by Kimberly Yang
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

Not sure what to gift the special guy in your life this Valentine’s Day? Check out our men’s gift guide for thoughtful and unique ideas:

valentine's day gift guide for him men's grooming

For Dad / the Father-in-Law:

The Executive Collection for Men

For Your Uncle:

Men’s Grooming Basics + a gift card to his favorite restaurant

For Your Best Friend:

dopp bag + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Shaving Cream

For Your Brother(s):

Men’s Grooming Basics + Amazon gift card

For Your Co-Worker:

Peppermint Shaving Cream

For the Classic Man:

silk pocket square + monogrammed cufflinks + dopp bag + Pre-Shave Conditioner + Shaving Cream + Vital with Collagen & Elastin + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

For the Downtown Guy:

knit beanie + messenger bag + Peppermint Shaving Cream + After Shave Moisturizer

For the Gamer:

the latest/his favorite video game + Hydrating Hand Cream + Shaving Cream + Protein After Shave Lotion

For the Gym Buff:

gym duffel + monogrammed towel + shaker bottle + Men’s Grooming Basics

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by Kimberly Yang
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Superbowl Sunday Skin Care

Superbowl Sunday Skincare

Whether you’re a football fanatic or get (begrudgingly) roped into watching athletic things you have zero interest in, we’re proposing a solution that will make both sports fans and non-participants enjoy the Superbowl that much more. You have your jersey. Your seven-layer dip. Your favorite beer. Let’s add a little self-care to the mix and you have your Superbowl Sunday skin care so that no matter the outcome (especially if you’re someone who cares), you’ll be glowing. Defeated, maybe, but glowing.

Here’s how to get your game day ritual going:

The Ultimate Pregame

Between sneaking bites of chips and dip or sips of beer, take your typical pregame to the next level so that you arrive to the bar/living room with your game face on. Literally.

  1. Start with Botanical Exfoliating Scrub to get everything looking shiny and new. The key is to gently massage the exfoliant in circular motions for at least 30 seconds to allow those finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds to polish your skin until it’s soft and smooth.
  2. Once you’ve rid your skin of all that unwanted gunk and grime, it’s time to purify. Exfoliating helps loosen up pore-clogging sebum so that your clay-based masks can work more effectively at lifting impurities from your skin. You could just apply your favorite mask, but we suggest multi-masking. Apply Silver Powder on your T-zone to help minimize the look of stubborn blackheads (here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use Silver Powder), and apply your go-to radiance-boosting mask everywhere else. (We recommend using Enzyme Revitalizing Mask for that instant-gratification glow.)
  3. We know you’re eager to get back to pregame duties, so we’re giving you the green light to cut the waiting time short. Leave on your mask for about 10 minutes, remove it with warm water, and follow with toner and your go-to moisturizer.
  4. Stash a few facial sprays in your cooler or fridge (or if you’re going out, take one to go). Trust us on this one.

1st Quarter

Things are going fairly well. Spirits are high: it’s still early in the game, every call is exhilarating, and there are plenty of apps and beer to go around. Spritz your skin with rosewater Facial Spray to keep the glow going. (It’ll look great in selfies.)

2nd Quarter

There are now more chips than there is dip available—and the game is starting to get serious. Are your lips dry from all the shouting (or awkward smiling from pretending you know what’s going on)? Take a sip of water (stay hydrated), apply Cellufirm Drops around your mouth to replenish those dry corners, and smack on some Lip Wax. Continue, as you do.

Halftime

Screw the commercials. Use this time to de-stress your skin because there’s still a ways to go and you’re too worked up. Liberally mist your complexion with our Lavender Facial Spray, then apply a thin, even layer of Azulene Calming Mask to get your skin feeling zen.

But, if watching the Superbowl ads is a long-standing tradition you simply cannot miss, just reach for Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender. On top of re-balancing skin and soothing your complexion, it’ll have been chilled from being stored in the cooler—offering your skin this cooling, calming mist that’ll help take your mind off of the score.

3rd Quarter

You’re ready and refreshed for the second half of the game. Remember this moment, because it’s not going to last for long.

