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Laser Milia Removal Review and Progress Photos

16/10/2017

*discounted procedure

For as long as I can remember I have had a problem with facial milia. A milium is a small white bump under the skin that usually occurs around the cheek and eye area. When there is more than one, they are referred to as milia. Milia occur when keratin gets trapped under the skin. Being keratin, the bumps are quite hard and cannot be removed like pimple. To remove a milium, the surface of the skin must be cut so that the milium can be removed as a whole, which is why it is best to get them removed by a professional. When I looked in to the options for milia removal, I decided that the laser milia removal option was best for me. I call it laser milia removal but really it is called thermocoagulation. I researched all the places in Melbourne that were offering laser milia removal, and decided to go with the Laser Skin and Wellness Clinic Chadstone. I approached the clinic with my idea to do a blog post on my milia removal, and in exchange they gave me a 50% discount on a combined facial and milia removal session. As with every other blog post, this will be my honest opinion and is not affected in any way by the discount I was given. I am happy to say that I had a great experience with Kat at Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone and plan on going back in future. I took progress photos of my healing after the removal process so that you can see the results for yourself. It is a long blog post today, as I wanted to answer any possible question you might have, but if I have missed anything, just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help.

Laser milia removal review and progress photos
Laser milia removal review and progress photos

Just quickly, I want to say sorry for the blogging break, life has not been easy lately. I have been writing this blog post for a long time now, but Murphy’s Law has not been playing nice, so everything that could go wrong, went wrong, from my laptop breaking, to many illnesses and photo editing mayhem.  I wrote about some of my life struggles in my previous post called Life Update, but unfortunately even more happened after that. It’s ok though, I’m still plodding along. This is my first post back as it’s something I really want to share with you all, but I have lots of things that will be coming to the blog soon. For now though, lets talk about milia.

What Is Milia?

Milia are benign, raised, white bumps on the skin that commonly occur around the eyes and cheeks but can appear anywhere on the body – some people think they look like a pearl trapped under the skin. I have seen people refer to them as milk spots and even baby acne but milia is the correct term to use. People often mistake milia for a pimple and try to squeeze or pop the small bump, but with no success. The trauma of squeezing the skin will cause it to swell and go red for a short period of time, but once that has eased, the milia will look exactly as it did beforehand. To remove a milium, the surface of the skin must be nicked so that the hard keratin ball can be popped out. I do want to quickly note here that milia and styes are not the same thing at all, I have had a couple of people ask about styes when I’m discussing milia in person, but they require very different treatment methods. A stye is an infected oil gland on the edge of the eyelid. You should go see your GP if you have a stye that develops. Milia can occur along the lash line too but they look distinctly different to styes. For some people, Milia will resolve by themselves within weeks or months. That hasn’t been the case for me, my milia tend to stay around for years at a time, so I need professional help to get rid of mine. I have seen people encourage others to attempt to remove their milia at home but milia removal requires putting a sharp object near your face and eyes, so it really is best to go to a professional for help. There are also so many different skin conditions out there, many that can appear similar even though they require completely different treatments. Kat from Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone was really knowledgeable about milia and skin problems in general. When I went in I was worried I that I had a whole lot of milia lying under the surface of my skin just waiting to pop up, but it turns out they are actually something completely different. I have small white dots that sit in my tear troughs and around my eyes that I thought resembled milia but they’re not raised or hard and are actually called Sebaceous Hyperplasia. So even with all my research, I was still able to confuse another condition as being milia so it really is best to see a professional for any skin problem, that’s what they’re there for.

