Mental Health Awareness is an international movement started as an effort to bring attention to mental illness. Recently with the uncertainty of our global economy caused by the unexpected virus known as COVID-19, many people are stressed over the loss of jobs, lifestyles, education, and housing dilemmas. As a result of COVID-19, the pandemic has caused a lot of chaos and turmoil nationwide resulting in increased anxiety. This in turn has had far-reaching effects on the mental state of many individuals.
Ironically, May is Mental Health Awareness Month to help raise awareness about mental health issues that many face and how we can bring increased attention to the need for care and treatment. There’s no question that the onset of the pandemic has created increased numbers of depression and anxiety. Many people are not even aware of the fact that they may or may not be experiencing signs or symptoms.
Meanwhile, I caught up with my long-time friend, Dr. Pruedence Williams, a licensed psychologist, to talk about the effects that this pandemic can have on our mental state. She will be explaining what we can do to try to help ourselves and to cope during these troubled times.
As we all wait patiently for the Coronavirus pandemic to dissipate, we continue to become restless while sitting at home. We are trying to help alleviate the pressures of shelter-in-place. We have created a Virtual Beauty Bootcamp to help other beauty enthusiasts like ourselves stay connected to what’s going on in beauty.
Register below and join us for the Ponch Cosmetics Beauty Bootcamp, a Virtual Beauty Spa Day Party!
Join us on Saturday, May 9 on Facebook Live as we bring Beauty Bootcamp to you, a Virtual Day Spa. This is the beginning of our digital series coming soon.
Tune in for fun, games, and giveaways and a few interactive beauty and skincare tutorials on our live stream
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.
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!
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. 🙂
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 www.youtube.com/c/PonchTV!
Imagine this…You’re sitting on a nice, quiet beach, allowing the sun to gleam on your skin. You’re in total and complete bliss, oblivious to all of the cares in the world. You imagine that your skin is clear and all the bronzer in the world doesn’t matter because you don’t need it. Your skin looks great, you feel amazing and life is good! Then all of a sudden, you awaken to a loud noise that knocks you out of your daydream. Suddenly you realize that it was all a dream and you’re at Target trying to decide which moisturizer to buy for your skin.
If only shopping for skincare products was easy, then you could be on the beach enjoying the benefits of using the right products. Well, freeze! We have a solution for you. Today is the day!
We are so excited to start our glow up! For the next 28 days we will be focusing on the things that will improve your skin. In order to begin you will need to download The Skincare Guide below. Good luck to you all and we want to see your results in 28 days with better skin preparing for the beach!
Are you feeling like your skin is too dry, too oily, or just too whatever? Do you experience ugly breakouts and never know how to treat them? Are you starting to get older and realizing that you should take better care of your skin? If so, then you should definitely try the 28 Day Skincare Challenge. It won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it! Your skin will thank you for it!
This is not just any kind of challenge. This challenge is for the skin, but it will definitely heal your mind and body. We cannot guarantee results, but what we can assure you new and improved skin if you follow our instructions.
Now here’s what you can expect:
-Clarity in your skin
-Easy Fix Remedies
We recommend that you follow the plan to gain the best results. As with any challenge, there will be obstacles, but this challenge is so simple it is foolproof. The only way you will be successful is if you try. We want to challenge you to take a chance! Live a little. The worse thing that could happen is that one day you will wake up with clearer skin.
You don’t have to be a gambler to know that the Texas Lottery Mega Million Jackpot is now estimated at $1.6 Billion. It doesn’t matter if you gamble or not nor does it matter that the odds of winning are a mere 1 and 302, 575, 350. I think a person would probably have better luck winning an Oscar Award than winning the lottery. These odds are crazy, but people still play in the hopes that they can win.
I never play the lottery. I rarely ever buy scratch-offs, but the thought of what I could do with $1.6 billion has given me night sweats just thinking about it. I thought about how many people won the lottery and became broke within years of winning. I didn’t want to share their same fate.
So, I started to seriously consider the great things people could do if one was to win the lottery. You can’t even spend this kind of money in one lifetime. This kind of money is generational. It could set you and your family up for ages. However, this money is also considered a blessing to be used to help others. When we are blessed, we aren’t supposed to hoard our blessings. Therefore, you must be strategic. Here are a few life-changing suggestions for you in case you have the lucky numbers:
Pay your tithes first and foremost. If you are a spiritual person, then you know that there was a higher being involved in the receipt of that blessing. The best way to pay it forward is to start by giving back to the church. Ten percent won’t put a dent in your billions. So, why not?
Pay your student loans or your children’s if you have them. Education is a blessing, but it is so expensive. I have incurred so much debt just in student loans alone. Even though both of my daughter’s are done with college, they now have student loan debt. The very first thing I would do if I win the lottery is erase all of our student loan debts. Then I would offer to pay someone else’s. You could also go back to school and pay cash.
Get life insurance policies for your family. If you have it already, increase yours by $250,000 each. That’s a bit extravagant for life insurance, but it’s better to have too much insurance than not enough. My current policy is only $25,000. These days funerals are expensive so I don’t want anyone to have any trouble burying us. My children will have instructions to NOT have an extravagant funeral for me, but they will be able to bury me without having to start a “Go Fund Me” Page. Make sure you have life insurance and a will instructing your loved ones on how to handle your estate.
Get the best medical insurance you can find. In addition to costly student loans, medical expenses are right up there with them. I want to make sure that we have enough medical, dental and life insurance to protect us against any type of major bill that might affect our lives. Make sure your family is covered with medical, dental, vision, and prescription benefits.
Donate to our homeless. Please don’t believe that all homeless people are lazy, addicted to drugs, or crazy. You never know someone’s story, but be willing to help them anyway. It’s not our job to judge. We are here to be of service. What better way to help than to use your newfound wealth with the less fortunate!
Get involved with politics. Almost every single amenity that we enjoy in life is regulated in some way by the government. Most people don’t get involved with politics because they don’t understand. One thing that the rich know that we don’t is that you have to be involved in the process to remain rich. Now that you have millions, you might want to protect that money. The best way to do that is to get involved in politics. Donate to your state and local campaigns of your respective political party. Sit back watch how you now have influence in your every day life.
Start a business. Leave a legacy for your kids and their kids. Ponch Cosmetics is my baby. If I had a million dollars I would infuse that money in my business so that I can finally be able to compete with ninja brands like Revlon, MAC, Stila, Avon, Loreal, and Mary Kay. A $1 million cash infusion could easily take my business to the next level. This could set my children up in more ways that just playing with the lottery.
Finally, take one year off and travel around the world. They say travel is the best teacher. I must agree. The best way to learn about people and other societies is to just go and immerse yourself in their culture. Then just explore this huge world and absorb all you can from it. You will then gain the best education about life.
To win the lottery doesn’t just mean that its a blank check to just go ham with a lot of money. The true blessing is in your ability to give back and do more. Don’t think it’s a chance to just buy cars, clothes, jewelry and things that don’t mean anything. This is your chance to give and do like you’ve never done before and watch how your blessing will keep going for another 30 generations.
Have you ever won a lump sum before? Tell us how you would spend your billions if you won the lottery.
Fall officially arrived on September 22 and will end on December 21. When she arrived, she didn’t make a lot of noise this year. As a matter of fact, Fall came quietly. The falling of the leaves and the greenery of the trees were unusually subdued. If you weren’t paying attention to these climate changes, then you might have believed that Summer didn’t want to leave us.
Fall is the season that you cannot miss, not even if you tried. Fall is the season that doesn’t stir us in the same way as Spring, Summer and Winter. That’s because we know that after Fall comes Winter. If you live in certain regions, you know that nobody is looking forward to Winter. However, Fall is that one season where we know we get a short reprieve from the heat or the cold. Go figure!
During the Fall, our skin needs our attention more than ever. Winter will bring us many external factors that will affect our skin. If we ignore our skin during this critical time, then we fail to protect ourselves from what is to come. It is during Fall, that we must create a good skincare routine to guard against the elements.
Winter is right around the corner lurking. She is a ruthless bitch unlike Fall. If we don’t want Winter to come and ruin us with her savagery, then we must take the necessary precautions. It is during Fall that we offset all of the damage Winter will wreak during those harsh Winter months.
You can do this easily by doing these three things to protect your skin:
Start moisturizing your face daily. To protect against dehydration that likely occurs during the Winter, you need to make sure that you’re moisturizing your face. If your skin is oily, use a water-based moisturizer. If you’re skin is dry use a oil-based moisturizer.
Follow up with a gentle cleanser. In the next couple of months, the cold will dry your skin as much as any products you use. So, don’t make it worse by using harsh chemicals. Make sure your toner is gentle on your skin.
Finally, minimize your pores with a light mask. The Summer months caused your pores to grow increasingly large likely due to heat, humidity, and dirt buildup.
This list is short and sweet. However, it is extremely effective. If you want to prepare your skin for Winter, then you need to Fall into the right skincare routine now! Your skin will thank you!
I shop for makeup like I’m at the supermarket. Each month I do a monthly cosmetics haul. First, I go to Ulta and check to see which products I haven’t tried and might want to try. Next, I check to see if there are any new products that have come out yet. I do the same thing at Sephora, by the way. Some months I alternate because they each may have different campaigns running. Finally, I go through all of my stuff and decide which products are best for me during the particular season. If it sounds borderline compulsive, it is! Then next month repeat!
This month I was looking through all of my Summer products and realized that I had the same color theme working in my stash. I tend to gravitate towards hot pinks, berry, purple, and reds. I love color. The problem is that I like loud color and I should be changing a little based on the seasons. For Summer, in particular, I should be wearing more nudes, soft pinks, and pastels. After all, what could it hurt?
After looking through all of my lipsticks, I decided that I needed to add some seasonal makeup goals to my routine. After researching the trends, I decided to invest in a few Spring-ish looks on my next Ulta run. Here’s what I plan to try more of this Summer: