World Goth Day & My First Makeup Tutorial

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World Goth Day logo from The World Goth Day Page 

Today is Sunday, May 22, also known as World Goth Day.  Normally, I’m chillin’ on Sundays and that’s exactly what I’m going to do today – nothing.  But I will celebrate this day with a makeup tutorial, made by moi.  It’s my first one and I’m quite proud of it.  I’m debating whether or not to add commentary, but I can make a decision at a later time.  The makeup in the video is what I wore for April’s birthstone, Diamond.

 

Here is the list of the makeup that I used in the video:

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

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

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

EYES

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EYESHADOW PRIMER:  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in SIN

EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Pressed Eye Shadow in Black

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

GLITTER PRIMER:  Too Faced® Shadow Insurance Glitter Bonding Eye Shadow Primer

GLITTER:  Too Faced® Glamour Dust in Blue Angel

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

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

 

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LIP PENCIL: M.A.C. Lip Pencil Liner in Nightmoth

LIPSTICK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

 

What are you lovelies up to for World Goth Day?  I hope your plans include watching my first video (haha).  If you do decide to watch, I hope you enjoy this video.  Any tips to make it better?  Should I add commentary or no?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Brain Fatigue and 11-Month-Old Dreads

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Hello, my fellow darklings.  I’m back to blogging after a 2-week mental hiatus. As some of you know, there are times when one needs a mental health break. Nothing’s wrong, life just got a bit overwhelming.  But y’all didn’t miss anything and now I’m back to blogging.

I had planned on starting the Spring/Summer wardrobe for Project 666, but it has been so cold and windy lately.  We would get about 2 days of warm weather, and then the temperature would drop.  I’m not complaining though.  The warm/cold situation is typical for Spring and it’s still not as cold as Winter.  Thank goodness for that!

Here’s today’s outfit.  Since I’ve now “recovered” from my brain fatigue, I kept my goth look simple:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Shredded t-shirt (S11), Long skirt (Skt2), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Shredded t-shirt: secondhand, Long skirt: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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All jewelry purchased on Etsy. Ebony wood stud earrings: House of Shiba, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Wax seal monogram necklace: J & A Wares Jewelry, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio

 

I also kept today’s makeup light.  I can’t find my black cat-eye glasses (*boo hoo*), so I’m wearing my backup pair.  I need to go to the eye doctor anyway and order more glasses, so I’m not worried about finding my black pair.  I am convinced that my house eats things, never to be found again, so I expect that my black eyeglasses are gone forever.

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Next month my locs will be a year old.  Woot!  Here’s my loc progression so far:

 

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This was a pretty short post, but I’ll have longer posts very soon for April’s birthstone and birth flower.  I’m also working on some makeup tutorials (finally), so stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Green Goth Makeup for St. Paddy’s Day

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I found out at the last minute yesterday, that it was St. Patrick’s Day – a great reason to highlight my black attire with green gems!  It was cloudy and a bit chilly, yesterday – a typical March day.

Here’s what I wore.  I wore my hat again, but it was a bit windy yesterday.  Not the best day to wear a hat, but who cares?  I think it completes the look:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long t-shirt (S5), Lace shirt (S6), Black skirt with asymmetrical hem (Skt1), Black leggings (P5), Felt hat (H1), and 20-eye Doc Martens (B3)

 

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Hat: Asos, Lace shirt: Kitty Biskits Vintage (Etsy), Black choker w/ green gems: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Silver key pendant: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy), 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand). Skirt, leggings, and long t-shirt purchased on Ebay and Amazon.

 

Here’s my face.  Believe it or not, I am wearing false eyelashes.  They were the wispy type though, which is why you can’t tell that I’m wearing them.  So, I wore these damn things and you can’t even see them.  Ugh!

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Yesterday ended up being a good day.  I found 3 college friends that I went to art school with on Facebook.  We were friends and roommates back in the mid ’90s and one of them told me that they’ve been trying to find me.  In fact, the one girl I roomed with is the person that got me into goth.   I don’t care how many people complain about Facebook, I love it.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & MOTD: Vintage Church Lady

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Hello, fellow darkings!  Yesterday was a good day – it’s not officially Spring yet, but it was gorgeous outside!  With a high temperature of 78° F (26° C), it felt more like June weather than March.  No complaints from moi.

