April 24, 2014


So, The Small Things Blog is getting a makeover. 

Let me put it in terms you may understand: this ain't just a trim.

This is full color, highlights, bangs, and taking about 9 inches off the bottom. 

Here's what YOU need to know: nothing. Nothing is changing as far as the URL  or twitter or Facebook or anything like that. You can still type in www.thesmallthingsblog.com into your browser and you'll be directed to my site. 

It's going to look different though. No wild and crazy colors, because well. . . c'mon. . . but it will be better organized, perhaps easier to find certain posts, and I will have a much MUCH better way for you to find hair tutorials. 

Since it's a pretty major overhaul, there may be a bit of tweaking that needs to happen once the site is redesigned and live. So, if things look weird, bear with me. If links go to the wrong place, I probably know about it already. You are, of course, more than welcome to comment and notify me of anything you see. 

In other news, I'm really excited about attending The Brand Market on Saturday in Raleigh. This is a one-day mini-conference that you can read all about here! I always enjoy meeting other bloggers and business owners, so I think it will be a fun time.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you back here with a fresh face lift on Monday! 

The Foundation I Thought I Wouldn't Like

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I'm a pretty huge fan of Tarte Cosmetics. I believe I first fell in love with their lip products, and then I became seriously attached to their 12-hour Amazonian Clay blushes

When they launched the "airbrush foundation", which is a loose powder, I was pretty skeptical but I wanted to try it.

I finally got around to ordering it and it arrived in the mail a few days ago.

I ripped it out of the package, and did a quick swipe of the powder on my hand to text the color match  (that can be tricky when you are shopping online). I picked the shade "light beige". My first two thoughts were, "this is too dark" and "oh my gosh it going to be so shimmery". I was bummed. The shimmer seemed over the top and I just knew it would look like I dumped glitter all over my face as soon as I applied it.

Nonetheless, I wanted to try it. So, using the airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush, I applied it just like I would apply bareMinerals loose foundation. Swirl the brush in the product, tap off excess, and buff into the skin. 

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Except there was one small problem. There's nowhere to swirl the brush! I watched an EssieButton review of this product and remembered that she mentioned the same frustration. 

So I tried to make due, but ended up using a lid of another foundation powder to swirl. 

And the end results?

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Absolutely beautiful. It was the most dramatic change in opinion I've ever had about makeup. While I was applying it I was saying to myself, "my gosh. . . this may be the most beautiful powder foundation I have ever used. . ."

The shimmer I saw when I first tested the product seemed to disappear and leave me with a soft, full coverage foundation that allowed my skin to breathe. For comparison, it blows bareMinerals original foundation out of the water (and I wore/loved that for years). 

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It lasted all day, without a single change in coverage or tone. And I kept checking in the mirror to make sure the coverage was still decent. As a liquid foundation user, I like the look of full coverage and sometimes it's hard for powder foundations to accomplish that.

Of course, I had to use an Amazonian clay blush to finish off my makeup for the day. It nearly pains me to pass up on the opportunity to wear the Hourglass luminous flush blush because it's so beautiful. 

I also threw on the Amazonian butter lipstick in Angelic Nude and was pleasantly surprised at how lovely the color is. I find nude lipsticks to either be too pink or too brown. But this shade was perfect for me. 

Overall, majorly impressed with the newest Tarte additions to my collection. I had pretty serious skepticism about both of them (the foundation and the lipstick color) but I was left pleased with both! 

*Tarte doesn't know me from Adam, I bought these products myself. Just a fan trying to share good news about new makeup!

April 23, 2014

My Guys

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During my pregnancy, after I knew we were having a boy, I hoped that he would look like Justin. I think it's so adorable when little boys are a mirror image of their father. On David's first day of life, I kept seeing my brother in his face. And only a couple days after that, I thought he looked exactly like Justin.

Now that he's ::ahem:: gained a few and rounded out quite a bit, I think he's starting to look like me. He has Justin's eye shape, but my eye color. He has my mouth but Justin's ears. 

I can't quite picture him as a little boy yet, but I think he'll end up looking more like Justin in the long run.

