Here on the Refinery29 Shopping team, we see it all. All the
new arrivals, all the top sellers, all the sales, and countless pitches on products ranging from snow boots to butt spas. We spend our days combing the inventory of retailers big and small, looking for the must-haves that will help our readers solve a problem, feel their best, or indulge in some self-care. (We also occasionally buy things for ourselves in the process.) All of this researching, browsing, and buying has given us a pretty good handle on what’s a good value and what isn’t — so you better believe that when we do see a stellar buy, much cross-cubicle chatter ensues. We get so heated about these finds, in fact, that we decided it was time to start assembling them into a living, breathing, frequently-updated roundup of what we’re calling our “Shopping team MVPs” — those hands-down, no-foolin’ solid purchases that embody the much sought-after combination of competitive price, function, and sheer appeal. We put our heads together and assembled a list encompassing all of our shopping “beats” — fashion, lifestyle, home, and beauty (plus a few wild cards) — to create a short list of product suggestions that all clock in under $100. Click through to see what’s getting the Shopping team’s seal of approval this month. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Believe it or not, I stole these from my mom — who is clearly in the know on affordable and insanely comfy loungewear staples. This pair of sweats from Target-exclusive line
is what my perfectly cozy winter dreams are made of. I change into them as soon as I get home from work, and sources close to me can confirm that I've been seen wearing them all weekend long (in private and public).
— Liz Buxton, Lifestyle Market Editor Stars Above
Women's Perfectly Cozy Lounge Jogger Pants - Stars Above, $, available at
As far back as I can remember, "Santa" has tucked this drugstore secret weapon inside my Christmas stocking — and every year, without fail, it's my most coveted present. An all-season essential that's even better in winter, this cute little pot of balm keeps my pout hydrated with the subtle bonus of a creamy vanilla fragrance. And when I've applied too much, I like to rub the excess on the backs of my hands to keep them feeling smooth and smelling sweet too.
— Liz Vaseline
Lip Therapy Creme Brulee (Pack of 5), $, available at
I went on a month-long sabbatical
— visiting five different countries and staying in countless Airbnbs — and this travel-friendly bedding accessory absolutely saved my sleep. Essentially it's a miniature version of the brand's standard size pillow-inside-a-pillow but wielding the same support benefits plus a bonus packability. While friends and family tossed and turned, complaining of stiff necks in foreign beds, I slept like a restful rock on my personal pillow. Oh, and it also works great propped up against a plane, train, or automobile window too.
— Liz Casper
Nap Pillow, $, available at
While I'm not one to be easily swept up into emerging fashion trends (I skipped leopard midis and ugly sneakers with no regrets), I couldn't resist the freshwater siren song of the pearl. The luminous oceanic stone exudes effortless luxury without actually costing that much at all if you know where to shop. Case in point: these beauties designed by Leandra Medine for Mango that radiate a chic vintage style — I've worn them with everything from glistening New Year's Eve party dresses to jeans and a white tee.
— Liz Leandra x Mango
Pearl pendant earrings, $, available at
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I did a
jewelry purge after Christmas, so of course, I’m now in the market for... more jewelry!
— I’m actually actively trying to streamline a bauble collection that was severely out of control. Now I’m in the market for pieces I’ll wear every single day, and this sterling silver stacking ring from British jewelry brand
definitely fits the bill. $85 is an excellent price for such a solid chunk of silver, and shipping costs to the US are
— Emily Ruane, Fashion Market Writer Otiumberg
Chunky Silver Twist Ring Sterling Silver, $, available at
With the holidays firmly behind us and a good 90 days of bleak winter weather to look forward to, the time for optimistic, endorphin-boosting knitwear is
. This true cerulean pullover in a fuzzy, touch-me fabrication will keep your bod cozy and your outlook bright as you count down the days until spring.
— Emily Lou & Grey
Fuzzed Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at
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Per my observation above, this time of year requires a variety of coping mechanisms to stay sane and, almost more importantly, feel cute. If your itinerary for the next few weeks involves
and making a week’s worth of
Alison Roman’s Spiced Chickpea Stew
, we’ve got just the loungewear ticket: Richer Poorer’s are-they-shorts-or-are-they-underwear Femme Boxers, a brief that offers just enough coverage and style to function as an around-the-apartment staple.
— Emily Richer Poorer
Femme Boxer, $, available at
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Wow. I never expected to find a color-blocked, patchworked boyfriend-fit shirt-jacket that could have easily cost $400 at Dover Street Market on Amazon, and yet, here we are. At less than $30, I am definitely taking this oddball layer for a spin.
— Emily Verdusa
Colorblock Corduroy Jacket, $, available at
"I waxed poetic about Drunk Elephant's brand new drop, the F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial already (click
for the full review!) and it's fully deserving of its MVP spot; I have oily skin, so hydrating masks have on occasion broken me out. This one did not — the lightweight yet potent formula absorbs with a non-greasy finish, and by morning, my skin was plump as this
Urban Outfitters Dumpling Light
that fellow R29 Shopping Team guru Liz keeps on her desk."
— Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer Drunk Elephant
F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask, $, available at
"I spent my holidays in Japan this past year, and after years of having little-to-no faith in compression socks, I'm finally eating my words. As I settled into the 13-hour flight to Tokyo, I slipped these Comrad socks on, and immediately, my coach-class seat felt like a serene oasis. Just kidding! But seriously, the socks made my feet feel amazingly supported and cushioned in a way I didn't know was possible. I know $30 for a single pair of socks might sound steep, but if you take long flights often for work or pleasure, then consider these an investment in your comfort — and weirdly enough, emotional wellbeing at 30,000 feet?"
— Karina Comrad
Companion Compression Socks | Indigo/White Stripe, $, available at
"Tarte's Shape Tape enjoys a certain level of name recognition that is matched by only a handful of other brands. (
Nars Orgasm blush, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
...you know the drill.) Naturally, that means that I (not to mention, the legion of extremely devoted fans) had very high hopes for Shape Tape's second act, the Shape Tape Glow Wand. The radiant, dewy-finish formula looks incredible on, and offers coverage that doesn't look dry or cakey. True to the name, the effect is so glowy that I even skipped highlighter. My only gripe is that it's available in just eight shades for now (the original has 36), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that'll change in the coming months."
— Karina Tarte
Shape Tape Glow Wand, $, available at
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"I made the switch to
around three or four years ago, and while the um,
came with some less-than-fresh smells, I'm happy to say that I haven't looked back since. In addition to making a healthier choice for my body, I love that the natural deo market has made space for new brands to come up with a whole universe of scents that aren't powdery nor flowery. Clean beauty brand Ursa Major won me over last month with its new sage-scented spray deodorant, which hasn't left my purse since it arrived on my desk. I keep it on-hand for mid-day spritzes, post-workout refreshes, and yes — for emergencies in the event I leave my apartment having forgotten to put on deodorant. It smells light and fresh, and best of all, the stuff
— Karina Ursa Major
Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant, $, available at
Right before I left for holiday break, I was visited by two inspiring women (one of which I knew from her swimsuit collection,
) to check out their new venture in legwear.
, a luxury collection of tights made in Italy, are just as posh as Wolford but with a modern edge, lower price point, and size range from petite to 2X. Are they still pricier than your nylons-in-an-egg variety? Well yes, but if you're on board with quality over quantity — this new brand needs to be on your radar.
Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director Stems
'Caught up' Fishnet Tights, $, available at
Not sure if this should be filed under TMI, but I have switched over to Pact bikini undies. They're the Goldilocks of underwear — not too big, not too small, just right. They're also made with 95% organic cotton
and fair trade certified. *two thumbs up*
As it goes, I got hooked with a deal — normally a Pact bikini cost $12, but you can buy 3 in any color for $27 plus there's free shipping. My sensible underwear drawer section is currently stacked for the new year.
— Marissa PACT
Classic Fit Bikini, $, available at
I first discovered
Blue Blue Japan
on my honeymoon. We were window shopping around Tokyo and inadvertently wandered into a Blue Blue sample sale where both of us purchased beautiful hand-dyed indigo sweatshirts (not matching). When I got back home and looked up the brand, I saw that it has a cult following and sold on sites like
but it's near impossible to find women's Blue Blue online, until now. Canadian streetwear-meets-luxury shop
stocks a curated selection of the goods and I just bought this turtleneck at 50% off. The plan is to wear it to death.
— Marissa Blue Blue Japan
Cotton Rib Slub Turtleneck, $, available at
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Blue and white oversized button-downs are my uniform so when I see a really good one, I buy it. And this organic cotton, loose-fitting style fits the bill.
— Marissa & Other Stories
Oversized Organic Cotton Button Up Shirt, $, available at
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At this point, I've realized that I'm on an organic cotton kick. Perhaps it's the feeling of starting a new year off clean and fresh. Without getting too Freudian while I'm spitballing my current favorite buys, let me turn your attention to these exquisitely simple Turkish towels (they come in both bath and hand towel sizes) currently on sale for 20% off at West Elm with checkout code SAVEMORE. They're made in Turkey of 100% organic cotton and certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard.
— Marissa West Elm
Organic Turkish Tassel Towels, $, available at
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The elusive, influencer-loved
shoulder pad muscle tank
has popped up this month over at Reformation as part of their new "Strictly Business" collection. You might not be on board with this retro microtrend but you can't deny it's kinda boss.
