Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

mario badescu drying lotion skincare When I first saw this product I thought “no…that can’t be. Can it?  Is that Calamine Lotion in there with the salicylic acid?”  Yes, yes it is.  Let’s take it back a minute to a time when young Jamie was constantly covered in either bug bites or poison ivy because, yeah, that was my reality.  My parents stockpiled Calamine lotion which, by the way, is BRIGHT PINK and, now that I think about it, the fact that I was always covered in pink dots may be a big contributor to my affliction to the color, but I digress. The MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION is pretty amazing at not only calming the itch out of mosquito bites (and it DOES do that, trust), but the formulation of calamine mixed with salicylic acid and other acne-fighting ingredients really gets rid of whiteheads FAST.


Beauty Products to Beat The Polar Vortex

Beauty Tips to Beat The Polar Vortex

At first, I said I had snowstorm FOMO…that is, until I started hearing the term “polar vortex” thrown around. I mean.  I’m all for a fun snow day, but I’m not so into the idea of it being below freezing outside.  Even though I’m in Los Angeles, I put together a collection of some awesome beauty products to help you bea/SURVIVE the polar vortex.

1. Mario Badescu Cuticle Cream

2. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

3. Aquaphor

4. Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment & Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas

5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

6. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Reader Question: do I really need toner?

Do I really need toner

 Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free TonerBiore Blemish Treating Astringent | Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner | Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion | Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic


Hey Jamie!

I have a question…what is the purpose of toner? Is it necessary? AND, after I take off my makeup (using Queen of the Quarter Life Crisis-approved Neutrogena makeup removing wipes) and wash my face, when I put the toner on should there be dirt or some kind of grey to brown on the cotton ball or does that mean that my face wash isn’t working well enough?




Hey “E”!

That’s a great (and really common) question.  My first experience with toner was when I did PR for Sea Breeze back in the day…that stuff was hard core, let me tell you, but it had a cult-like following.  Here’s the story: toners are greatly misunderstood.

What are they? Toners are traditionally used to balance the skin’s pH and remove anything that your cleanser missed (hence why you see color on your cotton ball after you use it).  Newer toners actually can be really hydrating and have added benefits with good-for-you ingredients, depending on the product.

Should I use one?  Since there are so many different kinds, you just have to do some research to see which toner is best for your skin (my favorites are above).  Some contain alcohol, which removes excess oil and helps prevent breakouts but can also dry out skin.  However, most derms say that anyone with eczema or rosacea (ahem, me!) should avoid them due to sensitivity.

  • If you have oily skin, look for toners with salicylic acid, sulfur, or tea tree oil
  • If you have dry skin, grab ones with panthenol, hyaluronic acid, aloe, and glycerin

Good luck!