The Bellydance Bundle 2019

Hello Gang!

Whew!  Over the past week, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions in social media and via email about the Bellydance Bundle 2019.  This is my third year contributing to the Bundle and I’m going to take a moment to share the answers to the most common queries I’ve received about this year’s event.

When does it go on sale &  how much will it cost?

Bellydance Bundle 2019
$174 available – October 16th -23rd
22 Contributors – Over $1000 value

Who’s contributing to the Bellydance Bundle this year?

I’m so excited to be included in an amazing list of illustrious dancers, scholars, and teachers.  This includes: Sadie, Aziza, Ranya Renee, Victoria Teel, Sahra Saeeda, Morocco, Keti Sharif, Oreet, Amanda Rose, Shahrzad, Sahira, Alia Thabit, Mao, Mahin, Myra Krien, Terri Allred, Heather Wayman, Nisaa – Heather Ward, Rosa Noreen, Sara Chrapnell, and Adriane Dellorco.  To learn more about what each instructor is contributing, follow this link.

New for 2019 – Yallah Raqs Podcast

Want to find out more about what’s inside the Bellydance Bundle 2019?  Check out the Yallah Raqs podcast.  Organizer Tiffany Noro interviews each of the contributors, discussing the content they are contributing to the Bundle as well as their top tips for practicing their dance technique.  Best of all, the podcast is FREE!

**SHAMELESS PLUG — I’m Yallah Raqs Podcast Episode #7**

Is the Bundle a Good Value?

I ran the figures, and the bundle comes out to only $14.50 a month.  That’s less than the cost of a regular weekly class in my neighborhood!  Then, when I factor in the caliber of the contributing instructors, the Bundle is an amazing value.

My talk: History of Finger Cymbals: From Antiquity till Today

My talk is on the history of finger cymbals.  In this slideshow-style video, I’ll be tracing the history of finger cymbals from the most ancient examples to the turn of the 20th century. My goal is to take a deep dive into this aspect of our dance, sharing primary sources and research notes that informed my publication, “Zills: Music on Your Fingertips.

It’s a Digital Bellydance Festival

The Bundle is like attending a major belly dance festival – but from the comfort of your livingroom.  You get to learn from some of the best instructors from around the world via the internet without having to pay for travel expenses.  And unlike traditional festivals that run multiple tracks of programming, you don’t have to choose between classes.  You can take the classes at your convenience over many months.

Masters of the Craft

I’m so impressed with the line-up of instructors this year.  I feel honored to be included among so many talented dancers!  There’s no event in the world that can offer such variety and depth of knowledge.  Each participant is a headliner in their own right, a celebrated star each with their own point-of-view on our artform.

Invest in Your Art, Invest in You

If you can, this is a great time to learn from the greats at such a fantastic price.  For less than the cost of an airline ticket, hotel, and admission, you are making an investment in learning technique, strengthening your skills, and deepening your understanding of belly dance.  I’m looking forward to getting my Bundle so that I can take classes with some of my dance heroes, like Morrocco, Aziza, and Sadie. Those three dancers alone make it worth the price.  But then there are so many other celebrated instructors that make the bundle an amazing value for the price.

The Bellydance Bundle 2019 

On Sale Oct. 16th to the 23rd

I’m really looking forward to taking these classes over the coming months! 
Will you be joining me?  
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
October 11, 2019

 

 

 

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Yallah Raqs Podcast – Zills Practice & History

Do you listen to podcasts?

I was recently interviewed by Tiffany of the Bellydance Bundle for her new podcast, Yallah Raqs.  My talk is titled “Zills: Practice & History” and I had an absolute blast recording it!  If you are a podcast listener, I hope that you find it both informative and entertaining!

Enjoy the Podcast!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
October 3, 2019

 

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Fall Into Makeup 2019

Hello Gang,

It’s time for the change of the seasons, and in the cycle of my belly dance business, it’s time for a good rummage through my makeup collection. Simply put, it’s time for a good oldfashioned clean-out. There are quite a few products that need to be tossed. Some because they are expired or have simply lost their makeup mojo. Others, like the poor unfortunate Profusion Spectrum palette to the right, are broken.

Cosmetics are like Food

For me, makeup has this beautiful arc of experience.  You buy the products, consume them, and enjoy them. It can be a very pleasurable if ephemeral, experience.  But like leftovers at the back of the fridge, old makeup needs to be tossed!  Makeup has posted expiration dates. These recommended guidelines are based on the ingredients.

Creamy, liquidy and wet products simply go bad over time if you are using it or not. Powder products have binders and preservatives that can go bad, allowing bacteria and fungus to proliferate.  To keep the state of my collection health, I go through my makeup stash each year and do a real clearout.

However, I will be the first to admit that I will keep a powder product like eyeshadow way past the suggested “use by” date.  But when I’m done with it, I have no problem throwing it out when it’s just not working for me.

Focus on the Eyeshadow Drawer

This fall, I took a close look at the eyeshadow in my makeup drawer and decided I had more eyeshadow than I could ever hope to use before it goes bad.  This is the one product category that I feel needs a good cleaning this year.  In my world, I basically have been buying 2 eyeshadow palettes a year.  I ask to be gifted one for my December holiday gift, and I pick one out for myself on my birthday. Consequently, my eyeshadow drawer was full, almost to the being of being unable to close!  So I took the bull by the horns and dove into purge these products.

