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Elate Cosmetics Eco Beauty Brand Review

31/05/2020

Today, I have a review of Elate Cosmetics, an eco beauty brand from British Colombia, Canada, that I really love for it’s conscious and sustainable values. Elate is certified cruelty free with the Leaping Bunny Program, and all of their products are vegan.  Elate Cosmetics is known for their sustainably produced bamboo packaging that can be re-used and refilled when you run out of a product. Elate aims to make beauty products that “don’t compromise the health of any person, animal or the planet”. 75% of their ingredients are organic, they strive to be as organic as possible, but will choose fair trade over organic if they can’t have both. It is important to them that everyone involved in the making of the products is treated ethically and fairly. Elate commits up to 2% of their sales to charitable causes each year which you can find out more about on their website. Flora and Fauna (affiliate) is the exclusive Australian stockist for Elate Cosmetics. Today I will share my thoughts with you on their foundations and concealer, and in the next blog post I’ll show you their blushes and highlighters.

Elate Cosmetics eco beauty brand review. Elate products in their sustainable bamboo packaging. Vegan cosmetics. Love Alinta cruelty free blog.
Elate Cosmetics products in their sustainable bamboo packaging

Packaging

I originally found Elate when I was searching for companies with sustainable packaging. I remembered Elate because of their bamboo packaging. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world that requires little water to survive, and new shoots can be harvested without killing the plant. This makes bamboo a great plastic alternative, especially if it is only water-treated like this packaging is. 75% of Elate Cosmetic’s packaging is currently waste free, but they are aiming to become 100% plastic free and waste free in the future. All pressed products come in an aluminium pan, as aluminium can be infinitely recycled. The bamboo compacts and palettes are made with magnets that hold the aluminium pans in place, once the product is used up, the empty pan can be replaced with a new one. The compacts are supposed to come with a small hole in the bottom so that you can stick a pin through and easily push out the pan but none of mine have that. Instead, I have used a pin to flip the pans out by wedging in between the pan and the bamboo. If for some reason, you no longer want to re-use the bamboo packaging, then you can compost it and it will go back to the earth. 

Elate Bamboo Capsule Palette with Seed Paper Envelopes. Eco Beauty. Cruelty free and vegan cosmetics. Love Alinta Blog
Elate Bamboo Capsule Palette with Seed Paper Envelopes.

Every refill pan is sent in paper envelopes that are embedded with non-invasive wildflower seeds. When you are finished with the seed paper envelope, you can soak, plant and water it to grow flowers. I haven’t done this yet as I’ve kept my seed paper envelopes for the photos for this post, but I’m keen to try it out. All seed paper used by Elate Cosmetics is made from 100% post-consumer and post-industrial fibre, so no trees are cut down to make them. 

Elate Cosmetics Dew with sustainable bamboo compact and seed paper envelope. - Love Alinta cruelty free beaity blog.
Elate Cosmetics Dew with sustainable bamboo compact and seed paper envelope.

Reviews

When I first discovered Elate, they were only selling from Canada, and the shipping was expensive, but since then, Flora and Fauna (affiliate) have picked up the brand and I have been able to purchase some of their products. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway a couple of years ago where I won some products, but most are purchased with my own money. I really love base products like foundation, concealer, blush and highlight, so those are the main products that I have purchased, and therefore can review for you. Some of the items I won, have been replaced with a newer version, but I will show you swatches of them so you can see the shade anyway.

Powder Foundation

I have the Elate Cosmetics Fix Pressed Powder Foundation in Ivory which has since been replaced by the Pressed Foundation in PN1. The only difference between these two products is that the Pressed Foundation now has one extra ingredient, Vitis Vinifera, which Elate told me is a plant microzest made from grapes that gives the skin some extra pollution protection, however the products will work the same. This pressed powder comes in a 16g pan that sits in a square bamboo compact with inbuilt mirror. This compact is the most sturdy of all the bamboo compacts, so I can carry it in my bag for touch ups knowing the powder will stay protected. 

