Aloha, Welcome to Honolulu Hawaii Celebrity Makeup Artist and Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis blog, Inside The Life Of A Makeup Artist. She shares makeup tips, how to, on set entertainment, BTS, beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, RA & Asthma. This Oahu Hawaii Makeup Artist and Blogger was selected by her peers as The Top 15 People to Follow During The Golden Globes. Brandy also launched Entitled Beauty Cosmetics, a luxurious mineral-based makeup line with her business partner. In 2020, Brandy started studying to work as a Spiritual Energy Healer and Life Coach. So, follow her on this new journey…and yes BLACK PEOPLE do live here in Hawaii.
Today is for me, it’s one of my date days. I said, I DO to my husband, I said, I DO to my kids, and I say, I DO to ME!
I choose ME! I choose me every time. In order for me to be at PEACE and HAPPY, I have to have ME TIME! It can be a simple day or a luxe day. It consists of me doing things that makes me happy and smile. I’m not on a schedule, it’s just on my time what I want to do. I can be selfish, I don’t have to wait on anyone, I can eat whatever I want, and my favorite I laugh at myself. It’s fantastic!
All black ancestors are my role models. I cannot Thank You enough for everything that you went through to allow me to be free. I hope I have not let any of you down. I will continue to move with dignity so you can be proud.
This Aloe Vera plant I propagated last year. Look at my baby now, she so big! I let it get a lot of natural light, it’s placed at my front door. Do not over water. I give it a good watering 2-3 times a month. More if it’s been very hot by the front door. Don’t make a big fuss over it. 🪴🪴🪴🪴🪴
I learned how to heal myself better than any doctors or any meds that I have taken since diagnosed. I’m healing myself so I can help heal other Auto Immune Warriors. I want to teach others how they can have a life after being diagnosed. 🙏🏾💜💚🦋
One of the great things about living in Hawaii is when you are on bed rest the view, the breeze, the exotic birds make for bad days in bed not so bad. Then when you’re ready to leave the house it’s just beautiful anywhere you go. So, let’s go backwards, I started feeling bad about 2 weeks ago. I just assumed it’s a flare up. My body started to go down fast, very fast. I don’t know what caused the flare up but this one took me down. I don’t know if I was exposed to COVID but I was ready for a trip to the ER. I started calling the kids to make sure they know where everything was. I’m serious the body aches was unbearable, I was back to using my breathing machine because I couldn’t breathe. I was going through my inhaler. The day the got me was when I decided to wash all of the bedding. Took everything off the bed, went downstairs to the laundry room came back upstairs and half way up the stairs I fell on the stairs and had to crawl back to the room because I couldn’t catch my breath. I didn’t leave the house I just went downstairs and my body couldn’t handle it. I didn’t have any strength to put fresh sheets on the bed. I just collapsed on the bed.
I know a lot of my peers cannot understand what Lupus is and what a Lupus flare can be like. I wish I had strength to hold a camera to show what it looks like. It’s the worse thing ever for someone to go through. It’s day 2, my left ide of my ribs and back hurt so bad. It feels like I been stomped numerous of time it still hurt to breathe. I feel like I’m going through my inhalers and if it continue then I will make an appointment. As long as I don’t overdue it I can make myself look decent and nobody would ever know what went through. Working from home helps a lot because I can slowly get back to normal at my own speed. Thank God for my hair and makeup skills because I know how to fix myself up.
I may be chronically ill but I’m also chronically fabulous!…that’s my tag line!
If you’re a friend or an associate of mine you know that Lupus is one of the 4 autoimmune diseases I battle. If you been around me you know I am a pro at hiding my daily battle with wearing makeup, having big hair, and all my extraness 😂😂 only someone who’s very observant knows the truth when they look at my eyes. No matter how fabulous I dress it up I can’t hide my 👀.
May is Lupus Awareness Month. It’s the month that I usually do a lot of interviews, speaking, collaborating with organizations, posting and wearing my purple lipstick “Queen B” that I created for us Lupus Warriors with my makeup line Entitled Beauty Cosmetics
There is one special person that will always have a special place in my heart in that’s Lauren Kimberly Burnham she attend a Lupus Walk with me because she didn’t want me to be alone. I will never forget that special offer. 💜💜
If you noticed I haven’t been on social media lately because I been on bed rest. Whenever I’m gone for to many days know I’m suffering. But I will be back more fabulous then ever, don’t worry.
If you have any family members or friends with ANY autoimmune diseases be patient with them. If at the last minute they cancel, if they can’t travel, if they don’t accept an invite, don’t take it personal. We only have energy to do just a little. In when we push ourselves we pay the price…unless you’re our caretaker it’s a lot. Sending 💜 to all of my Lupus & Autoimmune Warriors out there. This month share your story, let’s stop hiding. The medical field needs to know they can’t keep pushing us to the side, we’re important! If you wear purple this month please tag me so I’ll know that you’re here for me. 💜 🤙🏾🌸🌺
As a married woman one of the things that has kept our marriage successful of 25 years is having lunch dates. Because we both have really busy schedules and work long hours we like to have off days together when possible. One of our favorite spots that we like to dine at that’s close to the house is Mina’s Fish House at The Four Season’s Hotel. The funny thing, every time we visit during Happy Hour we always get the same table which I don’t mind because the view is fantastic. Actually, the first time we dined there we sat at the bar and that was nice too.