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.
You’ve met this chic before. You ask her what brand lipstick she has on and she pulls out her MAC tube like she’s holding gold straight from U. S. Mint. You immediately want to tell her, “Girl, bye!” Instead you just sit back and gloat because she just spent $15 on lipstick that’s cute, but you spent $2.99 on your Wet n Wild and you’re cute, too, with an extra $12 in your wallet to go buy more! Yea, makeup snobs are a trip aren’t they?
A makeup snob believes that your makeup isn’t poppin unless you have to rob a bank to pay for it. A makeup snob believes that the best makeup only comes from expensive department stores. Lastly, a makeup snob believes that because she strictly wears MAC, Lancome, or Dior, her makeup game is somehow superior to the budget-friendly shopper that chooses to wear Cover Girl or Maybelline.
Allow me to set the record straight. Although some brands are marketed as high end products, price alone does not dictate whether its a better product or not for the consumer. When it comes to makeup, there are many factors to consider that determine what products are better than others. In particular, your personal skincare needs and sensitivities should determine which products are better suited for you. Cost, location, or prestige should have nothing to do with why you buy your cosmetics products. Popularity and packaging does not mean better.
However, there are some products that cost more because they contain ingredients that others might not. Be certain that those are ingredients that you personally need rather than want because someone told you you might need them.
The next time you shop for makeup don’t overlook drug store products because they are in the drugstore. Cover Girl and Revlon have some of the best lipsticks on the market. The quality is just as good as MAC and a few dollars cheaper. Even if money isn’t an issue, maybe convenience is. Don’t overlook some of the cheaper products because you’re busy being a makeup snob to notice there is very little difference in the quality. After all, it’s just makeup, gals! Buy that Wet n Wild, girl! Live a little…
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So, after the rehearsal video was posted on Youtube, I received quite a few inquiries about a certain single female in the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza. Although all of the participants in the auction are very attractive, one in particular sparked some interest because she was a new, fresh face. I recently caught up with Kia Briggs and asked her to introduce herself to East Texans. Here’s what she wants you to know about her…..
Ponch: So, you’re going to be participating in the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza on Saturday, December 20. Are you excited?
Kia: Im really excited and its an awesome cause.
Ponch: Since you’re a newcomer to East Texas, why don’t you tell us who you really are and where you’re from.
Kia: My name is Kia Briggs I’m originally form Detroit , Mi but I moved here from Atlanta.
Ponch: How did you end up in Texas?
Kia: My son accepted a scholarship from Southern Methodist University and I decided I was ready for a change.
Ponch: Have you ever done any modeling or an event such as this one?
Kia: I’ve played around with a little modeling but I’ve never participated in an event like this.
Ponch: So, what do you do for a living?
Kia: I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Ponch: So, what do you look for in a mate?
Kia: Of course he must love life, having fun and being around great people.
Ponch: You’re a beautiful woman. Why do you think you’re still single?
Kia: OMG…. I ask myself all the time and so does my mother I think she has a bigger problem with me being single than I do (laughing) I really believe that the Lord has a perfect mate for me and when its time it’ll happen.
Ponch: What does a guy have to do to get your attention?
Kia: A guy would have to make me laugh, not take himself to seriously to get my attention, and oh yea he must have a job and a car!!! lol
Ponch: Do you think a woman should ask a guy out?
Kia: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a woman asking a man out times have changed I was told a closed mouth don’t get fed, personally I’ve never done it. I’m a little shy and kind of old fashioned I like the guy to make the first move.
Ponch: What did you think of the guys at rehearsal?
Kia: I thought all the men at the rehearsal were handsome in their own way it was so much to choose from. I love to have a variety!
Ponch: How do you feel about the issue of domestic violence?
Kia: Domestic violence is a crime that is overlooked way to often. It has affected so many people directly or indirectly at least once in their lives. That’s why I’m honored to be a part of this event to raise awareness and have a voice for women who are afraid or unable to speak because they are no longer with us.
Ponch: So, what’s next for you, Ms. Briggs?
Kia: Right now I’m focusing on building my business and making sure my son finishes school.
To meet this beautiful young woman and learn more, you must attend the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza on Saturday, December 20, at Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview, Texas.
Last year’s event was great. Marcus Love, a local radio personality was the dj for the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza, but this year we have a newbie on the 1’s & 2’s. That newcomer is none other than DJ Demarcus Sharp who is turning out to be a force to be reckoned with in the party arena. When I started looking for a dj, I sent out a blanket Facebook bid request. He was the first to respond.
Even though he was fresh on the scene, I had a good feeling about him.
I caught up with him recently to discuss what we can expect at the 2nd Annual Faces of Beauty Extravaganza on December 20 at Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview, Texas. Here’s what he had to say:
Ponch: How long have you been a dj?
Dj Sharp: I’ve been a DJ for 1.5 years.
Ponch: Wow, but you’ve been doing a lot of parties lately! Are you excited about doing the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza?
Dj Sharp: I’m extremely excited about the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza. Great name by the way, but the cause for the event is more impressive. I’m a Longview native and I don’t remember many events in East Texas that brought awareness to Domestic Violence but also included a fun, positive environment to do so. This event doesn’t point fingers at the victims of domestic violence, but it puts that person in a room full of supporters. Sometimes all you need is a little confidence to get over your past or current situation.
Ponch: You attended with your wife last year? Did you and your wife enjoy the show?
Dj Sharp: My wife and I had a great time. We enjoyed the show and the emcee, Brandis Jamerson, had me at the edge of my seat the entire time.
Ponch: How do you think you will add to the event this year versus how it was last year?
DJ Sharp: The event last year had a nice flow but as the DJ, I’m looking to get the crowd more involved. You never know what’s going to happen.
Ponch: Even though you’re married, do you think this is an event that couples can enjoy?
DJ Sharp: It definitely is. The auction was very entertaining, but the cause for the event should be the reason to be in attendance. Again, you never know who you’re going to meet and who’s life you can effect through general interaction. I want to tell my grandkids that I supported the fight against Domestic Violence through participation in the Faces of Beauty Extravaganza.
Ponch: You’ve seen the lineup this year. What do you think about the beauties and the studs?
DJ Sharp: The line up this year is amazing. We have a lot of strong personalities embracing the stage this year. I promise you’ll have more than 1 favorite.
Ponch: How high do you think the bids will go on the ladies?
DJ Sharp: I can definitely see the bids for the ladies being over $100 per lady. There will be a good turn out of guys ready to support the cause.
Ponch: How high do you think the bids will go on the studs?
DJ Sharp: The guys bids may be slightly higher than the ladies as women travel in groups, and a table may decide to purchase as a group for that one friend they’ve been trying to get out the house lol. Team work makes the dream work.
Ponch: What’s your favorite party song to get the crowd pumped?
Dj Sharp: I actually don’t have a favorite song but we’re going from Old School to New School, Back to Old School, to your school, and back to my school. Lol. I will say I love mixes that include Doug E. Fresh, Cool & The Gang, T.I., and Jay Z. but I always sprinkle my down south artist in the mix to turn up. We’re Grown. We’re Sexy. And We’re Fly. Expect that type of vibe 🙂
Ponch: What’s next for DJ Sharp?
Currently, my next event will be the 2nd Annual Clash of the 90’s event held in Longview the Saturday of Easter Weekend. I never want to miss a good opportunity to celebrate the East Texas connections made in high school and/or college. We invite the class of Longview High from 1990 – 1999 to celebrate together. This year we’re going to include a few more schools and classes. Please be ready.
To find out how DJ Sharp does his thing, you will need to be in attendance at the next Faces of Beauty Extravaganza on December 20.
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!
Cosmetic brands are plentiful these days, which makes it cumbersome to find the right products. I am a product junkie! I generally try everything just to see what the real difference is in the products. If you are anything like me, you have tried just about everything. Additionally, I am finding more brands each week are displayed in drug stores, department stores, and various other retail outlets.
When I started Ponch Cosmetics, I knew I had to differentiate myself from other brands. What will be my USP (Unique Selling Point)? How can I connect with my customers? How will I get my customers to feel the same passion for my products as I feel?
Conversely, I have spent a lot of money on makeup over the years because I love it. However, I have never spent a ton of money on one item of makeup. After all, it is just makeup! Thus, the number one factor that was important to my brand is affordability. Next, I had to provide three more things that were important to me when I was searching for makeup. Those three things are: 1) color 2) options 3) quality.
Finally, I have the foundation for which to build my brand. Now, here are the things that make my brand special. These are five things that I pride myself for providing value in my products and the five things for which I stand. Individually, these things might not seem so special, but when grouped all together they make a powerful team and statement.
Affordability. Ponch Cosmetics is affordable and moderately priced, but remains full of quality.
Cruelty-free. I never owned a pet, but I still feel we must protect them.
Paraben-free. There has not been substantive evidence proving that parabens in cosmetics cause cancer, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Color, Color, and more Color. Color is a major barrier and concern for women of color. We need options and variety. Ponch provides both.
Vitamin-rich. Many of my products are enriched with vitamins A, C, D, & E. What that means for my customers is more protection for their skin.
These are not just my selling points, these are facts related to my brand. Besides, I just answered most of your questions in one blog post. Are you ready to try Ponch yet?