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Ask Alise – no. 2

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

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Q: Dear Alise,

When it comes to blush, I am completely clueless. I love the effortless flush of the cardigan-clad models in the J. Crew catalog, but when I attempt to recreate it, I end up more Barnum and Bailey than Behati Prinsloo. And with so many colors and formulations to choose from, my makeup cabinet is full of all manner of rosy regrets. HELP!


Baffled and Blush-less


A: Be baffled not, Blush-less!

Indeed, the sheer number of options available for creating that coral complexion is dizzying! But worry not  - here are my recommendations for any blush beginner:

With both cream and powder options to choose from, you have an opportunity to switch up your look with just one product! Powder blushes are usually more pigmented and require less color to achieve a flattering, matte flush and can be applied quickly with a large, loose brush to the apples of your cheek {you know, the part your grandma used to pinch}. Cream blushes, on the other hand {ahem, cheek}, are better when you’re going for a more dewy finish. These formulations can be easily applied either with your fingertips or with a shorter-bristled, stiffer brush by making a check mark along your cheekbone and then blend, blend, blend! For extra staying power, finish it off with a dusting of translucent setting powder.

One word of caution, my lovelies – avoid cream blush if you’re having a bout with blemishes. Powder blush is your friend here! And, as always, keep your applicators {fingertips, brushes, or otherwise} clean as a whistle as this will prevent the spread and proliferation of the bacteria that causes breakouts. A little mild soap and water goes a long way!

Below, I’ve included a few photos tips as well as two of my favorite blush options. My powder pick is Julie Hewett’s Bud of Rose – a universally flattering shade of petal pink that does wonders for any and all complexions. As far as creams go, I like to take a few more risks here and choose a more daring shade of rouge as these products tend to wear more sheerly. Julie Hewett’s Cheeky in Peachie fits the bill nicely. While it looks a little daunting in the palette, it wears much tamer than it appears and blends to a lovely shade of pinky-orange that is one of my favorite shades for summertime.


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Get the look! Above – Julie Hewett’s Cheeky Palette in Peachie – $22; Below – Julie Hewett’s Bud of Rose Blush – $33. Both available at Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall now!

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Ask Alise: The Debut

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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Fancy, huh?

We digress. With all the cute-ifying we’ve been doing to the blog lately, we thought we would be remiss to not put our heads together and come up with some equally cute content to post. One brainstorming session and more than a few venti, extra hot, no foam soy green tea lattes with sugar free peppermint syrup later and this newest venture – Ask Alise – was born.

Who is Alise? Besides being ridiculously we’re-not-worthy cool, she also happens to be a fabulous stylist with over twenty years of experience in the industry. She really has done it all – from owning her own salon to editorial work and is our go-to expert in all things beauty-related. {Check her out now over at Jaujou Studio in Oakland – real talk: best cut in the East Bay.}

And what, exactly, do we ask Alise? Being as in we’re makeup un-inclined {that’s a nice way of saying we’re all thumbs with a mascara wand} we wanted to bring in a real deal expert to answer all of our customers beauty questions. What’s the difference between a cream blush and a powder blush? How do I do a smoky eye without looking like rabid raccoon? Alise has the answers, and from now on you’ll find them all here on the OH blog. We hope you enjoy this new mini-series as much as we have putting it together {and a big thanks to all of our Oxford Hall shop girls for being our guinea pigs/models for our how-to shots}.

Q: Dear Alise,

I love a new red lipstick I just purchased, but sometimes I think it is just TOO red. Is there a way I can make it more sheer and wearable for daytime? Sometimes that “femme fatale” look is a little much for a Wednesday at work.

The Unintentional Office Vamp


A: My Dearest Unintentional Vamp,

A bold, red lip has its time and place and yes, you’re right – your AM staff meeting is probably neither. To get double duty from your favorite new shade, mix a scrapping of it {use a knife or another object to remove a small piece} on the back of your hand with a sheer balm. A lip brush will make a cleaner job of it, but your fingers can be used as well. Once you have an even mixture, apply to your lips and voilà – an office appropriate rouge! {Tip – the less lipstick and more balm you use, the more subtle the final result}. Check out the photo tutorial below for the step-by-step!



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Want the look? Check out Julie Hewett’s Femme Noir Lipstick {$26} and Natural Camellia Balm {$23} – both available at Oxford Hall now.

gift guide – part un

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

tick, tock, tick, tock.

With two days to February 14th, we can safely bet there are more than a few of you out there {ahem, gentlemen, we’re looking at you} who have yet to buy their sweeties a little something for the most romantic holiday on the calendar. But whether you’re the prepared or the procrastinating sort, we’ve got you covered with our Valentines Day gift guide. We’ve got ideas for everyone from the makeup maven to the sequin obsessed {a girl after our own hearts} – and with free gift wrap and extended shopping hours on 2/13 and 2/14 {we’re open until 8 PM!} we make shopping pretty painless. Did we forget to mention all jewelry is 20% off and any Julie Hewett, butter London or Deborah Lippmann purchase is 10% off until the 14th?

Stay tuned for the second installment tomorrow with even more cupid-approved gift ideas.

VDay - Product Junkie

{clockwise, from top left: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquers in My Old Flame, It’s Raining Men and Supermodel – $17; butter London Lippy Liquid Lipstick in Trout Pout – $18; Julie Hewett Lip Lush in Mimi – $24; Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in P.Y.T. – $17; Julie Hewett Bijou Collection Lipstick in Lulu – $26; Crazy Libelulle and the Poppies Crazysticks in Chere Louise, Rose a Saigon and Vanille Pom d’Amour – $12; butter London Lippy Liquid Lipstick in Come to Bed Red, Queen V, Primrose Hill Picnic, Trout Pout and Teddy Girl – $18}

VDay - Glitter Gal

{clockwise, from top left: Viv&Ingrid Silver Swarovski Necklace – $72; Viv&Ingrid C Z Post Sets – $14; Mini Heart Clips – $12; Mini Pom Clips – $14}

VDay - Accessories Hound

{clockwise from top left: Viv&Ingrid Gold Dotted Rings – set of three for $110; Viv&Ingrid Ruby Thread Earrings – $110; Viv&Ingrid Silver and Peach Cirque Earrings – $96; Viv&Ingrid Small Gold and White Pearl Spiral Hoops – $120}.