IMATS 2014!!

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Hey friends and welcome back! Early in April, Pier 94 in New York hosted an event for makeup artists around the world. The event is the International Makeup Artist Trade show, also known as the IMATS. Being the makeup addict that I am, I could not miss this event! The IMATS is one of the first events of its kind. This event is specifically for makeup artists around the world. There are lists of very popular and well known vendors in the makeup industry for both fashion and film that all take part in this event. All ticket holders can shop their products at discounted prices (thats the fun part)! There is also a makeup museum at the event with masks and props that are used in film and television. Many of the exhibitors hold classes at different times throughout the event. The IMATS is a three day event with the first day being for pro card members.

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This was my third year attending this event and I must tell you, it was the BUSIEST year. There were a few new vendors at the event this year. Two of the most anticipated vendors were Sigma Beauty and Lime Crime.  The lines for these two exhibitors were CRAZY long!!! When I say crazy, I mean two hours long! Did I wait in line? You bet I did! This is the first year that these vendors attended IMATS in NYC. This was my first time playng with the products in person before purchasing. I will say, it was well worth the two hour wait for these products (Reviews to come ASAP).

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The whole pier was packed full of exhibitors and classes. If you were tired from standing on line, you could sit and watch professionals do makeovers on models to look either prom ready, or become zombified. You can also take a look at the museum and meet some of the artists whos work is displayed.

IMATS has lately been known as BEAUTY BLOGGER CENTRAL (hence why I was there). You walk around and realize you are shopping next to your favorite youtuber. Some exhibitors hold meet and greets with some of their affiiliates which is pretty fun.  Nicole Guerriero, Jaclyn Hill and Carli Bybel were all working with sigma beauty and all looked FIERCE! I did not get to meet Nicole and Jaclyn but they seemed so sweet and were STUNNIING! I did, however get to meet Carli and her “buppa” Brett twice! Carli also did a meet and greet with velour lashes (you know I love me some Velour). Carli and Brett were both GORGEOUS and if you think they seem nice in their videos, they are TEN TIMES nicer in person. Brett walked the whole line stopping to talk and say hi to everyone. He even spoke to Phil for a while (I forsee a bromance).Carli greeted everyone with her arms wide open and ready for a big hug. She was truly a sweetheart. It was amazing how they took their time to meet everyone that waited. They are both such HUGE inspirations for me as blogger and it was truly special for me to meet them!

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I also met an AWEOME young lady by the name of Rachel. She is an up and coming youtuber and such a sweet young lady. Phil and I spent most of our day on line with Rachel and her supportive mother. We discussed lots of beauty trends, what we were going to purchase and who we were looking forward to meeting. We got along SO well. Who knows, maybe we will do a collab? For now, check out her youtube channel, her name is Arleighbeauty and she’s got tons of great reviews!

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If all of this sounds amazing, its because it was. I would totally suggest attending an IMATS anywhere near you! Its such a great experience and so worth your time! Expect product reviews to come up here shortly! If any questions or comments, feel free to ask!!

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Until we meet again,

Yesie Marie ❤

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Where have I been?!?

Hello world! I am back! I have missed you all terribly. Now, where have I been you ask? Well, the answer is, I have been totally OUT OF IT! A lot has happened since the last time we spoke. I went through some ups, and some downs that have kept me pre-occupied. One thing is for sure, I promise I have not abandoned you!

I have still been keeping up with my fitness habits, although I am still struggling. I work out and eat healthy. I have tons of new fitness tips to share with you all and I am still here for your support (as I hope you will continue to support me)!

I am still makeup obsessed. That is certainly one thing that will never change. I will continue to share my tricks of the trade with you and do a lot more beauty reviews.

Winter had kept me pretty busy! Holiday season was super crazy. Loads of working as well as loads of shopping! Here in New York we had TOO MUCH SNOW!

There was something pretty amazing that happened during my time off from blogging. PHIL AND I ARE ENGAGED! How stinking exciting?!? I am the happiest woman alive! Here’s how it happened; on the eve of our 8th anniversary, he took me out to dinner. That day 8 years before, Phil and I took a picture in front of the L.O.V.E. statue in the city. We call that the day we found love.

