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Makeup Geek Cool Eyeshadows – review and swatches

01/10/2019

*Press sample included

Makeup Geek Cosmetics is a cruelty free brand that makes all of their products in the USA. Makeup Geek has been around since 2008, and is well known for their single eyeshadows. Today, I have a review and swatches of my Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows. This is a follow up to my warm eyeshadows and foiled eyeshadows blog posts – check those out to see more mug single shadow swatches. As usual, I have finger and brush swatches included, as well as descriptions of each eyeshadow. 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. Hayride, Grunge and Autumn breeze are in this post, the others are featured in the previous blog posts. I keep all of my MUG single eyeshadows in the Makeup Geek Mega Vault magnetic palette, which is my favourite magnetic palette to use as the quality is great. 

Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows in the Mega Vault magnetic palette - First row - Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze - Second Row - Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew - Third row - Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt - Fourth row - Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge, Moondust. - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows in the Mega Vault magnetic palette – First row – Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze – Second Row – Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew – Third row – Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt – Fourth row – Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge, Moondust.

Makeup Geek is about to go through a big rebrand, which is estimated to launch this month (October) sometime. It has been delayed for many months now, so the rebrand could potentially be pushed back again. When the rebrand happens, many of these eyeshadows may not return to the website, and some have already disappeared from the website all together. So 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 product 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.

As I explained in a previous post, some shades have been confirmed to return by Marlene, the CEO of Makeup Geek. The current matte eyeshadows that will be staying for the rebrand 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. Marlena has said that 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 current pigment range), 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 cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers - Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze, Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque and Curfew. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers – Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze, Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque and Curfew.

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 and most of them are very pigmented, but also very easy to blend. I also really like their shimmer shades. I included all the duochrome shades that I own in my warm eyeshadows blog post, and all the foiled shades in the foiled eyeshadows blog post, so this post only contains matte and shimmer shades. 

Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers - Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt, Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge and Moondust. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers – Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt, Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge and Moondust.

I have included both finger and brush swatches in this post so that you can see both the full intensity of colour pay off you can get from each shade, as well as how they blend and fade out with a brush. 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 is a fluffy shading brush, so the brush swatches give a good representation of how an eyeshadow will both pack on as well as blend out with an eyeshadow brush.  I always use the Furless ME5 for matte shades on my eyes as it builds up the eyeshadows without creating a harsh line. You can use the code ALINTA to save money on your cruelty free and vegan friendly Furless purchases (affiliate). Shimmery shades do tend to work better on the eyes with a flatter shading brush, like the Furless PM2 Purple Concealer brush, as it can build up the pigment quicker, but I only used the ME5 in this post so that it doesn’t get too confusing.  I’ll be swatching the eyeshadows by row in the palette that I have them in.

Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers - Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze, Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque and Curfew. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers – Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze, Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew.

First row:
Vanilla Bean – peachy beige with a light shimmer
Confection – neutral toned light pink with a matte finish
Petal Pusher – medium rose brown with a matte finish
Unexpected – matte pale pink brown
Vintage – medium brown with mauve undertones with a matte finish
Drama Queen – dark plum with a shimmery finish
Autumn Breeze – vibrant blue-leaning teal in a shimmery finish

Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush - Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush – Vanilla Bean, Confection, Petal Pusher, Unexpected, Vintage, Drama Queen, Autumn Breeze.

Vanilla Bean is my go to lid setting shade, it has a slight sheen, so it doesn’t look too matte, and other shadows blend nicely over it. Mauve is my favourite eyeshadow colour, so I really like Confection, Petal Pusher and Unexpected, I’m surprised that they aren’t listed as shades that are returning, as I find them very useful. Vintage is a darker mauve that works perfectly with the other three shades in an eye look, I’m glad that this one will still be in the Makeup Geek single eyeshadow line up. Drama Queen is a very dark shimmery purple, which makes it hard to use for me, as I don’t want to put it all over the lid where I would normally place shimmer, but if you like darker lid shades, then this could work for you. Autumn Breeze is one of the newest eyeshadow releases from Makeup Geek. It builds up to a mostly opaque colour quite easily, so it’s a nice blue to have in my collection. 

Second row:
Sorbet – pastel matte pink with a matte finish
Cinderella – pale warm toned pink with a shimmery finish 
Cupcake – matte medium pink
Anarchy – medium marsala with a shimmery finish
Bitten – matte deep maroon red
Burlesque – metallic muted burgundy with warm undertones
Curfew – medium plum purple with a matte finish

Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush - Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush – Sorbet, Cinderella, Cupcake, Anarchy, Bitten, Burlesque, Curfew.

