Back to School: Making A Great 1st Impression | Christa Dowdy Law | Beauty Blogger | LimeLife by Alcone | Lexington Ky

It’s that time! Back to school time! Everyone is scurrying for school supplies and new clothes and hair cuts! But what about makeup and skincare?

Teen years are the hardest for so many reasons!! Especially for girls (trust me, I was one!) The hormones, boys, making new friends, acne, eating disorders, depression, bullying, social media… so many issues face teens today. So many more then when I was a teen. So let’s make at least ONE area of her life perfectly PERFECT.

Let’s give her great skin and a great face of makeup!

First of all, we need great skin! I would have given anything to have had LimeLife in highschool. The products I used were so harsh my eyes would literally swell out of my head. And it’s as simple as this:

🌱The Fresh Start collection allows you to choose a face wash and moisturizer. For $44 you can get the BEST cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type. Choose from Dream Clean (oily or acne prone skin – most teens) or Quench Cleanse (normal to dry skin). And then your moisturizer, Skin Therapy and Calm Balm. I almost always recommend Skin Therapy as it is practically the most PERFECT moisturizer for every skin type.

🌱The Skin Confidence Collection allows you to choose a face wash, moisturizer and a mask of your choice for $82. So its basically the same as the Fresh Start Collection except you’re adding a mask – either the Mask of Zen or the Skin Polish. Both are fantastic for acne prone skin but again, depending on what type of skin you have. So your customization is endless!!!And then makeup!! You can’t go wrong with The Teen Collection! Not just for teens but a perfect place to start for anyone!!For $136, This collection includes your choice of

•one Botanical Foundation (I will color match her to her perfect shade)

•two Complete Concealers (one for concealing and one for highlighting!)

•one Perfect Blush, Bronzer or Pressed Powder

•two Perfect Eyeshadows

•one Signature Jeweled Lip Gloss (with built in mirror)

(I recommend adding perfect mascara of course! For $20 you can’t go wrong!)

The Teen Collection really is our most affordable “starter” collection for ANYONE (even adults!) wanting a little bit of everything LimeLife but this will give your teenager’s school year a fresh start!!

Summer Wrap-up | Christa Dowdy Law | LifeStyle Blogger | Lexington KY

The End of summer is here. It’s August and I feel like this is the month that signals things like back-to-school, fall weather and the acceptance of all things pumpkin. (Accept it friends, it’s coming) I don’t know about Cade but I doubt that this summer will go down in history as my best summer ever. For me it started out painfully. June seemed to last 3 months and then July was difficult in it’s own way. For Cade, I hope that he somewhat enjoyed his summer. Days at grandparents. Hours in the pool. Mornings at summer school with his favorite teacher (even though she might not think so).

For me the summer started with a little accident that earned me a nice, 2 or 3 inch scar down my wrist, a metal plate and 6 screws, all of which cost more than anything I currently own. Falling backwards for no real reason isn’t exactly embarrassing, but it is something that you just have to own. Do I wish that I had a more exciting story to tell? Yes. Maybe that I fell while trying to save Cade from a rabid squirrel? (That just came to mind) Anything would be better than – I lost my balance when I was backing up trying to get a wider angle taking pictures. Someone give me a cookie.

Did I mention this happened on my mom’s birthday? Yeah. Happy Birthday mom. But the good news is, we got to spend some really great quality time together that night and for the next 4 weeks. I kind of miss her now that she’s gone home.

But that day could not have been more beautiful. The sky and the drive “home” was gorgeous. I even snapped a photo of my favorite spot on the interstate looking towards the hills of Eastern Kentucky as I approached. It was going to be a long day.

I had no idea that in 12 hours I’d be laying in a hospital bed with my hand swelled triple. It’s amazing what morphine does for you though. And just look at that makeup! Really held up 🙂

Fell around 7:00 p.m. To the ER in Lexington around 9:00 p.m. And home by 6:00 a.m. What a whirlwind. And the next week wouldn’t be any better. Waiting for surgery was an eternity. I missed my little boy. He spent a lot of time with his papaw and would come visit me. It was so hard for him to see me just sitting there unable to really do anything. I was so heavily medicated because of the pain and nauseous and weak, he didn’t understand. I was part of his routine. I WAS his routine. And suddenly everything was different.

Our entire summer was turned upside down after that. I had surgery a few days later. Cade never knew where he was staying, who was taking him to summer school. My mom stayed with us for almost a month (which me and Cade both loved) and I didn’t drive at all. When I did start driving I could only use one hand and that made things difficult. It took me weeks to realize that not everyone was out to hit me. I was so paranoid of getting hit or falling or getting hurt again.

I am just so thankful for all of the support that we had through it all. I have never felt so much pain. At one point after the surgery, when my pain block began to wear off, I literally wanted to cut my own arm off. My dad was with me and I think he honestly couldn’t stand to see me in that much pain. I know he couldn’t. He left the room. And I don’t blame him. I wanted to die. Cade was afraid of me with my arm in a cast. I know he worried about why mommy had a giant bandage on her arm. The kid worries himself to death when he has a bandaid on his own arm. He thinks we use scissors to take them off.

After surgery I spent a lot of time back “home” and a lot of time sleeping.

It was relaxing to be there where I could just relax and Cade could be outside and with papaw and still see me in a semi-normal environment. It was the best part of the summer for me, even in the cast, even without any privacy, not being able to dress myself or take a shower without putting a garbage bag over half of my body. It was time spent with my parents and my son that I hadn’t had and it was time spent in thought and meditation and prayer and thankfulness.

Cade was able to attend summer school this summer. We called it “summer camp” just to make it sound more fun. Whether that worked or not is anybody’s guess. But he did get to meet a pig, Waffles, who Cade called sausage, and he got to spend a majority of the summer with his favorite teacher.

He swam in the pool at the YMCA. He played with his caretaker, Tori and her twins. Went to all of his favorite places. I think he had a pretty good summer. Once momma was able to get back to routine, things started looking brighter for him. He realized that the dark clouds weren’t forever, things would go back to normal again.

I realized that too. It’s a tough lesson to learn sometimes. I will be in physical therapy for the foreseeable future. My wrist is super stiff. We are hoping to get my full mobility back in 6 months. Right now it’s very painful but so much better then it was in June! But this too shall pass. And soon it will be pumpkin spice time.

Except for me.

I’m doing Keto.

The History of LimeLife by Alcone | Christa Dowdy Law | Beauty Blogger | Lexington Ky

Just because you haven’t heard of “LimeLife professional products” doesn’t mean that they are brand new to the scene. Many products from our line have actually been around for decades and the brand, Alcone, was created in 1952 by Al Cohen.

LimeLife (formerly LimeLight) is an extension of our Parent Company, which is Alcone Co.

Alcone Co., in New York City has been a resource for the Professional Community of the fashion world, Broadway, movie sets, theater, television, celebrities, and makeup artists for over six decades! Mr. Cohen wanted these professionals to fill their kits with THE BEST brands in the industry!

ALCONE FUN FACT: Did you know that Alcone is a family owned business? The Mallardi family purchased Alcone in 1985 from Harriet and Alvin Cohen. At that time, Alcone was a very small company supplying makeup to the Broadway stars.

Proudly still a ‘ma and pa’ company but with a lot more to offer, making it a goal to continue to provide customers with the best products that the industry has to offer. Through the parent company, Alcone co., LimeLight (now LimeLife) by Alcone was developed. When MUA’s started referring their clients to purchase cosmetics from the Manhattan based Alcone retail store, the owners realized the need to empower makeup artists and create a business that pays the MUA’s a commission. While beta testing many platforms and the original DS company, Alcone at Home, the development of the skincare was happening.

A good friend of the Mallardi family was diagnosed with breast cancer. We know now, scientific research has proven that the chemicals we put on our skin leads to the mutation of the cells and can cause cancer. With the passing of their dear friend, the search and development for creating a skincare line that was free of harmful chemicals had begun.

The two, professional cosmetics and chemical free skincare, came together and created LimeLight by Alcone. Now we are THE FASTEST growing direct sales company.

Alcone, owned by the Mallardi Family, wanted to reward these artists for the referrals, so they began testing programs that gave back to their loyal fan base. Through trial and error, they came to the conclusion that a Direct Sales structure was the most efficient way to make this happen, and so Alcone at Home, later renamed LimeLight by Alcone was born.

To build a solid line, and with the help of the Makeup companies they have built strong relationships with over the course of sixty years, the Mallardi Family looked back through decades of sales reports and found the products that were most commonly favored among the professionals.

Due to this knowledge and research, The LimeLight by Alcone product line is made up of the most beloved and most highly favored professional cosmetics in the world.

Other companies typically formulate and manufacture 100% of their own products. LimeLife does not.

This takes the guess work out of the equation for clients, because they can trust that what they see in our catalogs has been tried, tested and scrutinized by Top Professional Artists.

What they purchase is absolutely the best, without question.

The amount of research that goes into each item in our catalog, prior to it being added, is staggering, but it is because of the Mallardi’s commitment to maintaining their impeccable reputation among the pros.