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!

egronomic corner desk feature

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.

cupavci cupcake

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.


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.


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.


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


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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