These are the 30 best products we tried in February
I won’t even pretend that my job is a drag — I mean, I shop for a living! — and at Yahoo Life, all of our editors are equally excited about buying things and writing about them. Actually, we’re pretty obsessed with shopping. Every day, we scroll through retailer sites like Amazon, Walmart and Sephora for the best deals on the most popular clothes, makeup, top-rated gadgets and electronics. That means our personal shopping lists are long. And when it comes to the things we actually spend our money on — only the best of the best make the cut. To give you a little peek at what we buy, the Yahoo Life shopping team rounded up the best products we tried in February — from a cat scratching post shaped like a cactus to the smartest pizza storage container ever, there’s something in here you’ll like.
Rebecca Carhart, Beauty Editor
These stylish ribbed glasses were the perfect addition to my kitchen! I’ve been looking for new glassware since I moved into my apartment two months ago and finally found the perfect set of everyday glasses. It came with six highball glasses and six matching shorter options. I love how thick and durable they are and the ribbed accents that give them a vintage feel. They are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup, and for $35 for a set of 12, the price can’t be beat.
Ever since I went to a hammam in Morocco a few months ago and left with the smoothest skin ever, I’ve been obsessed with exfoliating my body. Luckily, I was able to find this affordable mitt on Amazon which is exactly like the ones used there. It works so well, you can literally see the dead skin coming off as you use it — which may gross some people out, but I find it oddly satisfying. I also occasionally suffer from keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms, and this mitt is seriously the only thing that gets rid of it in a flash.
Rick Broida, Senior Technology Writer
AirTags can help you find lost keys and other items, but they’re $29 apiece and can’t be affixed to a keychain (or anything else) without a case, which isn’t included. Walmart’s tracker supports the same Find My network as AirTags, but has a hole punched in it and costs only $15. No-brainer buy.
If you own a fairly recent iPhone, it’s time to start taking advantage of MagSafe accessories like this one. Fokimdo’s 5,000-mAh mobile charger magnetically snaps onto the back of your phone (or MagSafe-compatible phone case) to supply extra juice when you need it, but without the hassle of a charging cord. The kickstand lets you watch videos or read books hands-free, a great added bonus.
Rory Halpern, Partnerships and Branded Content Editor
Can you say heaven in a tube? After a few weeks of using the cream, I noticed a visible difference in the fine lines and dark circles near my eyes. It’s the first time I’ve used a retinol product and there’s no going back. I love how much brighter my eye area looks. Plus, for the price, you can’t beat it.
Ryka Devotion Plus 3
Sneakers that are designed for a woman’s unique foot shape? Yes, please. Responsive cushioning to help with shock absorption and an eight-piece rubber sole for increased traction make these shoes a win-win.
$90 at QVC
I was constantly feeling foot pain during my walks around the neighborhood until I bought these Ryka sneakers. Now I can get in extra steps without all of the aches. They’re light and supportive, and they come in an assortment of colors to match your workout leggings. I’ve recommended these kicks to all my friends!
Nicole Sforza, Executive Editor
MADE 4 PETS
Made4Pets Cactus Cat Scratching Post
This cactus scratching post covered with natural and durable sisal rope is harmless and satisfies the scratching needs of felines while protecting furniture. Bonus: it has a hanging ball to catch the attention of even the most bored kitties.
$19 at Amazon
My cat Frankie has been scratching up my moldings like nobody’s business — she uses the edge of my bedroom door as her own clawing contraption! Once I saw the wood peeking out from underneath the paint, I realized it was time to bring out the big guns. But I’m into design — I didn’t want generic pet products dominating my decor. So I decided if I’m going to do it, I’m going all out…with feline fabulousness. I ordered this cactus scratching post, rubbed catnip all over it and Frankie has been living out her desert fantasies in style ever since. A purrfect compromise, if I may say so myself.
Heather Quinlan, Shopping Editor
Pizza Pack The Perfect Reusable Pizza Storage Container
Each Pizza Pack container collapses and expands to fit the number of slices you have. Perfect for storing in the fridge without a greasy box taking up the whole shelf. Also comes with 5 microwavable divider trays that keep slices from sticking together, which double as pizza plates when you want to reheat a single slice.
$25 at Amazon
There’s not much I love more than cold (or slightly warmed) pizza. And for those times where I exercise restraint and don’t eat a whole pie, this adorable container keeps those leftover slices fresh and never lets them dry out! I just bought one for my cousin at college — it’s way more popular than 8am calculus.
Fauxmosa Alcohol-Free Mimosas
Cheers! Fauxmosa is a sophisticated, 100% all-natural mocktail that includes Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Blended with fresh orange juice, a hint of apple cider vinegar and turmeric to complete this chic drink. It’s alcohol-free and gluten-free
$15 at Amazon
I predict Dry January will extended into spring and beyond with this Fauxmosa (why didn’t I think of that name?). This has all of the flavor and none of the repercussions. It’s so refreshing and a great complement to an at-home brunch. I can’t wait to try the three other flavor mixes: Grapefruit with Raspberry & Basil; Cranberry with Hibiscus & Ginger; and Pineapple with Lemon & Mint.
