by Nicole Darmanin
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#MBmy5: Karolina

New year, new . . . blog series!

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Mario Badescu is, “What are your best products?” And while we love to give recommendations, that question doesn’t have a simple answer. There are a number of things that factor into deciding which products are best for your individual skin type. So we decided we’d ask MB insiders to tell us their skin types and whittle down their favorites (there are over 150 products in the full Mario Badescu line) to the very tippy-top five on their list. For our inaugural #MBmy5 post, meet Karolina!

Karolina is one of our favorite smiling faces around Mario Badescu headquarters. Whether she is plugging away on a spreadsheet or telling us about her latest adventure (did you catch her #MBTravels pics from Paris earlier this year? If not, have a look here and here), Kari shines bright.

Here are Karolina’s favorites in her own words:

Skin Type: Oily, Acne-Prone

1. By far my go-to, number one favorite is the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It’s my trusty sidekick in the fight against moisture loss by giving my skin quick refreshment. It’s multi-functional when a toner is out of reach, a mist for pre/post-makeup and the touch of Aloe even helps when a post-sun cooling gel is nowhere near. Whether it’s sitting behind a desk, in a car, or traveling on a plane, a bottle of facial spray is within my arm’s reach.

Kari's favorite Mario Badescu products

2. My go-to exfoliator and post workout in-shower cleanser is the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. Even though my skin is oily, it’s still sensitive and very acne-prone, so using exfoliators that have grit in them can irritate my skin. This, however, foams to a lightweight consistency that makes it ideal to use on my face, as well as on my chest and back to get rid of any dead skin cells. The scent also reminds me of summertime in Brooklyn eating Lemon Italian Ices as a child. Oh, nostalgia!

3. Since I started working at Mario Badescu, I’ve learned that different parts of your face have different needs, which means that different parts of your face need help from different masks, a.k.a. multi-masking! A few times a week you will find me looking like a pastel leopard covered in spots, with the largest areas covered in the Super Collagen Mask. This mask works great for my T-zone area, as well as for plumping areas on my cheeks where I have some post-acne scars. It’s very hydrating on areas where acne products tend to overdry the skin, especially during the winter season. I love using this mask before I go out or when I’m home for the night to give my complexion a boost of moisture and Collagen. It’s never too early to incorporate anti-aging into my regimen.

4. Even with oily skin and eyelids, it’s never too early to add an eye cream to a beauty regimen. Ceramide Eye Gel is a great, lightweight alternative to a heavily emollient eye cream. I am very prone to getting milia, or small white bumps, around my eye area from using thick eye creams. This gel’s glide-on texture doesn’t tug the under-eye area and makes it ideal for year-round use that won’t slip under makeup. Due to its gel consistency, it can be stored in the fridge to give my under-eyes a pick-me-up when they look puffy, especially when it looks like I missed out on some ZzZzZzs.

5. The second sunshine and humidity go away, my hands become parched. Especially during East Coast winters, when there’s no humidity and constant washing to keep germs and bacteria at bay. Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E is my ultimate savior. Its whipped consistency makes it lightweight and non-greasy. I love having the classic jar laying close by on my desk, that won’t leave residue on my mouse or keyboard. I’m even more obsessed now that the hand cream is available in a tube! It’s ideal to place in a bag or leave in the car to hydrate my dry hands on the go.

by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: January Skincare

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

01.09.17 - Monthly Edit

New year, new you—isn’t that how the saying goes? 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.

These are the products we’re using to start off 2017 with our best face forward:

  • 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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by Kimberly Yang
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The Best Mask for Your Skin Type

01.03.17 - Masks Resolutions

If you’re not masking, you’re missing out. Think of masks as a mini facial-between-facials: they help target specific concerns (dullness, discoloration, aging, congestion, breakouts, etc.), keeping your skin in tip-top shape until you next visit to the salon.

How often should you mask you ask? Funny you inquire.

Mask twice a week.

Our aestheticians recommend up to three times a week depending on your skin type and concern(s). All you need is a mask (or multiple, if you want to give multi-masking a whirl), 10-20 minutes a pop, and a candle or two to light up. (Good vibes, always.)

