Mario Badescu: Worth The Hype?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Yes, Yes, A Thousand Times Yes.


So by now you’ve probably heard the rumours: Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion works wonders for acne. And I’m here to tell you that, yes, that’s true. But that’s not the only product I’ve tried of Mario Badescu’s and now that I’ve got quite the collection I thought it was time for a review. I’ve written the list in order of the products I would recommend the most to the least:


Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – $24

Let’s dive straight into it. I picked this one up when I was in Singapore earlier this year and I haven’t looked back. This really does everything that it promises: a spot treatment to dry up your much unwanted acne overnight. And no matter how many times my mum shakes the bottle (you’re not meant to shake it, seriously) I will continue to use this all-saving product!


Acne Facial Cleanser – $22

I also picked up this one in Singapore and after a long day of wearing makeup in the humidity, my face was feeling very unclean. At first I was a little unsure about this product as I normally get soft cleansers for sensitive skin but I was told that it would suit all skin types and I decided to just try it! I noticed a definite difference in my skin within the first week of using it; my skin was no longer a blotchy mess and it felt much cleaner!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – $9

I overuse this, in the best way. This is such a great pick me up, whether I’m spending the day makeup free, or I’ve just stepped out of the shower, I can spritz this on my skin and it feels so clean and fresh afterwards. I don’t see how you could go wrong with this product (and for $9!)


Mario Badescu Calma Mask – $31

Masks are always great, but I’m starting to lean more towards sheet masks. Maybe it’s because there’s less clean up so it takes less time? But I also love that you can massage the excess product into the skin instead of stripping your skin of all the goodness. In saying that, this mask makes me feel like I’m starting a fresh; a clean slate. It’s then ready for my toner and moisturiser. The Calma Mask is also a great one for people with sensitive skin, it doesn’t irritate at all (it just doesn’t smell super, super great!) I do this once every two weeks, usually on a Sunday when I’m taking time to take care of my skin!


Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum – $28

This serum is a great little add-on to my daily skincare regime, although I’m not sure how much effect it truly has. I definitely think it helps to reduce hormonal acne to just a few spots though. I also like that I’m being proactive by applying this before the spots appear!


What’s your favourite Mario Badescu product?



How To Get That Dewy Glow

Sunday, February 26th, 2017


Face Oils: Yes or No?


The beauty world has divided over the use of face oils, are they bad for your skin? Do they leave your makeup only lasting half the day? Over the past few years, every article I’ve read on the subject and every conversation I’ve had with beauty consultants all say the same thing: yes to face oils. I’ve used a few different oils for my face: argan oil, jojoba oil, rose hip oil. However, mostly pharmacy-bought—so it was time for the good stuff.



Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil

Price: $120.00

How To: Apply 4-6 drops onto clean skin and massage. Alternatively, add a few drops to your foundation.

Review: 8/10

A hydrating lightweight oil, perfect for giving your skin that extra lift. I have quite dry skin, so this is perfect to give my skin the R&R it needs, whilst creating a gorgeous dewy glow. It’s packed with beautiful ingredients: camellia, tamanu and chia seed oils, orchid flower and sunflower, rice bran and rosemary extracts—so you know it’s great for your skin.

The smell can be a tad overpowering however, so I prefer to use it at nighttime. It’s perfect for replenishing my skin after a shower and giving back its elasticity. Press a few drops into your skin (a little goes a long way) and massage well. The oil absorbs into the skin, rather than simply creating a layer on top—this is what tends to give oils a bad rap. I then follow this with my moisturiser (I seem to change these quite frequently, right now I’m loving Charlotte’s Magic Cream by Charlotte Tilbury).



I’m not letting face oils go from my beauty regime anytime soon. Others on my wishlist are: Face Hero by Zoë Foster’s GO TO Skincare as well as Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehls.


What face oils have you tried?


*This post is in collaboration with Dermalogica, opinions are my own.




ESTHER REYNOLDS-VERCO   Fashion & lifestyle blogger following a minimalist lifestyle.

Based in Adelaide, Australia.


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