September 20, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Best Facial Cleanser for your Skin Type

When you think about it, facial cleanser is the foundation of your skin care regimen. Skin that is properly cleansed is primed and ready to receive the benefits of the rest of your daily skin routine, and choosing the right facial cleanser can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall condition of your skin.

Which Cleanser is right for your skin type

Which is right for your type?

I  know. With all of the options available deciding on a cleanser can seem a bit daunting so I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a cheat sheet! Here is a roundup of my favorite facial cleansers and the skin types that love them:

 

Acne Facial Cleanser– Skin types prone to congestion and breakouts will love this non-foaming gel-based cleanser. The gentle, yet effective, formula employs Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract to banish blemishes along with Aloe Vera and Chamomile to keep skin calm.

 

Good for Combo/Oily skin types

Best for Combo/Oily skin types

Try pairing it with Special Cleansing Lotion C

 

Enzyme Cleansing Gel– This non-foaming gel cleanser is wildly popular and consistently tops our list of best-sellers. Skin will feel equally clean and refreshed. I’ve even heard that this cleanser—and knowing that there is a carafe of cold brew in the fridge—is enough to get certain MB staffers out of bed in the morning.

 

Good for all skin types

Best for combination and oily skin types

Try pairing it with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion or Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

 

Seaweed Cleansing Soap– Do you feel like your skin is hard to please? Do oily skin cleansers make you feel dry, and mild cleansers lead to breakouts and congestion? This non-foaming cleanser is my favorite for what I’ve dubbed “tricky skin”. It thoroughly cleanses, rinses clean, and is somehow still gentle enough to leave skin feeling soft and not taut.

 

Good for all skin types

Best for Combo/Oily & Combo/dry skin types

Try pairing it with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

 

Cucumber Cream Soap– Anyone who has dry and/or sensitive skin understands how using the wrong facial cleanser can seriously throw your skin off balance. This non-foaming cleanser gently cleanses without stripping skin of essential moisture. #MBSkinTip: If you wear makeup, use a remover prior to cleansing with an ultra-mild cleanser.

 

Good for all skin types

Best for dry skin

Try removing makeup prior to cleansing with Cucumber Makeup Remover Cream and toning with Aloe Vera Toner

 

Cleansing Milk with Carnation and Rice Oil– Some skin is so dry and sensitive that even cleansing with a gentle rinse-off cleanser is irritating. For those with ultra-sensitive skin this oil-based milk cleanser is a must. It will completely dissolve makeup and impurities so that they can be wiped away with a soft cotton pad. This cleanser is also great for those with dry skin types who would like to remove makeup and cleanse in one step.

 

Good for dry, sensitive skin

Best for dry, sensitive skin

Try pairing with Chamomile Cleansing Lotion

 

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– You skin will be next-level clean with this supplemental, foaming, gel cleanser. Glycolic Acid works to gently dissolve dulling, pore-clogging dead skin cells and other impurities from the surface of the skin making this the perfect regimen booster. Use 1-2 times a week for Dry and Combo/Dry skin and 2-3 times a week for Combo/Oily and Oily skin types.

Good for all skin types

Best for all skin types

Pairs well with any toner that suits your skin type!

 

Is your current cleanser right for your type?

September 12, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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5 Tips: Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is easily one of the most sought after products in the line. Not only is it a favorite of our amazing loyal customers (hi!), but it has also earned space in the skin care collections of our favorite bloggers, YouTube beauty gurus, celebrities, and makeup artists. Even with all of the popularity that this item has gained, we are frequently asked how the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater should be used.

MBTravels Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Coney Island Brooklyn

Misting by the sea shore!

We totally get it, it hydrates, but isn’t a moisturizer, it tones, but isn’t a toner. So, how exactly do you use it? The answer to this question is that there are many ways to use our Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, and everyone that we know has their own favorite use. What most people agree on is that the more you use it, the better, because every use makes us feel refreshed and ready-to-go!

Here are five of our favorite ways to use Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater:

#1 Boost hydration by misting evenly to cleansed, toned skin. Follow with your daily moisturizer or night cream.

#2 Mist Facial Spray as a final step after makeup application to give your makeup a natural dewy finish.

#3 Need a midday beauty reboot? Keep a bottle of Facial Spray handy to refresh your face and your mood!

#4 Use to moisten makeup brushes, sponges, or your Beauty Blender.

#5 Give your at-home facial a botanical boost! Liberally mist skin with Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater before applying your mask. Once your mask has set and is ready to be removed, mist

the face one more time. This will soften the mask in preparation for removal to help avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on skin.

 

September 6, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Back-To-School Basics

Whether you’re headed back to school or just want a fresh start for the new season, clear out your medicine cabinet so you can get rid of the old, empty, and used. After all, September (a.k.a. Back-To-School) is all about returning to the basics. The goal isn’t to stir things up—we know seasonal changes and new beginnings can be stressful—it’s to go back to the tried-and-true favorites we trust. The result? You’re able to help your skin maintain balance and achieve healthier, clearer-looking skin.

To help you put your best face forward no matter what, keep these back-to-school basics in your skincare stash:

Mario Badescu Back to School Beauty BasicsEnzyme Cleansing Gel 

Perfect for all skin types, this refreshing face wash is infused with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and natural fruit enzymes (found in Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts) to provide effective—but gentle—exfoliation. Dulling dead skin cells and pore-clogging oils are removed from the surface to ensure that your complexion looks and feels rejuvenated.

