Thoughts on Poshmark

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to do a post about the website Poshmark. This site is a place to re-sell your clothing, jewelry, handbags, etc. I’ve used this site many times and I am actually shocked at how many times I’ve been able to use it. Most of the clothing I own that I would be willing to part with is super worn and wouldn’t sell for anything. However, I’ve managed to find several things in my closet that were decent enough to sell on Poshmark. Sometimes we just outgrow things, either physically or style-wise. For the purpose of detailing what kinds of things are able to sell on this website, I’ll list below everything I’ve sold through Poshmark:

  1. Forever 21 black skinny jeans: sold for $8
    While it’s not a lot of money, the jeans didn’t fit me anymore and they only took up space in my closet. Personally I would rather have a bit of money than an item of clothing I literally never use.
  2. Coach flats: sold for $35
    Designer stuff is pretty easy to sell on Poshmark. There seems to be a large community of people on there that either buy designer items for their own enjoyment or to re-sell at a higher price, we’ll never know… It doesn’t matter to me what the buyer does with my stuff after they’ve purchased it!
  3. Flower statement necklace: sold for $12
    I bought this necklace when I was going through sorority recruitment to wear with one of my formal outfits. I usually wear more delicate jewelry in my usual style so I didn’t want this item anymore.
  4. Coach canvas logo purse: sold for $75
    As I said before, designer stuff is easy to sell. Most people just want to know that it’s authentic so it would be great if you have a way of verifying that. In this case, I included the duster bag that I got when I purchased the bag from Coach.
  5. Michael Kors jet set logo tote: sold for $145
    Michael Kors is insanely popular on this app and in most of the real world as well. This bag retails for $198 brand new so I was kind of shocked to get so much money for a used bag. It was in great condition though.

Poshmark is unique because it doesn’t make the seller pay for the shipping cost. I’ve found this to be one of the main reasons why I sell my items through them instead of other sites like eBay or craigslist. Ebay makes you figure out your own shipping method and pay for it yourself, while craigslist exposes you to weirdos! Poshmark provides a pre-paid shipping label which I just print out and adhere to a box I found laying in my garage from one of my Dad’s many Amazon.com purchases.

So overall, Poshmark is an awesome website to list things that you no longer want or need. Unfortunately, this site does have a downside. They do take a rather large cut of your profits. If you’re selling something that costs less than $15, Poshmark will take $2.95. If you’re selling something that costs $15 or more, Poshmark takes 20%. Their fees are understandable because it would not be as easy to network with people who are specifically looking for gently used women’s fashions of all price ranges. That doesn’t stop the pain from setting in when you sell a Michael Kors bag and only receive $116…. haha.

Despite this downside, I will definitely  continue to use Poshmark. It’s a nice way to not only clean out your closet but to make a bit of money in the process.

If you’re interested in browsing my Poshmark store, my username is nutmeg95.

Thanks for reading,
Megan

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Red sweater + ballet flats

red sweater 1

I’ve had a big box of clothes sitting in my room that I haven’t worn since I lived in the dorms last year so I decided to go through it and I found this sweater! I totally forgot about it but I’m really happy I have it. It’s a nice lightweight sweater top and it’s longer in the back so it goes well with leggings. I found some similar tops here and here. I’m wearing mine with black jeans from Hot Topic in this outfit. These jeans are so soft and comfortable, they might as well be leggings. Too bad Hot Topic doesn’t sell these Lovesick brand jeans in regular blue washes!

red sweater 2

I tend to wear boots with most of my outfits in the fall but these flats from Payless are much more girly. I found some similar black bow flats here, here and here. I think they kept the outfit feminine since I’m wearing mostly dark colors.

Thanks for reading!

Taupe sweater + red bag

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I’ve been taking advantage of the cooler weather the past few days by wearing fall clothes! This outfit was comfy and warm (although as the day goes on I may have to re-think the sweater if it gets any hotter outside). I can’t remember where my sweater is from but it’s a neutral taupe color and long enough to be worn with leggings (although I often treat leggings as pants anyway…) My leggings are from Victoria’s Secret PINK. I used to buy most of my leggings from Forever21 but they got worn out so quickly and were very sheer. These are much thicker and seem to be holding up despite the fact that I wear them frequently when it’s cold enough. My boots are the same Rampage Idera brown riding boots from Macy’s that I’ve mentioned in several posts.

red bag 2

Now the highlight of this simple outfit is my red bag! I got this bag at Stein Mart and I love it! It’s by the brand Imoshion which states on their website that they make “animal-free vegan handbags,” perfect! It’s pretty large so it’s great for school and fits my notebook and textbooks. There’s also really cool details like gold chain on the shoulder strap, a snakeskin design at the base of the shorter straps and it comes with a long strap to be worn cross-body! I think it looks more expensive than it was.

