nails and "& other stories"

Before my eyebrow issue, i barely cared about make-up and beauty in general. I didn't wear any make-up, didn't do my nails, didn't have a hair care routine (still don't) and yeah, i was pretty much natural, besides my eye make-up routine ( curling, applying mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner). I didn't even know about all the steps you have to take to apply make-up properly. And yeah, as i had already mentioned, i watched a whole lot of beauty blogger videos, and now i feel so much more encouraged to learn how to use make-up. I know that I actually don't need it, because my skin isn't bad, but it isn't flawless either. I have dark spots all over my face, my skin tone is uneven and i have heavy shadows underneath my eyes. And just recently i fucked up my eyebrows again. I know i know. Iam not happy about it either. I bleached them when i bleached my hair. Gosh do i look shit now when i don't have any make-up on. Without my lash extensions it would look even worse. Anyway, it does make a difference, using stuff like primer and concealer. When i apply primer and CC cream, my eyebrow shadow lasts much longer and I look less dull. I buy beauty products all the time these days. When i go to the drug store or online. Iam eager to look the best i can. After so many years iam still on the search for the perfect eyeliner. I think i used to have a really really good gel eyeliner form Japan, but i don't remember which one it was. Bobby Brown ain't that good. It smugdes after some time. As for Liquid pencil liners I havn't found the perfect one yet either. The Maybelline Hypersharp Liner is really really good, but it's not being sold on the German Market. Why : ( I got one at the launch of it in Vietnam last year, it really served me well, the only thing i didn't like was that it draws very thin lines. I'd like such an eyeliner but i little less thin. 

When I was in Berlin on Monday, for one day only, i went to "& other stories" and spent a fairly good amount of time in their beauty section. I was looking for nail polish and eyeliner. They had two different liquid pencil liners, one from their own brand, and one from another brand. The one from "& other stories" had a too stiff brush. I can't draw proper lines with a brush that isn't flexible, so i decided to give the other one a try. I tried the tester and bought it, despite the price of 12€. Quite expensive isn't it. But eyeliner is something i use regularly, so it could be considered an investment. I invest 12€, 12€ make me look pretty haha. Nail polish came at 7€ per bottle, about the same price as "essie" nail polish. The bottle and colours looked so nice, so i wanted to give them a shot as well. 

 

from left to right: Gazar Bronze, Mohair Khaki & Worsted Aubergine

from left to right: Gazar Bronze, Mohair Khaki & Worsted Aubergine

Eyeliner turned out to be a fail. When i tested it on the train it was dry and smudged. Need to return it, nxt time i'm in Berlin.

Eyeliner turned out to be a fail. When i tested it on the train it was dry and smudged. Need to return it, nxt time i'm in Berlin.

What I don't like about beauty products is, that you can't fully test them while buying. It's not like a dress, you put it on and see whether it suits you or not immediately. You have to buy them, bring them home and test them. And in most cases, if you don't like what you bought, you can't even return it. That's why beauty noobs like me shouldn't buy too expensive make-up products. Unless you have someone to advise you. When i go buy a foundation, iam either without make-up or have some on. If i have some make-up on, i don't want to test products like foundation on my face, because it would ruin my current make-up. If i don't have any make-up on, i don't want to test sth like foundation or concealer either, because iam without make-up already. And things like applying some to my arm or hand or whatever don't help me at all. Because i don't know about make-up. Same shit with mascara, and eyeliner and eyeshadow. So i need to buy the product, take it home with me and test it. Which sometimes discourages me from buying. Because, what if ? What if this eyeliner is shit and i can't apply it properly ? What if this foundation doesn't suit my skintone at all ? What if this mascara doesn't keep my lashes curly ? Any of you feeling the same or, do all girls my age already have a fixed make-up routine ? 

It's easier with nail polish. That's why i like nail polish. Like i like shoes and bags. They don't need to "fit". You see the colour and it either suits you or doesn't. You take it home, and it will still stay the same. Always.

So, i had the white nail polish on my nails for almost two weeks and wanted to change it. Here is what I did. 

essie matte finish top coat // & other stories "Worsted Aubergine"

essie matte finish top coat // & other stories "Worsted Aubergine"

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I painted my nails Worsted Aubergine lol. Which is a really dark aubergine colour when you apply only one layer. As soon as you apply the second layer it becomes so dark, it basically looks like black. I applied two layers, one after one, then sellotaped the tips of my nails and applied another layer of the matt top coat. It all dried fairly quickly. As for the last step i applied normal shiny top coat on the tips, so it would stand out from the matt even more. If you want more highlights you can add glitter or whatever comes into your mind. I like it simple though. It felt weird to have black nails at first, which i didn't have in a very long time, but now i love it.

The "& other stories" nail polish is so easy to apply and dries very quickly. Plus point. So if you are considering buying it, go for it !

 x Cheerioh