"With every act of self-care the authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side. Each day, I am more and more on my own side." ~ Susan Weiss Berry
As part of my Women's Wellness Portrait series, I was honored to photograph the beautiful, gentle-hearted Myndi Stephens, a wonderful mother of four, who also graciously shared some wonderful insights about into the importance of self-care.
Myndi is a former civil engineer who now represents LimeLife by Alcone, which specializes in professional cosmetics and all natural skincare. You can visit Myndi's website here: https://www.limelifebyalcone.com/myndistephens/
You may not know that make-up and skincare are very dear to my heart since I began my career working as a makeup artist almost 20 years ago -- right around the time that I became a photographer. I believe that high-quality makeup is a wonderfully empowering tool to help women feel more polished and confident, and to express themselves and how they're feeling. It also is an important aspect of self-care for many women. I also believe that high quality skincare is essential for everyone -- especially sunscreen!
Here is a Q&A session that Myndi and I had about the importance of self-care for women, education about high quality cosmetics, and her work with LimeLife:
1. Myndi, can you tell me a little bit about your experience with cosmetics and skincare and how they've transformed your life?
Myndi: After I had my fourth baby, I started having severe acne. I used several high end skin care lines, and nothing was helping. It was embarrassing, and I found myself not wanting to leave the house. A friend of mine began selling LimeLife by Alcone products, and I decided to try out. Because the makeup is formulated to not be absorbed by your skin, I figured this was my best approach for covering my acne while not worsening it. Not only was it able to cover my breakouts, but slowly my acne began to clear. I kept trying more products from the brand, including their skin care line. I loved everything! After months of consideration, I decided to go out of my comfort zone and become a beauty guide myself to be able to share these amazing products with other women. This business has given me so much more than I ever anticipated! I have made a new group of supportive friends, gained confidence in myself, contributed financially to my family again, had a creative outlet for myself, and been able to help other women feel beautiful!
2. People don't always realize that there's a big difference in quality with cosmetics and skincare. Why is so important to invest in high-quality products?
Myndi: Investing in yourself is always a good idea, whether it is with education, healthy foods, or even cosmetics. Investing means that you pay money now for a future gain, and that is particularly true with cosmetics. When you invest in high quality makeup, you will get products that have higher pigmentation, easier blendability, and longer wear times. A higher pigment count means you use less product to achieve the desired look or level of coverage. Easier blendability will allow you to spend less time working with the product. And a longer wear time means you wont need to reapply throughout the day to keep your makeup looking great! Skin care is more like a long term investment. It is much easier to prevent certain skin conditions than it is to correct them. If you don't have much of a skin care routine now, get started with a good cleanser and moisturizer, then slowly add in serums and masks. Don't forget about your eyes and neck, and never ever go to bed with makeup on!
3. What do you love best about doing this work?
Myndi: I love helping others, and being able to combine that with my love of makeup and skin care has been a blessing! I have enjoyed helping customers customize their own eyeshadow palette to bring out their eye color, or finding their perfect foundation and concealer shades to give them a flawless base for the rest of their makeup. It might even be as simple as recommending one skin care product to a customer, but if it clears up scarring from acne and allows that woman to feel confident in her own skin again, then we have done a great thing!
4. What has it been like to know that you're helping women feel more confident and empowered?
Myndi: This has been the most rewarding part of being in this business. A lot of the women I work with are busy mothers with young children. Helping them to create a 5 minute makeup routine so they can feel beautiful has been so much fun. I have also worked with more mature women, and it has been a joy seeing them feel like a younger version of themselves! I love using makeup to enhance the features they already have and show them the beauty that has always been there!
5. Can you tell me a bit about the LimeLife company and their work to empower women?
Myndi: LimeLife sales directors and corporate officers established The Brighter Together Foundation in 2017. The Brighter Together Foundation has partnered with Project Concern International, which teaches women in impoverished societies around the world to build a business, save profits, create financing programs to provide loans to other program members, and ultimately become powerful leaders within their communities. The Brighter Together Foundation is funded by LimeLife rank promotion donations, contributions from the sales field, and through the sale of custom makeup collections. Our custom makeup collections will give you a full face of makeup at varying price ranges containing as few as 4 products and as many as 50! The makeup collections offer savings to the customers, and LimeLife matches that savings amount with a donation to the foundation.
6. As a mom, it can be hard to fit in self-care into our daily care, but this is an essential part of wellness. Do you have a self care routine? What are your favorite ways to care for yourself so that you can care for your children?
Myndi: As much as I hate waking up to an early alarm, I find that my days get started off much happier when I have had some time to take care of myself before handling 4 children and their morning needs. During the week, I always set my alarm to give myself enough time to get showered, have some breakfast and coffee, and catch a bit of the news before my children wake up. Usually during naptime, I like to spend 15 minutes or so putting on my makeup. Makeup is one of my creative outlets, but it also helps me to feel more put together and ready for anything else we need to do that day. It is impossible to pour from an empty cup, so I encourage you to find whatever it is that helps you be the best you for your family. It might be reading, yoga, painting, lifting weights, baking, or even makeup. You owe yourself the same love and care you give to others!
Many, many thanks to Myndi for the wonderful Women's Wellness Portrait session and for taking the time to provide us with these thoughtful and informative responses! I loved photographing Myndi for her business & personal brand and having the opportunity to take beautiful portraits that she can pass down to her children. I am so happy that I could take these portraits for Myndi and her family and loved receiving her feedback about the questions I asked her. I also have had the pleasure of using LimeLife products and have been very impressed with the quality of their makeup and skincare. I recommend that you check them out too! You can contact Myndi and she would be delighted to assist you with customized skincare and makeup recommendations - https://www.limelifebyalcone.com/myndistephens/
Annie Dash Photography is located in Sellersburg, Indiana and specializes in natural light portraits. If you'd like session availability and pricing information for women's wellness portrait sessions, please get in touch. I would love to work with you!
Phone: (502) 208-8756