After dinner, we walked by the statue and he told me how much he loved me and that I was the only one for him. He handed me a ring pop and asked me to marry him. I laughed and said yes! As I laughed, he reached in his other pocket and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Words could not describe the shock and emotion I felt. I was for sure, the happiest woman alive! To my surprise, he had our best friends and his brother and fiancé watch and record the whole thing! It was THE perfect proposal! I know, I’m a lucky lady!

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So now you get a drift of why I’ve been gone, but I’m back baby! I have lots of fun things to share with you, just keep coming back!

Until we meet again,

Yesie Marie ❤

My venture into Youtube land!!!!

So, I finally did it. I took the plunge and started my very own Youtube channel!!!! The name of my channel is YesieMarie and I will be giving you my version of makeup tutorials and beauty reviews. I was beyond nervous about starting my venture into youtube land, yet way more excited at the same time.  I’m trying to live my life in a way where I stop being afraid or hold back, and start taking action and have some fun! Starting a youtube channel and doing tutorials was something I had always wanted to do, but held back. Until now that is!

My first video is a blue smokey eye tutorial. I decided that I wanted to do a full face look for this first video so you all can get a feel of how I like to do my makeup. I had so much fun shooting this video.  Here are a few glimpses of my look and video.(Heres the direct link for the video http://youtu.be/7bdqgh1aufM ).

I primed my face with benefit’s POREfessional, and I used Mac’s studio fix foundation in NW20, Mac’s pro-Longwear concealer in NW25. I used L’oreal true match powder in w5 to set the foundation, mac’s definitely defined extra dimension skin finish as a highlight and Glorify as a contour.

The eye shadows that I used for this look were, darkhorse, naked, and buck from the urban decay naked palette (the first one), Alluvium pure pigment by Illamasqua, darkside eyeshadow by mac, and virgin eyeshadow from the naked palette as well to add highlight under the eyebrow and by my tearduct. Marks get in line liquid eyeliner, l’oreal voluminous million lashes mascara and benefit’s they’re real mascara. On the lips, I used Mac’s faux lipstick and nymphette lip gloss.

I also wanted to show you guys the images for my next tutorial so, here they are!!

Check out youtube.com/yesiemarie for the full video

 

I also want to take this time to thank my Philly bear for all of his hard work in editing my videos as well as supporting me and pushing me to step out of my comfort zone and try something that I’ve always wanted to try. Thanks to my parents for all of their support, and a special shout out to my best friends Dominick Provino and Kristina Bannerman (soon to be Provino) for creating my youtube song! Please keep checking out my channel youtube.com/yesiemarie for more videos and don’t forget to like, subscribe and share the Yesie Marie Love!! Thanks a bunch and keep coming back for more!!!

Until we meet again,
Yesie Marie

Yes I have a problem, no I do not want to fix it!

Ladies and Gents, I have to announce, I AM IN LOVE!! (and not just with Phil)! I just MUST tell you about this AH-MAZING shoe website! The name is Lola Shoetique (isnt the name the cutest)? Now being the skeptic that I am, especially when it comes to online shopping, I was nervous to try this web store. Everything seemed sooo cute but I was most concerned about the quality of the product. Then one day, one of my friends told me about these adorable shoes that she bought. She showed me these shoes and told me that they were super comfy and super affordable. I asked her where she had purchased these shoes and I was not shocked to hear that they were from the one and only Lolashoetique.com!

After my first encounter with these beautiful shoes, I dedided that I would go home and do some research (like I always do with online shopping). I love watching Carli Bybel’s videos on youtube and found out that she did a review on some Lola Shoetique products. She was just as enthusiastic as I was about how cute and fabulous these shoes were. All signs were pointing to me finally making my own purchase at Lola Shoetique (my inner shopaholic screamed FINALLY, YES)! So that night, I went online and bought not only one pair of shoes, but 5 PAIRS OF SHOES! What made me more excited was the fact that the total for all five pairs of shoes only came up to around $130!! FOR 5 PAIRS OF SHOES!! Thats AH-MAZING! Even Philip was amazed by my recent purchase!

I could not wait to recieve my shoes. Lola Shoetique is a family owned business from California that also sells wholesale shoes. Thier order response was SUPER speedy. I got my package about a week after I placed the online purchase. Thats totally amazing for standard shipping online order of shoes. When I got home from work and saw my GIANT package from Lola Shoetique, I SQUEALED in excitement. They have this amazingly cute sign on the package (picture above). The shoes were individually wrapped in this cute pink tulle bag with a cute thank you note and a business card. It felt like everything was done for me personally!

I am so in LOVE with everything about this online shop. I was like a little girl at her birthday party when I opened the box. The shoes looked just as cute in person as they did online. When you are ordering, they tell you about the fit for each shoe and for the most part, they are true to size. Only one pair were a little big but it was perfect for me because I like to put insoles in my super high heels.

I adore this website and intend on ordering more shoes for the fall/winter season ASAP! You can check them out at their website, Lolashoetique.com or their facebook and instagram Lola Shoetique. I promise you wont regret ordering from here. If you know of any other website or product you know of that is interesting and worth the value that you want me to do a review on, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this review and spread the word!!!!

Until we meet again

Yesie Marie

FITNESS FRIDAY, ON A MONDAY?

 

 

So first off, I must apologize for my lateness on my posting.  I have been on vacation and have had a crazy busy few weeks.  PLEASE FORGIVE ME!! I am back though!!! Here are the updates!!! So since the last time we spoke, my BEST TRAINER EVER has been holding his own fitness training classes in the Knights of Columbus on country club road in the bronx every Monday and Wednesday at 7pm (if you are around, come join us)! These classes are NON STOP MOVEMENT!!! We begin with warm ups and do stretches, cardio, body weight training, light weight training and of course, boxing!  Let me tell you, it is EXHAUSTING but so REFRESHING!!!!

When you walk into the class, you see all of us running around, moving and supporting one another. It is such a fun and welcoming environment and let me tell you, you will sweat your ass off!!!  We definately burn a TON of calories an wake up feeling sore the next day (I certainly did). These ladies are soo much fun to work out with!  I even get to work with Nick to help train these ladies, and no, these classes are not only for women, we get guys here too (hey Phil)!!! It’s so much fun and such a great workout for only $10! You really can’t go wrong. It’s also a plus that you get to train with the BEST TRAINER EVER!! 

These classes have been helping me to consistantly maintain an lose weight slowly and safely. I have been also continuing to work out on my own, and eat my healthy, perfectly portioned meals every three hours. Eating healthy has been very helpful and importaint in my weight loss struggle.  If you are trying to lose weight, choose healthier eating habbits. The excersise is the supplement to help you tone and maintain your healthy lifestyle.  The theme for these few weeks for me has been motivation.  Some people dread working out.  Remember, working out is NOT A CHORE. If you feel it is a chore, you are just having a slight lack of motivation.  Just remember the AMAZING feeling you get post-workout.  That is motivation enough for me.  I have never met anyone who regrets working out, I have met people who regret NOT working out.  Find what motivates you and keep on going! I hate how horrible I feel after not working out, and thats my motivation, along with the support of Phil, Nick, my bff Kristina, and you guys!!!


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Thank you for all of your support in my journey!  I would love to hear some of your stories and what keeps you motivated. If you have any questions for me or my crew, please feel free to comment below and follow my blog.  I will respond to you all as soon as possible.


These women are AMAZING!! SUCH A PLEASURE TO TRAIN WITH YOU ALL!!

Until we meet again,

Yesie Marie

Awesome Eye Cleanser Review!!

So, we all know my obsession with makeup right? My least favorite thing about applying makeup is the removal of the makeup. First off, if I love my look, I want to leave it on as much as possible (Who wants to erase their work of art)? My next problem is, I have such sensitive skin, especially around my eye area. It is such a pain in the butt to remove my eye makeup.  If I buy a makeup remover that totally removes my eye makeup, it burns all around my eyes and makes me tear up.  I look like I cried for days! If I buy a sensitve makeup remover, It doesnt hurt but barely removes anything so I have to continue wiping and wiping off makeup in order to completely remove they eye makeup and I still end up looking like I cried my eyes out.