The Pressed Powder is now available in 10 shades ranging from PN1 (fair) to PW8 (deep). The product shade range is labelled so that “1” is the lightest shade they make and 8 is the deepest, and the second letter of the shade name represents if it is cool (C), neutral (N) or warm (W). I have done a swatch comparison of my Ivory powder next to some mainstream powders as well as other indie mineral powders. Below you can see it compared to the Australis Cosmetics Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Light Beige, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder in Fair, Aura Makeup Evolved Pressed Mineral Foundation in Shell, La Mav Anti-ageing Mineral Foundation in Light, Eco Minerals Perfection Mineral Foundation in Vanilla, and the Ere Perez Cosmetics Calendula Powder Foundation in Light. This shade is as light as the other lightest shades and it is actually light enough for me to use which is great as most natural makeup brands don’t make a powder foundation that is fair enough for me to use. It is definitely yellow based rather than neutral, but I can still get away with wearing it. 

Top to bottom - Australis Cosmetics Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Light Beige, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder in Fair, Aura Makeup Evolved Pressed Mineral Foundation in Shell, La Mav Anti-ageing Mineral Foundation in Light, Eco Minerals Perfection Mineral Foundation in Vanilla, Ere Perez Cosmetics Calendula Powder Foundation in Light and Elate Cosmetics Fix Pressed Powder Foundation in Ivory. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Top to bottom – Australis Cosmetics Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Light Beige, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder in Fair, Aura Makeup Evolved Pressed Mineral Foundation in Shell, La Mav Anti-ageing Mineral Foundation in Light, Eco Minerals Perfection Mineral Foundation in Vanilla, Ere Perez Cosmetics Calendula Powder Foundation in Light and Elate Cosmetics Fix Pressed Powder Foundation in Ivory.

The Elate Cosmetics Powder Foundation is the only natural mineral powder foundation that I have come across that is pressed, all other mineral powders I have tried have all been loose. The pressed formula makes it easier and less messy to use, as well as easier to travel with. The powder has a light coverage and has a slightly powdery texture on application but this is completely taken away with a small amount of makeup fixing spray, or even a skincare spray. I have used it over liquid foundations which it works fine for, but I usually use it when I want to put something on my face really quickly before I run out the door, just to even out my skin tone. 

Cream Foundation

I also have the Elate Cosmetics Full Tint Foundation in Ivory, which has been renamed the Uplift Foundation UN1. The product is exactly the same, the packaging has just been changed to have a bamboo lid rather than a plastic one. This is a cream foundation that is described as being lightweight and radiant by Elate. It is the thickest foundation I have used, it’s almost a mousse. That said, it is still easy to apply with either a brush or fingers. It can look streaky if just wiped over the skin, so it really does need to be patted on. For me it gives light coverage and it is very lightweight, it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on my face. The Elate website says it can be used in various ways to get sheer coverage or full coverage. For me, I haven’t found a way to build it up to make it fuller coverage as when I try to layer it, it removed the layer underneath. The shade I have is too dark for me so that could be why it doesn’t look quite right layered on my skin but I’m not sure. This foundation isn’t long-wearing but it comes off very evenly, so it doesn’t look patchy at any point.

This foundation is the only Elate Cosmetics face product that I have tried that has a strong smell. It’s certainly not an artificial, it’s a natural scent, and it is probably just the mix of the oils within the product. The Uplift Foundation has organic jojoba seed oil, virgin organic coconut oil, castor seed oil, argan oil and sea buckthorn oil. Elate highlights the sea buckthorn oil as a key ingredient that can help soften the appearance of scars and blemishes. I’m not a fan of this scent but I don’t tend to like many natural oil scents, I still however use oils because they work well on my skin. 

