by Nicole Darmanin

#MBmy5: Allie

Today we’re talking to Mario Badescu SoCal Account Executive, aka our favorite LA lady, Allie Schulps.

If you pick up your Buffering Lotion in Brea, masks in Manhattan Beach, or Cucumber Cleansing Lotion in Culver City, you are on Allie’s turf. Since the temperatures are nice and warm now, we thought Allie would be the perfect subject for our latest installment of #MarioMy5, our blog series in which we ask MB staffers to whittle down their favorites from the line to just five essentials.

Here at MB HQ Allie is known for her can-do attitude, wide smile, and irreverent sense of humor. Not to mention that every frigid East Coast winter we find it nearly impossible to resist living vicariously through Allie with her surf (literally. She’s a surf mom!) and sun lifestyle as we are shoveling ourselves out of the snow and trying not to slip on ice.

Allie's favorite five products

Allie’s 5

Here are Allie’s five in her own words:

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion: Between the traffic and June Gloom here in LA I need a little brightening up in my day. One of my fave MB toners is our Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing lotion. I use it morning and night! It brightens and hydrates.

Vitamin C Serum: Afterward I use another gem of a brightener our AMAZING Vitamin C Serum.

Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15: To be topped off with a daily usage of Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15. It’s light, hydrating, and helps keep the sun’s rays at bay.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask: When my skin is getting a bit dehydrated and lifeless, I bring it back with the ever so yummy Enzyme Revitalizing Mask. It adds hydration and the glow I need.

Glycolic Eye Cream: For a nice dewy look around the “old” eye area I warm up some of our Glycolic Eye Cream.

#MBSkinTip: a great sleeping eye cream for the side sleeper. Keeps the eyes supple and hydrated while you’re tossing and turning.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: Last but not least, the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, what can I say . . . super gentle, exfoliates just enough, and keeps skin hydrated with the Coconut Extract.

Do you and Allie share any of the same favorites?

by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: August 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.

mario badescu monthly edit august skincare essentials

How is it August already? Time flies when you’re having fun or whatever, but seriously—where did summer go?

We’re still milking the concept of glowing, summer skin for as long as we can (it’s pretty much the mantra at MB HQ year-round). To help keep skin radiant but also ease it into fall, here are the August skincare essentials we’re keeping on rotation:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. When in doubt, go green. This is the staple face wash for all skin types, year round—making it perfect to use in August when days are still blazing but nights are feeling more like fall. Refreshing alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes gently exfoliate away dulling dead skin cells to help rejuvenate your complexion with every cleanse.
  • Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. Our skin has finally acclimated to the crazy hot weather, so we’re swapping out Special Cucumber Lotion for the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This astringent still helps get rid of T-zone shine, but it’s a gentler option for combination/oily skin that’s relatively skin, but could use the extra boost.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Last month was all about the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, but this month we’re onto the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Sometimes it’s just nice to switching things up a bit so you (and your skin) get a breath of fresh air.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. We don’t just use it on our face—we love using it on our bodies too. Once or twice a week, we’ll cleanse our arms, back, and legs (where skin is prone to bumpiness or congestion) to help keep skin looking clear and smooth. The shorts may be going away soon, but head-to-toe glow is still our number one priority.
  • Formula 200 Body Lotion. Morning shower-ers (or impatient moisturizer-ers), rejoice. This is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that gets the job done. Simply apply post shower and you could get dressed without feeling sticky—immediately.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. Here’s an #MBSkinTip: We stash a bottle in our car so we’re reminded to (1) moisturize and (2) protect our hands before we start driving. It’s a facial moisturizer—but because of it’s oil-free formula, we love using it as a sunscreen-and-hand-cream 2-in-1 to help prevent incidental sun damage.

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by Nicole Darmanin

The Best Sunscreen for Your Type

Unless you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, you know that using sunscreen daily is imperative.

Like exercise and drinking water, applying sunscreen is a simple practice that yields huge dividends and is also somehow so easy to neglect. We’re hoping this will motivate you to find your perfect sunscreen, just like how seeing our super-fit friend’s Instagram post of her smiling as she crosses the finish line of her latest 10k motivates us to lace up and go for a run after a two (ok, three) week hiatus.

Why is sunscreen so important?

In addition to shielding your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, sunscreen helps to prevent the signs of premature aging including loss of elasticity, discoloration, lines, and wrinkles. Mortality and vanity—do any other motivators even exist?

Sunscreen SPF foryour skin type

Which sunscreen is right for you?

So let’s get into it, shall we? The following 2-in-1 formulas provide moisture and sun protection to keep skin happy through the summer months and beyond!

Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15

Best for those who are combo/oily and/or acne-prone. This moisturizer softens and protects sans oil and with soothing Aloe.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

This formula is great for combo/oily and/or acne-prone skin especially of you burn easily or if you are spending time outdoors. This is really a 3-in-1 since the Green Tea in the formula gives this moisturizer an antioxidant boost!

Collagen Moisturizer SPF15

Perfect for those who are combo dry and fighting the signs of aging. Collagen binds to moisture to smooth fine lines.

Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF15

Combo dry and dry skin types love how this moisturizer leaves skin protected and feeling balanced without being heavy. Hyaluronic Acid binds to moisture helping to restore a youthful, supple feel.

Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E SPF 20

Dry, sensitive skin will love this ultra-comforting, moisture-intense formula. SPF 20 helps protect delicate skin and a combination of antioxidant Vitamin E and skin-conditioning Sesame Seed Oil work to repair and soften moisture depleted skin.

Which of these moisture + sunscreen formulas is your perfect match?

by Kimberly Yang

Travel Skincare Diary: From Pre-Flight to Puerto Rico

I take my pre-flight skincare ritual very, very seriously. Here’s how I keep my skin clear and glowing no matter how early the flight or hot the climate.

MBTravels Travel Skincare Diary Puerto Rico Clear Skin


8:00 p.m.

I have a 6 a.m. flight tomorrow—which means I should be packed, relaxed, and ready to go. But (spoiler alert!) I’m not: which means I’m scrambling, stressing, and so not ready.

In a concerted effort to lower cortisol levels and prevent a pesky pimple from popping up right before vacation, I hop in the shower. Cleanse, of course, then exfoliate from head to toe. Marinate my limbs in Super Rich Olive Body Lotion and make a mental note to decant some Summer Shine Body Lotion (I’m going to Puerto Rico, after all). Slap on Enzyme Revitalizing Mask, because, Puerto Rico.

And the packing begins.


3:30 a.m.

I’m not a morning person. But I’m a responsible adult who’s dutifully committed to her pre-flight skincare routine, so after silencing five alarms, I force myself out of bed and into the bathroom.

On travel days, I swap my usual gel cleanser for a creamy one. Cabin air is extremely dehydrating, so the goal is to maintain as much moisture and dew factor as possible. Seaweed Cleansing Soap is the usual go-to. It smells divine—like the beach—and though that plus would’ve been a defining factor in my youth as a measure of a ‘good’ product, I’m now a hair wiser. I give my skin a generous misting of Facial Spray, apply a few drops of Vitamin C Serum, then layer Seaweed Night Cream on top. Stick with me here: yes, it’s morning, but I’m off-roading here for the sake of maintaining a glow from boarding to landing. It’s oil-free (which is perfect for the oily-skinned or breakout-prone) but still rich enough to keep me dewy for the next few hours.

No makeup for me, just another liberal misting for good measure. I guzzle a liter or so of water before heading out the door.

6:10 a.m.

Delayed boarding, what else is new? My brother (did I mention this was a family vacation? Well, it is.) gives me major side-eye as I wipe down both our seats and tray tables… so I make a mental note to keep on the in-flight skincare regimen to a bare minimum. Luckily for him, my untraditional moisturizer method keeps my skin happy and I’m too enthralled by Beauty and the Beast to check on my skin.

