Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Instagram Lip Color Challenge with The Style and Beauty Doctor #TSABDLips

Hey Everyone!

If you're on Instagram then you already know about some of the month long challenges that go around, some happen to be fun and some happen to die down around mid month.  I still haven't found one that I could commit to everyday but that was until I came across Danielle from The Style and Beauty Doctor's post on her #TSABDLips challenge that I knew I had to participate.  Each day you have to upload a pic of you in a lip color and use the hashtag #TSABDLips.  At the end of the month if you've participated in each day then you have the chance to win a bag full of summer time beauty products.  I have every intention on participating and I thought it would be something fun for us all to do.  I'll be posting my picture later on in the day and I look forward to seeing some of your pictures! 

Here's the link to Danielle's blog post about her #TSABDLips challenge for July.  If you're not on Instagram she also has fun month long challenge for her Facebook family as well! 

Also, if you're not already, follow me on Instagram @jothisorthat  =)

June 2014 Hit List (Favorites)

Hey Everyone!

This month's favorites consist of skincare, lips, and a hair product that I've been looking for my entire life!  These items were in heavy rotation each day of June and I hope that you're able to find at least one that will work just as well for you as it did for me.  There are five products in total so let's begin.

First up we have MAC's Prep & Prime transparent finishing powder, PERFECT for setting undereye concealer and priming the face, yup, you read it right, PRIMING YOUR FACE!  I came across this technique while watching one Wayne Goss' beauty videos on how to make one's foundation last longer and stay matte.  The link to that video is found here, trust me, it'll save your life. You can find it for $25 at your local MAC store or on their website.



Next up we have an edge control that was first introduced to me via CurlBox founder, Myleik Teele, if you don't follow her on Instagram then you seriously need to, not only is she an entrepreneur but she's a well read woman, fashionable, and she knows what products just work for natural hair.  It is the Design Essentials sleek edge control, this happens to be one of the products she mentioned in one of her past posts and since then I knew I had to get my hands on it.  I've been using this product to tame my edges for about three months now and it is one of my favorites, not the best, but a favorite because my edges stay flat and it leaves no residue.  This comes in to a close second to my number one, Hick's edge control. The price ranges from $7.99 to $12, I purchased mine from the salon inside of a JCPenney.



Then there's the Target brand, Up & Up's eye makeup remover. Seriously, one of the best that I've tried and I have tried plenty.  Just dab a little of this product on a cotton pad and like magic all of your mascara, eyeshadaow, and eyeliner will glide off with ease.  Not tugging, no pulling, because we do not have time for it! It's only $5 at your local Target store.


Up next we have a night time facial moisturizer, you should know by now that I'm always on the hunt for a great facial moisturizer.  I remember trying this out last summer and then because I couldn't find it in stores anymore I stopped using it.  I finished the entire product and was definitely upset when I couldn't find it.  Fast forward one year and I found it online and here we are today.  I typically use this at night and in the morning I wake up with smooth skin.  This formulation is for oily/combo skin but there is also one available for dry/extra skin as well.  You can find this at your local drugstore for approximately $15.



And  finally, we have the famous Ruby Woo lipstick, I wore this nonstop last month because it's a quick and easy way to look put together without doing too much, even on days when I would relax.  It's easy, it's matte, and easy to find.  The only bad thing about this is the formula, IT'S SO DRY!  Exfoliating is a must, balm is a must, and a watchful eye is also a must so that your lips don't look cracked and chapped because you were too busy gnawing on that burger to realize your lips are now carrying remnants of that lunch.  LOL
You can find this at your local MAC store, counter or online for $16.


That's all for now, folks!  What were some of your favorites for the month of June?  Tell me in the comments!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Limited Edition Collection (Spring 2014)

Hey everyone!

In case you haven't noticed I am a huge fan of the Maybelline color tattoos, lately I haven't been into purchasing too many eye products because I have enough eyeshadow to supply a small island and I would like to use what I have before going out to buy more.  However, in the event that I come across something that I think is absolutely needed in my collection I'll pick it up.  That's where these two limited edition color tattoos come in.  I decided to purchase Caramel Cool and Stroke of Midnight.