4th Quarter

Stakes are high. Tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Pass around the Lavender Facial Spray, or just mist the general area whenever the room needs a collective cool-down during the last few minutes. And just in case the game rolls into overtime…

Overtime

Keep Lavender Facial Spray on tap, and if you’re up for it, utilize these crucial few minutes to better your skin and keep yourself occupied. A few ideas:

  • Apply hand cream to prevent flailing your arms about in excitement/despair and inevitably (a) hitting someone square in the face or (b) knocking over a drink or propelling a plate of half-eaten wings onto the carpet. Fight the urge by really working in the hand cream. Give your hands a massage while you’re at it. You’re welcome. Plus, your hands will be ready for all the post-game, good-spirited handshakes. You might be able to fake good sportsmanship, but you can’t fake well cared-for hands.
  • Are you notorious for not having the greatest sportsmanship post-game where, instead of making your rounds of hugs and handshakes, prefer to skulk off and wallow? No worries, no judgment here. Reach for Cuticle Cream—a thick, goopy cream that makes for sticky fingers but very happy cuticles—to occupy nervous hands throughout overtime and give you a real excuse not to participate in the post-game kumbaya.

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by Nicole Darmanin
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The Best Skin Care for Extremely Dry Skin

Only people who suffer from extremely dry skin know the struggle that comes along with it: the uncomfortable tight feeling, flakiness, and even irritation.

Extremely dry skin can be rough (note the irresistible double entendre), frustrating, and in some cases, painful. Since the cold air and indoor heat that winter brings can suck even more moisture out of already parched skin, we thought we’d give you a rundown of the luxuriously rich, moisture-dense creams and cleansers that we reach for to alleviate that dreaded tight feeling and also soften with vitamin-rich oils, protective natural butters, and nourishing botanicals. These are the “big guns” so to speak, the indispensable products you reach for when nothing else will help.

Creams for extremely dry skin

 

Cleanser:

Cleansing Milk with Carnation and Rice Oil– This oil-based cleansing milk will dissolve makeup and impurities from the surface of the skin while adding moisture. Just massage onto skin and wipe off with a cotton pad—no water necessary.

Cream Soaps– If the concept of a waterless cleanser is something that you can’t wrap your head around, a cream soap is a great way to go. These non-foaming cleansers won’t strip delicate skin and are mild enough for sensitive types.

Eye Cream:

Dermonectin Eye Cream– The beautiful silky texture of this eye cream allows it to glide on and meld seamlessly onto the skin without feeling heavy. And please don’t take this eye cream’s silkiness for weakness; it contains a super softening blend of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Peanut Oil along with youth-boosting peptides to replenish moisture to the eye area.

Special Eye Cream V-This rich, nourishing eye cream contains Peanut Oil to nourish and Beeswax to seal in moisture and provide enduring dry skin relief that will last all day or night.

Day Cream:

Kera Moist Cream– The word that comes to mind when we use this cold weather favorite? Lovely. This delightful cream restores moisture levels with vitamin-rich Avocado and Rose Hip Oils while Lemongrass Extract brightens and Oatmeal soothes.

Hydro-Emollient Cream-This classic formula is known for amassing a cult following amongst flight attendants during the 70s and 80s. It was so effective at preserving their skin by defending against drying cabin air during long intercontinental flights that the attendants would scurry out of their East Side apartments in New York City and into the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon to stock up before heading out to one of the local airports to catch their flights. The secret to this coveted formula is its rich blend of vitamin oils and water-binding Collagen along with Beeswax to protect the skin from harsh elements. Use it in any harsh weather situation wind, dry climate, even to protect against swimming pool chlorine.

Cream X– In addition to the allure of its mysterious name, Cream X certainly does the trick when it comes to moisturizing ultra-dry skin, especially for those experiencing uneven texture and flakiness. This gloriously rich formula contains Salicylic Acid to smooth rough spots, Vitamins A and E to nourish, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, and Beeswax to ensure long lasting moisture.

Night Cream:

Protein Night Cream– We love this night cream because it manages to protect the skin and sink in at the same time. Apply before bed and wake up feeling soft and refreshed. Collagen and peptides work to encourage plump, hydrated looking skin.

