Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Beauty Q&A Tag

I haven't done a tag in awhile but when my girl Cordia specifically requested I fill this one out, I knew I couldn't refuse.  So here goes!

1.  Is your hair naturally straight or curly?
Kinda in between.  It's slightly wavy but takes really well to a quick ironing and becomes perfectly straight.  My hair is very thick and heavy though so curls don't stay for very long even with spray.

2.  What is your natural hair color?
I found this old picture of the side of my head.  Since I don't color my hair at all this is what it still looks like, very dark brown with hints of lighter brown.

3.  Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

4.  How often do you wash your hair?
Every day.  I have hair that tends to go oily and I like my hair squeaky clean.  I double shampoo daily and only condition the ends to avoid the greasy look.  I know that the anti-shampoo-ers will have my head, but it's what I've been doing since college.

5.  Do you wear the same style or change it every day?
Different every day, but not wildly so.  If it's not straight-ish...

...it's curly/wavy, thanks to the clipless curling wand.

Sorry for the pixelated and poorly cropped photo!

6.  Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
Do I really need to answer this question?  I absolutely refuse to get my nails done professionally; for some reason, any time I go, the manicurist somehow manages to file all my nails at an angle which only creates more work for me when I come home.  Thus, I have not gotten a manicure at a salon in probably about three years.  As to pedis, I can do my own, and typically do about once a month, but I like.

7.  How often do you change your polish?
Normally, once a day, but lately I've been kinda lazy and going about two to three days with one color.  It has reminded me how important a good wear is in a polish and has definitely made my cuticles happier with me.

8.  Do you polish your toes in the winter too or just the summer?
This winter was the first time in a long while I let my toenails breathe and went a few months with naked nails.  It was pretty cool to see normal, flesh-tone toes instead of the normal orange-tinged nails that are the result of constant polish and layers of socks and boots all winter.  But now that the weather is warming up, I'm back to polished toes.

9.  How long does it take you to put on your makeup?
10, 15 minutes tops.

10.  What do you do first: face or eyes?
Face, of course!  You always need to start with you base before you do anything else, just like when polishing.

11.  Do you "collect" makeup or just buy when you need it?
My skin won't allow me to just "collect," I can only use specific items that won't irritate or aggravate my skin.  So no, I stick to buying just what I need when I need it.

12.  How often do you wear false eyelashes?
To be honest, I've actually never tried false lashes!  I love the look of them, but I have such sensitive skin, I'd be too nervous that my eyes would blow up like balloons from the glue.  Thankfully, I have very dark, long lashes that three good coats of mascara do the trick!  Plus, I know that if I started with falsies, I'd never be able to stop (a la the Kardashians).

13.  Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Well not every day, but I do have a basic routine every morning before work.  On the weekends I'm more lax and if I'm not going anywhere in particular, I just moisturize the heck out my face and let it breathe.

14.  Do you wear makeup when you're home alone (or with family)?
I mean, if we're going somewhere then yeah, but not if it's just me, immediate family, or my fiance.

15.  Will you leave the house without makeup?
I'm starting to feel these questions are getting repetitive...or am I just answering too much per question?  Anyways, yes, I will leave the house without makeup to run errands, go to the gym, etc., but if I'm going out to dinner or seeing someone then I'll definitely put on mascara and blush at least.

16.  How many high end products do you have?
I have some really nice Laura Mercier makeup that I got for my cousin's wedding last year, but otherwise, I stick to Revlon, CoverGirl, and Body Shop products for my sensitive skin.

17.  How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
I'm disgusted at myself with this one since I consider myself pretty hygienic.  But um, yeah...not so often.

18.  Do you plan your OOTD every night or decided when you're getting dressed?
In my head, yes, but then once it's on in the morning, it's literally a flurry of clothes flying since I don't like it once it's on.  Like I explain in #31, you don't want to see the state of my room.

19.  How often do you change your handbag?
Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am an unabashed bag whore.  So it goes without saying that I change my bag to go with my outfit.

20.  What time do you get up and go to sleep?
I'm a bad sleeper so it really varies.  I tend to fall asleep around 11pm and wake up early, like 6ish.

21.  How often and when do you workout?
I splurged on a trainer last fall so I've been way more consistent lately, although not as consistent as I'd like.  With my wedding in about a year, I need to get more serious about it, but living in New York City, I'm walking around a lot so I don't feel like I'm sitting on my behind all day.

22.  Left handed or right handed?
I'm a righty but I do favor my left hand with random things.

23.  How tall are you?
5"3 -- same height as Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, and Reese Witherspoon.

24.  Do you speak a foreign language?
I'm fluent in Hebrew.

25.  How many pets do you have?
I grew up with a beautiful Bichon Frise named Cotton but she passed away when I was 19.  I consider myself stepmommy to my fiance's Pugle, Yoda, now.

Sharing in the Mexican-themed festivities at my fiance's birthday two years ago.  Doesn't he have the cutest little under bite?

26.  How often are you on Blogger?
Pretty regularly since it's the platform I use to blog.

27.  Do you read the comments posted on blogs?
Definitely my comments since I answer every single one I get.  I do like perusing the comments of posts I find interesting to see what other people are saying too!

28.  Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I star those sorts of posts on Google Reader and I have no idea what I plan to do once the reader goes kaput in July.  For polish though, I make sure to add the ones I like to my wishlist.

29.  How did you come up with your blog name? 

I have often been told that I live up in my head/my own world called Amandaland.  I just assumed that the native language is Amandalandish, and thus my blog name was created.

30.  What kind of camera do you use? 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19.

31.  How often do you clean your house? 
While I like things in order and I'm personally very organized, I know that the state of my room reflects the state of my mind.  You don't even want to see what my room looks like at the moment...

32.  What is your favorite color? 

33.  What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine? 
I used to be really into reading the fashion mags, but I've grown really impatient with them over the past few years.  They promote unhealthy body images, unrealistic lifestyle choices, and generally a waste of paper.  Blogs, which are written by normal people using items that I have access to and can afford, are my thing these days, for fashion, makeup, and nail polish.   

34.  Do you swear? 
Not really.  A bad word will come out occasionally if I drop or bang into something, but I'm known to say "Oh fudge!" and "What the frizz?" a lot.

35.  What are you doing with the rest of your day? 
I just got a cold so I'll be moping and feeling sorry for myself while I watch TV.  Colds are my kryptonite and completely incapacitate me.

Hope I did Cordia proud!


  1. I think I just fell in love with Yoda. That is the cutest picture!

  2. What a fun read! Glad Cordia put you up to this! I loved seeing the pictures of you, miss gorgeous! <3
    I hope your cold goes away soon!!

  3. I loved reading through all of these! And that is one cute puppy

  4. He was surprisingly okay with the hat!

  5. Yay! Great job, Amanda! So fun to read! I somehow missed the knowledge of your bag whorenesss. Unbelievable.

  6. It's baaad. I'm obsessed with my bags and are super protective of them.

  7. You should do a collection post!

  8. Feel better! I need to get to work on this!

  9. Oh good, that would be a loooong post and heavily Rebecca Minkoff-represented.