Wednesday, 24 May 2017

My Current Autumn Fragrances

My Current Autumn Fragrances - Sweetaholic Beauty

Autumn has hit Melbourne again, so of course, it's the perfect time to start changing up your beauty routine. Mine usually starts with changing my fragrances. I love fruity and light scents, but sometimes when it comes to the colder weather, I like something a little heavier.

I thought I would show you three gorgeous fragrances I've started loving now that the weather has cooled down. 


My Current Autumn Fragrances - Sweetaholic Beauty

I usually rotate three fragrances at a time - a beautiful everyday scent, a night time scent and then an "I'm feeling a tad special today" scent.  
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

April Good Green Box*

April Good Green Box - Sweetaholic Beauty

I'm a tad late in posting this one, but I received the April Good Green Box this month and I just had to share what I got with you all. I was lucky enough to have it sent through last month and I was surprised to see another special delivery on my doorstep again!


April Good Green Box - Sweetaholic Beauty

Much like other subscription boxes, Good Green Box includes a card with all the products included on it, as well as an ingredients card. 

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Monday, 22 May 2017

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Review & Swatches*

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

A little while ago, I was invited to a super cool launch party for the new products from NYX Cosmetics - the Cosmic Metals Lip Creams. Not only was the party out of this world, but we also received all seven shades available. (There was supposed to be another shade, but I'm unsure what happened with that.) 

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

Anyone who knows me personally will know that I love anything space, galaxy, aliens etc. so this collection is right up my alley. I was excited to see so many unique shades hit Australian shores.

I tested out each shade and I have to say I had a lot of fun. Some of the colours might be a bit out-there for everyday wear, but for fun occasions, they are just right.


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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Favourite Drugstore Charcoal Masks

Favourite Drugstore Charcoal Masks - Sweetaholic Beauty

Back in my early days of blogging, I loved nothing more than trying out new things and never repurchasing the same product. As I've grown older, I've gotten into habits and I've found products that I simply love. I'm more reluctant to try new things when I've already found my perfect product. 

One thing that I have fallen in love with is charcoal masks. I can't get enough of them. Generally, when I'm doing a face mask, I'll gravitate towards charcoal masks. (Even if my skin concern might be helped by something else... oops.)

Favourite Drugstore Charcoal Masks - Sweetaholic Beauty

At the moment, I've been loving three charcoal masks. Now I'm not saying these are the definitive top three masks ever - but, they're pretty darn great.


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Monday, 15 May 2017

May Bellabox*

May Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's that time of the month again... you guessed it, Bellabox time! This month is incredibly exciting because for the first time ever, they are featuring the coolest brand! But I won't spoil it yet. Keep reading to find out.

May Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month, the theme was Future Proof. How exciting does that sound?
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Priceline Your Cosmetic Gift Bag

Priceline Your Cosmetic Gift Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

Last week, Priceline announced it's newest gift with purchase - the Your Cosmetic Gift Bag. This gift bag comes just in time for Mother's Day so if you're planning on buying your mum cosmetics, this deal might be something to take advantage of. 

Priceline Your Cosmetic Gift Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

So here's the deal; spend a minimum of $60 on participating brands, and you get all of this! Completely free! I have to say, this is not as amazing as some of their major gift bags, but this is certainly a good little deal considering you're getting this as an extra.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection*

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection - Sweetaholic Beauty

Another holiday, another Lush Cosmetics limited edition collection - and I'm loving it! Mother's Day is just around the corner, and their new collection is in store and online. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few of this years gorgeous goodies, so of course I had to show it off for you all. 

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection - Sweetaholic Beauty

This year has brought with it a lot of new products. All of them look absolutely amazing and of course smell incredible. I was sent seven products to try out.
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Monday, 8 May 2017

Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2 - May 2017

Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2 - May 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

I was excited to see an email in my inbox letting me know that the Mecca Beauty Loop Box was available. I love this time of year, especially as the Beauty Loop boxes are relatively new to me. I also love using this as an excuse to pop in-store and buy myself something nice.

Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2 - May 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

I am actually a level two, which is awesome. I hope to get to level three soon but we shall see. I ended up getting the box on the first day it was available, so I was excited to pop into store and grab it.
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Monday, 24 April 2017

April Bellabox*

April Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

I absolutely love receiving subscription boxes. There is nothing more exciting than getting a box of surprise goodies. I luckily received the recent April Bellabox and so I was pretty keen to get into it.

April Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month's theme was Beauty Tribe.
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

So... What's The Deal With Instagram?

So... What's The Deal With Instagram? - Sweetaholic Beauty

If you're an avid user of Instagram, then you'll know that lately, there have been a few hiccups with the app. And when I say hiccups I mean major bloody catastrophes. 

Recently, I was shadowbanned. If you don't know what shadowbanning is, I suggest you Google it. There are a huge number of articles written about what it is, what causes it and how to try to avoid it. To put it simply - shadowbanning means my photographs don't show up under the hashtags I use for people who don't follow me. Meaning there is really no way for new followers to find me. 

Shadowbanning sucks. It means that smaller accounts like mine cannot grow or reach maximum exposure. For something like this to be essentially out of your control, it's a very frustrating experience.

So... What's The Deal With Instagram? - Sweetaholic Beauty

So what the hell can we do about it? Honestly, not much. I have since changed my Instagram account from a business profile (which was essential to find out my statistics) back to a personal profile; I have changed my hashtags but continue to be blocked on new hashtags that I use; I have tried no hashtags at all and I have tried everything I can think of. But this is not a post to complain about how my Instagram tactics are not working. This post is about sharing knowledge, sharing this issue and making everyone aware that Instagram is sadly treating their most important users - bloggers and small businesses - like crap. 

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Monday, 17 April 2017

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Party Haul*

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Party Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

Two weeks ago, I attended the most out of this world party! The NYX Cosmetics Cosmetic Party. Launching a bunch of new awesome products, including their amazing Cosmic Metals Lips, we were treated to a night under the stars with music, drinks and of course, yummy food. I was also lucky enough to take home one of the absolute jam-packed goody bags full of new release products.

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Party Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

Wowza - look at all those products! We received a bunch of new NYX Cosmetics products, as well as a few from other brands which I shared at the end. I was pretty excited to dig into everything.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Best High Coverage BB Creams

Best High Coverage BB Creams - Sweetaholic Beauty

I'm on a spending ban - sadly it's not much of a choice but at the moment it's necessary for me to keep my money for rent and bills. This will soon change and I'll have a little more freedom, but for now, I've been shopping my stash.
Personally, I love full coverage makeup. It just looks so much cleaner and I hate my uneven skin tone shining through usually. I have more than few BB creams - and I was wondering why I even bother because usually, they are too sheer to really do anything much. So I thought I would show a few BB creams with higher coverage that I've been loving lately. 

Best High Coverage BB Creams - Sweetaholic Beauty

I've selected three BB creams that I've been using for the past few years, and that are usually on high rotation. All three have relatively high coverage and go on like a dream.
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Monday, 10 April 2017

March Good Green Box*

March Good Green Box Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month, I was contacted by the gorgeous people at Good Green Box asking if I'd like to try out their March box. I have tried Good Green Box before after they attended a Bloggers United AU Event, but I hadn't subscribed to them.

I received my March box a few days ago. I'm not sure if it usually comes at the end of the month or it was just because mine was specially sent out. Either way, I'm not really too fussed. 

March Good Green Box Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

Much like other subscription boxes, Good Green Box includes a card with all the products included on it, as well as an ingredients card. I think the ingredients card is incredibly important due to allergies and personal choices to avoid certain products. With a box containing all natural products, I'd expect nothing less.
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Lush Cosmetics Easter Collection 2017*



It's that time of year again if you can believe it. Easter is just around the corner and honestly, I'm not prepared. I have a packet of easter eggs I've been eating myself, but I haven't even considered buying gifts for family or friends. Luckily, Lush Cosmetics has me covered for something completely unique - their limited edition Easter collection.

Lush Cosmetics Easter Collection 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty


I was lucky enough to be sent a few bits and pieces from this collection; I also stopped in and bought something I had my eyes on. I ended up with seven limited edition Easter products to try out for myself.

