In the last few years, more and more people have been turning to beauty-focused subscription boxes for their monthly hair care, cuticle care and skin products. Companies like Birchbox are becoming household names as they offer a curated selection of top-of-the line items at affordable prices.
The “CNN things we tested” is a list of products that the editors tried in January 2022. The list includes some of their favorite products, such as the iphone x and apple watch 4.
We were exposed to a myriad of items in January, ranging from warm boots to game-changing body serum. Some were quickly forgotten, while others made an indelible effect. We’ve chosen to produce roundups of our favorite items we test each month since we’re devoted to highlighting the finest products out there.
So, what were the January goods that we adored? Continue reading to see the goods we tried and couldn’t get enough of, as well as a glance back at our 2021 favorites.
Have you had a strange feeling in the last several weeks? To put it mildly? Have you neglected to charge your AirPods before taking out on a trip? Have you fallen asleep for 12 hours and forgotten to set your alarm? Have you ever felt as though the whole world was conspiring against you? All of this may be attributed to Mercury retrograde. And as someone who has been cursed since January 14, this candle from Birthdate has reminded me that it will all be over soon, and I will be free of my pain. It also has a really soothing scent, which is all I need till February 3rd, when this is all done. — Senior editor Rachel Lubitz
I just refuse to wear anything other than Sherpa zip-ups, wool beanies, fur Ugg boots, and, of course, fuzzy socks throughout the winter. This pair is extremely precious to me since they make me feel like I’m walking on clouds every time I put them on, and the vivid purple always makes me feel a bit more cheerful on dark winter days. Don’t be swayed by the idea of compression socks in general. These are built with the lightest amount of real progressive compression support and are meant to relieve any discomfort or agony without making you feel numb in your legs. — Stephanie Griffin, a digital content strategist, is a senior member of the team.
$199 at Tuft & Paw
My cat, Phoebe, loves to shadow me while I go about my day, which most of the time is adorable. When I have to work, however, it’s an issue. She especially loves to hop onto my desk and plop herself right between me and my screen in a not-so-subtle plea for attention. In an effort to reclaim my desk space and satisfy my daughter’s need to be involved in my every task, I installed this fluffy yet sleek cat perch from Tuft & Paw on the wall alongside my desk — it didn’t take long and came with easy-to-understand instructions. The Vista allows my feline overlord to comfortably lounge while she supervises my workday, and it’s not an eyesore for me to look at ether. — Chelsea Stone, senior editor
Allow me to put you in the nicest winter boots I’ve ever owned. Do they make me feel like Frankenstein at times? Yes. Do I give a damn? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no My feet are protected from the weather by the platforms. The inner shearling keeps me toasty warm (so warm that sometimes I can just wear normal socks and not feel cold at all). And the leather upper has held up well in the face of rain, sleet, snow, salt, and other elements. For the last month, I’ve only worn these boots, and not only are they wonderfully comfy, but I also believe these Frankenstein boots are quite gorgeous. They’re also on sale. If you reside in a chilly environment and wish to go about in tough-looking slippers, get them as soon as possible. — Senior editor Rachel Lubitz
I now have a new keyboard for my home office. The Logitech Pop Keys mechanical keyboard is the kind of cute, tiny, and clacky mechanical keyboard you’ve definitely seen on TikTok, but it’s more than just a fashionable toy. It’s a pleasure to write on, and its configurable emoji keys and ability to connect to three devices at once make it a useful productivity tool. Plus, the lovely pastel hues make a nice contrast from the dark gaming keyboards that generally take up space on my desk. — Senior tech writer Mike Andronico
You already know what I’m going to say about this product if you’re into cosmetics. The perfect foundation for me is one that gives me that lit-from-within glow with no effort. “Wow,” I want to say as I slap it on and glance in the mirror. Take a look at her.” That is precisely what this foundation does. The key, I believe, is in the foundation itself, which contains skin-loving elements like hyaluronic acid (excellent for dry skin in the winter) and coconut extract. It gives me an immediate glow, and it hardly transfers onto my mask when applied with a basic setting spray. What more could you possibly want? — Senior editor Rachel Lubitz
Every winter, it appears as though all of the moisture in my skin vanishes into thin air like clockwork. This is quite inconvenient for me, since I despise the practice of applying body lotion. However, I’ve started using Nécessaire’s Body Serum this year, and it’s been a game changer. This hyaluronic acid-rich serum is considerably lighter than a typical lotion, and it absorbs fast enough that I never feel oily after using it. It’s become an important part of my after-shower ritual. — Senior editor Chelsea Stone
I’m a little bit of a scent connoisseur. Basically every new scent that comes out, I want to try (or at least sniff) at least once. This month was the first time I tried Snif, a service that sends you three fragrances to test and then lets you choose which ones you want to retain. I received the brand’s new Collection 3, which is full of smokey, sweet, and just amazing aromas suitable for the winter, and Burning Bridges was my favorite of the lot. Aside from the cute bottle (did you know brown is popular now? ), the perfume is smokey at first, with tobacco undertones, and then flowery, with rose and iris notes. It’s become my new go-to smell, and I’m excited to wear it every day. — Senior editor Rachel Lubitz
I’ve probably used hundreds of iPhone covers, but this one from Totallee is by far the best. With MagSafe compatibility, it’s highly useful, has a gripping bumper for further protection, and a translucent plastic back that lets your iPhone’s color show through. It’s well worth the $39 price tag. — Jacob Krol, editor of technology and electronics
Since trying Nécessaire’s body wash, I’ve been a fan, but this new gel deodorant could be my favorite Nécessaire launch ever. As someone who is sensitive to strong aromas, I like that this deodorant is fragrance-free while yet being effective. I also like the gel consistency since it’s easy to apply with a rollerball applicator. This deodorant includes 5% alpha hydroxy acid, which is meant to reduce bumps, and I do believe it has made my underarms smoother when I first began using it. — Hayley Saltzman, social media manager