Establishing Eyeshadow Declutter Guidelines

Before diving into any declutter, it’s good to lay out some basic guidelines or rules to help keep you focussed. Many folks hold onto things beyond their useful date for sentimental reasons. Other people simply like the feeling of abundance and choice.  For me, I often find it difficult to let go of things that felt like an investment. To help me during this purge, I established this set of rules.

Toss any eyeshadow untouched for two or more years.  Palettes that were still in good condition I offered to my dance friends.  Things that were bad went directly into the trash. My motto is “When in doubt, toss it out!”

Choose your favorite colors.  I’m a cool girl (as in, I have a cool undertone) so I primarily wear pinks and purples, blues in every shade, turquoise and aqua. This list helped guide the next round of cuts.  If a paletted didn’t include these colors, it was added into the giveaway pile.  I have to admit – I never wear warm tones so this Wet-N-Wild “Cosmic Collision” got a new home with a friend.

Rank your palettes.  Once you’ve done a first and second pass, it’s time to rank your eyeshadow.  Starting with your absolute favorite and rank them holding them in your hands and doing a side-by-side comparison.  When you have them ranked, give final consideration to the palettes in the lowest categories.

After this sorting pass, I had an epiphany. What I like best is putting together my own eyeshadow palettes. I enjoy the creativity of selecting colors that coordinate. While pre-made palettes are gorgeous, I found in many cases I was only using one or two colors out of 8-12 options.  I’m going to depot some of these palettes to harvest my favorite colors.

*** Check out this blog post,Help – My Depotted Eyeshadow Won’t Stick to my Palette!

Build Your Own Eyeshadow Palette

Since September is my Birthday month, I decided to invest in a “Build Your Own Palette.”  In the past, I’ve built quads using Inglot cosmetics, and frankly, I love them!  But this year, I needed a more affordable option.  So I choose to build an affordable 12 pan palette during the Colourpop Labor Day sale.   

Build your Own from Colourpop – https://colourpop.com/collections/eye-palettes  My favorite shadow in this palette?  The incredibly reflective silver in the lower right corner called “On a Whimsy.”   https://colourpop.com/products/on-a-whimsy

Makeup is a Regular Belly Dance Expense

Of course, there’s much more to a makeup collection than just eye-shadow palettes.  For each other category, like foundation or mascara, I to try and keep only one or two.  My process is to make a shopping list and buy the products that need to be replaced. As the new products arrive, I make the replacement then.

Turning Minutes into Makeup

A while book, I wrote a blog post about how I “Turn Minutes into Makeup” by using the MyPoints website.  In a nutshell, I spend about 5-10 minutes a day to earn points that I convert to gift cards that I use to buy makeup. Over the summer, I’ve “Saved Up” points to use to restock my belly dance makeup essentials.  These are the things I picked up to replenish my makeup collection after the purge.

Mascara

The rule of thumb is to swap out your mascara every 3-6 months for eye health and safety.  To keep my eyes save and healthy, I’ve tied switching my mascara to the spring and fall equinox.  My goal with mascara is to darken my naturally dirty-blonde lashes and add volume. When I’m not wearing false lashes, which means most days, I am really enjoying the L’Oreal Lash Paradise.  But when I’m wearing falsies, I like to use a really crispy, waterproof mascara that will help support the weight.  The best I’ve found for this very specific effect is the Covergirl Supersizer.

Covergirl Supersizer Mascarahttps://amzn.to/2OhVT35

L’Oreal Lash Paradisehttps://amzn.to/2OfkWE8

Glitter Primer/Glue

If you want your glittery eyeshadows to seriously pop from stage, using a layer of glitter primer or glue will be your best friend.  I find I go through a tube every other year.  Like eyelash glue, glitter glue will dry out and get clunky to use over time.  But unlike lash glue, I find that for me, a tube will last about two years. I’m not loyal to any particular brand and have selected this NYX Glitter Brilliance for my next tube.

Nyx Glitter Primer – https://amzn.to/2LIMBeR

 

 

 

Lip Exfoliator

I have very dry lips and regularly use a lip exfoliator.  I go through about a tube and a half of this e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator each year, and was happy to find a two-pack that will take me through all of 2020.  There are several different “flavors” of these exfoliators, but I find the original is most effective.

e.l.f Lip Exfoliator – https://amzn.to/30a40Fm

Eyelash Glue

My eyelash glue always goes dry, gets chunky, and clunky before I manage to use it up.  I only wear eyelashes when I perform or attend an event where I need to go full glam.  For me, a tube lasts about a year before it dries out.  The autumnal equinox is the time when I replace the old glue and purchase new.

Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive – Latex Free – https://amzn.to/2LHh2Sx

Duo Green Brush-On Lash Adhesivehttps://amzn.to/2V8MRGU

 

Thank you

I just want to take a moment to thank you for reaching the bottom of this post!  If you like the content here on my website, come join the conversation over in my FaceBook club, Studio Davina.  Join me and my friends, family, and fans as we chat about costuming, sewing, makeup, and more!  Just follow this link.  I also want to thank anyone who uses one of my Amazon affiliate links above. Using these links helps me keep this content free and accessible with no impact on the prices of the products you buy.  I really appreciate your continued support.

Happy Dance and Costuming,
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
October 1, 2019

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