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My favourite beauty items of 2020

Favourite beauty products 2020

One positive out of 2020 was that I discovered amazing beauty items that have quickly become my favourites.

2020 favourite beauty buys

I’m a bit late to the party with 2020 posts but I feel like I just need to review these amazing beauty products I’ve loved using in the last year! This includes new releases from my favourite brands to also discovering new products I may not of purchased if it wasn’t for lockdown. I’ll explain why further down!

So grab a cuppa and let’s discuss my favourite items from skincare to haircare and makeup!

Please note some of these products with (*) have been gifted but my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

makeup and skincare favourites

Go-to Skincare picks

First up is the products I’ve been using throughout the year to keep my skin feeling soft and radiant. I absolutely love Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish*. Once I’ve removed my makeup I use this cleaner to scrub away any leftover. It’s a creamy cleanser with sugar extracts for gentle exfoliation. My skin instantly feels smoother and radiant. Perfect before you apply makeup too!

My go-to night cream has to be It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Beauty Sleep* (review here). First of all this pillow cream smells amazing. The burst of lavender is beautiful and leaves my skin feeling plump. I’ll wake up and my skin looks brighter and fresh.

Another masque that I keep reaching for is Dermalogica‘s Hydro Masque Exfoliant*. For my in-depth review click here. As the name suggests, this mask is perfect if you want a quick face mask that soaks in and instantly hydrates your skin. As I’m combination I use this when my face is feeling dry and the little spheres are very satisfying to watch as they absorb into the skin.

As I didn’t go away at all in 2020, I used my trusted Dove Visible Glow to keep me looking tanned. I’ve used this tan for years on and off and I don’t think I’ve raved about it on here as much as I should… This gradual lotion gives me a subtle glow with no streaks and washes off easily.

Another Pixi product I began using in 2020 as well was their DetoxifEYE*. These eye patches are perfect for a quick pamper. Smothered in cucumber and Hyaluronic acid, the patches instantly make my skin all nourished and eases puffiness around the eyes. I rub in the excess gel around my face and my skin instantly feels plumper.

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Haircare favourites

As anyone and everyone will agree, our hair was totally neglected in 2020. I only had two hair appointments last year so I needed products I could use in the meantime. This included keeping my blonde looking fresh and helping it to grow and keep nourished.

So first up and possibly my favourite item I discovered last year is the Fanola No Yellow Shampoo. Wow let me tell you this works! I’ve tried many purple shampoos but this by far is my favourite. It’s super strong so wearing gloves is essential to avoid any skin staining.

I keep the shampoo in my hair for around 5 minutes and my hair instantly looks much more of a platinum blonde and silvery. It’s perfect in-between hair colourings. I only use this once or twice a month as it’s a little messy and you can’t do it while bathing/ showering. But the results last a while anyway. Plus it’s super affordable for 1litre for around £10!

I actually purchased the Olaplex no3 & no6 the year before, but used it more often in 2020. No6 is a leave-in treatment which I wait a good 30 minutes before washing. You can keep it in overnight if you like. This Bond Smoother nourishes and hydrates your hair.

The no3 I use on towel-dried hair prior to drying and this helps to repair and strengthen. I’ve noticed my hair feels super soft and thicker when I use this so ideal when you want a curly blowdry. I can see why most people pair these together. The duo is great to keep your hair in tip-top condition between appointments. It’s a little pricey but worth it.

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Cosmetic favourites

This wouldn’t be a beauty post without some makeup items I enjoyed using in 2020. Although like most, I didn’t wear a lot last year. Mainly with not going out much and wearing masks of course.

As my readers know I don’t wear false lashes and my favourite go-to mascara at the moment is Too Faced Better Than Sex. It’s been on my wish list for a while but this mascara is amazing. This is my third one now and I love how long and thick my lashes look. I totally don’t need false lashes when I wear this. It’s not clumpy, it lengthens, thickens what more do you want in mascara!

