Becca Champagne

Its seems that YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill, knows how to to keep the champagne flowing for her millions of fans.  The former makeup artist has teamed up with BECCA Cosmetics again for the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette (inset).  Soon-to-be-released at Sephora, the limited-edition, iconic face palette, features five shades of highlighter and blush.  Hill is the creator of the original Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop.  Just remember that beauty often comes at a price … this palette will retail for $59 (which comes with free shipping!).



Sunscreen Consumer Reports recently released is annual findings on popular sunscreens.  Surprisingly, many simply didn’t meet the grade: of the 102 sunscreens tested for efficacy (based on SPF claims of 30 or higher), only 52% met their posted requirements.  While 58% of the 85 chemical sunscreens tested made valid claims, only 26% of the 19 mineral-based sunscreens were proven accurate.

Consumer Reports advises consumers to choose a chemical sunscreens with a 40 or higher SPF (as it “will give you a better chance of getting at least an SPF 30, the minimum level many dermatologists recommend). Those lotions with the highest ratings included, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen MilkPure Sun Defense SPF 50Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, and No-Ad Sport SPF 50.  Top-performing sprays included, Trader Joe’s Spray SPF 50+, Banana Boat SunComfort Continuous Spray SPF 50+Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection SPF 70, Caribbean Breeze Continuous Tropical Mist SPF 70, and Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30.

The report also warns that mineral-based sunscreens containing only titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (often referred to as “natural”), are possibly the least reliable options (notable exceptions include California Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30 and California Kids #Supersensitive SPF 30+).




As summer approaches, we begin to consider ways to pare down our beauty routines.  What to toss and what to keep?  At Beauty Undercover we think that a strong brow is your summer essential.  That’s why we enlisted the help of Matt Shakik, a Brow Lab specialist at New York’s Spruce & Bond, to share his tips for maintaining  beautiful brows.

TIP: Create the shape that’s right for you!

You want to accentuate the features of your face when you shape your brows. There is no same stencil for everyone when shaping your brows, since every face is different and asymmetrical. Use your natural arches to define your unique eye shape to give them a lift.

TIP: Use the correct tools!

Using a powder or pencil helps you to create the fullness your brows lack due to little hair growth. You can create what would normally be brow hairs if they grew in that area. Never use a magnifying mirror, as it causes you to only see one brow at a time and not both together which creates a better match.

TIP: Avoid Over-Plucking and Waxing!

Do not jeopardize the structure or thickness by removing hairs that might in time give you a fuller and more complete brow. Don’t take out hairs on one side to match it up to the other if it means making the brow thinner. When it comes to an end goal with your brows give them time and let them go, it might be torture but it will be well worth the wait. Tweezing is always the best option as it allows you to remove individual hairs to achieve the best shape.

TIP: Choose a Color that Looks Natural!

You want the color to match well enough to look natural, yet you want it to be distinct enough to contrast a little. People normally try to match their hair color, but our brows naturally look darker because they’re surrounded by paler skin.