Dope Shit for (T)hugs: Hood+Good Lips Edition {and a GIVEAWAY}

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I’ve never done a post like this before, so I’ll probably fuck it up, but please be patient with me.

As two or three of you may know, I originally started this blog because I gave up shopping for a year and needed a way to stay accountable to my family and friends. I only planned to blog for that one year, but the people I met through the blog (I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I have DOZENS of readers now) and the self-awareness I’ve gained from writing about a life of poor choices and debauchery kept me going. I’m proud to say that I only caved in once during the yearlong ban, when I couldn’t quit a sassy little Monchhichi doll at Target.

My shopping project permanently changed the way I spend money. I buy much less and only the things I truly love.

I’m a socially awkward person (unless I’m involved in a beatdown because I’m just thug as fuck then), but I’m never shy about complimenting a stranger on a dazzling headband or hesitant to ask someone where they got their lipstick. And people ask me all the time too.

So, I’m starting this Dope Shit for (T)hugs series. In each edition, I’ll focus on one category and share products that I love and personally use on a regular basis. It won’t always be beauty. My next one will be about office products. I want all my homies to use top-notch mechanical pencils.

P.S. I was not given any of these products for free or at a discount. All of these were purchased with my husband’s hard-earned money.


Take em out the hood, keep em lookin good.
Jaz Z- “Big Pimpin” (feat. U.G.K.)

I’ve always been self-conscious about my lips. When I was a kid, my mother told me that they were disproportionate and too large for my face. At some point in my mid-20’s, I just decided to fuck it and own my facial features. I may still be poor in marketable skills, but I am rich in lipsticks. I buy them more than any other makeup product. These are my favorites:


Tom Ford lipstick ($49): When I first saw the price tag on these bitches, I cracked the fuck up. WHO BUYS $50 LIPSTICK? Apparently, I do. I really, really didn’t want to like these because I have a habit of rubbing my lips together constantly, and I need to reapply any lipstick within, like, 10 minutes. I didn’t even want to try it on at first, but the sales associate said that there was “no pressure” and “just walk around with it and see how you like it.” Fine, I thought, put some of that expensive nonsense on me. I tried Cherry Lush, a beautiful red. I walked around the mall, ate a hot dog on a stick, drank some lemonade, and licked my lips as usual. Several hours later, I walked by a mirror, and that shit was STILL there. I own a bunch of these guys now. I accidentally broke one and the color stick fell on the floor. I just cleaned it off with rubbing alcohol and mashed it back into the tube. Cuz…$50…fuck propriety and germs.  I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford. (Jay Z- “Tom Ford”)

Lipstick Queen lipstick ($22): I keep Tom Ford lipsticks on my makeup vanity, but I carry Lipstick Queens in my purse. These are much smaller and lighter, and I don’t need a mirror to apply them because the gold tube lipsticks (the Saint line) are sheer enough that if I draw outside the lines, I still don’t look like a crack whore. How I managed to bring a crack whore into this, I have no idea, but to be honest, I’m pretty proud right now. The black tubes (the Sinner line) are much more pigmented. Mirror suggested. They feel luxe and rich and don’t suck all the moisture out of my lips.

Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm ($4-5): One day, I will devote a whole post to lip balms because it’s the one collection that, in number, rivals my Yo! MTV Raps trading cards collection. I always ask friends and family to bring me a lip balm as a souvenir when they go abroad. They don’t offer first or anything. I just call repeatedly until they say yes to get rid of me. I love these Baby Lips because they are lightly moisturizing and offer a sheer and shiny layer of color without the fried chicken feel of lip gloss. My favorite is Grape Vine. It’s purple but gives a nice color when applied. I have Grape Vine on in the picture at the top of the post. Not suitable as an intensive lip balm.

Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick ($6-8, varies with sales and location purchased): I didn’t start using these gems until earlier this year. These are the first drugstore lipsticks I have ever purchased. Ain’t gonna lie, I had all sorts of preconceived notions about drugstore makeup. But, for $7, I was willing to risk it. I fucking love these…for the price. If they were over $10, I might feel differently. But, for a low investment, I can experiment with an assortment of colors. I’m a little bummed that I can’t try on the shade before purchasing it, but I haven’t had any major disappointments yet. I carry these when I go to da club. No worries if I drop it on the dance floor. Also, don’t carry nice things to a club. I learned me a real good lesson on the dance floor at TAO when I lost my wedding ring.
P.S. I’m not really a crafter, although I really love buying craft supplies and looking at them in their packaging from time to time. But my homegirl Tina recently started a blog, Tina Made It, and it’s filled with Dope Shit…Tina Made. That sentence sounded a lot better in my head. I forced her to have lunch with me recently and gave her some (t)hug pencils which she wrote about here. Sometimes, I give people things to spend time with me. Even then, they still say no. If you have some time, check out homegirl’s blog because it’s beautiful and useful and she didn’t say no to lunch. Tina Made My Day.

P.P.S. Damn, homie, you still reading? This is officially my longest post. Want to waste time at work? I can help. Stay connected on the Flourish in Progress Facebook page or follow along on Instagram (username: flourishinprogress).

I’m also on Twitter (username: ElizabethJLiu), but I don’t really give a fuck about Twitter, so don’t worry about that one.



What do these sassy cards from Carde Blanche have to do with Hood+Good Lips? Nothing. But it’s definitely Dope Shit, and I love them and want you to have them. The Fuck and Shit cards even come with sticker asterisks, for those occasions when you want to exercise a little ladylike restraint. I’m super stoked that Lori, le wizard de papier (probably not a real term) of Carde Blanche, offered up a set of either the Say It or Seal It cards (4 each of Shit and Fuck with asterisk stickers and envelopes, $28) or the Social Graces notecards (8 different gold foil messages with envelopes, $26). Lori’s Instagram grind is on point too. You can find her at carde_blanche.

To enter: Leave a comment below with your favorite lip product. Only comments left on this post are eligible. I’ll announce a winner in next week’s post.

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  • Janice Hind

    I love Smith’s rosebud salve! I bought it at anthropologie and it is good for an intensive lip care product, imho. it also smells lovely :)

  • mrsdufrane

    Thx for the inside scoop on something I otherwise might not have tried.

  • Brandy

    Burt’s Bees lip glosses. The tinted ones give me just enough color.

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  • thechrislam

    Smith’s Rosebud Salve – in the tube, cus you know, finger to lips = germs. Loved this post. Will have to check out Lipstick Queen!

  • Jessica

    CO Bigelow mentha lip gloss.

  • Amber Holt

    I love Mirabella Colour Sheers lipstick and as far as lip balm goes Nivea Touch of Recovery are my favorites!

  • eva

    burt’s bee honey balm is my holy grail

  • Dione Quiroga

    Stila lipstick all the way… bold color, doesn’t dry out your lips, and has a slight mint flavor… so wonderful!

  • Megan Boone

    Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm – YES! We’ve been together since middle school yo.

  • Maria Williams

    I am a straight junkie for lip products. Right now I am really digging the Tarte LipSurgence. A bold lip tint.

  • Renee

    aw man, 2 jayZ lyrics in one post- Annnnd your talking about lipstick. This post just became my favorite thing on the internet.
    I love lipstick, recently hit splurge and got a D&G. It’s so pretty I feel fancy every time i use it- and thats just the case.

  • theblahblahblahger

    I need to know the wedding ring story STAT!!!

  • AgentSME

    I had your “hallelujah” lipstick experience with Yves Saint Laurent lipstick. It was a gift from my sister and it is the most awesome lipstick ever. Feels like silk, totally stays on, even smells good. Who could have known?! Please pick me!

  • Tina Choi

    homette, you just made MY day. your shout out was simultaneously kind and non-offensive so your efforts to use non-salty language paid off.

