My Top 20 Beauty Brands in 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020




2020 might not be everyone's favorite year right now. There was so much sadness throughout this year, but I can't help but to still be thankful. Along with everything that happened are some great realizations and discoveries for me. And although it might be a little early to say this, I will claim it already:
 "Hey, I am still alive and ready for 2021!"

But before we leave this super dramatic year, I would love to take this opportunity to mention the top 20 beauty brands that made my 2020 a little better. Shall we start?


1. PixiBeautyThis brand would be my number one on the list. If you read my previous posts, I never failed to mention PixiBeauty. Not only because I am on their PR list, but also because all their products are honestly incredible. So if you haven't check this affordable brand yet, you should start checking them out and see their wide range of skincare and makeup products. You might find a new favorite brand come in 2021. See my dedicated post for this brand here.


2. Good Molecules. Although I have only come to know this brand this year, it has quickly become one of my favorite. Their skincare worked so well for my skin and they have become a staple to my skincare routine. My wonderful 2020 skincare journey would not be the same without this brand. Learn more about them in my previous post here.


3. Fresh Beauty. This might be one of the most expensive brands I included in this list, nevertheless, they do deserve this spot because they have remarkable products that work. You can find something you will fall in love with from their variety of skincare, body care, and fragrance products. 


4. Rituals. Looking for something affordable but luxurious beauty products? This brand is for you! Their body care set is phenomenal. And I can't wait to try their perfume, skincare, makeup, hair care, kitchen essentials, and clothing products. Yes, they have it all.


5. Innisfree. Are you a k-beauty fan? This Korean beauty brand should be on your list this coming new year if you haven't already tried it. Aside from their cute packaging, you'll love their skincare, makeup, body, and hair product line up. 


6. Filorga. I have only tried two of this brand's products yet I might say they don't disappoint and it made me want to try all of their products. I am not even exaggerating. This brand is also on the pricey side but it's for a good reason. Their products are effective!


7. Kiss / Impress Manicure. I am not a fan of fancy acrylic nails but who doesn't like pretty nails once in a while? That is why I came to love this press-on manicure brand. Besides having a gorgeous line of beautiful nail designs, they are also easy to apply and are great for last-minute party calls. Yes, even the zoom parties.


8. Amika. What is beauty without beautiful hair, right? This brand has some astonishing hair care products. I personally love their Flash Instant Shine Mask. I didn't even have to comb my hair, let's leave it at that.


9. Eva-NYC. Let's talk more about hair care products. There's nothing more satisfying than a good hair day on quarantine mode. Ever since trying out their dry shampoo, this brand easily becomes one of my favorites.


10. Laneige. One of the keys to beauty is well-hydrated skin and lips. This is where Laneige comes into the picture. They have hydrating skincare and lip products that can make a difference in your beauty routine. 


11. First Aid Beauty. I was first introduced to this brand this year and I couldn't be happier. FAB created products for all skin types but has a specialty for dry skin. Their Ultra Repair Cream is a best-seller and is also a game-changer for me. Their products are one of my winter must-haves.


12. I Dew Care. This is a fairly new brand to me but swiftly became a favorite. They have adorable and fun packaging and their products are exceptional. They had me with dewy and glowy skin. Most of the time, that's all I wear.


13. Spongelle. Bath has been extra enjoyable with Spongelle products! Their body wash-infused buffers are my favorite. All of their products from body and bath, hand care, feet care, and candles smell heavenly. Need a bath? Make it extra with Spongelle.


14. Hum Nutrition. Would you agree that beauty also comes from within? I do! I was gifted some of Hum Nutrition products that help me look and feel good inside and out. It has been a very great help for my skin as I have noticed I don't experience troublesome breakouts like before.


15. Merci Handy. This brand has been a ray of additional sunshine amidst the pandemic. Not only do they have very fun packaging (and some lovely jokes to smile about), they also have a charming hand, body, and hair products.


16. L'oreal. This year won't be complete without some L'oreal products. To tell you honestly, most of my lipsticks are from them and who doesn't love lipsticks? It's my favorite makeup. Now that I stay home and do not wear masks, lipstick is the only color I wear on my face most of the time.


17. Pop Beauty. This is a rather new brand that brings a pop of color to the beauty world! Their products have interesting names that will certainly get your attention. They bring you "uncomplicated" skincare and "unapologetic" color through their quality products.


18. Buxom Cosmetics. They offer a variety of beauty products and my favorite was their plumping lip glosses. The shine of their glosses are gorgeous and provides that refreshing and cooling sensation. Let's keep that until 2021 and the years to come.


19. Joah Beauty. If you are looking for an affordable K-beauty and drugstore brand, this is a brand you should start looking at. You can find it at your local CVS and there are so many products to choose from. Take your pick.


