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Best Skin Care Sets Under $50

Good beauty products do not have to be expensive,” Mario Badescu wrote in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin, “They only have to be right for your skin.”

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SPRITZ. MIST. GLOW.

Spritz Mist Glow is a trio made for facial spray fanatics. It includes all three of our face mists: the original Rosewater, Green Tea, and our latest, Lavender. There’s joy in collecting them all, but this trio isn’t just meant to sit in your medicine cabinet. Each facial spray was formulated to deliver a specific set of botanical benefits to your skin, and therefore, all three can be incorporated into your day-to-night regimen.

Here’s one idea:

MORNING

Wake up tired skin with an invigorating spritz of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. The Peppermint and Cucumber Essential Waters give skin a cooling boost, making it an AM favorite to start the day.

MIDDAY

Need a midday pick-me-up? Liberally mist Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater all over. A hint of rose lingers behind for a light, fresh floral fragrance, as a botanical blend of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme Extracts revives skin with a dewy glow.

EVENING

Make Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender a staple in your nighttime routine. Calming botanicals instantly help you to unwind before bed while de-stressing skin—all while infusing the brightening benefits of antioxidant Vitamin C into your skin.

Want to learn more about the differences between all three of our facial sprays? Read this.

MASK & MIST DUO

Maroi Badescu Cucumber Mask & Mist Kit

Quick! First words that come to mind when you hear “spa” … Did we hear “cucumber slices?” “Plush terry cloth robes?” “Mask?”

All you need is 20 minutes and this Cucumber-infused Mask & Mist Duo. Fresh cucumber slices and giant white robes are optional, but come highly recommended.

Here’s how to use this set:

  1. Start with clean skin. Always start with a freshly-washed face.
  2. Liberally mist your complexion with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Doing so isn’t just for effect (though it does leave you in a cloud of a rejuvenating Cucumber scent): this step infuses your skin with a veil of hydration and nutrient-rich botanicals.
  3. Apply a thin, even layer of Cucumber Tonic Mask all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Let is set for 15 minutes.
  4. Prep for the removal process. Rinsing off clay masks can be a little tricky, so we recommend this #MBSkinTip borrowed from the aestheticians at our New York City salon and spa. Mist your face once more to soften the mask and help avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on your skin.
  5. Gently wash off the mask and spritz again!

BODY BREAKOUT KIT

Treat the skin on the rest of your body like you would your face. Ditch the bar soap (known to strip skin of essential moisture and leave behind a pore-clogging residue) and instead, reach for this revitalizing body wash and clarifying astringent.

For more tips and tricks on how to help fight body breakouts, read this.

ACNE REPAIR KIT

Acne Repair Kit is the trio you keep in your medicine cabinet for skin-mergencies. Featuring three different solutions that target three different type of breakouts, this set makes sure you’re prepared—and ready to put your best face forward no matter what.

Acne Repair Kit includes:

  • Drying Lotion, to target surface blemishes
  • Buffering Lotion, which helps shrink the look of large, under-the-surface bumps
  • Drying Cream, to help reduce the appearance of clusters of both surface and under-the-skin blemishes

To learn more about each product, read this.

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Discover more Mario Badescu gift sets here.

 


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Find Your New Favorite Hand Cream, Now

Mario Badescu Hand Cream Guide

If all your life you’ve been hand cream-adverse because of the added effort (and trail of fingerprints left behind on everything in your wake—especially keyboards), I feel you. There was a time I didn’t think I needed moisturizer until using one changed the look and feel of my skin. There was also a time I found hand creams nice, but not necessary until (spoiler alert!) using one regularly changed the look and feel of my hands.

Moral of the story? Moisturization matters. Head to toe hydration—with hand care in between—will change you, guaranteed. And when choosing that perfect hand cream, do it with same amount of consideration you would when selecting your face cream: Take into account your skin type, your lifestyle, and any concerns you have.

HYDRATING HAND CREAM

Your new, desk-side or summer favorite.

