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    Just 11 Things To Try In February

    Because we tried them for you in January.

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    This post features a mix of items that we purchased with our own money and those that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. (But! We’re under no obligation to write a review of those things, let alone a positive review.)

    1. Sumo Citrus, the big and orange-colored seedless fruits you've seen all over Instagram. AND FOR A REASON — they are utterly delicious.

    "It is an unequivocal fact that this is the worst time of year. The weather is bleh and no longer cheery-holiday-cold, and we're just in the long wait for spring (which IMO isn't much better. I just call it "allergy season"). Everything worth looking forward to just seems ages away. So let me tell you the BEST thing about this time of year. It's Sumo Citrus season. It's not a long season: just from mid-January through April — so take advantage while you can.

    These big citrus fruits are large enough for a substantial snack, totally SEEDLESS for effortless munching, and are the *perfect* blend of bright and tart and sweet. If you like citrus fruit, these are the ultimate flavor. The rind is thick, making them super-easy to peel. Since mid-January when the season started, I've eaten one EVERY DAY (but one). They're not super cheap — around me, they average about $2.75 (the equivalent of a Subway Metrocard swipe) apiece, but let me tell you eating one is often the highlight of my day. Is that sad? I don't care. Each one tastes like a burst of sunshine on gloomy mid-winter days." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Find where to get Sumo Citrus locally on their website, or order them on Amazon Fresh for $1.99 each (aka $.75 cheaper than my local Whole Foods!)

    2. A pair of faux-fur lined slippers for all the look of the fancy Australian brand (you know which I mean) at a fraction of the cost. But you get all the warmth and coziness!

    BuzzFeed / Yi Yang

    "I recently treated myself to a pair of these faux fur-lined slippers after suffering from freezing toes for many years. Honestly, I don’t know how I lived without them! They are the SOFTEST slippers I've ever had the pleasure of wearing — I spend most of my day looking forward to going home, shedding my regular shoes, and slipping into these. They actually have a durable PVC sole (as opposed those flimsy felt ones) that makes it easy to wear them out into the hallway or even the concrete pavement right outside my apartment.

    I’ve had Ugg slippers in the past but prefer these because 1) genuine shearling is actually a tad too warm for indoor wear and my feet end up sweating and 2) they’re pretty expensive and made of suede so I’m too afraid of getting water/food/makeup on them…what’s the point of slippers if you can’t wear them in the kitchen or bathroom. These microsuede slippers, on the other hand, are the perfect amount of coziness and they also look much more expensive than they are. I’ve splashed them with water several times and they dry off with zero issues. The fur is still fluffy after a couple months of regular wear and they’re not stinky either, even though my feet do sweat occasionally. TLDR; If you don't want to splurge on Ugg slippers or just prefer a vegan slipper option, I highly recommend these as an alternative." —Yi Yang

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 7/8–10.5/11 and three colors).

    3. A stylish faux leather backpack, because you shouldn't have to make sacrifices to carry your must-haves with you. This bb's professional looking, chic, and it has plenty of room for eeeeeverything — including your laptop.


    "I had my eye on this backpack for a while and now that I finally have it, I wish I had gotten it sooner! It's the perfect size for carrying to work and it looks stylish and professional. I get complimented on it almost every day. It has a padded laptop sleeve and a lot of other pockets to keep my stuff organized. I can easily fit my wallet, some makeup, a notebook, and other daily essentials — and sometimes I even fit my lunch bag in it. But, my favorite thing about this backpack is that it never hurts my shoulders! It's seriously comfortable to carry around and the deep zippers make it easy to get in and out of. In addition to carrying it to work, it's also great for travel. There's a little sleeve on the back so you can attach it to your luggage. I picked a more neutral color, but there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from." —Kayla Boyd

    Get it from Nordstrom for $105 (available in four colors).

    4. A tube of Lanolips ointment if your winter chapped lips are really making you POUT. You'll notice a difference in just one use.

