This year has been a really crazy one. We spent more time than ever at home during 2020. I wore less makeup and did more skin care. I got all my friends and family on skin care routines, even some of my male friends. Which made it really hard for me to choose my favorite products of the year.
Best Luxury Skin Care
Natura Bissē has a line called Diamond Cocoon that will protect your skin from blue light damage. We are exposed to blue light damage when we use any of our devices like our phones, IPads, and laptops. With a majority of us working from home we are sitting in front of devices more and more that this will prevent you from aging rapidly.
I am in constant search for the best foundation and it’s probably my favorite makeup product to buy. I tried a few that I loved this year but Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation really was the winner for me. I need to buy my winter shade because I have been using the shade I got in the summer because I love it so much. It feels light weight and looks like second skin.
Honestly everything from Decorté is amazing and I would have had them win multiple categories but I wanted variety. My favorite lipstick is their The Rouge Velvet Lipstick in BE801 Nude. It’s the perfect color and I have seen it on so many skin tones and it looks good on everyone. It’s a soft, creamy texture and gives your lips that full pillowy look.
I am a serum queen and just started using Caudlíe this year. One skin care product that everyone needs to add to their routine after the age of 23 is a serum. It will really keep your skin looking youthful. Vinoperfect Radiance Serum feels really light on so that when you layer products it wont feel like it. It will help keep your skin looking bright and even. You’ll always have that glowy skin that we are all trying to achieve year round.
Best Hair Tool
I love a hair curler and try any new one that comes out. I have always dreamt of a Cordless Curling Wand and Lunata Beauty has made one. It is so easy to use, heats up quickly and when it’s hot you can wrap it up and put it away because it comes with a silicon heat resistant case. I am obsessed with it.
I will tell you not all Botox treatments are the same. I have seen very bad Botox done on friends and even my mom has experienced terrible treatments. Dr. Arash Moradzadeh who is located in Beverly Hills is the best. I recently had it done and not only does he really listen to what you want to achieve he is honest and will tell you what will look the best. My eye brows move, so I have expression but without the lines. If you want to get Botox without anyone knowing you had anything done to your face you need to visit Dr. Moradzadeh. He also does so much more than Botox!
When it comes to skin health Dr. Ashley Magovern is amazing. She really takes the time to look at your skin and tell you all the things you can do to improve it. It can be from small steps to do at home or treatments like laser. I did Halo Laser with her at her practice, Manhattan Dermatology and it’s hands down one of the best treatments I have ever done. It’s hard to find a good derm and someone you can trust and she is my favorite.
Facials are so important to keep your skin looking it’s best and I love the one I got from Osea Malibu’s Skin Studio located on Abott Kinney. If you are looking to really relax head over there. The facial isn’t just about your skin, they start with a breathing exercise and setting intentions so that you are really being present and enjoying the moment.
Best New Fragrance
If 2020 has taught me something it’s that we need to create our own magic moments. So many happy moments start with fragrance for me and I’ve shared so many with Krigler. Their latest launch is Abrakaadabra 221 which is a fragrance that will lift your spirits, it has notes that will give you hope and heal you and a lot of us need that. I love one ingredient which is Scottish Hawthorn which is said to heal broken hearts and boost sensuality. When I wear it, it makes me feel happy.
Best Home Fragrance
Even though this isn’t a beauty product per se we have spent so much time in our homes this year that it deserves to be recognized. Creed’s new home fragrances are a must. They really make your home feel cozy and welcoming. I have Birmanie Oud Home Spray and it makes me feel like my home is an exotic location that I don’t want to leave. I can’t wait to try their other home fragrances!
Best Lip Treatment
I noticed wearing a mask my lips are a little more chapped than normal and I have been using Lord Jones Lip Balm it contains 25mg of hemp-derived CBD per tube. It also has healing ingredients like EVOO, shea butter, and other oils. My lips have been so soft and smooth.
Best At Home Peel
I love a good skin peel and I haven’t been able to get a professional one during the pandemic and Obagi Clinical Blue Brilliance Triple Acid Peel is the perfect at home peel. It’s so easy to use and you get in office results. If you are looking to get rid of dark spots, want better skin texture and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles this is the product you need to use. It’s also a great time to try an at home peel because you can do your down time at home.
Best Body Care
I just learned about Payot Paris this year and this year they just celebrated their 100 years anniversary. If you haven’t tried it go and get it your skin will thank me later. I love their Hydra24 Corps body cream. My skin is very dry in the winter and I just apply this once a day and my skin is baby soft.
