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Cosmetics and Makeup Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …. or is it? Time off from work/school, fancy feasts and receiving gifts from loved ones sure does sound like a lot of fun, but there is also the headache of finding the right gift for others that can make the holidays a particularly stressful time of the year as well. Don’t fret though, we all go through the same worry and that’s why gift guides and be a blessing from above. Or from me. In this case, it’s my blessing to you because I’ve collated the BEST gifts to give to any makeup lover. No matter your budget, I’ve got you covered.  Continue Reading

Kate Spade Christmas Gifts Guide

It’s no secret I absolutely adore Kate Spade New York. Everything they create is girly, fun and feel good. Unwrapping a Kate Spade gift is a joyous moment you just have to bestow on someone this year. Trust me, you will be loved for it, and to help you I’ve compiled the Kate Spade New York gift guide.

There is something for every price range, every girl and every woman, and undoubtedly even something you’ll want to buy for yourself. In this gifting guide we have broken it down by style, making it even easier to buy the right gift and avoid the hassle of last-minute Christmas shopping. Continue Reading

NYFW Beauty Products

You saw what I took in my beauty bag to New York Fashion Week but what about my makeup bag? Picking which makeup I take away with me is definitely the hardest task I have to face when travelling. It would be like choosing which one of your kids gets to travel with you, except the criteria I look at for my choices comes down to versatility, reliability and proven success at making me look good. Rarely will I take a makeup product that I’ve never used before because I don’t have the room to take more than one of each item …. except for lipstick of course. And eyeshadows. And lashes.

As I did with my beauty bag, I try to take miniature and deluxe sized samples where possible and palettes for items where I need a choice of a few colours, excluding lipsticks because I usually need to carry the lipstick around with me all day for touch-ups.

Without further ado, here’s the makeup that landed in my suitcase.  Continue Reading

Travel essentials
Yesterday I took you behind the scenes on a personal styling session with Westfield as I prepare to head to the USA for a conference and some other business-related adventures. Packing for this trip has been more difficult than my previous trips to a conference because the invite list on this one is next level. This conference will be attended by some of the most fashionable, stylish bloggers from around the world, and we will be meeting with some of the most iconic fashion brands. For a girl still navigating her ultimate wardrobe it’s a daunting task to pack one little suitcase. However, when it comes to being organised I definitely have that covered, and I’m happy to share with you my tips and secrets.

I’m going to show you how I’ve prepared and packed my suitcases, keeping all my stylish outfits in order. Continue Reading

BEST NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS January 2014

It’s been a slow start in the world of beauty launches for 2014. In fact it is so slow I just thought I would have a lazy start to the year and take a month to share my favourites. Most of the industry really kicks up the new launches from February, but some brands wanted to sneak in early and make an impact in January.

We saw 40+ fabulous new products launch in January across all beauty categories. Read on to find out which goodies in hair, nails, makeup and more took our fancy.  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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