My first experience with thredUP

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August 16, 2016

I recently started buying and selling with thredUP and I truly LOVE it! After hearing so many people rave about it, I decided it was time to check it out for myself. I want to share my experience with you guys because I think it will totally change the way you buy and sell clothing. For real.

 

Please note this is not a sponsored post. I’m sharing my honest feedback and all opinions are my own. If you would like to try thredUP for yourself you can use my referral link —> HERE and we both will receive $10 to spend! How awesome is that?

 

If you are not familiar with thredUP it’s an online consignment store that carries thousands of like-new clothing items for women and kids. You can find name brands discounted up to 90% off the retail price. It’s one of the simplest ways to sell unwanted clothing and liven up your wardrobe at the same time.

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Selling items on thredUP

The process of selling items with thredUP was so,so simple. I was able to reduce the amount of clothing in my closet and recycle items that I no longer wore or didn’t fit. Some clothing I haven’t taken off the hanger in years; they were just taking up space. The best part? I didn’t even have to leave my house. The bag was picked up from my doorstep!

How it works:

  1. Order a Clean Out Bag online.
  2. Activate your bag’s reference code when it arrives.
  3. Fill up your bag and place it on your doorstep (or bring to a FedEx location).
  4. thredUp covers the shipping and pays you for every item they can resell.
  5. Anything they cannot accept will be returned to you or responsibly recycled!

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The cash you earn can be used in several ways:

  • You can transfer the payment to your PayPal account.
  • Put can put your earnings towards store credit.
  • Donate your money to a worthy cause.

 

I appreciate that you are given a few options as to how you would like to use your earnings. I have sent two bags in now and both times I have requested store credit. It makes buying so much easier.

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I sent it several items in my first bag and nearly 40% was accepted. This is consistent with the average amount of items the company accepts. I was notified when my bag was received and when it was processed. I was also given the opportunity to request any unaccepted items back. I was kept informed along the entire process from start to finish. Even though I requested up front payment, I am notified when any of my items sells. It’s kind of fun to see when items get picked up!

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I sent in this Old Navy Tank that I’ve only worn once or twice.

 

Buying on thredUP

Buying is fun and convenient! One thing I’ve missed since starting Stitch Fix is bargain hunting. thredUP has solved this problem by offering tremendous discounts every day. No need to go to the store or push through crowds. You can do all your shopping online.

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How it works:

  1. Search through thredUP’s online catalog by category or through their search box.
  2. Filter by style, size, condition (some are new with tags!).
  3. Checkout when you are ready and everything is shipped directly to you.
  4. There are often sales and customer promotions so you can even earn discounts on top of your savings.

Shipping was pretty quick. It took exactly 7 days for my items to arrive. In order to keep shipping prices low thredUP uses Smart Post (a partnership between FedEx and USPS). Having two carriers involved can sometimes delay the arrival time, but it wasn’t an issue for us. If you need items right away then you should upgrade to expedited shipping.

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Getting the polkadot package in the mail is super fun. The girls liked unwrapping everything and seeing what they got.

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For my first purchase I bought 4 children’s tops. They are totally adorbs! All were in like-new condition. Two of them even had tags on them. With the exception of the denim top everything was $4!

BlueZoo Short Sleeve T Shirt
BlueZoo Short Sleeve T Shirt
Crazy 8 Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt 3T
Crazy 8 Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt 3T
Circo Tank Top 3T + Old Navy Tank 3T
Circo Tank Top 3T + Old Navy Tank 3T

 

My girls were good sports about modeling the clothing. Maddie loved the toucan top!

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This button down shirt from Crazy 8 is my favorite. It’s so stinkin cute with the ruffle cap sleeves and the front tie. It still had tags on it and it was only $7! The skirt was a gift from my MIL. It’s from OshKosh B’gosh. Seriously love the whole outfit and kind of want it in my size.

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My loves! I mean how CUTE. <3

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There you have it! I’ve really enjoyed my experience with thredUP so far and I know it will soon become our favorite way to shop for kids clothing!

 

Have you tried thredUP? What’s been your experience so far? 

Isn’t shopping online THE BEST?

Beautycounter review + GIVEAWAY!

afitmess
July 6, 2016
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Hi friends. I have an awesome review for you today…and a fabulous GIVEAWAY at the end. If you’ve been searching for better, safer skincare products then this post is for you. Enjoy!

 

I was super excited when my friend Jen offered me the opportunity to sample some of the beauty and skincare products from Beautycounter that she keeps in her shop, Vintage Home South. If you haven’t heard of it, Beautycounter is a company that offers skincare, makeup, and bath products with natural, non-toxic ingredients. It was started by a mom who wanted better products for herself and her family.

 

Beautycounter’s mission is simple: To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

 

And they do this in several ways:

  • By banning more than 1,500 harmful of questionable ingredients from their products (to date the US has only banned 11)
  • Rigorously screening every potential ingredient for safety and toxicity
  • Constantly reviewing emerging data and consulting with scientists and industry experts
  • Sourcing responsibly: over 80% of the products are organic, natural, or plant derived
  • And listing every single ingredient on the packing and product itself

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Jen is a consultant with Beautycounter and she gave me several products to try. I was pleasantly surprised by the items and thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts with you. Please note, this is not a sponsored post, but Jen is an affiliate and will receive a small commission if you use her referral link. I have been allowed to sample these items for free, but I also used my own money to purchase products and I plan to buy more in the future. All opinions are my own.

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Here are the products I sampled:

 

Rose water uplifting spray ($35): This was definitely one of my favorite products! The rose water is a great energizing mist to use whenever you need a little refresher or pick me up. You simply spray generously 6 inches from your face. I usually reach for this mid-afternoon if I am feeling tired or need a little lift. I have also used it to set my makeup. I can see this coming in handy when travelling.

 

Uplifting day cream ($73): This face lotion contains a unique combination of vitamin C, ginger root, and flower extract. Together, they work to reduce signs of aging and hydrate your skin. Unlike other face creams, I found this one to be very lightweight and silky. It can be applied morning and night for maximum softness.

 

Routine clean cream cleanser ($26): Coconut oil, aloe, green tea, and sweet almond oil are the key ingredients in this cleanser. It’s gentle and soft – perfect for every day use. I loved how mild the cleanser was and how effective it was at removing oil and makeup from my face. It smells sweet, too.

 

Nourishing cream exfoliator ($34): I almost passed on this one when it was offered to me since I haven’t had much luck with exfoliators. I try to stay away from them since they tend to be too harsh on my skin. I immediately fell in love with this product. It’s a cream — not like any exfoliator I’ve ever used. It’s surprisingly gentle yet highly effective.

 

Lip conditioner ($20): When Jen gave me this “conditioner” I kind of laughed and thought, Isn’t this just a fancy way of saying lip balm? Turns out, it really is a conditioner and works to hydrate and heal your lips. I even used it on my daughter who has really chapped lips and it helped a lot. I’ve tried the calendula and peppermint kind and both are great, but I think I prefer the peppermint. It’s recommended to use it at night before going to bed.

 

Vibrant eye perfector with marine extracts ($55): This eye cream was very smooth and light and can be used morning and night. It blended in well and I could easily apply my eye makeup over it.  I’ve been using Dermalogica Total Eye Care for years and I really like that for treating the dark circles I get under my eyes, but this cream would be a nice compliment to that one.

 

Nourishing cleansing balm ($80): This is lovingly called the “miracle cream” because of how effective it can be on your skin. It contains cranberry seed oil and vitamin C – both are excellent to use on your skin. You should massage this on your dry face at night and then remove it with a warm, wet cloth. I only used this a couple of times so I can’t completely speak to it’s effectiveness, but it left my skin feeling pretty amazing and it smells great!

 

Lustro face oils ($68): I absolutely LOVED these oils. You can use them morning and night. All you need are a few drops of the oil (I mixed mine with the uplifting face cream). Massage on to face before applying makeup or sunscreen. This would be a great alternative to the sweet almond oil I use on my face.

 

Additional products I love:

  • Lip sheer in Rose (<–OBSESSED)
  • Lengthening mascara (I love the thin wand)
  • Anytime eye cream

 

I asked Jen a few questions of my own and I thought I’d share her responses with you guys:

 

1. What are your fave products? Nourishing cream exfoliator, Lustro facial oil #1 (with calendula), lip sheer in Twig, Rose neroli lustro body oil (seasonal).

2. How did you get started with BC? A friend of mine introduced me to the line after we’d been chatting about health and nutrition – I’ve had allergic reactions to lots of personal care products (especially sunscreen) and I really needed something that was going to end the madness. I was already following a plant-heavy diet which had reduced many food-related allergies. It made sense that I should be equally thoughtful about what I was putting on my skin. I loved the line so much that I became a rep and decided to put it on the counter at the shop and let customers test the products to see what all the buzz is about 🙂 And, happy to report – most of my skin allergies have disappeared!

3. Where can people find your Beautycounter products? They can shop my online store at www.beautycounter.com/jenniferdevlin or can come into the shop to test some of the products in person. One of the best things about Beautycounter if you decide to buy (besides actually putting safe ingredients on your skin) is that they have a 60 day return policy, no questions asked.

 

Now for the giveaway! Jen is offering a FREE Nourishing Cream Exfoliator to one lucky person! Just check out Jen’s Beautycounter website http://www.beautycounter.com/jenniferdevlin and leave a comment below or on my Facebook page. Receive an additional entry by placing an order with Jen @  http://www.beautycounter.com/jenniferdevlin and indicating this in your comment. I’ll randomly choose a winner on July 11, 2016.

The many benefits of sweet almond oil

afitmess
February 9, 2016

Do you have one of those products that you just couldn’t imagine life without? That’s the way I feel about sweet almond oil. Today’s post highlights the many benefits of sweet almond oil and how I incorporate it into my daily routine.

 

I was first introduced to sweet almond oil a few year ago during a massage. I loved the smell right away and when I found out what it was I hurried home to buy it online. After doing a bit more research, I discovered that sweet almond oil is loaded with vitamin E. Unlike a lot of moisturizers that have vitamin E added to them, sweet almond oil contains a purely natural form of the vitamin. Plus, it’s full of monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc (and other minerals and vitamins).

 

Sweet almond oil has many benefits, but it’s primarily used to enhance and rejuvenate skin and hair. Here are my personal favorite uses:

 

Moisturizer (face and body): I have a pretty minimal skin care regime. I typically stick with two things: tea tree oil face wash and sweet almond oil. I have sensitive skin so I am always careful with what I choose to put on my face. I use almond oil to remove eye makeup (place a few drops on a cotton ball and gently wipe around eyes) and after I cleanse for a moisturizer. Even though it’s an oil, it’s not greasy in the way that you’d think. It gets absorbed quickly and I don’t even notice it after I rub it in. And, if you have oily skin it will actually help balance your skin tone since the fatty acids in almond oil loosens clogged pores. I have also noticed it helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles under my eyes (a lifelong curse).

It’s great for an all-over body moisturizer or to following your dry brushing routine. I feel good knowing that I’m putting something completely natural on my skin.

 

Relieve sore muscles: I’ve been trying this for only a few months, but I have noticed a subtle difference in my recovery. I massage the oil into whatever spot is sore (99% of the time my shins and calves) and work it in until the oil is gone. Typically, I do this after I have showered so that the oil gets absorbed even faster into my skin. I think the combo of the massage and the oil has really improved my tight muscles.

 

Got super achy muscles? Here’s an even better technique: warm the almond oil in the microwave until it gets really hot. Apply the hot oil to the troublesome muscles and massage in well. Take a wet, hot wash cloth or towel, wring it out, and cover the massaged area for around 30 minutes. This treatment works by drawing the toxins out.

 

For shiny, happy hair: Love this one. After washing my hair, I will apply one to two drops to my ends. I often warm it up first by rubbing the oil between my hands. Next, I comb my hair straight and let it air dry. This works better for me in the evening when I have the time to let my hair dry on its own. Boom! Shiny and beautiful hair. It doesn’t leave my hair greasy or with a heavy feeling. Plus, I think it kind of acts as a detangler, but that could be in my mind.

 

Know what else you could use sweet almond oil for?

  • To strengthen nails
  • To relieve dry or itchy scalp
  • Aid with eczema or excessively dry skin
  • Heal minor irritations

 

I believe if the sweet almond oil is listed as “food grade” then you can eat it, but I haven’t tried that personally. I would urge you to check your labels carefully. This is the only kind I ever use and I have found the best price on Amazon. You can also find it at Whole Foods, but it’s more expensive. Be sure to stay away from bitter almond oil. More risk than it’s worth.