Mad Like Alyce

Friday Replay January 29, 2017

Hey Guys! So, its been two weeks since I have last written, and it has actually been pretty fabulous. I think we all need to take a break sometime. There is a lot of pressure to keep a consistent schedule, but sometimes that isn’t realistic. I’ve been focusing on physical therapy for what they have now determined was a torn labrum, which is a piece of tissue inside your shoulder socket. Treatment includes forcing my pectorals and trapezius to relax, since they were over-strained from guarding, which is holding your arm, or any body part, in a position to reduce pain (and I had no idea I was doing it!).

But I think with everything in life, we have to take a breather, get recharged, and find our center. I’ve been doing a TON of research on new costumes (seriously so excited), finally got my great aunt’s old sewing machine up and running and I’m really excited to try some new things.

Back to the Music

In addition to everything, I’ve been getting back to some of my old favorite songs. I used to drive 30 minutes one way to work, and would crank my music so loud that it vibrated in my chest. Although it’s not idea for my ears, I love love love being consumed by a song when alone in my car. I can simply surrender to the music and let my mind wander. While I listen to music all day at work, it has been wonderful to re-immerse myself in this pastime. Here is a peek into some of my favs in a Sunda edition (sorry, still recovering from a sinus infection) of Friday Replay!

Thoery of a Deadman

One of my top 5 favorite bands ever, I love just about everything they have done. Lately, I’ve been more into their rage-y tracks (not sure what to read into that) but ever since I heard Santa Monica in 2005, I was helplessly hooked and have bought everything they made since. I’ve even seen them live three times! I also love love love their raw cover of “Hallelujah,” video below.

Shinedown

SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC! Another of my top five favorites. If you are new to Shinedown, they have a great mixture of harder rock and more beautiful ballads. You must listen to: Sound of Madness, Enemies, I’ll Follow You, The Crow and the Butterfly, and Her name is Alice (of course!!!). Seriously, anything they have done.

The lead singer, Brent Smith, is also featured on an Apocalyptica track, Not Strong Enough (video below). Make sure to get his version as they have a few out there with other featured singers, but trust me, Brent Smith has a voice of an angel and you will NOT be disappointed.

 

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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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