Spring Cleaning with Poshmark

It’s officially Spring! Time to put away those sweaters and boots and pull out your favorite dresses and wedges. I bet you probably have a lot of clothes, bags, and accessories that you no longer wear but hold on to “just in case.” I know I do. Recently, I’ve been a lot better at letting go that shirt that’s been hanging in my closet since I moved to Arizona almost 4 years ago but haven’t worn once. I usually donate them or give them to my sister. It’s only recently occurred to me that I can sell some of the stuff for money. My friend sells a lot of her used handbags, sunglasses, and clothes on the internet and that inspired me to take a look at what I had.

The first thing I sold was a pair of Coach sunglasses that I’ve had since High School. I haven’t worn them since college and they’ve been lying on my desk collecting dust. I didn’t intend on wearing them again but didn’t think they would be worth anything. I did some research on eBay and decided to try to sell them auction style. I ended up selling them for $40. Not too shabby. I’ve used eBay to sell other things before like my old iPhones. However, I don’t like that eBay doesn’t give you a straight answer as to how much commission they’ll take/what other fees there are. It seems like I get all these random invoices for one item that I’ve sold, not cool.

That prompted me to do some research to see what other sites aside from eBay were available for me to sell my stuff. I came across Poshmark after searching for a pair of shoes I wanted. I decided to do a Google search and found them listed on Poshmark for $17, score. You can also make an offer to see if the seller will accept. I ended up paying $20 for the shoes plus shipping. Poshmark seems to have a very large following and I found that you could find a lot of great items that are reasonably priced. There’s also a social aspect to it which is pretty cool. You get 80% of everything that you sell and they’ll give you a shipping label for mailing items up to 5lbs for free. If you need to ship something that weighs more, you can upgrade your shipping label. Aside from the low commission that they take, I like that the pay structure is very straight-forward and simple.

poshmark closet

Check out my Poshmark closet here. You can get a $5 credit when you use this code: BWXXA. I haven’t sold anything yet, so I don’t have a preference between eBay or Poshmark for selling clothes and accessories but will keep you updated!

I’m going to continue to dig through my closet to see what I else I don’t wear. Even if you don’t get a lot of money for your items, it’s still money for something that’s laying around. Most likely, it’s not going to appreciate in price so start selling your items now!

Do you sell your used clothing and accessories? If so, do you sell them at consignment stores or online?


Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Review

I was so excited when I found out that I would have the opportunity to test out Yves Saint Laurent’s Original False Lash Effect Mascara thanks to Influenster (click on the link to the left to join). I was running low on mascara and was thinking of trying out a different brand, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I received the mascara in High Intensity Black.

ysl mascara vox box

I love the gold tube that the mascara is packaged in. It’s heavier than most mascaras and feels very luxurious. The Triple-Intensity Formula includes intense volume, intense, color, and now intense care. The new and improved formula includes an all new Lash Care formula. The B5 Pro-Vitamin in the mascara strengthens and protects lashes. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash and gave me great volume and length.

ysl mascara brush

The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. Available in 6 signature YSL shades to compliment eye color or to create a customized look.

ysl mascara before and after

I’m lucky to have naturally long lashes. When it comes to mascara, I’m interested in one that will give me more volume, keep my lashes curled, and won’t smudge. Also, it should be relatively easy to remove with a make-up wipe or in the shower.

ysl mascara after

I tried my best to capture what my lashes looked like before using YSL’s mascara and after. While it didn’t provide much length, it definitely provided some volume and made my lashes stand out more. I used two coats the achieve the look that you see above. The formula didn’t clump and the brush did a good job at keeping my lashes separated. Even though I put on two generous coats of mascara, my lashes still feel soft. The mascara does have a perfumy scent to it, which I’m not too fond of. I’ve been wearing the mascara for half a day now and no raccoon eyes so far.

This mascara retails for $32. The most I’ve spend on mascara is about $20. It’s too soon to tell if I’ll splurge on this mascara in the future as I get similar results with other mascaras that don’t cost as much.

Want to try Yves Saint Laurent’s Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara out for yourself? You can buy it online here.


Benefits of Taking Probiotics

I was recently given the opportunity by Tomoson to try out 2 Living Natural Advanced Probiotics. I was interested in incorporating a probiotic supplement but was overwhelmed at the grocery store when trying to decide between which one to get. They’re a little pricey and the price range seemed to differ between the brands. Probiotics are live-active cultures of these friendly bacteria that can help to prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments.


Probiotics can help with:

  • Digestive Health
  • Urinary Health
  • Allergies
  • Women’s Health
  • Immunity
  • Obesity

I’m not a doctor so I won’t go in to any specific details. If you’re interested in learning more about probiotics and if you should be taking them, consult a doctor.

