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My Makeup Routine + a few Brushes I’m Loving

We’re officially in summer mode! School is out, trips are planned, camps are scheduled, and I’m looking very forward to the summer with the kids!

Someone recently asked about what pool floats we like. We’ve purchased pool floats from Target, Aldi, Walmart, Academy, Costco, FunBoy, and probably other places I’ve forgotten about.

The longest-lasting floats are FunBoy and Aldi!

I tried the Amika Blockade Heat Defense Serum this week and really loved it. The flat iron made my hair feel quite dry, especially on the ends, so I applied a bit of this thick serum to my ends before I went to sleep on the day I used that iron. The next morning I wanted to restyle just a few of the sections with a curling wand, so I applied a bit more, focusing on the really dry spots. It really hydrated my ends and I felt good knowing I was doubling up on heat protection! Use code “SMALLTHINGS10” for 10% off your purchase at

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed:

Honeysuckle Gelato

Rust Orange Tank

Heal a Heel Cups

Created Colorful

A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library

Braided Block Heel Shoes

Yummly Smart Thermometer

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Urban Decay Setting Spray

Cream Contour Stick

Cream Bronzer

Spanx Pants Jumpsuit + Spanx Shorts Jumpsuit – use code KateXSpanx for 10% off and free shipping

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune


Thigh Society Cooling Shorts

Strawberry Mint Charged Lemonade at Panera

Ashley Brooke’s collection with @sunshinetiendashop

Dress from EVEREVE

Athleta at Fenton – below are some of my favorites!

Pace Yourself Running Co in Holly Springs

Asics Cumulus Running Shoes

CND Shellac in “Charm”

This week’s discount codes:

Tommy John: You can use my code KATEBRYAN25 for 25% off for a limited time

Ongoing promo codes:

amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

Miranda Frye: “Smallthings10” will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Spanx: Use code “KateXSpanx” for 10% off plus free shipping!

Bagging Rights: KATE10 gives you 10% off any items at

ABLE: KATEB15 will get you 15% off

Rifle Paper Co. x Summersalt: KATEB will get you 20% off your purchase at Rifle Paper Co and $10 toward your next order over $95+ at Summersalt


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Rebecca Brown says · 06.13.22

I used to enjoy your blog but it has turned into a big infomercial selling soooo many products. Just listing products doesn’t tell us a thing about their quality. We look at your blog for information about hair and makeup….not pushing products.

Kate says · 06.15.22

Hi Rebecca. This list is a recap of things I mention on IG stories as a reference point. If you’re interested in hearing more about them, I’d suggest following along on Instagram if you’re able!

dorothyramey says · 06.14.22

It looks amazing! Can’t wait to try this recipe out 🙂
I am amazed and admire your ability to be a beautiful and talented woman. You are a source of inspiration to me!)Tell me how you do it?

Melanie Osborn says · 06.15.22

Is the Amika hair defense serum the serum/oil that you talked about in your IG stories last week that was really “light” and helped with dryness? My hair is very fine and can’t handle heavy serum or oil.