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Ban Animal Testing

The news we have all been waiting for is here. Kind of. This week China’s Food and Drug Administration announced a step-towards removing animal testing as a mandatory requirement for cosmetics sold in their country. Cruelty-free beauty shoppers burst into song and dance at the news thinking their favourites will now be back on the Leaping Bunny and PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies list ….. but the celebrations are a little premature. The news isn’t clean cut and is actually rather confusing so I’m going to tell you what you may be missing from between the lines, and why you should run back to your favourite brands JUST YET.

First, let’s recap the announcement.  Continue Reading

THE BODY SHOP

The business of business should not just be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed.

– Dame Anita Roddick. Human Rights Activist. Founder of The Body Shop

It’s this quote from The Body Shop founder, Dame Anita Roddick, that could perfectly describe what we have been witnessing these past couple of weeks. The beauty world and loyal customers of The Body Shop were rocked to the core when an investigation by Australian magazine CHOICE came forth stating The Body Shop was NOT cruelty-free, as they have been claiming.

I personally do not take claims of cruelty-free status lightly, nor do I take an accusation from a publication as gospel, and I do hope none of you would either. The Plastic Diaries was first and foremost created to inform consumers. I am a consumer too and I like to be as informed as possible before I purchase something. It’s this principle that I have applied to todays post. I am breaking down the battle that has ensued and I hope it will help you to make an informed decision about your purchasing options in the future. Continue Reading

2014 Breaking Beauty News

It may only be the first working week of the new year but the beauty news hasn’t stopped. 2014 is already turning to be out a big year for beauty so before the year flies before our eyes we want to take a quick look at what we can expect. Here are some of the breaking headlines over the past few weeks.  Continue Reading

Lush Cosmetics Campaign Cruelty Free Kisses
Did you know that this Saturday, 6 July 2013 is International Kissing Day? Lots of cosmetic brands have arranged different ways to celebrate but one brand in particular has definitely won the campaign rounds in my eyes. Lush Cosmetics is all about cruelty-free kisses this International Kissing Day and they are celebrating with an official Guinness World Record attempt. Oh and this isn’t just for Australia, this is global!

So what do Lush Cosmetics have planned? Listen to this. All of their Lush stores (worldwide) will be asking their customers to pucker up and support their attempt to set the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of the most lip prints collected in 12 consecutive hours. The current record of 22,174 lipstick prints collected in 12 hours is set by Oriflame Slovakia at 89 locations throughout Slovakia on 14 September 2010. Surely we can beat that.  Continue Reading

Banned Animal Testing

Yesterday in Part 1 of my feature about animal testing we looked at the experiments, the reasons behind them and tried to clarify some of the confusing misconceptions. In Part 2 we are going to look specifically at the European Union (EU) ban on animal testing, what it means and if it will have any impact.

The New Ban

To understand the new ban that was implemented on 11 March 2013 you need to know about the ban they started with in 2009. To give you a brief summary, in 2009 the European Union (EU) implemented a ban that cosmetic products and ingredients could not be tested on animals within its borders. This did have some impact but mostly it just moved testing to other parts of the world.

The new European Union ban will make it illegal, from 11 March 2013, to import or market a cosmetic product within the European Union if it contains ingredients that have been animal-tested outside of the EU after 11 March 2013. It therefore prohibits the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

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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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