Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Beauty Tag

Today I'm picking up on the Beauty Tag from Diva Desle :) No preamble, let's jump right in...

Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
Pretty much straight, which just a wave or two to annoy me.

What is your natural hair colour?
Nondescript medium brown. Very exciting.

Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
When I was dyeing my hair dark (everything from chestnut to mahogany to almost black) I did it myself. However, now that I'm on the blonder side, I go to a salon for highlights. I don't trust a DIY bleach!

How often do you wash your hair?
Normally every day (it's fine, straight and gets greasy very quickly), although I'm trying to wash every second day and dry shampoo/topknot it on nonwash days.

Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
I usually wear it up for work (chemicals/fire plus loose hair is a no-no). I usually switch things around a little bit, but I normally end up wearing my hair in either a topknot, a high ponytail or a dutch braid.

Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I always do my own nails (I went for a salon mani once, but they didn't do a better job than I can do myself, for an unreasonable amount of money). I love experimenting with colours and nail art, and it's fun to multitask while watching TV or something.

How often do you change your nail polish?
I change my polish when I get a chip that not fixable. Typically this is every 7 to 10 days. However, this can be more often if I'm being heavy on the solvents in the lab (we wash all our flasks/beakers/etc with pure acetone, so if you're not careful the polish can just run straight off your nails).

Do you polish your toes in the Winter or just in the Summer?
I polish my toes all year around, although in Winter I will be lazy and go quite long inbetween touch-ups.

How long does it take you to put on your makeup?
Between 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how complex I'm going (eg liquid liner takes a tad longer). I've got my routine well-practiced, so I think I'm as quick as possible with what I do.

What do you do first, face or eyes?
I do my face first (primer, concealer, foundation, blush, highlighter), then my eyebrows, then my eyes (shadow, liner, waterline, mascara) then finish with my lips.

Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I usually buy things as I need, or when I see an item I frequently use on sale. Every now and then I will buy something just for the hell of it, but thankfully I'm perfectly content with cheaper products so my budget doesn't get blown.

How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Only on special occasions when I want to amp up the drama. My natural lashes are more than sufficient the rest of the time.

Do you do a full face or makeup everyday?

Do you wear makeup when you are home alone, or with family?
It depends. If I'm having a wallow-at-home-in-self-pity day, then no, but usually yes.

Will you leave the house without makeup?

How many high end products do you have?
I haven't bought any, but I have gotten a generous collection of Estee Lauder products from my mom.

How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
If I remember, every week.

Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
I try to plan the night before, and set out what I want to wear. If I have to decide in the morning, I'll never make it to work at a reasonable time!

How often do you change your handbag?
I don't switch very often. I actually rarely use my big handbags, because then I end up dragging half my belongings around with me for absolutely no reason. I have a few small cross-body bags that I usually end up using, depending on which one suits my outfit best.

What time do you get up and go to sleep?
I'm usually up by 05h30, but I'm a terrible sleeper, waking up several times during the night and often struggling to get back to sleep. I normally go to bed anywhere between 22h00 and 01h00.

How often or when do you work out?
I walk to/from work, as well as having to walk to/from grocery shopping etc. Does that count? I used to go walking/jogging/running but thesising has broken that habit. Something to get back into now. (I've never set foot in a gym and I want to keep it that way.)

Left- or right-handed?

How tall are you?
5 ft 1.

Do you speak a foreign language?
Fluently, I just have English and Afrikaans.

How many pets do you have?
I'm not allowed pets at my flat in Stellenbosch, but our family dog is with my parents. She's a Jack Russel cross Fox Terrier cross Who Knows, and is the most adorable thing imaginable.

Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I try keep things in the back of my mind.

How did you come up with your blog name?
I can't actually remember. I just know that I was thinking of words that describe me and "whimsical" popped out.

What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
Most of the photos (esp nails and outfits) are taken with my phone (Galaxy SII). Some of the others are taken with my Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot or with my dad's Canon DSLR.

How often do you clean your house?
I try to do something small every day, rather than having a full clean once a week, mostly because I don't have the time to set aside more than 30 minutes at once.

What is your favourite colour?
Purple :)

Do you swear?
Normally, no. When stressed or under pressure or pissed off? Severely.

What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Sorting out my things in my old MSc lab (store/gift/chuck). Organising all my MSc paperwork. Going to chat to my PhD supervisor. Meeting up with an old friend. Vacuuming the flat.

If you read this, then I tag you :)


  1. Haven't done a post in ages - think this is a nice one to get me going. xx

  2. Loved reading your answers and thanks for the mention. Xxx:)

  3. Great answers, I love finding out a little more about people! Such a lovely blog you have, it would be cool if you could come over and check my blog out as well and maybe we could follow each other? I am currently running a giveaway on my blog and would love it if you could enter.


  4. lovely!!!



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