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Heavy Finds: What Our Writers Bought (And Loved) in July

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Everything our editors bought (and loved) in July, providing you with our new favorite products.
If you’ve been following Heavy for some time, it’s pretty clear that our shopping writers are all enthusiastic consumers. In fact, it’s safe to say that we are always looking for new products that we’d be stoked to share with our readers.
So, we figured it’s time to start sharing our best buys every month so you can see what sort of things we’re buying for ourselves. Think of it as a cross-section of things we really need in our own homes paired with our ultimate ability to find great products worth sharing.
Here are 7 things that our writers bought in July that they absolutely loved:
See Also: Heavy Buys (June)
Our Review
We’ve been going to coffee shops less often and decided to get ourselves the Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker so we can make our own coffee drinks right in our kitchen.
Our old, cheaper espresso machine had kicked it a few years back and my husband used to be a barista so I had to find a higher-quality machine that had all the features we wanted–but without breaking the bank.
This machine from Cuisinart is exactly what we needed. It’s smaller than I expected when we took it out of the box which is great because it takes up less counter space. It brews one to two shots of espresso at a time and has a large water reservoir so you don’t need to be filling it constantly.
It has a manual steam arm so you can steam your milk which I find to be hands-down superior to frothing machines that just whip the milk up. With the flip of a switch, the steam arm can also dispense hot water for tea.
It’s a manual machine, which isn’t for everyone, but it gives you full control over your brewing. I don’t want a machine to froth my milk, I want to make sure it’s the perfect temperature myself.
Because it’s a manual espresso machine, it’s a little loud while it’s working. But it’s an espresso machine–they’re not silent. That’s fine with me. It sounds like being at a coffee shop.
The machine comes with a milk steaming cup but doesn’t include espresso cups. I bought this Set of Six Espresso Cups and Saucers on a Metal Stand and they’re both adorable and affordable. Perfect one-shot size and the stand means they take up almost no space at all. Plus they’re microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
And of course, we had to pick up some flavors so I bought this Starbucks Variety Syrup Pack that comes with caramel, hazelnut, and two vanilla flavored syrups with easy pour spouts.
If you’ve got a cat, you know the pains of having a regular litter box. We keep ours in the garage for our little Gracie, but unless we change the litter out entirely every few days, we’ll find random surprises around the house. Yuck.
Unfortunately, my garage is right next to my home office, so when she doesn’t go in the box, the smell comes into the office. And, it’s gross, to say the least. And my cat is also very particular about her litter and what type of litter she uses, but after testing the crystal litter that’s similar to what’s contained in the PetSafe box successfully, I decided it was time to try the more advanced litter box and see if Gracie would use it.
So, despite the slightly higher cost than we’d like, I finally had enough of my old litter box and sprung for the PetSafe Scoop-Free Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box after seeing others recommend it. And, it’s one of the best investments I’ve made in a long time.
It’s easy to put together (took me a total of 2 minutes), and it actually works just as described. It pushes the cat feces into a compartment so that you don’t have to see it or smell it, keeping my garage smelling cleaner than it used to.
I admit it. Working from home makes you lazy about your beauty routine, so I can’t remember the last time I put on mascara, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t want my eyelashes to look fab, which is why I bought this big container of LiLash Eyelash Serum. Since I wrote about all the best eyelash serums awhile back, I got to test this stuff out, and frankly, it’s the bomb. Since then, I’ve been a regular purchaser, and even my husband has become addicted. There’s one reason. It really works, and I’ve tried a lot of brands that don’t.
With my usual amount of skepticism, I began the nightly ritual of lining my upper lid with this clear serum right before hitting the hay.

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