Korin Miller, Shopping Editor
I work from home and it’s constantly chilly in my home workspace. I finally broke down and bought this space heater, and I’m so glad I did. It’s simple — it only has three settings — but it delivers targeted heat when you need it. I’m impressed by its safety features, particularly the tip-over protection. If I lift it up to move it or accidentally bump it, it immediately shuts off, then re-starts once it’s set back into place.
Foamnasium Gymnasium Playset
This foam playset is made with soft, high-quality non-skid fabric that’s durable and easy to wipe clean. It also come with handles to make it a breeze to move. Choose from four different color combinations.
$197 at Amazon
My daughter’s first birthday is coming up, and she loves to climb on things. I got this as a present for her, in hopes she won’t injure herself while indulging her love of scaling everything. The pads are a sturdy-yet-soft foam and can be re-arranged into fun shapes. I’m sure my older kids will love this playset, too.
Patrick Hearn, Tech Editor
Mornings are tough without coffee — and after using a Chemex coffeemaker, they’re even tougher without the sweet, rich taste of its brew. This reusable filter means I never again have to wake up to make coffee, only to find I have no more filters left. It can be washed out after each use, and better yet, it pays for itself fast when I’m not buying single-use filter packs.
A dead car battery can ruin an otherwise great day, but the Noco Boost Plus jumper box means you can get your car back on the road without asking someone for help. It’s almost foolproof, too — a sound indicates if it’s connected incorrectly, and the box allows for up to 20 jumps on a single charge.
Libby Sentz, Shopping Editor
Our Place Always Pan
This 8-in-1 pan replaces your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula and spoon rest to take up as little space in your kitchen as possible while allowing you to get dinner on the table with ease.
$145 at Our Place
Scratched pans tend to overstay their welcome at our house. We finally ditched a couple and upgraded to the strong, dreamy, oh-so-smooth Always Pan, which my husband has dubbed “the Barry White of pans.” The multipurpose ceramic 10-inch is toxin-free, a breeze to clean and too gorgeous to hide away. It comes with a steam-release lid, steam basket and beechwood spatula that clips onto the handle while you cook. Even the box it arrived in was so impeccable and so clever that it inspired our kid’s science project.
My preteen and I are loving this glowy, nourishing lip balm. One teensy drop gives our lips life for hours on end. We’d try all five flavors, but we’re too hooked on the Berry. This stuff is just as awesome as its popular sister nighttime lip mask (in a tub), but in an easier-to-use tube form.
Kristine Solomon, Shopping Editor
PetSafe PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness
Just clip your dog’s leash to the patented Martingale loop, located in the chest area of this PetSafe Easy Walk Harness. When you walk, the harness applies gentle yet effective pressure that encourages your dog to keep a calm pace without choking or hurting him like a traditional collar can. The harness has color-coded top and bottom straps to make it easy to put on even the squirmiest pups.
$23 at Amazon
This No. 1 best-selling PetSafe Easy Walk Harness is a saving grace for anyone who has a dog that pulls. I just started fostering an energetic pooch who was dragging me down the street and even tripping me by darting underneath my feet! This harness has been the game-changer for both of us. The harness fits him well, he seems very comfortable and most importantly, I’m in control. Now I look forward to our walks!
Peak Design Tech Pouch
The accordion-like design of this tech pouch is pretty brilliant. It ensures that no matter how much stuff you’ve packed inside of it, nothing will shift and slide around and everything will be held securely in place. In addition to the elasticized pockets, the zippered pouch itself is made of rugged, water-resistant nylon and polyester. The pouch is also 100% carbon neutral.
$60 at Amazon
I travel and commute a lot, and I’m a messy person so I need all the help I can get! The most impressive on-the-go organization solution I’ve discovered recently is this Peak Design Tech Pouch. This clutter-banishing miracle product has tons of space and 21 origami-style compartments to hold every cord and gadget I’ve got, including AirPods, iPhone, computer mouse, Kindle, GoPro, external battery pack — plus all the charging cables that go along with them.
Westry Green, Managing Editor
In the cold, dry winter months my hands turn raw. I can apply lotion constantly and still have red, dry knuckles. I’ve tried all types of lotions, from expensive shea butter creams to the greasy Aquaphor recommended by my dermatologist, but I haven’t felt true relief until I tried O’Keeffe’s. I also like that it’s hypoallergenic and free of phthalates, parabens and dyes. Plus, the lack of scent makes it as appealing for men as women.
Coomazy Dog Finger Toothbrush
This unique toothbrush is made of food-grade silicone and is free of BPA and phthalates, which means you can rest easy knowing it’s good for your pooch. The pliable material makes it easy to reach your dog’s back teeth without poking their mouths. Plus, the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
$9 at Amazon
I have always been lazy about brushing my dog’s teeth, but after spending hundreds of bucks to get them cleaned by a professional I am now determined to keep his chompers as plaque-free as possible — and avoid shelling out for another cleaning anytime soon. I tried the little toothbrushes that slide over your finger, but they were too tiny to be effective on my large-dog’s teeth. Then I tried the type of tooth brush that looks like the ones we humans use, but that was hard to maneuver in his mouth. Coomazy’s silicone toothbrush has merged the two concepts and come up with something that’s effective and easy to use. Most importantly, my dog tolerates it. Chicken-flavored toothpaste also helps!
