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Enell: Sports Bras for C-Cup & Above Review

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Enell Sports Bra

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Enell:

“ENELL, Inc. (ENELL) was officially founded in 1993 by Renelle Braaten who is determined to provide sports bras well-endowed women can count on when and where it matters most. ENELL has grown from a one-woman show to a team of 15 talented and enthusiastic staff members dedicated to providing bras that SUPPORT, STABILIZE and SECURE on and off the playing field [read more about our team here].

ENELL is proud to be a socially-responsible company. We strive to use local materials and quality manufacturing sites. Committed to SUPPORT in a BIG WAY , ENELL makes donations to several local charities and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

ENELL, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Montana with distribution in 11 countries.

Products

Scientifically designed to SUPPORT, STABILIZE and SECURE, ENELL Bras come in 10 sizes to fit C cups and above.

ENELL SPORT Bra provides superior support for high-impact activities. Whether you are running or jumping, ENELL SPORT ensures that your body moves, not your breasts.

ENELL LITE Bra is specially designed for low-to-medium impact activities and all-day wear. Feel confident and in control with ENELL LITE wherever your day takes you.

MISSION

Enell, Inc. is dedicated to providing women C cup or above with the opportunity to fully participate in an active lifestyle by offering state of the art, high quality performance sports bras.”

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Enell Sport

About:

“If you’re C-cup or above, the hunt for the best sports bra is over! The ENELL SPORT’s patented design eliminates bounce while providing superior support and comfort. This high impact sports bra is made from a LYCRA® Spandex blend (90% nylon/10% LYCRA®). The SPORT bra is a critical piece of athletic equipment that answers the prayers of well-endowed athletes.

Features of ENELL SPORT Bras:

SHOULDER COMFORT – Wide non-stretch straps distribute weight to reduce shoulder fatigue.

MOVEMENT CONTROL – Wide elastic band and motion control neckline eliminate up and down movement.

SECURE CLOSURE – Fastens your girls simply and securely with hook and eye closures.

COMFORT CONTROL – Wide band provides a secure fit that moves with your body.

CONTROL AND COMFORT BACK – The full back with cross-strap design provides posture enhancing back support.

NATUREXX® MOISTURE MANAGAGEMENT PERFORMANCE FABRIC – Fabric wicks away moisture to keep you cool during the most intense workouts.”

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My Thoughts:

As a runner, I truly value a good sports bra that I feel provides sufficient support during my long runs. I’ve been a C cup or above since about high school age–and at that time, I bought sports bras that were too small for me so that I could get the support I desired. Truth is, they were cheaply made bras that were not fitting me properly. They were just so snug that they acted as a super-push-up bra. Not a good call on my part. 🙂

To be honest, I’ve leaned out a smidge in the last year or so and have noticed that my bra size has decreased a little bit (still a D cup), but I still feel that I need/desire adequate support.

That’s where Enell comes in. This bra is the real deal–no movement happens here–and yet, it’s still very comfortable. It allows you to run, jump, skip, stretch, sprawl, do whatever, without any concern about your bust getting in the way. Its a good feeling!

As you can likely tell from the above photos, the bra secures via several small clasps in the front. It takes some gusto to get the first one attached, but once you have that one secure, the rest are easier.

I’d definitely recommend this bra to any woman struggling to find that bra that will allow them to exercise without any worry about movement or shifting up top. Enell has their “formula” down for sure. My only desire for this bra is that it looked a little cooler. It looks a little bit “old lady-ish”. I would love a look that looked sportier. Come to think of it, it may be the light pink color that does this for me. Fashion isn’t at the top of my list, but next to all of my funky, cool, sporty workout gear, this bra looks a little bit dated.

 

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The Diva Cup: Menstrual Cup Review

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Diva Cup

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Diva Cup:

“The Diva story began in the heart of a young girl named Francine. Over time Francine’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for better menstrual care led her to discover menstrual cups. Today, in partnership with her daughter Carinne, Francine is changing the way women view period care.

My vision for a healthy, more sustainable feminine hygiene product began when I was just a teenager. Each month I would go through the motions of “dealing” with my menstrual cycle. Yet, I quickly grew tired (and frustrated) with the unsanitary, uncomfortable and impersonal feel of disposable tampons and pads. As I grew older, and began researching alternative menstrual care products, I was excited to learn I was not alone in my passion.

