Take one look around Ace & Camp, and try not scrolling for hours on end. Like a lifestyle encyclopedia, the Charlestson-based blog founded by Olivia Dello Buono features product reviews, sale finds, trend forecasts, and travel recommendations (to name a few) sprawled out in Instagram feed fashion. Here, our crush and Ace & Camp editor in chief lets us in on an eyebrow hack that calls for OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray, the oil that gets her glowing skin overnight, and favorite Charleston spots.
Job title: Copywriter, Creative Consultant and Editor of aceandcamp.com
What is Ace & Camp?
Ace & Camp was created as a space to share the things that inspire me in the every day. You'll find a tightly edited collection of goods, travel recommendations, recipes, style and beauty. The name is a play on words. Ace is short for expertise and a camp is a gathering place. My blog is a home base for sharing the stories of my creative circle of friends and the things I've learned along the way. I’m very much inspired by making fewer, considered choices and the brands I work with are a reflection of that.
Neighborhood: Charleston, South Carolina
You have a friend in town for 48 hours, where do you tell them to eat, shop and visit?
I’d start with breakfast at The Daily, I’m obsessed with their avocado toast. Then I’d grab a lavender iced latte at Black Tap Coffee Co, which is a bit off the beaten path. You’re in the South, so barbecue is non-negotiable. I like Lewis Barbecue, everything is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the people are super friendly. 167 Raw has really good fish tacos, but it gets really crowded. Actually everywhere in Charleston gets busy at night, so reservations are a must. Cap off the night with a cone at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The Middle West Whiskey + Pecan is a cool twist on my all-time favorite.
There’s a bunch of boutique shops on King Street. I’m obsessed with Proud Mary Textiles, they have really cool pieces and source from artisans all over the world. Hampden Clothing always has a really cool selection of designer pieces, like Apiece Apart and Ulla Johnson.
I think when you’re in a new city, the best thing you can do is just explore. I’m not really into the typical tourist activities. Charleston is so beautiful and you could just walk for hours admiring the beautiful architecture. I will make an exception for the Charleston Night Market—there are some amazing vendors selling everything from hand-woven seagrass baskets to local honey that makes for the perfect souvenir.
Favorite OUAI product: The Hair Oil, hands down—it’s a really light formula, but still leaves my hair feeling hydrated and never greasy. I like to use it on my ends while my hair is still damp, then air dry. I’ve been using the Rose Hair & Body Oil every day now, too. I’m in love with the scent.
Describe your everyday beauty routine.
I always start with dewy skin—I’ve been loving the Glossier Skin Tint or the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer lately. It’s nice when you have a bit of a tan, I feel like you can get away with less makeup. But if I am applying a base, I like to use a Beautyblender for diffused coverage.
I really like to be bronzed, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural is my favorite. It’s exactly what its name is—natural, never orange and there’s no shimmer. I like it as an eyeshadow, too. It brings the whole look together.
I use Glossier Boy Brow in Brown to give my brows a brushed up look, I think it makes you look more awake and youthful. If I’m in a pinch, OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray and a spoolie brush can also do the trick! I love products that can multi-task.
I don’t really wear much eyeshadow or heavy eyeliner, but I love big, curled lashes. The Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara play really well together. I’ll use Glossier Haloscope or RMS Living Luminizer on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose for a little bit of a glow.
I’ve been getting more and more into lip color lately. I used to stick to just neutrals, pinks, beige, nudes. But it got really boring! I’m wearing more reds now—the Glossier Generation G in Zip and Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Miranda May are my favorites. They look amazing with a tan and make my eyes pop. I think it takes a certain level of confidence to rock a bolder lip, so I’m happy that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone.
My hair looks best the day after I wash it, so I like to shower at night and sleep on it while it’s still a little bit damp. When I wake up, I either have beautiful waves or weird kinks, but I work with it. I think it looks cool when your hair is a bit undone. The OUAI Dry Shampoo and Texturizing Hair Spray are my favorites for daytime, they save me so much time in the morning. I’ll either spray my roots and rough up my waves a bit or I’ll do a side braid with a few strands loose.
What’s your go-to night out look?
If my day look is Jane Birkin, my night look is Brigitte Bardot. It’s a little flirtier, a little more polished. If I’m going out, I’ll add a bit of liner to my upper lid and layer on even more mascara. I love the Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Noir and I’ll use my pinky finger to smudge it out a bit.
As for hair, I usually stick with big, loose waves and a center part. Whether I’m wearing a dress or a cropped tee and jeans, it goes with everything. I keep the look lasting all night with Texturizing Hair Spray.
I take everything off with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser or Avene Gel Cleanser, they leave my skin feeling really fresh and clean but not stripped. I get really dry, so I slather my face in argan oil before I go to sleep and I wake up with plump, moisturized skin. My favorite is by John Masters Organics and I pick it up at Whole Foods.
What’s a time-saving beauty hack every girl should know?
Wash your hair the night before! The mornings are when I like to decompress, so it saves me a lot of time.
Best book you’ve read recently?
It was actually a travel guide to the Amalfi Coast that I found in a thrift shop. It’s the #1 spot on my bucket list.
What’s a great Saturday night look like to you?
Tacos and good tequila.
How did you get started as a Creative Director and what advice would you give someone looking to break into your field?
What started as a creative way to express myself has evolved into more than I ever thought it would. I said yes to a lot of opportunities and I put myself out there—you are your own best PR. I’ve learned quickly that things don’t just fall into your lap and that you need to go after what you want. Authenticity has always been key for me. I don’t really have a strategy for it, but I know when something feels right.
3 things you’re obsessed with right now:
Woven bags, red lipstick and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
Favorite Instagram accounts:
I love @amberinteriors and @remodelista for interior inspiration and @lucywilliams02 has a really cool, playful style that I’m into. I think @bugatti_bulldogs get the most likes from me, though.
Beauty product you couldn’t live without?
I love my John Masters Organics Argan Oil. It makes my skin look really glowy and fresh.
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