Sorbet is very bright in the pan, but is more muted when applied to the skin, which makes it much easier to work with. It is a good transition shade for pink or orange eye looks. Cinderella is a disappointing eyeshadow for me. The product is really hard in the pan, so it is very difficult to pick up on either a brush or fingers. It’s a lovely colour but the formula is uncharacteristically bad for Makeup Geek. It is no surprise to me that Cupcake is staying around as it is a great eyeshadow. It can be a little powdery, and therefore cause some kickback, but it applies and blends better than most eyeshadows I own. Anarchy is a great shade to use in a coppery-red eye look, it looks so pretty on the eyes. Bitten is a classic Makeup Geek shade, it is well known and well loved by many. Burlesque looks more interesting in the pan than it does on the skin, but if you are looking for a dark shimmery burgundy-brown, then this is the shade for you. Curfew is the brightest shade I own, and it applies surprisingly well considering the colour. I also don’t get any staining with it, which is important as my fair skin stains really easily, and I can’t scrub at my eyes due to eczema. I haven’t had staining with any Makeup Geek eyeshadows to date, however I haven’t tried the ‘pigment’ range, which does include ingredients that would stain for me – all the normal eyeshadow shades have been great though. 

Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers - Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt, Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge and Moondust. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek cool eyeshadows swatched with fingers – Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt, Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge, Moondust.

Third row:
Hayride – soft beige in a matte finish
Barcelona Beach -cool toned soft brown with a matte finish
Bandwagon – dusty taupe with a matte finish
Lucky Penny – medium rose brown with a shimmery finish
Wild West – rich rose brown with a matte finish
Aphrodite – deep plum brown with a matte finish
Corrupt – matte black with a very subtle sparkle

Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush - Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush – Hayride, Barcelona Beach, Bandwagon, Lucky Penny, Wild West, Aphrodite, Corrupt.

Hayride is one of the newer eyeshadows that Makeup Geek has launched, and it fits in well with all the other shades I swatched next to it. It’s warmer than Barcelona Beach and Bandwagon, so it can be used in place of those as a warmer crease or transition shade. Barcelona Beach and Bandwagon are similar in colour, however Barcelona Beach has a slight sheen and applies to the skin more sheer, which also makes this useful as a cheek contour shade. Bandwagon is matte, and builds up opacity easily as well as blending out nicely. Lucky Penny is the perfect muted copper shade, it looks very pretty on the eyes. Wild West works really well as a corner v shade, or dark crease shade in many different looks – it’s a really versatile eyeshadow. Aphrodite is a little bit finicky. I like the colour but I do find that it can be a little bit patchy when trying to blend it out. Corrupt is a nice black eyeshadow. It is not the darkest black eyeshadow on the market, but it is easy to blend, and blendability is more important than depth for me. 

Fourth row:
Bedrock – matte cool medium taupe
Faux Fur – soft mink brown with a matte finish
Concrete Jungle – deep grey with subtle purple undertones with a matte finish
Grunge – blackened brown in a matte finish
Moondust – metallic silver taupe

Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush - Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge, Moondust.  Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched with brush – Bedrock, Faux Fur, Concrete Jungle, Grunge, Moondust.

Bedrock and Faux Fur are very similar, and therefore you don’t need to own both. Faux Fur has just a little bit more yellow in it than Bedrock does. Concrete Jungle is such a pretty and unique grey eyeshadow, I haven’t seen another shade that’s like it. The purple undertones might make this colour more usable for people who don’t enjoy using typical grey shades. Grunge is another newer release from Makeup Geek. It fits in well with this line up of greys, but it also works well in place of a warm brown, if you want to make a look a but cooler. Moondust is a shade I just haven’t grown to love. I find it to be a bit sheer, and it’s too light to look nice as a shimmery silver shadow on the eyes. 

Makeup Geek cool single eyeshadows - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Geek cool single eyeshadows

So that’s all of my Makeup Geek eyeshadow swatches done now. If there are any shades in this post, the warm eyeshadows or foiled eyeshadows posts that you want compared, let me know, and I’ll try to get that done for you asap. Remember that the Makeup Geek rebrand is happening very soon, so pick up any shades that you love now, as they may not return. I’m excited to see what is going to be launched – hopefully some nice mauve shades. I won’t be able to pick up many of the new eyeshadows when they launch, but if there’s something that I really like. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think of the new formula. I still have to finish swatching all of my Colourpop single eyeshadows and do my Anastasia Beverly Hills ones too, so let me know which of those you want to see done first. 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 cool eyeshadows? What do you want to see from the Makeup Geek Cosmetics rebrand?

Love, Alinta

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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
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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