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The Plastic Diaries beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries sharing Fake Tan Removal expert advice and tips.

We should all be educated enough now to know that a fake tan is the ONLY form of tan that is “healthy”. A natural sun tan is not only aging but also very damaging to the structure and health of our skin. One of the downsides to using a fake tan is that they can become rather unappealing as they fade or we want to remove them. The best way to avoid that hideous patchy tan is to remove it and apply a fresh one before the signs of wear show.

Pinterest and social media love to share DIY recipes for making your own fake tan removal solution but is it safe? Are household cleaners or foods from the grocery store the most effective method? I asked professional makeup artist and co-founder of ANTHEIA Beauty, Brie Stevenson, to give us the hard truths. If you wear fake tan, you need to read this!  Continue Reading

Female Sexual Dysfunction conditions and treatment

For most women you will have never heard the word “vaginismus”. That little fact alone makes me feel sad and a little angry. When it comes to male anatomy and sexual dysfunction it would seem there is no shortage of information, education and knowledge but for females it’s rather absent. When sexual education was part of my schooling I felt uneducated. As a teenager, I wasn’t going to voice my concerns or embarrass myself by saying that there were things I still didn’t understand about sex so I relied on magazines, the internet (which was VERY limited in knowledge 15+ years ago) and TV/Movies to fill in the blanks. Funnily enough, none of those resources talked about female sexual dysfunction, especially Vaginismus …. and they still don’t. You could very well have this condition and not even know it. I believe this HAS to change if we want to raise a generation of well-informed girls and women who don’t fear their own body.

This condition isn’t just about sex though, it can even restrict which the ability to use tampons and have a pelvic examination. I’ve called on sexologist and all-round sex-pert, Chantelle Otten, to educate us with the must-know facts about Vaginismus.  Continue Reading

DIY skincare facts
Natural beauty is booming. Natural skincare and anti-aging in the wellness sector has over taken wellness travel as the fastest growing interest. The problem lies with the growth – the more growth there is the more confusion there can be. So, how do you find the ultimate toxic free product?

The beauty market is huge, and it’s rife with green washing. Without expert guidance it’s almost impossible to find that perfect ‘clean’ product. Many people have turned to some homemade alchemy, where the only decision left to ensure there are no chemicals is to make it yourself. A quick Google search brings you about 13,600,000 results in 1.11 seconds. Easy A. But is it really better than bought natural skin care? Natural beauty expert, Belinda Hughes, gives us the answers. Continue Reading

What is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a word you’ve probably seen pop-up a few times around health and beauty products. It’s more likely to be used as a marketing tactic luring you into something mystical but what on earth is it? Is it an ingredient? Is it a religious cult?

I wanted to find what exactly “Ayurveda” is so I spoke to Rebecca Powne, B.A., Ayurvedic Studies and founder of AWE Cosmeceuticals – a skincare brand based on extensive Ayurvedic studies fused with the western scientific findings.  Continue Reading

Health tips for your period

There is nothing that affects our appearance and wellbeing as much as our hormones do, specifically at a certain time of the month. Periods and the female reproductive system are a topic we tend to avoid unless we are trying to get pregnant, and other than that occasion we probably haven’t even discussed it with anyone since our high school sexual education class. I want that to change today because I know from personal experience how much it can mess with how I feel on the inside and how I look on the outside.

I’m going back to basics with the help of Naturopath, Kinesiologist & Nutritionist, Cassie Mendoza-Jones, to give you five things you need to know before your next cycle, including how to stay healthy, keeping pain at bay and her secret remedies/ products she trusts.  Continue Reading