Favorites and gifts like the best yoga mat, a ring light and a hot air brush

From CB: I was going to do another post with some favorite things I’ve bought on Amazon this year but instead I think I’ll just include them in this joint post with Hecate as they would make great gifts too. This will be our last Amazon post of the year but we’ll be back next year! Let me know if you’re looking for anything or if you’ve received a gift you really like.

An ultra thick yoga mat for more cushioned workouts
From CB: This yoga mat was not cheap at $40 but I splurged on it in September and now wonder how I ever did floor exercises on a thin yoga mat. I have a long tailbone that gets hurt and bruised when I do situps. I would have to fold and double up mats and would still be uncomfortable. That problem stopped after I got this 1” thick mat by Yoga Cloud. It’s so soft and has plenty of cushioning. Plus it stays in place and is easy to roll back up. I have it in black and it comes in three other colors. This has 1,700 ratings, 4.7 stars and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers say it’s great for eliminating back and knee pain from doing long poses and that it’s “thick but not squishy.” “When I do leg lifts and other similar exercises, I no longer feel pain from my lower spine being pressed to the floor.” ‘It is very comfortable and provide tons of cushion, yet is still easy to roll up when you are done.” “What a difference that extra cushioning makes!” Oh and it does have a chemical smell to it at first, but I left it outside for a day and that went away.

A beaded hand and wrist rest for comfortable typing
From CB: I was getting wrist and arm pain from sitting at the computer long hours. I researched so many wrist rests before deciding on this beaded set and am so glad I picked it. My wrist pain went away within a couple of days. This set is so comfortable and I like to roll the little beads around. This beaded keyboard and mouse support set by Handstands has 4.5 stars, 526 ratings and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers like it as much as I do. “I have carpal tunnel and these work wonderfully well. I have not been bothered with numbness in my hands at work since using these.” “I would recommend them to anyone who does a lot of computer work and is looking for relief from wrist strain.” “I love how these are so soft on my wrists and help me keep proper position not to worsen carpal tunnel symptoms.”

A ring light for better looking Zoom calls
From CB: This USB powered ring light makes such a difference in how I look in Zoom calls. It’s clipped to my desk and is easy to move for the perfect angle. Plus it has so many color and brightness settings. This ring light by Ameda has 1,400 ratings, 4.3 stars and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers say it’s easy to set up, that it’s sturdy and stays put and that it puts out a great light. “Great for working from home zoom meetings.” “This light is actually bright enough to make a difference in the endless stream of conference calls. It does a good job of lighting the side of my face that’s away from the window/light source.” “The ring light really boosts my webcam quality and focusing ability.”

Anti-razor bump solution that really works
From CB: Even in quarantine I was shaving and still dealing with razor bumps. In August I found Tend Skin razor bump treatment. This has over 11,500 ratings, 4.5 stars and a B on Fakespot. I can’t believe how well it works, even on my bikini line. I’ve never been able to shave there and not get bumps before I found this. This doesn’t entirely eliminate them, but they last just a day or two and aren’t painful. Reviewers say the same thing. “I figured razor burn was just something I’d have to live with the rest of my life and learned to sort-of-kind-of manage. Not anymore! After one use of this product post-shaving last night, the razor burn is gone from my legs.” “I used this after I shaved a few times, and now my legs are the kind of dolphiny, feel-my-legs-I-just-shaved smooth that we all wish for in this cold, dark world.”

An eyelash curler for extra glam lashes
From CB: I got this eyelash curler in July and this is another one of those products I don’t want to do without now. My eyelashes look so glam and long now. This silicone eyelash curler by Kassange is under $11 and comes with five replacement pads. It has over 5,400 ratings, 4.3 stars and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers say it’s easy to use and that it creates a long-lasting curl. “I have very thin eyelashes and have had a hard time finding an eyelash curler that will grab, hold and curl my eyelashes. I purchased this curler with hopes that it would do a decent job. I was wrong…..it did an amazing job!” “ Provides a really nice curl and an even better lift.”

