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July 22, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Q&A: Whiteheads Vs. Blackheads, What’s the Difference?

You ask, we answer!

Whiteheads vs. Blackheads

Q. What are blackheads?

A. Also known as open comedones, blackheads are widened hair follicles plugged with keratin squamae (dead skin buildup), oil, and sebum. Despite their name, this type of acne can actually range anywhere from yellowish to a dark, grey-brown in color and appear as small dark spots on the skin. Blackheads are most common during puberty when oil production is at an all-time high, and continue to be prevalent in those with combination/oily or very oily skin types. Because they form before bacteria have the chance to enter and fester within the pores, blackheads can develop into a pimple (a papule or pustule) prior to inflammation and is thus said to be the first stage in acne breakouts.

Blackheads are not a sign of dirtiness or poor personal hygiene, contrary to popular belief. Their dark color is actually a simple chemical reaction that occurs; when the buildup comes in contact with oxygen, it oxidizes into a dark plug.

[We recommend: Acne Facial Cleanser, Silver Powder, Cucumber Tonic Mask]

Q. What are whiteheads?

A. Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are a type of non-inflammatory acne. Like blackheads, whiteheads are the result of clogged pores. Excess sebum trapped within hair follicle by a layer of dead skin cell buildup, so rather than oxidizing into a darkened plug (a blackhead), it forms into a small, white, pus-filled bump. If a whitehead becomes inflamed, it can easily turn into another more severe form of acne.

[We recommend: Special Cucumber Lotion, Drying Mask, Healing & Soothing Mask, Drying Lotion]

July 17, 2014
by Lee Ann
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Combo/Dry Skin? Try our Seaweed Regimen!

It seems appropriate that Seaweed would be part of the solution for Combination/Dry skin, doesn’t it? Using skin care products with Seaweed in them always makes me feel like I was just misted with sea spray.

Seaweed is excellent for helping to repair, revitalize, and nourish your skin.

[Read more: What can Seaweed do for your skin?]

Do you have Combination/Dry Skin? If so, here’s what you might like to try:

seaweedStart off by cleansing with our Seaweed Cleansing Soap.

Next, use a toner. In this case, the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion.

During the day, apply our Collagen Moisturuzer SPF 15. At night, the Seaweed Night Cream is just the thing for extra hydration!



July 14, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Product Spotlight: Walnut Body Lotion

walnutWHAT: Walnut Body Lotion

WHY WE LOVE IT: Formulated to help moisturize dry and flaky, rough skin, our creamy Walnut Body Lotion features nourishing oils to help hydrate for softer, smoother, silkier skin.

Beauty Tip: The ladies at MB love decanting this lotion into a travel-sized container for on-the-go moisture. Going day to night and switching out the pantsuit for an LBD? Get leggy (and don’t forget arms too if you’re going sleeveless!) with a boost of hydrating glow.

HOW TO USE: Because of its extremely rich formulation, our aestheticians recommend the Walnut Body Lotion for dry skin or as an evening indulgence before bedtime. After your bath or shower, apply liberally all over the body. Massage the cream into the skin, taking care to target the driest areas of your body: the elbows, knees, and feet.

July 11, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

What’s In Your Bag? Beauty Essentials You NEED For Every Bag

There are tote bag days, last-minute-errand-wallet days, big bag days, clutch days, and everything in between. Which beauty essentials do you really need to carry with you?

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The bigger the bag, the bigger the beauty stash – right?

Maybe. Tote bags and substantial satchels may afford you the luxury of space to fill, but there’s no need to sweep your entire vanity into your bag. (Please don’t, for the sake of your shoulders!)

Yes, you can carry more… but as with all things in life, be mindful. We’re champions of simplicity in every aspect of our routine – it is the MB skincare philosophy, after all – and pairing down to just the essentials is always our goal. Yes, it’s tough when it comes to the beauty products (take our quiz and find out: how high-maintenance are you?), but remember: less is definitely more.

beauty essentials

beauty essentialsThe Daytime Clutch/Wristlet, for quick, out-the-door errands:

  • Lip balm (yes really, that’s all you need!)

The Day Bag, for an entire day out:

beauty essentialsThe Work Bag:

  • Lip balm
  • Oil-blotting sheets
  • Small compact mirror (for desk touch-ups)
  • Powder and mini-kabuki brush
  • Blush (the best way to brighten up and look fresh all day long despite however tired you feel)
  • Highlighting concealer pen (to highlight and freshen the complexion at your convenience)
  • Drying Cream (in case you feel an acne breakout coming.)
  • Hand cream
  • Cuticle Cream (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Rosewater Facial Spray (to refresh your complexion and/or hair, as well as set touch-ups post-powdering)
  • Lipstick du jour
  • Makeup wipes (to remove any unsightly mascara or liner smudges throughout the day)

beauty essentialsThe Weekender Tote

  • Lip balm
  • Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30
  • Compact mirror
  • Oil-blotting sheets
  • Highlighting concealer pen
  • Lip/Cheek stain (for multi-purpose and easy application)
  • Band-Aids (to salvage walking feet)
  • Cuticle Cream
  • Hand cream
  • Rosewater Facial Spray
  • Drying Cream

The Evening Clutch, for special occasions:

  • Lip balm
  • Lip liner (much easier – and longer-lasting – than your tube of lipstick!)
  • Oil-blotting sheets (much more clutch-friendly than bringing a powder and brush)
  • Band-Aids (to prevent blisters or salvage aching feet)
  • Summer Shine Body Lotion (in a sample size, of course)

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July 7, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Under the Radar: Olive Eye Cream [Monday]

WHO: Olive Eye Cream, formulated with olive oil for skin, is the most intense and rich eye cream in the Mario Badescu line.
olive oil for skin

WHAT’S FEATURED: Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil.

WHY IT WORKS: Formulated with nourishing Olive Oil and Cocoa Butter to create a rich, concentrated cream, the Olive Eye Cream provides intense levels of moisture to the delicate area to help plump and lift. Use over time helps soften any fine lines and wrinkles and hydrates the under eyes for a brighter, more youthful-looking appearance.

HOW TO USE: Best used as an overnight treatment. After cleansing, use your ring finger to pat product around the under eye area from the innermost to outermost corner. Any excess product may be used on the crow’s feet for an extra layer of hydration and anti-aging treatment, or dabbed around the delicate lip area as an emollient rich treatment.