The Best Tinted Cream Makeup To Wear In Hawaii

Crema Nuda TintedI’ve used a lot of makeup brands and I’ve used a lot of tinted makeup on my clients. Just recently I had the opportunity to play with an award winning natural glow treatment with green chemistry called Crema Nuda from Giorgio Armani Beauty. It’s the new generation of tinted cream. The Crema Nuda line surpasses what BB and CC Creams performance  power. It’s a water based texture that will enhanced the glow while blurring imperfections. The anti-aging complex Reviscentalis will improve your skin radiance and will give you younger looking skin. Hyaluronic acid and mannose complete the formula by adding deep hydration with a weightless feel.

Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda Tinted Cream


Because the weather here in Hawaii is always in the high 80’s and low 90’s wearing a full face of makeup or a beatface is not what you see on majority of the women here like I’m accustomed to seeing. Crema Nuda foundation is such a unique product. it’s having skincare inside of your makeup. I noticed when applying it to my clients that it’s a corrector with a medium nude coverage that gives the skin a healthy glow. The texture is amazing, it’s silky and buildable on days when you need coverage. I like how it gives my clients an airbrush or a filter look, and it fill in the pores really well.

Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda

Living in paradise it’s nice to have makeup that gives the illusion of your lifestyle. The only two challenges that many women will find is the limited amount of shades they offer and the price point. But if women add up all the products they put on their face it adds up, so why not purchase one item that will do it all. I find that my Japanese, Korean, and Chinese ladies that live in Hawaii are is visiting Hawaii seem to buy it from me at Bloomingdale’s more. Those ladies seem to already be on the Crema Nuda obsession. It’s definitely a must have in my makeup kit and I can’t wait to share with all of my clients here in Hawaii.


Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Haleiwa…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Fibroids And Polyps Are Health Issues Many Women Suffer With Including Myself

Heading To Do A Sonohysterogram

As scary as today is I actually have been waiting for this day. It’s the last of the testing that I have to do before REMOVAL DAY!. I have been having problems all my life with my menstrual periods. Beside 7 days of heavy bleeding like a crime scene, clots and horrible pains the last 2 months have been the worst I’ve ever experienced. Right after my periods I started experiencing these ovarian rupture cyst and if you had them before you know how horribly painful they are. Because I’ve gotten them so much I know what to do and wasn’t really alarmed. But the last one in July decided to not go away. I was feeling these pains regularly. Then all of a sudden I noticed that I was looking like I was pregnant and feeling like I was going to drop at home and at work. UHM Hello, I’m 48 about to be 49 in October. So what’s going on here. This is not normal. Everyday I was praying for the insurance cards to arrive cuz as soon as it does I’m heading to the damn ER.


Well, God heard me and the cards finally arrived. I was able to get an appointment at the Pali Women’s Health Center in Kapolei. They did the typical urine test to see if I was pregnant, but I knew I wasn’t.

Then they did a pap smear test. Because of what I was experiencing they sent me to The Queen’s Medical Center to do the 2 two ultrasounds the same day. So I headed over to the hospital and they performed 2 ultrasounds, an abdominal and vaginal ultrasound. Now, I’ve had an abdominal ultrasound before when I was pregnant but never a vaginal ultrasound. So, that caught me off guard because I wasn’t ready for that shit.

Still doing regularly activity feeling like I was going to drop any minute.

Still no relief, I went back to my regular schedule, work and being in so much pain. Self medicating, with 4 ibuprofen and a cocktail every night. 4 days later I’m now spotting for 3 days straight. I called the Pali Women’s Health Center twice to see if the received any of my results. Plus, I wanted to know if it was normal that I was experiencing spotting. Once she placed me on hold to see if they received anything I had made my mind up that I was going to go to the ER at Queen’s Medical Center West. The receptionist came back in said the results did come back and she read to me what was on the results. I heard ABNORMAL and I freaked out. Thanked her and got my black ass off the phone. Told them at work I needed to leave for the day.  I called my husband as I walked to the car and he met me outside because his job is across the street from mine.


We went to the ER, that did the same ultrasounds, my luck and because it was the same hospital I went to 4 days ago they were able to compare them. I also had to do a CT SCAN with contrast. Because of my Lupus, I’ve done them before. That iodine that heat the body I’m not a fan of but I wanted them to do whatever they needed to do. After all the testing they gave me Morphine, Oh Lord! That shit had me so damn loopy. I don’t like feeling like that. I’m such a control freak that’s why and with Morphine I’m not in control of nada. Finally, they came back with info they found 3 large fibroid’s but wanted to do a biopsy in the morning.


