Oily skin

If you’re like me there is one thing that you dread about Summer.  It’s probably not what you think.  Like most of us, I like Summer because I am a preSummer baby.  As a result, I love barbecues, pool parties, snow cones, and patio wine dates.  It all sounds good, right?

It’s all great until the first official day of Summer hits and you feel like a meteor swooped through and dropped within 50 feet of your face.  That’s when you’re reminded that Summer isn’t all that great sometimes.  When you have oily skin, the humidity in certain parts of the world will refresh your memory of that fact really quick!

I am going to share with you a few ways that you can treat oily skin in the Summertime.   If you follow these tips, you will likely experience less frustration when the humidity decides to play cruel games with your skin.  Make sure that you are protecting your skin, also by using sunscreen.  I am giving tips to prevent extreme oiliness, but that doesn’t necessarily protect again the dangers of skin burn from the heat.

If you have oily skin, there are three main things that you can do to prevent too much oil secretion in your face that can lead to clogged pores and acne.  Following these steps can help reduce your chances of breakouts.

First, make sure that you’re washing your face every day.  This is a very important step in the skincare process.  If it’s really hot, wash your face in the morning and at night before bed.  Not washing your face allows oiliness to build and sit causing pores to clog and acne bumps to form.

Next, use some sort of clay mask on your skin at least once per week.  You should not need to use a clay mask more than twice per week.  If you’re using the right products, then once per week should be enough.  Clay masks usually smooth your skin and absorb all of the excess oil in the skin.  Great way to create balance in the skin.

Lastly, moisturize.  It’s really simple.  You should use an oil-free moisturizer in the am and before bed.  You should not use alcohol-based products.  I would recommend water-based products.  These will not dry out your skin.  You want to create the right balance.

If you want more tips, then you should download a copy of The Ponch Cosmetics Skincare Guide found in Day 1 of 28 Days of Skincare

My StayCation at The Horseshoe Casino

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I recently celebrated my birthday and decided not to go any place fancy, at least that’s what I thought.  Instead, I opted to drive to Shreveport, Louisiana and try my luck at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, which is right across the bridge from Shreveport.  Much to my surprise, it was nothing like I had imagined.

First of all, I am not a gambler.  As a matter of fact, I think gambling is a waste because I can think of a million things I could spend my money on instead of taking my chances of losing in the casino.  However, there was free money and a comp stay involved so I thought I might as well.  I will explain that in detail in just a minute.

Secondly, I had this preconceived notion that the casinos are filled with a lot of cigarette smoking older men and women.  No shockers there when I discovered that part was true.  Surprisingly, my room was pretty nice, though.  My mom is a card-carrying casino player and she gifted me a free room and her free REWARDS card from the casino.  As you can imagine, free room plus free money equals one curious birthday girl! Vamonos!!!!

Lastly,  I’ve had the food in Shreveport before and they have pretty good cajun spots.  That’s really all the convincing I needed.  Once I arrived at the hotel, to a nice hotel room, a pretty decent view (I was on the 16th floor overlooking the river), and the rest of my perks, I was good to go.

Now here’s the good part.  I arrived in the hotel on my birthday and went to dinner at Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro at the Louisiana Boardwalk.  I had the stuffed crawfish ravioli that was superb.  After eating that and drinking a Louisiana Hurricane, I was no good.  Therefore, I went back to my hotel room and went to sleep like a baby on my first night.

The next day, I went down to the casino to try my luck.  My mother gave me $175 of free money to gamble on her REWARDS card.  I did just that.  Much to my delight, I won a whopping $425 cash from playing the free money!  I could not believe it!

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I played the infamous Buffalo Penny machines and ran it up! What is so great is that I went to the casino early in the day.  After I cashed my money in, I had the rest of the day to go and enjoy my spoils.  You know what I did next!!! I went back to the Boardwalk to shop! After walking aimlessly for about 20 minutes, I decided that I didn’t want to spend my money.  So, I took my money and went back to the hotel.