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Monday, 3 April 2017

First Quarter Empties 2017

First Quarter Empties 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's so hard to believe we've already finished off three months of 2017. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and New Years. So much has happened in the first quarter of 2017 - including getting a brand new job. It's taken a bit of a toll on the blogging side of things, but now that I've got into my groove, I can get back on track.

I've also used up a tonne load of products this quarter. I couldn't believe how much stuff I'd finished off, it seems like so much more than a regular three months worth. 

First Quarter Empties 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

Look at all that trash! Honestly, it was so frustrating storing three months worth of empty products purely for space. I usually kept my empties in a small box but this time I had to upsize. Oops. Let's take a closer look at everything I used up, though. 
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March Bellabox*

March Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

I was lucky enough to be sent the March Bellabox and I was so excited, I just had to share it. I haven't had subscription boxes in a while but when I received last months box, I was so impressed.

March Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month's theme is Raw Beauty.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

BYS Cosmetics Girls Night Out at Hoyts Goody Bag*

BYS Cosmetics Girls Night Out at Hoyts Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, courtesy of BYS Cosmetics. We took part in the Girls Night Out at Hoyts Cinemas. Bloggers United AU actually helped BYS Cosmetics out with the guest list - which was a lot of fun. I was at the Melbourne Central Hoyts, while the other group was at the Chadstone Hoyts. 
Spoiler alert - I cried a few times in the movie. It was amazing. But I'm here to show you the awesome goody bag provided to us from BYS Cosmetics. 

BYS Cosmetics Girls Night Out at Hoyts Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

The goody bag was incredibly generous and heavy. We also got a free popcorn and drink for the movie which was pretty awesome as well. There was supposed to be a second goody bag but the cinema messed up and forgot to put them out, so BYS Cosmetics are being super kind and mailing them to us instead. I was pretty stoked with these products, though, so I'm definitely not complaining. 
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's almost hard to believe that I have now been blogging for five years. Five long years. I started my blog as a way to battle my depression and social anxiety. Well, five years on I have a successful blog - at least I consider it to be successful - and I am the proud co-founder of an amazing blogging movement, Bloggers United AU

I thought that rather than simply host a giveaway or do a generic blogiversary post, I would share some of my reflections over the past five years. These reflections can be taken as advice or dismissed, or simply enjoyed by my fellow bloggers - these reflections are mine and mine alone. As bloggers it's inevitable we share experiences, but our own reflections may differ.

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

Five years on, I have made many friends, travelled across Australia, worked with many brands and tried many new things. Blogging has opened up an entirely new world of people, places and things to see and do. I have had so many amazing experiences, and a few not-so-great ones too. 

There is a lot of negativity surrounding the word "blogger." I have found this out the hard way. I constantly get the questions: "Do you get free stuff?" or "So you get paid to play with beauty products?" Sadly, it's not that easy. Very early on, I learnt that even when you're a blogger, nothing is for free. There is also a lot of pressure to look good on social media all the time, lead an interesting life and look amazing at every hour of the day. Yeah, nah. Not for me, sorry. I am proud to say I haven't let my love of all things dark, crazy, spooky and weird die out just because I'm a beauty blogger. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I'm proud to be me.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

February Lust Have It!*

February Lust Have It! Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

My February Lust Have It! is a tad late, so please forgive me. However, I really liked this month so I wanted to share what I got! I have been getting it for the past few months but I've been terrible at actually sharing the contents - hopefully, this will change now that I'm on a better schedule.

February Lust Have It! Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

Usually, we get our Lust Have It! in a plain black mesh bag. Cute, but get's a tad boring after a while. There's only so many black mesh cosmetics bags a girl can have. This month came in this adorable themed makeup bag. It's so cute, I'm thrilled.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection*

Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

Roughly this time last year, Rimmel London released the amazing The Only One lipstick collection. With a huge range of twelve stunning shades, the beauty world had a new favourite lipstick. They are still my go-to lipsticks - even a year later. Now, Rimmel London has shocked us again with their gorgeous The Only One Matte lipstick range. You can read my review on the original range here.


Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

Featuring nine matte shades, this range shares the same packaging but in a stunning red tube. This range is relatively versatile, much like the first lot, ranging from lovely nudes to deep purples.
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

BUA x Lush Birthday Bash Haul

BUA x Lush Birthday Bash Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

For those of you who don't know, Nikita and I run Bloggers United AU and manage a fabulous Australia wide team. We have recently hit our two year anniversary - we are beyond proud and so grateful to the blogging community within Australia that has helped us be so successful. 

To celebrate our first birthday last year, we hosted a series of Lush parties for a few members of our community and they went off with a bang. This year, we were incredibly fortunate enough to be able to host our second birthday parties with Lush again. 

BUA x Lush Birthday Bash Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

The first party for this year took place last weekend at the Swanston Street store in Melbourne. This store has recently been revamped and looks absolutely amazing. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and just downright beautiful. We learnt how Lush makes their fresh face masks, we played a few games and we had some delicious little treats to eat. Lush also surprised us with a take home goody bag full of exciting goodies, which I'm about to show you now.

 I didn't take many photos on the night but we did have a photographer there, so once we receive the photos I will share a few. 
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks Review

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

I've been seeing so much buzz about the L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks so of course, I had to go out and grab them. It took me a while to find all three - particularly the charcoal variety - but now that I have all three, I decided I would share my thoughts.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

There are three varieties; Charcoal, Red Algae and Eucalyptus. I was firstly interested in the Eucalyptus one, which sounded cooling and calming for the skin. Each mask has a different speciality and has a different scent and consistency.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

February Bellabox*

February Bellabox Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

I haven't had a good subscription box in a while - purely because I have so many samples to try out - but when I was sent the February Bellabox (this month's box) I had to share the awesome products it included. 

February Bellabox Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month's theme is Beauty Inside Out
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Monday, 20 February 2017

Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag

Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's that time of year again folks; time for the Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag. It has been changed to "your haircare gift bag" but I'm still going to call it a goody bag. I've ensured to collect these bags since I started my blog n 2012 - and although I probably don't need any more hair care products, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a good deal. 

Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

If you're unfamiliar, the Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag is pretty simple - spend a minimum amount, this year was $49, and receive this awesome goody bag for free. They also do this for skincare and cosmetics at some stage in the year. The minimum amount to spend on eligible products has increased from $40, but it's not too high so I'm not complaining.
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Lush Astronomical Gift Set

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

For Christmas, I received the Lush Astronomical Gift Sets from one of my best friends. A few nights ago, I used up my last Lush bath bomb before realising I had this awesome little gift set stashed away! I decided, because it's so pretty and I rarely get the gift sets, I would show you all what's inside this one.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

In this box set, you get four products. I was delighted to see two of the most gorgeous bath bombs included in this one; the Intergalactic Bath Bomb and The Experimenter Bath Bomb. Both make absolutely gorgeous bath art. A Comforter Shower Cream and Monsters & Aliens Fun was also included.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

The products included were so gorgeous and bright. I love the packaging of the box too, it's just so vibrant.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

The first product that caught my eye is The Comforter Shower Cream. I've tried this a few times before in the past and absolutely love it. It has a lovely soft berry scent that's so unique yet appealing. It makes my skin feel so soft and nourished.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

There was also a tub of the super cute Monsters & Aliens Fun. I've had Fun before yet never really used it. I had no idea how many uses this particular product had, so I'll definitely give it a go. The shades are gorgeous, too.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

One of my favourite bath bombs, The Experimenter Bath Bomb, was also included in this box. It has a beautiful vanilla scent that really packs a punch. The bath art is also absolutely incredible - just do a quick Instagram search and you will discover beautiful baths full of vibrant colour.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

Last but not least, the gorgeous Intergalactic Bath Bomb was the perfect addition for an outer-space themed gift box. The bath art for this one creates a stunning galaxy in your bath tub which is beyond beautiful. With an explosive peppermint scent, this one is perfect for a rejuvenating pamper session. 


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Overall, I was pretty darn happy with this gift set. It's perfect for anyone who loves a good, relaxing bath. Considering you get an array of gorgeous products, I think the price of $39.95 is relatively fair.

Have you tried any of the above Lush Cosmetics products? If so, what are your thoughts?


