Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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April 1, 2014
by Jill

Want Tighter Skin? Get More Collagen

There’s a reason children have such beautiful skin. Collagen and Elastin keep the skin soft, plump, taut, and youthful-looking. As we age, these supportive connective tissues deplete, causing the skin to become less firm. The trick is to mimic the qualities of young skin to help keep your complexion as youthful looking and glowing as possible.

collagenThe aging process (specifically, the process by which the skin loses Collagen)  can be accelerated by the sun and by rapid or repeated weight loss. Furthermore, facial muscles tend to weaken with age, which also leads to a loss of elasticity in the skin.

collagenEven gravity—something over which we have no control—exerts a force that causes the skin to sag a bit more over time. Essentially (while we all age differently) sagging skin is something that happens to everyone, to some degree, as time goes by.

Certain skin care ingredients may actually help the skin to produce more collagen. Peptides, for example, communicate with skin cells, signaling to them to create additional collagen. To understand how this works, it’s important to note that the communication between the body’s cells becomes disrupted with age. Peptides are long chains of amino acids that may help fix this communication breakdown.

Many skin care products also contain Collagen. For example, our Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and collagen to support anti-aging skin care regimens.

Hyaluronic Acid is another substance found in abundance in young-looking skin.

[Read: More about Hyaluronic Acid]

Here are a few tips and tricks for minimizing the appearance of lost Collagen

  • Avoid smoking;
  • Never go to bed with the day’s makeup on;
  • Manage stress;
  • Drink plenty of water and eat ‘good fats’ such as Omega-3s;
  • Get serious about skin care and start using an anti-aging serum; and
  • Wear sun protection at all times.

March 31, 2014
by Lee Ann
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MB Anti-Aging Superstars

Anyone who knows me well is fully aware that I am obsessed with anti-aging. Add product junkie to the equation and the quest for more youthful skin has become a real passion for me.

If you’re on the anti-aging infatuation bandwagon with me, you must must MUST check out these MB superstars that promote younger-looking skin!


Exfoliate with Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
This supplemental cleanser is to be used one to three times a week in place of your daily cleanser as an exfoliant; it harnesses the power of Glycolic Acid to exfoliate the skin, revealing a brighter, smoother complexion.

Glycolic Acid Toner
After you cleanse and before you treat (with a serum) and moisturize, apply our Glycolic Acid Toner. The Glycolic action in this toner will encourage cellular turnover and help discourage dull, lackluster skin.

Cellufirm Drops
This lightweight emulsion contains an anti-aging harmony of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamin E to help plump and attract moisture and promote smoother, firmer skin.

Vitamin C Serum
Take advantage of a serum that lends a brighter, more glowing complexion. It is formulated with brightening antioxidant Vitamin C, moisture-retaining Hyaluronic Acid, and skin-firming Collagen.

anti-agingPeptide Renewal Serum
Incorporate a serum in your regimen that targets fine lines and wrinkles with the power of Peptides, Botanicals, and powerhouse humectants Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin.

Peptide Renewal Cream
Team up our Peptide Renewal Serum with its night cream version, our Peptide Renewal Cream—together with the serum, create the perfect duo to help combat visible signs of aging.

Super Collagen Mask
Its name speaks for itself: treat your skin to a mask that is made with Collagen to help firm and tighten the skin and Oatmeal and Seaweed Extract to soothe and nourish.

 Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream
Don’t neglect the neck!  Try our Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream to saturate your neck with nourishing vitamins and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. For better results, apply over a layer of one of our anti-aging serums.

Fruit and Vitamin A & D Hand Cream (SPF-10)
Hands are another part of us that gives away our true age, so care for them as well! Treat them to our Fruit and Vitamin A & D Hand Cream SPF 10. As the name indicates, it contains Vitamin A and D to nourish the skin, while Citrus Extracts and Salicylic Acid rejuvenate dull, worn-out looking hands.

Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30
Your first line of defense against aging is sun protection since Ultraviolet Rays are one of the top causes of premature wrinkling and hyperpigmentation. This oil-free formula promotes hydration while providing broad spectrum UV protection.

Check out our other moisturizers that contain superstar anti-aging ingredients such as Collagen, Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, and Antioxidants:

Cellufirm Moisturizer
Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15
Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15
Hydrating Moisturizer with Biocare & Hyaluronic Acid
Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E SPF 20
A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer 

March 29, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Quiz: How “High-Maintenance” Are You?

high.maintenanceThe ever-so-helpful defines high-maintenance as:

High-maintenance, adj.:

    1. Needing frequent maintenance or repair;
    2. Demanding a great deal of attention, money, or effort

Self-explanatory, no? So it seems, but what’s high-maintenance to you, might be nothing to me.

I’m always the first to be ready to go out – yes, before the men, too. In under fifteen minutes, I can get skin, hair, makeup, and a clothing change done and dusted.
Granted, the finished look is unquestionably minimal and definitely on the natural side. Showers are within the ten-minute range and I don’t do baths.

