Category: Mario Badescu


Hi everyone!

Wow, this is the last item I have from Luxola at the moment and yes, it’s another one from Mario Badescu.


Details from mariobadescu.com


Firm, tighten and smooth aging skin with this daily or overnight serum that is safe for all over the face and eye area. Plumping Collagen and Elastin, moisture retaining Hyaluronic Acid, antioxidant Vitamin E and mineral rich Seaweed Extract are the active ingredients that preserve the skin’s tone, moisture levels and elasticity.

How to Use: After cleansing and toning apply 4-5 drops on face and neck. Safe for eye area. Follow with moisturizer or night cream. May be used twice daily.

Beauty Tip: Apply twice daily under eye cream for firming and moisturizing results.

Ingredients: Collagen, Seamollient, Retinyl Palmitate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tocopherol,Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans,Dermonectin, Bladderwrack Extract,Imidazolidinyl Urea, Filagrinol,RNA,Herbal Extract

I’ve been using this serum for a while, and from the smell, texture and feeling on the skin is wonderful. Let’s start the review of this green creamy gel like lotion from the herbal scent that’s fresh and easy to the nose, to the oh-so-light felling on the skin and probably that’s why the serum can be used for the eye’s area as well.

I feel the hydrating effect almost instantly and it gives my skin like a silky effect with the feeling of elastic as in bouncy. I find the serum suitable for twice a day usage and I used it with varieties of brands of pre-serum, moisturizer, toner, etc. During the day when I like to keep things light and not oily the serum works well as when at night when I’m pairing it with a very hydrating moisturizer to stay all night long. For me, it works both ways ^__^ another bonus point? Can be use for the neck too.


Hi all!

Another product from Mario Badescu is here ^^
Yes, another gift from Luxola and one of the staff from Luxola loves it so much and uses it every night.


Details from mariobadescu.com

Reduce Wrinkles and Sun Damaged Skin. Oil-free, gentle, AHA daily moisturizer is formulated with Lemon Extract and soothing Aloe. Revive and rejuvenate dull, congested skin. Helps reduce sun spots and skin pigmentation conditions. Non-greasy, absorbent and very lightweight.

How to Use: After cleansing and toning, apply daily all over face, avoiding eye area.


Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel,Deionized Water,Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol,H.S.C. Complex,Lemon Extract,Squalane,Isopropyl Myristate,Glyceryl Stearate,Cetyl Alcohol,Dimethicone,Stearic Acid,Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20,Myristyl Lactate,Triethanolamine,Propylene Glycol,Propylparaben,Methylparaben,Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lemongrass Extract

The yellow colored creamy lotion is easily used on the skin without the feeling of greasy nor oily. Usually, I avoided products with AHA as sometime it does irritated my skin, apparently Mario Badescu put just enough amount of AHA that wont irritate my sensitive skin. I uses the moisturizer once a day (night time only) since I prefer a more hydrating moisturizer on day time, yes, this product may be used with other range, brand and so far I’ve been using it with various items as well. Suitable for any skin type but those with dull skin or heavily pigmented skin will feel the benefits the most as the cream will reveal and revive the layers of skin underneath and help by gently exfoliate the skin.

Here’s some info from about.com:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Chemical Peels
Alpha hydroxy acids in various concentrations are used in chemical peels. The concentration determines who can use it. Alpha hydroxy acid products sold to consumers must have a concentration of less than 10%. Trained cosmetologists can use alpha hydroxy acid products that have a concentration of 20% to 30%. These chemical peels give results that are similar to microdermabrasion – erasing fine lines and giving the skin a smoother appearance with 1 to 3 applications. However, these treatments must be repeated every 3 to 6 months to maintain this skin appearance. Doctors can use alpha hydroxy acid products that have a concentration of 50% to 70%. These treatments also erase fine wrinkles and remove surface scars, but the effects last longer – up to 2 to 5 years. The higher the alpha hydroxy acid concentration used in a chemical peel, the more skin irritation occurs. At the 50% to 70% concentration, a person could expect to have severe redness, flaking, and oozing skin that can last for 1 to 4 weeks.


