I’m switching over to self-hosted wordpress.org and what that means for you

Hi, friends! Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I am in the process of switching my blog over from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. This means that current followers will have to refollow if you want to continue receiving notifications of new posts. I’m working on trying to migrate followers over to the new site, but the function seems to be down at this moment, so I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to do so. I would really appreciate it so much if you followed me over on my new blog as I’ve had the best time connecting with all my readers. Additionally, I’m switching my domain and blog name from loriboriii.com to tsukibori.com. This is because I’ve found a lot of people having trouble spelling my blog name, so I figured this might make things easier moving forward. With that said, I’ll be posting on my new blog from now on. I can’t wait to share all the exciting beauty products and travel plans I have, and I hope to reconnect with you all in my first post on my self-hosted blog!

Thanks for sticking around!

XOXO,
Bori

Link to new blog: tsukibori.com

Why I’m Never Using Poshmark Ever Again

OK, I’ll be upfront about it. This is going to be a rant. I’m super frustrated right now because I spent the whole day yesterday taking photos, listing items, and communicating with potential buyers. I also spent today printing shipping labels, making handwritten thank you cards, adding free items to orders, and packaging them. I literally did all this work to find out Poshmark potentially suspended my account. I say potentially because I didn’t receive an email that my account was being suspended; Poshmark just removed all 71 of my listings off my store page. I can’t access the bundles potential buyers have made because it just shows up as no items. I also can’t post new listings. I’m so frustrated because I spend wasted so much time, energy, and resources preparing these packages only for my account to be suspended for literally no reason.

I’m also upset thinking about how the customers who did place an order won’t be receiving their packages. I’m sure they were looking forward to receiving new makeup goodies, but now, they will be expecting a package and become angry when they don’t receive it. I’m thinking about selling elsewhere, but now I’ve lost the trust of customers who purchased from me on Poshmark. They’re going to think I’m scamming people when that’s not the case at all. I have no way of communicating with my customers since Poshmark won’t let me post or see any comments.

And to be 100% real with you, the Poshmark selling fees are kind of wack. Shipping is already over $7 USD, so sellers need to price their items low enough for potential customers to be interested. However, sellers don’t make any profit until they sell at the $4 mark, which gives you a profit of $0.05 after deducting the Poshmark’s seller’s fees. This fee only increases as you sell at a higher price because the company takes 20% of the revenue. I mean, I understand that this is how Poshmark makes money, but let me put it this way: Let’s just say shipping is $7 even though it’s a few cents more. You have a product that retails for $60. You can’t sell it at $60 because, obviously, then the potential customers would buy through actual retailers. You need to price it at least $7 less than the retail price because of the shipping, and, again, customers would just buy it through retailers if it comes out to the same price including shipping fees. You need to subtract that $7 plus offer a substantial discount on the product for customers to even consider it. Then, you need to subtract Poshmark’s fees. Let’s say you sell this item at $40. The 20% seller’s fee equals $8, giving you a profit of only $32. OK, that sucks compared to the $60 you spent on the item but it’s expected that you are reselling at cost. $32 sucks but it’s not horrible. However, if you’re trying to sell an item that has a retail value of less than $15, big oof. Good luck because seller’s fees are going to come out to more than 20%, my friend.

Honestly, I just wanted to sell a large chunk of my makeup collection since I’m leaving for Japan soon. I buy products to review but don’t end up reaching for them after reviewing. I also have a lot of brand new items that I just never got around to using, and, now I don’t care to try them anymore. I can’t take all of it with me overseas, and it wouldn’t do anyone any good for it to just sit there back home. I love collecting makeup, but I also need to save up for my first month in Japan since I won’t be getting paid until the end of the month. I figured this would be a good way to collect some savings while minimizing the amount of things I need to pack away. The whole Poshmark situation just has me really frustrated, and I’ve kind of lost motivation to start all of this over again. I’m just sort of glad I hadn’t shipped any packages out before Poshmark suspended my account or else I would have lost both the products and income. Just upset that I wasted lots of time and resources packaging all the orders.

Well, there you have it. My gripes with Poshmark and why I’m never using its services ever again. Sorry about the negativity; I just needed to vent out my emotions and thought this might be helpful if any of you were also thinking about selling on Poshmark. I’m curious to know if anyone else here has experienced this kind of thing with either Poshmark or other selling platforms. I guess I’m also looking to sell elsewhere if anyone has any recommendations on where to sell.

Thanks for letting me rant, and again, I apologize for the negativity! I’m just super confused as to why my account was suspended without warning since I haven’t done anything to warrant a suspension. Hoping someone who has experience selling on Poshmark can share their thoughts!

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your evening!
Bori

Canceled Walt Disney World Vacation

Canceled Walt Disney World Vacation

Hi, friends! I just got off my final work shift before departing for my much anticipated friends reunion trip. Woohoo! I’m meeting a group of my study abroad friends whom I haven’t seen in over two years. I’m so excited to see all my wonderful friends after such a long time, and we had all these vacation plans for Florida and California including a trip to Walt Disney World. I’ve never been to Walt Disney World, so I was really looking forward to it, but we were just informed that it would be closed only a few days before our trip. What was months of planning suddenly became all for naught. We all centered our arrival airports and hotels around Walt Disney World and booked everything already other than the actual theme park tickets, so now we have to figure out what our vacation plans are still centered in Orlando in only a few days with many other attractions also closed due to the coronavirus. I wanted to see some really pretty Florida beaches and other nature-esque sights, but we’re kind of stuck in Orlando due to flights and having already booked the hotel. I was looking forward to Walt Disney World too, and that’s what motivated me to keep hustling and working hard these past few weeks because let’s be honest, the Rat out here collecting all our coints. I guess the bright side is that I get to save money. Well, if anyone is familiar with Florida, any suggestions on what we could do there would be very much appreciated! For the most part, it looks like we’ll be stuck in our hotel due to COVID-19, but here’s to making the most of our situation!

Stay safe my friends!

XOXO,

Changes for the New Year

Changes for the New Year

Hello, my lovely friends! Happy New Year! It’s crazy how we’re already in 2020, the start of a new decade. Have you decided on your resolutions?

I wanted to share some changes to the blog I hope to implement in the new year with you all. For the past few years, my posts have had pretty much the same template and outro. I want to try something new and just write as I feel. I’ve been using the same structure for consistency, but I’m hoping that by getting rid of that, I’ll be able to better connect with you all.

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Meet My Dog, Maeumi!

Meet My Dog, Maeumi!

Hi, friends! Today’s post is going to be really short, but don’t worry! I’ll be posting double tomorrow to make up for this short post. I had a Christmas work party I just came back home from, and I meant to share that for today’s post, but I just had so much fun with my coworkers that I forgot to take any photos! Instead, I hope you enjoy these cute photos of my dog, Maeumi!

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Meeting Cute Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Meeting Cute Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hi, friends! Today, I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my mom. We didn’t go through all the exhibits because my mom needed to run some errands, but we did meet some cute jellies and penguins!

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Too Faced Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick Review + Swatches

Too Faced Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick Review + Swatches

Hi, friends! Welcome back another blogmas post! Today’s featured products are the Too Faced Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte liquid lipsticks. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each individual shade as well as share what they look like when mixed together.

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Morphe 35V Stunning Vibes Palette Review + Swatches

Morphe 35V Stunning Vibes Palette Review + Swatches

Hello, friends! I posted a first impressions and review of the Morphe 35M Boss Mood palette a few weeks ago, and I got a lot of great feedback from you all! Someone even shared a positive review of my post on their blog! Thank you all so much for leaving your likes and comments! It really means so much to know you all are enjoying my content. Since I got a lot of positive feedback on that post, I wanted to share another review and swatches post on another Morphe palette, the 35V Stunning Vibes palette. I hope you all find this to be helpful and enjoyable!

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September Thoughts

September Thoughts

Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s already the end of September? It’s so crazy how time flies. I can’t believe it has already been over four months since I’ve graduated university. What have I been doing all this time?! On one hand, it feels like I haven’t accomplished much as I don’t have a set full-time job at a nice company where I’m earning a stable income. Granted, my graduation came as an unpleasant surprise which you can read about here, so I didn’t have much time to prepare for all that. I mean, I definitely could have applied for a nice full-time job (and I did soon after graduating but took a break to just enjoy my summer with visiting family), but I’m also taking this opportunity to pursue my hobbies and experiment with the uncertain future.

It’s been great blogging again. I really missed sharing my thoughts and experiences with everyone. A few years ago, I made my first blogger friends. There was this sense of community that felt so amazing to be a part of. We weren’t huge bloggers by any means, but it was absolutely astounding to meet people who shared the same interests and supported one another in our endeavors. I’ve lost touch with my blogger friends over the years as I’ve been on hiatus, but it’s been nice striving to meet more bloggers online.

I’ve also been taking this time to learn more about photography. I’m actually going to Pebble Beach today with my mom to get some fresh air and pick up some gifts for family in Korea, and I’m planning on bringing my dad’s DSLR to practice using it. I recently gifted my parents two roundtrip tickets to their hometown to visit family they haven’t seen in years, so we’re going to get some 100 Years of Pebble Beach themed gifts for my uncles who are into golf. After that, we’re probably just going to go for a nice drive by the beach for some quality mother and daughter time.

I guess this month has been a lot of stress for me as I’ve been finishing up job applications to teach abroad but left with a sense of guilt and shame for not choosing the steady road of simply settling down into adulthood and getting a “real job.” I’m thankful that my parents are allowing me to choose my own path, but I can’t help feel burdened by the weight of what society considers success. I was just going to relax until August and then pick back up with applying for a “real job,” but my decision to pursue my travel and blogging dreams has been both liberating yet heavy. Out of college now, it is a much more burdensome load to carry.

But nothing great comes without effort, right? I’m still trekking the great unknown, but I’m sure things will fall into place soon. There’s no guarantee that this is the path to success, but I know I will forever regret it if I don’t pursue what I’m passionate about. It’s now or never.

September has left me feeling a bit empty inside as I struggle with my uncertain future and fight the societally inflicted shame I feel in postponing a corporate career. All in all, it’s been a mentally exhausting month, and I can’t wait to finally be over this slump. October, bring it on.

Until next time,

Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette Review + Swatches

Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette Review + Swatches

Hi, friends! I finally took the plunge and purchased the Nubian 2 palette from Juvia’s Place. I’ve held back on purchasing this for probably half a year now, but it’s finally mine!

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