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Makeup Geek Warm Eyeshadows – review and swatches

23/09/2019

*Press sample included

Makeup Geek Cosmetics is a cruelty free brand that makes all of their products in the USA. Makeup Geek are well known for the single eyeshadows. I have collected many of them over the years, so I am swatching all of them so that you can see what all the shades really look like. I started by swatching all of my foiled eyeshadows, and today I’m going to show you all the Makeup Geek Warm Eyeshadows that I own. I keep my MUG eyeshadows in the Makeup Geek Mega Vault magnetic palette, which is really good quality and perfect for single eyeshadow storage. I will include brush and finger swatches as well as the description of the shadow and quick review on what I think of them. I have purchased all of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows that I own, except five that Makeup Geek kindly sent me, The five shades they sent me are Apple Spice, Hayride, Grunge, Autumn Breeze and Blue My Mind. Apple Spice is the only one I have in this post, you will have to wait for my upcoming cool palette blog post to see the others. 

Makeup Geek Warm Eyeshadows - First row - White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffer, I'm Peachless - Second row - Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai - Third row - Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan - Fourth row - Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows – First row – White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffer, I’m Peachless – Second row – Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai – Third row – Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan – Fourth row – Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.

Makeup Geek are about to do a big rebrand, which is estimated to launch in October, after being delayed for many months now. That means that many of these eyeshadows may not return to the website, and some have already disappeared from the website all together. If there’s something you love, it’s best to get it now. If you’re wondering which shades are vegan friendly, you can check out their vegan page which has a list of their vegan products or just search vegan on the website to see all the vegan product listings. 

All the Makeup Geek Cosmetics single eyeshadows that I have purchased. Palettes rearranged after this to fit in the shadows sent from Makeup Geek. Left/cool toned palette - First row - Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Lucky penny, Vintage, Drama Queen - Second row - Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew - Third row - Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Moondust, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Wild West - Fourth row - Nostalgic, Starry Eyed, In The Spotlight, Grandstand, Curtain Call, Showtime, Aphrodite. Right/warm palette (upside down, shade names start from the white colour) - First row - White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I’m Peachless - Second row - Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai - Third Row - Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan - Fourth Row - Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha. Sidekick, Cocoa Bear, Americano, Corrupt. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
All the Makeup Geek Cosmetics single eyeshadows that I have purchased. Palettes rearranged after this to fit in the shadows sent from Makeup Geek. Left/cool toned palette – First row – Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Lucky penny, Vintage, Drama Queen – Second row – Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew – Third row – Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Moondust, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Wild West – Fourth row – Nostalgic, Starry Eyed, In The Spotlight, Grandstand, Curtain Call, Showtime, Aphrodite. Right/warm palette (upside down, shade names start from the white colour) – First row – White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I’m Peachless – Second row – Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai – Third Row – Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan – Fourth Row – Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha. Sidekick, Cocoa Bear, Americano, Corrupt.

I follow Marlena, the CEO of Makeup Geek, on Twitter, and have saved the information she has released about the upcoming rebrand. The current matte eyeshadows that will be staying for the relaunch are Peach Smoothie, Shimma Shimma, Creme Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Cupcake, Vintage, Corrupt, Bitten, Latte, Chickadee, Morocco, Tuscan Sun, Time Travel, Enchanted Forest, White Lies, So Pale, Americano, Tiki Hut. She said there will be a total of 56 mattes launching for the rebrand, many of them being new shades. From the conversation I had with Marlena on twitter a while ago, it looks like the new single eyeshadow pans will be square (like their pigments), which is annoying for me, as round pans are so much easier to remove and replace in magnetic palettes, but I’m sure some people will like it. 

Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers - White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I'm Peachless, Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers – White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I’m Peachless, Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai.

There are various finishes in the Makeup Geek single eyeshadows. The MUG website currently separates them into three groups, signature eyeshadows, duochrome eyeshadows and foiled eyeshadows. The signature eyeshadows include matte and shimmer finishes. Makeup Geek are known for their matte eyeshadows as most of them are very pigmented, but also very easy to blend. I however, also really like their shimmer shades too. The duochrome shades can tend to be a little bit less pigmented, but that does make them more versatile as they can be layered over various shades to change the colour of the duochrome shift that you see. I have included matte, shimmer and duochrome shades in this post. The foiled eyeshadows feel like a powder – cream hybrid and are intensely pigmented metallic eyeshadows. I have separated these into a different post – you can see what they look like in my foiled eyeshadow blog post

 Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers - Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan, Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.  Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers – Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan, Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.