Who’s it for? Hands that need light moisture and no fuss.

Texture: Ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing.

Keyboard safe? Yes. Massage it in and type away sans greasy fingertips.

Why you’ll love it: It’s formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to ensure hydration without the heaviness. Plus, it’s infused with Peppermint Extract for a light, cooling effect. Who knew hand creams could be refreshing?

 

SPECIAL HAND CREAM WITH VITAMIN E

Your classic go-to.

Who’s it for? Anyone and everyone—but in particular, someone who wants a reliable hand cream that feels decadent without the post-application slip.

Texture: Light and creamy. Rich, but sinks into skin once you start massaging it in.

Keyboard safe? Give it a few moments to sink in before you’re in the clear.

Why you’ll love it: It’s moisture-intensive without feeling greasy, ever. Plus, this one is packed with nourishing oils and antioxidant Vitamin E for silky-smooth, super soft hands.

 

FRUIT AND VITAMIN A HAND CREAM

A citrus-infused favorite.

Who’s it for? Dry hands that need a pick-me-up. If you have lines, a little bit discoloration, or hands that look a bit dull—this is for you.

Texture: Creamy with a bit of slip. It’s thick enough that if you play with it you’ll get stiff peaks, but it melts seamlessly into skin.

Keyboard safe? Give it a minute. You may see a bit of sheen on your space bar, but if your hands are dry, you likely won’t.

Why you’ll love it: It’s formulated with Squalane and nourishing oils to deeply moisturize and soften the look of dry lines. A rejuvenating blend of Orange Peel, Lemon Extract, and Salicylic Acid help brighten up and smooth uneven skin tone and texture, too.

 

ELASTO-SEAMOLLIENT HAND CREAM

A savior for parched or rough, dry hands.

Who’s it for? Super dry or winter-worn skin. Or anyone who wants to treat their hands to an overnight, moisturizing hand “mask.”

Texture: Undoubtedly decadent. Super rich. Indulgent.

Keyboard safe? Nope. But for ultra-dry skin or for the bold, this is a good thing.

Why you’ll love it: It delivers intense moisture—but also helps prevent moisture loss. It’s packed with emollient oils and Squalane, enriched with Vitamin B, and formulated with Elastin to nourish, smooth, and soften all-in-one. Unless your skin is extremely dry, you’ll definitely feel as though your hands are enveloped in a layer of hydration and care. (Your hands will also look better than they ever have, too).

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She’s smart, she’s strong—and on top of all that she is, she’s beautiful too. Make this Mother’s Day all the more special by gifting her the perfect, personalized present.

FOR THE PRODUCTIVITY QUEEN

Mother's Day Gift Guide Productivity Marie Kondo

She’s the mom who tackles to-do lists so efficiently, David Allen could learn a thing or two. Between perfecting the art of Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method and just getting things done, the Productivity Queen runs a tight ship so everything runs smoothly. From the 8 a.m. drop-off to the 10 p.m. “I-just-remembered-my-science-project-is-tomorrow!” realization, Mom has things down pat, no matter what.

Gift her a set of multi-taskers that will take her current regimen to the next level—and make her feel pampered no matter what life throws her way.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL   |   GLYCOLIC ACID TONER   |   OIL FREE MOISTURIZER SPF 30   |   ENZYME REVITALIZING MASK   |   FACIAL SRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

FOR THE JET-SETTER

Mother's Day Gift Guide Travel Beauty Jet-Setter

She’s worldly, she’s adventurous, and she always returns from her travels abroad with tales and trinkets. Mom made sure that family time was always educational; every other weekend was spent at a museum, and vacations were packed with guided tours. Years later, she still has the travel bug and is always jet-setting somewhere new (and trying to get you to join her).

Put together a TSA-friendly kit full of in-flight essentials for her to take on her next trip so she’ll always be glowing no matter where she goes.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL (2 FL OZ.)   |   HYDRO MOISTURIZER WITH VITAMIN C (2 OZ.)   |   ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL (1 FL OZ)   |   HERBAL HYDRATING SERUM (1 FL OZ)   |   DRYING LOTION (PLASTIC)   |   FACIAL SRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER (2 OZ.)

