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



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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Comments (10)

  1. Posted January 1, 2021

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

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Terri says
    Posted January 1, 2021

    Foundation? Still loving the Nars Sheer glow?

  3. Kimberly says
    Posted January 2, 2021

    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
      Posted January 4, 2021

      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.

  4. Andrea Brown says
    Posted January 3, 2021

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

  5. Joan says
    Posted January 4, 2021

    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
      Posted January 5, 2021

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

  6. Cornelia says
    Posted January 6, 2021

    Hello there

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

  7. Cindy says
    Posted January 6, 2021

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

  8. Mandy says
    Posted January 19, 2021

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