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Holiday 2016 Beauty Hair Gifts

The gift of good hair. Doesn’t that just sound like an amazing gift you’d love to receive? Whether you gift it to yourself or give it to a loved one, amazing hair is a gift greatly appreciated. Whether it be healthy haircare products, creative styling tools or glamorous hair accessories you’ll find no shortage of options for beautiful locks.

I’ve gathered some of my favourite options for giving good hair below.  Continue Reading

Beauty Sample Box gift idea tutorial

A thoughtful gift is always the best kind of gift to give and receive. It shows a person that you really have thought about them, what they like and what would bring them joy. One of my go-to gift ideas for special occasions and the holidays is to assemble gift bags or gift boxes containing little bits and pieces the person will like. In 2011 I showed you my DIY Mother’s Day gift bag but after seeing Kendra of Citizen of Beauty share her cute Christmas gift idea I thought I should give you an update on what I’ve been doing currently.

I have a lot of girlfriends who don’t really keep up with the latest and greatest in beauty (if only they had a friend who wrote a blog about it!) so I take the opportunity to introduce them to awesome new products with my DIY beauty box gifts. Assembling something personal for them becomes less about dollar value and more about the time and thought you spent on them. While I was wrapping one up for a friend, I thought I would share with you exactly how to create one.  Continue Reading

Best new beauty products of November 2014

I don’t want to point it out but guys, it’s the end of November already. Can you smell Christmas? Can you hear those New Years fireworks? They are right around the corner so before the madness ensues I want to show you some of my new favourite products to end the season.

November isn’t a key time for product launches but I still had 31 new beauties land on my desk, most of which were colour cosmetics and nail collections. The change of season is the perfect time to get yourself some new colourful toys to use over the festive season and with Black Friday/Cyber Monday coming up, you’ll probably be able to get them a lot cheaper. Oh and don’t forget to check back for our ultimate sale shopping guides for the big weekend! Continue Reading

The Parcel Beauty Box Spring

The beauty subscription box scene has been shaken up this season with the arrival of Marie Claire’s The Parcel. This new beauty box service is promising to deliver the best beauty edit, selected by Marie Claire’s own editors, right to your front door. It’s the editor-approved curated beauty box and there’s no jealousy because everyone gets the same products, but does it contain anything good?

I videoed my unboxing of the very first limited edition box, the Spring edit, and below I have a review of each product included. Will you want to subscribe after seeing this? Have a look!  Continue Reading

NYFW Beauty Products

You saw what I took in my beauty bag to New York Fashion Week but what about my makeup bag? Picking which makeup I take away with me is definitely the hardest task I have to face when travelling. It would be like choosing which one of your kids gets to travel with you, except the criteria I look at for my choices comes down to versatility, reliability and proven success at making me look good. Rarely will I take a makeup product that I’ve never used before because I don’t have the room to take more than one of each item …. except for lipstick of course. And eyeshadows. And lashes.

As I did with my beauty bag, I try to take miniature and deluxe sized samples where possible and palettes for items where I need a choice of a few colours, excluding lipsticks because I usually need to carry the lipstick around with me all day for touch-ups.

Without further ado, here’s the makeup that landed in my suitcase.  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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