I’m back, anybody miss me?

Hello, readers!

First of all, thank you for reading my bloggings and thoughts! Secondly, I’d like to apologize for my very long hiatus from posting, its been a busy month or two? I have been busy at school, starting with a Creature Design course that I took during October and November (pictures to follow in a post) and now I have began a 26 week program at one of North America’s most renowned makeup schools for film, theater, prosthetic and fashion makeup artistry, Complections International Academy. I have also been performing as much as I can, and I have few new acts up my sleeve which will be hitting the stage in the new year! Lastly, the reason I have been lacking in the post department is my lack of macbook *sad face*. Those jergs at the apple store have kept my little computer for almost two months now and have changed their repair price twice on me! Very frustrating. So, for now I am typing away on my boyfriend’s super neat mini computer! Glad to be back! xo Vivs


Grindhouse Ghoulies Halloween Burlesque

On Thursday, October 27th at The Revival Nightclub, Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque & Great Canadian Burlesque are teaming up to scare the pants, bras, tops and bottoms off of each other and YOU in a Halloween burlesque extravaganza! (yes, extravaganza) Performers will be paying tribute to their favourite ghouls and monsters as they show you the things that go bump n’ grind in the night! If you live in Toronto, this is a show that you don’t want to miss, it features performances by Tanya Cheex, Rae Ann Carnation, Lily Lemonpie, Mysterion the Mindreader, St. Stella, The Canadian Wolfman, Sexy Mark Brown, Fionna Flauntit, Boylesque T.O, Sauci Calla Horra and many more (including yours truly!) Tickets are available now –> HERE! and at Hell’s Belles (463 Queen Street West)


Make-up Files: Classic Pin-up Girl

The 1940’s and 1950’s pin-up makeup is a classic look that anyone and everyone can pull off given the right shade of lipstick and the essential winged liner. As a makeup artist, it is my favourite style to do, I could be bias because this is how I do my own makeup most days but I just love how anyone can look instantly glamorous with the makeup from this era.Here are a few tips in terms of product and color choices on how to create this look (true to the period) on yourself (sorry no vlog..I’m working up the courage to start making video tutorials/blogs..someday)


Here is a list of products I like best for executing the pin-up girl look:

  • Eyeshadow: Soft beige eyeshadow on the lid/taupe blended in the crease. (this was a popular colour combo in the 1930’s and continued to be into the 1950’s even when women became more flashy with their eyeshadow colours)
  • Eyeliner: Cake/Gel/Liquid -Depends on your preference. I often use cake or gel on others and liquid on myself. Cake and gel liners will give a more matte look to the liner and liquid will have more sheen/have vinyl look. I really like Kryolan’s black cake liner for a matte finish.
  • Brows: Fill in the brows! I like to use a powder, I find it looks most natural and not as harsh as pencil, but the choice is yours!
  • Lips: Red! (but choose either a blue undertone or orange undertone depending on your skin tone)  Favourite Orange Reds: NARS “Heat Wave” and MAC “Morange” Favourite Blue Reds: MAC “Ruby Woo” and “Russian Red” (remember to line the lips, it will give a precise clean lip and prevent the lipstick from bleeding)
  • Blush: Use a soft dusty rose pink and blend it lightly onto the apples of the cheeks. Favourite Blushes: MAC “Pinch O’ Peach” and NARS “Deep Throat”

Rough Red Lipstick Guide: Every rule has exceptions…

Fair Skin: Blue Reds (cool reds) – Think , Dita Von Teese!

Medium Skin: Blue or Orange Reds

Olive Skin: Orange Reds

Dark Skin: Purple Reds

Credits: Model (Jennifer Toronto MM#770428) Photographer (Toni Wallachy/Orangeroads Photography) Wardrobe Styling (Brooke Alviano) MUAH (Me, Aviva Rosnick)

Salad from the Black Lagoon…

Over the long weekend I was over at my chum’s place for Thanksgiving dinner and I ended up flipping through a cook book they had in their kitchen that was an awesome compilation of recipes from classic horror film stars, directors and producers. The book is titled “It Came From The Kitchen” by Geoff Isaac and Gordon Reid. One recipe in particular caught my eye- “Ben Chapman’s The Gillman’s Lagoon Salad Supreme”, I was happy to see that my monster boyfriend for life, The Creature from the Black Lagoon/Gillman had contributed his favorite dish. Perhaps, Mama Creature made this for him when he was just a Gillboy….? Actually, the recipe belongs to Ben Chapman, one of the two actors who played the Creature in the original film. Chapman portrayed the creature in all scenes that were not filmed under water. I decided that I would post this recipe on here since I think it would be a great thing to bring to any upcoming Halloween festivities. Check out  the book to see more recipes such as, Bela Lugosi’s cabbage rolls and Tippi Hendren’s red velvet cake.


  • 1 package small elbow macaroni
  • 1 package slivered almonds
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 package imitation lobster chunks
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1 package of imitation crab (can be substituted for real lobster/crab)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

Cook elbow pasta in boiling water, no more than 10 minutes. (El Dente!) Drain well, after rinsing in cold water. Mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Fold in mixture of mayo and curry powder. (The amount of dressing is a personal preference)


xo Vivs

(Source: It Came from the Kitchen: Monstrously Delicious Celebrity Recipes from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, & Assorted Aliens And Beyond! [Paperback])

New Paranormal Activity 3 TV Trailer

Paranormal Activity 3 comes out very soon, October 21st to be precise and it has been my annual tradition for the past two years to go see the Paranormal movies on opening night, excited to keep the tradition going this year. I love supernatural thrillers like this, and I found the simplicity of the first two films extremely effective in scaring the shit out of me (which, with the amount of horror I watch is an impressive feat at this point). Not everyone likes these movies as much as me, but I think they are some of the best to come out of the genre in recent years.

