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Hello, SoulFlowers!  Yesterday, I turned 45 years old.  Gasp!  I can’t believe that I’m in my mid-forties.  In this live video, I discuss age, life, creativity, and future plans for my channel.  I managed to ramble for almost 3 hours but don’t worry, timestamps are listed below the video.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

Live Stream: Birthday Ramble 2018 (with timestamps) - YouTube

TIMESTAMPS

LIVE STREAM BEGINS: 2:22

AGE

Midlife Crisis: 4:05

Viewing Comments (“Adulting”): 21:00

LIFE

Mini Mug Collection: 1:00:07

Viewing Comments (“Plastic Surgery”): 1:20:38

CREATIVITY

Unboxing: 1:40:20

Viewing Comments (“The Creative Process”): 1:57:23

MORE COMMENTS

Mini Rant: 2:02:49

Body Mods vs. Plastic Surgery: 2:15:22

Art & Goth: Coming Back Home: 2:31:35

LIVE STREAM ENDS: 2:43:27

**NOTE: All I’m doing after the live stream is researching how to save the live chat comments.  If you’re interested in seeing me talk to myself, then feel free to watch.**

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Hello, dear lovelies!  A few weeks back, a goth tag was started by Toxic Tears called “My 10 Goth Clichés”.  Although this tag was started by Toxic Tears, I had learned about this tag from another goth YouTuber, Orphea333.  I hadn’t done a goth tag in a long while, so I decided to give this a go.

I hope you all enjoy listening to my 10 goth clichés.  What are your goth clichés?  Feel free to share in the comments.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

My 10 Goth Clichés TAG | Gothic SoulFlower - YouTube
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gothicsoulflower by Ddenise - 2w ago

Hello, lovelies!  On Saturday, I posted my very first live stream on YouTube!  It was also my first Q&A.  It went fairly well, but I still have a lot to learn.  I will definitely be doing this again.

This Q&A has 2 parts.  The first part was cut off by YouTube and I lost the connection.  I was going to end it there but there were viewers waiting, wondering what happened.  So I decided to continue the live stream, creating a Part 2.

I hope you all enjoy these 2 videos.  The next live stream will go much smoother, hopefully.  I’m still working on the audio for my videos. *sad face*

Ta Ta For Now (TTFN),

Dasia Denise

This is Part 1.  Video starts at the 3:15 mark.

First Live Stream: Q & A | Gothic SoulFlower (Part 1) - YouTube

This is Part 2.  Video starts at the 3:30 mark.

First Live Stream: Q & A | Gothic SoulFlower (Part 2) - YouTube
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Hello, lovelies!  Welcome back to another makeup video, this time using my “regularly scheduled makeup”.  Back in October, a viewer requested a makeup tutorial for the look I presented for October’s birthstone, Opal.  To see how I achieved that makeup look, go ahead and click the video below.   I’ll show you how to achieve this makeup look, both with eyeglasses and without.

Gothic Makeup Tutorial For Eyeglasses | OPAL - YouTube

I hope you all had as much fun watching this video as I did making it.  I think I’m starting to find my niche, although I don’t plan on solely creating makeup videos.  But do expect to see more makeup looks and gothic experiments.  For the makeup used in the video, you can take a peek at the list, underneath my signature.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

FACE

FOUNDATION PRIMER:  Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

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

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Blush in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY:  Model In A Bottle®

EYES

EYEBROW PENCIL: Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

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

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

FUCHSIA EYESHADOW: Magnolia Makeup Eyeshadow in Antoinette

BLACK EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Blackboard

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

MASCARA: Maybelline® Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama in Blackest Black

LIPS

LIPS LINED WITH: COVERGIRL® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation Lipstick in Black Rose

LIPSTICK SEALER: Lipcote Lipstick Sealer

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Hello, SoulFlowers!  Welcome to my first Gothic Makeup Experiment.  In the 20+ years that I’ve been in the goth subculture, I’ve never tried wearing white makeup.  The main reason for this is that I have brown skin and there’s no way that white makeup would look good on me.