As you can see, I bought a new hat and yesterday was a great day to wear it. Since wearing a hat with an afro can be difficult, it’s been over 10 years since I’ve last wore one.  I’m very happy to wear hats again.

Here’s my outfit.  I really like this ensemble, even though I look like I stepped out of an old, country church – in 1910.  But I love vintage, even though the clothes are new.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Renaissance poet shirt (S10), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Ankle boots (B2), and Felt hat (H1)

 

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Felt hat: Asos, Poet shirt: Ebay, 25-yard skirt: Amazon

 

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Seed bead necklace: World Market, Rosary: Krombholz Jewelers (Etsy)

 

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Ankle button boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  I went with bronze eyeshadow and winged eyeliner:

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I’m enjoying this beautiful, warm weather but I’m not getting too comfortable; it is still March, after all.  I’ll end with my OOTD video, complete with commentary. Should I leave out commentary in future OOTD videos?  Let me know in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Fall / Winter Belly Dance, Part 2 – Sahara Dance Golden Era Salon 2015

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Title poster by Twiggy and Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club marquee pic courtesy of Sahara Dance.  Used with permission.

About three weeks ago my ATS® dance troupe and I danced our last performance for 2015 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for the Sahara Dance Golden Era Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch.  What a wonderful venue to perform in!  I’m really enjoying dancing while people eat, just like the dancers did in the mid-20th century – hence, the “Golden Era”.  It was also the first time I danced to live drums, performed by Sahara Tabla.  Or course, I like dancing to recorded music as well, but nothing beats feeling the drumbeat of live music.

First, here is my ATS® costume, with hair and makeup:

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Next, here are the ladies of our ATS® dance troupe for the Golden Era performance:

Not pictured: Gretchen, Erin K., Erin V.

 

Here are some of our stage pics.  Photos are courtesy of Jeanette Trejeda de Gomez and Stereo Vision Photography.  Used with permission.

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Photo courtesy of Jeanette Trejeda de Gomez

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Sahara Tabla on drums
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Photo courtesy of Jeanette Trejeda de Gomez

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I’ve already signed up for the annual Spring dance show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM) and I’m looking forward to the new semester.  Not only is our dance troupe now a student dance company, but we also have a new name for our company: Raquettes Amira, named after the famed restaurant in San Francisco.  It was THE place to see tribal belly dance.  I’m really looking forward to 2016!

You can check out our performance in the video below, courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions.  Our performance started with the wrong music cued, but I must say that we recovered nicely.  Even the audience showed support of our recovery.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

The Year In Costume & Dance 2015

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Hello, lovelies!  As we come towards the end of 2015, I decided to do a couple of year-end posts.  They’re more like a photo album vs. an actual blog post. Translation: 95% pictures, 5% words.  This post is a rundown of the costumes I wore this year.  Needless to say, they’re mainly dance costumes, but still costumes nonetheless.  

Without further ado, here are the costumes I wore in 2015.  You can click on each title to read the full blog post.

 

 ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY FIGHT CLUB – January 10

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With my dear friend, Matt

 

COUNTDOWN TO YURI’S NIGHT: SPACE PIRATES – April 11

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With my sweetheart and life partner, C.