Preventing Milia

In my case, milia cannot be completely prevented but there are certain steps that can be taken to minimise the chances of getting them. Thick face creams, prolonged sun damage, some skin conditions as well as genetics can make you more prone to getting milia. The main cause of milia is using skin care products that are too heavy. Some people even find that their hair care products can also be the cause of milia on the forehead. Thick face creams can prevent natural exfoliation from occurring which will increase the chances of milia arising. Re-evaluate your skin care routine and ensure that you’re not putting any heavy creams on areas where you are prone to getting milia. You also need to stop doing anything that could impede the skins natural exfoliation process, like sleeping on the side of your face. Most of my milia appear on the left side of my face, which I never sleep on or do anything to, so sometimes you just won’t find a reason for it. The next step is to ensure that you include an AHA or BHA in your skincare routine which will encourage the skins natural exfoliation process allowing any trapped dirt/skin cells/sebum to be effectively eliminated from the skin. Kat from Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone recommends using a cleanser, moisturiser and exfoliant that are of cosmeceutical quality as there are no parabens or fillers within the product that can clog pores. She also says to include vitamins A, B and C in your skincare routine to give optimal skin health. I have been able to greatly reduce the amount of new milia that pop up by only using an AHA (reviewed here) around my eyes and no moisturising product at all, but it still doesn’t completely eliminate milia for me. I do really want to include a light eye cream around my eyes, as I think it is an important part of an anti-ageing skincare routine but it will mean that I will need to increase the amount of laser removal sessions I get.

Laser milia removal using thermocoagulation review and progress photos
Laser milia removal using thermocoagulation review and progress photos

Milia Removal

I wanted to ensure that I had all the information I needed to be able to chose the right clinic to help remove my milia, so I did a lot of research. That research led me to the process of laser milia removal. I read lots of information on it and watched YouTube videos to see how the process worked. I knew that the bigger milia on my cheek could easily be treated by the typical removal process of using a sharp blade to cut the surface of the skin, but some of the tiny milia on my eyelash line would not be able to be treated with that method. The laser however has such a precise point of application that it could be used on even the tiniest of milia. The milia on my cheek were the most noticeable, especially when wearing highlighter as that just exaggerated the texture they created. My eyelid milia however, are barely noticeable to the naked eye, but they seem to press on the eyelash hair follicles and cause the closest eyelashes to fall out, so I really wanted a removal method that could also address those. As I mentioned previously, the correct terminology to use for laser milia removal is thermocoagulation. Kat explains thermocoagulation as “we use combination of high frequency and radio frequency to effectively treat milia and other skin irregularities”.

Once I had decided on the method I wanted to use to remove my milia, I looked in to places that provided it. After speaking to multiple dermatologists and beauty salons, I decided the Laser Skin and Wellness Clinic in Chadstone was the place I wanted to go to. They offer milia removal by itself or at a discounted price when done in conjunction with a facial. I decided to also get the facial as it was the middle of winter and I was struggling with slight skin dryness and peeling. I had only ever had one facial before this (many years ago at another clinic) and I have to say, it was underwhelming. Many people rave about facials so I knew I needed to try it again to see if my first experience was the norm or not. Thankfully, my whole experience with Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone was amazing, the facial was so relaxing and it did really help to get my skin on track so that I could maintain it back at home. Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone use Medik8 Cosmeceuticals in their treatments and also sell the products for customers to buy. I emailed Medik8 to ask about their cruelty free status and they assured me they are cruelty free. None of their products or ingredients are tested on animals and they ensure that they do not buy from companies that test anything on animals. They don’t sell in China and the whole range is vegan except for one product that contains Silk Serica (produced by silk worms), which is the Ultimate Recovery (a post-treatment moisturiser). The facial I had with these products was lovely and I’m even looking in to their retinol products as I’ve been wanting to start using one but have struggled to find any from a cruelty free brand I trust. The combination of good products and a great beauty therapist (I really cannot rave about Kat enough), made my whole experience really good.

