Because You’ve Always Wondered How Often I Wear False Eyelashes…

I still haven’t had a chance to take decent blog pictures in London, so here’s a beauty tag, taken from the lovely Teresa at Brush and Bullet! (I’m retaining the Commonwealth spelling of the questions because I’m in the Commonwealth as we speak. It’s only fair.)

ETA: I just realized that I forgot to copy and paste questions 17-30! I’ve been so distracted recently. Updated 9/13.

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
It’s very wavy, but not quite curly.

2. What is your natural hair colour?
Dark brown with a few auburn highlights.

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I have virgin hair!

4. How often do you wash your hair?
Every day. My hair is quite fine, and it looks limp and greasy if I go more than 36 hours without washing it.

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
At its current length, there’s not much I can do with it except leave it down! When it was longer (about chin-length), I’d occasionally pin it into an awkward “bun” (more bobby pin than hair), or twist part of it back and secure it with combs, like so:

In early college, I’d often put it in a half-hearted and -assed bun, using a scrunchie from the late ’90s:

I’ve cropped out my professor and classmates, but I wish I could also crop out my terrible posture and the astonishingly shitty Talbots blazer I was wearing. 2005 was kind to none of us, fashion-wise, but it was especially unkind to me.

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I always do my own: I’m possessive of my personal space and don’t like the thought of a stranger touching my hands or feet.

7. How often do you change your nail polish?
About twice a week.

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too, or just in the summer?
Why does this question take for granted that everyone polishes their toes in the summer? Anyway, I didn’t start giving myself pedicures until last year. I’m very self-conscious about my misshapen feet (courtesy of years of ballet, plus genetics), and I never wear sandals unless it’s oppressively hot. It took me a while to realize that painting my toenails was something I could do just for myself, so that I wouldn’t feel awful when I looked down at my feet. These days I try to keep my toes polished year-round, but I definitely slack off in the cold months.

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
About ten minutes.

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
In order: moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer, eye makeup, blush, lip color.

11. Do you “collect” makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Depends on the kind of product. I find mascara totally uninteresting and never have more than one bottle at a time, but I’m a die-hard lipstick collector. Blushes and eyeshadows fall somewhere in the middle. In general, though, I’m more of a collector than an as-needed replacer. I mean, duh: I have a beauty blog.

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I’ve never worn them, with the exception of a pair of silver tinsel eyelashes I bought one Halloween. As I recall, I couldn’t get them to stick to my lids longer than five minutes, but for those five minutes I looked awesome. I’d like to try lash-colored false lashes one of these days, but I really have nowhere to wear them.

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
I’ve never been sure what the phrase “full face of makeup” means. If it means “foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, five shades of eyeshadow, two eyeliners, lip liner, lipstick, and gloss,” then I never do a full face. If it means “the greatest amount of makeup I ever wear,” then I do a full face almost every day: concealer, eyeshadow (usually one neutral shade all over the lid), mascara, understated blush, and lip color. I often forget to put on mascara, though; see 11. It’s just. so. boring.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?
When I’m home alone, I almost never wear makeup, though I sometimes like to slap on a crazy color of lipstick for fun. When I’m with family, it depends: I won’t put on makeup specifically for them, but I will if I’m doing something else later.

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
If I’m running an errand or going to work out, the most I’ll put on is a neutral lip color (I always wear sunscreen, though). But honestly, I wish I were more comfortable going out with a bare face. I don’t hate the way I look without makeup, but the ritual of applying it is so important to me that when I do skip it, I feel like I’m missing out. Leaving the house is an occasion! I need to celebrate it! (I also need to get a life, apparently.)

16. How many high-end products do you have?
Assuming that “high-end” means non-drugstore (e.g. MAC, NARS) and not just prestige/designer, I have about 20.

17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
I wash my eyeshadow and blush brushes every couple of weeks, and my lip brush as often as I use it, so a few times a month.

