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Moontide “Twist” Swimsuit Comparison Review – Full Bust vs. Small Bust

9 Jun

Summer has arrived in Finland – actually just three days ago. We are finally having 23 C instead of 5 C and that my friends, is an absolute miracle. So you can imagine where I have been the past two months: lurking in my bedroom, curtains closed and doing my uni work diligently without having to worry about missing out on the weather. Uni work or not, I have enjoyed going out in the sun for the past three days and will be doing so today when I finish this review. But a lovely and very interesting review it is so let’s not jump ahead of the business!

As sun comes out we often start to wonder what to get for those sweaty days on the beach or for a well-deserved long destination holiday. You know what I’m talking about – the dreaded swimsuits and bikinis, which are always a bit of a task to find for the fuller busted. “The bikini problem” is however something that not only us full-busted ladies suffer from but when you are in your skimpiest outfit, all body types and sizes want to find something that suits their taste and body perfectly – which is not always the easiest thing to do. I have usually resulted in swimsuits, as having two piece outfits is not my thang in general.

Today I am reviewing one of my favourite swim findings so far, the Moontide classic Twist swimsuit! This beauty was sent to me by the ever-so-patient and generous UK Swimwear team, who sent me not only one but TWO swimsuits (will tell you the story in a minute!) and also a lovely Ted Baker coverup to match my ultimate beach outfit.

The story behind this comparison post is that I was accidentally sent the regular Moontide Twist suit, which is designed to go up to D-cup and thus would not suit my bodytype. The UK Swimwear team was kind enough to send me the full-bust version of the suit as well so I could gift the regular version to a friend to make a comparison post on the fit. I was over the moon, as there is not a lot of info on this suit in the blogosphere so I could now give the firsthand information on this swimsuit and its sizing to you, my dear readers.

I called my burlesque buddy aka mega-babe Eeva to my help and she was happy to model the smaller swimsuit for me. The regular swimsuit was in a UK size 10 and the one I am wearing in the pics is 12 but I wouldn’t say there is a lot of different to them in the body section. I could easily wear a ten with this one as well, but wanted some extra rooms for the ol’ boobies so I could be sure they fit in.

(Isn’t she an absolute stunner?!) Eeva is a burlesque performer, a freelance dancer, model, singer and an all-around artist who works a lot through and with her body. She goes swimming now and then too and this is why I picked her to be my partner in crime. Also, she happened to be perfect size for the swimsuit!

So what is the sizing difference between the 10 Regular and 12 Full-bust? The difference on the bust department is quite remarkable. When talking to a Moontide representative a couple of years back, I recall him telling me that the regular swimsuit is meant for bust sizes A-D and the fuller bust version should fit sizes E-G. They also have cup sized swimwear but the classic Twist swimsuit, which is a best-seller for them, only comes in regular dress sizes and has two option for bust room.

For reference, Eeva usually wear a size 65F or 70E in UK bra sizes. Thus, she should technically be a bit out of the size range for the regular swimsuit but as her underbust is rather small, she can easily fit into the suit with no problem. I would say that the regular swimsuit would go up E-cup, as there seems to be no overspill on the bust for Eeva. The swimsuit’s material is very comfortable and super stretchy and thus it accommodates a plethora of breast sizes and shapes.

The full-bust version of the suit holds its promise about fitting up to a G and even though yours truly is a bit above that, I could actually comfortably swim in it with only a few adjusting moments along the way. You can see there is a lot of boobage and cleavage going on – and even some double boob – but I am proud of the suit as it still contained my 30H bust while swimming. After all, I am not about the perfect fit when it comes to swimwear – it’s more the comfort and practicality aspect that counts.

