With the end of 2020 fast approaching (thank god), I thought now would be a good time to take a look back at my top beauty products of the year. Now, I don’t think any of us can say we have been using up products left, right and centre this year seeing as most of us have barely been able to leave the house but I’ve still definitely had my faves!
Below you will find all the skincare and makeup items I’ve been loving, and at the end there is also a link to a video I’ve filmed using most of the items. This post is going live the day before Black Friday – so most of the products listed will be reduced by different amounts across different sites at the moment. Because of this, I have listed the original price for all except the bronzer, which I was just too excited about and didn’t see reduced anywhere but the brand’s own website!
Cleanser – Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cleanser, £24.00 120ml
I have re-purchased this cleanser 3 times now! 100% the best cleanser for makeup removal, and then I use another one afterwards for specific skin benefits. It’s the only cleanser I have ever used that can remove the most stubborn mascara/lash glue without even using a flannel!
Full review here.
Toner – Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, £22.00 190ml
This was a birthday present and one I will definitely be re-purchasing. I was always a die hard Pixi Glow Tonic gal when it came to toner, but I find that this one is just as good/better, and smells nicer.
Face Oil – Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying face oil, £34.00 15ml / £68.00 35ml
I’m on my second bottle of this face oil and I will not be letting myself run out of this again! Some people really don’t like the smell but I think its lovely?! I use it on a morning and night and it really rejuvenates my skin and significantly reduces break outs.
Full review here.
Moisturiser – Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturiser, £140.00 50ml
Now, this moisturiser made up part of a huge leaving gift I was given from my last retail job and I’ve saved it until this year to start using. I really really love it, but at the price tag it probably wont be one I will be regularly buying! If you have the budget and you usually spend around this amount on your moisturiser then it’s a definite must-try as I have nothing bad to say about it! I particularly like that the bottle is made with a pump function that raises the bottom of the bottle as you use the product so you get absolutely no wastage.
Tinted Moisturiser – Chantecaille ‘Just Skin’ Tinted Moisturiser, SPF15, £68.00 50g
Again, this was part of the best leaving present in the world! I have never been very into tinted moisturiser as I’ve always found that they are either just as thick as foundation (so what’s the point?) or too sheer to the point that it just separates and goes patchy. However, i really do like this one and have used it loads! It gives me as much coverage as my NARS Sheer Glow foundation, however it just feels lighter on the skin and more nourishing. Chantecaille is a gorgeous brand too and all of their products are vegan friendly and cruelty free.
Concealer – NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24.00 2.4g
This concealer is just a dream to use. So smooth and really great coverage, a little goes a long way! This is my second little pot in 3 years (I think?) and definitely my fave concealer ever. I will rebuy this forever.
Mascara – Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, £29.00 full size
I loooove this mascara! I find that mascaras and foundations are one of those products that when you find your perfect match – you don’t let go! This mascara does everything you could ever want, length, volume, separation, and super black – perfection. This is my second purchase, and I also recieved a free travel size at some point which I save for when I go away somewhere.
Full review here.
Eyeshadow – Morphe 35G Bronze Goals palette, £24.00 56g
This palette was a Christmas present and although most of the shades are shimmers I think they have nailed the mattes that are included so well, that you don’t really notice that lack of mattes! The bottom right matte black has given me a re-found love for a wearable dark cat eye. And of course, the shimmers are all absolutely gorgeous and pigmented AF.
Brows – Glossier Brow Boy, £14.00 3.12g
Another birthday present! I had been trying out using soap as a brow setter (spoiler alert, it goes flakey throughout the day) and then my friend bought me this little gem which has been amazing! I tend not to use the application wand that it comes with and instead stick my own spoolie into the product but it’s a really fab brow setter that lasts all day without caking my other brow products or flaking off. I threw away the soap.
Blusher – Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion, £24.00 6g
I’m suddenly really into blush and I wont be going back! I was once helping out with a Charlotte Tilbury masterclass event back when I worked in retail and the artist said ‘No matter what your colouring, nobody blushes ‘tan’ or ‘bronzed’. You blush a natural rosey colour… so why are we not using blusher, and trying to recreate that effect with a brown bronzer instead?!’. It definitely stuck with me and adding a blusher into my makeup routine has made my makeup look more polished but natural – game changer. I like this one because it’s nice and natural and doesn’t have loads of glitter like some of the others I’ve tried.
Highlighter – Iconic London Illuminator, £30.00 13.5ml
I bought this ages ago but I have so many other great highlighters that it kind of took a back seat until this summer. Because I was wearing the tinted moisturiser and less powders generally (because I wasn’t doing anything that needed my makeup to be set and long lasting) I wanted to start using a liquid highlighter again just to get used to it. Although I know the Iconic London Illuminator doesn’t separate my makeup I was still hesitant to use it regularly ‘just incase’. Silly, because now I’m used to using it I just think it’s really great and versatile. Although it’s super high shine and pigmented I still think it looks quite natural when used on it’s own because of the liquid finish, and then when you really want to amp it up you can layer a powder highlighter over the top for a really glassy finish. Also, a little goes a long way so it lasts forever!
Full review here.
Bronzer – Tom Ford Soleil Glow Large Bronzer, £77 (at time of posting, this bronzer is only £38 The smaller versions still full price at £55 so grab it while you can!)
100% the best bronzer ever, don’t try to tell me otherwise! I use the shade Terra and just love the way it blends and melts into your skin. It never looks cakey and definitely doesn’t leave any sort of a grey cast – just really beautiful! ‘Terra’ isn’t a glittery bronzer but still has enough particles blended through that it doesn’t look muddy at all. Mine is smashed to smithereens at the moment (totally my fault) so I’m absolutely buzzing that I found it on offer on the Tom Ford website while I was gathering links for this blog post!
TOP TIP – when getting the product onto your brush try to use circular motions around the outside of the pan, rather than the middle. The middle of the pan is the strongest part so if you are collecting your product up from the middle, once it’s gone the outside of the pan isn’t strong enough to hold itself together very well, which means it all cracks/it very likely to crack. Working away at the outside area will leave you with a strong middle area to work with later, which is more durable.
Hope you liked my top picks of the year! I have also filmed a ‘get ready with me’ style video using most of the above items, linked below.
Love, Chelsea xxx