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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

My Current Autumn Fragrances

My Current Autumn Fragrances - Sweetaholic Beauty

Autumn has hit Melbourne again, so of course, it's the perfect time to start changing up your beauty routine. Mine usually starts with changing my fragrances. I love fruity and light scents, but sometimes when it comes to the colder weather, I like something a little heavier.

I thought I would show you three gorgeous fragrances I've started loving now that the weather has cooled down. 


My Current Autumn Fragrances - Sweetaholic Beauty

I usually rotate three fragrances at a time - a beautiful everyday scent, a night time scent and then an "I'm feeling a tad special today" scent.  

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

April Good Green Box*

April Good Green Box - Sweetaholic Beauty

I'm a tad late in posting this one, but I received the April Good Green Box this month and I just had to share what I got with you all. I was lucky enough to have it sent through last month and I was surprised to see another special delivery on my doorstep again!


April Good Green Box - Sweetaholic Beauty

Much like other subscription boxes, Good Green Box includes a card with all the products included on it, as well as an ingredients card. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Review & Swatches*

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

A little while ago, I was invited to a super cool launch party for the new products from NYX Cosmetics - the Cosmic Metals Lip Creams. Not only was the party out of this world, but we also received all seven shades available. (There was supposed to be another shade, but I'm unsure what happened with that.) 

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

Anyone who knows me personally will know that I love anything space, galaxy, aliens etc. so this collection is right up my alley. I was excited to see so many unique shades hit Australian shores.

I tested out each shade and I have to say I had a lot of fun. Some of the colours might be a bit out-there for everyday wear, but for fun occasions, they are just right.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Favourite Drugstore Charcoal Masks

Favourite Drugstore Charcoal Masks - Sweetaholic Beauty

Back in my early days of blogging, I loved nothing more than trying out new things and never repurchasing the same product. As I've grown older, I've gotten into habits and I've found products that I simply love. I'm more reluctant to try new things when I've already found my perfect product. 

One thing that I have fallen in love with is charcoal masks. I can't get enough of them. Generally, when I'm doing a face mask, I'll gravitate towards charcoal masks. (Even if my skin concern might be helped by something else... oops.)

Favourite Drugstore Charcoal Masks - Sweetaholic Beauty

At the moment, I've been loving three charcoal masks. Now I'm not saying these are the definitive top three masks ever - but, they're pretty darn great.


Monday, 15 May 2017

May Bellabox*

May Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's that time of the month again... you guessed it, Bellabox time! This month is incredibly exciting because for the first time ever, they are featuring the coolest brand! But I won't spoil it yet. Keep reading to find out.

May Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month, the theme was Future Proof. How exciting does that sound?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Priceline Your Cosmetic Gift Bag

Priceline Your Cosmetic Gift Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

Last week, Priceline announced it's newest gift with purchase - the Your Cosmetic Gift Bag. This gift bag comes just in time for Mother's Day so if you're planning on buying your mum cosmetics, this deal might be something to take advantage of. 

Priceline Your Cosmetic Gift Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

So here's the deal; spend a minimum of $60 on participating brands, and you get all of this! Completely free! I have to say, this is not as amazing as some of their major gift bags, but this is certainly a good little deal considering you're getting this as an extra.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection*

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection - Sweetaholic Beauty

Another holiday, another Lush Cosmetics limited edition collection - and I'm loving it! Mother's Day is just around the corner, and their new collection is in store and online. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few of this years gorgeous goodies, so of course I had to show it off for you all. 

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection - Sweetaholic Beauty

This year has brought with it a lot of new products. All of them look absolutely amazing and of course smell incredible. I was sent seven products to try out.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2 - May 2017

Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2 - May 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

I was excited to see an email in my inbox letting me know that the Mecca Beauty Loop Box was available. I love this time of year, especially as the Beauty Loop boxes are relatively new to me. I also love using this as an excuse to pop in-store and buy myself something nice.

Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2 - May 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

I am actually a level two, which is awesome. I hope to get to level three soon but we shall see. I ended up getting the box on the first day it was available, so I was excited to pop into store and grab it.

Monday, 24 April 2017

April Bellabox*

April Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

I absolutely love receiving subscription boxes. There is nothing more exciting than getting a box of surprise goodies. I luckily received the recent April Bellabox and so I was pretty keen to get into it.

April Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month's theme was Beauty Tribe.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

So... What's The Deal With Instagram?

So... What's The Deal With Instagram? - Sweetaholic Beauty

If you're an avid user of Instagram, then you'll know that lately, there have been a few hiccups with the app. And when I say hiccups I mean major bloody catastrophes. 

Recently, I was shadowbanned. If you don't know what shadowbanning is, I suggest you Google it. There are a huge number of articles written about what it is, what causes it and how to try to avoid it. To put it simply - shadowbanning means my photographs don't show up under the hashtags I use for people who don't follow me. Meaning there is really no way for new followers to find me. 

Shadowbanning sucks. It means that smaller accounts like mine cannot grow or reach maximum exposure. For something like this to be essentially out of your control, it's a very frustrating experience.

So... What's The Deal With Instagram? - Sweetaholic Beauty

So what the hell can we do about it? Honestly, not much. I have since changed my Instagram account from a business profile (which was essential to find out my statistics) back to a personal profile; I have changed my hashtags but continue to be blocked on new hashtags that I use; I have tried no hashtags at all and I have tried everything I can think of. But this is not a post to complain about how my Instagram tactics are not working. This post is about sharing knowledge, sharing this issue and making everyone aware that Instagram is sadly treating their most important users - bloggers and small businesses - like crap. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Party Haul*

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Party Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

Two weeks ago, I attended the most out of this world party! The NYX Cosmetics Cosmetic Party. Launching a bunch of new awesome products, including their amazing Cosmic Metals Lips, we were treated to a night under the stars with music, drinks and of course, yummy food. I was also lucky enough to take home one of the absolute jam-packed goody bags full of new release products.

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Party Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

Wowza - look at all those products! We received a bunch of new NYX Cosmetics products, as well as a few from other brands which I shared at the end. I was pretty excited to dig into everything.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Best High Coverage BB Creams

Best High Coverage BB Creams - Sweetaholic Beauty

I'm on a spending ban - sadly it's not much of a choice but at the moment it's necessary for me to keep my money for rent and bills. This will soon change and I'll have a little more freedom, but for now, I've been shopping my stash.
Personally, I love full coverage makeup. It just looks so much cleaner and I hate my uneven skin tone shining through usually. I have more than few BB creams - and I was wondering why I even bother because usually, they are too sheer to really do anything much. So I thought I would show a few BB creams with higher coverage that I've been loving lately. 

Best High Coverage BB Creams - Sweetaholic Beauty

I've selected three BB creams that I've been using for the past few years, and that are usually on high rotation. All three have relatively high coverage and go on like a dream.

Monday, 10 April 2017

March Good Green Box*

March Good Green Box Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month, I was contacted by the gorgeous people at Good Green Box asking if I'd like to try out their March box. I have tried Good Green Box before after they attended a Bloggers United AU Event, but I hadn't subscribed to them.

I received my March box a few days ago. I'm not sure if it usually comes at the end of the month or it was just because mine was specially sent out. Either way, I'm not really too fussed. 

March Good Green Box Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

Much like other subscription boxes, Good Green Box includes a card with all the products included on it, as well as an ingredients card. I think the ingredients card is incredibly important due to allergies and personal choices to avoid certain products. With a box containing all natural products, I'd expect nothing less.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Lush Cosmetics Easter Collection 2017*



It's that time of year again if you can believe it. Easter is just around the corner and honestly, I'm not prepared. I have a packet of easter eggs I've been eating myself, but I haven't even considered buying gifts for family or friends. Luckily, Lush Cosmetics has me covered for something completely unique - their limited edition Easter collection.

Lush Cosmetics Easter Collection 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty


I was lucky enough to be sent a few bits and pieces from this collection; I also stopped in and bought something I had my eyes on. I ended up with seven limited edition Easter products to try out for myself.

Monday, 3 April 2017

First Quarter Empties 2017

First Quarter Empties 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's so hard to believe we've already finished off three months of 2017. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and New Years. So much has happened in the first quarter of 2017 - including getting a brand new job. It's taken a bit of a toll on the blogging side of things, but now that I've got into my groove, I can get back on track.

