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How I Use My Planner To Organise My Life

11/02/2019

Today I have a different sort of post for you as I’ve had questions about my planner when I’ve showed it on social media. So I’m going to go through everything I use to plan my life. This isn’t the most cost effective way of planning, but this method is best for me as it really helps with my anxiety. I have bought everything myself, and I’ll link to every shop I mention. I do tend to wait for sales as I don’t have a big budget, but many of these stores have regular sales, which is good for me. If the product I mention isn’t available in the store, then just email them. Most of these brands are really small single-person businesses who are happy to help if you just ask.

How I use my planner to organise my life and to better cope with anxiety - polish and paws
How I use my planner to organise my life and to better cope with anxiety

Planners

I use a personal size ring planner (sometimes referred to as medium sized), as it is a good size for me. I really like that I can customise what is inside it, and move it all around by just opening the rings. It also means I don’t need to repurchase a full planner every year, as I can reuse the planner and just buy new inserts. The planner I use is a Color Crush personal size ring planner from Webster’s Pages. Mine is yellow with white dots, but it was limited edition – there are lots of other colours available still, including the white with gold spots and patent pink that I also looked at getting. I also have Fuchsia A5 Color Crush planners from Webster’s Pages that I use for blog planning and used for health planning (while I was overseas for treatment).

Nati Planning Personal Planner Notes Inserts - polish and paws blog
Nati Planning Personal Planner Notes Inserts

I chose Webster’s planners as they confirmed that all of their planners are faux leather and suitable for vegans. Many of the popular brands (like Kikki K) use real leather, and if they have a vegan friendly product, it’s often childish or not good quality. I have found the Webster’s planners to be good quality and their customer service was great. They sent me out a brand new planner when the one I bought had rings that didn’t join properly. I bought mine from Blitsy, but there are various retailers that sell Webster’s Pages, including Carefully Crafted which is an Australian site with lots of Webster’s planners. I have found that vegan A5 planners are easier to find than personal planners, but others places you can get both from are Chasing Planner Peace and Carpe Diem Planners from Simple Stories (both sell faux leather planners). I bought empty planners as I wanted specific inserts, so it was less wasteful getting an empty planner than a boxed set.

Sugarloop Notepad in Webster's Pages Color Crush Personal Sized Planner with gold glitter pen from Typo - polish and paws blog
Sugarloop Notepad in Webster’s Pages Color Crush Personal Sized Planner with gold glitter pen from Typo

Before I get into the inserts that I use, I will go over some basic items that I put in my planner. I use planner dividers from Nati Planning, which they don’t sell anymore, however there are lots of other shops on Etsy that do. I know that Chasing Planner Peace and Aussie Planner Chick are both making dividers at the moment. You can also buy branded ones or even make your own planner dividers (there are templates out there that you can buy to make this easier). I use Carpe Diem planner bookmarks that mark the month and day that I’m on, so I can easily flip to them. I bought both of my personal and A5 makers from Scrapboutique but there are lots of planner markers on Etsy too. Que and Co have cute gold ones that you can purchase individually – and they perfectly match their foiled planner inserts. I keep a notepad in the back of my planner, to easily jot down notes quickly. I bought mine from Sugarloop on Etsy, but most planner brands also sell their own to match their planners. I also have a mini ‘to do’ notepad from Sugarloop that sits in the front of my A5 blog planner. I like having a lot of note paper, so I also have a whole section in my planner that is for notes. I have Nati Planning notes inserts for that, but any planner insert shop will sell them.

Monthly Planning

Nati Planning A5 Yearly Overview planner inserts - polish and paws blog
Nati Planning A5 Yearly Overview planner inserts

For monthly planning I have inserts that are the yearly overview of the months as well as inserts that show each month in detail. My yearly overview inserts are from Nati Planning. I also just got inserts that are the yearly overview showing each new moon and full moon. They are online printable inserts from Thunderpeep Printables on Etsy (I’ll explain how I do that later in this post). I like having the full moons marked and easy to find for health reasons, but I know there are lots of people who do it for cultural, religious or hobby reasons, and these will work for those too.

