We recently hosted a photo contest on our Facebook page, inviting everyone to share their Mario-related photos. The prize? A year’s worth of Mario Badescu!
We got the chance to interview our contest winner, Dixie Hoblit, who was truly a pleasure to speak with. Here’s what she had to say!
To get started, we have to ask: With a name like Dixie, were you named after anyone in particular?
My father was the one who named me Dixie. He thought it was unique and pretty and it also means “girl from the south,” and I was born in the south. However, my middle name “Leigh” came from my mother’s favorite actress Vivien Leigh, who’s well known for portraying Scarlett in the film Gone with the Wind.
How did you first learn about Mario Badescu Skin Care?
I discovered Mario Badescu on YouTube. I came across a makeup artist who had similar skin issues that I had. He loved the [Mario Badescu] products he was using and highly recommended them. I decided to give them a go and sure enough he was right! My skin improved drastically within a few weeks of using these products. Mario Badescu became my “go to” skincare line.
What I really like is that Mario Badescu offers decent sized samples of almost everything they have to offer even before the first purchase! I’ve never seen that with other companies. If other companies do give samples it’s not enough to really get an idea whether or not you’ll like the products and the samples are limited. Mario Badescu’s samples lasted me several days. Then I get to pick 3 samples with every purchase so I can experiment with other products.
Do you remember your first experience using the products?
At first I was timid about it because everything I have used from other skincare lines always broke me out or caused a rash on my face because my skin is very fickle. I was on the brink of giving up until I found out about Mario Badescu and learned that celebrities use these products. That was the main eye opener for me! Once I saw that my skin loved these products I began buying various products to address different issues I have. It was love at first use!!
What is your favorite thing about your face?
My favorite thing about my face would have to be a particular feature. I love my eyes, so I do anything and everything possible to enhance them. Naturally, I try to keep the skin around my eyes healthy.
The thing I love about my skin is how quickly it responds to various products, especially the Vitamin C Serum. When I apply it I see an immediate difference. Some people have to wait days or even weeks to see results but my skin responds so fast. It’s the same with blemishes. Blemishes heal quickly with the help of Mario Badescu.
Which is your favorite Mario Badescu product?
I have two equally favorite products. The Buffering Lotion is my first favorite product because this stuff has really cut back on my cystic blemish “suffering” time. Those cystic blemishes hurt and would last up to a month, but when I started using the Buffering Lotion I only have to suffer up to a week at the most. If I catch the blemish quick enough when it’s just starting, I can prevent it from surfacing with this stuff. It’s awesome!
My other favorite product is the Vitamin C Serum. This stuff makes my skin look so glowy and healthy! It also helps get rid of my post-acne hyper-pigmentation faster than waiting it out. I will put four drops of this in my hands and press it into the skin all over my face and it looks so much brighter and glowy-er instantly! I notice the few wrinkles I have aren’t as prominent anymore. Vitamin C is definitely skin’s best friend!
Tell us a little about how you created your prize-winning image.
There’s really no secret to how I created my picture. Photography has always been a gift of mine. Lots of trial and error is involved to get that perfect image. As for the winning image, I just took the picture in my bathroom using an awesome camera app I downloaded on my phone a few years ago. I then uploaded it to instagram and used one of their effects to get the black and white look.
Thanks again, Dixie!