Brilliant Brittany the Beauty Deputy has kindly suggested that I have a go at the ‘Get to Know Me’ Tag!
I really enjoyed reading Brittany’s answers, so hopefully I can make something equally entertaining happen with my attempt! Magically. Or something.
On with the questions!
1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
It’s very straight – so is my sister’s. We sort of missed out on the whole ghds thing as a result!
An old friend (left) and I (right), aged 10. We were suuuuper cool, trying to do “gangsta” hand gestures. My hair is still that straight!
2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I go to a salon, which I love, but it’s very expensive. Therefore guilt. I’m just too scared to try to dye it myself! Especially considering how dark it was before – it took a long time for it to get this blonde!
Exhibiting my natural colour on a night out with the Boyf, in November 2011
At my friend Sarah’s (left, looking gorgeous!) 21st in November 2012. I started dyeing my hair in the Summer.
Blondey blondey in December 2013. Although with a bit of rootage coming through. Sorry.
3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
I tend to wear it down most of the time, although I tried out a quiff ponytail for summer ball at university. I’ve only got one decent picture of it, but I have my tongue out and it’s green. So that’s not getting posted unless you ask for it!
4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
Umm…I paint my own toenails? I bite my fingernails so they’re too shameful to take to a salon!
5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I rarely paint my nails, but my toes are always polished. I change colours every month or so.
6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
All the time. I don’t really like my feet (they’re quite big – size 7 and very wide!) so I like to have a little bit of prettiness going on there!
7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
About half an hour, although I give myself longer if it’s for a night out.
8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Face. It’s more difficult!
Eyes only require a quick slick of this stuff!
9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I tend to buy makeup only when I need it, but I make sure there’s a “free gift” offer on before I make the purchase. I have a habit of collecting free gifts and trying out new products that way.
10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I’ve only worn them a couple of times, with varying levels of success. They look great when I first put them on, but then start falling off halfway through the night, which makes me look completely insane.
I take eyelash glue with me when I go out, but it’s not that effective unless you want to reapply the rest of your makeup too.
11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
For work, yes. I always have either spots or hyperpigmentation to cover up with foundation, and because I wear glasses for work, I like to enhance my eyes behind them with eye makeup. Might as well go the whole hog after that!
I also wear a full face if I’m going out shopping or adventuring, but not if I’m just off to the supermarket.
12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?
Very rarely. Unless I’m playing around with something I’ve just bought!
13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes. I do often, although if I’ve got a huge spot (or five) I sometimes whack on a bit of concealer before I go.
14. How many high-end products do you have?
Too many. I’m such a victim of luxury marketing.
My makeup drawer. Scary.
15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?
If I’m going away, I plan OOTDs for each day, that way I don’t take too many or too few clothes. More generally, I sometimes I plan the night before if I know I’m going to be in a rush the next day, but not usually.
16. How often do you change your handbag?
Whenever it breaks! I always overload them, use them constantly for a year or two, and then they break because I’ve stuffed too much cr*p in them. That’s why I could never have a designer handbag!
17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I wake up at 7.15am for work (unless I hit the snooze button…several times…) but it’s more like 11am at weekends. I like to have 10-12 hours’ sleep if I can! But usually get 7-8 on weeknights.
18. How often or when do you workout?
Not often enough. I need to start before I get fat.
19. Left handed or right handed?
20. How tall are you?
5’7″. That awkward height between “regular” and “tall” trousers!
21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I did French at A-Level so am fairly good at that, and I also pick up odd words and phrases from other languages.
My favourite foreign word is “Fussgangerzone!” Which means “pedestrian zone” in German. Also meerschweinchen (sp?), which means guinea pig. We went to Hannover Zoo in Germany when we were staying with our friend once, and it was great learning all the animal names!
Then you get loads from films, like saying hello and goodbye in Russian (Anastasia), various bits of Spanish from things like Modern Family…oh, and I can say “hello, my name is Effie” in Japanese :D and cat in Cantonese. Useful.
22. How many pets do you have?
None :( I love playing with dogs but my Dad and I are both allergic. I hope to get a hypoallergenic dog one day.
This is my Boyfriend’s dog, Charlie, who lives with his parents. I was there the day they got him, and he was so cute! Obviously he’s much bigger than in this photo now!
23. How do you blog?
I like to sift through my beauty collection, or buy something new, take photos at the weekend, and then write about it while using the product. I like to have the smells and the feelings right in front of me when I speak about things.
24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Mentally, perhaps. I never buy products that I haven’t heard of before – I always like to try things or read reviews before I buy.
That said…this is totally on my imaginary list…
26. How did you come up with your blog name?
It’s my name so um…you’ll have to ask my parents!
Of course, I can tell you how I got the nickname “Effie”. My full name is obviously Stephanie, but when I was about 9 years old I played a silly game with family friends and my sister. For whatever reason, we all took the first letters off our names, to make them start with a vowel. My sister Maddie became “Addie” (although I now call her Aggie more often!), Nick became “Ick”, Christ became “Is”, and Frankie, Alissa, and Greg became “Ankie, Issa, Egg.” I got Effie (from Stephie, which is what they used to call me) and it stuck!
27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I like to use the one on my iPad (2) as it is really good at close focus, so takes very detailed photos. My phone camera just isn’t usable! Do not get an HTC Desire C if you want to take photographs!
28. How often do you clean your house?
Mum and Dad have a cleaner, so now that I’m living back home again, I do more tidying than actual cleaning.
When I was at University I cleaned every other week, although we did bits of the kitchen more often. I have to vacuum a lot, as I have a dust mite allergy, so I can’t breathe if it gets too dusty! The first thing on my “moving out” wishlist is a Dyson!
29. What’s your favourite colour?
It was always purple for a long time, but I think I like red the best now. It’s so much fun to wear!
Posing before Summer Ball in June
30. Do you swear?
Yes. But not in front of people I’ve just met or in polite company! I can control myself quite happily.
31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
This post will be up on Friday, so I’ll be in Bristol! I’m going down to visit my Boyfriend this weekend, and we’re also going out for a drink with a friend from university on Friday night. I’m so excited! He’s only just moved there so we’ll be doing lots of exploring, but also having a nice chill in his flat. Hooraaay!
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I’ve only tagged a couple of people as I don’t want to double-tag, but if you want to have a go at the Get to Know Me Tag, I’d love to see what you write!
Drop me a comment if you do!