Fan Friday Giveaway: Win Your MB Holy Grail!


Which is YOUR desert-island, ‘holy grail’ skin care item?

Tell us and you could win it!

First, check out this week’s blog highlights:

9 things you NEED to know about washing your face.
Can you wear Night Cream during the day?
5 facts about Serums.

Here’s how the contest will work: comment on this blog post, telling us about your favorite Mario Badescu Skin Care product. We want to know why you love it!

There will be one winner, who also has the chance of being featured on our blog next week! We’ll announce the winner Monday morning, August 18th, 2014. The winner must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada; he or she will be contacted privately via email. We will also announce the winner on our Facebook page!

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Author: Jill

As a long-time writer, editor, and esthetician, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with Mario Badescu Skin Care for years. I can usually be found reading, knitting, painting, trying new beauty and skin care products, and telling everyone to wear more sunscreen. These days, I’m feeling super grateful for the opportunity to share more Mario with the world! I believe that better skin care changes lives. For more about me, visit my Google+ Page.


  1. Sunscreen with moisturizer

  2. Kiwi scrub!!!

  3. I am loving the seaweed night cream!

  4. I love the Drying Lotion!!!! Its a lifesaver. Ive had mild acne issues all my life and this stuff is awesome!!!!!

  5. sunscreen and drying lotion

  6. Orange cleaner and cucumber tonic mask!

  7. The Seaweed Night cream- I wake up with dewy skin in the morning every time!

  8. Strawberry tonic mask! It smells so good and I love how it makes my skin feel. It’s my own home spa treatment.

  9. Glycolic acid toner! It’s gentle enough to use everyday and preps my skin for the rest of my skincare routine. I wake up with smooth, radiant skin!

  10. My favorite is the drying mask. My skin feels absolutely amazing right after using it. After a few hours or days, it feels even better! Never tried a product that worked so nicely on my skin.

  11. Drying lotion/cream/mask! This has been a lifesaver and helped clear my skin up when nothing else has been able to! Thank you for your amazing products!

  12. Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater….I love the invigorating feeling a little spritz gives in the morning (or any time of day).

  13. Easy…the buffering lotion is my favourite !

  14. I love the seaweed night cream! Makes your skin so smooth & the scent is so fresh!
    Leaves you with sweet dreams:)

  15. I am absolutely in love with the silver powder and just recently started using the enzyme cleansing gel & cucumber cleansing lotion and they are amazing too!

  16. Love the cucumber tonic mask! Calms down and soothes my skin after a full day of make up in the Texas heat and visibly flattens any blemishes I may have that day!

  17. I love your products use for acne

  18. Sunscreen

  19. The buffering lotion! I use it morning and night. It’s the only product I’ve found that helps keep my face clear without any irritation or over drying.

  20. My holy grail item is definitely the drying lotion! Can’t live without it!! I tell everyone that it’s a must have!!! 🙂

  21. I love the seaweed night cream… it smells SO good and has never irritated my sensitive skin. Plus, a little goes a long way!

  22. I am a firm believer of MB products & can not live with out all the products! But, my holy grail product has to be the Facial Spray with Herbs & Roses. Oh my goodness! Not only does is smell like a thousand roses, (making me feel like Kim K. when she received the rose wall) it has actually changed my skin for the better! I carry it everywhere with me. It’s a very versatile product. I can use it for a base under my makeup, to seal my makeup, to refresh during the day, & to moisturize my face after my routines. So MB, A++ on this amazing product! I can not live without it!! Keep the amazing products coming!

  23. My favorite Mario Badescu product would definitely have to be the whitening cream!

  24. Choose just ONE favorite MB product?! That’s a tough one! I’d have to say Drying Cream because it’s simply AWESOME! It gets rid of mild acne spots overnight.

    Because of Moisture-retaining formula & sun protection.
    It makes my skin smooth. 🙂

  26. I love all of the products. I haven’t found one I don’t like yet. They are absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. I can’t live without the MB Drying Cream! I’d love to try the Drying Lotion in the future, but for now, I’m hooked on the Drying Cream! I’ve been meaning to buy another tub because I’m running out!

  28. Drying lotion

  29. Sunscreen and drying lotion

  30. I would have to say that it is the drying cream. It is a miracle worker on my skin. I am a bridesmaid in a wedding tomorrow and my skin decided to rebel and throw a party for some “unwanted friends” earlier in the week. I dabbed some of the MB drying cream and by Wednesday my spots were gone!

