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With 2011 only days away from ending, I wanted to give a quick refresh on our Top 5 beauty blog posts from 2011. These top 5 are purely ranked by statistics, so they are the ones people read the most, not necessarily the ones I or anyone else actually liked the most.

If you are only new to The Plastic Diaries, or new to beauty blogs in general, or maybe have been a long time reader but just so happened to miss the below posts, do have a read because some of them aren’t half bad (I hope!). I am also going to give you an update on any findings, news or simple changes since the original post went live, if applicable.


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Karon McKendrick-Taylor, Educational Manager for OPI Australia

Today I am bringing you the second of my most favourite frequent features, the Brand Profile. If you missed our last one on Benefit Cosmetics check it out here. This time we are taking a look at OPI, and I am just bursting with excitement.

As most of you already know, I am a huge fan of OPI. So much so that I actually dedicated an entire week to the brand! While many of us OPI lovers would like to think we know everything there is to know about the nail industry juggernaut, I like to think there has to be something that we haven’t heard just yet. That is one of the reasons why I like to do these brand profiles, but also to introduce the brand to those who are yet to give it a go.

The blessed soul who coped these questions is none other than Karon McKendrick-Taylor, Educational Manager for OPI Australia.

Who is the OPI Customer?

She could be 4 to 104. OPI is most definitely for the fashion forward but also for the everyday well groomed. More and more it is part of our weekly maintaince to do or have our nails done. If doing them at home or in salon it’s a feel good treat, let’s face it we look at our hands and nails all day as do other people.

What is the brief history behind OPI? Who, why, when it was created.

In 1981 George Schaeffer a former garment manufacturer from New York moved to L.A and bought a dental supply company that he renamed Odontorium Products Inc. When he saw manicurists started buying his dental materials to make artificial nails he left the bridgework business behind but kept the company initials. Schaeffer hired sister-in-law Suzi Weiss-Fischmann to help him run the company which was then in there two-person office taking orders, filling and delivering!

It was in 1989 with Suzi’s forte and passion for fashion, along with the request of beauty professionals around the world, that a line of 30 Nail Lacquer Colours and 6 Nail Treatments were introduced. With quirky names to match brilliant fast drying, chip resistant colour they were and are an instant success.

How is OPI different from other nail polish brands? Why should we try your products?

OPI’s professional heritage has definitely set a high standard for our retail line, if it does not stand up in a salon service and clients are not happy they don’t come back.

OPI lacquer has a huge variety of shades currently over 250; but also the treatments to make them stay on longer, with high gloss and fewer chips and all dry quickly saving time. I believe they are great value for money, as you save drying time, re-do’s and touch ups.

Does OPI reward customer loyalty? (eg. Rewards Program, Gift With Purchases, etc)

You will usually find various promotional packs both in salon and retail. Right now we have Nail Envy, a Natural Nail Strengthener, with a free Cuticle Oil, Dripdry lacquer drying drops and Top coat all available. These do change every other month, so you need to keep an eye open for what’s new.

Original Nail Envy is one of the most famous Nail Strengtheners in the market

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Last Thursday (26 May) we celebrated the wonderful birthday of yours truly, The Plastic Diaries. Yes, we reached the ripe old age of 1. I mentioned to you briefly that today (May 30) I will be celebrating with a big giveaway. For those of you who are regular readers of The Plastic Diaries you may notice that today is the last Monday of the month, which is usually when we have our monthly giveaway, but this month I wanted to honour our 1st birthday by doing something a little different. Instead of giving away just 1 product that I love from the past 30 days, I wanted to do a years worth. This giveaway features products or brands I have mentioned in the past year, whether it had been a review or a special offer, there is a mix of everything.

Why This Giveaway

Before I get into the prizes and competition nitty gritty, I just wanted to say a few quick words. HA! I know, I have never said a ‘few’ or ‘quick’ words in my lifetime, but I will try.

Making it to the 1 year mark for me means a lot. It has been a tiresome, exhausting, crazy and joyful ride that I wouldn’t have changed a minute of. However, how this past year has been for me is of no real importance. This past year has really been about you. Talking to you, sharing with you and having fun with you. More than anything I hope you have learnt something while reading The Plastic Diaries but also had a little fun. Some of you openly express your opinions, via the comments, Twitter or Facebook, and I love every time you do. Others sit there quietly and support me from a far, I love that too.

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Brand new and in stores today is the next OPI collection sure to sell out nationwide!

I have never known of an OPI collection to fail, but since aligning themselves with the biggest new movie releases to date, they really have started to take the world by storm. Well, in my eyes anyway. I would hope to see them get their own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame soon. Continue Reading