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.

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Hawaii Celebrity Makeup Artist And Lifestyle Blogger Share Her Favorite Makeup

img_8619Living here on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii, makeup is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Hawaii. Usually, mentioned are Honolulu, Waikiki or  Oahu’s North Shore, the surfing mecca of the world.

When my partner Johnny Luoma and I were thinking about Hawaii with its beautifully vibrant flowers, evocative colors and consistently warm temperatures, I knew we wanted Entitled Beauty Cosmetics, our makeup line, to be deliciously vivid with long wearing heat resistant colors.

 

Being that I’m a makeup artist of 23 years and a Lifestyle Blogger living in Hawaii, having a effortlessly beat face is my signature look. Entitled Beauty a highly pigmented mineral based line with fantastic color and fun over the top names gives me that signature look.

 

Entitled Beauty Cosmetics can stand up to the heat here in paradise without clogging up your pores or melting down the face. So while on the beach, enjoying the beautiful water, or sipping on Mai Tai’s, I’m confident that Entitled Beauty Cosmetics will have you looking just as good as Hawaii’s sandy beaches.

 

Here are 6 makeup items from Entitled Beauty that you will always find in my makeup bag for my signature look.

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Entitled Beauty Cosmetics “Broke A$$” Social Class Liquid Eye Shadow
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Entitled Beauty Cosmetics “Rich Bitch” Social Class Liquid Eye Shadow
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Entitled Beauty Cosmetics “Resting Bitch Face” Spotlight Highlighter
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Entitled Beauty Cosmetics “Yes Bitch” All Nighter Liquid Lipstick
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Entitled Beauty Cosmetics “Carnelian” Glamxurious Glosses
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Entitled Beauty Cosmetics “Downtown Chic” Body Slay Liquid Highlighter

 

 

 

 

10 Highlighters Hawaiian Girls Uses To Keep Their Summer Glow

To keep that GORGEOUS Summer Glow going successful all Fall. Here are 10 Must Have items that a POSHgirl should have in her makeup kit. Here in Hawaii we love using  these items to compliment our boogie down brown skin. Read more in Caribbean Posh magazine.

1.    ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Loose Pigments

2.    CHARLOTTE TILBURY Glowgasm Face Palette

3.    COVER FX Monochromatic Matte + Shimmer Bronzer Duo in Sunkissed Bronze

4.    Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heat Wave

5.    NARS Orgasm Liquid Highlighter

6.    KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Oil

7.    NYX Born to Glow Illuminating Powder

8.    Leahlani Meli GLOW Illuminating Nectar Mask

9.    Entitled Beauty Liquid Slay Highlighters

10. FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Highlighters

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle 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, Waikele, 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. 

Makeup Day At The Cosmetics Company Store

img_7248I love doing makeup, doesn’t matter who my canvas is I love doing makeup. The better the location the better the makeup application.

Today I’m doing makeup on a gorgeous Hawaiian model name Tamara at the The Cosmetics Company Store in Waikele.

The Cosmetics Company Store is a Estee Lauder own store. All of the brands that is owned by Estee Lauder is retailed at an amazing discounted price. If you have never visited a Cosmetics Company Store then you should make it your mission. Even if you’re not a fan of makeup, skincare, fragrances or hair products. You will find great items for someone who is obsessed with beauty items, Plus, who doesn’t like discounts.

At the Hawaii location we are offering 40% off majority of the items we have. Tom Ford offer 50% off on fragrances and 60% off of the makeup. If you’re a MAC Lover, it’s 40% off their items. Let’s talk about skincare sets, OUT OF CONTROL. There was a Clinique skincare/makeup set that had about 8 items in it with one being a 1.7oz Clinique Smart moisturizer that retails for $58.00. The entire set retailed for $29.70, isn’t that CRAZY?!!!

So today, I was lucky to have in my chair Tamara, who was in town for a concert. She wanted to have her makeup professionally done so I was glad that she asked me to get her makeup ready for the event. I love that the Hawaiian girls like how I do makeup. I look forward to doing more glam makeup looks here in Hawaii.

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Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle 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, Waikele, 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. 

