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31/07/2019

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Plastic Free July is coming to a close, so I wanted to share some Eco Beauty alternatives that I have found. I am nowhere near living a plastic free life, but I am trying to make changes to reduce my impact on the planet, whether that means buying products that are reusable, recyclable or have zero waste packaging. Some of the products I’m going to mention are long time favourites, but others are very new to me, so if you want a full review on anything I mention, let me know in the comments. This post has affiliate links for Flora and Fauna, Biome Eco Stores and Nourished Life. I buy my eco-friendly products from these online stores and therefore know that they have good quality items and good customer service. Buying products though my affiliate links helps me to keep this blog running, but you can just google the stores if you don’t want to use the links. 

Eco-Friendly Changes for your Beauty Routine - Elate Cosmetics bamboo packaged products - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Elate Cosmetics bamboo packaged beauty products

Cosmetics

Eco-friendly cosmetics can be one of the hardest things to find, when trying to switch to more sustainable options. I do however have some brands and products that I have found, that are worth looking in to. The main eco beauty brand that I have in my collection is Elate Cosmetics. Flora and Fauna is the official Australian stockist, so I buy all my Elate products from them. Many of their products come with re-usable bamboo packaging. The pressed  powder foundation, cheek products, eyeshadows, concealer, and brow balms can be purchased individually in their pans, or with the bamboo case. When the product is finished, it’s really easy to remove the pan from the bamboo case, so that that the bamboo case can be re-used for the next product. I have been collecting Elate Cosmetics items to do a big brand review, but unfortunately some of the products have already been replaced with newer versions. However, I’m still planning on getting the review together soon. Elate make my all time favourite highlighter, which I mentioned in my 2018 Favourites blog post, so I know I need to try more of their cheek products. Each pan product is sent to you in a a cardboard packet that has seeds embedded, so you can plant it and watch flowers grow. Elate are working on cutting out plastic from every area of their business, and I love that. 

Eco Beauty - Eco-Friendly Changes for your Beauty Routine - Elate Cosmetics seed paper packaging - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Elate Cosmetics seed paper packaging

I really love the look of bamboo, so I tend to gravitate towards products that are using it, however many brands are utilising cardboard as a way of reducing waste in their product lines. My favourite lipsticks, the Eye Of Horus Bio Lipsticks, that I’ve done a full review on, have cardboard packaging that you can put in the recycling when you have finished the lipstick. Other brands are doing this too, I mentioned the Nur Organics vegan and biodegradable lip balms in my 2018 Favourite Lip Products blog post, and have since come across many other brands doing the same thing. Flora and Fauna sell cardboard packaged lip balms from Happy Skincare and Dirty Hippie Cosmetics. Dirty Hippie also make Lip and Cheek Tints that either come in 100% recycled paper push up tubes or recyclable aluminium tins, which are at the top of my wish list to try. I recently bought a Dearest Lips cardboard packaged lip balm from Biome as well as a tin packaged lip balm called Winter Lips made by the Physic Garden (also available at Flora and Fauna). 

Nur Organics and Dearest Lips cardboard packaged lip balms, The Physic Garden lip balm in tin and EcoTools bamboo makeup brush - Eco Beauty - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Nur Organics and Dearest Lips cardboard packaged lip balms, The Physic Garden lip balm in tin and EcoTools bamboo makeup brush

Other brands are focusing on making their plastic packing re-usable, so that you only ever need one plastic item that can be re-filled every time you run out of product. Eco Minerals is the first brand I came across doing this. I reviewed their Perfection Mineral Foundation early last year, and it quickly became a favourite of mine. The loose powder foundation comes in a plastic tub, but it can be opened up and refilled when you run out. Eco Minerals sell cardboard packaged refill sachets which make it really easy to reuse the original package. Biome sell the Eco Minerals pots and refill packages, as well as their new lipstick. The Eco Minerals lipsticks are packaged in recyclable aluminium tubes, so you don’t have to throw out any plastic when done with them. I just received an Eco Minerals lipstick in the mail, so stay tuned for that upcoming review.

Eco Minerals refillable powder foundation and bamboo makeup brushes - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Eco Minerals refillable powder foundation and bamboo makeup brushes

Another brand that has a reusable product is Ere Perez. Their Chamomile Eyeshadow palettes can be refilled when you run out of your favourite shade. I reviewed the Pretty Palette, but they also have Beautiful, Gorgeous and Lovely palettes, that have different shade ranges (all available at Flora and Fauna). Many other brands sell eyeshadows as singles so you don’t need to buy the palette at all, like Colourpop Cosmetics, Makeup Geek Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, as well as many others. These products aren’t typically included in the eco beauty area, but they are a more environmentally friendly alternative to buying a plastic eyeshadow palette every time you like a new eyeshadow shade. I am in the process of swatching my single shadows, to share with you at the moment. 

Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow palette with replaceable pans - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow palette with replaceable pans

When it comes to makeup tools, there are a few brands out there producing makeup brushes that are made with eco-friendly materials. EcoTools is probably the most well known brand to be doing it. They make vegan bamboo brushes that have recycled aluminium ferrules. Eco Minerals and Elate Cosmetics also make bamboo makeup brushes, and I’m sure there are other brands out there that do too. 

