It’s Certification Day At Sephora Today


Angie P makeup artist from Sephora created this Tri-Color makeup look

Today was such a good day at Sephora. As you know I’m a Senior Artist at Sephora and one of my job description is certifying the cast to do makeup at the beauty studio. Today’s cast member is someone that I have been spending a lot of time with observing and coaching her for this day. During the 2 hours certification the participant has to do two makeup looks; Natural & Tri-Color. To see her do both look and the growth in her work made me so happy & proud..Yes she passed!

may 10th lupusday

I’m Having A Lupus Flare And It’s Not GLAM

Today in Connecticut the spring weather is so nasty, it’s 21 degrees and it’s snowing & raining.  This is day two of horrible spring weather so if you know me then you know I’m home having a lupus flare up.

If you just started to follow my blog you will find that I also speak not only about beauty products, glam invites & assignments but I share the ugly side of my life, living with lupus. I’m not sure if you know what lupus is and what it does to my body. I can work through it and for the most part I can put on makeup, do my hair, and put on a fake smile that you will never know that I’m hurting really bad. If anything you will think I’m getting over the flu. But if you know me you can look in my eyes and know today is not a good day. The great thing is doing makeup, and writing beauty articles makes me feel better, it keeps my mind off the pain and challenges.

When the weather is cold /raining this cause me more pain than I can bear. My body seems to require the temperature between 72-78 degrees. If not, then my body is in constant pain day and night. My joints will feel like they were struck with a baseball bat, my body going numb and burning like I’ve been given a shot in the same places over in over and salt water was in the needle. When I’m good because the weather is good I’m a loud, I’m the life of a party. My husband and kids normally have to calm me down because by the end of the day I’m exhausted, lol.

Lupus causes my joints to swell and burn in both hot and cold weather. In the summer I burn like I’m on fire. So I have to stay out of the sun and sunlight which sucks because I luv the beach, the water, and gardening. After going through a flare up it will leave my body needing rest from the pain so I’m exhausted and achy days will follow. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect many different parts of the body like other autoimmune diseases. Lupus occurs when your body’s immune system malfunctions, attacking your tissues and organs causing damage to the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, blood cells, heart, and brain. That sometimes it’s referred to as the “great imitator” because symptoms of lupus often resemble those of other illnesses.

Lupus can cause damage to many parts of the body, potentially leading to the following complications. I placed check marks next to some of the complications I’ve had.

  • Kidney failure
  • Blood problems, such as anemia (low red blood cell count), bleeding, or clotting 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) 
  • Memory problems 
  • Behavior changes or hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease (enlarged heart)   or heart attack
  • Lung conditions, such as pleurisy (inflammation of the chest cavity lining) or pneumonia 
  • Infections 
  • Cancer
  • Avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply)

Lupus isn’t contagious the problem is your more contagious to me. Also it isn’t a form of cancer, but having the disease may increase my risk of developing certain cancers.Treatments for lupus and cancer sometimes overlap.Therapies for lupus may include medicines that are also used as cancer chemotherapy drugs. You might even remember that I was going through treatments because nodules were found in my lungs. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that happens when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Signs and symptoms of lupus may develop slowly or start suddenly. My body slowly starts to shuts down by 6pm that after work it doesn’t allow me to do a lot of partying or having girls night out. I have to plan accordingly if I am going to do any late activities. Everyday it’s like playing cards I don’t know what hands I’m going to be dealt. That’s why I don’t do spontaneous things anymore that I live on a schedule with what I do. I can go from feeling good to felling bad real quick, like in seconds. So, if I say NO don’t take it personal. I need what ever little energy I have left to get home safe.

Some of the common symptoms of lupus that I deal with daily include:

  • Fever
  • Miagraine
  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness, swelling, and pain of the joints
  • Muscle pain
  • Skin lesions that may worsen with sun exposure
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Shortness of breath when walking fast and/or walking up steps
  • Chest pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Fingers and toes turning white or blue during cold or stressful periods
  • Hair loss
  • Swelling in the legs, wrist, arms, back, and face 
  • Swollen glands

That’s enough info that hopefully you have an idea of what I’m going through. Plus, I’m tired…nap time. See ya bye luv you mean it!

What’s In My NARS Beauty Hour Swag Bag

When I attended NARS Beauty Hour event  I was gifted with a beauty swag bag upon leaving. Let’s take a look to see what’s in my swag bag.

