Sometimes A Girl Need A Treat After Bad News…Lupus Sucks

Today was such a draining day for me didn’t help that my test results gave me more bad news. I was praying that I’ll catch a break on these new tests but I didn’t. I know I’m suppose to cut back on my favorite thing to do, eat sweets and drink wine but today I need something that would make me happy. Now that my kidneys are doing better I now have to fight with Multiple Nodules In My Lungs. Of course I will get through it but it pisses me off because now I have to deal with treatments. LUPUS SUCKS!!!!
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Health: Today Is My Schedule CT Scan

 

I promised you that I would share with you everything that’s going on in my life, good or bad. This morning I had to go in to do another CT Scan, I get them often so I’m actually use to it. Today my Pulmonologist is checking on my lungs because I’ve been having breathing problems, strong chest pains, and shortness of breath especially when walking and going upstairs. Wish me luck that my results come back with no problems.

Makeup Monday: Sharing My Foundation While Living With Lupus

SUNDAY MORNING
Everyday I get told in person, by email or through social media I wanna be like you.  I always respond with “No You Don’t”. Many always see the glam side of my life working as a makeup artist with celebrities but never the ugly side. Being that it’s Lupus month I decided this month I’ll show you both worlds. I’m finally showing you my real foundation what make me look flawless everyday. Like many women we put on a facade going through whatever challenges it takes to get through the day. My challenge is lupus, every time I share that I have lupus it’s always hard for people to believe because I don’t look sick from a far but if you ever look in my eyes then you will see pass the hair, makeup and smile. Hopefully my strength of allowing you in my real life will help you understand what lupus is. How this auto immune disease effects me and others living with it. 

MY REAL FOUNDATION

Starting today living with lupus will no longer be a silent disease. If you know of anyone with lupus I need you to do one thing, be understanding with them. I can never express how everyday is a challenge, you never know what your going to get. One day you can wake up your age the next day your body can feel like a 90 year old person. On Monday you can be on social media taking tons of selfie but the next day you can’t get out of bed or worst you could be in the hospital fighting for your life. Having fun on Monday can cause a flare up that last for 3-4 days. 
MONDAY MORNING
So be understanding. Instead of being angry with your friend for canceling a girls night out, or whatever the situation is how about doing something nice for them especially if your friend have kids. Maybe order them a pizza because trust if they are having a flare up they can’t get out of bed to cook for their kids. Be creative, be supportive, not everybody with lupus have understanding people around them. Life is hard & living with lupus is harder. 
See you bye & luv you mean it!!!

Cold Weather And Lupus Don’t Mix

It’s been ten days and I am still having a lupus flare up. My entire body is so swollen and tender to any touch, very flu like. My joints feels like I’m the tin woman who needs to be oil down. My arms feel like they are being held down by cinder blocks. In my lungs are getting so weak by the day.

Oh how I hate winter but thank god I’m a makeup artist. I can contour the hell out of my swollen face. As long as my makeup is beat and my hair is Kardashian-ly curled nobody will notice. 
I’m so miserable I just need to be on the beach right about now until winter end.

ABOUT BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS
Connecticut Makeup Artist & Beauty Expert Brandy Gomez-Duplessis works in New Orleans & New York City. Brandy is a hidden gem makeup artist in living in Connecticut with her husband and 2 kids. She was recently diagnosed with SLE Lupus but she keeps her lupus maintain while still doing what she loves and that’s makeup. Brandy resume is like the who’s who, she has done makeup on and for; Hillary Clinton, Ralph Lauren Fragrances for Esquire Mexico Magazine, Polo Player Nacho Figueras, Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Hutton, Queen Latifah, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, 2x Olympic champion Gymnst Aly Raisman, Jordin Sparks, Ellie Goulding, Angela Bassett, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Alysia Reiner, Chiqui Delgado, Robert Redford, Brad Goreski, Usher, Ne-Yo, Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, Phillip Phillips, 2 Chainz. Brandy also created looks for Theodora & Callum summer & fall makeup look for their upcoming video shoot, and created makeup looks for Donna Karan 2015 Holiday campaign, and Donna Karan Resort 2014 Collection during market week. Brandy recently worked on The View, MTV 10 On Top, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Mob Wives Ramona Rizzo, Project Runway, Project Runway All-Stars Season 2, Lifetime “Project Runway” Promo Photo shoot, E News, MTV TV Show Hip Hop Pov, Ralph Lauren, Ebony Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Stila Beauty Event, Fox and Friends Saturday, NBA All-Star Weekend, Donna Karan Fashion Show, DKNY Fashion Show, Mercedes Benz Fashion Show in New York & Miami, New York Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, VH-1 Divas, Real Simple Magazine Holiday Pop Up Store in Bryant Park, GLAMOUR Magazine #WOTY, OPRAH O YOU, L’OREAL Paris, Project Runway Finale, VOGUE TV, Sperry Top-Sider, Burberry Beauty, International Latino Film Festival, Essence Music Festival, New York Post and more. Brandy is a L’OREAL Paris Makeup Artist and the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine. Brandy is also a high demand bridal makeup artist in Connecticut, bridal makeup artist in New York, and a bridal makeup artist in New Orleans. She had been hire to do bridal makeup at many destinations weddings in Jamaica at Half Moon resort.