OOTD & Makeup for January’s Birthstone: Garnet

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Gemstone photos via Photobucket.  Garnet info via American Gem Society.

I’ve always been fascinated with gemstones and their symbolism.  I think this is great inspiration for makeup, so every month I’ll do a makeup look inspired by that month’s gemstone.  This month’s gemstone is Garnet.

It can be hard to distinguish between garnets and rubies, since both of these gemstones come in different colors, not just red.  To me, garnets seem a bit darker and closer to blood red; rubies seem to be brighter, with a slight pinkish tone.  This opinion is solely based on what I see, not on science or anything.

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TOP IMAGE: raw garnet, BOTTOM IMAGE: faceted garnet

 

According to the American Gem Society, garnets symbolize “eternal friendship and trust”.  Like many gemstones, garnets were, and are still used, for healing.  Garnets are used to “aid [the] blood,  heart, and lungs”.  They’re also used to “promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy”.

For me, they symbolize blood, so that’s what I went for.  Here’s what I wore yesterday: 

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Burgundy lace cardigan: Amazon, Long-sleeve black shirt: The Gap, Black short dress: Dhama Trading Co., Long 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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Bindi: Blue Sun Tribe (Etsy), Leather choker: Art of Spirit Leather (Etsy), Blood vial necklace: Vampfangs.com. Rings were bought from Ebay and street vendors.

 

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Moccasins: Minnetonka (brand)

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  I wanted something dark and witchy, so I went for heavy, black eyeshadow:

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I like how my makeup turned out.  I applied black eyeshadow a little above my eyelid crease, and I think they make my eyes look bigger!  Big eyes and big hair.  Woo hoo!  We’ll see what I can come up with for next month’s gemstone.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Happy Winter Solstice!

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Today is Winter Solstice, which marks the longest night of the year.  It is also the first day of Winter, so I decided to experiment with blue eye-makeup.  Nothing says “wintery night” to me than dark blue, black and silver.  The silver sparkles could mimic stars.  Plus, it’s the holidays!

Of course, since I don’t work on the weekends (yay!) I wore this to work on Friday.  Here’s what I wore:

 

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Oriental black duster and blue velvet skirt: Ebay, Long-sleeve shirt: Gap, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s what I wore on my face.  Although I wear colorful makeup for my dance performances, I was a bit apprehensive wearing colorful makeup outside of dance.  Can I pull this look off?  I think I can, so I decided to experiment:

 

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Black rhinestone & crystal hair clip: Endless Flowers (Etsy), Small black flowers: CVS, Silver spike earring: Opulent Oddities (Etsy)

 

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I wasn’t going to wear my false eyelashes, but my eyes lacked the oomph that I needed. (Fake lashes on the left; natural lashes on the right.)

 

I like how it turned out.  I’ve been pretty conservative with my makeup lately and it has been such a snooze-fest.  I’m looking forward to trying out more colors in the near future.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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