Livia – The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain – Period Pain Reducing Machine – Review – PR

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Turn your period pain off with this compact machine! 

I was very lucky to receive these products from MyLivia for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this product complimentary! After I left my review for the Pink Parcel Subscription box , a company that offers a monthly bundle of sanitary items with added beauty bonuses, the lovely folks at Livia sent me one of their Livia machines for me to try and review for you guys!

The Livia comes in a sturdy box with all the accessories you need for the machine; the Livia itself, the electrodes, two spare gel pads for the electrodes and a carry case to keep your Livia safe during storage and travel and a mini USB lead for charging the rechargeable battery inside. They recommend you change the gel pads often as they lose stickiness over time, which in turns makes the pulses harder to work.

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My first impressions of the item is that it is so small! It can fit in the palm of my hand and you can choose the colour of the Livia to suit your aesthetic – if you change your mind on the colour or design then you can easily get a new colourful skin for it off their website for £10. The machine also has a handy clip so you can attach it to your jeans whilst you wear it during use.

The machine itself looks very subtle – it has only three buttons on the front with the name embossed and no other branding so unless someone asks they’d probably think it was a MP3 player clipped on. The three buttons are how you use it and programme it. The buttons are; an on/off switch, a + switch and a – switch. These are the main controls for the Livia machine. You can control the power of the machine using the + and -, to ensure you’re comfortable or to increase it if your cramps get worse or lessen the power if they’re not that bad – its offer complete control so you can adapt to how you’re feeling.

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Livia’s technology is based on the “Gate Control Theory”. Livia is transmitting a pulse that is keeping the nerves “busy”. Busy nerves means that the nerve-gate is closed, therefore pain signals cannot pass through and are unfelt.

I was very worried that it would hurt using it but the pulse feels like a tingle, like when your phone vibrates but its constant, and on the low settings – you cannot feel it at all but the pain is removed! I’ve even used this machine on my shoulder after I pulled a muscle – and it worked a dream! The pulses override your brains pain signals and it suddenly makes the pain disappear!

As someone who used to have to take co-codamol to deal with the period pain due to how excruciating it was, it’s such a relief that I can now drug-free my period. It’s also discreet enough that I have worn it in work and not had anyone notice it under my blouse. It was also handy for travelling – I recently went back to Cardiff via train which is a 4 hour ride and throughout the journey I was comfortable, paracetamol free and able to control the pulses from my waistband of my jeans. No fiddling around in my bag for tablets or getting my water bottle out – just a quick tap on the + to increase the pulses and I was free from pain.

Bottom Line: I know its expensive, but when I pay at least £8 per period on tablets and pain killers and heat pads for when I’m in work, after a while this becomes an investment! I’m hot water bottle free, I’ve got my mobility back instead of laying in bed trying to get into any and all positions to alleviate the pain, and I can use it on other pains such as when I’ve pulled a muscle at the gym – to me, it’s worth it – I’ve gained the few days of the month of my life back.

Price: £149 at MyLivia.
   Currently on sale for £129

Rating: ***** 

SO SUSAN – Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Mesmer-Eyes

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A bold liquid eyeliner with precision applicator!

I’ve tried some of So Susan’s other products, and the way I can tell if a brand is good is by their black eyeliners. If it’d dry, crumbly, hard to apply you know the company just throws out any old rubbish – the eyeliner test is my definitive way to tell if a brand is worth it. That’s why I was so happy to receive the So Susan Mesmer-Eyes in my Pink Parcel Subscription box. 

Firstly I wrote on my hand – how are the lines? Straight. Dark? Very. Easy to use the applicator? Indeed. I was on to a winner. Now that’s all well and good. How does it apply to my eyeline? Unbelievably easy. It’s dark and bold in one stroke. The pigmentation, and liquid properties, allows it to glide and stay flawlessly on top of my eyeshadow without losing the colour, or making it grey out.

One thing to look out for though is if you get it somewhere you don’t want it – it’s hell to remove. When the liquid drys, its kind of vinyl-like, sitting on top of the surface in a matte plastic way. It’s easy to remove with micellar water, or my Dermalogica Cleansing balm, and comes off as a layer all in one.

Bottom Line: A stunning, dark black eyeliner that does the job. Just be careful applying it!

Price: £15.00 at So Susan

Rating: ****

 

Jelly Pong Pong – Play Paint – Velvety Lip/Cheek Cream

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A creamy, long wear tint that lasts a long time!

I haven’t heard much about this brand before, but I discovered them on Instagram and found their packaging adorable, so I decided to give their Play Paint a go!

They’ve packaged this multi-purpose cream as a paint tube, which also makes it easy to dispense and use. This cream is made with Pumpkin Seed Oil to help rejuvenate damaged skin and delicious Rhubarb extract to help further protect skin from moisture loss throughout the day.

