Livia

What is it

Livia is a little electronic device that sends electric pulses through two small white cables that are attached at both ends – one to the little device itself and the other to two small flower-shaped pads with adhesive backing. These electrical pulses are then delivered to your nerves. I’ve seen it described as a small TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine, much like those that a physiotherapist might use on your back, say, if you put it out by busting out some mad 90’s Euro Dance moves (no, that’s not specific and no that’s never happened to me….geez). Anyway, this is obviously not the actual thing that they would use (it’s not a medical device – it’s a personal device), as it’s nowhere near the same intensity. However, I would say it pretty much works the same. But looks really cute.

October 2020 Update below!

Assembly required

Livia is easy to assemble, I didn’t need the instructions except to a) figure out how the case worked (how do I jam in all those parts?) and b) replace the gel/sticky backing on the pads. You can watch my unboxing on IGTV here.

How does it feel

If you’ve ever used a strapless bra with adhesive, the feeling of the pads on your skin will be very similar.

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So. SO. Bloated.

The vibrations will start off (default every time you shut it off) very gentle and can be turned up to your liking. I slowly moved up to a stronger level as I got used to the feeling. However, I noticed at one point it wasn’t providing much comfort at all and when I tried to turn it up to the next level, it caused quite the reaction — it tickled so much! And I was trying to be all discreet at work (luckily only a female colleague was within earshot of my giggles) so it was a bit awkward. Since I didn’t like that feeling… I thought “well, I guess that’s all it does!” And took my usual prescription pill to numb the pain as I thought the device was clearly not working.

At home later, I decided to try something: I held down both pads with one hand, while I turned the device up. I was able to overcome the tickling sensation and get to a better place — I am happy to report that it worked very well after that! I was too scared to use it overnight (it says you can use it whenever, so I’m sure it’s fine, but…) as I was scared it would start a fire or something (it is an electronic device, after all!) so I took another prescription pill before bed and went to sleep. The next morning I woke up with cramps again so I attached the Livia as I did the day before and turned it up to the level that I had found worked and it gave me immediate relief. I didn’t need to take a pill for the remainder of the day. That was a definite first for me!

Taking care of it

It says to disinfect the unit with disinfectant wipes, but I thought that was overkill, so I just used baby wipes. I replaced the plastic backing circles that came with the gel pads so that it wouldn’t stick to any surface or collect dust and unplugged both ends of the cables. I tucked Livia, the pads and the cables into the case it came with and that was that!

The verdict

Pros

  • Pretty – comes in several colours
  • Immediate relief (once you find the right level)
  • Discreet
  • Compact case
  • Chargeable battery

Cons

  • Expensive: startup cost*
  • Expensive: continuing (gel backing) costs
  • Battery is not replaceable
  • Not for everyone (depends on your level of pain/comfort with electronic pulses)
  • Not readily available (I can pick up a bottle of Advil from pretty much anywhere)

Considerations

Some things I would have those people at Livia consider would be: customizable cases! They are so boring. Maybe someone can think of skins? Stickers? I get that they’re supposed to be discreet but a little white box in my purse stands out more so than something coloured! Also — please create an extension for lower back pain! I also get lower back cramps and it would have been helpful to be able to reach around and attach one there. Maybe a cable with one short and one long cable? Just a thought. And a replaceable battery once the one in there runs out!

All in all, I really liked the Livia – it’s not only pretty, but effective. I only had to take 2 pills vs the 6-8 I typically take during my period. Yeay!

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*If you don’t have employer insurance to help pay for your prescription-strength pain meds – My Livia may not be that expensive at all in the long run.

UPDATES:

January 2019: I’ve also used My Livia to relieve the pain I experience during ovulation and I’m happy to report that it has worked amazingly well!! I definitely recommend this device.

