I Asked 23 People for Their Best Quarantine Purchase—Here's What They Said

Michaela Bushkin
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I'm guilty of impulsive purchases year-round, so you can only imagine the types of things I've accumulated over the past few months while in quarantine. My list includes everything from the face ice roller that I now use every single morning to these super practical heeled sandals that I've worn a total of one time for two minutes the day they were delivered. (But I love them, and they are on sale!)

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Assuming I couldn't possibly be the only one who has done their fair share of online shopping since March, I thought it would be interesting—or at the very least humorous—to know what other people have bought. So I asked 23 of my friends, family, and co-workers to share their favorite quarantine purchase thus far. There are some serious skincare and fashion gems here, and a few home items I may or may not have since purchased.

 

 

"I’m definitely guilty of a few impractical quarantine purchases, but this tie-dye mask (matching scrunchie included!) is practical, on-trend, and sustainable. They even donate 10% of the proceeds to the International Rescue Committee, so it’s a feel-good buy, too." — Emma Nyren

 

 

Island TribeLily Tiedye Mask ($40)

 

 

"This metallic knit swimsuit is exactly what I needed to boost my spirits during this time. I love the pale-blue hue combined with the subtle shine woven throughout. Since this suit is knit, it is truly one of the most comfortable bikinis I've ever worn. I posted this picture to my Instagram story the day it arrived and my co-worker ended up messaging me and buying it in silver the very same day. Are you next? I think so." — Lauren Eggertsen

 

 

Sara CristinaMarina Bikini Top ($135)

Shop the matching bottoms here.

 

 

"I pretty much don’t go outside unless I have a hat on (sunscreen, too, duh!) and this one from Ganni has given me motivated to get out of the house more." — Kelly Kaufman

 

 

GanniSeersucker Check Cotton-Blend Hat ($80)

 

 

"I’ve never had any other product transform my skin like this one. Super glowy and fresh." — Marissa Mackel

 

 

GoopGoopGlow 20% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Glow Serum ($125)

 

 

"I don’t skate through life—I walk through life… in really nice shoes." — Dave Klibanoff

 

 

Maison MargielaSplit-Toe Leather Ankle Boots ($980)

 

 

"I know I'm late to the party, but now I truly understand the hype when it comes to Birkenstocks. They match whatever I wear for my daily socially distant walks (which is mostly sweats, if I'm being honest) and are so effortlessly chic and comfortable." — Atalie Gimmel

 

 

BirkenstockArizona Sandals ($125)

 

 

"I’ve been ballin’ on a budget this quarantine since I’m partially furloughed. I did a shopping haul at Forever 21 to spruce up my summer wardrobe and get a birthday outfit. This is the top I wore, and I’m so happy with the quality and price. Highly recommend!" — Alexis Rutter

 

 

Forever 21Smocked Organza Puff-Sleeve Top ($18)

 

 

"Between being up all night with my sleep-regressing one-year-old and working from home, the stress was starting to make a special appearance on my skin. I picked up this much-loved moisturizer for some skin TLC, and it's the best thing I could have done to reverse signs of fatigue." — Nayiri Massmanian

 

 

SkinCeuticalsTriple Lipid Restore ($128)

 

 

"If I’m going to be in loungewear for quarantine, I’m going to look cute." — Jordie Mallace

 

 

In Bloom by JonquilGrace Short Satin Pajamas ($48)

 

 

"As soon as quarantine started, I decided to take my self-care to the next level! My favorite purchase so far is my Skin Gym set. I love taking the time to nurture my skin and reduce inflammation anyway that I can!" — Maddie Jaime

 

 

Skin GymJade Workout Set ($54)

 

 

"High fives to my partner, Jake, who bought me these as a surprise the other week after hearing my fellow editor Nayiri say she got them for her husband for Father's Day. Basically, my commute meant that I never trusted my klutzy self to have wireless AirPods, but now that I'm not worried about dropping things down the gap on the subway, I can admit I should have just got them ages ago. Favorite usage so far: Wearing them in the shady spot on my rooftop to hear my online yoga class while my computer is wayyyy in the opposite corner of the roof (where I can get wifi from the building next door). 10/10 gift idea." — Natalie Cantell

 

 

AppleAirpods With Wired Charging Case ($139)

 

 

"I might look crazy walking around my neighborhood with this giant visor, but my face, neck, and shoulders are totally shielded from the sun. (No premature aging or wrinkles here!)" — Evelyn Hitchcock

 

 

SimplicityRoll Up Striped Wide Brim Straw Sun Visor ($16)

 

 

"This may not seem like the most exciting purchase in a four-month period of time, but I haven't had a single day of chapped lips since my co-worker Caitie told me about this lip balm. It really does keep your pout plump and creaseless." — Aralyn Beaumont

 

 

AvèneCold Cream Lip Balm ($14)

 

 

"I live in these every day, and though they're kind of spendy, they really are the perfect denim short for this summer." — Matthew Meyer

 

 

Acne StudiosMid-Rise Denim Shorts ($230)

 

 

"I’ve been a regular user of this brand for a million years. I just discovered this product and I swear it makes me look like I’m 21 again." — Jodi Bushkin

 

 

OmoroviczaGold Night Drops ($260)

 

 

"I bought this a few months ago and have used it every single day. I feel like I've noticed a huge improvement in everything from feeling less bloated to minimizing the appearance of my cellulite. I use it in the morning before showering: I focus on one side of my body, using different parts of the paddle about 5 to ten times before moving on to the next section. It's basically giving yourself a rubdown while helping with lymphatic drainage. Intrigued? Watch this Melissa Wood video, and you won't need any more convincing." — Caitie Bellamy

 

 

Tuuli AccessoriesAnti Cellulite Massage Tool ($18)

 

 

"During quarantine, I bought the perfect pair of comfortable walking shoes. They are great for long social-distance walks outside." — Devin Donahue

 

 

EccoSt. 1 Trend Sneaker ($145)

 

 

"My roommate and I have a Thursday tradition in quarantine: cocktails and reality television. It's been the activity that I look forward to most every week. After our first night, I bought some cuter glasses to make the occasion even more special." — Anneliese Dominguez

 

 

AidaHarvey Cocktail Glasses ($16)

 

 

"Comfy shoes in quarantine, only." — Gabi Newman

 

 

GucciNew Ace Perforated Logo Sneaker ($630)

 

 

"My best quarantine purchase is a Frieling French press. It makes such great coffee that —for a fleeting moment—I can pretend I'm actually out at a coffee shop instead of trapped indoors for the foreseeable future." — Nico Bellamy

 

 

FrielingDouble Wall Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker ($90)

 

 

"May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon is the greatest thing since sliced bread… very expensive sliced bread." — Amy Sucher

 

 

May LindstromThe Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate ($180)

 

 

"I am always freezing, so I’ve thrown this on every single day. This specific collection helps bring awareness to mental health. During these uncertain times, it serves as a nice reminder to take things one day at a time. Also, 10% of sales go toward mental health resources." — Haley Kiss

 

 

Desert DreamerHappy Mind Smiley Crewneck ($39)

 

 

"These socks are seriously the softest, and they're created by women and make me feel like I'm in a '70s dreamland." — Haley Itkin

 

 

Okie DokieGroovy Baby Socks ($15)

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