by Nicole Darmanin

The Best Cleanser/Toner Duos for Your Skin Type

Because the right cleanser and toner can make or break your daily skin care regimen.

If your skin care regimen was a house, your cleansing and toning routine would be the foundation. These steps set the rest of your regimen up for success. Using a cleanser or toner that is too aggressive can leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, which can lead to dry patches and flaking. Using ones that are too mild for your skin type may cause congestion, blackheads, and milia.

The right duo will leave your skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Whether you are cleansing after a night’s sleep in the morning or washing away traces of a long day before bed, there are few things in life that feel quite as nice as a freshly washed face. Keep reading for our favorite cleanser/toner duos for every skin type.

Mario Badescu Toners


Botanical Facial Gel– This Grapefruit-infused cleanser breaks down shine and impurities on even the oiliest skin types without being harsh. It is a great summertime face wash if your oil production rises when the thermometer does.
Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Acne Facial Cleanser– Deep clean pores to promote clarity and prevent congestion with this popular daily gel cleanser. This formula contains complexion-boosting botanicals including Thyme Extract, which has been shown in studies to help banish blemishes.
Tone with Special Cleansing Lotion C


Enzyme Cleansing Gel-This best-selling formula is so addictive it makes its devotees look forward to waking up for work so they can wash their face. Grapefruit and Papaya Extracts work to gently brighten while the non-foaming gel formula removes makeup and impurities. Perfect for skin types that swing from dry in some spots to oily in others.
Combo/oily? Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
Comb/dry? Try Glycolic Acid Toner

Seaweed Cleansing Soap– If you have combination skin that needs a gentle but thorough cleanser, look no more. This creamy wash is brimming with mineral-rich seaweed and rinses clean without leaving skin feeling tight.
Tone with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

Orange Cleansing Soap-Combination/dry skin loves this formula that removes traces of makeup and leaves skin soft and never tight, even with daily use.
Tone with Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion


Keratoplast Cream Soap-Dry skin is especially vulnerable to rough patches. This mild cleanser works to gently smooth away roughness without depleting essential moisture.
Tone with Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion

Cucumber Cream Soap-Cooling mineral-rich Cucumber Extract is just what dry, angry skin needs to restore balance and maintain moisture levels.
Tone with Aloe Vera Toner


Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– All skin types can take their cleansing regimen to the next level by swapping their daily wash with this one 2-3 times a week. This foaming wash combines deep cleansing properties with the brightening, smoothing benefits of Glycolic Acid to reveal clear, rejuvenated skin.


Does your cleanse and tone routine need a makeover?

by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: February Skincare

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials.

Mario Badescu Skincare Monthly Edit Medicine Cabinet

January was all about brightening and smoothing, natch (there really is no better way to start off a new year, to be honest). This month, we’re going back to the basics for two reasons:

  1. To maintain balance to windy, winter weather doesn’t wreak havoc on our skin, and
  2. To let us take a closer look at what our skin really

Too often we’re tempted by the latest series of peels or acid-based products (which usually happens right before the New Year in a rushed attempt to get our skin looking as perfect as possible)—and while those things can benefit your skin, they’re not for every skin type. (It’s also important to note that too much can take a toll on your skin, no matter how oily or resilient you think your skin is.)

…which is where simple, gentle, and effective skin care come into play. Forget the bells and whistles for a second, and instead, reach for tried-and-true staples that can return your skin back to a state of balance.

Here’s what we recommend for dry, sensitive, or over-worked skin this month. (And if you’re combination/oily, we recommend following this regimen instead.)

Cream Soap. This is the most gentle face wash in our entire line. It’s creamy, it’s moisturizing, and it’s fragrance-free—making it the go-to cleanser for those with reactive skin. Light makeup, excess oil, and impurities are washed away without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

Chamomile Cleansing Lotion. Another go-to for sensitive skin, this toner harbors the Chamomile’s calming properties to help comfort and re-balance skin after cleansing.

Flower & Tonic Mask. All skin types—including dry—need a weekly deep cleaning. Our Flower & Tonic Mask is a mild, purifying mask that gently pulls out impurities from pores as antioxidant Evening Primrose and Gardenia work to help improve moisture levels and encourage firmer, smoother skin.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This under-the-radar skin-saver deserves more time in the limelight. Its lightweight formula sinks in quickly to revive flaky or dehydrated areas while giving skin a dewy, youthful glow.

#MBSkinTip 1: Keep a bottle on hand at all times to smooth dry patches (like between the brows or around the nose). Simply apply 1-2 drops to the areas that need a hydration boost to rejuvenate skin.

#MBSkinTip 2: Stash this oil in your carry-on. This frequent flyer fave is a must for beating cabin air (notorious for making skin dry, tight, and totally out-of-balance.)

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. If you haven’t tried this facial mist, trust [the countless fans who adore it]. Your skin needed a spritz of this yesterday.


by Kimberly Yang

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

Not sure what to gift the special women in your life? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide for unique and thoughtful ideas.

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For Mom / the Mother-in-Law:

2 dozen white roses + Peptide Renewal Cream + Peptide Renewal Serum

(or, if you’re in the NYC area—a gift certificate to our spa!)

For Your Aunt:

her favorite flowers + Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E + Vitamin E Body Lotion + Facial Spray

For Your Best Friend:

a kitschy Valentine + box of chocolates + Facial Spray

For Your Sister(s):

Drying Lotion + Facial Spray (a smaller bottle to keep in her bag + the larger one to keep at her vanity!)

