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?

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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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  • Bahahahaha too funny not to share! #followyourdreams #freddykrueger
  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!
  • Here is my entry for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Inspired by the recent excitement around the movie IT, I wanted to create a character from another of my favorite Stephen King novels, Rose Madder. The book is set in the late 80s or early nineties but I would imagine that it would be produced in the style of many of his older movies from the 70s and 80s such as The Shining, Carrie, or Salem's Lot.
This novel is unique to me because it includes elements of Greek mythology which is a different angle for Stephen King, and also because it covers the topic of domestic abuse, and with October also being domestic abuse awareness month I felt that it was very timely. In the book, Rose Madder is an “almost goddess” that saves the main character, Rosie, by showing her how to empower herself and escape from her abusive husband. 
One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear.
Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”

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