menstrual cups: GIVEAWAY (closed)

Finally here is a review for my diva cup. Being a safe alternative to tampons and pads, menstrual cups are trending among women. I wanted to try it out, so I contacted Diva Cup team to see if they could send me a sample. Fortunately, they sent me a diva cup in addition to one for GIVEAWAY for my readers. Since I reached out to Diva Cup team myself, this is not a sponsored post and I am not getting paid for the review. 

Diva Cups are made with medical degree silicon, so it is safe for use. I was little nervous about using them. But surprisingly, they are amazingly comfortable and I did not even notice that I was wearing one. The directions were really user friendly. The insertion of diva cup was effortless. I just followed the directions by folding the cup. Once it was inserted, it unfolds on its own and seals itself inside. 

I was worried about leakage, but if the diva cup is sealed properly, there was no problem. One thing is that if there was significant flow before wearing diva cup, there might be minor leakage from the vaginal walls, so I recommend using panty liners in that case.

Diva Cups can be worn up to 12 hours at a time, which is great for us during the day. So you have to remove them only 2-3 times a day to empty and clean. It is perfect for me, because I hate to keep going to the bathroom and worrying about things during the day when I am busy.

They are supposed to be washed with warm water and the DivaWash or a mild, unscented, oil-free soap. I had hard time finding unscented oil-free soap in the stores, so I just used my Summer's Eve's Cleansing wash, which was fine. It might be easier to just buy DivaWash if you are concerned about it. 

Cleaning my diva cup was super easy. It took a minute under the sink with soap and few rinse. My only concern is that, it is going to be very uncomfortable experience in public bathrooms, so I would always carry tampons and pads in my purse, just in case my diva cup needs to be removed in middle of a day when I am not home. 

It is recommended to be replaced every year. I thought it will save me some money on tampon purchases, but when I calculated my expenses for a year supply of tampons, it actually ended up being the same for me. I go through a box of tampons every three months. If your tampon or pad usage is more than mine, then you will definitely save money with diva cup. 

The biggest problem I had was removal of my diva cup. It took some getting used to. Because it seals itself once inside, you have to break the seal to be able to remove it easily. I found the stem to be little too small for me to be useful, so I had to learn to pull down from the base side ways to break the seal, which is exactly what the directions say. It caused me some anxieties, but the secret is to relax and just follow the direction word to word. REPEAT, just relax and DON'T FREAK OUT.

There are two sizes, 1 and 2. Size 1 is for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by c-section. Size 2 is for women the age of 30 or above and/or who have delivered vaginally or by c-section. I received both sizes on accident and size 2 is slightly bigger than size 1, otherwise they look the same.

You can purchase Diva Cup easily these days. I noticed them in Walgreens, Target and other drugstore websites online. There is a store finder tool on Diva Cup website, which you can use to find the closest store. Also you can buy one online from these retailers on their buy now page. There are also so many useful information you can find on their website. I highly recommend you to explore the website if you are interested. I felt like they really answered all my questions when I was researching about menstrual cups. Good luck!

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l'oreal infallible pro-matte foundation review

I have been using the Cover Girl 3 in 1 Foundation for over a year (reviewed here), but now I am interested in finding something that is more glowy. L'oreal infallible pro-matte foundation is a recent addition to their infallible line. I have always had a good experience with the line and Claire from Hey Claire and Rae from Raeviewer recommended this foundation, so I tried it.

The color range is more limited compared to the other foundations offered from L'oreal, but decent. I bought it in 104 Golden Beige, which is the lightest of the yellow toned colors. I believe I am somewhere around MAC NC20 and it is slightly darker than I prefer, but definitely workable. 

It has lighter and runny texture, but it facilitates easier application, natural finish and lighter feel. It blends really well and appears like the second skin. The coverage is medium to full, but more on the medium side. Overall, L'oreal infallible pro-matte foundation fulfills its promises of demi-matte and air-light finish. Unfortunately, I would not say it is 24 hr foundation on combination to oily skin. 

The biggest issue for me is that the foundation does not completely set even after finishing powder. You could easily scrap off the foundation with the slightest scratch. I guess if you don't touch your face a lot, it might not be a problem. Otherwise the foundation is great and I would recommend it for all skin types, specially considering its affordable price ($12.99).

