Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

“By far the most luxurious skincare product I will ever use.”

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BEFORE I even start to review the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator… I must address the price. And I know.. I know it’s bad. I am well aware of the boujie price tag.

Let Image result for clap emoji me Image result for clap emoji reassure Image result for clap emoji you.. I did not spend $80 on this product. I would never. Your girl would have to put in WORK to be able to afford this comfortably.

However, I did buy this. Ulta had this product on sale for $47.40, and then I had $18 on a gift card and $14 in rewards points to redeem. So in the end, I only paid $15 for this. That’s more like it.

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“The Claims”:
– helps retain your youthful glow
– smooths skin’s texture
– diminish appearance of acne marks
– polishes away dead skin cells

IN MY OPINION – This finely-milled peppermint-scented exfoliator brings a luxurious “spa” like experience to the comfort of your own home. It gently exfoliates dead skin while also replenishing moisture to your face. When I finish using this microdermabrasion (once weekly), my skin is left feeling slightly moisturized.. like I’ve just massaged my Tarte maracuja oil into my skin! It’s an incredible feeling, like I’ve just received an at-home mini facial.

PROS:

  • Ipsy includes mini sizes of this in some of their monthly bags!
  • Incredibly finely milled to gently exfoliate your skin without irritation
  • Leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth – primed for nighttime serums/moisturization
  • Works to tackle those stubborn skin texture issues

CONS:

  • The only thing I can think of is the price tag, that’s it. And when it comes to my skincare routine, I’m willing to splurge where I feel it’s worth it.

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Bottom line: would I pay $80 for this? Unlikely. Will I put my next $50 Sephora gift card towards this? Probably! It is such a great product and the amount you receive in a full size (2 oz) will last you at least a year. $80 in a year for some mini at-home facials.. now that doesn’t sound so bad.

Have you tried any Dr. Brandt skincare products? Are you a fan? Why, or why not? I’m interested to know if any of my beauties out there have dabbled in this line of products.

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The Pros & Cons to Using a Gel Moisturizer

“Does it help you stay matte? Do you actually feel moisturized?”

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Cost: $6.69 at Target (but of course in the city it cost me like $8.99 at a CVS)

I wanted to try this out to see if it would help balance out my oily skin. And by “this” I mean the Garnier Refreshing Gel-Cream for normal/combo skin.

We’re getting somewhere – I truly think we are. However, I don’t think this is a holy grail product. I will say, this type of skincare might be a holy grail, but I’m not convinced the Garnier gel-cream is it.

So I do like this, don’t get me wrong.

PROS:

  • It’s incredibly lightweight.
  • Has a lovely light fragrance.
  • Absorbs into the skin within a minute. I am not left with a tacky feeling, but more of a smooth “aloe”-like feel, if that makes sense?
  • Hydrates my skin, but I only use it in the morning before applying makeup. I want something light for daytime wear so that potentially I can mask my shiny t-zone (that’s the goal here people).
  • As far as I can tell, it does contribute to remaining matte for longer periods of time. I find myself less shiny further into the day now.

CONS:

  • You don’t experience that sinks-into-the-skin-and-feels-super-moisturizing sensation. But I guess, perhaps, you won’t! It’s a gel.
  • Not the cheapest drugstore moisturizer, yet one of the only gel ones on the market that I’ve seen.
  • There is just no “wow” factor to this product. It does the job but doesn’t feel like an item I couldn’t live without.

So here’s my consensus: I like the idea of a gel moisturizer, but I need more of a gel-cream. Something that mimics a lotion, but carries the lightweight benefits of a gel.

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I am considering the Seaweed Oil-Control gel cream by the Body Shop. I tried this on the back of my hand in the store, and it was a magnificent lightweight product. Considering it also fights oiliness, I want to give this a shot. It’s $20.00, so I think I’ll wait for another 40% off sale.

Have you tried this gel moisturizer? What were your thoughts? Did you repurchase? Should I look elsewhere? I love all recommendations and chatting about it! Feel free to leave me a comment below.

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