Thunderpeep Printables Lunar Phases Year At A Glance yearly calendar printed in A5 size - polish and paws blog
Thunderpeep Printables Lunar Phases Year At A Glance yearly calendar printed in A5 size

I buy my monthly overview inserts from Chasing Planner Peace. I get the Personal Size Month On Two Pages Colourful Inserts and the A5 Colourful Monthly Calendar Planner Inserts. I like the extra colour on these inserts, but Chasing Planner Peace also sells plain ones, as do Nati Planning and Aussie Planner Chick.

Chasing Planner Peace A5 Monthly Calendar Planner Inserts - polish and paws blog
Chasing Planner Peace A5 Monthly Calendar Planner Inserts

Instead of writing the important events into each daily box on my monthly overview inserts, I use stickers. I find that it is much easier to see what I have going on each day this way. Any important details about the day/event get written in the notes tab on the right side of each month. The stickers I use for my monthly inserts are the Tiny Icons from Peacefulmind Design. The ones I use the most in my personal planner are the payday flags, recycling/rubbish, doctor/dentist, and balloons (to mark birthdays), but there are stickers for almost anything you can think of – like hobbies, sport, food, household, pets, beauty, social media, travel, work, events, etc. In my A5 blog planner, I mainly use the Instagram and laptop Peacefulmind Design Tiny Icons. I get each design in the rainbow colour so that my planner is colourful, but you could also get each sticker in a particular colour so that each event type is easy to see by what colour it is.

Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Month On Two Pages Inserts with Peacefulmind Design Tiny Icon stickers - polish and paws blog
Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Month On Two Pages Inserts with Peacefulmind Design Tiny Icon stickers

Weekly Planning

My weekly planning is very different now to how I started planning in the beginning. When I started planning many years ago, I would use the horizontal insets that come standard with most planners. Those inserts do work fine, but I found that I wasn’t using my planner to look up what was happening. So I shifted to vertical planning in my personal planner, in particular, vertical inserts that could utilise Erin Condren stickers. Many insert shops now make a style like this, but my favourite are the Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Weekly Erin Condren Style Boxes inserts. The Erin Condren planners are the most popular planner in the planning community, so the vast majority of stickers made, are made to fit the EC boxes. Erin Condren planners are however quite big, and they’re spiral bound, so they’re just not my sort of planner. The personal size ring bound EC style inserts are perfect for me, as I get the right size and functionality as well as all the stickers. Using stickers is a great way for me to sit down and relax without stressing about the world around me, and it means that I check my planner every day, so I always know what I have coming up. I utilise the mindfulness techniques that I have learnt when placing stickers in my planner to really get the most anxiety reduction from it.

Webster's Pages planner with Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Weekly Erin Condren Style Boxes inserts and Carpe Diem bookmark - polish and paws blog
Webster’s Pages planner with Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Weekly Erin Condren Style Boxes inserts (my birthday week) and Carpe Diem bookmark

Stickers

Black Wombat make a range of event stickers that I have repurchased for years now. Every year, I buy 4 different sheets of their holiday headers range, as it’s a great way for me to mark all the public holidays, events and awareness days during the year. The sheets I buy are the Holiday Headers, Aussie Public Holidays, Events and Observances and the Awareness and Ribbon Day planner stickers. They also sell stickers that are for school and university terms and school holidays as well as custom word headers so you can have whatever you need. They are all sized to fit EC boxes, so they work perfectly with my inserts.

Chasing Planner Peace Personal Planner Weekly Inserts with Black Wombat Public Holiday Headers - polish and paws blog
Chasing Planner Peace Personal Planner Weekly Inserts with Black Wombat Public Holiday Headers

