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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 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.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her

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

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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The Monthly Edit: February Skin Care

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

Mario Badescu Februrary Monthly Edit

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 needs

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.

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The Best Mask for Your Skin Type

Best Mask for Your Skin Type

If you’re not masking, you’re missing out. Think of masks as a mini facial-between-facials: they help target specific concerns (dullness, discoloration, aging, congestion, breakouts, etc.), keeping your skin in tip-top shape until you next visit to the salon.

How often should you mask you ask? Funny you inquire.

Mask twice a week.

Our aestheticians recommend up to three times a week depending on your skin type and concern(s). All you need is a mask (or multiple, if you want to give multi-masking a whirl), 10-20 minutes a pop, and a candle or two to light up. (Good vibes, always.)

Not sure where to start? Here’s a breakdown of which masks do what so you can find the best mask for your skin type:

CALM + SOOTHE: Azulene Calming Mask

CALM + NOURISH: Calma Mask

TARGET BREAKOUTS: Drying Mask

RE-BALANCE ACNE-PRONE SKIN: Healing & Soothing Mask

DE-SLICK + CONTROL: Special Mask for Oily Skin

DECONGEST + RE-BALANCE: Flower & Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + PURIFY: Orange Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + BRIGHTEN: Strawberry Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + DEEP CLEAN: Cucumber Tonic Mask

BRIGHTEN + REVITALIZE: Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

DIMINISH DISCOLORATION: Whitening Mask

NOURISH + REVIVE: Rose Hips Mask

PLUMP + FIRM: Super Collagen Mask

DE-STRESS + DEEPLY HYDRATE: Ginkgo Mask

TIGHTEN + LIFT: Temporary Lifting Mask

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SHOP MASKS


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What’s the Difference Between All Four Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?

Since the launch of our latest Orange Blossom-infused facial spray, our most frequently asked question has been “What’s the difference between the four Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?” Here’s a breakdown of each facial mist: what a facial spray is, what it does, and key ingredients.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Comparison Guide

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

What it is: The OG cult-favorite. A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

What it is: An invigorating facial mist formulated with nutrient-botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

What it is: A soothing mist infused with calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C to replenish skin while combating against skin-aging free radicals.

What it does: Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, SAGE AND ORANGE BLOSSOM

What it is: Our latest. An uplifting blend of purifying botanical extracts and Sage and Orange Blossom Essential Waters combine to re-energize and refresh skin.

What it does: Hydrates, tones, and boosts clarity.

Key ingredients: Orange Blossom Essential Water, Sage Essential Water, Thyme Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

 

How to use Mario Badescu Facial Spray

“How do I use a facial spray?”

Each of these mists were made to multi-task. Spritz on clean skin for added hydration before you apply moisturizer, throughout the day to revive and refresh skin, or after makeup application for a dewy finish.

“How do I use all four Mario Badescu facial sprays?”

Each of our mists can be used whenever, wherever—but it’s easy to incorporate all three into your day-to-night regimen. Here’s one (of many!) ways to use your mists:

MORNING

Start your day with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Mist on clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration and tone your complexion.

DURING MAKEUP APPLICATION

Dampen your favorite makeup brushes or sponge using our rose face mist. Once you’re done, mist your complexion to give your final look a dewy finish.

AFTERNOON

Liberally mist Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom throughout the day whenever you need an instant pick-me-up.

EVENING

Set the tone before bed. Use our Lavender facial spray before you apply your nightly serum and night cream for a calming botanical boost.


by Kimberly Yang
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Protective Face Creams for Dry, Winter-Worn Skin

When your moisturizer is no match for the cold and your skin is left parched, tired, and worse for wear, you call for backup.

Mario Badescu Protective Face Creams for Dry, Winter Skin

Enter protective day creams: ultra-rich, moisture-intensive formulas designed to deeply nourish and help shield skin against harsh weather conditions. These are sumptuous, decadent face creams that replenish depleted complexions and restore bounce to wind-chapped skin.

Sound like you? Here are our most beloved winter face creams, ranked from lightest to richest so you can find your perfect cold-weather skin savior.

ORANGE PROTECTIVE CREAM

Our most lightweight formula in the line, infused with Orange Peel Extract to provide a rejuvenating boost.

GINSENG MOIST CREAM

An energizing formula that brings back the life to dull, dehydrated skin.

PROTECTIVE DAY CREAM

A cold-weather staple. Creamy yet fast-absorbing, this classic formula helps replenish, lock in moisture, and protect against dehydration.

HYALURONIC DAY CREAM

Skin-conditioning oils and moisture-binding humectants revive dry, dull skin—leaving your complexion soft, smooth, and perfectly dewy.

SKIN RENEWAL COMPLEX

A rejuvenating formula that helps promote a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.

KERA MOIST CREAM

A rich formula designed to help alleviate discomfort from dryness and deeply moisturize parched skin.

HYDRO-EMOLLIENT CREAM

Famously known as our “in-flight” face cream. This ultra-nourishing formula deeply moisturizes depleted skin and helps reinforce its protective moisture barrier.

CAVIAR DAY CREAM

A luxurious, skin-smoothing formula infused with Caviar Extract to revitalize depleted skin.

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Shop all protective day creams.