Each month I do an Elle Apparel Monthly Edit of 5 products that I have used over and over and that I love. As I have said before, my main criteria for a product to make it into The Edit is that I would buy the product again if it ran out/got lost/etc. Here is what I have been loving for the month of May:
Anastasia 'Dipbrow Pomade": I had been using a brow pressed powder prior to this pomade, but wasn't totally in love with it. This eyebrow pomade is much better! I wear the light brown which I like a lot better than the blonde color, and I apply it with this angled brush. The blonde was a little too light for me. This shade is easy to lighten or darken up. A little goes a very long way, and I actually feel like I can mold and shape my brows with it. It's also waterproof, so it stays on all day and doesn't smudge off...even during my daily naps. (daily? yes. daily)
Philosophy "Renewed Hope in a Jar": I included another one of Philosophy's lotions in my March Edit, and I had to add this face moisturizer as well. Its a simple smooth face moisturiser that leaves a silky powder-like feeling on my skin. Not greasy or heavy at all, but it locks in the moisture. It doesn't have any SPF in it (and I wear SPF every day), so it pairs nicely with my summer foundation that has SPF 30 (this was also included in my March Edit).
MAC Lipstick in 'So Chaud': I have raved about this color for years (I wore it in this post). I like to call it more of a Poppy than a red. I have a pink complexion, so the right red lip can be a bit of a challenge. This color doesn't make my face look too white or washed out. It is highly pigmented and a little goes a very long way. Usually I fill in my lips with a red lip liner (it doesn't really matter what color) and them dab this lipstick over it and press my lips together. The color lasts all day.
Anastasia 'Brow Wiz' Mechanical Brow Pencil: I use this along with the Brow Pomade. I've used each separately, but they work best when used together. I use the pencil mostly at the beginning and end of my brows and I always blend it with the brush on the opposite end of the pencil. It makes the brow look so much more natural. I get this in light brown as well.
DITTO Endless Eyewear Monthly Subscription: I love me some designer sunglasses, but I have always had a hard time spending the price tag for them. I've been using DITTO's new monthly sunglasses subscription for a few months now and I can honestly say it is one of the monthly subscriptions that I actually use and really like (I know there are a lot of them out there now). For $19 a month I can pick from hundreds of designer sunglasses (these Karen Walkers are my current favorite). And when a new sunglasses trend comes along, I just swap them out for a new style. I also get good feel for which ones work well with my face and can test drive them before making a purchase. You can get your first month free with this link as well (it's all month to month, no obligation to stay for a certain amount of time).
Make sure to check out my past Monthly Edits if you haven't gotten a chance to!