The Pixie Cup

Well haaaay there! Happy Hump Day. 🙂 Since I love sharing with you guys about the products I buy and use and I just recently bought a new menstrual cup , I thought I should get on the blog to sing the praises of using a menstrual cup, specifically my preferred brand : The Pixie Cup

Menstrual cups have so so many advantages over using a tampon or pad, but to name the top two? Ingredients in tampons and pads aren’t nearly as regulated as they should be and sometimes contain harmful chemicals like pesticides that your vaginal tissues are just soaking up while you let it sit there for hours on end + it’s better for the environment cause you’re not throwing away tampons or pads!

And the MAIN reason why I love my menstrual cup? I can live my life like I’m not even on my period. It won’t make your cramps completely go away or rid you of hormonal issues associated with your period BUT You forget that the cup is even inside you and forget that you are even on your period. Its. Fantastic. Because who wants to add the constant high maintenance physical reminder that is a tampon or pad to all the other issues your body and mental health face during a period?! Not me. That’s fo sho.

And and and… some people have experienced less cramping and shorter periods once they started using a cup regularly. And by **some people** I mean some people I read about online and this girl. Me. 🙂 So that makes it a legit plus right?? 😉

I could literally go on and on and on about the benefits of using a menstrual cup. And really, it’s one of those things that you won’t fully grasp until you experience it yourself.

In addition to hopefully convincing you to try menstrual cups in general I wanted to talk about the menstrual cup that I use. Because IDK if you know but there are a TON of different menstrual cups out there which is fantastic…but that may be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to figure out what brand to go with. I did a lot of researching and could find articles talking about all kinds of menstrual cups EXCEPT my beloved Pixie Cup. 🙁 So, I decided to fill that particular deficit within the interwebs.

The Pixie Cup – this is the first menstrual cup I used and will probably be the last one I use unless they stop selling them. I should probably stock up to be safe from that….. ANYWAY I digress – you can buy the Pixie Cup directly from their site or from Amazon which is where I buy mine from. They are only $15.99 on Amazon.

Alright, so now I’m going to go into detail about why I prefer the Pixie Cup – but really to each their own.. we’re all made differently and what works for me may not work for you!

Firmness + Lip Size : I like how the Pixie Cup is so flexible, not very firm, and has a much smaller lip. This does mean that sometimes it’s harder to get the cup to unfold properly once it’s inserted BUT I don’t mind those few extra moments to get it situated in return for being more comfortable.

Size Variety : The Pixie Cup makes cups that are designed to be suitable for a low cervix and a pair that are suitable for a high cervix. And within each pair there is a cup for a heavier flow and one for a larger flow. There’s even an extra large size. The first one I used was the Pixie Large and I wasn’t unhappy with it, but this second time around I got the Luxe Large which is for a low cervix and it is perfect for me.

A Tip though if that little tab bothers you? Turn your cup inside out so that the little tab isn’t sticking out. You can always trim the tab – but for me it’s easier to just turn the cup inside out.

Buy one, give one : When you purchase a Pixie Cup the company donates one to a woman in need.

“We are so thankful and honored to work with many non-profit organizations both here in the United States and in various countries around the world! In fact, since we launched our Buy One Give One program in the summer of 2017, Pixie has donated over 13,000 Pixie Cups to women in need! “

From the Pixie Cup Website

Size + Fit : The sizing of a Pixie Cup is just really comfortable for me. And that’s also a thing that you aren’t going to be able to figure out for yourself until you give a menstrual cup a whirl. I will say that I do have the Diva Cup to compare to when it comes to size and fit – and after trying the Size 2 Diva Cup which is a tad bigger than the size large Pixie Cup – I knew for sure that the Pixie Cup was the one for me. For life.

Price Point : The Pixie Cup is so incredibly affordable in comparison to other big brands…namely the really well known Diva Cup that will typically be over $30. I also really like that Pixie offers a combo pack wherein you can buy the small and large size so that you’ll have both to test out if you’re unsure of which size to buy. The combo pack is only $22!

And there you have it: My unsolicited opinions about how menstrual cups are the BEST and a totally biased stellar review of the Pixie Cup in particular. 🙂 What are your thoughts on using menstrual cups?

— Ashley

Target’s Flamingo Shave Line

Haaay .. HAPPY FRIYAY!! Friday is my favorite day. I mean, hands down. It’s the excitement and anticipation of the weekend to come, knowing I’ll likely get a full nights’ sleep since the kids will be gone, and putting a week of work and school behind us so that we can look forward to a fresh start.

Seriously. Fridays are the best. 🙂

BUT ANYWAY – I digress….

I thought I’d spend some time today talking to you guys about a new shaving brand that I tried out recently. I got an email from my fave store, Target, announcing that they had a new women’s shave brand of products for sale. It’s called Flamingo ,and it’s the answer to the women’s version of Harry’s.  If you go to their site and read the little tab labeled ‘Our Story‘ – you’ll see that this brand was designed and created by women for women to use on a woman’s body. The name Flamingo was inspired by the one legged pose that you typically make while in the shower while shaving.

The branding + color theme is very muted and monochromatic. I like that it’s not over the top bright pink or any other stereotypical feminine branding. As I’ve stated before, I have a thing for neutrals and muted tones. So basically, I was intrigued from the get go. AND I had actually been contemplating purchasing a Harry’s razor to try out for myself. So, I figured why not give this new brand a go? Flamingo offers a razor with three different handle colors, a shave cream, two wax kit sets, and a body lotion.

I shave my legs every single day, and prior to this I was using some random Gillette disposable razor. What are my thoughts after using this razor for about a week now?

I think that this whole line is incredibly affordable, AND costs the exact same amount as their ‘male’ counterpart [the Harry’s line] which is great considering a lot of times female branded products cost more than their male branded counterparts. Everything is $10 and under which is fantastic.

The shave cream is buttery and from the first swipe of my new razor against my skin – I was hooked. I wouldn’t say that it was some groundbreaking/life changing/outer body experience… BUT I did end up with a really nice and close shave. 😉 And TBH – prior to using this shave cream – I was just using bar soap to lather my legs before shaving. I have to say that the combination of this particular razor head + this particular shave cream is really a sweet spot. The razor had has that typical hydrating strip above the blades, but what I like about the flamingo razor is that it’s an overly raised hydrating strip. The whole razor head is pretty flat which allows for a super close shave.

I also purchased the facial wax strips to test out. I’ve never waxed my face before – and I have to say that it was a much more pleasant experience than I expected. I do regularly dermaplane my skin to take care of the short fuzzy hair and dead skin cells on my face.. Waxing definitely took way less time and I’m hoping it lasts longer too. 🙂 In addition to the face wax kit, you can buy a body wax kit for waxing areas like your legs and underarms.

One of the things that really struck me was the message that this brand is acknowledging that women have hair. We’re hairy just like men and that’s ok. And they aren’t encouraging that you need to hide your hairiness – that you can chose to get rid of it or keep it in all manner of variation that fits your lifestyle and comfort level. And most importantly they want to give you the tools to groom in whatever way you want so that you can afford to do it wherever you want to on your own terms.

If you’re interested in checking Flamingo out, you can purchase it from Target or straight from their website. Have you guys tried this line yet?

— Ashley