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Desert Island Beauty Packing List

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been asked what my desert island beauty picks would be. My answer is always sunscreen. Hands down, it’s the most important because without it we would burn to a crisp, dehydrate and die. But what if you knew you were going to a deserted island for 4 days, with 3 of your friends, a heap of beer and delicious meals? What beauty supplies would you need then? Well, that’s the exact situation I faced when I jetted off to XXXX Island in Queensland.

As a guest of my friend, Helen of SASSYBELLA.com, I was challenged to live the good life for a few days on the XXXX private island along with our friends Sophia of Moulin Frock and Nicole of Confidant Liar. So what the heck do I pack? The battle between the lazy Kimmi and the prepare-for-any-situation Kimmi fought it out to come up with the perfect beauty pack list. These are the crucial items I packed in my suitcase.  Continue Reading

Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair Thermo Leave-in Conditioner

Not too long ago I was trialling a shampoo and conditioner that left my hair extremely dry and damaged. Despite the products stating they were to “repair” already dry hair, I seemed to have had a completely opposite reaction. My hair became so dry and knotty (even while using the conditioner) that not even a Tangle Teezer could get through it. It was upsetting and after 3 or 4 attempts at sticking to the products I decided I needed help from the outside in the form of a leave-in treatment just so I could put my hair into a somewhat presentable state. I had previously tried Goldwell’s Rich Repair shampoo and conditioner samples while travelling and found them to be too rich for my normal hair, so when this damage started occurring I instantly thought back to the Dualsense Rich Repair range as a potential solution.

I reached for the Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair Thermo Leave-In Treatment as a quick spray-in solution. Did it help me? My review tells all.  Continue Reading

August is nearly over but I couldn’t let the month fly by without sharing my favourite new release beauty products that went on sale. It was a big month for new releases, with over 75 new beauty products crossing my desk and for the first time in months I actually have favourites in all beauty categories!

This is going to be a big one so let’s just get straight into it ….  Continue Reading

We all know someone who just loves doing their hair. Male or female, they stand in front of the bathroom mirror for an hour just to style their hair to perfection. To be fair, I can’t really talk because I do just that with my makeup. However, this post is not so much about me as it is for those hair-fanatics we have to buy Christmas presents for.

Here are five gift ideas to suit any budget for the hair obsessor in your life.


You could give someone Katy Perry for Christmas ….. oh no, wait a second, that isn’t right.

ghd Scarlet Collection Deluxe

The newest release from ghd is this limited edition Continue Reading

The Sunsilk Co-Creations brand is continuing to grow and their latest addition release comes from parisian ‘style & length expert’, Teddy Charles. This new range, however, is no Teddy’s first with Sunsilk. In fact, he has previously released two other collections, ‘Plumped Up Volume’ in the green packaging, and ‘Longer and Stronger’ in black packaging. Now Teddy has come out with Frizz and Weather Defence, and I have to say that out of the 3, this one sounds just right for me.

I have fine hair. A lot of it, but it is fine. My hair is completely subject to weather conditions, and it doesn’t take much to turn it frizzy and limp. Living in Sydney means I get to experience multiple climates each week (sometimes even in the one day!), so it would be great to prevent that change before it happens. Let’s see how they went!

Frizz & Weather Defence Shampoo and Conditioner

Easily the first thing I noticed about these are the scent, which is slightly bubblegum-esque. It is a bit sweet but not overwhelming and once you rinse your hair out it is pretty much gone. I love that my hair doesn’t feel dried out after using the shampoo (even with two washes, which is unnecessary unless you have been rolling around in mud) and the conditioner makes my hair easy to comb almost instantly. Afterwards, when my hair is dry, there is a slightly noticeable reduction in frizz.

One thing that annoys me to no end is the packaging of the conditioner. Yes, it looks sleek, but because of the weird shape on the top it can’t be stood with the lid up (and no, it can’t lean against anything either because the bottle is too curved). You may be thinking that is such a lame annoyance, but I have to share my one shower with two other humans and 6 dogs. We don’t have any shelves/racks in the shower so everything has to be placed on the floor. One of those humans is male and works with greasy cars in a warehouse all day, so you can imagine how filthy he is. The last thing I want to think about is all that filth pooling in water around my beauty products, seeping in through the lid and eventually ending up being put in my hair (and don’t think it doesn’t happen, because it does, but I didn’t want to scar you by taking photos). Ye, not a good picture!

If you are blessed to have your own shower, or maybe even a shelf/rack to put your products on, than these products are superb.

The curved top of the conditioner causes me nightmares

Defence Frizz Control Light Cream

This product could be 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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