  31. Seaweed Night Cream. Just feels so luxurious on my skin!

  32. I absolutely love the strawberry facial scrub! it makes my skin so soft and amazing. Plus it smells so good.

  33. a bb cream with sunscreen

  34. Glycolic acid toner

  35. The drying lotion is a Godsend! I cant live without it!!!

  36. I love the AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer – it is the perfect weight and so hydrating – my skin feels amazing and is much brighter after using it for a few months. Don’t let the small bottle fool you – it really lasts a long time!

  37. My absolute fav Mario Badescu product has to be the seaweed night cream!!

  38. I cannot live without the buffering lotion!! I used to use only MB products all around. Over the years I switched around a couple products, but the one MB product I cant seem to not buy because it works wonders for my skin, is the buffering lotion for sure!

  39. I love the peptide renewal system. It firms and help with wrinkles

  40. Rosewater spray, a nice refresher!

  41. I love the whole glycolic line. The facial wash, toner, and eye cream are my personal favorites.

  42. Drying lotion…a little miracle in a bottle!

  43. The peptide renewal cream! It makes my skin feel so soft and smooth… I cannot live without it!

  44. My holy grail product is the Mario badescu toner.

  45. Drying lotion!

  46. Sunscreen for sure! My skin is really sun-sitive!

  47. My favourite is the enzyme mask! You have a brand new face afterward

  48. For sure the Super Rich Olive Body Lotion. My skin has never been this soft. Plus, the feeling lasts ALL day!

  49. The Kera moisturizer is my favorite.

  50. Hands down it’s the Glycolic Acid Toner. I have very bad acne (and scarring from it) and the Glycolic Acid Toner has dramatically reduced the dark spots and the number of breakouts that I have. I use it every single day, not only on my face, but on my back as well. My skin looks brighter, more even, and feels so much cleaner! This stuff is definitely in my “can’t live without” skin care product.

  51. It would be the Vitamin C Serum

  52. Drying lotion

  53. Seaweed night cream so wonderful

  54. I LOVE SO MANY Mario Badescu products, but the Seaweed Night Cream is definitely a MUST HAVE!! Makes your skin feel AMAZING!!

  55. So many to pick from, but probably the Keratoplast Cream Soap! Makes my skin so soft!

  56. The Drying Mask is my favorite product!! It has helped my acne so much!

  57. whitening mask for sure!

  58. Peptide renewal cream!

  59. Honey Moisturizer

  60. Hi, my ‘must have’ MB product would be
    The seaweed nightcreme, it looks me in the face saying” Am I soft and glowing or what?! It is smooth on the skin.

  61. I love so many, Glycolic Eye Cream

  62. My favorite Mario Badescu product is the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose Water. I love that I can use with me as a toner, to set my makeup after application and freshen up my face throughout the day.

  63. My all-time ‘holy grail’ skin care item that I must have on a desert island would have to be the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner…love that stuff!

  64. Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel

  65. Chamomile night cream. Amazing product!!!

  66. How does one decide? I guess I’d have to say the Oil Free Moisturizer.

  67. I love the Cucumber Tonic Mask. Always leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed.

  68. How does one decide? I guess I’d have to say the Oil Free Moisturizer. It’s versatile for lots of skin types and protects me from the sun! One of the few moisturizers that doesn’t make me break out. Love it!

  69. My entire skincare routine products are mario badescu products. I use the Glycolic foaming cleanser, the silver powder, rose hip nourishing oil, ceramide eye gel and eye cream and the collagen moisturizer. I love it all!

  70. I haven’t found one yet!

  71. It’s hard to pick just ONE because there are several products I use and my Mario badescu routine (botanical gel face wash twice a day, seaweed toner in the morning and special cucumber toner at night, vitamin c serum mixed in a light moisturizer) has completely transformed my skin… but if I could have only one it would be the botanical face gel. Gotta start with a clean, fresh face!

  72. Drying lotion

  73. I cannot live a day without my rosewater facial spray. I use it to prime and set my makeup because it makes me look fresh all day, even during 8-9 hour work shifts. I also use it when I don’t wear makeup to give my skin a pick me up when it’s feeling dull or dry. I love it! I’m planning on doing an Instagram post with it soon because I feel like not enough people know about how amazing AND affordable this product is!! You can’t beat $7 for a high quality product! Thank you, Mario Badescu!!

