March 28, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Q&A: Why Are Our Toners Called Cleansing Lotions?

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Q. Why does Mario Badescu call its toners cleansing lotions?

A. It’s a question we get asked often—and we totally get why. (Another frequently asked question that piggybacks off of this one is whether or not our “cleansing lotions” are in-shower body lotions. They’re not ☺.)

“Cleansing lotion” is actually the classic name for toner. We’re keeping the label true to Mario Badescu’s original product names so his legacy remains intact and we remain authentic to the brand’s heritage.

Any more questions? Tweet us @mariobadescu!

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March 22, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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#MBTravels: Does Skin Care Reveal Travel Style?

Greetings from Los Angeles! First thing, first. Do you check your bags when you travel? Or do you do whatever you can to squeeze everything into your TSA compliant carry-on? C’mon, be honest. This is a #judgementfreezone.

I think the way you answer these questions is key to knowing what kind of traveler you are. Truth be told, I’ve been in both camps at different points in life. As I’ve settled into what I like to call “official” adulthood, my bags are checked when I travel. I’ll take being able to stroll through the airport unencumbered over being able to make a bee-line from the plane to a taxi any day.

And guess what I’ll also take? My skin care products. Yes, that’s right. All of my full-sized, over 3.5-ounce bottles of beauty magic that I use every day to make me feel . . .well , like me. No edits. I take it all.

Here are the products that are keeping my combination, oily, acne-prone skin happy and balanced on this trip to the City of Angels:

Travel Beauty

Oh, are you in a rush? I have to go to baggage claim. I’ll catch a cab and meet you at the hotel.

Seaweed Cleansing Soap– I’ve used this creamy cleanser on and off for years. Going from NYC to the sunshine of the west coast bookended by two cross country flights is the perfect storm for throwing my skin off balance. Since taking care of my temperamental complexion can be a bit like walking a tight rope—lean too far left, falter, jerk to the right—this is the wash I reach for when I’m at risk for becoming dehydrated (That recycled cabin air gets me every time.) Besides, this cleanser’s fresh, salty scent makes this Brooklyn girl feel just a teeny bit Pacific Coast cool.

Special Cucumber Lotion– There’s nothing like a refreshing swipe of toner to whisk away any post-cleanse traces of ick and help keep skin clear. This is another all-time favorite, and the product that I go through the quickest. I wish I could tell you how many bottles I’ve emptied over the years.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub– I’m taking a vacation from scarves and gloves but there are no breaks from my exfoliation routine. Three times a week, I turn to this perfect combination of Coconut, Ginger, and Gingko Extracts with finely ground Ecuadorian Palm Ivory Seeds for insta-smooth skin.

Rose Hips Mask– When travel, time difference, and work start to take their toll, I take a break and play hotel room spa with my favorite gentle, rejuvenating mask.

Lip Wax– I slip a pot of this Rose-infused Lip Wax into every bag and pocket I have. In addition to being my go-to lip smoother, this tiny skin softener is the best quick fix for ragged cuticles and other dry bits.

 Do you travel light, or overpack? How would you describe your travel personality?


March 13, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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#MBTravels: How to Pack Light (Even if You’re a Beauty Junkie)

If you haven’t been following our #MBTravels adventures on Snapchat, you’re missing out. Luckily for you, however, there’s more to come—we’re just hopping off the plane from Vail, Colorado to head out to sunny LA for The Makeup Show. 

Curious? Follow us on Snapchat at mariobadescu!

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For those of you lucky (or un-lucky; perspective is everything) enough to have been spoiled with traveling before the extra baggage charges and 3.4 oz rule, you’ll remember a time when checked luggage and generous carry-ons were a reality.

Alas, times are a-changing when we live in a world where Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (a.k.a. the Minimalist’s Holy How-To Bible) is #life and all your liquids must be decanted into generic bottles and fit into a quart-sized Ziplock. It’s about as un-chic at things get, not to mention, anxiety-inducing for the beauty junkie. How are we to choose between two cleansers we love? What if we need Cream X but only packed Cream Y?!

Trust: I understand the crisis at hand. But with a less-is-more philosophy and a little bit of Marie Kondo’s magic along the way, we can do this. If I can, you can too—and believe me, it took years of weekend-getaways or last-minute trips that taught me a trick or two about learning how to pack light even for a two-week trip:

  • Know your TSA rules and regulations. The worst thing that can happen to a beauty junkie is having to tear open a carefully-packed toiletries bag only to have your Holy Grail favorites tossed into some bin. Equally horrible: not having enough room to pack essential clothes and things because your travel beauty bag takes up half your carry-on.
  • Keep to your tried-and-true basics. I like to pare down as much as I can—which means a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mask, and serum are all I need when it comes to skincare. The less you bring, the happier you’ll be, according to Marie Kondo.
  • Packettes are a jet-setter’s best friend. Seriously. You don’t need to decant your full-sized products, there’s no fear of spillage, and you save serious space with these little guys. If you have to pack everything in your medicine cabinet, packettes are how you’ll get it done TSA-style. Luckily for you, we gift you three of your choice for FREE with every order—which means you can pick your faves and keep them on hand for your next trip.
  • Minis are a must. Deluxe-sized sample are also incredible for travel because you don’t have to deal with the mess that comes with downsizing your full-sized products into jars or bottles that might open-up in your bag.
  • Double-bag everything. It’s better to safe than sorry.

