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.
What Does The New 50 Look Like?! When I was a little girl, hearing the age 50 to me meant old or walking with a cane. Now that I’m 50 I don’t see that same picture of what a 50 year old person should look like. I use to ask my mom if she’s sure about my birthday because I’m not looking my age. But hunty, I feel my age. I once fallen while hiking on a wet rock and that fall took me out for days. So, yeah I don’t look 50 but my body feels 90.
Let me say this, I’m not someone that eats healthy, I drank Pepsi and Coke’s about 5 cans a day. I know its horrible for me and for my auto immune but I can’t stop drinking them, I don’t drink a lot of water. I love rum and champagne. I’m not big on exercising so my body is a little run down in the inside. But what I do well is, I take care of my skin with great skincare from La Mer & Armani and on my body beacuse I’m a beach bum, I love Sol de Janeiro products. I keep only positive things and people around me. I’m a happy person, I laugh a lot, I take naps when my body tells me and I spend a lot of time at the beach. So, that keeps my spirit happy and it shows on youthful face, I guess. I really live the ALOHA Lifestyle.
What is the ALOHA Lifestyle you ask. Here in Hawaii, ALOHA is a way of living, an attitude and expresses guidelines to help us in our lives. It’s kindness, patience, compassion, respect, togetherness, affection, empathy, peace, & love.
At the end of the day age is nothing but a number. Just live your life positive, stop being angry and do things that makes you happy.
This weekend all I saw on the news and on social media was media coverage about the Spring Break crowd in Miami, Florida. When I was of age, early 20’s under 25 let me stress that I particpated with friends getting together and traveling during our break. Of course this was years ago and not during a pandemic. As I got older whenever my girlfriends and I wanted to get together for a break or mini vacation we planned accordingly and did private lodging. We never went anywhere with the attitude of destroying places /things and being violent with others while on holiday. It was so sad to see the young adults this weekend be so disrespectful to the city of Miami, Florida.
I have a 23 year old son who visited Miami, Florida when he was 21 with his friends and the energy and his experience was totally different. They partied with respect, they enjoyed the beautiful culture, the delicious food, drinked high end drinks, danced until the morning light came up and made it back to their hotel safetly.
Before moving to Hawaii I would always do fun getaways with friends like renting an island or go on a fancy glamping trip. Be creative and take time with your planning so that you can do fun and luxurious destinations trips. Traveling should be rewarding and if you need to get away during a pandemic, do it safe and keep it fabulous! So, I kept the same energy as I got older and now I enjoy my private beach and living the lifestyle I want here in Hawaii.
As a woman, an adult, and a mother it was defintely creepy watching the older crowd mingling with the kids out there. I still think anyone that’s 26 and older that is out in Miami during these kids Spring Break should be ashame of themselves. Do you agree with me?
*My gorgeous lipstick is from my makeup line, Entitled Beauty. The color is called “BOUGIE” from my All Nighter Liquid Lipstick Collection.
Living here in Hawaii on Oahu island is like being on vacation everyday. But if you’re a full face makeup wearer like myself sometimes it can be a little challenging when it comes to makeup. The weather here is summer everyday and during the summer the sun is no joke. As a boogie down brown woman I can get a really good tan just by being outside for 30 mins. So, on days when I am going to the beach I try to give myself a softer makeup look and I select long wearing products that will stay all day as much as it possibly can. The great thing for me is that I have my own makeup line, Entitled Beauty and it’s a mineral base brand so it doesn’t cause me to break out when I’m out in the sun sweating. The last thing you want to feel is the makeup dripping down your face and with Entitled Beauty the makeup feels weightless and it’s breathable. My pores are not getting as clogged and it’s not irritating my skin.
I posted a picture of myself on Instagram and Twitter and I received so many great compliments asking about my makeup so I thought I would share what makeup I had on. I didn’t take the best pictures of myself so excuse the quality but hopefully you can see what my beach day makeup look was. I was at the beach all day and evening as you can tell in the video.
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.
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.
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?
Since moving to Hawaii I have always been looking for one of my favorite snacks. In New York, I would go to the Wafels & Dinges Waffle Truck, sometimes 4-5 times a week. Besides seafood, finding a place where I can get a delicious Belgian waffle and Krispy Kreme doughnuts was all I asked for living here in Hawaii.
While walking around the Ala Moana Center, I found the Aloha Gelato. They serve Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream, Crepe and Waffles. Everything I Like! I saw a picture of a Belgian Waffle and I got excited. I knew I just hit the jackpot. I’m praying that they taste just as good as the ones I use to get in New York. I order the works, I got Nutella, caramel and chocolate sauce, strawberries and I asked for whipped cream but they forgot to add it. They offer a small scoop of ice cream, that’s different but definitely a great idea. My only suggestions is that they warm the waffle so it helps to melt the sauces, plus it taste so much better when the waffle is hot, soft and chewy.
Do you have a favorite snack that you obsess over? Please share.
Today, I had a bridal consultation scheduled and it wasn’t the best of day for a bride to come out to get hair & makeup.
The rain has been coming down all night and all morning. Not your usual weather here in Hawaii. But, I’ve been told that in December, January, and February the weather is not the best here in Hawaii. We seem to get heavier rainfalls at night then in the day we get these mist of showers follow by rainbow.
So, I shouldn’t complain about the weather but last night I took my time to pin curl my hair so that it would last all week due to my busy schedule. So, I didn’t want my hair to get wet and then get all big and frizzy. Plus, I wanted to look nice for my client and her soon to be mother in-law who was coming in to see me today at Bloomingdale’s in Ala Moana Center. Can’t be running around looking like Lion King because I know I’m going to want to take pictures with the beautiful soon to be bride.
I met Adrian last month when she arrived here in Hawaii and I helped her with selecting a new foundation from Armani. I choose the Luminous Silk foundation for Adrian because of her gorgeous skin and because she wanted a radiant makeup look. Adrian reached out to me right after the holidays and said she would like to come in for her bridal pics and would like to bring her mother in-law Barbara. Adrian is not a daily makeup wearer so I wanted to give her a makeup look that would be just enough for pictures. No lashes and heavy contour was needed, I kept Adrian makeup effortless. I wanted to focus on her skin, I wanted to brighten up her skin and under worked under her eyes. Sometimes, correcting the skin is all a girl need.
Then it was Barbara’s turn to get makeup glammed with me. Barbara does wear makeup everyday so she was really excited about getting her makeup done by me. For Barbara, I also focused on her skin. I prepped her with Armani Prima skincare first then I corrected her skin warming up her skintone and also I corrected under eyes. Barbara actually had great skin so I didn’t need to cover up anything. Just matching her with the correct foundation.
Both ladies were now ready for their photo shoot across the street at Ala Moana Park. When you’re in Hawaii and need help with finding the correct foundation, skincare and/or need a glam facebeat, you can book your appointment with me at Bloomingdale’s inside Ala Moana Center. All of the makeup I used on both ladies were from Giorgio Armani.