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The Best Products Our Guest Editors Recommended in 2022

The Best Products Our Guest Editors Recommended in 2022
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Kat Mendenhall, Leo Faria, Raul Romo
Dec 20, 2022

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From entrepreneurs and actresses to pop-culture experts and writers, we’ve had some amazing Skimm Her Life guest editors here. They’ve shared everything from their best beauty products to smart home gadgets they couldn’t live without. ( can sign up for our newsletter to get them straight to your inbox right here.)

So in honor of this year coming to a close, we rounded up some of their go-to recs so you can kick off 2023 living your best life.

A stroller that’ll convert to a car seat in seconds…

Rec’d by model and author Emily Ratajkowski

This lightweight Doona stroller has impact protection, breathable washable textiles, and head support. It’s compact too so your days on the go will be so much easier. The best part? It’s FAA-approved for travel. Cue sighs of relief. ($550, Amazon)

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A moisturizing foot mask…

Rec’d by comedian Whitney Cummings

This treatment has hyaluronic acid and collagen to keep your skin moisturized. Just slip on these booties for 15 minutes, remove, and rub the excess serum in. Throw on some socks after if you want to feel even more hydrated. ($15, Amazon)

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A SodaStream that’ll give you sparkling water at the press of a button…

Rec’d by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid

Instead of buying bottles (or cans) every week, invest in this. Thanks to the carbonating cylinder, you’ll be able to turn regular water into fizzy water in just a few seconds. You can even add different flavors like lemon, watermelon, or cola. The joy sparked from making your own bev? Priceless. ($99.99, Amazon)

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Cruelty-free laundry detergent pods…

Rec’d by "Harry Potter" actress and Greenpeace ambassador Bonnie Wright

These babies are sustainable, effective, and one of the best cleaning products for your clothes. They’re made of plant-based ingredients and natural enzymes to ensure that your stains disappear. The membranes easily dissolve in water and you just need one pod per load. Oh and they come in compostable packing too. Time to make the swap. ($26+, Dropps)

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Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40…

Rec’d by writer and pop-culture expert Hunter Harris

It’s a hydrating, sheer, unscented formula that has broad spectrum protection (which, PSA, is a great thing). It’s oil-free and glides on easily so you won’t be left feeling greasy after use. Plus, it has antioxidants in it that’ll keep your skin moisturized and soothed. Putting SPF on has never felt better. (17+, Amazon)

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A kale and herb razor that’ll strip ’em in seconds…

Rec’d by country star Kelsea Ballerini

Whether you’re making a salad or want fresh ingredients to season meat with, this stainless steel razor can shear and strip herbs faster than your hands can. The different-sized holes work for various stems, from rosemary to parsley. Thyme you add this to your collection. ($5.99, Amazon)

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A super soft and supportive mattress…

Rec’d by writer, director, producer, and actress Lena Dunham

This firm Keetsa mattress is topped with two inches of foam that’s ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Its inner coils provide balanced support and breathability too so you won't be tossing and turning all night. Plus, its cotton fabric is treated and tested for fire safety. Time to count some sheep. ($590+, Keetsa)

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Micellar water that's great for sensitive skin…

Rec’d by writer, historian, and mental health advocate Blair Imani

Use it as a face wash, toner, or makeup remover. Just apply it to a cotton pad and swipe away for hydrated, refreshed skin. It’ll remove dirt and oil too. It's one of the best beauty products on the market. Trust. ($12.99+, Amazon)

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Normatec compression boots…

Rec’d by TV host and former “Bachelorette” star Tayshia Adams

It’s like having a massage therapist at all times. These battery-powered, nylon boots can reduce soreness and pain, while boosting circulation and range of motion in your legs. They can also decrease muscle fatigue. Plus, they have a compression sequence with seven intensity levels, so you can pick what works best for your needs, whether you’re an intense runner or just want some R and R after a long day. ($699, Amazon)

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LoveSeen false eyelashes…

Rec’d by former J.Crew president and executive creative director, and LoveSeen CEO and founder Jenna Lyons

