Eight Things You Could Do If You Win The $1.6 Billion Lottery

 

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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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7.  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.
  8. 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.

 

Great Skincare Tips for Fall

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

 

Top 5 Summer Beauty Goals

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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:

  • Play with colorful eyes.
  • Add a little glitter.
  • Glow with a lot of highlighter.
  • Nude pinks on the lips.
  • Blush with rosy cheeks.

 

Meghan Markle’s Bridal Makeup

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If you like fairy tales, unconventional love stories, and timeless beauty, then you were probably amongst the other 29 million viewers tuning in to watch #TheRoyalWedding of Prince Henry Charles Albert David to Rachel Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. To those that think rising as early as 4 a.m. American time just to gawk at the likes of British royalty is absurd, let me assure you that The British did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, the event turned out to be quite enlightening and entertaining.

I could literally write about all of the things that I found fascinating about the wedding from the classy British toppers to the dapper British digs. However, there’s only one major detail that needs to be discussed for the purpose of this blog that cannot be ignored or downplayed. That detail is the absolute flawlessness of the bride’s simple bridal makeup. If anyone missed the memo about less being more, then please refer to The Duchess of Sussex; she got it right.

Now it doesn’t hurt to point out that she is naturally, strikingly beautiful. Likewise, her natural wedding day glow didn’t make it any less so. In my amateur opinion, her makeup was not just perfect for a royal wedding, but any wedding. Personally, I think her bridal makeup would be a good reference for any bride trying to achieve a more natural beauty look.

How does one achieve this look so effortlessly displayed by Royals? By focusing on these key focal points, these tips can help you create a more natural bridal look like Meghan’s.

1) Instead of choosing a heavy foundation, you might choose a tinted moisturizer or foundation stick which isn’t as heavy on the skin. The goal is to have your makeup look weightless, not packed on or caked.
2) The cheeks should be two shades darker than the natural skin tone and not rosy or pink. The key is to create a cheeky effect without looking cheesy. Dark, but soft and subtle colors on the cheeks achieve this look.
3) Meghan has beautiful amber-colored eyes so her eyeliner was lightly tinted with brown eyeliner or you can achieve this look with gray, but not black. Brown or gray give a more natural look without making the eyes look too dark or defined. Again, softness is the goal here. Brown actually works well with darker skin, also.
4) The eyebrows are lightly penciled with light brown, not black or dark brown due to the fairness of her skin. A darker color would create a less natural effect. By making the eyebrows brown but not too dark, the color actually shapes her eyes giving her a more dramatic look.
5) Finally, a soft pale pink on the lips creates the perfect hint of color without too much.

Boom! There you have it! This is how a princess was created!

By following all five of these steps, you can achieve the Meghan Markle bridal look and look as naturally beautiful as she did on her wedding day! What are your bridal tips to help achieve that beautiful, natural glow?

Strutting Into Spring Like …

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Now that the new season, Sprinter, Spring and Winter, is trying to gradually fade away, we can finally look forward to enjoying Spring.  I can’t lie, though, I thought Winter was never going to leave.  Still, once the groundhog sees his shadow, that should only mean six more weeks of Winter, not ten! All I know is that Mother Nature has a strange sense of humor! I didn’t think the resurgence of Winter was funny one bit!

Nevertheless, Spring is definitely trying to push through.  It’s time for us to get excited about all the pretty things that Springtime brings.  During this season, the flowers are the prettiest and the grass starts to turn evergreen.  Blondes are in and brunettes are out!

Likewise, Spring is the best season by far because it symbolizes so much.  It is during this time of growth and change that we tend to experience the most development.  We plant flowers in Spring so that they can bloom by Summer.   The temperature changes and darkness turns to light.  Women tend to change their hairstyles, wardrobes and attitudes over the course of the season.  Therefore, this is the perfect time to evaluate the things that you might want to explore that can aid expansion and personal development.

Each year I try to encourage myself to do things that I’ve never done before, but I tend to create the list around my travel plans.  However, this time I’ve decided to change my list and tailor it specifically for this season.  The beauty of Spring offers so many wonderful and adventurous opportunities to be fearless.  After watching Beyonce’ perform at Coachella, I believe I need to just step it up! Boy has she inspired me!

