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Things I Can’t Live Without



This is a bit of a different topic for me. But, as a woman and quite the “girlie” one at that, I do love my beauty products! If I could only choose a few products, those that I couldn’t live without, this would be my “it” list. These are in my daily routine and my must haves for maintaining my appearance.


1. Aveeno “Pure Renewal” shampoo and conditioner

I have very thin, fine hair. A few years back I noticed that it was getting thinner and I was losing it more than what is normal. After trying multiple vitamins and different hair products, I came across research regarding sulfate.

Sulfate is really in every shampoo and conditioner, unless otherwise specified. Many say that it can lead to hair loss. Right away I changed over to Aveeno’s “Sulfate Free” formula. I have stopped losing large amounts of hair and it feels more healthy. The products themselves have the same consistencies as other shampoos and conditioners. The price is a touch more, but well worth it!


clq_7t5r01_402x4642.  Clinique “Dramatically Different” moisturizing lotion

Since coming across this lotion my face has changed, well…dramatically. I suffer with very dry and flaky cheeks. I had tried just about everything under the sun, with no avail. This has been a game changer. I am a huge fan of Clinique and this is my number one go-to product of theirs.

Along with Very Dry, they have Dry Combination and Combination Oily. You can also check out their 3 Step face care that the lotions are part of.


429c7a2b-be0a-45b6-add8-3b5d07faf484_1-9757b092e24ada972b7ae4e865c3919a3. Covergirl “Aqua Smooth” Foundation & “Ready Set Gorgeous” Powder

As I mentioned prior, I have problems with dryness on my face. I also suffer with redness areas due to my fairer complexion. This is the first foundation that I have found that both covers and keeps the moisture in. It goes on smooth and lasts all day. This also has an SPF which is important to stay off wrinkles.


This pressed powder is also one of the first I’ve found that does not dry me out and stays on. It also helps set the foundation. I have tried many pressed powders, but I’ve always come back to this one. Now I just stick with this combination, as I have found it to be the best for my skin. I also like the sponge applicator verses a brush or puff. Again, this has SPF.

revlon-volume-length-magnified-mascara4. Revlon “Volume & Length Magnified” mascara

Along with my fine hair come fine eye lashes. I am always looking for the perfect mascara. And while I’ve found others in the past that I like, this is a newer find for me and I LOVE it! I have already gone through a tube and am on to my next. It is fairly new and Revlon has an entire line of five different “Ultras.” It goes on easy, bulks up my lashes and adds just enough length. As I don’t like to look over-done with the makeup, it gives me just the appearance I’m going for.

screen-shot-2014-02-09-at-7-04-33-am5. Nivea “Lip Care” & Maybelline “Baby Lips”

As I get older I find myself drawn more towards lip balms and tinted moisturizers, and away from lip sticks. I also tend to lick my lips or bight them frequently. Moisturizers help with the chapping that occurs from these habits. They also help prevent wrinkling and the look of drying that comes with age. These brands do offer some lip care that also contains SPF.

I go back and forth between the two brands and have a hard time picking a favorite. I keep tinted and non-tinted in each brand. I have many around the house, in cars and purses. I’m a bit of a lip balm collector.




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I hope you’ve enjoyed this different side of me and the beauty products I can’t live without. I’ll have to come back another time with more items “I can’t live without.”

I would love to hear about an item or two you can’t live without. Or maybe you would like to know about something in particular I use or recommend in another category. Be sure to let me know in the comments. And feel free to share and reblog!





Filed under Beauty and Health

Yellow Splendor

“I’ve come to believe that the true splendor of roses shine through their reflection in the eyes of our loved ones. That is why we give roses to people we love; to show them the reflection of beauty and splendor of love in our own eyes, as we see it in their eyes” ~Mawuena Addo, Roses in the Rainbow



CFFC: Yellows


Filed under nature-photography, poetry

Finding Beauty Anywhere

Finding beauty even in the midst of sorrow. For me there is just something about photographs of grave yards that is so serene. I couldn’t help but capture this one, with the rod-iron fence and the beautiful fall colors in the background.  For some it may seem odd, but why not celebrate beauty wherever we can find it.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 40


©Serenity by SBDMB (MM)


Filed under nature-photography

Time For What’s Important

On this particular morning the sky looked like God’s canvas. The colorful clouds, in beautiful hues, appeared as painted on brush strokes. It was amazing!

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”~C. JoyBell C.

I adore sunrises and sunsets, as I’ve mentioned before. Since moving to the beach just over a year ago I have found my greatest joy is to make time to get up for the sunrise. I hope that I never take this beauty for granted. Life is fragile, we must take time to enjoy every aspect of this beautiful world! 


“Painted Sunrise” by Southern By Design


“Painted Sunrise” by Southern By Design


“Painted Sunrise” by Southern By Design


“Painted Sunrise” by Southern By Design


“Painted Sunrise” by Southern By Design

Photo Of The Week Challenge- Sunrise


Filed under Beach Life, nature-photography

The Long Week

“Sometimes it feels like my life is just one long day.”~ John Mayer

I had an extraordinarily busy week. I had quite a bit of work a couple days this week and had also been cleaning out for an end of summer garage sale. We had [it] today and all went really well, hard work payed of…literally! My hubby also was quite busy, so a lot of going our separate ways and utterly worn by thee end of each day.

So, one evening this week we had an opportunity to get out for dinner, thanks to my job. It is a rare thing for us to do a night time date (mostly because I don’t like to be out late). But, we had an amazing time recharging at this restaurant on the waterway. So, thought I’d share a few photos I snapped as we got to enjoy some drinks and take in the view of the sunset. It definitely energized me to finish out the week strong and have a successful day today! Happy Saturday everyone!


“Reflections” by Southern By Design


“Recharging” by Southern By Design


“Lunar” by Southern By Design


Filed under Beach Life, nature-photography

Golden Haze

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”~Elynor GlynIMG_5042“Golden Haze” by~Southern by Design

When the heat and humidity are intense during the summer season there are times when the sky gets hazy. I enjoyed this vantage point-  the sun was on its way down and made a golden haze.

Challenge~Weekly Weather: Fog


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Sunday Trees ~ Photo Challenge

These are my entries for Becca’s (from On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea blog) Sunday Trees – 247 challenge.

“Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.”~ Joyce Meyer

I visited this small, historical, coastal town this spring; came across a few beautiful and unique, trees. I love the older structures with them. I always think of the things these aged trees have seen and witnessed in their long lives.

IMG_4888by-Southern By Design

IMG_4878by-Southern By Design


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The Narrow Trickle~Reflection

“Reflection~Looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer.”

One of my favorite pass-times since moving to the beach is going to view the sun rise. I came across this narrow stream of water that was getting fed every time the waves came in. Usually when the tide is out all that remains is smooth sand, but the water had worked at this little alcove and it created this most beautiful effect as the light reflected off the zigzag of water along the beach.


“Reflections” by Southern By Design


DailyPost Photo Challenge: Mirror


Filed under Beach Life, nature-photography