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Top 5 Highstreet Makeup picks

I've recently really cut down on the amount of time I spend on my makeup. I really love quick and effortless makeup. I go for light-medium coverage, a dewy/glowy finish and all neutral colours. All these products are £10 or less and are staples in my makeup bag. The past year I've swapped over to only using cruelty free cosmetics so none of these products have been tested on animals either!
 I've used this product for yearsss. If I ever try out a new foundation this is what I always end up coming back too. A medium coverage that's really build-able. What I love the most is it's dewiness, I can really layer it on without it getting cakey (which is amazing!).

I was using a super pale concealer under my eyes for the past couple years and I've recently moved onto this one from Elf. I have used the conceal and highlight duo from Elf before and it was really poor. However the HD lifting concealer, I love. From the very similar packaging I'm presuming the formula is meant to be similar to the Nars creamy concealer (I'm just guessing here). It's lovely and dewy, which is what I really look for in my base make-up. It also has good coverage for a more lightweight and bendable concealer. A downside: the colour range is sparse. I use Fair, which is the lightest and it's too dark for me without a tan!

 A very natural highlight stick, which gives a gorgeous golden glowy sheen. I didn't love this product at first when I was using a brush to blend out, but as soon as I used my fingers instead it was just the product I needed!

I've got such fair eyebrows I used to only used to use a eyebrow pomade and really draw on a defined shape. However, I've been growing them out for the past 8 months and (although very blonde) I have eyebrows again! I've been using mostly just this brow product on them for a more natural feel.

This product was revolutionary for me not only did it match my naturally very ashy hair tone but I just can't fault it. A third of the price of dip brow and I have no plans on upgrading. I used to use this all over my brows but now just to fill in sparse patches and to add definition. 
Thanks for reading!
Olivia xx

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Los Angeles & Vegas Photo Diary

With the amazing weather in LA we took whatever chance we could to visit the beach or the pool. All my swimwear on this trip was from (which they very kindly let me pick out!). I first chose a classic white bandeau bikini - here. As well as a cream bandeau swimsuit, which was so flattering, especially if you've just eaten a big lunch haha- here. Lastly I picked out two printed bikinis. The first a underwired with a polka dot print - here. The second another black and white print  - here. I loved the quality and the fit and the website definitely caters to everyone!

I love to take new swimwear on a holiday with me but I always struggle to find a good balance between comfort and what's on trend. I think my picks really suit what I look for in swimwear: minimal & stylish with that trend and comfort balance. Whilst I was away, if we were spending the day near a beach I'd wear a bikini under neath whatever outfit I had on that day, so the Swimwear 365 styles I took with me were perfect for this! The fabrics and fits where really comfortable to wear all day (plus I was really impressed with the range of cup sizes on the site!) I love to pair denim or loose fabric shorts with a neutral bikini top, I think it looks really flattering and relaxed. It was such a staple look for me on holiday and it definitely fit in well with the laid back LA vibe!

SO my last trip I had booked this year was a pretty big one, I flew out to Los Angeles with my best gal Georgia to chill, shop and mostly eat all the food I could.

The first four days we stayed in a Airbnb in Culver city, such a beautiful area! We didn't have a pool at the house so we did a couple days visiting Malibu & Venice beach. As well as shopping on Abbot Kinney and Melrose Avenue. The Butchers Daughter was an amazing vegetarian breakfast & lunch spot, I had the surfers breakfast which I'm still thinking about. 

We hired a car for the whole time which was a massive life saver. Next we drove from LA to Vegas, we had a couple days booked to drink margaritas and obviously fill up on more food before heading back to LA.

When we returned to LA we stayed at the Line hotel in Korea town which was such a cool hotel. I've included pictures of the rooftop pool are which was beautiful! We spent our last few days doing a little more Sephora shopping and filling up on In-n-Outs animal fries (I miss these the most) before heading back home!

also check out Georgias blog here, I know she's got some fab content coming up from the trip too!

Speak soon,
Olivia xx

*This post is sponsored by Swimwear 365*

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Autumn Basics OOTD

Happy Sunday! I spent the day mooching around Winchester, a very usual Sunday for me. Arrived back home to some new Missguided pieces today! You best believe I headed straight back out again to grab some outfit pics haha.  I'm surprised I haven't already bought myself a camel coat this year. I love them for autumn, they make monochrome outfits look x10 more put together. I paired them with also new snazzy pair of cut out boots. I feel if ChloĆ© and Acne made a baby (a shoe baby that is) it would be these. I'm totally obsessed with them! 
There's also a few 30% off codes floating around for Missguided at the moment (the only one I can remember off the top of my head is @emilycocklin: EMILYCMG30, one of my favourite insta accounts at the moment!). 

I've got a highlights post from my trip to LA & Vegas coming very soon!
Olivia xx

W E A R I N G   T O D A Y
shirt - Zara (something similar)
trousers - Missy Empire
neck tie - Misspap* (something similar)
sunglasses - Missguided*

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Post University Life

Finishing uni earlier this year was an amazing feeling, I studied womens wear design and pattern cutting at LCF for four years and 2 degrees later I feel like I'm ready to move on. 

From the age of 14 I knew I wanted to work in fashion and by 17 I decided I wanted to study pattern cutting at LCF and live in London. After doing all those things I hadn't planned much further. I collaborated for my final collection and am so proud to be the only pattern cutting student to make the LCF press show for 2017 but it was the most stressful time of my life. The work load and pressure of the show on top of a third year final collection was utterly crippling. I encountered the most vile and awful individuals and I do think stress and money just brings out the worst in people. 

I'm so thankful my family, my boyfriend and friends have supported me unconditionally throughout. After all this I took the summer off, enjoyed blogging and travelling. I've spent time in Ibiza and Amsterdam, I've just come back from LA and Vegas. I definitely needed the time off to just create content and live a normal life again.

So what are my plans for the future? Honestly I don't really know. I class myself as a creative person, I love to design and make. Job wise there's a lot of roles I'd love to try out. Having a blog opens doors into social media and PR but I love digitally editing, styling etc etc . So who knows where I'll end up in the future! I have got plans to move back to London with my boyfriend at some point but I think I'd only do a couple more years of renting there. Matt says he'd like to buy a house with a garden and London house prices put me right off haha. Compared to what he owns in Southampton the difference is CRAZY what you can get for your money out of London.

Anyway!! Just a little life catch up really and thoughts about the future. 
Happy Saturday,
Olivia xx

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New In: A/W Staples

Hey lil chickas, long time no post but I've got a whole heap of new content coming up, make sure you're following on bloglovin so you don't miss it! I'm all about finding amazing bargain pieces, I love mix and matching high street and high end, can you believe this lil bag is only £7! ah-mazing. 

Just a quick one today so gonna love you and leave you!
Olivia xx

sunglasses - Rayban
jumper - Primark £10
bag - Primark £7
earrings - Zara
jeans - AG Jeans*
boots - Public Desire

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