by Kimberly Yang
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Best Skin Care Sets Under $50

Good beauty products do not have to be expensive,” Mario Badescu wrote in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin, “They only have to be right for your skin.”

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SPRITZ. MIST. GLOW.

Spritz Mist Glow is a trio made for facial spray fanatics. It includes all three of our face mists: the original Rosewater, Green Tea, and our latest, Lavender. There’s joy in collecting them all, but this trio isn’t just meant to sit in your medicine cabinet. Each facial spray was formulated to deliver a specific set of botanical benefits to your skin, and therefore, all three can be incorporated into your day-to-night regimen.

Here’s one idea:

MORNING

Wake up tired skin with an invigorating spritz of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. The Peppermint and Cucumber Essential Waters give skin a cooling boost, making it an AM favorite to start the day.

MIDDAY

Need a midday pick-me-up? Liberally mist Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater all over. A hint of rose lingers behind for a light, fresh floral fragrance, as a botanical blend of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme Extracts revives skin with a dewy glow.

EVENING

Make Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender a staple in your nighttime routine. Calming botanicals instantly help you to unwind before bed while de-stressing skin—all while infusing the brightening benefits of antioxidant Vitamin C into your skin.

Want to learn more about the differences between all three of our facial sprays? Read this.

MASK & MIST DUO

Quick! First words that come to mind when you hear “spa” … Did we hear “cucumber slices?” “Plush terry cloth robes?” “Mask?”

All you need is 20 minutes and this Cucumber-infused Mask & Mist Duo. Fresh cucumber slices and giant white robes are optional, but come highly recommended.

Here’s how to use this set:

  1. Start with clean skin. Always start with a freshly-washed face.
  2. Liberally mist your complexion with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Doing so isn’t just for effect (though it does leave you in a cloud of a rejuvenating Cucumber scent): this step infuses your skin with a veil of hydration and nutrient-rich botanicals.
  3. Apply a thin, even layer of Cucumber Tonic Mask all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Let is set for 15 minutes.
  4. Prep for the removal process. Rinsing off clay masks can be a little tricky, so we recommend this #MBSkinTip borrowed from the aestheticians at our New York City salon and spa. Mist your face once more to soften the mask and help avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on your skin.
  5. Gently wash off the mask and spritz again!

BODY BREAKOUT KIT

 

Treat the skin on the rest of your body like you would your face. Ditch the bar soap (known to strip skin of essential moisture and leave behind a pore-clogging residue) and instead, reach for this revitalizing body wash and clarifying astringent.

For more tips and tricks on how to help fight body breakouts, read this.

ACNE REPAIR KIT

Acne Repair Kit is the trio you keep in your medicine cabinet for skin-mergencies. Featuring three different solutions that target three different type of breakouts, this set makes sure you’re prepared—and ready to put your best face forward no matter what.

Acne Repair Kit includes:

  • Drying Lotion, to target surface blemishes
  • Buffering Lotion, which helps shrink the look of large, under-the-surface bumps
  • Drying Cream, to help reduce the appearance of clusters of both surface and under-the-skin blemishes

To learn more about each product, read this.

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Discover more Mario Badescu gift sets here.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals You Can’t Miss

Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

You’re here for the 411, so we’ll skip the intro and get to the chase. Here’s what you don’t want to miss out on, because these Black Friday and Cyber Monday exclusive deals won’t last forever:

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Save on the entire Mario Badescu line—including your favorite facial sprays and must-have Drying Lotion—this weekend, only on MarioBadescu.com.

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FACIAL SPRAY TRIO: TRAVEL EDITION

$15 $12 SALE

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Travel Trio

For this weekend only, get three travel-sized facial sprays at 20% off. It’s a set you want to get in multiples to stock up on for gifting throughout the holiday season.

Each bag includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (2 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea (2 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender (2 fl oz)

Available only at ULTA.

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ROSE & LAVENDER FACIAL SPRAY DUO

$24 $21 SALE

Mario Badescu Nordstrom Jumbo Rose Lavender Facial Spray Duo

Never be without your favorite floral-infused face mists again.

