OOTD & Makeup for August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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Gladiolus pics via Flickr (Creative Commons).  Gladiolus info via What’s My Birth Flower? and The Farmer’s Almanac.

 

Today we honor the Gladiolus [genus: Gladiolus palustris], the birth flower for August.  Gladiolus (the plural form is “gladioli”), also known as “sword lily” for the shape of its leaves, takes its name from the Latin word for “sword”. 

Gladiolus is “native to tropical and South Africa” and was discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries.  These flowers were used for food and were also used in ancient Rome, where the victor of gladiator battles were buried in gladioli.  Gladioli comes in a wide array of colors including shades of red, pink, yellow, white and purple.  A member of the iris family, gladioli represents “remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation”.

 

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Gladioli in white, pink, and purple

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  I actually wore this outfit very recently: a black, sleeveless tunic and black bloomers.  These are great staples for summer – I just change the shoes and accessories for a different look:

 

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Sleeveless tunic: Amazon, Black bloomers: Urban Prairie Girl (Etsy), Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Steel armband: 88 Links (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I don’t have any flowers that resemble “sword lilies”, so I experimented with my makeup.  It turned out okay, but I could have refined the “tribal marking” to make it more “crisp”.  I should have added a bit more black on my eyes, also.  Oh, well – practice makes perfect:

 

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This is the last post for August.  I’m working tirelessly to update my blog and have it posted by September (crossing my fingers).  I’m also working to include more videos in my new blog.  Stay tuned and  I hope to see all of you lovelies, soon!

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for August’s Birthstone: Peridot

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Peridot pics via Flickr (Creative Commons).  Peridot gif via Photobucket.  Peridot info via American Gem Society®.

 

Here we are with the Peridot, the birthstone for August.  The color of green fairies, poison, and absinthe, this is another one of my favorite birthstones.  Although shades ranging from yellowish- to olive green are the most popular for peridots, they also come in shades of brown.  Peridots are believed to “host magical properties” and are used to protect the wearer from nightmares.  They are also worn to “bring power and influence” and a “wonderful year” to the wearer. 

Peridots are formed deep inside the Earth and “brought to the surface by volcanoes”.  In Hawaii, this stone often symbolizes the “tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes”.  Nowadays, most of these stones are produced in Arizona.  Other sources of peridots are Pakistan, Myanmar, and China.

 

From TOP to BOTTOM: Raw peridots in brown and green; polished peridot in olive green; faceted peridot in chartreuse
From TOP to BOTTOM: Raw peridots in brown and green; polished peridots in olive green; polished and faceted peridot in chartreuse

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  Without realizing it, I decided to wear 3 of my favorite pieces: my black feather hair clip, silver spike earrings, and what I call my “goddess dress”:

 

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Black dress: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  A few weeks ago, I purchased a pot of Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Color in Chartreuse.  I bought this eyeshadow to go with my tribal belly dance costume and I love it!  The color is vivid and it goes on smoothly.  This eyeshadow goes perfectly with my “peridot” bindi:

 

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Green bindi: Aurora Eventide, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Feather hair clip: Beadazzled By Sharon. (All purchased from Etsy)

 

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It’s interesting that when I was a child, my mother said that I looked good in green.  I didn’t agree.  My favorite color at the time was red – the brighter the color (fire-engine red) the better!  But now, I’m starting to fall in love with green.  So many lovely shades to choose from!  But of course, I still like red since that’s the color I dye my hair.

Stay tuned for August’s birth flower, which is coming up in a couple of days.  After that, it’s time to get crackin’ on my new, updated website.  I’m still learning code and I’m working hard to get my new blog up and running.  Let’s hope I don’t fuck it up!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup: 3-Month Old Dreads

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Hello, my pretties!  My locs are now 3 months old!  It’s fascinating to see my hair slowly loc up.  And since I’ve re-dyed them recently, they stand out a lot more.  I’m getting used to seeing myself with dreadlocks and I do like how I look in them.  Other than re-dying, I’m still just washing and separating them.

Here’s what I wore to work on Friday: a t-shirt and my 25-yard skirt for summer.  I must purchase another skirt, since I wear this one so much.  This skirt goes with just about everything I own.