FOR THE SOPHISTICATE

Mother's Day Gift Guide Classic Sophisticate Beauty

 

Always polished and effortlessly chic, she’s the woman who instilled the importance of investing in pieces that are timeless (and always left you astounded every time she pulled her hair into a chignon in 10 seconds flat). Everything about her oozes sophistication, from her carefully curated library of classics to her sillage—a subtle hint of Super Rich Olive Body Lotion.

Gift her a bouquet of fresh flowers and a set of signature Mario Badescu products to fill her medicine cabinet.

SUPER RICH OLIVE BODY LOTION   |   SPECIAL HAND CREAM WITH VITAMIN E   |   CORRECTIVE COMPLEX EMULSION   |   SUPER COLLAGEN MASK   |   AZLUENE BODY SOAP

FOR THE SOUL CYCLE DEVOTEE

Mother's Day Gift Guide Gym Essentials

 

She’s health-conscious and has been spewing the virtues of wellness before it became chic to—and though you used to find her morning green smoothies questionable, you’ve learned to love (and appreciate!) them all those years later. Whether she’s loyal to spin class or prefers a morning vinyasa flow, Mom has always been on the hunt for the perfect beauty products to take her from pre-workout to post-gym errands.

Surprise her with a new gym bag that totes all her essentials—includes a few skincare essentials that keep her skin clear and glowing.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL   |   SEAWEED CLEANSING LOTION   |   FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER   |   HERBAL HYDRATING SERUM   |   A.H.A. BOTANICAL BODY SOAP   |   VITAMIN E BODY LOTION

FOR THE GLAMOROUS

Mother's Day Gift Guide Glamorous Beauty

 

She’s the mom who knows the power of a good lipstick and understands the importance of the at-home mini facial, too. There are home videos of her doubled over in laughter as you ran across the hall, face smeared with red lipstick and shuffling in heels, trying to be just as beautiful as her. To this day, her handbag always has a red lipstick and a bottle of perfume, just in case.

Indulge Mom with a collection of luxe serums, scrubs, masks, and lotions she’s bound to love.

ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL  |  VITAMIN C SERUM   |   PEPTIDE RENEWAL SERUM   |   ALMOND & HONEY FACE SCRUB   |   ROSE HIPS MASK   |   APRICOT BODY LOTION

FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT

Mother's Day Gift Guide Beauty Junkie

Her medicine cabinet was magical. Still is, to be clear: It’s artfully arranged with the latest and greatest, peppered with tried-and-true Holy Grails she collected along the way. How she managed to multi-mask and let her DIY mani dry between dinner is still a mystery, but she’s shared every other beauty trick in the book with you. Pimple? No problem: dab on some Drying Lotion. (You’re eternally grateful that she helped you and your complexion come out of teenage-dom unscathed.) Looking dull? Mask and exfoliate. Etc.

It’s likely she already has the best of Badescu, so instead of presenting her with products she has seen before, gift her a set of brand new and under-the-radar goodies that’s bound to get her excited about skin care again.

TEMPORARY LIFTING  MASK   |    ROLLING PEEL CREAM WITH A.H.A.   |   CREAM X   |   FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Sets

Find the perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day.

ROSE LIP & MIST DUO

Mario Badescu Rose Facial Spray Lip Balm Duo

It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Treat her to Mario Badescu’s floral-infused duo that includes the cult-favorite face mist and our brand new rose-scented lip balm.

Set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, a forever favorite
  • Rose Lip Balm, our latest—a floral take on our beloved Lip Balm

Find it at: MarioBadescu.com, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Riley Rose, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulta, Urban Oufitters

REVITALIZE AND GLOW

Mario Badescu Mother's Day Gift Set

Good things comes in threes, too. Revitalize and Glow is a set that highlights some of our spring face and body favorites. From our signature body lotion to our newest facial spray, this botanical-based trio is the perfect addition to any skin care routine—no matter her skin type.

