by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: November 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.

Mario Badescu Monthly Edit November Skincare Essentials

It’s time to get down to business.

With the holiday season right around a corner—and trust: it always manages to creep up before you know it—it’s time to take things into our own hands. Rather than let pre-holiday planning and stress get the best of your skin, stock up on these skin care essentials to help keep your complexion looking clear no matter what.

Acne Facial Cleanser

Perfect for acne-prone or troubled skin, this daily face wash is a must-have for keeping skin clear in time for holiday celebrations. Our cleanser is formulated with Salicylic Acid to exfoliate away pore-clogging surface impurities (which are known to cause breakouts) and Thyme Extract to clarify troubled skin.

Special Cucumber Lotion

Enhanced cleansing is just what troubled, stressed-out skin needs. This is a powerful astringent that helps remove excess oil, minimize T-zone shine, and dry up existing breakouts to encourage a clearer-looking complexion.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Radiant, even skin is always the goal—especially when you know there will be camera-happy friends and family snapping away at every family function. We can’t guarantee that your eyes won’t be closed in most of those shots, but we can help you feel confident about going filter-free.

For clear, glowing skin, substitute your usual cleanser for the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser one to three times a week (1-2 times a week for dry skin, 2-3 times a week for oily skin). Glycolic Acid not only exfoliates the skin’s surface, but also boasts the ability to deep clean pores too—making it a must-have for refining congested, uneven complexions.

Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

Clocking in seven hours of sleep is tough when there’s so much to be done—so to help with tired under-eyes, try incorporating a brightening eye cream into your daily regimen. This one is formulated with Euphrasia (also known as ‘Eyebright’) Extract and Rose Hip Oil (a natural source of Vitamin C) to help restore radiance as Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid smooth the look of fine lines.

Plus, this eye cream boasts a super lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that enables you to apply concealer over top—making it the perfect base if you need a little coverage.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

Just because we’re approaching winter doesn’t mean we don’t need sun protection. Keep up with your daily SPF application, ladies and gents.

Buffering Lotion

Prone to large, under-the-surface bumps? This is the spot treatment for you. If you’re prone to whiteheads, however…

Drying Lotion

Your go-to for targeting pesky pimples overnight.

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by Kimberly Yang

Post-Halloween Madness: How to Bring Back the Clarity in Your Skin

Face feeling a bit congested, tight, or uncomfortable from post-Halloween makeup madness? Here’s how to bring back the clarity:

Post-Halloween Clay Masks How to

Remove your makeup.

Thoroughly—as in, leave no traces behind. We recommend using any of these makeup removers to dissolve away all that intense eye makeup first before going in with your cleansing routine. If you went heavy on the face makeup too, try this #MBSkinTip: Remove your makeup with Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil, then follow with a rinse-off face wash like Enzyme Cleansing Gel to ensure a thorough cleanse.

Hit the reset button.

After a thorough process of makeup-removing and cleansing, set aside 20 minutes for some skin R&R with one of our tonic masks. Mario Badescu “tonic masks” are clay-based masks that work to purify and clarify the skin—which is exactly what post-Halloween skin craves to reset and start fresh.

Not sure which mask is right for your skin type? Here’s the 411:

Flower & Tonic Mask is the gentlest of our tonic mask collection. This is a Gardenia and clay-based mask that works restore balance by lifting impurities from the skin while improving moisture retention so all skin types (including sensitive!) appears smoother and more refined.

Take it a step up and you have our Orange Tonic Mask and  Strawberry Tonic Mask. Both are formulated with a Kaolin and Zinc Oxide base to purify and tighten the appearance of pores, offering added oil-absorbing properties to truly deep clean skin. Orange Tonic Mask contains Orange Peel to rejuvenate and prevent pore congestion, whereas Strawberry Tonic Mask is infused with Strawberry (a source of Vitamin C) to give skin a brightening boost.

Then there’s the strongest of the four: Cucumber Tonic Mask. Designed for very oily or congested skin, this powerful purifying formula leaves your complexion refined, smooth, and shine-free. It’s infused with Cucumber to tone and formulated with natural minerals to clarify—making it a must-have mask for getting your skin back into pre-Halloween makeup madness shape.

