The Summer We All Ran Away by Cassandra Parkin is one of the best books I’ve read this summer! Recently I seem to have been reading a lot of quite samey books which has got a little boring. I think it’s because I now have a Kindle so every time I go on Amazon, I get recommended the same sort of books as ones I’ve bought previously. This one though is quite unique. The story centers around a teenage boy who has run away from home but also jumps back thirty years to tell the story of a rock star. It keeps you guessing what the connection is between all the characters and it moves at a good pace. I look forward to reading more books by Cassandra Parkin!
Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner is without a doubt the best conditioner I have ever tried. I’ve been using it for a few years now and even though I have tried loads of others, I haven’t managed to find a conditioner that even comes close! It is an intense hair mask which is actually designed for afro hair. I find that most conditioners designed for frizzy hair are nowhere near strong enough for my hair but this one is amazing. I try to use it every two or three weeks, leaving it on for an hour or so with my head wrapped in cling film. It has a gorgeous orange smell! I usually buy the Replenishing Paks from Boots (92p)and use the entire application in one go. You can also get the conditioner in a bottle which does around 6 applications.
I love this nail polish (Disco Mix by Models Own)! It is completely opaque in just two coats and as it’s a glitter polish it stays put for ages. The only downside is that it is pretty hard to remove but I definitely think it’s worth the effort!
L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam is the latest cleanser I’ve tried. I had it free at Christmas time when I ordered a load of presents from L’Occitane but it would usually cost £18.50 for 150ml.I was told once when I had a facial that I shouldn’t use foaming cleansers as they can make skin feel dry and tight if you already have dry skin. I’ve noticed with other foaming cleansers that my skin does feel tight after using them but I haven’t had that with this one. It smells nice and fresh and really feels as though it cleans my skin thoroughly. The bottle says that the cleansing foam is suitable for all skin types and for every day use.
This week I decided to practice the cling film technique, this time using different colours. I painted my nails white first and then used the cling film to top each nail in a different colour. I don’t think I chose the colours all that well and didn’t really like the mix (the red was definitely a mistake – I thought it would be toned down by the white!) so only kept this manicure for a couple of days. As you can see it was also really messy around the edges….
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I am off on holiday today so thought I would run a competition while I am away. BuyAGift.co.uk have kindly offered to give one reader a spa day for two people at Virgin Active! The Reviver Pamper Package includes use of the health club facilities for two people and either a 40 minute ESPA facial with head or hand massage, or a 40 minute back, neck and shoulder massage with head or leg massage. There are 46 Virgin Active Health Clubs across the UK so there is sure to be one near you!
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The giveaway closes on July 28th and I will announce the winner as soon as I can after that. Good luck!
1. Sunny day for my day off.
2. Afternoon tea at The Intercontinental.
3. View from The Shard.
4. Cocktails in Giraffe.
5. Colourful macaroons!
6. Cupcake shopping.
7. Models Own Disco Mix.
8, 9 & 10. Linlithgow near Edinburgh.
11. Chocolate pasta!
12. Family meal at Center Parcs.
13. Reading in the sun.
15. Chalk art by my sister.