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Lustrous Locks with Gold Fever – Now in Brown Sugar

Dreaming of lustrous long tresses? We can make your dreams a reality in Brown Sugar Salon, using  gold-standard hair extensions ‘Gold Fever’.  At Brown Sugar, we see ourselves as pioneers of providing thick, long, rich hair and Gold Fever are the cream-of-the-crops when it comes to Hair Extensions. The barely there bonds make Gold Fever a firm favourite with our clients, while giving you the kind of silky shine you can only dream of (or see in commercials).

Our staff are trained to the highest standard to provide superior quality application, so you get longevity out of your new tresses.

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A Little Bit Of Background

First Class Indian Hair

Gold Fever uses only the finest Indian hair available on the market and has exclusive access to innumerable sources that supply this precious raw material.

They personally oversee everything that they buy and how it is processed in their new bespoke facilities thus ensuring that only the highest quality product is brought to market.

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Thick & Luxurious

Gold Fever Hair strands are thick and luxurious, all the way down, and without the “stringy” ends regularly encountered in today’s market place. “Stringy” ends in a strand occur when the individual hairs that make up that strand are of noticeably different lengths. The word “Taper” defines the difference between the shortest and the longest hair in an individual strand. The greater the taper the less expensive is the raw material at source since large quantities of short hair would be present. The greater the amount of short hairs in a strand the more hair strands that would be needed to achieve volume at the ends. Gold Fever removes these short hairs in order to permit fabulous and luxurious volume at the ends and with less strands having to be purchased in order to achieve this.

This treatment is now available in all Brown Sugar Salons. Fast and effective you will be in and out in no time, ready to take the town by storm with your luscious new locks.

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Highlights & News…

Each month we round-up some of the top news from inside the Brown Sugar Brand. We live and breathe our motto; Our Culture, Our Way because Brown Sugar is so much more than just another salon to us. We get the opportunity to work alongside the best in the business and our staff are nothing-short of amazing – which is why we want to let you in on some of the exciting and mind-blowing work these people do.

Here is a rundown of some of the top news stories this month:

Gloss ‘Look The Business’ 

 

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Ireland’s business elite were out in force for The Gloss ‘Look The Business’ networking event, last Wednesday night in Dublin’s RDS. Guests were treated to a mouth-watering dinner, witty speeches and a jam-packed fashion show, showcasing some of Ireland’s most notable fashion designers such as; Samui, Selected Femme, LK Bennett, Kildare Village, M&S and Louise Kennedy.

Our very own Sugar Culture superstars were on hand backstage to preen and prep the models before they took to the longest catwalk ever seen in Ireland. Roy, Laura, Neill and Aidan were on hand to create two sleek hair-up and hair down looks, while Dearbhla, Eilis, Rachel and Cara fronted stunning make-up for this distinctively stylish and unique event. We were delighted to provide goodie bags for the event which had over 1,000 of the country’s most powerful women in business.

Sugar Culture Welcomes

 

Eduardo Perez

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One of our newest stylists to join the Sugar Culture family. He come to us with many years experience at the top of the industry. His passion and dedication can be seen through his results, this guy knows how to work a scissors! Be sure to keep an eye out as Eduardo is going places.

Norma Jean O’Reilly

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Norma Jean has one of the most decorated CV’s in the industry! Hair stylist to the stars and winner of numerous awards, most notably 2016 Best Hairstylist in the Image Awards, Norma Jean is another exciting addition to our team.

Be sure to book in your appointments with both Eduardo and Norma in our South William Street salon.

Brown Sugar Graduates

 

 

Every year at Sugar Culture, we get the pleasure of welcoming some of our senior trainees into life in the fast lane, as they graduate.

Our trainees are at the heart and soul of our core goals as a company, without them it wouldn’t be possible to provide the premium service our clients enjoy. We pride ourselves on our training and each year we really notice the difference in each individual, as they soak up all the knowledge and advice on offer to them at Sugar Culture.

This year it was the turn of rising stars; Naoise & Ellen Daly, Ruth Farrell, Amy Foley and David Attride.

Keep an eye out for them in salon.

 

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How To Contour Like A Queen – Brown Sugar MUA Cara Macken for Image.ie

Master illusionist Cara Macken – makeup artist at Brown Sugar, brownsugar.ie – shares her tips for clever contouring in the comfort of your own home.