18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
There’s not much to plan, as I have a uniform from which I rarely deviate: v-neck t-shirt, blazer, dark skinny jeans, and black flats. In the summer I lose the blazer and replace the jeans with one of four pairs of J. Crew shorts.

19. How often do you change your handbag?
I don’t own a real handbag. Since I have to carry my laptop and books so often, I just use a black canvas tote bag from the Strand; for fancy occasions, I switch to a small black Kate Spade purse (with polka-dot lining!) that I’ve had for two years.

20. What time do you get up and go to sleep?
I usually go to bed around 11 and wake up between 7 and 7:30. When evening rolls around, I become practically narcoleptic–I often pass out in my clothes with all the lights on and sleep through the night.

21. How often and when do you work out?
When I’m at home, I make it to the university gym two or three times in a good week, and I take a yoga class every Saturday.

22. Left-handed or right-handed?

23. How tall are you?
Just under 5’6″, but I like to round up.

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
Yes, I studied Japanese for nine years. I haven’t had a conversation in Japanese since college, but I think I could still get by if I visited Japan. I also read Latin, but I’d never attempt to speak it.

25. How many pets do you have?
None, unfortunately. All three of the animals that I considered my pets (my childhood cat, my father’s and stepmother’s cat, my boyfriend’s dog) have died in the last two years. I’d love to adopt a cat or dog, but I’m not in a situation that allows me to have a pet right now.

26. How often are you on Blogger?
If this means writing posts, I try to post every three days, though life often gets in the way. If it means reading other people’s blogs, maybe 45 minutes a day, give or take.

27. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yes, on Pinterest, though it’s not a full list–I’m a little ashamed of revealing to the world the number of products I want to try. I should really just keep a list in a Word document or something, but I never think to do that.

28. How did you come up with your blog name?
“Auxiliary beauty” is a 17th-century slang term for “makeup.” I found it in a dictionary of London thieves’ slang from 1699.

29. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
iPhone 5.

30. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
I don’t read a lot of magazines, though I like buying Elle before I take a flight, and I try to pick up the Sunday Times every time the fashion issue of T magazine comes out. I’ve been a fan of Chandler Burr’s perfume reviews since high school.

And that’s that! Posts might be sparse for a while, since I’m doing a lot of sightseeing and article revision, but I’ll do my best to update. I miss my regular blogging schedule!

10 thoughts on “Because You’ve Always Wondered How Often I Wear False Eyelashes…

  1. You look so sweet in the picture! <3I am not a fan of doing makeup tags to be honest because, as you pointed out here, so many of them are based on \”assumptions\” and stereotypes. I do love reading about them, though. It is probably that I enjoy getting to know about fellow bloggers more than tags themselves.Wish you a great weekend! 🙂


  2. Have you seen the documentary The Century of the Self? It's a history of modern advertising from a Freudian/Marxist perspective, and whether or not you agree with that perspective, the film is totally worth watching. One point that has stuck with me is that the personal survey was one of the biggest innovations in 20th-century advertising. Once advertisers discovered how much people loved answering questions about themselves, they realized that they no longer needed to guess what the public wanted to buy; the public itself would tell them! I think of that documentary every time I fill out one of these memes, because they're just so tempting. The template is right there, which makes it even easier to talk about my own tastes and preferences than it would otherwise be. Maybe I'm nothing more than a consumer-bot after all…That said, I like reading other people's responses, too. And I also like wondering what prompted the writer of the questions to choose *those* questions, specifically. Plus, answering the questions sometimes gives me ideas for future posts.I hope you have a great weekend, too! ❤


