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.

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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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  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.
  • 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.

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