A silly duck toy you and your dog will love
From Hecate: Did you forget your four-legged friend this holiday? I never forget mine, but I always tell myself I don’t need to get much. Then I panic and think they’ll somehow gain some kind of consciousness about Christmas and I overbuy for them. So I bought one singular toy this year from a craft fair. But then I saw this thing on Buzzfeed and OMG how can I not! It’s a 13” brightly colored floppy duck that arrives in time for Christmas. This will look absolutely ridiculous hanging from your pups jaw as it struts around the house. Plus, these soft toys are good for chewing but also comfort toys if the dog is stressed, like a blankie. They come in packs of 1-3 ranging form $9-$30. With 294 reviews, ReviewMeta confirmed it at 4.6 stars. Apparently these little guys become members of the family, “Sometimes she will just sit there resting her front paws or her head on the duck. This is a great toy.” And one customer said they might even make it to see the New Year, “I got one at christmas, and it was the only toy my 40lb Aussie didn’t rip the guts out of.” In stock and will arrive in time for Christmas.

Spicy honey for perfect sandwiches
From Hecate: I am a recent convert to spicy honey. I’ve seen this stuff everywhere but didn’t see the appeal. But I came across a recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich that used it and decided to try it. I was sold from the first bite – no idea what took me so long. I keep finding new ways to use it, it’s good on so much. I recently started using it in tea. I haven’t tried Mike’s brand from Amazon, but it is one of their Best Sellers. It comes in packs of 1, 2, 4, or 6 starting at about $10 a bottle. You don’t use much and honey lasts forever so that $10 will go a long way. Mike’s Hot Honey has over 16,000 reviews with 4.7 stars and an A on Fakespot. Many folks mentioned it’s not too hot, one in particular saying, “I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat.” Another said it’s so good, it’s addictive, “Mike’s Hot Honey. They need a 12-step program for it. It’s that good.” Mike’s Honey will arrive before Christmas.

A hot air brush that dries and volumizes
From Hecate: I just got this for my niece for Christmas, so if you are my niece, forget you just read that. These hot air brushes supposedly save a little time because they are two stylers in one. My hairdresser likes them because she says by blowing the air through the brush, it causes less breakage. All I know is my girlfriend who has one always has fabulous volume in her hair. This one is made by Revlon and I tend to trust them. It’s a best seller with over 21,000 reviews and ReviewMeta confirmed it has 4.3 stars. A few people commented how they got salon quality from it, with one saying “Not only is it easy to use, it gives my hair the closest thing to a professional blowout at home.” One customer with a cosmetology and hairdressing background said, “BRILLIANT!!! The design made it ridiculously easy to use and I did my whole head in like 5 minutes.” Good enough for me. This will also ship in time for Christmas. It comes in 5 colors, ranging from $42-$60 depending on color.

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  1. Jessie Quinton says:

    Have the Revlon hot air dryer — absolutely changed my morning routine. Cuts my getting ready time for work, plus my hair looks much healthier! Also am a Tend Skin user for the last year — with consistent use ingrown hairs are a lot less!

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I have the Revlon, too, and while it *does* cut down drying time, for me, it doesn’t seem to get it as “smooth” at the ends as I can get it with a round brush and a blowdryer. Even with (crown thinning) hair (mine’s shoulder length, with a few layers from the jaw down), it will give me a little volume on top and on the sides, but seems to just blow the bottom weirdly. I’m really good with a blowdryer, so I just pull out the “regular” one and a brush to do the ends.

      I’d still recommend this though, if you’re going for a time saver!

      Hint: let your hair air dry a bit first; do NOT do this on soaking wet hair or it will take longer and be somewhat frizzy 😊

  2. manda says:

    The hot honey is so so so good! I never liked regular honey, but this stuff has converted me. I use it anytime a spicier sauce asks for honey, for extra kick; I pour it on pizza; I squirt some on top of roasting brussels sprouts. I love it!

    • whatever says:

      I don’t ever want to eat pizza without it anymore. I also love a drizzle on ice cream, or on cottage cheese, fruit, or avocado toast at breakfast. My FAVORITE use for it is on hummus. I open a tub of hummus, drizzle a good amount of the hot honey over it, and then shake a generous layer of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning over that. Then I eat it with raw veggies. It’s the best snack ever. It’s so addictive it’s hard to not eat the whole tub in one sitting.

      • Rmcgrudiva says:

        Wow! That sounds amazing!

      • whatever says:

        Ugh, it’s salty and crunchy and creamy and sweet and spicy, and the raw veggies are refreshing enough to balance it out. It’s SO good. That’s it. I’ve talked myself into making that my breakfast for today.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh that sounds good. I don’t do spicy, but my husband does, this could be the perfect stocking stuffer for him.