For the brush swatches in this post, I used theBalm Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer and the Furless (affiliate) ME5 Black Beauty Eyeshadow Brush. The Furless ME5 is a fluffy shading brush that I use for swatches like this as it gives a good representation of how pigmented shadows are whilst also showing how they blend out along the arm. I use this on my eyelids with matte shadows all the time. For duochromes and shimmery shades, I use a flatter shading brush like the Furless PM2 Purple Concealer Brush when applying to the eyes as it will pack on more pigment, but I only used the ME5 for the swatches in this blog post so that it didn’t get too confusing. I’ll be swatching the eyeshadows by row in the palette that I have them in. 

Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers - White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I'm Peachless, Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog,
Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers – White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I’m Peachless, Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai.

First row:
White Lies – matte pure white
So Pale – yellow based off white
Shimma Shimma – light pinky beige with a shimmery finish
Beaches & Cream – creamy matte natural beige with hint of peach
Peach Smoothie – soft peachy orange with a matte finish
Buffed – Peachy tan with matte finish
I’m Peachless – buff base with with peachy-pink reflects, duo chrome finish. 

 Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush - White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I'm Peachless, Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush – White Lies, So Pale, Shimma Shimma, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Buffed, I’m Peachless,

White Lies is a good matte white eyeshadow, you won’t get it to full opacity without a base, but that’s common with any white eyeshadows. I’m not sure that many people would get much use out of So Pale. I personally use it to blend in any harsh lines at the edges of the eyeshadow, as this is close enough to my skin colour that it works well for that purpose, but I can’t see it being that useful on skin darker than mine. Shimma Shimma is a cult favourite, and for good reason, it’s the perfect inner corner highlight. Peach Smoothie is also another well loved colour, many people use it as their transition shade. It’s just a bit too dark and orange on me, but Beaches & Cream works perfectly in its place on my fair skin. If you already own Creme Brulee, then you probably won’t need Buffed, but if not, it is a lovely crease colour to use. I’m Peachless is a gorgeous peachy duochrome, it’s not the most pigmented of shades, you can build it up more with a spritz of setting spray on a flat brush, or by using your fingers. 

Second row:
Creme Brulee – a medium sand colour with with a soft matte finish
Purely Naked – warm light brown with pearly satin finish
Bake Sale – nougat brown with matte finish
Latte – matte medium brown
Frappe – medium maple brown with demi matte finish (it has microscopic shimmer particles but it works like a matte when applied), 
Tan Lines – warm fawn brown with matte finish
Mai Tai – apricot base with orchid reflects, duochrome finish

Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush - Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush – Creme Brulee, Purely Naked, Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe, Tan Lines, Mai Tai.

Creme Brulee is a classic Makeup Geek eyeshadow. It is well known, and well loved as it is the perfect crease shade, that blends beautifully. In the pan, Purely Naked looks darker, but when used it’s very close to Creme Brulee but it has a satin finish. Bake Sale, Latte, Frappe and Tan Lines only have slight differences, so choose what will work best for you. Latte is the coolest of the bunch, Tan Lines is the warmest and darkest. Frappe is slightly darker than bake sale but they end up looking the same on the eye. Mai Tai has a very strong shift, which makes it such a pretty shade to use. It is more pigmented than I’m Peachless, but not as pigmented as the standard Makeup Geek eyeshadows. 

 Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers - Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan, Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.  Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows swatched with fingers – Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan, Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.

Third row:
Chickadee – matte yellow orange
Early Bird – pumpkin orange with a matte finish
Morocco – rich, burnt orange with a matte finish
Mango Tango – peachy pink with flecks of gold, simmer finish
Tuscan Sun – medium salmon pink with a matte finish
Roulette – dark copper with a very shimmery finish
Cosmopolitan – rose gold with gold flecks, shimmery finish

 Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush -  Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush – Chickadee, Early Bird, Morocco, Mango Tango, Tuscan Sun, Roulette, Cosmopolitan.

Chickadee, Early Bird and Morocco look more similar in the pan than they do swatched. They work really well combined together in an ombre orange eye look. Tuscan Sun has more yellow than Mango Tango, and it’s a matte not a shimmer like Mango Tango is. I love the colour of each of these eyeshadows but the formulas aren’t as good as most of the other Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I can still work with them, but they’re not as pigmented or as easy to blend as other shades. Roulette has a smooth pigmented formula that is very easy to work with. This shade isn’t on the website, so I can only assume that it is discontinued, which is a shame,  Cosmopolitan has more gold than Roulette but also has a great formula that looks lovely on the eyes. 

