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The Balm and Sleek now at Target Aus

04/12/2015

I do not normally write posts like this, but I thought it might be better to compile this information in a blog post rather than on my social media channels (Facebook , Instagram and Twitter ).Target Australia are now going to stock The Balm Cosmetics and Sleek Makeup which are both cruelty free brands. I have an email from The Balm in regards to their cruelty free status from March this year. They are a cruelty free company as none of the raw materials, products or ingredients are tested on animals at any point during or after the production process. They do not have a parent company and do not have a distributer in China. Chinese customers can order off the website but those products do not have to go through animal testing like on-shelf products in China do. Some of the products contain animals byproducts like beeswax and carmine but I do have a vegan list (quoted directly from an email from TheBalm):

Mary-Lou Manizer (Highlight, Shadow and Primer)
Sexy Mama (Anti Shine Translucent Powder)
Bahama Mama (Bronzer)
Read My Lips (Lip Glosses)
What’s Your Type (mascaras)
Schwing (eyeliner)
INSTAIN (blushes)
balmShelter (Tinted moisturizer)
Put A Lid On It (Eyeshadow Primer)
Stainiac (Lip & Cheek Stain)

Some of my products from The Balm Cosmetics

I sent an email asking for the Sleek same information. Their response was:

“Thank you for contacting us. With regards to animal testing, please note that here at Walgreens Boots Alliance that our brand Sleek make it their responsibility to ensure that none of the products are tested on animals during any stage of the product development process.  This also applies to the raw materials used.Due to this, they are therefore able to declare that all of their products comply with the Directive 2010/63/EU and are not in any way tested on animals.Sleek MakeUP has a legal obligation to ensure that its products are safe, they there for endeavour to carry out a safety assessment on every single products prior to placing them on the market.The safety of a cosmetic product can be assessed on the basis of the safety profile of the ingredients used within a formulation. All of the ingredients used within our products possess well established safety records, due to this they do not require animal testing on a routine basis.For further information on the suitability of our products for vegans we do recommend that you look under the ‘Product Information’ tab on each item which will inform you with these details.”

I have asked for more information, clarification on some points and an actual list of vegan products but they never replied.

Sleek Makeup Contouring and Blush Kit in Fair

The bad news is that only some stores will be getting the products, but I have a list of the ones that will have stock and you can keep checking back to see if I update the list. These details are subject to change so please email Target Australia if you have any questions. (Scroll down for updated list of stores)

 

UPDATE LIST AS OF 12/02/2016
“Sleek and The Balm will be ranged at the following stores

NSW
Warrawong
Roselands
Merrylands
Parramatta
St Marys
Rouse Hill
Mt Druitt
Hornsby
Leichhardt
Broadway
Eastgarden
Bathurst
Port Macquarie
Charlestown
Tuggerah
Erina
Bankstown
Glendale
Penrith
Dubbo
Campbelltown
Warringah Mall
Liverpool
Goulburn
Hurstville
Bondi
Burwood
Tamworth
Castle Hill
Kotara
Carlingford
Rhodes
Macarthur Square

VIC
Highpoint City
Watergardens
Sunbury
Templestowe
Northlands
Plenty Valley
Knox City
Bendigo
Albury
Warrnambool
Mildura
Ballarat
Waurn Ponds
Geelong
Epping
Camberwell
Waverley Gardens
Southland
Melbourne City
Mornington
Airport West
Greensborough
Doncaster
Point Cook

QLD
Northlakes
Strathpine
Chermside
Tweed Heads
Southport
Helensvale
Mt Ommaney
Toowoomba
Ipswich
Hervey Bay
Browns Plains
Buranda
Brisbane CBD
Mackay
Castletown
The Willows
Coffs Harbour
Earlville
Maroochydore
Bundaberg
Springwood
Robina
Capalaba
Toombul
Forest Lake
Carindale
Indooroopilly

WA
Morley
Stirling
Whitford City
Victoria Park
Carousel
Bull Creek
Armadale
Fremantle
Rockingham
Bunbury
Geraldton
Innaloo

SA
Newton
Edwardstown
Reynella
Sefton Park
Elizabeth
Fulham Gardens
West Lakes
Centrepoint
Tea Tree Plaza
Marion

