My favorite 9 Amazon purchases...of all time

Amazon is that amazing thing that we all love to use until we read an article about how horrible the factory conditions there are. And then we still love to use Amazon, but we also tweet about how and why it should be better and isn't right! But in the meantime, it's a lit cigarette and we are all 20 years old, outside a dive bar and trying to look cool. As Fergie would say, "I'm addicted and I just can't get enough"

Now, I have a sweet gig where over the years I review software services online and get $20 Amazon gift cards in return. I know, it's unfairly awesome, I don't know how or why they picked me to be a compensated reviewer. But because of this, I buy my life on Amazon, and let me tell you I've bought a lot of shit from this website. 

Here are some of my favorite purchases ranging from decor to gifts.

1. The serving tray of a lifetime

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First of all, let's be honest. No one uses this as a serving tray. We use this as something to put on our couch or bed while we balance food and drinks on it and binge TV. At least...that's what I use this for. It's only $25.70, but it looks and feels so much more expensive than that. The prime shipping isn't available for this one, which is why it doesn't come up on basic searches, but I found it for you, and it's awesome, and you can view it here. 

2. A floor lamp for warm, cozy lighting

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I know, sometimes ordering lamps or furniture off of Amazon is annoying because you have to put it together. But this took me maybe 10 minutes at most to put together (let's be honest, half of that is always breaking the cardboard box down for recycling) and was very easy.

I love this lamp ($79) because of the light it gives off. I live in a studio with literally only 1 window, and this lamp takes my apartment from "seriously sad" to "oh my god this looks like Pinterest". It's a miracle worker. Flattering light everywhere. 

3. If you want your makeup to look good

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I don't know about you, but I'm very particular about where I put on my makeup. If I'm in a hotel bathroom under fluorescent lighting that makes me look atrocious, I'm upset before I even begin, and this might speak to my fragile mental state but I'm seriously thrown into an insecure state that ruins the whole night. What can I say, I'm woman, hear me roar.

On the other end of the spectrum, if the lighting is too flattering I think I look great, and then I see myself out or in photos, and realize my bronzer is NOT blended, my blush is too intense, etc.

Enter: this setup. These came in the mail (fab reviews) and I peeled off the sticking backing, placed these around my mirror, and poof! There's a touch button to turn them on, you feel like Marilyn Monroe when you're getting ready, and it's the perfect balance of "natural" and "flattering" light. Best of all: only $22.

4. Dyson who? This vacuum cleaner

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If there's anything worse than no vacuum cleaner, it's a bad vacuum cleaner. I know you might be thinking that this is the least sexy item on the list, but trust me, this vacuum cleaner is seriously exciting. It's wireless, you just charge it (and it charges quick) and it picks up shit like you wouldn't expect a $64 vacuum to do (seriously it baffles me). Bonus - it has a cute little light at the front of it so you can see where you vacuum under surfaces. 

5. The gift for someone who has it all 

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You definitely already know what 23andMe is, but I'm not sure if you knew that you can get it on Amazon. Well, now you know! Great gift for the person who has-it-all or is just simply hard to shop for. 

6. Literally get this mattress

My stars, this mattress is just so divine I can't put it into words. If you're a millennial like me and common house purchases make you head straight to google to type in "how do I _____" then let me give you a hint when mattress hunting: buy this. 

It ships to your house (awesome because it's big) is very easy to unpack, and most importantly, feels like a firm cloud pillow it's just perfect. Read the reviews if you don't believe me. And it's $208 which is just...I mean, that's a steal for a mattress this great. 

7. Marble adhesive paper, and adhesive paper in general 

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Sometimes you have a piece of furniture, or a counter, or even a wall that you just don't like. Cover that shit up with adhesive paper because it's a lot easier than you would think, and it makes a world of a difference. 

I went through a minimalistic/luxe phase a year or so ago and covered most of my surfaces with this paper. Not going to lie, it looked fucking good, and it was mad cheap. 

8. Very rice, how much? (I hate myself)

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Horrible Borat joke aside, this rice cooker is KING. I got this when I just went vegan and most of my meals were rice and veggies in some capacity. I don't think you understand how awesome a good rice cooker is until you have one. I would come home from work, throw some rice in here (and sometimes steam veggies on top), shower, change, and then boom come out to perfectly made rice. 

It's also a great size for people who aren't part of a 16 member family (looking at you, Costco rice cooker) and even though the price is more expensive than some rice cookers out there believe me - it's worth it. 

9. Fucking 1 pound of pink starburst

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I mean does this need any explanation? I'm just so jazzed it exists. Another good gift idea.

Anyway, the consumer in me could list a hundred more items but I'm going to leave you with these because I think they're the best value and I truly, love the crap out of them. 

See you at the next sale,