Ingredient Wise: Dr. Brandt Skincare Magnetight Age Definer

Hello folks! I think the ingredient wise category on my blog is neglected a bit too much by yours truly so I’ve decided to give it some love today 🙂 In this series on the blog, we take a look at some hyped up beauty products and see if the ingredient list actually supports the claims they make in their marketing material. I have done a few of these over the past 2 years so if you would like to read up on those, click on the category titled Ingredient Wise on the left 🙂

A few months back everyone was talking about the coolest new face mask in town…a magnetic mask which sounded like a lot of fun to try out to be honest. Today I thought I would take a closer look at this hyped up mask from Dr. Brandt Skincare.

(Image Source: Sephora website )

Claims (From the Sephora website)

What it is:
An antiaging, iron-infused mask and magnet removal tool that work together to refine, purify, and brighten the look of skin.

Solutions for:
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Pores
– Dullness and uneven skin tone
The MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier™ is a powerful mask that combats signs of aging and dramatically transforms the look of skin. Harnessing the power of attraction, the magnetic properties of the iron-based formula visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lift away impurities as they calm and illuminte dull, stressed skin. The face appears magnetically youthful, bright, and energized.

Ingredient List ( From the Sephora website)

Iron Powder, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Nylon-12, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Silica, Tribehenin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 40, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Ceramide Ng, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Tourmaline, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol

Do the claims work?

The very first ingredient in this face mask is iron powder which is what makes this the fun face mask to try. The magnet that comes along with the tub is used to ‘pull’ the mask from your face once you have let it sit on the skin for the stipulated amount of time. Now, besides the obvious fun factor that iron brings to this mask, does it really do anything for the skin?

The claims state that magnetic properties of this face mask can reduce fine lines and wrinkles…I am not so sure about that.  What gives this mask its magnetic properties is the iron but studies have shown that after a woman reaches menopause iron starts to accumulate in her skin. This accumulation leads to skin ageing and photo ageing. Women who are in their pre menopause years lose Iron from their bodies through menstruation and faster skin cell turnover since they are younger. Once you hit menopause ( when you start taking anti ageing skincare more seriously ) the accumulation of Iron in the body increases and reduces the antioxidative capacity of the skin. Oxidative damage in turn causes wrinkles. So in a way the number one ingredient in this anti ageing face mask is not something you should be putting on your face to combat ageing!! I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this mask does the reverse of what it claims, after all that iron sits on your skin for maybe 10 minutes. All the Iron does in this face mask in my opinion is the theatrics!! 😀

So if you have used this mask and found that it does reduce your fine lines and wrinkles, you can thank the next 2 ingredients listed in this mask. Both dimethicone and polysilicone -11 give a smooth appearance to the skin by filling in fine lines and pores. The rest of the ingredients consist of more silicones and also skin conditioning agents which make this a good moisturizing mask. So where is the anti ageing stuff in this mask? I’m not sure!

Tourmaline is a semi precious stone used in some cosmetic preparations. What does it do exactly? I am not sure! I was not able to find any independent studies confirming what cosmetic companies say about this ingredient. It is generally considered to impart a glow to the skin and also help stimulate the production of collagen but there is no evidence for any of those claims.

So overall this might work as a nice moisturizing mask which you can then take off with a magnet as a fun bonus! Once the novelty of this wears off I doubt I’ll be happy about the 75$ I would have spent on this face mask.

Have you tried this mask? What are your thoughts?



My Scheming Hot Spring Water Sheet Mask Review

Hello folks!

The weather here is so dry that my already dry skin looks even more parched than usual. My usual intense moisturizer from Caudalie was starting to give up on fighting the extreme dryness of my skin, so I thought its time to indulge in some masks and serums.

Korean beauty has taken the world by storm and I am currently enjoying dabbling in it. Sheet masks are a K beauty staple and I decided to try a few out. The My Scheming brand sheet mask isn’t technically K beauty since it is made in Taiwan but you can find it at some of the online retailers selling K beauty items. This mask was given to me by my sister in law who loves it so I am not sure where exactly she purchased it from.

