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If you missed last Tuesday’s post about serums, you would have missed me ranting and raving about how important serums are. You definitely should have at least 1 serum as part of your daily skin routine if you are wanting to improve your skin or prevent ageing. Over the weekend (although you may have seen it sneaking up earlier last week) Estée Lauder officially released their newest serum, Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator  into Australia.

From the things Estée Lauder are saying about this new product, it would seem it is less a preventative product and more of a repair product. I am glad Estée Lauder has been honest about this products powers. It is far more realistic to believe that a serum could help repair lacklustre skin tone rather than prevent it from going dull in the future. I think we all know by now that the key to preventing bad skin tone (as well as many other things) is using a good sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF protection.

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What I Say ….

  • The packaging is typical Estée Lauder. Classy, not too fancy, pretty and simple.
  • It comes with a Continue Reading
Last weekend we got a fabulous article request via Facebook from Natalie, a loyal reader. This same Natalie was one of the first readers to request a Bio Sculpture VS CND Shellac review, so clearly she comes up with some winners. 

Makeup primers are a funny topic. It seems like everyday there is a brand new one released from another makeup or skincare brand, all boasting new and wonderful things. If you asked me 10 years ago what a makeup primer was I would have shrugged (and then googled it so I could buy it. Hello, the word makeup is in it!). Would you have been the same? What about, are you there right now? Let’s clear up the basics first.

What Is A Makeup Primer

The core purpose of a makeup primer is to smooth fine lines and create an even surface on your skin before applying makeup. It is commonly applied after your final skincare product (which should be moisturiser or sunscreen) and before any makeup (usually concealer or foundation). 

These days there are many variations of makeup primer. Some combine multiple purposes like coloured tints, moisturiser or even SPF. You can also now get primers for specific purposes such as eyeshadow or lip priming, which makes the makeup adhere better to the skin and amplify the colours.

Most primers contain any number of ingredients, with the most common being polymers, waxes and silicones. While these ingredients are often things many avoid in their make-up, they do have some benefits. For example, they are great at filling in gaps and can reduce the size and visibility of pores. Some ingredients also have the ability to bond with makeup which means your look will last longer. Who doesn’t love that?

 

My Thoughts On Primers

My belief is that if you have anything but flawless skin, you need a primer. The key to good make-up application often comes down to 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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