Shopping & Style

Sephora VIB Shopping Haul

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My Sephora Haul

Today was the first day of the VIB Beauty Insider Appreciation Event! I believe Rouge had early access and actually started a few days ago. Sephora has 3 tiers to their rewards program – Insider, VIB, Rouge. During this event Insiders get 10% off, VIBs get 15% off, and Rouge get 20% off. You can use a discount code online once during the event and multiple times if you shop in store. I’m part of the VIB tier. I’ve been shopping at Sephora for many years (even before we had a local store here in Anchorage, Alaska) and I think this will be the first year that I’ll hit the highest tier! I’m very close to the threshold and I don’t know whether to be excited or be ashamed for how much money I’ve spent on makeup this year! I’m feeling the latter right now!

I was going to order my products online, but I was worried that my order wouldn’t get to me before I leave for my trip. Sephora is usually pretty quick about mailing orders, but during big sale events a few extra days of processing time is usually added. I looked up everything I wanted online and I checked to see if it was at my local store. Low and behold, everything I wanted was magically in stock. I decided to take an early lunch to beat the traffic and go downtown.

Here are the goodies I got (Retail prices are listed):

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Sephora Cleansing Wipes

Sephora Cleansing Wipes in Watermelon, $7.50

I’ve been buying cleansing wipes in bulk from Costco. I’ve been buying the generic Kirkland brand wipes and they get the job done, but sometimes you need a fun scent every now and then. I see that they have a Pineapple scent online – I may have to order it when I’m out of this Watermelon scent.

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Sephora Collection PRO Expert Sponge

Sephora Collection PRO Expert Sponge$14

I’ve been on the market for a new blender sponge. I was drawn to this because a storage case is included – perfect for traveling! I was surprised how small it was when I saw it in person, but it claims to grow twice as long when wet.

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Tatcha Travel Set

Tatcha Pore-Perfecting Moisturizer & Cleanser Duo$25

I’ve been wanting to try Tatcha products for a while now! I decided to buy this little set so I can try it out before committing to the full size versions (the 5 oz full size cleanser is $39 and the 1.7 oz full size moisturizer is $68).

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FOREO Luna Play Plus

FOREO LUNA play plus, $49

I have been a proud Clarisonic user for the past 7 or so years. I’ve been on the market for something that’s more travel friendly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about FOREO so I wanted to give it a shot. I picked this version because it’s small and because it’s powered by a single AAA battery. They also had another version online that is on sale for a whopping $20 (originally $39), but the battery is not rechargeable nor can you put a new battery in it (WTF, right?! What a waste!). The claim is that it’s good for up to 100 uses… While the price point was more intriguing, I opted for the “plus” version since I can simply put a new battery in it after the original battery dies.

I was going to wait to try it while on vacation, but I’m too excited about it so I will try it out in the morning.

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fresh BLOOMING BEAUTIES

fresh BLOOMING BEAUTIES set, 500 Points

A few days ago I redeemed 750 points for a FULL SIZE of the fresh Soy Face Cleanser! I had to jump on that deal. The full size version is 5 oz and retails at $38. I haven’t tried it yet, but the reviews look great. I saw this 500 point set in the store and thought it would be a great set to bring on my upcoming vacation. It includes a cleanser, face moisturizer, lip balm, and a toner. Perfect!


Here’s my wish list of things I didn’t pull the trigger on:

What did you buy or what is on your wish list?!

With Love

Shopping & Style

Disney Style – Minnie Mouse Vibes

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I’m so in love with this Minnie Mouse inspired ensemble!

If you know me well, you know that I am in LOVE with polka dots. Polka dots remind me of 2 of my favorite things – Minnie Mouse and I Love Lucy. I am drawn to red with white polka dots, black with white polka dots, and navy with white polka dots. Oh, and I usually only like polka dot designs when they are perfectly spaced apart. I know, it’s one of my weird quirks… Haha!

  1. Double Hooded Sweater – $54.99 from Mindy Mae’s Market
    • A friend tagged me in a Facebook shop boutique last week. My jaw dropped when I saw it. I’ve always loved the look of double hooded sweaters, but I don’t own any since I don’t get to wear hoodies often. I had to make an exception for this beauty.
  2. Disney Mouse Ears – $4.99 (YES, you read that right!) from Ulous on Etsy
    • I originally got a cute Minnie Mouse bow headband that were from Tokyo Disney. The only place I could find them was on eBay. Unfortunately they are uncomfortable on my big head. I was so happy when I found my new ears on Etsy. I also got black pair with white polka dots.
  3. “Be Quick” Clutch – $22 from Ju-Ju-Be
    • Yes, a “baby bag!” I have 2 other “Be Quicks” by Ju-Ju-Be. They are roomier than they look and they are machine washable. The included strap can make the bag a handbag or a wristlet. It doesn’t come with a crossbody strap, but I added one to it and love it even more. I hope by the time Sean and I have kids, Disney & Ju-Ju-Be will have an official collaboration!
  4. New Balance Minnie Mouse Shoes – $99.95 from Shop Disney or Zappos
    • I loved the New Balance x Disney collaboration from the get go! These shoes are so comfortable. I picked this design out of the collection because I loved that this pair is all black and minimalistic.

If you find any cute Minnie Mouse inspired looks, please send them my way! 🙂

With Love

Shopping & Style

6 Months Later: My Poshmark Experience

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Check out all of my listings on Poshmark!

Hi all,

I’m excited to share my Poshmark experience with you.

I signed up for Poshmark in early January. I was already selling things here and there on eBay, but I wanted to try different venues. I was actually hesitant to give Poshmark a try because of how much commission they take, but I decided to give it a shot because of how successful a few of my friends have been.

Here I am 6 months later with 28 sales and counting!

Poshmark’s focus is on clothing, shoes, and accessories. The platform itself is very “social” – you share items from your closet, you can follow people, and you can share other people’s items from their closet. Sharing is caring in Poshmark! The more active you are on the platform, the more successful you’ll be making sales.

What I Don’t Like About Poshmark

  1. Poshmark’s cut of your sale is 20%. It’s awfully high compared to eBay and Mercari’s 10% cut.
  2. There is only one shipping option. Shipping is 1-3 days with a flat rate of $6.49. I wish they offered several shipping options like Mercari does. As a buyer, I don’t mind waiting a few extra days for an item to arrive if it meant saving a few dollars to get it via First Class Mail. I hate the idea of paying that much for shipping for something I buy that’s only $10.
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I still get excited when I get a SOLD notification email for Poshmark!

What I Like About Poshmark

  1. You get your money quicker. The buyer has 3 days to accept your item. If they don’t accept it within 3 days the funds will automatically be released into your redeemable balance. It only takes a business day to receive your funds when you transfer the money from your redeemable balance to your allocated bank account.
  2. Poshmark automatically takes their cut. I hate receiving eBay and Etsy invoices. I really like that Poshmark takes their cut immediately.
  3. You can use your redeemable balance to buy items on Poshmark. Ok, this may be a bad thing because it makes it easier to buy more stuff instead of decluttering… Haha!

I was also selling stuff on eBay and on Mercari when I first joined Poshmark. While I was able to sell several items on both of those platforms, I’ve been doing my best with Poshmark. I don’t really use the other platforms anymore.

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Look at all these clothes that I still need to list on Poshmark… This isn’t even all of them! And yes, I am bothered that there are different colored hangers here. Hahaha. I’m so grateful that we have a spare bedroom to store our “for sale” items.

My Tips For You

While I am still pretty far from being a selling machine on Poshmark, I’d like to share a few tips that have worked for me so far.

  1. The more items you have in your Closet, the more buyer’s confidence you attain. List as many items as you can!
  2. Don’t burn yourself out. It can be very overwhelming to add listings to your closet when you have a big heaping pile of clothes laying around. List a few items each day instead of trying to do it all at once. I know that for myself I get pretty frustrated/tired after listing 6 or so items at once.
  3. Like I mentioned earlier – Sharing is caringEngage with your potential buyers and engage with the people that you Follow or Follow you.
  4. Patience is a key. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t sell something quickly.
  5. Share from a computer. It’s so much easier to share listings on a desktop than on a phone or tablet. I am 10x quicker on a desktop.
  6. Be honest and up front. If there’s a stain or a small hole on the item, be sure to disclose it in your description.
  7. Try listing your unwanted items, even if you don’t think it’ll do well. You know the saying – another man’s trash is another man’s treasure? You still get some money back in your wallet even if it only sells for a few dollars.

Are you a seller on Poshmark? What tips can you share with me? One of my goals is to write stronger descriptions for my listings… I honestly hate writing descriptions for listings. I’ve also thought about taking the time to take “better” pictures, but that obviously requires more time and effort.

Please feel free to check out my Closet on Poshmark.

Are you ready to declutter your closet (to make room for new things? Ha!)? Sign up for Poshmark and make some side hustle money! You’ll get $5 using code DISNEYLIN to use for your first purchase and I’ll get $5 too.

With Love

Life Lately, Shopping & Style

My Current Obsessions List (June 2018)

Hello, blog world!

I’ve discovered a lot of new favorites lately, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post dedicated to them.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Big Spender

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick, $24, Sephora

My favorite colors are Big Spender (a rose color, pictured above) and Bawse (a deep red). This lipstick is so comfortable to wear that sometimes I forget I’m even wearing anything. It isn’t transferproof, but it is long wearing. I put on my lipstick at 6:45 am and I wear it until 5 pm, sometimes even several hours past that. I only have to do a quick touch up after lunch. It also did great in summer Colorado heat.

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Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife

Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, Sephora

This is another one of my favorite lip brands. It’s more liquidy than Smashbox Always On, but it dries quickly and it’s also long-lasting and comfortable to wear. It has a yummy smell, almost like vanilla. I really like Trophy Wife, Icon, and Heartbreaker.

