2 Mario Badescu Products I LOVE

I have only tried 2 products from the Mario Badescu skincare line and they are the two products that I feel are the most talked about and popular.

The first product is the Rosewater Facial Spray ($5-7).


This product can be found online, at Ulta, or I have even seen this line at Anthropologie stores (it is the same price everywhere). I was hesitant to use this stuff because I have sensitive skin, but this stuff is awesome! I spray this all over my face and neck morning and night after I cleanse my face AND I even spray it over makeup throughout the day as a setting spray and I really like it. It has a fresh rose scent and is nothing overpowering and basically just feels like water. There is nothing in here that leaves an uncomfortable feeling on the skin. Also, I have a few acne scars and my skin can be a little splotchy and uneven, but since I have been using this product, I have noticed my scarring has gone away and it has brightened and evened out my skin. It says on the bottle that you will never want to be without this stuff and I completely agree! This is a product that I will always want to have on hand and will use everyday.

The second product is the Drying Lotion ($17).

mario lotion

This product is a little bit higher in price compared to some of their other products but this stuff will last FOREVER!! It is an intense spot treatment and this stuff is magic in a bottle. All you do is take a Q-Tip and dip it into the bottle to pic up some of the pink sediment at the bottom (DO NOT SHAKE) and then dab it onto your pimple and leave it there overnight to do its thing. I notice a difference overnight and this is by far the fastest- working spot treatment I have ever tried. I have had the same bottle for about a year and am nowhere close to running out. This stuff is a life saver and totally worth it!


Top 5 Under $5!

These are my top 5 favorite, hidden gem products that can be found at your drugstore (except #2) for $5 or less!


  1. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette, $4.99


This contouring duo (shade Caramel Toffee) is by far the creamiest and most pigmented contour palette that I have found at the drugstore. For the price, you would think that this would be chalky as heck and poor quality, but even though this is a powder, it feels so buttery and creamy. I did not find that it applied chalky or patchy, but it does have quite a bit of kick- off. A little does go a long way because it is so pigmented, so use a light hand. The yellow powder does not crease when I use it to set my under eye concealer and the contour shade is warm but not too orange. They do have a lighter palette with a more pink- toned highlight shade and a more cool, grey toned contour shade. I have been really impressed by Wet N Wild products recently and they are cruelty free!

UPDATE!! I just purchased the lighter shade, Dulce De Leche, of this contour palette and the quality is just as smooth and creamy and pigmented as the darker shade (above). This palette is on the cooler side, with a pink- toned highlight shade, and more grey- toned contour shade but it still looks great and doesn’t make my face look “dirty” or muddy.


2. Morphe M310 Fan Brush, $4.99

morphe fan brush

This is my favorite brush to apply highlighter! It is just a typical fan brush, but it applies highlighter beautifully and you can’t beat the price! The only downside is that you can only purchase Morphe products online from their website, but they are so worth it!


3. Milani Eyebrow Gel, $4

milani gel

This brow gel is awesome! It does not make your brows feel crusty but will keep them in place ALL DAY. I feel like this basically does the same thing as the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel but this one is a fraction of the price!


4. Elf Eyeshadow Primer, $2

elf primer

This eyeshadow primer is dirt cheap but works extremely well! I feel like this could even be a great dupe for the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. When I wear this, my shadows don’t crease and looks great all day!


5. Jordana Lip Liner in Tawny, $2

jordana tawny

Jordana is a very inexpensive brand that can be found at Walgreens and I feel like their products can be overlooked. Their lip liners are awesome, especially the shade Tawny. This shade can be worn under any lip color because it is basically the color of your natural lips and is also great for over lining lips.