Did your beauty habits change in 2020? Because mine did. I pretty much skipped makeup last year, with the exception of a couple of items that wouldn’t get smeared by my mask.
Today I’m sharing my most loved beauty products from 2020. I’m still using a handful of tried and true favorites (Lancer The Polish) but also found some new favorites, like a mascara that bumped my multi-year holy-grail out of it’s top spot.
These are the products I reached for and used the most last year:
Davines Oi Conditioner
I used to not really use conditioner. It’s not that I had anything against it, but I never found one I loved that made my hair feel any different than using shampoo alone. Back in early 2019 my hair colorist told me she liked Davines Oi Conditioner. I tried it and never looked back. I LOVE this conditioner. Not only does the entire Oi collection smell absolutely incredible, but I felt a difference in hydration at my ends even after one use.
I have been using Davines Oi Conditioner exclusively and religiously since the day I tried it. I only got my hair cut two times last year, so keeping moisturized ends by consistently using conditioner during washes was a huge part in maintaining hair health for me.
Unite Blonda Purple Toning Shampoo
Speaking of maintenance between hair appointments, I can’t forget about Unite Blonda Purple Toning Shampoo. Purple shampoo counteracts any orange, yellow, and brassiness. It helps prolong bright blonde in between salon appointments. I’ve used this purple shampoo for probably about five years, but last year I used it more than ever since salons were shut down most of 2020 in Los Angeles.
Also! This purple shampoo smells like grapes. Apparently I have a thing for great-smelling hair products.
Oribe Apres Beach Wave Spray
I took last year’s lack of meetings and events as an opportunity to cut back on styling my hair with heat.
Apres Beach Wave Spray was the first product I ever tried from Oribe. You can use a diffuser with it, but I personally like spraying it onto damp hair and letting it naturally dry. This spray gives the perfect amount of subtle waves and body without making hair crunchy. It was just enough to make me feel like I got somewhat ready.
Lancer The Polish
This daily exfoliant from Lancer will probably be on every most-loved beauty post I ever do. I love this product. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my skin always looks better when I use it, and always looks worse when I don’t.
A few years back I actually went in for a visit to Dr. Lancer himself (he’s a dermatologist) because no matter how many different things I used, my skin never looked ultra smooth. The Polish has single-handedly changed the texture of my skin, and I will say that over and over. It is worth the splurge, and a tube lasts like at least six months.
Vanity Planet Facial Steamer
I made a conscious effort last year to embrace down time instead of packing in random “stuff” to feel productive. I purchased this Vanity Planet facial steamer in January, thinking I’d use it a few times in between facials. I think we all know how that story ended.
I used this little guy way more than originally intended, but it’s now become a part of my lifestyle and routine about once a week.
Beyond making my bathroom feel a little more spa and zen-like, facial steaming helps open your pores so that your products can penetrate deeper and work better.
(I love this product so much that the team at Vanity Planet gave me a special link – click here to get it for under $100!)
Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel
Beautycounter was a new-to-me brand last year. I tried Overnight Resurfacing Peel after my skin needed some serious R&R thanks to 2020 stress. (You can read my review and watch a video about my experience here.)
I have used many overnight products to help with dull skin. However, Overnight Resurfacing Peel takes the cake because lots of resurfacing products leave skin dry; this does not. Skin feels smoother and hydrated by morning – a win in my book.
Beautycounter Charcoal Face Mask
Between maskne and stress, my breakouts were our in full force last year. Along with using my steamer for mini spa days, I’d also use this Beautycounter Charcoal Face Mask to help draw out impurities in my skin.
A little goes a long way with this mask, and you just need a thin layer. Instead of putting it on my entire face (since charcoal can be drying), I use I on areas of concern only, like my forehead and chin.
Sunday Riley Good Genes
It helps to smooth and brighten skin, and with consistent use also helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots.
I actually JUST finished the bottle, so will be replenishing ASAP.
Joanna Vargas Sheet Masks
Joanna Vargas makes some of my favorite sheet masks. They are by no means drugstore prices, but if you’re looking to splurge on skin care goodies, then these are just a real treat.
Sometimes cheaper sheet masks make me break out, so I tend to be a little more discerning with them than your average Joe.
(These were gifted to me, but I would absolutely pay for them. Honestly, sometimes you just need a splurge and pick me up to make you feel good.)
Shop my Most Loved Beauty Products of 2020
JR Watkins Detox Sugar Body Polish
I worked with JR Watkins last year and fell in love with this Detox Sugar Body Polish. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m a big fan of my bath tub and bath time.
I also love working out and this polish contains ginger to naturally soothe and relax muscles. It also contains witch hazel to clarify skin (AKA no body breakouts from sweat).
I found myself in the tub many times after an at-home workout or run, with this polish slathered all over my skin; I love it.
I mentioned at the start of this post that I basically gave up on makeup in 2020. I didn’t want my makeup smearing all over my masks. Honestly, I didn’t want to be wasting makeup that way, either. I had nowhere to go!
I did, however, lose sleep on many nights thanks to the stress of last year. Therefore, one makeup product I never stopped using was concealer. I used to use NARS, then Shiseido, but after being in a photo shoot for Kosas last year, I converted to their Revealer Concealer.
Kosas is also a clean makeup brand. I have been trying to find clean makeup brands that I like. (Clean skin care that works is much easier to come buy than clean makeup that stays.)
NARS Climax Extreme Mascara
I ditched lipstick and blush thanks to masks. Luckily, we still have our eyes to show off! Mascara was probably the one makeup item I was most consistent with last year.
I’ve been raving about Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Lashes for about 3 years… and then I found NARS Climax Extreme Mascara. Both brands gifted me these mascaras, but if you’re looking solely at price, the NARS one is a bit cheaper than the CT mascara.
While I love both and will probably go back and forth in the future between the two, I just love how black this NARS mascara is. The brush is nice, big, and fluffy, so your lashes get coated gooooood. I’m someone who loves very black, slightly clumpy mascara, so for me this was a winner in 2020!
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
My lips always are always dry. I feel like they got even drier in 2020 because of masks.
I mentioned above that I ditched lipsticks, and I did the same with glosses. To replace any moisture I’d previously received from those products, I used Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask more than ever.
I particularly enjoy slathering this lip mask on at night. The formula is thick, and my lips are nice and hydrated in the morning. (Also a clean brand!)