by Kimberly Yang
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The Makeup Removers You Need This Halloween

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Dressing up is the half the fun of Halloween (the other half is the sheer abundance of “fun-sized candy bars, which for some bizarre reason, tastes so much better than the original-sized versions). The not so fun part? Removing the face paint and crazy makeup at the end of the night.

To help make the getting un-ready part easy, keep a makeup remover or two on hand: one for your eyes, one for the rest of your face. These are the makeup removers you need this Halloween:

EYE MAKEUP REMOVERS

If you have sensitive skin

Try our Eye Make-Up Remover Cream. It’s a makeup artist favorite for removing tough, waterproof eye makeup while imparting light moisture back into the skin.

If you have dry skin and/or under-eyes…

Try our Carnation Eye Make-Up Remover Oil. This one is formulated with a  blend of rich oils—like the highly emollient Sesame Seed Oil—to dissolve away waterproof eye makeup quickly and effectively.

If you have oily skin

Try our Eye Make-Up Remover Gel (Non-Oily). This non-greasy makeup remover has a unique, gel-like texture that’s lightweight on skin and never leaves behind a slick residue.

FACE MAKEUP REMOVER COMBO

Start by cleansing the skin with our Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil to break down heavy makeup. Tissue the product off, then go in with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (instead of your usual daily cleanser) to further deep clean pores and exfoliate skin. Follow with your favorite toner.

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: October 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 - October Skincare Essentials

Leaves are falling. Halloween stores are setting up shop left and right. If you had any doubt (we’re still experiencing the odd warm-weather day in New York City, so it’s understandable), take a look around: Fall is officially in the air, ladies and gents. Dry air, inevitable chill, and all.

Sweaters may be out of storage, but skin is always in—which is why October is all about maintaining balance as the seasons continue to shift. This is the perfect time to start easing those heavier, creamier moisturizers back into regimen while retiring lightweight formulas. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the skincare we’re into this month:

Super Rich Olive Body Lotion

Autumn air can leave skin tight, ashy, and dry—which is why it’s imperative you moisturize daily. This classic formula is a Badescu best-seller and fall favorite for men and women alike: it’s a rich, nourishing formula infused with Olive Oil to help alleviate dryness for softer, smoother, more radiant-looking skin.

Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

If you’re worried about feeling sticky or greasy post-hand cream application, don’t. Our Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, though creamy in texture, boasts a fast-absorbing formula that sinks in quickly for intense moisture sans the heavy residue. Antioxidant oils nourish dehydrated skin while smoothing the look of fine lines so your hands feel silky-soft, always.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

There’s never a time when we don’t want to glow, but if you need reasons, we got ‘em. Fall weather, personal heaters, and back-to-school stress tend to leave the complexion a little lackluster, which is where masking comes in. For an instant pick-me-up, (and 15-20 minutes of built-in TLC), apply our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask where your skin is looking dull, tired, or dehydrated.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil

If there’s one product you need this season, it’s this. Unlike most facial oils, our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil boasts a lightweight yet moisture-intensive formula that helps revive and smooth dehydrated skin. Rosehip Extract, a natural source of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C, brightens lackluster skin while hydrating any dry patches—revealing softer, more radiant skin.

Seaweed Cleansing Soap

It’s creamy, it’s fresh, it’s oil-free—making it the ideal cleanser for all skin types. It never leaves behind a residue, nor does it leave the skin feeling tight or dry. (Enzyme Cleansing Gel fans, you’ll love this face wash as a fall/winter alternative!)

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

This is the ideal, in-between-seasons toner. It’s a gentler alternative to an astringent (like our Cucumber Cleansing Lotion), but it still offers enhanced cleansing thanks to its Witch Hazel content.

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See more of our fall favorites here.


by Kimberly Yang
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What’s the Difference Between Toner and Facial Spray?

Since the launch of our floral Witch Hazel toners, we’ve been frequently asked how toners and facial sprays differ—and if both are necessary in a routine.

Difference Between Toner and Facial Spray

Are toners and facial sprays different?

Yes, toners and face mists are different! Toners (also known as “cleansing lotions” in our line) are formulated to re-balance skin after you’ve washed your face while adding a weightless layer of complexion-boosting benefits to your skin. (Witch Hazel & Lavender Toner, for example, helps clarify and soothe skin in addition to sweeping away any remaining surface impurities.) Think of toners as part of your cleansing routine:  the non-negotiable part two after you rinse off your go-to cleanser.

Our Facial Sprays are formulated to replenish and refresh your skin. True, our mists are great multi-taskers, but their primary purpose is to boost hydration and infuse botanical benefits (depending on facial spray you choose) into your skin care and makeup, too.

How do you use both toner and facial spray in your routine?

