OOTD & Makeup – Goth in 20 Minutes

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I woke up late yesterday, which meant that I only had 20 minutes to get ready and leave for work.  So, that meant basic clothes and “running late face“.  This is where my accessories and gothic shoes really come in handy.  Of course, 90% of my wardrobe is black, so at least I didn’t have to worry about matching colors.  Isn’t goth fashion grand?

First, let’s start with what I wore.  As you can see, I was able to throw on layers of clothes.  What pulls this look together and makes it gothic are my shoes and my (minimal) jewelry:

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Long shirt, skirt, and leggings: Ebay, Pentagram necklace: Blood & Stars Jewellery, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  As usual, I applied most of my eye makeup on the train.  I don’t like to apply powdered cosmetics on the train – it can get a bit messy.  That’s where my fat, eye pencil by L.A. Colors comes in.  This product is da bomb!  You can use it as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even use it as a lip liner.  As many of you makeup divas already know, lip liner in black helps to darken lipstick – for that deathly, yet beautiful, dark blood-red:

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L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in #424 Sunglasses and Bdellium® small angled brush #763. Both purchased from Amazon.

 

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After applying the eye pencil, I use the small angled brush to soften the smudges.

 

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All done!

 

I highly recommend the L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil set.  They come in a set of 24 pencils for $26 at Amazon.  I’m still a bit apprehensive with colored eyeshadow, but these pencils are a great way to try out different colors without breaking the bank.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – What’s In Your Makeup Bag?

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I didn’t have much time yesterday morning to finish my makeup.  Unfortunately, this happens often – that’s why I keep a small arsenal of makeup in my bag at all times (i.e. my “running late face“).  I don’t have a car, so I take public transportation to work.  Since my commute is about 50 minutes to 1 hour, I put my eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and lipstick on while I’m on the train.  Of course, I prefer to put my full makeup on at home, but there are days where I just don’t have the time.

 

Here’s what I wore yesterday:

 

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Black dress: Dragonesque, Swarovski rhinestone leggings: Kalypso Blue (Etsy), Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Studded leather choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), “X Marks The Spot” coffin nails necklace: Extollo Jewelry (Etsy).

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  Since I didn’t have time to do anything fancy, I worked with what I had in my makeup bag.  I just grabbed a pack of bindis from my dresser and threw them in my big bag.

**If you drive to work, PLEASE don’t apply makeup while driving.  I know this is common sense, but I’ve seen many women do this.  Please don’t.  Your safety, and the safety of others, is more important than a made-up face.  Be safe!**

 

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Here’s my “setup” on the train. The pockets in my larger bag makes a great holder for my pencils and brushes.

 

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What’s in my bag? – 1. compact mirror, 2. eyelash curler, 3. eyebrow pencil, 4. jumbo eye crayon, 5. angled brow brush, 6. eyeliner brush, 7. another angled brush, 8. mascara (gel and fibers), 9. eyeliner sealer, 10. M.A.C.® gel eyeliner, 11. dark brown eyeshadow (for my eyebrows), 12. Carmex® lip balm, 13. cake eyeliner, 14. Manic Panic® lipstick in “Vampire Red”, 15. Manic Panic® lipstick in “Black Rose”, 16. Lipcote® lipstick sealer

 

So, what’s in your makeup bag?  Or are you a more organized, punctual goth?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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A Small Tribute To Phenomenal Women

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Maya Angelou photos via Photobucket.
The great American poet and author, Maya Angelou, passed away 2 days ago at the age of 86.  She used the power of words to bring healing to many people.  One of these people was my mother.  Suffering from an abusive childhood, Ms. Angelou’s words, along with The Bible, brought my mother peace and comfort.  Her favorite book was I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

 

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The first phenomenal woman in my life – Mom in 1983

 

Not only did Maya Angelou write about the black experience in America, she also had a way of understanding the human condition.  My favorite poem from Maya Angelou is “Phenomenal Woman”, written in 1978.  This poem brought me solace in a world that harbors a hatred of women – especially women of color and those of us who don’t fit the standard Westernized, white-is-right, fat-is-horrible, beauty ideal.

In honor of, not only Maya Angelou, but to all the amazing, beautiful, fierce women in my life, I’m sharing her wonderful poem with all of you.  The accompanying photos are some of the phenomenal women who have been a big part of my life.

 

(In the photo galleries, you can click on or scroll your cursor over each photo for more information.)

 

PHENOMENAL WOMAN

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

 

 

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My amazing and brilliant sister, J

 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

 

Two of my favorite dancers, Rin Ajna & Ebony
Two of my favorite dancers, Rin Ajna & Ebony

 

 

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The Queen of Tribal Fusion, Rachel Brice (image via Photobucket)

 

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

A few of my stunning dance instructors.  L-R: Jen, Colleen (my first dance instructor), Rachel Brookmire (director of Sahara Dance DC), and Elisa.  (Photo courtesy of Sahara Dance)
Four of my dance instructors , UDM 2012. (L-R): Jen, Colleen (my first dance teacher), Rachel Kay Brookmire (director of Sahara Dance), and Elysa. (Image source)

 

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

The awesome ladies of Raquettes Samia - UDM 2013 (Photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)
The awesome ladies of Raquettes Samia – UDM 2013 (Photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)

 

 

With my dance sisters of Shimmy Mob DC (Photo courtesy of JP Photography)
Dancing with Shimmy Mob DC (Photo courtesy of JP Photography)

 

I cried a little bit, writing this post.  I am very lucky to have so many beautiful, talented, and truly awesome women touch my life.  I hope this poem brings you peace, love and happiness, just like it does for me.  I also hope that I’m doing my part to bring love, light and creativity to all whom I come into contact with.

 

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(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”interview from the July issue of Beautifully Said Magazine, 2012

 

If you’re not familiar with this amazing woman, you can go to her official website.  Her life was too vast and extraordinary for this blog to do it justice.

 

Much Love & Many Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Tuesday's Makeup – Siouxsie Eyes

 

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Siouxsie Sioux photos via Photobucket.

I wanted to try something new with my face.  I saw this picture on one of my favorite Tumblrs, The Witch and the Wardrobe (if you click on the picture link, you’ll see it’s from a different Tumblr).   Unfortunately, I couldn’t add the photo to my post.  Crazy daggone artists and their copyrights!  Oh well, no biggie.  You can click the link or just look at the one and only, whom I’m sure the photo was inspired from:

 

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The Grande Dame herself

 

In all of my years as a goth, I have never worn my eye makeup like Siouxsie Sioux.  I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.  Plus, it seemed like it would take a long time to do.

But I had some extra time yesterday morning, so I decided to give it a try.  Besides, if I’m going to try my hand at makeup artistry, I need to experiment with different styles.  So, here’s how it turned out:

 

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I think I did a pretty good job.  One thing I would change is my eyebrows. I think I could have shaded them in a bit more, making them blend in more with the black eyeshadow.  I could also use a bit more black eyeshadow along the crease of my eyelids.

 

Here’s what I wore.  Just jeans, boots, and a lace shirt.  Not spectacular, but definitely old school:

 

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So, I would say that my Siouxsie eyes went pretty well.  I will definitely do this again and probably switch it up a bit in the near future.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 1

 

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A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I went to an art exhibit and burlesque show, Countdown to Yuri’s Night at Astro Pop Events in DC.  But before that, we hung out on the National Mall to see the cherry blossoms, while they were still in bloom.  Since we took so many pictures, I’ve created separate posts for the Countdown to Yuri’s event.

 

Here’s how I did my makeup.  I wore pink and crystal bindis to celebrate the cherry blossoms:

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