Monica Ainley has the freelance life down pat. The Canadian beauty is a creative consultant and writer across fashion titles like Another MagazineT Magazine and the late She’s also improving our daily commutes tenfold, thanks to her new podcast with Camille Charrière, Fashion: No Filter. Ever wondered how people monetise their Instagram pages, what goes on #BTS at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, or what men really think of our outfits (Cc Leandra “Man Repelling” Medine)? Monica has all the answers, guys!

She also has perf skin, a head of seriously luscious hair, and really, really great style. In our endless quest to unearth the best beauty finds from all our favourite creative women, we asked her to tell us her top five product crushes. Throw on an episode of Fashion: No Filter and scroll down to find out what keeps that lush hair moisturised 24/7, among other things.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

“I hate when my skin feels dry after washing my face before bed. This wonderfully-packaged green slime smells better than it looks, and has an impressive calming effect on both skin and spirit.”


Tangle Teezer

“In the interest of looking presentable, I never leave home without my hot pink Tangle Teezer in my handbag. It’s portable, easy to spot in the depths of an overcrowded bag, and is the perfect five-second fix for tangles and flyaways.”


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

“I’ve been wearing this product for years. It’s the secret to an instant glow summer in winter, and covers imperfections without looking like I’m wearing makeup or drying my skin out.”


Nars Eyeshadow

“Using a super thin brush, I use this eyeshadow in Key Largo for a natural look in the place of eyeliner (which I haven’t worn since I overdid it circa 2008).”


Klorane Conditioner With Desert Date

“Leave this conditioner in for five minutes for the best-smelling* and most effective moisture infusion you’ll ever come across.

*Caution: Easily mistaken for icing sugar.”


Words, Madeleine Woon.