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One of my favourite things to do as a child when I visited my late grandmother as a child was look through her big dressing table at all the old and delicate beauty bits she had. She didn’t really collect or keep many things but she had some small perfume bottles that kept me mesmerised. In later years when my interest in cosmetics grew, my mother would tell me about all the cosmetics they had when she was a teenager. I would always comment that I wish there was some still around for me to see.

The one thing I will always find fascinating with cosmetics is their history, and recently I was lucky enough to get a glimpse at some pictures of Bourjois cosmetics products over the years. I just had to share them with you because I think they are ingenious and I wish some of them were still on sale, even if they were completely impractical. Continue Reading

Getting a flawless finish with makeup is not so easy, even for many seasoned professional makeup artists. As I have always said, the best way to get flawless makeup is with a flawless canvas, but we can’t all be blessed with the skin of Emma Stone (damn her milky clear skin!). Laura Mercier is a makeup brand that believes all good makeup starts with flawless base makeup, so their complexion products are some of the best in the business.

Today I am going to show you my attempt at creating the ‘Flawless Face’ as per Laura Mercier’s 4-step technique. Continue Reading

 

On Wednesday 30th May, The USA will be treated to a very special Snow White and the Huntsman event on HSN. For those of you who don’t know what HSN is, it stands for Home Shopping Network, and it is one of the greatest home shopping companies in the world. In Australia we have TVSN and the UK have QVC. Well, the USA are lucky enough to have HSN and QVC. Spoilt!

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some of the awesome products that ybf have created for this new movie, starring that chick from Twilight that shows no emotion … Kristen Stewart! It also stars Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth who are far more pleasant to look at. Apologies for anyone who likes Kristen. I am sure she is a lovely girl.

I love fairy tales but I love them even more when they are brought to life in the form of beauty products. I don’t know if I will like the movie, but I will definitely like these cuties!

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On Monday I let you in on what I got up to while running around at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. One thing I promised to bring you was more details on make-up extraordinaire, Terry Barber.

So, who is Terry Barber? Officially, he is the UK Director of Make-Up Artistry for MAC. Unofficially, he is a world class, wicked make-up artist who creates looks backstage at fashion shows all over the globe. The man has talent, and he knows how to use it.

I was lucky enough to have crossed paths with him backstage at the Stolen Girlfriends Club show during RAFW. The task he was given was no easy feat, as he had two VERY different looks to create, but he did so perfectly. You will be able to read more about it over at Sassybella this week, so make sure you hop over and keep an eye out.

As I was saying, Terry is talented, but in order to help the women of Australia compile the correct products for their own beauty kit, Terry selected 5 must-have items to share with us. Here they are along with my own personal opinion of them.

Terry's Essentials

Studio Careblend / Pressed Powder

US $23 / UK £17.50

MAC Says: Formulated to provide a smooth, virtually invisible, fresh-looking finish, this soft, cream-like powder is carefully blended to provide the skin with extra care, nourishment and comfort.

I Say: The colour I have is Medium Dark which I thought would be WAY to dark for me, however it surprisingly isn’t that noticeable. Maybe I am using too little or my eyesight is broken, but it actually finishes of my make-up quite nicely and you can’t see the colour. The powder is silky smooth and it doesn’t sit in creases or get that dry-flaky look. One thing I don’t like is the basic powder puff that it comes with, but let’s be honest and say if you are using MAC you would have some proper tools at hand. I personally like to use a much bigger fluffy puff.

Cremeblend Blush

AU $40 / US $19.50 / UK £17

MAC Says: A poured cream blush uniquely formulated to bring a natural, softly dewy look to the cheek. Creamy and soft to apply, yet colour, depth and dimension stay throughout the day. Provides a luxuriously smooth, medium-buildable coverage. May be used on cheeks or lips.

I Say: Generally I am scared of creamy blushes because I am fair skinned and I have a rough hand (I always over apply). I am loving this blush in ‘Something Special’ because it is so easy Continue Reading

I used to be a real lazy bum when it came to painting my nails. I thought 2-3 coats of lacquer was all I needed, and then I would moan when it chipped or cracked. Over the last few months I have been experimenting with base coats and top coats, which now I would never go without, but it wasn’t easy finding one I liked.

When I came across this Orly base coat I really liked the sound of it. The name alone, Bonder, sounds exactly like what I was looking for. Something to bond my nails to the lacquer. 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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