My top five sexy summer dresses (for day or night)

Oh my goodness, the weather has been so up and down in England this summer! I’ve barely had a chance to wear any summer dresses. But, here are my top five sexy summer dresses, perfect for a summer holiday (or England when it gets its act together….)

1. Gina Gado – Multiway dress – £75 + £4.95 delivery 

Gina Gado multiway dress in navy

Wearing my Gina Gado multiway dress in navy

Gina Gado multiway dress

I ordered mine directly from Gina Gado on Instagram. I was really impressed by the quality of the dress. Missguided are currently selling similar dresses for about half the price though I can’t speak on the quality of them.

2. JLUX Label – Fully Dainty White Lace Maxi – Originally $54.99. Now $29.99 (ships to US and UK) Fully Dainty White Lace Maxi JLUX Label

3. JLUX Label – Ocean Blue Double Slit Maxi dress – $89.99 (ships to US and UK)

JLUX label Ocean Blue Double Slit Maxi Dress

4. Crepe plunge curve hem body con dress yellow from Missguided – £20 

CREPE PLUNGE CURVE HEM BODYCON DRESS YELLOW

5. Lace Strappy Bra Insert Bodycon Dress in Powder Blue from Missguided – £45 

LACE STRAPPY BRA INSERT BODYCON DRESS POWDER BLUE missguided JG x

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Ideas for a bookish wedding

Bookish literary wedding ideas

If you are getting married and you, like me, love books then this post is for you. Although I won’t be wearing a wedding dress made from the pages of my favourite books, I think there are some lovely subtle ways to have a bookish theme on your big day. Here are some ideas:

Book Confetti 

alice-in-wonderland-book-confettiAlice in Wonderland Confetti by Literary Emporium – £3.50 

This Alice in Wonderland confetti might be a bit quirky for some weddings but why not use a romance novel instead? It’s a fantastic DIY project and so much more interesting than standard confetti.

Literary Bridesmaid Gifts

Catt charm necklace inspired by Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway Cat Lover Necklace by Literary Emporium – £11.60

One of my bridesmaids is mad about cats and this is a cute gift which she would absolutely love.

Literary Table Names

Literary table names

I absolutely love how the author name has been combined with a quote to create a cute table name.

The Book Arch 

Wedding Book Arch

If you and your future husband or wife are both mad about books then why not? Who needs flowers anyway?

Literary Cufflinks

Jane Austen Cufflinks

Jane Austen Cufflinks by Jezebel Charms (on Etsy) – £10.26

What a perfect gift for ushers, a best man or even a husband-to-be on the day of the wedding. There are plenty of options on Etsy so you are sure to find a pair to suit.

Library Card Wedding Guest Book

library card wedding guestbook

library card wedding guest book

Library Card Wedding Guest Book from bindingbee (on etsy) – over £100 

This is such a unique idea. It’s a handmade item on Etsy so it is a bit of a splurge. On the other hand, it could made a great DIY wedding project!

A Bookish Wedding Cake 

bookish-wedding-cakes

Why not talk to your cake maker about making you a bookish cake? I love the second one in the picture above, it would be lovely to have romantic verses on it.

Library Card Catalogue 

Library Card catalogue

Such a lovely idea unfortunately I’m unsure where it is sold however I’m sure that it could be replicated by a crafty bride or groom to be!

The Save the Date Bookmark

Save the date bookmarkFor pricing visit: http://puddlejumpincards.com/bookmark-save-date/ 

A save the date card that doubles up as a bookmark. What a lovely idea!

The Book Ring-Holder

Harry Potter ring holder

Yes, this is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! Why have a wedding pillow when you could have your favourite book?

Flowers Made of Book Pages 

Literary Bookish wedding flowers

Feeling crafty? Then why not get your bridesmaids together and create these quirky bookish wedding flowers.

That’s it for now folks. Do you have any other ideas for a bookish wedding?

Happy wedding planning!

JG x

Septum piercing: Yes or no?

No commitment fake septum ring piercing

So many styles to choose from!
Credit: Pinterest

I think we’ve all seen septum rings come back in a big way recently. Once worn by warriors they are now the trend for everyone from celebrities to Instagram models – and I’m really liking them! So I picked up this rose gold plated no commitment septum ring for £3.95 from eBay and thought I’d try it out.

No commitment fake septum ring piercing

I really like the look and will definitely be rocking it over summer!! – I don’t think I’m brave enough to get a permentant septum piercing though. What do you think? Would your try a septum ring? 

Fake no commitment septum ring

JG x

Winged eyeliner with Rimmel scandaleyes waterproof gel eyeliner: A review

Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof gel eyeliner

I have been using Collection 2000 Fast Stroke eyeliner since I was about 14 years old, so it was about time that I tried something new. I’ve tried other eyeliners and have found that they either sting my eyes or don’t last all day.

Rimmel scandaleyes waterproof gel eyeliner promises ‘up to 24hrs of rich, intense colour that doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run. Waterproof formula’. With a ‘professional brush for complete control to draw the lines you want’.

