Aloha, Welcome To Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis blog, Inside The Life Of A Makeup Artist. She shares makeup tips, how to's, on set entertainment, BTS beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with Lupus, Lyme disease, RA & Asthma. She share her life of what it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry. This Oahu Hawaii Makeup Artist and Blogger was selected by her peers as The Top 15 People To Follow During The Golden Globes. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show. This Lifestyle Blogger recently launched Entitled Beauty Cosmetics, a luxurious mineral based makeup line with her business partner Johnny Luoma. 22 years in the beauty industry, Brandy is now calling Honolulu Hawaii home. So destination brides, you now have a TOP makeup artist on the island of Oahu to get you glamxurious for your wedding day. If you come to Oahu, and is looking for a TOP Makeup Artist in Oahu, know you can get a face beat or an effortless makeup look by Brandy. During the CoronaVirus Pandemic bring started a video Podcast called "Just Girlfriends" with Co-Host Julia Rebolo…Oh, and yes BLACK PEOPLE do live here in Hawaii.
We Fancy Huh…Two luxurious spots in Hawaii we can’t wait to revisit
Everyone knows that Hawaii is PARADISE! And while the first hotspot that everyone wants to visit in Oahu is Waikiki, the girls have two other upscale beach life locations that tickle their fancy.
For Aloha Friday we always like to spotlight local businesses in Hawaii that we love to visit. Sometimes, we spotlight places that tourists may not know about and sometimes we will. We’re just two girls from the mainland who is lucky to live in Hawaii.
Alright guys, I have a question for you. Do you just call your friends/associates at anytime on FaceTime or SKYPE?
With majority of the world being LAID OFF or FURLOUGH we’re home and available to talk all day and night. No more excuses of I’M BUSY or I’M WORKING. You can barely get away with I was busy…yeah right, busy wiping down the food you just got from the store. So, friends and associates think it’s ok to just randomly FaceTime since SKYPE and Zoom video conferencing is all the rave.
But, I don’t agree with that. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m old school and we don’t play that but you should never FaceTime a person without giving them heads up. I’m like this with people who just randomly pop up and knocking on my door. I have left many people outside knocking and ringing my bell because they just showed up and then showed up with an entourage, OH HELL NO!!!
I strongly feel the same way with Face timing me. Just because you see my light on in Facebook or Instagram that don’t mean I’m wanna talk or better I want to Facetime with anyone right now.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and like my associates, but you have to still be respectful. I might not be in a good mood, might be having personal things going on in my home, or better I might be having couple time, shit. Yes, I want to see your faces and I want to love on you but it’s at my TIME!
If you know me, then you know I have a lot of rules.If we are talking on the phone, I want ALL OF YOUR ATTENTION. I don’t want to see your cute kids, your cats or dogs, I don’t want to say Hi to whomever is at your house. Another rule of mine is, don’t you dare call me and then you take your phone with you while you go to the bathroom. Cuz, I’m now hanging up and you’re no longer able to FaceTime with me ever. #PERIOD
The only thing I wanna see in your surroundings is a bottle of bubbly’s that’s it.
So, I would love to know your FaceTime Phone Etiquette.
Because of my health (Lupus, RA, Asthma and Hypertension) I don’t leave the house. I have been in this house now for 45 days and I don’t plan to leave until it’s safe. I don’t even chance walking to the beach, nada. I get my fresh air by having the Lanai doors open while I’m sitting on the living room sofa.
So, when the guys come home they strip in the laundry room, shoes off and clothes in the wash, then they dash off upstairs. And like a crazy woman, I follow wiping down anything that they could have touched along the way. I probably have the cleanest floors in the world because I also wipe them down daily with my LYSOL wipes. I go through these wipes because I’m so afraid of bringing germs in the house.
When they come back from the store, I take one item at at time and I’m wiping down each box, or meat, or bags before it goes in my refrigerator or my kitchen cabinet. Here in Hawaii we bring our own bags so I spray them down with Lysol and let them air dry in the laundry room. Before being quarantine, I kept a container of Lysol in my car, in the kitchen, in the laundry room and each bathroom has a container. I was always a person that was scared of getting any virus, again because of my health, so I’m use to living in a bubble. Now…it’s out of control. I find myself still picking up germs from my family and I have many horrible flare up’s and have been using Albuterol more now since then ever. So, I can never run out of LYSOL, this is why it’s a big deal for me to always have.
What do you get excited about scoring from the store?
She get it from her mama…that’s what they say, right?! Is it ok for preteen girls to get plastic surgery to be like their mothers who have also gotten plastic surgery? Is it ok for mothers to put their insecurities on their daughters? Encouraging their daughters to go under the knife to help enhance their image.
On “Just Girlfriends” video podcast, we talk a lot about TV Personality Kim Zolciak Biermann and her daughters Ariana and Brielle having plastic surgery and looking like there mom.
You might be surprised to hear what the ladies of Just Girlfriends have to say. Chime in and let us know what you think on this topic. We will love to hear from you.
Today on “Just Girlfriends” video podcast we talk about.
Will you bet on yourself and your career, will you focus on being a great wife and a great mom, or can you successfully do both? There is no wrong answer. But, are you living your dream? If not, ask yourself why? Now figure out how to do it. The choice is yours.
Where Do You Stand?
Just Girlfriends is a video podcast hosted by Co-Host Brandy Gomez-Duplessis and Co-Host Julia Rebolo. The ladies are based out of Oahu, Hawaii and started their posted while being quarantine in late March 2020. They wanted to stay in touch while following the “Stay Home” order but still staying connected with each other. You can follow the ladies on Instagram at Just Girlfriends or you can follow them on Facebook at Just Girlfriends.
Today we’re showing ❤️ to local businesses in Oahu, Hawaii. We also chat about some of our favorite spots to hangout. 2 spots we recommend are: Earl Kaimuki @earlkaimuki and Island Brew Ala Moana @islandbrewalamoana
Perfect timing just in time for spring…Beginning March 1st, I would like to recycle one of my successful services that I use to offer on the mainland called, “What’s In Your Makeup Bag”. Spring cleaning the house is always something as women we love to do with our home. As a makeup lover, spring cleaning your makeup bag is just as important. For the entire month of March, I would like to offer to the ladies in Hawaii a fun beauty event helping women to update their makeup bag with new spring items from Laura Mercier.
Being the Business Manager for Laura Mercier at Bloomingdale’s in Ala Moana Center, I wanted to do an event for the entire month instead of just 1 day when many women may not be available. I enjoy spending quality time with clients, teaching them how to better use their makeup. So, I decided the entire month of March would be more productive and allow for a more intimate consultation with the luxe products oficonic brand Laura Mercier, the pioneer of giving “Flawless Face”.
The new Spring Collection from Laura Mercier, embraces effortless elegance with “Sunday in Saint-Germain” signified by glowing skin, soft dusted pastel eyes and rich creamy lips. Seductive and full of surprises, “Sunday in Saint Germain” embarks on an optimistic journey in the city of love. Everything you need for a gorgeous Parisian look.
When: The Month of March
Where: Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center- Laura Mercier counter
Details: Clients bring in their makeup bag. Together we will go through your makeup bag and help select what go’s and what stay’s. During the makeup lesson/consultation, I will show you makeup techniques and proper usage. We will then develop a day makeup look on you incorporating products from Laura Mercier line. This service will take 1.5 hours so plan accordingly. You will leave with a face chart and a list of the products used to take home to assist you with your new custom makeup look. Refreshments will be served during your consultation.
While relaxing on the beach today here at home in Hawaii, I started working on my list of things I need in my makeup kit for the upcoming NBA All Star Weekend. Being the Lead Hair & Makeup Director for this 3 day weekend festival since 2008, I always try to have the best beauty items that will look great on the athletes, game hosts and music artists on television. Because everything is live I don’t have time for mistakes so I like using items that I can count on and will give everyone a radiant and flawless finish.
Here are my Top 5 must have’s items I will need during the NBA All Star Weekend next week in Chicago.
1.YSLTouche Elcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skin tone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity.
2. Armani Luminious Silk FoundationReveal your inner light. Inspired by charmeuse silk, “The Fabric of Emperors,” this luminous foundation glides on weightlessly for a flawless lit-from-within glow. Using exclusive Micro–fil™ technology to sculpt and brighten, this buildable, medium coverage foundation improves texture and blurs imperfections.
3. Makeup Revolution London Banana Loose Baking Powder is a favorite for prolonging the wear of makeup, banishing shine, brightening and balancing skin tone. Loose powders are a good option for those who desire a luminous, silky and even finish. I find it to be one of the best items to use on male talent because they shine more and this powder doesn’t look heavy on my male talents.
4. Chanel Eclat Du Désert Illuminating Powderimparts a subtle, golden glow for radiant dimension. It has a warm undertones with a luminous sheen. The opaque color coverage can be achieved in a single layer while the texture makes it easy to build if more pigmentation is needed.
5. Beauty Blenderhas long been a red carpet favorite giving you a fresh and glowing look with the help of the Beautyblender. Make sure it’s damp to keep the skin looking fresh then bounce the sponge across your face for a natural finish. I am able to use a Beautyblender for the first 4 items not having to pick up any other makeup brushes. I never leave my home without having a Beautyblender in my kit.
Today was a little windy here in Hawaii and we had reservations to attend Paradise Cove Luau in Ko’Olina. Since it’s been hard to schedule an evening out with all of our crazy work and school schedule we decided to still go and see this beautiful 12 oceanfront acres establishment.
The evening was filled with lots of drinking, activities, games, Hawaiian music dance and food. Ended with a beautiful sunset that can be seen throughout the acres. Here are pics of a great evening, I’m glad that we decided to still go and I’m glad I was smart enough to bring a jacket…sorry lungs (bronchitis).
Strutting in and slow-motion walks this breathtaking beauty carrying a see-thru case that’s holding something fantastic because I can see Swarovski Crystal peeking through and a #iDIE for blinged out phone case. Whom ever this beauty is, I’m obsessed and knew she had to be coming to see me.
The makeup I used was all from Giorgio Armani Beauty. She’s a fan of Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and I knew her skin would look radiant in it. I wanted Samantha’s skin to be flawless and luminous at the event and to last all evening for all of the pics that she would be taking.
On Samantha’s eyes, I selected Eyes To Kill Stellar Eye shadow and Eyes To Kill Quattro Eye shadow. I wanted tonight’s makeup look to focus only on her eyes. Because she’s a beautiful girl I didn’t want her makeup to compete with her.
Samantha has the best cheekbones ever so I flirted with them just a little. I didn’t go overboard with bringing them out since she really have great cheekbones. For her brows I used a crayon brow pencil and I gave them an effortless shape just enough to bring attention to her eyes. On her lip, I lined her entire lip with a lip pencil then I filled them in with a liquid lipstick and topped her lips off with a lacquer gloss.
Last touch was a little highlight on those cheekbones for a natural glow on her face when she walked the red carpet.
Baby Girl looked striking, what do you think about her entire look?