Finding Beauty At Barrister’s New Coffee Shop In Danbury

Barristers Coffee Shop 2On Friday morning, I visited a new coffee shop in Danbury called Barrister’s. I’m not a coffee person but I’m definitely a tea lover. Any new coffee shop would have a menu offering unique teas so I decided to stop in. I’m so glad that I did because Barrister’s Coffee Shop is a new gem in Downtown Danbury. Their decor gave me the feel of San Francisco meets New York. They offered a varied menu that anyone would find something tasty to eat and drink. My second order Kyle made me a tasty drink to my liking and I’m picky.

I was able to snuggle in their comfy leather chairs while enjoying my hot tea and working on beauty articles. The energy and the welcoming staff has made Barrister’s my favorite place to work from this year. The shop also has an area to work on your personal computer.

While sipping on tea, Caitlynn came by to offer samples of Kombucha tea. They offer Jasmine Green Tea and Black & White flavor. She explained to me that they offer Cross Culture Kombucha which is from Danbury’s first Kombucha brewery.

The JASMINE GREEN TEA flavor was very refreshing with a soft floral taste. The BLACK & WHITE flavor was very clean tasting.

What is Kombucha Kombucha is a delicious bubbly fermented tea that has existed for many hundreds of years. It is raw, non-alcoholic and made by fermenting sweet tea with a live kombucha culture. The culture of bacteria and yeast (known as a SCOBY) that is critical in brewing kombucha, is what transforms sweet tea into a beverage with completely different properties, and not just in taste. After fermenting, the beverage contains loads of healthy organic acids, beneficial bacteria, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. These works together in an adaptogenic tonic that supports nutrition absorption, digestion, liver function and detoxification, joint health, immunity, pH balance, and overall well-being.

So how does Kombucha tie in with beauty you ask, drinking kombucha can help your skin look fresh, healthy, and younger-looking. Dieting is a daily commitment to gut health and detoxification, and those are two areas that have the effect of making you feel younger as well as look your best says Ian Ceppos Head Brewer of Cross Culture Kombucha It  helps to detoxify, hydrate, and improve skin elasticity. Kombucha can improve the tone and clarity of your skin, and even help in the fight against wrinkles. Drinking 2-3 teas a day will definitely do a body good.

I’m so happy that I stopped by Barristers Coffee Shop this morning. Any help to keep me to looking effortlessly youthful and glamxurious while helping my body with my health issue; Lupus, Lyme and RA is a plus. So let’s all drink up and get healthy!

Barrister’s Coffee Co.

1 West Street, Danbury CT

(203)-917-4965

Hours

Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

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TOP 3 BOSS LADY RED LIPSTICKS FOR WOMEN OF COLOR

Red Lips For Women Of Color

Here’s a FAB makeup article that I’m excited to share with you not because my makeup line, Entitled Beauty was included in it but because Cia E written a great informative article. Many women especially women of color have a challenge finding a signature red lipstick. Being a Entertainment and Beauty Makeup Artist of 21 years, I’ve seen and heard the cries. This is why when my partner Johnny and I created Entitled Beauty we agreed that our products would have colors that would work on EVERYONE.

Ok, let me stop yapping so you can read this FAB article on Red Lipsticks written by Cia E. with Nearly Hair blog.

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Yes mam’ this is EXACTLY how I feel everytime I choose to swipe red goodness on my lips. I have no idea why, but my inner Kelis emerges when I have red lipstick on and I feel so empowered. Psycolgoigaclly speaking, red is associated with power and evokes a feeling of leadership with those who either wear or associate themselves with the color.
This January has been one of the most powerful months in my 20 something waking years. I’ve experienced both highs and many lows and it has created a sense of liberation. Because I am deciding to embrace this authoritative stance, I figured it would be fitting to share my three favorite red lippies that put me in boss mode. As a woman of color, it can be pretty frustrating finding the absolute perfect red. Most times reds can have way too much of an orange undertone that leaves our lips a bit cakey and unattractive.
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The three red lippies I am sharing have the perfect undertone for my shade and I’m sure they prove to be effective for women who are both lighter and darker than me on the melanin scale.
I get it…not everyone feels the need to wear a red lip, out of fear and ridicule. Trust me, I used to feel the same way about putting a red lipstick on as I thought it was too bold. But BOLD is BEAUTIFUL! If you are ready to boss up and put your big girl pants on as you conquer 2018, then you are ready to venture into the red lip zone!