  3. Recent sparser posting + article revisions = I know that feeling! At the moment I've transitioned to 'got a bunch of posts out, now suffering from article revsion guilt', which is more fun in some ways, but more tense-making in others… :-PBased on your answers to these questions (which I very much enjoyed reading), I am now convinced that we may have actually been twins separated at birth, or something. 😀 High fives for lipstick addictions and not being able to participate in the fuss over mascara! High fives for scrunchies from the '90s! High fives for early-college biology classes! High fives for a 'full face' of makeup consisting of ~5 products, none of which are foundation! Since both our hands are probably kind of smarting at the moment, I'll leave off the high fives, but you get the idea. <3As for the pedicure thing, it took me ages to realise you could just do them 'for you' as well – now the wizard does all mine (his current choice: OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm? +OPI Polka dot com), so I have the additional princess factor going on (which never hurts, right? Perhaps I should get him a palm frond to wave over me… 😉 ). I also don't consider my feet to be particularly attractive, as they're kind of wide. A girl at ballet looked at my feet once and said 'Oh, It must be really easy for you to balance, huh?' T_TI don't think you're a 'consumer bot', I just think it's totally natural for the average human being to enjoy talking about themselves, especially in a defined, restricted context. That is: I'll happily talk about my makeup preferences, but if someone starts a survey on political/religious views, I'll keep things a little more under my hat as I feel those are quite personal…and it's a rare occasion where you're in a group *solely* consisting of people that can discuss these things rationally/non-judgementally.I actually want to comment more, but I've just looked at the clock, and I'm going to be hopelessly late for ballet if I don't RUN IMMEDIATELY. Thus, my probably typo-ridden offering will have to stand! I will say though that I'm going to take a look at orange lipsticks later today (thanks to you 😉 )…I'll let you know how it turns out!


  4. That is so interesting! Thanks for telling me about the documentary film. I will look for it (Maybe it is on Netflix or Amazon prime?).I chuckled a bit because I used to participate in those surveys and mini reviews just because I enjoyed them so much, but now I never do it unless I get paid in some ways (it sounds terrible but I've realized my time and opinions are not free. I guess many companies now realize this as well since I see more of the rewarding programs for these \”information gatherings\”.).I have to agree that we love to answer question asking about ourselves. Maybe it is the human nature. Oh wait, isn't it also one of the oldest pick-up tricks, too? 😉


  5. In seventh grade (i.e. 2000), a few girls in my class gave me a makeover that involved lending me someone else's fuzzy pastel blue shirt. I swear it was made of plastic tinsel or something. By the age of 18, though, I had no excuse!


  6. Further proof of my recent blog laziness: I just realized that I forgot to fill out half the meme! Damn it. The high fives will hurt less if we alternate hands. And yes, what is the fuss over mascara? I want it to do one thing: tint/lengthen/define my lashes (fine, that's three things). I want it to do the same thing over and over, day in and day out. I've found two mascaras that do that thing. I see no reason to look for others.The fact is, very few people have truly attractive feet. If I remind myself of this constantly, I feel less self-conscious of my own. And ballet definitely *made* my feet wider, so whatever. Ballerinas are *supposed* to have ugly, screwed-up feet (I say, having last taken a ballet class eight years ago…). ORANGE LIPSTICK! I want to know which one you choose, if any! I firmly believe that there's an orange out there for everyone.


  7. Can I steal your Japanese? I need it for Sinologist reasons, but the China people in my program are cursed to be the worst the worst at it, and I'm no exception. XD Latin I like much better!


  8. I'd gladly trade for your superior Latin! I took my first Latin class seven years ago, but I've studied it so sporadically since then that it tends to fail me when I actually need it. At least reading kanji shouldn't be too hard if you're already fluent in Chinese? I know a lot of the characters are different, or they mean different things in each language, but at least you're not starting from scratch. I've forgotten so much kanji since college, and it's insanely frustrating!


  9. I'm so glad you did the tag! These always remind me of the Proust Questionnaire, and I'm very tempted to start one of my own in a notebook to circulate around friends. Is that too pretentious? It won't be if I ask them \”tequila or jagermeister?\”, right? (The answer is always jager, unless I want an acid hangover.)


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