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New Release Beauty Favourites August 2013

*BLINK* Did you see that? I think it was August. It just flew right past my face! It has been a jam packed month for me with the Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo taking place, as well as a calendar full of beauty launches and media events. I have played my way through nearly 175 new products that launched in August, and that is excluding the fabulous new products I discovered at the expo. As always it was incredibly difficult to pick out the products that truly captured my attention. I have to say the month of August really did show off just how innovative the beauty market really is.

I hope you find something new to discover in this months best new beauty product launches. Continue Reading

I have been holding off these images for a little while because I wanted to wait till a more appropriate time. I have decided today is that day. Back in August when I visited Cosmoprof North America, I got a sneak peek at some of the Halloween launches from nail brands China Glaze and Color Club. Today I am going to show you the photos I snapped.

China Glaze – Haunting Collection

The size piece collection released by China Glaze for Halloween 2011 had me mighty excited. I really didn’t see this coming but the one that got me most excited was the presence of a Glow-In-The-Dark lacquer.

Counter display of individual bottles and the mini 4-pack

Colours:

Seeing as though I haven’t been able to afford my beloved Bio Sculpture Gel nails in a while, my nails have decided to return to their bad behaviour. Flaking, Chipping and tearing are all back in my life with a vengeance.

I have always had pretty crappy nails in regards to being weak and flaking, but the tearing is only something that has started over the past couple years (at the most). If you haven’t experienced nail tearing, or don’t even know what it is, than you are a very lucky person. For me, tearing usually happens about half way down my nail and begins with a tiny little slit right on the side. As I go about my daily chores the nail starts to split more and more until eventually there is a little bit sticking up that catches on everything. That is when the real pain begins.

I am not able to do my hair, I am not able to touch any knitted fabric … actually any fabric for that matter. Basically anything that has ‘strands’ is totally off limits. Why? Because my tiny little torn nail catches and starts to rip. And yes, rip is the right word. My only option is to keep a bandaid taped over my nail until it has grown to a length where I can actually cut it off. Then it takes some tricky work using a nail file, nail scissors and nail clippers to get the torn part cut off without loosing my entire fingernail. This is usually how my thumb looks ….

Say hello to my forever short and stubby thumb nail

Many nail treatments do nothing for ‘flaking’ and nail strengtheners haven’t been the most successful with my nails. Despite this, I wanted to try Orly’s Nailtrition because I have liked some of their other products. Continue Reading

Some would argue that a topcoat is more important than the formula of the nail polish colour
you choose to adorn. I am right on the fence with this one. I guess I don’t really believe that one topcoat can be so good that even the crappiest, flakiest nail polish wouldn’t succumb to chipping. Despite my beliefs, I am always on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ topcoat. After having such success with the Orly Bonder basecoat, I wondered if Orly could wow me again.

According to Orly, Polishield is a wonder 3-in-1 product. It boasts the capabilities of being quick drying, long lasting, resistant to fading, resistant to shattering and leaving a high-gloss finish. I was bad at maths but wouldn’t that make it a 5-in-1? 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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