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Mario Monthly Edit: December Skin Care

‘Tis the season for self-care.

Giving and gifting has been the theme since Thanksgiving—but in the midst of all the holiday insanity, we’re here to give you a gentle reminder:

Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too.

So: in the spirit of keeping things simple without forging the act of self-care, we’ve concocted an easy regimen for the whole of December. Its purpose? To keep your complexion in check no matter what life throws your way. Walk into any holiday party—and celebrate the new year—with your best face forward.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL

Light, fresh, and dreamy on skin, this fruit-infused face wash is the perfect way to start and end every day. It’s designed to leave your complexion exceptionally clean without feeling stripped.

ALOE VERA TONER

Refresh and re-balance. This simple, soothing toner is the perfect post-cleanse boost that leaves your skin feeling calm and clean.

BOTANICAL EXFOLIATING SCRUB

Prepping before a big night out? Exfoliate to rejuvenate your skin with a fresh-faced glow—and to create a super-smooth canvas for seamless makeup application.

DRYING LOTION

This pink spot treatment should always be in your medicine cabinet—but on the off chance it’s not, add it to your skin care stash, stat. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing that you have an overnight solution for any surface blemishes that just might pop up.

BUFFERING LOTION

If you’re prone to large, under-the-skin bumps, keep Buffering Lotion within reach. Stress sometimes rears its ugly head in the form of a blemish, so be prepared, always.

OIL FREE MOISTURIZER SPF 30

Hydration and sun protection are key, even in the dead of winter. Keep your complexion balanced with a daily dose of Green Tea-infused moisture that leaves skin dewy—never greasy.

If you have parched skin, try The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 for a surge of hydration and a velvety-smooth finish.

FLOWER & TONIC MASK

All skin types need a regular deep clean—but in winter, it’s essential to balance pore-purifying benefits with something replenishing, too. This Gardenia and Evening Primrose-infused formula ensures impurities are lifted from the skin without leaving your complexion feeling dry or tight.

AZULENE CALMING MASK

Reach for this restorative mask whenever your skin is feeling angry, overworked, or winter-worn. This is a comforting formula that blends soothing botanicals and absorbent minerals to bring balance back to your complexion.

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Best Holiday Gift Sets Under $30

Let’s face it. Holiday gift shopping can add up, so to maximize your budget and save you time, we’ve rounded up the best Mario Badescu gift sets under $30. In fact, they’re so irresistible (and affordable!) that you might just have to get them in twos.

One to gift, and one to keep—and you won’t even feel guilty about it.

Mario Badescu Holiday Gift Sets Under 30

THE PERFECT PAIRING

$12 (a $15 value!)

Perfectly paired and even more perfectly priced, this Facial Spray and Lip Balm Duo is bound to make anyone’s day. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or under-$20-present for any holiday gift exchange.

FACIAL SPRAY TRAVEL TRIO

$15

Everyone’s favorite face mists are back again in a trio of travel-friendly minis! Each bag includes Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater; Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea; and Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender.

THE MULTI-TASKERS

$18 (a $20 value!)

Maximize your skin care and get the most out of your products. This Rose-infused duo was made for on-the-go glow-getters who prioritize efficiency. Use Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater from the neck up to refresh skin, hair, and your mood. For everywhere else? Use Rose Hand Cream with Vitamin E on your hands and body, too.

LIP BALM TRIO

$20 (a $24 value!)

A tube for every mood? Yes, please! Gift the entire boxed set as is, or break it apart to make your own custom gift. However you choose to use your trio, know this: each one is formulated with a blend of ultra-rich butters, conditioning oils, and soothing botanicals for mistletoe-ready lips. It’s just a matter of choosing your balm-du-jour: lightly coconutty, sweetly floral, or tingly fresh?

THE HOLIDAY GLOW-UP

$28 (a $36 value!)

Mario minis for the skin care obsessee, designed for dewy, luminous skin. Use Rose Hips Nourishing Oil during the day and Vitamin C Serum as your evening treatment. ‘Tis the season for beautiful skin.

ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT

$28 (a $38 value!)

Gift this five-piece collection to the ultimate MB fan or someone you know who is deserving of some much needed R&R. This is a complete regimen designed to de-stress, replenish, and rejuvenate so you wake up radiant the next day.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

Holiday shopping for everyone on your to-gift list can be daunting. And every year, no matter how organized you think you are, a last-minute need always seems to pop out of nowhere. What to do? Who do you gift what?

Our mantra? Wrap, tape, mist, repeat. The gift ideas are already done and curated for you; all you need to do is keep your favorite face mist on tap to refresh between wrapping.

 Mario Badescu Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone

GIFTS FOR HER

FOR YOUR MOM / MOTHER-IN-LAW:

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil + Rose Facial Spray + Peptide Renewal Cream + Super Collagen Mask + cashmere pashmina or sweater

FOR YOUR GRANDMA:

Almond & Honey Face Scrub + Rose Facial Spray + Caviar Night Cream + Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream + spa gift certificate

FOR YOUR AUNT:

Classics Collection + throw blanket

FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND / WIFE:

Weekend getaway for two + cashmere blanket + toiletries bag + All is Calm, All is Bright

FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND:

The Holiday Glow-Up + The Perfect Pairing

FOR YOUR SISTER(S):

The Multi-Taskers + plush bathrobe + books

FOR YOUR TEEN SISTER / COUSIN:

Facial Spray Travel Trio + Drying Lotion

FOR YOUR CO-WORKER:

Lip Balm Trio

GIFTS FOR HIM

FOR YOUR DAD / FATHER-IN-LAW:

The Executive Collection for Men + his favorite liquor

FOR YOUR GRANDPA:

The Executive Collection for Men + a collection of his favorite films

FOR YOUR UNCLE:

Men’s Grooming Basics

FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND / HUSBAND:

Weekend getaway for two + Men’s Grooming Basics (which includes a dopp bag)

FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND:

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Enzyme Cleansing Gel + Pre-Shave Conditioner + Shaving Cream

FOR YOUR BROTHER:

Men’s Grooming Basics + Drying Lotion

FOR YOUR TEEN BROTHER / COUSIN:

Drying Lotion + Silver Powder + sneakers + sweatshirt

FOR YOUR CO-WORKER:

Hydrating Hand Cream + Lip Wax

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The Monthly Edit: November Skin Care Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

Mario Badescu Monthly Edit Clear Skin Solutions Drying Lotion

It’s time to get down to business.

With the holiday season right around a corner—and trust: it always manages to creep up before you know it—it’s time to take things into our own hands. Rather than let pre-holiday planning and stress get the best of your skin, stock up on these skin care essentials to help keep your complexion looking clear no matter what.

Acne Facial Cleanser

Perfect for acne-prone or troubled skin, this daily face wash is a must-have for keeping skin clear in time for holiday celebrations. Our cleanser is formulated with Salicylic Acid to exfoliate away pore-clogging surface impurities (which are known to cause breakouts) and Thyme Extract to clarify troubled skin.

Special Cucumber Lotion

Enhanced cleansing is just what troubled, stressed-out skin needs. This is a powerful astringent that helps remove excess oil, minimize T-zone shine, and dry up existing breakouts to encourage a clearer-looking complexion.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Radiant, even skin is always the goal—especially when you know there will be camera-happy friends and family snapping away at every family function. We can’t guarantee that your eyes won’t be closed in most of those shots, but we can help you feel confident about going filter-free.

For clear, glowing skin, substitute your usual cleanser for the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser one to three times a week (1-2 times a week for dry skin, 2-3 times a week for oily skin). Glycolic Acid not only exfoliates the skin’s surface, but also boasts the ability to deep clean pores too—making it a must-have for refining congested, uneven complexions.

Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

Clocking in seven hours of sleep is tough when there’s so much to be done—so to help with tired under-eyes, try incorporating a brightening eye cream into your daily regimen. This one is formulated with Euphrasia (also known as ‘Eyebright’) Extract and Rose Hip Oil (a natural source of Vitamin C) to help restore radiance as Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid smooth the look of fine lines.

Plus, this eye cream boasts a super lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that enables you to apply concealer over top—making it the perfect base if you need a little coverage.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

Just because we’re approaching winter doesn’t mean we don’t need sun protection. Keep up with your daily SPF application, ladies and gents.

Buffering Lotion

Prone to large, under-the-surface bumps? This is the spot treatment for you. If you’re prone to whiteheads, however…

Drying Lotion

Your go-to for targeting pesky problems overnight.

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Post-Halloween Madness: How to Bring Back the Clarity in Your Skin

Face feeling a bit congested, tight, or uncomfortable from post-Halloween makeup madness? Here’s how to bring back the clarity:

Post-Halloween Clay Masks How to

Remove your makeup.

Thoroughly—as in, leave no traces behind. We recommend using any of these makeup removers to dissolve away all that intense eye makeup first before going in with your cleansing routine. If you went heavy on the face makeup too, try this #MBSkinTip: Remove your makeup with Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil, then follow with a rinse-off face wash like Enzyme Cleansing Gel to ensure a thorough cleanse.

Hit the reset button.

After a thorough process of makeup-removing and cleansing, set aside 20 minutes for some skin R&R with one of our tonic masks. Mario Badescu “tonic masks” are clay-based masks that work to purify and clarify the skin—which is exactly what post-Halloween skin craves to reset and start fresh.

Not sure which mask is right for your skin type? Here’s the 411:

  • Flower & Tonic Mask is the gentlest of our tonic mask collection. This is a Gardenia and clay-based mask that works restore balance by lifting impurities from the skin while improving moisture retention so all skin types (including sensitive!) appears smoother and more refined.
  • Take it a step up and you have our Orange Tonic Mask and Strawberry Tonic Mask. Both are formulated with a Kaolin and Zinc Oxide base to purify and tighten the appearance of pores, offering added oil-absorbing properties to truly deep clean skin. Orange Tonic Mask contains Orange Peel to rejuvenate and prevent pore congestion, whereas Strawberry Tonic Mask is infused with Strawberry (a source of Vitamin C) to give skin a brightening boost.
  • Then there’s the strongest of the four: Cucumber Tonic Mask. Designed for very oily or congested skin, this powerful purifying formula leaves your complexion refined, smooth, and shine-free. It’s infused with Cucumber to tone and formulated with natural minerals to clarify—making it a must-have mask for getting your skin back into pre-Halloween makeup madness shape.
  • And for troubled areas, try this #MBSkinTip: Apply Buffering Lotion to those erupted areas, then follow with a thin, even layer of Drying Mask on top. This acts a powerful clarifying solution that helps dry up existing surface blemishes and target under-the-skin bumps.

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Shop our tonic masks here.