Staff picks: 10 items we're obsessing over this week, all under $30

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Pain patches, face cream, shampoo, pet brush
Pain relief, gentle shampoo, French face cream and the best fur collector ever: Here's what we've been loving of late, all under $30. (Photo: Amazon)

As shopping editors and writers, we spend a lot of time on Amazon searching for the best deals, under-the-radar finds and goodies that we know are worth the investment. But what do we actually spend our own money on? If you've ever been curious (or just want to peek inside our closets, cabinets and makeup bags) this is your chance to do so. We compiled a list of Yahoo-staff approved items, from an ultra-hydrating moisturizer to handy pain-relieving patches. And guess what? Everything is under $30.

Oh, and if you want to save even more, make sure you're an Amazon Prime member. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Here's what the Yahoo Life staff has been obsessing over lately.

Liz Kiernan, commerce director: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Face cream
It's indulgent without being over-the-top. (Photo: Amazon)

"A makeup artist told me about this French face cream and I’ve been addicted ever since. It feels amazing on your skin, smells even better, is super-hydrating and blends beautifully with makeup. No wonder a tube is sold every 20 seconds!"

$28 at Amazon

Westry Green, managing editor: Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patch

gel patches for pain relief
Heaven for bad backs. (Photo: Amazon)

"I have a bad back, but I work out hard. It's a bad combination. I often suffer from so much pain that it's difficult to fall asleep at night. I don't want to take Advil or Aleve every day since NSAIDs can be hard on the stomach. Instead, I apply one of these incredibly effective pain patches. The large size is perfectly suited for back pain. I can apply it either vertically or horizontally, depending on which parts of my back are suffering. It feels like it almost seals in the pain relief, and it lasts for hours! I always have a stash of these at home, and I never travel without a pack or two."

$18 at Amazon

Derek Arbogast, commerce writer: WoundSeal Powder

Would seal packages
Essential for any emergency kit. (Photo: Amazon)

"This item comes in just under the wire at $28, but, seeing as WoundSeal Powder can literally mean the difference between life and death, it’s worth its weight in gold. Capable of stopping bleeding in seconds sans bandages and gauze, this stuff’s been indispensable to me, whether in surviving a bear mauling in the Yukon, a bone-deep laceration while climbing El Capitan or a knife fight on New York’s Lower East Side. I know, I know; I lead an interesting life. Here’s a genius way to help protect yours."

$28 at Amazon

Nicole Sforza, executive editor: Amazon Essentials Women's Cotton Bikini Brief Underwear

Six pair of different color women's underwear.
Meet the ultimate everyday panty. (Photo: Amazon)

"I finally found the perfect pair of no-fuss everyday undies. They're super comfy, wash well, come in a multipack of assorted colors (or all black) and cost only $16 for SIX. Need I say more?"

$16 at Amazon

Stephanie Sisco, commerce editor: Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer

pet hair remover
It's your secret weapon in the fight against shedding. (Photo: Amazon)

"Pet lovers, listen up! This little gizmo is a lifesaver for collecting fur from textiles and upholstery. About the size of a credit card, this rubber-lined tool can be run along car seats, couch cushions, even rugs (though there's a larger floor model made specifically for that) to remove Fido's fur. The rubber creates static as it rubs along the fabric and that static collects the debris into a neat little tossable pile. Voilá!"

$13 at Amazon

Izabella Zaydenberg, senior commerce editor: MyKirei by KAO Nourishing Shampoo

nourishing shampoo
It's super gentle on even the most tired locks. (Photo: Amazon)

"After years of bleaching, coloring and heat styling, my hair is begging for a break. This vitamin-rich shampoo does precisely that — it removes all the gunk I have left over from products I've used between washes, plus it hydrates and nourishes my brittle, exhausted hair. It's not a substitute for a heavy-duty moisturizing treatment — that's what I have my conditioner and leave-in products for — but it's super gentle on even the most fried mane."

$20 at Amazon

Libby Sentz, commerce editor: Tru Earth Eco-friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets

Laundry detergent sheets
Laundry time just got an upgrade. (Photo: Amazon)

"I am in love with these eco-friendly detergent strips. Not only are they cruelty-free, biodegradable and zero waste, but they make laundry time loads easier. Just pop one in and go! Plus it’s gentle on my daughter’s sensitive skin. I'll never go back to liquid or powder."

$15 $20 at Amazon

Vinciane Ngomsi, sports commerce writer: Microplane Premium Grater

Zester
It's so much more than just a citrus zester. (Photo: Amazon)

"There are SO many uses for this zester. I grate cheese atop pasta, zest lemon as garnish for cakes and ginger to add to tea. Burnt cookies? You can even scrape the char before serving. For something so inexpensive, the Microplane Premium Zester really does it all."

$16 at Amazon

Rachel Roszmann, commerce editor: Zulay Fruit Manual Juicer

Juicer
Extract juice from just about any citrus fruit. (Photo: Amazon)

"I’m head-over-heels in love with this juicer — it makes juicing citrus fruit actually enjoyable. It gets Every. Last. Drop. out of any lemon or lime you put in there. Lemonade anyone?"

$15 at Amazon

Carrie McCabe, commerce writer: Satina High Waisted Leggings

Person wearing black leggings
There's a reason these mega-popular leggings are such a cult favorite. (Photo: Amazon)

"Satina is THE biggest name in leggings at Amazon, and for good reason! Their leggings are super soft and stretchy, but still opaque enough to wear with confidence. My favorite variety of Satinas are the full-length leggings with pockets — the pockets are surprisingly deep and fit my (admittedly a bit out-of-date) iPhone 8+ perfectly and securely. Heading to the gym with a couple of cards, keys and your phone will be super easy in these…and lazing around the house is just as comfy! Plus, who can beat that price, and they’re on sale pretty often, like now!"

$18 $22 at Amazon

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