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.


Benjamin Ryan’s amazing New Salon!

In this time of deep recession, many companies are feeling the pinch. So it’s really heartwarming to be able to write about a real Birmingham success story. The wonderful, award-winning Benjamin Ryan hair and beauty salon has recently moved into new premises that has quadrupled the size of its previous salon meaning they can offer a whole range of new services, from beauty to holistic treatments, as well as the q1award-winning hair styling.

The Salon is based in  Birmingham’s stunning Great Western Arcade, just a stone’s throw from the previous premises. The beautiful grade two listed arcade makes  a fantastic backdrop to the super-stylish new salon, with its luxurious hair salon framed with iconic black  and white portraits of Elvis and Marilyn, and the ultra decadent reception area,with chairs that look like they’re on loan from the Palace of Versailles.

Claudia Santillo, Operations Director for Benjamin Ryan Hair & Beauty says “The new salon is a dream come true for our Managing Directors Benjamin Matthews, Ryan Parsons and the team, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the salon represents our vision – creative colour and hairstyles that are individual but inspirational, holistic spa treatments to restore your well-being and inner calm, a warm welcome that comes from the heart of our team and a passion to create a luxurious and unique environment where you enjoy spending time with us so that we can make you look and feel your absolute best.”

So what can you expect if you book a visit to Benjamin Ryan? A creative team that can  boast of years of expertise, unique cutting techniques, highly skilled colour technicians and a genuine obsession for hair.  As well as adding an exclusive colour lounge/VIP area, you can also enjoy prescriptive SP Alchemy Treatments, Keratin Blow Dry and Hair Extensions. This is luxury pampering for your crowning  glory.

The expansion of the salon has seen the team strengthened and expanded with the appointment of a highly skilled beauty therapist Reena, who brings not only her professional expertise, but a unique soothing human touch and over four years’ experience with the exclusive Hotel du Vin Spa. On the holistic side, Jeanette Wakeman boasts over 16 years experience of working in the field of complementary therapies, offering Colonic hydrotherapy, Kinesiology, Hypno-Healing and Dowsing. Jeanette uses her vast knowledge and ‘down to earth’ approach to ensure clients feel relaxed and comfortable.

So whether you want your hair transformed this summer, need a St Tropez spray tan before your hols, fancy some Decleor spa treatments to invigorate mind, body or spirit, or just require a good pampering session, I suggest you check out the Benjamin Ryan Hair and Beauty Salon in the heart of Brum.

Benjamin Ryan Hair & Beauty, 28-29 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham B2 5HU. Tel: 0121 236 6600