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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August 20, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Toner: Essential or Excessive?

Of the many types of skin care products that make up a well-rounded regimen, the most controversial category by far, is toner. Do we need them? Let’s find out!

Toners, astringent, cleansing lotion

Doubters, naysayers, and conspiracy theorists alike have been warning the masses of the uselessness of toner and astringent for as long as I can remember. They have explained that this extra step is not only completely unnecessary but also a manipulative ploy by beauty pros to take up space in your medicine cabinet and lighten your wallet.

On the other hand, the pro crowd will tell you that toners help to balance the skin post-cleanse. They will talk to you about how they will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean while whisking away the traces of dirt and makeup that are inevitably left behind after you splash away your facial cleanser.  

Now that that’s out there, I’d like to tell you the simple reason why I think that toner or astringent (or cleansing lotion as Mr. Badescu was partial to calling them) can be such a key, game-changing element to a skin care regimen: this step is a weightless way to deliver complexion-enhancing ingredients directly to your skin. Think of it as a cheat layer of skin care. Sweep it on and forget that it is even there. So, what does toner do, again? That depends on your individual skin care concerns.

Sensitive skin? Calm down with Aloe Vera Toner. This formula is coveted by MB devotees with dry and sensitive skin and is a refreshing but gentle way to prep for moisturizer.
Feeling dull? Brighten up Glycolic Acid Toner. Glycolic Acid is known for its ability to dissolve the dead skin cells that sit at the surface of the skin and dim your glow.
Oily? Refresh with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This ultra-refreshing formula will wipe away excess oil and leave skin cool and clean.
Prone to breakouts? Clarify with Special Cleansing Lotion C. Sulfur works to manage oil production and fight stubborn summertime breakouts.

Where do you weigh in on this issue?