July 16, 2015
by Jill
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What’s The Big Deal With Hyaluronic Acid?

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Oh my, how we LOVE our Hyaluronic Acid. Seriously, guys, it doesn’t get much better than this—Hyaluronic Acid helps absorb moisture from the environment while preventing moisture loss in order to retain skin’s natural hydration levels. Which is probably why we have 5 products with this ingredient in the name, and endless others that include it.

EC_hyaluronHyaluronic Acid isn’t an exfoliating acid (like Alpha Hydroxy Acids, for example). It’s actually a naturally occurring polysaccharide, and one of the main things that keeps young skin looking plump and supple. The skin makes less and less of it as we age, and bad habits like poor diet and smoking help deplete it even faster.

Applying Hyaluronic Acid to the skin creates a temporary plumping effect, leaving the skin softer, smoother, and better hydrated. In other words: younger-looking. If you’d like to use this in your skin care regimen, check out this all-time MB fan favorite, the #holygrail of lightweight eye creams: the Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

July 15, 2015
by Jill
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What’s Clogging Up Your Pores?


We don’t like it any more than you do.

The answer to this question is pretty simple: your pores get clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. When a lot of oil and skin cells clog up the pores regularly, they become stretched and appear larger. This is one reason that those of us with oily skin have larger pores, whereas drier-skinned folks sometimes appear poreless.

Blackheads occur when a mass of sebum and skin cells hardens and builds up in the pores; they turn dark when this mass is exposed to oxygen and oxidation occurs.

You can see why pore strips wouldn’t be very effective at unclogging pores. They operate on the principle that blackheads are solid in nature—like hairs that can be pulled out of the skin. Really what you need is something that will soak up excess oil and keep the skin’s oil production balanced.

If you’re interested in treating or preventing blackheads and clogged pores, we use our Silver Powder for just this purpose. It includes Kaolin, a natural clay that soaks up oil, helping to eliminate excess production.

You apply it with a wet cotton ball to the areas that most often experience blackheads (like your nose or chin), wait about 10 minutes, and then remove it with your toner (or water; toner works better, though). We don’t really recommend that you use it all over your face– unless, of course, you’re experiencing clogged pores and blackheads all over.

clogged poresSee what everyone is saying about it:

Janet A.
This product is amazing. I have never seen something work so well and so fast! It is very easy to apply and remove. It minimizes pores, the appearance of blackheads and such ups excess oil without over drying. AND its a great price and lasts a long time!

Angela C.
I, like many other reviewers, have oily skin with large poors and a great deal of congestion on my nose and chin. The Silver Powder is truly amazing. After the first application I couldn’t believe how clear my skn was. It is my absolute favorite of the Mario products.

Courtney D.
A saleswoman recommended this product to me, and she was practically jumping up and down with excitement tell me how great it was. I went home and used it, and when I wiped the product off my skin looked AMAZING. I generally have a ton of blackheads on my nose but they were all gone, and my skin looks and feels smooth and even, and isn’t oily at all usually within an hour or two of washing my face, my skin gets oily gross. It’s seriously amazing.

Erin L.
I have large, clogged pores on my nose and T-Zone in general for as long as I can remember. I know, it is as terrible as it sounds. No matter how many facials or products I would use nothing would unclog my pores. In ONE ten minute application of this product there was an UNBELIEVABLE difference. My nose looks clear. Doesn’t dry skin at all. I can’t recommend this product highly enough. IT IS WONDERFUL!!



July 14, 2015
by Jill
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Overcoming Pregnancy Melasma

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pregnancy melasmaAm I imagining it, or is EVERYBODY suddenly having a baby? I love all my new-mom friends, and it’s been beyond fascinating to see the women I knew as elementary-school girls go through pregnancy. It’s crazy!

I’ve had three new moms in the past month ask me about the same thing: melasma. Pregnancy hormones escalate sun damage in the skin, causing (temporary) skin discoloration, which is sometimes called the ‘mask of pregnancy.’ One of my girlfriends has brand-new dark patches, while another has experienced the worsening of existing sun spots.

If you’d like to make this pregnancy-related hyperpigmentation fade faster, try these crucial skin-brightening ingredients: Vitamin C and Kojic Acid. Our recommendations? Vitamin C Serum and the Whitening Mask (with Kojic Acid) for Pregnancy Melasma.

July 10, 2015
by Jill
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How To Scrub Your Face Without Scrubbing Too Hard

scrub your faceIt’s super-important to be gentle with your skin. Exfoliation is a tricky thing, then— you need to remove the top layer of dead skin cells without irritating the healthy layers of skin beneath. We’re always advocates for gentle exfoliation, using non-abrasive, natural exfoliants like bits of real seaweed, strawberry seeds, and cornmeal.

scrub your faceThese days, we’re over-the-moon excited about our new Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Here’s what top beauty blogger Maree Sye (of A Little Bit Etc. fame) had to say on her blog about its texture:

“The texture really surprised me because I thought it was going to be a bit chunkier and grainier (which I am not always a fan of), and it turned out to be the complete opposite. While there are small granular particles, it is so finely ground into a jelly-like base that it feels different than many of my other face scrubs. I only need a pea-sized amount to cover my entire face, and after my skin looks radiant and fresh. After playing around with it for the past few weeks, I enjoy using it in the morning because it gives me the most amazing glow and any makeup I apply after goes on seamlessly.”

Read her full review, here! 

July 10, 2015
by Jill
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A Trick For Perfect Makeup Application

perfect makeupForget finding the perfect foundation— excellent skin care is the real secret behind amazing makeup application. Whether you’re contouring. strobing, or just doing a  quick five-minute routine, the real foundation of your makeup should be what you do before applying it.

perfect  makeupCleanse, tone, and moisturize <– everything starts here. Also using a serum? Apply it before your moisturizer and give it a minute or so to sink in. Once you’ve applied moisturizer, gently pat a small amount of eye cream around your peepers. You want them to look as youthful as possible, right?

Give everything a moment or two to sink in.

Now, you can get started applying makeup. If you’re using a primer, it comes next in the order of operations.

Once you’re all done with your perfect makeup application, gently mist your makeup application with the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! It’s our little secret for looking dewy, fresh, and perfect.