Here is an all new trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 with some new footage not shown in the previous teaser trailers. Pitching a tent in my brain pants…this is going to be good.

(Source: Bloody-Disgusting)

I’m Doing A Happy Dance- [REC]3 Teaser Pics!

As a big fan of the REC films, I was really excited to see these pictures this morning (source: horror-movies.ca) showing some of the amazing gore and effects we can expect to see in the third movie. For those who haven’t seen the first two films, they are definitely a must-see for horror fans. REC is shot in faux documentary style, set in Barcelona where an apartment building is put under quarantine after an unusual infection breaks out among the residents. The films will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, they are fast paced, gory and full of surprises. These photos are super gross, I love it…the skin tone on the zombies is amazingly transparent, the makeup work has been consistently remarkable in these films.

Recommended Spooky Pre-Halloween Reads

Reading "Stiff" by Mary Roach

Terrors can be just as TERRIFYING on the page as they are on the screen, so here is my list of essential horror literature and non-fiction to get you going for Halloween.

  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach Ever wonder what might happen to your corpse if you donated it to science? Well, the answers lay within this book. Mary Roach is a great writer who laces the morbid material with lightness and a clever sense of humour and wit
  • Call of the Cthulhu and Other Tales by H.P Lovecraft This one really requires no explanation, but if you must know, I have a deep fascination with sea monsters and underwater creatures on the whole. Cthulhu is the ultimate sea monster and H.P Lovecraft is in my top 5 favourite authors, he does the horror and science fiction genre like nobody else ever has. His stories paint lasting pictures of true fear in your mind and are truly in a style all their own.
  • World War Z by Max Brooks For me, this book was a quick read because I literally couldn’t put it down, I read the majority of it in one sitting at a coffee shop and I think by the end of it they just wanted their chair back. Max Brooks takes the zombie genre and creates realistic military accounts of what occurred during the world war where humans fought to survive against the hordes of undead attacking the entire globe. The accounts seem so real that I started to seriously rethink my zombie survival strategies!
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Step Right Up! While I Scare The Pants Off Of America! by William Castle (autobiography of the b-movie king)
  • Vlad the Impaler by M.J Trow 

xoxo Vivs

Special Effects With Style, On Etsy

Thanks to a friend of mine on Facebook for showing me this awesome Etsy seller today. These are some of the most unique latex appliances I have seen and I am dying to try them out. These extra gory garters are made by OpenWoundFX based out of Los Angeles, California. The other item in their shop that really caught my eye was the Gein Shoe, and yes it is what it sounds like- an Ed Gein inspired piece of footwear. The shoe is a canvas sneaker covered in human flesh! (or umm..very realistic looking latex flesh, but regardless, these are some gross shoes – I mean that in the best way possible) Take a look at this shop, ’tis the season for human skin shoes and gaping wounds!

12 Hours of Burlesque at The Vaudeville Hotel

So, after doing makeup at the Art of Fashion show on Saturday I hopped on the streetcar and headed west to one of my favourite places in the city, The Gladstone Hotel. For this night, Nuit Blanche , the Gladstone much like all the performers within it that night, was going by its burlesque name- Vaudeville Hotel. Vaudeville Hotel was a 12 hour long world record breaking burlesque cabaret show featuring 120 acts! It was a spectacular event, with a lineup of talented performers and a packed house all night long. Vaudeville Hotel was put on by Great Canadian Burlesque and The Toronto Festival of Clowns and featured a number of Toronto’s most beloved vaudeville hosts including Sketchy The Clown, The Wolfman and Balonia Wry and Ginger Darling.

Over the course of the evening I performed 3 times and then go-go danced twice with my spooky music buddies “The Howling Bullets” who played some incredible sets in full on skeleton makeup. With 120 different performers we had major variety – clowns, strip teasers, mimes, bellydancers, comedians, pole dancers, group numbers, sideshow feats of strength, magicians, hula hoopers and more. By the end of the night I was beat, but I got to sit and watch the show for a bit before heading home around 3 am. I was lucky enough to see acts from the blindingly glittery Mitzy Cream, the hilarious Peggy Plumber and the bendy and beautiful St. Stella.

April March, First Lady of Burlesque sipping on the 'April March' cocktail at the Cadillac LoungeThe next day, after a quick makeup gig and a well deserved nap, I ended this amazing weekend by going for a delicious meal in Chinatown at Noble Seafood with Chris, April March, Sauci Calla Horra, Mitzy Cream, Leviticus the Strongman and Fionna Flauntit. We had many bowls of hot and sour soup and got to hear stories of wild burlesque adventures from April March about Arabian kings, mobsters and other glamorous shenanigans (she seriously has the best stories!!). April’s autobiography comes out pretty soon, so I’m sure there will be plenty of juicy burly-q stories to be found in it! Fun Fact!: April is the only burlesque legend to have a signature cocktail named after her (she tried it for the first time this weekend at the Cadillac Lounge, I had a sip and its definitely a fancy drink for a fancy lady). I’m always excited to see April, but the visits always go by quickly, glad she has been making fairly frequently stops in Toronto now!

It was such a fun weekend, and you’d think after all of that burlesque, I’d be in need of a break…but nope, I’m hard at work on my act for the Grindhouse Ghoulies halloween show at the Revival on October 27th! (details soon to come in a new post)

xoxo Vivs