Here’s how:

  1. Wash your face with a cleanser.
  2. Pat dry, then dampen a cotton ball or pad with toner. Sweep the cotton across your face in upward options (avoiding the eye area) until the cotton comes up clean.
  3. Liberally mist your face and neck with a Mario Badescu Facial Spray…
  4. …and while your skin is still dewy, apply your serum/moisturizer. Doing so helps give ingredients like Sodium Hyaluronate or Hyaluronic Acid (or other humectants found in your skin care) more water to bind to and draw into the skin—therefore maximizing moisturization.

Not sure how to start building your regimen? Check out our beginner’s guide.

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by Nicole Darmanin
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Layering Products in Your Skin Care Routine

Layering has been top-of-mind for me lately. Fall here in New York City has, well, fallen, and in addition to unearthing my scarves and hats, I’m revamping my seasonal skin care strategy.

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While the practice of layering skin care is something that should be done year round, I feel that it becomes particularly important when temperatures drop and even those with oily skin can start to feel dry. This is the time of year when in addition to protecting skin from the rays of the sun, we are also protecting it from dryness and dehydration, which can throw skin off balance and even trigger irritation. Applying the proper layers of skin care will keep skin balanced, nourished and hopefully unscathed during the cold months ahead.

The first step is to wash the face with a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Not sure which cleanser you should use? We help you choose the perfect cleanser here.

Layer #1: Toner

During colder months try transitioning to a mildest toner formula that will still address your skin’s needs. We love these:

Layer #2 Serum

Serums are the gems in your skin care crown. These brilliant little skin saviors supercharge your regimen with their concentrated formulas.

  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil A  lightweight, rejuvenating oil that works wonders for boosting moisture on combination, dry, and sensitive skin types.
  • Cellufirm DropsThis classic emulsion contains ingredients that work to draw moisture to skin to plump fine lines. Best part? It is gentle enough to use around the eyes!
  • Vitamin C SerumSkin feeling the cold weather blues? All skin types can benefit from the complexion-boosting properties of Vitamin C.
  • Herbal Hydrating Serum–  All skin types love this water-based gel-serum. Think of it as a drink of water for parched skin. Those who are oily and/or acne-prone especially love it for its ability to hydrate without causing congestion.

Layer #3 Eye Cream

Did you know that the skin around the eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face? This leaves it more vulnerable to dryness, lines, and wrinkles.

  • Olive Eye CreamThose prone to dryness will love the relief that this Olive Oil infused formula provides.
  • Hyaluronic Eye CreamThis best-selling eye cream is a customer favorite for good reason. It sinks right in, provides skin smoothing hydration, and protects delicate eye-area skin from moisture loss.
  • Dermonectin Eye CreamA favorite for those prone to sagging. Peptides work  to pep up tired skin and boost collagen production.

 

Layer #4 Moisturizer

  • Caviar Day Cream– For dry skin types in need of intensive moisture, this ultra-rich, nourishing cream works like a charm to soften and protect from wind and dry air.
  • The Moisture Magnet SPF 15This go-to formula keeps combination and dry skin comfortable and moisturized without weighing it down.
  • Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 The perfect winter moisturizer for normal, combination skin. Keeps skin soft and provides moderate sun protection.
  • Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15Formulated without any oils to keep oily, acne-prone skin hydrated and protected from the sun without encouraging breakouts.

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There you have it! Will you be layering up this winter?

 


by Kimberly Yang
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Back-To-School Basics

Whether you’re headed back to school or just want a fresh start for the new season, clear out your medicine cabinet so you can get rid of the old, empty, and used. After all, September (a.k.a. Back-To-School) is all about returning to the basics. The goal isn’t to stir things up—we know seasonal changes and new beginnings can be stressful—it’s to go back to the tried-and-true favorites we trust. The result? You’re able to help your skin maintain balance and achieve healthier, clearer-looking skin.

To help you put your best face forward no matter what, keep these back-to-school basics in your skincare stash:

Mario Badescu Back to School Beauty BasicsEnzyme Cleansing Gel 

Perfect for all skin types, this refreshing face wash is infused with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and natural fruit enzymes (found in Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts) to provide effective—but gentle—exfoliation. Dulling dead skin cells and pore-clogging oils are removed from the surface to ensure that your complexion looks and feels rejuvenated.

#MBSkinTip: Leave the cleanser on your skin for an extra minute or so to allow more time for the AHAs to work their magic. Then, massage the gel into your face once more before rinsing well with warm water.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 

This cult-favorite facial mist is a must-have—so much so that we keep one at home and one in our backpack. To help wake up tired skin and boost hydration during those early mornings, we love a good spritz before we apply our moisturizer and after makeup application.

You can also revive dull or oily skin throughout the day—simply mist your face whenever, wherever.

#MBSkinTip: Keep one in your gym locker to help refresh your hair, face, and body.

Drying Lotion

Pesky problems seem to pop up when you least expect them to—or right before Picture Day (or a big meeting). Our solution? Nip it in the bud while you sleep. Simply dip a clean cotton swab into the pink sediment, dab the product directly on any surface blemishes, and go to sleep.

It’s that simple.

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