Since I started using Mutha skin care I have been obsessed. Not only is the packaging gorgeous the products are really gentle. I love the Face Oil it has 22 nutrient dense oils that will protect your skin from fatigue and environmental damage. Your skin will look more youthful and you’ll have a glow without the shine.
Best Face Wash
One product that I am always looking for is a good face wash. Something that will remove all my makeup without stripping my skin and making it feel dry. Glow Recipe’s Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm is my new favorite. It is a balm that turns into a milky oil that will remove all makeup, dirt and it will gently remove all dead skin cells. You will be left with the softest skin.
Best Night Moisturizer
I love any product that I can go to bed and wake up looking well rested even if I am not. Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen is something that I use every night and now all my friends and family are hooked on it too. It will hydrate your skin and the texture is buttery so it feels amazing on. You will wake up looking fresh and radiant.
Best Face Mask
I have been doing a lot of face masks during the pandemic and I have loved Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion. I love that it is made with honey that is sourced from U.S. farms. Honey naturally gives your skin nourshiment and antioxidants. The mask in non-irratating and gentle enough to use a couple times a week. You’ll be left with a glowing complexion.
Best Eye Mask
I have talked about these eye masks so many times because I love them so much. I have never used an eye mask like this Boscia Vegan Collagen Microcrystal Eye Mask. I wish they would come in bigger quantities because I would use them every night. They have little microcrystals that get absorbed into your skin. I sleep with them overnight to get rid of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.
Best Eye Cream
Eye cream doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. I have loved RoC Skin care for years. I love their Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream it helps combat puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. Now that we are wearing masks all the time our focus are on the eyes and this is a great eye cream to keep them looking youthful and bright.
Best Facial Spray
I can not live without a facial spray. I have one in all my bags every where in my house and several on my bedside table. It’s a product that not everyone uses but should. I love Youth to the People’s Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist. I need to reorder this because it leaves my skin feeling hydrated, soft and the mist is so fine that it feels amazing on. I spray it on when I wake up and throughout the day. It will take out redness from your skin and it has so many antioxidant-rich adaptogens that will leave your skin looking plump.
Hands down PCA Skin has my favorite retinol. I constantly recommend their Intensive Brightening Treatment. If you are looking for an anti-aging product this is it. It will help with discoloration, it will brighten your complexion and you’ll have youthful skin even if it’s not. Start by using it a couple days a week if you have sensitive skin until you can use it every night.
Best Acne Products
Whether you get hormonal break outs or if you have more severe acne then you need Kate Somerville’s Eradikate Acne Treatment. You can spot treat acne and you will see them disappear overnight. It contains sulfur that works quickly, reduces redness and helps prevent future breakouts.
Concealer is something I’m new to using and I tried a lot this year. The one that I was impressed with is Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer. It has technology called ActiveForce that will self refresh so that your makeup looks as good as when you first applied it. The coverage will last 24 hours that looks natural and it is full coverage. It is water-resistant, humidity resistant, smudge proof, sweat proof, it will take away shine and it is good for all skin types.
Best Makeup Setting Spray
If you want your makeup to last all day you need Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. It’s a cult favorite for a reason, it really works. It is weightless and it has temperature control technology which means it lowers the temperature of your makeup so that it lasts longer. I use it every time I apply makeup.
A good mascara is hard to find until now. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Volume Mascara is mascara that will help lengthen your lashes so they will look long and they will give your lashes volume so that they will open up your eyes. I love how dark the mascara so it makes my lashes look thicker. It’s the perfect applicator because it’s thin and it’s easy to apply to small lashes and bottom lashes.
Best Translucent Powder
If you want picture perfect skin finish off your makeup with a translucent powder. I am obsessed with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow. Every time I use it I get compliments on my makeup. It really does give you that romantic candle lit glow. Your makeup will look it’s best and you will feel your best with it on.
Best Makeup Brushes
I am always on the hunt for a good makeup brush and I really love the ones by Artis. I have been using the Palm Brush which is perfect for foundation and blending. You can also use this brush for finishing powders. It’s easy to use and the brush won’t leave your makeup looking streaky.
Best Eye Brow Product
When Haliey Bieber says one product she uses daliy is the Bare Minerals Strength & Length Serum Infused Brow Gel, you pay attention because she has great brows. It is a brow gel that will keep your brows in place and make them look fuller. It has a plant based serum that help brows get fuller in 8 weeks. I have been using it everyday and I had some sparse areas that look better.
Best Lip Gloss
If you want pouty lips try Givenchy Beauty’s Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm. It comes in ten shades all of the colors are beautiful but I love No1 Perfect Pink. They are slightly tinted and will repair and plump your lips over time. A must have for the perfect pout.