Monday, May 18, 2015

Makeup: How I Did Makeup On A Modern Day Barbie At Sephora

While at Sephora I had the most gorgeous face walk in and sat in my chair for makeup and I all kept thinking was she's a real life modern day barbie. Her skin was flawless, her pink hair on fleek and her body look like a model you see on the runway. I couldn't wait to get my hands on her because she was a perfect canvas. Below are all the items that I used on her. All the items can be found at your Sephora location. 











Friday, May 15, 2015

Caribbean Posh Style Issue 2015: Get The 101 On Your Favorite Fragrances

Caribbean Posh Style Issue 2015 is out and I'm so elated about it. As you know I'm the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh and I worked really hard on the beauty section making sure I sent over great things to the publisher for our readers to enjoy. So here are the articles but go to Caribbean Posh to better view the articles. 

Asking All My Friends To Put On Purple Today For Lupus Awareness

Friday is usually my Flirty Friday day where I tell you to have a sexy day. This morning I am asking all of my FAMILY, FRIENDS, ASSOCIATES & SOCIAL MEDIA friends to put on purple to help bring awareness to this horrible autoimmune disease that I have called LUPUS. Lupus became a household name in the Gomez family when my mom twin sister died from it. This disease has completely changed my life. I fight and struggle everyday to get through the day. I know I don't look sick from the outside because of all the hair and makeup I wear, lol. But if only you knew how hard it is for me to look that way. I have to take breaks just to get ready in the morning. To go to work in do what I luv is such a hard task. Because I have to continue to work because of daily and medical bills but mostly I have to because I need some type of extra happiness and doing makeup, teaching makeup, making other women happy brings me happiness. Seeing my work on TV, videos and magazines is so different now then when I was really in demand in the beauty industry. 

I never ask anyone for anything and I always say everyone has a story. Well, this is my favor is Can You Wear Purple Today? Then tag me on any of the social media platform that I am on with #WearPurpleForBrandy even though I'm in the group of people that might not see the cure for lupus. I'm fighting because I don't want my kids, your family and anyone out there to have to deal with the challenge that lupus will bring to your life. Yolanda Foster friends and the world supported her with her Lyme disease social media challenge. I want to see if you will support me just as strong. You can wear purple anywhere; hair, makeup, nails, earrings, ties, t-shirt, sneakers, hat, caps, Be as creative as you want. I know I'm not Kim Kardashian and will break the internet, LOL. Let's have fun on this LUPUS AWARENESS DAY!!! Thanks in advance....See ya bye & luv u mean it!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Glam Day In Harlem Doing Makeup On The Producers Of Harlem On My Plate

Before kicking off my day doing makeup on 2 fabulous female producers in New York City I needed my me time. Sitting out back on my deck in Connecticut enjoying my Teavana tea and zen like ambiance of the exotic trees, plants and lake always make me feel like I'm a luxury resort spa. Since mornings is not my favorite time of the day because of my lupus I always need a minute to unwind and loosen up my joints. A little mediation, 10 pills and time with the nature does my body good. Since I didn't have to be in New York until 3pm I had more than enough time to pamper myself. I'm so excited about tonight event. My clients will be featuring their first featured film, a documentary called "Harlem On My Plate".

Made It To aloft hotel in Harlem

Producers: Sonya & Rochelle from Powerhouse Productions

Waiting on car service to take them to the red carpet. Congrats ladies on your first feature film!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hair Tip Using Alterna For Extensions & Wigs

I always get complements on my hair and so today I thought I'll let you in on a hair secret. My hair tip today comes from  Alterna. I'm such a big fan of their  Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Micromist. It helps to control frizz and gives a natural shine to my extensions. The mircomist is an ultra light weight mist leaving my hair with a satin finish. When wearing hair extensions and or wigs you have to be careful about using oil on the hair and I find the micromist gives me just the look I need until my next hair appointment with Maisha Teacher at Bibi Salon NYC

How I Created A Day Smokey Makeup Look

I always love wearing a smokey look year round. Sometimes it can be sultry, sometimes it can be edgy but on most days I like to keep it more subtle for day. A smokey look can usually be a challenge for most women. But I have just the right item that you can use when creating a smokey makeup look. So don't worry it won't take you long in the morning if you use the following items. So here is my cheat sheet to creating a smokey makeup look that can be worn in the day. Let me know how it work out for you. 