  74. Drying lotion

  75. My favorite Mario Badescu product is the cucumber cleansing lotion. It is an amazing product, and I use it everyday! It not only cools my skin but it refreshes it as well. I would be lost without this product! Love love love Mario Badescu.

  76. drying lotion great like to try others

  77. Easily the cucumber tonic mask! It calms my skin and reduces inflammation and any blemishes I might have. I feel like I’m having a spa facial in my own home. Love it!

  78. Honey Moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum


  80. Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

  81. Special Cucumber Lotion….love!

  82. The Azulene Calming Mask is perfect for my sensitive skin. Using it is such a treat & a great way to take care of my skin (no matter how finicky it is)!

  83. By far, my favorite MB product & skin care product in general is the Drying Lotion. I have used it for over ten years now! It has saved me at many an event. It dries without over drying. Overnight, it pulls out the bad & clears my skin. I never travel without it and recommend to all, always. Thank you, MB.

  84. seaweed night cream! got to have that for sure

  85. Favorite skin care item is the glycolic foaming cleanser.

  86. I don’t own many Mario Badescu products, but of the few I do own I cannot live without my Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. Omg! I had only been using it for a week and I was getting compliments on how radiant and glowy my skin was. People were mistaking me wearing makeup when all I was wearing was sunscreen! Now if that is not confirmation I don’t know what is. I also own the drying lotion and the special mask for oily skin and I love them. I think I have found my holy grail skincare line. Thank you, Mario Badescu!

  87. It is so difficult to pick! It’s like asking me to choose my favourite child. 🙂
    If I had to pick one, it would be the SEAWEED NIGHT CREAM. I look forward to washing my face at night so I could put on this cream. My skin thanks me.

  88. dying lotion!!!!

  89. Cellufirm drops and the gentle facial scrub


  91. drying lotion

  92. The acne facial cleanser! It’s gentle and effective for my acne-prone skin.

  93. cucumber tonic mask

  94. The drying lotion; love it.

  95. Drying Lotion!!!

  96. FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER is godsend. It gives my skin a quick boost and sets my makeup. I have one in my purse and at home can’t live without it lol

  97. The Vitamin C serum

  98. Now how do I choose?!
    Seaweed night cream, it’s incredible!! Loved it from day one! Leaves my skin soft and subtle.

  99. I love the honey moisturizer because it leaves my face as if I just had a microderm.. I can’t get enough of it

  100. My favorite Mario Badescu product is the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, hands down! It’s become a treat I look forward to once or twice a week. When my pores start feeling backed-up and my overall skin tone uneven, this stuff is a miracle. Thanks, MB!

  101. I’m a broken record, but everyone needs a bottle of drying lotion. It works! It’s my fave and my daughter and I each have our own bottle.

  102. I love all the products that i have tried but my fav is Glycolic Eye Cream.

  103. I’m a newbie with Mario products, but so far I am loving the caviar night cream. I’ve used it for a few nights now and the during the day time my skin is different! Usually by 2pm I’m oily around the nose and congested dry in the rest of the face with foundation starting to bunch up around the nose. My skin seems to be less combination and equalizing all over. It has only been a few days since I started using this… but could this be real?! I’m cautiously super excited!

  104. The Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum is my favorite!

  105. I am desperate to try your Whitening Mask (darn Canada) but otherwise I love your Calma Mask!

  106. Love everything I’ve tried but this week I’m loving the Seaweed Nite Cream!

  107. Glycolic toner! Love how soft and refreshed my skin feels after

  108. I don’t know what I did before drying lotion. It is a lifesaver!!

  109. I use your Vitamin C Serum daily, even on my hands. I love it!!

  110. Drying Lotion — because it helps keep my skin clear and free from acne and any other unwanted blemishes 🙂

  111. LOVE the Seaweed night cream! I’ve been using it for years, and my thirsty skin loves it. Helps to keep my very dry skin happy and it also smells delicious.

  112. Rosewater Facial Spray, Buffering Lotion, and Drying Lotion

  113. I am loving the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! It refreshes my face and gives it that pick me up that it really needs.

