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OPI Gel Color Alpine Snow Swatch

Picking a nail colour that had to last me through moving house, overseas travel and a week of business events was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made all year. I always get a gel-polish or gel manicure before I travel or do anything labour intensive because it keeps my nails protected, but the addition of attending lots of business meetings meant I had to carefully consider the colour choice. Red is a fail safe option (especially Big Apple Red) but this time I wanted something a little more fashion forward while still keeping true to my classic sense of style. The answer: White.  Continue Reading

Glam Manicare Express Nail Art Pens Pink Silver

I have been really getting into the nail art craze lately but the problem is I am so beginner that I just can’t do the complicated stuff. I look at the amazing things people create and I wish I had just a fraction of their talent. Unfortunately I don’t, but that isn’t going to stop me from trying. All I need is some nifty nail art tools that help the less-talented such as myself. Manicare have released a new nail product that they say will make nail art easy for any skill level, so I was eager to try it out. Their new Express! 3-in-1 Nail Art Pens caught my attention in February but have they lived up to the hype? Find out with this review and see my attempt at a dotted nail art manicure.  Continue Reading

How To Remove Gel Nails Header

 

Like most women, I love going to the nail salon to get my gel nails applied but when it comes time to removing them I can never be bothered going back just to have someone else take them off. Removing them DIY at home can be risky because that is when damage to the nail is more likely to occur, however, if you do it correctly you can keep your nice long new nails without any tears. Today I am going to share my tutorial on how I remove my Bio Sculpture gel nails at home, and I will be doing it to the awesome Missoni inspired gel NOTD. This technique can be applied to any gel nails, shellac, gel-polish hybrids and to even remove glitter nail polish (life saver!!).  Continue Reading

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Purple Ombre Nails

The new and improved Complete Salon Manicure by Sally Hansen made my list of new launch favourites in February. Since then I have been playing around with the overwhelming 42 new shades and have my first ombre NOTD to show you. Of course I chose to go with my favourite colour, purple, but there were so many choices it was hard to pick. Being my first ombre manicure attempt (and I did it in a rush) I think it could have gone better so I am going to distract you from my crappy paint job with a comprehensive review of the new line.  Continue Reading

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

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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