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Shop our tonic masks here.

by Kimberly Yang

The Makeup Removers You Need This Halloween

best eye makeup removers halloween

Dressing up is the half the fun of Halloween (the other half is the sheer abundance of “fun-sized candy bars, which for some bizarre reason, tastes so much better than the original-sized versions). The not so fun part? Removing the face paint and crazy makeup at the end of the night.

To help make the getting un-ready part easy, keep a makeup remover or two on hand: one for your eyes, one for the rest of your face. These are the makeup removers you need this Halloween:


If you have sensitive skin

Try our Eye Make-Up Remover Cream. It’s a makeup artist favorite for removing tough, waterproof eye makeup while imparting light moisture back into the skin.

If you have dry skin and/or under-eyes…

Try our Carnation Eye Make-Up Remover Oil. This one is formulated with a  blend of rich oils—like the highly emollient Sesame Seed Oil—to dissolve away waterproof eye makeup quickly and effectively.

If you have oily skin

Try our Eye Make-Up Remover Gel (Non-Oily). This non-greasy makeup remover has a unique, gel-like texture that’s lightweight on skin and never leaves behind a slick residue.


Start by cleansing the skin with our Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil to break down heavy makeup. Tissue the product off, then go in with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (instead of your usual daily cleanser) to further deep clean pores and exfoliate skin. Follow with your favorite toner.

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by Kimberly Yang

#MBRecipe: The Ultimate Solution for Seriously Dry Skin

Few things are worse than irritated, dry skin. Plump skin is the goal here, but tight and itchy? Not so much.

If your skin is in need of a boost in moisture and glow, add this recipe to your Friday night repertoire. Slip into your robe, have Spotify set at your favorite playlist, light a few candles—whatever suits your fancy, really—and treat you and your skin to a good drink. Make this a well-deserved R&R session if you’re staying in, and if you’re willing to brave the cold for an evening out on the town, let this be your prep for flawless makeup from application to finish.

Bottom’s up!

MBRecipe Solution for Seriously Dry Skin

You’ll Need:

Your Solution for Seriously Dry Skin:

  1. Every DIY facial starts with a clean complexion. Cleanse, exfoliate, and tone with your trusty favorites—you know how the tune goes.
  2. Bring back the dewy glow. Our Rose Hips Mask is a fall Mario Mask Must (can you say that three times fast?!). It’s perfect for sensitive or dull, tired skin in restoring moisture for a healthy, plump complexion. We’re all about antioxidant Vitamin C for its brightening properties—and this mask is chock full of it.
  3. You’ve got 20 minutes all to yourself. Put down your phone, resist answering work emails, and relax.
  4. Mist like you mean it. Once your mask has dried, give your complexion a liberal misting of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It’ll help soften the mask to ease the removal process and prevent tugging at your skin.
  5. Rinse well with warm water and follow with, once again, your favorite toner. Take a good look in the mirror—this step is indisputably the most important of them all—and admire your skin for a few moments. Soft, supple, plump, and with a dewy glow to boot.
  6. Brighten and replenish. Start by massaging a few drops of the Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C into the skin. Any skincare expert or bona fide junkie will rave on endlessly about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. Add Collagen to the mix and you have yourself an incredibly nourishing, nutrient-rich serum that helps restore skin’s natural moisture, improve clarity, and brighten the skin.
  7. Are you headed out? Pat on your go-to moisturizer and start the second phase of the beautification process. We recommend a creamy, skin-smoothing formula like our Honey Moisturizer. Relish in the easy application and flawless finish—good skincare and beautiful makeup are inexplicably linked. (Remember that!)
  8. If you’re staying in, lock in all that moisture and glow with the Seaweed Night Cream. Because it’s so lightweight and versatile, it’s easy to layer up on your serums and customize your glow. Seaweed Night helps lock in all that moisture and nutrients while its Collagen content helps plump the appearance of skin so that come morning, dull and dry is a thing of yesteryear.
  9. Don’t forget the eyes! Reduce the appearance of dry, tired under-eyes and help smooth the look of fine lines with the Hyaluronic Eye Cream, our best-selling and most universal formula. It’s perfect for day or under make-up, but if you’re in need of heavy-duty moisture before bed, you know the drill: Layer up. Pat 1-2 drops of Cellufirm Drops around the eye area before applying your eye cream. In need of something even richer (especially for nighttime)? Swap out Hyaluronic Eye Cream for Olive Eye Cream or Glycolic Eye Cream instead.


