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Schwarzkopf EC Heat Protection Spray

Protecting your hair during heat styling is absolutely essential. No excuses. You may think your hair can cope with a little straightening every now and then but every time a heat styler touches your hair it’s doing damage. Finding a heat protection product for your hair isn’t hard these days, nearly every styling brand has one but a lot of them are marketed as a specialist product for either straightening or curling. But I mix up what I do with my hair all the time so I prefer a heat protection product that can be used for anything and everything, without any additional hold factor or fancy benefits.

Supermodel (and my own personal hair role model) Heidi Klum can relate, being a model jumping from makeup chair to makeup chair her hair is whipped into all kinds of do’s. It’s those experiences with hair styling that lead her to collaborate with Schwarzkopf on a small range of products – Heidi’s Heat Styles. The heat styling spray is said to be exactly what I look for – an easy, versatile product to be used with any hair tool. My review tells you what I thought of its performance.  Continue Reading

Schwarzkopf EC Ultimate Repair Collection

With winter in Melbourne now in full-swing I have this underlying need to protect my hair, skin and nails as much as possible. Ok so, winter doesn’t actually cause much damage per se – it’s more the constant wearing of hoodies and sitting on my heating vent that would be the biggest problem – but it doesn’t hurt to use the season as a time to indulge in extra care. And while we are talking about extra care, let’s take a look at Schwarzkopf Extra Care’s Ultimate Repair range.

I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner duo for over 4 weeks and have seen some changes in my hair. The marketing says it will repair damaged hair and apply a protective coat. Did it do that? My review reveals what I really think.  Continue Reading

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Marrakesh Oil Coconut Shampoo

Launched in July 2012, the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Marrakesh Oil & Coconut range was to ride the wave of Argan Oil being used in beauty products. The Schwarzkopf EC version provided consumers with a budget friendly option to what was a booming ingredient but  could their supermarket range stack up to the hype of the more expensive competitors?

The complete range includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Daily Oil Elixir and Express Mousse Treatment. Due to my extremely fine hair I decided to only trial the Shampoo and Conditioner for review. My gut told me that just those two will probably be too rich for my hair, so was it right? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

This month we start a new financial year, celebrate christmas in July, and gasp at how fast the year as flown by. Yes, it is July and it has been a crazy month so far. New and exciting beauty products are being launched all around us. At last count there were 60 new releases in the beauty categories this month and picking some favourites was nearly impossible. Frankly, they are all amazing, but let’s see what came in at the top of my list.
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I rarely get to test out hair care products for coloured hair because I am not one of those people who always have it dyed. If my 18 year old self heard me say that I am sure she would have dyed of shock, but as I get older I find myself getting less daring and don’t really want to experiment with colour to much. I have also found my hair doesn’t hold colour quite like it used to so out of sheer laziness I just stopped dying it in the first place. 

Back on April 18 I tested out Clairol Nice ‘n Easy and saw that as a perfect opportunity to test out some shampoo and conditioner designed for coloured hair. Seeing as though I love the Schwarzkopf Extra Care 10 Carat Shine Gloss Spray (as you can tell from my review), I thought I should give the brand another run. You know, to see if they were a one hit wonder.

What I Say ….

  • I started using the Shampoo and Conditioner duo from my first wash post-dying.
  • The products smell very pleasant, a bit sweet but not overwhelming. 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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