Each December, I reflect back on my favorite purchases of the year. I scour my closet, go through my bathroom shelves, and pore through receipts to take account of the things I bought and love the most from that year (you can see my other favorites from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Here are my favorite items I purchased in 2018:
Peloton: This is a seriously big purchase. But for G, who cycles anywhere from 4 to 6 times a week, I was able to justify the cost by getting him his own spin bike. Plus, it really did make for the most perfect Father's Day gift. The Peloton is the best of the best—the bike has a sleek design with intuitive controls and an interactive video screen that allows you to take classes from world class instructors. It's even converted me into liking spinning (something I loathed before) because I'm able to find classes of the exact length I'm looking for (30 minutes) and search by my favorite music ('90s pop). It's been one of the best investments I've made for our family's health, and you can't put a price on that.
Cosx Blemish Patches: Most pimple solutions don't actually help me that much since I'm usually left with an even bigger mess: dry, irritated skin plus an angry pimple I've attempted to pop. That's why Cosx Blemish Patches are the best. They're tiny medicated stickers (they come in several sizes based on what you need) that help you avoid picking at your skin while also shrinking the size of your blemish considerably by morning. This sounds kind of weird, but I'm always excited to take them off in the morning to see how much of a difference they made while I slept!
Sam Edelman rain boots: I sound like a broken record with these boots, but I swear they're worth the hype. Most rain boots are an eyesore and, even worse, are so heavy that they make walking in dreary weather kind of miserable. These are the first that I've found that are comfortable and chic enough to pass as normal black booties.
Overose Candle in 'Nudesse': I first discovered Overose candles a little over a year ago in a small store in Venice. I bought one for a friend and, when I went to go purchase one for myself after I couldn't stop thinking about it, I was disappointed to find that they're nearly impossible to track down. Fast forward to a few months later in Paris (where the candles are made) and I came across a large selection in a store—I nearly filled up my entire carry-on with the scents. Beyond the fact that the candles themselves are gorgeous (the holographic version is so cool), the scents are unlike anything I've smelled before. It's hard to narrow down which I like the best, but the Nudesse—which smells like rain and roses—is truly intoxicating and one of the many reasons that Overose has quickly become my all-time favorite candle brand.
Breville Espresso Machine: G started dropping hints about this espresso machine a while ago, literally having me watch videos with its capabilities and gradually convinced me that it was something we couldn't live without. Turns out: It makes the best flat white I've ever had and is remarkably easy to use, despite how complicated and fancy it looks.
Byredo Treehouse Scent: This scent was one of my first purchases of the year but remains a favorite. Its slightly woodsy scent is unlike any other room spray and anytime I want the house to smell its best, I spritz it all around—on and around curtains, chairs, rugs—and it's as if I've had a candle burning all afternoon. Bonus: The bottle is pretty enough to leave out in the bathroom.
NARS Brow Perfector: It's taken me a while to settle into a place where I feel good about my eyebrows. While I over-plucked them for almost 15 years, only to graduate to a place where I was seriously overfilling them, I'm now trying to find a happy medium. I've tried a lot of brow pencils, but this is the first I've stuck with for a while. It has a twist-up pencil, which doesn't need to be sharpened, and even a faint touch leaves you with the softest, most natural line. Bonus: They have about a million different shades so you can find the right one for your brows.
Raincry Hairbrush: If you blow dry your hair even once a week, having a good brush is crucial. It cuts down on drying time while also giving you sleek, soft hair. The bristles on this one are really good at grabbing hair at the root, giving you more volume and control from the brush, which results in consistently bouncy blowouts.
Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner: I'm notoriously cheap when it comes to my shampoo and conditioner, but I am so glad that I finally upgraded to higher quality products. Beyond the fact that Oribe's 'Gold Lust' shampoo and conditioner smells amazing, it really helps the health of my hair. It combats frizz and dryness while also maintaining my color, but it's the large size that also makes a difference. Every time I go into the shower, it feels like I'm in a fancy salon and reminds me that I deserve high-quality products. Of course, if you're not ready to invest in the behemoth sizes with the dispenser, the smaller ones are just as effective.
Clear: G and I both have Global Entry, which includes TSA Pre-Check, so I wasn't entirely sure I'd need Clear as well—but I have to say, it makes the biggest difference. After signing up once, you simply walk up to a kiosk (available at most larger airports), and they verify your identity through your fingerprints and retina, then walk you to the front of the line without requiring that you even take our your ID. It makes going through security (almost) enjoyable.
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