Mario Badescu skincare products are some of my favorites on the market. The wide variety of serums and creams helps with tired eyes, breakouts and everything in between. So I look for any excuse to splurge a little, especially on my two new obsessions: Glycolic Eye Cream and Drying Mask.
First up is the eye cream, perfect for when skin starts looking a little aged and dry. It is high in antioxidants, vitamin E, and contains a blend of nourishing oils that result in smooth younger looking skin with just a few uses — and not only in the eye area, other parts of your face will benefit from the ingredients as well.
Next is the drying mask, which honestly, I was a little skeptical about. I have oily skin and I tend to stay away from a lot of face products because they often make me more shiny. I stay away from things that promise to get rid of oil because they have a tendency to dry me out, but since I love the brand so much, I decided to give it a try. The mask miraculously reduced excess oil, but still left the right amount to keep my skin young, while simultaneously drying out pimples with a nonirritating sulfur and calamine formula. Finding a product that will help with all of the unwanted oil while not overly drying out your skin is very rare and should be taken advantage of. My favorite part about this mask is it works well on the back and chest too for anyone with acne problems.
I may not have super curly hair or out of control waves, but my hairstyle does require straight ends and absolutely no frizz. I fell in love with what became known as the “Posh Cut” when the Spice Girl herself made it famous a few years ago and I’ve since tweaked it a few times, but ultimately have kept it since then. In order to make this look work, you need pin straight ends and you need it to look sleek. I naively believed the most important ingredients in getting my desired look were the products I put in my hair before styling, but that’s only part of the equation.
After going through countless flat irons and getting advice from my amazing hair stylist, I chose the perfect one that gives me the best shine and straightest look. The Conair Infiniti Pro 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Iron is an oil-infused flat iron that combines argan oils with anti frizzing conditioner into the ceramic plates. This combination results in 85% less frizz after use and the oil fusions help protect against heat damage that comes with daily use. Also, the plates themselves are 29% longer than average 1-inch flat iron plates, which allows for quicker styling and gives the option to straighten or flip.
I’ve never really struggled with curls or unruly hair, but I understand the annoying aspect of a morning routine that involves taking the time to make sure your hairstyle is on point, because having an asymmetrical bob involves a specific look. I can only imagine the pain of trying to achieve straight hair when yours is frizzy, curly and uncooperative. Luckily, my new hair product obsession is just the answer: one product to use while your hair is wet and one when it is dry — and trust me, they work!
For wet hair
The Bumble and Bumble Concen-straight Smoothing Treatment is a gentle yet potent single-use straightening treatment that will help keep your straight look for up to 30 shampoos. The patent pending technology helps maintain hair’s natural look while creating smoothness, manageability, styling ease, and erases frizz and flyaways. The heat from the blow dryer will unlock the treatment’s artistic potential and help create body and movement. The best part about this product is it doesn’t require you to use a blow dryer; if you want to let your hair dry naturally after applying it, go right ahead, your finished look will include a more manageable texture of your hair. Another plus, it works with all hair types and won’t affect any color in your hair!
For dry hair
The Bumble and Bumble Grooming Crème is composed of natural oils, jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil that will help maintain your sleek and shiny look after you’re done styling, while simultaneously hydrating your hair to help prevent damage from the dryer and flat iron. The crème will not only help keep your straight hair straight, but it also gives texture, volume and control. The best part about this product is it can be used by both men and women.