July 5, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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5 Things I Love About Herbal Hydrating Serum

Lists are the new love letters. Here’s why I love the Herbal Hydrating Serum—and why you will too:

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  1. It applies like a dream. Water-light in texture and fast-absorbing by nature, this oil-free gel delivers refreshing hydration instantly. If you’re impatient and veer on the shiny side like me, Herbal Hydrating Serum is an absolute must.
  1. It’s the ultimate skincare staple for any regimen, no matter your skin type. Wear it alone or layer it on top of your moisturizer for an added boost in hydration and glow. Oily skin types will love it for its super lightweight, non-pore-clogging formula, and drier skin types will adore it for the extra radiance it gives.
  1. It’s travel-friendly—insomuch that a bottle of this stuff permanently resides in my handbag. To help hydrate any dry patches (like between my brows) or revive spots where makeup tends to cake or collect (like around the nose and the mouth), I’ll tap a drop of this product where needed.
  1. It doesn’t just hydrate. It rejuvenates, too. Extracts of Ginseng and Ginkgo—both known for their invigorating properties—leaves tired, lackluster skin feeling refreshed.
  1. You know how constant hand-washing or office air conditioning leaves your hands looking all sorts of dry and tight? I’ll squeeze a pea-sized amount and massage it onto the driest points (namely the knuckles) to help replenish moisture and smooth the look of fine lines.

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July 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: July Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

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We’re Team #Glow here at Badescu—and there’s no better time than summer to work a glowing complexion. We’ll do anything in the name of radiant skin, so to help achieve a healthy, dewy complexion, these are the July skincare essentials taking up prime real estate in our medicine cabinet:

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. It’s a game-changer for sure. Part cleanser and part exfoliant, this multi-tasking hybrid deep cleans skin of pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup while rejuvenating dull skin. Glycolic Acid retexturizes uneven skin and helps brighten areas of discoloration—leaving the complexion clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.

Special Cucumber Lotion. Sometimes you need a little extra somethin’-somethin’. To help keep excess oil and problem-prone skin in check, give your skin a good sweep with this clarifying toner.

Orange Tonic Mask. Weekends should be spent masking while indulging in new summer reads. The Orange Tonic Mask is our treat of choice (and no, not just because it smells like the creamsicles of our youth, spent hailing ice cream trucks from a mile away) because it’s formulated with alpha hydroxy acids to brighten and natural minerals (like Kaolin and Zinc Oxide) to help purify pores.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. We love how this scrub leaves our face feeling fresh—but we love using it on our body, too. To help keep summer skin soft, smooth, and glowing from head to toe, we make sure we give our skin a good polish two to three times a week.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It’s self-explanatory why this mist never leaves our beloved medicine cabinet, but this July, we’re storing it in our fridge instead. Nothing beats an cooling, refreshing boost on a hot summer day.

Summer Shine Body Lotion. We told you we take glowing skin seriously. Literally, too. This antioxidant-packed body lotion is infused with subtle ribbons of shimmer to add extra shine. Apply to your collarbones, shoulders, and front of your legs added oomph. (You’ll be addicted, trust. There’s a reason why makeup artists douse models in this stuff before sending them out to stomp the runway.)

Citrus Body Cleanser. Smells like summer. Feels like summer. Features exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to rejuvenate your skin, too.

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June 20, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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First Day of Summer Checklist

Summer is here! It is the first day, of the best season, of the year!

After Sun Cooling Gel summer must-have

The first thing we reach for after a long summer day

Ok, I realize I’m showing very strong bias here, but I’ve taken the liberty of compiling this summer checklist so you don’t miss out on a single second of fun—or, if you don’t love summer as much as I do, so you can muddle through until—shudder—“sweater weather” comes back around.

1.    Stock up on Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. If you only manage to check one thing off of this list, please let it be this. Don’t get caught off guard during your next run, or the kids’ next baseball game, unprotected. Your skin has an incredible memory, and that sunburn you get today, will show up as sun spots sooner than you can imagine. Ok, that’s enough gloom and doom for one post, now for fun.

2.    Buy a beautiful pitcher and tumblers or if you already have a set, unearth them from your cupboard and keep them handy. I am a major believer in the power of enjoying simple pleasures. I love big glasses of lemon mint water poured from a heavy glass pitcher. It turns something that we normally do on autopilot, like drinking a glass of water, into an experience that we can enjoy and partake in mindfully. Be adventurous and conjure up as many variations of flavored water, iced tea, and lemonade as you can until you have a signature that friends look forward to enjoying when they come to visit.  

3.    Stock your fridge . . . with your favorite beauty products. While we don’t suggest deep freezing your entire skin care regimen, there are two musts that I always pop in the refrigerator when the temperatures rise. Chill a jar of your Ceramide Eye Gel and apply in the AM to combat the puffiness that can be brought on after a boozy barbecue or a late night bonfire. And nothing feels better after a steamy end-of-day commute than a cool misting of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater.

