Monday, 18 August 2014

Mini review #15 - Concoction Shampoo and Conditioner

As some of you may know, I used to work at Lookfantastic on the Beauty Hub, blogging about all things beauty and generally being a bit of an SEO wizard (srsly, this picture says it all).

As well as the day to day elements of my job, it was fortunately one that allowed me and my colleagues to sample the odd beauty product to see what we thought before we stocked something. One such product was from the brand new Concoction range, and to say I was excited was an understatement.

Concoction specialise in customised haircare, you pick a 'ShampYou Base Blend' (I went for the Bakhour one as I'd heard good things about the smell!) and then you pick two shots of the Super Serums that you add to the shampoo in the top of the bottle before using it. I chose two of the Beautiful Brunette serums, but you can mix and match depending on your hair type and colour which is really cool! I finished my order with the Cashmere and White Lily Conditioner and I was ready to go!

The first thing I noticed when using this Shampoo and Conditioner was the smell. Oh, the smell. The shampoo is a sort of sweet, musky scent that isn't too overpowering whilst the conditioner is sweet with a floral hint of lily - making it really nice and fresh.

After washing my hair, it felt really soft and shiny, so given the unique selling point, heavenly smell and super soft hair, you can imagine I was pretty pleased with this product. But it wasn't until about four days later that I became super impressed; when I realised that not only had I not washed my hair again that week - but I hadn't actually needed to. Now, I'm not someone who washes their hair everyday, but it needs it at least two or three times a week to stop it looking dull or dry. However, with this, it's no exaggeration to say that I only need to wash it the once (twice if we're being picky). I have no idea why that is, because I've been touching my hair and shoving it up half way through the day just as much as I normally would.

So, despite this range being a touch on the expensive side (a set will cost around £30 altogether), I can wholeheartedly say I recommend it. Not just because it smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling soft, but because of how much time and effort it is saving me! It makes my hair feel super clean for those crucial few days in between washes, so much so that I am now washing my hair less. And you know what means, less time spent washing hair and more time doing ANYTHING else in the world because washing your hair is really boring. Amazing!

What do you think of the Concoction range? Have you tried it? You can (of course) shop the full range on Lookfantastic, and you can check out their official website here!

Eve x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Still in summer mode!

Anyone else clinging onto summer? Praying that Bank Holiday weekend will pull it out of the bag and be beach weather? Stocking up on the last of the supermarket's Pimms?

I am. And as I look out of the window at the grey skies, drizzle and the evenings that are getting ever so slightly shorter, I can't help but look down at my nails and notice that they are still completely in summer mode.

Yep - I'm hanging on to these last few weeks of summer, and continuing my romance with pastels. Namely these four beauties:

What do you think of these shades? Is there anything else you're clinging onto before Autumn/Winter trends fully kick in?

Eve x

Monday, 4 August 2014

Getting creative with lipstick!

As a pinterestaholic and a hoarder of more beauty products than anyone needs, I'm always on the prowl for new make-up techniques that I can try out or finding a look that calls for a new beauty purchase! 

I'm not sure why, but I tend to do up my eyes rather than my lips, and go for a statement shadow or bold eyeliner when I'm trying to mix things up, but lately I've been giving some more attention to my lips and have fallen a bit in love with a few tricks I've learnt to make my puckers peachier! 

The Kylie Jenner:

Who else follows this insanely gorgeous SIXTEEN year old on Instagram and feels a pang of jealously when you see those plump, pouty lips covered in a beautiful nude lipstick? Same. Well, if you can't beat her, join her! For this look, you'll need a nude lip liner and nude lip gloss. Go slightly over your natural lip line, being cautious not to look too much like Pamela Anderson (although I think a little bit of Pammy is okay!) Then fill in with gloss, this will make your lips look even plumper as it'll reflect the light. 

The Foil Effect:

You'll need lipgloss and a powder eyeshadow or bronzer for this look. I used a brown coloured gloss under a shimmery bronzer, but you could use even gold eyeshdow for added metallic-ness. It's actually more wearable than you think, as long as you don't lick your lips too often! It also reminds me of the brown/gold shimmer lipglosses that the likes of Eternal and Honeyz used to wear. Oh nineties, how I miss you so. 

The Two Toned:

For this look, I used a purple and pink lipstick as well as lip liner. Starting from the outsides, fill in with the purple lipstick and leave the middle for only the pink. Smudge the lines where the colours meet to give a two toned effect. Again, another one that's more wearable than you'd think (provided you pop both lippies in your bag for touch ups!)

The Ombré: 

Probably my favourite out of the four, purely because of how summery it is! To create this look, I used a hot pink lipstick, a cool-toned pink and a purple lipstick. I put hot pink on my top lip, purple on the bottom and then dabbed the cool pink where my lips naturally meet in the middle. You could use any colours for this, but I love the warm to cool ombré effect. 

Super simple and easy ways to mix up your make-up routine! Would you try any of these? Check out my 'An eyeliner a day!' post for inspiration if eye make-up is more your thing!

Faye x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Spotify | The summer playlist!

For some reason, music isn't something we ever really touch on on this blog. I'm not sure why, as I listen to music constantly. All day, everyday. I'm the office DJ (for no reason other than I have Spotify premium and happen to be closest to the speaker plug) and there's nothing I love more than discovering a new band, album or just listening to songs I've loved for years.

