by Kimberly Yang

Your New Favorite Lip Balm is Here

Mario Badescu New Lip Balm Review

Goldilocks, look no further because your new favorite lip balm is finally here.

After a year of formulating and re-formulating until everything was just right—from consistency and ingredient pairings to finish and of course, scent!—we launched Lip Balm. Lip Balm, in the perfect throw-in-your-pocket-and-go squeeze-y tube. Not to be confused with the original Lip Wax (more on that later).

What is Lip Balm?

Mario Badescu Lip Balm is a decadent formula that nourishes dry lips with a blend of nutrient-dense butters and moisturizing oils. Formulated with Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and antioxidant Vitamin E, this ultra-rich, coconut-scented balm melts into the skin to replenish and renew lips. Lips are left feeling soft, smooth, and supple.

#MBSkinTip: Lip Balm acts as an evening lip treatment, too. Apply a generous, even layer over lips before bed as an overnight, leave-on “lip mask” that restores moisture while you sleep.

Do You Need Lip Balm?

Short answer, yes. The skin on your lips is incredibly thin and delicate. Plus, it’s unable to produce oil (like the rest of the face) to protect its outermost barrier—which is why lip care needs to be a non-negotiable step in every skin care routine.

Lip Wax vs. Lip Balm: What’s the Difference?

Mario Badescu Lip Wax vs Lip Balm

Our original Lip Wax boasts a lightweight formula that glides on easily for a natural, non-shiny finish. It’s the perfect everyday formula that allows you to swipe on and go.

Lip Balm can be applied day or night as well—but unlike Lip Wax, the formula is rich in consistency and buttery in texture. It’s designed to envelop parched lips in moisture and lock in lasting hydration.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: August 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.

August Skincare Favorites - Mario Badescu Monthly Edit

How is it August already? Time flies when you’re having fun or whatever, but seriously—where did summer go?

We’re still milking the concept of glowing, summer skin for as long as we can (it’s pretty much the mantra at MB HQ year-round). To help keep skin radiant but also ease it into fall, here are the August skincare essentials we’re keeping on rotation:

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

When in doubt, go green. This is the staple face wash for all skin types, year round—making it perfect to use in August when days are still blazing but nights are feeling more like fall. Refreshing alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes gently exfoliate away dulling dead skin cells to help rejuvenate your complexion with every cleanse.

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Our skin has finally acclimated to the crazy hot weather, so we’re swapping out Special Cucumber Lotion for the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This astringent still helps get rid of T-zone shine, but it’s a gentler option for combination/oily skin that’s relatively skin, but could use the extra boost.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Last month was all about the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, but this month we’re onto the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Sometimes it’s just nice to switching things up a bit so you (and your skin) get a breath of fresh air.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

We don’t just use it on our face—we love using it on our bodies too. Once or twice a week, we’ll cleanse our arms, back, and legs (where skin is prone to bumpiness or congestion) to help keep skin looking clear and smooth. The shorts may be going away soon, but head-to-toe glow is still our number one priority.

Formula 200 Body Lotion

Morning shower-ers (or impatient moisturizer-ers), rejoice. This is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that gets the job done. Simply apply post shower and you could get dressed without feeling sticky—immediately.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

Here’s an #MBSkinTip: We stash a bottle in our car so we’re reminded to (1) moisturize and (2) protect our hands before we start driving. It’s a facial moisturizer—but because of it’s oil-free formula, we love using it as a sunscreen-and-hand-cream 2-in-1 to help prevent incidental sun damage.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Perfect Summer Body Lotion

The limit may not exist—but the perfect summer body lotion does.

Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion

What it is:

Summer Shine Body Lotion, a.k.a. Summer bottled up. This seemingly improbable feat was somehow achieved by one such Mario Badescu… which means you have complete access to warm weather vibes and sun-kissed glow no matter where you are or the time of year.

What it does:

Imparts a luminous highlight wherever it’s applied, and lightly moisturizes skin too. Formulated with nourishing oils and antioxidant Vitamin A to nourish skin, this lightweight body cream is just the product you want when you want your limbs out and on display. Subtle shimmer is infused to add a beautiful gleam, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing.

What we love about it:

It’s the perfect pick-me-up on the gloomiest of days or in the dead of winter—but it’s also the quintessential summer must-have that heightens every beachside moment or tropical vacation by setting the mood and the glow. It smells like summer in the best possible way. Light, fresh, sweet, luminous, and coconutty, Summer Shine Body Lotion is both delectable and delightful—adding a hint of addictively sweet (but never unbearingly saccharine) fragrance.

But scent aside, it’s beautiful. Subtle shimmer gives the skin a sophisticated, like the sun or candlelight found you.

How to use it:

Apply Summer Shine Body Lotion wherever your heart desires. Do as the makeup artists do backstage before sending models down the runway: apply it wherever skin is exposed for a beautiful gleam. Or for a more subtle approach, apply it only where the light would naturally hit your skin: the collarbones, tops of your shoulders, and down the front of your legs.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Best Oil-Free Skincare Products

Our prerogative is to keep things light, fresh, and dewy no matter what summer throws our way. Ninety-degree weather? We’re not fazed. Humidity like you wouldn’t believe? No problem. We’re armed and ready with oil-free skin care products for every skin type.

