So Glad The Rain Storm In Oahu Hawaii Is Over

img_5784The torrential  rain storm is over here in Oahu, Hawaii and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m sure all the beautiful trees needed it but I didn’t. I need the warm weather and the beautiful beach Hawaii is known for. Not some crazy ass rain that triggered this widespread flooding, scary thunderstorms and lighting that injured 3 people. Plus, all the rain did was leave us in Ewa Beach without power for 2 days. That’s not cute at all.

So tonight I’m going to sleep real good. I was worried that I was going to oversleep both days. I kept waking up to check my phone. Yes, I did set my alarm but I didn’t feel comfortable to realized on my phone alarm due to the fact that it had a very low battery. I also plan to love on my hair, wash and condition it real good, then pin curl and blow dry my hair so on Saturday for the “Shop & Play” at The Cosmetics Company Store I will look fabulous.

What kind of summer weather are you having?

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Beauty 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, 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. 

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6 Drugstore Eye Shadow Palettes Makeup Artists Keep In Their Stashes

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written by Jenn Sinrich

With so many makeup palettes on the market, all offering an array of hues, pigment intensities, and textures, it’s hard to know where to look. Do you head to Sephora and shell out for the latest from luxe brands, or do you mosey on over to your local drugstore and scoop up a much more reasonably priced palette that very well may offer the exact same results you’re looking for? To splurge or not to splurge — doesn’t that always seem like the question? We reached out to celebrity makeup artists to find out what they use on their clients, and as it turns out, they’re big fans of the cheaper contenders. Here, some of the drugstore eyeshadow palettes pros keep in their stash.

Here is what I shared with Jenn and GLAM.comeye shadow palettes

 

3. NYX Professionals Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette ($18; ulta.com)

Celebrity makeup artists Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a major fan of NYX products because of their quality formulas. “I love that they’re highly pigmented and that the colors blend very well with either an eye shadow brush or just your finger,” she says. “The colors wear very well on all skin tones, and when I want to give my client a soft, washed-out eye, it’s very easy to use a ring finger or the tip of a beauty blender to pat the shadow on the lid.” With 16 shadows, ranging from light champagne to warm chocolate brown, this eye shadow palette is great for creating everyday looks.

Check to see if any of your favorite drugstore eyeshadow palettes made the list HERE.

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Beauty 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, 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. 

Hawaii Living: Saturday Afternoon Hanging Out In Waikiki

img_4320-1Aloha…When living in Hawaii, one thing for sure you can always find is a beautiful beach, a breathtaking hiking trail, and even a mermaid cave to hangout in on the weekend. I chose spending the day with the family in the fabulous Waikiki.

My first day in Hawaii my husband Co-worker took us to lunch at Duke’s restaurant in Waikiki and we drove passed Luxury Row. Before arriving here when I was doing digital interviews a lot of the beauty brands wanted me to work in Luxury Row. But I passed on all of the opportunities because of the distance Luxury Row is from our house. I’ve commuted so much in Connecticut to New York (1 and 45mins each way) that I didn’t want to drive 45 mins here to go to work. I guess you can saw I’m burnt out…but it’s nice to visit a few times a month.

 

You will also find Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, another luxurious shopping mall. It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!! Inside you will find unique island boutiques, 110 distinctive stores and 30 unique dining destinations. So, if you looking to do some damage to your plastic cards, this is the shopping MEECA to do just that.

Had to walk over to the beach to check out the waves but unfortunately the waves wasn’t really happening today. It was definitely crowded with locals and tourists. Since we weren’t dressed to layout on the beach we kept it brief.

I made a quick 3 min video for you guys of my Saturday afternoon in Waikiki, I hope you enjoy.

Mahalo

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Beauty 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, 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. 

 

What It’s Like Shipping Your Car From The Mainland To Hawaii Using Matson

img_3885I’m so elated about Queen B, my mature Lincoln MKZ being here with me in Hawaii. She arrived today and I can’t express how happy I am. We only been in Hawaii for 1 week so items from the mainland is slowly arriving to Hawaii. Everyday it’s like Christmas when we receive a box or boxes. The big items (Furniture) will be here between June 25th-July 9th. Everyday we check in to see if the arrival date changed. Because that’s what happen with the car, Matson Ocean Shipping gives you a tracking number so you can check on your car. The date changed a few times always fluctuating between June 3rd and 4th.

So after the photoshoot I did with United Airlines at the Honolulu Airport we went over to Matson to pick up Queen B. Matson was so close to the airport that it worked out really great. You should have saw me all antsy in shit.

Matson basically is set up like a DMV place but with a nicer staff. You give them your booking number, they pull your info up and in our case they didn’t have a release name so Michael had to call the Cargo Management Group, Inc company who picked up the car to enter our name in the system for release. That was fast and painless nothing to complain about there. We noticed how fast they were getting the customers in & out so I was getting a little worried because we been waiting for some time now.

My husband knows my personality so he went to ask how much longer because we can hear the staff talking to customers about lunch time starting around 11:45 am. Because we been there for awhile I didn’t want to have to wait until they came back from lunch.