 

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Led Zeppelin t-shirt and 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Friday’s face.  Here I’m wearing silver dots and stars, made with stencils and silver eyeshadow by EYEcons.  I think stencils are a nice substitute for bindis, especially during hot weather.  If you get too sweaty, bindis can fall off.   Also, believe it or not, there are some days where I want to wear something with less sparkle:

 

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Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities (Etsy)

 

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My hair is still pretty fuzzy, since they’re still tightening up.  They’re also starting to stick out more, giving me a couple of “antennae”.  Here’s my progress so far:

 

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Towards the 3rd and 4th week of August, I’ll be updating my blog, so there won’t be any new posts within that time period.  Not to worry – I’ll give you lovelies a heads up; the new and improved blog will be up and running by September.  Stay tuned for my new updated blog and my summer dance performances.

 

Love & Shimmies, 

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for July’s Birth Flower: Larkspur

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Larkspur pics via Photobucket.  Larkspur info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

 

Here we are with July’s birth flower, the Larkspur.  Larkspurs are both perennials [genus: Delphinium] and annuals [genus: Consolida].  The ancient Greeks believed that larkspurs resembled dolphins, hence the name Delphinium.  Larkspurs were traditionally used to heal or “consolidate” wounds, which is where the Latin name Consolida comes from.   They were also used to to treat hemorrhoids, colic in children, and to combat lice.  Larkspurs were believed to carry feminine energy and were often used to honor casualties of war.

 

Maybe these larkspurs resembled dolphins to the ancient Greeks, although these are known now as bunny (or rocket) larkspurs.
Maybe these larkspurs resembled dolphins to the ancient Greeks, although these are of the Consolida variety – also known as bunny (or rocket) larkspurs.

 

Larkspurs symbolize “feelings of an open heart and ardent attachment”.  They are also poisonous.  Larkspurs generally come in 3 colors, each with their own symbolism: purple (sweet disposition), white (joyful), and pink (fickleness).  They are also “associated with gaiety, levity, and purity of heart”.

 

Larkspurs in white, purple, and pink
Larkspurs in white, purple, and pink

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  I decided to wear the black bloomers that I ordered from Urban Prairie Girl on Etsy.  I wasn’t sure how they would look on me, since I’m short and pear-shaped.  But I have to say that I love these bloomers!  The material is nice, soft and substantial (but not hot).  I think bloomers are a nice alternative to shorts and perfect for summer.  Since my thighs touch, shorts tend to creep up the middle, towards my crotch – not a cute look!

 

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Asymmetrical tunic: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Seed bead necklace: World Market, Amethyst ring: Bethesda Flea Market, Pressed (real) larkspur pendant: When The Petal Breaks (Etsy).

 

Here’s my face.  Hardly any makeup, just eyeliner and a bit of lip color for a hot, summer day.  There are small, purple flowers that are growing outside of the Metro station, near my house.  They’re not larkspurs, just very delicate, small flowers.  I thought they looked close enough:

 

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These bloomers are very comfortable!  The only trick is figuring out which shirt to wear with them.  I have a belly, so I prefer long, loose shirts.  The tunic did the trick, but I wonder what else I could wear with them?  Any suggestions?  Feel free to leave them in the comments.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Basic Black For A Busy Thursday

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Hello, my lovelies.   Work has been insanely busy and I’m exhausted!  I’ve been pretty useless and spent by the time I arrive home.  We sell medical goods and this month is our sale month.  That means that work will continue to be busy for the rest of July.  Oh well, no complaints.  At least I have a job, right?

Here’s what I wore on Thursday – just a simple black dress with my lace cardigan.  The temperature dropped to about 86° F (30° C), so I was able to wear my long, lace cardigan.  This is why I love to wear layers when I can.  When I got hot, I simply took the cardigan off.  Even though it was lacy and lightweight, it can still get hot wearing it.

 

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Long black dress: Dharma Trading Co., Lace cardigan: Amazon, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Here’s my summer goth face.  Just the usual dark makeup:

 

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Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Studded choker: AOS Leather (Etsy), Coffin nails necklace: Extollo Jewelry (Etsy)

 

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That’s all for today.  A very short post, indeed.  July’s birth flower post will be up very soon and I perform again in 2 weeks, so there are more substantial posts on the horizon.  Stay tuned.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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(Improvised) Makeup & OOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby pics and gif via Photobucket.  Ruby info via Wixon Jewelers and American Gem Society®.

 

Today’s look is inspired by July’s birthstone, the Ruby.  Also known as “the king of gems”, the ruby represents “love, passion, courage and emotion”.  Second only to the diamond in hardness, rubies are considered the most rare and hence, the most valuable gemstone.  Rubies can range in color from purplish- and bluish-red (cool reds) to an orange-red (warm reds).  The most prized rubies come in a “medium or medium-dark vivid red” and have the most value.  The “Burmese Ruby” comes in a vivid, bluish-red that is “only associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar”.  