July 2020: I’m disappointed to report that one of the white plastic cord covers on one of the electrode pads has broken. The plastic is cheaply made and the wear and tear was just too much for it to handle. I’ve taped it up with some electrical tape, so we’ll see how long it lasts! I have noticed that My Livia now offers subscription plans that offer a warrantly on the replacement of those electrodes, the device itself (every 3 years!) as well as a consistent supply of lily pads! I’m not too sure what happens to those of us “early adopters” that didn’t have the option to subscribe at the beginning!

October 2020: The duct tape no longer works and so I’ve had to purchase new electrodes for my Livia. I see that Amazon carries replacements (as well as the actual device itself!) for much cheaper than on the Livia website and if you have Prime, you’ll save on shipping, too — and you won’t have to wait a month to get it!

I’ve realized why the cord cover on the electrode broke. The case makes you bend the two cords in order to fit the electrodes in the top section of the case. Having to bend them like this every time you need to store the electrodes will make them break. I’m going to suggest that if you decide to purchase a Livia, that you not store it in the case that it comes with… perhaps a little fabric pouch or tin box where you don’t have to bend the cords will work better!

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Double-Duty Beauty

I am a working girl with a side hustle…and a working mother, to boot. Because I am natural multitasker, I get excited when I find beauty products that work as hard as I do!

This is a list (def not exhaustive!) of beauty products I love the most:

For those days when you can’t figure out if you want to wear lipstick, lipgloss or both — grab this and go. I love the way the matte lipstick looks and feels on my lips and the way the shiny balm makes it pop! And the magnetic lid ensures the inside of your purse doesn’t look like a box of crayons exploded in it.

Unlike the lipstick above, this one glides on a little wet and then dries very (very!) quickly. Make sure you have a steady hand or you’ll have to remove and reapply! The lipgloss is wet and shiny making your lips look sultry — perfect for a night out!

You colour in your brows with the pencil on one end, and then brush them with the tiny brow brush on the other end. ‘Nuff said.

Want to have a smoky eyeliner look without too much hassle? This one’s for you! Line your eye as you normally would with the pencil and then flip it over to use the smudge tool — instructions are in the box, so you can’t go wrong!

I use this moisturizer literally every day. If you don’t need full coverage, this sheer tinted moisturizer is for you! It feels like a light moisturizer and dries pretty quickly.

Who loves dry shampoo?? This girl does! After trying out a ton (like, a TON) I found this one to be the best. It absorbs oil/residue, leaves your hair smelling amazing and gives you some major volume.

  • L’Occitane’s Shower Oil — a luxurious in-shower moisturizer and cleanser

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This ones’s a newbie for me, but so far I love how it feels in the shower and after I’ve towelled myself off. It has a gentle cleanser with the almond oil which leaves you feeling soft and supple all over.

A daily moisturizer with gradual tanning action. I wear this year-round…smells great too (or maybe I’m just used to the scent now)!

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Still on hiatus…

Working on some unboxing videos and blog posts for you all so stay tuned!!

App of the Week: Boomerangs & GIFs

Oops! Skipped a week… but here’s three apps for the price of one!

With Vine gone, you’d think the whole “blink-and-you’ve-missed-it” video genre would be over. Ha. GIFs and Boomerangs are where it’s at!

Boomerang

Boomerang is app made by Instagram that makes live GIF-like videos. I say live because it does not work with previously recorded videos or photos. It’s a standalone app that you need to download separately from Instagram. Once you open it, you press the record button as you would with your smartphone’s camera and it records short bursts of whatever you’re pointing at. The effect works best when recording something in motion.

Boomerang is available for Android devices on Google Play and the App Store for Apple devices.

GIF Maker & GIPHY CAM

Both apps are really fun apps you can use to create live GIFs or ones created from your already existing videos or photos on your smartphone/device. You can add filters and text to the GIFs you create. You can even choose what speed you’d like your GIF to be (GIF Maker only) or if you’d like to save the GIF as an actual GIF on your phone/device or as a video instead — not to mention add cool animated stickers to enhance your GIFs (both using GIPHY CAM only). So neat!

Do you use any funky video/GIF apps? If so, which ones? Let me know!