This month was super exciting. Why? Because Influenster sent me a complimentary VoxBox to test out some Dr. Brandt products. I’ve never tried Dr. Brandt products because they are pretty
Before I continue, I just wanted you to know I also have a youtube video of the unboxing here.
You can see the picture of everything in the voxbox above, but here’s the list:
- Hydro Biotic Sleep Recovery Mask
- Detoxifying Antioxidant Water Booster
- Magnetight Age-Defier Mask
- Needles No More cream (sample)
- Needles No More Mask (sample)
- Pores No More Luminizer Primer (sample)
- Power Dose Vitamin C (sample)
- XYY (Xtend Your Youth) face cream (sample)
Hydro Biotic Sleep Recovery Mask
This probably interested me the most out of everything that was sent in the voxbox. I have combination skin, but in the winter it gets pretty dry and flakey if I don’t moisturize and exfoliate.
I gave this a spin and it definitely left my skin hydrated when I woke up without being oily.
I have 2 issues with this though. The first issue is that this is advertised as a sleep recovery mask. It’s actually a gel moisturizer. You apply it to your face at night after you cleansed your face and go to sleep. That’s it.
My second issue is how expensive this product is. It’s $52! I admit I would buy it again, but only a few times a year. Dr. Brandt’s website says the moisturizer should last one month.
Magnetight Age-Defier Mask
I received the .6 ounce size, which is $24. They also have a 3 ounce option that retails for $75.
According to Sephora, this mask has no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Translation: it has none of the bad stuff.
This mask is good for dull, uneven textured skin, and it’s supposed to tighten your skin! Big claims. I’ve used the mask once, and it’s cool. You take it off with a magnet they give you, then massage what’s left into your skin.
On Sephora it says to use it for 4 weeks to see the benefits, so I’ll have to do an update after 4 weeks!
Detoxifying Antioxidant Water Booster
First off, do not taste this unless it is mixed in something. This tastes bitter on its own, but the instructions say to mix it with water or a smoothie.
Before I forget, this retails for $39 for 2 fluid ounces (which is what I got).
I used this in a standard 16.9 ounce water bottle, and I do not recommend. It made my water taste very slightly bitter, so I tried this in a smoothie and the fruit flavors masked the taste way better.
What does it do? It is supposed to solve damage caused by pollution, fight signs of skin aging, and solve free radical damage. But an important side note is that none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA.
Would I spend $39 on it? Probably not. It’s a water supplement and with a healthy and balanced diet, you won’t need it. Plus you can eat other super foods instead or make açaí bowls at home in your blender that would taste better and probably be cheaper per bowl.
Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator
This guy retails for $79 for 2 ounces!! That’s a lot of money! You’re supposed to use it twice a week, too – so I doubt it’ll last very long.
It claims to fix dull skin, uneven texture, fight fine lines and wrinkles, and help fight blemishes! It’s also made without any of those harsh chemicals like sulfates and phthalates. I haven’t used it yet, but an update will be coming soon!
Needles No More
This is an anti-wrinkle cream, and it’s priced at $89 for .5 ounces. Yes, HALF AN OUNCE IS $89! If you thought this was the most expensive item in the voxbox, keep reading.
It is made without the bad stuff I keep talking about, and apparently after 4 weeks a 25-person group all said their fine lines and wrinkles were reduced and they liked the product. All 25 of them, that’s impressive – but it makes me wonder what they thought about the price of it.
Pores No More Luminizer Primer
I’m actually excited to use this primer Saturday (tomorrow) when I go see my grandparents. I thought I saw Nicole Guerriero use this on her channel this week, so that’s exciting. I’ll definitely be using it in the morning and we shall see how it holds up on my face by the end of the day!
Other than that, it retails for $38 for 1 ounce, has none of the bad stuff, and clearly is supposed to give your skin a healthy glow. I’m actually super excited to try this out.
Needles No More 3D Filler Mask
For a whole 1.7 ounces you will pay $95! That’s insane. Maybe it works wonders, but I wouldn’t pay $95 unless it was guaranteed. No wonder this came with 3 sample packets in the voxbox!
But wait… here is an excerpt from the page on Sephora:
Clinical results of self-assessments on 30 women who used the product every day for 1 week:
After 15 minutes:
– 97% reported that skin looks smooth and supple
– 77% reported that they notice a difference in the look of their face
After 1 week:
– 100% reported that lines and wrinkles are less visible and pronounced
– 94% reported that skin looks plumper
– 90% reported that the appearance of laugh lines has improved
– 83% reported that product fills in wrinkles and folds
So maybe results are damn near guaranteed? Except for the fact that this was a group of 30 women. The cautious part of me is glad I got the samples, but still weary of that price. I honestly couldn’t afford that.
Power Dose Vitamin C & XYY
So the vitamin C is supposed to make your skin firmer, clearer, and even, just like most other things I was sent. It retails for $69 for .5 ounce – yup, half an ounce is $69. I wasn’t kidding when I said Dr. Brandt is a high-end line.
The Xtend Your Youth (XYY) cream is $59 for 1.7 ounces and claims to moisturize, and shield your skin from all the nastiness trying to get into your pores.
I think the idea is to use the vitamin C and then use the XYY cream to seal it in, but that’s just my guess since they came packaged together.
I actually think the XYY is super interesting because it’s supposed to shield your skin from the free radicals around it. I might actually buy this once I’m done with the samples if all goes well!
All in all…
I thought this voxbox was actually extremely impressive. I am excited to work through all these products and purchase some of them, but not all. I know the price points are high, and I’m currently in college – so it’s not a top priority to buy these things right now. Maybe I’ll buy something to treat myself once I’m working and saving money! Or maybe I’ll get another Dr. Brandt voxbox, haha!
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