I've also used up a tonne load of products this quarter. I couldn't believe how much stuff I'd finished off, it seems like so much more than a regular three months worth. 

First Quarter Empties 2017 - Sweetaholic Beauty

Look at all that trash! Honestly, it was so frustrating storing three months worth of empty products purely for space. I usually kept my empties in a small box but this time I had to upsize. Oops. Let's take a closer look at everything I used up, though. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March Bellabox*

March Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

I was lucky enough to be sent the March Bellabox and I was so excited, I just had to share it. I haven't had subscription boxes in a while but when I received last months box, I was so impressed.

March Bellabox - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month's theme is Raw Beauty.

Monday, 27 March 2017

BYS Cosmetics Girls Night Out at Hoyts Goody Bag*

BYS Cosmetics Girls Night Out at Hoyts Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, courtesy of BYS Cosmetics. We took part in the Girls Night Out at Hoyts Cinemas. Bloggers United AU actually helped BYS Cosmetics out with the guest list - which was a lot of fun. I was at the Melbourne Central Hoyts, while the other group was at the Chadstone Hoyts. 
Spoiler alert - I cried a few times in the movie. It was amazing. But I'm here to show you the awesome goody bag provided to us from BYS Cosmetics. 

BYS Cosmetics Girls Night Out at Hoyts Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

The goody bag was incredibly generous and heavy. We also got a free popcorn and drink for the movie which was pretty awesome as well. There was supposed to be a second goody bag but the cinema messed up and forgot to put them out, so BYS Cosmetics are being super kind and mailing them to us instead. I was pretty stoked with these products, though, so I'm definitely not complaining. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's almost hard to believe that I have now been blogging for five years. Five long years. I started my blog as a way to battle my depression and social anxiety. Well, five years on I have a successful blog - at least I consider it to be successful - and I am the proud co-founder of an amazing blogging movement, Bloggers United AU

I thought that rather than simply host a giveaway or do a generic blogiversary post, I would share some of my reflections over the past five years. These reflections can be taken as advice or dismissed, or simply enjoyed by my fellow bloggers - these reflections are mine and mine alone. As bloggers it's inevitable we share experiences, but our own reflections may differ.

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

Five years on, I have made many friends, travelled across Australia, worked with many brands and tried many new things. Blogging has opened up an entirely new world of people, places and things to see and do. I have had so many amazing experiences, and a few not-so-great ones too. 

There is a lot of negativity surrounding the word "blogger." I have found this out the hard way. I constantly get the questions: "Do you get free stuff?" or "So you get paid to play with beauty products?" Sadly, it's not that easy. Very early on, I learnt that even when you're a blogger, nothing is for free. There is also a lot of pressure to look good on social media all the time, lead an interesting life and look amazing at every hour of the day. Yeah, nah. Not for me, sorry. I am proud to say I haven't let my love of all things dark, crazy, spooky and weird die out just because I'm a beauty blogger. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I'm proud to be me.

Monday, 20 March 2017

February Lust Have It!*

February Lust Have It! Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

My February Lust Have It! is a tad late, so please forgive me. However, I really liked this month so I wanted to share what I got! I have been getting it for the past few months but I've been terrible at actually sharing the contents - hopefully, this will change now that I'm on a better schedule.

February Lust Have It! Unboxing - Sweetaholic Beauty

Usually, we get our Lust Have It! in a plain black mesh bag. Cute, but get's a tad boring after a while. There's only so many black mesh cosmetics bags a girl can have. This month came in this adorable themed makeup bag. It's so cute, I'm thrilled.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection*

Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

Roughly this time last year, Rimmel London released the amazing The Only One lipstick collection. With a huge range of twelve stunning shades, the beauty world had a new favourite lipstick. They are still my go-to lipsticks - even a year later. Now, Rimmel London has shocked us again with their gorgeous The Only One Matte lipstick range. You can read my review on the original range here.


Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches - Sweetaholic Beauty

Featuring nine matte shades, this range shares the same packaging but in a stunning red tube. This range is relatively versatile, much like the first lot, ranging from lovely nudes to deep purples.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

BUA x Lush Birthday Bash Haul

BUA x Lush Birthday Bash Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

For those of you who don't know, Nikita and I run Bloggers United AU and manage a fabulous Australia wide team. We have recently hit our two year anniversary - we are beyond proud and so grateful to the blogging community within Australia that has helped us be so successful. 

