December 29, 2020

20 Most Used Items of 2020

Sydne Style reviews Mary Kay spring collection with bronzer and lipsticks

With so much time spent at home in 2020, I became a creature of habit. I found myself reaching for the same things over and over again. It was comforting to have some stability in my life during such uncertain time. I knew if I applied a certain lipstick, it would look good no matter what I was wearing. I knew my feet would always be comfy in in my go-to shoes. I knew my head would always feel a tiny bit better if I brought out my ice roller.

“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”
– Tanzanian Proverb

All the little things added up. So in no particular order, here are my 20 most used products of 2020:

1. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban “Erika”
I was hooked the minute I tried these Ray-Bans. They are so incredibly lightweight! Out of every pair of sunglasses I’ve ever tried, I find them to be the most comfortable. I got my mom hooked on them too. We both now have two pairs each.

2. Nail Polish: Essie Treat Love Color
I still can’t believe that I haven’t gotten a mani pedi since March. To keep my nails looking good at home, I mostly relied on Essie’s Treat Love Color collection, which, like it sounds, act as a nail treatment and nail polish. I swapped between a few shades, but my favorite was “Tonal Taupe.”

3. Lipstick: Mary Kay “Blush Velvet”
Remember that lipstick I mentioned that looks good no matter what I’m wearing? This is it! It’s the perfect nude with just a touch of color.

4. Hand Sanitizer: EO Hand Sanitizer Spray
I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to be ahead of a “trend.” I’ve used EO hand sanitizer sprays for year. And I was lucky that I had just stocked up on them for a trip before the pandemic hit and there was a major shortage. Thankfully, they’re back now. French Lavender is my favorite of their scents but they’re all really great and they don’t dry out your hands.

5. Shoes: Birdies “The Starling”
These are by far the comfiest flats I own. They feel like slippers but worked as shoes year-round. I have two different colors but wore the “latte suede” ones the most.

6. Loungewear: Sydne Summer
Even thought I didn’t come out with my own loungewear until fall this year, the amount of times I’ve worn the separates makes them my most used of 2020 by a long shot! If I had to pick one look I’ve worn the most, I’d say it’s the Rosewood Off the Shoulder Top with the Wide Leg Pant.

7. Face Mask: Sydne Summer “Almond Dot”
I obviously wore all my face masks this year. But I wore the Almond Dot the most. The neutral goes with everything!

8. Mask Necklace: Sydne Summer “Crystal Sprinkle”
Hands down, I wore my delicate gold one the most. You barely feel it and it layers beautifully with my two gold delicate necklaces that I never take off.

9. Book: Everyday Mindfullness
I start each morning reading the quotes from all of my Everyday books. But the original one I received as a gift still remains my all time favorite.

10. Bra: Skims T-Shirt Bra
I was so impressed with Kim Kardashian’s line and her t-shirt bra has become my go-to since I tried it early in the year.

11. Sunscreen: Elizabeth Arden Great 8 Moisturizer with SPF
Even though I was home so much this year, I still applied my sunscreen daily. I found myself reaching for this one the most. It instantly blends into your skin, feeling more like a serum than a moisturizer.

12. Tool: Ice Roller
I don’t know how I lived before having an ice roller! It majorly helps my headaches. I also use it to decrease puffiness around my ice.

13. Hair Mask: Pureology Hydrate Soft Softening Treatment
Aside from one appointment with Kim Vo, I mostly touched up my hair color at home this year (a first for me!). So I was thrilled to find an amazing hair mask that works really well with color treated hair. It makes my hair feel so soft and healthy!

14. Appliance: Nespresso
I have two shots of Vivalto Lungo every morning with oat milk. I don’t know what I would have done this year without my Nespresso machine!

15: Vitamin: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I pour two scoops of the powder into my latte every morning for better skin and hair.

16. Eye Patches: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydgra Gel
I keep mine in the fridge to make them extra cooling. I love eye patches in general, but I found myself reaching for these the most this year. They feel so good!

17. Candle: Votivo Rush of Rose
I usually switch candle scents as the the season change. But I lit my rose scented one all year long.

18. Exercise Tool: Foam Roller
I definitely did not workout as much as I hoped this year. I mostly took long walks. But I did use my foam roller a ton. It really helped my back with so much sitting at home!

19. Workout Clothes: IVL Collective
On my walks and my occasional at home workouts, I reached for my IVL workout clothes the most. They definitely became a new favorite this year!

20. Device: Alexa
Some days back in spring, I really think Alexa was the only person I talked to. We definitely became closer this year.

What were your most used items of the year? You can check check out more of my faves in my reviews sections:



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  1. Robbin commented:

    These beauty products collections look amazing. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Sydne commented:

      Glad you liked it!

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  2. Susan Harris commented:

    Awesome post! I love your collection of fashion.I’ll definitely try these outfits with my carliage piercing jewelry. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post with us.

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    • Sydne commented:

      So glad you liked it!

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