This is a guide to questions that I frequently get asked. Have a Question? Please send me an email.
How do you pronounce Phyrra and Phaedra?
I pronounce Phyrra as Fear*ah. Phaedra is pronounced as Faye*drah.
What color are your eyes?
My eyes are blue-green and depending on what I wear their appearance will change. Sometimes they’re green, other times they’re blue. On rare occasion they look grey or teal. My eyes are hooded.
What colors do you wear in foundations?
Right now my preferred foundation is Cover FX CC Cream in N Light mixed with Face Atelier Zero Minus to make it pale enough to match me. Or I like to spot conceal with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Y0 and set with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. When I could wear it, I wore Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese with a little bit of Snow Lynx mixed in to lighten it. I really like Silk Naturals HD Cream foundation in N10.
See my Best Vegan Foundations post.
See also my Favorite Foundations post.
What’s your skintone?
I have mostly creamy undertones. I’m neutral leaning warm. In Sephora IQ Color Match I’m 1Y01, which I think is too dark for me. Their matching system is wonky and it’s hard to get a match if you are pale or have rosacea, or both. I have rosacea.
Which cruelty-free beauty brands ship to where I live?
I now have a post that tells you the Best cruelty-free beauty brands that ship internationally!
Are you vegan?
I’m vegan-friendly, but no, I’m not vegan. I’m very close to vegetarian. I don’t eat pork or a lot of other meats. I prefer fish if I’m having meat. I love cheese and ice cream but prefer almond milk. Because my best friends are vegan, I eat a lot of vegan dishes. At home we make mostly vegetarian dishes. Eggs, seitan, chick peas, black beans and walnuts are staple proteins for me. I’m allergic to soy so I can’t eat tofu. I’m also horribly allergic to bell peppers.
What hair colors have dyed your hair? How do you care for colored hair?
Just about every color you can imagine. Blonde, red, black, raspberry, blue, purple, orange, teal, pink, etc. I love love love my Manic Panic for crazy colors. See The Beginner’s Guide to Brightly Colored Hair.
What camera do you use?
I have a Canon Rebel t3i 600D DSLR camera. My backup is a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video in Red.
How do you take good pictures?
Well, I constantly practice to try and improve. However, I use the Macro setting on my camera to take the up close pictures of my eyes, products and product swatches. I have a lot of natural light in my home and I utilize it to the best of my abilities. I use daybulbs for swatch photos, though I also take pictures with flash, too. You can also check out my Photography & Video Equipment for Beauty & Fashion Bloggers post.
What pets do you have?
I have a standard poodle (the large size) named Phaedra and a pug named Maximus. Before the dogs I had two Birman cats that I had adopted at 9 years & 7 years old, respectively. With the exception of Phaedra, all of my pets have been adopted.
What charity do you support?
I support the Florida Poodle Rescue. I use Amazon Smile to make purchases to support FPR. I hope to someday adopt a standard poodle through them.
How do you change your hair color?
This is how I change my hair color.
What are your favorite colors?
I love pops of color with black! Vivid aqua/blue-teal, bright chartreuse, deep purple, iridescent fuchsia and deep blue-based teal.
What’s your favorite lipstick shade?
Fuchsia or teal blue. Either make me very happy when I’m wearing them.
What are your favorite scent notes?
Raspberry, cherries, blueberries, pineapple, plum, currants, clementine, hyacinth, frangipani, black violet, vanilla orchid, water lily, creamy coconut, vanilla, amber, caramel, and sandalwood
What are your favorite scents?
TokyoMilk Dark Tainted Love, BPAL Vice, Cocoa Pink Black Chocolate Raspberries, Cocoa Pink Cinderella’s Carriage, Hugo Boss Deep Red, Kenneth Cole Black, Alfred Sung Shi, Bath n’ Body Works Vanilla Noir, Bath n’ Body Works Twilight Woods, The Body Shop Neroli
What scent notes do you hate?
Lavender (can trigger migraines), suntan lotion, baby powder, honey (it never smells good with my body chemistry, it always turns into a baby powder smell)
What are your hobbies and interests?
Video games such as Viva Piñata, Monster Rancher (#4 is the best!), massively multi-player online games such as World of Warcraft or EverQuest, Rock Band, Writing, Reading, Dancing, Anthropology, Makeup, Hair, Music, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Horror, and Standard poodles.
What gaming systems do you have?
I have a PS4, an XBox360, kinect & a wii. I’ve also got a Nintendo 3ds in Aqua Blue.
What are your favorite tv shows?
Lost Girl, Teen Wolf, Bitten, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Blood Ties, Sanctuary, Supernatural, Legend of the Seeker, Gossip Girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, Roswell, Lexx, Babylon 5. Just about anything with vampires or werewolves will capture my attention.
What’s your favorite music?
Voltaire, Portishead, Rasputina, She Wants Revenge, Emilie Autumn, Collide, Depeche Mode, Infected Mushroom, The Sisters of Mercy, Switchblade Symphony, Apoptygma Berzerk, Underworld, The Cruxshadows, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, LadyTron, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, Bjork, Delerium, BT, Shiny Toy Guns, New Skin, Tre Lux, Costanza, Cylab, Deep Forest, Dresden Dolls, Dido, Dune, Future Bible Heroes, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Orb, Skinny Puppy, The Chemical Brothers, The Killers, VNV Nation, Orgy, The Cranes, Die Form, Miranda Sex Garden, Mephisto Waltz and most darkwave/electronica/ebm/dance/trance/psy trance. Listen to Electric Area on Sirius XM and you’ll hear my favorite music.
Who are your favorite authors?
Seanan McGuire, Trina M. Lee, Kelley Armstrong, Cat Adams, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Anne Bishop, Jim Butcher, Chloe Neill, Laurell K. Hamilton, Mercedes Lackey, MaryJanice Davidson, Jacqueline Carey, Steven Brust, Rachel Caine, Maura Anderson, Yasmine Galenorn, Walter John Williams.