FAQ

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?
I wear Cover FX N0, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow, and Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N10 + a white foundation mixer + Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint Light. Cover FX N10 is too dark for me these days.
See my Pale Foundation Swatches post.
See my Best Vegan Foundations post.

What’s your skintone?
I’m neutral leaning warm and I have a pink overtone from rosacea. I match my foundation to my neck and chest, which are lighter than my face. 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.

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 or vegetarian. I don’t eat pork or beef. Eggs, seitan, chick peas, black beans, chicken, fish, 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’ve used Special Effects, Manic Panic, Jerome Russel Punky Color and Pravana. I prefer Pravana. See my How to Care for Rainbow Hair guide.

What camera do you use?
I have a Canon Rebel t3i 600D DSLR camera for self-portraits and product shots. I have Canon G7X for videos.

How do you take good pictures?
I use a lot of lights in my studio. I use a Stellar Diva Ring Light & 2 soft box lights for videos and self portraits. I use MyStudio Continuous Tabletop background with 2 custom lights for product shots.

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?
I’m into gourmands! 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 Cinderella’s Carriage, Cocoa Pink Hawaiian Cake, 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), patchouli, nag champa

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.