Cult Favorite: Mario Badescu

Cult Favorite: Mario Badescu

The only man you’d ever want to hear your signifiant other talking about, Mario Badescu. This skincare brand has been around for over 50 years and has a variety of effective products so you can find whatever you need to tackle your skin issues. Read on to hear about my favorites from this brand.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rosewater & Facial Spray with Green Tea Duo, 4 oz.

I’m obsessed with facial sprays. I’ll own it. It’s easy for me to go through a bottle quickly too, and I just used this trio to replace my Clinique Moisture Surge face spray. There were a lot of ingredients that stood out to me in these, especially the aloe for soothing my skin throughout the day. Unfortunately – while they’re packed with the ingredients they claim to be like chamomile, cucumber and aloe – these are also artificially fragranced and dyed. If you’re sensitive to those ingredients and know they break you out, I would stay away. But for now I’m really enjoying playing with these and testing them out.

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Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, 0.5 oz.

This is the second eye cream I’ve tried from Mario Badescu. Both of the eye creams I’ve liked have been rich, creamy and ultra hydrating. This one takes awhile to blend into the eye area but yeilds great results. I use this cream morning and night after rolling on my Caffeine 5% + EGCG from The Ordinary. It’s helped to moisturize and help de puff my eye area tremendously. You have no idea how happy I was to use this product after the It Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream. It’s tremendously better for my dry eye area, and is actually currently on sale on Amazon too!

My other favorite eye cream from Mario Badescu is the Mario Badescu Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream, 0.5 oz. which you can also pick up from Amazon. Yay for prime memberships!

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 fl. oz.  photo from Mario Badescu’s website, http://www.mariobadescu.com/

My final favorite from Mario Badescu is their miraculous drying lotion. Without this and my COSRX hydrocolloid patches my face would still be covered in tiny closed comedones. I use this on troublesome spots in the morning and at night to eliminate acne and dry out the sebum and fluid beneath the skin. It works quickly, and lasts a lifetime. This can be very drying on surrounding skin. Take caution that you use just a little if your skin is dry or easily irritated by drying products.


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Have any favorites from Mario Badescu? Let me know in the comments below!

♥ Mia

 

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Friday Flatlay: Sweet Dreams

Friday Flatlay: Sweet Dreams

She’s back, and she’s absolutely glowing! #Fridayflatlay is here for all you makeup and skincare flatlay lovers. Enjoy some gorgeous shots while you hustle through the end of your busy week and work on accomplishing your dreams.

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Thank goodness for the weekend! This #fridayflatlay post is inspired by sweet dreams and recovery through the weekend. We’re hard working individuals and we deserve some relaxation in between doing big things! I got this adorable light box print as a gift from a friend a few years ago, so I’m not sure where it came from but this quote rings true. “Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains.” These last few weeks have been absolute chaos for me, I’m looking forward to spending some relaxing time with my love and trying out my new jade roller that I’ll be reviewing for you all soon.  Keep your eyes out for a review on that next week babes.

What are your weekend relaxation plans? Any big goals you’re working on right now or mountains you need to move to make your next big step? Let’s chat in the comments below, I’d love to know!


Product List:

The Ordinary

  • “Buffet” Serum, you can read more on this product in my review here:  The Ordinary: Triple Threat
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA, also reviewed on The Ordinary: Triple Threat
  • Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene – Anti-Aging and fine line and wrinkle fighting little gem that is already starting to show results after a few weeks of inconsistent use. I’m going to begin using this regularly and will update you all in a new and much more thorough review soon!

It Cosmetics

  • Confidence In An Eye Cream – Anti-Aging Eye Cream to help balance and heal skin and help with aging eyes and wrinkles. – – – I’m really trying to finish up this product as fast as possible! My eyes are really suffering right now, and I ordered a new eye cream to help with moisture and puffy eyes rather than wrinkles. I’m 23, I gotta get my priorities straight! I originally tried this after reading excellent reviews online, but I personally won’t be repurchasing this item.

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Let me know what #fridayflatlay content you guys want to see next!

See you next week,

Mia ♥

The Ordinary: Triple Threat

The Ordinary: Triple Threat

 

They may take forever to ship their products and appear to regularly be out stock of cult-favorite items, but their approach to affordable but effective science based skin care is far from ordinary. Read on to find out more about these three simple yet powerful products.

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Deciem’s CEO (the parent company of The Ordinary) is under a lot of fire right now for his outrageous social media posts and border-line breakdown demeanor.  After letting go his Co-CEO, hosting a mass firing spree and continuously posting extreme imagery on the companies social media accounts, it seems like most people would want to jump ship. I get where they’re coming from. From the outside, a glimpse into one of the firecracker CEO’s dramatic and lengthy instagram posts might make it appear as if the whole company is on fire. And hey, it might very well be.

I’m here to offer a slightly different perspective. While I personally believe that the CEO of Deciem, Brandon Truaxe is acting out of line, I still firmly believe in the company and it’s products. Here’s the thing, customer service and company culture is important. Especially in today’s day and age where companies are put in the spotlight over poorly planned out marketing decisions or advertisements regularly. Personally, I think this is a cry for help, but we’ve all been there. I’ve had mental breakdowns shake my career, school and life many times before. Things are just a little different when you’re a public figure and brand owner. Regardless, I still believe that the quality of Deciem’s products are incredible, worth the money and the shipping wait time.

And guys, I fucking hate waiting for shipping.

So today in light of all the chaos, we’ll be chatting about some products that have impressed me the most from The Ordinary’s skincare line.


 

THE PRODUCTS:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – Of all The Ordinary’s products, this one is my holy grail favorite. I have a very sensitive and delicate under eye area. It’s difficult to find products that both reduce puffiness and redness and don’t start to bother my eyes after using it. This one is different though. I use this solution under my eyes – just a drop each – morning and evening. Immediately, I saw a difference in the puffiness of the bags underneath my eyes. Freaking outstanding if you ask me, it’s what every person wants! This won’t just instantly de-puff your eyes though, this product is also designed to fight eye contour pigmentation issues too. Over time I’ve noticed a huge difference and I rarely wear concealer under my eyes now. BTW, you get a full OZ of product when you purchase this, I’ve had mine for almost 5 months and I’ve made such a small dent. It’s the best!

“Buffet” – Classified on Deciem’s website as a Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, this serum is one of The Ordinary’s few combination products. By that, I mean they combine multiple ingredients or “technologies” to create the product. Most are simply one trick ponies but the whole point is to create and customize your own skincare routine to exactly what you need. I like this approach much more than other traditional skincare companies, which is another reason I will continue to love this brand.

I’ve been using this serum for 2 months. To use, I apply 2 – 3 drops in the AM and PM after cleansing and toning my skin. I’ve noticed a significant decrease to fine lines, and my face is looking so much more plump. This product is suspended in 11 amino acid complexes and hyaluronic acid complexes, which are designed to help nourish and keep the skin moisturized. This serum is just as effective when combined with harsh acids or vitamin C formulations to help dilute the product and minimize the irritation on your skin.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – A stronger formulation of the Lactic Acid 5% + HA, this acid is for more experienced skin care lovers. If you have sensitive skin, build up your tolerance first with the weaker formula first before trying this one. I use this product in the evening, and dilute it with one of my two favorite serums to reduce irritation. My favorite serum at the moment to cocktail this product with is “Buffet”, which has a very thick consistency. The Lactic Acid 10% + HA is very watery, so it’s the perfect pairing for easy application. Right now, this is my favorite exfoliator. It does contain hyaluronic acid, much like the “Buffet” so not only does it help to strip and reduce congestion and build up in my pores but it also helps to moisturize and heal the skin. Make sure to use a sunscreen when using this product though because it also contains AHA’s. They’re known to cause an increased risk of sun damage with exposure, so keep your pretty skin safe!
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*header image from The Ordinary’s website, http://www.theordinary.com


 

Have you used any of these products? What’s your opinion on the chaos happening at Deciem’s headquarters right now? I’d love to talk more about this with you in the comments below!