Monday, May 8, 2017

Skincare with Mario Badescu || My New Regimen

Introducing, my new skincare regimen .. and obsession, Mario Badescu!

I am not someone who has had (nor currently have!) perfect skin.  It was never terrible, but I have always struggled with little annoying issues since I was a teen.  In high school I had minor acne & oily skin, and I have always had fair skin which used to bother me when I was young, trying to fit in with my peers and modern trends.  When I found my passion for glamour and began to realize my own aesthetic, I began to embrace my skin and work within the confines of who I am.  I also banned the harsh effects of sun from my life years ago, and it was truly the first step in improving my skin.  I also learned that eating well is absolutely essential, especially including lots of oily fish, nuts & berries in my diet!

Now I work with combination skin, some visible pores, and like all of us hoping to slow down the effects of aging.  Vintage lovers know the importance of striving for extra flawless makeup application, and this must begin with skincare.  I was using some random products, but felt I wanted to do more and develop a personalized routine.  This is why I was so excited when my friend Ami connected me with Mario Badescu, who gave me the opportunity to try out their products and services.  Nicole created a personalized regimen for my individual skin type and concerns, and scheduled me for a facial at their salon in beautiful Midtown East.  Scroll down to discover more... 

Whitening Mask - Blend of antioxidants known to inhibit discoloration and even out skin tone

I always look to the beginnings as a history lover, and was amazed to find out the inspiring story of Mario Badescu.  As the website reads, he "had a vision to bring to New York City his European-style facials - and it was in 1967, out of his two-bedroom Manhattan apartment, when the world-renowned salon and product line were born."  I was so excited to visit the salon and experience the excellence that made it great, for so many decades.... and I was not disappointed! 

Irina was my esthetician, and she did an amazing job on my facial.  She not only catered to my personal needs and desires, but she was kind, calming, and helpful when I had any questions.  She was gentle and soothing, but produced powerful results!  I had an event that evening, and my skin felt and looked absolutely amazing.  Pores were clean and small, and I had a nice healthy glow about me.  If only I could see Irina every day! :)  I asked Irina for advice on how to maintain great skin throughout the years, and she offered some wonderful tips:

* Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
* Posture!  Good posture is key for avoiding unwanted lines or creases on the neck and chest.
* Moisturize, even if you have naturally oily skin.
* Protection from the sun, always.

Rosewater Facial Spray - infused with healthy herbs & botanicals for revitalization throughout the day, or to set makeup for a dewy radiance
Green Tea Facial Spray - cooling boost with vitamins & minerals

Moisturizers & Creams:
Hyaluronic Eye Cream - brightening & smoothing
Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 - broad spectrum protection
Seaweed Night Cream - collagen plumping & lightweight

Skincare shopping can be so daunting, and pricey!  I know for me, it was always a matter of reading reviews and purchasing to see if certain products work for me.  It can be endless and frustrating, so it was absolutely amazing to have my personal skin evaluated, and then an entire regimen recommended for me.  I was so surprised to also discover Mario Badescu's extremely reasonable prices, and for large quantities!  So often at department stores, creams and serums are outrageously priced and for tiny bottles.... not the case here.  

The best part though, is the difference I'm already seeing in my skin from these products.  I am truly amazed and don't have the desire to return to many of the previous products I was using.  My skin feels clean and refreshed all the time, my pores minimized, and dry spots softer than ever.  My makeup glides on so much more smoothly and my coloring seems more even.  Needless to say, I'm highly impressed and excited to continue assessing the results - and will keep you posted as well!

Spot Treatments:
Drying Lotion - designed to dry up blemishes overnight - can use on face, chest, back and neck
Buffering Lotion - overnight treatment for large under the skin blemishes

Cleansing & Exfoliating:
Enzyme Cleansing Gel - deep cleans & removes excessive shine
Glycolic Foaming Cleanser - brightening, rejuvenating foaming exfoliant
Special Cucumber Lotion - clarifying astringent that unclogs pores
Botanical Exfoliating Scrub - polishes with gentle exfoliation

Azulene Body Soap - gentle chamomile infused
Vitamin E Body Lotion - rich with antioxidants 
Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E - lightweight and so soft

Vitamin C Serum - texturizes skin & reduces visible signs of aging

Salon - 320 East 52nd Street, NYC
While I was gifted Mario Badescu products, opinions are always 100% my own.

{Voodoo Vixen Jumpsuit // Lady Jane Vintage earrings // Mac Cosmetics makeup // Unique Vintage fan & belt}

Rachel ♥

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