      • Mac says:

        We recently discovered hot honey. It’s amazing. It’s not too hot, just has a little kick that goes a long way.

      • manda says:

        That sounds really good!!! I don’t have a TJ’s near me (nor wegman’s or publix, sob), but can find a hack recipe online I’m sure. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

    • Antonym says:

      I have a cup of herbal tea every evening (while reading Celebitchy – it’s my relaxation time) and almost grabbed the hot honey instead of the regular. I was feeling relieved to have caught myself before it was too late, but after reading Hectate’s endorsement maybe I’ll have to add tea to the long list of things hot honey gets added to.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I have the Revlon – I like it, but don’t love it, but I think that’s due to my hair type. I have super fine, completely straight hair with no volume, and even my stylist can only do so much (like, when I get my hair cut and blown out, it looks a smidge better than it does when I do it, lol.) So this doesn’t add a lot to my hair, volume-wise, BUT it does cut my drying time in half (it only takes me about 10 minutes anyway, so this just takes it to 5 minutes) and it is easier than drying and trying to use a round brush or whatever.

    I do know people who use it who have wavy or slightly curly hair and they love it bc it smooths (smoothes?) their hair out as it dries.

  4. ib says:

    Mikes hot honey is AMAZING. I was never a honey person before but I put it on everything and it makes a great gift. That’s all I got.

  5. Christin says:

    I have owned and used the Revlon styler for at least 3 years. I tried the hot air brushes with rotating features, yet I like this one better. The brush is not exactly round – it is more like a flattened oval. Works great on my mid-length, naturally wavy hair.

    I do have to partially blow dry my hair first, because the air feature is not very potent. The styling/finishing is what I use it for.

  6. Kate M. says:

    I’m actually on my second Revlon dryer, because when I broke the first one (my fault, not a design flaw or anything), I IMMEDIATELY bought another one and I swear by it. I’m not sure how I managed without it before, juggling a brush AND dryer. The hot setting is SUPER hot, though, I have to take off any necklaces before using it because when I’m drying the hair at my nape, it turns the necklace into a branding iron, yeow!

  7. AnnaKist says:

    Ooooo, I want that brush! And a doggie toy for Girlie. She carts around this thing that looks like a dead rat. It started out as a stuffed rabbit, but she pulled all the stuffing out, leaving just the skin. And that hot honey for my daughter. Here’s something we found interesting. My daughter had two anaphylaxis events from eating chilli. That’s not counting all the milder attacks. So much food that we like has chilli in it. One week ago, she had her second stem cell transplant. It’s meant to give her a new/better/stronger immune system. Hers was severely compromised from radiation and chemo to treat non-hodgkins lymphoma. So far so good. She ate chilli on the weekend, even though we were assured it was chilli-free. No reaction. Mi goreng noodles with the chilli sauce sachet. No reaction. The immunologist laughed, amd said he’s not surprised.

  8. Andrea says:

    I have the revlon one but recently bought the L’ange brush and it is game changing, definitely works better for my curly hair.

  9. Linabear says:

    I’m going to mix sriracha with honey today! Excited to try it.

  10. Qtpi says:

    The revlon dryer is simply amazing. I have long hair that takes forever to dry. I start with a regular dryer and finish with this one. It really looks professional and feels soft.

  11. Pixelated says:

    Stylist here…and I have the revolt brush! Just got one for my MIL, too. Love it.
    A few tips:
    Dry your hair 75% dry before using. As someone mentioned above, it gets super hot, so use it as a finishing tool. Both me and my MIL have tons of wavy, thick hair and this does a great job of taking it.
    I also recommend a heat protectant.
    This makes a great gift!
    Also, I literally just ordered some hot honey. It’s the BOMB

  12. Miasys says:

    I have the Revlon brush too and it’s definitely a game changer for me. I have extremely thick mostly gray/silver/white hair, with a lot of different texture and body, depending on the hair color. It used to take me close to 20-25 minutes to dry my hair, and i was a sweaty, exhausted mess when i finished. This cuts my time in half -or even less- and is super smooth when I’m done. No more flat iron needed.

  13. ToLiveLikeWeRDying says:

    I use mikes hot honey at work. It honestly goes great in anything and everything! Top off anything from a stir fry to peanut butter toast!

  14. EllenOlenska says:

    I have the hot .air brush and it was a game changer for me! I have long hair and it gives lovely volume and shine.