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9 Things BuzzFeed's Christina Lan Is Obsessed With Right Now

A DJ controller, tarot cards, knockoff abstract face earrings, and six other products BuzzFeed's video producer (and secret international pop star) totally loves.


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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 self...as 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!

Christina Lan is one of BuzzFeed's dynamic beauty video producers and the brains behind lots of mesmerizing, I-can't-stop-watching videos like "Women Try Mermaid Lashes" and "We Tested At-Home Hair Dyes To See How Long They Last."

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Read on to find out some of her favorite things!

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1. Stunning abstract face earrings that look like they belong in a contemporary art museum, but are quite happy and satisfied to adorn your ears for now.

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Christina: "They remind me of this Spanish designer who does a lot of outline jewelry — outlines of the female form or face or hand, so I really like that aesthetic. I don’t think this designer’s stuff is for sale yet, so I found a knockoff one on Amazon."

Get them from Amazon for $10.89+ (available in six colors/styles) or similar ones from Walmart for $8.99.

2. A homey nest fern to brighten up your room with its wispy, soft-looking leaves that have a mind and reach of their own (plus cool, creepy rhizome feet).

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Christina: "I’m obsessed with ferns. They’re probably my favorite plant to own — I already have a rabbit fern. My favorite plant store is in Williamsburg and it’s called Sprout. It’s GIANT and they have this entire tropical/fern section in the back and this is the one that picked me that day!"

Shop live plants from Amazon (including succulents, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and more) or Walmart — nest plants for $9.99+.

3. An amazingly illustrated tarot card deck that draws you in with its evocative, detailed artwork and openness of interpretation — maybe you, too, have a calling to be a tarot reader.

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Christina: "The illustrations are really beautiful and I was drawn to them — it felt like they chose me. It was the deck that got me into doing tarot readings, which is something I look forward to doing during the day*."

*I, Sarah Han, can vouch for these readings. They're very fun and eye-opening, even as someone who's not super ~into~ this realm of stuff.

Get the 78-card set from Amazon or Jet for $19.76.

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4. A bacteria-killing phone sanitizer case to do the dirty work for you and zap away germs with powerful UV lights — basically, making yourself way less susceptible to sickness has never been easier.

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Christina: "The only product that has *actually* changed my life. It's definitely decreased my chances of getting sick and number of times I've gotten sick. Yeah, I never get sick anymore, except for when I travel (because that's just a different story). I would call it the best thing that one of my exes has ever left me with. It's great. Everyone should get one!"

Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in three colors).

5. A DJ controller that's great for first timers. It connects directly to your laptop and is lightweight, affordable, and versatile, i.e. it has 16 multi-function performance pads and 100 mm pitch sliders for fine pitch adjustments.

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Christina: "It's really light and it's so much fun because it's pretty versatile in terms of what it can handle, and it also has a pretty good set of special effects for when you're transitioning. I haven't DJ-ed outside yet but I think this would be easy to carry around, so that's always a plus. It's also pretty affordable!"

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $149+ (available with or without built-in RCA output).

6. A gorgeous and rare uvarovite garnet crystal to add the energy of prosperity into your life and remind you that you already have everything you need to be ✨~your best~✨.

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Christina: "I got it when I was at the famous Moab Rock Shop in Utah. It was started by Lin Ottinger and he’s been digging up fossils and rocks for 80 years or something crazy like that — his shop has more than rocks/crystals/petrified things than I had seen in my entire life. The way I usually buy crystals is — I usually have to hold them, see if it feels right in my hand. But before I do that, something about it has to draw me to it or, like, 'Why am I attracted to this one' And that day I thought about how I don’t have any green crystals or green energy in my collection, so I kept going back to this one or a Malachite — and the Malachite’s gorgeous but I don’t have $300 to spend on a piece, so I took a look at the Uvarovite and I was like, 'This is amazing 'cause it’s rare and I think it came from Russia or it’s only found in certain Eastern European countries.' It sits on my windowsill and it’s really, really bright."

Get similar ones from Throwin Stones on Etsy for $6.25+ (available in various sizes).

7. A gorgeous daybreak-inspired perfume to intoxicate you with top notes of blood orange, middle notes of freesia, and base notes of white cedarwood — all without being too overwhelming for office wear.

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Christina: "I’d call it a sexy scent and I love the colors of the bottle. It’s the only perfume I’ve ever used consistently. It’s not floral (I don’t like floral scents) and it smells sultry, but I can wear it to work without feeling ~too seductive~ and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments while wearing it. Oh, it has woody undertones, which is probably why I like it."

Get it from Nordstrom for $73+ (available in 1.7 and 3.4 oz sizes).

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8. A lovely blush quartet to add instant elevation and dimension to your look with colors that depart from the usual pinks — hello, makeup KWEEN!!!

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Christina: "I’m a huge fan of the gray and dark purple just because I think it adds some more dimension to my makeup. It's fun and it feels good on my face."

Get it from Urban Outfitters or Sephora for $30.

9. A facial massager that looks like it was taken straight from an intergalactic sci-fi film just so it can give you a soothing, cooling wake-up call in the mornings.

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Christina: "It looks like a sex toy or something from outer space, so it’s exciting. I did a video on lymph drainage and the esthetician was telling me about these lymph-draining techniques so every morning I do her little flow chart of getting my lymph nodes drained and the massager helps a lot with that. It’s also cooling, so that feels really nice on your face."

Get it from Korea Depart for $45.78 or Yes Style for $67.36.

Can we agree on how much we want to emulate Christina's coolness?

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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. 🎉💁

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides here!

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