Revitalin Night Cream-One of our most densely rich formulas designed to deliver intense moisture to dry and delicate skin. This buttery, balmy cream will nourish and protect skin from moisture loss while you sleep. A blend of oils and butters soften and protect while Glycolipids and Glycoproteins help restore moisture to the skin’s outermost layer. We suggest warming the cream with your fingertips before gently pressing onto extremely dry skin.


by Kimberly Yang
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What’s the Difference Between All Three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?

Since the launch of our latest Lavender-infused facial spray, our most frequently asked question has been “What’s the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?” Here’s a breakdown of each facial  mist: what a facial spray is, what it does, and key ingredients.

 What's the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

What it is: The OG cult-favorite. A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

What it is: An invigorating facial mist formulated with nutrient-botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER (Ulta Exclusive!)

What it is: Our latest. Calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C combine in a soothing mist that replenishes skin while combating skin-aging free radicals.

What it does:  Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

How to use Mario Badescu Facial Spray

“How do I use a facial spray?”

Each of these mists were made to multi-task. Spritz on clean skin for added hydration before you apply moisturizer, throughout the day to revive and refresh skin, or after makeup application for a dewy finish.

“How do I use all three Mario Badescu facial sprays?”

Each of our mists can be used whenever, wherever—but it’s easy to incorporate all three into your day-to-night regimen. Here’s one (of many!) ways to use your mists:

MORNING

Start your day with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Mist on clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration and tone your complexion.

ALL DAY

Keep your rose-infused face mist on hand as a mid-day pick-me-up or to bring back the dew in your makeup look.

EVENING

Set the tone before bed. Use Facial Spray with Aloe, Lavender and Chamomile before you apply your nightly serum and night cream for a calming botanical boost.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: January Skincare Favorites

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials.

Mario Badescu Winter Skin Care Edit

Whether you’re a resolution-maker or just into going with the flow, January is all about you. Refocus, re-center, and get your skin back to pre-holiday-insanity perfection.  So, to help bring back the calm and in an effort to follow our New Year’s resolution, this is the regimen we’re following to start off 2018 with our best face forward:

(If you haven’t seen our New Year’s resolution guide on how to achieve your best skin now, check it out here.)

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

No regimen begins without a solid cleanser—and in this case, we’re reaching for a classic favorite. Exfoliating enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (found in fruit extracts) give skin a deep clean that leaves the complexion looking bright and refreshed.

Aloe Vera Toner

Winter skin tends to veer on the dry and sensitive side, so be sure to choose a toner that can help re-balance your complexion post-cleanse. This one is super gentle: any remaining impurities are swept away from the surface as Aloe provides a light, soothing hydration.

Cellufirm Drops + Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

Between holiday parties and New Year’s Eve, sleep hasn’t been your best friend. Brighten, plump, and smooth tired under-eyes with this pro-favorite combo: Gently pat a drop or two of Cellufirm Drops around the eye area, then follow with the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream.

Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C

Replenishing your skin’s natural moisture is essential when it comes to putting your best face forward. This lightweight formula delivers Vitamin C-enhanced hydration to help restore radiance and clarity to dull, dehydrated skin. Need a little more moisture? Apply 3-4 drops of Cellufirm Drops underneath for extra skin-smoothing benefits.

Bee Pollen Night Cream

Glowing skin is always #goals no matter the season (or new year), so we’re adding this rejuvenating night cream into our evening regimen. This silky-smooth cream is enriched with Bee Pollen Extract and Beeswax to nourish dry skin with antioxidants and essential nutrient—revealing dewy, youthful-looking skin come morning.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Here’s an #MBSkinTip that’s been a total game-changer for those with bumpy or breakout-prone skin: Use this exfoliating cleanser one to three times a week on your back, arms, and legs to help keep your skin even from head to toe.

Super Rich Olive Body Lotion

After every bath or shower, moisturize. your. body. We’re partial to the Super Rich Olive Body Lotion come winter—it’s rich (as the name implies), creamy, and infused with Olive Oil.

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