8:30 a.m.

The furniture and cutlery are fighting the townspeople now! (Still on Beauty and the Beast). I’ve asked for water at least four times since the snack carts started rolling, so the flight attendant just hands me a whole water bottle.

Good skincare is half the battle when it comes to keeping skin in tip-top shape when traveling. The other? Staying hydrated.

1:30 p.m.

Hellooo, San Juan! Though you’re a grey for my liking, I love you and your palm trees. What I don’t love, though, is having to wait for my room because I all I want need to do post-flight is shower and wash my face.

So while my skincare sits in my suitcase, which is held hostage at concierge, my mom, dad, brother, and I wander the streets of Puerto Rico in search of food. Which is easy—restaurants line the streets of the Condado Plaza.

5:10 p.m.

We have our room keys—allelujah! I practically wrangle my carry-on out of the bellhop’s hands and sprint to the elevator. I’ve been marinating in sweat and sweats (my airplane outfit of choice) for past few hours and all I want is to swap it all for a sarong and sandals.

5:30 p.m.

You know when you just know when your skin is about to break out? (I blame the crazy blast of heat and humidity coupled with annoyance at having to wait ‘til now for our rooms.)

Reach for Drying Mask and don’t look back. I even get my brother to mask with me. So, as we sit, mask, and refresh before dinner, I unpack and line up my Mario minis along the bathroom counter. Facial Spray goes into the fridge, of course.


7:30 a.m.

Not a pimple in sight on me or the brother—and we went in on the mofongo and tostones at dinner last night.

Moral of the story? Always travel with Drying Mask, just in case.


by Kimberly Yang

How to Get Your Body Beach Ready

How to Get Your Body Beach Ready

  1. Have a body.
  2. Start fresh. Give your shower a summer makeover. If you’ve been using the Azulene Body Soap all year long and now crave a seasonal pick-me-up, try our A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap or Citrus Body Cleanser. Both are infused with rejuvenating fruit extracts that leave you feeling exceptionally clean and refreshed.
  3. Get toned. Come summer, your neck, back, and chest may be prone to the occasional breakout. To help combat congestion and keep your skin looking clear, tone those trouble spots on your body with Special Cleansing Lotion “O.”
  4. Shed the old. Literally and figuratively. For brighter, smoother, and softer skin from head to toe, exfoliate one to three times a week. (Botanical Exfoliating Scrub is double-duty: use it on your face and body, too!). If you’re experiencing bumpiness or breakouts on your body, skip the granular scrub and opt for Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (one to three times a week) on those areas instead.
  5. Shave if you want. Or don’t; it’s not prescriptive. If you’re in the mood, stock your shower with a jar of Pre-Shave Conditioner and Shaving Cream to help give you a closer, smoother shave.
  6. Definitely indulge though. Can’t make it to the beach? No problem. Seaweed Bubble Bath & Shower Gel is a staycation essential that smells divine. Whether you use it as a shower gel for a 5-minute quickie or for a TLC bath, it’ll bring the beach to you. Whenever, wherever.
  7. Stay hydrated. Inside and out—but since we’re talking skin, let’s stick with your must-have body moisturizers. Post-sun and shower, you want to make sure your rehydrate your skin. Opt for Vitamin E Body Lotion for lightweight hydration that let’s you slap it on and go, but if you’re after a moisture-intensive treatment, reach for Super Rich Olive Body Lotion.
  8. Equally as important: stay safe. Which means SPF from head to toe. Be sure to apply 15-20 minutes before heading out and re-apply often. Don’t forget your hands and feet—Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 works well on-the-go for those areas.
  9. Fake it ‘til you make it. No tan, no problem. Try a gradual self-tanner or recreate a sun-kissed glow with Summer Shine Body Lotion. Emphasize and rock what you got.
  10. Take that body to the beach. Glow on.

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