I’ve listed three Makeup Revolution items in this post which shows how much I lvoe this brand! The quality of each and every product I’ve tried is amazing and super affordable.

With no way of getting my brows done, I purchased Makeup Revolution‘s Brow Tint in the shade Taupe and let me tell you the results are incredible. I’ve even convinced my colleagues to buy this as my brows look salon quality. You simply add the tint to your brows leave as long as desired, I’d say about 30 minutes as the tint just peals off. Your eyebrows are then ready to go without even need to add anything else. I get a good few days out of each application!

I fancied trying a new foundation and picked up Makeup Revolution‘s Conceal & Hydrate. I’d heard great things about this and loved the sound of full coverage with a hydrating formula with Hyaluronic Acid. It’s been my foundation for 2020, to be honest. The coverage is great, it gives me a really nice glowy appearance and doesn’t feel oily or dry. For £9 too it’s amazing.

charlotte tilbury airbrush bronzer

And more saviours

Another pick from MR is their Conceal & Define concealer. I’ve used this for well over a year now and its the only concealer I buy, to be honest. It pairs great with the foundation or any other, to hide my dark circles and for contouring. Its creamy formula doesn’t crack like other brands and its super long-wearing.

My friends bought me the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer for my birthday last year and I love it. It’s my first official bronzer from CT and it didn’t disappoint. If you would like a full in-depth review check out my post here. I got the shade medium and it creates a really nice subtle contour.

Speaking of the brand, before the UK lockdown I picked up Charlotte‘s Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand in the shade Peachgasm. This golden peach liquid blusher is perfect for a quick blush to the cheeks. The shades available also work as a highlighter too. The cushion pad makes for easy application and a little goes a long way!

Moving onto my final beauty product (hope you’re still with me) is the Rapid Lash Eyelash Enhancing Serum. This is the main reason I think as to why my lashes look and feel thicker and longer too. I apply this a couple of times a month before bed and over time I’ve noticed a huge difference. Its worth trying if you want to step away from false lashes.

2020 favourite beauty products

That’s the roundup of my favourite beauty products in 2020! I could have easily included more. I hope you found this post useful do let me know your favourite items I love hearing recommendations!

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Some of these items were gifted, as always my opinions are 100% my own.

(50) Comments

  1. That Charlotte tilbury bronzer is gorgeous! The it cosmetics night cream made it into my beauty must haves of 2020 too! It’s amazing

  2. I need to give that makeup revolution concealer a go! It sounds right up my street and also such a good bargain. I love the better than sex mascara, maybe I should treat myself to it this year! xx

  3. Hair care has definitely been lacking for me! I love these posts where people recommend products because I always struggle to pick some, excited to try some of the hair care products and get my hair healthy again!

  4. I still haven’t tried olaplaex but I’m in the stages of not knowing whether to try blonder or go back brunette lol! Some great beauty bits, some I’ve tried and some I haven’t. I love a best of a year post xx

  5. Fab picks. I love Dermalogica and Charlotte Tilbury x

  6. Lea-Mai Carter says:

    The Revolution foundation is my favourite x

    1. Katie J says:

      I am onto Liz Earle skincare at the moment and really liking it!

  7. Kayleigh Harris says:

    Make up Revolution is such an underrated brand! I love their products!

    Kayleigh x

  8. Oh gosh, that CT wand has been out ages and I still haven’t tried it. So many people love it don’t they. I need to try and pick that up this year. You have picked some great products.

  9. You’ve mentioned some great products. I’ve always found that you can’t go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury make up. It just seems to work well on so many different skin types.

  10. simplyabbii says:

    So many lovely products – I really need to try Olaplex! x

    Abbi |

  11. Beautiful picks! The Pixi eye patches are wonderful! I love them too.

  12. So many gorgeous picks in this post! I loved Charlotte Tilbury last year, I’m all about of her bits so I’m defo going to repurchase this year and treat myself!