    BuzzFeed / Natalie Brown

    "After truly years of trying all kinds of different lip balms to varying degrees of success, I've finally found the only balm that actually leaves my lips softer and more hydrated every time I use it, even after it rubs off: Lanolips. Before I found it, I suffered from chronically dry lips, thanks to an anxiety-induced lip-licking habit I have yet to break, prescription tretinoin I use daily for acne (not directly on my lips, obvs, but it's just that drying), and a medication I take that just happens to be incredibly dehydrating. (Just peep the pic above! And that's not even really 'before' — it's just when I stopped using Lanolips for four straight days, then two days after I started wearing it again.)

    The very *first* time I applied Lanolips, it made SUCH a difference through the rest of the evening that I couldn't stop rubbing my lips together and lightly patting them with my fingers! Now, I apply a tiny amount about three times a day and haven't suffered from chapped lips since. A little goes a very long way, and it's kind of goopy and sticky to apply, but I don't care one bit. When it wears off (or soaks in? I think it does a little of both) a little bit later, my lips are still super soft, healthy-looking, and don't hurt or crack when I smile! Yes, people who have nursed before will recognize that it's made of lanolin, the main ingredient in many nipple creams — which might work well for chapped lips too, I haven't tried 'em! But one thing I do know: those don't have the delightful strawberry flavor that this does, or come in other flavors or tints!" —Natalie Brown

    Get the unscented, unflavored Original 101 Superbal from Nordstrom for $17, or from Amazon for $24.95, or get Lanolips Rose Gold 101 Lip & Cheek Tint from Nordstrom for $17.

    Check out Natalie's full review for all the deets.

    5. A pair of round tortoiseshell blue light–blocking glasses to give your eyes a dang BREAK from feeling so tired after starting at your computer for too long.

    BuzzFeed / Jasmin Suknanan

    "Over the last few weeks, I had been dealing with headaches and super tired eyes even though I had been getting my fair share of sleep. Seeing as I'm on a computer all day, this didn't really surprise me, however, I knew that I should try to find a solution because honestly, sitting there powering through the day when your eyes feel like they're gonna fall out of their sockets is not fun. Everyone raves about blue light glasses, so I thought I'd give them a go. These were affordable and really stylish so I said, meh, why not? It came with a mini light and a test strip so you can make sure the glasses really will block the light and it actually worked!

    I put the glasses on one morning when I already had a headache and heavy-feeling eyes before 10 a.m. and within about 30 minutes, I felt relief. NO headache, and NO more tired eyes! I can work even longer without feeling like I need to look away before my screen burns holes into my eyes, and I'm in an overall happier mood because I don't have headaches anymore — in fact, since getting these glasses two weeks ago, I haven't had a single headache or moment of tired eyes! Loooooove these glasses! Of course, since they are meant to block harmful light from electronic devices, you should only wear them while you use your electronics and not just casually." —Jasmin Suknanan

    Get them from Amazon for $19.68 (available in eight colors).

    6. Bath & Bodyworks' Sleep foam bath infused with black chamomile (it also doubles as body wash) for a truly relaxing soak in the tub before bed.

    BuzzFeed / Heather Braga

    "In case you were wondering, which I'm sure you were, I take a bath almost every single night. It's how I unwind from a day of running around (physically and mentally) and add some quiet me-time into the chaos that is life. That being said, I am also forever buying new products to take my at-home spa situation to the next level. Enter: Bath and Body Work's Aromatherapy line. A few years ago a friend gave me the 'Stress Relief' body wash and foam bath as a gift and ever since I've been hooked on these products. Most recently I purchased the Sleep black chamomile version and I want to let the world know how much I love it!

