My month in random items – July

I know.  It is August already (and the heatwave is a distant memory) but I didn’t get my act together at the end of July so am only publishing this now.  It is still valid – these really are the things that rocked my world in July.  It was a funny month:  It started off with us on holiday in Ibiza (take me back!), included a day at Wimbledon, a heck of a lot of hot weather and sunshine and also a bit of work in between.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

It’s not a new book and I have had it for a while but it never really enticed me in, probably because I think the cover is a bit naff (it’s probably had a re-design by now), but I decided to read it on holiday, if only to de-clutter my bookshelf.  And it completely sucked me in.  It is so well written, the characters are brilliantly  brought to life and the storyline keeps you turning the pages all the way to the end.  It is far from heavy going and if you are looking for some holiday reading, or just to get lost in a good book, then I cannot recommend this one highly enough.  In fact I am off to find out what other novels she has written…..

Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic (£25 for 250ml ) and AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum (£35 for 200ml)

These are only sample sizes as I won them in a Get the Gloss competition (  I like quite a lot of Ren’s products as I prefer more natural products wherever possible and interestingly had already invested in the Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic a couple of months ago.  I tried to use it then but it was too soon after an allergic skin flare-up so it didn’t go down well.  A few months on and I have been using it daily with no problems.  It is supposed to brighten the complexion, refine the skin’s texture and minimise the look of pores.  Can I see a change?  I really can’t tell!  Probably not what I am supposed to be saying but then my skin always looks so much better in the summer months.  I will just have to keep using as we go into the colder months to see if it can help keep my skin glowing and I’ll keep you posted.

If you use such a product on your face then it makes sense to do the same on your body and as we all know, the bod does need a bit more TLC during the summer months and especially a summer like this one when there has been less hiding behind cooler weather cover-up clothing.  I only used it on my arms and décolletage to ensure it lasted a little longer and I can report there has been an improvement in the skin’s texture – the skin on my elbows is a little softer too – but if you have really dry skin then you will need a body lotion on the top.  However, you are supposed to discontinue use 2 weeks before going in the sun (I must confess I didn’t and I was fine) so to be on the safe side perhaps only use it from autumn to spring?  I am going to invest in it to try when my skin has reverted from its sun-kissed glow to it’s normal winter pallor as that will be the real test.

Mission Impossible, Fallout

I know.  Not exactly an ‘item’ but for the couple of days that the temperature briefly dipped and funny wet stuff fell out of the sky, we went to the cinema to see this.  I have to be honest, it is not my kind of film at all, in fact I went to see the first Mission Impossible way back when and thought it was all a load of tosh, but the other half really wanted to see it so I did the decent thing.  The reviews are good and if you are a Tom Cruise fan (I am ambivalent) then you won’t be disappointed.  It is a jolly good romp with lots of car chases (highly improbable), lots of TC running very fast (and smashing his ankle in the process) and a quite ridiculous helicopter chase (about as daft and incredulous as can be imagined).  It was OK, I’m not going to lie, but about 3/4 of the way through I just got bored and was hoping the bombs would explode and kill everyone and then I could go home.


Olaplex, £32 for 100ml

It  is a generally accepted fact that your hair gets totally trashed on a summer holiday.  Especially if you have naturally curly hair (I do) that is also colour treated (I do).  Every summer I read endless articles on how to care for your hair in the sun but I don’t take any of the advice.  Why?  Because when my hair gets wet in the sea it goes into tight ringlets that I rather like because I straighten my hair for the rest of the year.  I am just not going to sit on the beach applying some product or other to help it out.  Sorry.  So I just leave it and wash and condition it every two to three days.  It does indeed get quite sun-bleached and after three days it feels like straw but trust me, when I get back from holiday and start treating it, then it bounces back in no time.  This year I decided to give Olaplex a whirl.  I know it has been around for ages and everyone generally raves about it, but this is a first for me.  The instructions say to apply it before shampooing and to leave it in for at least 10 minutes but I took it to another level and left it in overnight before washing my hair the following morning.  And what did I think?  Yup.  It does exactly what it says it is going to do and it’s reputation is totally justified.  My hair felt soft, strong and silky and held its style for so much longer afterwards.  I am now using it weekly to strengthen and repair my locks and I leave it in overnight for best results.  A beauty must-have.

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