Recent Beauty Tries


I tried some new beauty products recently, and I wanted to do a quick review to share my thoughts!

  1. Essie TLC (treat, love, color) in  Sheers to You. It’s a very sheer, I REPEAT VERY SHEER, pink shade with iridescence mixed in. Upon first swipe I thought,”this is a dud” but after I applied 3 coats, I liked the result. I avoid shimmer in my nail polish entirely, but this is a nice addition to a sheer color. It’s supposed to hide flaws better too, and it certainly does that. Ultimately, I can live without it and actually found that the tips of my nails were a bit softer than I’d hoped.
  2. fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. If you heard an angel chorus right after you read that line, it was me from North Carolina. This is great. GREAT I tell you. You know I’m madly in love with the fresh Lotus Youth Preserve with Super 7 Complex face cream for every day. This is an amped up version of that for deeper, noticeable hydration with a rose scent. It’s perfect for winter, dry skin. I’m a huge fan.
  3. fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream. I saw this at Sephora a few weeks ago and it didn’t interested me too much, but then it arrived on my doorstep. So, I tried it. I was expecting to feel a bit more firmness initially, but I didn’t. Ultimately, I compared it to the fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream and that won by a million miles. If you are looking for a firming cream, I’ve been so pleased with fresh that you may like this one, but personally it didn’t blow me away.

Just so you know, I’m on a handful of lists for mailings of new product releases from certain brands. Fresh is one of those brands, so those products I mentioned were sent as gifts, under no obligation to share about them whatsoever. I love reviewing products here as a way to help, and this post was not sponsored. 

More products I’ve loved recently here and here!

The simple trick to making your eye makeup look better (and bigger!)



HELLO, pardon the extreme close up shot, but I had to show you what I’m talking about today. Let me start by sharing this makeup tip that will make your eyes look better and bigger:

Use a brush to apply, or smudge out, eyeliner. Use this technique on the upper AND lower lash line.

Other than a nice, crisp line of liquid liner, eyeliner doesn’t necessarily need to be a strong, solid line. Sometimes that can end up dragging your eye down a bit and will give you the opposite effect of what you are going for.

So when you are applying liner to your upper lash line, either use your favorite eye pencil and immediately smudge it out with a smudge brush (like this one), or use a brush from the start (like I do here). Another option, which may be a favorite for those who are eyeliner-challenged, smudge a rich, dark eyeshadow along your upper lash line and THEN apply the liner on top of that. It’s like creating a safety net softening effect, and it saves so much time doing clean up in the end. It adds a cloudy softness to your lashline, and then the application of the liner adds the depth. It’s so easy.

Secondly, if you are going to line your lower lash line, you should always smudge it out for a softer, more blended look. I like to just use eyeshadow for my lower lash line. Or I’ve even used an eyebrow pencil in a medium brown shade to just create a sort of “shadow” along the lower lashes. It’s soft, adds dimension, and most importantly you will not be left with a solid line of eyeliner along the bottom of your eye.

Try this hack and let me know how much you love the difference afterwards, because I know you will!

lipstick, eyebrows (shade blonde), shirt

More eye makeup tips here and here!

In this post:

The Textured Ponytail



Well, since I shot this tutorial I’ve cut about 4 inches off the bottom of my hair! Looking back at these photos is nostalgic. Okay, I’m kidding. It’s only been about a week for crying out loud.

And you know what? Long hair is not for me. I gave it my best effort, I really did, and in the end I’ve resolved that collarbone-ish is the perfect length for me! You can see it a bit on Instagram, if you’d like!

My hair, though, at this length wouldn’t work too well in a messy bun so I wore it in a low ponytail quite often. And I loved messing it up a bit so the pony looked relaxed and undone, as that is my favorite way to wear my hair.

In the tutorial I use Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast for texture!

I love seeing your versions of my hair tutorials on instagram, so tag me (@k8_smallthings) and use #smallthingshair so I can come and see!

Another ponytail tutorial here and here!

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