  114. Super collagen mask!

  115. The drying lotion!

  116. Glycolic foaming cleanser… Skin so smooth after!

  117. botanical facial gel

  118. Drying mask of course. Always heals a breakout in no time. Highly recommend to people suffering with acne.

  119. Acne facial cleanser!

  120. I really like the drying lotion. I use it daily.

  121. Drying Lotion! It’s fabulous! My whole family uses it.

  122. Drying lotion. I have acne prone skin and this product is great!

  123. Oh to pick only one….I will pick the MB Drying Lotion. It takes days off the healing process of my toughest acne.

  124. Special cucumber lotion!! Seriously a toner with benefits.

  125. My favorite is the Almond & Honey Face Scrub because I have to keep on top of exfoliation and the honey and almond scrub is effective and gentle so I can exfoliate often.

  126. I am in love with MB’s drying lotion! It dries out blemishes and white heads very quickly!

  127. Whitening mask! Xoxo @janabananaky

  128. Peptide renewal cream is one of my favorites

  129. The Orange facial Cleanser is my fave, and I can’t wait to try the super Collagen Mask!!! xoxo, Lori

  130. I love the Vitamin C Serum!

  131. I love the drying lotion! Now that my daughter is a teenager, I’m ordering for her as well as myself. It’s the best stuff ever!

  132. It’s really difficult to choose just one as they’re all superb quality products. But I do like all the seaweed based products and yes I do love the Drying Lotion, it clears up the toughest pimple overnight.

  133. I like the lip balm!

  134. The rose water spray!

  135. DRYING MASK!!! It even works for cold sores, etc. Great product!

  136. Buffering lotion

  137. Drying Lotion. By far. It’s a magic potion!

  138. Whitening mask!!!

  139. The facial spray with aloe, herbs, and rosewater!

  140. The drying lotion is a must have at all times!

  141. My Holy Grail: Mario Badescu’s Kiwi Face Scrub, because it helps eliminate my tiny black heads.

  142. I love the facial spray! I have extremely dry skin, so I spray it before my moisturizer and it significantly helps to hydrate my skin!

  143. Botanical facial gel! It’s the only thing that keeps my oily skin under control.

  144. The rose water spray and handcream

  145. Control Moisturizer for oily skin, the only moisturizer I can use!!

  146. I like Caviar Night Cream , because I need a product to help my skin fill firmness and elasticity again

  147. My all time favorite is the acne facial cleanser! I always feel like my skin and pores are super clean. Any people who has an acne prone skin type should try this, it is unbelivable. The first time I try it I felt my skin was really fresh and after a week, my face looked so much better! I will definitly use it again !

  148. The drying lotion is a godsend and really nice packaging!

  149. I absolutely love the Vitamin C Serum. I use it at least 5 nights a week. It goes on light and absorbs quickly. I love the texture of my skin, very smooth. I definitely notice when I don’t use it. The overall evenness of my skin tone is fabulous too. My skin doesn’t seem as blotchy as it used to. I would love to win a bottle of Vitamin C Serum!

  150. I love everything, but especially the kiwi face scrub!!

  151. botanical face gel because it leaves me feeling fresh and clean

  152. Moisturizer with spf and my buffering lotion are a must have not just in an island but everywhere! Love MB

  153. MB Buffering Lotion is hands down my must-have skin product. At 22, I never thought I would still be battling acne. Thanks to some health problems that began a couple years ago, my face went crazy. My body and the medication I’ve been on seemed to be sabotaging my skin! Then came MB and especially the buffering lotion. It has cleared my skin so significantly with no irritation, peeling, or flaking. I didn’t think I could get these results from a topical non-prescription product!
    But here I am- two weeks away from beginning grad school- and my face looks better than it has in along, long time.

  154. Love the oil free moisturizer with spf 30!

  155. I love the Peptide Renewal Serum ,i saw a difference on my skin

  156. I love so many MB products but my holy grails are the drying products! Drying cream, drying lotion, drying mask! They are ah-maz-ing

  157. I love the drying lotion! Always helps my cystic acne! I neeeeeeeeddddd moreeee!

  158. drying lotion works wonders

  159. Gycoloic acid toner. I’ve only been using it for about 3 weeks but notice a big difference in my skin already

  160. Drying lotion is bar none the best spot treatment on the market. Its effective and gentle on the skin.

  161. Rose water spray

  162. The Cucumber Cleansing Lotion is my “go-to” for keeping my skin clean, clear & glowing. For someone that suffered years of bad skin as a teen, I can now can enjoy the beauty of having great skin in my late twenyies!

  163. Dear Mario Badescu,

    My name is Brooke, and I have been such a devoted fan of yours for years!
    I recently reached out to your Facebook page inquiring into Fan Friday Giveaways, and praying there might be one soon!
    As perfect a serendipitous time as ever, we were thinking the very same thing!
    I feel so attuned to Mario Badescu, which seems only fitting because it’s the best part of my skin health!

    I want to also extend my gratitude for what you have done for me!
    Your skin analysis alone has guided me to what products can work best for me as an acne-sufferer since age seven, and what I can use to nourish my skin and unearth my beautiful after a very few grueling years while working to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin as a disabled, independent, first-generation McNair Scholar who suffered through student homelessness for the bulk of five years. Thank you for caring for my story, and the countless stories of those like me struggling to heal and blossom their beautiful!

    Thank you for your articles on the things I need to know about washing my face, whether or not night cream can be worn during the day, and the five most important things to know about serums!

    I want to share that my desert-island Holy Grail Mario Badescu skin care item is a two-pronged response!

    1. I first have to acknowledge how priceless and life-changing the Mario Badescu Acne Control Kit is! If you’re like me and you’ve been struggling to understand the needs of your problem skin, look no further than the Acne Control Kit!
    Caring for your skin should be a whole-hearted effort to address each concern. The reasons I love the Acne Control Kit radiate around the fact that it contains the necessary components to treat every layer of your skin in the most targeted fashion possible!
    It contains the Acne Facial Cleanser, Special Cucumber Lotion, Drying Mask, Drying Cream, and Drying Lotion! The Acne Facial Cleanser contains Salicylic Acid, the best possible army to have in beginning any acne regimen! It continues to promote the cleanest, healthiest skin to promote cell-renewal and innate immunity healing with a strong yet hydrating astringent and the most popular Mario Badescu goodies for treating acne and preventing it!

    2. Secondly, I have to acknowledge the new product that has addressed the malnourishment of my skin during a very tough few years stressing, studying, worrying, and losing sleep in my college degree pursuits – Peptide Renewal Serum!
    Peptides are so essential in the delivery of medicine through your stratum corneum, a strong barrier to your epidermis. They are also crucial for skin care by interacting with proteins, like collagen and laminin (which are ligands for integrin) in the ECM of your middle membrane, the one that separates your epidermal and dermal layers. These peptides are incredibly effective and specially formulated to the last amino acid and sequence to be of maximum efficaciousness, and these help restore your skin with benefits like firmness and less wrinkles! Peptides are also widely used for self-care maintenance products in general, and they are the safest topical method for skin care treatments!
    This Peptide Renewal Serum has allowed my skin to breathe for the first time in years and blossom! My skin feels the most supple and nourished it ever has, since I can remember in fact! I struggled with the damaging effects of trendy skin care products as an elementary, middle, and high-school student, and this serum helps remind me that even scars, no matter how painful and deep, can be healed!

    Thank you for all you do for us, Mario Badescu! I am so humbled and so proud to be a champion of all things MB, and I am so thankful for first exploring your products in my local Ulta store!
    It has been a pleasure to consider this blog a must-read for everyone!

    Brooke A. Evans
    McNair Scholar
    Department of Philosophy
    University of Wisconsin

    Peptide Renewal Serum

  164. I would definitely say the Drying Lotion! 🙂 I have only tried a sample of it, but it is the only thing that helps my pimples!!! It’s such a stand-out product! 🙂

  165. LOVE THE DRYING LOTION AND WHITENNING MASK <3 My faves! They have no competition! Would love the opportunity to win them 🙂

  166. I love the drying lotion. Have gone through a few bottles of those!

  167. Special cucumber lotion!!!

  168. The whitening mask!!!❤️

  169. I love both the Drying Lotion and Anti-Acne Serum because they both work!

  170. My holy grail on a desert island is the HYALURONIC MOISTURIZER (SPF-15) — it’s so light and moisturizing in the summer heat and has some SPF for my fair skin.

  171. Whitening mask, drying lotion ( awesome)….

  172. I am in love with the strawberry facial scrub using that along with the drying cream I havent had a breakout in months! The fact that there is no animal testing done with your products really knocks these wonderful creations right outta the park! Is it weird to say I AM IN LOVE?

  173. MB Drying Lotion, of course! It’s my savior!

  174. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web
    site is excellent, as well as the content!

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