Ceramides are one of three types of lipids, or fats, that help keep moisture in the skin. Ceramide-containing moisturizers are a new breed of moisturizers that contain the same balance of lipids as your skin. Studies show that they help treat eczema, but they can be used by anyone with dry skin. Because I only want to recommend products that have been proven to be effective, I have included in my review whether good published data is available for each product.

And as in the moisturizer also contains ceramide that beneficial for those suffering from dry skin, ehm, like me. Maybe that’s why a combination of these two ingredients in a bottle create a harmony for my skin.
Will I continues to use the product? Not everyday, perhaps I will rotate this moisturizer with others and use it once a week or fortnightly.

As the product do help the skin exfoliate, I suggest to never forget using a sun protection everyday to help protecting the ‘new skin’ from the sun. Be careful not to over exfoliate the skin and check the ingredients on your other skincare, and let your skin rest once in a while and observe your skin’s needs, timetable and regenerating process. 

Thank you Luxola ^__^

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Hi all!

Here’s another product from Mario Badescu, seriously, it’s like my blog has been invaded by Mario’s stuff and all seems so good. I’m trying to be realistic and it seems like so far no fault are made.

Let me show you the Whitening Mask. By reading on the reviews from the website of mariobadescu.com  it’s all praises and swearing how good the product is.


This is it, a simple form of a whitening mask in a pot. All Mario Badescu’s products are in this simple bottle, pot, etc. They sell what’s in it, not the packaging. Why do I write ‘smells good’? Simply because the mask smells really good. A merit between fruity and flowery, berry and freshly made.



Details from their official website:
This hydrating mask will help brighten uneven skin tones and gently minimize the look of old acne scars and discolorations from the sun. Skin lightening, natural ingredients like Kojic Acid, Licorice and Mulberry make this mask gentle for all skin types. Contains no Alpha Hydroxy Acids making it safe and gentle for acne erupted or very sensitive skin.

How to Use: Apply a thin layer of mask on clean skin avoiding eye area. Wait 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with serum and moisturizer. Use 2-3 times a week.


Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Kaolin,Balsam (Myroxylon Pereirae Resin) Peru,Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Sorbitol, Kojic Acid, Mulberry Extract, Licorice Extract, Grape Extract,Scullcap (Scutellaria Galericulate) Extract


Here it is the white mask looks like a white clay that again smells good. I uses it after cleaning the face and the oh-so-thick mask is better to be used with a brush for mask application. If not, it’s okay, I used fingers as well during this photo shoot, don’t I look happy in it?! Simply because I do! 


Usually mask feels a bit sting, smells bad, or simply ineffective. This one feels good, smells really good and effective too. The mask become dry in less than 10 minutes. Feels soft to the touch and not ‘wet’ anymore.

I cleaned the face with a warm water and my konjac sponge but there’s still some waxy feeling on the skin. A bit sticky but when dried, not sticky anymore. Remember to keep checking the mirror whether the mask already thoroughly clean and it need a gentle rubbing to remove all of them. I proceed with toner, serum and moisturizer. The skin looks instantly fairer and I can’t find my black heads, where are they?!

Overall, I like this mask for being so fragrant from natural resources, easily applied, doesn’t make the skin dry, instead it create a film that keep the skin hydrated, a bit difficult to be cleaned, instant fairness right after the mask is removed and rumor has it that it can be used overnight too. I’ll definitely try it on since I believe it does for the ability to keep the skin hydrated inside.

What can I say? Another brilliant product from Mario Badescu, made available locally by Luxola.


Hello!

Another item from Mario Badescu given to me by Luxola. And have I run out compliments for them? Not yet! This is another wonderful product that both me and my husband enjoys. My combination to dry skin loves the velvety smooth feeling and my husband oily, acne prone skin enjoy the simplicity and lightness.

Yes, it’s the Oil Free Moisturizer from Mario Badescu.


