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    19 Things That BuzzFeed Canada Writers Love That You Should Try In February

    Because we tried them for you in January!

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    1. A box of conversation-provoking questions for you and your partner that'll help you both get to know each other better.

    May Ning/BuzzFeed

    "My partner's love language is quality time, and I got this box of conversation starters for him for Christmas so that we could spend a few hours every week together with no screens or phones. Living with someone during a lockdown means you spend a lot of time together, so you might run out of things to talk about. The question topics range in levels of intimacy, from favourite memories to parenting styles. There are 135 cards, and we usually only end up doing 5-10 at a time since we get so into our conversations, so you can imagine how long the box will last you." —May Ning

    "I got this for my fifth anniversary with my boyfriend last year — since it happened during the pandemic, we couldn't go out, so we got some wine and went through a ton of these questions. It was great! We got to know each other better, we got to laugh at some of our silly answers, and it was just a lovely night. Sure, it would have been nice to actually go out for our anniversary, but this was still an awesome way to spend time together." —Kat Angus

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $30.

    2. A bottle of moisturizing hand sanitizer that comes out as a mist (so you won't accidentally get a big dollop of the stuff) and won't dry out your skin.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "Now that hand sanitizer is something I never leave the house without, I wanted to stock up on a few travel-sized bottles. I really liked this one because it solved some of the issues I had with using other hand sanitizers. First, it's a fine mist, so it doesn't make my hands super wet before drying down. It also has a light lavender scent, which is downright heavenly compared to the strong chemical smells from other hand sanitizers. My hands don't feel Sahara Desert dry after using it and it comes in this really sleek bottle that's small enough to fit in my pocket. It's a perfect ten out of ten." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it from Indigo for $18 (available in eight scents).

    3. This Moroccanoil volumizing mist that'll lift your locks right at the root and keep them that way all day long. Reviewers love that it never leaves their hair looking greasy or feeling crunchy, either, so you can go longer between washes.

    Moroccanoil, Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "I'm always skeptical of so-called 'volumizing' products, mostly because they rarely deliver on their promises. Having a LOT of smooth, straight hair requires some pretty legit power to achieve lift, usually requiring mousse or hairspray that leave my mane feeling gritty and crunchy. But this lightweight spritz is an exception — it can be used on wet or dry hair and gives it just the right amount of ~oomph~, while maintaining texture and movement. It's basically the only product that's kept my grown-out pixie cut from looking like a straight-up mop." —Victoria Kuglin

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $32.

    4. An Ilia mascara that'll lengthen your lashes without drying them out. It uses shea butter and beeswax that'll keep them feeling healthy, and stays on surprisingly well for how easy it is to take off at the end of the day.

    A before and after showing that the mascara made Brittany's lashes look a lot longer
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    "This mascara feels like it actually conditions my lashes when I have it on, and never feels crispy or clunky (like some do). Like, have you ever put on mascara and thought, frig, is this why my eyelashes are stunted? Yeah, that does NOT happen with this one, whatsoever. The fact that it's made with beeswax and shea butter makes me feel like I'm giving my lashes a little TLC, even though I'm wearing makeup. It also comes off super easily at night, which is great when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to deal with a full-on scrub down. And the results? The length it gives is no joke! I'm obsessed." —Brittany Barber

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $18+. Available in two sizes.

    5. An essential oil diffuser that won't take up a ton of space in your home, but will still give you plenty of pleasant aromas to smells.

    "I am a big candle fan, but the ones I love are super expensive, so nowadays I like to get my aromatherapy on in other ways. I've had a few diffusers in the past, but this one from Vitruvi is my absolute favourite. Yes, she costs a pretty penny, but she is worth every dang cent. It's pretty small, meaning up it doesn't take up too much real estate, but packs a huge punch when it comes to scent. I would recommend pairing it with some Vitruvi essential oils — they're super potent and you'll feel like a chemist coming up with your own scents (I'm really into lavender, grapefruit, and cedarwood ATM)."

    Get it from Indigo for $119.

    6. A bottle of Drop It Wine drops that'll remove the sulphites and tannins (the things that cause flushing and headaches) from your wine, so you can really enjoy that vino.

    The wine drops can be used in red or white wine
    Amazon

    "I’m a wine drinker and enjoyer! But once in a while, I’ll randomly get a headache while sipping on some wine (not enjoyable). I’d heard about Drop It Wine from a couple of friends so I decided to give it a try. It’s like a magical potion (made of natural ingredients) that reduces sulphites and tannins in wine. You add a couple drops of it to each glass and boom! It takes the bad stuff out of the wine that causes headaches and flushness. The best part about it is that it doesn’t alter the taste or smell of the wine. Drop it in, swirl it around, and enjoy your wine!" —Liza Hicks

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.63.

    7. A cake pan that'll let you bake your confectionary delights in the shape of any letter of the alphabet. You can even use it to make number shapes!

