Living In Hawaii With An Auto Immune Disease

 

img_1290I’m so lucky to have a beach day everyday, that’s the plus to living in Hawaii. If you have never visited Hawaii, know that  Hawaiian beaches are absolutely breathtaking. You can just stare out at the ocean for hours in just enjoy the wonderful breeze.

I always find that when I’m feeling low like a flare up is coming on and my body /joints are hurting due to my Lupus I walk down to the beach. I’m so lucky that the beach is just a 3-4 minute walk for me. If  I’m having really low energy then I drive to the beach.

Since living here in Hawaii, I haven’t been having many flare up days. My body has really embraced this move. I wish all my Lupus Warriors and Auto Immune Warriors could make a move like I did to live better and be healthier. No more suffering like I did when living on the mainland, it’s really about finding the right environment. I’m not sure about you but before being diagnosed with Lupus, I didn’t know much about the environment and environmental issues and how the body reacts.

All of this Aloha Spirit has allowed me to live life again. I even cut back on some of the meds I was taken on the mainland. My body has not reacted negatively since living here in Hawaii. It’s only been 4 months but I can definitely see an improvement. I’ve learned what my triggers are so I’m aware of what will cause a flare up and I do my best to keep it from happening. With stress being one of the things that cause my flare ups that includes negative and stressful people I now keep them away.

With Hawaii being a summer state all year round and because I am photosensitive I make sure I cover up as much as possible. I do find that I get drained if I’m out in the sun. So, I make sure I go out later in the day when the sun has gone down on beach days. Because of the sun, I’m still tired and I have joint pains everywhere. I do take CBD Hemp Oil to help with my joint pains. And sunscreen is major, I don’t leave the house without using it on my body. I also make sure that my foundation have SPF cuz everything helps.

Overall, this move has been one of the best things I could have done to help my body. I’m never leaving Hawaii, I have got my life back and life is good.

 

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. 

We Moved From The Mainland To Hawaii

img_2882Yes, you read the title correctly. The Gomez-Duplessis is now residing in Honolulu Hawaii on the island of Oahu in Ewa Beach. I know it’s still so surreal to us that we’re here and not on vacation, that we will now be calling Hawaii home.

Everything happened very fast, God gave me the directions and from my bed I was able to set everything up. As you know I have Lupus, RA, Lyme, and Asthma. My lungs has been my biggest challenge the last few years and very swiftly they started shutting down. I was on that damn breathing machine so much was going through my 2 inhalers very fast. Couldn’t leave my house had to stay in one room being isolated from everyone was the worse.

Having double pneumonia and hearing the doctors saying stroke and I’m now on a stretcher, shirt being open and wires placed everywhere was the icing on the cake for me but more for my husband. Hearing him say “WE NEED YOU” and seeing his eyes I knew it was getting bad. Right after he started talking about moving to Arizona.  But nothing bit for him, but he did get a bite from a company that said “we would love to relocate you to Hawaii”. Then it happened, he was offered the position and I was on the computer, doing a lot of virtual house tours, and calling shipping companies for the car and furniture. Then having open house going on and packing like it all happened in 1 month basically.

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We have never been to Hawaii, so we didn’t know what to expect. But God made this transition so easy that I know it was the right move for us. Now, getting here was our only challenge. The weather in NY was horrible so our flight was first delayed for many hours than finally cancelled. It took us 2 days to get to our new home but we made it safe and we now have all 9 of our luggages that was sent to LAX.

I can’t wait to share pictures with you and I think I want to start doing video blogs. I just don’t know how to edit them. So, this is my first video so please don’t be to hard on me. Yes, I will still work doing what what I do best and that’s makeup. I actually start working on June 11th. I did lots of digital interviews and calls last month so life will be back to normal just in PARADISE…ALOHA

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist 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, 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. 

Celebrity Makeup Artist And Beauty Blogger Moving From The Mainland To Hawaii

 

img_1666Today is a big day for the Gomez-Duplessis Family. We have shippers coming through all day to give us estimates for our move to Hawaii. This is the most expensive part of the move and the most stressful part as well. But at the end it’s going to all be worth it. Because I’m getting my health back. This is really the reason why we’re moving. My Lupus, RA and Asthma is kicking my ass up here so I need to be in a warmer climate with better air quality.

We decided to go with Hawaii Moving Pros to ship our furniture. Our Moving Coordinator from Hawaii Moving Pros has been very efficient and accessible throughout the entire planning.

