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.

by Kimberly Yang
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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Let the gifting begin.

MArio Badescu Mask & Mist Duo


For Mom / Mother-In-Law:

Peptide Renewal Cream + Peptide Renewal Serum + Caviar Night Cream + Super Collagen Mask + cashmere sweater

For Your Aunt:

Mario Face & Body + cashmere scarf

For Your Girlfriend / Wife:

Weekend getaway for two + cashmere blanket + toiletries bag + The Regimen Kit (Combo/Dry, Combo/Oily, Brightening)

For Your Best Friend:

Mario Mask & Mist + plush bathrobe

For Your Sister(s):

Facial Spray (4oz) + Grab & Go Kit + book

For Your Teen Sister / Cousin:

Drying Lotion and/or Facial Spray

For Your Co-Worker:

Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E + Super Rich Olive Body Lotion

Mario Badescu Men's Gift Idea


For Dad / Father-In-Law:

The Executive Collection for Men + gift set featuring is favorite liquor

For Your Uncle:

Men’s Grooming Basics

For Your Boyfriend / Husband:

Weekend getaway for two + dopp bag + The Shaving Kit

For Your Best Friend:

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Enzyme Cleansing Gel + Pre-Shave Conditioner + Peppermint Shaving Cream

For Your Brother(s):

The Shaving Kit

For Your Teen Brother / Cousin:

Drying Lotion + video game 

For Your Co-Worker:

Hydrating Hand Cream

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: December 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.

december skincare essentials monthly edit

‘Tis the season. Where there are chestnuts roasting by an open fire and last minute gift shopping, there’s dry, stressed out skin…which is where our December skincare edit comes into play. The secret to a glowing complexion—yes, even in the dead of winter—is in the products you pick. Nourish and protect your skin from harsh winter weather and intense heating systems, and you’ll look effortlessly dewy at every holiday party.

Here’s what’s in our medicine cabinet this month:

Orange Cleansing Soap. This is a creamy, AHA-infused face wash that delivers mild exfoliation without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion. Let this be your twice-daily, post-cleanse go-to. This revitalizing, alcohol-free toner helps perk up dull skin, soften the look of fine lines, and even out skin tone. Plus, it features Aloe and Linden to deliver soothing hydration so your skin is left feeling rejuvenated.

Honey Moisturizer. It features—you guessed it!—Honey to deliver radiance-boosting moisture that lasts. Plus, it’s formulated with antioxidant-rich oils to further soften and smooth, leaving skin looking dewy all day long. If it’s particularly cold out or you’re feeling drier than usual…

Orange Protective Cream. …use this protective day cream instead. Though lightweight in texture, our Orange Protective Cream is specifically designed to help eliminate dryness and banish dullness. Nutrient-rich Beeswax helps safeguard skin from harsh elements (like cold, wind, and indoor heating) as Orange Extract rejuvenates skin to reveal a healthy, radiant complexion.

Olive Eye Cream. This is our most moisture-intensive formula, perfect for very dry under-eyes or for use as an overnight treatment. It’s ultra-rich and super concentrated—which makes for luxurious application every time. If your skin is on the oily side, you’ll still need to up the ante in the under-eye hydration department; swap out your fall eye cream for the Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. We love Rose Hip; here’s why. So much so that we keep on in the office, in our medicine cabinet, and in our bag to help smooth dry patches and revive dehydrated skin.

Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E. Dry, chapped hands are the worst—which is why we decided to repackage our signature hand cream in a travel-friendly tube you can take anywhere on the go. (And at $8 a tube, it makes for the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone!)

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