In honor of fearless women around the globe, I have created my Spring Bucket List of things that are outside of my norm.  Here are just a few things that I will be attempting this Spring:

  1. Attend a Houston Astros game. (I live in Texas and have never been into baseball so why not go see the World Champions?)
  2. Go horseback riding. Again, horses are all over Texas yet I haven’t ridden a horse since I was a kid. Why not?
  3. Take a road trip at least 5-6 hours away for the weekend.  I already have a destination in mind so stay tuned.

These are my top three things on my Spring Bucket List.  I have given myself until June to get it done.  By then it will be time for my Summer Bucket List.  What are you doing to step outside the box and live outside of your comfort zones? Share some of your ideas and plans in the comments below.

 

 

 

BeyChella 2018: Sorry Not Sorry!

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Whether you attended Coachella in the flesh or watched Beyonce’s awe-inspiring performance on Youtube, there’s no denying the fact that Bey wasn’t playing games with her performance at the festival.  Not only did the performer make history by becoming the first black woman to headline at Coachella, she also killed by incorporating her feminist and political themes throughout her performances.  Meanwhile, she slayed the stage with her beauty and stylish digs to match.

When you are affectionately called “Queen Bey” and you walk out on stage in Cleopatra costume and you can makes one feel your energy through your presence, then you have successfully proven your grandeur as an artist.  One thing is for certain, two things are for sure, if you don’t walk away from a Beyonce’ show feeling like you should go harder, then you need to check your pulse.  You are obviously not on this planet!

The performance lasted for two hours and it was the most dynamic display of  advancement for the culture by far.  Beyonce’s attention to detail and precise execution of choreography was epic.  She told a story that summarized twenty years of her career and chart topping songs incorporating the sounds of other artists.  She shared the stage with Destiny’s Child, Solange, and her husband, Jay-Z.  Even though the show was not completely about the BeyHive, you still walk away knowing that it is all about Bey!

If you’re a woman that loves music, beauty, culture, and the overall advancement of women, then you need to watch Beyonce’s Coachella 2018 performance.  You will never be prouder of the fact that a wife, mother of three, and winner of many awards showed up and showed out at the festival.  It wasn’t just a win for her; it was a win for all women.  Her performance belied the greatness that we all have within us.  Nevertheless, she continues to prove that one woman can be fierce and unapologetically great and create her own rules. There is no reason to be sorry for that…..

Share your comments below and tell us what you thought of Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance.

 

Top Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

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It is officially Spring and what better way to start it off than with Spring cleaning.  Since this blog is about makeup, we are going to focus on spring cleaning our makeup bags.  Each year we purchase and accumulate all kinds of products that we have great intentions on using, but somehow never do for whatever reason.  Most of these products come with expiration dates.  Today, we are going to focus on the products that you need to get rid of that are probably well beyond the expiration.  Here’s my top ten list of items that you need to get rid of if it’s just taking up space in your makeup bag.

  1. Mascara- I don’t care how expensive it is. Mascara comes with an expiration date.  If you have had it longer than three months, then it’s time to get rid of it.  If not, mascara is one of those products that can carry lot of bacteria.  If you don’t want to risk getting some type of eye infection, I encourage you to get rid of that old mascara. It’s just collecting dust…and more bacteria.
  2. Foundation-Foundation gets old and watery.  It’s just ineffective if you allow it to get that way.  Who wants to put on extra streaky foundation that’s watered down? I promise you the outcome won’t be your desired look so just throw it away and start over.
  3. Liquid concealer- Liquid concealer is foundation on a smaller scale.  Therefore, the same rules as #2 applies.  Just get rid of it.
  4. Liquid Eyeliner -Anything that is liquid has the ability to become ineffective after about 4-5 months, especially if you’re not using it.  Rule of thumb-if it’s watery, then it’s probably of no use.
  5. Eye Lash Glue- Bonding glue is the worse because after a nonuse it become porous and the adhesive is not going to stick.  Therefore, you should throw away your lash glue after 6 months.  I’ve tested this practice, as well, and it’s definitely no good after 5-6 months.

I hope this helps.  Spring is the perfect time to start fresh with your beauty products and what better way to do so than by getting rid of the things you don’t need.

What I look forward to in 2017

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Last year I had so much for which to be thankful.  Looking back, I can’t help but think about all the highs and lows.  The first part of the year is always the most exciting for me.  That is the time in which I start to put my plans in motion.  I use previous years to build upon for the next.

