The month of May was full of holidays and notable business and shopping events, from Mother’s Day and Memorial Day to May 4 (for all Star Wars fans), an Etsy Outdoor Sale, and a Parachute Sale. Notifying some of them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released new guidelines for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, prompting us to explore ways to protect vaccination cards, for example. As more people get vaccinated, we explored what might make travel easier, including travel backpacks, pillows, and passport holders. Likewise, as temperatures continued to rise, we covered a variety of outdoor activities, such as grilling, gardening, and going to the beach. May is also Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – we’ve collected remarkable books from Asian American authors and AAPI-owned companies. And, as usual, we’ve seen the interest of Shopping readers in the home and wellness categories. Here are 10 things readers were most drawn to.
1. CDC vaccination card protector
This vaccination card protector was featured in our roundup of the best vaccination card holders. Made from transparent water resistant vinyl, the card sleeves have a resealable zipper. Ideal for a family or a group of friends, they are offered in packs of 3, 5 or 10.
2. Parachute down duvet insert
If you are looking to upgrade your comforter, consider Parachute which is one of the best affordable comforters. Garnering a 5.0 star rating from over 400 parachute buyers, the duvet insert is made from 750 fill power white down. summer and a slightly thicker version that is suitable for all seasons.
3. OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
This sulfate-free shampoo is rated 4.5 stars by over 9,000 Amazon reviews and is infused with a blend of nourishing biotin, collagen and bamboo extract. It also smells like a blend of coconut, jasmine, and lemon, depending on the brand. If you’re looking for another biotin-infused option, R + Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo may help “improve hair’s keratin infrastructure” and “increase hair strength and vitality,” hairstylist Bobby told us. Eliot in our guide to shampoo for fine hair.
4. Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding and Digging Knife
Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flowers, told us in our guide to the best gardening tools that a ground knife is a versatile gardening tool that can be used to divide perennials, open plastic bags, and cut grass. string. This Nisaku option also has a wide, sharp blade, which Benzakein says is useful for transplanting young plants and weeding. It is also highly rated, with an average rating of 4.8 stars out of over 3,600 Amazon reviews.
5. 1 inch CHI Original Ceramic Iron
In our guide to the best flat irons, hairstylist Courtney Foster called the CHI Original 1-inch ceramic iron a “cool iron” and noted that it “gives a nice finish to the hair.” According to the brand, it heats up quickly to a maximum temperature of 392 degrees Fahrenheit – and you can use it to curl, wave and style your hair in addition to straightening it.
6. Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes: Charcoal Starters
According to grilling experts we spoke to, lighter cubes make it easier to start a fire – and they can come in handy if you have a charcoal barbecue. These lighter cubes, which come in a box of 24, can light up even when wet and are smoke-free, odor-free and non-toxic, according to Weber.
7. Amazon Basics Cabana Striped Beach Towel
Experts we’ve spoken to have recommended finding an all-cotton beach towel – and this set of beach towels from Amazon’s home essentials line features fabric. Each towel is currently available in green, sky blue and yellow stripes. It’s a popular choice with Amazon shoppers, scoring an average of 4.5 stars out of over 6,400 reviews.
8. Teamyo 5D Electric Shaver
A razor is supposed to help get a close cut, according to hairstylists we spoke to. This model was recommended by hairstylist Monica Davis, who called it “the perfect tool for cutting and shaving your head.” You can also use this head razor as a nose hair trimmer and trimmer. It has an average rating of 4.3 stars with over 3,000 reviews.
9. Beachwaver Co. S1 Curling Iron
The Beachwaver curling iron has an autorotation feature that “takes the guesswork out of curling my hair,” according to Shopping associate editor Nicole Saunders. You place your hair on the end of the ceramic barrel and press the left or right arrow button to create curls or beach waves. It comes in three barrel sizes: 0.75 inch, 1 inch, and 1.25 inch.
10. Wyze Camera v3
The Cam v3 is Wyze’s third generation home security camera, featuring a 1080p camera with new sensors providing full color night vision and IP65 weather resistance for outdoor use. It is also equipped with a lens that monitors a 130-degree field of view and can capture 20 frames per second during the day and 15 frames per second at night.
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