Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Halloween is my favorite! I love doing creative makeup! Here are a few really quick ones I did this year. I put up videos on my Youtube channel showing the process too!

Cat/ Deer/ Animal
My Halloween Horror Night Inspired Clown

Freddy Krueger Slash

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Los Angeles 2014 race recap

This past Sunday I ran my third half marathon!
I felt the least prepared for this race, but it went awesome!
My husband and I went to the expo Friday to get or bib and t-shirt. Then he worked all day Saturday at his base and I got to hangout with my family. Saturday night we got a motel about a mile away from the race, next to MacArthur Park, Laid out all of our gear, and went to bed.
The best part about this race was that it starts at 7am. The other two 1/2s I've done were Disney and start waaayyy too early!
We got ready and dressed in our Batman & Robin shirts and left the hotel at 6:30, got to our corral, took a few pictures, and the race started. I loved the corrals for this race. They were smaller than Disney and there was a lot more room!
There were bands or music at almost every mile. I heard that some people didn't like it, but I did! Music pumps me up and helps me keep motivated. The bands were playing well known, up beat, fun songs!
I was nervous about my knee, because it's been hurting a bit. I wore a knee brace on and off the whole time and it felt great!
The first 3-4 miles I felt good, but tried not to go too fast. I was worried I was going to burn myself out, like I did at my last horrible 1/2.
Then from about mile 5-9 there was a couple dressed as Batman and Robin's enemies, The Joker and Harley Quinn. We kept running past them, then when we would take our walking break, then they would pass us. This went on for a long time. This little game really helped me keep my pace up! Thank you Joker and Harley Quinn!
You can kind of see the Joker & Harley Quinn in the background of this race picture!
At about mile 8 I took a caramel GU energy gel. (also at every water station I take a drink of water and if there is a sports drink a sip of that.)
Then at about mile 9 there is a pretty big bridge that I walked up (hills kill my knees!). There we saw the pace group for 3 hours. I have never been able to get my 1/2 time under 3. So we stuck with them.
There was a man and woman leading the group. Run/walk. They helped me so much at the end, with positive comments and pushing us to keep running.
I got right under 3 hours and beat my time!!!! The official time for the race was 2:59:45

My Nike app says 2:49:28 haha. My app was off like .8 miles whhaaa?!... Oh yeah and I beat my 10k time (according to Nike)!!!
It was the best race I've done! Because of the distractions it didn't even feel like 13.1 miles... I am grateful for that! I also love the people that bring food or drinks for runners and have signs. It's so nice!
I think Im going to do that for the next LA marathon!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Universal Halloween Horror Nights

Earlier this month I went to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights!
I am a huge fan of this event and follow it basically year round. Im a little crazy!
When we got to the front of Universal and waiting for the rest of our group, my brother's eyes got huge and he told me to turn around... I thought it was a scary guy, so I didn't turn around. Then a man walks past me and I see that it's the creative director of the event, John Murdy. He is well known with the fans of Halloween Horror Nights. He was stopped by others, so we decided to get a picture with him as well. It was a great start to the night!
We also decided to get front of the line passes! For two years we got VIP. I totally recommend at least getting front of the line! It is soooo worth it! And if you can afford it, splurge on VIP. There is a private lounge and buffet, as well as your own tram and guide.
The event was so much fun and really scary. I love horror and special FX makeup!
Picture with Norman Bates!