15 Amazing Products to Freshen Your Look for the New Year

New Year, new you. Just kidding; we don’t adhere to that kind of mentality over here. With that said, there’s no better time than a fresh year to brighten your glow on the inside and out. You may as well, right?

To help your cause, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite go-to products – the kind we always keep fully replenished and are staples in both daytime purses and overnight bags.

Common themes include multifunctionality (key in today’s fast-paced and non-stop world), plumping (with hyaluronic acid making a big appearance), and that effortless dewy glow (no cakey faces for us, thank you).

Here are 15 amazing products to freshen your look for the New Year.


Watier Volume Suprême Plumping Lip Gloss
Beloved beauty brand Watier gives the lips the attention they deserve with the Volume Suprême Plumping Lip Gloss. With a distinct tingle that tells you it’s working – thanks to ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Labrador tea – the plumping (and borderline addictive) gloss is available in six shades (including clear, for a more subtle shine) and offers a hydrating and long-lasting plumper pout.

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5
As skin begins to lose its elasticity as we grow wiser, having a good hyaluronic acid serum becomes a non-negotiable element in daily routines. The Hyalu B5 by La Roche-Posay is a beloved go-to in the skin plumping department. The fresh-smelling serum offers a dewy glow as its ingredients – hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 – work their anti-aging magic to repair and hydrate the skin. It tackles fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin looking smooth and supple.


Moroccanoil Treatment Original
As Moroccanoil continues to expand its product line, one of their star items has been a staple for years – in fact, it pioneered oil-infused haircare and created the mass buzz about argan oil. The Moroccanoil Treatment is a quick crowd-pleaser for beauty lovers, thanks to its ability to deliver silky, shiny, and healthy hair. Infused with oxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, it can be used as a conditioning, styling, and finishing tool (oh, and it smells like vacation in a bottle).


Ember Wellness Sculpt & Glow Bar
The Sculpt & Glow Bar from Canadian company Ember Wellness is game-changing and genius – truly. The three-in-one zero waste bar is shaped like a gua sha and sculpts like one, but also hydrates and protects the skin’s barrier, while delivering a healthy, highlighting glow (right?!). It’s made from twelve organic ingredients, is water-free, vegan, and refillable, and is both skin and environmentally friendly. In short, sculpting the face comes with a side of moisturizing, too.

Consonant Skin+ Care Natural Foaming Facewash
The Natural Foaming Facewash from Consonant Skin+ Care soothes like a fresh spa treatment on the face, but easily washes right off, taking your mascara along with it. The brand’s best-selling three-in-one product cleanses the skin, gently removes makeup, and is balanced to the PH of the skin, eliminating the need for toner in the process. This cleaner is great for even the most sensitive skin types.


COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Skin Perfector Essence
Earlier this fall, COVERGIRL released its first skincare and makeup hybrid with the introduction of the Simply Ageless Skin Perfector. Developed using Microdroplet Technology, the clean, vegan, and refreshing formula contains 71 per cent water and provides an instant burst of moisture upon application, hydrating skin for up to 24 hours. It’s available in eight shades, each developed with a neutral undertone to complement all skin tones and types.


Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette
The Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette takes the face to new levels of radiance. Featuring four luminous shades of highlighters to produce a customizable glow to suit the season (or not), the product can be used as a highlighter, contour, bronzer, blush, and even an eyeshadow. The common denominator between the lightweight palette varieties is an effortlessly radiant glow, minus the shine.


Sooth by Miracle10 Skincare
Toronto’s MD Beauty Clinic’s skincare brand Miracle10 has a new product in its coveted lineup – and it’s perfect for post-treatment care. The Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid-filled and probiotic-rich serum is designed for sensitive skin and improves the look of irritated, inflamed skin while packing a powerful anti-aging punch. It also offers immediate pain relief for irritated skin, as well as two probiotics to improve environmental damage and reverse signs of aging.


L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Lift Mascara
There’s no need for false lashes with the Telescopic Lift Mascara from L’Oréal Paris. The mascara is becoming a staple in the makeup kits of both professionals and beauty lovers, as it gains a reputation for itself for impressively doing the trick – plus some – on the drama front. Taking lashes to the next level, the new(ish) ultra-thickening mascara features the iconic brand’s first-ever exclusive double-sided brush and promises to make lashes look five millimetres longer and last 36 hours.


Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
At first wear, it’s easy to completely understand how the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter became a quick cult favourite in recent years. For those in the dark, the product is a complexion booster that blurs, smooths, and illuminates the skin for a real-life social media filter effect (the good kind). Wearers will be shocked at how many people tell them that they’re glowing with this now not-so-secret beauty weapon.

Good Girl By Carolina Herrera
Beauty and skincare lovers appreciate a good fragrance – especially one as dreamy and coveted as the iconic collection of Good Girl scents from Carolina Herrera. Housed in striking stiletto-shaped bottles, the sophisticated fragrances complement a cocktail dress or gown like an actual piece of fancy footwear. With numerous varieties available – including limited editions – there’s a Good Girl fragrance for everyone.


Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave In
An appreciated product for the sun-seekers, one of Sun Bum’s top-selling staple products is the brand’s 3 in 1 Leave In. Designed to keep that beach hair looking fresh and flawless, the spray-on product detangles, conditions, and protects tresses. At the same time, the lightweight product enhances and restores the hair’s natural body, while working to combat frizz, prevent split ends, and slow colour fading – even on those sun-soaked vacations.


The True Cream Aqua Bomb from Belif
Belif’s True Cream Aqua Bomb soaks the skin with a refreshing dose of intense hydration. The light-weight gel-cream is a star product from the brand – which offers a range of products that follow Korea’s intricate skin care regimen – having become a go-to for those looking to moisturize while also reducing the appearance of pores. The result is smooth and supple skin.


Radford’s FIX Facemask
Toronto-based beauty brand Radford is just as well-known for its skincare products – especially its face and eye masks – as it is celeb-approved makeup and hairstyling. A rebrand in the spring brought what Radford calls “the Swiss Army knife” of face masks with its FIX. Designed to “fix” dullness, dehydration, acne, breakouts, and creasing, the golden, two-piece face mask  visibly works its magic on those days when your face could use a little pick-me-up.


Stila Stay All Day Matte Liquid Liner

While some liquid liners can end up creating a major mess of the eye for those just getting used to it, Stila’s Stay All Day Matte Liquid Liner is pretty much foolproof – and waterproof and smudge-proof. The quick-to-dry and long-lasting liner stays right where it should (most importantly, not in the crease) all day and well into the evening. The liner’s precision marker-like tip pen allows for the smooth and easy creation of eye-popping looks, from thin and precise lines, to thick and dramatic alternatives.

Erin Nicole Davis

Erin Nicole Davis

Erin Nicole Davis is a Toronto-based writer and actor. When she’s not writing the day away in a face mask, she’s taking in the city’s vibrant arts scene, doing a red carpet interview or brunching with her leading ladies (at least, in pre-COVID-19 times). Follow Erin: @erinnicoledavis