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Beauty Blog Coalition Online Shopping Tips

If there were just one minority of people who knew how to expertly shop online it would have to be bloggers. And if we were to narrow it down further, fashion and beauty bloggers would definitely be the most savvy shoppers of them all. As we prepare for the Boxing Day sales and New Year shopping madness I asked my fellow beauty bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition to provide their best tips for online shopping.

Bookmark this post, write a to-do list and prepare yourself because you will never shop online the same way again. But before we get into the tips from the other fabulous bloggers, let me share some of my own:  Continue Reading

Lush Cosmetics Campaign Cruelty Free Kisses
Did you know that this Saturday, 6 July 2013 is International Kissing Day? Lots of cosmetic brands have arranged different ways to celebrate but one brand in particular has definitely won the campaign rounds in my eyes. Lush Cosmetics is all about cruelty-free kisses this International Kissing Day and they are celebrating with an official Guinness World Record attempt. Oh and this isn’t just for Australia, this is global!

So what do Lush Cosmetics have planned? Listen to this. All of their Lush stores (worldwide) will be asking their customers to pucker up and support their attempt to set the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of the most lip prints collected in 12 consecutive hours. The current record of 22,174 lipstick prints collected in 12 hours is set by Oriflame Slovakia at 89 locations throughout Slovakia on 14 September 2010. Surely we can beat that.  Continue Reading

April Fools

April Fools Day has never been so much fun since we have social media and websites to utilise in our pranks. This year there were so many great pranks from all sorts of companies but the ones I found most entertaining were beauty related. Here is my roundup of the best beauty pranks from April Fools Day 2013.  Continue Reading

eBook Cover with Price

Today I am very excited to announce that my very first eBook,  The Essential Beginner’s Guide To Working With Bloggers, is on sale!!!

One of the things I love about blogging, aside from getting to chat to fabulous readers about the topics I love, is getting to work with business owners and publicists who are passionate about their brand or service. They are always teaching me something new about the things I love, but I often hear from them how hard it is to learn about the world of blogging and new media. As a new media consultant (through my company Virtual Premier) and a passionate advocate for the blogging medium, I know how hard it is for those who don’t have experience with us to understand what bloggers do and how we do it. This is where inspiration hit me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, in this case) and write a book just for the business people out there, so I give you The Essential Beginner’s Guide To Working With Bloggers eBook.

Who is this book for?

This eBook is for business professionals in any market, in any niche, in any category that want to have their product or service featured on blogs. I may be a beauty blogger (and dabble in fashion, travel and lifestyle) but this book is for anyone who wants to work with a blogger of any sort. If you are one of the following, you NEED this book:  Continue Reading

Happy New Year 2013 Image

2013 is finally here and I am very excited to welcome a fresh new year. 2012 was full of ups and downs for me but I am thinking positive and embracing 2013 as a renewed lease on life.

My wishes for you this year are to do the same. You don’t need to forget the dramas and downfalls of the past year but rather think of them as something you got through successfully. Everyone was so supportive of me during my health troubles and that week I went all personal and shared my secrets. I hope I can do the same for you, so please, anytime you need to chat just hop over to Facebook or Twitter and tell me what is on your mind.

As for The Plastic Diaries blog, what can you expect to see in 2013? 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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