Caramel Cool is a warm bronze shade that is different to the other gold eyeshadows and primers that I own because it is a happy medium between being extremely bold and not being bold enough.  It's one of those colors that will be awesome for a sweep of color on the lids for those days when you don't feel like being "extra".  The other one I picked up was Stroke of Midnight, it is a shimmery black color, more sheer than I expected it to be but still nice nonetheless.  It can also be used as a wash of color for an easy smokey eye look.  I always said that I would pick up a matte black color tattoo if they ever have one but since that has yet to come I will settle on this one.  Take a look for yourself...



Since these are limited edition products I would advise that you scurry your way to the beauty aisles in your community to pick one up, I found mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $5 each plus a 20% discount, SCORE!  I would advise checking there before anywhere else for the discounted price.  I love these because they last long and come in a variety of colors, their limited availability?  Not so much.

Have you tried these before?  What did you pick up from the Maybelline Dare to Go Nude collection?  Tell me in the comments!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 2014 Hit List (Favorites)

Hey everyone!

This month I'm back to share my favorites for this past month!  In gathering the products for this post I realized that the packaging is all pink, I swear that was not intentional but it does make for some cute pictures, lol.  These five products aren't necessarily beauty related but more so focused on skincare and smelling nice, so take a gander at what products I enjoyed this past month.

First up we have rosewater which is used primarily as a refresher for my face.  It also can be used in the place of a gentle toner that serves to help even the skintone and provide a nice base to the application of makeup.  I find that ordinary toners at beauty stores break me out but rosewater does not do that and for that I'll continue to use it.  It smells lovely and can also be used as a body splash, in a bath, and as a spritzer on hotter days.  With summer coming up I will definitely be using this more and more.  You can find this at your local health food stores or on Amazon at reasonable prices that range from $5 to $9 a bottle.


Next up is a Bath & Body Works triple moisture cream lotion in Paris Amour.  Normally I don't gravitate to sweeter scents but for whatever reason this has become the exception.  It smells appropriate for the hotter temperatures and is super feminine.  It's sweet without being overpowering and it leaves your skin feeling moisturized.  I just wish these lotions had sunscreen.  These retail for $12.50 but you can always find them on a sale for much less.


Lately I have been in love with this Ed Hardy-Hearts & Daggers perfume, it's another sweet fragrance and pairs nicely with Paris Amour.  I like to combine the two to increase the longevity of the scents.  Alone it lasts all day and the sillage is amazing, I literally still get compliments when I walk past someone at 8pm, long after my day has started. I can't recall how much this costs in stores and I 'm not even sure if it's still available but in the event that you can find it, get you one! :)


One of my favorite things to do at the end of the day is remove my makeup, seriously, it's just something about taking off the hours of the day and relaxing knowing that after your makeup has lasted throughout the day you can finally take it all off, is that weird?  LOL  This Flash Clean makeup remover is a lotion consistency but still light enough to not feel heavy, I simply apply it to my face and use a baby wipe to remove the makeup.  Super easy, super cheap at $5 a bottle which can be found at your local Target, CVS, or Walgreens.


Finally there is this super cute miniature lip butter from Palmer's.  I squealed at the sight of this and immediately purchased because it's so cute and it works!  I use it before applying my lip colors and my lips feel great even with the mattest of matte lipsticks on (I'm talking to you retro matte formula!).  The only thing I don't like about it is that you have to dip your fingers into it for application, that's why I only use it when I'm home and not in public to prevent germs from entering this little container.  It was only $3 from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.





So those were my favorites for this past month!  What were you digging for the month of April?  Let me know in the comments section!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pink Lips are my New Thing...*Enter Iman Lipstick in Flirtatious*

Greetings!

I know, I know, it's been awhile, what's new?  The point is I'm here and I want to share a new lipstick I've come across that I'm convinced every woman in America should own.  The lipstick I speak of is the latest from the Iman Cosmetics line, these new lipsticks have been reformulated with jojoba oil and shea butter to provide comfort to the lips while still giving high impact pigment.  At first, I was skeptical and then I saw swatches on some of my favorite beauty bloggers and I was sold!  I went ahead and purchased all five from DooBop and they arrived in approximately seven days.  They retail at 10 bucks a pop and it's totally worth it.  The shade I'm showing here is in Flirtatious, a super pretty pink that pops against my skin tone and I love it!





Forgive the quality of the last photo, it was taken with my cell phone and the same pic can be found with better quality on Instagram, by the way, are you following me?  JOTHISORTHAT is the name, go ahead and follow me!  :) 

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