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    Q&A with Rachael Castro @j0uzai | #FoxFamily

    Rachael was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

    Tell us about yourself!
    I never know how to answer this! Well, my name is Rachael, I'm 21 and I live in California. I go by jouzai or j0uzai on my social media, a name I took from a song in an anime. I'm studying neuroscience in college and I work as a supplementary instructor for chemistry and as a chemistry tutor for my college.

    I also love animals and have a sweet precious radiant doggie named Angel who is 14 years old. Although she's lost most of her hearing and developed Cushing's disease, she's in pretty good shape for her age. A lot of people are shocked when I tell them how old she is! She's a little mutt we scored from the shelter who I'd sell my soul for. She's played a big role in shaping my love for animals, going vegetarian and cruelty-free. Everyone in my family loves her, she's even printed on our credit cards. I think she has a lot to do with why my twin sister wants to be a vet tech and work with animals :) 

    What does a day in the life of Rachael look like?
    This is actually quite hilarious to me haha. Many people assume I'm someone who puts time into their appearance and fashion or that I'm somewhat put together daily. Most of my friends find my Instagram hilarious. The truth is I'm very lazy, I hate getting ready or getting dressed and I actually don't care at all about what I wear and my makeup is absolutely awful. I tend to wear all baggy clothing but not in the cute way. My friend once tried to take a picture of me because my outfit was so bad (baggy striped capris with knee high striped socks, clogs, a giant lamb of god shirt and my dads large zip up).

    My makeup tends to be just as bad, 9/10 I put it on in the car. I only put foundation under my eyes and just powder that's a little too tan over the rest. I attempt mascara and eyebrows (mine are blonde) and that's about it. The whole process and clothing takes about 10 minutes. I have class, work and/or study time from 8-4 or 8-6 depending on the day. Then I go home, do some HW or maybe watch Netflix and then pass out. Not very eventful I know haha. Weekends I study, and set aside one day to take a photo for Instagram haha. I do really enjoy the looks I do on Instagram and that IS my fashion choice, I just don't want to do that everyday- if you left at 7am you probably wouldn't want to either haha. So despite having lots of cute clothing I dress like a slob haha. A lot of my friends actually weren't aware I owned cute clothing at all. So don't be surprised when you see me in person looking... a lot different hahah.

     

    Do you have any pet peeves?
    I have too many pet peeves haha! Loud chewing is probably the worst one though. I also can't stand when people don't smooth out foods like ice cream, butter etc. But I think that's part of my OCD (I'm diagnosed and medicated currently).

    Favorite way to spend your down time?
    Reading manga! But usually I don't have down time haha.

    Whats your favorite manga at the moment and why?
    My favorite manga of all time is Deadman Wonderland! The anime is not as good and isn't finished so I recommend reading the manga instead. It's got amazing character development which is so important for me. There are a lot of character twists that totally mess with your head. Some people you think are level headed or fine but 5 chapters later you're like "OH SHIT". It's basically about some people kept in a prison who can manipulate their blood. They've all gone through extensive trauma that has left most of them with psychosis and/or other issues. I guess a fair warning is that there's gore! It's definitely a dark manga, but there is still some light hearted moments. Shiro is kind of the center of a lot of it, and figuring out who she is exactly. It's very deep although only 50 chapters. Granta can be a little whining (a type of character I tend to dislike) but he gets better and it's a little understandable considering what happened to him (lol). The other characters make it 100x worth while. I highly recommend it if you're not bothered by gore.

    What's your favorite dessert?
    I LOVE eclairs. I would eat them every meal of the day if no one stopped me. They're too good. 

    Whats your least favorite food?
    The food I can't stand is cilantro. Tomatoes not in marinara are a close second though. I can still force myself to eat either but cilantro I will notice even if it's just a pinch.

     

    What's your spirit animal?
    My spirit animal is probably the sloth. Or some animal that is extremely slow and lazy haha. Although I wish I could say it was something cool like a tiger. Sadly, I'm just not that cool.

    Describe yourself in 5 words.
    Lazy, weird, hardworking, creepy, badatdescribingmyselfin5words? I think I get along okay though! I do well in school :D

    What music do you listen to at the moment?
    I listen to just about anything, although I don't really like country. The music that gives me the most joy is rock and some metal. I'm kind of in love with Rammstein and have been for years.

     

    Do you collect anything?
    You're going to think I'm so weird, but I collect soap. Specifically Bee & flower soap. I don't know why exactly, it smells amazing to me. My identical twin does the exact same thing. We both sleep with them next to our bed so we can smell it. I know it's really weird, there was a time I had 10 of them there. We've been doing it ever since we were kids, apparently I used to take one to school with me in 5th grade.

