Walk To End Lupus Now In Norwalk, CT

img_2876Will you join me on Sunday, Oct 14th for the 2018 WALK TO END LUPUS NOW, CT-NORWALK. Come rally with me by walking 3 miles, rain or shine to help bringing awareness to this brutal disease. Let’s raise money for Lupus research this weekend. Let’s make some noise for us Lupus Warriors, and share with our peers how strong we are. 
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Location: Calf Pasture Beach
Calf Pasture Beach Rd.
Norwalk, CT 06851
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Ceremony: 2:45 p.m.
Walk: 3:00 p.m.
Route Length: 3 miles
Contact:
Antonella Leone-Giamei
(203) 399-7305
leone-giamei@lupus.org

I’m wearing on my lips “Orchid” from my makeup line Entitled Beauty Cosmetics. I wanted a lip color that my family, friends, peers, and Lupus Warriors could wear during Lupus Awarness. Thanks in advance for purchasing one.

 

Entitled Beauty Cosmetics

"Orchid" All Nighter Liquid Lipstick

$19.00

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.”

Biodara Immortal Mist

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.

royal and langnickel revolution brush

 

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.

cbd fx hemp oil

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

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. 

 

 

 

Celebrity Makeup Artist Ask For Your Support For Lupus Awareness Month

 

As you know it’s #lupusawarenessmonth and I live with this horrible disease, Lupus. When I sat with my business partner to discuss our first set of lip shades I knew I wanted a violet purple shade for #lupusawareness so at Entitled Beauty we launched a lipstick color called “Orchid” and my goal is for everyone to own a product that means a lot to me. On Friday, I would like to see all of you wearing “Orchid”. Tag me @bgdmakeupartist and @entitledbeautyworldwide with your lipstick color on. Don’t let me down. 💜💄

Lupus Flare Up Sent Me To The Hospital

img_8560It is Lupus Awareness Month so I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m back in the hospital with a flare up, this is my glam life.

I always say my body is like playing a game of cards because I never know what I’m going to get when I wake up in the morning. Because I’m not a person that go to the hospital for every little pain I get I’m always in bad shape when I get to the hospital. I won’t take off from an assignment I have learned how to manage and still do beautiful work while in pain. When I do say I need to go to the hospital the pain level is over 10.

This time my flare up was in my left hip and leg. It was so swollen, had redness/inflamed, and painful to walk. My day started with going to the doctor with hopes of getting a shot for the pain. Right away my doctor said, WOW, you have septic joints. Before I can get dress the ambulance was being called, and a wheelchair brought in the room. Like my doctor said, I’m so vain, I turned all that down, Oh Hell To The No!!! Then they try showing me how to use crutches, turned that down also. I promised my doctor that I was going to go to the ER, went home and waited for my husband and son to come home so they could escort me.

So now I’m at Danbury Hospital, my second home…smh. Lots of blood work was done as usual and X-Rays to see what was going on. I was given some strong meds to calm down the flare up. I’m not a fan of pills because I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Give me a cocktail any day because I’m in control and I know my limit. They gave me Naproxen, Diazepam, and Oxycodone. I now have to go see a Orthopedics to make sure I don’t have any damages with my joints/muscles from walking for a long time without seeing a doctor.

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So, I’m on bed rest for 2 days and I’m thinking positive that everything is ok and no blood clotting while traveling on Friday. Because of my history in the past I use to clot so I wasn’t able to travel for some time.

Nap Time…

 

Let’s All Get Lit Because It’s Mardi Gras In New Orleans

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I was the Queen of Red Bull

Damn I miss that GIRL!!!! Right about now I would be LIT as the young kids say. My health was good, NO LUPUS, LYME, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, ENLARGED HEART, and ASTHMA. Today it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I would be jumping on  the barricades screaming for beads & coconuts. Drinking daiquiri’s and vodka straight out the bottle. See, ya didn’t know that side of Brandy. If you think I hustle hard now, baby my hustle game was on 100 before my health issues. Mardi Gras was my favorite holiday because I’m always straight business all year long. But on Mardi Gras Day, it was that one day I could just let loose with my family and friends on Fat Tuesday. So New Orleans, Happy Mardi Gras and Turn Up for me!  We should all start drinking now, don’t wait for Happy Hour.

So here are so funny pics of me from 2009-2011 just enjoying life.

2011 Mardi Gras

2010 Mardi Gras

2009 Mardi Gras

 

 

I Was Featured On Everyday Health To Share My Story Of Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, & Lyme

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Last month I spent about an hour chatting with writer Maria Ricapito from Everyday Health. She reached out to me about featuring me on Everyday Health to share my health story of living with RA while working as a makeup artist in the industry. Usually, I’m the one who’s sharing about my health (Lupus & Lyme) on my blog and all of my other social media pages to followers who really are interested in my story. I always find people who don’t know me tell me that I inspire them, I give them hope and I show them that being diagnosed with a chronic illness isn’t a death sentence even when there are lots of days it feel that way.

Makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is known for her beautiful handiwork.

I gave a lot of tips on how I get thought my work days by using certain products, doing little tricks, and how I manage to stay stress free on set. That’s one thing I had to learn to give up, STRESS and that’s including people. I shared with Maria my must have items to help me to maintain stress free days.

  1.  Victorinox Swiss Army
  2.  Royal and Langnickel
  3. Sally Hansen Eazy Tweezy Comfort Grip Slant Tip
  4. Coco’s Stainless Steel Slant Tip Tweezer
  5. HotHands heat warmers
  6. Biodara Immortal Mist
  7. essential oil blend from Tata Harper Skincare
  8. Bath & Body Works Stress Relief collection
  9. Floafers shoes

And if I can share one thing with someone who may be new to hearing me speak. When you start to feel like something is wrong, SOMETHING is wrong. You have to be your own advocate when visiting doctors. If you don’t feel like your doctor is not understanding you, it’s ok to find another. Get a notebook, start documenting everything. Don’t let people tell you that your to young, your depress, your stress, and any other reasons. You know your body better than anyone else. Fight for blood work and not the basic pregnancy test, diabetes test, and thyroid test.

So here’s the article, I hope you enjoy it and learned something new that can help you or a love one….Thanks Maria and the editor at Everyday Health for selecting me.