Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rose Gold Nails - Rimmel 'Gilty Pleasure' Swatch + Comparison

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The rose gold trend has been knocking around for a few years now and shows no signs of going anywhere - it's a colour that seems to suit every season. This Summer, Rimmel have released three new nail polishes and a small collection of lipstick in sleek rose gold packaging to celebrate their 15 year partnership with model Kate Moss.

I bought one of the lipsticks, I'll show you that again (if you're curious, Gemma at Beauty Nook blogged about three of the shades in this post). For now, I want to talk about the nail polish. There are three shades available:

The one that caught my eye was that middle one, Gilty Pleasure. These are from the Super Gel range, which I haven't tried before. It's a two-step polish system, the first being the colour, the second a topcoat. I don't own the topcoat so I just used two coats of the colour in these pictures. I'm sure any topcoat would prolong the wear time, in my experience no rose gold colour lasts more than a day or two without a topcoat anyway, it tends to go very dull on its own.

I dug out my other rose gold nail polishes to see how they compared, shade-wise.

The Rimmel one (second from left) is very similar to Essie's cult shade Penny Talk (third from left). The Essie is slightly shinier, but there's not a huge difference on the nails. The Orly shades both have a bit of shimmer, and the Lacura one from Aldi is completely different on the colour wheel, it's more similar on the nails.

The Rimmel 15 year anniversary products are available on stands now - I picked up a lipstick along with the nail polish for €6.95 and €7.95 respectively and got a free Bronzer, so keep an eye out on stands for special introductory offers. RRP on both polish and lipstick is €10.99, there's currently a Buy One Get One Half Price offer at Boots on Rimmel products.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Booktube-a-thon 2016 Information & TBR

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Booktube-a-thon is one of my favourite things of the whole year. Seriously, I think about it from January on - it's an annual celebration of books and reading, created and hosted by Ariel Bissett - it's just a lovely week where everyone tries to read more, interact with other readers, and share lots of book love. This year, it's running from July 18th - 24th.

For information on what Booktube-a-thon is, have a look at this years information video.

Even though the week is predominantly based around YouTube, you do NOT have to be a Booktuber to take part. You don't even have to blog. You just have to love books and reading. Every year this gets bigger and bigger, and I would love to see more people from Ireland and the UK taking part.

Every year, there are seven challenges. I really love the challenge prompts this year!

Here are my choices:

A book with yellow on the cover - The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker
A book that must only be read after sunset - Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
A book I discovered through BookTube - Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger (discovered this via Emily May's Goodreads but she does YouTube too so that totally counts)
A book by one of my favourite authors - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
A book older than me - The Beetle by John Marsh (written 1897)
A book and movie - Mermaids by Patty Dann, movie starring Cher & Winona Ryder
A seventh book - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Will I manage seven books this Booktube-a-thon? I definitely didn't manage to complete it last year, but I went over the year before. The worst thing that could happen is that I get stuck on something boring and it takes my reading mojo with it (exactly what happened last year) but keep an eye on the Booktube-a-thon YouTube or Twitter if you want to participate with challenges and readalongs!

Please let me know if you're taking part this year and I'll update the post to include links if you post about it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Glossybox 3 Month Subscription - Worth the Money?

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A few days ago on my Facebook page, I mentioned that you can get a good deal on Glossybox at the moment if you live in Ireland but use the UK site. Currently, the 3 month subscription costs €54 on the Irish site. It's £38 if you use the UK site - £35 if you use the code "SWEET30" at the checkout. That works out to €41/€42 (depending on the exchange rate on any given day) for three boxes, delivered.

But - is it worth it?

Last year, I subscribed to Glossybox via a rolling monthly subscription. After 7 months I ended the subscription because the exchange rate was rising every month and I didn't feel like the products reflected the price. When a relative gave me a 3 month subscription in May, I have to admit I wasn't over the moon.


