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Cruelty Free Gift Ideas For The Holidays

17/12/2017

*Some items are press samples

It’s that time of year when people start realising Christmas is just a little over a week away and that they haven’t got all the presents they need to get. If you’re one of those people, I have put together a list of cruelty free gift ideas that you can look through to find the perfect present for any beauty product lover out there. As with all my blog posts, everything mentioned is cruelty free and I have included a lot of vegan options as well.

Cruelty free gift ideas for the holidays
Cruelty free gift ideas for the holidays

The first thing that comes to mind when anyone asks me about a cruelty free beauty gift idea, is always Furless brushes (affiliate), as they’re all synthetic/vegan and of great quality. I have reviewed multiple Furless items on my blog previously including the Purple Power Makeup Brush Set, Couture Base Essentials Kit and Couture Body Contour Kit, but I have other brushes that I have yet to review as well. The two couture sets have a sleek all black design and are my absolute favourite brushes to use to get the perfect base. Between the two kits you can get the perfect finish for your foundation, concealer, powder, blush, contour and bronzer. If you are looking for kits that also include eye brushes then the Purple Power, Perfectly Pink or Black Beauty sets are a great option as they all come with a vegan leather travel case ($89.99 each). Each kit contains a different selection of brushes, so look at each kit to see which one is the best fit. If you’re buying for the ultimate beauty junkie, or even a professional makeup artist then you really can’t go past the Professional Makeup Brush Set. The Professional Set includes 20 different brushes to cover every sort of makeup application, and it comes with a fold out brush brush case that can be used as a brush belt ($169.95). If you’re only looking for a couple of brushes to gift then I really love the Black Beauty Small Domed Crease Blending Brush (ME3), Eyeshadow Brush (ME5), Multi Purpose Blending Brush (MF2) and the Angled Contour Brush (MF3). Any brush you choose from Furless will be of great quality, I use mine every time I put makeup on, plus they are really easy to clean.

Furless cruelty free and vegan Purple Power brush set
Furless cruelty free and vegan Purple Power brush set

If you want to buy just one makeup brush then Real Techniques have three new mini brushes out for the holidays (they are a lot smaller in real life than they appear online as they are small enough to be handbag brushes). They have the Mini Expert Face Brush, Mini Contour Brush and Mini Medium Sculpting Brush. There are also a couple of limited edition brush sets like the Smooth & Accentuate Kit and the Drape and Colour Kit. If you are buying a brush set then I still recommend the Furless brushes but Real Techniques are another cruelty free and vegan option. Real Techniques do however have the best affordable makeup sponge /beauty blender dupe on the market called the miracle complexion sponge and there is special Christmas packaging for that product as well. Real Techniques are available in Priceline in Australia. I will often buy my real techniques products from iherb as they’re cheaper that way but they’re often out of stock and won’t make it in time for Christmas now.

Mecca The Daily Defenders gift set
Mecca The Daily Defenders gift set

Every time Christmas rolls around, you can guarantee that Mecca will have a lot of gift sets on offer. You can find various gift sets from cruelty free brands with bad parent companies from both Mecca and Sephora like Becca, Tarte, Too Faced, Hourglass etc. What I want to highlight more though, are the gift sets made by Mecca themselves. Mecca have two completely cruelty free house brands, Mecca Cosmetica (focusing more on skincare) and Mecca Max (focusing more on makeup). Mecca Max only launched this year so I haven’t tried any of the products yet, but there are a couple of cute Mecca Max gift sets like the Glow Show Illuminating Duo $35 (includes a highlighter and metallic eyeshadow), Dewy Til Dawn Prep and Set Makeup Duo $32 (includes an illuminating primer and setting spray) and Max The Look Bold Gold $50 (includes illuminating primer, metallic eyeshadow, shimmer lip gloss and setting spray). The target audience for Mecca Max is younger than that of Mecca Cosmetica so you will see a lot more sparkles and shimmer in the Mecca Max line. I am a massive skincare lover, I think skincare, especially sunscreen, is a lot more important than makeup, so I do tend to like the Mecca Cosmetica sets more. Some of the gift sets from Mecca Cosmetica include The Great Protectors Face Sun Wardrobe $50 (includes face sunscreen, body sunscreen and lip sunscreen), The Daily Defenders SPF & Lip Duo $28 (Mini face and lip sunscreen), Best Face Forward Quick Fix Beauty Routine $80 (plumping balm, sheet masks and eye masks), and Fresh Faced Double Cleanser Set $40 (includes micellar water and facial cleanser). The Mecca Cosmetica Superscreen 50+ is one of my favourite facial suncreens, so it’s a good buy even if you get it for yourself. Also from Mecca you can buy the Josie Maran Cosmetics skincare kits, they have the 3 Step Argan Makeup Prep $35 and the Best of Argan Skincare Revivers $76.

