The Monthly Review | May

UM - how are we just one day away from it being June? May was a whirlwind of a month that started with a bang - trips to New York City with Glossier and Newport with Brett, and has since settled down a little. 


This month my beauty picks have been all about Glossier - the new sunscreen, Invisible Shield, launched this month (review), and I've been using it every day since. I haven't been able to love a sunscreen enough to wear every day until now. It's truly weightless and feels like nothing on the skin. I've been all about Glossier products for my base too - Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and Stretch Concealer. It leaves a beautiful dewy base that lets your skin show through. You can get 20% off your first Glossier order here.

I've also been super into cream cheek products lately, especially in stick form. They're super quick to apply and add a lovely flush to the cheeks. My go-tos have been the Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color in Naughty 'N Spice (review) and the Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Mulholland Mauve. Another group of products I've been loving this month are sheer, glossy lip products. I can't stop wearing things like the new Wander Beauty Beach Balm,* Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Pulse, and the NARS Lip Tint in Ephelide (review). 

One last beauty update - I'm still head over heels for my Byredo Rose of No Man's Land Perfume Oil, but this month I've been wearing Byredo Mojave Ghost more and more. My friend Miran is an absolute babe and saved a bunch of leftover goodies from the Glossier rep meetup she organized at The Wing and passed them onto a few of us when we met up with her in New York. I can't describe what Mojave Ghost smells like at all, but I absolutely love it, and now the scent reminds me of what a lovely time I had in New York.


For most of the month I wasn't listening to much music because I was constantly listening to My Favorite Murder instead. But Harry Styles's new album came out in the middle of the month and I haven't been able to stop listening to it. I like every single song on the album, and I can listen to the whole thing start to finish on my way to work. Brett and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this month, too, and it got me back into that kind of music. The movie was just as good as the first one, I think!

As for TV, I've been binge-watching series left and right while Brett is on his new work schedule. I watched all the episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that were on Netflix and absolutely loved it. I'm a huge fan of musicals, so this was right up my alley. Once I finished that, I watched Schitt's Creek - it's such a good show! It wasn't quite laugh-out-loud funny, but all the actors in it were great and fun to watch. I've now started watching Veep and Frasier over from the beginning (I go for Frasier when HBOGo freezes up), and it's reminding me how much I loved them.

Other Highlights

The most obvious highlight of the month was my trip to New York with Glossier - it was honestly a dream come true. I wish I had taken my camera around so I could write a whole post on it, but it was such an amazing, inspiring experience. It was awesome to meet the GTeam, see the "Gloffice," and we even got to see behind the scenes of Invisible Shield before it launched. The whole trip was just one big highlight to me, but standout moments were getting to meet an incredible group of women (including Amelia and Jodie, who I had been talking to online for almost a year!), seeing Emily Ferber go through her favorite beauty products over breakfast, having dinner with Emily Weiss, and being recognized by my Instagram handle when introducing myself to people at Glossier ("You're Dadmunk!"). 

Brett and I also took a quick weekend trip to Newport, RI this month, and it was a nice little getaway. We saw an improv show that was so good (just like Whose Line Is It Anyway?), walked the Cliff Walk (which was beautiful even though it was gloomy outside), and had the best breakfast ever.

This past weekend was a highlight, too - my sister came home for the weekend, so it was nice to spend time with her and my parents. We had lunch with my grandparents, too, which is always one of my favorite things to do when we're both home!

On the wedding front, there haven't been many updates, but we did find a photographer! She's the sweetest, and I'm looking forward to the day even more now. Her style is exactly what I was imagining for the day - every photo looks so natural and candid, and I felt so at ease speaking with her. 

What were the highlights of your month?