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Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries sharing the contents of her Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

The Beautylish Lucky Bag is a wonderful annual tradition produced by global online beauty retailer Beautylish. You may have heard the hype on Instagram and from your favourite influencers about the Beautylish Lucky Bag, an annual ‘lucky dip’ of sorts that allows you to pay a once-off price to get a mystery delivery of beauty products in value well exceeding the price you pay. It’s what I call Gambling for Beauty Addicts. It’s taken me until 2017 to try it because I’m not much of a gambler. I unboxed the contents of my Lucky Bag live on Instagram (make sure you are following me to see every unboxing as they happen!) but if you missed it you are in luck because I will reveal to you what I got in mine, and my review of the entire Beautylish #LuckyBag2017 experience.  Continue Reading

Cyber Week Sales Offers Promo Coupon Codes 2016

It’s sale season, y’all!!! I hope you all have a great thanksgiving holiday but let’s get down to business, you want all the sales and promo codes to shop up a storm, right? Yep, I heard you. Let’s get straight into it. This is your ULTIMATE one-stop Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales Guide for the best beauty, fashion and lifestyle offers. This list will be updated DAILY as new offers are announced.

Below you will find a list of both CURRENT and FUTURE offers. This means you will need to keep in mind each store’s country of origin in order to shop the sale at the right time. Majority of the listed websites are based in the USA so if you’re in Australia remember we are about 12hrs ahead of the USA. Offers included from Australian and UK sites as well. The list is sorted alphabetically by country of ORIGIN (but keep in mind that most of these stores offer international shipping!).

Bookmark this page and check it regularly so you don’t miss out on any awesome offers. If you know of an offer that isn’t listed here, please leave a comment with the details. Continue Reading

Sephora Australia store photos

Sephora’s Australian store opening in Sydney was the biggest thing to happen to Australian beauty fans this year. It was a highly anticipated and despite a lot of negativity from some of the online community overall the launch was a massive success. The majority of people are happy or accepting of the pricing but with a lot of the final brand details withheld until opening day, I haven’t been able to give you a run-down of the brands and products that impressed me most. That changes today!

This is your guide to the must-view, must-play and must-buy brands and products available at Sephora Australia.  Continue Reading

Beauty Sample Box gift idea tutorial

A thoughtful gift is always the best kind of gift to give and receive. It shows a person that you really have thought about them, what they like and what would bring them joy. One of my go-to gift ideas for special occasions and the holidays is to assemble gift bags or gift boxes containing little bits and pieces the person will like. In 2011 I showed you my DIY Mother’s Day gift bag but after seeing Kendra of Citizen of Beauty share her cute Christmas gift idea I thought I should give you an update on what I’ve been doing currently.

I have a lot of girlfriends who don’t really keep up with the latest and greatest in beauty (if only they had a friend who wrote a blog about it!) so I take the opportunity to introduce them to awesome new products with my DIY beauty box gifts. Assembling something personal for them becomes less about dollar value and more about the time and thought you spent on them. While I was wrapping one up for a friend, I thought I would share with you exactly how to create one.  Continue Reading

Sephora Australia Price Lists

Sephora Australia open their first store in Sydney this Friday, that’s just 2 days away! I’ve shared with you lots of exclusive snoops since the news broke they were opening a store here, and most recently all the Sephora Sydney opening day information but the one thing I haven’t shared is the price lists. Today, I’m breaking the silence.

We were told Sephora would be keeping prices comparable to their US pricing but no one has actually shared the pricing in detail. Price lists for the brands Sephora Australia will be carrying were distributed to media quite sometime ago but I’m publishing the pricing of the most in-demand products and brands now so you can go in on opening weekend and know exactly what you want to get. My pricing list shows the Sephora Australia recommended retail price in AUD. Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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