Best of Beauty Favorites 2020

Wrapping up 2020 sharing with the best I tried in beauty. This post is very edited as I tried to keep it simple and more concentrated. Each section will consist of 1-2 beauty favorite beauty products that have been a hit for me. As well as I tried to disclude the items that were limited edition and are no longer available.
This post will help you find the best beauty products for what I have tested + items that you need to have or upgrade in your makeup drawer..


  1. Best Cleansing – Cle de Peau Beaute | Softening Cleansing Foam
  2. Best Hydrating Cleansing Balm – Glow Recipe | Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm
  3. Favorite Hydrating Toner – Glow Recipe | Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner
  4. Best Softening Lotion – Cle De Peau Beaute | Hydro-Softening Lotion
  5. Best Anti-Aging Serum La Prairie | Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster
  6. Best Vitamin C Serum – Monat | New C. Radiance Illuminating Serum
  7. Best Hydrating Moisturizer – Glow Recipe | Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream & Watermelon Glow Lip Pop
  8. Best Lightweight Hydrating Moisturizer – Charlotte Tilbury | Magic Cream Light
  9. Best Anti-Aging Cream – Shiseido | Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Enriched Cream
  10. Best Retinal Night Cream – Murad | Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
  11. Best eye cream + serum Sulwhasoo, I tested this out at the end of the year 2019 but still one of the best finds for me.
  12. Favorite Sheet Mask Lancome | Rènergie Rènergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Double-Wrapping Cream Face Mask


Base & Complexion:

  1. Favourite Primer – Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer
  2. Most Used Foundation – Cle de Peau Beauty | Radiant Cushion Foundation
  3. Best Everyday Foundation – Shiseido | Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation
  4. Favourite Full coverage Matte Foundation – Nars | Soft Matte Complete Foundation
  5. Best Medium Coverage Concealer Charlotte Tilbury | Magic Away Concealer
  6. Best Full Coverage Concealer Urban Decay Cosmetics | Stay Naked Correcting Concealer
  7. Favourite Bronzer + Contour – Charlotte Tilbury | Airbrush Matte Bronzer
  8. Favourite Cream Blush – Shiseido | Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush
  9. Best Makeup Setting Spray Charlotte Tilbury | Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray
  10. Best Loose Powder – Shiseido | Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Setting Powder

Eye Makeup:

  1. Best Versatile Eyeshadow Palette Nars | Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette, swatches are here.
  2. Best Glam Eyeshadow Palette Urban Decay | Stoned Vibe, swatches are here.
  3. Best Gel Liner – It Cosmetics | Super Hero No-Tung Liner
  4. Best Volumizing + lengthening Mascara – Charlotte Tilbury | Puch Up Pillow Talk Mascara
  5. Best Black Glossy Mascara YSL | Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical

Lip Products:

  1. Best Hydrating + tined Lip Balm YSL | Rouge Volupte Rock’N Shine Lipstick & Cle de Peau Beaute Lip Glorifier, swatches are here.
  2. Best everyday lipstick YSL | The Slim Glow Matte Lipstick, swatches are here.
  3. Best Matte Liquid Lipsticks YSL | Tatouage Couture Velvet Crème Liquid Lipstick & Cle de Peau Beaute | Radiant Liquid Lipstick swatches are here & here respectively.
  4. Best Matte Lipstick – Givenchy | Le Rouge Deep Velvet Matte Lipstick, swatches are here.
  5. Best Glossy Liquid Lipstick – Armani | Ecstasy Mirror Shine Lacquer, swatches are here.


  1. Best Blow-Dry Fluid Kerastase | Genesis Anti Hair-Fall Fortifying Blow-dry Fluid, review to come.
  2. Favourite lightweight hair oil Kerastase | Discipline Oleo-Relax Anti-Frizz Oil Serum fully reviewed here.
  3. Favourite Hair Mask for curly hair –Oribe | Control Deep Treatment Hair Masque, review here.
  4. Best Hair Mask for Blond hair – Kerastase | Blond Absolu Overnight Recovery Treatment for Lightened Hair review to come.




Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide for Her & Him

Just it’s about time to check off with the holiday season’s gift lists. I find fragrance makes the best gift. Though perfume is a very personal preference when you receive it from a loved one it becomes more special. You get to try things differently. This year and especially this season there are quite many different fragrance launches that were amazing and I was super excited to test them all personally. here what I came to pick my top favorite scents.

Fragrance for Her

I have a roundup of different floral scents that you can find below for her. They’re all very unique in their own way and pleasantly acceptable to anyone you gift.

