Month: September 2017

Connecticut Bloggers Makeup Review On Rihanna FENTY BEAUTY


With so many makeup brands out there, what’s the big deal about music artist Rihanna new makeup line Fenty Beauty. Fenty Beauty launched with 40 shades from very pale to very dark with their ultimate PHOTO FILT’R foundations. It’s one of their most talked about items. Usually makeup brands start off with lighter shades of foundation then every few years they add on darker shades. Well, Fenty Beauty has shouted from the mountain top that they are here for ALL WOMEN of all shades.

Finally a makeup company that embraced all skin tones. Rhianna’s makeup is for all ages, all races, and for all sexes. Many people don’t seem to understand why it’s a big deal that every woman can now have a foundation that matches their skin tone perfectly. As I always say wearing the perfect foundation is like wearing the perfect bra.

Like many makeup lovers, we at Makeup and Martini’scould not wait to get our hands on a few items from Fenty Beauty. Guess what! We did. So, we did a video of us playing with the makeup. During the video I tested the products on both Johnny and myself.

photo credit: Johnny Luoma

Fenty Beauty is being sold at Sephora, some of the items you can purchase now are: primer, foundations, matte skinsticks, shimmer skinsticks, highlighters, contour skinsticks, luminizers, brushes, blotting powder and blotting paper.

Check out Makeup and Martini’s makeup review video by clicking here.

Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? If so, share with me what you purchased and what you think about it?

YMCA “Break Out The Bubble” Ribbon Cutting In Danbury Connecticut

img_1696I always enjoy attending social events, this time I didn’t have to go far. As they say, it was right in my own back yard…3 mins away. I was invited by Randy to attend “Break Out The Bubble” Ribbon Cutting & VIP Reception for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut

The Regional YMCA were celebrating the opening of the 15,500 sq ft bubble enclosure making the outdoor pool available year-round. The new Youth Development & Aquatics Center building will now consists of new showers, bathrooms, and a lobby.  This is perfect for when kids are off during the holidays and parents we want our kids to have activities they could do while home. The aquatics center is something I’m elated about because of my chronic illness this will be a great way to stay healthy.

As you know I never stop working and while at the VIP Reception I had a fun time with JoAnn Cueva the Danbury Chamber Of Commerce Director. So much fun playing with makeup and giving her a personal makeup lesson and What’s In Your Bag service.

While there Johnny and I managed to get some content for Makeup and Martini’s 

Special Guest Tonight On The Happy Hour Show

Tonight I will be the ladies special guest on The Happy Hour Show on New Vil La Radio at 7pm. I will be talking about my 20 plus years working in the entertainment & beauty industry as a makeup artist. I’m sure they will ask me about my health (lupus, lyme, ra) challenges, being a wife and mother and how I manage to do it all making it look easy. If they did their homework they will bring up me being the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and Beauty Writer for my column Beauty Happy Hour for Hearst CT News Blog. I hope you can turn in tonight at 7pm by clicking here.

Fab Weekend Working Ipsy Gen Beauty In New York

img_1108-1I’m so excited about my glamxurious weekend with Covergirl cosmetics at IPSY Generation Beauty in New York. The first day I was asked to do a few speaking segments with Covergirl beauty influencers who was invited to come through. I enjoyed it because the more experience I get speaking on live camera the better I get at speaking, right?

On Sunday I bullied Johnny to attend so we could get content for our Makeup & Martini’s video blog on Youtube. I was given a pass so we could come in early to film and take pics before the door open. We had so much fun skipping through the Jacob K. Javits Center. The busiest day was on Saturday because our invited guest was Mario Dedivanovic. I was able to get pics & video for you all. Like Beauty Con I was there to help consumers find their correct foundation shade with their newest foundation, Vitalist Healthy Elixir. I hope I got you all some fun stuff of my 2 day glam weekend with Covergirl. Bonnie did such a great job as usual with the booth, executing the event with her team. I’m always so grateful that she ask me to be the makeup artist for such a great event.





Had a great time doing this segment with Love Melisa Michelle because she’s someone that I actually follow on Instagram.


He’s here!!!! Celebrity Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic has made it to the Covergirl booth. I tried to get a video of his arrival so that you can feel like you were there. As you see James was all in the way.







