices through Tuesday. I’ve owned a pair of the moisture-wicking Doing Things shorts for years — and this slightly shorter version comes in five colors.

Already-on-sale products enjoy the discount, too, making these comfy lounge shorts over 50 percent off.

For everyday wear, these go-with-everything linen shorts are just $35.

Here’s a dining-area-size flat-weave rug for just $65.

All lip products are 50 percent off at ColourPop this weekend — making Rio’s favorite cheap lip liner even cheaper.

For a smudgy, effortless look, Rio also loves the matte (but still “super-buttery”) Blotted Lip lipstick. It’s buildable, too, so you can achieve a look that ranges from ultrasheer to more intense (but still casual) look.

K-beauty brand Kaja is also discounting its lip products this weekend. I’m obsessed with this lip-stain key chain (that can also be used as a blush).

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21 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Aesop to Outdoor Voices