Mario Badescu Oil Free Face Cleansers

Seaweed Cleansing Soap

What it is: A creamy—but still oil-free!—cleanser enriched with marine botanicals. Tiny seaweed grains buff away dulling, dead skin cells to soften and rejuvenate skin.

Who it’s for: All skin types

#MBSkinTip: Love seaweed-infused skin care? Try Seaweed Cleansing Lotion and Seaweed Night Cream, both of which are packed with mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract (a type of seaweed) and are oil-free.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

What it is: A fruit extract-infused face wash is as refreshing as it sounds. It’s an oil-free gel formula that rinses away pore-clogging oil, light makeup, and surface impurities to reveal a bright, fresh-faced complexion.

Who it’s for: All skin types

#MBSkinTip: Toner is essential to the cleansing process. After you’ve washed your face, we recommend following with…

Acne Facial Cleanser

What it is: A daily face wash specially formulated for troubled, congested skin. This cleanser features Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract to help clarify and promote a clearer-looking complexion. And of course, it’s oil-free.

Who it’s for: Oily, congested, or troubled skin

#MBSkinTip: Take it to the next level and follow with Special Cucumber Lotion.

Botanical Facial Gel

What it is: A daily face wash that removes pore-clogging oil and helps cut T-zone shine.

Who it’s for: Oily skin

#MBSkinTip: After washing our face, follow with toner to further remove surface impurities and excess oil. Cucumber Cleansing Lotion was made for you.

Ceramide Eye Gel

What it is: A water-light, oil-free gel that delivers essential hydration to the eye area without feeling heavy (or looking slick) on skin.

Who it’s for: All skin types—but especially Oily skin types!

#MBSkinTip: Pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling, instant wake-me-up effect!

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizers

Oil Free Moisturizer

What it is: An ultra-lightweight moisturizer you can use day and night.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17

What it is: A lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection. It’s oil-free and fragrance-free—making it the perfect daytime formula if you have congested or troubled skin.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

What it is: A creamy, oil-free moisturizer infused with Aloe Vera and Extracts of Green Tea and St. John’s Wort. One of our most frequently asked questions is how this one compares to the other oil-free moisturizers in our range; Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 is still lightweight, but of the line-up, has a richer consistency that makes it a favorite for all skin types—not just those who are oily.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15

What it is: An Aloe-infused moisturizer that helps hydrate, soothe, and protect—which is why it’s a favorite for those with troubled skin.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Mario Badescu Oil Free Skin Care

Herbal Hydrating Serum

What it is: Dewy skin in a bottle. Lightweight, versatile, and oil-free, this gel-serum can be worn alone or over your favorite moisturizer (oil-free or not), which allows you to customize how—and where—you hydrate.

Who it’s for: All skin types

Seaweed Night Cream

What it is: A nourishing night cream formulated sans oil. Just because your skin feels oilier doesn’t mean it doesn’t need proper moisture and hydration. Mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract, Collagen, Elastin, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine in a moisturizing blend that leaves skin soft, smooth, and radiant come morning.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

#MBSkinTip: Say it’s the hottest night of the year and you want skip night cream. Use your daytime, non-SPF moisturizer (like Oil Free Moisturizer, for example) and layer Herbal Hydrating Serum on top for an ultra-lightweight, refreshing boost of hydration.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: Glowing for July

Glowing Summer Skin RegimenGlowing Summer Skin Regimen

If there’s an ideal time to glow hard, it’s now. We want clear, radiant, and luminous skin for the summer (well, all year-round actually—but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet!), so these are the skincare products we’re reaching for all July long:

  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: Part cleanser and part exfoliant, this multi-tasking hybrid deep cleans skin of pore-clogging impurities while rejuvenating dull skin. Glycolic Acid retexturizes uneven skin and helps brighten areas of discoloration—leaving the complexion clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.

#MBSkinTip: Got bumps or breakouts on your neck, chest, back, arms, or legs? Don’t be afraid to incorporate the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser into your body regimen, too. Use it one to three times a week (just as you would for your face) to target those troubled areas.

  • Special Cucumber Lotion: Sometimes you need a little extra somethin’-somethin’. To help keep excess oil and problem-prone skin in check, give your skin a good sweep with this clarifying toner.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: We love how this scrub leaves our face feeling fresh—but we love using it on our body, too. To help keep summer skin soft, smooth, and glowing from head to toe, we make sure we give our skin a good polish two to three times a week.
  • Orange Tonic Mask: Weekends should be spent masking while indulging in new summer reads. The Orange Tonic Mask is our treat of choice (and no, not just because it smells like the creamsicles of our youth, spent hailing ice cream trucks from a mile away) because it’s formulated with Orange Peel to rejuvenate and natural minerals to help purify and tighten the appearance of pores.
  • Silver Powder: Bust blackheads and T-zone congestion with this unique treatment. Simply dampen a cotton pad, dip it into the white powder, and pat it wherever you need clarifying.
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: This mist never leaves our beloved medicine cabinet, but now that we’re averaging 90-degree days, we’re storing Facial Spray in our fridge instead. Nothing beats a cooling, refreshing boost on a hot summer day.
  • A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer: Lightweight, radiance-boosting hydration is exactly what skin needs this summer.
  • Citrus Body Cleanser: Smells like summer. Feels like summer, too.

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