Back To MAC Haul

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.

Back To Mac Haul

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.

MAC Sweetie

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.

MAC Hang Up

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.

MAC Lovelorn

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 Swatches-1

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.

MAC Recycled Lipsticks



  1. Charlene 9 June 2014 / 10:06

    Biggest Hugs! I know how awfully painful it is to lose a beloved pet. I still cry to this day for the passing of all my pets. I really love how a dog can come into your life and completely make it better, how their presence enriches every day and the memories of them keep you smiling for the rest of your life. I have learnt a lesson from each of my pets that I’ll always be grateful for. Lots of love to you in this time, I know nothing makes it feel better XXX

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:52

      Thank you so so much, Charlene. I think of little Daisy every day – sometimes the memories bring a smile to my face, and other times they bring tears to my eyes. It’s like I have a constant tightness in my chest that just won’t go away. I miss her so very much. :(

  2. Kaye-Leigh 9 June 2014 / 10:36

    My heart breaks with yours!
    I lost my beloved cat, Balthazar, last week Saturday. He was hit by a car and my parents found his body lying in the road. I cried for 2 days straight. I still get teary eyed over the poor little soul.
    We do grow stronger,they will forever be in our hearts and we will miss them for eternity!
    Wishing you lots of strength, I feel your pain.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:49

      I’m so sorry to hear about Balthazar, Kaye-Leigh. :( It’s such a difficult time, sending you a big hug. x

  3. Cindy 9 June 2014 / 10:42

    It’s so hard losing someone that you love – there aren’t even words that can really make it any better. Lots of hugs as you deal with this distressing time.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:48

      Thank you very much for leaving such a sweet comment, Cindy. x

  4. Dee 9 June 2014 / 11:24

    I just got all teary eyed, I’m so sorry for your loss. Animals become our children and it’s so hard losing a member of your family. I am sending you lots of hugs, Luzanne. x

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:47

      Thank you so much, Dee. x

  5. Zahira M 9 June 2014 / 11:34

    My heart is breaking for you, Luzanne. There are no words that will make you feel better, only time will heal. Try to get back into a routine, that is all that helped for me when I lost my beloved Max.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:47

      Yes, I am trying to stay busy with work and blog stuff. Thank you for commenting, Zahira. x

  6. adajeannie 9 June 2014 / 11:38

    So sorry about Daisy Luzanne!

  7. Chereen 9 June 2014 / 11:42

    Sending so much love, Luzanne. I know how incredibly heartbreaking it is to lose a fur baby, and how you never quite get over it. Thinking of you and so sorry for your loss x

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:46

      Thank you for your sweet words, Chereen. x

  8. Kate Ferguson (FergliciousKate) 9 June 2014 / 13:17

    Ah the curse of an animal lover and pet owner ;-( I know people who refuse to have any more pets because they can’t bare the heart ache attached to losing them. Sending you massive massive hugs! XXXXX

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:45

      I was actually saying that exact same thing to Neal this past weekend – I honestly don’t know if I’d be able to get another dog again because we still have Charlie and Jezebelle (which means we still have 2 heart aches that lie ahead of us). :(

  9. faeema 9 June 2014 / 14:14

    Sending you lots of love during this difficult time. I do know that our little fur friends live on in our hearts forever.

  10. Ronel Marais 9 June 2014 / 14:32

    Ai, I am so sorry Luzanne. I am sure she was very lucky to have spent her last days with you. Stay strong, she’s looking down on you with a very happy heart. x

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:44

      Thank you for your kind words, Ronel. x

  11. Stephanie 9 June 2014 / 15:43

    Awwww my heart broke reading your post on little Daisy (hugs)to you Mommy. Most def you guys will be reunited in some form or another.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2014 / 10:44

      Thank you for saying that, Steph, I really appreciate it. x

  12. Cassidy Taylor-Memmory 10 June 2014 / 11:26

    Sending you the BIGGEST hugs and lots of love <3


    ps: such beautiful colours! – love!

  13. Tjoppie 11 June 2014 / 14:12

    Ah, Daisy girl! You will always have a special place in my heart! I will always remember her little grinning smile with the bottom teeth showing! It was always a pleasure to take care of her, one of my very special furry grandchildren!

    • Luzanne 12 June 2014 / 09:33

      She was very special, wasn’t she? x

  14. Lily 11 June 2014 / 23:57

    Sending you LOTS of love and hugs, Luzanne. I know that what you are going through is so hard. I still miss my Muffin so much, but I promise you, time heals all.
    I hope things look up for you….she wouldn’t want you to be sad.

    I love the lippies you picked, all such gorgeous shades, surely to look amazing on you!!

    • Luzanne 12 June 2014 / 09:56

      Thank you, Lily – and thank you so much for the sweet private message you sent to me on Instagram. That picture is so special, it actually brought tears to my eyes. xxx

  15. Leanne 17 June 2014 / 09:17

    I’m so sorry to hear about Daisy. It’s heartbreaking to loose a pet and it takes such a long time to recover. You did a beautiful thing by rescuing her! Thinking of you xxx

  16. Leanne 17 June 2014 / 09:17

    I’m so sorry to hear about Daisy. It’s heartbreaking to loose a pet and it takes such a long time to recover. You did a beautiful thing by rescuing her! Thinking of you xxx

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