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Essie professional LED light

You would think the nail gel market is overflowing but the big wigs at Essie feel otherwise. Despite the competitive market between CND Shellac, Bio Sculpture Bio Gel, Gelish, OPI Gel Color and more, Essie plan to launch their own professional gel service, Essie Gel, this coming October.

Gerald Densk, Essie’s general manager for the professional products division of L’Oréal USA, has told WWD that gels are a growing market and it isn’t something they can afford to ignore. It is obvious to most that Essie is not receiving the same interest from salons as it does from consumers so this could be a good move for them to get more salons using their products.  Continue Reading

Gold Leaf Nail Art

As the northern hemisphere moves in to all things Fall beauty, we will see a much better selection of colours that play well with the official Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald. One of the main colours I am already noticing start to pop up is Antique Gold, closely followed by Old Gold. These two shades aren’t your typical metallic golds so I was inspired to see what we could create in the form of nail art that would incorporate the two. Today I am showing you a 4 fabulous ways with the use of Bio Sculpture gel and lots of additives, but you can recreate these looks with regular nail polish too.

Before I show you the dazzling manicure, let’s take a look at what exactly makes old/antique gold different.

The Colours

Old Gold is a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow.

Antique Gold is a variable color averaging a dark yellow that is greener, lighter, and stronger than mustard.

Pantone Old Gold Antique Gold Swatch Cards

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Bio Sculpture Missoni Nail Art Instagram

I am going to ease back into the working week by showing off my colourful Missoni inspired nail art I was rocking last week. This was a lovely design created by Jackie from Bio Sculpture Australia. I love Bio Sculpture and always love getting a clean coloured nail from their gel, but nail art is something I haven’t played around with much. The first time I experimented with Bio Sculpture nail art was for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2012. This time around I wanted something a little more complicated. With Chevron being such a big theme in nail art right now, I liked the idea of taking it smaller and colourful, and who does that better than Missoni?

Bio Sculpture have also JUST released their brand new 12W LED light, which cures faster than their previous UV light (now only 30 seconds), uses less energy and has emits less UV. This was my first time with the new system and it was very impressive. The new light is also much smaller so it takes up less space at the work station.

Now let’s see the nails …  Continue Reading

CND Sweet Dreams Shellac Collection

I feel like it has been quite sometime since we last saw a new batch of Shellac colours from CND. The last ones I saw were way back in 2011 and I did love those. But if you are eager for some hot new nail hues the wait will be over very soon. Last month CND announced the Sweet Dreams Collection for their smash hit Shellac power polish range. Today I am revealing the collection to you and I would love to know your thoughts on it.  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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