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  1. Padded Bras - Help Or Hindrance?

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    The question of padded bras is one I get asked a lot, so I thought I'd pop a little blog post here as a help guide.

    Padded bras are great, they offer shaping an contouring to help give you a boost, but they are not without their issues.  They can generally only add up to 1 cup size, but many bra companies claim more than that. It's often a little misleading, as what they are refering to is the boost the more padded bras can give to a 30AA bra, so a relatively small amount of padding is needed to get them up to a 30B cup.  For a 38" bra however, a lot more padding is needed to get from an AA cup to a B cup. It's all about the volume, and there is only so much a padded bra can do and only so much oomph it can give. This oomph will also fade over time as the bra is worn and the fabric and foam filling stretch and squish.

    This is where my breast enhancers can really help. You can choose the size you'd like for the boost you'd like, and interchange them with different bras. I can boost you from half a cup size all the way up to 3 or more cup sizes for many sizes. 

    The big thing to remember howeever, is that that using breast enhancers with padded bras will often not work. If you have a simple padding all over, or a very small shaping inside the cup, you should be able to get great results, but if not you will probably find you have problems. This is simply becuase they are both trying to do the same job, giving you the same boost from the same place in the bra. The padding of the bra can push the enhancer away from where it needs to sit, giving you a rather uneven and possibly uncomfortable look.  

    Breast enhancers thrive in a smooth cup on the inside of the bra.  It can be a full cup, t-shirt bra, lace bra, lower cut bra, balconette style etc, and depending on the style and shape breast enhancer you go for, it should do the job perfectly for you in a normal bra. If your bra has some more defined shapping inside the cup however, you may find that buying a normal smooth bra to work with your enhancers gives you the great look you are after and opens you up to all the posibilties of the various breast enhancer styles and shapes. Given a nice smooth bra, my enhancers can boost you up or out in exactly the way needed to give you great results.

    If you need any advice at any time, just get in touch.  

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  2. How To Measure Correctly For A Bra

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    It's one of my help guides, but it's so important that I fel that I should remind you all:

    YOU MUST MEASURE YOURSELF TO CHECK YOUR BRA SIZE REGULARLY!

    How often really does depend on your circumstances and body shape, but make sure you do it at least every year just to check. If you are losing or gaining weight, or if you've changed your exercise regime, you will need to do it more often.  You can start right now, by looking closely at the bra you are wearing right now, checking all the key areas to be sure that it is fitting and working for you as it should.  A bra who's elastic has given way due to age will be just as inefficient as if you wearing the wrong size, so make sure you keep an eye on the age of your bras too. 

    Let's get on to what you need to do:

    The most common mistake is women wearing a band size that is too large, and therefore not offering the support it should. 

    This is how to make sure it is correct:

    Step 1: Grab yourself a nice soft tape measure with inches on (preferably not a rusty steel rule from the garage)

    Step 2. Underbust Measurement - Run a tape measure all the way around your body just underneath your breasts and take a measurement in inches. Make sure the tape measure is horizontal and snug. Your arms should be as down as you can make them.If this measurement is an odd number, try the two sizes around it, For example, if you measured 31 inches (78.7cm), you should start trying on bras in a 30" and 32" size. If it was an even number, start with that size band and see how you get on. Every bra is different, but this gives you a starting point. NOTE: Some bra fitting guides and calculators will tell you to add four or five inches (10 to 12.5cm) to your underbust measurement, but this is outdated advice. The "add four" method was popularised by Warners in the 1930s when bra design was in its infancy and it simply doesn't work so well with modern bras.

    Step 3: Since everyone's breasts are different in terms of shape (even between your own breasts), the most accurate way to determine your cup size is by using your current bra size as a starting point. If you don't have an existing bra, take a look at the sized cups for your band and give the one that you feel will be the best a try.  The cups are sized relative to the band, so if you were to try a smaller band size but keep the same cup size, the cups would be too small - if you go down a band size you need to go up a cup size. If you decide to go up a band size, then to maintain the cup size you will need to go down a cup size. 