But is that necessarily true?  Sure, it can be a hard look to pull off, even for goths with naturally fair skin.  But, there are a few people of color that have worn white makeup and they were able to pull it off.  Will I be able to?

In this video, I decided to give white makeup a try.  Get ready to laugh your butt off!

Gothic White Makeup: An Experiment - YouTube

So, how did I do?  I think the result was “meh”.  This is not a look that I would normally wear.  It looks very costumey, so I will save this look for special occasions.   

Keep in mind that not only was this the very first time trying white makeup, but I went into this blind – I didn’t follow any tutorials.  Luckily, I received some great advice from viewers on applying white makeup.  And one thing that is clear: the blush did not work for this look.  

I hope you enjoyed the video.  After some pointers from my viewers, I will give this look another try.  The makeup that I used (it’s a long list) is listed below my signature.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

FACE

FOUNDATION PRIMER:  Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION:  Mehron Makeup Face Paint in Clown White

LOOSE POWDER:  Mehron Ultra Fine Setting Powder in White

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Blush in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY:  Model In A Bottle®

EYES

EYEBROW PENCIL: COVERGIRL® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black

BROWS FILLED IN WITH: Ben Nye® Pressed Eyeshadow in Black

CREME EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paintpot in Blackground

WHITE EYESHADOW: Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Eyeshadow in Ice

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Too Faced Glitter Glue

WHITE GLITTER: Too Faced Glitter Dust in Blue Angel

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

WHITE EYELINER:  Maybelline® Lasting Drama Gel Pencil in Cashmere White

MASCARA: Maybelline® Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama in Blackest Black

LIPS

LIPS LINED WITH: COVERGIRL® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation Lipstick in Black Rose

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Album Cover courtesy of Discogs

Hello, dear SoulFlowers!  You might be wondering, “What’s up with the title?”  Or maybe not.  A few months ago, a question was asked:  “Can you be a goth without listening to goth music?” in which many of us answered.  My answer was, “No”.  A few other goths disagreed.  After much discussion, another question started floating around YouTube:

“Okay.  So how many bands do you need to listen to in order to be a goth?”

I think this is a good question and I have an answer, which you can see in this video:

Goth Bands: How Many Does It Take? | My Answer + Photos - YouTube

In the second part of the video, I discuss goth fashion and how extreme you need to be to embrace the goth lifestyle.  I won’t tell you here, but you can check out my answer in the video.  

Do you agree with my answers in the video?  Why or why not?  Please share in the comments.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

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Hello, dear lovelies!  It’s the start of another year and I have two new videos for you.  It’s been a pretty dark holiday for me (not in a good way), but since the death of my mother in 2012 the holidays have lost their festive edge.  I did celebrate Krampusnacht, which was fun, but once Halloween ends I lose interest in the holidays.  It’s sad, but I have accepted this fact in my life right now.

This first video is a look back of all the birthstone outfits that I wore this year:

Gothic Lookbook 2017 | Birthstones - YouTube

Unfortunately, the cold weather and the holiday season can bring on depression.  It’s a time where I can’t help but think of loss: my mother, friends who I thought were true, flaky family members who have no interest in family, and so on.  I’m already dealing with clinical depression and the holidays tend to exacerbate it. 

I was able to alleviate my sadness somewhat, with “playing dress-up”.  I found that it’s never too old to play dress-up, especially in moments of sadness:

Gothic Crown Collection 2018 | Gothic SoulFlower - YouTube

That’s it for now, lovelies.  I’ve started drawing again and hopefully, I can keep up with this.  I’m also working to improve my videos with a new setup and new lighting. Stay tuned for some artwork this year and for more fashion!

TTFN (Ta Ta For Now),

Dasia Denise

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Tanzanite pic via Photobucket.  Tanzanite info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello, SoulFlowers!  This outfit is inspired by December’s birthstone, Tanzanite.  I was invited by friends to participate in Krampusnacht (“Krampus Night”), where the horned figure, Krampus, smacks naughty children with sticks and steals their candy!  We went to Krampusnacht DC, where money is raised for Santa’s Cause DC, a project of Family Matters Of Greater Washington.