I received my first box at the end of May - it wasn't the May box, that was out of stock, it was a special "Starter" box. I would have preferred to wait for the June box, but to be honest, the Starter one was pretty good. Product prices quoted are current Boots Ireland prices or where not applicable, from the brand websites.

The Starter Box contained:

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor | Full Size | Worth €14.50
Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection SPF 30 | Travel Mini | Worth €8
Hairon Zero Crease Hair Tie x3 | Full Size | Worth €4.80
Manna Kadar Lash Primer | Travel Size | Worth €8.50
MUA PowerPout Lip Glaze | Full Size | Worth €4.20

Total Box Worth | €40

I had previously received the razor and the lash primer in Glossyboxes last year - I loved the razor, so was really happy with that. I didn't use the lash primer first time round, probably won't use it this time. I do like the hair ties, I'm not mad about the lip gloss, I liked the Hawaiian Tropic, it smells gorgeous.


The June 2016 box had five products and one bonus product. It contained:

Ladival Sun Protection Spray SPF 15 | Full Size | Worth €15
Spa To You Konjac Sponge | Full Size | Worth €9.60
De Bruyére After-Sun Lotion | Travel Size | Worth €11.40
Emité Lip & Cheek Tint | Full Size | Worth €15
Starskin Eye Catcher Eye Mask (2 Sachets) | Full Size | Worth €9.80
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Hair Treatment | Single Use Sachet | Worth €1.30 (bonus)

Total Box Worth | €62.10

I thought this was a great box. I had never heard of most of the brands before, I really like Konjac sponges and eye masks. I loved the Aussie treatment, I use that anyway, and the after sun smells so lovely that I've been using it on my arms even though we haven't been having much sun. Really enjoyed this box, even though I wasn't particulary bothered about the lip tint.


The July box arrived today (Tuesday) and it was another really brilliant box. It contained:

Hairon De-tangle Brush | Full Size | Worth €8.40
Blank Canvas F20 Foundation Brush | Full Size | Worth €14.99
Utan and Tone Gradual Tan Night Cream | Mini Size | Worth €15
Hawaiian Tropic Lip Gloss SPF 25 | Full Size | Worth €9
Icona Milano Waterproof Mascara | Full Size | Worth €15.60

Total Box Worth | €62.99

This box also contained a recipe card from the Eat Beautiful: Nourish Your Skin Inside and Out cookbook by Wendy Rowe. I was over the moon to see the Blank Canvas brush in there - my own one broke a few months ago. The tan is an interesting concept, new mascara is always welcome, and I'll definitely try the detangling brush. I wasn't as interested in the lipgloss and I was disappointed to see a third box in a row with a pink lip product.

Overall - Glossybox have improved an awful lot since last year. I was becoming more and more irritated with the amount of lip balms and strange skincare products, but they seem to be on a roll at the minute. A great mix of makeup tools, hair care, and treatments. On the back of these three boxes, I resubscribed for another three months the other day and I'm more than happy to pay €41 for €165 worth of products. Next month is the company's fifth birthday, and they have released their "Sneak Peek" - a full sized MUA Eyeshadow Palette. If you're a subscriber, you can choose your own palette from four different ones (before July 14th, otherwise you'll receive a random selection).


I'd recommend Glossybox - but as with anything, you do not NEED this. If you'd love a monthly treat and are prepared to pay for it, great. If you don't, please don't think I'm telling you that you're missing out - saving a tenner a month for three months and going into Boots with €30 quid in your pocket would be just as gratifying - you do not need this. If you are interested, I'd recommend it. But please don't just run and subscribe because "Sharon said I needed it" - I'm really conscious of not making people feel like they need to spend money just because others do, so think before you spend. Don't be coming back to me in a month's time telling me the August box was shite and I've made you waste money. Also, if you do subscribe for 3 months, read the terms and conditions, and make sure you cancel before your time is up unless you want to be charged at the end of the 3 months again. If you buy a monthly subscription, you may be charged for the next monthly box depending on when you cancel (I was, last year). There has been so much talk about bloggers and "digital influencers" peddling products - people need to remember that they are in charge of how they choose to spend their own money. Do not rush into things because others say they're great - think about it, read reviews, weigh up the pros and cons - every first time purchase is a risk. It's up to you whether or not you take it, nobody else!

