Red Wine Review: APOTHIC WINE

apothecary /əˈpäTHəˌkerē/ – late Middle English, noun: a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs

Hello, lovelies!  In this video, I review 4 red wines from Apothic Wines.  The only one I’ve tried before is Apothic Red, which I really like.  But while I was on Amazon, I saw that Apothic makes 4 red wines: Apothic Red, Apothic Dark, Apothic Crush, and Apothic Inferno.

I was wondering what “apothic” meant, so I looked it up.  The word seems to be made up and is strictly a brand name.  The closest word I found was apothecary, which still seems to fit with alcohol consumption.


Here are a few of my tasting notes.  If you need a little help, Wine Folly is an excellent resource for beginners.  Just click on the “Blog” tab for more information and how-tos.


I hope you all enjoyed my review.  Have you tried any of Apothic wines?  I know that Apothic makes a white wine (Apothic White), but after looking I see that they also have a sparkling wine (Apothic Sparkling) and a rosé (Apothic Rose)!  Looks like I’ll have to do another review.

Ta Ta For Now (TTFN),

Dasia Denise

Gothic Makeup For Eyeglasses: Opal

Hello, lovelies!  Welcome back to another makeup video, this time using my “regularly scheduled makeup”.  Back in October, a viewer requested a makeup tutorial for the look I presented for October’s birthstone, Opal.  To see how I achieved that makeup look, go ahead and click the video below.   I’ll show you how to achieve this makeup look, both with eyeglasses and without.



I hope you all had as much fun watching this video as I did making it.  I think I’m starting to find my niche, although I don’t plan on solely creating makeup videos.  But do expect to see more makeup looks and gothic experiments.  For the makeup used in the video, you can take a peek at the list, underneath my signature.


Dasia Denise




FOUNDATION PRIMER:  Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION:  Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Blush in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY:  Model In A Bottle®




EYEBROW PENCIL: Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH: Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

FUCHSIA EYESHADOW: Magnolia Makeup Eyeshadow in Antoinette

BLACK EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Blackboard

EYELINER: M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

MASCARA: Maybelline® Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama in Blackest Black




LIPS LINED WITH: COVERGIRL® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Black Rose

LIPSTICK SEALER: Lipcote Lipstick Sealer

Gothic Fashion: How To Tuck Your Skirt

Hey, motherTUCKERS!  I’ve been asked by a few people (and noticed by fellow belly dancers) about the 25-yard skirt that I often wear in my outfit-of-the-day videos.  The 25-yard skirt (also known as a tiered skirt) is a staple of belly dance costumes, particularly tribal fusion and tribal (i.e. ATS® and ITS).  So, I decided to show you all how I tuck in my skirts, achieving a frilly, gothic look.



I encourage you all to watch the video, but you can read the basic instructions below on how to tuck your skirt.  I’ll show you 4 different ways to tuck in your skirt: the Right-side tuck, the Hitchhiker tuck, the Double-cross tuck, and the Bustle tuck.




Grab the left side of the skirt about 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down and pinch these pieces together.  Bring these pieces up and hold them out to your left side.


Take the skirt that’s in your hand and bring it around the front to your right side.  Twist the fabric together and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 


Once these pieces are tucked, fluff out the ends to accentuate the frills on your right side.




Grab the skirt 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down.  The further down you grab the skirt, the less the ends will stick out, creating less poof.


Bring the skirt up, flatten the side with your free hand and tuck the skirt in.  Repeat this step on the other side.


This is the tuck that I wear most often in my gothic wardrobe.  It’s one of the easier tucks to achieve and can easily be undone and re-done.  This is essential when “nature calls”.




Grab the skirt 1/2 way down on your right side, then flatten the front of the skirt with your free hand.  Tuck the skirt in on your left side.


Reach 1/2 way down the other side of the skirt.  Pull this end out towards the side.


Take that end, wrap it around the back, and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 


You may need a full-length mirror for this look, in order to keep the front and back of the skirt flat.




Reach 1/2 way down the right side of the skirt and hold the skirt out to the side.