Shadow Shields

First Aid Beauty Triple Remedy in Medium/Deep

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in Deep 66

Cover FX Matte Setting Powder in Deep

L'OREAL PARIS Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

STILA STAY ALL DAY Waterproof Liner In Black

L'OREAL PARIS Voluminous Mascara In Carbon Black

TOO Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude

Kat Von D Contour Palette

If you look close enough on the last picture you'll see a deer photo bombing me.

Glam Life Of Living With Lupus

Before going to work I am at my doctor's appointment to do new blood work in to do more breathing tests. My lungs don't seem to be getting stronger. So here's a look into my glam life.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Ladies & Happy World Lupus Day

Ending my night writing this small blog post while in bed. I had such an amazing day with my 2 babies. Michael (hubby) woke me up before leaving for work, he gave me my gifts. Jordan (son) came in got in bed with me to watch one of my favorite film; Dances With Wolves. Envy (daughter) came home this afternoon bearing gifts and that's when we started our celebration. The thing is what we did today is normal especially when I'm able to have both Envy & Jordan home;. I'm a lucky mom because my kids love being in my company. They treat me very well and holidays is never really special because we vowed to love each other hard everyday and not just holidays. 
My beautiful babies, Envy Jewel & Jordan Armani

The only thing that's different is celebrating World Lupus Day. Just do me a favor support anyone you know with Lupus. In when I say support I'm not saying with money but being their for them. First thing google Lupus and find out exactly what lupus does to your friend. Then you can figure out how best you can be their for them. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I Love A Tangy Orange Lip For The Spring & Summer

Like many makeup junkies I never wear all my makeup from one makeup brand. My vanity is a mess with a variety of makeup tossed around. I really don't know how I know what to put on each morning because I have so much to choose from. Today I was feeling all Absolute New York makeup especially their waterproof gel liner in orange. I selected mostly their new collections to wear today so I decided to share with you their 3 new items. Don't sleep on this brand, the colors are highly pigmented and the price is definitely easy on the wallet. From the mouth of a makeup artist & a beauty expert you will be obsessed...don't say I didn't warn you!
ABSOLUTE NEW YORK True Palettes Eyeshadow In Elements $5.99

ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Waterproof Gel Lip Liner In Orange $4.99
ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Ultra Slick Lipstick in Magical $5.99

Monday, May 4, 2015

Makeup Monday: Sharing My Foundation While Living With Lupus

Everyday I get told in person, by email or through social media I wanna be like you.  I always respond with "No You Don't". Many always see the glam side of my life working as a makeup artist with celebrities but never the ugly side. Being that it's Lupus month I decided this month I'll show you both worlds. I'm finally showing you my real foundation what make me look flawless everyday. Like many women we put on a facade going through whatever challenges it takes to get through the day. My challenge is lupus, every time I share that I have lupus it's always hard for people to believe because I don't look sick from a far but if you ever look in my eyes then you will see pass the hair, makeup and smile. Hopefully my strength of allowing you in my real life will help you understand what lupus is. How this auto immune disease effects me and others living with it. 


Starting today living with lupus will no longer be a silent disease. If you know of anyone with lupus I need you to do one thing, be understanding with them. I can never express how everyday is a challenge, you never know what your going to get. One day you can wake up your age the next day your body can feel like a 90 year old person. On Monday you can be on social media taking tons of selfie but the next day you can't get out of bed or worst you could be in the hospital fighting for your life. Having fun on Monday can cause a flare up that last for 3-4 days. 

So be understanding. Instead of being angry with your friend for canceling a girls night out, or whatever the situation is how about doing something nice for them especially if your friend have kids. Maybe order them a pizza because trust if they are having a flare up they can't get out of bed to cook for their kids. Be creative, be supportive, not everybody with lupus have understanding people around them. Life is hard & living with lupus is harder. 

See you bye & luv you mean it!!!