Christmas songs are awesome

Can you believe that Christmas will be HERE in three days?




Ok, no one can be as excited for Christmas as Buddy the Elf, but let’s just say that I’m ready! We’ve had the decorations up for a month, baked cookies, bought and wrapped presents, and danced around the kitchen with the kids to Christmas songs.

This one is my favorite song this year. Because…minor key. Can’t go wrong with a song in minor key.

“All I Want For Christmas” sung by Chase Holfelder.

Another favorite. I think it’s adorable. Their version is probably my favorite rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”


“Mary, Did You Know” by Pentatonix is absolutely gorgeous.


And of course, “Carol of the Bells.” This version is played on piano by David Hicken.


What are your favorite Christmas songs? Do you have any least favorite songs? I could write an entire post about that too…
“Blue Christmas” ::shudder::

I hope each and every one of you has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I have a few more book reviews to put up this week, but we’ll see how busy we get at home.


Y is for YouTube

We are to the letter ‘Y’, people. Only one more letter to go after this. Before this challenge, I pretty much just posted whenever I felt like it…now, will I be able to STOP posting? We’ll see. Other A to Z posts about ‘Y’ here.

The Good: I chose YouTube for the letter ‘Y’ because I love it. Lately I use YouTube for make up tutorials (see my post for the letter ‘M’, warning graphic photos of fake wounds), but before my SFX Makeup obsession I loved all manner of videos. Apparently, it was YouTube’s 10th Anniversary on April 23rd (yep, I Googled it)! I stumbled upon a tweet by FastCompany, with a video compilation of famous YouTube videos from the past 10 years. Oh the memories!

Another thing I love about YouTube is music videos. Music Videos are usually super weird, but I really love seeing the artists’ visions come to life. In college, Luke and I used to share music video links back and forth trying to 1-UP each other in our video battle. Ah, romance.

Here are a few of my faves lately.

I have more. But I’ll stop. This post took me awhile to write, which brings me to….

The Bad: 
Have you ever really needed to get something done, but instead you sat down in front of YouTube? Suddenly, it’s two hours later and you feel a little ashamed of yourself. It’s sort of like Pinterest that way.

The Katy: This was the first video I ever uploaded. I was in college and Luke and his roommate bought a coffee pot on clearance…. I have a newer account I use now, but the video of the “Redneck Coffeemaker” is still there. Ha! So sad.

Have any video suggestions for me? Comment below and I’ll check them out.

M is for Makeup

The letter M is for Makeup today on THE KATY. I love makeup. So here it is. To view more blogs participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, click here.

The Good: Although I love makeup, I never really bought much of it until very recently.

My April Ipsy Glam Bag

My April Ipsy Glam Bag

Since I still don’t know what works best for me, I filled out a profile on Ipsy and subscribed to their monthly makeup bag. I am on my 3rd month and I am in love. Note, I am not being paid by Ipsy! I really am just a makeup newbie who wants to expand her makeup skills beyond eyeshadow and eyeliner. Here are some photos of the April Glam Bag from Ipsy that I just got in the mail a few days ago. So far, I have tried the “Nude Dude” eye shadow, the Klorane dry shampoo, and the Mica eye primer. All three of these products are great! I especially love the eye shadow. It is a neutral color, but still has a bit of shimmer in it, which adds a great element to my eyes! I’ve never used dry shampoo before, so when I discovered that I was receiving some in the mail I was excited! The dry shampoo has a subtle scent that doesn’t smell like chemicals. I think I envisioned it smelling like hair spray or something…
Ipsy is only $10 per month and I have found some great products every time I’ve gotten it in the mail. One product I need to buy (because the small bottle they sent is all used up) is the LeeAnni Eco 3-in-1 Revolution Light. It’s facial toner, serum, and moisturizer all in one and it feels so refreshing!
The Bad: Injuries…makeup can cause lacerations and scrapes if you don’t take the proper steps to prevent them. In fact, I might need stitches on the leg wound…


Ok, I’m kidding. These wounds were caused by makeup, but not by an actual injury. I have brushing up on some special effects makeup effects lately and these two wounds were the result. I really like Goldie Starling and FreakMo SFX‘s YouTube channels.Their beginner tutorials are awesome! I chose the scraped knuckles and a deep laceration to try on Friday night. I think they turned out pretty good, although my lacerations do not look as real as Kiana’s of FreakMo SFX. I’ll get there with practice! A few new friends were genuinely worried for me, which is a great sign (both about the makeup and the friends…although maybe they thought they were getting a less weird friend…sorry)! I used liquid latex, my Wolfe palettes for the color, fake blood (both liquidy and my favorite Ben Nye scab blood), Ben Nye nose and scar wax for the laceration).

Any suggestions for what to try next? To see what I’ve already done, view my Halloween post from last year and my special effects makeup post.

The Katy: I am already planning my Halloween costume for this year, but that is a secret for now! One vague hint: It’s not a zombie this year. More hints as the project progresses.

Special Effects Makeup Beginner (GRAPHIC)

The images below are extremely graphic! Don’t look if you are squeamish or don’t like blood (fake or real) !!!

Lately, Luke and I watch the show FaceOff on the SyFy channel almost religiously. As a creative person, SFX makeup is an art form I can really relate to. So, for this Halloween I have decided to try my first Zombie makeup using some techniques I found in YouTube videos. Originally I wanted to be a Steampunk Zombie, but I really didn’t want to either 1. ruin clothes I already use for Steampunk or 2. Buy a whole new Steampunk costume that I CAN destroy ($$$). So I changed my theme to Zombie Hipster.

My Goodwill haul from my shopping trip yesterday includes: Giant sunglasses (will pop out the lenses), t-shirt, flannel shirt, hipter-ish purse, and moccasin-type shoes. I have printable iron on sheets on my shopping list for my next trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics so I can put an ironic slogan on the t-shirt before I cut holes in it and cover it with subtle amounts of blood.

Luke has been awesome as a make-up practice model. So far, I have created a wound on the hand and face. I’m excited to get the makeup I ordered yesterday in the mail so I can practice with shading and depth! Any ideas? Throw them below. I’m only a beginner after all. I’ll take all the tips I can get!


Only photo of my “Envy” Makeup I could find from Stage Makeup Class.

The hand was my first ever SFX makeup (unless you count college Stage Makeup class in 2007-ish of course). I used liquid latex and thin pieces of kleenex to make skin-like layers. When it was dry (or mostly dry…I was impatient), I picked at it to leave a gaping hole in the center. Then I brushed on some makeup (green, black, red, plum, and skin toned eye shadow), rolled red lipstick all over, and blood. The face was much of the same technique, but I ripped more of it to make a flap of latex hanging down. I ripped the latex in several other areas as well for additional gashes.

Luke's face is pretty gross. Sorry, hun!

Luke’s face is pretty gross. Sorry, hun!

Gruesome hand wound.

Gruesome hand wound.




I have now subscribed to many YouTube channels where FX Makeup is the focus or at least highlighted from time to time. Social Media has been a great help and motivator!

Goldie Starling

Freakmo SFX

Bonnie Corbin SFX

And there are more! Let me know if you have a great channel I should follow.