Posts in Pantone

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid

Trends chop and change just like the weather and keeping up with them is quite the challenge. But thanks to Pantone, we can always count on a special colour to keep us feeling trendy in more ways than just fashion and beauty.

When Pantone announced that the long anticipated colour of the year for 2014 would be none other than the stunning Radiant Orchid, we could not wait to seek out the many different ways in which this captivating, magical, enigmatic purple could be incorporated into our lives. We certainly had a field day with Emerald, Pantone’s colour of the year in 2013, which made its splash for being associated with sophistication and luxury. Nevertheless, Radiant Orchid proves to have just as much vibrancy and versatility as it reaches all facets of the design, fashion and beauty world one hue of purple at a time. 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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New Release Beauty Favourites Jan 2013

I find January can either be a slow month for new releases or a crazy jam packed month. This year, I am finding it a little quiet so picking my favourites from the bunch were a little easier. The biggest category is definitely colour, with lots of new nail polish and makeup lines to keep you drowning in a rainbow coloured pool.

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Pantone 2013 Emerald Main Image

I always look forward to the big reveal of Pantone’s Colour Of The Year choice. The sweet pink shade of Honeysuckle won the coveted spot in 2011 and I completed a mammoth task to show you some of the beauty products out there already donning the winning shade. Since then the beauty industry has seen the potential in this prestigious recognition of colour and in 2012 Sephora collaborated directly with Pantone to release the Pantone Universe collection in the 2012 Colour Of The Year, Tangerine Tango. For 2013 I am back to my original ways of showing you some of the greatest pieces I have found in the 2013 Colour Of The Year, Emerald.

Emerald can be interpreted in many different ways and even Pantone have shown a diverse selection in their own mood boards. To start this in-depth look at the items you can add to your wardrobe or beauty kit we should learn a bit about Pantone’s decision to choose Emerald.

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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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