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Desert Island Beauty Packing List

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been asked what my desert island beauty picks would be. My answer is always sunscreen. Hands down, it’s the most important because without it we would burn to a crisp, dehydrate and die. But what if you knew you were going to a deserted island for 4 days, with 3 of your friends, a heap of beer and delicious meals? What beauty supplies would you need then? Well, that’s the exact situation I faced when I jetted off to XXXX Island in Queensland.

As a guest of my friend, Helen of SASSYBELLA.com, I was challenged to live the good life for a few days on the XXXX private island along with our friends Sophia of Moulin Frock and Nicole of Confidant Liar. So what the heck do I pack? The battle between the lazy Kimmi and the prepare-for-any-situation Kimmi fought it out to come up with the perfect beauty pack list. These are the crucial items I packed in my suitcase.  Continue Reading

Necessity Fixaderm Natural Skin Repair

One of my most hated things about Summer would have to be Mosquito’s. I am not exactly a fan of any bug but Mosquito’s are one of the worst because they cause damage to our skin. The suck out our precious blood and they don’t even bother to make themselves look like Ian Somerhalder to do it. For shame. However, I don’t really like to kill bugs either so I am a fan of repelling. I use insect repellant as much as possible but it is usually in my sleep (when I can’t reapply repellant) that I become a food source for Mosquito’s. Since discovering Fixaderm by Necessity, it hasn’t bothered me too much and I will tell you all why.

Fixaderm is marketed as a natural wound healer for skin irritations such as rashes, cracked skin, chapped skin, minor cuts and abrasions, minor burns, sunburn, chafing and best of all …. insect bites and stings. Luckily I have had none of the other skin problems since discovering Fixaderm but for insect bites I was happily going to put it to the test. After a month of summertime use, here is my review.  Continue Reading

Today I want to introduce you to Courtney from the beauty blog Phyrra. If you haven’t already come across her blog than I think this guest post will give you just a tiny glimpse of how amazing she is. I call her the Makeup Tutorial Queen because her skill with multi-coloured eye looks never fails to leave me in awe. Courtney is an avid supporter of cruelty-free and indie brands, and if you want to know anything about the Indie sector she will have the answers for you. I hope you enjoy this post as she introduces us all (myself included!) to two Australian indie beauty brands.  Continue Reading

Recently I have been thinking about dying my hair back to blonde. I haven’t been blonde for a few years and I am definitely in need of a change. My world has changed so much over the past 2 years and I feel like I need something new to reflect the good point I am at in my life. Only problem is, I really don’t carry blonde all that well (in my opinion). Before I make any rash decisions I wanted to consult a professional, so I asked Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards 2011 Colour Technician of the Year (and he is up for the 2012 gong too!), Matt Clements from Assembly Hair in Queensland, for his essential brown to blonde advice.

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If you have a friend or family member that is vegetarian or vegan, you probably know how hard it is for them to go to a restaurant or just purchase something up without asking 10 questions. When it comes to Christmas presents, the difficulty is transferred to the gift givers. What on earth can you buy them?

Today’s holiday gift guide is just for those who are not sure what to get for a vegetarian or vegan. The brands included in this post all strive for an animal cruelty free world and they all have a very dear place in my heart because of it. Even if you aren’t buying a gift for a vegetarian/vegan, do consider these fabulous options.

 

Urban Decay – Vegan Palette

Over half of Urban Decay’s cosmetic line is vegan but this palette is the 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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