Taste Nirvana Coconut Water With Pulp

Soap & Glory Flake Away

The Magic Pads

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss

Rickys NYC- RickyCare No Crease Bow Clips

NARS Sheer Lipstick-Barbarella

NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow-Malacca

NARS Eye Paint-Iskandar

NARS Gentle Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

Afraid Of Going Outside After Getting Lyme Disease

Street side of the yard

Many of you know I’m a tough cookie especially when that wrong button is pushed. So it’s probably crazy to hear that I’m afraid of something. Well I am, it’s a ugly little bug (tick) and deer’s. Since moving up here to Connecticut I haven’t had good experience with either of them.Today, in Connecticut the weather is gorgeous and I happen to be off and feeling good to enjoy it. So, I decided to face my fears in go outside in my yard today. I fell in love with my home because of the yard and the lake. But after me and my babies (dogs) got bitten by ticks and getting infected with Lyme disease it’s been hard to come outside during spring and summer time. Both my babies were to old to fight, we lost them both 6 months apart.

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis yard
Favorite Spot In My Yard

I was getting tested regularly now it’s yearly with my next test coming up next month. It’s almost out my body and I pray that next month I hear the words clean build of health from Lyme disease. I’m tough but having Lupus & Lyme disease is hard, I feel like Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie The Revenant getting my ass beat daily by that bear. I just want to have my body back in get back to normal. I have to eventually face my fears in start enjoying my yard again. I let it go by not keeping it up because I really didn’t plan on coming back out here. But I refuse to let a tick scare me off, cuz that sounds crazy, right?

Brandy Lyme Results
My last test April 2015

How Do You Pamper Yourself When You Get Home Early

 When you get off early due to a snow shower, what do a girl do after getting home? I took a shower put on my waffle robe poured myself a glass of prosecco and grabbed a few skin care items to pamper my fatigue face. I want to look fresh and brighten for my busy weekend at Sephora. Ok, gotta go because it’s all about my ME TIME!

Lancome Energie De Vie The Cleansing Oil is a A lightweight cleansing oil and makeup remover in one. This fast-acting cleanser contains powerful antioxidants from Soy seed, Gentiana Root, and Tamarin Fruit to combat skin fatigue.

Lancome Energie De Vie Dullness Relief & Energy Recharge Daily Lotion is an energizing lotion that acts as a moisture magnet while relieving dullness and revitalizing the skin. It’s infused with three root extracts inspired by traditional Chinese rituals. One of the most active parts of a plant, roots hold an extraordinary reserve of life.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm is  an eye treatment that counteracts key visible signs of aging for both the undereye area and upper eye lid.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in Hydration: F + Neroli: The hydrating blend is infused with neroli oil and vitamin F. Neroli oil conditions and soothes, and vitamin F contains sodium hyluronate, which works to deeply nourish and hydrate skin.

Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask: Reduces signs of fatigue, awakens, and tones the eye for a rested, energetic look.

Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.

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My New Flirty Hair Bob Inspired By Tamar Braxton

My new hair do was inspired by the fabulous Tamar Braxton. I’ve been watching her show Tamar & Vince and just love her short dark hair. So I decided that it was time that I change up my look for a short flirty bob. I haven’t had my hair this short in about 18 years. I hope I don’t get bored with it because I’m so use to my over the top hair flips.


My First Day As A Senior Artist At Sephora

Today the Sephora team surprise me with a beautiful fruit basket from Edible Arrangements. I met with Stephanie the District Education Manager to go over the Senior Artist position. I can’t wait to get started and meet all of the cast from all of the stores that I have been assigned to. I’ll be presenting at a beauty cluster class on Wednesday of next week teaching on color correcting. Then later that day I am schedule to assist with a certification. I’ll keep you posted on my journey.

Starting A New Journey As A Senior Artist At Sephora


Sephora Lip BoldI ended my Flirty Friday after a successful “Lip Animation” Rouge Event being surrounded by my peers announcing I am now a Senior Artist for Sephora. Now that’s how a girl kickoffs the weekend!

I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share my 19 plus years of makeup artistry to others who love makeup as much as I do. Helping to coach and elevate makeup artists to their career path is definitely a welcomed new chapter. Spending majority of my makeup career as a freelance makeup artist branding myself in the beauty industry without an manager, agent, or publicist was a challenge, but my hard work, professionalism, and artistry (without social media…lol) has allowed me to put together a beauty blueprint that now I get to share the experience of working major events: Sundance Film Festival, Golden Globes, NBA All Star Weekend; Speaking events OPRAH OYou; Ad campaigns for Cover Girl Queen Collections, Pepsi; Video Shoots for Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Vogue TV, Sperry Top Sider, and numerous A list clients. I will continue to work those amazing assignments and will continue to bring my experience and the latest industry trends to my new adventure. I am so ready for this journey. Thank You Sephora!

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