New York is a city where a new blowout or brow bar opens every day, but there are very few landmarks in this beauty-filled space that have been around forever. Mario Badescu’s Upper East Side salon happens to be one of them. The skincare guru is idolized by supermodels and celebrities alike (seriously, the lobby walls are splashed with autographed photos lauding him), but the other reason to pay a visit is for his wide range of products for every problem or concern. We stopped by recently to experience the new gold mask facial and our skin is still glowing—days later. The luxurious treatment includes a deep steam to remove impurities, followed by a thorough round of extractions and then the mother of all masks, which combines natural gold and pearl powders to tighten, tone, and refresh. Plus, MB’s team of highly skilled estheticians are some of the best we’ve ever seen.
Leave it to the gods of affordable (and effective!) skincare, Mario Badescu, to make your one-stop shop at keeping your face clear and happy. This kit has everything you need to banish any spots: a cult-favorite Drying Lotion, a Special Healing Powder, and a Drying Cream. The lotion acts a first-aid for troubled skin — just dab this on before bedtime for seriously diminished pimple size. For daytime, use the drying cream under makeup to combat redness and getting rid of that gnarly blemish. Lastly, dust on the Healing Powder with a fan brush to keep shine at bay. The kit is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusive, so hurry and snag it while you can!