After the facial I had the my milia removed with via micro-thermocoagulation. The process is surprisingly quick, it was only a few seconds for the small milia and not much longer for the larger ones. The process involves the beauty therapist gently tapping the milia until it has dried out. Each tap does create a small amount of pain but I found it more of a shock than being particularly painful. I’m really not sure where my pain tolerance lies on the spectrum, but the pain associated with the treatment was nowhere near enough to deter me from doing it again. The thermocoagulation treatment dries out the Milia so that they then scab over. The scabs are only the size of the milium they cover and fell off after about a week. The area then remained red as it healed for two weeks. I needed to apply powder antiseptic twice daily while the scabs were there to prevent infection. I couldn’t get the scabs wet or apply any products to the area for 24 hours after the treatment. I stayed away from makeup for most of the healing process, only using mineral makeup that I was testing (and you will see reviews of soon) after the areas had mostly healed (only slight redness remained). I didn’t want anything to affect the healing process or change the look of the scabs in any way, as I wanted to show you how they really looked in the progress photos. The pamphlets I looked at about the procedure said that it could take 2-3 sessions to get rid of the milia, but most of the milia were completely gone once the scabs fell off. There was one under my eye close to my lash line that was not completely gone after the scab fell off, but once the redness has disappeared, I went back to my treatment with AHA’s and it diminished in size. After treatment it did appear to be closer to the skin surface than it was prior to treatment which probably helped the AHA work better on it. The biggest milium I had was gone when the scab fell off but it did leave a very slight indentation in the skin. It was only noticeable when I looked at the skin very closely and it went away after I was able to restart my whole skin routine with AHA’s. The milia on my upper eyelid right on my lash line appeared to be bigger for a week or so after the scab fell off but then they reduced in size dramatically. I can just slightly see them now, but they are much smaller and no longer impact my eyelash growth like they were once doing.

When I was researching milia and the healing process I searched everywhere for information on the depth of milia but couldn’t find anything. In my experience, some of my milia are closer to the surface of the skin and those are the ones that I have been able to treat with exfoliants successfully, whereas the majority of my milia seem to sit under a thicker layer of skin and are very resistant to treatment. All the milia I had treated were the stubborn sort that I couldn’t get rid of myself, even after years of trying for some of them. Once the scabs had fallen off after treatment, the milia that were still there seemed to be smaller and much closer to the surface of the skin, and therefore were much easier to treat with exfoliants. I could have easily gone back for a second session and had those milia treated again, but I wanted to see how the treated milia responded to exfoliation. I have absolutely no scientific backing to tell you that the treatment did make the milia easier to treat with exfoliants, but that is certainly what I experienced. I spent so much time trying to find out about the depths of milia, with absolutely no luck, so I turned to Kat from Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone and she was able to tell me that milia vary in size from large to small and so does the skin that covers it. She said that “sometimes the epidermal layer of the skin is thicker and thus more difficult to remove the milia purely from exfoliation and that’s when you are required to take a a different action of method for successful removal”. It’s good to know I wasn’t crazy all those times I thought some milia were easier to treat than others.

Progress Photos

I tried to get photos of the whole healing process. I used a Sony A5100 with a macro lens attached but it was still difficult to get the camera to focus on such tiny points. I also moved house during the healing period so I couldn’t get consistent lighting for the photos, but I hope they are still good enough to see the whole process. I have very fair skin so it is difficult to see them in the before photo, the position of each milia is more evident when the scabs are visible. They were much more apparent when wearing makeup, especially a highlighter, which is why I wanted to get them treated. The largest milum, just under my eye was the one which was treated for the longest and completely disappeared when the scab fell off. The eyelid milia were treated for the least amount of time as the skin is very thin and fragile there. There did not disappear from treatment but the tiny ones on the lash line now no longer impede on the eyelash growth.

Before Treatment

Two milia appear under the left corner of my left eye and one further back on the cheek bone. One larger milium appears on the eyelid but the two smallest ones right on the lash line are the ones impeding eyelash growth.

Laser milia removal before treatment

Removing milia with thermocoagulation before Milia removal with thermocoagulation before

Day Of Treatment

The treatment was slightly painful but more of a shock. The Milia under my eye have turned white and started the scabbing process. My eyelid is very red from the procedure but went away within a day.

Laser milia removal treatment day Removing milia with thermocoagulation before - treatment day

4 Days Later

The cheek milia appear red from the scabbing but the lid milia only have a small amount of dry skin on top.

Laser milia removal 4 days later

Removing milia with thermocoagulation 4 days later

10 Days Later

The scabs have fallen off and only a small amount of redness remains.