Take your next GNO up a notch with these fluttery lashes. These cat-eye shaped babes can last for up to 10 hours and come off with cotton swabs and oil-free makeup remover or micellar water. Lyons recs the Jack style for daytime and the Noor for night. Pick from black or brown and apply with your favorite glue and lash tool. ($18.50, LoveSeen)

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Wheel massagers that’ll help with pain and muscle recovery…

Rec’d by singer and actress Idina Menzel

Whether you just need a post-workout stretch or want to target aches in specific areas. We rec these wheels ranging in size from 4 to 12 inches. They deliver light to deep pressure and work out tough knots while targeting pressure points. Each roller has 11 millimeters of padding and a deep middle groove meant to protect your spine. Sounds like a win. ($125/4 pack, Amazon)

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Silicone air fryer liners that’ll make cleanup easy…

Rec’d by director of fashion partnerships at Instagram Eva Chen

Using your beloved air fryer just got even faster. These can protect up to 5 quart air fryers from any food residue, grease, and grime. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe, nontoxic, and can withstand heat up to 450 degrees. And because you’ll be using a reusable liner instead of the paper ones, you’ll be helping the planet too. What a win. ($19.99+, Amazon)

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Reusable soda can lids…

Rec’d by actor and producer Lilly Singh

If you’re a sparkling water aficionado, you need these. Add one to any open can to prevent spills and maintain carbonation. So handy. ($13.95/8 pack, Amazon)

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A relaxing spray for rooms and linens…

Rec’d by Deuxmoi

Spritz this on your bed sheets, linens, and rooms where you want a little refresh. It has notes of gardenia and white flowers — but the aroma isn’t too overpowering. Plus, with a non-aerosol tip you can count on the spray distributing evenly. A great smelling home? Love that for you. ($56, Dermstore)

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“Dune” by Frank Herbert

This iconic sci-fi novel follows teenager Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet in the movie) and his family on the desert planet Arrakis. It’s a world-building fantasy that has love, politics, mysticism, and environmentalism. Read it, and then watch the film rendition. ($9.99+, Amazon)

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A caddy that’ll keep all your bedside trinkets organized…

Rec’d by Dagne Dover CEO and co-founder, Melissa Mash

Overflowing nightstand? No problem. This accessory has four compartments, including one that can hold a liter water bottle. Just slide it under your mattress or couch cushion and say ‘see ya’ to all that stuff piling up on your side tables. The best part? It comes with a dual USB port and a six foot power cord so you can charge your devices. ($49.95, Amazon)

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A pair of leather work gloves…

Rec’d by Golde CEO and co-founder Trinity Mouzon Wofford 

Whether you’re tending to your garden or taking on heavy duty projects around the house, these cowhide gloves will do the trick. They have extra stitching at the base of the thumb so you’ll feel even more in control when wearing them. And the elastic backs help them stay securely in place. Pick from an earthy olive tone or a bright sunflower yellow. ($22, Food52)

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A melting cleansing balm for all skin types…

Rec’d by Chillhouse founder and CEO Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton

This balm-to-oil cleanser is hydrating and melts away makeup, SPF, dirt, and pollution without stripping your skin. It’s a waterless formula and packed with soothing botanicals that’ll leave you looking and feeling radiant. Just warm it up in your hands and apply. Easy peasy. ($48, Nordstrom)

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A stainless steel electric kettle…

Rec’d by Well-Read Black Girl founder, Glory Edim

Tea obsessives, you need this. This stylish kettle comes in seven colorways and has an automatic shut-off function so you don’t need to stress about burning your house down. Plus, it has an ergonomic grip handle, a water level gauge, and a light indicator during boiling. Sip, sip hooray. ($79.99, Wayfair)

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A robot vacuum that lets you customize your boundaries…

Rec’d by actress Vella Lovell 

Because sometimes things are supposed to stay on the floor. Like your kids' toys, crayons, and puzzle pieces. If you’ve got a specific area of the house where deep cleaning isn't needed, try setting ‘no-vacuum zones’ with its included boundary strips. You’ll get a quiet clean for up to 100 minutes thanks to this smart home gadget. Um, yes, please. ($210.48+, Amazon)

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