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Seventeen Life-Changing Products

Every once in a while, we find a product that revolutionizes our lives, and we wonder how we ever lived without it. From beauty buys to cooking gadgets, the following goodies are all dearly loved and coveted by DivineCaroline staffers. Check out the tried-and-true treasures, and let us know if you’ve ever experienced a truly transformative buy! Related Stories: Six of the Best Mascaras Our Favorite Sunglasses Eleven Cute Swimsuit Cover-Ups
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lululemon Scuba Hoodie
philosophy Miracle Worker
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
Lo & Sons O.G. Handbag
Le Creuset
Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo
Tweezerman
Octopus Hair Clip
Mendocino Gold Honey
Timbuk2 Messenger Bag
adidas Sambas
Clarisonic
Garlic Press
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid
Conair Infiniti Conical Curl Wand
Melitta Coffee Maker
Oversize Scarves
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lululemon Scuba Hoodie

Shallow but true: I’m pretty much obsessed with all things lululemon. While I love every piece of clothing by them that I own, their scuba hoodie may be the single most useful and comfortable item of theirs I have. It’s the perfect accessory for San Francisco’s casual approach to style and for its chilling and ever-present marine layer. The silhouette is flattering, the inside is warm and soft, and the sleeves have those handy little holes I can put my thumbs through, so I can pull their warmth down even farther on my cold hands. If I could wear it every single day, I would. (Okay, I confess: I do wear one every day. Maybe that’s why I own four!) Judging by the volume of lululemon logos I see on bodies around town, I’m not the only one with an addiction. —Rebecca Brown, Editor in Chief ($108, lululemon)

philosophy Miracle Worker

My ancestry is Irish and German, so I can toss back a Guinness or bratwurst with the best of them. It also means that my genetic blessings in the skin department are few. I discovered the Miracle Worker line after a Sephora employee named Simon guaranteed that my crow’s-feet and puffy bags would be reduced after just a few days’ use. He was right (a little catty, but right). My skin is still far from perfect, but thanks to philosophy (and Simon), it’s dramatically improved. —Rebecca Brown, Editor in Chief ($55, Sephora)

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

I love to cook, but dessert is my specialty. And nothing sends a decadent slice of warm cake or pie over the edge of fantastic like a little homemade ice cream; this is exactly why I love my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. You just put your chosen ingredients in the mixing bowl and go about your business while it churns up a masterpiece, usually in around thirty minutes (minus freezing time). It makes me look like I worked harder than I actually did, and I’m all for that. —Rebecca Brown, Editor in Chief ($49.49, Sears)

Lo & Sons O.G. Handbag

This bag holds everything—my work computer, lunch, gym shoes, and purse essentials. Somehow it never feels like it's too bulky as the other bags I've used in the past have. I’ve since named my O.G. the “Organizational Genius.” Yes, I'm a dork, but all of the different pockets and pouches make it easy for me to be efficient and to know where everything is at all times. —Caitlin Flemming, Marketing Manager ($295, Lo & Sons)

Le Creuset

Two years ago, my husband and I were at the farmers’ market at the San Francisco Ferry Building. As we walked past Sur La Table, I told him I wanted to visit the Le Creuset pot that we both wanted. He was completely skeptical, but we ended up buying it. Now we use it for almost every meal. It's the perfect pot, and, let me tell you, my husband will actually do dishes if I use it because it cleans so easily—this Dutch oven gets bonus points for that! —Caitlin Flemming, Marketing Manager ($195.95 $304.95, Sur La Table)

Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo

Seven years ago, my hair was frizzy and at times looked like an afro—it was bad. One day, I went to a new hairstylist who recommended Kerastase. I thought to myself, Girlfriend, no one has been able to tame this mane, but I gave it a go. A few days later, I ate my words. My hair was silky and smooth, and I finally loved it. I haven't looked back since. —Caitlin Flemming, Marketing Manager ($28.80, Amazon)

Tweezerman

I once thought there was integrity in letting my brows grow bushy and natural, but Tweezerman tweezers changed my mind. They offer a level of precision other tweezers don’t, giving me a feeling of control that feels just as good as going au naturel. —Vicky Gannon, Copy Editor ($20, Tweezerman)