With that in mind, I thought I would embed a bit of a summer playlist for you guys to feast your eyes ears on. It's not necessarily one that contains my current favourite obsessions (Ultraviolence in its entirety, anyone?) but if there is a summery activity going on at the moment, be it a BBQ, picnic or just good old fashion beer garden bevs, you can guarantee these songs will feature somewhere!

It's a total mixture of genres, artists and eras. Some songs I've recently discovered, others that remind me of school holidays, when you'd throw your bike down on the front garden, run into your (unlocked house) for a drink and head straight back out. There are songs that remind me of being in yellow bubble with my best friends, a certain Summer of Love party last year and some that make me think of a picnic as recently as last week. If you fancy listening, the playlist can be opened in Spotify here!

The best season by far. What's on your summer playlist? 

Eve x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A big thank you (and a giveaway!)

Let us take you back 18 or so months; one of us was unhappy in a 9-5 job which allowed for no creativity, and another was knee deep in university work and feeling a bit homesick.

A lot of what we love came from growing up with a Mum who made charity shop shopping as much a way of life as never nipping to the shops without your lippie on. And as well as being sisters, we're also best friends, and thought that if we loved showing each other what we'd just bought on yet another (probably unnecessary) shopping haul, then maybe a few other people might like it too. Add a coeliac diagnosis into the mix which means our little blog is littered with gluten free goodness a-plenty, and you have the Sugar Spun Sisters. A blog by sisters Eve and Faye that centres around thrifty fashion, bright lipstick, wheat dodging and a song by the Stone Roses.

Some of you may be new here, others from the start, and while reaching the 200 follower milestone might not sound like a lot compared to some of the blogosphere's heavyweights, it's one that's made us really happy. It's a little bit lovely that 200 separate people have decided to click that 'Follow' button, so to thank you all, we went shopping together and made up a box of goodies that contains a selection of some of the things we love...

The winner will receive...

Bourjois So Laque Glossy Blue polish
Black velvet scrunchie
Silver toned mood ring (adjustable)
Stretchy black tattoo choker

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We hope you all like it - and good luck if you enter!

Eve & Faye x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Green hair, don't care!

Whether you know me via this blog or you know me in real life, you'll know that I am quite often moaning about my hair. To drag me out of my rut around six months ago, I got some chunky, dark blonde highlights put through it underneath and I loved how much it lifted my hair and made it look a bit more interesting.

But I was still a bit bored, and with my highlights crying out for a pop of colour to be added to them, I figured that if you can't experiment with green hair dye when you're just two months shy of your 26th birthday, then when the hell can you?

So I did. After hearing mixed (and largely negative, I have to say) reviews of Bleach London, I decided to pick up a bottle of the Crazy Colour hair dye in Pine Green from this seller on eBay and armed with this, a pair of gloves and an old towel, I was good to go!

I started off washing my hair with just shampoo (apparently dye doesn't take well to conditioned hair). Only wanting to colour the parts of my hair that were highlighted, I clipped the top half up, squirted some dye into my gloved hands, and quite literally slapped it onto the bottom half my hair. I started off trying to evenly distribute it with a comb, but then I figured the dye was only really going to take to the parts of my hair that had bleach on, so I just applied it liberally all over the highlights and ends.

I left it for about half an hour/40 minutes and then got in the shower. I washed it as usual, but I used the Herbal Essences Colour Ignite range to keep my green vibrant, and voila!

I only have a couple of crap iPhone/Instagram pictures (do I ever have anything else - Faye must despair of me!), but you get the idea!

So what do you think? Would you give green hair a go? Someone at work said I looked like "a cool mermaid". Don't know about you guys, but I'll certainly take that!

Eve x

ps. Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway coming soon! :) so excited to share it with you all!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Current favourite: Round sunglasses

I'm not sure how it happened, as Manchester isn't the sunniest of cities, but I have an alarming amount of sunglasses. Yep, in the midst of a declutter last week, I managed to find a whopping 10 pairs of sunglasses. From pastel coloured offerings and classic Wayfarer-style ones, to tortoiseshell cat-eye shaped pieces and faux Clubmasters; the irony is not lost on me that I've got more sunglasses than there is sun in the North of England. But if I'm going to hoard such a selection, I may as well get some use out of them, so I decided I was going to rock a round'n all week, and these are my favourites (sorry for the crap iphone picture and LOL at myself in the relfection of 'em!)

I can't take any credit for those beautiful, blue John Lennon meets Ozzy Osbourne ones; I found them in Faye's bedroom a few weeks ago and have been pretending I just stepped off tumblr ever since. I think she got them from a charity shop, but they have similar ones on eBay here!

The two middle ones (white/gold and silver mirrored) are from Primark and, I think, may have cost just a pound or two each. The white and gold ones are far sturdier than their silver counterparts, and can handle being thrown around in a handbag, but I love them both. My only issue with wearing sunglasses that are really mirrored (like these silver ones are) is that you find people check out their reflection when they're talking to you. Bit off putting.

Last but not least, and probably my favourite, are these round beauties from New Look that only cost a fiver. I bought these two summers ago but they have them in stock again this year! They also have them in blue and tortoiseshell. Oh lord, I don't need any more pairs, do I?

Eve x

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