Exercise With the Right Support

Woman in sports attire on the steps

Whether you are heading off to run a marathon, or are simply doing a five-minute workout in your back garden, wearing the right sports bra is so important. This will help to reduce the amount of movement that your breasts experience, protecting their support structures and preventing them from sagging.

Compression vs Encapsulation
When it comes to sports bras, there tend to be two main types; compression bras and encapsulation bras. Compression bras are shelf-style bras, and are great for those who have a smaller cup size, although those with a larger bust can also wear them if they are only doing a low or moderate intensity workout. On the other hand, encapsulation bras feature individual cups, just like a standard bra, but contain extra support, making them great for those with larger breasts.

Racerback sports bra

Wide Straps vs Racerback
Many sports bras feature wide shoulder straps, and these are great for distributing weight evenly across the body, which is especially important for those who have larger breasts. Another advantage to wide shoulder straps is that they can usually be easily adjusted, and feature the extra padding needed for vigorous exercise. Alternatively, racerback bras cinch in at the back, which keep the bra held closer to the body, resulting in extra support.

Back Clasps vs Pullover Styles
Pullover style sports bras are convenient, and provide more coverage for the back. However, bras that have a back clasp enable you to adjust how tight the band is, and this is extremely important for those with larger busts, as 70% of your support will come from the band.

Woman exercising in sports bra

Choosing a Size
Sizing is so important when it comes to bras, as wearing the wrong size will not provide you with the support that you need, and can actually do more harm than good. If sports bras are new to you, begin by trying on a bra that is the same size as what you usually wear, but keep in mind that you may need to try on different sizes to find the perfect one. Make sure that the back band is at the same level all the way around your body, while the actual bra should fit snugly, but not be too tight and restricting. You should be able to place one finger underneath the band, or in the cup itself, but no more than this, and the material should definitely not pucker.

Replacing Your Sports Bra
In the same way that your sports shoes will need replacing after it has done a certain amount of work, you will also need to invest in new sports bras. Generally, your sports bra should be replaced after around 30-40 washes, as this will then begin to interfere with the level of support that it provides.

When exercising, it is so important to provide your breasts with the support that they need. When choosing a new sports bra, make sure that you always try them on, and be prepared to try on quite a few different styles before you end up finding the one that is perfect for you.

Look Your Best for Valentine’s Day

Woman at Valentine's Day

There is not long to go until Valentine’s Day, meaning that now is the perfect time to begin planning your look. Whether you want to look sweet and flirtatious or sexy and mysterious, here are some hair, makeup and outfit tips to help you to look your very best.

Woman with beautiful updo.

If cute and feminine is the direction that you are wanting to go in, then an updo is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. There are many that you could opt for, although this does depend on your skill level and the amount of time that you will have. A French twist is a timeless hairstyle, and this can be created in a slightly messier way than usual, to make it more relaxed for Valentine’s Day. A chignon is also elegant, and is actually one of the easiest updos to put together, while a braided bun will give your hair some extra texture. For those of you who are going for the sexy and mysterious look, cascading waves are perfect for this, and can be easily achieved with a curling iron, but be sure to also curl the roots of your hair in order to give your look the right amount of bounce.

Woman applying makeup

For a sweet and flirty makeup look that perfectly sets off the updo that you have created, begin by applying a bronze cream eyeshadow to your lids, before adding a shimmery champagne powder to your inner eyes and just below the brow bone. Line your eyes with a brown eyeliner before swiping on a few layers of mascara, and then apply some bronzer to your forehead, cheekbones and jaw bone to give your face a warm glow. Finish the look off with a rosy pink blush and some pink lip liner and gloss, as this will sweeten up your look even more, but in a subtle way. For a more dramatic but vintage-inspired makeup look, winged cat eyes drawn along the top lash line are beautifully sultry, and should be followed up with quite a few coats of mascara to emphasize this. Use a matte bronzer to contour your cheekbones, and go for a vibrant, bold red for your lips.

Woman wearing a pastel dress

When it comes to choosing an outfit the flirty, girly look, there are many options to pick from, but a printed dress featuring sugary pastels will work perfectly with your hair and makeup. Alternatively, opt for a ruffled skirt, but pair this with a toned-down top so that it does not distract from the ruffles. If you have decided to go for the sexy and mysterious look, then you need to be careful with your outfit choice, as your hair and makeup are already quite bold. A classic little black dress is a great garment to consider, as this is timeless and will allow your hair and makeup to really stand out. To give your outfit an extra pop of color, look for a bag or other accessories that make a statement.

Everybody wants to look their best for Valentine’s Day, which is why it is always a good idea to spend some time planning your look. From your hair to your makeup to your outfit, each element needs to be carefully thought out in advance so that it can all be perfectly brought together on the day itself.