Its been totally frustrating for me but I needed to find something to remove my make up and not make me look beat up in the process. I decided to go to my trusty Duane Reade. I was looking for my normal cleanser (which shall remain nameless), and one of the associates at their cosmetics counters told me they were sold out.  I explained my issues to her and she said she had a product she wanted me to try.  I am a bit of a skeptic but I told myself, what the heck lets try this.  She had me try the Lierac Paris gentle cleanser cleansing water. I sampled it on my hand and it felt so light weight and airy. It smelled fresh but not strong. It was around 22 or 24 dollars which for a drugstore product was a little pricey, but not too bad so I took it home. So that night, kind of wearily, I tried the cleanser. I used a cotton ball to wipe off the eye makeup and it removed EVERYTHING! I was shocked, but being the skeptic that I am, I thought, “oh man, now my eyes will burn tomorrow morning”. Let me tell you, to my own surprise, this stuff WORKED. I am in LOVE with this product. It only takes a little to remove all of your eye makeup and does not hurt! I did not look beat up the next day. You get ALOT of product that will last for a while because a little goes a long way with this product. I highly recommend this product for people with the same problem that I have!

If you guys have any other recommendations or products you would like for me to try out and give you a review on, please write a comment below and I will try my best to test out the product and give you a good review!!

Until we meet again,
Yesie Marie

FITNESS FRIDAY! PART DEUX!!

So, I know I am late on this post, but its been a very busy two weeks for me. I sincerely apologize, but hey, here’s the deal on my TWO WEEK CHALLENGE!!! It’s been a crazy and healthy two weeks for me. I have been so determined to make my TWO WEEK CHALLENGE goal for you all to prove that it can be done. I have been working out with my trainer Nick like crazy, doing all the workouts we discussed last fitness Friday. It has been intense, and I loved EVERY second of it! In case you don't remember, I made a TWO WEEK CHALLENGE to lose three pounds in two weeks by eating healthier and working out with my trainer. Well ladies and gentlemen, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! I lost the three pounds in TWO WEEKS! That may not seem a lot to some of you, but for me IT IS A MILESTONE and only just the beginning.

I will tell you, I had been so good with my eating habits. Phil (my boyfriend) joined in on my diet plan and the first thing we did was go grocery shopping. We ate a diet of lots of lean proteins and moderate amounts of carbohydrates. We had our herbalife shakes for breakfast, and ate perfectly portioned snacks and meals every three hours. Our snacks were usually either fruit and almonds, fage greek yogurt, carrots and hummus, or a protein shake. We each drank only water and protein shakes, we wanted to get rid of the unnecessary sugars that even fruit drinks contain. I must tell you, we felt SO much better, had so much more energy and our skin started looking more glowy. After one week, we no longer craved the usual (unhealthy) foods that were around.

Nick (my trainer) totally followed through with the plan he made for me in the last post. We had such intense workouts. I was literally drenched in sweat after EVERY workout. I worked out with him four times each week. We did a different, but equally intense workout each day. Lots of movement and using my body weight to help tone and shed those pounds. It totally worked. He had as much faith and determination in helping me with this two week challenge as I did, and I am so happy to say WE DID IT! I’m so greatful for the support that Phil and Nick gave me (Phil even lost two pounds, not that he needed to but hey, thats awesome)! We did great, but the TWO WEEK CHALLENGE IS NOT OVER! I plan on continuing this two week challenge with you all until I reach my goal. I would love for you all to join in this challenge with me, share your successes and even your rough patches with me. I appreciate all of your support and I AM HERE TO SUPPORT YOU ALL AS WELL! Now, I have another CHALLENGE ACCEPTED for myself. I will set myself to lose three pounds in two weeks again! Next TWO WEEK CHALLENGE I will have Nick set my goal so WISH ME LUCK!

Any questions you have for Nick, Phil, or myself, just feel free to comment below and I will get you the answer as soon as possible. Please follow and spread the word!!

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Until we meet again!
Yesie Marie