What’s your Always List?

Whether you’re a beauty junkie keeping up with every product and every beauty subscription or someone who likes to streamline their make up routine, we all have our own bag with the tried and true, ride or die, everyday makeup products. You know, that little bag you keep in your car, gym bag, office drawer or purse? That’s the one I’m talking about. That’s your Always List. Not the drawer, cabinet (or in my case warehouse) full of makeup and skincare that seemed like a good idea when you bought it. You use it a couple of times, have intentions of using it again but then somehow it ends up in the black hole of beauty where it stays forever. Can you relate?

Truth is, with the busy, faced paced lives we all lead we can only use a handful of products every day so they need to perform at the highest level, go on quickly and last beautifully all day into the night.


Here’s my Always List:

Skin Revival Hydrate and Glo Oil - It’s technically a skincare product but is so multi-functional and essential for great skin prep that I can’t do make up without it.

MVP Tinted Moisturizer and Concealer - This is a 5 in 1 product.  Built-in primer to smooth and blur texture, Sodium Hyaluronate to bond moisture, SPF Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen for protection, Advanced Pigment Technology for even, lightweight coverage and a Full Coverage Concealer. All in 1 little, unbreakable tube.

Blush + Glo Cream Blush + Highlighter - I use Coral Crush/Hi Beam for perfect cream to powder texture that goes on easily with fingers and lasts all day.

Hi-Def Mascara - After a quick curl with a lash curler, this mascara does it all- volume, length, and curl in a flash with a small, hollow brush that covers every lash and wears all day without smudging or smearing. It’s miracle mascara.

D-Fine Lip Liner in Neutral - This is essential to define, slightly enhance, and balance your lip line. My lip line is a bit crooked and this goes on, matching my lip tone undetected to even and enhance my lip line and keep lip color in place.

Lip Revival Lip Balm in Hannah - This all-natural vegan lip balm, full of plant oils and nut butters is extremely hydrating and feels like heaven on my lips. There are 9 sheer colors so there’s one for everyone. Perfect for every day.

These are the 6 products I use every single day, usually applied in the car (at stoplights only!) on my way to somewhere in a rush. If it’s an occasion that calls for more (or it’s a long drive), I’ll apply I-Line or Shadow Stx for more definition on my eyes.


What I really want is glowing, protected skin with healthy color, bright and shining eyes and full, soft and defined lips- all applied in 5 minutes to last all day.

Life can be complicated enough- let’s keep our make up routine easy and fun.

February 28, 2020 — Leslie munsell

This is the pregame to every single one of my favorite lip colors.

"This is the pregame to every single one of my favorite lip colors."
March 04, 2019 — Carole Ann Belle
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Best Bronzers (2019 Reviews)

Beauty For Real Winner at Smart Style Today

Who Should Buy a Bronzer?

Bronzers are for people who want to sunless their tanning. If you have a nice tan, either from the sun, a tanning bed, or a bottle of spray tan, you can use bronzer on the areas that would naturally be impacted more by the sun to make it look radiant. These areas are often the nose, the forehead, and the chin. Some people also use bronzer to complement highlighter, which is a shade lighter than the natural (or tanned) skin tone. Anyone who enjoys using makeup to contour or change their appearance should consider purchasing a good bronzer.

BEST BRONZERSIf you are hoping to enhance a sun-kissed glow with your makeup, using bronzer is one way to do so. Bronzer is used by people who want to make their skin look more radiant. There are many types and brands of bronzers available.

 Dozens of bronzers in an effort to bring you a list of the best ones out there. Taking consideration the formulations they are available in, how natural they look, and how Amazon users felt about them.

When it comes to stick bronzers, the Cocoa Cabana + Hi Tide | 2 in 1 Bronzer + Glo Highlighter Stick made our top spot. This product has bronzer on one side of the stick and highlighter on the other, allowing you the most flexibility possible when it comes to contouring and getting the look that you want.

In addition, to make you look radiant, this bronzer contains anti-aging properties that will keep you looking amazing for years to come. This is a cruelty-free makeup product.

