The Want Not Review: HALOmask

Hello! I trust everyone had a pleasant holiday season. I took a little time off and then the world was still on fire and so I’ve been mostly off doing other things. As the meme says, I could really go for some precedented times, right about now. Ahem.

Anyway! While I was gone, the nice folks at HALOLIFE reached out to me to ask if I’d like to try one of their HALOmasks. I’ll be honest: most of you know I spent most of last year sewing and donating masks, and I’d gone through a few different iterations of trying different designs and materials and tweaking patterns, and I didn’t figure a mass-produced mask was going to be terribly different than the ones I make. I mean, theirs have a nanofilter, so the filtration would be better, but the actual user experience of wearing the mask would be about the same, right?

Welp. They sent me a mask and I’m about to eat my words, because as much as I’d looked at their retail price of $35 and rolled my eyes (though right now there’s an available $5 off coupon at Amazon, but still), these masks make mine look like torture devices. Let’s review:

1) They have a really sturdy nose clip, like the ones I use. No glasses fogging whatsoever. Okay, we’re even.
2) They have adjustable ear loops, which I also make. But their elastic is ridiculously soft and even after long wear, there’s no chafing. Point to HALO.
3) The masks come in 4 different sizes (I only make 3) and mine fit my face perfectly. Hmm.
4) Their lining is a soft bamboo material—super comfy—and the chin bit is actually a separate stretchy panel that means there is zero gapping at the chin no matter your face shape. I make a few different designs but sometimes there’s a gap.
5) My masks are cotton, which I consider to be a very breathable fabric, right? HALO masks bill themselves as both moisture-wicking and super breathable. I don’t know which one of those two things made the difference, but I can tell you that normally a stint in one of my masks ends with a slightly sweaty face, and yesterday I wore my new HALO mask for an hour and when I took it off I was still cool and comfy, and not sweaty at all.

The bottom line? It’s a really comfortable, effective, nice mask. The price would prevent me from buying a whole bunch of them because I’m, y’know, super cheap, but if I was needing a good mask for more frequent wear (if I worked outside the home, for example) I would spring for a couple of HALOmasks for sure. Worth checking out if you’re in need of a mask you can comfortably wear for extended periods.

[Standard disclaimer: While the product was provided to me for free, all opinions are my own and unsolicited. I don’t review stuff I don’t like, and my opinions can’t be purchased.]

Save on Instacart

I hope it goes without saying that my holiday wish for everyone here is to stay safe during these crazy times. Stay home if you can, wear your mask, etc.

If you’ve been using Instacart lately to avoid the grocery store, this deal is for you. Best Buy has a $100 Instacart digital gift card for just $80 today, which could theoretically go a long way toward easing any guilt you have about using Instacart. (Not that you should feel guilty. I do, but I feel guilty about everything.) It’s an easy way to save a little money, so why not?

Now please go wash your hands.

Book or LEGO? Book AND LEGO!

Need another holiday gift, or looking for a few things for the gift closet? No need to choose between a book or some LEGO when Amazon has this LEGO Amazing Vehicles hardcover marked down from $20 to $9.80 with a clippable $1.47 coupon, making it just over $8. The book has tons of ideas as well as enough bricks to make 4 vehicles.

Not as good of a deal as that one, but still marked down (if you need more!) are the LEGO Animal Atlas hardcover (down to $13.34 with a clippable $2 coupon) and the LEGO Holiday Ideas hardcover (down to $12.14 with a clippable $1.82 coupon).

I love these books for reluctant readers who are LEGO fans, as it unites the best of both worlds.

Need a 9′ Christmas tree?

This claims it will arrive before Christmas, but I’d think of it more as an after-Christmas deal you just happen to snag before the holiday.

Amazon has a third party seller offering this 9ft Artificial Large Spruce Hinged Christmas Tree for $143 and free shipping. There’s a 33% off clippable coupon right at the top of the product information, plus at checkout you can apply coupon code KINGSOV3YW for another 25% off. The final cost is just $60 shipped, which is a heckuva deal on a tree this size. It probably costs them about half that just to ship it.

Our (fake, obviously) tree is this sort of hinged design, and it’s a snap to set it up and take it down. I really prefer it to our previous tree, which required each branch to be hooked in individually.

Another crazy good LOFT sale

I know I post about these LOFT sales a lot. It’s just that 1) I really like their stuff and 2) I’m always mildly confused, wondering how they stay in business/who is paying full price there given how many amazing sales they have.

Right now they’re offering free shipping on every order, and coupon code GIFTS takes 55% off everything. Better still, that same code takes 55% off sale items and then another 40% off of that, too. (No, that’s not the same as 95% off. But it’s still pretty good.)

I got some Lou & Grey linen pants during their last big sale that became my go-tos for those end-of-summer days. Now I don’t really need anything, but with prices like this, I’ll just have to take a look….

AirPods, again

In case you missed the last deal on these, don’t fret! Amazon to the rescue: today they’ve got these Apple AirPods with Charging Case marked down to $129, plus there’s a clippable $19 coupon, making them just $110 shipped.

Note that these are the latest version of the entry level AirPods—the charging case is wired, not wireless, and they don’t have the noise canceling advantages of the AirPods Pro. Also note that they don’t ship until December 21st, but they do have an “arrives before Christmas” label.

Still, at this price point, it’s a great deal.

It’s come to this

Apparently people have started hoarding toilet paper again. I don’t quite understand the logic, myself, but if you’ve been having trouble finding the good name-brand stuff at a reasonable price, I’ve got you. Amazon has this 24-pack of rippled Cottonelle family mega rolls for $22.86 right now, or less if you buy via Subscribe & Save. (That’s their lowest recorded price.) They claim these family mega rolls are each the equivalent of over 4 regular rolls, so 24 of these rolls = 108 regular ones.

I buy toilet tissue by the case even when there’s not a pandemic—it’s not like we’ll stop needing it—but if you’re wanting to stock up now, there you go.

There’s still time to match up

You don’t have a ton of time left, but if you forgot to grab those matching family jammies or some coordinating holiday finery, well, Children’s Place still has plenty of stock, free shipping, and everything is at least 50% off (if not as much as 70% off).

Get your kids matching outfits for Christmas, or Hanukkah jammies for the whole family, or even a seasonal-appropriate outfit for your dog. (Except I’m mad that this didn’t occur to me earlier, because they are, in fact, out of doggie elf outfits in my dogs’ sizes.)

You’ve got until December 15th to still get it in time for Christmas with free regular shipping, so hop to it.

If you still need a winter coat…

… they’re having a flash sale today at Nordstrom Rack. Their already slashed prices are an additional 25% off, for a total savings of up to 70% off. This includes many of their heaviest/warmest options, and some of the lowest prices they’ve had all season. Deals are good today, December 4th, only.

Prices are so low, I’m tempted to get myself a puffer coat even though I live on the surface of the sun. (Don’t worry, I’ll resist. Probably.)

Shipping is free on your $49+ order, otherwise it’s $8.

Lightweight, super comfy sneakers

Some of the most comfortable shoes I own are by Jambu, and so I was thrilled to read that they’re offering 12 days of secret deals each day starting today. It’s not even advertised on their main page. Sneaky!

Lucky you, I found today’s! Search for fly knit for women or hawk knit for men. Alternatively, just sort by price—each of these comfy, memory foam knit sneaker styles is just $19, today only. (They’re normally $79!) Make it even better by adding coupon code SHIPIT17 for free shipping on any order. Did I just get two pairs delivered for half the normal cost of a single pair? Yep. (Do I regret that I will now have to actually go exercise to justify that purchase? Perhaps.)

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