Mad Like Alyce

100 Days of Makeup Challenge: Weeks 3-5

Oh dear… So, these last few weeks have been a great example of where ambition does not equal reality. I had an INSANE project at work with some (slightly unrealistic) tight deadlines… queue 60 hour work weeks times 3. Normally, I have pretty decent work/life balance, but trying to help my team finish this project left me completely dead. Not to mention expensive pest problems, and the second physical therapist finishing a 8 week course of treatment by stating that my MRI was mis-read and they are pretty sure I have a SLAP tear. So back to a specialist. Read: broke.

That all said, there were some wins. I learned a lot about how well I am doing dealing with stress on my new medications (very well!) and that i need to give myself more time to sleep. Seriously. I should get 8-9 hours per night, but my natural Night-Owl nature usually leaves me with 6-7. Not majorly deficit, but it really takes its toll by the end of the week.

So, it goes without saying that I put my own self care and projects on the back burner. It was supposed to be for just 1 week, but once it passed week 3 I was starting to cry uncle. So here are the makeup looks I was able to accomplish on the rare few hours where I wasn’t working, sleeping, or staring a the ceiling in a comatose burnout state.

100 Days of Makeup Challenge- Weeks 3 & 4

Slug Vomit Harry Potter

Eat Slugs Malfoy

Slug vomit… yum. “Better out than in I always say,” said Hagrid. This look was inspired by my ice cube tray. Literally making ice cubes the same day I was doing my Chamber of Secret’s Basilisk, and thought they would make the perfect gelatin slugs! Paired the gelatin slugs with some bright green Mehon aqua colors, dark browns from the Ben Nye Bruise Wheel, and some dark brown bags under the eyes because vomiting slugs is not what I would call…. relaxing.

Scraped knuckles makeup

Wound Makeup: Skinned Knuckles

I used to get busted knuckles every summer working on the race car with my dad, but this takes it beyond the typical scrapes and into the zombie range. By making rings of gelatin, peeling them up slightly from the inside and ringing with black Mehron aqua color, bringing the red irritation down onto the fingers and hands, then covering up with fake blood, the natural skin left in the center of the black ring give the appearance of a down-to-the-bone scuffle.

Blistered lips SFX Makup

Blistered Lips

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. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin “skin.”

Loving hands Instagrami have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @Andrew Coons Writing

I knew from the moment I read that poem that I wanted to make it an actual creation. This is by far, my favorite makeup creation yet. 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.

Burned Hand sfx makeup

Burned Hands

3rd degree burn makeup, using homemade gelatin prosthetic, Ben Nye Bruise Wheel, and best of all, this was done left-handed (non-dominant).

Hand of stone

Made of Stone

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!


Audrey 2 SFX Makeup

Audrey II

Inspired by seeing the total solar eclipse, Audrey II hails from one of my favorite musicals, “Little Shop of Horrors” and was a fun one to recreate. Just a little reminder not to buy plants during a solar eclipse. Who else saw the total eclipse?


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


  • "Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone"
-Migraine, Twenty One Pilots

This looks is one I have had planned for quite some time now, and I finally sat down and completed it last night! he inspiration is from the cover artwork for Twenty One Pilots' self titled album (I know these lyrics are not on this album) but my absolute favorite TOP song is, "Addict with a Pen." What is your favorite TOP song?

This look was created using @mehronmakeup  water activated paints for the white base and grey and black "sketching". Tears were created by adding food coloring to liquid latex. The idea for using the latex is from Glam and Gore's "Death Stranding" makeup tutorial, so go and see how Mykie did it! 
As a quick safety note, be VERY careful working this close to your eyes, and make sure to apply vaseline to your lashes to prevent the latex from sticking. Also note, food dyes can temporarily discolor skin, so don't try this before an important event ;)
  • 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


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