Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beauty Expert & Beauty Influencer Brandy Gomez-Duplessis share makeup tips, how to's, on set entertainment & BTS beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with living with lupus, lyme disease & RA. She share her life of what it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and she writes for the HEARST CT News Blog called Beauty Happy Hour and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show. Brandy recently launched Entitled Beauty, a luxurious mineral based makeup line with her business partner Johnny Luoma
This episode on Makeup and Martinis NYC, we break it down on our skincare routine. Johnny and I talk about the skincare line I use called ROC SKINCARE. Their PR company sent me a goodie box with their entire collection. Since we received the package we both have been using it and this episode we will discuss the differences, show you how to apply, and explain the benefits.
Its a Beauty Breakdown: Skincare Version! Also a Cameo from my Ghost, Charlie. LOL
When you have an early morning call time in New York for 6am and your coming from Connecticut it means your getting up at 4am. Then if your client is the beautiful Maite Perroni, you have to go in looking fabulous with hair and makeup. What I love about working with this amazing woman is her energy and she loves for her glam squad to look just as good as she does. By 4:30am my hair is slaying and my face is beat. Now off to New York City I go to glam up my girl.
I got to Maite hotel at 5:45am, it’s so quiet so you know what I did, I had a photo shoot in the hotel. So let the photo shoot start because I only have 15 mins so I had to strike a pose.
It was so good to see my girl Maite. I feel like we are in the beginning stage of a friendship.
I always enjoy talking with her as well as getting her makeup ready for her events. Upon entering her hotel room, Maite gave me a long hug. I couldn’t wait to catch up with her to see what all new things she’s working on that she has not shared with her loyal fans. Then I was able to share with her all the new things I’m working on including me launching Entitled Beauty Cosmetics back in November. I knew she was going to love it because she loves makeup just as much as I do. And she’s a business woman so she would understand all my ideas and what I’m trying to do with the brand. As we were talking we both realized that we are flirting with spending time in Los Angeles around the same time.
So why was I in New York doing Maite’s makeup? As many of you know that she’s one of the spokespersons for Proactiv. And Proactiv was having a big event called Proactiv Journey for Back To School. Proactiv along with the fabulous team from Lippie Taylor agency put on a great event for kids returning to school. They set them up for success by providing them with a starter backpack of school supplies ranging from; pencil pouches, 12-pack of pencils, a pack of note cards, highlighters, binders, packs of paper, folders, and so much more. The best items that was added to the backpacks were the Proactiv Limited Edition Gift Bundle that included the 3-piece system featuring Adapalene, their most advanced system to date; Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30, and Adapalene Gel 0.1%
So now the kids can treat their skin to retinoid, without a prescription. The great thing about the 3 piece system is that it includes moisture and sun protection, from what I hear it’s highly recommended with the use of retinoids.
It was an elaborate event that catered to all ages from kids, teens and adults. At the candy station is were you could find me when I wasn’t touching up Maite’s makeup.
I am so here for the Limited Edition Hello Kitty brush kit. You can find this item at your local Ulta Beauty store very soon. Check with your local store or follow Proactiv on Instagram so you can hear the launch date. It will make for a great holiday gift so make sure you pick one up before they run out. I wasn’t gifted with the brush kit but I did receive the 3-piece system and I am so honored for it. Being a celebrity makeup artist living with lupus, I’m always worried about my skin and how it looks. I wear a full face of makeup everyday because I hate the texture of my skin. I have oily skin with large pores and moles on my face. So, I can’t wait to see if my skin texture change in 3 months. Adult acne is a thing and I see so many of my clients suffering with it more then when they were a teenager. Proactiv is not just for teens, us adults we need some Proactiv love also.
Here are the makeup items from my makeup line Entitled Beauty Cosmetics I used on Maite. We are both rockin the same lip color, cuz we FLY! By 12 noon it was a wrap!
Being invited to attend Fresh beauty event was such a treat and I made it just in time because I had BEAUTY 2 beauty event the same day. What a way to end my evening by being around beautiful cut fresh flowers, Veuve Clicquot, great skincare products from FRESH and the lovely and talented illustrator Blairz. To finally have my own piece of art work from Blairz I can now scratch it off my list. Blairz designed the Soy Face Cleanser limited edition bottle for FRESH and it’s fabulous! Are you #SoyObsessed
So how do I keep my skin flawless and oil-free? It’s all about using the correct skincare product for your skin. Activated charcoal is a great item for someone with oily skin. I just started using DERMA E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub to exfoliate my face with. I can already see a difference and my face not being oily as fast. I feel like my face is matte longer than usual. So this is a good sign that DERMA E is working for me. It’s a natural exfoliate that is living me with a fresh, healthy, and radiance glowing complexion.
What exfoliating do you like to use on your face?
