Yzma Transformation, Yo!

Hi everyone!

I finally was able to get my most recent video uploaded yesterday evening after some technical errors with Final Cut Pro crashing lately - it's one of my favorite Halloween looks so far.

I'll let you decide.

The look we were going for is a human version of Yzma, and not necessarily a full replication of the cartoon character. Think: "If this character were a real person, this is what s/he would look like..."

I hope you truly enjoy it! I filmed this look with my sister last year (didn't have time to edit it, unfortunately) but we had fun with her acting out our favorite Yzma lines from the movie...

Let us know what you think in the comments below and please share with your friends!



Products used:
Elmer's Gluestick
L'Oreal BB Cream Foundation in Fair mixed with a Rubies white face paint
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder
Ben Nye Character Wheel in Old Character II
Mac eyeshadow in Quarry
NYX Slim Eye eyeliner in Purple
Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Corrupt (black)
Gunmetal eyeshadow from an old discontinued eyeshadow palette
Mascara (I can't remember which one)
False lashes -I don't remember the brand, but I bought them at DivasCloset.com
Eyebrows & Under-eye liner: Buxom Hold the Line eyeliner in Call Me
Mac lip liner in Cherry

I hope you guys enjoy! Please tag me on Instagram if you recreate this look - #EmDoesDisneyVillains.

Have a wrinkle of a good time!

Em

Transforming into Jafar - An Evil Genie Look (Yay for Halloween Time!)

Well, hello there, my dears. Halloween time is upon us and I have uploaded my first 2014 Halloween transformation video.

This year's theme is Disney Villains, although I may throw in some other random characters here and there. I will not make promises about how many videos I'll upload this year, or about what I'll upload, but I do have intentions to upload a good handful.

This video came to culmination when I looked up some Disney Villains online and saw Jafar's face pop up in one of them. While it would have been an interesting look for certain, it was not what I wanted to do. However, because of my great love for this chameleon villain, I couldn't let him sneak away without some makeup artistry. I remembered his 30-second appearance at the end of the film where he had transformed into the evil red genie. I had an AHA moment: to create the red evil genie look...

And here it is!

I hope you guys enjoy it! I'm sorry for the creepy voice, but I couldn't do Jafar justice with my naturally soft and gentle voice. ;-)

For costume ideas:
  • Find a red turtle-neck or long-sleeved t-shirt for the body OR
  • Go to a shirt printing shop and order a long-sleeved red t-shirt with a muscular six-pack printed on the front. While cheesy, it would emulate the scary giant body-builder genie easily.
  • Red sweat pants that are gathered around the ankle.
  • For the hair, if you don't have naturally dark hair, use a coloring spray or a wig. Throw it up in a high pony tail. To add his crazy volume and standing powers, use some dry shampoo on the ends, back comb (carefully) the ends towards the tie, and spritz with hair spray. Extra points if you use a gold hair tie.
  • Use gold cloth to create the gold cufflink or wrist bands that he has (I didn't have any at the time of filming, unfortunately). 
  • For the goatee, while you can draw on much of it, it really adds to the look if you can glue on some fake hair like I did. I trimmed the end of a black wig to create this realistic goatee.
  • Obviously, my teeth aren't yellow, nor do I have fangs, but if you really want to add some authenticity to your look, invest in some incisor fangs and buy some yellow teeth paint. You can find them at any costume store, especially around Halloween. I'm sure that your local Spirit Store will have something.
  • And, finally, I recommend painting your finger nails black. This is such an easy detail, but it would really add to the look.
Please leave a comment if you plan to go as Jafar the Genie and tag me on Instagram with the #hashtag, #EmDoesDisneyVillains

Products used:
Temptu Base Primer
Mehron Paradise Palette in Basic Colors (red)
Jordana Fabuliner in Black
Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Corrupt (matte black)
Kryolan Iridescent Color Palette (gold cream shadow)
Nyx Eyeshadow in STFU (matte yellow)
Red & Plum shadows from old discontinued palette, quite possibly from Profusion (I got it at Ross a long time ago)
BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette (matte red)
Unknown Name - Max Factor lipstick 
Duo Lash Glue (dark one) for gluing on beard
Beard came from trimming a black wig


I hope you guys have a wonderful day! Much love to you,

Em



Whet Nails - A Color That "Blue" Me Away

Hi my loves,

I hope all is well with you. It has been a while since I've posted a review here on my blog/site. Usually I create vlog posts with reviews, but I'm going to do something different today.

