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3 Iconic Becca Cosmetics Products to Stock Up On Before They Close


Becca Cosmetics, a cruelty free makeup brand owned by Estee Lauder and sold at Sephora and Ulta, has a cult-like following and is known for its innovative highlighters. Unfortunately, Becca Cosmetics is shutting down permanently in September, largely due to the pandemic. According to an official statement posted on their website in February: “At BECCA, an accumulation of challenges, together with the global impact of COVID-19, has sadly been more than our business can withstand, and we have had to make the heartbreaking decision to close down the BECCA brand at the end of September 2021.” However, it’s not too late to still rock a glowy face full of the brand. Here are 3 iconic Becca Cosmetics products to stock up on before they close, and dupes for when they do.

1. Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($38)

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Perhaps the product that launched Becca into the public eye, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is unlike any other, because it melts down into a creamy finish once applied, despite its powdery texture. Their signature color, Champagne Pop, works great with warm or olive skin tones. Apply with a brush for the best results.

Dupe: ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter ($8)

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This buttery formula is a perfect contender for The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, because it shares the unique powder to cream texture. There are currently 17 shades on the ColourPop website, ranging from a medium brown for a contour effect to a luminous purple if you’re going for the space girl look. However, this one should be applied with the fingers for the most effective pigmentation. 

2. Ultimate Lipstick Love ($24)

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Coming in a whopping 40 shades, the best aspect of this product is the fact that it is one of the only lipstick shade ranges on the market that comes with an indication of its undertone (warm, cool, neutral) so you can find the perfect match for your skin. Its creamy, hydrating formula is perfect for those who suffer from dry lips. It even has a magnetic casing so you never have to worry about losing the top half of the tube!

Dupe: Clinique Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($20)

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Coming in an impressive 30 colors, this lipstick also helps you find your perfect shade and undertone match to your skin by using Clinique Shade Match Science. It comes in three “dress codes”:  Naked, a soft, neutral sheer tint for the natural look, Casual, a step up between tame and dramatic for an everyday look, and Glam, an intense, in your face pop of colour that you can see across the room.

3. Zero No Makeup Virtual Foundation ($36)

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This innovative product is so subtle that it is difficult  to argue whether or not it qualifies as makeup or skin care, with Becca claiming that it’s the perfect hybrid of the two. Its effects are so subtle that even straight cis men report wearing it without embarrassment. The blurring matte finish is perfect for those with oily skin, and only takes a pea size dollop to get the full effects!

Dupe (Kind of): Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime ($10)

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Becca’s Zero No Makeup Virtual Foundation is so unique that there is simply no other product like it on the market. While there are other mattifying skin products that can give you a blurring effect and help soothe your imperfections, they’re not labeled as foundations. However, there are some lightly pigmented primers that work similarly and can be worn without foundation for a subtle effect. The Maybelline Face Studio Master helps with pore minimizing and works best for those with oily skin. 

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Images provided by Becca Cosmetics, Colourpop, Clinique, and Maybelline 

Cocoa Swatches For Women Of Color


Cocoa Swatches was founded by Ofunne Amaka, who created an Instagram account catered to women of color. She believes that makeup is a creative extension of her personality. This Instagram account turned into a global household name, and it utilizes the best assets of technology. It has the ability to bring people together, and it empowers beauty and brings diversity into the industry. Cocoa Swatches believes that makeup should be fun for everyone.


Black Radiance Pressed Powder Shades

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Powder is essential for your beauty routine because it helps to set your makeup, especially for ladies who have oily skin. These are the best shades to add to your foundation or to finish off your makeup. It is formulated to absorb oil, even your complexion, and minimize shine.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

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Stick foundation is a great alternative to liquid foundation because it’s easier to apply and blend in. Anastasia Beverly Hills provides different shades that range from warm to dark and this gives you many options to choose from. This cream formula is highly pigmented and it leaves a matte finish. It can be applied as a tinted moisturizer, or used for highlighting and contouring.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation

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Fenty beauty by Rihanna is a very popular brand, suitable for women of color. The Pro Filt’r foundation comes in a variety of shades. This foundation leaves a matte finish and it is great for oily skin. Women who have darker skin complexions love this foundation because it matches their skin tone perfectly.


Enlight Highlighters

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These beautiful highlighters were created by Daness Hyricks Beauty. Highlighters are a great way to finish your makeup because they make your skin glow and pop. These highlight colors are perfect for women of color because they complement their skin tone and eyeshadow. This formula will blend easily into the skin and is buildable.


Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

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The Nubian Palette by Juvia’s Place is an eyeshadow palette that features beautiful neutral colors. These colors are highly pigmented and they blend flawlessly. It can also be worn everyday and it’s great for all skin types. This palette includes four transition matter and eight shimmery pearl textured colors.


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Stay Shine-Free With These 5 Matte Foundations


For us oily-skinned people, summer time is a nightmare. The foundation that we use throughout the rest of the year keeps our faces looking smooth and hydrated with a dewy finish to beat the dry cold. But now, those dewy-finish foundations are no good this time of the year because they make us look like a grease ball from the scorching heat. The only way to prevent your face from melting like a popsicle is to switch up your foundation and get your hands on a product that will leave your skin with a matte finish. Don’t be bummed out by the thought of searching through tons of brands to choose your ideal matte foundation—we did the searching for you! Any of these five foundations will work wonders for oily to combination skin and will leave a perfect matte finish all while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy.


Make Up For Ever’s Mattifying Foundation is full coverage for those who want a heavy duty foundation. It’s shine-controlling, water-resistant to beat off sweat, and oil-free for the ideal matte with powdered finish. It also hides imperfections, evens out the skin tone, and is long lasting for days under the sun.

