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.

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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.

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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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January 2, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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#MBSkinTip: Detox to Retox

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One too many late nights since New Year’s Eve?

Here’s how to detox to retox:

Step 1: Cleanse first.

Step 2: Target those blackheads. Using a water-dampend cotton pad, apply Silver Powder on your T-zone (or anywhere your skin looks congested.)

Step 3: Leave on for 10 minutes and remove with your favorite toner. (How good does your skin already look and feel?)

Step 4: Bring back the GLOW. Apply our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask wherever you need to hydrate and, well, revitalize your skin. (For most, it’s the cheeks!).

Step 5: Cleanse well after 15-20 minutes and follow with toner and moisturizer.

Step 6: Take a #selfie. It’s all about the #glowlife.

January 1, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Resolution Made Simple

Mario Badescu Spa give New Year's Resolution Skin Care Tips

Conspiring to give you resolution tips!

What’s your resolution this year? Do you make them? This topic can be very polarizing, most of the folks here at Mario Badescu are firmly pro or against making New Year’s Resolutions.

When you think about it, there are many opportunities to start fresh throughout the year: birthdays, holidays, Mondays—but none seem to have quite the amount of gravity that the New Year brings. For many of us, New Year’s Day is the freshest of fresh starts on the calendar. So much so that it is during this time that we toss our old calendar aside and buy a whole new one to mark the occasion.

I decided a few years back that I’d made my last ultra-ambitious New Year’s resolution. Instead, I jotted a list of extremely simple, easily achievable goals that would have a lasting positive (though sometimes subtle) effect on my life. So no, 2016 will not be the year that I set out to become fluent in Spanish, or successfully eliminate all sugar from my diet. This is the year that I will keep hand cream with me at all times, and wash my coffee cup every morning before I leave for work. Dreaming big? No. Feeling good? Yep.

In the name of deliberately simple, feel-good goals for 2016 I asked a few of Mario Badescu’s veteran aestheticians to give skin care tips for the resolute among us! Here’s what they said:

Q. “What skin care resolution would you tell someone to make for 2016 that they would thank you for in 2026?”

Mask more often!” –Elena, Mario Badescu Head aesthetician for 31 years

“Use toner. If you begin to use toner after you cleanse today, you will thank me in 10 years.” –Leah, Mario Badescu aesthetician for 16 years

“Eye cream is very important. It is important to find the best eye cream for you.” –Luba, Mario Badescu aesthetician for 18 years

December 29, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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New Year, New You

Ring in the new year with a fresh-faced glow.
Here’s to 2016:



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