HeartBreak from Entitled Beauty

I’m cheating a little bit as this isn’t a traditional lipstick BUT it’s just one of my most favorite red liquid lipsticks of all time hands down!
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Entitled Beauty mineral bold Liquid Lipstick in Heartbreak
Entitled Beauty’s liquid lipstick is a new player to the boss lady red game but its winning by a landslide. It so highly pigmented and has great color payoff without having to layer. One of the great aspects of this liquid lipstick is that it’s mineral based. And you all know that I am all about the conscious consumer decision we as women have to make. Makeup matters! And so does the ingredients that go into the products you use, so Entitled Beauty’s heartbreak red lipstick has won my heart entirely. Even the packaging of the product is amazing with their frosted bottle and easy to grip handle.
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Entitled Beauty mineral bold Liquid Lipstick in Heartbreak
This liquid red lipstick is extremely long wearing, to the point wear I had to use several makeup wipes to get it off completely. This is both a pro and a con for me. It’s most definitely a pro because if I have an all day event I need to attend I don’t have to worry about my lipstick disappearing. However it only becomes a con because I am super lazy so trying to get this bad boy off my lips takes some time.
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Cia E wearing Entitled Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Heartbreak
Continue reading the feedback on all of the selected lipsticks Cia E wore on her blog Nearly Hair.  
I look forward to reading your comments and hope you will give Entitled Beauty makeup a try. Follow us on Instagram so you can stay updated with what we have going on.

Makeup And Martinis NYC Fun Cocktail Recipe

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Everyone always ask what are some of the recipes we use when we film our Makeup And Martinis NYC videos. So, this year we decided to share them with you with the first being a drink call Cosmopolitan Twist and it’s DE-LUSH-OUS!

 

A @makeupandmartinisnyc Cosmopolitan Twist:

4 shots of @titosvodka 
2 shots of @belvederevodka peach nectar 
Add any juice you prefer we did Cranberry/BlackBerry (Johnny fav)

Hotel Review On Hotel Zero Degrees In Danbury Connecticut

Whenever your visiting Danbury, Connecticut or have family and friends visiting and your looking for the best place to host them in the area. I always recommend Hotel Zero Degrees, it’s my favorite hotel in Danbury. This boutique hotel has everything you and your guest would need while away from home. Not only is the hotel fabulous but the staff is so welcoming and accommodating. Anytime I personally need to check in a hotel this is where I go.

Hotel Zero Degrees boutique hotels offer a wide variety of complimentary amenities to make your stay more exceptional:

  • Warm breakfast buffet
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Daily newspaper
  • Starbucks coffee available 24/7
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-parking
  • Local shuttle service throughout the day
  • On-site Grab & Go market
  • Award-winning restaurant and catering partners
  • Unique public spaces
  • Business Center

And Ladies, they have the best bathroom space ever! I’ve stayed at many hotels and I’m always working out of hotels with my celebrity clients and my biggest complaint is the lighting and bathroom space. Well, the designers at Hotel Zero Degrees got it right, because I can do my makeup and hair very well in the bathroom.

Come inside and see for yourself the Executive Suite, my favorite room when I’m at Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury.

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How Are You Keeping Your Body Hydrated This Winter

Ilse McDonnell from Live Learn Luxe It
Credit: Lifestyle Blogger Ilse McDonnell from Live Learn Luxe It

Ladies, I’m sure your skin is thirsty with all of the cold weather we have been having this month here in Connecticut. So, your body is probably dehydrated right now even if your using moisturizer at night and using a lip balm throughout the day. It’s very important to hydrate your entire body, inside and out.  Drinking water is good for the body but make sure your eating foods like watermelon, cucumbers and even bell peppers. Make sure your getting those nutrients in during your lunch break. As we age, using products infused with hyaluronic acid that help hydrate and nourish the skin becomes paramount. While getting your beauty rest, be sure to turn on your humidifier to keep your skin from drying out.

Those are just a few hydrating tips to get you through the rest of the winter. But here are 10 of my favorite items this winter.

