I Shop Amazon for a Living, and These Were My 11 Best Discoveries From the Past Year

These stylish and helpful finds are all under $50.

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As a shopping editor, the many hours I spend researching, testing, and writing about new products typically leads to a slew of discoveries that make their way into my home and closet —and this year was no different.

These clever, stylish, and affordable Amazon finds are just a few of the items I found myself using or wearing on repeat. And here's the best part: These gadgets, home goods, beauty products, cleaning supplies, and wardrobe upgrades all under $50.

Editor-Loved Amazon Finds

I spent the last few years overhauling my beauty bag to swap out my longtime go-tos for cleaner options in hopes that my acne and eczema would improve. Thankfully, my new investments paid off, but I struggled to find an impressive mascara until Honest Beauty sent me their two-in-one lash primer and mascara to test. After trying nearly a dozen other options that disappointed me, I was delighted to find an under-$20 option that met my new standards, lasted all day and through workouts (with no flaking or smudging) while making my lashes look long and thick. And even better, I started a subscription that helps me save a few bucks and ensures that I always have a fresh tube on hand.

LuminoLite's rechargeable book light is another item I now use daily. The accessory helps me to read with ease in the evening now that I'm trying to reach for a book every time I have the urge to aimlessly scroll on my phone. Thanks to this little light, which doesn't require batteries and recharges fast, I've managed to implement, and stick with, a nighttime reading routine that has helped me feel less stressed and sleep better at night.

Another surprisingly impressive discovery: Amazon's Made For You custom t-shirts. For just $25, anyone can custom order a top and utilize the retailer's new technology that virtually takes your measurements from your phone. For years I struggled to find a high-quality long sleeve shirt that was fitted without being tight, and now, I've got the perfect piece that I reach for multiple times a week. In fact, I'm planning to order several more. And these under-$50 Amazon finds are just the start. There are several other discoveries that have improved my closet, home, and life in various ways. Check out the rest of the editor-loved products below, or head over to Amazon's New Year sale to find even more hidden gems.

LuminoLite Rechargeable Book Light

book light

AmazonBasics Patio String Lights

string lights

Blue Sky Weekly Planner


Anrabess Women's Oversized Turtleneck Sweater


Honest Beauty Extreme Length Lash Primer and Mascara


Made For You Custom T-Shirt


Dykeiss Slim Silicone Apple Watch Band

apple watch band

Amazon Basics Vacuum Compression Storage Bags

vacuum storage bags

Werforu Women's Skinny Belt Four-Pack


Evridwear Exfoliating Bath Gloves

exfoliating bath gloves

Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner Kit

stainless steel cleaner
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