For Your Co-Worker:

Facial Spray

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For the Girly-Girl:

pink peonies + Facial Spray + Strawberry Tonic Mask + Strawberry Face Scrub

For the Uptown Sophisticate:

white roses + Flower & Tonic Mask + Caviar Day Cream + Caviar Night Cream


For the Makeup Lover / YouTube Beauty Guru:

pink roses + Facial Spray + Eye Makeup Remover Cream + Temporary Lifting Mask

For the Jet-Setter:

tickets for a romantic getaway for two + Facial Spray + Super Collagen Mask + Hydro-Emollient Cream

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by Kimberly Yang

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

Not sure what to gift the special guy in your life this Valentine’s Day? Check out our men’s gift guide for thoughtful and unique ideas:

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For Dad / the Father-in-Law:

The Executive Collection for Men

For Your Uncle:

Men’s Grooming Basics + a gift card to his favorite restaurant

For Your Best Friend:

dopp bag + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Shaving Cream

For Your Brother(s):

Men’s Grooming Basics + Amazon gift card

For Your Co-Worker:

Peppermint Shaving Cream

For the Classic Man:

silk pocket square + monogrammed cufflinks + dopp bag + Pre-Shave Conditioner + Shaving Cream + Vital with Collagen & Elastin + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

For the Downtown Guy:

knit beanie + messenger bag + Peppermint Shaving Cream + After Shave Moisturizer

For the Gamer:

the latest/his favorite video game + Hydrating Hand Cream + Shaving Cream + Protein After Shave Lotion

For the Gym Buff:

gym duffel + monogrammed towel + shaker bottle + Men’s Grooming Basics

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by Kimberly Yang

Superbowl Sunday Skin Care

Superbowl Sunday Skincare

Whether you’re a football fanatic or get (begrudgingly) roped into watching athletic things you have zero interest in, we’re proposing a solution that will make both sports fans and non-participants enjoy the Superbowl that much more. You have your jersey. Your seven-layer dip. Your favorite beer. Let’s add a little self-care to the mix and you have your Superbowl Sunday skin care so that no matter the outcome (especially if you’re someone who cares), you’ll be glowing. Defeated, maybe, but glowing.

Here’s how to get your game day ritual going:

The Ultimate Pregame

Between sneaking bites of chips and dip or sips of beer, take your typical pregame to the next level so that you arrive to the bar/living room with your game face on. Literally.

  1. Start with Botanical Exfoliating Scrub to get everything looking shiny and new. The key is to gently massage the exfoliant in circular motions for at least 30 seconds to allow those finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds to polish your skin until it’s soft and smooth.
  2. Once you’ve rid your skin of all that unwanted gunk and grime, it’s time to purify. Exfoliating helps loosen up pore-clogging sebum so that your clay-based masks can work more effectively at lifting impurities from your skin. You could just apply your favorite mask, but we suggest multi-masking. Apply Silver Powder on your T-zone to help minimize the look of stubborn blackheads (here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use Silver Powder), and apply your go-to radiance-boosting mask everywhere else. (We recommend using Enzyme Revitalizing Mask for that instant-gratification glow.)
  3. We know you’re eager to get back to pregame duties, so we’re giving you the green light to cut the waiting time short. Leave on your mask for about 10 minutes, remove it with warm water, and follow with toner and your go-to moisturizer.
  4. Stash a few facial sprays in your cooler or fridge (or if you’re going out, take one to go). Trust us on this one.

1st Quarter

Things are going fairly well. Spirits are high: it’s still early in the game, every call is exhilarating, and there are plenty of apps and beer to go around. Spritz your skin with rosewater Facial Spray to keep the glow going. (It’ll look great in selfies.)

2nd Quarter

There are now more chips than there is dip available—and the game is starting to get serious. Are your lips dry from all the shouting (or awkward smiling from pretending you know what’s going on)? Take a sip of water (stay hydrated), apply Cellufirm Drops around your mouth to replenish those dry corners, and smack on some Lip Wax. Continue, as you do.


Screw the commercials. Use this time to de-stress your skin because there’s still a ways to go and you’re too worked up. Liberally mist your complexion with our Lavender Facial Spray, then apply a thin, even layer of Azulene Calming Mask to get your skin feeling zen.

But, if watching the Superbowl ads is a long-standing tradition you simply cannot miss, just reach for Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender. On top of re-balancing skin and soothing your complexion, it’ll have been chilled from being stored in the cooler—offering your skin this cooling, calming mist that’ll help take your mind off of the score.

3rd Quarter

You’re ready and refreshed for the second half of the game. Remember this moment, because it’s not going to last for long.

4th Quarter

Stakes are high. Tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Pass around the Lavender Facial Spray, or just mist the general area whenever the room needs a collective cool-down during the last few minutes. And just in case the game rolls into overtime…


Keep Lavender Facial Spray on tap, and if you’re up for it, utilize these crucial few minutes to better your skin and keep yourself occupied. A few ideas:

  • Apply hand cream to prevent flailing your arms about in excitement/despair and inevitably (a) hitting someone square in the face or (b) knocking over a drink or propelling a plate of half-eaten wings onto the carpet. Fight the urge by really working in the hand cream. Give your hands a massage while you’re at it. You’re welcome. Plus, your hands will be ready for all the post-game, good-spirited handshakes. You might be able to fake good sportsmanship, but you can’t fake well cared-for hands.
  • Are you notorious for not having the greatest sportsmanship post-game where, instead of making your rounds of hugs and handshakes, prefer to skulk off and wallow? No worries, no judgment here. Reach for Cuticle Cream—a thick, goopy cream that makes for sticky fingers but very happy cuticles—to occupy nervous hands throughout overtime and give you a real excuse not to participate in the post-game kumbaya.

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