New Orleans Blogger & Influencer Received 3 Top Influencer Badges For 2018

It is award season so when I received my 2018 Edition Year In Review from FOHR agency I was so elated to review how I was doing as an influencer. After reviewing everything I was so impressed img_7646with how beautiful it was put together. As an influencer and blogger this is perfect to receive because it allows you to see how well you are doing within so many categories. Being that I am an Influencer and both Connecticut and New Orleans, it’s nice to see what city I’m doing better in and what I need to work on. The first two-three months of the new year I’ll be in New Orleans so I’ll be able to create more content outdoor because I would not have to deal with the cold and snow in Connecticut.  Being in a smaller market like New Orleans as a Blogger & Influencer I always feel that I have to work harder. As many of you bloggers know sometimes it’s hard to create content everyday so this is definitely motivating. The review is a perfect way to kick off the new year. It’s always nice to hear when you’re a TOP INFLUENCER and to receive 3 badges, not to shabby.

Here is the letter that was sent from James Nord, the Founder of FOHR.

Congratulations! You did it!

Hey Brandy,

Did you wake up this morning with a little pep in your step, feeling like you were doing something right? If you have been searching for a reason for that elevated mood, search no more, because we know what it is: you are a top influencer for Black Up, Yankee Candle, and BOSS for December!

Here is what that means: we track over 350 brands to see which influencers are giving them the most coverage on Instagram. Next, we rank those by the number of impressions (number of followers x number of posts) they dedicate to those brands on over a given month. Lastly, we look at the top influencer across 7 following levels and send them, well, this email.

The Instastory or Instastories attached will show which brand or brands you were a top influencer for. If you’re feeling yourself (or even if you’re not), you should throw it up on your Instastories and tag the brand (and your friends over at Fohr). I’m sure they will want to hear from you.

Keep on slaying and we will keep coming up with ways for you to flex.

Cheers,

James Nord
Founder, Fohr

In the review here are some of the categories that FOHR will give you insight on.

In 2018, your Instagram following grew to 52,086. Your 235 posts were liked 88,517 times and commented on 2,955 times.

You gained 16,538 new followers this year.

  • Your followers engage with you the most when you post at 7:00 PM.
  • Your top 9 most engaged posts.

You posted 56 #sponsored posts.

  • You mainly posted about Beauty, Fashion and Parenting.
  • Your most used colors in your photos.
  • The most used words, hashtags, and emojis in your captions.
  • Your most tagged accounts.
  • Your most tagged cities.
  • Your most tagged countries.

If you’re thinking about joining in the blogging and Instagram world definitely sign up with FOHR so you can receive your review. It’s  a great tool to have and to see where you are every year.

New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids living in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA.

Becoming: Are You Becoming The Person You Always Wanted To Be

img_0155Makeup Artistry for me is art, I can stand for hours doing makeup on a human canvas. Creating different beautiful makeup looks is something I’m great at. I do ok on myself but on a canvas I feel like I’m painting masterpiece.

Two of my favorite things to do when doing makeup is creating flawless skin and sultry eyes. If the skin is not radiant and smooth then the rest of the beat face means nothing. With eyes, it was always important to me. I use to get clients telling me they knew I did the work because of the way the eyes were done. When I was young teen I use to draw eyes all the time and place them all over my walls. I remember my parents mostly my father thinking I was crazy, no really, like crazy I need help. But I’m embracing the beauty of who I am, and I’m doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do…create art.

For 22 years, I have been bless doing what I love. This week former First Lady Michelle Obama new book, BECOMING came out and after watching Michelle Obama speak on OPRAH Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama it made me think. Yes, I’m doing what I am passionate about but now what else can I do with it. I’ve taught makeup, I’ve coached makeup artistry at SEPHORA, I even started Beauty Blueprint, helping aspiring makeup artist who wanted to work in the beauty & entertainment industry when I was on bed rest due to Lupus. Just last year I launched a luxurious mineral base makeup line called Entitled Beauty. But how else can I now push myself to do more. So this is where I am stuck, I feel like I still have more to bring to the industry but what?

Do you ever think about how can you elevate yourself in your career?

New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids. She also has a home in Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA. She uses her platform to help bring awareness about her health.

 

WorkParty Tour Stopped In New York And We Had A Blast

My Boss Babe, Ilse McDonnell and I from Live, Learn and Luxe It was invited to attend a fun work party that we couldn’t pass up. We both try to attend events where positive women are hosting and sharing tips on how we could better our brand.

Todays event is taking place in New York, it’s a part of the third WorkParty Tour stop hosted by Jaclyn Johnson. Jaclyn has a weekly podcast powered by Create Cultivate and presented by Microsoft 365. The event was held at WeWork Bryant Park and bubbly was served from Chandon and Crispin Cider.

The panel consists of Rebecca Minkoff, Christine Barbaric, Michelle Lee and Olivia Pérez. The ladies shared with us what it’s like to be a BOSS and how they got their seat at the table. One of my favorite quotes came from the awesome Rebecca Minkoff. She said to us entrepreneurs, “To be an entrepreneur in 2018, you have to multi-task like a bitch.”

Microsoft had an interactive booth where we took a 6 question quiz. I was quoted as The Heart and the other two team member you could have been called was The Influencer and The Collaborator.

At the end of the evening, 16 Boss Babes won a Microsoft Surface Pro and I was one of the lucky winners. So if a WorkParty Tour make a stop in your city be sure to attend.

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New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids. She also has a home in Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA. She uses her platform to help bring awareness about her health.

 

Connecticut Blogger Collective Glam 1yr Anniversary Party

img_3359Happy Anniversary Connecticut Bloggers Collective!!!! On Monday night, 20 plus Connecticut Blogger Babes was invited to celebrate with the Founder, Nonee Ngazimbi at the first year anniversary celebration in Hartford. Nonee recognized that Connecticut was missing a blogging community and she did something about it. Now the Connecticut Bloggers Collective has around 2000 followers on Instagram and 275 members on Facebook.

Like many when I moved to Connecticut, I searched for a bloggers group and found Connecticut Bloggers.  I joined that group and only managed to attend 2-3 of their events. Then as time passed Connecticut Bloggers Collective popped up and cousin (Ilse with Live Learn & Luxe It Blog) and I jumped on that joining the group right away. What Nonee has done is brought together a diverse group of girls that was hungry and passionate for this community, The Blogging Lifestyle.

It’s always nice to get together and chat in person with the girls and support each other. Women Supporting Women is something that Nonee has managed to make sure we all stand by, Intergity is very important and I must say we have a great group of women and at the party you can see that we all really follow that way of living.

As usual Nonee did a great job at getting fantastic sponsors for the 1yr Anniversary Celebration. Let me tell you who all was there;

@place2bect for the tasty meal and yummy drinks

@onehope for their delicious wine

@thewriteboard for hand lettering our personalized anniversary keepsake totes

@adoropaper for the cute handmade floral backdrop, it was definitely a hit

@new_england_foodie for the delicious cookies

@poshology for the goodie bag beauty treats

@shoplinajune beauty for the whipped butter

@krimsonprints the event photographer for the evening

#ctbloggersparty #ctbloggerbabes#ctblogger #connecticutblogger#bloggerevent

What a stylish and lovely event. Can’t wait to see what she has planned for the 2nd Anniversary.

Day In The Life Of A Beauty Influencer In New York

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Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Influencer Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

What is a day like for a Beauty Influencer, you ask? Being a Beauty Influencer each day is completely different but always plentiful. Because I have 21 years of doing makeup in the beauty and entertainment industry I’m moving and shaking all the time especially since I have real A-list celebrity clients and is a Co-Founder of a 4 month old makeup line, Entitled Beauty. My day is mostly spent commuting to New York from Connecticut. I always feel like the MTA Metro North & Grand Central is my second office. I’ve learned to get a lot of work done on the train and have meetings at Grand Central Terminal. Today is no different, while on the train I managed to create content for Instagram and I got on a conference call to discuss an upcoming campaign.

I  like that my train line is conducive to my needs because it’s always so quiet on my line.

img_4558Because I’m not shy, I whip out my camera anywhere I see that a great picture can be taken. I always capture great pics on the train because I get the best natural light on there.

On this day I was feeling like Jenny From The Block and wanted to capture a picture that reflected a boogie down brown girl on the train. On a 1hr 45 min train ride I have to find ways to entertain myself, right?

Right before I get off the train I do my homework so when I get to my meeting next I’ll be prepared. I wrote down additional notes and reread about the client so that I can be refreshed about the company.

Did I tell you that my train also makes for a great beauty studio? Yep, I pull out all of my makeup, my hair brush, hair spray, and perfume and I touch myself up. So I’m usually one of the last to get off the train once it pulls in.

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I selected the meeting to be at Cipriani today because my train last stop is Grand Central Terminal and because Ilse, a lifestyle blogger with Live Learn Luxe It was going to meet me here at GCT after my meeting at 4pm. My favorite drink of course at Cipriani is their Bellini’s. I get this every time.