Details as always from MarioBadescu.com:

Simple, fragrance free, lightweight daily moisture for oily and problem skin. Non-clogging and ultra absorbent.
How to Use: After cleansing and toning, apply daily or nightly all over face, avoiding eye area.
Ingredients: Deionized Water,Cetyl Alcohol,Propylene Glycol,Stearic Acid,Triethanolamine, Panthenol,Propylparaben,Methylparaben,Imidazolidinyl Urea,Carbomer


The cream looks thick and dense but after touching it, I understand how light it is and on the skin also easily distributed. There are some whitish at first when massaged on the skin but then turns clear after evened, This is truly an oil free moisturizer, I love how it somehow create a veil on the skin, veil of moisturizer of course but on the touch is so soft and smooth. Unlike most moisturizer, there are still a bit of stickiness to it where at least we have to wait a few minutes. This one is not at all. In a matter of seconds the oil free moisturizer show it’s true form of oil free. 

Oily skin owner like my hubby and acne prone too, plus sensitive as well, uses the oil free moisturizer from Mario Badescu and like it as much as I do. The feeling is light and very comfortable. Gentle to the skin, provide hydration without oils and the skin feels supple and just nice. 

I used it as a day moisturizer and prefer something heavier or richer for night time, while for the one with oily skin may uses it all day and night long according to the skin’s need and it’s a product that can be use to moisturizes all skin type for the unclogging property. Loves it!

Photo are taken at the Ascott Raffles Hotel


Hello everyone!

Here’s another item from Luxola.

The Facial Spray is simple, no fuss and delivers result as a hydrating spray that can be used anytime, anywhere.


Details from http://www.mariobadescu.com
Hydrates anywhere, anytime
– Fine mist wont disturb makeup
– Ideal for dry environments
A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant Herbal Extracts and Rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating.
How to Use: Mist on face, neck and hair as needed. Will not disturb make-up. Ingredients:
Deionized Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Bladderwrack Extract,Herbal Extract, Rose Extract,Gardenia Extract,Propylene Glycol

As I sprayed them on my face the smell of rose is bursting through the air, creating a mist of lovely aroma. I enjoy them more after they spend the night in the fridge, or at least a few hours before usage. Muggy days never been better. But for the use of makeup, I prefer my skin as it is, cleaned, toned, serum-ed, and moisturized. Perhaps I already use a series of hydrating skincare and only need the facial spray as a freshener as Jakarta is very hot and humid.

Travelers especially during long haul flights will definitely enjoy this wonderful idea of just simply spray and relax. Even thou the rose aroma quickly went away the hydrating feeling will last. Great for hairs as well and the lightness wont weight them down. Overall, just like the details by Mario Badescu, it’s ideal for dry environments.


Hello ^__^

From my recent visit to Luxola, they gave me bunch of skincare since they know I do uses skincare daily and would not missed a single moment of getting to know more and more about skincare and one lovely thing I notice is that, inside Luxola there’s a team that will decide which products they are going to bring in the family and which doesn’t by actually trying and using the products.

I find that fact to be endearing and assuring at the same time. They actually believe in the products they sell. And Mario Badescu’s are one of the brand they love.

Below is the Special Cucumber Lotion.


Details from http://www.mariobadescu.com

Refreshing, disinfecting and deep cleaning astringent that is effective in drying up existing acne blemishes while preventing new eruptions. Sulfur and soothing Cucumber based, acne fighting formula that is non-drying and non-irritating.

How to Use: Twice daily after cleansing, pat skin dry and apply lotion dampened cotton by wiping in an outward direction until cotton comes up clean. Avoid eye area. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.

Ingredients: Deionized Water,Isopropyl Alcohol,Sodium Sulfate,Cucumber Extract,Nonoxynol-9,Boric Acid

I was quite concern with the fact that the product is made for those with acne prone skin, since I have none and still wants to try, I give it a shot just to know how it goes. The yellow liquid can be easily poured to a cotton pad, the scent is well, like astringent, so I wasn’t surprised by the alcohol felt instantly. It’s not as drying as most astringent do, but definitely not in the moisturizing range. Not irritating is proven since my cheeks are not angry but still, this product best used for those with acne prone to see how effective it is. My sister and my husband are the correct people to do the job.

