My Recent Amazon Favorites: Vol. One

Jan 30, 2020

Amazon makes life too easy.  Sometimes, I forget that there’s a Target five blocks from my house, because there is a big box store in my iPhone.  Then, there are times that I’m so grateful that I can pick up dog food, books, and household items without having to go to the store that I could give Jeff Bezos a hug.  Here are some of the items that I bought on Amazon in January.

Lark & Ro Drape Skirt.  When you have a strong stable of pencil skirts, it can be hard to branch out into another style.  And other styles aren’t exactly plentiful.  So when I spotted this waterfall front skirt in a deep teal (or black), I had to have it.  It looks great with an ivory turtleneck over the top.  If the Lark & Ro is sold out in your size, try this discounted Vince skirt.

Culver Campfire Mugs. Kyle is constantly on the hunt for good coffee mugs.  He has very particular requirements regarding size, handle placement, etc.. Luckily, these affordable campfire mugs are up to his standards.  They hold 14oz of liquid and have a good weight to them.

As for myself, I prefer these stylish and functional double-walled clear, plastic mugs.  But I’m not the coffee drinker, so I don’t get to choose.

Perfect Core Face Mask. I love my Ice Roller for depuffing my face, but who has the time to sit in one place rolling your face for 10-minutes?  This core face mask goes can be cooled or heated to provide relief from Sunday morning swelling, migraines, sinus pain, or just after a long week.  Just put it on, and go back to what you were doing.

House Plants. If your office could use a little greenery, Amazon has you covered.  From succulents to five-foot tall fiddle leaf trees, they have a wide selection of plants to choose from.  Or if your beloved plant just needs a new home, they have a fabulous selection of stylish and affordable planters.  A string of pearls succulent is always a good choice.

Conair Fabric Shaver. After a few months of wear, your winter sweaters can start to look old from the piling and shedding.  This Conair sweater shaver can fix that up for you in a flash.  It also cleans up your leggings in a jiffy and makes them look good as new.

Nugilla Makeup Removing Towels. I’m trying to use fewer chemicals on my face and create less waste, and these makeup removing towels have helped me do both.  Gone are the disposable makeup removing wipes and the coconut oil that always seemed to run out at the wrong time.  Just use the soft shammy to wipe off your makeup (you will need remover for waterproof mascara), and toss it into the washing machine.

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  1. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness- NEVER use coconut oil on your face. Drastically clogs your pores!

    But also, love the skirt.

    • Crystal says:

      That depends on your skin — mine is extremely dry and coconut oil has never caused problems. Coconut oil gets off the toughest eye makeup with ease and is one of my go-to travel essentials.

    • Maharani says:

      Speak for yourself. I’m South Indian: we use a lot of coconut oil on hair, skin, and as a cooking ingredient, since coconut palms grow everywhere. Maybe natural selection has helped, but both my skin and hair are better for a treatment, my hair in particular-it’s better than most conditioners in my experience. Coconut oil is the only makeup remover I use-it is extremely effective so why should I waste money on some collection of possibly toxic chemicals? Please don’t apply your WASP prejudices without doing some thinking. I get so tired of white people’s assumptions that everything that might be bad for them is bad for everyone. Like cellulite treatments. I am 64 and I don’t have any cellulite. Neither does my Mum. But then, who sees the bodies of older Indian women online? No-the assumption is, everyone gets cellulite.

  2. Eileen says:

    How do you reconcile the convenience of Amazon with their poor treatment of warehouse and delivery workers? I don’t intend to be accusatory — I’m a Prime member myself struggling with this issue.

    • Janine says:

      I decided to move away from Amazon when they made it clear that they were anti-union. It’s tough because sometimes the price and convenience are unbeatable, and some smaller companies are partnering with Amazon. So I do my best to plan ahead and buy elsewhere. Admittedly, though, there are days when Amazon is the fastest or cheapest by far, and I’ll decide it’s worth it to buy there.

    • Belle says:

      I have a couple of people in my extended family who work in one of the warehouses. I’ve asked them about it and gotten mixed reviews. They’d like to see changes, but for both of them, it has the best benefits of any job they’ve ever had. So I keep an eye on it, but it’s tough to tell a relative who has health insurance and a decent wage for the first time in their lives that I’m boycotting to protect them.

    • Maharani says:

      I have stopped shopping on Amazon completely for these very reasons. It is far too large, approaching becoming a monopoly, and treats workers badly. It is not a shop, but a warehouse. Even for books, I would rather order from John Sandoe in London-unlike Amazon their customer service is superb, their books well curated, and they are just as fast.

    • Abbie says:

      One of my biggest struggles with Amazon (which I still often use because of laziness) is that in very real ways, especially in my small town, I see it killing the economy. My town of 30,000 people can barely support one bookstore, and that’s a shame. If it’s something I think I can buy in town, I’ll add it to a list and make one trip around town once a month to pick up what I need. I really don’t want to see local stores disappear. And on a more selfish level, as an attorney, those businesses are the ones that help create an economy where I can get clients. 100% of my money to Amazon is leaving my no-sales-tax state.I also stress that this isn’t accusatory, but something I’ve recently been struggling with. And to be practical, there are some things I either can’t get in town or I am just too tired/overwhelmed/impatient to spend the time going to get it.

  3. Stella says:

    Do you have a Target Red card? It offer free shipping on many items or reduced order minimum ($25 vs. $35) on others.

  4. Jen says:

    Did you have any shipping issues with the plants? That sounds like it could have gotten messy.

    • Belle says:

      Not the small ones. But I ordered a larger snake plant and it died a few weeks later, and was refunded.

    • ERi says:

      I’ve ordered a pretty good number of plants on Amazon – they have generally arrived well-packed and fine. Make sure outside temperature will not be too cold for plants if they are left on the doorstep for a few hours or stuck in a delivery truck all day. Most plants I’ve ordered have been on the small-ish side.

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