Beautiful, Badescu Skin

"Putting your best face forward."

April 8, 2014
by Lee Ann

Hand & Nail Care 101

There’s something about having beautifully manicured nails that just makes you feel good, isn’t there? It’s that last detail that pulls together an outfit and the very act of grooming your nails can feel like a treat.

While we love getting manicures, tight schedules (and budget concerns!) necessitate a little at-home nail service from time to time. And really, what’s more fun than putting in a favorite DVD and doing your nails?

So here it is: our guide to the perfect at-home DIY manicure!

[Read: Our favorite girls'-night movies]

diy manicure

What You’ll Need:

  • diy manicureA bowl of warm water
  • A Scrub
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Cuticle Cream
  • Hand Cream
  • Hand Towel
  • Nail File
  • Nail Polish Remover and Cotton Balls
  • Nail Polish of your choice

What To Do:

  1. Start off by washing your hands thoroughly.
  2. Remove existing nail polish (if you have any) with nail polish remover and a cotton ball.
    PRO TIP: Swipe nail polish remover on nails even if your nails are bare at the start; this will help remove any lingering oils or dirt.
  3. Cut and file your nails until they are even and shaped neatly.
    PRO TIP: Never saw back and forth with a nail file. Instead, stroke the nail with the file in the same direction to avoid tearing the nail.
  4. Apply a scrub on your hands and soak them in warm water in the bowl.
  5. Pat dry your hands with the towel.
  6. Apply a basecoat to help nail polish adhere better.
  7. Paint your nails with a polish of your choice, applying two coats.
    PRO TIP: Allow enough time for the polish to dry between coats. This will help prolong your manicure. Two properly dried, thinner coats of polish will last longer than one thick layer, so be sure not to apply too much at once.
  8. Apply a topcoat to prolong your DIY manicure.
  9. Once your nails are completely dry, be sure to apply hand cream to keep your beautiful appendages soft and radiant! Keep the cuticles soft and hydrated with a cuticle cream in between manicures.

Take your hands from dry and chipped to fabulously manicured sans the nail salon!


April 7, 2014
by Lee Ann

MB Brightening Superstars

For skin that’s dull and in need of a boost, it’s time to turn to these superstar brightening ingredients- Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids! 

brighteningVitamin C Serum

With moisture-binding Hyaluronic Acid and brightening L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), your skin is bound to look plumper and brighter when this serum is used consistently.

Whitening Mask, Rose Hips Mask, or Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

Treat your skin to a mask on a weekly basis. Our Whitening Mask contains ingredients that naturally have brightening properties like Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Grape Extract.

If your skin is more on the dry and sensitive side, opt for our Rose Hips Mask instead. It contains Rose Hips Oil, which is high in Vitamin C (brightening) and nourishing Seaweed Extract.

For dull, dry, or mature skin, try our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask. It contains Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts combined with Vitamin A and E oils to give the complexion a boost.

Glycolic Acid Toner

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), particularly Glycolic Acid, chemically exfoliate and help retexturize the skin, leaving it looking smoother and brighter. If you have combination/dry skin, apply the Glycolic Acid Toner after you cleanse and before you moisturize for enhanced exfoliation.

brighteningGlycolic Foaming Cleanser

To help reduce a lackluster complexion, exfoliate with our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser in place of your usual, daily cleanser one or two times a week (if your skin is on the dry side) or two to three times a week (if your skin is oily or combination/oily).

Face Scrub

If you prefer a physical method of exfoliation, try our Kiwi Face Scrub, Strawberry Face Scrub, or Almond and Honey Face Scrub. Their tiny granules will gently slough away dead surface cells, revealing a more polished, fresher looking appearance.

These glow-enhancing products are sure to help brighten your complexion!

April 5, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

How Privy Is Your Significant Other To Your Beauty Habits?

Would you let your loved one see you with acne treatments or a mask on your face? If you wear makeup, how soon did they see you bare-faced?

There’s a set of milestones every relationship is bound to reach, some traditional and adorable – first Valentine’s Day, first weekend getaway, meeting the parents – and others not quite scrapbook-suitable, but adorable nonetheless – we’ll let you use your imagination for this one. (Everything’s adorable when you’re in love.)

