Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why I Decided To Stop Blogging - For Now | Lifestyle

Blogging has always been fun. It has shown itself to be a lee-way for expression, demonstration and learning. It has, and always will be, a platform made available to all for of education, exchange of information and knowledge. One of its’ most beautiful aspects is how accommodating it is – one can blog about almost anything, with a varied target audience, with a mixed number of intentions – and I have enjoyed every aspect of it.

I started my blog on Monday, 29 June 2015, with the purpose of not constraining its’ posts to a certain topic or category, but rather to give some insight into all aspects of life, hence the name “A Day In Life”. My blog began to grow slowly, while putting posts together became something I really enjoyed doing in my spare time. I hadn’t written much, and still haven’t as my blog does not consist of too many posts, but when I chose to write, I would put my all into it. I started my blog when I was in first year university, and while this year, second year, I find my timetable and lecture time having decreased in comparison to last year, work load has filled those gaps, leaving me very little time to attribute to the blog. I have also moved into my own flat, and circumstances this year have changed compared to those of last year, thus not only having the aspect of time to limit my focus on the blog, but also resources.

I have thus decided to stop blogging at this stage. Having a blog is a serious commitment, and if I cannot put my all into it for long periods of time like present (I have not blogged since January – unacceptable!), I would rather put it on hold and, if future times allow, perhaps pick up on it once again. I do not see it as fair not to be consistent or reliable when it comes to my posts, especially when I have readers waiting on me. I am currently in the process of setting new goals for myself, including my work, and those are my number 1 priorities at this stage. You will, however, be able to follow these on my social media down below.

I, therefore, would like to thank every single person who has supported me with taking time out of their days to either read a post I have written or to like the blog’s Facebook page and comment on it. Thank you to everyone who shared my posts, to those who encouraged me and to all those who helped me with any tiny aspect of it all. It was a great experience, one that hopefully has not ended forever!

I will still be active on Instagram and Snapchat, both with the username roxanne_appleby. Be sure to follow me on these, as I will still be sharing new adventures and experiences with you through them!

Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported A Day In Life blog at any given time, and making this such a pleasant experience for me. Thank you for reading, and hopefully we will see each other in the near future once more!

With all my love,

Roxanne Appleby x

Friday, January 22, 2016

Elizabeth Arden DAY to DATE Color Collection | Beauty


Just like my previous post on the CALA brushes that I received from my boyfriend for Christmas (see the review here), I also received this beautiful Elizabeth Arden DAY to DATE Color Collection set from him and thought it was way too incredible not to share it with all of you! Unfortunately I haven’t tried any (yes, ANY!) of the products out yet – don’t ask me why, but I have a tendency to keep something I love instead of using it – but I think that a blend of these will create beautiful looks and I will most definitely put them all to use super soon! 

Since I am unable to write a review on them when they’re just as new as when I received them on Christmas Day, I decided to put together a quick post showing you what this lovely, elegant set entails. The set came in this dazzling zippered cosmetic case - it was love at first sight! Below are all the contents of the set. I'll be going into more detail of each one further on.
One of the first things that popped out to me is how chic all the products looked in their packaging. Together with the products came a little booklet which guides you through each look - both day and date - with descriptions of each product according to the image provided, which I thought was a lovely idea. 
Moving on to each of the products within the set:
For the Eyes:
 1. Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara and a 3 Piece Brush Set.
2. Two gorgeous Day and Night Palettes.
Day Palette (from left to right): Blonde, Chocolate, Misty Teal-Contour, Innocence, Classic Khaki-Contour, Classic Khaki-Highlighter, Cobblestone, Periwinkle.
Included - Blush in shade Romantic Rose.
Night Palette (from left to right): Party Plum, Blackout, Night Owl, Spotlight, Bone, Pearled Kiss, Tempting Teal, Gold Rush.
Included - Blush in shade Blushing Pink.
3. Two Eye Pencils in shades Smokey Black and Midnight.
For the Lips:
 1. Four outrageous lipsticks in shades Raspberry, Ultra Violet, Iced Grape, Desert Rose.
2. Two Lip Pencils in shades Sugared Kiss and Orchid.
 3. Two Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in shades Passion Fruit and Precious Petal. 
Extras:
Elizabeth Arden Shimmer Powder as well as a bottle of All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (I forgot to take pictures of that one, sorry!).

And that is the stunning Elizabeth Arden DAY to DATE Color Collection! If you ever get the chance to get your hands on this set, I hope you love it as much as I do. The products look absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to try them out. Also, if you have created any looks with these specific products or any other EA products share them with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (you'll find the links to them on the right hand side of this page below my description!). I hope you enjoyed this post and see you soon!

Monday, January 11, 2016

CALA Brushes | Review


This years’ very first post concerns quality, but at a reduced cost – something that is not always easily found. Welcome back to the blog and a very Happy New Year! Blogging has been extremely scarce for the past couple of months due to the busy daily routine I have found myself in. I will however try to be around more regularly, and hopefully so will you!

A very noticeable aspect of South African cosmetics is its’ quality and price range extremes. The availability of products is prominent, where on one side lies super cheap makeup brushes and on the other, one encounters high-end brands such as MAC, Stigma and Real Techniques. With that, it is relatively challenging to come across brushes that will last, without possessing the weighty price tag we all dread.

For Christmas, I received the CALA Deluxe Travel Brush Set from my boyfriend and I have fallen in love! I am unsure of the exact price of this one but I know, through previous encounters with and reviews read about these brushes, that they are budget-friendly and do not disappoint!
I haven’t washed my brushes yet as they are just a week or two old, but according to what I have been told about them, after a few washes with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (common product used to wash makeup brushes), they still appear to be as new and fresh as day 1.

One of the very first things that became my favourite about these brushes is how soft and fluffy they are! They feel absolutely incredible on the face and that is an immediate bonus for me! The bristles are also held tightly by the ferrules of the brush, which will further prevent any easy loosening or detaching of these (this may of course eventually happen – all brushes get old at some point!). These brushes are cruelty-free as well as synthetic (great for liquid, cream or powder products).

This set contains: a powder brush, a concealer brush, a shading brush, an eye shadow brush, an eyeliner brush and a brush case. I feel that this a great combination for both beginners and those a little more serious about makeup, as it offers brushes that accommodate the basics of a relatively detailed look.

I love the appearance of the brushes as well as their texture, and the convenience of the case, which allows such easy mobility of these. The case is also relatively compact, being able to easily fit into ones bag without taking up much space.

I certainly believe that these are affordable and great value for money. I am really enjoying this set so far and hope that you do to - if you decide to try these brushes after this post. If you have tried any of these brushes or any other products from CALA, please share your experiences and insight about them in the comments below. Thank you for reading and I will see you soon!