Another fun segment was with the gorgeous Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle Vlogger Belinda Selene.


Getting some fun content for Makeup & Martini’s…Thanks Johnny for waking up at 5am

Johnny shared with me that IPSY GenBeauty used my video on their social media  page…now that’s Cool!

Went to see my godfather Alex with Absolute New York but of course he wasn’t there. He’s somewhere jet-setting building an empire. So I didn’t get to see him #sad

Fenty Beauty By Rhianna Is The Best Thing That Has Happened To Makeup

FENTY BEAUTYFenty Beauty is a new brand own by music artist Rihanna that’s represents beauty for all, that’s who she is and that’s what she stands for. Something that many makeup brands have never really embraced. So this is why her products are flying off the Sephora shelves everywhere especially the foundations. It’s one of the most expensive items that majority of makeup companies sell besides makeup brushes.

One of the most talked about item from Fenty Beauty is their ultimate PHOTO FILT’R foundation in 40 boundary breaking shades. Usually makeup brands start off with lighter shades of foundation then every few years they add on darker shades. Well, Fenty Beauty has shouted from the mountain top that they are here for ALL WOMEN of all shades. Finally, so many boogie down brown women will now walk around feeling really good because they are wearing the correct foundation shade. To me wearing the correct foundation is like wearing the correct bra, this is why I think Fenty Beauty is the best thing that has happened for women. I feel that Rhi Rhi will not overlook so many women hue when producing products. I can’t wait to see all the fun holiday collections, seasonal and limited edition makeup items Rhi Rhi will add to her makeup line.

Some of the items you can purchase now at Sephora are: primer, foundations, matte skinsticks, shimmer skinsticks, highlighters, contour skinsticks, luminizers, brushes, blotting powder and blotting paper. I’m so grateful for so many reasons but one being that so many women now have a makeup brand to count on…Chi Ching!!!


Yesterday my partner and crime Johnny and I we filmed Makeup & Martini’s for our YouTube page our makeup review on Fenty Beauty products. I’m so elated that I can’t wait for you all to review. Here are a few of the items I got to play with while filming Makeup & Martin’s.

PRO FILT’R soft matte long wearing foundation…I’m #420
GLOSS BOMB universal lip luminizer


KILLAWATT IN TROPHY WIFE a freestyle highlighter



Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? If so, share with me what you purchased and what you think about it?


Hair Review On Frederic Fekkai’s New Product The One

Frederić Fekkai's The One.jpgAre you looking for a new hair products? Well, I think I found a luxury product for you. On Makeup & Martini’s Johnny selected a new hair line from the hair God, Frederic Fekkai called ‘The One’ for us to review. The NEW salon-perfected and science-supported range of luxury haircare products that harnesses the transformative power of the sea. Bad hair days will no longer exist with this line! Can we get an AMEN!

Watch the Hair Review on The One right here. At the end of the Hair Review Johnny will show you how he does his blowout using Fekkai, “The One” products, so keep watching. I must say Johnny’s hair has never looked so good!

10 Drugstore Face Masks Skin Experts Recommend For Fall

Being a Beauty Expert & Influencer I must try out a lot of products to share with you What’s New and What Works. When Aly Walansky reached out to me about some of my favorite drugstore face masks I was happy to share with the Today Show what’s really good and easy on the wallet. Below are two of my beauty testimonies that I shared with Aly.

As we look forward to wearing new fall fashions, we’re already ready to give our beauty routine an update. These face masks will help restore and refresh your skin for the new season, and they’re all approved by celebrity makeup artists, skin-care experts and dermatologists. Plus, they’re available at your local drugstore!

Guilt-free shopping is a good bet for everyone.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask9. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

“This is great for anyone who got a little too much sun this summer. It’s a perfect, 10-minute treat for the skin because it draws out dirt and improves the appearance of troubled skin from the summer’s sun. Because this product is made with natural, organic ingredients, your skin will look and feel refreshed. The Tea Tree Oil properties will help heal any sun damage while the Tamarind Extract natural astringent will exfoliate the skin leaving the complexion brighter,” said celebrity makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis.


