New Orleans Celebrity Makeup Artist Talk Living With Lupus With Caribbean Posh Magazined

 

Actress Kerry Washington makeup by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
New Orleans Makeup Artist at Sundance Film Festival

A lot of people in the Beauty Industry told me if I keep sharing on social media that I have Lupus that I would lose a lot of work. But how can I hide what I’m battling everyday. It’s my life, it’s what I’m going through everyday. So why should I hide it because it makes my peers uncomfortable and with many not really understand what Lupus is I have to educate and help bring awareness. For so long, I kept it hidden and I finally decided that I want to speak out, that I should use my platform to help bring awareness to Lupus. So I selected to share my story with Caribbean Posh magazine readers and hopefully my story can help someone who’s battling some form of an auto-immune disease.

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In 2000-2005, I knew something was going on with my body. All of my doctors kept telling me that I was just stressed because of my career, working with celebrities and traveling around the world. So, I believed them because what did I know, I’m just a makeup artist. But in August 2005, as I stepped inside the elevator at New Orleans City Hall. I received a call from my new doctor and she said, “I need to see you right away because your numbers were elevated and I’m very concerned”. I’m never going to forget that day and that call. I went in to see my doctor, she told me she wanted to do more testing on me but she was afraid that I had Lupus. I knew what it was because my mother twin sister died from Lupus complications very fast after being diagnosed. Fast forward, Hurricane Katrina happen, that I put that news far far away. I didn’t have time to deal with that. So, I went through life in extreme pain and was always exhausted as I rebuild my life. In 2014, I’m now living in Connecticut and I couldn’t tolerate what was going on with me anymore. This superwoman couldn’t bare being miserable so I went to see a doctor. After the first blood work came back she immediately said you have Lupus and I’m going to refer you to a Rheumatologist.

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Fast forward again, I learned that moving up North to an extreme cold climate it trigger a flare up that refuse to go away. I’ve had so many scary challenges from an enlarged heart, kidney problems, blood clotting, stomach problems due to the prednisone, blurry vision, lost my sense of smell and taste and now pulmonary challenges that I’m relocating back to New Orleans for a few months during the winter so that my lungs can heal and so I don’t have to use my breathing machine 2x’s a day.

In 2019, I plan to work hard at bringing awareness to Lupus. Yeah, a lot of beauty brands and companies have released me from working with them but they can’t stop me from doing makeup. I’m going to always be a talented makeup artist and they can’t take that away. No, I don’t look sick but know that living with Lupus is a lonely disease and it’s a disease that you have to be a fighter because it’s a horrible disease. The things your body goes through is hard and doctors give us meds that’s not the right meds, it’s something to help with a similar symptoms.

I launched a makeup line in 2017 called Entitled Beauty Cosmetics that keeps me busy along with loyal clients and production companies. Ladies, if you feel that something is going on with your body, something is. Fight until you find a doctor that will listen to you. If you have to lose, family, friends and co-workers it’s ok, don’t let them tell you that nothing is wrong with you. Cuz if your body is going through something you need to be stress free, so take a break from people who bring stress to your life. Cuz it’s the last thing you need.

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As a makeup artist living with lupus, I often turn to mineral makeup. My must-have items include color correctors to help with discoloration and hyper-pigmentation; a primer with a brightener to bring radiance to my dull skin; mineral mascara, which is good for sensitive eyes; and foundation and moisturizer that’s loaded with SPF. My focus is always finding great skin-care products that will not cause inflammation of the skin.

Here are 8 beauty items that as a Lupus Warrior I can wear on my skin and it doesn’t trigger anything.

1. FIRST AID BEAUTY Hello Fab Coconut Micellar Makeup Melter
2. HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer
3. LAURA MERCIER Mineral Powder
4. ALGENIST Splash Hydrating Setting Mist
5. TARTE Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
6. STILA Stay All Day Foundation + Concealer
7. ENTITLED BEAUTY Spotlight Highlighters
8. CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids living in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA.

Is Prosecco A Part Of Your Happiness

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I don’t know the recipe for HAPPINESS but it probably has Prosecco in it 🍾🥂

hap·pi·ness
[ˈhapēnəs]

NOUN
the state of being happy.

I always keep bottles of Mionetto Prosecco in my wine cooler. It doesn’t matter what the occasions is, Mionetto Prosecco does my body good.

This is the season for celebrating and I have so many great things to toast to so I’ll be pouring all month long.