Ere Perez eyeshadow palette, bronzer/blush and brushes
Ere Perez eyeshadow palette, bronzer/blush and brushes

If you’re looking for a cruelty free gift for someone who also likes more natural makeup then the Dusty Girls Quintessential Romance Eyeshadow Palette $36 is a nice gift with its rose gold packaging and vegan formula. Ere Perez has just launched 4 Chamomile Eye Palettes that are all vegan. The palettes are Beautiful (day to night collection), Gorgeous (mother earth collection), Pretty (vintage luxe collection) and Lovely (orient blossom collection). These eyeshadow palettes are ideal for sensitive eyes and retail for $40. I confirmed with Ere Perez that ordering before Wednesday the 20th December from the Ere Perez website and getting express shipping will mean that your order arrives in time for Christmas. You will find various other cruelty free gift ideas on their website like their newly released rice powder bronzers and nail polish range (which I will review in the new year). If you want to buy from a website with a wide range of cruelty free brands then Flora and Fauna (affiliate) and Nourished Life (affiliate) are great websites to look at. Both websites stock Ere Perez plus a lot of other cruelty free, organic and eco-friendly, makeup, skincare and hair care brands. I always turn to these sites when looking for cruelty free gift ideas or new brands to try.

BYS Cosmetics Peach eyeshadow palette
BYS Cosmetics Peach eyeshadow palette

Some cruelty free brands readily available in Australian stores (as well as on their own websites) include theBalm Cosmetics, Trilogy Skincare, Chi Chi Cosmetics, Designer Brands, Innoxa, Australis Cosmetics and BYS Cosmetics. I just reviewed the BYS Berries and Peach eyeshadow palettes which are available from Kmart and Target. Trilogy focus on natural skincare that works, they happen to be one of my favourite skincare brands. Every Christmas, Trilogy bring out mini skincare gift packs that focus on different needs so you can choose the pack that suits the receiver best. If you get stuck the Trilogy Rosehip Oil works well for all skin types and you can buy Trilogy from both Priceline and Myer. theBalm are famous for creating their cult highlighter, Mary-Lou Manizer (reviewed here), but I think their eyeshadow palettes should be talked about a lot more. I really like the Meet Matt(e) range which are 9 pan matte eyeshadow palettes. The palettes are called Meet Matt(e) Nude, Meet Matt(e) Trimony and the most recent palette (which is the only vegan one), Meet Matt(e) Ador. A makeup lover can never have enough matte eyeshadows in their collection. TheBalm is available at Target in Australia but the shelves are usually cleared out of all product, so you’re much better off checking out your local David Jones instead. Chi Chi Cosmetics, Designer Brands, Innoxa and Australis Cosmetics have all released new products for the holidays. Chi Chi Cosmetics (available at Target and Myer) have launched face palettes, eyeshadow palettes and perfume gift sets, I particularly like the roller ball perfumes as they are perfect to put in my bag and carry around with me. Designer Brands ( a vegan brand) have launched various eyeshadow and face palettes for the holidays, as well as a new line of fake eyelashes (it’s best to check the Designer Brands website for your local stockist). Innoxa (available at some Priceline stores and Myer) recently released vegan blushes and eyeshadow quads, plus a new foundation and colour correctors, but it’s best to stick to the eyeshadows and blushes as gifts as foundation shades are too hard to match for another person. Australis Cosmetics have had so many new releases this year, I know the contour book is popular with teenagers out there, as are many of their products.