Octopus Hair Clip

When it comes to my hair, anything more than a ponytail has always felt fussy. This claw clip adds something extra but doesn’t feel pageanty. It holds my hair back but leaves some loose strands around my face, a look that’s more flattering than the slicked-straight-back one a ponytail creates. —Vicky Gannon, Copy Editor ($2.99, Amazon)

Mendocino Gold Honey

Admittedly, the honey thing has gotten out of control. I have two jars on my desk right now. While sugar tastes overpoweringly sweet, honey has a fuller flavor of which sweetness is just a part. I use honey in my tea or coffee, and I’m never left with a last sip full of saccharine. Plus all honeys taste different, so when you travel to new locales, a sample of the local honey gives you a real taste of local flavor. —Vicky Gannon, Copy Editor ($8.25; Mendocino Gold Honey’s Facebook Page)

Timbuk2 Messenger Bag

I’ve always felt a little too tomboyish to carry a purse but not so tomboyish that all I carry with me is a wallet and some keys. The Timbuk2 messenger bag meets me in the middle. It’s smart and stylish with features like waterproof lining, internal pockets, and überdurable fabrics that can be customized upon request. Timbuk2 bags aren’t cheap; I probably wouldn’t have gotten my hands on one were it not a freebie. But considering the mileage I’ve gotten out of mine, it’s totally worth the price of admission. —Renae Hurlbutt, Staff Writer ($120; Timbuk2)

adidas Sambas

I am the urban Forrest Gump. That is to say I walk more than the average bear, and to keep my overworked feet happy, I need a shoe that provides some support. Of course, I’ve gotta look good while I’m Gumping it, and my beloved Sambas strike the perfect balance between form and function. I’m on my third—maybe fourth—pair in four years, and I suspect this is only the beginning of our domestic partnership. —Renae Hurlbutt, Staff Writer

($60; adidas)

Clarisonic

Believe the hype—the vibrating, rotating, scrubbing, deep-cleansing bristles on the Clarisonic brush reveal softer, smoother, more radiant skin than I ever thought possible. Sandblasting my face has never felt so good. —Allison Ford, Staff Writer

($195, Clarisonic.com)

Garlic Press

When you cook as much as I do, you go through a LOT of garlic. This easy press allows me to mince in moments, maximizing each clove’s yield while minimizing mess and cleanup. The bonus? My house is vampire-free! —Allison Ford, Staff Writer

($14.99, Bedbathandbeyond.com)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid

I’m a sun-protection nut. I searched forever to find the perfect nongreasy sunscreen to wear underneath makeup, and I found it in La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid, which has a silky matte finish that absorbs just like magic. I’m so addicted, it actually makes me want to go hang out in the sun. —Allison Ford, Staff Writer

($29.50, Laroche-posay.us)

Conair Infiniti Conical Curl Wand

I was born with straight locks, limited styling abilities, and an attitude that the grass is always greener; as a result I’ve spent most of my life wearing the same hairstyle every day and feeling envious of gals with bouncy curls. Recently, I discovered a miracle worker of a beauty product that gives me beachy waves that never fall flat. Even though I’m totally hair-impaired, I can still use it! Bonus: I whip it out when I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to wash my hair but also don’t want that drab day-old look either. That’s always when I get the most compliments. —Amy Copperman, Editor

($29.95; Amazon)

Melitta Coffee Maker

Coffee addiction and snobbery meant I was spending upward of $20 per week so a barista could handcraft the perfect cup o’ joe for me every morning. I still indulge in semi-regular trips to my favorite coffee shop, but thanks to this porcelain filter, I’m now able to have both a professional-like cup at home and a savings account. —Amy Copperman, Editor

($35.89, Amazon)

Oversize Scarves

In mild, fog-drenched San Francisco, I hardly ever need to be totally bundled up, but I almost always need an extra layer, so scarves are always my go-to accessory. I can’t stop buying them! Maybe it’s because they don’t require me to try them on (the worst part of shopping) and easily add a pop of color to any outfit. While I don’t discriminate based on brand, I do love the softness of this one from Intermix—it was a splurge that was well worth it considering I wear a scarf almost every day. —Amy Copperman, Editor

($98; Intermix)

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