Mad Like Alyce

Favorite Posts of 2016

Happy New Year and Happy 2nd Birthday to Mad Like Alyce! It’s hard for me to believe I have only been blogging for 2 years, but I’m still loving every moment of it. Here is a quick trip down memory lane at some of my favorite posts of 2016.

Mission to the Dominican Republic

Mission to the Dominican

I made a small promise to myself 3 years ago that I would travel out of the country at least once per year, and I knocked this one out in January 2016. Resorts are fun and all, but I really do like seeing more of the country, and mission trips are a great way to not only experience but to help. You can see more of the incredibly beauty of the Dominican Republic in my Favorite Pictures post!

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Ergonomic Corner Desk

While I still work on my blog primarily from the couch, I love this ergonomic desk! Since then, I have even upgraded the chair to a legit desk chair in robins egg blue. I still cannot say enough for how much an ergonomic setup saves my back, neck, and hands.

Appreciating Alcohol

Every so often, I realize just how different my life is now than before. I didn’t drink much in college… it’s so hard to enjoy when I was on so many medications at the time. It then became a huge factor in the terror of my home life. It wasn’t until well after college that I finally could appreciate a drink and even acquire a taste for red wine.

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Cupavci Cupcakes

Aaaaand let’s lighten the mood with some cupcakes!! These were the innovation of wanting to make cupavci for Damir’s dad, but really not wanting to make a huge mess of my hands. Instead, I remixed traditional cupavci by filling yellow cupcakes with strawberry jam and frosting with chocolate fudge and coconut.

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Missing Jaw Zombie Makeup Tutorial

ZOMBIES! I love zombie makeup, and had a blast creating and shooting these this year. My dad’s farm was the perfect setting for a post-apocalyptic zombie photo shoot. I also was ironically eaten alive by mosquitos while costumed as a zombie. I had well over 100 bites by the time the weekend was over.

shotgun-bride-zombie-feature-Shotgun Bride Zombie Costume

This zombie makeup tutorial really showcased just how versatile and easy this prosthetic gel is to use, not only for facial applications but really on any place on the body where you wish to display a wound.

Breadcrumb Trail of Credits

It was an interesting project to review my college transcript and watch the progression of my pain and the impacts it had on my college career. I was overwhelmed with the emotions and memories, the pain of falling apart and the pride of pulling myself through it.

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Glamping in the Palisades

Ok, so not actually “glamping” but drinking lots of wine out in the woods in an adorable cabin. Me and a good friend had a blast learning how to start a fire (not as easy as I was hoping, but we did it!), staying up late by the campfire, then making coffee on our second campfire the next morning!

beetlejuice-makeupBeetlejuice Costume

After my dad went and broke my heart by buying a Beetlejuice costume online, I had to show him how much more fun it is going the DIY route! Plus, this makeup tutorial turned out even better than I could have hoped for.

Farrell’s: My first 10 weeks

Finally I was so proud of my results from Farrells, and I’m really really missing being out on that blue mat while my injured shoulder heals. I may not have had the insane results that others have, but for me, the transformation was something totally different. At one point in my life, I was facing the fact that I might have to be on disability. I now can go out there and kick box with the best of them, and even show up some of the guys! Its all about perspective.

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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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials

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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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