February 17, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Drying Lotion: To Shake or Not to Shake

You tote it, pack it, stash it, and sometimes even snatch someone else’s, but as much as this little life-saver is loved and used, the question we hear most frequently from our customers is, “Do I shake the Drying Lotion?”

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, cotton swabs

Dip. Don’t Shake.

Ah, yes. To shake the Drying Lotion, or not to shake, that is literally the question. Ask anyone in our customer service department, or on our sales team, and they will tell you this is easily the most frequently asked question in Mario Badescu history. “Why?” you ask. “Aren’t there directions on the bottle?” you ask. Yep, there sure are. But it’s not that simple.

There is just something about that separation of pink sediment at the bottom and clear liquid on top that makes a segment of our customers feel like they just have to shake. No question about it, no need to consult the label. On the other hand, that same bottle makes some so apprehensive that they barely breathe when moving their Drying Lotion, lest they disturb the sediment and cause the solution dust up into the clear liquid above.

So, which is it? Drumroll please. . .

The answer is, no. You do not shake the Drying Lotion.

Think of it this way: The pink dot you make on your face works like a teeny overnight mask that gives targeted attention to your blemish. You want the product to be clay-like when it is applied so that it goes on opaque and pink, completely covering the bump. When you shake, that sediment becomes diluted. Voilà! You now know how to get the best results from your bottle of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

With that settled, we can’t help but wonder what Shakespeare would think of all of this? Much Ado About Nothing, perhaps?

February 9, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

V-Day: coming soon on a Sunday near you.

valentine's day gift guide for him men's grooming

For Dad / the Father-in-Law:

The Executive Collection for Men

For Your Uncle:

Men’s Grooming Basics + a gift card to his favorite restaurant

For Your Best Friend:

dopp bag + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Shaving Cream

For Your Brother(s):

Men’s Grooming Basics + Amazon gift card

For Your Co-Worker:

Peppermint Shaving Cream

For the Classic Man:

silk pocket square + monogrammed cufflinks + dopp bag + Pre-Shave Conditioner + Shaving Cream + Vital with Collagen & Elastin + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

For the Downtown Guy:

knit beanie + messenger bag + Peppermint Shaving Cream + After Shave Moisturizer

For the Gamer:

the latest/his favorite video game + Hydrating Hand Cream + Shaving Cream + Protein After Shave Lotion

For the Gym Buff:

gym duffel + monogrammed towel + shaker bottle + Men’s Grooming Basics

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What do YOU plan on getting for him?


February 6, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

There’s one week ‘til V-Day, ladies and gents.

mario badescu valentine's day gift guide vintage white roses

For Mom / the Mother-in-Law:

2 dozen white roses + Peptide Renewal Cream + Peptide Renewal Serum

(or, if you’re in the NYC area—a gift certificate to our spa!)

For Your Aunt:

her favorite flowers + Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E + Vitamin E Body Lotion + Facial Spray

For Your Best Friend:

a kitschy Valentine + box of chocolates + Facial Spray

For Your Sister(s):

Drying Lotion + Facial Spray (a smaller bottle to keep in her bag + the larger one to keep at her vanity!)

For Your Co-Worker:

Facial Spray

valentine's day red roses brown paper rosewater facial spray

For the Girly-Girl:

pink peonies + Facial Spray + Strawberry Tonic Mask + Strawberry Face Scrub

For the Uptown Sophisticate:

white roses + Flower & Tonic Mask + Caviar Day Cream + Caviar Night Cream


For the Makeup Lover / YouTube Beauty Guru:

pink roses + Facial Spray + Eye Makeup Remover Cream + Temporary Lifting Mask

For the Jet-Setter:

tickets for a romantic getaway for two + Facial Spray + Super Collagen Mask + Hydro-Emollient Cream

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February 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: February Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current top shelf essentials. If you missed our first installment last month, check it out here. (We loved hearing all about your January must-haves!)

mario badescu february winter skincare essentials

Ah, February. You have the holiday hoo-ha from November to December and New Year’s enthusiasm in January, but come February, everything kind of feels… normal. It’s not a bad thing—it just takes some getting used to after three months of nonstop excitement.

That said, there’s no better time to shift the focus onto YOU. Self-love, people—let’s make it a thing in February. Find me-time. #Treatyourself. Indulge in self-care—not just because you deserve to, but because it’s paramount to happiness.

The all-pink theme has little to do with Valentine’s Day—it’s purely coincidental, we swear—and more to do with how obsessed we are with all things with rose extract, rose hips, and strawberry extract. They’re ingredients that not only feel indulgent, but actually are when it comes to skin care: this is an assortment of good stuff that helps soothe, nourish, and brighten to help you feel your very best.

Even in the dead of winter.

Here are the February skincare essentials we have on rotation:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater. This one is a no-brainer, tbh. But if you’re out of the loop, we’ll fill you in: this is a cold weather lifesaver when it comes to infusing skin with an extra boost of hydration. Dry, cracked skin is a thing of 2015. Where there’s dehydration, there’s rehydration: all thanks to this rose-and-aloe-infused mist.
  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. Another winter fave for saving dry skin. Got flaky skin or cracked foundation around your nose, the corners of your mouth, and between the brows? Reach for this oil and say no more. The tiniest dab does the trick in imparting essential moisture and reviving skin back to its happy, balanced state. Plus, it’s got Rose Hips Oil—a natural source of antioxidant and skin-brightening Vitamin C. (Read more about this product)
  • Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E. Yep. It’s still a favorite. There is no surviving winter without this hand cream, no sir-ee.
  • Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil. It sounds as luxurious as it feels—especially after a day of battling harsh, winter winds. This milky tissue-off cleanser not only helps remove all traces of makeup, but also softens and nourishes your skin, too. It’s an ideal formula for dry or sensitive skin types.
  • Chamomile Cleansing Lotion. You saw it in our January edit, and it’s back again.
  • The Moisture Magnet SPF 15. This one too. Snowfall can magnify the reach of UVA/UVB rays—making SPF protection (and moisture) all the more crucial during the heart of winter.
  • Caviar Day Cream & Caviar Night Cream. In a line of over 200 products, it’s easy to keep reaching for best-selling faves. This little duo deserves the spotlight: though underrated, it’s a highly related performer. Both are thick, luxurious creams formulated with Caviar Extract (a revitalizing antioxidant rich in amino acids and nutrients). The day cream version also contains Elastin to give skin that extra bounce and plumpness, and the evening edition is fortified with Collagen and Cocoa Butter for additional overnight firming and moisturizing benefits.
  • Olive Eye Cream. It’s a celeb-favorite for good reason: this rich, moisture-intensive eye cream helps deeply hydrate while softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Definitely a must-have overnight treatment for dry, sensitive, or mature skin.
  • Strawberry Tonic Mask. Balance is paramount in maintaining healthy, radiant skin—which is why we’re aiming to mask twice a week. We need all the hydration we can get (hence why we’re keeping all our moisturizers and creams front and center this month), but our skin also needs a regular detox too. Though gentle, the Strawberry Tonic Mask helps to decongest pores and rid the skin of dulling buildup.

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What are YOUR February go-tos?


January 29, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Local Love: Saks Apothecary, NJ

01.29.16 - Saks Apothecary

We’re in love with our little table at Saks’ Apothecary in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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