Anyway, I hope you liked my outfit and thanks for reading!

Happy Halloween!

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Today is Halloween! My outfit isn’t very festive but this is what I wore to the mall and Panera for lunch. As you can see, my outfit photos for today were taken in the JCPenney dressing room, haha! I haven’t done anything particularly Halloween-y so far. I may answer the door for trick-or-treaters later but I am currently burning a pumpkin cupcake scented candle and wearing a dorky orange t-shirt with a jack-o-lantern face on it!

halloween outfit 2

My jeans are from Macy’s, they’re super comfortable and soft except for a tag that is sewn into the back of the waist and I can’t remove it! It’s so itchy! Anway, my top is from Target but it was given to me by my cousin. I love that it is a sweater material but still flowy and light so I can wear it in California’s ridiculously hot fall weather (although it’s actually cloudy and a moderate temperature today). Lastly, my brown boots are also from Macy’s. I mentioned them in a previous blog post but they are the Idera riding boots by Rampage.

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!

Dress + boots for class

My outfit for school today was pretty girly and cute! I’ve been dressing like a bum for most of the semester but recently I’ve been stepping it up. Maybe it has something to do with the weather dropping below 90 degrees for the first time…

floral tiered dresstiered dress and boots

My dress was given to me by my  awesome cousin from Forever 21. It’s a pretty blue color with a small, white floral print. The tiered design makes it pretty unique, I don’t own anything like it! I found some similar dresses here, here and here. I got my boots during black friday last year at Macy’s. This is my second pair of black friday boots from there, they always seem to have some crazy deals on shoes during black friday. Hopefully I can score another pair this year. They’re currently sold out on Macy’s website but they are the Rampage Idera riding boots for anyone who’s wondering. My necklace that you can barely see is also from Macy’s. It’s a cute little silver key!

Thanks for reading!

Is St. Tropez vegan?

When I’m looking for information about a product’s cruelty free status, I find it helpful when people post about their knowledge of the product and/or company. It often takes quite a while for a company to respond back to questions so I thought I would post my correspondence with St. Tropez, the tanning brand.

I have a set of questions that I send to any company when I inquire about their cruelty free status. I found this list of questions from visionaryvoice on Youtube. My email to St. Tropez read:

“Hi, 
I have a few questions about your company.

1. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals?
2. Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party?
3. Do your manufacturers/suppliers test ingredients or products on animals?
4. Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
5. Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country?
6. Could you provide a list of all of your current vegan items available for purchase?

Thank you so much for the information.”

They responded with:

“St Tropez is not animal tested nor are any ingredients animal tested. We have no knowledge of expanding to the Chinese market as this is a corporate matter and the corporate office is in the UK. Currently we do not have any products marketed as “vegan” so there is no way we can assure any of our products are 100% vegan. Hope this helps,

St Tropez Customer Service
800-366-6383
www.sttropeztan.com

Their answer was a little vague, in my opinion. They did not directly address the questions regarding animal testing performed by their suppliers, manufacturers or a third party. Additionally, not knowing about an expansion into China because their “corporate office is in the UK” seemed irrelevant to me. There are these cool things called telephones and email that allow you to communicate anywhere in the world! Anyway, it is my belief that a company should know where all of their ingredients are derived from, regardless of whether they market their products as vegan. I hope this post helps some of you looking for information on the cruelty free/vegan status of St. Tropez. If anyone knows of a dark, vegan and cruelty free self tanner; I would love to hear about it because I have yet to find one!

Thanks for reading!

Dinner Outfit of the Night

red printed pants full outfit

I can’t remember the last time I was this obsessed with a clothing item. It’s shallow, but it’s such an awesome feeling to find something cute that you know you will wear a million times just because it makes you so happy. I feel like these pants match my personality, free flowing, easy going and kind of weird.

I loved these so much I bought another pair in black and white. I wish it wasn’t so hot already so I could wear both of them more often. Luckily I got the chance to wear them out to dinner this evening. I think these pants look best with a cropped top because they sit kind of high on my waist. This crop top is one of those awesome tie-back halter tops, it’s backless and I wanted to get a cool shot showing the open back but by the time I thought of it it was dark outside :(

bm crop top fancy arrow

Outfit details:

  • AMAZING palazzo/wide leg printed pants: Macy’s, they were originally $34 but they were hella on sale so I got both pairs for about that price.
  • Halter crop top: $10-ish from Brandy Melville, as you can see from my fancy photo editing skills above
  • Flip flops (not that you can really see them…): Flojos from Costco

lazy dog dinner

 

P.S. Lazy Dog tofu teriyaki is delicious

 

 

Shopping Outfit of the Day

pink tribal crop top outfit

 

I wore this outfit yesterday to go shopping. I used to hate high waisted shorts but I think this pair isn’t too extreme. I got these from a store called Ally Fashion for like $12. My top is from JCPenney. I love the length of this crop top, it’s so hard to find ones that cover my belly button but this one does! Under my shirt I’m wearing this adorable peach colored lace bralette from Victoria’s Secret PINK. My sandals are Flojos from Costco. They’re surprisingly comfortable, I had no problems walking around the mall for hours. While I was out, I got two pairs of AMAZING wide leg printed pants. I’ve been seeing them everywhere and I’m so glad I finally got some. I’m planning to take some outfit photos wearing them and continue blogging!

peace out

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation Review

elf foundation
I’ve used this product religiously for about 3 months now! My previous favorite foundations were a little too light for my skin tone and I found myself having to use a ton just to cover all of the redness on my face. While I wouldn’t say this is the perfect foundation, I think it’s worth giving it a shot if you’re looking for something new. Here’s the rundown:

Pros:

  • 8/10 full coverage. I find myself having to use less of this product to get the full coverage effect that I look for than with other foundations. That being said, I do still have to use concealer on the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks but I have yet to find a foundation that can cover those spots.
  • Hella cheap! It’s around $6 at Target and somehow doesn’t suck. I’ve had really bad experiences with cheap foundations before so I’m glad I didn’t give up hope.
  • Very nice packaging. It reminds me of the Makeup Forever HD foundation packaging but dare I say it, nicer?! The bottle is made of sturdy frosted glass and it has the ever-popular pump dispenser.
  • Dewy finish. If you would prefer a matte finish you can just set it with a matte face powder.

Cons:

  • Lame shade range. If your skin is on the medium to dark end, you will probably have an easier time finding the right shade for you. But us pale girls are pushing it even with the lightest shade. I use porcelain (the lightest) and it is still slightly too dark for my skin tone but I use it anyway as long as I blend it on to my neck.
  • It could be a little bit too thick for some tastes. It is almost mousse-like but not quite.

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable, full coverage foundation I think this could be a great match for you! Just make sure you look at swatches before buying because their shade range is a little iffy.

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows Review

 

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I bought three of these colors at Target a while back because I’m always looking for new eye products. They were $3 a piece and I think that’s a fair price for the size of the product (.12 oz, compare to Urban Decay’s eyeshadow singles that run about $18 for .05 oz.). The packaging is nice and easy to open. From what I’ve tried, the colors are hit or miss but I definitely plan on trying more. Here is my experience with the colors I bought…

Bark: This color has become a total staple for me. If I somehow managed to run out of this product I would buy it again, although I don’t think I will need to considering the generous amount of product. This is a very shimmery brown color and it looks great with so many different eyeshadow colors. Most days I wear a cream eyeshadow on my eyelid with a warm brown/mauve in the crease and I don’t feel complete until I’ve blended some of this color on the outer part of my eyelid.

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Pixie: I had high hopes for this color, I’m a huge fan of colors like Urban Decay’s Sin and Virgin so I was hoping to find another shimmery pink lid color now that Urban Decay sold out to L’Oreal. It’s a pretty color but not as pigmented as I thought it would be. I find myself having to dig my brush into the product to get the coverage that I want.

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Burnt plum: I’m obsessed with this color. I tend to avoid colored eyeshadows because I find that they can easily look clown-ish. However, this eyeshadow is just neutral enough that I have no problem using it on a regular day. It’s very pigmented and I love blending it on the outer part of my eyelid when I’m wearing cream, brown or gold eye makeup. I think this is a fun yet easy way to add some color to your makeup.

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Overall, I think these eyshadows are worth a try. I use two of them on a regular basis and I hope to get more colors in the future.