20. 310 Nutrition. You might think, this brand is not a beauty brand and you might be right. But hey, beauty comes from within, remember? 310 Nutrition has been part of my health and wellness journey throughout my 2020. Their protein shake powder and collagen powder are something that I can say became part of my beauty journey. Their collagen powder helps support healthy skin, so that counts as part of beauty, right?



Thank you for making it at the end of the list! I hope you found some new brands to try this coming 2021.

What are your top beauty brands this year? Did any of mine made your list too? 


Read More

Achievement Unlock - Celebrating an Instagram Milestone

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 



A few months back, I was stuck at 4k followers on Instagram. I made it a goal to have 10k followers by the end of the year. And here we are, making that goal a reality! 

But you might be wondering, why is the Instagram follower count so important? As a brand, it shows your brand power and as an influencer like me, it shows my influence and my expertise. Also, it's easier for me to be noticed by brands that I might be able to collaborate with if I have that big 10. But don't get me wrong, as I mentioned before, a lot of brands don't look at follower count but rather than engagement. So smaller accounts can still collaborate with brands. 

Of course, as you may have already known from my previous posts about my influencer journey and how I became one, my Instagram started as a hobby. I love sharing my first-hand experiences with products and found a passion for skincare and beauty. The main reason I set the goal to hit 10k was because of the swipe up feature. Since I just started my blog up again this year,  I find it easier for me to promote a new blog post and direct my followers to the link on my Instagram story instead of telling them to check out my bio. It's unquestionably a game-changer!

The Journey to 10K

It was never easy achieving this goal. It's a series of trial and error - what techniques work and what don't. Plus, Instagram's algorithm has been all over the place lately, so you cannot honestly tell. But you know what's the biggest take away from me? Reaching goals can only happen when you have help and support. So I am forever grateful to all the people who believed in me and supported me all the way. For all the likes, shares, and saved from my family, relatives, friends, acquaintances, and from all the people who genuinely followed my page because of my content. A ten thousand or a million thanks won't ever be enough to show you how grateful I am. 

The Promise

Of course, the journey never stopped here. My mission to inspire, motivate, influence, and make an impact continues. I know that honest and genuine content matters and I will continuously strive to be better. I am still learning my ways of creating captivating video content and still trying to improve the quality of my photos. Believe me, I was never the creative type when I was younger and art is not my favorite subject, so I'm a bit struggling here. But all of you are my inspiration!

So, all that being said, let's take a look at my Top 10 posts!

Top 10 Posts according to Instagram's Insights


Top 10

Posted August 23, 2020

This Sunatoria Black Mask post is surely a hit. It might be the photo? the caption? or the results? I will forever wonder.πŸ˜‚



Top 9

Posted May 8, 2020

Another hit is my post about our humble coffee corner. I might know why this one was an attention-getter, most of my followers must have been coffee-lovers.

Top 8

Posted November 25, 2020

This post was a very recent one. It was Black Friday week and Lookfantastic actually has some pretty great deals so no wonder this post has been on the top 8 spot.

Top 7

Posted October 7, 2020


There's always something about my work corner/home office post that most of them do surprisingly well. I think it was because most of the people are working from home now since the pandemic and looking through WFH office ideas. 

Top 6

Posted August 5, 2020

Aside from my WFH office corner post, my health and wellness posts also do great. I know for a fact that a lot of people resorted to home workouts when the pandemic started, so that might have been the reason behind this.

Top 5

Posted May 25, 2020

My DIYs and home makeover posts were clearly a favorite. During the beginning of the quarantine, I have been the most creative and people love creativity, right?! 


Top 4

Posted August 31, 2020


I think this is by far the most creative video (if not the only one) that I have ever made. Although the screenshot is only showing the reach of 1,085, it's a paid campaign and was promoted hence the reach was actually 3,072. Nevertheless, I think it is safe to say that it deserves to be in the top 4 spot. What do you think?

Top 3

Posted November 22, 2020

This has been a very interesting post! Not everyone knows that LED face masks exist and I am fortunate enough to be able to try one and share about it with my followers. It truly deserves the top 3 spot.

Top 2

Posted May 10, 2020

This was one of my early projects starting the pandemic and it clearly got the attention. Maybe because the kitchen has been our favorite place during quarantine?πŸ˜‚


Top 1

Posted August 13, 2020

Who would have thought that this post will be the top 1? It must have been the living room or my nice tops and leggings maybe?

It was nice to see a variety of top posts in my feed. But I seriously wish I have a way of figuring out how Instagram's algorithm is working. Because when I thought I figured it out, it then changes.πŸ˜† But still, I can't help to be thankful for the platform that gives me a way to share my passion.