 

SAHARA DANCE: 13th ANNUAL UNDER A DESERT MOON – April 25

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With 3 of my ATS® troupe mates, Illyria, Isabel and Suzanne
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Photo courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography

 

DC HAFLA ATS® PERFORMANCE – July 18

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SAHARA DANCE SUMMER CARNIVAL – August 8

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ATS® FLASH MOB – October 10

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With Shavei Dancer and Isabel

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DEVIL’S NIGHT – October 30

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With Jocelyn as Chell (from the video game series, Portal)

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HALLOWEEN – October 31

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Me and my sweetheart as Prince and Tina Turner

 

RAQ OUT: CREATURES OF MYTH & LEGEND – November 7

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With fellow unicorn and dance partner, Amy

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GOLDEN ERA SAHARA DANCE SALON: A VINTAGE BELLY DANCE BRUNCH  – December 13

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Photo courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography
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Photo courtesy of Stereo Vision Photography

 

And there it is.  I hope you enjoyed viewing my costumes for 2015.  There will be another year-end post in a couple of days.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup: 7 Month Dreads & Dress Lily Review

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Hello, everyone!  Today marks the seventh month of growing my dreadlocks.  I can see them growing, little by little each month.  So exciting!  I also wore the new dress that I bought at Dress Lily.  You may have seen their advertisements floating around Facebook and other places online.  Their prices are low, but how is the quality?  Here is my review for the dress, and also for a pair of pants that I bought from Dress Lily.

Before we get started with my review, here’s what I wore on my face yesterday.  Very simple makeup, highlighted by a moon stamped on my forehead:

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I wore the dress to work yesterday and I think it’s pretty cute.  I love the color! The dress is made out of a lightweight, polyester material.  I think this dress would be more appropriate for Spring or Summer, but it still works for cool weather.  My lace shirt and black leggings underneath added some warmth.  I was also worried that it might be too long, but as you can see in the photos, the length is just right (I’m 5′ 3″ / 160 cm tall).

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Bohemian Style V-Neck Solid Color Sleeveless Women’s Maxi Dress” in size Large, $19.31 USD. Lace top purchased on Ebay.

 

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Choker with O-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy), Crystal point pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

Pros: Comfortable, great color, length is just right, lightweight

Cons: Wrinkles easily, low quality fabric

Dress rating: ****4 out of 5 stars

 

Here are the pants that I ordered along with the dress.  I’m not too happy with these, unfortunately.  The colors are printed on (the inside of these pants are plain white) and they’re not that vibrant.  They feel comfortable, but look horrid on me!  It would have been nice if the pants had a bit of flare at the bottom, although they did say that these were straight-legged pants.  I think these would look better on someone who is slender.  I have too much “junk” to get away with these.

"Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women's Exumas Pants" in size Large, $15.16 USD
Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women’s Exumas Pants” in size Large, $15.16 USD

 

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Pros: Good length, comfortable

Cons: Unflattering on me, dull colors, would look better with a wide- or flared leg

Pants rating: **2 out of 5 stars

 

I had no issues ordering from Dress Lily and my items arrived within 2 weeks after I placed my order.  They do sell wide-legged, flared pants so I may place another order with them. Dress Lily is located in China and I’m in the US, so I thought the shipping time was good, especially since shipping was free.  The quality of the clothing is okay, but I don’t expect them to last very long.  Oh well, I got what I paid for.

Would I recommend purchasing from Dress Lily?  If you have a few bucks to spare and you don’t need your items by a specific date, I think they’re worth taking the chance.  However, other reviews are mixed.  I didn’t look at the reviews before placing my order, so I’m not sure if I just got lucky or if it’s a bit of a hit-or-miss with this company.  You can check out some of the reviews here.

FINAL RATING (out of 5 stars):

Dress: ****4 stars

Pants: **2 stars

Shipping time: ****4 stars

Average rating: ***3 stars

 

And last but not least, here’s how my locs are progressing:

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My locs are starting to grow downward, which means they’re getting longer.  Woo hoo!  You can check out my video review on my Dress Lily purchases, below my signature.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & Makeup: 6-Month-Old Dreads

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My dreads are now half a year old.  With Halloween and my Raq Out performance now done, I’m finally able to post my progress on my “babies”.  They are still looking crazy and I still love them.  I’m growing more and more attached to them as the days go by.  It’s an incredible journey into my crazy hair. 

I decided that the “half-way mark” of my locs deserved a fresh dye job.  I was thinking of bleaching the roots, but I think I will wait until they’re at least a year old, although I don’t really mind having dark roots now.  Since I dye my dark roots along with my locs, they just blend together.  I may never bleach them, to be honest.  I have nothing against bleach (obviously), but even bleach at a low volume (I used 20v on my loose hair) is damaging to the hair.