So does it hold up your girls while swimming? Well frankly, yes it does. I was a bit skeptical at first whether  a non-cupsized swimsuit would be supportive and practical for a girl like me who usually requires underwires and some separation (you know what I mean!) from her swimsuit. However, I was surprised how well the swimsuit held up my chest and kept me feeling sturdy on my swim. The straps are adjustable with both the regular and the full-bust swimsuit so you can make it work for your height and coverage preferences. As said, there are no underwires but as the swimsuit is well-constructed, it doesn’t need them per se. The bust part is lightly padded too, so if you prefer not to flash your nipples and like the feeling of no underwires, this is the suit for you!

When it comes to the look of the suit, I cannot see a lot of people hating the style of it either. We decided to style the suit into a 40’s kind of theme, as we both love pinup style and old Hollywood glamour. However, if pinup is not your thing, you can always wear this suit with a classic wide-rim hat and some huge sunglasses and it will turn you into a modern-day beach diva. This is probably not the most fashion-forward of swimsuits this season, but it is a classic that will hold its style after years and years of wear.

The perfect classic swimsuit always needs some accessories to make it relevant and here come in the beach coverups that can make your beach look even downtown appropriate, if you dare to bare a little. I chose to accessorize my Twist swimsuit with a Ted Baker beach coverup which almost resembles a real dress – it’s just a tiny bit more see-through 😉 Unfortunately I couldn’t find Ted Baker on the UK Swimwear site anymore, but the website has an array of different options to change your swim outfit’s style from sexy to cute or feminine in a instant.

If you are interested in the Moontide “Twist” swimsuit, you can find the regular version here in UK sizes 10-18 and the full-bust version here in sizes 10-16. Both of them cost a very reasonable £55.95 and are a great option for those who want something classic and flattering, no matter your bust size. Besides, the pound is sinking again so all the more reason to treat yoself 😉

My First Corset! – Review of a Playgirl “Under the Cup Support Corset Cincher”

6 Jul

This review is a bit overdue for multiple reasons – the first one being my illness a couple of weeks back when I was in a horrible flu with the side effect of an ear infection and ferocious cough that prevented me from wearing the corset in the first place. It is absolutely not true that you cannot breath in a corset but breaking in a new one when being sick? I didn’t want to take the chance, I was coughing my lungs out already. Another reason for postponing this review was my fear of writing my very first corset review – corsets are not as familiar to me as bras which is why I wanted a proper testing period for this product but also time to do some heavy research. After much reading about corsets and wearing one now and then, I can give my thoughts on being a first time corset wearer and also how this Playgirl waist cincher suited my purposes of a first-time corset.

When True Corset asked if I wanted to try something from their selection, it was a tough choice and I wanted to pick something suitable for my body – something quite long, full-bust appropriate and rather basic yet curvy. I know some of the off-the-rack corsets can be a bit too straight for my body and purposes, so I tried to pick something with a bit more curve, yet nothing with hip panels per se as I don’t have that prominent hips that would fill such a corset. I also thought about the colour for a while – on one hand I love bright colours, on the other a black or a white corset could be combined with most lingerie and would still look nice. As I stumbled across the “Under the Cup Support Corset Cincher” and it claimed to be one of the best options for us larger busted ladies, I decided to go for it.

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Note: These pics have been taken after just a couple of wears and I have NOT tightlaced the corset and it has NOT been properly “broken in”. I  could have laced it in much tighter but that is not the best decision when wearing the corset for the first few times.

The Corset Cincher is 12″ long at the back and 11″ long at the front, so I knew that it would be a bit too short for me, even though being on the longer side of OTR corsets. I have a freakishly long torso, about 12-13″ and thus it’s hard to find a corset that would reach as far down on my body as I would like to. This particular corset was meant to cover all of the skin below your bra, but for me it did not unfortunately do that, because of my own body proportions. There are ten panels in the corset and twelve steel bones, eight spiral and four flat. Grommets are completely black which means the style is very discreet and classic. The materials are pretty basic too: the outer layer of the corset is thick taffeta and the inner layer is made out of 100% cotton twill. There is also a waist tape inside the corset, which apparently is a sign of a rather good construction.

