Mad Like Alyce

Off the Shelf: Taking a break from the chaos

So, it’s been awhile, and a lot has been happening!  What, you may ask? I moved… Again! I finally got out of my walking boot, and have been going to physical therapy, setting up the new apartment, Damir’s Dad is finally here from Bosnia, and I’m packing for a week long trip out West to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation… which covers the big stuff.

Add all of that to the little things like working late, working on the Pit Bull Rescue website, and shooting and editing footage for the site, plus the million other projects I have on the site, it had gotten to be a bit much. So much that lately, I have been so wiped that I simply cannot bring myself to pull up my computer in the evening. For this I apologize.

Of course, my best stress reliever is reading, so I have made sure to at least be reading a book while I have been passed out on the bed/couch/floor/anywhere. Its perhaps the best way to completely hijack my stressed out mind and transport it to a wonderful world of someone else’s creation and disappear into their story.

Dreams & Shadows

dreams and shadows

By Robert C. Cargill

This was a wonderful book I had read a few years past, and although I had been yearning to read it again, I simply could not remember the title or author. Thank you Google! I was able to search for the key points in the plot line and find the summary via Amazon (Thank you Amazon!).

This story is a fantastic dive into the supernatural otherworld of the Fae and includes beautiful back story elements on histories of the Jinn. This tale is a beautiful weaving of characters battling a fate that was sealed years prior. Overall, if you are interested in fantasy at all, this is worth a read.

The Secret Place

the secret place

By Tana French

This was a great crime solving novel that included some interesting elements of magic as well. It all starts with a pinboard in an all-girls school allowing them to place their “secrets”. In my opinion, the magical element was a bit unnecessary and ultimately didn’t play as large of a part as it could have.

The beauty of the story is in the incredible rush of emotion surrounding love. Love of a career. Love of a purpose, Love of a friend, and mostly, first Love. The author captured the hormonal and intoxicating pulse of young love in a way that made me so incredibly wistful and nostalgic. Again, a highly recommended read.

Horrorstor

horrorstor

By Grady Hendrix

This was definitely a novelty read, and I only picked it up due to the unique cover. Set in a Knockoff IKEA store called ORSK, the author uses a very unique storyline and plays off of the Sweedish naming conventions of products and the happy go lucky atmosphere while the plot grows continually darker. I felt that I started rushing this one simply to get it done, but overall, I enjoyed the read. Not something to run out and buy, but if you see it on the library shelf, go ahead and take a look.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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