    May Ning/BuzzFeed

    "I've been seeing these monogram cakes all over the internet lately, and I decided it was time for me to try it out when my mother-in-law's birthday rolled around. When I first opened the package, I was really surprised at how sturdy the main pan was (you could use it alone to bake a regular cake). It comes with eight inserts that'll help you create your monogram, and one angled piece to help you cut out the corners if you want your cake to be less angular. It also came with instructions on how to jig the inserts around to create any letter or number, so I wasn't stuck guessing how to arrange them.

    I found a basic vanilla cake recipe online and when I poured the batter in, I was impressed that thanks for the little ridges that keep inserts in place, none of the batter leaked. The resulting cake was thick enough that I was able to slice it in half horizontally and add a layer of icing in between. You could also try using it with cookie dough or to make a cheesecake — the possibilities are endless. I'm no Cake Boss, but I'm pretty happy with how my cake turned out, thanks to this nifty little set." —May Ning

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    8. This mini broom and dust pan set that'll help you tidy tiny messes without needing to whip out your whole cleaning kit. The silicone-rimmed dustpan is super deep, so dust and dirt will stay contained.

    The mini broom sweeps dust into the mini dustpan as a cat watches
    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "I know I reached adulthood when this lil' kit got me SO👏🏻FREAKIN'👏🏻EXCITED👏🏻. The slim shape is absolutely genius, tucking easily between bottles of cleaning sprays and miscellaneous under-the-sink items and saving me tons of storage space. Thanks to the silicone rimming, I can easily sweep every last fleck of debris into the dust pan, and the palm-sized broom is compact enough to fit where normal ones just can't go (like between appliances or under the sofa). Consider me swept away by this mini gizmo!" —Victoria Kuglin

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    9. A tube of multipurpose Dr. Pawpaw balm that'll help heal your chapped lips, cracked skin, and dry cuticles.

    A person holding a tube of the balm in front of plants
    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "I get really dry lips in the winter and this stuff is a true lifesaver. It's pretty thick, but it gets the job done. I also love using it on my cuticles when they start fraying. Reviewers say they use it on their hair and insect bites, which I have yet to try, but I love knowing this can be used for a bajillion things." —Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    10. A hair diffuser for your blowdryer that’ll transform your frizzy waves into bouncy curls. It has a super-wide surface, so you won’t have to waste time sectioning off your hair off into a billion pieces.

    A before and after showing that the diffuser makes Brittany's hair waves much more defined and bouncy
    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    "This diffuser attachment has forever changed the way I style my hair. Naturally, my hair is kind of wavy — but with this baby (and a dollop of Bumble and Bumble’s curl defining cream), my limp waves turn into bouncy locks I never even knew I was capable of (without a curling wand). I’ve tried other diffusers before, but what sold me on this one is how big it is. It lets me dry my hair in just two sections — which saves me time and effort, and prevents my curls from looking stringy and separated. I realized only after I bought it that I forgot to measure the diameter of my blowdryer. Luckily, this thing is adjustable — you just twist the top of it to make the attachment point bigger or smaller." —Brittany Barber

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.99. Available in two colours.

    11. A bag of chocolate truffles or a box of chocolates that'll instantly perk up your mood.

    Amazon

    "Who knew you could order fine, delicious chocolate from Amazon? I didn't, but now I do! Lindt chocolate is one of my favourite chocolates in the whole wide world, and now I can have it delivered straight to my door. I will eat anything from Lindt, but my personal favourite is either the classic Lindor Milk Truffles or their Swiss Luxury Collection. The milk truffles literally melt in your mouth. And the variety of chocolates from the Swiss Luxury Collection is like the gift that keeps on giving. My fiancé knows that if I'm in a bad mood, he just needs to surprise me with some Lindt chocolates, and all will be well in the world again. I should probably let him know that he should order them in advance and have them ready for me when I need them!" —Liza Hicks

    Get the Lindor chocolate truffles for $24.99 and the Swiss Luxury Collection for $14.18, both from Amazon Canada.

    12. A pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers that'll actually remove all the stains you've been trying to get rid of for months. All it takes is a bit of water and a couple swipes to clean permanent marker, crayon stains, and scuff marks from all the surfaces in your home.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "I live with two small children and, as a result, I'm constantly cleaning up after them. These magic erasers are a true blessing. Instead of scrubbing away stains with a bucket and cloth like Cinderella, I can quickly and effectively remove whatever mysterious marks and stains I find on tables, walls, and other surfaces in seconds. Like this beautiful crayon mural, for instance. It took less than a minute to clean up, and all it took was a little water and elbow grease." —Kaysey Davis

    Get a pack of two from Amazon Canada for $3.49.

    13. This Aesop body balm that'll keep your hands from turning into a flaky mess. It's rich enough to fight off sanitizer-induced dryness, without leaving your grabbers feeling greasy and sticky.

    A hand holds a tube of the body balm
    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "This is one of those Holy Grail products I just can't seem to go without. It's truly a miracle solution for annoying little problems, like peeling cuticles or crusty elbows, and it smells pretty dang great, too. I use it at least twice a day and a single tube can last me for months, so the splurge is 100% worth it. I love that it absorbs quickly, too, so I can moisturize and get on with my life." —Victoria Kuglin

    Get it from SkinStore for $52.91.