So - what do you think? Personally I think it's a huge improvement on last year and I really hope they can maintain this standard. Less pink lip things would also be great. A little mauve would be welcome!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Books I Read in June

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This month, I've had a bit of blogger's block, but thankfully not reader's block - I abandoned the TV altogether in June (apart from a nightly episode of Buffy) and managed to get 19 books finished.

The Rick O'Shea Book Club

This month, there were two choices - Conor O'Callaghan's debut novel Nothing on Earth, and the Pulitzer-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. I had already read the Conor O'Callaghan one, I bought the other but didn't get to it.

Nothing on Earth by Conor O'Callaghan
Set on a ghost estate in Ireland in modern times. Our narrator is cagey, only giving us tidbits of information at a time, but eventually we hear the story of a family who gradually go missing one by one - culminating in a knock on a door one late Summer evening. Really tense, creepy, and disturbing. In a "read it now" kinda way.


Last year, I went on a Netgalley requesting binge and I still had some of those sitting on my dashboard so I tried to get through most of them this month.

Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch (available now)
These books are such a great resource for readers - you can download this and the adult one for free at the Publishers Lunch website here. This one contains extracts from 20 upcoming Young Adult reads coming up in the latter half of the year. Standouts for me included The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, and Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (published August 23)
Anne and Marco are married and have a 6 month old baby. One night they go next door for a party with their neighbours, but when they return home, the baby is gone. A good twisty thriller, believable characters, I couldn't put it down. Really enjoyed it.

Don't You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping (available now)
The Breakfast Club obsessed Cara works in a video shop that's due to close soon. She wants to save the shop, but doesn't know how - meanwhile, there's a school reunion coming up. Could this be Cara's chance to pull off her own perfect John Hughes prom moment? Full of 80s movie references and a quick read, this was a nice light summer choice. I'm a sucker for a school reunion book.

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (available now)
Post-apocalyptic, set in California after a major drought. Liz is a former model who was used as the poster child for the drought - but now she's all grown up and trying to find her way to a safer place along with her boyfriend Ray. A bit hipster-y for me - I found it boring, I didn't enjoy it.

Himself by Jess Kidd (published October 27)
Handsome stranger Mahony comes to the little Irish village of Mulderrig under a cloud of suspicion - the villagers don't like people poking around asking questions. Especially when they ask questions about Orla Sweeney, a notorious hellraiser who vanished from the village 26 years ago with her baby. Mahony finds unlikely allies as the village begins to get tangled in its own web of lies - a really enjoyable, witty, story with a wicked sense of humour. Recommended.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman (published September 6)
Maribeth Klein is so busy with work and parenting that she doesn't even realise she has had a heart attack. Stressed out and under pressure from several angles, she decides to walk out of her life and go find her birth mother in Pittsburgh. I didn't enjoy this, I thought the main character was selfish and her decisions were inexplicable. I also thought the supporting characters weren't well developed and seemed to just slot in with whatever mood the main character was in at a particular time.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent (published July 14)
"My husband didn't mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it". So goes the opening line - the husband in question is a high profile Judge with a loving wife and son. When he kills the aforementioned Annie Doyle, the family members go in different directions. One goes into shock, the other goes into survival mode, and the third becomes obsessed with the victim. Set in Dublin in the 1980s, this is one of my favourites of the year so far.

Those Summer Nights by Mandy Baggot (available now)
Imogen is disgusted when her wreckless brother Harry buys a restaurant in Corfu. Harry wants Immy to help him set it up and run it - but Immy is happy working as a waitress in the UK as she waits to see if her dream job interview was successful. She goes to Greece with Harry to try and dissuade him from the idea, but when she gets there and meets the former owner and their family, will she want to come home? Summer romance, predictable, but with a sharper wit than many others in the genre.

