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NARS Madison Avenue NYC Store

NARS is expanding their empire by opening two more freestanding stores this month. The new retail spaces are hitting both the east and west coast of the USA, with a move that they hope will deepen the relationship with their makeup artist clientele. Even though I personally am not a makeup artist, I do find that a dedicated retail space for a brand allows me to shop more strategically instead of being overcome with excitement (like what I experience in Sephora) so I can understand why this make appeal more to a makeup artist.

Both stores were designed by Francois Nars (yep, the guy behind the brand) and Fabien Baron of New York design firm Baron & Baron. A consistent design has been implemented across the stores but each have incorporated their own twist by adapting features to fit the city and space. Those that have followed the NARS brand for some time (like me) will know that makeup is not Nars’ one true love – he’s a lover of all forms of art. His love for beautiful photography and books will be showcased in “François’ Favorite Things,”a section exclusive to the free-standing stores that offers an eclectic mix of objects that have inspired Mr Nars. All will be available for purchase and rotated quarterly.

These new stores could be a sign that NARS is looking to expand elsewhere (perhaps, Australia?!?) but for now we’ll take a closer look at what you’ll find in the new USA stores.  Continue Reading

Last month I started a new little monthly segment that showcases my favourite new release beauty products for the month. This month has been huge for launches, at last count 50 new products launching in April came across my desk and it is no easy feat picking my favourites.

Nevertheless, here are the products that won me over.

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NARS is one of those brands that I am increasingly falling in love with. Previously, I have only reviewed one of their products, the Dogon Eye Duo, but I am hoping to explore the brand a lot more because what I have tried, I love. I think their newest release, a make-up manual to end all make-up manuals, will give me the push I need to embrace this brand the way it deserves to be.

Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself is the second release in the Makeup Your Mind book series by François Nars. It is safe to say that this one has been long awaited after this first book, Makeup Your Mind, was released back in 2001.

The hardcover book comes in a plastic sleeve for storage

About The Book

This book/manual is fascinating to a beauty lover such as I. The few facts I have been privy to just made me want to give the man a standing ovation, if I had actually met him. Here are just a few things you need to know about this book:

  • Every one of the women and men (YES, men!) featured in this book are real-life people, not models or actors or people used to having their photo taken.
  • François Nars, the talented man that he is, shot the entire book himself. Every photo you see, he took it.
  • Each look was created by François Nars simply staring at the face of each ‘model’ and applying something that completely complimented them. Nothing was pre-determined. There were no set ideas, i.e.. the book must have 4 smokey-eye looks, etc.
  • The book is divided into three primary categories: Play, Perfect and Polish. Each section is designed for the different stages we as humans move through in life and provides looks to compliment that.

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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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