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 not just on Instagram posting makeup pics. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and she writes for the Connecticut Blogs called Beauty Happy Hour and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show.
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.
I 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.
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.
I’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.
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.
Fenty 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.
Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? If so, share with me what you purchased and what you think about it?
Are 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 theHair Review on The Oneright 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!
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!
“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.
“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.