by Kimberly Yang
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TONE IT UP!

It’s been nearly two months into the new (-ish?) year. We’ve passed the obligatory Valentine’s Day landmark, which was more than likely to have been celebrated with one too many chocolate truffles and all things iced red and pink. Should we bother with asking just how you all are doing with your respective New Year’s Resolutions for 2012?

Get off the scale. Eat that one extra chocolate without regret. Do it! Guilty pleasures aren’t sweet for nothing; savor it, enjoy it.

Focus on what makes you feel good. For starters? Start toning.

Toning. It’s essential in the cleansing process, body, mind and soul. We’re talking complexions: toners remove any residual dirt, oil and makeup from the surface of your skin for a truly clean cleanse. If it’s one thing you add on or carry on into the new year, it’s toning.

2012 means a new beginning: start fresh. Literally. Take the Alpha-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion, for instance. It’s the perfect alcohol-free toner for combination skin that needs a little extra help in texture or the discoloration department. Lemon and grapefruit extracts exfoliate their way for a smoother, brighter, better you!

For an extra bit of cooling, soothing and disinfecting oomph, we say have a fling with our Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. (After all, you never know what it could lead to – it could be love at first cotton ball.) It’s another one of those instant refreshers ideal for combination/oily skin whose T-zone needs a bit of shine control. Let the cucumber extract calm and revive dull skin. Purify those pores!

The point? It’s never too late to make a fresh start.

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by Kimberly Yang
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LOCKS OF LOVE

We could go on endlessly about the importance of winter skincare – but let’s not forget an equally important feature.

Your hair.

Just like skin, your hair suffers dehydration, breakage and frustrating tangles from all that cold, windy weather. And, just like your skin, it deserves a bit more love and care to keep it at its healthiest state.

Our favorite winter combo? The ultimate trio: Lecithin Nourishing ShampooHair Rinsing Conditioner and Nucleic Moisturizing Hair Rinse.

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Step 1: It all begins with the right shampoo.

Start from the beginning – the roots – both literally and figuratively. Healthy hair starts with healthy you and a good shampoo. We love the Lecithin Nourishing Shampoo because it’s rich in jojoba oil – an amazing ingredient (and key!) for daily use for dry hair types, or a few times a week come wintertime for anyone else.

Step 2: Be generous with the conditioner.

Apply a liberal amount and massage it through the ends, working upwards. Let your hair soak in the product for about one minute to help eliminate dryness and restore shine before thoroughly rinsing for soft, tangle-free locks.

Step 3: Protect, protect, protect!

Follow with our Nucleic Moisturizing Hair Rinse which doubles as a supplemental conditioner or leave-in treatment. It’s the ultimate product for restoring moisture and body, acting as a protectant and detangler all-in-one. Rinse it out, or leave it in – and bring it on the go if your hair feels a little frazzled during the course of the day.

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It’s that simple. A few extra steps, and hellooo, beautiful hair.

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by Kimberly Yang
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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Except for, perhaps, a box of chocolates, there’s no better gift of love than a dozen roses. Age-old representations of true love at its height in passion that have passed the test of time for a reason. And since then, they’ve made our way into our everyday lives, if just for a glimpse of love: in candles, in perfumes, in cakes, in skincare. We just can’t get enough.

So here’s the bottom line: roses may be red, and violets blue, but no one has ever said roses were only for special occasions. Indulge a little everyday. Celebrate life, every day is a new day! And what better than with roses and a pledge of self-love?

(Chocolates would be lovely, too.)

We love these rose-y little treats:

  • Rosewater Facial Spray. A refreshing, hydrating mist with a hint of fragrance perfect for anytime, anywhere. A few spritzes on your face, your neck and hair do wonders instantly for a quick pick-me-up and little hint of our favorite scent.
  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. A lovely serum designed to help reduce flakiness and rehydrate your skin. Beautiful, gentle and oh-so-luxurious.
  • Rose Hips Mask. We all know about that lit-from-within glow – we all have it (just love you and it’ll show!) But if for any reason you’re feeling a bit tired and on the lackluster side, this mask restores that radiance for a truly healthy glow.

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P.S.: We’d send you all roses if we could. But since flowers come and go, we found something better: free shipping over any $30 purchase. With love, from MB to you!

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by Kimberly Yang
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MB STARS: CLEANSING MILK WITH CARNATION & RICE OIL

Starring the one and only, Cleansing Milk with Carnation and Rice Oil.

Sounds lush, no?

It’s an absolute must-have amongst the dry and/or sensitive skin community, and according to a little birdie (or two!), a favorite of a few celebrities. For good reason, of course: it’s a creamy cleanser in a unique tissue-off formulation, meaning no rinsing necessary.

This creamy cleanser uses gentle, skin softening oils to dissolve makeup, dirt and excess oil from the skin’s surface.

Simply massage on your dry face and neck area in circular motions, taking care to avoid the eye area and then using a dampened cloth or cotton pad to wipe off the excess in outward motions. No dryness, no irritation, no nonsense.

All that’s left is beautifully cleansed skin.

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by Kimberly Yang
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LET’S TALK ABOUT THOSE EYES

So we all know eye cream is important. Crucial. Incredibly imperative for a truly well-rounded skincare routine. And it’s even more important come winter. Harsher, drier weather can dehydrate your skin – especially the delicate area around your eyes – sometimes leaving it dry and flaky. If you’ve been experiencing that, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your current favorite eye cream and try something new. Something ultra-rich and incredibly moisturizing for the ultimate skin-softening, under eye treatment.

Our suggestions for those couple steps up?

  • Chamomile Eye Cream. A luxurious, creamy formula rich in antioxidants that helps soothe while intensely moisturizing. The secret behind it all? A blend of several lush oils with Vitamins A and E to help reduce the appearance of dehydrated skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dermonectin Eye Cream. Formulated with a unique blend of Vegetable, Peanut, and Coconut Oils and antioxidants Vitamin A and E for a concentrated, overnight treatment. Beautifully moisturizing that dry eyes are sure to love.
  • Special Eye Cream “V”. Yet another rich and creamy formula of essential oils and antioxidant Vitamins A and E. Effective enough for dry and mature skin types, but still gentle enough for that sensitive area.
  • Olive Eye Cream. The most intense option in our line of eye creams. Olive Oil and Cocoa Butter provide for an undeniably rich formula to nourish and satiate the skin, making it the ultimate overnight treatment for those under eyes.

It’s all about finding what’s best for you and your skin. You can also try sticking to your eye cream for the daytime – something like our lightweight Hyaluronic Eye Cream – and using one of the aforementioned, richer options for nighttime. But as always, never hesitate to contact any of our skincare specialists for a few pointers and recommendations – remember, we’re all entitled to beautiful, healthy skin.

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Which eye cream do you love come wintertime?

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