As with any trend, the way we contour is always changing. For the past while, a strong contour has been the statement, but things are beginning to return to a more natural look. Make-up artists have always contoured, but now we get clients requesting to have it done like it’s an add-on.

HOW TO APPLY GOOD, BASIC CONTOUR

Choose a contour product that’s two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. With your fingers, find the hollow beneath your cheek bone – this is where you’ll apply the product. Apply with a brush, making sure not to bring the shade too far down, as that would equally drag the face down. Choose a cool tone when purchasing a contour product – this will add definition. You can then add warmth to the face with bronzer.

TRICKS FOR CLEVER CONTOURING

If you are confused as to where to apply contour, take a make-up brush and line up your ear to the start of your smile line – that’s your guideline. Also, contour isn’t just for cheeks: foreheads can be minimised and noses transformed with some clever shading … Just remember to use a smaller brush for more detailed places, such as down the side of the nose.

WHERE DOES BRONZER COME IN?

While Irish women are great with a tan, there’s always confusion with bronzer. The golden rule is that contour creates a shadow on the face, bronzer adds warmth. Apply bronzer after contour by taking a large brush, load with product and create a large “3” shape, from the forehead, along the cheekbone and back around the jaw; repeat on the other side. Add a sweep down the nose and chin too, for a sun-kissed look. I call this the 3E technique.

Your perfect starter kit: Left, The Balm Mary-Lou-Manizer, €21.50, Top right, Sleek Face Form contour, highlight, and blush trio, €14.49, Bottom right, Kohl Blush in Captive, €22

AND WHAT ABOUT BLUSH AND HIGHLIGHTER?

Highlight adds brightness and a glow to the face, so apply this to areas you want to show off – the brow bone, and top of the cheek-bone, above contour. The cupid’s bow of the upper lip, and the bridge of the nose are also great places to highlight. The blush comes last, as it adds colour to the face. My cardinal rule is to choose one place – either the apples of the cheeks or up towards the hairline – but not both, as that can look overdone.

PEOPLE WITH GREAT CONTOURING

Emily Ratajkowski from Gone Girl is one of my favourites – she always seems to get it right on the red carpet.
I guess it’d be rude not to mention Kim Kardashian too. Her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, is unreal at transforming faces … I’m constantly on his Instagram.

EASY DOES IT

Finally, when it comes to contouring,I always say, think natural! I love my make-up, but going too severe can look false. Remember, you always have the option to build it up for a more impactful night-time look.

Get these beauty tips and more in the Image Magazine August issue, available nationwide.

Original Article: Image.ie 

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Celine Cummins – the Interior Designer Behind Sugar Culture

We’ve been lucky enough to have the incredible Celine Cummins design all our salons – the original Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar Blackrock, the newly designed Brown Sugar, Sugar Cubed, and Sugar Daddy.

With a meticulous eye for detail and impeccable taste, Céline’s designs are synonymous with the values and reputation of the Sugar Culture family.

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Celine began her career at 16 in Brown Thomas, rising quickly to full responsibility for window displays in her early twenties. She moved onto retail design and exhibition work, building an impressive international career that continues to this day.

No matter where in the world she is – from Manhattan to Paris, Celine has kept a keen eye out for influences and design inspiration from international salons. Her strong connections with Sugar Culture have led her to create mood boards with photos she has taken in an array of places.

Celine and Mark have known each other for over 10 years, with a strong working relationship that goes beyond words. Together they have designed beautiful salons with unique personalities and atmospheres. We wanted to take a look back and find out from the woman herself what inspired each one.

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The second Brown Sugar salon opened in 2008, with Céline coming in to recreate the luxurious atmosphere of the original, with a unique take.

The inspiration behind Brown Sugar Blackrock was luxury – a place where clients would feel pampered in the safe hands of staff.

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Show stopping Swarovski light fixtures decorate the salon, creating an implosion of light.

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Marble floors throughout the salon with wood paneling on each station gives warmth to the salon. The darkened therapy room is a tranquil space, ideal for clients that want to immerse themselves and relax in the Sugar Culture experience.

Like all the Sugar Culture salons, Celine was inspired to create a space that reflects the incredible staff. She wanted to give them credit with an interior that encapsulates the above-and-beyond attitude of all stylists and staff.

