The (Rather Late) Fuerteventura Blog

A night view over the beach from the entrance to the resort. You can see the beach that's well light, the dark water and the reflection of lights from other hotels around the other side of the bay.

I can’t believe it’s been two months since I went on holiday. I’m not even sure why it’s taken this long to post it but it was an amazing holiday and I think this place may even be on my list of places to visit again. Until this year I had never flown anywhere and we decided to go somewhere we hadn’t been before, had good weather when we were going, in our budget and was all inclusive.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition, Written by JK Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay

The title image for the review. It has a photo of the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban behind a text box.

This illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third in the series written by JK Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay. These are pretty big books and every page in the standard edition is full colour, unless it’s a sketch style image, with illustrations of the characters and settings of the book. The RRP for these is £30 but they’re available on amazon for under £20

Most people reading this have probably either read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies, so I’m not going to go into too much detail when it comes to reviewing the story of the book. I love the art style that Jim Kay has and already have the first and second books in the Harry Potter series that he has illustrated. These are pretty big books so you get some nice sized illustrations with a lot of detail in there.

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Review: Sleek Makeup 3AM Eyeshadow Palette

The Sleek Makeup 3AM Palette title image. Behind the text is a photo of the palette open leaning on the card sleeve

This is the 3AM i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette from Sleek Makeup, a palette with twelve mineral based eyeshadows in multiple finishes. There’s metallic shadows, shimmers, mattes and one that could be a duochrome. It costs £8.99 so it’s definitely at the budget end of the scale and I will always be tempted by any of their new releases as they can be so good.

The 3AM palette looked like the perfect combination of two separate colour palettes, there are six that I would say come under the warm browns and coppers and six that come under the more reddy browns and maroon type colours. This would make it the perfect palette for travel as you could have so many different looks with some mattes in there for a more natural look too.

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Change is Scary

The title image. Behind the text is a photo of the front of a 2019 diary and a book about the Dreamweaver website designing program

Change is scary, it’s unknown and difficult, but a lot of the time it’s inevitable. Some things don’t change, like my love for cheesy 90s pop, Red Dwarf and Crash Bandicoot, but for most things it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Even the best kind of change can be scary, especially when it’s something big. One of my goals for this year was to try new things, and I have definitely done that, more on that later. But, with my chronic illnesses it means that these changes can have more of an effect than I realised they would.

We all have our comfort zones, whether it’s staying at home reading, burying ourselves in our work or focussing on our friends or family over trying new things. This blog kind of became my comfort zone and I ended up almost relying on it for more than it was. I ended up getting anxious when I couldn’t post on the day I set myself, I’d end up posting a ‘sorry I can’t post’ type post and it wasn’t really fun at times. That’s one of the reasons the changes in my life, or maybe more my way of thinking, started.

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Review: Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid

Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid title image. Behind the text box is a phot of the bottle with its lid off and sat to one side

Until fairly recently I didn’t tend to use much different on my face when it comes to sun protection, I’d just throw on whatever I used on my body, which isn’t the best for my skin as it can be acne prone and sensitive. I still tend to find that a lot of high spf face products are a bit rich and either leave me looking oily or makeup just won’t stick to them. I do still love the Ultrasun Face SPF30 that I started using a couple of years ago, but as I was going to Fuerteventura a couple of months ago and I am pale with skin that does not like the sun I wanted to try something with an even higher SPF.

I saw the Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid on the Boots website and thought I’d give it a go. It’s got an SPF of 50 and costs £15 for a 30ml bottle. It seems quite expensive, but this bottle has lasted me the past two months and it’s probably still got a month in it. It’s definitely lasting longer than I thought when I pulled it out of the box.

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Review: No7 Nude to Night Palette

I got the No7 Nude to Night Palette as a free gift with purchase a while ago, it’s an all in one face palette with six eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter and a blusher. It seemed like the perfect travel palette so I took it away on holiday with me to try out, then didn’t actually wear any makeup. I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit since to see how well they last.

If you buy this full price it’s £25, which isn’t a bad price when it comes to No7, their standard blushes come in a 3g pan and cost £9, this one has 3.2g of the bronzer and blush and a 3.8g pan for the highlighter so those three alone would probably cost more than this. It’s also nice and compact and would actually work for travel without being so small that it’s hard to use the face products with a standard brush.

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Debenhams Beauty Discovery Box

Debenhams Beauty Discovery Box title image. Behind the text is a photo of the drawer style box open with the products inside it.

I do love a good beauty box, they can be a great way to try new products in a way that’s larger than the tiny samples you get for free. Debenhams have a Beauty Discovery Box, with seven travel sized products in it, for £35. At the moment there is an offer where if you buy a beauty of fragrance product then it’s half price. I can’t find anywhere that says that it’s got a minimum spend and I spent just over £20 and got the offer.

The seven products included cover hair, skin and makeup and include products from Too Faced, Kat Von D, Clarins, Clinique, Smashbox, Murad and Aveda. I have to say that the Too Faced mascara and the Smashbox primer are the two that I wanted the most, and pretty much cover the cost of the box at half price, but I am looking forward to trying the others. As with any of these beauty box posts I do, this is pretty much first impressions, unless I’ve already used the product in the past, and I’ll add up the total of what everything would be worth separately to see if it’s worth the money.

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Summer Haul Part 2: A Bit of Everything – Boots, Matalan, Primark and TK Maxx

With our holiday a week away there were some bits I needed to get and some finishing touches I had planned for my room over a year ago now that I hadn’t bought so I decided to finish off both in one go. There’s a mix of home, beauty and fashion from TK Maxx, Matalan, Boots and Primark so there really is a bit of everything in this haul, or maybe that should be hauls.

All this holiday shopping has definitely got me feeling summery, even if it’s cold and wet here in the UK at the moment!

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Review: New No7 Hydraluminous Foundation in Calico

No7 Hydraluminous Foundation title image. Behind the text is a photo of the Hydraluminous foundation tube on a fluffy white background

Recently No7 released their HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation and concealer, along with a range of skin care products. These are all supposed to help people with dry skin and the foundation is supposed to help to improve your skin over time, like an additional skin care step within your makeup routine. If you’re thinking of trying it I’d recommend giving it a go soon as, at the moment, it’s on an offer where everything in the range is £10 so you’d save £5 off the RRP of £15 on this foundation and more on some of the others.

I wouldn’t normally buy a foundation without testing it first but I know that their lightest shade, Calico, is a pretty good match for me and I have drops that can lighten or darken it if the colour match was a total failure. The idea of a medium coverage foundation from a company that my skin gets on with and also works for dry skin sounded too good to be true so I had to give it a try.

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Getting Ready for Holidays Haul Part 1: Boots

The Summer Haul Part 1: Boots title image. Behind the text box is a photo of everything bought in the haul

It feels like it’s been a while since I last posted, it’s probably not been all that long but I think I needed to step back and life sort of took over. I’ll do more of a post about it soon but blogging was getting stressful, which is not what I ever want it to be, and this break means I’m actually looking forward to posting and have all these ideas. Anyway, onto the post itself.

I recently decided that I wasn’t really going to do many hauls, but as I’m going away to Fuerteventura in April I had so many things I wanted to get ready for that or that were on my list to buy after the no-buy February and my general decluttering that I felt like I wanted to share with you guys what I was getting. This is all from Boots and most of it is actually Soap and Glory but I am so ready for these summer products that I got a bit excited and may have bought almost everything in their new scent that they released in February. It did help that almost everything that I bought was in a mix and match three for two at the time so I got a few of these things free.

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