Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beauty Expert & Beauty Influencer Brandy Gomez-Duplessis share makeup tips, how to's, on set entertainment & BTS beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with living with lupus, lyme disease & RA. She share her life of what it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and she writes for the HEARST CT News Blog called Beauty Happy Hour and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show. Brandy recently launched Entitled Beauty, a luxurious mineral based makeup line with her business partner Johnny Luoma
Damn I miss that GIRL!!!! Right about now I would be LIT as the young kids say. My health was good, NO LUPUS, LYME, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, ENLARGED HEART, and ASTHMA. Today it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I would be jumping on the barricades screaming for beads & coconuts. Drinking daiquiri’s and vodka straight out the bottle. See, ya didn’t know that side of Brandy. If you think I hustle hard now, baby my hustle game was on 100 before my health issues. Mardi Gras was my favorite holiday because I’m always straight business all year long. But on Mardi Gras Day, it was that one day I could just let loose with my family and friends on Fat Tuesday. So New Orleans, Happy Mardi Gras and Turn Up for me! We should all start drinking now, don’t wait for Happy Hour.
So here are so funny pics of me from 2009-2011 just enjoying life.
I’m glowing and NO not because I’m pregnant…cuz child the chapter is closed. I’m glowing this morning because we at Entitled Beauty launched our SPOTLIGHT HIGHLIGHTERS this morning!!!!! Once we got our highlighters where we wanted them, a beautiful high shine glow, and finally decided on the fun names for them we are ready to share them with you. We have 6 gorgeous shades that will work on all skin tones. And I can promise you they work on all skin tones. 21 years in the Beauty & Entertainment industry working on a lot of your favorite A-list celebrities, athletes, actors, and music artists I knew what was missing and what I wanted Entitled Beauty cosmetics to do. In it’s doing the damn thing, I have to say.
When on set I’m always looking for products that I could use multiple ways and with our Spotlight Highlighters you can use them on the eyes, the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and also on the brow bones. What’s special about our highlighters I’m sure your asking yourself. Well, they’re enriched with luminescent pearls that will adjust to your skin natural undertone. These highlighters are intense and if you want to be seen then our Spotlight Highlighters will give you all the attention you want.
We made our first debut with them at Fashion Week last week, was seen in Paper Magazine and now they are headed to NBA All Stars Weekend in LA and my team will be using them on the talent all weekend including our bold liquid lipsticks and lip glosses.
For all you natural lovers, yes our mineral base makeup line is Paraben Free and we do Not Tested On Animals. Because of my health issues we made sure we have healthy products.
These are the name of the Spotlight Collection, go check them out on our page.
This beautiful model Tiana Rhae is a perfect makeup muse for any makeup artist. Entitled Beauty cosmetics look so flawless on her. I used Entitled Beauty Spotlight Highlighters in Prentinous & Blow on her eyes & cheeks. On her lip I used our new shade, Antique Bold Liquid Lipstick.
I got to work side by side with my business partner Johnny Luoma, this was a great treat. I know you can’t tell in the picture but this was Johnny first time doing makeup at fashion week. He did a good job beating model LeAnne face.
After 30 mins of playing with Lubys beautiful face we discovered in our heart that we were long lost cousins. One of the things we have in common is our family being from Honduras. I used Entitled Beauty cosmetics Spotlight Highlighters in Seduction & Blow on her eyes and and RBF on her cheeks. On her lips I used Venice bold liquid lipstick.
This beautiful model Voss was such a PROFESSIONAL. I was drooling when I saw her, I wish I had a before picture of her flawless skin. On Voss I used Entitled Beauty cosmetics Spotlight Highlighters in Seduction & Lavish on her eyes and cheeks. On her lips I used Mayan Chocolate.
My last model Jackie (I think) was such a treat, another flawless model who I enjoyed working on. When I saw her I knew instantly I was going to use our new lipstick shade Costa Rica on her lips. On her eyes & cheeks I used Entitled Beauty cosmetics Spotlight Highlighters in Split Tea & Lavish.
While the CEO of Harlem Fashion Week and designer Yvonne Jewnell continued working on her phone I was able to get 15 mins to do something with her makeup. I’m using Entitled Beauty cosmetics Spotlight Highlighter in Pretentious on her eyes and cheeks.
The models that Johnny & I did lined up before heading down the runway. Those bold lip shades from Entitled Beauty cosmetics came through!
The biggest highlight was seeing our work in one of my favorite publications Paper Magazine. Even though we didn’t a shout out from the writer Christopher Barnard for the beautiful makeup we created at least we can still be proud of what we did that evening. Not one time did I let my Lupus flare on that cold raining day stop me from doing what I love. I never missed a beat and that’s exactly what I did, beat those faces to perfection.
Guess what Ladies!!!! We at Entitled Beauty cosmetics are so in love with our lippies that we want you to be obsessed with them to. So here’s your chance to try Entitled Beauty cosmetics…wait for it…your getting 25% until Valentine’s Day. You wanted a long lasting lipstick well we have them and you want lip volume well we have that. Our lip volume lip gloss does not have that tingling lip plumping ingredient. Our’s is all natural and it help with lip wrinkles.
