greening my routine with mario badescu

mario badescu green routine
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my skin care routine has quite literally gone green.

besides being perfectly fitting for saint patrick’s day, the truth is that this trio has saved my pregnancy hormone-ravaged skin. the team at mario badescu must be getting pretty used to my panicky emails at this point and seeing as though i am yet to present them with a pickle that they cannot get me out of, it’s really no surprise that they sent me the perfect solution to my latest problem.

they informed me that my sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin requires a combination of chemical exfoliation, gentle disinfection, and soothing nourishment to keep it from getting inflamed. here’s the very festive combination of products that is keeping everything in check:

mario badescu enzyme cleansing gel, $12
forget everything you know about washing your face. add a drop of water to this mint-colored gel, massage it over your skin and every trace of makeup is dissolved, without drying. it provides a deep clean without being harsh – just be sure to avoid your eye area.

mario badescu seaweed cleansing lotion, $15
a very green toner to remove any left-behind smudges of makeup while also giving something back. it cleans out all of my pores with witch hazel, soothes my sensitive areas with aloe, helps to prevent dryness and preps skin perfectly for my night cream.

mario badescu seaweed night cream, $20
this green cream restores hydration (essential for helping my skin to repair itself overnight) without adding oil. collagen and hyaluronic acid leave things feeling so smooth and plumped up in the mornings, while also reducing redness and shrinking pimples.

all three products have made a visible (and fast) improvement in my skin – completely turning things around from the broken out turmoil that i have been experiencing. lucky for me, and thanks to mario badescu, going green has saved the day!

pixi glow tonic

pixi glow tonic

do you use a toner as part of your skincare routine? for awhile now, i’ve been using witch hazel as the first part of my routine in the morning and after washing my face each evening to remove excess traces of makeup and prep my skin for my moisturizer/night cream. it works well – very simple, which my skin appreciates – but as i near the end of the bottle, i have been looking for an upgrade.

beauties in the uk have long known the benefits of pixi glow tonic and it’s just been one big tease for us american girls – until now. the magic potion that has captivated europe is now available in the us and i could not get my hands on it fast enough.

so, what’s the fuss all about?

for one, this toner is completely oil and alcohol free meaning that it will appeal to nearly all skin types (normal, dry, aging). along with that, ingredients include glycolic acid, witch hazel, and aloe vera – the perfect trifecta if you ask me. straight glycolic acid toners have proven a bit too harsh for my skin, but my face does truly love the exfoliating and skin-clearing benefits that come from this hardworking ingredient. (pixi’s 5% is the ideal dose.) witch hazel is a natural astringent that reduces inflammation and decreases oil, while aloe vera is ultra soothing. the ingredients work together to remove dead skin cells, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, all while imparting a brighter appearance.

after a couple of overnight uses, i noticed that some pesky breakouts were smaller and less angry in the morning. this has greatly reduced the redness that my skin is constantly fighting and it leaves it much smoother, too. best of all, i love that it does all of these things without leaving my skin dry and tight. while i still use a night cream over top of this, my face isn’t screaming for moisture immediately after using it which is a big change from the witch hazel.

i am very happy that this pretty rose gold tonic has made its way into my life. (i will warn you about its powerful and powdery scent, which some people might not like – i’m looking past it since the skincare benefits are so fab.) while it’s currently only available online through pixi, i’m hoping that it makes its way to retailers soon!

pixi glow tonic, $29 >

clinique superdefense eye spf 20

clinique superdefense eye spf 20

i’ve always had the best intentions when it comes to eye cream, but i’m not the best when it comes to applying them religiously. i normally just concentrate a little extra night cream under my eyes and call it a night, but the times, they are a changing. much to my chagrin, i have recently developed a lovely little crop of dark circles, which i can only attribute to last month’s very exciting life-changing announcement. covering dark circles is very tricky and because i’ve been slacking in the eye cream department, my makeup tends to settle and crease.

something must be done about this.

thankfully, hot on the heels of this new release, clinique brings us superdefense eye. this is an eye cream that is meant to be worn in the daytime as it includes broad spectrum spf 20 for the ultimate in age defense. i’ve been smoothing it on immediately after i apply my moisturizer and letting it sink in while i go about my getting ready business. by the time i’m ready to apply my makeup, its brightening properties have taken a major edge off of my dark circles and the skin under my eyes is much more hydrated and happy.

it feels immediately moisturizing and i love knowing that my delicate under eyes are protected from the sun’s rays, preventing further damage. there is a subtle sheen to this creamy product which livens things up and works surprisingly well to counteract dark circles, making them much easier to cover with foundation or concealer. in short, this is comprehensive skincare for your eyes and i’m starting to wonder how i ever lived without it.

clinique superdefense eye cream spf 20, $39.50 >

clinique superdefense moisturizer

clinique superdefense

i hate to complain about the cold, because really – what can you do? but, jeez louise it is cold. after the seventeenth day in a row of freezing my buns off running between appointments, errands, etc. it became clear to me that my skin was suffering. this is the kind of cold that sucks the life out of everything, and while it may be making us skinnier, it’s not doing our epidermis any favors.