Cocoa Cabana + Hi Tide | 2 in 1 Bronzer + Glo Highlighter Stick Key Features:

  • Dual-sided bronzer and highlighter
  • Apply with fingers or brush/sponge
  • Cruelty-free
  • Contains vitamin E and pomegranate for anti-aging

How to Apply Cocoa Cabana Bronze + Glo Hi-Tide


To use the bronze: Blend below the hairline. Blend below the cheekbone and from the middle of cheek toward the hairline.

To use the hi-tide: Apply to the inner corner of the eye, dot and blend right above the cheekbone, and dab above the lips in the cupid's bow.

You can apply it with your fingertips or with a makeup brush or sponge.  

The 5 Top-Rated Bronzers

Editor's Picks Brand Rating
Best Overall Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer by Elizabeth Mott 4.5
Runner Up Milani Baked Bronzer 4.3
Budget Pick NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer 4.0
Best Cream Bronzer L’Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Lumi Glotion 4.7
Best Stick Bronzer Cocoa Cabana + Hi Tide | 2 in 1 Bronzer + Glo Highlighter Stick 4.5



review star

Marianne Rinicker
5.0 out of 5 stars  OMG
I absolutely love this stick! I carry it with me everywhere: in the morning, it's in my bathroom while I'm getting ready, then it goes in my purse until I go to bed. It is a wonderful product!
Lisa Valles
5.0 out of 5 stars This bronze stick was exactly what I was looking for ...
This bronze stick was exactly what I was looking for. Works perfectly for my light complexion and doesn't irritate my skin. Will be purchasing more.



This article was written By Michelle Kulas

Article Link: https://smartstyletoday.com/best-bronzers/



February 28, 2019 — Carole Ann Belle

Allure: I-Line Whiskey Eyeliner

Honestly, the sky is the limit because this gel pencil gives you options. Unlike hard, waxy pencils, which require precision, or liquid liner, which dries mercilessly fast, this formula can be easily tweaked and it's waterproof.

December 13, 2018 — Afterpay Integration

GIRL POWER: Elysian Equestrian Magazine Features Beauty For Real

Elysian Equestrian magazine features NYT Best Selling Author Mary Alice Monroe, Beauty For Real's Leslie Munsell and others as they raise awareness for Brooke USA’s mission at a fundraiser in Tryon, North Carolina.
September 24, 2018 — Stephanie Giles


We’re always looking for an eyeliner that’ll stand up to summer humidity, sweat, and of course—pool parties! And this one definitely delivers. The gel-based formula is highly-pigmented, long-lasting, and waterproof. You can splash the day away without fear of smudging.

Best Face Forward, USDF Connections Magazine

What do you have in common with dressage stars like Laura Graves or Lisa Wilcox? More than you might think.

Because when it comes to good grooming, we know how to devote hours before a show to assuring that our horses look their very best, from their button braids to their gleaming coats. But what these and other award-winning equestrians understand is how presenting a finished appearance isn’t just about the horse: It’s about putting her best face forward, too.

By L.A. Sokolowski

SWAAY - Beach Bag Summer Essentials

Summer is here and we’re looking forward to long days of sun and hanging by the pool. So we must be mindful of the fact that our skin is a sensitive creature and especially under the harsh summer sun, we need to take care of it.

Swaay highlighted essentials that will get you through the heat feeling fresh and fabulous – and they’re all founded by women who have been in your shoes.

Read what Amy Corcoran had to say about our Blush+Glo, a perfect summer glow-to


Byrdie - 5 Products to Take Everywhere This Summer

There's a downside to traveling: Your daily routine has to be "smushed" into 3.4 oz. bottles, which—ahem, TSA—isn't the easiest task. With summer '17 travel plans on the agenda, it's time to confront those fears (or otherwise risk the confiscation of our favorite face cream).

Lip Revival Sugar ScrubThe good news: Beauty For Real's got you covered with our natural yummy sugar lip scrub! 

So dust off your passport, pack the bikinis that are still hiding in the back of your closet, and snatch up these must-have summer travel beauty products.

Read Byrdie's article by Zoe Glaser. 