My scheming hot spring water Sheet Mask

The sheet mask was totally soaked in the serum, in fact it was so saturated that it was dripping all over the place the moment I took it out of the packet. All that excess drippage eventually landed on my neck and decollete so I am not going to complain too much about that 😉 but do proceed with caution as you take the mask out and put it on your face.

The mask is made of a very thin material and the backing foil helps you to place it nicely on your face without tearing the actual mask. The essence or the serum of this mask is quite sticky so the dripping can be a bit annoying when you are trying to fit the mask properly on your face.

I liked the refreshing sensation that this mask instantly provides and a big plus for not stinging my skin..that was my number 1 concern about the mask since I do have sensitive skin. I had the mask on for about 30 minutes and my skin felt plumped up and hydrated once I was done! 🙂

Ingredient list

Now the ingredient list is not all that spectacular, but I am happy to see glycerin and niacinamide in the top half of the list. I was quite concerned about using this mask initially since butylene glycol is the 3rd ingredient. It can be irritating for some people with sensitive skin. Luckily I did not experience any negative skin reactions after using the mask.

I am guessing that the water mentioned in the ingredient list is actually spring water..since that was the whole USP of this mask!! But they do not specify that in the list which is interesting!!!

The only negative about this mask is the smell. It does have a slight chemical scent to it and the stickiness can be quite annoying to deal with too!!

Have you tried this mask? What is your favorite sheet mask?

Until next time…ciao!!

Ingredient Wise: Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift and Firm

Hello everyone! I think it has been a year since I last posted something under the Ingredient Wise category on my blog. I got so caught up in regular product reviews, that this section kind of disappeared off my radar for a bit. I will try to post more of these in the coming months! 🙂

Now in case your wondering what this category is all about here is a quick description: We take a hyped up product, review the claims and see if the ingredients in it actually support the claims and promises. Today, I am going to dissect the ingredient list of the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask which comes at a price tag of 80 US $. This mask is quite popular among beauty enthusiasts and generally I feel everyone is after firming products with gold particles in it these days! 80$ is a hefty price tag for a face mask (and I thought the Glam glow face mask price tags were atrocious)

(Image Source: Sephora website)

Claims ( From Sephora’s website)

This lavish, pampering treatment helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. Caffeine helps tighten and firm the look of skin while peridot—an exquisite gemstone rich in magnesium—re-energizes and helps reduce the aging effects of stress. The 24K gold imparts an opulent, radiant glow and locks in moisture for ultra-hydrated skin.

Ingredients (From Sephora’s website)

-24K Gold: Imparts an opulent, radiant glow; locks in moisture and keeps skin firm.
-Colloidal Gold: Helps lift, firm, and restore lost elasticity.
-Peridot: An ancient green gemstone rich in magnesium to help re-energize and minimize the aging effects of stress.

Glycerin, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Olivine Extract, Colloidal Gold, Pentylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Gold (Ci 77480), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Do the claims work?

Yup I agree with them on the pampering part …after all putting on a face mask with 24K gold particles is luxe pampering! I did search quite a bit on the internet for some independent research on if gold helps lock in moisture when applied on the skin, and unfortunately found none. If you look at the ingredient list, you will see that the glycerin is the very first ingredient. Glycerin has been used for decades as a very good moisturizing ingredient and can be found in cheaper face masks and moisturizers as well. The mask also contains high amounts of Sodium Hyaluronate which is an excellent humectant. Humectants attract water and hence when applied on the skin, they keep the skin moist and supple with no greasiness. This mask will definitely be moisturizing just that it will be because of these 2 ingredients instead of the gold particles.

Caffeine at one point was a hot ingredient for cosmetic products probably because of its anti inflammatory properties. However, there is not much scientific evidence to prove that it can help with anti ageing or skin tightening. Paula’s Choice has a good write up on caffeine in skincare (HERE) complete with scientific references.

