Mad Like Alyce

Weekly Wishlist #103 – Christmas List Edition

christmas wish list

While this feature isn’t really “weekly,” I have spent way to much time browsing online in the past few weeks, mostly just killing time since it’s still tough to be active with my shoulder. Now that my mom as asked me to send her a Christmas list so she knows what to get me this year, I figured I could post it up here and share with all of you too!

It was actually interesting to think up this list, for a few reasons.

  1. For the last few years, we just did a Secret Santa, which kept costs down and made a game of it, so I really didn’t have to tell people what I wanted. It feels a bit strange to tell them what I want, since doing the investigative work to surprise people with my gifts is a bit part of why I love giving presents.
  2. I also really want to ask for things I would use, and that means items for more costumes! I was afraid it would sound weird to ask for a wig, since family rarely sees me in a wig anyhow, but they are currently major splurge purchases considering they may be bought for a specific use only.
  3. Finally, because a lot of things might not necessarily be in my family’s price range, but perhaps they could buy gift cards to help with some of the larger purchases? It again, feels strange, because it feels a lot like asking for money, even if it is earmarked for a specific item.

Keeping these things in mind, I tried to find a balance of items that everyone could realistically get for me this year!

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Weekly Wishlist: Christmas List Edition!

The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor and Props for Cosplay

Costume GuideSvetlana is an AMAZING cosplayer, and she makes super elaborate costumes look like child’s play. This book is $14.07 in paperback on Amazon, and is at the top of my wishlist! You can follow her on Instagram @kamuicosplay.

Webster Wigs – Zoe

webster wigs- Zoe Red

Ever since discovering Webster Wigs, I have wanted one sooooo badly. These are absolutely gorgeous, and this Zoe style is my favorite. I love this vibrant siren red, and it too tops my list, matched by this Sapphire blue Alexis. Both are in the 60-65 GBP ($80-87 USD), so these would be the most pricy wigs I would own, but they are sooooo beautiful!!!!

Alexis - sapphire blue

True&Co True Body V Neck Bra

True body braEver since my surgery, I have loved the incredibly comfort of my new True Body bras. I would really like another one to add to the rotation as I won’t likely be able to tolerate a normal bra for awhile yet. Seriously, these butter soft bras have excellent support for not having an underwire, don’t pull on my shoulders, are incredibly easy to get on even with my arm at 50% function, and I was able to sleep in it comfortably. The best part? Use code TRUEFAM17 at checkout for $15 off! Not an affiliate code, just a seriously good deal.

Harry Potter Tie

Harry Potter TieWhile I have made my own DIY Harry Potter tie, I wouldn’t say no to this tie in my stocking.

Dress Form

Adjustable dress formI would love to have this dress form, and it serves a dual purpose. It JUST can adjust to my size… and I think it would be good inspiration to focus on my weight loss and be able to slowly winch in the dress form as I make more costumes!

Epic Cosplay – Hermes Wig

Hermes wig

This wig from Epic Cosplay is already earmarked for a finished costume! One I completed prior to my surgery, and that I hope to post soon!

McCalls Patterns – Apron

Mccalls Apron

I have a plan for a couple of themed Aprons I want to try, and I also haven’t done any projects using Patterns thus far… just a lot of trial and error! This could be a good first project for trying a pattern.


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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