MAC Instigator Review

21 March 2017

I got this lipstick free from Back to MAC. In the unlikely case that you haven’t heard that before, Back to MAC is the recycling program from MAC Cosmetics were you take back 6 empty containers and you get a free lipstick in return.

MAC has so many different lipstick options it is exhausting. Every time I go in there for a lipstick, I end up spending a ridiculous amount of time. So I spent a good amount of time at the MAC counter swatching different lipsticks before I asked one of the makeup artists to point me to the lipstick that looks most like my all-time favourite lip pencil, Nightmoth; I was handed Instigator.

Instigator fits MAC’s description of it being a 'deep blackened plum'. It is a such gorgeous purple shade. This lipstick meets up to the standard of MAC's lipstick with its high quality. This is a matte lipstick and if you own any matte lipsticks from MAC, then you know that their mattes are truly matte, however, Instigator has a bit of a sheen to it. I don't mind this as it makes for very easy application and the lipstick feels comfortable on the lips. It is such a creamy long-lasting lipstick and is not overly drying. Although it is a matte lipstick, it does not pull on the lips or apply on patchy. The pigmentation of this lipstick is extremely impressive. I have a few MAC lipsticks but this one went over and beyond my expectation in terms of pigmentation. In a single application, you have an extremely opaque coverage. I cannot speak enough about its amazing colour payoff. I would say this lipstick is not for the faint at heart. It gives an edgy look which I love.

L to R: Nightmoth, Instigator

As you can see, Nightmoth lip pencil is a little darker than and not as purple as Instigator but it is quite close.

I am wearing MAC Lipstick in Instigator alone
As a lover of a bold lip, Instigator is quickly becoming one of my favourite lipsticks. Instigator is such a comfortable matte lipstick with an amazing colour payoff. It is the only lipstick I am comfortable wearing without a lip pencil.

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks?

24 Things I have learnt in 24 years

10 March 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I just turned 24; if you don't, you really should - find me here. As I get older, I reflect on my life, I think about the highs, the lows and the things I have learnt. My life hasn't ticked all the boxes on my imaginary to do list but I am extremely grateful for who I am, what I have and where I am. In honour of my birthday, I have complied a list of 24 things I have learnt in the past 24 years.

1. No one can truly prepare you for post uni life.

2. Your life will not go as planned so enjoy it.

3. The people you surround your self with will rub off on you. In the words of Beautii 'your network is your net worth'

4. This too shall pass. Nothing is permament. The good times won't last forever. Neither would the bad.

5. You are your best cheerleader so learn to cheer yourself up.

6. Your passion and job don't have to be one and the same thing. You can make an income to enjoy your passions.

7. No matter how much you love someone, you are capable of getting over them.

8. Be happy not postdate your happiness.

9. You don't know what anyone is going through don't judge them and don't envy them.

10. Social media is one big rose coloured glass. What you see is not necessarily what you get. Don't envy anyone's edited life.

11. Don't change yourself because of anyone, they probably won't like you.

12. People treat you the way you let them.

13. You never really appreciate how much your parents do for you until you have to fend for yourself in the big, bad world, pay your own way and do laundry.

14. Loving yourself is one of the most important things you would have to do.

15. It's ok to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously.

16. There is nothing wrong being single. Enjoy it.

17. Love. Real love is a choice. Not the feeling.

18. You might not be married at 23, that's ok too.

19. Don't let the negative committee in your head prevent you from following your dreams.

20. You can be in a crowded room and still be lonely.

21. Being alone and being lonely are two different things.

22. You are strong enough to handle whatever life throws you.

23. People you don't expect will probably let you down, forgive them.

24. Things are not always as they seem - the funny girl could be the most depressed, the introvert could be the most friendly and the one with the perfect looking life could commit suicide.

What lesson has life thought you?

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