Olay Regenerist Luminious Overnight Mask10. Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Facial Mask Gel Moisturizer

“By leaving this mask on overnight, the vitamins, mulberry extract and humectants will hydrate and brighten your sun-damaged skin. It’s a gel-based, peel-off mask that doesn’t leave any mess in the morning,” said Gomez-Duplessis, who has worked with Jennifer Aniston, Rashida Jones and Queen Latifah.

Read the full article here

Beautiful Day Of Makeup At Warren Tricomi Salon on Saturday


img_0500-1Another busy day at Warren Tricomi Salon in Greenwich, CT today. The best clients ever are the ones that comes in and let me do my artistry without any paint by number instructions. That’s my biggest pet peeves when I’m dealing with clients at salons. On set the energy is totally different models and celebrities they come in and just get made up.

Today’s clients allowed me to do what I do best they trusted my artistry and I’ll give them my best work.

Here are some fun pics from today.


Clarissa is a sexy bride who wanted a smokey look, she did come in with a inspirational picture but she told me to do it my way. At the end she loved her makeup better than the inspirational picture. The highlighter I selected was Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten and on her lips I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Angelo.

Brittany was going on a date with her hubby to the city and she wanted to look hot. Brittany is a newly newlywed so I wanted to really give her a sultry makeup look. I pulled out some of my fav products as you see, Dior beauty & NARS blush in Orgasm


Cuvget Stimulating SerumWith both ladies I prep their skin with ČUVGET Stimulating Serum. I’m such a fan of this serum because I actually see a difference in how my client skin looks instantly and I feel that their makeup look so much better. Not only does their face look flawless but the skin is more radiant. If your looking for a new collagen serum definitely look into ČUVGET because I am obsessed with the results and the ingredients; arctic berries, marine extracts with potent peptides as well as betaglucans that helps to stimulate your stem cells improving your skin after every use.



Fun Makeup Assignment At The Bravo Media Studio

I am so excited about working this assignment at Bravo Media Studio in New York. After a busy week working the Bruno Mars & The Hooligans assignment I was happy to be working on 2 females that I have so much respect for. Without giving away any info on the assignment my talents were TV Personality JWow, actress Tichnia Arnold and 2 female talents that will have a major role on this episodes.

I had such a great time with JWow in the morning on set, she is such a sweet girl. Love her energy and I luv that she likes to play with makeup. So JWow gave me free range to do what ever with her makeup, my kind of girl. We both luved how Stila cosmetics highlighter showed up on her. The foundation I used was Stila cosmetics Stay All Day Foundation, it’s one of my favorite to use on set because I like the way it shows up on camera and on photos. Here are some of the items I used on JWow.

Tichnia flew in this morning and came straight to the set to work. Now that is what I call A-LIST. On Tichnia I gave her a sultry dark eyes with a nude lip from Dior Beauty. I don’t even know how I got through with doing her makeup. She had me laughing the entire time. I wish more celebrities have her energy and personality on set. We connected over me being a lupus warrior and she luv how I did her makeup. Here are some of the items I used on her.


On the ladies I could not wait to pull out the few Fenty Beauty items I had. The products looked beautiful on the ladies. Fenty Beauty and Stila cosmetics made for a great team for my boogie down brown ladies.



18 Healthy Hair Products That Will Save Your Post-Summer Strands

18 Healthy Hair Products

While we’re still mourning the end of summer (R.I.P.), our hair is certainly ready for a break from the sun, chlorine and ocean.

TODAY Style turned to Hollywood hair gurus to get the scoop on the best products to revive fried hair after summer. The best part? They’re all available at drugstores nationwide.

Here is my beauty testimony on L’OREAL Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner.

L'OREAL Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner in Apricot Oil.jpg17. L’OREAL Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner

“To bring back dry, overexposed hair that has been soaking in the sun and pool this summer, I suggest this conditioner with apricot oil. Treat your hair to a deep-moisturizing conditioner that will help nourish it back to a soft, silky texture. Plus, it’s gentle on colored hair and there are no harsh sulfates or salt that will strip it,” said celebrity makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, whose clients include Erin Andrews, Allison Janney and Jordin Sparks.

Read the full article here written by beauty writer Aly Walansky