The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant (available now)
Millie Hopkin comes to the small village of Honeybourne to take over a rundown bakery and renovate it. Millie has some secrets that are fast catching up with her, can she outrun them? Meanwhile, Jasmine Green reaches out to Millie but is her own family in trouble? A quick, easy read. Not actually much baking/bakery involved despite the title and cover, the bakery is just a side plot.

Other Fiction

My Map of You by Isabelle Broom
Recommended to me by Aoife (Pretty Purple Polka Dots), this is another Greek holiday story that's an easy Summer read. Holly finds out that she's now the owner of a property in Greece and leaves London behind to go and find out more about her family and what happened in Greece. Set on Zanthe, really Summery and a fairly good story.

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Having read and kind-of enjoyed Horrorstor by the same author last year, I picked this up. It's set in the 80s, and centres around two best friends - Gretchen and Abby. The girls experiment with drugs at a party and one of them will never be the same again - is she possessed, and what can the other one do about it? Equal parts satire and homage, I enjoyed this a lot even if it did venture into completely weird gory territory more than once.

Fellside by M.R Carey
Because I loved The Girl With All the Gifts, I picked this up blind. Big mistake. Big. Huge. This isn't at all like the author's first book (why should it be? Totally my fault for making assumptions) - this is a gritty female prison drama with a hint of the Supernatural. It reminded me a lot of Bad Girls and had a lot of stereotypes - the grass, the butch one, the liar, etc. Took a while to get through, it was okay.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Carmel Summer Wakeford is  8 years old and has a history of wandering off. When Carmel gets lost again at a Children's Literary Festival, her mother is beside herself - where has she gone? This is told from the POV of both "gifted child" Carmel and her mother, so we do find out what happened. This was okay - it was a bit weird and repetitive toward the middle, I wasn't mad keen on the religion element, and I felt Carmel's voice too adult at times, but it was fine.

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
A good-girl-gone-bad tale about Hannah Dexter, transformed into "Dex" by popular bad girl Lacey. Contains a lot of mature content including sex, drugs, satanism, ritual abuse - really didn't like this and felt like I'd seen Lacey a million times before. I didn't feel there was much in the way of plot and what was there seemed to want to shock rather than tell a story.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
1918, off the coast of Australia, a lighthouse. Tom Sherbourne is a former soldier who takes the isolated job as lighthouse keeper. 1926 - Tom is now married to Isobel. They long for a family of their own but sadly, tragedy strikes multiple times. When a boat washes ashore one day containing the dead body of a man and a very much alive baby, the couple have to make a heartbreaking decision. Will they phone the authorities, or will they raise the child as their own? What if doing the right thing isn't always the right thing to do? Adored this book.

The Girls by Emma Cline
Influenced by the activities of the infamous Charles Manson cult, this follows Evie Boyd in the 60s in California and in the present day. Evie spots beautiful, enigmatic girls in the local park when she is 14. Desperate to be like them and to be noticed, Evie gets involved in the dark world of Russell, a cult leader. Hard to stomach in places, but a good read nonetheless. Very evocative and sixties - the 60s chapters were much more engaging than the 00s ones.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2016, this is a tale translated from Korean about a woman, Yeong-hye, who makes the decision to become vegan (not vegetarian) after a dream. Her husband and family are shocked, this is far outside the cultural and social norm. Told in three sections, this is a very weird, gory little book that uses veganism as the vehicle for a story about mental illness and obsession. I don't know if I loved it or hated it, but it has stayed with me since I read it.

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
A YA story about two girls, one a Princess, the other an Alchemist. When the Princess accidentally curses herself with a love potion meant for someone else, a Wilde Hunt is called - several Alchemists are summoned to go on a trek to try to find the ingredients to make an antidote. Among them, Samantha Kemi, who wants to win so she can use the money for her family. Quite juvenile but I'd probably read the sequel if I wanted something light and airy between thrillers.

