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5 Products That Spark Joy for Me

I’m probably one of those people who belong to a percentage of our population that hasn’t seen Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I switched on my TV and streamed a show! My weeknights usually consist of a two hour drive from my office to the house, so whenever I do get home, I’m too tired to do anything else (except maybe read a chapter or two on my Kindle until I fall asleep). But that’s another story altogether—let’s go back to Marie Kondo! You’re probably living under a rock if you haven’t seen memes on social media of things that spark joy in your life, and though the adorable Japanese tidying expert encourages tidying by category and discarding items that no longer spark joy, below are five products that still do exactly that for me:

Here’s a secret—I haven’t had my eyebrows threaded in months. And I’m doing it on purpose. Lately, I’m appreciating even more that I was blessed with bushy brows, and I like to emphasize this further by just brushing on a few strokes of Glossier’s Boy Brow. It instantly gives my eyebrows life!

If you want a dupe for this, Pink Sugar’s Sugar Lip and Cheek Tint in Queen Bee is the exact shade! Want to see the rest of the dupes? Check out our article here:

Right now, I own four of Glossier’s Cloud Paints—Beam, Storm, Dawn, and Haze. I love using them all, depending on my mood. But if I had to choose just one shade to keep for 2019 (Ugh, this is so hard!), I think I’ll pick Storm. Actually, it was a really tough decision between Beam and Storm, but Beam gives me a sun-kissed look while Storm achieves the more drunk blush kind of look. The reason I’m choosing Storm is because the color pops more on my lids compared to Beam, making it a multi-purpose product in giving me a subtle monochromatic look.

During the first quarter of 2018, I was given a generous Fresh Beauty loot to try for myself, which included their Youth Preserve Face Cream. I loved it so much, I even wrote a review here:

I’m close to emptying the first jar, so I already bought another to make sure I have a backup. This anti-aging skin care find will surely be a staple in my routine this 2019.

That’s 3 for 3 for Glossier! But seriously—I’ve finished two tubes of their Coconut Balm Dotcom already, and I’m already on my third. I literally use it every day on my lips to keep them moisturized. Whenever I get dry patches of skin, this is my instant remedy. And I know it probably doesn’t do anything, but whenever I get mosquito bites (for some reason, I’m prone to them), I apply this to convince myself that it’ll take away the itch– and I guess the placebo effect works, because I suddenly stop scratching!

One of the hardest things to commit to is a lipstick, because I think I change my favorite lipstick every week! But if I really had to keep just one lipstick to wear for 365 days, I think I’ll choose Maybelline’s Powder Matte Lipstick in Touch of Nude. I love the comfortable feel, it’s an extremely wearable color that complements any skin tone or any makeup look, and it’s long-lasting enough compared to other bullet lipsticks.

Written By:
Gretchen Gatan
Managing Editor

Gretchen is a writer, makeup artist, and the beauty and lifestyle blogger behind Greta’s Junkyard. Her love for beauty all started when she discovered the wonders of doing her brows with a good eyebrow pen. Despite her girly ways and obsession with skin care, she loves watching wrestling and gets competitive while playing Ultimate Frisbee.

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