Mario Badescu

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Product Review

Mario Badescu is a popular skincare brand that dates back to the 1960s. The brand claims to be simple, gentle, and effective–from their minimalist packaging, to their product formulations that get the job done. The brand is also cruelty-free.

Something unique that I love about their products, is that every label has a C, D, O, S, or ALL on it. The letters stand for combo, dry, oily, and sensitive. These labels let you know what skin type would benefit from any given product. Determining if a product is meant for your skin type is half the battle sometimes, so Mario Badescu is very helpful in removing this step.

I’m so excited that I finally got my hands on some of their products! I purchased everything I tried from Ulta. I don’t want to waste any time here, so let’s see how these products worked for my skin!

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Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea Facial Spray

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The Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are very popular in the beauty world. Not only do they act as a toner/essence, but they also set your makeup and help you refresh throughout the day. This one contains peppermint leaf water, cucumber water and extract, aloe leaf juice, and green tea extract. All of these ingredients are very calming and anti-inflammatory.

Excuse me while I pause to mist… I would say the mist pressure is medium, and it feels very cooling. There is a floral scent with hints of cucumber and peppermint. My skin feels so bouncy after using this, and it glows. The texture is watery like any other facial spray. The only caution I have is not to spray too much at one time. Your skin might feel sticky and tacky as a result.

I mainly used this as a second toner and a refresher. It really helped bring moisture back to my skin every time. This product was a great price for 4 oz. I rotate between facial sprays, so this one has lasted me a good while. Even if you just had this spray, I still think it’d last for a decent amount of time. While this size was $7, you can also purchase 8 oz. for $12; that’s still very affordable! I highly recommend trying this one out if you are acne-prone, combo, oily, or suffering from redness.

Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender Facial Spray

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I also purchased this beautiful lavender spray. It’s meant for the same use as the other facial spray, it’s just formulated with different ingredients. You’ll find lavender water and oil, chamomile extract, vitamin C, and thyme extract. The scent is a mostly lavender, with a splash of the other extracts and herbs mixed in. It’s very relaxing to take in!

This spray not only helps soothe the skin, but it also helps brighten overtime. I’d also like to add that both of these facial sprays have artificial dyes as some of the last ingredients. This means that there is a small amount, but it’s totally unnecessary in my opinion. With that said, they both soothed and plumped up my skin nicely so there were no negative results. Another great detail is that these sprays last for two years upon opening! The prices of the lavender spray sizes are equivalent to the green tea ones. I think both types are worth it!

Seaweed Night Cream

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This stuff is no joke! It’s a very rich night cream that coats your skin and seals moisture in. Ingredients include collagen, elastin, bladderwrack extract, and hyaluronic acid. The scent reminds me of one of those old school creams, like Ponds Cold Cream. It’s not my favorite but it doesn’t stop me from using it.

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The texture is pretty amazing. It’s silky, and melts into the skin very nicely. I like this cream because it’s thick, but it doesn’t clog my pores. I wake up in the morning with buttery soft, plump, moisturized skin. I was skeptical purchasing this little 1 oz. jar for $22, but you really only need a TINY amount. It’s that intense so it will last forever. This moisturizer is meant for combo, oily, and sensitive skin types. I would definitely only use this at night, unless it’s a freezing day outside; the texture did not come to play!

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Again, I have a concern about the artificial dye components that are included. It makes for beautiful photos, but I do wish companies would veer away from using colorful products as a marketing ploy. I digress, if you are looking for that extra protection, boost in moisture, and elasticity, give this cream a try for sure.

Special Healing Powder

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I had speculations about this product. If you follow my Instagram #skinupdates, you know that in the past few years I’ve mostly used 100% pure tea tree oil as a spot treatment for pimples. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a little weary of some treatments because they tend to be too drying for the skin. So I took the plunge with this powder. It contains talc, kaolin clay (a fave of mine), zinc oxide, and sulfur.

You simply tap out some product like a setting powder, dab some onto the fluff (that’s what I call it) and pat into the skin. This product does not smell good, let me tell you that right now. You are definitely going to smell the sulfur, but it’s not unbearable. I will also note that this powder is not brown-girl friendly. It will leave you looking ashy, which is why I only use it at night before bed. This is the last step of my skin care routine.

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The powder can be used to fight shine and excess oils, however I use it to fight acne. I just apply it to the infected areas after I moisturize. All of the components work to kill bacteria. I’m happy to say this has been working like a dream for me since day one. I noticed the very next day that my breakouts were significantly reduced and less angry. It also helps dry them out at a slow rate, versus making your skin too dry and peel. Doing this as a last step helps keep you from getting too dry as well.

If you really want to get rid of a pimple, throw on a pimple patch after using this powder. This has worked wonders for me. Depending on the type, the zit will basically be gone the next day. The powder is just $12 at .5 oz. You don’t need a lot, so you’ll have this jar for a while. If you are someone who is acne-prone with combo, oily, or even sensitive skin, you have to try this.

Lip Balm

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You guys don’t know this about me, but I am a lip balm addict. Since I was in high school, maybe even middle school, I always carry around a balm in either stick, tube, or salve form. I used to use Burt’s Bees classic lip balm avidly, but then something switched in my DNA after college and it started to burn my lips really badly. I don’t know if there was a reformulation or what, but I had to stop. Then I switched to Blistex for a long time, but I wanted to try something that’s even more nourishing. So I did my research and picked this one up.

This lip balm contains extremely nourishing ingredients like avocado oil, sunflower seed wax, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax, chamomile extract, aloe leaf extract, and more. All of these ingredients actually deeply moisturize your lips and help keep the moisture in. (I’ve recently learned about the different types of lip balms, which is the answer to why a lot of other balms didn’t work out for me, but that’s a story for another post.)

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When I started using this, I was dealing with irritation from another balm I had tried. This one fixed the tiny bumps and dryness I had in about three days. It’s incredible! And, my lips feel so smooth for hours when I use it. Let’s not forget it feels so creamy going on, and smells delicious like the cocoa butter it contains. It’s definitely pricey for a lip balm with .35 oz, but I’d consider this a luxury balm. AKA, you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you struggle finding a quality lip moisturizer, and you are sensitive to others, this one is a must.

I had a great experience trying all these Mario Badescu products. They absolutely lived up to the hype, and fulfilled their mission of being simple, gentle, and effective. There are some other ones I can’t wait to try like the cult favorite, Silver Powder or one of their masks. What Mario Badescu products have you tried?

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