What Item Do You Get Excited About Scoring During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Eimg_0401very time my husband or my son leaves our beach house to go to the store I’m always reminding them to check for LYSOLDisinfecting Wipes, Sprays or any kind of cleaning products they can find.

During the pandemic besides lots of alcohol, and David’s sunflower seeds, LYSOL cleaning products is always on my list.

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.

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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?

Wearing Entitled Beauty Makeup While Traveling Kept Getting Me Stopped

 

img_2775While traveling for Entitled Beautymy makeup line, I kept getting stopped by women inquiring what makeup I was wearing. I wear something from Entitled Beauty everyday but I have never received this type of response like this before. It was a proud moment to say, I’m a Co-Founder and not hype up another brand.

Today, women all over in different cities were obsessing over Entitled Beauty. This is what keeps me going hard because of the reactions on the plane, the airport, at meetings, etc. If more people could see how amazing my makeup line is they too will fall in love with it.

Let me show you what I was wearing, you got about 10 mins to spare? Maybe you’ll see something for yourself, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker who is a makeup addict like myself. So after a few glasses, I’ll be ready to fill all the orders that came in today

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Thanks for watching them and I hope this Holiday Season you will give my makeup line Entitled Beauty a try. If you have anyone in your life that has Lupus, I made a purple liquid lipstick shade called, Queen B. I’m sure they would appreciate receiving Queen B, made by another Lupus Warrior. Because of my Lupus is the reason why I moved to Hawaii. And I have been doing 100% better. I took myself off the Prednisone, Meloxicam, Gabapentin and the Nebulizer.

So this Holiday Season, I have so much to be thankful for.

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Haleiwa…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

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.

 

Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Haleiwa…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Over 40 And Getting My Body Right Using Boombod

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Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Now that summer is over I’m sure it sounds crazy that I now want to work on weight loss and tightening up my body.

But I live in Hawaii where the weather is beautiful year round. So, wearing a bathing suit, cute dresses and and cup up shorts is a daily thing. Looking good in clothes is very important to me. I can’t hide in big sweaters and sweat pants like I use to when I lived in Connecticut and New York. Shit, here in Oahu, everyday is summer time so I have to be fabulous…for myself.

Being older, I find it’s harder for me to lose all this stubborn weight so sometimes I need a little help, a jump start you know, so I decided to try out BOOMBOD. What is BOOMBOD? It’s a weight loss supplements that comes in a shot form…my kind of diet. The sachet contains glucomannan, a natural ingredient that’s been extracted from a tropical plant. Glucomannan is a food additive used as an emulsifier and thickener. I decided to try their 7 Day Achiever. You get a box of flavored sachet and I selected the lemon lime flavor because I love that tangy yet bitter taste. 

Boombod Lime Flavor

 

So, here’s how it works.

Boombod sachet

You get 21 sachets, 7 Morning, 7 Afternoon, 7 Night. 

Empty one sachet in a glass, I use my cute Boomboddle, while stirring really fast for 5 seconds, fill your glass with 1/4 of cold water to dissolve. Drink your shot right away cuz it will turn into a gel like base. Viola, you’re now on your way to starting to get that dream body.

Here is some details about BOOMBOD, but you can visit their site and do your own research on it. What’s important to me about ingredients may not be important to you.

I’ll definitely keep you all updated on how my body is doing with me using BOOMBOD.

  • CLINICALLY PROVEN WEIGHT LOSS FIBRE*
  • UNIQUE VITAMIN BLEND IN EACH SACHET
  • SUGAR FREE & NO ASPARTAME
  • NO LAXATIVES OR CAFFEINE
  • SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS
  • 10 CALORIES PER SACHET
  • GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE
  • NO BLOAT

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Haleiwa…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Today I’m Getting These Fibroids And Polyp Tumors Removed

img_1030The Big Day is FINALLY here! If you’re a woman who have experience women health issues I’m sure you understand my excitement. If you have a love one that is going through it with health issues then I know you understand.

I arrived at The Queen’s Medical Center at 7:30am to check in for surgery. I was brought up to the 2nd floor and they got me all prepped. All of my nurses were excellent with taking care of me and keeping me calm and relaxed.

At 9:30am I was rolled in the operating room, that’s when it got real when they had me say bye to my husband and son. The room was bright and so damn cold that they had to get me 2 more warm blankets. All I remember is moving from the stretcher to the table, the doctor placing the oxygen mask  over my face and feeling the cold anesthesia medication going through the intravenous line in my arm. I didn’t like how it felt, my body started shaking and I was out. The next thing I know is they were waking me up and I was crying because I was in so much pain and I could feel the water/saline/blood discharging.  They could not give me any pain medicine until I came all the way out of sedation. I kind of remember my husband feeding me a dry ass sandwich and helping me with drinking water.

Everything went well, of course… I’m on day 3 of recovering and I’m still in pain and heavy bleeding when I bend down or walk up in down stairs. I just need to get through this this week and I can’t wait to get back to my regular routine.