TAS
Launceston
Hobart
Mowbray

ACT
Canberra Civic
Belconnen

NT
Palmerston”

Doncaster Target The Balm and Sleek display
Sleek and The Balm Target display Camberwell
Target Camberwell (Zoom in to see The Balm pricing)

The pricing seems to be very similar to what David Jones has (within a few dollars of each other – Mary-Lou Manizer $29.95, Manizers Palette $39.95, Liquid Lipsticks $19.95), but I have not seen a fully stocked The Balm stand in David Jones in over two years – it’s often just smashed testers and nothing else , so hopefully Target does a better job. I visited the Doncaster store today and found the set ups to be really well done. There were testers for all of The Balm and Sleek products (some seem to have missed that the Sleek testers are in pull out drawers under each product), the only two products sold out were the Mary-Lou Manizer (not surprising given its cult status) and Balm Desert (bronzer / blush). The Nude Dude palette, along with the limited edition Manizer Sisters Palette were in stock, but unfortunately they might not last long seeing as they’re not available at David Jones. All of The Balm’s liquid lipsticks, known as Meet Matt(e) Hughes, were in stock. I did a quick in store swatch of Charming and Committed and took a photo when I got home (I couldn’t cut out Bonsai as he’s too cute hehe). Committed is raved about by so many but I think I prefer Charming as it has pink undertones. They will be going on my Christmas wish list along with many other items.

The Balm Meet Matt (e) Charming and Committed swatch Hughes

If you have not tried any of theBalm’s products, I recommend the Mary-Lou Manizer (Obviously), Meet Matt (e) Nude Palette – matte eyeshadow palette great for anyone and everyone, and their blushes – I love the Boy Down best but it depends on what skin coloring you have as to which one will suit you best. I do not own many products from Sleek but I really love the Face Contouring and Blush Palette Form in Fair – it is a great size for travel and the colors are nice. Hopefully I can try a lot more from Sleek now that more products are easily available.

The Balm The Manizers Sisters “The Luminzers” Palette

I know this looks like a long post but I hope it helps answer a lot of questions. I will update this post if I get any more information. If you have a second, then why not head over to any of the Target Aus social media sites and thank them for stocking more cruelty free products – We need to let them know that there is a market out there for cruelty free cosmetics.

What will you be picking up?

Note: I have spoken to Target about the low stock levels. They are looking into it. The stands should be restocked every 2 weeks, if your local store has not been restocked then please contact your local store manager. I have already spoken to my local store and they are working on getting more stock in.

Love, Alinta

19 Comments

  • Deanna A 06/12/2015 at 5:28 am

    Hey Alinta, I really want the manizers palette! Do you have any idea on how much it costs at target or how much they are singly? Xox

    • Alinta McMurdo 06/12/2015 at 5:50 am

      Hey 🙂
      It was $39.95, but has already sold out at the more popular stores. The single manizers are $29.95 but I don't think they put any mary-lou in any store – there's a spot for it so it may just be delayed but I'm not sure. I think the palette is good because you can use all three as eye shadows as well but they are quite a bit smaller then the single versions.

  • amazonangputi 08/12/2015 at 8:55 am

    Hey Alintana, is Target Innaloo the only branch in Perth that would be stocking The Balm Cosmetics? much love and power for you blog xx

    • Alinta McMurdo 08/12/2015 at 2:42 pm

      I asked Target again about WA and they said they had given me all the information they could, so I think it will be the only one for now. Hopefully they put them in more stores at a later date 🙂

  • Unknown 09/12/2015 at 9:10 am

    I work at innaloo in the beauty section and at the moment we dont have alot of stock due to being so popular, it only came out on friday! So its definitely in high demand but anyone in perth who is after the manizers pallet we received them today. Get in quick!

