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I’ve partnered with Beautylish to highlight some of my favorite products to kick off the start of their Annual Gift Card Event.  The brands and products below I’ve reviewed or talked about previously as being favorites and go-tos.  I like to include a mix of old favorites and newer picks from recent fall and holiday releases.

One of the best areas to shop during the event is actually on tools for anyone who wants to try (or already loves) Japanese brushes because Beautylish has become known as a one-stop shop for several of my favorite brands: Sonia G., Chikuhodo, Surratt, and Wayne Goss. These are all brands that don’t really go on sale at any point, which makes the event one of the rare opportunities to stretch one’s budget.

Check out my updated brush guides: Best Blush Brushes | Best Highlighter Brushes | Best Eyeshadow Brushes

Another exclusive brand is Good Molecules, which is a good place to start for anyone on a skincare budget or wants to strip away some of the marketing bruhaha found in skincare; I’ve gone through half a dozen bottles of the Hyaluronic Serum since they launched.  The Niacinamide Serum also did wonders for my skin in the last six months, too, after dealing with painful, cystic acne (likely related to stress) that came out of nowhere and the marks it left behind.

It’s the end of Beautylish’s Annual Gift Card Event! Earn a complimentary $20 gift card for every $100 you spend at Beautylish. It ends at 11:59pm PT on October 25th, 2019!

Natasha Denona Darya

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Natasha Denona Darya Diamond & Blush Palette ($89.00 for 1.50 oz.) contains six shades--two cream formulas, four powder formulas--in an assortment of... Read full review.

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Natasha Denona Biba

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Natasha Denona Biba 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.2 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that features three Metallic eyeshadows, four... Read full review.

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Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duo

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The duo includes both a "monochromatic matte and shimmer shade" that can be used "individually or layer[ed] together." The blushes are described as having "high-impact payoff" with no other specifics. The consistency of the matte shades was incredibly silky, finely-milled, and smooth without being powdery--they were thinner but not difficult to apply and sat well on bare skin as well as over foundation. The pigmentation ranged from semi-opaque to opaque and was definitely buildable. Read more...

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

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The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula is described as having an "ultra-reflective shine" with a "creamy" texture that "applies seamlessly." In general, the texture of the highlighters is incredibly smooth, silky, and finely-milled with frosted to metallic finishes and the occasional more sparkly finish. Read more...

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Hourglass Ghost

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Hourglass Ghost (Holiday 2019) Ambient Lighting Blush Quad ($58.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features two brand-new shades,... Read full review.

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Natasha Denona Metropolis

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Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with an assortment of shimmers and... Read full review.

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Sonia G Designer Pro

The Designer Pro is the newest addition to the Sonia G. brush range, and it’s a lovely, smaller cheek/face brush–it’s denser than something like Wayne Goss’ Air Brush but has a similar “paddle” shape and function to me. Because it’s denser, I like it for applying highlighter and blush the most, and the smaller shape makes it easy to get precision while the more rounded edge diffuses and blends those products out well.

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Sonia G Face Two

Face Two is a smaller-sized face brush that flares from the base and has a domed edge with very soft, smooth bristles. It was designed for “contouring and sculpting the face” to be used with “blushes, bronzers, and contour powders.” I liked it most for blending and diffusing powder products on my skin, particularly using buffing motions. Read more...

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Natasha Denona Sunrise

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Natasha Denona Sunrise 15-Pan Small Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.67 oz.) is a new, permanent palette designed to complement the original Sunset... Read full review.

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Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush

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The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (but is soft and blendable enough to be applied sheer if preferred). Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me. Read more...

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Mahalo Skin Care The Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

I’ve gone through almost two jars of this one! It’s a deeply hydrating balm that I like to use at night (usually a few hours before I go to bed) as it really calms my skin down and improves the hydration by the morning. It does take awhile to absorb and sink in, though!

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Sonia G Builder Pro

The Builder Pro works well for applying more sparkly and metallic shades (without having to use them damp), especially for the inner tearduct and lid space!

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Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise

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Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise 12-Pan Eye Palette ($75.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette for the holiday season... Read full review.

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Sonia G Worker Three

Sonia G Worker Three Brush ($32.00) is designed to "pack, transition, and blend" eye products and is a "smaller version of the Worker Two." It looks... Read full review.

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Green Clean has become a go-to–replacing my shu uemura cleansing oil!–for removing makeup thoroughly and efficiently. I love how well it rinses off and doesn’t leave any residue behind.

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Hourglass Ghost

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Hourglass Ghost Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Collection ($46.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of copper, bronze, and plum shimmery... Read full review.

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Wayne Goss Brush 19 Eye Shadow Precision Blending Brush

I love the Brush 19 for precise application of crease colors; I find these smaller crease-style brushes to work well for depositing color into the deep crease, crease, and transition spaces. These are key for allowing me to get a nice gradient of color that doesn’t get over-blended.

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Anastasia Jackie Aina

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Anastasia Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.392 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features 14 shades across three Pressed Pigments... Read full review.

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