Cold Pressed Oils (Cold Pressed ingredients in Skincare)


Oils have dated back to the days of Cleopatra and are known to be the most highly concentrated form of their host. Rich in fatty acids, anti-oxidants and nutrients they are able to penetrate down deeper into the skin and deliver reparative results. You can layer them under a moisturizer or mix them into your favorite moisturizer(my daily ritual) and mix them into a thicker foundation to sheer out the coverage and offer extra hydrating benefits. But how do you know if you are getting the best oil ingredients in your favorite skincare product?

You have probably heard of ‘Cold Pressed’ before, maybe more in your local Juicery or on your favorite Olive Oil Bottle, but its time to pay attention to your skincare as well. Cold Pressed is a method to create emulsion without using heat so the active ingredients stay more potent and concentrated.

What you should know:

*Rich in Fatty Acids/Nutrients/Anti-Oxidants

*Processed without Chemical Extraction

*Hexane Free( a solvent used to extract insecticides used to grow the seeds, nuts and veggie oil crops; used in industrial cleaners and degreasers- basically NOT GOOD for your skin!!)

*No Transfats

*Stored in dark bottles away from the direct sunlight

*Use the best Oils for your skintype

*Oils attract UV rays, make sure to layer with a light sunscreen

What Facial Moisturizer is best for your skintype?


anti aging


A serum containing Acai berries, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine addressing all signs of Aging: Tone, Texture, Elasticity, Wrinkles, Firmness and aids in the repair of Broken Capillaries



Fawn and Lily

Containing Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Tea Tree and Rosehip oil to regulate the oil production in the skin and fight against any bacteria produced from the overproduction of sebum in the skin.



Dr. Alkaitis

Organic Oil with Rosehip Seed OIl, Turmeric and Ashwagandha(or Indian Ginseng) Oil. Improving skins elasticity, nourishes dry skin, rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients.



Laurel Whole Plant Organics

This serum is packed full of the best ingredients for sensitive skin, cystic acne, and rosacea. Its Anti-inflammatory and nourishing nature has some of my favorite oils: Chamomile, Myrrh, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Marshmallow and Olive oil.


Do you have a favorite Skincare item containing Cold Pressed Oils?

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Detox Your Beauty Ritual


The overwhelming feeling of walking into a beauty Store can most likely make you put it into reverse and swear to just wash your face with body soap( side note please don’t do that) just so you don’t have to stand there staring aimlessly at all the brands screaming back at you, “Buy Me, I’m the best, I’ll fix everything!” It gives me anxiety just thinking about it… Even as a Makeup Artist/ Esthetician I can get overwhelmed and I’m constantly trying to find brands( especially within skin care) that are clean and not full of a bunch of chemically driven ingredients.

I introduce you to my new favorite LOVE… The Detox Market 


They have everything you need from Body, Makeup, Skincare and more and the BEST part is you can sign up for a monthly subscription The Detox Box and receive the best tried and true products that will be best for your skin.


I just received my first shipment and was amazed at how big the product sizes are and you’ll receive detailed info on the products chosen for you…


My first detox is Dr. Alkaitis Raw Holisitic Organic Skin Food. Im already loving what the Doctor has ordered with his statement of

“If you cant eat it, dont put it on your skin”

Check back with me and Ill share my review on my first Detox Box!!!

Have you Detoxed yet?

If so, share your favs with me #vineandoaktribe or comment below…

Happy Detoxing!


The Glam Life of a Makeup Artist (Life, Lipsticks + Lupus)

Inspiring Others

In 2007 I had been currently working with L’Oreal Paris for a few years when I came to meet fellow Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis She was vibrant, full of life, oh so Glam and one of the warmest humans I had ever met. We kicked it off instantly and spent the next several years traveling together dolling up talent at Sundance Film Festivals, VIP Events and everything in between( I can hear the Beyonce music playing Brandy)….I was amazed at someone with her resume( The Kardashians, Kerry Washington, NBA All Stars, Brad Pitt…the incredible list goes on!) was so grounded and humble. Now if you are anyone in the entertainment Industry you know these beings of humility are very hard to come by, but when you do meet them it’s like a breath of fresh air!

nba-makeup-artist-brandy-gomez-duplessis-from-connecticut                                    kimandbrandy

Her Story has many layers….Hurricane Katrina Survivor, Wife, Mother, Talented Makeup Artist, entrepreneur, Blogger and while wearing all these hats she lives everyday fighting RA, Lyme Disease and Lupus. All Autoimmune Diseases that make the Glam Life of a Makeup Artist, traveling around the country and being present at home for her family a day-to-day struggle.

I throughly remember one our last years working Sundance Film Festival together, it was a few days into the event…long hours and many days ahead. Brandy’s hands started to cramp up, shooting pain up and down her arm and for a Makeup Artist that is their worst fear. How can you perform your craft if your hands are immobile? I asked what was wrong and she replied ” just a little arthritis baby girl don’t worry.” That’s Brandy, game face and “the show must go on” kind of attitude. She later would discover through many tests, exhausted days and putting her career on hold she was fighting more than just a little arthritis.

Yet no matter the struggle she conquers every day with such energy, positivity and the right shade of lipstick to prove to us all no matter how hard your body is fighting against you, you must never give up on the journey!


Brandy shared her journey with Vine and Oak + what inspires her to push on….