    • Alinta McMurdo 09/12/2015 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks for the info 🙂 there are so many WA customers who want the products, so hopefully they will make them more widely available

  • Jodie Johannsen 17/12/2015 at 6:21 am

    Did you hear back about the vegan products? I've emailed them and not had a response yet, and their website seems to be down. I'm really wanting to know if the Matt(e) Hughes is vegan. The ingredients look to be, but I'd like to be sure before I buy them. Fingers crossed! 🙂

    • Alinta McMurdo 18/12/2015 at 5:03 am

      I've updated the post to include their response. I was hoping they would reply with more details but they never did. They wouldn't give me a list of vegan items but said to refer to the ingredients. So I assume they are vegan if the ingredients look to be but I would prefer it if they just responded to me and gave me the list. Maybe they are just overwhelmed with it being christmas and all, so I will try again in the new year 🙂

  • Alinta McMurdo 12/02/2016 at 5:58 am

    This blog post seems to have been corrupted but I am going through it now to fix it.

  • illusionsfan1 03/03/2016 at 1:13 pm

    For anyone who may want to know The Willows Target (and I would assume Castletown as a result but don't hold me to it if I'm wrong) in Townsville now have theBalm and Sleek instore there was a lady who was restocking what little they probably had left of from theBalm range as I promptly put my grubby little hands all over them for a swatch-sesh and I asked if they had just gotten them (it was like about two-thirds complete or so and I wasn't sure if I was the luckiest human on earth lol) but she said they got them about 3 weeks ago. I ended up picking up Instain Houndstooth and a Mary Lou Manizer for now I thought Mary felt a little roughish to touch but I played with my makeup when I got home and popped some on my cheeks to highlight and it was SOOOOO stunning in appearance lol! I also grabbed Sleeks Rose Gold blush because I've eyed it online forever but was dubious if it was too pink or bright… on my finger it seemed peachy but I swatched it on my arm and it was the most epic pink goldness magic I'd ever seen lol. I think it may be too pink/bright for my complexion but I bought it anyway because it's SOOO PRETTY and I'll never know until I actually put it on my cheeks lol. The Meet Matt(e) palette felt smooth (the colours I actually touched) but I think I'll wait for Meet Matt(trimony) palette to come out one day because There's some blues in that original which just aren't my thing.

    • Alinta McMurdo 04/03/2016 at 4:49 am

      Thanks for the info 🙂 They should be restocking the stands more regularly now. Most stores haven't been restocked since the launch so you're very lucky to get a hold of Mary Lou 🙂 I love the Meet Matt(e) Palette but I can't wait for the new one. I also want to try the eyeshadow pencils when they launch here – hopefully soon but aus never gets anything quickly

  • TRose 09/04/2016 at 12:02 pm

    Hi,
    I was wondering how much money are the nude-tude palettes?????
    Is the balm going on the target website cause sleek is
    Thanks

    • Alinta McMurdo 11/04/2016 at 9:25 am

      From memory I think they are $49.95. The stock of theBalm still hasn't arrived in Aus, so it's not on shelves. I don't know if it will go on the website, but if it does it will have to be after they stock the shelves well, and that seems to still be a little while off.

  • Renee Sacco 23/07/2016 at 3:24 pm

    I just discovered The Balm at Target today which I was super excited about! However I bought their new matte liquid lipstick for $19.95 and realised that Sephora is selling the same products for double the price! Not, that I am complaining, but how do we explain this price difference?

    • Alinta McMurdo 23/07/2016 at 6:37 pm

      Target and David Jones are the official Australian distributors of thebalm, so they have very similar pricing. The Australian Sephora website is actually Singapore based so they can choose what to charge. They are taking advantage of people who don’t know the real price of the products. Beauty forums are full of complaints about the Australian Sephora website, it’s very rare not to get your item completely smashed. I assume they are doing it because they can and they think that they will get enough customers who don’t know the actual pricing of the products. Australian’s can buy off the American theBalm website and pay a lot in shipping, but there are so many ways to get the products, so don’t ever buy it from Sephora. I’m putting together another post about theBalm that will hopefully be up in a week or so with reviews of the new products launching in Australia 🙂

  • Joyce J. L. 21/12/2016 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve just been to Target at Doncaster Westfield (VIC) tonight and I was so shocked…….. shocked by the way some ppl are acting nowadays. I was at the theBalm section and found out a lot of testers including brand new products have been opened or touched with disgusting ways!! like wth there were lip gloss all over the place and dusts from eyeshadow palettes everywhere! Majority of the products have been sold out, and the whole section of theBalm was looking very disgusting in my opinion. Sleek Makeup section was a bit better, yet, still doesn’t look too pleasant. If you have the chance to walk pass Target in Doncaster Westfield, go and have a look, you will be surprised. To any one who is reading this comment, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T be one of those people, it is unbelievable how uneducated some people are. If you think opening up a new product (apparently it is not a taster) is okay to do or mucking the products in an inappropriate is totally fine becoz you are not the one purchasing anyway, you don’t need makeups you need to go back to school.

    • Alinta McMurdo 05/01/2017 at 12:23 am

      I’ve spoken to Target and theBalm who have both said Beauty Next (the aus theBalm stockist) are in charge of the stands, but every time I contact beauty next about it, they say it’s going to get better but never does.

  • Flora 03/11/2017 at 11:45 pm

    Hi! I’m not sure if you’ll ever see this, but I was wondering when you went, what was the pricing of the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette?

    I’ve been eyeing it, but every time I search it up on Target Australia online, it says it’s out of stock and doesn’t have a price on display and it never seems to be in stock in store either (I’m in Sydney)!

    Thanks!
    (This review is super informative by the way!)

    • Alinta McMurdo 04/11/2017 at 4:31 pm

      I think the nude was $40 and the other versions $45 but I doubt you will find an in-tact palette at Target as they have been really bad at keeping the products undamaged and in stock. You’re much better off going to David Jones or just buying online from Beauty Next (theBalm’s aus official redistributor). They have free shipping on right now so might be worth having a look 🙂

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    Bonsai and I looking happy and relieved to see that Australians actually voted for action on climate change this past weekend. Seeing the number of votes The Greens got is heartening. I hope that the joint pressure from both The Greens and the new teal independents will force the government to take proper action on the climate. I’m grateful for everyone who voted for a better future, but remember that the current Labor climate policy is severely lacking. Labors 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (below 2005 levels) is only 43%, when we need the 75% reduction of The Greens plan. Your voice, time and action is still needed in this fight. There are heaps of Aussie environment and climate orgs that you can volunteer for and donate to. If you want recommendations just ask. Some Indigenous-led ones that you should donate to and check out are @ourislandsourhome @wjstandingourground and @seedmob. 
I’m so happy that the LNP is no longer in power, but there is still a lot that Labor has no plans to fix - like the climate, refugees, First Nations treaties, Medicare etc. Some of you may be ‘sick of’ politics after the election, but if you want a better future, you need to fight for it. 

