You know I'm all about that face, 'bout that face...

So rather than filming a tutorial or doing a huge blog post, I thought I'd pop together a wee sit down video talking you through my favourite daily make up staples and the things I've been turning to again and again of late! Everything is listed in the video description, and I hope you enjoy!

(Dress: H&M (may not be online, but is in store and similar here), Bag: Aspinal of London, Glasses: Celine, Shoes: ASOS (old but similar here), Hoops: Whistles)

There's something about the crumbling tiled walls of the coastal town of Setubal, the way they contrast with the blue sky in June and the feeling of twenty-something degree heat that has something pretty special about it. Perhaps it was this dress that had me feeling all Roman Holiday (in Portugal, nonetheless)- or the fact these were taken moments after stepping off of a four hour idyllic (albeit slightly wind-swept) boat ride, but I was feeling particularly summery- and was probably a '99 away from bursting with SPF 30...

Plus, although probably the most uncultured thing I'll say, the whole town almost reminded me of the romanticism (ahem) of a high-scale summery beer advert that you sometimes catch at the cinema (hear me out). Where locals clink glasses in the 5pm sunshine, nattering next to the gentle waves as someone winks to the camera (see here or here, I'm not totally bonkers)- or something ridiculous like that. Perhaps the sunshine has gone to my head after all...


(Blouse: C/O Revolve, Skirt: Dr Denim, Bag: Aspinal, Sliders: C/O Revolve, Sunglasses: Joe's)

I'll be honest with you- I'm not great at dressing for holidays. Having mainly opted for city breaks over the last couple of years- I've become more accustomed to dressing for sweaty subways than sandy shores- with flowing midi dresses coming first before any short-shorts on my packing list (call it a case of pasty pins, if you must)! Anyway- when it came to packing for our trip to Portugal at the end of May- I can safely say I was a bit of a novice. With late night bikini buying ensuing (not that I ended up wearing any...) and digging out unworn flip flops being my new favourite activity- I think I nearly found my groove again- until checking BBC weather and realising my UK wardrobe would have been totally A-ok- ain't that always the way?

Packing issues aside- arriving in Setubal one sunny evening, I was thrilled to be greeted with some of my best friends, tiles to envy any Pinterest board and walls boasting hues that would even have Wes Anderson at hello. So, naturally before dinner- Joe and I scooted off for some quick snaps in a new favourite shirt (which would be perfect with short shorts, FYI) and sliders for a perfect holibob day-to-evening look. Holiday dressing 0 < Liv 1.

Summer brights...

Being a lady of routine when it comes to my day-to-day make up- going on holiday, I end up snatching every opportunity to wear things a little brighter, a little more exotic- because hey, I'M ON HOLIDAY. On top of that, having a bit of colour opposed to my moon-white (or, ahem, 'English rose' pale) face, means I'm more prone to up the glow and reach for things will a little more glitter too. At the moment (even when at home) I've been turning to this stunning orangey-red polish from Chanel (in the appropriately named 'Espadrilles' as well as the nude in 'Organdi'), with this YSL lippy in shade '01' (with SPF) for the perfect radiant red too. For eyes I've been obsessed with the colour collection from & Other Stories (the shadow pigment is amazing) and their Sequin Ray Luminising Quad is arguably one of the best cream highlighters I've ever tried. Period. For day-time (or when I'm feeling a little more muted) Topshop's lippy in Pillow Talk (it had me at the Zayn-name) and the always-a-winner Guerlain Super Lips balm are the perfect pair too.

Nail Varnish | Lipstick | Eyeshadow | Pink Lipstick | Luminising Quad | Lip Balm

For in-between washes...

When it comes to holiday-hair-care, I am all about the travel mini's. I've tried a fair few in my time, and raided many a Boots and Superdrug- but this year my absolute favourites for amazing quality are the Malin + Goetz Peppermint and Cilantro shampoo and conditioner. So. Dreamy. I've also been swearing by this dry-shampoo from Bumble & Bumble- which is so light and effective and doesn't leave you with the chalky feeling most can. Finally, I've also been loving this grape water from Caudalie (not for hair, but the maverick made it into shot)- which is fantastic for refreshing your skin when things get a little hot and sweaty (especially if you're doing a spot of exploring or pool side sunbathing too)!

Shampoo & Conditioner | Dry Shampoo | Cooling Water

Get the glow...

When I go away I tend not to switch my skin care up too much (there's enough change for your skin to handle being somewhere new as is), but a couple of things have recently snuck into my routine- so I thought I'd share! Firstly let's talk SPF! The Body Shop do the most incredible Skin Defence, which at Factor 50 is pretty amazing and also absorbs so well under make-up, meaning it's perfect for day to day wear too and not at all sticky or thick. For day time (and especially good skin days) I've been loving the Eborian BB creme in nude, which is the perfect cover-up for lazy days or 'OMG-I-don't-need-any-foundation!' too. For less flawless days the Bare Minerals Well Rested brightener is pretty much a face saver (and makes even 4 hours sleep look twinkly).

Face SPF | BB Cream | Brightener


...and finally- body! At home I am pretty useless with any kind of post-bath body maintenance (which sounds a lot more testing than it is), but there's something about being away and having a pamper, that means I'm far better at giving myself some TLC. Firstly- body oil and moisturising! I've been a long time fan of the Tom Ford shimmer body oils, and this years offering in their Soliel Blanc fragrance is no less lovely or summery than before, and is the perfect moisturiser-come-pre-evening-out treat. If I'm just in need of something a little more simple, the & Other Stories body moisturiser in Steel Garden is a total favourite and pretty much is top of my pamper list (as well as my Frank scrub love, which you already know about). A couple of other holiday must-haves include the incredible Jo Malone fragrance in Nashi Blossom which is possibly one of the most beautiful scents I own (it's incredibly light and a gorgeous fusion of citrus and florals) as well as the Guerlain L'eau Hâlée oil which is a total must have. In short, you can use it on your body for a light glow, or like me, pop a couple of drops into your foundation to help it adapt to any tanning you may have done- no new foundation needed. It's also super cooling and great at adding a little sun kissed feel if you're feeling a little pasty too.

Body Oil | Moisturiser | Perfume | Tan Oil

(Jacket, Dress, Scarf and Boots: C/O Babour)

There are three things no British festival is usually complete without. Firstly, unpredictable weather- be it tropical to torrential, squelching mud that will gladly pull off even the sturdiest of wellies and, well, a Barbour jacket. Ever since I attended my very first Reading festival way back when and was frantically Googling 'festival fashion' in a pile of camping bags, toilet rolls and cereal bars- I can clearly remember the images of Alexa Chung that would fill the screen; all stripes and waxed jackets- and I don't think that's left me ever since.

So, when Barbour invited Joe and I along to Field Day for a day of Adam Green (and his giant hat), van-burgers and plenty of good music- I knew exactly what I'd be wearing. Whether you're admiring views of Glastonbury from the Stone Circle, waltzing along the river at Wilderness or even keeping it local like Field Day- there's something about the classic Beadnell, some stripes and Chelsea-boot wellies (which, are possibly my favourite new thing) that has the versatility and effortlessness of every good festival outfit- so kudos to Barbour, because although they can't prevent the rain they can certainly make it a little more fun and worry free...

Post in collaboration with Barbour, but love of muddy festivals, being practical and a bit-bloody-trendy and Adam Green all my own




Hello, you! I'm Olivia, or Liv- a 22 year old girl living in London, spending most of her time blog writing, photo taking, social media updating and occasionally cake baking.


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