35 of My All-Time Favorite Finds

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Hi, I’m Kim! I’m from northern New Jersey and have over 25 years of experience in the lifestyle industry. When I am not working or spending time with my boyfriend, family, or friends, I am likely to be found at home organizing, trying a new beauty product, binge-watching the latest series that caught my attention, or relaxing with a good book.

I’m a “picky eater” who hates saying no to carbs and desserts, so my love for working out at the gym has a dual purpose. If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’m confident that I would come home with a medal.

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The FasciaBlaster Mini 1 Is My Best Kept Secret, Until Now

fascia blaster
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I’ve been using Ashley Black’s fascia tools since the first fascia blaster debuted in 2015. They’re great for my post-workout routine. I also use it to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, relieve minor muscular pain, and increase local blood circulation.

Clever Alternative: This massage gun does the work for you.

The Kodak Mini Shot 2 Retro Is Perfect for Instant Results

Kodak Mini Shot 2 Retro | 68-Sheet Bundle | Portable Wireless Instant Camera & Photo Printer, Compatible with iOS & Android and Bluetooth Devices, Real Photo (2.1x3.4) 4Pass Technology - Yellow

I love capturing moments. Like most people these days, I usually do it with my phone. But this instant camera is perfect to take with you to special events when you want to share a physical memory with someone. In addition to being a fun reminder of our Polaroid Days, it is also a fun gift for Generation Xers.

Clever Alternative: Remember the moments with this voice recorder.

This Zeruidm 3-Pack Detangling Brush Set Was a Pleasant Surprise

3 Pack Detangling Brush Set, Curly Hair Brush Detangler for Black Natural Hair, Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush, Wet and Dry, Detangler Hair brush for Afro America 2A to 4C Kinky Wavy Coily Thick Hair

I travel a lot so I started buying an extra set of things to keep in a bag so I wouldn’t have to keep packing and unpacking all the time. I bought this detangling brush set because it was cheap. To my surprise, I absolutely love the detangling brushes so much that they’ve replaced my more expensive brushes. They work great on wet hair and you can’t beat the price. PS – It’s been over two years and I haven’t broken the handle off this brush yet. That’s definitely saying something!

Clever Alternative: This Ouai leave-in conditioner adds shine and detangles.

I Wear These Hunter Women’s Rain Boots All the Time

hunter boots
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I have a few pair of Hunters. These are by far my favorite. They’re perfect to throw on for errands on days when the weather isn’t cooperating. Trust me, you’ll be reaching for them a lot more then you think!

Clever Alternative: These shoe covers are a best seller.

These Frownies Facial Patches Look Strange, But They Work!

Frownies Forehead & Between Eyes, 144 Patches

For years, I’ve been battling with glabellar lines. These are the two vertical lines between your eyebrows, also known as 11 lines or WTF lines. I must say WTF a ton, because the one 11 line is still pretty deep, despite trying many products and simple procedures. These facial patches are a great temporary fix. A few hours before an important event, I apply a patch to reduce the appearance of the pesky lines.

Clever Alternative: An anti-aging eye cream to an affordable price.

This Dermaflash One Device, Because Yes, I Shave My Face

DERMAFLASH ONE Device, Exfoliating and Peach Fuzz Hair Removal, Sonic Dermaplaning Tool

To anyone who doesn’t do this yet, I know it sounds crazy. But hear me out! This isn’t just about removing that annoying peach fuzz. Once a week I’m exfoliating my skin and unclogging pores using DERMAFLASH ONE Device leaving me with smoother, softer skin.

Clever Alternative: The ever-popular brand Nair has face cream hair removal.

This SPANX Faux Leather Leggings are Everywhere, For Very Good Reasons

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The SPANX line really lives up to their name. They hold everything in the right place and look great!! The faux leather leggings are my second pair. I love these with sneakers and a sweater for a casual day out or dressed up for date night.

Clever Alternative: Retro Gong’s faux leather leggings are less than half the price of SPANX.

The Beauty Glazed Eyebrow Soap Kit is the Easiest Solution to Brow Shaping

2 Pack Eyebrow Soap Kit, 4D Brows Gel Long Lasting Eyebrow Setting Gel Waterproof Eyebrow Makeup Balm Pomade Cosmetics

I bought this two-pack soap kit on a whim and so thankful that I did. Within 20 seconds my brows are set, looking fuller and thicker. Tip – One pack lasts a long time so give one to your girlfriend and change her brow game too.