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When you step into a Sugar Culture salon, every sense is taken care of. From the handmade chocolates and delicious coffee, to the pure relaxation of a massage in the therapy room. Clients get more than just a service, they get an experience.

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Sugar Cubed

Sugar Cubed opened in 2013 and offers an original concept in hair and beauty for a new generation of fashionably slick individuals. The interior design encompasses the best in urban street style, mixed with creative flair and design.

Located on Clarendon Street, in the heart of the city centre, the salon is mindful of the influences impacting the capital. Celine is a fan of incorporating stylistic elements from different places and times.

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To get a sense of what the building would have been like in the past, Celine used a number of nostalgic elements like meat hooks for mirrors and leaded windows in the Therapy Room.

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Younger generations are often drawn to the past, and generations who have come through recessions even more so. Celine chose to incorporate these elements in the design to engage with this.

Each station is a vintage school desk, complete with names carved into the woodwork and inkwells that find new use as curling tong holders. This mix of the old and the new are what makes Sugar Cubed so memorable.

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One of the standout pieces in the salon is the state of the art shampoo basins with musical plugins, so clients can listen to their own music as they relax

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Brown Sugar

It was only fitting for Céline to redesign the flagship Brown Sugar salon at No.50 South William Street for our 10th Birthday.

Her original Brown Sugar design was renowned for its sleek design, synonymous with the luxury Brown Sugar service.

Celine’s original design was widely praised, the beginning of an amazing working relationship.

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The new redesign offers a cool, calm oasis in the midst of Dublin’s city centre. Opting for a palette of natural, bright colours, the design embraces the original architecture of the building.

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In the early stages of planning, Celine put together a mood board as always with a mixture of ideas for the design. The inspiration behind it was the feeling of dying and going to heaven – something three clients have already said to Mark since the salon opened!

Again, Celine wanted a salon worthy of the angelic staff, a caring atmosphere reflective of the Sugar Culture experience. Shafts of heavenly light adorn the foyer and salon rooms, falling directly onto the client and stylist.

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Each stylist has their own station, something important to Celine and Mark. This is just one of the many small touches that help staff go the extra mile each day. They’re able to stay attentive and focused on the service they are giving.

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The new salon also has white garment bags for clients, meaning that they’re belongings are kept separate and safe.

The foyer is restored to its former glory with pure white natural tones giving a spacious, heavenly feel to the salon and therapy rooms. Natural wooden floors are used throughout to balance out the elegant feel of the interior.

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One of Celine’s favourite aspects of the newly designed salon is the inclusion of a shower for clients. This means Brown Sugar can offer a complete transformative service. Clients going to an event from work can shower and change in the salon, with hair and make-up services on hand and a taxi waiting to drop their belongings home as they leave feeling refreshed and confident for the night.

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Little things like this mean that Sugar Culture clients get a personal treatment no matter what service they come in for. Each station has it’s own charging facilities and a hospitality station with drawers of magazines ready and waiting.

Sugar Daddy

2015 marked a shift in Sugar Culture to include the men of Dublin in the experience. The new high-end barber offering means we can welcome a new range of clients, just in time for Christmas!

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Sugar Daddy was created to offer trend-seeking Irish male consumers a high-quality barber. The Sugar Culture team felt that Dublin was lacking somewhere for male consumers with a comfortable, upmarket atmosphere. Offering a space exclusive to men allows them to feel like they belong.

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Using this brief, Celine created a comfortable, upmarket space for men to come and relax. She opted for dark Herringbone Parquet flooring, elaborately carved oak stations and white Quartz counter tops to give an elegant but masculine finish to the space.

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The overall feel is that of a gentlemen’s club with a classic colour palette of dark timbers and greens.

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With these four incredible salon interiors already done, we’re looking forward to working with Celine again for future projects. It wouldn’t be a Sugar Culture salon without her expert design!

Makeup for AW15

Now that it’s November we can no longer deny that we are well and truly into the Winter months. We love and welcome change here in Brown Sugar, especially a new season and the new trends it brings with it. We’ve looked to some of our favourites featured on the runways of AW15 to offer up the most on-trend looks and inspiration as we enter into what is undoubtedly the most glamourous time of year. It’s the perfect opportunity to be a little bolder in your makeup, and here are some of our favourite looks below.