 

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Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies

 

Before we get to my improvised makeup look, here’s what I wore.  Just a simple dress and skirt for hot and humid weather:

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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All of these accessories were purchased on Etsy – Large red bindi: SewFae, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Choker with red gems: Ego Driven, Bat necklace: Kitsch Bitch Jewellery

 

Now for my improvised makeup look.  Here’s what happened: I had a dance performance this weekend and placed my makeup bag and brushes in my dance bag.  Fortunately, I remembered to put my makeup bag in my everyday bag.  Unfortunately, I forgot my makeup brushes, which I keep in a small, slim box.  I already had the jewelry and the outfit for July’s birthstone, so I had to do something.  I didn’t want to go without makeup, so I decided to apply my makeup sans brushes.

 

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Here’s what I had to work with: Younique mascara set, M.A.C. lip liner in “Nightmoth”, L.A. Colors® jumbo eye pencil in “Sunglasses”, Manic Panic lipstick in “Black Rose, Lipcote lip sealer, red sticker jewels, and an eyelash curler.

 

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I didn’t do too bad, but of course it would have looked 10x better using makeup brushes.  One good thing from this experiment was using the burgundy lip pencil on my eyebrows.  I thought it looked too reddish at first, but it has grown on me – the color matches my hair.  I’ll try this look again, using the proper tools.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

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OOTD & Makeup – Blood Red Dreads

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Hello, my pretties!  I have a dance performance this weekend and my hair was dismally faded.  I had to do something.  Sure, most of my hair won’t be seen from the flowers and feathers that I wear for dance.  But I was missing the dark, blood red color that I love.  So, I decided to take a risk and re-dye my baby dreads.  I figured as long as I don’t bleach my hair (like I used to do when my hair was loose) it wouldn’t be a problem.

Luckily for me, the hair color came out great.  The color will probably not last as long on my roots, since they haven’t been bleached.  Fortunately, the dark red blends well into my naturally dark hair.  I wasn’t feeling too well yesterday and it was hot outside, so my makeup is very minimal.  Just eyeliner, mascara, and dark lipstick:

 

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What a difference a bottle of hair dye makes.

 

Here’s what I wore.  I wanted to wear my new holey tights and thought they would go great with the blue tunic dress I wore 2 weeks ago:

 

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Tunic dress: bought at DC Fashion Week, Tights: Heavy Red, Boots: Dr. Marten’s (brand)

 

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Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Moon pendant: Ebay

 

This blue tunic dress is turning out to be one of my favorite pieces of clothing.  So comfortable.  So versatile.  It’s also a good length on me, and I’m pretty picky about length.  This dress can easily be worn all-year ’round, except winter. You will definitely see more of me in this dress.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Basic Black Lace For Summer

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Hello, fellow darklings.  Yesterday was a hot, humid, and (later) rainy hump day.  What to wear when it’s hot outside?  I recently purchased a white, lace tunic off of Ebay.  I liked it so much that I wanted the same in black.  However, even though the black one is similar in style, it’s a bit shorter than the white one.  I ordered a size Medium (same size as the white one), but it’s from a different company so it’s not as long.  It’s not that bad since I wore leggings, but I’m not too thrilled showing off my full thighs.

 

Anyhoo, here’s what I wore.  This tunic was advertised as a mini-dress.  Pffft.  As if!  Needless to say, I wore this as a top.  I’m currently searching for a basic, black miniskirt to wear under shirts that are not long enough.  The search is more difficult than one would think.  I want the skirt to hit mid-thigh – easier said than done, even with measurements.  Miniskirts either hit me right under the butt, or they cut off right in the middle of my kneecaps.  Annoying.

 

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Leggings: Amazon,  Boots: Doc Marten's (brand)
Leggings: Capezio (brand), Boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Here’s my makeup from yesterday.  I went for heavy eyes and nude lips with just a hint of color.  I experimented again with my white eye pencil, applying it to the inner corners of my eyes and just under my eyebrows:

 

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Inverted cross earrings: Mierda Negra (Etsy), Rhinestone choker with o-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

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I will soon wear the white, lace tunic that I purchased before.  I’ve been on a lace kick lately, but hey – it’s summer.  I don’t think gothic bohos can have too much lace.  Just my humble opinion.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup: 2-Month Old Dreads

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Hello, lovelies.  Today is the 2-month mark of growing my locs.  Things are going splendidly so far, even though my hair looks crazier and more fuzzy.  But it’s interesting to see them form.  They seem to have a mind of their own.  The color is fading, but I’m hoping to dye them soon.  If not, then no big deal.  It’s a good thing I’m a tribal belly dancer – I can cover my gray and dark brown roots with flowers and a scarf.

