by Kimberly Yang
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

Make this Father’s Day even more special than the last.

  1. Customize a spa day, because dads need a day of indulgence too.
  2. A membership to his favorite golf and country club. Gifting him a set of monogrammed golf balls or a new set of clubs? Throw in a pair of personalized gloves along with our Hydrating Hand Cream. Golfing all day is hard work.
  3. Set him up with a new regimen. Our Men’s Grooming Basics is a must-have for every man.
  4. Upgrade him. Does Dad have the bare essentials already? Upgrade his current skincare stash with The Executive Collection, a comprehensive set of men’s grooming essentials.
  5. Send him a “man crate” with all his favorite things. Like: his favorite ground coffee. A French press. Shaving Cream. A gift card to his favorite restaurant.
  6. Show him you care. Is he a jet-setter? Put together a care package that makes packing for every trip a little easier—and lets him think of you no matter where in the world he goes. Fill a classic dopp bag with travel-friendly, skincare essentials (just de-pot his favorite Shaving Cream, aftershave lotion, cleanser, serum, and scrub in containers 3.4oz. or smaller). Add in a disposable razor, a toothbrush, tooth paste, floss for good measure, then gift it with a subscription to his favorite magazine so he always has reading material for long flights.
  7. Spend the day with Dad. Whether he’s into hipster breweries or down for a good nature hike, plan a day that’s all about him from day to night. It’s not often we get to spend time with our Dads—make a day of it.

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by Kimberly Yang
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Going to Disney? Here’s a Checklist of Things You Should Bring

If you haven’t been keeping up with us on Instagram stories, you should probably change that.

mario badescu disney packing checklist things you should bring

Last month, we were whisked away for a company-wide retreat that quickly turned into a Disney World takeover. Need a mist? No problem. There’s a person in front of you and in back of you who’s armed with a Mario Badescu Facial Spray, ready to share a refreshing spritz with other weary waiters in line.

And between takes of tossing the facial spray in the air (#doitforthegram) and strategizing on how to hit all the best rides with minimal wait time, here’s what we learned:

  1. You’re never too old for Disney World.
  2. The buddy system is applicable to adults, too.
  3. There is a sweet spot between under-prepared and over-packed that’ll make your day in Disney all the smoother.

So, without further ado: a list of all the things we brought (or wish we remembered to bring) so you can have your perfect day in Disney:

  • FACIAL SPRAY. Bring two bottles (one rosewater, one green tea if you’re so inclined) because come 3pm mid-day slam, adults and kids both will be fighting over who gets spritzed first. You will need the refresher every hour or so (sweaty theme parks and long lines will call for multiple misting sessions), and it’ll give the kids (or you, even!) something to play with while waiting for It’s A Small World.

#MBSkinTip: Do as the pros do. Stash your facial sprays the hotel fridge before you take on Disney World. That extra cooling boost is everything.

  • OIL FREE MOISTURIZER SPF 30. The last thing you want to do is lug around a giant bag for 8+ hours. Not only is this sunscreen compact and travel-friendly, it’s universal—which means this one bottle will do the trick for the entire Disney crew (dry-skinned tot and oily teens both will love this formula).
  • AFTER SUN COOLING GEL. Whether you’ve been a little lax with the sunscreen application or if you just want a cooling boost all-over, After Sun Cooling Gel is your go-to for an instant cooling, soothing boost. Skin that gets the most sun—like shoulders and arms—will find this to be a nice treat after walking in the sun all day long.
  • LIP WAX. Chapped lips are no fun—especially in the sun.
  • HYDRATING HAND CREAM. It sounds like a non-essential, but it’s not: Stay with me on this one. Between sun exposure, constant hand-washing, and frequent-hand sanitizing between rides and food stops, your hands will get uncomfortably dry. The solution? A lightweight, fast-absorbing hand cream that keeps hands happy and refreshed thanks to its Peppermint-infused formula. No greasy hand prints on rollercoaster bars found here.
  • A PONCHO. Especially if you’re going to be in Orlando.
  • POWER BANK OR SPARE BATTERY PACK. Between the Insta-stories, snaps, and Fast Pass ride bookings, you’ll need all the juice you can get. You need your phone to last you until the fireworks show. Need.
  • SUNGLASSES, HAT, LIGHT JACKET. Do what you can to prevent painful sunburns and worse—future sun damage.
  • A DISPOSABLE CAMERA. Kick it old-school and do it for the memories. (Plus, losing it on Space Mountain will bring a lot less heartbreak than finding out your Instax flew off mid-drop.)
  • HAND SANITIZER. It’s a public space, people.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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Ingredient Spotlight: Skincare Benefits of Honey Extract

