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Cruelty Free Skin Care and Makeup Favourites from 2017

07/02/2018

*Some items are press samples

Today, I want to share with you my cruelty free beauty favourites from 2017. The products I’m sharing today are the ones I used the most during 2017, they’re weren’t necessarily released in 2017. I have separated them into 2 blog posts and 4 categories, skincare, makeup, hair care and nail products. In this post are my skincare and makeup favourites and I will share my hair and nail favourites in another post soon. I haven’t picked an item from every product category, as these are just the products that stood out to me, but I am happy to go through every product category and tell you my favourites in future, let me know in a comment if you want to see that.

Cruelty Free Skin Care and Makeup Favourites from 2017
Cruelty Free Skin Care and Makeup Favourites from 2017

I know this post is late but I have had a very busy start to 2018 with a lot of medical appointments that have sapped all my energy. You can read my health updates on my youcaring fundraiser – youcaring.com/Alinta – my most recent update has some great news too.

Skin care

If I had to choose between skincare or makeup, skincare would win hands down. I love my skincare which means I tend to hold it to a higher standard than I would makeup. Facial wipes are something I always have on hand. I have tried most of the cruelty free face wipes available but nothing compares to the Wotnot Natural Face Wipes (vegan). The wipes come in normal, dry and oily versions and all three are suitable for sensitive skin. I also keep the Wotnot Biodegradable General Wipes on hand as I use them for so many different things, from wiping up makeup to wiping the dogs. They were actually featured in My Favourtire Dog Products blog post. Wotnot have created such good wipes, I recommend them to everyone.

Wotnot Facial Wipes and Biodegradable General Wipes
Wotnot Facial Wipes and Biodegradable General Wipes

There aren’t many products that I would say I can’t live without but the MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Marshmallow and Elderberry (vegan) would be one of them. I have tried so many different creams, including many on prescription, but nothing works for my eyelid eczema like this cream. I will often pair it with the MooGoo Soothing MSM which contains Sweet Almond Oil to help keep the skin supple, as the worst thing for eczema is to let the skin dry out and crack. I have a review of the MSM Soothing Cream and old Eczema Cream as well as the newer Eczema Cream with Marshmallow and Elderberry.

I have rosacea, so it can be really hard for me to introduce active ingredients into my skincare regime. Chemical exfoliants are one ingredient that my skin reacts badly to. The Nip+Fab Glycolic Serum is one of the few exfoliants I can use without any sort of irritation. The 4% glycolic acid solution is a lower concentration than many other products on the market, but it is still enough to give me the ‘glow’ associated with AHA products. I have been trying to introduce the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum into my routine but it is a 12% AHA and BHA mix which just seems to be too much for my rosacea to handle at the moment. It is however a great product if your skin is able to handle it, and it’s especially good for oily and blemish prone skin types. Another Drunk Elephant product I started to use in 2017 was the Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum. I did a lot of research on Vitamin C skincare products, and settled on this one, and I’m very happy with my choice. Note: If you have sensitive skin like me, then always introduce new products very slowly, especially those with active ingredients like Vitamin C or AHA/BHA’s.

I reviewed the Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot in June of last year, but I had already been using it for a while at that point. It is the best Hyaluronic Acid product that I have tried and it’s vegan friendly. I can really see the difference in my skin when I use this product and it is so helpful in winter when my skin starts to get flakes from dehydration. Every skin type from oily to dry can become dehydrated (especially in winter), so it’s a good idea to have a Hyaluronic Acid product on hand. I also add an oil to my skin in winter. My favourite is of course the Certified Organic Rosehip Oil from Trilogy (they have a lovely gentle cream cleanser too). I won’t cover my favourite cleanser and eye cream today as they are going to be reviewed in a blog post I have coming up shortly.

Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot
Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot

My lips can get incredibly dry because of an autoimmune condition I have, so I need a very hydrating lip balm. I have tried all the brands that tend to be raved about in cruelty free groups (like Hurraw) but they just don’t hydrate my lips well enough. I stumbled across the Hanami Cosmetics Pomegranate Vegan Lip Balm at the Little Vegan Makeup Shop stall at Aussie Indie Con, and it has been a handbag staple ever since. It doesn’t have SPF so I am still on the hunt for an SPF lip balm that I really love. Sunscreen is the most important part of any skincare regime, I have been trying a lot of sunscreens so that I can do one big blog post and compare them all for you, if you need a good facial sunscreen before I can do that, then I recommend trying the Eco Face Sunscreen 30+ which is is vegan, natural, non-greasy, works well under makeup, reef safe, and has the highest safety ranking for the environmental working Group (EWG). It is a physical sunscreen that uses 20% non-whitening zinc, so it’s great for sensitive skin and rosacea. You can get this sunscreen from Nourished Life (affiliate) – just search ‘Eco Logical’ and click on the face sunscreen.

Makeup

There weren’t any foundations or concealers that stood out to me in 2017. I have very few options as I’m very fair, pink toned, on the drier side and want a product that is cruelty free without a bad parent. However, I can however share my other favourites with you. Blush is an important part of my makeup routine as I really need it to bring life back into my pale skin. Thebalm are known for their highlighters, but my favourite product line from theBalm is definitely their blushes. The two I use the most are Down Boy and Balm Beach but I frequently use Frat Boy, Cabana Boy, Balm Springs and Hot Mama too (I will do a blog post with all the colours compared soon). The other blushes I love are from Hourglass Cosmetics; people rave about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes for good reason. I have Ethereal Glow and Mood Exposure and I would love to get more but they were acquired by Unilever last year, so Hourglass now has a bad parent company which is really disappointing. Blushes are a product I can find from many brands, so I try to support cruelty free companies without bad parents first, but I think I will need to buy a foundation from Hourglass as that is not something I can find easily, and Hourglass do make some amazing products. I haven’t been able to find decent dupes for either of their primers, the Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 and No. 28 Primer Serum – I have a lot of hydrating primers but none of them have the thick serum feel of the hourglass No. 28. They also have some great lip products like the Femme Nude Lip Stylo which I wore to Aussie Indie Con. I do however have a much cheaper lip product as my yearly favourite, the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Aquarius. I love a more hydrating lip formula and this shade is so perfect on my pale, pink toned skin.

