Wonder Product Charcoal – How to get Perfect Skin 

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland!

Today, I prepared a little post about a hyped beauty product ingredient – Charcoal!

Let’s start with a little info on the ingredient: The so-called ‚activated charcoal‘ which is produced, just like normal charcoal out of wood, has small/low-volume pores for absorption.

So far so good – How does it actually help your skin?

  1. Cleaner and smaller pores – all the toxins on and in your skin from the environment you are living in clog your pores, charcoal helps to pull out all the dirt and oily remains. Use a face mask for exactly this effect.
  2. Less oily skin – as said before, charcoal absorbs all the oil in your pores and on your skin and leaves a softer feeling on it. I advise you to use a mask with charcoal once a week to avoid any irritation or dryness.
  3. Deeply cleaned skin – If used regularly as a cleanser or gel, charcoal can deeply clean your whole skin, clear your pores and heals irritations or cuts.

Hallo ihr Lieben!

Willkommen zurück bei The Real Wonderland!

Heute habe ich einen kleinen Post über einen total gehypten Beauty-Wirkstoff für euch – Holzkohle!

Fangen wir langsam an, mit einer kleinen Info zum Wirkstoff: Die sogenannte Aktivkohle wird, wie normale Holzkohle auch, aus Holz produziert, einziger Unterschied, sie hat kleine Lufträume, die gerade richtig sind, um Schadstoffe aufzunehmen.

Oooook, soweit, so gut – Wie hilft sie denn überhaupt der Haut dabei?

  1. Saubere und kleinere Poren – all die Gifte in und auf der Haut aus verschiedensten Umwelteinflüssen verstopfen die Poren, Aktivkohle hilft hier, die Poren zu säubern und überschüssiges Öl zu absorbieren. Am besten ist hier eine Gesichtsmaske, um diesen Effekt zu erzielen.
  2. Weniger ölige Haut – wie bereits gesagt, absorbiert Aktivkohle Öl auf der Haut und in den Poren und hinterlässt ein rundum weicheres Gefühl auf der Haut. Benutzt am besten mindestens ein Mal die Woche eine Maske, um Hautirritationen zu vermeiden, aber trotzdem weniger ölig zu sein.
  3. Tiefenreine Haut – Wenn regelmäßig eine Waschcreme oder ein Gel benutzt wird, kann Aktivkohle bis in die tiefsten Schichten der Haut helfen, das heißt saubere Poren, weniger Irritationen und heilende Verletzungen.

I guess everybody knows the black masks that every youtuber mixes or uses at the moment to clean the pores and remove blackheads… I also wanted to try these sooo badly but I found out these sticky and gluey masks can totally ruin your skin! When pulling off the mask you will not only remove your blackheads but also the first layer of your skin. If you do this repetitively it can cause severe damage to your skin such as redness and irritation. And we don’t want that!

So what is an alternative that still cleans your skin?

In my local drugstore I recently found three new products made off charcoal.

These are a washing gel without soap, a cloth mask and a nose strip. Out of now I tested the washing gel on a daily basis for more than two weeks and I have to say, especially around and on my nose, my pores look much cleaner than before. Also I used one nose strip and it is not as aggressive as the gluey ones I’ve seen before and didn’t leave any redness or irritation on me but flawless nose area…

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Ich denke jeder von euch kennt diese schwarzen Masken, die alle Youtuber momentan selbst mixen oder benutzen, um die Poren zu reinigen und Mitesser zu beseitigen… Ich musste sie natürlich auch unbedingt ausprobieren, aber nachdem ich recherchiert hatte, habe ich festgestellt, dass diese extrem klebrigen und festsitzenden Masken die Schutzschicht der Haut komplett ruinieren! Wenn ihr diese Art von Maske benutzt und sie abzieht, beseitigt ihr nicht nur die Mitesser (was im Prinzip ja gut ist), sondern auch kleine Hautpigmente und die erste dünne Schutzschicht der Haut. Wenn ihr das also immer öfter macht, kann das zu wirklichen Schäden führen, wie Hautrötungen und Irritationen. Und genau das wollen wir ja nicht!

 Was sind also die Alternativen, um die Haut trotzdem effektiv zu reinigen?

In meinem Drogeriemarkt fand ich vor kurzem drei Produkte mit Aktivkohle Wirkstoff.

Dies sind zuerst ein Waschgel ohne Seife, eine Tuchmaske und Nasenstreifen. Bis jetzt habe ich das Waschgel länger als zwei Wochen täglich getestet und muss wirklich sagen, dass es gerade im Nasenbereich, meine Poren viel kleiner und sauberer aussehen, als vorher. Außerdem habe ich schon einen von drei Nasenstreifen getestet und dieser hat nicht zu fest geklebt, weder rote Flecken, noch Irritationen hinterlassen und meine Nase sehr gut gereinigt…


If you’re not able to grab these items, I have some other products you can consider to clean your pores and get a flawless skin!


