Beauty products I use daily (or almost daily)

February 28
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I wanted to share a little bit about the items I use ALL THE TIME. I love trying new beauty products, but somehow I end up going back to my favorites.  This list changes with the seasons and I feel like I wear more makeup in the winter and then kind of tone it down for the summer. Here in Florida makeup sometimes melts off in the heat and I try to get away with as little as possible on those days.



KatVon D Lock It Tattoo Foundation: I know the name sounds a little scary but this is actually an amazing all day, full coverage foundation. It applies nicely and can be diluted with a bb cream if you want a little less of the full coverage look. I use this foundation on long days or when I am going all out with a full face of makeup.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Power Foundation: This is a lose powder foundation that gives great full coverage without the weight of a liquid product.  I apply both of these foundations with the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques.

Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder: When I use a liquid foundation I finish with a pressed powder. This one by Revlon does the trick and is a great value.

Tarte Blush: Looking for your go to blush? These Amazonian Clay blushes are the best. They apply and wear amazingly.

Naked Flushed: I love this cheek palette. It has a great blush, bronzer, and highlighter. It is a simple one-stop cheek product and is great for travel.

NYX HD Concealer:  This concealer is a great deal at only $5. I wear it under my eyes, around my nose, and on any blemishes.

E.l.f. Primer:  Primer is a must for me when wearing a heavier foundation. It is not needed for everyone, but if you feel that your foundation does not apply smoothly or that it does not sit on your skin nicely try a primer. In my opinion, this one is just as good as the more expensive brands.


Naked 2: This palette has been around for a few years now but I am still convinced that it is the best of the naked series. Also, it lasts a long time. Looking to spend a little less or something for travel? Try Naked Basics.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes: My go to department store mascara. I always end up grabbing a tube when this is on sale or when I have a coupon.

Revlon Mascara: Drugstore mascaras come and go, but I am a firm believer that they can work just as good as a department store brand. Revlon continues to put out great mascaras. I go for the ones with the bigger applicators.

Anastasia Dipbrow: Another classic product. This pomade is simple to use and stays on all day. I don’t do a lot with my brows, but a little of this really makes them stand out but with a natural look.



E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator: This product was sent to me to try out for the blog and I loved it. Again, I try a lot of products but most don’t stay around and this one did.  If you, like me, enjoy long wear lip color a lip-exfoliating product is a must!

Kat Von D liquid lip: Remember that long wear lip color I mentioned? This is my favorite brand. It goes on smooth and easy and stays for several hours.  I am usually good for the day with only little touchups after meals.  I can wear this daily without severe drying out of my lips.


So these are my current favorites, have you tried any of them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! (7)

Early 2017 Faves

February 24
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Hey guys, I know I haven’t been doing regular favorites posts lately but I wanted to jump in and share some things I’ve been crushing on lately.

This is my version of the street tacos


If you know me, you know I love Mexican food and of course tacos.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking my taco making skills up to the next level with two AMAZING new recipes.  First I made these yummy Beef Street Tacos, and more recently I tried out these Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa.  Spoiler alert: They were both great and I can’t wait to work them into our meal rotation.


In other news, I’ve been working on my dining room lately. One of the new items I have added is this great teal rug from Walmart. Yes, Walmart! I was in there picking something up the other day and saw it and it was only $80 which was great.  I love the bold color, but if I get sick of it in a few years I can just replace it as I didn’t spend a ton of money on it.  Now that I have that rug in there I am going to be working the rest of the room around those colors.

I know I’ve got valentines colors in here, I’m working on that.


Both January and February found me visiting Antique Extravaganza at the Rennigers Flea Market here in the Orlando area.  First of all, (as I am sure you are wondering) yes, it is big enough of an event to be called an extravaganza. Anyways, I picked up two new cute home decor pieces; a window and a dough bowl.  I know these are both trend items and the bowl is reproduction, but I think they are super cute and really work in my dining room. (Which, as you recall, I am working on.)


I think it must be the early nightfall or the cool air, but I have just been loving curling up on the sofa after work with a good book and reading until bed. When I get out of the  habit of reading physical books I don’t miss it, but once I start back up I swear they are as addictive as coffee and Publix cookies. (Oatmeal Raisin of course.)
Not a favorite yet, but I am considering trying Lipsense. Have you tried it? Do you like it? I am looking for an Orlando area consultant so I can try it before I buy it. Not sure what Lipsense is? It is a long wear lipstick that appears to really stay for 18 hours. It is only sold via direct sales so ask around in your area for a consultant.


Anyway, I hope you liked this collection of a few random things I am enjoying.  Loving anything awesome? Share it with me in the comments! Want to see more things I love? Follow me on Instagram!


DIY coasters from ceramic tiles

February 21
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While prepping for our holiday party we knew that we would want to have a favor to give our guests when they left the party. We wanted the favor to be a custom item related to the party, but also inexpensive and useful. We landed on this coasters made from the same design we used for our party invites.

I had tried making these coasters before but was not 100% successful as the Mod Podge didn’t seem to fully set the design. I ended up with a coaster that got sticky and stuck to my cup when met with condensation.  Not good! Especially if we had tile floors!


Anyways, my lovely husband looked into it and decided that if we used a shellac then we might get a better result.  We tried this out and were super happy with the results. The final product will need several coats, but it is an easy process.


