January 14, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Beauty Resolutions You Can Keep #4: Take Care of Your Hands

Whether you’re an ambitious resolution-maker or just into making steady, feel-good goals, you know that keeping to them is half the battle.

Cheers to beauty resolutions that make all the difference—also happen to be beauty resolutions you can keep (BRYCK ) too.

01.14.16 - Resolution, Hand Care best hand creams

We focus on your face a lot—we’re Mario Badescu, it’s what we do!—but it’s time your hands got some love, too.

Hands bear the grunt work. We type, we grip, we write, we pry open un-openable jars, we carry, we lift, we wash them constantly. It’s no surprise, then, that hands are one of the first areas on your body to show signs of aging.

Show ‘em you care and you could turn back the clock.

Resolution: Take care of your hands.

Take care of them the same way you do your face. Use gentle, non-drying cleansers. Prevent sun damage with sunscreen (we’re advocates of using the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 before driving because the formula dries quickly so you don’t leave greasy hand prints everywhere).

Moisturize them often. Keep a jar of Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E at your desk, at every sink, and on your nightstand. And don’t forget about your cuticles—Cuticle Cream, though thick and takes some warming up to (literally), is a game-changer for keeping skin feeling soft and smooth.

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SHOP HAND CREAMS

 

January 13, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Beauty Resolutions You Can Keep #3: Nourish Your Skin Nightly

Whether you’re an ambitious resolution-maker or just into making steady, feel-good goals, you know that keeping to them is half the battle.

Cheers to beauty resolutions that make all the difference—also happen to be beauty resolutions you can keep (BRYCK ) too.

01.13.16 - Resolution 3, Mario badescu Night Cream

Ladies and gents: it’s time to upgrade your nighttime skincare game. Skin naturally repairs itself while you sleep, re-booting its own ability to help fight against environmental damage.

Take advantage of it. (If not now, when? #carpediem)

Resolution: Nourish your skin nightly.

Night creams are specially formulated to help enhance your skin’s natural process, providing it with essential moisture while targeting specific concerns like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sagging, etc. Think about it: all you have to do is apply the product and sleep. Let the night cream work its magic overnight so you can wake up with softer, smoother, silkier skin.

It’s the little things that count.

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SHOP NIGHT CREAMS

 

January 12, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Beauty Resolutions You Can Keep #2: Remove Your Makeup Every Night

Whether you’re an ambitious resolution-maker or just into making steady, feel-good goals, you know that keeping to them is half the battle.

Cheers to beauty resolutions that make all the difference—also happen to be beauty resolutions you can keep (BRYCK ) too.

01.12.16 - Resolution 2, Remove Makeup

How are we doing with the water intake so far, ladies and gents? Good, I hope, because we’re moving onto our second Beauty Resolution You Can Keep:

Resolution: Remove your makeup every night.

Sleeping in makeup is bad for you, period. Save yourself the dull skin and mascara-stained sheets and remove your makeup every night.

Seriously: Nothing will make a more noticeable difference to your skin than removing your makeup properly on a nightly basis. And by properly, we mean the whole she-bang: eye makeup remover, cleanser, toner. No skimping. No makeup wipes. (You deserve better than that.)

In a matter of days your skin will feel more refreshed. It’ll look brighter. Your makeup will apply better, your skincare will absorb and work better. It’s likely you’ll see your skin clear up, or feel less dry.

And with products these days geared towards longevity (24-hour wear eyeshadows, 16-hour liquid lipsticks, waterproof mascaras, anyone?), it’s more important than ever to find the makeup remover that works well—and jives with your skin.

Our personal office favorites? The Carnation Eye Makeup Remover Oil and Eye Makeup Remover Gel (Non-Oily). Both are gentle formulations great for all skin types and especially effective at removing heavy makeup; the difference in texture is a matter of personal preference. I’m partial to the former because I how easily it breaks down my waterproof mascara, but I love the latter for fixing mistakes during makeup application (its non-greasy formula lets you apply makeup straight away!).

Simply moisten a cotton pad or flannel with the eye makeup remover and press gently on the eyelids and lashes. Leave on (with eyes closed, of course) for a few seconds before wiping down in a downward direction. Repeat until the cotton/flannel comes up clean, then follow with cleanser and toner.