4.    Prepare a beach bag. Stop. Where is your beach bag right now? Do you know? Is it empty? If your best friend calls and tells you to drop everything because she is coming to pick you up for a beach day in 10 minutes, could you step up to the plate? Perfect beach days are precious, people. We must always be ready. Have a bag filled with your sunscreen of choice, an effortless sun hat, two beach towels, wet wipes (I know I’m not the only one who likes to indulge in the occasional boardwalk ice pop), and a good book. It’s not too late. Do this today. It is officially summer. I can’t promise that tomorrow won’t be the best beach day of the year, now go.

5.    After Sun Cooling Gel, because everyone makes mistakes. Ok, summertime can lend itself to overindulgence. It happens, even to me, and I make my livelihood helping people have their best possible skin. Once in a while, even when you feel like you’ve been vigilant, you might come home, look in the mirror, and eek, you see red. Maybe it is red forearms, or shoulders, maybe you thought you put sunscreen on both legs but were distracted and put it on your left leg twice! Whatever it was, it’s ok, you’re human. And besides you soooo got this, because you had a summer checklist and totally have a fresh bottle of this soothing, cooling, Aloe-infused skin saver waiting for you.

6.    Have picnic blanket. Will picnic. If your husband, wife, boyfriend, cute fireman that you smile at on your way to work (hi!), suggests a lazy summer day that doesn’t include sand, are you ready? I always have an attractive picnic blanket, with a cute pattern ready to go. Because not everyone is into sand, or lives near a beach, besides tree shade is really nice when it’s warm out.  

What did I miss? Tell us which MB products are on your summer checklist!

June 12, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Are blackheads the bane of your existence? You’re not alone. A fast and furious stream of questions on this topic flows into MB headquarters every single day.  

products to help get rid of blackheads

No blackheads here!

Blackheads are not only frustrating because of the visible black dots they sprinkle on your face, but maddening because once they pop up, they kind of just hang out . . . indefinitely. Those prone to blackheads encounter more of a problem if their current skin care regimen provides a hospitable environment for blackheads to live. Unlike other kinds of acne, blackheads don’t flare up then fizzle out and disappear, nope, blackheads reside. They will live on your face until you shake up your routine in a way that makes your skin uninhabitable.

The bad news? There is no magic cure for blackheads. The good news? I’m going to give you a plan of attack that will send these unwanted guests packing.

Firstly, it is important to know what a blackhead is so that you can understand how to get rid of them. A blackhead occurs when a pore becomes filled with sebaceous material—the natural oily substance produced by your skin—and oxidizes. This is the same process that causes sliced apples and avocados to turn brown after being exposed to air for a period of time. This is also why blackheads are so darn visible.

To improve the appearance of blackheads we must make sure to not allow that sebaceous material to sit in the pore for too long. The best way to do this is to add a few simple elements to your skin care regimen that will help to do the following: absorb oils from the pore, dissolve, and/or polish away pore-clogging material from the skin’s surface so that it doesn’t have a chance to darken.  

For a winning blackhead-fighting skin routine, try adding one item from each of the categories below to your regimen:


Silver Powder– This uber-absorbent powder has earned a cult following of loyalists who love it for its ability to attack blackhead-prone areas like the nose, cheeks, and chin.

Special Mask for Oily Skin-This mask is specially formulated to help prevent clogged pores (which lead to you-know-whats. . .) on skin types that are prone to excess oil production.

Tonic Masks– This entire line of masks is formulated with absorbent Kaolin Clay to help keep skin clear.


Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– Use this exfoliating cleanser 3 times a week to break down excess oil and dulling dead skin cells.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion– Give your skin a swipe of this classic brightening toner twice daily to keep pores in check and gently brighten with Grapefruit and Lemon Extracts.

Anti-Acne Serum– The Salicylic Acid in this non-drying serum works to penetrate and cleanse pores. Apply a thin layer over problem areas before bed and fight blackheads while you sleep!  


Botanical Exfoliating Scrub– Finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds perfectly polish pores—use regularly so that oxidation doesn’t have a chance to occur and blackheads don’t stand a chance!

What’s your biggest skin concern? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, maybe we’ll write a post about it!

June 8, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Extract

skincare coconut extract benefits

We know the ins and outs of Coconut Oil’s skin benefits, but what about its lesser known sister, Coconut Extract?

Coconut Extract (which appears as Cocos Nucifera Extract on product labels), is derived from the actual meat of the coconut and valued for its hydrating properties. It’s a highly absorbent and nourishing extract, which means essential moisture is able to get to the skin, fast.

In our Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, Coconut Extract combines with other botanicals (including Ginger, Ginkgo, Green Tea, and Aloe) to lightly rehydrate while you scrub so skin is never left dry, tight, or irritated. The finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds buff away dulling buildup as ingredients like Coconut Extract help impart moisture (and skin-softening benefits!)—leaving your complexion refreshed and radiant.

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