Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Expert Brandy Gomez-Duplessis share makeup tips, how to's, on set entertainment & beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with living with lupus, lyme disease & RA. I share my life ofwhat it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry not just on Instagram posting makeup pics.
It’s the first day of summer and I could not have asked for better weather. But guess what it’s also National Selfie Day & Stila Cosmetics “Love Your Selfie” event in New York. So guess where I’m going to be today, yep yep, you guess correctly. I’m going to be with my Stila family in New York taking selfies all day with my girl lifestyle blogger Ilse.
The event took place at Hotel Americano on the rooftop at La Piscine with panoramic city views. Stila was introducing the #STILASELFIE collection from the new fall line. The new products consist of products that will get you selfie ready. The new items consist of: One Step Prime, One Step Correct, One Step Illuminate, & the #33 Brush.
Many of my new followers may not know that I was a Stila rep back in the days. The last time I got to work with Stila talented Creative Artistic Director Sarah Lucero was May 2012 in Boston at the Prudential Center. So it was nice to see Sarah again today at this event.
The shopping was fun, see for yourself. I’ll show you the Stila goodies I got at the end of the article. I didn’t get the new items but hopefully they will send them to me. I’m stilling using my old packaging of Stila products. I’m such a fan of the Stay All Day Line. I love it for myself personally and I luv using it on set. You might remember seeing that I used Stila products last week on actress & singer Maite Perroni when I was doing her makeup for her media day.
After the event Ilse and I went down to the bar to enjoy our beautiful night out in New York City.
Heaven’s Hue Highlighter, Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in Liquid & Cream, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, Stay All Day Liquid Liner
Yesterday was perfect, I could not have asked for a better Father’s Day for my husband. Everything the kids and I planned went accordingly even the weather was perfect. My husband Michael is a very simple guy he doesn’t like a big production like myself. He prefer things simple but of great quality. So we managed to provide him with everything he enjoy including us on yesterday. His day of goodies were sports apparel, wine & spirits, cigars, and world class chuck steaks while sitting on the deck listening to his eclectic playlist of music.
While in the city all week working on Friday I picked up at Ceriello Fine Foods some chuck steaks. They have the best butcher to me for Prime Aged Beef. Whenever I know we are going to go out on the deck and grill one of Michael fav is chuck steaks. In between you and I, I think he used some of that Trader Vics as a glaze. #justsayin
Michael ended the evening finishing off both bottle of The Macallan & The Original Trader Vics Macadamia Nuts Liqueur. Well, we helped him with that Trader Vics. Ladies, it’s is an exquisite flavor of Hawaiian macadamia nuts with a roasty touch of vanilla that I found to be perfect alone and with ice cream and probably coffee. So you may want to pick up a bottle for yourself, I know I’m going to.
I have been enjoying my Saturday’s at Warren Tricomi Salon in Greenwich, CT. I spend my week freelancing and on Saturday I get to be surrounded around so many talented hairstylists, brow specialists, and nail techs. It’s a great feeling that I get so motivated.
At the salon I offer all of my makeup services; makeup applications, brow shaping, strip and individual lashes, brow and lash tinting, makeup lessons, and clients favorite, “What’s In Your Makeup Bag”.
You can book with me for your makeup applications by calling 203.863.9300 or 212.262. 8899 ext 4.
Usually, I do the makeup after hair but this time I had to do Ginger’s makeup first. I gave her a fresh spring makeup look with a glowy complexion.
Jennifer was going out for drinks afterwards so I gave her a sultry eye with a nude lip. On both ladies I used Kevyn Aucoin foundation & Molten Lip Color and I prep their skin with Caudalie skincare products.
Sometimes my work days can be very glamxurious, well today is one of those days. I started doing makeup on Jamielyn around 8am at Arlo SoHo Hotel. Jamielyn needed new headshots for her new restaurant in New Orleans so she asked me to beat her face again. Photographer Karl Ault who is based out of both Brooklyn and New Orleans arrived to the hotel around 10am. Right after the photoshoot we headed out because Jamielyn had made reservation for brunch at the fabulous SoHo restaurant Hundreds Acres. It was such a beautiful day that we were able to walk to the restaurant.
You all know how much I’m obsessed with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Whenever I can find a Krispy Kreme location I would order a dozen just for myself, OMG and if it’s warm I might go in for a second dozen. Well guess what, I found something just as delicious. Hundreds Acres have on their brunch menu something so fantastic that I have to share with you. It’s their Hundred Acres Donut, it’s an orange glaze that’s crushed with hazelnut and dukkah spice. OMG, I never enjoyed anything like this before. Don’t sleep on the frozen yogurt pop, its strawberry yogurt with granola and catskill honey. If your in the SoHo area please make a stop to Hundred Acres and asked to sit outside in the garden and make sure you have your camera ready for selfies.
