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Did you read our About pages and want to know a little more about The Plastic Diaries Beauty Blog? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below and if you can’t find an answer please feel free to contact us.

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Which social media networks do you use?

You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTubeBellashootBeautylishTumblr and StumbleUpon. If you have another social media network you would like to see us use, let us know!

Kimberly claims to be a proud vegan, so why do she write about products that are tested on animals?

While I’m personally a devoted vegan, I also understand that everyone has different beliefs. When starting this blog I had three key principles, one of which was “Education is key”. I believe in providing all the information and letting people make their own decisions about what is right for them. This includes the good and the bad information. It was other people that did this who inspired me to make the changes for myself.

Occasionally I share posts on vegan and cruelty-free thoughts and finds, but it is more important for me to provide an unbiased approach to reviews, brands and products so that you can make decisions about what is important to you. This is why you will find an Animal Cruelty Policy section and Ingredients list in each of the product reviews. Other editorial features include a section titled “Cruelty Free Status”, which highlights the status of all brands mentioned. It’s also why I write educational posts that get to the heart of the beauty industry, such as my feature on animal testing.

Of course I would love every human in this world to be vegan, but I do not feel this blog is the place for me to promote that. I created this blog with the intention of helping women to look and feel their best, and to make informed choices about products and services, so that will remain the top priority.

How do you choose which topics/products to write about?

I write about what captures my attention and makes me think, “this will make my readers look and/or feel good”. It might be something I purchased during a recent trip to the supermarket, it could be something I have been lusting after for months, it could be something sent to me from a business or it could be a brainwave I have in the middle of the night (this is the most common source of my editorial ideas).

Inspiration is everywhere and I often find it in the most peculiar places.

Photos

How do you take your swatch and product photos?

All swatches and product images are taken in controlled artificial lighting that is set to replicate direct natural light, unless otherwise stated. I endeavour to capture the most true-to-life colour images. I do not Photoshop the images or alter the colours to look different. The only modifications I make to my photos are cropping/resizing.

I use a Canon 60D DSLR with a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 lens or an EFS 18-135mm lens. Occasionally there will be photos I have taken with my iPhone Plus 6S or a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1.

Can I use your photos?

Promotional imagery, which are photos provided by brands themselves and not photos exclusively taken for this website, are allowed to be reposted as long as there is a link back to http://www.theplasticdiaries.com. Photos that are taken for use on The Plastic Diaries, by me or any other party, require written permission from me. If you wish to use any photos you have seen on The Plastic Diaries please contact us to request permission BEFORE you repost. If you are caught to be using the images without permission I will issue a DMCA takedown without notifying you. Further information regarding use of my photos or any other work can be found in my Terms of Use.

Why don’t you watermark your images?

I believe clear, uninterrupted photos are more important to this blog and your enjoyment than protecting my work. I rather put the trust in people that you can enjoy my work without stealing it. I hope I will never have to resort to watermarking.

Blog Topics

Why do you have a travel/fashion/health section on a beauty blog?

At The Plastic Diaries I believe beauty isn’t limited to makeup and nail polish. My philosophy is this – if you look good you feel good, and if you feel good you look good – so I cover everything that addresses your inner and outer beauty. Spa treatments, a good outfit, a relaxing holiday, a delicious healthy meal – these are all things that make women look and feel good but we all need a little help to find what works for us as individuals. The Plastic Diaries aims to do all of that.

What is The Style Diaries?

My own struggles with fashion have been a common theme throughout my life, much like my quest for true beauty. In this section I share my trials & triumphs and ask readers to assist in making the hard decisions. Whether you are style savvy or a walking fashion faux-pas, you will relate to these posts at one time or another.

Do you write about beauty for men as well?

Occasionally I will feature posts for men when relevant but this is usually limited to holiday specials and gift-giving pieces. I like to stick to what we know so 98% of the time it’s beauty content for females. Unless it’s male fragrances – oh, god, I love a men scents!!

Policies

Refer to my Review Disclosures & Policies for all information relating to review-related editorial content and social media posts.

All other policies relating to the running and use of The Plastic Diaries can be found on the Terms of Use page, including but not limited to my comment, privacy and copyright policies.

Do you post sponsored content, advertising or use affiliates?

Around this website you may see a few advertisements, affiliates and sponsorships. Please read my Review Disclosures & Policies to completely understand how they are used, why and when. These are not there for me to get rich, but in order to run this website and produce the extremely entertaining content that I do (ha!), I need to recoup some of the costs. These items do not dictate the content on this website and I will NOT collaborate on anything I wouldn’t be interested in otherwise.

All advertisements are identifiable as advertisements, and are kept to a minimum at all times. Affiliate links will be used occasionally but only where and when they fit in with already produced content. Sponsored content may appear occasionally, and will be clearly disclosed.

If you enjoy The Plastic Diaries, please support us by supporting our advertisers and affiliates.

Do you disclose?

I have believed disclosure is an essential part of the blogger and influencer job long before there was any formal requirements. It’s been a core part of The Plastic Diaries since day 1. Familiarise yourself with the Review Disclosures & Policies to learn which disclosure tags I use and what they mean.

Can I write a guest post for The Plastic Diaries?

No, at this time I don’t accept guest posts.

For Businesses

How should I work with bloggers? Do you operate the same as traditional media?

Bloggers are a completely different entity to traditional journalists and writers. There is no simple response to this question, ever blogger is different, but successfully working with bloggers requires a deeper understanding of what we do and why we do it. Before you take another step, you should absolutely read the eBook – The Essential Beginners’s Guide To Working With Bloggers. It gives you the stepping stone you need to successfully work with bloggers.

How can I get my product/service written about on your blog?

You are most welcome to submit your product or offer your service for editorial consideration. Please note the following before your submission: I cannot guarantee mentions or reviews for submitted products. If your product is featured on this website or via my social media channels I will do so as I see fit and at my full discretion. Your product may be grouped with other products which may or may not include your competitors. Product samples are unable to be returned and products submitted for consideration are not guaranteed any editorial mentions. If you wish the submitted product to be sent back to you if deemed unsuitable for my editorial needs, please include a self-addressed prepaid satchel when you send your product.

If you are ready to submit product for editorial consideration you can post to:
ThePlasticDiaries.com
Parcel Locker 10028 06070
16-20 Bulli Street
MOORABBIN, VIC 3189
Australia

In addition to the usual reviews and editorial posts, I do a monthly feature called Best New Beauty. Each month I publish a round up of the most exciting new products on shelves. If you would like your new launches considered for those posts I will require the information at least 4 weeks before their on-sale month. I also do education posts in a segment called 5 Things You Need To Know, which can be done on a variety of topics if you have an expert available for interviews.
I DO NOT allow or accept products or gift vouchers in exchange for guaranteed editorial coverage/reviews, that is considered a sponsorship. I’m extremely picky about who I will work with on sponsorships and collaborations. I’m driven by wanting to develop amazing content that will be of interest to my readers. When you purchase a sponsorship from The Plastic Diaries you are paying for my ideas, implementation and execution of something you can’t get anywhere else, as well as my reach. If I choose to work with you, it’s not because money is driving me. It’s because I can create mutually beneficial content and I’m happy to align my brand with yours. If this sounds like someone you want to work with, email me and let me know what your goal is for a collaboration but don’t pitch me angles. It’s my job to come up with something that will benefit my readers and your business, just let me know the objective of your campaign. If you are happy to receive unsolicited pitches, definitely email me to let me know.
I have something that I think you’ll want to share with your readers. Is there anything I should know before I contact you?
Generally speaking, I work with a roughly 3-4 week lead time for new releases and product launches. This allows me to properly plan and prepare editorial content, if I feel it fits my readership. I respect any embargoes in place, and I don’t usually publish content about products before they are actually on sale anyway. Big breaking news is the only type of posts I don’t schedule ahead of time.

Will you run a giveaway/competition for my business?

Not at this time.

How do I advertise on your blog?

I’ve currently suspended display advertising in favour of affiliate banners. If you’re interested in appearing on The Plastic Diaries please refer to the second question in this section.

Can you host or speak at my event?

Not at this time.

Last Updated 14 June 2017

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty June 2017

The best new beauty products on shelves this June include some exciting releases in makeup and skincare. Too Faced’s latest colour collection has moved beyond the USA, Dermalogica are hoping to give us fuller lips, and Nip + Fab have expanded on their hugely popular skincare ranges.

Discover these new beauty products, and more, with my Best New Beauty June round-up. Continue Reading

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