It’s been a minute! 🙂 Today I am back to share my first impressions on a few Mario Badescu skincare products I ordered online from BeautyBay.com! I’ve used these products for a week so I think I can give a brief review with my opinions. 🙂 Mario Badescu is a cruelty-free skincare brand with over 40 years of history & a favourite amongst A-listers. His products are crafted with high quality botanical ingredients that targets every skin type & concerns to bring you outstanding results & complexion! The prices in his brand range between inexpensive to reasonably priced. It’s hard to find high end botanical-rich skincare that won’t break the bank! It’s nearly impossible to purchase Mario Badescu products in Canada *Thank the retail lord for online shopping!* I had to do some intensive researching on the Internet to find an online merchant that carries an extensive range of Mario Badescu products especially with the famous Drying Lotion in stock!
I stumbled upon a online store BeautyBay.com (based in the UK) which sells UK & international brands such as BH Cosmetics, Dose of Colors, Eyeko, Jeffree Star, L.A. Girl, Makeup Geek, Morphe, Ofra, RCMA, & Sigma just to name a few! (Brands that are hard to find/not sold in Canada) They also offer many brands that Sephora carries as well. It’s definitely worth checking out if there’s a beauty brand you’ve been searching for because you just might be able to find it on BeautyBay.com! 🙂 I find most brands priced accurately while there are some brands overpriced than if you were to buy it off directly from their company. So you might want to shop around & do some comparisons before you click the “Add to bag” button. They do offer low international shipping rates & free shipping to Canada on orders of $26.00 CAD+ which persuaded me to decide this website is THE one! 😉
Now let’s get back on track! The first item I want to talk about is Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. I’ve read many great things about this MB facial spray so this was on my shopping list ever since I’ve discovered my obsession for rose-scented facial sprays. My current bottle of Fresh Rose Floral Toner is running low & I was planning to purchase another bottle from Sephora. However, a bottle of the Fresh toner costs a whopping $49.00 CAD for 250 mL meanwhile a large bottle of MB’s facial spray costs $20.30 CAD for 236 mL. (It also comes in a 118 mL bottle for $13.80 CAD) So far, the MB facial spray has been alright. The fragrance is a tad strong for my liking however the scent does fade away within seconds. The packaging isn’t anything fancy as you can see above & kind of too large to comfortably hold in the palm of my hand. I think the smaller version would’ve been more enjoyable. Fresh’s toner has a more subtle scent & the bottle is much easier to use. One thing that MB beats Fresh over is it comes with a secure clear cap & Fresh doesn’t have one. Fresh comes with a screw-on cap which you can switch out the mister for but that’s just a hassle to pack. The MB version is definitely more travel-friendly.
***Suitable for: All Skin Types*** Rating: 7/10
Next up, I want to talk about the “Cucumber Make-Up Remover Cream” which sounded interesting when I saw it online. I’ve used face cleansing gels, oils, & wipes but never in a “cream” form. The thought of using cream makeup remover sounds messy but I was wrong! It looks, feels, & smells like your typical body lotion but this bad boy takes off ALL your makeup effortlessly & effectively with a cotton round! I didn’t feel any tugging & it wasn’t greasy at all as I had expected. On the packaging it doesn’t indicate anywhere whether it’s for removing any makeup but it does state for removing eye makeup. It still works great removing my face makeup so whatever, right?! The gentle formula is tailored for dry and/or sensitive skin so it’s non-irritable & moisturizing. The refreshing cucumber extract creates a cooling & soothing effect on the skin after usage. The one thing I don’t like is how it doesn’t come with a spoon/scoop to extract the cream onto a cotton round, so make sure your fingers are super clean! I bought this for $19.50 CAD. 🙂
***Skin Types: Dry & Sensitive*** Rating: 9/10
Here, I have the “Eye Make-Up Remover Gel Non-Oily” which was another great find! As titled, it’s a non-sticky eye make-up remover. I would’t call it a “gel” but it’s not totally a cream either. It’s like a thin slippery cream??? Again, no tugging & no irritation with this remover on my eyes. My lids felt soft & moisturized, & there was no makeup residue left on my eyes. The best part is this formula claims you can reapply makeup immediately after using! :O For $13.90 CAD I wish this 59 mL squeeze bottle came with more in a bigger size. 😦 I feel like I will finish this sucker in no time because I love it so much! 🙂 This bottle is perfect for traveling because it’s small & comes with a “flip tip” that prevents unwanted spills!
***Suitable for: All Skin Types*** Rating: 10/10
Saving the best for last is the famous Mario Badescu Drying Lotion!!! 😀 In the image above it’s shaken up because I literally took a picture right after I unboxed the package. The formula is suppose to stand upright with the pink portion sunk to the bottom & the clear liquid sitting above it. To apply, you simply stick a clean cotton swap to the end of the bottle & dab the pink substance onto those stubborn pimples! I let mine sit on my skin for a few minutes before going to bed to avoid smearing it all over my pillowcases & I was able to see results the next morning! The size of the pimple had flattened & shrunk, it also appears less red. It’s a pretty magical product & I’ve seen Kate Somerville sells a near identical version at Sephora. I purchased the MB plastic bottle version because it was recommended over their traditional glass bottle. Many reviewers prefer this plastic version because it features a wider opening making the application process less tricky & messy. The weight is significantly lighter & easier to travel with since it won’t shatter! I purchased this for $25.80 CAD which is pretty on par with most online retailers I found.
***Suitable for: All Skin Types*** Rating: 10/10
The best part with this first purchase experience was the amazing freebie! Who doesn’t love free stuff!? During the time, there was a promotion where when you spend $35.00+ on MB productions, you are eligible to receive this handy MB-themed faux leather pouch filled with 3 deluxe samples (Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap, & Seaweed Bubble Bath & Shower Gel ) & a compact mirror. The pouch & the mirror don’t look or feel cheap since most free stuff are. The size of the bottles are slightly bigger than the ones you get at the hotels but the scents do remind me of hotel soaps haha!
I’m very happy with this purchase & I will definitely shop on BeautyBay.com again for more MB products & other beauty brands they have to offer. I only wish I found this website sooner & heard of MB’s flawless creations earlier! I think the prices are fair due to its utmost simple packaging yet traveller-friendly designs. I hope to see more products to be released by MB! 🙂