Honey Skincare Benefits

There’s an age-old adage that claims you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but we can’t vouch for it. If you’re in want of collecting a jarful of sticky flies, by all means—but we do know one thing honey attracts for sure: moisture.

Honey’s skincare benefits are plenty: this ingredient is full of natural antioxidants and is known to help boost moisture and radiance in depleted skin, which is why it’s been a favorite for those with dull or dehydrated complexions. Take Honey Moisturizer, for example, which was made to leave your skin soft, supple, and smooth. A lush blend of Honey and an antioxidant-rich oil protect against moisture loss and bring out the dewiness within. (We heard through the grapevine that Kyle Jenner starts her mornings with this Mario Badescu moisturizer.)

Another Honey-infused favorite: Almond & Honey Face Scrub, a delicious, creamy scrub that makes every exfoliating session a treat. A unique base of finely ground Almonds, Cornmeal, and Kaolin buffs away dulling surface impurities and dead skin cells as Honey and Sweet Almond Oil deeply nourish skin—making it the perfect scrub for dry or sensitive skin.

Honey Extract is also a key ingredient in other radiance-boosting products: It’s found in Revitalin Moisturizer to help revitalize depleted skin, Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex to further unveil a brighter, more even-looking complexion, and Skin Renewal Complex to deeply moisturize and pamper skin.

 


by Nicole Darmanin
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Mario Hacks: Travel Sizes, Free Samples, and Beyond

From travel sizes to retailer exclusives, here is a list of our favorite insider intel to help you shop smarter:

1. Loyal to Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but hate glass bottles? Our much-loved blemish solution is available in a travel-friendly, shatter-proof plastic bottle on Nordstrom.com.

2. Love your cleanser (toner, body lotion, or shower gel) so much you wish you could bathe in it? Well, we can’t fill a bathtub for you, BUT most of our cleansers and toners are available on mariobadescu.com in 16oz. bottles. And the best part? The double-sized bottles aren’t double the price. That right. Snag a giant bottle of your go-to cleanser and put the money you saved toward a new bottle of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! Strategy, see?!Mario Badescu deluxe sizes, Mario Badescu Travel Sizes

3. Speaking of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, did you know you can buy it in a giant 8oz. bottle? Or a very cute, carry-on friendly 2oz Bottle? You haven’t fallen down a rabbit hole, Alice, this is all real.

4. Calling all jet Setters, gym goers, and bi-coastal babes! You can buy travel-sized Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 15, and Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea on Ulta.com.

TSA approved Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Head to Ulta.com for carry-on friendly Facial Spray!

5. Are you in the know? Mariobadescu.com shoppers have access to exclusive GWPs, discounts, and free shipping on orders over $35? Sign up here and be the first to find out about our special offers.

6. Wondering how to get Mario Badescu samples? There are two main ways. The first way is for customers who’ve never taken our online skin analysis. Simply fill out the information requested here and a free sample regimen will be sent out for you. * ** The second way is to select three free samples whenever you place an order on mariobadescu.com.

Now, which of these tips will you put to use first?

*Sample regimen only available in the United States.

**Must pay $2.95 for shipping and handling.


by Kimberly Yang
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She’s smart, she’s strong—and on top of all that she is, she’s beautiful too. Make this Mother’s Day all the more special by gifting her the perfect, personalized present.

FOR THE PRODUCTIVITY QUEEN

Mother's Day Gift Guide Productivity Marie Kondo

She’s the mom who tackles to-do lists so efficiently, David Allen could learn a thing or two. Between perfecting the art of Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method and just getting things done, the Productivity Queen runs a tight ship so everything runs smoothly. From the 8 a.m. drop-off to the 10 p.m. “I-just-remembered-my-science-project-is-tomorrow!” realization, Mom has things down pat, no matter what.