I slept liked a baby, thanks Morphine. Then in the morning the biopsy was done with a Physician that the ER doctor set up the night before. That’s when I was told they see tumor tissues but they can’t see how many and how large. Sent me home with meds and after I finished all of the meds I can have a sonohysterogram done in Honolulu. I decided to take some time off from work so that I could take these strong meds to shrink the fibroid’s. I don’t function well on meds they make me feel crazy, walking around like I belong on The Walking Dead. Especially the pain pill, oxycodone.


Today is the day that I got to do the sonohysterogram at Kapi’olani Medical Center For Women & Children. With this test I was able to see everything on the screen above. The doctor was able to explain everything that was going on step by step. When he inserted the catheter and the saline water I wasn’t alarmed because he told me as he was doing it and I could see it above on the screen.  He saw the 3 fibroids that shrunk (THANK GOD) and he saw 2 tumors with one of them being extremely large. So now everything made sense to what I was experiencing and how my stomach was looking.

They explained that I would have some cramping and the leakage from the saline. So they give you a pad to put on. We talked about the 3.5 options on how to remove them and I already know what I want to do. But because of my Lupus, HBP and being anemic having a hysterectomy is not something he think I should do. If I could snatch them right out my body I would. But he thought I should speak with my OB/GYN to see what he think.

So, I’m sitting here patiently waiting, well I’m lying…I called him twice today and still no call back. He should have gotten my results by now, RIGHT?!

I look like I just went through something


I’m now home and let me tell you, by 7pm I was in full pain! I did my 4 ibuprofen and a cocktail and turned over on my side and was out like a light. I’ll definitely keep you all posted on what I decide to do. Trust me, they getting removed!

If you have experienced challenges with fibroids, polyps tumors, and bad menstrual periods, please share. Your experience might help someone that’s why I always share the good and the challenging.


Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 




Our Beauty Secrets From ROC Skincare is How We Stay Youthful



This episode on Makeup and Martinis NYC, we break it down on our skincare routine. Johnny and I talk about the skincare line I use called ROC SKINCARE. Their PR company sent me a goodie box with their entire collection. Since we received the package we both have been using it and this episode we will discuss the differences, show you how to apply, and explain the benefits.

Its a Beauty Breakdown: Skincare Version! Also a Cameo from my Ghost, Charlie. LOL

Products you can find @Ulta:

ROC Retinol Correxion: MAX Daily Hydration Creme $27.49

Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 $24.99

Sensitive Eye Cream $22.99

Deep Wrinkle Serum $24.99

Deep Wrinkle/Sensitive Night Cream $24.99

Thanks Sunday Riley For My Skincare Goodies

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?

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil


Sunday Riley: Why Everyone Is So Obsessed With the Skin-Care Brand Right Now

In January beauty writer Deanna from Allure magazine interviewed me about a skincare brand that I’m very obsessed with called Sunday Riley.  Being that I’m a makeup artist that is always on set working with celebrities, at photo shoots, fashion shows, and award shows, I am always looking for the best skincare to give me that flawless complexion. I can honestly say, Sunday Riley has given me just that.


Sunday Riley skincare.jpgThe other night, I was out to dinner with a friend. We’ll call her Brittany. While I was busy stealing handfuls of crispy fries off her plate, she waxed poetic about the skin-care brand Sunday Riley. “I love Sunday Riley,” she said. “I’m a sucker for the packaging. It makes it less scary.”

“What do you mean?”

“So retinol is an intimidating ingredient,” explained Brittany, trying to get a fry for herself. Retinol is an intimidating ingredient since, if not used correctly, the vitamin A derivative is as good at making your skin red and raw as it is at boosting collagen. “When I see a clinical retinol tube, I think, Oooh, my face is literally going to flake off. But when you offer it as blue oil and give it a fun name like Luna, I want it.” (I know. Our conversations are riveting.)