V&O: Describe who you are and your journey

Brandy: (laughing) Who Am I? Wow, Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a lot of things. I’m a wife, a mother of 2 adult kids, a makeup artist who has been in the beauty and entertainment industry for 21 years. You have seen my work in magazines, on TV, at concerts, billboards, you name it. I’m an entrepreneur, a business owner, a blogger, an influencer, a writer, a speaker, a mentor, and a survivor of Lupus, Lyme and RA. Because my life journey has been a plentiful I have decided to finally write a book about it. To give you a quick rundown of who Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is, my parents are from Honduras, we moved around a lot, so I learned to adjust at a very young age and to read people from a distant, (laughing). I build my life chapter in New York, Florida and mostly New Orleans. In NOLA, I owned a total of 3 makeup studios and lost them due to natural disasters. I rebuilt my life 3 times due to hurricanes, so I now know the blueprint on how to do it successfully. In 2010 I moved back to NY because of my career in the entertainment industry and then in 2012 I moved to CT. This is where my life came to a complete stop. My Lupus & RA flared and never stopped then in 2015 I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I had to take 1.5- 2 years off to deal with my health and this is when I fell in love with writing. I needed a way to deal with my new lifestyle and writing about it was the best way for me as I was in & out of the hospital. Slowly, I was able to maintain and started to rebuild myself as brand. The first thing I had to learn was to say NO, I learned what friendship really was, and my caregivers (my husband & kids) became my reason to fight. I still must use my breathing machine at least 3 times a week, I lost my sense of smell and taste and I now use an inhaler everyday sometimes twice a day. In 2016, I met my business partner Johnny Luoma and we started Makeup & Martini’s a video makeup blog where we review everything beauty and in November of this year we launched Entitled Beauty, a mineral based makeup line.

V&O: Who Inspires you?

B: Women and kids with any type of life challenges inspire me. These are people who must fight and struggle everyday and I personally know what that feels like. So, when I see kids with health issues fight to have one more day that touches me to not dare to complain about what I’m going through. My mom always told me that as a child I always cheer for the underdog. But, I’m inspired by fighters, and warriors. They don’t portray themselves as victims they work hard to get through each day and as we all know life nowadays is not always easy.

V&O: What is your (1) ritual everyday you do to re-center yourself?

B: I have very long work days with a very long To Do List so everyday I take some time for myself and I just find a spot anywhere and just sit and close my eyes. I turn off the phone, turn off the music and just sit and close my eyes. It doesn’t matter if it’s for 10 mins to 1 hour I have a ME time. I turn off and if I don’t my body will shut down instantly. If I’m driving I find a spot park under a tree and just relax.

V&O: What is your biggest fear/struggle in life?

B: My biggest struggle is getting through my busy day. A lot of people share with me that I make it look easy with everything that I do. But what they don’t know is how hard I struggle to do it. It doesn’t matter the task it can be from being at home preparing and cooking dinner, to washing clothes, to commuting by train to the city. It’s a struggle! I never complain especially when I’m working because I don’t want anyone to think I cannot do it or that I won’t give them great services. I find that I give 300 % when I’m on set. Because I never want a client to think I can’t handle it. And I’ve been like that for years before I even shared with anyone my health challenges.

V&O: What do you hope for in the future?

B: My only hope for myself in the future is for my health to go into remission. I pray and ask God for that every day. I want to see my kids be successful in their careers and I want to just mature comfortably with my husband somewhere in a warm climate state.

V&O: If you had to visit one place you haven’t been to where would it be & why?

B: Phuket, Thailand would be a perfect location for me to get away and be at peace. I’ve learned to enjoy my own company and if I’m looking for a perfect location I want few people just me in nature. Phuket has one of the most amazing rainforest and beautiful clear water on their beaches. Their seafood like King Prawn and Mussels are my favorite dishes. And to be surrounded around beautiful exotic flowers all day what else does a girl need for a perfect location.


V&O: Use (1) word to describe what you have learned from your journey

B: Fighter

V&O: Pick (1) song to offer you motivation

B: Destiny’s Child “I’m A Survivor”

To Learn More about Brandy + follow her journey visit

Glam Life of a Makeup Artist

Instagram, Facebook

Makeup and Martinis

To learn more about Lupus visit

Do you have someone that inspires you and want to feature them on Vine & Oak?

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Top 5 Beauty Items in your glam bag this Holiday


Every Year the Holidays sneak up on us and all of a sudden our Holiday Social Calendars fill up overnight!! If you work all day like me and need to zoom off to a Holiday party with no time to get ready, don’t stress…You got this! Here’s what you need to feel glam for your next Holiday shin-dig…

First things first, a supreme vessel to carry all your loot in…VELVET!!! The best resurrection from the 70’s and you NEED to have it

Velvet Envelope Clutch NordstromGlam Bag essentials….

Beauty Holiday Pics1

1. L’Oreal Paris True Match Glow Drops- Ulta Beauty

2. Tatcha Blotting Papers- Sephora

3. Auric Blends Perfume Roll-ons

4. Engraved Bun Cuff- Free People

5. Entitled Beauty Longwear Liquid Lip

What’s in your Glam Bag this Holiday?

Leave a comment and share the vibe on your favorite Beauty items…#VineandOakTribe

Happy Holidays!