Fourth row:
Desert Sands – medium camel brown with warm yellow undertones in a matte finish
Tiki Hut – medium tawny brown in a matte finish
Mocha – warm deep matte brown
Sidekick – cinnamon brown with a matte finish
Apple Spice – warm copper with a matte finish
Cocoa Bear (Cheetah Bear) – matte reddish dark brown
Americano – cool toned dark brown with subtle purple undertones in a matte finish

 Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush -  Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.  Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow swatches with brush – Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Mocha, Sidekick, Apple Spice, Cocoa Bear, Americano.

I don’t get a lot of use out of Desert Sands or Tiki Hut, simply because I don’t gravitate towards those colours, but if you like those shades, they perform well on the eye. Mocha is a great dark brown to have on hand. It’s such a versatile shade, so I’m surprised that it wasn’t listed as a shade coming back for the rebrand. Apple Spice is a one of the newest shades launched by Makeup Geek, it is slightly more orange than sidekick, but you don’t need both in your collection. Cocoa Bear is a staple shade, it will be back with the rebrand but it will be renamed Cheetah Bear. Americano is the perfect cool toned brown to add to your collection, it’s a lovely shade and performs nicely. 

Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows - swatches and review - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows

These sorts of big swatch and review posts take me forever to do, so I hope you enjoyed this one, or got something out of it. I will start swatching the shades from my cool toned Makeup Geek eyeshadow palette, but it may take me a little while to get done. I really like having single eyeshadows as you can use up your favourite shades, and just replace those, rather than a whole makeup palette – which is a lot better for your wallet, and the environment. Don’t forget to check out my Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows blog post, to see all of those swatched and you can also have a look at my Makeup Geek Face Palette Comparison as well, it has some bonus lip product swatches in it too. If you want my new blog posts sent to your inbox, then sign up for email updates. You can also follow me on social media to see what I’m up to – Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

What do you think of these Makeup Geek warm eyeshadows? What do you want to see from the Makeup Geek Cosmetics rebrand?

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

Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. 
#DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
The last two years have given me the chance to get back into reading. I loved reading as a kid, but adult life got in the way. I’m glad I’m back into it again. I’m a big fantasy fan, romantic fantasy is my all time fave, but I also read general romance too. I’ve been trying to find a book I can call my favourite, but I am yet to find it. I like strong women so the typical romantic fantasy trope of a naive teenage girl being manipulated/controlled/seduced by a powerful man hundreds of years older than her doesn’t really do it for me. So I went looking for adult fantasy books written by women (as men don’t tend to write women well) and I either get no results (as an fantasy written by a women is automatically counted as Young Adult even when it really shouldn’t be), or the books are counted as adult because they’re explicit, but they still have a naive teenager as the protagonist. So I’m looking for recommendations for fantasy books with a good romance and strong women characters, any suggestions? The book I’m reading is A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I read the whole ACOTAR series and it does get better after the first book with Feyre getting more agency. Pictures from summer. Reading on the ground with dogs is never as peaceful as it could be, but the interruptions are worth it. Also a picture of how this hairstyle looks from the back. Dress from @tasitravels. You can get it from @velvetyethical with code ALINTAVEL for 10% off. #DogsandBooks #FantasyRomanceBooks #LoveAlinta
3 months ago
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4/9
It’s #naidocweek so here’s your reminder to #buyblak and care about Indigenous rights for more than just one week a year. 
Brands mentioned in the video include @jyelahmindandbody @paperbarklove @bush_medijina @_kykoe and @theminorityco_.
I have lists of lots of Indigenous businesses in a google doc that I intended to make into blog posts but never found the energy to do so, but it means I can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a certain sort of business to support. Also, post your fave blak owned businesses in the comments so other can check them out. 
#naidocweek2022 #alwayswasalwayswillbe #landback #lovealinta
It’s #naidocweek so here’s your reminder to #buyblak and care about Indigenous rights for more than just one week a year. Brands mentioned in the video include @jyelahmindandbody @paperbarklove @bush_medijina @_kykoe and @theminorityco_. I have lists of lots of Indigenous businesses in a google doc that I intended to make into blog posts but never found the energy to do so, but it means I can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a certain sort of business to support. Also, post your fave blak owned businesses in the comments so other can check them out. #naidocweek2022 #alwayswasalwayswillbe #landback #lovealinta
3 months ago
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5/9
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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