Roberto Cavalli & Versace show just how effective a kohl eye can be even with a muted lip. It adds a little rock’n’roll edge that can transform your look from day to night

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If you usually focus on your lips when putting the finishes touches to your makeup, then the autumnal/winter colours are a dream to work with. Dark plum, cherry or a classic rouge are always a timeless look.

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If you want to ensure your eyes and lips are getting equal attention, then go for both like this gorgeous look on salon favourite Cara Delevigne

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Don’t be afraid to be bold and adventurous in trying new looks that our trained salon MUAs are all set to recreate for you this Autumn Winter

To book an appointment call us on

+353 1 616 9967 (South William Street)

or

+353 1 210 8630 (Blackrock)

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Debs Makeup Tips With Eilis Downey

Debs season is well and truely upon us. Here are some debs makeup tips as shared by Brown Sugar MUA Eilis Downey for your big day!

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1. Don’t go too colourful. You want your photos to last forever. Makeup trends go in and out of fashion, so stick to neutral colours and keep the look classic.

2. Use a good primer to absorb any oils and set with a translucent powder to make sure your makeup lasts the whole night.

3. Don’t match your makeup to your dress. Pink dress shouldn’t equal pink lips or eye shadow! Too much colour is overpowering.

4. Remember to bring a select few products with you. I would recommend bringing a lipstick and your powder to freshen up your makeup after a night on the dancefloor.

5. I would also recommend lashes individual or a soft strip of lashes to open up the eyes and give definition to the lash line.

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To make a booking with Eilis for debs makeup using KOHL Cosmetics in our South William Street salon call 01 616 9967

A change of colour doesn’t always mean committing

As the seasons change so do colour trends. This summer, blues, peaches and rose golds have been the go to shades. Such colours often require a lot of up keep and a lot of courage!

Introducing, L’Oreal Professional Chromative. This colour treatment is offered in Brown Sugar salons and is the perfect way to introduce a dramatic colour change, without the committal.

L’Oreal Chromative is available in a range of beautiful shades, offers amazing condition and shine with no hydrogen peroxide and no ammonia.

This treatment lasts up to 10 shampoos and is perfect for those who like to change their look regularly, or want to try colour for the first time.

Stylist Laura Reid recently added peach and rose gold tones to our Brown Sugar MUA Elis with amazing results.

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To book in a patch test and consultation for L’Oreal Chromative or for more information, simply call the salon to book an appointment

Brown Sugar South William Street – 01 616 9967

Brown Sugar Blackrock – 01 201 8630

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Dearbhla Keenan’s makeup product list for Pippa O’Connor

Brown Sugar MUA Dearbhla Keenan answers everyones burning question, what products did you use to create Pippa’s look?!

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Dearbhla talks us through what exactly she used on the stunning Pippa O’Connor for a recent shoot.

Capturing the light and playing up to Pippa’s natural beauty was key on the day. Dearbhla used the following products, all from Brown Sugar’s own range, KOHL Cosmetics, to do so;

On the face – KOHL Foundation Oil Free Matte in the shade ‘Vanilla Cream’. Concealer KOHL Dual Action Fluid in the shade ‘Soft Peach’ and to set KOHL Mineral Powder in the shade ‘Cream’. To contour KOHL Matte Bronze mixed with Satin Glow. For blush KOHL ‘Captive’ and highlight from Pippas fabulous new Blank Canvas palette.

For eyes – KOHL matte shadows in the shades Ivory, Coconut and Moccasin.

And finally for her lips – KOHL Natural Lip Pencil with a mix of Naked and Innocent lipsticks

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All of the KOHL Cosmetics mentioned above are available from Brown Sugar and Sugar Cubed salons.

Introducing makeup artist Eilis Downey

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We are delighted to welcome the highly talented Eilis Downey to our Brown Sugar South William Street makeup team!

As you can see from the work below, Eilis has an amazing eye for colour and creates strong, eye catching looks in the most flawless manner.

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We cannot wait to see what looks Eilis’ distinct makeup style will bring to Brown Sugar.

To book an appointment with Eilis you can call our South William Street salon on (01) 616 9967

 

 

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Introducing Lee Edward Stinton to the Brown Sugar team

 

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Lee Edward Stinton, has just joined the Brown Sugar team and we are extremely excited about our latest Blackrock salon member.

Take a look at some of his amazing work and you will soon see why we are gloating!

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To book in for an appointment with Lee on 01 210 8630 or book online http://www.brownsugar.ie/brown-sugar-book-online/