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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?

Love, Alinta

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#auspol #ausvotes #climateaction #climateactionnow #lovealinta
Bonsai and I looking happy and relieved to see that Australians actually voted for action on climate change this past weekend. Seeing the number of votes The Greens got is heartening. I hope that the joint pressure from both The Greens and the new teal independents will force the government to take proper action on the climate. I’m grateful for everyone who voted for a better future, but remember that the current Labor climate policy is severely lacking. Labors 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (below 2005 levels) is only 43%, when we need the 75% reduction of The Greens plan. Your voice, time and action is still needed in this fight. There are heaps of Aussie environment and climate orgs that you can volunteer for and donate to. If you want recommendations just ask. Some Indigenous-led ones that you should donate to and check out are @ourislandsourhome @wjstandingourground and @seedmob. 
I’m so happy that the LNP is no longer in power, but there is still a lot that Labor has no plans to fix - like the climate, refugees, First Nations treaties, Medicare etc. Some of you may be ‘sick of’ politics after the election, but if you want a better future, you need to fight for it. 

These photos are from summer after @nicolegroch_hairmakeup did my hair and makeup with cruelty free and vegan products. The extra photos are so you can see my pretty @tasitravels sustainable dress which you can buy from @velvetyethical (use code ALINTAVEL for 10% off your order). Picnic rug is from @weaver.green_au and made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. 
#auspol #ausvotes #climateaction #climateactionnow #lovealinta
Bonsai and I looking happy and relieved to see that Australians actually voted for action on climate change this past weekend. Seeing the number of votes The Greens got is heartening. I hope that the joint pressure from both The Greens and the new teal independents will force the government to take proper action on the climate. I’m grateful for everyone who voted for a better future, but remember that the current Labor climate policy is severely lacking. Labors 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (below 2005 levels) is only 43%, when we need the 75% reduction of The Greens plan. Your voice, time and action is still needed in this fight. There are heaps of Aussie environment and climate orgs that you can volunteer for and donate to. If you want recommendations just ask. Some Indigenous-led ones that you should donate to and check out are @ourislandsourhome @wjstandingourground and @seedmob. I’m so happy that the LNP is no longer in power, but there is still a lot that Labor has no plans to fix - like the climate, refugees, First Nations treaties, Medicare etc. Some of you may be ‘sick of’ politics after the election, but if you want a better future, you need to fight for it. These photos are from summer after @nicolegroch_hairmakeup did my hair and makeup with cruelty free and vegan products. The extra photos are so you can see my pretty @tasitravels sustainable dress which you can buy from @velvetyethical (use code ALINTAVEL for 10% off your order). Picnic rug is from @weaver.green_au and made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. #auspol #ausvotes #climateaction #climateactionnow #lovealinta
1 month ago
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3/9
‘If you were going to pick a continent that is the worst possible place for human beings to live in the face of climate change it would be Australia.’ Prof Michael Mann, Climate Scientist at Pennsylvania State University, on ABC Four Corners. 
Today is Earth Day so it is a good time to remember that we’re in a climate crisis. You are seeing the impacts of climate change all around you right now, but the worst is still to come - we need to act fast. 
There are things we can do as individuals to live more sustainably like flying less, driving less, buying less, eating less meat etc. There are however some things that governments need to accomplish, and that will not happen unless you put pressure on them to do so. That means getting out there and protesting, mailing MPs, joining climate movements, and for Australians, that means voting for the climate in the federal election next month. The recent IPCC report has given the world three years to act. That makes your vote this election more important than ever. 
Governments around the world need to work together to deliver massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but Australia is just not pulling its weight. Our government has no plans to phase out coal and is in fact planning on digging up more. Australia is the second biggest coal exporter in the world. This cannot continue if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Demand that the government keeps fossil fuels in the ground. Australia’s current climate policy is atrocious, but the election is coming, so you can do something about that. Please vote for the climate and don’t stop fighting once the election is over. Climate action is needed now, and every single one of your voices is needed to ensure that happens. 
#earthday #climateactionnow #lovealinta
‘If you were going to pick a continent that is the worst possible place for human beings to live in the face of climate change it would be Australia.’ Prof Michael Mann, Climate Scientist at Pennsylvania State University, on ABC Four Corners. Today is Earth Day so it is a good time to remember that we’re in a climate crisis. You are seeing the impacts of climate change all around you right now, but the worst is still to come - we need to act fast. There are things we can do as individuals to live more sustainably like flying less, driving less, buying less, eating less meat etc. There are however some things that governments need to accomplish, and that will not happen unless you put pressure on them to do so. That means getting out there and protesting, mailing MPs, joining climate movements, and for Australians, that means voting for the climate in the federal election next month. The recent IPCC report has given the world three years to act. That makes your vote this election more important than ever. Governments around the world need to work together to deliver massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but Australia is just not pulling its weight. Our government has no plans to phase out coal and is in fact planning on digging up more. Australia is the second biggest coal exporter in the world. This cannot continue if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Demand that the government keeps fossil fuels in the ground. Australia’s current climate policy is atrocious, but the election is coming, so you can do something about that. Please vote for the climate and don’t stop fighting once the election is over. Climate action is needed now, and every single one of your voices is needed to ensure that happens. #earthday #climateactionnow #lovealinta
2 months ago
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4/9
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. Photography @rick_liston Venue including food @yarravalleyestate Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah Flowers @lilacandthecat Cake @katscakesmelbourne Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia Dress @madilanebridal Dress boutique @luvbridal Dress alterations @seamworks.au Prop hire @twilightglamping If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
2 months ago
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5/9
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
3 months ago
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6/9
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.
5 months ago
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7/9
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
5 months ago
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8/9
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
6 months ago
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