That was it - no non-fiction and no audiobooks this month, which surprised me when writing this round-up. July is Booktube-a-thon month - very excited!! This year it runs from July 18-24. If you're a book blogger, youtuber or just an avid reader and you want to get involved, keep an eye the Booktube-a-thon twitter account here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Root Touch-Ups - Spray, Wax, or Powder?

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I've been getting grey hairs since I was in my early 20s - In my case it runs in the family, but dying my hair from the age of 12 (thanks, Angela Chase) hasn't helped. I get most of my greys at the roots, so if I don't colour it every 6 weeks I end up with a spread of grey from the roots out.

I don't like dying my hair every 5-6 weeks - it's an absolute pain. I don't go to a Salon, I've always just done it at home - but it's still a chore I hate, so I like to extend it as long as possible. There are a range of different root touch-up products on the market at the minute, from sprays to wax to powder - so I bought three different ones to see which one worked the best. These products are also suitable for covering regrowth between colours, not just for grey hair.

These photographs were all taken on my phone as I used the products, so if you see any blur it's down to camera quality, not photo editing. My hair hasn't been edited in any photo.

L'Oréal Hair Touch up Root Concealer 

This is a spray. The can contains 75ml of product. It has a tiny nozzle, meaning you can direct the product to the exact spot you need to cover up.

Available From: | Price: €14.99
Shades Available: Dark Blonde, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black. 

Pros: Very fast to use | Covers greys instantly | Doesn't feel sticky | Fades out
Cons: If you're not careful, you can end up spraying your scalp or forehead instead of your hair.
Rating: 6/10

Colourstick Root Touch up Stick

This is a wax stick. The stick looks like lipstick, and it contains 4.9g of product. You essentially colour in the grey parts of your hair. It washes out. 

Available | Price: €9.95
 Shades Available: Light Brown, Mid Brown, Dark Brown, Black, Copper Red 

Pros: Easy to use | One Stick has 50 applications | Free delivery worldwide
Cons: Feels waxy | Looks greasy | Pulls hard on the roots when colouring in. 
Rating: 4/10

Color Wow Root Cover Up

This is a mineral powder. The compact comes with a double-ended brush and includes a mirror. You brush the powder on to any grey areas and it clings to the hair. It fades out or washes with shampoo.

Available From: Beauty Features, Shampoo.ieMillies | Price: €38-€38.50
Shades Available: Platinum Blonde, Blonde, Redhead, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Black
Pros: Lasts for ages | Looks natural | Easy to use | No fallout | Covers greys
Cons: Expensive 
Rating: 9/10

The Color Wow is by far my favourite - it looks and feels natural, and it's a great match. The powder doesn't fall out, it clings to the hair and stays put. You can see the usage on mine and I've had that over a year - I've only just bought a new one because I misplaced it but I won't have to open it for months. The only drawback is the price - but it works out as great value over time. If you can find a shade to suit you, that's the one I'd happily recommend. Sprays or Waxes aren't for me, unfortunately. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Five Star Friday #3 - Sweet Home by Carys Bray

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Every so often, usually a Sunday, I like to take a few hours for myself and spend them browsing different book websites, stocking up my Kindle, and adding to my always-growing TBR pile. One such Sunday, I came across this collection of short stories by Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley.

Published | 2012
Page Count | 156
Genre(s) | Fiction, Short Story, Contemporary, Magical Realism

A collection of 17 short stories themed around family or parenting. There's a fairytale element to some (The Ice Baby, a story about a man who carves a much-wanted baby from ice to please his wife), but overall it's a fascinating take on family and the various trials and tribulations parents go through. Stand out stories include "The Rescue", in which a father is trying to save his son from the grip that drugs hold over him; "Love: Terms and Conditions", where a mother is determined not to make the same mistakes her own parents did, and "The Countdown", which takes a look at the worries of a first time father. Some of the stories are not for the faint of heart - they can get very, very dark and touch on subjects that may be uncomfortable for some to read about.