so, imagine my delight, when in the timeliest of deliveries, this gorgeously thick and delicious moisturizer arrived on my doorstep from the good people at clinique. (note: i am using the “very dry to dry combination” formula.) normally i would take one look at a moisturizer made for “very dry” skin and run for the hills, assuming that it would cause breakouts galore – but these are desperate times.

i started slathering (and i do mean slathering) this stuff from hairline to bustline daily about a week ago and i am floored by how much better my skin looks and feels already. the angry winter breakouts i’ve been fighting are fading fast and the worsening redness that i’ve been experiencing has all but vanished. i was worried that a moisturizer this heavy would sit on my skin, but it soaks in quickly, leaving me grease-free, and my makeup glides easily over top of it. i can tell that my skin is balanced and happily hydrated all day long because there are no flakes, no dry patches, and no clogged pores. best of all, this moisturizer comes complete with spf 20 for protection from all of the elements.

i’m telling you that this is a moisturizer to adore, especially if your skin is not happy in this abnormally cruel winter weather. i appreciate clinique’s approach to skincare and love knowing that i’m putting top technology on my face each morning – and trust me when i say that the results are the proof in the pudding.

if you need to up your skincare game (again) for the polar vortex, give this one a go.

clinique superdefense daily defense moisturizer spf 20, $47 >

la roche-posay giveaway!

la roche-posay anthelios 50 primer

my beauty resolution for 2014 is to take a more serious approach to skincare – especially when it comes to sun protection and anti-aging. the very first product sending me on my journey to healthier, protected skin is la roche-posay’s anthelios 50 daily anti-aging primer with sunscreen.

(yes, you read that correctly. it’s an anti-aging primer sunscreen.)

this product is a true workhorse. not only does it deliver spf 50 to majorly up whatever sun protection game you’ve already got going, it also blurs imperfections (on me, that means hiding the odd large pore and camouflaging the fine lines around my eyes). it’s completely different from other primers that i’ve tried and i think that’s because it comes from a brand whose focus is skincare. not only does it correct and smooth, but it protects skin from damaging uva/uvb rays which can often make uneven skin texture so much worse. there is no sticky or tacky feeling and best of all, no resulting breakouts. i’ve used this primer under my go-to cc cream and a new favorite foundation (which i will share with you soon!) and i can tell you that it’s extremely comfortable to wear, with a smooth matte finish that sets the perfect stage for my makeup. i’m pretty confident that this oil-free,, fragrance-free, and paraben-free wonder will suit skins of all types, even the most sensitive.

if you’re looking for a hard-working primer that delivers impressive improvements in skincare, then you are in luck: the team from la roche-posay is giving one away. you can enter through the link below  – your skin will thank you!

enter to win la roche-posay anthelios 50 daily anti-aging primer with sunscreen >

tatcha gold camellia nourishing lip balm

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i may have a myriad of lip balms littering up my life (a small army at the bottom of my purse, at least one in my car’s cup holder, and i’m constantly unearthing them in desk/dresser drawers), but i’m slightly more selective when it comes to choosing my “home base” balm. i tend to stick to one really good splurge-worthy lip balm that i use in the morning to set the tone for the day and then for a good healthy dose of hydration before bed.

tatcha’s camellia lip balm is the most recent recipient of this worthy title. the jelly-like texture has a nice slip, but goes on pretty matte, keeping things unfussy once you get past that gorgeous gold leaf. (the gold layer does make the first few applications extra fun with just a hint of a metallic finish.) it has the look and feel of a truly luxurious product (and it is!) but when it comes to formula, this stuff is all business. glycerin is combined with all natural oils to create a feeling that’s intensely hydrating once it hits your lips.

a twice-daily application has left mine feeling extra kissable (a serious feat when the words over your state on the weather map read FRIGID) and i absolutely delight in dipping my fingers into that gold and purple pot. at $36 i know that this is not an impulse buy, but i can tell you that a little goes a long way and that tatcha’s generous helping will last you a very long time. balm lovers won’t be able to resist adding this one to their collection.

tatcha gold camellia nourishing lip balm, $36 >

two brand new products from simple

while my official run as a brand ambassador for simple wrapped up at the end of last year, my skin is still completely smitten with their products. the thing i like best about the line is that the product range is limited (…although i would not be mad if they released a lip balm, hand cream or body lotion!) which takes a lot of the guesswork out of finding something that will work for your particular skin concern. not to say that i’m not one for exciting new launches, but i find comfort in knowing that the lineup stays consistent.

now, the way i see it, if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it, but simple surprised even me with the release of two fabulous new products for the new year. i tested them both with some hesitation, but was nonetheless surprised when the results were beyond wonderful.

simple ultra-light gel moisturizer

ultra-light gel moisturizer is extremely innovative. it’s a completely clear gel that gives skin a burst of hydration on contact. it smooths on without irritation and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin super soft. its very best quality is the way that my makeup glides over top of this stuff and hangs on all day. call me crazy, but i feel like my foundation wears better and my skin looks fresher, longer, without primer or powder.

simple 24 hr day/night moisturizer

nourishing 24 hr day/night cream is absolute unfussy, non-greasy perfection. at night, i don’t want to layer any unnecessary chemicals onto my skin but i do want something to help recharge and moisturize while i sleep. simple’s newest is all of the above and more. my skin drinks it up each night after washing and toning, and in the morning, i’m rewarded with calm skin that’s free and clear of clogged pores.

in even bigger news, both of these products are paraben-free (something that you’ll be seeing come to some existing simple products as well)! if you’ve been hoping for some freshness from the simple camp, i think you’ll be thrilled with these two newbies.

clearasil daily clear superfruit cleansers #wintheday

clearasil daily clear superfruit

i don’t talk much about my day job here in the glossarie, but the truth is that i have a really fun one. i manage the mid-atlantic territories for hobo handbags and anna beck jewelry – two of the best and most gorgeous accessory brands on the planet. my job is all sales, 100% commission, very independent, and while i wouldn’t trade it for anything, it can certainly be a roller coaster.

the most intense part of accessory sales account management is the fashion trade shows. i travel to nyc seven times a year for big trade shows where you will find everyone from your favorite major denim lines and big brands like rebecca minkoff, all the way to talented handmade jewelry designers who are just starting out. the shows are crawling with buyers from the big guys like nordstrom and zappos to the owners of your sweet neighborhood boutiques, all making their buys for the upcoming season.

needless to say, the days are long and i have to be on my A game. that means well rested, high energy, sparkling attitude, and of course i have to look presentable. for me, i can pull together a comfy chic outfit fairly easily. i worry less about my fashion when i travel and more about my skin’s behavior – because the second i leave the comfort of my own home, it always falls apart.

this trip, i was armed with clearasil’s new line of daily clear cleansers and man has the line changed and evolved for the better since the last time i gave it a try (circa 1998). the new products are sophisticated and gentle with 1% salicylic acid (enough to be effective on a daily, preventive basis, but not enough to tear your face up like you might remember). these cleansers tackle the blemishes that you have fast and prevent new ones while improving skin’s radiance, thanks to raspberry and cranberry extracts. as an added bonus, these smell so-o good and there’s no question that perfect skin helps me #wintheday.

i am so impressed with how the brand has reinvented itself and created products appropriate for adult acne sufferers like me. if you want to give this new generation of products a try (the exfoliating pads are a must!), clearasil is running an amazing free rebate offer on the daily clear superfruit collection. anyone can take advantage and clear skin awaits!

*special thanks to refinery29 and clearasil for sponsoring this post and thank you for supporting the brands that make the glossarie possible.

mario badescu herbal hydrating serum

mario badescu herbal hydrating serum

i’m in nyc this week, land of life threatening wind chill. i can’t remember the last time i saw a single digit reading on the thermometer and those kind of elements do not do nice things to my sensitive virginia skin. thankfully, i thought to pack my new winter obsession for this trip into the polar vortex: mario badescu herbal hydrating serum.

i’m not the biggest serum gal in general, but this one has changed my way of thinking. for one, it’s less of a serum and more of a gel. secondly, it’s the most lightweight burst of (lasting!) hydration that i have ever felt. i have been putting it on morning and night, out of the shower, and right before bed. it instantly soothes that tight post-face-wash feeling and while it would probably be enough to wear without a moisturizer during other times of the year, i have been layering my current favorite over top for a double-duty level of moisture that cannot be beat.

it’s one of those versatile products that i predict will be joining me on many a dry flight and hotel stay in the future because i now realize how much happier my skin is when it’s properly hydrated. as opposed to thick and heavy moisturizers, i love how the serum is completely non-greasy, sinks right into my skin and has not caused a single breakout or irritation. it has saved my skin on this jaunt to the big city.

if you need to supercharge your skincare routine for added winter protection, i would move this little blue bottle to the top of your list.

mario badescu herbal hydrating serum, $30 >

best of 2013: mario badescu giveaway

AcneRepairKit

although technically, i discovered mb very late in 2012, my love for his products truly developed over the last twelve months. you already know how much my face loves these products. when nothing else works, my skin finds sweet salvation in the cleansers, moisturizers, and treatments, not one of which has ever disappointed. i recommend the regimen all of the time for its friendly price point and adaptability to every skin type. it’s that good.

in celebration of my fabulous year with mario badescu, the ever-generous brand team has given me one acne repair kit to give away. i swear by the drying lotion to clear up spots overnight (and i even dab it on while getting ready for extra fighting power) and the drying cream is perfect for spreading over more general areas (ahem, chin, jawline) when you feel a zit or three coming on. the buffering lotion is a godsend for cystic acne, and this trio together is one fierce plan of acne attack.

if your skin is troublesome and you’re at your wits’ end, or if you are looking for some serious weapons to add to your skincare mix, this kit is for you. enter through the link below and bring on the clear skin for 2014!

enter to win mario badescu acne repair kit! >