May 3, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Exclusive: How to Get Bella Hadid’s Met Gala 2016 Manicure

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Repost: @bellahadid

While it may be tough to digest the internet’s newest foot contouring trend, taking hand care to the next level is something that everyone can get on board with. Celebrity manicurist Geraldine Holford used Mario Badescu Skin Care products to create a signature manicure for Met Gala attendees Bella Hadid (who was styled right down to her fingertips!), Alicia Vikander, and Lea Seydoux.

Here are the steps from Geraldine:

  1. Spray Hands with Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
  2. Mix Rose Hips Nourishing Oil with Hydrating Hand Cream and massage
  3. Wipe fingernails with Glycolic Acid Toner
  4. Paint
  5. Once dried, place a small amount of Cuticle Cream at the base of the nail or drop the Rose Hips Nourishing Oil onto the cuticle

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Follow Geraldine on Instagram @geraldineholdford!

May 2, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

Make Mom feel as beautiful as she truly is with the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Beauty Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

  1. Customize a spa day.
  2. Plan a stay-cation or a weekend away. How about a weekend spent relaxing at a country-side retreat or a day exploring your favorite city?
  3. Pamper her with a new regimen. Our MB Favorites gift set is a classic favorite that ticks all the boxes from tip to toe.
  4. Let her shine. If mom has a solid set of skincare favorites, indulge her with brightening essentials that leave her feeling extra special.
  5. Make her a gift basket and fill it with her favorite things. Like: The latest book from her favorite author, a luxe hand cream, Facial Spray (a given!), tickets to her favorite show, a pass for a cooking class or her favorite yoga place, a new serum, Then, package it beautifully.
  6. Pair her favorite flowers with the perfect gift. Let’s get creative! How about a dozen pink roses with a bottle of our rosewater facial spray? Or a vase of fresh-cut gardenias and a Flower & Tonic Mask (which features antioxidant-rich Gardenia Extract!)?
  7. Show her you care. Even if you’re a million miles away, you can still make Mother’s Day beautiful. Send her an E-card or custom gift card with a handwritten letter.
  8. Spend the day with her. Teach her how to do something you love, or plan a special date with just the two of you. Sign her up on Snapchat, film the day, and make sure you save the memories to your camera roll! (Funky filters and face swaps are a must.) Put the clips together and post it somewhere—like Instagram—where she can access it whenever she wants to remember the day.

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SHOP OUR MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

 

May 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: May Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

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Is it already May?! Not that we’re complaining—we’ve been itching to ditch our coats and scarves—but it feels like we were just making resolutions for 2016. (By the way: how are you guys doing with those? Keeping ‘em up, we hope!)

Now that we’re safely out of the cold zone and can wear denim jackets without toting around a just-in-case coat, we’ve officially upgraded our regimen to reflect our spring skin needs. This month’s agenda is all about keeping it light and refreshing for a glowing complexion, so our May skincare essentials include:

  • Kiwi Face Scrub. Exfoliation is #majorkey when it comes to maintaining healthy-looking skin. One to three times a week, we’ll give our face a good ol’ scrub to remove pore-clogging, dead skin cell buildup to reveal a fresher complexion. What’s great about this one is the fact it features (real!) Kiwi seeds, which effectively buff and invigorate your skin.
  • Lip Wax. Chapped lips are the bane of existence. Keep lips soft and supple with our lip balm that’s infused with Rose Hips Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Beeswax. Plus, the formula is super lightweight—which means it never feels sticky or greasy.
  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. Your go-to cleanser made the cut again! See last month’s post to find out way we’re still in love with it.
  • Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. Ditto with this toner. (Wondering why it’s called a “cleansing lotion?” Find out why here.) We go through bottles of this stuff here at Badescu HQ, so it’s safe to say that this is a forever staff favorite.
  • Citrus Body Cleanser. Fresh vibes are still going strong. We’re really into the delicate but sweet, citrus scent. The invigorating Grapefruit, Orange Peel, and Linden Extracts blend that leaves skin refreshed.
  • Herbal Hydrating Serum. It’s been hitting 80s here in NYC, so on days when it’s sweltering and we’re looking more slick than glow-y, the Herbal Hydrating Serum becomes our go-to product. It’s a water-light, rejuvenating formula that hydrates without feeling heavy on skin—making it a great alternative to moisturizer on hotter days.
  • Vitamin C Serum. There are six reasons why we love it (and why you should, too).
  • Seaweed Night Cream. It’s creamy, it’s luxe, and best of all? It’s oil-free. Our Seaweed Night Cream leaves skin looking—and feeling—like a million bucks come morning. Layer it over the Vitamin C Serum for extra brightening and skin-smoothing results.

