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

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!

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.

Abb3rz07

So today I wanted to make a quick post about someone on youtube. As I mentioned in my first post ever I really enjoy watching beauty/fashion videos on youtube. That is the number one reason why I became so obsessed with makeup/clothes and why I started this blog! Anyways, someone I subscribed to had something happen to her channel so she can no longer have the opportunity to make money with adsense. She started a new channel and asked her subscribers to spread the word! Here is the link to her new channel: http://www.youtube.com/abb3rz07. I really enjoy her videos and personality and she is from Washington, like me!!

Side note: if anyone who reads this has a beauty/fashion youtube channel I would love it if you link it to me!

Portland Outfit of the Day

Today we started out by going downtown, and I saw Tom Hanks and he waved at me!!! After that we just did different things near the Portland area. I changed my outfit a little bit as the day got hotter.

Dress: I really can’t remember, but the brand is “One Clothing”
Jacket: Tilly’s
Crossbody: San Diego Saturday market
Flip flops: Old Navy
Watch: Target
Bracelets: 99 cent store
Necklace: Cannon Beach

Sparkly bricks! These were so cute.

Tom Hanks!

Vegan!

I don’t think this is exactly the one but we went near a rock used in a Twilight scene

Things I’m Looking Forward To

Today I felt like doing a post that’s kind of a mix of things I want to buy/things I’m looking forward to.
First off, I really want some new nail polishes. I have quite a few but not a ridiculous amount (in my opinion). I want a nude polish because it looks so classy. I can’t seem to find one that’s cruelty free with a cream finish. I also want a white polish because I’ve heard that you can use it under a sheer polish to avoid having to use tons of coats.
Next, I would really like a vegan or vegetarian lip gloss. I love simple glosses with doe foot applicators. I’m thinking of purchasing one on etsy because there’s a lot of affordable options, or from Pumpkin and Poppy Cosmetics.
For a while I wasn’t really into the hippie headband trend, however it has really grown on me. I think they can look so cute and fashionable as long as you don’t end up with your hair in that weird poof at the top of your head. I will probably look for one at Forever21.
The final thing I am hoping to buy is an anchor necklace. I finally got a skeleton key necklace that I’d wanted forever, so now I need to get my hands on an anchor necklace.

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Now something I’m looking forward to personally is going back to the Northwest for the summer. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to moving back there and I think I need to spend some time there before I make such a huge decision. On a lighter note, I’m excited to start self tanning! I don’t like to waste my self tanner so I’ll probably start using it before my trip. Last year I was the tannest I have ever been (hence why my Facebook picture is from last year), and I miss it! Another beauty related thing I’m looking forward to is getting my hair cut. I have really long hair and the ends are starting to look a little frayed, so I’m hoping to get it cut this week and then dye it. I’ve dyed my own hair for a few years now and I usually go for a dark reddish brown. I will probably make a post when I dye my hair because I am trying out a new brand. Anyways, that’s all I have to say for now!

First post

This is probably my millionth attempt at starting a blog, so I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll actually do something with it this time around. I’m thinking of this as a way to channel unused creativity, as well as ease my boredom. I suppose that an appropriate first post would be to name a few random things about me.

  • I’m a vegetarian
  • I love animals!
  • I enjoy watching youtube videos (particularly beauty and fashion) and I’m hoping for this blog to include some beauty/fashion aspects
  • My favorite shows and movies include: The Office, Twilight and Pretty Little Liars
  • I love the Pacific Northwest. I grew up there but I don’t live there at the moment.

So I guess that’s all for now. I predict more posts will come next week because my best friend will be in town and we’ll no doubt be tearing shit up. Bye!