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Weekly beauty tip #6 – Super Smooth Legs

Score silky-smooth legs and sandalworthy toes with these vitamin-packed scrubs that buff off dead skin with natural exfoliants.

Clove Almond Foot Scrub
Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt, ½ cup almond or vegetable oil and 1 tbsp of ground cloves together in a foot tub or a large bowl. Rub the mixture over your feet for 5 minutes (paying extra attention to rough spots), then rinse with warm water. [Courtesy of Jennifer Jaqua]


Super Salt Blaster
Mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of olive oil together in a bowl. Rub on legs to exfoliate; rinse. Mash together 1 avocado, 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1 banana and 1 tsp of olive oil in  a bowl and microwave for 10 seconds. Smooth the mixture on your legs and wrap a towel around them for 10 minutes. Then wipe off with a damp cloth. [Courtesy of Lenny LaCour, director, Spa de LaCour at the Bannockbum Club in Illinois]

Weekly Beauty Tip #5 – Three Steps to Beautiful Eyes

In the last post some months ago (sorry about that :oops:) we talked about getting clump-free lashes. But what about the rest of your eye?

Step 1.  Apply foundation to entire eyelid to prep skin to hold color. Bush a medium-toned shadow in a neutral shade over the entire lid. Then brush a deeper color along the crease to create depth. Gently smudge colors together to blur any unnatural looking lines.

2.  Use a darker color shadow or eye pencil to rim the lash line. You should make the line thicker at the outside of eye and then get gradually thinner toward the inside corner. For a subtle look, line just the top lash line; for a more dramatic look, line both the bottom and top.

3.  Use a darker color shadow or eye pencil to rim the lash line. You should make the line thicker at the outside of eye and then get gradually thinner toward the inside corner. For a subtle look, line just the top lash line; for a more dramatic look, line both the bottom and top.

An Accessories Video I Love

Accessories can be the “frosting” on any outfit if you don’t mind my stealing an expression from Jesse Garza & Joe Lupo’s Nothing to Wear? The book these guys wrote will likely influence my fashion choices for the rest of my life. One accessory I had a couple of before reading this book were scarves.

You may have seen this already, but I absolutely love Wendy’s Lookbook on Youtube. Especially useful to me is the video below on tying the various scarves I continuing to collect. Enjoy!

Weekly Beauty Tip – Week 4: Mascara sans Clumps

Ladies, we love our humps & lovely lady lumps (like Fergie) but hate clumps on our lashes. So here’s how you apply mascara without clumps with a regular round mascara bottle.

Step one: Twist the wand as you pull it out. If there is still too much product on the wand, wipe it on a paper towel. It’s important that you use a low lint paper towel and not facial tissue which depending on quality can leave lint on your mascara brush.

Step two: Wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes. Then sweep it straight up while slightly spinning the wand.

Let the coat dry completely before applying a second coat or you will get clumps and probably pull out some lashes.

Another option is to try Mega Effects by Avon which has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, Allure and Fitness magazines. Check out the buzz here! This mascara promises no clumps and Ms. ME demos it in the video below. At a regular price of $10, this is our C2 option*. You can even get one now for only $7.99 at Ms. ME’s Avon store.

Our E option is Lancôme Definicils high definition mascara at $27.50. While we haven’t used this mascara before Lancôme is a brand we’ve used and trust.

The V option is the ever dependable “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s” Maybelline Great Lash Mascara which was my go to during my cash-strapped teen years with a regular price of $7.

Bonus tip: When applying mascara, hold a tissue under lashes so that makeup doesn’t end up on the skin.

* The link for C2 takes you to a previous post where the E, C2 and V options are defined. Also no compensation was received for mentioning Lancôme or Maybelline. Avon is a brand we retail at ECV.

Ms. ME – the chick behind ECV

Who am I?
Today’s not a good day for me to write much to answer that question. Let me keep it very short & visual. You can make up your own mind who I am from what I’ve done.

me post
clockwise from top left: highlights & style, facial, style, pedicure

Got a degree in business focusing on finance, then worked at an insurance company while retailing personal care products and clearing up my own skin to look like this…

Unfortunately last year some weird, mystery skin ailment started attacking my melanin afflicting me with light spots so…

Why am I here?
I’m here because PR strategist Amber Brown of AB Creative Design & Communications  recommended WordPress over my previous blogging platform for expanding my readership. As usual, she was right!

What topics do you think you’ll write about?
I’ll write about fashion, cosmetics and personal care (obviously based on the cosmetology background pictured), money (business & finance education + personal experience), and various health & fitness items because I can’t get enough of that stuff. And probably music since it was my first and only love & passion. And other arts…

yes, that’s me as a tot of about 18 months…told you music was my 1st

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
Anyone interested in what I’m blogging about, anyone blogging about something interesting…

If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?
The overarching brand of ECV has to be firmly established. The products currently in the development stage will hit the market and be publicized via the blog and other channels.
And I promise not so many selfies after this post but it was supposed to be about Ms. ME