How To: 8 Things I’ve Learned From Selling Makeup Online

Hello lovelies!

 

So the husband and I are going on vacation, AND I’ve been cleaning our house and donating a lot of items, so I have been selling a lot of my makeup online. Here are a few of the major things I have learned:

 

1. Facebook is your friend!

I posted on a few makeup exchange groups. These groups are great! People post a LOT of stuff on them though, so you have to make sure you keep your listings up to date and keep on top of who wanted which item first. Also, make sure you read through the group’s rules before you post, so you don’t get yours deleted!

 

2. DON’T do holds!

I had one girl wanting multiple items. She was one of the first people that contacted me and I decided to be nice and do a hold for her. Looking through the forum’s comments, she was posting all over (literally every 3rd listing had her comment for purchase on it!) and she was telling everyone that she needed more time. I ended up missing out on a for-sure sale on some of these items because I was holding them for her.

 

3. Don’t forget shipping and paypal fees when you’re setting prices.

Most of my items cost about $3.50 to ship and another $1.50 in materials and PP fees. If I’m not making what I ACTUALLY want for the item + $5 MINIMUM, then I’m not getting a good deal. The customer might be, but I’ll be out some of the money I thought I was getting!

 

4. Don’t stay in the groups too long…

You WILL see things you want to buy! If the point of you listing is to make money and declutter, take care of your listings and GET OUT! This has been hard for me since there are a lot of AMAZING deals on these forums. I have to keep reminding myself WHY I am on the forum in the first place.

 

5. Auctions are another option.

One of the groups I am in does auction events. They will have you post photos and starting bids (as well as bid increments and shipping fees to the winner) on the event page. Then users comment with their bid. This is a good way to get more for your item if it is in high demand and you can hold off on selling it for a couple of days.

For instance, if you listed an eyeliner for $10 on the regular group, it would sell for $10. If you list it on the forum STARTING at $10, and it’s a high demand item, it will get you at least $10, but bidding will likely net you more money.

 

6. If you do buy anything (or for items you are selling), sanitize them and pack them well!

Sanitize everything you purchase online. Even if they said they did, it’s not worth the risk. Usually all you need is some alcohol in a spray bottle to spritz on the item. Also, be kind and sanitize your items for your customers. If your brushes or fingers have been in it, you need to clean it!

 

7. Pay attention to specifics

Look at the oz size listing. You may think you are getting a full size when really they are selling a travel size at a higher price point. Make sure you watch this part of the listings, or ask if it is not stated outright.

 

8. Compare online

That bronzer that is listed for $22 (+shipping) looks like a great deal… Until you see that you can order it from Ulta for $25 with free shipping. Sometimes a couple bucks isn’t worth the hassle of dealing with strangers online or paypal. If you go through a well known retailer, you know EXACTLY what you are getting. You have to weigh how good of a deal it really is before you commit, so the easiest thing to do is do a quick check online at Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens, etc.

This also goes for selling as a way to help you set your prices. You probably aren’t going to get the full amount you paid for an item, unless it’s still brand new in the box and you got it on a super deal or it was a Limited Edition/discontinued item. Look to see what they are going for at retailers and set your prices accordingly!

 

 

Any other tips or lessons you’ve learned while selling or buying makeup online? Let me know in the comments!

Giveaway: Old Navy RIngs!

Hi Lovelies!

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I was putting away some of my latest purchases and cleaning out my office (I need something to do since I am in a Makeup No Buy month!) and I found this set of rings! I was pleased with my purchase… until I saw the same rings sitting in another bag that I went to put away! I have gotten so much jewelry in the last month, I forgot what I bought!

That’s where my forgetfulness becomes one lucky fan’s gain! I’m giving away the set (size Medium) to someone because I love them so much!

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Here is a closer look at all of the rings you could win! The first two in the photo above are a chain pattern and a gold pattern with a black center stripe.

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The next 3 are gold and rhinestones. Each is completely separate so they can be stacked or worn alone.

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This one is very wide and reaches almost from the base of my finer to my first knuckle (I have tiny baby hands though, haha!).

 

 

Rules:

No purchase necessary. Contest in no way affiliated with Old Navy.

US only. If prize is not claimed within one week, a new winner will be chosen from the pool of entries.

 

 

Good luck!

Enter HERE

Rave: ELF Stepping Up Their Game

Hi lovelies!

 

I was in Walmart the other day shopping for a few odds and ends. I usually buy more prestige makeup and don’t venture down the beauty aisles here too much, but I noticed an ELF display that caught my eye. If you ask me, they are stepping their game up big time!

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The display that caught my attention was a freestanding rack that was black and plexiglass. It spun (much like a jewelry rack so that you can rotate it to see things on each side) and had different displays set on each side organized by price range and type (face, lips, etc). I walked through aisles and couldn’t find ANY other ELF makeup, so it seemed that this smallish display was their entire product line at that specific store, but I am still very impressed compared to the boring look that I usually see if I am perusing the Target aisles near me.

This is what I ended up grabbing:

Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in (L to R ) In The Nude, Pink Umbrellas, and Movie Star  I chose a variety of colors with varying pigmentation so that I could play around with them a bit and switch things up. These go on more like a lip butter than a glass, but have the same slickness to them that a gloss has when you apply it. I have had these before, but my last one snapped off and broke inside the packaging, but I like the formula and for $2 I repurchased them. I’ve had lip butters 8x that much do the same thing, so I’m going with the cheaper ones that I can reach for on a daily basis!

 

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Translucent Matifying Powder- This powder does have a slight color to it in the pan, but is barely noticeable when applied. My first impression was that it was a tad chalky, but i will have to play with it some more. It comes with a sponge that is absolute TRASH. It smells horribly like chemicals or something, and I recoiled when I went to use it. The smell also stayed on my face after I used it. This wouldn’t be bad with a brush, but the package is pretty bulky for the amount of product you get (The pan covers half, the spot for the sponge is the other half of the case). For only a couple bucks I’m not too upset, but I won’t be repurchasing this.

 

If you are thinking about grabbing some ELF to try, or stocking up, NOW is the time! They have a half off sale at eyeslipsface.com  going on that is on your entire purchase over $35! That is a TON of stuff considering how cheap their makeup runs even ticket price! Enjoy the sale, I’ll be drooling over my computer but sticking to my July No Buy!

*I am in no way affiliate with or compensated by ELF. I got an email about the sale and all products purchased in this posts (and all posts unless stated otherwise) are purchased by me!

Rant: My July Makeup No Buy

Hi Lovelies!

 

This may sound strange coming from someone who does beauty blogging, but I have decided the time has come to do a No Buy month! My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy and Ireland later this summer, so I am trying (poorly) to stop spending so much money on things that aren’t a necessity. I usually buy what I want on a deal, but I buy it. I don’t buy anything HUGE mind you, but $40 eye creams and $10 BB creams add up!

 

I was organizing our office today (my half is my makeup room!) and it hit me how much stuff I REALLY have. I was also looking through all of the clothing I have accumulated over the last two months or so. Most items are still in the ORIGINAL bags with tags on them, in the place I put new purchases after I go shopping. That is ridiculous! I’ve decided that I am cleaning out my closet and house and trying to get rid of as many things as possible to declutter my life. A few things may be returned to the store, but most things I do really like, I just haven’t sifted through the clutter to get to them!

 

This will be the first time I have done an official No Buy, so we’ll see how it goes! I work in retail at an outdoor mall, so it does make it harder to avoid the temptation (especially when one of my favorite stores – American Eagle – JUST opened this past week and it’s an outlet location!

 

I’m hoping this will also help me use up some of the millions of products that I’ve accumulated over the last few months! Many are awaiting reviews, so it will make it easier for me to review them when I’m not constantly buying new things to add to the pile!

 

Have you ever done a No Buy? How hard was it to avoid the temptation? What did you get right away when the month ended? Let me know below!

And give some of my product a new home!

Giveaway: Independence Day

It’s time for another giveaway!

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Prize #1 is a makeup bag filled with:

-Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray

-Shea socks

-Smashbox trial primer

-La vie est belle sample

-Living proof sample

-benefit face wash and polish samples

 

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Prize #2 is a bag filled with:

-Burberry Brit Rhythm sample

-shea socks

-Living Proof sample

-Color Club polish in Pardon My French

-Shimmer Bomb in Pink Chiffon

-$10 Victoria’s Secret gift card

-benefit face wash and polish samples

 

Enter HERE under the giveaway tab!!

 

Rules:

No purchase necessary.

US only. If prize is not claimed within one week, a new winner will be chosen from the pool of entries.

Rave: One of my favorite brands lately…

Hi guys!

 

Just a quick post to rave about a brand that I’ve been using more and more of lately! I’ve been LOVING philosophy!

 

I switched to the Hope in a Jar for my daily moisturizer. If you are looking for something light for something, I highly recommend it! It’s light in feel and fragrance, and soaks right into my skin. I have oily skin, so this is nice because it really packs int he moisture to my few dry patches without making the rest of my face crazy oily!

The Hope in a Jar Night is nice too, but a bit heavier. I just switched to that and the Eye Hope eye cream for my nightly routine so I will let you know the results/ changes that I see in my skin.

Probably my overall philosophy favorite though is the Resurface 2 step peel. It’s citrusy and warming when you add the activating gel in the second step. It’s one of the only products in my life that I’ve ever seen IMMEDIATE results right after I used it the first time!

 

Do you have a favorite product from philosophy? Or does another brand blow you away? Let me know below!

Haulin’: Small Ulta Haul – June

Hi guys!

 

My mom and I went to do some exchanges at Ulta today, so I thought I would show you what I picked up while we were there!

 

I did get one item at a local hair salon and NOT at Ulta, but I included it in this post so that I wouldn’t have to do a separate one for that too!

I returned a lip liner that was Ulta brand, a glitter top coat Ulta brand eyeshadow, and my Stila BB Trio that I reviewed recently. Instead, I grabbed:

 

 

Bliss Facial in a Box – $12

Ulta Eyeshadow in Lustre -$4 on sale

NYX Chunky Dunk in Pink Bikini-$5.99

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural -$6.99 (then had a coupon for 20% off one item, so came down to $5.59)

 

At the hair salon, I got the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Trial Kit -$15

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This is a swatch of the Chunky Dunk Lipie (is it just me who can’t stand that word? lol)

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This is the Ulta shadow is Lustre. It’s very pretty and subtle for an all over wash of color when I want a quick easy and effortless look. I’ve had great luck with Ulta shadows in the past. I only returned the one mentioned above because the description was off from the actual product (I bought that one online).

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The Bliss Facial in a Box kit was an impulse purchase at the register. It has a mask, Peel and a treatment all in small sizes to try. The exact contents are: Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, That’s Incredi-’peel’, and Triple Oxygen Ex-’glow’-sion. I’ll let you know how I like these once I take them for a test run!

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Here is the NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. It’s very creamy and easy to blend. I also like that it is pigmented enough to show up easily, but not so much so that it’s going to look crazy on my extra-pale skin.

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This is the stuff I grabbed for the salon. I have heard great things about the pillow proof system, but I didn’t want to pay 15-20 apiece and then have it potentially not work for me. These should give me just a couple uses, but I’d gladly pay $15 to try them out than almost invest almost $40 to hate them, and not be able to return them because this is a small business.

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Have you had any luck with this system? Any great finds at your local Ulta lately? Let me know in the comments!