New Orleans Peeps Enjoying Surf Day In Oahu Hawaii

img_8172Yeah buddy, the day has finally come, where the Gomez-Duplessis guys are getting surf lessons in Hawaii. We decided to go to our favorite area, Haleiwa on The Northshore.

Haleiwa is about a 45 min ride, the same amount of time to get to Honolulu from the house but the view to Haleiwa is so much better. Plus, I like the energy better in Haleiwa then in Waikiki. I call Haleiwa more bohemian, chill and laid back. Being in Waikiki is like going to Rodeo Drive flirting with 5th Ave and Times Square.

Honolulu is basically  like going downtown in your town where all the tourists have overcrowded. When we visited The Northshore last month we noticed they offered surf lessons on the beach. No appointment is needed you just show up and wait until one of the instructors is available. The crowds are also substantially lighter and friendlier than in Waikiki. The North Shore is the SURFING CAPITOL of the WORLD, learning to surf out here is about as authentic as it gets.

So today we selected to do surf lessons on Chun’s Reef Beaches with North Shore Surf Girls. The instructor offers 2 lessons, one on the beach and the other in the water. The total lesson is 2 hours and the instructors were very knowledgeable and gave really good tips and advice when your out there in the water.

They will provide surf jerseys, rashguards and surfboard.  Please make sure you bring cash, enough to pay for your services, to tip your instructor and additional cash if you decide that you want to purchase professional pictures of yourself when you’re out on the water.

 

So while the guys were doing their thing out in the water, I was having my photo shoot by myself.

A freelance photographer is out there, capture great pics of you and when you’re done with your lessons you can review the pics and then purchase the link with pics of yourself. His hustle is like theme parks, not mad at it, I like a good hustle.

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle 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, Waikele, 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. 

Work Dinner For A New Makeup Store In Hawaii

img_7316My family and I arrived here in Hawaii on May 29th, I started working on June 11th and on June 15th the The Cosmetics Company Store opened in Hawaii. Before moving to Hawaii I was already hired and I was excited to be a part of a new store that was opening in Hawaii.

The team that I work with at The Cosmetics Company Store are the only people that I know, still. They have become my new set of associates. When you get my age (48) you don’t throw around the word friends so easy. But I have build a very good friendship with Heather. I also think two of the guys look at me as an mentor. Because the guys are 22 & 24 who love makeup and my experience of being a Celebrity Makeup Artist on the mainland for 20 plus years I have become a great mentor for them.

So when our Store Manager Heather decided to have a bonding dinner with the staff I thought it would be a nice experience to attend. We have a very small team of 8 and 2 stock guys, so it was a very intimate dinner.

Even though the staff could all be my kids except one Key Holder and the Store Manager I still wanted to attend to build a relationship with the crew. Because we are a new store we need to build a strong team early. To be the first group to open this new store in Hawaii is definitely something we should all be proud of.

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Heather set up a non-mandatory dinner at Chili’s in Waikele on Sunday at 6:45pm after the store was closed. We got a chance to share stories about each other, just let loose and laugh a lot.

 

A great evening was had and I think the dinner has brought the team together so much more.

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle 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, Waikele, 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. 

Friday Night At My Favorite Restaurant In Hawaii

 

img_7248As promised I’m going back to The Monkeypod Kitchen later tonight. After work I plan on purchasing my floppy hat from The Plantation Boutique that’s next to The Monkeypod Kitchen in the Ko’ Olina Center.

It’s just going to be my 22 year old son Jordan and myself tonight for dinner. Because we are on a tight schedule we decided to just grab dinner at the bar.

You know I really went back for their signature Mai Tai drink cuz that is one delicious drink. The honey and the pineapple foam on top is so damn sweet that you can forget your drinking a grown ass drink

I ordered a Avocado & Cucumber Salad and Jordan wanted to try their Truffle Fries. We luv us some Truffle Fries. Back in Connecticut we use to order Truffle Fries whenever we went to Terra Restaurant. I find that if I plan on drinking a lot a lot, Truffle Fries keeps me from getting shit face. So my son can’t say I never taught him anything.

 

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle 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, Waikele, 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.