Minimalist Makeup for April’s Birth Flower: Daisy

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Daisy and Sweet Pea photos via Photobucket.  Daisy info via ProFlowers®.

Here we are on the second day of May, and I’m just now posting April’s birth flower, the Daisy [genus: Bellis].  Better late than never.  I also didn’t feel like doing my face yesterday, as you can see.  Not too exciting, but I’m not afraid of showing my minimally made face.  It would be silly to “force” myself into wearing makeup.

On to the daisy, a flower that reminds me of innocence and for some reason, hippies.  I suppose it’s because in a lot of the pictures I see of hippies from the 1960s, many of them are wearing daisies in their hair.  It makes sense – daisies can be found all over the world.

The Common Daisy, the one we all know and love.
The Shasta daisy, the one we all know and love.

 

Daisies do symbolize innocence, so it’s no wonder it reminds me of that.  They also symbolize simplicity and joy.  “Daisies are close cousins to sunflowers” and the “three most popular varieties are the Shasta daisy, African daisy and gerbera daisy”.  Out of these three varieties, the gerbera daisy is the most popular.  Other varieties include the English daisy and the desert daisy.

4 types of daisies, clockwise from top left: African Daisy, English Daisy, Gerber Daisies, and Desert Daisy
4 types of daisies, clockwise from top left: African Daisy, English Daisy, Gerbera Daisies, and Desert Daisy

 

Some sources list the Sweet Pea [genus: Lathyrus] as April’s second birth flower.  According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the sweet pea signifies “blissful pleasure, but [can also be used] to say goodbye”.

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The sweet pea

 

Here is my minimally made face from yesterday.  All I wore was foundation, blush, and mascara.  The daisy flower clip is of a gerbera daisy, with a rhinestone center:

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Gerbera hair clip: Kugga KIDS (Etsy)

 

Here’s what I wore.  Minimal jewelry (rings) and all black.  I bought the long cardigan from Amazon.  Everything else is from Ebay:

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With scarf and cardigan

 

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It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m getting back on schedule. I decided to take a short break after performing last Saturday, in the annual Under A Desert Moon belly dance show.   Stay tuned for more posts, including my performance.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for April’s Birthstone: Diamond

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Gemstone photos and gif via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via American Gem Society.

It’s time to bring out the bling for April’s birthstone, the Diamond.  Supposedly, a girl’s best friend and the most commercialized stone, thanks to De Beers©.  But, we can’t deny how gorgeous they are, just like the other birthstones.

TOP IMAGE: Uncut diamonds, BOTTOM IMAGE: Faceted diamonds
TOP IMAGE: Uncut diamonds, BOTTOM IMAGE: Faceted diamonds

 

While most diamonds are colorless, they can also come in a range of colors such as blue, yellow, green, red, purple, pink, and black.  The colored diamonds found in nature get their color from impurities in the stone.  For example, the yellow found in yellow diamonds get their color from small traces of nitrogen; blue diamonds have small traces of boron.   Colored diamonds found in nature are rare.  Since colored diamonds are rare, most colorless diamonds are color-treated.  Due to the controversy surrounding “blood diamonds“, you can also buy man-made diamonds, in which you can only tell by using a loupe.  

Diamonds were “thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength”.  Diamonds are also worn to promote “balance, clarity, and abundance”.  They signify eternal love.

Diamonds in black, blue, pink, and yellow.
Diamonds in black, blue, pink, and yellow.

 

Here is yesterday’s outfit.  Perfect time to wear my rhinestone leggings, peaking out beneath my skirt:

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A skirt made for belly dancing passes my “spin test”. Of course!

