And Other Stories Make Up

And Other Stories Make Up

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?

Lex

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Oriflame Illuminating Pearls

Oriflame Illuminating Pearls

Oriflame Illuminating Pearls

A few weeks ago I went to my first bloggers party, held by Scarlett London. There were a few different brands there to talk to bloggers and demonstrate their products. One of them was Oriflame, who I’d never heard of. Their products looked very good though and I was particularly interested in the Illuminating Pearls. I keep getting incredibly tempted by the Guerlain Meteorites but end up talking myself out of them. I was hoping that these would be a lower budget stepping stone to them.

I’m afraid I’m still on the look out. I really didn’t like the packaging. My usual test is ‘how would I feel getting this out of my handbag on the tube?’ This looks quite cheap, it actually reminds me of a pretend make up set I had as a child. I don’t know whether it’s the colours or the flower design on the top, but I’m not sold on it. The physical design of the packaging is good, the closing cap seems secure and I wouldn’t be worried about the top coming loose.

(EDIT Feb 2016: It looks like the packaging how now changed and I really like it! It looks a lot more expensive and classy so perhaps they’ve listened to feedback… You can see it HERE)

The beads are a mixture of pink, green, gold, white and purple. Each pearl colour is designed to have a different effect on the skin.

  • Purple – brightens the complexion
  • Green – counteracts redness
  • Pink – makes skin look more even
  • White – illuminates by highlighting
  • Gold – increases radiance

I did think that my skin looked more even and highlighted after using this powder but it also looked really glittery. Every time I looked in the mirror it was all I could see. I wanted this to look natural, that blogger cliche of ‘my skin but better’ and this was where it fell down. It looked like I was wearing a highlighting powder.

I think I will still wear this perhaps on a night out when I don’t mind looking a bit more ‘done’ but it’s not an every day look for me.

Lex

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*This item was sent to me for review

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