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Lush Cosmetics 2014 Holiday Collection

The holiday season has all but commenced and that’s a special time in a beauty lovers life. It’s a time when limited edition products an generous gift sets take pride of place and beauty consumers go crazy for all the pretty, shiny things (especially me!). One brand that always nails the joy of the holiday season is Lush Cosmetics. Their eco-friendly, cruelty-free, all vegetarian (and majority vegan), lovingly-made products bring a sense of relaxation and child-like innocence to a time that is usually so greedy.

Whether you’re looking for great gift ideas or simply need to treat yourself during this hectic time, my top 12 picks (in no particular order) from the Lush Holiday range will have something you’ll love. I’m focusing on 12 individual products but they also have amazing sets available in-store and online if you want to pick up an impressive gift pack. Continue Reading

Best Hand Wash and Cleansers

Clean hands are more important than you may realise. We learn about cleaning our hands as a way to avoid germs making us sick, but did you know that dirty hands could also be causing your bad skin? Today, try to pay attention to how many times you touch your face. We do it subconsciously and it’s relatively harmless, unless you struggle with breakouts and blackheads.

Everytime we touch our face we transfer oils, germs and bacteria from our fingers to our fragile skin. When you have large, open pores the nasties you deliver to your skin will sit in there and make themselves at home. Avoiding this outcome can be as simple as having clean hands. Don’t worry though, clean hands can now be an enjoyable beauty experience as well because now we have some delectably hand cleansers to brighten things up. Here are some of the ones I’m currently using.  Continue Reading

Seasonal Multidraw Competitions - Autumn 2013

A brisk chill has swept over Australia as summer has walked away leaving Autumn to take over. For our friends up north they have Spring coming into bloom as they wave goodbye to the icy winter. Autumn is my favourite season because it is the most comfortable in my opinion (and my birthday is in Autumn!) so I hope I can make some lucky winners just as comfy this season.

Thanks to a bunch of our partners and my very own bank account we have 14 wonderful prizes to giveaway, with a total prize pool of over $889. We have fashion, beauty and lifestyle goodies up for grabs and you can only win them here. Let’s see what I have for you this season: Continue Reading

Woman Itchy Skin

Summer can cause havoc for those who suffer from itchy skin. It is usually my most hated affliction but I have found a few products  that have really helped me this summer and I want to share them with you today.

Itchy skin can be caused by many things. Environmental allergies, irritants in beauty products, food allergies and much more. I have never found out what causes my on-off itchy skin but what I do know is that taking an antihistamine doesn’t always work. I did work out some time ago that most products with Lavender creates havoc for my allergies but other than that I haven’t had much luck … until I started using the following products.  Continue Reading

Necessity Fixaderm Natural Skin Repair

One of my most hated things about Summer would have to be Mosquito’s. I am not exactly a fan of any bug but Mosquito’s are one of the worst because they cause damage to our skin. The suck out our precious blood and they don’t even bother to make themselves look like Ian Somerhalder to do it. For shame. However, I don’t really like to kill bugs either so I am a fan of repelling. I use insect repellant as much as possible but it is usually in my sleep (when I can’t reapply repellant) that I become a food source for Mosquito’s. Since discovering Fixaderm by Necessity, it hasn’t bothered me too much and I will tell you all why.

Fixaderm is marketed as a natural wound healer for skin irritations such as rashes, cracked skin, chapped skin, minor cuts and abrasions, minor burns, sunburn, chafing and best of all …. insect bites and stings. Luckily I have had none of the other skin problems since discovering Fixaderm but for insect bites I was happily going to put it to the test. After a month of summertime use, here is my review.  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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