The shade Ivory, now UN1, is too dark for me, so I have tried to mix all of my different foundation lightening products into it, but none have worked as the Elate foundation has an almost mousse like consistency that just doesn’t mix with any liquid product. If you sit between two shades, then you can mix them together to get your right shade, and that will work. My mum is able to mix my Ivory with her shade Ecru/UN2 to get the right colour for her. She normally wears the shades Light in the La Mav Certified Organic BB Creme, Ivory in the Hourglass Cosmetics Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint and Light in the Chi Chi Cosmetics Super CC Cream. I borrowed hers so I could do a swatch comparison for you. 

Elate Cosmetics foundation swatch comparison - top to bottom - Fix Pressed Powder Foundation/Pressed Foundation in shade Ivory/PN1, Creme Concealer in Porcelain/CC1, Full Tint/Uplift Foundation in Ivory/UN1 and Full Tint/Uplift Foundation in Ecru/UN2. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Elate Cosmetics foundation swatch comparison – top to bottom – Fix Pressed Powder Foundation/Pressed Foundation in shade Ivory/PN1, Creme Concealer in Porcelain/CC1, Full Tint/Uplift Foundation in Ivory/UN1 and Full Tint/Uplift Foundation in Ecru/UN2.

The Full Tint/Uplift foundation range seems to be running darker than that of the other Elate Cosmetics products, which is a shame as I love the powder and concealer colours. I have a swatch photo of the Full Tint Foundation in Ivory/Uplift Foundation in UN1 from my Ere Perez review, of it compared to Josie Maran Cosmetics Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid in RG5 Dynamic, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup 0.5, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow, Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Natural Matte Foundation in 20, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Blanc, and La Mav Certified Organic BB Creme in Light. I usually wear Hourglass Blanc with a tiny bit of Hourglass Cream mixed in, which ends up being quite a few shades lighter than this Elate foundation. Because the foundation is way too dark for me, I haven’t been able to use it. If there was a shade match for me, I would love to test it to see if it could be my go to base for a natural makeup look. Elate also makes the Refresh Foundation (originally known as Fresh Tint) which is a sheer coverage liquid foundation but I haven’t tried it yet. The Refresh is slightly different from the original Fresh Tint as it has vegan hyaluronic acid, and lycii berry extract to help hydrate and protect the skin. 

Top to Bottom - Josie Maran Cosmetics Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid in RG5 Dynamic, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup 0.5, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow, Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Natural Matte Foundation in 20, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Blanc, Elate Cosmetics Full Tint Foundation in Ivory, and La Mav Certified Organic BB Creme in Light. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Top to Bottom – Josie Maran Cosmetics Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid in RG5 Dynamic, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup 0.5, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow, Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Natural Matte Foundation in 20, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Blanc, Elate Cosmetics Full Tint Foundation in Ivory, and La Mav Certified Organic BB Creme in Light.

Concealer

One of my all time favourite Elate Cosmetics products is the Creme Revealer in Porcelain. This concealer is packaged in a little glass jar that has a very small opening at the top, making it hard to get the product out. To make it easier to use, and to make it zero waste, Elate has replaced this with the Creme Concealer which comes in a 3g aluminium pan in a small bamboo compact. The bamboo compact has a sliding lid with a small mirror on the reverse side. You can purchase replacement concealer pans when the product runs out, so that you can re-use the bamboo compact. I picked up the Creme Concealer in shade CC1 so that I could do a comparison of these two Elate concealers for you.

Elate Creme Concealer CC1 in sustainable bamboo compact. Vegan Cosmetics. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Elate Creme Concealer CC1 in bamboo compact.

