And Other Stories Make Up
I had never been into an & Other stories shop or bought anything from there before, so when I was walking past with Aaron at the weekend I knew I had to have a quick peek. A few of their items were on my wish list so I went straight to the make up (of course).
I actually wasn’t planning on getting a blusher but just LOOK AT IT. I am a sucker for clever or pretty packaging, so a Shakespeare quote embossed on the top of a blusher? Done. I chose ‘Satin Magenta’, a very pretty light pink and it was £10 which I think is very reasonable. You can buy it HERE.
The Total Re-Touch pen is marketed as a concealer and highlighter but my under eye circles need something with a bit more oomph than this, so I have been using it as a highlighter only. It is a lovely subtle shimmery highlighter in a click pen (similar to the YSL Touche Eclat one). When I first used it, I thought it was broken as I was clicking for about 5 minutes with no product coming out so be patient on the first use! This was £10. I can’t find this online anymore but hopefully it’s available in store.
I am definitely going to pop back and have a look at some other items (the contouring cream is calling to me…)
Have you tried anything by & Other Stories? What would you recommend?
OPI It’s Totally Fort Worth It
This little beauty is a polish from the 2011 Texas collection. When I first saw this collection I didn’t fall in love, so I’m really glad that I tried a few of the polishes because they really surprised me.
Soap and Glory Glow All Out
I have been looking for a highlighter powder for a while but none had caught my eye. Then I saw this gorgeous beast, Soap and Glory Glow All Out, in Boots.
Described as ‘luminizing radiance face powder’, this is a light rose pink colour with a lovely golden shimmer. It also comes in a really cute compact that you wouldn’t feel embarrassed getting out in public to touch up your make up.
The photos show the powder applied after foundation and before blusher. My rosacea was playing up a bit today so I took the second to last photo once it had calmed down to show you the true colour. I feel like this makes me skin glow without looking over the top – no one wants to look like a disco ball at work!
I got this in Boots for £11 which is a bargain as I think it will last ages – you can buy it HERE.
OPI Don’t Talk Bach To Me
OPI Don’t Talk Bach To Me is from the OPI Germany collection (I just love this nail polish’s name!)
This is a chartreuse shimmery polish. It is so unusual that I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not for a long time. But I think I’m falling on the side of ‘like’. It feels like the perfect shade for spring and I don’t have anything else similar.
This was two thin coats of nail varnish, topped with Seche Vite.
You can buy it HERE, if you’re as big a fan as me.
OPI You’re Such A Budapest
This sexy little beast is from OPI’s new Euro Centrale collection – OPI You’re Such A Budapest is a lovely lilac creme with a subtle shimmer that you can only see in bright sunlight.
I love that this is a beautiful mix between a pastel purple and a periwinkle blue, it’s something a bit different for spring/summer.
Also, I think this name is definitely one of my favourites of all the OPI puns!
You can buy this polish HERE. If you want to see the other polishes I have reviewed from this collection you can check them out here: Polka.com, Vant To Bite My Neck, I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw, Eurso Euro and My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours.
Gabrini 363 Nail Varnish
Today’s swatch is the excitingly-named Gabrini 363 nail varnish (I HATE polishes with no names… it just seems like such a missed opportunity for fun!)
So apparently Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013 is Emerald which is wonderful news as green is my all time favourite colour. And this nail varnish definitely fits the emerald bill. This is a lovely dark green shimmer polish that has a beautiful glow in the light. This makes me feel quite Christmassy!
This is two coats of Gabrini 363 nail varnish topped with my usual Seche Vite.
You can find Gabrini’s full range HERE, although for some reason that website says that number 363 is a red polish… perhaps they’ve changed the names since I bought this! Worth bearing in mind before ordering though.
This is the beautiful OPI ‘Animal-istic’ nail varnish. Look at that glow!