  • Jin n’ juice

    Mary Jane’s “high as a kite” all natural lip color made from pure hemp just gives me the giggles. Ok there’s no such thing, but there should be bc if they can make brownies, they can make a lipstick that would make me much more pleasant to deal with at work. I might get cheetoes stains on my documents but they’ll get over it, right?

  • Ronalee Duncan

    I have this lip gloss that I really like, but I don’t feel like looking in my makeup bag right now to see what brand it is. Sephora has one that is similiar, but I found it smothering. I do also like Carmex lip care products.

  • Brittany Rae

    I was always a Bath and Body Liplicious whore I until one day I got tired of my lips being so sticky. I went back to my trusty Chapstick. I got 5 for $5 at walgreens once…. I am not so sure on lipstick. I loved a Mary Kay one very berry that came out years ago.
    Loved this post

  • lauriewrites

    MAC. All the time. Too much. I have 99 lipstick problems, including a very limited budget, and MAC is the way I cope. Also Burt’s Bees lip stain in raisin, which is a daily fun thing, and those dudes have pretty good colors.

    Love to hear about other women who went hardcore with lipstick after having…mouth issues. I have a repaired cleft lip, and after years of shame and general discontent about my scar and asymmetry, I embraced it. Lipstick is my staple, and the way I learned to have fun with my face, because fuck it. (I love these cards.)

  • Elisabeth

    I learned early on that lipstick and dryers do not mix. Since then, I have tried to avoid both lip products and doing laundry. However, I am hopelessly addicted to Carmex. And now that I live in the desert, it’s the only thing that works anyway!

  • Shannon

    I love the Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen. It is a pretty, sheer color that lasts forever on my lips.

  • Robyn Chilcoat

    I can’t live without my soft lips. It’s equivalant to baby lips but a skinnier tube version. I, like you, have issues with rubbing my lips together (it’s a nervous habit) so I tend to gravitate to lip balms. I’ll have to check out the Tom Ford lipstick- it may turn my no lipstick policy around.

  • Heather Tucker

    I love eos lip balm. So good!

  • Tabitha

    A lip product.. I am a lippy whore. I love to buy colours after colours but my fave of all time if red red red by clinique. Its my go to bad ass colour, until its on my teeth…

    • Tabitha

      WAIT! I also love Popcorn from lush. It is a lip scrub to take all of the dead skin and colour OFF your lips.

  • Laura Glavtcheff

    A YSL lipstick I bought in Paris

  • MamaKJJay

    Bath and Body works made this clear coconut gloss that is no longer sold in stores. I found them on eBay for $12 each and bought two. Ridic price but so worth it. I’ll be so sad when they’re gone.

  • Lisa Victoria

    Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick – Color ALL damn day and if it feels dry, Burts Bees Replenishing Lip Balm as needed.

  • Rachel B

    Gotta say Burt’s Bees is my favorite lip gloss. I also use Lush’s sugar lip exfoliant and when I’m trying to impress I’ll throw on some actual lipstick. I have two shades of Mary Kay at the moment. I bowed to peer pressure from my friend who is a Mary Kay consultant. She convinced me that I need to have some actual color on my lips when I go into important meetings. Still not sure why but there it is.

  • Karen Urias

    I love the smell of MAC lipstick.

  • mommyonthespot

    I am a drugstore lipstick kind of girl. I use Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum. I also think Revlon Blackberry lipstick has been discontinued which means I will be on the quest to find the perfect red lipstick. Again.

  • Jazel ZT

    Top 3:

    True Coral – Tom Ford
    Saboteur – Marc Jacobs
    Boy – Chanel

    I like to spend them bills on some lipstick fosho!

  • KatR

    Blistex Silk & Shine is the only lip balm that keeps me moist! I’m a licker

  • Mel

    I have the Color Sensational in red. Although I love the color payoff, it is so drying on my lips :( Not worth it, IMO.

    My favorite right now is the Maybelline Color Whisper line. It’s got a good color spectrum, and the formula is so much more hydrating.

