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Australia's Top Selling Beauty Products

I’m quite a nosy person when it comes to shopping, I love to know what other people buy. I know that you guys are equally curious as me because my haul posts are often one of the most viewed. When an email from one of my favourite Australian online stores, Adore Beauty, hit my inbox last week I knew I had to share it with you all. They have let slip exactly which products are the top-sellers in each Australian state. Can you guess who buys what? Find out below. Continue Reading

OPI Gel Color Alpine Snow Swatch

Picking a nail colour that had to last me through moving house, overseas travel and a week of business events was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made all year. I always get a gel-polish or gel manicure before I travel or do anything labour intensive because it keeps my nails protected, but the addition of attending lots of business meetings meant I had to carefully consider the colour choice. Red is a fail safe option (especially Big Apple Red) but this time I wanted something a little more fashion forward while still keeping true to my classic sense of style. The answer: White.  Continue Reading

Summer Feet

When the weather heats up it’s time to bring out the sandals, flip flops/thongs and strappy wedges, which in turn means you have to bare your footsies. Yep, those feet that have been hidden away in socks, slippers and closed-toe shoes. Those feet that haven’t seen the light of day for 6 months. If they are anything like my feet, they need some serious TLC before you dare exit your house with them on show.

To get your tootsies beach-perfect I’m sharing my 5 steps to sexy summer feet.  Continue Reading

Essie professional LED light

You would think the nail gel market is overflowing but the big wigs at Essie feel otherwise. Despite the competitive market between CND Shellac, Bio Sculpture Bio Gel, Gelish, OPI Gel Color and more, Essie plan to launch their own professional gel service, Essie Gel, this coming October.

Gerald Densk, Essie’s general manager for the professional products division of L’Oréal USA, has told WWD that gels are a growing market and it isn’t something they can afford to ignore. It is obvious to most that Essie is not receiving the same interest from salons as it does from consumers so this could be a good move for them to get more salons using their products.  Continue Reading

CND Shellac Layering Guide Header

CND Shellac is one nail treatment that won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Since launching in 2010, the in-salon treatment has been popular the world over. The shade range continues to increase and that is a popular drawcard, but did you know that you can also layer the shades to create new ones? Last time I posted one of CND’s colour layering guides you all seemed to go crazy for it. It has continuously been one of my most pinned posts since Pinterest came to the masses. However, that was quite some time ago and I feel we are well overdue for some more Shellac colour layering guides. As a special treat, I have 3 brand new guides for you.

Pin them, print them out or bookmark them to take with you to your next Shellac appointment so you can pick a customised shade that you love.  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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