Something Wicked This Way Comes

Last night I celebrated an early Halloween with my 2nd Halloween-themed Yelp event since I’ve been in this (totally rad, rocking, still-can’t-believe-it’s-real) job. Soooo many folks on my Elite Squad brought some serious costume game to the table — Shrek & Fiona! Flo from Progressive! Cleopatra and gypsies and pirates, oh my! — and it was a rockin’ good time.

Personally, I decided to design my costume around my latest hair color, and graced the event as none other than Elphaba, aka the wholly misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West! (Elphaba is her name in Wicked — the book and the musical — for those who don’t know. Fun fact: the name is a play off of the intials of L. Frank Baum, the original author of the Wizard of Oz!)

I think the costume was a big hit (be proud of me, guys, I only burst into song once throughout the whoooole party!), but I gotta admit, I really share Elphaba’s pain in wishing desperately for de-greenification. Even after my shower last night, I’m still finding residual green… everywhere. However, given that Halloween is right around the corner, and all things considered, this was a pretty easy costume to pull off, I did document the greenifying process in case anyone wants to try and replicate it for themselves!

I did a little research and found out that the actual makeup they use in the Broadway production of Wicked is from MAC! The product is MAC Chromacake in Landscape Green. Just a little bit of online shopping and — just like magic — I found it!

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The chromacake is the main component of this makeup/costume look, of course, but I did need a few other things as well. Luckily, I already owned everything else I needed to complete this look — primer, green eyeshadow, purple eyeshadow (for contouring), and red lipstick!

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Primer is the first step, which just happens to also be green. My primer is formulated to counteract redness (I have suuuuper red cheeks!), but doesn’t actually go on green, just to be clear, haha. Anyway, knowing that I was in for a full night of running around at the event, I wanted to make sure the green makeup was able to stay put as much as possible. Then it was just a matter of getting green!

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In order to apply the chromacake, you just add a tiny bit of water and paint it on. It’s like watercolor! The more water you use, the less concentrated the color and consistency. I used a little too much water at first, so as you can see, it took several layers. Make sure to let the makeup dry in between each application!

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Once the final layer of green is dry on your face, you can apply additional makeup. I used a green eyeliner stick to line the inside rim of my lower eyelid, and a shimmery dark green shadow on top. I also did an exaggerated winged eye using black liquid eyeliner and add false eyelashes later (not pictured in these photos though.)

I also used purple eyeshadow to contour my cheeks — adding some to the hollows of my cheeks, and around my forehead and chin line to make my face shape a little more enhanced. When you paint your whole face green, is loses a lot of its natural dimension, so I highly recommend this step.

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Finally, I did a bright red lip to finish off the look. In the musical, Elphaba’s makeup is actually done with a dark green lipstick on the lips, but I didn’t want to A) buy another product I’d only use once and B) you KNOW I love a good red lip. 😉

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Once the face is done, it’s time to paint up the rest of you! Neck, ears, chest, hands, and arms. I didn’t do as many layers on my hands and arms since, well, it takes a loooong time to paint your whole body with a foundation brush. I’m just saying.

Once you’re all painted up (and down and all around), just toss on the rest of your ensemble! Again, this was using clothing items I already owned (except the hat). I wore a black dress, black tights, black booties (from Seychelles), and, of course, my witch’s hat! My one tip is to PUT YOUR TIGHTS BEFORE YOU PAINT YOUR HANDS GREEN. Just take my word on that one, k?

So there you go! Green Gretchen, for all the world to see. I think the general idea behind this makeup would also work for a Hulk or She-Hulk costume, Shrek or Fiona (as two of my Elites did last night!), Poison Ivy, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, the Green Giant, or, of course, other green thing you can think of. Just be prepared to take multiple showers to get it all off.

Even though Elphaba may be gone for now, though, the witchiness of this week is not over quite yet! Tomorrow Sean and I head down to Orlando, FL for the trip of a lifetime! We’re meeting my sister, bro-in-law, and niece to visit Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney World, and then the two of us head out on a 3-day cruise out of Port Canaveral over the weekend to celebrate Sean’s big 3-0!

Stay tuned to my Instagram if you want to keep up with our Floridian adventures, otherwise I’ll be seeing you after a week of Butterbeers, Bernie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Minnie Mouse ears, endless eats, sunshine, and happiness. 🙂

Celebrate! (Weigh-in)

(Good times, come on!)

Yes, that’s right Friends. (HA! Get it?) We have some celebrating to do today! First things first, in case you didn’t see my multitude of tweets and facebook status updates regarding my trip to the hair salon this weekend…

Before:

Yes, the most recent picture I have with my hair down is from the Harry Potter midnight premiere. I’m okay with it.

After:
IMG_0406.jpgIMG_0410.jpgHaircut!

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Ahhhhhh!

Like a sheep, I have been shorn. The hair is gone! It’s definitely taking some getting used to (washing my hair felt sooooo weird!) but I’m kinda digging it — I feel very chic and modern! I feel like a super trendy mix of Keira Knightley, Agyness Deyn, and The Beibs. Which is fitting, since I am obviously as or more attractive as all of these people combined, duh.

So you guys can let me know whether the haircut is worth including as part of the celebration, kay? And, you know, if you don’t like it… well, we’ve already discussed that I’m not exactly built to handle criticism well. So. You know. Just bear that in mind. Heh. *Insecurity alert!*

I took my new ‘do out on the town Saturday night with the fam and my friend Lara to see Wicked at the Kennedy Center!

It was my second time seeing the show and it was fantastic, although I still missed seeing Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth take the stage (I was lucky enough to see the show with the original cast before it even hit Broadway in San Francisco 8 years ago!) Such a fun evening.

The next part of today’s celebratory, er, celebration has to do with this week’s weigh-in! I think you can assume that it’s good news given the general nature of this post, but let’s check the statistics just to be sure, shall we?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 190.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 189.6 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -0.4 lbs

I AM IN THE 180s! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Yes, granted, it’s not the world’s best weigh-in, considering I didn’t even lose a full 1/2 pound, but you know what? I don’t care! It’s the bump that I needed to bring me out of the 190s after (I’m almost ashamed to admit it) 5 months of zigging, zagging, and bouncing up and down. I’m in a brand new decade! And for the first time in, um, ever? I feel like I’m really getting to a, well, “normal” weight. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m still not “done”, but it’s just that being able to say you weigh 180-something feels just so, regular. I know I’m still overweight but I’m really getting there! Whoo-hoo!

Which brings us to our final piece of celebratory news (this is quite the announcement-ridden Monday, isn’t it?), which is actually quite bittersweet: today is my last day of work at my current job! I’ll be starting a new job in DC (scary!) soon, and while I’m obviously very excited about it, I’m also super sad to be leaving my current coworkers and friends behind. But I do feel it’s the right choice for me at this stage in my career and I’m looking forward to the new opportunity! Working in the city will be a big adjustment for me, but I think it’ll be a good one. Time for me to take my new grown-up haircut and, you know, grow up! Plus walking to the metro is sure to at least guarantee me a modicum of exercise each day, eh?

Huzzahs all around: haircuts, career moves, and weight loss – oh my! What are you celebrating today?