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I am in no way, shape or form embarrassed to say that I tore through the entire first season of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in one sitting. Guess what? It was utterly joy sparking. So much so that I immediately lit the incense and KonMari-ed my clothing, folding everything I wanted to keep in tiny tri-folded packages. But what do you do when you’ve organized every drawer, closet and pantry?

For me, the answer was my beauty collection. As a beauty editor, I have a lot of products. Serums I haven’t touched in weeks. Foundation shades that just don’t match. Lip balms that have been in my purse since who only knows when.

The whole process was eye-opening, as I was forced to look at my daily routine in a new, essentials-only light. What did I absolutely need or love, and what was simply taking up prime real estate on my bureau? Here are the 11 products I dubbed joy sparking.

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Dr. Roebuck’s Tassie Anti-Pollution Serum

I walk about a mile through NYC to and from work every day, so I anti-pollution products are my jam. This one is lightweight and packed with antioxidants, so I feel like I'm feeding my skin with a super-powered green smoothie every morning.

Buy It ($60)


Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel

I credit my lack of crow’s feet (at almost 30 years old) to this stuff. It’s not greasy or too heavy and has an immediate cooling effect.

Buy It ($60)


One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream

I have fairly dry skin, so I'm always on the lookout for moisturizers that leave my skin soft, without looking overly greasy. No matter how much of this stuff I slather on, it never makes me oily. And the texture is like butter.

Buy It ($58)

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Uma Oils Ultimate Brightening Face Oil

If I was stranded in the middle of nowhere, this is the only beauty product I’d need. It hydrates, brightens and nourishes my skin, and the scent is super-calming.

Buy It ($150)


Grande Cosmetics GrandeLASH-MD Lash-Enhancing Serum

I’ve been using this for almost a year straight and get stopped mid-sentence all the time by people asking if my lashes are real. I recommend it to everyone and have gotten approximately 30 people hooked. You’ve been warned.

Buy It ($65)


It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

This CC cream blurs imperfections, covers my SPF needs and adds another dose of hydration.

Buy It ($39)


Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color In Hey, Honey

I have never met a highlighter I didn’t like. I just like this one the best. It creates a super-dewy (never sparkly) glow that’s perfect for every day, season and occasion.

Buy It ($30)


Vapour Velvet Lip Gloss

This makes the most amazing blush, lip stain and eye color. Think of it more as a balm, not a gloss; it doesn’t leave your skin super shiny or sticky.

Buy It ($25)


NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil

Comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills version, but much less expensive. Which is a good thing, because I go through these like water.

Buy It ($10)


Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara

The combo of the GrandeLASH-MD serum and this extreme-volumizing mascara creates a falsie effect without flaking or smudging throughout the day.

Buy It ($24)


Onomie Radical Setting Mist

It keeps my makeup in place all day and smells like running through a rose garden.

Buy It ($30)

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