The Guide’s Favorite Things: August 2018
Here at The Guide, we dedicate ourselves to recommending great products that improve your life. In doing so, we spend a lot of time surveying Amazon and other online stores and sometimes finding and pining after great products for ourselves!
Each month we talk about the products that members of our team have fallen in love with recently. These are our favorites for August 2018.
Socks to make long flights easier
"We traveled to Europe this summer to visit family. That means a very uncomfortable 11 hour flight. This year we became aware of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and compression socks and decided to give them a try. After some research, we bought the Wanderlust compression socks.
They were tight to put on, but nothing some elbow grease didn't solve. I haven't done long travel without socks in a year, so difficult to compare, but after being 11+ hours on the plane with them on, my feet were not swollen and I did not have that hard to move/lethargic feeling when first getting off the plane [sic].
DVT avoided and feeling good after travel is a win win, so I'm adding these to my travel kit."
–Guillermo Pont, Director of Content
Whether you're going to be on your feet or sitting down all day, compression socks are the trendiest go-to solution to keep your blood circulating well. A mainstay for runners and nurses, compression socks are working their way into long-haul travelers' wardrobes and carry-ons.
In addition to applying even compression, these Wanderlust socks have heel and toe protection for those long terminal walks when you're gate changes again.
A dish-saving way to make eggs
"I love the Egg-Tastic because I'm pretty lazy in the kitchen but love eating good food. I pour some egg whites and veggies in the little tub, microwave for two minutes and boom, have a delicious and healthy egg white scramble!
It's insanely easy to use and even easier to clean up. There's a lot of microwavable egg things but I like this one in particular because it's ceramic not plastic. The eggs barely stick to the inside and if they do they come off super easily.
It is one of those "As seen on TV" items but it really does work and I use it pretty much every day. If you're in a hurry or just lazy like me I definitely recommend using this little guy so you don't have to rush to get a quick and sugary granola bar instead."
– Kelly McInerney, Social Media Manager
For a quick breakfast or snack that doesn't end with you washing a pan, try the Egg-Tastic. The ceramic container has silicone grips on the lid and underneath for portability and a non-slip base, respectively.
A luxe way to protect damaged hair
"I recently ditched #TeamNatural after about four years in exchange for detangling that takes less than a minute. Not wanting to completely wreck my hair, I picked up Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, a bond multiplier treatment that repairs damaged hair.
I essentially just texturized my hair, but even though it was definitely the least traumatic experience I've ever had with a relaxer, I could immediately feel the toll it took. Twenty minutes of Olaplex No. 3 resulted in noticeably softer hair.
The second time, I left it in overnight and my hair bounced back to it's typical softness, so I'm officially converted to the expensive religion of Olaplex."
– J. Fergus, Associate Writer/Editor
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Protector is part of a five-step process to repair bonds broken by chemical, heat, or mechanical styling. The first two parts are typically done by professional stylists to protect the hair during these damaging styling techniques.
The hair protector goes on before shampooing, but depending on the amount of product you use, it might need to be sandwiched between washes. Steps four and five are a shampoo and conditioner that also work to repair your hair.
Sheer curtains to let in the light (but keep some privacy)
"I just bought new curtain rods (double curtain rods), and since curtains tend to be expensive, I was looking for sheer white curtains to go behind the main curtains that were more reasonable. I ordered the curtains and they are exactly what I was looking for. Pretty, elegant, and very inexpensive. Yay!"
– Olivia Geyelin, Video Producer
Getting more light into your home shouldn't mean that you also relinquish your privacy. These sheer curtains from Nicetown have a 1.5 inch rod pocket, so you can easily slide them onto many curtain rods.
A sleeve to protect your Macbook
Incase ICON Sleeve with Tensaerlite
|$40||See On Amazon (12” Macbook)|
|$34 and up||See On Amazon (13” Macbook Air)|
|$35 and up||See On Amazon (13” Macbook Pro)|
|$34 and up||See On Amazon (15” Macbook Pro)|
|$70||See On Apple|
"Many years ago I dropped a Macbook and it hit the ground corner first. On top of getting a big dent, it never closed the same again. Ever since then I've been very diligent about my computer protection.
I found the Incase ICON sleeve at the Apple Store and it nailed my concerns about protection. It's got an impact protection bumper around the whole perimeter of the sleeve made out of something called Tensaerlite. The laptop slots inside the case, and a magnetic closure keeps the laptop from getting loose.
The look simple and minimalist, which I like. So there you have it, great protection in a simple minimalist sleeve, I have never looked back."
–Guillermo Pont, Director of Content
Incase makes protective sleeves in several sizes — screen size and width — for the popular Macbook laptops. The magnetic closure means you don't have to worry about breaking a zipper while also being sure your expensive laptop isn't going to slide out.
A point and shoot camera when you want to be in the moment
"I'm a big fan of this little camera, too. I know everyone uses their phones for recording videos and snapping pictures but sometimes I don't want to waste my phone's memory or battery. I do stand up so I like recording a lot of my sets. I do have a fancier camera but sometimes it's hard traveling with such a big guy. This camera is small and compact, you can bring it anywhere. It fits in your pocket so easily.
Canon has always been a reliable, tried and true brand for me. I've used their cameras for years and they never really break (unless I drop them like an idiot). They take great quality photos and videos for a great price. It's not professional quality but for the price it is 100% worth it."
– Kelly McInerney, Social Media Manager
Even as phones get increasingly better cameras, there's often camera software affecting the fidelity of the image. Plus, you tend to immediately start posting the photo to social media, taking you further out of the moment. DSLRs capture stunning images, but are clunky to carry around.
What's a casual photog to do? Get this point-and-shoot camera! You probably haven't thought about the Canon Powershot cameras in quite some time, but they're still out there capturing high quality images in a small package.
An inexpensive flat iron for sleek hair
"At some point in my natural journey, I got rid of my flat iron. I had it for about ten years and it suffered through many poorly packed moves. It was one of the expensive brands (definitely a gift), and despite using it regularly for about 8 of those years, I couldn't tell you exactly what brand.
Trying to buy a new flat iron proved overwhelming, especially with my stubborn resolve to spend less than $40. I settled on the Conair Infiniti Pro based on user reviews and Wirecutter's recommendation.
The Infiniti Pro heats up fast and the clamping mechanism doesn't seem easily jammable (a serious problem on inexpensive, plastic flat irons). The only thing I really miss is the little kickstand on my old straightener, but I haven't burnt anything in my bathroom (yet)."
–J. Fergus, Associate Writer/Editor
For inexpensive heat styling products, Conair is typically the brand you turn to, with some competition from Revlon and newer companies. The Infiniti Pro is a shiny plastic as opposed to the grippy, heat-resistance silicone/ceramic of premium flat irons, but otherwise it functions as a first class product.