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Sephora Australia store photos

Sephora’s Australian store opening in Sydney was the biggest thing to happen to Australian beauty fans this year. It was a highly anticipated and despite a lot of negativity from some of the online community overall the launch was a massive success. The majority of people are happy or accepting of the pricing but with a lot of the final brand details withheld until opening day, I haven’t been able to give you a run-down of the brands and products that impressed me most. That changes today!

This is your guide to the must-view, must-play and must-buy brands and products available at Sephora Australia.  Continue Reading

Sephora Australia Price Lists

Sephora Australia open their first store in Sydney this Friday, that’s just 2 days away! I’ve shared with you lots of exclusive snoops since the news broke they were opening a store here, and most recently all the Sephora Sydney opening day information but the one thing I haven’t shared is the price lists. Today, I’m breaking the silence.

We were told Sephora would be keeping prices comparable to their US pricing but no one has actually shared the pricing in detail. Price lists for the brands Sephora Australia will be carrying were distributed to media quite sometime ago but I’m publishing the pricing of the most in-demand products and brands now so you can go in on opening weekend and know exactly what you want to get. My pricing list shows the Sephora Australia recommended retail price in AUD. Continue Reading

Sephora Best Buys

If there were just one minority of people who knew how to expertly shop for beauty products it would have to be beauty bloggers. I’m heading to the USA soon and it’s been a long time since I stepped foot in my beloved beauty store, Sephora. By now I thought Sephora would be shipping to Australia but as we know, that isn’t happening. To assist me in preparing a shopping list I called on my fellow beauty bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition to tell me which one product they deemed an essential Sephora purchase.  Continue Reading

Illamasqua Im The One Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us tomorrow but whether you care about it or not, celebrate it or not, there is no reason you can’t have a little fun. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to whip out your romantic makeup or your vixen alter ego. Personally I opt for vixen so I was over the moon when I saw this sexy scarlet red collection from Illamasqua.

I’m The One is a collection that rings true to my own beliefs – I’m my perfect match. It is only made more perfect by including 4 to-die-for reds that will spice up your life. Take a closer look at this collection and try not too drool on your keyboard.  Continue Reading

CLEO SWIM 2013Beauty How-To

The annual CLEO Swimsuit party has been the official launch of summer in Sydney for a good decade or so. The guest list reads like a roll call of hot, young, trendy Sydney-siders who this year flocked to The Bucket List at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach to check out the swimsuit parade. The place was filled with the who’s who of the Sydney social scene – Nikki Phillips, Kate Peck, Laura Dundovic, Luke Jacobz, Rochelle Fox and Laura Enever to name a few. How I managed to end up on the invite list baffles me but nevertheless I was excited to get down there because Napoleon Perdis were in-charge of creating the beauty looks for the models.

The models (including Australia’s Next Top Model 2013 runner-ups Shanali and Duckie) donned the new swimsuit collection from Billabong, which happened to be some of the cutest (and smallest) pieces of fabric I have ever seen, but it was the casual radiance the models exhibited that had me interested. Their hot summer tans were courtesy of Le Tan so it was great to see that a good tan doesn’t have to come from the sun. But their makeup stood out to me because it was hard to tell they were actually wearing makeup, they just looked naturally flawless, happy and glowing – and isn’t that how we all want to look during summer?

I grabbed makeup artist in charge, Anna Papadopoulos, to give us the step-by-step for recreating this look. 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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