June 21, 2017 — Alyssa Camareno

Where To Buy Beauty For Real Products If You're Looking For Everyday Makeup Essentials

Straight from self-proclaimed girl boss and experienced makeup artist Leslie Munsell comes a line of beauty products you're going to want to check out, stat! Beauty for Real is a makeup and skin care line for women that promises real beauty, exactly as its name suggests. It's a makeup line that offers the basics — products that women use every day to effortlessly emphasize natural beauty.
March 30, 2017 — Carole Ann Bell


MIAMI, FL (February 22, 2017) – Beauty For Real (BFR), the essential line of high-performance beauty and makeup products, today announced its anticipated debut on the leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, HSN. On February 23, 2017, Beauty For Real founder and celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell will showcase signature items from her wildly popular cosmetics collection during the weekly Beauty Report with Amy Morrison at 7 p.m. EST.

Leveraging her 20 years as a beauty expert, Munsell was inspired by the women she worked with, in front of and behind the camera, to create an effortless, everyday line of long-wear products. Beauty For Real’s cosmetics are designed to outlast a 12-hour photoshoot or a 12-hour work day and contain natural plant-derived ingredients, antioxidants and essential oils, to counteract the visible signs of aging skin.

Just as athleisure has refined fashion, Munsell is redefining everyday makeup essentials for women on-the-go. With a straightforward approach, Beauty For Real’s products effortlessly enhance one’s natural beauty, at an affordable price, with long-wear formulas that rival even the most prestigious brands.

Appearing on the Beauty Report and available on HSN.com beginning February 1st, Beauty For Real will debut two spring collections comprised of the brand’s best-selling Blush + Glo and Light-Up Lip Creams for $29. Munsell will offer viewers an exclusive preview of her new TropiCoral Lip Cream + Color, and HSN customers will have the option to add Beauty For Real’s universal D-Fine Lip Pencil to their order for an additional $14.

Best-selling Beauty For Real favorites and HSN spring ‘must haves’ include the following:

  • Blush + Glo is a two-in-one blush and highlighter that delivers color and illumination while providing anti-aging beauty benefits and antioxidant protection. The versatile cream-to-powder formula features a patented Luminera ingredient with a diamond core complex, vitamin E, grape-seed and pomegranate extracts. The melt-proof product can withstand harsh weather conditions while still delivering the coveted South Beach glow in two universally flattering palettes. 


  • Lip Cream + Color is a unique formula that combines care for lips with saturated color and long lasting wear. Seven quintessential, dynamic shades contain cupuacu butter to deliver an emollient feel and promote supple, moisturized lips. The vivid new “it” shade for spring, TropiCoral, has been added to the Lip Cream + Color dossier. Beauty For Real’s ingenious lip product packaging comes with a built-in mirror and LED light for precision use anytime, anywhere.


  • D-Fine is the ultimate liner to define and enhance the lips. The creamy pencil dons a flattering universal shade to match all lip tones and is compatible with all lipstick colors and glosses.


For more information on Beauty For Real, visit BeautyforReal.com, and join the conversation @BeautyForReal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Beauty For Real:

Beauty For Real is an influential and innovative cosmetics leader, offering an expertly curated assortment of essential high-performance beauty and makeup products. Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell launched Beauty for Real (BFR) in 2010 focusing on straightforward, easy-to-use products with ingredients such as plant-derived antioxidants, essential oils and vitamins to effortlessly enhance one’s natural beauty as well as address the signs of aging. Beauty For Real maintains products consistent in quality with the most prestigious department store brands, at an affordable price. Leveraging more than 20 years in the beauty industry, Munsell is well-known for her work on bold face names including Mariah Carey, Venus and Serena Williams, Shakira, Miranda Kerr, Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union among others. For more information, please visit BeautyforReal.com or follow @BeautyForReal on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. 


About HSN:
HSN is a leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, Fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to approximately 92 million households in the US 24/7 and its website - hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 40 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). For more information, please visit www.HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.



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February 22, 2017 — Carole Ann Bell

How to Look Great Without Makeup, According to Celebrity Makeup Artist Leslie Munsell

Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell shares her best skincare tips for mastering the no-makeup look that celebs like Alicia Keys and Jennifer Garner have been embracing.

Going without makeup doesn't have to be scary. Just check out the stars who pull off the look seamlessly, like Alicia Keys, Busy Philipps, and Jennifer Garner.  Read more

Beauty For Real featured in Health Magazine

Beauty For Real featured in Heath Magazine Article Jan 2017


Article by Lisa DeSantis

January 18, 2017 — Carole Ann Bell