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    7 Things I Know Are Worth Your Money Because I Tried Them In December

    Seven beauty editor-approved products and practices that are worth trying.

    Whuddup, friends?! It's Essence, Sr. Beauty Editor at BuzzFeed's As/Is. To keep it real with you, brands send me a lot of stuff for the free-free because you can't write about things you know nothing about, right? Perk of the job. Here are seven of my absolute favorites at the moment, plus a life practice that's really helped me grow personally and professionally.

    1. Didara Whipped Body Butter is hands down the best body butter I've tried in a long time!

    2. This Calpak Ambeur 3-Piece Rose Gold Luggage Set packs a LOT and stores easily so it's a yes for me, dawg. *Randy Jackson voice*

    3. Umkay, so Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette: Bronze Seduction got me out here thinking I'm a real MUA ... and don't even get me started on this gorgeous packaging.

    4. This Philadelphia Print Works Chisholm for President sweatshirt is my go-to when the world is overwhelming and I need to lean on the powerful women who came before us.

    5. I've never slept on clouds, but I imagine them too feel something like my Threaded Luxe Essential Sateen Sheet Set.

    6. This Ivy Park Armour Poppers Crop Sweatshirt and Convertible Joggers set looks like one of those expensive athleisure suits you'd see a celebrity rocking in the airport!

    7. Taking a deep breath and taking time to respond in instances when I want to clapback help me keep my focus on the bigger picture instead of giving into a moment.

    Follow me on Instagram @TheEssenceOf_ to see more of my fave products, and to tag me in yours. See ya soon!