Skincare

I have struggled to find a good quality skincare brand that has all eco-friendly packaging. I am very picky with my skincare, and really love actives, so it has been hard to find brands that fit into that. Trilogy, one of my favourite skincare brands, does package most of their products in glass. I recently spoke to them about their packaging, and they responded saying that most of their packaging is recyclable but that they are working to find alternatives to reduce their footprint. Dirty Hippie Cosmetics and Simple As That both have some glass packaged skincare items (both available at flora and fauna), as does the Biome house brand. The only skincare brand that I have seen run refill days is MooGoo Skincare, however I have only seen them done in Queensland so I’ve never been able to take my MooGoo containers to be refilled. That is really all the eco-friendly skincare packaged products that I could find but I will continue searching for more to share with you.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil in glass packaging - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Trilogy Rosehip Oil in glass packaging

Some skincare related changes I have made include using the Eye Of Horus Bamboo Cleansing Cloths. They’re really soft, reusable, and don’t wash microplastics down the drain like alternative microfiber washers do (looking at you Face Halo). They’re $25 for a pack of 4 from Flora and Fauna, so they’re also cheaper than buying single use wipes in the long run. If you prefer to use makeup rounds, Flora and Fauna and Biome sell reusable makeup remover pads too. 

Bathroom

Eco-friendly alternatives for the bathroom that I have, include a Flora and Fauna Eco-friendly Bamboo Toothbrush. Nourished Life and Biome also sell Bamboo toothbrushes, so there are a lot of choices on the market. From Biome, I bought the Go Bamboo 100% Biodegradable Cotton Buds. They have a bamboo stick with cotton on the ends, which makes them both compostable and biodegradable, and therefore a much more sustainable option than the normal plastic cotton buds. Biome, Nourished Life sell the Simply Gentle Organic Cotton Buds, and Flora and Fauna sell the Organyc Cotton Beauty Buds and Green and Kind Cotton Bamboo Buds, so there’s multiple brands you can try.

Go Bamboo 100% Biodegradable Cotton Buds - Love Alinta cruelty fre beauty blog
Go Bamboo 100% Biodegradable Cotton Buds

I also just recently bought eco-friendly band-aids from Biome, called Patch. They’re made out of bamboo and come in a cardboard cylinder. You have a choice of four styles, Natural, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera or Activated Charcoal. I went with the natural, but the coconut oil has pandas on the band-aid, if you are looking for something for kids. This is the only brand of eco-friendly band-aids that I’ve come across. 

 Go Bamboo 100% Biodegradable Cotton Buds, Patch bamboo band-aids and Flora and Fauna bamboo toothbrush - eco beauty - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Go Bamboo 100% Biodegradable Cotton Buds, Patch bamboo band-aids and Flora and Fauna bamboo toothbrush

When it comes to soap bars, there is an endless amount of options you can try. There are normal hand soaps bars, body soap bars, shampoo bars, conditioner bars and shaving bars. This is  an area that I haven’t explored much, so I can’t give any recommendations, but if you have any yourself, leave them in the comments. There are also a lot of cardboard packaged deodorants on the market now, if that is something you want to try. 

Fashion

I am very very new to the sustainable fashion, but I just wanted to quickly mention that cork products are a great eco-friendly alternative to many materials out there. I have reviews on the Arture Design Willow Cork Wallet and SewGnar Handmade Cork Passport Wallet that you can check out to see how cork can be used for accessories. I hope to try more cork products in future, and of course I will share them with you when I do. 

Arture Design and SewGnar Handmaid cork accessories - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Arture Design and SewGnar Handmaid cork accessories

Disability and Access

Before I wrap up this post, I just wanted to quickly touch on a couple of things that are important to be aware of. There has been a huge amount of attention placed on single use plastic straws lately. If you are able to stop using them, or can take a reusable straw with you, then that is great, it’s worthwhile doing for the environment. However, there are many people out there with disabilities that need to use straws to survive. Sometimes these disabilities can be invisible to you, so please do not police other people using plastic straws, and don’t encourage governments to ban them either. If you genuinely want to help reduce plastic in the ocean, then stop eating seafood, and put pressure on your government to make commercial fishing operations accountable for the ocean waste they produce. 46% of all ocean plastic is from the fishing industry, so something needs to change there. 

The other topic I have seen come up a lot in the environmental awareness area is reusable feminine hygiene products, especially menstrual cups. Again, if you are able to change to using menstrual cups, that’s great – there are a lot of options on the market that you can try now. However, for various reasons, some people cannot make this switch. There can be health issues or financial reasons that prevent them for using these products, and some people lack access to an area where they could sanitise or wash these products. So please just be aware of this when advocating for change. 

Elate Cosmetics Pressed Powder Highlighter in Opal with Eco Tools bamboo makeup brush -Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Elate Opal pressed powder highlighter in bamboo packaging with EcoTools bamboo makeup brush

I am only new to finding eco-friendly alternatives, especially eco beauty products, but I want to find more of these environmentally friendly alternatives in future. There are a couple of eco beauty brands that are high on my list to try including Dirty Hippie Cosmetics, Antonym Cosmetics, Zao Makeup (waiting for them to reply to animal testing emails), Neek Skin Organics and many smaller indie brands that are using sustainable packaging options. I am hoping to find more eco-friendly skincare brands to share with you too. If you know of any eco beauty brands I should try, let me know in the comments. Are you interested in seeing more eco-friendly posts in other areas, like the home, or do would you prefer to just hear about eco beauty in future? I plan on doing a big Elate Cosmetics review, but let me know if there’s something else want to see a dedicated review on too. You can sign up to email updates to get all my new blog posts sent to your inbox and see what I’m up to on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

What do you think of these eco beauty products I’ve found?

Love, Alinta

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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.
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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.
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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 😊
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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.
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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 😊
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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.
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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. 
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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 😊
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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 😊
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#climatechange #alwayswasalwayswillbe #lovealinta

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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. 
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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.
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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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