Gift her a set of multi-taskers that will take her current regimen to the next level—and make her feel pampered no matter what life throws her way.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL   |   GLYCOLIC ACID TONER   |   OIL FREE MOISTURIZER SPF 30   |   ENZYME REVITALIZING MASK   |   FACIAL SRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

FOR THE JET-SETTER

Mother's Day Gift Guide Travel Beauty Jet-Setter

She’s worldly, she’s adventurous, and she always returns from her travels abroad with tales and trinkets. Mom made sure that family time was always educational; every other weekend was spent at a museum, and vacations were packed with guided tours. Years later, she still has the travel bug and is always jet-setting somewhere new (and trying to get you to join her).

Put together a TSA-friendly kit full of in-flight essentials for her to take on her next trip so she’ll always be glowing no matter where she goes.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL (2 FL OZ.)   |   HYDRO MOISTURIZER WITH VITAMIN C (2 OZ.)   |   ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL (1 FL OZ)   |   HERBAL HYDRATING SERUM (1 FL OZ)   |   DRYING LOTION (PLASTIC)   |   FACIAL SRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER (2 OZ.)

FOR THE SOPHISTICATE

Mother's Day Gift Guide Classic Sophisticate Beauty

 

Always polished and effortlessly chic, she’s the woman who instilled the importance of investing in pieces that are timeless (and always left you astounded every time she pulled her hair into a chignon in 10 seconds flat). Everything about her oozes sophistication, from her carefully curated library of classics to her sillage—a subtle hint of Super Rich Olive Body Lotion.

Gift her a bouquet of fresh flowers and a set of signature Mario Badescu products to fill her medicine cabinet.

SUPER RICH OLIVE BODY LOTION   |   SPECIAL HAND CREAM WITH VITAMIN E   |   CORRECTIVE COMPLEX EMULSION   |   SUPER COLLAGEN MASK   |   AZLUENE BODY SOAP

FOR THE SOUL CYCLE DEVOTEE

Mother's Day Gift Guide Gym Essentials

 

She’s health-conscious and has been spewing the virtues of wellness before it became chic to—and though you used to find her morning green smoothies questionable, you’ve learned to love (and appreciate!) them all those years later. Whether she’s loyal to spin class or prefers a morning vinyasa flow, Mom has always been on the hunt for the perfect beauty products to take her from pre-workout to post-gym errands.

Surprise her with a new gym bag that totes all her essentials—includes a few skincare essentials that keep her skin clear and glowing.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL   |   SEAWEED CLEANSING LOTION   |   FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER   |   HERBAL HYDRATING SERUM   |   A.H.A. BOTANICAL BODY SOAP   |   VITAMIN E BODY LOTION

FOR THE GLAMOROUS

Mother's Day Gift Guide Glamorous Beauty

 

She’s the mom who knows the power of a good lipstick and understands the importance of the at-home mini facial, too. There are home videos of her doubled over in laughter as you ran across the hall, face smeared with red lipstick and shuffling in heels, trying to be just as beautiful as her. To this day, her handbag always has a red lipstick and a bottle of perfume, just in case.

Indulge Mom with a collection of luxe serums, scrubs, masks, and lotions she’s bound to love.

ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL  |  VITAMIN C SERUM   |   PEPTIDE RENEWAL SERUM   |   ALMOND & HONEY FACE SCRUB   |   ROSE HIPS MASK   |   APRICOT BODY LOTION

FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT

Mother's Day Gift Guide Beauty Junkie

Her medicine cabinet was magical. Still is, to be clear: It’s artfully arranged with the latest and greatest, peppered with tried-and-true Holy Grails she collected along the way. How she managed to multi-mask and let her DIY mani dry between dinner is still a mystery, but she’s shared every other beauty trick in the book with you. Pimple? No problem: dab on some Drying Lotion. (You’re eternally grateful that she helped you and your complexion come out of teenage-dom unscathed.) Looking dull? Mask and exfoliate. Etc.

It’s likely she already has the best of Badescu, so instead of presenting her with products she has seen before, gift her a set of brand new and under-the-radar goodies that’s bound to get her excited about skin care again.

TEMPORARY LIFTING  MASK   |    ROLLING PEEL CREAM WITH A.H.A.   |   CREAM X   |   FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

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