My nails are always freshly painted, but I have yet to actually get a mani/pedi service done. Professional facials are not a regular occurrence (a rarity, actually – I know, I know: shame on me, but my excuse is that I’m a college student. What’s yours?) The list goes on.

I’m a minimalist, or so I think – and so I’m told – but am I really a minimalist? Or a minimalist-relatively-speaking? To those who just splash their face with water and walk out the door, I’m the furthest thing, but when my mostly-au-naturel face is compared alongside a well-coiffed, well-made-up lady, I fall short of putting in any “real effort.”

My entire makeup collection – day-to-day makeup as well as all my special occasion tchotchkes – fits into a 1 x 2 drawer with plenty of room to spare, but I’ll admit that each curated piece cost a pretty penny. My skincare regimen is pretty basic, but I’m a sucker for all sorts of body care products. (Lotions and potions, oh my!) There are tweezing rituals, bi-annual haircuts, monthly at-home hair treatment days, massages, and monthly DIY facials. There are supplies to be replenished every two months, and if any of my products should suddenly disappear, yes, I would go out of my way to repurchase them immediately, because I’ve come to believe that I have narrowed down my regimen down to the must-have and can’t-live-withouts.

 So just how high-maintenance am I? And how high-maintenance are you? Take our quiz!

“How High Maintenance Are You?” Quiz

1. How long does it take for you to get ready in the morning?
a. Half an hour to 45 minutes, with breakfast.
b. About 20 minutes max.
c. An hour or more. You’ll pick up coffee and a bagel on the way to work.

2.  You can only book one type of beauty-related appointment for the rest of the year. What will you choose?
a. Mani/pedi. You’ve learned how to blow-out and cut your hair since you were in high school.
b. Haircut. To keep your mane looking healthy, of course.
c. Does an all-inclusive spa count?

3. You just got a last-minute invite to one of New York’s biggest soirees of the season. What do you do?
a. Start planning. You can book a blow out now and head over if you skip out of work 20 minutes early. Maybe Suzy from your favorite makeup counter at Nordstrom will do your makeup for you on your way home? You’ll get a simple winged liner look and nude mani (fingers crossed) to keep things safe and practical.
b. No worries, you’re sure you can pull something together once you’re home. Plus, it’s all about that French je-ne-sais-quoi, right? Just a few touch-ups will do the trick.
c. Remind yourself to breathe and frantically make a mental to-do list. Hair. Makeup. Nails. It’s a good thing you just got a spray tan, so at least that’s something… but makeup! Hair! Nails! You can’t possibly plan these things when you don’t know what to wear! It starts at 8 pm? You secretly hate the organizers for only giving you two hours to get all this done.

4. Quick! What’s in your on-the-go makeup bag?
a. Powder, kabuki brush, a nude lipstick, a red lipstick (you never know), emery board, lip balm, gloss, liner, a compact mirror, mints.
b. Oil-blotting sheets, a rosewater facial spray, a few lip balms, a mini perfume.
c. Yesterday’s pink lipstick, today’s nude lip combo, a just-in-case red lipstick, a neutral lip liner, compact foundation, tweezers, cuticle oil, a mini travel brush set, concealer, color corrector, eyeliner pencil…

5. What does your beauty cabinet look like?
a. Organized. A shelf for skincare, a couple for makeup. You have some backups of your favorite products and some special occasion things stashed in a separate drawer.
b. Clean, simple, minimalist. With some room to spare.
c. Cabinet? A collection, more like. The cabinet’s for emergency kits and spare floss. The Container Store is your best friend – your vanity now resembles a little boutique.

Results! If you picked mostly… 

A’s: You’re a beauty girl, for sure. You know your stuff just as well as you unabashedly love it, but when push comes to shove, a few things are just extras you could live without. Maybe not happily, but you’ll make do.

B’s: You ooze minimalism. You’ve found what works for you and hey – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Easy, natural, but beautiful – that’s your philosophy.

C’s: High-maintenance and proud! You don’t just love beauty – you live it. Breathe it. Embody it.


March 28, 2014
by Jill

Fan Friday Giveaway: Cucumber Tonic Mask

Friday is here! To celebrate, we’re giving away our Cucumber Tonic Mask! (You may remember MB blogger Kim mentioning that this mask is her Holy Grail of skin care.)

But first: Check out this week’s Blog Highlights!

Is your hair giving you acne?
Our favorite girls’-night-in movies.
Dry body skin? Bacne? Find the perfect body wash for your skin.
3 ways to get clearer skin.
Like trivia? Here are some random, silly facts about your hands
VIDEO: How to
control oily skin

To enter to win the mask, go ahead and comment on the blog, below!*
giveaway*One winner will receive the Cucumber Tonic Mask; winner must provide an address within the United States or Canada to claim their prize. Contest runs from March 28-30, 2014 and the winner will be announced Monday morning, March 31st on our Facebook Page. Winner will also be contacted privately via email. Good luck!