Mad Like Alyce

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!

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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!

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  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
Happy National Clown Week! #justclowningaround #clowns #scaryclowns
  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
#clownsofinstagram #hauntmua #clownmakeup #clowns
  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown

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