These photos are from summer after @nicolegroch_hairmakeup did my hair and makeup with cruelty free and vegan products. The extra photos are so you can see my pretty @tasitravels sustainable dress which you can buy from @velvetyethical (use code ALINTAVEL for 10% off your order). Picnic rug is from @weaver.green_au and made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. 
#auspol #ausvotes #climateaction #climateactionnow #lovealinta
    Bonsai and I looking happy and relieved to see that Australians actually voted for action on climate change this past weekend. Seeing the number of votes The Greens got is heartening. I hope that the joint pressure from both The Greens and the new teal independents will force the government to take proper action on the climate. I’m grateful for everyone who voted for a better future, but remember that the current Labor climate policy is severely lacking. Labors 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (below 2005 levels) is only 43%, when we need the 75% reduction of The Greens plan. Your voice, time and action is still needed in this fight. There are heaps of Aussie environment and climate orgs that you can volunteer for and donate to. If you want recommendations just ask. Some Indigenous-led ones that you should donate to and check out are @ourislandsourhome @wjstandingourground and @seedmob. I’m so happy that the LNP is no longer in power, but there is still a lot that Labor has no plans to fix - like the climate, refugees, First Nations treaties, Medicare etc. Some of you may be ‘sick of’ politics after the election, but if you want a better future, you need to fight for it. These photos are from summer after @nicolegroch_hairmakeup did my hair and makeup with cruelty free and vegan products. The extra photos are so you can see my pretty @tasitravels sustainable dress which you can buy from @velvetyethical (use code ALINTAVEL for 10% off your order). Picnic rug is from @weaver.green_au and made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. #auspol #ausvotes #climateaction #climateactionnow #lovealinta
    1 month ago
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    3/9
    ‘If you were going to pick a continent that is the worst possible place for human beings to live in the face of climate change it would be Australia.’ Prof Michael Mann, Climate Scientist at Pennsylvania State University, on ABC Four Corners. 
Today is Earth Day so it is a good time to remember that we’re in a climate crisis. You are seeing the impacts of climate change all around you right now, but the worst is still to come - we need to act fast. 
There are things we can do as individuals to live more sustainably like flying less, driving less, buying less, eating less meat etc. There are however some things that governments need to accomplish, and that will not happen unless you put pressure on them to do so. That means getting out there and protesting, mailing MPs, joining climate movements, and for Australians, that means voting for the climate in the federal election next month. The recent IPCC report has given the world three years to act. That makes your vote this election more important than ever. 
Governments around the world need to work together to deliver massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but Australia is just not pulling its weight. Our government has no plans to phase out coal and is in fact planning on digging up more. Australia is the second biggest coal exporter in the world. This cannot continue if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Demand that the government keeps fossil fuels in the ground. Australia’s current climate policy is atrocious, but the election is coming, so you can do something about that. Please vote for the climate and don’t stop fighting once the election is over. Climate action is needed now, and every single one of your voices is needed to ensure that happens. 
#earthday #climateactionnow #lovealinta
    ‘If you were going to pick a continent that is the worst possible place for human beings to live in the face of climate change it would be Australia.’ Prof Michael Mann, Climate Scientist at Pennsylvania State University, on ABC Four Corners. Today is Earth Day so it is a good time to remember that we’re in a climate crisis. You are seeing the impacts of climate change all around you right now, but the worst is still to come - we need to act fast. There are things we can do as individuals to live more sustainably like flying less, driving less, buying less, eating less meat etc. There are however some things that governments need to accomplish, and that will not happen unless you put pressure on them to do so. That means getting out there and protesting, mailing MPs, joining climate movements, and for Australians, that means voting for the climate in the federal election next month. The recent IPCC report has given the world three years to act. That makes your vote this election more important than ever. Governments around the world need to work together to deliver massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but Australia is just not pulling its weight. Our government has no plans to phase out coal and is in fact planning on digging up more. Australia is the second biggest coal exporter in the world. This cannot continue if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Demand that the government keeps fossil fuels in the ground. Australia’s current climate policy is atrocious, but the election is coming, so you can do something about that. Please vote for the climate and don’t stop fighting once the election is over. Climate action is needed now, and every single one of your voices is needed to ensure that happens. #earthday #climateactionnow #lovealinta
    2 months ago
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    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. Photography @rick_liston Venue including food @yarravalleyestate Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah Flowers @lilacandthecat Cake @katscakesmelbourne Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia Dress @madilanebridal Dress boutique @luvbridal Dress alterations @seamworks.au Prop hire @twilightglamping If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    2 months ago
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    5/9
    I have been MIA for a while, but that’s because I have some news … I got married on the 22/02/2022. 
When I was a kid I always knew I wanted children myself, but I never thought I would get married. To be fair, I’m still not a big fan of weddings as a lot of the traditions are steeped in misogyny and the oppression of women, but I changed/cut out some of the parts that made me the most uncomfortable. In another world I would happily continue living the rest of my life with my partner and not get married, but we unfortunately live in a world where having a husband makes getting appropriate health care easier. I do plan on continuing to fight the sexism and ableism of the health care system, but sometimes I need a break, and having a husband will make that easier for me. 
Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. 
Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. 
And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. 
#weddingday #lovealinta
    I have been MIA for a while, but that’s because I have some news … I got married on the 22/02/2022. When I was a kid I always knew I wanted children myself, but I never thought I would get married. To be fair, I’m still not a big fan of weddings as a lot of the traditions are steeped in misogyny and the oppression of women, but I changed/cut out some of the parts that made me the most uncomfortable. In another world I would happily continue living the rest of my life with my partner and not get married, but we unfortunately live in a world where having a husband makes getting appropriate health care easier. I do plan on continuing to fight the sexism and ableism of the health care system, but sometimes I need a break, and having a husband will make that easier for me. Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. #weddingday #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    6/9
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). @nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. #alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork). Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    5 months ago
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    7/9
    Ultraviolette recently released their Dream Screen skin tint. As I’ve explained previously, sunscreen is very important to me. Skin cancer is prominent in my family and I’m even fairer than the my other family members. I can get burnt within minutes of being in the sun, so I am always wearing sunscreen (and avoiding the sun) to try and prevent future skin cancer. The reason why this interested me is because it’s SPF 50 and it has a sheer dewy finish. I typically wear a bb/cc cream with SPF, but I always have to add so much white to it, making the SPF negligible. I can however actually wear Dream Screen in shade V1 without adding white, which is awesome. I use my Supreme Screen underneath, and then layer Dream Screen on top and they work well together. It’s important to remember to wear a base layer of sunscreen, as you’re unlikely to put enough of a tinted product on to get the labeled SPF coverage. The finish is a bit too dewy for me, so I use a little bit of translucent powder over the top, and then I’m good to go. The packaging is interesting. It’s a squeeze tube which makes it easy to use, but probably very hard to recycle. Dream Screen comes in 11 shades and is vegan. Ultraviolette is cruelty free but I really want to see them Leaping Bunny certified. I’ve got all of their sunscreens so I can post swatches of them, or do a video showing application if that interests anyone. Whatever helps you to wear more sunscreen, I’m willing to do 😬 
Photo description - beige ultraviolette bottle laying in plain black background with ultraviolette products surrounding it. 
@ultravioletteau #ultravioletteau #lovealinta
    Ultraviolette recently released their Dream Screen skin tint. As I’ve explained previously, sunscreen is very important to me. Skin cancer is prominent in my family and I’m even fairer than the my other family members. I can get burnt within minutes of being in the sun, so I am always wearing sunscreen (and avoiding the sun) to try and prevent future skin cancer. The reason why this interested me is because it’s SPF 50 and it has a sheer dewy finish. I typically wear a bb/cc cream with SPF, but I always have to add so much white to it, making the SPF negligible. I can however actually wear Dream Screen in shade V1 without adding white, which is awesome. I use my Supreme Screen underneath, and then layer Dream Screen on top and they work well together. It’s important to remember to wear a base layer of sunscreen, as you’re unlikely to put enough of a tinted product on to get the labeled SPF coverage. The finish is a bit too dewy for me, so I use a little bit of translucent powder over the top, and then I’m good to go. The packaging is interesting. It’s a squeeze tube which makes it easy to use, but probably very hard to recycle. Dream Screen comes in 11 shades and is vegan. Ultraviolette is cruelty free but I really want to see them Leaping Bunny certified. I’ve got all of their sunscreens so I can post swatches of them, or do a video showing application if that interests anyone. Whatever helps you to wear more sunscreen, I’m willing to do 😬 Photo description - beige ultraviolette bottle laying in plain black background with ultraviolette products surrounding it. @ultravioletteau #ultravioletteau #lovealinta
    5 months ago
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    8/9
    It’s Bonsai’s 9th birthday today. The vet is unsure how many more birthdays he’s going to get, so I’m giving him as much love as possible while he’s here. We got the news last month that his heart is failing, which is just another health problem my poor little guy has to deal with. He’s on lots of meds to reduce the symptoms, but there’s no way of slowing down heart failure for him. I thought I would get another 10 years together with him (being a chihuahua and all), so knowing his time is limited has been tough. He however has no idea he’s sick and is just as happy and silly as always. His weird antics continue to make me laugh every day, which is why I also wanted to remind you all to adopt your next pet - and don’t discount the sick or disabled ones, they can be amazing pets too. 
Picture description - close up of blonde chihuahua looking at the camera with his tongue out and folded over. 
#chihuahua #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #lovealinta
    It’s Bonsai’s 9th birthday today. The vet is unsure how many more birthdays he’s going to get, so I’m giving him as much love as possible while he’s here. We got the news last month that his heart is failing, which is just another health problem my poor little guy has to deal with. He’s on lots of meds to reduce the symptoms, but there’s no way of slowing down heart failure for him. I thought I would get another 10 years together with him (being a chihuahua and all), so knowing his time is limited has been tough. He however has no idea he’s sick and is just as happy and silly as always. His weird antics continue to make me laugh every day, which is why I also wanted to remind you all to adopt your next pet - and don’t discount the sick or disabled ones, they can be amazing pets too. Picture description - close up of blonde chihuahua looking at the camera with his tongue out and folded over. #chihuahua #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #lovealinta
    6 months ago
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