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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

Skincare Application Video Tutorial

Learning how to apply your skincare products is an important part of looking after yourself. Not all products should be applied in the same way and unless you were instructed on how to apply the products you’re using, you may actually be assisting your skin to form lines or lose elasticity at a faster rate. This is why I’ve created a quick video tutorial on how to apply skincare products.   Continue Reading

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Powder

Eyebrows are a current trend that are demanding a lot of attention, but having well-kept brows isn’t a new thing entirely. Whether it had been the pencil thin, straight brows of the 1920’s or the out-of-control bush of the 1980’s brows have always been a defining part of our face.

Admittedly, I didn’t realise how important eyebrows were until my twenties. I actually think I verged on having a monobrow at one stage in my early pre-teen years. But none of us have an excuse to ignore our brows now that the likes of Cara Delevingne has them plastered everywhere. Today I’m not going to carry on about how important groomed brows are (you can see my many posts brows), instead I’m just going to show you what difference can be made with a little product and a couple of tools.  Continue Reading

Day to Night Makeup Tutorial

This post is sponsored by Uniformdating.com

Did you know that Australia is a nation of uniform lovers? A recent survey by Uniformdating.com found 82% of Aussies would consider entering into a relationship with a man or woman in uniform – and of course we would, they’re not only sexy but they are heroes. They are the nurses who treat us when we are sick, the flight attendants who will save our lives if our plane loses an engine and we plummet from the sky, the lifeguards who drag tourists from the water at Bondi Beach who didn’t realise you need to know how to swim. Many of my friends work uniform jobs and the one common complaint I hear amongst them is that the thing they least feel like doing after working a 10-12hour shift is dressing up and going out to meet and mingle at a bar to find a partner.

I may not be able to help you find a hot date – that’s what Uniformdating.com do, my matchmaking skills are shocking – but I can help you once you have lined up a date with a uniformed hottie. The majority of my uniformed friends are nurses, doctors, paramedics and army personnel. They work tough jobs and have to keep their beauty look functional – hair off the face, no flamboyant colours, etc. With this in mind I’ve created a quick makeup tutorial for the gorgeous ladies who are going from the end of a long shift out to meet their date. These simple tricks will turn your conservative life-saving look into smoking-hot, may-need-to-call-another-uniformed-hero show stopper.  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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