How Mario Badescu Saved My Skin


Nighttime, my time

While some like to scoff at pop culture, we wouldn’t be who we are without it. Whether it’s a television show, movie, book, underground cultural phenomenon, or beauty product, there are certain events that changed the course of our lives. In our Life Changer series, we’re sharing the things that helped us become who we are today, and hopefully, inspire you to try them out for yourselves.

This year, I’ve sort of become a skin-care junkie. I can’t get my hands on enough products, and I tend to convince myself that all of them work (unless I have a bad reaction, and then, understandably, it's over). I don’t remember how I initially came across Mario Badescu, but I am going to give Instagram the credit, because of the line's inclusion in all the product posts that pop up from the digital influencers that I follow. (It goes without saying that MB products are super IG-friendly with minimally designed packaging.)

Before I fully committed to the brand, though, I asked my friends and followers on Twitter which products they recommend I test out. Almost all of my friends vouched for the facial spray, seaweed night cream, and the drying lotion. Everyone swore that these were the life-changers, and I wholeheartedly wanted to believe them. Once I had compiled a solid list, I set forth on my quest for clearer, cleaner skin. I have trouble spots on my cheeks, and my acne worsens when my hormones start acting up during my menstrual cycle. (Sometimes, I even get gigantic cysts.) Before, I used whatever creams and cleansers were recommended by my dermatologist to resolve the issue, but everything always dried my skin out, so I eventually just switched over to natural products. 

Over the course of the past three weeks, I have implemented Mario Badescu into my nighttime skin-care routine. After I wash my face with Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser (it's really gentle on my skin and has been the most effective cleanser for me so far), I like to rub on a tiny glob of the Enzyme Cleansing Gel. Once that is rinsed off, I dab the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Glycolic Acid Toner onto my face to get that fresh glow.

Prior to having these products in my life, I would typically approach any and all acne on my face with charcoal. The main problem I've been having with charcoal is that it stains everything because it's black (I had to throw out so many washcloths because of my charcoal masks), and I started to feel like I was using too much of it at once. In addition to being oily, my skin is sensitive, so I really have to be careful about what goes into it. Sometimes, charcoal can be a little too strong for the unblemished areas to handle. It was not a perfect solution, but it was all I had for awhile, until Mario Badescu.

I genuinely feel like Mario Badescu products get deep down into my pores—my skin has never felt cleaner. I recently switched to using coconut oil as a moisturizer, but in the morning, I will also put on the Herbal Hydrating Serum. The last thing I put on before I go to bed is the Seaweed Night Cream unless I'm dealing with a breakout. Any zits that try to harvest on my face get covered in the Drying Lotion, which is basically like a genie in a bottle. If my face is looking blotchy, I'll use the special mask for oily skin or Flower & Tonic Mask to resolve the issue. Not only have Mario Badescu products cleared up my skin, but they have ingredients that disinfect it which makes all the difference in terms of effectiveness. The key with this brand is getting what is meant for your skin type (dry, oily, acne-prone, etc.), otherwise, some of the products might not work as well.

You know how Orbit's slogan is "Just Brushed Clean Feeling"? That's how Mario Badescu makes my skin feel. The ingredients in Mario Badescu's products feel perfectly balanced on my skin. These products quietly get the job done hassle-free without leaving a trace, scent, or mess. When I wake up every morning, my face looks (and feels) brand-new with less noticeable blemishes.

Skin care is an expensive field, so the fact that Mario Badescu stays affordable is pretty remarkable. Everything that I use costs less than $20, and, trust me, those 8 ounces go a long way.  Browse some of my favorite items in the gallery, below.

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Mario Badescu, Drying Lotion, $17, available at Mario Badescu

This right here is the G.O.A.T. It reduces the size of your zits overnight! Truly a miracle.

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.