BYS Cosmetics Berries eyeshadow palette
BYS Cosmetics Berries eyeshadow palette

If you’re in the USA then I recommend checking out Colourpop. I have reviewed a few of their products on my blog, but I plan on reviewing a lot more in the new year. They released a limited edition collection at Sephora for Christmas, plus they have their yearly NKLA collection that includes the Puppy Love and Cat Nap super shock shadows where all proceeds go to helping homeless pets. Colourpop provide free shipping for international orders over $50 which makes it a good American brand for Aussies to buy, but it won’t make it in time for Christmas now. Wet N Wild just released a Pro Brush line which features sleek pink metallic handles. They have to be some of the prettiest brushes on the market, so I am going to try and find a way to get them in Australia in the new year.

Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows
Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows

Something I try to do every Christmas, is buy products from small independent (often single person) brands. One easy way to do this is to buy from one of the Australian Indie Nail Polish brands. I listed a lot of the Australian Indie polish brands in my Guide To Australian Indie Polish Nail Polish blog post. Many of the brands have closed for their Christmas break but some brands are working through. I created a thread in The Australian Indie Polish Appreciation Society Facebook group where brands could comment their opening times over the holidays. Brands that said they will be open over the holidays and continue to ship throughout include Celestial Cosmetics, Hit The Bottle, Bettie Pain Polish, Sayuri Nail Lacquer and Powder Perfect (they will close on 5th Jan instead). I spoke to Megan from Bettie Pain Polish about shipping for Christmas and she said that the 22nd is the last day she can post (by express) to get to you in time for Christmas. I assume most of the other stores will be the same but you will need to check their Turn- Around Time (TAT) to make sure that they have enough time to fill your order and post it.

Cruelty free gift ideas for any beauty lover
Cruelty free gift ideas for any beauty lover

I hope this post helps you to find the perfect cruelty free gift. If you’re not looking for a present for someone else, these are still great ideas if you want to spoil yourself. I hope you and all of your loved ones have a happy and safe new year and I wish you all the best for the year to come. You can sign up to email updates to get all of my cruelty free blog posts sent to your inbox or follow me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. If you like any of these ideas, or have a great cruelty free gift idea of your own, then let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you.

Love, Alinta

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    Outstanding post I really like it. The Beauty Bag

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*press sample  #lovealinta #sustainablebeauty #sustainablebrand #ecobeauty #ethicalbeauty #ecotools

    What is a sustainable product? I have spent months thinking about this and what I want to write and on my blog and post about here. There is no easy answer to this. Just when considering greenhouse emissions for a company alone, it’s immensely complicated. There was a good article in nature recently going over how Microsoft are trying to achieve net zero, but most companies don’t have the means that Microsoft does. Most companies rely on carbon offsets, which is often planting trees (problematic solution in itself), rather than ensuring their business has no emissions at all. And they don’t take into consideration all the emissions that occur from suppliers and freight of suppliers etc. Then there is the problem of waste. Ideally, I don’t want there to be any permanent waste to occur from any product I buy, but that’s certainly not the case. Most beauty products can’t even be recycled in curb-side recycling bins. I would preferably want my products to be biodegradable, refillable at home, or reused and refilled by the company so that there is no waste. However, I don’t know of an actual solution that encompasses those criteria for some things – like vegan makeup brush hairs as seen with eco tools brushes. I do prioritise this lower than single use plastic, as I get many years of use from makeup brushes. But it’s just another level of complexity that I’ve tried to figure out. So in saying all that, I don’t have the solution or a perfect company or product to talk about as I don’t know of one. I do however intend to support and share about the companies who are trying to be more sustainable. I hope that in supporting them, we will get to a point where companies can fit my ideal criteria. I would like to write a blog post on this but that requires more energy than I have right now – I would however love to hear your thoughts on sustainable products. What is a sustainable product to you? Eco tools was actually the first big company I ever noticed that was promoting eco beauty. It’s interesting how much has changed since then.
    *press sample #lovealinta #sustainablebeauty #sustainablebrand #ecobeauty #ethicalbeauty #ecotools

