Back From The Ashes: April, May & June

Birthstone pics via Photobucket.  Birthstone info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been SIX MONTHS (gasp!) since my last blog post.  Since starting my YouTube channel, I’ve been busy creating videos and unfortunately, I’ve had little time to focus on my blog.  I was also laid-off from my job in June, so my mental state has gone through ups and downs.  But no worries – I’m back and ready to rock!

Since my main way of communicating is through video, this blog will be a landing page for my channel.  Even though I haven’t posted anything here since March, I have been making videos every week.  So, for the next few weeks, we’re going to play catch-up.  Stay tuned for new videos, as well as some older videos that I have not posted here.

This post will feature the monthly birthstone looks that have not been posted here.  Here are the OOTD videos and information for the birthstones of April, May, and June.  Yikes!  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

 

APRIL – Diamond

 

This look was inspired by April’s birthstone, Diamond. You can’t go wrong with all-black and gothic bling!  Diamond is the hardest gemstone and is known as the “King of Gems” (the “Queen of Gems” is Pearl).

 

DIAMOND INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: The King of Gems, The Stone of Invincibility

COLORS: Colorless, white, black, yellow, pink, brown, blue, green, and red

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 10

CHAKRA: Crown (7)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Aries (March 21 – April 19)

SYMBOLIZES: Purity, Innocence, Love, Fidelity, Strength

ELEMENT: Air

 

 

 

MAY – Emerald

 

This look was inspired by May’s birthstone, Emerald. Green is one of my favorite colors in goth fashion, with so many shades to choose from.  Lime green is another favorite of mine.

 

EMERALD INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Successful Love

COLORS: Shades of yellow-green, green, and blue-green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.5 – 8.0

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Taurus (April 21 – May 21)

SYMBOLIZES: Spring, Renewal, Growth, Youth, Hope

ELEMENT: Earth

 

 

JUNE – Pearl

 

As the temperatures rose, it was time to step out in summer goth fashion. I’m wearing black pearls and black roses – birthstone and flower for the month of June.  It’s also the first time in many years that I decided to sport blue lipstick.  Pearls are the oldest, known gemstone and are the only birthstones made by living creatures.

 

PEARL INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Queen of Gems

COLORS: Various colors including white, pink, cream, brown, green, blue, black, and iridescent

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 2.5 – 4.5

CHAKRA: Sacral (2)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Gemini (May 22 – June 21)

SYMBOLIZES: Purity, Innocence, Truth, The Moon

ELEMENT: Water

 

 

That’s it for today, my lovelies.  There have been so many changes since I last posted, with YouTube, Photobucket, etc.  Basically, sites are slamming down the gauntlet, making it much more difficult to use photos and monetize videos.  The good news is that I LOVE making videos and blogging, so I have no choice but to adapt to the changes.  We’ll see what happens.

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for June’s Birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite, & Moonstone

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Birthstone pics via Photobucket.  Birthstone info via American Gem Society.

Yep, the title of this post is correct.  June has not one, not two, but three birthstones!  The Pearl is the stone that usually counts as June’s birthstone, but June also counts Alexandrite and Moonstone as its birthstones.

The most common one is the Pearl.  Pearl is the only stone that comes from sea creatures, most often from oysters but sometimes from clams and mussels.  The beauty of pearls also comes naturally – no cutting or polishing is required of the pearl.  Since the 1920s, pearls are almost always cultured instead of natural.  While pearls can come in a variety of colors, the most common are white, cream, black, silver, and gray.

Cultured pearls in champagne, black, pink, and white
Cultured pearls in champagne, black, pink, and white

 

The second gemstone is the Alexandrite.  Alexandrite was “first discovered in Russia in 1831” and is named after its czar during the time, Alexander II.  Out of the three birthstones, Alexandrite is the most rare.  It has chameleon-like qualities and change color from green to red-violet.  Since this is a rare gemstone, most Alexandrite are synthetic.

Raw Alexandrite in rose; polished and faceted Alexandrite in green
Raw Alexandrite in rose; polished and faceted Alexandrite in green

 

Last, but not least, we have the Moonstone, which is my favorite out of the three birthstones.  The moonstone was named by Roman historian, Pliny.  Pliny believed that this gemstone changed colors based on the phases of the moon.  In India, the moonstone is considered sacred and is believed to bring good fortune.  Moonstones can come in white, blue, green, peach, and champagne. 

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Here’s what I wore.  Since I don’t wear pearls, I wore my beaded necklace, made from onyx.  I don’t have pearls, but I do have a moonstone:

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Lace cardigan: Amazon, Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Beaded, onyx necklace: String Of Jewels (Etsy), Moonstone pendant: Ebay

 

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Here is yesterday’s makeup.  I went for dark eyes and dark lips, with a little shimmery eyeshadow primer.  This primer is the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay.  The shade I’m wearing is “Minor Sin”:

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It looks like I finally moved my butt and posted June’s birthstones – and the month’s just started.  Stay tuned for my upcoming post on June’s birth flower.  We’ll see what I can come up with.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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