by Kimberly Yang
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New Year’s Resolutions You Can *Actually* Keep

New year, new you seems to be the theme every year—but instead of resigning to do some catchy ditty that implies that your current self is somehow less than, let’s shift our mindset a little.

How about new year, new to-dos? Just simple, adoptable, good-for-you habits that can make a viable difference in your life. Keep the things you love, and build upon them with resolutions you can actually keep. In the spirit of positive affirmations only and a resounding resolve to start the Roaring 20s (Redux) right, here are a list of do-able, feel-good beauty resolutions to take into the new year:

1. HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE AND OUT

You know you should be drinking water, moisturizing twice daily, the whole lot—but for 2020, we’re buying ourselves a giant Hydroflask and sticking to it.

Ahead of the game and already moisturizing day and night? Take it one step further by adding any Mario Badescu Facial Spray into your hydration routine. Mist your skin after you’ve cleansed and toned, then apply face cream or serum while your skin is still dewy. Doing so will not only improve moisturization, but also infuse additional botanical benefits into your skin care.

2. MASK MORE

Last year you aimed for once a month (or whenever you remembered). This year, aim for the aesthetician-recommended two-to-three times a week. Try it for a week and you’ll notice enough of a visible difference to maintain this habit.

Do it for the glow and the ‘gram.

(Not sure which mask is right for you? Check out our guide. Already mask pro? Become a multi-tasking mask master. Here’s how.)

3. TONE IT UP

If you haven’t already, make it a mission to incorporate a toner into your daily routine. It takes an extra 30 seconds, but (weightlessly) adds additional complexion-boosting benefits all while re-balancing your skin post-cleanse.

See more of our toners (also known as “cleansing lotions”) here.

4. ADD IN A SERUM

2020 is the year you take self-care seriously. Elevate your current skin care regimen and add a serum into the mix.

But which, you ask? We have an in-depth guide, but if you’re pressed for time, here’s an at-a-glance breakdown based on targeted concerns:

5. DOT, DON’T POP

Picking at pimples and other self-perceived imperfections is a hard habit to break—but this year, choose to dot over the urge to pick or pop.

  • For surface blemishes that come to a head, create a perfect pink dot with Drying Lotion to help dry that pesky spot up.
  • For smaller bumps and blemishes, reach for Drying Cream. Apply just enough cream to cover the area, then lightly tap it in until the product blends into your skin.
  • For large, under-the-skin bumps, Buffering Lotion is your solution. Shake it, squeeze out one drop onto a clean fingertip, and gently apply it directly onto the bump.

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That’s it—happy New Year!


by Kimberly Yang
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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Last-minute gift ideas that will seem anything but.

Need a stocking stuffer ASAP?

Head to your local Ulta, Macy’s, or Saks Off Fifth and grab a few travel-sized best-sellers. Gift them individually or create your own little bundle for an easy, personalized gift!

Forgot your Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gift?

Order a Mario Badescu e-card and print it out on cardstock. Or, if you have some time, run to any beauty department that carries MB and grab any gift set under $25 like our lip balm trio, mini face mist trio, or $12 holiday ornament.

Looking for a juicy present that doesn’t break the bank?

Holiday Heroes is a five-piece collection that highlights some of our most beloved, tried-and-true skin care staples over the last half a century.

Still not able to find something truly unique for your special someone?

Gift them a Mario Badescu gift certificate—or personalize a spa treatment for them (if they’re near our Manhattan salon).

And if you have no idea what to get or where to start…

You can’t go wrong with a gilded gift set. Grab our a few of our under-$30 gift sets on Mario Badescu.com and receive free 2-day shipping when you spend $100+!

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by Kimberly Yang
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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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by Kimberly Yang
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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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by Kimberly Yang
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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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