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Picture from a Bloomberg article of a graph showing world average temp over 2000 years with obvious uptick since 1850. Title saying heat spike. 
#climatechange #climateaction #ipcc #ipccreport #lovealinta

    Since the IPCC report was released on Monday I’ve seen a lot of people expressing how overwhelmed and helpless they feel about climate change. These feelings are absolutely valid. The situation we’re in is dire. The report confirmed that we are currently experiencing the effects of climate change which can be seen in the increase in extreme weather events. We’re currently sitting at 1.1 degrees and we will well overshoot 1.5 degrees by the end of the century if nothing changes. This will cause widespread suffering, death and destruction for humans, animals and ecosystems.
    But there is good news. We know what the problem is and we know the solution. We can avoid the worst case scenario if we act now. De-carbonising the economy needs to be our top priority, we simply cannot rely on fossil fuels any longer. The most important thing you can do is to get involved and apply political pressure. That means voting for the people with the best climate policies, emailing your local representative, going to climate protests, physically blocking new fossil fuel infrastructure, telling everyone you know to also act – whatever it is you can do to make change, do it.
    Australia was recently ranked last on climate action against 193 other UN member nations. This cannot continue. COP 26 is around the corner so speak up, tell the Aus gov that you want climate action now. I know many of you don’t have a degree about climate change like I do, so I’ve tried to make this simple and give you examples of what to do, and I’m happy to go into more detail or explain anything you don’t understand, just ask. Do your best to be informed and be prepared to fight for a better future. It will be worth it for every life, species and ecosystem that can be saved.
    Picture from a Bloomberg article of a graph showing world average temp over 2000 years with obvious uptick since 1850. Title saying heat spike.
    #climatechange #climateaction #ipcc #ipccreport #lovealinta

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Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell. 
Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊
Picture of a white and grey dog looking at the camera and licking his nose. 
#rescuedog #rescuedogs #dogsofmelbourne #lovealinta

    With Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all In lockdown, I thought a cute pup picture in your feed might be appreciated. You can swipe to see a cute video of a scruffy puppy Kobi not long after he came into care as a foster dog – he found himself in the pound at 3 months of age.
    Kobi was probably thinking about food in this photo because he is a bit obsessed with eating. He will even happily eat dirt – I’ve had to clean dirt off his chin far too often lately (don’t worry the vet says there’s nothing wrong with him, he’s just gluttonous). His favourite method for dirt eating is face planting straight onto the ground. It’s certainly an interesting technique.
    Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell.
    Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊
    Picture of a white and grey dog looking at the camera and licking his nose.
    #rescuedog #rescuedogs #dogsofmelbourne #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
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Pic description: selfie of me in a mask with neon yellow sticker that says I have had the covid-19 vaccine, taken just after my second vaccination.

    It’s been 6.5 weeks since my first Pfizer vaccination and 3.5 since my second, but I still feel like death warmed up. This isn’t surprising. My immunologist, GP and I all knew I would suffer, but that doesn’t make it easier to deal with. This isn’t a covid vaccine specific reaction, I react to all vaccines in the same way. I was out of action for 2 weeks after my meningococcal vaccine last December and most people don’t have any problems with that vax. My vaccine reactions are specific to only me, because of my unique immune deficiencies. My immunologist has never come across anyone else with the combination of immune deficiencies that I have. Unfortunately, one of my worse deficiencies is that of Memory B Cells, which means I don’t make immunity to many vaccines, and when I do, it doesn’t last for long. I still get vaccinated despite this, because it matters. So the point of this post – please get your covid vaccination when you are eligible to. Many vulnerable people like myself are relying on herd immunity and we’re just not going to get there if everyone doesn’t do their part. I didn’t get a pretty sticker but the potential of covid antibodies is better than any sticker.
    Pic description: selfie of me in a mask with neon yellow sticker that says I have had the covid-19 vaccine, taken just after my second vaccination.