The day I discovered menstrual cups, was the day my dream turned into reality.

For ten years, I pioneered the menstrual cup industry, selling and promoting these innovative products around the world. In 2001, the best part about my vision came to life as my daughter Carinne and I began experimenting with our own designs and ideas. After years of experience and research we designed The DivaCup, a reusable menstrual cup that encourages a more positive period experience. I wake up every day excited to share The DivaCup concept with young women, and those a little older, who are not only looking for a better product but also a new relationship with their menstrual cycle!”

 

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“It goes where? I have to do what? Yes, you wear The DivaCup in “there”, in your vagina… but we promise, it is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, your body will thank you for giving it the period care it deserves.

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.

The DivaCup Features:

  • 12 hour leak-free protection!
  • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
  • Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
  • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
  • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
  • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
  • Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!

Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!”

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My Thoughts:

Oh. My. Periods. My menstrual cycle is the only speakable health “ailment” that I struggle with controlling the pain of. Because of my debilitating menstrual cramps, I am always eager to find new products that make my time of the month a little less painstaking, inconvenient, healthy and more tolerable.

Diva Cup was of interest for me for several reasons:

-The fear of “toxic shock syndrome” which can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long, allegedly.

-Making my monthly period less of an expense. The Diva Cup is reusable, so there’s no more endless boxes of tampons that I have to go through.

-The material that Diva Cup is made of appears and seems to be one of the safest that you can use: BPA free and free of many harsh materials that have been found to leach into the body and cause health issues (however big or small they are)

-The ease of use. I think the idea is brilliant–and there’s no waste like there is with pads and tampons.

So, here’s where it simply has to get really real! 🙂

My experience with the Diva Cup has been pretty good. The capacity of the cup itself is sufficient enough to allow me to leave it in for several hours on end even on my heaviest days. They offer instructions on how to insert the cup (like you read above, yes, you wear it inside your woman part!) and following those worked well for me.

This may be a bit graphic, but there’s truly no way around it if I’m being frank. I have had a few issues with the cup leaking while I’m wearing it. It doesn’t appear to be because it is overflowing. Rather, it seems to be a matter of the internal “seal” that it’s supposed to form not being intact. The instructions do suggest that you insert the cup halfway, then rotate it–I’m thinking this is supposed to insure that the seal is solid. However, sometimes I have a hard time mastering that and the result seems to be leakage. Not much leakage, but still.

That said, I will take responsibility for the fact that it may be operator error. They supply adequate instructions–I just haven’t mastered my “technique”, so to speak.

The other issue I’ve had is that when I take the cup out to empty it, its kind of a messy ordeal. At home, it’s perfectly fine because I have privacy to deal with it. However, in public restrooms, it’s kind of an ordeal. I am a heavy bleeder, so when I take it out, it’s just not always a clean and tidy ordeal! I end up having blood on my hands and use a lot of toilet paper to not have it be a complete disaster. Finding a way around that mess is another aspect of the Diva Cup use that I’ve yet to get down pat.

The capacity of the diva cup is enough, in my opinion, that I could probably always be able to avoid having to empty it in a public restroom, assuming you are home mornings and evenings. It’s just been a matter of getting used to how quickly it fills up. It’s proving to last a long time, unlike tampons. I just had a few public restroom experiences that were messy. In hindsight, they weren’t even necessary because the cup wasn’t full. It’s just hard to tell when it’s inserted when it’s full.

All of that said, I still see it as a better alternative to tampons, because of what it’s made of, because it saves money, and because it is reusable. I’d recommend it! It just will take a little bit of getting used to.

Have any of you tried the Diva Cup? I am eager to hear your thoughts, if you’ve had similar struggles and how you’ve remedied them. Please, don’t be afraid to be candid in sharing your thoughts and experiences!

