The 10 Best Products I’ve Tried So Far in 2021

What I'm Loving and Using the Most
Jennifer Lake Closet

Testing new products and finding new-to-me brands always me so much joy. Over the years, I’ve admittedly become complacent with items in my daily routine. Like the old adage says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, I was wrong! Today, I’m sharing my top 10 best products 2021 edition (well, as of March, lol).

After the pandemic began, we all needed to embrace change like never before. As such, I made it a goal to try new products – skincare, bedsheets, office items and even cookware. I’m so glad that I did!

Do you feel like you’re in a rut with the brands you’re using? Trust me, I was in the exact same place! However, I’ve learned that opening myself up to new experiences has been good for my soul. So, I wanted to share some pieces that have really made our lives so much better.

10 Best Products 2021 Edition

Please note, all of the items below were purchased. Nothing was gifted. Although, if a package of any of these goodies arrive on my doorstep, I wouldn’t turn it away, lol! Without further ado, here are the top 10 best products that you can’t miss in 2021:

Uoma Beauty Say What? Foundation

Quality foundations are essential in my book. Due to acne scaring, I’m always on the hunt for buildable, breathable formulas that make my skin look like itself, just better.

For the past year, I’ve heard phenomenal things about Uoma Beauty. I finally decided to test their Say What? foundation after its release at Nordstrom. In a word, it’s AMAZING. It doesn’t dry out your skin, and it provides nice, medium coverage to start and can be easily build up to cover anything and everything.

After applying it over my primer with my go-to foundation brush and eco-friendly makeup sponge (under $5), the foundation blends easily on my skin. Plus, I don’t break out after wearing it (which is a HUGE deal).

Uoma Beauty Foundation

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Le Creuset French Oven

Wowza, friends. Le Creuset is no joke. After doing a poll on Instagram, nearly everyone recommended Le Creuset over any other brand for Dutch (and French) ovens. After a couple month of having it, I’m over-the-moon thrilled with the one we chose. Ours is the 5.5 quart size, and it’s perfect for meals that serve 4-6.

In fact, it’s become one of our most frequently used items in our kitchen, and I’m already exploring other options from the brand to invest in. Furthermore, I’ve already purchased a gold knob to up the aesthetic. Who have I become?!

The main selling point? Le Creuset is of the highest quality and built like a tank. As such, it can be passed down from generation to generation. One day, I’m looking forward to passing it on to our niece for her home. Hopefully she’ll put it to good use like we have!

Le Creuset French Oven

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Boll & Branch Sheets

Gah, these sheets are brilliant, breathable, soft, durable, etc. Over the past decade, we’ve tried so many varieties of bed linens. Frankly, Boll & Branch is the very best, and we’ve had amazing sleep as a result!

Sleep is one of the things that I hold most precious, so I deeply care about the quality and caliber of materials that go on our bed. We LOVE this particular version of the sheets – worth every penny! Additionally, they just blend so perfectly with the rest of the primary bedroom. Best of all, after purchasing and enjoying their sheets, I was able to recently partner with the brand. It allowed me to get to know their products even better! Use code ‘JENN20’ to get 20% off your entire order!

Boll & Branch Sheets

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Velvet Hangers

For many years, I’ve owned simple white plastic hangers from The Container Store. After the creating of my new primary closet, I decided to spruce things up with more elegant, refined hangers.

Amelia, our interior designer, recommended this set for the space. The slim silhouette are far less bulky than my old plastic ones, and the gold detail makes everything look uniform (plus, it matches the room’s hardware). Best of all, the velvet fabric keeps each item in place. Lastly, the price is fantastic $25 for a set of 50.

White and Gold Velvet Hangers

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Makeup Brush Drying Rack

I mentioned this makeup brush drying rack in my Instagram Stories, and my DM inbox was flooded with questions. For those of you who use makeup brushes on a daily basis, it’s essential to dry them correctly. Drying them upside down drains the water out of all of the bristles and avoids mold. $15 item is a must-have!

Makeup Brush Drying Rack

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Maldon and Diamond Crystal Salt

About a month ago, a college friend sent me a copy of the book – Salt, Fat Acid, Heat in celebration of #CookingCharades. After diving into the book and her Netflix show, I realized that we needed to completely overhaul our spice cabinet – especially our salt selection.

The two salts we invested in to start? Maldon Sea Salt flakes and Diamond Crystal Kosher salt. You may be thinking, “wait, what? Salt matters?” Yes, friends. It REALLY matters. Overall, these two salts have been game changers to the flavors in dishes, and they both serve different purposes.

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

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Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

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Metal Handbag Display

Last month, I stumbled on these gorgeous metallic bag displays, and I immediately wanted them for the primary closet. Thankfully, the closet has a lot of shelves. Furthermore, they allow for extra storage space on each shelf, and the displays add height and dimension.

Handbag Display Stands

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reMarkable 2

Oh, reMarkable2 – how I love thee! Basically, it’s a thin digital writing tablet. I use it to take handwritten notes during calls and meetings, and the reMarkable 2 digitizes it into text that can be emailed, PDF’d, etc. It’s like a Kindle, a notebook, and a pen joined forces to create a super tablet! Best of all, it was a Style Charade reader recommendation!

All in all, I love the way it keeps me organized and focused. Plus, it saves me so much time. Instead of retyping my notes into an email, I can just covert them to text on the fly! Bob got one too, and we both can’t get enough of them! It’s no wonder it was named by TIME magazine as a Best Invention for 2020.

reMarkable 2

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External CD / DVD Drive

Over holiday break, we decided to tackle cleaning out our basement. Since moving into our new home, we realized how we have so much stuff. It feels so good to truly organize everything. Our first task? Getting rid of old CD’s and DVD’s.

Thankfully, we found this affordable external CD / DVD Drive, which can be plugged into a USB port and transfer files, music, movies, etc. Now that laptops no longer come with their own disk drives, this device is the perfect option to transfer things over.

External CD/DVD Drive

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Feather Pajamas

Alright, I’m a complete sucker for beautiful pajamas. Case in point, these beautiful feather trimmed pjs from Sleeper (below). The yellow color I purchased makes me so happy. Best of all, they come in a range of hues, patterns, and prints. Frankly, I need to stop myself from buying more of these!

Feather Trim Pajamas

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Sunglass Drawer Organizers

Last but certainly not least, this sunglasses organizer makes my heart so happy! You can fit eight pairs of sunglasses in one box. Plus, they’re stackable, and I can fit them side-by-side in my closet drawers. For travel, this incredible fold-up case holds four pairs of sunglasses!

Eyewear Drawer Organizer

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In Closing: 10 Best Products 2021

What are some of your favorite products from 2021? Please be sure to comment below and let me know what’s caught your eye!

Jennifer Lake Sunglasses Drawer Organizer

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