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Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week. 
For a long time I’ve wanted to post about this sort of thing but I haven’t known where to start. I have no idea where the level of environmental and climate knowledge is at with the general public so I would love if you could let me know how much you know about it. Then at least I have a place to start. 
Also, thanks for sticking by me, it has been very hard to get through this subject whilst going through all my health stuff plus vaccines. I have my second vax on Thursday and a few more weeks of uni and then I’ll be around more often. 
Oh and don’t forget to show up to the climate strike on Friday 😊
Pic description - white lined notebook on black background with handwriting that says First Nations People’s and Earth Based Governance. 
#climatechange #alwayswasalwayswillbe #lovealinta

    I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I care about Indigenous rights as well as the environment. So I am particularly interested in how Indigenous people want to combat climate change because climate change action desperately needs to be decolonised.
    Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week.
    For a long time I’ve wanted to post about this sort of thing but I haven’t known where to start. I have no idea where the level of environmental and climate knowledge is at with the general public so I would love if you could let me know how much you know about it. Then at least I have a place to start.
    Also, thanks for sticking by me, it has been very hard to get through this subject whilst going through all my health stuff plus vaccines. I have my second vax on Thursday and a few more weeks of uni and then I’ll be around more often.
    Oh and don’t forget to show up to the climate strike on Friday 😊
    Pic description – white lined notebook on black background with handwriting that says First Nations People’s and Earth Based Governance.
    #climatechange #alwayswasalwayswillbe #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    5 months ago
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    Here are the ring details as promised. I think you all knew that my ring was going to be ethical in some way. It wouldn’t be me otherwise, would it? I’ve followed @ethicaljewelleryaustralia for years now, so I’ve known for a long time that I would want them to make a ring for me. It’s something that I will be wearing everyday, so I want it to represent my values. So the ring is handmade by #EthicalJewelleryAustralia in the design I wanted. It’s a round diamond with a four prongs that look like little petals. It’s made with recycled platinum and a lab diamond. Diamond and metal mining have a lot of negative social and environmental impacts, plus a lab diamond is far more affordable than a traditionally mined diamond, which means you can reduce your impact on people, the planet and your hip pocket. I hope lab grown diamonds are the choice of the future, as it is far better for human rights and the environment to make a diamond in a lab using renewable energy, than it is to mine them from the ground, using fossil fuels and unethical labor - just look into blood diamonds if you want to know how bad it can get. I also plan on trying to have a more ethical wedding too. I’ve already found a carbon neutral venue, but I’ve got lots of research to do on everything else. Let me know if you have any ideas for a sustainable wedding. 
Picture description: fair hand flat out with fingers spread showing silver coloured ring on ring finger with a green background. 
#ethicalengagementring #ethicalengagement #labdiamond #recycledplatinum #lovealinta

    Here are the ring details as promised. I think you all knew that my ring was going to be ethical in some way. It wouldn’t be me otherwise, would it? I’ve followed @ethicaljewelleryaustralia for years now, so I’ve known for a long time that I would want them to make a ring for me. It’s something that I will be wearing everyday, so I want it to represent my values. So the ring is handmade by #EthicalJewelleryAustralia in the design I wanted. It’s a round diamond with a four prongs that look like little petals. It’s made with recycled platinum and a lab diamond. Diamond and metal mining have a lot of negative social and environmental impacts, plus a lab diamond is far more affordable than a traditionally mined diamond, which means you can reduce your impact on people, the planet and your hip pocket. I hope lab grown diamonds are the choice of the future, as it is far better for human rights and the environment to make a diamond in a lab using renewable energy, than it is to mine them from the ground, using fossil fuels and unethical labor – just look into blood diamonds if you want to know how bad it can get. I also plan on trying to have a more ethical wedding too. I’ve already found a carbon neutral venue, but I’ve got lots of research to do on everything else. Let me know if you have any ideas for a sustainable wedding.
    Picture description: fair hand flat out with fingers spread showing silver coloured ring on ring finger with a green background.
    #ethicalengagementring #ethicalengagement #labdiamond #recycledplatinum #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    6/9
    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life - it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    7/9
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
    We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
    Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

    Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
    Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    8/9
    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    9/9

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