My 2017 Beauty Wish List

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I’m a list person. I love to make lists. I take pleasure in writing goals, resolutions, and especially to-do lists. I like to plan for the things that I try to accomplish and the things I want.  However, I rarely make Christmas lists.  When Christmas rolls around, I just wing it. Even though my children made their Christmas lists for me faithfully each year when they were young, I never paid much attention to their lists because I had my own. Don’t judge me. 😦

For me, Christmas is a time for giving. I always considered creating a Christmas list as an act of selfishness. Christmas isn’t the time to be selfish. Typically, we tend to spend money for Christmas gifts that we wouldn’t buy any other time of the year.  Thus, the splurge mentality.  This past year I had a thought. I realized that creating a want list for Christmas is no different than when I create lists for my goals and my New Year’s Resolutions. I completed my “want list” for Christmas and recently got everything on my list.  I am rewarding myself with a few items that I have worked hard for throughout the year. I decided to splurge a little. Lucky for me, the only thing I love is makeup!!!!

I made my list and checked it twice.  Therefore, I decided that is even more of a reason for me to follow through with my list. This year has been a doozie for me, complete with many highs and lows. With every obstacle, I managed to survive. I can’t think of any other reason why I shouldn’t treat myself to a few of my favorite beauty goodies for conquering all of the hurdles of 2016. These are my MVPs for 2017.

1) The Tartelette Naturals Palette $34.50 (www.ulta.com) Shown above.

What’s great about it:  It’s great natural clay palette for the eyes.  Clay matte makes the application go on smoothly and naturally.

2) Mia 2 Clarisonic Brush $169 (www.ulta.com)


What’s great about it: It has dual power with two speeds.  It deep cleans the skin and leaves the face feeling like a baby’s bottom.

3) Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer $35 (www.ulta.com)

What’s great about it: It can be used on any complexion. It gives the perfect bronze glow and it’s not too light or too dark.

4) Anastastia Beverly Hills eye brow pencil (dark brown and soft brown)v $18.50 (www.sephora.com)


What’s great about it: It’s the Bentley of eye brow pencils.  It can be described in one word: precise.

5) DiorShow Mascara $28.50 (www.ulta.com)


What’s great about it: This one product makes your lashes look like fake lashes. It has ltwo ends: one primer, the other mascara.

These are my beauty favs. What are yours?

 

 

 

 

Why Women Who Go From Blah to Beat are the Real Heroines

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I have this thing with women who love to brag that they don’t wear makeup like it’s some badge of honor or something. I always tell those women, “okay, I get it!” What I don’t tell the ladies is the real tragedy of being the chic who doesn’t wear makeup EVER is that you’re limiting yourself from so many other growth possibilities. You see, when you reveal the fact that you never wear makeup, you’re essentially telling me that you don’t adapt well to change, you’re possibly not open to growth, nor do you like to learn new things.

After all, are you going to go to that important dinner without wearing any makeup?  You think Angelina Jolie wants to hit the red carpet with no makeup? Is Michelle Obama ever seen at the White House without makeup? Of course, these women would not ever attend any important function in the public eye without that quintessential “beat”.

I see applying makeup as an activity the same as learning how to ride a bike or drive a car. In the beginning it seems hard, but once you get going and doing it regularly you see driving as an activity that makes your life easier. Further, you look good doing it. One might think that comparing applying makeup to driving cars is ludicrous, but it isn’t. They are both two activities that you learn how to do so that it helps you. At first, you might not be that good at it, but over time with practice you can improve your skills. In the end, you benefit from learning.

I started experimenting with makeup when I was five years old. I’m not kidding! My fascination with makeup started early. I think I had mastered how to apply makeup to my face by the time I was in the 6th grade. In those developing years, I learned a lot. The most important thing I learned from applying my makeup is how I could go from blah to beat! One of my colleagues told me years ago that on any given day when I didn’t wear makeup I was just Ponchitta Thompson. However, once I walked in with my makeup and hair on fleek, I was transformed into someone else. That colleague was right! Just like me, you too, can take baby steps to learn to create your own beat face.

That face beat made all the difference for me. My attitude changed, my self-esteem was at an all-time high, and my confidence levels were incredible. When my makeup is done right, I feel like I can take on the world. I’ve had many women tell me they feel empowered in the same way when they get their faces beat.

I think it’s a beautiful thing when you’re naturally confident. The woman who needs no extra confidence boost in the morning when she awakens or the woman that doesn’t need a spike in their confidence by adding lashes or red lips is someone special. To that woman, I applaud you because you’re a rarity.

However, for the rest of us that need that extra pep in our step or the extra jumpstart to boost our morale, I say don’t you dare feel bad because you love the beat. That beat does for us what spinach did for Popeye. It turns us into the strong, courageous women that we need to be to conquer all we must do in this world. I lift my wine glass up to all the women that don’t mind admitting that they love going from blah to beat. Once you start, it will change your life. You’re the real heroines.

Six Ways to Choose Your Cosmetics Products

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Years ago, I only wore MAC because I thought that MAC was to makeup what Bentley was to cars. I didn’t know that I was wearing the wrong color foundation for years. My girlfriends and I, all of which were various different complexions, skin types and nationalities, were all wearing NC 45 foundation.

