This Just In: Mario Badescu & L’Occitane Skin Loot

I got a special beauty delivery this week and just dove right in! Check them out below:

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, P1,650.

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, P1,650.

What It Is: A gel-based face scrub that helps get rid of residue, dead skin cells, and excess grime. Its goal is to banish dullness and give you clearer, younger-looking skin via its unique combo of finely ground Ecuadorian ivory palm seeds and nourishing botanicals (like ginger, ginkgo, green tea, aloe and coconut). The best part? It’s suitable for all skin types.

It's light and you can barely see the exfoliating grains because they're super fine.

It’s light and you can barely see the exfoliating grains because they’re super fine.

First Impressions: I always turn to a gentle scrub whenever my face starts to look dull and lifeless. I used this right after my trip to Singapore to help get rid of the sunscreen gunk and I feel like it refreshed my complexion. What I liked the most was how fine the grains were, so I didn’t have to worry about microtears on my skin. As for the scent? Aside from the hint of coconut, you’ll barely notice it. It’s kinda pricey for a scrub, but this is one of the products I invest in because it can make or break your skin.

L'Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid. It's 100% natural!

Up next: L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid. It’s 100% natural!

What It Is: A comforting oil that has two skin-saving ingredients—shea oil (known for its nourishing properties) and marula oil (known for its anti-oxidant properties and fine texture for quick absorption). It’s made for dry and sensitive skin that’s exposed to urban environment, so it’s perfect for city gals who want to give their complexion some TLC.

First Impressions: As far as oils go, this one is pretty light and has a dry finish (you just need to really massage it into your skin). It smells like baby powder and I noticed that it leaves my skin feeling comfortable even though I only used a few drops. It’s recommended that you use this at night to help reverse the damage that occurred throughout the day. If you’re prone to breakouts though, it might be best to avoid this formula.

Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer, P1,300.

Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer, P1,300.

What It Is: This daily, oil-free moisturizer contains alpha hydroxy acids (also known as AHAs or fruit extracts), vitamin C, and aloe to help hydrate your skin without clogging the pores. If you hit the beach over the holiday break, this is the perfect hydrator for you because it helps reduce wrinkles, sun spots, and UV-damaged skin.

First Impressions: I liked using this in the morning, but more importantly, I wasn’t afraid to use it in the morning! It’s surprisingly light and I really liked how it made my skin feel super supple. It doubles as a nice base and allows your foundation to glide on smoothly. The only catch? It doesn’t have sunscreen, so I just mixed a dollop of my favorite SPF with it to protect my skin from UV rays.

Last one for review: L'Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid.

Last one for review: L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid.

What It Is: A hydrator that’s specially formulated for skin that’s sensitive or prone to being weakened by the environment (think symptoms like tightness, redness, and prickling sensations). It contains a natural complex of protective active ingredients (like rose hip and calendula) and 5% shea butter. I only used this a couple of times, but their consumer tests say that redness (81%) and feelings of discomfort (87%) seemed to have lessened.

Don't laugh, but I was boggled by the cap! It's super high-tch and has all these valves to avoid exposing the active ingredients to air.

Don’t laugh, but I was boggled by the cap! It’s super high-tech and has all these valves to avoid exposing the active ingredients to air.

First Impressions: Because the soothing fluid is preservative-free, I really loved how L’Occitane took time to create a bottle that helps preserve the integrity of its active ingredients. This means that whenever you use it, you’ll be getting the best quality and it’ll be as if you’re using the tube for the first time! Packaging aside, the fluid is surprisingly thick and creamy. I really didn’t like the scent (think: drugstore lotion), but it does feel fabulous upon application and leaves your skin with a nice, dewy glow.

Smudges of the Mario Badescu AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer (top) and L'Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid (bottom).

Smudges of the Mario Badescu AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer (top) and L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid (bottom).

If I really had to choose though, I’d say that the winning products from this group would have to be the Mario Badescu Scrub and the L’Occitane Oil. Those are the ones that I’d be willing to buy the most (well, based on my first impressions).

What about you? Did any of these products standout for you? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