Below is a video of me trying out DERMA E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub
Guess What’s Back?…Whole Foods Market limited edition Beauty Bag. Whole Foods Market’s 4th Annual Beauty Week kicks off from March 21st-28th. Inside the Beauty Bag you will find natural beauty products that is sold at Whole Foods Market Whole Body department. Some of these beauty and skincare items are already on the shelves and now you will get introduced to new Whole Food’s favorites. The Beauty Bag will be available for sale at $20 (valued at $90.00). I see so many great items in my box that I can’t wait to try them all out. If your into natural organic products, mineral based items, and personal care products that don’t included: phthalates, microbeads, triclosan, BHT, BHA, aluminum chlorohydrate and more, you should pamper yourself with this bag of treats. They screen for 75 plus ingredients that’s been banned in personal care products to make sure they sell the best to their customers. So all you natural beauties, stop by your local Whole Foods Market next week to pick up your Beauty Bag and get a Whole Beauty Experience.
On Friday morning, I visited a new coffee shop in Danbury called Barrister’s. I’m not a coffee person but I’m definitely a tea lover. Any new coffee shop would have a menu offering unique teas so I decided to stop in. I’m so glad that I did because Barrister’s Coffee Shop is a new gem in Downtown Danbury. Their decor gave me the feel of San Francisco meets New York. They offered a varied menu that anyone would find something tasty to eat and drink. My second order Kyle made me a tasty drink to my liking and I’m picky.
I was able to snuggle in their comfy leather chairs while enjoying my hot tea and working on beauty articles. The energy and the welcoming staff has made Barrister’s my favorite place to work from this year. The shop also has an area to work on your personal computer.
While sipping on tea, Caitlynn came by to offer samples of Kombucha tea. They offer Jasmine Green Tea and Black & White flavor. She explained to me that they offer Cross Culture Kombucha which is from Danbury’s first Kombucha brewery.
The JASMINE GREEN TEA flavor was very refreshing with a soft floral taste. The BLACK & WHITE flavor was very clean tasting.
What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a delicious bubbly fermented tea that has existed for many hundreds of years. It is raw, non-alcoholic and made by fermenting sweet tea with a live kombucha culture. The culture of bacteria and yeast (known as a SCOBY) that is critical in brewing kombucha, is what transforms sweet tea into a beverage with completely different properties, and not just in taste. After fermenting, the beverage contains loads of healthy organic acids, beneficial bacteria, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. These works together in an adaptogenic tonic that supports nutrition absorption, digestion, liver function and detoxification, joint health, immunity, pH balance, and overall well-being.
So how does Kombucha tie in with beauty you ask, drinking kombucha can help your skin look fresh, healthy, and younger-looking. Dieting is a daily commitment to gut health and detoxification, and those are two areas that have the effect of making you feel younger as well as look your best says Ian Ceppos Head Brewer of Cross Culture Kombucha. It helps to detoxify, hydrate, and improve skin elasticity. Kombucha can improve the tone and clarity of your skin, and even help in the fight against wrinkles. Drinking 2-3 teas a day will definitely do a body good.
I’m so happy that I stopped by Barristers Coffee Shop this morning. Any help to keep me to looking effortlessly youthful and glamxurious while helping my body with my health issue; Lupus, Lyme and RA is a plus. So let’s all drink up and get healthy!
Ladies, I’m sure your skin is thirsty with all of the cold weather we have been having this month here in Connecticut. So, your body is probably dehydrated right now even if your using moisturizer at night and using a lip balm throughout the day. It’s very important to hydrate your entire body, inside and out. Drinking water is good for the body but make sure your eating foods like watermelon, cucumbers and even bell peppers. Make sure your getting those nutrients in during your lunch break. As we age, using products infused with hyaluronic acid that help hydrate and nourish the skin becomes paramount. While getting your beauty rest, be sure to turn on your humidifier to keep your skin from drying out.
Those are just a few hydrating tips to get you through the rest of the winter. But here are 10 of my favorite items this winter.
FRESH LIFE Body Oil– A luxurious blend of precious, skin-soothing oils and extracts infused with a scent that captures the ultimate Fresh moment.
CAUDALIE Crushed Cabernet Scrub-A professional, signature scrub used in Vinotherapie Spas, that inspired Caudalie’s entire body care collection. This natural, wine-inspired body scrub provides strong exfoliation, drains, refines, softens, and nourishes the skin as it imparts intense hydration and a satiny finish. Skin is left smooth and silky.
JAVA SKINCARE DOUBLE-SHOT BODY SERUM-Double-Shot Body Serum is brimming with a concentrated blend of our signature organic green coffee and organic argan oil. This non-greasy formula delivers a double-shot of antioxidants and caffeine, protecting and giving skin a youthful glow. Perfect for extra-dry skin.