Wrap that side towards the back and tuck in the skirt.  Repeat this same step on the other side. Again, a full-length mirror will be helpful in making sure the front is flat and that the bustle is nice and fluffy. 


I used the reflection of myself from a large window instead of a mirror, resulting in a sloppy bustle.  Not only should I have used a mirror, but I also should have tucked the ends in more.



Now, let’s discuss yardage for a bit.  Tiered skirts used for dancing typically come with different yardage: 15 yards (13.7 meters), 25 yards (22.9 meters), and 36 yards (32.9 meters).  Tiered skirts also come in 10 yards (9.1 meters).


As you can see below, the more yardage a skirt has, the more fluffy the skirt will look.  Keep in mind that more yardage may also increase the weight a skirt, depending on the type of fabric used.


That’s it for now, my dear lovelies.  I really enjoyed creating this video and more importantly, my viewers found these tucking tips helpful.  You’ll find that these tiered skirts are very versatile and are suitable for a whole range of body types.   If you’re into long, frilly skirts like I am, these skirts make an excellent addition to a gothic wardrobe.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 2: Moisturizing Locs

Hello, my dear SoulFlowers!  Welcome to Part 2 of the ACV (apple cider vinegar) wash.  In this video, I’ll show you how I moisturize my dreadlocks.  Since the ACV wash will leave your hair feeling very dry, it’s important to moisturize your locs after deep cleaning them.

I used coconut oil and tea tree oil for my (damp) locs, but you can also use any essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  You do not want to apply essential oils directly on your scalp, so make sure you have a carrier oil.  I used coconut oil for the carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or almond oil.




  • Essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  I used tea tree oil.
  • A carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.  I used coconut oil (pressed, extra virgin oil).
  • A plastic cap to cover your locs.  I used a disposable shower cap.



  1. Combine the carrier oil with the essential oil.  You can combine them in the palm of your hand or in a small container – even a plate will do.
  2. Apply the oils directly to your scalp.
  3. With both hands, rub the carrier oil and essential oil together.  Then take both oily palms and rub through your dreadlocks.  You’ll want a lighter touch for your dreadlocks, while a heavier hand can be applied to your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic cap.  This step is optional, but the cap will help to moisturize your hair, using the heat from your scalp to help moisturize.

And that’s all there is to it.  Remember, you don’t want to do the ACV wash more than twice a year since it’s very drying.  Since I prefer to deep clean my dreadlocks outside, Spring and Fall are the best times for me to do the ACV wash.  Of course, the choice is yours.

Peace, love, & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 1: Deep Cleaning Locs

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  I finally gave my dreadlocks a deep clean, known as the ACV wash.  ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.  I do wash my dreadlocks at least once a week, but it’s also good to give your locs a nice, deep clean.  The ACV wash will leave your locs feeling nice and lightweight.  The added bonus is that the ingredients are all natural, which is great for dreadlocks.  It’s best to wait until your hair has matured before doing the acv wash, to keep your dreadlocks from unraveling.

Here’s the video of me deep cleaning my dreadlocks.  I’ve also included the list of ingredients and the instructions below.



  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) apple cider vinegar (organic, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. (approx. 17 g) sea salt
  • sink or basin (I used a 14″ round basin)
  • a couple of towels



  1.  Remove jewelry (such as earrings that can be removed) and hair  accessories.
  2.  Add the baking soda and sea salt into the sink/tub.
  3.  Add a little bit of hot water to the sink/tub.  You want just enough hot water   to dissolve the baking soda and sea salt.
  4.  Fill the rest of the sink/tub with warm water.
  5.  Squeeze the 1/2 of lemon into the water and then add the vinegar.  Mix all of the ingredients together.
  6.  Soak your locs into the acv mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7.  After soaking, wrap your locs into a towel and towel-dry.  Pour out the dirty   acv water.
  8.  Rinse the acv mixture out of your hair with clear water.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly!


That’s it for Part 1.  Next week for Part 2, I’ll show you how I moisturize my locs.  The acv wash will leave you with very dry locs, so moisturizing them after the rinse is a very important step.  Stay tuned.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise