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 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!
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?
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:
Attend a Houston Astros game. (I live in Texas and have never been into baseball so why not go see the World Champions?)
Go horseback riding. Again, horses are all over Texas yet I haven’t ridden a horse since I was a kid. Why not?
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.
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?
If you’re like me, you walked away from 2016 scratching your head and wondering what just happened. There were so many highs and lows of the year that left many of us in disbelief. This past year was a year of surprises, upsets, and losses. Whether you’re a Trump supporter or not, you have to admit your disbelief of the fact that 1) a man with no political experience won the Republican nomination and 2) won the race. If you never believed that anything can happen in America, then now you’re a true believer. Even though the first black man won the Presidency eight years ago, the racism that he experienced the entire time in office was no surprise. Nonetheless, 2016 taught us a lot and made us pay attention.
Our surprise and disgust at the Flint, Michigan water crisis made us totally look at government agencies differently. Then there was the loss of the greats: Prince, David Bowie, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. Kim Kardashian got robbed at gunpoint in Paris, but Kanye eventually had the meltdown we all saw coming! Then it happened. Brad and Angelina finally broke up. Lastly, the Dallas Cowboys walk away with the greatest record in their NFL history and achieved this momentous feat by way of two very explosive rookies named Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Last year was no punk!
I could go on and on about all the craziness that occurred last year, but it would be pointless because 2016 is gone. Now we must focus on how to make 2017 better than the last. I came up with a few tips to help make this new year a little more bearable.
Add Color to Your Perspective
Have you ever noticed how color can cheer you up? Likewise, it can bring you down also. It can and will cloud your vision when you see things in only one or two colors: black or white. I have a friend that sees everything in black and white. There is no gray area. However, I have argued that there are many ambiguities in life. Everything has to do with your perspective. If you see everything in the black, then everything will appear dismal, hard and hopeless. On the other hand, add a little color to your perspective and watch how your views will change. Once you start thinking with an open mind, then possibilities will abound. There is more than one way to view life and its circumstances. Color changes the way you view things because your mind starts to open up. I don’t mean black and white color. I mean yellow, green, purple, red, or orange. Try living your life in color and watch your vision change for the better.
Don’t Give Up On Mankind
With all the negativity and complete horror stories that we hear in the media, it’s hard to have faith in people these days. In most cases, until something awful happened to make you distrust people, you were born into this world trusting others. After all, as babies, we have to completely rely on others. In life, we are going to have to work with and deal with others. I am not suggesting that we trust blindly. I am suggesting that we give more people the benefit without first assuming that all blacks are bad, or all whites are racist. This goes back to opening our minds and adding a little color to our perspectives. We have got to start giving people the benefit of the doubt. Give people a chance to prove themselves before you completely count them out. If they fail, at least you tried to be a part of the solution and not the problem.
Look at the Big Picture
You must know by now that we are all apart of a bigger picture. With a world population exceeding 6 billion, every individual has a part to play in the universe in which we live whether big or small. As you create the story of your life, make sure your stamp impacts the world in such a way that you realize the importance your contribution makes to the big picture. If you’re a stay-at-home mother, raising kids that are respectful and kind is important to the big picture. If you’re a factory worker, understand that your work product contributes to products that not only consumers need, but contributes to our country’s gross national product. The scientist is just as important as the convenience store worker. Each person has a roll that contributes in some way to the bigger picture in the grand scheme of our lives. If we can just continue to think of the big picture instead of merely thinking of ourselves, then we can all contribute to making our world a better place in 2017. Make sure you’re making the right impact.