We know what it’s like when you realize you’re down to the last precious few drops, so we’re saving you the heartache. This must-have duo includes two of our most beloved mists in jumbo sizes so you can mist whenever, wherever:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (8 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender (8 fl oz)

Available only at Nordstrom.

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MULTI-MASKER

$30 $12 SALE

Mario Badescu Multi-Masker Doorbuster

Your favorite Black Friday steal is back again. For just $12, you’re getting three of our most beloved masks:

  • Whitening Mask (1 oz)
  • Flower & Tonic Mask (1 oz)
  • Super Collagen Mask (1 oz)

Not sure what multi-masking is? Don’t worry. Grab the set before it goes, then come back here to learn how to multi-mask like a seasoned pro.

Available only at ULTA.

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ROSE ESSENTIALS

$24 $20 SALE

Mario Badescu Rose Essentials Set

Hello, doorbuster! This is your chance to grab our collection of rose-infused skin care on sale. We recommend adding a minimum of two for your cart—one to gift, and one to keep. Not only is it the perfect present for the rose-obsessed or Rosewater Facial Spray fanatic, but the perfect treat-yourself set that helps unveil your most radiant complexion.

This set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (2 fl oz)
  • Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner (2 fl oz)
  • Rose Hips Mask (0.5 oz)
  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil (0.3 fl oz)

Available only at Macy’s.

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by Kimberly Yang
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#MBRecipe: Solutions For Seriously Dry Skin

Few things are worse than irritated, dry skin. Bouncy, smooth skin is the goal here, but tight and itchy? Not so much.

If your skin is in need of a boost in moisture and glow, add this recipe to your Friday night repertoire. Slip into your robe, have Spotify set at your favorite playlist, light a few candles—whatever suits your fancy, really—and treat you and your skin to a good drink. Make this a well-deserved R&R session if you’re staying in, and if you’re willing to brave the cold for an evening out on the town, let this be your prep for flawless makeup from application to finish.

Bottom’s up!

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Every DIY facial starts with a clean complexion. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone with your trusty favorites—you know how the tune goes. (And if you don’t? We’ve got you covered—read up on our guide to DIY at-home facials!)
  2. Hydrate and brighten. Start by massaging a few drops of the Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C into the skin. Any skincare expert or bona fide junkie will rave on endlessly about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. Add Collagen to the mix and you have yourself an incredibly nourishing, nutrient-rich serum that helps restore skin’s natural moisture, improve clarity, and brighten the skin.
  3. Bring back the dewy glow. Our Rose Hips Mask is a fall Mario Mask Must (can you say that three times fast?!). It’s perfect for sensitive or dull, tired skin in restoring moisture for a healthy, radiant complexion. We’re all about antioxidant Vitamin C for its brightening properties—and this mask is chock full of it.
  4. You’ve got 20 minutes all to yourself. Are you singing along to Marvin Gaye or Barbara Streisand right now? We are. Do feel free to join us…
  5. Rinse well with warm water and follow with, once again, your favorite toner. Take a good look in the mirror—this step is indisputably the most important of them all—and admire your skin for a few moments. Soft, supple, plump, and with a dewy glow to boot.
  6. Are you headed out? Pat on your go-to moisturizer and start the second phase of the beautification process. Relish in the easy application and flawless finish—good skincare and beautiful makeup are inexplicably linked. (Remember that!)
  7. If you’re staying in, lock in all that moisture and glow with the Seaweed Night Cream. It’s the most versatile and lightweight of our creams in that it’s oil-free and therefore non-greasy. Seaweed, Collagen, and Hyaluronic Acid help keep your complexion nourished and hydrated all throughout the night.
  8. Don’t forget the eyes! Reduce the appearance of dry, tired under-eyes and help smooth the look of fine lines with the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream. It’s one of our lighter options, making it a universal choice, but don’t hesitate to reach for something richer if you need it.

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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.

11.11.16 - Fall Layering

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:

Chamomile Cleansing Lotion For dry, sensitive skin.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion Use if your skin leans on the dry side and is in need of gentle brightening.

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion A favorite for keeping combination skin happy and balanced.

Aloe Lotion Our mildest toner for skin that is combination to oily.

 

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 CreamFor 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.

 

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

 


by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: November Skincare 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 Acne Skin Care

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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