Not sure where to start? Here’s a breakdown of which masks do what so you can find the best mask for your skin type:

CALM + SOOTHE: Azulene Calming Mask

CALM + NOURISH: Calma Mask


RE-BALANCE ACNE-PRONE SKIN: Healing & Soothing Mask

DE-SLICK + CONTROL: Special Mask for Oily Skin

DECONGEST + RE-BALANCE: Flower & Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + PURIFY: Orange Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + BRIGHTEN: Strawberry Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + DEEP CLEAN: Cucumber Tonic Mask

BRIGHTEN + REVITALIZE: Enzyme Revitalizing Mask


NOURISH + REVIVE: Rose Hips Mask

PLUMP + FIRM: Super Collagen Mask


TIGHTEN + LIFT: Temporary Lifting Mask

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by Nicole Darmanin
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Holiday Skin Saviors

Holiday season is hectic. To-do lists at home and at work become longer and social calendars become busier. To turn the pressure up just a little bit higher, this is not one of those occasions when you can hunker down and power through all that needs to be done because the holidays involve showing face.

That’s right, nestled between working late to tie up loose ends before the New Year, and taking advantage of your favorite retailer’s extended hours for late gift shopping sessions there are holiday parties. To get through this marathon of a season in one piece I’ve learned to take a few precautions to preserve my skin, sanity, and (most importantly) my holiday cheer—at the end of the day the holidays are supposed to be fun, right?

Sleep. Eat. Hydrate.

Life simply works better when the basics are attended to. Do whatever it takes, schedule in sleep, set phone reminders to finish your water bottle before lunch, and keep apples and almonds in your bag so that you’ve consumed more than that grande skim latte (extra shot of espresso, please!) before 3pm. Skin.

Craft a skin strategy that will keep your skin glowing from today straight through New Year’s Day!

Here’s what I’m using this year to keep my skin bright, hydrated, and ready for holiday party pics or any instagrammable moment that comes my way:

Mario Badescu SKin Care

Holiday Party Season Essentials

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub– The energizing mix of botanicals in this scrub makes me feel like I’m being extra kind to my tired skin. Use three times a week to keep winter skin flake-free and smooth.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask– During the holidays I go for an extra shot of espresso and an extra dose of brightening. I’ve been known to gift this mask to new parents, frequent flyers, and college students during finals. Its ability to unearth a glow from even the most tired, dull skin is unmatched.

Herbal Hydrating Serum– This is my trusty year round skin-saving hero! The thought of not having a fresh bottle of this tiny miracle worker at hand during the season where my schedule fluctuates between chaos and frenzy is unfathomable. It is my favorite thing for helping to ward off cold weather dehydration without causing breakouts.

Eye Makeup Remover Gel (non-oily)– The late nights and early mornings of the holiday season make it very tempting to skip important steps like removing eye makeup. I leave a bottle of eye makeup remover out in plain sight, right next to my toothbrush, to avoid any temptation to crash without removing every trace of mascara first. I’ll thank me in the morning.

What are your tricks for powering through the busiest season of the year?

by Nicole Darmanin
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MB Ultimate Gift Guide feat. Set Exclusives

Haven’t crossed everyone off your list? This gift guide includes our favorite holiday sets, including limited-time exclusives!

For your Best Friend

Mario Badescu Holiday Sets

Mario Face & Body

Mario Face & Body– This quad of Mario Badescu essentials is truly BFF-worthy. From our medicine cabinet must-have, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, to top-selling Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, this collection is a one-stop beauty stash revamp!

Available for a limited time exclusively at Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters.

For Your Mom

The Brightening Kit– After the uber busy holiday season tell mom it’s her time to glow! This collection of complexion-boosting favorites has everything mom will need to super-charge her skin care regimen.

Your Brother

Men’s Grooming Basics– Give the gift that says, “I love you, bro, but the days of you stealing my face wash are over.” Pry his hands off of your skin care with kindness by setting him up with everything he needs for independent skin care success!

Your Co-Worker

MArio Badescu Mask & Mist Duo

Mask & Mist Duo

Mask & Mist Duo– Cristin from creative? Check. Kari from sales? Check. This set includes an irresistible duo of products that your cube-mate, work wife, and even your office frienemy will love.

Available for a limited time exclusively at Urban Outfitters.

The Beauty Product Obsessive

The Multi-Mask Trio– Everyone has one (a few if you are lucky). You know, that friend who always has the perfect universal shade of red lipstick at the tip of their tongue and has a potion for every skin care problem in their stash, at all times. If you are still looking for a gift for the skin care scholar in your life, look no further. This kit will have them mixing and matching their own customized facial treatments just like the aestheticians in our New York City salon.

Available for a limited time exclusively at Nordstrom.