5 stores for your lingerie shopping

valentine's day lingerie shopping

Victoria's Secret used to be a good place to go for most of my intimates shopping. Over the years, general quality of its products definitely went down. I still like some of their lines like Dream Angels, but now there are so many other options out there for the same price range. Although they are not as accessible as Victoria's Secret, they offer one of a kind unique pieces that you will instantly fall in love with. If you are looking for lingerie for your valentine's day date or general shopping for your bras and panties, I suggest you check out these online stores. (a photo from Love & Lemons website) 

Perk by Kate

Love & Lemons

Anthropologie intimates

Elma Shop


Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows Review

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows are known to be affordable alternatives for Georgia Armani Eyes To Kill cream eyeshadows. I personally never used the Georgia Armani ones, but based on my research Maybelline Color Tattoos come very close to them without the hefty price.

I have it in the Bad To The Bronze and Inked in Pink. I absolutely love them for a few reasons. They are just shimmery enough for daily use as all over color for my lid. They stay put all day without primer on my oily and hooded lids. Also, I use them as base and primer as well. 

Bad To the Bronze is very light brown when it is shear, and a beautiful bronze when you get the full pigmentation. Inked in Pink is light pink color that is just beautiful. I lusted over Urban Decay Naked 3, but after buying this, I was over the Naked 3, because Inked in Pink just provided me the color I was looking for. So if you are looking for care free everyday shadow for you eyes, you should definitely check them out. 

Long Blazer Coat

Bag: Coach // Coat: similar // Shoes: similar // 
I don't really have much to say today. I have a test on wednesday and my last two weeks felt like it was a month. Fridays don't feel like fridays anymore, and weekends don't make much of a difference besides being able to sleep in a little bit. I think my life is going to be like this for a while.

I am just so happy that I can at least do some posts, but replying to comments and catching up with social media have been difficult. Please do understand that I am not ignoring you if I don't keep in touch. I need to get organized more so I have some dedicated time to blogging, which is going to be more sustainable in the long run with my busy schedule. 

Briefly about the outfit, shoes and the blazer are my mom's donation to me, hence I have no idea where they are from. I wore them when I went shopping the other day. Did not find anything, which was probably a good thing. Anyways, any organization tips for busy life is greatly appreciated in the comment section for real!

Wet and Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Wine Room Review

Wet and Wild eyeshadows are really popular and almost have the cult status, but they did not really work out for me (reviewed here). However, I did not give up on the brand. So I tried Wine Room from their Mega Last Lip Color range. It was little over 2 bucks, so I thought it was a good way to try out new colors without spending a fortune. 

Wine Room is beautiful everyday rose pink that is almost Chanelisk (is it a word?). My first thought was to bring this color with me everywhere to find the exact same color from Dior or Chanel lipsticks, because I thought it is probably going to have better formula. But to my surprise, I was blown away with its texture, finish, and lasting power for its 2 dollar price.

I applies completely matte with almost creamy texture, and lasts for 3-4hrs with some fading towards the end. It does not completely smudge off with drinks. Really does not it sound like any other lipstick you pay more than 2 bucks for? My only complaint is that it is not creamy enough, but for matter finish, I doubt I will be able to find something creamy and completely matte at the same time. 

Would I recommend it? Seriously why not, it is a cost of two snickers bar at most. And I am pretty sure you will use it at least a few times until you are bored if you are into more high end beauty products. If you don't want to spend ton of money on lipsticks, then seriously go for it!

A Grey Lace Dress with Red Lips: Fall Wedding with Ski Lift

Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo  // Dress: BCBG Max Azria // Bag: Urban Expression similar // Earrings: Swarovski similar 
Here it is the elusive dress I have talked about in one of my last posts. It is from BCBG Max Azria and I bought it a few years ago from Lord and Taylor. All the weddings I attended since then were in the summer, and a long sleeved dress was not an option for any of them. So you could imagine my excitement when I found it in my closet right in time for my first fall wedding. 

The wedding was at a country club at a ski resort in New York. Isn't this street sign thingy adorable? I think it is a great idea for wedding receptions, and I can't imagine it being too much work to make it if you are currently planning your wedding. 

Back to the outfit, because my dress was grey, I needed some color. So I went with a pair of Swarovski earrings I got from my husband a while back, and the red lips were the final touch. If you have not read my post on where this lipstick is from, check out my post on it. The only thing about this dress is the back is sheer, so any bra with back would take away from the elegance of the dress. So I used my sticky strapless and backless bra from Victoria's Secret. If you want, I can review them in the near future.  

The ceremony was at the top of the hill and the view was breathtaking with all the fall colors you could possibly imagine. If you have ever been to Upstate New York in the fall, you know what I am talking about. If you have not, you should really see it at some point in your life. We took the ski lifet to get to the top, which was a lot of fun. After everyone, the bride came with her parents at last, which was really cute. It was different and totally representative of who she is as far as I know. 

Do these shoes look familiar to you? I bought them last year and blogged about it. It is the second time I am wearing them since then, and I absolutely love them. They need to be broken in more. I bought it in a narrow width, which is bit too tight on me at the moment, but with wear, I think it will work out. Anyways, it was a perfect fall day.

Hourglass Ambient Finishing Powder in Dim Light Review : Worth the Money?

Hourglass Ambient Finishing Powder in Dim Light is something I use for special occasions. As the name suggests, it is a finishing powder that is supposed to blur out any imperfections while giving you a radiant finish. 

I don't know about all imperfections, but it really does blur out moderately sized pores. It has a slightly shimmery finish that gives you luminous skin that you always wondered how certain people got. A friend of mine even asked what I used, because she knows how my skin looks on daily bases. So it definitely makes a noticeable difference in your appearance. However, I can end up looking like a bronzed disco ball if I don't blend it well or apply too much. 

The texture is really something to admire. It is finely milled and feels incredibly soft on skin. On the different note, I would not use it as a setting powder, as it does nothing to hold makeup together and it does not claim to do so anyway. Would I recommend Hourglass Ambient Finishing Powder? I think so, even considering its whooping $45 price tag. I think it is a great product that could really help your skin out for special occasions without expensive facials and good night of sleep. 

Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Pin Up Review

I wore a grey dress to the wedding I mentioned in my last post, and wanted to use red lips as a statement piece. It was pretty late at night when I came up with the idea, and it happens that I was going to Kohl's. My only reasonable choice was Lorac Alter Ego Lipsticks in Pin Up

It was nice to shop cluelessly for beauty again, you know the ones we did before beauty blogs and youtubers. Anyways, once I got home, I checked the reviews online to find out that people complained about how dry the formula was. So I was pretty afraid I may have to return the product.

But surprisingly, Lorac Alter Ego lipstick in Pin Up was pretty good. It felt bit dry on the lips, but not anymore than any other lip product that lasts for a while. It was still there after drinks and o'devours, but definitely gone after salad. 

The verdict is, I absolutely love the color. It is true red that is plain and classic. The formula is creamy to application and slightly dry on lips. The price point is appealing $16. Would I recommend it? If you know any lipstick that stays after a meal, then go for that. If you don't mind reapplication after a meal, then Lorac Alter Ego lipsticks are affordable option. By the way, if you want to see the color on, then stay tuned for my outfit post for the wedding.

Practiced My Blogger Pose ft Coach Classic City Bag

Shoes: Sam Edelman similar // Shorts: American Eagle similar  // Tshirt: H&M // Bag: Coach // Sunglasses: Prada
We had one of the last nice days of the summer fall.  I was not prepared for this weather, so grabbed the first things I saw. Of course my distressed boyfriend denim shorts and basic tee were obvious choices. I would apologize for featuring the same denim shorts over and over again, but I won't because in real life that is what people do. When I decided to do my outfit posts, I decided that I would only post outfits that I actually wear in real life, because the blogsphere is overpopulated with carefully curated ones.  

Coach Classic City Bag is something I purchased for medical school interviews. It is a quality leather bag that is classic and timeless, and appropriate for business occasions as well as casual days. The selling factor is the lack of any branding on the bag, which is exactly what I was looking for. Since then, it has been my go to bag for a while. 

These Sam Edelman sandals are my favorite right now. The chunkly heels are comfortable and the silver straps add the minimal statement piece factor to them. But can you believe I only paid $35 for them? Marshalls and TJ Maxx tend to have some awesome finds from time to time. The trick is to go  often with an open mind without any particular purpose. Anyways, I went to a wedding over this last weekend, and my wedding outfit was my plan for today, but because of today's outfit, I pushed it back to next weekend. So stay tuned for my fall wedding outfit. 

Beak n Sciff Apple Orchard Brewery in Upstate New York

The day we went horse riding (missed a post? read it here), we went to an Apple Orchard in Upstate New York called Beak and Sciff. It was just a gorgeous day and the atmosphere could not be more perfect. The music, apple fritters, and hard cider, it was a beautiful Saturday. There is a little shop that sells apple pies, doughnuts, candles, and all sorts of handmade country style items, which we left with two full pies. 

The most fascinating part was the brewery and complimentary tasting they had going on at another building. I tasted all their hard ciders and vodka, and absolutely loved the original hard cider. It was just sweet and bubbly enough. The cute bottles did not hurt either. I am not a hard liquor person, but the vodka had a pretty pleasant after taste. 

They put a lot of effort into decorating this place. One of the most eye catching unique decor was these cider presses. I have no idea how they are used, but it would be interesting to see how the products are made. On that thought, I should find out if they conduct a tour of their brewery, which a lot of small craft beer companies seem to do in the Upstate New York area. 

The Bloody Mary was delicious. It was not until a couple of years ago, I started to like tomato soup, so before then I would have never touched Bloody Mary. But this time, I tried and loved it. It was absolutely delicious. Appetizer anyone? 

This little shop is where the delicious apple fritters came from. I can't even tell you how delicious they were. I think there is something special about buying street food from such a cute country food stops in the fall. 

I have not talked about apple picking, but apple picking is available for anyone who is interested. It actually a nice activity for couples and families. If anyone is interested in a beautiful fall activity in Upstate New York, please do pay a visit at Beak n Sciff and enjoy your day.

Skin Food Sampling: Sugar Mask, Makeup Remover, Eye Cream:

When I went home this summer to Asia, I had a layover in South Korea and did some duty free shopping. They were many Korean skincare counters, but I was interested in just sampling a few cheap options. After browsing around, I ended up at SkinFood Counter. 

Skin Food Milk Shake Point Makeup Remover: It is 2 phase makeup remover with a layer that is really white and another layer that is clear. It is actually a pretty good makeup remover that passed the test of water proof mascara. The only problem is it stings, so I don't use it unless I have to. It costed $6-7, which was ok for the price really. 

Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off : It is probably one of the most known product by the brand in blogsphere. I am not surprised why it is so popular. I am not sure what it is supposed to do, but it just makes my skin so soft. I think it is was like $8, which is amazing seriously. I might do a full review in the future.

Skin Food Black Raspberry Eye Cream (wrinkle care) : I am not sure how I feel about this cream. It has a very velvety texture, which I really like when I apply it around my eyes. But afterwards, it seems to water my eyes a little bit. Also it has a very herby scent to it, which I kind of like, but I can see people not liking it. I believe I paid $14 for it. 

Overall, I was impressed with the products for the price I paid for them. The only complaint is that the ingredients are not very chemical conscious, though the name Skin Food implies it. I would recommend you to try out the sugar mask for sure from the brand.

Hunter Boots and Vest: Going Horse Riding

Fall is here, and I am enjoying some fall activities during my free time. When you don't have much of it, free time is precious and I don't want to waist it. Last weekend, we went "horse riding" at my friend's horse barn. It is in parenthesis, because it was more like being on a horse while my friend doing all the work. Now I really wanted to take horse riding lessons though. It was so much fun. I wore my hunter packable boots and it was perfect for dirt and mud. I reviewed it here if you are interested. 

This is our friend Sgt. Pepper. His nose was so soft and velvety. I did not want to stop touching it. 

They had a small spring pond stocked with 4 different types of trout. They are fed daily and get restocked once in a while. They were huge and it was just so beautiful to watch them swim around. It made me want to go fishing. 

MAC Large Contour Brush 168 and Blending Brush 217 Reviews

I am not a big Mac person, mostly because it is overly popular for my taste. I know I am weird like that. But I got Mac large contour brush 168 and blending brush 217 as christmas gifts last year. I was excited to try them, as I am more into all purpose fuss free makeup tools. My brushes are functional, but I feel like they could be better. Anyways, back to the review.

Mac Large Contour Brush 168: I think this is pretty well reviewed brush. I like the size for my face and taste, because it applies my blushes and bronzers in just the right amount in just the right place without over doing it. I think the angle makes it so much easier to use for any blush or bronzers. My only complaint is that the bristles are on the rough side and I could use more softness, but for the price, I think it works. 

Mac Blending Brush 217: It might be excessive to review this brush. But I will put my two cents in anyway. The blending power and versatility of this brush is just amazing. I can't praise it enough. I didn't know what blending brushes are supposed to be doing until I got the 217. My only complaint is again its softness. I think it is bit too rough for my taste. Otherwise, I will purchase it in multiples. 

Physician's Formula Bronze Booster in Light-Medium Review


Physician's formula bronze booster in light-medium is the only bronzer I have, not because I am in love with it, mostly because I just don't use bronzers much. If it is too subtle I don't see much of a difference, and when it makes a difference, it is just too much for my taste. It could also be due to me not having the perfect bronzer too. Who knows...

Anyways, generally this Physician's formula bronze booster is pretty well reviewed bronzer in the drugstore store range, and people really love it because it is neither orange and muddy and blends really well. I do agree with all of those. So if you like natural bronzers, you might like this one for a little over $10. 

I myself will keep using this until I buy another bronzer that might make me a bronzer girl, but for now I am more of a blush person if not anything. 

The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay Review

I introduced a new cleanser into my skincare routine. It is the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay from The First Aid Beauty. It is geared towards oily and combination skin. In general, I like it a lot, but I am not really wowed by it either. Though sometimes it is always that the one that is mediocre ends up being the perfect product because it is doing exactly what is supposed to do. I am wondering if FAB clay cleanser ends up being one of those.

Briefly, it is a red iridescent colored deep cleanser free of a few well known chemicals known to be skin irritant. It leaves skin very comfortable without stripping which is what I look for. During cleansing, it feels very cushiony and gelly unlike most gel cleanser that turns into foam completely. I feel completely neutral towards the texture. Overall, it might be worth a try for those of you who have acne prone skin that is sensitive. 

L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadows Review

L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadows came out a while ago and everyone is pretty much over them at this point. I am almost there if I finish writing this review. I have them in eternal sunshine (top) and amber rush (bottom). Eternal sunshine is just true gold shimmery shade that could be used to add some shimmer to other shades or just alone for basic makeup. Amber rush is just beautiful shimmery copper that is wearable as a base or just on it own for natural makeup. 

What I love about these shades is that they are shimmery in a way that is appropriate for daily makeup, but can be intensified for special occasions. They are creamy to touch and blends effortlessly. I use my fingers with them, because it just seems to be better than brushes. 

The only problem is that the lasting power seems to be different between shades. Eternal sunshine lasts all day for my oily lids, but amber rush does not even last a few hours without primer, which was super disappointing. So I recommend L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Eternal Sunshine for sure, but in Amber rush, if you do not mind the short lasting power, then really go for it. 

Dior Shimmer Highlighter in Rose Diamond: Discontinued item

Dior Shimmer Highlighters are old news really, and I have owned them for a few years now. It has been well loved as you can see the lighter shades are losing its print. I have the shimmer highlighter in Rose Diamond

Dior Shimmer Highlighter in Rose Diamond is a very light true pink color that is highly shimmery, but the shimmer particles are extremely fine that you don't see them individually, yet you can see the glow and shimmer after application. You really do not need much to get the effect.

It is definitely too shimmery for all over the face, and perfect for highlighting. You can use the colors as eyeshadows as well, but they are just too weak to be noticeable on the eyes. I would definitely recommend it for beautifully noticeable highlighting. I think the Dior Shimmer Highlighters are discontinued, but if you see them on blog sale or something, it is worth the try.  

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Review

Milani baked blushes have been getting a quite bit of attention lately. When I saw it in luminoso, I thought that is the perfect peachy pink I have been wanting to try. It was around $8, which is pretty reasonable.

The color is perfect. It is exactly what it looks like in the pan. The color payoff is medium, so it buildable for intense look or kind of toned down for subtle flush of color, which I personally prefer. The formula is on the dry-ish side, having some fall outs when touched with brushes. Fortunately, it does not look dry or anything on the cheeks. 

The only problem I have is, it is the longevity. I would say Milani baked blush in luminoso lasted around 4 hrs for me, which is just mediocre. I don't regret my purchase, because I got to try a new shade, but I would not spend more money on more Milani baked blushes either, just because I was not really wowed.

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel Review

NYX Butter Glosses are pretty much old news in the blog sphere, but as usual, I am always late to jump onto the band wagon. When I noticed it was available at my local CVS for a little over $4, I grabbed it in Apple Strudel. It is a peachy baby pink that is sheer in pigmentation (wearing it here). 

First, I was not impressed at all. I could barely see the color and did not like its weak lasting power. But eventually, I noticed myself reaching for it often. I like the moisturizing comfortable formula and enjoyed applying it ever few hours, which solved my concern with its lasting power. 

I now enjoy the subtle color payoff, because it is very wearable on daily bases. I will sure pick up more colors and this tube will probably be empty soon. So the verdict is that NYX Butter Glosses are worth the hype.