Falls ihr diese Produkte nicht bekommen könnt, habe ich hier ein paar Beauty-Tipps herausgesucht, die ebenfalls die Poren reinigen und makellose Haut zaubern!

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A cleanser by origins for a daily use that absorbs all toxins, via Sephora
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A mask with Himalayan Charcoal that purifies and gives you a nice glow via The Bodyshop
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A gel perfect for hydration with charcoal extracts via Sephora

I hope that helped you a little to update your skin care routine and let me know what your favorite charcoal products are!

Ich hoffe, dass ich euch mit meinem kleinen Hautpflege-Update helfen konnte und teilt mir auf jeden Fall eure Lieblingsprodukte mit Aktivkohle mit!

Stay sparkling!

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Featured image via self.com.

Maybelline Fit me! – New Make-Up Routine

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland! Today, I prepared a little review about my new favorites out of the line Maybelline Fit me! that really enriched my everyday make-up routine. All in all, I purchased three items of the whole line.  But see for yourself…

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Fit me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

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As I am one of those girl tending to have quite oily skin in my T-zone – especially during summer time – I am always looking for rather matte foundations where my skin is not too shiny. The matte + powerless foundation promises to cover up little break-outs, mattifies and softens the skin out. Sounds quite promising, so I HAD to try it…

I chose the shade 105 „Natural Ivory“ however they offer 16 different shades ranging from really light to colors for darker skin. Mine really fits me when I’m not tanned. The application with a brush worked evenly and it didn’t feel thick or uncomfortable while wearing, rather soft. Probably that’s because of the powder particles inside the fluid that also leave a soft focus, poreless and matte finish on the skin. After one application, my red spots and any unevenness was simply gone – the coverage can still be intensified in areas with more breakouts. Also, it wore perfect for about 8 hours and didn’t crumble around my nose and most importantly it didn’t look cakey nor shiny. The only downturn is that it comes in this tube and doesn’t have a pump…

Fit me! Concealer

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The concealer is said to be the perfect dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy, not only the packaging but also the finish… Here, I have the shade „fair“ which has more of a rosy undertone than the „light“ one. What’s said is that they only offer four different, lighter shades – so not really suitable for darker skin tones.

The concealer feels really creamy when applying and blending with a beauty sponge and the coverage is really opaque, still, it doesn’t look nor feel thick or cakey. For me, it perfectly covers my blue circles around my eyes. The only negative aspect is that it creases under my eyes, but when set appropriately with a white setting powder, this doesn’t happen that much.

Fit me! Anti-Shine Stick

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This stick promises a quick application and a long-lasting matte finish. When I first tested it, I really had my doubts because I wasn’t too familiar with stick foundations and I simply couldn’t even out the shade…

I picked mine in the shade 115 and as you can see, the middle is quite lighter and should avoid to make you look oily and shiny. Well, after my first use, my face looked shiny and uneven – I couldn’t handle the stick. After googling a lot I tried to apply only some stripes throughout my face and I blended it with a wet beauty sponge instead of a foundation brush. And voilà, it looked better! Overall, it gives my skin a very comfortable and soft feeling and it doesn’t look cakey anymore. Another pro is the fact that I don’t need a powder to set the foundation, it feels quite powdery already. Moreover, the stick helped to stop my face from looking too shiny and it lasted perfect for some decent 6-7 hours on me.

So, that was it! Did you also try the Maybelline Fit me! line? What’s your favorite?

Stay sparkling…

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Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. I – Wycon Cosmetics

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland, today’s post is going to be about my recently purchased magnetic eyeshadow palette and the refills from the brand Wycon Cosmetics. So for all Italian girls out there, definitely check this brand and their eyeshadows out (as far as I know they only ship to Italy)!

I purchased this magnetic palette and three eyeshadows during my vacation in Italy to test their quality and to finally have an eyeshadow palette where I have all my favorite magnetic shadows from brands like Mac, Makeup Geek or ABH in one single place.

You wanna hear more about this – then let’s jump right into it!

The Palette

The palette I decided to purchase is the „Magnetic Palette Large“ which holds space for 15 refills (Wycon eyeshadow size) from Wycon Cosmetics. It retails for only 6.90€ compared to a large Z palette which is about 19€. It almost looks identical to a black Z palette and is manufactured in the same way – a slim, light-weight cart box that closes magnetically and has a see-through top. The palettes comes in an extra black cart box that protects it from any damages – I find this very useful for traveling. However, when I opened mine and touched the magnetic ground, it had quite some unevenness (I don’t know if that’s very common for this palette) so that the refills were not laying straight in the palette. Still, I don’t find this to be a huge problem, with enough eyeshadows you barely see it.