To celebrate our first birthday last year, we hosted a series of Lush parties for a few members of our community and they went off with a bang. This year, we were incredibly fortunate enough to be able to host our second birthday parties with Lush again. 

BUA x Lush Birthday Bash Haul - Sweetaholic Beauty

The first party for this year took place last weekend at the Swanston Street store in Melbourne. This store has recently been revamped and looks absolutely amazing. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and just downright beautiful. We learnt how Lush makes their fresh face masks, we played a few games and we had some delicious little treats to eat. Lush also surprised us with a take home goody bag full of exciting goodies, which I'm about to show you now.

 I didn't take many photos on the night but we did have a photographer there, so once we receive the photos I will share a few. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks Review

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

I've been seeing so much buzz about the L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks so of course, I had to go out and grab them. It took me a while to find all three - particularly the charcoal variety - but now that I have all three, I decided I would share my thoughts.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

There are three varieties; Charcoal, Red Algae and Eucalyptus. I was firstly interested in the Eucalyptus one, which sounded cooling and calming for the skin. Each mask has a different speciality and has a different scent and consistency.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

February Bellabox*

February Bellabox Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

I haven't had a good subscription box in a while - purely because I have so many samples to try out - but when I was sent the February Bellabox (this month's box) I had to share the awesome products it included. 

February Bellabox Review - Sweetaholic Beauty

This month's theme is Beauty Inside Out

Monday, 20 February 2017

Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag

Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's that time of year again folks; time for the Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag. It has been changed to "your haircare gift bag" but I'm still going to call it a goody bag. I've ensured to collect these bags since I started my blog n 2012 - and although I probably don't need any more hair care products, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a good deal. 

Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag - Sweetaholic Beauty

If you're unfamiliar, the Priceline Hair Care Goody Bag is pretty simple - spend a minimum amount, this year was $49, and receive this awesome goody bag for free. They also do this for skincare and cosmetics at some stage in the year. The minimum amount to spend on eligible products has increased from $40, but it's not too high so I'm not complaining.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Lush Astronomical Gift Set

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

For Christmas, I received the Lush Astronomical Gift Sets from one of my best friends. A few nights ago, I used up my last Lush bath bomb before realising I had this awesome little gift set stashed away! I decided, because it's so pretty and I rarely get the gift sets, I would show you all what's inside this one.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

In this box set, you get four products. I was delighted to see two of the most gorgeous bath bombs included in this one; the Intergalactic Bath Bomb and The Experimenter Bath Bomb. Both make absolutely gorgeous bath art. A Comforter Shower Cream and Monsters & Aliens Fun was also included.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

The products included were so gorgeous and bright. I love the packaging of the box too, it's just so vibrant.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

The first product that caught my eye is The Comforter Shower Cream. I've tried this a few times before in the past and absolutely love it. It has a lovely soft berry scent that's so unique yet appealing. It makes my skin feel so soft and nourished.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

There was also a tub of the super cute Monsters & Aliens Fun. I've had Fun before yet never really used it. I had no idea how many uses this particular product had, so I'll definitely give it a go. The shades are gorgeous, too.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

One of my favourite bath bombs, The Experimenter Bath Bomb, was also included in this box. It has a beautiful vanilla scent that really packs a punch. The bath art is also absolutely incredible - just do a quick Instagram search and you will discover beautiful baths full of vibrant colour.

Lush Astronomical Gift Set - Sweetaholic Beauty

Last but not least, the gorgeous Intergalactic Bath Bomb was the perfect addition for an outer-space themed gift box. The bath art for this one creates a stunning galaxy in your bath tub which is beyond beautiful. With an explosive peppermint scent, this one is perfect for a rejuvenating pamper session. 


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Overall, I was pretty darn happy with this gift set. It's perfect for anyone who loves a good, relaxing bath. Considering you get an array of gorgeous products, I think the price of $39.95 is relatively fair.

Have you tried any of the above Lush Cosmetics products? If so, what are your thoughts?


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