Rachel Roszmann, Weekend Editor
I got so many great things in February, but this smart measuring tape is by far my favorite. I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution to get fit and the measuring tape helps me track how many inches I’ve lost around my hips, waist and abs through the app — it shows a little graph of your progress! The app also connects with the popular Renpho bathroom scale (which I just ordered) to help you track and analyze all the data.
This Makeup Eraser is Demi Moore’s go-to beauty tool and it came in handy on my Presidents’ Day road trip. It removes all your makeup with just water — no harsh cleansers required! It’s also washable and reusable.
Anna Wahrman, Shopping Editor
When I read that a $10 Zulay milk frother would change my life, I was skeptical. But ten bucks to change my life? Worth a shot. I gotta tell you, every word of praise — and there are many — for this Zulay frother is really true. My morning coffee now feels super-luxurious and indulgent. After using this little mood booster for a month, I can’t imagine going back to boring old milk.
I never really understood the appeal of cast-iron pans. They cost a ton, and the whole point is to keep them dirty? Pass. But when I saw that kitchen goddess Ina Garten approves of this Lodge cast iron skillet and it was on sale, I finally hit that “Add to Cart” button. I’ve been nothing but impressed. I should’ve known that Ina is never wrong!
Izabella Zaydenberg, Deputy Editor
My dog sheds like no tomorrow, so my partner and I got this for the car. It’s excellent at removing all the fluff she leaves behind on the seats, and it gets the hair that vacuuming doesn’t.
I’ve tried just about every eyebrow pencil and wax under the sun, and this is the only one that actually keeps those unruly hairs in place and doesn’t flake off halfway through the day. It’s so easy to apply, and it deposits just the right amount of product, too. I’ve re-bought this for months — I think I’m on my fifth or sixth one already — and for just $12, I’ll keep repurchasing it (and cross my fingers it never gets discontinued).
Derek Arbogast, Contributing Writer
February: The worst of times and the best of times. It started off with the greatest first date of my life. I was utterly smitten. I immediately planned a glorious Valentine’s Day dinner and, thanks to Amazon, scored this gorgeous Sterling Silver Crystal Halo Pendant Necklace. Inexpensive enough ($21) to be affordable, stunning enough to, well, stun my beloved. Then the day came and…she disappeared. Totally ghosted me. I was devastated, bereft, gutted. Poor Derek. Poor, poor Derek.
But then, a few days later, while doing a forlorn e-tail scroll, I came across my salvation, courtesy of the House of Marbles. Call it post-traumatic catatonia, spiritual regression, or genius, but I’ve since spent hundreds of hours gloriously, robotically, moronically playing with this thing. It’s resurrected my inner child and, as Toni Braxton would say, un-broken my heart. Who needs love, anyway? Now, well, look out, spring, because, thanks to my ball, cup and string, everything’s coming up Derek!
Carrie McCabe, Shopping Editor
I get a bag of these auto-delivered each month for my furbaby, Poe. He loves these treats more than any other, and I feel good about them because they’re made with real peanut butter and no rawhide, which can sometimes get stuck in the digestive systems of dogs. These are his “special cookies”, and he’ll savor at least one a day.
I keep charger cords basically everywhere I might need them — in the bedroom, living room, car, my purse, you name it. My favorites to get for my iPhone are the Amazon Basics nylon cables, which are a bit more rugged than the usual lightning cables, which helps prevent them from fraying at the connectors. They also come in multiple lengths, so you can choose shorter or longer cords depending on your needs.
Lisa Schweitzer, Senior Editor
AutoBoxClub EZ Pass Holder/Toll Pass Holder
This clear toll pass holder won’t block your view and mounts to your windshield with suction cups and comes off without leaving any damage behind. It fits most toll passes, including EZ Pass, FasTrak, I-Pass, I-Zoom, Fast Lane with HOV switch, Quick Pass and Elite Pass.
$10 at Amazon
It might seem silly, but the best things I bought this month were a new holder for the EasyPass (toll pass) and cell phone holder for my car. The old toll pass holder was constantly falling off the windshield and driving me nuts. Enter the AutoBoxClub EZ Pass Holder. It’s a sleek and slim addition to my car arsenal.
Vicseed Car Phone Mount
Never fumble for your phone again with this slide-in phone holder from Vicseed. It features a double lock air vent clip that tightly attaches to air vents and won’t loosen or fall out when you stop short or drive over bumps in the road and has an 18-month warranty.
$16 at Amazon
The phone mount is equally as essential to my weekly drives to and from sports practices and games in far flung places, and this one does not disappoint. It doesn’t loosen its grip on the air vents like my old one did. It stays in place and it’s much easier to slide my phone in and out of the holder than before. Finally, two items that make driving my kids around that much more pleasant.
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