The Logitech Litra Glow overcomes an issue with ring lights that I’ve always had: they’re simply too huge. Whether I’m streaming on Twitch or doing a video call, this convenient, tiny light attaches directly to the top of my display, offering me a simple method to seem more bright and true to life on camera. I really like how it works with my Logitech gaming keyboard, allowing me to change the brightness and color temperature with a single press. — Senior tech writer Mike Andronico
In our mechanical keyboard testing, the Keychron Q2 QMK custom mechanical keyboard has been a highlight, and it’s one of the quietest and most comfortable types we’ve tested. It offers the luxury fit and finish of more expensive bespoke and group-buy keyboards at a more affordable price range, and you can get it with a very beautiful stock configuration, your choice of switches and keycaps, or just the bare chassis to construct anything you want. — Product testing senior section editor Michael Berk
When it comes to hair care products, I know next to nothing, so when my colorist (hello, Stephanie!) encourages me to try anything, I do. In order to retain my color and grow my hair, my hair goal for 2022 is to be more conscious of how frequently I wash it, and this oil-absorbing dry shampoo has become my holy grail on greasy hair days. The product’s main components are turmeric and charcoal powder, which work together to pull out any filth or buildup without leaving my hair with the powdered white residue that many dry shampoos are notorious for. When I use this product, my hair appears volumized, renewed, and revitalized, and I’m genuinely looking forward to those no-wash wash days. — Stephanie Griffin, digital content strategist senior
I am confident in claiming that I have finally discovered the most comfortable underwear of all time, despite the fact that it took almost 32 years. Pepper’s seamless bikini underwear is so comfy that I forget I’m wearing it, and it doesn’t move around at all during the day, unlike other seamless, thin underwear I’ve tried. I also tried the seamless thong and the Mesh All You Bikini, and each design is quite comfortable and long-lasting. — Head of social media Hayley Saltzman
The chilly weather, along with my Accutane prescription (a harsh acne treatment that removes oil from your face, great! ), has caused havoc on my complexion. It’s chapped, scratchy, and painful, and no matter how much moisturizer I use or how frequently I apply it, I can’t keep it moisturized — until I tried this Gwyneth Paltrow-approved, super-luxe body butter. It’s a silky smooth, whipped trio of shea, cocoa, and mango butters that glides into my skin, leaving it highly moisturized and with a subtle citrus scent. After using the brand’s Body Oil and Contour Serum, I use the product before bed, and it lasts long enough that I don’t need to reapply until the following night. — Stephanie Griffin, a digital content strategist, is a senior member of the team.
I love that this Paper Shoot camera is both eco-friendly and thin, so I can snap film photographs with it instead of a cumbersome camera anywhere I go! It’s also quite simple to see the photographs. Instead than paying to get photos developed, you just connect the camera onto your computer. — TikTok strategist Hannah Lauson
Because the temperature in New York City is often minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, I’ve spent my time at home being warm and pampering myself with a thorough skin care regimen. The highlight of my new winter routine is this Curie Clay Detox Mask. I use it to eliminate blackheads from my face, and — get this — it also detoxifies your armpits. I’ve switched to an all-natural deodorant, and I’d definitely suggest this product to anybody considering making the move. — Sarai Thompson is the social organizer for the event.
Spanx is $78.
When I was entrusted with doing a “shapewear test” for Underscored’s TikTok account, I tried Spanx’s bestselling shapewear shorts on a whim, and after experiencing its magical abilities (emphasis on magical!) firsthand, I couldn’t not wear them to a wedding I was attending a few days later. I donned a skintight black gown and these shorts, which were so comfortable they felt like a second skin and made my tummy seem flat and curvaceous in all the right places — which was practically impossible given the espresso martinis and fries I had devoured the night before. I really liked how they kept put and didn’t roll (despite a lot of dancing) and had a double-gusset opening for when nature called. I finally understand the Spanx craze and will never wear a skintight garment without them again. — Stephanie Griffin, digital content strategist senior
When my partner and I initially moved in together two years ago, we were on a budget, and the result was an extremely uncomfortable (and very fugly) velvet gray futon from Amazon. So when it came time to say goodbye to our futon and upgrade to a couch that we really wanted to watch TV or snooze on, we went to BenchMade Modern — and the process couldn’t have gone any smoother. We were able to work with the manufacturer to design every aspect of our couch, including the size (we chose 85 inches), color (we chose Marfa Sugar Cookie), cushions (we chose deep cushions for more support), and legs (we went with stained walnut). Furthermore, the delivery procedure took less than a month, and the couch was delivered and unboxed immediately in our workplace once it came. We didn’t have to do anything! Finally, there are alternatives for everyone and every style, and the investment is well worth it – we can’t get enough of ours! — Stephanie Griffin, a digital content strategist, is a senior member of the team.
I’ve been using the Billie razor *exclusively* for years (it’s also our No. 1 razor for 2021), so I had high expectations for the brand’s new Whipped Shave Cream. It has a delicate, whipped texture and is filled with ultra-hydrating nutrients including shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera, which help seal in moisture and soothe skin. I was pleasantly delighted by the results, since I seldom use shaving cream owing to my super-sensitive skin. I wasn’t left dry, irritated, or itching, and my legs felt the smoothest they’d ever felt. This has definitely been a skin-care necessity for me, and I’m not sure how I managed without it before! — Stephanie Griffin, a digital content strategist, is a senior member of the team.
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