Hey, humans reading this: It’s the Scary Mommy Spotted shopping team here, and we wanted to share some of the stuff we’re actually purchasing for ourselves. While we write and edit articles to bring you the very best products out there — from kids gear, to beauty must-haves, to home and kitchen gadgets — we don’t get to spend a lot of time gushing about the cool things that make our lives better, prettier, cozier, or more efficient.
You’d think doing product research all day long would make us want to buy everything in sight, but it’s actually the opposite — we’re really choosy in how we spend our hard-earned cash, and something has to be super worth it to get our (personal) attention. And not to brag, but we’re pretty much gift-giving goddesses at this point, thanks to all this research and browsing. (Yeah … our jobs are pretty freakin’ fun.)
Behold: The products below are ones we’ve bought, tried, and truly think are actually worth it. Enjoy!
Beauty & Self-Care
With memory foam and fleece lining, these slippers are really hard to take off (so I rarely do). I love that they’re non-slip (my dogs are very messy water drinkers) and that they’re machine washable. Honestly, you would think with all the plush features these offer, they’d be more expensive than $24, but nope. Which is why I’ve order two more pairs. -Gina, Affiliate Editor
This has recently become a new favorite in my weekly routine. The Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque smells amazing (it’s made with super greens like kale, and brightening fruit like pineapple), and is probably one of the most relaxing-feeling facial experiences you can have in your own home. Highly recommended while in a bath surrounded by candles or on a couch binge-watching reality TV — both are equally relaxing. – Amanda, Associate Affiliate Editor
I recently started wearing eyeshadow again (after pulling myself from the depths of no-makeup pandemic despair) and absolutely love these shades. My favorite is “Wisteria” which is this gorgeous gray-purple that gives you the best smoky eye, ever. The pigmentation is super high-quality, and a little goes a long way (no need to layer on ten pounds of powder on your eyelids). I also love that this palette is compact and I can easily carry it with me if I need (not that I go anywhere, but the option is nice). -Gina, Affiliate Editor
“I just discovered goimagine — it’s an online marketplace of handcrafted goods (love) but it’s also charitable (double love). First, it gives makers a platform to make an income; second, all profits go to charity, the current organization being Horizons for Homeless Children. Now, let’s talk about these gorgeous bath bombs — they’re almost too pretty to use! Only, they should be used, since they’re made with soothing pink Himalayan salt (plus you should keep buying more since it’s for a good cause). They’d make a perfect gift for a housewarming, birthday, or Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it (wink, wink).” – Karen, Associate Affiliate Editor
“I’m a firm believer in investing in a few nice products that make you feel extra good about yourself! I recently tried MO MI (short for modern minerals) Balancing Shampoo and Clarifying Conditioner and I love how my hair looks and feels; it offers a deep but gentle clean plus super lightweight conditioning. Their ‘Try + Travel Eseentials’ sets are the best way to see which products you like best, and they’re currently on sale. The icing on the cake is that you’ll also be supporting a female and Asian-American-run business.” – Karen, Associate Affiliate Editor
“I’m a sucker for beauty and skincare products and have been wanting to try K-beauty. So when I heard about VENN Skincare — which streamlines 12-step beauty regiments into a few simple products — I had to try it. As a mom with a mobile 14-month old, my biggest skincare challenge is looking refreshed awake, plus my skin is always dry, so I knew the Concentrated Revitalizing Lifting Mask was the product I wanted to try first. Wow. Just, wow. This leave-on mask is super rich and makes my skin look plump, dewey, and hydrated. And I’ll admit that adding a little luxury to my skincare routine just makes me feel pampered — I look forward to applying it every night! Now, I know it’s a splurge, but think of it this way: It’s a fraction of the cost of a facial and it’ll last you for months. See? Cost validated. ” – Karen, Associate Affiliate Editor
