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WEEKLY MUST HAVE: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

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Few things are as annoying as a zit. They seem to pop up at the most inopportune times. Like right before that special evening out. Or class pictures. You get the drift.

Anyway, I’ve found few products that work as well as this oldie… Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. I’ve been using it on and off since high school and I swear it’s saved me many of embarrassing moments. It’s a spot treatment, used with a q-tip so your hands never touch the product making sure not to add bacterias and germs to the formula therefore transmitting it to your face. I use it before bed and sleep with it overnight. You aren’t meant to rub it in, just dab and let it dry. It does it’s work, trust me. by morning the zit is seriously diminished. Like magic.

A word (or several…) from the comany:

“Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.
BEAUTY TIP: Great for back acne and breakouts on the chest. The Drying Lotion will also take the itch out of mosquito bites fast!”

PRICE TAG: $17.00

It’s a steal!

Rediscovering Mario Badescu

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I LOVE to give myself at home mini-facials. You know, wash, exfoliate, steam, mask, pick (okay, fine, you’re not supposed to pick but I can’t help it!), moisturize… the whole nine.

So, last night as I primped for an evening of pre-Oscar events, I rediscovered an old time favorite skin care line. Mario Badescu. If you’re not familiar with the line, you need to be. They make a variety of products that suit all skin types – from acne to dehydrated! And it’s so easy to navigate! All of the products come tagged with C (for combination), O (for oily), S (for sensitve), D (for dry) and so on. It’s important to mention that the products are very well priced too!

They make an incredible drying lotion that literally clears pimples on contact. With it’s unique blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid, the lotion heals and soothes those puss-filled pests overnight! It’s actually quite famous. And it’s only $17.00 and lasts forever! For more info on the Drying Lotion, click HERE.

I’m also quite obsessed with the Flower & Tonic Mask. It’s meant for combination/ oily/ sensitive skin (thus it reads C, O, S). It’s a purifying and calming mask with a Kaolin formula that helps to absorb dirt and oil and decongest pores, and Balsam Peru ingredient that soothes minor redness and irritation. I left the mask on until it hardened (about 20 minutes) and then rinsed with warm water. My skin was soft, smooth and glowing!!!

Next, I used the Ceramide Eye Gel. It’s emerald green, gooey and absolutely divine! This is by no means your conventional eye cream! The Ceramides and nourishing Herbal Extracts help to diminish puffiness and tired eyes. The lightweight gel is incredibly soothing AND **hint** if you store it in the fridge, it’s a fabulous morning pick-me-up for tired eyes! The best part is, it’s only $18.00! I applied the eye gel after the mask and before my moisturizer and my eyes were instantly brighter and tighter! It was the perfect eye treatment to use prior to a night out on the town!

I’m feeling the need to try more Mario Badescu products asap as I am so happy with the results of these.

Anyone out there have a favorite? (Hair crazed Jenny raves about the seaweed cleansing lotion)… Something I MUST TRY? Let me know!

Roses are Red…

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Dry skin hurts. And it feels like sand paper. And it looks like a raisin.
Okay, don’t start crying just yet… let me tell you about nature’s secret moisturizer… Rosewater. It works wonders.
Rosewater is said to be a natural hydrator. Hydrated skin looks better and feels better. Oh yeah, and it slows down that nasty little thing called aging…
Not to mention, the smell… pure roses, au natural!

Here are some rosewater products that we adore:

Mario Bedescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater is the ideal boost of hydration. Use it daily to cool off or after make-up to help it all settle in.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the ultimate chap-stick. Also can be used for diaper rashes and blemishes. I sometimes rub it on my cuticles to hydrate the sensitive skin (especially after a manicure!)

Epicuren After Bath Rose Petal Moisturizer. No, it’s not roseWATER, but rose is actually considered to be “nature’s most moisturizing essential oil. The lotion calms and hydrates dry skin.

Bigelow Chemists Rose Water Skin Tonic 8 is a balancing tonic for normal to dry skin. “This gentle tonic perks up tired-looking skin, promoting a bright radiant complexion.”

So next time you feel like your skin is going to shrivel up like a prune, try one of these rosewater enriched products and stop complaining!!!
Tres Magnifique!

Gobble, Gobble…

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WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR…
I’m thankful for:
Nars Turkish Delight lip gloss – a “pink sorbet” color with mega shine minus the goo.
Kerastase Nutritive Elixer Oleo Relax hair drops – the most fabulous anti-friz serum in all of hair care land! (my mane is always soft, friz-free and curly when I use this product)
Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs perfume – a staple fragrance that smells of gardenia and musk. (I’ve worn this for the past 5 years and still continue to get loads of compliments)!
Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream – my new dark circle savior!!! It moisturizes and minimizes bags and darkness. Alas, I feel like a pre-teen again! (also a great base prior to using eye make-up!)
Kiehl’s Coriander Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser and Hand and Body Lotion – an old favorite past time that has become a new and welcomed bathing treat! The smell is a delicious blend of Winter richness that lathers and rinses leaving my skin soft and radiant. And the lotion compliments the shower gel, moisturizing and reviving dehydrated skin.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – the closest thing that I’ve found to a zit zapper. This is a miracle product that literally dries out those nasty little pimples overnight! It’s like magic!
MAC Splashproof PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Engraved – a liner that goes on strong and lasts so long! Easy to apply and fun to smudge… I use it to line my lids as well as that sensitive area inside of my eye! (very mysterious….)
Tend Skin Razor Bump Solution – An oldie, but goodie! After a painful wax in that “intimate area,” Tend Skin is a welcomed soother. It actually rids the region of redness and ingrown hairs! TRICK!!! Tend Skin can also be used on acne for a quick fix… 1,2,3 and the pimple is gone!
C.O. Bigelow’s Dr. Hiosous Quince Hand Lotion – a salve that literally saves my chapped and cracked hands! All natural, it smells of a mixture of fruit extracts and carrot oil and it lasts for an unearthly amount of time. This is my absolute favorite hand cream in the world… I never leave home without it!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FELLOW BEAUTY WHORES!

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