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Watched TV lately? Picked up a magazine? Logged on to Twitter? If you have done at least one of those things you have probably been bombarded with beauty companies promoting their brand new and exciting ‘BB Cream’. Unless you read a million beauty blogs, or you are just some on-trend beauty freak, you probably know very little about what a ‘BB Cream’ is, right? I am with you. I know nothing!

Despite my lack of knowledge on the newest skincare craze, that hasn’t stopped me from being totally wrapped up in it. Let’s just say I have bought more BB Cream than I could possibly use in a lifetime. Each day I use it I fall more and more in love, so I thought it is time I get some answers. This is for my own learning as much as it is for you …. because after all, at The Plastic Diaries, we share journeys.

What Is BB Cream?

To help us out today, I turned to a rather unconventional expert. This lady is one of the most successful and leading beauty bloggers in Australia, and has fans all over the world. Voted amongst her peers as the ‘BB Cream’ connoisseur, and has used just about everyone ever made. She is Valerie Chan from Ponikuta.

Valerie Chan – BB Cream Aficionado

TPD: What is a BB cream or Beauty Balm? Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. 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

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