This cream delivers long lasting colour without drying out, and blends out beautifully with the warmth of my finger tips to create a subtle blush – something which is often hard to find with cream products . By applying the cream colour with a lip brush I’ve been able to use it as a stunning lip stain which lasted for a good few hours even with drinking and eating.

I’ve also found this handy as a base colour for pink hued eyeshadow styles as the long wearing property of this cream colour is amazing for on the eyelids and prevents colour creasing.

Bottom Line: A stunning, multipurpose colour paint that blends really well!

Price: £9.00 at Jelly Pong Pong

Rating: ****

 

So Susan – Cheek Rethink – Powder & Cream Blush Duo – Titian

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A handy blush duo which is perfect for travelling!

The first thing I noticed about this cute duo was the packaging – it is very cute and colourful, and has a lovely in-depth information regarding the product. It states it is a nutrient packed dual blush made with shea butter to help maintain a fade free flawless blush for up to 10 hours- so lets put this baby to the test!

This product is vegan, cruelty free and hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so it shouldn’t block pores or cause breakouts. I’ve not had any breakouts whilst using this product – which is good as cream products are usually the biggest pore clogging culprits.

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The fomula is very creamy and rich on the cream blusher – which is what I’d expect from a shea butter based product. The cream blusher blends easily and seamlessly so you cannot detect where you’ve first applied it! I’ve found its better to apply with my fingertips by dabbing as the heat warms up the formula and helps blend it. It’s a matte finish which is handy for all looks.

The powder blusher has a lot shimmer in it, so you do not need to use a highlighter when using it, I’d actually pass this blusher off as a pale pink highlighter due to the pigmentation. The shimmer isn’t a chunky, glitter based formula which is perfect for cheeks – nothing worse than chunky glitter cheek products!

The two blushers compliment each other perfectly, and this is a really handy travel compact due to the blend-ability of the blushers and the combinations you can create with them!

I am actually impressed by the pigmentation – the powder blush packs a punch from a single swipe and the cream provides a build-able matte blush. The blushers last a long while – I wouldn’t say 10-hours worth, as I did reapply the blush to the apples of my cheeks once after 4 hours.

Bottom Line: A perfect remedy for quick teeth whitening, especially on the go or for special occasions.

Price: £16.50 at So Susan

Rating: ****

 

Pink Parcel – Period Beauty Subscription Box – December Box – PR

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The ultimate monthly subscription box, for your monthly! 

I was very lucky to receive these products from Pink Parcel for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this subscription box complimentary!

I’ve been eager to try this box as I love the idea of a treat delivered straight to your door to ease your monthly visit from Aunt Flo, so when the lovely ladies at Pink Parcel got in contact with me to try and review for you their December box, I just had to!

The concept behind Pink Parcel is that it’s a straight to your door service, where you plan on their easy to use website the date of your cycle to choose for when you’d like your box delivered! In the box you have four sections as follows; For Now, For Night, For Later and For You, which contains everything you’ll need for your monthly happening as well as treats to perk you up!

In the For Now section, you have cute fabric pouch filled with the necessary items you’ll need for your period – I opted for a tampon only option so got a selection of them with some panty liners, but you can ask for pads or a mix of the two – it’s entirely up to your preferences!

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In the For Night section you have night time maxi pads to absorb Aunt Flo during your sleep, as you shouldn’t use tampons over night due to the increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome – if you use tampons, please look this syndrome up just so you’re aware of the risks as it’s not commonly spoken about! For Later, you have a more supplies to last the entirety of your menstrual cycle ensuring you’re not left caught short!

But, this is where the real treat happens – in their For You section you’re greeted with a plethora of beauty products, and feel good treats worth over £40! So for £12.95 a month you get all the sanitary supplies you need, AND OVER £40 OF TREATS! Now can you see why I love this?!

In this months beauty box, I received a So Susan Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black, a trio of eye shadows from The Beauty Crop, a pair of Snowflake earrings from Pom  Boutique, 10ml purse friendly bottle of perfume from English Laundry, a sweet orange essential oil bottle to add a sweet fragrance, and a portion of Whittard Earl Grey tea and a Chocolate & Orange Caramel to satisfy your sweet tooth. Keep an eye out for my future posts as I will be reviewing the beauty products separately!

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Overall, I am very impressed with the thought and value that this box has for its customers, and it is a lovely treat to receive when you’re feeling a bit down during That Time Of The Month!

Bottom Line: I honestly cannot fault this beauty box, its practical, useful and a lovely treat to have delivered!

Price: £12.99 a month inc. delivery, with larger savings available at Pink Parcel.
             Use PP20 for 20% off your subscription! 

Rating: *****

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