To you who have read this entire post, thank you. If you have been following me on Instagram, thank you. If you are just passing by, thank you. All of you have been part of my motivation to continue this journey. 


I know it has been a tough year, but what has been your greatest achievement this 2020? Your comments are welcome, appreciated and who knows, will be rewarded! Extra is when you sign up and subscribe to my email list. πŸ˜‰ I always love giving back to my supporters. 😚









Read More

Skin Update and Current skincare products

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

 



Hello! So today, we are not doing any gift guide post. Instead, I just wanted to share some skin update and the current products I am using on my skincare routine. Maybe, you can find something that you'd like to try!

Read More

Lookfantastic Black Friday Sale! Your Beauty Gift Guide (PLUS FLASH SALE CODES INSIDE)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 


Are you still looking for that perfect gift? Maybe he or she is into skincare and anything beauty, so why not check lookfantastic.com.  They are currently Europe's number one retailer for beauty and number two globally. You will find the biggest brands, fresh new products, and great beauty finds from there. It's your one-stop-shop for everything gorgeous!

Since Black Friday deals have started, Lookfantastic is also stepping up their deal-game. Here are the top deals you can snag from their website!

Estee Lauder - this huge brand has just landed on Lookfantastic, and they are offering 15% off. They also have a freebie offer when you spend over $75 today on EstΓ©e Lauder. You will receive a free 3-piece deluxe gift consisting of Supreme+ Moisturizer Deluxe, Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Deluxe, and Advanced Night Repair Face Deluxe. Limited time only, while stock lasts.

Check out Estee Lauder's best selling products here.


Illamasqua - they have a wide range of beauty must-haves! You can get an additional 15% off on top of the sitewide sale of up to 50% off when you use my code MASQX15 between 4pm to 9pm on Wednesday, November 25.


Kevyn Aucoin - add creativity to your makeup style by adding some of these professional makeup artist's products. Using code KEVYNX15 on November 25, Friday between 3pm to 8pm, you will get an additional 15% off on top of their site wide sale at Lookfantastic.

                                     

DHC - up your skincare game with their products. On top of their 20% off on lookfantastic.com, you can have an additional 15% off when you use the code DHCX15 between 4pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 26.


BeautyBlender - grab some of their unique beauty tools to achieve that flawless look! They are having a 25% off sale until December 2, and you can add another 15% off by using code BLENDX15 between 9am to 2pm on Friday, November 27.

Daniel Sandler - experience an A-list treatment at the comfort of your own home by grabbing some of this British talent's luxurious make-up products. Use code DSX15 to get an additional 15% off if you buy between 10am to 3pm on Saturday, November 28.


Foreo - get your hands-on with this highly-coveted cleanser brush. They are currently having up to 35% off select Foreo products plus 15% off with code FOREOX15 if you buy from November 29 at 6pm through November 30.

Here are some of my favorite products I recently bought from Lookfantastic:

Stila Eye & Lip Set (Kitten Bliss) - this set contains Eye Shadow in ‘Kitten’ (Full-Size)Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Kitten Karma’ (Deluxe), and Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in ‘Kitten’ (Full-Size). It's worth $45, currently on sale for $22.40 for a limited time.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick - an award-winning long-wearing lip color that delivers full coverage with a creamy-matte finish. Available in 5 shades. I have the Amalfi shade.

Shop all Stila products here.


NCLA Beauty Vegan Nail Polish - a light nude cream and vegan nail polishes. Available in various colors. I have the Capri Sunset and Pulling Up in My Pink Caddy shades.

NCLA Beauty So Rich Peach Vanilla Cuticle Oil 13.3ml - revitalizes and hydrates cuticles and hands with its Vitamin E extract and safflower seed oil. 

Shop all NCLA products here.

Korres Bergamot Pear Renewing Body Cleanser - Locks in hydration and supports younger-looking and supple body skin.

Korres Bergamot Pear Elasti-Smooth Body Butter - this creamy and rich body butter is packed with shea butter and a proprietary blend of oils, including Grecian Almond Oil plus the power of Elasti-Smooth™ technology to smooth and quench parched skin improving elasticity and bringing younger, healthier-looking skin to the surface.

Shop all Korres products here.

There are definitely many amazing sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, so start checking for potential gifts at Lookfantastic!

You can check out all Lookfantastic Black Friday deals here.


Happy shopping!


*Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

*Some links are affiliates, and I may earn a small commission when you purchase through these links.



Read More

Macy's Black Friday Special 2020 - Your Next Gift Guide Resource

Wednesday, November 18, 2020



You might have already heard the news, Macy's officially started their Black Friday Preview Sale, and they have tons of markdowns and sales you can take advantage of right now!


Read More