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& Other Stories loot and reviews from my swap with Laala

And Other Stories Loot

My body is all a-tingle!

Several months ago, I stumbled upon a new brand under H&M called & Other Stories, which had its own cosmetics line. That was so well-designed that I MUST HAVE THEM. Sadly, they are not available in the US, which is a country from which I can order from pretty easily, so I shoved all most of my desire for it deep down my throat and looked at the other pretties. I posted about a swap with Laala, and this is actually where it all began. In her letter, she mentioned that a lot of stuff was gone by the time she got to the counters (since it was the holiday season), but I think she got me a bunch of great stuff, actually, all of which I will attempt to give a fair review in a single post. For reasons.

And Other Stories - Bouclé Greige

The first one is an Eyebrow Pencil in Bouclé Greige, which she said she eyeballed from my blog photos. First of all, the color is spot-on, which is amazing. The pencil itself is creamy (not waxy), but it doesn’t budge after you leave it alone for a while. It can appear a bit harsh but I de-harshed it by running a spoolie over my brows.

VERDICT: YAY

And Other Stories - Percaline Khaki

Next up is an eye colour in Percaline Khaki. I’ve always wanted a beautiful gold-toned khaki, and this is exactly it. It’s really quite buttery and is such a great color for Laala to pick for me. 🙂

And Other Stories - Percaline Khaki - Case

I am also in love with the transparent case, with the information printed on top of the lid. So, so, so pretty.

VERDICT: YAY

And Other Stories - Canvas Taupe - Label

Lastly, and the one that started this whole thing, a beautiful dusty rose blusher called Canvas Taupe. This is the product that called out to me when I first saw the & Other Stories line, and of course it’s because of that Shakespeare quote.

And Other Stories - Blush - Canvas Taupe - Cracks

Unfortunately, it broke in transit and I may have to re-press it or crumble it up into a loose powder. In any case, the texture of the blush is quite smooth and soft (presumably why it broke in the first place, despite several bubble wrap safeguarding plans.

VERDICT: YAY

Still, it is useable and beautiful, as you can see from the swatch below:

And Other Stories - Bouclé Greige, Percaline Khaki, Canvas Taupe - Swatches
Swatched, L-R: Bouclé Greige, Percaline Khaki, Canvas Taupe

And here is everything on my face:
And Other Stories - Face 2

Other things on my face: Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Static, Le Métier de Beauté Precision Ink in Noir, Maybelline The Hypercurl Mascara*, Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Ascend, Dior Addict Lip Glow.

Illamasqua Liner - Ascend - Eyes

I basically used Percaline Khaki as an all over lid wash, lined my upper lash line with the Le Métier de Beauté Precision Ink and lined my lower lash line with Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Ascend.

And Other Stories Percaline Khaki - Eye Open

Then, I curled my lashes and applied mascara. I used a bit of Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite on the inner quarter of the lid. You can see some light blue reflects on that inner part better when my lids are lowered:

And Other Stories Percaline Khaki - Eye Closed

And Other Stories Face

And Other Stories - Body Wash - Fig Fiction

Last but not the least, this Body Wash in Fig Fiction. This is a beautiful-smelling wash that lathers up and foams up a storm. It smells really woodsy and has a weird slightly coconutty smell that doesn’t seem to be in the “scent profile.” I’ve been alternating it with my LUSH Grass Shower Gel.

VERDICT: YAY

To be honest, this just makes me want to try more from the brand. If I didn’t have the amount of makeup I have now, I probably would exclusively use this since the price point is not too insane, and the colors are both fun and great for everyday. The quality is also great.

& Other Stories’ parent company is H&M. H&M’s animal testing policy: All of our cosmetic products are made without animal testing.

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24 Comments

  1. Zoë says

    yay! So excited to see you loving everything, that eyeshadow is lovely, I was super tempted to grab it as well but I ended up just leaving with the blush only (WHY DIDN’T I BUY MORE?!)

  2. ranne says

    sana magkaron ng & Other stories pag nagbukas na yung H&M here in the Philippines. hmmm… anyway, Canvas taupe looks good on you! 🙂

    • Sana nga e! But I doubt it kasi kahit sa States, wala. 😦 Parang dinadahan-dahan nila yung Europe. Kakabukas lang yata sa Belgium.

      Thank you 🙂

  3. It’s so sad that the quote in Canvas Taupe might be gone if you re-pressed or crumble it. 😦

  4. The addition of that blue sparkle is pure genius! These textures all look lovely on you and I really like the clean packaging of this line. Must scope it out again when I’m in London.

    • Hee, thank ya! I am so sad I can’t get more of it. It’s definitely a great line, as far as my own experience goes.

  5. I’m gutted the blush broke, but I’m really glad you liked everything. I spent ages in & Other Stories swatching! That eyeshadow looks gorgeous on you… I’m trying to remember why I didn’t pick one up for myself 😉

    • Zoë says

      Hehe because of Burberry 😉

      Also she’s not lying about the “ages” 😀

      • Oooh, shadows from Burberry? 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try them but I couldn’t bring myself to. Maybe in the future!

    • It’s alright, it’s performing really well and I love it. 😀 I think it would have looked lovely on you!

      • I’m glad. Yes, I got a couple of eyeshadows from Burberry that I’d had my eye on — I’ve actually got a post coming up on them soon 🙂 I adore Burberry eyeshadows, the two I owned prior to purchasing the two on that trip are probably my most-used eyeshadows.

  6. Eee guess what? We’re getting & Other Stories in Brussels this summer! I’m so definitely eyeing this eyeshadow, and the blush looks looooovely, too!

  7. Percaline Khaki is gorgeous on you! That greeny-gold shade suits brown eyes perfectly. That said, I have green eyes and I’ve been searching for an eyeshadow in that exact color for what feels like forever (and now I’m green-eyed with jealousy, because this brand apparently doesn’t ship to the US!).

    • Aw, thank you so much! 🙂 I feel like it’s only a matter of time! I’m very tempted to enlist a forwarding courier to get moarrrr

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