The ingredient in this face mask that intrigues me the most is the peridot gemstone! In the ingredient list it is listed as Olivine Extract which is essentially a bio available (can be absorbed by the body) magnesium complex sourced from Peridot. I could not find any independent scientific data on olivine extract- it is a cosmetic ingredient marketed by a company called Gattefosse. So again, no idea if this really helps with minimizing ageing from stress :/

Now lets take a look at the ingredient that is the main focus of this face mask..the gold! Now I could not find any independent scientific study that shows gold can help in firming the skin and restore lost elasticity. However, there are a lot of people who claim to see the benefits so the verdict is still out there on if gold really works in  firming the skin.Do let me know if you have come across any independent studies which support these claims.

The radiant skin promised by the mask is probably due to the temporary and brief deposit of the gold particles on skin which reflect light. Additionally the mica present in the mask might also contribute to this illusion.

Overall, I am not convinced about the benefits of this mask. I do believe that it will be a nice moisturizing mask but not sure if it can provide actual firming and anti ageing benefits.

Have you tried this mask? Has it worked for you? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…ciao!!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask

Hello folks!!

My very first blog post of the year! Happy new year everyone! The winter season is when my normally dry skin loves to get extra dry and annoying. I have been loving the home made egg yolk face masks I talked about a couple of weeks ago but they can be quite messy and too much work when I am really lazy 😉 . I wanted to hunt down a good moisturizing face mask and saw a lot of good reviews on the Antipodes Manuka Honey face mask. I have not seen them in the US but I found them on the British website Feelunique has become a favorite website to try out new brands which I do not usually have access to. I picked this up for 23$ since they had some offer for black friday.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes is a New Zealand brand which is organic and uses mostly natural ingredients in their skincare products. Prior to purchasing the mask I scoured the web for reviews and found that the Manuka honey mask is one of their star products.

I like the packaging. The tube packaging is hygienic and limits the exposure of the product to air.The mask is very light and creamy and very unlike conventional masks which can be thick. Spreading this on the face, it forms a thin creamy layer which is slightly sticky. The mask has a pleasant orange and vanilla smell. A closer look at the ingredients show the presence of vanilla and orange essential oils so if you are sensitive to essential oils , you might need to proceed with caution with this mask.

The texture of the mask

The texture of the mask before and after spreading on the skin

The instructions tell you to keep the mask on for 15 mins and rinse off with warm water. I usually leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes. After washing the mask off , my skin does feel nice and soft. However, I did not find it to be hydrating. An hour or so after I wash off the mask, my skin feels dry again. My winter time dry skin seems to be winning against this face mask! I have not yet completely written off this face mask and I am curious to see how well it performs in the summer. However, I have to admit that I am disappointed with the mask especially since it has an original price tag of 30$.

I am puzzled as to why this mask isn’t hydrating enough since it does have a good ingredient list as you can see below:

Ingredient List

Ingredient List

With ingredients like Manuka honey, Avocado oil and glycerin among the first few in the list, this mask did really look like a winner to me! Sigh! If only it was a winner 😦

Have you tried anything from the Antipodes brand? Let me know what are your recommendations!

Until next time, Ciao!!


Brand Focus: Maple Holistics

Hello folks!

Hope your having a great week so far! Today lets take a look at company whose products are based on a natural and holistic approach to solving beauty problems. They have an impressive selection of shampoos all formulated to target specific issues you might have with your hair. Additionally, they have bath and body products and also skincare products.

Maple Holistics

Maple Holistics

The company was kind enough to send me a Shampoo and conditioner in addition to their Dead Sea mineral youth mud mask. The first shipment they send me was lost and their customer service rep was awesome enough to immediately dispatch another package via express post 🙂 . I feel customer service is as important as the product itself so in case you plan to order from them, your in good hands!! Lets talk about the products now shall we?

Argan Oil Shampoo

This shampoo is described as an all in one shampoo which can help with increase hair strength, soothe dry and itchy scalps and can be used for all hair types. The shampoo is sulfate and artificial fragrance free.

The shampoo did not have any particular smell and I found it comfortable to use. It did not dry my hair or scalp out which is a good thing. I generally do not have issues with hair strength so I cannot comment on the hair strength claim. But overall, I like that the shampoo can lather up a bit despite being sulfate free.

