And here we are. Another year is (pretty much) finished. And safe to say, 2020 was not the year we expected it to be. I’m not going to do a spiel on that now (as this blog post will be 100000 words long, but I’ll do a 2020 personal roundup on Instagram tomorrow), but instead I’m going to share with you my top 20 skincare, haircare and makeup items for 2020.
These are 20 things that, for one reason or another, I’ve been obsessed with! Either things I discovered in 2020, or continued to fall in love with in 2020. So enjoy…
Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette
If you’re surprised on the inclusion of this in my yearly roundup, then where have you been?! This palette has been a staple of mine for years and I have never looked back! I’ve hit pan on two shades in and and the rest of the palette looks particularly loved and used. The shades are a warm toned neutral girl’s dream, the formula is super easy to work with and the shades look gorgeous on the eyes. Just a classic.
MAC Matte in Velvet Teddy
Another old classic that’s been a favourite for many years, but I just couldn’t write a favourites video without it. This is such a great everyday lipstick shade on me… and while there are arguably better lipstick formulas out there, there is just something about this lipstick!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
There are new things in here I promise! And one of the first things I tried in 2020 and became instantly obsessed with is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish! One of the biggest things I added into my routine in 2020 is a double cleanse. I still use my Garnier Micellar Water to take off my makeup… and then I follow up with a face wash like this! Despite the fact it’s £15ish… it actually lasts a really long time! Love it
Max Factor Brow Shaper
I LOVE this brow pencil! It’s super fine and easy to use brow pencil in a perfect colour match to my hair! My only downside on this is you go through it really fast!
Another new discovery for 2020… how had I not tried these before! The packaging is super sweet and petite (making them ideal… for all that travelling we’ve done in 2020 – pah!), the formula is buttery and pigmented and they last a really long time! I just love them and I have two shades which I love!
L’Oreal Infallible Magic Essence Drops
I’m about 90% sure I discovered this in 2019, but putting that aside I still managed to finish two of these this year! Just love it. Feels really refreshing on the skin, but leaves me looking hydrated and healthy! Love it
Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Pads
Something I’ve been using for about 5 years now, I don’t think I could ever see myself leaving these completely behind! While I sometimes swap them out, I find these really do wonders for skin texture!
RCMA No Color Powder
I can’t believe I actually finished one of these in 2020… yeah I know, I think I deserve some kind of reward! It’s just a really good everyday, actually translucent powder. And cost per use on this is beyond insane!
Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes Mascara
This was probably the biggest surprise for me ever. I got it as a free gift with purchase when I ordered my blushes from Tarte and I LOVE it! If you want a really beautiful everyday mascara that gives you long, dark lashes with 0 clump, this is your guy! Great for everyday!
Max Factor Creme Bronzer in Light Gold
This is my second one of these… and it’s been a favourite for a long old time! The bronzer is such a gorgeous, everyday, easy to apply and not so easy to over apply bronzer. The colour is gorgeous and I just love everything about it!
Monday’s Child Skin Perfecting Oil
Not only do they have the sweetest customer service of any brand I have ever spoken to, but their products (or product) are equally incredible. This has done wonders for my skin and has kept mascne at bay throughout the year. I’ve had two bottles already and I think it’ll always be in my cupboard. They’ve also hinted they’re launching more products in 2021… so watch this space!
John Freida Frizz Ease Hair Serum
You know that product you use everyday… and then you think it’s not doing anything so you don’t use it… and then your hair is just unruly and not soft, and just a nightmare. Yup, this is it. My everyday hair serum, this makes my hair so soft, silky and easy to straighten! Love it so so so so much!
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
Now while the Tarte mascara is great for everyday, this is AMAZING for those days you want your lashes to look full and long! Such a gorgeous voluminising mascara!
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick
I love the entire line, but Cherries in the Snow is totally my favourite shade! The formula is super duper pigmented, but also long wearing and comfortable… and the shade range is so pretty! The packaging is also weirdly satisfying in its matte black tube…!
Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser
I discovered this in the summer and I have loved it ever since! It has such a lovely texture, where it’s hydrating and cooling on the face without being heavy at all! Plus it smells delectable!
IT CC Cream
Another one of those products that are you surprised it’s in my favourites? Yes? Where have you been? This has such impressive coverage without being remotely heavy! It’s beyond easy to apply and wears beautifully on the skin. Probably my favourite base of all time. I know they have a hydrating and matte range, but I like the original.
MAC Studio Fluid Foundation
And if I want a ‘proper’ foundation this is totally the one I chose! It’s a beautiful buildable foundation, and the colour match is just perfect! Not sure what else to say as this is such a cult classic!
HUDA Warm Brown Obsessions Palette
The smallest palette of this roundup, but without doubt the most used! Mainly as it was the eyeshadow palette I took to Alex’s while I quarantined with him for 4 months at the beginning of the year. But also, these are such gorgeous shades and the shimmer shade in the middle? WOW… just WOW
L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick
While my favourite shades are 10000% I Am Worth It (Red) and I Speak Up (Pink) I’m obsessed with this formula! It’s one of the longest lasting lipsticks I know of and it’s made me really get into a bright lip option! Just love them so so much!
Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette
While I don’t speak much about this palette on my blog anymore, it’s still a firm favourite in my everyday makeup routine! The colour selection is stunning, the eyeshadow formula is so pretty and it’s just a gorgeous palette!
And there you have it 20 favourite for 2020! Hope you enjoyed a little roundup of everything I’ve loved putting on my face (& hair) over the year! I know 2021 isn’t going to start like we expect, but fingers crossed we get at least part of a semi-normal year!
57 thoughts on “20 Favourites for 2020 | Skincare, Haircare & Makeup Favourites”
I love the John Freida Frizz Ease! Great post.
Really enjoyed this post so much! The bronzer in light gold is my favourite I think and I’m definitely getting it. Thank you for sharing this ❤️
Oh it’s a classic! x
You’ve listed some wonderful products that I now want to try! Thanks for sharing.
Haha, thanks for stopping by! x
I have the Jaclyn Hill palette and absolutely love it as well! However, I am lacking in the mascara department. I’ll definitely check out the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara you recommended !
Awww I hope you like it! x
I loved reading this beauty roundup Katie, some amazing products here! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Aww thanks! It’s been an interesting year for sure! x
Such good favourites! I miss the texture and blendibility of the IT CC Cream but don’t need another base/foundation at the moment. The MAC foundation has become my go to for work and it’s such a consistent performer 🙂 The L’Oreal mascara is one of my faves too!
Seems we agree on a lot! haha! The IT CC cream really is amazing! x
I’d love to try a newer shade called Fair Ivory, it’s a touch lighter than Fair but I’m waiting to see if they bring it out in the mini size too otherwise I might give it a go when I finish a couple of other foundations 😊
Loved your 2020 favorites!
Aww thanks for stopping by! x
I love buying makeup stuff. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome favourites with us.
Aww thanks! As I’m sure you can tell, big fan of makeup myself too! haha x
The rcma powder has been on my ‘to buy’ list for years but always when I need to order other stuff as well, it’s sold out 😂and the Jaclyn Hill palette looks amazing!
You should get it if it’s ever in stock when you’re on the site! x
Lot of things I haven’t heard about – tx for the tips 🙂
Aww no problem! x
So many great products. I used to use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, such a lovely gentle cleanser x
OMG I know right! Such a staple of mine now! x
Thanks for this! Was just thinking about how I need to update my makeup kit.
Glad I could make some recommendations! x
So many amazing products! I really need to use my Soft Glam palette more often, it’s such a good palette, but I never remember to reach for it xx
Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/
Oh it’s the one I always reach for! Just love it! x
Happy New Year!! Oooh love the diverse range of makeup brands you’ve loved in 2020. I’ve been interested in Tarte for a while but haven’t gotten into it yet. You can never go wrong with cleansing pads that just works! Glad that the hair serum has been working well for you. I need to check this out. I keep hearing great things about the Morphy x Jaclyn Hill palette. Thanks for sharing all of your faves!
Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com
Awww thanks! I’ve really enjoyed makeup and skincare this year! x
These are some amazing makeup faves! My favourite is and definitely always has been is my revolution eyebrow pomade. I can’t live without it!
Oooo I’ve never tried it! Must try it! x
Okay, the morphe eyeshadow pallets are something I can definitely get behind! They are so amazing, the pigment is phenomenal, ugh! I’ll definitely have to check out some of the others you have listed! Great post, lovely!!
OMG they are really beautiful
I love your beautiful images and the diverse range of products you share. The cherries in the snow lipstick brings the picture straight to my mind; what a vivid color!
The magic essence drops also sound amazing; thank you for sharing.
Oh it’s such a beautiful lip colour! x
Love this beauty review!!
Aww thanks! x
I really want to try the IT CC cream, I have heard a lot of good things about it
Oh its amazing! You should try it! x
I would like to try that John Frieda Frizz Ease. I’ll take those Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads too. Nice list!
Both amazing products for sure! x
I love the fact that you shared so many products, thank you, will def check them out
Awww thanks for stopping by! x
Happy new year Katie! I’m afraid I’m a bit out of my element here, but wanted to check out your blog. But I feel like makeup always has the most epic names like… Infallible Magic Essence Drops. That sounds pretty magical!
I’m definitely making mental note of this post for later! I’m clueless about makeup so this list is amazing!
Awww glad I could help! x
We want to try the L’Oréal lipstick!
They are fab! x
I spot SO MANY of my favourites! The Original MorephexJaclyn Hill palette is bomb! It’s the only palette I’ve kept from Morphe and it’s so good. I also love the Huda obsession palette. I use to love those Max factor blushes and I love the ABH soft glam palette and It cosmetics CC cream. x
OMG I’d forgotten about those Max Factor Blushes! I used to love those! x
So many old great holy grails in here. I love it!
Aww glad you enjoyed it! x
Loveeee these! Love finding new products and this is such a great list, thanks so much. Xx
Aww no problem! Thanks for stopping by! x
Great article, thanks for the tips on your favorite products! I’ll have to try some of these out.
No problem! Hopefully you find a new fav! x
Awww thanks! xxx