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!


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!



My Crappy Brows, Transformed to YAY!

I just finished editing and uploading a new tutorial video today--and boy, it has been a while. It has been even longer since I have written out a blog post, which feels very nostalgic for me now...

The video I filmed recently and uploaded today is about brows. Yep, pretty easy and fairly basic, yet it lays the groundwork for all makeup looks to be complete. It frames the canvas, so to speak.

It had been ages since I groomed my brows, mainly since I had been planning to film this video...and I have been busy. It takes me about an hour to reshape my brows, especially since my left brow is way thicker than the right, and lacks a good arch. I have to so keenly add it in, which you see me do in my video.

I've been attempting to keep most of my videos fairly short, to keep up with the growing YouTube/Instagram sensationalism surrounding the short, instant, "we want it faster," mentality. I hope you like this style that I've been sticking to.

Since there are multiple steps to brows, I am planning a mini-series on them: one for filling them in, applying them to be realistic on another, and maybe even disguising them... yep! Lots of laying of the "brownd-work." See what I did there? Oh yes, I bring the puns.

Anyway, here's video 1:

Anyway, I hope you all have a brow-rious day!

Much love to you all and I hope you're staying cool in this summer heat!

♡ Em

April's Sparkly Diamond Look

Hi my sparkly diamonds!

I'm so excited to share this makeup look with you: Sparkly Diamond Makeup as part of my monthly birthstone makeup look series. I'm sure a couple of you were interested in this makeup look.

As the eyes were quite light in terms of color, I decided upon a deep red lip, playing on a glamorous Hollywood starlet look. The only thing I was missing was a feather boa, which I do actually own (see this post about where I got it, pictured above).

In terms of any special skills or fun makeup tips, I will say that I resorted to creating a soft platinum opacity by foiling the silver eyeshadow onto the lid after applying a non-foiled base beneath.

The reason I chose to place the shadows in this order was by intention of creating depth and intensity. Also, when foiling a chunky, glittery shadow to the lid, it is very likely for there to be splotchy areas where the shadow doesn't cover due to the consistency of the shadow. An already-opaque powdery base underneath establishes a richer opacity.

I haven't done a lot of looks with white/silver eyeshadow on its own before. I really love how this turned out--with the hint of a white glitter in the center of the lid. It reminds me of a glittery princess or a Marilyn Monroe dress.  It was quite a fun challenge, and I greatly enjoy creating makeup looks on the fly. No, I did not plan it. No, that doesn't mean I'm awesome or anything, but rather, that I like showing a very authentic experience with makeup products and my artistry. As I do work as a freelance artist, sometimes working looks on the fly is all I am able to do.

Anyway, here's the video:

Products used:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Makeup Geek eyeshadows in White Lies and Latte
Urban Decay eyeshadows in Shellshock and Habit (in Vice 2 Palette)
Buxom Hold the Line eyeliner in I'll Be Waiting
Mac Fix+ and Shellshock eyeshadow (foiled)
LA Splash Splash-proof Sealer 
Hard Candy Cosmetic Eye Glitter--white one from Silver Dollar
ELF Liquid Liner in Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Fibers Lash Mascara
Foundation: Revlon ColorStay Foundation in Natural Buff
Contour & Blush from the NYX All I've Ever Wanted Palette
Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Deep Ruby Red
LA Colors lip gloss in a light pink (no longer sold, name wore off)

I hope you guys enjoy. Please let me know if you end up doing this look! Tag me on Instagram, with #aprildiamonds to @emalyce89. I look forward to seeing your creations!

Have a sparkly day! Muah.


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