Breaking in a corset takes quite a bit of time and it is not recommended to wear your first corset for long periods of time. I started with only a couple of hours and now have proceeded to wear the corset up to 7-8 hours a day. I am not waist training as I don’t have time and patience for it, but I would like the gap of my corset to close so that there wouldn’t be any skin showing at the back. This will take some regular wear so I hope to be wearing this corset as much as I can over the next couple of months. I went for a size 24 which is meant for a 28-29″ waist just like mine, but I do have to say that the sizing with this particular corset feels small. Side note: put it on in the morning before you are all bloated! I would say that in my experience (which is quite little though!), this feels more like a 22. The rule of thumb is to go for about 4″ smaller size than your actual waist measurement, especially if you are waist training. More experienced corset-wearers can go even smaller!

DSC_0041DSC_0038DSC_0036Putting on a corset is another task that can be a bit tricky when you are just a beginner – I for example thought it would be best to try to close the grommets from up to down or vice versa but in fact, the easiest way to close them is to start from the middle grommets and then work your way up and down. To even close the grommets you have to loosen up the laces of your corset quite a bit, depending on how small you went with the size. When you get the hang of it and especially if you have a friend to help you, it is not an impossible task to do! To read more about practical advice on corsets, please take a look at the What Katie Did corset guide.

I happen to own two corsets at the moment and have enjoyed wearing them a lot when I have the chance to do so. What I noticed particularly about the Playgirl corset  is that it’s quite comfortable for a first corset. The long back supports my bust area quite nicely, it makes me sit straight and is comfy to wear even for several hours! There are some things to remember when you are wearing a corset though: you can’t eat as much, you won’t be able to move your middle the way you are used to, so even taking a wee in the bathroom can be a hilarious task to do. When you get used to it, it will be worth the hassle though!

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When it comes to the appearance of the corset, I do like the curviness level of it but there are still some things that I need practice with – for example estimating how tight I can lace the whole thing. As you can see, in the pics there is a significant amount of space at the lower portion of the corset meaning it stands out a bit. I haven’t even tried to tighten the corset without Mr 2COP’s help, so I am pretty much on his mercy when it comes to getting the fit right. It’s trial and error, but I am sure to get it right sometime in the future. I promise to take you some progress pics and post them on Insta! Also, if you would like a progress post here on my experience of wearing corsets after breaking them in properly, I would be happy to write about that as well.

If you would like to try this Playgirl Under the Cup Corset Cincher, please take a look at the True Corset site, here. This particular corset comes in sizes 20-36 and costs $75 – they also have great deals on selected corsets so check that option out as well! Also, please let me know in the comments if you wear corsets and what are your tips and tricks for wearing them – I would love to know! xx

The Easiest Way to Wash Your Bras – Eucalan Delicate Wash Review

7 Apr

I am super lazy. Yes, that is now out there and there’s no denying it – I literally vacuum-cleaned our flat a couple of weeks ago for the first time in over two years (I have been with Mr 2COP for 2 and half years now so you can imagine who’s been doing the cleaning so far, hehe!) and I felt like a freaking hero. I have only recently started to do more household chores and remember to mention every single chore to the Mr when I’ve done it – because it’s a miracle each and every time. So you can imagine how I feel about washing my underwear; it’s tedious and I usually have a huge pile of dirty stuff before I take on the chore. This is why I truly appreciate anything that helps me with all the washing and rinsing – enter Eucalan Delicate Wash. *These products were gifted to me by Eucalan. All opinions are my own!*

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I have to admit that I had tried something quite similar before being introduced to Eucalan – you may have seen a review of Soak Wash on my blog previously which is still something I use at frequently. The Soak is a “stronger” formula with the upside of getting even some stains out of clothes but to be honest, it is also not the most eco-friendly choice. With Eucalan I was instantly intrigued by its claims to be a sustainable options for those who want to wash their delicates in an eco-friendly manner. The girl needs options!