Buying lip stick and gloss has felt a little different after of year of wearing masks. But this was a real “Treat Yo Self” moment and it was 100% worth it. This gloss bomb feels amazing and leaves my lips moisturized without being overly sticky like many glosses do. It has just the right amount of shimmer (I don’t like to over do it) and it’s from Rihanna — so it’s a real win, win, win situation. – Amanda, Associate Affiliate Editor
Health & Wellness
“In a time when a tiny throat tickle can throw you into a panic, I LOVE having a stockpile of Beekeeper’s Naturals on hand. These are natural, bee product-based immunity boosters (that taste delicious!) that soothe symptoms and help prevent sickness. Even better, I don’t feel like I’m over-medicating myself because they’re made with powerful, clean ingredients. Did I mention they’re delicious? My favorite products include the B. Powered Superfood Honey (with propolis, royal jelly, and bee pollen — yes, the real good stuff) and the B. Immune Throat Spray. And the company just came out with B. Soothed Honey Lozenges, which are a definite medicine cabinet must-have.” -Karen, Associate Affiliate Editor
“I’ve always been a fan of Bobbi Brown and her ‘natural beauty’ makeup approach, and now, her new line — called EVOLUTION_18 — is geared toward beautifying from the inside out. Genius! In the name of boosting my gut health and trying to drink more water, I picked up the Total Support Bundle. The probiotic adds a light lemon flavor that makes sipping h20 much more pleasant (in my opinion), and the debloat tea has a berry flavor (and, in case you’re wondering, it doesn’t have that instant-laxative effect — at least for me). Both come in powder form and are packaged in individual servings so they’re easy to add to your water bottle, shake, and go, any time, anywhere.” – Karen, Associate Affiliate Editor
Gyms may be opening back up, but I don’t feel 100% safe yet, and there’s something very comforting about being able to workout from home whenever I feel like it. I’ve been slowly putting together a “gym” of sorts in my guest room. Up until I got the DB Method, I had a rower and some weights, but I knew I wanted something impactful and compact, and I knew I really wanted to work out my butt. After a year+ of using the couch as my office, my butt has understandably lost a lot of its perkiness. Enter DB Method: an easy-to-assemble squat machine that hyper-focuses on your glutes, and all it takes is 10 minutes a day to see results. DB Method’s design is specifically made for tightening and strengthening your butt and thigh area, and unlike using weights for squats, there’s no guessing around if you’re doing it right. The DB Method places you in position and sets you up for success. -Gina, Affiliate Editor
Home & Kitchen
Here for the Burn sells heavenly scented candles with hilarious/relatable labels, like this “Okay Boomer” one that I find super funny and burn with glee. I have “Moroccan Amber” which is has a warm, vanilla base that’s perfect for spring. Burn time is 60 minutes. -Gina, Affiliate Editor
If you suck at drinking water everyday like I do, I highly recommend getting a bottle with time stamps on it like this one here. For some reason it feels like I’m being held accountable and it really helps me stay hydrated. – Amanda, Associate Affiliate Editor
If there’s two things I love it’s a sale and a good jumpsuit — ASOS happens to have both almost always. This denim jumpsuit is super loose, comfy, and I can dress it up or down. (That’s when you know you’ve got something good). I’ve also fully embraced the wide leg trend and have no intension of returning to the struggle of tight jeans.
While it’s not on sale, they’ve also got an all black option too! – Amanda, Associate Affiliate Editor
“As a story lover, I’m obsessed with this toy for my son. (Like, I would’ve been all over it as a kid.) It’s basically a speaker cube that plays music and stories when a magnetic tonie figure is placed on top of it. It’s designed with tactile controls that are easy for kids to use — for instance, tilting or tapping the cube will make the story or song list fast forward or rewind and the volume is controlled by the two little ears! I have a bunch of tonies and I’m partial to the Disney ones, because … well Disney, of course! If you’re buying your kiddos a toniebox, I definitely suggest getting the Starter Set (available in blue or pink, with different sets of tonies) so they’ll have a few listening options from the get-go. ” – Karen, Associate Affiliate Editor