She was talking about Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil, a potent treatment that’s a rich, inky blue. (It gets that color from an anti-inflammatory ingredient called blue tansy oil. If you’re curious, we did a little investigating last year.) And Brittany wasn’t kidding: The bottle is as far as you can get from the sometimes fugly, superfunctional packaging of certain skin-care products. The font, minimalist and sophisticated. The name, whimsical. The formula itself, packed with retinol to smooth skin and boost collagen.

Last but not least: the price. It’s as high as you might think. (A one-ounce bottle of Luna Oil retails for $105, which means you’d better not drop any on your bathroom counter or drizzle any on the front of your shirt.) But this doesn’t stop fans from hoarding bottles by the Houston-based brand. “You pay for what you get,” says Brandy, a makeup artist from Ridgefield, Connecticut. In addition to Luna, she owns Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, and U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. If you’re counting, this regimen clocks in at $405 for a total of five full-size products. It’s worth every penny to Brandy. “I used to wear so much foundation because I hated my large pores and dark spots,” she says. “Sunday Riley has given me back my confidence. I don’t know what I would do without it.” Read Full Article Here.

Still Not To Late To Attend My Virtual Skincare Party

I’m so excited 😊 the night is finally here! I am doing my Facebook Virtual Business Launch with Rodan + Fields Skincare at 8:30pm. It’s still not to late to attend right in the comfort of your own home. For 45mins you will get to chat with me about skincare and I can customize you the correct line for your skincare needs.

To attend just leave me a comment that you would like to be invited. Go to Facebook to request me and I’ll accept, then quickly invite you. It’s that easy! 

See You Bye & Luv U Mean It 😘❤

I’m About To Try Rodan & Fields Skincare For The First Time

Yesterday I met with one of my clients, Amy Wendland Schmidt from Ridgefield, CT and she wanted to introduced me to a brand that I wasn’t really familiar with. A few times when doing her makeup she chatted with me about Rodan & Fields products. She is definitely a fan of the brand. If I have ever done your makeup you know how important prepping the skin with great skin care products is to me. My thing is if you don’t practice great skin care then you will not achieve a flawless makeup look regardless of how expensive the makeup is. I’ve been blessed to have radiant skin and I look youthful but I do have skin concerns. My challenge is large pores & dark circles so I look forward to seeing the results.

Amy gifted me with a travel size kit from the REDEFINE line so that I can try out and experience for myself the products. So here is what I received in my REDEFINE Age Assault kit.

  • REDEFINE Regimen (REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask, REDEFINE Pore Minimizing Toner, REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment, REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream)
  • REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream
  • REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum
  • REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum

Can’t wait to share with you my feedback so stay tuned!

A Snow Day Is Perfect For Pampering Your Skin

connecticut-makeup-artist-brandy-gomez-duplessis-in-drybar-rollersIt’s officially a snow day in Connecticut.  So ladies it’s a perfect day to pamper your skin ( and have a glass of wine) to a luxurious afternoon of indulgence instead of the quick scrub and rinse we usually do in the morning before work.

I’m giving myself a spa experience today by immersing my skin into a bevy of different skin nurturing items. It doesn’t matter if it’s from a drugstore, beauty store, or your dermatologist, I always tell my clients to love your skin by caring for it. Find the right skincare products based on your skin type from cleansers, eye creams, moisturizers, eye & face masks, and a good lip treatment to create your long lasting flawless finish.

Here is my secrets for looking this good….wait did you really think I woke up like this? See all of the products here.

*In my hair are Drybar High Tops Self Grip Rollers thanks Drybar, a Premier Blow Out Salon.

Skincare Items I Like To Use On My Clients 

When I’m on set I never know what the talent skin type will be like so I like to bring with me a variety of skincare products that I know would give me instant flawless gratification.

Here are some of the items that I always have in my makeup kit. What are your favorite skincare products?

*FIRST AID BEAUTY-Facial Radiance Pads I like to use to exfoliate, tone, and brighten

*CAUDALIE-Vinoperfect Radiance Serum I use to improves the appearance of dark spots, even skintone, and boosts radiance

*FRESH-Soy Face Cleansing Milk to gently removes makeup and dirt, leaving the skin soft, soothed, and healthy-looking

*CAUDALIE Masque Instant Detox to draw out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion

*ALGENIST Purifying & Replenishing Cleanser to purifies skin in one easy step

*COVER FX Custom Infusion Drops that can be used alone to hydrate and treat the skin, or I can infused it into any product in a beauty regimen

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