 

 

 

Mika Yoga Wear Review

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Mika Yoga Wear

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Mika Yoga Wear:

“Mika aims to produce affordable, fresh, flattering, feminine workout wear for women all over the world. We understand the differences and uniqueness each body has and strive to produce products which will encompass all. Each piece has been thoughtfully crafted with this in mind. The beautiful blend of fabrics satisfy all workouts; whether you’re in the hot yoga room, twirling on a pole, or simply running around town, our clothes offer long-lasting comfort and durability. We design our products to move and contour to each woman’s body no matter the movement or workout. However you move, Mika products will move with you. We strive for you to feel comfortable, confident and inspired. Let Mika allow you to let go of distractions and be in the moment.

Mika Yoga Wear is family owned and operated from our factory in Peru to our office in California. We know you will feel the love and be satisfied with our product. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy and endear your Mika wear!

Perfect products for those practicing Bikram yoga, Hot yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pole fitness, Pilates or any other Fitness activity.”

Serene Top

About:

Suu-reen: calm, peace or tranquil; unruffled.  It’s no coinkidink this top is perfect for…everything. You don’t stop at looking fabulous when you workout; you want a little flare, but not too much, you look through your closet, and alas, you find the perfect crop top that has the best of both worlds. The Serene top will add to your wardrobe, making you look fabulous as you sweat, or layer under your daily clothes.  The delicate braid flatters and defines the back, making you look chic, and sporty, while the crop accentuates your trim waist.  A built-in shelf bra provides extra support, and the braid keeps the halter  away from the neck for added comfort and less strain.  Sport this top in hot yoga, yoga, the gym, dance class, or wear as an under-shirt, under a low-scoop back shirt to show off the unique braid.

Features: braided razor back, shelf bra

Fabric: Perfit

Care: Wash with like colors.  For best results, hang dry, or tumble low. Do not wash with towels.

Designed for: hot yoga, dance, swim, a little flirt, a lot of comfort

Activity level: best for low to medium intensity

Flat Seams to avoid chafing

Medium-low scoop neckline.”

Bella Pant (Tall)

About:

“A pant that can take us everywhere, from the bed, to the gym, to yoga class, to getting a pint of ice cream and baking brownies at home (you deserve it after a hard working day).  You won’t want to take these off once you’ve slipped into their comfort.  For a lazy Sunday, or an active week, these will surely be the right fit for any activity.  The soft and supple 2” waistband blends into your hips with ease, no pinching, tugging, or adjusting.  The 30″inseam is ideal for the average female height, not too long and not too short.

Features: soft 2″ waistband, with newly re-designed front-tie strings, gusset lining

Inseam: 30″

Fabric: Perfit

Care: Wash with like colors.  For best results, hang dry, or tumble low. Do not wash with towels.

Designed for: hot yoga, yoga, dance, running, biking, gym, lounging,  and everything under the sun

Activity level: best for low to high intensity

Semi low rise

Waistband flexibility provides about 4″ of stretch.”

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My Thoughts:

These two pieces have been a real treat to wear. The quality of the fabric is incredibly comfortable, yet substantial and practical enough for intense running and workouts. I’ve enjoyed wear this Serene top (it’s supportive enough and stays put) for outdoor summer runs. The braid and cut of this top is so unique and I found it to be figure flattering.

My favorite thing about these pants is the fit and the length. I love that Mika offers the “tall” option. I’m about 5’9″ and often find that athletic pants aren’t long enough for my liking. These are plenty long (with about a 36″ inseam). No worries about wearing high-waters with these 🙂 The drawstring waist is normally something I wouldn’t expect or desire in a yoga pant, but in this case it works well and is comfortable to keep them up on my hips (though not absolutely needed–because they stay put). They feel great while running, but these pants are my favorite for lounging/running errands pants because of the comfy material.

This is a pretty simple review for me to write because I have no complaints. Mika has been very helpful, friendly and their products are excellent and worth every penny. I have nothing but good things to say here:

-Fit is fantastic

-Comfortable fabric

-Figure flattering

-Pants are not transparent (as some spandex pants tend to be)

-Long enough for tall women

-Cute and unique style

Go check out this amazing brand! I’d encourage you to browse their yoga wear even if you aren’t a yogi–as I’m an avid runner (occasional yoga practicer) and have found these pieces to be perfect for my running routine. I even look forward to exercising just so that I can wear them!