Among those rites of passage is the day your significant other sees you bare-faced. No, not with minimal “no-makeup makeup,” but no makeup. It’s far less intimidating if you’re already rocking the au naturel, but it’s still a pretty big step. Take a deep breath and let me tell you a simple truth:

Your loved one really isn’t going to care.

I promise. Pinky swear. Cross my heart and hope to…  If anything your significant other’s going to find it sweet; knowing that you feel comfortable enough to be completely you around him or her is step towards true intimacy, no?

That’s just the gateway. The foot in the door. Because next comes the unveiling of the beauty regimens. The five minutes – or hour-long – of the hair routine. Morning regimens and evening wind-downs. And gasp – the magical process of putting on your face (simply speaking) before any sort of event. There’s the base, the strategic contouring, the lashes, the lips… then there are no more secrets.

When is it okay to walk around with little pink dots freckling your face? Do you choose between the pimple-erasing magic of the Drying Lotion or feel obligated to suffer the whiteheads because you’re afraid your honey might laugh at your habits? What about the weekly masks? And the monthly Silver Powder blackhead detox? Is it better to leave a little mystery to the imagination?

I’ll have you know that a certain man-friend of mine was not only blasé about the 10 minutes I had Silver Powder swatches across the center of my face, but he also let me use it on him too. (See our guide on How to Get Your Significant Other To Try Your Skincare Products for more tips!) And if I revealed this much, I may as well tell you that yes, he thoroughly enjoyed the process, and was super amazed at the results. He bought a jar for himself, so good things come to those who just continue what they do – your significant other will still love you for you!

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So – how privy is your significant other to your beauty habits?


April 4, 2014
by Jill

Fan Friday Giveaway: Alpha-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Friday is here!

Would you like to win the Alpha-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion?! This toner is just the thing for dry, dull, and sensitive complexions that need a little exfoliation.

But first… check out this week’s Blog Highlights:

QUIZ: How high-maintenance are you?
VIDEO: Not sure how to use the Drying Lotion for whiteheads? We can help!
How to handle the challenge of Combination Skin. 
Want tighter skin? Get more collagen! Here’s how.
A Few Anti-Aging Superstar Products

To enter to win the Alpha-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion, simply comment on our blog below!*

*This contest will run from April 4-6, 2014; the winner will be announced on our Facebook page on April 7, 2014 and will also be contacted privately via email. This contest is open to those with a U.S. or Canadian address. 

April 3, 2014
by Lee Ann

How To Handle Combination Skin

Some people have skin that’s dry all over while others have super-active sebaceous glands that make the entire face oily. For these people, the trick is finding skin care products right for their skin type and their personal skin conditions, such as acne or sensitivity.

Combination skin, on the other hand, offers both the challenges of oily skin AND dry skin as well as any other conditions, including the above-mentioned acne and/or sensitivity. There’s no question, combination skin can be a challenge to deal with. Parts of the face are dry, while other parts are oily (usually the forehead, nose, and chin, also known as the ‘T-Zone’). It can be confusing and difficult to balance the skin by ‘satisfying’ both the oily and dry parts of the face.
combination skin
[Read: What's YOUR Skin Type?]

What can be even more challenging is when some parts of the face are very dry while other parts are very oily and slick. In some extreme cases, you may need to use different products on different parts of your face. Check out our suggested, basic regimens for combination skin that may help put an end to your frustrations.

Combination/Oily Skin
Routine:  Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion (toner), Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30 (for day) and A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer (for night). 

Exfoliate two to three times a week with our Kiwi Face Scrub and use the Flower and Tonic Mask.

Combination/Dry Skin
Routine: Seaweed Cleansing Soap, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (toner), Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 (for day) and Seaweed Night Cream (for night).

Exfoliate two nights a week with our Almond & Honey Face Scrub and use the Enzyme Revitalizing Mask.

Extreme Combination Skin (very dry, very oily parts)
Routine: Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (toner), the Rose Hips Nourishing Oil applied to very dry areas only, and then layer the Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 all over. For night, apply the Rose Hips Nourishing Oil to the dry areas, and the A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer for the rest of the face.

Exfoliate twice a week with our Almond & Honey Face Scrub.

Two to three times a week, apply the Special Mask for Oily Skin only on oily areas, and apply the Gingko Mask on dry areas.

 Overcome complicated combo skin now!