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ThePlasticDiaries.com Holiday Message

The holidays aren’t always a joy for others. How many times have you heard that? I hear it every year, probably, and every year my reaction is the same. Agreeance. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, another religious holiday or no holiday at all, the fact is that not everyone associates the holiday season with joy.

Joy is a funny thing and that’s why it’s the theme of my very short holiday message to you all. Continue Reading

Pretty Shady 2014

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Did you know 2 in 3 of your friends will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives? I may count as one of those but who will the other be? With some easy precautions you can reduce the likelihood of it happening to you and your friends.

I’m always telling you about the importance of using sunscreen but today I’m sharing with you why I’m so passionate about sun protection. I was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 22 years old, and I hope that my story of skin cancer can help you prevent having one of your own.  Continue Reading

Best Maya Angelou Quotes
The passing of Maya Angelou this week has caused a ripple effect across the internet. Nearly every website has posted their version of Maya Angelou’s best quotes and rightly so, she was an epic master of words. Like them, I’m going to share the best ones (in my opinion) but I wanted it to be connected to what I try to do each day on The Plastic Diaries.

Maya Angelou was the queen of motivational speaking. A simple sentence from her mouth could have you attempting something you had always feared. This was the impact she had on me, and I hope my choice of favourite quotes has that effect on you. Continue Reading

Charlotte Dawson

This past weekend Australia was in a state of shock after hearing that media personality Charlotte Dawson had taken her own life. Nearly every person with a social media account or a blog has written something about how they have reacted to the news, or how Charlotte was an incredible person or to throw blame at the trolls that bullied her for years ….. but that is not what my post, this post, is about. I’ve made no secret of my battle with depression, having talked about it numerous times on this very blog and constantly on social media. Admittedly, I haven’t spoken about it much over the past year and it’s for a good reason …. or so I thought.

Charlotte was a gorgeous, talented, funny woman as well as a warrior for human rights, compassion and equality. By all accounts, she should have been very happy with her success in life and for her memorable impact as a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model. She had fans, friends, family, loyal followers and she made a nice dollar or two. Why would someone with all that commit suicide? Well, that’s the thing, a lot of people who commit suicide have no reason that others would consider justifiable. Depression, mental illness, suicidal tendencies … they don’t discriminate. They’re an equal opportunist that can touch anyone and everyone. It’s this fact that most people are taking away from Charlotte’s death but in my case it’s something completely different. The news of Charlotte Dawson’s final act made me realise something massive in my life had changed. Something I never thought would happen.

I don’t want to kill myself…… anymore. Continue Reading

Magazines

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As a blogger I’m often asked what my opinion is of magazines. My answer is the same as it was 10 years ago … They are vital. I wouldn’t be where I am today without magazines, and there definitely wouldn’t be The Plastic Diaries. Unless you have read the About page you probably wouldn’t know that magazines is where my life started. Not just my working life. I’m sharing this story with you to give you further insight to who I am and why I created The Plastic Diaries.

It’s easy to assume that because I write online and I’m passionate about blogging that I would think magazines are outdated but that isn’t the case. Magazines shaped my future and if you are thinking of giving a gift to a woman this year I think my story will show you why you can’t beat a magazine subscription.  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

Best New Beauty September 2017 beauty products

Wow, guys. This month is absolute madness in the beauty launch calendar. The best new beauty September launches have come in strong from the likes of Fenty Beauty, Too Faced, St Tropez, Nip + Fab, Katy Perry and more.

Discover the best of the best new beauty products with my Best New Beauty September round-up. Continue Reading

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