The birthstone for March is the aquamarine, also the color of water. In Latin, aqua means water and marina means sea. This is also an “icy” color (since ice is frozen water), but I think we’re done with ice until next winter. We are finally into the swing of March and the weather is getting warmer. Hooray!
According to the American Gem Society, the aquamarine was used as protection for sailors and to ensure a safe journey at sea. Aquamarines were also used to promote calmness. Aquamarine is a light color, and it ranges from greenish-blue to blue-green. The larger the stone, the deeper the color.
March actually has two birthstones. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone, while the ancient birthstone for March is the bloodstone, “a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide”. The ancient Babylonians believed that the bloodstone healed blood disorders.
Here is what I wore yesterday. I like the color aquamarine (favoring shades closer to blue than green), even though I rarely wear it. But, I do have a pair of velvet bell bottoms that went well with my tikka:
Here’s my makeup. Dark eyes and a tikka in aquamarine:
I’m very happy that Spring’s finally here, the season of flowers and birdsongs. I tend to be more fashionable during Spring, slowly shedding my warm layers of clothing. I will write a post soon on the daffodil, March’s birth flower. Daffodils are mainly yellow – a color that I do NOT wear (except for dance). We’ll see what happens.
Violet is the birth flower for February and there’s many varieties of violets (genus name: Viola): African violets, common blue violets, Australian native violets, dog’s tooth violets, just to name a few. The two most common shades that violets come in are violet (duh) and blue, but they also come in shades of white, cream and mauve.
According to What’s My Birth Flower?, violets symbolize the “love of truth” and the “truth of love”. Another interesting tidbit is, although roses are most commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, it’s actually the violet that’s connected to the Christian priest, St. Valentine. According to legend, “St. Valentine kept encouraging believers with messages of friendship and love”.
Yesterday, my bosses were taking photos of us for the company website, so I went a bit conservative. I decided to leave the choker and bindis at home, but at least I got to wear my flowers. We had to wear a light-colored shirt for the photo, so I grabbed my white, summer dress from storage. My sweetheart (with much love) said that I looked like a lost, milk maid. Personally, I prefer “Amish reject”:
Here’s my very conservative face. I wore Manic Panic’s® lipstick in “Deadly Nightshade”, applied very lightly. I also went gentle on my eyebrows:
Today is the last day of February. Thank goodness! I don’t know about anyone else, but for the shortest month of the year, February seemed long as hell. The weather has been hellacious! So, I’m definitely looking forward to the first day Spring in 19 days!
I honored the all-mighty Amethyst yesterday with a sparkly tikka and basic eyeliner. What makes the amethyst “all-mighty”? For starters, it’s purple. But the main reason? It’s my birthstone and that’s why it’s the best! Tee hee.
According to the American Gem Society, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the amethyst helped to “keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted”. It was believed to ward of intoxication. Amethysts are used to heal circulatory issues, pain, insomnia, and arthritis. They also symbolize “meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength”.
For me, this shade of purple signifies royalty. There’s a color named “royal blue”, but where’s “royal purple”? When I searched for “royal purple” on Google, the first hits were of a trademarked motor oil (!).
Here’s what I wore yesterday:
Here’s yesterday’s face. I kept the makeup light, since it was cold and I was running late. I think it was a good choice though, since I was wearing a big, sparkly tikka:
And guess what? Not only is amethyst my birthstone but my middle name, Denise, comes from the Greek god Dionysius, the pagan god of wine! No complaints about that!
Yesterday was Friday the 13th, so I wondered what I should wear. After thinking about it for about 3 seconds, I decided that Friday the 13th called for black and nothing else. I also decided to go for dark eyes and naked lips again.
Here’s yesterday’s outfit:
Here’s my makeup. I wanted to try a smoldering, shadowy look to go with my crescent moon. The crescent moon was made from a stencil, that was part of my EyeCons kit:
I highly recommend the EyeCons kit to add a bit of flair to your everyday makeup. These are perfect for when I want something on my forehead, but not anything “blingy”. And Jessica Martinez, Ms. EyeCons herself, is a belly dancer so these are perfect for dance (she also makes a “sweat-proof” kit)! You even get to choose your colors and your stencils. I think it’s a great buy.
Carnation photos via Photobucket. Carnation info via ProFlowers®.
I had decided earlier to post makeup looks based on each month’s birthstone. But I was so focused on birthstones, that I completely forgot that each month also has its own flower. Doh! I wear flowers in my hair all the time. How could I forget the birth flowers?! So here’s January’s flower – better late than never.
Carnations (genus name: Dianthus) mainly come in red, pink, white, and yellow. Each color of carnations have their own symbolism. According to ProFlowers®, red carnations symbolize love and romance, pink carnations symbolize “perfect happiness and gratitude”, white carnations symbolize “innocent love”, and in Victorian times, yellow carnations symbolized disappointment in someone. Yikes! Those Victorians – elegant but harsh!
Since my hair is red and red flowers don’t show up too well in my hair, I went for pink carnations. I don’t usually wear pink, but that’s okay. That’s what inspiration can do – it can help me to step out of the “black box”.
Here’s what I wore yesterday:
Here’s yesterday’s face. I kept my makeup light, since I was wearing eyeglasses. I added a couple of pink sparkles to my face, to match the carnations in my hair:
Now that I’ve done justice to January by including its flower, I’ll be posting some looks inspired by February. Stay tuned.
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.
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:
Here’s yesterday’s makeup. I wanted something dark and witchy, so I went for heavy, black eyeshadow:
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.
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:
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:
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.