May 23, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Ingredient Spotlight: Peppermint Extract

Peppermint does more than freshen your breath.

mario badescu peppermint extact skin care benefits

We love peppermint. We love it in our toothpaste, in our favorite Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints for the win!), and of course, in our nightly tea.

Turns out we love it Peppermint Extract our skincare, too. Here’s why:

  • Peppermint Extract is best known for its ability to help calm and relieve stress. Aromatherapy benefits make any Peppermint-infused product a pleasure to use—especially after a long, trying day.
  • Peppermint also boasts revitalizing properties that helps give skin a pick-me-up. Need an instant boost? Look for Peppermint Extract in the ingredient labels when you’re on the prowl for products. Our Hydrating Hand Cream is a favorite for that very reason—you get the lightweight hydration you need, with a refreshing kick that leaves tired hands feeling revived.
  • There’s that soothing, cooling effect—thanks to its menthol content—we all know and love. If you’re looking to upgrade your shaving cream for something different, give our Peppermint Shaving Cream a spin. It’s guaranteed to leave your skin feeling fresh.
  • It’s rich in nutrients. Peppermint leaves contain antioxidants Vitamin A and C, B vitamins, riboflavin, and folate to help brighten, soften, and tone the complexion.

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May 17, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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The Makeup Show NYC Sold-Out List

Every May, during The Makeup Show NYC, beauty pros from the East Coast and beyond converge upon The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City to shop for the products that will stock their kits for the next year.

Mario Badescu at The Makeup Show New York City

Moments before the doors opened, fully stocked.

Who doesn’t love a good peek into a stylish friend’s beauty stash? Out of all of the collections I’ve had the opportunity to see, my very favorite ones always belong to my makeup artist friends. You see, real estate in a makeup artist’s kit is valuable, so I know that whichever products make the cut are the best of the best!

With that in mind, I thought I’d share our out-of-stock list from The Makeup Show NYC 2016. These are the pro-favorites that flew off of our shelves and straight into the kits and set bags of our favorite makeup artists:

1.    Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. Whether they mist it onto clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration, or after makeup as a final radiance-enhancing step. Pros can’t get enough of this versatile MB must-have.
2.    Honey Moisturizer. Skin-softening Honey makes this mid-weight moisturizer perfect for prepping skin for makeup.
3.    Summer Shine Body Lotion. Highlight isn’t just for your cheekbones! This silky body lotion applies smoothly and imparts a subtle gold glow to legs, collarbones, and any other place you’d like to show off.
4.    Hyaluronic Eye Cream. Pros love this eye cream’s ability to thoroughly hydrate while still being light enough to apply concealer right on top.
5.    Aloe Vera Toner. This toner was designed to be used on dry, sensitive, delicate skin types. Makeup artists love it because the mild formula can be used to gently freshen anyone’s skin without irritation.

So, which pro favorites will you be adding to your beauty musts? Are any of these in your medicine cabinet?

May 13, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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#MBTravels: Houston, Texas

I like to think of myself as quite the domestic traveler. From Portland, Oregon to The French Quarter in Louisiana, and from Mackinac Island, Michigan to Quartzite, Arizona—I’ve been there. But somehow, Texas has evaded me . . . until now.

My mission (I chose to accept it): Pack your bags and head to Houston for 72 hours to spend quality time with our amazing retailers (I’m looking at you, Saks at The Galleria, Kuhl-Lindstrom, Blue Mercury Rice Village and Blue Mercury Woodway!) While you’re there, explore the city and make sure to post stories to @mariobadescu’s SnapChat and take pics for Instagram along the way.

Kuhl-Lindstrom Houston Texas

Are you following our adventures on Snapchat?

Aye, Aye Captain(s)! Off I went to pack my bags. (oh, and speaking of bags, Kim hasn’t converted me to team carry-on just yet—though her minimalism does inspire.) My travel regimen hasn’t changed much since I visited Los Angeles in March, but I did pack a few special things in anticipation of Houston’s warm, humid weather.

Apricot Super Rich Body Lotion– I’m a firm believer that skin care is just as important from the neck down as it is for your face. This is a travel favorite for two reasons: first, it is the perfect weight to keep skin soft even in warm weather and second the delicious apricot scent lingers with perfect subtlety, allowing me forego traditional fragrance altogether.

Herbal Hydrating Serum– This weightless water-based hydrator is like a drink of water for the skin. The truth is, this is one of my year-round staples, but when travelling to warmer climates it becomes indispensable.

Rose Hips Mask– One tends to become very aware of the affect that recycled airplane skin has on the skin when one must stand up in front of a room of people and talk skin care. This mask helps me save face (literally!) by gently refining and restoring my tired, slightly dehydrated post-travel skin.

What’s that? How was Houston, you ask? So fun! I met lots of friendly people, went shopping at The Galleria, ate tacos at CityCentre, and strolled around The Museum District. Mission definitely accomplished!

May 10, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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We’ve Teamed up with Clarisonic

Introducing Clarisonic’s Mia 2 Mario Badescu Skin Favorites Set! Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? We’ve pretty much formed a skin care supergroup.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Mario Badescu Ulta Set

Mia 2 Mario Badescu Favorites Set

We love hearing how much you love using Mario Badescu cleansers with your Clarisonic Cleansing Brush! Over the years, you’ve shared which MB products you pair with your brush for best results—so you can only imagine how excited we are to tell you all about a limited edition set featuring Clarisonic’s Mia 2 with three of our most popular complexion boosters.

Mia 2 Mario Badescu Skin Favorites Set includes:

Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush: Is clinically proven to cleanse skin 6x better than using hands alone, allowing for improved absorption of serums and moisturizers. Clarisonic devices gently oscillate—not rotate, which can be harsh to the skin—over 300 times per second.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel: Our best-selling daily wash thoroughly cleanses without overdrying. It is formulated with Grapefruit and Papaya Extracts to gently brighten and leave skin feeling refreshed.

Vitamin C Serum: Use this serum every other evening. Vitamin C works to repair and brighten skin by destroying free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid helps to maintain skin’s moisture balance.

A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer: A spring/summer favorite! This lightweight moisturizer combines brightening Lemon Extract with soothing Aloe Vera to soften and gently revitalize skin.

Just as with most iconic supergroups, this one won’t last forever. Pick up your Mia 2 Mario Badescu Skin Favorites Set at Ulta or on Ulta.com before supplies run out.

May 8, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Skin Care Picks from our Favorite Moms

On this Mother’s Day, I thought I’d ask a group of my very favorite moms to share their can’t-live-without products. Where does one find such a group? Well, I didn’t have to go far. I get to work with them every day.

Mom's favorite products

Mom must-haves!

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! When it comes to moms, I will forever feel like I won some kind of life-lottery simply by being born to my smart, resourceful, boundlessly kind, and wickedly funny mother. And if you take into account the group of talented, hardworking moms (and one mom-to-be!) who I get to work with here at Mario Badescu, I’ve pretty much struck gold twice!

Here are their favorites:

Raimey Van Nostrand, Creative Director

Mom to: Emily, 11 & Henry, 9

“I love taking a little time out for a mask after a long, hectic day. Whether I am multi-masking with Enzyme Revitalizing Mask and Drying Mask or I have a full face of Whitening Mask on (smells so good!), that 10 minutes of me-time is wonderful.”

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask Drying Mask Whitening mask

Raimey’s mask trio

 

Kelly Timov, National Sales Director

Mom to: Milana, 15 months

“My favorite Mario go-to has to be the Glycolic Eye Cream. I use it every night to help my tired eyes look bright and hydrated. No one would know I’ve only slept 5 hours!”

Glycolic Eye Cream

Kelly’s non-negotiable eye cream

 

Marci Teran, Wholesale Account Director

Mom to: Skyler, 20

“My all day, everyday go-to is the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It’s a great pick-me-up throughout the day when feeling sluggish and a great way to set makeup. Now if only my 20-year-old would keep her hands off my bottle!!”

 

Danielle Kulick, Regulatory Specialist

Mom to: Devyn, 7 & Dylan, 3

“As a busy mom on-the-go, I want to look fresh and bright, despite how tired or worn down I actually feel. I ALWAYS have Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater in my bag for the pick me up I so often need. I treat myself to Vitamin C Serum several times a week to keep my skin bright and glowing.”

 

Melissa Hegazy, Digital Advertising

Mom-to-be to: “I have not picked out names just yet, but I’m expecting a little boy and girl to make their debut in August 2016.”

“I love the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. I use it religiously because my skin is now more sensitive to the sun and I want to prevent any sun damage. It doesn’t make me break out or clog my pores and best of all it doesn’t leave my skin greasy like many moisturizers with SPF do. It gives me the perfect amount of moisture I need all day along with the protection I need. I love it!”

Mickey Dias, National Field Director

Mom to: Livy, 2 & Rui, 5 months

Cellufirm Drops are my absolute cannot-live-with-out product! This little green baby is a must have for all mamas. They give me that firm, healthy, ‘kids sleep through the night’ look to my skin ;)”