It’s Aloha Friday And We Talking About Upscale Restaurants In Hawaii

We Fancy Huh…Two luxurious spots in Hawaii we can’t wait to revisit

Everyone knows that Hawaii is PARADISE! And while the first hotspot that everyone wants to visit in Oahu is Waikiki, the girls have two other upscale beach life locations that tickle their fancy.

For Aloha Friday we always like to spotlight local businesses in Hawaii that we love to visit. Sometimes, we spotlight places that tourists may not know about and sometimes we will. We’re just two girls from the mainland who is lucky to live in Hawaii.

Co-Host Julia Rebolo is a fan of “Orchids”located inside of Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, and Co-Host Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is obsessed with Monkey Pod Kitchen on the west side in Ko Olina.

So once you get to Hawaii, definitely add these two restaurants to your list of luxurious dining to visit.

A Great Evening At Paradise Cove Luau In Hawaii

img_5001Today was a little windy here in Hawaii and we had reservations to attend Paradise Cove Luau in Ko’Olina. Since it’s been hard to schedule an evening out with all of our crazy work and school schedule we decided to still go and see this beautiful 12 oceanfront acres establishment.

The evening was filled with lots of drinking, activities, games, Hawaiian music dance and food. Ended with a beautiful sunset that can be seen throughout the acres. Here are pics of a great evening, I’m glad that we decided to still go and I’m glad I was smart enough to bring a jacket…sorry lungs (bronchitis).

 

 

Enjoying My Belgian Waffle From Aloha Gelato in Hawaii

img_4461Since moving to Hawaii I have always been looking for one of my favorite snacks. In New York, I would go to the Wafels & Dinges Waffle Truck, sometimes 4-5 times a week. Besides seafood, finding a place where I can get a delicious Belgian waffle and Krispy Kreme doughnuts was all I asked for living here in Hawaii.

While walking around the Ala Moana Center, I found the Aloha Gelato. They serve Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream, Crepe and Waffles. Everything I Like! I saw a picture of a Belgian Waffle and I got excited. I knew I just hit the jackpot. I’m praying that they taste just as good as the ones I use to get in New York. I order the works, I got Nutella, caramel and chocolate sauce, strawberries and I asked for whipped cream but they forgot to add it. They offer a small scoop of ice cream, that’s different but definitely a great idea. My only suggestions is that they warm the waffle so it helps to melt the sauces, plus it taste so much better when the waffle is hot, soft and chewy.

Do you have a favorite snack that you obsess over? Please share.

The Beautiful Nu’Uanu Pali Lookout In Oahu Hawaii

img_3659Today we found a new historical gem to visit in Hawaii. It’s a beautiful landmark with the best scenic spot and panoramic views that is so breathtaking. The spot I’m speaking about is Nu’Uanu Pali Lookout. The Pali Highway is between Honolulu and Kailua so basically 30 mins from Waikiki. There’s no entry fee but you do have to pay $3 to park your car.

As we drove there the views of the lush Windward Coast the Koolau cliffs are fantastic. The gorgeous tall trees and dense forests to the lookout is unreal. To be so close that you think you can touch it but really not. This is what I dreamed of Hawaii to look like. The natural beauty of the mountains being covered by the clouds and the stone terrace is all just so gorgeous.

So the history is a violent one, this beautiful spot was once a bloody battlefield where hundreds of soldiers died with many being forced off the Pali cliffs. Because of it’s history it’s said that the Lookout receives around 90,000 visitors a day. It’s definitely a spot to visit if you’re traveling to Hawaii. It’s a quick stop to learn about especially if your a history lover. See for yourself below.

Celebrity Makeup Artist and Lifestyle Blogger Share Her First Christmas In Hawaii

img_3567Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! This was our first Christmas here in Hawaii and it couldn’t have been any better. We stayed home the entire day and my daughter and I stayed in our PJ’s all day. 3 out of 4 of us were still under the weather. Because we all work with the public we definitely picked up some type of virus. Because of my Lupus I always do around this time of year. Now that I’m working with international customers and they come to Hawaii sick wearing mask’s and shit that still doesn’t keep me from picking up something. The doctor said I had a Swollen Lymph Glands in my neck and a Viral Prodrome. I managed to do the tradition for the babies, cranberry muffins, cinnamon rolls and mimosa’s, for lunch we had seafood; crabs, crawfish and spicy potatoes. Us girls we stick to the bubbly’s and the guys like to do eggnog with brown liquor. Around 2:45pm I had to take a quick nap, my body needed more rest. While we were gifting I put the roast in the crock pot and sauteed the vegetables. Before movie time we ate dinner and snacked on a pumpkin pie while watching 2 movies.

The biggest gift my husband and I received was having our daughter fly in from Connecticut. It was definitely a treat to all be together here in Hawaii. Even though the boys, Miko and Ani are no longer with us we still put there little stockings up and we have their ashes joining the family every holiday.

 

 

 

 

The bubbly’s started to kick in so the pics stopped here (lol). I hope everyone had a lovely time with their families and friends on yesterday. I know I’m so blessed to have mine, it’s the best feeling ever. We work hard, we play hard and we love on each other hard. Merry Christmas Guys!

 

 

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. 

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. 

