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    8 Beauty Brands Worth Shopping This Holiday, According To A Beauty Director

    Here's a mix of affordable and high-end beauty brands to shop this holiday season, and they're all black-owned!

    Hey y'all! My name is Essence, and I'm the beauty director here at BuzzFeed. One perk of the job is getting weekly shipments of different beauty products to try, so I thought I'd share some of my latest faves in time for the holiday!

    1. Every shade of the AJ Crimson Hi-Shine Lipgloss is universal, and the formula leaves my lips looking naturally juicy.

    Swatches of AJ Crimson Hi-Shine Lipgloss on different skin tones.

    2. BeautyStat's Universal C Skin Refiner got rave reviews from the beauty community, and it did not disappoint!

    Still shot of BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner vitamin C serum.

    3. Herbal Glow Signature Body Butters are formulated with natural, hydrating ingredients so that my skin stays hydrated even in the coldest months.

    Product shot of whipped Herbal Glow body butter.

    4. Áuda B Beauty Luxury Vegan Nail Lacquer comes in a variety of shades, and one swatch goes a long way.

    Áuda B Vegan Nail Lacquer in shade "front row."

    5. Epara Eye Serum proves that big things come in small packages. And yes, it's just as luxe as it sounds!

    Image of luxury black-owned beauty brand Epara's eye serum.

    6. Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask makes detangling a breeze and works moisture miracles on coarse hair.

    Product shot of Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask.

    7. Bomba Curls Forbidden Hair Oil is the answer to my dry scalp's prayers.

    Dominican Bomba Curls Forbidden Hair Oil with coffee beans.

    8. I expose skin year-round and The London Grant Co. Sheer Glow Body Oil gives me that shimmery effect from head to toe.

    Hands applying The London Grant Co. Sheer Glow Body Oil.

    Any other brands and products I should be checking for? Let me know in the comments below or in my DMs. Also, follow @WOCworldwide for major career inspo and resources!

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