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Pantone 2013 Emerald Main Image

I always look forward to the big reveal of Pantone’s Colour Of The Year choice. The sweet pink shade of Honeysuckle won the coveted spot in 2011 and I completed a mammoth task to show you some of the beauty products out there already donning the winning shade. Since then the beauty industry has seen the potential in this prestigious recognition of colour and in 2012 Sephora collaborated directly with Pantone to release the Pantone Universe collection in the 2012 Colour Of The Year, Tangerine Tango. For 2013 I am back to my original ways of showing you some of the greatest pieces I have found in the 2013 Colour Of The Year, Emerald.

Emerald can be interpreted in many different ways and even Pantone have shown a diverse selection in their own mood boards. To start this in-depth look at the items you can add to your wardrobe or beauty kit we should learn a bit about Pantone’s decision to choose Emerald.

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It is finally here. December. There is Christmas, Chanukah, end of work functions, New Years Eve and the start of Winter (for the north) and Summer (for the south). It is one of the months we spend the most money all year so it is important to be really savvy if you are on a budget. That is why this months new release favourites are most important. The items I will show you are worth the pennies, in my opinion.

This month we also saw the launch of gift packs for the gift giving season. Rather than filing up this post with all the amazing goodies I have created some gift guides to help you purchase those gifts for your loved ones. I have shared my top beauty items from Sephora and Mecca, and there are fashion & beauty gifts for Australians, Girly Girls and Kris Kringle.

Now to my favourite new products for December. This month I don’t have a lot of items, because as I said this is a time for picking things that are really worth the money. Enjoy! Continue Reading

September. The start of Spring (in Australia) and a very welcome change of temperature, while the northern hemisphere move into fall. It is the time where we switch our wardrobes, makeup, skincare and almost every part of our lives. In beauty, we have seen a big change this time around. September is a big month.

So far I have welcomed 98 new products going on sale this month. It is the most new launches I have seen since starting this series in March but I also believe the most in my entire 2 and a bit years of writing The Plastic Diaries. With this huge number of new beauty products you can bet that creating this months list was awfully difficult. Continue Reading

The newest collection from Australian nail brand, Hello Darling, is Rockcandy. Known to many as the “caviar” manicure, this collection combines the two essential ingredients of the popular manicure into one little neat package. Each nail lacquer in the Rockcandy collection comes with a pot of colour-matched glass microbeads. Today I am showing you the images from the collection and all the nail shades available.

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The month of May seems quieter on the new products front, but I have a sneaking suspicion it is because June will be a big one. But don’t you worry, there are still lots of great products to tickle your fancy this month. The following ones got me jumping for joy.

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Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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