This Saturday I’ll be at Warren Tricomi Luxurious Salon in Greenwich, CT offering all of my makeup services, brows & eye lash tinting. Ladies, his salon is magnificent and Edward is an amazing owner very well respected in the beauty industry as well as in all of the communities his salon is in. I’m so proud to bring my clients here and also to The Plaza Hotel.
Your going to love this, in Greenwich the salon retail Kevyn Aucoin makeup, one of the best makeup lines out there. So, definitely stop by to let me match you to the correct foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, bronzer and anything else you need in your makeup bag.
Everything is so top notch and the energy is positive that I promise you will not want to leave…so I’ll see you Saturday!
Ladies, have you ever been so excited about a girls night with a girlfriend that lives in another state? Well, last week that was me. One of my favorite girls, Jamielyn or should I now say Chef Jamielyn & business owner was coming in town (New York) for a photo shoot. She needed new head-shots for her business and she wanted me to do her makeup. I always enjoy doing her makeup she was like my muse back in the day. This is how we actually met about 9 years ago on a crazy set, at a photo shoot in New Orleans. Jamielyn use to be really busy back in New Orleans in the modeling and fashion scene. We luv to talk about fashion, makeup, family, careers, food, and we luv taking pics of our every step. Jamielyn is the girl who doesn’t mind talking selfies. She’s the friend who will take her time to take great pics of you from the right angle. Lord, I know I sound vain but you know what that’s who I am and I don’t apologize for my self-love and I know I’m not for everyone and I’m OK with that. So when I find girlfriends that mirror me, chillld my day is going to be fanciful when we get together with no husband & kids around.
I took the train into the city that afternoon and headed over to SOHO. We stayed at Arlo Hotel SoHo a very modern style hotel with micro rooms but so many different spaces inside the hotel that you will get lost in it almost forgetting that you’re at a hotel. And if you’re a blogger & influencer you will luv this hotel. So many places for great pics and content. I look forward to visiting this hotel again for materials. Once I put my suitcase up we hit up The Good Story, it’s their rooftop bar with an amazing view of the Hudson River. Originally, when we were going to attend the Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday but we could not reschedule the photo-shoot so we attended a Veuve Clicquot party on the rooftop. Jamielyn started right away with Veuve Clicquot new Rose and I needed a frozen margarita because I was a little parched. Then the rest of the evening it was Veuve Clicquot Rose…we luv us some champagne. Weather was perfect, music was on point, drinks flowing and the conversation never stopped.
Next stop, The Dutch Restaurant for dinner also in SoHo. We were catching up so much that we almost missed our reservations but we didn’t. We didn’t get all fancy we went straight from the rooftop bar straight to dinner. The only thing we freshen up was our makeup, of course. Restaurant was busy and every plate I saw as I walked to my table looked delicious. We wanted American food that had that New York feel with a flare of New Orleans. Let me tell you we got just that. We continued the Rose champagne going so Jamielyn goes let’s just do a bottle. I have to return to The Dutch for that New Engand Lobster, it was exquisite!
I’m so glad I rocked my VANS…I wear black almost everyday and if I could make this my signature shoe I would. These slip on’s are so comfortable on my feet and by the end of the day my feet never get swollen when I wear them. We wanted to walk off the drinks so we walked back to the hotel just enjoying our conversation, while stopping to take pics. It was still early so we went to the Arlo Liquor Bar order more champagne, sat in the courtyard and just enjoyed the beautiful weather. By midnight we were ready to head upstairs because the photo-shoot was scheduled for 8am. We both needed to sleep, we may look young but we’re not. Don’t you luv when you get with your girlfriend who you don’t see everyday because you both live in different states and life happens. But when you catch up it just flows.
This morning I awake to a knock on the door. Since I wasn’t expecting anyone I was overjoyed when I saw a package was left. I knew I didn’t order anything so it had to be complimentary goodies but I just didn’t know from who….yay it’s from SUNDAY RILEY!!!!
Skincare is so important to me and when I work I prep my clients very well with products so that they can get a flawless makeup look. Sunday Riley products is one of my favorite brands to use. They really understand what ladies concerns are. So their products will always be in my kit and on my vanity at home. Treat yourself to Sunday Riley, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
If you already use their products, I’m curious to know which items you use?