Mario Badescu Haul & Review [365 to 40]

Last Fall Mario Badescu had a great sale on this set for their 50th Anniversary. I was in need of a new cleanser and couldn’t pass up this gift with purchase deal. If my memory serves me right these samples came with a $30 purchase and since I did not need anything else apart from a cleanser I decided to try two.

How cute is the pouch?! I think the design is why I really made the purchase. The deluxe samples are as follows: (1) Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, (2) A.H.A Botanical Body Soap, (3) Enzyme Cleansing Gel, (4) Almond & Honey Face Scrub, (5) Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream and (6) a sachet of the Buttermilk Moisturizer. Plus a small mirror.

Of the samples I have used the Almond & Honey Face Scrub that is specially formulated to be very gentle. It is made from finely ground almonds and also includes cornmeal to buff away dull, flaky skin. It smells amazing. Other ingredients include sweet almond oil, honey, and oatmeal that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished. The full size of this scrub is 4 oz and retails for $15. I also used the Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream. This is a thick, rich hand cream that is suited for very dry or frequently washed hands. It contains a unique blend of skin-conditioning ingredients such as Elastin, Vitamin E, and Peanut Oil that combined delivers lasting hydration to soften and nourish dry skin. parched skin feels soft and nourished. This hand cream at 4 oz retails for $8. This was an effective hand cream but the scent of the vitamin E was a bit overpowering.

The two items I actually purchase:  Enzyme Cleansing Gel that cleanses, brightens, and gently exfoliates all at once. Ingredients include fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (naturally found in papaya and grapefruit extracts) to dissolve away makeup, oil, and impurities. The skin is left healthy and rejuvenated. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and retails for $14 for 8 oz and $24 for 16 oz. The Botanical Facial Gel formulated for oily skin that features exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to rid the skin of excess oil, makeup, and pore-clogging buildup for a balanced, clear, and healthy-looking complexion. Retails for $14 for 8 oz and $24 for 16 oz.

I am a fan of this brand of skin care products and believe that the products do live up to the company’s philosophy of simple, gentle and effective skin care.


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Off to a good start…

I was contemplating whether or not to make my first post a haul or a project something (project 10 pan). I decided on the PnP (the haul will be the next post), I haven’t really made a dent in my project lipgloss yet but I’ve been good I haven’t used a new gloss yet. 
Here ‘n’ will represent any whole number, I want to finish as many products as I can this year to make room for newer ones.
Project n Pan #1

Philosophy ‘hope in a jar’ for al skin types (Sephora)
“Our award-winning, lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection, while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. looking for our limited-edition hope in a jar?”

“Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a 99.9% oil-free, deeply hydrating, lightweight wonder designed to smooth the complexion while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. Originally created for the medical market, this expert essential delivers soft, healthy, glowing results.”  

My Opinion: this is a great moisturizer, I liked it although the smell is a little off putting but it’s not fishy as many people have claimed. However, it was a bit too much for my oily skin especially during the day time, it made my problem worse. Instead I mainly use it at night or on the weekends when I don’t go anywhere. I got the small size (0.5 oz) at Sephora for $15  Would I repurchase: No

Love etc… Body Butter (The Body Shop)
Best if you want to: Soften and condition your skin with an intense body moisturizer that lasts up to 24 hours to soften, smoothes and hydrate with the warm, exuberant fragrance of jasmin, vanilla and sandlewood.
Community Trade cocoa butter, an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Organic, virgin, cold-pressed Community Trade coconut oil softens and conditions skin.”
My Opinion: I love this scent, I got this as a gift with online purchase and was doubtful because earlier in the year I went into one of the stores and did not like it. I wore it everyday (I don’t think I’ve used up something so quickly) and ordered a larger size. I cleaned out this 1.69 oz like I was cleaning out a mixing bowl of my favorite batter. I love the TBS butters in terms of what they do, my favs are this of course and coconut. I always stock on coconut when they have a good sale now I have another one.
Would I repurchase: Yes until it’s discontinued

Hydro-Moisturizer with Vitamin C (Mario Badescu)

“Lightweight, antioxidant moisturizer suitable for normal, combination skin. Vitamin C formula restores clarity and health to tired, dehydrated skin.
My Opinion: I got a MB sample set a few months ago after filling out a questionnaire  on their website for oily skin  see post here. This was probably the best free sample set I have ever gotten (8 items). This moisturizer was one of the few things I enjoyed using from this set, although I had the same issues as I did with the ‘hope in a jar’. It was really good but the label indicated it was for combination and sensitive skin, so not good for my oil well. It was unscented which I liked.
Would I repurchase: No, but would like to try one specific for oily skin

So much more to come in 2011. Thanks for reading 🙂