The Creme Revealer (old) has a creamy texture that glides on to the skin and blends out seamlessly. The Creme Concealer (new) on the other hand has a waxy texture that doesn’t feel as creamy or look as luminous. When on the face, these concealers do look similar. They both provide a natural skin-like finish and have a light coverage. I prefer the original Creme Revealer as the creaminess makes it easy  to layer over blemishes and it doesn’t catch as easily on dry skin. I typical use this with a eye blending brush or my finger, as I’m able to get to the product in the pot that way. I sad when I realised that the formula was different for the Creme Concealer, as the Revealer is my absolute favourite natural concealer. In saying that, the Creme Concealer is still a good product, I just have to use it slightly differently. To apply, I use my finger to first swipe it over the area I want it, and then pat it in. Because of the waxy texture, it can just continually be moved around if not patted into the skin. I haven’t been able to build this up on blemishes like I can with the  Revealer, but it does apply really smoothly on the under eye area. Both concealers can get a slightly hard surface layer that will look a bit lumpy if applied directly to the skin, but this is easily fixed by swirling your finger in the product before applying it, to get it creamy again. Elate may be using the same ingredients in the Creme Concealer as they did in the Creme Revealer but something in their manufacturing process has to have changed as the concealers aren’t identical. 

Elate Cosmetics concealer swatch comparison - Creme Revealer Porcelain (old version) next to Creme Concealer CC1 (new version). Eco Cosmetics. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Elate Cosmetics concealer swatch comparison – Creme Revealer Porcelain (old version) next to Creme Concealer CC1 (new version).

The Elate Cosmetics Creme Concealer in CC1 is pretty much identical to the Ivory Creme Revealer shade. It is the perfect concealer shade for my very fair pink toned skin. I compared the Creme Revealer to other concealers to give you an idea of the shade. I compared it to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral, Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair Beige, Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer in Fair 06 and Ere Perez Arnica Concealer in Latte. It is a very similar colour to that of the Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer in Fair 06, but obviously a very different formula.

Top to bottom - Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral, Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair Beige, Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer in Fair 06, Ere Perez Arnica Concealer in Latte and Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer in Porcelain. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Top to bottom – Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral, Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair Beige, Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer in Fair 06, Ere Perez Arnica Concealer in Latte and Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer in Porcelain.

The new Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer is the first concealer I have ever seen that is zero waste, I think that’s a great accomplishment for this brand. I do prefer the creamy formula of the old Creme Concealer as it works so well on my dry skin, but I still think the Creme Revealer is a good product and I will continue to use it. It does have a waxy formula compared to the original, but it is still a lot less drying than the other natural concealers I’ve tried, and the CC1 shade is such a good colour for my skin tone. I really like using the Elate Cosmetics concealer and powder foundation together for a quick natural look when I’m in a hurry. I apply the Creme Concealer first, and pat it on to any blemishes and under the eyes, and then put the Pressed Powder on top. I then apply blush and my favourite highlighter, that you will see in my next Elate post, and I’m out the door. 

Elate Cosmetics is leading the way to a more sustainable future for beauty. You can really see how hard this brand is trying to be ethical and environmentally friendly. I love that Elate Cosmetics is cruelty free, vegan. has eco-friendly packaging that can be zero waste, cares about their workers and gives to charities that align with their values. There are very few brands that are actually doing all the good they can like Elate is. As well as making the world a better place, they are also trying to create products that their customers really enjoy. As with any brand, I don’t love every product they make, but every product has good ingredients, and you can tell they have been put together with a lot of thought. My favourite base products are the Creme Revealer/Concealer and the Pressed Powder Foundation. The Uplift Foundation isn’t my shade and I haven’t had a any luck with building it up or layering it, so it’s not a product I use, but it could work for someone else with other preferences and skin types/shades. I really love their cheek products, but to ensure that this post wasn’t too long, I will share them with you in the next post instead, so don’t forget to check back for that. In the mean time, if you want to read more about eco beauty, you can check out my Eco Beauty Products blog post, which Elate Cosmetics was of course mentioned in. If you want to support this brand, you can buy their products from the Elate Cosmetics website, or Australians can purchase Elate from the official Australian stockist, Flora and Fauna (affiliate). Using my affiliate links helps me to keep this blog running and doesn’t cost you anything to use. If you want my new blog posts sent to your inbox, then sign up to email updates, You can also find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

What do you think of the values, products and sustainable packaging of Elate Cosmetics? Will you be picking up something from this brand?

Love, Alinta

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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
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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