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9 July 2018

There's loads of skincare products on the market right now, with different benefits and uses. I only buy skincare products on a recommendation or after reading the reviews because I know they work for other people, and high-end products are really expensive. Below are my skincare essentials I'm using and loving right now.


The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil

I first used this serum at uni as my mum gave me it, because she didn't really use it. It did and continues to do wonders for my skin and clears any spots I've got. The formula is quite oily, so only recommended to use last thing before you go to bed and not before touching your phone or anything like, as it'll make marks. Waking up I have such amazingly soft skin, thanks to this product - definitely one I would recommend.

It's not what you'd call cheap at £16 a bottle, but you can get it at The Body Shop.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

This is a big products amongst beauty bloggers/vloggers and skincare geeks alike, and I can see exactly why. It's a great exfoliator for getting all those impurities from the skin, leaving radiant and soft skin, before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine. I use this morning and night along with the cloth given with the set I bought, and it helps my skin so much - though I would say the cloth needs more washing that I currently give it or it gets awfully dirty.

Fabulips Lip Scrub

This was part of an M&S beauty box my sister came home with one day, so picked it out as part of what I wanted from it. I didn't use it at all for a few years until I came across it in my drawer a couple of months ago. It doesn't have an expiry date (not that I can see anyway!) and I used it before I went to bed one night.

I usually have really chapped lips in the Winter, and I awoke the next morning with the softest lips I've ever had. Now I have this on my person wherever I go, using it when I need to, and it's a lip saver. Get it on Amazon* if you're interested.

This is an usually short post, but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless! What are your skincare go-to's? I might find a new product to try - let me know in the comments.


A K Jones
xx

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2 July 2018

We're midway through the year which has just flown by. But it's lovely outside and I rather hope it stays that way. In June I haven't listened to as much music as I normally would, mostly the same songs on repeat, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.


Having said that, in my repetition I did include a couple of new tunes from the wonderful NF, Bebe Rexha and Mabel, listened to whilst basking in the glorious sunshine that the UK is experiencing at the moment. My apparent liking for The 1975 has continued and I'm not ashamed to say that. Also on the list is some Daughtry (whom I got tickets to see - so buzzing for October!), a bit of Cale Dodds and lots of others.

Check out the playlist embedded below and follow me on Spotify to keep up with the latest of my music playlist and what's being blasted through my headphones.

Tracklist
1. ReggaetΓ³n Lento (Remix) - CNCO, Little Mix
2. Little Red Wine - Tyler Braden
3. The City - The 1975
4. Gorgeous - Taylor Swift
5. Life on Earth (Alternate Version) - Snow Patrol
6. From the Fire to the Frying Pan - Sonic Boom Six
7. Finders Keepers - Mabel, Kojo Funds
8. All These Lives - Daughtry
9. Drop the Bass (And Pick It Up) - Sonic Boom Six
10. I Wanna Know - NOTD, Bea Miller
11. Do What You Wanna Do - Sonic Boom Six
12. Lie - NF
13. Sovereign Light CafΓ© - Keane
14. No Surprise - Daughtry
15. I'm a Mess - Bebe Rexha
16. A Bad Dream - Keane
17. Take You Back - Cale Dodds
18. High Horse - Kacey Musgraves
19. Solo - Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato

Hope you're having a lovely June and an even better July, as that's when I'll next be updating you on all my latest listens.

Happy Listening!

A K Jones
xx

CNCO cover courtesy of Sony Music Latin [Source], Tyler Braden cover [Source], The 1975 cover courtesy of Dirty Hit / Polydor Records [Source], reputation cover courtesy of Big Machine Records [Source].

29 June 2018

June has been an interesting month for achieving my goals, as I've spent more time outside than anything else, catching the rays that seem to be emitting at quite a rate these days. It's also been so busy work-wise, and I found out today that I got an interview for a new job, so will keep you updated on Twitter. See below for how I got on with my June goals.

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Read the rest of my book.
I read a lot more of it, but didn't finish it sadly so it's definitely an action for me next month - I will get there! I like reading The Child but really want to have an early bedtime too.

Save more money. 
I have saved a good amount of money this month, even though I've now got a car to pay for and more driving lessons, so lots has gone out of my account. But I saved some, and that's better than nothing!

Work towards passing my driving test.My test is in August so I hope to be ready in time and have a good chance of passing. I'm doing OK in my progress, getting 4&5's / 5 in my little book that shows how I'm getting on. Wish me luck!

Have more time off social media.
I'm pretty sure I've achieved this, and turning off all of my notifications has helped my mental health so much (a post is coming about that soon). I spent more time with my family and not looking at screens whilst already watching TV.

I hope you've had a great June and you're looking forward to July. See you at the beginning of July for my July Goals.

A K Jones
xx


19 June 2018

My sister Sarah and I recently jetted off for a little city break to Madrid, Spain. It was a city that neither of us had been to and wanted to explore. We also rented an AirBnB for the first time and it didn't turn out to be a pile of rubble, it was actually really lovely.

I know it's the typical 'plane window picture', but I thought it looked really good.

|| Friday ||
After getting to the city about 5pm we boarded the Metro and went to the suburb of Oporto. One thing I would definitely recommend in Madrid is a tourist pass - it's less than €30 and gives you unlimited access to the metro, buses and trains for as long as you're staying in the city. We checked into the AirBnB apartment, stopping by the local shop to get some necessities. Sarah & I were both exhausted, so we cooked a pizza (difficult as there was no kitchen oven) and headed off to bed. Days spent travelling are days wasted, but useful if you want to get anywhere.

|| Saturday ||
The first proper day of our trip started quite late, as we watched the Royal Wedding which was from 10:30-3pm local time. It was then time for the bus tours, of both historic and modern Madrid. Having time to explore two sides of the city took up most of our afternoon, and helped set our bearings for where we wanted to go in the next few days. Sarah then made the most amazing mac & cheese for dinner πŸ˜it was definitely needed after all the walking!

This street is so pretty πŸ˜πŸ˜ 
Fun tour bus times!



|| Sunday ||
Starting the day at a market, we were bombarded by lots of nice products to buy, include Ptada sunglasses and Vurberry bags, as well as some of the fakest Beats headphones I've ever seen, they hadn't even tried to conceal that they were off-brand! 





As you can see in the picture above, there was also surgical equipment and syringes on sale. Not sterilised or anything, just sat there. I wonder if anyone bought them πŸ€”

After this strange discovery we went to an unsuspecting little shop on the corner of a street, which turned out to be a food and drink market so naturally, we tried a lot that was on offer. The strawberry margaritas were so good 😍😍



We moved on from the market to a little cafe for another drink. Spain has huge measures! I had a vodka+coke and it felt like half the bottle was in my drink. Heading back to the apartment we had some dinner and went straight to bed, exhausted. 

|| Monday ||
Monday was supposed to be our last day in the city, but for reasons that will be made clear later that didn’t happen. We spent our day exploring the city’s Royal palace, which was lovely and really fascinating finding out about where they host their receptions and dinners. 









We also took the opportunity to take some nice iPhone X portrait photos. 



Outfit of The Day:
Shirt, Shorts and bag - Primark
Watch - FitBit
Bracelet - M&S

Upon returning to the apartment, I received an email saying that our flight was cancelled. We booked a hotel and got alternative flights for the next day so all was not lost. 

|| Tuesday ||
After travelling over to the hotel near the airport, we just spent our day chilling, exhausted from all the exploring in the days prior. We then headed down to a local bar for dinner and had a great burger, with a ‘sex on the beach’ cocktail πŸ‘πŸ»

We had a great time in the city and it’s definitely one I would go back to. Have you ever been to Madrid and saw something I missed? Let me know. 

A K Jones
xx

9 June 2018

It's now halfway through the year - how?! Soon it'll be Christmas. There, I said it - the C word. Think about how quickly we got to June.

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Anyway, today I have my June goals that I want to achieve during the month. I did one for May and April, so be sure to check those out too. Without further ado, here's what I want to achieve in June.

Read the rest of my book.
I set that as a goal in May and although I read a few pages, I didn't get to finish it. I've now set a reminder to read before bed and get off my phone, so I'm not kept awake at night from the blue light my phone emits.

Save more money.
I've got a set amount that I want to save this month, but with credit card bills, possibly getting a car and all that involves, I know it's going to be hard. But I hope to reach my savings target.

Work towards passing my driving test.
I currently have my test booked, but it's all about being good enough to pass. I'm making progress which is great, so I hope to have more 5s (my progress is marked from 1-5) on my record before the end of the month.

Have more time off social media.
I think I spend too much time absorbed in other peoples' lives than living my own. So this month I'm going to schedule tweets and have more time with my family.

Hope you're all having an amazing month so far and I'll be back towards the end for a round-up of how I've done.

A K Jones
xx

3 June 2018

May has passed by so fast. How are we halfway through the year already?! Anyway, I've got a round-up of my May Goals and how I got on with them.


Finish a book. I had a good read of my book, but didn't finish it. It's not James Joyce's Ulysses or anything, but I don't have that much time to read (or maybe I should get off my phone a bit earlier...). I'll set it as a goal for next month and eventually finish it!

Upload more to Instagram. I definitely achieved this, by uploading a couple of photos from Madrid and even an outfit of the day. Throughout June I want to try more outfit photos and hauls.

Have more self-care. I can give that a massive tick, as I treated myself to a nice bath and face mask, as well as taking more time to breathe and do a bit of meditation, to relax from the stressful day I've had.

Create one episode of my podcast a week, even if it's just a short one. I don't think I achieved this and I kind of lost motivation to create it, particularly due to most of my work week being taken up with meetings etc, but over the bank holiday I made an episode and I've now got lots of interviewees for episodes to be published soon.

I'll be publishing my June goals soon, so be sure to look out for them!

A K Jones
xx

1 June 2018

May's been a good month for me music-wise, as I've discovered a lot of new songs that I love and want to shout about. This month's playlist includes a bit of retro Kylie, Keane and The Killers (which all begin with K for some reason, not deliberate at all!) a couple of new additions from Banx & Ranx, CHVRHCES and Raelynn. See the tracklist below for the full scope.


Tracklist:
1. Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue
2. I Can Be Somebody - Deorro, Erin McCarley
3. 10,000 - Elliot Root
4. The Real World - Owl City
5. Heaven - Kane Brown
6. All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
7. All Around The World - Collagen Girl, ATC
8. Run - Scott Quinn
9. Drink About - Seeb, Dagny
10. Miracle - CHVRCHES
11. Queen's Don't - RaeLynn
12. Troubled Times - Green Day
13. Answerphone - Banx & Ranx, Ella Eyre, Yxng Bane
14. Wilder - Ryan Follese
15. Solo - Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato
16. Life On Earth (Alternate Version) - Snow Patrol
17. Gorgeous - Taylor Swift
18. Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

Listen to the playlist below and be sure to follow me on Spotify to keep up with what's on next month's playlist before anyone else.


Happy Listening!

A K Jones
xx

Kylie Minogue album cover courtesy of Parlophone Records (source), Owl City album cover courtesy of Republic Records (source), Deorro album cover courtesy of Dim Mak Records (source), Elliot Root album cover courtesy of Universal Music New Zealand (source).