    Step 4: Put the bra on around your body first doing it up on the LOOSEST SETTING. The elastic in the bra will loosen with age, so you need to be able to tighten it through it's life. It should always start on the loosest hooks. Wiggle your breasts into position, yes wiggle, it works! Tighten the shoulder straps so that they do not dig in and hurt, or slip off the shoulder easily. The band around the body should be taking the main weight of the breasts.

    Does the bra really fit? Things to check:

    Does the bra feel tight around the body? If so, good! It may feel too tight, but this is because we are used to wearing bras that are too big for us. It should feel tight, but not dig in. You should be able to get 2 fingers side by side between the bra and your skin, and it should have a little bit of give. Check that the weight of the breasts is well supported so the shoulder straps are not digging in at the top. It should of course feel comfortable.  

    How about the cup? Are you well contained in it?! You need the cup to hold you in nicely, without the breast spilling over the top.  We also don't want a gape. Some bras will give a little gape and that is more down to the shape of the cup or the shape of your breasts, but this should only be a small gape. Any more than that, and it's not supporting you enough.  You also need to be sure that the underwire follows the correct curve of your breast. Make sure that your breast does extend beyond the underwire under your arms, and if it does, it means that the cup is not big enough for you or that the shape of the bra does not work for you.

    They are all the key points. The main thing is to be honest with yourself.  Many fashion bras are designed for a night out, and not everyday wear.  Go for those pretty bras, but also make sure you get a bra / bra with enhancer or breast form combination that works for you with full support for everyday use. Your breasts and back will thank you for it when you are older.

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  3. Choosing Bras

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    Choosing bras is really important when it comes to using breast enhancers.

    For them to work well, and give you the support and push-up that you want, we need a supportive well fitting bra. To start with, make sure the bra you wear is the correct size, especially around the band.  You can see my everso helpful guide here.

    For the shape of the bra, this really depends on the look you are going for and the shape of your breasts. There are all sorts, full cup, balconette, plunge, halterneck, bandeau etc.  The main things to look for are:

    If you are wanting to go for a rounded cleavage look, and will be going for an enhancer that will sit below your breast and push you up, be careful with buying a very low-cut bra at the front.  We don't want your pushed up assets breaking free!

    If you are wearing a very padded bra, it can be hard to get an enhancer to sit well, so less or no padding is better. The enhancer can do the job of the padding, and can move itself in the cup to ensure it is sitting well with the shape of your breasts for maximum effect.   

    Full cup bras offer the most support as they have the bigger cup.

    They can however show for some lower cut dresses and tops. Try them out with your lowest cut tops before you commit.  

    If your bra is a very thin fabric, you will be best with one of my softer styles.  Bumps between the enhancer your breast can show with the firmer styles, as they push you to the heavens, which does not show with normal bras.  

    I hope these little tips help when you are choosing bras to try with your enhancers and vice-versa.

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  4. Tips For Great Results In Bikinis

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    With summer fast approaching and more and more of you emailing me about it, I thought it might be really useful to write a little about bikinis.  I am going to detail what works best with and without enhancers and the style of bikini that are best to look out for.

    The Bikini Problem

    The main issue with bikinis is that their cut and fabric is designed to be light, and therefore isn't supportive. There are styles that tie around the body, styles with thin straps to hold the bikini to your skin rather than to support your breasts, and styles with very small triangular cups.  The problem with these is the complete lack of support.  If you think about bras, the best results you will get are those that are structured.  They hold you in the right place and way, and allow your breasts to be held up, to be pushed up, to be held together and where you want them.  With bikinis, we go the other way by buying ones with little structure.  We can't fight gravity, so the result is that your breasts will sit lower, move around more, will not have any rounded or cleavage look at the top, will appear flatter, will appear smaller.  If any of those affect your confidence it's not good, but add the most important one that your breasts are not supported and therefore put strain on your back and neck, and it's time to rethink.

    Bad bikini 1 Bad bikini 2

     

    The Better Option

    The good news is the same kinds of bikinis work well with breast enhancers and without. 

    The secret really isn't a secret at all as we all know it...it is....

