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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Makeup: What's Your Favorite Red Lipstick Shade This Season

Like many ladies I rarely wear red lipstick during the day. But when I do I actually like the  shade of red on my lips. I've played with different textures but I seem to like matte, satin high shine lipsticks. 

Being that it's fall I was inspired by all the beautiful fall leaves and the gorgeous red Japanese maple tree in front of my home that I decided to rock a cherry bomb lip. 

Here are 5 of my favorite lipsticks this season. Let's see if one of your favorites made my list.

1 .NARS Lipstick in Red Lizard (semi matte full powered red) $26.00

2. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Berry (shine of a gloss berry red) $21.00

3. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lip Color in Sultry Red (soft matte bright blue red) $26.00

4. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Cranberry (matte lip color deep red) $24.00

5.Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 in Le Rouge (satin finish blood red) $35.00

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Love Rock N Roll Meets Glam Rock Makeup Look

This morning I woke up feeling really good and pain free. I was feeling like the old me so I knew I wanted to play with my hair & makeup. My signature makeup look is a dark eye with a glossy nude lip. I prefer a bronzer with shimmer for a blush and sometimes a sheer pink blush.

I like a matte full coverage foundation because I have lots of moles on my face in a small lupus butterfly rash on my nose that I'm self-conscious about. So I always wear layers of foundation and powder.

I decided to do a blog post on this look because I received so many nice complements from the ladies in Connecticut about my makeup look.

Today's matte and flawless finish makeup look was created with using the following makeup items.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $36.00
YSL Fusion Fix Foundation in Toffee $60.00
Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation in Cocoa $46.00
NARS Eyepaint in Transvaal $25.00
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Desperation $18.00
NARS eyeshadow in Night Breed $25.00
Stila Kajal eyeliner in Onyx $18.00
STILA Stay All Day Waterproof eyeliner in Black $20.00 
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara $28.00
Bobbi Brown Shimmer in Aruba $40.00

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmer in Luminous $29.00
TARTE Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed $24.00
TARTE Lipsurgence Lipgloss in Park Ave Princess $19.00

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm Ready To Share My New Life Living With Lupus

Around this time last year I was experiencing the most most excruciating pains in my joints follow by numbness and tingling in my fingers and legs. After a month I knew self medicating with an aspirin and cocktails wasn't going to cut it I finally told my husband to take me to a doctor. Well, $14,795.00 later I was diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Enlarged Heart, High Blood Pressure and Anemia (that I already knew I had). Lupus wasn't something new to me because my mom twin sister passed from Lupus in 2004. Because it was caught very late I don't remember much about it except that she was always tired and in pain. I was having symptoms for 9 years but it wasn't consistent so I assumed it was my glamxurious career and lifestyle, traveling and working crazy hours. But this time something was different. I always joke that I'm the black female Benjamin Button because I don't look my age. All of a sudden I now started to feel like an 90 year old woman needing assistant from my husband and kids to get out of bed, to walk up stairs, to get dress, and everything else a healthy person could do on their own. 

This disease has completely changed my life since being diagnosed (extreme fatigue, pain, weakness, kidney & heart problems, vision, hair loss, weight gain, sensitivity to light & sun, memory fog, swelling in my feet, legs, & arms). Today I finally decided to talk about it because I'm ready to help to bring awareness to Lupus. Celebrities like Toni Braxton & Nick Cannon can only do so much. Their are so many people that look like me walking around with a secret, trying to hold on to their jobs and it's scary because you don't know who to share it with. 

Today, singer Julian Lennon, singer Tessanne Chin and actor Ian Harding, is in New York to help bring Lupus Awareness by being a part of the Empire State Building going purple tonight. Then later tonight the Lupus Foundation of America's, will be hosting a National Gala in New York City honoring Prof. Dr. Iris Loew-Friedrich, Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon & Jed Whedon. It actually brought tears to my eyes because this could be the beginning of more research for us Lupus survivors. 

One of my friends Mirna Jose has been telling me since I've been diagnosed that I should write a post and share my story. So starting today not only will I continue to write about my life as a makeup artist but now as a makeup artist living with lupus. When I'm absent from my blog now you'll understand why.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Beauty Happy Hour: Allure Magazine Private Event Feat Nexxus Hair Care

I'm always elated when I receive an invite in my email from Allure Magazine for one of their private event. Their current beauty event was for Nexxus Hair Care products being hosted at Salon SCK in Columbus Circle. Tonight event was for Nexxus Celebrity Hair Color Expert Aura Friedman. Aura did a great presentation showcasing the hair products from Nexxus and sharing pictures from her recent work on actress Molly Simms. The great hair stylists from Salon SCK offered new hair trends by appointments to the attendees while the others sipped mini Moet Chandon bottles and eating macaroons. 