So, how do you pack a 5 bedroom home and make it fit a pod for a studio/1 bedroom home? You need lots of alcohol and you cry, shit you need an entire bottle of alcohol. Let me tell you, this is so hard purging and deciding on what to ship to Hawaii. It’s not the same feeling when we lost the entire home to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans but it’s high on the emotion list. I tell you what, because of this move I’ve learned that we’re hoarders, no really. I think because of Hurricane Katrina that I try to keep everything pertaining to the kids, my husband and all of my achievements and awards. The great thing is I can just google myself to see things that I’ve done. So, when I look at it that way, it makes it easier to throw away things away about myself. 

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My Soul Sista Buddha, we don’t know yet if she’s able to travel with us due to her size.

I have managed to do a lot online with setting up the family lifestyle for success. Things like digital interviews with Field Executives for Estée Lauder, virtual tours of the house with Angela our Leasing Professional, getting eRenterPlan Insurance, and setting up cable/wifi service with Spectrum. The next thing we have set up is for Queen B, my car to be picked up this week.

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I’m a fan of Z Gallerie home decor and stylish chic furniture store so I have a lot of great pieces from there especially wall art and large wall mirrors. I’m not ready yet to part from any of my things from Z Gallerie but unfortunately I have to. Because it’s costing me so much to ship my really big pieces. So, on Saturday, I’m giving them away to a few families from Columbia who just moved to Connecticut. So I know they will appreciate these fab pieces but it’s going to be hard to part from them.

I’m not shipping any of our outdoor living set up either. In Hawaii we will have a nice yard to start all over with so thinking about that project make it easier to say goodbye. I’ll be able to plant exotic flowers and have more trees and even a beach to enjoy daily.

So, if anyone from the mainland wants to know how we managed to move to Hawaii just shoot me a comment and I’ll answer them for you. I’ll continue to share about our Pro’s vs Con’s of moving to Hawaii and I’ll link the companies that we used along with feedback. This is going to be a great chapter in my book.

ALOHA

 

Hawaii Makeup Artist 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 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. 

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Do You Enjoy Your Lunch Date With Hubby

img_4996Finally, nice weather in Connecticut, so you know what that mean if you follow me and know my story. I’M FREE!!!!!! I get to come outside like a normal person without problems with my breathing. I couldn’t get dress fast enough and I skipped a lot of my makeup application because I didn’t want to miss a lunch date with hubby.

As always Michael prefer for me to select where we go because of my challenge with food. I hate it so much that it drives me crazy. I’m still learning what I can and cannot eat. I actually keep a journal with me so I try to remember and write down my reactions to something. For example, if I enjoyed a dish but have a reaction I write if its worth eating again by the reaction my body have. Crazy right, but I’m not ready yet to give up everything. Ice-Cream is my favorite snack and I’m not ready to give that up so I eat it only when I’m home and nothing major is planned the next day. So that my body can rest. So my note would say; Ice-Cream “coming up, lots of coughing, lots of mucus” So worth eating again. If I’m out without Michael I’ll text him where I am, he pulls up the menu on his phone and tell me what to order. Thank God he knows my food journal better than me.

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Back to my lunch date. I selected Brio Tuscan Grille because we both love it over there. The ambience, the food, the service, and the prices. Because it was a beautiful day we knew the patio would be open to enjoy the beautiful weather we were having. In my mind this is what a gorgeous afternoon in Italy would feel like right about now. Wine was flowing, great conversation was had, and a lot of flirting was going on.

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Carpaccio

 

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Bruschetta Sampler

We both order an entree to bring home for dinner so our date continued on the rest of the evening…next, NETFLIX & Chill!

Question, do you enjoy your dates before you were married or after marriage dates?

 

 

Hawaii Makeup Artist 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 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. 

With Lupus You Have To Eat Healthy So Here Are My Personal Food Tips

 

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I’m what LUPUS look like. When you have an invisible illness, chronic illness or any form of an autoimmune disease you look like me, regular and yet very ill. One of the many things that I had to change once I diagnosed with Lupus was my horrible way of eating. I’ve eaten bad my entire life especially with my crazy schedule traveling with celebrities, and working long hours. So now, I eat like a damn rabbit. When I’m out sometimes it can be tough finding food that I can eat. My body has such an attitude that it instantly have a bad reaction that can trigger a flare up that will last for days, so I have to be very smart about what I eat when I’m away from home. Yesterday while out I stopped in for the first time at Café Oo La La & Catering, I was pleasantly surprised to see two of my favorite new items to eat, celery sticks and carrots.

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There is no special diet for lupus, despite numerous claims on the Internet. You should try to eat a nutritious, high in fiber, and varied diet that contains plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, raw vegetables, whole grains and a moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and fatty fish. Fatty fish can also counteract inflammation in your body. Eat foods high in calcium. The drugs we used to control our Lupus can have major side effects, such as making our bones more brittle. So, you need to eat lots of foods that are high in both vitamin D and calcium to boost our bone strength. Leafy green vegetables, like broccoli and spinach, cheese, yogurt, and low-fat or fat-free milk products. You can also take calcium supplements, but their absorption may not be as high.