Ceramic tiles
Mod Podge 
Scrapbook paper or printouts
Brush (Just about anything will do)
Felt feet (Amazon seems to have the best deal.)
Well ventilated space


Note: Purchase your tiles at a local home improvement store. Amazon will try and change you like $1 each when they are $.10 each at Home Depot or Lowes.

Start but cutting out 4 in squares of whatever paper you want to use to cover your coasters. If you have extra scrapbook paper on hand this is a great time to put some cute pages to use. We have also had luck with printed pages from both our inkjet printer and laser printers.

Once you’ve got your squares ready to go place them on your tiles to make sure you are happy with them.  Good?  Good.


Lay out your newspaper (Or don’t if you’re brave like me) in your ventilated space and place your tiles on the sheets.  Using your brush spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and then place your paper on the tile. Adjust the paper so it lines up as you want it and then cover with another thin layer of Mod Podge.


Let this sit for a few hours. When dry it will be time to begin the Shellac process.  We did 4  coats on our coasters.  We did one coat in the morning and another in the evening.


For the party favors we added g sprinkle of glitter half way through. If you are brave enough to have glitter in your home feel free to try this too. I am not that brave, but luckily the husband is.  Go him!

Alright. Once you have enough coats you can add the felt feet to the four corners of your coaster. After that you’re done.  I like to let them rest a day or two just so that the shellac can cure completely.


Need an easy gift? Make a set of four and put them in a cute box or tie them up with a ribbon. Done!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I gathered inspiration for this post from The Cottage Mama.


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. Enjoy!- Amber D.


Valentine’s Day ideas

February 12
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Image from @shaycochrane

It’s Feburary, so you know what that means, Valentine’s Day. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the holiday. Not because I don’t love love, but because I hate the expectations and ridiculousness that over commercialization of the holiday has brought.  I love the idea of celebrating love; reminding your special person that you love them; even little gifts or trinkets. I just don’t think we should expect our SO to take us to a fancy meal or buy candy that nobody actually likes.


Today I wanted to share a few ideas and things my husband and I have done to share the day without getting caught up in hype.


  1. Prepare a new meal at home- Use this as an excuse for you or your SO to try out a new meal from a cooking show or pinterest. Splurge a little on nice ingredients and a bottle of wine and call it a night. No crowed restaurants and you don’t have to worry about having that extra glass of wine as you are already home!
  2. Get dressed up and go out for fast food- We did this on our wedding. We stopped by Tijuana Flats in our full wedding gear to grab a meal before the after party. We had a blast and enjoyed our tacos and the price tag.
  3.  Due to his line of work, my husband often works the evening of Valentine’s Day (to be honest, I always try to get him to work.) Last year I contacted one of his coworkers and gave her a little goodie bag of treats/gifts for him which she delivered to his work area. He loved being surprised by these little goodies when he arrived at work that evening.
  4. Have a pajama night- Buy junk food, snacks, and your favorite drinks and spend the evening on the sofa watching your favorite movies and eating junk. There really is nothing better than enjoying a movie and junk food with your favorite person.
  5. Exchange children’s valentines- Pick up a box at the store and give your favorite’s to your SO. Bonus- use a marker to edit your favorites. *wink wink*


Do you have any great alternate Valentine’s Day ideas? Share them in the comments



What I read- January 2017

February 8
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If you read my post from last month then you know I have some new reading goals for 2017 as well as a new way to visually track my reading.  I have been using Goodreads for a few years now, but I wanted a way to see the number and types of books I am reading in my planner.

This year my goal is to read 65 books with at least 12 of them non-fiction and 12 books that could be considered classics.  Here is how I am doing this month:


Here is the list of what I read:

The Husband’s Secret– Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty has been super popular as of late for good reason.  In December I read her newest, Truly, Madly, Guilty and realized she is a great writer. She is able to weave a tale that includes, life, love, suspense, and really lets you feel the characters.  This book is another great display of her work. I actually got my mother a copy of this book for Christmas and when I visited her last week she was about 3/4th of the way through it. She loved it too and totally involved in the characters and what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The Case Against Sugar– Gary Taubes

This was one of my non-fiction picks for the month and it is a good one. I have been meaning to read Why we Get Fat, also by Taubes, but hadn’t had the chance. This new book came out in December and is the first book I’ve seen that really explains the history of sugar over the last few hundred years which really puts our current consumption into perspective. If you have any interest in nutrition or the history of food as it relates to diet then this book is for you.

Hillbilly Elegy– J.D. Vance

After Trump was elected the New York Times came out with a reading list that was meant to help the other half understand why small town and southern American voted the way they did.  As a person from the south I did not find this book to be too eye opening, but it was a great read and helped me to better understand my own life and how I got to where I am.  If you are looking for information about the south and how it became what it is today I strongly suggest White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg which is a much more scientific look at the subject.

Small Great Things– Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of those authors that has been around for awhile but I haven’t sat down and read anything by. Small Great Things, her newest title about a black female nurse from conneticut who gets caught up in a murder case due to racism both overt and subtle. This book is a real tear jerker, but also a great insight into life for so many blacks in America.


Night– Elie Wiesel

This was my choice for a classic title this month. Night in a 1958 autobiography about the author’s time in Nazi death camps where he lost is entire family. Although a short read, Elie does a great job expanding on his story and sharing what it really felt like to live in is world. A great topical read in today’s world. 
Well that’s it.  What did you read last month? Share  below!