So we found out the reason for the delay, it was because Queen B needed a jump and more gas. We followed the rules that was given to us about the amount of gas to put in the car so I was a little alarmed about why the car was on empty. Then I started thinking why would the battery be dead. So, after looking online it could be for a few reasons. When a car sit for a long period of time it can cause the battery to die. Another reason was someone from the Cargo Management Company could have left something on when they were driving the car. Another thing would cause a dead battery was if the battery was old, but mine isn’t and last bad alternator and that also wasn’t the problem.

My only concern was the 20 miles Queen B was driven and how did one of the a/c panel get broken. Because it was to many people involved it’s hard to pick who was at fault. Now that we have our keys it’s time to go get her a nice car wash because she was ashy ashy. Can’t be driving around Hawaii looking like that.

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My girl is no longer ashy I got her looking SEXY again. Overall, I was pleased with the service I received because we have heard worse nightmares from what others had experience with shipping their cars to Hawaii. I definitely would use both companies again.

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. 

A Beautiful Sunday In Oahu Hawaii

 

 

img_3726Aloha 🤙🏾🌸🌺 such a beautiful morning. I started my day at home in Ewa Beach just walking the beautiful tranquil beach that I’m blessed and grateful to have access to.  I’m trying to start a Sunday morning routine here in Hawaii. Waking up, walking on the beach, collecting my thoughts 💭being mindful having ME TIME with myself and GOD sounds like a plan.

Today the fam and I are going to go check out the Surf Grom in Waikiki. Definitely sounds like fun, I just want to attend any and every event that I can. I wanna be where the Hawaii locals are and  learn genuinely learn the culture because I’m now going to calling Hawaii home.

I was so impressed today with the young surfer kids who were all so talented working the surfboard like pro’s out on the beach. I was schooled on what a GROM was, it’s a young kid, usually under the age of 15, that likes to surf or skateboard I also learned some new surfer lingo and slang today. Surfing In The Pocket means The pocket is the most powerful part of the wave, just ahead of where the wave is breaking. It was actually cool just watching these boys & girls do their thing out there.

On our way back from the Surf Grom we took a scenic route back home on Kalaniana’ole Hwy in Hawaii’Kai. What a beautiful view that every shot I captured looked like a picture from a postcard.

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As you can see we haven’t gotten enough of being outside and being on the beach that when we got home we dropped our bags and went back to the beach to unwind and relax. Jordan ordered a ceasar salad and of course I got a Blue Mermaid and we will just sit here until the sun goes down. Living in Hawaii is really cool, having access to all this I feel like I won the lottery.

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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. 

How I Shipped My Car From Connecticut To Hawaii

img_1916My road dog, Queen B is leaving me today. She Ready…For Paradise!

We decided that we could ship only one car to Hawaii and sell the other. Because Queen B is so fly…I won! I have a mature Lincoln MKZ but girlfriend is still clean, she’s spotless, she still drive excellent and shit, she still sexy that I could not part from her in Hawaii. I have my eyes set on the Lincoln Continental, have you seen her? #iDie

Today we had Cargo Management Group, Inc based out of Massachusetts  come out to pick up Queen B to take her on a long drive to Long Beach, California.

So what I learned about how all this shipping cars and furniture work is that it’s more than one company involved. The next company to receive the car will be Matson Ocean Shipping,  a transportation services company who’s headquartered is  in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were given a tracking number so that we can check to see where Queen B is at all time. I’ll be checking on her often. I’ll keep y’all posted on how Matson Ocean Shipping treats my girl. Before I gave over my keys I took tons of pics and also my mileage to be sure that everything is in place when she arrives to Hawaii.

They ask that we only have 1/4 of gas in the car because any more than that could add a lot of extra weight to your vehicle that could cause problems for the shipper at a weigh station. They also ask for you to remove any valuables in the car because they won’t be responsible for anything stolen. I wish companies would be held accountable as long as they have the key they should be held responsible. So, I just took everything out.

The driver from Cargo Management Group, Inc also, taking pics

I will be in Hawaii in 8 days so I’ll keep you posted on my reunion with Queen B and I’ll let you know how the service was with both companies, Cargo Management Group, Inc and Matson shipping.

Oh, I have my eyes set on the Lincoln Continental, have you seen her? #iDie

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 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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Put On Purple Today With Me For Lupus

img_2168Today, May 17th is Put On Purple day to help raise awareness to Lupus. You can rock any of your favorite items as long as it’s PURPLE.

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Be a part of this growing community that’s making a difference. As a Lupus Warrior we need so many more voices to help get our message out. Lupus is a horrible disease, we’re dying from it everyday. We need the right medicine and doctors who know’s about Lupus.

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Continue to wear purple the rest of the month of May. I will be rocking my purple Converse sneaker and purple Alex And Ani bracelet. Let me know how you will be showing your support. Tag on your social media pages your pics using #PutOnPurple

 

 

 

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 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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