It’s still early so I decide now to go to the pool.  The bar at the pool is really nice and it’s called the Dare Day Club.  They have a nice open bar area completely surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs.  I sat with my Pina Colada like I was at the beach, watched the movie Jaws on the big screen, and relaxed.

It turned out to be the best staycation experience I had ever had.  As I am writing this, I am thinking about when I’m going to go back and try my luck again.  I had such a great experience that I realized that it was well worth it.

Have you had any similar experiences like this? If so, please share in the comments below. 🙂

5 Reasons to Watch PonchTV

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I am super excited to announce the relaunch of my Youtube Channel, PonchTV.  I started my original Youtube Channel in 2013 when I started Ponch Cosmetics.  However, I was never very comfortable in my videos so I only posted a few videos and then I stopped.  I eventually chose to blog instead.

Well, I am elated to disclose that at the beginning of this year, I decided to try my luck with video again.  I discovered that Youtube is one of the best ways to connect my message with my audience.  It is only second to Google as an online search engine.  That means that as a business owner, there is a tremendous opportunity for growing a brand online.

If you like to watch videos online, but you’re somewhat disinclined to subscribe or follow new channels that are not as popular, then I am going to give you five great reasons why you should watch PonchTV. I truly believe that I will be able to add more value via video.  Therefore, I would like to answer any questions that you might have about my channel.  Here are my top five reasons why you should watch and ultimately subscribe:

  1. Get to know me. Youtube is the best way to meet someone without actually meeting them in person.  If you’re an introvert with a strong passion for skincare and beauty, then you get to watch all of my videos about my many skin care solutions without having to actually get out to meet me.  Trust me, I get it!  I’m an introverted extrovert if that makes any sense.  I love meeting people, but I hate going out.  In business, you can’t make it unless you deal with people so I have to force myself to go out sometimes.  Youtube allows me to get out without actually getting out.  We can become friends online and avoid any awkward encounters.  If this describes you, then I think you should follow.  We just might be kindred spirits.  Plus, I think I talk about the industry in such a relatable way that if you have any interest at all, then my channel is just right for you.
  2. Event updates.  Even though I don’t like to get out, my business forces me to from time to time.  In this industry, travel is necessary to learn and grow.  I typically attend many beauty events to stay informed of any new products hitting the market.  I have not attended BeautyCon yet, but it is next on my agenda.  I have attended various other events and conferences.  If you’re a beauty addict like myself who has never attended, then the entire experience would be like we are attending together.  If you have attended any of the events that I mention, then we can discuss your thoughts about the event to see if we had similar experiences.  Occasionally, I host events in different cities or set up booths at different conferences.  You have an opportunity to be the first to know when I host or attend my events.
  3. Product hauls/reviews.  If you have gotten this far with this blog post, then you’re probably a product junkie like me.  I can’t lie.  I have a problem!  I am skincare obsessed.  I also love makeup.  I don’t feel one bit of embarrassment about it.  If you like to be informed about new products or even old products, then you should watch my channel.  I will be reviewing new and old products and exposing everything in my arsenal with hauls.  If this sounds like fun to you, then you need to tune in to my channel.
  4. Tutorials.  I can’t lie tutorials aren’t really my thing, but my followers love them so I have had to do them to appease my followers.  If you want me to be your muse before you try a particular product, then that’s a great reason to watch.  I will go before you and make sure that all is well with a product for you so that you know whether you should smash (buy) or pass (walk away).
  5. Results.  Finally, the one thing that I am certain about with my skincare choices is that I get results.  I have been studying skincare products since I was about 16 years old (going through puberty and acne).  I am forty-five now and I can honestly say that I have had visible results.  If you’re struggling with skin issues, then you should watch so that we can tackle your problem together.  I can help you.  As a matter of fact, I want to help you because GREAT SKIN MATTERS!  If you’re up for the challenge, then you should go subscribe to PonchTV today!  Here’s the link to the channel!

If you liked this blog post, then you should also check out  Top 5 Summer Beauty Goals.