Laser milia removal 10 days later

Removing milia with thermocoagulation 10 days later

2 Months Later

The biggest under eye milium (that I have had for many years) is completely gone as is the one further back on my cheek. The smaller under eye milium is still there but much smaller than it was before treatment. It responded much better to AHA’s post treatment. The milia on my eyelid are still there but aren’t affecting the eyelash growth like they were before treatment. The largest milium was the only one that was easily visible to the naked eye, which is gone now. The current milia that are left are very hard to see close up, let alone from a distance.

Laser milia removal 2 months later

Removing milia with thermocoagulation 2 months later

Milia removal with thermocoagulation 2 months later

I do a lot to prevent milia from occurring but for some reason (probably genetics), I can’t completely prevent them. That means laser milia treatment will probably be something I have to do for the rest of my life. Milia aren’t at all harmful, so they don’t need to be removed, but mine will stay around forever without professional intervention, so I will get them treated on a fairly regular basis. If there is something that I have missed capturing in this process, I can do it again with my next treatment if there is something in particular you want to see. I will go and get the tiny milia that remain retreated soon, and I will also get the milium that is on the boarder of my lip line treated too. I didn’t bother getting my lip milium done last time as it isn’t visible and doesn’t affect me in any way, but if I’m getting the others done, I may as well do it too. So if you want to know anything about treatment of that one, just ask. Overall, I am really happy with the results. It’s a bit hard to tell from the photographs but the remaining milia are much less visible than pre-treatment. My main aim of having this done was to get rid of the longest standing and largest milium and stop the tiny milia on the eye lash line from affecting eyelash growth, and it achieved both of those. I think all milia will be completely gone with another treatment but I can update you on that if you want to know. The price for just Milia removal at Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone is $69, much cheaper than any dermatologist quoted me, but it’s better still if you combine it with a facial. A facial alone is $159 but there is an ongoing promotion that brings the price down to $129, and milia removal is an extra $10 when added to a facial. $140 for a facial and milia removal is a great deal compared to the hundreds of dollars for milia removal I had been quoted at a dermatologist.

Conclusion

I am so glad I went to Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone to have my milia treated. The thermocoagulation method of removal works really well and doesn’t create scarring or long term marks on the skin. The majority of my milia were gone with the one treatment and the ones that weren’t responded well to at-home exfoliation. The process is slightly painful but it really isn’t that bad, it was more of a shock than anything. My whole experience with Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone has been amazing. The facial was so nice, but more than that, the customer service was fantastic. Kat was so kind throughout the whole process (even to my many email questions) and was always really knowledgeable. I learnt a lot from just one session with her, and I plan on going back for more. One thing to remember if you do go to this clinic in Chadstone is to look up where it is located on a map before you go – It is tucked away behind shops, but that does make for a more relaxed environment. Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone offer a range of treatments which include dermal needling, medi peels, IPL photo facials, enzymatic peels and lots more – I’m particularly interested in the dermal needling but I need to look in to it a lot more. I spend a lot of time each day on my skincare so it can be frustrating when things like milia don’t respond. My next skincare aim is to find a treatment that will help reduce the very large pores on and around my nose, and see if there is any procedure to help get rosacea under control, if I manage to find a treatment for either of those I will certainly write about it for you. If you have any questions about my milia removal process, please just ask. I have spent a long time putting this post together, so I hope it’s helpful to you.  And don’t forget you can sign up to email updates to get all my new blog posts straight to your inbox so that you’re always in the loop.

Love, Alinta

10 Comments

  • Jaclyn J (fluores) 08/11/2017 at 11:59 pm

    This is just what I need! I didn’t know this was an option. I always thought milia had to be manually removed. I have a ton of super small milia in my eye groove. It drives me nuts. I got them when I was 13 and started using a wet n wild concealer. They never left and some things made them worse at time. I’m not sure if this would be good though as the skin is super thin? Also, I wear a lot of creams and concealers and probably won’t stop so could that bring it back?

