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On Thursday night I went to the Christmas party for Social Diary, an industry website for media and events. Every year it has an awesome dress-up theme and this year it was Wedding Of The Year. You could come as anything related to weddings or marriage. I had sent my RSVP to attend long before I became sick but when it came to the day I wasn’t feeling too well. I was determined to still go because being a full-time blogger means I work alone in my home …. there is no other Christmas party for me!

Coming up with a costume last minute was not ideal. The only thing wedding related I had was my two bridesmaid dresses from the weddings I attended earlier this year. I decided I would go as a trashy bridesmaid (or in Australian terms, a bogan bridesmaid). I am not a makeup artist by any means so I had no idea how I was going to make myself trashy, but after looking up some Google images I felt I had an idea of what to do.

I decided on my pink one-shoulder maxi bridesmaid dress with knee-high black boots and chunky heart shaped plastic rings. I took a packet of gum with me to chew loudly and I borrowed a packet of cigarettes from a friend and put them in my shoulder strap. Now I am going to share how I completed my trashy bridesmaid look with makeup, hair and nails.

The products I used to create my Trashy Bridesmaid look

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Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Revlon … they all do a pretty good job at making beauty products. BUT, I don’t think I have ever been more excited to discover that one brand makes beauty products …. yep, Crayola. If you didn’t grow up using Crayola pens, crayons, pencils and other colouring-in products you had a deprived childhood. I can say that because Crayola was a ‘top-shelf’ brand in my primary school days. It was like the Porsche of colouring-in products (Faber-Castell were the Lambourghini’s). So when I saw The Beauty Delicacy showed this off on her Google Plus page my jaw hit the floor.

Like every good beauty addict blogger, I instantly started hunting down the Crayola range and here is what I have found. I can only find them in the USA (for now). Needless to say, these are all on my shopping list! Continue Reading

I won’t lie. To me, every month is Pink Ribbon month. Early on I started collecting the beautiful little jewels and pins that were released each October in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Why? Because I am a sucker for pink. Alas, this month we really are in Pink Ribbon territory and this year there are some beauty companies who have really out done themselves.

Today I want to share with you the Pink Ribbon products I am loving. These aren’t your regular re-packaged-in-pink moisturiser. These are some of the best pink ribbon releases I have ever seen, and that is saying something.

Great Lengths – Pale and Hot Pink Hair Extensions

Crazy hair colours are so hot right now but getting your hair pink is extremely difficult, especially if you are a brunette. This month Great Lengths, possibly the greatest hair extension company in the world, have released these limited edition pink strands. That means you don’t have to bleach the hell out of your own hair to add a dash of colour.

Official Description: Great Lengths Pale and Hot Pink Limited Edition Hair Extensions are designed to recognise the loss of a woman’s hair during treatment. Great Lengths will donate the $10 from the sale of each extension (which includes both application and future removal) to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

AU $10 per strand (that means 100% goes to NBCF!) from Great Lengths salons. Visit the Great Lengths website for more details.

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Balayage is almost a dirty word in my eyes. The beauty world talk about it so much I feel it has lost all meaning. Not surprisingly, most people don’t even know what Balayage is. I was one of those people until just a few years ago but then I found this article on Primped and it helped me a lot. Once I knew what it was, I was able to make the decision as to whether I liked it or not. Until now, I did not!

In my eyes, I could’t understand why you would bleach the hell out of random parts of their hair when the results could be so hit-or-miss. This slideshow on Primped is a perfect example of the different varieties of ‘Balayage’. I love the Balayage style Ashley Simpson and Sophia Bush had. The question is, would it look any good on me? 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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