It wasn’t until I had really gotten into paying attention to my products, learning about my skin, and trying others years later that I realized that I had bought into all of the hype like every other girl. I was searching for answers and allowing other people to tell me anything. Instead, I should have sought out my own. Now, I’ve learned a few things and I know the secret that every woman should know when they go to buy makeup. I, my dear, am going to share with you a few things that I have learned along the way that might help you.

 1) Learn your skin type.  Before you purchase any products for your skin you at least need to know what type of skin you have. The basic skin types are oily, dry, combination or normal. I wouldn’t recommend an oil-based foundation for a person with oily skin. That person would look like a glow pop doll! I don’t mean that in a good way. However, when you’re aware of your skin type, then you will know that your skin needs well balanced products in order to produce well balanced skin. Learning your skin type should be your first order of business to figure out the products you should purchase.

2) Determine whether or not you’re battling skin issues. Do you suffer from acne? Do you have wrinkles, brown spots, red spots, sun damage, rough skin, or enlarged pores. These issues need to be addressed before you try to pack on excess makeup on your face to try to cover the problem area. If you’ve tried over-the-counter products for your issue and it hasn’t worked, then I would suggest a trip to the dermatologist before purchasing any new products. Your products could be adding to the problem.

3) Purchase skincare products BEFORE you purchase your cosmetics products. Great skin is always better than great makeup. I know that may seem weird coming from a bonafide makeup junkee, but it’s true. Once you get your skin in proper balance, then the makeup part will become easier.

4) Find out what your skin type requires.  If you’re oily, you need less moisture and oil. If you’re dry, you need more moisture. If you’re combination, then you need a combined balance of the two. My suggestion would be skin care products that cater to your skin type. Cleansers specifically for dry skin or exfoliants that are geared towards oily skin will help combat any of the problems you encounter with your particular skin type.

5) Become very familiar with your skin tone. Are you fair, medium, or dark? Is your complexion warm or cool? These are very important questions to learn. Warm tones are more golden or yellow. While cool tones have more blue in the skin’s undertones. If you’re still not sure, ask yourself which you look better in gold or silver. That will provide more insight. Knowing this information will help prepare you for this one final step.

6) Search for the brand that best suits your skin type and complexion. This is the most important rule when choosing your makeup. If you can answer these six questions with absolute certainty, then you are well on your way to choosing the right products for your skin. Don’t choose your makeup because everybody is buying it or wearing it. Their skin isn’t like yours. Your needs are very different from your friends. Therefore, you must buy those products that are best for you. I have no doubt that your skin and makeup will be amazing once you figure it out.

If you have any questions about this post, respond in the comments below!

Interview With Brandis J, Emcee of 2nd Annual Faces of Beauty Extravaganza

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Last year was the first year for the Faces of Beauty annual charity fundraiser to help raise funds for Faces of Beauty Foundation.  Ponch Cosmetics is the host of this spectacular event in which we raise funds to help support programs that aid victims of domestic violence.

Brandis Jamerson was the emcee last year and she did such a phenomenal job that we decided to bring her back again.  I recently caught up with Brandis J and here is what she had to say about the event:

Ponch: You emceed the event last year? What led you to do this event again?

 

Brandis: After the event last year, I received so much encouragement from friends and associates that were at the show. I even received one of the hottest shoutouts in Facebook history from an old classmate. So when the opportunity presented itself I was slightly nervous… But after I thought about the fun we had last year… I just began thinking of how to bring it again this year!

 

Ponch:  Was this your first time emceeing an event:

 

Brandis: Yes, it was my first time emceeing and I was a nervous wreck! There is a big difference between doing the welcome at the 3 o’clock service and emceeing a large event.

 

Ponch:  Did you ever get stage fright?  What happened?

 

Brandis:  When the time came for me to get the show started all I can remember were seeing all those faces just looking at me and it was definitely intimidating! I just remember my voice shaking and me ready to run back off the stage… After I came back and the crowd begin to engage, it got easier.

 

Ponch:  You participated at rehearsal last month.  You looked like you were having a good time.  Can we expect some of that foolery at the event this year?

 

Brandis:  Of course! Anytime I’m in the midst of good company I will be an advocate for a good time! Again, it goes back to the crowd and their participation. The models that are participating this year have great personalities, attitudes, and it was easy to come in and cut up with them! So as long as the attendees get into the show, we have no choice but to GO UP ON A TUESDAY!

 

Ponch: This is a Bachelor/Bachelorette auction. Do you think this is a battle of the sexes?

 

Brandis: There is no battle when there’s a woman involved… We always win. Lol

 

Ponch: Who do you think is going to win?

 

Brandis: It’s hard to call it because there are so many different flavors for bidders to pick from, and who knows? There are some sneaky ballers out there that may like the shy type or may like their men light skinded… lol I’m thinking I may get the largest amount on the silent auction tho!

 

Ponch:  Do you think this is a good idea for singles looking for love or to just have fun?