Both didn’t complain. My sister didn’t feel anything bothers her when using this toner, so does the dehydrated skin of my husband. Normally he was quite sensitive with everything where alcohol is involved, but this one is definitely milder where ‘non drying and non irritating’ is stated for his sensitive, red and easily irritated skin, it was better. He still feels something a bit sting on that yellow liquid (really just a bit) as he does have a very sensitive skin (especially when stress), but compared to other acne prone astringent he uses, this one is definitely his choice for being gentler to his skin.

I applaud the non drying formula and non irritating too and for me those PMS acne are no where to be seen. Let’s just say, so far so good ^__^


As promised on my previous post: HERE, I will give a review on the products, there are 3 of them. All from Mario Badescu.

The Herbal Hydrating Serum, Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Acne Facial Gel.

On the plate, I was playing with the texture, colors and smell.  But first, let read some information.

All details from mariobadescu.com:

Acne Facial Cleanser

Prevent and heal existing acne with our exfoliating and deep cleansing wash formulated with acne-fighting Salicylic Acid. Contains Aloe Vera and Chamomile, two natural ingredients that calm and soothe acne inflamed skin. For best results follow with our Special Cucumber Lotion or recommended astringent.

How to Use: Twice daily, gently massage on face in circular motions, avoiding eye area. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry. Follow with toner or astringent.

Ingredients: Deionized Water,Glycerin,Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Hyaluronic Acid, Thyme Extract, Chamomile Extract,Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid,Triethanolamine,Propylene Glycol

There’s no foam at all, and for me it’s confusing since I’m used to cleanser that foamed. But I believe this old school method works as well. The cleanser is like a cloudy almost clear gel, that feels soft and slippery. It glides on the skin and I kept massaging until I think the whole area get some. Rinse with warm water, and hmm usually a facial cleanser for acne gives the skin a dry feeling, almost squeaky dry to even very squeaky dry, Mario Badescu’s Acne Facial Cleanser is NOT like that at all. In fact my sensitive cheeks are still so happy and moist as ever. It was the contradictory to ‘normal’ acne cleansing method, the cleanser actually calms the skin.

For me this is unique and a pleasing experience. I can use it for my pore congestion, yes, I have some pore congestion right below my nose and even on some images (no makeup) can clearly be seen. It’s like my nose is a dirt, sebum and sweat trap.

For the scent, no noticeable obvious strong scent.  A bit thyme perhaps but it’s all so mild, unlike the Enzyme Cleansing Gel.

Herbal Hydrating Serum

One of our most unique, versatile products for all skin types that doubles as a layering product to use over day or night moisturizers for extra hydration. Can also be used alone as a lightweight hydrator for oily skin. Formulated with Ginkgo Extract, Ceramides and Ginseng Extracts that provide nourishing benefits for the skin.

How to Use: Twice daily, layer 2-3 drops over a moisturizer or night cream or use alone in place of a moisturizer. Safe for eye area.

Ingredients: Deionized Water,Glycerin,Methylparaben,Triethanolamine,Propylene Glycol,Herbal Extracts: Ginseng Extract,Gingko Extract,and Ceramides

The Herbal Hydrating Serum is a total pleaser for any skin type as ANY skin need hydration and it gives the skin an instant result of hydration. Remember a moisturizer is still needed before the serum.

The Herbal Hydrating Serum is blue as in bright blue, on bare skin I can see the cracked, whitens skin become moist. Less fine lines too thanks to the hydrating ability. No scent at all. I think if anyone wants to try Mario Badescu skin care line for the first time, this would be the perfect product. Universal, oil free, soft nourishing and again, universal. I adore for being so lightweight, quick to absorb, no leftover, just pure soft, smooth and supple hydrated skin afterwards. The blue color also a bonus haha! I’m so into blue skincare.

I use it near the eyes, near the lips too and when I tested the products on my left hands, it become fairer and so much healthier than the right, superb!



Our Best Selling Daily Cleanser. This non-foaming, gel cleanser thoroughly removes the day’s make-up, dirt and oil without drying the skin. Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts are exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help prevent dulling build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples.

How to Use: Twice daily, massage in a circular motion on wet skin avoiding eye area. Rinse with tepid water. Pat dry and follow with toner or astringent.
Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua),Glycerin,Papaya (Carica Papaya Fruit) Extract,Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis Fruit) Extract,Monomide,Triethanolamine,Methylparaben

Another non foaming cleanser but this one can be used for all skin type. Smells sooooo good, yummy and easily loved. And the tiny shining, glowing pearls of greens is so amazing. I’m looking at them and in awe, what are these?

The area cleaned by the enzyme cleansing gel dramatically looks clearer than the one’s not. It has made a big difference, I’m curious what will it do if I was getting a full sized product.

It seems like blackheads are my skin’s no.1 fan, they can’t get enough and kept coming back. This cleansing gel by Mario Badescu could be the answer of my problem. I’ll give it a week, or at least until I’ve finished using all of them presented here and stay tune ya ^__^




Hello precious!

Above image is my goodies bag from Luxola.com. I’ve met them once and felt truly in love with them as they brought me so many awesome products. I’ve tested the Candy Shop (deborah lippmann) on my previous post (HERE) and now these are the rest of the goodies.





Now, you’ve seen in the video of my first encounter with the products, I opened them live 😀 so the expression and first impression is real ^0^



PRODUCT DETAILS

A Multi-functional facial gel enhances whitening, moisturizes, calms and relieves irritated skin.

Application:

Using your fingertips, smooth a suitable amount of Multi Facial Gel onto your face and pat gently. Use after Vita Advanced Whitening One Step Cleanser or Vita Whitening Moist Cleansing Wash. Apply to dry skin immediately after cleansing your face.

The clear gel is slightly thick yet stays in the skin and for me I still need a moisturizer afterwards, but if you happens to have an oily skin maybe it is enough to be used alone.

I adore the scent and feels good. I will keep my eye on it and use it. I’ll definitely come back and give full review of the product.

Mario Badescu.

First of all, that tiny serum is amazing, in terms of absorbing is like in a count of seconds and I think it’s my new favorite now ^__^

Mario Badescu have some products for acne prone skin, but also a lot of items for any kind of skin from dry, sensitive, makeup remover, and many others. The Enzyme Cleansing Gel will be on my to do list today.

Luckily I have 2 acne today, I’ll try the Acne Facial Cleanser too.

Ooh, cleavage lotion, definitely interesting and just smell it right now, wonderful, and felt like that spa-lotions.

(http://www.thisworks.com)

perfect cleavage firming lotion is an award-winning, deeply nourishing blend of essential oils and plant extracts designed to combat fine lines and wrinkles and leave skin feeling firmer and visibly more radiant.

MODERN:For delicate neck and chest area, this award-winning formula will keep skin looking young.
NATURAL:Carefully blended with Larch extract, proven to firm and tighten; vitamin-rich Algae, Tonka bean and Frankincense to reduce fine lines, as well as nourishing Rose and Pomegranate oils.
BEAUTY: A tightening, nourishing and shimmering lotion to plump and enhance that often over-exposed area.

Then some cosmetics are also inside the bag. Sleek.

First the Magic Strawberry High Shine Lip Gloss

It is definitely high shine where it felt super sticky at first, and for the next five, it’s either I’m getting used to the stickiness or they become less sticky.

I love the staying power, well, maybe, where there’s stickiness, there’s staying power ^0^

Then the eye shadow, 964 Nightlife, is ah-may-zing too. I will give you more look with that ^^ stay tune!

Last but definitely far far away from being the least is Kai Fragrance (my new must have item)

I’m in Hawaii in an instant, it took me back in 1994 for my first trip there, I get myself Plumeria perfume and couldn’t find it anywhere else in the world. The floral in that habitation is different, richer, mixed of exotics fruits and sweet floral, the sensation it creates literally boost my ability to see and enjoy the rainbows. Beautiful, paradise inspired and naturally gorgeous, raw, pure and the oils just fills me up in this aura and I just can’t get enough of it. Thank you so much Luxola, I want more of these please.