    On a more normal note I collect Deadpool comics? Haha. And some figures or art for Deadpool or anime/manga that I enjoy.

    Any hidden talents?
    Not that I know of or that I haven't already lost! I used to play the violin when I was younger. I've landed some top scores in games?

    I was second in the world at Poke A Mole (an app) haha. And I did pretty well on Neopets too. Which I guess makes me pretty important. That's a joke.

     

    How would you describe your aesthetic?
    I'm not sure, it tends to be a cross between metal head and gothic? I don't consider myself either because of the elitists that tend to come with labels like that. I just like darker styles :)

    You can only wear one outfit for the rest of 2017. What is it?
    Hmmm... I would go with my oversized pretty reckless shirt w/ cut off sleeves, my black high waisted shorts, a set of black thigh highs and my knee high Doc Martens. If I didn't have to walk around as much I'd pick my thigh high heels from Dollskill. But if I had to be in a lab setting where pants were required I'd have to go with my oversized Guns N' Roses shirt with black skinny jeans and knee high Doc Martens.

     What kind of things really make you laugh?

    Comedy manga rarely fails to make me laugh, especially ones that have delinquents. Somehow those are always my favorites, like Beelzebub and Oresama Teacher.

    I'm also a big fan of Mr. Bean. The diving board scene makes me laugh so hard I cry every time (seriously, look it up). When I was a kid my grandfather only had 2 VHS tapes without sound and they were Mr Bean and "How to Take Care of Cats". I watched that tape dozens of times and it never got old :)

    Preference: creepy or cute?
    Hmm... on myself I prefer creepy, but it's close to a tie in general. I admire cutesy people and love the style but there's a certain joy and excitement I get when I see something creepy. Somehow it makes me really happy - not in a serial killer kind of way haha. I just really appreciate it. Sometimes I find it fun to scare people with my looks too.

     

    What do you love about Arctic Fox?
    Um, everything? Haha. The smell has to be the biggest winner. It's so refreshing to have a dye that smells like candy. I don't have to turn the fan on and die when I inhale like with other dyes hahah. The color always turns out the way I'd like it to and they mix beautifully. It's the best experience I've had with any dye honestly. I recommend it to people even outside of Instagram. I also love that Arctic Fox donates to help animals 🐰 They are also cruelty free and vegan! Which is awesome. A dye that works great, smells great, and doesn't harm any animals should be anyone's ideal. It's hard to find cruelty free products that work amazing as well.

    What's a secret about you that we don't know?
    Well, the soap thing kinda was a secret haha. I don't really have secrets, there are 2 things I only tell a few people about but I still tell some :) the soap secret is enough for today LOL.

    What's a hair color you haven't done that you'd like to do?!

    Hmmmm... I think maybe maroon/burgundy. I think it's beautiful but I won't be able to return to teal so easily haha.

    What's your hair maintenance process?

    I'm pretty terrible with hair upkeep honestly! I don't have a lot of free time with work and school so I usually have at least an inch of roots before dying it again >.> I do wash the color into my hair when I shower though! I mix it with my conditioner and wash my hair with that. I also use Olaplex which is a life saver :)

    How do you bleach your hair?

    I use 20-30 vol developer with bleach on my roots but don't re bleach the rest of my hair. I also mix Olaplex in and it works well! I use a brush just along the root area, then leave it for ~30min and wash it out. Usually it's light enough to dye after that!

     

    What are you looking forward to in 2017?
    I'm looking forward to transferring colleges to study neuroscience!

     

    Find Rachael at her Instagram @j0uzai!

    Makeup artist, sloth, metalsmith. Q&A with @reagan.destefano | #FoxFamily

    Reagan Destefano: metalsmith, makeup artist, sloth. Read on!

    Tell us about yourself!

    Well my name is Reagan, I was born and raised in San Diego. My favorite color is lime green, and my current favorite cereal is Rice Krispies.

    What's the first thing you did this morning?
    I checked my phone, took a drink of water, and then fell back asleep, haha.

     

    Describe yourself in 5 words.
    Creative, crazy, introverted, happy, and sleepy. 

    What's your spirit animal?
    A sloth.

     

    Do you have any tattoos and what are their significance? 👽

    Well I have an itty bitty heart on my wrist which has absolutely no significance, but it was my first tattoo! A yin and yang tattoo I got on a Friday the 13th matching with my best friend, some flowers that signify my mom, dad, and sisters birth months... a crab because I am a Cancer, Mother Nature, and a UFO abducting a cow. Oh and Pac man inside my lip!