  13. gemmasspace1994 says:

    The dove moisturizer is one of my go tos fo summer but some of these I havnt tried, will have to look into them as they sound great xx

  14. I really want to try some more CT! MR make some great products too! There are some products I need to check out!

  15. Some pretty picks here, I especially love the sound of the Dermalogica

  16. These all look like great products especially the brow paint, I will definitely be looking into that! Great post, a great way to find new products to try too xxx

      Zoë – MammafulZo 💕 

  17. I love the Pixi Peel & Polish and the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, both fab picks! x

  18. Peter Watson says:

    You have given some great examples here

  19. superluckydi says:

    Some nice looking products here. I think I’ll give the Dermalogica facemask a go!

  20. Some great items here i love Pixi range

  21. angelwarrior280761 says:

    Charlotte Tilbury products are amazing All lovely products

  22. Such lovely products. I now want to try so many of them. I definitely agree with the too faced better than sex mascara. It is so good. I have awful vision so when I take my glasses off I can’t see anything and when it come to mascara it has to be easy to use. Which that one really is, it’s fool proof and does everything you want a mascara to do.

  23. Alexandra Cassidy says:

    Nice blog

  24. yolanda davis says:

    I loved reading this post. I’ve already used some of the products but theres some I want to try now; especially the too faced better than sex mascara.

  25. Susan Robertson says:

    These are all lovely products!

  26. Lisa Sweeney says:

    Oooo I keep hearing about Pixi – I’m going to try the Peel and Polish!

  27. What an amazing selection of fabulous make up products

  28. Great post and the products look absolutely stunning xx

  29. Sooo many lovely bits in this post. I would love to try Olaplex for my hair! I love the Too Faced mascara too, I recently ran out of mine!
    I’d love to try more Charlotte Tilbury bits too – especially her contour bits!


  30. There are some amazing products, have really enjoyed your post

  31. Cathy says:

    Great post. Amazing selection

  32. I must get around to trying one of the CT Highlighting wands, they sound absolutely gorgeous.

  33. steffaniebee says:

    Oohhh! Both the Bronzer and the Light Wand are on my Tilbury wishlist. Great product recommendations! x

  34. Some fabulous picks in this post! I’ve tried Olaplex at the hairdressers and would love to purchase myself – so luxurious! x

  35. Gemma Found says:

    Great review and I’m looking forward to trying these. Think I’ll start with the DetoxifEYE first.

  36. sharon catterall says:

    the Fanola No Yellow Shampoo sounds really good,my hair is a right mess at the minute because it needs colouring,i normally use John Frieda Violet Crush Intense Purple Shampoo but it only works on my coloured bits,ive been looking for something to cover my roots for ages

  37. Anthea Holloway says:

    What a super selection – you obviously put a lot of thought and experience into this list! Thank you.

  38. I’ll have to try the Dove Visible Glow, I love an easy tan!

  39. Andrea Fletcher says:

    A great selection of products, I need to try some of these.

  40. Margaret Gallagher says:

    LOVELY ! Some ive tried many i havent – time to treat myself

  41. Carol Thomas says:

    Love C.T products and always glad to see products i haven’t tried reviewed. I’ll give the eyelash serum a go too

  42. nelliebligh says:

    Thanks for your recommendations- I much prefer buying products that other people love rather than wasting money on an unknown one!

  43. Caroline Hammond says:

    Charlotte Tilbury is fab and the Dove body glow is also my favourite

  44. A great review. I love the eye pads and night cream. I’ve been revamping my beauty routine during lockdown too. I think I may try these

  45. Claire Stanway says:

    Definitely going to try Makeup Revolution Brow Tint. Too Faced mascara is on my wish list! Thanks.

  46. Lucy Wright-Booth says:

    I need to try the Olaplex no3 & no6 – my hair is in desperate need of some TLC!

  47. I have the Charlotte Tilbury airbrush bronzer too and it’s amazing x

  48. I feel like I need to try some of the Charlotte Tilbury powder products, because I hear nothing but good things about them!

    Katie |

  49. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Pixi and olaflex are my winter saviours as are MANY others of your favourites

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