by Nicole Darmanin

#MBMy5: Lindsey

The subject of this edition of our #MBMy5 series—our blog series in which we ask MB staffers to whittle down their favorites from the line to just five essentials—is Lindsey!

Lindsey sweetened up our team when she came aboard last year with her enviable sense of style, infectious positive attitude, and a major dose of Southern charm. When she isn’t crisscrossing the Southeast making sure that the stores in her territories have everything they need, she is at her home base, Nashville, Tennessee, giving us all manicure envy with paint jobs like this one:

Lindsey's Manicure

Lindsey’s Mario Mani

Without further ado, let’s turn this over to Lindsey:

Hello, Mario Badescu Beauties!

I’m thrilled to share my #MBMy5 today. A little bit about myself:

Working with Mario Badescu means that I spend my work days traveling all over the Southeast-throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and my home state of Tennessee. As any professional globetrotter knows, abundant traveling can wreak havoc on your skin.

My skin type in one word: troubled. Since I spend so much time flying, the elevation and air conditioning leaves my skin desert-dry. On the other hand, anyone who lives in the south knows that the heat and humidity is unreal! Add in sensitivity to harsh ingredients and major acneic tendencies, and you’ve got the recipe for a skin care conundrum. Today I’m going to chat about my skin care must haves, and how I keep my skin hydrated, clear, and glowing throughout the tumultuous southern weather.

Lindsey's favorite Mario Badescu products

Lindsey’s 5


The Enzyme Cleansing Gel is my go-to cleanser. I love the way this melts off my face-makeup, while providing the softest AHA-based exfoliation. It smells like fresh fruit, thanks to the Papaya Extract, and helps to keep my skin clear of mild breakouts.

The next, possibly most important, step in my regimen is the Special Cucumber Lotion. It picks up the leftover makeup, oil, and dirt from the surface off the skin, while deep-cleaning my pores at the same time. The Sulfur and Zinc Oxide combination gives my skin an extra acne-fighting treatment, which is crucial for troubled days.

Once my skin is squeaky clean, I’ll often start to feel dry. Enter Herbal Hydrating Serum. It’s a water-based gel-serum that provides crucial hydration without leaving my T-zone oily. During my super dry days, I’ll layer this all over my face directly under my moisturizer. On my more oily days, I’ll use this to spot-treat the dry spots. Bonus feature: patting this into the high points of my cheeks gives me the glowing from within look with or without makeup!

Finding a moisturizer has always been a challenge of mine. Like I mentioned, my skin is acneic, so I have to be sure that the moisturizer is oil-free, or I could risk causing my breakouts to spread. Being Combination/Oily adds another tricky factor. Add my love of makeup to the mix, and you have what seems like an impossible equation. The Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 meets all of these needs, all while providing protection from sun damage (hello, alabaster complexion). I love that the formula is lightweight and dries matte. I can apply my makeup directly after the moisturizer without any fear of slippage.


#MBSkinTip: In the colder months, I like to use the Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 for deeper hydration.



A few times a week, I make time to draw a bath and unwind. While my water is filling up, I’ll apply the Whitening Mask. Years of bad skin habits left my skin uneven in tone and texture, and this is my secret weapon to help correct that. After using this mask regularly, I’ve seen a huge difference in post-breakout discoloration—plus, it provides the hydration my skin desperately needs! It’s so lightweight and soft, and only takes 5-10 minutes. Added bonus-it smells like mulberries!

Finally, finding a skin care regimen that works for my picky skin has been a game-changer. My makeup sits on my skin beautifully and I feel so much more confident without makeup all together.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me about #MBMy5! Be sure to come visit us down here in the South, where we like our skin like our tea: sweet, smooth, and best served year round.