2020 has been a year of many things, good and bad, but we’ve noticed something in particular – a lot of our top beauty products of the year are a hint at the rise of natural but well-groomed beauty. We’re wearing less make up but we’re taking better care of our skin, hair and complexion. Perhaps it’s because we’ve all had a little more time at home to spend on self-care, or maybe just because all those zoom calls have encouraged us to glam up a little and make out skin look its best, even when working from home.
Whatever the reason, we’re always here for pampered skin and the best of beauty routines, so we’ve created the ultimate beauty list for 2020… here are the lotions and potions, new and old, that have been our star beauty products in 2020.
- BENEFIT – DANDELION BLUSHER-PALE PINK
Benefit’s ‘Dandelion’ blusher is a true cult beauty classic and has been ever since it’s smooth, subtle, buildable pink tones hit the shelves (and our cheeks). The pressed powder is long-lasting and the perfect shade of pale pink that can be brushed on lighter skin subtly, or layered for a more intense shade.
- BARE MINERALS – COMPLEX RESCUE FOUNDATION STICK
A stick foundation that’s silky, smooth, and provides beautiful illuminating coverage that won’t crease or leave your skin feeling clogged up. Bare Minerals Complex Rescue foundation stick glides on, and lasts all day without settling in pores or on collars.
- EMMA HARDIE – MORINGA CLEANSING BALM WITH CLOTH
Multi-award-winning and suitable for all skin types, the Moringa Cleansing Balm by Emma Hardie is firmly placed in the ‘essential skincare’ category among beauty editors, influencers, and people who are serious about skincare. It smells fab, feels luxurious on your skin, and it melts make up and dirt away like magic.
- BARE MINERALS – SKIN LONGEVITY VITAL POWER SERUM
Dewy glowy, pampered and loved skin is just a pump away with Bare Mineral’s vital power serum. It absorbs easily but feels protective and deeply nourishing, it smells fresh, a little goes a long way (one pump is enough), and you can practically feel your skin drinking it in.
- ELIZABETH ARDEN – EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT
Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is still, and always, the brand’s iconic product; trusted and adored just as much now as it has been since its creation in 1930. For juicy lips, for slick brows, for cracked cutlicles or dry elbows, or to give a healthy sheen and make your cheekbones pop… the Eight Hour Cream is a pampering panacea.
- BENEFIT – PRECISELY BROW PENCIL
They say it themselves: ‘Benefit is our name. Brows are our game’. Benefit was founded by two actual brow beauticians who have been driven by their passion for brow perfection since the 1970s. The precisely brow pencil is precisely that; precise. Perfect brows that won’t melt, smudge, streak, sweat off, or blur all day long. Brow perfection.
- BARE MINERALS ORIGINAL M-UP SPF15
Bare Minerals have been a cosmetic cult classic for years now, with their natural and non-comodegenic foundations being perfect for all skin, but extra perfect for sensitive or problem skin. This is their classic make up powder that changed the foundation game when it first launched, and is still an iconic make up today.
- CODEX BEAUTY – SKIN SUPERFOOD
The hero product from Irish skincare brand Codex, Skin Superfood is nourishing and perfect for skin of all types (but particularly great on skin that’s prone to dry patches, and needs rehydration). It’s all natural and a great skin solution for anyone with a condition like eczema or psoriasis.
- BENEFIT – GIMME BROW
More iconic eyebrow innovation from Benefit at number 12 in our product list… Gimme Brow is the best for anyone who wants a natural but full looking brow – perfect for ‘no make up’ days to give a little extra framing to your face!
- TRILOGY – ROSEHIP OIL ANTIOXIDANT+
Trilogy’s rosehip oil is a facial oil for people who are a little nervous about facial oils. It’s non greasy, deeply moisturising, dark in colour, thick, and potent – it will leave your skin feeling evenly-toned, smooth, and fully hydrated. Not all rose hip oils are created equal, and Trilogy’s is an example of one of the very best.
- BENEFIT – THEY’RE REAL MASCARA BLACK
Benefits mascaras are as amazing as their brow products, and perfectly thick long lashes are yours in just one swipe of a wand with ‘They’re Real’. FYI: Despite the product name, this mascara also looks great with false lashes!
- CLINIQUE – DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURISING LOTION
One of the world’s most loved moisturisers – its rich but quickly absorbed, wonderful on dry and patchy skin, and sits beautifully under make-up for all-day wear. Dramatically Different is a perfect title for a product that’s famous for evening out skintone and giving skin a suppleness that you can really feel.
- COLOUR WOW – DREAM FILTER
This treatment is absolute hair sorcery. Dream Filter removes the minerals often found in hard water that can damage and dull your hair, and reduce the time you get out of a fresh colour. One short treatment will have hair shining and colour restored to its full glory, prolonging your between-colour time.
- OLAPLEX – NO.3 HAIR PERFECTOR
There’s a good reason Kim Kardashian loves it! No. 3 Hair protector by Olaplex gives your tresses a new lease of life and helps your hair not just look, but BE, a whole lot healthier. It’s a deep treatment the repairs broken bonds in your hair to reduce split ends, breaking hair and general frizziness,
- LA ROCHE POSAY – CICAPLAST BAUME B5 LIPS
It’s sweet, and a little sticky, and it feels like it’s working hard that’s because it really is! Perfect for anyone who suffers from cracked lips and dry corners, this balm can even handle the drying effects of central heating and open fires throughout winter.
- LANCOME – LA TEINT IDOLE ULTRA SPF15
You really will get up to 24 hours wear out of this beautiful, silky, filter-for-your-skin foundation. It’s never greasy or drying, and it glides on to illuminate your skin like you’re standing under your very own spotlight. Worth splashing out on.
- CERAVE – FACIAL MOISTURE LOTION SPF25
Cerave is its own little revolution in affordable and effective skincare, and their SPF moisturiser is the leader of that revolution! It has three essential ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier, as well as hyaluronic acid and MVE (Multivesicular Emulsion) technology that provides long-lasting and instant daily hydration. https://www.mccauley.ie/cerave-facial-moisturizing-lotion-pm-52ml.html
- PESTLE & MORTAR – PURE HYALURONIC SERUM
We said that not all rosehip oils are created equal, and it’s very fair to say the same for Hyaluronic acids. Pestle & Mortar make a high quality and highly effective hyaluronic serum that has become an instant fave among our customers. Your skin will truly feel the difference with this one.
- CLARINS – DOUBLE SERUM
A powerful anti-aging serum that’s super hydrating, plumping, and really works to reduce the little fine lines and wrinkles that other serums just can’t get to. It’s got no real strong scent and tends to suit even more sensitive skin, and the lightweight formula will bestow a glow on even tired and dull skin.
- CLARINS – HAND & NAIL TREATMENT CREAM
Our star product this year, and for many years before, is Clarins iconic Hand & Nail treatment cream. It’s simple, classic, highly effective and luxurious, and it graces handbags everywhere with good reason. Never greasy but silky, non-scented and deeply nourishing, and capable of giving you cuticles softer than you even thought possible, even in the depths of winter! Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment is a beauty Holy Grail, and well deserving of our very top sport for 2020.
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