Now, I know you all love & Other Stories from a fashion perspective. I mean, how could you not when they create gems like this Little House on the Prairie–style dress and these cute-as-a-button cornflower-blue heels? My wardrobe is full of the stuff too. But if you stop your scrolling at the store's clothing, shoes and accessories tabs, you're categorically missing a trick—& Other Stories' beauty department is so bloody good.
& Other Stories
Founded: H&M, 2013
Based In: Paris and Stockholm
Best Known For: A variety of inexpensive yet luxurious beauty and skincare products
Most Popular Product: Havana Blues Hand Lotion
Fun Fact: Ben Gorham and Lisa Butler helped design and bring & Other Stories beauty to life.
Alongside flashier beauty-first brands, the store's offering is all too often under-appreciated. But I swear, it does some of the best (and most affordable) body care products on the UK's high street, and unlike perhaps more functional brands, they come swathed in the fancy beauty cloud we love—think trendy packaging, can't-stop-sniffing scents and efficacious ingredients. The brand also has its candle game down, and its makeup shades always fit with your seasonal fashion choices.
So the next time you're picking up the latest It dress, spare a few moments to peruse the beauty section, using my recommendations as a starting point.
Keeping fancy hand lotion sink-side is the greatest marker that you've got your grown-up shit together, right? This one smells like smoky florals. Made with meadowfoam seed oil, macadamia oil, and sweet almond oil, skin is left feeling moisturized, smooth, and luxurious.
Wear one or two of these shades in this large, earthy palette. Go for shimmery or glittery with these warm tones. Don't be afraid to experiment and try something new!
This metallic eye shadow cream reveals a bright pigment that will quickly dry. Swipe onto eyelids using fingers, or use a brush to highlight under the brow. This beautiful deep pink shade is great for a night out. Go for that pop of color and never look back.
& Other Stories' candle range was made in collaboration with trendy New York–based perfumer Jérôme Epinette, who was also the nose behind so many of Byredo's greatest hits. The Arkivet scent is filled with scents of fresh flowers, vanilla, and saffron. These & Other Stories candles are the perfect addition for a night of self-care.
Suitably creamy and impressively pigmented, & Other Stories' lipsticks are a no-brainer. With a wide variety of shade options, you can't go wrong in trying a few new tones out. Natural waxes, chamomile, and plum oil are included in this lipstick formula. & Other Stories' lipsticks pair ideally with the brand's lip pencil.
Body mists are well and truly back, so you might as well keep this dinky bottle in your handbag or on your desk. The Arabesque Wood scent smells dark and oud-y.
Or perhaps a perfume oil is more your vibe, in which case these rollerballs will come in useful. Seventh Avenue is floral (thanks to violet) but has a creamy base courtesy of tonka bean and vanilla. This travels well, throw it in your bag so you can reapply whenever.
This mini hand cream leaves hands feeling hydrated and silky. With a light scent of coconut, vanilla, and sweet cream, it's pretty irresistible. With ingredients like macadamia oil, sweet almond oil, and shea butter, your hands will be extra soft.
& Other Stories makes great body lotions, but for truly decadent body hydration (after, say, a bougey bath), you'll want to try its whipped-up, yoghurt-y body souffles. Key ingredients include vitamin E, shea butter, babassu oil, and meadowfoam oil. This beautiful light-pink shade will look lovely next to your shower and bath essentials.
For a mascara that delivers, try this satiny black one that provides volume and length to the lashes. It offers a bold look and consists of a formula of carnauba and candelilla wax, so smudging won't occur.
If you haven't already tried & Other Stories' beauty products out for yourself, these are the ones to add to cart.