Makeup Must-Haves for the Beauty Beginner


Jumping into the makeup game is not always easy. With all of the products out there, you can get overwhelmed thinking about what products you need the most. Like most things in life, your best bet is to start simple and get more complex as you gain experience. Here are some tried and true staples for your makeup bag that you can’t do without.
A Faithful Primer


Photo Finish Foundation Primer retails for $36.00 and can be bought at Sephora

There are a ton of different primers you can choose from, but to start, you should pick up a face primer with great coverage. The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a great start to have you looking flawless always. Everyone has different needs; some primers will give you a matte finish while others will illuminate you more. The thing to keep in mind is that primers prepare your face for the rest of your makeup process, so choose your primer according to the look you’re heading for.

The Ultra HD Foundation retails for $43.00 and can be bought at Sephora

The struggle to find the perfect foundation is real.  Depending on your skin type or skin color, some foundations just won’t work for your face, so the key to success (hello, DJ Khaled) is to take the time to find what works for you. Foundations vary from whipped, liquid, or powder. Others offer more coverage than others and some can be lighter on your face, which is great to avoid that cakey feeling. Choosing the right foundation starts with identifying your skin type and your everyday needs. To get started, Make Up For Ever has a great full coverage foundation that has even won awards for how great it makes you look on camera.

The Undercover Pot retails for $35.00 and can be bought at Sephora

Concealer can be used in so many ways. It can get rid of under eye circles, hide pimples, and can be used in your contouring process. Something as useful as that definitely needs to be in your makeup bag. The rule of thumb for concealer is to use one that is slightly lighter than your skin tone and to use it after your foundation. Laura Mercier offers their Undercover Pot which has 2 concealer shades and even a setting powder so you can make sure your makeup stays put.
Mascara That Won’t Clump

Better Than Sex Mascara retails for $23.00 and can be bought at Sephora

Mascara is the finishing touch to anyone’s face and choosing the right kind is crucial. Some mascaras are volumizing while others promise to act as a highlighter. If you want to switch things up you could pick up a different color than the ordinary black and go for something more subtle.  Keep in mind that not all lashes are created equal and what works for one girl might not be the same for you. Coming highly reviewed is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which has a specially sculpted brush to make your lashes look amazing.
Everyday Lipstick

Honolulu Honey retails for $27.00 and can be bought at Sephora

There are those days when you don’t feel like going to heavy on the makeup, but you also don’t want to leave the house without something on your lips. This is where an everyday lippie comes into play. Choosing a soft pink, nude, or brown color can make you look even more polished than you planned to be. Pair that with a great mascara and you’re good to go. NARS makes a gorgeous lip called “Honolulu Honey” that not only looks great but has a satin feel so your lips will feel pampered all day.
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Best Foundations Under $25


Best Foundations Under $25

Cosmetics are notorious for swindling us into paying some serious bucks for the latest product. Many of us see it as a makeup investment–something that will make your lashes look longer, face look flawless, and skin look golden. However, the expenses of our splurging habits can empty our wallets. Paying up to $50 or more for a product that is supposedly going to make you look and feel younger isn’t something we can do everyday. We have other grown-up expenses, of course! Luckily for us, there are cosmetics out there that won’t have us cracking open our piggy banks anytime soon. You’ll be able to save more money and still look beautiful with these four foundations under $25 we found!

Just because a product isn’t expensive or high in price doesn’t mean it isn’t of substantial quality. There are always cosmetics that we may really want but can’t always afford. You can still have the same set, long wear, and color as many of the pricey foundations you see, such as with MAC or Makeup For Ever, but at a much more affordable price. We researched the best affordable foundations out there that can be found at your local drugstores. Take a look at our exceptional list down below!


(Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick, $8.99, Ulta.com)

Maybelline’s Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick is original and unique in its design, being that it isn’t a liquid foundation at all. Instead, it takes the shape of a stick with a shine free formula that is easy to glide on and blend over your skin. Once applied, it quickly turns your skin into a matte surface that is free from oil. It’s a definite go-to foundation when you’re in a rush. All you have to do is apply a few dabs onto the main points of your skin with this creamy, gel-stick formula and, you’re ready to go.


(L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Makeup, $10.95, Lorealparisusa.com)

The True Match line of L’Oréal is a collection that has stayed true to its name–it matches the shade of your skin. The makeup’s formula is created with True Match technology to provide coverage that can easily build up and even out your skin tone. It is not made with oils, pore-clogging components, or fragrances, which makes it sensitive to and safe on many skin types. Its soft texture is filled with Vitamins A and C as well, making it healthy and nourishing while sitting on your skin.


(Revlon Nearly Naked Liquid Makeup, $6.59, Target.com)

Nearly Naked can sound a bit risque in our minds, but Revlon’s Nearly Naked Makeup is all about highlighting your beautiful skin. Its buildable coverage helps even and balance out your skin tone without it appearing unauthentic or caked on. The smooth and creamy texture allows you to blend it well over your skin, covering up any flaws, while still maintaining your natural skin tone.

(Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup, $11.99, Neutrogena.com)

Keeping your skin healthy and thriving underneath makeup isn’t a fairytale anymore. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free foundation is one-of-a-kind: it’s the first and only product on the market with MicroClear technology. It is able to treat blemishes and even prevent breakouts while it sits on your skin. Can you say miracle worker? The technology also rids your skin of oil while unclogging pores, thanks to the boost of the salicylic acid within it. Your skin will not only be covered but may even clear up while you wear this helpful foundation.