 

Brandis:  Folks need to come to the event with the mind frame of having fun! If a love story comes out of it then we will give them a shout out at the next show… But one of my disclaimers for the event will be to not expect a relationship as an outcome to your bid… Now what they do with their opportunity is up to them… *sips tea*

 

Ponch:  What do you consider sexy about a guy?

 

Brandis: What’s physically sexy to me will always include tattoos… I’ve always been a fan of good art work…. What’s mentally sexy is a man’s ability to show compassion towards me… Unfortunately that combination has been hard to find.

 

Ponch:  Well, we do have a few studs with A LOT of tattoos! So, if you could build a guy, what would he look like and how would he be?

 

Brandis: This is a loaded question…

Ponch: Since you’re funny, how important is finding a guy who is funny, too?

 

Brandis: Any prospect of mine would HAVE to have a sense of humor or we are going to run out of things to talk about real quick.

 

Ponch: Would you ever ask a guy out?

 

Brandis: At this point in my life I wouldn’t ask a guy out because that sets a precedent that the man doesn’t have to take on a leadership role within the relationship.   I need a man that’s not afraid to open his mouth!

 

Ponch:  Who is your celebrity crush?

 

Brandis: Zac Efron

 

Ponch:  If you were a guy, would you bid on any of the ladies in the auction?

 

Brandis:  Heeelllll Yeeahhhh!!! Lol All of em thick wit it! They’re very beautiful ladies.

 

Ponch:  If you could go back to last year’s event, what would you do differently?

 

Brandis: I would have spent more time with the models before the show so I can get a better understanding of that makes them tick. That would make it easier to promote their personalities and make them more appealing to the bidders.

 

Ponch:  Do all your comedic moments spring from the truth?

 

Brandis:  Yes, 9 times out of 10 I find laughter out of the truth and what has become reality! And if you were to meet some of my family members it would be evident that DNA definitely plays a large part as well! 45

 

Ponch:  Which person in the auction will make your job easy? (This person just makes you think of funny ish)

 

Brandis:  DJ Demarcus Sharp is a natural fool and I am so excited about working with him! My other classmate Brian Davis is an inspiration also! They tend to think outside the box!

 

Ponch: Who are your favorite female comedians? Why?

 

Brandis: Sommore has always been a favorite for so many reasons! Not only is she representing for the thicker chicks, but her delivery is what makes her comedy stand out. She is blunt, but not abrasive… That is an art form these days.

 

Ponch: How important is crowd engagement when you’re emceeing?

 

Brandis: As I mentioned earlier, the crowd’s enthusiasm is so important and is necessary for a successful event! They have got to come ready to participate in this positive movement.

 

Ponch:  What song gets you excited and ready to go off?

 

Brandis: Too many songs to count! Lol It ranges from Taylor Swift to Z-Ro. I love music and if the beat is on point then I’m enjoying it!

 

Ponch:  How important is music when doing an event such as this?

 

Brandis:     Music sets the tone… The music can make the crowd remember a time  or moment… or it may awaken their ratchet side… either way it helps creates a mood and I know that DJ Demarcus will be able to assess his crowd and give them something to groove to.

 

Ponch: What’s your educational background?  Have you ever thought of a career in broadcasting?

 

Brandis: I graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. I have a passion for the hospitality industry, and I love the idea of traveling. I did attempt, while attending SFA, to become a radio personality with a local station here in Longview. Long story short, being behind a microphone and speaking between songs is not as easy as one might imagine… It takes practice to become an effective radio personality.

 

Ponch:  What are your thoughts on the issue of domestic violence?

Brandis:   Domestic Violence is an issue that is becoming too common in our communities. Recently I have had the opportunity to be educated on how domestic violence not only affects the person who is being physically and /or mentally abused, but it also affects the friends and family that are around them during this difficult time. In a lot of cases the idea of leaving is not as easy as some try to make it out to be. There is an uncertainty of how the person will survive without their abuser, sometimes there are children involved and the abused doesn’t want to disturb their children’s home environment. There are so many reasons that can deter an abused person to get the help that they need. As a society, and especially as a community, we need to work together to be a form of assistance to those who have been in these violent situations to get out safely.  I’ve experienced domestic violence personally, and I was blessed to get out of that situation before it was too late. So I have a soft spot for those who are facing this on a daily basis and living in fear of the next attack. That’s why I plan to give my all on that stage December 20th! I want to play my role in this effort to raise money for the victims of this horrible crime.

 

Ponch:  What’s next for Brandis J?  

 

Brandis:  Hopefully a nap… I’m tired!


What’s next for me is continuing to work with the members of the women’s organization “We’re S.A.S.S.I.” to be a present entity in the Longview Community. We want to provide an environment for the personal growth of women of all races and ages! Please be on the lookout beginning in January 2015. We have some great ideas on the horizon, and we look forward to empowering the women of East Texas through group activity and volunteer efforts!

You can catch snippets of what is to come for this event on Youtube at http://youtu.be/wdeIAyS4R-Y.

To get tickets to this event go to www.facesofbeauty2.eventbrite.com

To learn more about Faces of Beauty Foundation go to www.facesofbeautyfoundation.wordpress.com.

www.ponchcosmetics.com

www.thefacesofbeauty.org

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