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CLEO SWIM 2013Beauty How-To

The annual CLEO Swimsuit party has been the official launch of summer in Sydney for a good decade or so. The guest list reads like a roll call of hot, young, trendy Sydney-siders who this year flocked to The Bucket List at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach to check out the swimsuit parade. The place was filled with the who’s who of the Sydney social scene – Nikki Phillips, Kate Peck, Laura Dundovic, Luke Jacobz, Rochelle Fox and Laura Enever to name a few. How I managed to end up on the invite list baffles me but nevertheless I was excited to get down there because Napoleon Perdis were in-charge of creating the beauty looks for the models.

The models (including Australia’s Next Top Model 2013 runner-ups Shanali and Duckie) donned the new swimsuit collection from Billabong, which happened to be some of the cutest (and smallest) pieces of fabric I have ever seen, but it was the casual radiance the models exhibited that had me interested. Their hot summer tans were courtesy of Le Tan so it was great to see that a good tan doesn’t have to come from the sun. But their makeup stood out to me because it was hard to tell they were actually wearing makeup, they just looked naturally flawless, happy and glowing – and isn’t that how we all want to look during summer?

I grabbed makeup artist in charge, Anna Papadopoulos, to give us the step-by-step for recreating this look. Continue Reading

I Don't Want Kids CLEO Magazine Australia Cover

Over the last few months I have been trying to face some goals I set to be more open and share with you my personal stories. I have done a variety of blog posts about who I am and my views on certain topics. This is not going to be a regular part of The Plastic Diaries blog but for the most part who I am and my views on things do actually relate to my beauty philosophies and for that reason I feel sharing these personal posts can only help you to understand me as a person and why I write this blog.

Today I want to talk about a topic I haven’t mentioned on the blog before and that is my decision to not have children. This week the latest CLEO Magazine Australia went on sale featuring a double-spread feature about my decision not to have children. I have received many kind and encouraging messages from friends and strangers alike since they read the article, but I want to give you a little more than what I was able to include in the magazine article. Plus, I thought I would share a few behind the scene’s snaps from the photo shoot along the way.

CLEO Magazine Australia February 2013 Issue

CLEO Magazine Australia February 2013 Issue

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Last week saw the official launch of ACPs 30 Days Of Fashion & Beauty for 2011. If you were reading this blog a year ago you may remember that I talked about some of the 2010 events. I also attended some but for some reason I lacked posting about them. I don’t know what I was thinking …. they were awesome!

I couldn’t let the weeks roll past without giving you a little snapshot of the events I think you HAVE to get involved in. But first ….

What Is ACP’s 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty

ACP Magazines in one of Australia’s leading publishers. Every week, year after year, they produce some of the biggest titles at the news stand, such as The Australian Women’s Weekly, Grazia, madison, Harper’s Bazaar, Woman’s Day, CLEO, SHOP Til You Drop, men’s style, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Dolly, Good Health, FHM, Take 5, TV Week, NW and OK!

ACP’s 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty is a consumer focused Continue Reading

I was always the type to think that I never needed a Magazine Subscription. I figure if I heard about it, or a cover took my fancy I would buy it at the time. Funnily enough every month the same magazines would peak my interest and I would buy them anyway. I eventually caught on to the fact 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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