I fill up my whole week with stickers, and the easiest way for me to do that is to buy stickers kits meant for the Erin Condren planners. They’re sold as weekly kits, but I get at least three weeks out of each kit as my planner is much smaller than the EC ones. Quite a few sticker shops now actually sell sticker kits designed for EC style personal planner inserts, so they’re nice to use too. Most weeks last year were filled with Little Miss Paperie stickers, as I loved the style of her kits. I still have a lot of them to use, but she has mostly shut up shop now, and the few kits she does release, she only releases as a full kit (so you can’t just purchase the sheets you need), and she uses premium matte now, rather than removable. Her kit designs are still some of my very favourites, but now I tend to buy my kits from Nicole Hutch Designs. She has the a-la-carte option for each kit, which allows me to just buy the pages I need and not waste the ones I don’t, and she has pretty designs. I am always looking for new stores to get sticker kits from, but I’m really picky with the styles I like, and the paper I want. Some Australian shops that I have purchased from and that make EC style kits are Planner Envy GO (matte or glossy), Anything Planning, Nati Planning (premium matt or vinyl stickers), Plan It Beautiful (vinyl or matte), and a couple of years ago I had a lot of GPSticker Studio kits (vinyl or matte), but I stopped buying when the stickers changed to be more realistic, however it might be a style you like. I’m also not a big fan of photographic sticker kits, but they’re out there if you like them, and easy enough to find on Etsy.

Chasing Planner Peace Peronal Size EC inserts with stickers from the Little Miss Paperie Summer Nights Erin Condren weekly kit and other sticker stores - polish and paws blog
Chasing Planner Peace Peronal Size EC inserts with stickers from the Little Miss Paperie Summer Nights erin condren weekly kit and other sticker stores

Stickers come printed on various materials. The most common are removable matte, premium matte, glossy and vinyl (matte or glossy). The quality between stores of each type can be very different as there are lots of sticker paper suppliers. My favourite sort is the removable matte as they’re removable, so I can easily re-position them if I make a mistake, and they’re easy to write on – this is however the dullest paper when it comes to vibrancy of the ink colour. Some removable matte papers can be really low in quality, but some are really nice. Premium matte is not removable but it has more vibrancy than removable matte. Glossy has a glossy finish, which means only certain pens can be used, and it is not removable, whereas vinyls are removable but you need to use a permanent marker style of pen to write on them.

Fox and Cactus hand drawn dog planner stickers - polish and paws blog
Fox and Cactus hand drawn dog planner stickers

My favourite hand drawn stickers are from Fox and Cactus. They make the cutest animal and character stickers. Their range of Kawaii Girls has lots of activities covered, from housework to exercise to self care, as well as anxiety and sick girls. My favourite Fox and Cactus stickers will come as no surprise though, I love the Crazy Dog Lady Kawaii Girl stickers, the Nope Blanket Dog stickers (they’re a new design) and the holiday themed dog stickers that are only available around certain holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Quite a while ago, I won a custom pet sticker and got Emma to make me stickers of Pickles which I still cherish. I really want to get some for Kobi and Bonsai too, but they’re too busy now to do custom stickers unfortunately. Sugarloop also make hand-drawn stickers, which are a very different style to that of Fox and Cactus but still very cute. They have more functional items, and lots of cute stickers for bullet journaling. Many planner sticker shops sell pre-made designs, but there still quite are a few hand-drawn stickers on Etsy.

Other Planner Inserts

Most people will have some sort of yearly, monthly and weekly inserts in their planner, but the rest depends on the person. As I mentioned previously, I have a whole section for notes, using Nati Inserts, but I also have sections for important dates, passwords and discount codes. My current important dates inserts are from Chasing Planner Peace, but I will probably buy Aussie Planner Chick Personal Size Perpetual Planner Calendar inserts next time. I like this style of insert to mark birthdays, anniversaries and any important dates like dog gotcha days. My Password Keeper inserts are from Chasing Planner Peace and my Discount Code Tracker inserts from from Aussie Planner Chick. I don’t get a lot of use out of either of these anymore, but I haven’t figured out what other inserts I would use more often. There are a huge range of insert types available out there including daily planners, to do lists, habit trackers, purchases and online shopping trackers, gift ideas, meal planning, health and pain trackers, exercise trackers, housework trackers, as well as savings, budget, bill and debt trackers. Some stores even sell bundles for certain situations like study bundles, wedding bundles, and illness/disability bundles. Some stores even offer custom inserts so you can get exactly what you want.