    It was designed to calm the mind and body, as it is infused with chamomile oil and bergamot oil, and honestly just smells fantastic. I'm also very into healing crystals, astrology, and all that jazz, so the subtle depiction of stars and the moon on the label really drew me in. The body wash itself even has a mystical, potion-like look to it. It looks so cool on my bathroom counter that I already know I'll have to restock when I run out. I'll usually only add a single squeeze-worth of it into my running bath water and it foams up really nicely — but not too much so that you're being overwhelmed by bubbles. If you're in need of a new bubble bath or just want to upgrade your own *serenity situation* I'd definitely check this product out." —Heather Braga

    Get it from Bath & Body Works for $13.50.

    7. A narrow space heater for a super-quiet way to heat your space (it oscillates!) without taking up a ton of precious space.

    BuzzFeed / Yi

    "This Honeywell heater is probably *the* most used item in my apartment — I turn it on for several hours every single day. The radiator in my new place is pretty weak and the rooms often feel chilly in the morning and at night. I bought a space heater for the bedroom but the heat wasn’t reaching the living room. Luckily, I received this oscillating ceramic tower heater as a gift not long after moving in, and it was exactly what I needed —whisper-quiet, powerful enough to quickly warm up a relatively large area, and gorgeous to look at.

    It has four heat settings, tip-over protection, and a remote control for easy access. There’s even a motion sensor that automatically turns the heater off when something blocks it (which I imagine would be especially useful for people with children or pets). I actually tested out this feature out, and it totally works! I stood right in front of the heater, and it automatically shut off in ten seconds or so. It’s not the cheapest space heater out there but I’d happily fork over my own money to buy it again." —Yi Yang

    Get it from Amazon for $79.70.

    8. Revlon's new ~Candid~ Anti-Pollution foundation for good-for-your-skin, medium-coverage finish — and at a very budget-friendly price. And no parabens or phthalates.

    BuzzFeed / Sarah Han, Revlon

    "I didn't think I would stumble upon the perfect medium-thickness, glowy-finish foundation, but I was proven wrong with the new Revlon PhotoReady Candid Foundation. I've been loyal to my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($47) for light, everyday coverage, and reaching for my Fenty foundation ($35) every so often when I need more coverage — but THIS might be my new go-to. It's a true Goldilocks-like option for me.

    It manages to make my skin look airbrushed and blur random dark spots and lil' bumps in a matter of a few Beautyblender dabs. It's surprisingly fast to apply and blend, unlike thicker foundations — while still having ample coverage. However, for more troublesome bumps (thanks, stress), I like to go over just those spots a second time for extra assurance. And my skin just has this healthy radiance to it after application? AHH. 😍 My only qualm is that it needs to come in bigger sizes! Good thing it's super affordable and you only need a little dollop each time, but still! Gimme a jumbo version, please!" —Sarah Han

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in 30 shades). Also available in a Moisture Glow version that Sarah also loves.

    9. The Theragun, a muscle massager that at least one pregnant person swears by to help with the random aches and pains that accompany growing an entire person.


    "The best self-massager out there, especially for pregnant people. No one really tells you that when you go to sleep at night, that’s the most painful part of the day, as a pregnant person. It’s like all the extra weight you’ve been carrying around hits you all at once, every muscle in your body is inflamed, and even just laying down can be an uncomfortable process. That’s not even to mention the restless leg thing and random leg muscle spasms you wake up to in the middle of the night, and the heartburn. Ugh, the heartburn. While I’m still trying to find a solution for heartburn that isn’t shoving my daily allotment of Tums into my mouth all at once (hit me up if you know of one), I have gotten the aches and pains under control. Theragun has saved me during pregnancy. I’m now at eight and a half months and I only wish I started using it before the fourth month. Using the tension-relief drill on my legs, hips, and low back has become the part of my day that I now look forward to the most.

    It works like this: It pounds your muscles with percussive therapy, aka vibrations that break up knots in the muscle tissue. Basically, it’s a really deep pressure massage you have at your fingertips whenever you need it. Thinking of it like that helps justify the steep price tag, too: The G3 model I love costs $399, but they make a lightweight version that retails for $249. Tbh, though, can you really put a price on pain relief?" —Marissa G. Muller

    Get it from Theragun: the lightweight model for $249 and the G3 reviewed here for $399.