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip in Dopey

ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip, $6.50, ColourPop

Okay, can you tell that I have a big thing for lippies?! ColourPop is one of my favorite makeup brands overall. All of their products are highly pigmented and priced beautifully. The Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks are amazing. My favorite colors are Dopey, The Rabbit, Ambush, and Redman.

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ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Over the Moon

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter, $8, ColourPop

I am obsessed with highlighters, especially the ones by ColourPop. One of my favorite colors is Over The Moon (Described on the website as “The cow jumped over the moon to find this sheer opalescent pearl with hot pink and violet glitters”). I feel like a mermaid or a unicorn when I wear it!

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Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody in Black

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody, $148, Macy’s

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect crossbody and I finally found it! I don’t really use big purses anymore and I like being hands free. Most of my purses are handbags and shoulder bags. I was looking for a quality purse that wasn’t too big and wasn’t too small. I made it my mission to find one in Colorado earlier this month.

I’m more of a Kate Spade kind of gal and I was bummed that I didn’t find one that I liked at the outlet. I also looked around Coach, but I didn’t find a crossbody there either. I did find the latest Disney collection there though… So that was a win!

I haven’t been really into Michael Kors the past few years, but I felt the urge to pop in their store and look around. When I saw this black crossbody purse I knew it was the one! Since it was at the outlet I was able to snag it for $93 with taxes.

I’ve been using it everyday since I got back from vacation and it’s held up nicely. I love it so much that I also ordered the blush pink color.

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Fjallraven Kanken in Black

Fjallraven Re-Kanken, $90, Zappos

I blame my sister, Jennifer, for getting me hooked on this brand! I just got my first one a few days ago, and I’m already obsessed. They come in a variety of colors and I decided to go with all black. I chose this color because black goes with everything and I love how it looks tactical. This backpack is made with all recycled material and has thoughtfully placed pockets. The bag looks small, but it can carry a lot. I really like the handles at the top and the removable “pad” that’s stored inside. I’m sure you’re like, “huh?! Why is there a foam pad in there?” You can take it out of the bag and sit on it. It’s genius. Sounds way more comfortable to sit on a foam pad than on concrete while watching Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, haha. I’m so excited for my new travel bag!

I eventually want to get another color, maybe a Mini size. The color Slate (a dark grey) is calling my name!

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Shooter starring Ryan Philippe as Bob Lee Swagger

Shooter (TV series) on USA Network

I love this show. I rarely ever rewatch series (that aren’t sitcoms), but this series is that damn good! The cast is phenomenal. It’s about an ex-Marine sniper (Ryan Philippe) that was framed for trying to kill the president. You may even remember that there was a movie called Shooter starring Mark Wahlburg starring in 2007. I finally watched the movie this month! It was really cool to see the similarities and differences between the movie and the first season of the show. There’s also a novel called “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter that the movie and series originated from.

Watch Seasons 1 and 2 now on Netflix. Season 3 just started and the season premiere episode was crazy!

Thank you for reading!

With Love

Shopping & Style

Dear Santa…

Hello, December! The final month of 2017 is upon us. It’s been an incredible year for me and I’m already thinking about what to write for my “year in review” post. I know some of you know this about me, but if you didn’t know already I am obsessed with writing lists. I write lists for everything – things to do, meal plans, goals, movies and shows to watch, books to read, signs to make, and wants are a few examples of lists I like making. I wanted to practice using my newly acquired Photoshop skills and I decided to make a visual of my Christmas wishlist:

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  1. iMac. Sean bought one for me and it’s on its way! =D
  2. Garnier SkinActive Miceller Makeup Removing Towelettes. Hands down the best makeup removers I’ve ever used. I need to stock up on these.
  3. Felt board. I’d love a pink or a gray one. I have an obsession for signs… Can’t you tell? 🙂
  4. Sony A6000 digital camera.
  5. Apple Watch Series 3 42mm in Pink Sand.
  6. 9 quart Instant Pot.
  7. Snow White Signature Color charm by Pandora.
  8. Pinita Colada body cream by The Body Shop and available a ULTA.
  9. Dooney & Bourke Disney Sketch Nylon Zip Satchel.
  10. Cricut Maker. To be honest – I thought it was really cool when I first saw it, but didn’t think it was something I’d use as often to be worth it. After seeing more of what it can do, I’m totally sold!
  11. Pink Starbucks tumbler. My sister brought it home today for me!
  12. Aulani bed runner. Aulani is one of my favorite Disney resorts! I love how they decorate the rooms. This bed runner is a focal point and I want one of my own.
  13. Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Metal Moon.

    Items I forgot to include in my visual…

  14. Violet Volt Lipsense.
  15. Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers.
  16. The Pioneer Woman Flea Market 2-Piece Decorated Rectangular Ruffle Top Ceramic Bakeware Set.
  17. Thomas Kinkade: The Disney Dreams Collection 2018 Wall Calendar.
  18. The Disney Princess Postcard Box: 100 Collectible Postcards.
  19. Be Our Guest: Revised and Updated Edition: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service (The Disney Institute Leadership Series).
  20. The Disney Way:Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company, Third Edition.
  21. Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After.

What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?

With Love