Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer Time Living In Connecticut On Candlewood Lake




After a long day of makeup artistry I always enjoy coming home in just clearing my mind sitting by the lake (Candlewood Lake). I just love being around water, digging my feet in the sand while drinking a nice cold beer. This is why I luv summer time.


Friday, August 7, 2015

My Favorite Must Have's Fab Finds At Sephora

I went to Sephora today to see if I could find some new goodies. I found two great FAB FINDS that I wanted to share with you ladies.


Finally a makeup company took an interest with making a contour palette for us boogie down brown people. Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit in Deep is an exclusive palette only at Sephora. It's three blendable, buildable shades contour, bronze, and highlight the face for foolproof contouring, and the specially designed angled brush assists with even application. $45.00



I also found these Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof. The creamy texture, the intensely pigmented bright colors, and the long wearing smudge proof liner is everything I was looking for. I luv the way it glides on soft then dries in a matte finish, comes in 10 shades. $14.00

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis Featured On Cocotique

It's always an honor when someone features you in a magazine or on their blog. Being recognized for your talent is always delightful. In the beauty industry where there is so many amazing and talented artists, to be highlighted by a brand means a lot. I met Dana Hill the Founder & CEO of Cocotique while doing makeup at the IBS Show for Absolute NY, a makeup brand who's makeup I luv using. While at the show Dana and I hit it off right away like two girlfriends. So when Kim Jackson, the Director of Cocotique reached out to me about doing an interview, I was honored. If your a beauty junkie like myself, you must get a subscription of Cocotique monthly beauty box. The ladies always select the best items for you to enjoy. Here's the article for you to read about me being a COCOBelle!

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis doing makeup on Ebony Magazine Style Directoe Marielle Bobo

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Love: How We Celebrated Our Wedding Anniversary

In the media and on reality shows we never hear about marriages lasting longer than a full season. But in real life, marriages are still going strong...well at least our love is. I had the best day ever hanging out with my best friend. We laughed the entire day and he didn't mind being my co-host on all my silly videos. So join us on a few of our stops before my phone died and I ran out of space on my phone. I definitely look forward to returning to Abbott's Lobster a casual waterfront restaurant on the Mystic River in Noank and Chamard Vineyards a beautiful farm, winery and bistro in Clinton.







































Monday, August 3, 2015

Makeup Monday: How I Keep My Hair Beach Ready


When I want to have an effortless beach look while home on Makeup Monday I like to take with me to the lake Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion and Surf Spray. To keep me cool, my face refreshed and hydrated I bring with me Caudalie Organic Grape Water. 

Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion as an oil- and salt-infused spray to create soft, sea-tossed waves with sheen. This innovative blend of tropical oils and sea botanicals softens hair and adds shine while a sea mineral complex builds tousled texture. It’s perfect for those who need extra conditioning—in or out of the sun—for a softer, touchable finish. It contains UV filters to guard against the drying effects of the sun and offers beachy, windswept texture with volume and a matte finish. Keep Surf Infusion out of direct sunlight to preserve its sea-breezy blue color and prevent fading. If color does fade, don’t fret—performance is not affected.. 

How To Use
-Shake well.
-Mist Surf Infusion on damp or dry hair, focusing on the lengths.
-Style and let dry or diffuse. 
-If desired, squeeze or twist hair to encourage more wave.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray a saltwater-based styling spray. This styling spray adds volume and texture to the hair to create a sexy, wind-blown feel. Its salt-infused formula adds fullness, hold, and a cool, matte finish. Salt water is no secret to editorial stylists for adding volume and texture, and anyone who has been in the ocean knows of that salty, sexy, sun-dried, wind-styled feel (that seems such a shame to wash out). So while Bumble and bumble hasn't exactly bottled the real thing, they've replicated and improved it, including seaweed and kelp extracts to enhance moisture. Excellent for wavy types and landlocked surfers with winter blues, this spray adds body to fine hair and adds a nice texture for silver hair. 

How To Use
-Spray evenly on damp hair
-Style and let dry (stand in the wind)or use a diffuser
-Layer Surf Spray on top of Grooming Creme for a soft, flexible, beachy, texture

Caudalie a 100 percent grape water toner enriched with moisturizing polysaccharides and mineral salts. This 100 percent plant based water extracted directly from grapes during the harvests. It soothes, refreshes and hydrate the skin.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

SEPHORA VIB Rouge Before Brunch Event


It's Sunday morning and it's all about Sephora VIB Rouge Before Brunch event nationwide. Doors are opening at 9am, the event is for 2hr where VIB Rouge customers will have private shopping time at the store. 

Makeup and skincare brands will be there to participate offering makeup looks as well as doing mini facials. Shoppers will get 4x the points on all purchases, a limited edition cosmetic bag filled with samples. I'm elated hope to see you there!





Trish the Store Director checking in the VIB ROUGE



Gina from COVER FX was doing foundation matches

Zack from CLARINS was offering skincare cocktails


TARTE was giving sultry eyes

SEPHORA staff looking good in their red lips


Phil helping out in fragrance

Zack has all the baskets

Luv shopping with my favorite makeup blogger...Georgie O'Connell (@gmogirl2)

Checking out Stila cosmetics Inked Liner

Never pass up an opportunity to do Georgie makeup


Alex from TARTE was also there to support