 

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25-yd. skirt and tabi boots: Ebay, Rhinestone leggings: Kalypso Blue (Etsy)

 

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Large, clear-colored bindi: SewFae (Etsy), Leather choker: Ego Driven (Etsy), Tish & Snooky t-shirt: Manic Panic® (Ebay)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Nothing but white sparkles.  Cheap, inexpensive sparkles, but still – they’re the only “diamonds” I can afford.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but I did wear a touch of glitter beneath my eyebrows:

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Diamonds works really well with the goth aesthetic, since they’re usually colorless.  Perfect with black.  Stay tuned for April’s birth flower: the daisy. 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for March’s Birth Flower: Daffodil

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Daffodil photos via Photobucket.  Daffodil info via ProFlowers®.

Daffodil (genus: Narcissus) is the birth flower for March.  Its bright yellow (and sometimes white) color signifies Spring, in which Spring is the month for rebirth and rejuvenation.  After months of cold, gray, depressing weather, this yellow flower is a welcome sight.

Just like Spring, the daffodil also represents rebirth and rejuvenation.  It can also represent hope.  While the most common color for the daffodil is yellow, they can also be “accented with white, orange, pink or lime green”.  Daffodils also represented friendship and happiness, during the Victorian era.  One hidden meaning behind daffodils was “you are an angel”.

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Daffodils accented with lime green, orange, white, and pink (known as “palmares narcissus”).

 

Here’s yesterday’s outfit:

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Led Zeppelin t-shirt and black skirt: Ebay, Black leggings w/ Swarovski rhinestones: Kalypso Blue (Etsy), Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Daffodil hair clip: Lila Jo (Etsy), Leather choker and crystal pendant: Ebay

 

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My makeup from yesterday.  For some reason, I was a bit hesitant to wear white eyeliner – I didn’t think it would look good on me.  But, I do like the look:

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L.A. Colors© Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Sea Shells #401”

 

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It’s strange how February is the shortest month of the year, yet it seemed to drag on and on and on.  March has 31 days, but flew by.  Strange, but I like strange.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for March’s Birthstones: Aquamarine & Bloodstone

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

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.

TOP IMAGE: Raw aquamarine cluster BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished aquamarine stones
TOP IMAGE: Raw aquamarine cluster, BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished aquamarine stones

 

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.

TOP IMAGE: Raw bloodstone, BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished bloodstones
TOP IMAGE: Raw bloodstone, BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished bloodstones

 

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:

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Tikka: Bliss Berry Blue (Etsy), Choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Long cardigan w/ lace-up detail: Necessary Evil (brand)

 

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Velvet bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Dark eyes and a tikka in aquamarine:

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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.  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for February’s Birth Flower: Violet

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Violet photos via Photobucket.  Violet info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

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”.

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Clockwise from top left: African violets, African violets in white, common blue violet, Australian native violet

 

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”:

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Long cardigan w/ lace-up detail: Necessary Evil (brand), White dress: dance retreat in Costa Rica, 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Studded boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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Violet flowers: Little Shop Of Florals (Etsy), Amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Large, stone ring: NC Studio 925 (Etsy)

 

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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:

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I don’t have flowers that are actually violets, so I made do with violet-colored flowers.

 

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!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

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Gemstone pictures via Photobucket.  Amethyst info via American Gem Society.

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”.

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TOP IMAGE: raw amethyst cluster, BOTTOM IMAGE: faceted amethyst

 

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:

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Skirt and leggings: Ebay, Tish & Snooky t-shirt: Manic Panic, Long-sleeve shirt: Gap, 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Scarf: Ebay, Amethyst ring: Bethesda Flea Market & Antiques, Tikka: Bliss Berry Blue (Etsy)

 

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:

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My half-face and a new shade of lipstick from Manic Panic® in “Deadly Nightshade”.

 

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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!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for January’s Birth Flower: Carnation

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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!

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Carnations in red, pink, white, and yellow.

 

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:

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Black cardigan: Amazon, Long-sleeved shirt: Gap, Yoga tribal pants: Creaturre (Etsy), Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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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:

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Makeup without glasses

 

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Carnation hair clips by Laycis Bowdacious Bows (Etsy).

 

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Now that I’ve done justice to January by including its flower, I’ll be posting some looks inspired by February.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise
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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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