The Eucalan washing liquid works pretty much the same way as Soak – you fill a bucket or a sink with lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of Eucalan to the mix. Then you put your underpinnings into the sink and let them soak for 15 minutes. Here comes the easiness: after soaking, you can just drain the water out of the sink, squeeze the water out of the garments (gently!) and hang them to dry. How convenient is that?! I love that brands are coming out with these no-rinse formulas which makes especially women’s lives easier – it is so unfair men can only throw their undies in the machine and be fine with it! Personally, I would always recommend hand-washing or “soaking” for women’s underwear and especially bras, as it makes their life cycle a lot longer.

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When it comes to the ingredients of the Eucalan wash, you can find a full list of them here. A fun fact: Mr 2COP is a chemist which is why it is always helpful and interesting to ask him about the ingredients used in chemicals I use to eg wash my clothes or dye my hair with. Usually, the verdict is pretty depressing but with Eucalan, he found no harmful chemicals whatsoever. Of course, any chemical CAN cause an allergic reaction but that includes even the most “natural” ones, such as the plants that are used in the making of my hair dye. However, the Eucalan wash can be used with a clear conscience as it contains no harmful ingredients to nature nor the consumer. This is a definite upside in my book! If your skin is very sensitive though, I would advice to still rinse your garments after wash, just in case (test what works best for you and your skin!).

The Eucalan team sent me the complete collection of the five scents that belong to the Eucalan Delicate Wash family and I have tested each and every one of them. The scents are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, Natural and Jasmine. They are all pretty mild meaning even if you would not be the biggest fan of strong scents you could probably use these with no complaints. I personally would have enjoyed an even stronger scent, especially when it comes to my favourite scent Lavender! All of the scents are also very agreeable and I plan to use them all in the future. However, if you are allergic to even mild scents, I would suggest trying the Natural option, as it is completely scentless.

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When it comes to the washing abilities of the Eucalan, I would say they are pretty on par with most other washing liquids I have used in the past. It will not wash away stains or clean super dirty clothes but for rinsing the sweat and skin grease out of my underwear it is very appropriate. If your delicates have any stains on them, I would suggest cleaning those up before washing the garment with Eucalan.

The Eucalan comes in four different bottle sizes, which are the “single-use” packages, the 100 ml bottle, the 500 ml bottle and the giant 4 l bottle. As you only need a teaspoon of the liquid for one wash, you can go long with the 500 ml which costs $9 at the moment on Amazon. I think that is an amazing price for such a versatile and eco-friendly product, so I definitely encourage you to take the plunge and try it for yourself! If you would like try your luck, Eucalan is running a giveaway on their Facebook page in which you can win a travel package of their goodies! To find the giveaway, please click the link here. Good luck everyone!

Nifty Little Worker in Your Bradrobe: “The Strap Saver” Review + GIVEAWAY!

31 Aug

We all know that sometimes we buy a bra that does not quite fit our body type perfectly but still, it feels impossible to part with a bra so beautiful just because it is not perfect fit- or comfort-wise. Also, sometimes you love a bra to death and it gets a bit tired – but again we face the problem whether to ditch it or try to bring it back to life. When I was contacted on the behalf of the so called “Strap Saver”, I was instantly intrigued about this nifty little helper that would make some of my favourite bras work a little better.

In a nutshell, Strap Saver is a metallic little tool to make your bra straps tighter – the product was invented for the purpose of bringing life back to worn-out straps but to me, this seemed like a perfect option to test out with some of my bras that have quite long shoulder straps and kept falling off for this very reason. I also knew this “mommy’s little helper” would be perfect for Jo as she is very petite and almost all of her bras have too long straps for her tiny figure – which is why I went all greedy and asked a pair of Strap Savers for both of us. The Strap Saver team was happy to oblige and sent us both a pair – one in the one inch width and another one in the 1/2 inch width. Here’s our review on this convenient little product!