    10. A customizable cosmetic organizer so you can *finally* get your oodles of makeup products corralled and neat on your vanity or table. ::cue Etta James singing "At Last"::

    BuzzFeed / Samantha Tomaszewski

    "I've recently started using WAY more beauty and skincare products and my little bookshelf/vanity area has gotten quite cluttered. I could never find anything and items were always rolling off while I was mid-skincare routine. So I decided to take things to the next organizational level and look for a makeup organizer.

    I got this great one from the Container Store and I'm never going back. I love how you can buy as many different compartments as you want, to mix and match to create your perfect makeup storage device! I spent several hours (lol) deciding what the best combination of compartments would be for the amount of items and the limited counter space I have. The one I landed on ended up being perfect for my space and it fit everything I use on a daily basis — and more. Now, I also feel like I'm going to be more likely to use certain beauty products I forgot about or never could find. And it just LOOKS so much better, a win/win/win!" —Samantha Tomaszewski

    Mix and match the stackable system; get compartments from The Container Store for $18.99+ (available in five configurations).

    11. First Aid Beauty's Fab Pharma Relief and Rescue mask, a mega-moisturizing and healing treatment for your driest winter skin. Bye flaking! Bye redness!

    BuzzFeed / AnaMaria Glavan

    "My complexion issues are currently a) dryness and b) redness. I’ve tried to address both issues with a slew of moisturizers, serums, and magical potions — some of which have been fine, but none memorable enough in which I would consider re-purchasing (the ultimate test of how good a product is, IMO). That is until...I decided to finally try the First Aid Fab Beauty Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask that I had been hoarding under my work desk. After twisting off the cap and squeezing some product into my hand, I was instantly put off; I’m very picky about scents and this one was almost medicinal. Thankfully, it disappeared within seconds so I slathered it onto my complexion anyway. I applied like I would a moisturizer (it goes on blue but becomes sheer once spread) and hopped into bed. In the AM? My skin was nourished, folks. And my usual redness had gone down.

    I immediately thought it was placebo (I can’t help that I’m a skeptic) so I decided to continue using it near nightly over my moisturizer and...ugh, I just love it so much. My complexion feels dewy without feeling greasy, cystic chin zits are gone, I no longer have that “I’m parched” tightness when I wake up, and my naturally rosy cheeks are now mildly flushed and not tomato red by the time I hit snooze. If you’re struggling with redness, winter dryness, or tend to travel a lot, take my advice and invest in this leave-on mask. It works." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it from Sephora for $32. *OR* get a full-size of this mask as part of BuzzFeed's limited-edition Birchbox for $62 (it's valued at $205!). That's eight more products for just $30 more.

    What's else is inside, you ask?

    *Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel-size), which preps skin (or for or without makeup) to minimize the appearance of pores and overall blur the look of your skin (retails for $15).

    *Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (full size), a fluffy moisturizer with little beads of hydration that dissolve as you tap it into your skin for your glowiest, bounciest skin yet (retails for $57).

    *Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray (travel size), a never-sticky, translucent product to add instant touchable texture and volume to your hair — in just one spritz (retails for $12, or $22 for the full size).

    *Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner, which makes creating super-precise and opaque lines and wings as easy as drawing with a sharpie. Helllooooo easy cat eyes (retails for $35).

    *Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer (full size), a borderline miracle spray that does it all — and then some: de-frizzes, detangles, protects from the heat and sun, and prevents breakage. Whew! (retails for $28).

    *Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (travel size), a nourishing treatment to help dry and damaged hair in just one longer-than-usual shower karaoke session (retails for $12).

    *Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, which fizzes up to form tiny microbubbles to deep cleanse and wake up your skin in just a couple minutes (retails for $9).

    *ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Love Life, a matte lipstick in a fun, poppy red that'll have you ready for any holiday party...or just an everyday red lip. (retails for $6)

    We'll get through winter one product at a time.

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