    14. An engraved dog tag that'll keep your furry friend looking stylish, but will still contain all the important info you want.

    Alice Prendergast/BuzzFeed

    "If there's one thing I love in this world, it's Bobby, my border collie baby (pictured above). I foster failed with her last year and she has made my life a million times better. Now, because I love her so much, I want to keep her looking her best on all occasions, including just lying on the couch. The tags she got from the vet and city were not up to snuff, in my opinion, so I found this adorbs one on Etsy. I really love that you can choose the font, colour, and doodle, making it completely unique to your chien (I got a chili pepper because Bobby is a spicy girl). I also got her microchip number and my phone number engraved on the back, so I don't need to layer it up with any other tags. Now she is the most fashionable gal at the dog park." —Alice Prendergast

    Get it from StampOutLoudShop on Etsy for $20.99+ (available in three materials and styles).

    15. A laptop stand that’ll do wonders for your posture. If you spend most of your day slumped over your desk, do your neck the favour and get yourself an ergonomic setup already.

    Brittany Barber/BuzzFeed

    "Before I got this thing, I relied on a stack of books to elevate my laptop. It wasn’t pretty. I finally bit the bullet and made the upgrade, and let me tell you, I wish I had done it sooner. With this baby (and a separate mouse and keyboard), my sweet neck has never been happier. I normally use it with my MacBook Air, but I tried it with a clunky old MacBook Pro and it held it up perfectly, too. It comes with a hex key you can use to adjust the angle of the stand, with pads that’ll protect the edges of your laptop from scratches. Your aching back will thank you." —Brittany Barber

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    16. A concealer palette that'll let you customize your concealer shade and the amount of coverage you want, so you'll get the perfect ~lewk~ every time.

    The concealer palettes that come with five different shades for customization
    Sephora

    "Since I have freckles, it’s really hard for me to find products that perfectly match my skin with just the right amount of coverage. It’s extra hard finding a concealer that matches my skin tone year round, my tanned summer skin vs. my paler winter skin. That's why I really like this Lise Watier concealer palette - you get to mix and match the palette to find the right shade of concealer, no matter the time of year. The formula is super creamy, easy to apply, and blends in perfectly. Plus, with a little research, I learned all about colour correcting for different skin tones and types. I get to choose the amount of coverage when applying this product, whether its minimal coverage or full-face coverage. I’m excited to keep using this and step up my makeup game." —Liza Hicks

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $36 (available in three shade combinations).

    17. A skincare set from The Ordinary that'll give you a ton of bang for your buck, from cleansers to moisturizers.

    May Ning/BuzzFeed

    "If you, like me, are a serial skincare lover, then you know the skincare section on Sephora all too well. I have really sensitive skin, so I'd been dying to try out products from The Ordinary, which are known for their simple and clean ingredients. You get four whole products for just $29 (which wouldn't even get you a sample size of some higher end products).

    The squalene cleanser is great for removing makeup, since it's lipid based, and it cleans your skin without stripping it of moisture. The niacinamide literally cleared my pores overnight, since it works by regulating your sebum levels. I use the salicylic acid once every other week, or whenever my skin is feeling dull, to draw out any impurities. And lastly, my favourite product of the bunch is the moisturizer that's packed with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, ceramides and other nourishing goodies. It's non-greasy but keeps my skin hydrated all day long. This little bundle of products have become a staple in my routine, keeping my skin clear and glowy." —May Ning

    Get it from Sephora for $29.

    18. A pack of thumb grips that'll decorate the joysticks on your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite with a pair of pawesome prints. They're made with soft silicone that'll keep your fingers from feeling sore after playing a few hours of Animal Crossing.

    A person holding a Switch Lite console with silicone covers on the joysticks
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    "I've had my Nintendo Switch Lite for a few months now, and I have to say that after playing Animal Crossing for a few hours, my thumbs would get so sore. It was a small inconvenience, but I found these thumb grips and decided to give them a try. They're super easy to put on. They're made of a soft, stretchy silicone material, so they literally just snap over the joysticks. The little paw prints are not only too cute for words, but they add a little texture to keep my thumbs from sliding around. Now I can play on my Switch for as long as I want and my thumbs won't have to pay the price afterward." —Kaysey Davis

    Get a pack of four from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    19. A purse organizer that'll keep your bag collection protected and easily visible in your closet, so you can grab whichever one strikes your fancy each day.

    "I'm only a budding purse enthusiast, but I could already tell that I was going to struggle to store my bags properly in my two-bedroom apartment in Toronto. But this organizer is the perfect fix! It can hold up to eight bags at once, and the clear plastic means I can always see which purse is where (and it'll protect the fabric from dirt and dust). I haven't filled every pocket yet, but I'll get there (I say as my credit card weeps). As a bonus, the pockets can also be used to store towels, linens, baby supplies, and whatever else you're struggling to organize." —Kat Angus

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.99 (available in three colours).

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