Goth Fashion: Tanzanite for Krampusnacht | DEC 2017 - YouTube

I love the deep blue color of Tanzanite.  However, December has 2 other birthstones: Turquoise and Zircon.  Of these 3 gemstones, tanzanite is the newest one, discovered and named in 1967 on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

While tanzanite ranges in color from lilac blue to deep violet-blue, in its raw form it can be also be found in brown, yellow, and sometimes green.  In its faceted form (in blue), it was given the name Gemstone Of The 20th Century, named and promoted by Tiffany & Co. in New York City.  Tanzanite is pretty rare and therefore, quite costly and highly valued.

TANZANITE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: The Gem Of Positivity

COLORS: Lilac blue, sapphire blue, and deep blue-violet

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6), Crown (7)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

SYMBOLIZES: Patience, Loyalty, Calmness, Faithfulness, Wisdom, Spirituality

ELEMENT: Air

Well, lovelies…this is the last birthstone post for 2017.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue the birthstone series, but I do like posting these.  I think birthstones are a nice way to add color to your gothic wardrobe.  There will be a few more posts soon, so stay tuned.

Peace, love and darkness,

Dasia Denise

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Citrine image via Photobucket.  Citrine info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovelies!  We just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., which I celebrated with friends.  My outfit and makeup are inspired by November’s birthstone, Citrine. The name “citrine” comes from the French word for yellow, citron.  Natural citrine is very rare, therefore most citrines on the market are man-made.  Citrine is a newer birthstone for November; the traditional birthstone is Topaz.

Goth Fashion: Citrine | NOV 2017 - YouTube

CITRINE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: The Merchant’s Stone

COLORS: Pale yellow, golden yellow, yellow-green, orange, honey, light brown

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

CHAKRAS: Sacral (2), Solar Plexus (3)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Scorpio (October 24 – November 22)

SYMBOLIZES: Mental clarity, Emotional harmony, Positivity, Wealth, Prosperity, Success

ELEMENT: Air

As usual, my outfit was all-black but you can see the fall colors in my makeup.  I went with gold and bronze eyeshadow and burgundy eyebrows.  The look is completed with bronze glitter and black beads in my hair.

That’s it, lovelies.  I haven’t been out of the house in awhile, so it was nice to go out for a nice evening.  The air was cool and crisp, with the scent of autumn in the air: fireplaces, smoke, and food cooking! Stay tuned for next month’s (and the final) birthstone for December. 

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

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gothicsoulflower by Ddenise - 3M ago

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Shavei Dancer.

Hello, lovelies!  Back in May (this post is SO late!), we performed our annual belly dance flash mob, Shimmy Mob DC.  Belly dancers from all over the world participate in Shimmy Mob for World Bellydance Day.  This event is to bring awareness and raise funds for victims of domestic abuse. 

Every year, Shimmy Mob DC performs at 12:00 noon at Freedom Plaza.  But this year our fearless leader, Shavei, was able to get permits for us to dance at 4 different locations: The Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and our usual spot, Freedom Plaza.  We all had to meet up early this year so that we could be at Freedom Plaza by noon.  It was a challenge, but it was well worth it!

Here’s the video I’ve put together for our adventures in D.C.  The video clips of us dancing are courtesy of Shavei Dancer.

Shimmy Mob 2017 | Belly Dance In DC - YouTube

Here are a few pictures of our day:

Our team leader, Shavei with team leader for Shimmy Mob New Carrollton, Adina

The following pics are courtesy of Shavei Dancer

With Shimmy Mob New Carrollton

That is all folks.  Us shimmy-mobbers have been discussing dancing at different locations again in 2018.  I hope we do.  As a night person, early mornings are challenging for me.  But if it’s in the name of dance, I’ll happily get my groggy self up and meet the challenge!

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

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