Here’s what I always travel with:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel: This has been my go-to cleanser since day one. It’s gentle, it’s refreshing, and it’s the perfect pick-me-up as both a morning facial wash and evening pick-me-up after a long day.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: Since this scrub’s launch a year ago, I’m not sure how I ever lived without it! Recycled cabin air leaves my skin parched and flaky, so a gentle polish post-flight helps keep my skin soft, smooth, and refreshed.
  • Whitening Mask: I’m always looking to hydrate and brighten my complexion whilst travelling, and this has been my go-to. As soon as I get to my hotel and finishing exfoliating, I pop on this mask while making sure my hotel Wi-Fi works J
  • Vitamin C Serum: How darling is this mini Vitamin C Serum (which you can get in The Brightening Kit at Ulta)?! Again—brightening is the name of the game when it comes travel beauty, so this little guy remains by my side no matter where I land.
  • Facial Spray: Ditto with our cult-favorite facial spray. Instant hydration plus a boost of radiance is much-needed while I’m away, and this rosewater mist does the trick.

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What minis do YOU travel with?

March 7, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Glowing Skin Made Easy

Seriously. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

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Beauty trends come and go—but here at Mario Badescu Skin Care, glowing skin is always in. A regimen is ideal for keeping skin in tip-top condition, but when you’re in a pinch (especially on a Monday morning), here’s how to fake looking refreshed and well-rested.

  1. Scrub. Granular exfoliants are particularly satisfying when you want to know you’re giving yourself a good scrub. Our Strawberry Face Scrub, formulated with real strawberry seeds, provides gentle yet effective buffing action to help revive lackluster skin and get rid of dulling buildup. Plus, the act of massaging your skin helps boost circulation and gets blood flowing. (And look! You didn’t even have to run outside a mile to get that healthy, rosy flush!)
  2. Nourish. A freshly-scrubbed complexion means that skin is all the more ready to soak up the goods. Take advantage and nourish it with your favorite moisturizer or cream. Antioxidant-rich The Moisture Magnet (SPF 15) is our go-to between seasons when you’re craving intense hydration but in need of a slightly lighter formula. (Try it and you’ll see why makeup artists love prepping their clients’ skin with this moisturizer!) Plus, it offers broad spectrum protection—a must for keeping skin looking radiant and youthful years from now.
  3. Glow. You know the drill. Add dewy radiance whenever, wherever with our cult-favorite facial mist. With a blend of Aloe, Rose Hips, Gardenia, Bladderwrack, and Thyme to instantly revitalize all skin types, there’s good reason why this is the facial spray has been the talk of town for years now.

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What’s your glow-on-the-go regimen look like?


March 5, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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How to Use Silver Powder

You have it, you’ve heard about it, but just how do you use it?

how to use mario badescu silver powder

A word of warning first, though: be careful when opening up the jar (especially if you’re wearing black!).

Here’s how to use Silver Powder—but a word of warning first, though: be careful when opening up the jar (especially if you’re wearing black!):

  1. Start with a clean face. Cleanse and exfoliate to help get rid of all the dirt, oil, and dead skin cell buildup. Make sure you focus on the T-zone—especially around the edges of your nose—so you can ensure that our Silver Powder will work even more effectively at absorbing all that pore-clogging gunk.

→ If you’re dry…use the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub.

→ If you’re oily… use the Kiwi Face Scrub.

→ If you’re broken out… no granular exfoliants for you! Instead, use our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser.

  1. Prep and apply the Silver Powder. This is the fun part because you’re essentially DIY-ing your mask. You can do it one of two ways:
    1. Dampen a cotton ball or pad with water and dip it into the powder. Then, press the product on your nose, chin, or wherever you’re seeing congestion.
    2. Scoop out some of the powder into the lid or a small dish. Add equal parts water to the powder and mix it together using a (clean) spatula/spoon until it turns into a paste. Then, apply it as you would a mask—again, on the nose, chin, and wherever else you see blackheads.
  2. Wait 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture is thoroughly dried. Wipe off using your favorite toner until all traces of the powder are gone.
  3. (Optional) Inspect results in mirror. You don’t have to, but you’ll want to. 😉

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