    Where would you love to travel to?
    I've always wanted to visit Tokyo and Rome.

     

    Tell us something weird about yourself...

    Everything about me is pretty weird...I'm left handed and terrified of needles, not the tattoo kind, the doctor kind.

    What's your guilty pleasure?

    Hot Tamales and Peanut M&M's.

     

    What do you love doing in your spare time?

    Sleeping...and drawing and playing video games.

    Whats your favorite show on tv these days and why?

    Honestly..Pretty Little Liars, I'm still obsessed and I might cry when it's finally over.

     

    We hear you are going to school- what are you taking and why?

    Taking some art and metalsmithing classes at the moment.. also a biology class which is quite interesting to me... just trying to figure this life thing out so we'll see where it takes me! 

    Your Instagram is full of super colorful and fun makeup looks- what do you love most about makeup?

    I love makeup for two reasons. First, I think it's a super awesome way to give people extra confidence and express themselves.

    Second, I love creating art on faces. I feel like it's such a great canvas for colors and glitters and whatnot.

     

    Who are some makeup artists (or other people) that have inspired you?

    Gwen Stefani has always been such an inspiration to me. She is such a sweet person, and she is so talented and creative. I love her style, her music, her makeup. Everything about her, haha

    What are the three tools in your makeup kit you can't live without?

    Mascara, concealer, and chapstick.

     

    What's your dream makeup job?

    I think it would be awesome to experience being a Makeup Artist on a big film. I don't know if I'd love making a living out of it, but it seems like such a cool thing to experience. 

    What do you love about Arctic Fox?

    I love how the colors are so vibrant and long lasting. I think it is amazing that they are so involved in saving animals and it smells yummy.

     

    What's one hair color trend you'd love to see come back?

    Everything from the 60's.. like Hairspray.

    What do you do to take care of your hair?

    I don't wash it everyday, mostly to make my colors last longer and to let the natural oils nourish my hair.. I also use hair masks every one in a while.

     

     What's on your agenda for this year?

    Well I'm finally a Disneyland pass holder, so lots of Disney!!

     What's the one thing you are looking to accomplish in the next few years?

    Hmm..I really want to work hard towards a career. Just gotta figure out what that is first. 

     

    To see more of Reagan check her out on instagram @reagan.destefano!

    Q&A with @purplesneakers_ | #FoxFamily

    Alyssa is such a colorful person and her style is 1000% mermaid status. We asked her about her life, her goals and her hair. 

     

    Who is @purplesneakers_?
    My names Alyssa, I'm an artist from Cleveland Ohio and I'm 23.

    What's the first thing you did this morning?
    The first thing I did this morning was shovel down 3 cups of coffee lmao! Gotta have my caffeine.

    Tell us something weird about yourself.

    Something weird about me that most people don't know is that I was homeschooled most of my life.

    What do you love to do in your off time?

    In my off time I love to take photos and I also love to paint and draw, I am a very artistic person. I would describe myself as a free spirit, I love to explore and travel to new places.

     

    Who is your style icon and why?

    My style icon is probably Gwen Stefani. I love how edgy her style is!

    You can only wear one outfit for the rest of the year. What is it?

    If I could wear one outfit for a whole year I'd probably chose anything black with my leather jacket.

     

    You've had amazing pastel purple hair for a while, is it your favorite color?

    Yes I love purple! However my favorite color is actually mint green, if I were to try another color I might try that next!

    How long have you had fashion colored hair?

    I've had purple hair since high school, I've always loved being different.

     

     

    How do you get your hair light enough to color it like you do?

    For me I just bleach my hair with 30 volume and then use a purple shampoo. If my hair is dry I will add in some Opalex.

    How would you describe your aesthetic?

    I would say I have a vibrant and artistic aesthetic. Remember when you were little you painted the sky purple, then someone told you it's supposed to be blue.... but you did it anyway. If I want to wear light up shoes or bright blue lipstick one day I just do, I don't think about what anyone else thinks.

     

    What's the most fun you've had at a photoshoot?

    The most fun I had at a photo shoot would be at an abandoned theme park location 💜 It was so cool to walk around and feel like a child again.

    What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

    The craziest thing I've ever done would probably be wearing a wig to work so I could keep my purple hair 💜

     

    What are you working toward in the next few years?

    in the next year I would really love to start working on more makeup tutorials and working on my video skills.

    What do you love about Arctic Fox?