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The Strap Saver package comes with a cute pink pouch for your Savers, a set of two Savers with your preferred width (you can choose from 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ – so plenty of options there!) and two small leaflets which include the instructions of how to use the product. As we both got different widths, we have tried to showcase the size of these different options in the pictures, to give you a good idea what size would be a good one for you personally.

As I am big-busted gal myself, my bra straps usually come with quite wide straps which is why chose the widest Strap Saver for myself. In the pictures below you can see the Saver attached to my Comexim “Irish Coffee” which has extremely stretchy and slippery straps – something that the strap saver will be of help with! Jo went for the 1/2″ Savers as most of her bradrobe consists of Gossard who are notorious for making narrow bra straps. Her Savers are pictured on the to-be-reviewed Gossard “Gypsy” (which will btw be introduced tomorrow!).

When we tried to Savers for the first time, it was a bit off a hassle with the instructions – keep in mind that we are not native English-speakers and sometimes require a bit clearer instructions to actually understand how something works. This is something that the Strap Saver team could perhaps take into consideration – some people might need a bit more detailed pictures to figure out how to use the product! After a little while of chewing our finger nails, Jo finally figured out how the product works and off we went with the trial-and-error. Here’s how the thing works in all its glory!

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1. Pull your bra adjuster to the point from which you want to start shortening the strap. After this, pull the loop which the adjuster creates and try to figure out an ideal length for your strap. The more you pull the loop, the shorter the straps get eventually. Then, press the loop against the top part of the strap (the part near to the bra cup edge).

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2. Slide the Strap Saver through the loop, UNDERNEATH the strap with the bigger half of the Strap Saver grasping the strap first. The narrower half of the Saver is left underneath the strap at this point.

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3. Slide the the strap that’s coming through the bigger half of the Strap Saver through the smaller half and pull a tiny bit. And voilà – you are done! Not tricky at all in the end but feels a bit daunting at first 😉

I know some other bloggers have come up with their own instructions as well, but we really wanted to explain it in the most simple way so that all of our international ladies as well can get a proper idea. Not at all hard to do, but you may find this How-To or the video clips on the strap saver site quite useful.

While at 2COP we believe that a worn-out bra is no longer worth your unconditional love and you probably should get a new one if your straps have worn out, there are a LOT of occasions in which the Strap Saver seems like a fantastic choice. Have you ever had problems with spaghetti straps on your dresses or tank tops? Strap Saver is a great way to shorten those up too but for this purpose, you need to sets of strap savers if the item in question does not have adjusters of its own. There is a separate instruction leaflet for that as well and this way, you can use the Saver on items that were not “supposed to be” adjusted in the first place. The materials of the Strap saver are quite “rough” so not the prettiest but this probably helps the little thingys to stay in place and be actually functional. If the metal colourway is not your thing, there is also black and beige on offer. The first pair in your order costs $15 but each additional pair is only $10 extra – how cool is that!

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If there is a way to make non-slippery Strap Savers without making them look too rough (see, we don’t know cause engineering is not our thang!), we would love to see more rounded corners and prettier colours with this product – it is so extremely practical that I wouldn’t mind having it in gold or rose gold colour options as well! And indeed, when it comes to practicality, the Strap Saver is truly something every girl should own to make your bradrobe much more functional!

If you want to give the Strap Saver a proper try, you can now get it at the Strap Saver online store and the international shipping is just $2 regardless of how many Savers you decide to purchase! Standard US shipping is completely free which makes it all more accessible to domestic customers.

NOW, if you want to try your luck you can take part in the Strap Saver raffle to win a $50 VISA gift card! The raffle ends on 7th of September which gives you roughly a week to take part. It is very simple! Click the link below and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget. The only compulsory task is to comment on this blog post with your worst strap malfunction story and you will gain an entry to the raffle! The other tasks are completely optional and will give you extra entries in the raffle. Good luck and do also let me know what you think of the product!

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/aac0b1c51/

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