Those of you who follow me on social media, will know the past couple of days have been very difficult for me. Our beloved Daisy passed away last week Wednesday (we knew she wasn’t doing well, but one can never really be prepared for when a loved one dies), and even though people say she’s in a better place – I just can’t bring myself to believe that, because her best place was with us.
In September of 2012 Neal picked Daisy up on a busy road, she had no collar, no tag and no chip and was sure to be hit by a car if Neal didn’t stop to pick her up. We did everything we could to help find her parents (owners) but after a couple of days we decided to keep her because she was just such a good girl. We were blessed with the best little dog for 1 year and 9 months, and I comfort myself knowing the time she had with us felt a bit longer for her (just over 11 dog years).
In the end Daisy’s body was just too tired, and even though I would give anything to be able to spend another day with her and be able to say goodbye, I know it was probably the right time for her to go. There are so many things I miss about Daisy – her intelligent eyes, how she was never an attention-seeker but whenever she needed a little love, she would paw my ankles, her love for chicken, and her distaste for veggies, how she used to sit and eat like the lazy little dog she was, how she used to sit and wait for me at the gate whenever I left the house… Everything reminds me of her and my heart is so broken, I honestly have no idea how it will ever be whole again. I can only hope my soul will meet her little soul in doggy heaven one day (as I’d much rather spend my after-life with animals).
I love you, Daisy, and you will always be my best girl.
I haven’t been active on social media since, and to be honest, I haven’t wanted to take Instagram photos, tweet, write a blog post or do anything productive at all. I am forcing myself to write this blog post, though, because I am hoping keeping busy will help me.
I had been saving up my empty MAC eyeshadow and blush containers after depotting them into Z Palettes for a good couple of months now. I also go through brow pencils quite fast, so I had 3 empty pencils waiting to be returned to MAC. In the end I had 20 empty containers, which means I could return 18 of them to MAC as part of their recycling programme called ‘Back To MAC’ and receive 3 lipsticks.
As mentioned, ‘Back To MAC’ is their recycling program, and is one of its 5 social initiative programs. The program is pretty straight forward – return 6 MAC containers in exchange for a free lipstick of your choice. The lipstick can unfortunately not be from the MAC Viva Glam program as 100% of the purchase price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund. Sheen Supreme lipsticks are also off-limits as they are a bit more expensive than the original lipsticks.
MAC does not accept the following as a part of the program:
♥ Secondary packaging of any sort i.e. paper box, plastic / cellophane wrapper, shopping bags, etc.
♥ Samples i.e. sample containers, special / trial size products for promotional / seasonal kits
♥ Cosmetic applicators / tools i.e. disposables, puffs, sponges, scissors, spatulas, swabs, sharpeners, tweezers, curlers
♥ Accessories i.e. bags, belts, makeup cases, lashes, blot film
I was quite overwhelmed by the selection of lipsticks, and yet, a lot of the popular lippies were out of stock (Rebel, Pink Plaid, Creme D ‘Nude), so after swatching probably 20 lipsticks, I settled on Sweetie, Hang Up and Lovelorn.
Sweetie is a Lustre lippie, which means it is slightly sheer, with an ultra shiny finish (it gives the lips a high impact, wet look). This is definitely a medium pink – a ‘my lips but better’ shade with tiny gold shimmer flecks. It’s fairly sheer, yet buildable, plus gives the lips a glossy sheen. Application is very easy, it glides on smoothly without pulling or tugging and is the perfect lipstick for applying without a mirror.
Hang Up is a Cremesheen lippie, which means it is a creamy lipstick with full coverage. This is a deep plum colour (perfect for Autumn or Winter), that can be worn as a full-on opaque lippie or a sheer lip tint (just lightly dab it onto the lips). Application is wonderful, since it is such a creamy lipstick.
Lovelorn is also a Lustre, and even though it looks a lot like Sweetie, it’s actually more opaque and slightly milkier with a more neutral undertone (Sweetie has a slightly cool undertone). Lovelorn (a cult favourite) contains no shimmer, and I would say it’s the sophisticated older sister of MAC Creme Cup. This applies smoothly, doesn’t accentuate dryness and is buildable for full coverage.
Here are a couple of swatches:
MAC lipsticks retail for R 190,00 per tube. As you can see below, the Sales Assistant scribbled on the bottom of the lipstick, so you are not able to recycle these ‘Back To MAC’ lipsticks again.