    • Alinta McMurdo 09/11/2017 at 12:32 pm

      Hey lovely,
      I don’t tend to get them from makeup, it’s really just thick moisturisers. I did get a whole lot when I had a bad reaction which damaged the skin, which is one of the ways milia form – so that could be way you got them from that concealer. I highly recommend that you try it. If you haven’t seen any more since that one incident then they’re unlikely to come back. I get new ones constantly, more so than anyone I’ve seen, but I’m still really happy I got the laser removal. I got this because it is better on the really thin eyelid skin, it can be very hard to do a removal in that area with a blade, but the laser has no problems in that area. And the recovery time was so quick, much quicker than I expected. I would say go for it as it’s a simple procedure that could get rid of them all for you, but only you know what is right for you 🙂

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  • Marina 26/04/2019 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Alinta

    This is really helpful – I’d love to get in touch with Laser, Skin & Wellness in Chadstone to get the same treatment.

    However there seems to be two laser skin and wellness clinics in Chadstone.

    Can you please tell me which of the below is the Laser Skin & Wellness you went to?
    http://www.chadstone-wellness.com.au/
    or https://laser-skin-wellness-clinic.business.site/

    Thanks heaps

    • Alinta McMurdo 14/05/2019 at 4:23 pm

      Hi,
      Sorry for the delay, your comment got caught in the spam filter. It’s the same place. They have multiple websites for some reason. They’re also under the name laser queen chadstone. It makes it confusing, but the service is really good, I’ve been many times now. You can call them on 03 9530 9800.

  • Mp 03/06/2019 at 9:00 am

    Thank you Alinta, I didn’t want to go to the trouble of seeing a dermatologist, referral,cost etc, but this method seems a good alternative. Thank you for sharing. Mary

  • Aaron 13/07/2019 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Alinta,
    I have some milia in my eyelid it really annoying me. Laser is not my option too expensive for me, and I’m afraid it can affect or damage my eyes and skin. But thanks for this insight it helps me a lot. Keep it up.
    Currently, I’m reading this, very informative too

    • Alinta McMurdo 13/07/2019 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Aaron,
      I’m glad it helped you, this sort of laser only penetrates the very top layer of the skin so it’s very safe to have done on the eyes – I’ve had it done on my eyelids many times now. I have tried at home milia removal, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, the chances of not getting the whole milia out and causing scaring are too high to risk doing that. If you call around your local area, you might be surprised by how affordable laser milia removal can be 🙂

  • Dominique 15/08/2019 at 10:41 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve had milia since I was little, my eyes are covered in it and I hate it so much. Do you know/ recommend any laser clinics for milia treatment within the US? Please let me know I can’t find any!

    • Alinta McMurdo 17/08/2019 at 7:04 pm

      Sorry, I don’t know of any. Try googling this laser technique to see if there’s anywhere near you that does it 🙂

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    The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions?  The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. 

Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. 
#DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
    The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions?  The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. 

Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. 
#DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
    The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions?  The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. 

Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. 
#DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
    The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions?  The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. 

Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. 
#DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
    The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions?  The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. 

Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. 
#DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
    The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions? The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. #DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
    2 months ago
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    It’s #naidocweek so here’s your reminder to #buyblak and care about Indigenous rights for more than just one week a year. 
Brands mentioned in the video include @jyelahmindandbody @paperbarklove @bush_medijina @_kykoe and @theminorityco_.
I have lists of lots of Indigenous businesses in a google doc that I intended to make into blog posts but never found the energy to do so, but it means I can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a certain sort of business to support. Also, post your fave blak owned businesses in the comments so other can check them out. 
#naidocweek2022 #alwayswasalwayswillbe #landback #lovealinta
    It’s #naidocweek so here’s your reminder to #buyblak and care about Indigenous rights for more than just one week a year. Brands mentioned in the video include @jyelahmindandbody @paperbarklove @bush_medijina @_kykoe and @theminorityco_. I have lists of lots of Indigenous businesses in a google doc that I intended to make into blog posts but never found the energy to do so, but it means I can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a certain sort of business to support. Also, post your fave blak owned businesses in the comments so other can check them out. #naidocweek2022 #alwayswasalwayswillbe #landback #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? 
Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). 
Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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