The make-up line, “Beauty For Real,” is as it sounds: it’s about the real you, as in what you need, what you want and what works for you in your everyday life. It not only zeroes in on the individuality of a woman (by leaving behind that blanket, over-the-counter, one-product-works-for-everyone mentality,) it also focuses on packaging and presenting its make-up with creative ingenuity.
The international company, based right here in Miami, was founded by make-up artist/guru, Leslie Munsell, and she definitely knows her stuff. Not only has she developed products for Aveda, she’s also worked with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, including super models and actresses Miranda Kerr and Brooklyn Decker.
Her resume doesn’t stop there. Leslie has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry: Roberto Cavalli, Zac Posen and Giorgio Armani, to name a few. Her biggest passion, though, has been to find amazing, straight-forward, ground-breaking formulas in make-up for the everyday woman and for that – this week’s Top 3 is dedicated to my favorite “Beauty For Real Products.”
Light Up Lip Gloss in Desire / $22
First of all, what woman doesn’t like a lip gloss that lights up? Hello!? It’s not only a beacon of shining light, with an easy access snap on top, it’s also equipped with a mirror to see the really important things in life, like: do I have food in my teeth? Do I need to apply more lip gloss after my last cosmo? The “Light Up Lip Gloss” in Desire not only gives the slightest hint of berry-kissed looking lips, it also has ingredients to plump up any pout. The thing I like most, though; it’s not sticky and has lasting staying power. BFR says it has a magical formula. I say if it does, it’s definitely cast its spell on me.
True Color Lip Cream in Barely There / $22
There’s nothing worse than a lip gloss or lipstick that comes off as easy as it goes on; with “True Color Lip Cream in Barely There,” that’s definitely not the case. Not only is it ultra creamy and soft, it stays put despite your appetite. I tested mine after cocktails and a gigantic salad on a Sunday afternoon and it barely budged. I still reapplied, though, because of my vanity and the way this stuff feels (like heaven.) I especially like the “Barely There” color. It’s natural and appears as if you have a beautiful, naked lip with a plethora of high shine. It’s great for a date, a night out on the town with the girls or when you’re just chill-axing at home, being your fabulous self.
Get Glowing Cheek Tint & Luminizer in Gold Rush & After Glow / $29
Every South Florida fashionista knows how important it is to be bronzed and beautiful, even if you score a little help from the perfect product. “Get Glowing Cheek Tint & Luminizer in Gold Rush” is just that, with two pretty palates of sun-kissed colors in one. I use it to highlight and low-light my cheekbones and when I’m feeling extra sassy, I apply it for an all-over golden JLo-like glow. I may not be from the block, but I definitely look like I just ran around it, in the most fun, fashionable, South Florida kind of way.
FB: Beauty For Real
“To me, beauty is about being comfortable in our own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen Degeneres
Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Writer: Shireen Sandoval