Even though some of the stories had a slight fantasy element to them and others veered into very dark territory, this was a relatable, interesting collection. At the core, most parents worry about the same things. Whether their children will fall in with the wrong crowd (whether or not their children are the wrong crowd), bullying, drugs, making mistakes, repeating history - each story is a slice of someone's life and gives just enough information about them so that we can get a feel, a snapshot, a few moments in their head.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Behind Green Eyes Big Birthday Giveaway Worth €175

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If you've followed me on Snapchat for any length of time you're probably sick of hearing me bang on about this giveaway - but it's finally here. I don't do them often - but when I do, I like to give away things that I'd love myself, just to say thanks for reading and for being supportive and lovely. So over the past few months I've been collecting up a few things here and there to try and represent all the things I love. With the exception of the makeup bag (kindly given to me by Nicki of My Shining Armour with an order - I have one already so I'm passing this on) I've bought everything here myself and nothing was sent to me to review.

There WILL be a second prize, kindly given to me by a fabulous company that I know a lot of you love - but more on that later in the week.

This giveaway will run until June 21st, my birthday, so you have 8 days to enter.

To enter, either leave a comment on this blog post including the best way to contact you if you win or pop over to Behind Green Eyes on Facebook and leave a comment on the Giveaway Post. I'll put all names into a spreadsheet and let pick a winner on the evening of the 21st, wifi permitting. That's two chances to win. 

So, what can you win?

An old shoebox! Wooo!

Ahh, that looks better...but what's inside?

One winner will receive:

  1. To-Do List and Pen from Penneys
  2. Purederm Exfoliating Foot Mask
  3. Purederm Mud Face Mask
  4. "Follow Your Heart" Notebook from Penneys
  5. "You're Better than Unicorns" Pen from
  6. Heath & Heather Organic Coconut Green Tea
  7. Catrice Nail Polish in "The Sky So Fly"
  8. Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Matte Lips in "Ravie en Rose"
  9. Cocoa Brown Instant Bronzing Gel Shimmer
  10. 3 Pairs Supersoft Trainer Liners from Penneys
  11. 15-Piece Face & Eye brush set from Jessup
  12. Purederm Eye & Neck Hydro Gold Gel Mask
  13. Intensive Hair Treatment Mask
  14. Dealz Magic Sponge Erasers
  15. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Sachet
  16. Dr. Organic Snail Gel Mask
  17. "Things Are Totally Gonna Work Out" Notebook by
  18. Book - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  19. "This Bag Contains My Face" Makeup Bag from My Shining Armour
  20. Deals Food Bags
  21. Ardell Demi Wispies
  22. Duo Glue
  23. Bourjois Volume One Seconde Ultra Black Mascara
  24. Sleek Face Contour Kit
  25. NYX Matte Lip Cream in "Milan"
  26. Yankee Candle Tart in "Sage & Sea Salt"
  27. Sulá Sweets - Fruit Mix & Butterscotch
  28. Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner
  29. Garlic Press
  30. Penneys Individual Lashes
  31. Beverly Hills Perfect White Black Toothpaste
  32. Waxperts Beautiful Body Oil
  33. Dealz Silicone Egg Poachers
  34. Moo Goo Goats Milk Cleansing Bar
There were Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in there too but I ate them. I am but human. I'll pop some more in before the box goes out!! 

I tried to get a good mix of things - that garlic press (the thing that looks like a corkscrew) has made my life so much easier, it twists instead of pressing and it's brilliant for cooking. The Sulá sweets are 0.5 Syns per sweet on Slimming World - just don't eat more than 4 or 5 at a time unless you have loads of toilet paper to use up. I speak from experience. 

So, that's it - best of luck!