What R29 Editors Actually Bought For Under $100 This Month

If we had $100 to spend, what would we buy? Our answers to this question look decidedly different than they did at the beginning of March. Finances are tight, and not everyone can afford to drop a Benjamin on non-essentials, we get it. Which is why this month's edition of our Shopping team's MVPs is not a guide to what you should be buying — it's simply a list of items that helped us find a small slice of comfort during these uncertain times. We hope maybe one or two can do the same for you.

Ahead, the under-$100 products we actually bought, used, and came to rely on over the past 30+ days: from organic sleep drops to non-medical face masks and foot-callus removers. Scroll on to web-window shop, feel seen, inspired, fatigued, or just connected — all emotions are valid. And be sure to holler out what you've carted for under one hundo that's made these stay-at-home days feel a little bit better.

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. 

Non-Medical Face Masks

"I just bought two duo sets of washable masks from Vida in the pink/gray and black/sage colorways. I also got a set of replacement filters with the order. The company is giving 10% of its proceeds to COVID relief efforts and supposedly the masks are super comfortable. I also bought my parents some face masks from Look Human after I found out that they were using dog belly bands they bought on Chewy! Innovative but, guys, get yourselves a proper face mask. They live in the Bronx and garden outside so I chose ones that have a cute garden print on it." – Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director

Shop Look Human

Look Human KAWAII PLANTS & GARDENING TOOLS FACE MASK COVER, $, available at Look Human

Lumbar Support Cushion

"I've always preferred to work seated in a sturdy chair, even when WFH (no couch or bed desks for me). But after a few weeks of trusting that my prized accent chair was 'sturdy,' my lower back begged to differ. So, I turned to this easy on the eyes and budget over-the-seat-back support cushion — it's firm yet forgiving, hugs my spine in all the right places, and my lumbar is now living her best life." – Elizabeth Buxton, Market Editor

Shop Cushion Lab

Cushion Lab Extra Dense Ergonomic Lumbar Pillow, $, available at Amazon

Foot-Callus Remover

"My fervent love for the wildly popular Baby Foot peel is well known among the R29 Shopping team — and my feet, personally. But, while in quarantine, I decided to take things up a notch by investing in a foot callus remover: aka Revlon’s version of the as-seen-on-TV PedEgg. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this was the best $8 I’ve ever spent. I was admittedly a little nervous to have at my dry, rough patches, but this nifty gadget doesn’t hurt at all — and within minutes, my heels and toes look brand new. Plus, nothing beats getting rid of the flakes of dead skin that collect inside the tool — can’t-look-away satisfaction at its finest." – Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Shop Revlon

Revlon Pedi-Expert, $, available at Amazon

Nora Ephron

"Reading during lockdown has been my absolute favorite way to spend my free time, and there is no better distraction than Nora Ephron’s dry sense of humor to lighten any mood. I dare any woman who’s ever owned a handbag to make it though Ephron’s essay 'I Hate My Purse,' without laughing." – Amanda Randone, Fashion Market Writer

Shop Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron I Feel Bad About My Neck, $, available at Amazon

Hand Sanitizer

"I anticipate the need for more hand sanitizer again as I start to consider the idea of commuting to work again in the near future. I'm not hoarding but I did order a few of these from Tony Moly!" – Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director

Shop Tony Moly

TonyMoly Aloe Chok Chok 62% Alcohol Hand Sanitizing Gel, $, available at Soko Glam

Coffee Subscription

"When everything shut down and I couldn't pick up my usual bag-o-beans from my favorite neighborhood roaster, I needed a fast fix (the grocery store stuff wasn't cuttin' it for me). I actually discovered Trade through a roundup we'd done on the top coffee subscriptions and was impressed with the breadth of brands it offered from sustainable roasters across the country. It costs anywhere from around $12 up to $18 a bag of blends of single origins with a flexible shipment schedule of your choosing (so, once a week or once a month). Oh and, if you don't know what you're looking for, there's a quiz for recommended taste matches. I'm sipping a cup right now as I type." – Elizabeth Buxton, Market Editor

Shop Trade

Sparrows Coffee All Seasons Blend, $, available at Trade

Yoga Mat

"Like many folks, I rediscovered home workouts while spending prolonged amounts of time in my apartment. Whether doing cardio videos on YouTube or virtual pilates on ClassPass, I’ve relied heavily on my yoga mat to be a magic carpet of fitness serenity when I’m feeling stressed. The Pro-Lite is among Manduka's most popular picks, but I also love the Begin (the brand’s entry-level mat) — it *actually* doesn’t move during downward dogs, and the blue hue feels so peaceful while in Shavasana." – Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Shop Manduka

Manduka 5 mm Begin, $, available at Zappos

Comfy Bralette

"You can’t really go wrong with a product that’s got 'butter' in its name, especially in reference to a smooth and stretchy fabric designed to cradle your chest. This bralette practically feels like a second skin and is soft enough to convert the bra averse (me!) into big-time believers." – Amanda Randone, Fashion Market Writer

Shop Commando

Commando Butter Comfy Bralette, $, available at Nordstrom

Hand Cream

"While utilitarian, in theory, Glossier’s new hand cream is still a treat to use through and through. The funky, modular packaging is unlike anything I’ve seen before (it features a soft, squeezy base and an oh-so-satisfying flip top) and the scent is a subtle reinterpretation of the Glossier You perfume — one of my all-time favorites." – Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Shop Glossier