  • FRESH LIFE Body Oil– A luxurious blend of precious, skin-soothing oils and extracts infused with a scent that captures the ultimate Fresh moment.
  • Sol de Janiero Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care-A two-step dry foot care system with a Foot Smoothing Board and a fast-absorbing, non-slip Foot Fetish Cream to keep feet looking and feeling incredibly soft.
  • CAUDALIE Crushed Cabernet Scrub-A professional, signature scrub used in Vinotherapie Spas, that inspired Caudalie’s entire body care collection. This natural, wine-inspired body scrub provides strong exfoliation, drains, refines, softens, and nourishes the skin as it imparts intense hydration and a satiny finish. Skin is left smooth and silky.
  • Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion-This formulation moisturizes the hands and body intensely, making it an ideal product in the drier winter months.
  • JAVA SKINCARE DOUBLE-SHOT BODY SERUM-Double-Shot Body Serum is brimming with a concentrated blend of our signature organic green coffee and organic argan oil. This non-greasy formula delivers a double-shot of antioxidants and caffeine, protecting and giving skin a youthful glow. Perfect for extra-dry skin.

Filming A New Makeup And Martinis NYC Makeup Review Video

 

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So happy for Makeup And Martinis NYC to be back filming a new makeup review video on Pat McGrath Mothership ll Eyeshadow Palette Sublime. This palette has a wardrobe of great colors with different shadow textures to help and give you a variety of gorgeous makeup looks. And while I’m talking about GORG, the case is so fabulous and fancy.

As you will see in the video once it’s up we used our fingers to swatch the colors as well as used makeup brushes from Morphe to apply the shadows on. This palette comes with 10 highly rich pigmented hues that are so brilliant. Can’t wait for you to see the makeup review on our Makeup And Martinis NYC Youtube channel.

 

This palette contains:
– 10 x Eyeshadows in Skinshow Glow (champagne pink pearl), Copper Toned (soft reddish brown), Iconic (neutral bronze gold), Rose Dusk (soft reddish mauve), Dark (rich warm brown), Xtreme Black (ultimate black), Bronze 005 (metallic warm brown), Astral Ghost Orchid (white iridescent with pink), VR Nectar (peachy pink with gold pearl), Blitz Emerald (blackened green with lilac pearl)

As you can see I travel everywhere with my Earbolts NUB Bluetooth Micro Stereo Speaker.

This is how we get ready to film our videos….MARTINIS!

Johnny cracks me up I don’t even know how we get complete our filming because we laugh so so much.

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Beauty Editor Favorite Lips From Caribbean Posh Magazine

Caribbean Posh Beauty Editor Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Caribbean Posh Magazine Beauty Editor Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

I had to post this summer article because it just came out this this month. Due to the Hurricane this summer, Caribbean Posh magazine was wiped out and had to put this summer issue on hold. But this was such a fab article that I had to share it with you all. I thank Janette Brin, the owner of Caribbean Posh magazine for working hard on rebuilding her life, giving everyone’s their job back and still managed to publish the summer issue magazine. Now that’s what I call a SUPERWOMAN, right?!

This article I  wrote in May 2017 featuring all of my fabulous peers on Instagram who make me fall in love with makeup artistry everyday. I hope you enjoy the article and start following so of my favorite peers. If you all like this article I would redo it again with some of my current new obsessed peers.

Posh Beauty

  • @theglambeast wearing Bare Minerals Matte Lip Stains in Swank
  • @sarmichelle3 wearing Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Lipstick in Como
  • @desiperkins wearing Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Malice
  • @bgdmakeupartist wearing DIOR Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise #006
  • @xsparkage wearing Kevyn Aucoin Molten Lip Color in Gold
  • @luv4artistry wearing Pat Mc Garth Darkstar #006 in Ultra Violet Blue with Astral White Pigment

  • @livelearnluxeit wearing Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Shocking Coral
  • @daisynicole wearing M.A.C.  wearing Lipglass in Lust & Lipliner in Stripdown
  • @sonjdradeluxe wearing NYX Cosmetics Cashmere Silk Lip Lingerie
  • @keybeauty wearing Morphe Liquid Lipstick in Homecoming
  • @luv4artistry wearing Pat Mc Garth Darkstar #006 in Ultra Violet Blue with Astral White Pigment
  • @fvfrancyvalentini wearing NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien, Suede Matte Lip Liner in Alien and Face & Body Glitter in Gunmetal

Ladies, if you have any unused items at home and would like to still give read this flyer below.

Caribbean Posh Hurricane Relief