The Eyeshadows

All in all, Wycon has 81 (!) different shades starting from white matte and shimmery colors over browns, pinks, blues, greens, finishing with grey and black ones – the color range is enormous! Also their price is so affordable as each shadow retails for 3.90€. 

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I decided to purchase three eyeshadows – one of it shimmery, another one glittery and the third  one is matte. I wanted to try different formulas and see, whether they all have a great quality. Here is my color selection:

  • No. 3 Champagne Satin – a white, golden shimmery shade that’s perfect for inner corner highlights
  • No. 34 Dark Gold Satin – a glittery, warm golden shade that I use on my entire lid
  • No. 16 Nude Matt – a dusty, warm-toned rose brown which works fine for the crease

Overall I am more than satisfied with the quality of all the eyeshadows. The pigmentation is really good, especially for the crease color. So it means you don’t need that much product at one time but can intensify the color more and more. To have a really bright white and gold I wetted my brushes and also used an eyeshadow primer to make the colors last longer and to have a brighter result. The only problem I faced is with the more glittery shade as it tends to have some fall out. Also the satin finish seems to look different as No. 3 is more a shimmery finish, whereas No. 34 is glittery when you applied it onto your lids.

Considering the actual product you get for the price I realized that the pans are a lot bigger than other eyeshadow refills like ABH or MakeupGeek! That makes it a good product and money value overall…

Have you also recently purchased any refills or magnetic palettes and eyeshadows? Let me know down below in the comments and to check out Wycon’s shades and palettes, visit their website. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 of designing my personal eyeshadow palette!

Stay sparkling!

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Throwback to Italy – Traveling through Ravenna and San Marino

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Welcome back to the Real Wonderland. Better late then never they say, today I finally finished preparing my travel diary of our two last stops in Italy – Ravenna and San Marino.

I hope you enjoy this little flashback and let’s jump right into it!

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One day we realized we kind of suffered from a sunburn so we decided to spend the whole day in Ravenna, also doing a little sightseeing tour. We bought our tickets, got a map and then walked through whole Ravenna to see all the old churches and monuments. Most of these are officially part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

We started at the entrance to Basilica di San Vitale and visited the old church with its beautiful ceiling, all the paintings and mosaics still from the Roman era make this basilica famous. I have to admit, it was really impressive. Next up we walked through the old town and came across the grave of Dante, a well-known philosopher and poet in the Middle Age. 

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After seeing almost every cathedral and basilica in Ravenna we came to our last stop – the dome of Ravenna. The Cattedrale della Risurrezione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo is the main church in Ravenna and also the seat of the bishop of this area. The present church’s architecture is of the 18th century – Baroque.

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San Marino

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As well in our two weeks of holiday, we visited the Republic of San Marino which is surrounded completely by Italy and since 2008, the historic center is a world heritage. Actually, we just strolled around the historic center and visited the old fortress and experience an amazing view but see yourself!

I really liked their old center and all the little boutiques and restaurants in every corner. Still, be aware when you’re shopping – I found out that some fragrance shops sell fake perfume…

So I hope you liked this little travel review and I’m looking forward to hear about your recent travel destinations.

Stay Sparkling!

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Advent Calendars – My New Favorites

Hey Guys!

And welcome back to the Real Wonderland! I know, I know, it’s been a while but today I have some exciting news to tell. I was sent two lovely advent calendars from Youstar that are just perfect for Christmas and advent time. If you’re curious on what’s in there, keep on reading!

For those who don’t know Youstar (yet), the brand offers high quality cosmetics to a comparable low price! They have everything – from eyebrow products, over lovely lip colors to eyeshadow palettes (which especially I love) – and their pieces go with the trend. You can find perfect dupes here for high-end brands like Urban Decay or Benefit!

Youstar – Colorful Xmas (currently on sale for 24.95€)

What a pretty packaging and so theme-oriented. This calendar brings you 24 beautiful and colorful nail polishes as far as I can alread tell, they have the perfect Christmas and New Year’s Eve shades. What I love about this, you get shades for special occasions but also the classic red, taupe and nude polishes. Of course you’re also equiped with different top coats so that you decide what finish you’re longing for. Some look rather pearly finish whilst others are really shiny and glittery. Here’s a small look inside…

innenYoustar – Pretty X-Mas (29.95€)

Love the packaging! I’m so excited to try this one here as it contains a great variety of cosmetics – lipsticks, eyeshadows, bronzers and so much more! I can’t wait to test these and see if they’re really appropriate dupes for other high-end brands! Generally, the variety of this calendar is great for everyone looking for a nice cosmetics advent calendar as this one contains something suitable for everybody!

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What kind of calendar did you get this advent? Let me know…

Stay Sparkling!

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