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If you know any woman that is going through women issues like fibroids and polyps, please encourage them to go visit a doctor so they do not suffer with heavy periods, continuous bleeding after their periods, bloating and pain. It may not sound like it’s something serious but it is.

Women we have to start taking care of each other and stop acting like another woman challenge is her complaining.

 

Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Haleiwa…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

 

Relaxing At Home After Going Through Pre-Op To Remove Fibroids And Polyp Tumors

img_0090I’ve been through my pre-op, now I’m home just sitting here patiently waiting for the big day. I have only been coming outside after 6pm when the sun goes down. The doctors told me to stay out of the sun and because of my Lupus I have to not get a lot of sun on my body without being covered.

I never had surgery so I didn’t know what to expect at the pre-op. For me it was broken up in 2 days. The first day was blood work and urine testing.

The second day was my pre-op clearance with anesthesiologist. About 2 hours of questions asking me about my health history then they did an EKG and another urine test. My doctor went over my lab work from yesterday blood work. It’s very detailed. Because I’m anemic my blood was a little low, it was a 10.2 and she need me to get it to 11.2 before surgery. So that meant eating a lot of protein to get my iron up. So that meant no processed food which is hard for me

Then I was sent home with special instructions such as;

Do not eat or drink anything (even water or chewing gum) after midnight.

Do not take aspirin or aspirin for at least 1 week before surgery. (say what, nah)

Avoid soda and alcohol (oh lord, this is all I drink)

Avoid sun

Bathe with the special Hibiclens wash they send you home with the night before and the morning of. Use clean soft towels, do not scrub just softly wipe and pat dry.

No makeup, no nail polish just on 1 finger (this was the hard part)

Eat healthy food drink 8 glasses of water a day (this was hard cuz I don’t drink water daily)

Brush your teeth four times a day and before bed

No smoking no street drugs no vitamins and herbal supplements (didn’t pertain to me)

Try to not get a cold/flu, fever, sore throat or cough. (this is why I had to stay away from people cuz of my Lupus I pick up germs instantly)

 

 

The best part about this down time is I’m able to focus of my future. I have been working a lot on my book because this entire experience has given me a lot to write about.

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I also finished working on my blog and managed to get a nice nap with all this wonderful breezy coming through. The next time you will hear from is after the big day.

See Ya Bye & Luv U Mean It!

Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Haleiwa…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Fibroids And Polyps Are Health Issues Many Women Suffer With Including Myself

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Heading To Do A Sonohysterogram

As scary as today is I actually have been waiting for this day. It’s the last of the testing that I have to do before REMOVAL DAY!. I have been having problems all my life with my menstrual periods. Beside 7 days of heavy bleeding like a crime scene, clots and horrible pains the last 2 months have been the worst I’ve ever experienced. Right after my periods I started experiencing these ovarian rupture cyst and if you had them before you know how horribly painful they are. Because I’ve gotten them so much I know what to do and wasn’t really alarmed. But the last one in July decided to not go away. I was feeling these pains regularly. Then all of a sudden I noticed that I was looking like I was pregnant and feeling like I was going to drop at home and at work. UHM Hello, I’m 48 about to be 49 in October. So what’s going on here. This is not normal. Everyday I was praying for the insurance cards to arrive cuz as soon as it does I’m heading to the damn ER.

 

Well, God heard me and the cards finally arrived. I was able to get an appointment at the Pali Women’s Health Center in Kapolei. They did the typical urine test to see if I was pregnant, but I knew I wasn’t.

Then they did a pap smear test. Because of what I was experiencing they sent me to The Queen’s Medical Center to do the 2 two ultrasounds the same day. So I headed over to the hospital and they performed 2 ultrasounds, an abdominal and vaginal ultrasound. Now, I’ve had an abdominal ultrasound before when I was pregnant but never a vaginal ultrasound. So, that caught me off guard because I wasn’t ready for that shit.

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Still doing regularly activity feeling like I was going to drop any minute.

Still no relief, I went back to my regular schedule, work and being in so much pain. Self medicating, with 4 ibuprofen and a cocktail every night. 4 days later I’m now spotting for 3 days straight. I called the Pali Women’s Health Center twice to see if the received any of my results. Plus, I wanted to know if it was normal that I was experiencing spotting. Once she placed me on hold to see if they received anything I had made my mind up that I was going to go to the ER at Queen’s Medical Center West. The receptionist came back in said the results did come back and she read to me what was on the results. I heard ABNORMAL and I freaked out. Thanked her and got my black ass off the phone. Told them at work I needed to leave for the day.  I called my husband as I walked to the car and he met me outside because his job is across the street from mine.

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We went to the ER, that did the same ultrasounds, my luck and because it was the same hospital I went to 4 days ago they were able to compare them. I also had to do a CT SCAN with contrast. Because of my Lupus, I’ve done them before. That iodine that heat the body I’m not a fan of but I wanted them to do whatever they needed to do. After all the testing they gave me Morphine, Oh Lord! That shit had me so damn loopy. I don’t like feeling like that. I’m such a control freak that’s why and with Morphine I’m not in control of nada. Finally, they came back with info they found 3 large fibroid’s but wanted to do a biopsy in the morning.

