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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April 2018 Boxycharm Unboxing

April 2018 Boxycharm Unboxing

Love makeup and skincare subscriptions? Check out this months Boxycharm unboxing, which is a $21/mo subscription that includes 4-5 full size products. This month features products from Dr. Brandt, MAC, Colourpop and more!

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I’ve been a subscriber to Boxycharm for nearly a year now. This post is in no way sponsored by Boxycharm. I’m just a loyal lover of their service. Every month I get at least 1-2 full size products that I love and such a great price point of only $21/mo., I think it’s worth it. Each box includes at least 4-5 full size products and is valued at over $100. There’s usually at least 1 luxury item in the box every month, but this month is featuring two luxury brands in both skincare and makeup. Another benefit to this subscription is the tools. Often, boxes come equipped with a variety of face and eyeshadow brushes. To some subscribers this can be a downside. I could understand that for people with larger collections, but if you’re just starting out or looking to build this subscription is a more affordable way to do that!

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I’m so impressed with this month’s items! Spoilers on Boxycharm’s facebook page and http://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com revealed that April would include a Colourpop palette in every box, and that there would be a variation of 5 different palettes. These included Element of Surprise, Golden State of Mind, Semi-Precious, My Little Pony and You Had Me at Hello. If you missed out, you can also find these palettes on Colourpops’ website: https://colourpop.com

My box included the Element of Surprise palette. I wanted this one, or the My Little Pony palette. Both of the variations had colors that I would feel comfortable and excited to wear and add to my collection.


 

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Another featured item that was revealed in earlier spoilers was the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner mask. This is a pore clearing mask that you leave on for up to 5-10 minutes to deeply cleanse and purify pores. The blue beads tint the mask light blue for a guide when you rub them in, and the mask dries quickly and feels very cooling. The cooling sensation even lasts after removing the mask, leaving skin feeling refreshed and clean. So far I really enjoy this mask! It retails for $42 on Ulta’s website. $42 freaking dollars.

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My favorite item in the box was actually a product that I wasn’t sure I would even like. It’s The BrowGal Instatint microfiber brow gel. I got the light hair (blonde) shade (subscribers either got a blonde shade or a brown shade variant in their box). Magically, I got a shade that matches my hair. I know many people weren’t lucky enough to get a color that fit their shade. One downside to Boxycharm is they don’t really offer customization options for skin tone, skin type and hair color and type unlike Ipsy and Birchbox.

This product not only keeps my brows in place, but it also tints and thickens them while still looking natural. It’s quick and easy, and if I want a little bit bolder of a look I can always use it to top my Anastasia brow pencil. I definitely recommend picking this up if you like microfiber brow products, I know I’m going to replace it as soon as I notice it starting to dry out.

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This box also included two eyeshadow brushes from SL Miss Glam. They’re so cute too. One is a nice fluffy brush and the other is a great little base lid eyeshdow brush. Both seem to work okay, but I really appreciate the attention to detail on the brushes themselves. There’s little gems on the wand, and the pastels are perfect for the “Eye Candy” theme Boxycharm was going for this month. The final item that I received this month was a MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Burnt Violet. It smells incredible like you would expect your typical MAC lipstick would. I always thought they smelled like rich vanilla frosting. Its creamy and very well pigmented. The color is just quite a bit too dark for me. I don’t tend to reach for purples in general, especially since I look more like a vampire than a glam goddess when I wear them. This is still a great product though. I know I can give this to a family member or friend and they would love it!

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I can’t wait for next month’s box! Do you subscribe to Boxycharm? Let me know what your favorite beauty subscription box is in the comments below!

 

♥ Mia

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 ♥

Friday Flatlay: Gilded Glow

Friday Flatlay: Gilded Glow

 

Obsessed with makeup, skincare, packaging and carefully constructed product shots? Look no further! Introducing #fridayflatlay, a new series of curated, gorgeous flatlay imagery. With a new theme every single week, enjoy this weeks seasonally inspired #gildedglow flatlay. 

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Flatlay lovers unite! There’s something magical about them; maybe it’s from the packaging of the carefully selected components or the way the design draws your eyes across the scene. Each photo features an array of luxuriously packaged makeup tools and products that hold new and different promises from one another. Featured in this gilded, rose gold and charcoal makeup flatlay are some of my favorite makeup products that I plan on continuing to use in Spring.

Inspired by the transition of seasons between the harsh, bitter Winter to the welcoming warm and gentle arms of Spring.

Rose Gold & Charcoal
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Featured Products:

  • bareMinerals  Ready Eyeshadow in The Happy Place
  • Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Pot in Bikini – Mini
  • PÜR Cometics Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette
  • Tarte Tartiest Lash Paint
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe
  • Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati
  • Kat Von D  Shade and Light Contour Palette 
  • e.l.f. Studio Setting powder in Sheer
  • Coola Tinted Mineral Lipluxe in Tan Line
  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in C4
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
  • MAC Cosmetics Satin Lipstick in Cyber

 

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What products are you planning on using now that Spring is here? Do you have any favorites from Winter or are you introducing new products? Let me know in the comments below!