Collection includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom, an uplifiting face mist that re-energizes and refreshes instantly
  • A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap, a Grapefruit and Ginseng-infused body wash
  • Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, the body cream we use in the one-and-only Mario Badescu New York City salon and spa!

Find it exclusively at: Ulta (in-store and online)

 

DAY TO NIGHT

Mario Badescu Day to Night Moisturizers and Serums

Mom is always on the go. Stay one step ahead of her (for once!) and gift her a thoughtful collection of day to night hydration essentials so she can stay glowing—and going—no matter what life throws her way.

Set includes:

  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, a classic daytime staple that boasts a lightweight yet creamy, quick-absorbing formula
  • Herbal Hydrating Serum, a lightweight gel-serum that adds the perfect amount of dew
  • Vitamin C Serum, a game-changer formulated with two types of Vitamin C to effectively brighten uneven skin tone and restore youthful luminosity to all skin types
  • Seaweed Night Cream, an oil-free face cream formulated with Collagen and Sodium Hyaluronate to deeply nourish and soften for smoother, more supple-looking skin

Find it at: MarioBadescu.com, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Need more ideas? Check out our personalized gift guide.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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A Guide to Witch Hazel Toners

We’ve discussed at length why we’re toner’s biggest advocate, and now that we have two new toners in our line—both of which are powered by Witch Hazel—it’s time to update our primer.

But first things first: why Witch Hazel?

Witch Hazel (or Hamamelis virginiana, as it appears on the ingredients list of a product label) has long been used to treat a variety of ailments, and in skin care specifically, it’s beloved for its ability to cleanse, clarify, and help soothe the complexion. Natural astringent and antiseptic properties make it a favorite for normal to oily skin types; Witch Hazel removes excess oil and surface impurities without leaving skin feeling dry or tight. Used alone, it re-balances—and when combined with other skin-loving ingredients, Witch Hazel toners are able to infuse weightless botanical benefits into your skin.

Seaweed, Lavender, Rosewater Witch Hazel Toners

SEAWEED CLEANSING LOTION

For years, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion was the first and only Witch Hazel-based toner in our line. Formulated to provide enhanced cleansing while replenishing skin, this fresh, marine botanical-infused astringent has been a universal favorite for all skin types.

Key ingredients:

  • Clarifying Witch Hazel
  • Skin-softening Bladderwrack (seaweed) Extract, rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Aloe Vera, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration

#MBSkinTip: This is the toner our aestheticians recommend for pre-teens or teens who are experiencing their first bout of breakouts but aren’t quite ready for an aggressive, troubled-skin astringent like Special Cucumber Lotion. In fact, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion is the perfect introductory toner for most skin types: it’s clarifying without being harsh on young, temperamental skin.

WITCH HAZEL & ROSEWATER TONER

This floral toner was formulated with all skin types in mind—and the Rose-obsessed, too. It’s cleansing, clarifying, and rejuvenating thanks to the trifecta of Rose ingredients, which makes it perfect for the person who wants a radiance-boosting refresher without the use of an exfoliating fruit enzyme or alpha hydroxy acid.

Key ingredients:

  • Clarifying Witch Hazel
  • Rejuvenating Black Rose Extract and Rose Oil
  • Aloe Vera and Rosewater, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration\

WITCH HAZEL & LAVENDER TONER

Meet our latest toner, a Lavender-infused astringent created to help soothe and refresh stressed skin. Any remaining oil, makeup, or surface impurities are removed without stripping skin of its natural moisture—all while restoring calm and clarity to skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Clarifying Witch Hazel
  • Soothing and hydrating Lavender Essential Water
  • Lavender Oil, beloved for its ability to calm and comfort
  • Aloe Vera, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration

#MBSkinTip: For ultra-sensitive or reactive skin, try Chamomile Cleansing Lotion instead. It’s the mildest toner in our line, formulated fragrance-free.

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