We’ll start with my outfit of the day.  I wore the blue tunic dress again.  It seems I’m always wearing this dress at the beginning of the month, but it rained yesterday and this dress, along with my 20-eye Doc Martens, are nice to wear on such days.

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Blue dress: purchased at DC Fashion Week, Leggings: Amazon

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), “Resplen-dance” ribbon necklace: Sciscitor (Etsy). I love this necklace, but I’m not too fond of the ribbon. It’s pretty, but I prefer something more sturdy. I’ll probably replace the ribbon with a leather or silk cord.

 

Here’s my makeup.  It’s hard to see in these pictures, but I added a little bit of glitter to my eyelids. The glitter is Too Faced® Glitter Dust** in “Nude Beam”.  The glitter bits are small, perfect for when I want to wear glitter with minimal bling.

**I purchased this online, but now I can’t seem to find it to provide a link.  Has this product been discontinued?

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Here’s a close-up

 

My progress so far, from loose hair to now:

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I’ve noticed a significant change between last month and now.  Not only is my hair darker at the roots after re-dying them, but my locs are not sticking out like they did in October.  I was sort of bummed, but then I remembered that I do want long locs.  It looks like they are starting to “lie down” a bit.  After realizing this I’m delighted!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Halloween 2015 – Part 2: The Party

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Here we are with Part 2 of the Halloween festivities.  Both my sweetheart and I lost our mothers to cancer in 2012 and after a few years of not being in a social mood, we decided that we were ready to have a party.  Halloween was on a Saturday this year – a perfect night for a party.

My sweetheart was Tina Turner, and I was His Purple Highness, Prince.  I wanted to practice doing drag makeup on my sweetie but unfortunately, we ran out of time (and he ran out of patience).  So I did the best that I could.  Despite my lack of drag makeup skills, Ms. Turner was the hit of the party!

Here’s our Halloween costumes.  My pieces were purchased on Amazon and Ebay.  I also could’ve went darker with the “facial hair”, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make it look like dirt.

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For my sweetie’s costume, I went to online stores that sold clothing and shoes for crossdressers, since he’s a pretty big guy:

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These 5″ heels are a Women’s Size 15!

 

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It was a great party!  Fun and low-key, having a great time with great people. Everyone loved seeing a large, 6′ 2″ (6′ 7″ in heels) Tina Turner with a deep voice! There was even a jam session since my sweetie and his friends are musicians.

Here are more Halloween pictures:

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My sister-in-law with her daughter, and her daughter’s angelic friend

 

 

Chell from the game, Portal
Chell from the game, Portal

 

Chell meets my new fur baby, Edgar
Chell meets my new fur baby, Edgar

 

This was one of the best Halloweens I’ve had in a long time.  It was nice to be together with friends and family after 3 years of not entertaining.  I compiled a short video that includes my sweetheart walking in heels and a live jam session.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Halloween 2015 – Part 1: Devil’s Night

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Hello, lovelies!  This past week has been super busy with Halloween and preparing for my dance duet tomorrow for Raq Out.  Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, I decided to wear a costume for Devil’s Night (also called Mischief Night), which occurs on the day before Halloween on October 30.

I saw these badass Maleficent horns on Ebay and decided to take a chance, hoping they would fit and they did.  Woo hoo!  Here’s what I wore to work last Friday, with a short clip of my outfit:

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Asymmetrical dress: Dragonesque, 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Onyx pendant: handmade by me, Black Void ring: Sarah Crooks Design (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s my face.  I took advantage of the holiday and wore black lipstick to work, along with green eye shadow:

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More Devil’s Night pics:

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Well, that’s it.  Stay tuned for Part 2, the actual Halloween holiday.  I’ve included a second video, below my signature.  You can actually see my face and hear my voice at the same time (My voice – ACK!).  TTFN (Ta Ta For Now)!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise