by Kimberly Yang
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The Best Oil-Free Skincare Products for Summer

Our prerogative is to keep things light, fresh, and dewy no matter what summer throws our way. Ninety-degree weather? We’re not fazed. Humidity like you wouldn’t believe? No problem. We’re armed and ready with oil-free skin care products for every skin type.

Mario Badescu Oil Free Face Cleansers

Seaweed Cleansing Soap

What it is: A creamy—but still oil-free!—cleanser enriched with marine botanicals. Tiny seaweed grains buff away dulling, dead skin cells to soften and rejuvenate skin.

Who it’s for: All skin types

#MBSkinTip: Love seaweed-infused skin care? Try Seaweed Cleansing Lotion and Seaweed Night Cream, both of which are packed with mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract (a type of seaweed) and are oil-free.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

What it is: A fruit extract-infused face wash is as refreshing as it sounds. It’s an oil-free gel formula that rinses away pore-clogging oil, light makeup, and surface impurities to reveal a bright, fresh-faced complexion.

Who it’s for: All skin types

#MBSkinTip: Toner is essential to the cleansing process. After you’ve washed your face, we recommend following with…

Acne Facial Cleanser

What it is: A daily face wash specially formulated for troubled, congested skin. This cleanser features Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract to help clarify and promote a clearer-looking complexion. And of course, it’s oil-free.

Who it’s for: Oily, congested, or troubled skin

#MBSkinTip: Take it to the next level and follow with Special Cucumber Lotion.

Botanical Facial Gel

What it is: A daily face wash that removes pore-clogging oil and helps cut T-zone shine.

Who it’s for: Oily skin

#MBSkinTip: After washing our face, follow with toner to further remove surface impurities and excess oil. Cucumber Cleansing Lotion was made for you.

Ceramide Eye Gel

What it is: A water-light, oil-free gel that delivers essential hydration to the eye area without feeling heavy (or looking slick) on skin.

Who it’s for: All skin types—but especially Oily skin types!

#MBSkinTip: Pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling, instant wake-me-up effect!

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizers

Oil Free Moisturizer

What it is: An ultra-lightweight moisturizer you can use day and night.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17

What it is: A lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection. It’s oil-free and fragrance-free—making it the perfect daytime formula if you have congested or troubled skin.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

What it is: A creamy, oil-free moisturizer infused with Aloe Vera and Extracts of Green Tea and St. John’s Wort. One of our most frequently asked questions is how this one compares to the other oil-free moisturizers in our range; Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 is still lightweight, but of the line-up, has a richer consistency that makes it a favorite for all skin types—not just those who are oily.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15

What it is: An Aloe-infused moisturizer that helps hydrate, soothe, and protect—which is why it’s a favorite for those with troubled skin.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Mario Badescu Oil Free Skin Care

Herbal Hydrating Serum

What it is: Dewy skin in a bottle. Lightweight, versatile, and oil-free, this gel-serum can be worn alone or over your favorite moisturizer (oil-free or not), which allows you to customize how—and where—you hydrate.

Who it’s for: All skin types

Seaweed Night Cream

What it is: A nourishing night cream formulated sans oil. Just because your skin feels oilier doesn’t mean it doesn’t need proper moisture and hydration. Mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract, Collagen, Elastin, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine in a moisturizing blend that leaves skin soft, smooth, and radiant come morning.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

#MBSkinTip: Say it’s the hottest night of the year and you want skip night cream. Use your daytime, non-SPF moisturizer (like Oil Free Moisturizer, for example) and layer Herbal Hydrating Serum on top for an ultra-lightweight, refreshing boost of hydration.

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: Glowing for July

Glowing Summer Skin RegimenGlowing Summer Skin Regimen

If there’s an ideal time to glow hard, it’s now. We want clear, radiant, and luminous skin for the summer (well, all year-round actually—but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet!), so these are the skincare products we’re reaching for all July long:

  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: Part cleanser and part exfoliant, this multi-tasking hybrid deep cleans skin of pore-clogging impurities while rejuvenating dull skin. Glycolic Acid retexturizes uneven skin and helps brighten areas of discoloration—leaving the complexion clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.

#MBSkinTip: Got bumps or breakouts on your neck, chest, back, arms, or legs? Don’t be afraid to incorporate the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser into your body regimen, too. Use it one to three times a week (just as you would for your face) to target those troubled areas.

  • Special Cucumber Lotion: Sometimes you need a little extra somethin’-somethin’. To help keep excess oil and problem-prone skin in check, give your skin a good sweep with this clarifying toner.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: We love how this scrub leaves our face feeling fresh—but we love using it on our body, too. To help keep summer skin soft, smooth, and glowing from head to toe, we make sure we give our skin a good polish two to three times a week.
  • Orange Tonic Mask: Weekends should be spent masking while indulging in new summer reads. The Orange Tonic Mask is our treat of choice (and no, not just because it smells like the creamsicles of our youth, spent hailing ice cream trucks from a mile away) because it’s formulated with Orange Peel to rejuvenate and natural minerals to help purify and tighten the appearance of pores.
  • Silver Powder: Bust blackheads and T-zone congestion with this unique treatment. Simply dampen a cotton pad, dip it into the white powder, and pat it wherever you need clarifying.
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: This mist never leaves our beloved medicine cabinet, but now that we’re averaging 90-degree days, we’re storing Facial Spray in our fridge instead. Nothing beats a cooling, refreshing boost on a hot summer day.
  • A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer: Lightweight, radiance-boosting hydration is exactly what skin needs this summer.
  • Citrus Body Cleanser: Smells like summer. Feels like summer, too.

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by Nicole Darmanin
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The Makeup Show NYC 2018 Top 10 List

The Makeup Show is a magical event where makeup artists from New York City and beyond gather for two days of education, networking, and . . . shopping!

Every year for the last decade team Mario Badescu sets up shop and spends The Makeup Show days reuniting with our makeup artist friends, meeting new ones, and helping everyone who visits our booth choose the best products to use on their clients and themselves.

Want to know which MB products will be misted, dabbed, and patted onto celebrity skin backstage and in makeup trailers this year?

Here’s a list of our best-sellers from The Makeup Show NYC 2018:

Mario Badescu at The Makeup Show NYC 2018

The Makeup Show NYC 2018

10. Hyaluronic Eye Cream

Not only does this go-to eye cream formula moisturize without being heavy and smooth fine lines, it applies seamlessly onto skin creating the perfect canvas for concealer.

9. Buttermilk Moisturizer

This classic has endured for decades for good reason—the versatile formula provides a generous amount of moisture while being virtually weightless. Makeup artists love it for clients who don’t like when products feel heavy on the skin.

#MBSkinTip: Don’t like the feeling of rich night creams? Add Buttermilk Moisturizer into your PM skin routine instead to get skin-softening moisture without the weight!

8. Summer Shine Body Lotion

You don’t have to limit highlight to your cheekbones. Shins, collarbones, and shoulders can pop, too! Just apply Summer Shine Body lotion like our favorite pros do!

7. Herbal Hydrating Serum

This oil-free gel hydrating serum is quite literally a drink of water for parched skin. Its track record for hydrating even the most temperamental complexions without causing breakouts make it a makeup kit must-have.

6. Vitamin C Serum

This little bottle of magic is one of our most requested by celebrity makeup artists and not because they are finishing their bottles quickly, no. It’s because clients love it so much that the artists end up giving them the bottle to take home.

5. Glycolic Acid Toner

This toner is a favorite because it helps to gently reveal glowing, clear skin without being harsh. The mild formula contains brightening Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract and is gentle enough to be used twice daily.

4. Enzyme Cleansing Gel

One of our artist friends told us that there are two things that get her out of bed when she has an early call time: coffee and Enzyme Cleansing Gel. This non-foaming gel formula is suitable for virtually every skin type and is, capital R, Refreshing!

3. Drying Lotion

Ah, pimples. The great equalizer. Yes, even your favorite model, influencer, or celebrity gets them from time to time, and when they do, there will be hundreds of makeup artists armed with a fresh bottle of Drying Lotion from The Makeup Show.

2. Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

True story: we took this mist to fashion week so that makeup artists could give it a try before it officially launched, and the clean refreshing scent was so lovely it lifted everyone’s mood—even the models running in late with makeup on from their last show.

1. Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

You can’t go wrong with a classic—and neither did the hundreds of makeup artists who left this year’s Makeup Show with a bottle of this favorite. Whether it is used to wet brushes or sponges, boost moisture, hydrate the skin before a touch-up, or as a finishing step after an application this reliable kit staple is beloved by makeup artists and their notable clients alike.

How many of these musts are in your skin stash?


by Kimberly Yang
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Top 3 Gel Moisturizers & Water-Based Serums for Oily Skin

Gel moisturizers are the skin care products du jour this year—and while they aren’t exactly new to the Mario Badescu line (they’ve been part of our core collection for a few decades now), there’s no perfect time to spotlight our favorite gel formulas than now.

For oily, troubled, or congested skin types, water-based formulas are a blessing: they deliver the hydration your skin needs without the shine traditional face creams tend to leave behind. Come summer, gel moisturizers become a universal favorite. Sweltering heat and humidity has all of us craving something lightweight and refreshing—what better way to hydrate your skin than with a tall glass of water, literally and through your skin care, too?

These are our top three gel moisturizers and water-based serums that have been making waves since the 80s:

Herbal Hydrating Serum

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum Review

When Herbal Hydrating Serum first launched in the 1980s, it was aptly called “Spring & Summer Drops” for its perfect-for-warm-weather formula. What was supposed to be a seasonal release was brought back by popular demand and renamed “Herbal Hydrating Serum.”

Since then, this gel-serum has become a staple in all skin care regimens, no matter the skin type. With invigorating botanical extracts like Ginkgo and Ginseng to give the complexion a refreshing boost, and Glycolipid Ceramides to help bind water to the skin, Herbal Hydrating Serum is essentially like give your skin a drink of infused H2O.

Oily skin types love its ultra-light texture and dry skin types adore it for its versatility. Wear the Herbal Hydrating Serum on its own, or layer it over your favorite moisturizer—either way gives skin a fresh-faced finish.

Anti Acne Serum

Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum Review

“Acne” and “serum” are two words that don’t seem to go together—but in the world of Mario Badescu, they can, and do.

Anti Acne Serum is another ultra-lightweight gel that glides on easily and absorbs seamlessly into skin. What’s unique about this product is that it works to balance, hydrate, and promote a clearer-looking complexion all at once—thanks to its oil-free Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract formula. In just one step you get the hydration you need and the clarifying measures essential for and maintaining happy skin.

Ceramide Eye Gel

Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel Review

Unique in texture and formulated with water-binding Ceramides, this lightweight, oil-free eye gel absorbs seamlessly to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. It’s refreshing on application as is, but we recommend stashing the jar in the fridge to add an extra cooling, wake-me-up boost to your skin care routine.

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by Kimberly Yang
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

Make this Father’s Day even more special than the last.

Father's Day Gift Guide for Every Budget

  1. Customize a spa day, because dads need a day of indulgence too.
  2. A membership to his favorite golf and country club. Gifting him a set of monogrammed golf balls or a new set of clubs? Throw in a pair of personalized gloves along with our Hydrating Hand Cream. Golfing all day is hard work.
  3. Set him up with a new regimen. Our Men’s Grooming Basics is a must-have for every man.
  4. Upgrade him. Does Dad have the bare essentials already? Upgrade his current skincare stash with The Executive Collection, a comprehensive set of men’s grooming essentials.
  5. Send him a “man crate” with all his favorite things. Like: his favorite ground coffee. A French press. Shaving Cream. A gift card to his favorite restaurant.
  6. Show him you care. Is he a jet-setter? Put together a care package that makes packing for every trip a little easier—and lets him think of you no matter where in the world he goes. Fill a classic dopp bag with travel-friendly, skincare essentials (just de-pot his favorite Shaving Cream, aftershave lotion, cleanser, serum, and scrub in containers 3.4oz. or smaller). Add in a disposable razor, a toothbrush, tooth paste, floss for good measure, then gift it with a subscription to his favorite magazine so he always has reading material for long flights.
  7. Spend the day with Dad. Whether he’s into hipster breweries or down for a good nature hike, plan a day that’s all about him from day to night. It’s not often we get to spend time with our Dads—make a day of it.

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