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It has been a little while since I shared a haul from my trip to the US of A a few months back. Terribly sorry. I hope you liked the jewellery though. I have been wearing the stuff like crazy but I still need some help on styling it. Anyway, this post is not about jewellery. This post is about my fat ass … and tummy, back and legs.

Last week I showed you my current body shape. Over the last few months, while this body shape was developing, I started to feel the need for some controlling undergarments ….. in other words, SPANX.

What Are Spanx

Ultimately, Spanx are undergarments that you wear under your clothes. The difference between Spanx and regular slips or tanks, is that these are all about controlling the bulge. They work similar to the control-top you can find on pantyhose, but they are stronger, tougher and more wearable.

It doesn’t matter if you are fat or thin, Spanx are designed to slim the sillouhette. That means, no visible bulge lines, bra lines, panty lines, etc.

Spanx Originals – The Power Panties

My Wishlist

I have wanted to buy into the Spanx craze for ages. I heard so much about them, and having experienced similar products by Nancy Ganz as a skinny girl, I figured they would work well for me as a curvy girl.

I briefly looked in David Jones, one of the Australian retailers, but there was a lot to choose from and I just didn’t have the time or patience to deal with it. I figured I would put it off until I was in the US where I actually had some down time.

I knew I wanted a dress/slip style and a top/tank style. Here is what I came home with.  Continue Reading

To inflame my renewed admiration for Napoleon Perdis cosmetics, the brand have released two more products. I should actually correct myself and say 1 item is actually a re-release but as I have never owned it before I will just pretend it is brand new. That’s fair, right?

Ok so what we are looking at today are baked powders, one is a bronzer and one is a blusher. Personally I am not too familiar with baked powders, in fact I had only heard the term about 9 months ago, but if I were to judge the whole idea of them based on just these Napoleon ones, I would say I LOVE THEM. Yes, that doesn’t tell us much does it?

Bronze Patrol and Blush Patrol in new packaging

What Are Baked Powders?

After some googling to find out what baked powders really are, I came across this great article on Makeup.com. It is from last year but I am still pretty sure nothing has changed since then.

In summary, the differences come down to the following: Continue Reading

If you are a reality TV lover than there is no doubt you saw the devastating series final of Australia’s Next Top Model. Like a typical narcissist I loved every second of it. Honestly, I didn’t really care who won but I thought Amanda definitely had the right mix of commercial modelling and runway skills. There, that is my 2 cents worth.

ChapStick seem to like Amanda’s commercial look as well, so they have just announced her appointment as their official campaign face for 2011. I think it is a great match for the 20 year old because it is a realistic alignment. In my opinion the worst thing you can do with celebrity endorsements, or ambassadorships, is to pair a product with a person you know would never use it. For example, if Celebrity Slim came out with Amanda being their ambassador that would just be ridiculous, but they have Ricki-Lee Coulter (and after seeing her at RAFW last month may I say she is looking damn fine!!) which is a perfect match. Point is, I totally see Amanda using the ChapStick products and it does inspire me to want to try them. After all, isn’t that what celebrity endorsements are about?

The official quote from Amanda in regards to this campaign Continue Reading

The one thing that really stood out to me at the Alice McCall Spring-Summer collection recently shown at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week was all the sexy legs. Ok obviously the models are long, lean and thin but I was more surprised at the actual skin texture. Having been backstage at quite a few shows, it was funny to see that some of the models still went down the runway with visible fine white hairs on their legs.
Clearly this is something that is accepted in some peoples world, but in mine it is not. Yes, ok, throw things, yell at me, go ahead. While I totally admit it would be easier to not have to ever worry about hair removal and just go ‘naturale’, I personally think seeing a girl in a kicking dress with silky soft legs is more pleasant on my eyes than seeing the same girl with a kicking dress with furry dark-haired legs.

It would seem Alice McCall felt the same way as I, and made sure all her models had fluff-free legs to show off her adorable mini dresses. Veet came to her rescue by offering up Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips and Alice seemed pleased

“It’s always important to have our girls looking perfectly groomed to showcase the collection. Having the girls with beautifully smooth legs courtesy of Veet is essential grooming that gives them that extra air of confidence to take to the runway today. ”

I personally think it was a great match because the Veet Easy Wax Strips are quick, easy and mess free. Plus, the Suprem-Essence range has essential oils in the formula to help ease irritation and keep the legs smooth.

While backstage I pulled aside one of the Veet ladies and asked how you beautiful ladies can get ‘runway legs’. They offered up these tips:
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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

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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