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
It is Lupus Awareness Month so I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m back in the hospital with a flare up, this is my glam life.
I always say my body is like playing a game of cards because I never know what I’m going to get when I wake up in the morning. Because I’m not a person that go to the hospital for every little pain I get I’m always in bad shape when I get to the hospital. I won’t take off from an assignment I have learned how to manage and still do beautiful work while in pain. When I do say I need to go to the hospital the pain level is over 10.
This time my flare up was in my left hip and leg. It was so swollen, had redness/inflamed, and painful to walk. My day started with going to the doctor with hopes of getting a shot for the pain. Right away my doctor said, WOW, you have septic joints. Before I can get dress the ambulance was being called, and a wheelchair brought in the room. Like my doctor said, I’m so vain, I turned all that down, Oh Hell To The No!!! Then they try showing me how to use crutches, turned that down also. I promised my doctor that I was going to go to the ER, went home and waited for my husband and son to come home so they could escort me.
So now I’m at Danbury Hospital, my second home…smh. Lots of blood work was done as usual and X-Rays to see what was going on. I was given some strong meds to calm down the flare up. I’m not a fan of pills because I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Give me a cocktail any day because I’m in control and I know my limit. They gave me Naproxen, Diazepam, and Oxycodone. I now have to go see a Orthopedics to make sure I don’t have any damages with my joints/muscles from walking for a long time without seeing a doctor.
So, I’m on bed rest for 2 days and I’m thinking positive that everything is ok and no blood clotting while traveling on Friday. Because of my history in the past I use to clot so I wasn’t able to travel for some time.
Finally a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Connecticut. So how did I spend it? With Connecticut Lifestyle Blogger, Ilse McDonnell. We spent the afternoon at LuLu Face Company in Litchfield, getting our personalized custom color HD Cream while enjoying our time eating, drinking and chatting with other bloggers from Connecticut. Founder Linda Temkin of LuLu Face Company spent quality time with us answering questions about her makeup line.
You will just love what’s inside this box…Inside the subscription box we received; A custom HD Defintion CC Cream, Glow All Over, Skin Illuminator, Fit and Flushed, A Lipcolor of our choice, and a A To Go brush. The subscription box comes out 4 times a year. Inside you get 3 full size bottles that is personalized for you. How, by filling out a questionnaire card that will help Linda determine the best color for you. Once your box is ready she will ship it to you.
Anti-aging peptides and botanicals infused into your makeup
Pure Minerals calm the skin with anti-inflammatory properties
95% Vegan and 100% All Natural
Cinnamon and Peppermint essential oil as a natural lip plumper
Lipcolors that can be made with any finish you want and the perfect color matched just for you
Customization possibilities are endless to create the perfect match
The tasty food was done by Chef and owner Sam of Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar. Sam menu at her restaurant is inspired by mockingbirds. From the cocktail treats served I definitely will make a reservation to check out her other dishes.
Rachel did a great job catering to the invited guest. Luv how she pours her drinks, #plentiful
Hope you were able to get out and enjoy your beautiful spring weekend. It was so overdue here in Connecticut. It’s now back to wearing coats and jackets. See you bye & love you mean it!
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.
Because 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.
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.
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.
We’re so elated to share with you Entitled Beauty cosmetics glam day at the 2018 Home & Leisure Show at Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT. We were placed right at the entrance of Starbucks. So we got to introduced Entitled Beauty to a lot of new Entitled Beauty Babes.
Johnny and myself helped our EB Babes find the correct lipsticks, lip glosses and highlighters that would match their skin tones. Of course we sold out once again in Jaco, our bold liquid lipstick and ran low on our Spotlight Highlighter in Resting Bitch Face.
We had a great turn out of supporters from friends stopping by even if it was just for 2 mins. We also had some lookers, that was a given we knew that was going to happen, lol. Thanks everyone for showing us love and wanting to see Entitled Beauty do well.
It was a great work day for me today. Anytime I get a call from my clients to come to their home in New York to get them hair & makeup ready for their events it’s always a glam time. Plus, it was a beautiful day in New York that I could have stayed in the city all day.
My client Kristi is someone that I met on set a few years ago. We hit it off instantly, she is such a fun girl and is very easy to work with.
Kristi is attending the EV 100 Gala at the Essex House. It’s a big event for the Estonian community and Kristi wanted to look like a princess so she called me to come to her home on the Upper East Side to do her hair and makeup. I find that I do more in-home services for makeup in New York then I do in Connecticut.
Grabbing a bite to eat at The Ribbon before heading up to Kristi. This is where I met my my friends Ken Pao & Fady. Ken is a photographer and Fady Malki is a hairstylist. Can’t wait to do some great work with them this spring/summer.
This weekend I’m so elated about being at the Greater Danbury Chamber 2018 Home & Leisure Show with Entitled Beauty at Danbury Fair Mall. Johnny came over to the house and we talked about new products we’re launching and we discussed everything that we would need for our booth. The Home & Leisure Show is a two day event and we will be there retailing our lipsticks, lip glosses and our highlighters. We decided that we would also help consumers apply the products and also share with them how to use the highlighters. We want our booth to be fun so I’m bringing music, my speakers and my lights so selfies and videos can be done at the booth.
It’s looking like they have our booth set up on the first level near Starbucks. So stop by to see us and shop. Here are the dates and time.