Last year, I took some time off to get myself together.  I went on a few trips to reflect on my life and try to prioritize my business. The time away helped me to come up with some pretty good ideas for the future.  Oftentimes, it’s  in those still moments that you have your greatest moments of clarity.  I have learned that it is critical to my growth and elevation.

As this month comes to an end, I am excited to share what I have to look forward to in 2017.  I have planned my entire year and it is going to be an exciting one.  For the next twelve months, I hope to engage my readers more by allowing you to get more involved with my posts.  I have a few giveaways that involve products for men and women in the Spring.  I will be connecting with more entrepreneurs for my first Pop Up Shop in April.  I’m excited about the photo shoot for Ponch Cosmetics’ Spring lipstick line.  Finally, I plan to end the year by giving back with my event that I haven’t planned in two years! I hope that it will be the highlight of this year.

Stay tuned to find out what all I have in store.  I hope to make 2017 as stimulating for my readers as well as for me.  Last year was great, but 2017 will be my best year ever! If not, it won’t be due to lack of effort on my part.  What do you look forward to in 2017?

 

Why Every Woman Should Be Wearing Red This Month

 

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February isn’t just the month for lovers.  It’s also the month for “red”.  Red has so many different meanings.  It’s such a strong color.  It has the power to make you react.  It’s the color that ignites passion.  Red is associated with emotion and power.  That’s why it’s the perfect color to symbolize  and express love.  When you wear red, it arouses the same emotions from the opposite sex, which is why every woman should be wearing red this month.

Studies have shown that women who wear red can easily get a man’s attention.  It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a red dress, a red hat, or red lips.  Red can get the attention of a man.  Therefore, single women looking to attract the opposite sex should be wearing red.  I mean lots of it! This doesn’t just apply to women who are single. Women who are attached should try my theory on their significant others, also.  Put some red on and see don’t you grab your man’s attention faster.

This month, I have a challenge for you ladies.  Wear red as much as you can. Wear red clothes or red lips.  Make sure to help make this “red” month.  Even though Valentine’s day will soon be approaching, you should be preparing for this special day by wearing the heck out of red.  Not just because you’re trying to get someone’s attention, but because red is stimulating and exciting. Ladies, put that red hot chilly pepper dress on and let’s all woman wear red.  Tell me what type of reaction you receive.

 

 

 

 

Bright Lights, Big City

For the past five days I have been trying to navigate my way through The Big Apple. I learned a few things while I was traveling: boy, is it big! There is absolutely nothing small about it, but land mass.  The beauty of this wonderful adventure has been the fact that I have been able to learn so much about myself in the process. Growing up in a small town, all you know is what you hear about New Yorkers. Supposedly, New Yorkers are mean, rude, and unfriendly. As a result of those rumors and assumptions, it makes you enter the city with a little trepidation.  Then you’re told to watch out for crazy people on the subway and that’s frightening, as well. I’m proud to say that my experience with New York was one of much appreciation and adoration. I can say that because I traveled around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx by myself. 

I learned that I’m sure there are those who are rude and unsavory, but for the most part people are kind. It’s hard to say that they are considerate because everyone is in a hurry trying to get to their next destination or hustle, but not as rude as most would think. 

As I rode the subway throughout the city and met countless New Yorkers, I was amazed at the allure of New York City. People move to New York for three things: money, fashion, or success. For those who are hungry and ambitious, it doesn’t seem so unimaginable. Everybody in the city is on their grind. Everybody I saw moving made me believe in the possibility of wealth and success, if that’s what you’re chasing. Staring at the Empire State Building reminded me to believe anything is possible. 

Friday I had my first real experience with greatness and all the grandeur of the city. I met some amazing people that were doing amazing things in their fields. These same people were working with me, talking with me and encouraging me with possibilities of the future. For the first time in my life, I looked beyond my small town roots and knew that success and greatness were mine for the taking. Success to me was beginning to look as big as The Big Apple.  

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that The Big Apple is more than just bright lights in a big city full of rude people. Those lights inspire people like me. They are the guide that lights the way when you think you’re lost. Those lights gave me the extra push to keep going and believing in the magic of thinking big as the Empire State Building.