Friday, 25 January 2013

Beauty Tag

I've seen this beauty tag knocking about on a few blogs recently, so naturally I've decided to jump on the band wagon, too. If you've ever wondered about my make up habits, or how I came up with the name to my blog, then keep reading!...

Beauty Tag


Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

My hair's naturally straight... although it does get a little wavy these days because of the layers. If my hair gets wet, especially in the rain, and it has to dry naturally it will get quite kinky.

What is your natural hair colour?

My natural colour is a mid-dark brown, with a little auburn thrown in for good measure.

Me just after returning from the hair dresser's about two years ago.  My natural colour is lighter and warmer than this,  but it wasn't picked up well in this web cam photo. 
Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

I dye it at home, with a little help from my Mum or one of my sisters. I've always had great results in the two years I've been dying my hair red.

How often do you wash your hair?

I like to wash my hair at least every other day, if not every day, but at the moment my back injuries often prevent me from getting in the shower for days, as I have difficulties standing up long enough due to pain.

Do you wear the same style every day or change it?

I'm quite boring with my hair, really. I like to wear it down and straightened when I'm out of the house, but usually just tie it in to a pony tail or a low bun when I'm at home. I occasionally plait it, or curl it.


Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

I've never been for a manicure, and I've only once had a pedicure. I've always just done my own at home.

How often do you change your nail polish?

Usually as soon as the polish begins to chip. Unless I'm really exhausted or lazy, I paint my nails every two or three days... sometimes every day. I often get bored of wearing one colour for long, and want to change it for something new.

Do you polish your toes in the Winter or just in the Summer?

I paint them all year round. I like to attempt to make my ugly feet look a bit prettier. Even if nobody else is going to see my feet, I still have to look at them!

Make Up

How long does it take you to put on your make up?

It all depends on how much work my eye make up needs. I can do all the basic steps in 5-10 minutes, but sometimes I can be playing with colourful shadows and liners for twenty minutes or even half an hour.

What do you do first, face or eyes?

Always my face. I do foundation, concealer, blusher, highlighter to the cheeks, then powder, before curling my lashes, applying my eye make up, then mascara, and perhaps some highlighter to the brow bones and a little lipgloss.

Do you "collect" make up or just buy what you need when you need it?

There are some products which I only tend to replace when they're used up, such as foundation and mascara- unless I find something which intrigues me. I don't go out of my way to 'collect' new make up, but if I'm in a shop that sells make up I will browse and buy eyeshadows and nail polishes that jump out at me. I have such a nail polish and colourful eye shadow addiction!

How often do you wear false eye lashes?

Rarely. I've only worn them a couple of times in the past. I'm lucky to be blessed with fairly long lashes.

Do you do a full face of make up everyday?

Only when I'm leaving the house to be around lots of people, especially people I know. I've always worn make up every day without fail for school, college, and work, and for social situations outside my immediate family. I'm quite comfortable being fresh faced around my family at home when I've not been expecting anyone or planning to go anywhere, but I will pop to the supermarket make up less without worrying too much.

Do you wear make up when you are home alone, or with family?

I don't often wear make up at home unless I've already been out somewhere, am just about to go out, or am expecting somebody. I like to give my skin time to breathe. I do sometimes, though, to perk myself up a little, or to get the look I want with a particular dress.

Will you leave the house without make up?

If I'm just popping to the supermarket, yes, but not if I'm going to be around people who know me outside of my immediate family. I really have to restrain myself from wearing make up to  the doctors or the hospital! I feel so much more confident with a little make up on.

How many high end products do you have?

I have a fair few, but I couldn't hazard a guess without looking. I have three Inglot palettes full of beautiful eye shadows, some blusher, and a few nail polishes, a few Lush eyeliners, a little Mac, and a healthy supply of Benefit goodies. I like my luxury make up!

How often do you wash your make up brushes?

I know I should wash them every week, but I'd be lying if I said I washed them regularly. I usually forget.

Do you keep a list of products to try when you see other posts?

Usually only in the back of my head, but I often pin things so I remember, too.


Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?

I don't plan every outfit the night before, but if I have somewhere to go I do try to have an outfit in mind. If I don't have a clue what to wear and I'm pushed for time I get really stressed out.

How often do you change your handbag?

I change my handbags with my mood and outfits. I have a good collection of bags, and I like to rotate them. I have several I tend to stick with at once, but I often dig out random bags if I think they'll work with a certain outfit, or I just feel like using it.


How did you come up with your blog name?

Well, I wanted to incorporate both polka dots (as I love them) and freckles (as I'm covered in them from head to toe) in to the name as they're both a part of my identity. I originally wanted to name my blog 'Polka Dots and Freckles' or 'The Freckled Shopaholic' (which is the name I went with at first), but after a bit of googling I discovered there were already blogs in those names. I wanted to have an original name to avoid confusion, and after several hours of brainstorming and playing around with words, I came up with Polka Spots and Freckle Dots and it kind of stuck. Polka Dots and Freckle Spots just didn't have the same ring!

What kind of camera do you use for photographs?

I only have a point and shoot camera; a Canon Powershot. It's got a pretty decent 14 x zoom and 14 mega pixels, but it's crap for timer pics.


What time do you get up and go to sleep?

Pre-injuries? About 7am and 1am.

Post injuries? I'm lucky to fall off to sleep by 6am, and can sleep on and off til 4pm, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. The pain keeps me from sleeping well and I often wake up every hour or so every night. 

How often or when do you work out?

As my injuries usually confine me to bed, the only work out I get right now is from physiotherapy or hobbling around the supermarket like a little old lady.

How often do you clean your house?

I always try to do a little every day to make life easier, and a thorough clean about once a week... or I did before I injured my back. I can't manage a lot these days, so need help from my family for a lot of day to day things.


Left or right-handed?


How tall are you?

I think I'm about 5 foot 6, but I'm not entirely sure; I've not been measured since my teens.

Do you speak a foreign language?

No, only a little bit of French that I remember from my GCSE French. I can understand various words or sentences written down, but can only speak the odd sentence. Ou est le gare? Salut, je m'apelle Louise, et toi? Je ne comprends pas.

How many pets do you have?

At present I have one (almost) eleven year old rabbit called Honey, a tank full of tropical fish and a shrimp. I used to have another rabbit, Tigerlily, who died last year at the grand old age of ten, a couple of guinea pigs who died a couple of years ago of old age, and two family dogs who passed away from cancer. 

What is your favourite colour?

I like peacock colours- greens, teals, turquoise, and purple.

Do you swear?

I swear like a trooper, but not to other people, just in general conversation. I know my audience and who it's appropriate to swear around; I try not to offend little old ladies or get in my parents bad books.

What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Well, it's almost half three in the morning, so hopefully sleeping!

If you're reading this, then consider yourself tagged! Make sure to leave the link to your post in the comment box if you decide to have a go, too!

Tag, you're it!


  1. Ooh, I love these kind of posts! I'm going to do this. Leah xx

    1. Thank you! Would love to see your answers! xx

  2. Great Q&A's & I adore your polka dot nails!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! I shall check it out when I have a sec xx

  3. Love Q and A's!

  4. I've just stumbled upon your blog and loved reading your answers! Your nails are seriously amazing, I need to put effort into mine!

    1. Thank you so much! It takes a bit of patience, but there's really not much to them. I'm now following your blog too. You're style is amazing :)

  5. Only just found your blog !
    Love this tag :)
    Your polka dot nails are fab !
    Launa xx

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving lovely comments, Launa! This was one of my first polka dot nail attempts, so I'm pleased you liked them :) xx


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