It takes an extra five minutes. But trust: it makes a world of a difference.

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SHOP EYE MAKEUP REMOVERS

 

January 11, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Beauty Resolutions You Can Keep #1: Drink More Water

Whether you’re an ambitious resolution-maker or just into making steady, feel-good goals, you know that keeping to them is half the battle.

Cheers to beauty resolutions that make all the difference—but are 100% do-able too.

01.11.16 - Resolution 1, Drink More Water GIF [see folder for diff files]

Resolution: Drink more water.

Our bodies are about 60% water and we’re constantly losing water and should be replenishing it. So, it makes sense that we should be drinking water throughout the day. The question, then, is how much is enough?

Different studies will tell you different things, but the average consensus is about two liters a day to keep your body (and skin) at optimal hydration levels. Without adequate H20 intake, you’re literally dehydrating yourself from the inside out. (And as we all know, drier skin tends to exacerbate the look of pores, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, etc. Water is key in keeping skin looking plump and youthful.)

The solution? Keep water on hand at all times. I’m partial to keeping a 1.5 liter bottle of room temperature water at my desk at all times because I’m sheepish about making multiple trips to the water machine. If I’m out and about, I’ll stash a large bottle in my bag as well: toting around an extra few pounds gives you incentive to finish that water to alleviate the extra load.

Not into plain water? Flavor it with your favorite fruit. Lemon and lime is a classic combo (and believed to boast additional healthy benefits as well), but here are a few more ideas to try out:

  • Blueberries + raspberries + strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon + orange
  • Lemon + honey
  • Mint
  • Mint + basil
  • Mint + basil + strawberries

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What’s YOUR favorite way to drink up?

January 7, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: January Skincare Essentials

Welcome to the first installment of #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current top shelf essentials.

01.07.16 - January Skin Care Edit 2016

New year, new you—isn’t that how the saying goes? Whether you’re an ambitious resolution-maker or just into making steady, feel-good goals, January is all about you. Refocus, re-center, and get your skin back to pre-holiday-insanity perfection.

On the top of the list (literally)? The Vitamin C Serum. Game-changer and #HolyGrail, this antioxidant-rich serum helps even out skin tone and texture while boosting glow overnight. If you don’t have it, get it. You need it. It’s the anti-aging serum that’s essential for everyone, no matter your skin type.

Also on our roster (from top to bottom):

  • Cellufirm Drops: A must-have all-year-round, this skin-plumping serum comes especially handy in colder months when you need all the hydration you can get. Use it around the mouth, under and around the eyes, and wherever else you’re experiencing dryness—then, follow with your usual moisturizer, eye cream, or night cream (where applicable).
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: Colder, harsher weather tends to leave most skin types dry and flaky. This refreshing exfoliant (which features finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm seeds, not plastic microbeads!) helps gently buff away all that dead skin cell buildup. (We love this one in the mornings as a pick-me-up—especially when it’s 16 °F and pitch black when we wake up.)
  • Orange Cleansing Soap: Winter skin typically needs gentler options. We’re reaching for this creamy, AHA-based cleanser to help give us a brightening boost without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.
  • Chamomile Cleansing Lotion: Seriously—winter weather isn’t kind to skin. This simple, gentle formulation boasts calming properties.
  • Walnut Body Lotion: This is the stuff we marinate our bodies in come winter. This luxe, rich cream is designed to deliver maximum moisture to parched skin. We suggest applying this all-over nightly after showering so you wake up with super-soft, silky skin.
  • Dermonectin Eye Cream: The delicate eye area is especially susceptible to winter weather wear-and-tear. Keep skin plump and moisturized with this emollient-rich eye cream.
  • Almond & Honey Face Scrub: Fresh is nice, but sometimes we’re in the mood for warmer, creamier scents. This delicious scrub is our go-to for Friday nights and weekends in, when all we want to do is mask it up and curl up to a good book.
  • The Moisture Magnet SPF 15: Moisture-intensive yet lightweight on skin, it’s easy to see why this creamy broad-spectrum moisturizer is a makeup artist favorite.

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