  • Renee Robinson

    I love Burt’s Bees lip balms, the blueberry & dark chocolate one is the best! Also EOS lip balms are all awesome! They smell great and taste nice too!

  • Elizabeth

    I’m a big fan of NARS lipsticks. They stay on all day without feeling cakey, dry, or moisture sucking. And if I had a dollar for every time your posts had me cracking me up, I could buy a whole fuck load of lipsticks.

  • Emily

    I used to be addicted to burt’s bee’s lip balm, but I’ve made the switch to eos (the round thing that looks absolutely nothing like lip balm). I’d like to try lipstick…but from some reason I can’t pick a color. Maybe I’ll try some of these?

  • Shelley Wong

    The matte lipsticks from MAC are wonderful!

  • Two Thirty~Five Designs

    Definitely Mac’s Lip Glass….long time favorite.

  • beth c.

    my favorite lip product is a lip gloss from the body shop. i’m almost out of it and will be very sad when it is finally gone. i dont wear lip stick and this is a nice light shimmery gloss that doesnt make my lips feel like they have been covered in vasoline.

  • Johna Nwamanna

    Georgio Armani’s Armani Silk, #25. Perfect rosy/beige color, and complements so many colorings. Not cheap either, so I’ve done the repack and smash when I broke it, as well!

  • Lorraine Lori Ling

    Burt’s Bees original lip balm

  • Julie White

    Clinique Long Last Glosswear. Longest lasting gloss sans fried-chicken feeling on lips I have ever had.

  • Liz T

    Clarins Instant Light lip gloss. It smells like cotton candy… nuff said

  • charisadee

    I’m currently loving Nars velvet gloss pencils. Keep hearing about the Baby Lips. Will have to give them a try. Thanks for this post.

  • Michelle Han

    Here’s my favorite… x 3: My ultimate favorite lip balm/chapstick… whatever you want to call it is Jack Black in Lemon Chamomile. It appears that the entire Jack Black line is aimed towards men but hey, I’ve never been the type to discriminate. Everyday lipstick would actually be in a form of a ‘pencil’ – Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil in Bouquet. Three words: bomb dot com. Lastly, my favorite lip gloss would have to be Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Pumping Gloss by Soap & Glory. “My lip gloss be poppin'” – Yep, I just quoted Lil’ Mama…

  • CRB

    We’ve a great natural/local made line around here called Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Their mint lip balm is addictive…now I guess I’ll have to send you one for your collection…

  • Jackie Ince

    I truly love Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint. It’s easy to apply and lasts forever since it is a stain.

  • Trasherati

    I’m going to be all over all these, from the top down. And I’ll throw in a “preach” for the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, and pour some out for my sorely missed (“reformulated”, my ass) Aveda Tinted Lip Balm in Verbena. It was the shit.

    Can we talk about your awesome hair colors in another post?

    • verbena-maven

      Trasherati, I was a Aveda Verbena junkie (orig formula, of course). Have you found ANYTHING comparable?

  • Trasherati

    The Clinique Chubby Stick (heh, I’m twelve) is pretty good, just wish it lasted longer.
    Wait, totally didn’t intend for that to be a double entendre, but I’ll take it.

  • Melissa Jatho Lemoine

    Love, love, love L’Oreal Colour Juice Sticks in Chai love You. You know it’s good when they throw a “u” in the word color…. But alas, the bitches at L’Oreal discontinued it so when I finish digging the last smidgen out with my finger, I’ll try one of your favs.

  • Misty

    Damn. Kept forgetting to come back and comment on this! Well, even though you already picked a winner, I will still give you my faves . . .

    I really love the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms and Fresh Rose (from Sephora) is my favorite (and that reminds me I’m almost out!).

    I have a lipstick I use, but it’s discontinued, so there’s no reason to tell you about it. I got it for my wedding make over 11 years ago, fell in love with it (it’s only Clinique) and then they discontinued the color. I am hording my last few tubes like they are gold.

  • A-dri-enne

    Love your blog… Just stumbled upon it. Will def be checking back :)