Posts in Bali

Milk & Co Face Cleanser

Milk & Co is a brand created by two of Australia’s favourite celebrities – Michael & Lindy Klim. What started out as a brand for men’s and baby beauty products has grown into a gorgeous lifestyle brand, now including skincare for women too. Lindy draws inspiration from her Balinese roots (her dad is Balinese) and from growing up in clean & crisp Tasmania (her mom is Australian). This history is evident in her products and the use of natural ingredients along with being made in Australia made this a brand I was keen to try.

I started with the face cleanser as it came highly recommended so I’m going to review it for you. Will this inspire me to keep trying the line or will I throw in the towel? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Sun Sets Behind Tree at Tanah Lot Bali

Deciding to take a holiday was not an easy decision for me. I knew I wanted one, I knew I needed one but actually taking one and committing to relaxing was a whole different story. In my pre-holiday post I told you about why I had chosen Bali and where I was going to stay. Upon my return I wasn’t sure I even wanted to write about my experience. I’m not sure why, perhaps because I thought I wanted to have just one thing to myself instead of revealing it all on the blog as I always do, but naturally I had the revelation that I created this blog for women just like me who have trouble taking time for themselves and need to be motivated to do it. So for you, I write this post.  Continue Reading

Le Meridien Serenity Spa

The whole purpose of my holiday in Bali was to do nothing, and least of all to do work, but reviewing spas is one of my most favourite past times so I allowed myself to do just one. That is fair, isn’t it? Picking one wasn’t easy but when I heard from the team at the shiny new Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran about their signature treatments I couldn’t pass up the chance to give them a try. I selected the Cradle & Expand Treatment based on this interesting blurb in the menu:

The cradle-and-expand massage is performed to one guest by two of our therapists working in a rhythmic harmony method inspired by traditional Thai massage. Engage through the power of deep breathing and stretching to lengthen your spine and relax the tired muscles.

It is definitely not a regular treatment you would expect to see in a spa menu, so in my eyes that makes it the ultimate tester for this spa. How did I go? Read my review to find out!  Continue Reading

Seminyak Square Market Stalls Bali

It seems like a distant dream but last week I was sitting poolside with a delicious juice cocktail in the tropical surroundings of Bali. For a place that never appealed to me previously it was amazing how at peace I felt there. I have no doubt that was in no small part to the surreal accommodation choice I made (but more on that later). One thing I had absolutely no intention of doing was shopping of any kind. I went to relax and as much as I love shopping I still had fears about shopping in a country where english wasn’t a first language. But alas, I failed to stick to my guns and I did go shopping.

I discovered some great places to shop. Some you probably have heard of from every person who ever stepped foot on the island but I think I have one or two you may have never heard of. Make sure you bookmark this post for your next trip to Bali!  Continue Reading

Bliss Sanctuary Canggu Villa Gazeb Garden

When was the last time you took a holiday? I don’t mean having the day off from work to run errands or even a week off to stay home and organise your wardrobe (although that is essential!). Are you counting school holidays? Forget it, that isn’t relaxing for anyone! I know this because I am also guilty of working too hard for too long and never really stopping to re-energise. I have been lucky to travel to a few of my favourite places over the past few years but I went for work related duties and that means the main objective of a holiday had been removed. This year I am taking a stand and giving myself a holiday, and I am hoping I can inspire you to do the same.

I would say my last real holiday was in August 2010 when I went to New York. Even back then I said it would be an annual thing so I could create a special section on this blog called Beautiful Cities. I failed miserably as I let work take over my life. Then, a few weeks ago I addressed the issue again in my Wellbeing Checklist post. The difference this year as opposed to back in 2010 is that I am now in a completely different mindset and an entirely different body as well. I went to New York depressed, needing some time away and dramatically underweight (but man, I looked hot!). Now, I am healthy on the inside and extremely happy but I know I need a break and I am not happy with how my body looks. I need to exercise and I need some motivation to get moving, and I also need my mind and body to rest so I can continue to work as hard as I do. The answer? A health retreat!  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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