Mad Like Alyce

Hey guys! Quick warning, if you are squeamish, the beginning of this video is probably not for you.

First of all, if you have been following me for awhile, you might be wondering why it is already October 5th and I haven’t yet announced a theme for 31 Days of Halloween! That is because I had decided not to do it! There are a few reasons why…

Shoulder Surgery

This look is inspired by my actual upcoming shoulder surgery. After a year of expensive diagnostic tests, long periods of wait between appointments, a doctor who told me my pain was likely caused by my PTSD, and 6 months worth of physical therapy… I finally went to the third doctor, who immediately noticed they had done the wrong type of MRI almost 9 months prior. Just a week later, and I found out that it had been a tear the entire time.

All of the pain, frustration, and humiliation of having a doctor take one look at my medical history and assume he had this “hysterical” woman with PTSD figured out. After ordering additional and expensive medical tests (instead of referring me to an orthopedic specialist, which I did myself eventually) he told me point blank I should see a psychiatrist. Boy was he surprised when he found out he had ordered the wrong MRI from the get go and completely missed my sports injury, which would have saved me months of pain and at this point, thousands of dollars. Im only a little bitter…  I promise! I’m honestly just happy to be getting it over with!

Be your own advocate

This is where I want to re-iterate a stance I have had about chronic pain that I have always trumpeted. YOU are the biggest advocate of YOUR health you will ever have. YOU know what is going on in your body. Trust this. If you know something is wrong, follow it. Get a second opinion, get a third opinion. Don’t let a doctor’s bias from an existing condition blind him to the truth about what is going on with YOUR body. Find someone willing to listen. To search. To treat you. And to trust that you know your body. I go on about this a little more at the end of the video, so if you are not a fan of the gore, skip to 3:21 to see my health advocacy PSA of sorts.

Find Your Mental Balance

So, don’t get me wrong… I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!! And doing a ton of DIY’s, baked goods, and costumes is one of my favorite ways to pass my time. But after injuring myself last September (re-same shoulder injury) and having already started a bit of a downward spiral with my PTSD that had snuck up on my like I hadn’t believed it could. I didn’t even realize I had been struggling so badly until I was almost buried by it, and I am just now starting to get back on top of things. With the upcoming surgery plus all of the general anxiety of life and the pressure of comparison in the online space… I just know it isn’t the best use of my energy. Every year, as proud as I am of my work, and as much fun as I was having… Im completely exhausted when Halloween rolls around. This year, I’m going to try to get up what I can one handed, and actually enjoy Halloween resting, sleeping, wearing nothing but my new Halloween leggings, and watching scary movies.

Plus… I have kind of let my makeup and costume obsession spill into all other months of the year.

Without further ado…

Special Effects Surgical Stitches

That intro scene is totes fake btw. But it was gruesome and it made me happy 😛

Now, this ended up looking a lot like the prosthetics you can buy at the store, but it does have more easily hidden edges. I just wish I had 1) gotten better light on the stitches and 2) done more irritation using a stippling sponge.

Surgical scar makeup tutorialProducts used:

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Hello!

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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  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.
  • Theres nothing quite like painting yourself completely white to make you realize how yellow your teeth are getting. Time to cut back on the coffee! JK, that might actually kill me. #tissuetestfail #needsomewhitestrips #cresttotherescue #notanad #butyoucanpaymeanyway?
  • I sometimes can take well over 200 photos of various looks, just to make sure I get the right one... i don't pretend to be a photographer! Even with so many photos, I will often only post maybe 3-4, which makes me a little sad since I spend so much time on some of these! So here are a few more of my "Migraine" Twenty One Pilots inspired look. I managed to get quite a few shots of this look before adding the tears for the completed migraine look, and I really do love how it looks without any color.
  • "I'm just being dramatic
In fact
I'm only at it again
As an addict with a pen
Who's addicted to the wind
As it blows me back and forth
Mindless, spineless, and pretend
Of course I'll be here again
See you tomorrow
But it's the end of today"
- "Addict with a Pen," Twenty One Pilots
This song is hands down my absolute favorite. I can't decide if it is the lyrics alone, or haunting piano. It was this song that inspired my take on the cover art for their self titled album.
  • "I-I-I I've got a migraine
And my pain will range from up, down, and sideways."
- Twenty One Pilots
Something about the lyrics captures me on so many levels. From the literal chronic pain interpretation, to the deeper meaning of living with mental illness.... this idea hit me as such a powerful vision.
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. Wig is the the Long Curly in Silver from @ardawigs.
  • "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.

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