I do notice a difference when I take them, unlike some other vitamin supplements I was taking. Check out the reviews on their Amazon page if you’re curious to learn more. The price is also pretty reasonable and beats any price I’ve seen at my local grocery store (unless they’re doing a BOGO promo).

Do you take a probiotic supplement or do you eat foots that naturally have probiotics in them?


Rodan & Fields Redefine Acute Care Review

I was recently given the opportunity by iFabbo to test Rodan & Fields Redefine Acute Care Regimen. This line of products is made for those who want to smooth expression lines and reduce the look of wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. While I do have some fine lines under my eyes and the lines on your face from smiling, I thought it’d be better to show the results from my mom using the products. She just so happened to be visiting me when these came in.

rodan and fields redefine

The Redefine Acute Care & Redefine Regimen features the following products:

  • 10 sachets of Acute Care (1 pair in each sachet)
  • Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask
  • Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner
  • Redefine Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30
  • Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream

acute care

Let’s talk about the Acute Care product first. This product claims to smooth lines with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle after 10 applications. You stick them to wherever you’re trying to diminish the look of wrinkles. For my mom, we decided on the lines by her eyes. The product was easy to use and apply. However, my mom complained that it hurt. She said it felt like lots of little needles while we were trying to rub it in. The first time she put it on, she couldn’t sleep with it because of the discomfort she experienced. The second time we did it, she was able to make it through the night.


Here’s a before photo of my mom before using any of the products.

After one use, we were able to see a small difference. The lines by her eyes weren’t as noticeable.


With continued use, I think we’ll be able to see better results. Now let’s move on to the rest of the products. I should mention that I used the rest of these too so that I could test them out. The cleansing mask is to be used twice a day for about 2 minutes. For me, I found it inconvenient to use a mask in the morning so I used it mostly at night. My mom used it both morning and night. I didn’t mind the mask and felt that my face was clean after use. My mom complained that it burned and didn’t enjoy using it, even though I made her.

The toner is very mild and helps to remove any extra dirt on your face. Easy to use and no complaints from either of us. Both creams (one is for day and one is for night) were also easy to use. The odor didn’t bother either of us (and we’re both very sensitive to perfumy smells). I didn’t find them to be too heavy or greasy. My makeup was able to go on easily over the creams.

My mom said that she did feel like her skin was a lot softer after continued use. She also doesn’t have a skin care routine. I didn’t notice much of a difference, but I already have a skincare routine in place. We’ll both be continuing to use the products while she’s in town and will continue to see if we notice any differences, especially for my mom.

The products can be found on Rodan & Fields website here and it retails for $413. It’s too soon to determine if it’s worth the money, but I’ll keep everyone updated on our results, especially with the Acute Care.

Have you used any of Rodan & Fields’ products? Which ones are your favorite?




Monat Global Rejuvenique Oil Intensive Review

I was recently given Monat’s Global Rejuvenique Oil Intensive for consideration. I’ve used argan oil in the past and am very happy with the results from it. I don’t get split ends nearly as much. In fact, I was able to go almost a full year without a hair-cut! I was excited to try out this new oil.

monat rejuvenique oil

Monat’s Global Rejuvenique Oil has over 11 unique ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids – they all mimic the body’s natural oils. The formula claims to reduce hair thinning, prevents oxidative stress and adds volume, repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine without the damaging effects of silicone.

The oil can be used in multiple ways to improve your skin and hair. So far, I’ve only tested it on my hair. As a pre-shampoo treatment, you can apply a generous amount to your dry hair and leave it in for 15 minutes and then wash as usual. I’ve done this a few times and didn’t notice any dramatic results. My hair feels a lot softer from using conditioner. However, I’ll definitely keep trying to use it as a pre-shampoo to see if I notice any difference in the future. You can also put it in your hair and place a warm moist towel around your head and leave on for 30 minutes and then wash. I haven’t tried this as it seems like a hassle and it’d probably be really heavy on my head. I don’t even wrap my hair in a towel to dry. Lastly, it can be used as a finishing treatment. All you have to do is apply a small amount to your hair, concentrating on the ends. A little goes a long way. The first few times I did it, it looked and smelled great. The oil has a slight citrus scent, which could be preferable over the smell of argan oil. However, one time I think I put too much in as my hair ended up looking super greasy and felt too oily.

monat rejuvinque oil

Let’s talk about the packaging. The oil comes in this sleek-silver container and contains 1oz of oil. I love the unique way the dropper is incorporated in to the lid. All you have to do is press down on the button on the top of the lid to draw some of the oil up in to the eye dropper and then press down on the button again to dispense.

At $99, this oil can be pricey for a lot of people. I haven’t used it long enough to determine if the oil is worth the price. For more information or to purchase your own, visit their website here.




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