9 drugstore beauty buys to keep you hydrated through a long, dry winter

Hot Off The Press…beauty writer from the Today Show reached out to me being that I am a Beauty Expert and a Celebrity Makeup Artist what I could suggest for the article. Below you will find my 2 picks but read the full article to see the others.

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While we love counting down to the holiday season, we are not a fan of how dry our skin gets as the weather gets cold.

TODAY Style is here to help! We asked celebrity experts, dermatologists and makeup artists to share their favorite products to stay hydrated this winter season. The best part? Everything can be found in the beauty aisle at your local drugstore.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, $15, Jet

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“This foundation will bring moisture to your skin and plump it for 24 hours. That means a radiant, flawless, natural look thanks to the main ingredient: hyaluronic acid. Using a damp beauty blender, I like to apply it in an upward and outward motion. It’s a weightless, non-greasy, oil-free, non-comedogenic formula that won’t settle into fine lines. And it comes in 10 blendable shades,” said Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, a celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of Entitled Beauty.

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis doing Jenni JWow Farley makeup
JWOWW makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis using Stila Cosmetics Hue Highlighter in Kitten on her…look at that GLOW

4. e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, $6, Jet

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“This primer will boost your skin making it look radiant and hydrated (and flawless and smooth) like you’ve been Photoshopped. The primer is infused with grape and vitamins A, C and E to nourish your skin with anti-aging benefits that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Apply the primer with a damp beauty blender by patting onto the entire face. Your makeup will last all day, keeping you selfie ready!” said Gomez-Duplessis, who has worked with Kerry Washington and Jennifer Aniston.

Read the full Today Show article from writer Aly Walansky here.

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A Beautiful Fall Saturday In Greenwich, CT

What a beautiful fall day here in Connecticut. Today I have makeup appointments at Warren Tricomi Salon in Greenwich, CT. It’s always nice to see on my appointments sheet that I have  repeat clients coming to see me today.

A lot of the ladies that was coming in were attending the Make A Wish event. I was also schedule to do one of the host of the event so I had to make sure that I give her my glamxurious makeup special look. It’s always nice to be in Greenwich doing makeup on the fabulous ladies that live there. They appreciate professionalism and beautiful makeup artistry.

 

Whenever I’m in Greenwich, I luv ordering my lunch from The Granola Bar. Their Chicken Chill is to die for and the Natural Sparkling Water from Found is lovely. My obsession is The Elderflower flavor now this is water that I’ll drink everyday if I could afford it.  Ladies, if you add a little Mionetto Prosecco to it, OMG!!!

 

Fenty Beauty By Rhianna Is The Best Thing That Has Happened To Makeup

FENTY BEAUTYFenty 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!!!

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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.

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PRO FILT’R soft matte long wearing foundation…I’m #420
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GLOSS BOMB universal lip luminizer

 

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KILLAWATT IN TROPHY WIFE a freestyle highlighter

 

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CHEEK HUGGING HIGHLIGHT BRUSH
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I LOVE IT!

Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? If so, share with me what you purchased and what you think about it?

 

10 Drugstore Face Masks Skin Experts Recommend For Fall

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!

Guilt-free shopping is a good bet for everyone.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask9. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

“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.

 

Olay Regenerist Luminious Overnight Mask10. Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Facial Mask Gel Moisturizer

“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.

Read the full article here

Beautiful Day Of Makeup At Warren Tricomi Salon on Saturday

 

img_0500-1Another busy day at Warren Tricomi Salon in Greenwich, CT today. The best clients ever are the ones that comes in and let me do my artistry without any paint by number instructions. That’s my biggest pet peeves when I’m dealing with clients at salons. On set the energy is totally different models and celebrities they come in and just get made up.

Today’s clients allowed me to do what I do best they trusted my artistry and I’ll give them my best work.

Here are some fun pics from today.

 

Clarissa is a sexy bride who wanted a smokey look, she did come in with a inspirational picture but she told me to do it my way. At the end she loved her makeup better than the inspirational picture. The highlighter I selected was Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten and on her lips I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Angelo.

Brittany was going on a date with her hubby to the city and she wanted to look hot. Brittany is a newly newlywed so I wanted to really give her a sultry makeup look. I pulled out some of my fav products as you see, Dior beauty & NARS blush in Orgasm

 

Cuvget Stimulating SerumWith both ladies I prep their skin with ČUVGET Stimulating Serum. I’m such a fan of this serum because I actually see a difference in how my client skin looks instantly and I feel that their makeup look so much better. Not only does their face look flawless but the skin is more radiant. If your looking for a new collagen serum definitely look into ČUVGET because I am obsessed with the results and the ingredients; arctic berries, marine extracts with potent peptides as well as betaglucans that helps to stimulate your stem cells improving your skin after every use.

 

 

18 Healthy Hair Products That Will Save Your Post-Summer Strands

18 Healthy Hair Products


While we’re still mourning the end of summer (R.I.P.), our hair is certainly ready for a break from the sun, chlorine and ocean.

TODAY Style turned to Hollywood hair gurus to get the scoop on the best products to revive fried hair after summer. The best part? They’re all available at drugstores nationwide.

Here is my beauty testimony on L’OREAL Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner.

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“To bring back dry, overexposed hair that has been soaking in the sun and pool this summer, I suggest this conditioner with apricot oil. Treat your hair to a deep-moisturizing conditioner that will help nourish it back to a soft, silky texture. Plus, it’s gentle on colored hair and there are no harsh sulfates or salt that will strip it,” said celebrity makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, whose clients include Erin Andrews, Allison Janney and Jordin Sparks.

Read the full Today.com article here written by beauty writer Aly Walansky

 

Speaking To Beauty Industry People On Olay Eyes Skincare

The day is here, I’m heading to New York to speak at a sales meeting with beauty industry people on Olay Eyes skincare products. Remember when I shared with you how a company out of London had reached out to me about attending a beauty focus group & dinner. After chatting with me through Skype they decided that my experience and knowledge of beauty, that I would be perfect to come in to teach them on skincare.

I enjoyed speaking to my industry peers on something we are all passionate about. It’s such a great honor being acknowledge as a Beauty Expert. For them to appreciate my style of teaching and to respect that I have been in the industry for 20 plus years was a nice feeling. Still luv how when I entered the room the ladies all screamed, lol like I was a celebrity. It was cute.

 

I spoke about skincare in general, the different skincare brands & items and the benefits of each item. I gave them tips & tricks that I like to use when working with skincare. Then the last topic was the 2 Olay Eyes items they wanted me to speak on were;

OLAY EYES ILLUMINATING EYE CREAM FOR DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYESOLAY EYES ILLUMINATING EYE CREAM FOR DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES 

  • Reduces the appearance of dark circles under eyes in just 2 weeks
  • Distinctive dual-swirl formula is designed with an eye cream to deposit light-reflecting pigments
  • Reflects light from the eyes for smoother, more radiant skin tone
  • Hydrates to nourish under eye area for a luminous glow

OLAY EYES EYE LIFTING SERUM FOR SAGGING SKIN

OLAY EYES EYE LIFTING SERUM FOR SAGGING SKIN

  • Hydrates to plump sagging skin and reduce the appearance of under eyes bags
  • De-gravitizes and hydrates sagging skin to reflect a firmer, lifted eye look
  • Eye serum, formulated with an Amino-Peptide and vitamin complex, increases surface cell turnover
  • Hydrates to smooth and brighten under eye skin
  • Fragrance-free, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing