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Jan/Feb Faves

Kristen Berry

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I shared my latest faves. From palettes to podcasts, here’s a quick rundown of the various awesomeness I’ve been digging lately. In no particular order:

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, $45 at .

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, $45 at

I’ve always gravitated toward shimmery shadows, and my palette collection shows it. So while Tartelette has a gorgeous new palette available including multiple shades with a lustrous finish, I was pumped to try their original all-matte Tartelette range. And I’m in love. It’s perfect for creating a variety of natural and dramatic looks. The shadows are incredibly rich, creamy and highly pigmented. And because they’re matte, they’re much more effective at creating a no-makeup-up look than shimmery types. It’s been my go-to palette since it arrived under the Christmas tree last December (thanks Mom!).

People have been talking about the benefits of drinking warm water with lemon for years. While it’s unclear whether the benefits really live up to the hype, it was the recommendation of Channing Tatum’s nutritionist that made me decide to give this beverage a try (no, really): “Start with hot water and lemon before coffee so that the first thing is nourishing. It's vitamin C, it's enzymes, it's good for your liver, and your liver is detoxifying more the rest of the day.” While I’m not trying to recreate Channing’s physique, I can’t argue with the simple fact that it’s a wholesome way to begin the day. Most importantly, it makes me feel good, more refreshed, and sneaks a little extra water into my diet. It’s also a lovely way to stay warm on a chilly morning.

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask, $6 at .

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask, $6 at

You might have read about my recent disappointing experience with a drugstore mud mask. Luckily, I recently discovered a wallet-friendly mask that I actually really like, spotted on a recent stroll through Ulta. Now, one note – the back of the package does say that a “mild, tingling or heating sensation is normal.” This feeling is actually pretty intense for me for the first minute or two of wear, but it quickly dissipates. It also has a lovely, not overly artificial light strawberry scent. My skin feels super clean and toned after I use it, and it’s noticeably less shiny for the next couple of days, which is more than many higher-end masks I’ve tried have accomplished. 

Call Your Girlfriend podcast, FREE on    iTunes .

Call Your Girlfriend podcast, FREE on iTunes.

I got on the podcast train rather late. But after a friend’s daughter recommended that I download season one of Serial, the true crime series from This American Life, to listen to during my train travel in Italy last October, I was hooked. My current addiction is Call Your Girlfriend, available for free on iTunes. Here’s how the creators of the show (quite accurately) describe it:

“Every other week, eavesdrop as Aminatou (Sow, digital strategist and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in tech) and Ann (Friedman, freelance journalist, New York magazine columnist) call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. We’re highbrow and lowbrow, unapologetically feminist, and not afraid to realtalk each other about everything from menstrual cycles to workplace dramas. On alternating weeks, we bring you Phone-a-Friend episodes that feature in-depth interviews with our fascinating and impressive besties.”

It’s smart, it’s hilarious, and I want to be friends with all of them.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser, $7 at .

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser, $7 at

I was also super late to the cleansing water bandwagon. But now that I’ve given it a shot, I know why these products are featured in all of my favorite beauty vloggers’ “Get Un-Ready With Me” videos. I used to use cleansing wipes to remove my makeup at the end of the day, but they never removed my eye makeup thoroughly, and could be a bit rough on the delicate skin around my eyes. And I hate how oily traditional eye makeup removers feel.

This stuff on the other hand? It removes everything quickly and gently, and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. To use it, I soak two cotton pads with Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser, and place one over each eye for a few seconds, allowing the eye makeup to dissolve. Then, I gently wipe the product away.

I then soak another pad with the product to remove the rest of the makeup on my face.

What have you been loving this month?

- Kristen