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



Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed


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.

Entitled Beauty “Glamxurious Lipgloss” For A Natural Lip Volume

Look what I have, my “Glamxurious Lipglosses” from Entitled Beauty. Their infused with collagen peptides to rapidly increase cell renewal to enhance lip size naturally. Not only will you enhance your lip volume it will also reduce lip wrinkles while working as a lip moisturizer especially during the winter month. We wanted something that was lightweight, not to sticky and messy in texture. I’m so excited to get them to you.

Shop Today by going to our online store Entitled Beauty.


9 drugstore beauty buys to keep you hydrated through a long, dry winter

Hot Off The Press…beauty writer from the Today Show reached out to me being that I am a Beauty Expert and a Celebrity Makeup Artist what I could suggest for the article. Below you will find my 2 picks but read the full article to see the others.


While we love counting down to the holiday season, we are not a fan of how dry our skin gets as the weather gets cold.

TODAY Style is here to help! We asked celebrity experts, dermatologists and makeup artists to share their favorite products to stay hydrated this winter season. The best part? Everything can be found in the beauty aisle at your local drugstore.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, $15, Jet

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“This foundation will bring moisture to your skin and plump it for 24 hours. That means a radiant, flawless, natural look thanks to the main ingredient: hyaluronic acid. Using a damp beauty blender, I like to apply it in an upward and outward motion. It’s a weightless, non-greasy, oil-free, non-comedogenic formula that won’t settle into fine lines. And it comes in 10 blendable shades,” said Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, a celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of Entitled Beauty.

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis doing Jenni JWow Farley makeup
JWOWW makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis using Stila Cosmetics Hue Highlighter in Kitten on her…look at that GLOW

4. e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, $6, Jet

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“This primer will boost your skin making it look radiant and hydrated (and flawless and smooth) like you’ve been Photoshopped. The primer is infused with grape and vitamins A, C and E to nourish your skin with anti-aging benefits that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Apply the primer with a damp beauty blender by patting onto the entire face. Your makeup will last all day, keeping you selfie ready!” said Gomez-Duplessis, who has worked with Kerry Washington and Jennifer Aniston.

Read the full Today Show article from writer Aly Walansky here.

Power Still Out So I Checked In Hotel Zero Degrees In Danbury


Happy Halloween! It’s now Tuesday and we are still without power after Sunday storm so I checked in at Hotel Zero Degrees around 3pm because I couldn’t go another day, yes ladies the DIVA kicked in. I was so behind with beauty articles that I had to get my work done. After getting my work done I decided to pamper my overworked hands by doing Karuna Age Defying Hand Mask. I am obsessed with caring for my hands because the hands really show you age. Also, with me having Rheumatoid Arthritis, I hate my ugly looking hands so I like pampering them as much as possible.

So here are the steps I do with Karuna Hand Mask. Do you like using hand mask?


Skin Care Makeup Review With Makeup And Martini’s

We’re back with a makeup review on skincare makeup from First Aid Beauty Hello Fab collection. It’s a quick 5 mins review that we are calling “Welcome to 5 Minute Fridays”. We are trying to do fun reviews on Makeup And Martini’s that we hope you all like.

So here is First Aid Beauty 5 Minute FAB Fridays Skin Care video, let us know what you think.

6 Skin Enhancer From First Aid Beauty “Hello Fab” Line

first aid beauty hello fabBeing that I’m a makeup artistbeauty editorbeauty influencer, and blogger I’m always looking for great skincare products both for myself due to health issues (lupus, lyme, ra) and for my makeup kit to use on clients. For the last 5 years I noticed more of my clients seems to have fussy skin so I am always looking for quality products.

When I was introduced to First Aid Beauty I instantly fell in love with their skincare products. Their products gave me instant relief & results each time I used it. How FAB is it to have great skin everyday. First Aid Beauty newest collection Hello Fab is all about complexion that gives you a flawless finish with ingredients to help give the skin an instant smooth and blur appearance. The Hello Fab line also excludes petrolatum, is allergy-tested, and formulated to deliver high potency without irritation.

Here are the 6 items (skin tint, multi stick, primer, color corrector, wipes & mist) you definitely need to try if you have sensitive skin and/or looking for great affordable skincare products.


This ultra-light, breathable fluid glides easily and effortlessly onto skin for simple, brush-free, buildable coverage. Non-comedogenic and formulated for all skin types, even sensitive, this natural-pigmented formulation is available in four adaptable shades to suit a wide spectrum of complexions.


All in one, cream-to-powder multi stick that imparts a natural, lit from within glow.


Formulated with Coconut Water and other superfood ingredients, this natural, complexion-enhancing moisturizer instantly brightens, hydrates and smooths in one simple step, while helping blur the appearance of pores and imperfections.


A customizable, cushion compact incorporating blendable color-correcting pigments that help instantly erase common complexion concerns. “Green” neutralizes redness; “Pink” helps even skin tone; and “Purple” helps reduce dullness and brighten skin.


A cooling facial mist fortified with green superfoods to instantly quench, cool and nourish skin and set makeup, while helping protect against environmental aggressors.


Superfood-infused portable facial wipes remove dirt, excess oil and makeup, while hydrating, reviving and helping protect skin against environmental aggressors. Perfect for a quick pre-workout cleanse or whenever skin needs a quick, easy refresh.