Hosted at Salon SCK in Columbus Circle

Greeted by 2 handsome guys, mini Moet bottles from Chandon

Enjoying my bubbly

The full collection of Nexxus Salon Hair Care at Salon SCK
Complimentary Copy Of Allure Magazine August 2014  issue
Aura Friedman Hair Presenation using Nexxus Hair Products

For Color Treated Hair-Nexxus Color Assure Color Care
Styling Products For All Hair Types-Nexxus Superior Touchable Hold Collection
For Fine Hair-Nexxus Hydra Light Product Line
Social Media Hashtags for the evening
Allure Magazine Raffle Suitcase value $2,000...I want this!

Saneeta Harris of Chic Inspector meet for the first time we both follow each other on social media...luv it!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Beauty Happy Hour: Anti-Aging For Women Of Color

mother of a 22 yr old daughter & a 17 yr old son
We all heard the saying “Black Don’t Crack”. Well, there’s a little truth to that but you have to put some effort to keep your skin youthful and beautiful. The melanin in our skin has always act as a built in moisturizer but as the skin mature more is needed to keep the skin tight and firm. 

Women of color skin challenges are; uneven skin tone like melasma, large poresdark circles, and sagging skin, which manifests as nasolabial folds (those parenthesis around your mouth). Losing elasticity and being exposed to the sun which results in age spots is why you want to start taking care of yourself. Here are a variety of anti-aging items that fits everyone budgets.

L'Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50 $10.99

Olay Anti Wrinkle 2 in 1Firm and Lift Day Cream and Serum $12.99

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir $23.99

Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford $39.95

Rx for Brown Skin Essential Hydration Moisturizing Cream $40.00

Murad Age Balancing Night Cream $75.00

Monday, July 28, 2014

Makeup Monday: When Beauty Meets Food With Chef Gina Keatley

Heading to the city at 5am...Glam life of a makeup artist 
A lot of makeup (STILA, L'OREAL, TOO FACED, NICKA K NY) I plan to use on Chef Gina Keatley from her Dukan Diet segment. This chef luvs makeup & lashes
I LOVE this foundation brush from NICKA K's only $5.99. You can find Stila at Sephora, L'OREAL at CVS and NICKA K NY on their website.
Must have hair goodies from Sexy Hair & Absolute Hot 
Now this is how you bring your hair tools to set...Absolute Hot 4 & 1 is from the Nicka K NY family
Luv working with Chef Gina Keatley....she know her food and luv a sultry eye. 
I'm obsessed with how her makeup came out...flawless...those high shine lips are Crystal Shine Lipgloss from Nicka K  NY. Thanks to SEXYHAIR I was able to give Gina her signature pompadour  hair style.
This fab young lady is Constance Pulsfier, Dukan Diet brand ambassador and I'm going to give her a fresh makeup look & playful hair.
I really enjoyed working with Constance, doing both hair & makeup on her. She lost over 200lbs

Connecticut Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis works in New Orleans & New York City. Brandy is a hidden gem makeup artist in New York. She recently did makeup for: Hillary Clinton, Ralph Lauren Fragrances for Esquire Mexico Magazine, Polo Player Nacho Figueras. Brandy has worked with celebrities like: Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Hutton, Queen Latifah, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, 2x Olympic champion Gymnst Aly Raisman, Jordin Sparks, Ellie Goulding, Angela Bassett, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Alysia Reiner, Chiqui Delgado, Robert Redford, Brad Goreski, Ne-Yo, Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, Phillip Phillips, 2 Chainz. Brandy also created looks for Theodora & Callum summer & fall makeup look for their upcoming video shoot, and created makeup looks for Donna Karan Resort 2014 Collection during market week. Brandy recently worked on The View, MTV 10 On Top, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Mob Wives Ramona Rizzo, Project Runway, Project Runway All-Stars Season 2, Lifetime "Project Runway" Promo Photo shoot, E News, MTV TV Show Hip Hop Pov, Ralph Lauren and Victoria Secret New Angel Cris Urena, Ebony Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Stila Beauty Event, Fox and Friends Saturday, NBA All-Star Weeken, Donna Karan Fashion Show, DKNY Fashion Show, Keva J Swimwear Look Book, Mercedes Benz Fashion Show, New York Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, VH-1 Divas, Real Simple Magazine Holiday Pop Up Store in Bryant Park, GLAMOUR Magazine #WOTY, OPRAH O YOU, L'OREAL Paris, Project Runway Finale, VOGUE TV, Sperry Top-Sider, Burberry Beauty, International Latino Film Festival, Essence Music Festival, New York Post and more. Brandy is a L'OREAL Paris Makeup Artist and the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine. Brandy is also a high demand bridal makeup artist in Connecticut, bridal makeup artist in New York, and a bridal makeup artist in New Orleans. She had been hire to do bridal makeup at many destinations weddings in Jamaica at Half Moon resort.