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Next stop is to the West Village to have lunch at the stylish yet tiny While We Were Young restaurant. We arrived at 4:30pm before the crowd so that we could have the place all to ourselves. Ilse and I were pleasantly pleased with everyone here from the manager, waitress, chef and the owner Bradford, who is just as delicious looking as the food and cocktails they serve.

So what did I order…we both started with a cocktail called While We Were Young followed with an order of Truffle Fries. Then an order of Brussel Sprouts and my main dish was the Wild Salmon. Of course the food was all picture perfect and DE-LISH!

We met 2 other Lifestyle Bloggers here, Sara Mueller @saramueller and Noelani @noemeirowsky it’s always refreshing talking with others peers. We all get each other, all very passionate for creating beautiful content on our social media platforms. After talking about How To’s we ordered another round of drinks because we had a 6pm event to attend.

Last stop of the evening took place in Soho where a group of New York influencers were invited to attend a Brand Collaborations event. Drinks were served, music bumping, lots of conversations going, networking at it’s best. James was a fantastic host, very captivating and Sydney was such a knowledgeable BOSS BABE.  I took down some good notes and look forward to using them like tomorrow as I continue to brand myself as a Beauty Influencer in this industry.

So elated about seeing Zulay, she has a podcast called Uptown Girls. Zulay invited me to be a guest on her upcoming show, how FAB! Also, check out my girl Elizabeth IG page @lizllapa  and Lifestyle Curator Trisha’s page @trishapenn 

It’s 10pm do you know where your children are???? We are somewhere on 86TH Street…Thanks Ilse!!!! By the time I get back to Connecticut it should be around midnight. So while on the train back I’ll go through pics from today, respond to emails and start working on my next blog. A Beauty Influencer life never stops.

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Do You Have The Trendy Bluetooth Micro Speakers From Ear Bolts

Alright guys, I just received this fab gift from Earbolts. It’s their NUB Bluetooth Micro Stereo Speaker. I’m already obsessed with it because I can just take them with me anywhere because of the size. I’m definitely impressed with the volume and the BASS that this little speakers give.

Two other great thing about my Earbolts NUB Bluetooth Micro Stereo Speakers are the built in’s

  • Built-in microphone for speakerphone functionality
  • Built-in camera shutter release for remote selfies

I’m definitely bringing my new NUB Bluetooth Micro Stereo Speakers with me to work The NBA All Star Weekend in LA

Go check them out, technology at it’s finest.

Throwback Thursday, Beauty Influencer Share Blogging Experience

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Working on my blog at Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury

When I started my blog Sept 2007 it was because I wanted my family, friends and clients to keep up with me after Hurricane Katrina. Never did I think that others would want to read about my life on my blog, especially doing the horrible time of losing my home and my makeup studio. There have been times when I dropped the ball and wasn’t consistent with my writing because life was busy and I was trying to re-brand myself in my career so I put my writing aside. Plus, I never thought my writing was any good because I write how I speak (bad English…lol). If I knew blogging was going to take off the way that it has I would have been a full time blogger long ago. I didn’t know to keep up with my google analytics and changing over my blog from blogspot to wordpress that I would lose my numbers.

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Working with Football Player Reggie Bush

So, I got back into blogging and kept it authentic sharing about me and Inside The Life Of A Makeup Artist. As the makeup industry became popular again, my blog took off again. Everyone wanted to know what was I using on the celebrities at Sundance Film Festival, at The Golden Globes, at NBA All Star Weekend and other major assignments I was working doing makeup.

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Wearing Floafers

Readers wanted to know details, what I was wearing, what I was eating, what makeup brush I was using, what skincare I put on clients, what hotel I was staying at. That can sometimes become scary, like when I had a stalker followed me while on a makeup tour. Yep, the police was called and everything. So, I shut down all of my social media platforms out of fear.  But you know me, I was like I won’t let fear stop me ( even though it did…lol),

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Featured on AOL 

I started back up and my blog took off again. It got to the point where I was featured on AOL as one of 15 awesome people to follow during the Golden Globes. That one feature and features like that are what keeps me going everyday with my blog. Knowing that readers wanted to follow all of my journeys from the good and the bad. I picked up new readers when I started sharing about my health with having Lupus, Lyme, and RA. I picked up new readers when I worked on an MTV Hip Hop show, I picked up new readers when I worked with Covergirl at Ipsy Gen Beauty NYC and just recently I picked up new readers working on the Bruno Mars 24K Magic Concert Special for CBS.

So on this Throwback Thursday, what from your past keeps you motivated? Thanks AOL Editors for selecting me as one of the 15 people to follow for the Golden Globes (…they are coming up again..hint hint wink wink…lol)