    Structure

    If you get structure in your bikini top you will be supporting your breasts to keep your back healthy, keep them healthy and keep them where you want them to be and how you want them to look.  If you choose to wear breast enhancers, you will also then give them something to push against to push you up or in, and ensure that they are well held in.

    What To Look For

    When choosing your next bikini, go for as bra a structure as you can.  This doesn't have to be boring as there are fabulous ones out there. They will look great and keep you and a breast enhancer well supported Go for styles like the ones here and you will find you get much better results.

     

    Supportive bikini 2Supportive bikini 3


    Don't forget all of my styles are safe to wear in bikinis and if you need any help, just get in touch.

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  5. Are Your Fake Breasts Safe? BBC3 Documentary

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    As some of you may know I was in a documentary back in 2012.  It followed the PIP scandal, where it had been found that non-medical silicone had been used for internal breast surgery.

    I had no idea at the time of filming that it would be on a primetime BBC3 show, or that people would still remember me from it! 

    I've managed to at last get a copy of it and I've popped it onto You Tube.  Hopefully they won't mind now that BBC is no longer a channel apart from online. My shop had a rebrand after the documentary (it used to be called Silicone Sally, and you can see my section at around 48 minutes 50 into the documentary.  I would never actively argue against breast surgery and believe in choice for all women, but regardless you may find it an interesting thing to watch. 

     

    If you need any help or advice about anything raised in the show you can email me at any time.

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  6. A Spotlight On Ann Summers Cleavage Boosters and Glitter Push Up Pads

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    Breast enhancers/chicken fillets can be daunting.

    I've been working with them for 7 years now, and after having a chat with a friend I've realised just how daunting they can be.  I forget sometimes how overwheming it can be as I know what styles work best for each woman, what size would be best, what result you might get, what the positives and negatives of a style might be by just looking at it for a second.  I forget that it is hard for you the buyer to be able to work out if it will be right for you and it can be hard for you to see how my styles compare to those available in stores.

    So, I thought I would do a little blog focusing on a style that one of the High Street stores sell. Every store I visited always offered two styles, and they were always the same shape - a small one and a medium one, but there were small differences and I will look at those.  Hopefully that will help you see the differences between their products and mine.

    This week I shall look at the two styles that Ann Summers sell - The Cleavage Creators and Glitter Push Up Pads.  

    The Cleavage Boosters

    Ann Summers cleavage boosters Ann Summers Cleavage Boosters 2

    Simply packaged in a plastic zipper, I found these in the middle of the store.  They are quite wide and would not suit AA or A, and some with B cups and those with small band sizes of around 30-34" and just came in a translucent colour. 

    They are most like my style 6 mixed with my older style 5.  I'd say they are a good push up cleavage boosting shape, but only work for those with larger cup sizes and a wide enough body frame to be able to take them. 

    • Price £20 plus delivery in 5 days,total £22.50, 1st Class total £23.50. Free delivery to store in 3 working days.
    • Weight 210g approx
    • Similar to my Jo Thornton Style 6 and 5 priced at £12.50 and £13.50 with Second Class delivery included. First Class £0.50 extra.
    • Not suitable for narrow body frames or small cup sizes as they are very wide.

     

    Glitter Push Up Pads

    Ann Summers Glitter Push Up Pads  Ann Summers Glitter Push Up Pads 2

    These are a new addition since I last popped into Ann Summers.  They are a small style and felt like a very tough outer cover with a more liquid feel gel.  They did not feel like a traditional silicone which stays together just as breast tissue does.  This has its pros and cons as a more liquid gel does flow nicely and can mould well to the breast, but as it is so soft it does not give so much push or enhancement.  The gel just moulds against you and the bra, rather than giving something a little firmer for the breast to push against which is what it needs if you want it to be lifted.  The cover was also quite thick giving a thick edge seam, which may aggravate the skin if worn for a long time.  They are a lovely colour - I like a breast enhancer that looks a little different and these certainly were like no other I saw in the shops.  They are of course like my style 6 glitter style.

    Style-wise, they are most like my style 1 and probably around the same size of about 100g.

    • Price £10 plus delivery in 5 days,total £12.50, 1st Class total £13.50. Free delivery to store in 3 working days.
    • Weight around 100g
    • Similar to my style 1 priced at £10.50 including 2nd class 3-5 day delivery. Including First Class Delivery £11.
    • Slightly different to my silicone ones - more of a runny gel inside.  
    • Suitable for the smaller cup sizes that their Cleavage Boosters don't cater for, so a good second pair for them.
    • A lovely glitter colour like my style 6.

    So there you go!  I hope that helps.

    I would of course like you to buy from me, your little specialist, rather than the commercialised store, but that's not to say that shouldn't.  Their products suit some buyers and are handy if you need some to wear in 2 hours time, but if you are reading this you are well aware that it isn't your only choice.  There is a lot more out there than the two styles the High Street sell, there is choice, personal service and knowledge (and my great wit!).  Ann Summers stocks two good main styles there, but they will only give around a cup size boost for those sizes that they suit.  If you need more of a boost or would rather boost yourself out rather than just lift your breasts up with a greater cleavage look, then see my range to see what else is out there.   

  7. Collect+ new delivery option

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    Hi everyone!

    From today I shall be trialing the Collect+ UK delivery service on my website.  I've used it a few times now for customers and it adds a valuable option for delivery, so I've decided to add it as standard to see how we all get on.

    It's a simple idea...I drop your parcel off at my local store and they deliver it in 2 working days to your local store (sorry only available in the UK).  You then pop in to collect it at a time suitable to you, easy!

    I've added it to the site mainly for customers with larger parcels such as the larger breast enhancers/chicken fillets and all the breast forms/false breasts as they will benefit the most, but it is available to all at the checkout.  When getting a larger parcel delivered it can be a nightmare if you are out at the time as you will get the dreaded "We Tried To Deliver" red card; that is of course if you get to see it as so many are scooped up with all the junk mail also left these days.  I know going to collect parcels can be very difficult for many of you, especially with my sorting offices being out-of-town or requiring parking charges.  With this option you won't need to deal with Royal Mail, but instead just pop along to your local store which may be walkable and usually has easy free parking to collect it.  What's more they are usually open from very early to very late. 

    It seems a very useful service and addition to my postage options, so it's on now for you all to use.  You can check your local stores before ordering, or I've provided the link in the order email if you'd like to choose one and then let me know.  If doing this, just do this as soon as you can as I can be too efficient with my dispatching some days.  If I don't hear from you I shall select your nearest store and let you know that it's on the way there

    Read all about this great new service here. (opens in new window)

    Find your local store by popping your postcode in at the top here. (also opens in a new window).

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  8. Breast Form/False Breast Fitting Tips

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    FItting breast forms can be a little confusing for new wearers - here are some tips:
     
    With breast forms the most important thing is the bra.  Every company has a different size and shape and it varies so much between styles.  
    Low cut balconette bras will always struggle as they just do not have the coverage at the front to support the forms so try to avoid those if you can.  They aren't as sexy to some, but the more support you can get at the front the better the breast forms will be held in.  
     
    You also really need to make sure you are wearing the right size bra.  If you look side on, the curve of the cup and underwire should follow the forms perfectly at the side under your arm.  They should be pulled tightly against you by the bra and should not pull away from you at the front between the cups.  The band around you should be very tight and feel too tight.  It takes time to get used to it, but you should only just be able to get two fingers in there between your bra and your skin (this goes for women as well, and it what most women do wrong).  Then follow the cup up and it should hug the forms, with no gape anywhere, or very little at least.  The straps should then be pulled tightly on the shoulder to take the control at the top of the bra.  They should also be nice and tight so it all feels secure.  
     
    The absolute ideal is to take them bra shopping so that you can ensure that the bra fits well in a changing room, but that's the bit that's often hard for TVs. If you can though, then go for it.  If not order a few bras, maybe from different companies and then send back ones that don't fit.  I buy my bras from La Senza and I find that some styles fit me a lot more than others, so it really is worth trying to make sure you get the right fit.  If you ensure you get the right fit, the breast forms/false breasts will feel snug, hugged and part of you.
     
    Jo xxx
    (P.S. If you have any questions, as always, just get in touch)