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This weekend is the Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo. It is a professional exhibition and conference held annually for those who work in the beauty industry. Anyone from beauty school students through to salon owners and beyond come together for 2 days of education and discovery of the industry we all love. This expo is a trade show so it is definitely not about shopping, but I do find it the best place to find suppliers of quality beauty instruments and products. In fact, beauty expos are responsible for a good chunk of the discoveries I have talked about on The Plastic Diaries. The other thing I love about the expo is that some of the greatest beauty minds come to the show to share their wisdom. Through masterclasses, seminars and live demonstrations we have the opportunity to witness what people have achieved in beauty.

The attendance of the Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo is always a hot debate amongst professionals, enthusiasts and consumers. From my post last year I did receive public and private comments about the fact I was even allowed in to the show. Last year I was honoured to be attending with a very special role, to judge multiple categories in the Face2Face Makeup Awards. This year I am going just to do my job of uncovering what is hot and to learn new things so I can report back to you, but do you think I should be there? I want you to tell me but before you do, have a look at what I am most excited to check out.

Jeff Pink

Mr ORLY himself, the man who created the french manicure as we know it today, will be taking to the main stage to share his extensive wisdom on nails. I was so lucky to meet the legend during my time at Cosmoprof and I was blown away by his enthusiasm for nails. It is not every day (or even year) you see a man still have passion for the things he created especially when they are nail products. Plus he has a way of speak that truly inspires and reminds you why you fell in love with nails too.

The demo will include Mr Pink and one of my favourite manicurists, Fiona Hay, presenting new ways to take the classic french manicure to the next level. Continue Reading

Seeing as though I haven’t been able to afford my beloved Bio Sculpture Gel nails in a while, my nails have decided to return to their bad behaviour. Flaking, Chipping and tearing are all back in my life with a vengeance.

I have always had pretty crappy nails in regards to being weak and flaking, but the tearing is only something that has started over the past couple years (at the most). If you haven’t experienced nail tearing, or don’t even know what it is, than you are a very lucky person. For me, tearing usually happens about half way down my nail and begins with a tiny little slit right on the side. As I go about my daily chores the nail starts to split more and more until eventually there is a little bit sticking up that catches on everything. That is when the real pain begins.

I am not able to do my hair, I am not able to touch any knitted fabric … actually any fabric for that matter. Basically anything that has ‘strands’ is totally off limits. Why? Because my tiny little torn nail catches and starts to rip. And yes, rip is the right word. My only option is to keep a bandaid taped over my nail until it has grown to a length where I can actually cut it off. Then it takes some tricky work using a nail file, nail scissors and nail clippers to get the torn part cut off without loosing my entire fingernail. This is usually how my thumb looks ….

Say hello to my forever short and stubby thumb nail

Many nail treatments do nothing for ‘flaking’ and nail strengtheners haven’t been the most successful with my nails. Despite this, I wanted to try Orly’s Nailtrition because I have liked some of their other products. Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser

Face cleansers are seen as quite an underrated product in terms of our overall skincare needs, but they’re actually really important. The correct cleanser for your skin should remove dirt, debris and build-up that otherwise gets in the way of your other skincare products delivering their best results. A vast majority of skin issues can be activated simply by using the wrong cleanser. When it comes to anti-aging, it’s essential to not use a face cleanser that is drying or stripping. Hydration is key, and that’s one of the major claims behind the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser.

As I continue my fight against aging and dry skin I’ve tested the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser. Is it worth the price tag? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

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