— Marissa Reformation
Belfort Top, $, available at
“During a Shopping Team
best black-eyeliner for cat-eyes test
, I stumbled upon this unlikely (for me) product MVP! Although I am NOT a black-eyeliner (or cat-eye) wearer, this dual-tipped tool from Estée Lauder managed to convert me — it goes on so smoothly and easily with rich precision and an all-day, stay-on-your-lids wear. Although I don't don it every day, I still turn to it whenever my lids need a fast, easy, and effortlessly chic pick-me-up.”
— Liz Estée Lauder
Little Black Liner, $, available at
"Vaux Vintage is one of my all-time favorite Etsy purveyors, and I’ve been known to click through to their page with haste upon receiving their new-arrival emails. I especially love their one-of-a-kind, well-priced vintage sterling silver jewelry — this bulbous cocktail ring just landed on the site — but don’t sleep on the shop’s excellent assortment of
minimal ’90s shoes
— Emily Ruane, Fashion Market Writer Vaux Vintage
Vintage Sterling Bulbous Ring, $, available at
Etsy More Cosabella for Reformation Elisabetta Brief
are a recent Shopping team obsession, and Cosabella’s newest designs for Reformation are pretty darn cute. They’re also made with almost 50% recycled polyamide, making them a sexy
eco-friendly choice for the underwear drawer.”
— Emily Cosabella
Elisabetta Brief, $, available at
“I love a good chic-utility tote —
now that I am an official dog-mom — and the new Go-Tote from quirky-bag brand, Baboon, is IT. Durable with an interior that fits my workday essentials and my pup, with a stylish exterior that still says
— Liz Buxton, Lifestyle Market Editor Baboon
Go-Tote, $, available at
“Full disclosure: I am a hot and sweaty person. Every time I wear this organic cotton jumper to bed, I drift off to the most temperature-regulated sleep of my life. Plus, it's just as sexy-chic as a nightgown while still feeling appropriate to walk around (or out of) the house in.”
— Liz Coyuchi
Solstice Organic Romper, $, available at
“I've never been able to really get into the flats game — my large, flat feet just don't feel easy and chic slipping into them. BUT, when I saw how cute
Everlane’s Day Glove in ReKnit looked on our fashion writer, Emily
, I started to toy with the idea of owning a pair. When the brand dropped new fall colorways last month, I caved, and I’m glad I did. This stretchy style felt more forgiving on my arches while still looking chic.”
— Liz Everlane
The Day Glove ReKnit, $, available at
"My boyfriend and I are celebrating our four-year anniversary this month with a weekend trip to Boston, so naturally, I’ve been spending the past couple weeks searching every corner of the internet for the perfect date-night dress that is packable (and wrinkle-resistant), stylish, and yes, a little sexy. This minimal, body-skimming style that I found on Verishop checks all the boxes, and then some: The midi length means that I’ll only be freezing from the knee-down, and the fabric is super soft — and shockingly comfortable! — so that I can enjoy some pasta in the North End without feeling too sucked in."
— Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty and Wellness Market Writer 4SI3NNA
Soren Midi Body Con Dress, $, available at
“I’ve been trying to take steps wherever possible to make my daily routine a little kinder to the environment. While I’m still working on weaning myself off of paper towels and cotton rounds, the easiest eco-swap to date has to be this new refillable multipurpose soap from clean beauty retailer Follain. The concept is genius: Pay upfront for glass container and refill it with affordably-priced refills in your choice of scent. Best yet, it’s gentle enough to be used on your body yet tough on dishes and countertops – hence the name, Everything Soap.”
— Karina Follain
Refillable Everything Soap, $, available at
"Fall tends to come out of nowhere, and that’s exactly what happened this October. One day it was sundress weather, the next I was frantically searching under my bed for the sweaters I had yet to return to my closet. That said, the best thing about the season has to be the spectacular return of the
. My current favorite is Boy Smells’ Cedar Stack, which has everything I love about a campfire (woody notes with a touch of juniper) minus everything I don’t (splinters, spiders, and burnt marshmallows)."
— Karina Boy Smells
Cedar Stack Scented Candle, $, available at
"ICYMI, gloss is back, and better than ever before. Right now, I have Kosas’s new description-defying oil-treatment hybrid in heavy rotation. The clear shade, Jellyfish, creates the most perfect, wet-look sheen on lips, yet feels like a dose of cushion-y moisture thanks to ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid. I’m also a fan of the nude shade,
, for a hint of shimmery nude, MLBB color that flatters my olive complexion."
— Karina Kosas
Wet Lip Oil Gloss, $, available at
"Between brisk fall mornings and too-toasty office heaters, dressing for transitional cold-weather season can feel like a game you can’t win. My solve for the foreseeable future will be living in thin, oh-so-layerable turtlenecks (like this whisper-thin Club Monaco one that I’ve been mildly obsessed with) that don’t make me feel like an overheating laptop. I love to wear them alone with high-waisted denim, underneath slip dresses, or with a sharp glen check blazer. The possibilities are truly endless!"
— Karina Club Monaco
Julie Turtleneck, $, available at
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