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    7 Things I Actually Tried In January Before Telling You How Great They Are

    A device that literally eliminated my breakouts, designer shoes, drugstore makeup, and other things that caught my attention in a sea of products.

    Hey friends! It's Essence, Sr. Beauty Editor at BuzzFeed, again. I love that I get to try a bunch of cool skin, makeup and hair products, so when I come across ones that "spark joy," in the words of Marie Kondo, I like to share them. And then I leave you with a thought, epiphany, or experience I had because on the inside, I'm an 83-year-old southern woman who sits on the porch and tells fables to anyone who'll listen.

    1. The Clarisonic Mia Smart literally stopped my breakouts and I think I'm in love with an inanimate object.

    2. I used to just walk around with bags under my eyes and then I got right with God and found Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Concealer.

    3. Covergirl's new Melting Pout Vinyl Vow liquid lips feel like butter, my favorite food, and the pigment is everything.

    4. If you're a natural girl who sometimes feels like life has forsaken you, this African Pride Moisture Miracle Aloe & Coconut Water Detangle & Condition Pre-Shampoo is for you, sis.

    5. I have extremely long and narrow feet and investing in these classic Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps is the best style purchase I've ever made. Did I mention EVER?

    6. Huda Beauty Power Bullet Metallic Lipstick got me out here feeling like a whole party by myself.

    7. I made it three-fourths through my no alcohol-January and I'm fully okay with my failure.

    Keep up with me on Instagram @TheEssenceOf_ to talk about lipstick, highlight, potato chips, bad dates, and literally whatever else.