Best Beauty Products (Makeup, Skin & Hair) from 2020!

My Peloton Posts Recap


Bare Minerals Gen Nude Cream Eyeshadow in “Turned Up” – a great, neutral base that locks powder eyeshadow in tight! 

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow in “Au Natural” – one of the most flattering colors I’ve used on my eyes that make the blue pop! 

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Illuminating – a great base that adds a “lit from within” glow to the skin. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – a game-changer in makeup longevity! 

Urban Decay Ultra Glow All Nighter Setting Spray – a more radiant finish of the same makeup-locking setting spray

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe – one of my most loved eyebrow products!

NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm – this color looks good on so many skin tones and is easy to wear.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes – absolutely essential for setting my under eye concealer to take away “tackiness” or creases.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer – brightens and covers darkness.

FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Cream Blush in Strawberry Drip and Crush on Cupid – I love cream blush and these add such nice color and depth to the cheeks! 

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan in Tan-Tastic! – one of my favorite bronzers of all time.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder – adds a natural-looking “filter” to the skin.

Patrick Ta Major Beauty Headlines -Double Take Creme and Powder Blush in She’s That Girl – a beautiful combination of cream and powder blush.

Grande Cosmetics GrandPRIMER Pre-Mascara Lengthener & Thickener – such a game-changer in adding length to the lashes! 

ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr Go Off Makeup Remover Wipes – these are huge! so easy to use. 

Laneige Lip Glowy Balm – feels like a drink of water for my lips.

Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up – one of my most worn pink lipsticks (see this post for other favorites

Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud – another favorite pink that looks great with tanned skin.

Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum – a seriously glowy primer that makes your skin look so healthy and hydrated.


Olive and June Cuticle Serum – I hate dry cuticles and this is easy to throw in your bag or sit near your desk for frequent applications.

Philosophy the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash – a classic exfoliator that is nice and gentle on the skin.

Tan-Luxe The Body and The Face self-tan drops – two great tanning products for a sun-free tan.

Ole Henricksen Truth Serum – one of my longest loved vitamin c serums! adds brightness and firmness.

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream – a deeply hydrating, extremely rich cream. 

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate – a little goes a long way when you use this rich eye cream.

SuperGoop! Glowscreen – perfect to wear alone for healthy-looking skin, and good for you too! 

Supergoop Sunstick – one of my favorites for quick application on kids.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I use this nightly and love how good it feels on my lips! 

Ole Henricksen Transforming Walnut Scrub – a deep exfoliator that sloughs off even the roughest areas of skin.

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask – one of my favorite masks of all time. My skin looks fully renewed after using it. 

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream – A night cream that allows you to wake up with incredibly soft skin.

Ole Henricksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum – a hydrating vitamin c serum that brightens and softens.

The Billie razor – the best razor on the planet.

Fresh Sake Eau de Parfum – one of my favorite perfumes that isn’t overly flowery.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia – a perfume that I’ve worn for over 7 years. 


Amika Fluxus Touchable Hair Spray – a flexible, easy to use hairspray. I also use this on my daughter! 

Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist – a game-changing product for refreshing after a sweaty workout. 

CAVIAR Anti-Aging Multiplying Volume Styling Mist – makes my hair huge, which is exactly how I like it.

CAVIAR Anti-Aging Restructuring 3-in-1 Sealing Serum – significantly improves dry, brittle areas of my hair. 

CAVIAR Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Leave-In Overnight Serum – feels weightless but does a lot of softening and repairing to my hair overnight.

Bumble and Bumble Glow Blow Dry Accelerator – shaves minutes off my blow dry time.

Amika Got Grit Dry Texture Paste – great for building width and thickness in shorter hair. 

Virtue Healing Oil – literally “heals” fried hair. I’ve been using it daily for several weeks and see a major improvement. 

Virtue Create Lifting Powder – a chalky powder used to add thickness and bulk to the hair. 

Slip Silk Pillowcase – a beauty essential if you ask me. 

GIMME Beauty Hair Bands – I love these for working out or just wearing my hair in a ponytail. They hold firmly without snagging! 

T3Micro Curl ID 1.25″ Smart Curling Iron – truly a great curling iron that leaves my hair soft, shiny, and curled perfectly.

Amika Hair Brow Dry Brush – a great option for a blow-dry brush. Not too hot, not too loud.

Vented Wet Brush – I like to blow dry with a vented brush for speed and this is my top choice!


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 01.01.21

Thanks for the roundup! Hope you’re having a great start to 2021! 🙂

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Terri says · 01.01.21

Foundation? Still loving the Nars Sheer glow?

Kimberly says · 01.02.21

Happy 2021 Kate! A lot of great choices! Would you please give me some product recommendations for fine, thin straight hair that has a very hard time holding curls? I need something for grit and hold before curling my hair. Thank you!❤️

Jami says · 01.04.21

Kendra thermal 19 helps me tremendously. I have hair like yours and this stuff is the only thing that works. I spray it on my dry hair before I curl.

Andrea Brown says · 01.03.21

Hi Kate! Do you have any recommendations for blonde hair -safe drug store shampoo/conditioner?

Joan says · 01.04.21

I’m curious if you have tried the Laura Mercier Blurring powder for under eyes and if it works like the under eye brightening powder? I’m not a fan of loose powder, and I remember you saying you aren’t either.

Kate says · 01.05.21

I’ve only use the brightening powder but I think the blurring powder could essentially do a very similar thing!

Cornelia says · 01.06.21

Hello there

Have you heard about K18 (
I am dying to try it but we can’t get it in Switzerland yet.

Cindy says · 01.06.21

Exciting outcome with your eyebrow growth! Please share the serum you have had success with .

Mandy says · 01.19.21

Do you have a lighted makeup mirror you highly love and recommend?

Breann Mooney says · 02.05.24

Hey, I’ve been struggling really badly with hormonal acne, what is the daily pill that you take? Thank you!