Have I Scared you Sufficiently??

I couldn't say that Halloween is my favourite time of year but I have been getting more into the spirit of things the past few years. Perhaps because it is becoming a much more celebrated holiday here in Ireland. As children, my siblings and I were draped in ripped black sacks and given 50p masks with tiny slits for the mouths, which we could barely fit our tongues through. We then proceeded to walk our street with plastic bags for the loot, calling to neighbours houses trick o' treating; while all the time lifting up the mask to wipe away the condensation that had formed between our skin and the plastic vampire/witch/devil face. However, I am proud to reveal we were the only family on our street to have any sort of Halloween decoration - we owned a Haunted House cassette which was played at our front door. 

Nowadays I feel this is the norm. Homes are putting up decorations - from pumpkin lights on the stairs to giant rats on the lawn! I know this has been the tradition in the States for decades and finally we have jumped on the band wagon. I'm beginning to love it.

I am not sure yet what I will be doing this Halloween but when I saw this make-up tutorial I knew I had to try it. For a couple of years now I have been following and enjoying all of Carahamelie03's YouTube videos. She is an absolute inspiration to me and without knowing it she has encouraged me to do things I never thought I would do. Anyhoo - recently she posted a Zombie Pin-Up tutorial which you can find here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YgzXzwr3B4&list=UUwrr3IkHMeDIAj7zjq17qoA&index=2&feature=plcp (sorry not sure how to post links yet) 

I decided to give it a trial run. Note I didn't do the hair or eyelashes or dark eyebrows. I was focusing more on the sick look and the scars and bruises.

Don't mind the demented look. I was trying to get into character. Ian said it would look cool with some creepy contact lenses too. So he is going to treat me to them next week. 
The only products I had to buy from Party World Costume Shop in Tramore were liquid latex (€2.50) and vampire blood (€1.50). I didn't use the vampire blood for this practice because I had tested it on my leg earlier and it is really difficult to remove. So putting it on my face was not an option. At least at Halloween I have an excuse for blood stains on my face and body. I was really happy with the overall look except I would like to go paler. Halloween is not for another 3 weeks so I should be slightly lighter skinned by then. It didn't take too long to do either which was a bonus. The longest part was waiting for the liquid latex to dry but it didn't take too long. I'm going to practice again at the weekend and maybe it will turn out better.

The removal of the latex was a tiny bit painful. I do think though that I have more short blonde hairs on my face than the average person. It was like pulling a plaster off - slowly first but then holding breath ripping the rest of it off quickly. 

The latex resulted in me looking like I was in an accident. Ian would not kiss or look at me. He was very freaked out by it all. My cheek where I had some latex was a little bit red and hot for an hour or so afterwards but that soon disappeared.

What do you think of my first attempt? What will you be dressing up as this year?

Thanks for reading.
With Love,

Gem xx


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