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    11 Things BuzzFeed's Chantel Houston Is Obsessed With Right Now

    Including the perfect water bottle, a serum that will make your hair scream "THANK YOU," and a photo editing app your 'gram will be eternally grateful for.

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    HEY! BuzzFeed has a new beauty and style site called As/Is, which is all about celebrating your gorgeous and intelligent is, duh! And to celebrate its launch, we're interviewing some of the fierce ladies behind As/Is and getting the scoop on their favorite, ride-or-die products!

    We asked BuzzFeed Ladylike's Chantel Houston (WELL HELLO THERE, CHANTEL πŸ‘) to talk about some of her favorite things β€” from a must-have photo editing app to a cooling eye stick complete with the cutest 🐼 freaking 🐼 packaging 🐼.


    So gird your loins, people, because Chantel's favorite things may soon become *your* favorite things.

    1. A bamboo hair serum that is nothing short of a miracle in a bottle. Split ends? Frizz? Dullness? Make like NSYNC and wave it all bye, bye, bye.

    Chantel: "It took me years to find a serum that I really liked for my hair. Once I found this one, I just never stopped using it! I have people DM me all the time asking what I do for my hair because I basically have all the struggles of curly hair, but I don't actually have the ringlet curls: I just have the big, frizzy, wavy but sometimes curly hair. It's amazing."

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    2. A cooling stick to fool everyone into thinking that you got a decent amount of sleep last night. Goodbye, puffy eyes! Please, let the door hit you on your way out.

    Chantel: "This just feels really good on your skin β€” it's so soothing and refreshing at the same time. But also, yeah, I do need to hide the fact that mama didn't sleep last night. This little stick is a good, easy thing that you can do that takes two seconds and makes you feel better. Plus, its just fun. I mean, it's a little panda!"

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    3. A body butter so great, it'll make you feel as if you just found Willy Wonka's last golden ticket. This stuff will moisturize your skin WITHOUT leaving any greasy residue behind.

    Chantel: "I was in South Korea during the Olympics for a month, and this is another product I found there that I really like. My skin, especially my hands, can get really dry, so I'm always on the hunt for a good moisturizer because a lot of them just don't do it for me. The ones that are too heavy leave you feeling greasy, but this body butter just does it all. I'm obsessed with it."

    Get it from Yes Style for $19.92.

    4. An insulated stainless steel water bottle with a lifetime warranty that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to six hours. Staying hydrated has never been so easy, folks. / Via @hydroflask

    Chantel: "I'm obsessed with my Hydro Flask water bottle β€” everyone knows that I always have my water bottle with me. They're amazing because they keep everything cold or everything hot, so you can put ice cubes inside and the next day, it’ll still be ice cubes. It's great for if you're going on vacation, or if you're just trying to stay hydrated. Being hydrated is good for your skin and your body, and you gotta keep yourself replenished."

    Get it from Amazon for $40+ (available in nine colors and four sizes).

    5. An editing app guaranteed to increase your number of Instagram followers by at least 150%.* This thing will let you turn your iPhone photo into a professional-looking shot.

    *Results may vary.

    Chantel: "This app recently released a second edition and it's amazing! I have never seen an editing app that is this simplistic and easy to use. There's this feature called 'glow' that I'm obsessed with, and you can play around with the selected saturation and hues β€” it's a fun way to be doing Photoshop-like effects without having to leave your phone."

    Download it on iTunes for $2.99.

    6. A clinical strength, lavender-scented antiperspirant, because body odor sucks and this stuff HELPS. Let's yodel out a huge "AMEN" in unison.,

    Chantel: "I've been using the same deodorant for years! I am an inherently stinky person, and it took me a long time to find something that worked with my own body odor and didn't just make it worse. Scents like 'powder fresh' and 'cucumber' do nothing but enhance my B.O., so I found that is actually a good antiperspirant and makes me feel better. It's Secret Clinical Strength in the lavender scent. The other scents and formulas just really didn't mix with my body. I was like, I really just smell bad. I shower every day, sometimes twice β€” I'm just stinky! But you gotta try the lavender, I'm telling ya!"

    Get it from Amazon for $13.03 (for a pack of two) or Walmart for $11.97.

    7. A pair of Birkenstocks to make your feet feel as if they're floating on a cloud. A durable, lightweight, comfortable cloud designed to conform to your feet, to be specific.

    Chantel: "Birkenstocks are my staple. I don't know how special or exciting that is, but they are!"

    Get them from from Free People for $125 (available in sizes 36-41 and in six colors).

    8. An embroidered cap that has style and a mission: 20% off all proceeds go to The Trevor Project, a program that helps LGBTQ youth.

    Chantel: "I recently discovered that hey, if I'm having a bad hair day, guess what can help? A hat! So if my lotions and potions can't do what I need them to do, I can just wear a hat and hide those hair mistakes. But you can also be making a statement, which is why I like this equality hat from Kidd Bell."

    Get it from Kidd Bell for $26.

    9. A handy dandy viewfinder app sure to have directors and content creators alike yelling, "HALLELUJAH."

    Chantel: "This is a really good tool for directors and cinematographers. It's basically a digital viewfinder that lets you see what different points you can be capturing, so basically this is a tool that content makers can use to cut time out of like, 'okay should I go into 50 millimeters? Let me see what that would look like on a 50 versus a 35' rather than having to switch out the lenses and all that stuff. I enjoy directing a lot, so this is something I've started using that I think is really cool."

    Download it on iTunes for $29.99.

    10. A super convenient counseling app (called Talkspace!) that connects you to a licensed therapist.

    Chantel: "In terms of mental health, I use the Talk Space app/service. This was a way for me to take charge of my mental health and doing that has changed my life. It's easy to buy a gym membership and good food, but then why not treat your mental health the same way?"

    Download it on iTunes.

    11. And last but not least, something that is NOT a product! BUT! Soul Cycle! A cycling class that will get πŸ‘ the πŸ‘ sweat πŸ‘ going πŸ‘.

    Chantel: "I started going to Soul Cycle regularly about six months ago, and it has changed my life. I had to start taking mental and physical health into full account, and the money I would be spending on say, fancy jeans or shoes, I said, you know what? I'm going to take that and make sure that I'm healthy instead. Doing Soul Cycle has changed my body, it's changed how I feel about my body, and feeling physically strong is something that is honestly priceless."

    Look for Soul Cycle locations near you here.

    My credit card to me right now:


    Want more product recs? You're in luck, because we also interviewed BuzzFeed lady bosses Kristin Chirico and Jazzmyne Jay about their favorite things! You're welcome. πŸŽ‰πŸ’

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