Getting Your Glam On

I am a great believer in the adage that we are all beautiful in our own way. We all have our best features, and then the ones we would love to change if we had the chance. But even though we are all beautiful in our own way, it doesn’t mean that we can’t give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to looking our best. Sometimes that means faking it to enhance what we have already been given. Whether it be fake tan, fake lashes or lip plumping kits, we all have make up and beauty items that we turn to when it comes to getting our glam on. The rule with beauty is that as long as we are looking after our skin, we can wear whatever make up we like. A gentle skincare routine is also important.

What other beauty fixes can we use to give nature a helping hand?

Keep Your Skincare Organic

The general belief is that a skincare routine helps to keep your skin in tip top condition, but the reality is that some products actually cause more harm than good, with ingredients that contain parabans,  harmful ingredients and chemicals.

If your skin is suffering from your skincare, you should switch to an organic routine like the Amanda Jo Organic Bunny subscription box which curates some of the best organic beauty products around.

Fake that tan

I’ve written many posts about faking our tans and looked at the health implications that mean we now want to be sun kissed without the threat of skin cancers. But many of us do prefer the look of our skin when it is tanned, when we have a lovely, healthy glow that makes us look and feel better. St Tropez is one of the best brands around, but if you are on a budget I would definitely recommend St Moriz which is a stunning dupe brand with fabulous results. I often use their self tan mist, it is easy to apply and costs less than £5. (You can read some of my tips for applying fake tan here).

St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mist Medium 150ml £3.99 Click to visit Boots

Fake those lashes

Long, thick, lustrous lashes are the dream of most of us. But, in reality, my own lashes are fairly thin, not as long as I would like them, and quite blond in appearance. And so, when it comes to a night out, I fake it. Eyelure are the queen of false eyelashes, with a range of styles that can either add to the thickness of your lashes, or give you a full on, swinging sixties, dollybird look. My current favourites are the ‘Cheryl Oh My Goddess’ set that are dark, featherlite and fluttery and give a real glamorous look.

Cheryl – Oh My Goddess £7.25

Fake those lips

We can’t all be blessed with bee stung lips or a perfect pout, but again, we can give nature a helping hand. Many lipglosses now contain ingredients that will plump your lips. Soap and Glory’s hilariously named Sexy Mother Pucker brand has a variety called Pillow Plump. This features LIPSWELL, a natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology that will give you a pretty glorious pout.

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump XXL

You are beautiful, but sometimes we just need to fake it!

Creating a perfect cleavage…with a little bit of help

Women are always being bombarded with ideas of how to enhance our cleavage, particularly if we were at the back of the queue when boobies were being handed out. Push up bras, dresses designed to create the illusion of curves, even the famous chicken fillets are all ways to help enhance what nature gave us.

But what about the well endowed amongst us. What can we do to showcase our best assets in the best possible light? I was recently contacted by Brit Bloggers who were interested to see if I wanted to take part in a simple little experiment on behalf of Panache lingerie. Panache, a brand I love and have featured on Fashion-Mommy in the past, create sexy, attractive and supportive superbras for those of us with ‘big boobs’. They were interested in testing out a key beauty tip.  The trick of applying bronzer to the decolletage is a trick adopted by ladies to help enhance the chest area. Panache was keen to know if it actually makes a difference…

And so, armed with the Queen of Fake Tan, St Tropez, exfoliation mitts to buff and prepare the school before I added the glow, and an utterly glamourous Superbra Melody Ruby by Panache, I was ready to see if a little bit of a glow could improve the look of my cleavage.

I must be honest and say I did hit a few problems. My skin is fairly pale, bordering on a pinkish shade, whilst my tanning kit was medium to dark skin, so I felt that I had to apply it sparingly, or else end up looking like a worse for wear Jordan. I don’t usually wear fake tan, preferring a natural look, so there was a lot of trial and error about how much to apply, and how much was frankly too much. But eventually I achieved a colour that was more like glowing, healthy skin than anything radioactive, and so it was onto the next stage.

Panache bras are frankly a dream to wear and a total godsend for women with a larger bust who still want to wear really beautiful bras.  The design I chose. the Melody balconnet style, offered support and uplift, without the feeling of constriction and scaffolding that is often uncomfortable. I also loved the fact that this bra came in colour, rather than black, white and nude. I had chosen the ruby shade which was a real, rich and vibrant red, and the embroidery which makes up part of the design was simply exquisite. Everything about this bra was perfect. It was comfortable, it was vibrant and it was super sexy. I loved it.

So now everything was ready, the Panache bra was on, and the bronzing had been achieved – in a fashion. Would this really make any difference? In a word, yes. There is no doubt that you feel healthier with a bit of a tan, and your cleavage seems to look plumper too. The general appearance of your skin is better, clearer with a pretty glow, But I think the great bra is really doing all the work, and that you could easily achieve the same sort of effect with bronzing powder and a soft blusher brush.

Just a little peep of cleavage - this is a mommy blog!!!

With thanks to Brit Bloggers for inviting me to be a part of this project.