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Readers Recs: Va-in-Ny’s Picks

unnamedDear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so it’s a no-brainer to feature some of their favorite products. Many of the recommended products happen to be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Today’s recommendations comes from Virginia, better known around here as va-in-ny. Virginia lives is Astoria, NY with her fiancé and a really bitchy cat named Penelope, whom they call Nell. She’s getting married in July on Long Island and traveling to Croatia for a two-week honeymoon after. She’s really into cooking and trying new recipes, painting her nails, and re-watching Parks & Recreation episodes. Here are her recommendations:

I purchased one of these bath sheets after reading what I thought was an over-inflated, hyped-up product pushed by someone in an anonymous forum. What I didn’t realize was that I would soon turn into that same person — someone who writes glorious reviews for a scrubby bath product. Seriously, though, this thing is awesome. It’s like a loofa, but not bunched up, so you can hold either side and slide it back and forth across your back to really scrub! It’s a bit rougher than a regular bath sponge, but that helps to slough away any dead skin, remove bumpy spots, and prep for some serious moisturizing! I bought one for every woman I know for Christmas. I love it that much! Also, because it’s flat, it dries completely every time, meaning it won’t get any moldy gunk on it!

My fiance received one of these travel pillows for Christmas this past year and it is the best! The normal blow-up travel pillows were never really comfortable for me (and they smell like mouth) because my head still fell over pretty far and would cause neck pain. This has a built-in support that actually holds your head up so there’s no sleep-bobbing. Also, it looks like you’re just wearing a scarf instead of a blow-up collar!

Since I’m getting married this summer, I’ve got a lot of events coming up! Showers, bachelorette parties, luncheons, rehearsal dinner–not to mention a handful of other people’s weddings to attend. I’ve been a long time Rent The Runway user and I love their service. With their new Unlimited service, I pay a monthly fee of $139.00 and receive three pieces at a time. I get unlimited exchanges, so I can swap out items as much as I want. That means I could get a dress for my cousin’s wedding, a dress for my bridal shower, and a dress to attend a friend’s baby shower, then send them all back and get three new items the following week. The cost is worth it to me, right now, as I would likely be spending more than $139/month for clothing for these events. Best part? I can cancel at any time. So, after the wedding events, I’ll just stop the service… maybe. (Use code FIRSTRTR20P for 20% off your first month.)

I have oily hair. REALLY oily hair. My hair is so oily that, if I decided not to wash it, I could put my hair in a ponytail on day three, take out the tie, and my hair would stay. I’ve tried every product under the sun, even spending upwards of $80 for a bottle of “miracle product” that didn’t work. However, this shampoo bar ACTUALLY works to keep the oil out while still allowing my hair to look nice. I know shampoo bars are kind of weird, but they’re not hard to use and mine has lasted a long time. (I bought mine in February and it’s still got a lot of life left, even with washing almost every day) It smells nice and the lack of plastic packaging helps the environment! Win, win, win, win!

I got into the Asian skincare craze last fall and my skin has seriously never been better. I am a firm believer in wearing sunscreen EVERY DAY, but a lot of sunscreens are greasy, leave a white film, or just don’t feel good on your skin. I’ll tell you this: The skincare industry in Asia has figured it all out! This product is 50+SPF and goes on like a dream! I looks like a cream, but it melts into a gel when you apply it. It’s basically a makeup primer for me (that’s what it feels like), and I use it every single day. Helpful tip: Any skincare items you put on your face should be put on your neck and chest too – especially sunscreen!

Thanks, Virginia!

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13 comments… add one
  • snoopy128 May 12, 2016, 12:34 pm

    Oh man, you sold me on the bath sheets, the travel pillow and the sunscreen.

    And the Lush shampoo bar got me thinking…I have fine hair that barely makes it through washing every other day. Does anybody have experience with other Lush shampoos? They have one called “Big” for volume, but the reviews say it is drying…and I live in a really dry place. I wouldn’t be opposed to buying it to use 1-2 times a week if it is *that* good.

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    • va-in-ny May 12, 2016, 12:57 pm

      Hi! I use the Big shampoo as well, and I do like it. It’s not nearly as “drying” (as in removes oil) as the shampoo bar I use, but then again, I’ve never had dry hair. I like Big because it lathers up really nice, smells good, and the salt in it exfoliates the scalp. If you live near a store, go in and ask about it – sometimes, if they’re feeling generous, they’ll give you a free sample!

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    • for_cutie May 12, 2016, 3:42 pm

      I am obsessed with Lush shampoo bars and have used them for years. They have different ones to address different hair issues. I use Seanik – the blue one – and it gives my oily hair body. My husband uses Soak and Float -beige and smells like campfire – which decreases dandruff. Its super easy to travel with also and mine last about 6 months washing long hair every other day. Cannot beat it!

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  • Diablo May 12, 2016, 12:57 pm

    That’s a good looking cat, not unlike my Simon. Classic tabby.

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    • Kate May 12, 2016, 1:27 pm

      Cat has bitch face for sure though!

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  • Addie Pray May 12, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Know what’s weird? I’m not a product person, I don’t like shopping at all, and I hate spending money, especially now that I’ve put myself on this insane, super aggressive savings budget plan… Yet I love reading the reader’s recs and clicking on each item and reading about them *and* I just bought the bath sheets and was about to buy the SPF, too, but delivery wasn’t until mid June so I removed it.
    I guess that’s not so weird. But kind of for me.

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    • Ange May 12, 2016, 8:11 pm

      I’m also aggressively saving for our trip to the US in September but I also must have that travel pillow. 14 hours in a plane negates any saving plan I had.

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  • Mylaray May 12, 2016, 3:48 pm

    That Biore sunscreen is amazing! I found that along with other amazing products recommended on r/skincareaddiction.

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  • kare May 12, 2016, 4:16 pm

    I love Asian skin care! I have a different sunscreen since I was worried the Biore one would be drying on my sensitive skin. I started using an AHA toner at night, and my skin has never been better. I also love the foot soaks that cause all of the dead skin to flake off. So gross, but so satisfying.

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    • snoopy128 May 13, 2016, 8:28 am

      Tell me more about these foot soaks!

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      • zombeyonce May 13, 2016, 1:37 pm

        I also need to know the name of this miraculous foot soak!

      • Anonymousse May 13, 2016, 2:14 pm

        Baby foot!
        Also, tony moly makes one, too.

      • Anonymousse May 13, 2016, 2:25 pm

        There’s a pretty good how-to on refinery29.com for baby foot.


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