YOU GUYS!!!! A week from today I will be Ally Collins. What the what?! How crazy is that? I can't believe how time flies when you are planning a wedding (aka: I can't believe how time flies when you have a super star coordinator and your mom is Wonder Woman and they plan the wedding-- thank you mama and Ferriday!) and I am almost sad to see this happy time go! But in just seven short days, we'll be throwing a beautiful garden party inspired wedding in Oxford, MS with 200 guests, catering by the fabulous Elizabeth Heiskell, drinks, dancing.....
AND SO MUCH STRESS WILL FINALLY BE GONE. My skin has been out of this world crazy the last few months with all the stress of the wedding going perfectly. What if it rains (y'all...please pray. NO RAIN!)? What if I trip walking down the aisle? What if I can't breathe during my vows aND PASS OUT IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY?! Yep, these are seriously my thoughts. And my face is showing it.
Enter in Mario Badescu (nope not an ad. Just keep on reading to see how obsessed I am, no #ad required). This cruelty free (y'all know I love me some cruelty free beauty products) what-you-see-is-what-you-get skin care line not only has an approachable price point, but the minimalistic design of their packaging shows you they mean business with your skin.
I've been using MB for about 4 years now and it's no secret as to why people love it. These gentle but totally effective products completely transform your skin into an even, poreless, and bright complexion. Sure, I get my occasional pimple or cluster of blackheads here and there but MB products are quick to work so I never have to stress.
Because they are so quick, I want to share with y'all my favorite products from Mario Badescu for quick and reliable results. These are my tried and true (not pictured: MB's glycolic toner. LIFE. CHANGING.) Below there is:
- Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
- Vitamin C Serum
- Drying Lotion
- Oil Free Moisturizer
Here is the no bullshit packaging (isn't it kind of refreshing to see packaging that isn't over-marketed?!):
Okay, so let me explain what each product does:
Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: Because glycolic acid is the smallest of all the acids, you will get the most dramatic results aka there is a reason why it is used so much in doctor's offices and peels.
Why I love it: You can feel it working from the first time you use it. It tingles and almost burns a bit but after about a week's worth of using, your skin will become conditioned to it so it won't feel irritating. But the burn means it's doing it's thing and sloughing all that grime off your face to reveal and super soft glowy complexion.
Vitamin C Serum: If Vitamin C is good for your complexion when you eat it, why not apply it topically too? This serum will give your skin the kick-start it needs when it's feeling dusty and dehydrated and helps keep up a bright complexion.
Why I love it: Not only do I see dramatic results, but I feel good knowing that I am feeding my skin a high quality product that I know will work.
How often I use it: Every other day after washing and toning my face.
Drying Lotion: This is one of Mario Badescu's best selling products ever... and for good reason! This stuff does not mess around (I'm even wearing some right now!) and has been known to dry up a zit in an just a few hours.
Why I love it: The no BS ingredient list is short and sweet and to the point. Here is it: Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Sulfur, Camphor, Talc, Glycerin,Salicylic Acid. It feels good knowing what each of the ingredients are and why they are in there. No playing games with my skin so close to the wedding!
How often I use it: Whenever I see a pimple forming or even after it has come to a head.
How to use: Fun fact- one time I shook a friend's drying lotion and she was PISSED. Don't shake the bottle before use. The pink solution and the clear solution are supposed to be separated. Just let them be. Dip a Q-Tip all the way to the bottom of the bottle and get the pink stuff on it. Dab on each pimple and let sit overnight.
Oil Free Moisturizer: This is my favorite moisturizer for my skin because its thick without being heavy. My skin soaks it right up and it even contains an SPF. If you don't wear SPF, we have other major things to talk about (please, wear your damn sunscreen. It is so easy especially with products like this!).
Why I love it: This formula feels like heaven to dry or irritated skin. It keeps you glowy and fresh and never greasy. It is the kind of lotion you love so much that you take the cap off and scrape out the last bits of it with a Q-tip when it's running low.
How often I use: After washing and toning my face.
So, what do you think? The combination of these products makes for a total WOW skin revamp. The cleanser gives you smoothness, the serum gives you brightness, the drying lotion leaves you spotless, and the lotion leaves you hydrated. A recipe for perfect skin!
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