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I’m still struggling with learning different food choices that I write in a journal what trigger food to avoid if I have a bad reaction I’ll know what I can eat. Every Lupus Warriors body is different so take your time to learn what works for you. What I was able to eat 3 months ago sometimes it will give me a challenge today. Be patience with your body as you know having Lupus is a challenge everyday.

See Ya Bye And Luv You Mean It

Oh, I’m wearing makeup from my own makeup line Entitled Beauty Cosmetics, a luxurious mineral makeup brand.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

6 Items Celebrity Makeup Artist And Beauty Influencer Living With Lupus Need To Get Through NYFW

img_1874New York Fashion Week in September is always a big event that I look forward to working doing makeup and attending as media/press writing beauty articles.

Commuting on Metro North Train for 2 hours from Connecticut, going from show to show pulling a 95 lbs makeup kit and standing for many hours it can take a toll on any healthy person. Imagine living with Lupus, it’s a little harder but I have master secrets that keep me able to work without any challenges that my peers and the models doesn’t know I have an auto-immune. So that I can continue to beat a face here are my secret tools to keep me looking fabulous as well as do beautiful artistry.

  1. Biodara Immortal Mist, with aloe and anti-inflammatory ingredients. “It helps soothe and reduce inflammation in my hands — and all over my body. It also makes for a great makeup-setting spray.”

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2. I’m also a fan of essential oil blend from Tata Harper Skincare to use on my pulse points. “On days when I’m really pushing myself, I put the treatment in the palm of my hands, rub them together to heat up the oils, and then I take a few deep breaths. It’s wonderful.

Tata Harper Skincare Energy Treatment3. “Because I am on my feet a great deal — like 10 to 15 hours a day — I like to wear comfortable shoes. I enjoy wearing Floafers shoes, “They are so lightweight, supportive, and breathable that it doesn’t feel like I’m on my feet.”

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4. Makeup brushes that I enjoy using doing New York Fashion Week are from Royal and Langnickel. Not only do they have quality brushes, their collections of brushes feels good in my hands when I’m creating magic.

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5. My major secret has been CBD FX Tincture Hemp Oil. When I take 5-10 drops a day I’m pain free. No body aches and no inflammation, and on a stressful day I’m feeling relaxed backstage while everyone else is running stressed out.

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6. Of course my makeup kit is packed with Entitled Beauty cosmetics, a luxurious mineral makeup line that’s owned by myself and my business Johnny Luoma. But I also wear my own collection (All Nighter Lipsticks, Glamxurious Lipgloss, & Spotlight Highlighters) as much as possible so that I don’t have any flare up’s.

You can follow all of my fashion shows experience on my Instagram page at @bgdmakeupartist

 

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.

 

 

Another Lupus Warrior Asha Sharron Loses Her Wings

img_0490-1As I sit in bed today wheezing my ass off I’m sorry to announce that another Lupus Warrior left us on yesterday. Asha Sharron has been in the hospital for 7 months fighting to live. I have always admired her because she was able to document everything about her life of living with Lupus. Asha was definitely my kind of girl because she loved her makeup, hair and fashion like majority of us women. She was just a sweet girl you can tell in her videos. Always funny and spoke positive of what she was going through.  Even though I talk about my journey and share my hospital pics I was still guarded about how much I shared because the feedback I received was to stop if I wanted to keep working in the beauty industry.

13 hours ago everything was looking good for Asha. As you can see she was up dancing. Like many of her fans we thought that this was a sign that she was going home, but God had another plan for her. He wanted her home with him.

Just 5 days ago she was up reading her lovely cards that was sent to her by family, friends and social media friends. Even on this day she struggled with doing her physical therapy session. Her body was so weak and wouldn’t allow her to have much activities without being exhausted. It’s gotten to the point that she couldn’t go to the bathroom on her on own. Her amazing mother and caretaker had to care of her needs in the hospital bed.

 

On April 4th Asha celebrated her 30th birthday in the hospital. She made the most of her day. This is why I was such a fan of her.

 

If you would like to know more about this beautiful soul Asha, check out her YouTube page where she documented the good and the bad of living with Lupus. I promise you will be touched by her like I was. I just can’t believe shes gone, she fought so hard and it just saddens me that she couldn’t to stay with us. Please let them find a cure for us because we keep losing our good ones to this horrible disease.

To Asha mom, sisters and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank You for being a part of her journey. She was loved and respected by us Lupus Warriors. 

 

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.