Blushes from theBalm
Blushes from theBalm

The main product I bought during 2017 were single eyeshadows. I was getting sick of seeing the same colours in every palette released by every brand. Having single eyeshadows means I can create any palette I want and any eye look I can think of. The single eyeshadow pans I own are either from Anastasia Beverly Hills, Makeup Geek or Colourpop Cosmetics. Colourpop single shadows are the cheapest at US$4 per pan (with frequent sales too), but they tend to release shades before thoroughly testing them, so there are some duds in their lineup (they tend to be discontinued once customer feedback is received). Makeup Geek sell single eyeshadows ranging from US$6 (standard shades) to US$10 (foiled eyeshadows). Makeup Geek were the original single pan eyeshadows that everyone raved about but they have slowed down on the shade releases which has allowed other brands to take the spotlight. The quality of Makeup Geek eyeshadows is really good across the board, and I really hope 2018 brings a lot more new releases from the brand. Anastasia Beverly Hills sells single eyeshadows at US$12 each or you can get a deal on their website where you can buy 8 single shadows for US$70 with an 8-well empty shadow palette included. Anastasia Beverly Hills have 8 different finishes that all cost the same price and have a large range of good quality colours available. Every Christmas and birthday I would ask for single eyeshadows, and give a list of what I didn’t have yet, so I have been able to build up a good collection of single shadows now but I am still missing a lot of bright colours. I have promised to swatch and review all the colours I have from each brand, but it will be a while before I can do that.

Brown and pink toned Colourpop single eyeshadows
Brown and pink toned Colourpop single eyeshadows

I didn’t buy many eyeshadow palettes throughout 2017 becuase I focused on collecting single eyeshadows instead, but the ones that really stood out to me were from Dose Of Colors. When the raving reviews started appearing on the Dose Of Colors Baked Browns and Marvelous Mauves,eyeshadow palettes, I knew I had to get them. They are small 5 pan eyeshadow palettes that focus on a specific colour each, which makes putting a look together really easy, but the best part is the formula. The eyeshadows are so soft and easy to blend. There is a bit of kickback in the pan and slight fallout on application, but they blend like nothing else. They launched two new palettes at the end of 2017 that I want to get my hands on called Blushing Berries and Sassy Siennas. If you’re on a tight budget then it is worth trying out the BYS Peach and Berries eyeshadow palettes (vegan). The quality isn’t the same as Dose Of Colors but it’s the best affordable eyeshadow formula I have ever tried. Check out my review on the Peach and Berries palettes to see all the swatches. Continuing with eyes, you will already know from my reviews that I love Eye OF Horus Cosmetics. My favourite brow pencil is the vegan Eye Of Horus Brow Define (reviewed here) and my favourite eye pencils are the Eye of Horus Goddess Pencils (reviewed here).

BYS Berries Eyeshadow Palette
BYS Berries Eyeshadow Palette

I have a lot of setting sprays but the one that I always reached for throughout 2017 was the Innoxa Anti-Ageing Makeup Setting Spray (vegan). It has a fine mist and takes the powdery look away from makeup. I don’t think it makes my makeup last that much longer, but I don’t think many makeup sprays do. The only setting spray that I know makes my makeup last longer is the Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finishing Spray but I don’t like the way it feels on my skin, so I only wear it on very special occasions.

I couldn’t write about my favourites without including Furless Brushes (affiliate). I mentioned them in my cruelty free gift guide too, because I think everyone will enjoy using these cruelty free and vegan brushes. There are a variety of styles to choose from including the couture range, which includes my all time favourite foundation brush (reviewed here) as well as travel sets that come with their own sturdy travel case (Purple Power Set review) and there is a Professional Brush Set that has 20 brushes plus a brush roll that transforms into a brush apron easily (I have this to review for you soon). All the brushes come individually too if you just want to buy a couple to try. I have washed mine so many times and they always come out looking brand new, which I can’t say for many other brushes I own. I have also seen a sneak peak of what they’re launching soon and I’m so excited! I will often use a makeup sponge in combination with makeup brushes, and my favourites are from Beauty Blender and Real Techniques. I’ve tried a few cheaper brands, but none compare to these as they’re often way too hard and feel like I’m stabbing my face with a rock. The only other brand I would use are the Chi Chi Cosmetics yellow sponges, but I prefer my Real Techniques and Beauty Blender ones.

Real Techniques, Beauty Blender and Chi Chi Cosmetics makeup sponges
Real Techniques, Beauty Blender and Chi Chi Cosmetics makeup sponges

I spent the last few months of 2017 testing out a lot of different natural makeup brands, I won’t share my favourites with you yet and I’ll write reviews on each product so that you can decide which one will suit you best.

I love reading about people’s favourite products as it is a great way for me to try new products that won’t be a complete waste of money. I hope you enjoyed reading about my cruelty free skincare and makeup favourites from 2017. Don’t forget to check back to read about my hair care and nail favourites too. You can sign up to email updates to get my blog posts sent to your inbox, or follow me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. What are your favourite cruelty free skincare and makeup products? Will you be trying anything I’ve mentioned?

Love, Alinta

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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. 
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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. 

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#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. 

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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
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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. 
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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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6/9
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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7/9
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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