Silk 18 conditioner

This conditioner is also designed to be used for any hair type and it promises silky shiny hair. They have also used natural vanilla to scent the product. I really enjoyed using this conditioner! It smells good and it did deliver on the promise of soft and smooth hair.

I have used this in conjunction with the Argan oil shampoo and also with other shampoos and it works well always!

Dead Sea Mud Mask

They had sent me the trail size of all their products and the trial size of the mud mask is very generous! I was excited to try this out since hey who doesn’t love a little TLC once in while! I was also impressed to see that there weren’t too many ingredients for this mask. Take a look at the ingredient list:

Ingredient List

Ingredient List

They use 100% dead sea mud for this mask and along with that, the other ingredients like lavender oil, sage and chamomile make this a very holistic face mask. The mask dries quickly within the suggested 10 minute time frame. My skin felt soft, smooth and tightened after using this. This mask will be great for oily skin! If your like me and have dry skin you might have to moisturize after using this mask.

The only thing I did not like about the mask was the very strong lavender smell! When you first apply it, it is really strong but within a minute it does tone down to a more pleasant version. If you do not like the smell of lavender then this might not work for you.

Overall, I enjoyed using these products! The face mask will work wonders for oily skin folks! The shampoo and conditioner are the best sulfate free ones I have tried in a while! Check out their website to see what other exciting products they offer:

Until next time ..ciao!!


*PR Samples. Opinions expressed here are my own. (no affiliate links)

The Coast to Coast Skin Brightening Red Clay Mask

Hey everyone!!

Maybe it was some 3 months back that I first saw the Coast to Coast brand on the Ulta website. It is an Australian brand that sources all their ingredients from Australia and is cruelty free 🙂 I was quite intrigued by their products and decided to test out their red clay clay skin brightening mask…. and boy am I in love with this stuff 😀

Coast to Coast Skin brightening red clay mask

Coast to Coast Skin brightening red clay mask

From their website I found out that they have 3 categories of skin care products: Coastal for Normal/Dry skin, Rainforest for oily/combination skin and Outback for dehydrated/dull skin. This clay mask falls under the outback category with the focus ingredients being Quandong and Kakadu Plum.

  • Having dry skin I usually shy away from intense clay masks since they tend to dry my skin out further but I found out that red clay is actually quite soothing for dry skin and is not as drying as normal clay masks. I found that this mask did leave my skin feeling brighter and supple and was not drying at all 🙂
  • The mask has a really thick cream like texture as you can see from the photograph below. It goes on smoothly and does not have any funny strong smells.


  • The instructions say to put on the mask for 10 minutes but I keep it a bit longer since usually the mask doesn’t dry in 10 minutes. It applies pink and dries to a light orange shade some 15 to 20 minutes later 🙂 It washes off fairly easily too so no complaints from me on that.
  • The biggest reason why I love this mask so far is that people around me have noticed a difference in my skin and this has been the only new addition to my skin care routine 🙂 So that is saying a lot about this mask I guess 😀
  • The only negative I can think of is that its in a jar and so you either have to use a spoon to scoop it out or your fingers. But I have to admit I like the frosted glass jar !
  • In case you are interested in the ingredients of this face mask, the main ingredients are clay, aloe vera and glycerin. The mask does have some interesting ingredients listed including the native Australian fruits (i think) Quandong and Kakadu plum.
The Ingredients

The Ingredients

Has anyone else tried this face mask or any other product from the company Coast to Coast? I might try out some of their other stuff soon since I am quite pleased with this one 🙂

Untill next time..ciao!!

foto friday! 04/11/2014

Hey everyone!!

I was so excited to receive my package from Ulta yesterday evening ! I ordered a face mask from an Australian company called coast to coast and bought 2 blushes and a lip lacquer from Japonesque color. I’ve never used any of these products before so I am really excited to try these out in the coming weeks 🙂

Mini ULTA haul :)

Mini ULTA haul 🙂

Stay tuned on these coming soon !  Has anyone tried these products? Your thoughts?

Have a great weekend everyone!!