April 9, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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3 Things You Need If You Have Combo-Oily Skin

When it comes to combination skin, I’d like to think I have the best of both worlds. Sure, it takes a little more finesse when finding the perfect combination, but what’s a little trial and error once you find a regimen that just works?

Got combo-oily skin? Me too! Here’s a threesome that works brilliantly for keeping combo-oily skin healthy, happy, and balanced:

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1. Enzyme Cleansing Gel. Think of this cleanser as the anchor in your regimen: It cleanses, brightens, and refreshes your skin of any dulling or pore-clogging buildup without overdrying skin. It’s gentle on skin, but effective at reducing T-zone shine—making it the ideal face wash to keep on hand during the warmer months.

2. Kiwi Face Scrub. Exfoliation is #majorkey when it comes to keeping your complexion in check…especially if your skin veers on the oilier side. Regular exfoliation should be implemented into your regimen 2-3 times a week to help brighten, soften, and smooth your complexion.

What makes the Kiwi Face Scrub a combo-oily essential is the Kiwi Seeds themselves. Because of their small, firm texture, they’re able to polish away surface buildup to reveal healthier, clearer, more radiant skin.

3. Seaweed Night Cream. The Seaweed Night Cream is unique in that it’s an oil-free formula—an uncommon feat in the night cream territory—but still boasts a luxe, silky texture that makes it a dream to apply before bed. Mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract (a marine botanical), Sodium Hyaluronate (a powerful humectant), Collagen, and Elastin combine in this skin-plumping formula that enhances your skin’s tone and texture and reveals a dewy complexion come morning.

This is one of those products you just have to see and feel for yourself—because once you experience it first-hand, you’ll fall in love.

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April 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: April 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. (We loved hearing all about your March must-haves!)

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You guys—it’s finally spring! Sure, we were a bit doubtful about its arrival (it snowed on the first day of spring; go figure), but the weather’s been beautiful ever since.  It’s official: The sweaters are going away and the spring skincare stash is coming out.

April Skincare Essentials Monthly Edit Medicine Cabinet

These are the April skincare essentials taking prime real estate in our medicine cabinet:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. Your favorite cleanser made the cut! The moment it gets warm out and our skin starts to feel a little more slick than usual, out comes the Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s fresh in every which way—which makes it the perfect pick-me-up to get you into the spring mood.
  • Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. Ditto with this toner on the fresh factor. (If you’re curious as to why it’s named a “cleansing lotion,” head on over here.) Great for combination and oily skin types, this cooling formula helps remove excess shine and grime without overdrying skin.
  • Facial Spray. It’s a perennial favorite, but come spring, it’s a necessity. The goal is to look fresh-faced and dewy always—and what easier way to achieve that than with a quick, refreshing mist? Spritz it on before and/or after you apply moisturizer for a hydrating boost.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17. When you start to shed off the heavy layers, it’s time to swap out your winter cream for a lightweight moisturizer. This one is a best-selling favorite because of its easily-absorbed, oil-free formula; plus, it provides essential broad spectrum protection to help shield your skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.
  • Flower & Tonic Mask. Floral for spring? Groundbreaking. But we’re willing to put up with the Miranda Priestly’s of the world for this mask. Formulated with Gardenia Extract (which contains Ferulic Acid, a powerful natural antioxidant) and natural minerals, our Flower & Tonic Mask helps decongest skin to re-balance your complexion.
  • Enzyme Revitalizing Mask. If you have drier skin in need of a moisturizing boost, this is the mask for you. Our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask does exactly what its name purports to do: revitalize. Natural fruit enzymes from Papaya Extract help break down dulling buildup as a blend of Vitamin A and E Oils provide additional moisture, leaving your skin glowing and radiant.
  • Citrus Body Cleanser. Don’t forget to spring clean your bodycare regimen, too. We’re obsessed with how sweet and fresh this shower gel is; it’s the ideal soap for morning showers or post-gym sessions.
  • Apricot Super Rich Body Lotion. When the pros stash something in their makeup kit, you’d be smart to do the same. We started keeping this one shower-side after seeing one of our favorite MUAs use it on set: it’s creamy, it’s lightly fragranced, and it keeps you glowing head to toe.

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March 30, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Ingredient Spotlight: Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil

You know almonds are good for you, but just how good are they for your skin?

sweet almond oil ingredient benefits skin skincare

Sweet Almond Oil has been around forever, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that it received the recognition it deserves. Packed with antioxidant Vitamins A, B, E and rich in fatty acids, proteins, and a number of vitamins and minerals, this emollient is an ingredient that packs a punch—which is why it’s so good for your skin, hair, and overall health. Because of its lightweight easily-absorbed texture, Sweet Almond is able to penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver immediate, skin-softening benefits.

(Fun fact: Sweet Almond Oil is actually derived from the same almonds you eat.)

But that’s not all.

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil include:

  • Nourishing the skin with antioxidants (Vitamins A and E!) and other essential nutrients to soften skin
  • Smoothing the look of fines and wrinkles to reveal a more youthful-looking complexion
  • Sealing in moisture to prevent dehydration
  • Breaking down surface buildup to better cleanse skin

Add finely ground almonds to mix and you have yourself a winning combination. Sweet Almond Oil moisturizes the skin while the almond bits gently exfoliate the skin’s surface—revealing softer, smoother skin.

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Try our Almond & Honey Face Scrub!


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

03.28.16 - Why Are Our Toners Called Cleansing Lotions

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?