Instead, I'm going to do something different and write.

In my July Ipsy bag, I got a nail polish color in a vibrant true blue color. Gorgeous in the bottle, but how does it look on the nails? It is actually quite pretty...and blue.


The photo to the right displays how the varnish appears when applied with a single coat, which reminds me of water. I am a little generous with my coats, but I am fairly pleased with how it swiped on with a strong pigmentation and without being streaky or too thick. If you want a wash of blue, it is just sheer enough to not be 100% opaque. It also has a great wear. I'm very rough on my nail polishes since I'm in an office all day, typing and using my hands, yet it lasted for several days, without a top-coat.

I created a nail art tutorial using this nail polish, which you see pictured below, and this will be up in a day or two. I'm excited to look into adding some more Whet products into my stash and use them for #NOTW looks too.

My favorite color to wear on my toenails is bright blue, but I felt that wearing it on my fingernails would bring a bright and cheerful change to my normal nakedness. When I moved, I had cut my nails to stubs to prevent any breakage and damage.

I wrote a while back about some of the joys in my life, and I have to say: having a bright and cheerful color on my nails is one way to do that. I think I'm going to go for the blues more often because they actually have the same effect as yellow: to make me happy.

What colors do you like to wear and why? Leave me a comment and let me know. <3


Have a lovely day!

Em



Friday Fun Facts & Updates

Fridays are my fun day- I mean, it's the last day of the workweek and I love thinking that I can do whatever I want on a Friday night since I don't have to get up early to go to work the next day. With that in mind, I think that I'm going to dedicate Friday nights to editing new videos so that I will have a new video every Saturday. This is very exciting since I can relax and let my creative energy flow...!

I recently moved and have gotten mostly settled now, so I am able to film again! My old bedroom was so small and cramped, and it was really uncomfortable to film since everything was put away or cramped in a small boxed off area. Not fun. My new room is bright, open, and very
spacious, so I don't have to feel boxed in anymore, and I feel more creative.

Last night, I got home from work and decided to film a video. Well, one video turned into three, and I'm very excited to edit and upload them for you all in the upcoming couple of weeks. I recently got Final Cut Pro (can I get a big woo hoo?!) so I'm going to have some fun playing around with the new settings and features.

http://instagram.com/emalyce89In addition to Edit Fridays, I'm going to keep up with an Instagram trend: Flashback Fridays. This may be an old video still or an old makeup look that I created. Maybe it will be a childhood pic? You never know! But go check out and follow me to be able to follow me for #FlashbackFridays --->


By the way, have you checked out www.BellezzadiVita.com yet? And why not?! It's my newest blog, which is dedicated to the beauty in life. I used to post Bellezza di Vita posts, which were basically photos of the week posts here, but haven't done it in a while, mostly because I didn't want to have my site all muddled with random content.

If you have missed them, then I have some good news! They are returning, but on my BDV blog. Not only will you find my Inspiration of the Week posts there, but you will also find some random posts about life events and things that I find worthy of a post, be it world news, to thoughts on peace, etc. Okay, so it may be more about rambling, but at least it's something interesting.

And, finally, AllThingsEmmy. What a 'site' for sore eyes. I haven't posted to this blog in ages! I do have some posts and videos that will be coming to that site and YouTube channel, so if you are into cooking, DIY, and anything domestic(ish), then that would be the blog for you. I have a really fun DIY craft video and some cooking stuff coming up.

As always, I thank you all so much for your amazing support for these past four years. I am still in amazement that I've been doing something that I love so much for so long. I'm really hoping that you all are able to find your passions and have this kind of realization too. Please comment and let me know if you have any requests for videos too... and don't forget to check out my newest video:



Much love to you all!

Yours,

Em


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