Clever Alternative: With this brow glue, your brows will stay in place for 16 hours.

The Maorulu Spiral Hair Ties Are the Last Hair Ties I’ll Ever Buy

20 Pcs Spiral Hair Ties No Crease, Colorful Traceless Hair Ties, Elastic Coil Hair Ties, Matte Phone Cord Hair Ties, Waterproof Hair Coils for Women Girls

My hair would crease if I put it up for any length of time. I’d also have a significant amount of breakage which had me dreading putting my hair up. After years of searching, I finally stumbled on the solution. These spiral hair ties leave no crease whatsoever. I’ve also been headache-free and had no hair breakage. They also don’t break easily so they’ll be around a lot longer than any contender. Tip: if/when it eventually stretches out of shape – drop it in a cup of warm water and it’ll shrink back to the original size.

Clever Alternative: can keep your hair out of your face and still look cute with a headband.

The Eddie Bauer Home Plush Sherpa Fleece Throw Is as Comfortable as it Looks

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This super soft reversible blanket is perfect for a lazy day on the couch. I have a few of them in both plaid options. It’s light and the perfect size – one always comes with me when I travel. It also makes a great gift.

Clever Alternative: Use these buffalo plaid pillows to complete that farmhouse-style look.

This Frameo Digital Photo Frame Brightens My Day, Everyday

FRAMEO 10.1 Inch Smart WiFi Digital Photo Frame 1280x800 IPS LCD Touch Screen, Auto-Rotate Portrait and Landscape, Built in 16GB Memory, Share Moments Instantly via Frameo App from Anywhere

I can’t say enough good things about my digital photo frame. I love having photos displayed around my house and now I can switch between as many photos as I want, without taking up a ton of space. It’s great being able to change the photos with a touch of a button. And it’s always a nice surprise when my boyfriend or family sends me a new image, directly to the frame.

Clever Alternative: Don’t give up on the classic photo frame just yet.

This Olaplex Holiday Healthy Hair Essentials Kit Changed My Life

Olaplex Holiday Healthy Hair Essentials Kit

My only regret about the Olaplex line is that I didn’t jump on board sooner!! I use 3, 4, & 5 once a week and a dab of this fan favorite No. 7 bonding oil cures any frizz or flyaway in my hair. Tip: Also add the No. 6 Bond Smoother to you cart. You won’t be sorry!!

Clever Alternative: This hair mask set will repair your hair.

The UGG Women’s Cozy Slipper are Comfortable, and Versatile

UGG Cozy Slipper, Charcoal, Size 10

I LOVE UGGs. They’re just soooo comfy!! These slippers are no different. The rubber sole makes them perfect for quick trips outside in the backyard.

Clever Alternative: These Bearpaw moccasins are warm and comfortable.

With the YETI Rambler Tumbler, I’m Always Mess-Free when I’m Out and About

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with MagSlider Lid, Navy

For years, I’d fumble through my cabinets looking for the perfect on-the-go cup. Often, I would fail miserably and end up with a stain. Thank you, YETI. You have saved my wardrobe! The stainless-steel tumbler keeps my drink at the right temperature. What more can a girl (or guy) ask for?

Clever Alternative: This caddy is great for transporting food and drinks.

I Stay Hydrated at the Gym with this S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle

S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle - 25 Fl Oz - Blonde Wood - Triple-Layered Vacuum-Insulated Containers Keeps Drinks Cold for 48 Hours and Hot for 24 - BPA-Free - Perfect for the Go

This is a great water bottle for working out. It keeps my drink nice and cold throughout my entire workout. It’s durable, sweat proof, and comes in a bunch of cute patterns.

Clever Alternative: Hydrate on the go with Nuun immunity supplements.

The Geyet Cordless Jump Rope Helps Me Stay Fit

Geyet Ropeless Jump Rope, Cordless Jump Rope for Men, Women, Kids, Tangle-Free Rapid Speed Weighted Jump Rope for Fitness, Skipping Rope for Narrow Space

Tangle-free is the key phrase here because I’m a klutz when it comes to jumping rope. I used to pretend I had a jump rope in hand, until I tried a cordless jump rope at a local gym. It’s a game changer for a great arm workout, while I’m getting in that cardio.

Clever Alternative: Get an amazing workout with these battle ropes.