    What I love about Arctic Fox is how it is vegan and I also love how I can see the passion and hard work that Kristen and her employees put into the brand.

     

    What's your favorite thing that happened in 2016?

    My favorite thing that happened in 2016 would probably be going to the Pocono mountains!

    What are you looking forward to in 2017? Anything in particular?

    I am looking forward to going to Canada for the first time.

     

    Find Alyssa on Instagram: @purplesneakers_, and be prepared for amazing mermaid overload 🌈

    Green hair goals- Q&A with @maria_lawliet | #FoxFamily

    Maria's emerald hair is magic. 

    Tell us about yourself!
    My name is Maria. I'm 25 years old. I'm from Salamanca (Spain) but currently living in Madrid. I'm a photographer and makeup artist. And I love everything related to art and music (and CATS, of course hahaha)

     

    What's your favorite color?
    GREEEEEN, OF COURSE ♥

     

    What makes you laugh? 
    Absurd and sarcastic humor. 

    How would you describe your fashion style?
    María Lawliet's style haha I don't know, I don't have a particular style. I always wear what I like.

     



    Where's your favorite place to go clothes shopping?
    Internet! haha

    Whats the most exciting thing you did in 2016?
    I did my first body painting! ♥ 

     

    What are you looking forward to in 2017?
    I want to continue training as a special effects make-up artist!

    What would be the coolest special effects makeup job you could get?
    Create a monster for a movie!

     

    Whats the most useful tip you've learned when doing makeup?
    I don't know… having patience is a good tip haha

    What's your favorite thing about doing makeup?
    Creating characters!

     

    What do you see yourself becoming in 5 years?
    Mmm I don't know, I live the present!

    What would be your perfect day?
    My perfect day has to have music and friends, I'm simple haha

     

    What do you like about where you live?
    Madrid has many opportunities! ♥

    If you had to color your hair another color, what would it be?
    Blueeeee! Poseidon and Aquamarine ♥

     

    What's one hair color you would never try?
    BLONDE!

    For more Maria, find her on Instagram @maria_lawliet  and find her on Youtube as María Lawliet.

    Meet cosplayer @jazlynskyy | #FoxFamily

     

    Photo credit: @xdiephung

    Meet cosplayer Jazlyn Skyy.  We asked her some questions about her princessness, her hair and about her long term goals.

     

    Your hair is so bright and radiant! That wasn't a question but hey.

    Heck yeah it is (if I could insert that sunglasses emoji here I totally would) Thanks to you guys of course; this hair dye is so great! I have yet to have a fade I disliked which is a big deal to me.

    Which Disney princess would you be? Which villain?

    Funny question considering I dress up as Disney princesses on a regular basis for work, I think I'd be Rapunzel. She's kinda awkward but also wild and a goofball which is always fun.

    As for Villain I would definitely be Maleficent, her prettiness is just perfect.

     

    Do you have a pet?!

    I do have a pom! I adore her so much. Seriously considering using AF on her next time I do my own hair!

    What might your next hair color be?

    Purple, dark green, maybe even an array of colors; we shall see

     

    What's your favorite thing to do in winter?

    Well it doesn't snow where I live so going outside is pretty lame. Probably staying inside and watching a movie and playing my DS or sketching would be ideal.

    Do you ever cook for yourself?

    Um, I can bake cake and cookies, stuff like that. So I guess no. I would suck at trying to sustain someones life with my cooking haha unless you can live on sugar of course.

    Photo credit: @xdiephung

    Read any good books or magazines or comics lately?

    The last thing I've really sat down and read was Star Wars Shattered Empire; so its been awhile but I did enjoy it.

    Where do you dream of living?

    It doesn't matter to me as long as it feels like home. Ireland would be cool though..

     

    If you won a million dollars, what's the first thing you'd buy?

    A house. I've dreamt of having my own house since I was like 8.

    Ever been to Comicon?

    I've only ever been to Anime Matsuri and Comicpalooza. I plan on going to better/more conventions this year for sure.

     

     

    What's been your favorite cosplay so far that you've done?

    Poison Ivy. I don't think I need to explain why; it is known how awesome she is.

    Whats a long term goal that you have- like, where do you want to be in 5 years?

    I want to be in my own home and not having to overwork myself just stay afloat. As long as I'm happy and my pets are happy though I'm not too picky about where I want to be in life.

    Whats one thing on your mind that you are looking forward to in 2017?

    My hair getting longer. In all seriousness there's a lot i'm looking forward to, I think this will be a good year for me.

     

    For more of Jazlynn check out her Instagram @jazlynskyy