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SHOP OUR SPRING FAVORITES

 

April 19, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Our Best Skin Care Tips: What Happens if you Shake the Drying Lotion?

Your skin care arsenal is stocked. Cleanser? Check. Toner. Check. Drying Lotion? Check! And since you’ve done your research, you know not to shake the Drying Lotion (Still want to give it a shake? Don’t take our word for it.) You skin is looking good and you feel like this:

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Then, when you least expect it, a blemish pops up! You know what to do. You reach for that bottle of zit-fighting magic, and before you can even register what is happening, you fumble. Your Drying Lotion slips, escapes from your hand, and your #catlike reflexes kick in (Luckily, you took those martial arts classes for that month in second grade! #thanksmomanddad) and you are able to catch the bottle before it crashes to the floor. Whew! But, ugh, not before your perfect bottle of layered pimple kryptonite is all mixed up. First you feel confusion, then despair sets in and now you are all:

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So here’s where one of our most frequently asked questions comes in. Lots of you would like to know, “If my Drying Lotion is shaken, is it ruined?” The A. to that Q. is, no. Not at all. Simply set the shaken bottle on a flat surface then distract yourself with some TV, or better yet, a good book, and hang in there until it settles. “But will it still work the same?” you ask. Yes, it will. “It won’t make it less effective?” No, sir or ma’am. It will not.

Phases of Drying Lotion setteling

Us? Oh, we’re just waiting for our Drying Lotion to settle.

So there you have it! The most anxiety-provoking conundrum in the battle for clear skin has been solved for once and for all. It seems that when it comes to Drying Lotion (and life in general) an occasional shake-up is nothing to worry about!

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April 11, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Vitamin C Serum: Why I Love It (& Why You Should Too)

04.11.16 - Product Spotlight, Vitamin C Serum

It’s no secret I adore the Vitamin C Serum—I mean, I have since day one. It was only a matter of time before it became the hero product of a story—which brings us here today for an official declaration of my love to the little green bottle of anti-aging serum.

I figured a list of reasons would be most appropriate—I’m a list-making type of girl, for one, and they’re easy on the eyes. Shall we? This is exactly what goes on in my mind when someone brings up the serum:

  1. The GLOW. It speaks for itself. Seeing is believing, and it’s a pretty sight I tell you.
  2. The anti-aging benefits. Anti-aging isn’t my main concern (I’m only 24), but preventive measures are key in any skincare regimen. Think for the long run. However, if you’re the instant gratification type, know this: good skin is a gradual process that takes consistency and diligence. It’s worth the addition into your current routine because the results are tangible. Anti-aging properties? Great. But it’s what the Vitamin C Serum does for my skin within a week that has me head over heels. (At this point only clichés can convey how much I love this product.)
  3. Seriously. The glow. The radiance. It’s imperative I reiterate just how crucial this is in achieving that dewy complexion. Highlighters and other pretty, shimmery powders optional.
  4. One of our MB staffers, Mei, calls this our little “superstar” product. I know the little bottle of pink is an all-time favorite, but go green! Give the green a chance. (Mei is also responsible for getting me hooked.)
  5. Skin becomes noticeably softer and smoother to the touch.
  6. It’s like an instant pick-me-up for tired skin. I never travel without this. After flying, I’m exhausted, dehydrated, and looking a little more sallow than I like. The moment I check into my hotel, I give my face a good cleanse and apply the Vitamin C Serum all over. The difference it makes in a few minutes is astounding.

I have my fair share of skincare woes, but lately people have been making a point of telling me that I have good skin. Call it a congratulatory high-five for getting over the hump of the hormone-raging teen years, but I think it’s the result of obsessively diligently using a moisturizer twice daily, and the Vitamin C Serum every other night (or under masks as a mini spa treatment).

This is it. A good moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum, together, is the recipe for beautiful skin.

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Do you love the Vitamin C Serum as much as I do?