I Receive Many Compliments When I Wear This Merokeety Waffle Knit Long Sleeve Cardigan

MEROKEETY Women's Waffle Knit Batwing Long Sleeve Cardigan Loose Open Front Sweater Coat Black

I find myself shopping more often on Amazon for clothes. They have a ton of great stuff. This Batwing long-sleeve open-front sweater coat is no exception! It brings an elevated look to a typically casual outfit.

Clever Alternative: You’ll love the batwing sleeves on this Makarthy sweater.

This EBERJAY Gisele Modal Pajama Slouchy Set is Worth Every Penny

Eberjey Gisele Slouchy Pajama Set Navy/Ivory XS

Anyone that knows me knows that I love to sleep!! My favorite part about this long Modal pajama slouchy set is how comfortable it is. I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud.

Clever Alternative: The Comfyz Lounge Set from Felina is the perfect cheap alternative.

I Use the KS Acuzone Cupping Set Ritually

Premium Quality Cupping Set w/ 19 Cups ***BEST CUPPING SET IN KOREA***

It used to make me wince with fear and wonder when I saw the cupping circles on athletes’ bodies during the Olympics. Now, I understand what all the hype is about. My body has taken a beating from all the years of playing sports and working out. I use my cupping set at least twice a week for inflammation, blood flow, and spot treatments on any pain or injuries that might arise.

Clever Alternative: Here’s a liquid alternative for lymphatic system support.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid Facial Exfoliant Makes My Skin Feel Amazing

Paulas Choice--SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant--Facial Exfoliant for Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles & Fine Lines, 4 oz Bottle

As a Beauty Editor, I’ve tried hundreds of products. This facial exfoliant is part of my morning beauty routine. It contains salicylic acid, which is a type of BHA. Topical salicylic acid treats and prevents acne by unplugging blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink, while reducing swelling, and redness. It also works great on Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles & Fine Lines

Clever Alternative: This cleansing brush is great for a deep clean.

The Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer Is Part of My Weekly Beauty Regime

Dr. Gross Steamer
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Okay, I’ll admit it. I hate getting facials at a spa! I find nothing relaxing about someone picking at my face. So, I took matters into my own hands and bought this facial steamer. And I couldn’t be happier! Every week, I get all the benefits of a spa treatment from the comfort of my own home. PS – My face and wallet are also very happy with this purchase.

Clever Alternative: Unclog your pores with this extractor mask.

This Nars Kabuki Artisan Brush Is a Game Changer

Kabuki Artisan Brush - NARS - Accessories - Kabuki Artisan Brush - -

This is my go-to makeup brush. It’s great for blending, contouring and highlighting.

Clever Alternative: The wonder stick is another easy way to contour.

I Stay Tan All Year Long with These Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Complete Set

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Complete Set Water 200ml and Drops 30ml (Medium)

I’m obsessed with these self-tanning drops !! I like having a bit of color throughout the year. These definitely do the trick for me, with no streaks or crazy odor. Just add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer and voila!

Clever Alternative: These tanning towelettes are streak-free.

I Feel Nostalgic in These UGG Women’s Rib Knit Slouchy Crew Socks

UGG Women's Rib Knit Slouchy Crew Socks Seal Sock

The 1980’s are calling. They want their slouchy socks back. But I’m not answering! I’m happy they’re back on trend. These UGGs socks are super comfortable, and don’t droop down around your ankle. I opted for all muted colors, but they have a bunch of options available.

Clever Alternative: These banana clips will give you an 80’s vibe.

The Urban Coco Wool Felt Bowler Fedora Floopy Hat Is a Steal

Urban CoCo Women's Foldable Wide Brim Felt Bowler Fedora Floopy Wool Hat (Coffee)

I’m a hat girl! There’s no question about that. This is one of my favorites. This wool fedora elevates a cute pair of jeans and cardigan with ease. I get compliments each time I wear it. I bought it in camel and coffee since it was so inexpensive.

Clever Alternative: The pack of satin square head scarves comes in several patterns.

This REVLON One-Step Hair Dryer Make My Mornings So Much Easier

REVLON One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush, Black

This hot air brush was recommended to me by my best friend who is a hair stylist. She bought one for herself, loved it and suggested that I do the same. She was right!! I can get ready in half the time and my hair looks and feels healthier.

Clever Alternative: This quick-dry hair turban comes in a pack of two.

The Bigasuo Projector for Some Outdoor Entertainment

BIGASUO [2021 Upgrade] HD Bluetooth Projector Built in DVD Player, Mini Video Projector 1080P Supported Compatible with TV/HDMI/VGA/AV/USB/TF SD Card, Portable Outdoor Movie Projector

I got this HD Bluetooth Projector during the summer of COVID. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to hang out in the yard and watch a movie. Even during the chilly fall months, I curl up with a blanket by the firepit and catch a flick and some fresh air.

Clever Alternative: A karaoke machine is an easy way to bring fun wherever you go.

The Alphabet Pendant Necklace Is a Hot Accessory This Year

Kate Spade New York Gold-Tone Alphabet Pendant Necklace, 18"

I love this necklace. I wear it all the time. Because I liked it so much, I purchased a few different letters to rotate. I just think it’s the perfect size and everyone is doing their name or initial right now.

Clever Alternative: Jump on the initial trend with this canvas tote bag.

This L’Oreal Paris Elvive Wonder Water Really Works Wonders

L’Oreal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar, Rinse out Moisturizing Hair Treatment for Silky, Shiny Looking Hair, 6.8 FL; Oz

I was skeptical about this one. What product works in 8 seconds? Well, this one does! My hair isn’t in bad shape by any mean but, I noticed a difference after the first use. My hair was healthier looking. This lamellar water technology is the gift that keeps on giving because it also helps to repair hair over time. Tip: DO NOT get this in your eyes!!

Clever Alternative: Use this conditioner for dry, damaged hair.

The Glacier Bear Charging Station Should Be in Every Home

USB C Charging Station, 60W 5 Port USB Charger with 18W USB C Power Delivery Port, Quick Charge 3.0 & PD, 5 Ft Extension Cord, Compatible with iPhone,iPad, Galaxy, Pixel and More

I am one of those people who always has one hand on an electronic device. I live the Laptop Lifestyle, so it comes with the territory. So, this multi-port charger is a life saver! I honestly don’t know what I do without it. Actually, yes, I do. I’d be tripping over a bunch of extension cords and wires that were all over my office.

Clever Alternative: This multiple outlet wall tap is perfect for the home office.

This Temeaya Dry Brush Body Is My Shower Buddy

Dry Brush Body Brush-Gentle Exfoliation, Set of 2, With 2 Wall Hook,Slong Brush Can go Straight to the back, Making the Whole Body Skin Softer and Radiant-Remove Cellulite, Improve Blood Circulation

I started dry brushing six years ago and never looked back. The benefits are terrific for such a quick and simple process. Right before my shower each day, I drybrush for five minutes. With those five minutes, I’m exfoliating my skin, unclogging my pores and most importantly I’m reinvigorating my lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from my body.

Clever Alternative: This Himalayan salt body scrub is great for exfoliating.

The Kibaga Two-Tiered Tray Makes My Days Of Decorating Much Easier

Beautiful Two Tiered Tray – Rustic Wooden Serving Tray Enhances Your Christmas Farmhouse Decor - Fits Perfect to Your Fall And Valentines Day Home Decorations

I love decorating for the Holidays!! The rest of the year I’m not very festive. This rustic wooden tray helps with that. The piece fits perfectly with the rest of my home, and I can decorate it by season or holiday to change the room’s mood

Clever Alternative: This rustic serving tray can be used alone or decorated.

These Felina Leggings Are Super Soft

Felina Velvety Super Soft Lightweight Leggings 2-Pack - for Women - Yoga Pants, Workout Clothes (Black, X-Large)

I probably own over 20 different brands of leggings. These leggings are by far my favorite. Whether I’m going to the gym, hanging around the house or off to handle some errands they are the first thing I grab for.

Clever Alternative: Yogalicious’ ultra-soft lightweight leggings come in full and ankle length.

The Plaid Long Sleeve was My Must-Have Piece this Season

Sidefeel Women Plaid Long Sleeve Button Down Collar Shirt Coat with Pockets XL Orange

If you haven’t seen the memo yet, the shacket is the must-have piece to have right now. Amazon is filled with options of the beloved cross between a shirt and a jacket. I love the length, feel and colors of this Sidefeel brand.

Clever Alternative: Get the plaid look with this long sleeve shirt.

My skin is addicted to this L’Occitane almond supple skin oil.

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil 100ml, 3.3 fl. oz.

The signature scent of L’Occitane brings back some great memories. This skin oil nourishes my skin while leaving behind that scent that I love so much.

Clever Alternative: For those who do not like oils, L’Occitane’s hand cream is also very good.

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