What are some of your recipe for HAPPINESS, do tell?

Today’s makeup is from my luxurious mineral makeup line Entitled Beauty Cosmetics.

•Eyes “Rich Bitch” Liquid Eyeshadow

•Glow “Resting Bitch Face” Spotlight Highlighter

•Lips “Anastasia” Liquid Lipstick

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New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids living in Connecticut. In 2014 Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA.

 

New Orleans Makeup Artist Love Yankee Candles During The Christmas Holidays At Her Connecticut Home

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…well smell like Christmas, I should say. During the year I love to buy candles from Yankee Candles and for the Christmas holiday I really enjoy my home to smell like a Christmas tree. My favorite Yankee Candle this season is “Balsam & Cedar” candle and it’s a 22oz in size.

The fragrances are Balsam, aromatic cedar wood and juniper berry blend together in a fresh forest scent. And the fragrance notes are; Top: Crisp Citrus, Herbs, Red Berry
Mid: Pine Balsam, Cedar, Sandalwood
Base: Vanilla, Warm Amber, Musk
Top note is the initial impression of the fragrance, middle note is the main body of the scent and base is its final impression.  This candle will give you about (110-150 hours burn time) which is about 14-19 days of amazing aroma in the your home. This is why I love buying Yankee Candles because I feel like I get a lot of days and normally candles don’t last that long.

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As you know I lost the sense of smell due to my Lupus. But I recently got it back so I went ham at their store and treated myself to some goodies. I love candles its definitely a treat for the house. Like on non holidays I pick candles that represent my mood and energy.

How about you do you love Yankee Candles and do you have a favorite candle from Yankee Candles that you like?

New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids living in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA.

Getting A Holiday Glam Beat Face With Entitled Beauty Cosmetics

 

img_6042I love when my clients think of me when they want a BEAT FACE for their events. Amy, one of my fabulous client here in Ridgefield, Connecticut called me for just that, as she attends one of her many Christmas Parties this holiday season. Guess what, I gave Amy just that, a sultry makeup look just like she likes it. A stunning yet smoky holiday makeup beat with a high gloss nude lip and high shine cheeks. So, you know what that mean, I pulled out Entitled Beauty Cosmetics so I could give her the best.

Entitled Beauty Cosmetics is all about long wearing so as she hang all night going from Christmas Party to Christmas Party she will continue to slay all evening long. Whenever Amy and I get together we always enjoy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Makeup and champagne goes hand and hand, don’t you agree.

 

 

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The items I used on Amy from Entitled Beauty Cosmetics are the following:

  • Eyes  “Rich Bitch” Social Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks “Resting Bitch Face” Spotlight Highlighters
  • Lips “In The Nude” Liquid Lipstick & “Sunstone” Glamxurious Lipgloss.

New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids. She also has a home in Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA. She uses her platform to help bring awareness about her health.

 

New Orleans Chef Shares Her Makeup Look Using Indie Makeup Entitled Beauty

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New Orleans Chef Jamielyn

Entitled Beauty Cosmetics Beauty Babe, Jamielyn, a chef from New Orleans sent in her picture share with us her makeup look that she used with Entitled Beauty.

Entitled Beauty is a luxurious mineral indie makeup line that my business partner and I launched last year, Nov 2017. We wanted a makeup line that  is for everyone, and that everyone who wear it can wear and feel ENTITLED doing it.

Our products are great for anyone sensitive skin, health issue and green lover. and that is how Entitled Beauty was born. We have bold pigments and our product is healthy for your skin.

 

 

Below are the 3 items that Jamielyn used so you now you too can also create this yummy makeup look.

 

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New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids. She also has a home in Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA. She uses her platform to help bring awareness about her health.

 

 

 

I Had A Fantastic Thanksgiving In Connecticut With My Family How About You

img_5366Happy Thanksgiving To My Social Media Family! I hope everyone had a fabulous day with your loved ones. I was blessed to have everyone home, mama got her wish and was able to love on them all day.

I started cooking at 10am and by 3pm dinner was served. This year I did something a little different. I figure the kids were old enough to now learn the recipes. I invited them into my kitchen to assist me with preparing the dishes for Thanksgiving.

After dinner and sitting around the table enjoying each other we always get into great conversation about everything. We go deep, I really should tape us for a podcast or something.

So what was your highlight for Thanksgiving? Was it the family time, the food, the mini concerts.

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New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids. She also has a home in Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA. She uses her platform to help bring awareness about her health.