#MBSkinTip: Leave the cleanser on your skin for an extra minute or so to allow more time for the AHAs to work their magic. Then, massage the gel into your face once more before rinsing well with warm water.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 

This cult-favorite facial mist is a must-have—so much so that we keep one at home and one in our backpack. To help wake up tired skin and boost hydration during those early mornings, we love a good spritz before we apply our moisturizer and after makeup application.

You can also revive dull or oily skin throughout the day—simply mist your face whenever, wherever.

#MBSkinTip: Keep one in your gym locker to help refresh your hair, face, and body.

Drying Lotion

Pesky problems seem to pop up when you least expect them to—or right before Picture Day (or a big meeting). Our solution? Nip it in the bud while you sleep. Simply dip a clean cotton swab into the pink sediment, dab the product directly on any surface blemishes, and go to sleep.

It’s that simple.

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September 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: September 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.

september skincare back to school

There are two types of people in this world: (1) Those who believe in the magic of the New Year, and (2) those who view September as the start of something new. Back-to-school may end after your mid- to late 20s, but for some of us (myself included) who can’t undo years of conditioning, it’s a sentiment that never dies.

September is more than just finding the best deal on school supplies: it’s a time to start over. We spruce up our notebooks and reinvent our wardrobes to put our best face forward for the new season—why not do the same for your skin?

The goal this month is to clear out the old and make room for the tried-and-true. Keep things simple by going back to the basics; this is not the time to be fussing around with new products. (If, however, you’re feeling adventurous, make sure you keep a bottle of Drying Lotion and Azulene Calming Mask on hand to get rid of problem spots and re-balance skin fast.)

Here’s what’s on our back-to-school/September roster:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s the go-to face wash for all skin types. Whether you’re slightly dry, on the oily side, or smack-in-the-middle normal, our Enzyme Cleansing Gel is just what you need to help refresh and brighten skin. Fruit enzymes and exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids help rid the skin of dulling dead skin cells and pore-clogging oil—leaving your complexion feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world (or, your first day of school).

Remember: no matter how stressful your school days get, never, never go to bed without washing your face!

  • Aloe Vera Toner. When you’re under pressure at school and work, your skin might freak—so to help keep your complexion in check, we suggest using a super gentle toner like this one. As its name suggests, our Aloe Vera Toner features Aloe to lightly hydrate while delivering soothing benefits to the skin.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Revitalizing ingredients like Ginger, Ginkgo, Green Tea, and Coconut help invigorate lackluster skin and wake up tired skin. The star of the show, however, are the finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds that gently buff away dead skin to reveal a brighter and more even-toned complexion.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. It’s creamy yet oil-free; hydrating, never greasy; and antioxidant-rich (thanks to its Green Tea content!). What more could you want from a moisturizer?
  • Azulene Calming Mask. Specially formulated to help comfort skin, our Azulene Calming Mask is a must-have of makeup artists and aestheticians worldwide. Keep a jar in your medicine cabinet in case your complexion needs a soothing boost to de-stress and re-boot.
  • Flower & Tonic Mask. Be sure to deep clean at least once a week, too. This gentle clay mask helps purify pores and draw out impurities without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight. For best results, exfoliate first!
  • Drying Lotion. You never know when a pesky problem might pop up—and you and I both know they love to sneak up on us the night before a big day. Luckily for you, you’ve got your overnight solution right here.
  • Buffering Lotion. For those large, under-the-surface bumps that never seem to go away, don’t fret (and definitely don’t try to poke, prod, or pop). Our Buffering Lotion features gentle ingredients that work to help clarify skin and reduce the size of existing blemishes—making it a must-have for troubled skin.

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August 25, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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5 Signs You Need to Deep Clean Your Medicine Cabinet, NOW

5 Signs You Need To Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

  1. You have empty bottles of Glycolic Acid Toner taking up prime real estate. We know you love your toner, but unless you’re a beauty YouTuber racking up used products for an “empties video,” those bottles need to go. You deserve a fresh one!
  1. That pack of face wipes is all dried up. You know you should not be using those as a sole cleansing method, right? (Face wash and eye makeup removers are non-negotiable in every cleansing regimen!) Toss out those wipes, make a pact to never buy them again, and replace an Enzyme Cleansing Gel in its spot.
  1. Your mask is all dried up too, which can mean one of two things: (1) you didn’t like that mask much and still kept it for whatever reason, or (2) you barely reached for it. Masks are supposed to be used regularly—2 time a week—and thus are meant to last a year max. If you’re not sure what kind of mask you should be using, take this skin analysis to get a recommendation from a skincare specialist. And remember: mask often to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
  1. You’re not quite sure what that jar used to be. If the label’s grubby or all worn off, TOSS it. Expired or bacteria-infested profits from being kept too long or stored improperly are no joke. Better to be safe than sorry.
  1. Your cotton swabs are looking a little dusty. Don’t think twice; kick ’em to the curb. Chances are, you’re using them for to dot on your Drying Lotion, and the last thing you want to do is have a whole bunch of germs and dirt further clogging up that pesky spot. Storing your Q-Tips in that mini Diptyque candle may be cute when you #doitforthegram, but it’s not the most sanitary way to do it. If you still want something cute but practical, look for an apothecary jar with a lid.

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