Get Armani Beauty Signature Makeup Look From Hawaii Celebrity Makeup Artist

img_3951As extra as I am, I’m a classic girl when it comes to makeup looks. I love to create beautiful makeup and not rainbow bright makeup looks.

When I lived on the mainland I use to love to work on any Donna Karan assignment because Donna Karan preferred pretty and classic no makeup makeup looks on her models.

Today, I was in the mood to create a classic Armani Luminous Glamour look on my muse Camille. I knew Camille would be a great canvas for this inspired by nature and Hollywood look. She has perfect full lips to wear the comfortable matte intense color 8 hour wear Rouge D’ Armani Matte Lipstick. So let’s begin.

Do You Know The Story Behind The Iconic Armani Shade 400? Mr. Armani took a red rose to the GA laboratories and asked that the perfect center of a rose be matched to the iconic shade 400. It took 96 trials to achieve the perfect shade of red. When creating a shade typically there are only 3-4 trials, this is a great example of how Mr. Armani achieves perfection.

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I started Camille with Look 1 using the following items:

Armani Prima Refreshing Makeup Fix

Prima Moisturizing Balm

Power Fabric Foundation Balm

High Precision Retouch Concealer

Fluid Sheer

Loose Powder in Universal to set the foundation

Loose Powder in Bronze on her eyes 

Rouge D’ Armani Matte Lipstick in #400

Black Ecstasy Mascara 

Smooth Silk Eye Brow Pencil in Wenge Wood

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For Look 2. I added a few other Armani products to glam up the look.

Eyes To Kill Stellar Eyeshadow in Moonlight

High Precision Brow Pencil in Wenge Wood

Eyes To Kill Designer Liner

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If you’re in Hawaii and need a red carpet makeup look stop by Bloomingdale’s inside theAla Moana Center for your next event or special occasion. You can find me at Armani.

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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. 

Makeup Date At Bloomingdales Hawaii Was A Success

img_4235The big day is finally here and that’s Makeup Date at Bloomingdales in Ala Moana Center. Bloomingdales nationwide is celebrating Makeup Date today on November 16th. I was so honored to be here in Hawaii and working as the Business Manager for Armani Beauty. Plus, I get to go on stage to do a demo on skincare using Crema Nera Extrema Eye Cream and Armani Power Fabric Concealer.

Bubbly’s and mimosas was being served, gourmet doughnuts, and delicious pastries from 40 Carrots.

 

 

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Hope to see you there next year.

 

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. 

The Best Tinted Cream Makeup To Wear In Hawaii

Crema Nuda TintedI’ve used a lot of makeup brands and I’ve used a lot of tinted makeup on my clients. Just recently I had the opportunity to play with an award winning natural glow treatment with green chemistry called Crema Nuda from Giorgio Armani Beauty. It’s the new generation of tinted cream. The Crema Nuda line surpasses what BB and CC Creams performance  power. It’s a water based texture that will enhanced the glow while blurring imperfections. The anti-aging complex Reviscentalis will improve your skin radiance and will give you younger looking skin. Hyaluronic acid and mannose complete the formula by adding deep hydration with a weightless feel.

Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda Tinted Cream

 

Because the weather here in Hawaii is always in the high 80’s and low 90’s wearing a full face of makeup or a beatface is not what you see on majority of the women here like I’m accustomed to seeing. Crema Nuda foundation is such a unique product. it’s having skincare inside of your makeup. I noticed when applying it to my clients that it’s a corrector with a medium nude coverage that gives the skin a healthy glow. The texture is amazing, it’s silky and buildable on days when you need coverage. I like how it gives my clients an airbrush or a filter look, and it fill in the pores really well.

Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda

Living in paradise it’s nice to have makeup that gives the illusion of your lifestyle. The only two challenges that many women will find is the limited amount of shades they offer and the price point. But if women add up all the products they put on their face it adds up, so why not purchase one item that will do it all. I find that my Japanese, Korean, and Chinese ladies that live in Hawaii are is visiting Hawaii seem to buy it from me at Bloomingdale’s more. Those ladies seem to already be on the Crema Nuda obsession. It’s definitely a must have in my makeup kit and I can’t wait to share with all of my clients here in Hawaii.

 

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. 

For a Fancy Fashionable Treat Visit Dior Cafe In Hawaii

 

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I’m always looking for a fancy treat and today I found it so I had to share it with you all this ultra chic eatery. If you’re ever in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, you must stop by the Ala Moana Center in visit the DIOR Cafe. It’s so very Instagram worthy that you will want to pull out your iPhone. The Collection’s signature monkeys and lions popping with delicate accent colors of blush pink and navy blue. Lush greenery decorates the cozy cafe with tasteful white seating and large umbrellas flanking the perimeter.

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The menu includes items such as coffee, teas, juices and pastries, as well as an acai bowl, an item you will find many in Hawaii love to eat.

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You can find me eating here at least 3 x’s a week., seriously.

Here’s why.

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My Obsession…The Dior Parfait is so worth the $19 you will pay. It’s a super-rich and creamy vanilla gelato, filled with berries, fresh mascarpone cream topped with granola and a delicious macaroon. So, if you want to donate to my new bad habit you can send me a $20 gift to my paypal account.

 

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.