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I slept liked a baby, thanks Morphine. Then in the morning the biopsy was done with a Physician that the ER doctor set up the night before. That’s when I was told they see tumor tissues but they can’t see how many and how large. Sent me home with meds and after I finished all of the meds I can have a sonohysterogram done in Honolulu. I decided to take some time off from work so that I could take these strong meds to shrink the fibroid’s. I don’t function well on meds they make me feel crazy, walking around like I belong on The Walking Dead. Especially the pain pill, oxycodone.

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Today is the day that I got to do the sonohysterogram at Kapi’olani Medical Center For Women & Children. With this test I was able to see everything on the screen above. The doctor was able to explain everything that was going on step by step. When he inserted the catheter and the saline water I wasn’t alarmed because he told me as he was doing it and I could see it above on the screen.  He saw the 3 fibroids that shrunk (THANK GOD) and he saw 2 tumors with one of them being extremely large. So now everything made sense to what I was experiencing and how my stomach was looking.

They explained that I would have some cramping and the leakage from the saline. So they give you a pad to put on. We talked about the 3.5 options on how to remove them and I already know what I want to do. But because of my Lupus, HBP and being anemic having a hysterectomy is not something he think I should do. If I could snatch them right out my body I would. But he thought I should speak with my OB/GYN to see what he think.

So, I’m sitting here patiently waiting, well I’m lying…I called him twice today and still no call back. He should have gotten my results by now, RIGHT?!

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I look like I just went through something

 

I’m now home and let me tell you, by 7pm I was in full pain! I did my 4 ibuprofen and a cocktail and turned over on my side and was out like a light. I’ll definitely keep you all posted on what I decide to do. Trust me, they getting removed!

If you have experienced challenges with fibroids, polyps tumors, and bad menstrual periods, please share. Your experience might help someone that’s why I always share the good and the challenging.

 

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. 

 

 

 

We Moved From The Mainland To Hawaii

img_2882Yes, you read the title correctly. The Gomez-Duplessis is now residing in Honolulu Hawaii on the island of Oahu in Ewa Beach. I know it’s still so surreal to us that we’re here and not on vacation, that we will now be calling Hawaii home.

Everything happened very fast, God gave me the directions and from my bed I was able to set everything up. As you know I have Lupus, RA, Lyme, and Asthma. My lungs has been my biggest challenge the last few years and very swiftly they started shutting down. I was on that damn breathing machine so much was going through my 2 inhalers very fast. Couldn’t leave my house had to stay in one room being isolated from everyone was the worse.

Having double pneumonia and hearing the doctors saying stroke and I’m now on a stretcher, shirt being open and wires placed everywhere was the icing on the cake for me but more for my husband. Hearing him say “WE NEED YOU” and seeing his eyes I knew it was getting bad. Right after he started talking about moving to Arizona.  But nothing bit for him, but he did get a bite from a company that said “we would love to relocate you to Hawaii”. Then it happened, he was offered the position and I was on the computer, doing a lot of virtual house tours, and calling shipping companies for the car and furniture. Then having open house going on and packing like it all happened in 1 month basically.

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We have never been to Hawaii, so we didn’t know what to expect. But God made this transition so easy that I know it was the right move for us. Now, getting here was our only challenge. The weather in NY was horrible so our flight was first delayed for many hours than finally cancelled. It took us 2 days to get to our new home but we made it safe and we now have all 9 of our luggages that was sent to LAX.

I can’t wait to share pictures with you and I think I want to start doing video blogs. I just don’t know how to edit them. So, this is my first video so please don’t be to hard on me. Yes, I will still work doing what what I do best and that’s makeup. I actually start working on June 11th. I did lots of digital interviews and calls last month so life will be back to normal just in PARADISE…ALOHA

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. 

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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How I Keep My Body Moisturize In Hawaii

img_2128In Hawaii everything is beautiful, the beaches, the flowers, the food, and even the people. One of the major beautiful thing here on the island of Oahu, are the fabulous bodies.

When I’m soaking up the sun on Ewa Beach I like to make sure my body is glistening and looking radiant. I love using Java Skin Care Double Shot Body Serum because I never want my boogie down brown skin to look ashes when I get out the water. Now you too can have healthy skin while looking delicious this summer.

Why I Love Java Skin Care Double Body Hot Body Serum:

  • concentrated blend of botanicals super moisturizes without leaving a greasy residue
  • locks in moisture so you only need to apply once a day
  • great for problem areas and super dry patches
  • helps prevent premature signs of aging while brightening and softening skin
  • evens skin tone, smooths skin irritation, great for sensitive skin
  • reduce inflammation, repair sun spot damage and boosts cell turnover

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All of Java Skin Care products are free from Phthalates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrance or Color and are Gluten Free, Sulphate Free, Cruelty Free & Made in Rhode Island,

 

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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