Well, we took our first road trip (and our second actually) with David and he did great. Thank you for all the suggestions from the previous post about it!

Justin and I took David to his hometown church on Easter Sunday. His cheeks were pinched and everyone commented on his light blue eyes. Justin and I were practically glowing the pride as he silently sat through the service, took a brief nap, and basically was the most well-behaved child on the planet.

I have yet to endure a truly embarrassing moment with David in public. I know it will happen, and frankly I hope it makes for a good blog post, but in the meantime I am enjoying how great his does when we take him out of his comfort zone of home.

I have gotten into a wonderful groove with him lately. I absolutely love spending my days with him, and am very grateful for the opportunity to do so! 

I apologize for the brevity of his post! I promise I have more to talk about but the busyness of the past week has prevented me from spending enough time on the blog.

April 22, 2014

A fresh springtime scent

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I've mentioned this a time or two on the blog, but have you heard that scent and memory are closely tied together?

I started wearing a new perfume on my wedding day, and wore it for a few weeks afterwards, but then stopped. Now, whenever I smell that scent, I'm brought right back to my wedding. It's a really sweet memory.

Because I enjoy tying scent to memory so much, I almost want to start wearing new perfumes at ever milestone that David has. I wore a certain robe when he was a tiny newborn, and even though he's only 4 months old, whenever I put that robe on I'm brought right back to holding his tiny body.

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I tend to lean towards soft, fruity scents when I'm looking for perfumes, but the Pear and Pink Magnolia scent from Crabtree & Evelyn is a beautiful mixture of fruitiness and floral. It actually reminded me of my mom when I smelled it. She always has the best perfumes. 

Crabtree & Evelyn is kindly giving away a prize of a body wash, body lotion, body soufflĂ©, and Eau de Toilette in the Pear and Pink Magnolia scent to one lucky winner! Enter using the giveaway tool below! The prize is valued at $105.00.

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April 21, 2014

Disappointing Products

I mentioned in my last favorites video that I would film a little disappointing products video once I had gathered enough things to talk about.

Well I've come across 3 products that didn't blow me away, so the time has come.

What I really want you to know is that I don't think these products are bad in general, but they simply didn't work for me like I thought they would. 

Let's get into it! 

products mentioned:

When you are shopping for beauty products, be sure to ask about the return policy! Oftentimes if I'm really disappointed in something, or it didn't work well for me, I'll return it.

April 19, 2014

Simple Staples

One of the reasons I love neutrals so much is because it's easy to mix and match with them.

They all sort of work together because they are from the same color palette . . . and by color palette I really mean color-less palette.

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*these items were sent to me as a gift

Everlane is a great, great place to stock up on simple staples for your wardrobe. The quality is absolutely fantastic, and the fabric is super soft and comfortable.

Comfort is key for me these days, so I rate that pretty high on my list when I'm shopping for new pieces to add to my wardrobe.

The coolest thing, though, about Everlane is the transparency of their business. They offer luxurious pieces at reasonable prices. They are open and honest about their costs as well as their mark up. I think that's pretty cool.

So the kind of shirt that you would typically be paying big bucks for, you can get at Everlane for a really reasonable price. And free shipping on your first order is a nice perk as well!

If you are looking to add a few key, simple pieces to your wardrobe, I'd definitely recommend checking this place out. 

April 18, 2014

Loving: Delicate Jewelry

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Occasionally I'll start to get the itch to make jewelry again. I love working with my hands, and now that I don't have the ability to do that daily behind the chair, I find myself wanting to create in other ways!

But as much as I would love to make jewelry again, I think it's wise to not overload my plate.

Thankfully, my sister is carrying on Elisabeth Ashlie (and killin' it!) so I get to shop her jewelry often. She was even sweet enough to send me these earrings as a surprise! 

I can't get enough delicate jewelry these days. My outfits are simple, so I keep the jewelry simple as well. It's usually limited to rings and earrings, and on rare days I'll throw on a necklace. 

Lauren is kindly giving away 2 $50 shop credits to Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry! Enter using the giveaway tool below!

If you just can't wait to shop, Use promo code Smallthings10 to get 10% off your entire order today and tomorrow only! 

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