On Friday morning, I visited a new coffee shop in Danbury called Barrister’s. I’m not a coffee person but I’m definitely a tea lover. Any new coffee shop would have a menu offering unique teas so I decided to stop in. I’m so glad that I did because Barrister’s Coffee Shop is a new gem in Downtown Danbury. Their decor gave me the feel of San Francisco meets New York. They offered a varied menu that anyone would find something tasty to eat and drink. My second order Kyle made me a tasty drink to my liking and I’m picky.
I was able to snuggle in their comfy leather chairs while enjoying my hot tea and working on beauty articles. The energy and the welcoming staff has made Barrister’s my favorite place to work from this year. The shop also has an area to work on your personal computer.
While sipping on tea, Caitlynn came by to offer samples of Kombucha tea. They offer Jasmine Green Tea and Black & White flavor. She explained to me that they offer Cross Culture Kombucha which is from Danbury’s first Kombucha brewery.
The JASMINE GREEN TEA flavor was very refreshing with a soft floral taste. The BLACK & WHITE flavor was very clean tasting.
What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a delicious bubbly fermented tea that has existed for many hundreds of years. It is raw, non-alcoholic and made by fermenting sweet tea with a live kombucha culture. The culture of bacteria and yeast (known as a SCOBY) that is critical in brewing kombucha, is what transforms sweet tea into a beverage with completely different properties, and not just in taste. After fermenting, the beverage contains loads of healthy organic acids, beneficial bacteria, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. These works together in an adaptogenic tonic that supports nutrition absorption, digestion, liver function and detoxification, joint health, immunity, pH balance, and overall well-being.
So how does Kombucha tie in with beauty you ask, drinking kombucha can help your skin look fresh, healthy, and younger-looking. Dieting is a daily commitment to gut health and detoxification, and those are two areas that have the effect of making you feel younger as well as look your best says Ian Ceppos Head Brewer of Cross Culture Kombucha. It helps to detoxify, hydrate, and improve skin elasticity. Kombucha can improve the tone and clarity of your skin, and even help in the fight against wrinkles. Drinking 2-3 teas a day will definitely do a body good.
I’m so happy that I stopped by Barristers Coffee Shop this morning. Any help to keep me to looking effortlessly youthful and glamxurious while helping my body with my health issue; Lupus, Lyme and RA is a plus. So let’s all drink up and get healthy!
Here’s a FAB makeup article that I’m excited to share with you not because my makeup line, Entitled Beauty was included in it but because Cia E written a great informative article. Many women especially women of color have a challenge finding a signature red lipstick. Being a Entertainment and Beauty Makeup Artist of 21 years, I’ve seen and heard the cries. This is why when my partner Johnny and I created Entitled Beauty we agreed that our products would have colors that would work on EVERYONE.
Ok, let me stop yapping so you can read this FAB article on Red Lipsticks written by Cia E. with Nearly Hair blog.
Yes mam’ this is EXACTLY how I feel everytime I choose to swipe red goodness on my lips. I have no idea why, but my inner Kelis emerges when I have red lipstick on and I feel so empowered. Psycolgoigaclly speaking, red is associated with power and evokes a feeling of leadership with those who either wear or associate themselves with the color.
This January has been one of the most powerful months in my 20 something waking years. I’ve experienced both highs and many lows and it has created a sense of liberation. Because I am deciding to embrace this authoritative stance, I figured it would be fitting to share my three favorite red lippies that put me in boss mode. As a woman of color, it can be pretty frustrating finding the absolute perfect red. Most times reds can have way too much of an orange undertone that leaves our lips a bit cakey and unattractive.
The three red lippies I am sharing have the perfect undertone for my shade and I’m sure they prove to be effective for women who are both lighter and darker than me on the melanin scale.
I get it…not everyone feels the need to wear a red lip, out of fear and ridicule. Trust me, I used to feel the same way about putting a red lipstick on as I thought it was too bold. But BOLD is BEAUTIFUL! If you are ready to boss up and put your big girl pants on as you conquer 2018, then you are ready to venture into the red lip zone!
HeartBreak from Entitled Beauty
I’m cheating a little bit as this isn’t a traditional lipstick BUT it’s just one of my most favorite red liquid lipsticks of all time hands down!
Entitled Beauty’s liquid lipstick is a new player to the boss lady red game but its winning by a landslide. It so highly pigmented and has great color payoff without having to layer. One of the great aspects of this liquid lipstick is that it’s mineral based. And you all know that I am all about the conscious consumer decision we as women have to make. Makeup matters! And so does the ingredients that go into the products you use, so Entitled Beauty’s heartbreak red lipstick has won my heart entirely. Even the packaging of the product is amazing with their frosted bottle and easy to grip handle.
This liquid red lipstick is extremely long wearing, to the point wear I had to use several makeup wipes to get it off completely. This is both a pro and a con for me. It’s most definitely a pro because if I have an all day event I need to attend I don’t have to worry about my lipstick disappearing. However it only becomes a con because I am super lazy so trying to get this bad boy off my lips takes some time.
Continue reading the feedback on all of the selected lipsticks Cia E wore on her blog Nearly Hair.
I look forward to reading your comments and hope you will give Entitled Beauty makeup a try. Follow us on Instagram so you can stay updated with what we have going on.
Everyone always ask what are some of the recipes we use when we film our Makeup And Martinis NYC videos. So, this year we decided to share them with you with the first being a drink call Cosmopolitan Twist and it’s DE-LUSH-OUS!