For my birthday I got some incredible presents from my workplace. And the best: I did not even expect to get anything. However, it is apparently custom that everyone with a round birthday is getting something, and when I was asked into what direction I would like the present to go, I of course said: anything beauty would be fine with me.
I was more than delighted to find out what I was actually getting, because (I have to admit this): it was something I would probably not have bought myself: face cream, toner, makeup remover, and perfume from Tromborg.
I was/am always tempted by Scandinavian products as they are known for being quite ecological (aka using very natural ingredients), which leads to less allergy problems for me. And I love their style: very simple, very classy – what is not to like about that, right?
Now even though my birthday is already a few weeks ago I still did not really have the chance to try the products out. As mentioned before I am trying to use up what I have and I do not just want to start using something in between and switch back and forth between several products. I do however promise a little review as soon as I can say more about them.
Which Scandinavian brands do you know? Is there anything out there you would like to try? And if you tried something: what was it and were you satisfied? Let me know, as I am always interested in first-hand information and experiences about products.
After I had it in my possession for almost three weeks now, I finally found the time to show you one of the duo’s, which come with the Dior Bird of Paradise Collection. I got it at the airport in Copenhagen and it will soon (May) also be available in Germany as well.
The Samba duo consists of two nail polishes (duuuuuh, duo), and the colors do color-match. What really caught my eyes though was the darker greenish-blue color. It reminds me a little bit of those freakishly big flies, which actually disgust me, but nonetheless the color is amazing.
Both colors are very easy to apply, however the darker one is definitely a bit more “difficult” – watch out for avoiding stripes. Oh, and two coats did the trick.
The ones who follow me on Instagram (officialsarah) maybe saw, that I finally found time to go and visit the new “& other Stories” store in Copenhagen. I was lucky enough to already visit the store in London when we went there in March, however we were super tired and super wet and as much as I love shopping I just did not “feel” it right there and then, and after a quick browse we quickly left again.
But lucky enough we also have a store here in Copenhagen since the middle of March. It is located next to the main H&M, which is on Strøget, right at Amagertorv (as you can see on the bags etc. as well). The Copenhagen store is not as big as the one in London, nor as spacious, but it is very light and quite Scandinavian, which I like.
There were many nice things I saw but I could restrain myself from buying too much. The clothes are not 100% my thing, however, I saw quite a few very nice things and the same goes for the shoe department. But in the end I could not say no to all the beauty things. But let me explain the concept of the store a bit first:
When it comes to clothes and accessoires “& other Stories” carries only their own brand, in the show department they have their own shoes but also other brands (Nike can i.e. also be spotted on their homepage), and when it comes to beauty the main thing what catches your eye are of course their own cosmetic things placed all over the store (think mint nail polishes color-matched minty dresses and blouses). However, they also carry other beauty brands like “The Balm” or “Dr. Bronner”, to only name two.
In the end I decided on two simple products and bought a new body mist called “Punk Bouquet” with vanilla and rose. Additionally I splurged on their hand soap “Fig Fiction”, which of course smells like figs. I love the simple but special design of their bottles, the little stories on the labels are just adorable, and last but not least are the prices definitely okay.
Have you heard of “& other Stories” and do you look forward to visit a store? For the ones not having a store close by: you can find them online as well here.