Nati Planning notes planner inserts - polish and paws blog
Nati Planning notes planner inserts

Printable Inserts

Any inserts that are available to buy printed, will be available in a similar style from another store that offers printable inserts. Buying printable inserts and making them yourself is easier than you might think. To print them, I go to Officeworks, then trim them to shape (or you can have Officeworks print them on A5 paper), and then hole punch them myself. Years ago I purchased the pu-462 Adjustable Six Hole Punch on amazon. It’s a Japanese product, so you will have to buy it on Ebay or Amazon etc, but it comes in really handy as it can punch holes for both personal and A5 planners. I just mark the middle of the pages using a ruler, and then measure up the middle of the punch to that line, and the holes come out perfectly every time. Lots of shops sell printable planner inserts, so buying those and printing, and punching yourself can make planning much more affordable. My blog planner is a printable planner, so I can reuse it every year.

You can punch your own inserts with the pu-462 Adjustable Six Hole Punch and a ruler - polish and paws blog


You can punch your own inserts with the pu-462 Adjustable Six Hole Punch and a ruler

I know that this post very much sounds like an Etsy advertisement (ha I wish), but it is just the place to go if you’re looking for planner items. Etsy did increase their fees last year which prompted a lot of shops to create their own websites and move away from Etsy, so scrolling through planner hashtags on Instagram is also a good way to find new planner shops. If you can think of a sticker idea, chances are, someone has already made it for you to find, you just need to look for it. There are lots of great USA sticker stores, but the shipping from the USA to Australia through Etsy is really expensive, so be mindful of that when looking for items.

Webster's Pages planner with Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Month On Two Pages Inserts with Peacefulmind Design Tiny Icon stickers - polish and paws blog
Webster’s Pages planner with Chasing Planner Peace Personal Size Month On Two Pages Inserts with Peacefulmind Design Tiny Icon stickers

I have found the best way of planning for me, but it did take a while to figure it out. The big trend right now is bullet journals (bujo), so a lot of shops are selling travellers notebooks and travellers notebook inserts. You can get a somewhat similar set up to what I have using those inserts, but I just don’t think it is anywhere near as good as the rings that let you place anything anywhere. There are a lot of people who like that set up though. You can get similar inserts to what I have in an A5 size, and many shops are now selling inserts in the B6 size too, so you can get a bigger size and still have the versatility of a ring planner. There are so many different ways to plan though, and you are the only one who knows what works best for you. Hopefully this post has given you some ideas. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety, I recommend giving planning a go as it is one of the coping techniques that has worked for me, especially in combination with mindfulness.

What do you think of my planner? Is planning something you’re interested in? Do you have a certain way of planning or know of any sticker shops I should check out? If you want to see my weekly plans as I go through the year, just let me know as I am happy to put them on my Instagram stories if you’re interested. I can share with you my health/illness/treatment planner and how I keep track of medical things in another post if that interests you, just let me know in the comments. If something doesn’t make sense in this post, or you need extra information, just ask, I’m happy to help. I’ll be back to beauty posts soon, so sign up to email updates if you want to be notified when I post a new blog post. You can also find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Love, Alinta

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  • Jess from Chasing Planner Peace 14/02/2019 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for featuring our store! We love what you do with our inserts!

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    I have been MIA for a while, but that’s because I have some news … I got married on the 22/02/2022. 
When I was a kid I always knew I wanted children myself, but I never thought I would get married. To be fair, I’m still not a big fan of weddings as a lot of the traditions are steeped in misogyny and the oppression of women, but I changed/cut out some of the parts that made me the most uncomfortable. In another world I would happily continue living the rest of my life with my partner and not get married, but we unfortunately live in a world where having a husband makes getting appropriate health care easier. I do plan on continuing to fight the sexism and ableism of the health care system, but sometimes I need a break, and having a husband will make that easier for me. 
Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. 
Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. 
And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. 
#weddingday #lovealinta
    I have been MIA for a while, but that’s because I have some news … I got married on the 22/02/2022. When I was a kid I always knew I wanted children myself, but I never thought I would get married. To be fair, I’m still not a big fan of weddings as a lot of the traditions are steeped in misogyny and the oppression of women, but I changed/cut out some of the parts that made me the most uncomfortable. In another world I would happily continue living the rest of my life with my partner and not get married, but we unfortunately live in a world where having a husband makes getting appropriate health care easier. I do plan on continuing to fight the sexism and ableism of the health care system, but sometimes I need a break, and having a husband will make that easier for me. Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. #weddingday #lovealinta
    2 months ago
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    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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