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Luxe vs Less - Body Conditioners

Using body lotion during Spring-Summer is a tricky time in my life. I don’t like the feeling of lotion on my body in warm weather, and I hate it in hot weather. The feeling of slime running from your skin as you sweat in a blistering, humid Australian summer is not a pleasant experience. My desire to avoid such situation means I will often go without moisturizing at all, even though I know my skin needs it. However, since I discovered in-shower body lotions I no longer have an excuse to avoid skin moisturizing. The only question is, do I need to spend a lot to get a good result?

Today I’m putting two of the biggest in-shower body lotions up against each other. I’m putting the luxe, best-selling Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush Cosmetics up against Nivea’s new Cocoa Indulging In-Shower Body Lotion. Which is worthy of your pennies? Read on to find out!

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bhave Rescue Shampoo Conditioner

After my recent bhave Rescue experience it was important that I continue to strengthen my hair so that it can return to a healthier place. To compliment the Rescue in-salon treatment, bhave created the Rescue Intense Repair shampoo and conditioner for ongoing maintenance. The same key ingredients are included, raw natural keratin, which is said to keep rebuilding the structure of the hair through continual use.

For my trial I continued using it for 4 weeks on average 3 times per week. Did it keep strengthening my hair? Have I noticed any improvement beyond what the in-salon treatment provided? I tell you all in this review.  Continue Reading

Lush Cosmetics 2014 Holiday Collection

The holiday season has all but commenced and that’s a special time in a beauty lovers life. It’s a time when limited edition products an generous gift sets take pride of place and beauty consumers go crazy for all the pretty, shiny things (especially me!). One brand that always nails the joy of the holiday season is Lush Cosmetics. Their eco-friendly, cruelty-free, all vegetarian (and majority vegan), lovingly-made products bring a sense of relaxation and child-like innocence to a time that is usually so greedy.

Whether you’re looking for great gift ideas or simply need to treat yourself during this hectic time, my top 12 picks (in no particular order) from the Lush Holiday range will have something you’ll love. I’m focusing on 12 individual products but they also have amazing sets available in-store and online if you want to pick up an impressive gift pack. Continue Reading

Best New Beauty Products

I don’t want to admit it but … September is over. I know, it’s a shock considering it’s actually almost October but can you believe it? I swear it was only February last month but now we are rolling into the month of Pumpkin Spice lattes and Halloween-themed everything. Now that we’ve said goodbye to September let me show you which products launched that captured my attention.

Nearly 60 new products landed on my desk for their September launch and it was overwhelming just how good the competition between them were. The biggest competition was in the lips category …. so many new, shiny, pretty lippies! Which ones won me over? Let’s find out! Continue Reading

WINTER 2014 competition

It’s been a pretty cold start to winter for me as I relocated from Sydney to Melbourne in May. By all reports, it isn’t going to ease anytime soon so I’ll be staying indoors with my beloved beauty cupboard, hot tea, a good book and lots of dvds. You can join me in keeping warm by winning one of the fabulous prizes on offer this month.

We have a massive prize pool valued at over $3,500. I can’t wait to see what you win!  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout advice and tips.

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right?  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout recovery story and experience

This articles is Part 1 of a three part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout story and experience

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.

Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading

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