  • Armani Si Passione is one of that perfect fruity floral scent that is bright and cheerful. It has that perfect combination of notes like Jasmine, Blackcurrant nectar, and Patchouli. I find this scent very classic and perfect for any woman in your life.
  • Carolina Herra Good Girl Eau de Parfum Légère is another perfect fruity floral scent that does not only carry that amazing scent its packaging is just on point. And with perfect note combinations of Mandarin, Sambac Jasmine, and Sandalwood makes this fresh and accentuate.
  • My Burberry Black Parfum is a classic scent that is again fruity floral but slightly different than other floral scents. Notes such as Jasmine, Candied Rose, and Amber bring together that super chic scent.
  • Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfume Intense is something different but within the floral range. It’s a very radiant and woody type of fragrance that I have been reaching out to again and again.
  • YSL LIBRE Eau de Parfum Intense is a warm floral scent that is absolutely amazing! The notes such as Lavender Essence, Orchid Accord, and Vanilla make this sweet and spicy. This a very chic type of fragrance that any woman would love to wear.

Fragrance for Him

Gifting the men in your life a fragrance is the most beautiful way of gifting. It isn’t easy to find gifts for men but I think fragrance is the easiest way to be safe. I have several tested approved fragrances by me and my hubby that is perfect for any age and any men in your life.

  • Dior Sauvage Parfum is one of my all-time favorite perfumes for men that is fresh and warm. It carries notes such as Mandarin, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood that makes this fragrance woody and earthy. It carries that nice sleek muscle bottle.
  • Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is another classic scent. It again has a very woody and earthy feel to it. Top notes like Zesty Grapefruit, Earthy Vetiver, Smokey Guaiac Wood makes this super interesting and long-lasting.
  • Azzaro Wanted Tonic just introduced a new fragrance this season. Its a super fresh scent with top notes such as Ginger, Lime, and Patchouli makes this sensual and slightly woody.
  • YSL Y Eau de Toilette I have been a long time lover of the YSL men selection. I feel like I really like the earthy and woody scent for my men and this one is again fresh, earthy, and woody.

I hope you find this roundup helpful and find your way to the fragrance department. It really gets irritating when it comes to finding a nice and decent scent if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Press samples provided and courtesy of brands.


Armani Beauty | Lip Maestro Venezia Collection & Sì Passione Intense Eau de Parfum

Lip Maestro Venezia Collection

Armani Beauty is celebrating its 20 years of beauty and they just unveiled new shades of its iconic Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in its new Lip Maestro Venezia Collection (C$49.00 each). This collection pays tribute to Venice’s captivating beauty. The colors in this collection were inspired by Venice’s color palette by featuring spans of neutral beige, rich browns, and deep red colors that look flattering to all skin tones.

I absolutely love the Lip Maestro Liquid Lipsticks formula. The has that nice rich velvety texture while it stays super comfortable on lips for a good period of time. It comes in the same classic packaging. The sponge applicator is one of the best sponge applicators I have tested by far,
A closer look at the colors:

  • Tadzio is a perfect warm beige probably one of the colors I can wear comfortably all year long with a help of lip liner otherwise its a bit pale on my ski tone.
  • Venetian Red is a warm brown brick unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on this shade
  • Palazzo is a deep warm brown red which I find is just gorgeous especially if you have a slightly yellow under tone
  • Mistero is a warm brown mauve is yet another favorite color of mine in this collection
  • Silenzio is a cool brown if you like that bold berry lips this is the one

I feel there is a mix rang of bold shade and nude shades – something for everyone.

The whole collection is beautiful and I find the colors really are perfect for the fall/winter season as well as for night events and occasions.

Sì Passione Intense Eau de Parfum

At the same time, I received Armani Beauty’s Sì Passione Eau de Parfum (C$162.00 for 100 mL) which I have been adoring. It’s not a new fragrance but Hello! where was I all these years? It’s a perfect fruity floral scent with a perfect combination of Rose, and Woody Vanilla that makes this perfume so darling. It’s fruity, fresh, and floral that I feel is a perfect way to make it a sophisticated feminine scent.

The bottle itself is just on another note. It’s so beautiful with a perfect combination especially if you’re gifting this. It has a red-lacquer finish with an iconic symbol of passion and love. I have had used their Si Fiori Eau de Parfum and I find both different but at the same time very exquisite.

At the same time, both Lip Maestro Liquid Lipsticks and Sì Passione Eau de Parfum are available in many beautiful valued sets for the holiday season in perfect packaging’s that I have linked some of them below for you. You can find all these newnesses available online at Sephora.

Press samples provided & courtesy of Armani Beauty.