Inside Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner

The gel eyeliner and the precision brush

Here is the gel eyeliner on my eyes (P.S. this picture was taking after very naughtily sleeping with my makeup on in a two hour nap!!)

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner

Lashes are Kiss Ever-EZ in Number 11

Look and application 

I love this eyeliner. It really does last all day and looks blacker than black. I brushed the gel on my arm the other day and all day at work it was like I had some kind of a tattooed streak that wouldn’t come off!

The precision brush makes application very easy, you can simply angle it to either give you a finer or thicker line, and if you mess up or want to take it off, simply use a makeup/baby wipe.

Scandaleyes is available from Boots and supermarkets (I got mine from Tesco) for about £6.99. It’s well worth the extra £4 from my previous collection 2000 eyeliner…

How I do my winged liner

Rimmel scandaleyes gel eyeliner

Starting with the ‘wing’

  1. Start with the flick of the wing
  2. Join it up with a line over the eyelid
  3. Ensure the line is thicker towards the start of the eye and more tapered towards the inside of the eye
  4. Repeat on the other eye paying close attention to ensure the wing and line are similar.
Winged eyeliner with rimmel scandaleyes gel eyeliner

The final winged look

So what are your thoughts on gel eyeliner?

JG x

When it’s time to take your sew-in weave out…

beyonce-pat-yo-weave

Last weekend I decided to take my vixen sew-in out. I’d had the hair extensions in for just over a month. I know that most people will say that the average time you can wear a sew-in weave for is about 6 weeks to 2 months (some even wear them for as long as 3 months), however I have quite a dry scalp and I don’t like to go that long without being able to give my hair a really deep clean. Also the longer a weave is left in, the higher the risk of tangling when it’s taken out.

Taking a sew-in weave out

If, like me you sew in your own weave and canerow (braid) the hair then you should be familiar enough with the braid pattern to be able to cut the wefts out and also remove any thread from canerows that have been sewn down. However, it is really tricky and even I have a fear that I’m going to cut my hair instead of cutting the thread. So, if you have a friend or family member that is willing to put their hands in your unwashed hair (if you haven’t washed it) then definitely enlist their help! Tip: remove your sew-in during the day or early afternoon so that the natural light makes it easier to determine thread from hair.

The canerows (braids) are out, now what? 

  1. Detangle your hair with your fingers – do this gently, your hair has been in braids for a while and had heavier hair sewn onto it so your scalp may be a little more sensitive than usual.
  2. If you have time, apply coconut oil to your hair and leave it in overnight – coconut oil is great for dry, damaged hair and it will really help make your hair softer and shiny.
  3. Wash and deep condition your hair – Use a replenishing or moisturising conditioner. I use Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner which you can get from Superdrug or any good black hair store. It’s the same conditioner that I used to use after relaxing my hair, which is a very drying process and it left my hair really soft. Either use with heat for 15 minutes or pop a plastic bag on your head and leave the conditioner for  minimum of 45 minutes.
  4. Trim your ends – I get one of my little sisters to take off less than half an inch just to remove any dry ends.
  5. Let your hair rest – This is very important, if you can, avoid heat and any chemical treatments including relaxing for at least a week. I usually let me hair air dry and then put it in two loose braids, if i want a bit extra length then I use marley hair.

JG x

Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11: A Review

JG wearing Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

JG wearing Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

I haven’t worn individual lashes in over a month now and have instead been experimenting with strip false lashes. I decided to try Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11 after the beautiful Bianca Locke recommended them on Instagram, (you can find her @biancalocke).

Biance Locke in her Kiss Lashes Number 11

Biance Locke in her Kiss Lashes Number 11

Where to buy 

If you are in the States you can pick these lashes up from CVS for just $4.99, I’m in the UK at the moment and had to buy mine on eBay for £6.49Boots and Superdrug do sell some of the Kiss range but they don’t stock number 11 (sad times). Buying them from eBay was a little bit pricey but it was to be expected.

What’s inside Kiss Ever-EZ lashes number 11

Inside of the box you get a pair of lashes made with human hair (they are soft but also firm) and an applicator with a ‘mess free tip’ to help you apply the lashes along your own lash line. FYI – you do not get any glue inside of the packet. Thankfully, I had some left over from Eyelure lashes. Kiss do sell lash adhesive and if it is anything like their nail glue (which I love) then I’m sure it’s pretty good.

Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes Number 11

Application

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It was super EZ (get it? EZ? as in Ever-EZ…) to apply these lashes. As with other strip lashes, you simply apply the glue, wait thirty seconds until the glue is tacky, and then apply them to your natural lash line. I didn’t need to trim them down, which was great. The pink applicator was helpful in holding the lashes down so that the glue had time to dry. I usually use a pair of tweezers to do that, but the pink applicator was a lot less scary close to my eyes.

Kisses for these Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

Kisses for these Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

Overall

I absolutely love the look of these lashes – they are perfect for day or night and give you a sexy doe-eyed look without looking fake. They are super light and it barely felt like I was wearing anything. I will definitely be getting my money’s worth out of them and will be trying others in the range.

9.5/10

JG x