Posts in Shower Gel

L'Occitane Verbena Verveine Fresh Shower Gel

Do you like to save a special scent for a time you think it’s more suited? I know, that sounds ridiculous. It’s something I never would have imagined I would do but when I first smelt the limited edition Verbena Fresh Shower Gel back in January I knew it was a perfect Spring/Summer scent for me. I’m not much of a florals and flowers girl, so the sweet, fresh, citrusy scent was exactly what I wanted during Spring. That meant that I had to stash away this product until just recently but now having used it for a couple of months I can definitely say the wait was worth it and the scent is just as I had hoped. So how did it perform as a shower gel? Let me tell you!  Continue Reading

Lush Cosmetics 2014 Holiday Collection

The holiday season has all but commenced and that’s a special time in a beauty lovers life. It’s a time when limited edition products an generous gift sets take pride of place and beauty consumers go crazy for all the pretty, shiny things (especially me!). One brand that always nails the joy of the holiday season is Lush Cosmetics. Their eco-friendly, cruelty-free, all vegetarian (and majority vegan), lovingly-made products bring a sense of relaxation and child-like innocence to a time that is usually so greedy.

Whether you’re looking for great gift ideas or simply need to treat yourself during this hectic time, my top 12 picks (in no particular order) from the Lush Holiday range will have something you’ll love. I’m focusing on 12 individual products but they also have amazing sets available in-store and online if you want to pick up an impressive gift pack. Continue Reading

Premium Spa Frangipani Body Wash

Sometimes a girl needs to feel like she can have a spa moment without going to the spa. Lately i’ve been feeling like I need that every morning. My stress levels have been ridiculously high and the only time I feel like I can relax for a minute (or 10) is my morning shower. When Premium Spa introduced me to their incredibly affordable line of spa-inspired body products I could quickly relate to their idea of making spa moments and every day thing.

I started off trialling their theory with the Frangipani & Coconut Body Wash because it sounds like a summer island holiday in a bottle. Considering it’s a blistering winter in Australia right now the possibility of a summer island holiday was incredibly appealing, even if it was only in my shower. Let me share how it turned out.  Continue Reading

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Christmas can be a depressing time of year if you think about all the waste and consumerism, but it’s also a happy time of year and gift giving can be lots of fun. I like to think that a good way to take the sting out of Christmas & the holidays is by giving a gift of kindness, and in the beauty realm that can be done by choosing gifts that don’t use any animal products, or aren’t tested on animals, or simply contributed profits to charity. It would be great if we saw these options become more popular but for now the offering from a few select brands gives us more than what we need to bring some joy to our loved ones lives.

I have curated a list of my favourite cruelty-free, vegan or supporting charity gift ideas.  Continue Reading

Appelles Apothecary Delivery Box

Appelles is a brand I had not heard about previously but when a delivery from them recently landed on my desk I noticed a sudden shift in my office environment. A delightful fragrance filled the air, the mood was lifted and I had a sudden urge to sink into a deep bath tub for a warm nap. This was all before I even opened the box. I wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous goods I will trying out AND there is a special offer exclusive to The Plastic Diaries readers.

Who Are Appelles?

Before I show you the products, you have to know a few things about Appelles Apothecary that I think are important. All Appelles products are Australian designed and owned, this is important for our little country because very few things are made here using our wonderful natural resources. It wasn’t something I cared much about previously but the more I learn about how cosmetics are made the more interested I am in using locally sourced products.

Further more, the products are made using biodegradable ingredients; they use native Australian oil blends; not tested on animals; are paraben free; plastic packaging is 100% biodegradable using Ecopure products; and finally, all packaging is fully recyclable, environmentally friendly and printed using biodegradable soy-based inks. What all that comes down to is these products are just as good for the environment as they are for you. I am not a hippy but I do lean to the green side and all this makes me feel really good about using these products. Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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