Before we dive into the OOTD and makeup, let’s talk hair.  First, here are the hair products that I no longer need.  I feel free already!

 

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No more! I have stopped using the conditioner, leave-in conditioner, pick, and comb. But if you have loose, curly hair I highly recommend the Giovanni® hair care line.

 

Now for the products I do use.  Right now, it’s just residue-free shampoo.  For recommendations on which shampoos to buy for washing dreadlocks, you can go to the Raging Roots Studio website and go to their “Recommended Shampoo List“.  I bought the Shea Moisture® Shampoo from Amazon.

 

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Also good to have on hand: a tam, for when my hair is looking a hot mess, and a microfiber headband, to absorb sweat during hot yoga.

 

Here’s what I wore.  I bought the dark blue tunic from a fashion show that I attended back in February (DC Fashion Week).  Most of the other clothing were either brightly colored or pastel, so I was pleased to find something dark:

 

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As you can see, keeping the sleeves rolled up is a challenge.  Blue tunic dress: bought at DC Fashion Week,  Black leggings: Amazon,  Winklepickers: Underground Shoes
As you can see, keeping the sleeves rolled up can be a challenge. Blue tunic dress: bought at DC Fashion Week, Black leggings: Amazon, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

 

Here’s my face.  It wasn’t too hot outside, so I went a little heavy on the eye makeup:

 

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Applying my almost-black lipstick. Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities (Etsy)

 

Here’s how my hair has progressed so far:

 

Loc pic May 2015

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My hair is gradually losing its length, but the locs are starting to show.  My hair will continue to shrink until the locs start to mature – then I’ll start gaining some length (hopefully). It really is interesting seeing what my hair can do when left alone (not entirely – I do separate my hair).  Can’t wait to see how they look next month.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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No More Fake Eyelashes!

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OK, I lied.  Sorry about that.

I have a love-hate relationship with false eyelashes.  I’ve been wearing false lashes off and on for years, even though I really only wear false eyelashes (we’ll call them “falsies” in this blog post) for dance and other occasions.  I love the way they look – they really make my eyes stand out.  Unfortunately, they can be a pain in the ass to put on and also, time consuming.  There are women who can put on false eyelashes without much effort.  I will forever be jealous of their ability to do this.

A work colleague of mine, Stefanee Nimetz, started selling the Younique brand mascara.  It’s a gel and fiber formula and it’s DA BOMB!  $30 for mascara is pricey, but sometimes, you just have to spend the money.  And this stuff is worth every penny.  Seriously.

Here are how my eyes look with varying degrees of eyelashes: natural/none, regular mascara (Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes®), gel and fiber formula (Younique), and false eyelashes.  In all of these photos, I’m wearing at least my basic makeup: foundation and blush.  I also curled my eyelashes before applying mascara.

 

– NO MASCARA –

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– REGULAR MASCARA (MAYBELLINE) –

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Falsies® Big Eyes mascara by Maybelline and Lash Primer Plus by Estee Lauder™

 

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Here's a close-up of me wearing "regular" mascara
Here’s a close-up of me wearing regular mascara

 

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with full makeup

 

 

– EVERYDAY MASCARA (YOUNIQUE) –

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Younique mascara system, which consists of the “Moonstruck Transplanting Gel” and the “Moonstruck Natural Fibers”. Also comes in a case.

 

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Close-up of me wearing Younique mascara

 

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with full makeup

 

 

– FALSE EYELASHES –

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Maybe I’ll experiment with wearing falsies without eye makeup, but it seems pointless to me.

 

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Falsies are always worn with my ATS® dance costume.
Falsies are always worn with my dance costume.

 

 

Here’s a comparison of my eyes, from top to bottom: no mascara, wearing Maybelline mascara, wearing Younique mascara, and wearing falsies:

 

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A big thank you to Stefanee and Younique for giving me eyelashes!  I’m still getting the hang of wearing 3D gel mascara.  My eyelashes are so short and close to non-existent.  WAAAAH!  The Younique brand is similar to Avon and Mary Kay Cosmetics – you can’t get these in stores; you will need to contact a representative to order.  You can inquire and order Younique from Love My Own Lashes.  There’s also a tutorial by Sasha McCracken, below my signature.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise