Hi everyone, just a quick announcement. Some of you might know that I have another blog that is more related to school. After juggling two blogs and considering different pathways I want to take for this blog, I am combining two blogs into a new lifestyle blog that features best of both worlds. 

In addition, I want to expand my interest in photography to be included in the blog. So there will be a lot more photography that is not related to beauty or fashion. I hope you will like the new section. You don't have to do anything in regards to following anywhere on social media except youtube, which I have not made any major decisions yet as far as what I am going to do with it. 

The new site, is still work in a progress, but I hope you guys are excited as I am for the new direction this blog is taking. FYI: I have picked the DIVA CUP giveaway winner and contacted the winner. 

my experience with menstrual cups: GIVEAWAY


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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burts bee whitening daily facial cleanser review


I have been using The First Aid Beauty Skin rescue deep cleanser with red clay over a year (reviewed here). Recently I wanted to find something cheaper. My preference for skin care is having organic and natural ingredients with limited preservatives. It seems to work for my skin better. I tried Burts Bee Whitening Daily Facial Cleanser, because it claims to be 98% natural. 

Burts Bee Whitening Daily Facial Cleanser has milky and creamy texture and does not lather at all. I used after removing my makeup with oil cleanser. It felt gentle on my skin and my skin was super soft and supple afterwards. I really liked the final result. 

However, I noticed that it was clogging my pores, so I ended up returning it. Another problem I had was that it smelled like baking soda, which was unpleasant, but nothing that is unbearable. If you don't have acne prone skin, I think you might like Burts Bee Whitening Daily Facial Cleanser. It is affordable ($9.99) and does the job well. 

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