Glossier Hand Cream, $, available at Glossier

Super Greens

"I've been making smoothies almost every day the last few weeks for nourishment that's also a treat. I add a bit of almond butter for comfort and a scoop of organic super greens for an extra boost of healthy antioxidants." – Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director


TRUWILD Wild Greens Certified Organic Green Superfood Adaptogen, $, available at Amazon

Lip Balm

"Ever since I’ve needed to wear face coverings whenever I'm outside of my apartment, I stopped using lipstick nearly cold turkey to avoid staining the interior of my mask. Enter the best clear lip balm I think I’ve ever tried: RMS’ coconut- and beeswax salve. It melts into my lips instead of just sitting on the surface and is certified organic with no scary ingredients. In addition to using it on dry lips, I love to rub it into my cuticles to get them buttery soft and smooth (as well as glazing my cheekbones for a no-highlight-highlight effect.)" – Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Shop RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm, $, available at Verishop

Orthocomfort Pet Bed

"My boyfriend and I are quarantined away from home with our sometimes anxious rescue pup. Since the house we're staying at is uncarpeted and we didn't bring a dog bed, I hunted high and low to find something soft that would make her more comfortable. Enter: The Snuggle Cup (an unofficial name). This thing is SNUGGLY. And also just so damn cute — you can buy it in a range of neutral and pretty pastel colors. It's definitely helped to make her feel safer AND has even worked as a makeshift car seat that eases her usual motion sickness — 10/10 would buy again." – Elizabeth Buxton, Market Editor

Shop Best Friends By Sheri

Best Friends By Sheri Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler, $, available at Amazon

Sustainable Leggings

"While I didn’t buy these leggings from the affordable AND sustainable brand Pact with the intention of living in them for months, that’s the exact purpose they’ve served. The contoured waistband basically feels like a hug, and the stretchy organic cotton fabric was made to be worn for hours … even days… on end." – Amanda Randone, Fashion Market Writer

Shop Pact

PACT Go-To Crop Legging, $, available at PACT

Exfoliating Face Scrub

"Quarantine and my skin simply do not get along. But, this light exfoliating scrub has been a refreshing way to kick off my days indoors and help get my sensitive complexion back on track. It’s always been a staple in my skincare routine, plus it’s very reasonably priced." – Amanda Randone, Fashion Market Writer

Shop Aveeno

Aveeno , $, available at Amazon

Button-Down Shirt & Sweatpants

"Blue and white striped button-down shirts are a part of my daily uniform, and this hasn't changed much in the past few weeks — but what has changed is what I pair it with. An oversized, breathable preppy man shirt paired with cozy gray sweats and loafers when I go outside has been my look. And while I do own plenty of striped shirts already, I couldn't resist this UO one went it went on sale for 50% off. I'm currently wearing it with a pair of grey sweats from Lou & Grey." – Marissa Rosenblum, Senior Shopping Director

Shop Urban Outfitters
Shop Lou & Grey

BDG Nellie Oversized Button-Down Shirt, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Super Plush Upstate Sweatpants, $, available at Lou & Grey

Organic Sleep Drops

"A few weeks after COVID-19 kicked off, I started having trouble sleeping (blame it on allergies, snacking too much before bed, or just a general sense of restlessness) and decided to finally give CBD/hemp-oil a try. Healist caught my eye as a newish brand that offered a unique range of organic and vegan broad-spectrum goods (from calm patches to well-being gummies). I've been taking a full dropper of its sleep drops every night before bed for the past month now, and have noticed a difference in my ability to quiet my mind and calm my body. Call it a placebo effect or call it science — whatever it is, it's helped me get some shut-eye and I'm here for it." – Elizabeth Buxton, Market Editor

Shop Healist

Healist Sleep Drops, $, available at Healist

Adjustable Laptop Desk

"In addition to transforming pretty much any space (couch and bed included!) in my apartment into a work-from-home office, this adjustable laptop desk has also proven to be a handy TV stand, book holder, even snack station on the weekends. Plus, it’s easy to tuck away when not in use." – Amanda Randone, Fashion Market Writer

Shop Amazon

Migo Portable Laptop Workstation, $, available at Amazon

DIY Tie-Dye Kit

"I got into the tie-dye trend last summer but was more than happy to revisit it this past month as a calming and creative outlet from all the craziness. I took the whole matching-sweatsuit craze as an opportunity to DIY one for myself with supplies I snagged off Amazon — it ended up being an affordable, easy, and therapeutic activity that just felt really good. I now wear my pink tie-dye suit as my official Zoom-call uniform." – Elizabeth Buxton, Market Editor

Shop Amazon

SEI Tie-Dye Tumble-Dye, Noen Kit with Idea Book, 3-Pack, $, available at Amazon

Soft Leggings

"Leggings have become my de facto uniform while in quarantine — and as I mentioned in my review, it doesn’t get comfier than Everlane’s super-soft legging. They truly feel like a second skin, and the ankle-length is perfect for petite ladies such as myself. Best of all, they’re still polished enough that I still feel put together when I need to run an errand or get some fresh air. Oh and, at just under $60, the price is right." – Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Shop Everlane

Everlane The Perform Legging, $, available at Everlane

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